Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Christmas In July

 Good Morning Everyone

Today is a new challenge starting over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. 

Again this weeks theme is "Anything Goes" and our sponsor is the generous Rick St Dennis

I went with the Christmas theme, as Christmas in July is big at the moment, unfortunately time ran away from me and I haven't been able to create as many Christmas projects as I would have liked.

I printed the image of using my laser printer, if you don't have a laser printer I have been told you can set the image with hairspray before colouring with alcohol markers. I used a selection of promarkers to colour her in. I hate using the reds I can never blend them out, but this combination seems to have worked well. 

To give the frame I cut the largest die from the Opulent Ovals set from Spellbinders this has got to be one of my favourite sets that I have. 

I cut the poinsettia and swirls out using my cricut and layered the flower up to give extra dimension. 

I added distress ink around the frame, red liquid pearls, red bow and a sentiment that was again cut out using the opulent oval set. 

The image is Isabella from Rick St Dennis. 

 I am entering this into the following challenges:-

Scrap Creations - Anything Goes -  13/8
You Can Digi It - Holiday Hullabaloo #41 - 13/8
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes #131 -  6/8
Stamp and Create- Christmas In July - 5/8
Tammy's Scrappin Corner Challenge - Use a digi - 6/8

Thanks for popping in, I hope you are having a great day 
Crafty Hugs

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Happy 1st Birthday

Good Morning Everyone, 

Today is a new challenge starting over at Eclectic Ellapu This weeks theme everyone favourite "ANYTHING GOES" has been selected by the talented Elaine - She has made a wonderful creation using a ceramic welly from the £1 shop. Well worth popping over and having a look. 

 This week I decided to have a go at doing a scrapbook layout for our little relatives 1st birthday party. I seen the layout in a magazine and thought I would have a go at it. however I am not entirely happy with it, so it might get a bit of a tweak. Amazing how you make something and at the time your happy with it, then when you go back to it, your not keen.  Seems to be happening more and more to me at the min, maybe I am just being to picky. 

I have blanked out the little lads face (can't be to careful these days can you) 

This is the first page of a double layout, I will show the second page later in the week

The challenges I am entering this into are:-
Designs By Lisa Somerville: Bloggers Challenge They say it is your birthday 2/8
Crafts for Eternity R#134- Anything Goes -2/8
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes - 2nd entry - 1/8
Five Simple Things- Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes113 -2/8
Simply Create Too: Challenge #42 - Anything Goes -2/8

Thanks for stopping bye. 
See you soon
Crafty Hugs

Friday, 26 July 2013

Recipe Challenge

Good Morning Everyone, 

Today is a new challenge over at Pattie's Creations Challenge Blog - This week we have three new DT members joining us :-)

This weeks theme is Recipe - Use at least 3 of an embellishment from the list. Buttons, Charms, Flowers, Gems/Pearls, Ribbon or Sentiment.

 The image I used was Glamour Girl which you can get here

 To create the card I used the Grand Nestabilities Label 23 - The largest die. 
I then used my mask from Splodge Away and embossed it then used a yellow distress ink and inked through the mask to give the embossing colour whilst the background stays white. To finish the card of I added yellow flowers, yellow and polka dot ribbon, gems and white liquid pearls around the image. The image was coloured in using my promarkers and for a change I used the yellow section.

 The Challenges I am entering this into are:-
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes With Ribbon - 1/8
Milk Coffee Challenge - Emboss It  - 1/8
Diva By Design - Anything Goes -31/7
Cuttlebug Mania - Shaped Card -31/7
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes - 30/7

That is it for me for now. 
I will be back on Sunday with another  new card. 
Thank you again for popping in and having a look around the blog, and as always all comments are greatly appreciated 

Crafty Hugs

Monday, 22 July 2013

Anniversary Time - Good News

 Good Afternoon Everyone, 

Just For Fun
New Challenge Blog
Firstly the good news, I was asked by Elaine from Just For Fun Challenge blog if I would like to be part of her new design team for her new challenge blog, and of course I couldn't say no now could I. The first challenge starts on the 1st of August and the prize for this challenge is beautiful, make sure you pop back soon for more details :-)

Now onto the card. I celebrated my 4th year Wedding Anniversary on the 11th July, and the card I have for you is the card I made my hubby. I was trying not to do over cute but also to do romantic, I really struggled with this card this year for some reason.

Anyway I am pleased with the end results. I decided to make the card blank using one of my hubbies fav shapes, he really likes the cards that are made using the Grand Nesties Label 1 so thought I would make his with it. Next I used one of the new embossing folders he bought me from Sue Wilson, and this one was cascading hearts (another of his favorite) I used a Sarah Kay image and coloured it in using promarker and flex markers. The sentiment is from I believe a popcorn bear stamp plate, from Crafters Companion. The die cut around the sentiment is from Spellbinders and again one of my hubbies fav shapes. I finished the card with a piece of white ribbon and bow, three pieces of Card Candi, I went around the image with white liquid pearls and added a "pearl" using the same technique on the embossed background, and finally a heart that was cut from my cricut machine and embossed then using my gilding wax I highlighted the embossing, another of my hubbies fav techniques. 

