Hitting the books?It’s a Cinch!


The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Back to School.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

I’ve combined Hitting the Book with Stairs and Books by Crafty Sentiments Designs.All coloured up with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.Some 3D Crystal Lacquer has been applied to the lenses on her glasses and for once you can see where the camera has picked up the shine 🙂 I decide to pull out my Cinch and make a 5″ x 7″ notebook from scratch!!Very ashamed to say that when I dragged it out from the back of the cupboard the dispatch year was 2010!I’ve only used it twice before too.Really going to have make more use of it as it’s a great tool…but then I say that about everything…perhaps I buy too much craft stuff.Nah!That could never be 😉 The covers are made from a kraft card that is nice and sturdy.I wanted to use up some bits and pieces from my craft stash so pulled out these paper scraps along with some self adhesive fabric to die cut for the floral scalloped border and a journaling card all from the same collection.Following the trend to make some use of craft stash that was hanging around I grabbed some glittery paper,a self adhesive border (wasn’t quite long enough so cut it in half and placed behind the image) and some sparkly flowers.The creative words I made on my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker.I love the interchangeable wheels on this one 🙂 Another tool I need to make more use of : P The wire has been decorated with some ribbons to match the papers and image.This is for my DD2 who starts 6th Form next month.It can sit on her desk so she can jot down any ideas or draw in it when she has time.It’s far too nice to be crammed in a bag!

Supplies :

Images : Hitting the Book with Stairs and Books by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiments : Dymo Embossing Labelmaker

Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Jet Black Archival Ink

Paper,Card & Other Material :  DP Papermania Design Stax Happy Days 12 x12 Papers,Papermania Happy Days 12 x 12 Self Adhesive Fabric Paper Blooms,Papermania Chelsea Green Paperazzi, Kraft Cardstock from crafty stash

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,We R Memory Keepers The Cinch Bookbinding Tool & Wire,Crea-Nest-Lies dies no. 5 XXL,Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop,Big Shot,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Chelsea Green Blitters (flowers) & Papermania Chelsea Green Daisy Chains (border),American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack Satin


Some challenges I would  like to enter :

Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine : Always Anything Goes

Come and Get It : Punches and Dies

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations : Anything Goes

Broken Fairy Designs : Anything Goes with Optional Twist ~ Use Your Stash

Crafty Friends Challenge : Anything Goes

Crazy 4 Challenges : Back To School

 Inkspirational : Patterned Paper

Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party : Anything Hand Colored

Scrappers Delights : Anything Goes

 Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Morgan’s Art World : Add 3 of Something (flowers)

Pattie’s Creations : Anything Goes

PDE Linky Party : Back To School

Polkadoodles : Anything Goes

Really Reasonable Ribbon :  Anything but a Card with Ribbon or Trim

Simply Create Too : Back To School

Art Impressions Stamp Challenge : Glitter & Shimmer

C.R.A.F.T. : Anything Goes

Crafting With An Attitude : Always Anything Goes

Crafty Girls Creations : Always Anything Goes

Moving along with the Times : Back To School

Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog : Use A Die Cut


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Game On!

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At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps 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.

I coloured up Video Game Guy by Bugaboo Stamps with Copic Ciao Markers and added in some white gel pen hightlights.I was lucky to find these papers in an after Christmas sale at my local craft warehouse.I just knew they’d come in handy!The red spotty bracket piece and orange star border are die cuts from the same pad.I dug out some lime coloured card to coordinate with it and added a sprinkling of star brads.The sentiment I made using my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker.This one is quite fancy in the fact that it has interchangeable wheels with different fonts and punctuation marks.BUT it wasn’t until I started clicking away that I realised there wasn’t an apostrophe.Oooops….hence the asterisk or little star I prefer to call it.It ties in better with the card that way 😛

After having my 13-year-old son at home last week for half-term this seems quite apt!Mind you,this is for his Birthday…in December!Nothing like being prepared 😀


Supplies :

Image :  Video Game Guy by Bugaboo Stamps

Sentiment : Dymo Embossing Labelmaker

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Papers & Card : DP Kaisercraft Blast Off! 6 1/2″ Pad,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch

To Embellish : Papermania Star Brads


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Come and Get It  : Lots of Layers

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes with BIRTHDAYS

A Gem of a Challenge : Children’s Playtime

Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Bloggers : Use Metal (brads)

Craft for the Craic : Birthday or Anniversary

Simply Create Too : Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes

Scrap & Craft Challenge : Birthday

Seize The Birthday : Birthday +  Topping Option

Crafting for all Seasons : Dies and/or Punches

Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Paper Piecing

Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes

Whimsy Inspiration :Use A Sentiment

Wonderful Wednesdays : Always Anything Goes

City Crafter Challenge  : Love Metal (brads)

Creative Card Crew : Birthday with Sentiment

Cuttin and Stamping Challenge : Anything Goes

Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown : Use Metal


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Back to school we go!

