Pretty sad and pretty good

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The Willow Sketchie DT got some pretty sad news this week.Sharon Armstrong,the owner of Willow Designs,had to make the difficult decision to close her online shop.But there is some good news to follow….Those who may be familiar with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine will know Sharon appears regularly as a designer.She will be continuing to work with this magazine and will be continuing to design one way or another.And the shop won’t be closing immediately so you can still drop by and pick up some crafty goodies – especially as all clear stamps and CD-roms are half price.

Which brings it back to the challenge blog…Well,Kelly our lovely DT Coordinator has decided to keep the challenges going.The basic sketch/theme format will remain the same but there will be lots of exciting changes made.The first being the name.As from Monday we will be known as Digi Sketch Challenge . I hope our regulars from the old challenges will continue to support the new venture and that we will get some lovely new players too 🙂 So please join us to find out all the info!

So onto my card.As there is no challenge this week this a Thank You to Sharon and to our dedicated followers at Willow Sketchie Challenges.I’ve used Butterfly & Daisy Digital Stamp by Willow Designs   and coloured it with some pearlescent watercolour paints.The papers are First Edition Family Ties and the shimmery card is Trimcraft 12 x 12 pearlescent Textured card.I’ve used a large corner rounder on the right hand corners and an extra small one on the sentiment tab.The With Thanks stamp is a past freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and has been stamped in Dandelion Memento Dew Drop Ink.Some gems have been used to embellish.

Please stop by the challenge blog to see some of the other DT’s farewell creations and I,and the rest of the team,would love you to join us on Monday.

Some challenges this is for :

Creative Craft Challenges : Bling It Up
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown : Bling It On
Twisted Tuesday : No twist! Anything Goes
Crafty Boots : New (bought these gorgeous papers last Saturday!)
Love to Create : Anything Goes with a Sentiment
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Opus Gluei : Glitz, Glamour, Bring on the Bling
Sentimental Sundays : Thank You 
My Time to Craft : Things with Wings
One Stop Craft :  Sparkle and Bling
Totally Gorjuss : Flowers 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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Looking on the Bright Side

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We have a colour challenge this week at Craft Your Passion.You need to use all of these on your project :  We have the fabulous Mayzy Art as our sponsor 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 fabulous MacKenzie by Mayzy Art and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers adding a teeny bit of white gel pen lip shine.Two tone hair just seemed so right for this li’ cutie.Must admit I had to wrack my brain to find a way to combine all the colours – a tough job when there’s not much to wrack 😉 Then it hit me…ouch!Die cut shapes.Left me wishing I had  bought those chevron or hexagon dies I’d been eyeing up for ages…but I try not to buy faddy craft items if I can help it.So I decided to use these flowers.Not only did this save me wading through the oodles of DP I own it gave a great opportunity to use up some scraps.The centres of the flowers were cut from those tiny pieces that aren’t normally that useful but seem wasteful to throw out.I trimmed down all but one of the flowers to create some extra interest and added a couple of punched borders.The sentiment,cut into a banner,was stamped and the flowers also coloured with Copics.This has no other embellishments can you believe!I thought about it then decided against it.A wise decision methinks as the colours and design are quite busy.

Supplies :

Image : MacKenzie by Mayzy Art
Sentiment : From a freebie stamp set in a past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Coloured Card : All scraps from Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Dielicious Petal Posies Decorative Dies,Big Shot,EK Success Dotted Wave and Daisy Chain Edger Punches,Decoupage Scissors

 

Some challenges this is for :

 613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes (with optional colour twist)
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges : Girls, Girls, Girls
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Scrappy Frogs : Try Something New (creating a background from die cuts)
Totally Gorjuss : Flowers 
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Bingo (Die Cut,Happy,Flowers)
Copic Marker Europe : Anything goes with Copic Markers
Forever Friends : Birthdays
Happy Campers : Flowers – use something digital
Paper Crafting Journey : For a Girl
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Celebrate
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Try a New Technique  (creating a background from die cuts)
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew : Girly
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Top Tip Tuesday : Lavishly Luscious Layers
Cards Galore : Anything Goes
Lia Stampz Challenge : It’s a Celebration

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Bags of charm :)

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This fortnight at Just Some Lines the challenge is Add a Charm.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 project I’ve used the fabulous Lola by Just Some Lines.She’s been coloured with ProMarkers and has had a pearl added to the flower in her hair along with some Diamond Stickles on the gem on her ring – what else?!I got the idea to make this gift bag from the latest issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.Not sure if it’s me but I found the instructions difficult to follow and also thought the some of the measurements were wrong.Just as well I had a practice with some scrap paper and there was a template provided,so I took the measurements off that.Worked like a…er…charm!I used some pretty double sided paper from my stash.The chocolate piece on the flap is the reverse side so I made my faux stitching the same colour.The handles are grosgrain ribbon and I’ve embellished it with some pearl brads.The charm I cobbled together from a necklace kindly donated to me by DD1 🙂 I decided to turn it into a handbag charm.I’m thinking of presenting a piece of jewelry to my DD2 for her birthday in this 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Lola by Just Some Lines 
Mediums : ProMarkers,Diamond Stickles,Whispers Brush Marker (fine tip end)
Paper & Card : Papermania Double Sided 12 x 12 paper,Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack
Tools :  Fiskars 30cm  Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Embossing Ball Tool,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Eastern Rounds Set,Nestabilities Labels 4,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Edger Punch,Piercing Tool
To Embellish : Papermania Pearl Brads Pinks,Grosgrain Ribbon from stash,Charm made from recycled necklace

 

Some challenges this is for :

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge :  Tic Tac Toe (Charm,Ribbon,Punch)
Pattie’s Creations : Altered or Recycled (Charm made from old necklace)
Sparkle & Glitter, a Rick St. Dennis Challenge : Anything BUT a Square
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge : It’s in the Bag, or Box
Moving Along With The Times : Bling it on
Paper Crafting Journey : For a Girl
Pixie Dust Studio : No Squares Allowed
Sassy Studio Designs : Use a Charm
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
I love Promarkers : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Can You Digi It : Getting Girly plus Photo Inspiration
Creative Card Crew: Girly 
Deep Ocean Challenge : Anything But A Square
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Edge Punch With Ribbon
LEJ Designs  :  Stitching Real Or Faux

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Bert Will You Remember My Birthday?

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It’s the lovely Anne-Marie’s turn to host the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week and here’s her fabby sketch :

The theme is Happy Birthday.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.This week there is a special mystery prize from Willow Designs for one lucky person! 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 adorable Wilbert with Flowers Digital Stamp by Willow Designs and coloured him with Copic Ciao Markers.He’s even been given a cute shiny nose courtesy of some 3D Crystal Lacquer.He’s been layered up with some pretty magazine freebie papers.Wasn’t quiet sure how I was going to incorporate the one with the frame into my cardmaking but I think it works well here 🙂 I stamped the sentiment onto a coordinating chipboard piece and inked the raffia lace border in the same shade of Memento – it was a tad too pink before.Three square buttons have been added to compliment the  chipboard shape and complete the look.

**Lately I’m finding my pics look a little blurry on my blog page.Not sure if they are that way for you but if you click on it a much clearer view of my project shows.Thanks.**

Supplies :

Image : Wilbert with Flowers Digital Stamp by Willow Designs
Sentiment:  From Polly & Walter  A6 Clear Stamp Set by Willow Designs
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Rhubarb Stalk Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : DP  Prima Botanical Collection Papers &  Chipboard Embellishments from a past issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine,Trimcraft Textured 12 x 12 Card
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Green Buttons,Paper Cellar Raffia Lace Ribbon

Some challenges this is for :

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions  : Celebrate
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge : Celebrations
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Tuesday Throwdown : Furry Friends
Forever Friends : Biweekly challenge Your Favorite Embellishment (Buttons!Love ’em)
Whoopsi Daisy : Use a Digi
Simply Create Too : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Celebrations

