Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration Post - Pin Wheel Ellie

Good Morning and welcome to another of my inspiration posts for The Paper Nest Dolls. This week I fancied doing another not so frilly, not so pink card as I always tend to veer in those directions when making girly cards. This time I used the cute Pin Wheel Ellie and used my pin wheel stamp set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps to make a colourful background. I also avoided the use of pink as well LOL


This card is also for
Glitter 'n' Sparkle's Challenge #147 to use something beginning with B - I used blue, a bow and buttons.

Recipe:

Stamps: Pin Wheel Ellie from The Paper Nest Dolls, Playful Pinwheels from Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Papers: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Retired) & Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist & Poppy Parade (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Buttons from Papermania

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - YR31, Y21, Y23, E43
Jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97
Red - R22, R24, R27
Windmill - G05, G07,YR04, YR07

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Paper Nest Dolls blog and join in our monthly challenge whilst you are there!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Progressive Challenge - Queen of Wonder

I remembered today that the next part of the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Progressive Challenge was due tomorrow, so I got my skates on and made my card up today. Although I don't do playing cards like some of the other entrants used on their cards, I used the colours and love the red, black and white combo! Always a good one!


This card is also for the Inky Chicks Challenge #54 to use metal embellishments - my brads are! 

Recipe:

Stamps: Queen of Wonder from Sandra Caldwell @ Sweet Pea Stamps, Banners Sentiments 6410/0338 from Joy Crafts

Papers: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White & Stacked With Love DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Real Red & Basic Black both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Real Red Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Banner Dies from Papertrey Ink, Heart Brads from stash

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - R32, R35, R37, R39
Lips, Hearts & Diamond - R32, R35, R37
Eyeshadow - T1, T2, T4
Black - C3, C5, C7, C9
Dress - C00, C1
Eyes - G02, G05, G07

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Grey Witch

I thought I would join in the Faery Ink Facebook Group Challenge again this month and this was definitely a challenge for me. We have to use grey scale with a pop of colour. I have never done this before, so I hope I have the right idea. I used an image that I knew this technique would work on - a witch and then coloured her, including the skin, using various shades of grey, only adding in a touch of purple on her hat ribbon and some streaks in her hair.

I actually love hos this one came out, although I'm not sure what other images I would feel comfortable using this technique with as it worked so well for a witch image. I didn't want to go for a traditional Hallowe'en card as such and found this fabulous sentiment in a Stampin' Up set that I bought last year and used once! Another good reason to give up my demonstratorship I think, not using the stamps I have actually bought!

Anyway here she is...


This card is also for 

Recipe:

Stamps: Witch Ball from Faery Ink, Tee Hee Hee from Stampin' Up

Papers: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Frightful Sight DSP (Retired), Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (Retired) & Mocha Morning DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Basic Gray from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Spiderweb Punch Around The Page Set from Martha Stewart,Seam Binding Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Gems from The Works, Clear 3D Pearl Effects from Dovecrafts, Pass Partout Oval Dies CR1241 from Marianne Creatables

Copics Used:
Skin - C00, C1, C3, C5
Hat - W3, W5, W7, W9
Necklace & Lips - C3, C5, C7
Top - T1, T2, T4, T6
Purple - V04, V06, V09

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by.

The Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge - Dance

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the new Friday Colouring Challenge over at The Outlawz. This week we are celebrating National Dance Day on July 25th, so we want use to use the theme of dance in your project.

As we are sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps again this month, I asked to use the gorgeous Joy Is...Dance Like Nobody's Watching by Helena Reis - isn't she just perfect for this challenge. I still love dancing round my room to my music as I don't go clubbing any more! I used the fab On A High Note papers from Lili of the Valley, which are just perfect for a musical themed card!


Recipe:

Stamps: Joy Is...Dance Like Nobody's Watching by Helena Reis, Sentiment from Tracy Wray's blog

Papers: Rose Red & Chocolate Chip both from Stampin' Up, On A High Note Patterned Papers from Lili of the Valley, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Copic Markers

Accessories: Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Mini Lace Corner Doily 1 Die from Whimsy Stamps, Melody Music Die from Poppy Stamps

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E43, E44, E47, E49
Pink - R81, R83, R85, R89
Ground - E41, E42, E43

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you are there too?!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dare To Be Sassy #291 Sparkle is a Girl's Best Friend

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the new Dare To Be Sassy Challenge. This week we are challenging you to add some sparkle to your project.

I used the gorgeous Ella At The Ball for my card and one of my fave colour combos of pink and aqua with lots of butterflies, pretty die cuts and, of course, lots of gems for the sparkle!


I thought I would also enter the Noor! Design UK DT call with this card. I have a huge addiction to dies and all these beautiful ones from Joy Crafts are some of my faves. I love the versatility of them and how they make a project just look so elegant! I love my layers, as you might have guessed, and these dies let me add lots of extra layers without making a card overly bulky as well. The pretty papers are a huge favourite of mine too and I have collected quite a few of the paper blocs now. 

I was recently a guest designer at Noor! Design UK and loved being part of the DT for the month. I loved making a variety of projects, not just cards and felt that I stretched myself a little bit more than usual by making some 3D projects, which I don't tend to do for no particular reason.

I am mostly a Copics colourer but have started to try my hand at using Distress Inks, but need to become more confident at using those! But now I am on my summer holidays I will have more time to practise! 

I am on Pinterest (sometimes for too long! LOL) and Facebook (again for too long at times!) and am on a few other design teams too, which you can see on my side bar. 

Recipe:

Stamps: Ella At The Ball from Sassy Studio Designs

Papers: Strawberry Slush (Retired), Coastal Cabana (Retired) & Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Floral Paper Bloc from Joy Crafts

Inks: Copic Markers

Accessories: Coastal Cabana Ribbon (Retired) & Primrose Petals Ribbon (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Gems from Papermania, 2 pcs  Butterflies Dies 6002/0390, Heart Frame & Butterfly Dies 6002/0381, Butterfly Edge Die 6002/0389,  Oval Frame Die 6002/0304 & Ornate Border Die 6002/0357 all from Joy Crafts

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E70, E71, E74, E79
Lips & Butterflies - R83, R85, R89
Aqua - BG32, BG34, BG23
Skirt - RV10,  Rv21, RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Sassy Studio Designs Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you are there! 


In The Pink Challenge #74 Stars

Good Morning and welcome to my DT post for the new In The Pink Challenge. This fortnight we are challenging you to use stars on your projects - you can use patterned papers with stars on, images, stamps, ribbons, die cuts - you name it as long as we can see your stars!

I used a gorgeous image from The Paper Shelter for this card, and tried to do a night time sky look - was not sure about how it came out at first, so added lots of frantage as extra stars and now I'm even less sure about it. I do like it, but think I went overboard with the frantage again!


Recipe:

Stamps: Reach The Stars from the Paper Shelter, Star Prints, Everyday Classics, Tag Its #6 and #10 all from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Whisper White & Irresistibly Yours DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate & Encore Silver all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Silver Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Pink Pirouette Two Tone Ribbon (Retired) & Silver Satin Ribbon (Retired?) both from Stampin' Up

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - C3, C5, C7, C9
Dress - R81, R83, R85, C1, C3
Wings & Net - R11, R12
Basket - E13, E15
Cloud - C00, C1
Sky - W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the In The Pink Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the DT and why not join in the challenge whilst you are there?

We have the fabulous Live & Love Crafts sponsoring us again with a £10 voucher for the prize! How great is that?!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Paper Shelter Special Summer Challenge - Anything Goes

Good Morning and welcome to an extra post from me for The Paper Shelter Challenge. It's a special summer challenge this time which will last for 2 weeks and will give the DT a little summer break, so we won't be commenting on your cards for this challenge.

I fancied making something a little different for a change and made a giant bookmark with the gorgeous Dragon Whisperer. I actually don't read dead tree books as I have a Kindle, but I do use them at school so this will come in handy for there. I made it a bit bigger at 4 x 6 inches than usual to fit the image, otherwise she would have been too small for it.


