Tuesday 30 October 2012

Christmas Star

Today’s ‘card’ is not a card, it’s more of a Christmas decoration. I saw the tutorial on Jayne’s Blog some time ago and decided to give it a whirl. It’s one of those projects that look very complicated, but actually once I got going it was very easy & Jayne’s instructions helped a lot! The star was actually made for J & C Creations Blog where our creations had to be ‘Contemporary’ , a theme I struggle with, but I was pleased with the result. The picture’s not great, the snowflakes on the paper are actually silver and you can’t see the liquid pearls around the image, but you get the gist!
Christmas Star 
Image – from Penny Black’s clear stamp set ‘Christmas Fashion’ (coloured with Promarkers) & 
Dies used: Spellbinders ‘Classic Circle’ & ‘Scalloped Circle’ available from
J & C Creations Website
12” x 12” double sided patterned card or heavy duty paper
Ribbon from stash
Hunkydory’s Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ glitter
Viva Pearl Pen ‘Ice White’
’Christmas Is Coming’ – I ♥ Promarkers
’Punch It Out’- Whoopsi Daisy
’Anything Goes’ – Tammy’s Scrapin Corner
’Fancy Folds’ Creative Card Crew
'Anything Goes' - Anything Goes

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Horace With Flowers

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Passion For Promarkers. The theme this week is PETS and we are being sponsored by Pink Gem Designs who are offering the challenge winner the choice of 4 digi images from their online shop.

 I am using one of their images - ‘Horace With Flowers’, I’m such a sucker for cute furry friends! I have used some of the lovely ribbon that I was lucky to have won at Joanna Sheen & the card was finished off with a sweet brad from the local £1 shop!
Image - ‘Horace With Flowers’ – Pink Gem Designs coloured with Promarkers
Paw print paper & brown card from my local craft shop
Red card – Coredinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection
Dies/punches used: Spellbinders ‘Classic Ovals’, ‘Floral Ovals’ & ‘Labels 2’, Cheery Lynn ‘Fancy Flourish’ & a Fiskars corner punch
’Top Dog’ brad from the £1 shop

’Anything Goes’ – I ♥ Promarkers
’Use Metal’ – C.R.A.F.T
'Use An Animal' - The Crafty Pad
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Monday 22 October 2012


Today’s card features a favourite bear of mine – Popcorn. Unfortunately, he does not get inked up very often as I have a bit of a problem colouring him! I’m reasonably happy with this effort, however I still think he’s gone a bit overboard with the fake tan & has come out a bit too orangey!!

Image – From Crafter’s Companion ‘Popcorn Birthdays’ coloured with Promarkers & chalks for background
Sentiment –
Embossing done using a Fiskars plate
Dies/punches used: Spellbinders 'Classic Circles' & 'Scalloped Circles' & Fiskars corner punch
Gems, card & ribbon from stash
Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ on balloons

’Birthdays’ –
Crafter’s Companion
’Pink Brown & Cream’ –
'Anything Goes' - I ♥ Promarkers

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Saturday 20 October 2012

A Little Bird

I have been a bit reluctant to craft just recently & decided that my working space needed looking at & a jolly good sort out might me going again. It certainly worked, after spending most of Friday moving things around I managed to create some space & no longer feel 'penned in'! So today I have been crafting away and have finished several projects. Here is the first one featuring this sweet stamp from Crafter's Companion. I certainly have been on a lucky streak recently & have won lots of goodies in different challenges. I won this stamp along with some more yummy bits from Crafter's Companion on the Crafty Blogger's Network. At first I was a bit unsure of colouring her up as the stamp is quite large, but once I got going she was a dream to colour. 

