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Friday, 20 July 2018

27 years ago today I said "I do"

 Where were you 27 years ago today?  I know exactly where I was as it was my wedding day.  
  
To celebrate our wedding anniversary I have my husband this card.  
I have used my Debbi  Moore Shabby Chic Love CD.  I have used a quick A5 card that I printed out 3 times so that I could decoupage the image up well as I haven't got to think about the cost of postage!!  I have also printed off the matching large envelope that I made up for the card to go into.
I have finished the card off simply with a sentiment off the quick card sheet, a stamped sentiment, nice ribbon bow and a die-cut 2 and 7 which I have put through my mini dots embossing folder.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
As You Like It - Favourite - ribbons or buttons and why (I do love using both but I have to say that ribbon would be my preference as you can lay it flat, tie in knots or tie in nice bows like on this card)
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of dies and/or punches
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 20 July 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "THANK YOU/SYMPATHY".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "EMBOSSING - WET OR DRY" by Design Team Member Lozzy.


Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital image called "Toadstool Fairy".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, added white Posca pen to the toadstool, added Sakura Stardust clear pen to her dress and wings for some sparkle and then fuss cut out the image.

For the backdrop for my image I have coloured a piece of white card with Tim Holtz's Broken China and Peeled paint distress inks to look like the sky and grass.  I added some Sheena Douglass toadstools which I coloured with Promarkers, added white dots with my Posca white pen and fussy cut out.  I used a bird stamp for some interest in the sky.
The other backing papers are from my stash.

My embossed items are my decorative corners which I cut with a Spellbinders die, embossed with a mini dots embossing folder and inked with Broken China distress ink  and also the decorative border added to the top which has been inked with Broken China distress ink and finally I added some gems.

Promarkers used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Caramel, Cinnamon and Cocoa
Dress/wings - Pastel Green, Cool Aqua and Duck Egg
Toadstools/snail - Red, Berry Red, Poppy, Cinnamon, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Add a little sparkle (Sakura stardust pen for her dress and wings)
Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment
Passion for Promarkers - Vibrant colours
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says - Use a die and/or a punch (corner die and border die used)
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 17 July 2018

  Welcome to another challenge over at the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog.

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".
I have decided to make another Christmas card to save the panic at the end of the year to make them.  

For my card I have used this gorgeous digital stamp from Lemon Shortbread called "First Snowflake".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, added Stickles glitter glue to the snowflake and used a rubber stamp to stamp "tis the season".

The backing papers I have used are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a snowflake ribbon and die-cut snowflakes with Stickles glitter glue added to the centre.  It's sad when we have to keep embellishments to a minimum/flat due to postage but that is what we have to do if we want to post Christmas cards to our family and friends.

The Promarkers I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Khaki, Pastel Beige and Putty
Coat/boots/hat - Leaf Green, Forest Green, Bright Green, Putty and Henna.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Love to Craft - Anything goes
Craft's Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Doodles Studios - Christmas in July
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of red, white and blue
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of no patterned papers
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
Di's Digi Stamps - Christmas in July
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of Christmas in July
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Holiday time
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option of use a die-cut or punch
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Add a little sparkle (Stickles glitter glue)
Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment
Passion for Promarkers - Vibrant colours
Digi Choosday - Anything goes

Monday, 16 July 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New releases

  Today sees the arrival of a new set of images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This collection of images is called "Little Darling Animal Set".

In this set you will get THREE GRAYSCALE images:

Purple Night Adventure
Lavender Night Adventure
Daisy Night Adventure.

They are on a special introductory offer in the Etsy Store for $4.50 (instead of the normal price of $6.00).
 Hurry as this offer ends on 24 July 2018.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Happy birthday to my dear husband

This is the card that I have made for my husband for his birthday today.  I recently bought the Debbi Moore Cards for Men CD 4 (sadly it looks like this is no longer available) as I especially wanted this bus image as my husband is a bus driver.

I have used backing papers, insert and decoupage sheet to make the card.

I have finished the card off with some sentiments from my Debbi Moore Journey to Wonderland CD and road signs cut from the backing paper I used.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Love to Craft - Anything goes
Craft's Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of pets
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 13 July 2018

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.   

The challenge topic for July 2018 is "THANK YOU/SYMPATHY".

This week the Design team were challenged to "use some flowers".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my 8x8 birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Dandelions Glow".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

I have used various backing papers/card from Debbi Moore and Hunkydory.  

I have sat the image on a square embossed frame and I have also used a dandelions embossing folder, cut the images out and chalked to add as an embellishment to the card.

I have finished the card off with some raffia ribbon, lots and lots of die-cut flowers with gem centres, die-cut leaves and a stamped sentiment.

Promarkers used:
Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Cinnamon, Cocoa and Burnt Sienna
Dress - Cocktail Pink, Salmon Pink, Antique Pink and Purple
Flowers/greenery - Yellow, Lemon, Primrose, Purple, Amethyst, Bright Green and Grass
Sky - Powder Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Craft's Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Girlie
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist to make your own designer paper
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option to use dies and/or punches
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of pets
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of red, white and blue
Aud Sentiments - Flowers and sentiment
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Happy birthday card ................... with a difference

 I was asked by my son to make a card for his friend in the USA who longs to be a Forensic Scientist hopefully specialising in blood splatter analysis.  

It is sad that we need people like this doing a very difficult job.  Sometimes they have to determine foul play but sometimes when things look bad it is their expertise and that of police forces around the world that determine a death is natural causes.
 Yes as you can imagine this is not the normal type of card that I make but I had a go.  On the front of the card I have used red acrylic paint and in areas dragged the end of a crochet hook through it and also dabs spots in places to look like blood splatter.  I have used various images and typed up a sentiment to go on the card.
 I have used various splat and lined stamps throughout the card and it would never have turned out like it did without my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.

All around the front of the card near the scallops, throughout the card and also on the ribbon I used a black Versafine ink and stamped my fingerprints all over.  I have to say it made it look more realistic.

Fingers crossed Jayme likes her card after 4-5 hours spent on it!!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 6 July 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.   

The challenge topic for July 2018 is "THANK YOU/SYMPATHY".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
I have chosen to make a sympathy card.  With my sympathy card I make them very simple as personally I do not feel it is the time to make cards with lots of embellishments.

For my card I have used the partially coloured Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Love Message".  I have just simply added some beige chalk to the background as white card did not match the other papers I have used.

The backing papers I have used are from various magazines from Debbi Moore and Sara Davies from Crafter's Companion.

I have finished the card off very simply with some organza ribbon, flower ribbon, stamped sentiment and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Girlie
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Add a sentiment
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 3 July 2018

  Welcome to another challenge over at the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog.

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".
 For my bright and cheery birthday card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "Lemon Star Girl".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and used pearlescent chalks for the background.

The backing papers are from Papermania.

I have finished the card off with some die-cut greenery, die-cut flowers, brads and a die-cut sentiment.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Dress/stars - Lemon, Canary and Yellow
Hair/bubbles - Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 2.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of summer fun
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of 3 different embellishments
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the optional theme for a hero
Pearly Sparkles - Girlie
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option to use dies and/or punches
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Add a sentiment

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps July Facebook Challenge - Summertime/Seaside

  Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

It is a sad/happy day today.  Lisbeth and Ann-Marie have decided to leave the Facebook Design Team and we wish them well.  

With Ann-Marie leaving as the Facebook Design Team Leader I have taken over that role as well as being the Blog Design Team Leader.  I hope I can live up to the hard work that Ann-Marie put into the role!!

I am delighted to say a big "hello" to two new Facebook Design Team Members, Anna and Susan.  

We look forward to seeing the beautiful creations that they will make for the Design Team.

The topic for the Facebook July challenge is "SUMMERTIME/SEASIDE".

I decided to play along with their challenge this month.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Seahorse" (it comes in a set along with Ladybug).  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and have done a light wash over the top with an Imagination Crafts Platinum Starlight Paint.

The backing papers are various papers from my stash and colouring sheet from Crafter's Companion which I too have coloured in with my Promarkers and washed over with the Platinum Starlight Paint.

I have finished the card off with some die-cut from a friend, stamped sentiment, coloured mesh, ribbon, pearls and die-cut shells.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes with sentiment
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - G for the Great Outdoors
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Di's Digi Designs - Try something new (I tried doing a pale wash of Stardust paint over the backing paper and the image to give a distressed look - scary when doing in case I ruined the backing paper and image I had spent a long time colouring.  Love the effect though and will try again with different colours washed over the top)
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes and a critter
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything goes (plus an animal)

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store: 
 This image is called "Flutter Butterflies".

This is a grayscale image.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $2.50 instead of $3.50. 
 Hurry as this offer ends 10 July 2018.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 29 June 2018

 Good morning.  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".


PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation.
 We are lucky to have "Bugaboo Stamps" as our sponsor this week.
For my card I have used a gorgeous unicorn image from the "Birthday Unicorn Set 02" and I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and highlighted the balloon the the unicorn's eyelids with a gold Graphmaster pen.

For the background I have used various backing papers created my friend Lozzy (I have used papers from "It's Stripes" and "Grid") and two papers from a Debbi Moore's Inspiration Magazine.

I have finished the card off with some wide purple satin ribbon, light purple lace, die-cut flowers/trims and some gems.

Promarkers used:

Unicorn - Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 3, Cocktail Pink, Purple and Poppy Red
Ladybug and balloon - Poppy Red, Red, Cool Grey 2 and Purple.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes with sentiment
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of summer fun
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of 3 different embellishments
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Going digital (digital image and some digital papers)
Simon Says - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes