A Christmas Bird

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is¬†Christmas in July.We have the fabulous¬†Crafty Sentiments¬†as our¬†sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

This cute little fella is Christmas Penguin by Crafty Sentiments¬†¬†and he’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.For some seasonal sparkle I’ve added some tinsel to the bobble on his hat and accents of Crystal Glamour Dust to the floating ice. I’m trying to use up all my old Christmas stash up and resisting buying more…except for a few stamps and digi’s ūüėČ These are my favourite papers that I’ve been clinging onto but now it’s time to let go…The cardstock is a past purchase too.The stamp I bought earlier this year to use for the 2014 festive season.The charms I bought¬†in big bundle from eBay the year before,and I’m still ploughing through them.I’ve hung it from some jute twine – just love this stuff ūüėÄ

Supplies :

Image :  Christmas Penguin by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : From Kaisercraft Clear Stamp Set  Holly Bright Peace 
Mediums : Copic Ciao  Markers,Teal Zeal Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Tinsel past Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine freebie,Crystal Glamour Dust
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Kars Christmas Collection Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Aspen Edger Punch, Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals and Classic Ovals Small,Big Shot
To Embellish : Jute twine and Charm from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Christmas Card Challenges : Inspiration Photo (just a Christmas card Рnot taken part in the optional challenge)
Come and Get It : Christmas in July Challenge
Great Impressions : Animal Friends
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges : Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas¬†¬†:¬†Layer it Up
Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†Dies and/or Punches
Hiding in my Craft Room :  Christmas in July
My Sheri Crafts  : Christmas in July
Artbymiran Challenge :  Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : For The Birds
Fairy Tale : Use a Digital Stamp Image
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Christmas in July
Polkadoodles : Add a Little Twinkle
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers¬†:¬† Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas in July
Crafting By Designs : Sentiment
Creative Moments : Anything Goes РOption Use 1 Flower (just anything goes Рno option)
Divas by Design : Christmas
Hobbybook Designer Challenge :  Christmas in July
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

 

 

Birthday P-hugs!

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is The Bold and the Beautiful.We have the fabulous¬†2¬†Cute Ink¬†as our¬†sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

As soon as I saw this adorable Birthday Pug by 2 Cute Ink¬†I knew I had to play with him!My DD1 has a real thing for these little dogs since she saw then being dressed up in a series of ads on the TV a little while back so I thought I’d jump in and make a card for her birthday in October!!He’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.Couldn’t resist glossing up his eyes and nose – and the camera has actually picked it up ūüôā The sentiment isn’t actually on the original image,it’s been stamped on.I chose a mix of colourful papers to go with him.An arch shaped die was used to cut and layer him up.I’ve ¬†used my favourite corner rounder punch on all the backing pieces.The rosette/flower thing is made up of punched,folded circles adhered to another punched circle.Some baker’s twine and a button have been added to finish.

Supplies :

Image :  Birthday Pug by 2 Cute Ink
Sentiment : From a magazine freebie set
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Bazzill Basics Avalon 6 x 6 Multipack,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut ¬†Guillotine,Woodware¬†Large¬†Corner Lever Punch,Woodware 1‚ÄĚ Circle Punch,Go Kreate¬†Rectangular Frames Window Nesting Dies,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Whirligig Bag-O-Buttons,Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine

 

Some challenges this is for :

Ditzie Digi Designs : Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine :  Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Opus Gluei : Animals
Pile It On  : Kawaii / Cute
Card and Scrap : Buttons
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges : Happy Birthday!
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
2 Sisters : Make your own embellishments
Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†Lots of Layers
Hiding in my Craft Room : Buttons & Bows 
Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend¬† : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Divas by Design: 3 or More Layers
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Favorite Embellishments (Buttons & Twine)
Rhedd & Rosie’s Challenge Blog¬†:¬†Anything Goes
¬†Scrappers’ Delights¬†:¬†Anything Goes with a Sentiment (Stamped on the cake)

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Sew Endeer-ing :)

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is¬†Buttons Galore!We have the fabulous¬†QKR Stampede and The Robin’s Nest¬†as our¬†sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

How cute is this little Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede?!He’s been printed directly onto the kraft card blank and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers,trying to retain the tartan detail.Just love how the colours turn out on these card bases ūüôā I’ve added some real buttons,threaded with jute twine,to his eyes and trousers.I had hoped to find a tiny pom pom for his nose amongst the kids crafting supplies but the only ones there were far too big.Never mind.A couple of scrap strips have been trimmed with decorative edged scissors to create a kind of ric rac look.In the top corner I’ve used some Epiphany epoxy button stickers stuck onto more scrap papers.I found these half price in my local craft warehouse and figured that rather than buy the special punch to go with them it would be easy enough to trim around them once adhered to paper.I then used a pokey tool to pierce the holes ready for threading ūüėÄ Worked a treat…Yay!A leftover holly die cut is just peeking out from beneath them.Finally I stamped a sentiment,a freebie from one of last year’s Christmas magazines,in the top right corner.Chosen because he makes me smile ūüôā

Supplies :

Image :Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green from stash
Tools : Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK),Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Buttons from Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons (eyes) & Bag-O-Buttons Whirligig (trousers),Jute Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self Adhesive Buttons in two sizes

 

Some challenges this is for :

C is for Challenge : Winter is Coming
Crafty Bloggers Network : Christmas
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: Clean and Simple
Great Impressions : Holiday Card or Tag
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : All things Christmas
Little Claire’s¬†¬†:¬†Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges : Christmas Time
Designed To Color : Christmas/Winter
Die Cut Divas : Holidays & Celebrations
Flat Friends Challenge : Christmas
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Let it Snow/Christmas
Lia Stampz Challenge : Use Your Scraps 
Delicious Doodles : CAS
Graph’It Colour Challenge¬†:¬†Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes with a twist of Christmas
Creative Moments:  CAS/Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking
Lisa x
 

Wishing you Joy(fold) this Christmas

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is¬†More Than One Fold.We have the fabulous¬†Bugaboo Stamps,Eureka Stamps and Bunny Zoe’s Crafts¬†as our¬†sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve decided to revamp an old favourite,a twist on a Joy Fold Card,to go with this beautiful Wreath with Bird by Eureka Stamps.As soon as I saw it I knew I didn’t want to just colour it.I wanted to add some dimension too.Once coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers I then cut and coloured a layer consisting of the bow loops including the little bird,which I chose to turn into a Robin.Next I added the knot as in the original image it appears that the bird is nestled in just behind.The berries are Liquid Pearls.To create the card base I cut away roughly half of the front using a Grand Nestabilities Die and made a smaller card with a matching Nestabilities Die.Normally I would’ve plonked (technical term!) the smaller folded piece in the middle but I had the idea of securing the flap into place a button so being butted up to the far right edge seemed the better option.

Here is a pic to show how it works opened up :

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All edges of card and paper have been Distress inked and the sentiment stamped.Sadly the lovely lady who made it is no longer trading ūüė¶ To complete the look some ribbon,a button,jute twine and a couple of sprigs cut from my new Cheery Lynn Die.Have to admit this is the first one I’ve bought¬†(yeah,I know)¬†but will definitely be tempted to buy some more ūüôā

Supplies :

Image : Wreath with Bird by Eureka Stamps
Sentiment : Discontinued
Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Frayed Burlap Distress Ink,Coffee Archival Ink,Ruby Liquid Pearls
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blanks,Green from stash
Tools : Labels 1 Grand Nestabilities, Labels 1 Nestabilities,Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors,Cut n Dry Foam
To Embellish : Red Ribbon,Button,Jute Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : 3 DP and 3 Layers
Divas by Design : Use a Digi
Inky Impressions : Dies and Punches
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Lots of ¬†Layers
Stampavie and More : Die Cut Embellishments (Pine Branches)
Whimsy Inspiration :  Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Holidays & Celebrations
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Seasons (Winter)
Card Mania :  Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Lots of Layers
Get Inky! : 3D Holiday
Incy Wincy Designs : Ribbon, Twine or Fibres
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes  
Christmas Card Challenges : Dimension (Decoupaged image)
Great Impressions : Holiday Card
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge  Christmas is Coming
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : All things Christmas
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Lunching with Dinosaurs

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At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Anything Goes.We have the super Digi Darla as our sponsor.

