Seams sew pretty

The theme for this weeks challenge at Craft Your Passion is MONOCHROMATIC.The colour choice is yours –  just create away in your chosen tones.

For rules on how to play click on the link.You could also become the proud owner of some free digital stamps if you’re chosen as the winner!There’s some beautiful inspiration from the DT and GDT.If you’d like to join us as a guest please look under the Followers at the top of the page.

For my card I’ve used the Couture image from CoCoDingo,coloured it with Promarkers and applied  Distress Inks around the edges. I then coated the whole image in a fairly thick layer of Crackle Accents.Because this is quite a decent area to cover I gently spread it out with a plastic glue spreader – you know the type kiddies use (what that says about me I don’t know?!).As this isn’t as thick as Glossy Accents it tends to dry flatter and with the crackle effect it doesn’t really show any drag marks.Once it was dry I sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink into the cracks then buffed off the excess with a soft tissue.Wish I’d taken a close up pic but too late I’ve posted it now!I just love these Papermania Persimmon papers and I got it at a discount too – so even better!I thought there would be nothing better to finish this off than with some threaded buttons,lace,pins and a sewing label.This is actually part of a free printable set from Craft Stamper Magazine.There are lots of other Vintage Downloads too.Just click on Resources and then Vintage Downloads.

Supplies :
Image : Couture by CoCoDingo
Mediums : Promarkers,Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw,Crackle Accents
Card & Papers : DP Papermania Persimmon,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,E K Success Medium Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Rectangle Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Free download sewing label from Craft Stamper Magazine, pins,Woodware buttons,thread,lace all from my stash

 Here are some challenges this card is for:

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything  Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (buttons,thread and lace are old and image,papers and card are new)
Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge – Sewing Notions
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity: Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers : Use Lace
Charisma Cardz : One for the girls
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll :Family (this card is for my SIL’s Birthday)
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Monochrome
Beary Scrap : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion : One for the girls (optional sketch)
Craft Your Days Away : Texture ( Crackle Accents,threaded buttons,lace and textured card)
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
I Did It Creations : Surprise Me
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : FTTC 91 – Inspiration from a Cafe Baudelaire Print.I chose a French Mannequin Art Print.I haven’t added the blue/green colours but I’ve used the background colours and was influenced by the lace.(Not come across these before and now I’m sorely tempted!!)
Paper Sundaes : Adorn Those Corners
Simple Doodles : Cute As A Button


Lisa x

Snow adorable!

At Pear Tree Designs this week we have a fab sketch by Donna to follow :

Along with this there is a twist.But before you worry too much it’s a lovely one – you must add gems somewhere on your card/project.

We also have the fantastic Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More sponsoring us.One very lucky winner will get 5 digital stamps or digital paper sets of their choice!A very generous prize I’m sure you’d agree!!

So why not pop on over,check out the rules and play along.The DT have some wonderful inspiration waiting for you too.

We DT girls were lucky enough to be given a choice of images from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More.But I found all these little guys too irresistible and ended up making THREE cards instead!Having a nice clean layout helped too.It also meant more Christmas cards under mt belt!I’m soooo behind with making them this year.They’ve all been coloured with Promarkers and have Polar White Flower Soft on parts of their clothing.The gems are some I bought ages ago for £1 box from the Early Learning Centre.

Supplies :
Images (from L-R) : There’s Snow Place Like Snow Home,Frosty Dah Snowman and Sammy Dah Snowman from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More
Mediums : Promarkers,Polar White Flower Soft adhered with Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
Papers : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Edger Punches in (L-R) Zig Zag,Traditional Scallop and Scallop Dot
Embellishments : Kars X-Mas Collection Ribbons from sets Assorted 1 and Assorted 2,Gems from Early Learning Centre

Some Challenges all these cards are for :

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Digital Tuesday : Let It Snow
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (images and Flower Soft are new and papers and gems are old)
Crafty Creations : Christmas Is Coming
ABC Christmas : X is for Xmas
Fresh Brewed : Winter/Christmas Theme
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Clean and Simple
The Pixie Cottage : Let It Snow
Simon Says Challenge : Let It Snow
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Stampin’ B’s : Make a Holiday card
Christmas Stamping All Year Long : Anything Goes
Craft Catz : Christmas
ECP : Snow
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Christmas Theme
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Winter
One Stop Craft : Christmas Cuties
Alota Rubber Stamps : Let’s Celebrate Christmas
Craft Your Days Away : Texture (Flower Soft,gems and  grossgrain ribbon)  
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
Delicious Doodles : Celebrations
Scrapbook Sisters : Let It Snow
I Did It Creations : Surprise me
Crafty Ho’s : Inspiration Photo
Crafty Sentiments : Christmas
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Just Do It! Christmas cards.
Karber Christmas Challenge : Use a Digi
OSAAT : Celebrate in Style – Bling it up
Scrappy Frogs : Merry Christmas
A closer view.
Some Challenges this card is for :
Scrap Creations : Blue for You
ABC Challenge : Ice and Snow
Bah Humbug : Feeling the Blues
Crafts and Me : Dreaming of a White Christmas
Challenges this card is for :
Stampavie and More : Hearts
Ellephantastic : Red and Green and/or St.Andrew’s Day
Challenges this card is for :
Paper Play : Stars
2 Sisters : Non-traditional Christmas colours (not too sure if this counts – let me know and I’ll remove it.I won’t be offended!)

Thanks for looking and sitting through this rather long post,

Lisa x

How much is that doggy…

…in the Christmas stocking?!

Wouldn’t you just love to wake up on Christmas morning to find this little cutie!I know I would.

The challenge theme at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week is RED AND GREEN.So pop along and play along!You’ll get to see the rest of the DT’s beautiful work too!

There’s the fab prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop waiting for one lucky person and 2nd and 3rd place winners get a blinkie to display.Any winners ,if they wish,also have the chance to join us as a Guest Designer too.

I chose to make a Christmas card using the colours as I haven’t made too many of these babies yet – eeeeeeek!How irressistble is this Stocking Puppy image from Digi Doodle Shop.Very!He’s been coloured with Promarkers and has Glossy Accents on his eyes and nose.There are also some on the Holly berries.Might be hard to see in the pic and I forgot to take  a close up shot (der). I decided to rough up the edges as if the puppy had chewed them.Don’t worry I didn’t use my teeth tho’ – just a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser!I think the sentiment just fits the bill perfectly.I also used a length of velvet ribbon as I was thinking special Christmas collar  for him.

Supplies :
Image : Stocking Puppy from Digi Doodle Shop’s Best
Sentiment : Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents
Papers : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Fame Dies Rectangles 2,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Big Shot
Embellishments : Dovecraft Wine Velvet Ribbon,Metallic brads from a Dovecraft Christmas Embellishment Kit


Some challenges this card is for :
ABC Christmas : X is for Xmas
Alota Rubber Stamps : Let’s Celebrate Christmas
Catch the Bug : Gearing up for Christmas
Creative Inspirations : Anything Christmas Winter
Whoopsi Daisy : Holiday
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Just Do It!Christmas cards
Lexi’s Creations : Traditional Christmas Colours
OSAAT : Choose a Season or Event
Scappy Frogs : Merry Christmas
The Crafty Pad : Red and Green
Lollipop Crafts : Christmas
Cute Card Thursday : Blast From The Past – Challenge #36 Red and Green from 13th November 2008
Creative Belli : ‘R’ embellishments (ribbon and being cheeky – red brads)
Crafty Creations : Christmas Is Coming
Fab ‘n Funky : Going with the flow
Fresh Brewed : Winter/Christmas
Inktegrity : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Clean and Simple
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything Goes
Anything Goes : Animals
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or Die Cuts
Everybody Art : Use shapes
Papertake Weekly: Cut It Out
Passion For Promarkers : Old and New (new image and old papers/embellishments)
4 Crafty Chicks : Photo Inspiration  
Christmas Stamping All Year Long: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments : Christmas
Daring Cardmakers : We three…panels of striped paper
Karber Weekly : 2 or more DP and a digi


Lisa x

Christmas Bird

Not that you’d want to serve this sweet little fella up with all the trimmings!

Over at Craft Your Passion it’s sketch time courtesy of the lovely Lauretta.And here’s her super sketch :

For full details on how to play and for the chance to win some digital stamps head on over.You’ll get to see the fabulous DT cards  made using this beauty too.

Don’t forget you can put your name on the list to join us as a Guest Designer.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to make another Christmas card as I’ve not gotten round to making too many yet.Ooops!I’ve used Winter Tweet from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps.He looks so cute wrapped up warm and I just love his wellies!He’s been coloured with Promarkers and areas have been highlighted with anInkssentials White Gel Pen.I’ve also given his boots a coating of Glossy Accents to make them lovely and shiny.I created a crisp bed of snow for him to wade through with Liquid Pearls in White Opal .

Here’s a closer view :

Supplies :
Image : Winter Tweet from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps
Sentiment : Die cut from Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale paper pack
Mediums : Promarkers,Inkssentials White Gel Pen,Glossy Accents,White Opal Liquid Pearls
Papers : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale paper pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nestabilities Inverted Scallop Circle Die,Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder,Big Shot
Embellishments : Buttons from a jar of Christmas colours from Colemans Craft Warehouse,Dovecraft satin dark green ribbon

Just a few challenges this is an entry for :

Lollipop Crafts : Christmas
Pile It On : Winter means … Wrapping up and playing with my family in the snow!!Oh , and looking forward to Christmas , of course!!
Whimsie Doodles : Let it snow
Tuesday Throwdown : Buttons and bows
The Pixie Cottage : Ribbon and bows
The Crafty Pad : Red and Green 
Stampin for the Weekend : Winter
Simple Doodles : Cute as a button
Scrappy Frogs : Merry Christmas
Sarah Hurley Challenges : Embossing
I Did It Creations : Wings
Fairy Fun Fridays : Buttons and Bows
PaperPlay : Let it snow,let it snow,let it snow
OSAAT : Choose a season or event
Speedy’s Friends Challenge : Have a circle on your card
Lexi’s Creations : Traditional Christmas Colours
Gingerloft Challenges : Great Outdoors
ECP : Snow
Delightful Challenges : Baby,it’s cold outside
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Challenge : Anything Goes  
Whoopsi Daisy : Holiday
Creative Inspirations : Anything Christmas/Winter
Crazy 4 Challenges : Add Circles
Catch the Bug : Christmas Craft
Anything Goes : Let it snow
Alota Rubber Stamps : Let’s celebrate Christmas
ABC  Christmas : X is for Xmas
2 Sisters : Snowflakes
Digital Tuesday : Anything with wings


Lisa x

Flower Power

At Pear Tree Designs this week we’d love to see your COLOURFUL card/projects.As always we have a fabulous  sponsor,Cardmadfairy’s Creations who’s very generously offering the prize of  4 x Christmas Digital Images for one lucky person!!

So don’t wait any longer.Pay the challenge site a visit for full rules on how to play and to see some inspiration from the wonderful DT creations.

We all need a little colour in our lives to escape this dreary, grey November weather.Well,I suppose it depends what part of the world you’re in,but it’s definitely dark and dismal where I live.The only good thing about the darker evenings is being able to crank up the heating and cosy down in front of the fire.OK so it’s not a real one but it has some fake coal and a realistic flame – near enough for me !.My parents had a real open fire and it was great at Christmas/Family gatherings or even if we paid them a visit during the cold Winter.So warm and inviting.That is if you could feel any heat through the dogs who lay in front of it absorbing every last centigrade into their thick,shaggy coats!!Why did they need to do that?!

Anyway enough of tripping down memory lane.Back to the card.

As soon as I saw the new Button Floral and Buttons stamp plates  by Sam Poole I had to have them!Now,I love ALL my crafty goodies dearly but buttons hold a very special place in my heart.Don’t know what it is about them.One thing I do know is I have hundreds of them – literally!I’m always torn between using them or keeping them to myself,so by using these beautiful stamps I’ll be able to share my passion of buttons.Or so the theory goes!

I have to admit I wasn’t sure if my card was colourful enough as I’m a bit of a colour coordination freak but I’m pleased how it turned out.

But shock horror NO Promarkers!!

** Here’s my Top Tip : Give shape to hand cut,punched or die cut flowers by placing them face up on a foam mat then emboss the centres using circular motions with a large ball tool(6mm).Then turn over and repeat the embossing on the petals.If neccessary turn over and  go over the centres again.I keep a bar of soap (unused!) to hand,rub some on my finger then run my ball tool over it to help it glide across the paper.**

Supplies :

Flowers and sentiment : Buttons Floral stamp plate by Sam Poole from Creative Expressions
Mediums : Memento Dew Drop inks in Lady Bug and Rose Bud
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,coloured card  Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Large (6mm) Ball Tool,Foam mat,bar of soap (helps the Ball Tool run smoothly over paper/card when hand embossing)
Embellishments : Bag-O-Buttons by Autumn Leaves in Whirligig,Ribbon from a £1 pack from The Works
Some challenges :
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Edge it
Paper Romance : Some of your favourite things (buttons,stamping,flowers,the Zig Zag punch,ribbon)
Pals PaperArts: Ribbon or fabric
Crafty Purple Frogs : Let Your Creativity Blossom
CCEE Stampers : Use Buttons
Top Tip Tuesday : Buttons Galore!!
Gingerloft Chhallenges : Great Outdoors
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Stampin’ Royalty : Patterned Paper
Simple Doodles : Cute as a button


Lisa x


Fairy beautiful

It’s ANYTHING GOES at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Which means you have no excuse not to join in the fun!!

Don’t forget we have the wonderful prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop just waiting for one lucky winner!Plus second and third place get  a badge to display on their blogs.All three will also get the chance to join us as Guest Designers too.So please click on the link for all the details.And the DT have some absolutely stunning creations to inspire you!

For my card I’ve used one of the newer images from Digi Doodle Shop.She’s called Fairy in Flight and as soon as I saw her I knew I wanted  to create something with her – she’s so beautiful.Initially I was going to use her as a Christmas fairy.But I’m SO not ready for Christmas I decided instead to make a girly card for my niece’s birthday.I cut up to parts of her using a metal ruler and craft knife,then cut  around the rest that I wanted to hang over the edge with decoupage scissors.Like a kind of manual version of the ‘Out-of-the-box’ technique using Nesties.I coloured her with Promarkers and added Glamour Dust to her wings.I hope you agree that she looks ‘fairy beautiful’!

Supplies :
Image : Fairy in Flight from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Fairyland Ticket Stamp freebie from June 2009 Craft Stamper Magazine designed by Jean Hardy of Crafty Individuals
Mediums : Promarkers,Glamour Dust
Card & Paper: DP K & Co,Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack,Vellum from Papermania Blue 12 x12 pack
Tools : X-Cut guilotine,X-Cut craft knife,decoupage scissors,metal ruler,Martha Stewart Hydrangea Edger punch,Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die,Sizzix Bigz Swirls 2 ,Big Shot
Embellishments : Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stone Wheel

Some Challenges :

Creative Belli :Old,new,borrowed or blue
Challenge Up Your Life :Blue & Green
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Use Glitter
Fairy Fun Friday : Make Your Own Flowers
Stamp Something : November Digi Day
StampInsanity : Oh,scrap! (leftover papers from a Wedding card I made in the Summer)
Stampotique Designers : Girly Girl
Wee Memories : Dust off that patterned paper
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Sparkle & Shine
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Acetate,Tissue or Vellum
Crafts and Me : Glitter
Crafty Purple Frog : Flowers
Paper Sundaes : Sundae Toppings Bar – Blue and punches
OSAAT : Your Fave Colour (blue & green combo)
Stamp with Fun : Square
Digital Tuesday : Anything with wings
Flutter By Wednesday’s : Open theme – must have a butterfly,fairy or angel
Fab n Funky : Forget me not (ticket stamp)
Fresh Brewed : Show off your style
Lollipop Crafts : Very Girlie
Southern Girls : Your Fave Colour! (tho’ the saying goes they should never be seen I love blue & green – I’m such a rebel he he!)
Simon Says Stamp : Sparkle
C.R.A.F.T. : Using vellum (flowers)
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Meljen’s : Sparkle and Shine
Oldie But A Goodie : Glitter ( the ticket stamp details are in the supplies list)


Lisa x  

Shake it,baby!

** IMPORTANT : The challenge blog is not up and running for today as yet.Somebody has hacked the account and hijacked the email associated with it. Therefore Donna,the owner,is unable to access her account to post last week’s winner and the new challenge.Donna is dealing with this so please bear with her while she’s trying to rectify the problem.I will update here as soon as there are any changes in the situation.**

**Yay!! Were back!!**

Over at Pear Tree Designs we want to see your SHAKER CARDS!We also have a new sponsor this week.We have the fabulous Cardmadfairy’s Creations!Jenni produces the most delightful images so please go take a look.She’s also offering the very generous prize of  her set of 5 new Christmas digital images for one lucky winner! 

I have to say this Snowbaby’s Gift,from Cardmadfairy’s Creations,was an absolute joy to work with.Not only is it adorable beyond words it has lovely open spaces – just perfect to colour with Promarkers.For added texture and sparkle I applied some  White Opal Liquid Pearls and sprinkled some Crystal Glamour Dust over the top on the fur trimmed parts of the snowsuit.I added some more Glamour Dust on the spots using a glue pen.I filled the Nestabilities cut shaker frame with some fine Crystal glitter and a few tiny nail gems.

Here’s a closer view :

Image : Snowbaby’s Gift from Cardmadfairy’s Creations
Sentiment : From the Daisy & Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad (turned into a tag)
Mediums : Promarkers,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Crystal Glamour Dust,Zig 2 Way Glue Pen,fine Crystal glitter ,nail gems
Papers & Card : Patterned paper Daisy & Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad,Buzzcraft White Glitter Card,Crafter’s Companion  heat resistant acetate 
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Lip Pattern punch,Nestabilities Large Classic Scalloped  Rectangles and Large Classic Rectangles,Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake 1 Die Set,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile,Woodware anti-static bag
Embellishments : Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stone Wheel,Eyelet and organza ribbon from stash

Just a few challenges this for! : 

ABC Challenge : H is for Holiday
Alota Rubber Stamps : Tag You’re It!
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Snow/Snowflakes
Bee Crafty : Christmas 2
Creative Belli : Old,new,borrowed or blue
Crafty Ann’s Challenge : Christmas card using non-traditional colours (not sure if the blue/red combo is non-traditional enough.I won’t be offended if it doesn’t count – just ask me to remove it)
Crafty Calendar : Winter Snowflakes
Crazy 4 Challenges : Christmas card or item
The Creative Cottage : Someone Special at Christmas (for my great niece’s 1st Christmas) 
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : Glitter it up
Design Dollies : It’s getting cold
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club : Snowflakes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy : Inspired by Christmas/Holiday Season
Ellephantastic : Butterfly and/or Christmas
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Use glitter
I Love Promarkers : Icy Colours (there is the red accent colour which is technically warm.If this doesn’t fit the challenge I won’t be offended if you ask me to remove it)
Little Red Wagon : Do it in 3’s (snowflakes)
Scrap Creations : Christmas
Sew Many Challenges : Blue & White
Shelly’s Images : Anything goes with Christmas Theme
Stamp Something  : November Digi Day
Stampavie and More : Use a tag on your project
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge : It’s all about snowflakes
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Sparkle and Shine
The Stampman Challenge : Christmas
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Acetate,tissue or vellum
ABC Christmas : Winter Wonderland
No Time To Stamp : Non -traditional  Christmas colours (again not sure if the combo counts so I won’t be offended if you ask me to remove it)
Christmas Stampin All Year : Stripe Challenge
Crafts and Me : Glitter
Crafty Purple Frog : Time for you to sparkle
2 Sisters : Christmas
Scrappy Frogs : Merry Christmas !
Top Tip Tuesday : Use an image/sentiment
**Rub  over the acetate with an anti-static bag before adding glitter to the shaker.It stops the glitter sticking to it.**


Lisa x

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