Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

Using Santoro Mirabelle papers for some bunny love!

I absolutely love all the Santoro papers- I think it is because they are good quality, have great patterns and subtle sparkle. The front covers are also works of art by themselves…simply stunning.

They are the kind of papers that tend to sit unused because you can’t bear to cut them up and then worse give them away! My SANTORO Mirabelle Pad had the perfect papers for our challenge theme of stars and stripes this month with the unusual star background paper so I decided to use them for a very special anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law.

Santoro Mirabelle for Bunny anniversary

I keep forgetting to mention that I tend to work on scalloped 8×8″ square card blanks. The papers are all from the Mirabelle pad and I matted onto pink card and then used Tattered Rose distress stickles glitter glue around the edges. I made the topper using CraftArtist 2 Professional using an image from the digikit WH Stamps 1. I added pearl gems.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge- Stars and Stripes

Hanna and Friends– Animals

As You Like It– Favourite papers and why

4 Crafty Chicks– Your favourite designer/paper/company

Simply Create Too– Lots of Sparkle

Aloha Friday Challenge– All About Animals

Dragon’s Lair– It’s a Zoo Out there.


Thanks for reading and for any comments…they really brighten up my day.










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



Hi all!
I made this card for a supporter of Argyle so it is was the perfect chance to combine a male sports cards with spots and circles.

I made my papers using Craft Artist and colour matched to the Argyle logo.

I used a Lili of the Valley digi but recoloured the shirt with promarkers and did the background and football with distress inks.

This is the base when the card is opened up.

This is the back of the card.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Cute Card Thursday For the boys
Dude Time Doodles –  masculine , sports
Fab ‘n’ Funky – celebrate maleness
Crafty Sentiments – Spots or Stripes
Whimsy Inspiration – spots and dots
Do You Stack Up?Circles
Lili’s Little FairiesAnything goes
Inspired by the sunrise.

Inspired by the sunrise.

I struggle with male cards so I needed lots of inspiration. I thought I’d use blue for the Digital Tuesday challenge and then I saw the Can You Digi It challenge and decided to team it with orange.

I used a layout from the Critter Sketch Challenge

and thought that topping the card with stiched bunting would be perfect. So here is my card

I blended distress ink around the edges of the card. I designed my paper using Craft Artist so virtually all of the elements are digital.

My image is a Lili of the Valley die cut but I added some extra clour and coloured the background.

It is difficult to see on this photo but the orange edges around the bunting are a satin stitch effect.
I decorated the inside of the card in matching clours but added the sun and buildings element.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digital Tuesday – Winter Blues (either wintry or blue)
Crazy Amigo Challenge –  Bunting
Glitter Geeks – Stitches
Crafty Ann’s – Stitching
Can You Digi It – Sunset and sunrise inspiration photo at the top of the post
Critter Sketch – Sketch at top of post
To garden or to relax in the garden?

To garden or to relax in the garden?

This is my birthday card for a gardener. It was inspired by the photo for The Stamping Boutique challenge.

I love gardening (although it’s not much fun trying to do it in the rain at the moment. I especially like when you’ve done some gardening and you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea out there!
I inked the edges of the card with distress ink. I created the background paper using Craft Artist.

I used a Lili of the Valley die cut and coloured the background and tree with Distress Inks. I used a LOTV sentiment.

In keeping with the theme I added twine and a mini metal trowel I found.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Cooking It Up With Katie -green, gorgeous, garden
Moving Along With The Times– Gardening or flowers
My Mum’s Craft shop – the great outdoors
The Stamping Boutique – Inspiration photo at top of post
Spring Candle Holder

Spring Candle Holder

Another make using Spring colours and flowers- this time I tried a candle holder. I have a ton of votives left from our wedding which I can reuse as gifts so I need a few different ways to present them!
I made the paper background for my Wee stamps digi using Craft Artist. The other papers are from First Edition Love Letters.

I coloured the digi with Pro and Flexmarkers with some glossy accents highlights.
I coloured the gems I put on the votive to match.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Can You Digi It – My Secret Garden Inspirational Photo
Celebrate the Occasion – Just Because (Must Use Pink)
Paperminutes – Spring Flowers
The Pink Elephant – Flowers
Karens Doodles – Something Spring
One Stitch At A Time –Use a Digi
GingerloftAnything but a Card
Use It Tuesdays – Anything Goes(stash of glass candle holders and card!!)
Anything Goes Challenge –Anything goes
Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Another 21st card today and I also made some matching gifts which I’ll blog over the next few days.
Inspired by Spring Colours and flowers I used my new Krista Smith Bedhead digi as my other theme was books as the recipient is a real bookie!
I made the papers and frames using Craft Artist. I coloured the edges of the card with distress ink and punched the paper corners with a MS punch.

I coloured the digi with Pro and flexmarkers and highlighted with pearlescent inks. I’ve shown a couple of angels to show the pearlescent effect. Looks a bit OTT but it really just shimmers a bit as it catches the light.

I also made some paper for the inside of the card and punched the corners. I’ve smudged the message for privacy.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Use something new from your stash (new digi)
Flourishes –  Birthday Card
Little Miss Muffet Challenges – Spring colours/pastels
Raise The Bar – Cutesy Easter / Spring
That Craft Place – Spring
Little Claire’s  – Spring
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers

Party Time Tuesdays – Flowers

Flourishy Christmas

Flourishy Christmas

More papers I’ve made featuring flourishes as inspired by this photo for the papercraft star challenge

I used the colours from this lush inspiration photo from my partner in crafting crime

So here is my non-traditional Christmas creation!

I made my papers on computer and inked the edges with distress ink. I also inked my pink card edges. I used my Winter fairy digi and added the wreath on computer (adding some gems). I used a lace ribbon coloured with glimmer mist and alcohol ink to run across the card and make the bow. I inked a circle with tattered rose distress ink and embossed fourishes and then highlighted them with green distress ink. The ‘have a magical Christmas’ sentiment was free with a magazine and was stamped in distress ink, I then added perfect pearls and glossy accents.

I coloured the digi with Promarkers and added shine with perfect pearls. I then added glossy accents to the wings.
I would like to enter the following challenges
Papercraft star- inspiration photo of flourish
Corrosive challenges- with a flourish
My partner in crafting crime- colour challenge
Top Tip Tuesday- make your own backgrounds
Ladybugs crafts ink- non traditional and/ or distressed (have done both)
Sweet n sassy- Christmas
Digi designs challenge- ribbons and bows
The squirrel and the fox- hats and/or flowers
Heart song inspiration- embossing and/ or 3 or more layers (I did both!)