A Patch of Winter

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Winter.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.

This is the adorable Jingle Bell by Crafty Sentiments Designs.She and her little friend have been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.Polar White Flower Soft has been added to the trims on her clothing and the snow on the ground.The falling snowflakes have been dotted with Liquid Pearls.After embossing the greeting at the bottom of the card a patchwork panel of patterned paper and kraft with gingham ribbon wrapped around has been adhered.Stitched dies have been used to cut out the image and kraft card mat.A star button threaded with jute twine is the finishing touch.

Supplies :

Image : Jingle Bell by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Archival Jet Black Ink,Polar White Flower Soft,White Opal Liquid Pearls

Paper & Card : DP Papermania Craft Collection Pastels,Kraft Card from stash

Tools : Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen Medium Patchwork Shapes,Crea-Nest-Lies set stansen no. 24 XXL,Past Magazine Freebie Christmas Border Embossing Folder,Big Shot ,X-Cut Guillotine

To Embellish : Pink Gingham Ribbon from Papermania Craft Collection Pastels Trims,White Star Button from Papermania Bellisima Christmas Charm Pack,Jute Twine from crafty stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Critters and Creatures : Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature

Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes

The Merry Christmas Challenge : Add Twine (Jute Twine through button)

Christmas Card Challenges : Christmas/Winter (Optional photo inspiration not followed)

Great Impressions : Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations : Christmas Greetings

The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft : Always Anything Goes

Anything Goes link-up : Anything Goes

Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps : Christmas

Crafting Musketeers : Christmas Wishes

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Always Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper : Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Creative Craft Cottage Challenges : Use Ribbon

Delicious Doodles Challenge : Non-traditional Christmas

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes – Optional twist : Christmas is Coming

Noor! Designs UK : Winter

Not Just Cards :  Always Anything Goes

Paper Creator’s Crafts : Anything Goes

Petal Lu : Anything Goes

The Sisters of Craft : Always Anything Goes

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes

Di’s Digis Designs : Hand Colored Image

Scrappers Delights : Anything Goes

The Pencil Case : Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Polkadoodles : Anything Goes

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland : Add Ribbon/Lace or Christmas Flowers

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

‘Gift’ me snow ;)

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is everyone’s favourite Anything Goes.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.

It seems funny making Christmas cards in the throes of Summer but when you find an image as beautiful as My Gift by Crafty Sentiments Designs it makes you feel the need.Plus the fact it takes time to create each one you really should be prepared!!She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers along with a few white gel pen highlights.For the fur on her trims Fluffy Stuff has been used and Polar White Flower Soft,for a different texture,added for snow.I do tend to stick to a basic layout and just mix it up a bit with different papers,card,images and embellishments.It does help with ploughing through with batch making.Designs are also kept simpler these days with the cost of postage!Baker’s Twine and a charm complete the card – I also know these will pass the 5mm mark and not have incur the Large Letter Stamp fee 🙂

Supplies :

Image : My Gift by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Marianne Design Stamp Fairy Christmas Sentiments

Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Archival Jet Black Ink,Woodware White Fluffy Stuff,Polar White Flower Soft,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green Cardstock from stash,DP Past Magazine Freebie Kaisercraft Pad

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Large,Big Shot

To Embellish : Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine,Snowflake Charm from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Craft-Dee BowZ  : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Crafty Boots : “Fair & Square” (Anything Square)

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Use Your Stuff : Anything Goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round : Snowflakes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Anything goes as long as it is Christmas

Die Cut Divas : Favourite Holiday

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes

Noor! Designs UK : Christmas

The Sisters of Craft  : Anything Goes

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Frame It

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Jingle Belles : Postal (postage stamps/delivery/mailbox or postcard)

Wags ‘n Whiskers : Frame It Out

Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Moving along with the Times : Snow In Summertime

Crafty Gals Corner : Any Holiday

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Merry & Light!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Non-Traditional Christmas.We have the fabulous Crafty Sentiments Designs 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.

Here’s Harriet – Lantern  by Crafty Sentiments Designs all cheerful and bright!She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and layered up for extra dimension.

From a different angle :

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I’ve added some Polar White Flower Soft to the bobbles on her hats and boots.There’s also a little snowy smattering beneath her feet 🙂

The paper is a magazine freebie – it’s unusual but I like it 😀

A length of gingham ribbon with some jingle bells tied to it using jute twine has been added to embellish.

As I’ve written and posted all my Christmas cards for this year this is another one under the belt for 2015 😀

Supplies :

Image :  Harriet – Lantern by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Christmas Words

Mediums :  Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Polar White Flower Soft,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen (to add a twinkle in her eyes)

Papers & Card :  DP magazine freebie,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Jute Twine,Gingham Ribbon & Jingle Bells from stash

Some challenges this is for : 

Come and Get It : Merry Christmas

Christmas Card Challenges : Christmas Card/Color Challenge

Glitter n Sparkle : Modern Christmas Colors

 Jellypark Friends Challenge : Ribbons and/or Bows

Lacy Sunshine : Holiday Joy

My Perfect Life : ALWAYS ANY Christmas Card

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes

Pile It On : Anything Goes Christmas/Holidays

That Craft Place : Christmas

The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes

The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes

Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Digi/Christmas

Ladybug Crafts : Winter and/or Christmas

Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Cute & Cuddly Christmas

The Craft Garden : Christmas

A Gem of a Challenge : Anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Bright Colours

Di’s Digis Designs : Christmas!

Open-Minded Challenges : Unusual Christmas (colours)

Brown Sugar : Winter

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Winter

Delicious Doodles : Non-traditional Christmas

Pattie’s Creations : Christmas Cards

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A Little Christmas Help

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is the ever popular Anything Goes.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.

Isn’t this just the cutest Christmas Helper you could have?She can be found at Crafty Sentiments Designs.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers with,altho’ it doesn’t show too well,a little snow scattered around her feet.The edges have also been ink distressed.I’m desperately trying use use up old Christmas stash rather than buy any more new.So the card is some I bought a few years ago.The back panel has been embossed with a folder.The ribbon,twine and jingle bells are also from my stash…O.K. I have to admit the embossing folder(part of a set)…and the sentiment stamps are new,but these were a half price bargain and there are loads of words.A girl’s gotta be allowed a little new stuff,isn’t she? 😉

Supplies :

Image :  Christmas Helper by Crafty Sentiments Designs
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Christmas Words
Mediums :  Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Lilac Posies Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Polar White Flower Soft,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Kars Christmas Collection
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Sizzix Hero Arts Christmas Words and Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : We R Memory Keepers Aqua Floss,Gingham Ribbon & Jingle Bells from stash
 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Creative Card Crew : Christmas Joy
Papertake Weekly :  2 or 4 Legs
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Card Mania : Dies
Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Dream Valley Challenges : Christmas
Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes + Optional Twist : Stitching (just Anything Goes)
Love to Create : Anything Goes
My Craft Creations :  Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes
Squigglefly : Christmas Card
Stamp and Create  : Ribbons or Bows
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : CAS
CAS on Sunday : Ribbon and/or Twine
Dragonfly Dreams : Let’s Be Girly and Use a Die Cut or Punch
Jellypark Friends Challenge : Festive
My Perfect Life : ALWAYS ANY Christmas card (no weekly theme) 
Pile It On : Special Occasion
The Corrosive Challenges : Girly
The Ribbon Girls : Christmas Card
Crafty Calendar : It’s All About Christmas
Paper Creator’s Crafts  : Anything Goes
A Crafty Mess : Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long : Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. : Winter
Crafty Ribbons :  Christmas Creations with Ribbon
MilkCoffee Challenge : Hand Color Image

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Light p-up your Christmas :)

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I’m delighted to be chosen as Guest Designer at Lexi’s Creations this fortnight where the theme is Snow.Stop by to check out full details of the challenge and the fab prize on offer.Don’t forget to check out the DT’s fantastic creations.

Here I’ve used the adorable Christmas Lights Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts.He was a joy to work with :)Printed straight onto the kraft base and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers plus some white gel pen highlights.Doesn’t show too well but the lights have Glossy Accents on them and the stems of the bulbs have been coloured with silver gel pen.Some fluffy,snowy texture has been given to his hat trims with Flower Soft.The sentiment,a freebie from a magazine from last year,has been stamped at a jaunty angle.For design purposes you understand and not ‘cos I can’t stamp straight…lol…OK believe what you like 😉 A couple of strips of washi tape,die cut pine branches and a few brads have been used to embellish the card.

Supplies :

Image : Christmas Lights Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Glossy Accents ,Papermania Silver Gel Pen,Sepia Archival Ink,Polar White Flower Soft
Sentiment : Freebie from a Christmas magazine last year (can’t remember which one)
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green card from stash
Tools : Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Brads from Dovecraft Embellishment Kit Christmas,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape

 

Some challenges this is for :

Cheery Lynn Designs : Red and Green
Creative Inspirations Paint : Merry Christmas
Lacy Sunshine : Celebrations
That Craft Place : Christmas
The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Summer or Winter
A Gem of a Challenge :  Anything Goes
Little Claire’s : Christmas
My Time to Craft : Cute and Cuddly Christmas Animals
Digi Haven : Merry Christmas
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey : It’s Christmas Time
Divas by Design : Festive
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

Merry Kiss-mas

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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

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

 

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