Eye’m waiting for Halloween


This month’s challenge at Just Some Lines is Halloween.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 had so much fun making this!!I chose to make a shaped card to go with the rather creepy Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines.He’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that I could add him to this die cut tombstone card.I always like to cover the front of shaped cards with another die cut panel to hide the folded edge.This gave me the opportunity to have a good,messy play too!!I started by embossing the piece to give it some texture then sanded it to create a pitted,weather worn feel.I wanted to deboss the lettering as if were were really carved into the stone.Now this was a learning curve – but I did it 😀 I cut the letters from some scrap chipboard then stacked them 3 deep,gluing of course 😉 Next came the hardest part of figuring out how to make the perfect sandwich in my Big Shot and astounded myself by getting it right first time!To enhance the effect I ran a ProMarker inside and followed with a black pen where I thought the extra shadowing should be.Onto the lichen next…I wanted this to be pretty realistic but having only Polar White Flower Soft was a bit of a hurdle.Remembering I had some inks tucked away in a drawer I tipped a little Flower Soft into a small pot and dropped some Yellow plus a couple of drops of Butterscotch for a more natural appearance,smooshing it around with my finger to make sure it all got coated.Whilst this was drying I inked round the edges of my tombstone then cut,sanded and inked the ivy.The grass at the bottom is actually the leftover from the ivy trimmed down,sanded,inked etc… I adhered my little skele friend (or should that be fiend?) and using clear drying PVA added my lichen,trying to emulate how it would normally grow.There I’m done!!

And just in case you think it’s a little early to start thing about All Hallow’s Eve here’s a glimpse of what was in my garden the foggy other day just to get you in the mood….

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Spooky,eh?When I think of all the money I’ve spent on decorations….lol….

It’s OK there aren’t any spiders visible in these pics….I left those ones out deliberately…. 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Black Soot & Peeled Paint Distress Ink,Hearthstone ProMarker (from Limited Edition Autumn/Winter Set),Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen,Ranger Posh Impressions Rainbow Ink in Yellow & Butterscotch 
Cardstock : Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Scrap Chipboard
Tools : Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Tombstones,Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set,Marrianne Designs Ivy Set,Cuttlebug Mesh Texture Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Core’dinations Sand It Gadget,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Polar White Flower Soft (stained)

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Signs of Distress
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Halloween
Sassy Studio Designs : Think Outside the Box
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Halloween
Creative Craft Challenges :  Anything Goes
Cuttin & Stampin Challenges : Halloween
Loves Rubber Stamps : Anything Goes
Paper Minutes : Bizarre, Strange & Weird
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door :  Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks : Halloween
A Little Bit Crafty : A Little Bit Shabby
Country View Crafts’ Challenge : Something Spooky
Designed To Color : Use a Die
The Cupboard Trilogy : Halloween/Fall
Created With Love Challenges : Halloween
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Opus Gluei : Boo!!!
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles : Shaped Cards
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Halloween’s a Scream
Sister Act Card Challenge :  Anything Goes
 Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Happy Bearthday!


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Happy Birthday.We have the fabulous Birdie Brown 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.

For my card I’ve used a totally adorable  image from Birthday Bear set by Birdie Brown,the sentiment is part of it too,and coloured them with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.To create the kind of ‘fuzzy’ effect on the bear I went over it several times with my pens and covered quite a large area with the lightest colour first.This way when you apply the darker shade,then overlay the light colour when blending it bleaches it out a little and you get a mottled appearance.You have to be aware that when you layer up the ink this way it does deepen the colours despite having heard the contrary! The pretty papers are freebies from the centre pages of a past copy of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.I’ve got a ton of back copies with these in and I’m trying to make it a mission to use them up.I’ve teamed them up with some coordinating cardstock.I’ve created some fancy borders and corners with a punch and a die.A couple of layered Prima Flowers and a handful of gems have been added to embellish.

