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

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is to make a DIAMOND FOLD CARD.This style of card is so much fun and they are actually quite easy to make – well,they’ve got to be if I can make one!As with any folding technique it’s just a case of being as accurate as you can and creating sharp creases.It also folds flat to a 4″ x 4″ square so it fits in an envelope beautifully.

In  case you are unfamiliar with these or you’ve never thought you could attempt one I prepared a tutorial for our DT and any challenge entrants to follow :


There,you have no excuse not to now!!

If you’re not sure about any of the steps feel free to ask me a question and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Of,course this is just one type.There are others,so if you know any feel free to enter those too.BUT it must be a FOLD not just diamond shaped pieces of card on a regular card base.

For details on how to win some fabulous digi stamps and how to play along please click on the link to the challenge site.Please take the time to have  a look at the DT and GDT’s amazing creations too.You could also become a GDT too.Just click on the link under the Followers.

My card base is created from a sheet of cardstock from the DCWV Old World stack .I coveted this for a long while and was lucky enough to find it half price.That was almost a year ago and I can’t bear to use it!!I’m so glad I did for this tho’.It compliments this sweet Choupintette Swing image from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps perfectly.I used a square topper but you could mat and layer diamond pieces.I chose not to because I’m rubbish at cutting the angles right!!There,my secret is out – it wasn’t some kind of clever design plan after all.

Supplies :
Image : Choupinette Swing from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Mediums : Promarkers ,Bundle Sage Distress Ink (applied with a piece cut from the non green  side of a pan scouring sponge to give a textured finish)
Cardstock : Patterned base DCWV  12 x 12 Old World stack,Pale blue Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut metal ruler,Woodware bone folder,A3 cutting mat,pencil and eraser
Embellishments : Length of white satin ribbon coloured with Promarkers to match,Gems from  the Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stones Gem Wheel
Some challenges this card is entered for :
Challenge Up Your Life : Blue & Green
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday : Use your “never used stash” (Old World stack)
Dutch Dare : Clean & Simple
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Inktegrity : Ribbons & Flowers
Little Red Wagon : Do it in 3’s (Gems)
Moving Along With The Times : Nice & Bright
Stamp Something : November Digi Day
Stampotique : Girly Girl
Wee Memories : Dust off that patterned paper
The Pixie Cottage : Two colours only (optional sketch)
Pattie’s Creations : Create a Birthday card
Paper Sundaes : Pick at least two from the Sundae Toppings  Bar (blue & ribbon)
OSAAT : Your Fave Colour (mine’s more of a combo.Just love blue & green tho’ they never should be seen!I’m like that – he,he!)
Top Tip Tuesday : Use an image/sentiment
** My Top Tip is actually contained in my Diamond Fold Card Tutorial.When creating a fold without using a score board place a metal ruler where you want it to be,use the grid on your cutting mat to make sure everything’s straight,then fold the card in towards the edge of the ruler.To make a really sharp crease use a bone folder,checking that all edges are lined up first.This should give you perfect results every time.**


Lisa x