Sunday, 13 April 2014

Jumping on the band wagon...

Good evening, my lovelies!  It's a late one from me this evening!  Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and that the sun has been shining for you!  The boys are on their Easter hols now, so crfaty time for me will be sparce!
Recently, I have seen a lot of the card-in-a-box style cards and decided it was about time that I had a go at one (especially after seeing the cutest version that Kathrin made over at Kruemels Bastel-Blog...so adorable!)  So here's my take on one (apologising in advance for the terrible lighting in my pics - trying to take photos at night with a flash doesn't lend itself to quality photos!)...

...I decided to go fishy and use a cute fish colouring page that I found ages ago, for my images.  I love the way they actually look suspended, swimming in mid air!  This is, of course, achieved by attaching the elements to strips of acetate and not by voodoo magic!...
...I coloured the fishes with my Pro/Flexmarkers and used some ultra fine flower soft as sand along the base of each layer.  I wanted to keep the box flaps quite simple so as not to detract from the fish and so embossed white card with a Cuttlebug circles folder, which I thought looked a bit like bubbles!  I used one of my new plaid papers for the box base and stamped the sentiment using small alphabet stamps...
...The card still folds flat for popping into an envelope.  I highlighted some of the embossed circles with glitter and added some pearls on acetate strips as bubbles too.
Hope you like my aqautic creation and I'm sure I'll be making some more of these fun box cards, now I am firmly on the band wagon!  Don't forget that there's still chance for you to join in with my So Sentimental theme this week at Passion for Promarkers and I hope to be back soon with some more crafty creations!
Take care and have a great week!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes
Embossing
Anything Goes (closes 17th)
Anything Goes / Optional Girly (closes 22nd)
All Creatures Great and Small (closes 17th)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sentiments...

Good evening, dear Blogger friends!  I don't have a card to share this evening, but I do have a couple of vintage sign style sentiments to share with you all...


...I made these in PS after finding some free elements and tweaking them a bit.  Just click on the image then right click and Save image as...
Happy crafting!
Lisa x

PS  Don't forget about my 'So Sentimental' theme over at Passion for Promarkers - scroll down to my last post for details...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Passion for Promarkers - So Sentimental...

Good morning dear Blogger friends!  Well, we're already into April and fast approaching Easter, at this rate, it'll be Summer before we know it and we'll have blinked and missed it!?!  Anyway, it's Tuesday once more, which means that it's time for another fab challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  I am in the hosting chair this week and have chosen the theme...'So Sentimental', so I would like to see a sentiment somewhere on your card or project...and even better if you can make it more than the usual Happy Birthday, but not essential!
For this week's challenge we are lucky to have 2 fabulous sponsors - Whiff of Joy (offering a lucky winner 1 stamp) and Angel Crafts who are giving away a mixed bag of crafty stash...

 













Don't forget to be eligible to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.

...So, here's my card to give you some inspiration...
...I have used some yummy Prima Fairy Rhymes and En Francais papers and one of my new designs and sentiments.  The scalloped square die is from Crafts Too and I drew around to get the pink layer behind...
...The image was coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers, using :
Kettle - Linen, Vanilla, Mustard, Cool Grey 1, 3, 4, 5
Saucer - Muted Pink, Tea Rose, Watermelon
Teacup - paper pieced and shaded with Honeydew, Pastel Green, Soft Green
...I cut around the edge of the image with a craft knife so that I could slot the sentiment in behind and highlighted with glitter and pearls...
...I added a cream satin ribbon and bow with pearl effect centre, then finished the inside with a printed insert.
I hope you like my little creation and that you can get the chance to join in with my theme this week! I look forward to visiting you all and seeing your wonderful creations!  And don't forget to see what my wonderful teamies have been up to, they've created some truly wonderful inspiration for you...Eileen, Julie, Loopy Lou, Lou, Marie, Nic aka Coops, Shelly

Big crafty hugs,

Monday, 7 April 2014

Super CAS...

Good evening, my lovely Bloggers!  I know, I know, where have I been?!  Well to be honest it's just been a week where life takes over...there isn't one specific thing that has taken up my time, just a lot of little everyday things and then to top it off, my little man had to come home at lunch time and is lay on the sofa with a fever!  It's not right having an unhappy Joshua, he is always such a smiley boy!
Mum and I have been trying to get ahead with workshop cards, what with Easter coming up and she's been here again today so that we can brainstorm (though it would probably help if we had a brain between us!?!)

 Anyway...I do have a little card to share with you which is of the super CAS variety!...

...I saw this pretty little stitched flower die over on Sue Bearhouse's blog and just had to have it - then when I found out that it comes with a lovely picot edge circle die too, I was sold!!...
...The paper is from First Edition Love Letters and the flowers are made from scraps.  I decided to use the leaf die from my Marianne button flower set and added some buttons to the centres of the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment with individual alphabet stamps, so not a computer in sight! 
I love the way this simple card turned out and will probably be knocking some more up with some of the innumerable scraps that I have!  Hope you like my clean and simple creation and that it gives you some inspiration!  Thanks for taking the time to come and see me today and I'll be back tomorrow with the start of a brand new challenge at Passion for Promarkers!  Take care!
Huge crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Spring Colours (closes 10th)
(I have stamped my sentiment)
Clean and Simple (closes 9th)
Anything Goes (closes today)
Anything Goes (closes tomorrow)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mabel Giraffe...

Good afternoon, lovely Bloggers and what another beautiful Spring day we're having!  I can't quite believe we are already on the last day of March (that's a quarter of the year gone!), but I'm loving the fact that the days are longer and that hopefully the weather will continue to improve - though I'm making the most of it whilst it's here!  (I'm on my 5th load of washing today!)
We've been away this weekend in Yorkshire, as it was a friend's wedding who I've not seen in a couple of years!  It was so nice to see her and of course there were a few tears shed, but we had a wonderful time and hope to go and visit again in the future.  It has also meant that my crafty time has been limited and any time I have found has been spent sample making for my next disc, plus I had to coddle together a wedding card and an acceptance for an upcoming wedding in June!  I did, however, manage to make a card using another unused digi that I found in my images folder (naughty, I know!)...

This card came in the Top 3 at Crafting from the Heart

...This is an image that I chose after winning over at Crafts4Eternity...an eternity ago!  It's called Mabel, although I decided to keep the colours quite neautral so that it could be used for a baby boy or girl!  The paper with the giraffes on is First Editions Animal Antics and the polka dot is one from my next disc.  I decided not to mat my layers, so that the eye is drawn to the cute little image...
I coloured Mabel with my Pro/Flexmarkers, using the following colours :
Main body - Linen, Vanilla, Mustard
Muzzle - Light Fawn, Satin
Patches - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa
Tail & feet - Caramel, Cocoa, Walnut, Umber
Grass - Meadow, Leaf, Bright Green
...I embellished with some grosgrain ribbon, punched flowers, Memory Box Precious Hearts and a die cut number 1, then finished with a sentiment which reads 'Happy Birthday' in Welsh.  I haven't decorated the inside or added an insert yet, but of course, it will be finished with one or the other!
Hope you like my little creation and don't forget, if you're quick, you have just under 24 hours to enter into this week's Embossing challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!
Thanks for dropping by to see me today and I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are!
Crafty hugs,

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
For a Child (until 12th)
Anything Goes (until 7th)
Anything Goes/Cute and Cuddly (until 6th)
Anything Goes (until 8th)
Anything Goes (until 3rd)
Anything Goes (until tomorrow)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Embossing...

Good morning, lovely Bloggers!  It's Tuesday again, which means the start of a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  This week it's the lovely Julie playing hostess and she would like to see embossing (dry or heat).  We're sponsored by the fabulous Polkadoodles this week...
Don't forget to be eligible to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers) and of course follow the theme.

...So for my card, I have made another Christmas card (and it's not even the end of March!?!)...
...I went back to one of my all time favourite sketches from Mojo Monday, number 257 and used different embossing folders instead of patterned papers...
...The sweet image is one I chose from my win over at Fab n Funky and it's called Frosty Friends.  I coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers and used the following colour list :
Hat - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa, Walnut, Meadow, Leaf, Bright Green
Heart - Tea Rose, Watermelon, Antique Pink
Scarf - Royal, Egyptian, Indigo Blue, Blender, Glacier, Cloud Blue
Carrot nose - Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Mandarin
Snowflake hat - Ruby, Crimson, Burgundy
...I finished the inside with a printed insert and highlighted the image with Crystal glitter, fabric snowflake and a couple of diamantes....
So, that's it for today, I hope you can find the time to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!  Hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what fabulous inspiration my amazing teamies have come up with and I'll see you soon!
Take care,

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes/Spots or Stripes (until 30th)
(I've used a spotty embossing folder and polka dot ribbon and my snowman has a stripey scarf!)
Anything Goes (until 27th)
Anything Goes (until 27th)
Anything Goes with Ribbon (closes today)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fab n Funky Guest Designer...

At the end of February, I was lucky enough to win over at Fab 'n' Funky Challenges and the lovely Judith asked if I would like to be Guest Designer for a challenge...and naturally, I said yes!  So I'm here today to share some inspiration for the start of this week's challenge which is 'One for the Boys'...

As part of my prize, I was able to choose 5 digi's from Kathryne's StampArt range at Whimsy Stamps and so I chose this one to go with today's theme...
...This is Charlie Fishing on a Rock and I've paired him with Prima's Bohemian Bamboo papers and once again, one of Jen's brilliant sketches - this one is #115...
...I coloured Charlie with my Letraset family and here's the colour list I used
Skin - Blush, Dusky, Sunkissed Pink, Coral
Hair - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa, Walnut
Hat - Pastel Beige, Soft Khaki, Khaki, Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Waistcoat - Pear, Moss, Olive
T Shirt - Soft Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue, Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Trousers - Cloud, Denim, Cadet Blue
Frog - Meadow, Leaf, Bright Green
Fishing Rod - Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa
Rocks - Cool Grey 1, 3 & 4
Grass -Lime Zest, Pear, Moss Olive
Water - Sea Mist, Dolphin Blue, Blue Grey 1
...I kept the embellishments quite minimal and just used some different width grosgrain in charcoal grey and navy and threaded the thinner ribbon through an eyelet.  Of course, a polka dot button managed to find it's way on there too! ;-)  I went without a sentiment on the front of this one and just printed one on the insert inside.
I hope you can find the time to join in with the brilliant 'One for the Boys' challenge at Fab n Funky this week and thanks for dropping by to see me! A huge thank you to Judith for asking me to be Guest Designer this week and to all the DT for their fabulous inspiration each and every week!
Crafty hugs,