Recipe:

Stamps: The Dragon Whisperer from The Paper Shelter, All Booked Up from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa Prints DSP (Retired), Old Olive Prints DSP (Retired) & Chocolate Chip Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Old Olive from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon (Retired), very Vanilla Ribbon (Retired), Chocolate Chip Twill (Retired) & Early Espresso Baker's Twine all from Stampin' Up, Heart Border Die from Papertrey Ink

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E43, E44, E47, E49
Shirt, Boots & Belt - E50, E51, E53
Top Layer of Skirt - E70, E71, E74, E79
Vest & Skirt - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Dragon - G02, G05, G07, YG21, YG23
Ground - E41, E42, E43

And that's all from me for  this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Paper Shelter Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous makes from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you are there?! As always there are some fab prizes to be won! 


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration Post - Embrace The Ocean

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps and Challenge blog. This week we are inspiring you with all things Mermaids and Ocean. I chose to use the gorgeous Embrace The Ocean for my card this week and kept to traditional sea colours of blue and green.

Mermaids, along with fairies, are my favourite images to work with. I think I just love all things fantasy to be honest, and I find they make really easy cards too.

And here she is...lots of seashells on this one as I finally remembered to buy some from eBay!


This card is also for 

Recipe:

Stamps: Embrace The Ocean from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps, Seashore Sentiments 6410/0360 from Joy Crafts

Papers: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, So Saffron & Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Beach Bliss & timeless Victorian Patterned Papers both from Lili of the Valley, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede & More Mustard (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: White Jute Ribbon & Pool Party Ribbon both from Stampin' Up, Dew Drops, Seashells from eBay, Seahorse Die 6002/0328, Shells & Starfish Dies 6002/0329 & Under The Sea Border Die 6002/0330 all from Joy Crafts, Bisque Liquid Pearls

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - G02, G05, G07, G17, G29
Scales & Eyes - BG49, BG57
Coral - YR00, YR61, YR02
Fish - YR15, YR16, YR18
Starfish - YR21, YR23, YR24
Shells - E33, E35, E13, E15
Sea - BG15, BG23, BG01, BG05, BG07, BG45, BG09

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog every day this week for more gorgeous projects from the DT and why not join in our monthly challenge, Sparkle and Shine, whilst you are there?!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #63 Over The Rainbow

Good Morning and welcome to my post for the new challenge over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge blog. This fortnight our challenge is called Over The Rainbow and we are looking for you to use rainbows in your projects or use the colours of the rainbow.

I used the cute Eleanor as Dorothy image for my card as the first thing that came to mind when I read the challenge title was, of course, The Wizard of Oz and I had to add a rainbow coloured striped background too.



Recipe:

Stamps: Eleanor as Dorothy from Lacy Sunshine Stamps, Dorothy from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Retired) & Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Tempting Turquoise from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Pacific Point Ribbon (Retired) & Tempting Turquoise Ribbon (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Cloud Dies from Papertrey Ink

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Lacy Sunshine Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you are there too! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge Anything Goes

Happy Friday! This Friday is even better than all other Fridays of the year put together! Why, you may ask! It's the end of the school year and the start of my long summer holidays! Yay!!! Now I have more time to sleep, relax, craft, read and to properly celebrate my 40th birthday, which was on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who joined in my birthday celebrations over on the Art by MiRan Facebook group.

But now it's time for this fortnight's new challenge. It's time for our Anything Goes challenge, but we are now adding an extra option with more chances to win. This month the optional theme is to add ribbon and/or lace. If you enter our challenge using this theme then your project will be entered twice into the draw, so you now have more chances to win some fabulous digis from Art by MiRan!

I used the gorgeous Flo from Whimsy Stamps for my card this time in summery colours of blue and yellow - loving this combo at the minute!


Recipe:

Stamps: Flo by Art by MiRan @Whimsy Stamps, Everyday Grungy Sentiments from Lili of the Valley

Papers: So Saffron, Marina Mist, Whisper White, So Saffron Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Autumn Shabby Blue Papers from Michele R Designs, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: So Saffron from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers

Accessories: Marina Mist Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Pearls from Stash, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E31, E33, E35, E37, E39
Dress - B12, B14, B16
Green - G94, G99
Flowers - YR21, YR23, YR24, B0000, B00, B01, B02

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Art by MiRan Facebook group and check out all the other gorgeous cards by the DT and why not join in thee fun whist you are there?! 

We still have our progressive challenge for this month running until August 13th, so plenty of time still to get your projects in! There is also the Art by MiRan Challenge blog where you can also enter your cards for more chances to win more gorgeous Art by MiRan digis!