Monday, 31 December 2012

Rocking on New Year's Eve!

A rocking card for a new baby. When I saw the gingham seat in the Tuesday Trigger Photo, I had my colour scheme, even if my burgundy is a little redder. I've kept this card very simple with just four colours, some stickles, glossy accents and iridescent stars.

I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #148: Anything but Square
Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: Sweet Dreams
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White card from stash, Dovecraft Back To Basics II
Highlights: Glossy Accents, Stickles, iridescent stars
Colouring: Promarkers, Flexmarkers

Wishing you all the best for 2013!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Make A Wish

Playing with my new Critters Ever After by Lawn Fawn I got my dragon to blow out my blazing number 4 candle. I also had a go at faking washi tape & used lots of glitter glue!
I missed playing along with the Papertake Weekly Challenge at the begining of October, so am taking my chance to redo the All Creatures Great & Small Challenge using my fierce dragon.

Passion For Promarker Mega Christmas Challenge: "include the word happy in your sentiment"
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenges '12-Wk 51 & 52: Out with the Old, In with the New! [New Stamps]
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Pick of the Year - All Creatures Great & Small

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After, Quinn's ABCs, 123s, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, Chevron Backdrops, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky
Paper: White card from stash
Highlights: Glossy Accents, Stickles, gold gel pen, iridescent stars, glimmer mist
Colouring: Promakers, Flexmarkers 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Peacock Feathers Easel Card

Easel cards are perfect for a special occasion. They are great fun to make & not anything like a traditional shop bought card. Not everyone is fond of Peacock feathers, but I love them. Their colours are rich & gorgeous and the shapes are fascinating. These are shop bought so nothing as vivid as the ones you can collect when peacocks moult.  When I first saw the Perfectly Paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder I thought of peacock's feathers, so had to use it on this card. I've coloured the ribbon with a Turquoise Promarker to match the feathers, the beautiful Bo Bunny Vintage Double Dot cardstock and one of my favourite Distress Inks, Peacock Feathers. How could I not use it! A bit of swirly bling & space to add the special date in. Hey Presto a wedding card (well the next one will be quicker, this one had a lot of will I put it there, no there, no there).


The Cuttlebug Spot: A Feathery Challenge
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #130: Easel Card
Allsorts Week 182: Bring on the Bling

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Monday, 12 November 2012


I wanted a go at negative space & pink space, so I die cut a heart from the white textured card front & coloured it pink with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. A second heart was embossed with flowers & vines, coloured with distress ink, the flowers were highlighted with Star Dust Stickles and the whole heart was covered in Glossy Accents.  I love how the Stickles picks up the colour of the distress ink underneath it. More Stickles were added to the large heart & the banner sentiment. The base card was coloured pink & stamped with roses & vines. 

Dust 'Em Off: This is my first time using the Disney stamps & Jak Heath Paper. I've had them in my stash for ages. I very rarely use the Congratulations stamp, but I do love all the curls- perfect for glitter!

Top Tip:
If you don't have the space or cash for all the colours of glitter glues, just buy an iridescent glitter glue. It will pick up the distress ink or Promarker/Sharpie colour underneath. The Stickles looked really pink after applied to the wet (or almost dry) distress ink and the sharpies changed my iridescent glue rainbow colours.


In the Pink Challenge #7: Keep it CAS- Lots of Pink Space
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #89: We're All Heart (TIP)
Lawnscaping Challenge: Dust 'em off


Stamps: Lawn Fawn Jessie's ABCs, Papermania Clear Stamps Sentiments, EK Success Disney Princess
Dies & Punches etc: Xcut Nesting Heart Dies, Docrafts Embossing Folder Pampered Pets (Vine)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint
Paper: White card from stash, Jak Heath Pretty Peony 3 Background Sheets (Freebie)
Highlights: Glossy Accents, Stickles

Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

A Small Big Thanks

This was a quick CAS card with lots of sparkles. I love that you can colour (& glitter!) this sentiment from Paper Smooches Chit Chat . I used a fuchia pink Promarker to colour the sentiment & the punched heart. Finished the thanks with glitter & the heart using white gel pen faux stitching & glossy accents for shine.

Top Tip:
Use a toothpick to spread the glitter glue in the narrow spaces of the sentiment letters.

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge: Trend Watch Typography
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #128: Thanks/Thanksgiving 
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #89: We're All Heart (TIP)

Saturday, 10 November 2012


On this card I decided to let the letters do the talking. I fussy cut Quinn's ABCs & 123s, leaving the centres of the letters in to show off more of the patterned paper & paper pieced the teddy & rocking horse. I love all the fonts on the happy birthday embossing folder, but haven't used it in a while so I dusted it off! I've had the twine for ages. It came wrapped around my prize from Lawn Fawn & I thought this was the perfect card to get it out & use it. I've kept all the sentiment stamping lowercase by using the happy birthday from Paper Smooches. It's such a fun font.

Caoimhe is pronounced Kee-va or Quee-va depending on where you are from. It means beauty & grace and is associated with November.

Lawnscaping Challenge: Dust 'em off
Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge: Trend Watch Typography
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #127: Dimensions

Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon.

Friday, 9 November 2012


I won some Hero Arts clear stamps a while back from Simon Says Stamp & have just got round to using the haunted house in the set. I thought the paisley leaf would make a fabby ghost and the googly eyes were a must. One of my favourite background stamps is Magical Background by Hero Arts, give it a wobble when you are stamping & you too can get the extra swirls that make your eyes think they are out of focus. Totally intentional as I'm sure you know :) I liked the effect so didn't stamp it again. I misted the background with Glimmer Mist & highlighted a few areas with Stickles for a bit of glitter & shine.

This card was a thank you card for someone who loves the Halloween festivities. The sentiment was a bit of fun with the thank you on the inside. This card has a lot of dimension: googly eyes, raised embossed background, foam squares for the ghost & haunted house plus it's a thank you & a Halloween card rolled into one. Hopefully this exemplifies the Fall spirit (Halloween, thank you & an actual spirit). 

Sorry for another low light level photo, yeah for the Winter days!


A Blog Named Hero Challenge #15: The Ol' 1-2 Punch
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #127: Dimension
Ribbon Carousel Challenge RCC74: Fall Spirit
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes (I didn't use the option)
The Crafty Pad Designs Challenge #195: Anything Goes at the Crafty Pad

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Low light photo of my pumpkin carving skills. Even though it's blurry, I love how the candlelight glows. The flash version had no spooky quality and was completely lacking in blurriness.

A forum friend alerted me to this lovely paper pumpkin. All my tools are metric so I just used the imperial measurements as a rough guide.

My ghosts are made using Paisley Leaves X-Cut Nesting Dies, Black ProMarker or googly eyes.

The mini pumpkins (shown back to front) are made using Swiss Dot embossed orange card & ProMarker coloured white paper cut with Oval Nesties. Stalks were cut with the Paisley Leaves.

My spiders are last years & I can't find the link.

We had great fun making our decorations & trick or treating.

Oíche Shamhna shona duit!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Punches, Dies & Texture

This card contains so many of my go to items. My Martha Stewart Butterfly punch is always at hand, I use it so much I can justify buying more, can't I?! Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs is such a fun set, it can be used in so many ways & as soon as Quinn's 123s became available they were mine! A white gel pen was one of my first crafty purchases & it's still going strong over a year later.  From this you can tell I don't craft as much as I'd like, but I have a second pen ready to takeover from the first. Glossy accents provides my favourite textured finish & Cuttlebug's D'vine Swirls embossing folder is so versatile I've not tired of it yet. Spellbinders Posy Patch Dies & the matching Heartfelt creations stamps work so well together and last but not least my corner rounder punch. 
Oops how did I forget it, glitter glue- everything looks good when it sparkles.

Lawnscaping Challenge #43: Texture
Stampalot October Challenge: Punch Away
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog: Use Dies and/or Punches

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Jessie's ABCs, Quinn's ABCs, Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch
Dies & Punches etc: Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly, Spellbinders Posy Patch, Corner punch, Xcut Circle Cutter, Cuttlebug EF D'vine Swirls
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papermania Blue
Paper: White & blue card from stash
Highlights: Glossy Accents, Stickles, Glitter glue, white gel pen, blue gems & seed beads
Colouring: Sharpie blue pen

Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


I don't use a lot of orange but when I saw the Runway Inspired Challenge photo the colours clicked into place. This is their first menswear collection perfect for a male card. I loved the solid blocks of colour on the top, mirrored by the solid stars & blocks of chevrons on my card. I've used the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch for this card and I really like the cluster of stars. Initially I could only visualise this as flowers (not exactly what I wanted for a male card) then I saw the star burst. The colours have a real Autumnal feel so I reached for my tiny trees & stamped first on scrap paper & then on my card for a softer look. I used black ink, stamped on the orange distress ink background which took on a slightly green hue.

 I went a little over board with the foam squares, but still managed to fit it into a regular envelope. A great find for me was how close shaded lilac distress ink is to ProMarker Blue Pearl and I'm still in love with chevrons, a hot trend that Young Crafters Unite is looking for.

Runway Inspired Challenge RIC#9: Iceberg Spring 2013 Menswear
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #114
Young Crafters Unite Challenge #13: Hot Trends


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Half Pint Heroes, Teeny Trees, Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops
Dies: Spelbinders Nestabilities Stars, Ovals
Paper:  White from stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Shaded Lilac
Embellishments: Glossy Accents, White & silver gel pens, stickles, Papermania clear stars
Promarkers & Flexmarkers:

Thank you for dropping by, hope you enjoy your visit.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Birthday Bag

This is my first shaped card, a prototype! I created the template with a tent card as the starting point and an image of small rigid satin bags with dainty handles in my head. As you can see I need to work on the dainty handles. The bag had to be pink, just perfect for Jane. The gems sparkle & the edges appear less rough in person, but I think a slightly thinner card would work better next time.

Catered Crop: In the Pink Recipe Swap
In the Pink Challenge #3: Pink & Anything but Square
ABC Challenges: W for Wishes


Stamps: Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs, Paper Smmoches Sentiment Sampler, Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees
Paper:  Pink card & acetate from stash
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark
Embellishments: White embossing powder, stickles, pink gems, eyelets, white ribbon, charm from stash

Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon.