Wednesday, 4 May 2016

MHKDesigns: Best Friends Fur-ever

Hello, friends! It's my turn to show and tell over at MHKDesigns Blog. This fun little number features an image and sentiment from Fur & Paws which was released in August 2015. It is still one of my favourite sets. You can find it over at MHKDesigns Etsy Store.

I made a masculine card with a travel theme using contrasting patterns - stripes, polkadots, plaid, craft calendar - and a faithful doggie looking forward to meeting up with his best bud. Minimal embellishments - some twine, a few die cut hearts and the card is done.

Here's a closer look at the handsome dog. The bow-tie detail is just too adorable! I applied Wink of Stella Clear Glitter and Glossy accents on the hearts.
Craft Dee Bowz May: AG + Handmade Bow
Crafting By Design: May AG
Inspiration Destination #84: AG
Brown Sugar #196: For the Boys

There you have it! A simple card with a masculine twist that will appeal to dog lovers. The inspiration for this card is from a recent photo I posted on Facebook. Friends, meet my best bud - the love-struck Charlie :D

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!


ATSM #192: Make Your Mark

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week we are playing Make Your Mark and our sponsor is Sami Stamps. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark. Feel free to use pencils, pens, markers, chalks, crayons, paints, stains, inks ... whatever takes your fancy.

Here's my offering, a girlie lacy pearly birthday card showcasing Sami's image called Little One. Lots of pink - not an easy colour for me. To really amp up the girlie-ness, I threw in a doily, pink pearls and some sheer white ribbon tied in a bow.

And to make my mark, I used Graph 'It alcohol markers. I added some Liquid Pearls to her hair and dress. There's also lashings of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the turquoise sash.

Die Cutting Divas #264: Sketch
Retarte #76: AG
Shopping Our Stash #250: Pink and UFOsthe card base is 3 weeks old! )
Craft Dee Bowz May: AG + Handmade Bow
Crafty Card Makers #163: Pearls or Gems  ( pearls )
Fab & Funky #303: Three Or More Layers

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.


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Eclectic Ellapu May

Welcome to another Eclectic Ellapu challenge. For the month of May, the theme is everyone's favourite: ANYTHING GOES. That's right - let your creativity soar and make whatever project you fancy.

This is also the card I sent to Jutta M in BC, Canada for the April 2016 Card Chain Challenge. I made my card based on the theme - Friendship. The stamps and sentiment are from Friends Forever by Clearly Besotted. Still working on my CAS design - a painfully slow process for me - I kept this card as simple as possible. Watercolour, a few sequins and some Orchid Lawn Trimming by LF.

I heat embossed the image in white before water colouring. There's also a pale blue wash for the background.

Cute Car Thursday #423: No Patterned Paper
Amusing Challenge: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG

Now it's your turn to create and link up your labour of love over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog.  You can enter the challenge as many times as you wish, but make sure you link up your projects by 11:59pm UK on 31 May 2016.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a Blessed Sunday, folks!


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #22

Hello, friends and welcome to another month of Chocolate Baroque inspired fun -  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #22. We have a lovely colour swatch for you to use in your projects - warm vibrant colours. 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.

I'm loving that super bright and happy colour combo. It screams sunshine, good times and a healthy dose of fun. This bird from Chocolate Baroque's Free As A Bird is a perfect fit. I kept the design simple, so that the bird is the star of this show. To colour the edges I used Distress Inks and added little drops of Mint Green Liquid Pearls to added some interest to a flat card.  And I thought some wonky layering might be fun too.

I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured the bird with Graph'It Markers and used Faber Castell Polychromos for everything else. And yes... a generous coat of Clear Wink of Stella.
Hiding In My Craft #249: Freestyle
Let's Colour Linky Party #8: AG + Something Coloured

Challenge #22 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 17th May 2016, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 25th May 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 weekend and I'll see you again tomorrow for another challenge.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #291: Anything Goes

Good morning, friends! Time for a new theme over at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge and this week were are playing "Anything Goes". Our sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook and they have some of the cutest critter images ever.

I've made a card using one of their FREE digi images, available from the Newton's Nooks Blog. This little birdie is all loved up!

I coloured the bird with alcohol markers and surrounded him with inlaid die-cut hearts and droplets of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.
Dream Valley #130: All Creatures Great And Small
One Stitch At A Time #260: AG with Wings
City Crafter #309: Balloon
TTCRD Apr 26: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Anything Goes". 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, May 2nd.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a brilliant day


Monday, 25 April 2016

Chocolate Baroque: Musical Dreams

It's Monday again, friends and we are sprinting to the end of another month. What ever happened to February and March?

Yesterday I posted my very first mixed media project over at the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog. It's not a big deal to many but it is a HUGE deal to me. Where to start? What tools and product to use? And what exactly is mixed media?

As a card maker, I have no idea what I'm doing most of the time, so how do I tackle this beast called mixed media? I forged ahead, blindly, and ended up with this:

Here's how I made this piece:

  1.  Stamp the music sheet fragment from Music Fanfare A5 sheet with Archival Jet Black ink.
  2. Apply thin coat of White Gesso to knock back the music sheet.
  3. When completely dry, apply Distress Crayons or Gelatos and blend with finger. I used Gelatos: Snow Cone, Butterscotch and Mango. 
  4. Enhance colours around the edges with Distress Inks. I used Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade.
  5. Stamp the focal images from Music Fanfare A5 sheet with Archival Jet Black ink and colour with pencils. I used Faber Castell Polychromos. I wanted it to look rough and distressed, so no blending.
  6. Colour some Ranger Texture Paste with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and, with TWC Half Tone stencil, apply around the edges.
  7. When completely dry, add highlights with a white gel pen and extra embellishments with Holly Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accent.

Here's a closer look at the focal image from

Craft Your Passion #309: AG
Crafting With Dragonflies #23: Masuline
Amusing Challenge: AG
We Love To Create #9: AG Mixed Media
Just Add Ink .... M for Music

If, like me, you are new to the world of mixed media art,  I hope you will be inspired by my simple maiden project and give it a go. The important thing is to have fun with colours and textures.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Roses and Butterfly

Hello again. I've been posting everyday this week, and to be honest, I didn't think I'd make it. But here were are! First up is a card for Lawnscaping Challenge #128 and this fortnight we have a sketch. I'm rubbish at sketches. I feel I need to conform or I'd be dragged to the principal's office by the sketch monitors.

That über cute paper is from LF Perfectly Plaid and I used Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the various layers. The focal image is from Bake Me A Cake, embellished with roses and leaves from  Penelope's Blossoms.  I've swapped the rectangle in the sketch for the large Stitched Circle Tag and inlaid the die-cut. The sentiment is also from Penelope's Blossoms, stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green, and I finished the card with some Lime Lawn Trimming.

To stamp the large rose I used Wild Rose, Plastic Flamingo for the small rose and Jalapeño for the leaves. I coloured the cake and stand with Copics. Finally, a few blobs of Perfect Pearls.
Lawnscaping #128: Sketch
Seize The Birthday: AG No Topping


Next up is a tag for Tag You're It Challenge #45. The inspiration for this challenge come from a tag created by my blog buddy Carol Mayne. She is my muse when it comes to creating CAS projects. Not only is she super talented, but she is also incredibly kind hearted and and will turn bright as a beetroot reading this unsolicited PDA!  

Here is my tag inspired by the wings, pale coral-peach-pink colours and the word "sparkle".

I inked the tag with Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar DIs. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Indian Summer, cut with LF Puffy Clouds die. The leafy details are from LF Penelope's Blossom. The butterfly is from Clearly Besotted's Butterfly Wishes, stamped with LF Wild Rose. The sentiment is from CBS Butterfly Wishes Additions, stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia. And for that "sparkle" - one tiny pale green bling.
Tag You're It #45: Inspiration Tag by Carol
Simon Says Monday: Butterfly Beauty

That's all from me today. Before I go, I want to share with you one of my favourite photos of Rosie. We had a fun day out and she was over the moon with joy... you can see it in that HUGE smile on her face. I cannot believe it was year ago today that she became my little butterfly in the sky.  I miss her so much.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you are having a beautiful day.


Thursday, 21 April 2016

MHKDesigns April / May Challenge

Hello, friends!  Welcome to our third MHKDesigns Challenge - Spring Edition! This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:

My project for this challenge features there lovely pears from the Fruit Borders set. I'm keeping the design fairly simple with just s few bling and some twine for embelishments.

A closer look at the gorgeous pears. All I did was colour them with Faber Castell Polychromos. I've gone for a sketchy look - no fancy blending of a gazillion colours here.
4 Crafty Chicks #295: F is for Food
Craft Dee Bowz April: AG with Handmade Bow

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog. You have until May 15th to link up your project.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.



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