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Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge January 30th Anything Goes

Good morning! I hope you are liking all the changes we have made to the Art by MiRan Facebook Challenges. I am loving all the entries to our progressive challenge so far and if you haven't joined in yet, don't panic, there's still plenty of time yet! The challenge doesn't close until February 12th!

Today is another new challenge though and this time it's an Anything Goes challenge as long as you use an image from Art by MiRan, which can also include the rubber stamps from Whimsy and Treasured Times. This one will also last a month and will close on Thursday 26th February.

I have used the gorgeous Moon Goddess from Whimsy Stamps for this challenge - isn't she just beautiful?! I had this idea to colour her dress in yellow and was then stuck for what colour to do h4r wrap and flowers in. Orange is not a colour I usually go for unless I am doing Hallowe'en cards, but I love it on this one! Just a little touch was enough!


And here's a side view of the easel …

The Paper Shelter Challenge #188 Lots of Layers

Good morning and welcome to my post for the latest challenge from The Paper Shelter. This week we are challenging you to use lots of layers. Nice easy one, right?! I ended up with about 9 layers depending on how you count everything - card base (1), front of card (2), 5 layers of patterned papers (7), image (8) and embellishments (9)!

And here she is...I used the gorgeous Rosefor this week's challenge and a pastel colour combo.


Recipe:
Stamps: Rose from The Paper Shelter
Papers: Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party & Best Year Ever DSP all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Copic Markers
Accessories: Crushed Curry Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Butterfly Scallops Punch Around The Page Set from Martha Stewart, Butterflies Dies LR0158 & English Roses Dies LR0162 both from Marianne Creatables, Isabella Butterfly Die from Memory Box, Pearls from Crystal Stickers, Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities both from Spellbinders
Copics Used…

A Smexy for my Daddy!

It's my dad's birthday next week and I usually make him some sort of football or beer drinking related card, but thought one of the smexies from Slinky Tart would be a good idea. I'm pretty sure he'll appreciate her! LOL

This card is for Crafty Sentiments' For A Man Challenge.

And here she is... I kept the card fairly simply as my dad isn't really a fan of lots of frilly, fluffy stuff on his card, so a bit of twine and a few buttons and she was done really quickly.


Recipe:
Stamps: Miss Smexy from Slinky Tart, Round & Round & Star Prints both from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Real Red, Taken With Teal (Retired), Whisper White & Brights DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Real Red from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Red Baker's Twine from Martha Stewart, Hawaiian Shores Buttons from Papertrey Ink
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30 Hair - E53, E55, E57, E59 Eyes - BG01, BG02, BG05 Red - R…

For Your Special Day from Copia

I so wanted to join with the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends & Fans Progressive Challenge, so pulled out my folder of printed digi stamps that I have from them and decided on using Copia by Zoimar Lezama. I've never been brave enough to colour her in before as I just wasn't sure whether I could do the dress properly or not. But...I gave her a good go and despite my RV23 running out completely halfway through and with no reinker either, I think she came out quite well.

This card is also for Copic Marker Europe's Challenge #36to use flowers, Scrapper's Delight's Challenge #39 to use your favourite colours (everyone should know by now that mine is pink! LOL), Creative Inspirations Challenge #297to use pearls, 613 Avenue Create's Challenge #107 Anything Goes, Papertake Weekly's Challengeto use 3 different shapes (I used squares, rectangle and semi-circles) and for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge Anything Goes.

And here she is in a very bright pink, black an…

Sugar Plum Fairy

I don't usually send winter themed cards out after Christmas is over so all these winter themed challenges I am entering at the minute is a good way to make a very early start on this year's Christmas cards!

This card is for Tiddly Inks Challenge #149 Frosty Feeling, Fab 'n' Funky's Challenge #243 Button It, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #2 Anything Goes, Glitter & Sparkle's Challenge #120 Cute and for the Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge Winter Wonderland.

And here she is...all in aqua, white and grey for a frosty feeling!


Recipe:
Stamps: Sugar Plum Fairy from Tiddly Inks, On Ice from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White & Winter Frost DSP all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Pool Party from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Silver Star Gelly Roll Pen, Molotow White Paint Pen
Accessories: Pool Party Ribbon & Subtles Buttons both from Stampin' Up, Frosty Border Die from Memory Box, Romantic Re…

Sketch Saturday Challenge #345 with Sami Stamps

Good morning everyone and welcome to my  post for the new challenge at Sketch Saturday!
We have a great sponsor this week - Sami Stamps!

The prize this week is $12.00 to spend in the Sami StampsStore.
Here is Sketch #345 designed by Alex...

And here is my take on it using the gorgeousLovely Native Fairy from Sami Stamps. 

I so need to get started on my clothing colouring class from Kit & Clowder so I can get those pleats to look better! 
Recipe:
Stamps: Lovely Native Fairy from Sami Stamps, Teeny Tiny Wishes from Stampin' Up
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla all from Stampin' Up, Vintage Whimsy Patterned Paper from The Girls' Paperie, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Pink Pirouette from Stampin' Up, Wink of Stella Clear, Copic Markers
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Heart Circle Nestabilities from Spellbinders, Filigree Border Die from Papertrey Ink, Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E…

Fussy And Fancy Friday Challenge #131 Wings and Things

Good morning everyone and welcome to my post for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog. This fortnight we are challenging you to use the theme Wings and Things, so think of things with wings - butterflies, fairies, dragons, birds, dragonflies etc etc.

I used the cute Butterfly Girl from Crafty Sentiments for my card - she is adorable, don't you think? I just had to have butterflies on my card for this challenge as I'm sure you all know, I do love my butterflies and now Spring is coming (I hope it's coming anyway) we should start to see these pretty insects around soon!

And here she is... A different colour combo from me too, but it made me think of Spring (and helped to slightly reduce that mountain of patterned papers I have!)


This card is also for Creative Fingers Challenge #64 Anything Goes, Creative Knockouts Challenge #73 to use lots of embellishments (I have ribbon, flowers, pearls butterfly border and die cuts) and for Through The Craft Room Door's Challenge…

In The Pink Challenge #61 Pink and Pearly

Good morning - it's nearly the weekend! Yay! Welcome to my post for the new challenge from In The Pink. This fortnight we are challenging you to make a pink and pearly project! That means you need to use something pearly and, of course, use LOTS of pink!

Here is my card using the gorgeous Daphne from Wee Stamps. I used lots of pink pearlescent card and lots of Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls too.


Also as a prize for this challenge The Ribbon Girl are offering a fabulous £10 gift voucher to spend in their store! So why not go and check out all the fabulous stuff there too! 
Recipe:
Stamps: Daphne from Wee Stamps, Vintage Picnic from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Soft Suede from Stampin' Up, Pink Pearlescent cards from my local craft store, Sweet Owl Patterned Papers from First Edition, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Blushing Bride from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Filigree Border Die from Papertrey Ink, Die-namics Mini Rolled Roses Dies from MFT, Heart Stems Die from Imp…

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration Post - Moonlight Gathering

Good morning and welcome to my inspiration post for the Ching-Chu Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog. This week i am showcasing the gorgeous Moonlight Gathering did which you can buy from the Ching-Chou Kuik etsy store.

I fancied doing something a little different with her and wanted to give her an earthy feel, so gave her green hair and I love this colour combo for it! However, all the green and brown papers made the card a bit dull looking so I spruced it up with touches of red to reflect the toadstools in the digi. I kept her fairly simple this time as I wanted her to really stand out.


Recipe:
Stamps: Moonlight Gathering from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps, Remembering Your Birthday from Stampin' Up
Papers: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake & Woodland Walk DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Real Red from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Di…

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #50 Winter Bliss

Good morning and welcome to my post for the new Lacy Sunshine Challenge. This fortnight our challenge is entitled Winter Bliss so we want to see lots of wintery cards - think snowflakes, snowmen, anything winter related.

I chose to use the gorgeousSnow and Cat Enchantress for this challenge - am still in love with this range of digis from Heather! 

This card is also for:  Love To Create's Challenge #149 to add snowflakes,  Aud Sentiments Challenge #123 Anything GoesDi's Digi Challenge to add sparkle,  Kit and Clowder's January Challenge Anything Goes Creative Knockouts Challenge #72to make a birthday card,  The Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode Challenge to use an animal The East Wind's Challenge #23 Winter Blues Creative Fingers Challenge #63 Anything Goes Creative Moments Challenge #59 Anything Goes Die Cuttin' Diva's Challenge #198 to use the photo below for inspiration. 

Recipe:
Stamps: Snow and Cat Enchantress from Lacy Sunshine, On Ice from Papertrey Ink
Papers: T…

Lord of the Rings Inspired Elf Queen

I still remember reading The Hobbit for the first time when I was about 13. I read it back to back 3 times and then went and bought the Lord of the Rings trilogy and did the same thing! I don't think I read anything else for about a year! Just kept reading them all over and over and over. And now I do the same with the films. Every time I have a holiday I watch them all - just love these fantasy stories!

Anyway this card is totally inspired by these books and films for Open Minded Fun Crafting Challenge #28 Movie Inspiration. It is also for Kenny K's Challenge #187 You Are Special and for Polka Doodles Challenge Week 3 CASE It to CASE someone else's card. I absolutely lovedthis card by Annette when she shared it on the Kenny K Challenge blog back in October last year and it was this card that made me go and buy this gorgeous Elf Queen digi, but I never got round to using her! I CASEd her layout and used the same digi, but went for a more woodland feel of brown and greens.

Ellie in the Land of Oz

Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favourite films and this version of Dorothy from The Paper Nest Dolls is just so cute. I have quite a few different stamps of her, but love the way she is holding her dress in this one. Makes her look so sweet and innocent! LOL

Anyway this card is for The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #01 Anything Goes andCreative Inspirations Challenge #296 Anything Goes with the option of using the sketch below.


And here she is...

Recipe:
Stamps: Ellie in Oz from The Paper Nest Dolls, Petite Pairs from Stampin' Up
Papers: Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla & Beau Chateau DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Marina Mist & Crumb Cake both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Pearls from stash, Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities both from Spellbinders, Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30 Hair - E42, E43, …

Sketch Saturday Challenge #344 with Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to my post for the new challenge over at theSketch Saturday challenge blog.
Back with us this week as our wonderful sponsor Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

The prize this week is £10.00 to spend in the Bunny Zoe's Crafts Store

Here is Sketch #344:

And here's my card for it...

This card is also for Fairy Tale Challenge #109 to use fairies or princesses.
Recipe:
Stamps: From The Hollow Playful Pixies: Serena from Little Darling Rubber Stamps, Friends 'Til The End from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Riding Hood Red (Retired), Baja Breeze (Retired), Twitterpated DSP (Retired), Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Riding Hood Red (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities both from Spellbinders, Aged Scarlet Frantage Embossing Powder from Stampendous, Gems from Papermania, Stardust Stickles
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30 Hair - R32, R35, R37, R39, …

Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge #1 for January - The Progressive Challenge

Hello! Welcome to the new challenge from theArt by MiRan Facebook Challenge theme. We have some very exciting changes in store for you this month, starting with our new design team. Joining me in the Facebook Challenge team are Bonnie Taylor and Pauline Yates! Please pop over to see them and say welcome!

The second exciting new thing from Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge team this month is a new type of challenge. Previously we did 2 challenges a month - one themed and the other an Anything Goes. We are now combining those two and do a mixture of the two, but instead of one of those challenges we are doing a Progressive Challenge each month.

What is a progressive challenge I hear you say? Well I should tell you to just go to the Art by MiRan Facebook group and find out, but I'll tell you. Mi Ran has designed a special image for us to use and you can find out all the details of it in our Facebok group. If you use this image and enter the challenge, you will receive the image for nex…

The Paper Shelter Challenge #186 - Use Dies and/or Punches

Good morning and welcome to my first post of the year for The Paper Shelter Challenge blog. We took a bit of a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays and have now returned! It's team B's turn this week and our challenge is a nice easy one - use dies and/or punches on your creation!

I used both on mine with a punch around the page set from Martha Stewart and lots of die cuts! I also used the gorgeous Winter Blossom. Isn't she just stunning?! Sorry the photo's a bit dark, but any brighter and the sentiment disappears as the ink is such a pale blue!


This card is also for Inky Chicks Challenge #45 Anything Goes, Fab 'n' Funky's Challenge #242 Something New (I have a new digi stamp, a new sentiment set and a new PATP set that I bought in the Christmas sales!), Deep Ocean's Challenge #95 Winter Dreams(This digi is called Winter Blossom and she has snow and snowflakes around her so I guess this counts as winter!) and 613 Avenue Create's Challenge #…

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration Post

Good morning and welcome to my post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog. This week I am showcasing one of Ching-Chou's new digis stamps, Snow Drop. I love snowdrops as a flower so was so excited to see this one and just had to request her for my inspiration post today! Snowdrops are so pure, simple and beautiful, just like this digi!

I decided to go for a monotone colour scheme today, which I don't usually do but I thought white and green worked so well with this image and just look at her hair! Isn't it just beautiful?! I would love to have long, flowing, curly hair like that!


This card is also for Through The Craft Room Door's Anything Goes Challenge, Crafty Sentiments' Girly Challengeand for Papertake Weekly's It's All New Challenge. I used a new digi and a new set of Spellbinders dies that I bought in the Christmas sales. 
Recipe:
Stamps: Snow Drop from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps, Ticket Notes from Whimsy Stamps
Papers: Wild Wasabi, …

Slinky Tart Valentina

Good morning! This is my very first post for the new Slinky Tart digi stamp company. for those of you who may not know the EU have brought in some new laws for applying VAT to digital purchases and Tamara of The Stamping Chef decided that it was time to have a revamp of some of her images and her store! And we can now officially present the very first brand new Slinky Tart image, Valentina! And boy is she just one sexy lady! Love her!

It's my 18th anniversary with my boyfriend on Thursday this week (can't believe he has put with me and all my crazy notions over the years!) and this image was perfect for his card! I'll let him imagine that I look as beautiful as she does!

I fancied doing a pop up box card for a card and covered it with hearts! You can't see in the photo at all as the camera wouldn't pick it up, but the heart she is sat on is covered with Clear Wink of Stella and her wings have stickles all over them.


And here's the back...

Recipe:
Stamps: Valentin…

Make A Wish with Ursula

The colouring challenge over on The Outlawz this week is to use fairytale characters and I knew I had some fabulous digis from Alicia Bel that would work for this challenge, but I fancied doing something a little bit different. Instead of your usual fairies, unicorns, princesses, I went with Ursula, the sea witch from The Little Mermaid! I always loved Ursula as she's got such an evil laugh! LOL

Anyway this card is for The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge to use fairytale/myths characters, Alicia Bel's Challenge #3 to use the sketch below and Papertake Weekly's Anything Goes Challenge.

And here's the sketch from Alicia Bel...


And here's my take on it...

Recipe:
Stamps: Ursula from Alicia Bel, Fillable Frames #6 from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Whisper White & Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Black and Purple glitter card from local craft store, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Gold…

Aurora New Year Kimono Thank You

I was incredibly lucky the win both the random pick and one of the designers' picks for the last challenge over at The East Wind, so I won 4 new digis stamps. I just had to use one today fortheir new challenge #22to use buttons. This card is also for The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge to use the sketch below and for Glitter 'n' Sparkle's Challenge #119 to include some pink. You can't really tell but my patterned paper has glitter on the pink flowers and there are touches of glitter on the snow on the mountains and on the dots round her ribbons.

And here's the Outlawz Sketch...


And here's my take on it...

Recipe:
Stamps: Aurora New Year Kimono from The East Wind, Itty Bitty Banners from Stampin' Up
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate & Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Sweet Owl Patterned Papers from First Edition
Inks: Blushing Bride from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories: Pink…