Monday, 28 November 2011

Colouring On Kraft

Good morning! Before anything I just want to say I was shocked and saddened by the news of Gary Speed's death yesterday, at the age of only 42! For those who don't know, Gary Speed was a footballer, who until yesterday coached the Welsh national team. I'm a Newcastle United fan, and saw Gary play for Newcastle during the 6 years he was at the club, a great player and professional. Very sad indeed.

At Cupcake Craft Challenge today, we have a new challenge chosen by Donna, and a fab one it is too! Colouring On Kraft is the task for this week, something I have NEVER done before, so this was definately a challenge for me! 

For my card I used a cute Lili of the Valley stamp, stamped onto Kraft card from A Scrap Affair
There's a 20-40% SALE at A Scrap Affair but be quick it ends today! 
I dug out my old coloured pencils, which haven't seen the light of day for AGES! They're Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils, but I just used then as normal colouring pencils (no water).  I have to say I really enjoyed colouring this, very therapeutic in front of the TV. The sentiment is also Lili of the Valley, the paper is K & Co and the ribbon is from Joanna Sheen. I finished by glittering a Cuttlebug Snowflake (thanks Fluff) and adding a button & twine. I'm entering my card for the challenge at:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Wintery Holiday Sentiment
Card Makin Mamas - Sentiments
Lili Of The Valley - Anything Goes

This week our sponsor at Cupcake is Craft Emma's Store, who are giving away a £10 gift voucher to spend in the online store! Our monthly sponsor is Crafts U Love who are offering up a super £15 Gift Voucher for November's random winner. For all the details, and a chance to see all the kraft creations the other DT girls have made, pop over to the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog!

Shelly x

Monday, 21 November 2011

Cool Cat Birthday

Good morning! Firstly I do apologise for not commenting/visiting your blogs recently... I am as they say MIA! I promise to be back with your all soon ;)

This week at Cupcake Craft Challenges the lovely Denise has chosen 'Teenage Boys' as our theme... and I have to say I do like making 'boy' cards! 

I think my card is really aimed at a young teenager... I'm not sure about the bows on the buttons, but hey I love the bright colours! The image is from Bugaboo... I do love my cat stamps and this digi is no exception! He's coloured with Promarkers... I coloured him a while back but he's been stuck in a drawer so I though I should give him a home. The papers are K & Co 'Hopscotch', the zig zag border is done using a Martha Stewart punch, and I did the funky sentiment on the PC.

We're sponsored by the fabulous Lili of the Valley this week... I adore these stamps and have lots! They're giving away a £10 gift voucher to one lucky winner! Our monthly sponsor is of course Crafts U Love who are offering up a super £15 Gift Voucher for November's random winner. For all the details, and a chance to see the boyish cards/projects the other DT girls have made, pop over to the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog, and if you have time leave us a little comment so we know you've been by!

Shelly x

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Colours Of Autumn

Hi! It's Saturday and so it's time for another new challenge at Digi Designs Challenge! This fortnight we'd like to see Autumn Colours on your creations!

I've used this cute digi stamp from Di's Digi Downloads, called These are Mine, isn't it such a cutie! I've coloured using Promarkers, the papers are My Minds Eye, and I've used my X Cut Oak Leaf punch to highlight the sentiment ( from Stampin' Up).

This fortnight we're sponsored by Joanna Sheen who is giving away a gift voucher to spend in her online store, and I have to say this is one of my favourite online craft shops! Make sure you pop by the Challenge Blog for all the details, and to take a peak at all the other DT creations!

Shelly x

Monday, 14 November 2011

Two's Company

Good morning! Where did the weekend go? I can't believe how fast this year is flying by... we're already mid-November (and I still haven't started my Christmas shopping yikes)! 

Seeing as it's Monday again, then it's time for another Cupcake so you might want to put the kettle on and get comfy with a nice cuppa! Yup, Cupcake Craft Challenge that is... this week it's Delphine who has chosen the theme which is Two's Company! Basically we'd like to see you using two or more characters on your creations (two boys, two girls, two fairies etc but animals DON'T count as a character, only people characters). They can be from the same stamp or from several stamps, as I've done on my card.

I thought it'd be nice to use some of my older stamps that don't often see the light of day... so I've used two of the lovely Gorgeous Girls from Funky Kits. I stamped the little girl on the right with her cat, then masked over the cat with a Post-it Note before I stamped the sitting character. They're coloured using Promarkers. The papers are Basic Grey.

We are sponsored this week at Cupcake by Sassy Studio Designs, who are giving away 4 digital stamps to the lucky winner! Our monthly sponsor is Crafts U Love who are offering up a super £15 Gift Voucher for November's random winner. For all the details, and a chance to see the beautiful creations the other DT girls have made, pop over to the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog, and if you have time leave some love!

Well, thanks a lot for taking the time to visit today. Have a lovely week!

Shelly x

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sweet Strawberries

Hi peeps! Just a quick post today... I just thought I'd show off some of my new goodies! I ordered a few things from Joanna Sheen recently, and my little parcel arrived with this gorgeous gingham ribbon! I'm thrilled with it... the colour is so lovely! I think I shall have to order more, in other colours! 

I've gone for a red theme to my card today (it's Remembrance Sunday in the UK) using this gorgeous strawberry image from Crafty Secrets. I got out the old heat gun and put a coat of clear embossing all over the image, I think it helps make it stand out. The lovely green background paper is from A Scrap Affair. Don't forget we have a super challenge on over at A Scrap Affair blog, where we'd like to see your 'recipe' cards... there's some Ranger Perfect Pearls mists up for grabs!

I'm entering my card into the challenge at:
Cute Card Thursday - Reds For Remembrance
Simon Says Stamp - Photo Inspiration (Poppy Field)
Totally Papercrafts - Victorian

Special thoughts for Remembrance Sunday...

Shelly x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

...well not as much as I'd like but we're getting there slowly... I have made a few cards!!!  And I owe it all to Michael... Bublé that is (I am a little infatuated by him, not much ahem)... anyway Michael's on his way to my house right now... well the CD is anyway!!! That's got to get me in the Christmas Spirit... have a listen to the Christmas Album HERE... it's fab!!!

So here's my little offering for today... Polar bears... snowflakes... sparkle... snow... very Christmassy me thinks! I've used a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Santa Spotting'... coloured with Flexmarkers, I like him as a Polar Bear ;) The paper is Dovecraft Christmas Fancy from last year, the silver mesh from my stash. The embossed snowflake panel is done on the Cuttlebug. Finally I added the little sentiment, and a snowflake to embellish... fairly simple!

I'm entering my card into the challenges at:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Christmas/Snowflakes/Silver
Penny Black & More @ Allsorts - All Creatures Great & Small
I Love Promarkers - Glitter & Glitz

Well lets hope the Christmas momentum keeps going... I don't want to be rushing round on Christmas Eve doing my Christmas Shopping... last minute sounds like a bad idea!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Ok, be honest, is anyone else struggling to get into the Christmas spirit? I don't know if it's the weather or what but I'm really not feeling it this year! I haven't started doing any Christmas shopping, have no ideas for presents, and despite having a Christmas card making session yesterday, I'm just not in the pre-Christmas mood. Maybe it's too early? Maybe I should buy Michael Bublé's new Christmas album... Mmmm yes I think that's it, he'd definately put me in the spirit... and I wouldn't mind unwrapping him on Christmas morning either lol ;) 

Right, well back to reality {sighs}... Firstly I'd like to thank everyone who took part in my Leaf Challenge last week at Cupcake, I loved popping by your blogs and checking out all the gorgeous leafy, autumnal (or not) creations you came up with! 

Now today at Cupcake Craft Challenge we have a fabulous new theme, chosen by the marvellous Maarit, Textalicious! We'd like you to use a page from a newspaper, book or dictionary, or use a stamp with a book/newspaper, or even just use the kind of text you find in one. 

I found a Christmas story on the internet (it's about a little disabled boy and a kitten... you can find it HERE, it's worth a read if you have 10 minutes) and I printed it off using an old fashioned typewriter kind of font. I used this as my background paper. The lovely image is called 'Sarah in the snow with kittie'. It's a Tina Wenke design for Stampavie. I coloured her with Promarkers... using VERY traditional Christmas colours (still didn't get me in the mood... only Michael can do that lol).

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
By the cute & girly - Christmas Girls
I Love Promarkers - Glitter & Glitz (glitter and gold spotted candy)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes plus bling
Penny Black & More @ Allsorts - All Creatures Great & Small

Our sponsor this week at Cupcake is Simon Says Stamp, who are giving away a fabulous $20 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner, and as it's now November we have a new Icing on the Cupcake monthly sponsor, Crafts U Love are offering up a super £15 Gift Voucher for this month's winner. For all the details, and a chance to see the beautiful creations the other DT girls have made, pop over to the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog!

Thanks for dropping by today ;)

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ribbons & Bows

Morning all! Brrr a very bright but chilly Saturday here, I'm in need of a nice hot cuppa. I am pleased to say that the dreaded lurgi that I had last weekend has finally decided to move on!!! Thanks for all your kind, get well wishes!

Right, the new challenge over at Digi Designs Challenge Blog starts today, and this fortnight it's RIBBONS AND BOWS we'd like to see on your projects! This challenge is sponsored by Crafts 4 You, personally one of my fave online craft stores (I love the shaped card blanks in their store, they're second to none)!

I've used a fab little digi stamp from Di's Digi Downloads called 'Kitty Hug'... oh so cute! You can find this digi and LOADS of other cute digis at Di's store... go see for yourself! There's even freebies from time to time so you can try before you buy! I've coloured using Promarkers and Flex Markers, the papers are from Pink Petticoat, free with a crafty mag this summer. I've used a Martha Stewart 'Trellis' punch, card candy, gems, ribbon and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. The other DT girls have made some beautiful projects, so hop across to the Challenge Blog and be inspired!

I'm entering my card in the challenge at:
Card Makin Mamas - Cut it Out
Colour Create - Turquoise, Deep Pink & Ivory
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo (Gems, Flowers, Punch/Die Cuts)

If you're out and about for Guy Fawkes tonight, make sure you have fun and stay safe (another occassion I now miss living in France)!