Monday, 18 May 2015

Mid month inspiration

Good morning to you all.

It's time for our mid month post where we feature one of the Design Team each month and for the next few months each of the team will be challenged to create something using their least favourite colour. We start of with Sally who apparently is non too keen on Pink.....................

"Our Mid month Challenge for the DT is to choose our least favourite colour and create something using that colour which for me is pink! I never wear pink myself and I remember getting very cross in Mothercare when Meg was a baby, as half the store was pink and half was blue, with no other colours available! Fortunately there seems to be more choice now. The shade of pink I like the least is what I call Barbie Pink. If you have ever walked down that isle at Toys r Us you will know what I mean! Anyway, back to my card.

As we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals this month I thought I would use their stamps for my card. First I stamped a flower from CI 206 in picked raspberry distress ink all over a 7x7 card. I then stamped around the edges with the same ink using CI 116. Next I dusted some more picked raspberry around the edges. I embossed a square of pink card with Victoriana cuttlebug embossing folder and distressed with white ink. Taking a piece of the same pink card, I stamped C1 134 using versafine black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and heat set. Then I matted this onto some silver mirri card and layered onto the embossed pink card...and now I am going for a lie down!"

Thanks Sally and well done on making such a pretty card with a colour you struggle with.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

May challenge - Flower Power

Welcome to out May challenge and this month we are thinking about all those Spring and Summer flowers with the theme of........................

******Flower Power******

Don't forget you can enter up to three times with different pieces of work so increase your chances of winning this months fabulous £35 store voucher from Crafty Individuals.

Crafty Individuals is an exciting web based venture into the creative world of crafts and altered art products and produce an eclectic range of unique and top quality art rubber stamps, cutting dies, masks/stencils and paper craft products.

We welcome Lynn as this months Guest Designer and just look at this beautiful Poppy shutter card she had made...............

And here is some more inspiration from the Design Team who have come up with some beauties as always...................

Using Crafty Individuals C1-302

Using Crafty Individuals CI 320 and Spring Paper Pad

Using Crafty Individuals CI-422 and "Shades of Summer" Background Paper Pad


Using CI 395 and 'Springtime' background papers book 3



Happy crafting and good luck with this months challenge, we look forward to seeing all your floral entries.

Friday, 1 May 2015

April winners

Morning to you all, it's time to announce our winner and Top 3 from our April entries and some really beautiful ones there were, our thanks to you all for joining in. It's always a difficult job selection our winners as the standard of work is so high, but we believe the varied crafting styles of our DT who all vote for our winners means everyone has an equal chance of winning and I am pleased to announce that our April winner who will receive the fab prize from PDA is.......................

Beautifully soft and delicate 

Huge congratulations Sandra, we loved you card. Please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can get your prize arranged.

And our Top 3 are......................

Such a feminine creation

Pink perfection

Elegant and classic

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge for your own blogs.

I will be back again on Sunday with our new challenge.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Eret's favourite stamps

Good morning, it's time for our mid month inspirational post and a reminder that this months theme is 'Pretty in Pink", there is a fabulous £40 store voucher to be won from PDA who sell not only great quality cardstock and essentials, but much more as well including stamps, embellishments and products from many of our favourite crafts stores such as Imagination and Hobby House.

This time it is Eret who is sharing her five favourite stamps with you. Eret lives in Estonia and I think the beauty of her Country shows through in many of her cards, I will hand you over to her to tell you more about her choices........

"Hi! It's my turn to share my favorite stamps. Oh boy....It's much more difficult than making a card. I have to admit that I failed. I am not able to choose five single stamps. I bring out five stamp sets and try to select favorite images from them.

I'll start with my favorite background stamp: Sparkle N Sprinkle Crackle Background. It's fabulous for adding pattern and texture to all kind of projects.

On this suitcase I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Copper Flame and Caramel embossing powders. I like how this pattern makes it look like an old leather.

Crackle Background looks awesome on masculine cards. On this graduation card it's stamped again with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Detail EP.

I love butterflies. I reach over and over again to the Hero Arts Butterflies #3 set. I can't choose which butterfly from the set is my favorite.

On following card I used butterflies as embellishments. They are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Promarkers and fussy cut.

I also love flourishes and swirls. I have many sets but Viva D├ęcor Floral Embellishments I like most. My favorite stamp in there is the largest.

Here's a card with the large flourish and previously mentioned butterflies. Flourish is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and I added some stickles to it.

Shabby Chic Birdhouse  is most gorgeous stamp set I have. I love these pretty images and beautifully designed sentiments.

The bird from this set is so adorable. It's perfect for spring cards. Here's one earlier card I used this image.

I also used the birdhouse and sentiment on a chocolate pocket card.

Here is one more beautiful stamp set - Dahlia. Again, I'm not able to choose one favorite stamp from the set - maybe two: largest flower and leaves. But they are all wonderful.

You can make awesome layering with those images. On following card, largest flower is popped up in four layers.

That's it! Full details of all the cards are linked to my blog".

Thank you so much for taking the time to share more of your lovely work with us Eret.

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