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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Christmas in July - Preview day 5 & New challenge

Ok today is the last day of the New Christmas stamp previews tomorrow you can buy your stamps from the Crafty Sentiments Store and over at the Crafty Sentiments blog we have a new challenge for you and we are continuing our Christmas theme so we want to see some Christmas cards, and the DT have produced amazing work to inspire you.  I have used Billy 'Nap Time' for my last preview card and I wanted to try something a little different for me.  I had a piece of MME with the 'Night Before Christmas' text on it which I didnt want to completely cover so I decided to try putting my image on vellum, colouring it with copics was a bit tricky but I got it there in the end and I actually love the way his hair turned out!  I think I like the effect of the text showing through the image how about you?

 
Now dont forget that today is your last chance to be in with a chance of winning all 5 of these awesome stamps,  visit the DTs blogs leave a coment and dont forget to stop by the main Crafty Sentiments blog too. 

Ok so now its over to you we'd love to see your Christmas cards and why not pop over to the store and let a couple of the new stamps fall into your basket - you'll love them.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
Stampin' for the weekend #11 ~ My favourite things ~ well it has to be the new Crafty Sentiments stamps and my copics. 


Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Christmas in July - Preview day 4


Ok folks we are nearly at release day so dont forget if you want a chance to win all 5 of the stamps we are going to be previewing you need to visit all the DT blogs each day and the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog leaving some love on the way.   Well here we are day 4 and this time its the turn of Billy and here he is 'Dressing the Tree' and looking very pleased with his efforts too!  I have coloured the image with copics and then used some sakura stardust and then really pushed the boat out and added lots of red gems which was great fun!  My papers are MME Wonderful Winter glitter papers (which I think I got last year and still have plenty of.) Then I added a mat of glittered cs and for my embellishments I have used some red christmas tree light brads that I bought a long time ago and they have been sat waiting for the right time to be used and today just seemed right and I teamed them up with some green wire then I finally added a stamped sentiment from Papermania, a little red brad and the little present at the bottom of the tree came in a bag of freebies with a magazine last year.  Wow I have really been having fun with these stamps so I hope you are enjoying seeing all our previews.


Now its time to check out what the other amazing ladies on the DT have done for your pleasure pop over and check out  Shell, Heather, Hazel, Kim & Dora

Now dont forget these super cute images will be available for you to buy from the 1st July over at Crafty Sentiments Designs store   but if you leave a comment on everyones blogs, the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog and post our release banner in your side bar you may be lucky enough to win the complete set of 5 stamps. Good Luck and see you tomorrow for our final Preview day. xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts #72 ~ Spots & Stripes
Crafty CardMakers #49 ~ Spots & Stripes
PaperTake Weekly ~ Sketch #57

TFL



Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Christmas in July - Preview day 3


Are you enjoying the previews?  I am!  dont forget if you want a chance to win all 5 of the stamps we are going to be previewing you need to visit all the DT blogs each day and the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog leaving some love on the way.   Well here we are day 3 and today its the turn of Billy to take centre stage and today he has 'Gone Sledging'  I really wanted to give the impression of him being out in the snow so I went with a mainly white theme and added embossing to the different white panels and then finished them off with some frosted lace stickles that I had forgotten I had!  Billy and his sledge have been coloured with copics and some frosted lace on the fluffy bits I then raised him up on foam pads and added some silver snowflakes and a sticker sentiment.  I used to get really worried when I saw a challenge that was for mainly white cards but now I actually enjoy them and they can be so effective, really pleased with the way this one turned out and I hope that Billy has fun sledging!



Now its time to check out what the other amazing ladies on the DT have done for your pleasure pop over and check out  Shell, Heather, Hazel, Kim  & Dora

Now dont forget these super cute images will be available for you to buy from the 1st July over at Crafty Sentiments Designs store   but if you leave a comment on everyones blogs, the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog and post our release banner in your side bar you may be lucky enough to win the complete set of 5 stamps. Good Luck and see you tomorrow for Preview day 4 xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity #25 ~ Sporty theme
SCSC #140 ~ Embossing
Sunday Sketch & Stamp #61 ~ Maggies sketch
TFL

Monday, 27 June 2011

Christmas in July - Preview day 2


So did you enjoy day 1 of previews?  Isnt Primrose just so cute and what amazing cards from the DT, well here we are at day 2 and dont forget if you want a chance to win all 5 of the stamps we are going to be previewing you need to visit all the DT blogs each day and the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog leaving some love on the way.  Anyway on to day 2 and todays stamp is called 'Christmas Song' and it is Primrose and Billy out caroling.  For my card I used copics to colour and added glamour dust to the white fluffy bits, my trees in the background are from a stamp set I got a couple of years ago and unfortunately I cant remember what make but I stamped them using versamark and then added Ranger Perfect Pearls in green patina and a little green mica powder and they also took up some of the glamour dust too.  Paper is Rasberry Road Designs 'Christmas of Olde', ribbon button thread and charm are all from my stash and the holly leaves are a quikcutz die.




Now its time to check out what the other amazing ladies on the DT have done for your pleasure pop over and check out  Shell, Heather, Hazel Kim Dora 

Now dont forget these super cute images will be available for you to buy from the 1st July over at Crafty Sentiments Designs store   but if you leave a comment on everyones blogs, the main Crafty Sentiments Design blog and post our release banner in your side bar you may be lucky enough to win the complete set of 5 stamps. Good Luck and see you tomorrow for Preview day 3 xx


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Spoon Full Of Sugar #157 ~Ribbon & Bows
Crafty Catz #88 ~ Add a charm
Sweet Stampin challenges  ~ Something Old, Something New, New image stamp of Primrose & Billy, old stamp of trees and old paper
TFL


Sunday, 26 June 2011

Christmas in July - Preview day 1

Ok let the fun start, here we are at day 1 of previews of the stunning new collection of stamps from Crafty Sentiments Designs and today we are previewing 'Winter Wishes' and I have to say this was a joy to colour.  I have used my copics and added generous helpings along the way of sakura stardust.  Well you cant really have a christmas card without a little bit of sparkle now can you? lol  My papers are all Papermania from a couple of years ago and the sentiment is actually cut from a piece of the paper too.  I added holographic silver card, some dotty ribbon and a few pearls.



Now its time to check out what the other amazing ladies on the DT have done for your pleasure pop over and check out Shell, Heather, Hazel, Kim & Dora.  And dont forget these super cute images will be available for you to buy from the 1st July over at  Crafty Sentiments Designs but if you leave a comment on everyones blogs, the main Crafty Sentiments Design Blog and post our release banner in your side bar you may be lucky enough to win the complete set of 5 stamps.  Good Luck and see you tomorrow for Preview day 2. xx

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pear Tree Designs #54 ~ Sketch
Crafty Creations #124 ~ Let it shine




Friday, 24 June 2011

Sentimental Sundays - Celebrate Summer

This week over at Sentimental Sunday the challenge is 'celebrate summer' and I felt that this Miss Anya image was perfect for the theme.  She is of course coloured with copics and a little stardust and I have added glossy accents to her sunglasses.  The papers are all M&MBI and I have debossed the plain piece.  The sentiment is a freebie from Sentimental Sundays which I added some colour too, the flowers, charm are flip flop brad are all from my stash.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Mad for Markers ~ Brown Hair ~ E 31, 33, 35, 37 & 57
Stamptacular Sundays #116 ~ Fun in the sun
Cupcake Crafts #147 ~ Sketch
Try It On Tuesday  ~ Here comes the sun
PaperTake Weekly ~ Here comes the sun
Fab 'n' Funky #78 ~ Summer Lovin'

TFL

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Crafty Sentiments ~ Monochromatic

Well here we are its Thursday and its my turn to host our challenge this week over at Crafty Sentiments and its 'Monochromatic'  I decided to have a go at making a totally digital piece using my bamboo tablet and I even had a go at colouring the cute image of Amy relaxing digitally, but I wanted to try and get some depth to the colouring, I'm quite pleased with what I have acheived and hope that with a bit more practice I can get better at this (self teaching!)  The image is available as a digital stamp from the Crafty Sentiments Store, the papers and elements are from 2 digi kits The Office by Staceys Scraps and Java Joe by Raspberry Road Designs.  Hope you like it too.




I'm thinking I might laminate this and put it on the wall in my craft room instead of on a card. Ok so now its over to you, pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the amazing work by my awesome team mates.  This week we are being sponsored by

Hope you can come along and join in the fun.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenge:
Digital Tuesday #116 ~ Fave Icecream combo ~ Ben & Jerrys Caramel Chew Chew 


Monday, 20 June 2011

New Release coming your way from Crafty Sentiments

Ok ladies we have a brand new release coming your way from Crafty Sentiments Designs (did you see it at the top of my blog?!) Well you are gonna love it and we are celebrating 'Christmas in July' and one of you lucky bloggers will have the chance to win a complete set of these gorgeous stamps (thats 5 in total!).  So to be in with a chance of wining all you have to do is to put our new release banner in your sidebar and then stop by and visit all the DT blogs during our previews from 26 - 30 June, how easy is that.  Then on the 1st July its release day and we will be celebrating with a blog hop.

So here is the banner with all the information

and just to give you a tiny taster of whats to come here is a sneek peek!
Naughty of me I know but couldn't resist! lol

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Crafty Sentiments ~ Fathers Day

Well this week is a nice easy challenge for you over at Crafty Sentiments - 'Fathers Day' and for my card I have used the stamp of Mike, now Mike was originally holding a present but after I had paer pieced his clothes I thought he needed something a bit different from the present so I used a digi stamp sentiment and only used the central part then paper added his hands to the top of the sentiment.  The image and  sentiment are available from the Crafty Sentiments Store along with lots of other wonderful stamps and sentiments - you really ought to pop along and have a look, you wont be disappointed.  Anyway back to my card the papers are all from a forgotten digi kit called Boys World by Sweet Blossom Designs and to them I added 3 brads and some adhesive fabric ribbon from the Papermania Hampstead collected.



So now its over to you, stop by the Crafty Sentiments blog, check out the rest of the amazing DT work and jump on in and join us, we'd love to see you there.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamp Man #24  ~ Boys to Men
One Stop Crafts #135 ~ Fathers Day
SCSC #138 ~ A male card
Crazy 4 Challenges #91 ~ A male card
Stampacular Sundays #115 ~ Dads or Grads
Pear Tree Designs #53 ~ Fathers Day
Creative Card Crew ~ Ribbons & Brads
PaperTake Weekly ~ Dads & Lads
Creative Inspiration #116 ~ Blue, Green + 1 other

Wow looks like Fathers Day is a popular choice this week! lol  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 13 June 2011

OSAAT ~ Tag It

I started this Tag Book of Bookmarks off to meet the challenge over at OSAAT which this week is tag it but other than that I realised while I was making it that I didnt have anyone in mind to actually give it too, it is quite masculine but my dad has now got one of those 'kindles' so it wont really work for him so it will have to stay in my box until I find the right recipient!  I have used Bo Bunny papers A Gift Of Love and the images are from the Joanna Sheen cd Dancing with Shadows.  All the edges have been inked to give a more vintage/distressed feel to the whole project and I have printed each image twice but on different backgrounds and then stuck them together for added interest and strength.  I have included quite a few pics so that you can see how it all works together.  This is different for me but I must say I enjoyed making it.
All closed up and no one to go to!


Opened up


Side one of the bookmarks (I think this is my fave side)


And finally side two!

Thanks for sticking with the post I know the pics make it a bit long but wanted to give you an idea of what the whole project looked like.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #76 ~ Magnificent Men
Crafty Catz #86 ~ Bookmarks
Incy Wincy Designs #98 ~ Fathers Day/masculine
Cupcake Craft #146 ~ Boy oh Boy
MAWTT #102 ~ Anything but a card
TFL

Sunday, 12 June 2011

A Hybrid card

Well I have been busy sorting thru all the digi stuff I have on my pcs and transferring stuff to my external harddrive yesterday and today, still have some to go thru yet but took some time out to make a card this afternoon and decided to go with a hybrid card.  So made my background in PSE5 using a digi kit called 'Summer Berries' by Staceys Scraps.  When I was happy with it I printed it off and also printed of a strawberry element which I mounted in a 'build-a-brad' and added before sticking to card.  I then stamped my image 'Strawberry Delight' available at the Crafty Sentiments Store directly onto the card and added colour using my copics and wc pencils then finished off with a freebie sentiment from Docrafts Creativity magazine a while back.  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;
Cupcake Crafts #145 ~ Things with tails
Tuesday Throwdown #52 ~ An Animal
Craft 4 Eternity #23 ~ Colour + picture challenge ~ strawberry & Cream
Sweet Stampin Challenge ~ Food Glorious Food
Thanks for stopping by xx

Friday, 10 June 2011

Allsorts #106 ~ Its all white

Over at Allsorts this week the challenge is 'all white, except the image' and I thought this cute image 'Rosie - Spring Flowers' which is available in rubber from the Crafty Sentiments Store would work really well.  I have coloured with a touch of the palest grey copics and then added some glamour dust and pink glitter for my colour.  I then matted the image onto a piece of white card which after I embossed it I flipped over and then added glue and glamour dust for a different touch, then another panel of embossed white card and a silver sentiment and white pearls.



and here is a close up of the sparkle


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
One Stop Crafts #134 ~ Texture
Totally Gorjuss #83 ~ Sketch
PaperTakeWeekly ~ Anything Goes (all white + 1)
TFL

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Crafty Sentiments ~ Sparkle

Ok, its Thursday so time for another great challenge over at Crafty Sentiments and this week its a nice easy one for you 'SPARKLE' and we know how you all love your sparkles for your cards.  We have a great sponsor for you too, its

how fabulous.

So for my card I combined 2 of the new stamps from the Primrose collection, available at the Crafty Sentiments store and now with free p&p to all UK customers!  I have used the bench stamp and combined it with 'Take a Break' I have coloured the images with a mix of copics, wc pencils and some sakura stardust then I added more sparkle in the form of glitter which I think shows up better in the 2nd photo.  My background paper is from a Raspberry Road Designs digi kit called Earth Day, the flowers are from my stash and I added glitter to the big one, I also added glitter to my brad.  The sentiment is also from the Crafty Sentiment Store and is a new black & white digi stamp which I have recoloured in PSE5.


and now for a close up of all that glitter (definately more glitter than I normally use! lol)



So I hope that when you have stopped by other DT members blogs andchecked out their awesome work you will be coming to join in our challenge, we look forward to seeing you over at Crafty Sentiments  Remeber you dont have to use a Crafty Sentiments image but we would LOVE to see them.  Have fun with that sparkle! xx

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #85 ~ lots of circles
Totally Paper Crafts #69 ~ get fruity
Simon Says Stamp ~ Lets Get Fruity
Digital Tuesday #114 ~ In the garden/or outdoors
Crafts and Me #38 ~ Stamp Something

Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Stamp, Scrap & Doodle ~ Whats on your desk right now?

This week the challenge over at Stamp, Scrap & Doodle is a really fun one.  They want us to make a project using whatever we have on our desk at the moment!  I was just looking at my desk Oh No! all I've got is of cuts of card, my peel off folder and not a lot else til I looked more closely and realised I had a butterfly that I had rescued from a shop bought card I had received and then part of an old handmade card that Ria had found in her box of bits and it was coming apart so I was planning on recycling bits of it and hey presto my card emerged!  I was really surprised the only thing I had to add that wasnt already on my desk was the little piece of velvet ribbon as thankfully I hadnt actually put my container of scrap card pieces back on its shelf! lol  I'm actually pleased with the result and at how quickly it came together, must try this idea again when my mojo has gone for a wander!



I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations #114 cute bears/animals only
Flutterby Wednesday #57 Favourite - open  used my fave colour of purple
Pear Tree Designs #51 ~ Sparkle, there is silver sparkle on the butterfly and the silver peeloffs add to the sparkle, especially in the sunlight but it doesnt really show in the photo
TFL

Friday, 3 June 2011

Primrose - Autumn Leaves

Wow! what a wonderful day we have had here, glorious sunshine and I was at work! Never mind lol  I have made another revision book for Ria this one is for her french so we decided to go with a red white and blue theme and I have used one of the gorgeous new stamps from the Crafty Sentiment Store, this one is called 'Primrose ~ Autumn Leaves'  I chose to use her because her hat is a beret! and coz she is just so cute! lol  Coloured her with copics and added some sakura startdust to her boots and beret trim.  The papers are a Raspberry Road Designs digi kit called Baileys Room and the sentiment is from one of the weekly freebies from Sentimental Sundays as I thought it was quite apt for a revision study guide.


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays ~ Anything but a card
Incy Wincy Designs #96 ~ Nature
TFL

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Crafty Sentiments ~ Neutral Colours

Ok its Thursday again and time for another great challenge over at Crafty Sentiments but before I get onto that did you know that the Crafty Sentiments Store has a great offer price for pre-ordering some Martha Stewart Punches and some EK Success Punches? NO! Well they do and I suggest that you take a few moments to pop on over to the Store and check 'em out!

Right onto my card for this weeks challenge which is 'Neutral Colours'  I have used one of the new stamps that are available in the store from the 'Primrose Collection'  this one is 'Primrose - Sweet Cookies'  When I saw this stamp it reminded me that I had a QuikCutz die of gingerbread people which I bought several years ago whenI was making circle journals and recipe swap cards and I had forgotten all about it but thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring it out again and rather than just cut them out of paper I decided to get my 'melt pot' out and dip them in clear utee for added shine, their faces and buttons are added in white gel pen. The cute Primrose has been coloured using copics.  Papers are from the DCWV Natural stack and I have distressed all the edges with the help of my new BG precision file set which I got yesterday at my lcs for £3 then I added some s/a paper lace and the sentiment is a papermania embossing folder.  I was trying for a vintage feel to this so I hope I have acheived that.




Ok so now its your turn, check out the Crafty Sentiments blog to get more inspiration from the gorgeous work done by my team mates and then join in the fun.  This week we are sponsored by:


I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters #41 ~ Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #71 ~Vintage/Shabby Chic
Sketch and Stash #62 ~ old stash is definately my gingerbread people die and new stash is my Primrose stamp.
Fab 'n' Funky #75 ~ What Eva?
TFL