A Patch of Winter


The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Winter.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

This is the adorable Jingle Bell by Crafty Sentiments Designs.She and her little friend have been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.Polar White Flower Soft has been added to the trims on her clothing and the snow on the ground.The falling snowflakes have been dotted with Liquid Pearls.After embossing the greeting at the bottom of the card a patchwork panel of patterned paper and kraft with gingham ribbon wrapped around has been adhered.Stitched dies have been used to cut out the image and kraft card mat.A star button threaded with jute twine is the finishing touch.

Supplies :

Image : Jingle Bell by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Archival Jet Black Ink,Polar White Flower Soft,White Opal Liquid Pearls

Paper & Card : DP Papermania Craft Collection Pastels,Kraft Card from stash

Tools : Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen Medium Patchwork Shapes,Crea-Nest-Lies set stansen no. 24 XXL,Past Magazine Freebie Christmas Border Embossing Folder,Big Shot ,X-Cut Guillotine

To Embellish : Pink Gingham Ribbon from Papermania Craft Collection Pastels Trims,White Star Button from Papermania Bellisima Christmas Charm Pack,Jute Twine from crafty stash


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Critters and Creatures : Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature

Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes

The Merry Christmas Challenge : Add Twine (Jute Twine through button)

Christmas Card Challenges : Christmas/Winter (Optional photo inspiration not followed)

Great Impressions : Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations : Christmas Greetings

The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft : Always Anything Goes

Anything Goes link-up : Anything Goes

Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps : Christmas

Crafting Musketeers : Christmas Wishes

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Always Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper : Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Creative Craft Cottage Challenges : Use Ribbon

Delicious Doodles Challenge : Non-traditional Christmas

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes – Optional twist : Christmas is Coming

Noor! Designs UK : Winter

Not Just Cards :  Always Anything Goes

Paper Creator’s Crafts : Anything Goes

Petal Lu : Anything Goes

The Sisters of Craft : Always Anything Goes

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes

Di’s Digis Designs : Hand Colored Image

Scrappers Delights : Anything Goes

The Pencil Case : Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Polkadoodles : Anything Goes

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland : Add Ribbon/Lace or Christmas Flowers

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Kiss-mass Wishes :)


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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Christmas Decorations.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

Who wouldn’t want a Christmas kiss from the lovely Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Crafty Sentiments Designs?She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and the mistletoe berries given dimension with Liquid Pearls.Unfortunately the camera has failed to pick up on the 3D Crystal Lacquer on her boots – but it is there,honest 🙂 She’s been fussy cut to allow her to be added to the wreath.I made this by die cutting a kraft card ring,then arranging die cut foliage of holly leaves and two types of pine branches,letting the base cardstock to peek through.All topped off with a couple of sprigs of mistletoe – of course!I trimmed one stem to make it a little shorter than the other.That’s the beauty of this die as you can decide how you want to make it up as all the components are cut separately.The ribbon hanging loop has been stapled on for security then covered with the bow for a neater finish.A few recycled pearly buttons have been scattered around for extra decoration 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,White Opal Liquid Pearls,3D Crystal Lacquer

Cardstock : Kraft and two Green tones from stash,White Pearlescent (for die cut berries) Kars X-mas Collection

Tools : Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set (for holly leaves),Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die,Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen Mistletoe,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Gingham Ribbon from stash,Buttons cut from the kids old school shirts


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes with Twist of Pearls (hope liquid ones count?!)

AuroraWings Challenge : Anything BUT Cards

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

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

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

The Crazy Challenge : Everything Goes

Cheery Lynn Designs : Anything Goes (Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die)

Eclectic Ellapu : Pink Team ~ Balloons Banners or Bows

Quirky Crafts : Anything Christmas

The Ribbon Girls : Use any Image

Allsorts : Use at least 3 Diecuts

Alphabet Challenge : T is for Tis The Season

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Always Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Always Anything Goes

Graph’It Colour Challenge : Christmas

Simply Papercraft : Always Anything Goes

Crafting With An Attitude : Anything Goes

Crafty Girls Creations : Always Anything Goes

Decorate to Celebrate : Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp : Christmas

The Crafty Addicts : Anything Goes/ Use A Die Cuts

Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes – Holiday


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Fairy-ly Blue (and Silver!)

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**Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page  😦  **

I’m super excited to be sharing a card that I’ve made as a Guest Designer for the Just Some Lines Facebook Challenge.To enter the November Colour Scheme Challenge you need to use any combination of red,green,silver and blue.You may choose just one or two with other colours as long as the listed ones are the main.The other stipulation is that you must use a Just Some Lines image.But with so many beauties in the store it wouldn’t be difficult to choose!My card,along with other wonderful inspiration and extra details on how to enter,can be found on the Just Some Lines Blog too.

You can find the stunning Christmas Fairy at Just Some Lines.I decided to go with a blue/silver combo but as you can see there is a teeny amount of red and green on the image.Her dress has been paper pieced and the rest coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.Being a fairy her wings had to have the obligatory glitter 😀 I coloured them in cool greys first to keep in with the silver part of the theme then coated them in Glamour Dust.The dots on her hair and wings have been defined with a silver pearl pen and the berries on the garland the robin is nestling in with Liquid Pearls.Here’s a closer view :

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The papers and cardstock I’ve had for more years than I care to remember but were just perfect for this project.It’s a good job I’m such a crafty hoarder 😉 Maybe one day I will get through my entire stash – well,in my dreams perhaps!After stamping and punching the sentiment out I thought it was lacking something so I hit upon the idea of framing it with the punched out snowflakes from the border.Not only does this keep everything coordinated it also doesn’t cover up too much else.A length of silver cord with a snowflake charm tied to seemed to finish the whole thing off nicely 🙂

Tip : By paper piecing your image you can coordinate it to the rest of your project and it’s a good way of covering a large area if you are unsure about colouring it.

Supplies :

Image : Christmas Fairy by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : An old magazine freebie stamp set
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Bahama Blue Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Viva Decor Silver Pearl Pen,Ruby Red Liquid Pearls,Crystal Glamour Dust
Papers & Card : DP  Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad,Papermania 8 x 8 Christmas Cardstock
Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Martha Stewart Aspen Edger Punch,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Silver Cord and Snowflake Charm from stash

Some challenges I would Like to enter :

Clear It Out : Challenge Theme & Stash: Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps : Things with Wings
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : 3 or more Papers
Card Mania : Use a Digi
Dream Valley Challenges : Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes + Optional Twist: Glitter (glitter on the fairy’s wings)
Love to Create : Christmas
Sparkle N Sprinkle : Anything Goes with Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking
The Crazy Challenge : Your Favorite Technique (still has to be colouring – although a little paper piecing thrown in is fun!)
Jellypark Friends Challenge : Festive
Robyn`s Fetish : Things with Wings
A Gem of a Challenge : Paper Piecing
Paper Creator’s Crafts : Anything Goes
Treasured Times Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking : Anything Goes 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Your Favorite Holiday
Crafty Catz : Christmas is Coming
Creative Corner : Let It Sparkle
4 Crafty Chicks : Fairies
C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Hark!Christmas is coming…

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**Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page 😦  **


The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Add A Sentiment.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

So I thought I’d grab the chance to get another Christmas card made.I’m determined,this year,not to be finishing them and sending them on the last posting  date!!So this little beauty,Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments ,has helped me a little way to achieving my goal 🙂 She’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that she’s positioned in front of the die cut wreath,with added Liquid Pearls for effect.I thought this would tie in nicely with the holly coronet on her head.This was also the thinking behind the punched border.The papers are some remnant Hot Off the Press Papers  and the sentiment has been stamped directly onto the card base.Due to the many rises and changes in postal costs I try to come up with designs to minimise these charges but hopefully still present friends and family something worth displaying on their mantelshelf.

Supplies :

Image : Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Sketch & Ciao Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Sepia Archival Ink Pad,Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Paper & Card : DP Hot Off The Press Vintage Christmas Card Kit,Green Cardstock from my stash,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools: X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Holly Leaves Edger Punch,Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Love to Create : Anything Goes Challenge
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create : Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Christmas in Summer 
Christmas Card Challenges : Embellish It
Come and Get It  : It’s All About Dies
My Perfect Life : Any Christmas Card Goes
Penny Black and More : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle Cards – Your Choice
Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes
My Time to Craft : Use Kraft
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Anything Christmas
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Christmas in July
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Completely Christmas : Anything Goes
Left of Center Creative Challenges : Christmas in August
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland : Anything Goes for Xmas
4 Crafty Chicks : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’  :Kraft
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Sketch
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Red and Green
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Make it sweet

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**Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page 😦  **


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Sweet Treats.We have the fabulous Inky Impressions 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’ve gone a little colour crazy with Cupcakes & Candy Factory Background by Inky Impressions using Copic Ciao Markers,adding Liquid Pearls for texture on the icing.There’s so much amazing detail I just had to!I picked out the colours in these fabulous freebie papers.A strip of cotton lace has been attached to the under side of the triangular piece,to replicate the frilliness of the doilies,and I dug out these nice,shiny buttons.They look a bit like sweeties too 🙂 I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment,leaving it plain so it stood out from the patterned paper.I chose the cardstock as not only was it the perfect shade of minty green it also has a pretty shimmer to it  🙂

Supplies :

Image : Cupcakes & Candy Factory Background by Inky Impressions
Sentiment : Imaginisce Lucy Bird Sweet Thing Snag ‘em Clear Stamp
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Jet Black Archival Ink Pad,White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles Large and Classic Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Sew Lovely Assorted Buttons,Lace from The Works


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting When We Can : Bright Colours
Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle Cards – Your Choice
Crafty Calendar :  Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper : Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Digi/Pearls or Lace
Doodle Pantry : Any Digi Goes
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Artbymiran Challenge :  Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy : Words
Polkadoodles : Clash The Colours
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Cafe : Use a Digi
Divas by Design :  Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Pearls in Blossom

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 **Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page 😦  **

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Pearls and Lace.We have the fabulous Aurora Wings 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.

Isn’t this just the most adorable little thing!!She’s Whimsical Cherry Blossom Sprite  by Aurora Wings and I coloured her with Graph’It Markers.Little spots of Liquid Pearls were added to the stamens.Some freebie paper was used in the background and behind that I tucked a couple of lacy punched borders.Lengths of crochet lace cover the joins 🙂 I bought the fab cherry embossing folder a while back but this is the first time it’s been used and I love it!A chipboard greeting banner and flower that came with the paper pack have been added along with some real pearls – well,flat backed ones at least 😉

My computer still won’t connect to the internet and I’ve really missed being able to download,print and create.Unfortunately when I got my wireless printer a while back I just plugged it into my PC as that was where the printing was to be done.Now,I can only access the internet thru’ my DH’s laptop and whilst I can download I can’t print from it.Being ‘clever’ thought I could make my printer wireless and connect it to the laptop.Not so 😦 Appears that can only be done with my computer thru’ the internet….Grrrr!Yeah,I know I could probs set up the printer with the cable to the laptop BUT it sits on my dining table when in use and has to cleared away at meal times.If I wanted it on the computer desk I would have to pack up my PC and put it away – don’t want to do that!!Sooooo…then an idea hits me (doesn’t happen too often but it’s a goody when it does)…I bought myself a reasonably priced USB Flash Drive/Memory Stick (cheapest from Argos)…whatever you want to call them 😉 Now I can just transfer what I like to my PC and print – genius!It’s so easy even a computer simpleton like myself can use it – yay! And the moral of the story is if anyone else finds themselves in a predicament like this then this may be the solution 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  Whimsical Cherry Blossom Sprite by Aurora Wings 
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,White Opal Liquid Pearls
Paper & Card : DP Freebie from Papercraft Inspirations Magazine,Core’dinations Pastels 12 x 12 Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Edger Punch,Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals Small,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small,Crafter’s Companion 6 x 6  Embossalicious Cherry-licious Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Chipboard shapes part of freebie along with the papers,Lace from The Works,Flat Back Pearls  from Trimcraft The London Line

Some challenges this is for :

Die Cuttin’ Divas : Happy Birthday (Birthday Cards)
Papertake Weekly : Ohhh So Cute!
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Here Comes Summer 
Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Created With Love Challenges  : Lots of Layers
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme : Anything Goes (just the theme)
Eureka Stamps : Birthdays
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet: Flowers
Ditzie Digi Designs : Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes 
The Corrosive Challenges :Banners
The Squirrel & The Fox : Let’s Hear it for the Girls!
Crafting At the Weekend : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Use Your Markers
Hiding in my Craft Room : Embossing
Totally Gorjuss : Lace
We Do Doobadoo Challenge : Lace
Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes
Craftitude : Anything Goes/Use a Die
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : To Die For (use a die)
Digi Haven : Spring has Sprung
QKR Stampede : Punch or Dies
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers :Use Kraft
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Use Kraft 
A Little Bit Crafty :  Flower Power
A & T Emerald Faeries : Flowers Ribbon &/or Lace
Bearly Mine :  Flower
Doodle Pantry : Any Digi Goes
Feeling Crafty Challenge : One for Girls/Ladies
Flat Friends Challenge  : Dies &/or Punches

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Wishing you Joy(fold) this Christmas

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is More Than One Fold.We have the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps,Eureka Stamps and Bunny Zoe’s Crafts 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.

I’ve decided to revamp an old favourite,a twist on a Joy Fold Card,to go with this beautiful Wreath with Bird by Eureka Stamps.As soon as I saw it I knew I didn’t want to just colour it.I wanted to add some dimension too.Once coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers I then cut and coloured a layer consisting of the bow loops including the little bird,which I chose to turn into a Robin.Next I added the knot as in the original image it appears that the bird is nestled in just behind.The berries are Liquid Pearls.To create the card base I cut away roughly half of the front using a Grand Nestabilities Die and made a smaller card with a matching Nestabilities Die.Normally I would’ve plonked (technical term!) the smaller folded piece in the middle but I had the idea of securing the flap into place a button so being butted up to the far right edge seemed the better option.

Here is a pic to show how it works opened up :

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All edges of card and paper have been Distress inked and the sentiment stamped.Sadly the lovely lady who made it is no longer trading 😦 To complete the look some ribbon,a button,jute twine and a couple of sprigs cut from my new Cheery Lynn Die.Have to admit this is the first one I’ve bought (yeah,I know) but will definitely be tempted to buy some more 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Wreath with Bird by Eureka Stamps
Sentiment : Discontinued
Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Frayed Burlap Distress Ink,Coffee Archival Ink,Ruby Liquid Pearls
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blanks,Green from stash
Tools : Labels 1 Grand Nestabilities, Labels 1 Nestabilities,Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors,Cut n Dry Foam
To Embellish : Red Ribbon,Button,Jute Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : 3 DP and 3 Layers
Divas by Design : Use a Digi
Inky Impressions : Dies and Punches
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Lots of  Layers
Stampavie and More : Die Cut Embellishments (Pine Branches)
Whimsy Inspiration :  Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Holidays & Celebrations
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Seasons (Winter)
Card Mania :  Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Lots of Layers
Get Inky! : 3D Holiday
Incy Wincy Designs : Ribbon, Twine or Fibres
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes  
Christmas Card Challenges : Dimension (Decoupaged image)
Great Impressions : Holiday Card
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge  Christmas is Coming
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : All things Christmas

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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