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

Happy Brrrrr-thday!

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Just a reminder that the For a Child challenge at Just Some Lines  is still open.You could be in the running for a super prize.You need play along with a Just Some Lines image to enter and one random winner will get 4 digi stamps of their choice.It doesn’t stop there tho’ as the Top 3 will get one digi stamp each too!There is a freebie to get you started too or you can choose one from Just Some Lines here.

For my card I’ve used the totally cool Birthday Penguin by Just Some Lines and coloured him with Copic Ciao Markers.Now for this card I didn’t follow my usual creative process…in fact I had no idea where I was going with it.Sure I’d picked the image,papers and red card but normally I have some idea of a layout in my head.Not this time.Even the kraft base and layers were on a whim.Next I sifted through my large die collection to gain some inspiration.Plus this gave me the chance to use some of my newest and untouched dies 🙂 The arch shape would fit this little chap perfectly and I fancied making some bunting with these little flag shapes.I strung it up with some baker’s twine suspended on some brads to allow it some free movement.The lettering was made with an old die set that I haven’t used for years – literally!!The word ‘birthday’ is part of the sentiment that’s included with the image.I hand cut the fishtail piece running along the bottom of the card and added more brads.So for a card that I had no clue what  it was going to end up as  I’m pretty pleased how it turned out 🙂

Supplies :

Image & Sentiment : Birthday Penguin by Just Some Lines
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card :  DP DCWV All About Boys 8 x 8 Pad,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another cut up for layering etc.)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine, Go Kreate Rectangular Frames Window Nesting Dies,Joy!Crafts Labels & Tags Flags Cutting Stencil,Sizzix Sizzlits Monde de Blonde Alphabet Decorative Strip,Big Shot
To Embellish : Making Memories Primary Mini Circle Brads,Trimcraft The London Line Bright Twine

Some challenges this is for :

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Wings
QKR Stampede : For A Child
Simply Create Too : Use Your Stash (papers,card,twine,brads)
Totally Papercrafts : Use Kraft
Creative Moments : Things with Wings
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  : Animal
Stampavie and More : For a Boy
Anything Goes Challenge : Heavy Metal
Bearly Mine Challenges :  Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday : Boys
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge  A Card For A Child Or Teen
Through The Craft Room Door : Anything Goes
Forever Friends :  Biweekly challenge : Diecuts/Punches
Lexi’s Creations : Punches and/or Dies
My Craft Spot : Cute Critters
Stamp with Fun : Birthday

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A roaring success!


At Just Some Lines the challenge is For a Child 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 irrepressible Lion – Hear me ROAR! by Just Some Lines.Isn’t he magnificent!He’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers as has the wording,which comes with the image.The lion has been mounted on some oval Nesties and the ‘Hear me’ acts as a catch on this Triangular Tri-Fold Card.Here’s a view of the inside so you can see the rest of the sentiment :

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I think this makes a great boy’s card.It’s quite simple to make but by adding bright papers and coupled with the fact that it does something it makes it interesting 🙂

Supplies :

Image & Words : Lion – Hear me ROAR! by Just Some Lines
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Paper & Card : DP DCWV All About Boys 8 x 8 Pad,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Small and Classic Ovals Small,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

Some challenges this is for :

Aud Sentiments Challenge: Card or Project with a Sentiment for a Child
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs : Animals
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : For a child
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : 2 Different Patterned Papers
There She Goes : Masculine
That Craft Place : Animals

