Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fun with Lego !

Hi Everyone,
Happy weekend to you all whatever you are up to.
I had a couple of commissioned cards to make for a little boy who loves his Lego so I set about making my own set of Lego bricks...

Somehow the camera has distorted the top of this card but I can assure you the bricks are straight IRL
Aren't these fun!
I cut the blocks from bright cardstock and set about punching out the circles with a small Xcut punch.
A long time later, lol, I had them all edged with matching distress marker and foam pads on the back ready to make in to the blocks. After they were fixed on to the card I highlighted the shine on the blocks with a white gel pen. It turned out quite realistic I think.
(Top Tip Tuesday Challenge Tip) :Then I had the idea of making another card which I could sell at an upcoming event without knowing the age and cut out some black numbers, mounted them on foam pads and popped them onto some leftover backing sheet of an old foam pad packet. Now this card can be suitable for either a '4', '5', '6', '7', '8' or '9' year old. The customer can easily add the correct age for the Birthday boy when the time comes.

 The stamp set used on all the cards was from MFT - Die-namics By The Numbers and the number die comes with it.

TTCRD - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes (TopTip- set of numbers on backing)
Diva's by Design - Happy Birthday
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Enjoy your weekend! September starts on Monday, I can barely believe it. I had better get stuck in to making some more Christmas cards, my box is not nearly full enough yet.
See you soon,

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Furry Friends

Hi Everyone,
These new digital stamps from Sugar Nellie are so cute and I couldn't resist getting a few. They have a competition over on the blog and this is my entry...there's a great prize so fingers crossed.

This little cutie is called 'Highflyer' and is so sweet. I coloured him with my Promarkers and stamped a sentiment in the banner from a Scrapberry set. The papers were oddments that I had in my scraps box and the sentiment inside the Stampin' Up oval punch was from LOTV.
I followed a sketch for this card so would like to enter it in the Papertake Weekly challenge also.

Sugar Nellie - Kit and Clowder Competition

Papertake Weekly - Sketchie Free For All (sketch # 26)
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Clean & Simple
Thanks for visiting today, see you soon,

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Relaxing in the Man Cave

Hi Everyone,
Yay ! The sun has come out today here and it feels much better, hope you are enjoying some sunshine where you are.
This is another card I made for my Nephew, the image comes from Karen's Doodles and is called Man Cave.

6 x 6 card blank
Man Cave image - Karen's Doodles
Sentiments - LOTV & The Paper Studio
Go Kreate large Oval dies
Hand cut banners
Cuttlebug Embossing folder for background
Enamel dots
This image was so much fun to colour and I enjoyed creating the stone wall look in the cave. Here's a close up of the image...
The background was created by embossing the green cardstock with the cuttlebug folder and then applying Versamark clear embossing ink over the raised squares so they could be heat embossed with clear embossing powder - I thought this looked like animal skin.
I love Promarkers - #234 Make Your Own Background
Diva's By Design - Happy Birthday
Sister Act - #71 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #46 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Thanks for joining me today and for your lovely comments over the past few days, it's great to get feedback and encouragement from you :)
See you soon,

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

F1 Card

Hi Everyone,
Hope you all had an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend (UK). Yesterday the weather was awful so any plans for outside events were a washout - such a shame. I spent the day in my craft room, although production was very slow, maybe today will be better. Here is a card I made for my Nephews' birthday a couple of days ago...

He is a real fan of F1 racing so I found a picture and 3d it up, although that's hard to see here. Hope I got the right car and driver that he follows, I'm afraid it's all gobbledygook to me, lol. Anyhow the 'Happy Birthday was cut using my Tonic sentiment die, then embossed with clear embossing powder and the banners are by Verve.
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Take care everyone!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

613 Avenue Create DT Post - #86 Create A Post-It Note Holder

Hi Everyone,
It is time for a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create.
Our challenge theme this time - #86 Anything Goes / Create a Post-It Note Holder...

and our fabulous sponsors are...

I used two images from 'All Dressed Up' - Little Flower Girl and Fairy Magic. Both were coloured with Promarkers and I doodled around the edges. I found plenty of inspiration and tutorials for making Post-It Note holders on the internet. There are loads of different styles to choose from.
Why don't you join us and enter your Post It Note holder, you could win some fabulous digital images, go on... it's easy!
For more inspiration hop over to 613 Avenue Create and take a peek at what the other DT members have been creating.

TTCRD - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #43 Anything Goes
Well that's all from me today, hope you enjoy the rest of your day,

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Christmas Card Club #18 - Cardinal / Christmas Bird

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well with you.
It's that time again where our friendly little group post our Christmas card makes and the theme this time was set by Mary - Cardinal / Christmas Bird.
Now I didn't have a cardinal bird die so you will have to use your imagination and believe that they are really cardinals :) . I so wanted to make a card like this since I saw an example on Pinterest by Kittie of KittieKraft. I have used the tree die cuts that I bought from Ebay, my own MB Stag die, SB Birds on a wire die and Lea'bilities pine branch and holly leaf die. The background was stamped in various green inks with a Stampin' Up 'Lovely as a tree' stamp and I used lots of Star Dust Stickles.

I'd like to enter in to the following challenges
Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Deep Ocean Challenge - Christmas in August
Creative Moments - #49 Anything Goes/Animals
Winter Wonderland - August Anything Goes for Xmas
Sister Act - #71 Anything Goes
CHNC Extra - August challenge
Completely Christmas - #26 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #43 Anything Goes
Check out the links to the rest of the CCC ladies in my page tab and see what gorgeous projects they have been making, although you might have to wait until Sunday for their post as I am early showing mine :)  I have my DT post tomorrow for 613 Avenue Create so join me then and see what I have been up to.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Keeping Busy?

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all well and busy crafting. I've been visiting your blogs as and when I can over the last few days and there have been some beautiful projects to fire up the creative juices.
I have been creating myself but I can't show most of them just yet, some are DT cards and some are for Birthdays that haven't happened yet so I can't spoil the surprise for the recipients. I can however share these two little lovelies....

Both of these are made from a Papermania Decoupage pack
On the first one I added some die cuts to the design -
Marianne Designs Creatables LR0279 & LR0280
MFT Rolled flower die
Joy Crafts flower die
I cut these die cuts and the flowers from the peach coloured packaging and inked through the die (the corners) to give it dimension. This backing card was the perfect match and if you look closely you can see the little butterfly design from the pack.
The second card just has the die cut shapes from the pack although I did make the rosette.
Aren't these images so girly? Handbags and dresses, what more could a girl ask for? :0)
Scribble & Scrap - # 25 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - #107 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - #70 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Bloomin' Challenge - #42 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #244 Recycle It (Peach coloured die cuts are from the packaging)
That's all from me today, thanks for looking in, I'll see you soon,

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Special Day

Hi Crafters,

Thanks for dropping in on my blog, it's lovely to see you.
This card was commissioned by my mum for a friend and I shall be delivering it today so thought I would share it now. I have had this sentiment stamp for about three years and this is the first time I have used it. I really like the font and will make sure to ink it up again.

Sentiment Stamp - Inkylicious Stamp 'Gentle Breeze' (Old Stash)
Backing paper - DCWV Violet Leaf
Martha Stewart border punch and PATP punch
Nellie Snellen Corner die
Go Kreate frame dies
Velvet ribbon
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Crystal Sparkle Embossing Powder
Sketch 'N' Stash - Challenge #144
Sister Act - #69 Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - August 'Wordplay'
Enjoy your day folks,

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Blast ! Missed It...

Hi Everyone,
...originally I made the card I am about to share with you for the challenge over on the Little Miss Muffet challenge blog, but although the challenges become live on a Thursday when I went to link up my card it had already closed this morning,  :P  Never mind though I went back to the drawing board and tweaked it a little to fit a couple of other challenges :) Here it is...

Image - 'Babe Superster' - Little Miss Muffet Digi
Backing paper - We R Memory Keepers 'Babymine'
Sentiment stamps - The Paper Studio
Charm and ribbon from stash
TTCRD - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - #232 Anything Goes
Divas By Design - So Charming (use a charm)
In The Pink - #50 Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - #20 Clean & Simple
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - August Anything Goes
I will try and catch up with your blogs later today, it's been busy, busy, busy here.
See you soon,

Monday, 11 August 2014


Hi Everyone,
Welcome to my fellow bloggers and new followers, lovely to have you on board.

Monday morning is here again, the weekends go so quickly don't they? I have a simple card for you today that is perfect for a friend.

A5 card blank
Digital backing paper
Cuttlebug Daisy Embossing Folder
Distress Ink - Dried Marigold & Ripe Persimmon
Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight
Inkylicious Sentiment Stamp - Flowers That Bloom
Stitched 1/8th Ribbon
Country View Challenge - Wordplay (August)
Sketch Saturday - #322 (turned 90 degrees)
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Thanks for joining me again today and for all the lovely uplifting comments on my last two projects, it truly means so much to me to know that you are all out there appreciating my creations. I try my best to return the favour each time and visit your blogs too but time often gets the better of me and I get there a little later than I would like.
So thanks again and see you soon,

Sunday, 10 August 2014

613 Avenue Create DT Post - #84 Sights/Sounds/Tastes of Summer

Hi Everyone,

** If you are looking for my Christmas Card Club project please scroll down to the previous post **

This is my first DT post for 613 Avenue Create and I was so very honoured and excited to be asked by Kathi to join the lovely ladies on the Design Team.
Our challenge theme this time is 'Sights/Sounds/Tastes of Summer' and our fabulous sponsors are:



I went with an image from QKR Stampede and decided it would suit a stepper card.
 I also tried something new for me - 3d paper piecing. I have been watching Mariska and Debby on their blogs doing this and although I new it was a tricky technique I was not prepared for the intricateness and time it took me to complete it, lol. I did enjoy doing it but, hats off to you two ladies, this technique is hard. The most tricky part I found was deciding which piece to layer on top of another and which piece needed a grey anchor part - go and check out Mariska's blog she has a photo on each project showing the little pieces before they are put together and you will see what I am talking about.

A side view to show the stepper element and a glimpse of the inside.
Image - QKR Stampede
Papers - Nitwit Papers (various)
Grass - Dies, Magnolia Doohickey, Cheery Lynn, Clearly Besotted
Clouds - Clearly Besotted Die

Crafty Catz - #243 Lazy Days of Summer
Sister Act - #69 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything But A Square
Eureka Stamps - #101 Add A Button ( button brad)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Passion For Promarkers - #259 Button It (button brad)
Deep Ocean Challenge - #83 Summer Colours
I Love Promarkers - #231 Fancy Folds
A Creative Romance - Fun In The Sun

The other members of the DT will be sharing their creations on the blog today...  go and check out the talent and inspiration there.
See you soon,

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge #17 - Anything But A Card

Hi Everyone,

I'm sharing my CCC project a day early from now on so as not to clash with another DT post that I have tomorrow.
This time it was Lizzie's turn to choose a theme and I'm so glad she picked 'Anything but a card' because I have been wanting to make an exploding gift box for a very long time and this challenge gave me both the reason and the incentive to make time to create one. Now I'm going to warn you this post is VERY photo heavy, the box just wouldn't fit in my camera lens and show all the detail so I had to take separate pictures for each side of the box. So here goes...   ...I have tried to collage some of the pictures to save space...

The box base was cut from 12 x 12 thick, white cardstock, then layered up with Neenah Desert Storm and a patterned paper freebie from 'Papercrafter' magazine.

All the edges of the paper have been inked with DI 'Brushed Corduroy' and heat embossed with holographic EP.

The top decoration is made from two Memory Box Snowflake die cuts, Wild Orchid Craft roses dipped in iridescent glitter and a wooden snowflake ornament - also inked and embossed. The tag was cut using a Spellbinders die for the top shape, inked and embossed just the same and the stamps used were Crafters Companion 'Happy Holidays' and Hot off the Press 'Enchanted Christmas'. I coloured in the letters with my Promarkers.
Now for the inside...

Each face of the box has a Memory Box 'Catalina Wreath' die, cut twice, inked and embossed and then a centre element - Britannia Dies 'Christmas Flight', MB 'Snowflake Ornament', Marianne D. 'Fir Tree LR0136', and Quickutz 'Jingle Bell'. I added lots of pale blue gems too.

On the bottom of the gift box I made an envelope to house the 'gift'!
Well I hope you liked my Exploding Gift Box, I really enjoyed creating it and I'm sure that it won't be my last. The other members of the CCC all have great inspirational projects to share too so pop over to their blogs tomorrow and have a look  (links on the CCC page of my blog).
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Scribble & Scrap - #24 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes For Christmas
CHNC Christmas Extra - August challenge
CHNC Patterned paper challenge - August challenge
Completely Christmas - #24 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything Goes
Suzy bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #41 Anything Goes
Well that's enough from me today I think, that was a long one, *phew*
Hope to see you again tomorrow for my first ever DT post for 613 Avenue Create.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Pinterest Inspired...

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are still enjoying some good weather, with the school holidays well under way all children want to do is be outside and enjoy the sunshine. I am usually more creative if the weather is bright and fine but occasionally Mr Mojo goes on a short break and leaves me blank, then I find Pinerest to be a valuable resource for inspiration and ideas. So the next two cards are a version of what I found there the other day.

I scattered my MFT number dies over the cardstock and ran it through my Cutting machine, cut a ' Happy Birthday' using my Britannia Dies, placed a small piece of patterned paper behind the numbers I wanted to highlight, randomly dotted some gem stones around and raised the panel on foam pads. Quite quick and easy really the only fiddly bit was putting foam pads on the small inner parts of the '4', '6' and '8'.
Scribble & Scrap - #24 Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - #20 Clean & Simple
Bearly Mine Challenge - August Anything Goes
I should really make a huge batch of these in various ages to keep in my box as I often get asked for a specific aged card. A project for another day perhaps?
Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Look Who's Turning 6 !

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all having a great week.
This is a card I made a few weeks ago for my Great Nephew, I've already shared one of his cards with you a while back, I thought I would go with bold and bright for this one...

I got the idea for the layout and design from Pinterest.
Sentiment Stamp - MFT
Number and Scalloped edge die - MFT
Embossalicious Grand Dots embossing folder
Nesting Stars - Quickutz Die
Faux Stitching
Twine and pearls
Sister Act - #68 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything But A Square
Scribble & Scrap - #24 Anything Goes
I'm busy working on my project for our Christmas Card Club this Sunday, however from now on I will have to post it on Saturdays here as my first DT project for 613 Avenue Create is also due each fortnight on a Sunday. I don't want to post twice in one day so I'm sure the ladies in the CCC won't mind if I share on a Saturday instead.
Hope to see you all before Saturday but if not, have a good week!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Stamping Bella - Sunny Is Stylish

Hi Crafters,
Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Now sunglasses at the ready coz it's a bright one...

I've seen a few beautiful creations on the internet lately using orange and pink together so I thought I'd have a go at it. I decided to use Uptown Girl - 'Sunny is Stylish' as the image and sentiment lends itself to using bright colours I think. I found the gorgeous sun paper on my computer, it's in the Alphabet soup collection from Just So Scrappy and the pink paisley patterned papers were off-cuts in my box so I don't know where they are from, sorry.
She was a dream to colour with my Promarkers and I stamped her twice and layered up her jacket, case and sunglasses. There are lots of examples of her on the Web and I used these to help me colour the folds in her skirt.
My card base is a centre step card and I've kept the details to a minimum, making her the focus, just adding a bow in orange grosgrain ribbon and a bright pink ribbon flower.
Here's a side view to show the stepper card...

Deep Ocean Challenge - #83 Summer Colours
I Love Promarkers - #230 Ribbons
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #68 Anything Goes
Penny Black And More - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge - Anything Goes
Well that's it from me today, thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments on previous posts. I try to get around to you all but sometimes it just isn't possible - the family need feeding now and again, lol.
See you soon,

Friday, 1 August 2014

Fabulous Fashions

Hi Crafters,
A quick share today.
I have been using my Fabulous Fashions CD-Rom from Katy Sue Designs and made this super quick card...

The image is printed from the CD and then I have Glossy Accented the dress and sprinkled glitter over it. The papers are a free download called 'Comforts of Home' from a fantastic blog Summertime Designs. I have also used the Sketch from Creative Moments challenge so I would like to enter it in their challenge.
Creative Moments - #48 Anything Goes/Sketch
Scribble & Scrap - #23 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
It's short and sweet today I'm afraid folks I have to hot-foot it off to the doctors now, so see you soon,