Anything Goes With The Crafty Girls!

Time for a new challenge over at The Crafty Girls!  We were sponsored by Sassy Design Studios and Di’s Digi Downloads this fortnight; I chose to work with “The New Sassy Cassy” from Sassy Designs – she looks fabulous!!

I based my layout around the current sketch over at Seize The Sketch – I used to play along regularly, but haven’t for a while as my DT cards are usually ready weeks in advance; not so this time though as it’s the Easter holidays for both my children, so we’re making the most of some free time and sunshine by spending our days catching up with friends in the park!


The image was coloured with Pro-Markers.  I worked hard on the hair again this week, and I reckon it looks like I might be getting a little better at it!  I have watched so many YouTube tutorials on colouring hair that I really should be an expert 😉 – but it’s one thing listening and watching, another thing entirely when it comes to reproducing the delicate shades of light, and not over blending!

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All the papers are from the First Edition Summer Breeze paper stack – it’s been lurking at the back of my paper box for over a year now, and has only ever been used a couple of times so I’m pleased to have made a little more of a dent into it today!

The final touches were some peach ribbon, tiny dark peach pearls on the bottom paper and an oval shaped sentiment, created using the print and cut function on the Silhouette.

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Hope you get time to pop by with an entry for our Anything Goes Challenge at the Crafty Girls!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Seize the Sketch – see sketch above

Fairytale Stampers – BINGO (flowers, glitter, pearls)

Digi Choosday – Use 2 Patterned Papers



Happy Christmas Little Star

As promised, I have the second of my three special family cards for you today.  This card was made for my 4 year old daughter, who loves everything sparkly and is very attached to her bear, Poppy.  This adorable image from All Dressed Up was a perfect fit!

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I had a background paper in mind, so steered away from too much pink, opting instead to colour the image with a range of turquoise Pro-Markers.  I used the print and cut option on the Silhouette to print the image in this lovely oval frame, then added a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to soften the edges.  After hunting through my ribbon collection, I came across some leftover 3mm satin ribbon that I used for some wedding invitations last year – it threaded through the frame so easily and, for once, the bow landed well too!  I added a little Glossy Accent to the big star sentiment and also to the stars clips in her hair, then a little Stickles magic along the edge of the tutu and on some of the gifts.

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The paper is from a First Edition Christmas Joy paper stack – not sure if you can make it out from the photos, but there is a striped snowflake pattern running through it.  The snowflake border is from Hobbycraft – I’m not sure what to call it, as it’s not ribbon or paper or card, but is stiff and almost crunchy feeling…if you know what I mean!

I based the layout around Sketch 276 from Sketch Saturday, just flipped it over to suit my card.


Id like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday -Challenge 289: Anything Goes (Any Sketch After #215)

Tuesday Throwdown – What Christmas Means To Me

LEJ Designs  – Anything Goes

Inky Chicks – Christmas

The Crafty Blogger’s Network – Girly

C…Is For Challenge – Modern Christmas

Scribble and Scrap – Anything Goes

Glitter ‘n’ Sparkle – Non-traditional Christmas Colours

Thanks for reading x


Poppy and Soldier

Today’s Christmas card was a special request from a friend and features the Cute Just Got Cuter” image from All Dressed Up.

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Using the Silhouette Studio software, I removed the sentiment from the original, then copied and flipped the picture to show 2 dogs in mirror image.  I printed the names at the same time as the image, but then re-cut “&” and hung it over the edge of the paper.  I coloured Poppy and Soldier with Pro-Markers, and then followed the current sketch over at From The Heart Stamps.


The papers are all from a Christmas Joy paper stack by First Edition, the snowflake is from my stash, coloured with Pro-Markers to blend with the colour scheme.

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

From The Heart Sketches – Sketch 46 (see sketch above)

LEJ Designs – Festive Fun

All Dressed Up – Christmas

Crafty Sentiments – Christmas

MelonHeadz – Christmas

Papertake Weekly – Christmas Creatures

My Time To Craft – Cute and Cuddly Christmas Creatures

Thanks for reading x

Cute Just Got Cuter…

There’s no arguing with that!!  This cute little image is the new freebie from All Dressed Up, to coincide with their first challenge.  I chose to use this little pup to make a birthday card for my step-dad, as he loves dogs!2013-10-03 08.06.47

I based this card around Sketch 14 on the From The Heart Stamps blog.  The image was coloured with Pro-Markers; I’m still working hard at mastering hair and fur colouring, as you can see from this latest effort!  The spotty paper is from a Forever Friends Christmas pack and the stripy paper is from the First Edition Summer Breeze pad.  A length of red satin ribbon, to tie in with the dog’s ribbon in the image and a lovely brown button, tied through with some red and white baker’s twine finished it off.

Thanks for reading x


613 Avenue Create – Challenge 40: Anything Goes

Brown Sugar Challenge 63: Anything Goes

Happy Bird-day

I thought I’d try something a little different this evening…  paper piecing was one of the first papercrafts I tried when I was younger as it was one of the crafts available on a summer camp during the school holidays.  Now several (dozen!) years on, I thought it was time to re-visit it!

The image I have used for the card is a freebie from Birdie Brown.  I love these stamps, so I was delighted when I found these birds as I could already see how they would work as a paper pieced project!  I printed the image onto plain white coated card and coloured the flowers, leaves and sky in with my Pro-Markers, keeping the colour palette quite simple.  Then, I printed the birds another three times on three sheets from a First Edition Summer Breeze paper stack – I chose brown for the birds bodies, peach and green for the wings and tail feathers.  Using my sharpest scissors, I cut out the birds’ bodies, wings and tail feathers and then placed them back together.  The larger bird was stuck with glue dots, but I used 3D pads for the smaller bird, to create a little depth to the image.2013-10-07 10.18.40

The layout is based around Sketch 35 on the From The Heart Stamps blog, with just a couple of minor tweaks. Sketch035

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The background papers were also from the  First Edition Summer Breeze paper stack, with a strip of peach satin ribbon and cream ric-rac across the top of the card.

Finally, as there wasn’t a great deal of room  left for a sentiment, I printed the Happy Bird-day stamp from Birds Cards and cut it out using the Silhouette. 2013-10-07 10.18.30

I am hoping to enter several challenges with this card; but I have to admit that it was made with the paper piecing challenge and DT call over at Milk Coffee in mind.  Fingers crossed…!!

Thanks for reading x


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Passion For Pro-Markers – Week 218: Lots of Legs

613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes

Joanna Sheen Challenge – So Sweet