Supplies :

Image and sentiment : Birthday Bear set from Birdie Brown
Papers & Card : Freebies form Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Roy G. Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut Guilotine,Martha Stewart Quilted Edger Punch,Cuttlebug Vintage 4 die set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Prima Flowers,Jacs Warm Series Gemstone Wheel

Some challenges this is for :

Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Birthday 
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Bling
Anything Goes Challenge : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments : Bling It On
Papertake Weekly : Die-ing For A Punch
A & T Emerald Faeries : “Happy Birthday”
Oozak : Anything Goes With Texture
Card Mania : Pearls and/or Gems
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Birthdays
Crafty Boots : Animals
Eureka Stamps : Happy Birthday
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody : Always Anything Goes
Word Play Saturday : Birthdays
Thanks for looking 
Lisa x

Tiptoe kraftily thru’ the Tulips

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At Just Some Lines the challenge is Anything Goes this fortnight.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 card I’ve used the sweet Emo Tulip by Just Some Lines and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers.I’ve teamed her with some pretty First Edition papers and some lovely shimmery cardstock I found to go with it in my stash.Everything has been layered onto a kraft card blank,using another for the die cut pieces.The centre has been cut from the doily type die with another from the same set.The tulips have been made by cutting up and reassembling a couple of flowers again from these dies.I added texture with an embossing folder on the mat the image is on.I just HAD to use my new Whimsy Stamps button stamps and die again for the sentiment which has been threaded with baker’s twine.I’ve embellished with some raffia lace ribbon.Not only does it go beautifully with the kraft I totally adore this stuff – nearly as much as my dog!

This is what happens when the dog gets on the bed just as you’re in the middle of making it and you think she will move…

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Should’ve known better really,shouldn’t I?!

Supplies :

Image : Emo Tulip by Just Some Lines 
Sentiment : Whimsy Everyday Button Sentiments Stamp Set cut out with Whimsy Button Die
Mediums :  Copic Ciao  Markers,Sepia Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP First Edition Boho Chic 8 x 8 Pad,Shimmery Textured Cardstock from my stash,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another for die cut pieces)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Rectangle Parenthesis 2,Crafts Too Cutting and Embossing Stencils Frame 11,Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set (flower stems),Papermania Victorian Fleur Embossing Folder,Big Shot 
To Embellish : Natural Raffia Lace Ribbon
If you think these Just Some Lines images are as cute as I do then there is some good news for you : 

Just click on the pic to take you there!You might want to check out the other Catergories too!Happy shopping 🙂

Some challenges this is for :

Delicious Doodles: “Lace”  
Simply Create Too : Anything Goes 
Stampin With The Dragon :  A  flower for Mum
Stuck on U Sketches/Diecut Challenge :  Flowers (diecut challenge)
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Anything Goes
A little Bit Crafty : Use Kraft of some type
By the Cute & Girly : Flowers
Creatalicious Challenges : For the Girls
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Flowers
Our Creative Corner : Anything Goes
Crafts and Me : Use a Digi
Digistamps 4 Joy : Spring
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters  : April showers bring May flowers 
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Flowery olwery

Shell is hosting the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week and here’s her fabby sketch :

The theme is Make Your Own Backing Papers.You can choose the sketch or theme.Or even both! You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!Don’t forget to stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational bunch.

I started with the background on my card.I used an old stamp I”ve had for a few years that I bought in a set when I first discovered Willow Designs.Unfortunately they’ve been discontinued.I stamped directly onto the card blank and coloured them with Polychromos pencils blended with oils thinners.I chose warm oranges and yellows to go with all the lovely sunny weather we’re getting at the moment.I then decided to colour a Winnie image from the Winnie Owl digital stamp collection from Willow Designs by using the same method.The strip of Whitewash card has been embossed and sanded.The sentiment is from the the same set as the background flower and the button centres on the words have been stamped again,coloured with the pencils,blended,cut out and layered.It doesn’t show in the pic but they’ve been coated in 3D Lacquer.These cute little die cut flower swirls have been added for some extra detail.I have moved one of these slightly on the sketch as it didn’t look right in the original place 😉

Supplies :
Image : From Winnie Owl digital stamp collection
Flower  and sentiment stamps : Discontinued Willow Designs
Mediums : Impress Jet Black Dye Ink,Faber Castell Polychromos pencils,Boldmere Low Odour Oils Thinners,3D Crystal Lacquer
Card : Orange from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad,Yellow Core’dinations Whitewash card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Crafts Too Daisy Embossing Folder,Cuttlebug Vintage 4 die set,Big Shot,Lasting Impressions Paper Scuffers
Some challenges this is for :
Divas by Design :Anything goes
Inky Impressions :  Summer Fun
Paper Pretties : Use summer as your inspiration
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes 
Ruby’s Rainbow : Things with wings
Scrapbook Sisters  : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything goes
Stampavie and More : For a girl
The Perfect Sentiment : Anything goes, sentiment must be stamped
Bearly Mine : Animal Kingdom
Crafty Sentiments :  Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge : Colour Theme ‘Orange’
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Anything Goes
My Time To Craft : It Takes Two (Use two of something)
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything goes
Crafty Boots : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes 
Love to Create : Add a Sentiment
Ooh La La Creations :Make it Girly
Stamp and Create : One for the Ladies
Sentimental Sundays :   Pocket full of Posies (Flowers)
Just Some Lines : Show us those Birds
Totally Papercrafts : Animals
Wags ‘n Whiskers :  Summer Fun
Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Sew,it’s a boy!

At Craft Your Passion this week the theme of the challenge is For Baby with optional stitching.We have two fab sponsors – Patties Creations and Scrapbook Unique.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 sweet Little Boy Sailor Suit from Patties Creations and coloured with ProMarkers.I’ve traced over the hanger using a silver gel pen.Now I’m not the World’s greatest stitcher but I thought I’d give it a whirl!I punched the edges of two papers with an EK Success punch that created a row of holes along the wavy edge and carefully back stitched.I pricked holes around the edge of the oval and again used back stitch.I pleated the paper along the bottom and made a pleated rosette too.To the centre of this I added a giant brad stamped with the sentiment.I finished the card with a die cut corner.

Supplies :

Image : Little Boy Sailor Suit  from Patties Creations 
Mediums : ProMarkers,Silver gel pen,Jet Black Stazon
Sentiment :  Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear set
Papers : Making Memories Ethan
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,EK Success Dotted Waves Edger Punch,Nestabilities Classic Oval and Scalloped Ovals,Cuttlebug Vintage 4 die set,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Score board
To embellish : We R Memory Keepers Floss,Woodware Maxi Brad

Here are some challenges this is for :

Here Come the Boys : Anything Goes 
Opus Gluei : Sew What?! 
2 Sisters  : Bring on the boys
One Stop Craft : For the Boys
Card Makin’ Mamas : Punches
Crafty Catz :  Male
Fairy Tale : Boys & Men
Fussy and Fancy : New Baby
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Any sentiment
DRS Designs :  Masculine
Southern Girls : Die-cut or punch
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  Anything goes
Stampavie and More :For a boy
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s : Favourite Colour Combo (even tho’ they shouldn’t be seen blue and green)
Thanks for looking 
Lisa x

Time for cake!

We are looking for Party Animals at AiFactory Challenges this week!So any Birthday projects featuring animals are acceptable.You have until Wednesday 20th April  11.59 to upload your project.Stop by the challenge site to check out full details on how to play anwhat you could win.Don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

N.B. The store has recently had an overhaul and it takes time to put all the images back up.Please be patient the owner is doing all she can.

For my card I’ve used 2 inch Circle Cupcakes from AiFactory along with one of the owls that were featured here.I resized the cupcake set by 50% and cropped one of the owls from the set and resized that.As there are 12 cakes in the set I decided to set them around the owl like a clock face.I then added it to an easel card.I found these gorgeous pink papers amongst my hoard of paper pads to match the owl.I also went girly so I can give this to my daughter for her birthday later in the year.I printed the sentiment out myself.I just love using these cliparts the colours are so vibrant and really pack a punch!They’re versatile too as they could be used as cupcake topers,labels for party bags or even to decorate party favours.

Supplies :
Images : 2 inch Circle Cupcakes  and 2 inch Cute Owls Circle Tags from AiFactory
Sentiment: Created by me!
Papers : DCWV The Mini Paper Stack 3
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Small and Large,Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles Small and Large,Cuttlebug 2 x 2 Die Set Vintage,Big Shot

Here are some challenges this card is for:

Dream Valley : Things with Wings
Card Ideas : Card for a Child
Secret Crafter : Our Feathered Friends
Shannon’s Sentiments : Include an Animal
Fairy Tale : Happy Birthday
Fussy and Fancy : Card for a Child
Stamp Something : Sassy Circles
Wild Orchid : Wings
Woodware USA : Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar  : All Creatures Great and Small
Papertake Weekly : Truly Dimensional
Simon Says : Card for a Child
Freshed and Brewed : Cute and Sweet
Crafty Ann’s : Raise a Smile


Lisa x

So Stinkin’ Cute

We’d love to see your Black and White cards/projects at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Check out the challenge bog for details on how you could be the lucky winner of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or join us as a Guest Designer.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s beautiful creations too. 

For my card I’ve used the irresistible Stinky!He’s such a sweetie!He’s been coloured with Promarkers and depth has been added with some Black Soot Distress Ink.I actually found it quite scary to use such a dark colour but I think it turned out OK.I used a Cuttlebug puzzle die to cut two pieces of black and white card that I printed off from Canon Creative Park.I was just going to run them through at random then it hit me to match them up!Didn’t do too bad a job.I’ve still got some left over to use on something else.The swirly panel was created by using a Cuttlebug embossing folder on some Whitewash card and sanding it back to reveal the colour underneath.I rubbed over the sponge with the remaining ink on it for extra definition.I cut the flower,part of a Cuttlebug alphabet set, from some felt for added furry texture to go with my little friend here and adhered a black pearl in the centre.The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set.

It’ also a special day for me today.It’s my Birthday!!Although I say it with some trepidation – another year older and all that.Anyway I had some lovely cards,pretty flowers, yummy Thornton’s chocs and The QI Book of General Ignorance – one of my fave programmes .I haven’t had my ‘real’ pressie yet.Unfortunately it won’t be anything crafty as I’ve been waiting for what seems like an age for some Al Murray – The Pub Lanlord tickets to be available.They seem to sell out rather rapidly.I know he’s not to everyone’s taste but as it’s DH’s Birthday next week too he treated us.Mind you we’ve ended up in the Circle as the only tickets left in the Stalls were in the front row.Given DH’s ever growing Beer Belly and shaven head,to hide the grey,I’m pretty sure he would be a prime candidate for Al to pick out.I feel you’d have to be very brave to sit under his nose at one of his shows!!All hail to the ale!

Supplies :
Image : Stinky from Dig Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Hero Arts Clear Design Elephants
Mediums : Promarkers,Black Soot Distress Ink
Papers & Card : Black card from stash,8 x8 Core’dinations Whitewash,flower paper printed from Canon Creative Park
Tools : X- Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Labels 3,Cuttlebug A2 Puzzled,Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl Embossing Folder,flower from Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set,Lasting Impressions Paper Scuffers
Embellishment : 4mm Black Flat Backed Pearl

Some challenges this card is for;

Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Simply Create : Power of Flowers
Stamp Something : Something with Flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges : Flowers
Totally Gorjuss : Black + one colour
Gingerloft : Furry Friends
Paper Playtime : Digi Monday Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Creative Belli : Animals
Critter Sketch : Sentiment


Lisa x

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