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¬† ūüė¶¬†¬†**

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? ūüėČ

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

A peek at Summer


At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Summertime.We have the super Bugaboo Stamps as our sponsor.

It’s the lovely Kelly’s turn to host and here’s her fabby 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 Summertime Peekers Flower Pot by Bugaboo Stamps¬†¬†and coloured this cutie with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.Altho’ it doesn’t show too well I did colour the flowers with Copic Atyou Spica pens for a little sparkle.I chose a lovely bright paper from a past freebie in Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and found some coordinating card in my stash.The square panels have been embossed with a recently purchased embossing folder.I love it.It embossed so deeply and it only cost me ¬£1.99 ūüôā Inked over it to bring the pattern out further.I die cut a flower and some leaves to add the sentiment to.I tied a bow and left the tails long so I could twirl them around.

Supplies :

Image : Summertime Peekers Flower Pot by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment :  Personal Impressions  Mixed Sentiments Clear Set
Mediums :  Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,Copic Atyou Spica Pens,Tangelo ,Grape Jelly and New Sprout Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads
Papers & Card : DP Past freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Orange and green card Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack,Purple card from stash
Tools : X-Cut Guilotine,Go Kreate Frilly Square #5,Joy!Crafts Leaves 1 Cutting Stencil,Marianne Design Flora 1, Craft Concepts Daisy Do Embossing Folder,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Ribbon from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Incy Wincy Designs¬†:¬†Summer Lovin’
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : All Things Digital 
The Corrosive Challenges : Summertime
Crafty Catz : Say it with Flowers
Digi Haven : Flowers
QKR Stampede : Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Summer
Crafty Ribbons :  Anything Goes with Ribbon
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Girl Power

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Beauty of the Carousel

At Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week we’d love to see you Make Your Own Flowers.To be in for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate for Digi Doodle Shop please visit the challenge site for full details.You don’t have to use¬†a Digi Doodle Shop image but if you do your entry will count twice!Don‚Äôt forget to take a peek at the DT‚Äôs wonderful work!

I’ve used the very beautiful Carousel from Digi Doodle Shop to create my card.The colouring has been done with Copic Sketch Markers.I tried something a little different to make the shaped card base.I took just the corner punch from my Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around the Page set to scallop the bottom edge and shape the corners. I did the same on the patterned paper but just punched the corners on the image piece.I tried to replicate the¬†pelmet on the carousel by draping some grossgrain ribbon under the image.¬†I made the flowers by cutting out the shapes from some coordinating paper 6 times and doubled up the layers.To add dimension I first folded them in half horizontally and vertically pattern side in then quarter turned them and folded themin the same manner¬†pattern side out.I added a stamped sentiment in an ink as close a match as I could find to¬†one of the Copics I used .Some 2mm and 3mm gems have been used to embellish.

Apart from being beautiful I think this is just the most perfect Summertime image.

Supplies :
Image : Carousel from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear stamp set
Mediums : Copic Sketch Markers ; YR30,E81,RV63,RV55,RV66,BG53,BG70,YG61,Memento Dew Drop Ink Rosebud
Paper : Freebie My Minds Eye pad form Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools : Martha Stewart Corner Punch from Cherish Punch Around the Page Set,X-Cut guillotine, decoupage scissors,Woodware 1″ Circle punch
Embellishments :   Crafts Too Acrylic Stone Gems Wheel Cool Series,Aqua grossgrain ribbon from stash.

Here are some challenges this card is for :

The Crazy Challenge : Summertime
Creative Stamp Friends : Summer
i Copic : Birthdays
Paper Playtime : Summer
There’s Magic in the Air : Birthday card
Dream Valley : Summer Themed
I Did It Creations : Floral
Lollipop Crafts : Anything Goes
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs : Summer Flowers
Creative Craft : Pretty Blossoms 
Deep Ocean : Cards
Scrap Creations :  At least 2 Designer papers and at least 2 different embellishments
Ladybug Crafts Ink : Summer Birthdays
Catch the Bug : CAS
Creative Belli : Custom Made Bellies
Wags n Whiskers : Birthdays
Penny’s Paper Crafty : Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Bow Wow Wow!

Anything Goes this week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.To be in for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate for Digi Doodle Shop please visit the challenge site for full details.Don’t forget to take a peek at the DT’s wonderful work!

I’ve wanted to use the sweet little Bootsie from the Ragga Mutts Collectables by Digi Doodle Shop for a while and having recently got a¬†dog from a shelter¬†I thought what better time.He’s based on Judy’s (the owner of Digi Doodle Shop) very own dog and been coloured with ProMarkers. At first I was going to make a card using brown tones and the thought he deserved a much more cheery home.So I settled on these papers.I got the idea to add a shoping list and thought a piece of Papermania Kraft Basics would be just the job.It comes with the lines printed on it.The only downside,of course,is you can see my ‘orrible handwriting : ( This is probably a typical list of what I buy our pampered pooch every week.With the exception of the shampoo.She’d rather not have a bath as she’s scared of water!She’s such a baby but that makes her even more lovable.I finished up with a paperclip that I wouldn’t like to say how long I’ve had and a maxi brad with the greeting stamped on.I love stamping on brads!

Supplies :
Image : Bootsie from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments
Mediums : ProMarkers,Jet Black Stazon
Papers & Card : DCWV The Mini Stack 3,Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Basics Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Clasic Scalloped Ovals Large,Big Shot 
Embellishments : Paperclip from stash,Woodware Maxi Brad

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Digi’s With Attitude!Challenges : Anything Goes
Mami Doodles : Heavy Metal
Just Some Lines : Spots & Dots
Here Come The Boys : Spots & Stripes
Creative Stamp Friends : Dots
Stamp-n-Doodle : Animals/Nature
Divas By Design : Die cuts/punches
Stampavie and more : More than 3 layers
Anything Goes : The Letter D (Dog and dots)
Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet : Something Old,Something New (the paperclip and brad are pretty old,the image,papers and  kraft are new)

Although I haven’t matched the colouring on Bootsie to¬†Socks,our dog,here’s the inspiration:

Posing for the camera!
You did lay this out for me didn’t you?Hmmmn….no.
As you can see she’s NOT allowed on the beds.D’ya think someone should tell her?Oh yeah,we did!
Lazy hound!Mind you if I had a bed as cosy as this I think I would spend most of my day here too.

She was due to be put to sleep because her owners never claimed her and her time was up in the pound.A vet said she shouldn’t be and was she was sent to re-homing shelter.She’d been there a while too ūüė¶ My kids fell in love with her¬†as soon as they met her.She’s so gentle and loving.She absolutely soaks up all the attention and cuddles she gets ūüôā

Thanks for looking and putting up with all my doggy pics!

Lisa x

Doctors and Nurses

The challenge theme this week at AiFactory Challenges is Under the Weather.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 30th March 11:59 EST to upload your project.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!

Here I’ve used Little Doctor Medical Cliparts.I’ve devised a card incoporating a tissue holder.I took inspiration from Splitcoaststampers Treat Box Card¬†by Melanie Schulenberg .The meausurement for the box part wasn’t big enough for what I needed so I altered the sizing to suit.This was a major achievement for me.I¬†REALLY don’t do meausuring!I even have trouble when the instructions are clearly laid out in front of me.I also flipped it so the card opens like a normal one.As well as the Nurse I printed out a plaster and stamped the greeting on it.It’s layered onto a real piece of bandage!

Here’s the inside :

I made the insert in Word and changed the font in Word Art.I thought this one one went rather well with the cliparts as it has the same shadowing underneath.Mind you with the horrendous cold I’ve picked up I may need to keep this one for myself¬† ūüėČ

I had so much fun making this I didn’t stop there.This next project is far simpler.

I took a Christmas tin,one of many I have stashed in my cupboard, for this one : 

I resized,printed and die cut the image and layered it onto another die cut piece.I edged them in Metallic Silver Promarker :

Because the rest of the lid and tin had no Christmas images and I quite liked the stripes I just added some grossgrain ribbon and some more cliparts resized to fit :


In case you hadn’t guessed it’s for keeping plasters in!

Supplies :
Images : Little Doctor Medical Cliparts from AiFactory
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear stamp set
Mediums : Jet Black Archival Ink Pad,Metallic Silver Promarker
Papers & Card : DP Making Memories, 12 x 12 white cardstock from stash 
Tools : Fiskars Euro Personal Paper Trimmer 30 cm,Martha Stewart Score Board,Nellies Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,Nestabilities Standard Circles and Classic Scallop Circle Large,Big Shot
Embellishments : Real bandage,grossgrain ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges these are for :

Delicious Doodles : 3 Dimensional Project
Paper Cutz : Your Choice
Allsorts : Gift Box (not too sure if this counts – let me know.I don’t mind if it’s deleted)¬†
A Gem of a Challenge : Anything but a Square (tin)
CES : Favourite song/inspired by a song – Doctor,Doctor by the Thopson Twins (remember that?!)
Secret Crafter : Anything but a card ( the tin counts.Not sure about the other – it’s a bit of a hybrid!)
Shannon’s Sentiments : Unusual fold
Sugar Creek Hollow : Anything Goes
Gingerloft : Die Cuts/Punches
Crazy Challenge : Any shape but a square
Lexi’s Creations : Ribbon No Bow¬†or Knot
Tuesday Throwdown : Anything but a card
Crafts & Me : Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew : No Stamps
Guylou’s Inimitability¬†: Dots
Aud Sentiments : Get well card


Lisa x

Beauty of Spring

The theme at¬†Digi Doodle Shop’s Best is Pearls this week.Play along for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop or join us as a GDT.Full details are on the challenge blog and don’t forget to check out the DT and GDT’s fabulous work while you’re there.

I’ve used the beautiful Spring Gathering for my card.She’s been printed onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with Distress Inks.I thought it would be in keeping with the gentleness of this figure.I’ve kept to quite a simple layout too to make sure she stays the focus of attention.I’ve added a couple of punched butterflies¬† to reflect those in the paper and used my newly acquired pearl embellishments.These may be better suited for flower centres but you know what it’s like when you get new stuff!!Anyway last time I used this punch I did a row of pearls down the middle so something different was called for.I stamped the sentiment in brown as I felt being solid black would’ve been overbearing.I used my new 1″ circle punch and it’s perfect for this set of sentiments as there are quite a few circle ones.I like the way it leaves a tiny border.Mind you I’ve wanted one for ages and you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to find one!

Supplies :
Image : Spring Gathering from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear set
Medium : Distress Inks in Tattered Rose,Victorian Velvet,Worn Lipstick,Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw,Walnut Stain,Tumbled Glass,Coffee Bean Archival Ink Pad
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Brown card from stash,watercolour paper pad from The Works
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Mini Corner Rounder Punch,Tonic Multi-Detail Butterfly Punch,Woodware 1″ Circle Punch
Embellishments : Paper Cellar Pink Beaded Flowers,Lemon Raffia Lace

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Stampin for the Weekend : Spring
Totally Papercrafts : Pearls and Lace
Stamp Something : March Digi Day
Simply Create : Power of Flowers
Catch the Bug : Anything Goes
Little Claire’s : Flowers
Simon Says : Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge : Lovely Ladies
Die Cut Dreams : Spring Garden Scene
Digi Stamps 4 Joy : Lacy Days
Bunny Zoe’s : Spring Flowers Everywhere
The Pink Elephant : Spring Time
Cupcake Inspirations :
Sentimental Sundays : Pearls and Lace
Paper Garden Projects : Spring Things
Crafty Calendar : Spring
By the Cute and Girly : Springtime


Lisa x

She’s so love-rly!

At¬†AiFactory Challenges¬†we’d love to see your Red and Pink creations this week.It could a chance to catch up on any last minute¬†Valentine’s cards but any theme is acceptable.You don‚Äôt need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you‚Äôd like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 9thFebruary11:59 EST¬†to upload your project.If you‚Äôre uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF066 so that we can find it easily and¬† leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the wonderful DT creations while you‚Äôre there!

I’ve used a couple of elements from the¬†‘Wuv you Ella’ set,including the delightful¬†Ella herself.She’s been coloured with Promarkers¬†and I hand stamped the message in her thought bubble.I’ve kept the layout quite simple because of the colour scheme and I didn’t want to lose Ella amongst too much fuss,did I?I wanted to mount her on the same paper as in the background so rather than cut into another piece of paper I figured out that I could cut it from the same piece as it would be covered with a scalloped oval.It worked! I cut her and the thought bubble out – just don’t look too closely at the small circle!Still,it’s lucky to have survived!Did think afterwards it would’ve been easier to punch it out – duh!I I just added some borders cut from a Sizzix¬†die and the heart with the swirls and flower from the set,also coloured with Promarkers.If you think Ella looks sweet you can find other sets and images featuring her at¬†AiFactory.

Supplies :
Images : Wuv you Ella from AiFactory
Sentiment : Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments clear stamp set
Mediums : Promarkers,Lady Bug Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad
Papers & Card : Pink DP K & Co,Red card from my stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Ovals Large and Classic Scalloped Ovals Large,Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strips Lace Edging,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges this card is for :

Simply Create : Give your heart away
Res-Q : Get in line
Craft Your Days Away : Love
CES : Bold and Bright
Creative Cowgirls : Love is in the air
Cupcake Inspirations :
Paper Playtime : January’s Digi Monday
Wild Orchid : Love is …
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes (flowers optional)
Try It On Tuesday : Feel the lurve
Top Tip Tuesday : Anything Girlie
By The Cute And Girly : Red Is All Around Us
Crafts and Me : Red  
Crafty Creations : My love is like a red,red rose – poem inspired
Creative Craft World : Love Card
I Love Promarkers : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenges : Hearts a flutter
Scrapbook Sisters : Red,red,red
Simon Says Stamp : Love is in the air
I Did It : The Red Challenge


Lisa x

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