Saturday 28 February 2015

Mum's The Word

Hello again, for the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers our challenge is Mum's the Word, we would like to see a suitable project to give for Mother's Day, or for a Special Lady in your life. We may no longer be fortunate to have our Mum's in our life but we will hopefully have a special lady we can share this day with. the Design Team have made some lovely designs for you to see.  For my card, I do like the combination of Kraft card and the colour blue. My background paper is left over from a previous challenge, it originated from a CD but I can no longer rememebr which. The stamped image is French Rose from Inkylicious, I love this stamp, it is so versatile. I coloured it with Promarkers. The butterfly is from Do -Crafts. I added lace, pearls, gems and glitter to embellish. Have fun, I look forward to visiting you. 


This week at My Time To Craft (MTTC) our challenge is Fantasy - Yes, we want to see fairies, or dragons, or elves or mermaids, anything you consider to be from the world of Fantasy. Please pop over to see what the Design Team have made for you. I have made a card using Lavinia stamps. I first created the background with Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky and Dusty Concord, splatted a few water drops then dried it with a heat gun. I added a little amount of glitter to highlight some areas. I'm looking forward to visiting your areas of Fantasy ( bet you smiled there) during the next week. Have fun. 

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Little Boy Blue

Hello, this week at Cardz 4 Guyz, Jan has chosen, a sweet title of  'Little Boy Blue'. Please pop over to check out the Design Team's projects. For my card, I used a scalloped edged Kraft card. Background papers are from LOTV and my stash. I added a button with organza ribbon tied and a few pearls. I coloured the main image, a LOTV stamp - Baby Boy with Promarkers. I hope you enjoy creating a project for our challenge, I look forward to visiting you. 

Saturday 21 February 2015


The theme for the next seven days at My Time To Craft (MTTC) is LACE.  Lace can be added in any way, but it must be a prominent feature on your project.  Check out what the Design Team  have created. This is the recipe I used to create my card.....
Background papers - LOTV Timeless Victorian paper pad - Main image Jasmine - Feathers stamp from Crafty Sentiments.  Coloured with Promarkers and sprinkled with glitter. Flowers, leaves, greeting label and lace from stash. Have fun everyone, I'm looking forward to visiting you.

Friday 20 February 2015

A is for Apples

Here we are at Alphabet Challenges beginning another trip through the alphabet, with the letter A - , didn't we all learn our ABC beginning with A is for Apple?  This being the  fifth turn of the alphabet I was surprised to read this is the first time we have gone for A is for Apple. For my main image, the apples, I went back to an early stamp from Creative Expressions, drawn by Sheena Douglass. The script stamp  is from a See D set of Oriental flowers. The hessian butterfly is from Poundland. I coloured the background with Disress inks. The apples were coloured with Promarkers. 

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Anything Green

For the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow, the challenge chosen by Jennifer is Anything Green. Wow! so much to choose from and the Design Team have created some fabulous cards. Please pop over to see their creations. For my card, I suppose this is minimalistic for me, but I so enjoyed playing with the Hobbyart stamps.  In this small picture I used FOUR stamps, the hayfield with the trees, the cottage and tree, the fence and finally the sheep. All coloured with Promarkers used lightly to create a much lighter colour as if watercoloured. Matted onto black card. I look forward to seeing your interpretation of Anything Green, so much to play with and to have fun.

Tuesday 17 February 2015


For the challenge this week at Cardz 4 Guyz our challenge is Oriental.  It is nice to  try something different,  a revival of Oriental has been recently established,  our additional challenge  of course is it has to be suitable for a male to receive.  The Design Team have some wonderful inspiration, plese pop over to see them. For my card,  the background paper is  handmade Korean paper, given to me by a friend. I created the image by blening with TH Distress Inks, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles. I don't know the make of the Bamboo stamp. Twisted cord and thread, the medallion is from a set from The Stampman. Have fun everyone.

Sunday 15 February 2015

Something For the Boys

Hi, it's the 15th of the month so that means it is time again for Sparkles Monthly Challenges.  We would like to see Something For The Boys. Anything, it is your choice as long as it is suitable to send to a male person of any age. The Design Team have created some super inspiration, please pop and see them.  For my card, I have used Hobby Art stamps - Coastal Creat-It stamps. The card has a curved aperture front, with some cut out work at the front.  I used Aquamarkers to watercolour the design.  I hope you have fun creating your entry, I look forward to popping in to see you.

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Saturday 14 February 2015

Pretty in Pink

Hi again, for the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers we have a lovely new challenge, Pretty in Pink.  You can choose whatever you wish to do, as long as it is pink, pink, and even more pink. Have a look and see what the Design Team have created, so much choice to be creative. For my pink card -
Background paper is from a Dreamees CD, a fabulous source for pretty papers. Matted onto black card. I created the main image onto white card, blending various TH Distress Inks in shades of pinks and lavendar. The stamp is - Grasses from Woodware - stamped in black -  heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from a foam rubber set I have had forever, Added ribbon and pearls. Have fun creating your Pretty in Pink, I am looking forward to visiting you. 


Hi, it's been a long time since we made some Oriental style cards, but at MTTC, My Time To Craft, Kim has decided it's time for a revival, so it was a case of right, where are my Oriental stamps?  Please pop over to the blog to check out the inspiration from the DT.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. To colour the background and the panels I used TH Distress inks, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and finally Pine Needles. The stamp is from Elusive Images - Eastern Grasses, the butterfly is from stash. I am so looking forward to visiting you to see your take on this lovely theme. Have fun. 

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Lots of Love

Of course there is lots of love around, there are only a few days till Valentine's Day.
 I love Promarkers, want to see Lots of Love. I used a Kraft card, All the papers and the main image Love Balloon are from LOTV. I have added lots of various stash for embellishments. Coloured of course with Promarkers. Have you spotted I have added a skeleton leaf. happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I have added this card to the following Challenges. 
Make My Monday - Valentines.
Crafty Cardmakers - Love, love, love
Tuesday Throwdown - Love is in the Air

Puppy Love

 The theme for this week, Cardz 4 Guyz   was set by our US Design Team member Andrea, who didn't consider there may be different ways to interpret Puppy Love, The team have however gone for the dog kind and not the immature young love kind.  Check out the inspiration here. We would like you to concentrate on the PUPPY element, we only ask for it to be suitable for a male person and that you have fun in the creating. My  card, concentrataing on the puppy aspect is from Kraftyhands CD  - Man About Town, which provided all the papers, elements and image. It even provides the template for the stepper card. Have fun everyone. 

Saturday 7 February 2015

Banners or Bunting

For the next week at MTTC (My Time To Craft) Helen has chosen for our challenge
Banners or Bunting, which are a great way to embellish a card. Why don't you check out what the Design Team created. For my card I have used a CD for my source of image and papers, Halycon Days by Crafter's Companion. I added some twine over the bunting to add some texture. Have fun everyone, I look forward to seeing your Banners or Bunting.

Friday 6 February 2015

z is for Zentangles

At Alphabet Challenges, for the final letter of this series, Z is for Zentangles. There are lots of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and You Tube, so don't feel you have no idea what this is all about. It is simply a posh and creative way of explaining doodling, which we all do in those relaxed moments if we have a pen in our hand. Please check out the Design Team's inspired cards. For my card, I have used for my image a free digi I found on Pinterest. Doodled away to fill in the large open spaces.  I matted onto black and kraft card, using the Papermania spotted black and white card for the main background. Have fun, please give it a try, I am sure you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

#97 Soon Be Spring

Yes, it will Soon Be Spring, which is our challenge for the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow. It doesn't feel like spring yet, but it will soon be enough, one of my favourite seasons. Please pop over to see the wonderful inspiration for the  Design Team, you can almost feel the gentle warmth of spring is so close.  For my card for the challenge, I matted the main card with black which help to pop everything forward, The papers and image are from Halcyon Days a CD from Crafter's Companions. The small yellow flowers are my first attempt at making my own air dry paper clay with a mould from Katy Sue Designs, it really was so easy, another must have in my craft room. I love the fresh spring colours of the card, I look forward to seeing your spring like projects over the next two weeks, Have fun and say warm. 

Tuesday 3 February 2015

#56 Kick Back and Relax

For our challenge this week at Cardz 4 Guyz, Helen from the Design Team has chosen Kick Back and Relax, there are many ways to relax, so we expect to see a variety of projects. The Design Team as usual, have created some amazing cards, please pop over to check them out.  For my project, I have been longing to use this stamp, so in my mind, he is a farmer who is taking time to rest and relax whilst walking the fields. The stamp is of course LOTV - 'In The Country'. I actually watercoloured the image with my Aquamarkers, I did use Promarkers for his face and hands. The papers are from LOTV Father Knows Best and from my stash. The greeting and circle sentiments are from Kraftyhands CD - Botanical Butterflies. I stamped the dragonflies onto green vellum, adorned with clear gems. All the papers have been distressed, then edged with Walnut Stain DI. I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see how your guyz have relaxed. Have fun.
I am entering this card into Just Inspirational Challenges for their Masculine challenge.
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Passion for Promarkers - One For the Boys

Sunday 1 February 2015

Let's Party - 4th Anniversary

Wow! It's time to party at Sparkles Christmas Challenges, this being the 4th Anniversary. Congratulations to our wonderful leader and owner of the challenge blog Shaz, as a player and a member of the Design Team, I am loving the challenges and the blog, looking forward for more anniversaries to come.
To celebrate the challenge for the month of February is Let's Party - remember it is a Christmas challenge, so please do party for Christmas Time..
For my project I printed elements from La Pashe The Best Of 2012 CD- I made a folded card using a template. Covered parts with the backing paper and matted the main image onto the centre fold. The background is real live snow, the light is so bad at present, so I photographed it outside in the snow.
Pickles and Podge are enjoying their party, I'm looking forward to viewing your party projects. 

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