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Stop ‘foaling’ around!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the theme is Gone Country.We have the fabulous DRS Designs and Doodle Pantry as our sponsors too. 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 wonderful Silhouette Horse by DRS Designs and created the illusion of him galloping off into the sunset with Distress Inks.I chose to use a hazier,more tranquil effect rather than dramatic orange and purple shades.I started with a light dusting of Scattered Straw before adding the ‘Sun’ mask then built up the layers of colour.For the clouds I swirled a waterbrush over the areas I wanted to remove colour from and dabbed the ink away with a tissue.Next I added shadows back in by watercolour painting with Broken China and Scattered Straw.This is my first attempt and I’m quite pleased with the results 🙂 All edges have been inked with Vintage photo and then distressed.I punched a fence along the bottom panel then adhered a strip of jute ribbon onto it.It’s gotten a little scruffy due to me not being careful enough when storing it but I think it adds to the rustic charm 😉 The boots are cut from a sheet of paper from the same collection as is the sentiment.Once the sentiment was mounted I set some eyelets and threaded some thin hairy string I salvaged from a clothing tag.Lastly I added some of my favourite screw top brads that I try not to use…lol 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Silhouette Horse by DRS Designs
Medium : Distress Inks in Scattered Straw,Dried Marigold,Tumbled Glass,Broken China,Vintage Photo
Papers & Card : DP DCWV All About Boys 8 x 8 Pad,Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Fence Edger Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Crop-a-Dile,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Antique Copper Screw Top Brads,Small eyelets,Jute Ribbon and Hairy String from my stash

Some challenges this is for :

ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Add a tag or sentiment/Anything Goes
Fairy Tale : Animals & Pets
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude :Tags or sentiments/Anything Goes
Stampin With The Dragon : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Shelly’s Images : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Anything Goes 
Freshly Brewed : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions :Add a Sentiment
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Brads
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Top Tip Tuesday : Fur Or Feathers
Di’s Digis Designs : Try something new (sky created with Distress Inks)
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes 
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge : New Technique  (sky created with Distress Inks)
Scrappy Frogs : Try Something New (sky created with Distress Inks)
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Craft Your Passion “All Star” Sports Blog Hop

Welcome to Craft Your Passion Challenges “All Star” Sports Blog Hop!!

If you have hopped over from Theresa, then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to 
Craft Your Passion Challenges and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end.
All Craft Your Passion DT members are going to be playing along in the hop with some very special guest designers.
Each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from at least one of our amazing Blog Hop Sponsors.
What’s more exciting is you can participate too by creating a project and linking it up over at Craft Your Passion Challenges for a chance to win one of several prizes.
Once you have finished the hop & left a comment for everyone, we would like you to create a Sports themed project using at least one STAR and enter it with our Linky tool.
While you are hopping, be sure to check out the blog candy some of the designer’s have to offer you. You don’t want to miss out on any of it!
I’ve made my first interlocking gatefold card.
And here’s what’s on the inside :
I’ve used the adorable Play Ball! from Robyn’s Fetish,one of our fabulous sponsors,and he’s been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers .
* Here’s a tip for you.If using something like these star dies it may be better to miss out the one inbetween.This card does open and close but not very smoothly.Not that it matters as I’ve made this for my son so I can help him open it 🙂 All part of the learning process I suppose.*
Next stop by Niina , to see what she has in store for you today.
 Remember, once you have hopped to all the stops and left your comments (we will be checking), it’s your turn to show us your “ALL STAR SPORTS” project.
 Make sure to include a STAR somewhere on your project, and link up your project over at Craft Your Passion Challenges by Midnight CST September 16 to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced on our Monday, September 17th Challenge post.
Here is the hop order in case you get lost along the way….
 Craft Your Passion — Start
Craft Your Passion — Link your project

Here are some challenges this is for :

Crafting for all Seasons : School Days/For a Child

Divas by Design: For a child

Whimsy Inspiration : Anything goes

Creative Craft Challenges : All about the boys

My Time To Craft:  More Than One Fold

Party Time Tuesdays : Multi Fold Cards

Hooked on Crafts :  Cards for Men

House of Gilli : More than One Fold

The Cutie Pie Challenge : NO Flowers

Robyn`s Fetish : More Than One Fold

The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge : A Boy Thing

 One Stop Craft : No floral embellishments

Digi Doodle Shop’s Best : Anything goes ( last challenge 😦 )

Paper Play : Fancy folds

Shelly’s Images :  Anything goes

Thanks for looking and hope to see you at the HOP!

Lisa x

Check out her dress

The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is Blast From The Past – choose your favourite challenge from the past year but NOT Anything Goes.We have Stitchy Bear Stamps and DRS Designs as our fabulous 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!

For my card I’ve used the adorable Siannie by Kaz Kraftz.As I chose Challenge #99 Paper Piecing I did just that to give her a cute gingham dress and I also paper pieced her little teddy.The rest has been coloured with ProMarkers.After choosing a simple layout I dressed it up with a variety of die cuts and punches.The sentiment has been stamped directly onto the backing paper and I prettied up the butterfly with some gems.

Supplies :

Image : Siannie by Kaz Kraftz from Stitchy Bear Stamps
Sentiment : From Kaisercraft  Clear Mini Life Stamp Set
Mediums : ProMarkers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP DCWV The Mini Stack 3,Pink card Trimcraft 12 x 12 Textured card,Green card Papermania A4 Capsule Textured cardstock
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Marianne Design Ivy Set,Marianne Design Tags and Buttons,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Linked Trim Deep Edger Punch,Tonic Studios Butterfly Multi Detail Punch,Dovecraft Photo Corner Punch
To embellish : We R Memory Keepers Pink Floss,Gems from Jacs Warm Series Gemstone Wheel

Some challenges this is for :

Joanna Sheen Challenge : Going Dotty
Pile It On : Patterned Paper 
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Layers
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Anything Goes/buttons and bow
Clearly Inspired : Leaves
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude : Anything Goes/buttons and bows
Jellypark Challenges : All about the children
Poodles Parlour : Here come the girls
 Totally Papercrafts : Butterflies, bows and buttons
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge :  Lots of layers
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Shelly’s Images : Anything goes
S J Papercrafts : Summertime
Crafting for all Seasons : School Days/For a Child
Inky Impressions : Anything goes
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Lots of Layers
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge : Paper Piecing
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts : Anything Goes 
Marianne’s Design Divas : Summer

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Dad’ll fix it!

It’s time for another Willow Sketchie Challenge.This week it’s Kelly’s turn to host with this fabby sketch :

The theme is Things Outside.This could be something to do outside,something that lives outside,a view from outside etc.Don’t forget you can opt for the sketch or the theme.You can even combine them!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.

For my card I’ve used the super Tool Time Walter digital stamp by Willow Designs.Just perfect for any male themed project.This is  a Father’s Day card (yes,managed to make ANOTHER one!!)I’ve coloured him with ProMarkers and given him some lovely shiny eyes and wellies!I thought these papers would be ideal to go a with him along with the die cut cog.I added some of these great screw brads too.Must admit I love ’em so much I don’t give them away that often but as this card will be staying in the family I didn’t mind – this time!!The sentiment is of my own making and and hand cut into a banner.

Supplies :
Image : Tool Time Walter  by Willow Designs 
Sentiment : Created by me!
Mediums : ProMarkers,3D Crystal Lacquer
Papers & card : DP DCWV All About Boys,Core’dinations Roy G. Biv cardstock pad (orange),Bazzill Basics (blue)
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Gadget Gears,Big Shot 
To embellish : Creative Expressions Antique Silver Screw Top Brads

Some challenges this is for :

Creative Craft Challenges :  Let’s see some animal antics
Deep Ocean Challenge : Use punches & dies
Passion For Promarkers Challenge : Cut it out! Use Die Cuts
{Pin}spirational : 
Cards For Men :Texture (textured card,3D lacquer,brads,the lightbulbs on the paper have a glossy finish)
Crafty Boots : No Girls Allowed 
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge : One for the Boys
Lexi’s Creations : Use Your Punches and Dies
Love to Create :   Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations :  Bold and Bright 
Tammy Scrapin Corner : Anything Goes Twist Critters
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad : Live on the Edge  
2 Sisters : Use a digital image
Challenge Up Your Life : Owls
Craft Your Days Away :  Metal
Di’s Digis Designs : Lets meet our Animal Friends
Alphabet Challenge :  F … Feathered Friends
Crafty Ann’s :  It’s a Man Thing
Crafty Catz : Stripes or Checks
Fussy and Fancy :  Punches / Dies
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Someone Special
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Men Only
Creative Belli :Animals
Inky Impressions : Anything goes
Paper Pretties : Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp : Anything goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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