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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Passion for Promarkers #307...Jolly Holiday


Good morning,

It's my turn to choose the challenge theme at Passion for Promarkers this week and seeing as it's holiday season I thought I'd go with a theme of 'JOLLY HOLIDAY'

Whenever I hear these words I always think of the Mary Poppins movie and the chalk drawing scene when Bert says 'it's a jolly oliday with Mary'...happy days and childhood memories!

You don't necessarily have to go with a summer holiday theme, you can interpret the challenge in anyway you like, which may of course include Christmas themed creations.

We are sponsored by Michele R Designs this week


and the prize is a €10 voucher to spend in her online store

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

Digital Image & Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Beach Hut)
Digital Design Papers: Belly Gypsy (I Love You a Latte)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Embellishments: Enamel Dots (Funfair)
Tools: Nestabilities (Classic Rectangles Large), Poppy Stamps (Simple Banner die), Die-namics (Fishtail Flags Stax)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cute little Cow


Good morning,

Today's card is made using design papers and digital images from the DigiStamp Boutique and I absolutely couldn't resist this adorable, cute little cow image...so sweet and it doesn't require a lot of colouring either so perfect for a quick card when needed.

The photo doesn't pick it up too well but the skin colour card in the background is pearlescent and shimmers really well in natural light. I took about 20 photos of this card but couldn't capture the shimmer in any of them...must try harder next time to get the camera settings correct.

Digital Images & Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Cute Farm Set: Cute Cow)
Digital Design Papers: DigiStamp Boutique (Sunny: Grey Flower)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Embellishments: Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Nestabilities, Poppy Stamps Die (Fresh Green Grass)

Friday, 17 July 2015

3 Tier Baby Boy Nappy Cake

Good morning,

I recently mentioned I'd made a nappy cake and today I'm sharing some piccys and details. The couple who this is for know that they are expecting a little boy hence the blue theme to the cake.

I love making these cakes, it's so cool seeing them come together as you build up the layers and although I've included a list of ingredients below, you can add more or less, depending on the budget you have available.


46 x Pampers Nappies
3 x Plastic Soft Tip Spoons
3 x Baby Socks 00 size (0-6 months)
2 x Pair Scratch Mits One Size
2 x Muslin Squares
2 X Baby Hats
1 x Water Filled Teether
1 x Waffle Blanket
1 x Soft Toy
3 x Safety Pins (to secure the blanket and muslins around each layer)
1 x Cake Board
Pull Up Bow and Ribbon to decorate

Nappy cake fully assembled.  At this point I tweak a few ingredients here and there and make sure everything is central to the bow I have added around the base layer.

Close up of the base layer which is crammed with gorgeous goodies for the parents to be.

All wrapped in cellophane and decorated with a pull up bow, ready to be delivered to the Baby Shower.

If you've got this far and not left out of boredom, thank you so much for sticking with me and taking the time to read my post.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Passion for Promarkers #305...Candy Crush


Good morning,

I'm here with details of new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and this week’s theme has been chosen by Andie.

I'm sure there are lots of you out there who play CANDY CRUSH and for anyone who has been living in outer mongolia and doesn't know what candy crush is, its a computer game and our challenge is inspired by the sugary sweets and bright colours. Below is a picture inspiration just in case you need it.


We are sponsored by Polkadoodles this week


and the prize is a 2 digital images 'Dollie Daydream Birthday' and 'Winston Birthday'

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

Digital Image: Di's Digi Stamps (Can I help You)
Digital Papers : Bella Gypsy (Contagious Cheer)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Embellishments: Button from my craft stash (Favorite Findings)
Tools: Sizzix Star Dies
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'Happy Birthday Ryan' font

Friday, 10 July 2015

Little Brown Mouse


Good morning,
(and apologies for my wonky donkey photo)

I love this little brown mouse, she’s so cute and what makes her even more adorable is that she comes with matching design papers too! Although I’ve used her for a birthday card I think she could also be used for lots of other occasions including ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Just Because’ cards.

Pre-Coloured Digital Image & Papers: Paper Creator (Little Brown Mouse Ultimate Kit)
Card Stock: SU! (Certainly Celery)
Embellishments: Doily and Ribbons from my craft stash
Tools: Cricut Expression and Circular Punch
Sentiment: Paper Creator (Wendy’s Bouquet Ultimate Kit)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Fabulous Fashion Step Card


Good morning,

I’ve always wanted the Katy Sue Designs Fabulous Fashion and Fabulous Shoes CD’s but didn’t originally purchase them as I couldn’t justify the cost at £24.99 each. Imagine my delight when I recently discovered them for sale on a FB craft selling website…£18 for the two! These little beauties are normally snapped up pretty quick and I’m so happy that I managed to snap them up.

Craft time seems to be a bit scarce at the minute, hence why you have recently been seeing a few more cards on my blog using pre-coloured images. Although the image on this card was pre-coloured I’ve used my Promarkers over the top just to add a little extra depth of colour and shading.

Digital Image: Katy Sue Designs (Fabulous Fashion CD)
Digital Papers: Carol Clarke (Gingham) and Bella Gypsy - Yellow Polka Dot (Absolutely Everything)
Embellishments: Ribbon and pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Cheery Lynn Designs (Step Card #1 Die), Carl Craft Flower Punch
Sentiment: 'Happy Birthday' created on the computer using 'Calamity Jane' font

Friday, 3 July 2015

Mickey Mouse


Good morning,

I'm sharing a birthday card today that I've made for my daughter’s friend, Liv. They have a bit of banter between them...Sophie is mad on Minnie Mouse and Liv adores Mickey Mouse...hence the MM card.

I’ve tried to keep to the traditional colours for Mickey Mouse whilst also making it girly. The image was sourced from Disneyclips.com and although it was pre-coloured I’ve added some shading with my Promarkers in an attempt to make the image come to life a bit. It looked a little flat without the shading.

Pre-Coloured image: Disneyclips.com
Digital Papers: Bella Gypsy (Just Add Sprinkles & In Real Life), Echo Park (D&S Metropolitan)
Card Stock: SU! (Real Red)
Embellishments: Ribbon from my craft stash
Sentiment: 'Happy Birthday' created on the computer using 'Sandwich Paper Dark' font

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Passion for Promarkers #303…Clean and Simple


Good morning,

I'm here with details of this week’s new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and the theme has been chosen by my lovely teamie Sue.

We’re going CLEAN AND SIMPLE which means we’re looking for lots of white space with minimal layers and embellies.

We have two amazing sponsors this week…Bugaboo and Letraset

Bugaboo are offering a $21.00 gift voucher to one lucky winner (chosen at random)

and Letraset are offering a 6 pack pf Promarkers (Neutrals) to the second lucky winner (chosen at random)

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

Digital Image & Sentiment: From the Heart Stamps (Birdbrain Brew)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers and Smooth White Card
Tools: Die-Namics Die (By The Numbers)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Baby Shower Card


Morning all,

It’s definitely baby season…I’ve been asked to make so many new baby and baby shower cards recently…it’s enough to turn me off blue and pink forever!

This is my latest offering…a baby shower card for my friends DIL…her baby boy is due in July and I’ve also made her a nappy cake to give as a present…nappy cake pictures to follow soon!

Digital Image: Found on my computer (might be PC Crafter who are no longer trading)
Digital Design Papers: Bearly Mine Designs (Blue Gingham) and Bella Gypsy (Just Add Sprinkles)
Embellishments: Ribbon and Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Memory Box Die (Baby Clothes), Circular Punch
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'Constantia' font

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Engagement Card


Good morning,

I hope you’ve all had a good start to the week, we've had rain and the weather has been pretty naff despite summer being declared official over the weekend!

I'm sharing an Engagement card I recently made. I couldn't resist these rather cute little critters from one of the LOTV art pads. I bought these pads a while ago but only found them recently when I was looking for something else. I love finding hidden treasures when I least expect to, its like having new craft stash to play with all over again!

Pre-Coloured Image: Lily of the Valley Art Pad (Jack, Patch & Puss)
Digital Design Papers: Melstampz (Tiny White Stamped Hearts)
Card Stock: SU! (Real Red)
Embellishments: Ribbons and Doilies from my craft stash
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'Tempus Sans ITC' font

Friday, 19 June 2015

Baby Girl Card


Hello everyone and happy Friday to you all!

It definitely seems to be baby season...I've been asked to make 3 baby cards recently and also a nappy cake (pics and details to be shared at a later date).

Here is the first card which is for baby Elodie who was born a couple of weeks ago.

I've recently discovered a digi company called Paper Creator (through my blogging buddy Jacee) and they do the sweetest kits that include pre-coloured images and matching design papers. i may have purchased more than a few of these kits but just need some more spare time to play with them. They print up beautifully and are great for really quick cards when there's no time for colouring!

I'm entering my card into this months Paper Creator Crafts Challenge...#39 Anything Goes (ends 30/6/15) ***Challenge Winner!***

Digital Image & Papers: Paper Creator (Pink Baby Bear)
Embellishments: Ribbon & Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Memory Box Die (Baby Clothes), Circular Punch
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'Constantia' font

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Passion for Promarkers #301...No Squares Allowed


Good morning,

I'm here with details of this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge. The theme has been chosen by Natalie and its a NO SQUARES ALLOWED challenge...SHAPED CARDS ONLY

We are sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique
and the prize is a £10.00 Gift Voucher for the winner (chosen at random)

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

Digital Image & Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique (Cheers to You)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers and Smooth White Card
Card Stock: Darice Polka Dot Pop A2 Card Base
Embellishments: Tatty Ted Enamel Dots and Ribbon from my craft stash
Tools: Circular Punch and Stapler

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Craft Goodies from America

Urrrggghhh, it's raining...again!

How changeable has the weather been? We've had rain for most of the weekend so there hasn't been any garden time and definitely no hammock time. I guess it will be another indoor day today with hopefully a little crafting this afternoon.

On our recent holiday to America, I was lucky enough to be able to go and do a bit of crafting shopping at Michaels, Jo-Ann and A C Moore Arts & Crafts

I was a bit like a kiddie in a sweet shop and my eyes were on stalks most of the time. There was so much to choose from and I was also completely in awe of the way in which they arrange their stock. Everything was so easy to find and it was an absolute crafters delight. I can't wait to go again...next time with an empty suitcase!


Here are some snaps of the goodies/bargains I purchased...

These ribbons were incredibly cheap and the twine too! I think they worked out at approx 70p each and the buttons £1.45 a pack.

These Darice embossing folders were reduced to $2.00 (approx. £1.28 each).
The clear number stamps were reduced to $4.99 - approx £3.20 in the UK.

These Darice Kraft card packs were the absolute bargain of the day!
They were $5.99 (£3.85) for 40 cards and envelopes.
I've got a card coming up on my blog this week using one of these and they are such a good quality card stock!

Last but not least were some sentiment/alphabet sentiments, clear mason jar 3D stickers and a really cute alphabet matchbook pad (£1.45).  The My Minds Eye paper pad worked out at £1.92.

Now all I need to do is to find some time to play with it all!

Thanks for looking today and I hope I haven't bored you too much with my long post!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Sympathy Card


Good morning,

It looks like summer has finally arrived in the UK!  Well at least for yesterday and today anyway.  Hopefully it will last going into the weekend as I feel some much need relaxing is required...in the garden...in the hammock! Oh yes, coz that's how I roll!

My hubby's cousin sadly passed away recently and this is the card I made for her daughter and family. I absolutely love these Lily of the Valley art pads, they're so versatile and perfect when you need to quickly pop a card in the post.

The gingham ribbon is navy and white but for some reason in this photo it looks black and white...bizarre!  I'm blaming my computer screen and not my photography skills!

Pre-Coloured Image: Lily of the Valley Art Pad (Set 3 Wild Flowers)
Digital Design Papers: (Freebie Download)
Card Stock: SU! (Eggplant)
Embellishments: Gingham Ribbon and Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Embossalicious (Floral Fenzy)
Sentiment: Created on the computer using (Freestyle Script) font

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Wedding Bunting


Good morning,

One of my work colleagues recently got married and prior to the wedding she bought a white whicker basket for guests to put wedding cards in.

She asked me if I could make some bunting for it and this is what I came up with. I was really pleased with the end result, it turned out much better than I imagined it would.


This is a photo of bunting and basket which was taken at the reception venue by the official wedding photographer...Love Captured Photography


Design Papers: Paper pad provided by the bride (from HobbyCraft...I think), Burlap Paper (Freebie Download)
Embellishments: Doilies, Twine and Heart Pegs from The Range and HobbyCraft
Tools: Cricut Expression to cut the lettering

Friday, 5 June 2015

Get Well Card


Good morning,

At long last, the weather has brightened up a bit...it was so cold at the start of the week I thought we might have to put the heating back on. Fingers crossed it stays nice for the weekend!

My sister-in-law recently had an operation on her foot and this is the get well card I made for her. I knew I wanted to keep the card quite clean and simple...at the time I wasn't in the mood for colouring in, so opted for a card without a digital/stamped image.  Instead, I used my favourite little flower punch for some prettiness in the centre of the aperture.

Digital Design Papers: Melstampz (Love Graphics)
Embellishments: Pearls from my craft stash
Tools: Carl Craft Flower Punch and Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'DK Crayon Crumble' font

Many thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and if you have a left a comment, then its a double thank you!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Passion for Promarkers #299...Colours of your Country's Flag


Good morning,

Many thanks for all the lovely comments you've left on my last few cards, I cherish each and every comment that is left for me and I really enjoy reading them...sometimes more than once! I know...I'm such a saddo!

I'm here to share details of this weeks Passion for Promarkers challenge. The theme has been chosen by Lotta and she wants us to use...COLOURS OF YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG...such a brilliant theme!

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs
http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
and they are offering 3 digis to the winner (chosen at random)

We really look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge but please remember, to be in with a chance of winning you need to follow the challenge theme and use Letraset markers (i.e. pro, flex, tria, aqua, metallic or neon) somewhere on your work!

Digital Image: QKR Stampede (Rocket Dog)
Digital Design Papers: Bella Gypsy (All American)
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Smooth White Card
Card Stock: SU! (Real Red)
Embellishments: Buttons from my Craft Stash
Tools: Sizzix Star Dies
Sentiment: Created on the computer using 'Sandwich Paper' font