Friday, 21 February 2014

Left Of Centre Challenge #24

Welcome to the second week of the current Left Of Centre Creative Challenges 'Demon Lovers' Challenge. 

The Left Of Centre Creating Challenges Challenge Blog is mainly for the alternative, dark and gothis side of crafting, however we won't turn anyone away if you want to share your work with us. 
We offer fortnightly Challenges, with great themes that get your brains ticking over...

We are lucky to have a list of amazing sponsors for your challenge, and this week we have the incredibly talented "Rick St Denis". 
If you haven't had chance to visit his shop before, you really really have too. There is something for everyone, and his images are so wonderfully detailed.

So, Here is what I have made for this "Demon Lovers" Challenge...

I have to say, I had so much fun making this wedding card....mum thought I was making a normal card, till she saw the image that was going on it lol 

I used the Rick St Dennis image "Zombie Newly Deads". I coloured this in with my colouring pencils. 

I used my grand nestabilities for the main matting and layering diecuts and also a jocrafts die for the doves and heart. 

I used matching coloured rustic ribbon, with lace over the top. Different embellishments like skeleton leaves and pearl sprays etc...

I finished the card with the sentiment made from Alphabet pegs and cut out into individual letter pieces, and purple card candi. 

It would be lovely to see some of my regular blogging friends to join in with some of the future Left Of Cebtre Challenge themes...let your hair down and have fun :-) 

Thank you for your visits and lovely kind words.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

February Just For Fun Mid-Way Inspiration

Where has the love gone??? Well, this year, well every year lol, I didn't get a valentines card...aaawwww I hear you say! Never mind, my prince will come one day :-) on his horse, pulling a cart full of crafting goodies lol

Each month means we see a new challenge over the the Just For Fun Challenge Blog....and this is the Mid-Month Inspirational post.

The Just For Fun Challenge Theme this month is LOVE....

This month, we have a wonderful prize donated by Mandz, one of our fabulous Design Team members....

I am Team B, but as it's the month of lurveeeeeee I thought I would show some love and do both posts :-) 

Here is what I have made....

All images are from a Fizzy Moon Serif CraftArtist Digi Kit. 
I think these little characters are so sweet and wanted to do a "cute" wedding card for once, rather than a mature one. 

I used my grande nestabilities, to make the main diecut, and normal nestabilities to do the image and matting for it. 
I fussy cut the flowers, and glittered the flowers an parts of the image. It was so hard to take photos that showed the glitter, but it is there...honest! 

I know it is too late now to make valentines cards, however the theme is "LOVE" so you can make anniversary, wedding, with love cards etc....

I hope you will pop over and join us for a chance to win that gorgeous ribbon collection! 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Bloody Valentine Blog Hop

I hope you are all warm and ok on this wet and cold day. Looking forward to the snow?

Today sees the start of the 'Bloody Valentines Blog Hop', over on the
 Smeared and Smudged Challenge Blog

This hop is dedicated to the dark side of valentines, rather than the cute and cuddly.
The wonderful Left Of Centre Creative Challenges Blog are taking part in this brilliant hop.
As I am lucky to be on the Left Of Centre Design Team, I jumped at the chance to contribute to our efforts.

As you know, I really enjoy making alternative/darker cards, as well as normal ones. This was something I really enjoyed I best show you what I've made lol

I started off with two black and white images. I coloured them with colouring pencils and added glossy accents, to areas I wanted to stand out. 
I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink and a shaving brush. I love the stippled look that the brush gives. 

The backing is made with a stencil and many layers of Tim Holtz disttess ink, in many colours. 
Backing and images have been matted with kraft card.

I finished the card with some red flat backed gems both round and heart shaped. 

I hope you will explore your dark side and join in this wonderful event. Simple click on the Smeared and Smudged link above for more details, prizes and instructions of where to visit first. 

Thank you for all your continued support and compliments on my work.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Why be Nice when you could be NAUGHTY!

Welcome back lovely bloggers, crafters and friends.... I hope you are all warm and dry....

