Circl-Ed Elephant


The challenge at Craft Your Passion this week is CAS (Clean & Simple).We have the fabulous Bugaboo 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!

I think I’ve gone about as CAS as can be with my card.I’ve used the wonderful Edward Elephant – Happy Birthday.He is actually found in the Gift Tags section at Bugaboo Stamps.First I digitally paper pieced the background with a paper from the Swiss Dots III collection by Floppy Latte Designs using PSE 8.Then using MyVerse Editor Plus I chose a template for the size of card I wanted.This is really for making inserts but it takes the hard work out of creating your own base card templates 🙂 Once printed onto some leather textured card,which I thought would look good with the ele image, and trimmed to size I filled in the rest of the image with Copic Ciao Markers.I deliberately went for some bright ,contrasting colours.Well that’s it,nothing else…..:D

Supplies :

Image : Edward Elelphant – Happy Birthday from Bugaboo Stamps
Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card : Southfield Textured 12 X 12 card,Floppy Latte Designs Swiss Dots III digi paper
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,My Verse Editor Plus by Crafty Ideas by Kaz (it’s obsolete now but she has a better one here),PSE 8

Some challenges this is for :

Dream Valley Challenges : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish : Anything Goes
One Stop Craft  : Anything Goes
Clearly Inspired  : Critters
Pattie’s Creations : Birthdays
Raise The Bar : Birthday
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Anything Cute
Paper Crafting Journey :Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Cute
Inky Impressions : Birthday
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Cards For Men : Anything Goes
Tammy’s Scrapin Corner : Anything Goes with Any Artist
Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Just a reminder that the Reduce,Reuse,Recycle challenge at Just Some Lines  is still running until 11:59 pm EST on Thursday 15th 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.

You know how you have an idea but never get round to doing it,well this was one of those times.For  a few years (yes!Years!!) I’d been thinking about making a hanging photo frame from one of these :

It’s a toddlers board book with puzzles inside.My SIL gave my DD1 a set of two depicting The Story of the Nativity  when shes was about two.She’s now 19 and my three other children enjoyed playing with them when there were younger.So much so the that they ended up quite tatty and some of the shiny coated paper had come away from the chipboard inside so they were no good to pass on to anyone else 😦 I hadn’t the heart to get rid of them so they’ve sat in a box in a cupboard for a looooong time.I saw the potential to make photo frames with them but never quite made the time to do it…until now…

I sliced off the portion I wanted to use with my trusty guillotine.Must admit I felt a little mean chopping this up at first but then realised that at least it would stay with us,just in a different form 🙂

I started by giving sanding it lightly to give a key to the shiny surface then covered it in dries white glue mixed with some white acrylic paint to cover up the bright colours.Once dry I lightly sanded it again to create a smooth surface then applied a tacky PVA glue.I then adhered some papers that I’d already prepared to fit.Next I painted around the edges allowing some of the paint to go onto the papers then dry brushing it out a little then coated it in watery PVA to make it a little more durable.Whilst I was waiting for it dry I layered up some paper flowers and added glitter glue to the ends of the petals and a gem to the centers.I then printed out two images,Rudis – hound dog style  and Rudis – refusal style both from Just Some Lines (I’m sure any dog owners will recognise those looks!),and coloured them with Copic Ciao Markers to make him look a little like our dog, including her white wonky upside down Y that runs down her chest.I also tried to recreate they way the light reflects on her shiny black coat.I lined the recesses where the puzzles once were with some card and punched two holes with my Crop-A-Dile and put some book rings through and tied on some ribbon which I recycled from the waistband on a pair of my old pyjamas.I cut some acetate to fit the frames then added some metal photo anchors,the flowers and the cute little dogs.These all secure the acetate into place.

I haven’t put any photo’s in yet as this is for my DD2 who absolutely adores our beautiful dog,Socks.I thought I’d let her choose her own favourites.I think if it was down to me this would definitely be one of them :

If you look closely yes,she is actually cuddling her duck (donated by DD2 as it is impossible to find soft dog toys without a squeaker – our dog is a squeakaphobic!) with her paws wrapped around him.She does that with us too.So sweet ♥

Supplies :

Images : Rudis – hound dog style,Rudis – refusal style from Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Various acrylic paints,Lilac glitter glue,Various PVA glues
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,Cardstock Bazill Basics,Anita’s Acetate
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut Craft Knife,X-Cut Steel Ruler,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Large Ball Tool,Crop-A-Dile,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Paper flowers from stash,Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series,Crafts Too 3/4″ Binder Rings,Photo anchors and brads from an embellishment kit by The Paper Company Studio

Some challenges this is for :

Brown Sugar : Bingo (top line)
Crafty Ann’s : Tic Tac Toe (top line)
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes 
Simply Create Too : Use your stash
Totally Papercrafts : Cute & Girly
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Anything cute
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Bingo with a difference (No Orange,No Leaves,Flowers,No Sentiment,No Halloween)
Divas by Design : Cute
Little Red Wagon: Coloring
Anything Goes Challenge : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes 
Can You Digi It : Favourite Animal (our dog!)
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything But A Card
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
Anything But A Card Challenge : Incorporate the color BLACK into your project (the dogs)
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes 
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Young at Heart
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room : You Pick (your 3 favourite colours) – Lilac,pink,green
One Stop Craft : Anything Goes

Ooops  sorry this was a bit of a long one….

Thanks for looking Lisa x

Tagging along fairy-ly

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

I’ve also set the theme of ‘Tag You’re It !’.Add a tag to your card,make a tag,or even a matching set.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.

Well I’ve pushed the boat out and created a card with a matching tag,had to really as it was all my big idea,featuring Fairy Dance digital stamp from Willow Designs.She’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers and been given Glamour Dust wings.I made both bases for the card and tag with kraft card and layered up some Polly Pickleberry CD-rom papers onto some coordinating card.I stamped a couple of sentiments and added one to tag to tie onto my card.The other is the focal point of the tag,embellished with some teeny star gems and more Glamour Dust.I picked out the aqua colour highlights from the bird backing paper and twisted two shades of floss together.The ribbon is from atop I bought.It’s the pieces that hold clothes on the hanger.Not sure how I manage it but no matter how much ribbon I buy it’s always these that match a project perfectly 😀

Supplies :

Image : Fairy Dance digital stamp from Willow Designs
Papers : Polly Pickleberry CD-rom from Willow Designs
Sentiments : Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Plate
Mediums : Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers,Rosebud Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Crystal Glamour Dust 
Card : Papermania 12 x12 Kraft Pack,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,X-Cut Dielicious  Ornate Frame Nesting Dies,Sizzix Bigz Tags Scallops,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile
To Embellish :We R Memory Keepers Aqua Floss,We R Memory Keepers Eyelet,Ribbon recycled from a top

Here’s a couple of closer views of the card and tag :



Some challenges :

Flutterby Wednesdays : Open
Little Red Wagon : Coloring
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Sentiments
Paper Shelter Challenge : Fairies and Elves
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Lots of Layers
Anything Goes Challenge  : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Bearly Mine :  Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday : Fantasy
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Do It Digi
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Crafty Boots : Tag or Invitation (Tag only entered)
Cupcake Craft : Get Krafty
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
Squigglefly : Ribbon & Bows
There’s Magic in the Air : Pretty in Pink
Creative Inspirations Paint : Any Sketches ( My own from Willow Sketchie Challenge…lol)
Dream Valley Challenges : Glitter and Bling
Glitter n Sparkle : Glitter/Sparkle
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes 
Pile It On : Make It Sparkle
Scrapper`s Delights Paper Crafts : Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes 
The Ribbon Girls  : Add Sparkle
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges : Anything but a Card (Tag only entered)
Alphabet Challenge : T for Tags

Thanks for looking

Lisa x



The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is Hexagons.We have the fabulous Simon Says Stamp,The Paper Shelter and Stamp Fairy 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 Cockatoo Rules! from The Paper Shelter and coloured him with Copic Ciao Markers.I found an old quilting template amongst my Mum’s old sewing stuff  (that I inherited) and cut different patterns from one of my fave collections.So favourite are they that I try not to use them!This card will be for my son’s birthday so they’ll be staying within my house at least!!:D I created a patchwork effect background with them.The embossing folder I’d been umming and ahhhing about for a while but knowing I had to make something for this challenge it quickly became a must-have!I used a paper photo anchor and bracket for the same paper collection.I pierced a hole in the photo anchor and added a brad.The ‘Go’ sign is from a bag iron on patches my SIL gave me.I stuck it onto the backing piece of card using ultra adhesive tape.Yeah,I know it’s really an octagon but it went well with the image ,I thought 😉

Supplies :

Image : Cockatoo Rules! from The Paper Shelter 
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card : DP Ooh La La for Him My Minds Eye 12 x 12 Paper Kit,Cardstock Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Craft Concept Hexagon Illusion Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Quilting template,X-Cut Craft knife
To Embellish : Photo anchor and bracket from paper kit,Brad and Iron patch from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Here Come the Boys : Die Cuts/Punches
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes 
Robyn`s Fetish : Cards for a Man
Scrapper`s Delights Paper Crafts : Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes 
Allsorts : For Men Only
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Add texture 
Delicious Doodles : Embossing
Stamp Man : Emboss it
Do You Stack Up? : Brads
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
Southern Girls : Animal crackers
Mema’s Crafts : Anything goes (winter/holiday optional)
PapercraftJunkies Challenge : Things with wings
Digistamps 4 Joy : Bingo…But with a Difference – No Glitter,No Ribbon,One image (one that will make you smile – hopefully!),No Apples,No Buttons.Hope I’ve got this right!!
The Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :No Square Cards
Stamp n Doodle : Fabric (hope the iron patch counts!)
Anything Goes Challenge :  Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Jackson’s Digital Expressions : Anything Goes
Today is Bonfire Night in the UK.Altho’ I say ‘Night’ we have had fireworks going off most nights since the end of the Summer 😦 My poor doggy is beside herself  – she’s a baby at the best of times!Have to admit some of them make me jump out of my skin,they sound like bombs going off!
Here’s a pic to show what a real baby she is :
Might keep the blanket wrapped around her ears tonight.At least it could muffle the noises for her.The pic quality’s not great as it was taken on Hubby’s iPhone.
Don’t forget to keep your pets safe tonight – altho’ Im sure you won’t 🙂
Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Life is like a box of chocolates…

The challenge at Just Some Lines is Reduce,Reuse,Recycle 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 Fairy Kyra Watching n Waiting from Just Some Lines.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers,using paler colours on her wings to give them a see-through appearance ,before coating them in Glamour Dust.All the coloured and patterned card is from a chocolate box,including the tag that I fashioned from the menu and some other pieces of card from the box.I placed a flower punched from the border,just turned over to show the flip side.Here’s the box in all it’s original glory :

So after scoffing all the scrummy chocs I was left with this delicious delight!The ribbon was wrapped around a recently purchased towel bale and the hairy string (one of my all time faves!) is from a clothing price tag.The flat backed pearls and eyelet I’ve had in my stash for quite some time so I got to use up some surplus stock too!!I have too much stuff kicking around,mostly ‘junk’ I’ve collected so it was great to put some of this into good use.One thing that amazed me was how I’ve stored this eclectic and totally mixed bag of  items and yet it’s all come together perfectly colour coordinated!How many times do we buy things we think will go with what we already have and they really don’t?!

Supplies :

Image : Fairy Kyra Watching n Waiting  from Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments clear set
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers, Crystal Glamour Dust,Jet Black Archival Ink
Coloured and Patterned Card : Chocolate box
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Decoupage scissors,Tonic Studios  Daisy Border Simplicity Geared Punch,Tonic Studios Butterfly Multi-Detail Punch,Tonic Studios Edger 5 Edger Punch,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Crop-A-Dile,Joy!Crafts Bow Maker  
To Embellish : Ribbon from a towel bale,Hairy string from a clothing price tag,Flat backed pearls from stash,We R Memory Keepers eyelet

Some challenges this is for :

Alphabet Challenge : T for Tags
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Add a sentiment/Anything Goes
Card Makin’ Mamas : Anything Goes
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Add a sentiment/Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy : Pearls and Flowers
Raise The Bar : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Fairies & Angels
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Use Ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey  : Ribbon or Twine
Simply Create : Always Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts : Monochrome/Tonal
 PapercraftJunkies Challenge : Things withWings
Flutterby Wednesdays : Open
Inky Impressions : Lots of Layers
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Flowers Galore
Jackson’s Digital Expressions :  Anything Goes
LEJ Designs : Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique : Thinking Of You
Love to Create  : Lots of Layers
Whoopsi Daisy : Punches 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Use a Ribbon

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

‘Owl’ sparkle festively

The lovely Kelly is hosting the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week.We have a sketch that our former DT Coordinator Hazel has kindly allowed us to use :

The theme is Festive Sparkle and Shine.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 an image and paper from the Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom from Willow Designs.Perfect Present has been coloured with ProMarkers but not just any old ProMarkers.The colours are from across all 4 packs of the Limited Edition ones.The backing paper has been given a coating of Spray & Sparkle.On the image I’ve added Liquid Pearls to the furry trims on his hat and sprinkled with Glamour Dust.The spots on his hat and present have been enhanced with a Souffle pen.The glint in his eyes has been created with some 3D Crystal Lacquer and some Glamour Dust has been applied to the bow on his pressie.For extra sparkle and shine some gems have been added to the corners of the image panel.I think you might be able to tell I had a little fun with this one 😀

Now for some more fun…of the Halloween kind…

With the kids dressing up for Trick or Treat our dear doggy Socks thought if it’s good enough for them it’s certainly good enough for her!She gets so excited when she gets to join in too.I added the effects in PicMonkey.Mind you I’m not sure if she really is that scary…you can still see the kindness and affection in her eyes.She’s such a sweetie…

And one last pic of something else I made for Halloween :

Can’t take credit for the design tho’.That’s courtesy of Pumpkin Masters.

Card making supplies :

Image and Paper : Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom  from Willow Designs
Mediums : Limited Edition ProMarkers,White Opal Liquid Pearls, Crystal Glamour Dust,3D Crystal Lacquer,Crafter’s Companion Spray & Sparkle Iridescent Glitter Varnish,Sakura White Souffle Pen
Card : Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-Cut guillotine
To Embellish : Square gems from stash

Some challenges this is for :

ABC Christmas Challenge : Vibrant Colours
Crafts and Me : Bling
Divas by Design : Festive (Christmas)
I Love Promarkers : Cute
My Mum’s Craft shop : Bold and Bright
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Sparkly
Anything Goes Challenge : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Jackson’s Digital Expressions : Inks & Such – Anything Goes
LEJ Designs : Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday : Free For All
Ooh La La Creations : Christmas
One Stitch At A Time : Make 1 for Christmas 
Totally Gorjuss : Things with Wings
Crafty Ann’s : Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


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