Friday, 27 December 2019

Monday, 23 December 2019

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Christmas Spice

Christmas may only be a few days away, but I'm still making cards!  Doesn't hurt to get a head start on for next year ;).

I just couldn't resist the 'Spiced Orange Pomander' image from Power Poppy.  It brings back memories of home when my Mum used to make these for Christmas.  I've done a couple myself; kinda hurts after a while pushing all the cloves in.  I've also used 'Big 'Ol Bow' for a gift tag.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Plaid designer paper
  • Gold ribbon
  • Sequins
  • Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - Spun Gold
  • ProMarkers - 
    • Spiced Orange Pomander - Bright Orange, Pumpkin, Gold, Amber, Burnt Sienna, Umber, Meadow Green, Ivory, Forest Green, Marsh Green, Pear, Burgundy, Poppy, Red, Lipstick Red, Burnt Orange & Cool Grey 1
    • Big 'Ol Bow - Burgundy, Poppy, Red, Lipstick Red, Holly, Lush Green & Green





I am entering my card & tag into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - Mad About Plaid!
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #469 ATG
  3. Crafty Creations - #404 ATG
  4. Allsorts - WK551/2 ATG







Friday, 13 December 2019

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Sweet Christmas Joy

It's been all things Christmas for me lately, although I do have lots of birthdays this month. The life of a crafter, lol. 
Today I am sharing a simple but fun Christmas card combining two images from Tiddly Inks - 'Christmas Mantle' & 'Sweet Dreams Molly'.  
I usually use 3D foam pads to add a fussy-cut character to a background but I wanted her to stand out a bit more, so I used folded card strips. This also gives some movement to the character.

Products used:

  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • ProMarkers - 
    • Christmas Mantle - Henna, Burgundy, Burnt Sienna, Chestnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Walnut, Gold, Sunflower, Yellow, Pumpkin, Black, Cool Grey 1-3, Pine, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Apple, Crimson, Poppy, Red, Cool Grey 4 & 5, Holly, Lush Green & Champagne
    • Sweet Dreams Molly - Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Oatmeal, Ivory, Crimson, Poppy, Red, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Pine, Forest, Apple, Chestnut, Saddle Brown, Sandstone & Champagne
First, here are the images after colouring:


And here is the finished card:

It's hard to tell how much she stands out in the above photo, so here's a couple of other views:


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Tiddly Inks - #Challenge 232.....Ding Dong DT call...our last challenge...
  2. I ♥ ProMarkers - #399 ATG
  3. Crafting With An Attitude - #58 ATG
  4. Simon Says Wednesday - Traditional Christmas
  5. Colour Crazy - WK48 ATG
  6. Brown Sugar - #296 ATG


Saturday, 23 November 2019

Candy Canes & Plaid

I'm keeping it fairly simple with my Christmas crafting as I can get more done that way. This time I have used a sketch from the Power Poppy challenge. I don't use sketches often, but they do help a lot in moments when you're staring at the supplies wishing for inspiration to hit!
I've kept the background colours pretty neutral to let the colours of the candy canes pop ('Candy Cane Classic').  I usually colour these only red and white, but after doing a whole load in sepia for a friend, I wanted to do something more colourful.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Kraft card
  • Plaid papers
  • Gems
  • X-Cut scalloped circle die
  • Ribbon
  • Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • ProMarkers - Holly, Lush Green, Green, Cardinal, Poppy, Red, Cool Grey 1-3, Pine, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Crimson, Berry Red, Lipstick Red, Black, Cool Grey 5
  • Prismacolor pencils - Black, Dark Green & Tuscan Red
  • Posca Paint Pen - White
  • Wink of Stella - Clear



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

  1. Power Poppy - Sketch It Out!
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - #465 ATG
  3. Crafting With An Attitude - #57 ATG
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Nov ATG
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #118 ATG
  6. I ♥ ProMarkers - #397 ATG

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

A Little Surprise

It's that time of year when I'm kicking my Christmas crafting up a notch.  I have managed to make a few cards over the months, but as usual I leave most of it until this month. 
I've made a ton of cards lately, having had a couple of orders for them, so I thought I'd change things up and make some tags.  I had fun doing something a little different from what I normally do and made two tags together....the back one hides a surprise!!  The front tag features 'Wryn's Baubles' from Tiddly Inks.

Products used:
  • Kraft card
  • Black card
  • MME Sleigh Bells Ring designer paper
  • Merry Christmas die
  • Tag Die
  • Eyelet
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Twine
  • Liquid Pearls - Brass & White Opal
  • Stickles -Red
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - Gold & White
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Cocoa, Saddle Brown, Raw Sienna, Crimson, Poppy Red, Holly, Lush Green, Gold, Sunflower, Yellow, Black, Cool Grey 5, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Lemon, Soft Lime, Apple, Meadow Green & Warm Grey 1-4
  • Prismacolor - Dark Green, Dark Brown, Blush Pink & Crimson Red 


I added a bit of fun to the image with some polka dots

I continued the polka dot theme on the second tag

The second tag has a pocket for a gift card

I am entering my tags into the following challenges:

  1. Tiddly Inks - #231 Gift Tag Goodness
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - #11 ATG
  3. CRAFT Challenge - #535 Christmas
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1946 ATG
  5. Your Scrapbook Place - November ATG
  6. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - #456 ATG

Friday, 15 November 2019

Do You Believe? at Faery Ink

This week at the Faery Ink blog I am showcasing one of the gorgeous new images only available on Patreon. 'Spirit of the Holidays' will only be available this month, so grab her while you can.  
All the information on my card, plus a little extra via my blog post here.



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

  1. I ♥ ProMarkers - #397 ATG
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #57 ATG
  3. Crafts Galore Encore - #69 ATG
  4. Crafty Creations - #402 ATG
  5. Classic Design Team - #11 ATG
  6. Crafting By Designs - November ATG
  7. CCC Digi Creations - #109 Christmas
  8. Brown Sugar - #295 ATG

Friday, 1 November 2019

All Treats, No Tricks at Faery Ink

Happy November! How was your Halloween?  This week I am sharing my treat bags from the Faery Ink swap last month.  More details and photos on my blog post here.


I am entering my treat bags into the following challenges:

  1. Brown Sugar - #295 ATG
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - ATG
  3. Power Poppy - Make It Spooktacular
  4. Passion For ProMarkers - WK517 Use Something Old (had the paper forever, lol)
  5. Classic Design Team Open - #11 ATG
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #10 ATG
  7. TTCRD - WK 29 Oct ATG

Friday, 18 October 2019

A Pocket Full of Autumn at Faery Ink

This week I am showcasing my very first pocket letter, which was made for the Faery Ink swap...there are lots of goodies inside, behind the four Kraft cards. 

You can find all the details and more photos on my blog post here.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Colourful Thanks

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so I thought I'd make thank you card.  I've used the cute 'Passion Flower Sprite' from Aurora Wings (if you didn't know, this sprite was drawn in remembrance of Aletha, who was on the Aurora Wings DT until her passing).
I wanted to keep it bright and cheerful as a celebration of art and life, so I used a rainbow as my theme. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Recollections Rainbow Chevron paper
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Thanks die
  • Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels 1 die
  • Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Ginger, Bright Green, Lime Green, Purple, Amethyst, Aubergine, Leaf Green, Saddle Brown, Pine, Forest Green, Apple, Cocoa, Pumpkin, Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Poppy, Prussian, Amber, Gold, Apricot, Yellow & Lemon
  • Prismacolor Pencils - Pink, Apple Green, White, Dark Green, Orange & Violet


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #115 ATG
  2. Let's Craft & Create - #152 ATG
  3. I ♥ ProMarkers - #394 ATG
  4. Creative Fingers - #172 ATG
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October ATG
  6. Crafts Galore Encore - #68 ATG
  7. {Pin}spirational Challenge - #249 Thanksgiving


Friday, 4 October 2019

Spooky Mummy Congratulations at Faery Ink

This week I am showcasing one of our fabulous Halloween freebies from the Faery Ink Facebook group.  You can find all the details and more photos in my blog post here



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

  1. Creative Fingers - #172 ATG
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #56 ATG
  3. Cute Card Thursday - #598 ATG
  4. I ♥ ProMarkers - #394 ATG/Autumn/Halloween

Friday, 20 September 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Celebrate YOU

Most of my projects feature digital stamps and that's where I usually start.  I always choose an image first, get it coloured and then decide what I'm going to do with it. 
For this card I have done the opposite.  I was having a play with a new die.  It's a lacy kind of wave and I knew it would look amazing layered up in ombré blues to represent the sea. Once I had all the layers glued down, I trimmed to 4x6. I used shimmer chalk then a layer of clear texture paste to give it a glossy shine. 
Once that was dry I matted onto black and pale blue before gluing it to my card. 
I finished off with die-cut sentiments and 'Pearl's Birthday' from Tiddly Inks. 

Products used:

  • Coloured cardstock
  • Lacy wave die
  • Ranger Texture Paste - Clear Gloss
  • Papermania Shimmer Chalks
  • Word dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Putty, Antique Pink, Pale Pink, Almond, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Yellow, Amber, Sandstone, Carmine, Pastel Pink, Baby Pink, Aubergine, Marine, Turquoise, Green, Mint Green & Pastel Green
  • Prismacolor Pencils - Process Red, Dark Green, Blush Pink & White
  • Gelly Roll - Metallic Gold
  • Wink of Stella - Clear
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Onyx Black



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 25 August 2019

A Super Birthday

Do you ever colour images then don't do anything with them straight away?  Sometimes I'm in the mood for colouring but don't have the mojo to make anything, so I end up with a pile of coloured images. I'm trying to get things used up and although it's been harder with the kids off school, I've made time for some crafting here and there.  
Today I am sharing a fun card using 'My Super Boy' from Tiddly Inks. I bought some holographic card in Michaels a while ago when they had special offers and this was just the perfect image to use it with. 

Products used:

  • Card blank
  • Holographic card
  • Cardstock
  • Banner die
  • Star eyelets
  • Star confetti
  • 3D foam pads

I coloured the image in traditional Superman colours

The holographic stars really seem to burst in the light

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Tiddly Inks - #228 Anything Tiddly Inks Goes
  2. Colour Crazy - WK33 ATG
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - August ATG
  4. Crafty Creations - #396 ATG
  5. A Perfect Time To Craft - #8 ATG


Friday, 23 August 2019

A Poisonous Gift at Faery Ink

Today I am showcasing a brand new image to Faery Ink - 'Sweetest Poison Fae'.  I love doing these kind of images on wine bottle tags,,, my dark humor I guess!  You can find all info and links on my blog post here.



I am entering my tag into the following challenges:
  1. Digi Choosday - WK34 ATG
  2. Get Creative - #83 ATG
  3. Dream Valley - #207 Hand Coloured Image
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #112 ATG
  5. Let's Craft and Create - #150 ATG


Sunday, 18 August 2019

Pansies For My Bestie

When your bestie is an awesome colourist and crafter, it's hard knowing how to wow her each birthday.  I love trying new fancy folds, but this year I went for a simple card with an awesome image from Aurora Wings - 'Pansy'.  I think combining her favourite flower with her favourite colour did the trick!

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • Sentiment die
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Putty, Almond, Holly, Forest, Bright Green, Apple, Primrose, Aubergine, Violet, Amethyst, China Blue, Canary, Burgundy, Yellow, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick Red, Raw Sienna, Pine, Lemon, French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue, Chestnut, Saddle Brown, Sandstone & Champagne
  • Prismacolor - Black, Yellowed Orange, Dark Brown, Crimson Red, Tuscan Red, Blush Pink, True Blue, Poppy Red, Peach, White, Violet & Spanish Orange


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1932 ATG
  2. Colour Crazy - WK32 ATG
  3. Crafty Creations - #396 ATG
  4. Creative Fingers - #169 ATG
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #112 ATG
  6. (Facebook) Stamps by Aurora Wings - August ATG


Friday, 9 August 2019

Flowery Fae Gift Envelopes at Faery Ink

I'm back on the Faery Ink blog sooner than usual after my surprise extra inspiration last week!  
This time I have a couple of cute faery gift envelopes that I have sent to some girls in my Rarity Nails family.  I love being able to create quick gifts to send.
Check out all the information on my post here.

If you would like more information on nail strips, click here.



I am entering my envelopes into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open DT - #7 ATG
  2. Colour Crazy - WK31 ATG
  3. Crafts Galore Encore - #66 ATG
  4. Creative Fingers - #169 ATG
  5. Let's Craft & Create - #150 ATG
  6. Brown Sugar - #292 ATG
  7. A Perfect Time To Craft - #8 ATG


Sunday, 28 July 2019

Hot Stuff!

I don't often use sketches for my cards, but sometimes I like to check them out for ideas. Back to using images I've had for a while too.   I did actually print and colour this one ages ago, but it got wrecked somehow and I never got to use it. It's from the Va-Va-Valentine's set that Power Poppy did last year. The sketch is also from Power Poppy for their challenge. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Sequins
  • Banner dies
  • X-Cut Oval die
  • Red Stickles
  • Heart dies
  • Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
  • ProMarkers - Cool Grey 1-4, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Crimson, Poppy, Red, Marine & Yellow



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - Sketch it Out!
  2. The Paper Shelter - Summer Break ATG
  3. Your Scrapbook Place - July ATG
  4. Colour Crazy - WK29 ATG


Friday, 26 July 2019

Lovely Skull

I'm finally digging into my images that I haven't coloured yet.  It's not easy right now with the kids at home, but I'm determined!  I really love skulls, so it was a no-brainer for me to grab this Aurora Wings image 'Skull and Roses'.
As usual, I had no plan at all when I started colouring, but I had to do the roses in a blue-purple.  To really make the image stand out, I have used my very favourite card fold - the twisted easel.  I felt like the image needed to stand out, so I did a simple inked background, with shimmery purple card, gems, lace and ribbon for the bottom piece.  I haven't added a sentiment as I love cards that work for lots of occasions.   

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Recollections gem embellishment
  • Distress Inks - Stormy Sky & Dusty Concord
  • ProMarkers - Champagne, Holly, Pine, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Aubergine, Prussian, Violet, China Blue & Warm Grey 1-5




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings July FB Challenge - ATG
  2. Crafts Galore Encore - #65 ATG
  3. Creative Fingers - #168 ATG
  4. Colour Crazy - WK29 ATG
  5. The Paper Shelter - Summer Break ATG



Friday, 19 July 2019

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Merry & Bright

I don't usually get Christmas cards started until November - I'm a terrible crafter, LOL. Summer holidays with the kids and all the birthdays I have to make for tend to take precedent there, so this year I am trying to get a few done at least. 
I am also trying to use images that I've had for a while and not used before, so for this card I have used 'Rooftop Party' from The Paper Shelter.  I think it was a freebie at the time I got it, but it's still available in the store.
I created a fun background of bright lights to go with the theme of the image and surrounded it with foliage for a sort of wreath. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Plain & shiny cardstock
  • Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament sentiment stamp
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Festive Greenery dies
  • Stampendous Red Dragon embossing powder
  • ProMarkers - Crimson, Poppy, Red, Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Black, Sandstone, Holly, Lush Green, Henna, Powder Blue, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Gold, Sunflower, Cool Grey 1-5, Marine, Turquoise, Mint Green, Primrose, Soft Lime & Lemon
  • Blue glitter gel pen


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. The Paper Shelter - #391 Holiday Time
  2. TTCRD - WK9 July ATG
  3. CCC Digi Creations - #105 Christmas In July
  4. Creative Fingers - #168 ATG
  5. Power Poppy - Do you need a little Christmas?


Friday, 7 June 2019

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