Cake,me old china?

We have a fabby sketch by Claire and theme of Add Embossing Dry or Heated over at Willow Sketchie Challenge this week.Here’s Claire’s sketch :

You can use either the sketch or theme.Even both!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.

For my card I chose these papers to go with Polly Pickleberry.They remind me so much of blue and white china (hence the the title of my post.Appologies to those who don’t know Cockney Rhyming Slang.China Plate means Mate).The papers are Cool Meadows Paper Collection and the Digital Stamp image is from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom.Both are available from Willow Designs.After colouring the image with ProMarkers I dabbed over the whole thing with a VersaMark pad and gave it sprinkling of clear embossing powder.I then gave it another layer followed by a top layer of holographic powder.I have to admit I wasn’t sure at first but it has kinda grown on me and will probably do it again.?The buttons started out plain but I did the same to them.Yep,even coloured ’em with ProMarkers.You do have to make sure the holes don’t clog up with powder especially if you want to thread them!

Supplies : 
Image : Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,VersaMark
Papers & Card : Cool Meadows Paper Collection by Willow Designs, Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Heat Tool
To Embellish : Heart-shaped Wooden Buttons and Thread from stash,Debbie Moore Clear Gloss embossing powder,Heat It Up Holographic Embossing Powder

Some challenges this is for :

Craft Room Challenge : Bling & Glitter/Sparkle 
Party Time Tuesdays :  Anything Goes
Stamp-N-Doodle : Embossing
Lollipop Crafts : Anything goes
Di’s Digis Designs  :  Emboss it
Drunken Stampers : I’ll Drink to That
Crafty Emma : 
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Card Makin’ Mamas : Buttons
Pattie’s Creations :  Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Bunnies in the pink

Monochromatic is the theme at Craft Your Passion this week.We have the fab Delicious Doodles and The Charm Barn as our sponsors too.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 decided to make a little doorway into fairyland with my card.The image is Away with the Bunnies by Delicious Doodles.The image has been water coloured with pearlescent  paint and the card made around it with different pink pearlescent card to give a lovely fairy-like sparkle throughout.

Supplies : 
Image : Away with the Bunnies from Delicious Doodles
Sentiment : From Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends stamp set
Mediums : Pearlescent water colour paint,Rosebud Memento Dew Drop ink pad,Gold metallic pen
Card : Various from stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Sizzix Bigz Hinges Latches Handles and Photo Turns,X-cut Dielicious Decorative Dies Petal Posies,Craft Concept Woodgrain Embossing Folder,Crafts Too Daisy Embossing Folder,Big Shot

Some challenges this is for :

2 Sisters : Spring is in the Air
Di’s Digis Designs : Emboss it
Little Claire’s : Spring
Marks Finest Papers : Shades of Pink
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle : Bunnies
Creative Inspirations Paint :Monochromatic
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad : Some Bunny Loves You  and/or Sketch
Alphabet Challenge : D for Dry Embossing
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards  : Fancy Folds
Crafty Ann’s : Spring/Easter
Crafty Catz : Spring
Fairy Fun Fridays : Spring
Fussy and Fancy :  Anything but a Square/Rectangle
Guylou’s Inimitability :  Monochromatic
Pattie’s Creations : Anything Goes
Phindy’s Place : Animal Planet
Simply Create Too : Spring
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Anything Goes
Stampin With The Dragon : Things with Wings
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Spring
Crafty Purple Frog  : Anything goes
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Use a digi
Pixie Cottage :  Sketch and/or Easter/Spring
Whimsical Wednesdays : Spring
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything goes
Sassy Cheryl’s :  Think Spring
Creative Stamp Friends : Spring
Get Hippity with Ippity :  Things with Wings 
Hooked on Crafts :  More than One Fold 
The Cutie Pie Challenge :  Think Pink with Rabbits

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Reddy for cake!

It’s Willow Sketchie time!My turn to host this week too!So here’s my sketch :

The theme is Let Them Eat Cake but any food on your cards is acceptable.With the new style challenges you can go for the sketch,challenge or if you’re feeling adventurous BOTH!Up to you.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.

Beacuase I’m still loving the Crazy Daisy downloadable paper collection I’ve used them along with this delectable Cake (** Note : the sign is blank on the image.I used Word to put the greeting on it**) both from Willow Designs.I coloured the image with ProMarkers and coated the cherry using Glossy Accents and the icing with Crackle Accents.As there seem to be pretty cake cases for your real cakes in the shops at the mo’ I decided to keep with this trend  and paper pieced mine.You can probably tell I rotated the sketch.For the pennant piece I stuck a satin ribbon onto some white card using a double sided adhesive sheet them passed it through my ribbler.That way the ribbon keeps it’s shape.A couple of brads have been added to it.The metal corner,originally silver,was coloured with a paint pen.A stamped greeting completes the card.

Supplies :

Image and Patterned Paper : Cake by Willow Designs,Crazy Daisy downloadable paper collection
Mediums : ProMarkers,Glossy Accents,Crackle Accents, Rhubarb Stalk Memento Dew Drop
Sentiment : From Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiment clear stamp set
Other Paper : Dark red leather effect paper recycled packaging from some string I bought on eBay
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Paper ribbler from The Works,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Small,Big Shot
To embellish : Satin ribbon ,red brads and silver corner from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Bloggers Network : Floral 
Creative Mondays : Anything Goes
Love to Create : Anything Goes 
Stamp and Create :Paper Piecing
By the Cute & Girly : In the Kitchen
Lia Stampz Challenge : Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Sentimental Sundays :  Metal
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Add a Sentiment
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Use a digi
Paper Shelter Challenge : Paper piecing
Scrapbook Sisters : Anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters : Birthdays 
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything goes
Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Sentimental Christmas

Sentiment Only is the challenge theme for Craft Your Passion this week.So the focus must be on the sentiment and no other images are allowed.We have the fab Simon Says Stamp! as our sponsor too.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!

As we’re well in to March and I haven’t made one Christmas card yet I thought this would give me the ideal opportunity to do so.The sentiment is from Crazibout Stamps but sadly they don’t seem to exist anymore. 😦 I decided on framing the stamped words with a holly wreath and used my new Punch Around the Page Set for the first time.I have to admit I found it fiddly at first to lay the leaves down but soon got the hang of it and can see more of these being made with different papers and ribbons.The berries are Liquid Pearls.I had a lot of fun making this!

Supplies : 
Sentiment : Believe in the Miracle of Christmas by Crazibout Stamps (no longer available)
Inks : Memento Dew Drops in Rhubarb Stalk,Desert Sand and Cottage Ivy
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial,8 x8 Papermania Christmas Collection Card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Carl Craft Holly Punch,Martha Stewart Holly Leaves Punch Around the Page Set,Nestabilities Standard Circle Large,Big Shot
To embellish : Ruby Liquid Pearls,Forest Green Gingham Ribbon from Joanna Sheen 

Some challenges this is for :

Scrapper`s Delights Paper Crafts :”Good Luck” or use Green
Crazy 4 Challenges : Use some Green
Just Some Lines : Spring Cleaning time, use at least 2 items that are at least 6 months old.(the papers and card I bought Jan sales 2011,stamp over 2 years old,Liquid Pearls are 4 years old,Holly punch bought last Summer)
Shelly’s Images : Anything Goes
Hotshot Crafts : Ribbon
Poodles Parlour : Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge : Evergreen 
Whimsical Wednesdays : Green
Christmas Cards All Year Round : Green and use TWO different pattern papers

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


A clean sweep

People is the theme set for this week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.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.

I tried something different,well for me anyway!I’ve coloured this adorable Little Sweeper from Digi Doodle Shop in sepia tones.I have to be honest and I chucked my first attempt in the bin!Oh the shame 😦 I pride myself on NOT throwing stuff away! I tried to colour her skin in just the lighter tones I’d used for her clothing but she ended up looking grey faced so I chose pinkier beige tones and I’m a lot happier with the result 😀 I used a mix of pretty floral paper with a newspaper print one.Altho’ it’s a little difficult to see the bottom strip as I suddenly decided to lay some raffia lace ribbon over it.I layered some die cut flowers and chopped ’em up so they’d add interest to the top of the card.I finished it with some Distress Inked vintage seam binding and another flower topped with a wooden button one,tied with some paper twine.

Sadly this is my last post for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.Not an easy decision but sometimes you have to make those kind of choices 😦 I started with the team back in October 2010 and I’d like to say thanks to Karen and Ruth for being great DT Leaders,to all the lovely crafters I’ve met through the team and of course Judy and her Mom for creating and providing the gorgeous images. Wishing you all the best for the future 🙂

Don’t forget the DT call is open until 8:00 pm EST tonight!So get in there quick if you’re interested!

There are 2 beautiful new images in store too :

Foxgloves  and  Marigolds

Supplies :
Image : Little Sweeper from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : ProMarkers,Old Paper,Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks
Papers & Card : Floral paper by Paper Adventures (discontinued that’s why I bought a load 😉 ),Newspaper print K & Co,cardstock from stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,X-cut Dielicious Decorative Dies Petal Posies,Big Shot,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch
To embellish : Natural Raffia Lace Ribbon,Eggshell Vintage Seam Binding (tinted with Old Paper Distress Ink),Wooden Flower Button (e-Bay),Cream Paper Twine

Some challenges this is for :

Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge : Border Punches
I Love Promarkers : Anything goes
Ruby’s Rainbow : Lace (not sure if raffia lace counts.Let me know if it doesn’t)
Craft Room Challenge : Shabby/Vintage 
Creative Card Crew : Vintage 
Flourishes : Lace & Scallops (let me know if raffia lace doesn’t count)
Paper Take Weekly : For The Girls Or Mum
Party Time Tuesdays : Monochromatic
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Shabby Chic/Vintage
Crafty Bloggers Network : Floral
Totally Stampalicious : All About Flowers
The Ribbon Reel :  Newsprint/Bookprint and Ribbons
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Totally Gorjuss : Anything goes with a button
Fairy Fun Fridays : Distress It
Hotshot Crafts : Ribbon
Jellypark Challenges : National Craft Month (colouring,Distress Inks,raffia lace,seam binding,buttons,paper twine)

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Why did the owl…

…sit beside the toadstool?Because there’s not mushroom inside!

Oooh…err…um and on that note I think I’d better move swiftly on to this weeks Willow Sketchie Challenge.We have a fabby sketch by Pauline :


Plus the theme of Embellish It Up (Buttons,flowers or bling).Don’t forget we have made a change to the challenges.You can opt for the sketch and/or theme.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.

For my card I’ve used images from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom and  papers from the Crazy Daisy downloadable paper collection both by Willow Designs.I’ve coloured the toadstool and Walter with FlexMarkers.I gave added dimension to the spots by filling them in with white gel pen then shaded them with a FlexMarker.Both have been added to the button embossed panel with foam pads.I love this folder,it’s from the DoCrafts Boofle collection.Had to have it as soon as I saw it!I re-sized the flowers from the paper collection to add as embellishments.

Supplies :
Images : Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs
Coloring mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Papers & Card : DP Crazy Daisy by Willow Designs,kraft from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Tri-Boss Universal Embossing Folder Boofle (Mixed Buttons),Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges this is for :

I Love Promarkers : Anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Embossing
Crafty Sentiments : Things With Wings
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge :  Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network : Floral
Totally Stampalicious : All About Flowers
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Fabulous Friday : Kraft Paper
Fairy Fun Fridays : Distress It
Guylou’s Inimitability : Things with Wings

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Swinging into Spring easel-y

We want to see your Easel Cards this week at Craft Your Passion.We have The Paper Shelter and Robin’s Nest as our fabby sponsors too!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 Spring Swing from The Paper Shelter.You get both a coloured image and an inked (outline) image.I’ve coloured the inked image using ProMarkers.I cut away around the little birdie and pushed his wing and tail up for more dimension,placing a piece of foam tape behind him.The edges have been inked with Distress Ink.First applied with an old make-up brush then depth was added by scrunching up a tissue and rubbing more ink round the edges.I couldn’t be bothered to get my Cut n Dry out and the results look pretty good to me!I decided to design the card to suit the shape of the image.I deliberately cut the top of the ropes off to give more of a natural flow.The pretty Spring papers were a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft mag.The flowers only go down the middle of the sheet so I die cut some matching flowers form the edges of the leftover piece.This is the first time I’ve used this die and I have to say I’m impressed how they turned out.Some gingham ribbon ans flower shaped gems complete the card.

I’m really in to making cards with the Spring feeling ATM.The weather was absolutely glorious yesterday and it’s set to continue today – at least!That’s the trouble with the UK  it could always be snowing by the end on the week!!

Supplies :
Image : Spring Swing from The Paper Shelter
Mediums : ProMarkers,Stormy Sky Distress Ink
Paper & card : DP Kate Knight Spring Fling! freebie pad from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Ovals Scalloped and Ovals,X-cut Dielicious Decorative Dies Petal Posies,Nellie Snellen Borders 2,Big Shot
To embellish : Papermania Gems,Gingham ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges this is for :

Gingerloft : Spring
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
PanPastel UK Challenge: Girly/Mother`s Day
2 Sisters : Spring Colours
Allsorts : Say it with Flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges: Use spring as your inspiration
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle : Fancy Fold
Hotshot Crafts : Ribbons
Jellypark Challenges : National Craft Month (I know my skills aren’t up with some people out there but I love colouring!I’m really in to making shaped cards ATM and getting the most out of my many dies.I adore gingham ribbon.)
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Spring Break (travel or spring)
CCEE Stampers : Flowers, flowers, flowers
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything made with paper goes
I Love Promarkers : Ribbons and bows  
My Mum’s Craft shop:  Spring is Springing
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything goes
Stampavie and More : Spring/Easter
Whimsy Inspiration : No sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge : Spring  
Paper Take Weekly : Anything Goes (optional – use Shrink Plastic)
Cupcake Craftroom : Spring Bouquet
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Spring/ Easter

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


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