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The Paper Shelter Challenge #156 - Use that Ribbon

Well it's the last day of April today and boy has this month gone fast! I guess having just over 2 weeks holiday at the beginning of the month has made it go much quicker than normal. Anyway it's time for another fantastic challenge at The Paper Shelter and this week's it's the B Team's turn and we challenge you to Use That Ribbon! Veronica very kindly sent all the DT a new image a while ago and I just knew what I wanted to do with it. The image is called The Beautiful Lion Tamer and she had to be in a circus tent shaped card and here it is... I used a template from my Silhouette Studio for the base but had to cut it all out by hand as it just wouldn't go to the size I wanted and still close properly (There's still a little gaps between the "tent flaps", but I can live with that.) Took a lot of fiddling especially to add the white stripes, but it was worth it.  The outside of the card used lots of Real Red Stitched Ribbon as

Mermaid Shadow Box Card

I haven't made a shadow box card in absolute ages so when I saw Crafty Sentiments Challenge to use fancy folds, I thought I would have a go at making one. This card is also for Charisma Cardz Challenge #9 to use purple and blue, although I have added a bit of green and orange in there too, but the majority is blue. And here it is - lots and lots of Silhouette Portrait die cuts for this one including the actual base. Love having a machine that can all these fancy shapes out for me, even if it does struggle with the thin bits like the seaweed flourishes. I couldn't find a sentiment related to mermaids anywhere, so I cut my own out on the Silhouette as well and stuck it on. I also added loads of dew drops to be the water bubbles (finally found them after hunting for ages for them and they were not where they should have been! No wonder I couldn't find them!). And here's a closer look at the actual mermaid...She looks a bit too brown for my liking- one of my Copi

Elven Princess

I finally got round to buying some Aurora Wings digis last week and printed them out at work the other day ready to use this weekend. I love the images, but am quite nervous about colouring them as they are just so detailed. But in my mission to improve my colouring I jumped in with both feet and went ahead and used one today and I actually don't think it turned out too badly. This card is for Aurora Wings Challenge #2 Monochromatic , Deep Ocean's Challenge #76 to use stitching either real or faux and for Papertake Weekly's Challenge to use white and one other colour. I cheated a bit on that one as I used 2 shades of pink - is that allowed? And here she is. I deliberately kept her fairly small and am glad I did as the flowers took forever to colour in! The hair isn't quite the shade of pink I wanted, but I think it's ok for an elf! Recipe: Stamps: Elven Princess from Aurora Wings Papers: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Bella Rose DSP (Retired), Swee

Mouse on Bluebell

I had a bit of a splurge last week with all the Easter sales on and bought myself loads of new stamps, dies and 8 packs of patterned papers! I didn't actually realise I had ordered so many until my box of goodies arrived the other day! So anyway I just had to use some of my new stash today! This card is for Crafty Little Fairies Challenge Furry Friends , Creative Inspirations Challenge #262 Cute Characters , Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #233 Cuddly and for Sketchy Challenges #72 to use Kirsty-Anne's sketch below which I adapted slightly so as not to cover up the squirrel in the top left corner. And here's my card... Recipe: Stamps: Mouse on Bluebell from Wild Rose Studio, Mini Chalkboard Sentiments from Whimsy Stamps Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi both from Stampin' Up, Bluebell Patterned Papers from Wild Rose Studio, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up, memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Silv

Rose La Rouge

Thought I would enter The Stamping Chef's Challenge #26 this week and combine it with their Facebook Group Challenge as well using this very bright flower bouquet as inspiration. I'm also entering this card into A Creative Romance's Challenge to use up your scraps. Apart from the bigger background paper, the other pieces including the doily are all scraps. I used one of my new digis, Rose La Rouge, and went for a very bright card. Love how it came out, although I do think I should have done something on the background of the Label 10 Nesties! Looks a bit plain against all the patterned paper, but that might not be too bad a thing either!  Recipe: Stamps: Rose La Rouge from The Stamping Chef, Signature Series: Dress Form from Papertrey Ink Papers: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Sweet & Sour DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Pumpkin Pie from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers Accessories: Pe

Sketch Saturday Challenge #307 with Milk Coffee

Good Saturday Morning and welcome to another  Sketch Saturday  challenge. This week we are sponsored once again by the fabulous  Milk Coffee . Our prize this week is 5 digis from the Milk Coffee Etsy store! Sketch #307 was designed by me! And here's my take on it. I rotated the sketch and then went for something completely different and saw each of those strips as sunflowers with my digi image, Lisabeth loves Sunflowers being one of the strips as well. I wanted it to look like she was in a garden of tall sunflowers and totally love how this one came out!  Recipe: Stamps: Lisabeth Loves Sunflower from Milk Coffee, Daydreamer, Flower Fusion #9 both from Papertrey  Ink Papers: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Old Olive all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers Accessories: Flower Fusion #9 Die from Papertrey Ink Copics Used:

My Glamorous Bestie

This week's challenge on the new look My Besties UK challenge blog is called Hollywood Glamour and I had the perfect image for this one! This card is also for My Besties Aussie Challenge #21 to make a card with more than one fold. I made a pop up book card using the instructions from my fellow Fussy and Fancy girl Norma. These instructions were so easy to follow and made such a great card. Here's the outside with my glamorous Bestie... And here's the inside... Recipe: Stamps: My Besties IMG031 from Sherri Baldy, Signature Greetings II, Mat Stack Collection 2 both from Papertrey Ink Papers: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Coredinations, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer Paper all from Stampin' Up, All Dolled Up Patterned Papers from Glitz, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Pretty in Pink (Retired), Early Espresso both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon (Retired) from

Isobel the Petal Fairy

This week's challenge from Crafty Sentiments is one I kept putting off all week as I just didn't know how I was going to do it, but today inspiration hit me and I got straight on it this morning and totally love how this card came out in the end! I generally don't do all white cards and was convinced I would have to go CAS, which just isn't my style. This morning, however, I remembered I had some beautiful white foiled DSP and some vellum and went for those. And here's my card. My vellum actually has silver hearts printed on it, but they all seem to have hidden behind my oval frame LOL. Recipe: Stamps: Isobel - Petal Fairy from Crafty Sentiments Papers: Whisper White, Bride DSP (Retired), Silver Foil Vellum all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Card Base from Crafts Unlimited Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers Accessories: Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Pearl Brads from Papermania, Flowe

Pixie Nerd Colour Along

Alyce Keegan did a Colour Along last week using Saturated Canary's Pixie Nerd and I finally got round today to doing it before the video gets taken off her site (which has happened to me the last 2 times I've tried to do one! Sometimes I don't have the images printed and have no printer at home to do so or I just don't get the time! This time I was waiting for my reinkers to turn up as I had 2 pens that had run out.) Anyway I thought I would enter this card into Fussy And Fancy's Challenge #112 to use lace and pearls to support my fellow Fussy and Fanciers! It's not too bad for my first colour along, although I do think the dress has too much yellow in it, but I do like it! I don't own any watercolours so didn't do the background part and coloured in the ground and did a slight shadow around her instead. Recipe: Stamps: Pixie Nerd from Saturated Canary Papers: Rich Razzleberry from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Card b

Starry Birthday

Oh what a difficult card this one turned out to be. I had no end of Copic issues with this one! Pens running out, pens going sticky, blending not blending properly, pleats not pleating, flicks not flicking properly! I wish I had printed more than one copy of this image and then I could have started again but now it has dried and been put together it doesn't actually look all that bad (I hope!). I will be investing in a good quality printer when we get round to moving but at the minute I have no room for one and the one at work is just much better than I can afford to buy. Shame I'm not back at work until Tuesday! Anyway this card is for the Tiddly Inks Challenge #131 Celebrate and for The Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge for this month to use yellow. I did add some brown in it too to break it up a bit as totally yellow cards are not something I'm completely comfortable making! And here's my Starry Birthday... Recipe: Stamps: Starry Birthday from Tiddly Inks, Wi

Blossom Breeze

I love this image by Art by MiRan and just had to use her today for the latest Art by MiRan Challenge #4 Anything Goes . I just love her gorgeous long hair and beautiful dress - reminds me of what an elven princess should look like! This card is also for Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #232 to use die cuts and punches and fo r In The Pink's Challenge #42 to use a digi stamp image. And here she is...I added a few die cut flowers and then lots of punched flowers to add to the Blossom Breeze! Recipe: Stamps: Blossom Breeze from Art By MiRan Papers: Pretty in Pink (Retired), Rich Razzleberry both from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Bird Song Patterned Papers from First Edition Inks: Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen, Clear Glaze Pen Accessories:  Beautiful Blooms II Dies #3, Little Bitty Bird Additions Dies, Heart Border Die all from Papertrey Ink, Bitty Punch Pack, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon (Retired) both from Stampin' U

Mary had a Little Lamb

I totally love this image from Wee Stamps and thought I would use it for a last Easter card. I always seem to print these Wee Stamps images too big for some unknown reason so they take up most of the card. Need to learn to get the sizing right and play around with them before actually printing onto my Copic card. Anyway this card is for Whimsy Stamps' Challenge #70 Anything Goes and for Papertake Weekly's Challenge Happy Easter . And here she is... I attempted to colour the lamb in with lots of little dots and furry swirls and I really like how it came out. Not perfect yet, but getting there!  Recipe: Stamps: Mary from Wee Stamps, Compact Sentiments Part 1 from Waltzing Mouse Stamps Papers: So Saffron, Ballet Blue(Retired), Whisper White, Bashful Blue Prints DSP (Retired), So Saffron Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: So Saffron from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Silver Star Gelly Roll Pen Accesso

Sketch Saturday Challenge #306 with A Day for Daisies

Good morning everyone and welcome back to another fabulous sketch from the Sketch Saturday   challenge blog! A Day For Daisies is back this week to sponsor us for this week's challenge #306!  The prize this week is a $12 A Day for Daisies gift certificate. Sketch #306 was design by Debra And here is my reasonably CAS card using the My Tower digi from A Day For Daisies. Isn't she just adorable?! Recipe: Stamps: My Tower from A Day For Daisies, Asian Fusion from Papertrey Ink Papers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Sweet Sorbet DSP all from Stampin' Up Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar Stretch Ruffle Trim, In Color Boutique Details both from Stampin' Up Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E01, R20 Hair - E41, E42, E43, E44 Wall - W1, W3, W5 Dress & Butterflies - YR00, YR02, YR61 And that's all from me for this post fo

Carefree Elise

I recently bought some Make It Crafty digis with the discount you get from Alyce Keegan's Skin and Hair Colouring class that I signed up for (and haven't done very much of to be honest. Still waiting on some reinkers to arrive so I can carry on with them!) and thought I would enter their challenge with one of my new stamps today. Their challenge #8 is split into 2 halves - an easy colour challenge to use turquoise and purple and a more difficult one. I went for the easy option, mostly because I don't have a printer at home so couldn't print out the digi I wanted to use on some other paper. And here's my card using Carefree Elise. Such a pretty image! Recipe: Stamps: Carefree Elise from Make It Crafty, Flower Fusion #8, Mini Blooms both from Papertrey Ink Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant, Regals DSP Stack (Retired), Pink Flamingo DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggpl

Fairy Nuff

It's time for another challenge #25 at The Stamping Chef and another Anything Goes one. I love these ones as they take no thinking! LOL And whilst I'm on holiday from work I don't want to be doing too much thinking! This card is also for Color Throwdown's Challenge #288 to use this bright combo and for Creative Inspirations Challenge #261 to use lots of layers. Just adding in a quick thank you to both The Stamping Chef and Creative Inspirations Design Teams for choosing my card last week to be a winner for their challenges. And here's my card. I attempted to do green hair and although it's not a perfect match for the Gumball Green papers, it's not too far off and I actually really like it! You can't really tell in the photo, but I covered her wings with glamour dust and they have just the right amount of sparkle! Recipe: Stamps: Fairy Nuff from The Stamping Chef, Fairy Certain Sentiment from Kith and Kin Papers: Melon Mambo, Basic Gr

All Dressed Up In Pastels

All Dressed Up's Challenge #13 this week is Spring and can be either Spring colours or flowers, so I used both. I also used Sketch and Stash's Challenge #137 for the layout. Most of my stash is reasonably new except for the butterfly stamp set which was one of my first purchases from Papertrey Ink about 5 years ago and one I always go back to as it's such a perfect butterfly set! And here's my take on this sketch...The yellow looks a lot bright than it is in real life. It's much softer, but the light wasn't great when I took my photo and this is the best I can get out of it for now until I can take another one in the daytime tomorrow. The flourishes under the butterflies was a trick I found on the internet yesterday and yet it is so simple I have no idea why I have never heard about it before! Stamp your flourishes in Versamark ink then add Liquid Pearl or glitter dots for a perfectly shaped flourish! Simples! My own flourishes always go wonky and ne

The Paper Shelter Challenge #154 Spring Is Here

It's time for another The Paper Shelter challenge today and have we got a good one for you this week - Spring Is Here and yes it surely is. The weather is much warmer here in the UK and don't need my thick winter coat any more when I go out and some days I don't even need a coat at all! I just love the warmer weather - makes me so much happier! Anyway on to the challenge...I used the cute Spring Elves for this one and it did take a while to colour in as there's so many different elements to it, but I had lots of fun doing so. And don't forget the fabulous prize that is on offer this week as well... I'm also entering this into A Random Fan's Challenge #6 to use pastel colours. Recipe: Stamps: Spring Elves from The Paper Shelter Papers: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Springtime Vintage DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Copic Markers Accessories: Rose Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired

Bubbles' Bath

I missed out on the freebie image to join in with Lacy Sunshine's Facebook challenge this fortnight as I wasn't paying much attention to FB early last week as I was full of cold yet again. I seem to get one at the beginning of every holiday as my body is slowly starting to wind down from the chaos that is always work before we break up! Luckily for me I had one of the images anyway, so I'm using this card to join in with the challenge! I'm also entering it into Lacy Sunshine's Challenge #31 to make a feminine card, which immediately calls for me to use pink! And here's Bubbles in her flowery bath. Love this image! Recipe: Stamps: Bubbles Bath from Lacy Sunshine, Scrolling Script from Papertrey Ink Papers: Regal Rose (Retired), Soft Sky, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired), Soft Sky Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Regal Rose (Retired), Soft Sky both from Stampin' Up, Copic Ma