Tuesday 23 June 2009

Flower Stem


The Pink Elephant (20) - Sketch

Stamp Something - Black/White/Other

Not much to say about this one except, when I was laying it up, I felt there was too much white card showing, so I drew some black lines on it to break it up a bit. The image has had red glitter glue added to it.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Paper Inspirations

Paper - Making Cards Freebie

Thanks for looking.

Glitzy Windy Tree


Sketch & Stash (13) - Sketch (Stamp)

Secret Crafter (37) - Pink & Green

Charisma Cardz (24) - Diamonds are a girl's best friend

My friend came around yesterday with some new stamps and let me have a play with them and this is one of them. As soon as I saw it I thought of putting gems on it and doing it in pink & green, one of my favourite colour combos. Another bright card again.......

Card Recipe

Stamp - Hero Arts

Paper - Summertime Designs

Gems/Brads/Flowers - Stash

Thanks for looking.



Friday Sketchers (57) - Sketch

Funky Fairys (21) - Christmas

Paperplay (22) - Christmas in June

I can't believe I have just made my first Christmas card this year, and in June!!! To top it all, I have chosen to make it in very unconventional colours! Not much to say about this one except - I like it! Nearly forgot, Harry has been decoupaged, isn't he gorgeous, love the look on his face.

Card Recipe

Decoupage/Papers/Greeting - Funky Fairys

Thanks for looking.

AMENDMENT: This card also fits the Papertake challenge which is 'Delightful Downloads' as everything was downloaded from Funky Fairys so I am entering it for this challenge as well.

Sparkly Constellations


Sketch Saturday (56) - Sketch

Penny Black (54) - Embossing

Daring Cardmakers - Miss You

What a lovely sketch and themes this week on these challenges. I had great fun creating this card as I have used metallic card/paper and done heat embossing, both of which I have not done or used for quite a while. The image was stamped using a friend's new stamp , thanks Alexis. I used a Versamark pen to heat emboss the flowers with different tinsel EPs. The hologram dots are peel-offs.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black

Peel-Off Dots - Stampendous

Card/Paper/Greeting - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Monday 22 June 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge (13)

This week's challenge is a great sketch and the colours brown and cream, and although I have altered the sketch a bit I hope this card is acceptable for entry. The parts I have altered are the small squares, replacing one with a flower and the other with a corner bookmark. I have coloured the image with Promarkers, MLP pens and chalks. The flowers/leaves are punched.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Papers - Funky Fairys

Brads - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Sunday 21 June 2009



Rose on Paper (14) - Combined Flowers

Stampavie (6) - Flowers

Crafty Creations (20) - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Colour Create (20) - any 3 Colours (Red/Pink/Green/Orange/Black)

C.R.A.F.T. (5) - sketch

Cute Daisy may (16) - Circles

ABC - S is for Summer

Allsorts 96) - Wings

Yet another bright card! Not like me at all. Not too sure about the 'orange', think I should have picked one of the other colours. Anyway, I think it looks nice and 'Summery'. I think the flowers should be a bit more 'on the curve' but I did make this card at 4.30am this morning so I think I can be forgiven for a few mistakes. After a long day at work I have managed to have a little nap so hopefully the next card will be a bit better???

Card Recipe

Stamps - Sarah Kay/Papermania

Paper - Scrapbox

Roses - Hobbycraft

Thanks for looking.

Friday 19 June 2009

GREAT NEWS! & Crafty Muse Challenge

WOOHOO!!! I made the Crafty Muse Design Team! I was so suprised when I was asked to be on this great team, thank you ladies.

This week we have a great sketch to follow and the prize is a new download package, not yet released! How great is that? You do not have to use a Crafty Muse image BUT everyone who does will get a double chance at winning the challenge so head on over to Crafty Muse and have a go...

For my card I have used'Angelique' and I have coloured her using my pencils and Sakura Stardust pens to add a pattern to her dress - and give her some earrings! I also did her wings with the pens. The 'brads' are hologram peel-offs.

Card Recipe

Image - Crafty Muse

Paper - Papermania

Greeting - Personal Impressions

Peel-Offs - Create & Craft

Thanks for looking.

Thursday 18 June 2009

Creative Inspirations Challenge (11)

This week;s challenge is to make anything BUT a card or ATC so I thought I would enter the necklace that I made for my sister recently. I have made the necklace with amber coloured beads as my sister loves autumn colours. I also made a little gift box to put it in.


Beads - Kit from Tesco's

Stamp - Stampin Up

Paper - Funky Fairys

Ribbon/Eyelet - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Let's Celebrate!


Sketch Saturday (55) - Sketch

Penny Black (53) - Celebrations

Allsorts (5) - Triangles

Simon Says (8) - Let's Celebrate

Here's another bright, colourful card. I don't do many brightly coloured ones but enjoyed doing this one. I cut a piece of purple card to cover the base card and covered part of it with the paper. I then cut a strip of yellow, punched ribbons into it and put it across the join. Then I cut two triangles and placed these on the bottom corners. The image is made up of Stickaroos and attached with foam pads. Altogether, a quick and easy card to make.

Card Recipe

Image - Penny Black Stickaroos

Paper - Scrapbox

Thanks for looking.

It's A Girl Thing...


Lili of the Valley (30) - Paper Piecing

Creative Card Crew (15) - Black plus Other

This is another of Jak heath's gorgeous shoes. This time I have printed it twice, once onto white paper and once onto red paper, and then pieced the two together. I also printed the backing paper onto red paper but it looked too overpowering and dark so kept to the black and white. The decoration on the front of the shoe is a button with a gem in the centre. I coloured the flower to match with MLP pens and added a gem. I finished off with a ribbon and added another gem to the bow.

Card Recipe

Shoe Image/Paper - Jak Heath

Ribbon - Recycled from box of chocs

Flower/Gems - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Cute Card Thursday Challenge (64)

Just a quick one tonight. This was simply made by cutting the hearts using my Nesties and stamping the quotation. I also stamped some hearts onto it and placed it onto the backing paper with 3D foam. I finished it with some butterfly peel-offs.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Oyster/Daisy & Dandelion

Paper - Joni Gray

Peel-Offs - stash

Thanks for looking.

P.S. Just realised I'm too late to enter this for the challenge, OOPS!!!

Tuesday 16 June 2009



Friday Sketchers - Sketch

Daring Cardmakers - Sizzling Hot

Well, here she is, the LAST of today's Sugar Nellies. I think I need to change stamps for the next card, don't you?

I started by turning the sketch so I could fit the image in and as Sizzling Hot Summer colours were called for I coloured the image accordingly. Isn't she cute playing with her kittens? I layered her using my Nesties and embossed the yellow card with the Cuttlebug. I punched the flowers and added them to the card to finish it off.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Paper - magazine Freebie

Gems - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Country Garden


Stamp Something - Sketch

Colour Create (19) - Blush Pink/Lilac/Mossy Green (Die-Cuts)

This new stamp has got to be one of my very favourites, she has such a lovely thoughtful look on her face. I started by turning the sketch so that my image would fit. I then coloured my image with pencils and chalks and layered her using my Nesties. The green pearl card behind her has been embossed with the Cuttlebug. The card has been finished off with flowers and a ribbon.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Pearls - Crystal Stickers

Paper/Ribbon/Flowers - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Spring Has Sprung - The Sugar Bowl Challenge (12)

This week's challenge is a sketch and colour combination of Blue & Green. I have coloured the image with pencils again and layered it with Nesties. The horizontal strips were punched with my SU Scallop Border Punch with one having lace and die-cut flowers added to it. I drew lines and dots on the other one with a Promarker pen.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Papers - The Skrapping Alley/Create & Craft

Lace/Brad - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Basket of Happiness


Crafty Creations (19) - Purple

Sketch & Stash (12) - Sketch

This was a lovely sketch to work to and one of my favourite colours as well. The image (one of my new favourites) was coloured again with my pencils and layered using Nesties. I added some lace to the bottom of the image and finished by adding punched flowers on the left and a fabric flower on the right.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Papers - Digi Freebie (can't remember where from)

Flowers/Brads/Lace - stash

Thanks for looking.

Rope Swing


Truly Scrumptious (9) - Sketch

Simon Says (7) - Pink & Brown

ABC - R is for Roses

C.R.A.F.T. (4) - Recipe (3 Flowers/2 Papers/ 1 Ribbon)

Well, I don't know what's happened to me today - I've been 'SUGAR NELLIED!' If you don't know what I mean, keep an eye on the next few posts ha! ha! I do so love these gorgeous stamps!

Anyway, as you can see I have managed to combine a few challenges again with this card. I have grown to love this colour combination thanks to discovering all the challenge blogs. I coloured the image with my pencils and went around the edge with an inkpad before layering up. The brown part of the flowers are punched from a bit of wallpaper with roses added to the centres and the corners were punched from card with punched flowers added. (Yes, I've also gone PUNCH drunk!)

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Papers - Forever Friends

Ribbon?Roses - Hobbycraft

Thanks for looking.

Monday 15 June 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge (44)

This week's challenge is to make a Father's Day card which is good as it reminded me that I had to make one for my son to give to his father. I almost forgot about it. I made this very quickly using a sentiment cut from the box that the keyring came in and layering it using Nesties. The strip under the keyring is punched with my SU scallop border punch.

Card Recipe

Sentiment - Recycled

Paper - Montis Pixel Playground

Cardstock - Stampin Up

Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Friday 12 June 2009

Blog Candy Winner - RE-DRAW

As the winner of my blog candy (Jaycee) failed to contact me I have, as promised, done a re-draw using the random generator thingy. This time the winner is......................

Here are your random numbers: 12
Timestamp: 2009-06-12 17:47:36 UTC
Congratulations Bea! Please email me your details by midnight 16th June or I will have to do another re-draw.

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Daisy & Dandelion Challenge (13)

This week's challenge is a sketch and the colour combo of black & white.

Not too sure about this one, perhaps it's because I think animals should have some colour about them... Anyway, I've just added a touch of grey to soften the image a bit. The flower has been punched and I have added silver brads here and there.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Daisy & Dandelion/Hero Arts

Paper/Brads - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Wash Day!


Friday Sketchers (55) - Sketch

Cute Daisy May (15) - Pink & Green

This cute image is coloured with pencils and cut and layered using the new 'Peony' Nesties. I wouldn't normally put these bright colours together but needed to do a nice, bright card after a very sad day.

Card Recipe

Image/Sentiment/Paper - Cute Daisy May

Ribbons/Flower/Floral Border - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Wedding Car


Crafty Muse - Freebie Wedding Car

Stamp Something - Something Old, Something New

Allsorts (4) - Pink & White

As you can see I have kept this design simple so that nothing detracts from this cute freebie digi-stamp image. The 'heart' image is from the wedding download that I won last week on the Crafty Muse challenge, there are loads of really gorgeous images and sentiments in this set. The main image has been coloured using a combination of pencils and Sakura Stardust pens, even the swirls on the backing paper have been done with a clear Stardust pen.

Card Recipe

Digi-stamps - Crafty Muse

Papers - Create & Craft

Thanks for looking.

Monday 8 June 2009

Fairy Wishes


Sketch Saturday (54) - Sketch

Colour Create (18) - Rainbow Colours (Scene)

I have coloured 'Fairy Sparkle' with a combination of Twinkling H2O's, Sakura Stardust and MLP pens with added glitter glue. The corners and image layer is glossy photo paper coloured with alchohol inks. The flowers and leaves are punched from pearl and hologram card with glitter glue added to the centres of the flowers. I also added a touch of glitter glue to the sentiment and finally added a bow.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Lili of the Valley/Papermania

Card/Paper/Bow - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Secret Garden


Charisma Cardz (22) - Pink & Brown

Cute Card (63) - Nip and a Punch

Dutch Dare (51) - Decorate Inside of card

Penny Black (52) - Blooming Gorgeous

Pink Elephant (18) - Pink/Brown/White

Secret Crafter (35) - Bling

Little did I know when I started this card that it would end up fitting so many challenges. I saw this card on Andrea Walford's blog and just had to make one. She makes some wonderful creations and has done a tutorial and a template for this card so why not pop over to her blog and have a look. All the flowers and leaves are punched out of cardstock with a gem added to the centres.

Card Recipe

Sentiment Stamp - Papermania

Image - Penny Black Stickeroo

Card/Gems/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Blog Candy "WINNER"...

I would like to thank everyone who entered my first Blog Candy and left me such lovely comments, they are very much appreciated. I have used the random generator thingy to pick the winner so without further ado...

The winner is -


Here are your random numbers: 17
Timestamp: 2009-06-08 12:04:18 UTC

Congratulations Jaycee! Please email me with your details so I can post the candy to you. If I have not heard from the winner by midnight 11th June, I will redraw it.



As promised, here is the candy to celebrate my birthday last Friday. It's a bit late as I was on holiday in Scotland last week.

Up for grabs is:

1 x Forever Friends "For You" Paper Pack

1 x FF "Celebration" Stickers

1 x FF "For You" Stamp

25pk Shadow Card Blanks & Envelopes

100 Verses CD & Book

14 FF Stamped Images

1 x Papermania Flowers (Light Purple)

1 x Innovations Embellishment Pack

6 x Large Fabric Flowers (Blue)

15 metres Sheer & Sparkly Ribbons

1 x Birthday Ribbons

2 x Pks Bows

1 x Didi Brads (Pastel)

1 x Purple Glitter

1 x pk Butterflies

To Enter:

1. Post a link to my candy on your blog.

2. Leave ONE comment here so that I know you have done this.

3. You MUST have an active blog to enter.

I will close the candy at midnight on 8th June and announce the winner on 9th June. Good luck everyone!

Hugs Christine x

Thursday 4 June 2009

Kick Up Your Heels!


Crafty Muse - Black, White & Other

Cute Daisy May (14) - Let's Emboss It

I couldn't resist doing this little shoe as soon as I saw it on Crafters Kitchen. The shoe has been 'paper pieced' with gems added to the front of the shoe and Diamond Glaze to the strap button. It is placed onto embossed card with foam pads. The flower has been 'iced' with hologram EP and a gem added to the centre. The sentiment has been added after applying Diamond Glaze to the buttons. Finally I added a recycled piece of organza ribbon.

Card Recipe

Image/Papers - Jak Heath

Flower - Papermania

Gems/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Summer Fun!


Lili of the Valley (29) - Summer Fun
Creative Card Crew (13) - Child's Play
Crafty Creations (18) - Sand & Sea

Our challenge this week at Lili of the Valley is 'Summer Fun!'. Just right as we have been having some lovely hot, sunny days lately, let's hope it keeps up. Even though I am suffering with very bad hayfever at the moment I would still rather have this weather than all the cold wind and rain. Anyway, as this card also fits a couple of other challenges I thought I would enter it for them as well.

The main image on my offset gatefold card is decoupaged and placed onto a piece of design paper as a background and then layered using my Nesties. I have also used a 'sand' design paper on the rest of the card (details below). The embellishments are punched or cut and layered onto red card to match the main image.

Card Recipe

Decoupage Image - Morehead
Papers/Embellishments - Monti's Pixel Playground

Thanks for looking.

Lili of the Valley News

Lili of the Valley are having a massive summer sale. Everything on the website is reduced by at least 50%. Unmounted Stamps are only £2 each, Die Cuts are 65p a sheet and backing papers only 30p. So do stock up on your favourites, or it's a great chance to try them for your cards and crafts if you've not had them before."

See our new products – Monsters, Mermaids, Farmyard and Jungle Cuddlies on Ideal World (Freeview Channel 22) tomorrow. Get some great deals on our fabulous new characters. Click on
www.liliofthevalley.co.uk to find out more.

Wednesday 3 June 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge (11)

This week's challenge is a lovely sketch and I have used one of the Gorjuss Girls with it. I have coloured her with my pencils and layered her using Nesties. The strip on the left side has been embossed with the cuttlebug and had an inkpad rubbed over it.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Metal Corners - Scrapbook Creations

Pearl Brads - Craft Work

Paper/Card - Scrapbox

Flowers.Pearl Heart - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Picnic Time


Dutch Dare (50) - Sketch

Roses On Paper (13) - Pink/Yellow/Green

I have used a lovely Sarah Kay stamp for this card, it seems ages since I used this stamp and thought it was long overdue, so here it is. The image has been coloured with my pencils and layered using Nesties. The flowers are a mix of bought and punched.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sarah Kay

Papers - K & Co

Flowers - Papermania/Punched

Brads - Stash

Thanks for looking.



Daisy & Dandelion (12) - Sketch
C.R.A.F.T. (2) - Moving Components
Creative Inspirations (10) - Brown & Blue

I followed Hazel's lovely sketch to make this card. I have used one of the D & D stickers as the main image and layered it using Nesties. I then stitched (real) around the edges and added some coloured peel-off brads. I finished the image by making a card 'spring' out of card and attaching it by the 'spring' to the card. (Sorry about the fuzzy photo). It now wobbles! Having put a strip down the side of the card and stamping a balloon onto it, I finished it with faux stitching. Finally, I added a D & D sticker sentiment.

Card Recipe

Stamp/Stickers/Paper - Daisy and Dandelion
Peel-offs/Thread - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Monday 1 June 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge (53)

What a great sketch to work with this week. I have chosen to use yet another stamps from my new sets, isn't she sweet? If you look closely you will see that the flowers have been punched from glitter card (recycled old xmas gift tag).

Card Recipe

Stamps - Personal Impressions

Paper - Mad About Cards

Gems/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.