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.


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