Voo-doo you think lives here?

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This is the last week of the Happy Boo To You challenge at Just Some Lines.Wow!Can’t  believe that’s another month over!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!

So,I made a cute little house for this little fella to reside in 🙂 He’s called Voodoo Doll by Just Some Lines and he’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.I coated his button eyes and the watch face with 3D Crystal Lacquer.After researching on the ‘net I found that they aren’t always used for bad things as they lead us to believe in films and on the telly.Some other info showed that they can come in different colours or the pins can be coloured too to mean a variety of things.I went with coloured pins.His home is actually a template for a sweet Gingerbread house that I found in Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine so adapted it to accommodate some Halloween  sweets.The sides have been embossed with a folder and the roof has been scored for a tiled effect.I also trimmed the edges with deckle decorative edge scissors.An inverted scallop die has been used to frame the aperture and some punched fencing has been used to surround his property.

Supplies :

Image : Voodoo Doll by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer
Cardstock : Black,Grey and Green American Crafts Textured 12 x 12,Cardstock to construct house from stash
Tools : Martha Stewart Scoring Board,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Inverted Scalloped Circles,Big Shot,Deckle Decorative Edge Scissors,Martha Stewart Fence Edger Punch,X-Cut Guillotine

 

Some challenges this is for :

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes w/Optional Twist
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes 
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges : Halloween
Glitter n Sparkle : Add some Black
One Stitch At A Time : BOO
Robyn`s Fetish: Halloween
2 Sisters : Cute and Spooky
A Gem of a Challenge :More than one Fold
Crafty Calendar : Halloween
Di’s Digis Designs : Halloween
Totally Gorjuss : Spooky

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Hoping Christmas will Drag-on :)

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Heavy Metal.We have the fabulous Stamping Dragon and The Robin’s Nest 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 sweet Penny’s Pudding by Stamping Dragon and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers.I then cut her out and added her to the holly embossed piece of kraft card,which has the bottom corners rounded,using foam tape for dimension.I then adhered this to a card blank which I also rounded the bottom corners of.I laid a couple of strips of washi tape across the top.I die cut some holly leaves and topped this with a button threaded with baker’s twine.The sentiment has been stamped in red ink then clear heat embossed.This way you don’t have to worry about stray flecks too much 🙂  A 1″ punch fits this greeting well,so no fiddling about to cut it out.I did ink the edges with the same ink pad to give a better finish as this card has a white core.

Supplies :

Image : Penny’s Pudding by Stamping Dragon
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Poppy Red Versacolor Ink Pad,Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green from stash
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Cuttlebug Holly with Berries Embossing Folder,Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Button from Bag-O-Buttons Whirligig,Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine,Dovecraft Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape

Some challenges this is for :

Polkadoodles : Christmas Is Coming
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend :  Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas
Moving Along with the Times : Christmas Cuties
Digistamps 4 Joy : Embossing
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Christmas/Winter Holiday
Christmas Cards All Year Round : Getting Ready for Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge : Christmas Is Round The Corner

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Eye’m waiting for Halloween

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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

 

The reading corner

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Well Read.We have the fabulous Melonheadz Illustrating 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’ve made a corner bookmark as I haven’t made one of these in ages.Plus my DS2 has decided to plough his way through his older sister’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.I found this cute image at Cre8tive Hands and he’s called Boy Reading.I’ve coloured him with Copic Ciaos before fussy cutting him and adding him to the bookmark.A tutorial for this can be found at Splitcoast Stampers.The only difference I have made is to punch the border at the bottom before cutting it down to make the 4″ square.I’ve added some Bazzill Basics card.The top piece has been embossed with a script folder,the bottom one has had a border punched before adhering a strip of alphabet paper.Some jute twine has been threaded thru’ a wooden button then wrapped around.A leftover piece of the alphabet paper has been used to cover up where the string goes around the back to give a neater finish.

Supplies :

Image : Boy Reading by Cre8tive Hands
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Paper & Card : DP DCWV The Mini Stack 3,Bazzill Basics Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank cut down for bookmark base
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger Punch,EK Success Lines and Dots Edger Punch,Martha Stewart Scoring Board,Cuttlebug Script Folder,Big Shot, Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Jute Twine & Wooden Heart Button from stash

Some challenges this is for :

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Crafty-Emblies : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu : Anything Goes
Allsorts :  Anything but a card
Di’s Digis Designs : Anything but Square
My Time to Craft : Use Kraft
Digi Haven : Digi Image + buttons
Pattie’s Creations : Anything But A Card
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge: Embossing, wet or dry
Southern Girls : Buttons, badges or flair
Crafting By Design : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : For the boys
Penny’s Paper-Crafty :  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Hat’ll be a cool Yule

 

It’s the lovely Dawn’s turn to host this week at Willow Sketchie Challenge and here’s her fabby sketch :

She has also set the theme of Blue,White,Silver.Don’t forget you can follow the sketch and/or theme.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) there will be a hand picked Top 3 and they will receive a super cute badge for their blog.Don’t forget to 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 super cool Walter in a Pom Pom Hat digital stamp and a backing paper from the Walter and Winnie does Christmas CD-rom by Willow Designs.I’ve coloured young Walter with ProMarkers and added some sparkly,tinsely stuff I got as a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine either from last year or possibly the year before.Yipes!I cut him out and layered him onto a die cut that I’d passed through an embossing folder.I chose some lovely textured card from my stash that has a softer sheen rather than a full on silver.I added some die cut snowflakes topped with a gem to keep the cold,snowy theme going.

Supplies :

Image & Paper : Walter and Winnie does Christmas  CD-rom by Willow Designs
Colouring Medium : ProMarkers
Card : Papermania Christmas Collection 8 x 8 Card
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scallop Circles,Marianne Design Snowflakes,Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Clear Adhesive Stones

 

Storage to ‘die’ for :

 

 

I’ve been hankering after some better storage since collecting the ProMarkers Limited Edition Seasonal Colours.My poor ol’ plastic box was overflowing to the point of losing a few pens in my cupboard plus it was difficult to keep pawing through and tipping them out to search for the colours I needed.Trouble is I forfeited the rights to a craft room by choosing to have too many children!So I have to keep everything in the bedroom.I’d been looking at these type of cases for a long time but boy are they expensive – even on that well known auction site.I came across these larger ones at Maplin but again price was an issue.So I just kept watching and waiting…..until they came down to a bargainous price.I downloaded a complete colour chart from Sarah Hurley’s blog (Thank you!) and as I had room added my Flexmarker,chart from Letraset, collection along with some Fine Liners.I might add some coloured dots to the ends of the ProMarkers but I’ve been quite good at locating the right wallets and putting the pens back in order so far.
 
 
 
 
I even bought a second to house my dies and folders.How much better than keeping them in a bag with the original packaging falling about around them.Hate to admit but some of the dies are still floating about in the cupboard somewhere but once found they will be added too.Some of the dies were a little too wide for the holders so I snipped down the sides a little to allow them to fit.Not sure if they will tear but to be honest you get so many it could easily be replaced.I even managed to get some extra large dies on their magnetic sheet in.You can see the top of the black sheet poking out but there is enough clearance when the lid is shut.I got my small embossing folders into more of the wallets and hung those behind my dies.The larger folders and Sizzix Bigz are laid beside those.There is still a little hanging space at the front of the second row if I want to expand my small folder collection and plenty if I want to stack anymore large ones.I slotted in my few Decorative Strips behind the bars in the lid.I have to say these are large 500 CD storage cases so they are quite hefty and the one with the dies in is not so lightweight.They are a little like treasure chests – yes that’s exactly what they are or should that be Arrr!But if you live in the UK and are looking at these DJ Flight cases and have the space they are definitely worth considering (would recommend the free delivery .Only takes a couple of days)The promotion is on until 31/12/12.No connection just a happy customer!

Some challenges my card is for :

Bearly Mine : Snowflakes
Crazy Amigo Challenge : Colours Of Winter
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Winter
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Snowflakes
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Winter
Crafty Bloggers Network : Christmas Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft: Christmas NO red/green
Incy Wincy Designs : Hip to be Square
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
Great Impressions : Celebrating the Season
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Cold and Frosty
One Stitch At A Time :Use a Digi 
The Crafty Pad : Christmas 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : November Wrap up warm for Winter
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Use something more than 6 months old (Silver card,adhesive stones,tinsel glitter,folder,dies,CD-rom) 
Little Claire’s  : Christmas
 ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Autumn/Winter / Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Lets have Sparkle
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Add a sentiment / Autumn/winter
Fussy and Fancy : Feeling Blue
QKR Stampede : Winter Wonderland
Stampin With The Dragon :  So Cute

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

 

 

What a tree-t!

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

There is also the theme of Favourite Festive Colours,Don’t forget you can either use the sketch and/or theme.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) there will be a hand picked Top 3 and they will receive a super cute badge for their blog.Don’t forget to 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 delightful You Light Up My Christmas clear stamp from Willow Designs.Bless him,not only is he bringing home the tree his managed to find one already strung up with fairy lights 🙂 What a guy!He’s been coloured with ProMarkers.I’ve used some lovely holly papers from Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas,used a holly embossing folder and added a sprig of die cut holly too.I also added some cute candy cane ribbon.As you can probably guess my fave Christmas colours are RED & GREEN!

Supplies :

Image : You Light Up My Christmas clear stamp by Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,Memento Tuxedo Black Dew Drop Ink Pad
Paper & Card : DP Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas,Red & Green card from stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nestabilities Large Standard Ovals,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Cuttlebug Holly with Berries Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To embellish : Candy Cane Ribbon from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Anything Goes Challenge : Early Christmas
Creative Card Crew : Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge : Things With Wings
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Forever Friends : Embossing (Heat/Dry)
Tammy’s Scrapin Corner :  Anything With Wings 
There’s Magic in the Air : Things with Wings 
Christmas Crafting : Traditional Colours
Ladybug Crafts : Anything Goes
Mema’s Crafts :Choose A Theme – 4. Holiday Bliss
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes 
Gingerloft :  Birds of a Feather
Catch The Bug :  Anything Goes
Secret Crafter : Animal Antics
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Little Miss (Em)Bossy Boots

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Embossing – either wet or dry.We have the fabulous Cardmadfairy and Simon Says as our sponsors.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!

I’ve used Imogen from Cardmadfairy and coloured her with FlexMarkers.’Cos she’s quite a cute ‘n’ quirky image I thought I’d  colour her a little differently in greyscale and highlighting parts of the  image with colour.I also decided to make a bit of a quirky card to go with her too.After printing her I used an embossing folder to create a frame around her.I did put it in the ‘wrong’ way round to push the frame out instead of debossing it.I hand cut around it too taking off the swirly pattern that was part of the original design.I chose a few other folders and cut strips then glued them to a plain piece of card before trimming it size and adding the stitches.I took some silver metal corners,dabbed them onto a Versamark pad then coated them in black embossing powder.Whilst I had these supplies out I stamped and embossed the sentiment too.I also added a narrow ribbon.

Supplies :

Image : Imogen from Cardmadfairy
Sentiment : Kaisercraft Clear Mini Stamp Set Life
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Versamark Ink Pad,Stampendous Black Detail Powder
Card : Pink Bazzill Basics,Green & Black Papermania 8 x 8 Christmas Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Decoupage scissors,X-Cut Strictly Christmas Flourish Scalloped Oval Embossing Folder,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Papermania Boofle Mixed Buttons Embossing Folder,Craft Concepts In Stitches Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Pricking tool
To Embellish : Silver metal corners,ribbon and thread from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Gingerloft : Use metal
Kenny K`s Krafty Krew : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Craft Your Days Away : Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Anything Goes
Card Makin’ Mamas : Try Something New (colouring technique)
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons : Stitching
Divas by Design : Anything goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge : Make your own background

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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