Have a de-light-ful Father’s Day!


Sharing yet another Guest Designer project for Imagine That!Digis by Kris! at their Creative Playground Challenge.The theme this month is Tic-Tac-Toe and it runs from  June 4th – July 1st.Stop on by the blog to check out all the wonderful inspiration there!


I’ve followed the middle vertical line Sentiment,Patterned Paper and Twine to create my card.Lighthouse by Imagine That!Digis by Kris  is not only fantastic for Father’s Day but any occasion that calls for a male themed card.After printing out the black and white outline version of the image I coloured it using Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils for a soft ,hazy Summer day feel.Sprayed with fixative afterwards,of course!I chose Sweet Pastels digi papers to go with it as I thought the clouds and striped paper would continue the appearance of a warm,sunny day on the British coast…Yes,we do have them sometimes 😉 Scraps of the stripy paper were adhered to the epoxy button stickers to make good use of them.The sentiment is one of several included in the set.All finished with jute twine to tie in (unintentional pun!) with the kraft card base.

Supplies :

Image and Sentiment :  

Papers :  

Both available at : STORE

Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative

Card : Yellow from Core’dinations Pastels 12 x 12 Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Dovecraft Photo Corner Punch

To Embellish : Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20,Jute Twine from stash


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Summer

Cards in Envy : No Girls Allowed

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Masculine

Crafty Boots : Masculine

Eureka Stamps : Father’s Day/Masculine

Love to Scrap : Masculine

Melonheadz Friends Challenge : Masculine

Ooh La La Creations : One for the Boys

Our Crafty Corner : Always Anything Goes

Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Stripes

The Paper Girls : The Great Outdoors

Where the HeART is : Anything Goes

Whoopsi Daisy : Bring on Summer

Dragonfly Journeys : Daddy Day Care

Glitter n Sparkle : Father’s Day

One Stitch At A Time : Layer It Up!

The Corrosive Challenges : Lots of Layers

Catch The Bug  : Masculine

Crafty Calendar : Father’s Day/For a Male

Crazy 4 Challenges : Make it Masculine

Alphabet Challenge : H for Hand Colored Image

Craft for the Craic : Something Masculine

Jo’s Scrap Shack : Father’s Day

Pattie’s Creations : Father’s Day or Graduation

Polkadoodles : One for the Boys

Really Reasonable Ribbon :  Masculine with ribbon or trim

QKR Stampede : One for the Guys

Simply Create Too : Use Buttons or Bows

Brown Sugar : Photo Inspiration


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


As sweet as a cupcake :)

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It’s Day 2 of the sneak peeks of the June New Releases at Crafty Sentiments Designs.There are 5 new rubber stamps from the Ginger Snaps Collection available from the 23rd June!

Drop on by the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirations Blog to check out some amazing creations 🙂

This is Little Polly – I Love Cupcakes and isn’t she just the sweetest?!She’s been watercoloured with pencils for a softer look to go with the pastel colours on the card.The background piece is Whitewash card embossed with one of my favourite folders then sanded back to reveal some of the colour.The edges have been pierced too.A panel of cute cupcake paper which has had the top and bottom punched plus an aperture cut has been placed over Little Polly to frame her.The sentiments have been cut from another sheet of paper from the same collection and I ‘made’ the epoxy sticker buttons by placing them over yet another piece of paper with – yes,you’ve guessed it! – buttons printed on it and cutting them out,including pierced holes.The largest one has been threded with some Baker’s Twine – how apt 😀

Here’s a close up of the frosting on her cupcake decorated by applying Frosted Lace Stickles.See what I did there 😉

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Supplies :

Image : Little Polly – I Love Cupcakes  by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Cut from DP (details under Papers & Card )

Mediums : Jet Black Archival Ink,Faber Castell GRIP 2001 Water-Soluble Pencils (were my DD1’s when she was younger and she passed them on to me),Frosted Lace Stickles

Papers & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,Core’dinations Whitewash 6 x 6 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Crafter’s Companion 6 x 6  Embossalicious Cherry-licious Folder,Core’dinations Sand It!Gadget,Crafts Too Metal Edge Ruler with Stitching Holes,Joy!Crafts Pricking Pen Fine,Go Kreate Large Frame Frilly Square #5,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral Edger Punch,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 14 & 20,Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Polkadoodles : Frame It

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge : Always Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffet Challenges :  Anything Goes

Sassy Studio Designs : Your Hearts Desire (Anything Goes)

Crafty Creations : Embossing

Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes

Wonderful Wednesdays : Always Anything Goes

Digi Choosday Challenge : Buttons

Fan-Tastic Tuesday : Anything Goes with a twist: Use a Frame

Top Tip Tuesday : Cut It Out

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Seeing it through :)


**Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page 😦  **

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is I Can See Clearly Now.We have the fabulous Just Some Lines 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.

So bought myself some new kraft card to play with and I’m quite pleased with it.I wanted to practise colouring with my Polychromos some more and this delightful little fella,Back 2 School Bird by Just Some Lines was just the ticket.They worked a treat but I think I still need more practice…sounds like good excuse to get in some extra crafting!For the transparent parts I went for an acetate card base,epoxy button stickers and,altho’ it doesn’t show up,3D Crystal Lacquer.The problem was trying not to get a refection of me taking the pic in the acetate!Anyway I kind of went for a School/Birthday/Office Supplies hybrid -and it looks like I achieved it 😀

Supplies :

Image : Back 2 School Bird by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Made by me In Word on my ‘puter
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils, 3D Crystal Lacquer
Papers & Card : DP Grace Taylor Playtime Collection,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock,Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack,A4 Kraft Card from Every Crafts A Pound,Papermania 12 x12 Acetate Sheets
 Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Nestabilities Large Classic Squares & Postage Stamps,Marianne Design Folder Brick with Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 14 & 20,Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafty Bloggers Network : Anything Goes
Crafty Boots : Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs : Anything Goes
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts : Anything Goes!!
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Things With Wings!
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Things with Wings  
Come and Get It : Use 3 of Something (Buttons)
Lacy Sunshine : Use Something With Wings
Opus Gluei : Happy Birthday!
That Craft Place : Sentimental
The Squirrel & The Fox : For a Male (for my DS2 Birthday next week!)
We Do Doobadoo Challenge : Something Masculine
A Creative Romance : Anything Goes
Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers : All Creatures Big and Small
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Creative Bug on the Loose : Child’s Play  (for my DS2’s 11th Birthday next week!)
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Buttons
Paper Shelter Challenge : Ribbon, twine or floss


Thanks for looking

Lisa x



‘Fairy’ Good Luck to You

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It’s the final week of the month long St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at Just Some Lines.Well,that’s another month over!To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3 🙂

I’ve taken the adorable Fairy – Bring Home Luck by Just Some Lines  and tried a new technique – well new to me…LOL  After colouring the fairy’s skin and hair I decided I wanted a softer look for her clothing to suit the background papers more.I’ve seen Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles fame use a Mix’It Palette and a Graph’It Blender,with Brush Nib attached,to pick up colour to give a watercolour effect on Create and Craft TV.Now,I don’t have the pallette so had to improvise on that part but I do have the pen equipped with the nib 😛 I’m quite pleased for a first attempt and onto my usual smooth marker colouring card too!For her hair behind her wings I had already use a pale colour and blended it out and for a see through look I ‘painted’ over the top in the chosen wing colour.Personally I think the layering has worked well.After colouring the clover it just looked too dark and overpowering so I just grabbed the Blender again and used it this time to ‘bleach’ out the colour.So she wasn’t floating in a sky of nothingness I drew a very pale blue/grey line around her and the clover then took the Blender and utilised it to soften the edges.Such a versatile and useful tool!To make her fairydust trail nice and sparkly I dotted it with a Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker.I just had to use my recently acquired large corner rounder,especially as it took an age to find one,along with this pretty Tonic Studios border.The sentiment is a freebie from Netty’s Cards (thanks Annette) and the Good Luck has been colour tinted by a Graph’It Marker.Some baker’s twine has been tied to the border.I made some buttons from a sheet of this delightful paper and and an epoxy button sticker,trimmed with scissors.A little wooden butterfly button has been added alongside these and for an extra touch his spots have been dabbed with the Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker 🙂


Supplies :

Image :Fairy – Bring Home Luck by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Freebie from Netty’s Cards
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker
Papers & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Large Corner Lever Punch,Tonic Studios Daisy Border Simplicity Geared Punch,Woodware 1½” Circle Punch
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20,Wooden Butterfly Button from stash


Some challenges this is for :

Hiding in my Craft Room :  Freestyle
The Doodle Garden :  Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Digi Haven : Things with Wing
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Springtime Pastels
Pattie’s Creations : Anything Goes
Polkadoodles : Spring Is In The Air
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Spring Colors
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Inky Antics (must use some kind of ink)
4 Crafty Chicks : Spring (inspired by colours)
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Spring (inspired by colours)
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs : Pretty Pastels
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Things with Wings
Divas by Design : Buttons and Bows
House That Stamps Built : Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp : Buttons
Fan-Tastic Tuesday : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Digi Sketch Challenge : Fantasy


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Sew Young!

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**Please Scroll down if you’re looking for my other card**

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Birthday Bonanza!We have the fabulous Heather Ellis 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’ve decided to try and take a different approach with my card making recently.Rather than the usual patterned paper matted and layered onto coordinating card for the background etc…Soooo what’s the first thing I do here?Mat a piece of patterned paper onto the card blank :s Still at least I took the time to hand stitch with some baker’s twine.And then I did  do something unusual,well for me at least 😉 This lil’ cutie is Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis and you can find her by scrolling down the page a little.Heather also has a bit of a sale going on and some of her delightful images are as little as 50p!Anyways she’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers and is wearing a paper pieced dress.This has also been given some depth with a Graph’It Marker.Now for the diverse part…I’ve created this frame piece by die cutting an oval to fit the image,embossing  some textured card with some loverly spots.Because my folder wasn’t long enough to cover it entirely I chose to lay it across the other way and centre it.Now what to do about those plain ends?Punch ’em!Now what to do about those pesky lines where the folder ended?Pierce ’em!Opted not to stitch them as well…gives a cleaner look.Then I positioned it over the top and adhered it using thin (1mm) foam tape.The little banners poking out the side were cut from another sheet of paper from the same pack.To finish I took an Epiphany Craft Epoxy Self-Adhesive Button and lay it over a yet another piece of paper from the same  collection.No prizes for guessing it had buttons printed all over it!As I’m too tight wise and frugal to part with 20 quid (!) for a matching punch I just made sure it stuck down well and trimmed round with some decoupage scissors,followed by a pokey tool to make the holes 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis 
Medium : Graph’It Markers
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5 x 7 Embossing Folder,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large,Big Shot,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch.Piercing Tool,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers)
Digi Makeover Challenge : Buttons
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme)
Fitztown Challenge : Spring Colors
Love to Create  : Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine : Use Spring Colors
The Squirrel & the Fox : Autumn or Spring (Spring)
My Time to Craft : Frame it
Crafty Catz : Paper Piecing
Creative Corner : Button Up
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Mother’s Day/Female
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons : Spring
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : Make It Girly
Little Red Wagon : Punches

Of course I couldn’t resist making a second card with another of Heather’s darling images…

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He’s  The Boy & The Dog 003.The colouring is with Graph’It Markers and altho’ it doesn’t show up the puddle has a coating of  3D Crystal Lacquer.I’ve also sponged a little ink around to take the witness off the background.This time I cut the card blank down them made the topper fit the length of the original size of the card. I kind of used the same principle  with the embossing folder and aperture ‘cept this folder covered the whole area.I added two handcut banners to the base.Once I’d inked the edges for  extra definition they were attached and I ran down the side with an EK Success Piercing Bug in a wobbly fashion then cross stitched to compliment the pattern in the paper.I die cut a couple of clouds and inked their bottoms….careful!…lol… XD A sentiment was cut from another piece of paper (as in the above card).Some of the edges were distressed and I added piercing to the scalloped edge 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  The Boy & The Dog 003  by Heather Ellis
Medium : Graph’It Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Summer Sky Memento Dew Drop Ink 
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Craft Concepts Hexagon Illusion Universal Embossing Folder,X-Cut Tilly Daydream Hexagon Dielicious Nesting Dies, Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop,Joy! Crafts Clouds Dies,Big Shot,Piercing Tool,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers) – counts as 2nd entry
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme) – counts as 2nd entry
Love to Create  : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes – counts as 3rd entry
My Time to Craft : Frame it – counts as 2nd entry
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry – counts as 3rd entry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything but a Square
Perfectly Rustics : Hexagons
One Stitch At A Time : For a Boy
Sentimental Sundays : Cards for Boy/Man
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Male Colors
Stempelsonnen Challenge : Young Men Birthday
The Male Room : Blue, Green, Brown
Nutcrafters : Masculine

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Sew Endeer-ing :)



At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Buttons Galore!We have the fabulous QKR Stampede 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.

How cute is this little Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede?!He’s been printed directly onto the kraft card blank and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers,trying to retain the tartan detail.Just love how the colours turn out on these card bases 🙂 I’ve added some real buttons,threaded with jute twine,to his eyes and trousers.I had hoped to find a tiny pom pom for his nose amongst the kids crafting supplies but the only ones there were far too big.Never mind.A couple of scrap strips have been trimmed with decorative edged scissors to create a kind of ric rac look.In the top corner I’ve used some Epiphany epoxy button stickers stuck onto more scrap papers.I found these half price in my local craft warehouse and figured that rather than buy the special punch to go with them it would be easy enough to trim around them once adhered to paper.I then used a pokey tool to pierce the holes ready for threading 😀 Worked a treat…Yay!A leftover holly die cut is just peeking out from beneath them.Finally I stamped a sentiment,a freebie from one of last year’s Christmas magazines,in the top right corner.Chosen because he makes me smile 🙂

Supplies :

Image :Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green from stash
Tools : Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK),Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Buttons from Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons (eyes) & Bag-O-Buttons Whirligig (trousers),Jute Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self Adhesive Buttons in two sizes


Some challenges this is for :

C is for Challenge : Winter is Coming
Crafty Bloggers Network : Christmas
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: Clean and Simple
Great Impressions : Holiday Card or Tag
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : All things Christmas
Little Claire’s  : Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges : Christmas Time
Designed To Color : Christmas/Winter
Die Cut Divas : Holidays & Celebrations
Flat Friends Challenge : Christmas
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Let it Snow/Christmas
Lia Stampz Challenge : Use Your Scraps 
Delicious Doodles : CAS
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes with a twist of Christmas
Creative Moments:  CAS/Anything Goes


Thanks for looking
Lisa x