As my regular visitors will know, I have really gotten into the 'alternative/darker' side of crafting. 
Although I have only just started exploring this kind of stuff, I LOVE it!!!! I have gone out and purchased lots of new images and papers etc and I am addicted to colouring. 
I think what I love about this kind of crafting, is you can play with colours and things that you wouldn't normally be able to do with mainstream images and makes. 
I have gotten so messy with inks and mica and sanding... it's so freeing being able to play and experiment and know that it will work, even if it goes a little wrong (boy do I go wrong a lot) lol

Well enough waffle, I suppose I should show you what I have made.......

For this card, I have used an image from The Stamping Chef 'on cloud 9'. This image is quite cutsie with the heart bubbles and the fluffy cloud, however I tried to make it a bit more Naughty and Darker by having blood drips from the bubbles and the colours used.
For the colouring, I have used WHSmiths coloring pencils.

The black backing card is cordinations card srock with sanded edging to show red through. 
The harlequin paper was distressed, but I also wanted to have it work with the other colours, so I coloured some of the diaminds with red and grey. 

I have distressed the edges of the image and harlequin paper with a tim holtz distressing tool. 

The heart I freehand ripped, punched holes and added eyelets. I threaded thin red ribbon, to give it a sexy corset look. 

I had so much fun making this card as it is sexy and dark and makes me think of tattooed burlesque dancers.

I would like to enter this into the "PunkYouGirl" challenge Hearts & Harlequins.

I would also like to apply for a place on their Design Team. As I said, I haven't been making this kind of stuff for long, but I am very passionate about crafting and this style is a huge passion of mine now. 

My email address is

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. The Stamping Chef - Challenge #15 Anything Goes
2. Addicted To Stamping - Challenge #75 Hearts
3. Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #38 Anything Goes
4. Glitter n Sparkle - Challenge #71 Valentines/Add Some Red
5. Scribble and Scrap - Challenge #11 Always Anything Goes
6. One Crazy Stamper - February Anything Goes Challenge
7. Through The Craftroom Door - February Challenge
8. Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
9. Craftitude 'Paper Crafting With Attitude' - Anything Goes or Valentines/Love
10. Quoth The Raven Nevermore - Valentine, How doth I loveth thee
11. Crafty Girl Challenges - Challenge #11 Anything Goes
Thank you so much for your visits and lovely feedback you leave me..... my followers and commenters are very important to me...

Friday, 7 February 2014

Two Fantastic Challenge's to Announce......

Welcome back fellow crafters, bloggers and friends.
Where did January go??? AND it is already the 7th of February!!!
Well, this doesn't happen very often, but two of the Challenge Blogs that I am on the Design Team of, are launching Challenges and Mid Month Inspirational posts today.
The first Challenge Blog to be launching their second ever Monthly challenge is the brilliant LEJ Designs:
Their challenges launch on the 7th or each month, and end of the 5th of the following month. There are always crafty goodies to be won, please see the main blog for more details.
This months theme is..... Can you guess???..... Love/Valentines
Here Is What I Have Made
I used Kraft card for the matting and layering and the punched border.
The wonderful image I coloured with my water colour pencils and a thin Koi water brush.
I used a bold rose patterned paper I got from my craft stash.
I finished off with flat backed gems, diecut heart and leaves and a lovely flower and feather.
This image can be found on the blog page
The second Challenge Blog that is Launching their Mid Month Inspirational post is the wonderful Left Of Centre:
The Challenge Theme is......... Cute Vs Creepy........ and we are extremely lucky to be sponsored by the brilliantly talented MelJen's Designs
Here Is What I Have Made

I really struggled with this one....It is hard to mix Cute and Creepy together..... I used the image 'Nibbles the Cat' and coloured him with bright, slightly alternative coloured Spectrum Noirs.
I added white pens and glossy accents to highlight areas of the image.
I stamped the sentiment 'Why Try To Fit in? ..... Be Yourself!' as I think it is a very important message and went well with what I wanted the card to be like.
For the backing, I have used Kanban card and a pink glossy card, with diecuts. Finished the card off with card candi and a lovely ribbon.

The idea of the card was to have the cat clash/stand out from the rest of the card, but not to worry about doing so. He should be what he wants to be, rather than what outside influences tell him he should be.
I am not sure if the card works, but I like to think it fits the theme brief.
Please take a look at the main blog post to find details of what MelJen's are offering the lucky winner of this current challenge.
As always, I hope my work has inspired you to pop along to both blogs and play along with their wonderful challenges. Let your hair down and let your imagination flow......
Thank you for all your visits and really kind words.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Just For Fun February Challenge

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.... I have to say, I am feeling the love for my fellow crafters and bloggers :-)

A ne month means we see a new challenge over the the Just For Fun Challenge Blog....

The Just For Fun Challenge Theme this month is LOVE....

This month, we have a wonderful prize donated by Mandz, one of our fabulous Design Team members....

I am Team B, so usually only join in on the Mid - Month Inspiration post.
This month, you are so lucky, as I am joining in both posts as I just love the theme.....

Here is what I have made....

I love these little fellers and couldn't resist using them for a valentine's card.

I printed off a topper sheet from the house mouse CD, as well as some matching backing paper.

I glossy accented the love hearts in the images to give them a lovely shine to catch the eye.

The gold hearts are made by pasting gold pearl creative expressions paste through a stencil. I then used a heatgun to dry this and give it the lovely bubbled texture. I then cut the individual hearts out.

I think this is a really cute and fun valentines set, that would bring a smile to anyones face....male or female....

I hope this has given you some inspiration to pop over to the chalkenge blog and join in the fun....

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Dark can still be Colourful

Good morning wonderful crafters, bloggers and friends.... hope you are all keeping warm and dry in the horrendous weather...

This is a card made with a Stamping Chef Digi Stamp that I coloured last week, but haven't had chance to use yet.
This evening is the first time I have sat down to craft since winston, my woofer, had his surgery.

Since joining the Left Of Centre DT, I have loved playing with alternative images and colour mixes etc, and I've loved it. YES I love my cute stuff, but the alternative stuff is also great and really lets me play and let my hair down a bit.

This is what I've Made

The paper is from a BoBunny halloween pad, its the first time ive used it. There are some gorgeous colourful designs in the pad, I'm looking forward to using it more.

The sengiment was a plain white and silver one, which I have inked and matted and layered with the same colours as the diecuts.

The card has been finished off with black glitter peeloff dots placed along the top, corners of paper sections and also on the sentiment.

The image has been coloured with WHSmiths blendable colouring pencils, which I am absolutely addicted to using! I get so much more detail using these, than I do using my spectrum noirs. 

I have glossy accented the eyes, heaet in the hat and some of the feather.

I have added some glitter pen to the dots ober the eyebriws, piercing jewelkery and the pattern around the eyes.

Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Love To Create Challenge Blog - - Sketch Challenge 

3. Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - - Stamped Image

4. Cards Galore Encore Challenge Blog - - Use Bling (black glitter peeloffs)

5. One Crazy Stamper Blog  - -  Anything Goes
6. Doodle Pantry Blog - - Use Any Digi

Thank you once again for your visits and wonderful comments...

Saturday, 1 February 2014

SeemaCrafts February Challenge

Welcome Everyone..... What I would like to know is, Where did January go?? One minute its Christmas, and next thing its February and I have no idea where all those days went!!

Over on the SeemaCrafts Challenge Blog....
This months theme is........ Love / Valentines

SeemaCrafts isn't just a Challenge Blog, but a shop as pop over and have a nosy at what they have to offer.
We offer a small crafting prize, please see main blog post for details of the fabulous prize from imagination crafts, generously donated by the lovely Kath Halstead (aka mucky paws).

Here is What I Have Made

I really love this card. for me it is Clean and Simple and Elegant. The paper and the sentiment strip are both from a paper pad from the works and cost me 99p!!!
I backed everything with gol mirricard to make the papers stand out. 
The finishing touches are gems, ribbon bow and gorgeous flowers

I hope you are able to pop over to the SeemaCrafts Challenge Blogand join in with the brilliant Challenge this month...