Friday, 5 February 2016

Chinese New Year & Puppy Love Tag

Hello, friends!It's Friday ... woohoo! I have a couple projects to show you. First up is a Chinese New Year card I made for a couple of friends. They've invited us over to join them in a Reunion Dinner. We're only too happy (and greedy!) to share in their festivities. We're taking a couple of bottles of something red  auspicious and rather delicious) to accompany this card featuring Clearly Besotted's Fabulous Fuchsia stamps and dies by.

I only have one small stamp set with an Oriental flavour. (Yes! I don't understand the lapse either!) The red lantern is from my orphan set is called Asian Gardens Additions by Waltzing Mouse. I gave it a golden glittery glow with Wink of Stella Gold Brush Tip Glitter and popped up the fuchsia  buds on some foam tape. There's the usual Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip Glitter everywhere else, a few tiny gold bling and it's done.
CASology #183: Glitter
Time Out Challenge #49: Inspired by Words - Love Is A Flower You've Got To Let Grow
Addicted to CAS #80: Code Word - RED


Next is my offering for this fortnight's Tag You're It Challenge #40, inspired by Jen Mitchell's work of art. I'm working with Jen's colour combo and a some of her design elements including the heart, sentiment and pink twine. I layered 2 tags used a TCW Chicken Wire did some stencilling with TH Tattered Rose.

These adorable pups are from Lawn Fawn's Critters in The Dog Park.

Tag You're It #40: Jen Mitchell's tag
Lawnscaping #123: Sending Love
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Have A Heart

That's all from me today. We have a load of eating planned for the weekend. Hope yours will be just as fulfilling. (Did I mention that gluttony is a lifestyle choice for me?!). Thank you so much for stopping by!



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

MHKDesigns February Sneak Peek

Hello, friends! I'm on the MHKDesigns blog today sharing a card I made using one of my favorite MHKDesigns Digi stamp. Here's a little sneak peek:

Want to see more? Check it out over at MHKDesigns blog.

Thank you for stopping by and have an AMAZING day!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #279: Piece It Together

Good morning, friends! Time for a new theme over at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  This week were are playing "Piece It Together" and we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish. I picked this stamp called "Poinsettia Basket" and made a birthday card by piecing together some scrap patterned paper.

I stumbled upon (literally!) a very very old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye and used some bits of scraps for the flowers, basket and bow. As for the itty bitty leaves - attempting to paper-piece those would have landed me in an asylum. They got the Copic treatment, instead. By dressing up the poinsettias in a  non-festive outfit, we can use them all year 'round!
Avenue 613 #161: AG + Twist Add Stash Item - scrap paper and ribbon
CAS On Sunday #75: Paper Piecing
Dragonfly Journeys #42: Pretty In Pink
Creative Knockout #126: Birthday Wishes

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Piece It Together". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, February 8th.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Chocolate Baroque: Spring Daffodils

Good morning, fellow chocoholics. Are you ready for Spring? To get you in the mood,  here's a card I made using stamps from the Spring Bird - Daffodils DL sheet. The colours are fresh and light - the perfect palette for these vernal blooms.

For the background I used  The Crafters Workshop Tie Dye stencil and Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. The greeting is also from the Spring Bird - Daffodils set,  stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue.

I stamped the daffodils with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them with Graph'It alcohol markers before fussy cutting and adhering them to the inked background. For the all important sparkle, I applied Glitter Yellow and Glitter Green from the Wink Of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker Pretty Garden set, with a touch of the Gold Glitter marker to add depth to the flowers. To finish the project: a bow tied with some sheer blue ribbon.
Craft DeeBowz #34 February: AG With Handmade Bow
Our Crafty Corner #6: AG
Cards und More #151: AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Ray of Sunshine
Crafting When We Can #111: Celebrating Any Occassion

That's my spring inspired project for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day. I'll be back in a bit with another floral card. Have an fabulous day, friends!



Monday, 1 February 2016

Eclectic Ellapu February: With Love

Welcome to Eclectic Ellapu's first challenge of the year. As always Team Pink and Team Purple are playing together, but in their respective sandpits. It's  "Love Actually" for the Pinkies and the Purplies are making "Gift Bags / Boxes".

This is also the card I sent to Agata in Switzerland for the January 2016 Card Chain Challenge. I made my card based on the sketch and the Valentine's Day / Friendship theme. The floral stamps and dies are by Clearly Besotted. The chevron border is a die by WRMK.

Here's a close-up of the flowers and leaves stamped and cut with Clearly Besotted's Fancy Florals (now discontinued). I used foam tape for dimension and finished the card with a few bling. The patterned paper is from First Edition's Love Letter paper pad.
Uniko Challenge: AG With Love Twist
Just Us Girls #328 Tic Tac Toe - Die cuts + Stamps + Flowers
Addicted To Stamps #119: AG
Avenue 613 Challenge #161: AG With Stash Twist - from stash: patterned paper and stamps

Now it's your turn to create and link up your labour of love over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. Remember, we have 2 concurrent challenges: "Love Actually" for the Pink Team and "Gift Bags / Boxes" for the Purple Team. You can enter one or both challenges as many times as you wish, but make sure you link up your projects by 11:59pm UK on 29 February 2016.


My second card is also inspired my Valentine's Day, but this one is quite the opposite - it's CAS and masculine. I know! It's unprecedented! The background paper is from Papermania's Linen Capsule Collection. I stamped the woodgrain panel with Lawn Fawn's Woodgrain Backdrop and VersaFine Toffee ink on light kraft cardstock. This piece is hangs a little over the card base, mounted on foam tape. The Scripty Love and Hearts are also dies by Lawn Fawn.

The Scripty Love is inlaid into the woodgrain panel. I gave the little hearts with several coats with the Red Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Pen and smothered them with Ranger Glossy Accent.

Lawnscaping #123: Sending Love
Inkspirational #101: Photo Inspiration - love, colours, wood, heart
Sunday Stamps #119: Colour Time!
AAA Cards #57: Love Me Like You Do

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week.



Friday, 29 January 2016

Love Is In The Air

Are you as excited as I am that it's finally Friday?! We're off to Lisbon's biggest Pet Festival this evening. At 21h there's an hour long session dedicated to Labradors. It would be so wrong not to take Charlie to meet his cousins. Peanut is taging along for moral support. And Mummy and Daddy are getting ready to gush and swoon. That's how we roll in Chez Martins! :)

On to the card. It's CAS because ... I'm a sucker for punishment. Clearly Besotted stamps and dies are in play... and a few favourites dies by Lawn Fawn.

I used scrap patterned paper by Basic Grey for the sun and the scripty love. A few green bling, Stardust Stickles, foam tape - and the card is done. That's the short story. I won't tell you how long it too me!

CAS(E) This Sketch #157: Sketch
CASology #182: Adore
ColorQ #326: Colour Swatch

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an amazing weekend!



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #19

Hello, friends and welcome to Chocolate Baroque's first challenge for the year -  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #19. We have a lovely colour swatch for you to use in your projects - four soft pastells. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch, using as much or as little of each colour as you wish.  You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

So here's my project - a watercolour piece.  Did I not tell you that I am hooked on watercolours now! I used stamps from the Patchwork Landscape A5 sheet, VersaFine Smokey Grey ink and Winsor & Newton watercolours on a brand new pad of Canson Watercolour paper. First time using this paper and I'm loving it. If, like me, you love Canson MultiMedia 300gsm paper, you'll love this too
Wonderful Wednesday Jan 27: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Jan 27: AG
Inspiration Destination #70: AG
Creative Card Crew #105: AG
PDE Linky Party #107: AG
Simon Says Work It Wednesday Jan 2016

Challenge #19 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 16th February 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th February 2016. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - I really do appreciate for sweet comments. Have an amazing day and I'll see you again in a day or so. Take care and stay warm!


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

ATSM #178: Holiday

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is my favourite - Holiday. Our sponsor this week is DRS Designs Rubber Stamps.

I've used two images by DRS Designs to make my card: the Snow Globe and inside it I have the Triple Tree with Snow. I coloured the images with Graph'It alcohol markers, fussy cut and popped it up on foam tape. The patterned paper is from Papermania's Country Christmas 6x6 pad. I heat embossed the sentiment in red onto a piece of vellum.

And no Christmas card of mine will be complete without a sprinkling of sparkles, I did not hold back on the Stardust Stickles and Distress Rock Candy Glitter.
A Snowflake's Promise #15: AG Christmas or Winter
Deep Ocean Challenge #121: Winter Wonderland
Through The Craft Room Door Jan 26: AG

So now it's your turn to link up your project at Addicted To Stamps and More. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.


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