Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Llama Love for Swedish House Crafts DT



Hello, I'm here today for Swedish House Crafts using a collection I have loved from the moment I saw it. The  papers.Laserowe Love Llama collection papers.

I bought this small frame in a sale ages ago and was going to apply a paint effect. Then I realised this lovely llama image fitted in it and I added the Laserowe chipboards so there was no need to decorate any further.


I used TH distress inks to cover the chipboards.


It couldn't have been easier to make this little scene. I just cut out my favourite pieces and placed them into the opening.


Final touches are some sequins from my stash. The Laserowe Love Llama papers are on offer in the store at the moment too!

Links to Products I used:
Laserowe Love Llama collection

Saturday, 18 May 2019

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More - All things feminine


Second post for me today as this is also the day to remind you of our challenge at Penny Black & More this month for "All things feminine".

I've used my latest purchase on this card Penny Black 40-606 all fours - not sure how I missed this one before but just got it from the USA. I've teamed it up with the shoe shop from Penny Black 40-191 uptown and for the sentiment 30-103 ...wishes.

The ribbon was gifted to me and I thought it would work well with this image. The background papers are from a Penny Black 6x6 pad and show a lady with a dog on her knee, so it all fitted together. Not sure where she is going to tie up those dogs while she goes in the shop though!

The stamp features what I have made into a little Westie dog in remembrance of the one I used to have. Then spookily when I had just finished the card I spotted one in the garden!!! You don't often get stray Westies, and at first I thought I was hallucinating as the garden is secure and it reminded me so much of when my own dog would be in the garden. However it seems there is a little gap appeared which it had managed to get through.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over at the challenge where as always we have fab prizes on offer.

#520/521 10th Birthday challenge at Allsorts


It's  our special Birthday challenge today at Allsorts as we are ten years old.  We're celebrating in style and hope you will all join in.

The challenge this time will run for two weeks to give everyone plenty of opportunity to join in the fun and remember you can enter up to three different creations so even more chance of winning one of the wonderful prizes on offer.


We have kept the theme nice and simple, it's..................

********Happy Birthday********

Birthday cards, gifts, tags, gift boxes, anything which is for a Birthday..............but we do need to see from your entry photo and post that it is specifically for a Birthday............entering something and just saying it's for a Birthday is not enough, we need to be able to see that it is.

For my DT card I used a Pink Ink Designs stamp - it's rather large so there is not much room on the card for anything else. As soon as I saw it I just had to have it, I love giraffes.

I used a Spellbinders Tropics die set which I thought went well with the giraffe and stamps. Some of the leaves are stamped and others are die cut. The birthday sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 17 May 2019

World Travel



I've been having a play with the CDrom Destinations by Crafters Companion. I printed the backing paper from the cdrom and then used the new TH world die and travel dies.

I think the TH dies should come with a warning! I never expected them to have such tiny pieces - they have improved the design as at least they are all on one die but some of them are teeny tiny! Geography is not my strong point so the dies are loosely placed on the world map lol! I also added a sizzix giraffe as it was looking a little bare at the bottom. 

Finishing touches are some vacation dies from TH.

I'm entering this into the CD Sunday challenge - anything goes and also at Snippets playground as my snippet box got good use - with no new card being used. However, I am now keeping even tinier pieces for these dies........


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

#111 Anything goes with optional twist - origami at The Male Room Challenge


Something a little different from me today inspired by the optional twist in our new challenge at The Male Room.


You can do "anything goes" or like me rise to the challenge of origami! I had a book with origami and doodling designs and this bird was in there along with the paper, so I thought I would bite the bullet and have a go. I haven't attempted origami since the 1970s when my Father bought a book by Robert Harbin.

Then I decided to have a go at a crane......


Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

#Papernestdolls Tia with Poppy for Swedish House Crafts



Hi, today I am here with a DT post for Swedish House Crafts with some fabulous papers and a Paper Nest Doll. I really love Poppies so naturally my first doll was going to be Tia with Poppy.

I used Polychoromos to colour her and I love the soft delicate look they give. I added the LOVE from Chipboards - Llama Love Text and Heart with a little flower cut from the Laserowe papers.


The papers are from the Laserowe Love Llama collection. I had a hard time actually using these papers because they are so beautiful I just wanted to keep them to look at! Right on trend with not only llamas but the beautiful geo patterns. 

I used the Laserowe Chevron Background - it is 12 x 12 so I only used a small piece of it. I took TH distress inks and rubbed them over for a mottled look.


There are so many lovely elements on the Love Llama papers, I chose to cut around this wreath of flowers and then also some of the single flowers and a cactus.


Finally I added some ribbon and sequins from my stash. I also went over some of the elements with a sparkle pen.

Thanks for looking. At the moment Tia with Poppy, the LOVE chipboards and the Love Llama papers are on offer in the store.

Links to Products I used:
Tia with Poppy
Laserowe Love Llama collection
Laserowe Chevron Background
Chipboards - Llama Love Text and Heart

Saturday, 11 May 2019

#519 Transport challenge at Allsorts


Wendy has chosen our new theme at Allsorts challenge this week and it's "Transport".

