Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Kraftyhands Live!

Kraftyhands are on Create and Craft at 9am and 11am today! You'll get to see lots of really pretty cards and projects by the Design Team as well as purchase the set of CDs to add to your crafty stash.

I particularly love all the backing papers on the second disc - lots of pretty roses and tiny posey prints, all in yummy pastel shades of pink, blue, lilac, green and yellow.  I can see myself using these papers for many cards, and not just with the toppers, decoupage and other elements on the CDs.

Tune in if you have chance - I'll be at work so will see if I can take a sneaky peak via the internet, but am recording the shows ready to watch this evening :-)

Here are a couple more of the samples I made for the show using those pretty papers.

I am adding this to the Make It Monday - Linky Party #113

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Vintage Chic Boutique CD set (toppers and backing papers)
Hunkydory - shaped card blank
Spellbinder - square bracket edge box, classic circles
Letraset - black fine line drawing pen
Waco - Pearl Maker pen
Hougie Board - to score the card to make the rosette for the box

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Happy 7th Birthday Crafters Companion!

Crafters Companion celebrated their 7th Birthday this month, and set a special blog challenge as part of the celebrations.  There are vouchers to spend on yummy goodies in their online store as the prize, plus the chance to become a guest designer for them for 3 months - now how exciting would that be!  Here is my card using one of their lovely new Mulberry Wood stamp sets, some backing paper from their Morehead CD, Core'dinations card and my Copics - I hope they like it!

I am linking this card to the following:
Crafters Companion - October Challenge - Birthdays
Make It Monday - Linky Party #113

Materials Used:
Crafters Companion - Mulberry Wood Birthday Wishes stamp set (main image and sentiment), Morehead People CD (backing paper)
Copics - C-0, C-1, C-3, C-7, BG000, E04, YR04, YR15, YR17, V01, V09, V17
Core'dinations - purple card from the So Mod stack
Silhouette - to cut the bunting string
Letraset - black fine line drawing pen
Martha Stewart - border punch
JosyRose - purple ribbon
Spellbinder - Labels 8
Craftwork Cards - white A5 card blank

Close up of the bunting

Kraftyhands on Create and Craft TV!

Hi Everyone!  Exciting news to share today - Mike and Ian from Kraftyhands will be making their TV Debut on Create and Craft tomorrow, and will be on at 9am and 11am.  They will be showing a gorgeous new double CD set which you will love - its full of toppers, beautiful background papers and lots more (I can't tell all as that would spoil the surprise!)

The Kraftyhands Design Team have been lucky enough to have a chance to play with this CD set so you will see some lovely samples on the show tomorrow.  Its always amazing to see the different ideas that people have with the same set of products, so I am really looking forward to seeing all the cards and projects tomorrow and on all of our blogs.

Here is one of my cards using elements from a card set on CD 1 - I have used the decoupage pieces to make a card in the shape of a shop.  I'll be sharing the rest of my samples over the next few days, but I hope you've enjoyed this one!

I am adding this card to the Make It Monday - Linky Party #113

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Vintage Chic Boutique CD set
Craftwork Cards - white card

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas!

2 months! 2 months until Christmas Day! Can you believe it!  I know I still have a lot of cards to make, presents to buy and some that I have in mind to make.  Where does the time go?  One minute its July and I'm thinking I guess I should start knitting those scarves I'm planning to make, and the next thing you know its October and we only have a few weeks to go!

So, as its the 25th October, here is a jolly Santa for you from a lovely NitWit digital Collection.

I am adding this card to the Make It Monday - Linky Party #112

Materials Used:
NitWit - Simple Joys Collection (santa, sentiment and backing paper)
Spellbinder - labels four
Craftwork Cards - DL white card blank
Gold mirri card from stash

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Have a Gr8 Kanban Birthday!

Hi Everyone, its a boys birthday card I have to share with you today.  October seems to be a busy month for birthdays.... including my family and friends!  I made this card for my youngest nephew from a Kanban kit - I think he is "kinda cool" so I hope he agrees!

I am adding this card to the Make It Monday Linky Party 112

Materials Used:
Kanban - "dude" topper, sentiment and backing papers
Craftwork Cards - A5 white card blank
Gold mirri card from stash

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!

Well, its mid way through October, it will soon be Halloween and there are a ton of Halloween challenges out in blogland at the moment, so I thought it was time I made a card or two so that I could play along!  For this one I used a cute stamp set that I bought absolutely ages ago.  I bought it from Joanna Sheen, but unfortunately I can't remember the make and haven't been able to find anything on the internet - so if anyone has any ideas please let me know :-)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Polkadoodles - Week 41 Halloween
Card Making Mamas - Time to Get Spooky
Stampin With the Dragon - Halloween
Hooked on Craft - Challenge 25 Halloween
Poodles Parlour - Halloween
Aud Sentiments - Challenge 65 Halloween
Just Some Lines - Too Cute to Spook
No Matter Which - Challenge 3 Halloween
Scrappy Frogs - Fall or Halloween
Eureka Stamps - Challenge 9 Trick or Treat

Materials Used:
Make unknown - Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet Rubber Stamp set (bear and sentiment)
Copics - E33, E35, E37, YR04, YR07, R000, R20, C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3
Polkadoodles - Halloween Doodles (backing paper)
Spellbinders - Wavy Rectangles
Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Martha Stewart - border punch
Creative Studios - vintage seam binding in riviera lilac
Craftwork Cards - white A5 card blank, black card
Letraset - black fine line drawing pen

5 Gold Rings

Here is a Christmas card that I made for the latest ABC Christmas Challenge, and this week it is T for Twelve Days of Christmas.  I've had these Penny Black stamps in my crafty stash for quite some time, so it was fun to get them out and have a bit of a play.

I am entering this card in the ABC Christmas Challenge - T is for Twelve Days of Christmas

Materials Used:
Penny Black - 12 Days of Christmas clear stamp set
Craftwork Cards - Happy Christmas sentiment oval and white DL card blank
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Gold jelly roll pen, gold mirri card and glitter from stash

Friday, 12 October 2012

Princess in Pink

Happy Friday everyone!

Its a pretty pink princess for a birthday card from me today - perfect for any little girl! Isn't she gorgeous!

I am adding this card to the following:
Make It Monday - Linky Party #110
In the Pink - Pink Plus One (+ yellow)

Materials Used:
Sugar Nellie - Manga Princess stamp
Promarkers - various colours
Lili of the Valley - sentiment stamp
Spellbinders - classic circles, scalloped circles, classic ovals, scalloped ovals
Pink ribbon and background papers from stash
Craftwork Cards - white card blank

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Birthday Dude

A Birthday card for today - am taking a break from Christmas cards for a few days (though I do have a couple in progress and some ideas brewing, so I'm sure it will be only be a couple of days...)

I am linking this card to the Make It Monday - Linky Party #110

Materials Used:
Kanban - topper, sentiment and backing paper
Craftwork Cards - A5 white card blank
Gold mirri card from stash

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Gingerbread Christmas

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card for you today - I think there will be a fair few more of these before the year is out!

I've used a NitWit digi kit for this card, which I've had for some time  - the images are really sweet and I love the natural colours of the papers and embellishments.

I am entering this card into the following:
Crimbo Crackers - Gingerbread 
Make It Monday - Linky Party #110

Materials Used:
NitWit - Cookin' Cookies collection
Serif - Craft Artist Professional to size and build the images
Craftwork Cards - white card blank
Gold mirri card from stash

Merry Christmas from London

I spotted a fun Christmas challenge on the Winter Wonderland blog called "Across the Miles" and thought that a card with something to do with London on it would fit the bill (seeing as that is where I live, and I've managed to collect a fair few London/Union Jack/Jubilee crafty bits over the last year).

I love this stamp by Penny Black, and decided I would try to turn it into a snowy, wintry scene by combining it with some blue papers from a yummy Polkadoodles CD, and just a touch of colour from some Copics - and this is what I came up with!  I'm sure that I could have given it a more wintry feel with more colour and inks, but I quite like the clean fresh look of all the white with just a hint of colour.  What do you think?

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Across The Miles
CD Sunday - Christmas
Make It Monday - Linky Party #110
Stamp and Create - Winter Wonderland
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Die Cuts and/or Punches

Materials Used:
Penny Black - London stamp
Polkadoodles - Here Comes Christmas CD
Copics - BG10, BG72
Spellbinders - A2 Matting Basics A and B, Holiday Tags
Letraset - fine line drawing pen
Craftwork Cards - A5 white card blank
Pale blue ribbon from stash

Monday, 8 October 2012

Happy Guinness Christmas!

Here is a fun Christmas card using elements from a sheet I got from Crafts U Print - perfect for the men in your life that like the odd glass of Guinness or similar.

I am adding this card to Make It Monday - Linky Party #110

Materials Used:
Crafts U Print - Mine's a Pint for Christmas cut and fold by Eva Cano
Craftwork Cards - A6 white card blank
Gold mirri card from Stash

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Flat Friends Challenge Blog #1!

Hi Everyone, hope you are all having a great weekend.

Emma Canning has just started the Flat Friends Challenge Blog to give all of  us chance to see some fab inspiration from her Design Team as well as share our own ideas using her yummy Flat Friends digi stamps (which you can buy from Polkadoodles).

The very first challenge is "Tic Tac Toe - 3 in a Row" where you pick a row of 3 items to incorporate in your card.  I decided to choose the following diagonal line - a sentiment - pastels or pinks - dies.

Good Luck with the new challenge blog Emma, here is my card using "Angel"

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Flat Friends Challenge Blog - Week 1 Tic Tac Toe 3 in a row
Polkadoodles - Week 40 Wings and Things
Make it Monday - Linky Party 110

Materials Used:
Emma Canning/Polkadoodles - Angel Flat Friends digi stamp
Copics - E00, E33, E40, E41, R000, RV10, RV21
Sakura - silver stardust gelly roll pen
Polkadoodles - Gingerbread Twist CD (papers recoloured in Serif)
Serif Craft Artist Professional - used to size digi stamp, print sentiment and recolour background papers
Spellbinders - A2 Matting Basics A and B, Fancy Framed Tags Two
Marianne Design Dies - Tiny Flowers 1(using the swirl part)
Letraset - fine line drawing pen
Craftwork Cards - white card blank

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!

The first Saturday in October is World Card Making Day - celebrating the creativity of handmade cards and encouraging us to start our Christmas cards.

So here is a quick Christmas card made from a Hunkydory kit that I've had in my stash for a while

So Happy World Card Making Day, and Happy Crafting!

Materials Used:
Hunkydory - topper, sentiment and decorative card
Craftwork Cards - A5 white card blank

Kraftyhands October Challenge - Charmed

Its time for a new challenge over at Kraftyhands and this month the theme is Charmed - so a chance to get out all those charms you have been hoarding in your crafty stash and see what you can come up with!

I used the Love to Shop CD for my main image and background paper, a die to create a border, some pale pink ribbon from stash, and a pretty little bag charm to tie in with the theme of the topper.

So come and join in over at, create a project using Kraftyhands or Crafters Companion products available from Kraftyhands and be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher to spend at Kraftyhands and get a winners blinkie for your blog.

I am adding this card to Make it Monday - Linky Party 110

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Love to Shop CD
Tim Holtz/Sizzix - washer border die
Craftwork Cards - 8 x 8 white card blank, oval Birthday sentiment (this didn't come out very well in the photo)
Handbag charm, pink ribbon and silver mirri card from stash

Monday, 1 October 2012

Fun Fabric

I bought some London Jubilee inspired fabric at the weekend, which I thought I would share with you.  I'm intending to make a bag with it, using a pattern from the book "The Bag Making Bible" by Lisa Lam, so now I just need to get the other bits n bobs needed and find some time to make it! So watch this space!