Day 5 of my Pattern A Day 100 day challenge

Day 5 of my Pattern A Day 100 day challenge

I’ve made a pattern with ink today for the fifth day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects to see over there (use the search icon to find them) You can find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

I started with Sheena Douglass Stamping Cardand brushed Spun Sugar Distress ink around the edges.

Floral background pattern a day 1

I used my pink ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Watercolour pen on my mat with some water spritzed on it and then brushed it across the card to give a stripy watercolour effect.

Floral background pattern a day 3


I had cut a chevron stencil from sticky vinyl and stuck the waste this card to make the zig zag pattern. I then sponged Picked Raspberry distress ink on the top left and bottom right and brushed Dusty Concord distress ink
and Peacock Feathers distress inkacross.

Floral background pattern a day 4

I then used the same distress inks with a grungy flower stamp (free with a magazine and I don’t know the manufacturer) to create an additional layer of pattern.


I also added my usual copyright information etc. using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:-

The Pencil Case- anything goes

Turtle Soup Forum- use flowers









40th birthday altered book art

40th birthday altered book art

I altered this book as a birthday gift. The recipient is a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and I managed to find a damaged book with a map on the inside reminiscent of that great saga.  I folded the pages to create the ’40’ and stained the edges with distress ink to help the numberd stand out. I used a ribbon to hold the book in place for display.
40th birthday book 1e

I created the scene for the back cover using Craft Artist and kept it within the fantasy theme. I’ve covered the sentiment for privacy reasons.

40th birthday book 2e

I’d like to enter this for the following challenges

Creative Loops- recycle

Craftin Desert Divas- Create a scene

Love to Create- Anything creative/ mixed media goes

Kitty Bee Designs- Fairytale/fantasy

Polkadoodles- Birthday celebrations



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

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.

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

British biker

British biker

Hi everyone!
It feels a bit weird posting this card having just watched the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah. I have a nephew who loved the Olympics and is a fan of cycling. This Lili of the Valley digi was perfect for his birthday card and I made a voucher holder to match.

I think the papers are die cut were from Papermania. Lots of layers and Kraft card which I think can help add to the boy feel.
I added background colour to the LOTV die cut by daubing distress inks onto it.
I went for a single paper for the inside.

The sentiment stamp is also LOTV- I do love their circular sentiments.

This is the holder I made for the voucher. I clipped the crown and ribbon (recycled from a gift I received) to the voucher to pull it out like a tag.

And this is the back!

I would like to enter the following challenges

613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with a twist: Kraft Paper

Little Miss Muffet Challenges –  Winter Birthdays

Moving Along With The Times – Happy Birthday
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
Can I meet the deadline?

Can I meet the deadline?

I have put this together in about an hour- when I saw the sketch at the crafting when we can sketch challenge I just had to go for it! I grabbed some left over digital papers I had printed together with a matching freebie I had out from a previous card.Of course grabbing things on my desk this month has to involve pink!

The rose papers were made digitally and the damask paper was a freebie. My mat was pearlescent card with blended pink distress ink and then stamped with a damask stamp and flocked.
The image is a Lili of the valley die cut but I recoloured the dots on the dress, shoes, bag, flower and background with pro and flexmarkers to match the card colours.

The ribbon was from stash and was coloured with Promarker to match the image- pink ribbon for the stamping boutique challenge.  I added 3 pearls to the top corner, coloured with the same Promarker, and 3 flowers from Wild Orchid Craft to the bottom corner for a little embellishment.

I made the inside to match.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Wild Orchid Challenge– anything goes

The Stamping Boutique – pink ribbons

Crafting when we can sketch

Thanks so much to Crafting when we can- I won!!

Cute as a button!

Cute as a button!

Hi everyone!
I’m trying to catch up on some blogging. I’ve been crafting lots but it’s been to make displays at work and I haven’t really been able to blog about them.
A new arrival in the family warrants a cute card. I made it in a rush so decided to use Craft Artist and keep it to one layer physically. As usual I have blurred the photo and message inside to protect privacy- it doesn’t look blurry in real life!!

 The benefit of using Craft Artist is also that I could colour match the papers and embellishments to the blanket in the crib. This allowed a monochrome look which I think adds to the cute factor. I used sage distress ink on the edges of the card.

I decided to go for buttons, bows, ribbons and teddies for embellishments and  I made the paper using polka dots to match the blanket in the crib as well as using some patchwork material DP.

So there it is- cute as a button just like the baby!!

I would like to enter the following challenges

One Stitch At A Time – Butterflies or Buttons 
Tuesday Throwdown – Cute & Cuddly
Little Miss Muffet Challenges –  One layer or CAS (definitely in the one layer camp rather than CAS!!)
Challenges 4 Everybody – Anything Goes  
MyGrafico – Anything Goes