Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Patriotic Bunch

Before I'd even started watching the video for my monthly class (Kit & Clowder) I wanted to colour up Power Poppy's gorgeous 'Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher' for their 'Get Krafty' challenge. 
I never colour with pencils, so this was a great challenge to try. I didn't actually plan to go with patriotic colours for this image, but I used the Lyra Super Ferby pencils I bought for my husband. There's only 18 colours in this set, so not a lot to choose from! My flowers and leaves are all coloured using two shades so I at least get some light and dark.  For the pitcher I used gold and silver to get a bit of texture.

Other products used:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Papermania 'Portobello Road' Designer Die Cut, Clear Stamp, Ribbon & Bow
  • Buttons
  • 3D foam pads
  • Woodware corner rounder punch
  • Whispers Ink, Royal Blue


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - Get Krafty!
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September Anything Goes
  4. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - WK38 Anything Goes
  5. Creatalicious - #123 Anything Goes/Leaves


Monday, 25 September 2017

Siren's Call

Mitzi's 'Siren' image definitely called to me... I had to have her! She's so sultry and mysterious and I love the sketchy look.  There's a Crop It theme at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog right now so I thought I would do something different. I have done triple-stamping with rubber before, but never with a digital image.  I digitally cropped the image a couple of times then printed out three images, one being full size.  I coloured the background of the full size image, left the middle image black and white and fully coloured the smallest image to give more impact to the cropping. I matted on black for further emphasis before gluing all the layers together. 
Products used:
  • Turquoise & black cardstock
  • Cheesecloth
  • Hemp twine
  • Shell charm
  • ProMarkers - Cool Aqua, Powder Blue, Moss, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Hot Pink, Holly, Lush Green, Spice, Apricot, Oatmeal, Burnt Orange, Peach, Warm Grey 1-3 & Tea Green
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • Clear Wink of Stella


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Rockabilly Birthday

I've had some Hannah Lynn freebie images for a while and not coloured them up, but a certain Mr.Kenny Kiernan's birthday was coming and gave me the perfect excuse to colour this gorgeous 'Rockabilly' image (from the Tattoo Darlings colouring book).  I happen to know that both Kenny and Elena are big fans of Hannah Lynn (Elena has already told me that she's stealing this card for her office!!).
I've coloured her in bright, bold tones to reflect the style of the image and to make the tattoos stand out, and teamed her with some camo paper and star eyelets to complete the look. 
Product list:

  • White cardstock
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Star eyelets
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue, Shale, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Holly, Lush Green, Mint Green, Black, Cool Grey 1, 2 & 5, Warm Grey 4 & 5, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Midnight, China Blue, Cardinal, Gold, Canary, Arctic Blue, Cerise, Bright Green, Satin, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Caramel, Sandstone, Slate, Purple & Lavendar


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creative Fingers - #137 Anything Goes
  2. World Wide Open Design Team - #26 Anything Goes
  3. The Sketchy Challenge - #127 Anything Goes
  4. The Ribbon Girl - September Any Image
  5. Colour Crazy - WK38 Anything Goes


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Rainbow After Rain at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello Crafty Peeps! Have you been enjoying the wonderful inspiration so far from the Design Team over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Monthly Blog Challenge? 
Don't forget the theme is 'Fall/Fall Colours/Pumpkins and you can enter here

It's the final week of inspiration posts, so Anything Goes for us this week. I have used 'Rainbow After Rain' to create an inspirational quote card. 

Product list:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Recollections laser-cut card, Boho Collection
  • Recollecions paper flowers, Boho Collection
  • Yellow Ranger Stickles
  • Papermania ribbon
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stormy Sky
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Gold, Cool Grey 1-3, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Pumpkin, Amber, Apricot, Canary, Lemon, Soft Lime, Forest, Bright Green, Leaf Green, Midnight Blue, Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Indigo, True Blue, Cobalt, Purple, Amethyst, Lilac, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Mango, Peach, Carmine, Rose Pink, Baby Pink, Duck Egg & Cool Aqua

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Autumn Colours
  2. Crafty Creations - #350 Anything Goes
  3. Creatalicious - #123 Anything Goes/Leaves
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1738 Anything Goes
  5. A Bit More Time To Craft - #52 Anything Goes


Monday, 18 September 2017

Steampunk Slinging & Shaking

How many times have I coloured up an image, then put it in my folder and it's just sat there for who knows how long?!  Sometimes I think it's just waiting for the right inspiration to happen before I actually make a card. This time it was Alyce at Kit & Clowder who gave me some inspiration. She's been making shaker cards to go with the last monthly class images. I haven't made a shaker for ages, so I immediately made a couple.  Not wanting to let shakers sit like I do with images, I thought of the perfect coloured image straight away and got a card made.  
The image I have used is the very awesome 'Lahla Steampunk Gunslinger' from Faery Ink. I am quite addicted to Amanda's images and they are often my naughty impulse buys! As she's a Steampunk Faery I had to add a bit of electricity to her wings. 

Product list:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Papermania Chronology designer papers
  • X-Cut scalloped circle and circle nesting dies
  • Cuttlebug Embossables acetate
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Assorted sequins
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Cocoa, Walnut, Caramel, Black, Warm Grey 3-5, Cool Grey 1, 2 & 5, Burnt Orange, Spice, Ginger, Blush, Midnight, China Blue, Cobalt, Slate, Amethyst, Lilac, Indigo, French Navy, Powder Blue, Sunflower, Canary, Lemon, Violet, Blue Pearl, Blossom, Mulberry & Fuchsia
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - white
  • 3D foam tape



Please let me know if you have problems viewing the video. 
They don't work on all browsers!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Come and Get It - Fantasy
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #66 Anything Goes
  3. The Crafty Addicts - #40 Anything Goes
  4. The Ribbon Girl - Any Image
  5. Simon Says Monday - Shimmer & Shine
  6. Passion for ProMarkers - WK412 Let It Shine






Saturday, 16 September 2017

Snapdragons & Rainbows

Oooh it's starting to get chilly in the mornings now.  Nice having the kids back at school to give more time for crafting though (well, one of them at least!!).  Colder days calls for some warm and bright colouring.  This time I have used Aurora Wings 'Snapdragon Sprite'. Isn't he just darling?  I'm a sucker for anything with dragons! 
Products used:

  • Cream card blank
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Purple card
  • Buttons
  • Pearls
  • Core'dinations Chalk Core card
  • X-Cut oval die
  • Darice embossing folder
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Holly, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Sunflower, Canary, Lemon, Bright Green, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, Indigo, True Blue, Cobalt, Purple, Amethyst, Lilac, Burgundy, Forest & Slate


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Friday, 15 September 2017

Welcome Little Princess

It's been a while since I made a baby card but my cousin just became a grandma, so I finally had an excuse to make something.   It's amazing now to have 4 generations alive in my family. I'm not sure it's happened before, or at least for a very long time. 

I have used the very cute 'Little Princess' from A Day For Daisies, plus the following products:
  • Cream cardstock
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Pearls
  • X-Cut dies - New Baby Icons
  • ProMarkers - Satin, Almond, Mustard, Tulip, Carmine, Rose Pink, Baby Pink, Blue Pearl & Powder Blue



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. The Ribbon Girl - September Card Challenge AG
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September AG
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1737 AG
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #140 Add A Heart




Thursday, 14 September 2017

Bright Lilies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Already the second week of September. Have your little ones settled back into a routine yet? It's been very quiet around here with my son at school full-time now. 
If you haven't had a look over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge and Inspiration Blog, what are you waiting for? Our theme this month is Fall/Fall Colours/Pumpkins and you can enter here.

The theme for the design team this week is 'Make Your Own Background' so I've gone and made two!  Firstly, the background of the image (Dark Lilies) - I wanted to create a bit of a stormy-looking sky here.  Then the card background - I have used a stencil with Distress Ink then some gold embossing. 

Products used:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Leaf stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Forest Moss
  • Whispers Embossing Pen
  • Wow! Gold embossing powder
  • Orange ribbon
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script words dies
  • ProMarkers - I'll be honest, I coloured this one a little while ago and forgot to write down what I used!



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. The Paper Shelter - #309 Embossing
  2. Classic Design Team - #17 Anything Goes
  3. Digi Choosday - WK37 Anything Goes
  4. Passion For ProMarkers - WK412 Let It Shine



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Wishing You a Birdy Christmas

Kit & Clowder recently had a big celebration weekend to commemorate reaching 15,000 Facebook Group Members.  There were lots of freebie images, of which I mostly haven't coloured yet!  I did colour the Conie Fong 'Snowman & Birdy Friends' image though as I'm trying to get some Christmas cards done early this year.  I even experimented with a snowy background.
Product list:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Dovecraft 'A Krafty Christmas' designer papers
  • Twine
  • Stitched tag die
  • Sequins
  • Hero Arts clear stamp
  • Memento ink, Tuxedo Black
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White
  • 3D foam pads
  • ProMarkers - Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Bright Orange, Mango, Peach, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Henna, Black, Cool Grey 5, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Holly, Lush Green, Mint, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Orange, Spice, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Tulip, Apricot, Warm Grey 1&2, Midnight, China Blue & Cobalt



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fall Colours at Ching-Chou Kuik

Well it's that time of year again - the kids have gone back to school, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to change and fall - and we have a wonderful seasonal challenge for you over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog, 'Fall/Fall Colours/Pumpkins'.  Please pop over here and show us your wonderful makes. 

For my inspiration today I am using the gorgeous 'Autumn's Here' plus the following products:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Twine
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Unbranded leaf dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Coral, Blush, Satin, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Black, Gold, Tulip, Amber, Sunflower, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Olive, Moss, Pear, Henna, Spice, Ginger, Apricot, Primrose, Meadow Green, Soft Lime, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue
  • Wink of Stella, clear


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - #494 Autumn
  2. Lemon Shortbread - #49 Anything Goes
  3. Classic Design Team - #17 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations - #349 Anything Goes
  5. A Perfect Time To Craft - #9 Anything Goes


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Once Upon A Time at Ching-Chou Kuik

I couldn't resist joining in the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge this month. The theme is 'Once Upon A Time' so we'd love to see your story-inspired makes. 

One of my favourite books as a child was 'The Worst Witch' by Jill Murphy and I actually still have my original copy! I'm very precious about books, so it's in great condition.  I did give it to my niece along with all my other childhood books but now she's a teenager and I have my own children, my sister gave them all back to me.


I have used 'Big Pumpkin' to make a pop-up card for my inspiration.  I made one of these last Halloween and I really love the design.  It can be given as a card, or if you're like me and can't bear to part with it, used as a decoration!

Products used:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Recollections 'Ravenshead Manor' laser cut card
  • Recollections spooky house sticker
  • Graphic 45 'Steampunk Spells' and 'Once Upon An Eerie Tale' embellishments and papers
  • Papermania black gems
  • Twine
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Umber, Burnt Sienna, Henna, Raw Sienna, Apricot, Black, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4 & 5, Warm Grey 3, 4 & 5, Aegean, Sky Blue, Sunkissed Pink, Cocoa, Pumpkin, Gold, Sunflower, Tulip, Bright Orange & Amber
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll



These pop-ups do fold flat for posting (I had to hold it down for the photograph as it doesn't stay unless in an envelope!)


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Petal Lu Creations (FB) - September Anything Goes
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1735 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - #138 Anything Goes
  4. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September Anything Goes
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #25 Anything Goes



Friday, 1 September 2017

September Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

Well hello there fellow crafters. It's been a long summer, but almost time for the kiddoes to go back to school. 
This month at Crafts Galore Encore we are sponsored by the wonderful Fabrika Fantasy

I am quite into ocean themes and mermaids right now, but as I'm always colouring people and skin I wanted to use something without.  'Sea Necklace' was my perfect choice, and I can combine with mermaids another time!

Product list:
  • Kraft card
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Anita's 3D Gloss
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Stormy Sky
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Orange, Spice, Ginger, Blush, Coral, Pastel Pink, Dusky Pink, Almond, Antique Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Caramel, Sandstone, Vanilla, Midnight Blue, China Blue, Cobalt, Amber, Sunflower, Tulip, Cinnamon, Satin, Bright Green, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Warm Grey 1-3, Khaki, Pastel Beige & Moss

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. A Bit More Time To Craft - #51 Anything Goes
  2. CCC Digi Creations - #80 No Patterned Papers
  3. Crafty Catz - #382 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #138 Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes




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