Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Monkey Business

I don't know how I manage to keep posting before I've added any text!

I'm entering this page into the Pinkelephant challenge #13 with hidden photos

Blackpool Zoo has an enclosure that you can walk through and a few species of small monkeys are allowed to roam free. The Squirrel monkeys are very inquisitive and will quite happily try and get into bags to see if they can steal anything. I have loads of photos of them that I've taken over the years and had wanted to scrapbook them but didn't want to overload the page with photos. I decided to make a cheque book style mini album for six photos, cutting them to fit the pages. I then made a slit in the page where I wanted the cheque book to go. The pages are bound together with raffia ribbon. The monkey in the bottom right corner is from a Nellie Snedden stencil set "Nellie's Zoo" and I've used chalks to colour him. I printed the wording from my pc with just a bold outline in black and then used colour pencils to make animal print and jungle images on the letters. I really enjoyed doing this layout

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Hidden treasure

I'm putting this scrapbook page into 2 challenges
craftycreations challenge #73 to tie in with the shine theme
thepinkelephant scrapbook challenge#13 which asks for hidden photographs

Following on from the scrapbook page that I did with the pirate theme for my husband I've done one for the children. The lid is lifted slightly so that you can see where the photos are hidden, it does lay flat down so that it looks shut. The journalling is on the underside of the lid and says that when the children were little and we went to Scarborough for our holidays we used to take them to the Mere. There was an island in the Mere and to get to it you had to ride on the pirate's galleon. Once on the island they were given a stick and they had to dig around in the sand looking for dubloons. The "pirates" would help them and would drop the coins where the children would find them. Sadly the island is no longer used for buried treasure but the ship is still around and does short trips along the coast.

I printed the map and the treasure chest from the computer. I screwed the map up and straightened it out a few times to distress it. The chest was printed onto photo paper and I used chalks to colour the wood. It took a while to build up the colour but it was worth it as it has a lovely sheen and feels like polished wood. I also used the chalks on the background. The pirate was in the show guide for one of the craft exhibitions that I'd been to a few years ago, I knew that I'd use him one day! A liberal helping of gems, string pearls and a tiny padlock and key finish it off. The lid lifts up and the photos then come out of the chest concertina style

Monday, 28 June 2010

What's for supper?

When I saw this image from Meljen's Designs I couldn't wait to use it. Luckily it fits a few challenges this week, the first one being
theabcchallenge X for Xtra dimension
charismacards challenge #25 a male card
allsorts challenge #58 embossing
stampinsistersinchrist challenge #45 stripes
What a wicked grin!
I used
Cardstock from the Paper Mill Shop
Digi stamp from Meljen's Designs
Martha Stewart scoreboard to emboss the stripes on the base card
Cuttlebug and Distressed Stripes embossing folder for the fence. I inked the folder first with Tim Holtz distress ink pad, Vintage Photo
Gold peeloff sentiments from Craft Creations
Promarkers in lipstick red, cerise, coral, rose pink, dusky pink, henna, cinammon, caramel, satin, cocoa, tan, forest green, marsh green, tea green, grey green, pear green, sunflower, orchid, lilac, pastel blue and powder blue.
This is the first since I don't know when that I haven't used cool grey 3 lol

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Blog Candy

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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Oswalda goes shopping

I love this ostrich, she's got style!

I'm putting this card into the following challenges
Ilovepromarkers challenge #20 where I've used their sketch
Craftycreations challenge #73 which calls for shine
Ilovedigi challenge #10 Emboss it!
Sewmanychallenges #19 Anything goes
Squigglefly challenge #54 a Squigglefly digi and yellow for summer
abc-challenge X for Xtra dimension

Love the eyelashes!
I used
Oswalda goes shopping digistamp by Crissy Armstrong at Squigglefly
Card stock from The Paper Mill Shop
Pearlescent blue cardstock from Craft Creations
Papers were free with a magazine
X-Cut flower punch
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards. I only had pastel yellow so altered the colour with my canary Promarker. I'm going to get some white ones so that I can colour them to match my projects. You don't lose the pearlescent shine when you alter the colour
Cuttlebug and Spots and Dots embossing folder
Gems from stash
Promarkers ivory, satin, blush, blossom, fushia, carnation pink, saffron, gold, tulip yellow, canary, lemon, pastel blue, sky blue, leaf green, bright green and, of course, my cool grey 3

Friday, 25 June 2010

Friends 'til the end

I've posted these photos about three times without any wording!!! I must be tired, that's my excuse anyway.

I'm showing this card in peartreedesigns challenge #5 using their sketch and
Reallyreasonableribbons challenge #2 to use ribbon as a border

I'm really getting used to using my Promarkers!

I used papers from the HOTP Friendship 8x8 stack
Ribbon from HOTP earth tones ribbon pack
Digi from Pollycraft
Card from The Paper Mill Shop
and the flower brads from my stash
The Promarkers I used are satin, tan, dusky pink, baby pink, poppy, china blue, pastel blue, denim blue, coolgrey 3 (I really must get another grey!), Bright green, pear green, sunflower, apricot and oatmeal

Thursday, 24 June 2010


I've done this card for three challenges
Stampinsistersinchrist challenge #44 to use words and embellishments, no stamped images
thepinkelephant challenge #72 to use pink and black
Papertake challenge #43 the sketch

The base card and black paper were from The Paper Mill Shop
Pink papers from HOTP
Text was done on my computer
X-Cut cut and emboss corner punch
Butterflies were rescued from a gift bag

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Another fine mess!

Today has been another "no card" day. Housework was crying out to be done, especially the washing and ironing. I did have a play with my Martha Stewart scoreboard making embossed patterns with straight lines. Hopefully I'll be able to used it for a card shortly when I'm a bit more proficient with it.

While you're here why not click on the Crafts U Print button to the right and have a look at the fantastic range of downloads that are available.

I made this for a friend's birthday last year. It was the first time that I'd used monochrome and I was quite pleased with the resulting card. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't show the level of decoupage that I used.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Miki Military

Another card for sundayswithchrissy #6 in monochromatics, mostly and also for the
sewmanychallenges #18 Fancy folds military
creativecardcrew #53 an easel card

My son will be returning to Germany on Thursday and from there will be going back to Afghanistan in a couple of weeks. I haven't put any wording on the panel as yet as it will be personal to him.

I have used card and papers from my stash
The digi stamp is Miki the Monkey from Sew Many Cards, I love him, he's so cute
Adirindack ink pad, mushroom
Promarkers dusky pink, cardinal red, satin, henna, sandstone, khaki, cool grey 3, tan, umber, caramel, cinnamon and pastel blue

Wedding card

I made this card for the ourdailybreaddesigns challenge #18

We had to use three of the following on our cards
Flowers, Lace, ODBD stamp or oval, Wedding, Embossing, Ribbon, Stitching or swirls

I'm also using for
carly-ann's wedding candy at Charisma Cardz

Wishing you much happiness, Carly-Ann and Rob

I used embossing, ribbon, flowers, swirls and wedding
I used dry embossing and made the flowers from irridescent gold vellum

I used card, vellum ribbon and gems from stash
Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots, D'vine Swirls and one of the four folders from the Wedding set

Butterflies & Blooms

This is the card that I've made for the

dareu2digistamp challenge #40 butterflies and blooms
allsorts challenge #57 sketch
sundayswithchrissy #6 Monochromatic, mostly

For the butterflies I used irridescent peeloffs mounted on to purple paper

Card and papers from stash
Digi image from Beccy's Place
Promarkers lavender, orchid, purple, sunflower, pear green and marsh green
Irridescent butterfly peeloffs

Monday, 21 June 2010

Tiny Treasures

Still no serious crafting being done here although I have printed some digi stamps ready to colour for some challenges. Michael is off to Alton Towers tomorrow with some friends so I'll be able to craft without feeling guilty lol so I thought that I'd share with you something that I did last year.

In June 2009 I entered a competition on Craftbubble that was organised by Kirsten_Lapping The title of the competition was "Tiny Treasures" and we were to interpret it as we saw fit with the only stipulation was that it was to include some stamping. I thought of treasures being something like a piece of jewellry and set about making my competition entry. I decided that I would try making a bracelet with some shrink plastic. I stamped a flower several times onto the shrink plastic and coloured them on the reverse with permanent markers. I punched holes on each side and in the centre before shrinking. After I had shrunk them all I threaded them onto elastic with some small beads. I'm pleased to say that I won the competition!

A picture showing the size of the original stamp, Double Daisy 2164D from Stamp-It.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

The Graduate

I haven't done any crafting today. We took advantage of the good weather and had a family day out. We don't get many days when the four of us are all together and are able to go out.
I thought that I would share with you the scrapbook pages that I did when our daughter graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007. I had to do three different pages for the three scrapbooks that I'm making. One for us and one each for Michael and Elizabeth.
This first one is the one that is in Elizabeth's album

This is our page. I cut the papers together to make sure that they would line up perfectly when I swapped the panels around. On Elizabeth's page I also trimmed a strip from the right hand side and added a different graduation paper.

Michael's album page is done with the remaining black papers but I added coloured highlights to match with the colour of Elizabeth's gown.

The embellishments are all from a set of Sandylion graduation stickers but I can't remember who the papers were by

Friday, 18 June 2010

A Masculine Card

My second offering of the day for two challenges
Peartreedesigns#4 Father's Day
Stampinsistersinchrist#43 Masculine card

I'm pleased with the way the topper worked out

I used

Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo
Stamps from Artemio script 10001048
Creative Stamping RN7L map
Stampendous! M037 Boston Lighthouse

Baby Girl, amended for digi designer

This is a multi challenge card. I've managed to put a bit from all the following challenges
Allsorts#56 Lace or buttons
Charismacardz#24 All about bling
Craftycreations#72 All stitched up
Ilovepromarkers#19 Bears
Papertake#43 Ice cream flavours

A closeup to show the paper piecing of the pram

Base card and brown bp from Craftwork Cards
Pink papers from Me and My Big Ideas
Buttons from stash
Gems rescued from a broken belt of my daughter's
Digi image from Bodils

Promarkers, ivory, satin,baby pink, cerise and dusky pink
Sentiment a freebie rub-on from a magazine

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Sew Many Challenges #17

This weeks challenge at Sewmanychallenges #17 is that the project is Christmas themed but not just a card. So in real Blue Peter style, here is my offering!

The snowman in closeup

and I just had to show off what must be the best bow I have ever made without a bow maker!

Let's get the Blue Peter bit out of the way, I used a kitchen roll tube cut in half for the body of the cracker
Paper is from Craft Creations
Snowman is from Stamping Sensations plate #SS17
Coloured using Promarkers in tea green, lush green, pumpkin, poppy and metallic gold
Finished off with ribbon from my stash
I have resisted the temptation to put a bit of Glamour Dust on the snowman, for now, but I might have to put some on for Christmas
I'm hoping to be able to keep up with my challenge list but my son is home for a weeks holiday (yes Aisling you can have him back next week!!) and I have to make the most of him being here!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Red, white and blue

I've made this card for the dareu2digi challenge #39 with the theme of red, white and blue. I think it will make a good belated birthday card or just a "sorry" card as he does look rather downcast so I will wait to put a sentiment until he's needed.

I wanted to give this a little bit of dimension but didn't want to use foam pads or silicone. I printed the image 3 times on to white card and coloured them with my Promarkers. I then cut them out as though I was going to do a normal decoupage and layered them as you would when paper piecing. It is more noticable "in the flesh" and gives a more natural appearance than traditional decoupage.

The image that I've used is by sliekjestamps
Card and paper from my stash
Spellbinders labels #8 dies
Cuttlebug Script embossing folder
Promarkers cool grey 3, blush, satin, hot pink, poppy, crimson, marsh green, tan, caramel and denim blue

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Scrapbook page

I'm a bit disappointed that I've not been able to enlarge the photograph that I've used. My scanner couldn't pick out the detail in the sea and the whole thing was just far too pale. When I tried to adjust the colour/contrast it wasn't a satisfactory reproduction so this is the original photo, about 47 years old.

I'm going to enter this into three challenges
craftycreations challenge #71 Child's play
ilovedigi challenge #9 Anything but a card to include digi images
thepinkelephant scrapbook challenge #11 using a black and white photo

I printed this from my pc and distressed it to fit the theme

The digi images that I have used are from Dustin Pike
Papers are from my stash, can't remember which designer
Promarkers cool grey 3, umber, sandstone, tan, caramel, cocoa, walnut, powder blue, marsh green, forest green, tea green, grey green and soft green
Vintage photo distress ink

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Lilac and Lemon

I have made this card exactly as the sketch for the Papertake challenge #42. It also had an optional twist of a lilac and lemon colourway as the sponsor this week is Lilac Lemon Designs

The topper
I used
Lilac backing papers from HOTP
Silver floral, straight border and Happy Birthday peeloffs
Purple Promarker
Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish
Stickles Crystal
I used the purple Promarker to colour all the silver peeloffs that I used.
To make the centre panel I randomly placed the coloured floral peeloffs on to a piece of lemon cardstock slightly larger than I wanted the finished piece to be.
I then added the Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish to the petals and leaves. I left it overnight to ensure that the glaze was completely dry and then gave it a further covering with the glaze, again leaving it until it was dry. I completed it by adding a layer of Stickle Crystal glitter glue.
When it was dry I cut it down to the size I wanted and then layered it on to a piece of lemon paper. The peeloff borders were added around the topper on the paper and then it was trimmed to size. I layered the panel on the card using 3D foam pads

Christmas in June

I'm putting this card in two challenges. I'm pleased that some of the challenges have enabled me to do Christmas cards as I've only got a couple more weeks to make them before I will be handing them over to the charity that I support

craftycreations challenge #71 Child's Play and
Theabcchallenge W is for Weather

A bit of sparkle
I have used
Jolly Nation decoupage
Backing paper was free with a magazine
Glamour Dust

Thursday, 10 June 2010


Well my favourite stamp didn't want to behave today! It took about 4 attempts to get this little girl right. What with the ink not being dry (but isn't a slow drying one) so that I smudged it cutting out the oval, then the card was too absorbant and the colours bled including the stamped image and the last mistake was colouring outside the lines grrrrrrrr! But not being one to give up I persevered and here she is in all her finery.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges

Peartreedesigns #3 Sketch and flowers
Creativecardcrew #52 A Thank You card
Sundayswithcrissy #5 Relish to Embellish
Charismacards #23 Spots and stripes
Allsortschallenge #55 Strawberries/cream/chocolate

The flower/embellishment was created using three flowers layered together with a Card Candy centre
Thank You sentiment from Craftwork Cards

I used
Chocolate and Marshmallow card kit from CraftworkCards for the background papers,sentiment and Card Candy
Plain and scalloped oval Nestabilities
Blissful stamp from LittleClaire
Black Versafine ink pad
Promarkers, satin, dusky pink, rose pink, tan, caramel, canary yellow, pear green and cool grey 3

True's Gifts From the Heart

I have just been wandering around Blogland and came across this wonderful blog. So much that I still need to look at but I thought that I'd let you know about Trudy's Blog Candy. Check out the link in my side bar. Going back now for another mooch around!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Father's Day

This is the card that I've made for my Father-in-law for Father's Day. I've been able to combine challenges for this card

Let's Get Crafting (Craftbubble) to alter the edges of card and layers
I_love_digi #8 to use a digi stamp
sewmanychallenge #16 to make a Father's Day card without using the colour blue
really-reasonable-ribbon-challenge #1 Masculine with ribbon

A closeup of the decoupage
Firstly I added colour to the base card using Tim Holtz Distress ink pad in Vintage Photo. I also used the inkpad to add colour to a bp, that was white and green, after I had torn the edges. I printed the digi stamp three times and coloured using Promarkers and cut two of the images to use as decoupage. The sentiment was printed from my laptop. I used a corner rounder on the green card matt behind the digi image and on the sentiment panel and matt. The hessian strip was from my stash, it had been salvaged from a gift basket.

I used

Cardstock from The Paper Mill
Digi stamp Gardening Tools from Beccy's_Place
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo
Promarkers, satin, buttercup, sunflower, ginger, sandstone, caramel, cool grey 3, antique pink, tea green, grey green, lime green, forest green and lavender
Hessian strip from my stash

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bookatrix card and box

I made this card for my Mother-in-law from my Father-in-law to celebrate her 80th birthday last year

I used the Bookatrix embossing board from the Glitter Girls to make the card shape. The pearl card and the red embossed card came from Payper Box, the gold card is cracked ice design from my stash. I used my Nestabilities for the plain and scalloped ovals. The top layer of the card is water marked silk illusion film again from my stash and the floral decoupage is from a Making Cards magazine. To complete the card and box I used red satin ribbon edged with gold and gold border and corner peeloffs. I coloured the peeloff borders that are around the ovals with a red permanent marker pen.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Red Daisies

I've made this card to fit with two challenges,
Crafty_Creations #70 which called for black, white and a splash of red. And
Charisma_Cards #22 to include flowers.
I stamped the flowers onto the same red card as the red mat, cut them out and pieced them over the original stamped image

Cardstock came from The Paper Mill Shop
The background stamp was from Artemio Stamps
Flowers are Penny Black Garden Poems
Sentiment from Woodware Tiny Phrases set
Narrow ribbon

Creative Card Crew Challenge 25th May

The theme for the Creative_Card_Crew challenge was to use the colours pink and green.

I used a decoupage sheet by the House_of_Zandra which fitted the bill perfectly. My cardstock came from The Paper Mill Shop. I embossed the green card using my Martha Stewart scoreboard. For the borders, sentiment and butterfly I used silver peeloffs which I had coloured pink with permanent marker pens. The butterfly was mounted onto green paper and added using silicone gel to give dimension.

I'm really pleased how this card turned out.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Card for Mum

This is one of the last cards that I made for my Mum who died last year. She had trouble with her vision so I made it quite tactile and glittery. The 5 layer medallion is from Lili of the Valley. Each layer was mounted using 2mm thick foam pads and I covered all visible areas with Glamour Dust. Mum might not have been able to see it clearly but she could see the sparkle! The backing paper is striped vellum that I embossed with the Cuttlebug folder Floral Fantasy. I used a glue pen on the embossed area and again used the Glamour Dust. The lettering was done using the Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet. A straight silver border peeloff covered the join of the vellum and card

Friday, 4 June 2010

Something different

I made this Biscornu pin cushion for my son's girlfriend. She lives in Germany and after it had been a couple of weeks and she hadn't mentioned receiving it I emailed her to say that I'd sent her a small gift and would she let me know when it arrived. She was due to change jobs around that time so left her forwarding address with her employer to forward it on to her. A couple more weeks went by and still no gift arrived. I emailed her again to say that I'd make her a new one but she said not to, it was bound to turn up sooner later. About half an hour after the latest email I heard the postman delivering the mail and went to pick it up. Guess what it was? The parcel I'd sent to her returned saying that there wasn't enough information in the address!! I double checked it and it was right. I didn't post it out to her again, I decided to wait until my son came home for a holiday and give it to him to take back to Germany with him. Luckily she liked it lol