A monster of a Birthday

Here’s a card I made for my DD1’s Boyfriend.The image is a freebie I picked up at Bugaboo Stamps a while back,printed onto ivory cardstock and coloured with AquaMarkers and a water brush.White gel pen was added to whiten his eyes and teeth plus the highlights on the balloon.You can just make out the Glossy Accents applied to the balloon too.The papers are K & Co and the cardstock is from my stash.I’ve used a Large Corner Rounder Punch and a Small one on the computer generated sentiment.Yup I made that one up myself!LOL.The Brads are Primary Making Memories and the string is cut from a price tag off an item of clothing.

Although I still think this looks like a kid’s card apparently he liked it!Having said that he is still a little like a kid – into his yo-yo’s and skateboarding.When do they ever grow up?!

Some challenges this is for :

The Poodles Parlour : Let’s hear for the boys
Aud Sentiments : Make us Laugh
Here Come the Boys : Monsters
Lollipop Crafts : Anything goes
Craft Room : For a Man
Papertake Weekly : Anything goes
Incy Wincy : Dots & Stripes
Paper Playtime : Anything goes – Past or Present
Pollycraft : Anything goes
Stamps R Us : Masculine

Thanks for looking

Lisa x



Deer Santa Baby

Anything Goes at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week.Please take a look at the challenge blog for details on how to play along and be in the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Don’t forget to check out the beautiful DT work while you’re there.

Don’t forget to check my sidebar for this months specials over at the store.

Here I’ve used the totally darling Santa Baby & Fawn from Digi Doodle Shop. I’m definitely going to make a lot more cards using this one!A mix of Copic Ciao Markers and Copic Sketch Markers have been used to colour the image printed onto Kraft card.The spots on the Fawn have been coloured with a white gel pen and the fur trim and snow are White Opal Liquid Pearls sprinkled with Crystal Glamour Dust.The papers are the divine Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6.The burgundy,green and Kraft cardstock are from my stash. I’ve used a Standard Circle Nestie and out-of-the-box technique  to cut the image out and layered it onto a Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Circles.The border has been punched with Fiskars Scallop Sentiment and the Christmas bloom has been made with Marianne Design Creatables  Flower Fantasy Die Set.A gem has been added to the centre.The ticket sentiment is part of a freebie set by The Beary Scrap. The ribbon is by Dovecraft.

Some challenges this is for :

Christmas Inspirations : Die Cuts or Punches
Pile It On : Be Happy
Designed 2 Delight : Cute Critters
Little Claire’s : Christmas
Christmas Stampin All Year Long :  Sparkly
Floweret : Christmas  
Creative Craft : Fancy Edges
Deep Ocean : Sweet
Partytime Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet : Anything Goes
Ooh La La : Let It Snow
Paper Pretties : Embellish
Paper Shelter : Anything  Goes
Scrapbook Sisters : Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Don’t get in a flap!

This week at Craft Your Passion we want you to Use the ‘F’ Word!That means any crafty ideas or embellishments that start with that letter – and not what you were thinking!! We have the fabby Kenny K as our sponsor too.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 Teen Idol from Kenny K and coloured him with ProMakers.I’ve strung a whole load of ‘F’ words together for my card – Flap card,faux stitching,faux buttons,foam,felt and frames.I’ve adapted the measurements from the Flap card tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers to make a slightly bigger version.I made the sentiment myself on the ‘puter.

Altho’ his Birthday’s not til December I’ve made this card for my DS1.I did have a little problem as my DS2 saw it after I’d made it and thought it was for him because his teacher picked him as Star of the Week for his work in Literacy.Not bad as they’ve only just gone back to school!  I feel a ‘Proud Mummy Moment’ coming on.

Supplies :
Image : Teen Idol from Kenny K
Colouring Mediums : ProMarkers,Inkssentials Opaque White Gel Pen
Sentiment : Made by me!
Papers & Card : Core’dinations,DCWV All About Boys stack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut Shape Cutter Circles,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Stars,Crafts Too Twinkle embossing folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Piercing tool
Other Materials : Foam,felt,thread from stash

Some challenges this is for :

I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Catch the Bug : Let’s Get Punchy
Di’s Digi Designs : Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss : It’s a Man Thing
Bloggers Challenge : Stars
Delicious Doodles : Fresh Start (new card style I’ve tried)
Prairie Fairy Fridays : Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog’s Tails
Fun with Shapes and More : What You Want
Jellypark : Pass it on
Stamp Something : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : Children
Do You Stack Up : Texture
Crafty Creations : Anything But Square
Little Red Wagon : Die Cuts
Simon Says Stamp : Multi fold
Truly Scumptious : Decorate the inside
Stamp n Doodle : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes (option of a shaped card)
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes  
Thanks for looking
Lisa x

Mer-ry Christmas!

The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is Under the Sea/Your Favorite Season.We have the fabulous Simply Betty Stamps as our sponsor.Hop on over to the challenge blog for full details on how to play along.Don’t forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

The DT were very lucky indeed to be give some new release images to play with.Here I’ve used the cute  Frosty Merkid on my card.He’s one of several adorable Merkids from Simply Betty Stamps.I wanted to try something different so I coloured with Copics (recently won on eBay) on kraft card.I really like how it turned out.Then it hit me!There are quite a lot of areas that should be white!I found my white gel pen handy for the smaller areas but as it’s on it’s last legs I didn’t think it could handle the snowman.So out came the Liquid Pearls.As well as looking pretty it added some texture too.I finished the whole thing off with some Baker’s Twine and die cut snowflakes with some more Liquid Pearls added to the centre.

Now as I’m trying desperately NOT to leave it to the last postal date to hurridly finish my Christmas cards (oh yes,2 years running!) and just ‘cos these images are just sooo sweet I couldn’t help but make another card :

This time I’ve used some Polar White Flower Soft on the trims on her hat and clothing plus a ribbon I ruffled.I’ve added a die cut swirl and button flower threaded with Baker’s Twine.She’s called Tiki Merkid.

Supplies :
Images : Frosty Merkid & Tiki Merkid from Simply Betty Stamps 
Sentiments : Freebie Christmas Digi Ticket Stamps from The Beary Scrap Blog
Colouring Medium : Copic Sketch Markers and Copic Ciao Markers
Other Mediums :Inkssentials Opaque White gel pen,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Polar White Flower Soft
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 pad,Kraft,dark greeny black card and white pearlescent from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars Scallop Sentiments border punch,Woodware Inverted Corner punch, Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Nestabilities Standard Ovals Large,Marianne Design Snowflakes 1,Swirl from Marianne Circle Frame Set,Joy!Crafts Buttons Sets 2,Big Shot
Embellishments : We R Memory Keepers Baker’s Twine,Kars Xmas Ribbon Collection Ribbon

Some challenges these are for :

OSAAT : Use a digi
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
CES : Water it
Frosted Designs : Colouring
Fun with shapes and more : Cord/(Baker’s) Twine
Fussy and Fancy : Christmas in July
Raise the Bar : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : August Digi Day
Totally Papercrafts : Holidays
Craft Us Crazy : Anything Goes in August
Crafty Sentiments : Christmas
Paper Play : Christmas in August
Sassy Studio : Sentiment
Crafting for All Seasons : Beach/Ocean
Crafts and Me : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Christmas
Deep Ocean : Sea
Paper Playtime : Projects with water

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Summer scene

The theme at AiFactory Challenges this week is Layer It Up.So we’dlove to see your creations with lots of layers. You have until 11:59EST on Wednesday July 27th to upload your project using the link below. You do not have to use an AIF image but we would love it if you did and you get an extra entry. You can find some great images in the store here. Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s fabulous work while you’re there.

I’ve used some of the images from My First Rainbow Digital Stamps Collection  from AiFactory. I chose to make a Stair Step Fold to create a little scene using these fabulous papers as a starting point.All the images have been paper pieced and in fact the only colouring is on her eyes.I used a fineliner pen and a white gel pen to give her a twinkle in her eyes.Rather than cut out the individual bands on the rainbow I actually layered it up cutting  away the bottom bands to reveal the colour underneath.I finished the card with some pretty ribbon I found in my stash.

A revelation?!
Whilst making this card to make sure I got the colours of the rainbow in the correct order I scribbled down the first letters of the well known saying Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain :

I also happened to have a recently purchased Core’dinations Cardstock pad to hand.I always wondered why it was called Roy G.Biv.A strange name I thought.Could it be the designers moniker?Hee hee – after writing these letters out the penny finally dropped!!So if you have this pad or have just pondered over the title now you know!

Supplies :
Images : My First Rainbow Digital Stamps Collection from AiFactory
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Coloured card Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv Cardstock pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Decoupage Scissors
Adhesive : Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue 
Embellishment : Ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Creative Craft : 3D It
Papertake Weekly : Getting Cute
Anything Goes : More than 1 fold
Top Tip Tuesday : Shaped Cards
Karens Doodles : Shaped Cards
KB Cute Monday : Use a digi stamp
Paper Playtime : Summer
Pollycraft : Summer Fun
Stamp & Fun = Creativity : Digi Stamp
Stamps R Us : Through the Garden Gate
Dream Valley : Summer Themed
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Flowers
Craft Your Days Away : Fancy Folds
Fussy and Fancy : Summer
Paper Cuts : The Sky’s the Limit

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Fluttering Round

Butterflies is the challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week.To be in for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate for Digi Doodle Shop please visit the challenge site for full details.Don’t forget to take a peek at the DT’s wonderful work!

I’ve used the beautiful   Butterfly and Thistle from Digi Doodle Shop and coloured it with Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils and the spots on the wings were whitened using a gel pen.This image is pretty apt at the moment as when I’m walking the dog I keep getting stabbed in the leg by the ginormous thistles growing along the sides of the fields.OUCH!I’ve used my newly accquired Marianne’s Design Circle Frame Set to create the shaped easel base.I added some definition around the edges with aProMarker.The bottom half has been layered up with some bargain papers at got at my local craft warehouse.I hope you can see the teeny gems and this rather delightful embellishment.It’s called a Craft Stapler by Creative Expressions.I got these in a bargain bin also at my local craft warehouse.I took a risk as I don’t have the tool to set them.All I did was work out where to make the holes either end of the staple,push the legs through and bend the ends over with my fingers.Very luckily!I added some gems to fill the gaps around the image to finish it off.

Supplies :
Image : Butterfly and Thistle from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor & Newton Artist’s Fixative,Inkssentials Opaque White Gel Pen,ProMarker in Orchid
Paper & Card : DP Paper Adventures Fanciful Green Filigree,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : Marianne Design Circle Frame Set,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Nellies Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Big Shot
Embellishments : Creative Expressions Craft Stapler Butterflies,Crafts Too Acrylic Stone Gems Wheel Cool Series

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Hooked On Craft : Show Us Your Flowers
Paper Take Weekly : Anything Goes
Scrap Creations : Summer
Digital Tuesday : Bling it up
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge : I is for insect 
Allsorts : July Long Free & Easy
Lexi’s Creations : A Bugs Life
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
Secret Crafter : Here Comes Summer
The Crafty Pad : Particular Style of Card
OSSAT : Use a Digi
Crafty Catz : Colours of Summer
Stamp Something : July Digi Day
Wags n Whiskers : Summertime
Just For Fun : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Die Cuts and/or Punches

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Thanks – I ain’t lion!

It’s Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion this week.We have 3 fabby sponsors too.Whimsy Stamps,Sassy Studios and Letraset have some great prizes on offer.Hop on over to play along and don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT’s wonderful work.

