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Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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, 1 June 2015

Coming up Roses

Gooood morning!!

Popping in with a quick post this morning!



I created this card using WPlus9 Coming Up Roses. It's a two step stamping set (say that three times fast!) and it's so, so easy to use.

I stamped the roses using a mixture of Memento ink and Versamagic chalk ink and I'm pretty happy with the colour combos I managed to achieve this time!

I added a stamped sentiment from MFT - More Essential Sentiments and die cut everything using MFT - Blueprints 24

I added a couple lilac brads and smooshed everything together.

Job done. Thank you for stopping by today! :) xx

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Come Fly with Me

A bright and breezy morning to you all!!

I awoke angered this morning, to the sound of what I thought was rain.
Turns out it was just my neighbours garden sprinkler. Hehe.

My mood can only improve from here on out! We'll see! :P

Before I get stuck into todays post, I wanna say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who joined in with our anniversary challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers last week. You guys are the bestest! The winners are in for some absolute treats! Be sure to stop by the blog later on today to see if you've won!!

Today, we have a new challenge.

Our wonderful Marie wants you to

COME FLY WITH ME

You can interpret this weeks theme any way you wish. Fairies, transport with wings, birds, bees. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

For my card, I used a fund raiser image from Simply Betty Stamps. You can find her awesome group over on FB! 


I coloured this cutie up in a time before I was really in the habit of writing my colour combos down, so I'm sorry, but I can't give you any details this time round! 

I can't wait to have a scroll through everyone's entries!

HAVE FUN! xo

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

6th PFP Anniversary!

Good morning you wonderful lot! I have a very special post for you all this morning, winging it's way from Passion for ProMarkers! It's a long one, so sit back with a liquid refreshment, and enjoy.

Onto this week's theme and we have a very special challenge for you this week as it's our 6th Anniversary.

Can you believe it's been 6 years since Denise and Gina started their little blog to share their love of all things Letraset.  

As it's a special challenge we have a really easy theme for you of "no sentiment", although please note we are only accepting a maximum of 3 entries per person for this one challenge only

To be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.  As always we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and our sponsors have been very generous as usual .  Here we go....

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Sassy Studio Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of 4 digis of their choice.

WOW!! 

Now time for some inspiration? Yes!

I took the opportunity to print out my digi at 5" and go to town with the colouring (because I didn't need any extra room for a sentiment). Look at all of that hair! This image is one of the fundraisers over at Simply Betty Stamps (on Facebook). This lady is from the Elegant Beauty set. I adore her.


I coloured her up to match some subtle papers from First Edition and kept the embellishments pretty minimal (for me) with a simple doily and double bow with button!

I hope you likey, and it inspires you to create a card without a sentiment. These kinda creations are ideal to have in your stash, for at any given moment you can grab one, and add any sentiment you need to the inside. Quick and easy birthday card, or thank you card? Perfect!

That's all from me today. Be sure to stop by the Passion for ProMarkers blog and see what else my awesome teamies have in store for you today! I do hope you join us! xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

Feathery Thanks

Good morning you wonderful lot!

I'm quickly popping in to share this card with you all. It's a mash up of a few companies!


I adore these stamps! They're so cute, and they're of such high quality, they stamp beautifully.



Any questions, please just ask. I must dash, it's almost bedtime here! The joy of scheduled posts! xx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Blue Hair Envy

Goooood morning!

Time for a new challenge over at


Today, it was my turn to set the challenge theme.

I wanna see a colour combo of 

BLUE AND PURPLE.

Here's what I came up with using INKED PRETTY from Saturated Canary.


I printed this cutie at about 4.5" and went to town with all of that hair of hers.
I used Black, Petrol Blue, Marine, Turquoise and Duck Egg for her hair.

I layered a piece of purple card behind the image panel and added it to a 4.25"x5.5" card. 

Of course, I couldn't leave it there and had to add dots of liquid pearls and stickles. 

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you join in with the challenge.

If you're after more inspiration, please head over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog now! xo

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Easel, does it!

Yoohoooo! :) It's a pleasure to have you pop by. Welcome to another Tuesday! Next time you spot me posting for Passion for ProMarkers, it's gonna be MAY! How do you feel about that?! Time is running away with us.. Hah!

Time for a new challenge over at 


The theme this week is set by the amazing Lou

Nice and easy.. EASEL CARDS!!


Given, I went a little OTT with embellishments, and layers, and papers.. but hey. An easel card is nearly an ornament after all.. kinda! ;)

I used a gorgeous image from Simply Betty Stamps - I cannot get enough of these images lately! They're an absolute dream to colour! I paired this little lily lady with some waaay older papers from First Edition that I fall in love with each time I get them out the paper drawer.


I created a bunch of my own card and vellum flowers for this card, as well as using a bunch of die cuts, buttons, a mini wooden spool aaaaaand some ribbon. Wow!! A lotta, lotta stuff.

Hope you likey. xo

Monday, 20 April 2015

Birthday Wishes

Moooorning peoples! :) 

Time for some inspiration for My Mum's Craft Shop.



Apologies for the quality of the photo, I took it on my phone and it's a little grainy.

I used a combo of Altenew and WPlus9.

WPlus9 - Happy Trio Dies

I had a blast stamping these pretty flowers out! I really need to get some new ink colours to try some new combos, but for now, I really love those orange flowers! 

I die cut a happy from the cardstock I had stamped with the flowers and layered it up to create a 3D effect. I then stamped birthday wishes from the coordinating stamp set from WPlus9 to finish up the card. I hope you likey! :) xx

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Purrrfect!

Good morning guys! :) Thank you for stopping by today.

I have a cute little Tiddly Inks creation to share with you all for the new challenge over at


The wonderful Lisa wants to see us making tags, or using tags on our projects this week! Easy, peasy right?! No excuse not to join in.. ;)

This week, we're being sponsored by Polkadoodles, and one lucky winner will recieve TWO digi images!! Need any more reasons to join? How's about some inspiration..


I used the gorgeous Purfect Birthday Wryn! I adore this little character, and now even more so, what with her being paired with a little cat hat and balloon!! PURFECT indeed!!

I coloured her up using my beloved pens, and paired her with some papers from My Minds Eye. I die cut a MFT tag, along with some cardstock layers and smooshed it all together. For embellishment I tied a tiny little pink organza bow and put together a little vellum flower, before going all out with rhinestones, liquid pearls and stickles. Job done.

Be sure to head over to the blog for more inspiration and to join in with this weeks challenge! xo

Monday, 6 April 2015

Polly's Pals

Another Monday rolling in! I can't even believe we're in April!! A quarter of the way through the year already. Madness!!

The good news is, I have the week off work. The bad news is, I'll be spending most of my time at the boat. Some of you who know me will know me and the boy have taken a ridiculously large restoration job on and.. quite frankly.. I just wish I would finish itself.

Onwards.

I'm here to share some inspiration with you all using products available at 


 I have used the gorgeous little girlie from The Hobby House toppers set - Polly's Pals.

I created a Christening card with her.


I added the personalised details using a Lawn Fawn alpha stamp set. I went a little OTT with embellishments, adding buttons, crochet flowers, vellum flowers and both half pearls and liquid pearls. Love how it turned out though. The unusual colour combo is taken from the topper itself - I love how it works.

That's all from me for today. Please be sure to stop by the BLOG for daily inspiration. xo

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Birthday Trudie!!


**!!Happy 40th Birthday Trudie!!** 
Here is your blog hop, 
we adore you to bits and wanted to share the love with you. 


Have an amazing day with love from us all!! 


 Kay
 Ria

Kisses! xo

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Betty Rose

Good afternoon guys! Apologies for the lateness of my post.

I was at work, at stock take, at hell on earth last night. I didn't get in till late and all I wanted to do was eat and sleep! ..but I'm back in the room.

It's Tuesday, and that can only mean one thing! A new challenge over at 


Our lovely Julie has set us a challenge of

BLUE SKIES

Julie would love to see you use shades of blue on your project! Be sure to head over to the blog to make sure you're adhering to the requirements.

Here's my take on the challenge. 

I used the GORGEOUS Betty Rose from Simply Betty Stamps. I am soooo late to the party with these stamps. Each one I colour up, I'm like.. where have these been all my life? They're beauties! 


I need a lot more practice with hair, but other than that I am over the moon with how this beauty turned out! I used a mixture of blues and greys to colour up her rose dress. I went a little OTT with the paper flowers and liquid pearls, but I think I still like how it turned out! 

Up for grabs for one lucky winner is is a beautiful stamp set called Changing Birdhouse from Little Claire Designs


Be sure to stop by the BLOG and join in! Thank you for stopping by today. xo

Monday, 23 March 2015

Don't Worry

It's a Clean and Simple kinda Monday here at Cartolinas.

I have a rare Monday off work, so I will be busying myself with colouring in and watching episodes of my fave series. Perhaps throw a couple David Attenborough documentaries in here and there.

Such a shame I have no chocolate to feast on!

Today, I'm popping in with some inspiration using goodies from


Kitty is working round the clock to bring us loads of new goodies, and she is not gonna disappoint!

Today I'm using a bunch of Mama Elephant products and my all time favourite die from MFT Die-namics.



Please be sure to stop by the blog for more daily inspiration! xx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Congrats, it's a Boy!!

Good morning lovelies! :)

First up, I want to thank you for the words of encouragement regarding posting on my blog.

I know at times we all feel like we're talking to ourselves, and it's nice to be told you're appreciated once in a while. You ladies certainly made me feel loved! :)

So I hope you enjoy this card today, and the others to follow, whenever that might be!

Today over at Passion for Promarkers, we have a brand new challenge.

The lovely Eileen wants to

CHECK IT OUT

We'd love to see you include some checks on your design. Whether that be plaid, ginghams or stripes!! Let's see what you've got.


Our sponsor this week is DigiStamp Boutique
One lucky winner will recieve a £10 voucher to spend in the store.

I used the giraffes from the Baby Animals set for my card. I paired it up with some First Edition papers, which is where my plaid comes in! :) I added a Lawn Fawn sentiment, a frame with some mini pompom trim, a crochet flower and a bunch of buttons and liquid pearls to finish the design off! :) 

I hope you like what you see, and thank you for stopping by. xo

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Friends like you..

Gooood morning you wonderful lot! 

Some of you may be wondering if I have simply disappeared from the face of the Earth. The simple answer to that, would be no. I just really haven't had the energy or the inclination to type up blog posts lately. I know that's bad of me, but sometimes I feel it's utterly pointless for the hits I get.

Onwards. Today we have a new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers

This week, our lovely Shelly would like to see..

LOVELY LILAC AND LEMON.

I froze a little with fright when I first seen this challenge listed over in DT land! Lilac and lemon are pastel colours. I never use pastel colours. I go bold or go home. So I really had to get my thinking cap on for this one. I sat down and worked out some new, paler, colour combos, and went to work.


I used this gorgeous image from Stamping Bella, which I have had for ages but never properly coloured up. I love these images. They're not super detailed, so relatively quick to colour up. Plus the style in which they are drawn is very forgiving if you do happen to go over the line or squiggle a little messy. Love them. I must invest in more in the future! 

Anywho. PRIZES!! I know some of you absolutely ROCK these pastel colours, so I can't wait to see what you whip up! ;) Crafty Sentiments are sponsoring us. They're offering a prize of THREE digis to the lucky winner! 

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you get a chance to join in. xo

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Monday, 9 February 2015

You are too kind!

Mooonday!!

Good morning wonderful people! 

I've got another make to share with you all today. This time it's an Avery Elle and MFT mash up! 


I layered the stitched panel onto a vellum die cut, cut with Blueprints 20. I can't tear myself away from these dies at the moment! 

Thanks for stopping by today. xo

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Hugs & Kisses

It's time for a new challenge over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps today! 

**All You Need Is Love**

I used the adorable Cuthbert Cupid from Pollycraft. Had to. Look at him! Adorable!! I coloured him up using ProMarkers to match papers from Echo Park which I seem to have a total obsession with lately. I love the colour of his t-shirt. Anywho.


Yip. Echo Park paper, a whole load of Stampin' Up cardstock, Memory Box and MFT dies, paper flowers, sequins. All of that yummy goodness. I even used up a little crochet flower that I've been hoarding forever! ;) 2015 is the year to use up stash! 

I hope you find the time to pop over to Little Miss Muffet Stamps and join in with our last challenge of January 2015! xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

You're the best!!

Good morning you lovely lot! 

I'm checking in with you this morning with some My Mum's Craft Shop inspiration. Using a bunch of Lawn Fawn goodies - which Kitty will have back in stock ASAP! You don't wanna miss out. Keep your eyes peeled for our newsletter dropping into your inbox. 


I used the THANKS DIE from Lawn Fawn to create my own chipboard word. I die cut the thanks with some navy blue cardstock 4-5 times and layered them up.

I then stamped a sentiment from Thank You Tags before cutting it with a die from Blueprints 20 from MFT and layering it over a tag cut using another Lawn Fawn die.

As a little whimsy, I stamped coloured and die cut a little critter from Monster Mash stamp set and matching die and tucked it behind the tag.

That's about it. Oh, and my papers are old My Minds Eye!

Thank you for stopping by today! xo

Thursday, 22 January 2015

You are so nice.

Morning guys! I'm back on track (blog wise *I think*) and I'm back with the next instalment of Little Miss Muffet Stamps goodness! 

This time round I used the gorgeous Sugar 'n Spice Doll Sassafras. I love everything about this little girl. She's adorable, don't ya think? I coloured her with ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.


I coloured her up to match my papers from Echo Park. I paired her up with an Amy R sentiment stamped in Memento Rose Bud ink. I also added a bunch of paper flowers and leaves before adhering everything together and adding some clear rhinestones to finish it up.

Thank you for stopping by today! xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Butterfly Wedding

Yet another card, from way back last year. That I failed to share with you guys. Nightmare.




I tried to match the invite up as closely to the invitation as I could - I thought it'd be a nice touch. 

I love the minty green colour. I think I used up the last of that ribbon on this card - but it was so worth it! :) xx


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New Beginnings

Good morning you lovely lot! :)

It's time for a new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers.

This week it's my turn to set the challenge theme, and I wanna see..

NEW BEGINNINGS!!

This could be anything from a new baby, a new home, a new job or perhaps tying the knot.


I have had this set from Some Odd Girl for some time now. The amazing Faye kindly mailed them over to me and had since been sitting in my *to use* pile, patiently waiting.

I adored making this card. Quick, punny and easy to put together. In fact, I'd go as far to say I love this set. Why have I left it hanging around, unloved, for so long?! The perfect wedding card for close friends, I reckon. I know my friends would appreciate something *different* like this.

That's my inspiraton for ya today. I do hope you find time to join in with this challenge.
Head over to Passion for ProMarkers for more inspiration and to leave your link so we can have a snoop around at your entry and your blog! Hugs. xo

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Birthday Fairy

*waves* I can't believe I didn't share this card with you guys waaay back at the beginning of November. I am terrible, I know!!

I made this card for a girl who is a lover of many things. Many things of which I tried to squeeze onto the card without it looking ridiculous.

Fairies, stars, toadstools, butterflies and flowers! Naturally, like most 11 year old girls she's a huge lover of pink, so I went really pink with some hot pink ribbon and flowers. Hopefully by age 24 she'll have grown out of it slightly! ;) It's not one of my favourite, in case you guys didn't already know.


I used the adorable Charlotte from Funky Kits. Grab her while you can as she's retiring soon. I also used some toadstool stamps from Some Odd Girl which I always have a blast colouring up as well as a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

I used my Cameo to create her name and age before stamping a Paper Smooches banner with Lawn Fawn alpha stamps to create happy birthday and added it all the card.

As finishing touches I chose some flat and 3D paper flowers, some glittery buttons and a whole load of liquid pearls and sequins. Job. Done. xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Pile o' Presents

I know it's no longer Christmas, but I had to share this guy with you all!! 

Is he not the cutest little penguin? 


This is a pretty CAS card for me! No patterned paper, no ribbon. Just a bunch of die cutting, embossing and tonnes of gems. Love him. 

I'm on a bit of a downer today, as I'm back at work tomorrow. Not only that, but we have stock take too! Nightmare! Haah. xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Wheat, Dears and Dimension

Good afternoon you wonderful lot. 

Happy Friday!!

I'm popping in to share an anniversary card I created last year. This was a very special request from a lovely regular of mine. She always gives me loads of details to work with and this time it was something along the lines of, wheat stalks, deers and nature. Here's what I came up with.


Yip, that's right. I even used up some of my beloved Petal Lu flowers. I added a bunch of flowers and 'foliage' in the form of die cut leaves. I cut the little deer using my silhouette and stamped some wheat stalks (which admittedly are difficult to see in the photo) onto the kraft background and the vellum piece behind the top oval.


I kept the focus on the sentiment by stamping it in rich black and adding a black matt around the panel, but there are still loads of little details to draw your eye around the piece.

I hope everyone who had something to do with this card really enjoyed it, I know I had a blast making it! :) xx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hey Dude

I'm not even kidding, this is my very first post of 2015. On the 15th of the month. What a disgrace! LOL! I hope to catch up very soon, as I have a bunch of cards from the end of last year to share as well as upcoming DT work for the rest of the month. We'll see how I get on! 

Today I am sharing a card I created as part of Little Miss Muffet GDT for the month of January. I'll own up now, I totally missed the first week, I forgot to type up my post for last week, and now.. here we have arrived! LOL!!

I really wanted to kick off the year with some male cards. They are definitely something I enjoy making, but something my card pile tells you I don't make enough of. 

Here's Polka Dot Pals Tenn with those awesome braces he's rocking. I coloured him using ProMarkers and had another go at flicky hair using my FlexMarkers. I'm getting better, I think. I won't give up! ;)


I coloured him up to match some very cute papers I picked up at The Works a couple weeks ago. Apparently they're going into liquidation, which is sad - I have only just discovered they have a crafty section. Although, that probably isn't a bad thing. I need to start using stash not buying more.

Anywho. I added a bunch of layers which I roughed up with an edger tool, lots of dimension and bits and pieces of die cuts, ribbon and twine. I added a stamped sentiment as well as a couple buttons here and there before adhering it all to the card base. 

I hope you likey.

Thanks for stopping by today! xo

One of the reasons I haven't been blogging much is (as silly as it sounds) it's hard to type. During the winter I suffer really badly from keens (Google it, they're awful). It's like having a super super deep paper cut that never ever heals on the end of your finger. I have them on at least 4 fingers at a time. Enough whining, but yes, that's why. It hurts to type up blog posts. I'll troop on though. I've had a few messages about where I've disappeared to! ;) 

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