Shades Of Grey (….And Black, White And Red!)

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I’ve got some really exciting news to share…a new collection of adorable images is being released today over at Kitty Bee Designs!! ¬†And to celebrate we’re having a blog hop! ¬†If you’ve been following the hop, you will have arrived here from Theresa’s blog (The Scrapbooking Queen)¬†– if you’ve stumbled upon it by accident, the full list is below. ¬†Now I know you’ll want to make sure you get along to each and every team member’s posts to leave a comment as one lucky person will win a digi of their choice from the new release…. I’ll point you in the right direction in a moment!

There are 12 new digis in the release; my card for this hop features Heart Strings Raccoon – between you and me, I’ll confess that he tugged at my heart strings as soon as I laid eyes on him!! ¬†As I’m sure you’ll know, raccoons are black, grey and white, so I chose to keep to a very monochrome colour scheme for the whole card, just accenting with red hearts!

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The image was coloured with Pro-Markers, mainly keping to the Cool Greys. ¬†The hearts were coloured in Carmine, Berry Red and Ruby, with Sakura Jelly Roll for the highlights and Glossy Accents to give them a lovely sheen. ¬†The papers are from the Dovecraft Back To Basics Monochrome stack – I’ve had my eye on this paper stack for a while (along with the ribbons and polka dot buttons!), so I took full advantage of my monochrome plan!

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Along the edges of the two banners strips, you can see some silver stitching – after seeing Mirella’s amazing hand stitched borders, I was inspired to give it a go! ¬†In the past, my stitching has always been a bit (read: a lot!) shaky, so this time I pierced the holes in the paper first, to give myself a pattern to follow, and then filled in the stitches with some metallic embroidery thread that I usually use for hanging decorations on my Christmas tree! ¬†Have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with it! ¬†The stitches are relatively straight, neat and even – although I won’t be offering to let anyone look at the reverse side, as it’s a totally different story!

I based this card around the current sketch over at From The Heart Sketches, as it was too sweet a chance to pass up!fhs Sketch051

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve read enough here! Please don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to be in with a chance to win an adorable new digi! And then carry on your journey, your next stop is Niki – Stampn’HI! ¬†I’ve popped the full list here too, just in case you’ve missed anyone:

Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Shirl – Creations by Shirl

Larissa – Muffins and Lace

Katie – Katie’s Crafts

Leanne – Finding My Groove

Taniaj – ManxMade

Julie – I Made A Card

kel – Scraps & photoGRAFFS

Theresa – The Scrapbooking Queen

Victoria – Very Belle Makes

Niki – Stampn’HI

Zella – Joyful Expressions

Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Hope you love the new collection as much as we do!  Make sure you take a look at all the adorable stamps just waiting for you over at Kitty Bee!

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

From The Heart Stamps – Sketch 51 (see above)

Penny’s Paper Crafty – Spots and Dots

Inky Impressions – Monochrome

I Love Promarkers – Love Is In The Air

Just Hanna Stamps – Hearts

MilkCoffee – Valentines

Cute Card Thursday¬†– Something New (I’ve used a new stamp and tried a new technique: hand stitching)

Fantastic Tuesdays – Sweet or Cute

Craft Your Passion – Spots and Stripes

Digi Galore Stamps – Monochrome

Pile It On – Animal

Challenges and Candies – Monochrome

Bunny Zoe’s Craft – Stitching

Thanks for stopping by x


Blonde or Brunette Pixie Holly – Your Choice!

Today I have two fairly identical cards to show you.  A very good friend asked me to make Christmas cards for her daughter and niece, based around this card.

The girls are the same age, all but a day, but one is very blonde, while the other is much darker haired.  So I decided to incorporate this into the cards, to personalise Pixie Holly a little more.

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Pixie Holly was a freebie from Pollycraft earlier in the year before the shop closed. ¬†I have made several cards with her this year, she’s a pleasure to work with! ¬†As usual I coloured with Pro-Markers, adding some Stickles o the wings for a little magical sparkle. ¬†The spotty and striped background papers were from Digital Bake Shop on Etsy, and were a sale bargain! ¬†I cut the sentiment using some glittercard and my Silhouette, welding an offset version of the sentiment to a rectangle to create the red background. ¬†I matted the image onto a little green glittercard too. ¬†The little holly leaves have been abandoned in stash for ages, no idea where they popped up from!! ¬†Glad they’ve been put to good use now though ūüôā


I based the cards around Sketch #225 from Saturday Sketch, in the current challenge, you can pick from a back catalogue of sketches – there really is one to suit every card!!

Thanks for reading x

Super Lenny!

November and December are both very busy months for birthdays in my little world! ¬†This Saturday, my son will turn 7 – and every year I find myself becoming more and more sentimental, wondering where the days, months and years have gone since we brought our first little bundle home from hospital!! ¬†I also think back to meeting a group of new mums who have since grown into close friends, as we have sat back and watched our first-borns grow so quickly from helpless infants into the ¬†independent boys and girls they are today…. ¬†Still, that’s more than enough of a trip down Memory Lane, onto today’s card!

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This is the card I have made for Lenny. ¬†The superhero stamp is one of the stamps I recently won from MelJen (thank you MelJen!); I love his stance and the way his mouth looks like he’s speaking! ¬†He was coloured with Promarkers, printed and cut using the Silhouette. ¬†The starburst background was a freebie paper from Megan Turnidge¬†– I love the combination of superhero and starburst! ¬†The blue and white star paper was another freebie, this time from MeinLilaPark¬†– there are so many great papers to choose from here that I struggle to make a decision… ¬†I have used several now and each time, I am impressed with the quality and designs. ¬†For the banners, I used a Silhouette cut file and some more free DPs from MeinLilaPark.

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I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Card Mania – Anything Goes

Sister Act – Anything Goes

Charisma Cardz – Anything Goes

Thanks for reading x