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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Guest Designer for Love to Create Challenge Blog

I was lucky enough to be offered a Guest Designer post for the Love to Create Challenge Blog.  I've followed this blog for many years and have entered the challenges so it is a great honour.

I was allowed an image from the Ula Section at the Polkadoodles Shop.  I chose to use "Ula be a Mermaid".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and fussy cut around the image.  I also printed off a sentiment that I got with the image, die-cut and edged with my Turquoise Pan Pastel.

For the background I used a Turquoise, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow and Pearlescent Yellow Pan Pastels to colour the background.  I then used various seaside orientated stamps (greenery, driftwood, bubbles and fish) and stamped these onto the background.

I then used a Marianne designs die to make the mount for Ula the mermaid.

I have finished the card off with some die-cut greenery and a die-cut shell border and individual die-cut shells highlighted with the the Pan Pastels used for the background and two large pearls.

Promarkers used:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Yellow, Canary and Lemon
Mermaid/shells etc - Duck Egg, Turquoise, Putty, Tan, Burnt Orange and Dusky Pink.

Pan Pastels used:

Rich Gold
Diarylide Yellow
Turquoise
Copper Metallic
Hansa Yellow
Pearlescent Yellow.

Thank you to Louise for allowing me to be a Guest Designer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Fingers - Anything goes
CRAFT - Alien/fantasy (mermaid)
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Di's Digis - Die-cuts
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of red

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Hello Dragonfly".

You will get a black and white image for you to colour and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available at a special introductory price of $3.00 (instead of the original price of $4).  
 Hurry as this offer ends on 28 February 2018.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 23 February 2018

 
 Good morning.  

It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".

PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation.

This week our sponsor is "Lemon Shortbread".
 For my card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "Beanie Girl".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and distressed around the edges with my Tim Holtz disressing tool and added some brown chalk ink pad to all the edges.

The backing papers are a magazine freebie designed by Sara Davies from Crafter's Companion.  They are shabby chic papers so that is why I went for a shabby chic card.  I have mixed some of the backing papers with Crafter's Companion kraft card and distressed all the edges of the paper and card with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and added brown chalk ink pad to the edges.  It's quite time-consuming distressing all the edges but it gives it a wonderful effect.

I have finished the card off with a scrap of ribbon underneath the lace, die-cut sentiment, die-cut banner, greenery, leaves and flower and a brad.

Promarkers used:  

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Burnt Sienna, Chestnut and Henna 
Dress/boots/hat - Salmon Pink, Antique Pink, Cocoa and Burnt Sienna.   

I am entering this card into the following challenges:  

World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Make it girly
Allsorts - Handmade flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Pile it on - 3D embellishments and/or stickers/washi tape (I have used lace, ribbon, die-cut flowers and a brad)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of to use flowers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Simon Says - Grunge it up
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of tell a fairy tale day
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Photo inspiration (I have gone with the colour scheme of pink and brown)
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Colour challenge or anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 23 February 2018

   Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

This week the Design Team were challenged by Design Team Member Bonnie to "take a seat" ie a sitting image.

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamps image called "Wintry Night". I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and highlighted areas with my white Posca pen and Stickles glitter glue.

The backing papers are from a Debbi Moore Inspiration Magazine.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, washi tape, die-cut snowflakes with some Stickles glitter glue and some pearls.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair/mane/tail/wings - Cocktail Pink, Salmon Pink and Antique Pink
Unicorn - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and blender pen
Trees/greenery/berries - Bright Green, Forest Green, Poppy Red, Burgundy and Gold
Ground - Ivory and Pastel Beige.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
Noor! Design - Celebrations
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option for a boy/man
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Make it girly
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Pile it on - 3D embellishments and/or stickers/washi tape (I have used washi tape)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with the option of to use flowers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of tell a fairy tale day
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes with the option of elves
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Things that fly
Fab n Funky - Christmas
CRAFT - Alien/fantasy (fairy and unicorn)
4 Crafty Chicks - Colour challenge or anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Cute critters
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of birthdays

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a set of new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
  This set is called the "Hello Natural Set".

In this set you will get the images Dark LilliesFlowing in Blue and Hello Spring.  

PLEASE NOTE:  All of these images are grayscale images.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $4.50 (instead of the original price of $6.00).
 Hurry as this offer ends on 20 February 2018.

Lemon Shortbread Etsy Store - New release

  Just to let you know that there has been a new release in the Lemon Shortbread Etsy Store:
  This image is called "Butterfly Meadow".

Monday, 19 February 2018

Good luck in Your New Job Kevin

Today is a special day for our eldest son Kevin.  He is re-joining the NHS and is going to be working at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the West Middlesex Hospital.
I thought he needed an appropriate card so I have made this one for him using various images and papers from downloads from the Hunkydory Club called "Thursday - Man's World" and I have used a brown paper with faux stitching and a brown/blue check.
His dad and I so proud of Kevin going back to join the NHS.  Sadly we have nearly lost Kevin twice in his life due to brittle asthma but thankfully NHS staff have made him better.  As an adult Kevin has always said he wants to give back to the NHS so his new job will let him do this.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option for a boy/man
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of layers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 16 February 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

This week the Design Team were challenged with the topic of "patchwork".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 I have decided to make sure I keep making Christmas cards throughout the year like I did last year.  It makes things less stressful come November/December time!!  As this is likely to be a posted card I have had to keep it as flat as possible.

For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Holly Fairy" (which comes in a set of 3 other images - Merry Season, Poinsettia Fairy and Cherish Christmas).  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and then used my Graph'it gold sparkle pen for the background.

The backing papers are from my stash.  I decided to cut 9 squares with a The Works square stitched die and alternated them on the backing card to form a patchwork effect.

I have finished the card off with some organza ribbon, die-cut sentiment and some pearls.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin/fairy's wings - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Raw Sienna, Cocoa and Spice
Holly leaves - Forest Green and Lush Green
Berries - Red and Poppy Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option of cute
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Add an embellishment (ribbon and pearls)
Simon Says - Add a die-cut (die-cut squares and sentiment)
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Anything goes
Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes with the option of reindeer
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option for a boy/man
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of layers
Winter Wonderland - Anything goes Christmas
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Make it girly
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of using some pretty ribbon

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Today it is Valentine's day here in the UK.  I recently won a challenge over the 2 Crafty Crazy Critters Challenge Blog where Sasayaki Glitter were the sponsor.  I had a look at the images and chose this one as I thought I could use it for my husband's Valentine's day card.  The image I have used is called "Image #95 - Turtle love".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to the eyes (I am having to use my husband's tablet to take my photos as my computer is poorly and will not download images from my camera.  The eyes in real life look totally smooth but they look a bit bumpy with the Glossy Accents in this photo but not sure how to tweak things on the tablet to enhance pictures).  I then fussy cut out the images.

The backing papers I have used are from a pad from B&M.  I chose the one with greenery as I thought it was a nice backdrop to the turtles.

I have finished the card off simply with a heart doily which I have coloured with Tim Holtz's Shabber Shutters distress ink, stamped and die-cut sentiments and some Nuvo pearl drops.

Promarkers used:

Turtles - Meadow Green, Apple, Leaf Green, Olive Green, Marsh Green, Poppy and Berry Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Love
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Crafty Friends - Love is in the air
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Allsorts - Love is in the air
Delicious Doodles - Valentine/love
Digi Doodle Studios - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Valentines/mums
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 13 February 2018

 Welcome to another challenge over at the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog.

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".
 For my love themed card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "Baking Love".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, chalked around the edge of the image and added my Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen over the top of the cake and the hearts.

The backing papers I have used up from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a large "LOVE" stamped sentiment, Die'sire die-cut hearts, stain ribbon and some pearls.

Promarkers used:  

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 

Hair - Raw Sienna, Cocoa and Burnt Sienna

Dress/top/hearts - Amethyst, Purple, Plum, Duck Egg, Denim Blue and white gel pen.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:  

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Love
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
That's Crafty - I heart you
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional themes of National Umbrella Day or World Compliment Day
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
I Love Promarkers - Love/wedding anniversary
Creative Craft Cottage - Love is all around
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Fab n Funky - Valentine - say it with words
Paper Shelter - For the one you love
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Love is in the air
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Allsorts - Love is in the air
Digi Doodle Studios - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Valentines/mums
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes

Monday, 12 February 2018

40th Birthday Wishes Just for You

Here is a 40th birthday card I made using a kit from Hunkydory Crafts called "In the Boudoir".

I have used a topper sheet and backing card.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment and ribbon from the design sheet, organza ribbon bow, button and a die-cut number 40.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Cardz 4 Galz - Think pink
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This set is called "Misty Moon".  

In this set you will get two different levels of grayscale image.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $2.50 (instead of the original price of $3.00).
  Hurry as this offer ends on 17 February 2018.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 9 February 2018

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.   

The challenge topic for February 2018 is "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my journal page I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Key to my Heart".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from a Debbi Moore Inspiration Magazine.

I have used a heart embossing folder and cut the hearts out.  I have used a tag die I got for Christmas and cut two out and embossed one with the heart embossing folder.

I have finished the journal page off with some organza ribbon, stamped sentiment and tiny little die-cut flowers.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair/roses - Pink Carnation, Blush and Fuchsia Pink
Leaves - Bright Green and Forest Green
Background - Blue Pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Love - Valentine's day, wedding, engagement
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Think pink
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of Mother's Day/mothers
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with the optional theme of "Be my Valentine"
Daisy Chain - Add a heart
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Simon Says - Love is in the air
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Love and kisses
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Depp Ocean - Love is all around
That's Crafty - I heart you
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional themes of National Umbrella Day or World Compliment Day
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
I Love Promarkers - Love/wedding anniversary
Creative Craft Cottage - Love is all around
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Good Luck

This is a card I made for someone at work who has got a new job.  I have used these beautiful butterflies and flower image from a Joanna Sheen Jody Bergsma paper pad (sadly this paper pad does not seem to be on their website anymore).  I have cut out the flower and butterflies and decoupaged up.

I have finished the card off by adding glitter glue to the wings of the butterflies, added some seam binding ribbon, a stamped sentiment and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critters Crazies - Anything goes with critters
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Monday, 5 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Still".  

In this set you will get a black-and-white image with a background, a black-and-white image without background and a partially coloured image with the background.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $3.00 (instead of the original price of $4.00).
 Hurry as this offer ends on 10 February 2018.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Best Wishes and Your're the Best

 Here are two cards that I have made using a Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Love Barn Owl".  I started off with painting over the image with Pebeo drawing gum to mask off the owl and greenery.

I then scribbled various Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Aqua pens onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and then swooshed the card into the ink/water.  Once dry I rubbed off the drawing um which came off easily.  A previous one I had when you rubbed it rubbed holes in your card.

I then coloured the image in with my Promarkers.

For the red card I have used various red papers from my stash, added a Craftwork Cards sentiment  and some die-cut feathers.

For the purple card I used papers from my stash that have been designed by my friend Lozzy.  I finished the card off with a Cherry Lynn border (I haven't used this for ages and ages as no matter how many times I put it through my Grand Calibur it would never cut properly.  One pass through my Gemini and all the bits fell out!!), Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and some die-cut feathers.
Promarkers used:

Red card - Khaki, Cocoa, pastel Beige, Saffron, Vanilla, Bright Green and Meadow Green and Burnt Sienna
Purple card - Khaki, Sandstone, Tan, Pastel Yellow, Raw Sienna, Bright Green, Meadow Green.

I am entering these two cards into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite colour (I am entering the second card as my favourite colour is purple, purple and more purple!!)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of one for the girls
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
Sweet Stampin - Anything but a birthday
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of love
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes