Friday, July 29, 2011

DCM - Cute As A Button

It's Friday! and another fun dare has been set over at Daring Cardmakers by Sharon, with her very first dare. She has asked us to create a card using buttons - but hold on, it's not that simple, oh no. Sharon wants us to use buttons in the main feature of your card, not just as an added embellishment in the corner.

Here is my card...

I love the Baby Button Stamp Set by PTI and was inspired by one of Debbie Olson's cards using the same stamp. (Will try and add a link to the actual card).

Isn't that little bee adorable!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Echo Park Springtime
Stamps - PTI Baby Buttons Stamps
Ribbon - 16mm Grosgrain Dots Yellow from the ribbon reel
Other - Buttons from stash, Promarkers pastel yellow


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WMSC #57

It's week #57 at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and they have given us a super sketch to use. Here is my card....

and here is the sketch it was based on....Link
Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill, Kraft, White
Stamps - WMS 'Say It Loud' set
Other - PTI Love Lives Here Dies


Monday, July 25, 2011

TRR Challenge #7 'Chantilly Lace' Colour Challenge

It was the lovely Debbie's turn to set this fortnight's challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog and what an absolutely wonderful challenge it is.

Debbie has chosen this stunning inspiration photo...

...and has asked us to create a card or project inspired by the photo using

Here is my card...

I'd meaning to create some ribbon roses for a few weeks and decided that this card would look perfect with one.

I used a length of pink silky crush wired ribbon to create my rose and hot glued a pink pearl brad at the centre. Our design teamie, Clare Buswell, recently shared a tutorial to create a ribbon rose on her blog.

I couldn't wait to use my new Backroom Door stamps and opted for the Wildflower set, inked in PTI Fresh Snow on to kraft cardstock.

I had so much fun with this challenge and if time permits, I will definitely be making another one or two projects.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME and Kraft
Ribbon - 16mm Natural Crochet lace, 10mm blue velvet ribbon from the ribbon reel
Flower - Pink Silky Crush wired ribbon from the ribbon reel
Stamps - Darkroom Door 'wildflower vol 1 ' stamp set from the ribbon reel (coming soon)
Other - Pink Pearl brad from stash, green leaf trinket pins from the ribbon reel


Sunday, July 24, 2011

TRR#6 Sketch Layout

I never seem to find time to scrap my photos these days and I have an absolute ton of them! I thought I'd use the sketch over at The Ribbon Reel and create a layout. Unfortunately, my mojo seems to be missing but this is what I managed to create late last night!

I need to try hard to add more layers to my projects, its something I need to start practising. I'm not totally happy with this layout but it only took me 20 minutes to put together!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill, Fancy Pants
Ribbon - Blue Silky Crush Wired, Natural Button Twine and White Crochet lace from The Ribbon Reel
Flower - Cornflower Blue Gardenia Blossom from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Kaiserkraft Rub On, Washi Tape, Blue Button from stash


Wish You Were Here....

This week's dare at the Daring Cardmakers has been set by Lynda and she has chosen:


As it's Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere (although you could actually disagree with that sometimes with the mix of weather we get here in the UK) and the kid's will be starting their Summer Break from School. I'd like to see what's your idea of the perfect getaway destination. Is it a Sandy Beach, a Tropical Paradise, Camping/Caravaning, Countryside or even a City Break! What takes your fancy?

Here is my card:

We have no holiday plans for this year but I'd love to visit Paris one day and see the Eiffel Tower!

I used baby pink seam binding, pink heart trinket pins and a 40mm Hybrid Tea Rose from the ribbon reel.

Don't forget to check out what my other Design Teamies have created for inspiration this week.

Supplies used:
Cardstock & Images - EP Be Mine
Ribbon - Pink Seam Binding from the ribbon reel
Flower - 40mm Hybrid Tea Rose from here
Other - Heart Trinket Pins from here


Thursday, July 21, 2011

WMS #56

This week seems to have flown by and tomorrow is the boys last day at school before they break up for the summer holidays. So instead of putting together teacher cards and gifts, I decided to enter the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge this week!

Here is my card:

turned the sketch on its side to create my card. I used the Very Vintage Labels no. 18 and the 'friend' sentiment is from the Say It Loud set.

I tried really hard not to use one of these Gardenia blossoms on this card but just couldn't resist!! I was going to use my sewing machine to stitch the pink and blue papers but when I took it out to use, noticed the foot had disappeared and I have no idea when or where it went to.

and here is the sketch:

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Papermania
Stamps - WMS Say It Loud and WMS Very Vintage Labels no. 18
Ribbons - 32mm pink silk and 16mm natural crochet lace from the ribbon reel
Flower - Pink Gardenia blossom from the ribbon reel
Other - Nesties


Friday, July 15, 2011

It's very p-interesting!

Happy Friday everyone! That means that there is a new dare over at the Daring Cardmakers and this week is Nat's turn to dare. As the title suggests we're looking to Pinterest for some inspiration!

If you don't know what Pinterest is, check out the blurb here for more info. We want to spread some Pinterest love this week - because the joy of Pinterest is discovering new sources of inspiration!

So the dare this week is to create a card using a "pin" for inspiration. We want to see what inspired your creation so make sure you include the original "pin" (ideally using the handy Embed feature that appears to the right of the image on Pinterest) alongside your card project in your blog post. If you're not a member of Pinterest you can still play along - you can either browse/search Pinterest for inspiration and still embed the "pin" in your blog post or simply share whatever pic you have used as inspiration for your card. Either way please remember to give credit where credit's due.

Here is the pin I chose as inspiration:

Source: via Keilly on Pinterest

and this is what I created:

I was inspired by the colours in this photo. It depicts underwater life as it would have been a few thousand years ago. The 'flowers' pictured are actually sculpted representations of Crinoids aka Sea Lilies, beautiful marine invertebrates (spineless animals) related to starfish and sea urchins.

I didn't have any flowers the same colour as the photo so I used a 40mm white rose and a 25mm Hybrid Tea Rose and spritzed with Crushed Shells then Peach Delight Glimmer Mist. After water spraying my seam binding, I lightly covered with the Crushed Shells, scrunched and let it air dry before tying it into a double bow.

Remember to check out the Design Team's blogs so you can see what pics inspired their cards!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Prima Botanical,
AWIP Village Fair Digi Papers
Stamps - WMS Say It Loud, WMS Holiday Labels 14,
Ribbons - Ivory Crochet Lace, Iced Lime Seam Binding from
the ribbon reel
Flowers - 40mm White Rose and 25mm White Hybrid tea rose from the ribbon reel
Other - Nesties, Black Staz On, Glimmer Mist Crushed Shells and Peach Delight, Green Leaf Pins from here


Thursday, July 14, 2011

* I made the TSTR Top 3 *

LinkI am very excited and honoured to have been nominated 'Top 3' at The Shabby Tea Room for week #69 for my red, white and blue card. Thank you :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #55

Here's my card for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #55.

We had to follow the sketch below:

I managed to sneak this in before my lunchtime school run to collect my youngest son.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Prima Botanical
Stamps - WMS Say It Loud
Ribbon - 16mm Natural Crochet Lace, 10mm Blue Velvet, Natural Button Twine from
the ribbon reelFlower - Cornflower Blue Gardenia Blossom flower from the ribbon reelOther - Buttons from stash, Nesties


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TSTR #70 Flower Power

I made a cute litte door hanger for a friend and wanted to enter it into this weeks challenge #70 Flower Power over at The Shabby Tea Room using the inspiration photo below plus use colours pink, red and white and flowers.

Here is my door hanger:


Monday, July 11, 2011

The Ribbon Reel Challenge #6 - Sketch It

It's my turn to host this fortnight at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog and I have asked that you use the sketch below...

