I have my card for the new Crafting From The Heart challenge to share with you today.  As always, you can choose to play Anything Goes or to use our theme, which is “Flowers” this fortnight.  (Little confession…I forgot about the theme!  I got carried away!) We are very lucky to be sponsored by Aurora Wings and MelJens Designs – I chose to use the beautiful Princess of the Sea for my card, as I fell totally under her spell, and couldn’t look away!

I have to be honest, as beautiful as I find these images, I wasn’t rushing to work with one.  They are so intricately designed, that I couldn’t myself sitting still long enough to focus on colouring one, let alone presenting it in a style that suited it!  I thought these captivating images were about as far away from my comfort zone as possible!!  So, in the spirit of trying new things this year, I set myself the challenge!  And here she is, all coloured and simply presented…

crafting from the heart 17 feb full

I used ProMarkers to colour the image.  Unfortunately, it took three attempts, due to a very juicy marker leaking all over the almost completed image twice (you’d think I’d have learnt after the first accident…!).  My original attempts both had blonde hair, but I’m glad I swapped to brown for the final version as it makes the shells easier to distinguish.  Once coloured, I added Glossy Accents to some of the larger water bubbles and Star Dust Stickles to some of the shells, smaller bubbles and the Princess’s eyelids.

crafting from the heart 17 feb close

I cut the frame on the Silhouette using a pearlescent pale gold card, and popped the image behind.  I added a bow, with two little starfish (that have been hiding in my stash for at least 5 years!) sewn to the centre.

Make sure you head over to Crafting From The Heart to add your creations to the challenge!

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

Scribble and Scrap – Anything Goes

Craft-Dee Bowz – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Fantasy (mermaid)

Fairy Tale Challenge – Frame cards

Thanks for reading x


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Warning: today’s post is thoroughly Valentine’s themed…sorry if you’ve sworn off romance for this year 😉

Over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday Challenge, our new challenge theme is “Use Red Or Pink As A Primary Colour” and we were very lucky to be sponsored by MelJen Designs this fortnight.

I couldn’t resist this Lil Love Devil!  After all, he needs a lot of red, our challege is live on Valentine’s Day and ….. he’s toooo cute!  However, as I had already made a card for Valentine, I decided to use the image to make a little sweet treat holder for my husband!

lil love devil kitty bee 14 feb 14 full

To begin with, I printed and cut the image on the Silhouette, and then cut a sun shape from red mirror card to mount behind.  I coloured the image using Pro-Markers, using a selection of Warm Greys to create the shading, then adding Ruby over the top.  I chose a sun shape for the rear mat as it reminded me a little of flames….the perfect environment for this little devil!

Then I moved on to create the pillow gift box.  Using a template from the Silhouette store, I used the Silhouette Studio software to replicate the image and fill the whole page with tiny little devils, which I then printed directly to the card I was cutting the template from.  This is how it looks close up:

lil love devil kitty bee 14 feb 14 close

Once it was printed and cut, I popped it together with a little double sided tape, and attached the larger devil tag to the front of it. Finally, I filled it with chocolate hearts 🙂

I’m sure you have plenty of red or pink themed cards on your craft desk right now, why don’t you pop over and link up with our challenge!

I’d like to enter this chocolate gift box into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar – Use Die Cut or Punch (sun mat and pillow gift box are both cut on electric die cut machine)

Cut It Up – Valentines

DigiHaven – Valentines

JellyPark Friends – Chcocolate and/or Cake

Thanks for reading x