Christmas Presence


At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Crafty Sentiments Designs 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.

Blitz with present by Crafty Sentiments Designs could be used for any gift giving occasion.Here I’ve chosen Christmas.Her clothing and neatly wrapped parcel have been paper pieced and the rest has been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.The papers and colours are both non traditional but I thought the pastel shades would add some pretty festive cheer 🙂 The background panel has been created using a patchwork style design onto kraft card.Some complimetary ric-rac,from the same collection,has been stretched across the bottom.The greeting is stamped directly onto the base.The wooden wreath was a little too golden yellow to coordinate with the kraft so a couple of ink pads were used to tone it down a bit.This shall be another Christmas card for 2017 – I’ve now made 4 in total for NEXT year!!

Supplies :

Image : Blitz with present by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Marianne Design Stamp Fairy Christmas Sentiments,

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Archival Jet Black Ink,Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Mini Distress Ink Pad,Memento Desert Sand Dew Drop Ink Pad

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

Tools :Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen Medium Patchwork Shapes,Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies set stansen no. 24 XXL,Big Shot,X-Cut Guillotine,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Pink Ric-Rac Ribbon from Papermania Craft Collection Pastels Trims,Helz Cuppleditch Santa’s Workshop Wooden Elements


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Come and Get It : Christmas

Dragonfly Dreams : Christmas

Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle

The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft : Always Anything Goes

Card Mania : Anything Goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round : Anything Christmas/Holiday

Country View Crafts’ Challenge : Christmas

Crafter’s Cafe : Christmas and/or Birthday

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Always Anything Christmas Goes

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

Crafty Purple Frog : Magic of Christmas

Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas : Layers or Layer It

Dies R Us Challenge : Christmas

Eclectic Ellapu : Pink Team – Anything Christmas

Open-Minded Challenges : Christmas/Hanukkah

Paper Creator’s Crafts : Christmas

Sparkles Forum Challenges : Christmas is Coming

Sweet Stampers : Christmas

Crafty Calendar : Christmas Time

Crafty Friends Challenge : Merry Christmas

The Pencil Case : Anything Goes


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A Pizza the action ;)


At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Digital Delights by Louby Loo 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.

Meet Pizza Chef Mickey  by Digital Delights by Louby Loo.He’s been coloured using Copic Ciao Markers and a few touches of white gel pen.Thought what better way to display than on a pizza – well,more part of a pizza!I die cut a white card blank then covered it with kraft,with a little inking around the edge for a baked,crusty feel.Next a red card tomato sauce layer followed by a cheesy yellow cardstock.Finally a topping of pepperoni and green pepper die cuts to match those on Mickey’s pizza 😀 Whipped up a sentiment using Microsoft Word and that’s that!Didn’t feel it needed extra embellishment.This will be for my DS2’s Birthday in September (gotta get ’em done early you know!) as it’s no secret in our household that it’s his favourite pizza…not sure what he’ll make of the green peppers tho’ as he’s definitely no fan of them!

Supplies :

Image : Pizza Chef Mickey by Digital Delights by Louby Loo

Sentiment : Made by me!

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Desert Sand Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad

Card : Kraft & Red from stash,Yellow & Pale Blue Cardstock American Crafts Textured 12 x 12,Pinky-red & Green Core’dinations Roy G. Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock

Tools : Grand Nestabilities Grand Scalloped Circles & Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Nestabilities Scalloped Circles & Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Rectangle Parenthesis 2,Big Shot,X-Cut Craft Knife,Crafts Too Metal Edge Ruler with Stitching Holes,Embossing Ball Tool,Decoupage Scissors,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch

Some challenges I would like to enter :

2 Creative Chicks : Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft  : Anything Goes

Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps : Use Kraft

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Crafty Time : For the Kids

Petal Lu : Anything Goes

The Sisters of Craft : Always Anything Goes

Crafting with Dragonflies : Masculine

Crafty Friends Challenge : All Things Cute

Send a Smile for Kids : Animal Cards 4 Kids

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

PDE Linky Party : Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks : F is For Food

Cre8tive Hands Friends : Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog : Shaped Cards

Star Stampz Challenge : Use A Digi

Creative Moments : Always Anything Goes/ optional twist Make It Funny

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes



Lisa x

A place in the sun(flowers)

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** Please click on the pic for a clearer view 🙂 **

The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Anything But a Card.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.

I wanted to try something a bit different with the adorable Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs.After mulling over a few gardening related ideas I thought about making a flower pot and adding in some handmade sunflowers.I found a great video here to create a wood effect planter type.She does omit the measurements for the main body of the pot but I figured out it needed to be 11cm high and the length of an A4 piece of card.She also uses a wood panel stamp but not having one I embossed with a folder instead and rubbed ink over it.I would have preferred to use my woodgrain embossing folder but as it’s still AWOL I made do with this one :S I added in some greenery as a filler cut from an icicle die and made up my sunflowers from yellow card after inking them and folding the petals for more dimension.The stems are some re-purposed round lolly sticks coloured to match the grass and leaves.The sunflower centres are buttons threaded with jute button thread and I tied a thicker piece of the same type of twine around the outside for a rustic feel.Molly was coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut before being popped up on foam tape for dimension.There all done and it was quite easy to construct too – a huge bonus in my book 😀

Closer view of Molly -Sunflowers :

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** N.B. The store is suspended for maintenance ATM.Once it’s back up and running I will update my post Yay!The store is back up and fully operational 🙂 **

Supplies :

Image : Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Desert Sand,Cantaloupe,Tangelo and Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop Inks

Cardstock : Kraft from stash,Yellow & Green American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools : Fiskars 30 cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Ball embossing tool,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Marianne Design Icicle Border,Crafters Companion Die’sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions,Leaves from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit,Big Shot,Stick It!Hot Melt Glue Gun,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Jute Button Thread and Jute Twine from my stash,Recycled Lolly Sticks


Some challenges I would like to enter :

All Crafts Challenge : Anything But a Card

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes with a Twist of Die Cuts

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Buttons & Bows

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 : Summer

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Stamp and Create : May Flowers

Use Your Stuff : Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams : How Does Your Garden Grow

The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge: Flowers 

Creative Corner :Anything Goes

Dragons Lair Designs : A Bouquet of Flowers

Pattie’s Creations : Use a Digital or Stamped Flower Image

Polkadoodles : Girly, but no Pink

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

DRS Designs : Inspired By Colour 


2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Dream Factory : The Secret Garden

Lia Stampz Challenge : Embossing

Sparkles Forum Challenges  : It’s Spring (minimum of 5 flowers)

The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Top Tip Tuesday : It’s all about the Hair colour!

Little Red Wagon : To Die For

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Shaking it up for Christmas!


Over at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational Blog there is a special Advent Calendar to help you count down to Christmas.Every day there will be some gorgeous DT creations to get you in the festive mood.I do hope you drop by to take a look 🙂

Here’s my 1st December creation for you.

As soon as I saw the beautiful New Winter Skates  by Crafty Sentiments Designs I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her 🙂 I found this photo glitter dome in a local bargain shop and as luck would have it my little stamped beauty fitted it perfectly 🙂 Love it when a plan falls in place!!She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and to created some lovely dimension on the trimmings of her clothing I pulled out my Fluffy Stuff.This is an amazing product.To watch it as you heat is just pure magic – but then maybe I’m easily pleased or just need to get out more LOL.Also this is perfect for this project as once set it’s there.Needs to be with the rigorous shaking this will get!Here’s a pic of the back view with some patterned paper backing with a lovely Seasonal greeting :


And finally one with her all shook up :


Hope I’ve managed to capture the magic for you!It was quite some feat juggling everything,being quick with the camera and not getting too much glare off the dome 😉

Supplies :

Image :  New Winter Skates by Crafty Sentiments Designs 
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Woodware White Fluffy Stuff,Memento Tuxedo Black & Danube Blue Dew Drop Ink Pads
Paper : DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy 6 x 6 Pack
Tools : Papermania Heat Tool,Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors
To Embellish : Dovecraft Christmas Ribbon,Button & Twine from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Come and Get It : Snow People
Glitter n Sparkle : Use Some Snow
Jellypark Friends Challenge : Ribbons and/or Bows
Opus Gluei : Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Lacy Sunshine : North Pole
Robyn`s Fetish : Anything Goes
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girls : Christmas
Catch The Bug : Stuffed (use left over paper) – the backing piece is a scrap 
Inkspirational : Christmas Optional Twist no Red or Green
We Do Doobadoo Challenge : Get Festive
Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Winter Wonderland
Graph’It Colour Challenge :Two Colours (pink & blue)
Simply Create Too : Snow, Snow, Snow or Use All White
The Stamping Boutique :  Sparkle
Crafting for all Seasons : Tis the Season
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/ Winter
Decorate to Celebrate : Anything Goes 3-D 
Digistamps 4 Joy : Christmas
Inspiration Destination : Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :Christmas /Holidays 
Stampavie and More :  Snowflakes
Digi Choosday Challenge: Christmas
Just Inspirational Challenges : Snowflakes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party : Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday : Buttons or Bows 


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Die Cutting a Dash and Looking Dapper

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Use Die Cuts.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.

Here’s Billy -Mr Romantic by Crafty Sentiments Designs all dressed up.Altho’ I don’t think you need to save him for just that kind of occasion.He’s very much suitable for male themed cards too 🙂 My soon-to-be-13-year-old son (Oh!The joyful prospect of a teenage son!!Eeek!Help!) loves to don a trilby and waistcoat when he wants to look smart too.So this card is in his honour 🙂 Anyway,back to Billy…he has been coloured with Polychromos Pencils that have been blended out using low odour oils thinners and a paper stump. As you can probably tell I’ve made a shaped easel card using a set of dies that have also cut the paper layers too,the top one being a half and half concoction.I also used a die to make it look as if Billy has been torn from a sketch pad.The greeting has been cut from a die too.The buttons aren’t real either.They’ve been cut from red card using a die set.Yeah,I kinda went die cut crazy!!

Supplies :

Image : Billy -Mr Romantic by Crafty Sentiments Designs
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments Clear Set
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Boldmere Low Odour Oils Thinners,Tuxedo Black & Teal Zeal Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads
Papers & Card : DP Authentique Celebrate 6 x 6 Pad,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Rectangle Parenthesis 2,Spellbinders Shapeabilities Office Supplies,Marianne Design Tags and Buttons,Big Shot,Kars Paper Stumps
To Embellish : Paper Clip from stash,Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Die Cuttin’ Divas : Shaped Cards
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Buttons or Bows
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Die Cuts/Punches (just the theme)
Dream Valley Challenges : Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes + Optional Twist: Glitter 
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards :  Always Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges : Happy Everything
Di’s Digis Designs : Creations For Or With Kids Challenge
Little Claire’s  : Shaped Cards
Sweet Stampin : It’s our Birthday!!
A Creative Need : Button Up
Craft for the Craic : Birthday
Pattie’s Creations  : Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday : Stars


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


A Little Christmas Help


**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 the ever popular Anything Goes.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.

Isn’t this just the cutest Christmas Helper you could have?She can be found at Crafty Sentiments Designs.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers with,altho’ it doesn’t show too well,a little snow scattered around her feet.The edges have also been ink distressed.I’m desperately trying use use up old Christmas stash rather than buy any more new.So the card is some I bought a few years ago.The back panel has been embossed with a folder.The ribbon,twine and jingle bells are also from my stash…O.K. I have to admit the embossing folder(part of a set)…and the sentiment stamps are new,but these were a half price bargain and there are loads of words.A girl’s gotta be allowed a little new stuff,isn’t she? 😉

Supplies :

Image :  Christmas Helper by Crafty Sentiments Designs
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Christmas Words
Mediums :  Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Lilac Posies Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Polar White Flower Soft,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Kars Christmas Collection
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Sizzix Hero Arts Christmas Words and Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : We R Memory Keepers Aqua Floss,Gingham Ribbon & Jingle Bells from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Creative Card Crew : Christmas Joy
Papertake Weekly :  2 or 4 Legs
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Card Mania : Dies
Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Dream Valley Challenges : Christmas
Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes + Optional Twist : Stitching (just Anything Goes)
Love to Create : Anything Goes
My Craft Creations :  Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes
Squigglefly : Christmas Card
Stamp and Create  : Ribbons or Bows
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : CAS
CAS on Sunday : Ribbon and/or Twine
Dragonfly Dreams : Let’s Be Girly and Use a Die Cut or Punch
Jellypark Friends Challenge : Festive
My Perfect Life : ALWAYS ANY Christmas card (no weekly theme) 
Pile It On : Special Occasion
The Corrosive Challenges : Girly
The Ribbon Girls : Christmas Card
Crafty Calendar : It’s All About Christmas
Paper Creator’s Crafts  : Anything Goes
A Crafty Mess : Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long : Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. : Winter
Crafty Ribbons :  Christmas Creations with Ribbon
MilkCoffee Challenge : Hand Color Image


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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