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Monday, 30 September 2013

Marlon Teunissen - Emotive

Here is a card I have made using a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Marlon Teunissen called "Emotive".  It is available as a digital stamp and a single rubber stamp.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers and inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  The backing papers I have used are from Basic Grey.  I have embossed some paper and card with a chevron embossing folder.  I have finished the card off with some lace, homemade flowers with metal brad centres, glitter peel-offs and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - One for the boys
Creative Inspirations - Favourite stamp brand - Sweet Pea Stamps
I Love Promarkers - Make your own flowers
2 Sisters - Anything goes
Crafts and Me - Lovely lace
C... if for Challenge - Boys and men

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ching-Chou Kuik - Where we met

Here is a Christmas card I have made using a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Ching-Chou Kuik called "where we met".  It is available as a digital stamp, single rubber stamp and as part of a multi-image plate (Sheet 42, Plate 203 - Where we met comes on the multi-image plate with Late Autumn, Little Bow and Wild Royalty).

I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and edged around the image with a light blue Pan Pastel whilst I kept my die in place.  I then used my new Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle.  I love the effect my Sakura Stardust clear pen gives but on bigger surface areas I'd get scratch marks even if I used in circular motions.  The Wink of Stella is a fine brush and doesn't do that.

The backing papers aren't Christmas ones.  They area scraps leftover from previous cards from my two year old Tim Holtz paper pad.  I have inked around the edges of the papers/image with Tim Holtz's Gathered Twigs distress ink pad.  I have finished the card off with some die-cut holly and a little deer which I have rubbed over Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium, satin ribbon, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment, organza ribbon, button and Card Candi.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Crafter's Cafe - Die-cuts and/or punches
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Frosted Designs - Add Texture to your project
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - 3 main colours (I have used the colour blue, brown and white)
Di's Digi Designs - Show off your colouring skills
2 Sisters - Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenge - Bows
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything goes
Pan Pastel Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to create your own challenge (I have gone for the optional twist part and have used the following items:  Column 1 sentiment; Column 2 die-cut: Column 3 Stickles: Column 4 buttons (button underneath the organza bow) and Column 5 ribbon)
Robyn's Fetish - Nature

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Happy Birthday to a Very Special Brother

Here is a card I have made for my brother-in-law's birthday today.  The decoupage I have used is from the Joanna Sheen's Gruffies range.  Isn't that bear cute lying on his hammock?  The backing paper and insert I have used are from the Joanna Sheen Faye Whittaker CD.  I have finished the card off with some sunflowers, raffia ribbon, sentiment off the computer and some string (for a man-like embellishment).

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Glitter n Sparkle - Male cards
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Papercrafting Journey - For a boy
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Flowers
Crafty Catz - Birthday card
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes

Sweet Pea Stamps

Don't forget Sweet Pea Stamps can be bought from the Sweet Pea Stamps Shop.

Sweet Pea Stamps also has a:

Sweet Pea Stamps Design Team Blog - where there is daily inspiration for everyone to see

monthly challenge over at the "One Sweet Challenge"

Facebook page called "Sweet Pea Stamps" where you will see cards posted on the Design Team Blog and find out about new releases/sales

Facebook Group called "Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans" and you can join the Group and look at wonderful creations, gain tips/ideas and to have a natter.

I am on the Design Team for the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge.  This fortnightly challenge blog is run independently from Sweet Pea Stamps but Lynette kindly offers one digital image for the Random.org winner and one digital image for the winner that is chosen by the Design Team from those that use a Sweet Pea Stamps image.  

Come and join in the Sweet Pea Stamps fun!!!

Here are some images that have come into the shop this week/due very shortly:

 Elaine Cox - Moon of Wintertime
 

 
Concetta Kilmer - The Owl Keeper (without background)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Friday 27 September 2013 - Use some brads or eyelets

 It is Friday and therefore another challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  This time the topic is "use some brads or eyelets".
Here is my card I have made.  I have used the Delicious Doodles digital image called "Maid of the Riverbank".  I have coloured my image with Promarkers/Flexmarkers and highlighted areas with Pan Pastels, white gel pen and Tim Holtz's Black Soot distress ink.  
The green and black backing papers are from Sumemrtime Designs.  The orange/peach pieces are from Bearly Mine Designs Summer's Lace Dreams.  I have made some flowers out of pages of a book die-cut with a Spellbinders die and inked them with Tim Holtz's Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive distress ink.  The layers of the flowers are held together with lime green brads.  I have finished the card off with a Marianne Designs die-cut which I have inked with Tim Holtz's Black Soot distress ink, some tiny flowers I was given, some dotty ribbon and a sentiment from a Debbi Moore CD.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Kaboodle Doodle - Use orange
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Lots of layers
Simon Says - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inklings and Yarns - Linky Party
I Love Promarkers - Make your own flowers
The Crafter's Cafe - Die-cuts and/or punches
Crafty Little Fairies - Autumn colours
Cute Card Thursday - Pretty Ribbons
4 Crafty Chicks - BINGO board - bottom horizontal row of flowers, brads and die-cuts
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Flowers
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Birthday - wishing the Crafty Catz Challenge Blog a very happy birthday!!
Stampin for the Week-end - Fairies and fantasy
Graph'It - Colours of autumn
Stampin with the Dragon - Yellow

Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge - Friday 27 September 2013 - Team A - Purple Power

It's Friday and time for another challenge over at the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "purple power".  It's time for Team to show you their cards/creations.
For my card I have used the Sweet Pea Stamps digital stamp by Karen Middleton "It's our difference that makes us friends".  This image is available as a digital stamp and a rubber stamp.  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers and highlighted areas with my white gel pen.  I have put the image on some mirri card that I have put through an embossing folder.  Under that is a Marianne Designs die-cut square shaped which I have edged with a chalk ink pad.  The backing papers are from Summertime Designs.  I have finished the card off with some raffia ribbon, satin edged organza ribbon, flowers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations - Woodland critters (the little can be found in many woods)
Paper Makeup - Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons and bows
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Lots of layers
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inklings and Yarns - Linky Party
Divas by Design - Monochrome
Crafty Ribbons - Monochrome
Cute Card Thursday - Pretty Ribbons
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Digi Haven - Use 2 colours
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sweet Pea Stamps - One Sweet Challenge

Don't forget there is still time to join in September's Challenge over at "One Sweet Challenge"! 

The challenge topic for September was "brown, yellow, orange and red" ie fall colours.

To give you some inspiration this is the card I made to promote this challenge:

If you want to look at my original post for this card you can find it here.

Aud Sentiments Challenge - Thursday 26 September 2013 - Any sentiment for a child

 It is Thursday and therefore the start of another challenge over at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "any sentiment for a child".
The sponsor this fortnight is Beccy's Place and she is offering the winner a choice of 3 images.
 I decided to make not one but two cards - well I couldn't have a boy version without a girl version could I?  For my cards I have used the Beccy's Place image called "Quilted Five and Monkey" - I just thought he was a fun character for a little child.  I have coloured both images in with Promarkers/Flexmarkers.  The pink card I have added Glossy Accents to the No 5 which turned out a right nightmare for the camera flash!
For both cards I have used some Papermania birthday papers which I won in some candy last year.  I am a bit concerned when I make cards for children that all tiny items are well hidden on the cards ie stuck onto the matting and layering rather than on top.  The little boy card has been finished off with some gingham ribbon, peel-off stars, brads and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.  The little girl card has been finished off with some pink fibres, brads and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Happy birthday baby
Crafts 4 Eternity - Cute kids
Paper Make-up - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - A cute one for the boys (first card shown is being entered for this challenge)
Shopping our Stash - Kids (the fibres for the second card I've had for maybe 4-5 years!!)
Passion for Promarkers - One for the boys 
LEJ Designs - Lots of layers
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inklings and Yarns - Linky Party
Papercrafting Journey - For a boy (first card shown is being entered for this challenge)
Cure Card Thursday - Pretty ribbons (first card shown is being entered for this challenge)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sweet Pea Stamps Sale

During our 'Artist of the Week' Joanne Schempp's rubber stamps are 20% off.  Joanne Schempp's digital stamps are 10% off.

W only have 2 more persons to reach 1,000 likes on Facebook.  The 1,000 person to like Sweet Pea Stamps on Facebook will get a $15 gift voucher to use in our stores shop:

Don't forget to check out all the new items we have in our shop:


Through the end of the month, spend $25 in rubber stamps and receive a free rubber stamp ($5.99 value), enter the code:
freestamp
and this will take $5.99 off your order (this is for rubber stamps only, digis not included)

Joanne Schempp - Seahorse Serenade

Over at Sweet Pea Stamps this week the "Artist of the Week" is Joanne Schempp.  My card was shown yesterday but I thought I'd show another card today I've made with a Joanne Schempp image.
For this card I have used the Sweet Pea Stamps image by Joanne Schempp called "Seahorse Serenade".  It is available as a digital stamp (and for this week to celebrate the Artist of the Week Joanne's digital stamps are $2.70 instead of $3.00), single rubber stamp and as part of a multi-image plate (Sheet 10, Plate 178 - Seahorse Serenade comes on the multi-image plate with Shh Mommies Here, Fluff Dry and Erin Irish Mermaid).

I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers and then took the lid off my Glossy Accents and used a brush to go over the water area in the image.
    
The backing papers I have used are from Bearly Mine Designs Spring Surprise, Simply Dots and The Boys Zone (I have used the Boys Zone backing paper to punch out the border for the centre of the card).

The seahorse embellishment is a new thing for me.  Whilst we were away on holiday a friend bought some air drying clay and gave to me to play with.  I got a fimo mould and used it to make this seahorse.  He's rather large at 6cm long so will have to keep a look-out for some smaller ones.  The feel of the clay was awful for someone who doesn't do messy/things like that!!  With the weather we've had it's taken 2 days to dry but I love it.  I didn't have the right colour Pan Pastel and gave the basic cover with a very light pink Pan Pastel and had to use a normal shimmer chalk to add some shadowing.  It certainly didn't cover as well as the Pan Pastel so I must get a good colour so I can use them in future.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut sentiments and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Candy colours (I've gone for the blue and pink sweets found in Allsorts called possible jelly buttons/sprogs)
Totally Papercrafts - Happy birthday baby
Pan Pastel - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Picture inspiration (I've gone for the inspiration of the sea)
Creative Inspirations - Your favourite stamp brand - my favourite stamp brand has to be Sweet Pea Stamps
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Die-cuts and/or punches (I have used a Martha Stewart lattice punch)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Season's Greetings

Here is a Christmas card I have made.  I have used a Sweet Pea Stamps image called "Christmas Bird" by Elaine Cox.  It is available as a digital stamp and as a rubber stamp set (the stamp set comes with the larger image and a smaller image to use on inserts/envelopes/tags etc).

I have coloured the image in with Promarkers/Flexmarkers and highlighted areas with Pan Pastels, white gel pen and Stickles glitter glue.  I have inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  The backing papers are from DCWV.  I have finished the card off with some spotty organza ribbon, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and die-cut bird and snowflakes which I have rubbed over Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Things with wings
Marianne Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Extra Christmas Challenge - Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts - Anything goes
DL Art Inspired By Challenge - Anything goes
Southern Girls - The world in monchrome
Sweet Stampin' - Glitter and Glitz

Sweet Pea Stamps - Artist of the Week September 2013 - Joanne Schempp

This week it is Artist of the Week over at Sweet Pea Stamps.  The chosen Artist of the Week for September 2013 is the ever so talented Joanne Schempp.  This is a week when the Design Team show creations they have made using the same artist.
I decided to make a Christmas card as the months are whizzing round and it will soon be Christmas again.  For my card I have used the Joanne Schempp image called "White Christmas".  She is available as a single rubber stamp and as part of a multi-image sheet (Sheet 12, Plate 187 - White Christmas comes on the multi-image sheet with Mariposa, Heritage and Two if by Sea).

I have coloured the digital stamp in with Promarkers/Flexmarkers, highlighted areas with a white gel pen and inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles distress inks. 
  
The backing papers I have used are from Bearly Mine Designs Christmas Traditions and Simply Dots.  I have finished the card off with some organza ribbon, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and some die-cut snowflakes which I have rubbed over Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Let's Craft and Create - Colour me happy
Nutcrafters - Your favourite colour combo - I love to see many different colour combinations for Christmas cards but my favourite is still red and green
Crafty Ribbon - Anything goes with ribbon
Wags n Whiskers - Sparkle
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes or create your own colour chart
Paper Make-up - Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbon and bows

Monday, 23 September 2013

Sweet Pea Stamps

This week over at Sweet Pea Stamps sees Joanne Schempp as our "Artist of the Week". 

Throughout the week you will see the Design Team show you their Joanne Schempp creations on the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog.  Make sure you pop on over and have a look.  My card goes "live" just after midnight.

During this Joanne Schempp's images are on special offer:


If you are also looking for a bargain - and who doesn't - make sure you pop on over to the SALE SECTION at Sweet Pea Stamps.

17th Birthday Card

 Today sees my youngest son celebrating his 17th birthday - yikes I am now a mum to a 17 year old and a 21 year old and I am not even 44!!!
 The word on the front spells the word "basketball" and I have added suitable items for each letter - not that my son will think so!!  This took me hours and hours to do.
 Our youngest son has a passion for basketball and his favourite team is the Indiana Pacers.  I'm not sure where his love of basketball came from as it's not very common over here in the UK.
I have made a multi-fold card - not sure what you would call it apart from "a nightmare to photograph!!" - to show off the images of the Indiana Pacers Basketball Team.
  The basketball backing paper I have used is from the Debbi Moore Designs Sports Bears CD.
All the number 17's have been done in Word, cut out, inked around the edges before putting them on.  That certainly was a labour of love.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday - Get in shape
Ruby's Rainbow - Team spirit
The Paper Shelter - A card with many folds
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Masculine
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Happy birthday baby
The Squirrel and the Fox - Happy birthday
Glitter n Sparkle - Male cards

Sunday, 22 September 2013

New Delicious Doodles Images - Tombstones

Teri over at Delicious Doodles has designed the 6 tombstones above.  They will be in the Delicious Doodles Shop this Friday.  They will be available as individual stamps and as a set.

Make sure you pop on over and have a look at these and all her other images.
When you pop on over you'll see this other newbie that is in the shop now called "Halloweenie - Ghostie".

Joanna Sheen Challenge - Guest Designer

I was lucky enough recently to win a Guest Designer at the Joanna Sheen Challenge.  The topic for the Joanna Sheen Challenge this time is "coffee and cream".
Here is the card I have made.  I have used some Joanna Sheen TC Chiu Decoupage that I won in some candy.  The backing papers are a mixture and are from Joanna Sheen's Haberdashery papers and the Joanna Sheen Furry Friends CD-Rom.  I always go back to this CD when I want specific colour papers.  It's nice to have backing papers alongside an image/topper but it's also nice to have a section for backing papers so you can look in one place for them.  I have distressed all the papers and embellishments I have used with Tim Holtz's Brushed Corduroy distress ink.  I have finished the card off with a selection of buttons/lace/sentiment that all came on the haberdashery backing paper sheet, cream flowers which I have distressed with the Brushed Corduroy distress ink, real lace, pearls and some dotty ribbon.

Thank you to Joanna Sheen's Challenge for having me as their Guest Designer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inklings and Yarns - Linky party
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Created with Love - Anything goes
Creative Craft Challenges 2 - Use ribbon
Frilly and Funkie - Eat, drink and be merry!
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbon - Anything goes with ribbon
As You Like It - Favourite sentiment and why (I make cards for various occasions but it's nice to make "just for you" cards ie for no real reason but maybe to say hello, to cheer someone up etc)
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Shades of brown
Crafty Catz - Decoupage
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sweet Pea Stamps - Blue Rose Tattoo

 This is a card I have made using a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Ching-Chou Kuik.  The image is called "Blue Rose Tattoo" and is available as a digital stamp, single rubber stamp and as part of a multi-image sheet (Sheet 15, Plate 45 - Blue Rose Tattoo comes on the multi-image sheet with Aloha, Restless Thoughts and Carnations of May).

I have coloured the digital stamp with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers, highlighted areas with my Pan Pastels, tore around the image and then inked with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire and Victorian Velvet distress ink.
  
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Mini Dots, Plain and Simple and Vintage Fantasy.  The papers have been distressed with Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet and Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  I have made some flowers using one of the first Marianne Designs flower dies I bought and some scraps of the backing papers.  I have used a Marianne Designs branch embellishment and a Spellbinders butterfly die and rubbed over Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium.  I have finished the card off with some raffia ribbon, sentiment off the computer, buttons, pearls and organza ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkles Challenge - Fairies and/or butterflies
Glitter n Sparkle - Add some pink
Bunny Zoe's - Something blue
The Ribbon Reel - Pretty in pink
The Pink Elephant - Digital image or digital papers - I have used both a digital image and digital papers
Papertake Weekly - Make it sparkle
Passion for Promarkers - Embossing (die-cut branch, two layer butterfly and flowers have all been embossed)
Natalie and Amy - Embossing (die-cut branch, two layer butterfly and flowers have all been embossed)
The Crafter's Cafe - Flowers
Inky Linky - Linky Party
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Delightful Sketches - Buttons and bows
Crafty Ribbon - Anything goes with ribbon
4 Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Happy Campers - Show us your flowers
Wags n Whiskers - Sparkle
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Marianne Designs - Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - Glamour and glitz
Allsorts - Button up

Sweet Pea Stamps

Don't forget Sweet Pea Stamps can be bought from the Sweet Pea Stamps Shop.

Sweet Pea Stamps also has a:

Sweet Pea Stamps Design Team Blog - where there is daily inspiration for everyone to see

monthly challenge over at the "One Sweet Challenge"

Facebook page called "Sweet Pea Stamps" where you will see cards posted on the Design Team Blog and find out about new releases/sales

Facebook Group called "Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans" and you can join the Group and look at wonderful creations, gain tips/ideas and to have a natter.

I am on the Design Team for the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge.  This fortnightly challenge blog is run independently from Sweet Pea Stamps but Lynette kindly offers one digital image for the Random.org winner and one digital image for the winner that is chosen by the Design Team from those that use a Sweet Pea Stamps image.  

Come and join in the Sweet Pea Stamps fun!!!

Some of the new release at Sweet Pea Stamps this week include:

Karen Middleton - Rosarna Christmas
©Concetta Kilmer's Halloween Hoot- DIGI
Concetta Kilmer - Halloween Hoot
©Concetta Kilmer's Help My Heart- DIGI
Concetta Kilmer - Help my Heart
©Joanne Schempp's Skull- DIGI
Joanne Schempp - Skull
©Joanne Schempp's Black Pearl- DIGI
Joanne Schempp - Black Pearl

Joanne Schempp - Ancient One
©Karen Middleton's Holly Bow- DIGI
Karen Middleton - Holly Bow
©Elaine Cox's Moon of Wintertime- DIGI
Elaine Cox - Moon of Wintertime

Also 19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

To celebrate this occasion at Sweet Pea Stamps from 18 September-22 September inclusive you can save on our 'Pirate' stamps:

15% on digis
30% on rubberstamps
(please note: this sale is only for Pirate images that are listed below)
rubber stamps:
digis:
Here is a card I have made previously using the Joanne Schempp Ancient One digital stamp.  This is on offer at the moment for $2.55.  It is also available as a single rubber stamp and is on offer at the moment at £4.19.  The card I have made using the Teresa Sherman image of a treasure map/Zombie Pirate, Sheet 8, Plate 217 (please note these two images are not included in the sale).