Thursday, 24 May 2018

Floral Hugs at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's already my last inspiration creation for the May challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik.  Don't forget the theme is PEARLS/GEMS and you have another week to enter here.

This week Vanessa challenged the team to make our own flowers.  I have a couple of different flower dies, so this was no problem for me.  I used an image ('Come Softly') that doesn't have any flowers in it, so as not to be over the top floral!! 

Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Outline sticker
  • Flower dies
  • Brads
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - Metallic Gold
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Almond, Coral, Black True Blue, French Navy, Sky Blue, Raw Sienna, Pumpkin, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Gold, Sunflower, Spice, Ginger, Apricot, Holly, Marine & Mint Green

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. CCC Digi Creations - #92 Flower Power
  2. Crafty Creations - #367 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - #166 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Craft Cottage - #107 Dies and/or Punches

Monday, 21 May 2018

Cherry Blossom Smile

I always knew spring had arrived back home because there would be cherry blossoms everywhere.  They are one of my favourite flowers, but unfortunately I don't see any here.  
I couldn't resist this gorgeous 'Cherry Blossom' digi from Make It Crafty, which is on sale right now at only $1!!! Plus a massive bonus that Zoe has created a background for it too.  
The image definitely needed to stand out, so I printed the included sentiment with it and made a CAS card with just a bit of ribbon and lace.

Products used:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Lace & ribbon
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • ProMarkers - Baby Pink, Dusky Pink, Almond, Primrose, Soft Lime, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Olive, Moss, Pear, Fuchsia, Pink Carnation, Blossom, Mulberry, Denim & Blue Pearl

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Get Better Greyscale

I love colouring in greyscale, especially adding just a hint of colour, so Power Poppy's latest challenge is perfect for me.  Usually I colour right from black to white but I've gone quite pale and subtle with this one, using the 'Orchid Cascade' digi for a get well card.   
Twisted easels are one of my favourite card folds and I've kept this one pretty clean and simple.  I always decorate the bottom portion when I make these, but this time I've left it blank with just a few gems to hold the top part up.

Products used:

  • White card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle die
  • Square gems
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-5, Amethyst, Sunflower, Tulip & Buttercup

Birthday Dreams at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's our second week of inspiration at Ching-Chou Kuik.  Don't forget the theme this month is Gems and/or pearls and you can enter the challenge here.

This week the team were challenged to use buttons, so I have incorporated these with some gems to make a birthday card.  I have used 'Dream of Dahlia' as I thought she worked really well with this theme. 
Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Coloured cardstock
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Papermania gems
  • Buttons
  • Papermania glitter outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Henna, Cocoa, Holly, Lush Green, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange & Mango

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Double D - Bling It Up
  2. Let's Craft and Create - #137 Anything Goes
  3. World Wide Open - #5 Anything Goes
  4. Classic Design Team - #24 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations - #366 Anything Goes

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pearls & Gems at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's time for a brand new challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik and this month we are asking you to use PEARLS AND/OR GEMS on your projects.  So off you go to make something pretty, then you can enter here.

Well of course pearls and gems are going to make me think Mermaids, so I have used 'Embrace the Ocean' to make a celebration card. 
Products used:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Ribbon
  • Recollections paper flowers
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal
  • Papermania gems
  • Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick
  • Celebrate clear stamp
  • Papermania button
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Hot Pink, Magenta, Carmine, Pastel Pink, Baby Pink, Holly, Marine, Mint, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Henna, Cinnamon, Tan, Indigo, French Navy & Canary

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Monday - Ombré (mermaid hair & background paper)
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - May AG
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1818 AG
  4. CRAFT Challenge - #467 Birthday Blog Hop
  5. Colour Crazy - WK18 AG
  6. Crafty Creations - #366 AG
  7. Crafty Gals Corner - #165 Add A Flower

Friday, 27 April 2018

Thankyou Floral

Yay it's finally looking like spring here - sun is shining, the sky is blue and it's finally getting into double plus temperatures.  I haven't seen any pretty spring flowers yet though, so I've been colouring some up and creating some dew drops on them.
Make It Crafty have some awesome new florals which can be mixed an matched to create your own images. For my card I have used a pre-designed corner, plus flowers from a set.  I used a single flower which matched the large flower in the corner and popped it up on foam pads.  

Products used:

  • White card blank
  • Red cardstock
  • Make It Crafty Thankyou chipboard
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Spun Gold
  • ProMarkers - Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, Burnt Orange, Sunflower, Pine, Forest, Apple & Warm Grey 1

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Make It Crafty - Dew Drops
  2. Simon Says Monday - Flower Power
  3. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations - #365 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - #164 Anything Goes
  6. Card Mania - #103 Spring

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Charming Birthday at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's our third and last week of inspiration posts at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog, but don't worry - you still have plenty of time to enter the challenge here

This week I challenged the team to use a charm on their projects.  I bought some charms a while ago and hadn't used some yet, so needed an excuse!!
I have used the image 'Happy Birthday' to create an easel card. 

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Blue shimmer card
  • Recollections patterned paper
  • Twine
  • Cupcake charm
  • Pearls
  • Spellbinders nesting die 'Lattice Rectangle'
  • Ranger Stickles 'Platinum'
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls 'White Opal'
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script word dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Henna, Cocoa, Caramel, Burnt Sienna, Pastel Pink, Almond, Prussian, Violet, China Blue, Cobalt, Midnight, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Holly, Warm Grey 1 & 2, Amber, Soft Lime, Denim & Blue Pearl

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creative Fingers - #144 Anything Goes
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - #38 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Creations - #364 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April Anything Goes
  5. Let's Craft & Create - #136 Anything Goes

Monday, 16 April 2018

Guest Designer at Aurora Wings

Eeep I'm so excited to have been chosen as Guest Designer at Aurora Wings this month.  The challenge is Black & White with a hint of colour and I've gone all-out with a set of ATCs using flower sprites. There's seven cards to represent the whole rainbow. You don't even want to know how long it took me to decide on which sprite for which colour 🤣🤣🤣
You can enter the challenge here

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Core'dinations Chalk Core cardstock
  • Embossing folders - 
    • Embossalicious 'Floral Frenzy' & the one used for Poppy Sprite - I can't find the name of it so if you know please tell me! (It's 6x6")
    • Crafts-Too 'Hearts'
    • Cuttlebug 'Textile'
    • Sizzix Textured Impressions 'Dots'
    • Daisy Chain (free with magazine)
    • DoCrafts (floral - free with magazine)
  • ProMarkers - All Sprites - Black & Cool Grey 1-5

I am entering my ATCs into the following challenges:
  1. Colour Crazy - WK15 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz - #412 Anything Goes
  3. Love To Scrap - #108 April Showers Bring May Flowers
  4. Passion For ProMarkers - WK439 Blooming Days
  5. Simon Says Wednesday - Add Some Texture
  6. The Crafter's Cafe - #194 World Art Day
  7. Classic Design Team Open - #24 Anything Goes
  8. A Perfect Time To Craft - #4 Anything Goes
  9. Allsorts - WK463 Spring Flowers or Showers
  10. Card Mania - #103 Spring

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Monochrome Thank You at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's week two of our challenge and inspiration posts at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog. The current theme is USE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR and you can enter here.

This week the team were challenged to go Monochrome. I chose to use black and white as I did a coloured monochrome recently.
I used one of the newer grayscale images - 'The Fading Rose- and added a bit more definition, as it printed pretty light.  
Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Embossalicious embossing folder
  • Spellbinders nesting die 'Lattice Rectangle'
  • Ribbon
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script word dies
  • Papermania gems
  • ProMarkers - Black, Cool Grey 1-5

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Favourite Colour at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's finally starting to look like spring around here, although there has been some little bits of snow again today.  The weather has been so crazy around the world though, so much snow back home in England last month and loads for my American friends too. 

But, back to why we're here - all things crafty right?!

This month at Ching-Chou Kuik's challenge blog we are asking you to use your FAVOURITE COLOUR - click here to join in.  If you don't have a favourite colour, use them all!!

My favourite colour is purple and I fell in love with the Monarch Butterfly image as soon as I saw it, so I had to make something for myself.  I have a gallery wall in my bedroom and decided to make a little banner for that.  
Products used:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Nesting stitched banner dies
  • Papermania eyelets
  • Recollections twine
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • ProMarkers - Slate, Aubergine, Plum, Purple, Amethyst, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Orchid, Blossom, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue & Burnt Sienna
  • Sakura Gelly Rolls - White & Sky Star

I am entering my banner into the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - #524 Anything Goes
  2. Double D - Twine
  3. Card Mania - #103 Spring
  4. Classic Design Team Open - #24 Anything Goes
  5. Butterfly Challenge - #98 Letter T (Twine, two items identical - eyelets, Triangles - formed at the top between the twine and the banner, Thistle - this colour looks like the Blossom ProMarker I used on the flowers, plus my little paper flower)

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