Keep on running!

Apart from being cute and quirky – just the way I like ’em – this image is apt for my DH.He completed a 10k run on Easter Monday that’s held in our village every year.He did himself and us,his family,proud by completing it in 55 minutes.He had some stiff competition as a lot of running clubs take part and he came somewhere in the middle.He also raised money through sponsorship for a local charity and for a local junior ruby team who are looking to buy some new kits.So a BIG well done to him!

Anyway back to the card.The delightful download is called Keeping Fit and is available from Willow Designs.Not only do you get a coloured image you get 2 papers included too!

I’ve used him to join this week’s Willow Sketchie Challenge.There is a sketch to follow along with a recipe of something shiny,something punched and some texture.

I started by printing both papers onto some Hessian card for some texture,printing the stripey one on both sides, and the main image onto some photo paper to add a subtle shine.I punched the striped piece along the bottom edge with an EK Success Dotted Wave Edger Punch and folded in half to form my base card.I punched the top strip of blue check card to match.I cut a thin strip of the same paper to fit the slots of the ribbon threader brad and adhered some star ribbon on top.I added three star brads at the top so there’s some more shine for you.I generated the wording on the computer and cut it with a Classic Scallop Oval Nestsabilities die.I applied a little Glossy Accents to his beads of sweat for a more realistic look :

But that’s not the end of the story:

Yay!Alfie’s made it to the finishing line.

I’ve used strips of card to hide the backs of the brads and another piece to layer him onto.I’ve printed him slightly smaller and added a Sizzix banner with stamped with a sentiment.

This ready coloured image plus these cheery papers make a great,quick way to create a man’s card or for anyone who’s a bit sporty without too much fuss.And with all the materials you can now print onto,including shrink plastic,the possibilities are endless.Just imagine him dangling from a mobile phone or a key ring – perhaps to the changing room locker!

This is also an entry for :

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp : ‘Metal’

Crafty Calendar Challenge : ‘April Fools’.We would like to see you make a fun or humorous card or project.


Lisa x

A little Gem

This stamp was a freebie in the April issue of Craftstamper magazine.Horace was designed by Pink Gem Designs and isn’t he adorable?

I’ve coloured the image with Promarkers.On the original stamp the head of the flower is solid so would be black.I decided to thread a wired flower in it’s place and decorated the edges of the petals with Diamond Stickles.I used a double embossing technique to create the frame within the embossed backgound.Here I’ve used Nestabilities Labels 3 and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.I’ve not done this in a while so I really had to think about it! The corners have been punched with a Martha Stewart punch from a recent TSV on QVC.This piece has been mounted using foam tape.A Deep Edger from the same set has been used on the bottom of the lilac layer of card.The tops corners have been punched with a Small Rounder.The card I’ve used is Papermania Textured.A length of organza ribbon has been tied around the top to finish.

This card was created with the inspiration of these challenges :

Allsorts : ‘No DP’s’

I Love Promarkers : ‘Animals’

Pollycraft : ‘Anything Goes’

Quixotic Challenges : ‘The joy’s of Spring’

Your Next Stamp : ‘Purple’


Lisa x

Let sleeping owls lie!

This is a bit different to the style of card I normally make but I thought I’d make this sleepy head somewhere to roost.

I created a sky for the background using the D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder then lightly sanded to give the impression of wispy clouds.I used the Distressed Stripes embossing folder on brown card to make the tree trunk which I hand cut then sanded and applied Tea Dye Distress Ink to.I stamped the branch from the Dawn Bibby Designs Twit Twoo set onto an extra piece and trimmed round.The owl, from the same set, was stamped onto white card.I coloured his face and feet with Promarkers.The rest has been paper pieced with some K & Co papers.I chose the brown and blue one to fit in with the colour scheme (plus it’s one of my faves).The thinking behind the script one on his tummy is that owls are supposed to be wise – right?I punched the strip at the bottom with a Martha Stewart Zig Zag edge punch to emulate grass.The words,from the same set again,have been stamped onto a piece of  blue card with Lip Pattern punched corners.I used the end of a Film Strip punch to make the holes either end so that I could thread a length of raffia through before tying in a bow.The whole panel was then adhered to the matting piece.All coloured card is Papermania Textured.

I wasn’t sure of this card at first.It looked so much better in my head – lol!But I think it’s growing on me.

The challenge inspiration behind this card is as follows :

Stampavie and more : ‘Green’ – use some green on your project.

Creative Inspirations : ‘Green,Brown and Blue’

Die Cuts  ‘R’  Us :’Stamped image and to include at least one bird on your project’

Crafty Creations : ‘Paper piecing’

The Pink Elephant Challenge : ‘Nature’


Lisa x

Preparing for Spring

I just adore this stamp!Apart from being cute I’m really taken with the idea that a little fairy paints all the flowers.She’s called Nature’s Little Helper and she’s available at the Artistic Stamper.

I have used Promarkers to colour her and applied clear glaze pen over her wings (as a change from glitter) and the paint parts of the image for that shiny wet paint look.This close up demonstrates it better:

The papers are K & Co and the card is Papermania Textured.I have used the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser around the edges.I’ve also inked around the edges of the base card and image using a mixture of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Angel Pink Memento ink.I created the flowers using the Flower Martha Stewart Punch and Stamp Set.I made the leaves by cutting a punched flower shape.Green pearls have been added to the centres.I’ve used a length of grosgrain ribbon with a charm tied on using co-ordinating  thread.

These are the challenges I used  for inspiration:

Let’s Get Stamping ( at Craftbubble):Karen’s Sketch plus ‘Pink and Green’:

Stamp Something : ‘Pink Somethings’

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : ‘How does your garden grow?’

Simon Says Stamp : ‘It’s so distressing’

Creative Card Crew : ‘Vintage/Aged’

Die Cuts R Us : ‘Create a project using a stamped image and daisies’

Papertake Weekly : ‘Open theme’

Crafty Creations : ‘Anything goes’

Stamping for the Weekend : ‘Ribbons and Bows’

Fab ‘n’ Funky : ‘Spring is in the air’

Stamp,Scrap and Doodle Saturdays : ‘Wings’ 


Lisa x

Oriental Blossom

Over at the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week DT member Heidi set the sketch along with a recipe of 3 buttons,ribbon and 2 papers.This is the sketch:

The obvious choice for me was to use a different paper either side of the strip across the middle.But to add more interest I decided to cut the front of the card in half  and round the top corners using a punch.The image I’ve used is from the Oriental Delight download by Willow Designs and can be found here.As there are 3 little ladies to choose from I always find it difficult to pick one but I do think this one is my fave – I just love those buns on top of her head.I printed onto semi-glossy photo paper and coloured her with Promarkers.I’ve never tried this before and was really pleased with the intensity of colour I could achieve.I cut her out with an Eastern Ovals Nellie’s Multi Frame die and mounted her onto an Eastern Rounds diecut piece (when sticking this to the front I had to remember to only apply adhesive to the bottom part.Not something I always do!!) I also printed the backing papers onto the same type of photo paper.They are a free download from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and are designed by Sharon Armstrong,who also created the image download.The card I’ve used is Papermania Textured,the buttons are also Papermania and the ribbon is from my stash.


Lisa x

We’re off to Button Moon!

DT member Rosie set the Sketchie Challenge on the Let’s Get Stamping group at Craftbubble last week.The twist was ‘Boys and Buttons’.

This is the sketch:

I started by embossing the base card with the D’vine swirls Cuttlebug folder.Next I matted a piece of K & Co paper – which I thought looked like stars in the night sky  – onto a piece of dark navy card.I created the porthole in the same way as you construct a shaker for  a card. I cut some silver mirror board (although it shows dark in the photo) using Large Circles Nestabilities and embellished it with brads to simulate rivets.I then stamped the back piece with some stamps from the Retro Space set by Banana Frog in Cat’s Eye Silver Pigment ink onto more of the same card.I stamped one of the space ships from the same set using Paris Dusk Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers ,including the Metallic Silver one, and a Silver Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen.Rather than give away three real buttons I rather cheekily stamped two from a mini set of stamps that I won when DT member Lauren set the challenge a couple of weeks ago.The real one is by Papermania.I tied a length of silver cord around the card to finish.

This card started out as a tribute to ‘Pig in Space’ but once I created the porthole I was thinking Wallace and Gromit in a ‘Grand Day Out’ and finally ended up landing on ‘Button Moon’.As you can see from my choices I’m a very mature and well balanced individual!!


Lisa x

A Teacher’s Thank You

Yes,I know it may seem a little early in the year for this type of card but my DS1’s teacher’s  last day yesterday.It’s such a shame as she really was fantastic with my son’s class.I think they’re going to miss her.

The stamp is from C.C. Designs School Days theme plate and has been coloured with Promarkers.As he’s a doggy I’ve given him a lovely,healthy,shiny,wet nose courtesy of a small blob of Glossy Accents.

In keeping with the school theme I cut him out and mounted him on foam pads onto a piece of card cut with a Nestabilities Labels 4 die and then embossed using the Script Texture folder by Cuttlebug.I drew his shadow back in as this got cut off.The coloured card is Papermania Textured and the paper is Basic Grey Cupcake.The pelmet is cut with Fiskars Scallop Sentiment edge punch.The piece of card the sentiment , from the set , is stamped on has had a Lip Pattern punch used on the corners as this made it fit perfectly inside the die cut piece.The ribbon is cut  from a top I bought recently.It’s the piece that keeps it on the hanger in the shop. 


Lisa x

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