Day 7 of my Pattern A Day challenge

Day 7 of my Pattern A Day challenge

The seventh day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects over there. Find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I drew more patterns that I will be using in my colouring calendar I sell. This time I was drawing a buddleia pattern. I had a look at the flower in my garden and then worked out a pattern based on it. It took me a couple of hours to complete a flower spike. This is just a sneaky peak for the calendar. For the sake of this challenge I’ve taken a photo of a section of the flower and then manipulated the colour digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

Pattern a day 7

I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing .

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome as I have no idea what I am doing on Instagram at the moment!!).

I’d like to enter the following challenges which are all anything goes (and I think O.K. with a drawing project). Do go and check out the amazing blogs…


Stamp Art Papel

Sunny Day Crafting

Throught The Craftroom Door




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









Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Pearls in my hair by A Day For Daisies- pretty in pink.

Our Creative Loops Challenge here this month is stars and/or stripes. This is my first card for the challenge using the beautiful digi called Pearls In My Hair from Day For Daisies. It is a birthday card for my lovely sister in law.


The stripe and floral papers were from the Victorian Roses by Make & Create. All the layers were matted onto pink card and the card was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool. I used a lovely translucent shimmery ribbon. All of these were from my extensive stash :-). I added three star gems and also some flowers from wild orchid crafts to embellish the card.

I used Craft Artist to create the top layer with the digi stamp and coloured the image using Promarkers.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Creative Loops- Stars and/or stripes

Use Your Stuff- Floral prints

Tuesday Throwdown- Happy Birthday

Freshly Brewed Designs- Birthdays

Craft Rockets Challenges- Spots and/or stripes

That’s Crafty Challenge- Bird’s of a Feather Challenge











Daffodil on vellum for Mother’s Day card

This is the Mother’s Day card I made. I embossed the daffodil on vellum and coloured and blended with layers of polychromos for the flower and Pan Pastels for the background.

Daffodil vellum Mothers day cardI don’t have time to write a full post tonight but I’ll try and finish it asap so please reread it if you want to know more! Here are a couple of close ups.

Daffodil vellum mothers day card cu1

Daffodil vellum mothers day cu2

I’m entering the Creative Loops challenge- flowers



Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Creative loops challenge march flowers mothers day

Today I’ve got lots of inspiration for our March challenge- flowers. The challenge topic (flowers) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project made from flowers, using flowers, featuring flowers, inspired by flowers….anything you think is linked to flowers.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, papercraft, crossstitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Links with tutorials or patterns are shown with a *. Links to items which you could buy are shown with **

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Floral inspiration 44 mothers day ideas

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Carrie Trigg (cut ’n’ sew) teaches sewing and she taught the Creative Loops group to make this floral organiser.

2,3,4 Carrie also makes beautiful clothing from retro, vintage fabrics. These makes from floral prints are great inspiration…..or you could just buy one from her Etsy shop CarrieJTrigg and make something else for the challenge 😉

  1. My colouring calendars feature a couple of floral images **
  2. One of my hand painted bags with a floral henna style motif I designed **
  3. This was made by Annette for the challenge last month but as well as featuring a heart it also has some beautiful flowers. She drew using a fine black pen and then coloured with watercolour pencils.
  4. My Lord of the Rings inspired woodland scene **
  5. A colourful floral card from Kristina
  6. Beautiful artwork by Jocelyn Leigh on display at a local tea room

Inspiration from others

  1. Nail polish earrings** by SenJewelry with video tutorial*
  2. Felt rose mobile tutorial by tiffercolabear
  3. A list of 16 free flower knitting patterns at in the loop knitting*
  4. Flower vase card tutorial at notableNEST*
  5. Chocolate flowers….who would not love getting these!! Photo tutorial at all day boutique*
  6. Using forced perspective to photograph flower girls. Love this technique. It has taken me half an hour to track down the photographer- Tatiana Mikhina
  7. Blooming monogram with silk flowers tutorial at Urbanic Paper blog*
  8. I believe the original tutorial for this picture is at*
  9. How about making a floral Easter style bonnet like this one shown in
  10. Tutorial for felt hydrangea cushion*
  11. A 3D card I made for Mother’s Day featuring lots flowers
  12. Beautiful textures in floral art by Paula Nizamas
  13. I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one is giving the peace sign Hand embroidery by Mariana on Flickr
  14. Tutorial for needle felted flowers at craft me happy
  15. 10 free crotchet flower patterns collated at Chaleur Life
  16. In series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee Stuart Hillard added tulip pockets to his skirt in a refashion project. Great idea executed in double quick time!! He brought out a book called Sew Fabulous but I’m not sure if it features this project.
  17. Delicate cut paper flower by Maude White at Brave Bird Paper Art
  18. Loom knitting flowers- I’m not sure where the photo originates from (please contact me if you know). Video tutorial on loom knitting flowers here.
  19. Why not try a tulip style dress or skirt. Free tutorial for this tulip dress at The Felted Fox
  20. Several patterns for this hippo available using African flower hexagons
  21. Beautiful altered shadow box scrapbook layout at The Dusty Attic Blog
  22. Caught in crystal technique with flower stamp
  23. Painting watercolour hydrangea- step by step tutorial*
  24. Mixed media art by Toni Burt
  25. Altered art shabby chic clock attributed to Asuka Miyamoto. Definitely uses her chipboard layout.
  26. Alcohol ink painting by Teri Jones
  27. accredited to A Fairy’s Dream at but blog appears to be inactive
  28. zentangle meets embroidery by hoooooplaart on tumblr
  29. Altered frame using products by ArtC (Momenta) at CHA 2016 and shown on Create and Craft TV
  30. Vase book folding pattern and tutorial* for sale on Etsy by Foldilocks**
  31. Vase and flower book folding at Bev’s Book Folding Blog with link to YouTube tutorial on making the flowers*
  32. Wet felting by Renata on Flickr
  33. Screen printed t-shirt with dimensional flowers added was available at Zara
  34. Recycled denim bag by Alla Larkin. She has a shop on Etsy and a blog

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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Braid in my hair by Day for Daisies for Spring

I first saw the stamps by A Day For Daisies being used by the wonderful Coops– I always love her cards and I fell in love with the stamps. This stamp is called Braid In My Hair and I thought it was perfect for a floral Spring birthday card.


The image was coloured with Letraset Promarkersand FlexMarkers and I used Sakura Souffle Pens on the birds to give some contrast to her hair. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The yellow paper is from the first edition paper pad- hideaway
and is layered onto black card from my stash. I used a flower petal punch with Papermania Parkstone Paper to create the sentiment flower and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Braidinmyhairdayfordaisies2I would like to enter the following challenges

Sentimental Sundays- Springtime flowers

Come and Get It Challenge- One for the girls

Make My Monday challenge blog- flowers

Deep ocean challenge- Easter/ Spring

The Shabby Tea Room- Beautiful Blooms

Sketch and color challenge number 10

40th birthday card

This card was comissioned for a 40th birthday. The recipient likes Cath Kidson so I went for floral, shabby chic in spring cottage garden colours!

A one of a kind card made for a 40th birthday.

I used a beautiful digital stamp called flower maiden 2 by A Day For Daisies . I coloured her with Promarkers and FlexMarkers and I diligently kept a list of colours I used and put it somewhere safe! (if it ever surfaces I’ll post them!!)

I used Papermania Eau De Nil Jumbo Crochet Trim to make the ribbon and topped it with a gemstone cluster.

The papers are from the beautiful Santoro Mirabelle Paper Pad and are layered onto pastel pink card which was then stickled.

I added a trio of gems to top right and bottom left of the image.


I decorated the inside of the card to match.

40th birthday card

Finally I cut this envelope on my cougar using a free svg from Bird and tied it with ivory ribbon.


I would like to enter my card for the following challenges

Scrap & Craft inspiration- challenge 5 Flowers

Cute Card Thursday- challenge 365 Spring Fever

Polkadoodles challenge – Birthdays

Graph-it colouring challenge- Spring colours

Fairytale challenge- Flower Power

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge- Pastel Colours




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!!

Having a sketchy Sunday!

Having a sketchy Sunday!

Hi everyone! I wanted to use another sketch today- I find they help me when I’m in a rut or mojoless. This time I used sketch and stash- a great combination for a challenge as it also helped me to use up some scraps I have created recently. I have been playing with my new Daydream digikit in craft artist 2 and a lot of the papers I made are therefore teal and pink- I love this colour combo. Hence some matching scraps and I just designed a couple of things to finish off using the same colour scheme.
I’ve used pearlescent papers for printing and it was tough to get good photos today.

I used tumbled glass distress ink around the edges of my card- hopefully it was ok to mat with black card for the colour challenge- I had more scraps I wanted to use up and thought you wouldn’t mind as it is neutral!!

I decided to stay simple with my embellishments as there were quite a few layers- some pearls coloured pink on some of the flowers in my patterned paper and 3 of my flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. It was really difficult to resist adding more flowers but I thought it would look too much!

 The sentiment isn’t showing too well but it is happy birthday.

I coloured my Saturated Canary digi with promarkers- my first attempt at black hair.

I decorated the inside with a kaleidoscope paper I had created.
I would like to enter the following challenges
Wild Orchid Challenge – Anything Goes 
Squigglefly – Teal, Pink, White


No shrinking violet!

No shrinking violet!

Going for a Summery feel with this card with some nice bright colours to cheer the day up. I made the digital papers using Craft Artist.

The digi is another beauty from Saturated Canary coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

I made matching paper for the inside.

 I would like to enter the following challenges
Daisy doodles creative challenges- Here Comes The Sun!
Bearly mine challenges- girly birthday card
Divas by design- anything goes