Sunday, March 29, 2015

Forget Me Not

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the beautiful image 'Forget Me Not'  by Rachel Anderson which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in  digi format.

I started adding my text to the image before printing, there is another wee bit to the text which is not shown here and is used on a mount later on.  Next I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromes pencils.
 After cutting all my mats on my die cutter I set to work on completing the topper text section.
 With the basic bits now all done it was time to assemble. I started by embossing the two square mats with an Embossilicious folder.  The blue mat was attached to the card.  The white one had lace applied and then was also glued to the card.  The digi section had a string of iridescent pearls glued round the edge and then I placed this on the oval blue mount.  For the inside of the card I used Spellbinders Scalloped Square and then I cut eight Tattered Lace Doily Coners, four for the inside of the card and four for the outside.

  • Image -  'Forget Me Not'  by Rachel Anderson
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromes pencils
  • Dies - Square and Oval dies by me, Spellbinders Scalloped Squares and Tattered Lace Doily Coners
  • From my Stash - lace, pearls and bow
I am entering into the following challenges:-

Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gossip and Chocolate

Fun day and a bit of off task time lol.  I have so many other projects I need to get done but today, well, not in the mood to do anything other than think of Chocolate hahahahaha. I saw Passion For Promarkers had a challenge for Chocolate and I have not made a card using lovely chocolate colours for ages and ages so just had to join in :)

After deciding to join in the chocolate challenge I had a quick look for some other challenges I could make a card specially for. Loves Rubber Stamps W - #144 Create your own background sounded like fun :).  So for my card, after colouring the image with Promarkers last night, today I set about making my background paper.  Now I do have a problem, I am in Saudi and have to bring pretty much all my supplies back from the UK once a year when I go home to see the family.  If I forget something then tough luck for a year but not moaning as that tends to lead to more creativity and experimenting.  One of the things I have forgotten this year is brown card grrrrr hahahaha.  So out with a white piece of card and some second hand, very old stamp pads to see if I could make a dark brown.
 Not much luck, a lovely copper colour but not dark.  Time to try airbrushing with my black and brown Promarkers but that still was not dark enough and even my planned stamping on this is not going to work.
 Change of plan, I do have some brown wrapping paper so I covered some white card with that and then used a stamp - think this one is a Lakeland stamp and at least 4 or maybe even 5 years old now and copper and clear embossing powder to get an awesome texture and sheen - yep I am happy with my created background :) - the old stamp is so I can join in with the Retro Rubber Challenge - 2W (must use rubber stamp you had for some time/at least a year) - Embossing Powder
 Another challenge I am following is a sketch challenge :) - Tuesday Morning Sketches using this layout :)
Going to have to think a bit here. I wanted to have a second mount on my digi topper but did not make enough background paper so, using my scraps I have just managed by putting 3 pieces together to have just enough - hurray
 Next for the sentiment, a suitable chocolate one, It was this sentiment that also linked with some design paper I had with writing all over it.  To get a bit more chocolaty I then used my score board and tried to make squares of chocolte.
 The one bit I did not take a pic of was the other mat - for this I used the spellbinder die Fancy Lattice.

The bit of the lattice cut that was left over came in handy for the inside of the the card along with the scraps of writing design paper I had left over.

  • Image - TheEastWind's Lucy Loo - 'Lucy Longstockings' available from Sweet Pea Stamps in rubber
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Circles, Circles, Fancy Lattice and Grand Labels 1
  • From my Stash - design paper, embossing powder (copper and clear), old acrylic stamp, buttons
I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brides - Set of 4

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge #34
Use more than one image

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 :) :) :)

I do love decorating my candles and a challenge like this is just perfect.  I was wondering what to do when our wonderful Ike - out of the blue- created 4 heavenly bride images.  I think she was reading my mind.

So here we have it, a candle with a full wrap around wrapper using the 4 bride images in the digi pack - Brides, Set of 4

Usually I have a photo step through of what I have done but this time I have made a video of how I make my candle wrappers and get the lovely shine.  So instead of going through each step of what I have done pop on over to the video tutorial (be gentle on me, I have not made a video tut before) :) :) :)


  • Image - Brides, Set of 4 by IKEsART
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Faber Castell Polychromos, gold pen
  • From my stash - tissue, candle, candle varnish, bronzing powder etc.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, March 23, 2015

SPS - Poppy Sprite

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and this week is Artist Week where the whole team are working with the wonderful images by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.   I have chosen to work with the beautiful image Poppy Sprite  by which is available from the Sweet Pea Store as a rubber stamp.

I started by colouring the image with Promarkers, I do find red such a hard colour to work with but have to admit, I had great fun with this image :)
Next I moved onto my mount.  You know when you find some fabulous paper, buy it and then never use it, well today I decided it was time to cut into a a gorgeous paper I bought about 5 years ago and just have not had the heart to use until now. It has such a beautiful red flocking on it and oooooo so tactile.  Those who know me also know I love tactile card lol.  On the opposite diagonal I backed my card with some ruby red paper and then added red lace on top.  To cover the join of the two areas I added some ribbon.
What other embellishment could be used with the gorgeous Poppy Sprite but poppies.  I don't have a poppy die and although I did design some I ended up using the Pansy die from Sizzix and the stemmed centre is from a Marianne Craftables die. The centre of each petal was air-brushed with a Crimson Promarker.
 I needed a bit more black on the card to link up to the the Poppy Sprite underskirt so used another Marianne Design die - branch.  I then used ultra fine black glitter to on the tops of three black brads for the centres of the flowers.  Sorry they are not in the picture, they were to one side drying lol.
To assemble the card I embossed and cut a couple of circles which I mounted the fussy cut digi on.  A small type black peel off birthday sentiment was then place on the red circle.  A doily was then placed behind this grouping and attached to the card.  The finished poppies and leafy branch were then place on the mount and the mount attached to the card.  For the inside, a couple of basic squares using the red paper left over from the poppies and some of the base colour card and a black branch just to bring it all together.

  • Image - Poppy Sprite by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Circles and Squares, Sizzix Pansy and Marianne Craftables Branch
  • From my Stash - flock paper, lace, brads, ultra fine glitter, ribbon, doily and peel off Birthday sticker.
I am entering into the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Floral Monogram Frame II

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 #233 

Theme - Anything Goes with NATURE

For this fortnights creation I am working with the image Floral Monogram Frame II by Floppy Latte available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.  It has been a wee while since I made a bag so time to create another one :) :) :)  I have tried to have nature running through this project in every dimension I could think of, greens and browns of the land, flowers for the beauty of nature, bark texture of the paper to cover the bag, a nature poem by Shelly, a butterfly representing living things in nature, blue bling representing shimmering water and the finally the lace and delicate die cuts to represent the intricate patterns of nature.

To begin with I printed the digi in the now lines technique. I then coloured the image with Faber-Castell - Polychromos colour pencils

Next I covered a small bag with some delightful paper a friend brought back for me from her holidays, it has such wonderful bark texture and awesome colour changes of the green/browns depending on the light.

Back to attacking the digi.  I started fussy cutting it, planning just to go around the edges and then colour in the white area with with a brown crayon but I changed my mind and fussy cut the lot.  I then mounted the digi on same paper as the bag. Behind the brown layer I then added a blue layer and added a die cut border using the die Tim Holtz - Decorative Strip Die - Filigree Border.  Finally, I printed my nature poem by Shelly, chalked the background and mounted this on more of the brown paper I used for the bag.
Time to put this to one side and work on the top of the bag.  I rather fancy a really over the top bag so am adding a bling-bling border in blue with some green lace underneath it.  As usual, to get the right colour I used white lace and coloured it with my Promarkers.
 With the border in place and the digi with the die cut border also attached it was onto the final bit - a scrumptious bow and butterfly.  For the bow I used turquoise and green organza, added a dangly bit with blue beads and a butterfly charm at the bottom.  My friend Debbie recently sent me some stunning butterflies in the post and this seems the perfect creation to use one of them - thank you Debbie :) :) :)
 And here we have the finished creation :)

  • Image  - Floral Monogram Frame II by Floppy Latte
  • Colouring medium - Faber-Castell - Polychromos colour pencils and Promarkers
  • Dies - Tim Holtz - Decorative Strip Die - Filigree Border
  • From my stash - lace, bling edging, gems, organza ribbon, butterfly charm, butterfly and beads
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great day :) xx

Sunday, March 15, 2015

SPS - Do Your Own Thing

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the stunning new image in the store - Do Your Own Thing by Lynne Stansbery which is available from the Sweet Pea Store as a digi.  The image comes with the wonderful sentiment too :)

I have really messed up here, it is not like me to not take lots of photos as I am going along but today I only took two and neither one is worth adding to the blog.  I hope you will forgive me:)

For this card I used a very soft pink pearl card base which I cut to my usual 140cm square size then trimmed down so I could incorporate and over the edge lacy top using the Marianne Designs Creatables Anjas Vintage Decoration which I then embossed the section which was not part of the cut out, this formed my first matting layer.  The base layer of my card was covered with pink lace.  I then spent the next 4 hours or so colouring in.  I really did have issues here, should I just colour the background, skin and hair of the dancers and leave the rest uncoloured as this image is so beautifully drawn and shaded or should I colour with something a bit different, I really did not want to do pink.  With having the dark skinned child in the quartet whatever colour used had to work with browns, that left me with turquoise as my first option or maybe yellows which I am not keen on.  I don't think I have coloured anything in peach before so, with fingers and toes crossed, this was the route I took.  Not sure If I really like the outcome but I don't dislike it either hahahaha.  Chocolate brown was used to as the contrasting colour for the flourishes, mount behind the sentiment, bow and Stickles.  I also added two bronze metal butterflies and a sweet wee shoe which sort of looks like a ballet pump.

  • Image - Do Your Own Thing by Lynne Stansbery
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Marianne Designs Creatables Anjas Vintage Decoration, Spellbinders Ovals, Scalloped Ovals and Spellbinders Floral Flourishes
  • From my Stash - Stickles, metal butterflies, shoe charm, ribbon and lace
I am entering into the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Afternoon peeps, this is a super fast post so I apologise.  I have a ton and a half of things I am meant to be doing but, but what the heck - will start them tomorrow hehehehehehe

For this card I used the image 'She' from THE EASTWIND. The paper I used is from an old craft magazine, I seem to have a bundle of loose sheets I have pulled out and never used them so am trying to make a conscious decision to work with them - don't know how long it will last hahahaha. The image was coloured with Promarkers, my fav colouring medium and I also airburshed the flowers and the lace with Promarkers too.  For the die behind the sentiment I used Marianne Design Creatables Vintage Parasol and cut the handle off, to finish off I aded a few clear glass gems, that married up well with the same which I used in the flower centres.  Bit of a bummer with the feather, it is actually a dark turquoise but with the pink paper behind the camera is making it look more royal blue. Ah well, can't be helped :)


  • Image - 'She' from THE EASTWIND.
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Squares, and regular Circles, Marianne Design Creatables Vintage Parasol, Sizzix Scalloped Circle and Impression Obsession Layered Floral Set
  • Embossing Folders - Embossilicious
  • From my stash - paper flowers which I coloured with my Promarkers, lace also coloured with Promarkers, feather, gems, and dp from magazine. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges :-