Happy to celebrate!

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is 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.

Stanley – Happy Days by Crafty Sentiments Designs certainly looks like he has plenty to celebrate!He’s a new release digi stamp too!!A double celebration then 😀 I’ve coloured him up with a number of mediums.Stanley,the bottle and cork have been coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.Metallic ProMarkers in Gold and Silver give the label a foiled look.Stardust Pen give the hearts a glittery touch and some extra fizz has been given to the Champagne bubbles with a Graph’It Shake Marker.A few white gel pen highlights  and 3D Crystal Lacquer add shine to the bottle and Stanley’s nose.There…I think that’s it 😉 For the rest of the card I’ve used some patterned paper and wooden wording from paper of a Stampin’ Up prize I won in a draw at Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine’s website.Such a lovely surprise to have that drop through my door!The wooden star buttons and twine I already had in my stash.

Supplies :

Image : Stanley – Happy Days by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Gold & Silver Metallic ProMarkers,Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Red Star Pen,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Marker, 3D Crystal Lacquer

Papers & Card : DP Stampin’ Up Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another one to cut up for matting)

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Large & Classic Ovals Large,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares Large & Classic Squares Large,Big Shot,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch

To Embellish : Stampin’ Up Expressions Natural Elements, Dovecraft Back To Basics Traditional Twine,Wooden Star Buttons from stash

 

Some challenges I would to enter :

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Critters and Creatures : Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Our Crafty Corner : Always Anything Goes

Whoopsi Daisy : Green + Sentiment

Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine : Anything Goes

Crafty Friends Challenge : Anything Goes

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

Little Claire’s : Anything Goes

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

Creatalicious Challenges : St Patricks Day or Use Green

Just Keep On Crafting : Anything Goes

Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Fancy Borders

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Pattie’s Creations : Use Green

Cute Card Thursday : To Die For

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Wonderful Wednesdays : Always Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

I’m looking over a 4 leaf clover

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It’s the 2nd week of the St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at  Just Some Lines.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3.As usual there is a freebie on the challenge site if you wish to use it :)

This darling image is Fairy – 4 leaf clover by Just Some Lines.She’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers and her clothing has been paper pieced.A little sparkle has been added to her pixie boots and  wings with a Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen.I didn’t want to lose the softness of the shading on her wings,so just picked out  the detail already there .Here’s a closer look :

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The only way I can think to describe the card I made to go with her is it’s like a variation on a tent card style.But instead of the crease at the top it’s on the left hand side as normal but there are two concertinaed pieces of card top and bottom to keep from the card opening right up.It looks kind of like a slightly open book.I’m probably not doing a great job describing this,so maybe this pic may explain what I mean a little better :

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You can also see how I suspended the flowers on some invisible nylon thread.I can’t take credit for the design. I saw a sample card like this at a demo I went to.This is just my take on it.It was quite easy to put together but most of all it fun!

Supplies :

Image : Fairy – 4 leaf clover by Just Some Lines
Sentiment :  From Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Plate
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen,Cottage Ivy Memento Dew Drop Ink
Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (to stamp sentiment on & make concertinaed pieces),DP  Papermania Chelsea Green 12 x 12 Capsule Paper Pack
Tools : Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large,X-Cut Dielicious Extra Large Square Parenthesis Nesting Dies,X-Cut Guillotine (to cut down the die cut the sentiment is on),Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Chelsea Green Blitters (flowers),Papermania Chelsea Green Daisy Chains (cut in half),Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series

Some challenges this is for :

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Card and Scrap : Use Dies
Cards Galore Encore : Use a stamp or digi stamp
Connie Can Crop : Green with Envy
Catch The Bug : Feelin Lucky
Di’s Digis Designs : Make it Green
Open-Minded Challenges : Use Something Green
The Doodle Garden :  Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Make It Sparkle
Craft for the Craic : Something Green
Craftitude : Anything Goes or Add a Little Green
Cut it Up : Green for St,Patrick’s Day or Spring
Get Inky! : Green/ St.Patty’s Day
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Things with Wings
 
Thanks for looking 
Lisa x
 
 

Eye’m waiting for Halloween

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This month’s challenge at Just Some Lines is Halloween.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!

I had so much fun making this!!I chose to make a shaped card to go with the rather creepy Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines.He’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that I could add him to this die cut tombstone card.I always like to cover the front of shaped cards with another die cut panel to hide the folded edge.This gave me the opportunity to have a good,messy play too!!I started by embossing the piece to give it some texture then sanded it to create a pitted,weather worn feel.I wanted to deboss the lettering as if were were really carved into the stone.Now this was a learning curve – but I did it 😀 I cut the letters from some scrap chipboard then stacked them 3 deep,gluing of course 😉 Next came the hardest part of figuring out how to make the perfect sandwich in my Big Shot and astounded myself by getting it right first time!To enhance the effect I ran a ProMarker inside and followed with a black pen where I thought the extra shadowing should be.Onto the lichen next…I wanted this to be pretty realistic but having only Polar White Flower Soft was a bit of a hurdle.Remembering I had some inks tucked away in a drawer I tipped a little Flower Soft into a small pot and dropped some Yellow plus a couple of drops of Butterscotch for a more natural appearance,smooshing it around with my finger to make sure it all got coated.Whilst this was drying I inked round the edges of my tombstone then cut,sanded and inked the ivy.The grass at the bottom is actually the leftover from the ivy trimmed down,sanded,inked etc… I adhered my little skele friend (or should that be fiend?) and using clear drying PVA added my lichen,trying to emulate how it would normally grow.There I’m done!!

And just in case you think it’s a little early to start thing about All Hallow’s Eve here’s a glimpse of what was in my garden the foggy other day just to get you in the mood….

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Spooky,eh?When I think of all the money I’ve spent on decorations….lol….

It’s OK there aren’t any spiders visible in these pics….I left those ones out deliberately…. 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Waiting – Skeleton by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Black Soot & Peeled Paint Distress Ink,Hearthstone ProMarker (from Limited Edition Autumn/Winter Set),Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen,Ranger Posh Impressions Rainbow Ink in Yellow & Butterscotch 
Cardstock : Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Scrap Chipboard
Tools : Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Tombstones,Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Set,Marrianne Designs Ivy Set,Cuttlebug Mesh Texture Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Core’dinations Sand It Gadget,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Polar White Flower Soft (stained)

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Signs of Distress
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Halloween
Sassy Studio Designs : Think Outside the Box
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Halloween
Creative Craft Challenges :  Anything Goes
Cuttin & Stampin Challenges : Halloween
Loves Rubber Stamps : Anything Goes
Paper Minutes : Bizarre, Strange & Weird
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door :  Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks : Halloween
A Little Bit Crafty : A Little Bit Shabby
Country View Crafts’ Challenge : Something Spooky
Designed To Color : Use a Die
The Cupboard Trilogy : Halloween/Fall
Created With Love Challenges : Halloween
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Opus Gluei : Boo!!!
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles : Shaped Cards
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Halloween’s a Scream
Sister Act Card Challenge :  Anything Goes
 
 
 Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

Ava Flowery Summer

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Summer Flowers.We have the fabulous Digital Paper Craft 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.

For my card I’ve used the sweet,sweet Ava Girl by Digital Paper Craft and coloured her with a mix of ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.The FlexMarkers were used alone on her skin,hair and shoes.I introduced a couple of ProMarker colours on her dress to get the shading and hues I wanted.The papers were a freebie with Quick Cards Made Easy.It also came with a CD-rom full of coordinating elements.I resized and punched out the sentiment then coated it in 3D Crystal Lacquer.Once this was dry I mounted it onto a tag,threaded with paper twine,from the same CD-rom.This was then bordered with some punched flowers shaped with a ball tool.I like to make leaves to match with the same punch by trimming them down and adding the vein detail with a very fine ball tool.As the image is quite large with a lot of white space I decided to punch the floral border in white to keep in with this and to give an extra lift to the whole card.I dotted some Liquid Pearls into the center of the flowers on the border and the red ones too.Some flat backed pearls were used to embellish the cut out corners.I did also apply some gloss to her shoes too but it doesn’t really show in the main pic so here’s a closer view 🙂

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I can’t take credit for the layout tho’.More details below 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Ava Girl by Digital Paper Craft
Mediums : ProMarkers,FlexMarkers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Liqiud Pearls in Ruby Red and White Opal
Papers & Tags : Raspberry Road Freebies from Quick Cards Made Easy
Cardstock : Red & White ; Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad, Green ; Bazzill Basics, Pale Aqua ; Core’dinations So Mod 6 x6 pack
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Martha Stewart Hydrangeas Edger Punch,Martha Stewart Flower Punch and Stamp
To Embellish : Flat Back Pearls

Some challenges this is for :

Passion For Promarkers Challenge : Sketch 
613 Avenue Create  : Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody : Always Anything Goes
Great Impressions : Square Card  
Lacy Sunshine : Girls, Girls, Girls
A Gem of a Challenge : Punch it Out
Allsorts : Use your new stash (papers & CD-rom)
Crafty Calendar : August Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss : Die cuts and punches
Word Play Saturday : Childhood
Creative Corner : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts : Something Floral
As You Like it Challenge  : Favorite Twine or Ribbon and why – I really love this paper twine.It gives great texture and interest.There’s a lovely array of useful colours in the pack.BUT the biggest bonus being it ‘s only 99p from The Works!!LOL – can’t resist a crafty bargain 😉
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Anything but a birthday card with a sentiment
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Make your own embellishments (flowers & tag)
I love Promarkers : Summer
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments : Dies and Punches
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

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

Rainy Days & Mondays

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At Digi Sketch Challenge we have another new challenge and the theme this fortnight is Rain,Rain Go Away!We have the super Crafty Sentiments and Ellephantastic as our sponsors.

It’s the lovely Anne-Marie’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.

As you can see I’ve made two card and both use our sponsors images 🙂

For my top card I’ve used Mia by Crafty Sentiments and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers and used white gel pen to add highlights.Altho’ she’s not really designed as a rainy day image I’ve applied 3D Crystal Lacquer to her coat to give the appearance of a rain mac and also to her boots to make them look like wellies 😉 I’ve flicked a pale blue Copic Ciao Marker across the background and coated it with more lacquer for instant rain!I chose the papers,that I’ve had an age,to compliment the rainy feeling.All edges have had the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser treatment.A couple of  clouds have been sanded before being placed on the card.To finish the card a clear button has been threaded through some paper twine which has been wrapped around the border piece.

Supplies :

Image : Mia by Crafty Sentiments
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,3D Crystal Lacquer
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Flower Circles,Joy!Crafts Clouds Die,Big Shot,Core’dintaions Sand It Gadget
To Embellish: Paper Twine and Clear Button from stash

For my second card I’ve used Emily Autumn by Ellephantastic and coloured her with ProMarkers this time,trying to incorporate as many of the new Spring/Summer Limited Edition colours.I’ve also gone for a different look by using pastel backing papers and card.I cut a circle frame to place behind the image from some Nellie’s  Multi Frame Circle Dies.I’ve not used them like this before but I really like it 🙂 I stamped a circular sentiment and added it to another one of the frames.Some acrylic dew drops have been used to embellish.

Supplies :

Image : Emily Autumn by Ellephantastic
Colouring Medium : ProMarkers
Papers & Card : DP Freebie Emma’s Garden from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Circles,Big Shot
To Embellish : Acrylic Dew Drops from stash
 

Some challenges these are for :

Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Crafty Calendar : April Sunshine and Showers
Digi Haven : Rain/Umbrella
Inky Impressions : Punches/dies
Mema’s Crafts Monday Challenge : Anything Goes
Marker POP Challenge : April Showers
Heck of a Challenge : Just Add Water

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 
 

Have a monster Birthday!

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This week at Craft Your Passion the challenge is Make It Cute!!We have the fabulous 2 Cute Ink  and The Robin’s Nest as our sponsors 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.

For my card I’ve used the adorable Monster Balloon Digital Stamp  by 2 Cute Ink and coloured him with ProMarkers.His balloon has given a coating of Glossy Accents.I’ve layered up various papers from the Kars Vector paper pad.I turn to this pad time and time again for male themed cards.You can just pick out that the one behind the monster is glittered too.I chose some green cardstock to coordinate and a few brads to match.Metal embellishments just seem so right on masculine cards 🙂 The sentiment has been made on my Dymo Labelmaker using a plain bold font this time,then cut into banner shapes.Love this little gadget 😀 This card is for my DH from my youngest son.

Supplies :

Image : Monster Balloon Digital Stamp by 2 Cute Ink 
Sentiment : Created with my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Mediums : ProMarkers,Glossy Accents
Papers & Card : DP Kars 6 x 6 Paperpad Vector,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch
To Embellish : Making Memories Primary Mini Circle Brads
 

Some challenges this is for :

Brown Sugar :  Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Layer It Up
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge : Happy Birthday Fellas
Crafty Ribbons : One for the Boys
Shelly’s Images : Anything Goes
I love Promarkers :  Anything Goes
Bearly Mine :  Anything Goes
Can You Digi It  Male Birthdays
Creative Card Crew : Masculine 
Paper Minutes : Real Metal (brads)
Tuesday Alchemy  Anything Goes
Cards by Lady Anne/Stamp Anything Challenge :  Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

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