Thank you beary much


Blue & Brown are the colours we’d like to see 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 wonderful DT work while you’re there.

This sweet Teddy Bear can be found in On The Fun Side in the Animals category.He’s been coloured with FlexMarkers and tiny highlights have been added with a white  gel pen.I’ve used some of my all time favourite papers.I’ve added some interest with the die cut corners,raffia lace and felt flowers.I thought these would go perfectly with a soft,cuddly bear.I’ve added some of my favourite embellishments too – buttons!

Supplies :
Image : Teddy Bear from Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Sakura White  Gelly Roll Pen,Coffee Archival Ink
Sentiment :  From Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiment Clear Stamp set
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Cardstock from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie Snellen Corner Dies,Nestabilities Classic Rectangle Large,Classic Scalloped Rectangle Large,Standard Circle Large,Classic Scalloped Circle Large,Flowers from Marianne Design Rectangle Frame Set,Big Shot,1 1/2″ Woodware Circle Punch
To embellish : Buttons from Bag-O-Buttons Savannah,Raffia Lace and felt from Stash

Some challenges this is for :

Divas by Design :  New Beginnings or Thanks
Gingersnap Creations :  Favourite Paper
I Love Promarkers :  Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Blue and Brown
Cupcake Craftroom : Anything Goes
Sundays with Crissy :Beat the mid-winter blues ( Another card with a fair bit of blue but a cuddly bear and soft felt give a warm fuzzy feeling)
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Die Cuts
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations  : Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant :  Favourite Colour/Colours
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Pile It On : Fuzzy Friends
Robyn`s Fetish : Animals
Di’s Digis Designs : Thank you 
Secret Crafter : Anything goes with Blue
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days  : Thank You

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

It’s Happy Hour Again!

So now I’ve got that House Martins song ingrained on your brain,for those who remember them that is!Click on the link for a trip down memory lane or if you’re intrigued.Don’t forget to check out their awesome moves!!Gotta love the Eighties!

I’ll now move on to this weeks challenge at Craft Your Passion.Let’s Tie One On is the theme,so use ribbon,lacing or anything you can tie on.We also have a fabulous sponsor,Shelly’s Images.So pop along to see how to play along and take a look at the wonderful work from the DT and GD’s.

I’ve used Shelly’s Images Happy Hour Lime for my card.This was so much fun to colour and I decided to go with bright,cheery colours.Coloured with Promarkers and Glossy Accents have been applied to the glass.I’ve done my usual and forgotten to take a close up (duh!).I threaded a organza rainbow ribbon through the edge of the die cut piece.I dug out some Prima Flowers and a brad that I’ve had a fair while in my stash to finish.

Supplies :
Image : Happy Hour Lime from Shelly’s Image
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents
Card & Papers : DP K & Co,coloured card Core’dinations So Mod
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Prima Flowers,Making Memories Watercolor Brite

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : Metal Mickey
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey (new challenge blog) : Let’s Get Digital
Stampin’ B’s – Use an old favourite (K & Co papers) and something brand spanking new (sentiment stamp) 
StampInsanity : HardCore Hardware
Crafty Catz : Food and Drink
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Ribbons and Bows
Paper Cutz : Use Metal
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Something New (sentiment stamp)+ Ribbon
Stamp Something : January Digi Day
Simply Create : I’m the Boss (embossing)
Speedy the Cat’s Friends : Embossing
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Tons of Texture
Catch the Bug : Let’s Emboss It
Blackleaf Studios : Food and Drink
Karber Weekly : Use Flowers
Gingerloft : Celebrations
Paper Sundaes : Circles


Lisa x

Seams sew pretty

The theme for this weeks challenge at Craft Your Passion is MONOCHROMATIC.The colour choice is yours –  just create away in your chosen tones.

For rules on how to play click on the link.You could also become the proud owner of some free digital stamps if you’re chosen as the winner!There’s some beautiful inspiration from the DT and GDT.If you’d like to join us as a guest please look under the Followers at the top of the page.

For my card I’ve used the Couture image from CoCoDingo,coloured it with Promarkers and applied  Distress Inks around the edges. I then coated the whole image in a fairly thick layer of Crackle Accents.Because this is quite a decent area to cover I gently spread it out with a plastic glue spreader – you know the type kiddies use (what that says about me I don’t know?!).As this isn’t as thick as Glossy Accents it tends to dry flatter and with the crackle effect it doesn’t really show any drag marks.Once it was dry I sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink into the cracks then buffed off the excess with a soft tissue.Wish I’d taken a close up pic but too late I’ve posted it now!I just love these Papermania Persimmon papers and I got it at a discount too – so even better!I thought there would be nothing better to finish this off than with some threaded buttons,lace,pins and a sewing label.This is actually part of a free printable set from Craft Stamper Magazine.There are lots of other Vintage Downloads too.Just click on Resources and then Vintage Downloads.

Supplies :
Image : Couture by CoCoDingo
Mediums : Promarkers,Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw,Crackle Accents
Card & Papers : DP Papermania Persimmon,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,E K Success Medium Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Rectangle Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Free download sewing label from Craft Stamper Magazine, pins,Woodware buttons,thread,lace all from my stash

 Here are some challenges this card is for:

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything  Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (buttons,thread and lace are old and image,papers and card are new)
Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge – Sewing Notions
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity: Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers : Use Lace
Charisma Cardz : One for the girls
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll :Family (this card is for my SIL’s Birthday)
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Monochrome
Beary Scrap : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion : One for the girls (optional sketch)
Craft Your Days Away : Texture ( Crackle Accents,threaded buttons,lace and textured card)
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
I Did It Creations : Surprise Me
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : FTTC 91 – Inspiration from a Cafe Baudelaire Print.I chose a French Mannequin Art Print.I haven’t added the blue/green colours but I’ve used the background colours and was influenced by the lace.(Not come across these before and now I’m sorely tempted!!)
Paper Sundaes : Adorn Those Corners
Simple Doodles : Cute As A Button


Lisa x

The rootinest,tootinest card in the wild,wild west

Hee,hee.Sorry couldn’t resist taking some of the words from ‘Woody’s Roundup’ and messing with them a little.Love all the Toy Story films.I’m such a baby ;D

The theme this week at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best is Don’t Forget Our Men so we’d love to see your manly cards/projects.Please click on the link to check details on how to play and be in for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in the Digi Doodle Shop!!There will also be two runners up chosen.All three will be in for the chance to join us as Guest Designers in the following month.While your there take time to have a look at the truly amazing work by the rest of the DT!

For my card I’ve used the image Cowboy from the Body Tot Series available from Digi Doodle Shop.Their a fab range of images and you can even buy the Hillbilly Band images in a full set. I’ve coloured him using Promarkers and inked around the edges with Distress Inks to give an aged effect.I roughed up and inked all the edges on the other layers too to keep the theme going.I found the perfect papers to accompany him in my stash.Unfortunately it was the last sheet and they’re no longer made 😦 The crackle effect one in the background has been embossed for  a different look.I’ve not tried this on patterned paper before and I like it !I also got the opportunity to use my newly acquired Rectangles 2 Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies !! Yay!

Supplies :
Image : Cowboy from the Body Tot Series at Digi Doodle Shop
Mediums : Promarkers,Antique Linen,Tea Dye and Walnut Stain 
Paper & Card : DP from Papercraft 4 You (discontinued),Two shades of brown card  from the Papermania  A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Rectangles 2 Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder,Big Shot
Embellishments : Two sizes of Earthtones Dovecraft brads


Some Challenges this card is for :
Belli Challenge :Old,New,Borrowed or Blue
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going around in circles
For Fun Challenges : Dry Embossing
Fresh Brewed : 2 or more patterned papers
Little Red Wagon : Do it in 3’s
Paper Pretties : Embossing
The Sisterhood of Crafters : Birthday card or layout
Digital Tueday : Use your “never used stash” (brads)
AiFactory : Die cut or punch added
Anything Goes : Emboss it
The Creative Cottage : Embossing
Lexi’s Creations :  Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge : Embossing
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes


Lisa x

Country Pumpkins

It’s time to get spooky with your creations at Pear Tree Designs.This week we’d love to see your HALLOWEEN cards/projects.Please click on the link to see how to play and gain some frighteningly fangtastic inspiration from the DT!

There’s a fabulous prize on offer from our sponsor :

Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More are giving the very generous prize of 5 digital stamps or digital paper sets to one lucky winner!!

Here’s another view of the Window Treat Box I made just to give more of an idea of the details on it and how the lid is held on:

When I saw this adorable image of Five Pumpkin Friends from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More I could see straight away how I wanted to use it.I found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers for this cute Window Treat Box.The instructions are easy to follow and there is a video for support if you’re still not sure.The only difference is I cut my aperture to fit the image using my Fiskars paper trimmer.

I thought I’d go for a rustic feel rather than the traditional  Halloween colours as it seemed to suit the pumpkins so well.Although I’ve used the image in a Halloween theme I think you could use them for any Autumnal occaision.I found the sentiment from a selection at Birdscards.There’s a lot more too not just sentiments but images too – and they’re all free!

Supplies :
Image : Five Pumpkin Friends from Robyn’s Digital Stamps And More
Sentiment : From Birdscards
Medium : Promarkers
Card & Paper : Kraft card,Papermania 8 x 8 Spring Life Paper Pack,Acetate
Tools: Fiskars 30 cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Ball embossing tool,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Crop-A-Dile,Squares and Rectangles Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Raffia,Dovecraft Brights 1/8″ Round Eyelets


Here are some challenges this is also an entry for:

The Crazy Challenge : Halloween
Ooh La La : Scary Stuff
Paper Playtime : Halloween
The Pink Elephant : Brown and Orange
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Boo!!
My Time To Craft : Ghosties,Ghoulies and Long Legged Beasties
Tuesday Throwdown : Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers : Nursery Rhymes (Peter,Peter Pumpkin Eater)
 Belli Challenge : Pumpkins ( old embellies are Raffia and eyelets)
The Creative Cottage : Halloween
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Things that go ‘bump’ in the night
Fresh Brewed : Sweet Treats
I Love Promarkers : Autumn
The Pixie Cottage : Something Sweet
The Sisterhood of Crafters : Boo-riffic
The Paper Variety : Project that incorperates treats
C.R.A.F.T. : Spooky
Hanna and Friends : Halloween
Meljens Design Team : Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend : Halloween/Fall
2 Sisters : Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments : Anything but a card
Crazy 4 Challenges : Halloween
Dutch Dare : Halloween or Purple,Black,Orange and Green
E.C.P. : Fall/Autumn
Stamp Something : October Digi Day
The Corrosive Challenge : Halloween
I Did It Creations : Surprise Me
One Stitch At A Time : Any Celebration
Cupcake Craft – Sweet Treats With a Twist
Lisa x

Hi there!

At Pear Tree Designs it’s AUTUMN this week.It’s such a beautiful time of year with the changing of the leaves and,if you’re lucky,bright blue skies ans sunshine.So let the rich colours inspire you and pop along to play.Full details are in the sidebar and don’t forget to take a look at the other DT’s  gorgeous creations.

Our sponsor this time is the fabulous One Stop Card Crafts so there’s a prize for one lucky winner!

I bought this stamp set from Funky Kits last year and have to confess I barely used it.I don’t know why?It has hedgehogs and I LOVE them!It’s a great set with lots of stamps on too.It’s on sale now so it’s even more of a bargain!

You may have noticed I have some real stitching on my card.Apart from sewing labels onto parts of my cards I usually just grab a pen and go faux.I’ve always admired people who have sewing machines and stitch so (no pun intended!) neatly.I had been seriously thinking about buying one but wasn’t sure if I could curb my craft spending enough to have the money for one,have room for it or even be able to use it!Then I saw the Sew Easy Tool by We R Memory Keepers as a TSV (now at a higher price) on QVC and thought it looked a good alternative.It does have some very mixed reviews but mine arrived just in time to make this card and I grabbed it straight from the box and put it card and paper.I found it pierced both layers perfectly although I did this free hand and you can see a few wobbles.I noticed an arrow on the wheel so used this to line up at the corners.I think next time I’d probably get the ruler out tho’!!

Supplies :
Images :Sugar Nellie Home Grown Autumn Kit 2009
Mediums : Promarkers,Distress Inks in Antique Linen,Tea Dye and Vintage Photo
Paper & Card : DP K & Co,Red card from Core’dinations So Mod pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Scallop Dot Edge Punch,Oval Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies ,We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool,Big Shot
Embellishments : Red raffia ribbon,Leaf charm tied on with embroidery thread



Challenges this card is for :
Allsorts – Inspiration from a song title (Hello by Lionel Ritchie)
Challenge Up Your Life – Autumn
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge -Distressing
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! – Don’t Stress …Distress!
No Time To Stamp – Back to Nature
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Fall
Stamp Something – Something Punchy
Charisma Cardz – Autumn Colours
Stampin’ B’s – Fall Card
For Fun – Something you’ve never used before (The main image stamp and leaf charm)
Fresh Brewed – Anything Goes/Girly
Inky Impressions – Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew – Bloomin’ Marvelous 
The Stamp Man – Autumn
Paper Romance – Halloween/Fall
Crafty Sentiments – Autumn /Fall Colours
Craftalicious – Anything Goes
Wild Orchid – Stitch it up


Lisa x

Cat’s Lucky!

Well,it’s Monday so it’s time for a new challenge at Pear Tree Designs.This week we want to see your GOOD LUCK  cards/projects.So the words GOOD LUCK must be visible somewhere.

We also have THE CHARACTER CAFE as our sponsor and the winner will get $10 Gift Certificate as their fantastic prize to spend in their store!!They have some beautiful images.So head on over to join in the fun but PLEASE check out the rules in both the sidebar and challenge post.Take a peep at the brilliant DT samples while you’re there and maybe welcome our newest member Karla!

For my card I’ve used a Lucky Cat or his proper name Maneki Neko.He’s from Banana Frog’s Kawaii Kokeshi set.I’d already done my homework on these little cuties before and found apart from the traditional ones you mostly see they do come in different colours/designs.So I thought I’d go with these colours to compliment the papers.I’ve also added pearls as they are seen in many cultures as a symbol of good luck.Apart from that that are just so pretty!


Supplies :
Image : Part of Kawaii Kokeshi set by Banana Frog
Sentiment : Computer generated by me
Mediums : Promarkers,Lemon Atyou Spica Copic on bell and coin and Black Atyou Spica Copic on his ears,eyes nose and collar(altho’ the camers hasn’t really picked up on this),Real Black Impress Dye Ink Pad (find this works better on clear stamps better than Memento)
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Card,Wilkinsons white card
Tools : X-cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Eastern Round,Nestabilities Standard Circles,Cuttlebug Vintage 2 x 2 Die Set (corners),Crafts Too Daisy embossing folder, Sizzix Big Shot
Embellishments : Flat backed Pearls


Some challenges this card is an entry for :
A Spoon Full Of Sugar – Spots and Stripes
Anything Goes – Going Round In Circles (hope shaped ones count?!)
I Love Promarkers – Pearls and Swirls
Paper Pretties – Animal/Animal Print
Hanna and Friends – So Dotty
2 Sisters – Animal Fun
Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge – Circles
  Alphabet Challenge – W for Wings (butterfly on backing paper)
Catch the Bug – Anything Goes 
Stamptacular Sunday – Layer It On ; at least 5 layers on your card
Pollycraft Monday – Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes – Something from your stash (I’ve had most of this stuff a fair while)
Sweet Stampin Challenge – Punch It Out (die cuts are acceptable)

Lisa x

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