Tutu Cute!

It’s Anything Goes at AiFactory Challenges this time.This challenge will run for two weeks instead of the usual one.You don’t need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 26th January 11:59 EST to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF064 so that we can find it easily and  leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

I’ve used the delighful Ballerina Digital Stamps Set for my card.I can see this being a great addition to scrapbook pages for the little ballerina in your life too.I’ve taken three elements from the kit.The ballerina,wand and ballet slippers.I’ve also tried something new.Instead of reaching for the usual Promakers I’ve coloured her in Paint,as I don’t have a fancy graphics programme on my antiquated computer.I cut the wand out and placed it in her hand.The ballet slippers have been hung on a brad.Of course being a girly card I had to add Stickles and bling!!

Supplies :
Images : Ballerina Digital Stamps Set from AiFactory
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments
Mediums : Image coloured in Paint,Rose Bud Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Diamond Stickles
Papers & Card: DP K & Co,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Nestabilities Classic Rectangle Large and Classic Scalloped Rectangle Large,Crafts Too Daisy embossing folder,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Gel Picker from Pizzazz Aplenty
Embellishments : Raffia lace ribbon,Papermania Reds and Pinks Brads,Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stones Gem Wheel

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Ooh La La : Bling It On
Top Tip Tuesday : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : January Digi Day
Paper Cutz :Metal
Card Makin’ Mamas : Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Fun At Fairy Knoll : All That Glitters
2 Sisters : Gettin’ Girly
One Stop Craft : Card for a child
Craft Your Days Away : Anything Goes
Woodware USA : Hearts
Stampavie and More :Sparkling
The Sisterhood  of Crafters : Birthday
The Crafty Pad : Birthday Creation
Gingerloft : Celebrations
Pile It On : Cute Children
By The Cute and Girly : Bling It On!


Lisa x

Holly Bud

At Pear Tree Designs this week it’s CHRISTMAS!So here’s the chance to get into the festive mood and get those last minute cards made!!Just follow the rules on the site and take a look at the rest of the DT’s fabulous cards while you’re there.

We have One Stop Card Crafts sposoring us and they’re giving away the fantastic prize 2 £10 Gift Vouchers to spend in their online shop!!

This is also the last challenge for this year but look out for the new ones commencing 3rd January.

For my card I’ve used a Baby Buds Designs image.She’s called Holly and she was a freebie (now unavailable). She’s been coloured with Promarkers and I stippled some Snow Writer around her feet to create snow.I also painted it,slightly watered down,onto the top of her boots and her trim on the top of her hat.

Now,she was such a delight and a cutie to work with I couldn’t resist making her some friends to play with.

Supplies :
Image : Freebie from Baby Bud Designs
Sentiment : Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Mediums : Promarkers,DecoArt Snow Writer,Jet Black Archival
Papers : DP Daisy and Dandelion  A Winter’s Tale
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,Cuttlebug Vintage 2 x 2 Die Set,Big Shot
Embellishments : Green brads from Dovecraft Christmas Embellishment Kit,Burgundy brads from Papermania

Some challenges this card is for :

Baby Bud Designs : Winter/Christmas
ABC Christmas : Y is for Yuletide
Oh,Alice : Red,green and one other (white)
Allsorts : Last Minute Christmas Projects
Cooking It Up With Katie : Layer me  a red Christmas
Crafty Ho’s : Red & Green
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations : Anything Goes Christmas
Daring Cardmakers : Snow much fun
ECP : Christmas
Ellephantastic : Christmas/Winter
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Texture
Let’s Craft and Create : It’s Christmas
Little Red Wagon : Use a die cut
Mami Doodles : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers : Mega Christmas Challenge
Sentimental Sunday : Let It Snow
Stamp Something : Digi Day
Stamp With Fun : Xmas
Stampavie and more : Christmas
The Pink Elephant : Winter Wonderland
Totally Gorjuss : Snow
There’s Magic in the Air : Traditional Red & Geen
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

Snow adorable!

At Pear Tree Designs this week we have a fab sketch by Donna to follow :

Along with this there is a twist.But before you worry too much it’s a lovely one – you must add gems somewhere on your card/project.

We also have the fantastic Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More sponsoring us.One very lucky winner will get 5 digital stamps or digital paper sets of their choice!A very generous prize I’m sure you’d agree!!

So why not pop on over,check out the rules and play along.The DT have some wonderful inspiration waiting for you too.

We DT girls were lucky enough to be given a choice of images from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More.But I found all these little guys too irresistible and ended up making THREE cards instead!Having a nice clean layout helped too.It also meant more Christmas cards under mt belt!I’m soooo behind with making them this year.They’ve all been coloured with Promarkers and have Polar White Flower Soft on parts of their clothing.The gems are some I bought ages ago for £1 box from the Early Learning Centre.

Supplies :
Images (from L-R) : There’s Snow Place Like Snow Home,Frosty Dah Snowman and Sammy Dah Snowman from Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More
Mediums : Promarkers,Polar White Flower Soft adhered with Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
Papers : Daisy and Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Edger Punches in (L-R) Zig Zag,Traditional Scallop and Scallop Dot
Embellishments : Kars X-Mas Collection Ribbons from sets Assorted 1 and Assorted 2,Gems from Early Learning Centre

Some Challenges all these cards are for :

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Digital Tuesday : Let It Snow
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (images and Flower Soft are new and papers and gems are old)
Crafty Creations : Christmas Is Coming
ABC Christmas : X is for Xmas
Fresh Brewed : Winter/Christmas Theme
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Clean and Simple
The Pixie Cottage : Let It Snow
Simon Says Challenge : Let It Snow
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Stampin’ B’s : Make a Holiday card
Christmas Stamping All Year Long : Anything Goes
Craft Catz : Christmas
ECP : Snow
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Christmas Theme
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Winter
One Stop Craft : Christmas Cuties
Alota Rubber Stamps : Let’s Celebrate Christmas
Craft Your Days Away : Texture (Flower Soft,gems and  grossgrain ribbon)  
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
Delicious Doodles : Celebrations
Scrapbook Sisters : Let It Snow
I Did It Creations : Surprise me
Crafty Ho’s : Inspiration Photo
Crafty Sentiments : Christmas
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Just Do It! Christmas cards.
Karber Christmas Challenge : Use a Digi
OSAAT : Celebrate in Style – Bling it up
Scrappy Frogs : Merry Christmas
A closer view.
Some Challenges this card is for :
Scrap Creations : Blue for You
ABC Challenge : Ice and Snow
Bah Humbug : Feeling the Blues
Crafts and Me : Dreaming of a White Christmas
Challenges this card is for :
Stampavie and More : Hearts
Ellephantastic : Red and Green and/or St.Andrew’s Day
Challenges this card is for :
Paper Play : Stars
2 Sisters : Non-traditional Christmas colours (not too sure if this counts – let me know and I’ll remove it.I won’t be offended!)

Thanks for looking and sitting through this rather long post,

Lisa x

Flower Power

At Pear Tree Designs this week we’d love to see your COLOURFUL card/projects.As always we have a fabulous  sponsor,Cardmadfairy’s Creations who’s very generously offering the prize of  4 x Christmas Digital Images for one lucky person!!

So don’t wait any longer.Pay the challenge site a visit for full rules on how to play and to see some inspiration from the wonderful DT creations.

We all need a little colour in our lives to escape this dreary, grey November weather.Well,I suppose it depends what part of the world you’re in,but it’s definitely dark and dismal where I live.The only good thing about the darker evenings is being able to crank up the heating and cosy down in front of the fire.OK so it’s not a real one but it has some fake coal and a realistic flame – near enough for me !.My parents had a real open fire and it was great at Christmas/Family gatherings or even if we paid them a visit during the cold Winter.So warm and inviting.That is if you could feel any heat through the dogs who lay in front of it absorbing every last centigrade into their thick,shaggy coats!!Why did they need to do that?!

Anyway enough of tripping down memory lane.Back to the card.

As soon as I saw the new Button Floral and Buttons stamp plates  by Sam Poole I had to have them!Now,I love ALL my crafty goodies dearly but buttons hold a very special place in my heart.Don’t know what it is about them.One thing I do know is I have hundreds of them – literally!I’m always torn between using them or keeping them to myself,so by using these beautiful stamps I’ll be able to share my passion of buttons.Or so the theory goes!

I have to admit I wasn’t sure if my card was colourful enough as I’m a bit of a colour coordination freak but I’m pleased how it turned out.

But shock horror NO Promarkers!!

** Here’s my Top Tip : Give shape to hand cut,punched or die cut flowers by placing them face up on a foam mat then emboss the centres using circular motions with a large ball tool(6mm).Then turn over and repeat the embossing on the petals.If neccessary turn over and  go over the centres again.I keep a bar of soap (unused!) to hand,rub some on my finger then run my ball tool over it to help it glide across the paper.**

Supplies :

Flowers and sentiment : Buttons Floral stamp plate by Sam Poole from Creative Expressions
Mediums : Memento Dew Drop inks in Lady Bug and Rose Bud
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,coloured card  Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals 2,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Large (6mm) Ball Tool,Foam mat,bar of soap (helps the Ball Tool run smoothly over paper/card when hand embossing)
Embellishments : Bag-O-Buttons by Autumn Leaves in Whirligig,Ribbon from a £1 pack from The Works
Some challenges :
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Edge it
Paper Romance : Some of your favourite things (buttons,stamping,flowers,the Zig Zag punch,ribbon)
Pals PaperArts: Ribbon or fabric
Crafty Purple Frogs : Let Your Creativity Blossom
CCEE Stampers : Use Buttons
Top Tip Tuesday : Buttons Galore!!
Gingerloft Chhallenges : Great Outdoors
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Stampin’ Royalty : Patterned Paper
Simple Doodles : Cute as a button


Lisa x


Shake it,baby!

** IMPORTANT : The challenge blog is not up and running for today as yet.Somebody has hacked the account and hijacked the email associated with it. Therefore Donna,the owner,is unable to access her account to post last week’s winner and the new challenge.Donna is dealing with this so please bear with her while she’s trying to rectify the problem.I will update here as soon as there are any changes in the situation.**

**Yay!! Were back!!**

Over at Pear Tree Designs we want to see your SHAKER CARDS!We also have a new sponsor this week.We have the fabulous Cardmadfairy’s Creations!Jenni produces the most delightful images so please go take a look.She’s also offering the very generous prize of  her set of 5 new Christmas digital images for one lucky winner! 

I have to say this Snowbaby’s Gift,from Cardmadfairy’s Creations,was an absolute joy to work with.Not only is it adorable beyond words it has lovely open spaces – just perfect to colour with Promarkers.For added texture and sparkle I applied some  White Opal Liquid Pearls and sprinkled some Crystal Glamour Dust over the top on the fur trimmed parts of the snowsuit.I added some more Glamour Dust on the spots using a glue pen.I filled the Nestabilities cut shaker frame with some fine Crystal glitter and a few tiny nail gems.

Here’s a closer view :

Image : Snowbaby’s Gift from Cardmadfairy’s Creations
Sentiment : From the Daisy & Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad (turned into a tag)
Mediums : Promarkers,White Opal Liquid Pearls,Crystal Glamour Dust,Zig 2 Way Glue Pen,fine Crystal glitter ,nail gems
Papers & Card : Patterned paper Daisy & Dandelion A Winter’s Tale A4 pad,Buzzcraft White Glitter Card,Crafter’s Companion  heat resistant acetate 
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Lip Pattern punch,Nestabilities Large Classic Scalloped  Rectangles and Large Classic Rectangles,Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake 1 Die Set,Big Shot,Crop-A-Dile,Woodware anti-static bag
Embellishments : Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stone Wheel,Eyelet and organza ribbon from stash

Just a few challenges this for! : 

ABC Challenge : H is for Holiday
Alota Rubber Stamps : Tag You’re It!
A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Snow/Snowflakes
Bee Crafty : Christmas 2
Creative Belli : Old,new,borrowed or blue
Crafty Ann’s Challenge : Christmas card using non-traditional colours (not sure if the blue/red combo is non-traditional enough.I won’t be offended if it doesn’t count – just ask me to remove it)
Crafty Calendar : Winter Snowflakes
Crazy 4 Challenges : Christmas card or item
The Creative Cottage : Someone Special at Christmas (for my great niece’s 1st Christmas) 
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges : Glitter it up
Design Dollies : It’s getting cold
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club : Snowflakes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy : Inspired by Christmas/Holiday Season
Ellephantastic : Butterfly and/or Christmas
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Use glitter
I Love Promarkers : Icy Colours (there is the red accent colour which is technically warm.If this doesn’t fit the challenge I won’t be offended if you ask me to remove it)
Little Red Wagon : Do it in 3’s (snowflakes)
Scrap Creations : Christmas
Sew Many Challenges : Blue & White
Shelly’s Images : Anything goes with Christmas Theme
Stamp Something  : November Digi Day
Stampavie and More : Use a tag on your project
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge : It’s all about snowflakes
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Sparkle and Shine
The Stampman Challenge : Christmas
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Acetate,tissue or vellum
ABC Christmas : Winter Wonderland
No Time To Stamp : Non -traditional  Christmas colours (again not sure if the combo counts so I won’t be offended if you ask me to remove it)
Christmas Stampin All Year : Stripe Challenge
Crafts and Me : Glitter
Crafty Purple Frog : Time for you to sparkle
2 Sisters : Christmas
Scrappy Frogs : Merry Christmas !
Top Tip Tuesday : Use an image/sentiment
**Rub  over the acetate with an anti-static bag before adding glitter to the shaker.It stops the glitter sticking to it.**


Lisa x

One little Sugarplum…

…sitting on the wall.

At Pear Tree Designs this week the lovely Donna has set a fabby sketch to follow :

Our sponsors are One Stop Card Crafts and they are offering one lucky winner a fantastic Goody Bag. Full details on how to enter are posted on the challenge blog , so take a peek!You’ll see the rest of the DT’s wonderful cards too!!

For my card I’ve used a stamp from the C.C. Designs Sugarplums Limited Edition Kit Take A Seat from All That Scraps.I’ve found it’s far more economic to buy these kits from them as even having them shipped really cuts the cost of buying each individually in the U.K.They’re even showing a few left in stock if anyone’s interested.I just love the cuteness of these stamps plus they’re just perfect to colour with Promarkers,as I’ve done here.I stamped the wall she’s sitting on to some card that matches the papers but , I stamped her onto a piece of white card,coloured her and cut her out.Not only does this give dimension it gives the ideal base to colour the skintones.I found this gorgeous pack of A4 Papermania Persimmon papers on offer at Colemans Craft Warehouse  for the bargainous £2.99.Also included in the set are two sheets of die cut shapes.I used one to stamp my sentiment onto.If you live close enough it’s well worth a visit!

Supplies :
Image : From the C.C. Designs Sugarplums Limited Edition Kit Take A Seat
Medium : Promarkers
Sentiment : From Kanban Wobblers Farmyard Friends stamp set
Papers & Card : DP Papermania Persimmon Collection,Coloured card Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Martha Stewart Traditional Scallop Border Punch,Nestabilities Standard Circle dies,Big Shot

Embellishments : Papermania tube of orange/brown buttons,blue thread from stash

Some challenges this card is an entry for :
2 Sisters : Birthday
AiFactory : Garden Party
Anything Goes : The letter B (Blue , best wishes and buttons)
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
CES : Forever Autumn (Colours)
Creative Card Crew : Let’s Punch It
Daring Cardmakers : Topaz
Creative Stamp Friends : My Favourite Stamps (C.C. Designs)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy : You Spin Me Right Round
Ellephantastic : Blue
Fresh Brewed : Anything Goes with optional sketch (just anything goes)
If The Shoe Fits … Scrap It! : Feeling Blue
Lexi’s Creations : Anything Goes
Paperplay : Circles
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes Birthday Challenge
Raise the Bar : Let’s see those curves
Stamp Insanity : Punch-drunk love
Wee Memories : Birthday Bash  
Lisa x

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