A little bird told me…

…It’s time to Celebrate!

Inside the card.I think you can tell from the colours I’m finding it hard to let go of Summer!!Maybe it’s because here in the U.K. we didn’t really have one!

The challenge for this week at Pear Tree Designs is CELEBRATION!So whether it’s a Birthday,Wedding,Anniversary,New Baby or any reason to think of to celebrate we’d love to see you card/project!!We have a fabulous sponsor too.Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More  are offering the phenomenal prize of 5 digital stamps or paper sets!!With all that on offer you’ve no excuse not to play along!!For the rules and see the fantastic DT samples please click on the link above.

I’ve used A Little Birdie Told Me  from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More and coloured it with Promarkers.Inside I’ve used a resized (love how you can do this with digis) version of the image and cut out just the birdie.It’s sooo tweet!!Hee hee.I just couldn’t resist using the freebie from Craft Stamper magazine again!(the frame has been coloured with Promarkers)I’ve also used a dot of Glossy Accents on the eyes and some Diamond Stickles on the flowers and frame of the word stamp.The other wording has been created on the computer and printed straight onto the DPs.I’ve made the flowers myself using a mix of the daisy element on the Cuttlebug OliviaAlphabet Die and a Craft Tonic flower punch with same DPs as on the card.I’ve used a fine liner pen to create faux stitching to make it look as if the two pieces have been sewn together on the band across the card.The ribbon which was originally cream has been coloured to match with Promarkers.It’s a great way to get a perfect match to your project and it saves money as you can buy more reasonably priced rolls in cream or white.Although I have a tendency to spend far too much on crafty goodies I do try very hard to snatch a few pennies back!

Supplies :
Image : Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More  A Little Birdie Told Me
Sentiment : Craft Stamper magazine October issue freebie 
Mediums : Promarkers,Diamond Stickles,Glossy Accents,Fine liner pen
Papers and card : My Minds Eye freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue 81,Core’dinations So Mod
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Edger Punch,Daisies from Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet,Craft Tonic flower punch,Big Shot,Piercing tool
Embellishments : Papermania gems,Cream Dovecraft satin ribbon (coloured with Promarker)
 
Some challenges this card is for:
Anything Goes – Cute
Papertake Weekly – Animal Magic
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday – Celebration
Passion for Promarkers – Make your own flowers
Creative Inspirations – 2 or more images
Fab ‘n’ Funky – Quote me happy
Flutter By Wednesday’s – All winged things
Little Red Wagon – Glitter
AiFactory – Anything goes
Charisma Cardz – Anything Goes
Delighful Challenges – Make it sparkle
Stampin’ B’s – Paper piercing
Crafty Catz – Stitching
Fussy and Fancy – A Lovely Sketch  
Paper Cutz – Critter (not sure if a bird is?I won’t be offended if it’s deleted)
Paper Romance- Handmade flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges – Bling
One Stitch At A Time – Anything goes
Scrappy Frogs – Flower Power (handmade flowers)
Sentimental Sundays – Let’s see some dimension (image panel and band mounted on foam pads,hoping the decorated inside counts too)
Sundays With Crissy – Sparkle and Shine
C.E.S. Challenge – Animal Antics
Cowgirl’s Stamp’en Challenge – At least 3 DPs and 3 flowers
Daisy Doodles – Critter Mad (still not sure if a bird is included so no offence taken if deleted)
Incy Wincy Designs – Anything goes
Wild Orchid Challenge – Ribbons and Bows
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! – Flowers
Tuesday Taggers – It takes all sorts!Sponsored by http://www.blogger.com/www.ribbonoasis.co.uk

TFL

Lisa x

 

 
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Neeooow!

 

The theme this week at Craft Your Passion is CLEAN & SIMPLE .So if you fancy playing along with the chance to win some fantastic digi stamps and see the rest of the DT’s amazing work please click on the link.You can also add your name to become a GDT!! 

Here I’ve worked with the darling little ‘Boy with plane’ from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps and coloured him with ProMarkers.I decided given the theme I would shy away from the world of DPs and use some Cuttlebug embossing folders.I have to admit I don’t use these nearly as much as I should!To add extra interest I embossed on some Core’dinations Whitewash card then lightly sanded to reveal a subtle amount of colour.I thought the Kraft would give a good contrast.I’ve had this pack about a month and this is the first time I’ve delved into it.How bad am I at buying stuff and then not using it?VERY!!I also dug out some buttons that I’ve had since I first started card making in 2006 – just to confirm the point.I finished off with some good old hairy string.I didn’t actually buy this – it tied the price ticket onto a pair jeans.See I can be good sometimes and do my bit to recycle 😉 Not only is this stuff a great way to finish off a boy’s card it also gives,coupled with the kraft,the feeling of a package tied with string being delivered via Airmail!I love it when a plan comes together!  

Supplies :
Image : Boy with plane from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps
Medium : Promarkers
Card : Kraft ; Core’dinations Whitewash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Large corner rounder punch,Martha Stewart Scallop Dot Edger Punch,Cuttlebug folders ; Distressed Stripes and Seeing Spots
Embellishments : Buttons from stash,Hairy string from jeans label

   

Challenges this card is for :
Creative Belli – B themed embellishments
The Pixie Cottage – Fun and Games
The Creative Cottage – Birthday Boy
AiFactory – Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz – Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Emboss It!
Stamp Insanity – Show ‘Em Who’s Emboss!
One Stitch At A Time – Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs – Anything Goes
Pollycraft Monday Challenge – No Designer Papers
Anything Goes – Cute
A Spoon Full of Sugar – Anything Goes
Allsorts – Clean and Simple
Flutter By Wednesdays – Anything with wings (plane – if this doesn’t count I won’t be offended if it’s deleted)
Tuesday Taggers – It takes all sorts!Sponsored by http://www.ribbonoasis.co.uk/

TFL 

Lisa x 

 

I’ve Fall-en for him!

There is a SKETCH to follow with the twist to add GEMS to your project at Pear Tree Designs.Here’s the sketch :

We have a fantastic sponsor too – Lilac Lemon Designs.They produce beautiful quality rubber stamps.So for a chance to win,details on how to play and take inspiration from the fabulous DT and GDTcards please click on the link.

It’s no secret in my house that I love,love,LOVE Hedgehogs!I really,really,REALLY want one as a pet.So it made sense to use this gorgeous little fella.If you’d like to give this cute and cuddly little chap,who goes by the name of Sticky Diddle,a home head on over to Digi Doodle Shop. If Hedgehogs aren’t your thing then take a look at their other images – there so many wonderful designs to choose from and I hope you can see from my card how crisply and perfectly they print out.I’ve coloured him with Promarkers and you can see where the camera has picked out the Glossy Accents on his nose and eyes.To keep his roundness I shaped I shaped him and adhered him using silicone glue.These brilliant papers are freebies from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine (you have to register before you can download them).The Hedgehog one already has a cream background but I printed the plaid one onto ivory card.I printed onto card because it’s more substanstial for distressing than regular copy paper.I did use my new Papermania Victorian Fleur embossing folder on the piece the Hedgehog is sitting on and the greeting panel.Although IRL I was very impressed ( no pun intended!) with the result it doesn’t show up too well here :(.I have also mirrored the sketch as I saw the potential to create a hinged card from it. I picked an Autumnal theme as it suits this image so well plus it’s a time of year I adore for all the colours!!

Supplies :
Image : Sticky Diddle from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : eBay seller CraziBoutStamps (not sure if they still do this one)
Mediums : Promarkers;Glossy Accents; Scattered Straw Distress Ink;Rich Cocoa Memento Ink
Papers :Freebie download from Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine
Tools : X-cut guillotine;Tim Holtz Paper Distresser;Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Circle;Papermania Victorian Fleur  embossing folder
Embellishments : Pot of  over sized and shaped gems I bought in the Early Learning Centre for £1 many moons ago
 
Here are some challenges :
A Spoon Full Of Sugar – Fall into Autumn
Creative Card Crew – Autumn or Fall!
My Time To Craft  – Jewelled (they also have a DT call)
Design Dollies – Happy Birthday…to you…
The ABC Challenge – D is for distressing 
Paper Pretties – Use pearls,rhinestones or glitterdots
Cooking It Up With Katie – Fancy an Autumn Embossed Fold
Glitterbabe’s Challenge – Anything goes
S2G – Happy Birthday to our favourite critters
Fairy Fun Friday – Embossing wet or dry
Sew Many Challenges – Embossing wet or dry
My Sheri Crafts – Autumn
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge – Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss – Wild Thing
Wee Memories – 2 out of these ; Scallops,Orange or String
Stamp Something – September Digi Day
Alphabet Challenge – U for unused stash (gems)
The Stampman – Distress
Pixie Dust Studio – Fur or Feathers
Sundays With Crissy – Sparkle and shine
The Corrosive Challenge – Clean up the dust!(gems)
Paper Sundaes – Card using Fall or Halloween colours
Creative Stamp Friends – Autumn
Pollycraft – Cute and Cuddly
Scrap-Creations – Gotta go digi

TFL

Lisa x

Wheeee!

It’s SKETCH time at Craft Your Passion this week!And here it is :

I love the layered elements and found it a joy to work with.For more details head on over by clicking the link.You’ll see the fabulous cards made by my fellow DT too!

I’ve used Choupinou Skating by CoCo Dingo and I love the movement in this image.I also used the ‘Out-of the-box’ technique when cutting him out.I decided to lay off the Promarkers for a change and used Polychromos pencils instead.I blended them with low odour thinners intended for use with oil paints as they are oil based rather than wax like children’s colouring pencils.And being a bit of a cheap skate I dipped a cheap cotton bud (the cheaper the better I say as they don’t have much cotton on the tip so don’t soak the liquid up) into it rather than a more expensive paper stump.I love this sentiment stamp and it’s already proved very useful.It’s a freebie from October’s issue of Craft Stamper magazine designed by Bev Fletcher of Banana Frog fame.I have to confess I made up the rest of the card and had to wait ’til I got my hands on a copy!

Supplies :
Image : Choupinou Skating by CoCo Dingo
Sentiment : Freebie from Craft Stamper magazine
Mediums : Polychromos pencils;low odour oils thinners;Archival Ink in Jet Black
Papers & card : Hopscotch by K & Co DPs ;Papermania Textured card
Tools : X-cut guillotine;Martha Stewart Traditional Scallop Edger Punch;Siesta Frames large corner rounder punch;Crafts Too Stars embossing folder;Nestabilities Labels 1;Nestabilities Standard Circles;Big Shot
Here are some challenges this is an entry for :
Scrap – Creations – Gotta Go Digi
Cards for Men – Transport
Digital Tuesday – Sports
Design Dollies – Happy Birthday…to you
The Creative Cottage – Birthday Boy
Little Red Wagon  – Stars
AiFactory – For the Boys
C.R.A.F.T. – Colouring pencils only
Fussy and Fancy – Christmas colours
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! – 80’s (I remember skateboarding being HUGE in this decade in the U.K. and my brother being REALLY into it.I also remember,being about 12 at the time, sitting on it when I thought noone was looking and rolling down our drive because I was too scared to stand up on it!!)
Fairy Fun Friday – Embossing wet or dry
Sew Many Cards – Embossing wet or dry
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge – Anything goes
Wee Memories – 2 out of  3 of these ; Scallops,Orange or String
Stamp Something  – September Digi Day
Simon Says – Move It!
Southern Girls Challenge – Anything goes
The Crafty Pad – Embossing dry or heat
Cupcake Craft – Transport

TFL

Lisa x

Somewhere Over the Rainbow …

…bluebirds fly.

At Craft Your Passion it’s technique time!In fact we’d like to see EASEL CARDS.If you’d like to play along please click the link.There’s the chance to win some digi stamps and take a look at the fabulous DT cards! 

I decided to do something a little different and use acetate. As I was using Bird Flight from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps  I thought I’d make it appear as if the bird was actually flying.It’s attached with a thin strip of acetate which is fixed at the top of the card behind the strip of ‘sky’.I also resized and flipped the image to make the small birds carry the banner.The top row of flowers have been created by a kind of paper piecing method.I first punched the top edge of the green paper,then punched some pink paper,carefully cut along the bottom of the strip and then glued it over the top.The flowers growing up the fence have been individually cut from another punched strip.

Supplies :
Image – Lauretta’s Digital Stamps
Sentiment – See D’s Celebrations set
Mediums – Promarkers;White Opal Liquid Pearls
Papers – K & Co;acetate from my stash
Tools – Martha Stewart Hydrangeas Edger Punch:EK Success Dotted Wave Edger Punch;X-cut guillotine,Cuttlebug D’vine Swirls embossing folder;Big Sot;Sizzlits Banner Die
Embellishments – Raffia Lace Ribbon;Butterfly charm
 
Here are some challenges :
A Spoon Full of Sugar – Animal Crackers
Cooking it up with Katie – 3 papers,something clear (acetate),inspired by a song (think the title of the post explains that one!)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy – Photo inspiration (colours)
Fab ‘n’ Funky – What’eva
Gingersnap Creations – Spicy Supply Challenge ;Punches
Stampotique Designers Challenge – Birthday
Charisma Cardz – Something new (using acetate to make an easel card)
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Charm Me
Shelly’s Images – Make a scene
Stampin’ B’s – Pink,blue and green with neutrals
Stamp Insanity – 3’s (3 papers,3 main colours,3 images)
Flutterby Wednesday – New creation using pink
Crafty Catz – Paper piecing (with punches as explained above)
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Flowers
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – Happy Birthday
Gingerloft Challenge – Anything goes
Our Creative Corner – Fun with folds
Totally Gorjuss – Flower
The Shabby Tea Room – Fresh Living
One Stitch At A Time – Rainbow
The Crafty Pad  – Rainbow themed
I Did It Creations  – Rainbow themed
These last 3 blogs are each holding a very special challenge for a lovely little lad called Cameron.Please check this blog out.
http://fortheloveofcameron.com/

TFL

Lisa x

Think Pink!

There’s a PINK theme going on at Pear Tree Designs this week.We have a fabulous sponsor too – One Stop Card Crafts.For more details please click on the link and gain some inspiration from the beautiful DT cards including our GD Karla.

 I’ve used a  gorgeous freebie image for my card.It ‘s from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.I first masked the dress and form then applied Distress Inks and then coloured those parts with Promarkers.I decided the scrolling leaves were a bit fiddly to do this with so just coloured over the top with Promarkers.I did find the printer ink smudged a little but I didn’t mind.I think it just adds to the vintage/grungy feel.The dress has been paper pieced with more Distress Ink added to give more depth.I added Crystal glitter and pearls to form a necklace.I embellished it further with a length of organza ribbon.It was white originally so I coloured it to match with Promarkers.

Supplies :
Image – Freebie from Linday’s Stamp Stuff
Mediums – Promarkers;Distress Inks in Spun Sugar,Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose;Crystal glitter;Silicone glue
Papers – K & Co
Tools – Tim Holtz Paper Distresser;X-cut guillotine 
Embellishments – Flat backed pearls;organza ribbon
Here are some challenges :
Paper Romance – Clean & Simple
Fab ‘n’ Funky – What’eva
Stampotique Designers  – Birthday
Crafty Catz – Paper piecing
Daring Cardmakers – Mask
Fun at Fairy Knoll – Monochromatic
Stampin’ For The Weekend – Shabby /vintage
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Flowers
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – Happy Birthday
Gingerloft Challenge – Anything goes
Crafty Ann’s Challenge – Monochromatic
Craft Your Days Away – Girly & glitter
Sunday’s with Crissy – Sparkle & shine
2Sisters Challenge – Monochromatic
The Stampman – Distress
Totally Gorjuss – Flower
Aly’s Sunday Challenge – Sparkle & glitter
One Stop Craft Challenge – Fashion through the years

TFL

Lisa x

Vintage Butterfly

Over at Craft Your Passion there is a recipe of ‘LACE AND AT LEAST ONE FLOWER’ to follow.A beautiful combination I hope you’ll agree.

Head on over to draw some inspiration from the DT’s beautiful work,grab the chance to win some FREE digi stamps and apply for a GDT slot too!!

I thought I’d go in a slightly different direction with this one.I usually go for cute but swapped it for vintage as it seemed to suit this gorgeous image,Butterfly in lavender by Coco Dingo.I tried my own variation of the ‘Faux Porcelain Flowers’ technique from the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine.I don’t own a Melt Pot so I sprayed each layer of this handmade rose with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine.Left to dry before assembelling.I used some Distress Ink too,leaving a halo of white around the image.It really makes the colours ‘pop’!Of course I had to throw in some pearls to the mix – they just seemed to fit in perfectly.

Supplies :
Image: Butterfly in lavender by Coco Dingo
Mediums : Promarkers;Vintage Photo Distress Ink;Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine
Paper/card : Tan and black card from stash;Purple card Papermania Textured;DP K & Co
Tools : X-cut guillotine;Tim Holtz Paper Ditsresser;Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Sizzix die;Big Shot
Embellishments : Pearls  and Jute ribbon from Bunny Zoe’s;black lace from stash
 
Here are some challenges :
Oh, Alice! – Shine and Sparkle
One Stop Craft Challenge – Photo inspiration Bright colours from first.Butterfly from second.
Allsorts – New Beginnings (changing from caterpillar to butterfly)
Fairy Fun Friday – Pearls and lace
Stampin’ For The Weekend – Shabby or Vintage
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Flowers
Cute Card Thursday – Material girl
Dutch Dare – Vintage Summer
Pals Paper Arts – Pretty in Pearls
Fab ‘n’ Funky – Living in a material world
My Time To Craft – In the Garden
Papertake Weekly – Just the one (flower)
Gingerloft Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge – Pearls and lace
Creatalicious – Vintage
Cowgirl’s Sunday Stamp’en Challenge – Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time – Blooms,Butterflies and/or Bling
Paper Sundaes – Mixed Mediums
Stamptacular Sunday – Distress it!
Sundays with Crissy – Sparkle and Shine
Lexi’s Creations – Flower Power
Totally Stampalicious – Flowers
Pile it on – Layers

TFL

Lisa x 

 

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