Wednesday, 28 September 2011

DYSU Challenge #38 - Duo

2nd close up on cameos

Just popping in with a new card made for the Do You Stack Up? Challenge over at their blog...This weeks theme is Duo! The team want to see design elements in twos or pairs....and here's my take...

Cameo Everything to Me

I thought the pair/duo concept would lend itself well to a partnership too - so I made an Anniversary/wedding type card...

The Cameos are stamped with Versamark Ink and then stamped in Silver Pearl embossing powder - I love the texture and irregular look this gives. I used my current favourite Melissa Frances 5th Avenue papers, Waltzingmouse stamps, buttons, lace, prima rose, scalloped edge punch, Spellbinders Fancy Tags - *happy sigh* - really enjoyed indulging my girlie side with this one!!

I also have a couple of recycled items on this card - six buttons to be precise which were passsed onto me from my mum who cut them off a shirt & thought of me! Love that! So it means I can also enter this card into the CES Challenge - to Recycle.

Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!!

Helen x x

Waltzingmouse stamps:- Cameo creations, Roses in Bloom
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Cream - PTI; Antique Linen distress ink - Tim Holtz; Close to Cocoa - Stampin Up!
papers: Melissa Frances - Fifth Avenue collection
Aqua Mist Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Spellbinders Fancy Tags; cuttlebug
Scallop edged punch - EK Success
Chipboard scalloped square - American Crafts;
Rose - Prima; white flowers - Melissa Frances; Lace, buttons, pearl beading on her hair - from my stash.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Hi, Just sharing a card I made between jobs at home today!!

Butterfly Birthday Wishes Card

I am truly in love with the new Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities 'Wonderful Wings' dies - they fit together so perfectly. I firstly cut the solid butterfly outline out of patterned paper and layered it onto some plain cardstock. i then went ahead and cut the detailed wings out of complimentary patterned paper. I think the cut-out shape with those pretty butterfly wings over the top looks so effective and I've had it in my mind to do this forever!!.

Butterfly Birthday Wishes label

I stamped the wonderful birthday sentiment from the 'Eat Cake' Waltzingmouse stamp set in chocolate brown ink onto the label which I cut using the Spellbinders 'Fancy Tags' die. I added some cream zig zag stitching around the edge of the card to make a border, added some lace, Label and ribbon, adhered it all to my card base and Voila!! I love it when things come together easily!

birthday butterfly wings close-up

Anyway, I hope you like the card and thanks so much for visiting today :)

Helen x

Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Wonderful Wings
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Fancy Tags
Stamps: Eat Cake - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: Echo park - Springtime Collection
Cardstock: hawaiian shores - PTI
Ink: Chocolate Chip - Stampin Up; Tim Holtz - Antique Linen Distress Ink
Cuttlebug, Sewing machine, Cream Cotton Thread
Lace, Ribbon, Adhesive Pearl - from stash

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Thankyou Earth Angel - WMSC66 & PDCC100

Earth Angel Thankyou Card

Happy Weekend everyone! Today I'm sharing a sweet little thank you card I've made using the WMSC66 sketch as my guide and the inspirational colours over at the Play Date Cafe Challenge Blog(PDCC100). This is their 100th Challenge, so Congratulations to them!!

This little lady is so cute - I stamped her a couple of times onto card and then cut & coloured her using copic markers - a skin white colour for her face, a little blush to her cheeks and an organgey shade for her shoes and bow in her hair.
I had a little lace left after cutting the border section on the left of the card, so decided to cut out a little lace pinafore and paper piece it over the top of her dress. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out and I'm hoping it ties in O.K. with the lace border and the rest of the card (although it's not strictly inline with the colours we are supposed to use :-)). I already had the butterfly shape cut out and ready to go, so I just coloured it yellow and adhered it to her back to give her some Angel Wings. As I didn't have any adhesive pearls in a suitable shade, I decided to colour some myself with a green copic marker and I think they turned out quite well in the end. I used elements from four of my beloved Waltzingmouse Stamp sets on this card and more details follow under the supplies list below.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

Helen x

Stamps: Earth Angel; Bitty Banners, Teeny Trees (sentiment), Dainty Doilies all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: More Mustard; Choc Chip -Stampin Up; Potters Clay - Memento; Vintage Cream - PTI; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Copic Markers - YG17, Y21, E00, E02
Paper - Orange-Papermania; Green patterned paper - Echo Park
Cardstock: Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise - PTI
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels One; Petite Scalloped Circles Large & Standard Circles Large; Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Wonderful Wings Dies.
Other: Lace, Button, Brad, twine - all from my stash. Pearls - kaiser craft

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ribbon Reel & Stamptacular Card!!

Hi there dear friends,

I have a very 'ladylike' card to share with you today and would like to enter it into The Ribbon Reel challenge (create a project with a BIRTHDAY theme AND use RIBBON/LACE and/or TWINE)and the Stamptacular Sunday 'Just Sayin' Challenge

Birthday Wishes Musical flower Card


Just a quick post today as I feel I'm up against it time-wise today!!

Big Hugs,

Helen x

Blossom Nestabilities;
Ink: Pink Petunia - VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink; Versamark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Patterned paper: Melissa Frances 5th Avenue collection 6x6 pad
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Dainty Doilies (behind Flower); Papertrey Ink - Giga Guide Lines (sentiment)
Sewing machine & cream cotton thread
pink seam binding; cream lace; golden pearl headed pins; Designer button - Websters Pages.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Just posting a card I made for a special little girl just turned 6 years old....

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This 'Frame It' set from Waltzingmouse stamps makes it so easy to create something beautiful and original and I have to say that I really enjoyed putting together those cute little cupcakes - choosing different coloured icing and sprinkles!! Actually the three flower sprinkles are from 'Eat Cake' and the heart is from 'fancy tags'. They are supposed to be chocolate sponge cupcakes but unfortunately the photo has made them look a little darker than in real life.

Heart detail cupcake card

That's all I have for now,

Helen x

Waltzingmouse Stamps: Eat Cake, Frame It, Fancy Tags
Ink: Stampin Up
Cardstock: White from Papermill
Papers: Echo Park - Springtime Collection
Fiskars Border Punch

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Case Study#57 & Card for WMSC#65

Happy Sunday!!

CASE Study57 WMSC65

Here is my first ever entry into this week's CASE Study Challenge 57 and also for the fabby WMS Sketch Challenge65

Here is a link to view the card created by this month's muse, Julie Lacey.
I followed the brilliant sketch created by Anya Schrier....

I used the largest square die cut from my Labels One nestabilities to cut the curved edge onto the bottom of my card. I then stamped the beautiful border stamp from Victorian Frippery twice in black ink to create the patterned section. I then used my nestabilities to cut the black blossom & white circle shape. I stamped the tree and sentiment in black ink and then added the leaves using the tan coloured tea dye distress ink. I then layered the focal point using foam dimensionals. Black ribbon, twine and black button have been added as a final touch. I only had cream twine, so I used some tea dye distress ink to colour it to my liking :-)

friends always close up

friends always button close-up

I hope you've enjoyed what you have seen - have a great week.

Til next time,


Stamps: Victorian Frippery;Teeny Trees - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Basic Black - Stampin Up; Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Spellbinders - Standard circles large; Blossom; Labels One Nestabilities
Kraft, Black, White Cardstock - Bazill
Button & twine from my stash (coloured with tea dye distress ink)

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Little Monster Halloween Card

Hello Lovely Ladies & Gents...

Here is a card I have made with Halloween in mind and also for the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz which is happening today!! I don't have any Halloween stamps specifically, so had to download the cute little Frankenstein fella you see on this card - but the frame around him is from WMS Vintage Labels 2 and the Stars around the BOO! are from the Teeny Trees stamp set. I think anyone who has young children in the UK will think of the kids TV show "Ooglies" when they see the BOO! on this card!! LOL!! HeeHee!! My boys tell me so!!

WMS Blog Waltz 17 Sept 11



Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Helen x x

Friday, 16 September 2011

WMSC64 & CR84FN38 Card

Hi, just popping in to submit my entry into the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge "WMSC64" and also for the Colour Challenge over at CR84FN!

WMSC64 & CR8FN38


The sketch I followed is by the lovely Anya Schrier for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.

And here are the colours for our inspiration.....

It's release time over at Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog, so I'm hoping for some time this weekend to sit back and enjoy all the wonderful projects the Design Team have made.

Have a great weekend,
Helen x

Stamps: Teeny Trees; You're Lovely; Faux Fun Circles - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Turning a new leaf - PTI
Ink: Memento - London Fog; Basic Black - Stampin Up; Versamark Watermark Ink
Button: Websters Pages
Grey Patterned paper - Echo park
Grey & Bright Pink Cardstock - Papermill
Bright Pink Adhesive pearls - Kaiser

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Plant a seed and watch it grow....

This card started with a simple (and free) seed packet digi download and combines lots of my favourite things - in particular Yellow and Sweet Williams :-)

Yellow Sweet William Seed Packet Card

I just love the idea of gift cards and this little seed packet card is perfect for the garden lovers among us. Just unclip the packet from the mini peg at the top and your sweet william seeds are ready to go!! Pretty and practical - I will definitely give these to my rellies for Christmas/Birthdays.

Yellow Sweet William Seed Packet Card Detail

I SO enjoyed creating this so expect many more to follow on another day...

Helen x

Kraft Cardstock - Bazill,
Yellow Patterned Paper - Echo Park (Springtime Collection),
Mimosa Yellow Seam Binding - The Ribbon Girl
Lace - from my crafty stash
Sparklers adhesive designer button - Webster's Pages
Natural gardeners twine
Mini Wooden Clothes Peg
Sewing Machine & Cream Cotton Thread

Monday, 12 September 2011

Card for my man....

Love Anniversary Card

I always struggle with making "masculine" cards - especially when they're for my man!! LOL! Was desperate to use some of the echo park papers and Waltzing Mouse Stamps, so that's really what drove me to come up with this little number....

Man Card

I simply stamped the "i love you" stamp repeatedly across some white cardstock and then stamped the larger "love" sentiment in red ink over the top. Simplicity itself!! In case you're wondering, I cut the shape in the centre using the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Shapeabilities die, raised it up with some foam adhesive pads for a little dimention and voila!! I think it creates lovely frame for that simple sentiment.

Take good care,

Helen x

Echo park paper - Victoria Gardens Collection
Cardstock: Navy Blue & White - Paper Mill
stamps: Waltzing Mouse Stamps: Say It Loud
Ink: Memento - London Fog & Lady Bug
Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Fancy Tags" Die
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Little Bird Decorations

Hi there

Sometimes I like to keep things simple and I think these little birdie hangers are just that. I can see so many uses for these little decorative birds - they could be tied to the door handle of a childs playroom or bedroom, tied onto a gift for a special finishing touch, they could even be adapted to tie onto a place settings for a wedding. Lots of possibilities....

little hanging birds

I painted the birds in an off-white colour and then hand stamped the individual letters of the childs name in silver ink. I then stamped the heart/star on each one using Brilliance Ink and used a copic marker to fill in the colour. The birds are simply suspended by cream silky twine and finished with ribbon. Quick, simple and very cute.

Little Ellie Bird Hanger

Little Jack Bird Hanger

Have a great week,

Helen x

Wooden Bird Shapes:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse stamps - Sewing Box Hugs; Roman Alphabet - Dovecraft
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue; Versamagic Pink Petunia
Copic markers: RV32 Shadow Pink & B41 Powder Blue.