I was lucky enough to get to play with Courageous Carl by Crissy Armstrong from Whimsy Stamps.I know lions are naturally more tawny but I chose orangey shades to tone in with the papers.He’s been coloured with Promarkers with a touch of glaze pen his nose and eyes.Rather than grab the Nesties I decided to reach for some of my fave punches for a change.The only Nestie I’ve used is to cut the piece the sentiment is stamped on.Some yellow pearls complete the card.

Supplies :
Image : Courageous Carl by Crissy Armstrong from Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments
Mediums : ProMarkers,Sakura Clear Glaze Pen,Inkssentials Opaque White Gel Pen, Memento Dew Drop Tangelo Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Making Memories,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,The daisy punch is from a boxed set I’ve had for years (possibly Craft Tonic?),Woodware 1″ Circle Punch,Nestabilities Standard Circle Large,Big Shot
Embellishments : Flat Backed Pearls from Bunny Zoe’s Crafts

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
Secret Crafter : Here Comes Summer
OSSAT : Use a Digi
Clearly i Stamp : Punches,die cuts,cut outs
Crafty Catz : Colours of Summer 
The Fuzzy Wuzzy : Get Punchy
Stamp Something : June Digi Day 
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Summertime
Just for Fun : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Some Odd Girl : Bright and blinding colours
Crafty Creations : Thank You
Divas by Design : Die cuts and /or punches
I Love ProMarkers : Flowers
Paper Shelter : Anything Goes
Deep Ocean : Flowers
Digital Tuesday : Flower Power
Kort-o-Mania : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : Anything Goes

Happy 4th July to all those who are celebrating!

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Check out this cute frog!

Check It Out is the challenge theme at Craft Your Passion this week.So any checks,plaids or gingahams on your projects.We have the fabulous Daisy Doodles as our sponsor too.To find more details and to play along check out the challenge blog.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s wonderful work. 

For my card I’ve used the cute Ribbit from Daisy Doodles.He’s been coloured with ProMarkers along with added highlights using white gel pen.I did used Frosted Lace Stickles on the dragonfly’s wings but it doesn’t show too well in the pic.I’ve used a corner punch that I bought a while back but never got round to using to cut the slots in the matted piece for the image along with a corner rounder punch.The ribbon I found in my stash and the sentiment I created myself in  Microsoft Word 2010.

Supplies :
Image: Ribbit from Daisy Doodles
Sentiment : Created by me!
Mediums : Promarkers,Inkssentials Opaque White Gel Pen,Frosted Lace Stickles
Papers : Making Memories Ethan
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Dovecraft Straight Corner Punch,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Grand Calibur
Embellishments : American Crafts Medium Denim Brad,Ribbon from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Come and Get It : Happy Birthday
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : Anything Goes  
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
CES : Favourite Colour Combo (even tho’ they say blue and green should never been seen I love it!)
One Stop Craft : Birthday
Crafty Ann’s : Happy Birthday 
Crafty Catz : Quote or a sentiment
Stamp Something : May Digi Day
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday : Card – Something Old,Something New (older than 6months : papers and embellishments,newer than 6months : corner slot punch,Frosted Lace Stickles)
Stamps R Us : For the Men in Our Lives

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my card as much I’ve enjoyed making it.


Lisa x


A ‘mice’ cup of tea

There is a sketch to follow at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Play along to be in for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop!You could even be in the running to join us as GDT for a month.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT’s gorgeous work while you’re there.

Don’t forget there are new specials instore for the month of May!Check out my sidebar and click on through to take you there.

For my card I’ve used the totally adorable Mouse In Tea Cup (Cecil) and coloured him with ProMarkers with added white gel pen highlights.To add a little shading under and on the cup I used the Tea Green ProMarker and Blender.I find this gives a softer more subtle colour than using a grey. For a little extra shine I went over the tea cup with a glaze pen.Here’s a close up to show the detail :

I actually tuned the sketch on it’s side so I could incorperate the eyelets onto the edge of the image piece.I chose a gingham background and lacy edged dies to got with the country feel of the image.

Supplies :
Image : Mouse In Tea Cup (Cecil) from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : ProMarkers,Sakura Clear Glaze Pen
Papers : Making Memories
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Flowers,Borders 2,Nestabilties Standard Circles Large,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile
Embellishments : Dovecraft 1/8″ Round Pastel Eyelets

Some challenges this card is for :

Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Open Challenge
By The Cute And Girly : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion : Girls Birthday
The Emerald Faerie Garden : Anything Goes
Creative Cowgirls : Happy Easter/Happy Spring/Happy Mother’s Day
Dream Valley : Flowers
Scrappy Frogs : Anything Goes
Ellephantastic : Birthday/Party
Crafts 4 Eternity : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Birthday
Mami Doodles : Let’s Get Girly
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes  
Wags n Whiskers : Use a Die/Punch
Fussy and Fancy : Springtime
Catch the Bug : Bring on those May Flowers and Pastel Colours
Make It Monday : this is a linky party rather than a challenge and it’s always Anything Goes

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my card as much I’ve enjoyed making it.


Lisa x

The icing on the cake

It’s time for  a sketch at Craft Your Passion this week.We also have Digi’s By Phooka as our sponsor.If ultra cute’s your thing then you really need to check them out!!Please go to our challenge blog fro details on how to play and take a look at the fabulous DT and GDT creations while your there.

Here’s the sketch :

I’ve used the extremely cute Strawberry Cake from the Cakes set  by Digi’s By Phooka.What could be better than a cake with  yummy strawberries?One with a smiley face!I’ve used Promarkers to colour and topped it off with some Frosted Lace Stickles icing.It’s not as sparkly as other Stickles but gives a nice shimmer which my camera has decided to pick up for once.Apart from making good icing I’m pretty sure it’s going to come in handy for snow too.As soon as I saw this image I just knew which paper I was going to use.Originally I was going to use red card and embellishments but came across this lime coloured card in my collection and found the square brads that I’d forgotten I’d bought,whilst rummaging.I’m so glad I did as it gives a great contrast.I was a little stuck as to what to replace the butterflies with on the sketch.I had hoped to find some strawberry buttons but had no luck.Then it hit me….why not use the strawberries from the cake!It only cost me a little card and ink too.That’s what I like!Plus it had the added bonus of embellishments to match perfectly.I gave the stawbs some ‘shine’ with a white gel pen because  I wasn’t patient enough to wait for Glossy Accents to dry and nor did I want to drag my stamping stuff out  to clear emboss – I’d made enough mess as it was!!I think this turned out pretty cute and I hope you do too.

Supplies :
Image : Strawberry Cake from the Cake set at Digi’s By Phooka
Mediums : ProMarkers,Inkssentials White Opaque Gel Pen,Frosted Lace Stickles
Paper & Card : DP K& Co,Lime card from Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Decoupage scissors,Nestabilities Standard Circle and Classic Scallop Circle Large,Big Shot
Embellishments : Dovecraft Square Brads Brights

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Creative Card Crew : No flowers
Passion for ProMarkers : Food and drink
Top Tip Tuesday : Happy Birthday
Simon Says : Anything Goes
Whimsie Doodles : Glitter
Anything Goes : Die Cuts
Shelly’s Images : Something Green
StampInsanity : Holy Guacamole! 
Meljen’s Designs : Green
Delicious Doodles : Use green
Pattie’s Creations : Green
One Stop Craft : CAS
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes : Keep it simple
Catch the Bug : Scallops Anyone?
Bearly Mine : Birthday Card
ECP : Use green
Card Makin’ Mamas : Something Green
Daring Cardmakers : Home Baked
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Going  for the Green


Lisa x

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