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

A place in the sun(flowers)

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Anything But a Card.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.

I wanted to try something a bit different with the adorable Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs.After mulling over a few gardening related ideas I thought about making a flower pot and adding in some handmade sunflowers.I found a great video here to create a wood effect planter type.She does omit the measurements for the main body of the pot but I figured out it needed to be 11cm high and the length of an A4 piece of card.She also uses a wood panel stamp but not having one I embossed with a folder instead and rubbed ink over it.I would have preferred to use my woodgrain embossing folder but as it’s still AWOL I made do with this one :S I added in some greenery as a filler cut from an icicle die and made up my sunflowers from yellow card after inking them and folding the petals for more dimension.The stems are some re-purposed round lolly sticks coloured to match the grass and leaves.The sunflower centres are buttons threaded with jute button thread and I tied a thicker piece of the same type of twine around the outside for a rustic feel.Molly was coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut before being popped up on foam tape for dimension.There all done and it was quite easy to construct too – a huge bonus in my book 😀

Closer view of Molly -Sunflowers :

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** N.B. The store is suspended for maintenance ATM.Once it’s back up and running I will update my post Yay!The store is back up and fully operational 🙂 **

Supplies :

Image : Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Desert Sand,Cantaloupe,Tangelo and Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop Inks

Cardstock : Kraft from stash,Yellow & Green American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools : Fiskars 30 cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Ball embossing tool,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Marianne Design Icicle Border,Crafters Companion Die’sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions,Leaves from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit,Big Shot,Stick It!Hot Melt Glue Gun,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Jute Button Thread and Jute Twine from my stash,Recycled Lolly Sticks

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

All Crafts Challenge : Anything But a Card

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes with a Twist of Die Cuts

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Buttons & Bows

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Summer

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Stamp and Create : May Flowers

Use Your Stuff : Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams : How Does Your Garden Grow

The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge: Flowers 

Creative Corner :Anything Goes

Dragons Lair Designs : A Bouquet of Flowers

Pattie’s Creations : Use a Digital or Stamped Flower Image

Polkadoodles : Girly, but no Pink

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

DRS Designs : Inspired By Colour 

 

2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Dream Factory : The Secret Garden

Lia Stampz Challenge : Embossing

Sparkles Forum Challenges  : It’s Spring (minimum of 5 flowers)

The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Top Tip Tuesday : It’s all about the Hair colour!

Little Red Wagon : To Die For

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A prickly reception?Definitely not!

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Oh my goodness!!I’m so excited!I got chosen to join Crafty Sentiments as a GDT!I put my name down in a moment of madness thinking they’d never pick me and here I am with my very first project for them 😀

The challenge at Crafty Sentiments is a nice easy one and everybody’s fave – Anything Goes!Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning the super prize below.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

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So meet the delightful Hedgehog – Hello! by Crafty Sentiments Designs.He’s available as a rubber stamp and here I’ve coloured him in Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.I decided I’d give him a setting and to be honest I can always do with a bit of practice on creating backgrounds 😉 Not sure if it’s the angle of the notebook or the lens,maybe both,but hedgie on the right looks as tho’ he’s been more slugs n’ snails.But rest assured they are definitely following the same diet.

Here’s a side by side piccie :

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I decided to make a card and notepad set just for something a little different…I chose these papers with a woodsy/countryside feel to them.Then teamed them with some kraft and lifted the reddy pink with coordinating card.There was already a sentiment on the woodgrain piece on the card so I thought I’d utilise that and cut the flowers out again from a second sheet and layered them up,slightly overlapping the bottom corner of the butterfly paper.The ric rac was a little too pale so I toned it in to match with a Copic Ciao Marker.This has been topped with a jute twine threaded button.The same papers were used on the notepad and I made new covers out of kraft.The butterfly paper was turned into a flower,ric rac for leaves and the button added to the centre.

Supplies :

Image : Hedgehog – Hello! stamp by Crafty Sentiments Designs
Colouring Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (for highlights on eyes and nose)
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,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (for layering image and making notebook covers – it just happens to match the card blank perfectly)
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals Small,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small,Flowers from Marianne Designs Rectangle Frame Set,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Jute Twine and Ric Rac from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Eclectic Ellapu : Furry Friends 
Fairytale Stampers : Summer
Great Impressions : Animal Friends
Robyn`s Fetish : Animals
A Gem of a Challenge : Any Animal
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Crafting At the Weekend : Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Summer Days
Creative Corner : Outdoors
Fussy and Fancy : Summertime
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes with Markers
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Moo-Mania & More:Buttons
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Buttons, Butterflies & Bows (all 3 are there!)
Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes/Summertime
CMD-Challenge: Animals
Die Cut Divas : Buttons or Bows or Both
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge : Summertime
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

 

Sew Endeer-ing :)

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Buttons Galore!We have the fabulous QKR Stampede 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.

How cute is this little Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede?!He’s been printed directly onto the kraft card blank and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers,trying to retain the tartan detail.Just love how the colours turn out on these card bases 🙂 I’ve added some real buttons,threaded with jute twine,to his eyes and trousers.I had hoped to find a tiny pom pom for his nose amongst the kids crafting supplies but the only ones there were far too big.Never mind.A couple of scrap strips have been trimmed with decorative edged scissors to create a kind of ric rac look.In the top corner I’ve used some Epiphany epoxy button stickers stuck onto more scrap papers.I found these half price in my local craft warehouse and figured that rather than buy the special punch to go with them it would be easy enough to trim around them once adhered to paper.I then used a pokey tool to pierce the holes ready for threading 😀 Worked a treat…Yay!A leftover holly die cut is just peeking out from beneath them.Finally I stamped a sentiment,a freebie from one of last year’s Christmas magazines,in the top right corner.Chosen because he makes me smile 🙂

Supplies :

Image :Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green from stash
Tools : Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK),Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Buttons from Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons (eyes) & Bag-O-Buttons Whirligig (trousers),Jute Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self Adhesive Buttons in two sizes

 

Some challenges this is for :

C is for Challenge : Winter is Coming
Crafty Bloggers Network : Christmas
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint : Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: Clean and Simple
Great Impressions : Holiday Card or Tag
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar : All things Christmas
Little Claire’s  : Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges : Christmas Time
Designed To Color : Christmas/Winter
Die Cut Divas : Holidays & Celebrations
Flat Friends Challenge : Christmas
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge : Let it Snow/Christmas
Lia Stampz Challenge : Use Your Scraps 
Delicious Doodles : CAS
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes with a twist of Christmas
Creative Moments:  CAS/Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking
Lisa x
 

Quacky Birthday!

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There’s a new challenge at Craft Your Passion.This week the theme is Water,Water Everywhere.We have the fabulous Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More 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 delightful Just Ducky by Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More printed onto watercolour card and then coloured with Whispers Brush Markers.I made a card base of kraft punched with a Martha Stewart PATP set plus a matching mat for the topper.I’ve layered some floral paper and green card onto the base then added some cotton twill topped with a baker’s twine tied button.I die cut a couple of clouds and tucked my Dymo Labelmaker created sentiment under the edge of the larger one.These cards are fun to make and although effective come together very easily 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Just Ducky by Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps And More
Colouring Medium : Whispers Brush Markers
Sentiment : Created with my Dymo Embossing Labelmaker
Papers & Card : DP Dovecraft Princess Fairytale 6 x 6 Paper Pack,Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Pack,Bazzill Basics,Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Embroidered Floral PATP Set,Joy!Crafts Clouds Die,Big Shot
To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Creative Expressions Baker’s Twine Set Pastels,Cotton Twill from stash

Some challenges this is for :

613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes “Spring Fever” 
Creative Inspirations Paint : Spring Colours
Dream Valley Challenges : Happy Birthday
Glitter n Sparkle : Buttons 
Joanna Sheen Challenge : Spring into Spring
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish :  Anything Goes 
Scrappy Frogs : Think Spring
The Corrosive Challenges : Spring Fling
Broken Box Stock : Think Spring
Brown Sugar : Spring
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Simply Create Too : Animals
2 Sisters : Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge : Animals
Allsorts : Spring has Sprung 
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts : Spring has Sprung
One Stop Craft : Birthday
Moving Along With The Times : Kraft
Crafting By Design : Animals
Creative Moments : Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp : Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew : Clouds
Papertake Weekly : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

‘Fairy’ pleased to meet you

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Just a reminder that the Fairies challenge at Just Some Lines  is still open.You could be in the running for a super prize.You need play along with a Just Some Lines image  to enter and one random winner will get 4 digi stamps of their choice.It doesn’t stop there tho’ as the Top 3 will get one digi stamp each too!There is a freebie to get you started too or you can choose one from Just Some Lines here.

For my card I’ve used Fairy – hello friend by Just Some Lines and coloured her with Copic Ciao Markers.Of course no fairy would be complete without a set of sparkly wings so Crystal Glamour Dust has been added.The background paper and the one the flowers are die cut from are Papermania Happy Days.The floral strip is actually a length of self adhesive fabric from the same collection.I received a selection of the papers in a DoCrafts Goody Bag and I was so taken with this floral design I used it the most leaving me with the smallest of scraps.Recently I placed an order with an online craft shop and found this material in the sale section so added it in to take me over the free P&P threshold.So not only beautiful but useful too 🙂 Looking forward to using this stuff more.I die cut a swirl to echo the shape of the  blade of grass in the image,then stamped and  hand cut the sentiment.The centers of the flowers have been embellished with some buttons to finish.

Supplies :

Image : Fairy-hello friend by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Sentiment : From Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Plate
Paper,Card & Other Material : DP Papermania Design Stax Happy Days 12 x12 Papers,Papermania Happy Days 12 x 12 Self Adhesive Fabric Paper Blooms,Trimcraft  12 x 12 Pearlescent Textured Card
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Nellies Multi Frame Dies Circle,Flowers cut from Marianne Design Rectangle Frame Set,Sizzix Bigz Swirls 2,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Quilted Edger Punch
To Embellish : Woodware Primary Colours Buttons,Crystal Glamour Dust 

 

Some challenges this is for :

Creative Corner : “Fastener” (buttons)
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Card or Project with a Sentiment for a Girl
Cute Card Thursday : Anything Goes
Forever Friends : Lots of Flowers
Creative Moments : Add a Sentiment
Flutterby Wednesdays : Any winged Creature
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Favourite Embellishment (buttons)
LEJ Designs : Things With Wings
Through The Craft Room Door : Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything Goes
Card Mania : Lots of Layers
Cutie Pie Challenge : Magical
Digi Darla Challenge : Buttons 
Incy Wincy Designs : Things that begin with F (fairy,flourish,flowers)
Paper Playtime : Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy : Buttons or Bows
613 Avenue Create : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use a Digi
Sentimental Sundays : Use 3 Embellishments that Start w/ the letter “B” (3 buttons)
The Corrosive Challenges : All That Glitters

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Some-tin sew pretty

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At Craft Your Passion this week we want you to Alter It (you need to alter an item using any medium and crafty tools you have in your craft room).We have the fabulous The Robin’s Nest 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!

A while ago I bought some lovely Coffee and Cream Woodware buttons but as they came in cellophane bag they kept escaping into the bottom of my craft tote making it difficult to find them.So this seemed the ideal opportunity to make something specia lto keep them in – after all they deserve it!I took a Christmas tin that one of my kids had a small gift of sweets in a few years ago (yes I’m a hoarder!) :

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I used some gorgeous papers and beautiful stamps that came free with the January issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (as a subscriber I get my issue early). First I stamped a piece of spotty paper with the measuring tape stamp and wrapped it around the tin,leaving a gap at the top as the lid does fit very tightly!Next I covered the side and top of the lid with some light coloured kraft card edged with Coffee Archival Ink.Then I die cut a lacy circle from the flip side of the spotty paper,this rather pretty floral design,again edged with Archival ink.A length of this natural looking ric rac that I found at my local craft warehouse was adhered around the edge of the lid.As soon as I saw it I had to have it as it brought back fond memories from my childhood.I remember my Mum making summer dresses and edging them with this stuff 🙂 Unfortunately I never inherited her needlework skills and altho’ she tried I was given up on as a hopeless case..lol.After stamping the thread card I wound some embroidery floss around it.I found this fab pink topped pin in my stash and added a needle that drives me crazy as the eye is far too small to thread anything through it!I filed the ends down so they are blunt tho’ 😉 I’m clumsy enough!The flowers were cut up from some daisy chain lace that has been lurking for far too long and topped with some pearls to match the pin.The two plastic buttons are the Woodware ones and the wooden heart one was another escapee taking refuge in the bottom of my tote so I decided to throw that in for good measure too.All have been threaded with the same floss as before.Here are some more pics :

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Being put to good use 😀 Luckily the tin was pale blue so it doesn’t look too bad with the lid off 😉 As I don’t have a craft room I wanted to create something that wouldn’t look out of place sat on the dresser in my bedroom.I hope I’ve achieved that.

Supplies :

Papers & Stamps : Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine freebie
Card : Light coloured kraft from my stash
Medium : Coffee Archival Ink
Adhesives : Ultra sticky DST for sticking papers and card to tin,Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue for adhering embellishment
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Dies Flower Circles,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors,Basic Grey Precision File Set
To embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,We R Memory Keepers Brown Floss,Wooden Heart button,Flat backed Pearls,Daisy chain lace,Ric rac all from stash,Needle and Pin from my sewing drawer

Some challenges this is for :

BasicGrey : Anything goes (hope the file set counts!?!I won’t be offended if it I’m told doesn’t)
Hiding in my Craft Room : Anything but Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Anything Goes
Fairy Tale : Pimp Up Something
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge: Anything goes
Creative Moments : Anything but a card 
Paper Shelter Challenge: Anything goes
Elke Kaart Een Feestje  : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes!
Tuesday Alchemy :  Anything But A Card
Artistic Inspirations : Always Anything Goes
Great Impressions : Anything Goes
Pile It On : Embellishments
Anything But A Card Challenge : Anything Goes/Your Favourite Project
Catch The Bug : Use a Border (measuring tape border stamp)
 
Thanks for looking.
Wishing everyone peace and joy for the Holiday Season

and a prosperous New Year
Lisa x

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