Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Distress Those Edges

It's Challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, and this week we'd like to see you "Distress Those Edges".  We're sponsored this time by Stitchy Bear, who very kindly gave the DT an image of our choice to play with, I chose the very pretty BBKakes Spring Blossums, which I coloured, of course, with Promarkers.  I then inked the edges of the topper with Old Paper Distress Ink to take away the stark whiteness and add to the vintage look.
 The pretty papers are Lili of the Valley, Baskets and Bunnies, a stack that I seem to be using quite a lot at the moment, it's shabby style seems to suit distressed edges, which I did with my Tim Holtz tool.
I've embellished with cream lace, cream satin ribbon, a stamped sentiment, a pink doily, a scattering of pink gems, a trio of pink pearls, and some handmade flowers made with an assortment of Woodware and Nellie Snellen punches.  The smaller daisies aren't quite as bright in reality, my camera seems to have an issue with some pinks and reds, no amount of fiddling with the saturation while editing was going to fix this!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Clear It Out - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Spring Colours
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #75 - Add a Ribbon
Papertake - Anything Goes
Card Mania - #66 - Spring
Robyn's Fetish - #253 - Use a Digi
The Ribbon Girls - Add Flowers
Crafting For All Seasons - #97 - Girly Girls
Graph'It - #9 - Shabby Chic / Vintage Romance
The Stamping Boutique - More Than One Layer

Monday, 2 March 2015

House Mouse and Friends GDT Card

After winning a challenge at House Mouse and Friends recently, I was asked if I'd like to be a guest designer for a couple of months.  Of course I said, "Yes!", and here's my first GDT card for their "Spring" themed challenge which starts today.
To play along you need to use an image from the House Mouse range, those cheeky mice themselves, Gruffies, or Happy Hoppers, and follow the set theme.  You can use stamps, decoupage sheets or something printed from a CD ROM.
 I have a ton of decoupage sheets, so I decided to use one of those to make this cute Easter card, what could say, "Spring" more than fluffy yellow chicks?  The sentiment was from the same sheet.
The papers are Lili of the Valley, Bonnets and Bowties, I think the pastel colours are perfect for springtime cards.
To embellish, I added some blue satin ribbon, a bow, a button threaded with baker's twine, blue gems and lilac pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #126 - Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - E is for Exceptionally Cute
Pile It On - #58 - Adhesive Embellishments - Pearls and Gems
Brown Sugar - #135 - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - #105 - Lots of Layers
Craft Your Passion - #251 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Gem of a Challege DT Card - CAS

We have a new challenge for you today at A Gem of a Challenge, this time we'd like to see your "Clean and Simple" creations.  I've gone with a springtime feel for my card, using the super cute Bunny with Daffodil digi from the Pink Gem store, which I've coloured with Promarkers.
It was hard to get a decent photo of this one, it was pouring with rain outside and my camera seemed to take exception to all the white space and poor light!
 I managed to use up a few scraps from an ancient paper pad, Summer Bloom from Papermania, I loved it when I bought it, and scraps are pretty much all that's left of it.  I added some faux stitching for interest and a button to embellish.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
The Paper Shelter - #192 - Make it Digital - I used a digi stamp 
Clear it Out - Theme - Animals, Stash - Striped Paper
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and Simple
Passion for Promarkers - #285 - Letters of the Alphabet - B is for Bunny
Craft Your Passion - #250 - Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts - #151 - Welcome Spring

Friday, 27 February 2015

Inky Fingers and Spring Colours

I finally got this beautiful die out of the packet and used it!  It's from Imagination Crafts, designed by Lavinia Stamps, and cuts like a dream.  I used Sheena Stamping Card for the die cut shape, then coloured it with Distress Markers and a paint brush, and backed it onto light green paper, adding a little Star Dust Stickles to the butterflies.
 To create the background, I used an Imagination Crafts stencil, which I inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, spritzed with water, then ran through my Grand Caliber to transfer the ink.  I then cleaned and dried the stencil, laid it back of the the card, and used an ink dusting brush to add some Shaded Lilac Distress Ink to the white areas.
To embellish, I added some grosgrain ribbon and a bow, made some flowers with a selection of punches, and finished with a butterfly made with a Spellbinders die.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting For All Seasons - #96 - Die Cuts
Inspiration Destination - #22 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes - IC products used - die and stencil
Deep Ocean - #98 - Our Furry Friends
Through the Purple Haze - #79 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #135 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #268 - Use Your Dies / Punches

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Animals

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this week our theme is "Animals", and we're sponsored by Yours and Mine Papercraft and The Stamping Boutique, the latter of which gave the DT some cute digis to play with.  I chose to use Puppy Surprise, which I coloured, of course, with Promarkers.
 The papers are Dovecraft Back to Basics IV, I really like the soft colour palette of this pack, I added some light blue and some white cardstock for matting.
To embellish, I used Xcut dies to make the present and cupcake, added yellow satin ribbon and a bow, added yellow and white pearls, and finished with a sentiment stamped with a stamp from a Personal Impressions set.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Penny's - #216 - Lots of Layers
Clear It Out - Theme - Animals, Stash - Striped Paper
Creative Card Crew - #81 - Birthday with Sentiment
Deep Ocean - #98 - Our Furry Friends
Passion for Promarkers - #285 - Letters of the Alphabet - P is for Puppy
Crafty Cardmakers - #133 - Stripes
Eureka Stamps - #129 - Birthday Cards
Quirky Crafts - #4 - Our Best Friend - Pets
QKR Stampede - #127 - Critters
Cupcake Inspirations - #299 - Cute Critters

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Blue for a Boy

It was our usual Monday night craft session last night, and after tea and home baked chocolate brownies, we all made baby cards with die cut prams on.  Here's mine, using my Mum's Memory Box pram die that she brought along for us all to use.
 The papers are Papermania Capsule Collection in Parisian Blue, to which I've added two shades of blue cardstock.  I embossed the central panel with a Tim Holtz embossing folder for texture and interest.
I kept the embellishments quite simple as it's for a boy and the papers are quite fussy, opting for layered organza and satin ribbon, two buttons, one on top of the other, tied with baker's twine, and some blue gems.  The sentiment was stamped with a Hobby Craft stamp, die cut with spellbinders dies, then glittered with Baby Blue Stickles.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #74 - Use Some Buttons
Sister Act - #94 - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's - #68 - Monochrome
Perfectly Rustics - #42 - Little Boy or Girl
Get Creative - #9 - Embossing
Papertake - Take Your Pick - Cool Colours
Cardz 4 Guyz - #59 - Little Boy Blue
Sweet Sketch 2 - #45 - Sketch

Saturday, 21 February 2015


I decided to give this Lili of the Valley stamp it's first inking, I haven't had it long and I've been itching to use it.  It's been coloured with Promarkers, with a tiny bit Spectrum Noir pencil over the top in some areas, the edge of the topper has been inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and I then added some Glossy Accents to her sunglasses and a touch of Star Dust Stickles for a bit of fairy sparkle.
 The gorgeous papers are Lili of the Valley, Baskets and Bunnies, I've distressed all the edges with my Tim Holtz tool, and stuck them to a Craftwork Cards shaped blank.  The sentiment stamp I used is from Lili of the Valley too.
To embellish, I made a waterlily from Spellbinders die cuts, using a poinsettia die.  The lily pad is a heart shape that I scored, shaped and added a few drops of Glossy Accents too.  I also added some pink organza ribbon, some lace that I glittered with Star Dust Stickles, and some pink pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Passion for Promarkers - #284 - Perfect Pearls
4 Crafty Chicks - #234 - Things With Wings
As You Like It - CAS or Fussy - Fussy for me, I love to layer pretty papers, of which I have a huge stash, and I love embellishments, I especially like to make paper flowers.  I'm also a lover of ribbon and lace.......and I usually try to cram it all on one card!
Southern Girls - #104 - Winged Things
Fab 'n' Funky - #247 - Ribbon and Lace
Crafting By Designs - Bingo - Lace, Glitter, Pearls
Papertake -  Bingo - Die cut, Free, Glitter
Perfectly Rustics - #41 - Wings
Through the Purple Haze -  It's All About the Embellishment