Do count your chickens!

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Anything Goes.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

I decided to revisit colouring on kraft card with pencils as I’ve not done it in a while and I wanted a more countrified feel.The delightful Chicken Run is by Crafty Sentiments Designs and I got my Polychromos out…I always start with a cream base before adding skin tones.For the chickens I applied a layer of orange first then the brown tones for shading.This is because I wanted to differentiate them from the bench as I only have three shades of brown in my collection.Afterwards I traced over the lines with a sharpened black pencil as they can become obliterated.A touch of white gel pen highlights their eyes.I think I chose the wrong type of kraft to do this on tho’.It matches the card base and seems to be coated rather than have the key of other card of this variety so I found myself having to increase the pressure and coverage of the pencils which possibly detracts from the shading.I think I made a mistake by getting carried away with the background.I feel I should have left some bare kraft showing.But then I’m probably a little out of practice…not that it matters when you’ve got an image this cute tho’  :) Overall I am quite pleased with the outcome.Hope you like it too…

Supplies :

Image : Chicken Run is by Crafty Sentiments Designs
Mediums : Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen
Paper & Card : Papermania Sew Lovely 12  x  12 Paper Pack,Papermania Sew Lovely Die-Cut  Notelets,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (for colouring image on – it just happens to match the card blank perfectly)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral Corner and Edger Punch (used separately),Nestabilities Labels 4,Quickutz Sign Die,Craft Concepts Woodgrain Embossing Folder,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Flowers,Joy!Crafts Leaves 2 Cutting Stencil,Big Shot
To Embellish : Papermania Sew Lovely Assorted Buttons,Papermania Sew Lovely Ribbon Set,Dovecraft Metallics Brads,Heart Topped Pins from stash
 

Some challenges I would like to enter : 

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes and/or Memories (This image reminds me when I was young my Aunt and Uncle kept chickens in their back garden )
Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges : Flowers
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Ppinkydolls : Anything Goes
Come and Get It : Things with Wings
Fairytale Stampers : Everything Goes
Jellypark Friends Challenge :Pets/Animals
Pile It On :Punch It Out
Crafting At the Weekend : Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room : Freestyle!
A Creative Romance : Touch of Kraft
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Animal/Pet
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : Layer It
Crafter’s Cafe : Punches/Dies
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : 2 or more DP
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon : Girl Power
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes
 

Thanks for looking 

Lisa x

 

 

 

 

Back to school we go!

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Back to School.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

So,the Summer Holidays are zooming by so fast they will soon be over :( My youngest is feeling a little out of sorts knowing that this will be his last year at Primary before heading off to ‘Big School’.What better way to cheer him up with a card featuring this perfect image,Back to School by Crafty Sentiments.He’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers.These papers seemed ideal to go with him too :) I hand cut the arrow and it’s matching layer – so don’t look to closely LOL…A few brads and a paperclip tied with twine have been added.Thinking school supplies here ;) I dug out my Dymo,as it hasn’t been out to play for a while,for the sentiment.

Supplies :

Image : Back to School by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Mediums : Copic Sketch & Ciao Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Paper & Card : DP Grace Taylor Playtime Collection,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch
To Embellish : Making Memories Mini Circle Primary Brads,Helz Cuppleditch The London Line Twine,Paperclip from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Fairytale Stampers : Everything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Use Some Metal (brads & paperclip)
Lacy Sunshine : Back to School
Penny Black and More : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Back To School Challenge
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes 
Flat Friends Challenge : Say it with a Quote 
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Back to School  
The East Wind Challenge : For the Kiddies
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : 1, 2 Punch
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : All about Kids
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Boys’ Cards
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Back to School

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Hark!Christmas is coming…

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Add A Sentiment.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

So I thought I’d grab the chance to get another Christmas card made.I’m determined,this year,not to be finishing them and sending them on the last posting  date!!So this little beauty,Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments ,has helped me a little way to achieving my goal :) She’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that she’s positioned in front of the die cut wreath,with added Liquid Pearls for effect.I thought this would tie in nicely with the holly coronet on her head.This was also the thinking behind the punched border.The papers are some remnant Hot Off the Press Papers  and the sentiment has been stamped directly onto the card base.Due to the many rises and changes in postal costs I try to come up with designs to minimise these charges but hopefully still present friends and family something worth displaying on their mantelshelf.

