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Missy Chic

My last card for today uses the cute Missy Chic from Art by MiRan - love these sweet little girls! This card is for Art by MiRan's Challenge #9 Anything Goes , Art by MiRan's Facebook challenge to use bling, Craft Ribbons Challenge #95 to use stitching either faux or real as well as ribbon and finally for Color Throwdown's Challenge #298 to use the pretty colour combo below. And here's my card. I did have to do my faux stitching stamps with Chocolate Chip as the Crumb Cake didn't really show up at all. Recipe: Stamps: Missy Chic from Art by MiRan, Fancy Flourishes, Tag Its #2 and #3, Sew Simple  Borders all from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired), Flirtacious DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card. Inks: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers Accessories: Pink Pirouette Two Tone Ribbon (Retired), Wister

Just So Cool!

I bought this digi stamp from All Dressed Up a few weeks ago and haven't used her as yet, but she's such a fabulous, funky girl and perfect for that difficult teenage girl who doesn't like girly girl cards. This card is for All Dressed Up's Challenge #16 Anything Goes , Papertake Weekly's Sketch Challenge #91 (I did swap the text box out for a bow as there was already a sentiment with the image) and for Scrapbook Stamp Society's Challenge #44 Anything Goes . And here's my card, using some not-so-girly colours of blue, grey and mustard. Recipe: Stamps: Just So Cool from All Dressed Up Papers: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate both from Stampin' Up, Lost & Found Oliver Patterned Papers from My Mind's Eye, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Copic Markers Accessories: Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Gems from Hobbycraft and Papermania, Border Die from Papertrey Ink (Can't remember the name of it and c

Cupcake Ellie

I managed to get hold of a few more digis from The Paper Nest Dolls this week (Thank you Christine!) and had to use another one this weekend. I can feel another addiction coming on! LOL. This card is for The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #13 Anything Goes, Sketch and Stash's Challenge #142 to use the sketch below (My new stash is my new digi and my old stash is the ribbons which have been in my pink ribbon boxes for years!) and for In The Pink's Challenge #47 to use food. And here's my card...A little more CAS than usual from me,, but a cute card still... Recipe: Stamps: Cupcake Ellie from The Paper Nest Dolls, Framed Out #2 from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pretty in Pink (Retired), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Real Red all from Stampin' Up, Sweet Owl Patterned Papers fro First Edition, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose (Retired), Pretty in Pink (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll

Art by Mi Ran Guest Designer Post #2

Today is another new challenge on the Art by MiRan showcase blog and this is my second post as the guest designer for June. I love the images by Art by MiRan and used Ceridwen for this card. I was having a hunt through the different card bases on the Silhouette studio and saw this gorgeous cut out gatefold with leaves on the front flaps/doors and knew it would be perfect for my Ceridwen card. This is the card closed. It stays closed with the top right corner just squeezing under one of the cut out pieces. I added lots of punched flowers to imitate those in the image. And here it is open... You can see the gorgeous "doors" much better one this one. Thank you so much to Mi Ran and Vicky for inviting me to join you all this month. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and feel honoured to have been asked!  Recipe: Stamps: Ceridwen from Art by MiRan, Half and Half from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Bella Rose

Sketch Saturday Challenge #316 with All Dressed Up!

Happy Saturday Sketchers! It's time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday Challenge blog and we have a fabulous new sketch and sponsor today! All Dressed Up! And the Prize is 2 digital images of the winner choice!  And here is Sketch #316 designed by Cathy : I have been using All Dressed Up's digis for a little while now and just love them so I was super excited to get to work with them on this sketch! I did take a few creative liberties with it as I had cut all my patterned papers up ready before checking that my image would fit and as usually I had printed her too big, so I had to change the size of my card. I'm not one for wasting paper so a few selective cuts and a bit of rearranging gave me this gorgeous card... It more or less follows the sketch!  Recipe: Stamps: Looking Gorgeous from All Dressed Up Papers: Pixie Pink (Retired), Smoky Slate both from Stampin' Up, Isabella Collection Patterned Papers from Bo Bunny,

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #117 with Crafty Sentiments

Happy Friday everyone! I love Fridays, don't you? It's that start of the weekend and another week of hard work completed feeling! It's time for another Fussy and Fancy challenge and this fortnight it's my turn to host the challenge and for this one I picked Summertime as your challenge. You can interpret this in anyway you like- you can use an image appropriate for the season, use colours inspired by summertime and anything else you may choose. This fortnight we are also sponsored by Crafty Sentiments and I used the cute little Harriet  and Tab 2 die for my card. She's all dressed up for a hot summer's day, licking away at her lolly! I'm also entering this card in Crafty Sentiments' Challenge Summer or summer colours . Recipe: Stamps: Harriet from Crafty Sentiments, Sweet As Can Be from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Sweet Shop DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Neenah Solar Crest I

The Paper Shelter Challenge #164 Travel and Transportation

It's time for Team B to host a challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge blog this week and the theme is Travel and Transportation We would like to see your cards or projects inspired by a country you have visited or would like to visit or use a travel theme or use some sort of transportation such as a car or aeroplane. The Paper Shelter has heaps of fantastic images for this challenge - you'll be spoilt for choice! Here are a few ideas to get you started...You could use Snake Charmer for a trip to India, Bon Voyage for a travel theme or My Racing Car for a transportation theme. I decided to go for a Chinese themed card as I have always wanted to go to China and maybe one day in the far distant future I will get there. For this theme I used the beautiful My Fantasy Pet digi with the matching background paper too. Lots of gorgeous greens, reddy-oranges and gold on this one. Not  colour combo I would usually choose but I love how it came out! The pearlescent

Penny's Blossom Fun

I managed to get my DT cards done today and still had some time to play so I thought I would do a fairly quick card for a few challenges! This card is for Di's Digi Designs Challenge to use lots of layers and for  Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #241 Flower Power. And here she is...I went for a soft subtle colour scheme this time, trying to use up some of the mountain of patterned papers I have! Recipe: Stamps:  Penny's Blossom Fun from Di's Digi Downloads Papers: Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sorbet DSP all from Stampin' Up, Neenah Solar Crest Inks: Copic Markers Accessories: Summer Starfruit Satin Ribbon, Itty Bitty Punch Pack both from Stampin' Up, Heart Banner from La-La Land Crafts, Pearls from Hobbycraft, Beautiful Blooms II Dies #2, Victorian Lace Border Die both from Papertrey Ink Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, R20 Hair - E42, E44, E47 Branch - E31, E35, E37 Yellows - YR21, YR23, YR24 Dress - YR00,

Thoughts of You

I've been neglecting my Besties stamps recently for no particular reason, but my DT commitments along with all my school work and university work mean that I have less crafting time at the weekend, so I can't spend as much time on all the challenges I like to do. But I have rectified it this week, but combining 3 different My Besties challenges with this card. Firstly this is for My Besties UK challenge to add a bit of sparkle, My Besties Aussie Challenge #25 to use dry embossing and die cuts, My Besties to use flowers and finally it is for Creative Inspirations Challenge #270 to use a bow. And here she is...I couldn't decide on colours so I let my boyfriend choose them and I actually quite like this combo even though I probably wouldn't have gone with it myself. Recipe: Stamps: My Besties IMG 0392 from Sherri Baldy, Tag Its #2, 3 and 12 all from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP, In Colors

Aurora Floral Kiss

I saw some fab cards on Facebook the other day using some digis from The East Wind, so popped on over to their Etsy store and bought myself a few as well as signing up for their newsletter, from which I received another digi! Woot! Anyway this card is for The East Wind's Challenge #9 to use bling, for Crafty Sentiments' Challenge to either go CAS or full on (I went with full on as I don't do CAS unless forced LOL), Bunny Zoe's Challenge for June to use lots of layers and for Colour Me's Challenge #25 to use these gorgeous colours. And here's my card. Had to go for lots of butterflies on this one with lots of bling too! Recipe: Stamps: Aurora Floral Kiss from The East Wind Papers: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, In Colors 2011 - 13 DSP Stack (Retired), In Colors 2012 - 14 DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Neenah Solar Crest Inks: Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, Pool Party S

Camellia Spirit

Love the name of this digi! I really like the digis from Aurora Wings and feel they really push me with my colouring. I'm still not as good as I want to be, but I think I'm getting there! This card is for Aurora Wings' Challenge #4 to either use the no lines technique or play the colour bingo! I'm not brave enough to try the no lines technique yet, so went with the bottom row of the bingo board to use pink, white and brown, which also matches Deep Ocean's Challenge #80 to use your favourite colour combo. I'm also entering this card in Fab & Funky's Challenge #221 to make a shaped card and for Crafty Ribbons Challenge #94 to use dotty ribbon! And here she is... I didn't quite get the nose right, but hey ho...nevermind! Recipe: Stamps: Camellia Spirit from Aurora Wings Papers: Strawberry Slush, Early Espresso, In Colors 2012-14 DSP Stack, Bride DSP (Retired), Neutrals DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It

Sketch Saturday Challenge #315 with Whimsy and Stars Studio

Happy Saturday Everyone! I just love Saturdays, don't you?! I get to have a lie in (although it's only usually for about an extra 30 minutes, but still...), I don't have to rush around getting ready for work and I get to have lots of fun crafting the day away!  Anyway it's time for another Sketch Saturday Challenge and this week the sponsor is Mabelle Ramirez-Ortiz from  Whimsy & Stars Studios Mabelle has generously offered 4 digis as this week's prize. Thank you Mabelle!  Here is Sketch #315: And here is my card using the cute Ballerina Teddy from Whimsy and Stars Studio. Isn't she just perfect for a little girl's birthday card!  Recipe: Stamps: Ballerina Teddy from Whimsy and Stars Studio, Star Prints from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up,Neenah Solar Crest Inks: Pink Pirouette, Gold Encore Metallic both from Stampin'

The Stamping Chef Challenge #34

It's time for another fabulous challenge from The Stamping Chef and as always it's an Anything Goes Challenge! I chose to use the gorgeous Just An Apple digi for my card today and knew I had the perfect sentiment to go with her! Love her huge green eyes too! Recipe: Stamps: Just An Apple from The Stamping Chef, Fruit Fusion: Apple from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, very Vanilla, Cheerful Treat DSP (Retired), Summer Picnic DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Neenah Solar Crest Inks: Real Red, Old Olive both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Flourish Lace Punch Around The Page Set from Martha Stewart, Gems from Hobbycraft, Tiffany Frame from Memory Box, Anja's Vintage 2 Ornaments Dies LR0270 from Marianne Creatables Copics Used:  Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, R20 Hair - E71, E74, E79 Apple & Bow- R32, R35, R37 Dress & Eye

Tiddly Inks Teacher

In between all my DT cards and some gifts I've been making, I managed to squeeze in a card. This one goes with the gifts, which were a bookmark, covered notepad and a post-it note holder all in a stamped gift bag (which I forgot to photograph!) for my student teacher who finishes in my class next Friday. She has been with us for 5 months now and it is going to feel really strange not having her in and going back to full time teaching is going to be a bit of a shock after all the teaching she has been doing instead of me! Anyway this card is for Tiddly Inks Challenge #135 to use the sketch below, which worked perfectly for this Teacher digi image! My student has now completed and passed her course and will be teaching her own class in September hence the congratulations! And here's my 5 x 7 inch card... Recipe: Stamps: Teacher from Tiddly Inks, Enjoy The Ride, Fruit Fusion: Apple both from Papertrey Ink Papers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Su

Miss Showgirl

This is one of my new Art by MiRan digi images and she is just fabulous, so I had to use her for this fortnight's Art by MiRan's Challenge #8 which is an Anything Goes challenge. (Did you also see my showcase blog guest designer post?! So excited!!!) This card is also for Creative Inspirations Challenge #269 to use bright and bold colours - you can't get much brighter than hot pink and turquoise with a bit of black to balance it out! And here she is! I finally found some use for this netting I acquired from a fairy costume at school after our production of Cinderella and Rockerfella. I knew it would come in handy some day and was rescued from the bin! Love these flowers! And another new Punch Around The Page Set - love love love these and must buy me some more next month! Recipe: Stamps: Miss Showgirl from Art by MiRan, Scrolling Script from Papertrey Ink Papers: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo Prints DSP (Retired), Pink Flamingo DSP

Avery Sitting Pretty in her Flower Garden

I really like The Paper Nest Dolls images but it's such a shame you cannot get them over here in the UK...yet! They have, fortunately, a few digis in their Etsy store, which is where I got this cute little girl from. Just wish they would add more to that store (hint, hint LOL). Anyway this card is for The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #12  Anything Goes, In The Pink's Challenge #46 Flower Garden , Crafty Ribbons Challenge #93 Anything Goes with ribbon and for Crafting When We Can's Challenge #71 to use up your scraps. I have just a few pieces left of this paper pack now and am down to my last full sheet of the Regal Rose cardstock, which retired from SU a little while ago now. Shame as I love this shade of pink. And here she is - isn't she sweet?! And I love my new Punch Around The Page set - I bought myself two this month and this one with the butterflies is perfect for my butterfly addiction! Recipe: Stamps: Sitting Pretty Avery from The Paper Nest Dolls,

Sparkles Star Gazer

After making a couple of bright cards earlier, I thought I would go for a softer colour scheme on this card and whilst looking at images of lilies on the internet for colours, I found some that were both pale pink and pale yellow and used those as my starting point. This card is for Lacy Sunshine's Challenge to use non-traditional hair colours and for Sketch & Stash's Challenge #141 to use the sketch below.My old stash is the patterned papers and ribbon all of which have been retired for years from Stampin' Up. And here's my softer card...The nose isn't quite right, but she's still a sweetie! Recipe: Stamps: Sparkles Star Gazer Lily Flower Pot Pretties from Lacy Sunshine, Everyday Grungy Messages from Lili of the Valley Papers: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired), So Saffron Prints DSP (Retired), Neenah Solar Crest Inks: Pretty in Pink (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessor

Eek I'm so excited!

A few weeks ago I received a message from Vicky Fortier through Facebook asking me if I wanted to be a Guest Designer for the Art by Mi Ran Showcase blog . I have to admit after the initial squeals of delight, I took a deep breath and thought about it for... oh just a millisecond. I was gobsmacked that this fabulous group of girls would want little ole me to join them for the month of June, but of course I said yes and this is my first post for them! I'm also entering this card into Charisma Cardz Challenge #13 Sparkle and Shine - there's plenty of that on here - and into Scrapbook Stamp Society's Challenge #43 Anything Goes . I got to choose two images for my cards and I think that was the hardest bit as there are just so many fabulous images to choose from. This card uses Ellie's Belly Dance and she is just adorable. Totally fell in love with this one. I went for a teal and silver/grey theme with this one after pulling out some old patterned papers that were jus

Sketch Saturday Challenge #314 with Simon Says Stamp!

Good Morning All! Welcome to another week over at Sketch Saturday. Back with us this week is our amazing sponsor  Simon Says Stamp! The Sketch Challenge Prize is a super generous $25.00 to spend in the  Simon Says Stamp Store Here is sketch #314, designed by me! And here's my take on it...I wanted the arrows/chevrons to looks like something was moving fast and saw my Fly Away set and thought a plane moving through the sky would work!  Recipe: Stamps: Fly Away from Papertrey Ink Papers: Real  Red, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up Inks: Real Red, Pacific Point both from Stampin' Up Accessories: Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (Retired I think), Brights Buttons both from Stampin' Up, Cloud Dies, Vintage Cream Felt, Fly Away Dies all from Papertrey Ink And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don'