Unicorn Wishes

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At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Make Your Own Flowers.We have the super RIck St. Dennis as our sponsor.

It’s my turn to host and here’s my 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 the beautiful and oh-so-elegant Unicorn  by Rick St. Dennis.The Unicorn itself has been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and the flowers have been coloured with a selection of Spring/Summer Limited Edition ProMarkers.The patterned paper is a pull-out freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.I’ve teamed this with some Core’dinations card.Some flowers and leaves have been die cut and layered.The sentiment is stamped directly onto the flowery paper.Brads have been added as a finishing touch.And just in case you hadn’t spotted it I’ve rotated the sketch 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Unicorn  by Rick St. Dennis
Colouring Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Spring/Summer Limited Edition ProMarkers
Sentiment : Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments Clear Set

Ink : Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Paper & Card : Patterned paper freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad, Core’dinations So Mod 6 x6 pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nellie’s Lace Edge Border Dies,Joy!Crafts Pointed Flowers and Assorted Leaves 1,Big Shot
To Embellish : Making Memories Primaries Brads

 Some challenges this is for :

A Gem of a Challenge : Summer
Brown Sugar :  Anything Goes
QKR Stampede : No Squares Allowed
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Fairytale/Fantasy
Emma’s Cards UK : Floral
Ladybug Crafts : Something Floral
Cute Card Thursday : Die-ing to Punch
Delightful Challenges : Make it pop…add layers or dimension 
Creative Belli : Summer
Digistamps 4 Joy : Make your own embellishments
Paper Shelter Challenge :  Punches and Dies
Whimsical Designs :  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

O(w)l’ Blues Eyes Is Back

This week over at Willow Sketchie Challenge Kelly has set a fabby sketch :

The chosen theme is Bright and Bold.You can choose either the sketch,theme or even both.You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) there will be a hand picked Top 3 and they will receive a super cute badge for their blog.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 some stamps from the Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set by Willow Designs and for added dimension I’ve decoupaged Walter.I’ve coloured with ProMarkers including some of the yummy Limited Edition Summer colours.Here’s a closer view of the layered up Walter :

Yes,I like to colour each layer.You never know who’s gonna tip it up to take a peek!

These gorgeous papers are a freebie from the latest issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.You even get a set of ribbons to match.You can just see some of the zingy orange one poking thru’ the punched strip.I’ve had this punch so long and I believe this is the first time I’ve used it!!I’ve only used every other hole of the punch and just added small pieces of ribbon behind those.That way I still have a load left for another day!No wastage!!I’ve adhered a wooden butterfly button which I’ve given a coat of acrylic paint to then threaded with some of my fave paper twine.

Now for some exciting news!!

There is a DT Call going on at Willow Sketchie Challenge!You too could be part of a wonderful team and create using the adorable Willow Designs images.For full details on how to apply visit here.

Supplies :

Images : Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set from Willow Designs 
Colouring mediums : ProMarkers,Acrylic paint (on butterfly button),Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Freebie paper from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Pink card Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Large and Extra Small Corner Rounder Punches,Decoupage scissors
To embellish : Wooden butterfly button,Paper twine,Freebie ribbon from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Sentiments : Bright Colours
Deep Ocean Challenge : Welcome Summer
Creative Mondays :  Summer
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
Stamp and Create : Bold and Bright
Corrosive Challenges : Feeling Punchy 
PanPastel UK Challenge : Summertime
Robyn`s Fetish :  Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude :  Anything Goes
Crafts and Me : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : The Great Outdoors

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Feeling in the pink (and green!)


It’s Hazel’s turn  to host at Willow Sketchie Challenge this week and here’s her fabby sketch :

The theme is Favourite Colour Combo.You can opt for either the sketch,theme or both. You could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend at Willow Designs too!As well as a winner (chosen randomly) we will be having a Top 3 hand picked by whoever is hosting the challenge for that week and will receive a super cute badge for their blog.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 one of the recently released A6 Clear Stamp Sets from Willow Designs.They work fabulously as a mix and match across the sets and of course they go equally well with the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom.This one is Polly & Walter and I’ve used the masking technique to allow Polly to take a seat on the toadstool.After stamping Polly where I wanted her I stamped her onto some copier paper and cut her out.Using some repositionable adhesive (green Stix 2 tape runner) I covered her over and positioned the toadstool exactly where I wanted it.That’s the beauty of clear stamps!I coloured her with ProMarkers to match the backing paper.This has been printed from the Polly Pickleberry CD-rom onto linen textured card.I told you they worked well together!I’ve used some pretty pearlescent card to compliment the paper and stamped and coloured the frame to match too.The greeting inside is from the set too and as you can see fits a treat.To finish the card I’ve added some gingham (yeehaw!) ribbon and some cute pearl brads.As you can probably tell I’ve rotated the sketch.I did have a hard time picking my favourite colour combo as I have quite a few.lol.In the end I decided to plump for Pink & Green for a lovely Summery fresh feel.Well we have had a few hours of sunshine this week 😀 

Supplies :

Image,frame and sentiment : Polly & Walter A6 Clear Stamp Set from Willow Designs
Paper : From Polly Pickleberry CD-rom by Willow Designs
Mediums : ProMarkers,Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Card : Pink Trimcraft 12 x 12 Pearlescent Textured,Green Core’dinations 12x 12 Gemstones
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals and Ovals 2,Crafts Too Daisies Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch
To Embellish : Gingham ribbon from stash,Papermania Pinks Pearl brads

Some challenges this is for :

Divas by Design :  Summer theme
Freshly Brewed : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Celebration
Paper Pretties : Summer Inspiration 
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Summer inspiration photo 
Passion For Promarkers Challenge : Lot’s Of Layers
Sassy Cheryl’s : Birthday Celebration
Creative Stamp Friends :  Birthday
Fashionista Challenge :   Simply Summer
Lexi’s Creations : Happy Birthday 
The Crazy Challenge : Recipe: Ribbon/Twine, Gems/Pearls, Dies/Punches use at least 3 (ribbon,pearls,dies and punches used)
Corrosive Challenges : Feeling Punchy
Crafty Ann’s : It’s A Girl Thing
Fun with Shapes & More : Summer
Raise The Bar : Summer

Look what I caught my doggy red pawed doing this morning:


Been trying to capture her for a few days but every time I pointed the camera at her she jumped off! She likes it up there ‘cos she’s SO much closer to the birds she barks at – well that’s what she thinks!

Thanks for looking

Lisa x 

Flowery olwery

Shell is hosting the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week and here’s her fabby sketch :

The theme is Make Your Own Backing Papers.You can choose the sketch or theme.Or even both! 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.

I started with the background on my card.I used an old stamp I”ve had for a few years that I bought in a set when I first discovered Willow Designs.Unfortunately they’ve been discontinued.I stamped directly onto the card blank and coloured them with Polychromos pencils blended with oils thinners.I chose warm oranges and yellows to go with all the lovely sunny weather we’re getting at the moment.I then decided to colour a Winnie image from the Winnie Owl digital stamp collection from Willow Designs by using the same method.The strip of Whitewash card has been embossed and sanded.The sentiment is from the the same set as the background flower and the button centres on the words have been stamped again,coloured with the pencils,blended,cut out and layered.It doesn’t show in the pic but they’ve been coated in 3D Lacquer.These cute little die cut flower swirls have been added for some extra detail.I have moved one of these slightly on the sketch as it didn’t look right in the original place 😉

Supplies :
Image : From Winnie Owl digital stamp collection
Flower  and sentiment stamps : Discontinued Willow Designs
Mediums : Impress Jet Black Dye Ink,Faber Castell Polychromos pencils,Boldmere Low Odour Oils Thinners,3D Crystal Lacquer
Card : Orange from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad,Yellow Core’dinations Whitewash card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Crafts Too Daisy Embossing Folder,Cuttlebug Vintage 4 die set,Big Shot,Lasting Impressions Paper Scuffers
Some challenges this is for :
Divas by Design :Anything goes
Inky Impressions :  Summer Fun
Paper Pretties : Use summer as your inspiration
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything goes 
Ruby’s Rainbow : Things with wings
Scrapbook Sisters  : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything goes
Stampavie and More : For a girl
The Perfect Sentiment : Anything goes, sentiment must be stamped
Bearly Mine : Animal Kingdom
Crafty Sentiments :  Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge : Colour Theme ‘Orange’
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Anything Goes
My Time To Craft : It Takes Two (Use two of something)
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything goes
Crafty Boots : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes 
Love to Create : Add a Sentiment
Ooh La La Creations :Make it Girly
Stamp and Create : One for the Ladies
Sentimental Sundays :   Pocket full of Posies (Flowers)
Just Some Lines : Show us those Birds
Totally Papercrafts : Animals
Wags ‘n Whiskers :  Summer Fun
Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Celebrate Spring!

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

So we want to see shades of green and purple on your cards/projects.We have the fab Some Odd Girl as our sponsor 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 adorable Patches ‘n Braids,a  Belle’s ‘n Whistles stamp by the talented Elisabeth Bell.I got her on Sale at Bunny Zoe’s Crafts. She’s been coloured with a mix of Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers.I’ve created  a halo of blue around the image to give the impression of sky and softened the line where I finished colouring the grass with Distress Inks.I’m not confident on colouring skies and after I’ve spent the time getting the image more or less how I like it I don’t wanna mess the whole thing up!I chose this selection of pretty papers only to find I have run very short on purple card!Eeek!What do I do!So after panicking like crazy it finally hit me – Distress Ink!I’d found some very pale lilac card colour tinted it with 2 purple shades.I really like the effect as it was textured card I used. Although I had green card to match I took some very pale green card and inked that as well to give consistency.I got to play with my new banner die too 😀 I even made my own two tone twine (try saying that 3 times fast!) to thread through them but boy that was a fiddle.Often I struggle to make detailed/layered cards without covering everything up so I’m quite pleased ho this turned out. I know a lot of people associate pastel colours with Spring but I just think these lush greens and purples sum it up for me.The fresh grass growing,the buds on the trees sprouting and my favourite blue and purple pansies bursting into bloom!

Supplies :
Image : Patches ‘n Braids by Belles ‘n Whistles 
Colouring mediums : Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers,Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad,Tumbled Glass,Shabby Shutters,Milled Lavender,Dusty Concord Distress Inks
Papers & card : DP mix of discontinued Paper Adventures,pale lilac and green Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral  Edger Punch ,Classic Scallop and Standard Ovals Large Nestabilities,Flowers cut from Marianne Designs Rectangle Frame Set,Flourish and flower centre cut from Marianne Designs Circle Frame Set,Whimsy Banner Pennants Dies,Big Shot,Cut ‘n Dry foam
To embellish : We R Memory Keepers Floss in Green and Purple

Some challenges this is for :

Amusing Challenges : Flowers
Great Impressions : Anything goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use your favourites (Copics,Distress Inks,the colour combo/papers,Nesties,the flourish and flower dies,the Martha Stewart punch,the floss/twine)
Opus Gluei : Beyond the Garden Gate
The Squirrel & the Fox : One for the girls
2 Sisters :  Make it girly
Colour Me Creative Copic’s Challenge :  Anything Goes 
Crafty Emma : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Spring
Sweet Stampin :  Flower Power
Alphabet Challenge : G .. Garden
Hotshot Crafts : Die Cuts
Jellypark Challenges : Girlie Girl
Poodles Parlour : Anything Goes
Simply Create Too :  Mothers Day / Feminine
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : 
Crafty Ribbons : Use a flower
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Flowers
Shelly’s Images : Use something that makes you happy (Copics,Distress Inks,the colour combo/papers,Nesties,the flourish and flower dies,the Martha Stewart punch,the floss/twine,my new pennant dies)
S J Papercrafts : Favorites (Copics,Distress Inks,the colour combo/papers,Nesties,the flourish and flower dies,the Martha Stewart punch,the floss/twine)
Crafting for all Seasons : Handmade flowers 
Crafts and Me : Punches and diecuts
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters : May flowers
Truly Scrumptious : Anything goes
 Creative Craft Challenges :  Anything Goes
Paper and Such Design : April Showers Bring May Flowers
By the Cute & Girly :   Spring is in the Air
Elisabeth Bells World : Spring is in the air
Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Pretty sketchy

This week at Craft Your Passion we have a super sketch provided by Jenn :

We have the fabulous Di’s Digi Downloads as our sponsor too. 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!

For my card I’ve used a hAnglar & stAnglar stamp from a set I bought aaaages ago on eBay.I can’t believe after hankering after these stamps for so long I’ve only just inked this one for the first time!She’s been coloured with Polychromos Pencils which have been blended out using low odour oils thinners with a paper stump to give a soft look.This was also to make her stand out against the papers.I think if I’d used markers she’d have been lost.I’ve used lots of buttons to finish the card.I’m pleased how pretty this turned out as I always feel this is one thing I struggle with 😀

Happy Boxing Day!Were you on the Nice List?Did you get all you wanted?Hopefully this post has appeared by the magic of scheduling as I’m out for the day at my P-I-Ls (lucky me!Hee hee)

Supplies : 
Image : From hAnglar & stAnglar Messenger set
Mediums : Impress Dye Ink Pad,Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Boldmere low odour oils thinners
Card & Paper : DP My Mind’s Eye Ooh La La for Her,Pink card Papermania Colossal Capsule Collection,Cream debossed card from stash
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Flower,Nellie’s Borders 2,Flower from Marianne Creatables Circle Frame Set
Embellishments : Pink Papermania buttons,teeny buttons from stash,We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Delicious Doodles : Anything Goes
Stampin For The Weekend : Anything Goes
My Mum’s Craft Shop : Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters : Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge : Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday : Anything Goes
Marks Finest Papers  :  Anything Goes
Secret Crafter : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Cat’s Lucky!

Well,it’s Monday so it’s time for a new challenge at Pear Tree Designs.This week we want to see your GOOD LUCK  cards/projects.So the words GOOD LUCK must be visible somewhere.

We also have THE CHARACTER CAFE as our sponsor and the winner will get $10 Gift Certificate as their fantastic prize to spend in their store!!They have some beautiful images.So head on over to join in the fun but PLEASE check out the rules in both the sidebar and challenge post.Take a peep at the brilliant DT samples while you’re there and maybe welcome our newest member Karla!

For my card I’ve used a Lucky Cat or his proper name Maneki Neko.He’s from Banana Frog’s Kawaii Kokeshi set.I’d already done my homework on these little cuties before and found apart from the traditional ones you mostly see they do come in different colours/designs.So I thought I’d go with these colours to compliment the papers.I’ve also added pearls as they are seen in many cultures as a symbol of good luck.Apart from that that are just so pretty!


Supplies :
Image : Part of Kawaii Kokeshi set by Banana Frog
Sentiment : Computer generated by me
Mediums : Promarkers,Lemon Atyou Spica Copic on bell and coin and Black Atyou Spica Copic on his ears,eyes nose and collar(altho’ the camers hasn’t really picked up on this),Real Black Impress Dye Ink Pad (find this works better on clear stamps better than Memento)
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Card,Wilkinsons white card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Eastern Round,Nestabilities Standard Circles,Cuttlebug Vintage 2 x 2 Die Set (corners),Crafts Too Daisy embossing folder, Sizzix Big Shot
Embellishments : Flat backed Pearls


Some challenges this card is an entry for :
A Spoon Full Of Sugar – Spots and Stripes
Anything Goes – Going Round In Circles (hope shaped ones count?!)
I Love Promarkers – Pearls and Swirls
Paper Pretties – Animal/Animal Print
Hanna and Friends – So Dotty
2 Sisters – Animal Fun
Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge – Circles
  Alphabet Challenge – W for Wings (butterfly on backing paper)
Catch the Bug – Anything Goes 
Stamptacular Sunday – Layer It On ; at least 5 layers on your card
Pollycraft Monday – Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes – Something from your stash (I’ve had most of this stuff a fair while)
Sweet Stampin Challenge – Punch It Out (die cuts are acceptable)

Lisa x