A Gorjuss wee card!

Hi, today I would like to share a card that I made during the week. A while ago I coloured this wee Gorjuss Girl in with just Sepia toned Promarkers after seeing Sarah Hurley demo it, I popped the image into a safe place and just recently rediscovered her.

I opted for pinks and browns to keep the card nice and simple. I haven’t put a sentiment on the card yet…

Here is a side on view so you can see the dimension on the card.

I coloured the stars in with a Sakura glitter gel pen to add some subtle sparkle.

Gorjuss Girl Stamp
Basic Grey & V&A Papers
Sakura Glitter Pen
Gems, papers from stash.

Thanks for popping by today, I have some exciting news to share this week so remember and pop back.  Have a great week,Carol xx

Butterfly Card Tutorial

Hello, today I am going to share a card I made with step by step instructions on how I made it.  There are a lot of pictures, so grab a cuppa and get comfy.

I thought I would share the finished card with you first, then show you how I made it.

1 Here are the ingredients for the card;
6×6 Card Blank, Navy Card, White Stamping Card
Swallowtail Butterfly Stamp from Stampin Up
Memento Ink in Paris Dusk
Promarkers in; Indigo Blue, Island Lagoon, Mint Green, Pink Lobster, Pink Carnation, Tropical Orchid, Orchid, Lavender, Tropical Sunrise, Soft Peach, Canary, Lemon.
Kuretake Wink of Stella Brush Pen in Clear
Stix2 PVA Adhesive & 3D Foam Pads
Oval & Scalloped Oval Punch
Sentiment Stamp

2  Trim down your navy layer of card to 14.4cm x 14.2cm 
Your white stamping card to 14cmx13.8cm
Place your stamp onto an acrylic block or cd case and ink it up.

3  I stamped the image off centre, to make the card slightly more interesting.

4 Start colouring your butterfly from the centre using Island Lagoon Promarker.

5 Take your Mint Green Promarker and colour over the darker green continuing to fill in the empty area with colour.

6 Using Tequila Sunrise colour the next section of the butterfly, use the shading lines of the stamp to guide you where to place the colour.

7  This time use Soft Peach to blend with the Tequila Sunrise.

8  Take your Canary pen and finish the section and start the next part of the wings.

9  Using the Lemon Promarker, go over the Canary section and colour in some of the next section.

10  The Pink Lobster pen is the next one to use.

11  Go over the Pink Lobster sections with Pink Carnation.

12  Use the Tropical Orchid, colour the next section.

13  Go over the Tropical Orchid with Orchid to blend the colours in.

14  Finish off the section with Lavender.

15  Use the base colours of Tequila Sunrise, Pink Lobster, Canary and Island Lagoon to fill in any empty section and highlight parts of your butterfly.

16  Put your card together by sticking down your navy layer to the card blank, then stick down your butterfly layer.  Time to add lots of subtle sparkle with your Wink of Stella Brush Pen.
Here is a super close close up of the finished butterfly, isn’t that sparkle just gorgeous?

17  Stamp the sentiment onto white card and punch it out using the oval punch.
Make a layer to place it on using the navy card and the oval scalloped punch.
Glue your sentiment onto the layer, and pop some 3d Foam under the navy layer and place on your card.

I hope you have enjoyed this step by step post as much as I enjoyed doing it.  Thanks for popping by today.

Carol x

Fairies and Toadstools!

Hello, today I am sharing a card that has 2 of my favourite things – Fairies and Toadstools.

I decided it was time to look out my Promarkers and Flexmarkers and colour in. Sometimes we all need to escape from real life and take some time out to play. I love the Gorjuss Girl stamps and have one or two *cough* that I like to colour in.  I found a lovely piece of cardstock in my stash and decided to use the colours on it for my Fairy and the die cut toadstools. I have left a wee space at the top right corner so I can pop a sentiment onto once I decide if I can part with it lol.

Gorjuss Girl Stamp
Toadstool & Grass dies
Papers from Stash

I hope you like this card, and it inspires you to look out your pens and have a play!

Carol x

One stamp set…

Hello, it’s been a while since I Blogged. My laptop died with all my digi stuff on it, and I am starting out fresh again, it’s going to take a while lol.Time to catch up!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to a fantastic New Year. We have a very busy and exciting few days ahead and I can’t wait! Anyway back to Blogging lol.

I tend to buy a few different stamp sets at Christmas and make lots of different cards, however this year I fell in love with a stamp set from Stampin Up.  It is really versatile and can be used for Halloween, Christmas, New Home and many more options. So here are a few of the Christmas cards I made using them.

I actually forgot to take a picture of the finished card with this one!
As you can see there are lots of options for them, and I have had great fun playing with them.

Faith,Trust and Pixie Dust.

Hello, I am currently enduring the joys of a pinged back and blogging when I can sit up lol. So today, I thought I would share a fairy themed card using unreleased stamps from Clare Brown for Sarah Hurley, but shhhhh!!! it’s our secret 😉

I just love fairies, toadstools and anything related to them so I really HAD to have this stamp set. I’m hoping to make a toadstool themed card soon if my back behaves itself.  
I wanted to make the card as pretty and feminine as possible without it being a pink-fest. I love the papers in the Be Mine Digi Kit and used glossy photo paper.  I layered it up with silver pearlised papers for a bit of extra twinkle.

I stamped her with Memento Ink and coloured her using Promarkers and Flexmarkers(colours are in the Ingredients List) she really is a joy to colour. And no fairy is complete without some Stardust Stickles on her wings,belt and shoes. I even covered the sentiment in Stickles too.

Woodland Fairy Stamp Set from Clare Brown for Sarah Hurley 
Papers from Be Mine Digi Kit 
 Promarkers; Dress – Mint,Pastel, Tea Green

Wings – Tea Green

Skin – Satin & Ivory

Hair – Saddle Brown & Nutmeg (Flexmarkers)

Outline – Cool Grey 1

Stardust Stickles

Punch, pearls, glossy photo paper, card all from stash.
I hope you can pop over to Sarah Hurley 365 and join in with our “Anything Goes” Challenge this month, there are great prizes up for grabs.
I would like to enter the following challenges;
Ditzie Designs – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Designs – Use your markers
KraftyHands – Anything Goes
We do Doobadoo – Lots of Layers
Brown Sugar – Pastel
Crafting For All Seasons – Lots of Layers
Pennys paper Crafty – 2 or more patterned papers

New challenge over at Sarah Hurley 365.

And this time the theme has been chosen by the lovely Claire N, and it is All Embellishments Just One Shape. What a great theme, I of course had to pick stars for mine.

I used some gorgeous navy blue starry paper from one of Sarah’s  A Few of My Favourite Things kit as my background. I made a postcard using the Christmas Mail Stamps, I am really loving this set and use the postcard quite a lot as it is so versatile. I masked the bottom left hand side of it and stamped the gorgeous Wish Upon a Star set, and coloured her in with Promarkers and Flexmarkers to match the papers. 

The sentiment comes from Star Stamps, and I heat embossed it using silver embossing powder. To add a few stars to it, I scattered some silver sequin stars on the backing paper and one on the front of Twinkles dress. I distressed the edges of the postcard using some Memento ink.

I popped some pleated ribbon on and put the postcard onto some 3mm 3D foam to give the card some dimension.

Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Memento, Versa Mark and Archival Ink.
Foam Pads and Collall.
Ribbon and silver sequins from stash.

I hope you can pop over and join us this month at the Sarah Hurley 365 Challenge, there are great prizes up for grabs.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Through The Purple Haze – Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy – use a Sentiment
2 Sisters – Embossing
Allsorts Challenge – Colour Beginning with B
Cards Galore Encore – Add Bling
Frosted Designs – Winter Blues
Crafty Ribbons – Anything goes with ribbons
Paper Crafting Journey – Emboss That

Live your dream.

What a dreadful day it is here today, heavy rain, freezing cold, damp and dark.  So I thought I would share a nice bright and cheery card with you all.

I made this for the Lookbook from Sarah Hurley using the Doodle Doll Princess Stamp Set. I got a piece of white card and used the star border from the set to make the corners. I used lots of bright colours of ink to make it really pop.  Once I had completed that I stamped the princess onto it and coloured her hair, eyes and face with Promarkers. I just love the sentiments that are part of this set and this one was perfect for the card.

Memento Inks
Card from stash.

I hope you can pop over and have a look at the Lookbook and get lots of inspiration from all the fabulous creations in it.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
7 Kids College Fund  – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Bearly Mine – Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays – Colour Explosion

A Spooktacular card.

It’s almost Halloween, and I thought I would make another wee Halloween themed card.  I decided to use Angelica Strange as the focal point for my card, how cute is she? I coloured her using Promarkers, stamped the skull onto her dress, then masked it to have the crossed bones on the dress too.  All of the papers are from the 31 Spook Street Digi Kit and I punched them out using my trusty Hexagon Punch.  The sentiment also comes from the Angelica Strange set.

Memento and Archival Ink Pads
Foam pads

I hope you like her as much as I do, and it inspires you to do some Halloween crafting!

I would like to enter the following challenges;
2 Sisters – Cute & Spooky
Di’s Digi Designs – Halloween
Cute Card Thursday  – Spooktacular
Happy Campers – Halloween
Crafting for all seasons  – Too cute to spook
Eureka Stamps – Halloween Colours
Make My Monday – Halloween

Moooo Booooo!

It’s midway inspiration over at Kitty Bee Designs for their Halloween Challenge and I thought I would join “Team Bees” as I love the Halloween digi stamps so much.

I used this cute cow dressed as a pumpkin, how cute is it?  I coloured it with Promarkers, and popped some Stickles on the black patches and the pumpkins eyes.  I spent some time looking through all my digi papers, I hadn’t realised how many I actually had, just as well they don’t take up much space 😉 and picked a pumpkin one and some cow print for contrast.

I hope you can pop over and join in with the Halloween challenge.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Bloggers – Boo To You
Card Crafters Circle – In The Pumpkin Patch
Card Makin Mamas – Halloween
Simply Create Too – Halloween
Totally Paper Crafts – Too Cute to Spook
Crafting for all Seasons – Too Cute to Spook
The House That Stamps Built – Halloween
Freshly Brewed Designs – Pumpkins
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Halloween
Without Words  – Pumpkins

There is a new range on the block.

And I would like to say “Welcome to 31 Spook Street” . And the residents of this street are The Strange Family. I am soooo super excited and lucky to have had a sneaky play, and teased you all with a sneaky peek, with this spooktacular new range from Sarah Hurley.
I had a play with the Digi Kit to make this card, and a couple of the stamp sets are winging their way to me.  As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them, especially when I saw the really cute cat, owl and ghosts wooooooo. Though best of all is this little chap that I have coloured as he is called “Malcolm Strange” and I adore him, nothing to do with the fact my hubby is called Malcolm 😉 The digis in the set are coloured or black and white, so ideal if you want to make a quick card, or like me want to create a scene with one or more of the characters. I popped Poe the Owl and Muffin the Cat in, just so Malcolm wasn’t alone.  You may have noticed the awesome skulls and bones on the background paper, that is also from the set and is featured in different colours, and they all work perfectly together.

31 Spook Street Digi Kit  Paper & Digital Stamps
Coloured with Promarkers and Flex Markers
Malcolm – Hair – Ice Grey 4 & 5
Face – Leaf, Apple & Meadow Green, 
Shirt – Cool Grey 1, 
Waist Coat – Aubergine, Plum & Purple
Buttons, Bow Tie & Hankie – Orange & Burnt Orange
Trousers – Warm Grey 4
Shoes – Warm Grey 5

Muffin – Cool Grey 1, 3 & 4, Bright Orange and Salmon Pink

Poe – Tawny Owl, Grey Squirrel and Purple

Post – Auburn(FM) and Burnt Sienna
Stampin Up Punch and Stamps
“Boo” sentiment made using Block Alpha Stamps

Bakers Twine, Pearlised card and orange paper from stash.

I really hope you can pop over to 31 Spook Street and say hello 😀

I would like to enter the following challenges; 
Clear It Out Challenge- Let’s Hear it for the boys 
Passion For Promarkers – For The Boys
Shopping Our Stash – For the kids
Cards For Men – String it Up
Digi Sketch Challenge – For The Boys
Cutie Pie Challenges – Cute one for the boys
Glitter n Sparkle  – Male cards
Opus Gluei – Boo!
Creative Corner – Happy Halloween