Monday, 27 December 2010

Wishing You A Happy New Year

Hoping everyone has had a fantastic Christmas so far? :)  Mine was wonderful!  I got a new 1TB hard-drive, An Idiot Abroad on DVD (Im in love with Karl Pilkington - lol ), some scalloped circular nesties and a big Toblerone!  We dont do Christmas on a massive scale, I think its important to love people all year round, but white christmasses always feel special and it was a lot of fun.  :) 

Anyway, I made this very pink and girly card today using Starlight Tilda, my new scalloped nesties, LOTV sentiment stamp, MME free paper stack and Marianne D dies.  I also used MS punches, stickles and pearls.  Charm and brads from stash. 

As there are still a lot of Anything Goes and extended challenges at this time of year, I am entering this card in the below challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge - Pink, White and Silver
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes - Tilda is coloured with Pro-markers
Magnolia-liscious Highlights - Word play - make a word and use a magnolia stamp.
Crafters Companion - Great sketch, I enjoyed following this.
7Kids Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - How girly can you get?
Paper Sundaes - Challenge 49 - cut it out.  I cut my magnolia image out.
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Get embellishing - I made all the embellishments myself - die cuts & punches, for flourishes, flowers, leaves and word.
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Anything Goes - NOT Christmas
Cooking it up with Katie - Ribbon and brads
Crafty Catz - Pick a challenge - I chose challenge 51 - Stitching.  I normally hand-stitch on my cards, but this is the first time I have tried faux stitching.
Ooh La La Creations - Toast to 2011
Paper Playtime - New Year
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - New year, new beginnings.  This is my card to wish everyone a Happy New Year

Thanks so much for looking, and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!


Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Away in a Manger

And a new card to share :)

I recently won this Little Shepherd Boy stamp on the Lili Of The Valley - Ideas to Inspire 12 days of Christmas Candy.  I was thrilled to get this as its been one of my favourite images for a long time.

I followed the sketch by Dena on the Lili of the Valley challenge blog and I flipped it to the side.

I coloured using pro-markers, and used HOTP papers, snowflake brads, glitter, stickles, germs and pearls on the stars..  I made the mat for the image by cutting two panels from a Marianne Die and merged them and trimmed off the excess. I thought it worked quite well :)

I am entering this card in the below competitions: 

Lili Of The Valley - Great sketch by Dena
Simon Says Stamp - Silver, Blue and White
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas challenge - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - For Someone Special.  My dad had dibs on the card I made originally for my husband, so I had to make another card today just for him.  He's quite special ;)
Ooh La La Challenges - Nativity Scene
Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas Card
Lexis Creations - Glitter and Pearls
Paper Playtime - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Inspired by a song - 'Away in a Manger'.
Sundays with Crissy - Christmas is coming

.......and breathe! :) Phew, thats it!

Finally I would just like to wish all my blogging friends and visitors a very wonderful and Merry Christmas and a fantastic and Happy New Year!

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers - Mega Christmas Challenge

Today, I am sharing two cards that I am entering in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge.  The rules are quite simple and for once only, we are allowed to backlink to previous projects and show how far we have come on our card-making journey.

So I am entering the below two cards as;

My Greatest - Original Post Link: Little Princess

Now I enjoyed making this card more than anything! :) I loved colouring this image, loved working with this colour scheme and these papers, and I think I smiled the whole time I was making it. :)  I consider it to be my greatest card, not because it won a prize, it didnt, but it did get picked for the top 5 Passionista on the Passion for Promarkers  and the top 3 in the I love Promarkers challenges.  I was blown away to have been picked by the respective DT's and awarded my badges!

My First:  I could enter an early card for this, but a real landmark for me this year in cardmaking was using watercolours.......... (Original Link: My First... )

I was really nervous attempting this card, as I had NEVER used watercolour pencils before.  Sadly I lost my mum late last year and she had quite a large collection of these pencils, which my dad then passed to me.  Anyway, after staring at them long enough, I thought I really must try and give them a go.  I enjoyed taking my time with them, and even though it took me a lot longer than I would normally spend colouring an image, it gave me time to reflect and I found it quite peaceful and relaxing.
I think she would have been really proud, as she loved painting and drawing, and in later years card-making, and my mums creativity was always an inspiration to me.  

Thanks so much for looking :)

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Another Cracker

Hope everyone has had a great Saturday? :)  I was intending to tidy my craft room up today, but got sidetracked with making this little card.

Its using one of the fabulous Kenny K downloadable digi stamps, and they are all awesome! 
I used HOTP papers, MS lace punch, and a McGill Fern punch.  I coloured using Pro-markers, stickles and  foiled the edges of the image with Kanban gold foil.  I used my crop-a-dile to fix the eyelets, and the red glitter flowers are from QVC, with centre black roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I was inspired by a sketch over on Stampin for the Weekend and it had a twist.  You had to have a butterfly somewhere on your card, and so while I couldnt find an excuse for a butterfly at christmas, I doodled a tattoo butterfly on her thigh! :) lol.

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

Kenny K Krafty Girls - Not a square card
Stampin for the weekend - Great Sketch, and have a butterfly somewhere on project.
Pocket full of posies - Winter bouquet.
Digital Tuesday - Never used stash - This is the first time I have used this image, and the McGill punch, and the black Wild Orchid Roses.
PaperPlay Challenges - Ribbon, Lace and flowers.
Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas colours - I used Red, Gold and Green.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Glitter, Glamour and Girly.

Thanks so much for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.

Friday, 12 November 2010


I made this card today using a fabulous stamp from Lili of the Valley after I had seen Dawny P's creations in the recent CM&P magazine.  I knew when I saw the stamp I had to have it!   I have two wonderful, bonkers gorgeous English Springer Spaniel dogs, Kevin and Oliver, and they are my world.

Below is a picture of Oliver tearing right into his christmas present!

Anyway, the challenge over the the Lili of the Valley Challenge this week is not only Anything Goes, but also a fab blog-hop with some awesome prizes.  I love the Lili of the Valley range, they are the cutest, most adorable and fun images to craft with, and I totally loved making this card.

I used Cracking Christmas stamp, coloured with Pro-markers.  I embossed the white panels, layered on pale blue bazzill card, and used Marianne D dies.  (Does anyone know how we are fixing these fab flourishes, as Im just getting by with a few sticky dots?).  I followed the excellent sketch over at the Totally Gorjuss blog.

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Snowflakes
I Love ProMarkers - Icy Colours
Simon Says Stamp - Card for a male, with a charm (guess whos hubby is getting this for xmas!) :D
Totally Gorjuss - Great Sketch!
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Winter Wonderland - I used a Snow embossing folder, and snowflakes.
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Mostly White
Crafty Calender Challenge - Winter Snowflakes
Paper Sundaes - Let it Snow

Thanks so much for looking, and have a great weekend! :)

Made for me :)

Today I wanted to share a card made for me by my niece Adelle for my birthday last month.  Its Brilliant (....with a capital B!) to have your birthday so close to Halloweeeeeeen (no one dare forget) and I love all the spooky cards I get (at least thats why I think I always get witches on my cards - ahem, Mother-In-Law!).. :D

Anyway, she made this card using Batty Princess from Quixotic (my birthday present to me!) as I had to have it when I saw it.  I love Bats, which is a good thing, as they seem to like living at our house!  I assure you they are in the attic, and we are not over-run, but we do get used to seeing them fly through the house occasionally during midsummer, and take lots of care when we find them lost. 

Below is a picture of 'Batfink' a baby bat (apologies if you dont like them) that we found in our curtains last year.  This wee fella was the size of a 50p and following the instructions from the bat society protection people, we placed him in a little shoe box, on tissue paper with a small amount of water in a bottle top lid.  Later at night, we put him on one of the upstairs windowsills (away from danger) and he was found by his mum and gone by the morning. :)  

Anyway, as this card is posted too late for most of the halloween challenges, I am entering it on behalf of Adelle in the Creative Craft Challenge as this week the challenge is Stars.  There is a star charm hanging from the pin, so I hope this is ok.

Thanks for looking :)

hugs, xxalisonxx

My first attempt at Watercolouring!

I have been quite busy studying the last couple of weeks, but as I managed to submit my assignment on time, I allowed myself a day to play! :) 
I have never tried watercolour pencils before, so it was with great trepidation I sat with a Koi waterbrush and some sakura pencils, assuming that it would take several attempts and get quite messy!  This image would have taken me about 15 minutes to colour with my beloved pro-markers, but I spent a good hour on this, enjoyed every minute and was totally engrossed!

I think I was inspired by a challenge blog this week called 'The kitchen sink!' LOL! Not really, but it felt that way.  I used an 8x8 inch card (arent they massive!) and it looked incredibly bare without all the embellies.

I was quite thrilled this week to discover that the Crafters Companion challenge blog is now open to any image or project following their theme.  I have quite a lot of crafters companion stuff  (I would be lost without my CC scoreboards etc) but as I never have coloured ink for my printer (being a miserly student) I cant really print papers and images that often, so to be able to show my support and enter their challenges this way is really good news.

I used HOTP papers, Marianne D dies and an MS Doily Punch. Leaves and flowers from stash.

I will be entering this card in the below competitions:

Crafters Companion - Fab sketch, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Wild Orchid Challenge - Classic Christmas
Lexis Creations - Anything Goes
The Stampman - Christmas
Sir Stampalot - Christmas Traditions
The ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays

Thanks so much for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Challenging Sketch!

Phew!.. I finally got this card done! :) I made this card for the weekly Sugar Nellie PCP Forum challenge where this week the challenge was warm and christmassy.  I decided to kill two Sugar Nellie birds with one stone and use the Sketch over at the Sugar Bowl  by Tiets below:

On first look, this seems quite complicated, but I'm usually up for a challenge, so thought I would give it my best shot.  I approached this by hunting through my scraps box, and found some HOTP scraps (which I never throw away) and just played around with the layers for a bit to see which had the best impact.

I then did one layer at a time, and avoided 'over-matting', by opting to just stick the papers on top of each other, but matted just one piece and the main image with shimmer card.  This avoided it looking to over-done imo. :)  I used a pearl pin, a christmas sentiment from Crafty Bitz, mulberry holly leaves and some die-cut snowflakes attached with star brads.  The 'Joy' sentiment was from a bag of xmas buttons from QVC.

I used Adirondack ink for staining, green perfect pearls, and stickles pearl for the hand-muff.  The black dots are from peel-off cast-offs (the bits you dont use), and some white glitter on the coat trims.  I also hand-stitched the gold around the image.... Phew! :)

I will be entering this card in the following competitions:

Sugar Nellie PCP forum - Warm christmas colours
The Sugar Bowl - Tiets Sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - No Square Cards!
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
Wild Orchid Challenges - Stitching (hand-stitched panel)
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine (shimmer card, glitter, stickles, perfect pearls and bling)
Passion For ProMarkers - Recycle Theme - I used scraps of paper, the star panels were from an old christmas card cut up, and the black dots are from the bits you throw away from a peel off sheet.
Totally Gorjuss - Not a square card
Allsorts Challenge - Song title - 'Joy to the World'

Good luck to everyone else in these challenges!
Many thanks for looking, and always thanks for comments, they are much appreciated

Saturday, 25 September 2010


Its a gorgeous day here today, so its seemed it a bit odd making this winter-white card :) however I struggled on (lol) and so this is my card inspired by the Sugar Nellie - PCP forum challenge.  I was wanting to get a few more cards made before my studies resume this week.

The challenge was pretty self-explanatory, and I really, really enjoyed making this.  Sometimes the most brilliant ideas are the simple ones, so thanks Fiona for the inspiration for this card.  I wont be making many christmassy cards for challenges as I found I have a box of about 200 (ahem) ready made for Christmas in the cloakroom! ;) and my xmas craft stash is still boxed up and out of reach.

I used a Sugar Nellie stamp called 'snowflake' which is totally gorgeous, and followed the sketch on the Bunny Zoe Crafts Blog which I really liked the look of.

I dry embossed the white panels, and edged with stickles.  I used 3 different types of ribbon, silver vellum and white card snowflakes (also edged with stickles) and I hand-stitched the back panel with silver thread.  I coloured this lightly with pro-markers and also stickled the image.  Its quite a bit more glittery than it looks.

I will be entering this card in the following competitions:

Colour Create - White
Wild Orchid Challenges - Ribbons and bows
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Fab Sketch by Moni
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas
Charisma Cardz - Anything goes
I Love ProMarkers - White on White
One Stop Craft challenge - Snowflakes in September
The Craft Pad - Embossing

Thanks so much for looking, and good luck to anyone entering these challenges :) xxalisonxx

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Back to Basics

This week on the Sugar Nellie - PCP Challenge, we had a challenge to make a card without DP!... So I went back to basics on this card, and not only have I used Mirri Board (despite vowing never to use it again) I have also stamped and emobssed my own background!..  (go me!) :D

It was quite a challenge but really nice to reconnect with a side of stamping I often forget.
I used a digi-stamp from Funky Kits/Sugar Nellie and I die cut my leaves.

This is the one challenge I like to make sure I enter each week, as it has 3 great Sugar Nellie stamps (free choice) up for grabs.  Its a small forum type challenge and really friendly. :)

I am also entering this card in the following competitions:

Colour Create Challenge - Red, Gold and White
PaperPlay Challenges - Autumnal colours
Totally Gorjuss - Use Flowers
Allsorts challenge - Colours of Autumn

Thanks so much for looking xxalisonxx

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Butterfly Charm

Awww, I made this card for the LOTV weekly challenge, but I think I might have missed the deadline :(
I used one of my favourite stamps and followed Bevs sketch from the challenge.

I was aiming for a china blue feel to the card, and used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Pearl Pin from Quixotic, and papers from K&Co.

I am also entering this card in the following competitions:

Lili of the Valley - Bevs Sketch
Die cut Dreams Challenge - Pearls and Pins
Wild Orchid Crafts - Pins and Pearls
Lexi's Creations - Flower Power - I layered flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts with ribbon flowers.
Magical Mondays - Lace - I used Martha Steward Lace Punch
ABC Challenge - Charms
Stamp Something - Something Cute

Friday, 3 September 2010

Pink Princess

This is the first card I have made in a couple of weeks, after celebrating my wedding anniversary and catching up with friends and family over the  holidays.   It seems the gorgeous sunny weather is here to stay a little longer though, so yay! :D

Anyway, I made this card for a few challenges, but firstly for the Sugar Nellie PCP challenge .  This is a great little weekly challenge with some gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamps as prizes, and its held via a forum challenge, so we actually share ideas and inspiration, and well worth a look!..
This week the theme was pink, and I have been desperate to use this new manga princess stamp for ages.

I layered the stamped image on patterned paper (3 layers) and added additional shading with pro-markers.  I went for a pastel/shabby vintage look, with distressed edges, vintage feel papers and sanding on the embossed panels.
I used lots of pearls, glitter, stickles and ribbon flowers and an organza bow.  I used a MS punch for the lace panels and mat.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

The Sugar Bowl - Lilians Sketch and pearls
Crafty Cardmakers - Glitter and Sparkle
Die Cut Dreams - Soft shades of Vintage
Bunny Zoes Craft - Vintage
Lexis Creations - Embossing
Simon Says Stamp and show - Layers - I layered the stamp 3 times
Papertake Weekly - Just the One - one pearl pin, one bow, one image
Simon Says Stamp - Pearls and lace
Cute Card Thursday - Material Girl - I used ribbon and fabric on the layered flowers and an organza bow.

Good luck to everyone in these challenges, and thanks for looking xxalisonxx

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Exam results, and a card

Well, well, another week flew by!...
First of all, I wanted to share my exam results, as I never expected to get 86% and a Distinction!.. :) woo hoo!... so that was brill, and I am now looking forward to starting again in October. :)

Anyway, the above card was made for my nephews birthday, and as he is a bit of a Goth like me (Im very proud of him! LOL) I thought I would stick with something quite dark.

Its brightened up quite a bit in the picture, but you get the idea.
This card is for the Sugar Nellie, PCP Challenge and this week it was embossing.  I embossed the black card with a spot design in my cuttlebug (not clear on pic) but I promise I did  :)

I used a Sugar Nellie stamp called Goth Girl, which I love, and the papers are by Creative Imaginations, and the epoxy sentiment is by March Johnson.  I coloured the silver edges using a marker, and followed Marlenes sketch for the Sugar Bowl challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Sugar Bowl - Sketch by Marlene
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthday
Ooh La La Creations - Spots and dots (spotty embossed black card, and silver dots)
Papertake Weekly - something old - the papers are old, Something new - the stamp is new
Passion for ProMarkers - Music.  This is inspired by goth rock

Thanks so much for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Poppy Love

Ok, so I finally get my satellite internet speed back up to something decent (512kbps - hardly brilliant!, but it was throttled last week due to watching too much Big Brother online!) :D Tee Hee!
Even browsing blogs and challenges was like pulling teeth at 56kbps!..... but anyway, new month, new allowance (phew!) :)

So I made this card today in time to enter the Sugar Nellie - Papercraft Planet Challenge 16 This is one of my favourite weekly challenges, so the pressure was on to get something made.  this week, Fiona challenged us to make a card in blue.  I used the Poppy digi-stamp from FunkyKits/Sugar Nellie, and used K&Co Blue poppy and dotty backing papers, an MS punch, and die cut some flowers, leaves and the corner.  I followed sketch 17 on the Sugar Bowl challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sugar Nellie - PCP - Challenge 16 - Blue
Sir Stampalot - Bring on the bling. (Gems and stickles)
Sugar Bowl - Any sketch, any theme (I used sketch 17 and flipped it horizontally - theme blue)
Digital Tuesday - Digital stamp and Dazzle Me
Simon Says - Go Dotty (K&Co Dotty paper)
The Crafty Pad - Ribbons and Flowers

Thank you for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges. xxalisonxx

Saturday, 31 July 2010


Oh wow!.. it feels like I have been away from blogland for ages!... I have just got rid of a chest infection, and so am just bouncing back.  I feel I have missed so much! :( tut.

Anyway, I made this card today using some bits and bobs I won in a recent blog hop on from Dawny P .  I was made up to win one of these kits :)

I followed the sketch on the Sweet Stampin challenge, and will be entering this card in the below competitions:

Sweet Stampin - Sketch
Wild Orchid Challenge - Lovely Lace
Crafty Catz - Fabric, I used lace and ribbon on this card
Totally Gorjuss - Baby Baby!
One Stop Craft Challenge - Patterns - I used check patterned paper
The Stamp Man - 2 Colours

Thanks so much for looking - have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Fairy Wishes

I was inspired today to make this card in honour of my new blog background!..  :) I wanted something a little lighter and fresh.
I used the Sketch by Bev over on the Just Magnolia challenge, and stuck to a theme of blue and white.  I used distressed effect K&Co paper (I also sanded them a little),  and inked the edges to match.  I coloured using pro-markers, and to get a delicate finish with them I used the invaluable blender pen!

I am entering this card in the below challenges:

Just Magnolia - Sketch by Bev - Link to Bevs website on my sidebar
Everybody Art - Blue and White
Passion For Promarkers - Distressing.

Good luck to everyone in these challenges :)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Lili Of The Valley Sketch

I made this card today for the Lili Of The Valley challenge, which finishes tomorrow, so I have left it kind of late! :)

Its an easel card, inspired by many summer themes, following the sketch by Dawny P, link to her blog on my sidebar, and she also has some fab candy for grabs this week Pinkpiggywiggy go check it out!

