Friday, 18 April 2014

Flower Power!

Good morning friends and I'd like to wish you all a Happy Easter weekend. The weather here on the south coast has been fabulous all week- hope you've enjoyed some sunshine too. It may be Good Friday, but as long as the weather stays fine "himself" will be repainting "T' Shed" so the girls and I are off out - they'll swim and I'll hit the treadmill!



This is my third post during my sojourn as a GDT for Delicious Doodles, and again it's time for a new challenge. After some topical challenges, this one will encourage your feminine side, as well as raising awareness for Breast Cancer. So, we'd like to see your creations that are Pink


Teri again opened the doors to the Delicious Doodles Shop so that I could help myself to another gorgeous designs. If you're a regular reader, you may be pleased to know that Mr Mojo is still recovering from last week's creation (I'll let you know next week how well it was received by my M-i-L!) so this week's card is back to a more normal style :o)




Regular readers may recall that last year I designed a piece of artwork for Karen, a friend and colleague was organising a Grand Ball entitled 50 Shades of Pink - you can find the post here. Karen is holding another Grand Ball this autumn and I'll make her a box of handmade cards that she can use as a raffle prize ... this is the first card!


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Centura Pearl in Fresh Pink (from the Pastels multipack at Crafter's Companion) which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 15cm square card. I then embossed the front of the card using my Embossalicious "Floral Stitch" embossing folder. I carefully masked round each raised embossed square (part of the design is "de-bossed") using Post-It notes, and then swept a Versa Color Ink Cube in Silver across the raised "stitches". I'm not sure I've got this swiping quite right,  as there are some traces of silver ink in the squares. Still, when you look at it from the side, it makes the embossing pop!
  • Images - are both by Teri at Delicious Doodles and they are Floral Elegance - Wild Rose and the butterfly from the Awareness Ribbon Set. The ribbon set is a freebie (thanks to Teri's generosity), so why not treat yourself to another digi as well .... 2 for the price of 1! I printed 2 copies of them both and decoupaged some of the flowers, and also lifted the second butterfly's wings to give more depth to the images. I brought these gorgeous images to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Roses - CT4, PP3, PP4, PP5
    • Foliage - CG1, CG2, CG3
    • Butterfly - PP1, PP2, PP3, GB8, GB10, Silver Gel Pen
    • Outline - BT1
  • Sentiment - is by my generous blogging buddy Annette and this is one of her freebies. If you head over there to take a look, please let her know that you came via my blog! I recoloured this using my word processing programme to a shade of green to tone in with the foliage.


I hope you'll come over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog and enjoy the wonderful Pink creations from Teri's talented Design Team and my fellow guests. Don't forget to then come back and show us your creations - you don't need to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter the challenge but if you do, you get a second entry in the draw to win 5 of Teri's images AND your work may be Spotlighted on the challenge blog! This challenge will end on Thursday 24th April 2014 at 6pm BST (UK time!)


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Challenge #212 - Flower Power at Fab 'n' Funky Challenges
  • Challenge #202 - Embossing (Wet or Dry) at Sentimental Sundays
  • Challenge 173 - Use Ice Cream Colours at Penny's Paper Crafty  My favourite ice cream flavours (preferably made by our local ice cream manufacturer!): Pistachio, Strawberry and, not shown here, Ginger, and Toffee Crunch. 
  • April Facebook Challenge - Floral at Crafter's Companion Third Entry

I hope that you all have a blessed and joyous Easter and that the Easter Bunny is kind to you and yours!

Hugs, Helen x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Simply ... Easter

Good evening friends - this will be a very swift post from me as I would like to catch some challenges. This is a very quick Easter Card I made today:



My card recipe is:

  • Card Base - a pre-made A5 card in marbled grey
  • Image - this egg was a digi in the April 2012 Club from Paulette at Create with TLC. I took the egg into my word processing programme 3 times, and then designed the layout of the card by rotating the images and sizing them to suit before printing the whole card out
  • Sentiment - is a cling stamp which was a Cardmaking and Papercraft freebie (from last year I think). I stamped this using a Versa Color Ink Cube in Silver and then immediately stamped again (without re-inking) to get the shadow.

