Easter Bliss

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Betty Boots Sparkle

When I was at the Ally Pally craft show recently I managed to catch up with the uber talented Lisa Horton from That Craft Place. There isn't anything crafty that Lisa isn't a master of, including drawing her own images. Some of those images have now been made into clear stamps. The range is called Betty Boots and I got my hands on one of them. This is just the first card I've made.

I used a 7"x 7" card blank and covered it with ivory card. Next I used Pan Pastels to colour a piece of card and used one of the stamps in the set to create the starry background with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I added a length of lace before fixing to the card front. The large ric rac is from Docrafts.

This image is called Fairy Betty and comes in a set of eleven clear stamps. I coloured Betty with Copics and added glitter to her skirt and wings. I cut Betty out and mounted her with foam pads onto a background of Spiced Marmalade DI.

The sentiment is another of the stamps in the set. It was stamped in Spiced Marmalade and clear embossed. I finished the card by die-cutting some stars with a Marianne die in turquoise card. I embossed some in gold and the others were clear embossed.
There are eight 'Betty Boots' stamp sets so far and if you ask nicely to join the Facebook That Craft Place group you can see the whole range.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Sunday 26 April 2015

Scribble & Scrap Challenge #43

Welcome to Challenge #43 at Scribble & Scrap. Thank you to all those who entered our previous challenge, the winners have been announced on the blog. Please see the blog for the details and the prize that's up for grabs for this challenge.
Our theme is always
"Anything Goes"
This is my inspiration for you.

I covered a 7"x 7" card blank with Kraft card and layered with a peach coloured paper. I created the other layers with polka dot papers and Kraft card, scruffing the edges with scissors. I added blue satin ribbon around one layer before fixing them to the card front.

The stamped image is "Theodora and the Butterflies" by Lizzy Love (Oddball Art) for Whimsy Stamps. The butterflies and sentiment are part of the set. I coloured the image with Copics and used blue Pan Pastels for the background.

I coloured plain white card with blue Pan Pastels and used a Docrafts butterfly and a Memory Box floral wreath to die cut the embellishments.

I finished the card with a bow, a ribbon tag and some blue half pearls.
Now head on over to the Scribble & Scrap blog to see the inspiration from my talented team mates and to enter your crafty makes.
There are still a few of these fabulous Oddball Art stamps that Lizzy Love did for Whimsy Stamps available on the Scribble & Scrap Facebook page. Just click on the photos tab and scroll down. Each photo has the details

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Lily of the Valley Birthday Card

I have a birthday card I made for a crafty friend to show you today. I must admit that I've had to force myself to craft some days lately. My mojo keeps playing hide and seek. One thing that's always inspiring though is playing with Graphic 45 papers and I did enjoy creating this card. I used my precious 12"x 12" Secret Garden papers.

The card base is a 6"x 6" scalloped blank. I inked around it with Old Paper Distress Ink before adding the first layer of paper. Next I cut a piece of white organza and frayed the edges. I then mounted up the layers using the text paper, a Docrafts postcard stamp, a doily, lace and ribbon.

I've always loved the Lily of the Valley flower, the smell is so sweet. I cut out this image and made a mat for it using white card coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. As I did with the other layers, I scruffed the edges with scissors.

I cut out the matching stamp size image and stamped the sentiment. They were matted the same way. I fussy cut the Lily of the Valley sprig from one of the papers and mounted it on foam pads.
I nearly didn't send this card as I really liked it and wanted to keep it for myself. Does anyone else ever get like that with their creations? 
I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Sunday 19 April 2015

Swap Card April 2015

I belong to a little swap group on Facebook and we exchange cards once a month. This month the theme was "Blue". This is the card I made and sent to my swap partner. 

The card is 6"x 6" and I covered it with dark blue pearlised card. I then embossed  a piece of white card using an X-cut folder and used Pan Pastels to colour it. I wrapped blue satin ribbon around it before fixing it to the card. 

I die-cut flowers using a Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters. Once made up I sprinkled them with Frantage and added blue faux pearls to the centres.

I finished the card with a little blue satin bow.
If you're in the UK and like to swap cards ask me to add you to our little group. You'd be more than welcome.
I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Thursday 16 April 2015

Naughty Nurse Birthday

Yesterday was the birthday of my daughter's Mother in Law, Teresa, and this is the card I made for her. As she is a nurse I thought this image was perfect. I'm not sure Teresa ever turned up for work in a uniform like this though.

I kept the background simple, or clinical, by matting and layering dark blue and red card onto an 8"x 8" blank. The light blue layer was created with Pan Pastels.

I was lucky enough to win an image in a Kenny K challenge a couple of months ago and I chose the Naughty Nurse specifically for this card. I coloured her with a mix of Copics and Promarkers.

To keep the embellishments simple I used red thread on white buttons to create the universal 'red cross' symbol matching the nurse's hat.

I created the sentiments on the computer and saved the punchline for the inside. Not that I'm suggesting that any self-medication has taken place or that Teresa is a 'naughty' nurse.
By the way, I did have a brilliant time at Ally Pally and managed to get some lovely new goodies. Thank you for the good wishes.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday 12 April 2015

Scribble & Scrap Challenge #42

Welcome to Challenge #42 at Scribble & Scrap. I shall be on my way to the craft show at Ally Pally with my eldest daughter and my granddaughter when this goes live. I'm going to spend the day catching up with some crafty friends and hunting for bargains.
Thank you to all those who entered our previous challenge, the winners have been announced on the blog. Please see the blog for the details and the prize that's up for grabs for this challenge.
Our theme is always "Anything Goes"

I used a page from a Prima 6"x 6"  pad and matted it onto Kraft card. I added some floral ribbon and lace. The Eiffel Tower is a Clarity stamp.

I made the butterfly with a Marianne die and floral paper from my stash. I added three flat backed pearls.

I stamped the sentiment from Kaisercraft directly onto the paper and used a Docrafts stamp to make a banner. The Happy Birthday is a peel-off. I finished the card with a small butterfly and some large faux pearls.

Now head on over to the Scribble & Scrap blog to enter your crafty makes, we'd love to see them.

Thursday 9 April 2015

Baby Granddaughter Congratulations

Maybe it's because it's Spring but a few of my friends have been celebrating the birth of a new grandchild recently. This is just one of the cards I have made to send my congratulations.

As my regulars will know, I was lucky enough to win some digi prizes from the lovely and talented Holley during her Candy giveaway in February to celebrate her being five years seizure free. One of the prizes was to choose three digis from Atelier Oz

I used a patchwork paper matted onto card coloured with a pink Pan Pastel. I added lace and a pink organza ribbon before fixing to an 8"x 8" card blank. I created the sentiment on the computer and cut and shaped it to look like a banner.

I just fell in love with the gorgeous Raggedy Bear images and chose So Handsome, My Blanket and Me and Nap Time. You get a coloured version and a PNG so I was able to merge and resize the three images into a scene. I coloured them with a mix of Promarkers and Copics and created a frame with a Whimsy die from card coloured with the pink Pan Pastel.

I used the organza ribbon to make a triple bow and added a small flower. I finished the card with some faux pearls around the frame. Thank you Holley, I had great fun with this prize.

Please visit the Atelier Oz shop to see the fabulous images from Olivia. There is something for everyone, not just these adorable Raggedy bears. There is a sale on at the moment so don't miss out.
I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Kraftyhands April 2015 Challenge

Today is the start of the April challenge at Kraftyhands. Thank you to those of you who joined in with the March challenge, the winners have been announced on the blog. This challenge is just for fun and the theme this month is 
"Nature's Work"
There are many miracles in nature but I do think one of the prettiest are butterflies so I chose them for my DT card this month.

I used the Butterfly Botanicals CD to make this 8"x 8" card. I matted and layered three papers with blue card and punched the edge of a strip of yellow paper. I printed out a sentiment, tags and other elements from the CD.

I love these butterflies on the main image and how they are on a newsprint background so their beauty stands out. I decoupaged the largest butterfly for dimension.

The three butterflies were cut with an X-cut die from yellow card and I added some gold gems to finish.
This CD is perfect if you love a vintage look and butterflies There are lots of fabulous papers, beautiful butterflies, tags, postcards and vintage ephemera to play with on this disc.
Don't forget to visit the  Kraftyhands Challenge Blog for a full set of the challenge rules and to view the inspirational creations from my talented team mates. Remember to be a follower of the challenge blog to qualify for entry in the challenge. Did you know you can watch Kraftyhands shows regularly on The British Craft Network? There are some exciting new releases in the pipeline.
I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Sunday 5 April 2015

Happy Easter Sunday

Happy Easter
to all my friends and followers. I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend.
I've made a card for you all to share.

I've used polka dot and striped papers from a couple of Kraftyhands CDs and matted them all onto plain white card. I then distressed the edges.

The delightful image is Easter Mouse from Sherri Baldy and is one of the prizes I chose from Holley's Candy giveaway. Thank you Holley. I coloured it with Copics. 

I used various dies including the heart ones from X-cut and a Memory Box butterfly. The multi tone wired ribbon is from Ribbon Box and the flowers from Wild Orchid.

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Crafts Galore Encore April 2015 Challenge

It's the 1st of April today which means it's April Fools' Day. I love trying to spot (and avoid) the pranks. I hope you manage to survive the day without falling for any jokes.
Welcome to the April challenge for the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog. It is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.
This challenge is being sponsored by the popular Sherri Baldy and her prize for the winner is a choice of 3 of the digis that the DT have used for their inspiration samples.

The theme for this month is an easy 
"Make a Card"

As it's now April, I thought I'd make a Springtime card. Not that any Springtime weather is forecast.
I used textured Papermania card in sage green, bright orange and sunshine yellow. The paper is from the Little Meow range from Docrafts. I used a couple of Marianne dies to create the frame for the image and an X-cut die for the butterflies. The ivy was cut with a Signature die from Joanna Sheen.

I chose the delightful Fay Sisters image and coloured it with a mix of Copics and Promarkers. The other images the Design Team were offered are equally lovely but I thought this image was perfect to celebrate Spring.

I added a bunch of daffodils and tulips tied with a bow and finished the card by adding orange gems to the butterflies.
Now please visit the Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the other wonderful cards from my fabulously talented team mates and to see the other lovely images for the prize.
I've added my photos to the My-Besties Designs Facebook group and
I've entered this card into the following challenges: