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

My heart bear-longs to you!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching four new digital stamps have been released especially for the occasion at Willow Designs.You can find this sweet little bear,called All my Heart ,alongside her friends in the Valentines digital stamps section.There may even be a couple of owls you recognise 😉 Pop on over and take a peek – they’re all super cute!

Although she has been designed with Valentine’s Day in mind I’m sure there are lots of other uses for her too.I’ve coloured her with FlexMarkers and added some white gel pen highlights.She’s been fussy cut and added to the oval with Pinflair Glue Gel.Some gingham ribbon has been ruffled along the bottom and die cut strips added down the sides.The pins,which were pearl ones until I topped them with some of the leftover hearts from the die cut,have been fixed in place behind the sentiment with foam tape to add more dimension.

Tip for Top Tip Tuesday : To save cutting into another piece of precious paper I die cut the plain oval from the background sheet and once mounted on card I adhered it over the hole.

Nobody would ever know – except I just told you 😉

Supplies : 
Image : All my Heart from Willow Designs
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear set
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura  White Gelly Roll pen, Rhubarb Stalk  Memento Dew Drop
Papers and Card :  K & Co,Core’dinations  Roy G Biv pad
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Ovals and Classic Scalloped Ovals, Sizzlits Decorative Strips Lace Edging,X-cut Dielicious Petal Posy Decorative Die Set,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To embellish : Red gingham ribbon from stash,Pins from stash

Some challenges this is for  :

Craft Us Crazy : Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog : Valentine’s Day/Show us some love
Little Miss Muffet Challenges :Valentines and Love
Crafts and Me : Bright colours
Forever Friends :  Valentine
Moving Along With The Times :Have a Heart  (At least 1 heart clearly visible)
Pals Paper Arts  : Any reds
Sassy Studio Designs  : Valentine’s
Creative Belli :  Hearts/Valentine
Little Red Wagon : Valentine’s Day/Love
Paper Pretties : Ribbon or Twine
Paper Shelter Challenge : Love is in the air
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Love is in the air
Simon Says Stamp : Animal Antics
Truly Scrumptious : Love and Hearts
Deep Ocean Challenge : Love You!
My Time To Craft : A Is For Adorable
Stamp-N-Doodle : Romance, Love, Valentine’s
Top Tip Tuesday :  Valentines & Tipper Week
Tuesday Throwdown : Use Hearts
Digi Makeover Challenge : Be My Valentine
Die Cut Dreams  : Pink, Red, Heart
Karens Doodles : Cute and Cuddly
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges : I {Heart} You
The Crafty Pad :  Show some Valentine/Anniversary Love 
Di’s Digis Designs : Valentines 
Totally Gorjuss : K.I.S.S.
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Hearts 
Daring Cardmakers : Pink & Red
Fabulous Friday : Ribbon and/or Twine
Fairy Tale : Love,Love,Love
Stampin With The Dragon : 
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Valentine’s Day
Emerald Faerie Garden : Be My Valentine
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Love
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Love is in the Air
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Red & Pink with Ribbon

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

It’sss in hisss kisss

Time to get romantic ‘cos Love is in the Air at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week.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 :

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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!

On to my card.I’ve used Charming from the Valentines category at Digi Doodle Shop (it’s included in the sale too!) and coloured it with FlexMarkers.Maybe the colour scheme is a little unconventional for a Valentine card but as this is for my DH and I don’t think girly pinky reds smothered in love hearts are really his style it also suits this slithery pair.Plus it also gave me another chance to play with this fabby paper I picked up in a sale!I pricked the papers using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool with a couple of different heads and added some faux stitching.The charm,which started out as a plain ol’ antique brass one ’til I added some colours with matching FlexMarkers,has been sewn on for real but loosely to still allow some movement.I wasn’t sure about colouring the charm at first but once I’d committed to it I quite liked it 🙂 Have to say I found FlexMarkers lend themselves better to this technique than my ProMarkers.Must be the brush tips that leave a streak free finish.Having decided I wanted to use a heart matting piece I quickly realised I don’t own any heart shaped dies.Not to be thwarted by such a detail I made my own templates with a Flower Soft tub and a pot of my daughter’s Clearasil pads along with a ruler for the straight part.I think they turned out pretty well and actually don’t nest too badly.To cover up any discrepancies that did occur may have occurred in my cutting out I distressed all the edges.I recycled a piece of corrugated card that packaged my beautiful Rennie Mackintosh calendar that my DH bought me as part of my Christmas present.After peeling off the top layer I roughed it up with a sanding block as well as distressing the edges.The sentiment is my own creation and I admit it!

Supplies : 
Image : Charming from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : FlexMarkers,fine tip of a Whispers Brush marker for the faux stitching
Sentiment : Computer generated by me!
Papers & Card : My Mind’s Eye Ooh La La for Him,Core’dinations  Roy G Biv pad,recycled corrugated card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,my own heart templates
To embellish : Charm from my stash coloured with FlexMarkers stitched on with We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Creative Belli : Hearts/Valentine
Digistamps 4 Joy : One  for the  Boys
Little Red Wagon : Valentine’s Day/Love
Paper Shelter Challenge : Love is in the Air
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Love is in the Air
Truly Scrumptious :  Love and Hearts
Whimsical Wednesdays : Bringing out the Old (My Sew Easy Tool hasn’t come out of the box since Feb last year! 😦 thought I’d use it ALL the time but I do pinch the floss’s a lot to put on projects.I don’t use my stash of charms as often I should either)
Anything Goes Challenge : To The One I Love 
Craft Room Challenge :  Valentines
Deep Ocean Challenge : Love You!
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Loves Me Loves Me Not 
Stamp-N-Doodle : Romance, Love, Valentine’s
The Stamping Boutique : Valentines
Top Tip Tuesday : Valentines & Tipper Week
Tuesday Throwdown : Use Hearts
Crafty Boots :  Something Inspired by a Song Title (Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (it’s in his kiss))
Cupcake Craft : Recycle
Digi Makeover Challenge : Be My Valentine
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge :  Valentine’s Day
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
Stamps R Us :  Valentine/Love
Corrosive Challenges :  I {Heart} You
Creative Inspirations Paint : Someone Special
Dream Valley Challenges : Animals
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
The Crafty Pad : Show some Valentine/Anniversary Love 
Allsorts : One or More Heart
Craft Your Days Away : Distressing
Hiding in my Craft Room : Un-traditional Valentines Day Project 
Marks Finest Papers :  Cards with at least 4 layers
One Stop Craft : Stitching real or faux
Alphabet Challenge :  Z … Zoo Animals 
Simply CreateToo : Love is in the Air
Wags ‘n Whiskers :  Valentine/Love
By the Cute & Girly : Love is in the Air
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Love 
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Love is in the Air
Through the Craftroom Door : Valentine’s for a Male, NO PINK
Forever Friends : Valentine

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

If I knew you were comin’…

I’d’ve baked a cake…or four!

Bit of a nailbiter as it’s my turn to host over at Willow Sketchie Challenge!And here’s said sketchie :

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!

For my card I’ve used on of the digi stamps from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom from Willow Designs and coloured her with FlexMarkers.The camera hasn’t really picked up the glaze pen I’ve added to the cherries and shoes 😦 And what idiot forgot to take a close-up?Oh,that’ll be me then. The pretty patterned paper is from the CD-rom too.As are the paper ribbon,that I’ve trimmed and shaped in to a banner,and the greeting.I’ve teamed these with some luverly orange card and felt for a bright n’ breezy feel.I’ve also donated a couple of buttons (need a lie down – feeling a bit faint!) threaded with orange stripey baker’s twine.Yum!

There’s also a DT call going on.How exciting!

Supplies :
Image,papers and sentiments : Polly Pickleberry CD-rom from Willow Designs
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura Clear Glaze Pen,Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Card : Core’dinations  Roy G Biv pad
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Sizzlits  Curly Decorative Strip Die,Big Shot with Extended Cutter Plates and Spacer Platform,Woodware Seagull Corner Punch,Decoupage scissors,Cut N Dry Foam
To embellish : Orange felt from stash,Buttons from Play Time Bag-O-Butons,We R Memory Keepers Baker’s Twine 

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Sentiments :  Punches &/Or Dies
Partytime Tuesdays :  Anything Goes
Heart Song Inspirations  : Buttons and/or Brads
Kaboodle Doodles : It’s all about Girls
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
My Craft Spot : Anything Goes
Pollycraft :  Favourite Things (Pretty much EVERYTHING that went into making this card!)
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Crazy 4 Challenges : Layer it on
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle : Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Anything Goes
Fun with Shapes & More : Cupcake / Muffins
Lily Pad : Patterned Paper
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Desserts or Sweets
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers : 
 
Before I go I’d like to share something with you :
The real life CatDog!
She obviously doesn’t realise she’s a cat otherwise she’d have chased herself!Oh yes,she really LOVES cats!!
*Note*Our dog doesn’t seem to mind being dressed up.I wouldn’t make her wear something that would hurt her or if she removed it herself I wouldn’t put it back on her.
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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