Wednesday, 10 August 2016

I'm an Addict!!

Of the crafting kind I hasten to add!! I was honoured to be asked to join the Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team.

For my first challenge it is Anything Goes and is sponsored by A Day For Daisies.

The prize is a $12.00 gift certificate for the store so don't forget to join us!

I have been dying to create a card like this, so here is the end result.

I used Gelatos (on sale at Hobbycraft this week!) to create the background, using water and watercolour card. The sentiment was diecut using my Cricut machine. Simple but I really like this style.

I look forward to seeing your creations!

Paper Creator's Crafts - Keep it Simple
In The Pink - Anything Goes

Monday, 8 August 2016

Anything Goes with a Die

As its supposed to be summer here in the UK I decided to make a tropical themed card for this month's Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With A Die.  Unfortunately the weather is anything but tropical with rain and wind!

For my card I used a flamingo die that came with one of my craft magazines. I die cut them from card and coloured them with Promarkers. I diecut a circle in the centre of the card and backed it with acetate, before using a background paper inside too.

The flowers are from a set by Creative Stamping magazine. I stamped and coloured them with Promarkers and a gold pen. The leaves were diecut with my Cricut machine.

Unfortunately the picture shows a mark on the acetate which was a bit disappointing, but otherwise I love this card!

Don't forget to join us at the challenge!

Challenges I am entering :
Passion For Promarkers - Square Card
Country View Crafts - Hot Summer Days

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Its Snowing at Happy Little Stampers

Yes you heard right! - this month at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge we want to see SNOWFLAKES.

This is the card I have created for the challenge :

I used a free stamp from one of my craft magazines to stamp the snowflakes. I used a Versamark inkpad on kraft card and then embossed with WOW! Embossing Powder Super Fine White. This is a great powder as it captures the detail.  To finish I wrapped bakers twine around the card and hung a silver snowflake charm from it. The sentiment I stamped and then die cut on my Sizzix Big Shot.

I hope you like it - it made me feel quite Christmassy making this!!

I can't wait to see your snowflake inspired designs too.

Other challenges I am entering:
Sweet Stamping Christmas - Anything Christmas
Artistic Stampers - Anything Goes
WOW Embossing Powder - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

Unfortunately this will be my last month as a DT member for Crafting By Designs. I have loved my time with this super group of crafters, but other commitments have to take precedence I'm afraid.

As August is a busy time for most the theme is all encompassing - Anything Goes!

The sponsor is :

I chose to use the Wedding Cake digi but as a Birthday cake instead.

I printed the image a couple of times before decoupaging and colouring in. I die cut the banner and stars using a free die from Die Cutting Essentials magazine.

I look forward to seeing your creations over at the blog too!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Down on the Farm

Well I've had a much needed holiday and can't wait to get crafting again.We have been to the beautiful island of Jersey and recharged our batteries!  Although I think I may have left my crafty mojo there!

So back to normality!

This week at Crafting By Designs the theme is Farm Life.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamping Boutique who are offering 3 digital stamps as the prize!

I chose to use the stamp Farm Morning.

I coloured the digi stamp with Spectrum Noir Pencils which made a change from pens. The paper is printed from Serif Craft Artist and the banners were from a Docrafts kit.  I stamped a tag and attached it with twine for a rustic feel.

Show us your farm creations to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Challenges I am entering:

The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Getting Ready for Christmas

At Crafting By Designs its that time of the month when once again we invite you to Get Ready for Christmas.

Our sponsor this week is Beccy's Place

I chose to use The Christmas Star Cottage digital stamp.

I used Promarkers to colour in the cottage and glitter on the star. I die cut the image using a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die. To finish I added the ribbon, sentiment and floral embellishments. 

Its the perfect excuse to get those cards ready for Christmas and join in our challenge at the same time!

Challenges I am entering :

Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas in July
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Christmas in July
My Time To Craft - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Flowers and Lace

Are your ready for another challenge? This week at Crafting By Designs we are looking for projects that use Flowers and / or Lace.

Our sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine

I decided not to use a digital image this time but to do something a bit different - embossing onto dark card.

I used a stamp from the Folk Floral range by Docrafts. I stamped it with Perfect Medium before using White Super Fine Embossing Powder by WOW!Embossing Powder.

I had run out of stick on pearls so I used Liquid Pearls to create mine. 

The piece was mounted onto white then a blue card. I then die cut some flourishes in white card to decorate the corners.  

I have to say I was so pleased with this and hope mine and the rest of the Design Team provides some inspiration for your projects.

Come and join in!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

WOW Embossing Powder - Anything Goes with Embossing Powder
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes with a Stamp

Friday, 8 July 2016

Anything Goes with a Die

Where does the year go? I am already on my second challenge at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With a Die.

We have had the most amazing amount of entries so I can't wait to see what you come up with this month.

Here is my Design Team Card, perfect as the end of term is in sight!

I used the Clearly Besotted Stamp Set Apple A Day and matching die. The stamping was done using Distress Ink.

I know what to send to my son's teachers this year!

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar - Punches or Dies

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Black and White at Crafting By Designs

This week at Crafting By Designs we are looking for black and white creations.  Our sponsors our :

The prize is a choice of three digi stamps.

I chose to use the Garden Fairy for my card.

I printed the image onto card and used a fineliner to give it a zentangled look. The flowers were made using an XCUT die with black and white paper.  The sentiment was stamped and diecut before being edged in Black Soot Distress ink. To make the card stand out I edged the whole piece with the Distress Ink before mounting onto card.

I hope to see all your creations too!

I am entering the following challenges:

Get Creative Challenges - Black and White
Crafters Cafe - Things with wings

Monday, 4 July 2016


Many of you may know I recently became a Design Team Member at Happy Little Stampers (HLS)for their Anything Goes With a Die challenges. So I was very excited to also receive a place on the HLS Christmas Challenge Design Team too!

For my first challenge for July I have created this card. The theme is GOLD.

I diecut three baubles from gold mirri card and glitter adhesive paper. The dies I used are from Crafters Companion and Marianne Creatables.

I attached the baubles and then hung them with gold sparkly ribbon.

The sentiment was heat embossed using WOW! Gold Detail Embossing powder and mounted onto mirri card.

I believe its never too early to think about Christmas crafting so pop over to the challenge for some inspiration and to enter your own creation!

Challenges I am entering are :
Ike's World - Christmas in July
Inky Chicks - Christmas in Summer

What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!