Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Charming Birthday at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's our third and last week of inspiration posts at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog, but don't worry - you still have plenty of time to enter the challenge here

This week I challenged the team to use a charm on their projects.  I bought some charms a while ago and hadn't used some yet, so needed an excuse!!
I have used the image 'Happy Birthday' to create an easel card. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Blue shimmer card
  • Recollections patterned paper
  • Twine
  • Cupcake charm
  • Pearls
  • Spellbinders nesting die 'Lattice Rectangle'
  • Ranger Stickles 'Platinum'
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls 'White Opal'
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script word dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Henna, Cocoa, Caramel, Burnt Sienna, Pastel Pink, Almond, Prussian, Violet, China Blue, Cobalt, Midnight, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Holly, Warm Grey 1 & 2, Amber, Soft Lime, Denim & Blue Pearl

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creative Fingers - #144 Anything Goes
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #38 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Creations - #364 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April Anything Goes
  5. Let's Craft & Create - #136 Anything Goes

Monday, 16 April 2018

Guest Designer at Aurora Wings

Eeep I'm so excited to have been chosen as Guest Designer at Aurora Wings this month.  The challenge is Black & White with a hint of colour and I've gone all-out with a set of ATCs using flower sprites. There's seven cards to represent the whole rainbow. You don't even want to know how long it took me to decide on which sprite for which colour 🤣🤣🤣
You can enter the challenge here

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Core'dinations Chalk Core cardstock
  • Embossing folders - 
    • Embossalicious 'Floral Frenzy' & the one used for Poppy Sprite - I can't find the name of it so if you know please tell me! (It's 6x6")
    • Crafts-Too 'Hearts'
    • Cuttlebug 'Textile'
    • Sizzix Textured Impressions 'Dots'
    • Daisy Chain (free with magazine)
    • DoCrafts (floral - free with magazine)
  • ProMarkers - All Sprites - Black & Cool Grey 1-5

I am entering my ATCs into the following challenges:
  1. Colour Crazy - WK15 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz - #412 Anything Goes
  3. Love To Scrap - #108 April Showers Bring May Flowers
  4. Passion For ProMarkers - WK439 Blooming Days
  5. Simon Says Wednesday - Add Some Texture
  6. The Crafter's Cafe - #194 World Art Day
  7. Classic Design Team Open - #24 Anything Goes
  8. A Perfect Time To Craft - #4 Anything Goes
  9. Allsorts - WK463 Spring Flowers or Showers
  10. Card Mania - #103 Spring

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Monochrome Thank You at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's week two of our challenge and inspiration posts at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog. The current theme is USE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR and you can enter here.

This week the team were challenged to go Monochrome. I chose to use black and white as I did a coloured monochrome recently.
I used one of the newer grayscale images - 'The Fading Rose- and added a bit more definition, as it printed pretty light.  
Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Embossalicious embossing folder
  • Spellbinders nesting die 'Lattice Rectangle'
  • Ribbon
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script word dies
  • Papermania gems
  • ProMarkers - Black, Cool Grey 1-5

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Favourite Colour at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's finally starting to look like spring around here, although there has been some little bits of snow again today.  The weather has been so crazy around the world though, so much snow back home in England last month and loads for my American friends too. 

But, back to why we're here - all things crafty right?!

This month at Ching-Chou Kuik's challenge blog we are asking you to use your FAVOURITE COLOUR - click here to join in.  If you don't have a favourite colour, use them all!!

My favourite colour is purple and I fell in love with the Monarch Butterfly image as soon as I saw it, so I had to make something for myself.  I have a gallery wall in my bedroom and decided to make a little banner for that.  
Products used:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Nesting stitched banner dies
  • Papermania eyelets
  • Recollections twine
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • ProMarkers - Slate, Aubergine, Plum, Purple, Amethyst, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Orchid, Blossom, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue & Burnt Sienna
  • Sakura Gelly Rolls - White & Sky Star

I am entering my banner into the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - #524 Anything Goes
  2. Double D - Twine
  3. Card Mania - #103 Spring
  4. Classic Design Team Open - #24 Anything Goes
  5. Butterfly Challenge - #98 Letter T (Twine, two items identical - eyelets, Triangles - formed at the top between the twine and the banner, Thistle - this colour looks like the Blossom ProMarker I used on the flowers, plus my little paper flower)

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Day of the Dead Birthday Twist

Well I actually had this card made for a while, but I was waiting to post it.  I made it for my Mum's birthday - she shares my love of skulls, so Aurora Wings' 'Day of the Dead Sprite' was just perfect.  
If you follow me you will know how much I love twisted easels. There's just something about them - impressive to look at, but so easy to make.  

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Recollections gems
  • Leather thread
  • Skull beads
  • Stitched hill dies
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-5, Black, Shale, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Indigo, French Navy, Aegean, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Canary & Lemon
  • Sakura Gelly Rolls - Blue Star, Metallic Silver & White

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings - Sprite Delight V 
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
  3. World Wide Open Design Team - #3 Anything Goes
  4. A Perfect Time To Craft - #4 Anything Goes
  5. Classic Design Team Open - #24 Anything Goes
  6. Love To Scrap - #108 April Showers Bring May Flowers
  7. Crafts Galore Encore - #50 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Little Fluffy Clouds

It's not feeling too much like spring here, so I thought I'd colour myself a nice spring sky.   Thinking of a title for this post brought a song to mind, which I'm listening to as I type - 'Little Fluffy Clouds' by The Orb (yipes, it's 27 years old now 😲).

This is another tutorial from Make It Crafty's 'Colouring Skies' book.  I've changed it up a bit and used a different image (Summer Dreams) with the background.  The images come with the eBook download, which is awesome. 
I'm marking myself with a 'could do better' on the clouds, lol. I kinda got the shadow on the tops instead of the bottoms.  Rectified it a bit.  It was my first try though so I'm not too unhappy. 

ProMarkers used - Khaki, Pear Green, Apple, Forest, Bright Green, Leaf Green, Pine, Lavender, Powder Blue, Lilac, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Putty, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Canary, Mulberry, Cerise, Pink Carnation, Burnt Sienna, Caramel and Sandstone

I am entering my colouring into Make It Crafty - Spring Skies challenge

Monday, 26 March 2018

Lilacs For You

Ooh how could I resist this gorgeous freebie 'Lilac Sprite' from Aurora Wings?
Thought it was about time to do another gift tag as I haven't made any since Christmas. I do love that finishing touch to a nicely wrapped present.

Products used:

  • Papermania cardstock
  • Stitched tag dies
  • Stitched banner die
  • Grunge corner die
  • Foliage die
  • twine
  • Papermania gems
  • Distress Oxide 'Wilted Violet'
  • ProMarkers - Amethyst, Lilac, Lavender, Holly, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl & Purple

I am entering my tag into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings - Sprite Delight V
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #78 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Fingers - #144 Anything Goes
  4. Simon Says Wednesday - Floral Frenzy

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Hello Green Moth at Ching-Chou Kuik

Wow, it's already the last week of our challenge this month! I hope you've had time to join in and check out all the wonderful inspiration from the team. 
Don't forget the theme is EASTER/SPRING and there's still time to enter here.

This week Dianne challenged the DT to use Green in our creations.  I'm not especially fond of green, but I can always find some inspiration.  I have used 'Moth' from the Circle Oriental Kimono Lady set.  I really love these circular images as they're self-contained and make great card toppers, tags, ornaments etc. 
Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Designer paper
  • Recollections paper flowers
  • Hello word die
  • Foliage dies
  • Stitched hill die
  • Ranger Stickles - Green
  • ProMarkers - Moss, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Holly, Lush Green, Mint Green, Leaf Green, Apple, Meadow Green, Forest, Bright Green, Pine, Olive, Pear Green & Lime Green

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Double D - Just Wing It
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - Floral Frenzy
  3. Crafty Creations - #362 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - #161 Make It Green
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - March Anything Goes
  6. Creative Craft Cottage - #105 Make It Feminine

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Love Letters at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's week 2 of our challenge and inspiration at Ching-Chou Kuik so why not come and join us?  The theme this month is EASTER/SPRING and you can enter here
You can also join in with the challenges over on our Facebook Group here

For the DT inspiration this week we were challenged to use a nursery rhyme or a song.  I have chosen 'Love Letters' by Elvis Presley to make a card using 'Far Away Messages'. ('Love Letters In The Sand' as sung by various artists also works well for this image).

Products used:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Shell and foliage dies
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Beige, Walnut, French Navy, Black, Aegean, Dusky Pink, Putty, Almond, Bright Orange, Pumpkin, Gold, Sunflower, Burnt Orange, Spice, Peach, Holly, Marine, Turquoise, Lush Green, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Cocoa, Vanilla, Tan, Cinnamon, Mint Green, Tulip, Orchid, Amethyst, Fuchsia, China Blue, Amber, Arctic Blue & Cobalt

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Cut It Up - #143 Digitally Yours
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Moments - #138 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations - #362 Anything Goes
  5. Colour Crazy - WK10 Anything Goes

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Sunset Beach

Hey Crafty Peeps, is it spring where you are?  We have a beautiful sunny day here but still lots of snow, so I'm not really in a spring mood just yet. 
I've been eyeing Make It Crafty's 'Colouring Skies' eBook for a while, so with it being half price for their latest challenge I knew I couldn't wait any longer! 

I will be framing this picture for my gallery as I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I wasn't too sure about the sky when I started.... not so easy with bullet nibs! 
  • ProMarkers - Buttercup, Tulip, Amber, Pastel Pink, Carmine, Amethyst, China Blue, Cobalt Blue, True Blue, French Navy, Caramel, Sandstone, Warm Grey 1-5 & Black
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • Wink of Stella

I added some Wink of Stella to really make the sea shimmer

I am entering my picture into the following challenges:
  1. Make It Crafty - Spring Skies
  2. Creative Moments - #138 Anything Goes
  3. Lemon Shortbread - #62 Anything Goes
  4. Let's Craft and Create - #135 Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Monday - Whatever The Weather
  6. The Corrosive Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
  7. Colour Crazy - WK10 Anything Goes

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