{ font-family: Arial!important;}

Followers

Tuesday, 25 September 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 "Sweet and Spooky Halloween".

In this set you will get THREE GRAYSCALE images:

Pick a Pumpkin
Halloween Trio
Exotic Halloween.

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 30 September 2018.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Happy 22nd Birthday to our Son Steven

Today is a special day as it is our youngest son's 22nd birthday.

Happy birthday Steven.

Here is the card that I have made for him.  I recently won a challenge and the prize was some images from The Paper Shelter.  It's so hard when you win images from designers as there are so many to pick from.  I quickly came across this one and it is called "Workout Time".

This year our son qualified as a Personal Trainer.  Unfortunately he's not been able to get a job working in a gym but fingers crossed it won't be too long before he fulfils his dream.

For my card I used the composition but I also printed out the image of the trainer 5 times so I could put one inside the card and decoupage the image well on the front of the card - well I didn't have to worry about the postage as he still lives with us!!

On the front of the card I used my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform  to stamp the "happy birthday" with one stamp and "son" with another.   I finished off the front by die-cutting out some stars and then running them through a small dots embossing folder.
Here is the inside of the card.  As I said I used one of the images on the inside and stamped "have a wonderful day".

I do love using stamps/digital images and colouring to make cards but I still love doing decoupage.  This combined using a digital image and printing out multiple times to decoupage.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Not Just Cards - Anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Artistic Inspiration - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Autumn colours
Di's Digi Challenge - For the boys
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Allsorts - Water or the colour blue
The Paper Shelter - Sentimental
Craft Rocket - Boys/men
Crafting by Designs - You're the man
QKR Stampede - Anything goes

Friday, 21 September 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 21 September 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 "The Paper Shelter" as our sponsor this week.
 For my card I have used The Paper Shelter image called "Snowball Fight" and a composition that comes with this image (you also get one inked stamp and one matching paper).  Isn't that amazing value for money?  I have coloured my image with Promarkers and fussy cut around the image.

As I said I used the composition that came with the image.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, washi tape, die-cut snowflake die-cuts, sequins and little balls of snow (which I cut from a white pom-pom decoration).

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cocoa, Cinnamon and Raw Sienna
Top/skirt, trousers,socks/shoes/hat and snowball - Duck Egg, Aqua, Salmon Pink, Antique Pink, Cinnamon, Ice Grey and Ice Grey 2.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of circles
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes with the option of plaid, checked or gingham paper
Artistic Inspiration - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Add some texture (I have used sequins and fluffy balls)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option to use an animal
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Simon Says - Bling it on (sparkly sequins)
The Paper Shelter - Sentimental
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of let's do Christmas

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 21 September 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 "THE COLOURS OF FALL" eg red, brown and orange.

This week Dianne, Design Team Member challenged us to "RIBBON OR LACE".


Well as I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee ribbon and lace I had to use both on my card!!

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 I have decided to try to keep on top of making Christmas cards throughout the year so here is another one.  I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Christmas Venice Night".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from my Polkadoodles Here Comes Christmas CD.

I have finished the card off with some red satin ribbon, green satin ribbon. sentiment from a CD, bow made from some thin lace, die-cut poinsettias with gold Pinflair Wand Pearls.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Cat - Ice Grey, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3, Soft Peach, Bright Green, Poppy, Red, Berry Red, Gold and Ice Grey 4
Poinsettias - Poppy, Red, Berry Red and Gold
Greenery/scrolls etc - Bright Green, Lush Green, Sunflower, Gold, Red, Poppy and Berry Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - 3+ layers
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of to add a tag/label
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Ribbon (two ribbons used on my card)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Sunny Day - Anything goes with animals
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of circles
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes with the option of plaid, checked or gingham paper
Artistic Inspiration - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Add some texture (I have used ribbon and lace)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option to use an animal
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Christmas
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of let's do Christmas
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Monday, 17 September 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 "Drifting Soul".

You will receive a black-and-white image and also a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00.
 Hurry as this offer ends on 21 September 2018.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 14 September 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 "Crafty Sentiments" as our sponsor this week.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Crafty Sentiments image called "Herbie the Bear".  Isn't he cute?  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers.

The backing papers are from my Christmas scraps box.

I have finished the card off with a glittery die-cut border, washi tape, die-cut sentiment and a handmade Sizzix rosette with button.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Herbie - Pastel Beige, Khaki, Cocoa, Cinnamon and Raw Sienna

Herbie's scarf, letter and candy cane - Red, Poppy, Lush Green, Bright Green, Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 2.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 


Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of back to school
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of no patterned paper
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - All creatures great and small
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes with the option to use the word joy
Allsorts - Bears
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes with the option of being inspired by a song
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option to use an animal
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and/or punches
Passion for Promarkers - Favourite colour combo (my favourite colour combo for Christmas has to be the traditional red and green)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - 3+ layers
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of to add a tag/label
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
CRAFT - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Dies/punches
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option to use pearls
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 14 September 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 "THE COLOURS OF FALL" eg red, brown and orange.

This week the Design Team were challenged to "PURPLELICIOUS" eg lots and lots of purple.


Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my card I have used one of the newer Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamps in grayscale called "Green Dragonfly" (she comes in a set along with Red Poppy and Merbutterfly Fairy Freedom).  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and went for a light/delicate colour scheme to match the pastel backing papers I used from a set from The Works.  I have added some Wink of Stella clear sparkle pen onto the dragonfly wings.  After mounting the image onto matching backing papers I used the purple Stickles around the layers to add a little bit more sparkle.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut banner at the bottom of the image, a piece of extra wide lace (which wasn't quite big enough so I folded in half and cut it and stuck a piece around the back and the front which left a gap which the image filled - I hope you can keep the secret but it is good to use scraps up like this!!), two different die-cut dragonfly dies used and I did two of each and added Ranger Distress Stickles in purple add down their bodies and finally a die-cut sentiment.

I know who this card is for as she likes purple just like me.  Fingers crossed she likes it!!

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cocoa, Raw Sienna and Cinnamon
Dragonflies - Soft Green, Mint Green and Raw Sienna
Background - Powder Blue, Amethyst, Purple, Plum, Pastel Beige and Khaki.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of pastel colours
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld September Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Glitter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of clean and simple
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Mythical/magical
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of best friends
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of back to school
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of no patterned paper
Daisy Chain - Birthday
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - All creatures great and small
Creative Craft Cottage - Ribbon and/or lace (lace)
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes with the option of being inspired by a song
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option to use an animal
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and/or punches
Passion for Promarkers - Favourite colour combo (monochrome purple)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - 3+ layers
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of to add a tag/label
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Dies/punches
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option to use pearls
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Monday, 10 September 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 "Fall for You".

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00. 
 Hurry as this offer ends on 15 September 2018.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 7 September 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 "THE COLOURS OF FALL" eg red, brown, orange and green.

He
re is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Holly Angel".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and highlighted some areas with a white gel pen.  I have brushed over some gold Stickles glitter glue for her wings.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished my card off with a stamped sentiment, three different ribbons, die-cut holly, die-cut poinsettia with Pinflair gold wand dots and some gold Papermania Glitterations.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cocoa, Cinnamon and Pastel Beige
Dress/bow/birds/berries/greenery - Sunflower, Gold, Red, Poppy, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Pastel Beige and Tan.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of monochrome
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld September Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of clean and simple
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Mythical/magical
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of best friends
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the optional theme of back to school
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of no patterned paper
The Paper Shelter - Make it bloom
Fab n Funky - BINGO board (end vertical column of die-cuts, ribbon and red)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Ribbon and/or lace (ribbon)
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of to add a butterfly
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Monday, 3 September 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 "Poppy in Blue".

You will receive a black-and-white image and also a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00.
Hurry as this offer ends on 8 September 2018.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Birthday Wishes

I needed to make a birthday card for someone who likes cats so I have used an image from a Joanna Sheen Jody Bergsma paper pad (sadly this paper pad does not seem to be on their website anymore).  In this pad you get two of the same images so to make this card a bit more special I have used both of the images on this card so I could do more decoupage.

I have just used different coloured card instead of backing papers, one of which I put through a large dots embossing folder.

I have finished the card off with a Craftwork Cards sentiment, satin ribbon, spotty grosgrain ribbon, organza bow and a large dazzler that was originally pink but I coloured with a black Promarker pen.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps September Facebook Challenge - Autumn

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

The topic for the Facebook September is "AUTUMN".

I decided to play along with their challenge this month.
 For my birthday card I have used the partially coloured image called "Owlie" and it comes in a set along with the same image but in black-and-white.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have used some punches to make the flowers and shaped them with an embossing tool and added Stickles glitter blue to the centre.  I have used two different leaf dies - a single leaf to go with the flowers and a leaf border that came with a magazine.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment and some burlap I got as a present from a friend.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Friends - Animals/birds
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of monochrome
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Happy birthday
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - L is for leaves
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of pastel colours
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld September Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes
Allsorts - Things with wings (owl)
Sweet Stampin' - Keep it neutral

Thursday, 30 August 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 "Wicked in Mist".

This is a grayscale image.

You will receive a lighter grayscale image and a darker grayscale image.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00. 
 Hurry as this offer ends on 3 September 2018.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 28 August 2018

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

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".

Today is a VERY sad day for me as I have made the difficult decision to leave the Lemon Shortbread Design Team.  

I've had a wonderful year creating cards/other projects with Vera's amazing images she creates for her Lemon Shortbread Etsy Store.  

Thank you so much Vera and Dewi for having me.  I've enjoyed my time and am sad it has had to finish.

Onto my last card as part of the Lemon Shortbread Design Team.
 For my birthday card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "Orchid Lady".  I have coloured her in using Promarkers.

The backing papers are from a set from my friend Lozzy called "It's all about stripes".

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiment, doily, ribbon (dark purple and sitting underneath the lace), lace, various flowers, Sue Wilson die-cut greenery and some gems.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cocoa, Cinnamon and Raw Sienna
Flowers/greenery - Purple, Amethyst, Orchid, Gold, Bright Green and Forest Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of music
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of die-cuts/punches
Cute Card Thursday - Just for girls
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin - Birthday or make it a remake
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of monochrome
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Create and Makes - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes

Friday, 24 August 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 24 August 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 and you MUST specify the colouring medium you have used.
  We are lucky to have "Polkadoodles" as our sponsor this week.
For my card I have used the Polkadoodles image called "Wizardy Magic Little Dude".  In this set you get the actual image, 3 backing papers and some sentiments so fantastic value for money.  I printed off two of the backing papers and coloured my image in with Promarkers following the colour scheme of one of the backing papers.

I have put a piece of black card through a star embossing folder and added Imagination Crafts Inca Gold Alchemy Wax and Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Pearl Lustre Gilding Polish to the embossed stars. 

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from the digital kit and stars cut out from a piece of leftover backing paper.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Tan and Pastel Beige 
Cloak/shoes/top/trouser/scarf - Poppy, Red, Gold, Canary, Bright Green, Leaf Green. Sky Blue, True Blue and Royal Blue 
Owl/wand - Pastel Beige, Tan, Cinnamon and Cocoa. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
Sunny Day - Anything goes animals
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of music
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of die-cuts/punches
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Digital image
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes