Have a de-light-ful Father’s Day!


Sharing yet another Guest Designer project for Imagine That!Digis by Kris! at their Creative Playground Challenge.The theme this month is Tic-Tac-Toe and it runs from  June 4th – July 1st.Stop on by the blog to check out all the wonderful inspiration there!


I’ve followed the middle vertical line Sentiment,Patterned Paper and Twine to create my card.Lighthouse by Imagine That!Digis by Kris  is not only fantastic for Father’s Day but any occasion that calls for a male themed card.After printing out the black and white outline version of the image I coloured it using Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils for a soft ,hazy Summer day feel.Sprayed with fixative afterwards,of course!I chose Sweet Pastels digi papers to go with it as I thought the clouds and striped paper would continue the appearance of a warm,sunny day on the British coast…Yes,we do have them sometimes 😉 Scraps of the stripy paper were adhered to the epoxy button stickers to make good use of them.The sentiment is one of several included in the set.All finished with jute twine to tie in (unintentional pun!) with the kraft card base.

Supplies :

Image and Sentiment :  

Papers :  

Both available at : STORE

Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative

Card : Yellow from Core’dinations Pastels 12 x 12 Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Dovecraft Photo Corner Punch

To Embellish : Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20,Jute Twine from stash


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Summer

Cards in Envy : No Girls Allowed

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Masculine

Crafty Boots : Masculine

Eureka Stamps : Father’s Day/Masculine

Love to Scrap : Masculine

Melonheadz Friends Challenge : Masculine

Ooh La La Creations : One for the Boys

Our Crafty Corner : Always Anything Goes

Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Stripes

The Paper Girls : The Great Outdoors

Where the HeART is : Anything Goes

Whoopsi Daisy : Bring on Summer

Dragonfly Journeys : Daddy Day Care

Glitter n Sparkle : Father’s Day

One Stitch At A Time : Layer It Up!

The Corrosive Challenges : Lots of Layers

Catch The Bug  : Masculine

Crafty Calendar : Father’s Day/For a Male

Crazy 4 Challenges : Make it Masculine

Alphabet Challenge : H for Hand Colored Image

Craft for the Craic : Something Masculine

Jo’s Scrap Shack : Father’s Day

Pattie’s Creations : Father’s Day or Graduation

Polkadoodles : One for the Boys

Really Reasonable Ribbon :  Masculine with ribbon or trim

QKR Stampede : One for the Guys

Simply Create Too : Use Buttons or Bows

Brown Sugar : Photo Inspiration


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

G(u)esso’s Having 20 Winks?

At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Rick St. Dennis 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.

The gorgeous 20 Winks by Rick St. Dennis has been printed onto Desert Storm cardstock and,as I haven’t used them in a while,coloured with soft pastel pencils.Plus I’d never used them on this surface before.A few white gel pen highlights have been added to just the fairy and the caterpillar’s eyes to brighten them as the pastels were too faint.Altho’ they lay down quite chalky and dusty and also cover the lines a little,once they are set with the fixative spray they have more depth and vibrancy.I quite like how they’ve turned out on this cardstock too 🙂 Rest of the card is quiet simple…just a die cut base with freebie paper and a woodgrain embossed panel of sanded back Whitewash card,pInk ribbons and gems to match her dress and a sentiment.The gesso has been daubed and smeared about a bit.First time I’ve used it!So much fun but think I ended up covered in more than the card 😉 Drove the dog crazy too – she seemed to love the smell of it – weird?! It was pretty handy to edge the hessian/burlap die cut flowers as it held them together.Usually dab a little PVA dries clear glue around them.This way it ties everything in 🙂

Supplies :

Image : 20 Winks by Rick St. Dennis

Sentiment : From Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Plate

Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Jet Black Archival Ink,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Maimeri White Gesso,Crystal Glamour Dust

Papers & Card : DP Country Diary freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine,Core’dinations Whitewash 6 x 6 Cardstock,Crafter’s Companion Neenah Desert Storm A4 Kraft Card

Tools : Labels 1 Grand Nestabilities,Marianne Designs Collectables Flower Set,Craft Concepts Woodgrain Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Core’dinations Sand It Gadget,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

To Embellish : Gems  from Trimcraft The London Line,American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack  Satin,Papermania Bare Basics Hessian Squares

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Eclectic Ellapu : PINK – Anything Goes

Glitter n Sparkle : Glitter and Sparkle

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes with WOMEN (hope a woman fairy counts!)

Pile It On : Use 3 of Something (3 hessian flowers)

Catch The Bug :  Spring into Spring

Crazy 4 Challenges : Bring on the Bling

My Time to Craft : For a Special Lady

Artbymiran Challenge Anything Goes

Brown Sugar : Shaped Cards

Craft for the Craic : March – Bingo (Flowers,Ribbon,Die Cut or it could even be Flowers,Sentiment,Image too!)

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes with Rick St. Dennis

Fairy Tale : Flower Power

Graph’It Colour Challenge : Spring Colours

Really Reasonable Ribbon : Flowers & Ribbon

Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes

That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Wings ‘n Things

Wags ‘n Whiskers : Ready for Spring

Crafting with an Attitude : Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Moving along with the Times : 3 in A Row (Bingo) (Die,Flowers,Ribbon or Lace)

Crafting for all Seasons : Girly Girls

Fresh Brewed Designs : Flowers

Paper Shelter Challenge : Girly

Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Ribbon and Bows

Scrappers’ Delights : Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp : Things That Fly (altho’ she’s looking decidedly sleepy ATM I’m pretty sure she can once she wakes up!)

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Bearly a butterfly


So it’s the last week of the month long Love & Hearts challenge at Just Some Lines.Well,that’s another month over!To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3.

I’ve taken this sweet Butterfly Bear by Just Some Lines and coloured her with soft pastel pencils,blended out for a softer appearance.I remembered I had this heart paper buried in my stash and just had to dig it out to use with her 🙂 I drew on some faux stitching around the edges.I punched a border down one side of the vertical strip and used some dies to cut out the bear and stamped sentiment.A couple of adhesive gems cover the holes,where you would normally place a brad,on the sentiment piece to give a prettier look.The flower has been stamped onto more of the patterned paper and cut out.A heart shaped button has been adhered to the centre to cover the round one that’s on the image and a couple of wooden leaves have been placed either side as a finishing touch.This was a last minute decision but I like it 🙂

Supplies :

Images : Butterfly Bear by Just Some Lines,Flower stamp freebie from past issue of Craft Stamper magazine
Sentiment : Dawn Bibby Designs Clear Stamps Woodland Rabbits
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Jet Black Archival Ink, Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (for matting and layering)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tonic Studios Simplicity Geared Pattern Punch Doily Border Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Kars Tiny Wooden Shapes Mushroom Leaves,Self Adhesive Gems from Trimcraft The London Line,Heart Shaped Button and Paper Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Calendar : Love Is All Around
Di’s Digis Designs : BINGO (Digi,Gems,Stitching – real or faux)
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Love Is All Around
Card Makin’ Mamas : Stack It Up (3 or more layers)
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique : Use a Punch or a Die-Cut
4 Crafty Chicks : Things with Wings
4 Krafty Girlz  : Anything Goes
Chalk N Stock : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Dies or Punches
Paper Shelter Challenge : Punches and Dies
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Lots of Layers
Papertake Weekly : Lovely Layers
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Stitching
Tuesday Throwdown  : Anything With Wings
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet : Use a Die Cut

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Sweet Love Hearts


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Love is in the Air .We have the fabulous A Day For Daisies 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.

I went with having a try at something new using this fab A Day For Daisies image.I saw  this super project for a Pop-Up Box Card at SplitCoast Stampers and thought this image would work well with it – besides I love these sweets!Always have to get myself a pack when I buy some for the kids.Takes me right back to my childhood 🙂 I coloured up Love Hearts with some soft pastel pencils as these sweets have quite a chalky texture.Plus it helped to keep the colours more muted.I chose card and papers in pastel shades to tone in with the image.I printed the sentiments on my ‘puter then die cut them.Two of the buttons were adhered to strips of acetate to give a little bounce and dimension along with an extra one added to the bottom sentiment.This was a lot of fun to make and dead simple too!Well,it had to be – it was me doing it after all 😉

Supplies :

Image : Love Hearts by  A Day For Daisies
Sentiment : Made by me! 
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative
Papers & Card : DP Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels 8 x 8 paper pack,Trimcraft 12 x 12 Textured Card,Papermania 12 x12 Acetate Sheets (this is really thick acetate and works well for this)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Scoring Board,Go Kreate Heart Frame #1 Dies,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Buttons saved from an old t-shirt of my DD2


Some challenges this is for :

Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe Love with Chalk
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Buttons
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
That Craft Place : Valentine/Love
The Corrosive Challenges : Feel the Love
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog : Use a Heart
Doodle Pantry : Any Digi Goes
Flat Friends Challenge : More Than 1 Fold
Lothian Crafts Online :  Love Using Your Dies
A Gem of a Challenge : All You Need Is Love
Allsorts : Love Is In The Air 
Catch The Bug :  Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar :  Love Is All Around
Di’s Digis Designs : Love and/or Valentine
Sunflower Fields Designs : Valentine’s Day / Hearts
 A Creative Romance : Show us some Love
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Lots of Love
Sweet Pea Stampers : Valentine’s Day/Love
C.R.A.F.T.: Love/Valentines
Chalk N Stock : Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge : Valentines/Love Challenge   


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Happiness is a warm puppy :)


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Heavy Metal.We have the fabulous Kenny K 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.

As soon as I saw this loveable,comical Happy Dog by Kenny K I just had to use him on my card XD Maybe it’s because he reminds me so much of my girl :


Such a happy dog 😀 She even smiles when she greets you,no,really!She is the sweetest,funniest girl 

Back to the card….

I wanted to give the image a feeling of being ripped from a notebook so I printed it onto this ledger style patterned paper.He’s been coloured with soft pastel pencils to allow the pattern to show through and on his dog tag I used a silver gel pen.A spot of white gel pen picks up the shine on his nose.I did apply 3D Crystal Lacquer on his eyes and nose but I’ve failed to pick it up with the camera 😦 Of course I had to choose some tree paper to go with him 😉 Our girl doesn’t have that kind of interest,naturally,but she does make us laugh when she tries to climb up them looking for squirrels 😀 LOL (you can just see one at the right hand  top of the paper along with a little wolf type character who looks remarkably like our dog sneaking up on him – it’s OK I’m sure she will never catch one – she’s so clumsy she’d trip up before she got near!) I ran a piece of woodgrain paper through an embossing folder to create more texture.All the papers have been Distress Inked around the edges.The bottom of each piece have been torn too.Everything has been mounted onto a card blank I made from some printed kraft card.As I have way too much craft stuff so I added loadsa metal items  😉 – see details below. Along with a little paper raffia and jute twine.I stamped the sentiment unevenly on purpose,honestly,then gave the paper the same treatment to tie in with the strip on the card.

Supplies :

Image : Happy Dog by Kenny K  
Sentiment : Her Arts Anytime Messages clear stamp set
Mediums :  Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen,Silver Gel Pen,Sepia Archival Ink,Rusty Hinge Distress Ink,3D Crystal Lacquer
Paper & Card : DP Grace Taylor Playtime Collection,Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Basics
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Spellbinders Shapeabilities Office Supplies,Craft Concepts Woodgrain Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Mini Stapler (bargain from The Works)
To Embellish : Mini Staples (came with Mini Stapler),Binder clip (came in a Christmas cracker),Jumbo Paperclip from The Works,Metal Label Frames from The Works,Brads from Dovecraft Christmas Embellishment Kit,Paper Raffia and Jute Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Kenny K`s Krafty Krew : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi 
Robyn`s Fetish: Use A Digi
A Gem of a Challenge : Let’s Hear it for the Boys (for my son’s birthday)
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations :  All Creatures Great and Small
Challenges and Candies : The Colors of Autumn
QKR Stampede : Fall Colors
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts : Bring Humor To Your Creations
C.R.A.F.T.  : Cats and Dogs/Pets/Animals
Cute Card Thursday : Signs of Distress
Moving Along with the Times : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey : For the Boys (for my son’s birthday)
Shelly’s Images : Fall Photo Inspiration
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


A Natural Dilemma!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Natural Materials.We have the fabulous DRS Designs and The Robin’s Nest as our sponsors 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.

For my card I’ve used the adorable Doggie Dilemma With Fence by DRS Designs and tried to get some texture going with some Soft Pastel Pencils.I’ve coloured the doggy to look like our own,Socks,as this is exactly the sort of thing she would do!Well,that is if she wasn’t afraid of sticks!!She is such a baby it’s hard to find anything she isn’t scared of!!!Seriously tho’ it does make me wonder what some of these poor little creatures have been through in their previous lives when they’ve come from animal shelters 😦 Luckily for my girl she’s now well cared for,extremely well loved and,of course,thoroughly spoilt! 😀 Anyways…back to the card…Following on from the theme and image I chose some leafy papers,some kraft card(the inner vertical pieces are embossed and flipped so the back side is showing) and roughed up the edges.I cut two triangles,in different sizes,from hessian.Whilst thinking of more natural stuff to add to my card I suddenly remembered a selection of dried,pressed flowers (and other flora) I bought a long time ago.The orangey/brown squished things are,I believe, kumquats – but don’t hold me to that…LOL.The greenery is definitely made up of herbs.I added a trio of wooden buttons threaded with Jute Twine,one of which being placed on the hand cut tag.This card is going to be for Father’s Day from my DS1.Now,I’m not sure if the sentiment applies to our sweet,crazy dog or my DH!

