Going bananas!

We have a colour challenge for you at Craft Your Passion this week :

Green,Yellow,Black and White.We also have three fabulous sponsors Lauretta’s Digital Stamps,CoCoDingo and Letraset.So head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

I’ve used cute Baby Monkey Banana from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps and coloured him with ProMarkers.The papers are printed from Craft The Year Away CD-rom from Funky Hand.I’ve mounted everything on black card.The image and mat have been cut using Grand Nestabilities Ovals.I’ve added some black brads and some fluffy fibres in keeping with the fuzzy little monkey.With such an impact of colour I decided to keep the layout simple.I also carried the design over into the inside :

Some challenges this card is for :

2 Sisters : Gingham or Plaid (I’ve actually used both!)
Sew Many Challenges : Ovals
Stamping for the Weekend : What a  Cutie
Southern Girls : Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter : Anything Goes
Scrap Creations : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Creature Comforts 
Top Tip Tuesday : For the Kids
Get Funky! : Birthday Fun!

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Boy oh boy!

Boys will be Boys is the theme at AiFactory Challenges  this week.You have until Wednesday 23rd May 11.59 to upload your project.For more details head on over.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s beautiful work while you’re there.

For this card I’ve used Monsters Clipart Graphics from AiFactory.Such a great set for boys!I printed this image twice and cut out the star,eyes and teeth.After applying Glossy Accents I adhered them with some Pinflair Glue Gel.I made the sentiment on the computer and added a charm on a safety pin I found in my draw of junk I hoard for such an occaision.

Supplies :
Image : From Monsters Clipart Graphics by AiFactory
Sentiment : Computer generated by me!
Medium : Glossy Accents
Papers & Card : Spotty paper from Dreams Come True CD-Rom from Funky Hand,Skull &  Crossbones paper freebie from Printable Heaven, Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder
Embellishments : Charm and safety pin from stash

Some challenges this card is for :

A Spoon Full of Sugar : Anything Goes
Crafts and Me : Anything Goes 
 Penny’s Paper Crafty : Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious : Anything Goes   
Your Next Stamp : Pop it up!
Top Tip Tuesday : Any /project card for a child
Tuesday Throwdown : Baby/child card or project
Lexi’s Creations  : Spots and/or stripes
Make it Monday : Anything Goes
Stamps R Us : Goin’ Digital
Corrosive Challenge : Birthdays
Scappy Frogs : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes  
Whimsie Doodles : Teen/kids card
Crafty Ann’s : Birthdays
Sew Many Cards : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Happy Birthday
This set is so versatile I couldn’t resist making another card.This time I’ve gone for a cute style.I simply printed out the image and cut it out using Nesties.I found the piece of left over paper in my scraps.It’s a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine printed onto semi gloss photo paper.I teamed it with some bright,colourful card to keep the fun theme going.I added some coordinating square brads and a stamped sentiment.
Supplies :
Image : From Monsters Clipart Graphics by AiFactory
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion Clearly Hand Stamped Kit by 3 Birds
Papers & Card : Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger Punch,Nestabilities Classic Ovals LArge and Small,Grand Calibur 
Embellishments : Dovecraft Square Brads Brights

Some challenges this card is for :

Crafts and Me : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper Crafty : Anything Goes
Stampavie and more : Summer
Truly Scrumptious : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Any card/project for a child
Tuesday Throwdown : Baby/child card or project
Karens Doodles : Bold & Bright
Make it Monday : Anything Goes
Stamps R Us : Goin’ Digital
Corrosive : Birthdays
Kenny K Krafty Girlz : Die Cut and Punches
Scrappy Frogs : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
CES : Holidays
Sew Many Cards : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Happy Birthday
4 Crafty Chicks : Brads 

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my cards as much as I’ve enjoyed making them


Lisa x


Spring greens…

… and other colours.

I love Spring!It’s a great reminder that Summer’s on it’s way.Yay!

