Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boxed Card Set

Hi folks!

I'm sitting here with a numb mouth after just having had two crowns done at the dentist!  So I figured I may as well blog and try and keep my mind off the drooling mouth, haha!!

I made this sweet little boxed set of cards the other day.  I went clean and simple with the design and essentially just stamped an image onto a piece of white Spectrum Noir colouring paper to fit the size of a 4.25 x 8.5 card.  Each image is coloured with copics.  I have used LOTV images for the complete set.  The white panel is matted with a co-ordinating colour cardstock before being adhered to the card.

Image is now retired from LOTV (I believe) and the sentiment is Verve.

Mille stamp is now retired from LOTV and the sentiment is Verve.

Another retired LOTV image (I believe) and the sentiment is TPC Studio

This is the box envelope that I made using my SU! punch board!  Love this tool and definitely couldn't craft without it now!!  I think I will be saving this item and gifting it to one of my son's school teachers as an end of year thank you gift.  Everyone needs a handy little stash of gift cards, right?!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I always appreciate your visits and your comments are so welcomed and enjoyed.  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's wedding season ...


The days just seem to be flying by and even though I don't work outside of the home now I am amazed at just how quickly the hours in the day go by!!

I was commissioned to make a wedding card with red & black being the predominant wedding colours.  I love this Greeting Farm stamp - so fun to colour!  I used my copics to colour.  Papers are all from my stash and the pretty roses background is from an old DCWV pad I had stashed away!  The embellishments are all from my stash - I really love adding the single sequins - they make such a fab touch.

This is the inside of the finished card.  All sentiments are from SU! and I paper pierced around the border to give some added interest.

This is the custom made envelope and belly band I made for the card.  I used the SU! Envelope punch board to make this.  I used the same roses background paper on the belly band to compliment the card and stamped a fun sentiment on the front.

Some challenges I'm entering:-

Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Ribbon Girl Challenge - A Shaped Card or Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

That's all for today folks!  Thanks for stopping in - always appreciate your visits here!  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Tilda Peek-a-Boo card ...

Happy Saturday peeps!

Thanks for popping by and taking a peek today!  I made this card on Thursday and decided to try out the sweet Peek-a-Boo tutorial posted on Splitcoatstampers here.  Super easy to follow and just a delight to put together.

My two Tilda's are coloured with copic markers and Tilda with Spring Heart has her dress paper-pieced (I haven't done that in a while either)!  The papers are K&Co Watercolour Bouquet.  I added some new flowers to my stash that arrived last week from Wild Orchid Crafts - first time I'm using the gorgeous chrysanthemums.  Lace, punches and twine are all from my stash.

As you open the card the second images slips into place and for that I chose Tilda with Spring Heart - isn't she just adorable!  The sentiment is a $1.50 find from Michaels.  I dedicate this card to my mother as tomorrow we celebrate Mother's Day here in the USA/Canada.  

A few of the challenges I will enter:-

Allsorts Challenge - At least 2 die cuts (nestabilities, frame & leaves)
Simply Create Too - Favourite Colour Combo (pink/green)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #58 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge - Create a Mother/Female card
Time for Magnolia Challenge - Flowers Everywhere
Magnolia Mania Challenge - In the Garden

That's all for now folks!  Appreciate your visit as always and I do hope you can spare a minute to leave me a comment as to how you like my post today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Danielle x

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Love You to the Moon ... and Back!


Apologies for the last few days of silence - I have started a 30 day detox & cleanse and the first few days are always pretty tough!  I am thankfully now past the worst of the headaches & yucky feeling ... really makes you realise how easily your body gets addicted to sugar & caffeine!  I am 4lbs down after 3 days and feeling much perkier, so hopefully my crafting desk will get some attention today!

I have this card to show you today though.  This is an adorable LOTV image which has been sitting in my "coloured" stash for ages so I figured it was about time I did something with him!  It's a very clean & simple card.  I embossed the back panel to give the impression of the moon.  I found the adorable sentiment stamp in the $1.50 at Michaels "love you to the moon & back".  Image is coloured with copic markers.

A couple of challenges I'm entering:-

Craft Your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes #260
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (with optional no patterned paper)

Thanks for stopping in today - it's always great to see you and I appreciate each & every comment that is left - thank you!  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day - it's a scorcher here today (29oc)!

Danielle x

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm back ... First Communion Tilda


I'm back after a lovely 10 day break back in Ottawa!  The boys had April Break from school so we headed back to Canada to visit friends.  My eldest son actually took his first solo flight to Vancouver and visited with friends on Vancouver Island - a very successful visit!

So, we're back and and enjoying the beautiful signs of Spring that are surrounding us; birds chirping, trees budding, flowers blooming, warm sunshine ... just love this time of year!

I was commissioned to make a First Communion card so put in a special order to add this gorgeous little Special Day Tilda to my collection!  I love her!  I coloured her using my copic markers and used the light C grays to add shadows on her dress and veil.  The sentiment is computer generated and I blinged the rest of the card up with pearls & gems, doily & flower.  I drew in the little wooden cross.

