More Kittens

Hi Everybody,

back with my third post of the day …

I know I could have combined my cards, but I wanted each of them to stand out on their own.

more kittens

You might remember the image by A Day for Daisies from a recent post of mine. For this card here I used some patchwork papers for the background hence I allowed for more white card around the image. I then simply finished off with a flourish, some faux stitching, daisies and gems.

I would like to enter this one into the Childhood Challenge at Moo-Mania.

Enjoy and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

image by A Day for Daisies coloured with Promarkers

DSP – Boofle by docrafts

Flourish – Marianne Designs

small daisy punch – Xcut by docrafts

large and medium daisy punch by Woodware


Heartfull of Buttons

Hi Everybody,

welcome to my second post for today.

Tanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments.

Yes, you might have guessed from my first post today (the handbag), I had the Eclips  out to play yesterday. Mind you, about time too. I’ve had the machine for a few years now and hardly used it. I cut some shapes, I’m hoping to use in forthcoming projects. Watch this space!

Oh, before I move on to the cards … if you live in the UK and want a crafty day out this coming Saturday, 29th March, I got a spare ticket for the Stamp Fair at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Wirral, it is a ticket only event organised by Happy Stampers North West, a FAB Day Out.

If you’re interested, please leave a comment and I shall get back to you asap. First come, first served basis only.

Now to my card, which I want to enter into the House of Cards Challenge for CAS and/or Classic Elegant plus add a button

heartfull of buttons


As you can see there is more than one button added. 🙂

The heart is a stamp by Woodware, a gift from the lovely Sue, and is perfect for adding buttons, pearls, Card Candi etc. I simply layered three strips of Washi tape, stamped (Artiste Evergreen Pigment ink by docrafts) and clear embossed my heart before fuzzy cutting and layering it on my card. I then rounded a corner and added a length of pink ricrac ribbon plus buttons, pearls and sequins to finish.


Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Heart Full of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.

Today I got 2 cards for you …

… the first one is catty … and I love it …

Heart Full of Love

I coloured my image using Promarkers mounted it on so saffron card, attached it to my green base card, stamped my sentiment in black, added some crystal effects to the sentiment and once dry finished by adding some green twine.

My image is from A Day For Daisies, the sentiment is from STAMPlorations (MOM Subway Art Builders sets), card is from Stampin’Up! and twine from The Ribbon Girl.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

Less is More – green and yellow

Allsorts – Spring – green and yellow for me are the Spring colours

CAS(e) this sketch –   I a sort of jigged it a little bit round.

And now to my next card …

Cute as a Button

For this card I simply layered some subtly patterned paper on pink card and added some faux stitching. I then stamped the pram on a small piece of pink card, added some sparkle using a gel pen before adding some crystal effects. I stamped three banners and the running sentiment before assembling as shown and adding a tiny button to finish.

All stamps are by Woodware and paper by Crafter’s Companion.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

House of Cards – cute/shabby and add a button – I went for cute and button

Addicted to CAS – baby

CAS(e) this Sketch – 

That’s it from me for today, back tomorrow with my DT piece for the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge and Friday with another green and yellow beauty (not the challenge theme) as my DT piece the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog, where the bi-weekly Sketch Challenge is already in full swing. Hope to see you there …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Pedal Presents Birthday

Hello Again,

the second card I want to share with you today is a Birthday Card with a fresh Spring feel:

Pedal Presents Birthday

It is another quick card. I coloured the image using dye ink and blender pen. You can get quite a bit of subtle shading with this technique, and I prefer using it for detailed images. My Stampin’Up! Blender pen has a finer nib than my Promarkers or Spectrum Noir Pens which makes it perfect for detail colouring.

You simply pick up a bit of ink with your pen and you’re ready to go. It is best to start colouring where you want the colour to be darker working into the lighter areas.

What I used: sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio; Pedal Presents (retired Hostess Set) from Stampin’UP!; circle border embossing folder for Cuttlebug; buttons from Fantastic Ribbon; wavy cutting blade and paper trimmer from Woodware; ribbon, inks and cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like it. Oh, before I forget, Buttons can sometimes be used to add messages. See, if you can see, which one I used …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Owl Greetings

Hello again,

The latest challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ is Butterflies & Birds, which makes me smile. I have two lovely owl cards I wanted to post today … and owls are birds … never mind that I didn’t manage to post one in time for last week’s challenge which was about texture. Well here they are:

lets start with the one I originally intended for last week …

girly owl

I used a lovely patchwork owl set from Woodware and coloured it in using promarkers. Well you could ‘properly’ patchwork it by either stamping on fabric or paper, cut it out and piece it together for a great effect. I did it once with a patchwork plane and it looked good, actually it won me 3rd price in a competition. Colouring in is just a bit quicker.

The textures which I wanted to go into last weeks would have been the felt hearts, the twine and the embossed tree in the background. I suppose one could have also entered the plastic button :-).

The next card is ideal for the boys in our lives …

boyish owl

… especially if they are Twitter fans …

For the wood grain background I used a Sizzix embossing folder available from Stampin’Up!, the letters on the other piece are actually pre-embossed core’dinations card called ‘core impressions’ which is new at Crafter’s Companion … anything to make life easy.

Again I coloured in with promarkers trying to get a washed-out denim look. I think I am starting to get the hang of it a bit … that’s after they’ve been sitting in my cupboard for 3 years or so before I dared to try shading. It just seemed to be too daunting … but not anymore.

The ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons, in case you wondered.

That’s it for now … back later with a Clean & Simple Card.

See you soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Oriental Patchwork

Hi Everyone!

I was delighted when I saw this week’s challenge theme at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’. It is Oriental Influences!!! Hooray, because I got just the card for that … and this brings me to what I have been up to. Well I mentioned that I made lots of cards for a competition I was entering, the closing date of which was today. It is called National Cardmaker of the Year 2012 and run by Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. Hopefully I get somewhere and if not it was great fun getting all the cards ready. Overall I entered 7 categories (Tonic Studios, Woodware, Penny Black, Dovecraft, Stampin’UP!, Sizzix and Wild Rose Studio).

Now the card I am going to share with you is one I entered for the Woodware category and here it is:

It’s again a card that made itself, it just developed as I went along and out came the rich pink, purple and golden colours. The patchwork elephant stamp and the daisy punches are from Woodware. I stamped the elephant on watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils for colouring in. I then blended the colours together with a wetish brush, taking care that they wouldn’t bleed into each other. The sentiment is one I made up on the computer, the floral die is by Marianne designs and the one I used for the golden ‘mesh’ is the Memory Box Tessatina Border Die, the latter of which you can get from Handy Hippo.  The Sizzix Framelits dies are from Stampin’UP!. Everything else came from my own stash.

I am off now for a well deserved holiday. It’s only a short one, but I won’t be blogging now for a week.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

… one would think it was dark when I took the picture, far from it, it was taken during full daylight … just very overcast … sorry!