Clearly So Tweet

Paper Piecing is the challenge this week at Craft Your Passion.We have the fab AiFactory and Bunny Zoe as our sponsors!Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used Love Birds on Branch from AiFactory.I printed onto the cloud paper then coloured the branch ans birds beaks using ProMarkers. The rest has been paper pieced.The base card is made from acetate and I’ve layered various papers from the same pad.Liquid Pearls have been added to the centres of the flowers and the illusion of shine given with a white gel pen. The bird image is mounted on card to give it more stability as I wanted it hang over the side of the card.I’ve played with my Brother hand held label printer again to create the sentiment.Some grossgrain ribbon,a wooden flower button coloured with an ink pad and some twine complete the card.

Supplies :
Image : Love Birds on Branch from AiFactory
Sentiment : Printed on my Brother P-Touch Label Printer
Colouring  mediums: ProMarkers,Sakura White Gelly Roll pen,Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop Ink Pad (used to colour wooden button)
Papers & card : DP DCWV The Mini Stack 3,Pink card Core’dinations Roy G. Biv cardstock pad,Papermania 12 x12 Acetate Sheets (perfect for card bases!)
Tools: X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Martha Stewart  Embroidered Floral Punch Around the Page set,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : White Opal Liquid Pearls,Green grosssgrain ribbon from stash,Wooden flower button acquired from eBay,We R Memory Keepers Baker’s Twine

Some challenges this is for :

Creative Inspirations Paint :  Paper Piecing
Kenny K Krafty Girlz :  Spring Zing (Bright and Springy)
One Stitch At A Time :  Use a Digi- Spring/Easter
PanPastel UK Challenge :  Use a Ribbon
That Craft Place :  Anything Goes 
2 Sisters :  Anything goes
Allsorts : Free and Easy February
Craft Your Days Away : Paper Piecing 
Hiding in my Craft Room : Bring on some Spring
Our Creative Corner : Over the edge
Fairy Tale :  Spring
Stamp Man : Colours of Spring / Easter
Cute Card Thursday  : Winged things
Delightful Challenges : Use patterned paper
Crafts and Me : Shades of Spring
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Buttons and ribbons
Paper Pretties : Punches/diecuts
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters :  Use a digi
Truly Scrumptious  : All creatures great and small
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Critter (Hope birds count!)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Spring Is In The Air 
Sassy Cheryl’s : NO Embossing

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Willing and (g)able!

We have a different challenge for everyone at Willow Sketchie Challenge – it’s Anything Goes!A favourite I’m sure.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!Don’t forget to stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational  bunch.

Don’t forget the clear stamp Sale continues.Only £1,such a bargain.

I wanted to try something new this time and found the instructions for this rather cute Gable Box on Splitcoaststampers.The topper image,flower paper and sweet sentiment are all from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs.I added a drizzle of Frosted Lace Stickles to the icing on the cake.The paper has been adhered to a strip of card with a punched border and  I punched out the sentiment and allowed it to hang over the edge.The top of the box is held together with some sisal string.Originally the was two ply but I unraveled it because I like the hairy,unkempt look. I threaded the blue paper twine through the bow before tying the button on.

Supplies :
Image,patterned paper and sentiment : From the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom  from Willow Designs
Medium : Frosted Lace Stickles
Card : Kraft and white from my stash,pink card Core’dinations Roy G. Biv cardstock pad 
Tools : Fiskars 30cm  Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Martha Stewart Score Board,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware 1½” Circle Punch,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch
To embellish : Sisal string,paper twine,Papermania button

Some challenges this is for :

My Time To Craft : Bring On the Cake 
Paper Take Weekly : Get Krafty (Use Kraft)
Sassy Cheryl’s : NO Embossing
Crafty Boots :  “Food Glorious Food”
Kaboodle Doodles : Let`s Get Cooking
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge : Use a Die or Punch
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi OR No image
Digital Tuesday : Make It Sparkle
Creative Mondays : Anything Goes
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet :  “Fantastic Finds” (mine are the sisal string and paper twine)
Paper Pretties : Punches/diecuts
Paper Shelter Challenge : Add a sentiment
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  Anything goes
Pixie Cottage :  Sketch and/or buttons and bows (just buttons and bows)
Sisterhood of Crafters :  Use a digi

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Side stepping sk8r

The challenge at Craft Your Passion this week is RED,WHITEBLUE – It’s Presidents Day.We have the fab Mami Doodles and Robin’s Nest as our sponsors!.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

I made a 5 x 7 Side Step card using Nick with Skateboard from Mami Doodles.He’s been coloured with FlexMarkers with touches of white gel pen to add highlights.I’ve fussy cut him and placed him over a die cut star,with the white one being embossed.The sentiment has been printed on my Brother P-Touch.When playing around with it I found a rather nifty frame section.I’ve embellished with paper thread and white brads.Unfortunately the right hand side seems a little dull and shadowy in the pic.I think my camera tends to pick the most prominent parts to home in on.Still at least it shows the image off well 😀

Supplies :
Image : Nick with Skateboard by Mami Doodles
Sentiment : Printed on my Brother P-Touch Label Printer
Colouring mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Paper & Card : DP DCWV All About Boys,Core’dinations Roy G. Biv cardstock pad,Craft UK Limited 5×7 card blank,White card from stash
Tools : Fiskars 30cm  Euro Personal Paper Trimmer, Decoupage scissors,X-cut Dielicious  Star Nesting Dies,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Big Shot
To embellish : Paper thread,White brads

Some challenges this is for :

Allsorts :  Free and Easy February
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Don’t Be Square
Crafty Ann’s : Bold & Bright
Crafty Catz : Favourite Things (paper thread and brads,these are my fave boy papers too!)
Fabulous Friday : Brads or Eyelets
Hotshot Crafts : One for the Boys
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Male Birthday
Craft Us Crazy : Everyone has Favourites (paper thread and brads,these are my fave boy papers too!)
Shelly’s Images  : Anything goes
Cooking It Up With Katie : A Spooled Metal Sentiment
Inky Impressions :  Punches/Dies
Paper Pretties :  Unique fold
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  Anything goes 
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything but square card
Creative Card Crew :  Masculine
Digital Tuesday : Use Your Stash

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Day-sy Dreaming

Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week.Everybody’s favourite!Please take a look at the challenge blog for details on how to play along and be in the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Don’t forget to check out the wonderful DT work while you’re there.

There is also a special sale going on at the store this month :


Don’t forget the current 99¢ Digi Deal stamps are only available until March 1st and then they will be gone forever!If see something you like grab it while you still have the chance!

I’ve used Daisy Girl from Digi Doodle Shop for my card and water coloured her with Distress Inks.I decide to make a kick stand card.Here’s how it works :

I used a Tonic Edgers 5 Punch I picked up for £2.99!I lined it up my Border Punch System to create the continuous pattern.The image is cut out with a Nestie.The papers are some more scrummy Ooh La La for Him by Mind’s Eye – LOVE ’em!I even used one of the labels from the die-cut sheet to stamp the sentiment on to :

The flower on the front was made using the instructions from this Paper Flower Tutorial on Whimsical World of Laura Bird’s blog.I did use a 1″ circle punch for the purpose of this card.It was a little fiddly and it probably didn’t help that this a thin cardstock rather than a paper but as long as you get your folds as accurate and sharp as you can then you shouldn’t have too many problems.Much the same for all paper folding really.I added a gem brad to the centre.This was another bargain.The pack was only £1.99!

Supplies :
Image : Daisy Girl from Digi Doodle Shop
Colouring medium : Distress Inks
Sentiment : From a 3 Birds box of clear stamps stamped in Coffee Archival Ink
Papers & card : DP Ooh La La for Him Paper Kit by My Mind’s Eye,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Tonic Edgers 5 Punch,X-cut Border Punch System,Nestabilities Labels 3,Bigshot,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch,Siesta Extra Small Corner Rounder
To embellish : Papermania Iridescent Gem Brads

Some challenges this is for :

Inky Impressions :  Punches/Die
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Tandastamps : Daisy Daisy
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Celebrations 
Karens Doodles : Celebrate
Stamps R Us :  Anything Goes 
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs : Die Cuts
Crafty Emma :  Lots of Layers, 3 or more
Fun with Shapes & More : Birthday
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Hat off to You
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Include the word ‘Happy’
Crafty Purple Frog : Flower Power
Cute Card Thursday : Flower Power!
Do You Stack Up? : Layers
Shelly’s Images : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Sweet Pickle(berry)

At Willow Sketchie Challenge this week we have Anne-Marie hosting and here’s her fabby sketch :

Feel free to add a sentiment and some ribbon wherever you like too.One lucky winner will get a voucher to spend at Willow Designs!

Just a reminder that the SALE continues at Willow Designs.

I’ve actually rotated the sketch for my card.The image is from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs.She’s been coloured with ProMarkers and I cut slits either side of  her to thread the ribbon through to give her something to perch on.The cupcake backing paper is from the CD-rom too.I used this lovely embossing folder to add some texture along with the metal corner and flower brads.The sentiment is from a cut out sheet that was a freebie with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.

Supplies : 
Image & backing paper : Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Deigns
Sentiment : Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Card : Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-cut craft knife,Craft Concepts In Stitches Embossing Folder,Big Shot
To embellish : Ribbon cut from hanging loops on a top I bought,Papermania flower brads,metal corner from eBay

Some challenges this is for :

Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Whimsical Wednesdays :  Red, white and one other color (I’ve used yellow)
My Time To Craft :  Bring On the Cake (Use cake on your project) 
Stamp-N-Doodle  :  Food/Drink
Stamps R Us : Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room  : Photo Inspiration  Cherry
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish : Square Cards
Hiding in my Craft Room : Super Scraps Saturday – use up those scraps (the paper,card and image were all leftovers from a previous project)
Stamp Man : Texture
Shopping Our Stash : Metal Mania

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Take time to smell the roses

There’s a recipe to follow at Craft Your Passion this week.1 Ribbon or Twine,2 Design Papers and 3 Buttons.We’re sponsored by the fab Delicious Doodles and Simon Says Stamp.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

I’ve tried a new fold,well for me!It’s called a Double Dutch Fold and instructions can be found here.My measurements are slightly different as they were ones given to me by a demonstrator at my local craft warehouse.Here’s the card open :

The image I’ve used is the divine Rosalee by Delicious Doodles and she’s been coloured with FlexMarkers.The papers are by K & Co and I thought they’d be perfect for her.I’ve used the rose one inside too :

I printed out the sentiment on my computer.

I looped the ribbon on the front one end to make it look like leaves and pleated it the other.I adhered a kraft card rose,which I colour tinted on the edges using pearlescent paint and added a button to,on top.I glued the other buttons to the bottom flaps to act as handles.

Supplies :
Image : Rosalee by Delicious Doodles
Colouring mediums : FlexMarkers,Pearlescent watercolour paint
Sentiment : Made by me!
Papers & card : DP K & Co,kraft  and pearlised textured card from my stash
Tools : Fiskars Euro Personal Paper Trimmer 30cm (for cutting and scoring),Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Nestabilities Standard Oval and Classic Scallop Oval (both large and small),Marianne Designs Flower Fantasy,Big Shot
To embellish : Grossgrain ribbon and flower buttons from my stash

Some challenges this is for :

One Stitch At A Time :  Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs : Die Cuts
Allsorts : Free and Easy February
Catch The Bug : Photo Inspiration image
Craft Us Crazy : Anything goes
Little Darlings Challenges : Favorite Embellishments (buttons,ribbon and hand made flowers)
Scrapbook Sisters :  Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly : Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Anything Goes (must include spooled item)
Crafters Companion : Anything Goes
Sew Many Cards : Buttons

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

‘Owl’ love you forever!

After seeing Winnie come out to play Walter has decided he needed to make an appearance too!

The delightful and charming Be my Valentine Walter is from Willow Designs.He’s  been coloured with ProMarkers and to give him a doe eyed look I’ve used Glossy Accents.They’ve also been added to his welly boots and heart.I’ve not made a shaped card in a while so I thought I’d add him to one.I also bought a paper ribbler a while back,put it away,then forgot where I put it and finally made the effort to search for it as I thought these little hand cut banners would be a quirky little touch.They’ve been wrapped with  some baker’s twine and the bottom one has some heart brads that I’ve had foreveeeer attached to it.

Supplies : 
Image : Be my Valentine Walter from Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,Glossy Accents
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Cupcake Collection,White card Craft Essentials from The Works
Tools : Nestabilities Labels 1,Grand Nestabilities Labels 1,Grand Calibur,Paper ribbler from The Works
To embellish : We R Memory Keeper’s Baker’s Twine,heart brads from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Polkadoodles :  Show some Love (with Hearts)
BasicGrey :  Love/Valentines
4 Crafty Chicks : Valentines/Love
C.R.A.F.T. : Valentines Day
Charisma Cardz :  Things with wings
Delightful Challenges :  Love
Do You Stack Up? :  Love
Crafty Emma : Give Me Wings or Sketch or Both
Sarah Hurley Challenges :  Love is all around
For Fun Challenges : Love 

Despite the inclement weather my adorable dawgy decided a spot of camping would be a good idea …

… well OK … indoor camping.In case you’re wondering she’s looking at the boys in their room through the mesh side.This is the same mesh side she spent a few minutes trying to pushing her way through to get into said room.Bless her!

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A pocket full of posies

Another Thursday,another Willow Sketchie Challenge!This week we have a fabby sketch by Claire :

Don’t forget to stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational  bunch.

You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!

As soon as I saw this sketch I knew I had the chance to  incorporate a hidden message.Something I’d never done before and was inspired to do by Sharon Armstrong’s article in issue 101 of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine:

Us DT girlies are still enjoying playing with the adorable Polly Pickleberry CD-rom from Willow Designs.Here I’ve used one of the digital stamp images coloured with FlexMarkers.The bush she’s watering is from an embellishment sheet,also coloured with FlexMarkers.I drew some water drops and covered them and her wellies with Glossy Accents.Here’s a closer view :

The little blue roses I cut from a backing paper and adhered them on top.The tag is cut in to shape from one of the sentiment sheets and I made a pocket on the back for it to slide in and out of.This was quite easy to do.All I did was cut a piece of card a bit bigger than the tag and add adhesive to three sides, remembering to leave the edge I wanted the tag to fit open.The pretty pink rose paper is also from the CD-rom.I found this gorgeous textured pearlised card in a bargain bundle at my local craft warehouse and used a previously unused embossing folder on the piece behind the image.I added a dark pink metallic eyelet and tied a length of cord through it.I found these cute flower buttons in my stash and threaded them with some floss.

There’s also a SALE  going on at Willow Designs.You know we all love a bargain – so go on grab some!

And just to remind you the DT call is open until 15th February too!Check the challenge blog for details.

Supplies : 
Images,backing papers and sentiment : All from Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Glossy Accents
Card : Trimcraft textured pearlised card bought as a bargain bundle fro my local craft warehouse
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Craft Concepts  Garden Swirl Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Crop-a-Dile
To embellish : Eyelet,cord and buttons from stash,We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Sentiments :  Let’s Get Girly
Deep Ocean Challenge : Love You
Digital Tuesday : Pink or Red
Everybody-Art-Challenge : Love
My Time To Craft : A Is For Adorable
Paper Take Weekly  :Anything Goes with the option to add a heart or do a love theme
Lexi’s Creations  :  Love
Stamp with Fun : Love
The Pink Elephant : Pink
Victorine Originals : Love/Valentines
Come and Get It Challenges : Love
One Stitch At A Time :  With Love
The Crafty Pad :  Lets See Some Fresh Spring Colours
Catch The Bug : February Anything Goes
Hotshot Crafts :  Flowers
Patties Creations :  Embossing
Stamp Man : Embellish It
I Love Promarkers : Love is in the Air
Little Darlings Challenges  :  Favorite Embellishments (buttons)
Paper Pretties : Texture
Scrapbook Sisters : Anything Goes
The Perfect Sentiment :  Love + photo inspiration  
(The inspiration of  the whole garden theme and fresh pretty colours along with the bushes and flowers)
Whimsy Inspiration : Love Themed

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

‘Owl’ love you with all my heart

Here’s another card made with a new Willow Designs Valentines Digital Stamp.This time it’s the delightful Be My Valentine Winnie making an appearance .

This wasn’t so much a learning curve as a re-learning curve (if there’s such a thing!).Well … the other day some really scrummy Spring 2012 Limited Edition ProMarkers slipped off the shelf and into my basket.Not sure how that happened!I wanted to use these pens on their own and so had to go back to the days when I didn’t have many colours and layered the colours up.It did feel strange not having several shades spread before me but I’m not too displeased with the results – I did achieve what I set out to do. And these pens,of course,will supplement some of the other shades I already own.I chose these lovely freebie papers that came with Simply Cards & Papercraft  magazine (along with a rather ‘tweet’ stamp set) to complement the hues in the image.I’ve used lots of punches too ( I never make the most of my stuff at times),including an extra small corner rounder to give a softer look.The flower is actually created with two layers of punched hearts.I’ve added some pearly embellies to finish.

Supplies :
Image : Be My Valentine Winnie form Willow Designs
Colouring medium : Spring 2012 Limited Edition ProMarkers 
Papers & Card : DP Hot Off The Press freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft  magazine ,textured pearlised pink card from my stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Mini Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,EK Success Daisy Chain Edge Punch,Carl Heart Punch,Craft Planet Heart Punch,Nestabilities Large Standard Rectangles and Classic Scalloped Rectangles,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Stick It! Hot Glue Gun ( to attach pearl spray)
To Embellish : Pearl spray and pearl flower from my stash 

Some challenges this card is for :

Polkadoodles : Show us some Love (With Hearts) – Apart from the heart Winnie’s holding the flower is made using heart punches (hope this isn’t too far out of the box and still counts!)
Crafty Boots :  Valentines
Creative Stamp Friends : Valentine
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge : Valentine’s day
Hooked on Crafts : Hearts 
Lexi’s Creations : Love
Lollipop Crafts : Valentine`s day Card
Ooh La La Creations :  Be My Valentine
Stamps R Us : Valentine/Love
Crafty Emma :  Give me Wings or Sketch  or Both

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


P-laid back frog

No Design paper is the challenge at Craft Your Passion this week.We also have the fabulous Doodle Pantry,Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Pizzazzaplenty as our sponsors.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

On my card I’ve used Little Frog from Doodle Pantry.This is a great value set.It comes with two different images,uncoloured and coloured.There are two fab backing papers and two sentiments too.This is one of the uncoloured images that I coloured with ProMarkers.I gave him a coating with a clear glaze pen to give him the waxy sheen that tree frogs have and gave him some nice bulbous eyes with Glossy Accents.I’ve two different techniques for the backgrounds.The plaid pattern is drawn onto plain white cardstock using a ruler and ProMarkers.I love the way the colours overlap as the ink is translucent.The other backing is made by passing a piece of Whitewash card through an embossing folder then sanded.This is actually supposed to be a Christmas one but I think it can be used anytime. I dug out some acrylic dew drops to embellish.

Supplies : 
Image and sentiment : Little Frog from Doodle Pantry
Colouring mediums : ProMarkers,Sakura Clear Glaze Pen,Glossy Accents
Card : White card Craft Essentials from The Works,Core’dinations Whitewash,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Scallop Edger Punch,Craft Concepts Christmas Vine Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Steel Ruler
To embellish : Acrylic dew drops

Some challenges this is for :

PanPastel UK Challenge : Happy Birthday
Allsorts : Free and Easy February
Catch The Bug : February Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle : Die Cut or Punches
Fun with Shapes & More : Birthday
Patties Creations : Embossing
Poodles Parlour : Anything Goes
Stampin For The Weekend : Embossing
Doodle Pantry : Use a Doodle Pantry Image
Sundays with Crissy : Happy Birthday
Craft Us Crazy : Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up? :  Anything goes
Partytime Tuesdays : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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