....PLUS use ribbon / lace or twine!

Here is my card:

I am slowly building my collection of Waltzingmouse Stamps and have also purchase new nesties to match!

I've used this absolutely gorgeous white 40mm hybrid tea rose from the ribbon reel store, I am just in love with these large roses!

Don't forget to check out what the other ribbon girls have created as inspiration for you.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Websters Pages
Ribbon - 38mm Ivory Crochet Lace, 16mm Natural Lace, Iced Lime Seam Binding and 25mm Toffee Satin
Flowers - 40mm White Hybrid Tea Rose, 25mm Light Rosy Baby Pink Hybrid Tea Rose
Stamps - WMS Very Vintage Labels 18, Say It Loud
Other - Nesties


Friday, July 08, 2011

Pack Your Suitcase

This week seems to have flown by and time for another dare at the Daring Cardmakers. It's Rein's turn this week and her dare is


and has asked us to use a suitcase in any way you like on your card.

It could be what you put in your suitcase when you're off travelling, or it could be any sort of suitcase. Old, new, shiny or battered.

We had a few issues with the Inlinkz code which prevented lots of people being unable to add their links. So...... we've decided to roll-over our prize draw and include all the cards entered for this week's challenge too!

So for another week, donated by our sponsor online store Crimson Cloud.

Click HERE to visit the Crimson Cloud online store

we have this lovely cardmaking kit for one very lucky winner:
There are only 3 rules for entering our random draw:
1. Make a card for our challenge and link it back to here
2. Show it on your blog and add links to tell everyone about Crimson Cloud and The Daring Cardmakers
3. You may only enter your card for 5 other challenges

Here's my card for this weeks challenge:

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Fancy Pants
Image - Suitcase from Quirkytwerp Digi Kit
Ribbons - Cameo Beige seam binding and Ivory Crochet Lace from the ribbon reel
Fonts - Travelling Typewriter and SF Happiness
Other - Cherry Blossom & Memo Pin from here, chipboard heart and star from Fancy Pants


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Moleskine Notebooks

Our local school is holding their summer fete this Saturday and I decided to take a stall to sell some of my recent handmade items.

These cute little moleskine notebooks are ideal for making notes, journalling or even sketching.

I'm in the process of organising my paperwork and came up with the idea to use pegs. I thought this is something that everyone could use to get a little more organised and decorated them with paper, paint and flowers!


TSTR #69 Happy 4th July

I haven't had the time to join in the fun at The Shabby Tea Room for a couple of months and finally managed to squeeze this card in. We had to create a card using the inspiration photo and the colours red, white and blue!

Here is my card:-

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Kraft, Apple Digi Paper from Pink Petticoat
Ribbons - Blue/White Grosgrain and White Guipure from the ribbon reel
Flowers - 40mm Rose from the ribbon reel, small roses from stash
Stamps - Say it Loud Waltzingmouse Stamp
Other - Nesties, Doily


Friday, July 01, 2011


As this is the first Dare of the month over at the Daring Cardmakers, we're looking to the flowers associated with the new month of July for our card-making inspiration:

the Larkspur and the Water Lily

We are also being sponsored by Link
Click HERE to visit the Crimson Cloud online store

and we have a wonderful prize to offer you this week. This lovely set of card making goodies is being offered by Crimson Cloud,

And here is my card:

I took the easy option and went for the waterlily flower, although I have no related stash so had a go at making my own.

The nearest flower punch I had was a large daisy. I punched three daisies in white cardstock, curled the edges of two of them with a pen then layered them on top of each other. The top daisy punch I just pushed the petals in a little more and then added a little yellow rose as the centre.

I'd also like to enter this into Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #17 using the following sketch

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Fancy Pants, Kraft, White
Flowers - yellow roses from stash
Other - Lil Buddies sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps, Nesties, PTI ink