Sunday, 29 May 2011

Captain Edwin

Hi guys!  My how this week has flown - it's Sunday again!  Well, I have another card made using one of the fabulous stamps I got from SSS - Captain Edwin...
...isn't he just adorable?!  As I've said before, I love making boys cards and this was no exception.  Out came my Boys2Men disc and I printed off the treasure map, skull and cross bones and pirate text papers, and the scroll, treasure chest and anchor embellishments too - just perfect for with this little man!  I coloured Edwin using my Promarkers, then cut him out and mounted him on oval and scalloped oval nesties...
...all edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink to give an aged look, then I added string lace, that I cut the bound edges off to make it look like rigging and finished with a couple of pearl stars coloured with Promarkers.  A touch of glitter on his hat and the treasure, and job done...
Hope you're all having a good Bank Holiday weekend and that the sun is shining with you, coz it's grey, wet and miserable here in Wales - roll on summer!  Thanks for looking once again and happy crafting!  Lisa X

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
White, cream and brown
Happy Birthday
Something Sentimental
Use a die cut
(oval nesties)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Love News Tilda

I'm back again with another card made using the fabulous stamps I got from SSS, this time I used Love News Tilda - I had already made this card in my head when I chose her - I decided to tie it in with Stamp Something's Challenge this week, which is Beachy Colours, so kept the colour scheme to blues, sand and yellow...
...I love the way this one turned out!  I coloured Tilda with my Promarkers (what else?!), then layered her up using oval and label nesties...
...the papers were a 12x12 plaid paper that Mam gave me a few sheets of and a scrap piece from some sheets that I got from Canada when on my honeymoon nearly 5 years ago!  See, it pays for us crafters to keep everything!!  I added roses from Wild Orchid and some yellow organza with a big plush bow, then 2 stunning hat pins which we picked up when on our travels with Di.  All edges were inked using Vintage Photo - couldn't do without my Distress Inks now!  I created the sentiment in PS...
...think it ties the card together nicely!  So that's it from me for today, thanks for looking!  I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
Beachy Colours
Anything Goes (with optional Kraft)
May Flowers #119

Friday, 20 May 2011

Bernadette admiring the Spring flowers

This card was chosen in the top three at  Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog!  Woo hoo!!

Hi everyone!  I have another card to share, this time using Sarah Kay's Bernadette Admiring the Spring Flowers - she is an absolute doll...
...I used one of the papers from my First Edition Spring Feast pad and cut around some of the flowers before cutting an aperture with my circle nestie.  I coloured Bernadette with my fave colouring medium, Promarkers - she was a bit fiddlier to colour because of all the little flower details, but I think colouring brings out the child in all of us, so it was still a joy to do!
The handmade flowers are from the embellishment sheet on the Plush pals disc, I cut down the side of the petals slightly, inked with Victorian Velvet, then pinched the edge of each petal and layered the flowers, to create something quite like a waterlily.  I love the little pearly centres which I got from Crafts4U at the Leigh show...
...I attached the flowers so that they look as though they are on the ends of the stems printed on the paper, then filled with small pink flowers from Hobbycraft - need some more of these!  My Marianne flourish die came out of the box again, it's just so handy to add when using flowers and suits the swirly pattern on the paper.  I finished off with a sentiment which says Bloom and Grow, which is the challenge over at Papertake Weekly this week, oh and a touch of Glamourdust and pearls of course!
 I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
In the Garden
Bloom and Grow
Handmade flowers

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

New stamps!

As promised, I'm back..so firstly, I thought I'd let you see what lovely goodies I got using my $50 voucher for Simon Says Stamp - it was really difficult trying to choose which stamps to get, their site is very much a candy store!  In the end, I chose ...
...Magnolia Love News Tilda and Captain Edwin, Sarah Kay's Bernadette Admiring the Spring flowers and Finn Whistles while he works, and Belles n' Whistles Belle Hoovering.  They stamp wonderfully and I already have 3 cards on the go, but the first one I'm going to share with you is one that I made to enter this weeks Passion for Promarkers Challenge which is red, white, blue and a charm ( to celebrate Ntional Day in Norway)...
...I used Belle Hoovering and she was an absolute dream to colour, even though I only have one red Promarker!  (I used Walnut for the shading on the red areas)  I think I made this card with myself in mind when it came to the sentiment which reads 'If my shelves are dusty and my pots don't shine, it's because I've got better things to do with my time...', inside it reads '...like crafting!  Happy Birthday to a very crafty friend!'
I tried to make the sentiment look as if it were written on a notepad by adding faint blue lines and inked edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink, then I curled the corner.  The rose was from Wild Orchid and the silk flowers from Hobbycraft.  I added a sunflower charm and ribbon buckle, then Diamond Stickles as a border around the nestie circle and card edge to finish off.  I wasn't sure about the colour scheme to begin with, but love the finished result and would be happy to have it stood on my mantle piece - which I may just have to do!  Thanks for looking and happy crafting!  Lisa X
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
Red, white, blue and a charm

Wow! I won again!!

