Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

I thought I would share with you this photo that a friend sent me in an email. Back soon with a card...........

LIM week 39 -stars

I've been in London all weekend and so only saw that the Less is More challenge was stars this morning. This is what I have come up with. Lots of punches stars and then a dusting of Diamond Dust and a single mirri card star in the middle, the sentiment is Paula Pascale.
I'm going to be busy with work so probably won't be able to get much commenting done this week, sorry. This is just a quick post before I head off out the door.
This is part of my weekend away, the fashion champagne afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, we also went to see "We Will Rock You" the Queen musical on Saturday night.
Each season a new selection of cakes and pastries is inspired by catwalk fashion. This season, this is the inspiration:-
And these are what they came up with for us to eat - too nice to eat really!

Although the topping might look like Angelina fibres LOL! It is spun sugar and edible, I was on a bit of a high as my friend doesn't like meringue or pure sugar, so I had hers as well!

Friday, 28 October 2011

CAS Christmas

 The challenge on Winter Wonderland this week is CAS - so I have done just that! I bought this stamp as part of a set at Doncaster and saw this technique of stamping in white on mirri card. The lady said I needed a Stazon pad for the effect but that it would not work on very good quality mirri card. Well - it seems to have worked so I guess I have lower grade card LOL! This is the pad and inker you need for the effect, because it is transparent it allows the card colour to show through.
I've embossed some white card and then used a silver ink pad over the design adding some diamond dust (which yet again hasn't shown up in the photo!).
I'd also like to enter the card into:-
Bah!Humbug! challenge- die cuts
Ooh la la  challenge- let it snow
Digi Doddle Shop's Best challenge - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments challenge-no DP
I got another top 3-this time from the Cardmadfairy challenge - you can see all the recent badges I have got at the top of my sidebar - I seem to be on a roll........

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fantasy tag

When I went to Doncaster on Sunday I got introduced to Lavina stamps. I've used some of them on this tag, and the idea for the tag I got from watching the demo at the Inkylicious stand. I used a big and juicy pad and my brayer for the background then added the hills with ink dusters.  I've added some diamond dust in a sort of running stitch pattern down half of the tag - another idea from the show. The sentiment is part of a tree set I bought on Sunday from Inkylicious.
I'd like to enter this tag into the Charisma Cardz Challenge - anything goes.

So pleased to have made the top 3 at  the Tickled Pink challenge with my steampunk card below.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Boo 4 you

I don't usually make Halloween cards - yet this is my third this year! This one was created because I wanted to continue to enter the CD Sunday challenge. to meet with challenge rules you have to have an item from a craft cd. So, with no Halloween images as such on cds, I have used the backing paper from MCS kids collectors edition and re-colourised it for Halloween. The mannequin and clothes were a freebie from somewhere last year, but I don't know where. I used my SU tag stamps and punch to create the three tags. I've added a little sparkle to her outfits and also stamped the bottom of the white dress with one of the tag stamps.
I'd like to enter her into:-
The CD Sunday Challenge - halloween
Divas by Design challenge - something spooky
ABC challenge - B for Boo
Simon Says challenge- anything goes
Polka Doodles challenge - Halloween
Allsorts challenge - Halloween
Cupcake Inspirations - photo inspiration

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Steampunk lad

I've used a digi called Lil Victorian Steampunk lad Eric from Tickled Pink Stamps for this card to fit with the Tickled Pink Challenge - masculine. I've coloured him with promarkers and used the silver metallic marker to colour some of the contraption on his back and his goggles, but you can't really see it! All the background elements are from the MCS Tinkering with Steampunk CDrom. I've inked over everything to give it a bit of distressed look and then looking for some manly embellishments I came across these black mosaic tiles and thought they fitted the card.
I'd also like to enter Moving Along with the Times Challenge - vintage.

Monday, 24 October 2011

LIM week 38 - polka dots

I'm going to be confined to the kitchen for most of today as I am having some carpets fitted, I've managed to get a couple of crafty things in there with me but not much room with everything else I had to decant into there. It does mean I should have plenty of time for commenting though.

The theme on the Less is More challenge this week is Polka Dots, I had lots of ideas but felt if I didn't get something made it may not get made this week. So, I inked up one of my new Gorjuss girl stamps (I managed to get three for under £10 so very pleased) and coloured her with promarkers. The sentiment is from a PTI set.

I'm over the moon at being showcased at Less is More last week - thank you so much Mandi and Chrissie, my badge is very proudly sitting on my sidebar.

I went with Sally from Crafty Salutations and her daughter to the Stamp Magic show at Doncaster yesterday. Had a great time and bought LOADS - so watch out for all the new ideas I got!

I'd also like to enter the card into Creative Inspirations challenge - single layer card  and One Stop Craft Challenge - no DP.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Penny Black and autumn

I've finally managed to get a card together for the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge - and they have extended the closing date to 31 Oct - so that helped. Also from next month you don't have to use a PB image to enter.
I stamped my PB image with a Spice Big and Juicy pad and then used my flexmarkers to colour in - no idea what I am doing with them LOL! I've used some SU cardstock and some brown card from my stash. I copied an idea I saw Sue Wilson do on C&C this week, which is to link the Spellbinder corners to the edge of a nestie shape. Mine are blending a little too much with the background to see, so better luck I hope with this technique next time. I've added some leaves and a pin from my stash, punched a few butterflies and added some SU ribbon and sentiment. I used MS punches for the corners and borders. I'd also like to enter the card into C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - autumn and I love Promarkers Challenge "ain't it cute".

Friday, 21 October 2011

Fab blog candy comp

You might have seen this blog candy competition on my sidebar. Just go to Creativity Lady and download the freebie she has there and make a card - just like I have. You then have the chance to win the lovely new cdrom by Rachael Anne Miller. The closing date for entries is 23 October.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

A woman's work ............

The challenge on B 'n' W is to use your  favourite Elizabeth Bell stamp. Well here she is "Belle vacuuming". This image reminds me so much of when I was a child and I had my very own working version of a Hoover - in miniature. I used to follow my Mum around doing the housework - pity I don't have the same enthusiasm for it nowadays LOL! I want to use it in a scrapbook page eventually - but for now here she is on a card with a Joanna Sheen sentiment and PTI couch and picture frame which I have paper pieced.

I am on a roll this week, just got the top three badge from Paperplay with my Halloween cupcake. - wooohooo.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Get well soon

For this card I have coloured the CC image with promarkers and used a couple of PTI set for the background stamps and sentiments. The paper is from my scraps box and the ribbon was originally on a teatowel to hang it up by, but as I use a rail I thought it would look better on a card LOL!
I'd like to enter the card into Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - get well soon and I love promarkers challenge - aint' it cute.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Around the world

This is my second post for today!
This is the card I have made for the CD Sunday Challenge - around the world. I just found out that I made their top three last week and I have been showcased at Less is More, plus the tiler told me today he can fit me in tomorrow to finally finish my kitchen - I'm in seventh heaven!
I used a set of Crafty Indvidual stamps for the background, together with some postage mark stamps they sent me as a freebie. I then added the main Paris image from the Parisian chic cd rom by cardplus creations. The Statue of Liberty is a Clarity stamp and the guard is actually a button I have had in my stash for ages.

Cupcake halloween

I decided to use my marianne cupcake die to make a Halloween cupcake - the topping is some very old candy corn paper I have only scraps left of now, just enough to eek out this top. I used a Waltzing mouse frame and a Smirk and Paula Pascale sentiment.
As I have used my scraps I would like to enter the DYSU challenge. I'd also like to enter into
Sir Stampalot Challenge - food glorious food, Papertake Weekly challenge -spoooky hues, Paperplay challenge - cupcake, Cupcake Inspirations challenge - photo inspiration.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Christmas critter

Two challenges have led me to create this card, and a good thing too - as it means one more towards the Christmas box. Someone at work was saying today "it will soon be Christmas!" and I thought I'd better get on with some more cards.
I coloured the image with my fleximarkers, which I am slowly getting used to, then added some more colour to the branches with promarkers. I've used glossy accents on his nose, pads and the baubles. I then sprinkled some glitter onto the baubles and onto the branches. It hasn't photographed too well, but I used two MS glitters. I'd chosen the background DP and wondered how to finish it off when I saw the ribbon and bow challenge on Polka Doodles.
So I am entering the card into Passion for Promarkers challenge- Christmas critters and Polka Doodles challenge - ribbon and bows. Well there is a bit of a storm getting up here - hope the roof stays on!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Spots and stripes

I've used a Cardmadfairy image for the challenge at Cardmadfairy digi days challenge which is "Spots and stripes". Imogen's dress is usually plain but I decided to doodle some spots onto it - hope Jenni doesn't mind! I've used SU card stock and then embossed with butterflies one of the nestie layers. I then thought I would try and emboss the ticket too and brush over with a versamark pen and perfect pearls.
I'd also like to enter it into the Bling it on Challenge - no patterned papers.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

LIM week 37 - Cocktails

This week on Less is More challenge the theme is Cocktails- hurrah! This can be interpreted anyway you like, but as you will see, I like a good cocktail image so I have gone for the "what it says on the tin" approach! I've put them in one post to save return visits. Enjoy.
The one above uses MFT stamps. I drew the cocktail stick myself with a silver promarker. I even remembered about refraction from all those years ago at school - who would have thought it would have been any use......

 Finally a Bugaboo digital image with a little cocktail stirrer of mine. I used to collect them but only have a few now.


I saw this cute guy and just had to make a card with him, unfortunately I can't remember where he or the little spider came from. If you do, please let me know and I will credit them.
edited to say that the main image is Dracula Mikey from Simply betty stamps.
I've used retired SU cardstock for the base and background. The background is the retired groom paper with a black ink pad drawn over it to take it from white to grey/black. I cut the Boo! from green vinyl on my silhouette.
I'd like to enter the card into:-
cupcake craft challenge - halloween
Creative Card Crew Challenge - spooky fun
simon says challenge - halloween or goth
delicious doodle challenge - halloween but no orange
one stop craft challenge - halloween
crafty calender challenge  spooky

Christmas pinkette again

Here she is again, but she had a change of outfit  and dyed her hair, such a fashionista LOL! For some inspiration I used the sketch this week from Sketch n stash. I reduced the size of the digi this time, added lots of  diamond dust, bling, some pretty pink lace ribbon and last years free Christmas papers from my stash.
I'd like enter her into:-
Sketch n stash challenge- sketch
Bee crafty challenge - bling/sparkle

Friday, 14 October 2011

Christmas Pinkette

As soon as I saw this digi I wanted her, she is sooo cute, and I love the way the wind is blowing around her. I added some extra sparkle to the lines whipping around her. She is one of the Christmas Pinkette stamps from Tickled Pink. I'd like to enter her onto the challenge at Tickled Pink Stamps this week which is for white on white with a coloured image. I'd also like to enter into ABC Christmas Challenge - U for unused stash. I haven't used the punch I made the snowflakes with before or the Poppy promarker I coloured her outfit with.

Little robin red breast

I got the chance to take the day off work today! We are so busy that most of the time I can't just take a day off, so when the opportunity arose, I took it. Unfortunately I spent most of the morning cleaning and defrosting the freezer - things that just needed to be done. But now - it's craft time.....
I've used an new embossing folder from Forever Friends and debossed for a change, then stamped a xmas FF stamp into the centre, the sentiment is from Paula Pascale. I used watercolour pencils for the image and then added some diamond dust and MCS snow.
I'd like to enter this card into-
Winter Wonderland challenge - robin redbreast
Forever Friends challenge - use a sentiment
Daring cardmakers sponsered by The Ribbon Reel, - a bird on your card
A Gem of a challenge - Christmas with a heart - it's on the debossing!
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - anything goes

Thursday, 13 October 2011

NY in the fall

I've used on the of the free background papers again and teamed it with the Clarity lady stamp, coloured with promarkers and a city scape stamp. For the buildings, I stamped it onto some DCWV spotty paper positioning it so that the windows fell on the circles and then added glossy accents to the windows. I then used part of a another stamp to put NY, fifth ave along the bottom of the card.
I'd like to enter it into
Crafts and me Challenge - orange
I love promarkers challenge-autumnal colours
Stampin' for the weekend challenge -colours of autumn

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Fall outside the box

I decided to tackle the free "autumnal/fall" papers I had lying around. Of course I probably have some from last year or the year before...... - but I didn't go there LOL!
I've just cut with a nestie nine squares from different papers, inked the edges of the card - that's it!
I'd like to enter this card into:-
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - fall colours
Kaboodle Doodles Challenges - Lets see those leaves
Unstampabelles - fall/autumn

Check back tomorrow for the other card I managed to make tonight.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I'll toast to that

This is a large card, although the photo doesn't quite show that. I've used a MCS cdrom called Sassy chic for the images and background paper. The paper is actually tiled wine glasses - I thought it looked quiet good! I also changed the colour of her skirt and part of her handbag to tone better. Before her skirt was bright green. I could only change part of the handbag as the handle proved a bit difficult, so instead of being all green it now has some orange on it. The sentiment is left over from a Kanban kit and some flowers and scrolls from my stash.
The card is for the CD Sunday challenge which this week is Wine Buffs.
Had a not so great experience with C&C - really looking forward to a new CD rom popping through the door, despatched last Wed, arrived today.........except they sent a pack of paper!!!!!!!! So, onto the customer services and ok it is freepost to send back but it is the inconvenience and the wait 14-21days to get it put right. I know some ladies are continually having problems with them, so I suppose I should count myself lucky that I have only had a few bad experiences.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Fight like a girl

I had the day off today, needed to take my car for it's service and MOT - that will take care of the morning I thought then the rest of the day to craft. I won't pain you with what happened but I did get some money off the bill and a free wash and valet - however, didn't get home till 2.30pm and by then my mojo was off and away! I've calmed down now and feel better and managed to produce this one little card.
The image and sentiment are digis from Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer awareness, isn't she just great! The paper she is holding is blank apart from the ribbon,  and I used the sentiment from SU to stamp into the space, masking off the rest of the image. As my mojo was off I thought I would look for a sketch and decided this one fitted the bill. So, I would like to enter the card into:-
Fetch a sketch challenge - sketch
Tickled Pink Stamps challenge - anything goes (as long as you use a tickled pink image)
Crafter's Companion Monthly challenge - pink and green
One Stitch at a Time -anything goes
Off for a comfort food teatime now.......

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Lady in cerise

We had a great time at The Magnets gig last night, if you get the chance go and see them they are amazing. The guy who does the beat box did a drum solo, with his voice alone, not one usually for the drum solo but this was outstanding. I also had a win today at CD Sunday Challenge with the card I entered yesterday - Stamps from Creative Expressions - so I am v. happy today!
My card today has been inspired by a few challenges and I used a Clarity Stamp teamed with a CeeDee sentiment. I used the "outy" technique to cut her out on the die cut.
I'd like to enter the card into these challenges:-
Fab n Funky challenge - die cuts or punches
Anything goes challenge-Die cuts/punches or both
CRAFT challenge - bright colours

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Nature's wonders

This is my second post of today, scroll down to read of the mornings events - now back from the pub and very very full! Just time to let it all settle before going out to hear The Magnets later on.
On the wire again here to enter The CD Sunday Challenge - Nature's Wonders. I've used the Debbi Moore cdrom Autumn Glow to create this card. Printed all the elements and then used spray and shine on all but the background paper. I got the cdrom free with Debbi's magazine and hadn't really explored what was on here, so a great challenge to get me using the cdrom.
I'd also like to enter the card into:-
ABC challenge- anything goes
Cupcake Inspiration challenge - autumn cupcake
One Stop Craft challenge - anything goes
Moving along with the times - autumn leaves (2nd entry)

LIM week 36 - one layer + heart

This week the challenge on Less is More is one layer with a heart. I just received a new cdrom from MCS "Tinkering with Steampunk" (you can only get it from MCS at the moment not C&C). I was having a flick through it whilst waiting for the spray and shine on another project to dry - have to have a distraction 'cause I am not good at waiting LOL! When I spied this heart. I've altered the colour to be more red and put a background behind it, also altering to red and then added the little signpost with my own lettering.  Really pleased how this turned out. Not the card I was going to do, as I spent all morning trying to get a zipped file open, which in turn led me to delete my temp files - I do like a tidy up - which in turn led to me uninstalling a file I shouldn't have (still with me) then my neighbour came round in a panic as she had lost her house keys.
As of now, all my files are ok again, my neighbour has her keys, and I am off to the pub for lunch with OH for his birthday- later........

Oh - I'd also like to enter the card into CES challenges - seeing red.

Friday, 7 October 2011

LOTV and some doodling

My first LOTV card-I have the stamps they just aren't making it onto cards LOL! That is why I was determined this week to enter the LOTV world cardmaking day challenge, just made it under the wire. I've cut out the image using my newest nestie label but cut off the top and bottom, so don't go looking for this new shape nestie! I cut out four squares from the DP and then doodled around each one.
It was Rock Choir last night and we did Waterloo. We have to stand sideways and then turn in synchronicity - with 100 people that is not easy on the first go, as our choir leader noted to her amusement.
It's OHs birthday tomorrow and we are going out for lunch and to see The Magnets so looking forward to that.
I'd also like to enter the card into
Aud's sentiments - Happy Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything goes

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Autumn - framed

I was tasked with coming up with a prize for a raffle with an autumn theme. I had already made a card similar to this here. I had a comment left that it would look good in a frame and so I put the two ideas together and went to buy a frame. Unfortunately I couldn't find one the right size, so I started again! This time the background is a little bolder due to it not being a CAS entry. I used cut and dry to make the background and then again stamped trees on some paper I coloured and embossed them, then tore around them. Finally I carefully (!) stamped a PTI sentiment onto the mount. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, and my raffle prize was solved. Next month I need to get something for the raffle being with the letter of my name, so that will be "L". I've thought of Lavender, lace- any other thoughts?
I'd like to enter it into these challenges:-
Moving Along with The Times challenge - autumn leaves
Paperplay challenge - autumnal colours
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge - no DPs

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Crafters Companion challenge

I thought I would share these cards I made with the free download from Crafters Companion website (you just have to be a member to download). I loved making them and I added some MCS snow to complete them. I'd like to enter into the Crafters Companion Challenge for World Card Making Day. To enter by Friday, just make a card using one of their products.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The merry band again!

You may remember seeing this silhouette stamp on my Less Is More card the other week - here. Well I decided to give it another airing, this time the background is actually the waste from taking the ink off my brayer! A tip I picked up from Barbara Gray at her workshop.  I stamped over it and then cut it out and the black background with my latest nesties. Added a PTI sentiment - CAS for the challenge over on Crafty Creations.
Thanks for looking - off to watch the Great British Bake Off final now........

Monday, 3 October 2011


This week on the Less is More challenge you have to use the colour of your eyes on a card. Mine are blue grey and I did try to make these flowers more that colour by using my new fleximarkers and a duck egg blue promarker, but they seem to be just blue! I have used the markers to blend around the flower image. I've used a Joanna Sheen poppy stamp and the little watering can is from the same stamp set. An SU sentiment and mounted onto a homemade nestie easel card. I saw these on C&C in the week and thought they are surely easy to make yourself!
Hopefully I have left enough white space to satisfy Chrissie and Mandi. Be around to visit you later.
I'd also like to enter the card into Creative Card Crew challenge - easel card.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Roses everywhere

I've had this digi image "Valentina" for a few weeks now (from Sketching stamper) and it occurred to me that the flower in her hair mirrored the SU stamp set Fifth Ave (sorry USA only). So I stamped the background using that set, added a PTI sentiment from the anniversary set - loving those sentiments and fonts, then coloured the image with promarkers and popped her up on some foam pads.
I'd like to enter this card into
One Stitch At A Time - any digi
Crafts and Me - flowers

Saturday, 1 October 2011


I was really disappointed when I missed out on getting the SU bliss set - however, luckily for me a blogging buddy was selling hers! I've used a resist technique and brayered over with big and juicy spice pad. I then added a tree made up from the elements of the Trendy tree set by SU.
I've had a really busy day and not had much time to make cards - despite it being world card making day.
I'd like to enter this into the Crafty Catz weekly challenge - things with wings.