Totally Enchanting

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At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is 3 or More Embellishments.We have the fabulous¬†The Paper Shelter¬†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.

For my card I’ve chosen the beautiful Spring Enchantment¬†¬†by¬†The Paper Shelter.Personally I think she’s enchanting any time ūüėÄ I’ve printed out the black and white outline version and coloured her using Copic Ciao Markers.You do get a pre-coloured image along with a background but this time I’ve¬†teamed her with¬†some papers I’ve recently bought cos’ I needed to use them.The flowers and swirls are die cuts and the embellishments I picked out from my stash are pearl brads,flat backed pearls and ¬†ribbon.This is a new ¬†purchase too and¬†I’m so glad I got to add that too!

Supplies :

Image : Spring Enchantment by The Paper Shelter
Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card : DP My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline – Dolled Up,Trimcraft 12 x 12 Textured Card,¬†Craft¬†UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine, Grand Nestabilities Ovals Scalloped and Ovals,Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals Large, Flowers from Marianne Designs Rectangle Frame Set (shaped with a large ball tool),Swirls from Ribbon Flower 3,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Pearl Brads Blues,Ribbon from American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack  Satin,Flat Backed Pearls from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Everybody-Art-Challenge : Pearls
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes / Summer Fun
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts¬†:¬†Layers
Craft-Dee BowZ :  Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Ditzie Digi Designs : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox : Metal 
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations : Digi/Flowers
2 Sisters : Make your own embellishments (flowers)
Catch The Bug : Summertime
Crafty Calendar : Petals and Pearls
Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†Ribbons and Bows¬†
We Do Doobadoo Challenge : Ribbon
Bloggers : Flowers
Brown Sugar : Summer
Craft for the Craic : Something Summery or with Flowers
Craftitude : Use Flowers and/or Lace
Get Inky! : Get Inky This Summer
Graph’It Colour Challenge¬†:¬†Blondie
QKR Stampede : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog¬†:¬†Birds
The Stamping Boutique : Flower Embellishment
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge : Hip to be Square
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


An Englishman’s home is his Mushroom Castle!


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Something New.We have the fabulous The Paper Shelter  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’ve decide to go with a New Home theme using Mushroom Castle by The Paper Shelter,as I’m being very good about my stash diet ūüėĬ†I’ve printed the coloured version of the image (you get 1 outline and coloured digi stamp included) directly onto ¬†a kraft card blank using a verse editor CD-rom.The sky and clouds behind have been coloured by me with Polychromos pencils,blending the sky using low odour oils thinners and a blending stump for a softer look.A sentiment has simply been added by die cutting self adhesive canvas applied to a length of baker’s twine,looped around some brads and adhered into place.A couple of jump rings allow the key charm to dangle from the middle brad to finish.Quite a simple card as I’m hoping the postage won’t be too expensive to send this to one of my old neighbours who is waiting for her new house to be finished ūüôā

Supplies :

Image : Mushroom Castle by The Paper Shelter
Sentiment : Hand stamped with an alphabet from Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Boxed Stamp Set 
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low Odour Oils Thinners,Jet Black Archival Ink
Card & Materials : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,DCWV The Adhesive Fabric Stack 6 x 6 
Tools : Kars Blending Stumps,Joy!Crafts Labels & Tags Cutting Stencil,Big Shot
To Embellish : Trimcraft The London Line Twine, Dovecraft Neutrals Brads,Key Charm and Jump Rings from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafting from the Heart : Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays¬†:¬†Pick from our favorite challenge –¬†Challenge #140: Celebrating the NEW
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge : W is for Whatever You Wish
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : New Beginnings
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Something New
Digitally Sweet : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. : New Year/New Beginnings/New Baby
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
LEJ Designs : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly¬†:¬†Pick Of The Year¬†– Happy New….
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


The challenge this week at Craft Your Passion is Hexagons.We have the fabulous Simon Says Stamp,The Paper Shelter and Stamp Fairy as our sponsors.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used Cockatoo Rules!¬†from The Paper Shelter¬†and coloured him with Copic Ciao Markers.I found an old quilting template amongst my Mum’s old sewing stuff ¬†(that I inherited) and cut¬†different patterns from one of my fave collections.So favourite are they that I try not to use them!This card will be for my son’s birthday so they’ll be staying within my house at least!!:D I¬†created¬†a patchwork¬†effect background¬†with¬†them.The embossing folder¬†I’d been umming and ahhhing about for a while but knowing I had to make something for this challenge it quickly became a must-have!I used a paper photo anchor and bracket for the same paper¬†collection.I pierced a hole in the photo anchor and added a brad.The ‘Go’ sign is from a bag iron on patches my SIL gave me.I stuck it onto the backing piece of card using ultra¬†adhesive¬†tape.Yeah,I know it’s really an¬†octagon but it went well with the image ,I thought ūüėČ

Supplies :

Image : Cockatoo Rules! from The Paper Shelter 
Colouring Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Papers & Card : DP Ooh La La for Him My Minds Eye 12 x 12 Paper Kit,Cardstock Bazzill Basics
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Craft Concept Hexagon Illusion Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Quilting template,X-Cut Craft knife
To Embellish : Photo anchor and bracket from paper kit,Brad and Iron patch from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Here Come the Boys : Die Cuts/Punches
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes 
Robyn`s Fetish : Cards for a Man
Scrapper`s Delights Paper Crafts : Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes 
Allsorts : For Men Only
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Add texture 
Delicious Doodles : Embossing
Stamp Man : Emboss it
Do You Stack Up? : Brads
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
Southern Girls : Animal crackers
Mema’s Crafts¬†:¬†Anything goes (winter/holiday optional)
PapercraftJunkies Challenge : Things with wings
Digistamps 4 Joy¬†:¬†Bingo…But with a Difference – No Glitter,No Ribbon,One image (one that will make you smile – hopefully!),No¬†Apples,No Buttons.Hope I’ve got this right!!
The Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :No Square Cards
Stamp n Doodle : Fabric (hope the iron patch counts!)
Anything Goes Challenge :  Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Jackson’s Digital Expressions¬†:¬†Anything Goes
Today is Bonfire Night in the UK.Altho’ I say ‘Night’ we have had fireworks going off most nights since the end of the Summer ūüė¶ My poor doggy is beside herself ¬†– she’s a baby at the best of times!Have to admit some of them make me jump out of my skin,they sound like bombs going off!
Here’s a pic to show what a real baby she is :
Might keep the blanket wrapped around her ears tonight.At least it could muffle the noises for her.The pic¬†quality’s¬†not great as it was taken on Hubby’s iPhone.
Don’t forget to keep your pets safe tonight – altho’ Im sure you won’t ūüôā
Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Bingo!It’s Bath Time!


It’s time to play Bingo! at Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week.We have¬†Simon¬†Says¬†Stamp¬†and¬†The Paper Shelter¬†as our fabulous sponsors.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they‚Äôve done a wonderful job!

Here’s a little peek at the board :

For my card I’ve used Magic Bubble Bath¬†¬†from The Paper Shelter.Ain’t she a cutie!You get so much¬†in¬†this set too!Outlines ,coloured images,backing paper and a¬†composition¬†of the character on the background etc..So real value for money!She’s been coloured with ProMarkers and I’ve added 2 lots of sparkle with Frosted Lace Stickles on the bubbles and Diamond Stickles to give sparkly fairy wings,just as they should be ūüėČ I kept it quite simple as I wanted to show the backing paper that comes in the set.I Distress Inked the edges around the die cut image.Then I roughed all the edges and those on the background piece.I added a the die cut doily just to break it up a little and also popped some flowers from the die that came with it.I threaded some clear buttons with paper twine and placed them in¬†the¬†centre of each flower.

I followed the bottom line on the board.Flowers,Distress,Buttons.

Supplies :

Image and backing paper : Magic Bubble Bath from The Paper Shelter
Mediums : ProMarkers,Distress Ink,Frosted Lace and Diamond Stickles
Card : Papermania  A4 Capsule Textured cardstock
Tools : X-Cut gullotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Ornate Frame,Marianne Design Designer Doily,Big Shot
To embellish : Papercellar Clear Buttons,Paper Twine 

Some challenges this is for :

Di’s Digis Designs¬†:¬†¬†Use more than one die cut or punch
ATCs & Cards With Attitude :  Anything Goes/buttons and bows
Avadares :  Make It Sparkle
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude :  Anything Goes/buttons and bows
Raise The Bar : Anything with Wings 
Simply Create Too : Anything Goes  
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best¬†:¬†¬†Anything goes (last challenge ūüė¶ )
Sarah Hurley Challenges : Something magical
Freshly Brewed : Distressing
My Mum’s Craft Shop¬†: Buttons


Thanks for looking

Lisa x



Gothic Star Girl

Gone Gothic is the Challenge at Craft Your Passion this week.We have the fabulous The Paper Shelter as our sponsor too!Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT and GDT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used the gorgeous Gothic and Modern¬†from The Paper Shelter.This comes as a set with various images and a backing paper.I’ve printed and coloured the JPG Outline with Flexmarker in greyscale adding some subtle highlights with a white gel pen.Here’s a closer view :

This is the first time I’ve made a Star Card and the tutorial I’ve used came from here.This one is in cm’s but I usually work in inches.Now I understand the¬†principle I’ll definitely have a go in those measurements.That’s how I achieved the central triangular mat.I took my time with the card base and it actually turned right first time!!¬†I also made the skeleton leaf flower from this tutorial.Making this card took me back to my teen years and I had a good reminisce about all things Goth/Gothic.So I plumped for a monochrome colour scheme(I wanted to use black but not make everything too dark),lace, metal (brads and pins) and the star¬†shaped¬†base ( altho’ most goth stars are pentangles).Even the flower has a lacy feel to it.I did have to colour some of the leaves with my black FlexMarker as I didn’t have enough.It’s a pretty good way to use these up as I’m sure a lot of people have them in there stash and don’t know what to do with them!I would be careful making them tho’ as the lady in the video appears to have asbestos fingers – my pain threshold isn’t that high.Ow!I mad the pins myself too with various beads and metal spacers from my stash,holding everything together with Glossy Accents.Altho’ the corners are tucked in when the card is folded the pins and sentiment act as closures to help keep everything in place.The sentiment covers the small gap you get in the centre and I’m too fussy to let it show!!Anyway hope¬†you¬†like my interpretation of gothic.Only trouble is after making this I did have to go and seek out some videos by The Cure on YouTube!Gotta love Robert Smith’s hair!!

Supplies :

Image : Gothic and Modern from The Paper Shelter
Sentiment : From Hero Arts Anytime Messages clear stamp set
Mediums : FlexMarkers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Black Soot Distress Ink,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Paper and Card : Core’dintaions Roy G. Biv 12 x12 cardstock pad,Papermania Capsule Collection Bexley Black 8 x 8¬†
Tools : X-cut gullotine,Martha Stewart Score Board,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large,Shapeabilities Office Supplies,Big Shot,Stick It!Hot Melt Glue Gun,Cut n Dry Foam
To Embellish : Skeleton leaves,Pins and beads and black gems all from stash,Papermania Gem Brads Iridescent 

Some challenges this is for :

Corrosive Challenges : Sentimentally Yours
Creative Inspirations Paint : Shaped Cards
Dream Valley Challenges : Anything but Square
Gingerloft : Fancy Folds 
That Craft Place  : Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays : Bingo (Lace,Flowers,Diecut)
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards With Attitude  : Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy : Fancy Folds
Stamp Man :  Bling it On
Sassy Studio Designs : Use something metal
Shelly’s Images¬†:¬†Use text/sentiment
Whimsy Inspiration : Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenges : Anything goes
Jackson’s Digital Expressions¬†:¬†¬†Anything Goes + Optional A Rose By Any Other Name (Use Flowers)
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network :  Anything Goes
Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude : Anything Goes 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Swinging into Spring easel-y

We want to see your¬†Easel¬†Cards¬†this¬†week at Craft Your Passion.We have The Paper Shelter and¬†Robin’s¬†Nest as our fabby sponsors too!Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at DT and GDT inspiration,they‚Äôve done a wonderful job!

For my card I’ve used Spring Swing from The Paper Shelter.You get both a coloured image and an inked (outline) image.I’ve coloured the inked image using ProMarkers.I cut away around the little birdie and pushed his wing and tail up for more dimension,placing a piece of foam tape behind him.The edges have been inked with Distress Ink.First applied with an old make-up brush then depth was added by scrunching up a tissue¬†and¬†rubbing more ink round the edges.I couldn’t be bothered to get my Cut n Dry out and the results look pretty good to me!I decided to design the card to suit the shape of the image.I deliberately cut the top of the ropes off to give more of a natural flow.The pretty Spring papers were a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft mag.The flowers only go down the middle of the sheet so I die cut some matching flowers form the edges of the leftover piece.This is the first time I’ve used this die and I have to say I’m impressed how they turned out.Some gingham ribbon ans flower shaped gems complete the card.

I’m really in to making cards with the Spring feeling ATM.The weather was¬†absolutely glorious yesterday and it’s set to continue today – at least!That’s the trouble with the UK ¬†it could always be snowing by the end on the week!!

Supplies :
Image : Spring Swing from The Paper Shelter
Mediums : ProMarkers,Stormy Sky Distress Ink
Paper & card : DP Kate Knight Spring Fling! freebie pad from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Roy G.Biv cardstock pad
Tools : Grand Nestabilities Ovals Scalloped and Ovals,X-cut Dielicious Decorative Dies Petal Posies,Nellie Snellen Borders 2,Big Shot
To embellish : Papermania Gems,Gingham ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges this is for :

Gingerloft : Spring
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
PanPastel UK Challenge: Girly/Mother`s Day
2 Sisters : Spring Colours
Allsorts : Say it with Flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges: Use spring as your inspiration
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle : Fancy Fold
Hotshot Crafts : Ribbons
Jellypark Challenges¬†:¬†National Craft Month (I know my skills aren’t up¬†with¬†some people out there but I love¬†colouring!I’m really in to making shaped cards ATM and getting the most out of my many dies.I adore gingham ribbon.)
Wags ‘n Whiskers¬†: Spring Break (travel or spring)
CCEE Stampers : Flowers, flowers, flowers
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything made with paper goes
I Love Promarkers : Ribbons and bows  
My Mum’s Craft shop: ¬†Spring is Springing
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything goes
Stampavie and More : Spring/Easter
Whimsy Inspiration : No sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge : Spring  
Paper Take Weekly : Anything Goes (optional Рuse Shrink Plastic)
Cupcake Craftroom : Spring Bouquet
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Spring/ Easter

Thanks for looking

Lisa x