Best wishes all round

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Birthday.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.

So,I thought I’d play with my recently acquired Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle again to colour the adorable Scruff – Make a Wish by Crafty Sentiments Designs.I chose these muted tone papers and distressed the edges too.Decided to add a lot of die cut circles and rolled some scraps of the papers to make the candles,hand cutting the flames.They’ve been tied together with some jute twine and the same twine has been used the to thread the buttons at the top of the card.As this was meant for my DH’s Birthday I gave it a masculine feel – well,hopefully 😉

Supplies :

Image : Scruff – Make a Wish by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments Clear Set

Mediums :  Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils,Jet Black Archival Ink

Papers & Card : DP My Mind’s Eye Nutmeg 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another one to cut up for matting)

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Small,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Jute Twine from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Addicted to Stamps : Paper Embellishments and/or Chipboard

Amusing : Anything Goes

Penny Black and More : Birthdays

Quirky Crafts : Raining Cats and Dogs

2 Creative Chicks : Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft  : Anything Goes

Artistic Stampers : All Things Distressed

Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps : Use Kraft

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Crafty Enjoyments : Bingo (Ribbon or Twine,Sentiment,Lots of Layers)

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

Let’s Craft & Create Challenge : Card for a Man

Petal Lu : Anything Goes

Crafty Friends Challenge : All Things Cute

Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party : Anything Goes with something colored

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

PDE Linky Party : Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks : F is For Food

As You Like It Challenge : Favourite Animal & Why  – very difficult to choose but…going to have to go with DOG as we have a sweet,crazy rescue girl Socksteddies

Aud Sentiments Challenge : Anything Goes

Crafting for all Seasons : Tic Tac Toe (Die Cuts,Stamp/Digi Image,Buttons)

Crafty Gals Corner : Cute As A Button

Paper Shelter Challenge : For The Boys

Stampaive and More : Button and/or Charm

Wonderful Wednesdays :  Always Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

“Hat’s” Spring for you!

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At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Lacy Sunshine 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.

Here’s Sugi’s Spring Blossom Dress by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.For my birthday recently I thought I’d treat myself to some decent watercolour pencils.After much deliberation and reading reviews I settled on some Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle.Then I had to find them at the right price for me – LOL.I happened across a tin of 60 which had some pretty colours perfect for card making along with some suitable skin tones 🙂 Also included were some metallics!If you live in the UK I can recommend Crafty Arts for both price and delivery.(No connection to the company – just a very happy customer!) I did enjoy using these pencils and am pleased with the quality.Altho’ the results here aren’t too bad I still need a lot more practice with watercolouring,but with the image being so beautiful I probably get away with it – just!The rest of the card is kept quite simple with an embossed border on the kraft card base,a piece of patterned with a tear and a coordinating piece just peeking through and some pearls and ribbon from my stash that just happened to match each other perfectly 🙂 Finished off with a stamped sentiment and distressed edges.

Supplies :

Image : Sugi’s Spring Blossom Dress by Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments Clear Set

Mediums :  Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils,Jet Black Archival Ink

Papers & Card : DP Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine,Bockingford Watercolour Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Crea-Nest-Lies set stansen no. 21 XXL & 24 XXL,Border Embossing Folder Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine,Big Shot

To Embellish : American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack Satin,Flat Back Pearls from stash

 

Some challenges I would  like to enter :

Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine : Gnomes Inspirations – Anything Goes Challenge

Dragonfly Dreams : Spring is in the Air

Eclectic Ellapu : Spring Flowers/April Showers

Great Impressions : Ladies Night

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes with Distressing

Robyn`s Fetish : Add a Sentiment

Stamping Sensations : One for the Girls

The Corrosive Challenges : Girls, Ladies, Women

Allsorts : Purple Passion

Di’s Digis Designs : Embossing

A Beautiful Mess : Anything Goes

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Spring Is In The Air 

Creative Corner : Flower Power

Left of Center Creative Challenges : Torn Edges

Pattie’s Creations : Easter or Springtime

Polkadoodles : Floral Frenzy

Really Reasonable Ribbon : Flowers with ribbon or trim

QKR Stampede : Spring Has Sprung

The Stamping Boutique : Flowers

Cardz 4 Galz : Springtime

Paper Shelter Challenge : Spring Delights

Stampaive and More : Springtime

The Crafty Addicts : Anything Goes/ Springtime

Whimsy Inspiration : Spring Colors or Easter 

Deep Ocean Challenge : Spring Is In the Air

Digi Choosday Challenge : Anything Goes

Fairy Tale : Spring

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A sign you’re getting old?!

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At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet  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 just couldn’t resist the cheeky Cartoon Brontosaurus Dinosaur Holding a Sign by Ken Benner Designs.He’s been printed out onto Desert Storm Kraft Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils along with some white gel pen.All edges have been Distress inked and roughed up with a Paper Distresser.The snake skin strip is actually a piece of an old belt,trimmed to fit the card.This will be a Birthday card for my Hubby.Not that I’m saying he’s getting old LOL 😛

Supplies :

Image : Cartoon Brontosaurus Dinosaur Holding a Sign by Ken Benner Designs (the sign is blank so you can add any message you like)

Sentiment : From Personal Impressions Cute Characters Set 2

Mediums : Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Pencils,Jet Black Archival Ink,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Paper & Card : DP First Edition Up Up & Away 8 x 8 Paper Pad,Crafter’s Companion Neenah Desert Storm A4 Kraft Card

Tools : X-cut Guillotine,Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Postage Stamp, Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder Mesh Texture,Big Shot,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

To Embellish : Brads from stash,Piece of an old belt

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs : Punch or Die Cut

My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge : Lots of Layers

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes

Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Craft for the Craic : Birthday or Anniversary

Crafty Catz : Birthdays

Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks : Hand Coloured Image

Sassy Studio Designs : Anything Goes

Crafter’s Cafe : Birthday Card

Creative Moments : Anything Goes/ Love

Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

How to Save a (Snowman’s) Life ;)

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Christmas!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 Sammy – Thank You by Crafty Sentiments just the most adorable snowman you’ve ever seen?!Here’s a little story to go with him.It may explain my post title too,in case you were wondering…

I had so much fun trying to colour this frosty chap in ever so carefully with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.Even getting a nice furry effect on the squirrel and some lovely shading on Sammy himself.Well,once finished I stuck him onto the card I’d already prepped and added the sentiment.Then I spotted a blob of red Copic ink  to the right of his eye.Oh no!I’m such a mucky pup 😦 I always seem to get this all over my hands and it’s the worst colour to remove.I pulled out the Blender in the vain hope it would magically disappear.Um,no…instead I was left with a pink smudge.Next course of action was to try and cover it with white gel pen,another good rescue remedy.Nope!Still showed through even after a second coat.Because I use Collall All Purpose it was going to be difficult to take the image off with out damage to the red card underneath as it was almost dry.And,of course,as luck would have it I didn’t have enough left to cut another mat.So I laid it down,walked away and quietly thought about it for a few days.I suddenly remembered I had some gesso…probably thick enough to cover all the mess and add texture into the bargain!Now what if I added some mica powder for some snowy glisten?Perfect!How to add the shading back in without risking damaging my pens?Pearlescent watercolour paint – but not too wet…

Considering how much I messed this up I think I did a pretty good salvage job :

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So now you know how to save a snowman’s life!

And I have another Christmas card ready for 2015!! 😀

Supplies :

Image : Sammy – Thank You by Crafty Sentiments

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Block Christmas Words

Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Gesso,Mica Powder,Pearlescent Water Colour Palette,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Paper & Card : DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy 6 x 6 Pack,Kars Christmas Collection Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Labels 1,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Sticky Ribbon and Brad

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafty Boots : Merry Christmas

Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Christmas (theme only)

Get Creative Challenges : Christmas

Incy Wincy Designs : Snowy Days

The Crazy Challenge : Christmas

Come and Get It : Merry Christmas

A Gem of a Challenge : Anything Christmas

Di’s Digis Designs : Christmas!

Brown Sugar : Winter

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Winter

Crafty Catz : Snowmen

Pattie’s Creations : Christmas Cards

C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas

Delightful Challenges : Twinkle Twinkle (add something sparkly)

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Moving along with the Times : Christmas Climate (Definitely cold!)

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ : Snow People

Crafting By Designs : Christmas

Divas by Design : Feeling Festive

Inky Impressions : Snow

Simon Says Stamp : Christmas Holidays

Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Merry & Light!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Non-Traditional Christmas.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.

Here’s Harriet – Lantern  by Crafty Sentiments Designs all cheerful and bright!She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and layered up for extra dimension.

From a different angle :

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I’ve added some Polar White Flower Soft to the bobbles on her hats and boots.There’s also a little snowy smattering beneath her feet 🙂

The paper is a magazine freebie – it’s unusual but I like it 😀

A length of gingham ribbon with some jingle bells tied to it using jute twine has been added to embellish.

As I’ve written and posted all my Christmas cards for this year this is another one under the belt for 2015 😀

Supplies :

Image :  Harriet – Lantern by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Christmas Words

Mediums :  Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Polar White Flower Soft,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen (to add a twinkle in her eyes)

Papers & Card :  DP magazine freebie,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Jute Twine,Gingham Ribbon & Jingle Bells from stash

Some challenges this is for : 

Come and Get It : Merry Christmas

Christmas Card Challenges : Christmas Card/Color Challenge

Glitter n Sparkle : Modern Christmas Colors

 Jellypark Friends Challenge : Ribbons and/or Bows

Lacy Sunshine : Holiday Joy

My Perfect Life : ALWAYS ANY Christmas Card

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes

Pile It On : Anything Goes Christmas/Holidays

That Craft Place : Christmas

The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes

The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes

Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Digi/Christmas

Ladybug Crafts : Winter and/or Christmas

Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Cute & Cuddly Christmas

The Craft Garden : Christmas

A Gem of a Challenge : Anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas : Bright Colours

Di’s Digis Designs : Christmas!

Open-Minded Challenges : Unusual Christmas (colours)

Brown Sugar : Winter

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Winter

Delicious Doodles : Non-traditional Christmas

Pattie’s Creations : Christmas Cards

 

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

Unicorn Wishes

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At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Make Your Own Flowers.We have the super RIck St. Dennis as our sponsor.

It’s my turn to host and here’s my sketch :

You can follow the sketch,theme or even both.Hope you stop by the challenge site and check out my fellow DT’s beautiful creations.A truly inspirational bunch.

For my card I’ve used the beautiful and oh-so-elegant Unicorn  by Rick St. Dennis.The Unicorn itself has been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and the flowers have been coloured with a selection of Spring/Summer Limited Edition ProMarkers.The patterned paper is a pull-out freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.I’ve teamed this with some Core’dinations card.Some flowers and leaves have been die cut and layered.The sentiment is stamped directly onto the flowery paper.Brads have been added as a finishing touch.And just in case you hadn’t spotted it I’ve rotated the sketch 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Unicorn  by Rick St. Dennis
Colouring Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Spring/Summer Limited Edition ProMarkers
Sentiment : Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments Clear Set

Ink : Impress Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
Paper & Card : Patterned paper freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad, Core’dinations So Mod 6 x6 pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nellie’s Lace Edge Border Dies,Joy!Crafts Pointed Flowers and Assorted Leaves 1,Big Shot
To Embellish : Making Memories Primaries Brads

 Some challenges this is for :

A Gem of a Challenge : Summer
Brown Sugar :  Anything Goes
QKR Stampede : No Squares Allowed
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Fairytale/Fantasy
Emma’s Cards UK : Floral
Ladybug Crafts : Something Floral
Cute Card Thursday : Die-ing to Punch
Delightful Challenges : Make it pop…add layers or dimension 
Creative Belli : Summer
Digistamps 4 Joy : Make your own embellishments
Paper Shelter Challenge :  Punches and Dies
Whimsical Designs :  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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