Owl wish you a Merry Christmas!

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

The theme is Merry Christmas.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.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 a digital stamp from the Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom by Willow Designs and coloured her with ProMarkers.I’ve followed the sketch using Some Dovecraft papers and some pearlescent Kars card.I cut an Inverted Scalloped Circle for a more spiky,frosty feel.I stamped the sentiment straight onto the paper to keep with the theme.

Supplies :

Image : From Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom by Willow Designs
Sentiment : Dovecraft Merry Christmas Stamp
Mediums : ProMarkers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas,Kars Christmas Collection Card
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Circles and Standard Circles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
 
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Some challenges this card is for :

Creative Moments : Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers :  Anything holiday/festive goes
Cute Card Thursday :  Snowflakes
DRS Designs : Snowfun
I love Promarkers : Anything goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Christmas
Simon Says Stamp : Anything goes
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes 
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Merry Christmas
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Snowflakes
Papertake Weekly : Free For All
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown : Lots Of Layers
Crafty Boots : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles : Stripes and/or Polka-dots
Lexi’s Creations : Christmas 
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge : Anything Goes
 
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Give Thanks

The theme this week at Craft Your Passion is Edible Holidays.We have the fabulous Cedar Chest Designs and Limited Runs  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 the wonderful Pumpkin Patch Sign Digital Stamp by Cedar Chest Designs and coloured it with Polychromos Pencils,using a blender pencil to soften the edges of the sky and grass.I’ve stamped a sentiment onto the sign as that comes blank on the original image.The truly lovely papers are the Mini Pumpkins Pattern Paper Set  also by Cedar Chest Designs and layered them up with some kraft and punched some on the edges with a Martha Stewart punch chosen for that country feel.Keeping with the rustic charm I made a  paper raffia rose (my first attempt!).

Supplies :

Image & Papers : Pumpkin Patch Sign Digital Stamp,Mini Pumpkins Pattern Paper Set both by Cedar Chest Designs 
Sentiment : Hero Arts Anytime Messages clear stamp set
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Derwent Blender Pencil,Sepia Archival Ink
Card : Papermania Kraftstax 8×8
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral Edge Punch 
To Embellish : Paper Raffia
 

Some challenges this is for :

Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes 
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Anything Goes EXCLUDING Christmas 
Pile It On :  Anything but a Christmas Card 
Scrappy Frogs : Give Thanks
Heck of a Challenge : 50 Shades of Autumn
Lia Stampz Challenge : A Note of Thanks
Mema’s Crafts : Anything goes (winter/holiday optional)
The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge : Thank You
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Add a sentiment / Autumn/Winter
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Autumn/Winter/Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Jellypark Challenges : I’m Hungry
Pattie’s Creations : Harvest Time or Thanksgiving Holiday
Simply Create Too : Give Thanks + Birthday Contest
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Use Some Texture
CCEE Stampers : Brown, yellow, orange & designer paper
MilkCoffee Challenge : Thanksgiving, thankful, thank you
Creative Belli : Thankful/Gratitude
Digistamps 4 Joy : Giving Thanks
Divas by Design : Use 2 or more Patterned Papers
Freshly Brewed : So Thankful
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  So Thankful – Give Thanks
Papercraft Star : Thank You
Crafty Sentiments : Thanks
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Giving Thanks/Fall
The Stamping Boutique : Giving Thanks
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Thanks a bunch!

Just a reminder that the Give Thanks challenge at Just Some Lines  is still running until 11:59 pm EST on Thursday 29th November.Plenty of time to join us then!You could be in the running for a super prize.You need play along with a Just Some Lines image  to enter and one random winner will get a $12 Gift Certificate to spend in the shop.It doesn’t stop there tho’ as the Top 3 will get one digi stamp each too!There is a freebie to get you started too or you can choose one from Just Some Lines here.

For my card I’ve used the delightful Big Hat Girls 1 from Just Some Lines and she’s been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.I created the card base using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set.It was also used to shape the topper.I chose these beautiful My Mind’s Eye papers to go with her.I utilised the pattern on one of the papers to make the flowers and also punched some leaves from another coordinating piece from,would you believe, a Flower Stamp and Punch set also by Martha Stewart.Ball tools were used to shape and give dimension to both.I found some lovely matching pearls in my stash to add to the centres of the flowers.The sentiment was stamped with London Fog Memento for a softer look onto a die cut piece that I punched two holes at either end then threaded onto some ribbon for a slider.

Supplies:

Image : Big Hat Girls 1 by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments clear set
Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,London Fog Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : DP My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Citron 6 x 6 Pad,Papermania Kraftstax 8×8
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around the Page set,Martha Stewart Flower Stamp and Punch set,Woodware Regular Flower Punch,Nestabilities Labels 4,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile
To Embellish : Pearls and Ribbon from stash

Some challenges this is for :

ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Autumn/Winter / Anything Goes
Card Makin’ Mamas : Thanksgiving/Thank You
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Add a sentiment / Autumn/Winter
Fun with Shapes & More : Anything But Christmas
Pause, Dream, Enjoy : Anything Goes
Raise The Bar : Thankful, Thank You or Gratitude cards
Simply Create Too : Give Thanks
Cute Card Thursday : Girls Only
MilkCoffee Challenge : Thanksgiving, Thankful, Thank You
Crafting for all Seasons : Thank You Cards
Creative Belli : Thankful/Gratitude
Creative Moments : Anything Goes 
Digistamps 4 Joy : Giving Thanks
Divas by Design : Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
Inky Impressions : Make It Girly
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Inspiration from a song ( Thank You – Alanis Morissette)
Papercraft Star : Thank You
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : So thankful – Give thanks
Sisterhood of Crafters : Thankful
Craft Room Challenge :  Punches & Die Cuts 
Crafty Sentiments : Thanks
Papertake Weekly : Ribbon & Pearls
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Giving Thanks/Fall
Lollipop Crafts : Thankful/Gratitude
Love to Create : Give Thanks
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : Giving Thanks
Whoopsi Daisy : Die Cuts & Punches
Creative Inspirations Paint : Thankful for you
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi 
Scrappy Frogs : Give Thanks

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Hat’ll be a cool Yule

 

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

She has also set the theme of Blue,White,Silver.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.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 the super cool Walter in a Pom Pom Hat digital stamp and a backing paper from the Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom by Willow Designs.I’ve coloured young Walter with ProMarkers and added some sparkly,tinsely stuff I got as a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine either from last year or possibly the year before.Yipes!I cut him out and layered him onto a die cut that I’d passed through an embossing folder.I chose some lovely textured card from my stash that has a softer sheen rather than a full on silver.I added some die cut snowflakes topped with a gem to keep the cold,snowy theme going.

Supplies :

Image & Paper : Walter and Winnie does Christmas  CD-rom by Willow Designs
Colouring Medium : ProMarkers
Card : Papermania Christmas Collection 8 x 8 Card
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scallop Circles,Marianne Design Snowflakes,Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Clear Adhesive Stones

 

Storage to ‘die’ for :

 

 

I’ve been hankering after some better storage since collecting the ProMarkers Limited Edition Seasonal Colours.My poor ol’ plastic box was overflowing to the point of losing a few pens in my cupboard plus it was difficult to keep pawing through and tipping them out to search for the colours I needed.Trouble is I forfeited the rights to a craft room by choosing to have too many children!So I have to keep everything in the bedroom.I’d been looking at these type of cases for a long time but boy are they expensive – even on that well known auction site.I came across these larger ones at Maplin but again price was an issue.So I just kept watching and waiting…..until they came down to a bargainous price.I downloaded a complete colour chart from Sarah Hurley’s blog (Thank you!) and as I had room added my Flexmarker,chart from Letraset, collection along with some Fine Liners.I might add some coloured dots to the ends of the ProMarkers but I’ve been quite good at locating the right wallets and putting the pens back in order so far.
 
 
 
 
I even bought a second to house my dies and folders.How much better than keeping them in a bag with the original packaging falling about around them.Hate to admit but some of the dies are still floating about in the cupboard somewhere but once found they will be added too.Some of the dies were a little too wide for the holders so I snipped down the sides a little to allow them to fit.Not sure if they will tear but to be honest you get so many it could easily be replaced.I even managed to get some extra large dies on their magnetic sheet in.You can see the top of the black sheet poking out but there is enough clearance when the lid is shut.I got my small embossing folders into more of the wallets and hung those behind my dies.The larger folders and Sizzix Bigz are laid beside those.There is still a little hanging space at the front of the second row if I want to expand my small folder collection and plenty if I want to stack anymore large ones.I slotted in my few Decorative Strips behind the bars in the lid.I have to say these are large 500 CD storage cases so they are quite hefty and the one with the dies in is not so lightweight.They are a little like treasure chests – yes that’s exactly what they are or should that be Arrr!But if you live in the UK and are looking at these DJ Flight cases and have the space they are definitely worth considering (would recommend the free delivery .Only takes a couple of days)The promotion is on until 31/12/12.No connection just a happy customer!

Some challenges my card is for :

Bearly Mine : Snowflakes
Crazy Amigo Challenge : Colours Of Winter
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Winter
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Snowflakes
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Winter
Crafty Bloggers Network : Christmas Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft: Christmas NO red/green
Incy Wincy Designs : Hip to be Square
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
Great Impressions : Celebrating the Season
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Cold and Frosty
One Stitch At A Time :Use a Digi 
The Crafty Pad : Christmas 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : November Wrap up warm for Winter
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Use something more than 6 months old (Silver card,adhesive stones,tinsel glitter,folder,dies,CD-rom) 
Little Claire’s  : Christmas
 ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Autumn/Winter / Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Lets have Sparkle
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Add a sentiment / Autumn/winter
Fussy and Fancy : Feeling Blue
QKR Stampede : Winter Wonderland
Stampin With The Dragon :  So Cute

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

 

 

Love your scraps!

 

At Craft Your Passion this week the theme is Use Your Scraps.We have the fabulous Stitchy Bear Stamps as our sponsor.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 sweet My Pillow  by Stitchy Stamps available at Stitchy Bear Stamps.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and the pillow has been paper pieced.The pink card for the base and mounting the image are left over from another card.The white pieces are off cuts from printing out digi stamps and the patterned papers are cut from the small bits we all save ‘just in case’ then can’t think what to do with them.The buttons are from some of my old pyjamas I threw into a rag recycling bin.So in effect I guess these are scraps too 😉 The sentiment I cobbled together using the first part of a sentiment stamp and some alphabet stamps for the word ‘Hugs’I can’t really take credit for the design as the idea came from an issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine in an article by Dena Concienne.

Supplies :

Image : My Pillow by Stitchy Stamps from Stitchy Bear Stamps
Sentiment : Using part of  a sentiment from Kaisercraft Mini Stamp Set Friends,Alphabet stamps from a 3 Birds Boxed Stamp Set 
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card : DP freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Pink Card Trimcraft Textured 12 x 12 Card
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK),Joy!Crafts Fine Pricking Tool,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Buttons recycled from some old pyjamas
 

Some challenges this is for :

Dream Valley Challenges : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss : Plain and Simple
Daring Cardmakers : Just Because
Simply Create Too : Use your stash
Stampin With The Dragon : So cute
Happy Campers : Use bright colours
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Anything cute
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything goes
Paper Play : Paper piecing
Shelly’s Images : Use scraps to create your card
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Buttons
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes
Papertake Weekly : Flower Power
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

Birds and tortoises of a feather….

….stick together!

The challenge at Just Some Lines is Give Thanks this time.There are some changes to the challenge too.From now on only projects made with Just Some Lines images can be entered.But the good news is there will be a freebie image posted on the blog for the duration of the challenge for you to use!Just pop on over to Just Some Lines to find out all the details.While you’re  there don’t forget to get inspired by the DT’s creations.

For my card I’ve used the adorable Turt n Peep – Peep by Just Some Lines with Copic Ciao Markers.I added some texture to the bird and dotted some blender over the tortoise’s face to give that  kind of scaly look they have about them.I found some papers in my stash that I thought would compliment his shell and dug out a Spelllbinders Impressabilities that I’ve had a few years and never used :0 I typed and printed the sentiment using my ‘puter then cut the tag using a Quickutz die.Because I wanted to define it where it is layered over the image I ended up hand cutting a piece of kraft to mount it onto.So we’ll just ignore the wonky cutting and move on 😉 I die cut a flower from a coordinating paper and added a couple of die cue leaves and a brad.

Supplies :

Image : Turt n Peep – Peep from Just Some Lines
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Sentiment : Made by me!
Papers & Card : DP Arctic Frog The Garment District Lily Pads Spring Break 6 x6 paper pad,Green card from stash,Craft UK 6 x 6 Kraft card base (another also cut up for matting and layering)
Tools : X-Cut Corner Guillotine,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Quickutz  Small Curved Gift Tag Maker Die,Joy!Crafts Flower 3 Die and Assorted Leaves 1 Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Dovecraft Neutrals Brad
 

Some challenges this is for :

Bloggers : Birds of a Feather
Broken Box Stock : Thank you
Card Makin’ Mamas : Thanksgiving/Thank You
Fairy Tale : Embossing
Guylou’s Inimitability : Thanks for Everything
Pause, Dream, Enjoy : Thank You
Stampin With The Dragon : So Cute
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Be Thankful
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Use a sentiment with “thanks” in it
Delightful Challenges : Thankful
Pixie Dust Studio : Thanksgiving or thank you
Crafting for all Seasons : Thank You cards
Digistamps 4 Joy : Giving thanks
Divas by Design : Anything goes
Freshly Brewed :Lots of dots
House That Stamps Built: Give thanks
Inky Impressions : Give thanks
Little Red Wagon : Texture
Papercraft Star : Thank you
Simon Says Stamp : Thanksgiving/Thank You
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes
Craft Room Challenge :  Punches & Die Cuts
Digital Tuesday : Thanksfulness
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Give Thanks
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Thanks / Thanksgiving 
Lollipop Crafts : Thankful/Gratitude
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge : Thank You Card
One Stitch At A Time : With Thanks 
Pile It On :  Let`s be Thankful
Scrappy Frogs : Give Thanks
Sentimental Sundays : Thanks/Thanksgiving

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Chilly Winnie

It’s the lovely Sonia’s turn to host at Willow Sketchie Challenge and here’s her fabby sketch :

There’s also the theme of Using Your Favourite Colouring Medium.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.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 a black and white digital stamp Winnie in Earmuffs along with a backing paper and greeting border,cut into a fishtail banner,from the Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom by Willow Designs.I’ve chosen ProMarkers as my favourite ‘cos they’re just perfect for colouring these cute little owls.You can also find a selection of ProMarkers at Willow Designs. I’ve also added dots of Liquid Pearls and Stickles for a snowy effect.Just as well Winnie’s all wrapped up!I’ve used a punch to create notches in the corners then placed pearls in the recesses.I die cut a small snowflake form pearlecent card and topped that with a pearl to match.

Supplies :

Image,backing paper and border : Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom from Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Frosted Lace Stickles
Card : Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Kars Christmas Collection
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Seagull Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Snowflake from Marianne Design Circle Frame Set,Bigshot
To Embellish : Flat backed pearls from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafts and Me : Christmas non-traditonal colours (blue & green – yeah,know they should never be seen!)
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
My Mum’s Craft shop : Winter Wonderland
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Tandastamps : Christmas
Craft Room Challenge : Punches & Die Cuts
Crafty Sentiments : Christmas
LEJ Designs Seasons Greetings
MyGrafico : Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : Punches/Dies
Corrosive Challenges : Flutter by (wings)
Glitter n Sparkle : Things with Wings
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Cold and Frosty
Robyn`s Fetish : Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar : November Wrap up warm for winter
Avadares : Christmas/Hanakkah
Fun with Shapes & More : The 1st Snow

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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