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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Pear Tree Designs - Challenge #42 - Mother's Day

Morning all, I have a Mother's Day card to share with you today for the new challenge over at Pear Tree Designs this week - MOTHER'S DAY. We want to see your Mother's Day creations, whether it be a card for the special lady or a project you have created especially for her on her special day! I love Mother's Day almost as much as I love my Mam! She is the most special person in my life and come the 3rd of April I will be telling her that whilst giving her this card I have made her as well as an African Plains ornament I am buying her from Collectables.

Anywho, enough of that. Thank you to everyone who joined in our 'Happy Birthday' challenge last week - there were some stunning entries! You people never fail to impress! :) I just about managed to keep up with the comments! I hope I managed to get around to you all. The winner from last week was Elke - http://elkescreativecorner.blogspot.com/, if you would get in touch with Donna, she will sort your prize out. Congratulations.

The sponsor for this week is

They will be offering our challenge winner 5 x digital images of their choice or 4 x digital images and 1 x digital paper pack!

Here is the card I came up with..

Meet Rosalie with Roses from C.C Designs. Is she not just the sweetest? The perfect image for a Mother's Day card. I have coloured her using lead pencil and ProMarkers for her bunch of Roses.

I made the music note patterned paper myself using a the Music Note standard roller wheel from SU! as well as some Soft Suede ink from SU! and some DI. I stitched around the edges and rounded the corners - this was the base for the rest of my card. I don't know if I've said before, but sometimes I really struggle to use pink, but I love the colour combo of pink and brown together - I always think it works so well!! :)

I have used Pretty in Pink from SU! for both the ribbon and the embossed cardstock. The spiral flowers are made from organza ribbon - what a faff they were to make - they just wouldn't stick. But I think the time I took trying to get them to work really paid off as they add a lot to the main panel of the card.

Being from the north east of England, I call my Mam, Mam - not Mum, and I don't know about you, but I HATE that shop cards do not have much variety at all when it comes to greeting and phrases. Que my Cosmo Cricket mini alpha stickers. Three little letters M A M and the sentiment is complete! :) I hope she likes it as much as I do!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Crafts & Me Challenges - Anything Goes
× Creative Craft World - Mother's Day + Bling
× Freshly Brewed Challenge 40 - 2 or more Embellishments
× I Love ProMarkers - Challenge 58 Go Dotty
× The Paper Shelter - Challenge 6 Flower Power
× The Pixie Cottage - Sketch/Sparkle
× Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
× Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day/Girlie
× Your Next Stamp Challenges - Make it Sparkle
× Anything Goes - Make your own Embellishments
× Papertake Weekly - Its a Mom Thing

× OLLCB - #76 Mother's Day
× Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - Make your own Designer Paper

Why not head on over to Pear Tree Designs and see what the rest of the DT have made!! Show us your Mother's Day creations - I can't wait to see what you lot come up with this week! :)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

You're A ROCK STAR!!

Hey guys, I'm not feeling at all well today - full of cold!! My head feels like its about to explode and I'm totally achy all over. I spent about 10 minutes just standing under the shower with the water really hot to try and ease some of the pain. It felt great - until I got out! :( Urghh!! Its the last thing I need right now with the dissertation deadline drawing ever closer! I'll be heading into uni early tomorrow - if I can drag myself out of bed, so hopefully all my friends will be able to bounce some encouragement around! Anywho, enough of my sob story, onto the card!!

After going wild and buying almost the whole new release in digi form from TPS the other night, I sat down and made a card using my fave fox about town, Lil Fox (Rockin') Emilio!!

It took me most of the night to complete, as I kept sitting down, looking at it, moving pieces about, going away, and coming back to it again. Even though it took me almost four and a half hours (you would never be able to tell..) I really quite like the result.

The sentiment and star shape are both from a PTI set called Star Prints, such a versatile set and perfect for male cards! "You're a ROCK STAR". I have used three different patterned papers from SU! all in the colour Pumpkin Pie, to add a bit of interest to the bottom of the card. I have sponged the edges of these pieces with Crumb Cake ink.

I have coloured Emilio using lead pencil and Sansodor solvent. His scarf is coloured using ProMarkers. The card base is Crumb Cake from SU! (what else?!) and I have stamped music notes using the Music Notes standard wheel from SU! in Crumb Cake ink for a tone on tone effect, I have then sponged around the edge of the card with the same ink and added some faux stitching with white gel pen.

I have added some pearl swirls using my Bazzill template - perfect pearl swirls everytime! :) I added a slice of Pumpkin Pie taffeta ribbon around the points on the star to give it some added interest. The sentiment has been stamped and embossed on a die cut from the nesties Fancy Tags collection onto Really Rust cardstock from SU! This colour is now retired and I'm super sad about that! The closest to it is Cajun Craze.

I have taken a liking to decorating the insides of my cards lately - its a perfect way to use up scraps of patterned paper and adds a little something 'extra' to the whole card! Everything ends up matching and it's super fun. The next step will be to make a co-ordinating envelope, but there's plenty of time for that! I used some tiny Studio G alphabet stamps to create the phrase ROCKIN' on the scalloped oval cardstock. The stamps are round, and tiny, and SUPER hard to line up straight - but hey, it adds to the 'boyish' look when it ain't all so perfect!!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges - One For The Lads
× Ambers Crafts & Stuff - Use a Die cut
× Ginger Snap Creations - Copper, Ginger or Rust
× The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lets Hear it for the Boys
× Stampavie and More - For a Boy
× Cupcake Craft Challenge - Monochromatic
× Pollycraft Challenge - Swirls & Pearls
× Creative Cowgirls - Monochromatic
× Gingerloft Challenge - Die cuts/ punches
× One Stitch at a Time - Something for the Boys

I have gone post crazy this afternoon - and have a load of stuff scheduled for next week. I've also tried super hard to find loads of challenges to enter my next DT card into for PTD. Make sure to stop by on Monday to check that out - it might give you some of the inspiration you have been looking for!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm off the boil the kettle and make a Lemsip!! *sad face*


Tag! The Handwriting Game

I found this post over on Kristy's blog - I am Odd - ->HERE<- and thought it looked pretty fun!! I thought I would give it a go. I wrote it out ages ago but just kept forgetting to photograph it.

All you've got to do it grab a pen and paper and answer the following questions:
1. What’s your name / blogger name?

2. What’s your blogs URL?
3. Write, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.
4. Favorite quote?
5. Your favorite song?
6. Your favorite band / singers?
7. Anything else you want to say?
8. Tag 3 bloggers to participate. I tag Shelly, Emma & Susan, and Squirrel.

I don't know why, but I've always had a fascination with the way people write and how they form their letters and such. Call me a nerd, LOL. I get a lot of comments about my handwriting on a daily basis at uni, the most common one is "Gosh, its so neat, but I cannot for the life of me read what is says"! Not really sure how that works, but I sorta get what they mean. Its a nightmare in exams. I once received an exam back and the entire first paragraph had been crossed out and the marker had wrote "Cannot read a word of it" in the margin. Oops!! Please leave comments so I can read what you think!

Have a go yourself, its fun! :) xo

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Lil' Lad Eric Bookmark

Ahhhhh!! I couldn't believe it when I got my hands on the new release by TPS - Lil' Lad Collection. Like wow!! I LOVE them, especially the guy in this post.. Lil' Lad Eric.

I have incorporated two TPS challenges into one with this bookmark. Over on the Facebook group there is a Bookmark challenge with a $25 Tickled Pink Voucher up for grabs. Over on the Challenge Blog there is a challenges called 'Off the Scrap Desk' the idea is to embellish your card (or in this case, bookmark) with items not intended for cardmaking.

Here is Eric, the little cutie.

Isn't he just the cutest nerd you ever did see? I have used some Cosmo Cricket Mr Campy patterned paper as well as some cardstock from SU!. A tab punch and star punch from SU! have been used to create some extra elements on the card.

For the 'Off the Scrap Desk' challenge I have used corrugated cardboard, a paperclip and a Metro ticket which I have distressed using Old Paper and Tea Dye DI.

The sentiment is from an October Afternoon stamp set - it has been embossed in white. PTI - Star Prints stamp set has been used to add some interest to the punched stars. I have used Fiskars - Apron Lace border punch along the bottom of the bookmark. Some faux stitching finishes off the 'corner' part of the corner bookmark. I'm all out of thread for my sewing machine otherwise I would have machine stitched it!

Here is a close up of Eric. I have coloured him using ProMarkers. I don't know if its the way I take my photos, or what, but the shading on my skin never shows up as much as it should. Anywho. I have been sticking at practicing my colouring with my PM's.. hmm, I'm improving, but still have a long way to go!! LOL.

While I had my printer on I printed out a few more Erics and set about colouring them for projects later on down the line.

I still stick to what I said a few weeks ago about black and white images. They're great - you can colour them ahead of time and not have to worry about finding matching patterned paper later on down the line! FAB time saver, and it's really fun to do! Don't ask why the poor boy hasn't got feet, I cut them off as I couldn't decide which to use on my bookmark! What am I like?!

Thanks for stopping by today, I may be back later with another post - I'll see how things pan out today. The weather is glorious here, the sun is shining but its not overly hot! I'm off out for dinner with Mother Goose. Then I'm heading over to my boyfriends for the night. We're going to have a movie night! :)

Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing! xo

Monday, 21 March 2011

Lexi's Creations DT Team Call!

We currently have a DT call over at LEXI'S CREATIONS click -->HERE<-- to see the post.

We are looking for two new members to join our team, would you like to be considered for DT position on this fast growing Fun & Creative Blog?

If so, please submit your entry for the current challenge as usual using InLinkz , but you MUST also include against your name, the letters 'DT' so that we know you would like to be considered.


1. You must make two creations per month/every two weeks using Lexi's images.

2. We ask that you share in the commenting for the entries to challenges.

The DT Call will run for the two week's of this challenge, closing on 3rd April.
We aim to announce the successful applicants shortly afterwards.

What have you got to lose? :) Jump in.

The Stamping Bazaar DT Call

Oh gosh!! THE STAMPING BAZAAR are holding a DT call!!

Head on over to their challenge blog ->>HERE<<- to check it out.


This is what they want from you:
1.One creation per week, it can be a card, 3D item, tag, bookmark etc. using Marina's fabulous images, to be posted on an assigned day each week on your blog with links to The Stamping Bazaar.
2.Join in the regular promotional previews and blog hops.
3.Post the DT banner and TSB blinkie that will be provided to you, on your sidebar.
4.Communicate within the Yahoo! group.

This is what you will get from The Stamping Bazaar:
1.An initial 3 months term on the TSB Design Team
2.You will get to choose 4 images per month to work with from The Stamping Bazaar Store, and the chance to work with any new images that are being released. Digis are always yours to keep and use!
3.Have your name and blog linked on the sidebar of the DT page
4.Your name, blog link, photo and a little blurb on the TSB Design Team page, and a permanent spot in our Past DT Members page after your term is over.


Of course, I have applied. I LOVE working with Marinas images - soo adorable. So there you have it. Go on over and check it out. I can't wait to see which lucky people get those positions! xo

Pear Tree Designs - Challenge #41 - Happy Birthday

Hello all,

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our St. Patricks Day challenge last week - it was great to see all of the green creations with the cute little leprechaun images! Heehee. This week over at Pear Tree Designs the challenge is 'Happy Birthday'. We want to see the words 'Happy Birthday' on your creation!

Our sponsor


Jenni will be offering our challenge winner a choice of 5 x digital images from her collection.
Here is what I came up with for the challenge:

I have used a cute image from The Greeting Farm - My Guy Ian. He is such a dream to colour and perfect for those oh so hard Boy Cards!! The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Max & Whiskers collection. Perfect for boys. The star has been cut using my MM Slice and stamped with Music Notes standard wheel from SU!

This is a tag - the perfect finishing touch for a present. The HB 2 U senitment is from a PTI set - brand new, and I love it!!

Why not pop on over to Pear Tree Designs and show us your birthday creations!! :) Can't wait to see what you all come up with. xo

Lexi's Creations Challenge #36 - RIBBON

Hey all, thank you to everyone who joined in with our 'Easter' challenge - it was great seeing all of the cute bunnies and chicks! :)

This fortnight over at Lexi's Creations the challenge is: INCLUDE RIBBON ON YOUR CARD, BUT NOT IN A KNOT OR BOW!! Endless possibilites if you set your mind to it. I promise! :) Take a look over on Lexi's Challenge blog to get inspired by our fab DT creations!

The sponsor this week is: Whiff of Joy Stamps

Whiff of Joy Stamps

Here is my card - really quick and easy to put together. I have used Lexi's 'Happy Birthday' sentiment and repeated it across the page to make my own background paper.

The main focal point is the stripes of brown, cream and blue ribbon inside the centre panel. The blue square was cut using my Slice machine, I have been neglecting him lately, but I thought I would dust him down and cut out thise gorgeous postage stamp shaped square to frame the ribbon.

I added a few vellum butterflies, punches with my MS punch. I added some Cinnamon Stickles to each, as well as around the outside of my distressed edges. All cardstock used is from SU! The ribbon is from a pack of 6 by Papermania called Cappuccino Floral. I've had it for forever so I'm not sure if it's still available.

I would like to enter this card intho these challenge:
× Birthday Sundaes - Anything Goes
× The Crafty Pad - Use a Digi
× Gingerloft Challenge - Die Cuts &/Or Punches
× My Grafico - Anything Goes
× Paper Sundaes - Embossing
× Paper Cutz Challenge #83 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day. xo

Sunday, 20 March 2011

First EVER..

..Simply Sassy Image/Sugar Nellie Image (Q: WHAT BRAND ARE THESE STAMPS? I'M SO CONFUSED, HELP ME OUT HERE?! Do you call her a Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Image.. or what?!).. I have ever bought and inked up. LOVE HER!! High School Student is her name, and she looks like a nerd - just like me!! I'm going to have another go at colouring her later on and make her look like me with blue glasses and brown hair! :)

She is just gorgeous! I stamped a few of her in one go, as I plan on using her on a lot more creations! Did I mention I think shes gorgeous!? This card is a little different for me - its sort of loads of colours together - it doesn't just follow one colour theme. Little bit of pink, purple, green, blue, the lot! LOL. It sort of works though.. I think. The patterned paper from Crate Paper is just so versatile.

Here is a close up of her. I cut the panel of cardstock she is coloured on into a rectangle, then took a circle punch and cut the corners just to add a little extra interest. I then went around the edges with Old Paper DI.

Here is a close up of those gorgeous Whimsy Stamp Ticket Sentiments - LOVE these! I have used them so much on cards lately. Just perfect. Again, I have gone around the edges with some Old Paper DI.

This is my first EVER card using Wild Orchid Crafts paper roses too!! LOVE them. Almost as much as I love this stamp!! LOL. I manage to put a purple, lilac and blue rose on this card. Like I said before.. mad colour for this card - not my usual thing. But, Be Bold, Be Brave!! LOL.

Cardstock: SU! Crumb Cake
Patterned paper: Crate Paper - Restoration
Image: Sugar Nellie / Simply Sassy - High School Student
Stamps: Whimsy Tickets - Friendship Tickets Sentiments; Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Ink: SU! - Blue Bayou, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue Old Olive; DI - Old Paper
Tools: 1" Circle Punch, WRKM - Corner Chomper, Tonic - Paper Distresser
Die: Spellbinders - Classic Ovals Large
Misc: Wild Orchid Crafts - 15mm paper Roses; Purple rhinestones; Fancy Pants - Stick Pins; ProMarkers; white gel pen

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× The Sugar Bowl - Sketch &Theme (Spring)
× Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! :) xo

You Are Fabulous!

Good afternoon! :) If you're over here looking for my Christmas Crunch Sunday click -->HERE<-- I posted it yesterday - due to me missing out last week. Sorry about that.!

Anywho, today I have a card to show you using a Kenny K image - Download Diva. How gorgeous is she?! I have had this stamp a while, but this is the first time I have inked her up. Why did I wait so long?! I have no idea.

My printer has been playing up this week - it's almost ate my foot a couple of times! *gaaahh* Its still not co-operating - so I have used loads of rubber this week and given my digis a rest! LOL.

Here was the basis of my card - how I wanted it layed out etc, then I broke out my green ribbon to choose which two I wanted to use to go along with the Kenny K Recipe.

I ordered some wooden pegs off eBay the other day (24 pack) and I now use these along with mini pins to wind my loose ribbon. Its really handy - and it looks looovely when you have similar colours layed out together - like on the picture!! :)

I love the colour combo I have used on this card - I didn't think I would, but it works well. Add a little bit of Kraft for the base and a few splashes of brown ink here and there and I'm still within my comfort zone, heehee. I cut the banners myself, using scissors and a square punch. They're just a little different from your usual triangular bunting. I have outlined each 'flag' with Lime Green Stickles. So yummy. The gold speckles in the glitter match so well with the Basic Grey Origins paper.

The yellow panel behind Download Diva was cut using my nesties - Labels Four, I then stamped a co-ordinating border pattern from a Waltzingmouse stamp set in SU! Soft Suede ink. The sentiments and ticket shapes are from Whimsy Stamps. These little tickets have featured a lot on my recent cards - the perfect size for cardmakers.

Cardstock: SU! Crumb Cake
Patterned paper: Basic Grey - Origins
Image: Kenny K - Download Diva
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Labels 4; Whimsy Stamps - Friendship Ticket Sentiments; SU! - Music Notes standard roller
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU! Soft Suede, Old Olive
Ribbon/Twine: The Ribbon Girl - Green Bakers Twine, Lime Seam Binding; SU! - Wild Wasabi Double Stitch Grosgrain
Dies: Whimsy Stamps - Ticket; Spellbinders - Labels Four
Tools: Tonic - Paper Distresser; Bow Easy; SU! - 1 1/4" Square punch
Misc: Stickles - Lime Green, ProMarkers (Q: If anyone is interested in the colours of PM's I use, please comment and I will make a note for future projects).

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenges - Recipe [3 Designer Papers, 2 Ribbons, 1 Image]
× Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - #39

× The Ribbon Girl - Challenge #6 Green and Yellow
× For Fun Challenges - A Bit of the Green
× Creative Card Crew - Green
× The Corrosive Challenge - #108 - Recipe

It looks like I missed a LOAD of green challenges which were running last week. Never mind. Can't catch every train!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I MUST get some uni work done. But before that, I need to schedule some blog posts! :) xo

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Christmas Crunch Sunday - on Saturday

Let me start with an apology. An apology to those people (if there were any..) who came over to my blog last Sunday expecting to see a Christmas card. There wasn't one *sad face*. Sooo many uni deadlines and stuff going on at home that I didn't even have time to turn around and it was the weekend again.

BUT THIS WEEK!! I have a LOVELY card using Beanie Anya from The Greeting Farm. I've had the stamp for aaaages, but I'm ashamed to say this is the first time I have inked her up!! Shocking! I also tried my hand at paper piecing again, I really don't know why I don't do this more, its a fantastic technique! :)

Isn't she the sweetest? I love her bunches! I wish my hair looked like that when I had a hat on my head! LOL. I have paper pieced everything but her skin and hair. Such a cool look and it only takes a few minutes to cut all the pieces out - especially with these TGF stamps, as they're only 'ickle.

Here is a picture of the over all card, it took me over an hour to make it as I just couldn't decide what to do. But I LOVE how it turned out.. what do you think?

Over on the TPS group on Facebook, there has been a lot of talk about which colour we find it most difficult to work with - I answered purple. I find it really difficult to colour with ProMarkers in purple shades - and I never really know what other colours to team it with. Well, I was looking through my Christmas patterned paper when I came across Cosmo Cricket - Mitten Weather collection. Low and behold, a load of purple goodness that I had forgotten aaall about. So here it is, a purple card! :)

I used some gorgeous seam binding from The Ribbon Girl to make a cute little bow using my new bow easy tool. The two tickets were cut using the Ticket Die from Whimsy Stamps. I embossed a vellum ticket with a snowflake EF from Sizzix for Basic Grey. The other I stamped with a greeting from the Holiday Ticket Sentiments from Whimsy Stamps in SU! Pale Plum. I added some Lavender Stickles to each bauble as well as the knot on the bow.

Here is a close up of some gorgeous vellum snowflakes I cute using my MM-Slice. I stamped over them in SU! Soft Suede using the Music Notes standard wheel. I used my Bazzill Swirls template to add some Lavender Stickles.. in swirls (obviously..) although I don't know how well that turned out!! Not too swirly is it? LOL!

And lastly, something a little new for me. I have began decorating the inside of my cards. Its a fab way to use up scraps of the patterned paper you have cut when decorating the front of the card. :) I kinda like it. And I think it makes the card appear more finished!

Hope you like it, this is one of my fave Christmas cards so far this year! I can see Beanie Anya being used a LOT more, especially for paper piecing, her hat is perfect for it!!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - I Can See Right Through That 
× Mojo Monday - #182

Well, I must dash. Going to make myself an omelette for tea and then get on with some uni work, which I have been telling myself I will do all day. Instead? I have been practicing colouring with my PM's!! :) I think I have nailed the colours I like for white skin colours and light browish hair. Result! Practice makes perfect, right? :) xo

Monday, 14 March 2011

Pear Tree Designs - Challenge #40 - St. Patricks Day

Good morning! :) I have a card to share with you for Challenge #40 over at Pear Tree Designs. Thank you to everyone who joined in with our 'Sketch with a Twist' challenge last week - we had some really fun entries. I don't know about you but I love working with a sketch! Sometimes it takes all the hassel out of making a card, and you can concentrate on shapes and colours that work well together!

Anywho, the theme this week is ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Here is my take on the theme..

An unusual shape/length card for me, I do say. I fancied a change, and I found a sketch aaaages ago that I really wanted to use, and it required a longer card. It measures 9"x3 1/2" if I remember correctly. The 'Good Luck' sentiment is from a digi set by Whimsy Stamps called 'Luck Sentiments'. I have used some free patterned papers - relating to St. Patricks day, obviously - but like always, I forgot to save the link so I'm afraid I can't share it with you!

I used me Labels Two nesties to cut the sentiment out and I went around the edges with some SU! Old Olive ink, yummy colour! :) I used some Iced Lime seam binding and some green bakers twine, both from The Ribbon Girl, to embellish my sentiment.

I used my friend Janome Sew Mini sewing machine to stitch around the edges of my paper. I think the tension needs adjusting a little. Minor details which can really make or break a card.

Over all I think I like it - understated, yet it gets the message across! :)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 94 - Luck 'O The Irish
× Delicious Doodles Challenge - Challenge #16 - Use Green for St. Patrick's Day

× Little Red Wagon - St. Patty's Day Green
× Stampin with the Dragon - St. Patrick's Day

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find time to make a card following the theme for this week! :) Enjoy the rest of your day. xo

Cherrie, Cherrie, Cherrie..

..oh how I love your cute little face!! LOL. I love colouring this little cutie - whether it be with ProMarkers or lead pencil!! This image is available in digi from Tickled Pink Stamps - I loooove their images, just so perfect and versatile.

I have made this card to enter into their current challenge.. Black & White + One Colour. This post also doubles up as a GDT call for the month of May. Pop on over and have a look, you have nothing to lose, and their current DT and GD provide immense inspiration! Yummy yum!!

This little sweetie is Cherrie with Rose - isn't she just the best?! I love her pigtails maaaann!! I have coloured her using lead pencils and a cotton bud, I have coloured the rose using blue ProMarkers to keep in with the colour theme. I have added a panel of Bashful Blue cardstock down the left hand side, stamped with the flourish stamp from SU! Bliss. I added some blue stitching using my WRMK - Sew Easy tool. I rounded the corners and distressed the edges.

I added some Frosted Lace Stickles around the outside of my die cut (labels 14 nesties), as well as some stamps from 7Gypsies in Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake ink both from SU!. A few Prima pearls dotted here and there add some interest to the blank space.

The black card base is clear embossed using the same flourish stamp. This can be seen more clearly in the following picture. This is one of the first techniques I really learnt, and I have been addicted ever since, I love the effect it gives, and watching the embossing powder melt is so relaxing!

This is one of the first ever bows I created using my new Bow-Easy tool, I love it!! Such a simple little tool - yet it creates the most gorgeous bows. I embellished it using a lovely white vintage pearl stick from The Ribbon Girl.

These tickets are from Whimsy Stamps Friendship Tickets stamps set! I have waited aaaaaages for these to come back into stock at Quixotic Paperie! :) I was thrilled when they arrived, they're just as lovely as I imagined they would be. All of the ticket stamps co-ordinate with the ticket die which makes them super easy to cut out and more fun to work with!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges - Challenge #10 - Black, White & One Colour
× One Stitch At A Time Challenge - Challenge #53 - Glitter & Gems
× Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
× Let's Ink It Up - Challenge #10 - Embossing

Thank you for stopping by today. I'm off to darts tonight, wish me luck. We are at home, so I have made some carrot muffins. Sorta like carrot cake - but mini versions! LOL. I loooove them. I make cream cheese icing with orange juice to top them off. They go down a treat let me tell you.  xo

Saturday, 12 March 2011

On Mothers Day

Good afternoon! :) Its Arsenal V Man U later on today, so Tony will not be in a talkative mood, more time for me to catch up on some blog updates. Heehee.

I went against the grain slightly with this card.. a Mother's day card.. with not a hint of pink, purple or lilac in site, heehee. I thought I might go beyond the boundaries of a traditional Mother's day creation and offer up something a little different.

I used a gorgeous stamp from TGF - Miss Anya Dressy set of 3. Isn't she a cutie? I guess you could make her look really smart or really grungy, or really summery sweet.. depending on how you colour her! I think this one looks a bit grungy in black and grey! :)

Kraft, black, white and red. LOVE this colour combo, it would be totally perfect for a Valentine's cards. Anywho.. the cardstock is all from SU! - Crumb Cake, Real Red and Basic Black. The cardstock has been embossed with the Swiss Dots EF and the Script EF both by Cuttlebug. I have coloured Anya with pencils and ProMarkers.
I have used an SU! - Spiral Border punch on the red cardstock. The polka dot paper is from a My Mind's Eye collection. The yummy ribbon is Real Red from SU! too.

The two shapes have been cut with Nesties Label Four die, I think they may be my new favourite shape! I have gone round the edges of the image with some Old Paper DI and added some 7Gypsies stamps with SU! Crumb Cake and Tea Dye DI. The dots were created using ProMarkers to add some extra interest.

These little letter stickers are from Cosmo Cricket - they are the perfect size for card - sooo minature.

I think I may be getting tret to a trip to the pictures today to see Battle: Los Angeles. Sooo excited. I love Michelle Rodriguez. We best be back before the match starts though, otherwise all hell will break loose! LOL.

Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm off to check the rest of my emails. xo

Monday, 7 March 2011

Pear Tree Designs - Challenge #39 - Sketch with a TWIST

Good morning everyone, thank you for stopping by today. I have a card to share with you for the challenge over at Pear Tree Designs this week.. SKETCH WITH A TWIST - ADD 3 GEMS TO YOUR CARD.

Here is the sketch..

We hope you can play along. The sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments Designs!!

The DT had the opportunity to use some images from them, I chose this cute little girl, I love her hair band!!

The letters are from a pack off alpha stickers from My Little Shoebox - super cute, they are the perfect size for cards. I added three gems to one of the swirls on the right of the card. They are from Prima and are a lovely bright orange colour - but not too in your face.

I used the Candy Stripe embossing folder on the patterned paper to give a bit of texture, along with a few die cut swirls. I added some sewing around the outside with my trusty little sewing machine! :)

I used my i-Top tool from Imaginsce to make my own brad, I added Glossy Accents to it once it was applied to the card to try and give it the look of being glazed, I don't know how well the picture shows that, but it looks awesome in real life.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Pattie's Creations #16 - Create your own embellisment
× Fussy & Fancy Challenges - Embossing 

I hope you can join in, head on over to Pear Tree Designs now and check out the details and the other gorgeous creations the DT girls have come up with. xo

Lexi's Creations Challenge #35 - Easter

Good morning! I hope you have had a good weekend! Thanks for stopping by today, I have a lovely bright and cheery card to share with you all today.

This fornight the challenge over at Lexi's Creations is EASTER! This is your chance to create a bright cheerful card for the Easter period. The sponsor this week is LETRASET.

This little cutie is called Lillie under an Easter Egg, and can be found as a digi over at Lexi's shop - Fairy Dust Crafts. I had real fun colouring her in with a mixture of ProMarkers and pencils.

The paper is from Crate Papers Restoration 6x6 pad. I love that collection - its soo different. I have distressed the edges, curled one corner and stitched one edge.

I created the sentiment on Word, and cut it out using a tag punch from SU! I added a little 'Just For You' charm threaded through the hole with linen thread.

The gorgeous orange ribbon is Pumpkin Pie from SU! I also added some olive coloured grosgrain. I embossed the Hero Arts Circle Doily stamp in the top corner to add a bit of extra interest to my card base.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Catch The Bug Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
× Baby Bug Designs - Ribbons & Bows
× Digis With Attitude - Anything Goes
× Stampin' For The Weekend - Spring

Head on over to Lexi's Creations now and show us your EASTER creations! I look forward to seeing them! xo

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