Thursday, 16 October 2014

Colouring on Weetabix!...

Good morning, lovely peeps from a sunny (at the moment) North Wales!...Bet that title got you curious!...Of course, I haven't actually coloured onto Weetabix - that would just be wrong! - but I have coloured onto the card from a Weetabix box!...

It's quite similar to Kraft card, I suppose, a bit more fibrous, but actually quite easy to colour on!...
...I did wonder if it might bleed a lot, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it doesn't and blends quite well, too!  I have never coloured on anything other than white card, so this was a nice change and turned out okay, even if I do say so myself!  The papers and image are all from 12 Cards of Christmas CD-Rom and the sentiment was made in PS using Serif's Holiday Springs font...
...I had allsorts of stuff on this card at one time or another and ended up discarding it all and keeping to a clean style with just a bit of ribbon and some wooden snowflakes.  I haven't done anything to the inside yet, but will probably end up decorating it with some coordinating papers and a sentiment panel...when I can be bothered!  I really don't do Christmas until the first week in December, but feel that I should at least be trying to get a head start!?!
Well, that's it - short and sweet from me today!  I hope you like my Krafty creation and next time you empty that cereal box, think twice before you put it in the recycle bin!
Have a wonderful Thursday,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Christmas until 28th
(my image and papers are 2 years old and my snowflakes have been in my stash forever!)
Christmas until 21st
Christmas in October until 19th
Snowflakes until 21st
Aud Sentiments Challenge
Anything Goes until 21st

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Harvest Thanksgiving...

Good afternoon, lovely Bloggers!  Autumn has really set in now, here in North Wales - the leaves are dropping at an alarming rate and those that are left are hues of gold and bronze!  I have been out for a walk this morning to pick some larch cones in preparation for Christmas projects for our church fair and had to arm myself with scarf, boots and gloves!

It's our Harvest Thanksgiving service this evening (a week earlier than usual!)and the children from the after school club that I help run on a Monday afternoon have been making a frieze and other projects to decorate the church....
...This is the scarecrow that I made with the 7-11 year olds and the paper sunflowers that each of the children made using a large daisy punch, circular punch and real sunflower seeds.  It's surprising how much time and preparation goes into entertaining 15 children for an hour!
Last night, my MIL, myself and the vicar went to arrange flowers for the windows - I love flowers and flowers arranging, so am quite happy to while away a couple of hours playing with nature's treasures!  Hubby came along too, to help set up a projector screen for the service and my little man was a sweetheart on tea and tidying up duties!  Here's a couple of pics of some of the arrangements I did...

...We'll be looking forward to the homemade leek and potato soup, cheese and rolls, followed by apple pie and fresh cream, after the service...yum!  The children are also donating harvest boxes filled with tins and packet foods to go to a local charity - something I remember doing as a child!
I just thought I would let you in on a few of the other crafty things that I like to do and what else I get up to when I'm not cardmaking and blogging!  Hope you have a wonderful Harvestime with family and friends and I'l be back again tomorrow with another paper creation!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Oh Baby!...

Good morning, wonderful Blogger friends and a Happy Tuesday to you all!  Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers, with Team 1 on duty and the lovely Shelly setting the theme for us this week which is 'Oh Baby!'.  (Shelly had a little girl of her own (Darcie) in July, so this theme was a bit of a no-brainer really!)...

This week we are sponsored by the amazing Letraset who are offering one lucky winner a set of 6 Metallic Markers - perfect for all those Christmas creations you'll be making!

Don't forget, to be elligible to win the prize, you must use your Letraset markers and follow the theme.

...I decided to make a shaped card base for my card this week and dug out my Go Kreate Frilly Frame #2 dies.  I went with a mainly blue with a hint of yellow colour scheme, using the baby boy papers from A Year in Cards and pierced and inked the edges with Stormy Sky DI...
...I used the ever so cute Wee Birthday Baby Boy image and coloured him with my Pro/Flexmarkers.  Here's the colour list I used :
Skin - Blush, Dusky Pink, Coral
Hair - Buttercup. Champagne, Sandstone
Romper suit - Glacier, Powder, Cloud Blue, Tan, Primrose, Buttercup
Cake - Vanilla, Shale, Umber
Mouse - Satin, Tan, Blush, Dusky Pink
Cherry - Shocking Pink, Vermillion, Maroon
The image is highlighted with crystal glitter and Liquid Pearls in White and Bisque...
 ...I punched some flowers using a Make Me star flower and XCut mini blossom punch, inked and shaped and added diamante or pearl centres.  The leaves are from the Cheery Lynn Leaf Border strip die...
...I stamped the individual letters to read 'baby boy' and created the Congratulations sentiment in PS using Cheddar Jack font...
...the inside is decorated with a printed sentiment panel with a simple verse from Verses4cards.
I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week and thanks for coming to visit me!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see the wonderful creations that my fabulous teamies have been creating for your inspiration!
Have a great week and stay crafty!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Lots of Layers (until 22nd)
Anything Goes (until 16th)
(I've gone with Flowers, sentiment, blue)
Anything with Ribbon (closes today)

Friday, 10 October 2014

A couple more Tildas...

Good afternoon, lovey peeps!  Well, it's almost the weekend and yet another week has flown this rate, Christmas will have been and gone before we know it!  I have got my designer head on at the moment and am on a bit of a roll drawing images for my next disc!  My (it's supposed to be hubby's but has now been claimed full time by me!) desk is full of pieces of paper with sketches on, pencils, foam pads and toppers where I've been printing and trialling different designs - maybe one of these days I'll actually tidy it ?!  (Cue fits of hysterical laughter from my family!)

Anyway, I am mid-sort of my computer files too and came across another couple of Princess Tilda cards that I haven't blogged, so here they are for your inspiration...

 ...I used the same layout as before for the green and pink combo, as I batch made these, just altering the colour scheme and Tilda's hair and dress colour each time.

I also found a couple of drawings that I thought I would share for you to use, so will be posting them for you to download in the next week or so.  The first is a horseshoe digistamp...
...To download, just click on the image then right click and Save Image your PC.  There's also a digitally coloured version...
...Don't know if anyone will use them, but I thought it better to give the chance than just delete them!  (If you do use them, I'd love to see what you make with them!)

Short and sweet from me today, I'm off to heat up some homemade chicken and veg soup for lunch and then I might just tackle my craft table so that we possibly might be able to have tea sat at it this evening!  I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow! Have a great weekend and let's hope that the sun remembers to shine again!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pop up Box instructions...

* This is a sticky post until the end of September*

If you're looking for my instructions on how I create pop up box cards, then click HERE!  There's also info on my box frame template and instructions too.  Happy crafting!  Lisa x

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Feminine...

Good morning, lovely peeps and a Happy Tuesday to you all!  It's time for a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week it's the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the hostess chair and she's chosen a nice easy theme of Make it Feminine, so let's see all those cards for the babies to ladies!...

This time, we are sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering one lucky winner 7, yes that's images of their choice from the Bugaboo store!...

Feminine doesn't have to mean froo froo and I went with quite a clean style for my card.  I turned to my favourite sketch site for inspiration and found Jen's Deconstructed sketch #134...
...So here's my interpretation...
...I used Alyssa relaxing from DigiStamp Boutique, colouring her up with my Pro/Flexmarkers and paper piecing the bath with the Rose paper from the Lamp set in A Play on Words CD.  I cut the tag from white card and embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots for a bit of texture and added some white/silver organza and a twine bow...
...I cut the arrow shape from some green pearl card and stamped the word relax using my individual letter stamps, then added some glitter to the bubbles on the image and a few diamante and pearl accents.  The stripe paper is from the May design set of A Year in Cards...
 ...I finished the inside with the C5 insert from the Lamp design set of A Play on Words with the sentiment ' Have a wonderful Birthday!'
Well, there you have it, my somewhat CAS feminine make for this week's challenge!  I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week, just remember that to be eligible to win the prize, you must use your Letraset pens and follow the theme.  I look forward to visiting you all and seeing what wonderful creations you make and for more inspiration, hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog and see what my wonderful teamies have made to share with you! See you soon,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Happy Birthday until tomorrow
Anything Goes until tomorrow
Birthday Celebration until 2nd Oct
Sentimental Sundays
Use Kraft Card closes 4th October
Southern Girls
Girly/Shabby Chic until 16th October

Monday, 29 September 2014

Back in Wales...

Good afternoon, dear Blogger friends!  Firstly I must say a massive HELLO and THANK YOU to everyone who came along to Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday and for all the lovely comments that I received for my samples!  It was so nice to meet you all and I hope you are all having fun with your new crafty stash!  There were quite a few stalls for people to browse with products including dies, stamps, card and paper, fabric kits, wooden decorations, glitter, powders and pastes and much more, so I hope that everyone went away with some new ideas and inspiration!

Talking of inspiration, I thought I would share with you a card that I made in the final hours before travelling up to Scotland.  It was 10 o'clock at night when I decided to make this after getting inspiration from a number of criss cross cards that I have seen recently, despite telling myself that I had enough samples already!...
...I began with two pink 6x6 card blanks and cut the fronts diagonally to create triangular fronts on each one.  Print off the stripe and flower paper from the May Wedding bells design set of A Year in Cards CD.  Cut the stripe to 14cm square, ink the edges (I used Victorian Velvet) and attach to the square panel of the card base. From the flower paper, cut 2 pieces 13.5cm square then cut them diagonally to create triangles (you should have 4 triangles).  Choose the two triangular pieces that correspond to the front flaps with the pattern the right way up, ink the edges (I used Weathered Wood) and attach them to the triangular card fronts.  I then adhered the fronts to create the pocket by placing a line of DST along the bottom of each of the trangular flaps and adhered to the card base...
I attached some organza and grey satin ribbon around the centre of the card, adhering to the reverse with DST and used the silver wedding bells topper, cut with SB Labels Eleven and matted onto silver mirror card.  I embellished with handmade flowers made from an XCut daisy and flower punch and Cheery Lynn Leaf Strip border leaves...
For the sentiment panel, I printed the Two Hearts sentiment by using the Snapshot Tool to select it, then printed onto A5 paper, cut to 13.5cm wide x 13cm high and inked the edges with Victorian Velvet.  I matted this onto a blue panel 14 x 13.5cm and cut 2 tags from the excess stripe paper using an XCut tag die.  I drew around the die to create mats from antique silver paper, adhered the stripe tag on top and folded in half over the top of the panel.  I then attached the main card onto a square base which had been cut with Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page punches.  I finished with some pearls, glitter and pink heart beads to decorate.
Hope you like my criss cross card and take inspiration in some way!  I'll be back in the morning with a new DT card for this week's challenge at Passion for Promarkers, so until then, have a great day!
I'd like to enter my card into the folllowing challenges :
Recipe - 1 image, 2 papers, 3 colours (pink, blue, grey)
closes 1st October
Dies and punches closes 1st October
Pretty in Glitter closes tomorrow
I'm not the best at getting bling to show on photos, but I have glitter on the bells, glitter organza and pink sparkly heart beads - hope this is glittery enough!
Anything Goes/Use 3 Layers closes 5th October