Supplies :

Image : Doggie Dilemma With Fence by DRS Designs
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Jet Black Archival Ink
Sentiment : From Hero Arts Anytime Messages clear stamp set
Papers & Card : DP Paper Adventures (discontinued),Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Craft Concepts Woodgrain Embossing Folder,Big Shot
To Embellish : Hessian,Jute Twine,Wooden Buttons,Selection of Dried,Pressed Herbs and Fruit from my stash


Some challenges this is for :

City Crafter Challenge : Burlap Love (use burlap) – Altho’ I mention Hessian that is the UK name for Burlap – it is the same thing 🙂
Creative Craft Challenges : For The Fellas
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Digi Darla Challenge : Father’s Day
Eureka Stamps : The Great Outdoors 
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends Challenge : Father’s Day and/or Male-inspired
Ooh La La Creations : Inspired by Nature
Pause, Dream, Enjoy : Use Foam Tape (the image is mounted on some)
Songbird Challenges : All Creatures Great & Small
The Crazy Challenge : Use Sentiments
613 Avenue Create :Anything Goes 
Dream Valley Challenges : Animals
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : Outdoor Fun
2 Sisters : Outdoor Fun
Hiding in my Craft Room : Father’s Day
Brown Sugar :  Father’s Day
Stampin With The Dragon : Tags
Totally Papercrafts : Buttons
4 Crafty Chicks : Critters
Chalk N Stock : Anything Goes (image coloured with pastel pencils)
Cute Card Thursday : Tie it Up
Moving Along With The Times : Embossing
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Be Sentimental


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A different kind of post…

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Normally on a Monday I’m quite excited to post the new Craft Your Passion challenge and I was also delighted to make this card with this sweet,sweet image but then I heard the sad news that Jacqui,creator of The Digi Garden designs and our sponsor for this week,had suddenly passed away.Although I never knew this lady personally I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

I’ve added a link to her store,even though it is now closed,so that if you were not familiar with the site you may take a look at the endearing little characters.It would be lovely also if  you took the time to peek at the rest of the Craft Your Passion DT’s cards and projects.I think they make a beautiful  tribute.We are also welcoming our new members this week.

The challenge is to use Pastel Colours this week so I just had to go out and induldge in some items from the new Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels collection.I’ve accented them with some pink and light coloured kraft card.And adding my own take on the theme I coloured this little cutie with Soft Pastel Pencils too.The flowers are die cut and have buttons tied with paper twine added to the centres.The sentiment is stamped directly onto the patterned paper.

Supplies :

Image : Emily’s Flower by The Digi Garden
Sentiment : Kaisercraft Friends Mini Clear Stamp Set
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Coffee Archival Ink
Paper & Card : DP Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels 8 x 8 paper pack,Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels Mini Square Notelets,Cherry Blossom Trimcraft 12 x 12 Textured Card,Light kraft card from stash
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nellies Multi Frame Dies Circle,X-Cut Dielicious Petal Posies Decorative Dies,Swirl from Marianne Design Rectangle Frame Set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels Assorted Ribbon,Papermania Spots & Stripes Pastels Assorted Buttons,Paper Twine from stash

I’d like to share this card in these challenges :

Allsorts :  Lets get Cute
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges : A project to show friendship & good spirits
One Stop Craft : Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude : Ribbons/Lace
Crafty Catz : Anything but Square
Fussy and Fancy : Circles
Jellypark Challenges : Button up
Totally Papercrafts : Make Your Own Embellishments
ABC Challenge : G is for Going Dotty
Craft Us Crazy : Get to Cutting
Crafty Ribbons : Anything Goes with Ribbon
Southern Girls : Get Krafty
Crafting for all Seasons : Buttons and Bows
Crafts and Me : Your Favourite Embellishment
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : One for the Girls
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments : Buttons & Bows
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday : No twist! Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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