Friday, 28 June 2013

I'm back again!...

...Hello, dear Blogger friends!  Well, how's this for a turn up for the books?!  Yesterday, I received the news that work on our house has been delayed (not really surprised!), so despite the fact that I have packed up all my crafty stash and a lot of other stuff in the house, what was the first thing I did?  Only, get crafty!  I am so grateful that I only stashed my craft things in the shed as I was able to go out and bring in the stuff that I needed!  I discovered that I had won the challenge over at The Paper Shelter last week and my prize was a choice of 3 digis from their store...OMW how do you choose just 3 images from a whole store of deliciousness?!  In the end, I chose Spring Swing, Snow Angel (thinking ahead to the dreaded 'C' word!) and Cute Dressmaker

The challenge this week at The Paper Shelter is Buttons and/or Brads, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to colour up my Cute Dressmaker...
...isn't she a doll?!  I thoroughly enjoyed colouring her up and was inspired by the lovely Eileen's hair colouring on this card, to go with the white blonde...
...I coloured this little sweetie with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colours I used :
Skin : Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink
Hair : Sandstone, Champagne, Light Fawn, Buttercup
T-Shirt : Blue Grey 1, Dove Grey, Cerise, Vermillion (my all time fave colour at the moment!)
Shorts : Glacier Blue, Denim, Cadet Blue
Tights : Meadow, Apple, Bright Green, Antique White
Shoes : Cool Grey 1, 3, 4 & 5
Dress : Soft Aqua, Cool Aqua, Surf Blue, Muted Pink, Tea Rose, Watermelon, Dove Grey
Stans : Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa
I had cut out the image using my Go Kreate Frilly frame die, but the image slipped when I tried to emboss it and I ended up having to cut her out and 3D foam pad her on top!
...The papers I used are First Edition Boho Chic orange paisley (still my favourite paper and my last piece :( ) Spring Feast dots and Boho Chic aqua flower.  I added some bright turquoise grosgrain ribbon and bow and some buttons to embellish and tie in with the theme.  The sentiment was created in PS and cut using the largest Go Kreate Frilly frame die, then matted onto a faux die cut...
...I added my usual printed insert with the black and white dress form on and the sentiment 'Have a wonderful day!'
Thanks for dropping by to see me today and I hope you like my little creation!  Good luck to all those who are entering challenges this week and many thanks to Veronica and all the girls at The Paper Shelter for their fab challenges, DT inspiration and prizes!  Fingers crossed, I may just win again!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Buttons and/or Brads
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes with option of Ribbon
#126 Anything Goes
Make it Girly

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Wee Florist...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends!  A quick post from me to share another little creation!  Whilst browsing through the Wee Stamps store to buy 'Wee One', I came across this little pretty and just had to have her!  One of my many crafty loves is flower arranging, so I thought that 'Wee Florist' was just perfect for me...
....isn't she so pretty?!  I went CAS with this one - mainly because most of my crafty stuff had already been consigned to boxes, but at least it gave me a brain wave on how to keep crafty whilst the work is being done!  I decided to print off a load of predesigned CAS cards like this, so that at least I can sit and have a colour in the garden if the weather is nice...should keep me from having withdrawal! ;-) 
Off to mow the grass whilst the sun is shining and before it gets too wild!  Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you again soon!  Hugs and crafty wishes,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Keep it Simple
Happy Birthday, Jen!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Wee One...

Good afternoon, lovely Bloggers!  Well, the weekend was spent packing yet more of our belongings and trying to shift some of the non essential items into storage in preparation for work commencing next week!  I will be so glad when this is all over and have to keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the long run...I just dread to think of the mess and upheaval that this will all entail and just wish it could be done in a click of the fingers, but that's not to be!  I have now packed away all of my crafty things and will be unable to create for a number of weeks!  I have my DT cards made and posts scheduled just in case I can't use the computer and hope to be able to comment and visit you all on my tablet (as long as the router is switched on!)

Before I packed everything away, I couldn't resist buying one of the digistamps from the latest Wee Stamps release last week and create something to share.  I love altering things and whilst sorting out the pantry, I came across an old sugar box...

...I thought it would make a lovely gift box and decided to use my new Wee One digistamp (this stamp is just adorable!)...
...I covered the box with the blue baby paper from A Year in Cards and mounted the image onto a Martha Stewart punch around the page punched square...
...I coloured this little cutie with my Pro/Flexmarkers and embellished with a white, satin ribbon and bow, a couple of the stunning pins I got from Mandy and some paper and silk flowers...
...I finished by trimming the top of the box with some pretty gathered lace and thought that the finished article would be lovely filled with baby lotions, baby bath, talc, etc.
I must apologise in advance for my absence and hope that I can be back soon with some more crafty creations.  If I get chance, I will try to keep you posted via my tab as to how the work is going and when I will be back online!  Thanks for dropping by to see me and I hope you like my little project!  Crafty hugs,
Lisa x
I'd like to enter my gift box into the following challenges :
Anything but a Card
Anything Goes
Flowers and Bows
Anything Goes

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Passion for Promarkers - Floral Fantasy

Good morning, dear Bloggers!  Packing has started in Haste!  With only a fortnight until our house is torn apart (literally!) we have begun to try and tackle all the 'stuff' we have in our little 3 bed semi!  I begin to wonder if our walls are elasticated as we have already filled about 10 boxes just with hubbies computer and electronic bits from the front room!  I just have to keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end and that it's only a few weeks of upheaval...we'll see!  On the plus side, whilst shopping for plastic boxes on Sunday, we popped into Colour Supplies to see if they had little man's chosen wallpaper only to find that it has been discontinued!  The plus side is that there were 3 rolls from the same batch on the discount table, so little man gets his chosen wallpaper and we get a bargain...result!
Anyaway, it's Tuesday, so time for another challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week's theme has been set by the lovely Eileen who has chosen 'Floral Fantasy', so we want to see at least 5 flowers on your creations!  This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Digi Stamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner the chance to pick 6 digi stamps from their store!  Fab prize!!
Don’t forget you must use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.
 We were lucky enough to receive a digistamp of our choice to work with (thanks Sally-Ann!), so I used the ever so sweet Rosie from the Rosie and Dan Off to School collection...
 ...I decided to make an easel card with an aqua and lilac theme.  The plaid paper is one I made myself, the lace square is punched using my Martha Stewart PAtP Eyelet Lace punch and the star glitter card has been in my stash for ages!
 ...I coloured Rosie using my Pro/Flexmarkers, though I'm afraid I lost the scrap of paper that I wrote the colours down on!  (I will update if I come across it!)...  
...To fit in with the theme, I added a mulberry daisy with polka dot button centre, Cheery Lynn leaves and my favourite XCut flower punch, which I embossed on a foam mat and added pearls to the centres...

...I added some more flowers to the top left corner of the image and some on the sentiment on the stop bar, which was cut using SB Parisian Accents.  I embellished with polka dot buttons, organza ribbon and pearls.  I have to say, I really like how this one turned out and hope you like it too!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my wonderful teamies have been up to and we hope you can join in with our Challenge this week...Hugs,
Lisa x

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Clean and simple times three...

Good afternoon, my dear blogger friends!  My, these weeks are just flying by and what wonderful weather we've been having - it was fabulous for getting the washing done, but not so much for crafting!  Everytime I walked into my craftroom, the sunshine called me back outside again!  We've been gardening, barbecuing, relaxing, swimming and my little man got man of the match in his footie game last Friday...such a proud Mamma and a chuffed little boy, too!  He has a match again tonight, so fingers crossed the rain stays away and he has a good game!
Anyhow, I managed to sit at my crafty table...well, to be honest, I was sat at it most of Monday, yesterday and today as I had 3 card orders to make, then Mum and I spent yesterday trying to get ahead with workshop cards (very trying!) and the same again today!  In between all this cardmaking, I managed to get a couple of hours to colour...oh, I do LOVE to colour!  I decided to make a few CAS cards after being inspired by the lovely Delphine - I love how simple her cards are, just showcasing the image and her fabulous colouring!  So this is what I knocked up in a few hours of therapeutic colouring...
...This first card was made using Wee Stamps Dreamy Dragon - he is just adorable!  I glittered his scales and the flower centres with Stardust Stickles, but it doesn't show very well in the image!
Body - Soft Aqua, Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue
Scales - Meadow, Leaf, Bright, Forest Greens
Wings and feet - Soft Fawn, Soft Peach, Rose Peach
Tree - Sandstone, Caramel, Saddle Brown
Flowers - Vanilla
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges - 
(Ribbon, Pearls, Sparkle/Glitter)
Fantasy and/or Fairies
...Next up, I made a card using Digi Stamp Boutique's Alyssa Relaxing and paper pieced the bath with a paper from First Edition's Dreamcatcher pad.
Skin - Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink
Hair - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa, Henna, Umber
Bath top and feet - Ivory, Vanilla, Sandstone
Pillow - Pale Blossom, Pale Pink, Sorbat
Bottle - Pale Citrus, Aniseed, Pear Green
Bow - Cocktail Pink, Vermillion
Shadow on bath - Dove Grey, Dolphin Blue
Shadow - Pastel Beige
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
O for Open (Anything Goes)
...Last up, I used Saturated Canary's Hugs and Kisses digistamp.  I wanted to make the colours a little brighter, so decided to colour her hair in purple...
Skin - Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink
Hair - Orchid, Wild Orchid, Purple, Slate
Skirt - Dolphin, Denim, Cadet, Navy Blues
Heart - Cerise, Vermillion
Boots - Pink Pearl, Sorbet, Fuschia Pink, Lavender, Orchid, Wild Orchid, Soft Khaki, Sandstone, Caramel
Box - Soft Khaki, Sandstone, Caramel
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges :
Mad about Markers
Anything Goes
...I really like CAS cards and I managed to make these three in the same amount of time it would take to make a 'normal' card with all the layers!  Hope the fine weather comes back again soon and I'm going to need it over the summer holidays as the council are planning to modernise our house...I am terrified at the thought of having to try and pack up as much of our things as possible and of the mess that the work will entail, but I will be so glad when it is all done and I can decorate everywhere as I want.  It will be a lot of work and unfortunately is likely to mean I will be absent from blogging for a while, but I will still be able to come and visit you all on my tablet and hope to get ahead enough with my DT duties that I shan't have to miss any challenges...fingers crossed!  Thanks for coming to visit me today and I hope you like my quick and easy cards...see you soon, Lisa x

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Passion for Promarkers - All that Glitters

Good morning, crafty friends!  Firstly, I must apologise for being AWOL this last fortnight, only I have been busy making wedding invitations for a friend who was home this last week and the children have been off school.  We've been having some wonderful weather and so some of my time has been spent trying to get on top of my jungle of a garden too - it got nothing done to it last year, apart from cutting the grass, so it is a bit of a mountainous job now!  Peas and carrots are planted, potatoes are chitting, lawns have been tamed and one of my beds has been dug over and gravelled with pots on.  It was a nice excuse for me and little man to go down to our local garden centre and pick out a few annual plants, whilst he was on holiday and of course, we had to have lunch in the cafe too, sharing a berry sundae for dessert!

Anyway, it's back to normality this week and already time for another challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and we're sponsored this week by the fabulous Letraset, who are offering a Flexmarker Collectors set to one lucky winner.
The lovely Vicky is setting the theme this week and she's chosen 'All that glitters'  so we want to see the glitter and sparkle on your creations...
...For my DT card, I have used the fabulous Saturated Canary image, Love Letter (with a twist) and the pretty First Edition, Isabelle glittered papers to fit the theme...
...As I said, the image is SC Love Letter, but I decided to cut off the letter that she holds and replace it with the bird from Canary Love.  I printed, coloured and fussy cut out the girl, cutting off the letter in her hand...I then printed the Canary Love image and cut out the bird, then glued as if it were sitting in her hand.  Here's the list of colours I used :
Skin : Blush, Dusky Pink, Sunkissed Pink
Lips : Watermelon, Antique Pink
Hair : Nutmeg, Spice, Saddle Brown, Rosewood, Firebrick, Umber
Top : Soft Aqua, Aquamarine, Duck Egg, Surf Blue, Dove Grey, Watermelon
Jeans : Satin, Tan, Cinnamon
I glittered the little hearts on her sleeve and the heart in the bird's beak and mounted the image using a SB Oval die and Floral Oval cut from box cardboard...
...I embellished with punched flowers, Cheery Lynn leaves, handmade pins (made by Mandy, thanks sweetie!), organza ribbon, LOTS of diamantes for more sparkle and a Martha Stewart clay ornate frame for the sentiment...
...On the inside, I added a panel with the wording ''s your Birthday.  Many Happy Returns' and the line image of the Canary Love bird.
I really like the aqua, pink and brown colour combo and just adore making embellishments from the fabulous MS clay (it really is like nothing else you've ever felt!), I think these will be making more of an appearance in the future and I'm pandering after some UTEE to have a play too!
Apologies again for my absence and I hope you like my little crafty creation.  We'd love it if you could join in with our Challenge this week and don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what wonderful creations my lovely teamies have been making!  Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your week - it's supposed to be sunshine all the way this week here in Wales (we'll see!?!), so might try to get another patch of garden tamed!  Crafty hugs, Lisa x

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes
Tic, Tac, Toe
(I've gone with Gems, Ink (image coloured with Promarkers) and Ribbon)
Anything Goes
Punches or Die Cuts
(I've used both!)