Thursday, 31 May 2012

Hello Robin

Not had as much time for crafting as I'd like recently - lots of meetings at work and much job uncertainty so it was nice to be able to have a couple of hours today to craft and destress. Heres another Christmas card - how the pile is growing!
This is a stamp from Lili of the Valley. I coloured it using twinkling H2Os and then added glamour dust to the girls fur for some Christmas glitz. Love the way she and the Robin appear to be talking.
This is the finished card. I used the holly backing paper to contrast with the holly branch the Robin is perched on. The punched foliage I embossed with a green glittery embossing powder from my stash. I added a Merry Christmas sentiment which I used some felt leaves and more foliage.I added some holly brads and some flowers and Merry Christmas ribbon. To finish it off  I used some lovely green pearl brads.
I am entering this in the following challenges -
christmascardchallenge-week-26 - bling

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Twas the Night

Morning - here's a Christams card a made with a couple of challenges in mind.
This is a stamp I've had for ages and no idea where from. Its one of those hard plastic ones that stands up - should have taken a picture lol. I coloured it with my whisper pens  and then decided it was too dull and so I clear embossed over the whole image which has given it a nice sheen.
I decided to make an easel card but have found it difficult to photograph - it looks like thers lots at the front but there isn't! I blinged it up using sequins - really running out of Christmas embellishments but hope these look ok - certainly Christmasy.
I would like to enter it in the following challenges-


Monday, 28 May 2012

Cupcake Birthday

Hi just finished 3 night shifts - how hot its been to sleep during the day! I'm looking forward to enjoying a bit of the sunshine over the next few days.
I discovered whilst looking around blogland! I love this digi and just had to have it. I coloured it with my copics using one of my favouite colour combos - blues and purples.I mounted it using a Go Kreate die - Frilly#10. All the papers are from my stash - I don't have a record of where they are from as I didn't used to keep packaging until I started blogging.

I used a Martha Stewart lace edge punch along the bottom edge of both the backing papers and inked the edges using VersaMagic chalk inks. The sentiment is stamped using Personal Impressions Mixed Sentiments again cut with a die - this time a spellbinders one. All the flowers are from The HobbyHouse. To finish I added a little striped card candy and some smal blue pearls to the sentiment. Lastly I added a small pearly blue butterfly.

This shows that I have created a matching inner to my card. I would like to enter it in the following challenges-                             sassycherylschallenge/whats-your-color                          karensdoodlesnetherlands-116                         digidoodleshop/challenge-109-lets-go-spotty

Friday, 25 May 2012

Proud to be British

Good morning. Bought a magazine yesterday - Papercraft Inspiration and they had some 2 pages of free papers in - cool Britania. Well its my friends birthday on Tuesday and shes just bought a mini and as shes a girly girl thought i'd have a go using them.
The image is a poplar one at the minute by Penny Black. I coloured it using my copics and added glossy accents to the headlights and wheelhubs. I chose shades of pink and green to match the pastel papers from the magazine.
I framed the image using a die and inked the edges pale pink. All the backing papers are from the magazine and look great with the mini. I also cut the union jack heart from the papers and mounted it in the flower center. The bunting is a stamp - Celebrations Pennants by Whimsy Stamps which I attached with some green twine. To finish it off I added some pink card candi.

I even had eough paper left to decorate the inside of the card, finished off with another heart.
I am entering this card in the following challenges -

.bythecuteandgirly/may-spring-is-in-air x
pennyschallenge-80-anything-goes x

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Friendship Recipe

Hi I'm back with another House Mouse card. I love these little mice and I've been asked to make a card for a friend. The person its for likes baking so i'm sure this will fit the bill.

I love decoupage and think the mice look so real on this one. I layer it up using pinflair glue - how glad I was when I discovered this as I hated the smell of silicon! I curved the edges of the mice to help them "pop" from the design.
The challenge over at House-Mouse is circles and polka dots so I have tried to include lots of these in my backings. The blue velum which I have punched with my favouite Martha Stewart punch is all polka dots but hasn't photographed very well. I have added some gorgeous lace and ribbon and used some card candi (circles!) on the lace and in the centre of 2 of the flowers. I have used a couple of hat pins and threaded them with beads - I love these at the minute. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp - A birthday recipe so complements the card well.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
housemouse-challenge-circles-polka-dots-all-round-fun x
audsentiments/challenge-55-any-sentiment x
houseofgilli- dies and punches x
karensdoodlesnetherlands/white + pink & blue
trulyscrumptious/challenge-81-pretty-in-pink x

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Snow Place Like Home

Another Christmas card for the pile which is steadily building up since I was introduced to blogging.
Love this little boy - a Molly Bloom stamp. I designed this card with a couple of challenges in mind - Crafty mess challenge - non traditionsl colours and Christmas scrapping all year long - ribbon as the only embellishment. I coloured the image with a combination of copics and whisper pens (still not got many copics) and used glamour dust for the snow and snowball. The backing papers are old ones from my stash. I used a Martha Stewart punch down the edge of one and then added some blue ricrac ribbon along the bottom. I finished it off with some white and navy blue ribbon tied at the edge.
I am entering this in the following challenges -

Only The Beginning

Good afternoon all. I had a card to make for a friend at work who is getting married in 3 weeks in beautiful Italy. They are childhood sweethearts who remet again a year ago and are a very special couple. Her surname is Cake so this image seemed very appropriate
The decoupage I have had for a while - not sure who by - sorry. I spent a while cutting it out and layering it up and i'm really pleased with the result. I added some clear stickles to the flowers for a bit of sparkle.

I used a square card blank and cut a script piece of cream card by Kaban which I then distressed the edges and coloured with a VersaMagic chalk ink - Pixie Dust. I used a pale piece of pink patterned paper from my scraps and tore the edges and again chalked them. I also distressed the edges of the decoupage. I used two dies - a Tim Holtz flourish and a Spellbinders for the sentiment. I embossed the flourish with a pink heat it up embossing powder. The sentiment is a rub-on from Karen Foster "Only the Beginning". The wonderful pale pink roses were from the HobbyHouse and I have been dieing to use them. They are backed with the finest pale pink lace/net, some of which I used across the top edge of the decoupage although its hard to see on the picture.
This is the inside of the card - what a beautiful sentiment from a stamp by Great Impressions. I used a contrasting pale pink script card again by Kaban.
I wish to enter this card in the following challenges -

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

forever friends birthday

Hi had a great day today as my card Beautiful Day was a winner on 2 blogs - and a top pick on .
 I'm back with a birthday card which I made with a Forever Friends wooden stamp - its such a cute image.
I coloured the image with my copics pens. My collection is growing - I now have 16 and am finding it very hard to drive past Grimsby crafts without nipping in for a few more colours! I used a spellbinders die to cut the shape and stamped the image on. I then inked the edge with a VersaMagic chalk ink.
I made a card blank and used a scalloped blade along the right edge of the card. I added a brown leaf print backing paper. Next I embossed a piece of white card with a cuttlebug folder - butterflies and used the VersaMagic chalk ink again to bring out the butterflies and along the scalloped edge of the card. I punched the flowers with a dovecraft punch and added contrasting gems in each flower centre. I then embossed the butterfly and to finish the card I added a Happy Birthday sentiment.
I used a contrasting paper inside and added some scalloped ribbon which goes well with the scallpoped edge of the card.
I am entering this card in the following challenges -
colourcreatechallenge-96-green-brown-white-and-hint of purple
thecraftypad/challenge-171-bingo - ribbon, flowers, bling
pattiescreations/challenge-44-recipe-ribbon, flowers, sentiment,gems
toptiptuesday-dig-out-old - stamp and flower punch

Summer 2006

This is the second scrapbook page I created yesterday for my album on my beautiful daughter. We'd been walking on a very warm day at Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire - there are amazing views. This picture was taken during a rest break!

I made this flower arrangement for the page using some of the flowers from crafty emmas store. The pins I threaded with contrasting beads and the metal centers are some eyelets which I have had for ages. I wanted the flowers to be subtle to contrast well with the backing paper. I found it quite hard to do this scrap page as I have only been card making for a while and struggled to not make embellishments too dimensional.   
The backing paper is from an old craft magazine and it complemented the heather in the picture so well. Kathryn is always smiling - hence the the stamp I used in the top left corner. I added some ribbon and gorgeous lace and also 2 lovely metal embellishments. I stamped the place and date with a very old alphabet set I have, on a tag also from the magazine. Can you spot the bird on the backing paper - still struggling with the photography .Lastley I added some lovely pearl embellishment down the side of the paper.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

Monday, 21 May 2012

Loveable Friend

Well after a few days at work i've just had a lovely day scrapbooking. I'd been meaning to start a scrapbook of my daughter throughout her teenage years. I've got so many pictures just waiting to be scrapped. Kathryn will be 20 soon - where do the years go.
This is Billy our Bedlington Terrier. He's never far from Kathryns side and I love how hes cuddling into her. I cut the Circle flourish with a die from Lea'bilities and embossed it with a bronze embossing powder.

The photography isn't brilliant on the finished page butI hope you can see it ok. The backing papers are from my stash as is the ribbon used. I added varios flowers and button centres and finished it off with the sentiment - "Loveable Friend". 
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
kcclayoutchallenges-89-celebrate - daughter
scrap-creations/emotions - happy x
whimsyinspires/challenge-39-anything goes

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Beautiful Day

Hi back with another card - stamped this image at a friends house and can't find where its from.
I framed the image using a spellbinders die. The colouring is a done with a combination of copics and whisper pens and I distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz ink. The butterfly is made with a woodware punch which I stamped with a script stamp and then distressed. I think she looks like she is enjoying siting in the rain with her little dog.
Struggled to photograph this as the  light is poor today - more rain so the card is very apt! The backing papers are old ones from my stash. I found the lovely green lace whilst routing for ribbon and made some more butterflies for extra embellishments. To finish I added the sentiment and 2 flowers - the middles are resin flowers that a purchased from Lakeland when they used to sell craft!
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges- 

Christmas Love

Good morning - back with another Christmas card. I'm more happy with this one than last nights card so hope you all like it.
I've used traditional Christmas colours which are always lovely. The stamped sentiment is what I believe Christmas should mean. The stamp is from Great Impressions and I used a die from spellbinders which I distressed around the edge. For the berries I use liquid pearls - ruby red and I added red hotfix rhinstones around the edge. The backing papers are some of the oldest I have and were from Trimcraft 6x6 - Victorian in 2008! The flower embellishment is a combination of a punch and flowers from my stash. I love the little reindeer charm and I added some complementary ribbon tied on the right.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
squigglefly-challenge-19-use a sentiment as main focus
christmas-card-challenge-negleted stamp

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

One Layer Only!

Well very unsure about this card but thought I would give you all a smile! Saw the challenge on Christmas Stamping all year long - one layer only and thought that couldn't be too hard - how wrong I was! I was totally lost without all my papers.
Anyway here is my finished effort - I used a stamp -A Christmas Carol by papermania. I stamped it with versamark and then embossed it using various different coloured embossing powders. I tried to distress the edges and the background of the card with Tim Holtz distress inks but very unsure of the result. I've added flowers and accent beads to contrast the colours of the image.
I am entering this card in the following challenges -
christmasstampin-new-challenge - one layer

Be Happy

Back again with another card. Spent last night colouring whilst watching television so had the image prepared. Its a Lili of the valley stamp - I love them.
The stamp is called "Never to old for cupcakes". I coloured the image with a combination of copics and whisper pens. The colours were selectrd with the Come and get it challenge in mind. I distressed the edges using VersaMagic - pixie dust chalk ink.
The papers I chose are from - First edition paper - love letters and Papermania - lucy cromwell. I needed shades of brown, blue and pink and think these look great together.The flower edging created using a Martha Stewart punch and I added shades of brown gems to accent them. The flowers are all from the HobbyHouse -they have a wonderful selection. I stamped the sentiment from a set by Clear Design - Friendship Messages.
I've tried to show you the inside of my card which I decorated to complement the front. There is a stamp which is not seen that says - "birthdays are natures way of telling you to eat more cake" - yum xxx. I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -comeandgetitchallenges/colorchallenge                                                    cutecardthursday-216-food-or-drink  shellysimagesblog/terrifically-thrilling-thursday                                  jellyparkchallenges/girlie-girl-challenge  www.nutcrafters/challenge-18 - 3 papers   tammyscrapincorner/challenge-10-show-us-your-flowers    thepapershelter/challenge-64-birthday-cards


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Gathering Grapes

Good morning - another rainy day but everyday is great to be alive! Had a lovely time creating a card this morning using shades of green and purple ( the challenge for www.craftyourpassion) this week. I love this colour combination and hope you like the results.

The stamp is from Whiff of Joy - Willow gathering Grapes - she's beautiful and I really enjoyed colouring her using a combination of copics and whisper pens. I now have 12 copics so the collection is growing. I backed her on purple card from my stash. I tried to show some shading as Kate (Downrightcrafty) showed us in the copics class last Saturday but need more colours really.
I used a 5x7 card blank and all the backing papers used are from Dovecraft -Kate Knight -aquarmarine - Floral prints. Using my Martha Stewart Lace punch down the right side I then distressed this layer usin a Tim Holtz ink - bundled sage. The leaf flourish and the leaves were cut using 2 dies by Joy Crafts and I added some shades of puple ribbon out the edge of the flourish. The large flower is from prima marketing - Trellis Roses purple mist. The sentiment is from craftwork cards sentiments and to finish I added some puple hot fix rhinestones along the lace border.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -craftyourpassionchallenge - colour combo
whiff of Joy mondaychallenge-129-paper-piecing
lovetocreatechallenge-15-bingo - Ribbon punches flowers

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Frosty the Snowman

Another Christmas card and how I love making them. I made this one for the Winter Wonderland challenge. I was very happy to have won last weeks challenge here and so here is this weeks entry.
Don't know if anyone can help me out but don't know where this stamp is from as I have lost the original packaging. Love the image and coloured it with my whisper Stroke pens - these will be redundant soon as went on a copics class at Grimsby Crafts and am now the proud owner of 10 copic ciaos! Once I have a few more colours they will come into regular use. Kate from took the class and was amazing. Anyway back to my card, I backed the image onto gold mirror card and chose 2 contrasting backing papers. I embossed a tim holtz flourish with gold embossing powder added some gorgeous brown ribbon. I punched some snowflakes and embossed them using ultra thick embossing powder and added some gems to bling them up. The sentiment is an old rub on that i discovered in my stash and contrasted very well with the colour theme I was using. I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -

Something Sweet

Made this card with an image my daughter had coloured and was going to bin! She wasn't happy but I thought it was great. The stamp is from Lili of the Valley and is called "Icing Sugar". I made it with the challenge Sweet Tooth over at in mind.
The colours of the image defined the backing papers I chose from my stash. I decided the flowers needed glittering up to match the "sweet" challenge so I used stickles on them. The sentiment is from an old magazine - I'm trying to be good and use up old things instead of reaching for the new all the time. I added a pink heart pin which I decorated with pink beads and a pale blue bow. I finished it off with a button with another pale blue bow. I hope you like the result made from "its rubbish" as Kathryn thought - hope she likes it now xx
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
craftyourdaysaway/challenge-45-all creatures great and small
squigglefly-challenge-18-use stickles

Friday, 11 May 2012

Silver Wedding

I've made this card for my Sister and Brother-in-law. Its their Silver Wedding next week.
Took a while for inspiration but looking through my craft room I found a pack of Wedding diecuts made by Generations. I decided to base my card around the silhouette of a man and woman enclosed in a heart.
First I embossed the diecut with silver embossing powder and then backed it onto a piece of light grey vellum. Using an 8x8 card blank I covered it with silver card from my stash and then the main background paper is by Dovecraft - Wedding. I found a gorgeous silver and white rose decoupage which i added in the left bottom corner and a lovely piece of white lace. The vellum quote seemed to link the whole card together and I finished it off with silver and grey flowers and an entwined silver heart brad from Accent Depot.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -
scrapbooksisters/card-challenge-83-off centre

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Love Horses

I'd been asked to make a wedding card but with horses as the main theme for a friends daughter. I thought this was a big responsibility and a huge challenge for me. The Bride and Groom to be are in the process of buying a small piece of land to keep her horse and they are so excited.
She didn't want "cute" so after lots of searching I discovered this wonderful stamp on - it .was even titled "Love Horses". The wedding colour scheme is white, gold and cream so this is what I based my design on.
I spent ages arranging flowers then moving them again but evetually came up with this beautiful spray to which I added the gold leaves - all from my stash. I inked the edges of the cream and white flowers with brilliance galaxy gold ink.
After trying various inks I settled on stamping the etched image with VersaMagic - Jumbo Java. My friend kindly cut me a large heart on her cricut machine and again I inked the edges with gold.I had also been asked to put the bride and grooms names on - eek! Looking through my alphabet draw I discovered some dark brown craft transfers from Alpha Mishmash. I don't always find transfers very easy but discovering nothing better I had a go and am pleased to tell they are excellent - so easy to transfer. I finished the card with white and gold ribbon , more flowers and two heart pins to which I added some gold beads. The gold bead spray on the right came from a headpiece my daughter had as a bridesmaid 12 years ago. Hows that for hoarding stash - and I didnt craft at the time! I just love the brass "I DO" ribbon slide. Although I didn't photograph the inside of the card the sentiment I used says it all -
"Wishing you both a Beautiful Forever"


Goodmorning - Had the template to make this book styled card for a long while so decided it was about time I used it. The image was stamped using a stamp that my daughter now has at university - so sorry don't know who makes it.
I think the music score backing paper sets the image off well. I used 2 contrasting pieces of card on an angle and distressed the edges of the image. The flowers are from my stash with various different brads as centers. The sentiment is from Art impressions and I so agree with it!
Down the spine of the card I added various shades of red buttons.

Tried to take this so you can see the iside of my book card.
I used some more music and the stamped treble clef is an old docrafts one.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


Made this card for my Godsons birthday. He is football crazy so sure this will suit. Not confident with male cards but think this has come together ok xx

The backing paper is from Paper Cellar - men 2. The main stamp is from a set - Nostalgia Pastimes by Paermania - to keep the image subtle I coloured it lightly with chalks. The sentiment is a set - mix and match by Dovecraft. The various ribbons and buckle are from my stash and the foliage I punched using a McGill punch - pine. To finish I added some card candy and some small black pearls - I hope you like it xx
I would like to enter it in the following challenges -
come and get it challenges/lets-hear-it-for-boys

Monday, 7 May 2012

Dear Santa

Whilst entering  other Christmas challenges I saw the challenge at "The Weekly Christmas" challenge this week was humour and knew I had just the stamp.The stamp is from Ladybug crafts and is Magnum and Liliy snowball fun.
As you can see i think its made a cute, humourous Christmas card. I coloured the image using copic pens and added glitter to the snow. The sentiment is stamped using a stamp from Adornit Carolee's Creations. The backing papers are from my stash, as is the red punched frame. I tied some white and red ribbon on the right side and added some snowflake buttons with red ribbon tied in their centre. I finished it off with a spotty brad and some sticky gems.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -
christmascardchallenges-week-23- humour

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Had this decoupage sheet by Jolly Paper Nation ready for my nieces graduation in July so when I saw the challenge on I decided to enter it.
As you can see she is class of 2012 - a tag which I stamped myself. I also had the Paper Nation backing papers.I added a strip of ribbon across the middle. I mounted the decoupage image onto a piece of red card and then used a piece of patterned paper at an angle behind. From the decoupage sheet I added the books and a bottle of champagne. I added brads in each corner.
Loved this badge and it just finished it off. I would like to enter this in the following challenges - drsdesignsblog/challenge-23-graduation                                                                                         2sisterschallenge/challenge-90-anything-goes     onestopcraftchallenge/challenge-181-celebrations        catchthebugblog.time-for-mays-anything-goes          letscreatechallenge-44-special-occasion                   mishelfloschallenge-its-finally-here-our-first-challenge


Afternoon - I'm going to be so ready for Christmas with all this blogging. Love how its making me think and use stamps that have not had a lease of life for a long time. Not sure why I haven't used this one because I love it now.
The stamp is a wooden one with "Great Inpressions" on the side - haven't checked to see if its still available. I coloured it with a combination of Copics and Whisper stroke pens. The card was designed with the Winter Wonderland challenge in mind - a photograph and using blues/purples and silver. I added clear glitter to areas of the three baubles and inked the edge with a purple VersaMagic chalk ink - pretty pertunia.

I made the card blank from a piece of dark purple card. I then matted and layer a piece of holographic silver card first, followed by a piece of purple marbled card which I enbossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. To fit the the 52 Christmas card throwdown challenge I added the to strips of paper from my Christmas stash and a silver sentiment. At the top and bottom i added some contrasting coloured glitter and finished it off with 3 flower gems from my stash xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
Winter Wonderland christmas/photo-inspiration
christmas stampin/challenge-9-glittery

Saturday, 5 May 2012

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Not had much time for crafting as I've been making cupcakes for a friends eighteenth birthday along with looking after my daughter but managed to make a Christmas card.
This stamp is by Heartfelt creations and I stamped it using a teal blue Stazon ink. I edged around the image with a contrasting blue ink and mounted it on a background of 2 snowy papers from my Christmas stash. Down the left i added a strip of blue glitter and tied 2 pieces of dark and light blue ribbon. On the image itself I added various coloured gems to the snowflakes and then used a pale blue stickles to the swirls to give it a real wintery feel.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
abcchristmaschallenge i-is-for-icy-inspiration
christmas cards all year round/may-challenge
christmas stamping all year long challenge-9-glittery

Thursday, 3 May 2012

O Christmas Tree

Good evening - another Christmas card tonight. Looking through my Christmas box of craft I decided to try and use up some things I have had for a long time. The image I used came from some old 6x6 papers - victorian -from trimcraft.
This sentiment was stamped from a Crafty Individuals stamp set Cl - 281. I inked the edges using a VersaMagic chalk ink - tea leaves and backed it with a green and gold paper first and then a piece of gold card.

I decided the image needed some lift so I added an acetate jacket over the 3 contasting backing papers which i'd matted and layered. I raised the image with foam pads and added the sentiment. I tied some gold ribbon down the edge and finished with some dark red gems and a Christmas tree brad on the edge of the sentiment.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges -
natalduranteoanotodo.blogspot-bingo - Distress - sentiment - tree

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Time for Coffee

Hi - glad to say that my daughter is home from hospital  - some pain but onwards and upwards from here. Had time to finsih a card I started last week with the adoreable Housemouses on.

I decoupaged the cute mice playing with the coffee beans and curled the edges to give the image lift. I used pinflair glue to fix the layers together.

I used backing papers from The Canterbury Collection by Kaban - they are such good quality. Down the right I added some chipboard buttons tied with some glitteryblue ribbon.On the left I used some gorgeous blue lace, some blue flowers and two heart pins to which I added some silver beads. The sentiment is from Hunkydory - jewelled elegance collection. I backed this with a circle cut from a spellbinders circle die.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -
the secret crafter saturdaychallenge/183