Pretty Lacy

It’s time to get out all your pretty stuff and go Girly Girl for this week’s challenge at Craft Your Passion.We have the fabulous Lauretta’s Digital Stamps and CoCoDingo as sponsors.For details on how to play and the chance to win some free digi stamps please pay us a visit.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT’s beautiful work.We’re also always on the look out for GDT’s to join us every month so if you’re interested just add your name to the list.

Here I’ve used the beautiful Rockette from CoCo Dingo.I’ve made her pretty and girly but using different colours/papers she could easily be turned into a great image for a Teens card.She’s been coloured with Promakers.I’ve cut the base card and paper using Grand Nestabilties Dies.I didn’t want to cover up too much of this gorgeous paper so I just mounted her onto some coordinating card cut with my new Nellie’s Multi Frame dies and added a strip that has had the edge cut with a Nellie’s Multi Frame Border die.This has been overlayed with some lace from my stash.The ribbon rose has been created by my own fair hand!None of my glues would adhere the slippery material so I just formed it in my hands,turned it over and stitched the layers together.I’m really gonna have to invest in a hot glue gun.I couldn’t help but fashion some leaves too.All this from someone who can’t sew for a toffee!!

Supplies :
Image : Rockette from CocoDingo
Medium : Promarkers,Distress Ink Spun Sugar and Milled Lvendar
Card & Paper : Pink card from Core’dinations So Mod 6 x 6 pack,DP Kate Knight paper stack freebie from issue 87 Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Grand Nestabilites Grand Scallop Squares,Nellies Multi Frame  Flower,Nellie’s Multi Frame Border 2,Big Shot
Embellishments:Lace from stash,Ribbons from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up : Anything Goes
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes 
Paper Romance : Anything Goes  
Shelly’s Images : Let’s play with ribbon
Some Odd Girl : Handmade Elements Challenge
Stampin’ B’s : Use a flower
Pattie’s Creations : Make your own embellishments
Stamp Something : Flowers
Allsorts : Make you own flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges : Flowers
The Corrosive : Distressing
I Did It Creations : Punches or dies
Lexi’s Creations : Flowers
Paper Playtime : Digital Monday and Anything Goes
Stamps R Us : For the Girls
Wild Orchid : Anything Goes
Woodware USA : Anything Goes
The Creative Cottage : Fabulous Florals
Flutter By Wednesday’s : Open Theme
One Stop Crafts : Spring Flowers
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Distress it
Crafty Sentiments : Spring
Pear Tree Designs : Ribbon


Lisa x

Share and share alike

Spots and Stripes is the theme this week at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best .Why not pop along and play?You could win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or even join us as a GDT!Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful DT creations too!

I’ve used the adorable Tug of War on my card.Just look what they’re doing to that sock!!You can find some more whimsical images like this at Digi Doodle Shop too.  They’ve been coloured with Promarkers.I dipped into my precious Persimmon papers again – eeek!Still,I’m a mission this year to try my best to use my heaps of crafty stuff up.I mean what’s the point in gathering all this just to sit and admire it?Er… best be careful or I may talk myself out of it. Actually the plan is to save money so I can indulge in more major purchases like Grand Nestabilities.And so far it’s worked!Back to the card.Just love this blue and terracotta colour scheme.I kept the layout simple and just used corner rounder punches and ribbon to add some interest.I also filled the gap on the top left of the image by placing this rather apt stamped sentiment there.

I’ve actually made this with DS1 in mind.He really wants a puppy.I think it would be good for him as when he was younger he was petrified of dogs and now is just warming to them.But DH says NO!He and I had a close encounter of the canine kind a couple of weeks ago.We were walking to school down a lane,well it’s more of a muddy farmer’s track,and in one of the gardens that backs onto this some Collies had whipped theirselves up into a frenzy over a passing dog.One of them was leaping pretty high up the fence and I remarked “He’ll be over there in a minute.”Well I dropped my other two off at school and DS1,who happened to be poorly came back with me.Just as we approached that garden the dog jumped over the fence.He was just about to take himself for a walk in the adjacent park but when I gingerly went up to him he promptly sat on his bottom.Luckily he was as soft as anything and DS enjoyed stroking him.Fortunately he had a tag and we were able to return him to his owner safely – much to DS 1’s disapointment.He was hoping to keep him!Mind you so was I!!

Supplies :
Image : Tug of War from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box
Mediums : Promarkers,Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad Potters Clay
Papers & Card : Papermania Persimmon Collection,,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack,cream card base and cream piece image is printed on from stash
Tools : X- Cut guillotine,Siesta Corner Punch in large and small (on sentiment)
Embellishment : Grossgrain ribbon from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Card Makin’ Mamas : Happy Birthday
Crafty Catz : One for the men (well,a young man)
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Birthday or Thank you
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Happy Birthday
Guylou’s Inimitability :  Anything Goes
Stampin’ with the Dragon : Birthdays 
Totally Paper Crafts : Do it with digis
CES : Spots and Stripes
ECP : Something for the boys
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
Pile It On : Childhood Dreams (my son’s dream is to own a puppy!)
Karen’s Doodles : Masculine
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Birthday Wishes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything goes
Passion for ProMarkers : One for the boys
There’s Magic in the Air : Children’s Birthday
Whoopsi Daisy : Someone Special
Scrap Creations : Birthday Cards
Inky Impressions : Spots and Stripes
The Pixie Cottage : Sketch and/or Something cute


Lisa x

Floral beauty

We’d love to see your Monochromatic creations at AiFactory Challenges this week.You don’t need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 2nd March 11:59 EST to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF069 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 wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

Here I’ve used the image She.Such a gorgeous,feminine image.She’d be pretty versatile too.Depending on the colours you use she would make a beautiful card for any age.I thought I’d try a different colouring medium for as much as I love my Promarkers I just feel there’s a lot more out there that I need to explore.So I printed her onto watercolour paper and coloured her with Distress Inks.If you want to try this NEVER  take the colour directly from the pad with your waterbrush or damp paintbrush.You’ll end up diluting the ink and ruining the pad.Instead press,twist and squish (technical term there!) gently onto a smooth shiny surface.I used a Woodware Hot Stuff Craft Mat and picked up the colour with a damp paintbrush.To give a more subtle colour dampen the area first.You can always build layers of colour from there.If you think the shade is too deep you can go back in with a wet paint brush and blot with a tissue/kitchen towel. I’m not really sure what colour you’d call the papers but I stuck mainly with Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw.I added a tiny amount of Tea Dye to tone down her hair.The skin is Tattered Rose and of course I had to use Worn Lipstick on her lips!I also used the Crushed Olive on the edges of the papers and dragged it across the originally creamy yellow ribbon to bring it together more.On reflection I’m wishing I’d inked the edges of the flowers.Ah well,we live and learn.Overall I’m quite pleased at my first attempt and although this image is very detailed it was so easy to colour.It was actually a lot of fun!I’ve never grown out of ‘colouring in’ – what a baby!!

 I found this bargainous little beauty for 99p in The Works.It’s mini stapler but just look at all those fabby staples.It’s pretty robust too as it went through the ribbon as well as the heavyweight paper.

I also had some fantastic news!!I’m staying on the DT at AiFactory Challenges.Only this time the term is 6 months instead of 3!Whoo hoo!


Supplies :
Image : She from AiFactory
Flowers : Freebie stamp from March issue of Craft Stamper Magazine
Medium : Distress Inks in Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed,Scattered Straw,Tea Dye,Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick
Papers : Papermania Persimmon Collection
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Mini stapler
Embellishments : Ribbon,buttons,thread all from stash,newly acquired staples

 Some challenges this card is for :

Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Distressing
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Mami Doodles : Flower Card
Phindy’s Place : Monochrome
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Spring Theme
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Monochrome
Challenge Up Your Life : Monochrome
Creative Inspirations : Distress
Sugar Creek Hollow : Buttons and bows
My Sheri Crafts : All about girls
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Pear Tree Designs : One Colour
Anything Goes : Distressing
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Flowers
Stamps R Us : For the girls
Creative Craft : Cards for Teens
Scrap Creations : Birthday Cards
Sweet Stamps : Flowers
Creative Cottage : Fabulous Florals
Crafty Creations : At the bottom of my garden….lives!
Fresh Brewed : Ribbons and bows
Whimsie Doodles : From the garden
Forgotten Scraps : Spring/Flowers


Lisa x

Look!Up in the sky!

It’s a bird!It’s a plane!No it’s Super…um…dad!

We’d love to see your Male cards/projects at Craft Your Passion this week.We have the fab Dude Time Doodles as our sponsor and they’re giving away a $10 Gift certificate to spend in their store.Check the challenge blog for full details on how to play and don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT and GDT’s work while you’re there!

For my project I’ve chosen to make a wordbook using Henry Hero.Even tho’ I’ve had the Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom by Funky Hand since it first came out this is the first time I’ve made one of these.Not sure what Anice & co would make of this.This kind of stuff is a little new to me.It’s going to be for my DH’s Birthday in a few weeks.I know a lot of people usually make this kind of thing for Father’s Day but I thought why wait ’til then? 

Here are some more pics including a close up of the image on the cover:

 I added Glossy Accents  to give him a healthy head of  hair and shiny teeth and drew in white gel pen highlights.

I sourced a Dad poem from the net and made a rosette from a squashed beer bottle cap,a Nestie cut piece of card and some ribbon.

 I took this photo at Stanwick Lakes when he was showing off to the kids!Thought the sentiment was pretty apt!

 One of my favourite snow pics.I know it doesn’t have much to do with the play but the words just popped into my head.

 I just had to choose this photo from our holiday last year (they only took their hats off to be snapped).We went on a walk through some beautiful Devonshire countryside which ended with some crab fishing in a secluded bay.Don’t worry we put them all back when we’d finished.Did you know the best bait is bacon?!

 I’ve added some extras on the back.I fashioned a pocket on the right.These used up some of the leftovers.

 A selection of treats! I even decorated the backs.I coloured the images with pencil after forgetting that Promarkers bleed through and ruining the first teacup one I made –  oooops!!

Hope DH appreciates the work I put into this and likes it!!Hope you like it too.

Supplies :
Images : Henry Hero from  Dude Time Doodles,Teacup freebie stamp from January issue of Craft Stamper Magazine,Beer and football stamps from See D’s Boys Toys
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Inkssentials White Gel Pen,Polychromos pencils,Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
Sentiments & Coupons :  From  Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box (except ‘a man for all seasons’ – I made that one on the computer),Heart thought bubble from  Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom
Papers & card :Wordbook,letters on the front and patterned papers printed from ,grey and red card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars non-stick scissors,decoupage scissors,X-Cut craft knife,Martha Stewart Cherish Edger Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nestabilities Labels 3 and Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles,Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake 1,Sizzix Bigz Tags Scallops,Big Shot
Embellishments : Brads and ribbons from stash,beer cap courtesy of DH!

Some challenges this is for :

Desert Island Crafts : 5. Border punch,7.The colour red,8.No flowers
Tuesday Throwdown : Pockets
Meljens : Happy Birthday
Aud Sentiments : Trendy Sayings (U Rock)
Cute Card Thursday : Shiny Happy Card
PaperPlay : Add Shine
Pixie Dust Studio : Don’t be square
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Something from a CD
Shelly’s Images : Show us what you  got
StampInsanity : The ABC’s of an ABC
Annabelle Stamps : Say it in yellow
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Birthday or Thank you
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Happy Birthday
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Simply Create : It’s bright in here
Stamp Something : Something Funky
Stampin’ with the Dragon : Birthdays 
Tellen’s Place : Birthdays
ECP : Something for the boys
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Get Funky! : Show us your heart


Lisa x

Sew,sew pretty

It’s Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Play along to be in the running for a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or join us at a GDT.Full details on the challenge blog.Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful DT work too.

For my card I’ve used  Sewing Machine – Vintage.A great image for anyone you know who loves their needlework.I’ve coloured with Promarkers and blended Distress Inks around the edges to keep with the vintage feel.I’ve gone for a layout based loosely on a quilting idea.All the edges of the patterned papers have been hand pierced and stitched. I didn’t want too much fuss on the image so I just added some detail to the corners.I cobbled together an embellishment using a button threaded with ribbon and some pearl pins.I’m not too good at sewing but I enjoyed making this and I’m quite pleased at my handiwork.I’ve made this card for my SIL as she’s an avid quilter and she produces some beautiful work.I just hope she doesn’t scrutinise my sewing too much.I’m also hoping the layers don’t come unstuck and she sees how messy the backs are!!

Supplies :
Image : SewingMachine – Vintage from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : Promarkers,Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Paper piercing tool
Embellishments : Papermania Button Tube Purple,We R Memory Keepers Floss Sew Easy Purple,Pearl pins and ribbon from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Top Tip Tuesday : All Stitched Up
Paper Sundaes : Sundaes Topping Bar  – distressing (with ink) and pink
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Make Your Own Embellishment
Simon Says :  Make Your Own Embellishment
Bearly Mine : Ribbon and Pearls
OSAAT : Make It Pretty
Incy Wincy : Colour Me Wonderful
Lollipop Crafts : Use your favourite colouring medium
Whoopsi Daisy : Free and Easy


Lisa x

What’s cooking?

At AiFactory Challenges the theme this week is FOOD.You don’t need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 23rd February 11:59 EST to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF068 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 wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

We also have a DT Call going on until 21st February so you still have time to apply.Full details can be found on the challenge blog.

I’ve taken a few elements from the very versatile In the Kitchen Digital Stamp Set and used them to create a recipe card holder.I concocted this design myself.It’s very much like a tent fold card.The finished base measures 8″ x 5″,the covers 6″ x 4″ and the cards inside are some free printables I searched on the net,trimmed down.Here’s a pic of the inside :

I printed the freebie papers and images onto semi gloss photo paper.The images have been coloured with Promarkers and the edges have been sponged with Distress Ink.I found the photo paper a little different to work with and had to dab the ink on rather than use the usual circular motion.I also found for some reason the ink on the blue spotty paper gave more of a mottled finish.But I like it!I’ve hung some of the utensils up and flipped the oven glove image to create a pair.I just couldn’t resist icing the cute cupcake with Liquid Pearls too.I bound it all together using my Cinch.I really need to use this more often but then the same goes for all the masses of craft tools I buy.All I need to do now is copy out some of my fave recipes that I’ve picked up from various sources onto the cards.Oh,and get baking of course 😉

Suppiles :
Images : In the Kitchen Digital Stamp Set from AiFactory
Mediums : Promarkers,Tea Dye Distress Ink,White Opal Liquid Pearls
Card & Paper : Lightweight chipboard,Free printable patterned papers from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine,semi gloss photo paper
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,We R Memory Keepers The Cinch,wire cutters,decoupage scissors
Embellishments : Sticky Ribbon Ric Rac,length of thread and silver wire to make junp rings all from my stash,We R Memory Keepers Wire

Some challenges this is for :

Fussy and Fancy : Sweet Treats
OSAAT : Make it Pretty
Incy Wincy : Colour Me Wonderful
Lollipop Crafts : Use your favourite colouring medium
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything but a card
Ladybug Crafts Ink : Anything but a card
Whoopsi Daisy : Free and Easy
Digi’s With Attitude!Challenges : It’s The Puffy (Poofy) Challenge!(icing on the cake)
Do You Stack Up : Dots
PaperPlay : Add Shine
C.R.A.F.T. : Not a card


Lisa x

Pretty bubbles in the air

The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is to Use Pink.We also have the fabulous Whimsy Stamps as our sponsor.For details on how to play pop over to the challenge blog and don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful work by the DT and GDT.

For my card I’ve used Maya Blowing Bubbles.She’s a beautiful and versatile image.This is the first time I’ve coloured a darker skin complexion.I was quite pleased when I’d finished but looking back at the photo I’m not sure if I’ve done that good a job?Anyway,I thought I’d make a card with a Spring feel to it as I’m so fed up with Winter – it’s been too cold a one for me this year!It also gave me the excuse to try out my new Tonic Studios Punch.I picked it up for just £4.99 at a half price sale at my local craft warehouse.A fellow crafty shopper pointed them to me and I’m glad she did.It’s so pretty with the cut-out detail and it punched like a dream.I also got to play with my new doily die too!

Being an avid West Ham fan all his life I’m sure my Grandad would’ve been pleased to see my post title if he were still around.

Supplies :
Image : Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment : From a freebie Bentley Bear stamp set Issue 88 Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine
Mediums : Promarkers ,Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad London Fog
Papers : Making Memories
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Tonic Studios Multi Detail Butterfly Punch,Marianne Design Creatables Designer Doily,Big Shot
Embellishments : Pearls from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Top Tip Tuesday : Frame It
Delightful Challenges :Get Punchy
Samuel Taylors : Copic Chic/Promarker Gal (definitely the latter!)
Phindy’s Place : Spring is on the way
Annabelle Stamps : Say it with polka dots
Wee Memories : Live,Laugh,Love
OSAAT : Make it pretty
Stampin’ With The Dragon : Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity :
Stamp-n-Doodle :Red and/or pink,white and 1 other colour
I Love Promarkers : Birthday 


Lisa x

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