Thursday 31 March 2011

' Special Mum'

For this card I have followed the Crafting Lifes Pieces beautiful, unusaul & inspiring sketch - love the site & the challenge! I also wanted to make a Mothers Day card & saw the opportunity of using the 3 circles for my bottle top art & chipboard letters to spell 'Mum'...


I LOVE this paper collection & always get great results with it. I've gone for my trusty shabby chique look & love doing easel cards with those slightly more special makes like this - it just really adds to the overall effect & presentation, giving instant elegance...


Image is the fab 'Melinda' by Whiff of Joy & has been coloured with Distress Inks...Skin - Tattered Rose; Cheeks - Fired Brick; Hair - Old Paper, Frayed Burlap & Brushed Cordroy; Top - Spun Sugar; Jeans - Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans; Wings, roses & polkadots; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick; Leaves & stems - Shabby shutters. Wings, flowers & polka dots have been covered with Doodlebug design glitter...


...The flowers are form Wild Orchid Crafts. The bottle tops have been hammeredm then I've attatched 2 die cut paper circles & the chipboard letters. The letters which are Maya Road have been painted with pink acrylic, then I applied Versa-mark & sprinkled with 1 layer UTTE; 1 layer yellow embossing powder; 1 layer UTTE; 1 layer pink embossing powder; 1 layer UTTE. To achieve the correct effect - pour on the UTTE, however sprinkle the powders lightly only...


...The lovely circle & corner embellishment are by Pink Paisly. They come nuetural, I have sprayed them with Tumbled Glass & white & blue mica sprays....


...The gorgeous lace pearl swirls are by Prima - I've wanted these for AGES! I ordered some last week & they arrived 2 days ago, so this is only the second project I've ever used them on an LURVE them, defo be buying more. ..


The metal sentiment holder is from We are Memory Keepers hardware tin in pewter. One of my fave purchases! The ribbon is normal white satin ribbon that I have gone to town with with the same sprays I did the Pink paisly pieces with, then I've trimmed the edges off & pulled some of the threads out to fray. Mini-alpha letters are Cosmo Cricket...


I am entering into the following challenges;
One stitch at a time (Mothers Day/ Babies)
Allsorts Challenge (Blooming Blosoms)
Cupcake (flowers for Mum)
Stampin for the weekend (for Mum/ Mothers Day)
My time to craft (Mums the word)
Pear Tree (Mothers Day
Sarah Hurley (Mums the word)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge (Glitter & Glitz)
Fab & Funky (shabby chique)


Hi all this is a card I made for e-bay a few weeks back using one of my fave Belles & Whiskars images. How good is Elisabeth Bell? I think the stamp world would be a less prettier place without her work - just love it! - and they're just so perfect for colouring, you can achieve so many different looks with them. I've gone for bright & cheerful with touch of shabby for this one...


...The papers are mostly Fairest of them all by Imaginisise & yellow checked piece is The Girls Paperie 'Paper Girl'. Most of the flowers are from Country Baskets, except the lemon velvet by Maya Road. Ticket by Tim Holtz...


...Sewing detail added round edges, border punch is Martha Stewart doily edge punch...I've pained the pin & chipboard heart with acrylic, the heart has had 1 layer of dark pink, then yellow. Then simply go to town with the craft knife to distress! (v. fun)...


...Coloured with Distress inks
 Skin - Tattered Rose
Cheeks - Worn Lipstick
 Hair - Old Paper & Brushed Cordroy
 Top, shoes, teddys nose, ear & heart - Spun Sugar
 Pants & pink stripes on headband, hair bow & teds bowtie - Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick
 Teddy & yellow stripes on headband; Scattered Straw, Wild Honey & Mustard Seed.
Highlighted in Doodle bug design glitter & white sakura pen...


..I love the little acrylic heart embellishment which comes clear, I've dabbled it with acrylic paint on the back in yellow, light & dark pink (let each colour dry in between), then stamped the sentiment on the front in Staz-on, lastly threaded & tied with grosgrain ribbon.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Craft your passion - Use a bear in image
Pixie cottage - Stitching (or sketch)

Wednesday 30 March 2011


This is the first time I have used this Sugar Nellie stamp as I only bought it a few weeks ago & really love it! Its just so versatile & I can tell it'll become a firm favourite! - Love the little bird too! The papers are a recent purchase from Fancy Pants (love them too!)

The metal bits are We Are Memory Keepers hardware tin, dies (frame, swirls & butterfly) are Marriane Design. Edge punch is Martha Stewart doily. The hearts have been punched from swissdoted flocked acetate which is really fab! I've then inked them with versamark & sprinkled with UTEE, then after heating added some white embossing power & repeated heating process. The acetate will all curl up so it need flatening with an acrylic block whilst hot. Ticket by Tim Holtz, flowers are from local Country Baskets.

Distress Inks; Skin - Tattered Rose; Cheeks Fired Brick; Hair - Old Paper, Scattered Straw; Frayed Burlap; Dress Spun Suger & Victorian Velvet; Tights - Spun Sugar & Wild Honey

I will be entering into Tuesday Throwdown blog challenge

LOTV challenge

Hi there again, I'm back for take 2 on the posting & challenges venture - on my previous attempt I think I messed up the link, so lets see how we get on this time round! For my second post I wanted to enter the LOTV challenge - another one of my fave stamp collections. I've just ordered some more for my collection, so watch this space for more LOTV makes coming soon! Due to being a dancer this was always gonna be a fave image for me, just how cute is she? I have to tell you those 'budding ballerinas' arn't always as cute as they look - when your trying to get them ready for Ballet exams! ha ha...


...Papers are Olivia by Basic Grey. Die cut swirls are Marriane Design & borders have been punched with Martha Stewart doily punch. The pink foam roses & small paper cream roses are from my local Country Baskets & the gorgeous mauve velvet flowers are by Maya Road. Blue netting has been stolen from one of my tutus (just kidding)...
Image coloured with Distress inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose
 Cheeks - Fired Brick
 Hair - Old Paper, Scattered Straw & Brushed Cordroy
Tutu -Tumbled Glass & Weathered Wood
 Pointe Shoes & headband - Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick
 Shading - Pumice Stone

I'd like to enter for the following challenges:
 Lily of the valley challenge - Punch it out
 Lexi's challenge - ribbon no bows or knots

Tuesday 29 March 2011

'Sweet' (love spring)

Hi all, I'm slightly nervous as this is my very first post & my first attempt at entering into a blog challenge...I've been researching the whole blog thing for some time now & found loads that I'm gonna enter on a regular basis...


...My inspiration for this make was firstly the Whif of Joy 100th challenge from which I chose my fave WOJ stamp, then cause of the hearts on the image I kinda thought I 'heart' & decided on spring florals, next I decieded on my fave shabby chique style with my fave colour scheme at the mo - pink & blue...


...Papers are Vintage Rose paperpack from Craftwork cards. Gorgeous corner dies & swirls are Marriane design cut in kraft-cardstock, the swirls have sworofski crystals on the end...


The image has been coloured with Distress inks; Skin - Tattered Rose; cheeks - fired brick; Hair - Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap with hint of Walnut Satin; Top & wing & hearts- Spun Sugar with hint of Worn Lipstick; Jeans & headband - Tumbled Glass. The wing & hearts have also been highlighted with white flock.


...All the flowers are a new purchase (they litererally arrived today!) from Wild Orchid Crafts & I just LOVE them! The hearts have been die-cut with an old Sizzix die I actually got free with my Big Shot, but I think they really go with this image & use them a lot with it. The pink ones are covered in flock, the blue in Mica mists then Glossy Accents & the kraft with Crackle Paint...


...The metal fastenings are a great little product from We Are Memory Keepers from there Hardware tin. The swirls have Swarofski Aurora AB crystals on the ends. I've also used ribbon & Jute & a jumbo pin from my local Country Baskets & net that I have rolls & rolls of from my previous life as a dancer! (for the tutus!)...Oh & the sentiments are computer generated from Nitwits cupcake fqb.

I am entering into the following challenges;



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