As I am short of time, its a quick post, but I am entering this card in the below challenges this week:

Lili of the Valley - Dawny P's sketch
Bunny Zoes Crafts - July challenge, summer days.
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie
Allsorts Challenge - Summer Days
Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlight Easel Challenge
I Love Promarkers -  Buttons

Thanks for looking,

Donkey Smiles 2

Finally! Finally I managed to get this card done :) I now have black ink for my printer, and so was able to use the free digi stamp from Whimsy Stamps in aid of the Card Drive for Michelle Oatman.

I think this is a brilliant challenge to get everyone involved and send cards to Michelle following her terrible accident and loss of her eye.  I sincerely send her my best wishes, thoughts and hugs. xx

So, before I pop the card in the post to her, I am entering this card in the below card-drive and challenges.

A Spoonful of Sugar - Donkey smiles card challenge
Rosie D's Challenge - Burgundy, Pink and Cream theme.
Totally Gorjuss - Thinking of You
Crafty Creations - Happy or Sweet - This card is sending smiles, and the donkey is very sweet!
Fab n' funky challenges - Re-use or recycle.  The ribbon has been recycled (I didnt notice the smudge mark until too late) and came with a soap gift set.

Thanks for looking :) have a great day,

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Blue for a girl

I had a lovely week last week, with my in-laws coming to stay :) but I got no crafting done at all!
I have been suffering quite a bit with tree-pollen hayfever, so this card is a little more simple than my usual style, and I followed the sketch on the Sugar Bowl for this weeks challenge.

This card was made using a free digital stamp from Sugar Nellie  and its adorable, and so nice to colour.

I am entering this card in the brand new Wild Orchid Challenge Blog - which is awesome!  They sell the most beautiful flowers, and I cannot resist them!  Its also my entry in the first challenge on The Stamp Man blog too.

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

The Sugar Bowl - Lilians Sketch
Sugar Nellie forum on PCP - Card for a child
Wild Orchid Challenges - Use flowers.  
The Stamp Man - Anything goes
Lexi's Creations - Use Stitching - I hand stitched the blue paper panel.
Crazy Challenge - Hip to be Square.
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Babies, children
Stamp Something - Use a digital stamp

Thank you for looking,

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Birthday Wishes

This card I made for my husband Dave's birthday next week.  I had to try so hard to step away from the ribbons, glitter and gems, as the base card is 8 x 8 inch square and there was just so much space to play with!  It looks really really big, but he is very special, and I wanted it to stand out.

xXx love you babe xXx

I followed the sketch on Just Cute Bears, and the photo theme on Simon Says Stamp.  I used K&Co Addison papers (.....on a roll with them! lol) and a MS punch, dies and card candy.  I also hand stitched the stamp panel.

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

Just Cute Bears - Sketch
Creative Inspirations - something very old from stash - I used K&Co sentiments which I have had years!
Simon Says Stamp - colour theme
One Stop Craft - monochrome

Thanks for looking, have a great week, and good luck everyone in these challenges.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Mint Choc Chip

This card is my entry for the Sugar Bowl Sketch by Judy, and for the Sugar Nellie Challenge over on PCP, which this week was Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream.

I have left this to the very last minute, but used the Digi Stamp from Sugar Nellie funkykits called Iris, K&Co Papers, and some bead danglies from Stash.

I am also entering this card in:
Ooh La La Creations - Simply summer.. I think ice cream flavours are summery :)

Thank you for looking,

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Chocolate Tilda

This is the card I made for the 1st challenge on the Totally Tilda blog.  The theme was chocolate.. :) yum!.
I have had this stamp for some time, but this was the first time I used it, as I thought it looked kind of christmassy, and was saving it for that.  It looks kind of chocolate boxy now though! :)

I did quite a bit of inking and distressing on this card and the flowers are a definately more beigy in real life.  I made the pin, die cut the leaves and used Coffee and Cream pearls from Quixotic paperie.

Oh, and I was made up today to make the Top 5 Passionista for the Passion for Promarkers Blog, and the Top 3 on the I love Promarkers Blog!..  It really made my day to receive these, as I havent been able to craft much this week due to the tree pollen making my eyes swell up, but I love the challenges on both of these blogs, and so will display my blinkie/award with pride.  Thank you :) xx 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Totally Gorguss - Sketch
I Love ProMarkers - Distressing.
Totally Tilda - Chocolate Tilda
Sweet Stamping Challenge - Pearls and Pins
One Stop Craft - Distressing
CraftyCatz challenge - Distressing
Creative Card Crew - To die for - I used my cuttlebug to die cut leaves, and circle
Magnolia Down Under - In the News - I used newspaper paper on the tags, and inked them with distress ink.

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Little Princess

I was feeling quite inspired by all the stormy weather here today, rain, black clouds and thunder! So this image (still my favorite) seemed ideal. :)

After last weeks mirri-board debacle, I thought I would try seeing how glittercard photographed, again its good to experiment! ;)  There are 2 different shades of blue glittercard used here, and they complement the papers quite well, whilst giving it a little texture.  I also hand-stitched the stripe panel.

I used K&Co Addison papers and sentiment.  I coloured the lace flowers with pro-markers, and also inked the edge of the image to match (not so clear on the picture).

This card is my entry into the below competitions:

Mo's Digital Pencil - Use fabric.  I used lace and ribbon.
Crafty Cardmakers - Inky Fingers - I used pro-markers to colour in the lace flowers, and inked the edge of my image
Simon Says - Check it out - I used K&Co checked paper.
Sketch Saturday - Great sketch by Simonne
Passion for Promarkers - Use a number
Papertake Weekly - In stitches - I hand stitched the stripey panel.
Everybody 4 Art - Birthday
Paperplay Challenges - Card for child or teenager
Pile it On - My Favourite things - I used TwoJill stamp from Mo's digital pencil - my favourite :)

Good luck to everyone in these challenges, and thank you for looking :)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Summer, Poppy and Pollen.

I have struggled to make a card this week due to pollen and itchy eyes....  tut. :)  I keep on rubbing them and making them quite sore, but I have soldiered on (lol) and today made this summery card using a great new digi-stamp from Sugar Nellie - Funky Kits .  This image is called poppy, and there are 3 more to collect.  They are ALL adorable, and a lot of fun to colour. 

I used K&Co papers and also HOTP, layered paper flowers from a QVC kit, and a metal sunshine charm from stash. 

The SCS Sugar Nellie challenge blog has now moved to PCP and this weeks challenge was 'no squares'.  I used a rectangle card blank, and stretched the sketch on Friday Sketchers.

I am entering this card in the following competitions:

PCP SugarNellie - Not a square card
Sir Stampalot - Lazy Hazy Summer
By The Cute and Girly - Warm Summer Days
Charizma Cards - Metal - I used a sunshine metal charm and added some chain to make a dangle.
PCP - Simon Says Stamp - Summer Time
Friday Sketchers - Really great sketch by Inge

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges

Monday, 28 June 2010

Revenge of the Mirri Board!

Today I wanted to make a card for a competition that specified Turquoise, Cream and Gold.... hmmmm... gold.....
So I thought, 'Oooh,  I have heaps of much-maligned mirri-board just sitting in a box.  I wonder why its out of fashion'? :) lol... I now realise - its because you cannot photograph it to save your life!!..  :) tut.  This actually looks really nice IRL, and not as brassy as it looks in this pic. (Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it!)

Anyway, I turned off the flash on my camera, and this is the best I could do.  I went for a shabby-vintage look to this card, and used K&Co Addison papers and embellishments, some die cut leaves and a papermania wire word from stash.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Just Magnolia - sketch by Bev - link to her fab site on my blog!
Stamp Something - Vintage with flowers
Simon Says Challenges - Friends
Creative Inspirations - Turquoise, Gold and Cream
By the Cute and Girly - Something old, something new, something blue etc.

thanks for looking! xxalisonxx


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