A real hoot!

We’d love to see your Things with Wings 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 23rd March 11:59 EST to upload your project.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!

I’ve used 2 inch Cute Owls Circle Tags – Cupcake Toppers – Favor Bag Tags.As soon as I saw this sheet of adorable little owls the idea to make this card sprung into my head. I shrunk the panel down to fit it onto my card whole.I then printed a second sheet in the same size and punched the cheeky little chappie using a 1″ circle punch.I wanted to make him stand out and as I have issues with printer ink running when using Glossy Accents I decided to clear emboss him instead.It was a bit fiddly but to stop him being blown away I gently held him in place with a pokey tool.I used 3 layers of powder to get a nice,smooth,even coating.Once cooled I mounted him onto some foam tape before putting him in place.I also added emphasis by doodling a frame around him.

Here’s a closer view.I tilted the lamp to catch the shine.

I wanted to create the card base with the wording printed directly on it.I’m pretty useless at creating my own templates and trying to position things correctly so I used My Verse Editor Plus from Crafty Ideas by Kaz.Although it seems to have been superceded by the Ultimate Insert Designer.Both of these have been made for the purpose of inserts but they make great templates for card bases too – why didn’t I think of it before! I just doodled a frame onto to it too.I layered up the image onto some cardstock adding a scalloped border for interest.I finished it off with a raffia bow.Perfect to give a rustic edge.

Supplies :
Image : 2 inch Cute Owls Circle Tags – Cupcake Toppers – Favor Bag Tags
Sentiment  : Computer  generated
Mediums : Fine end of a Black Whispers Strokes Dual Tip Marker,Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad,Debbie Moore Clear Gloss Embossing Powder
Card : Kraft card, Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : My Craft Editor Plus,X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch,Woodware 1″circle punch (green)
Embellishment : Natural raffia from my stash

Here are some challenges for this card :

Catch the Bug : Scallops
One Stop Craft : CAS
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Cupcake Crafts : Up in the Air (optional green)
Shabby Tea Room : Birthday/Celebration
Paper Sundaes : Keep It Simple 
Scrap Creations : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Happy Birthday 
Wild Orchid Crafts : Dieing to punch it out
Simon Says : Happy Birthday
Kaboodle Doodles : Happy Birthday

TFL

Lisa x

The icing on the cake

It’s time for  a sketch at Craft Your Passion this week.We also have Digi’s By Phooka as our sponsor.If ultra cute’s your thing then you really need to check them out!!Please go to our challenge blog fro details on how to play and take a look at the fabulous DT and GDT creations while your there.

Here’s the sketch :

I’ve used the extremely cute Strawberry Cake from the Cakes set  by Digi’s By Phooka.What could be better than a cake with  yummy strawberries?One with a smiley face!I’ve used Promarkers to colour and topped it off with some Frosted Lace Stickles icing.It’s not as sparkly as other Stickles but gives a nice shimmer which my camera has decided to pick up for once.Apart from making good icing I’m pretty sure it’s going to come in handy for snow too.As soon as I saw this image I just knew which paper I was going to use.Originally I was going to use red card and embellishments but came across this lime coloured card in my collection and found the square brads that I’d forgotten I’d bought,whilst rummaging.I’m so glad I did as it gives a great contrast.I was a little stuck as to what to replace the butterflies with on the sketch.I had hoped to find some strawberry buttons but had no luck.Then it hit me….why not use the strawberries from the cake!It only cost me a little card and ink too.That’s what I like!Plus it had the added bonus of embellishments to match perfectly.I gave the stawbs some ‘shine’ with a white gel pen because  I wasn’t patient enough to wait for Glossy Accents to dry and nor did I want to drag my stamping stuff out  to clear emboss – I’d made enough mess as it was!!I think this turned out pretty cute and I hope you do too.

Supplies :
Image : Strawberry Cake from the Cake set at Digi’s By Phooka
Mediums : ProMarkers,Inkssentials White Opaque Gel Pen,Frosted Lace Stickles
Paper & Card : DP K& Co,Lime card from Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Decoupage scissors,Nestabilities Standard Circle and Classic Scallop Circle Large,Big Shot
Embellishments : Dovecraft Square Brads Brights

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Creative Card Crew : No flowers
Passion for ProMarkers : Food and drink
Top Tip Tuesday : Happy Birthday
Simon Says : Anything Goes
Whimsie Doodles : Glitter
Anything Goes : Die Cuts
Shelly’s Images : Something Green
StampInsanity : Holy Guacamole! 
Meljen’s Designs : Green
Delicious Doodles : Use green
Pattie’s Creations : Green
One Stop Craft : CAS
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes : Keep it simple
Catch the Bug : Scallops Anyone?
Bearly Mine : Birthday Card
ECP : Use green
Card Makin’ Mamas : Something Green
Daring Cardmakers : Home Baked
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Going  for the Green

TFL

Lisa x

Beauty of Spring

The theme at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best is Pearls this week.Play along for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or join us as a GDT.Full details are on the challenge blog and don’t forget to check out the DT and GDT’s fabulous work while you’re there.

I’ve used the beautiful Spring Gathering for my card.She’s been printed onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with Distress Inks.I thought it would be in keeping with the gentleness of this figure.I’ve kept to quite a simple layout too to make sure she stays the focus of attention.I’ve added a couple of punched butterflies  to reflect those in the paper and used my newly acquired pearl embellishments.These may be better suited for flower centres but you know what it’s like when you get new stuff!!Anyway last time I used this punch I did a row of pearls down the middle so something different was called for.I stamped the sentiment in brown as I felt being solid black would’ve been overbearing.I used my new 1″ circle punch and it’s perfect for this set of sentiments as there are quite a few circle ones.I like the way it leaves a tiny border.Mind you I’ve wanted one for ages and you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to find one!

Supplies :
Image : Spring Gathering from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear set
Medium : Distress Inks in Tattered Rose,Victorian Velvet,Worn Lipstick,Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw,Walnut Stain,Tumbled Glass,Coffee Bean Archival Ink Pad
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Brown card from stash,watercolour paper pad from The Works
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Mini Corner Rounder Punch,Tonic Multi-Detail Butterfly Punch,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch
Embellishments : Paper Cellar Pink Beaded Flowers,Lemon Raffia Lace

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Stampin for the Weekend : Spring
Totally Papercrafts : Pearls and Lace
Stamp Something : March Digi Day
Simply Create : Power of Flowers
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
Little Claire’s : Flowers
Simon Says : Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge : Lovely Ladies
Die Cut Dreams : Spring Garden Scene
Digi Stamps 4 Joy : Lacy Days
Bunny Zoe’s : Spring Flowers Everywhere
The Pink Elephant : Spring Time
Cupcake Inspirations :
Sentimental Sundays : Pearls and Lace
Paper Garden Projects : Spring Things
Crafty Calendar : Spring
By the Cute and Girly : Springtime

TFL

Lisa x

The Little Mermaid

It’s Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion this week.An easy one I hope you agree.We also have FOUR fabulous sponsors too – Fanyella,Wags ‘n Whiskers,The Artistic Stamper and Letraset!!Pop along to be in for the chance of winning some wonderful prizes.Don’t forget to check out the DT and GDT’s beautiful work while you’re there. 

I was lucky enough to get to play with Fayella’s Mermaid!I had so much fun colouring this with Promarkers and a touch of Sakura Stardust pens,altho’ it doesn’t show up too well. I also sprayed the image with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine as this was quite a large area to cover.After cutting the papers I gave them a generous covering of Spray and Sparkle in Silver.I used a border punch along the bottom of the paper and card and offset it for a different look I used a  length of this sparkly trim as I thought it looked like seaweed.I attached the bow and pins using Pinflair Glue Gel.The paper and pins I found on offer at Colemans Craft Warehouse and tho’ they’re not made by the same company the colours tone pretty well together.I like these pins as they have a silicone cap on the end.Not sure if you’re supposed to remove them when you use them but these are definitely staying on!I can’t help it but every time I see any kind of Mermaid the song ‘Under the Sea’ pops into my head!

Supplies :
Image : Mermaid! from Fanyella
Mediums : Promarkers,Sakura Stardust Gel Pens,Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine, Crafter’s Companion Spray and Sparkle Silver
Papers & Card : DP Arctic Frog The Garment District Lily Pads Spring Break 6 x6 paper pad,green card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,EK Success Dotted Wave Slim Edger Punch,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Small,Big Shot
Embellishments : Sparkly trim from stash,Fancy Pants Rough & Tough pins

Some challenges this card is for :

Desert Island Crafts : Brenda’s Itinerary – 1.Make it square,4.Hand coloured image,5.Two or more patterned papers,8.No sentiment on the front
Papertake Weekly : Anything goes (optional extra of something old Crafter’s Companion sprays)
Crafts and Me : Under the Sea
Clear It Out : Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up : Just Green It!
Little Miss Muffet : DP
Shelly’s Images : Layer,layers,lots of layers
StampInsanity : I’m so touchy feely
Fairy Tale : Children
Stamp Something : March Digi Day
Tellen’s Place : Embellish,Embellish,Embellish
Scrap Creations : Kids
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes : Stripes

TFL

Lisa x

So Stinkin’ Cute

We’d love to see your Black and White cards/projects at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Check out the challenge bog for details on how you could be the lucky winner of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or join us as a Guest Designer.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s beautiful creations too. 

For my card I’ve used the irresistible Stinky!He’s such a sweetie!He’s been coloured with Promarkers and depth has been added with some Black Soot Distress Ink.I actually found it quite scary to use such a dark colour but I think it turned out OK.I used a Cuttlebug puzzle die to cut two pieces of black and white card that I printed off from Canon Creative Park.I was just going to run them through at random then it hit me to match them up!Didn’t do too bad a job.I’ve still got some left over to use on something else.The swirly panel was created by using a Cuttlebug embossing folder on some Whitewash card and sanding it back to reveal the colour underneath.I rubbed over the sponge with the remaining ink on it for extra definition.I cut the flower,part of a Cuttlebug alphabet set, from some felt for added furry texture to go with my little friend here and adhered a black pearl in the centre.The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set.

It’ also a special day for me today.It’s my Birthday!!Although I say it with some trepidation – another year older and all that.Anyway I had some lovely cards,pretty flowers, yummy Thornton’s chocs and The QI Book of General Ignorance – one of my fave programmes .I haven’t had my ‘real’ pressie yet.Unfortunately it won’t be anything crafty as I’ve been waiting for what seems like an age for some Al Murray – The Pub Lanlord tickets to be available.They seem to sell out rather rapidly.I know he’s not to everyone’s taste but as it’s DH’s Birthday next week too he treated us.Mind you we’ve ended up in the Circle as the only tickets left in the Stalls were in the front row.Given DH’s ever growing Beer Belly and shaven head,to hide the grey,I’m pretty sure he would be a prime candidate for Al to pick out.I feel you’d have to be very brave to sit under his nose at one of his shows!!All hail to the ale!

Supplies :
Image : Stinky from Dig Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Hero Arts Clear Design Elephants
Mediums : Promarkers,Black Soot Distress Ink
Papers & Card : Black card from stash,8 x8 Core’dinations Whitewash,flower paper printed from Canon Creative Park
Tools : X- Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Labels 3,Cuttlebug A2 Puzzled,Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl Embossing Folder,flower from Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set,Lasting Impressions Paper Scuffers
Embellishment : 4mm Black Flat Backed Pearl

Some challenges this card is for;

Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Simply Create : Power of Flowers
Stamp Something : Something with Flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges : Flowers
Totally Gorjuss : Black + one colour
Gingerloft : Furry Friends
Paper Playtime : Digi Monday Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Creative Belli : Animals
Critter Sketch : Sentiment

TFL

Lisa x

Splash!

A Drop in the Bucket challenge has been set at AiFactory Challenges this week .So we’d love to see your water themed creations.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 9th March 11:59 EST to upload your project.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!

I’ve used Ella Under the Sea – Digital Stamp Image 2 for my card.The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this image was this scene.So I couldn’t help but go with it.I’ve flipped one image and made it smaller.Both have had their hair and skin coloured with Promarkers and Copic Atyou Spica pens have been used everywhere else.Although the glitter doesn’t show too much in the pic.I’ve added pearls in their hair using Liquid Pearls.The base card has been made from a sheet of white card punched with a Martha Stewart set.It was then the perfect size to attach to a 5″ x 7″ card. I used the border punch to create the waves.The rock and sand were hand cut and the sun was made using Nestabilities.The banner was made by cutting a strip of card,stamped with words from a Christmas set (!), and then snipping into the end.The pearl dangling from the edge is actually from a bra I bought.Don’t worry I cut it off BEFORE I wore it as I thought it was too bulky and would show through my clothes!!

Supplies :
Image : Under the Sea Ella – Digital Stamp Image 2
Sentiment :  Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Mediums : Promarkers,Copic Atyou Spica pens,Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad in Cantaloupe,White Opal Liquid Pearls
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Cherish,Nestabilities Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles,Big Shot,decoupage scissors
Embellishments : Thread and pearl from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Patties Creations : Make your own embellishment
The Stamp Man : Curls and Swirls
Wags ‘n’ Whiskers : Punches
Creative Cowgirl’s : Tropical,The Beach,Hawaii
I Did It Creations : Punches/Dies
KB Cute Monday : Anything Goes using a digi
Paper Playtime : Digi Monday – Anything Goes
Deserts Island Crafts : Brenda’s itenrary – I’ve chosen 4.Hand coloured image,5.Two or more patterned papers,6.Pearls,7.Twine
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Scrap Creations : Kids
Cupcake Crafts :Anything but square

TFL

Lisa x

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