Image - 'A Little Bird' - Crafter's Companion coloured with Promarkers & chalk for background
Yellow gingham paper - 'Spring Chic' - Docrafts Me To You
Roses - WOC sprayed with 'Pearl' Glimer Mist
Dies used - Cheery Lynn 'Fancy Flourish'
Lace & daisy ribbon from stash
Blue paper & daisy ribbon coloured with Promarkers to match

'Birthdays' - Crafter's Companion
'Birthday Cards' - Whoopsi Daisy
'Anything Goes' - Tammy's Scrapin Corner
'Anything Goes' - I Love Promarkers

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Sunday 14 October 2012

Best Friends

Well, after all my whingeing yesterday, you'll be glad to hear that I'm much happier with today's card! As soon as I saw this image from LOTV, I knew I just had to have it, it's just soooo sweet! Trouble was I'd been trying to watch the pennies, so you can imagine my delight when I won an LOTV voucher at Divas By Design! Into my basket it went, along with a couple of others & here is my first card using it. After my mistake with all the white on my last card, I used some distress ink around the card edge, image & sentiment & I am really happy with the result. I didn't have any flowers resembling poinsettias & so I printed out an image from Google, coloured it with promarkers, layered it up & added some tiny yellow beads. For the berries I punched out some tiny circles, coloured them with a red Promarker & added some glossy accents. I also coloured the silver snowflake with a gold Promarker (they do come in handy!). I'm even happy with the photo, wonders will never cease!!

Image - 'Teddy With Penguin' - LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Docrafts Daisy & Dandelion
'Fosted Lace' Stickles on snow & penguin's hat
Papers & ribbon from stash
Snowflake charm - The Hobby House from J & C Creations
Dies/punches used: Spellbinders 'Classic Ovals' & 'Floral Ovals', Memory Box 'Frostyville Border' & Cheery Lynn 'Deco Corner' & a Woodware holly leaf punch

'Classic Christmas' - Lili's Little Fairies
'Friendship' - Tammy's Scrapin Corner
'Birds'- Creative Card Crew
'Anything Goes' - Divas By Design
'Animals' - Anything Goes

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Saturday 13 October 2012

Christmas Shopping

Today is the start of a new challenge over at J & C Creations & the theme this month is 'Contemporary Christmas'. The prize is a very generous £20 voucher to spend in their on-line shop & you have a whole month to come up with an entry, so what are you waiting for?!

'Contemporary' is a theme  I struggle with as I do like my traditional greens & reds & this card is one that I'm not sure I like! Firstly there is too much white, I didn't realise how big the image was & with the white on the paper, well I think it's a bit much. Hopefully you can't see in the picture, but I've stuck the paper upside down on the card base & sideways on the front flap, what was I doing!?! Lastly I stuck on 2 lovely big pale blue gems, decided I needed another snowflake & could only find a square gem to match! Oh, & I think the ribbon & pearls are too bright for the rest of the card & the picture is out of focus, apart from all that I was happy, lol! 

Products from J & C Creations
Image - 'Dashing Through Snow' - Penny Black coloured with alcohol markers
Snowflakes cut with Marianne Designs 'Swedish Ice Star' die
'Fosted Lace' Stickles used to highlight the snow
Blue card
Tim Holtz 'Stormy Skies' distress ink pad used on punched border edge

Other products
Paper - Crafty Ferret
Ribbon, pearls, gems from stash
Border cut using Fiskars daisy punch

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

'Shabby in Pink or Blue' DT card for PFP

Well today's the day that I officially start at Passion for Promarkers. I'm very excited to be part of the team, the girls have been very friendly & welcoming, but it doesn't stop me from being a bit nervous! This week's theme had me a bit baffled, when I put 'shabby' into Google images it came up with lots of furniture, lol. Anyway, Denise pointed me in the right direction and here is my first DT card!

The image  is called 'Louis with Teddy', isn't he just the cutest? He came from Digi Stamp Boutique who are sponsoring us this week. The theme is 
'Shabby in Pink or Blue' 
The fabulous prize is 6 digi images from their store, so pop in to PFP for some fantastic inspiration from the DT and join in the fun!

