Looking pretty for Autumn

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Autumn Leaves.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.

Molly РLooking Pretty by Crafty Sentiments Designs has been coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils and then blended out for a softer look.I chose some lovely papers to go with her and the top panel has been embossed.A little faux stitching has been drawn around the edges using a fine liner pen.After adding the die cut border three lengths of jute twine were adhered above it,the ends on the right hand side have been left free.I tied the bow allowing the loose ends to create multiple tails.The panel with the totally adorable Molly lays flat and I die cut a frame then raised it on some foam tape for some dimension.The wooden leaves and toadstool have been colourised around the edges with a Spectrum Noir Pencil then I applied Blending Solution with a paper stump for a more muted effect before being arranged around the frame.

Supplies :

Image : Molly РLooking Pretty by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Pencils,Spectrum Noir Blending Solution,Jet Black Archival Ink,Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen

Papers & Card :¬†DP Dovecraft¬†12 x 12 Value Paper Pack More Or Less,Core‚Äôdinations Distress Collection 12×12 Tumbled Glass & Dried Marigold,White Card from stash

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Grand Nestabilities Ovals Scalloped and Ovals,Die-sire Embossalicious 6×6 Embossing Folder Florabunda,Scalloped Border Die from Big Shot Plus Starter Kit,Big Shot Plus,Kars Paper Stumps

To Embellish : Kars Tiny Wooden Shapes Mushroom Leaves,Jute Twine from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts¬†:¬†Teens & Tweens

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Love to Scrap : Anything Goes

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Whoopsi Daisy : Add Embellishments

Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine : Anything Goes

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes with Leaves

A Gem of a Challenge : Autumn

Crafting-With-Friends : Always Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Always Anything Goes

Jo’s Scrap Shack¬†:¬†Anything Goes

Polkadoodles : Favourite Shape Card (Yeah,pretty boring but I do love a square)

Simply Papercraft : Always Anything Goes

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

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes (Twist = Girly Girl)

Digital Delights by Louby Loo : Anything Goes

Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes or Halloween

Wonderful Wednesdays : Always Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

‘Owl’ be thanking you ;)

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Deedee’s Digis¬†as our¬†sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

As soon as I saw this owl image in the Teacher’s Pet set by Deedee’s Digis¬†I just knew I had to make some kind of book style card.The idea for this one came from here at Card-Making-Magic.Of course,this¬†pre-coloured image is one of a few images you get (in different formats),along with a couple of papers and several sentiments!Great value ūüôā I added a bookplate die cut containing one of the sentiments attached with eyelets,a baker’s twine tied paperclip and an extra large eyelet.This is for one of my DS2’s teachers and it’s his last year at Primary School before he starts¬†‘Big School’ in September.It’s also kind of an end of an era for us as he’s¬†our youngest.He has 2 part time teachers and a teaching assistant.So I guess I will using the rest of this fab kit to make a couple more of these style cards ūüėČ

Supplies :

Image,Sentiment & Papers :¬†Teacher’s Pet¬†by Deedee’s Digis

Card Blank : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6

Medium : Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen

Tools : X-Cut Steel Ruler,Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors,Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals and Classic Ovals Large,Sizzix Bigz Bookplate,Big Shot,We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Big Bite

To Embellish : Dovecraft Brights 1/8″ Round Eyelets,We R Memory Keepers Extra Large Eyelet (part of a job lot from QVC a few years ago),Helz Cuppleditch The London Line Twine,Paperclip from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Alphabet Challenge : K is for Kind Thoughts

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Polkadoodles : 2 or More Patterned Papers

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge : Always Anything Goes (Cards only)

Card Mania : Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore : Stamp or Digi Anywhere

Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp : Get In Shape

City Crafter Challenge  : Woodland Animals

Creative Card Crew : Die Cuts 

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

No.1 Dad ‘wood’ you believe?!

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous¬†Bugaboo Stamps¬†as our¬†sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

Here’s the adorable KIDZ – dad boy¬†by¬†Bugaboo Stamps¬†coloured up with Copic Ciao Markers.The wording has been paper pieced with some woodgrain effect paper.Of course he’s perfect for Father’s Day or if your kids just want to tell their Dad how great he is!I layered up the rest of the card and cut some banners from more of the papers from the same pad.As they are quite contrasting I¬†didn’t feel the need for additional cardstock.A line of piercing and faux stitching has added across the top of the banners to give the impression they have been sewn on.Real sewing?Not me!Well,not very often ūüėČ A row of brads,chosen as they stood out best against the paper,decorate the top right corner.

Supplies :

Image : KIDZ – dad boy by Bugaboo Stamps

Mediums :  Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen

Papers : DP Authentique Celebrate 6 x 6 Pad

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Small,Big Shot,Crafts Too Metal Edge Ruler with Stitching Holes,Joy!Crafts Pricking Pen Fine,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Brads from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Glitter n Sparkle : One For The Boys

One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes with Men

Sentimental Sundays¬†:¬†Happy Father’s Day or Manly Cards

That Craft Place : Layers

Little Claire’s¬†:¬†Father’s Day

My Sheri Crafts : Masculine

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Dads

Pattie’s Creations¬†:¬†Father’s Day or Graduation

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge : Always Anything Goes (Cards only)

4 Crafty Chicks¬†: Father’s Day

Crafting for all Seasons¬†:¬†It’s A Boy Thing

Creative Moments¬†: Anything Goes/Man In Your Life/Father’s Day

Little Red Wagon : Stitching

Paper Shelter Challenge : Make It Digital

Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬† Anything Goes

Cardz 4 Guyz¬†:¬†Father’s Day

Going Grey With Scrap-Creations¬†:¬†Father’s Day

Top Tip Tuesday : Cut It Out (die cut,hand cut banners and letters for paper piecing)

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Something(s) beginning with G…

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Things that start with G.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 Molly – Looking Pretty¬†by Crafty Sentiment Designs just the sweetest?!Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers and fussy cut.So,I really had fun pulling out forgotten stash,dusting down and using it – for a change ūüėČ Whilst in the mood to deplete my ever growing stash supplies I took the opportunity to create a patchwork background for Molly with paper scraps leftover from other crafty projects.To make it easy for you here’s the list of the G’s :¬†Girl,Green,Glitter,Gems,Grosgrain,Gromlets (or Wallace& Gromlets as I like to call them) & Greeting.I did use glue as well – but I guess that doesn’t really count LOL ūüėČ

Supplies :

Image :  Molly РLooking Pretty by Crafty Sentiment Designs
Mediums : Jet Black Archival Ink,Copic Ciao & Sketch Markers,Crystal Glamour Dust,Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen
Greeting : We R Memory Keepers Extra Large Designer Eyelet 
Paper & Card :  DP Papermania Chelsea Green 12 x 12 Capsule Paper Pack,Kraft Card from Every Crafts A Pound
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Ditresser,Decoupage Scissors,We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Big Bite 
To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Chelsea Green Blitters (glitter flowers with gems in the middle),We R Memory Keepers Gromlets,Grosgrain Ribbon from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet : All that Glitters
My Craft Creations :  Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle : Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking
Whoopsi Daisy : Distressing
Addicted to Stamps : Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping : Anything Goes
Anything Goes with a Twist : Anything Goes
Creative Corner : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination : AnythingGoes
Scrappers’ Delights¬†:¬†Anything Goes/Monochrome¬†
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes
Country View Crafts’ Challenge¬†:Sparkle and Shine
Creatalicious Challenges : Flower Power
Eclectic Ellapu : Flowers
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Bearly a butterfly

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So it‚Äôs the last week of the month long¬†Love & Hearts challenge at¬†Just Some Lines.Well,that’s another month over!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.

I’ve taken this sweet Butterfly Bear¬†by Just Some Lines and coloured her with soft pastel pencils,blended out for a softer appearance.I remembered I had this heart paper buried in my stash and just had to dig it out to use with her ūüôā I drew on some faux stitching around the edges.I punched a border down one side of the vertical strip and used some dies to cut out the bear and stamped sentiment.A couple of adhesive gems cover the holes,where you would normally place a brad,on the sentiment piece to give a prettier look.The flower has been stamped onto more of the patterned paper and cut out.A heart shaped button has been adhered to the centre to cover the round one that’s on the image and a couple of wooden leaves have been placed either side as a finishing touch.This was a last minute decision but I like it ūüôā

Supplies :

Images : Butterfly Bear by Just Some Lines,Flower stamp freebie from past issue of Craft Stamper magazine
Sentiment : Dawn Bibby Designs Clear Stamps Woodland Rabbits
Mediums : Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils,Winsor and Newton Artist’s Fixative,Jet Black Archival Ink, Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen
Papers & Card : DP K & Co,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (for matting and layering)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tonic Studios¬†Simplicity Geared Pattern Punch Doily Border Punch,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Rectangles 2,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Kars Tiny Wooden Shapes Mushroom Leaves,Self Adhesive Gems from Trimcraft The London Line,Heart Shaped Button and Paper Twine from stash
 

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Calendar : Love Is All Around
Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†BINGO (Digi,Gems,Stitching – real or faux)
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge¬†:¬†Love Is All Around
Card Makin’ Mamas¬†:¬†Stack It Up (3 or more layers)
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique : Use a Punch or a Die-Cut
4 Crafty Chicks : Things with Wings
4 Krafty Girlz  : Anything Goes
Chalk N Stock : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Dies or Punches
Paper Shelter Challenge : Punches and Dies
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Lots of Layers
Papertake Weekly : Lovely Layers
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Stitching
Tuesday Throwdown  : Anything With Wings
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet : Use a Die Cut

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

A bit of Zentang-owl!

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is¬†Add Some Doodling.We have the fabulous Doodle Pantry¬†as our¬†sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

So,I thought I would challenge myself!!I’ve done faux stitching,wobbly frames,frames using a ruler in the past…now to try something different!!And I couldn’t have found a more perfect image than this delightful Quirky Owl by Doodle Pantry¬†.There are lots of other Quirky animals if owls ain’t your thing ūüôā Must admit it was a little strange armed with only a fine liner rather than an array of colours not say a bit daunting…but I found a useful site here.I was still feeling nervy as I began but as I went along I learned to let go and enjoy it!Of course I had the added pressure of this being a DT card and the fact that time was of the essence.Why don’t I ever take the easy route?!Not sure I got it all right and there are probably loads of mistakes that a seasoned Zentangler could spot but I’m quite pleased with the overall effect ūüôā I just had to use the pretty papers that came with the image to create a banner backdrop for him to perch amongst along with one of the sentiments also in the set.Following on from the theme I,naturally,drew in some faux stitching around the edges of the base card and banners ūüėÄ

Supplies :

Image : Quirky Owl by Doodle Pantry 
Medium : Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5mm Pen
Sentiment : From Quirky Owl 
Papers & Card : DP included with Quirky Owl,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blanks
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Decoupage Scissors,Circle Plier Punch
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Bakers Twine
 

 

Some challenges this is for :

Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes 
That Craft Place : Sentiment
The Squirrel & the Fox : Animal Antics
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Craftitude : Anything Goes/Use Twine or String
Pattie’s Creations¬†:¬†Birthdays
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Animal Magic
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge : Holidays & Celebrations
Artistic Inspirations : Use a Sentiment/ Anything Goes
Card Mania : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Stitching Real or Faux
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme : Animals (Theme only)
Ooh La La Creations : Stitching Real or Faux
Cards Galore Encore : Animals

 

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‚Äôre 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 ūüėÄ I cut the letters from some scrap chipboard then stacked them 3 deep,gluing of course ūüėČ 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…. ūüôā

Supplies :

Image : Waiting РSkeleton 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