Floral Elegance

At AiFactory the theme is ELEGANCE.So time to get out your pearls,lace,anything elegant to adorn your card.You don’t need an AiFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until 11:59 EST Wednesday 5th January to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF062 so that we can find it easily and  leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful DT creations while you’re there!

For my card I’ve used just two of the elements from Ella the flower girl – Wedding digital stamps series.As you can see you can use these for more than just Wedding cards.Both have been coloured with Promarkers.I’ve added pearls to the circles on the bouquet and to adorn the corner each in different sizes.I was lucky to have this piece of rainbow organza ribbon left over from another project in colours to match this card.

Supplies :
Images : Ella the flower girl – Wedding digital stamps from AiFactory
Medium : Promarkers
Papers & Card : DP from Kate Knight paper stack a freebie with issue 87 Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Purple and lilac card from Core’dinations So Mod 6 x6 pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern corner punch,Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Edge Punch,Nestabilities Labels 3,Big Shot,Gel Picker from Pizzaz Aplenty
Embellishments : 3mm and 4mm flatback pearls from Bunny Zoe’s Crafts

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenges : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams : Girlie
Digital Tuesday : Anything Goes
My Time To Craft : Brand,Spanking New
Passion for ProMarkers : Mega Christmas Challenge
Top Tip Tuesday : Get Embellishing
Southern Girls : Anything Goes

TFL

Lisa x

A froggy thank you

At Craft Your Passion this week we have a colour challenge of Red,Green and Cream.For full details on how to play along please visit the challenge blog.While you’re there take a look at the beautiful DT and GDT’s creations.

For my card I’ve used Frog and Watering Can from CoCo Dingo.Because this card is cut from Nestabilities Labels 1 it’s quite a dinky card the image is quite small so I used Polychromos Pencils to colour the image.To finish the card I used a Martha Stewart Flower Stamp and Punch with some threaded buttons in the centres.

A different view.

Supplies :
Image : Frog and Watering Can from CoCo Dingo
Sentiment : From Dawn Bibby Designs Woodland Deer set
Mediums : Polychromos Pencils,Ivy Cottage Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Paper & card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack,cream card blank from my stash
Tools : Nestabilities Labels 1,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Martha Stewart Flower Stamp and Punch,Big Shot
Embellishments : Making Memories Primaries Brads,buttons and thread from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
CES : Anything Goes
Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away : Punch it out
Die Cut Dreams : Girlie
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes 
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
For Fun : Anything Goes
Simon Says: Anything Goes 
Crafty Sentiments : Anything Goes

 TFL

Lisa x

Bloomin’ Lovely

ANYTHING GOES at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.So a nice easy challenge leading up to Christmas and no excuses not to join in!

There’s a fabulous prize of a $10 Gift Certificate waiting for one lucky winner to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Second and third places get a badge for their blogs and all three are in the running to join us as a Guest Designer if they wish.

Don’t forget to draw some beautiful inspiration from the DT’s creations while you’re there.

The 50% sale is still on until the end of the month so now would be a good time to stock up on some images.You also get 2 entries into the draw if you play the challenge using a Digi Doodle Shop image.

*Please note this will be the last challenge for this year as we’re taking a little break for the Christmas Holidays.The challenge will stay open for 2 weeks this time.We’ll starting up again on 6th January. Hope you will join us then.*

For my card I’ve used the gorgeous Girl Bear from Digi Doodle Shop.I’ve coloured her with Promarkers and used Glossy Accents on her eyes,nose and also on the heart and leaves.Her dress and headband have been paper pieced to give texture.I chose a ditzy print in a coordinating paper and the one on the headband actually has a linen effect although it’s hard to tell in the pic.

A closer view of the glazed parts.

This card is for my Great Niece’s first birthday.Such a special time for their family and a major milestone for their little one.Ahhh,I remember it well.

What with a Christmas card,New Home card and now a birthday one I’m sure they’ll be fed of receiving yet another card made by me!

Supplies :
Image : Girl Bear from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Part of a Dovecraft Wooden Stamp – it actually says ‘in bloom’
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Pine Needles,Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Inks
Papers: DP Making Memories
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Standard and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities,Big Shot
Embellishments : Prima flowers and leaves,Raffia lace ribbon,brads from Dovecraft Christmas Embellishment Kit

Some challenges this card is for :

Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
CES : Anything Goes
Cooking It Up With Katie : Show Me Your Favourite Ribbons and Brads (Promarkers and paper piecing along with some raffia lace ribbon plus brads in the flower centres)
Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away : Punch it Out
Crafty Sentiments : Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams : Girlie
Little Paper Shop : Let’s Get a Little Square
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes : Cut It Out
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss : For Someone Special
Creative Card Crew : Birthdays at Christmas
Digital Tuesday : Let’s Celebrate
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Passion for ProMarkers : Mega Christmas Challenge
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
For Fun : Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Birthday Card
The Pixie Cottage : Party/Celebration
Sweet Stampin : Celebrations
Simon Says : Anything Goes

TFL

and Merry Christmas

Lisa x

Merry Christmouse

It’s CHRISTMAS at Craft Your Passion this week!Now’s the chance to join us with any last minute Festive makes!You could be in for the chance to win digi stamps from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps and CoCoDingo!!And please stop by to check out the fabulous DT and GDT’s creations too.

I’ve used Mousy Christmas from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps to create my card.This little cutie has been coloured with Promarkers,had his teeth whitened with an Inssentials gel pen and his eyes,nose and bauble have been given some shine with Glossy Accents.While they were still wet I dropped a gem into the centre for some sparkle.

I chose the die because I thought it had quite an ornamental feel to it and balanced the space on the left by punching 2 holes and tying a bow.The ‘plaque’ the sentiment has been stamped on is from the same die set but I turned it sideways and trimmed the top and bottom off.I distressed all the edges to give a mousy nibbled feel.

Supplies :
Image : Mousy Christmas
Sentiment : Dovecraft Noel Wooden Stamp
Mediums : Promarkers including Metallic Gold on the top of the bauble,Glossy Accents,Inkssential White gel pen,Cottage Ivy Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale,Papermania 8 x8 Christmas Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Eastern Ovals,Big Shot,1/8” circle plier punch
Embellishments : Papermania Gem,Dovecraft Wine 3mm Satin Ribbon 

Some challenges this card is for :

2 Sisters : Christmas
ABC Christmas : Z for zero time left – I’ve chosen D for Decoration including the extra ribbon
Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Bee Crafty : Rough Around the Edges
CES : Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge : Non-traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Your Choice – Challenge 60 Christmas
Crafty Purple Frog : Christmas
Crafty Sentiments : Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge : At least 3 DPs
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations : Anything Goes Christmas
Cutie Sunday : Christmas
For Fun : Christmas
Freshly Brewed : Christmas
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Christmas
Gingerloft : Distressing
Karber Christmas Challenge : Challenge 4
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Paper Playtime : Christmas
I Did Creations : Anything Goes
Stampin’ for the Weekend : Christmas
StampInsanity : Happy Holidays,Your Way!
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge : Celebrations
Top Tip Tuesday : Christmas Inspiration

TFL

Lisa x

A bigger nest

It’s all about NEW BEGINNINGS at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.This is quite an open theme as it could mean a new baby,home,job,year etc.Just about new anything!So click on the link to see how to play along.You’ll get to see the DT and GDT’s wonderful creations too.

There’s the chance for one lucky person to win the generous prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Second and Third place get a badge to display on their blogs.All three will be in the running to join us as Guest Designers if they wish.

The 50% off sale is still running too. Although it’s not necessary to use a Digi Doodle Shop image you do get two entries into the draw if you do.Wouldn’t now be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to one or a few?Maybe it could be an early Christmas pressie for yourself – go on you deserve it!

For my card I’ve used Mother Bird & Babies from Digi Doodle Shop .I’ve seen this technique of colouring onto kraft cardstock and thought I’d give it a try.Here I’ve used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and blended them with Low Odour Thinners for oil colours.These pencils are oil based rather than wax,like kids pencils.I’m a bit of a cheapskate so I used cheap cotton buds instead of a paper stump to move the colours around.I’m quite pleased at out how the colours pop but hmmmm…. think I need to hone my colouring skills a little.Maybe I’ve just gotten so used to using Promarkers.

This card is for my Niece and her DH as they’ve just moved home to accommodate their growing family.

It’s made such a refreshing change to making Christmas card I can tell you.As I’ve finally finished making mine now I suppose it’s a new beginning for me too!

