Shiny Shoes

Pauline our host for this week at Willow Sketchie Challenge has provided this fabby sketch :

The theme is Sparkle & Shine.You can choose either the sketch,theme or both to play along.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) there will be a hand picked Top 3 and they will receive a super cute badge for their blog.Don’t forget to stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational bunch.

I’ve used New Shoes coloured digital stamp by Willow Designs for my card.Although it doesn’t show in the pic the image has been coated with Spray & Shine and is actually quite glossy.Both backing papers were sprayed with Spray & Sparkle but again the camera hasn’t picked that up too well either.What’s the secret,eh?I have used some pearlescent textured card that has managed to catch the light.I’ve finished the card with some black gemstones.

I mirrored the sketch but as  I was doing it from memory I didn’t realise til afterwards I hadn’t cut the panel behind the image large enough 😦 Ah well,will try harder next time!

Just a reminder that there’s still time to apply for the DT Call at Willow Sketchie Challenge.All the details can be found here.

Supplies :

Image : New Shoes coloured digital stamp by Willow Designs
Mediums : Crafter’s Companion Spray & Shine,Crafter’s Companion Iridescent Spray & Sparkle 
Paper and Card : DP Papermania Bexley Black 8 x 8 Capsule Collection Paper Pack,Trimcraft 12 x 12 Pearlescent Textured Card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,E K Success Medium Corner Rounder Punch (with the guide removed to create a scalloped border)
To Embellish : Black Lace and Gemstones from stash

Some Challenges this is for :

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Sparkle
Scrapbook Sisters : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew : Easy As 1-2-3 (1 piece of lace,2 DP,3 gems)
Jackson’s Digital Expressions :  Anything Goes with optional sketch
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Anything Goes 
Incy Wincy Designs : Anything Goes
Love to Create : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Spotty and Dotty
Delicious Doodles :1,2,3 Recipe (1 piece of lace,2 DP,3 gems)

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Just Some Lines

Here’s a card I’ve made for a Criss Cross Card Tutorial at Just Some Lines Blog featuring Emo – Flower filled day and Flower Frame 1.I was so excited to be asked to Guest for them!Please head on over for more details if you’ve never made one of these before.They’re so much fun!

As well as having some of the sweetest digital stamps Just Some Lines have some fabulous frames and corners in their Backgrounds category that are ideal for decorating the inserts on this style of card…well any style of card really!

Supplies :

Image and Sentiment : Emo – Flower filled day from Just Some Lines
Frame on insert : Flower Frame 1 from Just Some Lines
Colouring Medium : Koh-I-Nor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils (Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative has been sprayed over the top to prevent them from smudging)
Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited Card Blanks,Bazzill Basics,DP from an old QVC Kanban kit
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals and Classic Ovals Large and Small,Spellbinders Edgabilities Classic Scallop,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile
To Embellish : Prima Flower (plus green one cut down for leaves),Papermania Pearl Brads Blues,Orange ribbon freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine

Some challenges this is for :

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Girls, Girls, Girls
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Anything Goes 
Incy Wincy Designs :  Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts : Flowers in Bloom
Love to Create :   Anything Goes
My Craft Spot : Hot Summer Colors
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Jackson’s Digital Expressions : Anything Goes with optional sketch
LEJ Designs : Summer’s Here
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s : Summer
Corrosive Challenges : Summertime Girls
Joanna Sheen Challenge :  Summer Daze  
Sentimental Sundays : Cute and Girly (plus Colour Combo bonus)
The Crafty Pad : More than One Fold 
2 Sisters :  Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar :  Flowers in Bloom
Di’s Digis Designs : Spotty and Dotty
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Girly
Raise The Bar :  Summer
Thanks for looking
Lisa x


…anybody remember the TV series starring Wendy Craig?If you do you’ll probably have the theme tune running through your head right now!