Quite a simple card ... but it looks very effective!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Have a great evening!
Hugs, Helen x



Monday, 14 April 2014

Perfect Sentiments

Hello again friends!

I'm back, this time with the new challenge from Lexi's Creations. For this fortnight we'd like the words to take centre stage on your projects as our theme is Focus on the Sentiment.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Priyanka from My Heart Pieces and our lucky winner for this challenge will get to choose some of Priyanka's sweet digis!



The lovely Lexi has opened the 'doors' to Fairy Dust Crafts and allowed us in (thanks Lexi!), and here is my card for you featuring one of Lexi's gorgeous sentiments:


My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is a pre-made A5 card in Kraft which I have used in a landscape format
  • Design Papers - are both downloads from Pixel Scrapper. The bottom paper is by Merisa Lerin and is called Blue 2 from her kit called Country Wedding Glitter Papers. The top paper is called Teal Giraffe Paper and it comes from a kit called Tiny but Mighty by Janet Scott. I hand cut both papers to make these "fishtail" banner shapes. 
  • Sentiment - is by Lexi at Fairy Dust Crafts and it's called Slugs 'n' Snails sentiment. I had in mind that this would make an unusual new baby card, but I have seen some fun boy-ish images out there in blogland that this would be equally appropriate for! In case you were wondering, yes there is a "girly" version and you can see one of my projects featuring it here! I die cut the sentiment using my second largest Framelits Fancy Labels die before mounting it on my card using foam pads.

I hope you'll come over to Lexi's Creations and check out how my talented team-mates Focus on the Sentiment. Don't forget to come back and show us your creations! This challenge will end on Saturday 26th April 2014.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

  • Monday Challenge #133 - Tags and Banners (Use both or just one) at My Craft Spot

That's it from me today - have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x



Oh, Bauble!!!!!!


Morning folks! How are we all today! Hope you had a great weekend - I think Spring has finally sprung here as the weather has been glorious!

It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this one is right up my street. We want to see your Clean & Simple projects!

We have 2 great sponsors:

MelJen's Designs are offering our first lucky winner a prize of 4 digital images from their store.






Iva Nova Chest are offering our second lucky winner a Goodie Bag from their
store and here is a little more about them:

**"Iva Nova Chest" is online store with great choice of Charms, Pendants and Other Jewelry Findings in Malaysia. More than 400 designs of charms and pendants in Antique Bronze, Copper, Antique Silver, Silver, Antique Gold and Gold colours you can find here. Our assortment is growing every week. Welcome and Happy crafting!**







The DT have been lucky enough to have some images from MelJen's Designs to showcase, and here is my CAS card featuring one of Melissa's cute digis:




My card recipe is as follows:







Here's a close-up of the swinging mouse, and I'll be back later with a full list of the pen colours I used  -have temporarily lost it!






I hope you'll come over to Incy Wincy Designs and check out the other wonderful Clean and Simple cards by my very talented team-mates. Don't forget to then come back and show us your creations. This challenge will end on Sunday 20th April 2014.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • Challenge 25 - Favourite Stitching, Real or Faux? at As You Like It Challenges - Have only tried real stitching (by hand) once on a card and wasn't really that happy with the result. So, it's definitely Faux stitching for me .... normally with my sparkly metallic gel pens which  give a great sheen to the stitches! 
  • Challenge #207 - Must Have a Hat in the Image at Robyn's Fetish

Take care,
Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 11 April 2014

Easter Blessings

Good morning friends - hope you are well! I can't believe that we're already half-way through the school Easter holidays :o( I've been having fun with my girls, and fitting in some crafting time too :o) I have scheduled this post, so I hope all goes well - had major internet connection issues yesterday afternoon ... grrrrrrr!!!!!



This is my second post as a GDT for Delicious Doodles, and it's time for a new challenge this morning. This one is nice and easy - with the Easter weekend looming, we'd like to help you get prepared and see your Easter creations!


Teri has once again allowed me a free run in her shop so that I can showcase her awesome designs ... Mr Mojo has been on an overactive spurt (again! And without consulting me ... again!!!!) and decided that he (OK, we) would like to produce a diorama card! Teri very kindly allowed me to pick 2 of her digis which I put together with another which I already have safely stashed on my hard drive, and this is the result:




My card recipe is as follows:

Top Layer:
  • Card base - is Centura Pearl in Ivory which I have cut to 23cm x 18.5cm. Along the 23cm edge,I have scored 5cm in from each end which I then folded to make a flap. In the centre of the middle panel I used the largest arch shape on my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro to emboss the shape, which I then cut out to reveal an arch shaped aperture.
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and this one was part of April 2012 club. I have die cut this using my fourth largest Framelits Oval Die.
Middle Layer
  • Card base - is Centura Pearl in Ivory which I have cut to 18cm x 18.5cm. The flaps on this layer are 2.5cm in from each end along the 18cm edge. Again I used my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro and this time embossed the smallest arch shape in the centre of the middle panel which I cut out to reveal a smaller arch shape.
  • Images - are both by Teri at Delicious Doodles and they are Daffodils and Crocus, of which I printed 2 copies (one which I flipped in my word processing package) before bringing them to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours - the shading details on Teri's images makes it really easy to know where to use a darker colour!:
    • Daffodils - GB3, GB4, GB5, JG3, JG4, BT1
    • Crocuses - HB1, HB2, Colourless Blender, GB3, JG1, JG2, BT1


Base Layer
  • Card base - is Neenah Solar White onto which I've directly printed my image, after a little bit of twiddling in my word processing package to get the placement right so that the image appears through the windows of the card! 
  • Image - is, of course, by Teri at Delicious Doodles and this one is called Gothic Church Window. This image is so reminiscent of the windows at my own church, that I have tried to recreate them here using my Spectrum Noir Pens in TN1 and TN2 to try to recreate the warmth of the stone. The sky through the window is BT1.


I hope you'll come over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog and enjoy the gorgeous Easter inspiration from the Design Team and my fellow guests. Don't forget to then come back and show us your creations - you don't need to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter the challenge but if you do, you get a second entry in the draw to win 5 of Teri's images AND your work may be Spotlighted on the challenge blog! This challenge will end on Thursday 17th April 2014 at 6pm BST (UK time!)


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I'm off to firstly give Mr Mojo a good slap (!) and then I think I need a lie down in a darkened room with a mug of tea!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

3, 2, 1 - Cheers!

Hello friends! How are you doing this week? I would like to warmly welcome Teri (my newest follower) to this madcap world of crafting at Casa Mia ... you're very welcome hon, and I hope you enjoy my projects! 


I running more than a little late with this card - we went away for the weekend straight from school on Friday afternoon and didn't return until mid-evening on Sunday, so unfortunately "creation time" was taken up with packing time and now unpacking, washing and being taken out by my girls as it's now our Easter Hols :o/ !!!!!! We had a lovely weekend in Lincolnshire with my M-i-L, enabling her to catch up with many of her old friends and this meant that Papa Mia was able to show the girls and I some of his old "haunts"!!!!!!


Anyway, I digress - yesterday saw the launch of this week's challenge at Incy Wincy Designs and this week we've got a 3, 2, 1 Number Recipe for you. We want to see 3 of something, 2 of something else and 1 of a third item on your projects.


We've got a great sponsor again this week - Lindsay from Sassy Studio Designs is offering this week's lucky winner 4 digis from her store. And with so many digis there (including the new sentiments) there's bound to be something there for everyone!


Lindsay has also very kindly given each member of the DT their choice of image for this challenge.Those of you who are regular readers may recall that I'm an ex "Martini girl" , having worked at their head office (when it was located near to where I live) for a number of years. Soooooo, it will come as no surprise when you see the card I've created as inspiration for this challenge featuring one of Lindsay's "Sassy Girls":




I have used 3 Gems, 2 Design Papers and 1 Image!



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is Centura Pearl in Snow White Silver 
  • Design Papers - come from the Crafter's Companion "S.W.A.L.K." Papercrafting CD-Rom 2 which I treated myself to as it is currently on sale. The yellow musical notes paper is one of the Design Sets (design 11, colourway 1) and the pink floral paper is from the Co-ordinating Papers section 2 (design 1, colourway 3).
  • Image - is, of course, by Lindsay at Sassy Studio Designs and she is called Martini Sassy. I have  die cut round her (using the "out of the box" technique for her leg ... nearly cut her leg off, so maybe this
    wasn't such a good idea!) using my third largest Framelits Oval Die, before bringing this party girl to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, CR4, GB10
    • Hair - GB8, GB9, GB10
    • Dress & Gloves - PL1, PL2
    • Earring - Silver Gel Pen
    • Shoes - True Black, Silver Gel Pen
    • Glass - BT1, DG4, GB8
    • Outline - BT1
  • Gems - from my stash

I hope you'll come over to Incy Wincy Designs and check out the other gorgeous 3,2,1 Recipe creations by my very talented team-mates. Don't forget to then come back and show us your creations ... and don't forget, you need to tell us in your post what you're using 3 of, 2 of and 1 of! This challenge will end on Sunday 14th April 2014.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 4 April 2014

The bringer of Spring

I know that grammatically speaking the above sentence probably isn't correct, and I really hope that no English teachers are reading this, let alone my former English teacher! However when you see today's card, you'll understand why!


Before I get to my card, here is the exciting news I promised you earlier in the week. Regular readers may recall that in February I applied to join the Delicious Doodles Design Team. Unfortunately I wasn't successful, but Teri very kindly offered me a month-long sojourn as a Guest Designer with the team and this is my first week with them!!!!! The ladies who were GDT in March did such an fantastic job with their projects featuring Teri's images - I hope that I manage to inspire you just as much!


This week's challenge is All Seasons in One Day so your project can be anything featuring a season i.e. spring, summer, autumn or winter.


Teri allowed me a free run in her shop to choose one of her awesome designs to showcase for you, so here is my Spring card:



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is Centura Pearl in Snow White Silver which I cut to measure 21cm x 13cm, and then scored (along the 21cm edge) at 4cm, 6.5cm, 14.5cm and 17cm to give a "triptych" style of fold. I'm case-ing this card by Glenda, with whom I'm on a design team, although I've changed the dimensions of the folds slightly to give a larger front panel - on Glenda's card, all the panels are the same width.
  • Design Paper - comes from the Crafter's Companion "Toread" Papercrafting CD-Rom. This gorgeous graduated design is from the Co-ordinating Papers section (design 4, colourway 4) - aren't the shades dreamy ..... ! Here's another photo, this time before I folded the card so you can see the full colour effects:


  • Image - is, of course, by Teri at Delicious Doodles and she is called Snowdrop Fairy. When the snowdrops peek through the cold soil and nod their little heads in the breeze, I know that Spring is on the way, no matter what the weather is doing! I brought this very attentive Fairy and her well cared
    for "brood" to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Snowdrops - CG3, CG4, Colourless Blender, IG1, GB5, DG2, DG3
    • Fairy - CG3, CG4, Colourless Blender, GB3, GB4, GB5
  • Sentiments - are both by Paulette at Create with TLC, regular readers will no doubt know she is my "go-to mistress" of sentiments! The "Nature" sentiment on the left side of the card was part of the February 2014 Nature Blog Hop held by Paulette and her Design Team. The "Beautiful Day" banner was, I think, a blog freebie in June of last year.
  • Pearls - from my stash



That's my favourite season in a card! I hope you'll come over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog and spend, metaphorically speaking, a year with the Design Team and fellow guests as we enjoy All Seasons in One Day. Don't forget to then come back and show us your creations - you don't need to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter the challenge but if you, you get a second entry in the draw to win 5 of Teri's images AND your work may be Spotlighted on the challenge blog! This challenge will end on Thursday 10th April 2014 at 6pm BST (UK time!)



I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:


Hope you have a great weekend! Catch you next week!

Hugs, Helen x