My hubby is very supportive of my crafting and he isn't afraid to give his opinion on something be in positive or negative, so I liked using his fav techniques to make his card. He was over the moon with it.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges. 

613 Avenue Create #29-Anything Goes - 29/7
Digi Design Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary/Congratulations - 3/8
Hiding In My Craftroom - Freestyle - 27/7
Little Claire's - Wedding/Anniversary Theme -  17/8
I Love Promarkers- Anything Goes - 24/7

 Thank you for popping in and taking the time to have a look around the blog and as always all comments good or bad are really appreciated and I take the time to read each and every one of them.

Crafty Hugs

Friday, 19 July 2013

Picked as Star Card

Morning Everyone, 

Just a quick note to let you all know that 

I was very lucky to log onto LEJ Designs blog to find that my monochromatic Christmas card had been picked as one of their star cards. 

It really is nice to get picked from so many enteries. 

Thanks to the DT for picking me 

I will be back soon with a new card for you and some more exciting news.

Crafty Hugs

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Have a Waggy Day

Good Morning Everyone. 

Hope you are all well. 

Today is another challenge over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

This weeks challenge is again "anything goes" and we are being sponsored by Creative Bugs

Now due to family commitments, this card was a bit last minute, and is very simple but I think you will still like it. 

So to start of with I coloured my image in using promarkers and then cut it out using Spellbinders "opulent ovals" I used a very faint gilding wax around the edge of the die, but I  could not get it to photograph which is frustrating.  For the hat I coloured it in blue and used sakura gelly roll pens to glitter the stars up.
I backed the card in a vibrant stripe background of red, yellow white and blue.
The border was cut using spellbinders border dies and then embossing using an embossing folder.
I matted a layer of white ribbon and a bow to give dimension. I could the corners using Cherry Lynn Designs Die - Lace Corner Deco A.
To finish the card I stamped a sentiment cut it out using a smaller die from the opulent oval dies, I added two gems either side of the dog and three pieces of card candi red, white and blue.

Like I said the card is simple but can't be helped.

The challenges I am going to enter this into are:-
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes # 97 -  23/7
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes - 23/7
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes # 156 - 23/7

Thanks for hopping past.

See you soon
Crafty Hugs

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Gnome Place Like Home

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Today's card is a card I have done for the challenge of metal magic over at Crafty Bloggers Network. Today is another round of Design Team Inspiration, and this is what I have to show.

Isn't he a cutie pie! 

Again the sponsor is Lacy Sunshine. 

To make the card I have used the digi stamp Boozy Brian. 
To create the background I used stamps from Gnome Rabbit from the Messy Rabbit I stamped the little house in brown distress in and inked the rocks in green to stick with the brown and green theme. 
The sentiment is from the Messy Rabbit stamp set. Which I have cut using the Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die. 

Hope you can pop over to the blog, you still have time to join in with this months challenge "metal magic"

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Created with Love Challenges - Anything Goes 20/7

Have a great day

Crafty Hugs

Monday, 15 July 2013

Messy Rabbit Anniversary Wishes

Good Morning 

This is the card I made for this weeks challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu

It was my turn to host the challenge and I decided as all the summer flowers were starting to come out that I would make the theme "flowers"

 This card is also one I made for my brother to give to our parents for their wedding anniversary.

I have used Messy Rabbit for the image and coloured with promarker pens. I inked the edges of the die cut. 

I created handmade flowers and added these to the card for dimension. The corner dies have been cut in red card and then waxed using gilding wax. 

The Card
The Flowers
The corners

The Topper

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Creative Corner Challenge - #27 Anything Goes - 18/7
Sister Act Card Challenge - #15 - Anything Goes 19/7
Totally Papercrafts Challenge - #175 - All of a flutter 19/7

Hope you like and thanks again for stopping bye.

Crafty Hugs
Kelly xxx

Friday, 12 July 2013

Monochromatic Christmas

Good Morning Everyone, 

Hope you are all well. I can not believe it is Friday already this week has gone so quickly. 

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Pattie's Creation Design Challenge Blog. 

This weeks theme is Monochromatic 

For this challenge I used Pattie's cute little Pearl the Penguin .. Isn't he delightful. You can buy him from Pattie's store here

I coloured the image in using promarkers, it was my first attempt at doing sepia and it was hard to work with just the three/four pens that I had selected, having to step away from the usual pink/purples was a task in it's self. 

Hope you like him. .

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Fab "n" Funky - Christmas in July- 16/7
Inky Impressions - Christmas In July - 16/7
Little Red Wagon - Monochrome - 16/7
Paper Pretties - Monochromatic PWC266 - 15/7
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in July 16/7
LEJ Designs - Christmas in July 15/7
Paper Minutes - Anything Goes  16/7
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas In July 18/7

Thanks for popping in and saying hello, any comments are greatly appreciated. 

Crafty Hugs

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Anniversary Time Again

Good Evening Everyone, 

I hope you are all well. 

Today's card is a wedding anniversary card I made for my parents for their anniversary last week. They celebrated their 32nd anniversary. 

