Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Creative Moments - ATG/Swirls and Pearls

Well it's new challenge time over at Creative moments and its a bitter sweet post for me as Abbie the founder of the challenge blog and the awesome lady who gave me my first shot at being on a DT has had to hand over the reigns for personal reasons, I hope things improve for her soon, I always want to say thankyou to Alex for stepping up and keeping the blog going, we shall see how things change in the future.

Challenge 37
Anything Goes/Swirls and Pearls
Sponsor is


I struggled a little this time as I knew which image I really liked but then wondered how I could incorporate it into a project.

Then inspiration came to me when I read a post by my neice about shopping, boy does this young woman love to shop and she always manages to grab a bargain.

 Would love to know what you all think of my picture/door plaque for her.

Also don't forget to clink the creative moments link on the left to check out what the rest of the DT made and for your chance to enter.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Crafters Companion

Well this morning I was scrolling through FB as you do when I came across a post telling you about their latest blog challenge.  I was so excited as if involved making my favourite style of card Clean and Simple.

I went to their blog and read up on it, I then got out my party paws birthday digi kit for serif and started to create my layout.  The first card layout I made was DL size i haven't made one of these for awhile and I think it suits the CAS. For the front I added the cupcake panda and faux strip of ripped backing paper, plus a few buttons,  I then printed out my front and made a base to stick it on using my ultimate board, I then added some glossy accents to the faux buttons and on to the sprinkles the finally step was to grab one of my spectrum noir pens BP6 and add a very fine line around the edge. You can't see from the picture very well but the glossy accents adds some real dimension to the sprinkles and buttons.

The second card I made was DL again but in landscape orientation and you can't see from this picture but I have used my trusty spray and sparkle on it

My final creation was a 6"x6" card again using party paws birthday elements

I love CAS cards but not sure if my cards are too simple would love to hear your thoughts on this.

I really enjoyed using my  party paws again just proves products can come out time and again and still never look dated, I just love the Crafters companion products and am always visiting the uk site  dreaming of what I would buy if money was no object.

Since writing this post I have made a couple more cards I will post pics later.  For your chance to find out more and enter click here

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Time for something a little bit different - Crochet

Well today's post isn't about a card or anything paper related.

Over the years I have taught my self to crochet and slowly but surely I've got braver with my projects, at this point I will add I can knit but find it so frustrating as there are so many things to concentrate on and been a left hander it all gets a little muddled, for me anyway.

Well I recently I set myself the challenge of crocheting with cotton, as despite my years of crocheting I haven't been brave enough to use cotton.

The first thing I crocheted was a basic flower using a free pattern I found from Lionbrand.

 I used white cotton for both but coloured one using my trusty promarkers, and I then had the idea of turning these flowers into rings so I crocheted a shank on the back.

I've received loads of comments about this ring and must admit it's so comfortable to wear.

I also used one of my cotton flowers on a challenge card I made as an embellishment

The papers I used for this card are all from a Angie Hinksman digi kit for serif Craft Artist the kit is called Isabel papers 02 I will be blogging how I made this card on another post.

As I had my hooks out again I got to thinking about what I'd like to crochet when I came across a pattern for a cute crochet owl toy click here

I have left off the ears as I ran out of yarn (I was trying to use up scraps)

As I was in the mood for crochet I then decided to look for some more unusual owl patterns and came across one for a crochet cable owl on a hat, so decided to have a go at making one, still not quite happy with it so will be tweaking it on my next version

I added googly eyes to three of the hours and my little boys loves it, if he could have slept in it I think he would have done.

I love to here what you think of my creations, I love to read all your comments I find them so inspirational and a real confidence boost.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Artistic Inspirations sponsored by Dilly Beans

Well this weeks challenge certainly made me think, as at first glance I felt all the images were quite female project orientated and challenge this week was to make something Masculine.

Challenge #79

3 images for the winner

Having looked at the images and reading the sentiment on the image I chose I thought I would use it to make a Valentines card for my dear husband.

The first challenge was to find some background paper that I liked, I loved the tiny hearts in the background on my first choice paper, and you can't go far wrong with stripes on a masculine card in my opinion, I printed the digi stamp onto some linear gradient filled paper, added a few embellishments and a punched scalloped circle.

Lacy Sunshine---Lots of Layers
OSAAT---Use a Digi
A Little Bit of Crafty---Man Up!
Crafty Hazelnut's---ATG using Patterned Papers
Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes
Just B Creative Crazy---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Color Me Creative---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG with Optional Twist/Love or More than One Layer
Sister Act---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Exciting news

Well on Friday I received some fabulous news, awhile ago I applied to join Angela Hinksmans' creative team.  Well on Friday I received the most unexpected and thrilling news that I had been successful in my application.

Today I have been working on my first projects using the Isobel papers pack 01 and 02 and my trusty Serif Craft Artist Professional. (to purchase the kits click here)

The layout below has been created just from the papers which I turned into a digi kit and various basic shapes, punches, and effects from the CAP2 program.

The flowers have been punched out from a piece of material and the bevel emboss effect added.  For the name I typed it using a basic font then enlarged it to 120 and then dragged it into the punches area to create my own custom word punch.

I would love to know what you think of my layout and I always read all your comments

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Creative Moments Challenge 36 - Sponsored by Angies Digi Images/Eureka Stamps

How fast are these challenges coming round? Really finding it hard to believe we are now in February.  So this fortnights challenge is  
Challenge 36
Anything Goes/Love

Sponsors are
Angies Digi Images
 Angies Digi Stamps

As always we have been spoilt for choice with images and I really loved these two cute zebras and as the theme was love I added a faux quilt that was covered in hearts and used a free cutting file from Birds cards to create the right hand portion of the card

What do you all think I love it not my usual style at all but it has something about it.

To see what the rest of DT made why not pop along to the Creative moments challenge blog by clicking on the link on the left and while you are there why not enter, as my dear old grandad used to say you have to be in it to win it

Make It Monday---ATG
  Crafting by Designs---Anything for Love

Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Delightful Challenges---Love Notes

Addicted to Stamps and More---Make Your Mark
Crafter's Cafe---Must Have Hearts
Handmade Harbour---Bright and Happy
 Sisterhood of Crafters---Love is in the Air
Ladybug Crafts Ink---For the One I Love
Papertake Weekly---With a Heart
Top Tip Tuesday---Girly
Bunny Zoe's Crafts---Hearts/Love
Crafting from the Heart---ATG/Use Red
Paper Makeup Stamps---Hearts
Eureka Stamps---hearts
My Craft Creations---ATG
OLLCB---Use a Heart
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG/Optional: Use a Heart 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Anonymous Stamps blog challenge time again

Hi Everyone,

I'm here again and a little late with this post as for some reason it didn't go live. Can you believe it's February already??? Over at Anonymous Stamps we are getting all mushy and lovey-dovey as Love is in the Air! In fact, that's the name of the new challenge for February.

I love using the Anonymous stamps, as they are all given free to everyone not just the DT and as a person on a very limited crafting budget things being free is always a bonus.  If you would like to get your hands on the free digis, enter or both click here
I chose the Tiger Lilly image and had so much fun colouring her I think she looks like she is waiting for her prince charming to show up.

I would love to enter my cards into the following challenges

Make it Monday---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG

Gem of a Challenge---All You Need is Love
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG + Optional Use a Heart
Craft Your Passion---Love is in the Air
Digi Makeover---ATG
Ladybug Crafts---The One I Love
Papertake Weekly---ATG/Optional Shaped Card
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Crafts Galore---Add a Bling
One Crazy Stamper---ATG

Great Impressions---Floral Images
Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes

Another First for me

Well this week has seen me doing another first I have entered my first challenge over at Daisytrail.

It was a sketch challenge and as I don't do many scrapbook layouts it was a challenge.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and have printed it out at 8"x8" and will be laminating and adding some real bling to go along with the Faux bling.

Would love to hear what you think of my page

Monday, 3 February 2014

Artistic Inspirations challenge 77 sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs

Well its new challenge time at Artistic Inspirations and the theme is hearts/anything goes.

Challenge # 77

 4 images for the winner

As you all know I love my Sassy Digi Stamps and immediately fell in love with the Strawberry Shortcake Sassy.

Strawberries remind me of hearts so I found a strawberry background paper and added my hand coloured strawberry shortcake on top.

Would love to know what you all think of my card. 

Make it Monday---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Inky Impressions---Someone Special
Rhedd and Rosie---ATG
Gem of a Challenge---All You Need is Love
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG + Optional Use a Heart
Craft Your Passion---Love is in the Air
Digi Makeover---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
As You Like It---Favorite Style (I love "Layering" with Clean and Graphic Design)
Crafts Galore---Add a Bling
Craftyhazelnut's---Use Patterned Paper
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Bunny Zoe's Crafts---Stitching
Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes