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Steampunk Old Lady

And just when you thought I had finished with my steampunk cards, here I am with another! This one is for the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Progressive Challenge and this is part 2's digi for this month's challenge. I think she is just fab! I decided to go for a completely different colour scheme of red and grey this time and think it actually works really well for this image.


This card is also for  Papertake Weekly's Sketch Challenge #101 The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge Anything Goes Dream Valley Challenges #107 Anything Goes The Alphabet Challenge - H is for Hats and Handbags
Recipe:
Stamps: Steampunk Old Lady by Sandra Caldwell @Sweet Pea Stamps, Background Bits Industrial & Pretty Grungy Good Times both from Lili of the Valley
Papers: Real Red, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Whisper White & Stacked With Love DSP all from Stampin' Up, Brocade Paperstack from The Works, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Smoky Slate & Basic Grey both from Stampin' Up, Copic Ma…

Sassy Studio Designs Flashback Friday - Victoria Gear Frame

Good Morning and welcome to my last steampunk themed Flashback Friday for this month. I have loved doing all this steampunk images, but I do have to say I really need a break from them and need to go with some more girly girly images for a while now!

This week's Flashback Friday digi from Sassy Studio Designs is called Victora Gear Frame and I went back to my traditional steampunk colours of burgundy, grey and gold. I kept this one fairly simple so I could use some of my steampunk dies on it.


Recipe:
Stamps: Victoria Gear Frame from Sassy Studio Designs, Beautiful Butterflies from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Basic Grey, Bravo Burgundy (Retired), Brushed Silver, Regals DSP Stack (Retired) & Neutrals DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Gold Mirror Card from Dovecraft, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Bravo Burgundy (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Heart Cogs Dies from La-La Land Crafts, Steampunk …

Slinky Tart Inspiration Post - Unchained Melody

Good Morning and welcome to my last post for the Slinky Tart Design Team. I have been deliberating for a little while now and have decided to step down from this fab DT just simply because I haven't got enough time to do everything this half term.

The last half term of the school year is always the busiest with end of year reports and assessments (and this year we have an extra set of assessments to trial a new way of assessing the children's progress now the UK government have taken levelling away!), parents evenings and everything else that we teachers have to do, that the general public doesn't realise goes on behind the scenes. Nope, we don't work 9 - 3 and have all the holidays off either! I just need to free up some of my time for school work so am stepping down from a couple of my DT positions.

Anyway on to my card...I have used the fab Unchained Melody for this one and did her in my fave colour combo seeing as it is my final DT card - hot pink and black!


Recipe:

The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge Anything Goes

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the new Friday Colouring Challenge from The Outlawz. This week we have our monthly Anything Goes Challenge with an option of making a Christmas project. I don't usually do Christmas this early, but after looking through all the digis on Sweet Pea to find one to use, I found this cute winter dragon,Snowflake Wonder from Lisa Victoriaand just had to use him.

The top border on my card does look blurry in the photo but I think that's because I offset the white layer a touch so it looks a bit funny. Looks fine in real life though. LOL


This card is also for  Fab 'n' Funky's Challenge #261 Christmas Crafting By Designs Get Ready For Christmas May Challenge Creative Inspirations Challenge #315 to use Pastel Shades Fairytale Challenge #118 to use feathers or wings Natalie and Amy's Challenge #32 Animals
Recipe:
Stamps: Snowflake Wonder from Lisa Victoria @Sweet Pea Stamps, Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up
Papers: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz…

In The Pink Challenge #70 Things with Wings

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the new In The Pink Challenge. This fortnight we are challenging you to use Things with Wings, so that could include fairies, butterflies, birds, planes, anything as long as it has wings!

We are also being sponsored by Live & Love Crafts this time, who are offering a very generous £10 voucher to spend in their store.


I used the gorgeous Orchid of the Night by Molly Harrison @Sweet Pea Stamps. This fairy is just beautiful I think!


This card is also for  Copic Markers Espana's May Challenge to use fairies Creative Knockouts Challenge #28 to use their tic-tac-toe board (I used diagonal line from top left - Stamp - Sentiment - Ribbon) The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge Anything Goes
Recipe:
Stamps: Orchid of the Night by Molly Harrison @Swet Pea Stamps, Iconic Images from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pink Pirouette & Smoky Slate both from Stampin' Up, Mr & Mrs Patterned Papers fro Lili of the Valley, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Pi…

The Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration Post - Fairy Emma With Unicorn

Good Morning and welcome to another inspiration post from me for The Paper Nest Dolls. This time I am showcasing the cuteFairy Emma with Unicorn. I decided to challenge myself by making a girly card without using any pink or purple! A pretty tough challenge for me! LOL I took my colours from the patterned papers I used and I actually really like this combo, even though I wouldn't necessarily choose it myself.


This card is also for ... Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Exotic Animals Creative Inspirations Challenge #314 Anything Goes
Recipe:
Stamps: Fairy Emma with Unicorn from The Paper Nest Dolls, Fairy Sentiments from Lili of the Valley, Star Prints from Papertrey Ink

Papers: So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White & Retro Fresh DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: So Saffron from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: So Saffron Ribbon (Retired) & Circle Card Thinlits both from Stampin' Up, Circle Delight Nestabilities from Spellbinder…

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #59 Tic Tac Toe

Good Morning and welcome to my DT post for the newLacy Sunshine Challenge. This fortnight we are challenging you to use our Tic Tac Toe board on your project, by choosing one of the rows or columns for the things you need to include.


I used the centre row of Die Cuts, Lacy Sunshine Image and Gems, although I did also include a hand coloured image, ribbon and patterned papers. I also used the gorgeous Rory Accepts Her Awardfor this one. I just love the beautiful dress on her!



This card is also for  Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge #37 Inspired by a Song(Winner Takes It All by Abba fits this card!) Crafting When We Can Challenge #95 Bling It Up (I have lots of mirror and glitter card as well as the rhinestone sparklers) 613 Avenue Create's Challenge #125 Anything Goes Glitter 'n' Sparkle's Challenge #138 One For The Ladies Alphabet Challenge G is for Glitz and Glamour
Recipe:
Stamps: Rory Accepts Her Award from Lacy Sunshine Stamps, Star Prints from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Real …

Art by MiRan May Facebook Challenge Anything Goes

Good afternoon and welcome to my post for the new Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge. This challenge is our second one of the month so is our monthly Anything Goes one. You can enter anything you like, with any theme as long as you use any image by Art by MiRan and you can also use the images from Whimsy Stamps, Treasured Times and Crafts and Me.

I used an older image today, Rolling By, for a cute card to a friend that I haven't seen for a while. Every time we get together, we go for a meal at Frankie & Benny's and I usually have a burger of some sort and we drink copious amounts of Pepsi Max too, so this image was perfect for a reminder of our meals out.


This card is also for... Brown Sugar Challenge #147 Use Your Favourite Colour Combo- love pink, brown and green together! Creative Fingers Challenge #81 Anything Goes Creative Cottage Challenge #40 Add A Bow Aud Sentiments Challenge #132 Cute Plus A Sentiment
Recipe:
Stamps: Rolling By from Art by MiRan, Vintage Picnic from Papert…

Sassy Studio Designs Flashback Friday - Steampunk Lingerie Couple

Good Morning and welcome to another Friday Flashback from Sassy Studio Designs. This week we are showcasing the gorgeous Steampunk Lingerie Couple which should be posted back in the store out of retirement by Lindsay today for one week only, so get it while you can!

I went for an all brown and vanilla colour combo today and love this one. I think this is my fave of all the Steampunk themed Flashbacks I have done so far this month!


This card is also for... Polkadoodles Week 21 Girly but NO Pink Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #10 Anything Goes 613 Avenue Create's Challenge #124 Anything Goes
Recipe:
Stamps: Steampunk Lingerie Couple from Sassy Studio Designs, Signature Greetings II from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla & Champagne Glimmer Card all from Stampin' Up, Various Digital Patterned Papers, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon (Retired) & Victo…

The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge - Music

Good Morning and welcome to my post for The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge. This week we are giving you the theme of music - you can use musical instruments, sheet music, images of musicians, be inspired by song lyrics or a song title. There are endless ways of interpreting this challenge.

For me, this challenge was perfect timing, as it was my boyfriend's birthday on Wednesday and, as he plays the guitar, I tend to make him guitar themed cards. I used the funky Jinx from Simply B Stamps for this one and went with a black and blue colour scheme.


This card is also for... Stampavie's Challenge #238 Boys Crafting From The Heart's Challenge #60 Anything Goes Through The Craft Room Door's Challenge Anything Goes
Recipe:
Stamps: Jinx from Simply B Stamps, Boy Basics: Rock On & Background Basics: Sheet Music both from Stampin' Up
Papers: Brilliant Blue (Retired), Basic Black, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It B…

All Dressed Up Sponsors C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #312 Christmas with no red or green

Good morning and welcome to an extra post from me for the All Dressed Up team. This week we are sponsoring the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog and the All Dressed Up DT were asked if we wanted to do a GDT post for them! Our challenge was to make a Christmas card, but with no red or green. No problem for me as I don't use traditional Christmas colours that often anyway other than green for Christmas trees.

I used the gorgeous Christmas Girl #2 from the 3 Little Christmas Girls collection from the All Dressed Up store and went with a pink, grey and white colour combo to create a pretty snowy scene.


Recipe:
Stamps: 3 Little Christmas Girls from All Dressed Up, Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Whisper White & Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride & Smoky Slate all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Silver Star & Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories: Silver Ribbon…

The Paper Shelter Challenge #204 - Roses

Good Morning and welcome to my post for The Paper Shelter's new challenge. This week we have a really easy one for you - use roses. You could use some paper roses, make your own roses or use an image with roses in it, as long as we can see there are roses on your project!

Here is mine using the gorgeous Charming Spring Girl. She has a rose on her hat, but I also used some rolled roses dies to make some for the side as well as I didn't have any paper roses in matching colours to the papers I used. Love her sweet little face and cute outfit too!


Recipe:
Stamps: Charming Spring Girl from The Paper Shelter, Mat Stack 1 Collection from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Marina Mist, So Saffron & Chocolate Chip all from Stampin' Up, Le Chateau Collection Patterned Papers from KaiserCraft, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon (Retired) & Marina Mist Ribbon both from Stampin' Up, Sweet Lovely Lace Doo-…

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration post - Marie Antoinette Dollie

Good Morning and welcome to my inspiration post for Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog. Today I am showcasing one of Ching-Chou's new dollie digi stamps,Marie Antoinette. I just love  her dress and big bouffant hair do! I would love to travel back in time, just for a day, to the French Renaissance period and spend a day in the French Palace wearing all these fancy dresses. I couldn't stay for long though as I would miss far too much from our modern world! LOL

Anyway here's my card...


This card is also for Glitter 'n' Sparkle's Challenge #137 to use some ribbon Through The Craft Room Door's Anything Goes Challenge Inky Chicks Challenge #51 to use Pearls
Recipe:
Stamps: Marie Antoinette Dollie from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps, Signature Greetings II from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pool Party, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla all from Stampin' Up, Antebellum Patterned Papers from Lili of the Valley, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Pool Party from Stam…

Reading Is Dreaming With your Eyes Open

At my school, we are having a Year of Reading to try and promote reading a bit more for our children. Lots of them don't necessarily read for enjoyment, so we are having lots of fun competitions and challenges to try and encourage them to read more often. I thought I would make a cute little wall plaque to decorate my reading corner in my classroom for something different to do.

I used the gorgeous Bookworm Fairy from Hannah Lynn for this one. I thought she looked a bit lost in her daydreams with her book reading, so this sentiment went perfectly with her!


This wall plaque is for  Crafts & Me Challenge #156 Circles Bunny Zoe's May Challenge to use Buttons and Bows Creative Inspirations Challenge #313 Shabby Chic (all my edges are distressed with a distressing tool and inked too) Creative Craft Cottage's Challenge #39 to use glitter(all over her wings) The East Wind's Challenge #31 Book It
Recipe:
Stamps: Bookworm Fairy from Hannah Lynn
Papers: So Saffron, Marina Mist &…

Gabbie the Mermaid

This month's Faery Ink Facebook challenge is to create a scene and what better image to use than Gabbie the Mermaid! A fairly easy scene to create as well. I pulled out my Silhouette machine for this one and whilst it cut the fishes, seahorse and shells perfectly, boy did it have a hard time doing the seaweed! These were the best cuts of the bunch and they are far from perfect! I really want to like this machine but it just cannot cut anything with any sort of detail in it! So frustrating as that was what it was bought for! Grr!

I couldn't get my flicks to flick in her hair either! The sand and sea were all done with the stippling technique and I totally love how it all came out!


This card is also for  Crafting By Designs Monthly Challenge Anything Goes Digi Sketch Challenge Animals Petal Lu's Challenge Anything Goes
Recipe:

Stamps: Gabbie the Mermaid from Faery Ink, Computer Generated Sentiment

Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore (Retired), Orchid Opulence (Retired), Pumpk…

Friends Make Life Sweeter

I coloured this digi image up from Tiddly Inks ages ago and never got round to using her for a card, so I thought I would use her today for a few challenges. As the image was fairly large I kept the card fairly simple (well simple for me anyway).


This card is for... Tiddly Inks Challenge #157 May Flowers Crafty Ribbons Challenge #119 Animals (I guess baby dragons count as animals, don't they?!) Copic Marker Europe's Challenge Animals too
Recipe:
Stamps: Fairy Friends Make Life Sweeter from Tiddly Inks
Papers: Calypso Coral, Perfect Plum, Perfect Plum Prints DSP (Retired) & Sweet Shop DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Copic Markers
Accessories: Calypso Coral Ribbon (Retired), Roll Up Roses Dies 6002/0385 from Joy Crafts, Heart Border Die from Papertrey Ink
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30 Hair - E50, E51, E53, E55 Dress - V20, V22, V25, V28 Wings, Shoes & Flowers - R11, R12, R14 Purple Dragon - BV0000, BV00, BV01, …

A Gal With Brains

I like to think I have some brains (I did pass my Master's Degree in Education in December last year, so I hope I have some!), but I'm not sure I fancy the brains this zombie girl has! I was very tempted to colour her up in the same colours as Liv Moor from IZombie, but unfortunately those colours of white skin and white hair don't match the Facebook challenge from Simply B Stamps, which was to use lavender, black and white.

Here's my card, which is more black than anything else, but I do like how it came out! I used the sketch from Aud Sentiments but it felt like something was missing, hence the raven sitting on the side!


This card is also for... Aud Sentiments Challenge #131 to use the sketch below Glitter and Sparkle's Challenge #136 to use heat or dry embossing (my raven and skull 'n' crossbones are embossed with holographic embossing powder) That Craft Place's Challenge to use a tag Fab 'n' Funky's Challenge #259 to also use a tag

Recipe:
Sta…

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #139 Lavender and Yellow

Good Morning and welcome to my DT post for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog. This fortnight we are challenging you to use a lavender and yellow colour combo on your project inspired by this gorgeous photo - perfect colours for the upcoming Summer months. It is much warmer here in the UK now, although we're still getting plenty of rain, but that's British Summer Time for you!


We are also sponsored by Freshly Brewed Designs and Sweet Lilac Flowers this fortnight as well, so make sure you enter your card for some fabulous prizes! 

And here's my card...I actually found that I don't have many yellow or lavender flowers - must go and buy some! Any excuse for some crafty shopping LOL


This card is also for Crafting By Designs Challenge Flowers.
Recipe:
Stamps: Pretty Summer Dress by Time For Tea Designs, Everyday Grungy Messages from Lili of the Valley
Papers: So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron Prints DSP (Retired) & In Colors 2011-13 DSP Stack (Retired) all fro…

Slinky Tart Inspiration Post - Evilynn

Good Morning and welcome to my inspiration post for Slinky Tart. This week I have chosen to use one of the Spunky tart images - Tamara's sister store to the Slinkies! I just love the sentiment that came with this stamp.

Instead of my usual card, I decided to make a wall hanging instead with Evilynn as the focus! I used a regal colour combo of red and purple as I thought those colours would suit her.


And here it is hanging up - not got a hook for it yet so I looped it round my Copic refill box and you can see some of my old SU stamps in my Ikea cube unit! I have now officially dropped as a demo for Stampin' Up. I managed to do 5 1/2 years mostly as a hobby demo, but I have now lost all interest in their stamps. i will still use their card, ink, ribbon and some patterned papers, but out of the everything in the new catalogue I wanted all of 5 things! 

And yet another photo - this is just a little close up of the image. 

This wall hanging is also for Crafty Girlz Challenge #2 Any…

Sassy Studio Designs Flashback Friday - Steampunk Couple 2

Good morning and welcome to another Flashback Friday post for Sassy Studio Designs. This week we're flashing back to the retired digi Steampunk Couple 2. You might have picked up that this month's Flashback theme is all steampunk digis and I have to say I was a bit worried when I first saw what we were doing, but I am thoroughly enjoying making these cards each week. These images have really stretched me!

Here's my card for this week. I actually coloured up my image before deciding on papers and then found I didn't have any purples that matched! I very rarely do that and this is the reason why! I had to improvise and use some different colours for the patterned papers, but I do think it kind of works. Not sure if you can tell very well in the photo but I "tarnished" the steampunk cogs and corner die cuts with some black ink, so they weren't as shiny.


This card is also for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #309 Girls Night Out (These two definitely look ready …

The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge - Colour Inspiration

Good Morning and welcome to my Dt for The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge. We are sponsored all this month by Sweet Pea Stamps, so make sure you join in for the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

This week we have a gorgeous colour inspiration for you...


And here is my card using the gorgeous Green Bubble Sprite from Ronne S Barton @Sweet Pea Stamps

This card is also for  Creative Craft Cottage's Challenge #39 All That Glitters(My bubbles and butterflies have glitter on them) Crafting With An Attitude's Challenge #3 Anything Goes Crafting From The Heart Challenge #59 Anything Goes Recipe:
Stamps: Green Bubble Sprite from Ronne S Barton @Sweet Pea Stamps, Mat Stack Collection 2 from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Lost Lagoon, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) & Perfect Plum Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Mini Butterfly Dreams - Turquoise Butterflies Patterned Paper from Magnolia, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Perfect Plum & Lost Lagoon both from S…