Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Someone Special - Lothian Crafts Monthly Challenge

The theme for this months challenge at Lothian crafts  is a card for someone special and there is a great prize to be won.

For my DT card I decided to get inky and have a break from all those Christmas cards. I created the background using distress inks (Worn lipstick, faded denium and dusky concord) on watercolour card, blending them with cut and dry foam. I then stamped a tulip image from a Joanna Sheen stamp plate onto water coulured card and coloured with Distress inks - Barn door, marigold and Pine Needles. I then tore around the image and painted it with Rock Candy crackle paint.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Another Christmas card and a birthday card

This card uses stamps from the Crafters Companion Adorables stamp plate playing. The main characters were stamped first in black soot distress ink and then masked whilst the trees were stamped using Brushed Corduroy distress ink. The characters have been coloured in with ProMarkers and glitter added to the trees and ground. The backing paper was made using a snowflake brayer, waterfall big n juicy ink and cosmic shimmer mists.

Challenges Covered:
Polly craft challenge - Glitter Christmas
Creative inspirations - Winter Woodland

The second card in this posting is a birthday card using forever friends decoupage and backing paper. The cupcake and the number 7 are from the cute comapnions birthday stamp plate and have been coloured with ProMarkers. 
Challenge covered:
Forever friends challenge - Chocolate / Cake


Nearly finished the christmas cards now...this card uses a snowman, dog and cute mouse stamp from the same Joanna Sheen stamp plate and backing papers from my stash. The images have been stamped with black soot Distress Ink and coloured with ProMarkers. The dog and mouse were stamped first and then masked before stamping the snowmen.


Challenges Covered:
I love promarkers  - Snowmen
Ellephantastic challenges - Christmas

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas Robin

This card is for the current challenge over at CD Sunday , where the theme this week is 'Natural World' and they have a great prize to be won. The image and backing paper is from the Joanna Sheen CD - Times Gone by.

Christmas - Think Pink

This card is inspired by the current challenges over at Sunday sketch and stamp, which has a sketch to follow this fortnight, (couldn't believe it but I actually won the previous fortnights challenge) and Creative Inspirations, which is 'Pink Christmas'.

The stamp is from Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit colection, which I have coloured using ProMarkers and the backing paper is from the CC adorables CD

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Christmas card - sketch and doodles

I made this card following the sketch for the current challenge at Crafts 4 eternity and you also have to add some doodling so I edged the papers with faux affect stitching using a black pen. The papers are from the Crafter's Companion Adorables cd and the image and boarders are from my Christmas stash.

I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Pollycraft , where the theme is doodling.

Quick and Easy Christmas card

This is the theme for the current challenge at Polka doodle .
This card uses the tree stamp for the Crafter's Companion Adorables stamp plate - Playing. I stamped the image twice using distress ink - Pine Needles and blended the colour out a little with a damp brush. I then added some glitter to the trees and layered the image onto some green card and then onto silver mirror board. A sentiment strip was also mounted onto silver mirri and added to the bottom of this A6 card.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

A different Christmas card

Been having a play with the new embossing powders from Sheena Douglass. I've used a stag and branch stamp from a Creative Expressions stamp plate.
The stag has been stamped with versamark onto black cardstock and embossed using the holographic powder, this gives a purple effect on black card. I then stamped the branch several times with Versamark and embossed with the fine white powder. The image has then been mattered onto white card and then blue mirror board. To finish the card I added a blue mirror board strip, punched snowflakes and greeting emboseed agani using the fine white powder.

Challenges entered:
One stop craft challenge - embossing
The Stampman  - Christmas


The current challenge at both I love promarkers and Crafty calendar challenge is 'Snowflakes' and I made this card with that theme in mind. This card uses snowflake backing paper from Crafters Companion Adorables CD and the main image uses a snowman stamp from Joanna Sheen. The image was stamped onto Neenah card and coloured with ProMarkers, then mattered onto green and purple cardstock. Striped green paper was cut into triangles for the corners and I used a snowflake punch to create the snowflakes in the corners.

I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Pollycraft , which the theme is 'It's chill time'.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Lothian Crafts Monthly Challenge

As it's the first of the month there's a new monthly challenge over at Lothian Crafts - this is my DT card. There's a sketch to follow for the theme and great candy to be won.

For my card I used one of Joanna Sheen's frame stamps, which I've embossed with Sheena Douglass 'wow' embossing powders in black. The flower is also a JS stamp coloured with ProMarkers. I've used a DCWV paper for the background and the flowers have been cut out of some pattern paper I had in my stash and Stickles added t the centre.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Easel Card

This easel card uses a frame stamp from Joanna Sheen (that i've had for ages, but for some reason never used!) for the main image. The frame has been embossed using Sheena Douglass 'Wow' embossing powders in black. The flower is also a Joanna Sheen stamp from one of  the Jane Netley Meyhew stamp ranges, which I stamped with black soot Distress ink and coloured with ProMarkers. I've found that Black Soot Distess ink works really well with ProMarkers and the image can be coloured staright away with no bleeding of the distress ink.

The inside edge of the frame has also been colured with ProMarkers, but I inked the outer edge and the edge of the sentiment with Big N Juicy waterfall ink.

The backing paper is from MSC Tattered lace CD, which I added glitter to the detail at the bottom. The butterflies were stamped onto the same BP and embossed with white embossing powder.

Challenges covered:
Ellephantastic challenges - Blue
Oldie but a goodie challenge - add a butterfly
Just inspirational challenges  - a shaped card

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Autumn Leaves

Just loving the new Sheena Douglass stamps and this card uses stamps from the leaves stamp plate. I added distress inks: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles and Shabby Shutters onto white card using cut n dry foam. This was then spritzed with Cosmic shimmer mists Golden Mint and Ancient Copper and then I stamped the leaves and acorns onto it.

Challenges covered:
Creative Inspirations  - Brown, Sage and Cream
the stampman challenges  -Cards for Men
Polka doodle - Autumn
Crafty sentiments - Male theme
One stop craft challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, 18 October 2010

White Christmas

This card follows the sketch from the current challenge at Sunday sketch and stamp. The main image is stamped from the Joanna Sheen's Giordano Christmas stamps, which I've coloured with ProMarkers. It's also following the theme 'White and White with a coloured image', which is the current challenge at Crafty sentiments. I'm also entering this card into the Pear tree designs challenge where the theme is 'anything goes' and at Just inspirational challenges who have the theme this week of 'a stamped image'.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Another Christmas card for the box!  I've used another image from Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas Creations.
The backing paper is from a Create and Craft kit I bought last year.

Challenge Covered:
Winter Wonderland - Theme - Jesus is the reason for the season

Autumn Leaves

This card uses one of the new Joanna sheen House mouse stamps, which I've coloured in with ProMarkers. The backing paper on the left is from the Joanna Sheen Thomas Kinkade cd and the other paper is from a 12x12 sheet I had in my stash.`

Challenges covered:
Crafty Sentiments - Autumn/fall colours
Pear Tree designs - Autumn
The Stampman challenges  - Autumn
Ellephantastic challenges - Anything Goes

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Canterbury Bell - Good Luck Card

I made this Good Luck card using the Crafter's Companion Flower Fairy's CD. I've used the Canterbury Bell Twisted Pyramage image and some co-ordinating backing paper from the same CD, which I matted and layered. The current challenge at pear tree designs is the theme 'Good Luck', so I'm entering this card.


This card uses a decoupage image from the Joanna Sheen - Giordano Christmas Creations CD. I've matted and layered the image onto some co-ordinating card stock, added some glitter, gems and sentiment to finish the card.