Things with Wings is the theme at Craft Your Passion.We have the fabby Stitchy Bear Stamps and Letraset as our sponsors!Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card  I’ve used Butterflies in the Grass by Floppy Latte Designs from Stitchy Bear Stamps.They’ve been coloured with ProMarkers.To get a perfectly circular,freestanding card I die cut a circle card from a white card blank.The trouble with this is you don’t get a perfect circle because you have to allow for the fold in the card.So I cut an identical sized piece of card to fit over the top.To make it stand without tipping to one side I simply cut a sliver from the bottom of the back flap of the card making sure I stay in line with the original fold.I cut some freebie paper from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine to fit inside the cut and embossed frame.I adhered the ribbon,also part of the free gift,before I stuck everything down,adding the bow separately.I filled the centers of the flowers on the frame with some teeny gems.

Supplies :

Image : Butterflies in the Grass by Floppy Latte Designs from Stitchy Bear Stamps
Colouring Medium : ProMarkers
Card & Papers : Freebie DP from Cardmaking and PaperCraft,Bazzill Basics
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Joy!Crafts Floral & Celtic Circles Cut & Emboss Dies,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors,X-Cut guillotine
To Embellish :Ribbon part of the same freebie as the paper,Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series

Some challenges this is for :

Dream Valley Challenges :  Things with Wings
Joanna Sheen Challenge :  Summer Daze  
PanPastel UK Challenge : Anything Goes 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Make it Sparkle
2 Sisters : Anything Goes
Allsorts :  Dies to Die for 
Di’s Digis Designs :  Spotty and Dotty
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Bling it On
Cute Card Thursday :  Here comes summer
Delightful Challenges : Anything goes
Paper Play : Use a die
Shelly’s Images : Anything goes
Divas by Design : To ‘Die’ For
Stampavie and More : Something with wings
Crafty Sentiments : Bright Colours

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


O(w)l’ Blues Eyes Is Back

This week over at Willow Sketchie Challenge Kelly has set a fabby sketch :

The chosen theme is Bright and Bold.You can choose either the sketch,theme or even both.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) there will be a hand picked Top 3 and they will receive a super cute badge for their blog.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 some stamps from the Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set by Willow Designs and for added dimension I’ve decoupaged Walter.I’ve coloured with ProMarkers including some of the yummy Limited Edition Summer colours.Here’s a closer view of the layered up Walter :

Yes,I like to colour each layer.You never know who’s gonna tip it up to take a peek!

These gorgeous papers are a freebie from the latest issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.You even get a set of ribbons to match.You can just see some of the zingy orange one poking thru’ the punched strip.I’ve had this punch so long and I believe this is the first time I’ve used it!!I’ve only used every other hole of the punch and just added small pieces of ribbon behind those.That way I still have a load left for another day!No wastage!!I’ve adhered a wooden butterfly button which I’ve given a coat of acrylic paint to then threaded with some of my fave paper twine.

Now for some exciting news!!

There is a DT Call going on at Willow Sketchie Challenge!You too could be part of a wonderful team and create using the adorable Willow Designs images.For full details on how to apply visit here.

Supplies :

Images : Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set from Willow Designs 
Colouring mediums : ProMarkers,Acrylic paint (on butterfly button),Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Freebie paper from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Pink card Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Large and Extra Small Corner Rounder Punches,Decoupage scissors
To embellish : Wooden butterfly button,Paper twine,Freebie ribbon from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Sentiments : Bright Colours
Deep Ocean Challenge : Welcome Summer
Creative Mondays :  Summer
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
Stamp and Create : Bold and Bright
Corrosive Challenges : Feeling Punchy 
PanPastel UK Challenge : Summertime
Robyn`s Fetish :  Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude :  Anything Goes
Crafts and Me : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : The Great Outdoors

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Endear-Wryn little fairy

Flips and Folds is the theme at Craft Your Passion this week So we want to see your cards with more than one flip/fold.We have the fab Tiddly Inks and Robin’s Nest as our sponsors too!.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used the totally adorable Wryn Fairy Friends  from Tiddly Inks.Not only do you get Wryn herself but you get some super extras.She’s been coloured on kraft using pastel pencils with white souffle pen on the spots of the toadstool.Her wings were coloured with the same pen and sprinkled with Glamour Dust.The snail and butterflies were coloured and cut out then added with teeny foam squares to add dimension.I decided to try a Side Spring card as I never made one before and found a great tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.I did actually make mine from a piece of cardstock 1″ bigger all round (6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″) and adjust where I scored accordingly.I used white frames to add some pop plus some of these beautiful free papers.

Supplies :

Images and sentiment : Wryn Fairy Friends from Tiddly Inks
Colouring Mediums :  Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Sakura White Souffle pen,Crystal Glamour Dust
Papers & Card : DP Raspberry Road freebie from issue 105 Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Kraft and white from stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Squares,Nestabilities Classic Square Small,Classic Scalloped Square Small,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges this is for :

Robyn`s Fetish : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Bugs & Butterflies
Stampin With The Dragon :  Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge :Any sentiment for a child’s birthday
Moving Along With The Times :  Kraft cardstock
Paper Crafting Journey : Handcoloured image
Stampavie and More  :  Something with wings
Digital Tuesday : Butterflies
Jackson’s Digital Expressions : Anything Goes + Optional Twist Colour medium

Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Feeling in the pink (and green!)


It’s Hazel’s turn  to host at Willow Sketchie Challenge this week and here’s her fabby sketch :

The theme is Favourite Colour Combo.You can opt for either the sketch,theme or both. You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) we will be having a Top 3 hand picked by whoever is hosting the challenge for that week and will receive a super cute badge for their blog.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 one of the recently released A6 Clear Stamp Sets from Willow Designs.They work fabulously as a mix and match across the sets and of course they go equally well with the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom.This one is Polly & Walter and I’ve used the masking technique to allow Polly to take a seat on the toadstool.After stamping Polly where I wanted her I stamped her onto some copier paper and cut her out.Using some repositionable adhesive (green Stix 2 tape runner) I covered her over and positioned the toadstool exactly where I wanted it.That’s the beauty of clear stamps!I coloured her with ProMarkers to match the backing paper.This has been printed from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom onto linen textured card.I told you they worked well together!I’ve used some pretty pearlescent card to compliment the paper and stamped and coloured the frame to match too.The greeting inside is from the set too and as you can see fits a treat.To finish the card I’ve added some gingham (yeehaw!) ribbon and some cute pearl brads.As you can probably tell I’ve rotated the sketch.I did have a hard time picking my favourite colour combo as I have quite a the end I decided to plump for Pink & Green for a lovely Summery fresh feel.Well we have had a few hours of sunshine this week 😀 

Supplies :

Image,frame and sentiment : Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set from Willow Designs
Paper : From Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Card : Pink Trimcraft 12 x 12 Pearlescent Textured,Green Core’dinations 12x 12 Gemstones
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals and Ovals 2,Crafts Too Daisies Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch
To Embellish : Gingham ribbon from stash,Papermania Pinks Pearl brads

Some challenges this is for :

Divas by Design :  Summer theme
Freshly Brewed : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Celebration
Paper Pretties : Summer Inspiration 
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Summer inspiration photo 
Passion For Promarkers Challenge : Lot’s Of Layers
Sassy Cheryl’s : Birthday Celebration
Creative Stamp Friends :  Birthday
Fashionista Challenge :   Simply Summer
Lexi’s Creations : Happy Birthday 
The Crazy Challenge : Recipe: Ribbon/Twine, Gems/Pearls, Dies/Punches use at least 3 (ribbon,pearls,dies and punches used)
Corrosive Challenges : Feeling Punchy
Crafty Ann’s : It’s A Girl Thing
Fun with Shapes & More : Summer
Raise The Bar : Summer

Look what I caught my doggy red pawed doing this morning:


Been trying to capture her for a few days but every time I pointed the camera at her she jumped off! She likes it up there ‘cos she’s SO much closer to the birds she barks at – well that’s what she thinks!

Thanks for looking

Lisa x 

Fairy-ly pearly!

It’s Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion this week!We have two fab sponsors –My Heart Pieces and Simon Says Stamp.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used the delightful Bathing Fairy from My Heart Pieces and coloured her with FlexMarkers.I added some touches of glaze pen to the lenses on her glasses and wings.To give her bath a more luxurious feel I applied Liquid Pearls to the bubbles and dotted some more around the image.For something different and instead of the out of the box technique I cut another scalloped circle from a second printed image and layered it over the part of the original image that had been cut away.I was going to layer it onto a piece of coloured card to give a spotlighting effect but decided I didn’t want to cover any of the image.I die cut a few circles and adhered them to the vertical strip to carry through the bubbly theme.I recently bought the ivy and bird die and thought it would work perfectly alongside this image.The sentiment was a freebie from BirdsCards and there’s a small amount of Liquid Pearls on that too.To finish the card there are some flat back pearls too!

Supplies :

Image : Bathing Fairy from My Heart Pieces
Sentiment : BirdsCards
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura Clear Glaze Pen,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Papers & Card : DP Freebie Hot Off The Press Soft Nostalgia from a past issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine,Coloured card from my stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Life Style Crafts Nesting Scallop Circles Dies,Nestabilities Large and Small Standard Circles,Marianne Creatables Ivy Dies,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : 4mm Flat Back Pearls

Some challenges this is for :

Pile It On : Let’s get Outdoors
Allsorts :  Icecream Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges :  Circles
Crafty Ann’s :  It’s A Girl Thing
Stampin With The Dragon : All About Water
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge :  Back to Nature
Cute Card Thursday : Water, water everywhere
Little Miss Muffet Challenges :Rainbows, clouds or wings
Paper Crafting Journey :  Handcoloured image
Pixie Dust Studio : Use 3 or more patterned papers
Sassy Studio Designs : Use something wet (stickles, smooch, glimmer mist, etc)
Southern Girls :   Things with wings
Marianne’s Design Divas : Spread your Wings
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp :  Flowers
Crafting for all Seasons : Many layers
Whimsy Inspiration : Things with wings
Digital Tuesday : Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


A sticky situation!

We have a fabby sketch from Anne-Marie this week at Willow Sketchie Challenge :

There is also the lovely theme of Animal Antics.You can choose either the sketch or theme.If you’re really up for the challenge you could even do 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.

As soon as I saw this sketch I knew I just had to turn it into a criss-cross card! And then I knew exactly which image and papers I had to go for!The adorable image is from the Winnie Owl digital collection from Willow Designs.She’s been coloured with FlexMarkers and I’ve applied 3D Crystal Lacquer to her eyes,the honey jar and a thin layer to the puddle of honey she’s managed to spill everywhere.Glad to know I’m not the only mucky pup!It doesn’t show too well but I used a clear glitter pen on her eye shadow and the bee’s wings.The papers are a Rasberry Road freebie from a recent issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.

Here’s a piccie with the insert removed :

You can see the gloss better on this one as well as a clearer view of the papers.I also opened Winnie up in Word,played with one of the special Artistic Effects and saved her as a PNG so I could add her behind the recipe.I followed the vintage feel of the papers with the lacy punch and die cuts.To embellish I just had to reach for the vintage seam binding and pearls!

Supplies :

Image : Part of the Winnie Owl digital collection form Willow Designs
Mediums : FlexMarkers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Copic Clear Atyou Spica pen
Papers & Card : DP Raspberry Road freebie from issue 105 Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Blue card Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Edger Punch ,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Flower,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Small,Big Shot
To embellish : White vintage seam binding,4mm flat back pearls

Some challenges this is for :

Crafting for all Seasons : Many layers 
Whimsy Inspiration : Things with wings
Creative Card Crew : Inspired by a song – Honey,honey (what else could it be!)
Digital Tuesday : Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly :  Anything Goes
Crafty Boots : Anything Goes + Bowtastic
Ooh La La Creations : Make it Girly
The Cutie Pie Challenge : Die Cuts/Punches 
There’s Magic in the Air : BINGO  (top line)
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
 The Crafty Pad : Ribbon
The Ribbon Girls :  Use Ribbon or Lace 
2 Sisters : Inside & out
Catch The Bug :  Anything Goes
Secret Crafter :  Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts : More Than One Fold
Crafters Companion : Time to embellish
Lia Stampz Challenge : Things with wings
Thanks for looking 
Lisa x

In the frame

At Craft Your Passion this week the theme is Chevrons (we’d love to see a chevron pattern on your project).Here’s a little inspiration :

We have three fab sponsors – Crafty Sentiments,Delicious Doodles and Pizzazz Aplenty.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used this little cutie called Kai from Crafty Sentiments.She’s been coloured with Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils.Rather than reach for the usual ProMarkers I thought I’d use some of the other mediums I bought as ‘must haves’ that just end up mostly lurking amongst all the other unused craft stuff 😦 Oooh,I’m bad!These are so versatile.You can get a soft,smudgy chalk like effect but with more control but you can also get more fine detail too.I have to admit I did over work the hair first time but I just went back in and put the texture back with firmer more deliberate strokes.They were blended  more for the rest of the image but to get a more intense colour I layered them twice.There’s no need to panic if the image outlines look a little chalky,once you spray the fixative they reappear like magic!To make her stand out from the frame I did decoupage her clothing,adding another bow to it,and her hairband.I’ve always wanted to create one of these types of frames but never been brave enough to try.Not sure why – they’re easy!I followed the instructions in Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine Issue 96.The only difference being I’ve used a whole 6 x 6 sheet to accommodate  the image.Well,there’s no point having a beauty like this and making her too small to see!I did have to buy these papers for the challenge as I didn’t have anything with chevrons on but I’m sure they won’t go to waste  as they’re all so totally gorgeous!I raided my die collection and embellishment stash to finish the card.

Supplies :

Image : Kai from Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment :  Kaisercraft Life Clear Mini Stamp Set
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Archival Coffee Ink
Card & paper : DP My Minds Eye Indie Chic Citron 6 x 6 pad,Bazzill Basics
Tools : X -cut guillotine,Marianne Design Creatables Florals 1,Joy!Crafts Assorted Leaves 1,Big Shot
To embellish : Papermania Green Collection Button,4 mm Pearls,Ribbon from a clothing price tag,Coloured staples added with mini stapler (in a set from The Works)

Some challenges this is for :

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : Flowers in bloom
Our Creative Corner : Embellished Frame
Secret Crafter : Anything Goes
Speedy Fox and Friends : Use Buttons
Crafty Catz : Buttons & Bows
Hotshot Crafts :  Die Cuts
Phindy’s Place :  Pile it On
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Any sentiment
Crop Stop : Pretty pearls
Shelly’s Images  : Pick at least two (ribbon,flowers and a digi!)
Crafts and Me : Add a ribbon
Digistamps 4 Joy : Cute as a Button
Divas by Design : Anything goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything goes
Stampavie and More : For a girl
Tandastamps :  Something new (luscious new papers)
The Perfect Sentiment : Anything goes (sentiment must be stamped)
Whimsy Inspiration : Bingo (top line)
Crafty Sentiments :  Anything Goes 
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything goes!
Kenny K Krafty Girlz : Pearls
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
The Crafty Pad :  Ribbon
The Ribbon Girls : Use Ribbon or Lace

Thanks for looking and hope everyone’s enjoying the extra long weekend for the Spring Bank Holiday and Diamond Jubilee!

Lisa x