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Back to School.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

So,the Summer Holidays are zooming by so fast they will soon be over 😦 My youngest is feeling a little out of sorts knowing that this will be his last year at Primary before heading off to ‘Big School’.What better way to cheer him up with a card featuring this perfect image,Back to School by Crafty Sentiments.He’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers.These papers seemed ideal to go with him too 🙂 I hand cut the arrow and it’s matching layer – so don’t look to closely LOL…A few brads and a paperclip tied with twine have been added.Thinking school supplies here 😉 I dug out my Dymo,as it hasn’t been out to play for a while,for the sentiment.

Supplies :

Image : Back to School by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Mediums : Copic Sketch & Ciao Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Paper & Card : DP Grace Taylor Playtime Collection,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch
To Embellish : Making Memories Mini Circle Primary Brads,Helz Cuppleditch The London Line Twine,Paperclip from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Fairytale Stampers : Everything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Use Some Metal (brads & paperclip)
Lacy Sunshine : Back to School
Penny Black and More : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Back To School Challenge
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes 
Flat Friends Challenge : Say it with a Quote 
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Back to School  
The East Wind Challenge : For the Kiddies
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : 1, 2 Punch
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : All about Kids
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Boys’ Cards
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Back to School

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


He-Lola there!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is No Designer Papers.We have the fabulous Zap Pow Designs and Flourish With A Bling  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.

Meet the totally adorable Hola Lola by Zap Pow Designs.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.I tried out a new technique,Whitewashing, after finding it on Splitcoast Stampers.I didn’t quite have the right white inkpad but it was fun none the less 😀 I’ve kept things simple here as I didn’t want to cover up all my hard  work too much.Just added a ribbon cut into a fishtail,a paper twine threaded button,a couple of Dymo labels…oh and Lola,fussy cut and popped up on foam tape for dimension 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  Hola Lola by Zap Pow Designs
Stamp :  Discontinued Willow Designs
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Versamark,Stampendous White Detail Embossing Powder,Memento Grape Jelly Dew Drop Ink,Unknown brand white ink pad  
Sentiment : Made with Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Card :  Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank trimmed down to fit
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Papermania Heat Tool,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Bag-O-Buttons Savannah,Paper Twine and Ribbon from stash


Some challenges this is for :

Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Ditzie Digi Designs : Always Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time :  Flowers
Pile It On : Feminine
That Craft Place : Buttons
The Ribbon Girls : Spring
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Sunflower Fields Designs : Easter or Spring
Crafty Catz : Springtime
Creative Corner : April Showers Bring May Flowers
Get Inky!  : Spring / Easter
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Clean & Simple
4 Crafty Chicks : Color a Stamped Image 
Crafty Ribbons : Anything goes with Ribbon
Delightful Challenges : Hip to be Square
DRS Designs : Who’s the (em)Boss?
MilkCoffee Challenge : Spring
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Buttons


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Merry Kiss-mas


It’s the first Saturday of the month so that means the start of a new challenge at Just Some Lines.The theme is Christmas or Winter.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!

Aren’t they just the sweetest couple?!You can find Eskimo Kiss at Just Some Lines.So I’ve gone for my Christmas signature style card again.Just to keep them uniform you understand,I mean it’s not like I’ve left it to the last minute or anything 😉 I’ve printed these cuties onto the kraft card base and coloured them with Polychromos Pencils blended out with low odour oils thinners using paper stumps.Their buttons and the snowfall have been given a crisp white look with a gel pen.Some Polar White Flower Soft has been added for some fluffy texture on the trims on their clothing.Couple of strips of washi tape have been adhered down the left edge and a snowflake die cut from some shimmery textured card ,topped with a brad,has been placed on top of that.I got my Dymo Labelmaker out as I haven’t had a play with it for a little while to create the sentiment.I’m going to give this to my DH 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Eskimo Kiss at Just Some Lines
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low odour oils thinners,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Polar White Flower Soft
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Kars X-mas Collection Cardstock
Tools : Marianne Design Snowflakes 1,Big Shot,Dymo Embossing Labelmaker,Kars Paper Stumps
To Embellish : Snowflake Brad from Dovecraft Embellishment Kit Christmas,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape

Some challenges this is for :

Card Makin’ Mamas : Merry Christmas
 Crafty Hands Challenge Blog : Seasons Greetings or Winter
Delicious Doodles : Christmas/ New Year
Digi Haven : Merry Christmas
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Christmas
Jingle Belles : Linkfest (no challenge)
Cardz TV : Winter Wonderland
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Use Some Red
Sweet Pea Stampers : It’s Cold Outside
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Christmas
Hanna & Friends : Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey : It’s Christmas Time
Shelly’s Images : Welcome Winter
Divas by Design : Festive
Inky Impressions : Winter/Snow
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Christmas
The Stamping Chef : Anything Goes
Cuttin & Stampin Challenges  : Red,White,Kraft & Black (there is some green as well.If this doesn’t fit the challenge please delete)
Deep Ocean Challenge : Santa is Coming
Everybody-Art-Challenge : Winter
Fan-Tastic Tuesday : Clean & Simple
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Holiday
LEJ Designs : Christmas Is Coming
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays : Merry Christmas Projects
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Be Krafty 
Created With Love Challenges : Christmas
Digi Makeover Challenge : Snow Fun
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Christmas (Theme only)
Kaboodle Doodles : Start of Winter
My Craft Creations : Anything Goes
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge : Snowy Winter
Whoopsi Daisy: Christmas Using Traditional Colours

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A Sweet Monster



At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is For the Boys.We have the super Di’s Digi Designs as our sponsor.

It’s the lovely Carol’s turn to host and here’s her fabby sketch :

 You can follow the sketch,theme or even both.Hope you stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational bunch.

For my card I’ve used Lollipop Monster by Fresh Brewed Designs and coloured him with Copic Ciao Markers.I’ve used up some scraps to create the background for him.A couple of large brads have been added.The sentiment is created with my Dymo Labelmaker.Quite simple but with bright colours,a fun image and a few tactile extras it was an easy make.Hopefully it’s an interesting one 😉

Supplies :

Image : Lollipop Monster by Fresh Brewed Designs
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Sentiment : Created with my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Papers & Card : DP Kars 6 x 6 Paperpad Vector,Card from stash
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Labels 1,Big Shot,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch
To Embellish : Making Memories Large Brads

Some challenges this is for : 

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu : Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner : Anything Goes
Paper Creator’s Crafts : For the Boys
Alphabet Challenge : F is for Fantasy
Delicious Doodles : Something for the Boys
Moving Along With The Times : One for the Boys
Paper Crafting Journey :  Anything Goes
Shelly’s Images : Kid Theme
Southern Girls :You can say that again
Creative Moments : Brads
The Stamping Chef : For a Boy
Cuttin & Stampin Challenges  : Childrens Birthday


Thanks for looking 

Lisa x

Quacky Birthday!



There’s a new challenge at Craft Your Passion.This week the theme is Water,Water Everywhere.We have the fabulous Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More 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 the delightful Just Ducky by Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More printed onto watercolour card and then coloured with Whispers Brush Markers.I made a card base of kraft punched with a Martha Stewart PATP set plus a matching mat for the topper.I’ve layered some floral paper and green card onto the base then added some cotton twill topped with a baker’s twine tied button.I die cut a couple of clouds and tucked my Dymo Labelmaker created sentiment under the edge of the larger one.These cards are fun to make and although effective come together very easily 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Just Ducky by Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More
Colouring Medium : Whispers Brush Markers
Sentiment : Created with my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Papers & Card : DP Dovecraft Princess Fairytale 6 x 6 Paper Pack,Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Pack,Bazzill Basics,Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral PATP Set,Joy!Crafts Clouds Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Creative Expressions Baker’s Twine Set Pastels,Cotton Twill from stash

Some challenges this is for :

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes “Spring Fever” 
Creative Inspirations Paint : Spring Colours
Dream Valley Challenges : Happy Birthday
Glitter n Sparkle : Buttons 
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Spring into Spring
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish :  Anything Goes 
Scrappy Frogs : Think Spring
The Corrosive Challenges : Spring Fling
Broken Box Stock : Think Spring
Brown Sugar : Spring
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Simply Create Too : Animals
2 Sisters : Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge : Animals
Allsorts : Spring has Sprung 
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts : Spring has Sprung
One Stop Craft : Birthday
Moving Along With The Times : Kraft
Crafting By Design : Animals
Creative Moments : Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp : Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew : Clouds
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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