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

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

Merry Christmouse

It’s CHRISTMAS at Craft Your Passion this week!Now’s the chance to join us with any last minute Festive makes!You could be in for the chance to win digi stamps from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps and CoCoDingo!!And please stop by to check out the fabulous DT and GDT’s creations too.

I’ve used Mousy Christmas from Lauretta’s Digital Stamps to create my card.This little cutie has been coloured with Promarkers,had his teeth whitened with an Inssentials gel pen and his eyes,nose and bauble have been given some shine with Glossy Accents.While they were still wet I dropped a gem into the centre for some sparkle.

I chose the die because I thought it had quite an ornamental feel to it and balanced the space on the left by punching 2 holes and tying a bow.The ‘plaque’ the sentiment has been stamped on is from the same die set but I turned it sideways and trimmed the top and bottom off.I distressed all the edges to give a mousy nibbled feel.

Supplies :
Image : Mousy Christmas
Sentiment : Dovecraft Noel Wooden Stamp
Mediums : Promarkers including Metallic Gold on the top of the bauble,Glossy Accents,Inkssential White gel pen,Cottage Ivy Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale,Papermania 8 x8 Christmas Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Eastern Ovals,Big Shot,1/8” circle plier punch
Embellishments : Papermania Gem,Dovecraft Wine 3mm Satin Ribbon 

Some challenges this card is for :

2 Sisters : Christmas
ABC Christmas : Z for zero time left – I’ve chosen D for Decoration including the extra ribbon
Allsorts : Anything Goes
Aly’s Sunday Challenge : Anything Goes
Bee Crafty : Rough Around the Edges
CES : Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge : Non-traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Ann’s : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Your Choice – Challenge 60 Christmas
Crafty Purple Frog : Christmas
Crafty Sentiments : Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge : At least 3 DPs
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations : Anything Goes Christmas
Cutie Sunday : Christmas
For Fun : Christmas
Freshly Brewed : Christmas
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Christmas
Gingerloft : Distressing
Karber Christmas Challenge : Challenge 4
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Paper Playtime : Christmas
I Did Creations : Anything Goes
Stampin’ for the Weekend : Christmas
StampInsanity : Happy Holidays,Your Way!
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge : Celebrations
Top Tip Tuesday : Christmas Inspiration


Lisa x

A bigger nest

It’s all about NEW BEGINNINGS at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.This is quite an open theme as it could mean a new baby,home,job,year etc.Just about new anything!So click on the link to see how to play along.You’ll get to see the DT and GDT’s wonderful creations too.

There’s the chance for one lucky person to win the generous prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Second and Third place get a badge to display on their blogs.All three will be in the running to join us as Guest Designers if they wish.

The 50% off sale is still running too. Although it’s not necessary to use a Digi Doodle Shop image you do get two entries into the draw if you do.Wouldn’t now be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to one or a few?Maybe it could be an early Christmas pressie for yourself – go on you deserve it!

For my card I’ve used Mother Bird & Babies from Digi Doodle Shop .I’ve seen this technique of colouring onto kraft cardstock and thought I’d give it a try.Here I’ve used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and blended them with Low Odour Thinners for oil colours.These pencils are oil based rather than wax,like kids pencils.I’m a bit of a cheapskate so I used cheap cotton buds instead of a paper stump to move the colours around.I’m quite pleased at out how the colours pop but hmmmm…. think I need to hone my colouring skills a little.Maybe I’ve just gotten so used to using Promarkers.

This card is for my Niece and her DH as they’ve just moved home to accommodate their growing family.

It’s made such a refreshing change to making Christmas card I can tell you.As I’ve finally finished making mine now I suppose it’s a new beginning for me too!

Supplies :
Image : Mother & Birds from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos,Boldmere Low Odour Thinners for Oil Colours,Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks,Inkssentials White Gel Pen
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,kraft from my stash.brown card from Papermania 8 x8 Christmas Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder,Nestabilities Standard Circle dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Raffia from my stash,Dovecraft Metallics A brads

Here are some challenges this card is for : 

CES : Anything but a Christmas Card (hooray!)
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : December Digi Day
The Crafty Pad : Embossing – heat or dry
Gingerloft Challenge : Distressing
OSAAT : Anything Goes
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Texture
Karber Weekly : Anything goes with a digi
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Cardmakin’ Mamas : Anything Goes


Lisa x

Snowlar Bear

It’s a WINTER WONDERLAND over at Pear Tree Designs this week!There’s also something special going on too.As well as our sponsor The Character Cafe giving one lucky winner a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in their store there is also another prize up for grabs from the DT.It’s a Goody Bag full of crafty stash to say ‘Thank You’ to all our followers who’ve been joining us over the past year.

To play along and be in it to win it check the challenge blog for full details.Whilst you’re there why not draw some inspiration from the DT’s Festive creations!

I’ve used an Imaginisce Polar Bear stamp I bought for 99p!He’s still just as gorgeous as last year.Now,to cut down on time I tend to choose a style of card and mix it up a bit with colours/papers/stamps/embellies etc. So this wil be my signature card this Christmas.I also try to come up with a design that doesn’t use up too much DP or card but still has an interesting feature.This card has some Cuttlebug embossed acetate attached to the front (‘tho it doesn’t show too well).I’ve even made some other cards with embossed vellum too just to mix it a little further.There’s little waste as I’m stamping onto the piece of card I’ve trimmed off the base.I’ve coloured him with Promarkers,using the Blender on his body to blur any harsh lines and sat him on a snowy mound of, the aptly named,Polar White Flower Soft!

Supplies :
Image : Imaginisce Polar Expressions Collection Polar Bear
Sentiment :Imaginisce Polar Expressions Collection Merry & Bright
Mediums : Memento Dew Drops in Tuxedo Black and Paris Dusk,Promarkers,Polar White Flower Soft,Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Craft PVA glue,Inkssentials White Gel Pen (highlights on eyes and nose)
Papers & Card : DP Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale,Blue and Silver Mirri from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Circles and Standard Circles,Big Shot
Embellishments : Dovecraft Christmas Brad Tower,Dovecraft Navy Blue Grossgrain Ribbon

Challenges this card is for :

Alota Rubber Stamps : Snowflakes
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion Monthly : Christmas
Challenge Up Your Life : Advent/Christmas
Winter Wonderland : Penguins or Polar Bears (oh,he’s definitely a Polar Bear!)
Crafts and Me : Dreaming of a White Christmas
Crafty Ann’s : Christmas
Lots To Do : Words
Crafty Ho’s : Any Religious Holiday
Sunday’s With Crissy : Christmas is coming
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Christmas Animals
Kort O Mania : Christmas Card
Secret Crafter : Christmas
Created By Hand : Christmas Countdown
Sunday Stampers: Wonderful Christmastime
Dutch Dare  : Christmas Card/Tag or Ornament
Tuesday Throwdown : Embellish it
Stampavie and more : Snowflakes
Sew Many Challenges : Snowflakes
Paper Playtime : Snowflakes
ECP : Christmas
Inky Impressions : Christmas
Paper Romance :Winter Theme
Lollipop Crafts : Welcome Winter
The Shabby Tea Room : ‘Tis the Season
Scrap-Creations : Anything Goes
Stamp ‘n Doodle : Anything Goes Winter Theme
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Snowflakes


Lisa x

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