The card I have is a 7 3/4 inch by 7 3/4 inch easel card. 

The coloured sections are coloured using promarker pen Turquoise. I also coloured my ribbon and hat pins in to match. 

The cuts were created from my cricut machine. I layered up the card with some sections plain, some embossed using an embossing folder some coloured some white. 

To finish the card I added "Happy Anniversary" and gems in various spots on the card

I do hope you like it. 

Here is the card 


 I am putting this card in for the following challenges
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes - 15/7
Love to Create Challenge - Ribbon and Bling - 15/7
Make It Monday - Anything Goes 15/7
Melonheadz Friends - Emboss It Challenge - 21/7
A Gem of a Challenge #87 - Lots of Layers - 12/7

Thanks for popping in 

Crafty Hugs

Monday, 8 July 2013

New Design Team - Inspiration Monday CBN

Good Morning Everyone, 

Today I have for you a card I have created for my first challenge with my new Design Team. The Crafty Blogger Network.

This months theme is "metal magic" basically use anything metal or looks metal i.e. brads/eyelets/charms

The sponsor of this months theme is 

Lacy Sunshine  offers  beautiful original and imaginative  digital stamps  for all your papercrafting needs.  All images from Lacy Sunshine are  hand  drawn and designed by  myself, Heather Valentin, a professional artist, muralist and  illustrator  and my dad, professional artist, G.P.

"I am one  who loves creating timeless pieces from my heart and  soul, creating an extraordinary world filled with magic and whimsical friends.... one drawing at a time.  Come  journey with me now into my  world of pur imagination". 

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Heather has kindly donated a $20 gift certificate for the lucky winner.

Here is my inspiration I hope you like

I am putting this card into the following challenges:-

One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes -12/7
Paper Creators Crafts Challenge - Think Pink - 12/7
Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Anything Goes - 21/7
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Anything Goes - 1/8
ABC Challenge - Q for Quite A Few - 15/7

Thank you for popping in and once again any comments that are left are greatly appreciated.

Crafty Hugs

Friday, 5 July 2013

Anniversary Wishes.

Good Afternoon Everyone, 

How are you all today? A quick belated Happy Fourth of July to all my American Friends. Hope you all had a fab day, we don't celebrate it as a country here but my family always have a celebration as it is my parents wedding anniversary. 

The card I am showing you today was created for my husbands dad to give to his wife for their wedding anniversary.

The card was created using a a4 piece of card folded to create an easel effect the main part of the card was cut using a Marianne Creatables Anja Large Oval Die Cutting and Embossing Stencil, with the champagne glasses, flowers and leaf embellishments cut using the Cricut machine.  To give additional texture I ran an embossing folder over the cream card.

 I am entering the card into the following challenges. 

 4 Crafty Chicks - #149 Dry Embossing - 11/7
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything But A Square Card  11/7
Crafts and Me Challenge - Anything Goes  - 18/7
Creative Moments - Challenge 20 - Flowers -  10/7
Fab 'N' Funky - #178 - Anything but Square - 10/7

Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Crafty Hugs

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Morning Everyone, 

A quick message to say thank you to my new followers and a thank you to everyone who leaves comments, they really do mean a lot and I hope by popping in I give you lots of inspiration. 

Any how on to today's card.  As you know last week I announced I had been selected to join the new Design Team over at The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog we had our design team hop held over six days to introduce everyone. Well today is the first challenge I have with them. 

The theme for this challenge is "Anything Goes" 

Our sponsor for this week is Rick St Dennis. 

The card I made is using one of Ricks Images called "Mae" isn't she lovely. I coloured her in slightly different to what others have I gave her a pale pink top, where others have left it as a basque with more skin showing, just shows how different people take the image differently and it shows that one image can be used in two different ways depending upon whom the recipient is. 

To embellish the card I used a mixture of handmade flowers and flowers that were purchased many moons ago and were in my stash. The pink ribbon is stuck on over the edge of the lace to give extra detail and two hat pins have been pushed in behind the image. To give the card even more texture I added a white feather behind the image. I completed the card with a corner die cut using my cricut machine and three pink gems on the edge along with a pink gem in the center of her top. 

The challenges I am entering my card into are:-

Scrap-Creations - Ribbon and Bow -  9/7
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes - 9/7
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes -8/7
Craft Dee Bowz - July Challenge - Anything with A Bow - End July
Created with Love - One For The Girls -  6/7
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Lets Get Girly -  8/7

That is it for me don't forget to pop over to The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog to take part in this weeks challenge. 

Crafty Hugs

Monday, 1 July 2013

Picked as A Top Pick

Good Morning Everyone, 

Just wanted to pop in to let you all know that I was lucky enough to be picked in the Top Pick Selection at Come and Get it Challenge. This was for the challenge of 3,2,1. and I am so pleased as I really wasn't sure about the card as it wasn't my normal style. 

Here is the card and I copied what the Design Team had to say about it as well. 

This weeks theme is Masculine over at Come and Get it Challenge. 

Thanks for stopping bye and for letting me share my news with you all 

Crafty Hugs