Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Cute as a Cupcake!

Finally seem to be getting on top of things and trying to do a bit of catching up today, so here is the second card using a freebie digital stamp available from Cruzines blog and featured in this months issue of Complete Cardmaking magazine.

Valentine cupcake digital stamp freebie -
Digital papers - Have tea with me - Just so Scrappy Outlet store
Sweet Dixie Dotted Doily Circle Frame die
Ribbon and cupcake charm - Meiflower
Sentiment - computer generated
Green craft wire size 5 - stash

Here are both cards as featured in the magazine.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut - #176 Anything Goes
Inky Chicks  - #34 Happy Birthday
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create  - #82 Anything Goes w/optional use a sentiment
That Craft Place - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ballet Shoes

Another quickie from me today as still trying to catch up. I have a couple of cards made from the same Paper Creator kit called Ballet Shoes Shaped Card Kit.
The first card is made up as it should be, with a few added embellishments and lots of glitter ( I glittered each of the white stripes on the card front, around both edges of the frame and the sentiment), but for the second card I used the inserts page and printed it out onto card. When I cut them out I kept the narrow white section, between the pieces, on the right hand insert, scored down the card edge and folded the white section back to make a flap. After cutting out the circle from inside the frame, I added tape to the flap and stuck it to the back of the second insert to make up the card. I decoupaged the shoes just the same, as they fit nicely into the aperture when the card is closed, once again added lots of glitter and a big flower.

Paper Artist  - Bodacious Blooms die
Sue Wilson - petite vinery die
Quickie glue pen and glamour dust
Gems - Meiflower

As above except
flower is made with Couture Creations - Retro Flowers die
twirls are made from narrow pieces of scrap card, wrapped around a pencil.

Thanks for popping in,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Shabby chic or just plain shabby?!?!?!?

It's time for our summer holidays over at the Paper Shelter this week, we are still having a challenge, but it's a joint challenge for both teams and will run for two weeks, during that time we won't be doing any commenting 'cos we will be too busy being on our holidays LOL!
We still have the same fabulous prize on offer so please do play along and the theme is the super simple
If you win with a Paper Shelter image you will get a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, if you win with any other image you can choose 3 digi stamps from the store instead.

As well as doing fabulous, super-cute digi stamps the Paper Shelter also does some yummy digital paper packs, and for a change I thought that I would make a card using just papers - I used papers from two different packs - Two shades of Romance and In the 20's
I thought the Romance papers were quite shabby chic so decided rather foolishly to go for that style of card, now I have to say right here and now that Shabby Chic is not really my thing, but I'm always up for a challenge so I gave it a go. I very lightly coloured in part of the design on one of my Romance papers and used the other to make the flower.
Here it is - not sure if it's too shabby or not shabby enough and as for the chic, well let's just say it's possibly in there somewhere, just not sure where LOL!

Two shades of Romance Paper Pack - The Paper Shelter (I lightly coloured over the rose design)
In the 20's Paper Pack - The Paper Shelter
Memory box Catalina Wreath
Die cut Lace border - Paper Artist 2 lacy borders
Stick on pearls - Meiflower
Leaf and triple pearl stick pin - Stash

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT and if you are lucky enough to be enjoying a holiday over the next two weeks then I hope you have a lovely time.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Happy Birdie to you!

Hi there, hope you've had a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable weekend, I have busy trying to get on top of things, and was starting to feel like I could see a light at the end of the tunnel, until I spent most of yesterday in the local walk-in centre with my hubby, it seems he either has a kidney infection or kidney stones, he's been given a course of antibiotics, but has to go straight to A&E if he starts to feel worse in himself or the pain worsens. Fingers crossed it is the lesser of two evils.

Today I have a card to show you made with a freebie digi stamp drawn by Tori Beveridge and available from her blog The image I've used is called All the little birdies, - there are quite a few other "Crudoodles" scattered around the site and I will have a card to show you on Friday that uses another of  her images.

Image - All the Birdies Freebie - Tori Beveridge -
Papers - Tweet Tweet Digital Scrap kit - Just So Scrappy outlet store
Leaf punch
Ribbon and Gems - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by
Colette xx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

For A Child

Hi there, another quick post today - still trying to catch up with myself.
We have a new challenge over at Paper Creator today and this time around the theme is 
The randomly selected winner receives a £10 gift certificate to spend in store and you don't need to use Paper Creator products to enter, but if you do you get a second entry into the draw.

As I am so pushed for time at the moment it was great to be able to just print out and make up a kit, I had the whole thing put together in no time at all and that included making up the matching envelope.

I used a fab kit called Draw, Cut and Paste Gate fold card kit, which is perfect for any children you know who love to craft. The decoupaged craft supplies go over the edge of the offset gate fold, and the kit even includes reversed decoupage so that when you open the card you see the same image as on the front, but in reverse. I finished it off with some ribbon from Meiflower and a star shaped button from my stash.

Pop over to the Paper Creator challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday, 18 July 2014


Corny I know : -) but just wanted to quickly pop on and say a big congratulations to my daughters partner Neill on his graduation today, he's worked so hard and done really well, we are all extremely proud of him. I just about managed to get him a card made and it was a very quick one - It's been absolutely hectic here for the last week or so and I think next week will be the same, I'm definitely meeting myself going back LOL! It's just non-stop at the moment, last time I checked my emails my junk folder was up to about 255!!! will have to find the time to sit down and sort through them very soon, just don't know when it's going to happen, just about keeping on top of my inbox and my poor blog has been dreadfully neglected.

Right, onwards and upwards as the saying goes
here's my quickie card, only made it last night so had to take photo with daylight lamp.

