Who ‘eight’ all the mints?


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 :


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

School Days

****Edited to put a link to a tutorial on how to alter the notebooks here****

Here are one of each of the cards and presents I made for my 3 youngest children’s Teachers,TAs and HLTAs.The TAs and HLTAs each got a Thank You card and bookmark on the left and the Teachers all got a card and notebook  and pen on the right.

I kind of cheated by making them all the same but with so many to make and time being of the essence that’s what I decided to do.The images are from the School Days set by C C Designs that I bought for a bargain price in a sale earlier this year.They’ve been coloured with Promarkers.The ‘Teacher is a special word’ sentiment is from the same set.The ‘Thank You’ is from the Hero Arts Dolls set.The papers are all Making Memories.The top strip on each card has been punched with the Scallop Dot Martha Stewart Edger.The layers for the images and sentiments have been cut using Nestabilities Labels 4.The pieces the sentiments are stamped on have had a Lip Pattern Corner punch used on them.The bottom corners of each card have been shaped with a Large Corner Rounder punch.All the buttons on the Teacher’s cards are Papermania and the TA’s cards have a mix of  pink Papermania and some I cut from my eldest daughter’s old school shirts.The ribbon is from a Dovecraft bargain roll.

To make the corner bookmarks I followed the instructions I found at Stamping Mathilda.The card is from my stash and the papers are Making Memories.The cute little bookworm,coloured with Promarkers, and word are from the same stamp set as the one on the cards.As is the punch.

I covered some note books in more Making Memories paper and created some toppers with more of the same stamps and Nestabilities.I bought some pens with clear barrels and rolled a small coordinating piece of paper up and fed it inside.

Here are some more pics:

All the Teacher’s cards.

All the TAs and HLTAs cards.

Sorry it’s a bit of a lengthy post.And the pics are perhaps a little dodgy – it was about 1a.m. by the time I’d finished.

Here are some challenges:

I Love Promarkers : Buttons

Crafty Creations : Happy or Sweet

Stampavie and more : Anything Goes

Paper Sundaes : Back to School (hope this counts.Although it’s not really back to school – just school related)

Rosie D’s : All creatures great and small

Paper Jewels : Fancy border

Digi Doodle Shop’s Best : Anything Goes

Fab n Funky : Reuse or Recycle (shirt buttons and notebooks)

Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge – Markers

Pile it on – Stretch the plastic (buttons)

Hand Full of Stamps – Punch the Stress out

Crazy 4 Challenges – Photo inspiration

Cas-tastic Challenges – Inspired by Summer

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – Summer Days


Lisa x

Sweet ‘n’ sparkly

This weeks challenge at Pear Tree Designs is Glitter/Sparkles.Our sponsor this time is One Stop Card Crafts and they are offering one lucky winner a prize!So what are you waiting for?Pop on over for more details and to check out the fabulous DT creations.

I decided to make a tent card as I haven’t made one for a while and it fitted with my idea for this card perfectly.The main image is a C C Designs Swiss Pixie and the Birdhouse is from the same set.Both have been coloured with Promarkers and have had touches of Diamond Stickles added even tho’  it doesn’t show well in the pic.(Deeply disappointed!)The papers are the My Mind’s Eye freebie that came with the August issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.I love these papers so much that I did some detective work and found out that in real life they’re from the Contrary Collection.The card I’ve used is Core’dinations Gemstones.It has a beautiful sparkly,pearlescent finish.I’ve used Classic and Scallop Oval Nestabilities to create the aperture and pierced around the edge of the frame.The white strip has been punched with the Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Edge Punch.The swirly leaf has been cut using Marianne Design Creatables Ribbon Flower 3 and the pink flower using Flora 1.The  petals on the paper rose have been edged with Diamond Stickles.I’ve added a little bird cut from the paper stack, more Stickles on his chest, and a butterfly charm to the Birdhouse.I’ve used pink and green pearls as finishing touches.All corners have had a small corner rounder punch used on them.

Look out here come the challenges :

My Time To Craft – Angelic

Creative Card Crew – To Die For Challenge

The ABC Challenge – You and Me

Flutterby Wednesdays – Open theme

Quixotic Challenge – Pearls

The Pixie Cottage – Sketch and or aperture (just the aperture)

Your Next Stamp – Flower Power

Fresh Brewed – Summertime

Creative Craft Challenges – Summer Lovin’

Dutch Dare Card Challenge – Flower Inspiration

Craftalicious Challenge – Cute

The Craft Garden – Fairy

Tiffany Doodles – Birds and Windows

2 Sisters Challenge – Anything Goes

Little Red Wagon – Nestabilities

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenges – Apertures

Speedy the Cat’s Challenge – Punch it

Fairy Fun Friday – Photo inspiration  

Gingersnap Creations – Random Redhead Challenge : Fairies

Charisma Cardz – Watch the birdie

Cute Card Thursday – Schools Out for Summer

Aud Sentiments – No sentiment 

Shelly’s Images – Anytime

Hanna and Friends – Unused stamps (both of them!)

Cowgirl’s Sunday Stampin’ Challenge – Sherbet and Ice cream colours

Stamp with Fun – Fairies

Paper Sundaes – Lots of Layers


Lisa x