I decided to use a Penny Black image that I haven't used for ages. I used polychromos to colour it - I'm still learning with them and only have a small set but at least there are a few reds!

I also couldn't resist using my new TH dies - the little bus and taxi which are from one of the new sets. TH uses the taxi as a NY one but I cut it in black and think it looks ok.

Finished with papers from an older Craftwork cards pad and pre printed sentiment and flags.

Our sponsor this week is Clever Cut. The winner (chosen by random org) will win this lovely set of stamps.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

All things feminine at Penny Black & More challenge



Our new challenge begins today at Penny Black & More challenge and this month the theme is All things Feminine.

For my DT card I first stamped using Penny Black 40-609 in paris for the background. I love this stamp and was keen to use it as soon as I bought it! Although we are a stamping challenge we have an exception and that is you can use Penny Black Stickeroos. I have used Stickeroos from enchanting 10-216 which I mounted onto a circle cut using a Roxstamps die from Swedish House Crafts and also the two butterflies. The sentiment is from the PB set 30-280 a sweet day.

Our sponsors this month are:-

Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Couture Creations


Hope to see you over at the challenge blog this month.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

#518 Pretty in Pink at Allsorts challenge


Hello and welcome to another challenge at Allsorts where this time Tracy has chose the theme of "pretty in pink".

I don't often do pink and I always stamp my hydrangeas in lilacs and purples - but not this time. I decided to go all out with the pink as you can see from the stamping to the die cuts, pearls and background card.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out. I used an old die set that has not seen light of day for ages too. Maybe I will try and do more pink!

Hope to see you over at the challenge this week where one lucky person (chosen by random org generator) will win these lovely Studio Light layering stamps from our sponsor this week Buddly Crafts.

Buddly Crafts Logo
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Mark your calendars: On May 18th Allsorts challenge is celebrating 10 wonderful years of challenges and we're having a special prize that week (which will actually run as a 2-week challenge). Brenda created this wonderful logo, you can post it to your side bars if you like a little reminder :)

10th Birthday

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

#110 Add an Age - at the Male Room challenge


Our new challenge at The Male Room is "add an age". 

For my DT card I used an embossing folder for the background with distress inks to give a vintage look. I then used a TH die set and cut out the Twenty One from the brown die cut and laid it over the kraft card. 




Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge blog.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Hummingbird for CD Sunday challenge


You might remember seeing my flamingo card the other week - well I used that same inky background but this time I superimposed these other elements from the cdrom onto it. I then printed it, cut it out and mounted onto some very old cardstock which I thought fitted very nicely. 


I'm quite pleased with how this design turned out, you can see it opens out with another strip of the striped card on the inside. In fact this was all an accident! I meant to put the main image further over and of course I had used an adhesive that didn't allow me to have a second go at it. So, I chopped off the edge of the card lol!

I'm entering this into the anything goes challenge at CD Sunday. I used a Crafters Companion cdrom from their magazine issue 18, I used the Jungle of Dreams collection.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

#517 Mother's Day/Feminine at Allsorts challenge


This week our theme at Allsorts challenge is Mother's Day or Feminine chosen by Mervi.

I've gone with a Mother's Day card I made for my MIL as Mothering Sunday was 31 March in the UK. I chose this TL die set as it is so reminiscent of this piece of embroidery she made when she was about 14 (she is nearly 85 now!). She gifted it to me a while ago and so I am very lucky to own this.


I had to cut the die a few times (!) to get the different colours. You might wonder why the bird is in grey - well MIL has a little pigeon that comes to the garden.  I added some butterflies as it seemed to fit on this size card the best, but I had an empty corner lol.

The winner chosen by random org this week will win these lovely Woodware stamps.

Image result for woodware hugs and kisses stamp

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Donut Worry Be Happy!!!


Here's a card I made just for fun. I won this ribbon and wondered what to do with it when I saw this free digi stamp from Making cards magazine. The idea was born!

The background paper may look like it's inked but it's actually from a cdrom. Having been camped out from my craft room I've been managing with what I had to hand and it's actually been quite liberating.

I'm entering into the Polkadoodles challenge.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Flamingo Birthday wishes


All the elements of this card (apart from the flower and sentiment) come from the Crafters Inspiration CD rom free with issue 18. I used the Jungle of Dreams collection.

I loved the fact that the inky backgrounds were on the cd rom as crafting at the dining room table still meant that I had no inks to hand or room to get messy. The foiled sentiment I made using the go press and foil,  and the flower were in my "use at some point" box! I cut out the flamingo and the flower leaves from cdrom elements.

I added some little "unicorn" sprinkles I bought from Paperchase. I bought them online and did not realise they were so tiny and they get everywhere. However, the bright colours suited this card and I also added a couple of sequins.

This card is for the 9th birthday celebrations at CD Sunday challenge - Congratulations ladies on achieving 9 years.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

midmonth reminder for Springtime at Penny Black & More challenge


A little reminder about our challenge this month over on Penny Black & More challenge. 

For my DT card I used once again this month a stamp from the blooming garden set. I coloured with inktense pencils and added the sentiment from Penny Black 3626E ... in my thoughts. 

CAS - with just some shadow using a promarker pen to highlight the image.