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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Childs Play

I love this stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs, always makes me smiles, its called 'Sailing Boat' and is available in store.  I have coloured with copics and used stardust on the ripples of the puddle.  Another attempt at blond hair, not so yellow this time but still a bit of practice needed!  Blue paper is PM Portobello Road as is the sentiment stamp and the red spotty paper is First Edition Family Ties, the ribbon and button are from my stash, spellbinders dies for the circles and scalloped circles.












I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge #217 ~ For the kids
My Time To Craft #210 ~ Inspired by a song ~ Sailing
Crafts and Me #122 ~ Dies and Punches
Crafty Cardz Challenge #126 ~ Make a Wish ~ Child's birthday card
TFL


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Some Butterflies

I won this wonderful image from Delicious Doodles a few weeks ago and at the time didn't realise they had a challenge blog of their own too, but I found it on my travels so knew I just had to join in.  The image is 'Daisies and Butterflies', coloured with copics, the edges have been distressed with craft knife and inked with copics.  Papers are digital and are from the Jewel Collection which I purchased from C&C some time ago but keep forgetting I have them! lol  The 3 little butterflies down the side are cut on the Cricut and I finished off with some irridescent gems and a little stamped sentiment.


















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles The Challenges #24 ~ Flowers for spring
OSAAT #152 ~ Use a digi
Fab 'n' Funky #160 ~ Pastel colours
TFL

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

lets get cooking ...

over at Crafty Sentiments this week we have a recipe for you which Anne has cooked up for you.  So here it is ~ 1 image, 2 Papers, 3 embellishments, nice and easy.  For my card I used the digi stamp 'Flower Pot' coloured with copics except the petals which I paper pieced (digitally) using the same dotty paper that I stamped the sentiment on. Both papers are from Bearly Mine Designs.  I inked round the edge of the image for definition then I added some little buttons and a leaf and flower charms with some green bakers twine.  Hope you'll find time to come cookin' with us.



















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafts and Me #121 ~ Charmed I'm Sure

Fab 'n' Funky #159 ~ Flower Power
Crafty Creations #210 ~ Tic Tac Toe ~ Buttons/paper piece/red (in my terracota pot)
4 Crafty Chicks #130 ~ Twine
Totally Papercrafts #155 ~ Hope for Spring
Sentimental Sundays #143 ~ Flowers, flowers & more flowers
Love To Create #54 ~ Wrap it up ~ string/twine/fibers

And have you been checking out the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational blog for all the fabulous new stamps in the mini wedding release? If not, please do go and check it out.  Don't forget if you're not already a follower over there become one because when once we reach 200 followers there will be 2 lucky winners of mystery prizes!!

TFL

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Whoo Hoo, its official!

Yay!  I'm staying on ...


Am so thrilled to be on the team  :-)


Mini Release - Wedding themed

Wow you guys are lucky, Crafty Sentiments Designs is having a Mini Release TODAY and the stamps are Wedding themed and they are all stunners. Pop over to the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog and check out what my talented teamies have been busy creating for you.  For my piece I have made a gift box (using my Crafters Companion) I went with the idea of something old, something new so used hints of blue and thought this would be a nice box to give the bride a little gift to fit in with the saying.  I embossed a white panel for the top of the box and then added a heart doily die cut onto which I placed the beautiful 'Annabel ~ Elegance' coloured with copics.  The sentiment is stamped onto a Crafty Cutters Vintage Label also available from Crafty Sentiments Designs and finished off with some little blue heart gems


















I also embossed the sides of the box.

















and this view shows the box (lid & base)




















So isn't she gorgeous?  I think she'd be great for prom cards too!

I'd like to enter this box into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Pop It Up
The Paper Shelter #100 ~ Celebrations
Creative Inspirations #202 ~ Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you love the wedding mini release as much as we do.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Faerie Fae

I was lucky enough to win some Delicious Doodles images a couple of weeks ago and just knew I had to have this one.  Seen other people using it and have loved it but was really worried I couldn't do her justice!  I must admit I did take a while colouring her in! lol not that I'm a quick colourer anyway.lol  I decided on the colours when I thought about using the butterfly ribbon which I thought was a perfect accompaniment  and while looking for that found the green leaf ribbon too.  The paper is a piece of textured holographic paper and again the colours were just right.  I kept this very simple because the image is stunning and the sparkly paper I felt was enough.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday #203 ~ 2s company ~ 2 strips of butterfly ribbon
Created with love #29 ~ Things that fly
OSAAT #151 ~ Make it Girly
TFL

Dies & Punches with Crafty Catz

I'm a little sad this week :-(  It's my last week guesting with the fabulous team over at Crafty Catz.  I just want to thank them all for having me this month, I've loved it. This week the theme is Punches & Dies and they are sponsored by:-


Crimson Cloud
The prize Is 3 PACKS OF DIECUTS





Crimson Cloud
and
Digi Stamps 4 Joy.
Digistamps4Joy SHOP

BLURB
South African crafters are new to the digital stamping world, with the first South African online digital image store launched in 2010 – Digistamps4Joy (or DS4J)http://www.digistamps4joy.co.za/eshop/. In May 2012, Margy Kieser took over ownership of DS4J, and there are now two South African artists who contribute to the more than 500 images available. Margy has taken the store to new heights and the store now stocks digis that are cute, whimsical, artistic, sometimes serious, and sometimes humorous. In addition, one of our own South African rubber stamp companies granted us permission for one range of rubber stamps to be converted into digistamp images. The store has PAYPAL, PAYFAST (South African) and EFT (South African) facilities. Digistamps4Joy offers a monthly freebie on the first Friday of every month, and holds regular bi-weekly card challenges that draw entries from many international card makers.
And the DT got to use a fab digi stamp and sentiment stamp from Digistamps4Joy so here is my card.  I decided to make a pocket card for a change.  My papers are JLJ Designs and I have punched the edges of the diagonally cut pieces (not that it shows up too well here!) The image is coloured with copics and cut out and matted using spellbinders dies, the leaves are a punch, flower, bow, gems and charm from my stash and the tag is a sizzix die with the border punch used along the bottom and finished off with the sentiment and some ribbon.  Once again thanks to Crafty Catz for having me.











































I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

OSAAT #151 ~ Make it girly
Challenges 4 Everybody #14 ~ Anything Goes
Digi Makeover #76 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #121 ~ Charmed, I'm sure
TFL



Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Fancy Folds with Divas By Design



Yay my first official post as part of the Divas By Design DT!  I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful, warm and talented team. :-)  This week the challenge is Fancy Folds and we are sponsored by the wonderful 

and we got to play with some of their gorgeous images.  I chose the cute 'Sunflower Bear' and I decided to make a centre stepper card.  I printed a bright and funky sunny digi paper onto my card before cutting and folding, Sunflower Bear is coloured with copics and I added some glitter to the centre of the sunflower.  Matted onto green mirricard which I also used for the sentiment mat and border.  Sentiment is a stamp and I finsihed off with a little bumble bee button and some green square gems.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity #111 ~ Teddy Bears Picnic
Digi Makeover #76 ~ Anything Goes
Created with Love #29 ~ Things that fly
TFL





Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Something a little different for me

I bought some new dies at the beginning of the month and haven't really played with them very much
so after spending today finding my craft desk I thought I'd have a play! (need to find my desk again now!lol)  The card is pretty self explanatory really and is a smaller version of something else I have planned and is based on the sketch at 4 Crafty Chicks.  I think I like how it turned out!  It was very hard to get a decent photo of too.
















I would like to enter this card into the  following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #129 ~ Sketch
Challenges 4 Everybody #14 ~ Anything Goes
Incy WincyDesigns ~ Pop It Up (a couple of the taller parts of the buildings are popped up slightly using foam pads)
Tuesday Throwdown #135 ~ Monochromatics
TFL

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A project from Ria

Ria joined me in the craft room today for a short time while she was out of bed as she hasn't been feeling very well.  She has been very headachy and now the cold is coming out, just as well she is now on half term!  Anyway back to her project ... Ria has chosen 'Lets Play Music' from Crafty Sentiments Designs, coloured with copics, the paper is Raspberry Road Designs, then she found some ribbon to match the paper and cut some brown cs to make the rikrak and finished off with a stamped sentiment. I love how this turned out.














Ria would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

4 Crafty Chicks #129 # Sketch
TFL


For all you poorly bunnies out there ...

... a get well bunny!  This little cutie is from Crafty Sentiments Designs, I have coloured him with copics and matted him onto my new doily die from PM, cs is First Editions Family Ties finished off with 3 little die cut stars, some ribbon and a stamped sentiment.



















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafts and Me #120 ~ Doily Heaven
Sweet Stampin' ~ Stars and Stripes
TFL

Friday, 15 February 2013

Eyes Down its Bingo Time!

Yep it's Bingo Time over at Crafty Catz this week and we have a fab grid for you and 2 wonderful sponsors too!


Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters. Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a free image every Friday and Guest Designers each month. Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images. We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

So now you've seen our sponsors lets show you the grid:
  choose a line, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, and don't forget to let us know which line you've used.

For my card I actually managed to use 2 lines: Flowers/ribbon/Kraft and Pearls/dies or punches/ribbon and we got the chance to play with fabulous images from Stamp Fairy.  I used the adorable Lenny Cupcakes 2, coloured with my copics and I added some glaze to the balloon, the cherry and their noses and a little dark brown glitter to the cupcake.  I used a new xcut border punch along one side of the card, Kraft card and dp from PM Happy Days, sentiment is a stamp and finished off with some pearls, ribbon and a flower brad.  Don't forget to check out the work by the super talented DT ladies.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash #107 ~new image and punch, flower brad very very old!
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Add texture ~ Glossy glaze, glitter, puched border and ribbon
Tuesday Throwdown #134 ~ Anything Goes
Everybody Art #223 ~ Metal ~ flower brad
TFL, hope you can join in.


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Benson Bear Day

Today over at the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog the DT have been having fun playing with Benson Bear, here's a little more about the adorable little guy ...


Benson Bear
Benson Bear was born early 2013, he started out life as just two digital images but has already grown to 5 - such a cutie we all love colouring him up so much
He is so versatile too, as you will see by our DT's makes today
You can find Benson in the store here and keep a look out am sure he will be joined by many more soon!!
Want a chance to win some Benson's?
Enter our challenge this week that started today
You could be a lucky winner!
Good Luck
xx

But before I tell you about my Benson creation I'd like to remind you to become a follower over at the Inspirational blog, we have reached 170 followers and when we reach 200 someone who is a follower and who has been leaving the occasional comment on the Inspiration Blog will win a fantastic surprise prize, so get following and encourage your friends.

Right here goes, this time I decided to be a bit different for me and I made a tag, the balloon tag and its shadow were cut using the Cricut and MME papers then I thought I'd try printing Benson on to Kraft cs and I like the way he turned out.  The 4 & U were cut using the Cricut from Kraft and coloured with copics to match the colours used to colour Benson and his gift. I added Bakers Twine to the bottom of the balloon and a big organza brown bow (not overly happy with the bow but I do seem to struggle to tie these bows as neat as a lot of people out there in Blogland) finished the image off with some white gel pen and a tiny red gem.  I hope you like all the DTs Benson creations, we certainly love him!






















I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody #13 ~ Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge #138 ~ For A Birthday
Love To Create #52 ~ Feelin' the love
TFL

Valentine time at Crafty Sentiments

With Valentines Day just around the corner the Crafty Sentiments DT have been busy making love/valentine themed cards to inspire you. So come on lets see your 'Valentine' cards this week.

I have used 'Breezy' from this months new release stamps at Crafty Sentiments Designs, I thought she was perfect for a valentine card and I remembered this sentiment that was a freebie a long time ago from Sentimental Sundays and thought it was just right for Breezy.  I coloured her with my copics, papers are PM Happy Days and I added some little red mirricard hearts (cut outs from the heart doily die!) also added one to her earring and a little circle to her necklace.  I tried my first centre stepper card too, like it and will definitely do more of them. Hope you can come and join in the fun over at Crafty Sentiments.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #157 ~ Valentines/Hearts
Creative Inspirations #200 ~ Sent with love
Totally Papercrafts #153 ~ Valentines or love
Crafts 4 Eternity #110 ~ Be my Valentine
Totally Gorjuss #170 ~ Love
One Stop Craft Challenge #215 ~ Love is in the air
Allsorts #193 ~ Valentines
2 Sisters #130 ~ Hearts
TFL

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Springtime Delight

Yay today is release day of the awesome new stamps from Crafty Sentiments Designs and what do you think of the collection, wonderful aren't they.   You can catch a preview each day over at Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog  along with links to each of the DT who are showcasing on that particular day. You will also be able to check out the pictures and links to the previous 7 days of previews too.  Todays stamp is  'Springtime Delight' which is beautiful so please pop over to the Inspirational Blog and check out what everyone else has made.

She really is a delight to colour too, I have used copics, paper is First Editions DreamCatcher pad, the sentiment was cut on the Cricut, flowers from my stash with a die cut leafy flourish.





















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Love to Create #51 ~ Celebrate
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes



Saturday, 9 February 2013

Everything's going swimmingly

I have a card today that uses the cute 'Lets Swim' which is available at Crafty Sentiments Designs I have coloured with copics and added some 3d glaze to his mask and the bubbles and the top little star.  Papers are DCWV Glitter Stack and scraps of coloured cs, the 'seaweed' is CC Designs Olive Branch die and finished off with a stamped sentiment.





















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly ~Anything Goes 
TFL

Friday, 8 February 2013

Love is in the Air over at Crafty Catz Challenges

Yep LOVE is in the air over at Crafty Catz and this week the them has been chosen by Aunty Sue and she wants to see at least 1 heart somewhere on your creation.  This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Kenny K

Digi and rubber stamps from KennyK are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations!
The creator, the artist, the man: KennyK is a NYC-born professional illustrator who has brought his funky-but-slick, urban-influenced look to the cardmaking and papercrafts world. His signature style can be seen throughout his various collections of sexy pinup babes, sweet 'n sassy girls, cool rockin' dudes, kid’s stuff, retro characters and more atKennyKDownloads.com.

I was lucky enough to get a fabulous Kenny K image to play with for this challenge :-) and this is what I made.  I have coloured Bodacious Bev with my copics  and mounted her using foam pads onto some red mirricard which I have embossed with hearts at the bottom and cut out a heart doily at the top, I added some black and red spot ribbon and finished off with some black flowers and CC olive branch die cuts.  Do hope you can come and join in the fun over at Crafty Catz this week.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' ~ Love is all around
Totally Gorjuss #169 ~ Anything goes with lace ~ Lace doily die cut
Kenny K's Krafty Krew #129 ~ Hearts & Flowers
Challenges 4 Everybody #13 ~ Anything Goes
Digi Makeover #74 ~ Red, black & white
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Love is in the Air
Created with Love#27 ~ Valentines Day
Digital Tuesday #196 ~ Hearts
Crafty Creations #208 ~ Black, white + 1 (Red)
TFL

Lets Dance

Over the next 3 days members of the Crafty Sentiments DT  will be introducing you to our newest stamps which will be in the store from the 10th.  You can catch a preview each day over at Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog  along with links to each of the DT who are showcasing on that particular day. You will also be able to check out the pictures and links to the previous 5 days of previews too.  Todays stamp is  'Lets Dance' which is gorgeous so please pop over to the Inspirational Blog and check out what everyone else has made.

I have coloured her with copics and decided to make a wall hanging instead of a card.  My base is mountboard which I covered in digi printed paper by Raspberry Road Designs.  I ink dusted a tree using the left over cs from a tree I recently cut out using the Cricut, the trellis with flowers is a Cricut cut too and I raised the left hand side of it with foam squares for a bit more depth, the Summer corner is also cut with the Cricut then I finished off with a die cut of the bird and branch.  Think I may end up making a seasonal set of pics!  Hope you like it.


















I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations Paint ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #13 ~ Anything Goes
LEJ Designs #39 ~ Anything Goes




Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Bucket of Fun

Over the next 6 days members of the Crafty Sentiments DT  will be introducing you to our newest stamps which will be in the store from the 10th.  You can catch a preview each day over at Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog  along with links to each of the DT who are showcasing on that particular day. You will also be able to check out the pictures and links to the previous 2 days of previews too.  Todays stamp is  'Bucket of Fun' which is gorgeous so please pop over to the Inspirational Blog and check out what everyone else has made.

I have coloured her with my copics and added 3d glaze to the water in her bucket, papers are DCWV Glitter Stack and some coloured cs which I cut the sentiment and hearts out of using the Cricut and finished off with a little gem.






















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge #214 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts #192 ~ Lets Get Cute
Crazy 4 Challenges #171 ~ Friendly/smiley
OSAAT #149 ~ Not Square
TFL

Sunday, 3 February 2013

New Release at Crafty Sentiments


Over the next 8 days members of the Crafty Sentiments DT  will be introducing you to our newest stamps which will be in the store from the 10th.  You can catch a preview each day over at Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog  along with links to each of the DT who are showcasing on that particular day.  Todays stamp is  'Tobey and his dog' it is adorable so please pop over to the Inspirational Blog and check him out!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Exciting News

I am thrilled to share with you that I am the Guest DT member for February over at the Crafty Catz Challenges :-)  and the challenge for this week has been chosen by Janette and is 'Anything But Square'.  This weeks sponsor is 

Crafty Ribbons is a ribbon emporium, we are passionate about ribbons and want to share our fantastic ribbons with others. Our range of Christmas ribbons is second to none.
Remember when we only used ribbons to add a bow to our hair, or tie up a birthday parcel?  Ribbons are now a "must-have" for all types of craft.  Whether your project requires satin, sheer, silk, grosgrain, gingham or polka dot ribbon we have them all!  Lots and lots of different colours in a range of widths.
Need a little bit of ribbon inspiration - then have a look at our projects, or visit our blog they use nothing but ribbon.  Go on, have a try... It's worth it !
Now I don't often do anything but standard square or rectangle cards so wanted to try something a bit different so I turned to my trusty Cricut and got this fab 'converse' style boot shape and away I went.  Used an old TGF stamp that has been tucked away for a while, coloured with copics and finished off with some coloured peeloffs.  Love how the boot turned out so will definitely have to be a little more adventurous in the future!  Hope you can come and join in with the challenge.
















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations Paint ~ Anything Goes
Love to Create #50 ~ Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #156 ~ Shoes
TFL