Wednesday, November 25, 2015

With all our love - blog hop

Oh such a sad occasion to be making a card for, the closure of Sweet Pea Stamps.  I have had a ball over the last 18 months and feel so privileged to have been on the Sweet Pea Stamps Design Team so it is with a very heavy heart this card.

One of my DT buddies on another DT was also on the Sweet Pea Stamps team and that was where I first heard of the company.  She made the most beautiful card and I longed to see her creation each week, drooling at the most beautiful digital stamps.  A wee while later I saw Sweet Pea were having a DT call and plucked up the courage to submit a creation and then sat on edge but really did not give myself much hope.  Oh what a wonderful day it was when I got the email to say they would like me to join them, it was equivalent to passing my driving test hahaha and I was on cloud nine.  Now Sweet Pea is closing the feeling is opposite, I feel I have lost a dear friend :(

Lynette, you are a true superstar, so supportive, so hard working, so game to try everything possible to keep your business going in very hard times and, in many ways, a sad environment and you have my upmost respect and gratitude, I also am keeping my fingers crossed your health improves treasure, you so deserver to be happy and well :)  Jennifer too, as the DT coordinator has been amazing keeping us all straight as what to do, when to do it and always making sure the blog runs smoothly.  Thank you both so very much for everything you have done and the joy you have given me.

Time now for me to share my blog hop creation - having a hard time as when I put my card up I know it is the last one and I don't want to do it :( but I have to so here it goes (very very sad :( :( :( )

For my card I have used one of the fairy images from the Fairy Set by Amy Brown.  The card mount was airbrushed with Promarkers to match the colours on the edges of the wings.  Next I used a green paper behind the die cut mount and more of the paper for the roses, the colour matched perfectly with the fairy's shoes :).  The die cut mount and leaves were cut out using gold card along with the thank you sentiment.  I had thought of having the fairy sitting on some flowers but in the end opted for skeleton leaves which I sprayed with silver glitter varnish. Behind the fairy I placed some mauve tulle which also has glitter on it.  Pearls, gold flower charms, gold bead chain and pearl bead chain are the finishing touches to bring everything together.

Now onto the BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Sweet Pea stamps Blog Hop!

This hop is from a loyal group of Sweet Pea stamp fans who want to let Lynette know that we appreciate all her hard work bringing us the wonderful stamps in both rubber and digi format over the years.  Thanks so very much for all the wonderful images we have collected from you!

There are some random prizes along the way, as certain blog owners have decided to include a prize, so please leave some comments along the way as you see everyone's gorgeous Sweet Pea Stamp creations.

Also, the store closes at the end of the day on the 25th, so if you see some wonderful stamps on this blog hop, today is the last day to get them, so please drop by the store!

21. Jane Bradshaw    - YOU ARE HERE

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Peace Fairie

Hello everybody, hope you are having a good day :)  Time for me to share my Sweet Pea Stamps creation with you.  This card is for my youngest daughter, Nicole so fingers crossed she likes it :) I have used the image Peace Fairie by Karen Middleton which is available as a digi. Isn't she just beautiful and so very peaceful.

This is a pretty straight forward card, I wanted something more classy than funky this year for Nicole.  To begin with I cut and folded my card and then backed it with some Papermania paper from one of their Christmas packs.  The image was coloured with a mixture of Faber Castell Polychromos and Promarkers.  Once the image was coloured I then shaded the background with several shades of green chalks and mounted the image on plain dark green paper.  Next I mounted this on the holly paper which I have also used for the writing area inside the card and a bit more on the front. Finally I distressed the edges of the image mount.

Embellishing this card was hard, it seemed no matter what I did nothing was working so in the end I went down a simple path allowing the beauty of the image and some rather gorgeous trim I have to shine through.  

I have so old brads in my Christmas box and know I am never going to use them as I don't like the pictures on them so thought I would try something - can I recycle them hahaha.  A sharp pair of scissors quickly removed the image and plastic covering and miraculously the smallest of my Spellbinder circle dies was just the right size to use to make a new insert.  Using the same paper as I backed my card I then added my daughters name with peel off letter stickers along with a wee star as I often use the term 'you are a super star' :)  Next I glued this to the brad and added some dimensional Glossy Accents to re-create the plastic covering. Once died I had exactly what I wanted and this is something I think I will be doing a lot more as it is rather cool to have the large brads totally match the creation. 

 The inside of the card was finished off with an off-set writing area using the holly paper I also used on the front. The shape was cut using Spellbinders Labels 20. Finially I added a small spray of crystals and pearls plus a Christmas themed bow.

  • Image - Peace Fairie by Karen Middleton
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos and Promarkers
  • Papers - Papermania
  • Dies - Spellbinders Labels 20 and Circles
  • From my Stash - ribbon, brad, peel off stickers, gold pen, pearls, crystals sprays, ribbon.
I am entering into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Teddy

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 51

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Another fun challenge :) Ike has some fantastic children images, they really are beautifully drawn so if you are looking for that realistic image then look no further :).  For my card I have used the image 'My Teddy'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and Polychromos.  Initially I had a lovely saying about a yellow teddy bear but at the last minute decided not to use it and instead go with a simple 'With Love' die cut which toned in much better with the card and did not distract from the image.  Blue card was used for the card blank with the excess bits I cut off being used for the blue embossed mount, the leaves, the bow and the sentiment.  Ages ago I picked up a pad of double sided card but I am not a great lover of design papers so it has been hiding in my drawer for ages, finally seeing daylight today hahaha.  The floral side was perfect for this card as it picked up the colours wonderfully and the reverse of the yellow and white stripe fitted in really well too.  This dp was used for the base mount and also for the two mounts on the image die cutting, the scraps that were left over were then used for the three flowers and the sentiment.  I finished off all the mounts with some Tim Holtz distress ink and added a pearl to the centre of each flower, for the bow I added two yellow brads and that is about it.  A pretty simple card but I am rather pleased with the way it has turned out :)

  • Image - My Teddy by IKEsART
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos and Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Dies - Spellbinders Labels 18 and Foliage, Tattered Lace sentiments, Die'sire - Blossom Fleurs and Creative Expressions - Filigree 3d Bow
  • From my stash - double sided design paper, pearls and brads 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, November 16, 2015

Keiko City Girl

Just a very quick post as I wanted to join in the Lacy Sunshine challenge this time - a favourite of mine, Tic-Tac-Toe and at the moment we have the electricians in our house, a bunch of 5 men wondering around and it is very off putting hahahaha.

There are a multitude of layers in this card, first I covered my first layer of the same cream card as the background with pink lace.  I then added some cream lace along the bottom and a strip of burgundy ribbon.  Next I used the Tattered Lace die, Studley, using all three sections of the die.  Next I added the die Cottage Cuts Bella Leafy Branch, a great favourite of mine.  The flowers were made using the Sizzix die, Mini Lily and the final die used is again Tattered Lace, this time 'Just for You'.

The image used is Keiko City Girl and is coloured with both Promarkers and Polychromos then finished off with a gold pen and Ice Stickles for that bit of bling :).  The final touch was a pretty burgundy bow using the same organza ribbon I used earlier.  Liquid Pearls were also used on parts of the Studley die cut to carry the green colour I had used to different areas.

Challenges Entered:- 


This week is Artist Week and the whole DT are using images from Zoimar Lezama, I have chosen to use Copia.  The image was coloured with Polychromos and for the background I used a stencil and Pan Pastels.  When I coloured the image initially I had no background so added a digital background by removing the white space from the image once I had taken a photo of it.
I just loved colouring all the folds on this image :)
For my card base I covered a white card with a shimmering slightly embossed paper and then added a dark green layer in the same type of paper.  The green layer was mounted with foam tape.  Next I added some lace and allowed it to hang over the right edge a bit and on top of that some pink organza ribbon.  The ribbon does not really show unless you look hard but is the same ribbon I used for the bow and is a nice way to carry the colour.
What fun I had making my bow lol, I was trying to make something that resembled sections of a butterfly in keeping with the image.  To hold my bow in place I used a hat pin to which I added pearls and a hand made bead along with a bit of old broken necklace.  The pointy end of the hat pin was then passed through my bow from bottom to top and the end then bent over to make a hook.  The hook end was then secured to the back of the image. Below you can see a close up of the hat pin and bow.
Onto my flowers.  I used Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Foliage.  Two of the roses were cut using the same paper as I used to back my card and the other three some patterned Papermania paper.  The leaves were cut using the same dark green paper I had used earlier.  To complete my flower spray I added a small net and wire butterfly and dotted some pearls around. 
 With the scraps of paper I had left over I decorated the inside of the card using Spellbinders Foliage again and Memory Box Levington Border

Thank you for stopping by and hope you are having a special day taday :)

Ingredients :-
  • Image - Copia by Zoimar Lezama available from Sweet Pea Stamps in rubber and as a digi
  • Colouring Medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Foliage, Memory Box Levington Border
  • From my stash - pearls, butterfly, ribbon, lace, hat pin, beads
Challenges entered :-

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Many Thanks Lucy

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.  The prize this month is an awesome digi pack containing several images and a paper pack too - how cool is that.

Challenge #250


Hello folks, hope you are having a good day :).  I don't celebrate Thanks Giving so having the theme Giving Thanks is a great way to let everybody join in with the challenge, after all you can't have enough thank you cards can you lol.
For my OSAAT DT creation this fortnight I am working with an image from the artist Reeces Scrap Pieces called RSP Many Thanks Lucy.  This is such a sweet image and when I saw it the immediate thought was how well it would lend itself to a shape card.  I don't normally add a pic of the image I am using but here I will so you can see what I mean.
RSP_Many Thanks_Lucy

I started by printing the image on white card and colouring in Lucy with my Poloychromos.  I also printed the image twice more so I could used the section to make the decoupage parts on the final card.  Next I used the image to create my template being careful not to cut out Lucy yet ahahaha as I only wanted the envelope section. With this done I covered my card front with two papers and drew in the two lines on the bottom section of the envelope.  Time to put this to one side and colour the Many and Thanks sections, these were done with Promarkers and a black liner pen, glitter was then added for the flowers and butterflies and the two sections fussy cut.
Time to assemble now and I finished cutting Lucy out and added her to my card, then the sentiment sections were added using one layer of foam tape for the 'thanks' one and two layers for the 'many' one.
With the scraps of paper I had left over I decorated the inside of the card.

  • Image -  RSP Many Thanks Lucy
  • Colouring medium - Polychromos and Promarkers
  • From my Stash - design paper from PaperMania and glitter
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Morning folks, hope you are having a great day so far :) :) Today I am sharing a card I have made using Lucy by Sandra Caldwell.  I first coloured the image with Polychromos and Promarkers.

Next I decided to go with dotty paper hahahaha, well this lovely lady does look rather dotty to me. To some of the red and white dotty paper I coloured the white spots black, me in a dotty spotty mood rather liked the idea of creating two design papers from one and the colours matched up perfectly lol.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp I have which I stamped onto one of my spotty dotty mounts and then mounted this on black, three black gems.  The other two mounts were made with my two variations of the paper.  I had the perfect ribbon to go with this card for my bow and also used along with the paper to finish off the inside of the card.

I wanted this to be a belated birthday card so hand wrote an apology sentiment - Sorry I forgot which I think ties in super well with the rubber stamped sentiment.

 Ingredients :-
  • Image -  Lucy by Sandra Caldwell
  • Colouring medium - Polychromos and Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders-Grand Labels 1 
  • From my stash - ribbon and gems
I am entering the following challenges:-