Supplies :

Image : Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Sketch & Ciao Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Sepia Archival Ink Pad,Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Paper & Card : DP Hot Off The Press Vintage Christmas Card Kit,Green Cardstock from my stash,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools: X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Holly Leaves Edger Punch,Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Love to Create : Anything Goes Challenge
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create : Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Christmas in Summer 
Christmas Card Challenges : Embellish It
Come and Get It  : It’s All About Dies
My Perfect Life : Any Christmas Card Goes
Penny Black and More : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle Cards – Your Choice
Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes
My Time to Craft : Use Kraft
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Anything Christmas
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Christmas in July
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Completely Christmas : Anything Goes
Left of Center Creative Challenges : Christmas in August
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland : Anything Goes for Xmas
4 Crafty Chicks : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’  :Kraft
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Sketch
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Red and Green
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything Goes
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Make it sweet

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Sweet Treats.We have the fabulous Inky Impressions as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve gone a little colour crazy with Cupcakes & Candy Factory Background by Inky Impressions using Copic Ciao Markers,adding Liquid Pearls for texture on the icing.There’s so much amazing detail I just had to!I picked out the colours in these fabulous freebie papers.A strip of cotton lace has been attached to the under side of the triangular piece,to replicate the frilliness of the doilies,and I dug out these nice,shiny buttons.They look a bit like sweeties too :) I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment,leaving it plain so it stood out from the patterned paper.I chose the cardstock as not only was it the perfect shade of minty green it also has a pretty shimmer to it  :)

Supplies :

Image : Cupcakes & Candy Factory Background by Inky Impressions
Sentiment : Imaginisce Lucy Bird Sweet Thing Snag ‘em Clear Stamp
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Jet Black Archival Ink Pad,White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles Large and Classic Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Sew Lovely Assorted Buttons,Lace from The Works

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting When We Can : Bright Colours
Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle Cards – Your Choice
Crafty Calendar :  Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper : Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Digi/Pearls or Lace
Doodle Pantry : Any Digi Goes
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Artbymiran Challenge :  Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy : Words
Polkadoodles : Clash The Colours
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Cafe : Use a Digi
Divas by Design :  Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

The power of flowers

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Flower Power.We have the fabulous A Day For Daisies as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I chose to play with this little sweetie,Flowers in my Garden,by A Day For Daisies :) She’s been water coloured with AquaMarkers and I stamped the sentiment to the top right corner.I die cut the scalloped square base.When making shaped cards I always cut and overlay an extra top piece to eliminate the straight edge.That works well especially in this case as I’ve used my Grand Nestabilities to layer everything up for a concentric look.Regular Nesties have been used to cut out the image and a scalloped version to create a pretty frame for her.The papers are Dovecraft Garden Party and the ribbon and flowers are from the same collection.I’ve been umming and ahhing about these for ages…so glad I took the plunge :) The charm is a magazine freebie and the gems are Trimcraft The London Line.As you can see I’ve a bit crazy with the floral theme :D

Supplies :

Image : Flowers in my Garden by A Day For Daisies 
Sentiment : Studio G Mini Set (sorry,didn’t check the name)
Mediums :  Letraset Aquamarkers,Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : DP Dovecraft  Garden Party 6 x 6 Paper Pack,Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Cardstock,Craft UK Limited  6 x 6 Card Blanks
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Grand Scallop Squares & Squares,Nestabilities Classic Squares Small & Classic Scalloped Square Small,Big Shot
To Embellish : Dovecraft  Garden Party Paper Blossoms,Dovecraft  Garden Party Ribbons,Gems  from Trimcraft The London Line,Charm magazine freebie 

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Fairytale Stampers : Ribbons/Lace/Bands
Lacy Sunshine : Flowers
Di’s Digis Designs : Dies and/or Punches
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Polkadoodles : Clash The Colours
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz  : Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons : Anything Goes with Ribbon
Delightful Challenges : Add a Ribbon
Crafter’s Cafe : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes/Cute and Girly
Sisterhood of Crafters  :  Diecuts and/ or Punches
Fan-Tastic Tuesday : Anything Goes (Not sure if a scalloped square counts.Please feel free to delete if not)
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

 

 

 

Swinging by for Christmas

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It’s an exciting time at Crafty Sentiments Designs!Its almost New Release time!Great for getting ahead with all those Christmas makes :D

You can catch some sneaky peeks over at the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog ;) Please drop by to take a look at the  fabulous festive makes by the talented Design Team :)

I’ve had my my first go at making a Die Cut Swing Card featuring the most gorgeous Christmas Seasons.She’s been coloured up with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.What a delight :D

Here’s some more views to give an idea how this works :

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Just had to use these beautiful Hot Off The Press papers to go with her – perfect!Used my Nesties to create all the frames and layering for the sentiment and inside decoration.I mixed up three sets of Marianne Design dies and added some flat backed pearls.All edges are all inky and distressed for a vintage feel.

Supplies :

Image : Christmas Seasons
Sentiment : From Penny Black The Wonder
Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad,Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks
Papers & Card : Base card made using Kraft card from my stash,DP Hot Off The Press Vintage Christmas Card Kit,Red and Green Cardstock from my stash
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Scoring Board,Nestabilities Labels 4,Marianne Design Poinsettia Flower Die,Leaves from Marianne Design Fantasy Flower Die,Swirls  from Marianne Design Rectangle Frame Die,Big Shot,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : Flat Backed Pearls from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

City Crafter Challenge : Christmas In July
Deep Ocean Challenge : Lots Of Layers 
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Christmas In July
Digi Choosday Challenge : Christmas In July
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Christmas In July
Papertake Weekly : It’s A Jolly Holiday
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown : Handmade Flowers
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper : Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Oddball Art Stamps : Show Us Your  Coloring Skills!!
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Christmas in July
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Christmas in July
The Corrosive Challenges : Christmas in July
My Sheri Crafts  : Christmas in July
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Christmas Colours
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Christmas in July
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Christmas in July
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

A moment of beauty

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Hand Coloured Image.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning the super prize below.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

 

So I would like you to meet the gorgeous My Summer Hat by Crafty Sentiments.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.I’ve teamed her with some beautiful Teresa Collins Fabrications papers including a smaller floral patterned 6 x 6 piece.The flower design die is a magazine freebie and the fringe is a Memory Box one.I’ve used my favourite corner punch too.I’ve taken ribbon,flat backed pearls and Prima flowers from my stash to complement the colours.

Supplies :

Image :  My Summer Hat by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Kaisercraft Life
Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad,Memento Teal Zeal Dew Drop Ink Pad 
Papers : DP Teresa Collins Fabrications 8 x 8 Pad and past freebie Teresa Collins 6 x 6 Paper Stack from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,freebie Floral Die Cutting Stencil from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles Large and Classic Rectangles Large,Memory Box Fringe Border Die,Big Shot
To Embellish :  Orange Ribbon from American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack  Satin,,Flat Backed Pearls  and Narrow Ribbon from stash,Prima Flowers

 

Some challenge I would like to enter :

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Crafting from the Heart  : Always Anything Goes
Love to Create : Bright and Sunny
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge : Die cuts and punches
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : Summer Time
Use Your Stuff :  Layers
Lacy Sunshine : Flowers
Penny Black and More : Dies and Punches
Pile It On : Summer Fun 
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar :  Summertime Fun
Di’s Digis Designs : Dies and/or Punches
Little Claire’s :  Summertime
Crafty Catz : Hot Summer and/or Hot Colors
Creative Corner : Love of Ribbon
Creative Fingers : Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy : It’s all about Girls
Pattie’s Creations : Summertime Fun
4 Crafty Chicks : The Great Outdoors
Cute Card Thursday : Fun in the Sun
Crafting By Designs : Sentiment
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Summer
House That Stamps Built : Summer Fun
Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes/Cute and Girly
Whimsy Inspiration : Summertime

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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