I committed the cardinal sin of colouring my image before choosing my papers & found that I didn't have anything to match! But that's the great thing about Promarkers - you can make your own background papers!! This is also the first time I have tried distressing the papers, it's always seemed a bit barbaric to me to' rough up' pretty papers, but once I got going it was quite therapeutic! 

Image - 'Louie & Teddy' - DSB coloured with Promarkers (of course!)
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers & doily coloured with Promarkers
Buttons - J & C Creations
Thread in buttons - DMC white skein
Gems - Anitas
Lace - WOC
Ribbon from stash
Dies used - Spellbinders 'Labels 2', 'Classic Circles' & 'Scalloped Circles', Cheery Lynn 'French Pastry' doily
Embossing folders used - Cuttlebug's 'Swiss Dots' & 'Argyle'

'Anything Goes' - Crafty Bloggers Network
'Animals' - Anything Goes
'Lotsa Ribbon' - Cute Card Thursday
'Make Your Own Background' - That Craft Place
'Use Some Texture' - Divas By Design
'Anything Goes' - Incy Wincy Designs

Can I just say a big thank you for all your lovely comments about my JS DT entry, both on my blog and on the JS blog. Unfortunately I did not make the team and wasn't going to say any more as I felt a bit of a failure! However I was glad to have made it to the final 12 and will be going a month's GD spot early in the new year so it's not all bad news, lol!

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Sunday 7 October 2012

Cycling Hedgie

As I said in my last post, I have some catching up to do, so here is my second card in 2 days! I made this one for J & C Creations & it features another Penny Black hedgehog which I have coloured with Promarkers.

Products available from J & C Creations
Image - from Penny Black's clear stamp set 'Hedgie Friends'
Background papers - Craft Creations
Paper flowers - Prima
Pearls - The Hobby House
Spellbinders 'Classic Circles' & 'Scalloped Circles'

Other Products
Paper used for 'Flourish' - Papermania Capsule Collection
Sentiment - LOTV
Lace & roses - WOC
Doily (from stash) coloured with chalks
Cheery Lynn 'Fancy Flourish' & Fiskars corner punch

'Animal Magic' - Penny Black & More @ Allsorts
sketch - Penny Black Saturday
'Anything Goes' - Crafty Bloggers Network
'Animals' - Anything Goes
'Use Some Texture' - Divas By Design
'Sport' - CRAFT
'Hostess Choice Pick 3' - Come & Get It (green, circles, scallops)
'Anything Goes' - Whimsy Stamps

That's it for the weekend, I'll be back on Tuesday with my first DT card for Passion for Promarkers!

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Saturday 6 October 2012

World Card Making Day Special Challenge

Sorry I've not been around the last few days, it's been a really busy time for me at home & work. On the up side, I received lots of crafting goodies for my Birthday and will have to try them out, so I should be making up for lost time!  I made today's card for a special challenge over at  J & C Creations Designs to Inspire Blog, who are celebrating  World Card Making Day, they are offering one lucky winner this  fantastic prize.

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize they would like to see your cards Celebrating Friendship, to find out more about the challenge pop over to the J & C Creations Designs to Inspire Blog by Clicking HERE, where you will also find some cards to inspire you by the rest of the Design Team.

 My card features my favourite PB critters, the cute hedgehogs, but there is a huge range of other cute characters & all sorts of other crafting goodies on the J & C website.

Image - 'Hedgehog Visit' - Penny Black coloured with Promarkers
Purple card - Coredinations Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Collection
Dotty Paper - 'Back to Basics II' - Dovecraft
Dies used: Spellbinders 'Classic Circles', 'Scalloped Circles' & 'Fleur de Lis Rectangles' & Memory Box 'Ringed Buckle'
Roses - J & C Creations
Gems - Anitas
 Ribbon from stash

'Anything Goes' - Crafty Bloggers Network
'Animals' - Anything Goes
'Purple' - Creative Card Crew

Thanks for looking!