Monday, 31 December 2018

Bauble Fairy Christmas

I thought I'd get one last post in before the year ends!  Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?  I spent mine in the mountains, but unfortunately the horrible colds and coughing persisted for all of us.  It was lovely to get away and do something different though.

Today I am sharing a CAS Christmas card that I made following a wonderful tutorial from Zoe at Make It Crafty.  She has recently ventured into doing video tutorials and launched a new site The Coloring Lab.  If you haven't checked it out yet, there is a free course you can take. 
I bought this bauble fairy class a few months ago, but I was then so busy with other things I hadn't done it.  I was determined to get it done before Christmas though so I made time and did it over a couple of days.  The tutorials are using Copic markers, but you can use any brand you like. 
Do you ever make a card you couldn't bear to give up?  I do that all the time...so you know what I do then? I give them to my husband, lol.

Products used:

  • Kraft card blank
  • MIC chipboard sentiments
  • Distress Ink - Forest Moss & Stormy Sky
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Onyx Black
  • ProMarkers - Meadow Green, Lemon, Leaf Green, Cardinal, Hot Pink, Carmine, Pastel Pink, Raw Sienna, Gold, Yellow, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Turquoise, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Marine, Holly & Forest Green




I am entering my cards into the following challenges:
  1. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #418 ATG
  2. Passion For ProMarkers - WK473 Mega Christmas Challenge
  3. Simon Says Wednesday - ATG 57
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #181 ATG (5th Blogiversary)
  5. Crafty Creations - #381 ATG
  6. Christmas Crafts All Year Round - December ATG




Thursday, 20 December 2018

Gingerbread Parade Bauble at Ching-Chou Kuik

Well that's it... the final week of inspiration for 2018 at the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenges.  I hope you've enjoyed the projects from all the girls this challenge as well as this year. 
This is also my very last inspiration post as I will be stepping down from the team next year.  I have enjoyed every moment, but it is time to move on and concentrate on other things. 

This week the team were challenged by Aurora to make Anything But A Card, so I have created a bauble using 'Gingerbread Man Parade'.

Products used:
  • Clear plastic bauble
  • Twine
  • Ribbon
  • Seed beads
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Ginger, Henna, Saddle Brown, Cinnamon, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Black, Holly, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Pumpkin, Cardinal, Umber, Yellow, Forest Green, China Blue, Violet, Amber, Hot Pink, Cool Aqua, Arctic Blue, Gold & Sunflower

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Ribbons Galore at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's another week and another inspiration project for Ching-Chou Kuik.   Our theme this month is Butterflies/Insects and you can enter here.



This week the team were challenged to use ribbons on our projects and I have used 'Jewelry Keeper' from the 'Beautiful Tails Mermaid Set' to create a Z-Fold card.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Fancy oval die
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Sequins
  • Recollections Pearl embossing powder - Sapphire
  • Crafter's Companion clear stamp sentiment
  • ProMarkers - Coral, Dusky Pink, Putty, Satin, Violet, Lilac, Lavender, Burgundy, Cardinal, Red, Ruby, Indigo, French Navy, Duck Egg, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Marine, Turquoise & Mint Green
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Classic Design Team - #12 ATG
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #46 ATG
  3. Crafty Creations - #380 ATG
  4. I ♥ ProMarkers - #374 ATG/Ribbon or Bow
  5. A Perfect Time to Craft - #12 ATG



Thursday, 6 December 2018

Butterflies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Eeep, it's already December! 2018 is just flying by... and mentioning flying... this month's challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik blog is BUTTERFLIES OR INSECTS.  Flutter on over and link up your gorgeous creations here.


I have gone with butterflies and made an easel card using 'Aloha, Lady'.  For a change it's just a regular easel not a twisted easel!

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Graphic 45 'Flutter' designer paper
  • Ribbon
  • Papermania gems
  • Sizzix Stampin' Up Embosslits 'Beautiful Wings' dies
  • Little Claire Designs outline stickers
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal & Pewter
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Black, Cool Grey 5, Caramel, Yellow, Soft Lime, Cool Grey 1, Pine, Forest, Apple, Sunflower, Mustard, Mulberry, Fuchsia, Blossom, French Navy, Cobalt, Henna, Gold, Saddle Brown, Bright Orange, Pumpkin, Antique Pink, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua & Tea Green
  • Prismacolor pencils





I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Crafting By Designs - Holiday Anything Goes
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #46 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Catz - #440 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - December ATG
  5. Simon Says Monday - 'B' is For?
  6. Classic Design Team - #12 Anything Goes


Friday, 30 November 2018

Guest Designer at Colour Crazy Challenge with Crafty Sentiments

This is my last project as Guest Designer for Colour Crazy Challenge.  This time we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments


I have created a layered Christmas card using 'Benson & Betty'. This image is very versatile as you can make them any kind of bear you like.  I have gone for a furry teddy bear look. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • DoCrafts designer Christmas paper
  • Layered chipboard sentiment
  • Anita's outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Powder Blue, Cool Grey 1-3, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Holly, Lush Green, Mint, Burnt Sienna, Saddle Brown, Caramel, Sandstone & Arctic Blue



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Double D - Snuggle Up Buttercup!
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - ATG
  3. The 12 Months of Christmas - #47 ATG
  4. Creative Fingers - #154 ATG
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Nov ATG



Thursday, 22 November 2018

Black Swan at Ching-Chou Kuik

So already it is the final week of inspiration at the challenge blog and getting to the end of November.  Are you getting up at stupid-o-clock to shop the Black Friday sales tomorrow? 


This week the team were challenged by Vanessa to be 'Inspired by Music'.  I've had the image 'Flame In Black' for a little while but not used it, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. 
My musical inspiration is 'Swan Lake' as seen in the movie 'Black Swan'.  I'm not really a ballet person, but I love this film.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Distress Oxide - Fired Brick
  • Spellbinders die - Big Scalloped Oval
  • Music notes Happy Birthday die
  • Feather dies
  • Papermania gems
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Henna, Cocoa, Umber, Cinnamon, Canary, Black, Cool Grey 4 & 5
  • Prismacolor pencils



Thursday, 15 November 2018

Fluttershine at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's week two of our inspiration posts over at Ching-Chou Kuik's Challenge Blog.  Don't forget our theme this month is CHRISTMAS/FIREWORKS and you can enter your fabulous creations here.



This week the team were challenged to Sparkle & Shine and I have used Crimson Moon to create an easel stepper card.  Usually I make a stepper card OR an easel card, so I thought it would be cool to do a combination.   I love these card styles as they give lots of areas to decorate. 

Products used:
  • Coloured cardstock
  • G45 'Flutter' designer papers
  • X-Cut nesting dies - Square Parenthesis
  • Swarovski Hotfix crystals & enamel dots
  • Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
  • ProMarkers - Apricot, Saffron, Blush, Satin, Black, French Navy, Aegean, Cool Grey 5, Burnt Sienna, Umber, Aubergine, Plum, Mulberry, Caramel, Prussian, Violet, China Blue, Marine, Turquoise & Duck Egg
  • Glitter Gel Pens
  • Prismacolor Pencils


It's not so easy to tell in this photo, but there is a lot of sparkle & shine with the glitter gel pens and the Swarovski crystal




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. A Bit More Time to Craft - #80 ATG
  2. World Wide Open Design Team - #11 ATG
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Nov ATG
  4. I ♥ ProMarkers - #372 ATG/3 Layers
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1845 ATG
  6. A Perfect Time to Craft  - #11 ATG
  7. Classic Design Team - #11 ATG





Thursday, 8 November 2018

Christmas at Ching-Chou Kuik

Are you getting a head start on your Christmas cards?  If not, hopefully this month's challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik will help you.  Our theme is 'Christmas/Fireworks' and you can enter here.

I have created a Christmas card using 'Christmas Elf'.  This image isn't often used, but I like to find those images as the older ones can get forgotten. 

Products used:
  • Kraft card blank
  • DoCrafts designer paper
  • Merry Christmas sentiment die
  • Fancy Oval die
  • DoCrafts glitter card
  • ProMarkers -Spice, Coral, Soft Peach, Blush, Warm Grey 1-3, Berry, Red, Lipstick, Black, Cool Grey 5, Cocoa, Caramel, Yellow, Holly, Pine, Forest, Walnut, Arctic Blue & Midnight Blue
  • Sakura Gelly Roll- White


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #10 ATG
  2. Allsorts - WK492 Pretty Papers
  3. Creative Fingers - #154 ATG
  4. The 12 Months of Christmas - #47 ATG
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - November ATG
  6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November ATG


Friday, 2 November 2018

Guest Designer at Colour Crazy Challenge with Lemon Shortbread

Today I am showcasing a Lemon Shortbread image 'Building Snowman' for my guest designer spot at Colour Crazy Challenge.   As usual for my Christmas cards, I have kept this one CAS and focused on the image.   

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Patterned card
  • Outline sticker
  • Black cardstock
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Putty, Walnut, Cocoa, Saddle Brown, Black, Berry Red, Lipstick, Cool Grey 5, Pine, Lush Green, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, Warm Grey 3-5, Henna, Burgundy, Midnight Blue, Denim Blue, Indigo & Cool Grey 1-3

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Lemon Shortbread - #79 Anything Goes
  2. C.R.A.F.T. - #489 Winter
  3. Crafts Galore Encore - #57 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Nov ATG
  5. Creative Fingers - #154 Anything Goes
  6. Classic Design Team - #11 Anything Goes


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Día de Los Muertos

I couldn't resist this too cute freebie from Stamps by Aurora Wings.  I love Halloween and I love making wedding cards, so Day of The Dead style sprites are just perfect for me.  I used to dream about having the full-on white wedding, but as I got older I changed my mind to a themed wedding. I actually had a Chinese-inspired theme, but I think a Day of The Dead theme would be amazing. 
The Facebook group has a colouring challenge for this image, but I couldn't stop there... I had to make a card too!
This is my very first bridge card.  I don't know why I haven't made one before as they're so easy.

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Tulle
  • Core'dinations Glittersilk card
  • Outline stickers
  • X-Cut Scalloped Heart die
  • Tim Holtz Doily stencil
  • Distress Inks - Stormy Sky & Dusty Concord
  • Distress Oxides - Wilted Violet & Fired Brick
  • Recollections glitter skull sticker
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • ProMarkers - Black, Cool Grey 5, Burgundy, Cardinal, Red, Holly, Forest, Moss, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Champagne, China Blue, Prussian & Violet
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White
  • Wink of Stella - Clear



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Wednesday - Halloween/Spooky
  2. Simon Says Monday - Halloween/Spooky
  3. Passion For ProMarkers - WK467 Halloween Colours
  4. Morgan's ArtWorld - #10 ATG
  5. If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - #105 Spooky
  6. Aurora Wings - #72 Once Upon a Dream...or a Nightmare
  7. Crafty Gals Corner - #177 Halloween Colours
  8. {PIN}spirational Challenges - #227 Haunting Time of Year


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mason Jar Dragonflies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Well October is just flying by!  I hope you've enjoyed all the inspiration so far at the Ching-Chou Kuik challenges.   Don't forget to enter as there's more chance of winning with the extra prizes up for grabs! (Blog & Facebook).


This week I challenged the blog team to create a shaped card.  I have used the image 'Dragonflies' (from the 'Dragonfly, Seahorse, Ladybug' set) to create a Mason Jar shaker card.  

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Mason Jar card template from The Cutting Cafe
  • Acetate
  • Sequins
  • Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers & Mustard Seed
  • ProMarkers - Cool Aqua, Aegean, Cyan, Mustard, Lemon, Soft Lime, Holly, Pine, Forest, Burnt Orange, Spice, Peach, Apricot, Oatmeal & Saffron
  • Clear Wink of Stella

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. A Bit More Time To Craft - #78 ATG
  2. A Gem of A Challenge - #228 ATG
  3. Crafty Catz - #433 ATG/Anything But Square
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1841 ATG
  5. Your Scrapbook Place - Oct ATG


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Fall Fae Thank You at Faery Ink

If you're a follower of Faery Ink, you would have seen that the One Day Fae is back, kicking off with a fabulous fall fae.  This image is so perfect for October with autumn/fall, Thanksgiving (Canada) and Halloween...you could turn that pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern and make her spooky.
I am showcasing her on a flip card for my inspiration post today.  Be sure to pop over to the Faery Ink blog where you can see all the details, plus grab the freebie if you haven't already.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Things that go Purr in the Night at Faery Ink

This month at Faery Ink we are celebrating the dark side of life...Halloween, Spooky and Night Creatures images are being showcased by the team.  
I am showing off 'Bella Catwoman' and you can find all the information and step-by-step photos on my post at the Faery Ink blog.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #91 ATG
  2. Simon Monday - Cityscape
  3. Crafts Galore Encore - #56 ATG
  4. Classic Design Team - #10 ATG
  5. Morgan's ArtWorld - #10 ATG


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Think Pink at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's the second week of inspiration posts over at Ching-Chou Kuik's challenge blog.  Don't forget it's our 4th anniversary so there will be extra prizes up for grabs.  You can enter the blog challenge here using the theme Halloween.



As October is breast cancer awareness month, the team were challenged to use pink on our inspiration this week.  I have gone monochrome with a tall card using the image 'Bunch of Love'. 

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Papermania 'Red Hot' collection paper
  • Recollections stencil
  • Little Darlings sentiment stamp
  • Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry'
  • Distress Oxide 'Worn Lipstick'
  • ProMarkers - Magenta, Carmine, Baby Pink, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Satin, Hot Pink, Pastel Pink, Meadow Green, Fuchsia, Pink Carnation & Blossom
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Silver Sakura Gelly Roll


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Crafty Creations - #376 ATG
  2. Creative Craft Cottage - #112 Pretty Pinks or Halloween
  3. Morgan's ArtWorld -#10 ATG
  4. Power Poppy - You say it's your birthday! (October 21)
  5. CCC Digi Creations - #97 Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness




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