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Monday, 31 March 2014

Happy Easter

 I love the arrival of Spring seeing daffodils popping up.  Here are two Easter cards I have made using the same backing papers and digital image but as you can see they look totally different.  The digital image I have used is a new release from Delicious Doodles called "Daffodils 2".  
I have coloured both digital images with Promarkers, distressed around the edge with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and then inked with Tim Holtz's Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint distress ink.
  
 
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Paper Lace, Spring Daffodils and Mini Dots.  With the Paper Lace layer I distressed with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and then inked with Tim Holtz's Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint distress ink.

The first card has been finished off with a stamped sentiment, doily coloured with Tim Holtz's Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint distress ink, ribbon bow, Stickles glitter glue, card candi and little die-cut butterflies from a Joanna Sheen butterfly confetti die.

The second card has been finished with a stamped sentiment, die-cut leaf embellishment coloured with Tim Holtz's Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint distress ink, Stickles glitter glue, washi tape, ribbon bow, card candi  and little die-cut butterflies from a Joanna Sheen butterfly confetti die.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Floral delights
Aud Sentiments - Easter or Spring sentiment
4 Crafty Chicks - Spring
Milk Coffee Challenge - Spring
Scrap-Creations - Spring
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Easter or use bunnies
Brown Sugar - Easter
A Creative Romance - Spring flowers
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Spring is in the air
Stampin' for the Week-end - Spring colours
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Spring
Di's Digi Designs - Welcome Spring
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Pile it On - Floral fantasy
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes/cute and cuddly
Craftin' Desert Divas - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Easter colours/anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Spring flowers
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Crafty Boots - Easter
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Bearly Mine Designs - New Releases, Freebies and SALE!!!!!!

As I mentioned the other day Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs has also been very busy of late designing.
 
 
She's recently released two new digital paper sets called "Mixed Media" and "Mixed Media 2".  There is also a freebie for these sets.  It can be found here.
 
Today saw the release of two new sets called "Krafty Wishes" and "Simply Stripes".

To celebrate the arrival of these new paper sets and also the arrival of Spring Donna has designed some freebie papers for you all (if you download them leave a message for Donna as she'd love to come and visit your blog and see what you make with the freebie papers).
If that wasn't enough from Friday 28 March 2014 to Monday 31 March 2014 inclusive Donna is having a SALE over at Bearly Mine Designs.  

Look at the amazing savings you could make.

As another treat for all of you, Donna has designed these two film strips that will be FREE to anyone that makes a purchase.  You just need to print out onto Inkjet Acetate, cut and use as a wonderful embellishment to your cards/creations.



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Delicious Doodles Challenge - Friday 28 March 2014 - Mother's Day or for a Special Female in your Life

 It is Friday and therefore time for another challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  The topic this week is "Mother's Day or for a special female in your life".  It is Mother's day here in the UK on Sunday 30 March 2014 but some crafters do not have their mothers in their lives so we have included the challenge for a "special female in your life".
This certainly wasn't an easy topic.  Today would have been my mum's 64th birthday but sadly she died in June 2011 aged just 61.  I have therefore made a card for a sister-in-law.

For my card I have used the Delicious Doodles digital image called "Butterfly Bliss".  I have coloured the image in with my Graph'it pens and inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet distress ink.  The bright pink papers are from my Perfect Papercrafting Companions CD.  To the edge of the card I have added a Tim Holtz butterfly border.  

I have finished the card off with a sentiment off the computer, pearls, ribbon bow, gorgeous little cameo (I won a challenge recently and the sponsor was The Ribbon Girl and I chose a set of these little cameos along with lots of other goodies), Prima flower coloured with Tim Holtz's Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet distress inks and some gorgeous little butterflies (this is a confetti die from Joanna Sheen's Signature Dies Range but it's perfect when you want little butterflies as embellishments).

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - Mother's day/special lady
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with an optional twist of birds of a feather
One Stitch at a Time - To make something for a woman in your life
Pile it On - Pretty hair
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes/spots or stripes
Bunny Zoe's - Monochrome
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Mother's day/for the ladies
Love to Create - BINGO board - first column of pink/die-cut/ribbon
Eureka Stamps - No square cards
Crafty Sentiments - Mother's day (or special lady)
Creative Moments - Anything goes/optional twist "things with wings"
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inklings and Yarns - Inky Linky Party No 49 - Anything goes
Papercrafting Journey - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Think pink
Digi Haven - Things with wings

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog and Gruffies and Guests Facebook Group

Gruffies & Guests
Every month there is a new challenge over at the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.  

To enter the challenge you must use a House Mouse, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers image.

Pop on over to the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog to see the topic of the challenge and to see inspiration from the Design Team.

The Design Team on the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog is split up into two teams.  Team A will show you their creations on the 1st day of the month.  Team B will show you their creation on the 15th day of the month.  This means that there is a good excuse to pop on over to the Challenge Blog at least twice a month to see the inspiration from the Design Team.
If you use Facebook why not pop on over to the Gruffies and Guests Facebook Group.  Here you can have a good natter and show your House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies creations.

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Delicious Doodles and Delicious Darkness

Just a reminder
Delicious Doodles Shop
Delicious Doodles images can be found in the Delicious Doodles Store.  There is a vast array of wonderful images there.
Delicious Darkness
If you prefer images that are on the darker side these can be found at the Delicious Darkness Store.
Delicious Doodles Challenges
There is also a weekly Delicious Doodles challenge.  Pop on over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog EVERY FRIDAY to see what the new what the new challenge is and to see the Design Team inspiration.  You don't have to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter but you get an extra entry to win the weekly prize if you do so that is a good incentive!!
If you use Facebook then there is both a Delicious Doodles Facebook Group and a Delicious Darkness Facebook Group where you can add the creations you make using Delicious Doodles images and there is sometimes competitions as well.

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Bearly Mine Design and the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog

Just a quick reminder to say that Bearly Mine Designs digital papers are available from the Bearly Mine Designs Store.  Here you will find a wonderful selection of papers.  If you look there are also some freebies so you can "try before you buy".

Every month there is a challenge over at the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog.  If you pop on over to the challenge blog you will find out details of the challenge and see inspiration from the Design Team.

If you want more Bearly Mine Designs inspiration, every two days you will get an inspiration card/project from one of the Design Team members.  So this is a good excuse to keep on popping over to the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog.

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Crafting by Designs - 16 March 2014 - Colours of the sea

Here is a card I have made using a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Charity Dauenhauer called "Fanta-sea".

I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and used my new FABULOUS white Graph'it pen to add bubbles in the water background.  The backing papers are from my Perfect Papercrafting Companions CD and I have teamed the blue up with kraft.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut flower, button, Craftwork cards die-cut sentiment, ribbon and a Marianne Design corner die-cut and some little seahorses cut with my Cricut and rubbed over with my lovely gold metallic Pan Pastel.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge - Anything goes
We Do Doobadoo - Sweet as honey - something as sweet and perfect to me like honey would be to live by the sea so here is a mermaid living in the sea
Pan Pastel - Metallics (using my love gold Pan Pastel on my die-cut shape to give some colour but also a bit of sparkle)
Glitter n Sparkle - Use some blue
Love to Create - BINGO board - bottom row of ribbon/blue/flowers
Eureka Stamps - No square cards
Passion for Promarkers - Embossing
Creative Card Crew - Animals
Crafting by Designs - Colours of the sea recipe challenge - must use 3 or more items - I have used (1) mermaids (3) coral (the fish are coloured in with coral and a golden brown Promarker) (4) aqua/water (7) bubbles (8) scales/sequins (9) sea creatures
 Inklings and Yarns - Inky Linky Party 49 - Anything goes
Papercrafting Journey - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon and buttons

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bearly Mine Designs - Freebies, new sets and a SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs has also been very busy of late designing.
 
 
She's recently released two new digital paper sets called "Mixed Media" and "Mixed Media 2".  There is also a freebie for these sets.  It can be found here.
 
Friday also the release of two new sets called "Krafty Wishes" and "Simply Stripes".

To celebrate the arrival of these new paper sets and also the arrival of Spring Donna has designed some freebie papers for you all (if you download them leave a message for Donna as she'd love to come and visit your blog and see what you make with the freebie papers).
If that wasn't enough from Friday 28 March 2014 to Monday 31 March 2014 inclusive Donna is having a SALE over at Bearly Mine Designs.  

Look at the amazing savings you could make.

Pop on over and make your list so that you are ready to place your order from Friday 28 March to Monday 31 March.

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New Delicious Doodles Image - Daffodils 2

Teri has been busy again over at Delicious Doodles.

She has designed a new image that will be available in the Delicious Doodles Store on Saturday 29 March 2014.
It is called "Daffodils 2"

Pop on over to the shop on Saturday to see this new release and all the other images available.

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Card for a special lady

Here is a card that I have made for a special lady.  I was asked for blues and the feeling of spring.  Spring makes me think of the arrival of new animals/birds, the arrival of flowers/greenery and lovely blue skies.  The image I have used a Delicious Doodles image called "Raven Goddess".  I have coloured her in with my Graph'it pens.
The backing papers I have used are from a new collection from Bearly Mine Designs called "Mixed Media".  I love these papers as there is so much going on in them but they are totally flat.

I have used my Tim Holtz distressing tool on all the mounts, image and the backing paper and inked them all with a Salty ocean Versamagic chalk ink pad.
The card has been finished off with a doily, die-cut bird cage and birds (all inked with the Salty Ocean ink pad), some flowers punched out of some turquoise blue Bearly Mine Mini Dots backing paper (and to add some interest for the upper layer I have laid over some turquoise washi tape before punching), gems, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment, ribbon and a Hobby House pearl embellishment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CRAFT - Photo inspiration - I have gone for the colour blue
QKR Stampede - A little birdie told me
Glitter n Sparkle - Use some blue
Pile it On - Pretty hair
Craft Your Passion - Mother's day/for the ladies
Love to Create - BINGO board - bottom row of ribbon/blue/flowers
Crafty Sentiments - Mother's day (or special lady)
Creative Card Crew - Animals
Creative Moments - Anything goes with optional twist "things with wings"
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Favourite colour combo (my two favourite colour combos are monochrome purple or monochrome turquoise - for this card I've chosen monochrome turquoise)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Animals
The Paper Shelter - Spring delights
Polkadoodles - Spring is in the air
Whoopsi Daisy - Welcome spring
Digi Choosday - Animals

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Male Happy Birthday Card

Here is a card I have made using some backing papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  
This is a new set that is due to be released on Friday 28 March 2014 and is called "Krafty Wishes".  I think it will be fantastic for female cards but it's brilliant for male cards as well.

The image I have used for this card is called "Vintage Norton Motorbike".  I have used three different pieces of backing papers from the Krafty Wishes collection.  I have then used a cog border die and some Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink onto a piece of plain card.  I have edged all the papers and the image with Old Paper distress ink.

The card has been finished off with some ribbon, sentiment off the computer, cog from my stash and some card candi.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - All about the boy
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes/spots or stripes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Happy Birthday

Yes I know it is not a girly coloured card and certainly not what the recipient expected but she liked it.  The image is from my Joanna Sheen Jayne Netley Mayhew The Digistamp CD.  I printed out the toppers sheet and used the large image on the front and the rest on the inside/backside of the card.
The backing papers I have used for this card are from "The Boys Zone" by Bearly Mine Designs.  Donna has designed an amazing amount of wonderful sets but this is still one of my all time favourites.

I have die-cut some pages out of a book and inked some with Tim Holtz's Old Paper and Vintage Photo distress inks.  I've then scrunched the layers up and held together with brads.  I have finished the card off with some ribbon, gems and stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Ruby's Rainbow - Happy birthday
Crafting by Designs - Use a ribbon
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Crafty Catz - Bling it up
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty 4 Challenge - Shake your thing
CD Sunday - Going round in circles - hope the circles on the backing paper are OK
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes/spots or stripes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Animals
Creative Card Crew - Animals

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