An Englishman’s home is his Mushroom Castle!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Something New.We have the fabulous The Paper Shelter  as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve decide to go with a New Home theme using Mushroom Castle by The Paper Shelter,as I’m being very good about my stash diet 😀 I’ve printed the coloured version of the image (you get 1 outline and coloured digi stamp included) directly onto  a kraft card blank using a verse editor CD-rom.The sky and clouds behind have been coloured by me with Polychromos pencils,blending the sky using low odour oils thinners and a blending stump for a softer look.A sentiment has simply been added by die cutting self adhesive canvas applied to a length of baker’s twine,looped around some brads and adhered into place.A couple of jump rings allow the key charm to dangle from the middle brad to finish.Quite a simple card as I’m hoping the postage won’t be too expensive to send this to one of my old neighbours who is waiting for her new house to be finished 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Mushroom Castle by The Paper Shelter
Sentiment : Hand stamped with an alphabet from Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Boxed Stamp Set 
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low Odour Oils Thinners,Jet Black Archival Ink
Card & Materials : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,DCWV The Adhesive Fabric Stack 6 x 6 
Tools : Kars Blending Stumps,Joy!Crafts Labels & Tags Cutting Stencil,Big Shot
To Embellish : Trimcraft The London Line Twine, Dovecraft Neutrals Brads,Key Charm and Jump Rings from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafting from the Heart : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : Pick from our favorite challenge – Challenge #140: Celebrating the NEW
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge : W is for Whatever You Wish
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : New Beginnings
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Something New
Digitally Sweet : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : New Year/New Beginnings/New Baby
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
LEJ Designs : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Pick Of The Year – Happy New….
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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Happy New Year,Baby!

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This is the last week of the Christmas/Winter challenge at Just Some Lines.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!

I’ve gone for a different type of Winter holiday,New Year, using the Facebook time limited Likers freebie New Year Baby by Just Some Lines.If he is no longer available you may find him to purchase in the store.He’s been coloured with blended out Polychromos pencils to give him a soft look.I decided to add him to a no frills Centre Step Card as the papers are quite dramatic already.They remind me of fireworks bursting in the night sky.Just right for this celebration 🙂 The die cut sentiment was created by me on the computer.A couple of brads have been added to finish.

Happy New Year!

Supplies :

Image : New Year Baby by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Created by me!
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low Odour Oils Thinners
Paper & Card : DP Kars 6 x 6 Paper Pad Vector,Trimcraft Pearlescent Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock
Tools : Fiskars 30cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Large,Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Scalloped Tags Decorative Dies,Big Shot,Kars Paper Stumps
To Embellish : Making Memories Mini Circle Primary Brads

 

Some challenges this is for :

Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Hobbycutz  : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : New Beginnings
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Something New
Cut it Up : New Year’s Celebrations
Delicious Doodles : Let’s Party
Fairy Tale : Lucky Charms & New Year Wishes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes 
Sweet Pea Stampers : Christmas / New Year
C.R.A.F.T.  : New Year/New Beginnings/New Baby
Sassy Studio Designs : Ring in the New Year
Crafter’s Cafe : Happy New Year
Crafting By Designs : Double Challenge Wrap It Up or New 
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Paper-peaced Angel

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The Christmas/Winter month long challenge at Just Some Lines is still going on.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!

I’ve printed this beautiful,serene Christmas Angel by Just Some Lines   directly onto the kraft card base using a verse editor for inserts as the template.The top half of her dress,face,hands,wings and hair have been coloured with Graph’It Markers.I just love how they’ve turned out 🙂 So pleased with the results.For the skirt I’ve paper pieced with some pretty Christmas DP and overlayed the floaty part with vellum.The star after being coloured first with a Graph’It Maker was glitzed up with some Stickles as was her halo.I’ve added a couple of strips of glittery self adhesive film,one die cut,topped with some wooden star buttons.They’ve been coated with more Stickles and threaded with paper twine.The sentiment has been stamped in the bottom left corner.

Supplies :

Image :  Christmas Angel by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : From Penny Black T for Transparent set The Wonder
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Diamond Stickles
Paper & Card :  Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy 6 x 6 Pack,Vellum from stash
Tools : Decoupage Scissors,Nellie Snellen Lace Edge Border Die,Big Shot,X-Cut Guillotine
To Embellish : Wooden Star Buttons,Paper Twine,Glittered Self Adhesive Film from stash

 

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Last Minute Card or something you have not shown already
Di’s Digis Designs : Anything Christmas
Totally Gorjuss : Quick Christmas!
Word Play Saturday : Fairy or Angel
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Craftitude : Anything Goes/Christmas Sparkle
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes/ Pink With Pattern
QKR Stampede : Happy Holidays
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend  : Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts : Christmas using Non-Traditional Colors
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Christmas
DRS Designs : Three’s Company
MilkCoffee Challenge : Any Christmas Creation

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Who ‘eight’ all the mints?

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is  Christmas ABC (Anything But a Card).We have the fabulous Whimsy Stamps as our sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I decided to make an After Eight dispenser as a gift for  my DS2’s teacher.For those who’ve not heard of them before they are wafer thin dark chocolates that have a gooey mint fondant centre.They were intended as after dinner mints but they’re so yummy I doubt anybody could wait that long!So back to the dispenser…I followed  a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers for a Tea Bag Dispenser Box as this worked out to be perfect for these too 🙂 All the base card is kraft and the papers are a magazine freebie from last year that I never got round to using.The cute stamp is Santa Emma by C C Designs.I bought her in a sale at least a couple of years ago and used her only once I think.She’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers.I was very lucky in a recent challenge on their blog and won some fabulous goodies – i.e. some pens including a Glitter Shake in Gold 😀  As I only have a fairly small collection of pens these were a very welcome addition:) It was quite an adventure creating the depth and blend I wanted to achieve but I’m quite please how she turned out.I used the Plum as the darker shade but found the Ruby (and only red I own) didn’t,as I suspected,blend too well so I hit upon the idea of using the Magenta.This gave a perfect blend but as this was too pink I went back over with the Ruby to bring the red back.I was impressed that,as unlike some other brands of pens,there was no spattering or seepage with the dark red/pink tones 🙂 The Powder worked beautifully as a highlighting colour.For the bluey/green parts a mix of Dark Cyan,Jasmine and  Fresh mint were used.After colouring the buckle on her belt with regular Graph’It Markers I went over with the Glitter Shake Pen (shame I forgot to take a close up).With some experimentation it was quite rewarding that I could get the kind of results I was looking for with a limited amount of pens 🙂

For the trims on her clothing I opted for a White Sakura Souffle Pen.Normally on cards I would apply FLuffy Stuff or Flower Soft but I wasn’t sure how well it would stand up to the handling this may get.

Here’s a view of how I decorated the top :

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And a close up of the tag I made to match.This will be attached once it’s been wrapped in cellophane :

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Supplies :

Image :  Santa Emma Stamp by C C Designs
Sentiment : Past magazine Hot Off The Press freebie stamp
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Graph’It Gold Glitter Shake Pen,Sakura Souffle Pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Paper & Card : Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Basics,DP past freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools : Fiskars 30cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Woodware 1″ & 1 1/2″ Circle Punches,Marianne Design Fantasy Flowers,Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Scalloped Tags Decorative Dies,Big Shot
To Embellish : Ribbon,Wooden Button and Jute Twine from stash
 

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Celebrations
Delightful Challenges : Celebrate
MilkCoffee Challenge : Any Christmas Creation
A & T Emerald Faeries : Christmas
Always Something Creative : Merry Christmas
Bastel-Traum : Anything but a Card
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog : Christmas Gift Box
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra  : Anything Goes…Christmas
Desert Island Crafters : 2.  Die Cuts, 3.  2 or More Papers, 4.  Ribbon/Twine, 7.  Flowers, 9.  Make a gift, 10. Red/Green
Die Cut Divas :  Let’s Celebrate
Fairies Challenge Blog : Christmas
Feeling Crafty Challenge : Christmas
Heck of a Challenge : Colorful Christmas
Crafting for all Seasons : Anything Christmas but a Card
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Creative Belli : Christmas
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Merry Christmas 
 Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Happy Holidays
Inky Chicks : Christmas
Papertake Weekly : Christmas cards/projects
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A tree-o of penguins

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Just a reminder that the month long Christmas or Winter challenge at Just Some Lines is still open.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!

I’ve made another simple card by printing the adorable Penguin Oh Christmas Tree by Just Some Lines onto the base ans colouring with Polychromos Pencils blended out.For the star I’ve filled it with white gel pen and drawn a few lines around it before going over it with some shimmer chalk.For the the snowy effect on the tree I’ve traced the edges with dries white PVA sprinkled with Glamour Dust.The greeting is a freebie stamp.A couple of strips of washi tape topped with a star die cut from some pearlescent  cardstock and tied with a little baker’s twine complete the card.

Supplies :

Image :  Penguin Oh Christmas Tree by Just Some Lines 
Sentiment : From a magazine freebie set
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low odour oils thinners,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Shimmer chalks (think they’re a magazine freebie too),Cosmic Shimmer Dries White PVA Glue,Crystal Glamour Dust,Jet Black Archival Ink
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Trimcraft Textured Pearlescent 12 x 12 Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Star,Big Shot,Kars Paper Stumps
To Embellish : Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape,Dovecraft Traditional Christmas Twine

 

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Whatever is urgent to make (ALL my Christmas cards have been urgent this year – lol)
My Time to Craft – W – #227 – Christmas Birds
A Creative Romance : Sparkle at Christmas
Brown Sugar : Christmas
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Happy Holidays
Craftitude : Anything Goes/Christmas Sparkle
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge :Christmas Chaos
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Christmas
4 Krafty Girlz  : Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers : Oh Christmas Tree
Cute Card Thursday : Christmas Catch Up
Paper Crafting Journey : It’s Christmas Time
Sassy Studio Designs : It’s Beginning to look  a Lot like Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

 

 

 

Light p-up your Christmas :)

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I’m delighted to be chosen as Guest Designer at Lexi’s Creations this fortnight where the theme is Snow.Stop by to check out full details of the challenge and the fab prize on offer.Don’t forget to check out the DT’s fantastic creations.

Here I’ve used the adorable Christmas Lights Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts.He was a joy to work with :)Printed straight onto the kraft base and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers plus some white gel pen highlights.Doesn’t show too well but the lights have Glossy Accents on them and the stems of the bulbs have been coloured with silver gel pen.Some fluffy,snowy texture has been given to his hat trims with Flower Soft.The sentiment,a freebie from a magazine from last year,has been stamped at a jaunty angle.For design purposes you understand and not ‘cos I can’t stamp straight…lol…OK believe what you like 😉 A couple of strips of washi tape,die cut pine branches and a few brads have been used to embellish the card.

Supplies :

Image : Christmas Lights Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Glossy Accents ,Papermania Silver Gel Pen,Sepia Archival Ink,Polar White Flower Soft
Sentiment : Freebie from a Christmas magazine last year (can’t remember which one)
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green card from stash
Tools : Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Brads from Dovecraft Embellishment Kit Christmas,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape

 

Some challenges this is for :

Cheery Lynn Designs : Red and Green
Creative Inspirations Paint : Merry Christmas
Lacy Sunshine : Celebrations
That Craft Place : Christmas
The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Summer or Winter
A Gem of a Challenge :  Anything Goes
Little Claire’s : Christmas
My Time to Craft : Cute and Cuddly Christmas Animals
Digi Haven : Merry Christmas
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey : It’s Christmas Time
Divas by Design : Festive
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

Beary Snowy Christmas

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is  Let It Snow.We have the fabulous Robyn’s Fetish and Crafty Sentiments as our sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

For my card I’ve used the super cute Benson and Betty by Crafty Sentiments.How sweet they are!Yet another simple card where the image has been printed onto the base directly and coloured with blended out Polychromos Pencils.This time I’ve added some Fluffy Stuff to their hat trims and bobbles.To create the snow I stamped some snowflakes and heat embossed them in white.A Versamark Watermark Pen was used to draw in the snow they are sitting in and that was also heat embossed.The sentiment was printed onto the base by using a template on an insert making CD-rom after printing out the image (I used this to position the image too) and running it through the printer a second time.Taking care to put it in the printer the right way round of course 😉 Don’t you just love learning from your mistakes…lol… A couple of washi tape strips were adhered down the lefthand side. I die cut a snowflake and attached it with a snowflake brad to complete the snowy look.

Supplies :

Image : Benson and Betty by Crafty Sentiments
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low odour oils thinners,Woodware Fluffy Stuff,Versamark Pad,Versamark Watermark Pen,Personal Impressions Opaque White Embossing Powder
Sentiment : Made by me  using My Verse Editor Plus
Card :  Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Kars X-mas Collection Cardstock
Tools : Marianne Design Snowflakes 1,Big Shot,Kars Paper Stumps,Papermania Heat Tool
To Embellish : Papermania Snowflake Brad,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape

Some challenges this is for :

CAS on Sunday : Christmas
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Merry Christmas
Opus Gluei : Brrrrring it on
The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Summer or Winter
A Gem of a Challenge : Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room :  Holiday Colors!
Little Claire’s  : Christmas
My Time to Craft -:Cute and Cuddly Christmas Animals
Card Makin’ Mamas: Christmas & New Year
Digi Haven : Merry Christmas
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Christmas
Pattie’s Creations : Christmas Card
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers : It’s Cold Outside
C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey : It’s Christmas Time
Shelly’s Images : Welcome Winter
Inky Impressions : Winter/Snow
Bearly Mine Challenges : Christmas Sentiment
Everybody-Art-Challenge : Winter
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Holiday
Top Tip Tuesday : Be Krafty (Use Kraft Card)
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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