Supplies :
Image : Mother & Birds from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos,Boldmere Low Odour Thinners for Oil Colours,Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks,Inkssentials White Gel Pen
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,kraft from my stash.brown card from Papermania 8 x8 Christmas Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder,Nestabilities Standard Circle dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Raffia from my stash,Dovecraft Metallics A brads

Here are some challenges this card is for : 

CES : Anything but a Christmas Card (hooray!)
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : December Digi Day
The Crafty Pad : Embossing – heat or dry
Gingerloft Challenge : Distressing
OSAAT : Anything Goes
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Texture
Karber Weekly : Anything goes with a digi
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Cardmakin’ Mamas : Anything Goes

TFL

Lisa x

A sprinkling of fairy dust

Over at AiFactory Challenges the theme is ANYTHING GOES!A nice easy one coming in to Christmas for you.You don’t need an AiFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.As we’re taking a little break over the Christmas holidays this challenge will run for TWO weeks instead of the usual one.You have until 11:59 EST Wednesday 29th December to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF061 so that we can find it easily and  leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful DT creations while you’re there!

Here’s a closer view of all the sparkle.

For my card I’ve used one of the adorable Sweet pea Fairies.You can buy these individually or as a whole set.She’s coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copic Atyou Spica pens.I’ve applied Diamond Stickles to her wings for extra oomph.The edges of the flowers have also been ‘iced’.Gemstones cardstock has been used to give even more shimmer.Well,if you can’t go overboard with the glitter and glitz on a fairy card,when can you?Oh,it made such an enjoyable change not to make Christmas card.Mind you if you still have a few to make she could easily be adapted to make some pretty last minute festive makes.

Supplies :
Image : Sweet pea Fairies from AiFactory
Sentiment : Freebie stamp from a past issue of Craft Stamper magazine
Mediums : Promarkers,Copic Atyou Spica pens,Diamond Stickles,Jet Black Archival Ink 
Paper & Card : DP Freebie My Minds Eye paper pad from past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Gemstones cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Hydrangea Edger Punch,1 1/6″ circle plier punch
Embellishments : Prima flowers,Papermania flower gems,Organza ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges this card is for :

CES : Anything but a Christmas card
The Character Cafe : Glitter
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday : Open theme – must use a fairy,angel or butterfly
Sew Many Challenges : Flower Power
Stamp Something : December Digi Day
The Corrosive Challenge : Sketch
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Sparkle and Shine
Die Cut Dreams : Fairies
By The Cute and Girly : Children
Craft Your Days Away : Punch It Out
Karber Weekly : Anything goes using a digi
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything goes
Cardmakin’ Mamas : Anything goes

TFL

Lisa x

Holly Bud

At Pear Tree Designs this week it’s CHRISTMAS!So here’s the chance to get into the festive mood and get those last minute cards made!!Just follow the rules on the site and take a look at the rest of the DT’s fabulous cards while you’re there.

We have One Stop Card Crafts sposoring us and they’re giving away the fantastic prize 2 £10 Gift Vouchers to spend in their online shop!!

This is also the last challenge for this year but look out for the new ones commencing 3rd January.

For my card I’ve used a Baby Buds Designs image.She’s called Holly and she was a freebie (now unavailable). She’s been coloured with Promarkers and I stippled some Snow Writer around her feet to create snow.I also painted it,slightly watered down,onto the top of her boots and her trim on the top of her hat.

Now,she was such a delight and a cutie to work with I couldn’t resist making her some friends to play with.

Supplies :
Image : Freebie from Baby Bud Designs
Sentiment : Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Mediums : Promarkers,DecoArt Snow Writer,Jet Black Archival
Papers : DP Daisy and Dandelion  A Winter’s Tale
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,Cuttlebug Vintage 2 x 2 Die Set,Big Shot
Embellishments : Green brads from Dovecraft Christmas Embellishment Kit,Burgundy brads from Papermania

Some challenges this card is for :

Baby Bud Designs : Winter/Christmas
ABC Christmas : Y is for Yuletide
Oh,Alice : Red,green and one other (white)
Allsorts : Last Minute Christmas Projects
Cooking It Up With Katie : Layer me  a red Christmas
Crafty Ho’s : Red & Green
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations : Anything Goes Christmas
Daring Cardmakers : Snow much fun
ECP : Christmas
Ellephantastic : Christmas/Winter
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Texture
Let’s Craft and Create : It’s Christmas
Little Red Wagon : Use a die cut
Mami Doodles : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers : Mega Christmas Challenge
Sentimental Sunday : Let It Snow
Stamp Something : Digi Day
Stamp With Fun : Xmas
Stampavie and more : Christmas
The Pink Elephant : Winter Wonderland
Totally Gorjuss : Snow
There’s Magic in the Air : Traditional Red & Geen
TFL
Lisa x

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