Scrappy Do!!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday!  Our theme for this challenge is “Scraps” – we want to see at least three different scraps used in your project.  Our sponsor was Doodle Garden – the first time I’ve used one of their images, but definitely not the last; they’re so cute and very easy to work with!

On to my card then….  I chose to use Three Cheers for my project – I was looking for an image that would be ideal for paper piecing as I find this is the easiest way to use up the small odds and ends of papers that I can’t bear to throw away!  As soon as I saw this cute little girl, I could see her dress paper pieced, along with a matching bow….not to mention the flag!!

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I coloured the image with Pro-Markers, then “dressed” her with the dress and bow that I had cut from a scrap of patterned paper from the Hip Hip Hooray Stack by American Crafts – in fact, all the patterned papers on the card are from the same stack, which is my absolute favourite because of the bright, juicy summer colours.  I also used scraps for the flowery stripes across the background, the flag and the sentiment.

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I based the layout on the current sketch and twist challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. I chose to use the middle row (sentiment, designer paper, flower).  The frame and stripes have been popped up on 3D pads to create a little distance between the patterned background and the flowery stripes – might have caused a few migraines otherwise 😉 Unfortunately, I’ve just realised that our challenge goes live after the closing date, so I won’t be able to enter 😦  Never mind, I’m sure I’ll find a couple of other challenges to link up to!!

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I look forward to seeing all your scrappy makes over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday Challenge!

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

Cards Galore Encore – Anything Goes

 Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper

Doodle Pantry – Any Digi Goes

Feeling Crafty – One For The Ladies

One Sweet Challenge – Flowers

Sarah Hurley 365 – Anything Goes


A very quick, last minute post…

I promised to share my three special family cards with you, and here I am with the last in the trilogy….

This card is for my husband; we’ve been together since our late teens and celebrated our 12th anniversary earlier this year!  I chose “Christmas Together” by Sami Stamps as it reminded me of that moment, before we tiptoe up to bed on Christmas Eve, when we just take a look around and count our blessings…

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I kept the style of the card very simple, as that is the card style that he prefers – the bright reds and greens bring the tree to life, while the doodle frames it all off nicely.  I paper pieced the jumpers from the Harper Finch Sweater Weather paper collection and coloured the rest of the card in with Pro-Markers, not a spot of glitter in sight on this card!

Anyway, I’ve got brownie mince pies in the oven, so I’d best hustle on…  Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year!

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

Tuesday Throwdown – What Christmas Means To Me

Try It On Tuesdays – Trees

Top Tip Tuesday – Christmas

Scribble And Scrap – Anything Goes

Partytime Tuesdays – Challenge #152: Merry Christmas

LEJ Designs – Challenge 84: Anything goes

Ladybug Crafts – CAS

The Squirrel And The Fox – Merry Christmas

Thanks for reading x

Sparkle and Shine

I was very proud to be offered the chance to be Guest Designer over at Paula Holifield Crafts for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge which starts today!

I am only too aware that I’ve been avoiding making Christmas cards recently!  With this in mind, I focussed on adding Sparkle and Shine to an image that I have had lurking on my desk for a couple of weeks!

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This cute little angel is a free image from Sliekje Stamps.  I coloured the image in using Pro-Markers, adding Stickles for a little extra sparkle on the wings, dress and wand.  I have recently rediscovered paper piecing (thanks MilkCoffee!) and thought that this lovely Christmas tree would look great with the added depth to the foliage.  Again, a little dash of Stickles along the edge of the mulberry paper branch “layers” and some red gems that have been hiding in my stash for ages brought the sparkle and shine to the tree!  The papers are from a Forever Friends Christmas pack that I am gradually working my way through….it seems to have lasted ages, and has been very versatile! I added tiny little adhesive Bling gems to the centre of the snowflakes printed on the papers, and mounted the image and papers on a light blue shimmery card, topping off with a silver glittery snowflake die cut.

Finally, the card base deserved a sparkly touch, so I welded an offset sentiment to the base outline using my Silhouette, then cut the letters from some uber-glittery cardstock…and hey presto! More Shine and Sparkle than you can shake a stick at!!

Thank you to Paula Holifield Crafts for letting me try out their GDT spot – I had a great time!  Why don’t you add some Sparkle and Shine to your project today and head on over to the challenge!

Thanks for reading x


Crafty Sentiments – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday – Sparkles

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes

Card Crafter’s Circle – Cute Cards

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


Milk Coffee – Paper Piecing

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

613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes

Joanna Sheen Challenge – So Sweet