Monday 30 June 2008

Paper Take Weekly - Thanks a Latte

I am going to be really busy in the next couple of weeks with some DT work for Crafters Companion, but I have made myself a promise to try to do at least one challenge a day. This is todays effort. Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is Thanks a Latte which can be translated as either a simple Thank you card or one made in Coffee and cream. As you can see I opted for the latter, I used Katharina Sketch No 10 and this is my first card with the new Sarah Kay stamps, they are great to work with, she has been coloured with distress inks, the images stippled around the edge with brown inks, the cream pearlescent card has been embossed with Swiss Dots folder in the Cuttlebug. Dp are all bits I had left in my stash box as were the buttons, ribbons and brads from Poppicraft, flowers from Joanna Sheen and sentiment stamp Elusive Images. TFL.
I will try to get round to visiting as many blogs as I can tonight if I don't manage everyone I apologise.

Nikkis 10,000 hits Blog Candy

Nikki is celebrating 10,000 hits to her blog by giving away some fabulous blog candy. I am sure most of you know Nikkis fantastic work, I know she has been a great inspiration to me. So please visit her blog and have a go at winning this great blog candy, all you need to do is leave a message on your blog with a link to Nikki's and grab some inspiration at the same time.

Sunday 29 June 2008

Tilda & Co - Lorraines Sketch

This weeks challenge is a great sketch by fellow design Lorriane, it is a great sketch to work with so pop over to Tilda & Co Challenge Blog and join us in the challenge. There is also a great download available for the winning entry.
I apologise for the quality of my photo today the actually card is much darker than it looks on here. I have used Basic Grey BP, cutting strips of paper instead of using ribbon just for a change. The the Bandage Edwin and Summer Backgound have been coloured with distress inks, I have cut the background down to fit the sketch. The all boy brad is from Poppicraft, the sentiment from Aud Designs and the Totally real ticket was a Rak from Kerry, everything else was from stash. TFL

Saturday 28 June 2008

Penny Black Challenge 3 - Pink, Green, Brown

The Challenge this week on Penny Black Challenge is to use just 3 colours on your card or altered item, Pink, Green & Brown there is also a fabulous prze for the winner a download from
Tinker & Co if you have never visited them before please go and have a look at their fab website they have some great downloads and CD's on there.
My PB image this week has been coloured with Distress Inks, I have stippled pink chalk ink around the edges of the image and mounted it on 2 Nesabilites hearts. The beautiful DP is from Basic Grey. I thought I would make my own flowers this time so have punched paper from the same DP range with several different punches and layered up then added small self adhesive pearls to the middle, the fern leaves are also punched. The ribbon is from Poppicraft and pearls from Joanna Sheen.

Our fellow designer the fantastic Kath needs help from all us bloggers please visit her blog here Kaths Blog and click on Maggies centre Cards at the top and see if you can help, it is a worthwhile cause.

Thursday 26 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper

Ohhh!! this was a daunting challenge at first - No Patterned Paper!! - have not used plain card for ages, but with the great DT members inspiration and the chance of some great Candy on offer from Banyan Crafts I set about crafting. I had a delivery from Alota yesterday and included was the desert island and hut stamp, that was my starting point. I coloured the Sky sea and sand with chalks then used Prisma Colours, Sansodor and H2O's to colour in the other elements on the background stamp. I used the Witch Doctor, Camp fire and Sun stamps by High Hopes, these were coloured in the same way. Matted the whole image on Brown Brazzil, Cream Pearlescent and Lime green card. The Brad and ribbon are from Poppicraft and the round greeting from Aud Design. I would like to say to anyone who has not ordered from Alota and are put off by them having to come from America, the service and delivery are excellent and the price with the exchange rate at the moment is fantastic.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Tilda & Friends - Summer in Bloom

What another lovely challenge from Tilda & Friends this week. Great DT members ATC's as ever so don't forget to pop over and see. Tilda has been to visit a Stately Home on her holiday in Kent and had this picture taken whilst in the Garden. She will be home with Edwin by the Weekend. She has been coloured with Distress inks and 3d with silicone glue, the flowers are all from Magnolia I have watercoloured them with Sakura Stardust pens for a little added sparkle, then cut out some where stuck flat and others 3d. I hope you like TFL.

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - No 5 Checks Galore

Firstly you can call me mad if you like, but I have a theory I would like to share with you all, I have noticed whist blog hopping that a lot of people have had their mojos go missing, mine came back for a couple of days but was off again yesterday, My theory is that they are either attending a mojo convention in The Dominican Republic or they have gone on strike because we have overworked them, well thats my theory.
Anyway down to business have you seen the great cards from the DT members over at
A Spoonful of Sugar I suggest you have a look,there is some great blog candy up for grabs donated by Donna at Crafty Krafts the challenge this week is Checks Galore, so here is my take on it I just love this stamp and think it lends itself so well to a baby congrats card, I have coloured it with PolyChromos pencils and Sansodor, this medium is great for blending colours.

Labels: DP Imaginise, Gingham Paper Tinkers Ark Shabby Chic CD, Ribbon & Crochet flower Poppicraft little brads from stash.
TFL and Have a great day
dont forget the blog candy from Crafty Krafts

Tuesday 24 June 2008

MOJO Monday No 43

The lovely sunshine we are having at the moment was the inspiration for my card for the lovely sketch this week on
MOJO Monday Challenge Blog this week. Tilda is still on Holiday in Margate and has decided to get into character for the boat trip she is going on this afternoon. Again she has been coloured with distress inks, my favourite medium at the moment.

Labels: Papers EPC, Ribbons Crochet flower and blue flower Poppicraft, shell brads and lace from stash. Stamps Tilda & Bouy Magnolia & Sentiment Lizzie Anne designs

Monday 23 June 2008

Katharina Sketch No 16

Katharina has a brilliant new sketch on her blog and will be choosing 1 card on Sunday to feature on her website. Sugar Nellies Blog are also offering a lovely stamp to the creater of the chosen card. So I could not pass up this challenge and I wanted to use My Sweet & Sassy stamp again. She has been coloured with Distress Inks with Sukura pens for a little detail on the flowers and I have added crystal Stickles on her little heart necklace. I am getting used to my new sewing machine so thought I would also use that on the card. I have not added too much to the card as I think the papers and the stamp are great on their own. Don't forget to visit Katharina and Suger Nellie's Blogs and have a go.

Labels: Paper Imanginise, Stamp Sweet & sassy from Sugar Nellie,

Sunday 22 June 2008

Tilda & Co - Going Dottie

We are going Dottie this week at Tilda & Co lots of scope there so please come and join us. Tilda and Bronte have been for their Sunday morning trek and he is hoping she has some sugar in her pocket. I have painted the images with distress inks, then 3d bronte, fence and gate, I stamped 2 images of tilda and 3d her head, bow and legs with sticky pads. I tore the edges of the main image nad edged with tea dye distress ink, then tucked a little label into the edge of the image. Please pop over to Tilda and Co and see the other DT members fantatsic cards Hope you like it.

Labels: Paper: Imaginisce, Flowers: Joanna Sheen, Label Papermania, buttons & lace from stash, Ribbon Poppicraft, little charm Crafty Krafts.

Stamp Something Challenge

A great sketch on Stamp Something Challenge this week, it was lovely to work with. I have coloured the lovely Housemouse Stamp - Me-ouch -, with distressed inks and layered it on shades of blue and green designer papers,and 2 colours of plain card. It is such a nice sketch that I tred to keep this card nice and simple and just rely on the image for inpact.
Labels: Stamp - Housemouse, Lizzie Anne designs Little Bits
Buttons, Ribbon, Paper Clip - Poppicraft
Basic Grey Papers
Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Saturday 21 June 2008

Dutch Blog Candy

There is some fab Blog candy on offer over on Jacquelines fabulous blog pop over and have a look there are some great items including some stamps included. And her cards are fantastic so spend some time there.

Friday Sketchers - Sketch by Mumur

On Friday sketchers this week, there is a brilliant sketch from Mumur, thank you Mumur. I would like to introduce you to the new girl on the block from Sweet Ebony, this is Sweet and Sassy Sally, she is a girl with an attitude but a heart of gold, and the fantastic stamp can be found at Funky Kits. She has peen coloured with Distress inks, my medium of the moment, the DPs are Basic Grey - Lilykate collection- Flowers and Ribbons from Poppicraft- who have a summer sale on at the moment so pop over and have a look, buttons are Basic Grey and thank you sentiment fron Craftwork Cards

Penny Black Challenge No 2 - Friendship

It's Saturday again and that means Penny Black Challenge, first can we thank you all for the overwhelming support we received for our 1st Challenge, your cards were fantastic. Next good news we have blog candy on offer for this weeks challenge from Sir Stampalot, this is a fantastic on-line store where they have one of the biggest collection of stamps I have ever seen, please pay them a visit there service is excellent and it is usually next day delivery. My card today is rather a complicated one, hence the amount of pictures, I found this fold on U Tube under Diamond Fold Card, All the images have been coloured with distress inks, The Dp, which has words about Friendship all over it came from stash as are buttons, flowers & lace. The little key charm is from a fantastic pack of charms from CraftyKrafts, check them out. All the stamps except the round greeting are Penny Black. Don't forget to check out Penny Black Challenge Blog for some wonderful ideas from the other members of the DT. TFL

Friday 20 June 2008

A Mistake

Oh dear I am a silly billy, I was so excited this morning to receive my small order of Tildas, I couldn't wait to use them, I printed this weeks sketch from Stamp Something challenge and started to produce this card, it was only when I went to post it on the Challenge Blog that I found I had been working from the sketch horizontialy and not verticaly!!!!!. Decided to show you anyway, cos I love this stamp. Tilda is on a day out in Margate and has decided to dip her toes in the water, its a bit cold but she is enjoying it, at least the sun is shining. For those of you waiting for an update on Tilda and Edwins fall out, Tilda has forgiven Edwin but he has had to promise not to do so much fishing. Tilda was coloured with Distress inks and H2O's and the Dp are Basic Grey, I used my new mini sewing machine for the first time on this card. the Ribbon is from Poppicraf, flowers from Joanna Sheen, Beads in the centre of the flowers, sentiment and starfish brad are from my stash. TFL off to do the proper sketch now

Thursday 19 June 2008

CCT-Just a Birthday card

A nice and relaxing one today, Just a birthday card, well if you pop over and see the Fab cards by the DT you will see its not JUST a birthday card. After all the shapes and different techniques I have tried this week this is quite an easy and simple card. This lovely stamp by PB is called Hanging Around and I received it yesterday, it was just calling out to be used. I have coloured the image with Distress Inks and HO's. Instead of fabric flowers, which I have rather over used in the last few days, I thought I would stamp the Lovely Magnolia Dog Rose and leaves. The paper is Basic Grey Sugared collection the Swirl stamp is also Basic Grey, I have added little pearls onto the end of the swirls and finally the round sentiment is from Aud Designs

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Ismaki Challenge - No 24

My Mojo must have been on holiday for the past 2 weeks, I found it so hard to find any sort of inspiration and it began to be harder and harder to come up with something different. Well it must have had a jolly good holiday cos its back with a vengance now and I cannot stop crafting, the Sketch on Ismaki this week was for a pop up card, a new technique for me so excuse the mistakes. I have wanted to use the Edwins Town stamp for ages but it really needed a large card so this was just what I needed. I think Edwin and Tilda have had a few words and he is hoping to get back into her good books with some roses. The images have all been coloured with distress inks I painted 3 images of Tilda and Edwin and 3d them with silicone glue, the BP is from Funky hands download, ribbons are from Poppicraft I do not think I have to tell you where the flowers came from. TFL

SBS18 Challenge - Lilac

The challenge this week on SBS18 is Lilac/Mauve, lovely colours, what a good excuse to use this Whippersnapper stamp and the Great Pink Petticoat papers. The image has been coloured with watercolour pencils, I have cut off the sentiment and added it on the side panel, the bubbles have been sparkled with glimmer dust. The papers are from Daisy Daisy Paper Collection, I have added 2 strings of pearls and my lovely Joanna Sheen flowers to finish the card. The style of the card has been adapted from a tutorial on U-Tube (Diamond Fold Card). Please pop over to the site and see the candy on offer and the Dts Great Cards

Tilda & Friends - Midsummer Nights Dream

First of all I would like to thank the DT on Tilda & Friends for asking me to be their first guest designer, what an honour. Now I would like to introduce you to Titania the Queen of the Fairies standing in her moonlit grove, as it is nearly Midsummer Night she is here to grant you all a wish, but be careful what you wish for, you only have to look at poor old Bottom. Today she has her best fairy dress on made with beautiful paper from the Glitter Girls collection, all the images have been painted with Distress inks and 3d with silicone glue onto the ATC. Please have a look at the DT cards over on Tilda and Co Blog they have come up with some fantastic creations and there is loads of inspiration for you there.

Tuesday 17 June 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - No 4 & Mojo Monday

I have taken the plunge and used one of my precious H&S images, that were sent by a friend, for these challenges. Mojo Monday had a brilliant sketch this week which complimented the theme on A Spoonful of Sugar, now Sugar Nellie will soon be selling these adorable stamps in the UK I felt safe to start using them. The papers are from the Funky Hands Baby Collection, the images have been coloured with watercolour pencils with little touches of glimmer dust, The little Teddy charm was from Funky Kits Romper suit brad from stash as was ribbon, flower Joanna Sheen (have you noticed I have been using them rather a lot), and words were cut on cricut. TFL

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Hot Hot Hot

Wow, you need to get over to the Papertake Challenge Blog there is some fantastic Blog Candy fron Raspberry Ribbons to be won with this weeks Challenge. The challenge this week is Hot! Hot! Hot! using lovey hot colours on your card. Sassy Sue is off to the beach today so she will certainly be Hot, Hot, Hot I notice she has got her sunscreen in her bag (good Girl). The stamp is from Stampingbella and has been coloured with Watercolour Pencil and H2O's the lovely bright paper is from EPC,I think, Flowers from Joanna Sheen and Ribbons from Poppicraft, the lovely vibrant pink card from Paper Mill. TFL

Monday 16 June 2008

TGIF - Cats

Cats is the theme for TGIF Challenge no 39, couldn't be more to my liking I am a Cat Person and I am owned by a Lovely Torty called Thomasina. I have two great PB cat stamps so thought I would make two cards and choose the best, but I cannot choose as I am quite pleased with both of them. Papers on both are Basic Grey Flowers, from Joanna Sheen, Sentiment on Orange Card from Aud Designs. Orange card Image has been coloured with distress inks, and Pink one with Watercolour pencils. Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Sunday 15 June 2008

ISMAKI Challenge No 23

I am very late with this one, but I was asked for a baby girl card and thought this sketch would be great. It is made up with bits and pieces from my stash boxes, The ribbons are from Poppicraft, word cut with cricut, little dummy embellishment from Mad about Cards. TFL

Friday Sketchers No.5

Another great Sketch this week and the DT cards are brilliant as usual. Tilda is in a reflective mood today I think she is think of Edwin, but his gone off fishing. Down to business the DP are EPC I forgot I had, pink card embossed on cuttlebug with swirls folder, punched out the two circles and the leaves. Tilda coloured with distress inks. Greeting from Craftwork Cards, flower charm from stash, ribbons and flowers from Poppicraft. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. TFL

Tilda & Co - Serendipity

Wow this one was a real challenge. The theme was SERENDIPITY, now I expect most of you like me are scratching your head and thinking what on earth!!!! Pop over to Tilda and Co and there are some excellent links to sites showing this fantastic method. I kept to a theme of brown cream and blue, and used up lots of scrap paper to make the base, then I clear embossed the whole sheet and whilst the embossing was still soft embedded bits of Fantasy film and skelteon leaves, then cut the whole sheet into small squares. The image has been coloured with distressed inks. Please have a go its lots of fun.

Saturday 14 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge No1

Well its here the first dedicated Penny Black Challenge, The first challenge is to use your first Penny Black Stamp, I don't have any of the old style stamps as I have not been stamping long, but this one took my fancy when I saw it and it was an impulse buy. Please pop over to the blog there are some great DT cards there
Penny Black Saturday Challenge
My card has been made with Pale Blue BC and Basic Grey DP the image was coloured with distress ink with glimmer mist sprinkled on the bubbles, The Flower is a Prima flower from Craftwork Cards, sentiment Aud Design Stamp, swirls rub ob fron Art fron the Heart and little pearls and lace from stash, looking forward to seeing everyones cards for this challenge. TFL

Friday 13 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday - No 14

3 different embellishments was the challenge this week from CCT. I had a delivery from Alota Rubber Stamps yesterday, they are so cute and delivery was so quick, buying from USA is so economical at the moment even with the postage. My base card is yellow pearlised and the image has been matted onto orange pearlised card. The backing paper is from stash, Image has been coloured with Prisma Pencils and Sansodor. The ribbon and lovely spotty flower is from Poppicraft, little pearl brads from stash, and I have added 3 of my favourite Ladybugs from Joanna Sheen. TFL

Thursday 12 June 2008

Tilda & Friends - Bits & Pieces

What a great challenge this week, realy made me work hard trying to cut the papers to size. I have used bits from Tinker & Co Shabby Chic Market CD that I had left over from an A4card I made ages ago. I paper pieced Tildas Dress, Trousers and boots in papers from the same range. TFL

Stamp Something - In the Wild Somethings

My effort is a little wild this week. I have used another fantastic High Hopes Stamp, I am really getting addicted to them, the image has been coloured with prisma pencils and sansodor, the heart was cut with Nestabilities and the DP's are Basic Grey. Sentiment was computer generated. TFL

Tuesday 10 June 2008

New Challenge Blog

A New Challenge Blog dedicated to all of you that love Penny Black stamps/images, will be launching on Saturday 14th June and the hope is to motivate and inspire your creativity with these gorgeous stamps.

The only rules is that you use at least one Penny Black Stamp/Image on your creations, and most of all you have FUN !!!

To get everyone excited about the new blog they will be giving away these cute stickers to one random winner, as a thankyou to everyone who leaves a comment there.
All you need to do is leave us a comment and spread the word, leaving a link on your blog to the exciting new challenge blog.
Don't forget to check it out on the 14th June for the 1st challenge, where there will be some gorgeous Blog Candy. here is the link
Penny Black Friends saturday Challenge

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - No. 3 - 321

Another great challenge from A Spoonful of Sugar this week and the DT's cards are Fab as usual. The challenge for this week is to use 3 Brads or Buttons, 2 Patterned Papers and 1 flower. Here is my effort, the twins Tilly and Tommy have been taken on holiday to the Seaside, and have discovered a lovely rock-pool, Tommy is more brave then Tilly and has actually got in the pool, hope he catches something. They have been coloured with Distress Inks with clear stadust here and there on the water. I have used 2 Dp from Basic Grey Cupcake collection, the little fish brads and flowers are from my stash. TFL

Sunday 8 June 2008

Tilda & Co -Swirls

This weeks challenge over at Tilda & Co is SWIRLS, any kind of swirls will do. I thought I would try a different style this week, and my card has an oval cut in the front with tilda behind, I thought I would make the inside of the card the focus. The front DP are Basic Grey, a Judikins swirl stamp has been randomly stamped in Pink Brilliance ink on the light DP and a Large Swirl stamped in gold on the Dark Pink DP with little pearls added to the end of the swirls, the Lime Green ribbon and flowers are from Poppicraft. The inside has also been covered in Basic Grey papers, the swirls have been die cut in burgundy card on the Sizzix, Tilda has been coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils and sansodor with a little crystal glitter added to her wings and petticoat. The crystal gems are from Lakeland. Sorry I am late in posting this but have had a very hetic day. My brother has come over from USA for a brief stay and as we have not seen him for 12 years I held a family BBQ, I have just finished the washing up. Will post a family snapshot as soon as I get one. Hope you all had as good a weekend as I have. Please go and check Tilda and Co blog and join in the challenge, there is some great inspiration on there. TFL

Friday 6 June 2008

Something for a Change

I was asked to make a card for my Nephew who is a Marlyn Munroe fan, I had to search for an image but found this decoupage at Fat Freddies, I have added the red ink to her lips and tiny gems on her finger and earings, They don't show very well. I embossed the swirls on the grey card with silver embossing powder I am not sure where I got the stamp from. Added ann old Club ticket with red paperclip which came in a £1 bag of goodies from Art From The heart. TFL

Thursday 5 June 2008

Tilda & Friends - Sunshine

I am afraid its a very short post today but I have a horrible megraine, The background has been colour washed with Distess Inks, Swing, Tilda, and Daisys have been also been painted with distress inks and green stardust pen on her dress. butterfly brad from my stash, hope you like. TFL

SBS18 Challenge No 4

Over at SBS18 Challenge this week the idea is to make a card using Pink, Red, Black and White, and to use an unusual fold. I have used a pop-up fold, the bc is pink pearlised card, the red pink and black paper is from Artylicous CD, the black & white is from Pink Petticoat as is the Little Cheekies image. The image has been coloured with Ruby Red H20's and Holographic glitter. TFL

Tuesday 3 June 2008

Second Card for A Spoonful of Sugar No 2

I was really dissapointed at the way my first card photographed it looked so washed out, so I have done a second card. This one has been coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor. The centre of the flower has been glittered with pale green glitter, I embossed a card wrap from Craftwork cards after colouring it with pale pink chalk eyes, after embossing I thought I would Rub the ink pad back over on the wrong side for a change I am quite pleased with it. Ribbon and Brads are Poppicraft and DP Basic Grey. Much happier with this one. TFL

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - No. 2

A Colour scheme
Todays challenge over on A Spoonful of Sugar was to make a card using Pink, Blue, Green, allowing flesh tone and brown as needed. I have tried something a bit different today, I got the idea from Camillas lovely blog. The card is pearlescent pink and green and the backing papers are from stash. I coloured the beautiful Sweet Ebony image with watercolours, and stardust pens. The pink swirl was stamped with Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance Ink Pad, all the backing papers have been edged with pink or green chalk inks. I cut the label from green card and put it through the cuttlebug in an embossing folder then edged that with dark green inks. So sweet sentiment came with the Sweet Ebony set of 6 stamps from Funky Kits. Ribbon Button and heart embellishment are from stash. Hope you like TFL
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