Challenge covered:

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Autumn Birthday

This card uses the Autumn Leaves House Mouse stamp from Joanna sheen, which I've coloured in with ProMarkers. The leaves backing paper is from the Giordano Christmas creations cd and the blue sky/ cloud paper I found in my scrap draw! I've added some ribbon, gems and skeleton leaves to finish the card.

The theme of the card is based on the current sketch challenge at Crafts 4 eternity , which also has the theme 'wacky weather' - well we've certainly had a lot of wind lately blowing the leaves off the trees.
I'm also entering this card at:
Crafty calendar challenge - theme Autumn Birthdays
Stamptacular sunday challenge. - Theme more than 5 layers
Creative Inspirations - Theme Birthdays

Saturday, 2 October 2010


This card uses another one of Joanna Sheen's Giordano Christmas stamps. The image has been coloured with ProMarkers, mattered and layed onto red and green card stock. The backing papers from my christmas paper stash. The sentiment is also from the stamp plate.

Challenges covered:

Creative Inspirations - Christmas in September
Just inspirational challenges - Christmas card
Winter Wonderland - Male Christmas card

Popcorn Anniversary card

I've used one of the Popcorn the Bear romance stamps for the main image of this card, which has been coloured with ProMarkers. It's taken me a while to find the colours I liked for colouring in Popcorn but I'm quite happy with how it's turn out. I used Tan and Blush for the darker bear and Satin and Ivory for the other bear, also Cinnamon for the darker patches on feet and ears. I added some foiled swirly paper to the base card and also stamped 2 flourishes in Versamark and dusted with Cosmic Shimmer Mica.
Pearls have also been added to the flourishes and gems to the sentiment.

Challenges Covered:
Just Cute Bears - Swirls and Bling
I Love Promarkers - Pearls and Swirls
Pear Tree Designs - Celebration
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Pink and Brown

Friday, 1 October 2010

Snowmen and Snowflakes

Just love this snowman image, which is from Joanna sheen. I've coloured the image using ProMarkers and then inked the edge of the card with Waterfall Big N Juicy ink pad. The snowflake paper has been created using a snowflake brayer and Waterfall ink pad.

Challenges entered:
Pollycraft challenge  - No designer paper
One stop craft challenge  - Snowflakes

Lothian Crafts Monthly Challenge

This is my DT card for Lothian crafts monthly challenge. The challenge for October is 'Christmas', so it can be anything you like as long as it is christmas themed and with great candy to be won it's a great reason to get another christmas card made.

I decided to make an easel card shape and use the Skating Santa and Teddy from Joanna Sheen's Giordano Christmas stamp range.
I decided to have a go at braying for the main image: I roughly tore a peice of paper in half at a curve and masked off the top half of my piece of glossy card. I used the blue half of the Waterfall Big N Juicy ink pad to create the lake, which was alos sprayed with Spray and Sparkle. This was then masked off using the other half of the paper i tore and I used the greener end of the Big N Juicy to create the look of grass and then sky. As I used glossy card I stamped the trees in Stazon ink and also the Santa and Teddy. I then stamped the Santa and Teddy again onto some white card and coloured them in with ProMarkers, these were then cut out and layed over the stamped image. This means that you still have the effect of the full stamped image without having to figure out how to cut out some of the fiddly lines.

The image was matted and layered onto co-ordinating paper and mirror board and then onto some white card that I'd inked with the same Big N Juicy ink pad. The border and base paper are from the Crafters Companion CD Adorables. I added a greeting and an extra stamped teddy image, which has been layed onto a mirror board scolloped circle.

Why don't you pop over to Lothian crafts and have a go at this months challenge.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Shopping Fever

The current challenge at Crafty Sentiments is to use your scraps, which is perfect as I'm sure I'm not the only one with an overflowing drawer filled with bits of paper that just can't be thrown away! So all the papers I've used are from my bits and bobs / scrap draw. The main image is from the 'flippin women' range of stamps, which I've coloured with ProMarkers and inked around the edge with Big N Juicy - hydrangea. I've also added a little handbag charm that i've blinged up with some gems.

Challenges covered:
Crafty Sentiments - use your scraps
Oldie but a goodie - Pink and Girly
Ellephantastic challenge - Charming - add a charm

Saturday, 25 September 2010


I've made this card using following the sketch, which is the current challenge at Pear Tree Designs along with adding gems to the project. The main image is from the Crafters Companion / Jayne Nestorenko new cd - Adorables, the backing paper is also from this CD and i've added border, greeting, punched holly and gems from my stash.

I'm also entering this into the challenge at Winter Wonderland, which the theme is red, greeen and holly.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Another Beatrix Potter christmas card

This time I've used a decoupage image from the World of Beatrix Potter CD and added some Stickles glitter glue. As you can enter the special Beatrix Potter challenge at Crafters Companion  as many times as you wish, I'm entering this card also.

Beatrix Potter - Christmas

Here's a card I've made with the Crafter's Companion Beatrix Potter - A Winters Tale free downloads, which are available on their website.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafter's Companion monthly challenge - Beatrix potter challenge
Cupcake craft challenge - Transport

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Beatrix Potter

Here's a card I've made using the Robin image from the Crafter's Companion Peter Rabbit CD-Rom, this is in the framed decoupage section. The front backing paper was made using a background stamp, distress inks and cosmic shimmer mist, the other paper is from the CD-Rom. I've followed the sketch on crafter's companion monthly challenge blog and they also have an extra competition running in which the card has to be made from Beatrix Potter products, so I'm entering this card in both challenges.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Another christmas card

For this card I have used the skating teddy again (i did say that i liked this stamp!).
He's been stamped and coloured in with brushmarker pens and then I used the holly stamp, that is also on this stamp plate, to decorate the edge. I've mounted him onto a scalloped circle that I'd punched holes in and threaded ribbon though (inspired by the spellbinders show on create and craft). The backing papers are just from my Christmas paper stash.

Another christmas card

I'm on a bit of a role now...This card uses an image from the Creative Expressions stamp plate - Winter Wonderland 2. I stamped the main image, masked it and then stamped the trees to create a little scene. The backing paper was created with a snowflake brayer and Big n Juicy Waterfall ink pad. The edges were then inked with the same ink pad.

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Winter Wonderland, the theme in Monochromatic Christmas card.

Trio of skating teddies

I just love this cute image of this skating teddy. It comes from the same Joanna Sheen's Giordano stamp plate as the Santa - see previous post - I can see me using these stamps a lot!

I stamped the central teddy then masked the image and re-stamped twice to create the trio.The image has been coloured in the brushmarkers and I've gone around the edge of the image with Distress Ink - Mustard seed. I've also used this ink pad to create the yellow card that the backing paper has been matted onto.

I'm entering this card it the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - use the colours Blue, Grey and Yellow
Cd Sunday Challenge - CD and stamping - the backing paper is from The Cute Companions Christmas Collection CD-Rom.
Just Cute Bears - Punch it - The snowflakes were created using a punch.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Skating Santa

I've made this card following the sketch at sunday sketch and stamp challenge.
The stamped image is from Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas stamps range and I just love this Santa image. I've coloured him in with Sakura Stardust pens and brushmarkers. The backing papers are from a Christmas kit I got last year from Create and Craft.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Christmas - Shades of Blue

The current challenge over at cd sunday  is 'Shades of Blue'. This card uses an image and backing paper from the cd My Craft Studio - Walk in Winter Wonderland. The backing paper has been sprayed with Crafters Companion spray and sparkle.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Christmas card

The theme for this weeks challenge at I love promarkers is "transport'. It has taken me quite a while to think of something that fits this challenge, but then I remembered this stamp I had from Creative Expressions (part of the Christmas create a scene stamp plate). The image has been stamped, coloured in with ProMarkers and then I've distressed around the edge with Distress ink - Vintage Photo. The background papers are from a kit that I got from Create and Craft last year.
Also, I've entered this card at The stampman challenge as the current challenge theme is 'distress it'.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Another card for today

This card is made using a popcorn Bear floral stamp that I've coloured with watercolour pencils. The spotty backing paper is from a My Minds Eye paper pad. I'm entering this card into the  Just Cute Bears weekly challenge, the current theme is 'lets go dotty'. Although I'm rather late at entering this week as a new challenge starts tomorrow!


The challenges over at cd sunday challenge and Pear tree designs this week are both based on the theme 'animals'. For my card I've used a tiger image from Joanna Sheen CD -  Jayne Netley Meyhew part 2. The background paper was created by brayering a piece of glossy card with a Big and Juicy ink pad (Vibrant Primary) and then I spirtized it with Cosmic Shimmer copper mist. I then stamped over it using an animal print background stamp. The cosmic shimmer can still be seen through the ink, so I think it gives a really great effect.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Messy Dragon

The theme for this weeks challenge at I Love ProMarkers is 'Myth and Magic, so I've decided to use the dragon stamp from Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit range of stamps. The backing papers have been distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink and then brushed over with Perfect Pearls - Patina Gold. I'm also entering this card into the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge where the theme for this week is 'distress it'.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Easel Card

This is my first attempt at an Easel card, I've been meaning to give it a try but never quite got round to it.
The current challenge at The Stampman is an Easel card - anything goes, so I though i would pop on over and enter this card.

Also at cd sunday  this week, the challenge is 'wedding anniversary' - I've used an image and coordinating backing papers from the Romance Popcorn Platinum CD.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

More Butterfly Jewels

Here are 2 more cards made with the Hunkydory kit 'butterfly jewels', this time using the brown and cream colour tones.

Best Wishes

The challenge this week at Pear tree designs is to use the sentiment 'Best Wishes'.
I've stamped and embossed this Giraffe image and colored it in with watercolor pencils. The background has been created using cosmic shimmer mist and edged with distress ink.

Butterfly Jewels

Been having a play today with a kit I got a while ago from Hunkydory called Butterfly Jewels.
Here's a card I've made - just added cardstock, matted the topper onto some paper spritzed with cosmic shimmer mists and edged with distress ink, and added glitter to the butterflys.

This card I'm entering into My Time to Craft Challenge which the theme for this week is Glitter and Glitz

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Sweet Pea

Today's card uses decoupage and coordinating backing papers from the Flower Fairies CD - Sweet Pea.
I'm entering this card into this weeks challenge at cupcake craft challenge, the theme is  2's (2 papers, 2 ribbons, 2 flowers)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Popcorn the Bear

This card uses a popcorn the bear stamp from Crafter's Companion. I've used backing papers from the Popcorn floral CD and added a strip of backing paper, buttons and ribbon from my stash. Popcorn has been colored in with ProMarker's - Ivory, Satin and Cinnamon for Popcorn and Cornflower, Mustard and Pear Green for the flower.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Just Cute Bears : Buttons and Blooms theme
Stamptacular sunday challenge :Buttons and Bows
Crafty sentiments : Use the colors Olive, Light Blue and Tan

Sunday, 15 August 2010

New Cards

Here are my latest cards.

The first one uses an image from a Joanna sheen cd - Giordano Puppies and Kittens, along with backing paper from the cd and 'My Minds Eye'.
I thought I would also use this card for the Sunday CD challenge, the theme this week is buttons and bows.


My second card for today uses an image from another of Joanna Sheen cd's - Jane Netley Mayhew part 2 and backing papers from a 'My Minds Eye' paper pack.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Flippin Men Card


I've made this card using a Flippin men stamp colored in with Promarkers. The sketch is from Sunday sketch and stamp challenge. I'm also using it to enter this weeks challenges at:
I love Promarkers, which is to use acetate on your card,
Pear Tree designs weekly challenge is the theme 'male' .

For the I love Promarkers challenge I stamped the image again on acetate to use it as an overlay and it gives the image a glossy finish.