Wednesday, 13 June 2012

One for Father's Day...

...well I'm back peeps,
I have set myself a goal : to blog at least one post per week.
Somehow though life just takes over.
The card I have made for my Dad this year
 is a little different to the ones he usually gets.
I felt like a change from the typical gushy hearts and bears theme.
I found this fabulous image by Kenny Kiernan,
I'm sure my Dad will love her too.
She's called 'Carmen Electra'.

I used a set of coordinating papers byDovecraft, 
the designer is Sandra Ranarison and the papers are called 'charcoal prints'.
The card stock used is by Papermania, capsule collection 'sizzling red hot'
 I love the quality and texture of their card.

I had so much fun colouring her in.
 Of course using my beloved promarkers,
 (burgundy, crimson, poppy, salmon pink, walnut, caramel, cool grey and black)
 but I have advanced into attempting to use prismacolour pencils.

I'm sure he'll appreciate the underlying joke...

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simply Create Too challenge 15  fathers day (or for a male)

 One Stop Craft Challenge 186  - fathers day

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft xx

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Happy Anniversary... the LOVE of my life.
Well I am finally back to some kind of normality...
...'at last'.

I have returned to work after some considerable time due to an injury,
and boy has it been tough going.
I was so loving being a lady of leisure and 'full-time crafter'.

Although this is my first blog in what seems an age, 
I have managed to find time to make a few cards.

The card I would like to share with you today is an anniversary card.
I have been married to my soulmate for 7 years now. 

The papers I have used are by We R Memory Keepers 
designer scrapbook pad, '72 &sunny'.
The lime green cardstock used is by papermania capsule range.
The olive green cardstock is bazill bling,
 I just love the shimmery effect of this card.

All of the buttons are from the 'value crafts' range from hobbyhouse.
They have a great variety of textures and sizes in these bumper assorted packs of buttons.
The gold peel offs and gems are from my stash.

This cute little image is 'murtle and shelly turtle' by digistamp boutique.
I used my beloved promarkers to colour them in.

The card that this image was printed onto was a stark white
 so I used a little distress ink in 'peeled paint' to blend the background.

To finish the shells of these adorable little turtles 
I applied some 3D clear gloss by Anita's,
 it gives a lovely shiny and tactile finish.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations Challenge 173  - weddings/anniversaries

Paper Pretties Challenge  - favourite colour combo

The Pink elephant Challenge  - vibrant colours

Papertake Weekly Challenge  - anything goes

Thanx for popping by...

...Keep Calm and Craft xx

Friday, 30 March 2012

Bon Voyage...

...well I'm racing around trying to catch up on last minute things
 before I jet off to a sunnier destination.
So this will be my last post for a couple of weeks.
The card I am sharing with you today
 is one I made for my sister and her husband.
 They have moved from North to South London.
This card was inspired by a demo I watched at my local craft store.
Her name is Lindsay Mason, and wow she is one talented lady.

For the background colour I used 
a combination of Tim Holtz distress inks,
scattered straw, peeled paint and worn lipstick.
I built up the colours on a piece of ivory pearlised paper from my stash.
The grass effect was also achieved using the distress inks,
 I used a paint brush to create long strokes.
 To accurately match the colour scheme
 I used a promarker to colour the edges of the mounting card.

The castle is a stamp designed by Lindsay Mason
for Personal Impressions called 'I Dreamed of Castles'.
The background scene is from another stamp set 
designed by Lindsay called 'Hoist the Flags'.
I coloured these stamps with my promarkers,
I used 'lime green' and 'copper' stickles to highlight.

The stamp comes with all the individual parts needed to create this fabulous 3D effect,
all I needed to do was add the sticky foam pads.

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft x

Friday, 23 March 2012

Pre - Birthday wishes...

... well its been a while and I have no excuses,
I've just been out enjoying the glorious sunshine
that we've been blessed with.
The card I am sharing with you today 
is shown in advance of my mums' birthday, 
we shall be away on her birthday, for a couple of weeks,
 basking in more glorious sunshine I hope!

 I love the sunny feel of the colour scheme, 
with its mix of peaches and creams, orange and gold.
The design paper used for this card 
is one by Andrea Jayne Evans called 'pampered pets'.
The original colour of the design paper was pale pink.
I thought I'd experiment with it, 
so I scanned it into my computer and played with the colours a little
using microsoft digital imaging suite.
And 'VOILA' turned it peachy.

I chose a gorgeous lili of the valley image for this card
'rosie with presents'.
 Out came the beloved promarkers,
I used coral, peach and soft peach.
The gems and pearls are from my stash.

The cardstock used here is by bazill bling in two complimentary shades.
The flourish is by cheery lynn 'tropical flourish'.

 These tickets were cut using the whimsy 'ticket' die.
I used a pearlised cardstock in cream and peel offs from my stash.


I got these delightful orangey coloured flowers from my local craft shop,
I used stickles 'crystal' to make them sparkle.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

 Cute Card Thursday challenge 209  -  anything goes

Scrapbook Sisters challenge 76   - anything goes

Crafty Catz challenge 125  - spring is in the air

Paperplay challenge 12  - spring colours
Allsorts challenge 146  - 3 in a row

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft xx

Thursday, 15 March 2012

For you Mum...

...well what can I say you only get ONE!
I am fortunate enough that I still have mine.
This time of year can be pretty tough for all those who have lost their mums.
But still, take a moment to remember your precious memories 
for those cannot be taken from you.
To all mums everywhere xxx

My mum just adores purple,
 so for her card there was no other colour choice.
The design paper is a First Edition from the 'dreamcatcher' range.
The cardstock is as per usual by Papermania.
The pearls are from my stash.

This divine little stamp is 'dress up maggie' by Sugar Nellie.
I'm sure we can all remember dressing up 
in mums clothes and shoes when we were small.
Although I still find myself borrowing her clothes and shoes now...
Out came the beloved promarkers to colour her in.
I used stickles 'dark blue' for her necklace,
and 'pearly stuff'' in gold by Woodware 
for the centre of the flower on her hat.

I cut out this buckle on my cricut using the 'fabulous finds' cartridge.
I used this patterned holographic gold cardstock from my stash,
I found it added an extra texture to the buckle.
The satin ribbon was one of my Boyes bargain specials.
(Our local store has a bucket full of various ribbons for only 40p)
I think it has become my second home!

This gorgeous flourish is one by Cheery Lynn, 'tropical flourish'.
Once again using a lilac cardstock by Papermania.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly challenge 124  - mothers day/special lady

One Stop Craft challenge 173   - mothers day with a ribbon

Papertake Weekly challenge  -for the girls/mum

Sugar Nellie on Facebook - anything goes

 Top Tip Tuesday challenge  - mothers day

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pretty as a Princess...

...todays post is for a card I made for my friend,
It is her daughters birthday and she asked me to make the card for her,
NO pressure then...
I think I pulled it out the bag,
a beautiful card for a beautiful girl.

My colour inspiration is the classic presumption of
what little girl doesn't love pink.
The design papers for this piece are 'vintage chic' by Craftwork Cards.
The glittery silver cardstock is one by Limetree Crafts.
This gorjuss princess is just what I said ... gorgeous!
She is one of the gorjuss girls range by Sugar Nellies
Once again coloured using my beloved promarkers.

The little ticket shape is a die by Whimsy Stamps,
they also do coordinating rubber stamps to match.
I used stickles 'stardust' for added bling.
For her name I used strips of white cardstock,
 mixed up some red and white acrylic paint with a splash of water
and using a sponge coloured them in.
I then stamped the letters using Dew Drop Brilliance ink in 'platinum planet'.
I used a promarker fine liner to fill in the centres of each letter.

This pretty pink sheer ribbon is one from my stash,
I usually purchase all my ribbons from the local market 
or from Boyes bargain box.
This effect was pretty easy to do
I cut a strip of pale pink papermania cardstock, 
placed double sided tape down the length of the card 
roughly matching the width if the ribbon.
Then I just gathered the ribbon sticking it down as I went along.

I cut out the number 7 free-hand.
I used a wash of the acrylic paint mix to colour some shimmery paper.
I used these beautiful pink self adhesive gems,
 from my stash, for that extra sparkle.

These delicious hearts are a cut and emboss die by Marianne design 
the 'creatables' range.
They look just divine in this silver cardstock.
The flower brad is one I picked up from my local craft store.
The love heart charm is one from my stash.

This exquisite circle flourish is a very intricate die by Memory box.
 It is 'la Rue Flourish'.
The little pink pearl heart in the centre is from Add some sparkle.

All I hope for now is that Maisie loves this card as much as I loved making it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts challenge107  - my favourite things (pearls and gems)

Sugar Nellies Facebook challenge  - anything goes

Paper Sundaes challenge 111  - feminine flair

CES challenge 76  - charmed

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


...Isn't she just,
she's a Gorjuss girl by Sugar Nellie.

The sketch I followed for this creation is by Sketch Saturday Challenge.
I do love to follow a good sketch for my card inspirations.
The colour scheme was set by Sugar Nellie on Facebook.

Once again out came my promarkers to colour this little sweetie.
A mix of denim and azure,
 just love these colours against the chocolate brown.

The ribbon, flowers and pearls are from my stash,
(they are my favourite embellishments).
The doily shape was cut using a Nellie Snellen multiframe die.
The blue cardstock is by Papermania.
The design paper is by First Edition and it's the 'summer breeze' range.
The sentiment is by Papermania,
it is the Portobello road 'urban postage' stamp collection.
I have stamped it onto the reverse side of the design paper.

This divine design paper is a texture sensation by MIC (Meridian Import Company Ltd),
 their craft papers are just heavenly.
I bought mine from my local craft store MB Crafts

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Divas by Design challenge 25  - favourite things (flowers and pearls)

The Pink Elephant challenge 138  - lets see those layers

Papertake Weekly challenge  - anything goes

The Paper Shelter challenge  - anything goes

Sugar Nellie on Facebook

Thanx for popping by...

Keep Calm and Craft x