This must be beginner's luck, only I've won Challenge 99 over at Passion for Promarkers!!  I've won a £10 Joanna Sheen voucher - that'll be easily spent!  Plus, my Simon Says Stamp stash arrived yesterday, so I've been having a lovely time with them - I'll post a pic of what I got and a card later!  Back soon!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Anniversary card

Hi guys, back again!  Thought I'd share another card with you...I was aked, by a friend, to make a card for her Husband for their 10th Wedding Anniversary - blokes are difficult to cater for at the best of times, but for an Anniversary!?!  So, I decided to create it with The Ribbon Girl's Colour Challenge #8 theme in mind - Pinks and Lilacs!!  I know, not exactly masculine colours, but I think I've got away with it!  What do you think...
...I used the Housemouse Gruffies stamp, Finding Friends and thought the sentiment 'I'm so glad I found you' was apt for both the image and a Wife to Huband Anniversary card.  I toned the colours down with Walnut and Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges and on the Cuttlebug panel across the middle to stop it being too feminine.  I've had the Go Kreate Large Frilly Frame die since Leigh show and this is the first time I've used it (though I think it will get much more use from now on),  I drew around the outside of the die to create the matt and it was simple enough to cut out - looks fab on this A5 landscape card, but would look great on a square card too!  I cut the edge of the front of the card with one of my Nellie Snellen dies and threaded lilac ribbon through and my Marianne swirls made an appearance again - just love them!
I'm pleased with the colouring again on this one and feel a shopping trip for Promarkers coming on!  Hope you like it - I wish I'd get an Anniversary card like this one! 
I'm entering into the following challenges -
Lilac and Pinks
Anything Goes
Anniversaries

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Maybe I do like stamping!

It's the weekend, so housework can wait (heck, housework can always wait!) and I can sit at my messy table and have a play!  I decided to have a go at stamping - Mam had lent me a couple of Gruffie stamps to have a go with and boy, do they stamp beautifully!  Once again, I laid all my Promarkers out on my table and even tested colours on a scrap of paper to see if they blended well..I have to say, the more I use them, the more I like them and maybe there's a secret stamper inside of me after all!!  I can't wait for my Simon Says Stamp stash to arrive now!  So, here's the card I made...
 ...I saw a card over on Dena's blog which gave me inspiration for the shape, the punched border just transforms a plain square card!  Papers were Dovecraft Masculine 6x6 paper pad, Rasberry Road freebie Freedom Rings plaid and Cuttlebug Argyle folder inked with Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo... 
...I am really pleased with my colouring, something I never thought I'd say two weeks ago, but perseverance pays off! I think the stamp helps - lots of fine detail in the fur and shading within the image.  The sentiment is Birthdays...are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake...though who needs an excuse!
...and finally, an angled picture of the card stood up...
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :
So Distressing
Anything Goes
Decorate the inside of your card
Thanks for stopping by and looking!  Lisa X

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

I won!

No card, I'm afraid, but I just had to post and let Blogland know that I've won the Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp!  My first ever challenge win!  Woo hoo!  I'll be going around on Cloud Nine all day and smiling like a Cheshire cat!!

Lisa X

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Twice in one day!

...well, only because I couldn't post last night, but never the less, my creative juices are flowing - my housework is piling up, but it'll still be there tomorrow!

So onto tonight's card...
 After hopping over to the lovely Nic's blog, I decided to enter the Passion for Promarkers Challenge, which this week has a Teenager theme.  I am persevering with my colouring and have to say, I'm quite pleased with the result of this one (even if I say so myself!).  I laid all my Promarkers out on my desk whilst working, so I could see all of the colours (which don't seem very many when you start colouring!) and managed to get some highlights onto this one.  I love the large purple flower, which was off a rather expensive silk flower stem and the gardenia type flowers were from Sweet Lilac at Crafts4U.  I even managed to complete my card without the use of my computer (after printing the digistamp) as DH was using it most of the afternoon - it is his computer after all!  I used a Sissix swirl heart die, which actually came with my Big Kick many moons ago, I stamped the sentiment with single letter stamps and even managed to get it right first time!  Woo hoo!  (You can tell stamping is not my forte!)  Anyhoo, that's all for now, don't want to over do it!  Until next time, Happy Crafting!  X

Hello again!

Hi guys, I'm back again!  I would have posted last night, only mother nature decided to give us a little light show, so I turned the computer off!

I'm entering another challenge again!   Wild Orchid Challenge blog has a sketch with the theme 'Mums are special', so I decided to make a card to enter...
...I used the sketch, but with a twist, by creating a front step card rather than just a plain square one.  I came across this sentiment whilst hopping around cyberspace and it made me think of my youngest...
  ...he's a very affectionate child and quite often will tell you he loves you, just for no reason, followed by how much he loves you...more than all the stars and all the planets in all the universe, is a regular one!  So, when I saw this, I wanted to make a card that if I could make one from him to me, this would be it!  In case it's not too visible, the sentiment reads :  "Mum - I luv you more than squishy hugs & ladybugs, butterflies and ice cream pies.  I luv you more than cupcakes, snakes and fishy lakes, and dare I say it - birthday cake!"
The papers were from my Up, up and Away pad - I just love these papers!  Wild orchid roses, which are never a chore to use!  Nellie Snellen border die, Martha Stewart leaf punch, Walnut Distress Stain and blue polka dot ribbon.  Hope you like it as much as I do!  Thanks again for looking!  Lisa X
I'm entering this card into :
Sketch 'Mum's are special'
Give us a quote/sentiment
Anything goes

Sunday, 8 May 2011

You have to have priorities in life...

...and today, crafting won - hence, I'm back again with another post!!  I decided to make a couple of boys cards, which I do enjoy - maybe because I have 2 not so little monsters of my own, or perhaps because I love to use my Distress Inks (what did I ever do without them?!) ...
This first card, I'm entering into 3 challenges - Saturday Challenge, which wants us to dust off our stash, so I blew the dust off my Boys2Men disc and printed off the pirate digistamp and papers, One Stop Craft Challenge's theme is Birthdays and Sentimental Sundays say that Anything goes (plus a sentiment), so it fits with their themes too.  I used the treasure map digistamp coloured with Promarkers, the pirate text paper,  skull and cross bones paper and anchor embellishment from the Boys2Men disc, Craft Concepts woodgrain embossing folder inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, twine lace antiqued with Walnut Stain and pearls coloured with blue Promarker.  The sentiment was made in PS using Dear Joe 5 Casual text.

Next, I printed the robot digistamp and created an easel card using papers from my First editions Up, up and Away paper pad.  I mounted the oval robot image onto a silver nestie which had been embossed with Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder, then sanded lightly and distressed with Walnut Stain.  The cogs were a Sissix die called Gears #1 and #2 and the screw head brads were from Crafts4U...
...this is the card when opened - the sentiment was from the Robot sentiments sheet and mounted onto embossed silver.  Who knows, I may be back tomorrow with more creations, it all depends on which priority comes out on top!?!  Until next time, enjoy your crafting and thanks for looking!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Challenge card

Hi guys!  I finally got chance to sit at my extremely untidy craft table and have a play!  I have been wanting to try and enter a few more challenges, so made this creation to enter into the Wild Orchid Challenge, Simon Says Stamp and Papertake Weekly challenges...
...the image was from Arthur's Free Clipart and I paper pieced the little boy and girl's clothing to fit in with SSS challenge criteria - I also did some faux stitching around the edge of the card, so ended up covering both their criteria of paper piecing or piercing!  Wild Orchid Craft Challenge wanted White + 2 colours with a twist - roses had to feature, so I used a white with blue and yellow colour scheme (for a girl who doesn't 'do' yellow, I'm doing well!).  The roses are WOC - I didn't have any small yellow roses, so coloured some cream ones with my Buttercup Promarker, using the chisel end just colouring the tips, so they were almost two-tone...
...I loved the little sentiment I found and thought it fitted the image rather well...
...Papertake Weekly was Anything Goes, so that was easy!  Thanks for looking and hope you take inspiration!  Happy Crafting!  Lisa X

Challenges I'm entering :
WHITE + 2 WITH A TWIST
PAPER PIECING OR PIERCING
ANYTHING GOES