It’s the lovely Kelly’s turn to host.Hope you stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational bunch.

For my card I’ve used Dino Lunch¬†by Digi Darla¬†and coloured him with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.I dug out these Basic Grey papers that not only go well with dinosaurs they make great boys cards too.I stamped the greeting straight onto the image piece and framed it with a sticker from the paper set.A button,border and arrow have also been added.To finish off I’ve embellished with a few brads.

Supplies :

Image : Dino Lunch by Digi Darla
Colouring Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers
Sentiment : Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments Clear Set
Ink : Sepia Archival Ink Pad
Papers & Stickers : Basic Grey Archaic Collection Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : Making Memories Primaries Brads,Paper Raffia

Some challenges this is for :

By LORi Designs : Designer Paper
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Crafty Creations :  Arrow
Inky Impressions¬†:¬†Button It (Hope a sticker one counts – if not I won’t be offended if my entry is deleted)
The Male Room :  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything Goes 
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Anything Goes
LEJ Designs : Distressing Or Paper Tearing
Party Time Tuesdays :  Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps :  Anything Goes
Paper Playtime : Use Pattern Paper
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge :  Masculine
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint :  Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu : Anything Goes
Gingerloft : Trees
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Boys will be Boys
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Pile It On  : Anything Goes
Digi Haven : Any Animal
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Krafty Baby Rudolf!

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At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Christmas in June.We have the super Delicious Doodles as our sponsor.

It’s the lovely Margreet’s turn to host and here’s her fabby sketch :

You can follow the sketch,theme or even both.Hope you 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 Baby Rudolf by Delicious Doodles¬†and coloured him with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.And he wouldn’t be Rudolf without his shiny nose would he?So 3D Crystal Lacquer has been applied to that!Because I’ve cut him out from another card blank so that he I was able to colour him on matching kraft card I’ve used a white gel pen on his eyes,nose and the underneath of his tail.His spots have been given more pop with a white Souffle pen. I’ve simply added a couple of strips of paper to a kraft card base.They have been cut using some decorative scissors.A length of ric rac ¬†has been added over the reindeer paper and a cute red bell has been tied to that.The sentiment has been stamped onto the card base.I’m pleased how well the pens worked on this particular kraft and as the blanks are reasonably priced I will definitely be making more of these.The added bonus is I don’t have to use too much paper (more for me to stroke!) altho’ for posting purposes I would choose a flatter embellishment.Plus how could I not with this sweet little guy?! ūüôā

1 Christmas card down.Many more to go.LOL ūüėÄ

Supplies :

Image : Baby Rudolf by Delicious Doodles
Sentiment : From a past freebie set from Cardmaking and Papercraft
Mediums : Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll pen & White Souffle pen,3D Crystal Lacquer,Sepia Archival Ink
Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another for die cut piece),DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x6 pad,Green card from stash
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large &  Inverted Scalloped Circles Large,Big Shot,Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK)
To Embellish : Ric rac,Twine & Jingle Bell all from my stash

 

Some Challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Kraft Paper 
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet : Felt, Twine, or Burlap
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
There She Goes : Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges : Optional Sketch 
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
The Corrosive Challenges : Animal Antics
The Squirrel & the Fox : Use Something Metal
Craft Lovin Challenge Blog : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†Beautiful Borders
The Hobby House : Anything Goes
Lia Stampz Challenge : Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles : All Creatures Great and Small
Digi Haven : Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas
Southern Girls¬†:¬†Give it an upper cut and punch it out…use a punch or die cut
Creative Card Crew :  Metal Stickpins, charms etc (hope the bell counts)
Through The Craft Room Door : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Some-tin sew pretty

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At Craft Your Passion this week we want you to Alter It (you need to alter an item using any medium and crafty tools you have in your craft room).We have the¬†fabulous The Robin’s Nest as our sponsor too.¬†Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they‚Äôve¬†done a wonderful job!

A while ago I bought some lovely Coffee and Cream Woodware buttons but as they came in cellophane bag they kept¬†escaping into the bottom of my craft tote making it difficult to find them.So this seemed the ideal opportunity to make something specia lto keep them in – after all they deserve it!I took a Christmas tin that one of my kids had a small gift of sweets in a few years ago (yes I’m a hoarder!) :

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I used some gorgeous papers and beautiful stamps that came free with the January issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (as a subscriber I get my issue early).¬†First¬†I stamped a piece of¬†spotty¬†paper with the measuring tape stamp and wrapped it around the tin,leaving a gap at the top as the lid does fit very tightly!Next I covered the side and top of the lid with some light coloured kraft card edged with Coffee Archival Ink.Then I die cut a lacy circle from the flip side of the spotty paper,this rather pretty floral design,again edged with Archival ink.A¬†length¬†of this natural looking ric rac that I found at my local¬†craft¬†warehouse was adhered around the edge of the lid.As¬†soon¬†as I¬†saw it I had to have it as it brought back fond memories from my childhood.I¬†remember¬†my¬†Mum making summer dresses and edging them with this stuff ūüôā Unfortunately I never inherited her needlework skills and altho’ she tried I was given¬†up¬†on as a hopeless case..lol.After stamping the thread card I wound some embroidery floss around it.I found this fab pink topped pin in my stash and added a needle that drives me crazy as the eye is far too small to thread anything through it!I filed the ends down so they are¬†blunt tho’ ūüėČ I’m clumsy enough!The flowers were cut up from some daisy chain lace that has been lurking for far too long and topped with some pearls to match the pin.The two plastic buttons are the Woodware ones and the wooden heart one was another escapee¬†taking refuge in the bottom of my tote so I decided to throw that in for good measure too.All have been¬†threaded with the same floss as before.Here are some more pics :

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Being put to good use ūüėÄ Luckily the tin was pale blue so it doesn’t look too bad with the lid off ūüėČ As I don’t have a craft room I wanted to create something that wouldn’t look out of place sat on the dresser in my bedroom.I hope I’ve achieved that.

Supplies :

Papers & Stamps : Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine freebie
Card : Light coloured kraft from my stash
Medium : Coffee Archival Ink
Adhesives : Ultra sticky DST for sticking papers and card to tin,Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue for adhering embellishment
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Dies Flower Circles,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Basic Grey Precision File Set
To embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,We R Memory Keepers Brown Floss,Wooden Heart button,Flat backed Pearls,Daisy chain lace,Ric rac all from stash,Needle and Pin from my sewing drawer

Some challenges this is for :

BasicGrey¬†:¬†Anything goes (hope the file set counts!?!I won’t be offended if it I’m told doesn’t)
Hiding in my Craft Room : Anything but Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Anything Goes
Fairy Tale : Pimp Up Something
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge: Anything goes
Creative Moments : Anything but a card 
Paper Shelter Challenge: Anything goes
Elke Kaart Een Feestje  : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Tuesday Alchemy :  Anything But A Card
Artistic Inspirations : Always Anything Goes
Great Impressions : Anything Goes
Pile It On : Embellishments
Anything But A Card Challenge : Anything Goes/Your Favourite Project
Catch The Bug : Use a Border (measuring tape border stamp)
 
Thanks for looking.
Wishing everyone peace and joy for the Holiday Season

and a prosperous New Year
Lisa x

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