Tuesday, 20 August 2013

LEJ Designs Challenge #67

Welcome Friends, Followers, and fellow Bloggers. Thank you for paying me a visit.
Well, the last two weeks have flown by and the new challenge over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog has come around very quickly....
This Weeks theme is.........

Here are the links you will need:

This top badge will take you to the wonderful LEJ Designs Challenge Blog. On this blog you will find previous weekly challenges and DT makes to inspire you, as well as this weeks theme and DT inspirations.
This badge will take you to the brilliant LEJ Designs Shop. In the shop you will be able to view all the wonderful Digi Images created by the owner and designer Lindsay Elise Jolly. Always worth a visit, as time to time there are some wonderful freebies up for grabs. New Items are added all the time.
Our wonderful sponsors for this weeks Challenge is....

What I made

I absolutely loved the Nature Inspired theme, it let my imagination run wild and allowed me to get VERY messy.
The image I used is an absolutely gorgeous LEJ Designs one and I found it so easy to colour in. Its a versatile image and looks gorgeous on cards.
I individually punched the leaves and embossed them in a wonderful punch set I have (couldn't find a makers name on them).
I then used several of the Rangers and Tim Holtz Distress Inks to colour the leaves in. I used different colours for the main body of the leaf and the tips, to give them that autumn drying out look and feel.
I made the card base from a sheet of A3 card that I had in my stock. I stamped and stencilled all over the card base with the same distress inks I used for the leaves.
I used a couple of dies to make the sentiment/comment box and some gorgeous green ribbon from my stash.
I then used lots of silicone glue to make the leaves dimensional and layered.
I am so proud of how this card has turned out and that I used a brand new fold to me.
I hope it will inspire you to get your inks and pens out and join in our wonderful Nature Themed Challenge.


Please take a look at my Blog Candy post. It would be lovely if you could all join in....We all love free Crafting Goodies.....
Thank you again for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments, They really do encourage me.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A crafting ME day

Welcome friends, fellow bloggers and crafters.... 

Today I had a whole day of crafting and it was just for ME. 
Just lately, I have made a lot of Design Team cards as well as orders, which is great, but can be quite restricting. 
I have used some images that I have coloured myself. I have to say, I am quite proud of how the images turned out. 

Well, here is what I have made....


Just lately I have tried making a variety of shaped cards (can't show you those because they are DT work) as well as different occasions. 

I hope you like the cards I have made. If there are any constructive criticisms , I would love to hear them as I am always striving to improve. 


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

LEJ Designs Challenge #65

Today is the launch of the new LEJ Challenge #65 - Lovely Lace
Here are the links for the Challenge Blog and Shop...

First prize is 4 wonderful Digi Images of your choosing from the LEJ Designs Shop.
Second prize is Crafty Goodies.
All images used in the Design Team makes are from the LEJ Shop and drawn by the very talented Lindsay Elise Jolly, who is also the owner of the company.
The images are unique and very easy to colour. Some gorgeous new ones have been added to the shop...Please keep popping in, as there are always new images as well as the occasional freebie up for grabs.
The Challenge Blog has recently had a big DT drive, and I am please to announce that we have a number of new crafters join us. Please see the tab at the top of my blog for details of who they are, and the links to their blogs.
Now to my make......
I will admit, I struggled a lot with this. I wanted to make a wedding card that was different. I love the white and classy wedding cards, but these aren't for everyone.
I will warn you, the backing paper is a bit bright in the photo, but it isn't as bright in the real light.
I used two different wedding papers, as well as some diecuts, time holtz distress ink, Patterned silver mirri card, flowers frame and sentiment printed from Serif Craft Artist and some Lace and gems from my stash.

I did warn you it wasn't a traditional wedding card....It's worth a playing around with something different once in a while.
I hope you can pop over and enter the 'Lovely Lace' theme and also visit the shop to see what LEJ Designs have to offer.
Thank you once again for your wonderful visit and your kind words on my blog.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

SeemasCrafts New Challenge - Butterflies

Welcome Friends, Crafters and Fellow Bloggers...
It's the start of a new month which means one thing.... A brand new challenge over on


SeemaCrafts is not only a Challenge Blog, but a shop as well. Seema makes the most gorgeous hand made embellishments and the butterflies used in the Design Team pieces this month are from the SeemaCrafts shop.
This months challenge theme is 'Butterflies'. It would be nice to see some butterflies as the main theme of the makes, rather than just small embellishments.
I hope you will take a look over on the Challenge Blog and Shop and hopefully the makes will inspire you to join in with this wonderful theme. There are crafty prizes up for grabs from one of our amazing sponsors...please see blog post for more details.

Here is what I have made....


What I used...

Canvas Board - from The Works
Butterfly Embellishments - from SeemaCrafts
Butterfly Stamps - from Kanban
Guesso - from The Range
Stayzon Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Various sized paper roses - from eBay
Lace and Ribbon from my stash
Skeleton Leaves
Pearl Spray

For the texture on the Canvas Board, I used Guesso mixed with some Distress Ink Re-inker. This makes a lovely clear textured layer with a colouring to it.
I loved making this piece, as I got very messy and was able to let myself go and just layer with ink and guesso and then more guesso lol
I hope you will take time to enter this great challenge.
Thank you for visiting, all feedback is welcome.

Just For Fun - Brand New Challenge Blog

Well I am very excited to announce that the first challenge for
is up and running.
The challenge this month is
and runs from the 1st August to the 28th August.
As this is the first month, there is a small crafty prize up for grabs.

If you love our Challenges and the Blog, then you can take our wonderful blog badges from our side bar. There are also gorgeous badges for the winners of our challenges.
I would love it if you would take a trip to the 'Just For Fun' Challenge Blog and have a look at the brilliant Design Team pieces. We hope they will inspire you to join in with the challenge.
Here is what I have made.......

What I have used:
Crafters Companion Humphrey's Corner CD
Green Lace from my stash
Joy Crafts Border Die
Wax Paper
Flowers from my stash
Pearl Spray from my stash
I hope you like my first Design Team piece for this exciting new Challenge Blog, and I hope you will visit us and play along.