The paper with wording on came from a digital pack from AMB illustrations on Etsy called Grad Papers Pack, it comes in white with black writing and black with white writing, so I had to play around with it in Photoshop to get the blue background, The congratulations circle was a freebie from and the cap digi image was also a freebie I had picked up quite a while ago, but I can't remember where from. I used Lifestyle scallop circles and plain circles dies and added a bit of polka dot satin ribbon from Meiflower.

Thanks for stopping by
and taking a look,
Colette xx

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Watch the Birdie!

For today's card I have used a lovely Sassy Cheryl image of a young boy taking photo's of birds and butterflies, called nimble musicians of the air.
The pre-coloured illustration is available from the Paper Creator store

Pre-coloured illustrations - Nimble Musicians of the air- Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Papers - Don't bug me digital scrap kit - Crazy 4 monograms
Tonic layering dies - circles
Sentiment - computer generated
Grosgrain ribbon and buttons - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A day sprinkled with stardust

It's the start of a new challenge for Team B over at The Paper Shelter and this time around our theme is...
we would love you to join us - you don't have to use a Paper Shelter image, although if you do and you are the randomly selected winner, you could win a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, with any other image you still get to choose 3 digi stamps from the amazing range in store.

Digital stamp - Reach the stars - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Nighty Night - Just So Scrappy
Sentiment - Freebie from Jess at Paper play blog
Go Kreate die set XXL Frames Frilly #4
Star punch - X-cut palm punch
Ribbon, charm and pearl heart (centre coloured with Promarker) - Meiflower

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Deep Ocean Challenge - #81 Add A Sentiment
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Must Be Square or Rectangular #43 Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - must be "cute" - Cute Digi
Digi Makeover Challenge - must use digi - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - Birthday

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

Thanks for popping in,
Colette xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Great Gatsby Girl

Quite a few months ago (October last year) I purchased some digi stamps from Time for Tea and, as usual with me, never got around to colouring them up. A couple of weeks ago I came across the folder again and decided that I was going to use at least one, and the one I chose was Great Gatsby Girl, which unfortunately doesn't seem to be available in store any more. I had also recently purchased a set of digi papers called Pretty as a Peacock, which used my favourite colour combo, and was desperate to use them, so I decided to pair the two together.
After colouring up the image I was really pleased with the way she turned out, (I even turned her headband feather into a peacock feather) so I used an 8 inch square card blank because I wanted to keep the image as large as possible.
I die cut some spellbinders borders, and used some art-deco elements to make up the frame around the image and sentiment. 

Digi Stamp - Great Gatsy Girl - Time for Tea
Papers - Pretty as a Peacock digital scrapbook kit - A-manda Creations
Art Deco accents and borders - MNINE designs
Spellbinders Venetian Accents border die
Marianne Creatables - Seashells
Silver mirri card - stash
Celebrate - computer generated - Park Lane NF by Nick's Fonts
Gems - Meiflower

I also made a feather and diamante fan embellishment by die-cutting a shell, cutting off the corners then adding feathers and teeny weeny narrow strips of acetate with stick on gems.

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Glitter n Sparkle - #92 Bling it On
Digi Galore - must use a digi - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #36 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - #64 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #45 Anything goes/Celebrations
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #110 Anything Goes Plus DT Call
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Must Be Square or Rectangular #42 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly  - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in
Colette xx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Handsome Max

This handsome little chap is a Sassy Cheryl illustration available over at Paper Creator, when I planned the card I printed out an extra image as I was intending to layer one over the other, but then my hubby came into my craft room and suggested (told me he didn' think I would be able to (red rag to a bull LOL!)   make a second card with all the leftover bits of paper and the image. Of course I had to prove him wrong, so the second card is made with the leftovers from the first card. I actually used almost every scrap of leftover paper  from the first card, even using the narrow little strips left from trimming the papers for decoration.

Digital illustration - Handsome Max - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Papers - Brothers digital scrap kit - Just So Scrappy
X-cut Palm punch - Star - medium and small
Ribbon and Buttons - Meiflower

Image, papers and buttons as above plus -
Docrafts Madame Payraud's mini alphabet stickers.

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thank You Teacher

It's not long now until the kids break up for the summer holidays so I thought it was time to get my grandsons thank you teacher card sorted. My friend told me about a backpack containing a card available at The Clipart Fairy's store so I popped over to take a look. I ended up buying the ready to print kit, printed it out and made it up, showed it to Will the next day and the response was - ooooh that's good, but could you do it in pink, I have a lady teacher and pink one would be better, I checked out the store again, but could only find the blue one, so I took it into Photoshop and tweaked the colour to make him his pink one.
The backpack holds a matching card and there is room to add a bar of chocolate or some sweets too.

RTP Backpack 2 - The Clipart Fairy
For the boy version I just cut some narrow strips of card and made loops for the straps to go through and used some star dies and punches to decorate the card.

On the girl version I dug out a memory box buckle die that I had forgotten I had, and die cut the buckles from silver card, I also personalised the card with the teachers name and added an A+ graphic from a digi scrap kit called ABCDEFun by lliella at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

I gave the blue version to my sister for her son's teacher, so it didn't go to waste.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Celebrate in Style

Can you believe it's July already? where are the month's going to? the year is half over and we are closer to this Christmas than we are to last Christmas, oh well, at least the sun is shining - at the moment!

I've got a mad busy week this week, with lots going on including working on a nine card commission for a magazine and a funeral, so this is just a really quick post to show off another card using one of the Wear With Style girls from All dressed up.

Digital stamp - Wear with style 2 - All dressed up
Papers - Secret Garden - Just So Scrappy
Doily die - Sizzix doily and doily border #2 - discontinued
Sentiment - computer generated
X cut border punch (for rosette edge)

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx