Diamonds and pearls- Hepbern dress


This card is full out girly- diamonds, pearls and lace!  I used the beautiful image Hepbern dress by A Day for Daisies.

Hepburn dress  Day for Daisies

I coloured the image with Promarkers, Collectors ProMarkers and flexmarkers (Hair: canary, sunflower, yellow, vanilla. Skin: Almond, putty, dusty pink, tea rose. Dress: Duck egg, oasis, honeydew, aquamarine). I painted some highlights onto the dress using pearlescent waterfall green acrylic ink.

I used Craft Artist 2 to make the image background and background paper. I made them both by sampling the colours from the Our Daily Bread Colour challenge.

I used my Cougar electronic cutter to etch a frame design on lilac pearlescent card. I used Spun Sugar Distress Sticklesto outline the frame design and around the outside of the card.

Hepburn dress a day for daisiesI created the digital backgound paper featureing a lace ribbon, strings of pearls, glitter and diamond and pearl embellishments. I colour matched these for the ODB challenge. I created a mathing paper for the inside.


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges. Please do go over and check out all the wonderful inspiration there.

Paper Minutes- Lyrics I went with Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
Top Tip Tuesday- Ribbon & Pearls (gutted this is the last challenge as I love this blog)
Incy Wincy Designs- Frame It (always good to have a frame around an image)
Lost Coast Designs – Circles
Perfectly Rustics-Anything Goes With Glitter
Whoopsi Daisy- Make it Girly

Summer hydrangea card using watercolour

I’ve been through one of those patches where I’m creating lots but never get round to blogging it! I’ve used clever group of hydrangea stamps by inkylicious which allow you to build up an image. I stanped using distress inks.

I have all the Zig art and graphic twin ZIG Art and Graphic watercolour markers and I used various pinks, purples and greens to watercolour. I used my trusty marble heart as my pallette rather than applying the ink directly.

Watercolour hydrangea 2

I made the background papers and sentiment using Craft Artist 2. Lots of lovely purples! I matted the layers with platinum silver Centura Pearl card.

Watercolour hydrangea 1

As you can see I rounded all the corners with a Corner Punch. I used my round Ranger blending tool (I’m finding this so much easier to get a smooth blend compared to the rectangular one) with Victorian Velvet distress ink to add a hint of colour to the card scallop edges.

Inside the card I used more papers I made up in Craft Artist 2. I forgot to take photos before I wrote in it so I’ve blurred my writing out 🙂

Watercolour hydrangea 3

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges

That’s Crafty- purple passion challenge

Chocolate, coffee and cards challenges- a flower in your image

Penny Black and more challenge- summer flowers

Lacy Sunshine’s colour your world- anything goes

Whoopsie Daisy challenge- make it girly

Thanks so much for reading and commenting x



An odd discovery!

An odd discovery!

The other day as I walked up the garden I spied lots of wood shavings of the lawn. This was very odd and confusing! I looked up into the tree and realised that quite high up their was a perfect circular hole- it looked like it had been done with a tool. The only possible explanation was a woodpecker but it was hard to believe. I sat down with some binoculars and sure enough a woodpecker was happily drilling out a hole in the tree. Hubby set up his camera inside the house and managed to get some photos. I couldn’t resist using one to make a  card for my dad’s birthday.

I designed my papers in Craft Artist using the Autumn colour pallette from the Craft Room challenge blog

and the layout from Sketch Saturday Challenge

Here is the finished card with matching inside

The edges of the card were inked with peeled paint distress ink and the papers edged with marsh green promarker. The gems and button were from stash.
I would also like to enter the Things With Wings challenge at Sparkles monthly challenge.

Lili of the Valley Action boy

Lili of the Valley Action boy

I needed to make this card fairly quickly so I decided to use one of my Lili of the Valley toppers. The colours for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge were perfect to use so I made my papers using Craft Artist and colour matching to this pallette.

I used Kraft card and the various papers and then added 3 stars and the sentiment I made in Craft Artist on foam pads to make it pop a little.

The layout is from the Sketch Wednesday challenge.

I wanted to make the inside match

Just a quick post for a quick card!!

Wee dreamy dragon recuperates

Wee dreamy dragon recuperates

This is a get well card for a friend recuperating from an operation. I was inspired by this photo and colour scheme from the Fun with Shapes and More challenges.

The colours were perfect for the little wee dragon and I loved the photo so much I wanted to use the elements to make some papers in Craft Artist.

I used the colour matching on the software to get the right colours for the papers. I added a starfish motif to the background paper and coloured it orange. I then used a waves and chevron paper recoloured to match the challenge pallette. I layered onto shimmery mango card from my stash and coloured all the edges and sponged the edges of the card with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.

I added sweetheart bloom flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and flower gems from stash.
The Dreamy Dragon image is from Wee Stamps and I coloured it with Promarkers. I added a touch of glitter to the middle of the flowers using my Sakura Glitter Pen. I painted the sky using alcohol blending solution to get a sky effect and then painted colouds using my new Molotow white acrylic pen.

I also made the inside. Using Craft Artist meant I could save ink and money by digitally layering the inside.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digi sketch challenge– Get Well Soon with layout sketch

Fun with shapes and more– colour challenge (inspiration photos and colours at top of post!)
Papertake weekly– Oh how cute
Live and Love Crafts inspiration– things with wings
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge– things with wings

Using a scrapbook layout to make a picture.

Using a scrapbook layout to make a picture.

Something a bit different from me today. My brother recently married and I wanted to make a scrapbook photoframe with a couple of the photos for our house. I’ve blurred several items for privacy reasons.
Since I don’t do much scrapbooking I thought I’d find a challenge layout to help. This one from Stick It Down was perfect as it had a couple of photos on it and the DT layouts sparked off lots of ideas.

This is what I came up with. The title and subtitle are the names of the married couple and the wedding date. Additional embellishments include a couple of our mementos of the day- the heart from the table setting and the wine glass charms we had with our names on them.
The initial photos are taken without the frame- I edged the backing board and edge of the paper with white Acrylic Paint using my fingers. The backing board looks a bit dodgy but there was no point adding another coat as you can’t see it with the frame on.

The 4 main images and papers were made using Craft Artist 2. The backing paper is a scan of the decopage paper my SIL had used for wedding decor.

The papers I used  for the rest of the layout are Hobbycraft Love Collection. I used Barn Door Distress ink on the edges of all my layers. I used red and white Molotow acrylic paint marker pens for my fake stitching + and to write the title and subtitle. I have just bought these and I LOVE them. I am sick and tired of buying pens to use for white writing that are so useless I can’t use them and they end up in the bin. A complete waste of money! The only ones I have that are ok are my Sakura ones but they don’t give me a solid enough effect for many projects. These Molotow ones are amazing- write really well, beautiful for drawing and work on pretty much anything so great for my mixed media work. Sorry I’m gushing but it has been tough doing chalkboard effects without a decent white pen for it!

The large jewel accents were from Hobbycraft but I can’t find a link. I used foam pads on lots of the elements to give some variations in height. One of the papers had this perfect element to use. I used my Sakura Metallic and Stardust pens to go over several elements on the papers to make them pop more….like the frame for this element.

I took a 12 by 12 deep box wood frame and painted it with white acrylic paint (I know….should have just bought a white one!!). I then sponged various shades of teal (using Desert Turquoise and Bahama Blue) on it (some with texture paste added). I then sanded back to give a distressed look.

Not bad considering I don’t tend to scrap much!

I was inspired by the following challenges which I would like to enter
Stick It Down- scrapbook layout challenge.
Divas by Design- anything but a card
Through The Craft Door- anything goes

Inspired by chocolate

Inspired by chocolate

Who wouldn’t be inspired by chocolate! When I saw this inspiration photo for The Pink Elephant challenge I had to try the challenge.

Yum, yum!! I picked another sketch from Make My Monday to help me in my quest to get better at CAS cards

So here is my card for today

I designed the card using CAP so I could keep to one layer and keep the costs down! I used pearlescent card and then rounded the card corners and paper cormers. I colour matched all the elements to the inspiration photo. I added a pink lace border to echo the doily in the photo. I cut out a small section of the sprinkles on chocolate to make the background paper- enlarged it and made it slightly transparent. I then selected a section of the photoand acolour matched a frame around the outside to get the 3 squares. I added the 3 butterfly embellishments. I then copied a section of chocolate with the pink drizzles, enlarged it and made it into a heart shape.
I added a couple of real embellishments to make it pop! I added glossy accents to the heart and 4 gems. To me it is a CAS card but I’ll probably find it isn’t!!
I would like to enter the following challenges
The Pink Elephant– inspiration photo (see top of post)
Make My Monday– CAS sketch (see top of post)
Creative corner challenges– pink and brown
Pile It On– have a heart
Platypus Creek Digitals– Valentine’s
CAS- I will crack these eventually :-)

CAS- I will crack these eventually :-)

Time to push myself out of my comfort zone and do some CAS cards for a change. I thought I’d use this great sketch to help me from Fetch a Sketch.

I saw the gorgeous inspiration photo at JUGS and I thought I might as well really push myself with an unusual colour combo too.

I’m not sure I’m that keen on the result but here it is!!

I designed it using CAP and kept it to one layer but designed it so it looks like a couple (saves money 😉 ) I loved the JUGs photo so much that I decided to use the idea of hanging wooden frames. I colour matched everything to the colours in the JUGs photo. I used an emboss and sewn effects on the text.
I added four photos I’ve taken of water lilies. I adjusted them to look sketched in black and white. I then used lime and silver star Sakura pens to outline and colour the images so they’d match my colour scheme and to give the card some pop.

A slightly different style so honest comments appreciated!
I would like to enter the following challenges
Just Us Girls challenge blog– colour challenge (photo above!)
Fetch a sketch– challenge 42 see sketch above
Scrappy FrogsTry Something New
Drunken stampers– all that glitters

Stand up to cancer

Stand up to cancer

Hi everyone. Something a bit different today and a new technique for me mixing sewing and digital crafting. In the UK there was a stand up to cancer fundraiser on tv last night so I decided to make a top with a Think Pink theme to wear yesterday and try and get as many people to watch as I could!

Since I’m a self- taught fairly new sewer it was slightly nerve wracking making something to wear to work! I made up the pattern for the top using tutorials on circle tops see my pinterest if you’re interested).

I used my serger for the edges. I used my Krista Smith digi together with Craft artist for the design and then printed it out onto transfer paper and ironed it on.

I used various techniques to colour my digi using Craft Artist and a couple of finishing toushes with Promarkers! It took ages but I enjoyed it and I’m happy with the result.

Hopefully I’ve encouraged some more people to donate to Cancer Research.
I would like to enter the following challenges

Jellypark Challenges – Pink and anything but a Card
Craft My Life– anything but card/layouts  and always “Show what can you create”

Lawnscaping – Try a New Technique

A pirate gains a brother!

A pirate gains a brother!

Two makes for you tonight. A matching card and treat box to celebrate becoming a big brother! I designed everything based around a couple of photos where the recipient is dressed as a pirate using Craft Artist. I added a pirates hat to the baby and an eye patch to the recipient (as usual faces blurred for privacy)

On of the amazing things with Craft Artist is the way you can create the shadows- it really helps make it look like the boys are in my scene!It also adds dimension but with only 1 layer which helps if you are looking out for postage costs!The edges of the card are inked with distress ink.

I then altered a wooden box to make a pirate treasure chest for some treats. I painted the box with blue pearlescent ink. All the papers were designed on Craft Artist and were decoupaged on using Mod Podge. This is the top of the box.

I added some plastic gold coin trim around the outside.

Inside the top lid.

In the base…

Then full of treausre!!

I would like to enter these for the following challenges

My Craft Spot – Treat Packages
Sweet Stamps – Altered Item
Party Time Tuesdays – Anything but a card
Penny’s Paper-Crafty – Anything but a Card
Craft Room Challenge – Alter it
Simply Create – Always anything goes digitally
Craft My Life– anything but card/layouts