Saturday 24 December 2011

dreams of summer

Welcome to the last chance to enter
for this year. The final theme being a nice easy one
Anything Goes
and this will last for two weeks.
My take this week as we just start winter and the year comes to and end is to look forward to the weather getting nice and warm again. You can probably guess from that I don't like cold weather, the hotter the better for me. So this weeks card is a Stamps Happen stamp called Boat Scene.

The stamped image has been water coloured, just lightly to add a little bit of colour. Then I have used a second image to cut out the small square accents using a punch. This does not have to be a whole stamped image,  just enough to get the squares out of.

These squares have just a little light distressing around the edges, using Tim Holtz distress inks, to make them stand out a bit more from the back ground. The last bit of decoration is a few real tiny sea shells. And there we have the dream, summer will soon be here.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes with Sentiments
Craft Your Passion - Anything with Wings
Cooking it Up With Katie -  Anything Goes
Sundays With Crissy - Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Warm Wishes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Pollycraft Monday - Punch It

Saturday 17 December 2011

Happy New Year

and this weeks theme is
Happy New Year or Celebrations
My card is a celebration of a long married life with a 70th Wedding Anniversary. I don't think there are many of those. I have choosen to do quite a simple design. The colours are simply white and burgundy. I have used an embossing folder to make the background of white card layered onto burgandy. I have added a piece of burgandy ribbon across the centre to make the join between the top and bottom pieces of white card.

I have then cut a white doily using a Cheery Lyn Die. The swirl leaves have to be one of my favorite
Cheery Lyn Dies so i have put one top and bottom.

A very simple but effective card I think.

I have entered this card in the following challenges;
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything goes
Cooking it up with Kate - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Using Ribbon
Glitter Geeks - Anything goes
Sunday with Crissy - Anything Goes

Saturday 10 December 2011

All Creatures Great and Small

It's been a long and busy week but here is this weeks card for
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
And this weeks theme is
All Creatures Great and Small (including Aliens)
No aliens here though, I have gone for a cute little Kitty and her little friend. Sorry but I think this little kityt definately looks like a girl.

The cat stamp has been coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and has been die cut with nestabilitie dies plain circle and scalloped circle. The flowers have been cut out with Marianne dies and swirls.
Her little friend has also been stamped and coloured with copics and he is giving his friend the gift of a fish which is a charm. All the papers are nice shades of girly pink with just a little contrast of grey to match the kitty and mouse.

I have entered this card in the following challenges this week
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Kenny k's Krafty Girlz - Add some Texture

Saturday 3 December 2011

Merry Christmas

This weeks subject for the
is a inspirational photo and this is my idea taken from the photo
The base card is a gate fold card with an extra bit inside.
All the stamps I have used are from Creative Expressions clear stamp sets and versa colour ink pad.
The green card is Tim Holtz distress card and the borders have been cut with a Fiskars border punch.
I have put a length of green ribbon down the centre of the borders on the inside and a bow on the centre panel.
I have added a little irridescent glitter using a glue pen to the dots on the Merry Christmas greeting and to all the trees. Finished with green gems on the top corners of the front of the card and one on the sentiment inside.

I have entered this card in the following challenges this week:
Craft Your Days Away - Buttons or Bows
Paper Sundaes - Winter Wonderland
Craft Your Passion - Tis the Season
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Say it With Sentiments
Anything Goes Challenge - Cutting Corners
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Paper-crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Saturday 26 November 2011


This is my card for this weeks
This week is my choice which is
Borders and Flowers.
This card I actually made for a friends 50th Birthday and she loves anything Dopey, she thought he was lovely. I got the image as a outline drawing from a childs book and I coloured it with Tria pens. The card base is 8x8 and covered with a patterned backing paper.
The borders have been cut using Martha Stewart punches. The flowers have been made using punches from plain lilac glitter card and patterned paper with pink and lilac pearls in the centre. With a fern leaf punch to fill in.

I have entered this card in the following challenges;
The ABC Challenge - D is for Dazzle
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us Challenge - Bling it On
Creative Craft Challenge - Free for All
Deep Ocean Challenge - C is for Cute
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Saturday 19 November 2011

Poinsettia Sparkle

This is this weeks card for
   which this weeks is a sketch challenge
I thought I would be a little bit christmassy this week. Its a square card with a pretty red backing paper on first. The Poinsettia have been die cut from white glitter card using the Spellbinders die set. I have cut the leaves from green pearlescent card using the largest flower die and cutting the petals up to look like leaves.
The greeting is stamped using a Creative Expressions stamp and cut out using a spellbinders tag die and has an added green layer. I have finished off with red gems on the tag and in the centre of the flowers and clear gems in the top right corner to match the sketch. A very simple design, have a go and join us at The Secret Crafter Challenge this week.

I have entered this card in the following challenges;
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Punch It
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R us Challenge - Bling it on
Christmas Stampin All Year Round - Photo Inspiration
Delightful Challenges - Bingo (patterned paper, die cuts, flowers)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Christmas With pearls
Crimbo Crackers - Make It Sparkle
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Colours of Winter
Heart Song Inspirations - Gold or Glitter
Pile it On Challenge - Traditional Christmas


Saturday 12 November 2011

Wild Thing

It's challenge time again and this is my DT card for this weeks
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
the theme this week is
Spots and Stripes.
I have seen this in a different line and gone with animal print spots and stripes. This week I decided to make an eisel card, the Zebra stripe and Giraffe spot papers are from Kanban.

 The main image, an African Safari scene has been water coloured with Tim Holtz distress ink pads to give it a softer colour. I have then stamped part of the image again on to Stampbord. I find it easier to place the stamp on the table and then place the stampbord onto the spot you want to highlight.
The Stampbord has been coloured after stamping with inks and stencil brushes to give a stronger colour.  Then highlights have been scratched along the tree branches and mountains with a small scrapper tool.

I have entered this card into the following challenges;
Dream Valley Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Rectangles
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us Challenge - Masculine theme
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Anything Goes with brown

Saturday 5 November 2011

Tilda with lace

Here is this week's DT card for
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
which this week is
Flowers, Ribbon and Lace
This car was a bit of a rush because I have been rather busy. I decided to use a Magnolia stamp. She has been coloured using Tria pens. She has a purple Spellbinders Die cut mount, which is then framed with white lace.

I have added a dark blue organza ribbon which I have kind of pleated at intervals so that it zig-zags across the card.

Then I have added a Cheery Lynn Dies swirly leaf and a few Prima Flowers. A bow in the same dark blue organza sits right under the flowers.

I have entered this card in the following challenges
Dream Valley Challenge - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas - Cut It Out
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Floral Frenzy
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes with Pearls and Lace
Deep Ocean - Sweet
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo lace,flowers,ribbon
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Saturday 29 October 2011

Puff the Magic Dragon

This is quite a cutie for this weeks
which this week theme is
Spooky or Whimsical.
 I have gone with the later with this very cheeky dragon,which I have just had to colour green. He is coloured with TRIA pens and the image is cut using Spellbinder labels 2.
I have glittered his wings, smoke clouds and the butterfly trail (well he just has to have a bit of glitter). plus the lovely pink seam binding bow coloured to match with the trias.
The flowers are punched and the leaves are a Mareanne Die. Just a bit more glitter in the centre of the flower and some tiny gems at the corners complete this card.

I have entered this card in the following challenges;
Paper Sundaes - Black, Sparkle, Flowers and Distressing
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Buttons and Bows
Card Makin Mamas - Cut it Out
Crafters Companion - Pink and Green
Creative Craft Challenge - Fancy Edges
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anyhting Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Sweet

Saturday 22 October 2011

Wrap up Warm

Its that time of the week again and here is this weeks card for The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, which this week is Wrap up Warm with woolies. This week I have used one of the latest SWALK images, coloured with Tria alcohol pens.
I have added a bit of glitter to the snowflakes, fake snow to the falling snow and puffy stuff to the furry bits on her coat and hat. I have die cut all the layers and added some gold snowflakes down the edge of the card.
Just for a bit of fun I have added a crochet doily for a bit more of the wooly idea. The design is completed with a stamped Merry Christmas sentiment and seam binding coloured to match and tied in a bow.

I have also entered this card into the following challenges:
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R us - Nature's Gifts
Tip Top Tuesday - Layer It Up


Saturday 15 October 2011

Red Geisha

Here is my card for this weeks Secret Crafter Challenge of White and one other colour not encluding the image. I like Oriental designs a lot but I don't do as many as I would like to.

The tree is a Sweet Poppy stencil and black embossing paste with a little bit of glitter thrown in.

The Geisha is stamped and coloured with Tria alchohol pens. Then I have cut here out and popped her on the card. The Card base and layers are cut out with large dies, I have used a punch just to decorate the corners of the picture and a bow to finish it off.

I have also entered this card into the following challenges;
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - Autumn Colours
Prairie Fairy - Suger and Spice
The Artistic Stamper - Autumn Colours
Marianne Design Divas - Dying to Die Cut
Cute Card Thursday - Tree-mendous

Saturday 8 October 2011

Anything goes with glitter too

This is my card this week for the Secret Crafter DT challenge. I made this card for my friends birthday from her hubby. As you can see it's got one of my favorite Magnolia images on it, with a real frilly lace border round the outside. The flowers and leaves are die cut with Marianne Dies and there is a touch of glitter in the centre of the flowers. The is a very special and personal sentiment on the inside, it really made her laugh.

I have also entered it in the following challenges:
Paper sundaes - Lots of Layers
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Anything Goes Challenge - Die Cuts or Punches
Deep Ocean Challenge - Happy Birthday
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
Crafters Companion - Pink and green
Just Magnolia - Distressing

Saturday 1 October 2011


My first card as a member of the Secret crafter Design Team, and I think the theme is quite obvious.
The back ground is a picture of the moon. I have stamped the branches round the sides the house is stampled to the is just a little frosted stickles on the windows.

The inside has a stamped cate with emerald stickles for eys and pumpkin buttons. All the stamps are Elusive Images.
Something a little different. I hope you agree.

I have also entered this card in the following challenges
Anything goes Challenge -  Anything goes
Paper Playtime - Halloween
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes

Sunday 25 September 2011

I'm Celebrating

I am proud to announce that I am now a new member of the Secret Crafter Design Team. They are still looking for 4 more new people to join our merry band and there is a week left in which to apply. So if you think you would like to join us then please go to the Secret Crafter Challenge and put you details on there.  Gook Luck

Sunday 11 September 2011

my friends birthday

It's my mate's birthday today and I have just given her this card. Yet another Tilda, this one has been coloured with water colour distress inks (Tim Holtz another fav of mine). They are cut out with Nestable and Grand Nestable dies and the leaves are a Marianne Designs.

I have entered this card in the following challenges-
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Little Red Wagon - using dies
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Wednesday 31 August 2011

summer time ends

Here is a card to end the summer and remind us all of our holidays in the sum. I made this card for a work collegue's birthday. She loves Spain and has a home there, so this card was perfect for her.
I used a lovely Tilda stamp and coloured with promarkers, the palm tree sunset is die cut and the umberella is a paper cocktail decoration, I thinks it's just a bit of fun.

I am entering this card in the following challenges;
PaperPlaytime - vacation
I love Promarkers - anything goes

Thursday 18 August 2011

I love Tilda

I have to admit I love Magnolia stamps and this is a card I made a little while ago. I used the Japanese Tilda and water coloured her with Distress Inks. A simple 8x8 backing paper with a few punched flowers to complete the design.

I have entered this card in the following challenges

paper playtime- anything goes
make it monday - anything goes
one stitch at a time - anything goes
Sir Stampalot - What ever you fancy

Thursday 28 July 2011

mummy card

This is my latest card using a Crafters Companion SWALK stamp. I have coloured it using Spectrum Noir pens and the flowers and swirls are cut using Marianne dies. I do seem to use a lot of autumn colours even though I try to pick other colour, I am just drawn to them. I have used glitter card behind the stamped image and also the first layer of the flowers. Finishing touches include gems card candy and a little glitter glue.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges
Candy Time - All the things I love

Friday 22 July 2011

mojo monday challenge

Here is my card for Mojo Monday Challenge. Its been made with Crafters Companion SWALK stamps and papers. The stamped image has been coloured with the new Spectrum Noir pens, and finished off with a little seam binding coloured to match.

Sunday 22 May 2011

my first photo

I haven't been on for quite a while but I would finally like to add my first card made by me. This was a recent order for a 21st birthday. The recepient obviously likes butterflies and all things pink.