Thursday, 26 January 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #92

Hello again!!
Back again, this time with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges where we have everyone's favourite theme this week - Anything Goes!!

I went for this lovely image of Poppies for my card as I do so love colouring them - all those gorgeous reds and oranges!!! I also did a bit of masking so that I could stamp the script behind them.

You can find this lovely image in the Digi Doodle Shop in the Floral/Greenery section.  It is called Poppy & Bud.

and this is the inside.

Medium - Promarkers and Old Paper Distress Ink
Papers and ribbon - stash
Script stamp - Viva Decor My Paper World "Letters & Embellishments"
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Right, that's me done for today. I really hope you will enter one (or more) of your gorgeous creations into this week's challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges and while you are there, take a look at the rest of the girl's projects and leave them some love :0)
Happy, happy crafting!
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
MAWTT #133 - Blooming Marvellous

DYSU Challenge #56

It's time again for a new challenge over at Do You Stack Up? and our theme this week is RIBBONS.  I bet we all have yards and yards of lovely ribbon in our stash, so let's get them out and put them to some good use!!

We have four wonderful sponsors this week and they are.......

The Ribbon Reel - £10 Gift Voucher

Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps - Winner's choice of  4 images

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Winner's choice of 4 images

The Stamping Boutique - Winner's choice of 5 images

I got to use this gorgeous "Smoochie"  image from The Stamping Boutique and made a centre step card as I haven't made one of these for ages!!  The ribbon I have used was already pleated and the flower was made by simply gathering a length and stitching it together. Simple but quite effective me thinks!!

Isn't she sweet. If you would like to buy her or one of the other Smoochies - you can find them HERE - they are all real cuties.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Echo Park Springtime - Floral Fun
Ribbon, buttons and cardstock - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

The rest of the DT have made some beautiful cards so I do hope you can find the time to pop over to the DYSU Challenge blog and take a look. Hopefully, you will be inspired by their gorgeousness and will enter a gorgeous creation of your own :0)  I look forward to seeing it.

Well that's all from me for now. I shall be back later with my Digi Doodle Shop DT card but until then, thank you so much for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique - Monthly Challenge
Lexi's Creations #57 - Fancy Folds
Stamp & Create January Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #105

Hi All,
Just a quick post to let you know that it's time for another challenge over at The Pixie Cottage.  The theme this week is "Love and Kisses" and this is the gorgeous sketch......

As always, you can use either the theme, the sketch or both. The choice is yours!!! I do hope you will join in with this great challenge - the randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from the Pixie Cottage Collection. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. Oh and don't forget to take a look at what my very talented team mates have made for your inspiration.

Denise xx

Friday, 20 January 2012

Dance A Little Everyday

The lovely Lisa over at Wishcraft has vowed to use a stamp or digi image that has never seen the light of day, every Wednesday and has invited everyone to join her.  I have stacks of uninked stamps and unprinted digis so thought this was a brilliant idea and have tried to take part each week.

This week I was determined to use one of my gorgeous Saturated Canary digis and this is what I came up with.........

This is Zorana, A Dancing Gypsy and I am totally in love with her. She is such fun to colour although I will admit I was totally intimidated by her hair - lol!!   It took me soooo long to colour but I am very pleased with the final result :0)  I also got to use some gorgeous papers that I have had for simply ages!!

Medium - Promarkers (some with fine nibs!!)
Papers - Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking - Pretty Plaid (reverse side) and Sprinkles (both sides)
Flowers -  Prima
Die cut circle - Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs
Border and tag - Magnolia Doohickey
Sentiment - Freebie found on my computer with no name
Branches -  Martha Stewart punch
Ribbon - stash
Heart pins - Wild Orchid Crafts (coloured with a Promarker)

Why not join in and use up some of those neglected stamps or images - I am sure we all have them. You can link your card on Lisa's blog each week.  Well that's all from me for now. Have fun deciding which stamp you are going to use!!!
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Saturated Canary #9 - Dies and/or punches
I Love Promarkers #100 - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me #67 - Use Pins
Cute Card Thursday #200 - Music & Dance
Pixie Dust Studios - We're going dotty
Truly Scrumptious #72 - Something Forgotten

Thursday, 19 January 2012

DDSC Challenge #91

Good afternoon!!
Back again with my DT card for this week's challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. We have a colour theme this week of BLUE & BROWN

This gorgeous image is called simply "Morning Glories" and can be found HERE in the Digi Doodle Shop.  Now, I must tell you that this card caused me some problems!!  I originally printed the image onto white card and coloured it with Promarkers but found the flowers were lost due to the brown of the fence.  After several further attempts and still not being happy with the end result, I decided to print it onto kraft card and colour it with pencils. I am still not that happy with this either - I think the flowers could have been a bit darker or maybe I should have used a different shade of blue paper?? Either way,  it is definitely better than all the others!!  

Medium - Derwent pencils
Papers - some freebie digis I have on my computer with no name!!
Ribbon - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards coloured with Vintage Photo Distress ink

I really hope you take a look at the rest of the team's gorgeous creations and feel inspired to enter the challenge. Blue and brown is a great colour combo and perfect for men's cards!!

Happy crafting
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Whimsy Inspiration #22 - Blue & Brown
Lexi's Creations #56 - Anything Goes

DYSU Challenge #55

Good morning Bloggers,
We had some gorgeous entries for last week's challenge over at Do You Stack Up and it is official - we all love pink!! This week we want to see PATTERNS!!  Whether you use patterned design paper or create your own, we want to see some colourful creations. 

Our sponsors this week are:

My Little Shoebox - Surprise Goodie Bag

Copic Marker Scrapbooking -  6 Copic Ciao Markers (North/South America) Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world) 

This week a few of the team got to use some really fun digi images of owls from Copic Marker Scrapbooking on our projects and this is what I came up with.  Once again, I am so sorry for the lousy picture, I really am having problems at the moment getting good ones :0(  This card is much brighter IRL.   I kept it quite simple and went for some paper piecing to match the background papers and a punny sentiment!!!

and this is the inside - the colour is a bit better on this pic!!

Papers - Nitwits "Thimbles & Threads"
Sentiment - generated on my computer
Ribbon and googly eyes - stash.

So now it's over to you. Do take a look at the great creations from the rest of the team and join in with us for this great challenge. We all have patterned papers after all!!

Thanks for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays #51 - Happy Brithday
Daisy Doodles #51 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #104

Good Morning All,
It's time for this week's challenge over at The Pixie Cottage and as usual, we have a choice for you - the theme of  EMBOSSING or the wonderful sketch below.  Of course, you can combine the two if you want to!!  I have used the theme for my card.

This little cutie is called "Give Me a Hug" and can be found HERE at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More in The Pixie Cottage range of rubber stamps. Love that little pup she is hugging!! I really enjoyed making this card - she was a joy to colour and paper piece. I have taken to using white card coloured with a matching Promarker for my matting - so much easier than trying to match a coloured card - you don't need to buy so many different ones and you never run out of a particular colour - unless your Promarker runs out of course - LOL!!

 Close-up showing her paper pieced dress.

And the simple decoration on the inside.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Docrafts Me to You Spring Chic
Embossing Folder - Craft Concepts "Budding Vine" - love this
Mini pearls and ribbon - stash
Flowers - Woodware punches
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

We had some great entries for last week's challenge and I am looking forward to seeing what you create this week. Take a look at the rest of the DT's gorgeous offerings and be inspired - you can find them all on The Pixie Cottage Challenge blog.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
City Crafter #92 - Pretty Inside & Out
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Stamp & Create January Challenge - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty January Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Valley #23 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Music Saves My Soul

Back again as promised although a day late, with my choice for this week's Music Saves My Soul over on Marcea's Crafting Corner. Well actually it's my third choice as YouTube have seen fit to remove the embed codes for some of my favourite songs - :0(

I have returned to one of my favourite singers at the moment - Christina Perri and Bang Bang Bang.

No video I'm afraid but great song all the same - sure we've all felt this at some time - LOL - sorry lads!!!

Hope you enjoy.
Denise xx

Saturday, 14 January 2012

What's Your Favourite........

.........Lili of the Valley stamp that is. This is challenge #2 over at Lili's Little Fairies and what an impossible decision to make!!  I just put all my stamps in a bag and picked one out - LOL - and which one was it I hear you asking. Well this one...........

....Pom Pom!!

I do actually adore this little fairy so was very happy to ink her up and colour her in. Sorry about the pants picture - those yellow flowers are actually a light cream but try as I may, they keep coming up yellow!! Don't know why 'cos the rest of the colours are perfect ???

Recipe -
Medium - Promarkers
Green Paper - Echo Park Springtime - Floral Fun
Pink Paper - First Edition - Bird Song
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts
Flowers - Prima
Leafy bits - MS punch

Well that's it from me for now. I will be back later with my offering to Music Saves My Soul Saturday.
Denise xx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

DDSC Challenge #90

Back again :0)
This week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges, our theme is EMBOSSING - this can be dry or heat embossing . The choice is yours.

Quite a simple card from me this week which would be ideal for male or female. I used the lovely stamp called "Butterfly and Thistle" and just a couple of digi papers which have been distressed around the edge and inked. I also distressed the embossing.

Close up of the image and distressed embossing.

Medium - Promarkers and Stonewashed Adirondak Ink
Papers - Raspberry Road "Butterfly Dreams"
Sentiment - Freebie from TLC
Embossing folder - Craft Concepts "Butterfly Kisses"
Leafy bits - Magnolia Doohickey die
Brads and cardstock - stash

Please do pop over to Digi Doodle Shop Challenges and take a look at the rest of my teamies creations - they are all gorgeous and really will inspire you to join us for this challenge. 
So, that's all from me for today - thanks for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Dream Valley #20 - Anything Goes
Gingerloft Challenge #31 - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday #142 - Punch it Out 

DYSU Challenge #54

Good Morning all you lovely bloggers
Are you ready to play along with us again at Do You Stack Up? I do hope so because this week our challenge theme is PINK - now who doesn't love that colour so this challenge should be a doddle - LOL

I just LOVE this inspirational pic!!

Our sponsor this week is....
who are giving the winner 2 Stamp Sets of their choice.

I got to use this lovely set called "Flowers 2 Share" which comes with a variety of flowers, vases, sentiments and a border. Such a pretty set. I have made a set of four notelets and a matching box. I must point out at this stage that two of the sentiments I have used are not in the set - sorry!!

Front of the box which I made using the Crafter's Companion Envelobox Board - love this.

Back of the box - just added a couple of eyelets for some ribbon to close it with.

Medium - Derwent pencils blended with Sansodor
Ink - Black Memento
Cardstock and cards - stash
Ribbon and eyelets - stash

So that is my little offering for this week. I hope you will take a look at the rest of the DYSU team's gorgeous creations and enter the challenge yourself. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

Denise xx

I am entering this into the following challenges -
Anything Goes #58 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Mr and Mrs xx

Good Morning All,
Today I want to share a card I have made for the challenge #1 over at Lili's Little Fairies - New Beginnings. I have had this LOTV  "Mr and Mrs" stamp for quite a while now and never inked it up, so thought it was about time!!

 I chose to make a white on white design  'cos I think it is perfect for Wedding cards. 

This is a close-up of the gorgeous image. I haven't decorated the inside yet as I wanted to get the card into the challenge and am running out of time!!  I will try to remember to update this post when I do :0)

Medium - Promarkers
Embossed panel - borrowed from Louise but does not have a makers mark - sorry
Ribbon roses - Creative Expressions
Swirls - Memory Box "Elegant Scrollwork"
Butterfly - Martha Stewart punch
Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl gems - stash

Well that's it from me today. I shall be back tomorrow with my DT cards for DYSU and Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.
Denise xx

I am also entering this card into the Deep Ocean Challenge #16 - Lots of White

The Pixie Cottage Challenge # 103

Hello Everybody,
Just popping on to let you know that it's time for another challenge over at The Pixie Cottage. As usual, we have an either/or challenge.  You can choose to use the theme which this week is Stitching, or the wonderful sketch below or both. It's entirely up to you!!

The randomly picked winner gets two stamps of their choice from The Pixie Cottage Collection and let me tell you, there are some gorgeous stamps to choose from. Do hop on over to The Pixie Cottage blog and take a look at the two new stamps just released - they are so cute and while you're there, join in with the challenge.  The brilliant team have created some gorgeous cards to inspire you. Can't wait to see your entries.

Happy crafting!
Denise xx

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Music Saves My Soul

Music Saves My Soul Saturday is back after the Christmas break - yay!!!

My offering this week comes from a great soul singer I have just discovered and who I think will go a long way - Michael Kiwanuka. Keep an eye out for this guy.

Enjoy and don't forget to hop on over to Marcea's blog and join in the party!!
Denise xx

Thursday, 5 January 2012

DDSC #89 - New Beginnings

My second post today is for this week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge where we have a great theme of "New Beginnings" - new home, new baby, marriage, retirement - the choice is yours.

I chose Marriage for my "New Beginning" and used this gorgeous digi stamp from The Digi Doodle Shop called "Loving Rose" - ideal for Valentine's Day too.

Close-ups showing glitter detail ........

..... and Glossy Accents

and this is the inside.

Medium - Promarkers and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Glossy Accents
Papers - Tim Holtz Ideal-ogoy "Vintage Shabby" and MME Lost & Found "Madison Avenue"
Heart - cut on my Cricut
Pearls, ribbon, heart charm, cardstock - stash
Sentiment - freebie (can't remember where from)

I really hope you will hop on over to the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge and take a look at the rest of the DT's work - I am sure you will be inspired by the variety of creations. Also, check out what's new at The Digi Doodle Shop - there are some great 99cents deals available until 1st March when these stamps will be removed forever....... 

.....and you can now collect Award Points on your purchases - see full details in the shop.

That's it from me for today.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' - New Beginnings
Allsorts #135 - New Beginnings
Bling It On - New Beginnings
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge #50 - New beginnings
By the Cute and Girly - New Beginnings
Whimsy Inspirations #20 - New Beginnings
Delightful Challenges - Have a Heart
Penny Black and More - Love and Hearts

DYSU Challenge # 53 - Let it Snow

Hey everyone! 
Time for a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?! This week we want you to LET IT SNOW!!  So grab a cup of your favorite hot drink and join in the fun of creating some snowy project.

This week’s sponsors are:

Meljen's Designs - Winner's choice of 4 images

Robyn's Fetish - Winner's choice of 5 images or 4 images + 1 paper pack 

Crafter's Companion - The Boxer and Envelobox Creator Bundle with Advanced Techniques DVD

My little bit of inspiration for you this week uses this sweet image from Robyn's Fetish called "There's Snow Place Like Snow Home". As there was not a lot of colouring to do, I paper pieced the heart and added lots of Stickles to add interest. I also used Glossy Accents on the star and his eyes.

Close up of the image and the Stickles.

The snowflakes have been embossed with a gorgeous crystal powder. I coloured one with a Powder Blue Promarker 

Medium - Promarkers and Adirondak "Stonewashed" ink for distressing edges of papers.
Papers - freebie from "Birds Cards"
Snowflakes - cut on my Cricut
Embossing powder - Crystal Sparkle
Stickles - Stardust
Glitter - My Craft Studio "Crystal"
Gems and ribbon - stash
Sentiment - freebie from "When the Scrap Hits the Fun"

So now it's your turn, come join us at DYSU and show us see your snowy creation.  There are some great prizes up for grabs and we have 2 new DT members who I'm sure would love to receive some encouraging comments from you for their first creation for the team.  We also welcome Pauline G who was part of the original team and I am glad to say, has agreed to come back.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant #129 - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions #40 - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #45 - Anything Goes