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The Stamping Chef Challenge #40

It's Wednesday and that must mean it is time for Team A to showcase their cards for this week's The Stamping Chef Challenge #40 , which is an Anything Goes challenge. I chose to use the gorgeous CurveBomb for my challenge card this week and made it especially for my Aunt's birthday which is coming up very soon. She loves all things 50s so this image is perfect for her. And here she is from the front... And here is slightly side on view so you can see the centre step fold a bit better. Recipe: Stamps: CurveBomb from The Stamping Chef, Women of Life from Papertrey Ink Papers: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Love Story, Yours Truly Patterned Papers both from Echo Park Inks: Real Red, Basic Black both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Palace Oval Frame Die from Memory Box, Dotty 3D Itty Bitty Bow Dies from Creative Expressions, Black Cr

Festival Lily

All Dressed Up have joined forces with Kit and Clowder on Facebook to colour in this gorgeous festival Lily digi, which they are giving away free if you follow their competition rules. I managed to get a couple printed off on Friday so jumped straight into this morning to make a card using this pretty little girl. This card is for the Kit & Clowder competition (obviously) and for The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge , which is an anything goes one. And here she is...Love this hair combo (used to be one of my faves - purple with turquoise streaks when I was younger and used to go to Reading Festival every year. Now I'm far too old to sleep in a tent and it's no longer a rock festival but more of a pop one. Not my taste in music at all).  I used my new PATP set again as well! Love these and will be building up my stash by buying one each month! Recipe: Stamps: Festival Lily from All Dressed Up/Kit & Clowder Facebook competition Papers: Blackberry B

Book Like Friend

I made a quick, little card today using this cute digi from The East Wind and for some reason it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland - must have that story on the brain at the minute! The cat is definitely cheeky like the Cheshire Cat; there's also a heart in her hair for the Queen of Hearts. There's nothing else really that is Alice in Wonderland related but it still makes me think of it...LOL Anyway this card is for The East Wind's Facebook challenge #6 to use a funny sentiment. I don't actually have many funny ones, but this one always makes me smile. I'm also entering it into The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge which is an anything goes challenge this week and for Charisma Cardz Challenge #16 to use ribbon, twine and a charm. I have lots of butterfly charms, which I didn't think would go well with this one and then found a couple of these clock ones hidden in a box and thought it would go well with my Alice in Wonderland idea! "I'm late. I

Sketch Saturday Challenge #320 with Sir Stampalot

Happy Saturday Morning To You! It's time for another fantastic sketch from The Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog and this week  Sir Stampalot is back as our sponsor! . The prize this week is a fabulous collection of goodies from the Up, Up and Away Collection from Kaisercraft generously donated by Sir Stampalot.  The prize consists of 10 sheets of 12 x 12 patterned papers, a pack of coloured rub ons, a pack of black and white rub ons, a stamp set and a die cut elements sheet. Fabulous prize, right?! And here's sketch #320 designed by me! And here's my card using some pretty pastel papers and a cute Alice in Wonderland inspired image from Time for Tea Designs. We went to see Alice in Wonderland being performed by The Stamford Shakespeare Company last Monday at Tolethorpe Hall and their open air amphitheatre and it was really good. If you're close enough to Stamford/Peterborough, go and check them out. They also have a co

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #119 Words - All about the feeling

It's time today for another fabulous challenge from The Fussy & Fancy Challenge Blog and this fortnight we are being sponsored by Marianne Designs, who have an amazing collection of beautiful dies! Annie is hosting the challenge this time and she is challenging us to use words and feelings. I used 3 different sets of dies from Marianne Creatables to make a quick thank you card. I also wanted to use some pearlescent card to give it a more luxurious feel and really like how this one came out. Recipe: Stamps: Mini Blooms from Papertrey Ink Papers: So Saffron, Tea & Crumpets DSP (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Green Pearlescent Card form local craft store Inks: Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up,Butterflies Dies LR0158, English Roses Dies LR0162, Petra's Heart Dies LR0280 all from Marianne Creatables, Pearls from stash And that's all from me for this post folks! Than

Wisteria Sprite

I just love these cute sprites images form Aurora Wings and jumped at the chance to colour one in for their current challenge #5 , which was to use one! I chose Wisteria Sprite for mine -  just love her hair! I'm also entering this card into Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #270 to use this gorgeous colour combo below, Crafting When We Can's Challenge #74 to make your own background (not sure how  much you can see but I used my Polka Dot Basics stamps to make the spotty background paper) and for Crafty Ribbons Challenge #99 Anything Goes with ribbon. And here she is... Recipe: Stamps: Wisteria Sprite from Aurora Wings, Polka Dot Basics I from Papertrey Ink, Ticket Notes from Whimsy Stamps Papers: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose (Retired), Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories:

Sending You Sunshine

I managed to get my penultimate assignment finished for my course yesterday that was due in by 12pm today so I had a bit more time for crafting this morning! YAY! I only have one assignment left to go to the end of this painful course, but it's a biggie! 7000 words! Guess what I'll be doing over my summer holidays?! It's due in at the beginning of September, just as I go back to school! Anyway on to one of my cards for today...This card is for All Dressed Up's Challenge #18 to use the sketch below, for Color Throwdown's Challenge #302 to use this fun, bright colour combo, for Creative Inspiration's Challenge #275 Here Comes Summer and Papertake Weekly's Challenge to make a holiday card - I guess summer counts as a holiday right?!         And here's my card using one of the gorgeous Little Summer Girls digis. I had to make my own background paper for some of the layers as for some unknown reason I have no Bermuda Bay patterned papers. Must so

The Paper Shelter Challenge Anything Goes

It's Wednesday so that must mean it's time for another challenge from The Paper Shelter and this week is slightly different from our usual challenges. It's an anything goes challenge, but will last for 2 weeks rather than the usual 1 week. This is for our summer holiday and gives you all more time to enter your cards too. If you haven't worked it out by now I have a thing for all things mythical and magical and whilst watching Charmed this morning the episode came on in which Lady Godiva is transported into the Charmed Ones' world. I just had to pull out this cute image of a girl on a unicorn as it just reminded me of Lady Godiva and later on Pheobe dressed as Godiva riding her horse naked through the town! LOL Anyway here is my Princess and her Unicorn card. I attempted to do horse hair on the unicorn and it didn't quite turn out right, but I think I have an idea of how to do it again. Recipe: Stamps: Princess and her Unicorn from The Paper She

Walking On

Now I'm on holiday for the next 6 weeks or so, I will have loads more time for crafting, so this is today's effort. I thought I would push myself a little bit and tried the no lines technique for the very first time. I have always been worried about not being able to see what I was doing but it was actually easier than I thought it would be. I used the light version that comes with the Walking On digi as well as having the normal dark lines one next to me whilst I was colouring to check where the lines were supposed to be. This card is for Saturated Canary's Facebook Challenge #3 which is an Anything Goes one as is the challenge from Through The Craftroom Door and finally for The Ribbon Girl's Colour Challenge for July to use aqua/turquoise. And here she is...I'm really pleased with how her face turned out, but did get a bit sloppy with the frantage! Recipe: Stamps: Walking On from Saturated Canary Papers: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Timeless P

House of Cards July Challenge - Cute & Fun DT

It seems like ages since I last made a card for the House of Cards Challenge blog , but we had a long blog hop for the last challenge in June and with this term beginning, we have changed the order of the different card style teams. I am still a member of the Cute and Fun DT and it is our turn this week to post our cards for this month's challenge. Our challenge is an easy one - add a bow or more  than one if you would like! And here's my card use a ribbon bow and two more with twine. I used the gorgeous Senorita from The Paper Nest Dolls - isn't she just so cute?! I'm also entering this card in The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #15 Anything Goes and The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge which is also an anything goes challenge with the twist of summertime - my little Senorita is definitely dressed for summer in her fancy dress, don't you think?!  Recipe: Senorita from The Paper Nest Dolls, Circle Celebration Pennants from Whimsy Stamps Papers: Co

Thinking of You

Thought I would do another fairy card today and used one of my Di's Digi Downloads for their challenge this week to use dies/punches (thank you Di for choosing my card as the winner this week too!). This is also for Deep Ocean's Challenge #82 to use lots of layers, In The Pink's Challenge #48 to make either a Get Well Soon or Thinking of You card, Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #245 to use butterflies and for Through The Craft Room Door's Challenge which is an Anything Goes one. I went for an easel card today as I haven't made one of these for ages. And here's a slightly side view... Recipe: Stamps:  Fairy Izzy from Di's Digis, Polka Dot Greeting from MFT, Happy Day, Scattered Showers, Heart-2-Heart #2 all from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose (Retired), Crumb Cake all from

Time to Relax

I am now officially on my summer holidays and once I get my assignment completed for the course I'm doing next week it will be time to relax! Saturdays are always a fairly relaxed day anyway and full of crafting and this card is for Crafty Ribbons Challenge #98 to use fairies and ribbon, Creative Inspirations Challenge #274 to use distressing, Papertake Weekly's Challenge to use buttons, bows and bling, for Lili of the Valley's July Challenge to use at least 2 different things from LOTV (I used 3 - 2 stamps and patterned papers!) and for Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #15 Vacation Related - I think my fairy looks like she's on vacation don't you?! And here she is...I distressed all the edges with my distressing tool and used some of my new gorgeous patterned papers from LOTV too. Recipe: Stamps: Water Lily, Mixed Circular Sentiments both from Lili of the Valley Papers: Raspberry Ripple (Retired), Soft Sky, Whisper White all from Stampin'

Sketch Saturday Challenge #319 with A Day For Daisies

Top of the morning to ya! This Saturday is my favourite Saturday of the year!Why you may ask?! Because it's the start of my 6 week summer holiday! YAY! Can you tell I'm excited?! LOL Anyway it's time for another fabulous sketch from the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog and   A Day For Daisies is back this week to sponsor Challenge #319!  The prize this week is a $12 A Day for Daisies gift certificate. Sketch #319 was designed by Cathy  and here it is... And here's my interpretation. I did swap the circle for an oval as it matched the border die I used and I haven't got a matching circle (if one even exists and if it does, I must buy it!) Recipe: Stamps: Fancy Dress Fairy from A Day For Daisies, Six Sided Sampler from Stampin' Up Papers: Hello Honey, Basic Black, Whisper White, Bright DSP Stack (Retired), Modern Medley DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Hello Honey, Daffodil

The Stamping Chef Challenge #38 Anything Goes

It's time for the A Team to post their fabulous creations on the Stamping Chef Challenge Blog for another great challenge this week. I chose to use the gorgeous Copic Alyce Fairy which Tamara designed specifically for Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder to celebrate a milestone on her Facebook group. You may recognise my coloured image as the one that is used in the shop and was also used on The Stamping Chef's promotional banner for the competition on Facebook too. So proud that my colouring of this image was so well liked by Tamara! Anyway here's my card - isn't she just so pretty?! Recipe: Stamps: Alyce from The Stamping Chef, Tag Its #3 from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired), In Colors 2011-13 DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers Accessories: Wisteria Wonder Ruffle Trim (Retired) fr

Beach Life

This is the second card I made today and I went for a beach scene on this one. As it's almost the end of the school year here in the UK, I always give out thank you cards to my TAs, volunteers and cleaner for helping me out throughout the year. I also want to wish them a happy Summer, so this card is for one of them. This is for Crafty Sentiments' Challenge Anything Goes and for Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #244 to add a tag. Just could not get the skin to work properly on this one - wouldn't blend at all well and kept going all patchy. I think my copics probably need a clean! Recipe: Stamps: Beach Life from Crafty Sentiments, Tiny Tags, Friendship jar Summer Fillers, Up, Up & Away all from Papertrey Ink Papers: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pool Party, So Saffron Prints DSP (Retired), Soft Sky Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Hello Honey, Da

Sweet Summertime

I made a couple of cards today, but found it really hard to get going with both of them. I think it must have been that Sunday morning feeling as they both seemed to take me forever despite not being very difficult or fussy cards! Anyway this first card is for Whimsy Stamps Challenge #72 Summertime . I thought this cute Lollipop Girl was perfect for this challenge. I used some of my mountain of SU DSP - this packet was actually unopened and is now retired! I will be soon selling a load of my old SU stamp sets as I am not going to be a demonstrator for them any longer after this quarter - no point as I don't use their stamps any more really. I do like their card, ribbon, ink and patterned papers as it all matches, but the stamps are just not my style now and there's only so many flower stamp sets I need or want! Anyway here she is... Recipe: Stamps: Lollipop Girl from Time for Tea Designs @ Whimsy Stamps, Tag Its #9, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers both from Papertrey

Very Exciting News!!!

I have some fabulous news to share with you all that I am still so excited about. I received an email from Mi Ran of Art by MiRan last week asking me if I would like to be their new Facebook Fan Page Challenge Coordinator. I still cannot believe she has asked me to join this fantastic team of designers and of course I said yes. Who in their right mind wouldn't?! We have some fantastic ideas coming up for the challenges and we are making a few changes. Firstly we are going to be having 2 challenges each month, which gives you even more opportunity to share your fabulous Art by MiRan creations and gives you more chances at winning the digi prizes too. We will also be inviting some of the fans from the page to join us as guest designers for each challenge as well. How exciting is all that?! As a little thank you to both MiRan and Jackie for inviting me and for letting me join in this exciting new adventure, I have made this cute card using Bashful Belinda . Recipe:

More Fairy Magic

The current challenge on All Dressed Up #17  is to use your favourite ADU image and this fairy one is mine. It's combines two of my favourite things- fairies and butterflies! This card is also for Creative Inspirations Challenge #273 to make a card for your favourite occasion. I love making birthday cards and seeing the recipient's face when they open them. Here's my card using another of my favourite colour combos - aqua and brown. Isn't she just the cutest?! Recipe: Stamps: Fairy Magic from All Dressed Up, Fantasy Circle Postmarks from Whimsy Stamps Papers: Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe DSP (Retired), In Colors 2013 - 15 DSP Stack, Fresh Prints DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Coastal Cabana from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers Accessories: Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Trim from Stampin' Up, Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities both from Spellbinders, Isabel

Thank A Latte Michele

I made this card today for my very good friend Michele, whom I work with. She's always there for me when I need her and me for her and as she told me earlier today, we're usually joined at the hip. I love it when you can find that special friend, who knows you better than you know yourself. As we work in a school and the holidays are coming up, this card is to remind her that we need our regular girly chats during the 6 week break! This card is for Tiddly Inks Challenge #136 BFF , Scrapbook Stamp Society's Challenge #45 Anything Goes with Pearls or Rhinestones and for Charisma Cardz Challenge #15 Anything Goes. I also used a combination of our favourite colours for it - purple for Michele and pink for me! I was feeling a bit soppy today as I know I will miss our daily chats during the holiday! Recipe: Stamps: Thanks A Latte from Tiddly Inks, Heart-2-Heart #1 from Papertrey Ink Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Lap of Luxury DSP (Retired

Sketch Saturday Challenge #318 with Simon Says Stamp

Good Morning All! Welcome to another week over at Sketch Saturday  and back with us this week is our amazing regular sponsor...  Simon Says Stamp! The Sketch Challenge Prize is a super generous $25.00 to spend in the  Simon Says Stamp Store And here is sketch #318 designed by Debra. And here's my card using one of my new stamps from ScrapBerry's which I bought from Funky Kits - isn't she a cutie?! Recipe: Stamps: Little Sister from ScrapBerry's at Funky Kits Papers: Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder both from Stampin' Up, Promises Patterned Papers from Lili of the Valley, Copic X-Press It Blending Card Inks: Perfect Plum from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Silver Star Gelly Roll Pen Accessories: Sizzix Beautiful Wings Embosslits from Stampin' Up, Gems from stash, Filigree Border Die from Papertrey Ink, Floral Craft Pegs (which I had to pull apart as it was just too chunky for my card) fro