Sunday 25 October 2009

Off To The Halloween Party!


Crafty Creations (38) - All Hallow's Eve

Truly Scrumptious (18) - Sketch + Autumn

The Rainbow Lady (78) - Halloween

Stamp Something - Halloween Somethings

Stampin For The Weekend (21) A Haunting Good Time

Penny Black (72) - Halloween

Secret Crafter (55) - Orange + One Other Colour

One Stop Crafts (52) - Celebration

When I saw these challenges I immediately thought of a Halloween Party so this young lady is all dressed up ready for the party. The image was first stamped onto white card and then onto the spotty paper. I then cut out her clothes and bag from the spotty paper image and added these to the other image. I then coloured in the stripes on her stole with a MLP pen. To give her some glitz I coloured bits with a Sakura Stardust pen. I covered the white base card with black card and orange spotty paper and added three pieces of ribbon. I stamped the sentiment, layered it and attached with foam pads. I finished it by adding some orange and black flowers and a little black heart gem. Hope you like it.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Penny Black/Woodware

Paper - My Mind's Eye

Ribbons - Anita's/Hobbycraft

Flowers/Gem - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Friday 23 October 2009

Computer Fun! Sneak Peek


Sunday Sketch & Stamp (13) - Sketch

Creative Card Crew (33) - Babies & Children

Doodle Palace - Non Sporty 11 - 16 yr old Boy

This is my first attempt at an easel card and I was quite suprised how easy they are to make. Apologies for the poor picture, it was taken with my camera late last night and I will be the first to admit that I am rubbish at taking close-up photos.

I have used another of the 'Boy' stamps from the November Release from Lili Of The Valley. This one is called 'Computer Fun' and the stamps will be launched at the NEC, Birmingham 5th-6th November and available to buy online from 11th November.

I started by covering the base card with the birthday text paper then cut and rounded a strip of black card and placed it in the middle following the great sketch. I then coloured the image with pencils and a silver pen and layered it with Nesties before placing over the strip. I then printed the 'title', layered it and attached with foam pads. I then covered the inside with plain paper after punching a scalloped edge along one side (I have kept it plain so that it can be written on). The sentiment was stamped and layered in the same way and attached with foam pads. Finally I added a few buttons to finish it. I think this would make a great card for a non sporty boy, what do you think?

Card Recipe

Stamps - LOTV/Woodware

Paper/Buttons - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Thursday 22 October 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge (73)

This week on the Sketch Saturday Challenge there is a lovely sketch but I don't think I have done it justice with this card. The digi stamp images have been coloured with pencils and I have added lots of glitter glue. Although they don't show up very well there is a punched border at the bottom of the main image and sparkly punched snowflakes along the strip at the bottom of the card where I have stamped a sentiment.

Card Recipe

Digi Stamps - Pollycrafts

Sentiment Stamp - Dovecraft

Paper - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Simon Says Challenge (26)

This week the Simon Says Challenge is asking for a get well card so here is my 'little' card for it (It's actually A4 size). This is the first time I have had a go at a LARGE card and although it has come out ok I don't think I will be making many this size, much prefer the smaller ones. The image is decoupaged and I have used a circle punch to cut the corners.

Card Recipe

Decoupage Image - C & C Triple Treasures CD
Sentiment - Computer generated
Paper/Pearlies - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Rope Swing


Lili Of The Valley (39) - Sketch

This week on the LOTV challenge we have a lovely sketch by Marcea for you to follow. For my card I have used one of the NEW boy stamps called 'Rope Swing', available now from Lili Of The Valley. I just love this image as it reminds me so much of my sons when they were small boys, such a long time ago...

I first covered the base card with paper and added a panel down the left side and an oval at the bottom. Next I cut a strip of the green card and attached a panel of paper to it. After tying some raffia around it I attached this to the top of the card. I coloured the image with pencils but he was too 'clean' so I dirtied him up with chalks, much better methinks. There was still something missing, but what? Having given it a bit of thought I remembered that my sons usually made a noise when they were swinging, hence the word I added. Satisfied, I then chalked around the edges and layered him with Nesties. I finished the card by adding a button with raffia tied through it. I really like this card, I hope you do too.

Card Recipe

Stamp - LOTV

Papers - Summertime Designs

Raffia/Button - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 20 October 2009



Delightful Sketches (9) - Sketch

Cute Cards (82) - Spook Fest

One Stop Crafts (51) - Halloween

Stamp With Fun (29) - Halloween

Cupcake Craft (61) - Things that go bump in the night

What a great sketch to work with and fun themes. I've tried to keep it fairly simple by using plain card rather than mixing patterns of paper. The main image has been coloured with MLP pens. The sentiment is computer generated and the little spiders are stamped.

Card Recipe

Digi Stamp - D.A.I.S.I.E.

Spider Stamp - Hero Arts

Paper - The Creative Cottage

Thanks for looking.

Monday 19 October 2009

Christmas Cutie


Simon Says (25) - Sketch

Doodle Palace - Celebration + Sparkle

Stamp Something - Bling It Somethings

Following the lovely sketch I started by covering the base card with gold mirri card. I then cut a red strip, tied a ribbon around it, added a punched flower and attaching with foam pads. Next I layered up the cute little dog using Nesties. The dog is coloured with pencils and I have added glitter glue to his hat to give him some sparkle. The flowers are punched and attached with foam pads. Finally I added some bling in the shape of gem hearts.

Card Recipe

Digi Stamp - Graphic Garden

Ribbon - Anita's

Brads/Gems - Stash

Thanks for looking.


I am sooo excited! I have just had a phone call from my son Nick.
He has just got married!

He flew to China on Friday and was supposed to be getting married tomorrow. Imagine the suprise when he phoned and said that they had just done it! They have completed all the paperwork side of things which mean that they are now legally married. However, they will now do all the ceremonial side of a traditional Chinese wedding (the dressing up bit etc). As I cannot be there with them they have recorded a message from me over the phone which will then be read out at the ceremony, so I will still be a part of it.

I am sure you will all join with me in wishing them good luck for a long and happy life together as husband and wife.

Saturday 17 October 2009

Another Lili Of The Valley Sneak Peek/Challenges


Our Creative Corner - Sketch

Paperplay (39) - Favourite Embellishment (Flowers)

Colour Create (29) - Red/Yellow/Black/White (Flowers & Checks)

I have used another of the new stamps soon to be released from Lili Of The Valley, for details scroll down to the previous post. This one is called 'In Love', aren't they just the sweetest bunnies. I have coloured them with pencils and MLP pens. I have not added the sentiment, as in the sketch, as I'm not sure yet who will get this card.

Card Recipe

Stamp - LOTV

Paper - Scrapbox

Flowers/Brad - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Friday 16 October 2009

Lili Of The Valley Sneak Peek/Challenges


If you loved the last release from Lili Of The Valley I am sure you will be eager to get your little hands on the new stamp release in November! They are absolutely gorgeous! There are 16 designs in the range, including 7 Boys, 4 Fairies, Bears and Bunnies all suitable for many occassions. The stamps will be launched at the NEC, Birmingham 5th-6th November and available to buy online from 11th November.

Meantime, the Lili Of The Valley Challenge DT have been lucky enough to play with these lovely designs and will be giving you some sneak peeks to whet your appetite. Have a look at some of the designs by visiting the challenge blog and the DT's blogs and see for yourself how gorgeous these stamps are.

As soon as I saw this design I knew he was going to be my favourite. Having brought up three boys this image just took me straight back to when they were little, playing their rough and tumble games and coming in covered head to toe in mud...


Sketch Saturday (72) - Sketch
Cupcake Crafts (61) - Buttons/Stitching
Creative Card Crew (32) - Scallops
C.R.A.F.T. (21) - 1 Ribbon/2 Buttons/3 Papers
Charisma Cardz (41) - It's So Distressing

This gorgeous stamp is called 'Rope Swing' and I have coloured him with pencils (and chalks to 'dirty' him up as he was too clean). I then added some faux stitching with a pen and distressed the edges with chalks. The sentiment has been computer generated and distressed also. I didn't think ribbon looked quite right so I used raffia instead. I hope you like him as much as I do.

Card Recipe

Stamp - LOTV
Papers - Summertime Designs
Buttons/Raffia - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Cute Kitty


Stamp Something - Brown Plus Something

Stampin For The Weekend - Orange/Brown/Leafy green

One Stop Crafts(50) - Brithday Cards/Projects

Secret crafter - Autumn Colours

The Pink Elephant (36) - Fall

I made a similar card to this a few months ago and liked it so much I thought I would make another one but alter it here and there. The stamped image has only had the eyes coloured with a MLP pen and Diamond Glaze added to enhance them. I have sponged around the edges with various ink pads. and the flowers and leaves are punched. I am hoping I can get away with entering this for The Pink Elephant challenge as I have used the 'colours' of Fall, what do you think?

Card Recipe

Stamps - Papermania/Borrowed From Friend

Papers - Daisy & Dandelion

Foam Letters/Brads - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Friday 9 October 2009

A Tweet Christmas Carol...


Sketch & Stash (20) - Sketch

Digital Tuesday (27) - Music To My Ears

Cute Daisy May - Pink Christmas

Following the sketch I covered the base card with some of my new paper from DCWV. I then attached an old CD to the centre. Onto this I placed the layered digi stamp image, having coloured it with pencils. I have made the little birds into robins so that the image would fit into a Christmas theme. I then used my new punches to make some flowers with pearl centres. Finally I added some gorgeous pink glittery ribbon.

Card Recipe

Digi Stamp - Cute Daisy May

Papers - DCWV/Funky Fairys

Pearls - Hobbycraft

Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Thursday 8 October 2009

Emma's Flower


Friday Sketchers (72) - Sketch

Our Creative Corner - Inspiration

One Stop Crafts (49) - Autumn Inspiration

C.R.A.F.T. (20) - Colour Inspiration

Apart from the sketch challenge all the others are inspiration challenges with Autumn colours so I have coloured the flower in a rich orange colour. The other flowers have been punched out of the same papers I used for the backing.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Little Claire

Papers - My Mind's Eye

Sentiment - Lyndsey Marie Digi Freebie

Brads - Papermania

Thanks for looking.

Christmas Tree Bunnies


LOTV (38) DT Card - A Child's Christmas Card
Papertake - Sketch
Crafty Creations (36) - All Shades Of Pale

This week at Lili Of The Valley we would love you all to play along and create 'A Child's Christmas Card'. The DT have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you so why not pop along to the challenge blog and have a look. We look forward to seeing what you create.

For my card I have followed the wonderful sketch from Papertake.I have used one of the new Christmas Bunnies stamps from LOTV combined with some of my favourite papers. I coloured the image with pencils for a nice soft look, layered it with Nesties, inked the edges and added glitter glue. I layered a 3D word sticker at the bottom. I finished the card by adding snowflake buttons. I love the soft colours of this one, I hope you like it too.

Card Recipe

Stamp - LOTV

Papers - Shabby Princess

Buttons - Hobbycraft

3D Sticker - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 7 October 2009

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge (19)

This week's C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is to follow a great sketch which I thought was ideal for this stamped image. I was given this image a long time ago and unfortunately I didn't take note of who made the stamp. If anyone knows can you tell me as I would love to get my hands on it, thanks. Anyway, I have chosen to do this one in lime and blue as it might well go to a boy. As I am not sure who will get it I have not put the sentiment on it yet, hope it still qualifies for the challenge despite this... The snowflakes are punched with brad centres.

Thanks for looking.

The Sugar Bowl Challenge (20)

The Sugar Bowl Challenge this week is a lovely sketch and to use 'paper piecing'. For my card I have used one of my favourite stamps 'Snowflake' which I have coloured very lightly with my pencils. If you look closely you will see that I have used the spotty backing paper to trim her outfit with. Not too obvious at first sight as the original trimming is also spotty, I've just got more spots now ha!ha!. The flowers are punched and the glittery bits are an old Xmas tag which I recycled.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Papers - Scrapbook, Scrapbook

Ribbon/Pearls - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Winter Wishes


Whiff Of Joy (50) - Sketch

Simon Says (23) - Red/Green

Rainbow Lady (76) - Christmas With The Stars

Here is another Christmas card, at this rate I shall end up with too many... I have coloured the image with pencils as usual and layered it using Nesties. Everything else, apart from the peel-off stars, came from a scrap pack which I bought last year and hardly used. I had forgotten I had it until I came across it the other day so now I'm going to try and use some of it up.

Card Recipe

Stamps - WOJ/Woodware

Papers/Tag/Flower Diecuts - Imagine That

Peel-off Stars - Stash

Thanks for looking.

A Cut Above The Rest


Charisma Crafts (39) - Decoupage
Daring Cardmakers - Folding Up
Secret Crafter (52) - Celebration

This is a card I was asked to make for someone who is celebrating her 40th birthday. As you can see I have made an 'offset' gatefold card featuring a decoupage image of a hairdresser, can't remember where the image came from, sorry. I added a couple of dragonfly brads as 'wall decoration' as dragonflies were also requested.

Card Recipe

Decoupage Image - Sorry, can't remember
Paper - Funky Fairys
Brads - Lakeland
Sentiment - Computer Generated

Thanks for looking.

Monday 5 October 2009



A Spoonful Of Sugar (71) - Christmas

Creative Card Crew (30) - All That Sparkles

ABC - E is for Embossing

Creative Inspiration (18) - Christmas In October

Pollycrafts (25) - Snowflakes/Sparkle/Spots/Stripes/Swirls

A card at last!!! I finally managed to make a card this week. As you can see it's another Christmas card so that takes care of 'A Spoonful Of Sugar' and 'Creative Inspirations' challenges. It has an embossed panel which 'ABC' are asking for. I have also managed to include four out of five things for the 'Pollycrafts' challenge. There are plenty of snowflakes (including the stamp's name), sparkly snowflakes and ribbon, and the spots and stripes are on her outfit. The sparkly bits are also what 'Creative Card Crew' wanted. Not bad for one card I think.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Sugar Nellie

Paper - Crafter's Companion

Gems/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.