Monday, 13 April 2015

Butterfly Wings

Morning All!

Hope this post finds you well and I also hope that you've had a spot of spring-like weather. We have been enjoying some glorious sunshiny days here on the south coast of the UK. I've still got another week off work, so I hope this fine spell continues!

Over at Incy Wincy Designs this morning, we're starting a new challenge - this one is a lovely challenge as it's Embossing - Wet or Dry. As usual we have a fantastic sponsor lined up for this challenge and this week it's Nikki Burnette who draws fantasy art. Nikki has been kind enough to let the DT have a selection of images to choose to design with, and here is the card I've made using one of Nikki's wonderful fairy images, Analiese:



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card Base - is pre-made white card, approx 15cm square
  • Mat & Layer Paper - is from a now retired Bearly Mine Designs collection called "Plain and Simple". I've used colourway 34 and I love how Donna digitally distressed the edges of the paper ... kind of gives it a worn look doesn't it.
  • Embossed Layer - is made using Centura Pearl in Snow White Silver (I got mine in a bumper pack from Crafter's Companion but they don't appear to be stocking it at the mo) which I ran through my Big Shot together with an Embossalicious 6 x 6" Folder called Butterfly Love. I've added a small gem to the centre of the bow and have also cut away one part of the bow to lift it up so I could slip my image underneath.
  • Image - is called Analiese and she is by Nikki Burnette. I have brought Analiese and her fluttery friend to life using my Spectrum Noir Pencils in the listed colours before die cutting her using my largest Die'sire Essentials Rectangles die and then ink distressed the edges with the lightest shade in my Papermania Capsule Collection Red Hot Ink Pad.
    • Skin - 4, 5, 9
    • Hair - 84, 107, 87, 99 (I'm really, really pleased with the way this looks!)
    • Dress - 36, 32, 105, 117, 119, 120, Silver Gel Pen
    • Wings - 61, 50, 52, 78, 80, 82, Silver Gel Pen
    • Butterfly - 104, 61, 50, 52, 78, 80, 82, Silver Gel Pen
  • Sentiment - is by my blogging buddy Annette and this was a freebie on her blog last year. She still has some freebies there, so if you drop by please be sure to say that you came from my blog! I also ink distressed this with the lightest shade in my Papermania Capsule Collection Red Hot Ink Pad.

I hope I've inspired you to dig out your embossing folders and boards or ink pads, embossing powders and heat guns and join in with our Embossing challenge this week - the challenge ends on Sunday 19th April 2015.


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

That's it from me for today - hope you have a good day and I'll catch you later in the week!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Sprinkling some Christmas Sparkle!

Morning Friends!

Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend if, like me, you're celebrating. I'm hoping that I'm enjoying a lie-in at the mo, so I'm scheduling this post .... fingers crossed!

It's time for a new challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs, and this week we're looking for your Clean and Simple creations. We're also welcoming our newest teamie Lori, so please head over to her blog to say "Hi".

Our sponsor for this challenge is Dr Digi and our lucky winner will be getting some goodies from this on-line digital stamp store. We've been lucky enough to receive some images to showcase, and here is my card featuring one of Dr Digi's images:




My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is a pre-made 14.8 cm square in white card onto which I've layered a plain black card square
  • Image - is the very humourous Phyllis the Festive Fairy (I'm sure if I were a fairy, this would be me!) which has been drawn by Brigzy at Dr Digi. I brought Phyllis to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before fussy cutting her.
    • Hair - IG2, IG3, IG4
    • Skin - FS7, FS8, FS9
    • Dress - DR1, DR2, DR3, DR4
    • Wand & Wings - Silver Gel Pen and White Glitter
    • Outline - BT1
  • Christmas Tree - was embossed using the smallest tree on my Ultimate Pro Embossing Board Snowman Delight and Candlelight. I added a star to the top of tree using a die cut (the smallest star from the Die'sire Essentials Stars die set) from white glitter cardstock
  • Falling Sparkles - are dots of glue onto which I've sprinkled White Glitter - you might have to click on the photo to supersize it and check out the sparkle!
I've left this card free of a sentiment for now, hoping that I'll find a suitable one before Christmas!


Please head over to the Incy Wincy Blog and check out the amazing Clean and Simple designs by my very talented teamies. I hope we'll inspire you to grab your crafting supplies and join this challenge - it closes on Sunday 12th April 2015.


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

Hope you have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter!

Good morning friends and a very Happy Easter to you! I hope the Easter bunny is very kind to you and yours, and there are lots of goodies for you all!


I'm scheduling this morning's post, so I do hope Mr Blogger is playing nicely - it's a while since I last did this, but he's going to have to get used to it as all my Monday DT posts will be scheduled ... posting at 8am on a school day is just NOT going to happen in my house without his help!!!!! :o)


Anyway, I digress - Papa Mia asked me to make an Easter card for his mother. Regular readers may recall that she's a retired clergy wife, so fluffy, hoppy things are definitely not suitable! Traditional with a bible verse, if possible, are far more her style! So this is what I came up with.




My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - made from Centura Pearl Card in Ivory (I got mine from Crafter's Companion but
    they don't seem to be stocking this at the mo) which I cut, scored and folded to make a 10.5 cm (when folded) square Spring Card 
  • Papers - from the Vintage Floral Papercrafting CD-Rom
  • Image - is a Vintage Image by Paulette at Create with TLC and I think this one might have been a freebie on her blog a couple of years back. I wanted to leave the card quite plain, so I've coloured the crocuses quite lightly using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours before cutting the image out close to the frame:
    • Crocuses - LV1, Blender Pen, GB5
    • Leaves - DG2, DG3, DG4
  • Sentiment - is also by Paulette at Create with TLC and this was a blog freebie a couple of weeks ago. I used my second smallest Die'sire Essentials Rectangles Die to cut this out.

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


Hope you all have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 30 March 2015

Exciting News!

Good morning friends!

Hope you are all well. It's nearly the end of term for us (phew!) ... the students break up tomorrow and staff finish on Thursday and boy am I ready for a holiday as this term has been full of sickly students and very strange accidents.

No "make" from me today, although I have made another little "mini" card from the wonderful Sugar & Spice CD Rom and completed a commissioned card which I'll share another time, once I know it's with the recipient. :o)  But I have got some exciting news to share with you all ....


I'm rejoining the Design Team at Incy Wincy Designs .... whoo hooooooooooooo :o)

My first "make" with the team will be next Monday, but why don't you drop by their blog and check out this week's challenge which is Flowers and Lace?

Hugs, Helen x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Having a Monster Day

Hi All!

I think my blog is going to be a bit like buses - you wait ages for one post, and then a "post fest" turns up!

I've been making a few cards for a colleague at school - he is running in the London Marathon next month raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and as well as running he is doing other fund raising events. Yesterday evening he held a social at school: quiz, music from the Staff Band, a fish and chip supper (yummmmmmy!), an auction of promises and a raffle. I had offered a pack of cards to raffle and this was one of the cards I put into it.


I apologise for the poor quality of the photo - I took it late yesterday afternoon, by which time the natural light had gone, so I've had to lighten this a bit so you can see the details :o(


My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base card - pre-made 14.7cm square card in white
  • Embossing Folder - is a 6 inch Embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion and it's called Geometric Motif. This folder came as a freebie with an order I placed last weekend, and I thought it was perfect for this card! I'm not sure if the folder is a new one or an old one ... either way I can't find it on the Crafter's Companion website, but there are plenty more there to tempt! ;o)
  • Image - this cute furball is Monster Chris and he comes from the pen of Tammy at A Day for Daisies. I have brought Chris to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens and Spectrum Noir Pencils in the following colours, before cutting Chris out using the largest Die'sire Essentials Scalloped Circles die:
    • Body - BT5, BT7, BT9 and 071 ... I made little 'c' shapes with my pencil to add "texture" to the fur
    • Eyes - CG2
    • Legs and Feet - TN7, TN8
    • Outline - BT1
  • Papers - are the "dotty" papers from a set called Lime and Chocolate Fusion which were a free download from docrafts. I cut narrow strips from the papers to make the cross and cut a pennant shape into the horizontal strip.
  • Sentiment - is computer generated using the Word Art function in my word processing package. I've tried to use colours which match the chocolate, lime and turquoise dots in my papers.

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

That's it from me for today - hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Lost in Music!

Good afternoon friends!

Hope this post finds you well. I apologise for my lack of visiting your blogs and posting here over the last few weeks - chasing around ensuring MiL was safe and well, and taking her to appointments and doing bits and pieces for her has taken up more of my free time than I envisaged. However, she's making slow but steady progress and is regaining some of her independence so hopefully "community care" duties will continue to ease!

I also need to apologise to my newest followers, as I haven't welcomed you on this journey round my craft room! So without further ado, welcome to Pam, Laine and Antoinette, Michele, Beth and Kate and apologies once again for the tardiness of my welcome ;o) I hope you will all enjoy my creations!

Today is Papa Mia's birthday (I'm safe in posting now as he opened his cards this morning before he left for work) and he received this card from me!



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card - pre-made 14.7 cm square card base in white
  • Papers - come from a Club Inspire download at Crafter's Companion. These are part of the set released in June 2010 called Father's Day Papers, which is still available. I've used 2 different papers and also the musical stave border.
  • Image - is a retired Pollycraft digi, however you can still get Retro Chester (as originally drawn by Paula), as he is available as a stamp from LLM's Pollycraft at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I have brought Chester and his personal stereo (for those who are too young to know, this is how we used to listen to music when we were out and about!) to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours before cutting them out using my second largest Sizzix Oval die:
    • Chester - EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10, DG2, DG3
    • Headphones - BG6, BG8, BG10, TB6, TB9, Bender Pen 
    • Personal Stereo - BG6, BG8, BG10, TB5, TB6, TB9, Bender Pen
    • Outline and Grounding - BT1, BT2, BT4
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC, and this was a freebie on her blog in December 2011. I wanted to keep the musical theme but had to crop the wording as I didn't have room for the whole message on this card .... eeek! (you can see the entire sentiment on this card).

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

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a great day!

Hugs, Helen x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Green Welly Brigade

Good morning friends!


Hope this post finds you well. Mother in Law is getting more confident on her crutches each day and therefore more mobile and more independent ;o) , so the volume of checking up on her is reducing slightly. As well as getting to my studio class and pounding the treadmill this week, I've found time to do a bit of crafting.


In my B.C. crafting days (B.C. = Before Cardmaking!) I was an avid lacemaker, and could regularly be found with my late mother at local fetes and country shows with our pillows and "makes". Some of the time we sported wellies (country shows can be messy affairs!) and yes, mine were green!!! A mutual friend of ours also demonstrated and sported green wellies, and we quickly became known amongst lacemaking friends as the "Lace Trimmed Green Welly Society"! Another friend (who also made lace bobbins) made us all membership bobbins, with a pair of green wellies trimmed with lace on them and my membership number was 4. Sadly, I don't think the "LTGWS" is still going, but I reminded of those happy days when I was going through some of my digis, and this card was born.



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 14.7 cm square card in white cardstock
  • Design Papers - are from my favourite CD-Rom at the moment ... Sugar and Spice Papercraft
    CD-Rom Collection. I have matted and layered these onto Kraft Cardstock
  • Image - is called Pattern Wellies and it comes from the pen of Claire at Jellypark. This is a new store for Claire (she had to close her old store down at the end of December thanks to the new EU VAT rules on digital sales) so she is in the process of transferring her many images across - the wellies aren't there yet! I coloured these wellies using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the shades listed, before die cutting them using a Sizzix Framelits Oval Die.
    • Outside of wellies - DG2, DG3, DG4, PL1, PL2
    • Inside of wellies - EB1, EB2
    • Ground - EB1, EB2, EB5
    • Outline - CG1
  • Sentiment - is a magazine freebie, from Quick Cards Made Easy, and I stamped this directly onto my DP using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.
  • Some buttons from my stash, and a die cut flower using Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower edged with a Papermania Hot Pink ink completed this card.

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

Hope you have a good Sunday!

Hugs, Helen x