The papers and images are all from Funky Hand.The tree is a digi image from the Dreams Come True CD-Rom.The blossoms on the tree are actually a flower image that I cut away from the stems.I did glitter the centres but it doesn’t show in the pic and did my usual and forgot to take a close up (duh).They have both been coloured with my new ‘toys’ – a set of Gioconda Pastel Pencils.Having used most colouring mediums on images over the years I just had an overwhelming desire to try something new!And guess what I love ’em.This is actually the third time I’ve used them since they arrived on Monday but I can’t show the other two yet.I applied quite vibrant shades and gently blended them with some cheapy cotton buds – the kind you wouldn’t want near any part of your body.I didn’t smudge them too much on the tree trunk as I wanted to keep some of the texture.I also grounded the tree by using the cotton bud I’d used on the leaves and lightly smudged in the sky.I like the way the fixative I sprayed them with enhanced the colours further.The swirly floral paper is from the CD and the piece with the larger flowers is a freebie.I’ve used some of my fave embellishments too.A lovely strip of lilac raffia lace layered with some knotted grossgrain ribbon and buttons threaded with some ribbon cut from those really annoying pieces they sew in tops to keep them on the hanger.Still I suppose if they didn’t I wouldn’t be able to save them for my crafty projects.Mind you can you believe I bought a top this colour? – I can!

Supplies :
Images : Dreams Come True CD-Rom by Funky Hand
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,fixed with Winsor & Newton Artists’ Fixative,Crystal Glamour Dust
Papers : Dreams Come True CD-Rom and Funky Hand  freebie,Yellow paper from Dovecraft 12 x12 Designer Paper Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Decoupage scissors
Embellishments : Raffia lace,grossgrain ribbon,recycled ribbon from stash,Savannah Bag-o-Buttons by Autumn Leaves

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Get Funky! : Zing into Spring
CD Sunday : A song in my heart – Spring Fever by Elvis Presley
Crafty Pad : Spring is in the Air
Creative Cowgirls : Spring Time and Rainy Days
I Did It Creations : Sing a song – Spring Fever Elvis Presley
2 Sisters : Spring
Catch the Bug : 4 or more layers
If the Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Spring
Aud Sentiments : Anything Goes
Papercrafting Journey : Use a freebie
Rainbow Lady’s : Springtime


Lisa x

Look!Up in the sky!

It’s a bird!It’s a plane!No it’s Super…um…dad!

We’d love to see your Male cards/projects at Craft Your Passion this week.We have the fab Dude Time Doodles as our sponsor and they’re giving away a $10 Gift certificate to spend in their store.Check the challenge blog for full details on how to play and don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT and GDT’s work while you’re there!

For my project I’ve chosen to make a wordbook using Henry Hero.Even tho’ I’ve had the Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom by Funky Hand since it first came out this is the first time I’ve made one of these.Not sure what Anice & co would make of this.This kind of stuff is a little new to me.It’s going to be for my DH’s Birthday in a few weeks.I know a lot of people usually make this kind of thing for Father’s Day but I thought why wait ’til then? 

Here are some more pics including a close up of the image on the cover:

 I added Glossy Accents  to give him a healthy head of  hair and shiny teeth and drew in white gel pen highlights.

I sourced a Dad poem from the net and made a rosette from a squashed beer bottle cap,a Nestie cut piece of card and some ribbon.

 I took this photo at Stanwick Lakes when he was showing off to the kids!Thought the sentiment was pretty apt!

 One of my favourite snow pics.I know it doesn’t have much to do with the play but the words just popped into my head.

 I just had to choose this photo from our holiday last year (they only took their hats off to be snapped).We went on a walk through some beautiful Devonshire countryside which ended with some crab fishing in a secluded bay.Don’t worry we put them all back when we’d finished.Did you know the best bait is bacon?!

 I’ve added some extras on the back.I fashioned a pocket on the right.These used up some of the leftovers.

 A selection of treats! I even decorated the backs.I coloured the images with pencil after forgetting that Promarkers bleed through and ruining the first teacup one I made –  oooops!!

Hope DH appreciates the work I put into this and likes it!!Hope you like it too.

Supplies :
Images : Henry Hero from  Dude Time Doodles,Teacup freebie stamp from January issue of Craft Stamper Magazine,Beer and football stamps from See D’s Boys Toys
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Inkssentials White Gel Pen,Polychromos pencils,Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
Sentiments & Coupons :  From  Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box (except ‘a man for all seasons’ – I made that one on the computer),Heart thought bubble from  Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom
Papers & card :Wordbook,letters on the front and patterned papers printed from ,grey and red card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars non-stick scissors,decoupage scissors,X-Cut craft knife,Martha Stewart Cherish Edger Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nestabilities Labels 3 and Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles,Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake 1,Sizzix Bigz Tags Scallops,Big Shot
Embellishments : Brads and ribbons from stash,beer cap courtesy of DH!

Some challenges this is for :

Desert Island Crafts : 5. Border punch,7.The colour red,8.No flowers
Tuesday Throwdown : Pockets
Meljens : Happy Birthday
Aud Sentiments : Trendy Sayings (U Rock)
Cute Card Thursday : Shiny Happy Card
PaperPlay : Add Shine
Pixie Dust Studio : Don’t be square
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Something from a CD
Shelly’s Images : Show us what you  got
StampInsanity : The ABC’s of an ABC
Annabelle Stamps : Say it in yellow
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Birthday or Thank you
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Happy Birthday
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Simply Create : It’s bright in here
Stamp Something : Something Funky
Stampin’ with the Dragon : Birthdays 
Tellen’s Place : Birthdays
ECP : Something for the boys
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Get Funky! : Show us your heart


Lisa x

Plain Dotty!

The challenge this week at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best is to use BUTTONS!If your anything like me you LOVE buttons.Please visit the challenge site for full details on how to play along and see how you can win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop!Don’t forget to gain some inspiration from the wonderful DT projects too.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect image to go with buttons than this delightful Lady Bug from Digi Doodle Shop.With the 50% off sale being extended until 15th January now would de the perfect time to grab this image along with a few others!The image has been coloured with Promarkers and the sky area has been muted around the edges using the Blender pen.The spotty red card has been printed from the Dreams Come True CD-rom from Funky Hand.Originally it’s black spots on a white background but the beauty of it is you can print it onto any colour card or paper.I die cut some flowers from red felt and threaded a large button with some red raffia for texture.I also stitched the buttons onto the flowers as it’s difficult to use glue with felt.

Supplies :
Image : Lady Bug from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Computer generated by me!
Medium : Promarkers
Papers & Card : DP Floral paper from Making Memories,Spotty red card printed from Dreams Come True CD-rom by Funky Hand,Black Papermania Textured 12 x 12 card
Tools : X-Cut guillotine, Siesta Lip Pattern Punch,Sizzix Bigz Flower Wedding #2,Big Shot
Embellishments : Bag-O-Buttons Savannah,We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Red Floss,Paper Cellar Red Raffia

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations :
Sundays with Crissy: Ribbons
Die Cut Dreams : Quote
Whoopsi Daisy : Free & Easy
Ladybug Crafts Ink : Anything Goes
I Did It Creations : Favourite Technique (colouring with Promarkers)
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Cooking It Up With Katie : Button Me A Ribbon Animal
Digistamps 4 Joy : Button Up!
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : Buttons
Do You Stack Up? (new challenge blog) : Cute As A Button
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Buttons and Bows


Lisa x

Ringing in the changes

Happy New Year!

Not only is it a new year there are BIG things happening at Craft Your Passion!To kick things off we have three fantastic sponsors :

Digi’s With Attitude
Digi’s By Phooka
Pizzazz Aplenty 

We have a nice easy challenge for you too.As it’s the first one of the month it’s ANYTHING GOES.So pop along to join in the fun and be in for the chance to win some fabulous prizes.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT’s beautiful creations too.

For my card I got to use the adorable Beary Sweet Winter from Digi’s By Phooka.Their images are really,really cute.So if that’s your thing or you know someone who’s into cute too then this is the place to visit.I’ve coloured him with Promarkers and given his eyes a generous layer of Glossy Accents – for added cuteness,of course!The papers are printed from the Dreams Come True CD-rom by Funky Hand.If you hurry they have a sale on ’til Noon today.I’ve also adorned the scalloped oval around the image with 3mm and 4mm flat backed pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty applied using a Gel Picker.If you’ve never come across one of these before they’re a real must have.They make life so much easier and I’ve used gems much more since acquiring one.I’ve used a length of Gabrielle black lace,also from Pizzazz Aplenty, to finish.Such beautiful,quality products.

Supplies :  
Image : Beary Sweet Winter from Digi’s by Phooka
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents
Papers & Card : DP printed from Dreams Come True CD-rom by Funky Hand,Black card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Conner Punch,EK Success Dotted Wave Slim Edger Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Big Shot,Gel Picker
Embellishments : 3mm & 4mm flat backed pearls,Gabrielle black lace both from Pizzazz Aplenty

Some challenges this card is for :

Digital Tuesday : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Fab ‘n Funky : Quick and Easy Does It 
Inky Impressions : Animals
Paper Pretties : Ring In The New Year (circles on paper and pearls)
Charisma Cardz : Pearls and Lace
Crafty Catz : Your Choice (Challenge 45  Animal/Animals – 13th August 2010)
Fun At Fairy Knoll : Anything Goes
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes


Lisa x

We fade to grey…

I made this primarily for the ‘Shades of Grey’ challenge at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge but it’s also an entry for Die Cut Dreams ‘No Flowers Allowed’,Kaboodle Doodles ‘Happy Birthday’ (as this was a card  for my DH’s Birthday),Ooh-la-la-Creations Challenge Blog ‘Anything Goes’,Stamp Scrap & Doodle Saturday ‘Open Challenge’ and Allsorts ‘Just for Men’.I think that just about wraps it up!

The image is Manga Boy by Sugar Nellie and has been coloured using all shades of Cool Grey Promarkers with Ivory and Dusky Pink skin tones.I used Red to give him some “Rock on Tommy” braces – I couldn’t resist! – and for the patch.The corners were punched with a Large Corner Rounder and Black Soot Distress Ink was applied around the edges with a latex foam wedge.They’re the dirt cheap ones that are so rubbish to put your make-up on with but work fabulously with these inks.He was then mounted onto a Nellie Snellen Multi-FrameRectangles die cut.The papers are from the Funky Hand Papercraft Factory CD.The brackets are cut from a Sizzix BigZ die and I attached them using some brads from my stash.The slider was cut from the same Nellie Snellen rectangles set and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Anytime Messages set.The grey ribbon is recycled and used to be one of those really annoying pieces sewn into tops to stop them sliding off the hanger.I hope my DH never gets to see the Dorothy Perkins printed on the reverse!!


Craftybunny x

It’s about time…

…this little cutie saw ink again.Like so many of my stamps I buy them because I love them and never really make full use of them.

I’ve made this to enter in the C.R.A.F.T. sketch challenge:

I’ve coloured Smookie Pot with a mix of Promarkers and Copic  Atyou Spica pens.The papers are a free download from Funky Hand.The tan and lime green card is Papermania Textured and teams with the papers well.Circles are cut with Nestabilities.The floral element has been created using my new Sizzix Elegance Decorative Strip and some flowers punched from a ribbon strip from the element sheet from the download.Tiny buttons have been added to the centres.The greeting,which I trimmed down, and ribbon are also from the same download sheet.I used a ribbon brad for the element on the sketch.It doesn’t show but I did use the clear Spica on the flowers on the paper circle and on the words on the sentiment.


Craftybunny x