A couple of challenges for this card:-

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick (Colour Theme - White plus one)
Craft your Passion challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Girlz Challenges - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - April Magnolia Only Challenge (Children)
Allsorts Challenge - Bring on the Bling

Thanks for stopping in today - it's good to be back and I look forward to catching up on everyone's blogs!

Danielle x

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be Strong ....


Thanks for stopping in today.  I have this card which I was asked to make for a friend of mine.  She has a friend who is coping with the return of her cancer.  She wanted a card to reflect her strong faith and to encourage her in her ongoing battle with the Big C.

I found this beautiful verse which pretty much sums it all up.  I have to admit to making this card with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat - it was very emotional, as I do know the lady concerned too.  The sentiment was computer generated and then inked gently with a sponge.

I used a muted calming colour palette, the papers from MME Lost & Found.  I added a MS punched border, bird and leaf.  The addition of the twine finishes it off.

Here is the finished inside of the card too.  Same bird punch but the silhouette version (I love these punches by MS).  The sentiment inside is from SU!.

I am going to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Words, words, words
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a Sentiment

That's all for today folks.  Thanks for stopping in.  I'm off to take Jasper to get a trim and his nails clipped before our road trip on Thursday!  Have a wonderful Tuesday and until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Abi Ballerina

Hello folks!

Happy Sunday to you all.  I have this lovely All Dressed Up digi image to share with you today - this is Abi Ballerina, and isn't she just the cutest!!

This is my first time colouring her up and again, I used copic markers for the job.  I'm working on improving my colouring skills and am pretty pleased with how the pleats came out ... still room for improvement, but there is always is, isn't there!!

Copic marker colours used:-

Skin E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20
Hair E42, E44, E47, E50
Dress BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17
Bow C0, C1, C4, C6
Wings C0, BV00

I used papers from an old BG stash of Wisteria, the sentiment is a SU! "petite pairs" which is the perfect size for my little tag!  I added a memory box die Forget me Not, added cheesecloth and finish off with some ribbon and bling for final touches.

It's a gorgeous day here today so we're heading off to the beach with the dog for a lovely run in the sunshine - can't wait!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Allsorts Challenge (Bingo) - (Gems, Ribbon, Sentiment)
All Dressed Up Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes - No Foolin'

Thanks for your visit today - always great to see you here!  Have a fantastic Sunday and until next time ... happy crafting!!

Hugs, Danielle x

Friday, April 10, 2015

Memories live on forever ...

Happy Friday folks!

I have this adorable LOTV image for you today.  I have been watching a few copic colouring tutorials in an effort to improve my colouring techniques.  I am totally hooked on Alyce Keegan from Kit & Clowder - this image is my first attempt after watching her online You Tube videos ... I'll be signing up for classes for sure!

I am so thrilled with the end result of this image.  I have made a 5.5x5.5" card, which I haven't done in ages!  Papers are from American Crafts "Welcome Spring" pad - such pretty papers!  I used an MS punch and the sentiment is from Fiskars.

I'll enter this card into the following challenges:-

Craft your Passion Challenges - #256 Always Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping in and for your beautiful comments!  Have a fantastic weekend and until next time ... happy crafting!

Hugs, Danielle x

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cute as a Button!


I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend and are coming out of a chocolate coma!!  LOL

I have this sweet All Dressed Up image for you today - isn't he just the cutest!!  It was a freebie a while back and have been meaning to print it out and colour him up for ages ... so I finally did!  I used copics and a new (to me) technique to add texture.  I used X's, starting with the darkest colour and going lighter to add my shadows etc.  A sweep of the lighter colour to blend it slightly, then I dabbed a piece of cheesecloth with some 0 Blending solution and pressed it very lightly over the image for some added texture.  I am really pleased with the finished result - what do you think?

The rest of the card is a fairly simple layout using up paper scraps from my scrap bin - need to work through a big pile!!  The ribbon and buttons are from my stash.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
All Dressed Up Challenge - Always Anything Goes (Must use ADU image)
Cute Card Thursday - Buttons & Bows
Crafting for all Seasons - Animal Magic

Once again, thanks for taking the time to stop by and see me.  Have a wonderful crafty day ... until next time!

Danielle x

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Let it Snow ... but please don't!!!

Hi there!

Happy Easter folks ... and to celebrate I have a Christmas snowy card!!  Hahaha!!  I really don't want it to snow but that's the theme over on the Winter Wonderland challenge for this week.  I want to keep adding to my Christmas card stash so I figured whilst hubby had taken the boys to go and see a movie, I sat down and coloured in this sweet Rachelle Anne Miller image that hasn't seen ink in quite a while.

She is coloured with copics and all the papers are from my scrap stash!  I used tiny little pearls around the image to highlight the snowflakes and I added red & silver sequins to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment is The Stamp Barn (retired).

The challenges I'm entering this card in for:-

Winter Wonderland - Let it Snow
Sketch Saturday - Sketch layout #355
Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes

As I type this I can smell the delicious lamb roasting away for our Easter dinner!  

Thanks for stopping in!  I always appreciate your visits and love it when you're able to leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Until next time ... happy crafting!!

Danielle x


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