A froggy thank you

At Craft Your Passion this week we have a colour challenge of Red,Green and Cream.For full details on how to play along please visit the challenge blog.While you’re there take a look at the beautiful DT and GDT’s creations.

For my card I’ve used Frog and Watering Can from CoCo Dingo.Because this card is cut from Nestabilities Labels 1 it’s quite a dinky card the image is quite small so I used Polychromos Pencils to colour the image.To finish the card I used a Martha Stewart Flower Stamp and Punch with some threaded buttons in the centres.

A different view.

Supplies :
Image : Frog and Watering Can from CoCo Dingo
Sentiment : From Dawn Bibby Designs Woodland Deer set
Mediums : Polychromos Pencils,Ivy Cottage Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Paper & card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack,cream card blank from my stash
Tools : Nestabilities Labels 1,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Martha Stewart Flower Stamp and Punch,Big Shot
Embellishments : Making Memories Primaries Brads,buttons and thread from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
CES : Anything Goes
Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away : Punch it out
Die Cut Dreams : Girlie
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes 
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
For Fun : Anything Goes
Simon Says: Anything Goes 
Crafty Sentiments : Anything Goes


Lisa x

Christmas Serenity

It’s a sketch challenge this week at Craft Your Passion.Here’s Lauretta’s fab sketch :

You can turn it or flip it if you like.

There are digital images from Lauretta’s Digtal Stamps and CoCoDingo’s to be won.So check the blog for full rules on how to play and don’t forget to gain some inspiration from the DT and GDT’s fabulous work.You can also add your name to become a Guest Designer by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Here I’ve used the  beautiful Dove image from CoCoDingo as a Christmas image but it would make a serene sympathy or thinking of you type card.I’ve coloured with Promarkers,using the Blender on the dove and around the edges.The dots amongst the foliage have been coloured with a Sky Blue Copic Spica pen,altho’ the glitter doesn’t show.I’ve finished off with lots of gems…. well,because it’s Christmas!Who wouldn’t love a few sparklers this time of year?

Supplies :
Image : Dove from CoCoDingo
Mediums : Promarkers,Blender,Copic Atyou Spica,Jet Black Archival Ink
Sentiment : Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Card & Paper : DP Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale,Blue card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Sizzix Bigz Hinges,Latches,Handles and Photo Turns,Sizzlits Photo Corners #2,Big Shot,Gel Picker from Pizzazz Aplenty
Embellishments : Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stones Gem Wheel,Grossgrain ribbon from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

ABC Challenge : J is for jewels and gems
Allsorts : Last minute Christmas cards (ALL the cards I’ve made this year are last minute – lol)
A Spoon Full of Sugar : Christmas cards
Crafts and Me : Moody Blues 
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations : Anything Goes Christmas
Dutch Dare : Christmas Card/Tag or Ornament
ECP : Christmas
Freshly Brewed : Sparkle and shine
Frosted Designs : Ribbon
Glitterbabe’s Challenge :Xmas With No Red or Green
Let’s Craft and Create : It’s Christmas
Little Red Wagon : Use a die cut
Mami Doodles : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Red and Green Must Not Be Seen
Penny’s Challenge : Merry Christmas
Simon Says : Christmas No Red or Green
Stamp,Scrap and Doodle Saturdays : Monochromatic
Stamp Something : Digi Day
Stamping with the Dragon: Make it sparkle
Stampin’ Royalty : Winter Holidays
Stamp with Fun : Xmas
Stampavie and more : Christmas
The Pixie Cottage : Sparkle and Shine
Top Tip Tuesday : Use Ribbon
Whimsie Doodles : The Winter Blues


Lisa x

Seams sew pretty

The theme for this weeks challenge at Craft Your Passion is MONOCHROMATIC.The colour choice is yours –  just create away in your chosen tones.

For rules on how to play click on the link.You could also become the proud owner of some free digital stamps if you’re chosen as the winner!There’s some beautiful inspiration from the DT and GDT.If you’d like to join us as a guest please look under the Followers at the top of the page.

For my card I’ve used the Couture image from CoCoDingo,coloured it with Promarkers and applied  Distress Inks around the edges. I then coated the whole image in a fairly thick layer of Crackle Accents.Because this is quite a decent area to cover I gently spread it out with a plastic glue spreader – you know the type kiddies use (what that says about me I don’t know?!).As this isn’t as thick as Glossy Accents it tends to dry flatter and with the crackle effect it doesn’t really show any drag marks.Once it was dry I sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink into the cracks then buffed off the excess with a soft tissue.Wish I’d taken a close up pic but too late I’ve posted it now!I just love these Papermania Persimmon papers and I got it at a discount too – so even better!I thought there would be nothing better to finish this off than with some threaded buttons,lace,pins and a sewing label.This is actually part of a free printable set from Craft Stamper Magazine.There are lots of other Vintage Downloads too.Just click on Resources and then Vintage Downloads.

Supplies :
Image : Couture by CoCoDingo
Mediums : Promarkers,Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw,Crackle Accents
Card & Papers : DP Papermania Persimmon,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,E K Success Medium Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Rectangle Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Free download sewing label from Craft Stamper Magazine, pins,Woodware buttons,thread,lace all from my stash

 Here are some challenges this card is for:

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything  Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (buttons,thread and lace are old and image,papers and card are new)
Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge – Sewing Notions
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity: Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers : Use Lace
Charisma Cardz : One for the girls
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll :Family (this card is for my SIL’s Birthday)
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Monochrome
Beary Scrap : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion : One for the girls (optional sketch)
Craft Your Days Away : Texture ( Crackle Accents,threaded buttons,lace and textured card)
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
I Did It Creations : Surprise Me
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : FTTC 91 – Inspiration from a Cafe Baudelaire Print.I chose a French Mannequin Art Print.I haven’t added the blue/green colours but I’ve used the background colours and was influenced by the lace.(Not come across these before and now I’m sorely tempted!!)
Paper Sundaes : Adorn Those Corners
Simple Doodles : Cute As A Button


Lisa x

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is to make a DIAMOND FOLD CARD.This style of card is so much fun and they are actually quite easy to make – well,they’ve got to be if I can make one!As with any folding technique it’s just a case of being as accurate as you can and creating sharp creases.It also folds flat to a 4″ x 4″ square so it fits in an envelope beautifully.

In  case you are unfamiliar with these or you’ve never thought you could attempt one I prepared a tutorial for our DT and any challenge entrants to follow :


There,you have no excuse not to now!!

If you’re not sure about any of the steps feel free to ask me a question and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Of,course this is just one type.There are others,so if you know any feel free to enter those too.BUT it must be a FOLD not just diamond shaped pieces of card on a regular card base.

For details on how to win some fabulous digi stamps and how to play along please click on the link to the challenge site.Please take the time to have  a look at the DT and GDT’s amazing creations too.You could also become a GDT too.Just click on the link under the Followers.

My card base is created from a sheet of cardstock from the DCWV Old World stack .I coveted this for a long while and was lucky enough to find it half price.That was almost a year ago and I can’t bear to use it!!I’m so glad I did for this tho’.It compliments this sweet Choupintette Swing image from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps perfectly.I used a square topper but you could mat and layer diamond pieces.I chose not to because I’m rubbish at cutting the angles right!!There,my secret is out – it wasn’t some kind of clever design plan after all.

Supplies :
Image : Choupinette Swing from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Mediums : Promarkers ,Bundle Sage Distress Ink (applied with a piece cut from the non green  side of a pan scouring sponge to give a textured finish)
Cardstock : Patterned base DCWV  12 x 12 Old World stack,Pale blue Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut metal ruler,Woodware bone folder,A3 cutting mat,pencil and eraser
Embellishments : Length of white satin ribbon coloured with Promarkers to match,Gems from  the Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stones Gem Wheel
Some challenges this card is entered for :
Challenge Up Your Life : Blue & Green
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday : Use your “never used stash” (Old World stack)
Dutch Dare : Clean & Simple
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Inktegrity : Ribbons & Flowers
Little Red Wagon : Do it in 3’s (Gems)
Moving Along With The Times : Nice & Bright
Stamp Something : November Digi Day
Stampotique : Girly Girl
Wee Memories : Dust off that patterned paper
The Pixie Cottage : Two colours only (optional sketch)
Pattie’s Creations : Create a Birthday card
Paper Sundaes : Pick at least two from the Sundae Toppings  Bar (blue & ribbon)
OSAAT : Your Fave Colour (mine’s more of a combo.Just love blue & green tho’ they never should be seen!I’m like that – he,he!)
Top Tip Tuesday : Use an image/sentiment
** My Top Tip is actually contained in my Diamond Fold Card Tutorial.When creating a fold without using a score board place a metal ruler where you want it to be,use the grid on your cutting mat to make sure everything’s straight,then fold the card in towards the edge of the ruler.To make a really sharp crease use a bone folder,checking that all edges are lined up first.This should give you perfect results every time.**


Lisa x

Handbags and Gladrags

Over at Craft Your Passion this week it’s ANYTHING GOES.Go on go wild and get creative!!There’s also some digi stamps waiting for one lucky winner.Why not pay us a visit to check out the rules and play along.There’s loads of inspiration from the DT’s wonderful creations too.

I thought I’d have some fun with this Sacoche image from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps.I bought a pack of card with animal prints a while back to use with some animal stamps I had but never got round to it ( as per usual – so many ideas so little time!).It also made a change from reaching for the Promarkers.Plus animal prints are big in fashion at this season.I have to admit I don’t wear them myself.Personally I think they look far more beautiful on the animals nature graced them with.In fact the only animal print clothes I’ve ever worn were a pair of leopard spot jeans I found after seeing the girl in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video wearing them.I don’t thimk I looked as good as her tho’!!Er…anyway back to the card.Because the card is glossy I embossed it with black detail powder as soon as it came out of the printer.Not only beacause it would’ve taken an age for the ink to dry but to define the outline.It also acted as a reservoir to contain the glue before the glitter was added and a white paint pen I used on the flower on the front of the bag.I also paper pieced it using foam pads for more dimension.

It’s a bit OTT glam and I really can’t imagine who on Earth I could really give this to.I just wanted to play around and have fun!

This also reminds me of the theme from The Office  – an incedibly funny programme starring Ricky Gervais.Oh and the Stereophonics version of the song.Hence the title.

Supplies :
Image:Sacoche from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Mediums : Stampendous Black Detail Embossing Powder,Fine glitter,Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Craft PVA,White paint pen,Silver Metallic Promarker
Card : Black and silver Mirri from stash,Red card from Papermania Capsule Textured Cardstock Colossal pack,Animal print from a Kanban pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Nestabilities Classic Scallop Rectangle (Large) and Classic Rectangle (Large),Big Shot
Embellishments : Maribou feather I’ve had for yonks!Flower gem from a Papermania caddy

Some challenges this card is for :

Everybody Art : Photo inspiration
Papertake Weekly : Sparkly and Bright
ABC Challenge : G is for Glitter
Inktegrity : Anything goes
Daring Cardmakers : Halloween or Halloween colours (Black,red and silver seem pretty Vampiric to me!)
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Anything goes 


Lisa x

Hats Crafty!

At Craft Your Passion there’s a colour challenge going on.We’d love to see your ORANGE PURPLE BLACK creations – it doesn’t even have to be Halloween either!So click on the link to play along,find more details and take a look at the DT’s beautiful work!And don’t forget there’s a prize for one lucky person! 

I decided to make a non-Halloween card using the colours.This Hat Dots image from CoCo Dingo Didgital Stamps just seemed ideal for this.I used Promarkers to add shading and depth and decoupaged just the bow for more dimension.I did use an Orange Atyou Spica Copic on the bow and dots but it doesn’t show up in the pic.The gems were originally lilac and were too pale so I coloured them with Plum Promarker.I also thought the Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder would be pretty appropriate too.

Supplies :
Image : Hat Dots from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Sentiment:Personal Impressions Cute Character Set 2 
Mediums :Promarkers,Atyou Spica Copic,Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Card & Paper : K & Co DP,Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack,Black card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder,Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities,Big Shot
Embellishments : Papermania gems coloured with Promarker

Challenges this card is for :

Baby Bud Designs : Fall/Halloween
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Autumn Love
The Sisterhood Of Crafters : All things known as BLING
Inktegrity : Halloween or Fall
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studios : Fall into Fall
Stampin’ B’s : Fall colours
Stampin For The Weekend : Halloween/Fall
Fresh Brewed : Purple and Black
Scrap-Creations : Make It 3-D (apart from the decoupaged bow this has a lot of layers on foam tape tho’ it doesn’t show too well.I’d also like to think my shading makes the image look 3-D)


Lisa x

Purplicious Delicious!

This week at Craft Your Passion it’s all about technique.We’d love to see some CRIMPLED PAPER .Screw it up in a ball,run it through a ribbler,add some ink or colour,use DP,get as messy or stay as clean as you like,do anything- the choice is yours.Plus it’s so much fun!!There’s the chance to win some fab digi images too!!Pop along to play along and gain some inspiration from the wonderful DT creations.Although we want you to have fun PLEASE read and abide by the few rules we have (they’re in the sidebar plus a reminder of  one in the challenge post).

I got to play with this sassy little lady – she goes by the name of  Rockette sexy and can be found at CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps.I made this card for my DD1 who’s Birthday is coming up this month.So it made a lot of sense to go purple as it’s one of her favourite colours.Being a total mucky pup I decided to get out my Moon Shadow spray inks.They are made up of walnut ink with added mica powder.They don’t look much when wet but once they start to dry the shimmer really shows.I started with a piece of normal copy paper and gave it a liberal dousing with the ink then screwed it up in a ball- just like that!I uncurled it whilst still wet being careful not to tear it and left it to dry.I think this technique really lends itself to these inks as the mica tends to gather at the creases.A few words of warning tho’.These are great to work with but can stain.I used mine in the kitchen on a plastic sheet,wore rubber gloves and mopped up any mist that escaped immediately and you definitely don’t want to be wearing your best clothes!

So maybe you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!(Sorry if you not familiar with the phrase).I even had enough left over to make a crumpled flower.I found a great tutorial by accident here.I did make a few changes tho’.I only used a 1  1/2″ plain circle punch,6 layers and a small brad.


Supplies :
Image : Roxette sexy by CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Sentiment : Anytime Messages  Clear Stamp Set by Hero Arts
Paper & Card : Core’dinations Gemstones,Plain copy paper
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,1 1/2″ Circle Punch,Pokey/Piercing Tool,Cuttlebug Kassie’s Brocade 5″ x7″ embossing folder,Sizzix Big Shot
Embellshments : Papermania Gem (added to her necklace),Small brad (holds the flower together)


Some challenges this is an entry for :
Creative Card Crew – Bloomin’ Marvelous
Tuesday Throwdown – Punches (to make the flower)
The Creative Cottage – Bling It On!
Little Red Wagon – Make Your Own Embellishment
C.R.A.F.T. – Fancy Floral
Glitterbabe’s Challenge – Embossing (the camera hasn’t picked it up too well – think it’s all the shimmer)
Crafty Catz – A Birthday card for a child with sparkle (although she’ll be 17 she’s still my baby!)
Stamp Something – Celebrate Something
Crafty Calendar – Autumn Birthdays 
Mami Doodles – Girls Birthday card with sparkle
E.C.P. – Purple
Gingerloft – All that glitters or blings



Lisa x


It’s SKETCH time at Craft Your Passion this week!And here it is :

I love the layered elements and found it a joy to work with.For more details head on over by clicking the link.You’ll see the fabulous cards made by my fellow DT too!

I’ve used Choupinou Skating by CoCo Dingo and I love the movement in this image.I also used the ‘Out-of the-box’ technique when cutting him out.I decided to lay off the Promarkers for a change and used Polychromos pencils instead.I blended them with low odour thinners intended for use with oil paints as they are oil based rather than wax like children’s colouring pencils.And being a bit of a cheap skate I dipped a cheap cotton bud (the cheaper the better I say as they don’t have much cotton on the tip so don’t soak the liquid up) into it rather than a more expensive paper stump.I love this sentiment stamp and it’s already proved very useful.It’s a freebie from October’s issue of Craft Stamper magazine designed by Bev Fletcher of Banana Frog fame.I have to confess I made up the rest of the card and had to wait ’til I got my hands on a copy!

Supplies :
Image : Choupinou Skating by CoCo Dingo
Sentiment : Freebie from Craft Stamper magazine
Mediums : Polychromos pencils;low odour oils thinners;Archival Ink in Jet Black
Papers & card : Hopscotch by K & Co DPs ;Papermania Textured card
Tools : X-cut guillotine;Martha Stewart Traditional Scallop Edger Punch;Siesta Frames large corner rounder punch;Crafts Too Stars embossing folder;Nestabilities Labels 1;Nestabilities Standard Circles;Big Shot
Here are some challenges this is an entry for :
Scrap – Creations – Gotta Go Digi
Cards for Men – Transport
Digital Tuesday – Sports
Design Dollies – Happy Birthday…to you
The Creative Cottage – Birthday Boy
Little Red Wagon  – Stars
AiFactory – For the Boys
C.R.A.F.T. – Colouring pencils only
Fussy and Fancy – Christmas colours
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! – 80’s (I remember skateboarding being HUGE in this decade in the U.K. and my brother being REALLY into it.I also remember,being about 12 at the time, sitting on it when I thought noone was looking and rolling down our drive because I was too scared to stand up on it!!)
Fairy Fun Friday – Embossing wet or dry
Sew Many Cards – Embossing wet or dry
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge – Anything goes
Wee Memories – 2 out of  3 of these ; Scallops,Orange or String
Stamp Something  – September Digi Day
Simon Says – Move It!
Southern Girls Challenge – Anything goes
The Crafty Pad – Embossing dry or heat
Cupcake Craft – Transport


Lisa x

Vintage Butterfly

Over at Craft Your Passion there is a recipe of ‘LACE AND AT LEAST ONE FLOWER’ to follow.A beautiful combination I hope you’ll agree.

Head on over to draw some inspiration from the DT’s beautiful work,grab the chance to win some FREE digi stamps and apply for a GDT slot too!!

I thought I’d go in a slightly different direction with this one.I usually go for cute but swapped it for vintage as it seemed to suit this gorgeous image,Butterfly in lavender by Coco Dingo.I tried my own variation of the ‘Faux Porcelain Flowers’ technique from the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine.I don’t own a Melt Pot so I sprayed each layer of this handmade rose with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine.Left to dry before assembelling.I used some Distress Ink too,leaving a halo of white around the image.It really makes the colours ‘pop’!Of course I had to throw in some pearls to the mix – they just seemed to fit in perfectly.

Supplies :
Image: Butterfly in lavender by Coco Dingo
Mediums : Promarkers;Vintage Photo Distress Ink;Crafter’s Companion Spray and Shine
Paper/card : Tan and black card from stash;Purple card Papermania Textured;DP K & Co
Tools : X-cut guillotine;Tim Holtz Paper Ditsresser;Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Sizzix die;Big Shot
Embellishments : Pearls  and Jute ribbon from Bunny Zoe’s;black lace from stash
Here are some challenges :
Oh, Alice! – Shine and Sparkle
One Stop Craft Challenge – Photo inspiration Bright colours from first.Butterfly from second.
Allsorts – New Beginnings (changing from caterpillar to butterfly)
Fairy Fun Friday – Pearls and lace
Stampin’ For The Weekend – Shabby or Vintage
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Flowers
Cute Card Thursday – Material girl
Dutch Dare – Vintage Summer
Pals Paper Arts – Pretty in Pearls
Fab ‘n’ Funky – Living in a material world
My Time To Craft – In the Garden
Papertake Weekly – Just the one (flower)
Gingerloft Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge – Pearls and lace
Creatalicious – Vintage
Cowgirl’s Sunday Stamp’en Challenge – Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time – Blooms,Butterflies and/or Bling
Paper Sundaes – Mixed Mediums
Stamptacular Sunday – Distress it!
Sundays with Crissy – Sparkle and Shine
Lexi’s Creations – Flower Power
Totally Stampalicious – Flowers
Pile it on – Layers


Lisa x