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

Totally A-tealing!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the theme is Totally Teal.We have the fabulous Saturated Canary as our sponsor 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 chosen the gorgeous Cerridwen by Saturated Canary and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers,adding just the merest hint of lip shine with a white gel pen.I have to admit I’ve never been brave enough to colour one of these amazing images before :s …even tho’ I have a few.I really wanted to do a good job and once I stopped putting pressure on myself enjoyed the whole process 🙂 And isn’t what it’s supposed to be about?I will definitely have to colour more of these now and it’s taught me a lot on how to improve too.Altho’ I might not have done as a grand a job as some of the more able colourists out there I’m still quite pleased with the result.I’ve teamed her with some beautiful My Mind’s Eye papers (aren’t they all?) that seemed to fit the bill and rather luckily I’d stocked up on this card I found at my local craft warehouse.I picked up a Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,one of the newest colours,there too 🙂 I cut a tiny strip of the floral paper and took the colours for the butterflies on the image and die cut flourishes from there.I prettied up the punched butterflies with some gems.I had actually planned to make the base card in the same shape as the layers but could I find my 8 x 8 card blanks?No,I could not…until I’d finished my card and tidied everything away!Typical!lol…Anyway this is my card and just hope I’ve done this gorgeous gal justice 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Cerridwen by Saturated Canary
Sentiment : From the Dawn Bibby Woodland Butterfly clear stamp set
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad Teal Zeal 
Papers & Card : DP My Mind’s Eye Nutmeg 6 x 6 Pad,Teal card from my local craft warehouse,Golden yellow and Tan card from Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Labels 1,Nestabilities Labels 1,Nellie’s Multi Frame Borders 2,Grand Calibur,Sizzix Bigz Swirls 2,Big Shot,Tonic Studios Multi-Detail Butterfly Punch,X-Cut Guillotine
To Embellish : Yellow gems from Jacs Warm Series Gemstone Wheel

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Calendar :  January : What’s new? (papers,card,image)
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Punch it (butterflies)
Fairy Tale : My newest stamp (Do digi stamps count?If not please delete my entry)
Simply Create Too : Anything Goes
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday : Diamonds are forever
Saturated Canary Challenge : Inspired by a Movie – The Butterfly Effect
Crafting By Design : Use alcohol markers
Crafts and Me : Something new  (papers,card,image)
Divas by Design : Girly
Stamp n Doodle : Anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Fancy edges
Cards Galore : Anything Goes
Desert Island Crafters : 5.Fancy Text,6.Flight,8.Flowers
Everybody-Art-Challenge : Girl
Inky Chicks : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Anything Goes
Card Mania : Girly
Dream Valley Challenges : Girls, Girls, Girls
Glitter n Sparkle : Sentiment 

 
 
Some exciting news!Our dog has had a puppy…well,adopted one…er…OK it’s not real.It’s Sizzles from Charlie and Lola!
 
 
 
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My kids like to pretend he is her puppy and when they ‘abandoned’ her to play in the snow she snuggled up to Sizzles instead.
She’s such a sweet.She’s part ‘scary’ Staffie and part not so scary Whippet.But I like to call her a ‘Whiffie’.Which suits her very well!lol
Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 
 

Butterfly Wishes

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For my card I’ve used the beautiful Emo – Happy Day , a new release at Just Some Lines .Altho’ it doesn’t count as the ‘New’ part of the challenge I have tried a couple of techniques that I haven’t given a go before.The first is making a Circular Side Step Card.Oh My!Did this give me bother!I can’t tell you how much card I wasted,I’m far too ashamed :0 As  a rule I normally try new folds out on scrap paper first.BUT as loads of people said how it easy this was I ploughed ahead with my chosen card in hand.Mistake number 1 used the wrong sized Grand Nestie.Thinking I could work my way out of this I tried to alter the measurements.Maths is NOT my strong point 😦 Second attempt changed to correct Grand Nestie,just couldn’t fathom part of the folding process even tho’ there was a video as well as step by step with pics…eventually I got it right!Then promptly decided I wanted more depth on the part of the circle on the right (where the steps are) so made another cutting a shorter slit.That one worked too 🙂 Good job I’d just bought a ton of this card…which brings me nicely on to the ‘New’ part of the challenge – new stash!Plus the paper,just a shame it’s not showing how glittery it is.Well after colouring on kraft successfully with different mediums I thought I’d give it a whirl on coloured card.I’ve used Polychromos pencils.Still need a bit more practice methinks but like the effect.I cut the tag on 2 different coloured cardstocks cutting away parts of the burnt orange one then stamping and layering.I coloured the little butterfly on the sentiment with the same pencils.Added some pearls,a die cut leaf frond and some paper raffia which I also cut the flowers from.

As we have about 5- 6 inches of snow on the ground and a promise of more on the way (!) I think using this pretty image and warm orangey shades is wishful thinking on my part 😉 Roll on Spring!

Supplies :

Image : Emo – Happy Day by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : From a freebie set from a past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Trimcraft First Editions Boho Chic 8 x 8 Pad,Burnt Orange Card from my local craft warehouse,Green Bazzill Basics
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Circles,Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles Large and Classic Rectangles Large,Joy!Crafts Oval & Rectangle Dies and Pointed Flowers,Sizzix Decorative Strip Elegance,Grand Calibur, Fiskars 30cm  Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Martha Stewart Score Board,Martha Stewart Hydrangeas Edger Punch
To Embellish : Paper Raffia ans Flat Back Pearls from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge :  Punch it
Simply Create Too : Anything Goes
Sparkle & Glitter, a Rick St. Dennis Challenge : Anything BUT a square
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Something Girlie
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks : Pearls, Pearls, Pearls
Delightful Challenges : Create a Tag/Include a Tag in your Project
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons : Something New (new papers,image and tag die plus new techniques)
Crafts and Me : Something new  (new papers and tag die)
Divas by Design : Girly
Whimsical Designs : Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Fancy edges 
Card and Scrap : Use Punch
Cards Galore : Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts : Anything but a card (or for those of you who really want to, make it a shaped card!)
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Die Cuts and Flowers
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge : Anything But Square
Card Mania : Girly
Digi Darla Challenge : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs : Try Something New
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 
 

Eeeek!Comfort food??!

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

The theme is Cute.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.This week there is a special mystery prize from Willow Designs for one lucky person! 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 adorable George Having a nap  Digital stamp by Willow Designs.He’s been coloured with ProMarkers.I’ve teamed him with some of my fave Willow Designs papers,Crazy Daisy downloadable paper collection.Love these with kraft 🙂 Distressed all the edges and drawn in some faux stitching.The flowers,part of the paper set,have had Crackle Accents added to the centres.I thought George would make a good get well image but he’s so cute he’d be great for any occasion.I’ve mirrored the sketch and er… NOT because I cut the papers wrong *cough cough* 😉

 

Supplies :

Image : George Having a nap Digital stamp by Willow Designs
Sentiment :  Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments clear set
Mediums : ProMarkers,Coffee Archival Ink,Crackle Accents,Whispers Brush Marker (fine tip end)
Card & Papers : Kraft card base Craft UK Limited (also used for die cuts),Crazy Daisy downloadable paper collection by Willow Designs
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Circles,Spellbinders Shapeabilities Office Supplies,Nestabilities Standard Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

 

Some challenges this is for :

I love Promarkers : Layer It Up
Cards Galore : Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Die Cuts and Flowers
The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday : Flower Power
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts:  Anything Goes
Digi Darla Challenge : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Anything Goes
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet : Use Your Scraps (all the patterned papers are leftovers from another card and the kraft die cuts are made from a card blank I cut in half for another card)
 613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes 
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Add a tag or sentiment/Anything Goes
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude :  Add a tag or sentiment/Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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