Thursday, 31 January 2013

Me to You With Love

More Crafty Devils samples today, using Me to You With Love die cuts and 6 x 6 paper pack.
All products used available from Crafty Devils Papercraft.

With Love - Die Cut Glittered Decoupage
With Love - 6x6 paper pack
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Half Daisy
X- cut Regular and Mini boot Punches - Flower Head
6mm pink satin ribbon
Anita's 3mm Gemstone Wheel

With Love - Die Cut Glittered Toppers
With Love - 6x6 Paper pack
X-Cut corner rounder - small
X-Cut nesting dies - Scalloped Heart
Anita's 3mm Gemstone Wheel
Tonic Geared Pattern Punch - Daisy
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink pad - Red

Thanks for popping in,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Freebie Card Kit

If you pop over to the Paper Creator Store you can get the Gotta Celebrate Kit for free (link below), as well as the sheets to make the card the kit also includes the insert and a matching envelope and box. 
I used half of a die-cut, two rows of narrow black satin ribbon, between the green and lilac border, a charm and gems to decorate my card and made up the matching box.

Card Kit - Gotta Celebrate Freebie - Paper Creator
Spellbinders - Eyelet Square die (cut in half diagonally, ends trimmed)
Satin ribbon, gems and charm - Meiflower

While you are in the store collecting your freebie check out the fabulous Bumper Topper Selection, 20 topper sheets for only £2.50, what a bargain!!!

Happy Crafting
Colette xx

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Today's card shows off yet another of this months new releases, and as there is just over a fortnight to Valentine's day I thought I would deck Teddy Bo out in his best Valentine's day jumper LOL!

Kraft Cardstock
Image - TEDDYBO_237 - coloured digitally in Photoshop
Papers - Love me Do - JDS at Sweet Shoppe Designs
Lifestyle Nesting Dies - Circle
Die-namics border - Simply Scallops Medium
Memory Box - Chesapeake Scrollwork
Punched flowers
Ribbon and Gems - Meiflower

There are still a few days left to join in with our Birthdays challenge, you have until Sunday 3rd February 2013 Midnight (GMT) to get your entries in.

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from my teamies.

See you soon,

Monday, 28 January 2013

I really enjoy adding decoupage layers to my cards, I actually find all the cutting out relaxing, but sometimes, especially if you're in a hurry, it's very useful to have some die-cut decoupage sheets to hand, and today I have a couple of cards using just that.

All products available from Crafty Devils Papercraft

Papers - Boofle Design Software
Anita's Foiled Sentiments - Female
Papermania 5x5 Die cut Decoupage - Thanks
Tonic Geared Pattern Punch - Daisy
X-Cut corner rounder punch - large
Ribbon and Pearls

Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Venus Crest
Papermania 5x5 die cut decoupage - Sympathy
Polka Dot ribbon

See you tomorrow
Colette xx

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Birthday Cupcake

My niece's little girl will be four next month, and very unusually for me, I actually have her birthday card made, (I'm usually rushing around at the last minute to get it done) LOL! My family have given up on me and now just expect their cards to arrive late or not at all, so this year I am going to try harder to get them ready and delivered on time.
I used a brilliant Sassy Cheryl illustration called Sassy Sally's cupcake and teamed it up with some papers from a great digital scrapbook kit.

Image - Sassy Sally's Cupcake Illustration - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital papers, frame and number - My Birthday Girl Kit - Just so Scrappy
Ribbon, cupcake charm and pearls (sprinkles) - Meiflower

Now if I can just remember to post it on time I will be on a roll haha!!!

Meiflower have 50% off their mixed colours crystal gem packs at the moment, which makes them only 50p a pack, time to stock up I think.

30% off Mixed Pack Crystals

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Keeping it simple

Today I have my final wedding invitation of this batch to show you. It is a really simple design as sometimes that is what the bride wants, and also if you have a lot to make then the simpler the better. The centrepiece of this design is the beautiful diamanté flower sitting on top of the lush satin ribbon.
You could maybe use a fancy die frame for the name panel which would make it a bit more decorative, but I personally wanted to keep this one quite plain.

Silver Pearlescent card
Digital Paper - Frolicking - Eva Kipler 
 Silver Satin Ribbon and Diamante Flower - Meiflower

Hope you've enjoyed this latest batch of wedding invitation samples, I will be back with more in the summer.

Thanks for looking,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Teddy Bo Tuesday

I have another card to show you today using some more of this month's new releases from Teddy Bo and Co. When you purchase any of the new images your download will now includes a .jpg and a .png file which makes it much easier to merge two images together.
I added the wording to the clouds on the background paper before printing.
Digital Papers - Flyaway with me- Crazy 4 Monograms
X-Cut nesting dies - Postage Stamp
Die-namics - simply scallops small
polka dot grosgrain ribbon - Meiflower

The coloured versions of this month's new releases go on sale today, so if you love the bears but don't do colouring then these will be just perfect for you.

Check them out HERE
 Pop over to the challenge blog,  and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from my teamies.

There is still plenty of time to enter our birthday challenge as the closing date is Sunday 3rd February

Colette xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Just Balloons

Here are a couple of cards I made using the Paper Creator Kit - Just Balloons - I ended up making two cards because the first time I printed the backing papers I was on the wrong printer settings and the yellow background paper printed slightly off the edge of the page, losing the red border down one edge. It seemed such a shame to waste a print so I used it anyway, I made a frame with some red and white card and added a die cut flower. 

Just Balloons 6x6 card kit - Paper Creator
Baker's Twine - Stash
Red Gingham button - Meiflower

Spellbinders die - Rose Creations
Red metallic cord, gingham button and gems - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
See you tomorrow,
Colette xx

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Wedding Blues

Well I'm nearly at the end of this batch of wedding invitation samples, I have two more to show you today and then there is only one more to go and I will be showing you that next week.

The paper has a very subtle pattern in it, but when I took the photos it was very dark and grey and the pattern doesn't show up too well.

Navy Blue Pearlised card - stash
Cream patterned paper - Neutrality - Sassy Designs Incorporated
Border - Spellbinders Shapeabilities- Fleur de lis Accents
Ribbon, diamanté Fleur de lis, navy stick on pearls - Meiflower

Couture Creations embossing Folder - Washed Away
Swirly oval die - Joy Crafts
Ribbon, Cameo and pearl hearts - Meiflower 

Thanks for looking
Colette xx

Friday, 18 January 2013

TB Blog hop winner and Bella's Flower

Before I show you my card for today I wanted to announce the winner of the Teddy Bo digi image from the Birthday Blog hop which goes to......
(oops jumped the gun a bit here, the hop doesn't end until midnight tonight, but as I have already made the announcement my winner will stand)
please email Gayle at - put Blog hop digi image winner in the subject line and she will tell you how to claim your prize.

Today's card uses another Sassy Cheryl image - Bella's Flower illustration - which is available from Paper Creator.

Image - Bella's Flower Illustration - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital papers - I wuv u Beary Much - Crazy 4 Monograms
EK Success pawprint border punch  
Sentiment - Freebie - Create with TLC
Ribbons, buttons and cord - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow with some more wedding invitation samples,
Colette xx

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tying the Knot!

Today I have a couple more wedding invitations to show you, this time with a purple and white colour scheme. 
When I started I only intended to make the one with the lattice top, but due to "a happy accident"  (really a mistake on my part LOL!) I ended up making two. When I die cut the heart originally it was far too big for the front of my card and covered the pattern from the lattice die, I cut a smaller heart from the middle of the larger and realised the frame that was left would make another card!

Lattice Edge Brittania Die - Pink Frog Crafts
X Cut nesting dies - Scalloped Hearts
Marianne Creatables - LR0238 Wedding Rings
Joy Crafts 6003/0005 Lattice Heart
Peel Off wording
Gems and satin ribbon flower - Meiflower

Couture Creations Embossing folder - Intrinsic
X Cut nesting dies - Scalloped Hearts
Sentiment - computer generated
Metallic edged ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Thanks for looking,
See you tomorrow,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Ladybird Cube Calendar

Hi there, today I have something a little different to show you,  instead of my usual card I have a cube calendar from Paper Creator, and the good thing about the cube calendar is that it will go on working year after year after year!
It also has a little draw at each end for storing bits and bobs and comes with a matching presentation box.

I added a punched border to the front of my calendar decorated with  ribbon and gems from Meiflower, and  a couple of red gingham buttons (again from Meiflower) as little handles on the drawers. I also inked around the edges of the cubes, the border and the presentation box with a red ink pad.

I think it would make a perfect gift for Teacher at the end of the school year or even Christmas, and would maybe do well at craft fairs etc., and best of all there is a Mega Bundle offer in the Paper Creator store at the moment where you can get 10 different cube calendar kits for only £5 - bargain or what!!!

Check it out HERE
Cube Calendars - Mega Bundle

Thanks for looking,
see you soon,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Well it's Tuesday and that can only mean one thing, time for another Teddy Bo card, although today it's actually Teddy Bea in the spotlight.
I have used another of this month's new releases for my card.

Image - TEDDYBEA_252 - coloured using Photoshop
Digital papers - So Egg-cited - Crazy4monograms
Border punch - EK Success Arch Scallop Edger
X-Cut Nesting Dies - Scalloped Rectangles
X-Cut - Corner Rounder punch - lsmall
Tonic mini Boot punches - Flower and Daisy
Tonic regular boot punch - Flower Head
Poppy Stamps Die - Gentle leaf
Marianne Creatables - LR0163 Rolled Roses
Ribbons, Gems and Pearls - Meiflower

I just used strips of  patterned papers and ribbons for the layout, and although I didn't actually use scraps I did think it would be a good way of using up some of those odds and ends of  papers and ribbons that all good crafters collect along the way, you know the ones you keep because they might 'come in'  LOL!

See you tomorrow,
Colette xx

Monday, 14 January 2013

Me to You

Towards the end of last year I was asked if I would be interested in making some shop samples for Crafty Devils, and today I have a couple of the first cards I made to show you, they have been made for a while now, but with lots of Christmas cards to blog I thought I would wait until the New Year to show them off.

All products used are available from Crafty Devils

Me to You - With Love Paper Pack
With Love Glittered Decoupage
3mm Ribbon

With Love Paper Pack
X Cut Nesting dies - Scalloped Heart
With Love Die Cut Glittered Toppers
6mm ribbon, diamanté heart slider and Pearl

Here is a close up of the corner detail, I cut the message hearts from one of the papers in the pack, placing the die carefully over the wording I wanted before cutting.

There will be some more samples coming up over the next
week or two.

Colette xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Red, Gold and Cream

Since I typed in the post title I have been singing the chorus to Karma Chameleon over and over, I know the words are actually red, gold and green, but cream sounds so similar it just popped
into my head as I typed it, LOL!

Today's cards were inspired by - of all things - a pantomime! Just after Christmas I took my youngest daughter and oldest grandson to see Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire theatre, and for the wedding scene at the end the whole stage was decked out in red, gold and cream -  red, gold and cre-ee-ee-eam (sorry still singing hehe!). Meg and Will are enjoying the end of the panto, and I'm sitting there thinking to myself, wow! those colours would make fabulous wedding invitations, (you can take the card maker out of the craft room, but you can't take the craft room out of the card maker LOL!). First thing the next morning I was busy beavering away and here are the wedding invitations that the panto inspired.

Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Tied Together (I don't think this available any longer)
Sizzix Framelits - 657561 Hearts
Peel off Wording
Small red pearls, gold gems, Cream 25mm satin ribbon,
red metallic edged ribbon and Pearl hearts - all Meiflower

Rose Creations - Spellbinders shapeabilities Die
Peel off wording
Ribbon, gems and pearl and diamanté flower centre - Meiflower.

I have another five wedding invitation samples (different colour schemes)  to show you over the next week or so, but at the moment none of the others are inspiring me to burst into song, which is lucky for my hubby as I'm a terrible singer hehe!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Colette xx 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Paper Creator Challenge #3

Are you ready for another Paper Creator challenge? this month the theme chosen by me, is........

Love is All Around

we want you to show us any love themed cards or projects, for example Valentines, Wedding, Engagement, Anniversary - you get the idea.
As usual you don't need to use a Paper Creator product to enter the challenge, but you get two entries into the draw if you do and you are allowed a maximum of three entries.
The lucky winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend in the store.

For my card I used a Sassy Cheryl illustration called Sassy Sally's Heart Balloon

Image - Sassy Sally's Heart Balloon - Paper Creator
Digital Papers - Love Birds - Just So Scrappy
Small hearts - punch
Large hearts - Nellie Snellen die
Ribbon, gems and Diamanté heart - Meiflower 

The challenge runs for two weeks so plenty of time to pop over to the blog , check out my teamies fabulous inspiration and enter the challenge.

Colette xx

Friday, 11 January 2013

Happy Birthday Teddy Bo!

Teddy Bo is two today, and to celebrate we are having a birthday blog hop.

If you'd like to play along it's really quite simple, just follow the links and hop from blog to blog, keep a note of the letter from each blog, and once you have collected them all, rearrange them into a phrase, head back to the Teddy Bo Challenge blog, and leave a comment containing the phrase (comments have been set to moderation so they won't show until the hop is over).
The randomly selected comment, containing the correct phrase, will win an amazing £20 voucher to spend on digital products from the Teddy Bo Store! WooHoo!

 Image TEDDYBEA_252 -coloured using Photoshop
Digital Papers - Girls just wanna have fun - Crazy-4-monograms
Flowers - X Cut punch
Die'sire 6x6 embossing folder - Floral
Ribbons, charm and buttons - Meiflower

Pop over to the Teddy Bo store and check out the fabulous Lucky Bags, they cost £15 each and will contain a random selection of crafting goodies, (more details in store). 

Here's a quick peek at the contents of the one a friend purchased.

If you are doing the Teddy Bo hop then you should have arrived here from Elaine's blog,
 you need to collect my letter - have you guessed what it is yet?

well just in case you haven't LOL! it's..........

Now hop over to Debbie's blog, collect the next letter, check out her fabulous creation, leave her some love and hop on.

Don't worry if you get lost along the way, just go back to the Teddy Bo Challenge blog where you will find a full list of all the hop stops.

Happy hopping,
Colette xx

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Autumn Leaves!!!

Yes, I know it's winter, but the way the seasons are so mixed up at the moment, it could be Winter today, Spring tomorrow, Autumn the next day and then back to Spring. Did you notice I didn't mention Summer, that's because we didn't have one last year LOL! let's hope this year will be better.

Anyway, back to the Autumn leaves, I wanted to show you a card I made a few weeks ago but I had so many Christmas cards to show before Christmas that I put it to one side, so today seems like a good day to post it on my blog.

I used a Sassy Cheryl illustration from The Paper Creator called - Sassy Sally and her Autumn Leaves (hooray! I finally got to the reason for the Autumn leaves title, hehe!).

Image - Sassy Sally and her Autumn Leaves - Sassy Cheryl at The Paper Creator
Digital Papers and frames - A Bee-utiful Day kit - Crazy 4 Monograms
Leaf die - Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip
Sentiment - Computer generated
Ribbon, buttons, metal butterfly and tiny gems - Meiflower

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Teddy Bo's second birthday with a birthday blog hop and then on Saturday it is the start of the next Paper Creator challenge.

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

First Teddy Bo Tuesday of 2013

Welcome to my first Teddy Bo post of 2013, there are some changes going on over at the Teddy Bo challenge this year, the challenge will be running monthly from now on and we will also only be having monthly New Releases.

As Teddy Bo will be celebrating his 2nd birthday on Friday 11th and we will be having a birthday blog hop, the challenge this time around is - 

My card uses one of the new releases, and as Bo looks like he is holding a big Copic Marker, I thought he should probably use it to create something, hence the little handmade pawmade card LOL!

TEDDYBO_236 - coloured using Photoshop
Papermania embossing folder - Birthday - rubbed over with green ink pad
Papers - My Birthday Boy - Just So Scrappy
Ribbon and charm - Meiflower

Check out the rest of this month's New releases HERE

Pop over to the Teddy Bo Challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of my fabulous teamies, and don't forget our birthday blog hop on Friday.

Colette xx

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

....and what do we all need at the start of the New Year, why a new calendar of course! so that's what I have to show you today.

Image and sentiment - Create With TLC
Papers - Viva La Diva - Eva Kipler (no longer available)
Flower Digital Stamp - Paper Roses and Leaves template - Fred she Said
Calendar tab - local stationers
Ribbon and Gems - Meiflower

The flower comes as an outline sheet of various sizes which you can either print onto the back of coloured paper, or colour them in yourself, which is what I did, (but as usual I used Photoshop and coloured digitally), then cut out, curl and shape, then layer up to get the effect you want.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx