Monday, 31 October 2011

WMSC71 Halloween card

Happy Halloween everybody....if you are looking for my DT Ribbon Reel post please click here or scroll down...

WMSC71 Halloween Card

This is my card for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 71. I used a few different Waltzingmouse stamp sets on this card. I actually did some masking (quite rare for me!) to create the pumpkin patch border along the bottom of the card by stamping the pumpkins image (from Bountiful Basket Additions) repeatedly in a row. I then used Copic markers to colour the pumpkins and leaves to really make them pop off the page. I created the check/plaid design by stamping the border strips from the Picnic Patterns stamp set in black onto purple card. The sentiment is from Say it Loud Winter Holiday (love that font!) and the little bat is from Wandas Pantry.

Now you can pop on over to the Waltzingmouse Blog to see what the Design Team have created for your inspiration and all the other wonderful entries into this weeks challenge.

Thanks for visiting and big Spooky Hugs,

Helen x

The Ribbon Reel Challenge 14

TRR Challenge #14

Hi, Good Morning everyone!

This Monday brings a fresh fortnightly challenge from The Ribbon Reel and my first card to share as a Design Team member.

This week we have the most beautiful photo for your inspiration brought to you by my lovely friend, Pauline Pollington....The challenge is to use Turquoise, Hot Pink and Cream as the main colours of your card, scrap page or 3D project.

now onto my card...


All the ribbon I used on my card is from The Ribbon Reel. I created a gathered ruffle edge using some white silky crush ribbon and then used some hot pink ruffle edge ribbon and aqua seam binding to create a border. I then added some of the most beautiful paper flowers - the ivory rose and the truly stunning hot pink cherry blossom are amazing in real life.


The patterned paper I used for the background is from the MME Lost & Found collection and I just added a stitched border around the edge using my sewing machine. I used Versamark ink to stamp the heart from the Waltzingmouse Seasons of Love Tags set onto Aqua cardstock and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder. The lace flower you can see behind those little fleece birds is a piece I cut from a collar belonging to my confirmation outfit which I wore when I was about 14 years old!! Not quite an heirloom piece, but I am so grateful to my mum for keeping hold of it and passing it back to me so that I can 'recycle' it :)

Now pop on over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge blog to see the amazing creations from the rest of the Design Team and play along to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous goodies from The Ribbon Reel shop.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wondeful week!

Helen x

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Seasons of Love Tags; Say it Loud Winter Holidays;
Ink: Memento Rose Bud; Versamark Clear Watermark ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist - PTI; Patterned Paper - Lost and Found Collection My Minds Eye
Fleece Birds and Label - American Crafts
Pink Button, aqua Prima Rose, cream twine from my stash

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Shabby Tea Rooms Week #85 Happy Halloween

Hello lovely ladies & gents,

I think I am just in time for The Shabby Tea Room's fun 'Happy Halloween' challenge. The lovely Fran provided us with the most AMAZING photo - the likes of which I have never ever seen here in the UK!! Just look at that gorgeous tree!! My goodness, where to start? Fran asks that you create a card or project inspired by the HALLOWEEN THEME in this photo AND USE PURPLE, ORANGE, BLACK & NEUTRALS WITH TWINE OR RAFFIA!

I just had to get involved in the challenge this week and I have to say that I really had fun with this - I kept my children in mind when creating because I know they love the whole Halloween experience - it's much bigger here in the UK now.

Happy Halloween project

first jar side view IMG_5233

I am a stamper at heart so I pulled out the wonderful 'Wanda's Pantry','Say it Loud Winter Holiday' and Vintage Labels One from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The containers are just empty jam/sauce jars I have 'recycled' and filled with 'Fresh Eyeballs' (Murray mints) and 'Bat Droppings' (milk chocolate covered raisins).

I combined several of the images from Wandas pantry set to create the largest of the two labels - the 'Freshly picked Eyeballs' and the little witch at the bottom are seperate stamps which I've used to create my bespoke label here. I then went ahead and aged it using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The smaller orange label is from the same set and stamped as is - i just stamped another bat and cut it out for more dimension.
Both jars are covered with scraps of material - the deep plum/purple is a remnant from my wedding day - my mum made the bridesmaid dress for my sister!
I created bands of colour around the jars themselves - purple and orange on the first and natural twill and twine around the second. Both have little labels on the back to cofirm that they are just sweeties after all!! :)
jars back view second jar back

here's a shot of the top of each of the jars...

jar top close up bat jar top

Thanks for visiting my blog today and hope you like what you've seen!! Have a wonderful week all of you.

Helen x

Stamps: Say it Loud Winter Holiday; Very Vintage labels one; Wandas Pantry
Ink: Basic Black; Elegant Eggplant; Lovely Lilac; Only Orange - Stampin Up
Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy
Cardstock: Orange, Purple, Black, Cream - The Papermill
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels one; Standard Circles Large; Blossom
Ribbon, buttons, natural twine from stash
Black adhesive pearls, purple adhesive gems - Papermania

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Little Cup of Pansies CR84FN41 Color Challenge

flower detail

Hi there lovelies!

I have a card for the CR84FN#41 Color Challenge. The ladies on the DT provided so much inspiration that I decided to play along. It's a beautiful inspirational photo this week - not colours I would usually go for but I really enjoyed playing with all the tones/possibilities. I don't really have much in the Steel Blue colour, so had to adapt a little :).

To create the card I used the Afternoon Tea Sentiments stamp set from Waltzingmouse(for such a big tea drinker, why did I not get this set before?). I stamped the pansies twice using black stazon. They were crying out to be coloured, so I broke out the copic markers which I have to say have been a little neglected in past weeks!! I then cut out & shaped the second set of coloured flowers to build up the image and give it a little more dimension.

flower teacup

I used the Sizzix 'plaid' embossing folder on the top half of the card to add a little interest and then added patterned paper, union blue seam binding and grey/white bakers twine. I stamped the teacup image onto grey patterned paper from Echo Park's Victoria Gardens collection and then cut out and mounted with the pansies onto more patterned paper from MME's Lost & Found Collection. The sentiment at the bottom is stamped in Memento's 'London Fog' ink. It's the first time I've inked up this particular sentiment, but I can see it becoming a firm favourite with me. It could easily be adapted to use with any other stamps by replacing the 'friend' part with 'mum' or 'sister'. That's what I love about stamping - lots of possibilities and so many opportunities to make it personal.


That's all I have for today - thanks so much for stopping by and hope you like my card!


Seam binding, twine - The Ribbon Reel
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Afternoon Tea Sentiments
Ink: London Fog - Memento
Copic Markers: B41 Powder Blue; T1 Toner Gray; B45 Smoky Blue;YG11; YG13; Y21 Buttercup yellow; 0 Colorless Blender.
Cardstock: Yellow - Stampin Up; Blue - PTI
Paper: My Minds Eye - Lost & Found Sunshine; Echo Park Victoria Gardens Collection
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies: Blossom S4-192; Standard Circles Large S4-114
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Plaid; Yellow button from stash

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Some exciting news...

I am delighted to be able to share some very exciting news - I am now part of the already awesome DESIGN TEAM over at The Ribbon Reel. Not only does the Ribbon Reel sell all sorts of wonderful ribbon, lace, buttons and other beautiful embellishments via their website, but they also run a fortnightly challenge over on their blog.

I cannot wait to share my creations over the coming months...and BIG thanks to Keilly for the opportunity.

I thought I would celebrate my news by sharing the card I made for the Design Call.

Have a great week!

Helen x
Hi, looks like it's going to be a glorious sunny Autumn day here in my little patch of Oxfordshire so before I head out with my two boys to put some colour in our cheeks, I'd like to share a quick card.

get well detail

I'm playing along with The Ribbon Reel who have another fun fortnightly challenge on their blog. Clare Buswell is the host for this week and has chosen this absolutely stunning photo to inspire us - I love the variety of colours in this photo.

get well mother mccarthy

The challenge is to create a card /project inspired by the colours from the photo and also use FLOWERS (yay!!). I needed a quick and cheery Get Well card, so I chose to use the 'Rescue Remedies' stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps and papers by My Minds Eye 'Stella and Rose' collection. I stamped directly onto the lovely yellow gingham paper (just love this look) and then used a copic marker to add a little colour to the beautiful flourish you see there at the top of the label. I already had the die cut Labels 4 shapes ready cut, so it was actually quite a quick card to make.
I added some stitching around the edge of the pretty little flower paper and then created a border using peach lace, some cotton trim and yellow seam binding. To finish I added some paper flowers and a pearly pin. *happy sigh*

Have a great weekend, whatever you are up to.


Helen x

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Stamps: Rescue Remedies - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Yellow/cream - Stampin Up
Papers: Stella & Rose 6x6 Pad - My Minds Eye
Ink: Rich Cocoa - Memento; Rose Coral - Colorbox
Copic Marker: E02 - Fruit Pink
Pearl Headed stick pin - The Ribbon Reel
Forsythia Yellow Seam Binding - The Ribbon Reel
Peach lace & Aqua cotton trim - Websters Pages Designer Trim
Other: brown cotton thread, sewing machine, adhesive foam dimensionals.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

For the Graduate - Card Patterns Sketch #137

for the graduate button detail

Well, Autumn has definitely arrived here in the UK - Brrrrr!! The temperature has fallen and yesterday I braved the hail storm to collect the children from school & then take them to their Karate class. On the upside, I had a little time to 'get inky' and create a colourful card for the Card Patterns sketch challenge #137

Here's the sketch:

and my card.....

for the graduate cardpatterns#137

I decided to make my own bespoke background by stamping images from Giga Guide Lines and For the Graduate onto white cardstock and then ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Plaid embossing folder to give it a little extra texture. The beautiful red satin ribbon, royal blue dot ribbon and darling little gingham red button are all from The Ribbon Reel

Thanks so much for visiting and looking at my card today. Have a wonderful week all of you :)

Big Hugs,

Helen x x

Stamps: For the Graduate; Giga Guide Lines - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Paris Dusk, Danube Blue - Memento; Real Red - Stampin Up
Embellishments: Cream silk ribbon - from stash; Red Satin 1.6cm, Royal Blue dot; mini tartan button - The Ribbon Reel
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
Sizzix Plaid Embossing Folder
Cardstock: Shillbrook crafts - White; Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink
Other: Cuttlebug, red adhesive gems - Kaisercraft, red stickles, dimensional foam adhesive

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Mini Album WMSC68 & TSG125

Hi all,

I just wanted to share something I put together super-quick. I have the makings of a mini album for my husband! It's his birthday on Sunday and I still have much to do to get it finished before then-but the basic ideas are there. Most of the components are ready to go - just a few more special photos, handmade envelopes containing secret little messages and some other little handwritten bits and bobs from my two boys to go in there.



handmade mini-envelopes and other treasures...but still a little way to go...


I mostly used existing supplies. The overall shape of the album was cut from thick cardboard using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight Dies, then it was a snap to cover with some yummy papers using the very same die. I used the Basic Grey "Oxford" and "Out of Print" collections. Of course, I HAD to do some stamping, so used the fantastic circles background stamp from Waltzingmouse Free Spirit Boy to create a bespoke background paper ;) I also had great fun using the "Bitty Banners" stamp set and more patterned paper to create the bunting which is draped over the top left hand corner of the album cover.
I made the banner which holds the 'you' part of the sentiment using my scor-pal and the rosette on which it sits is made out of paper strips, folded concertina style!!

I do hope to show you more pictures when the album is completed - but unfortunately not until Jon's birthday on the 16th October!! Fingers crossed he will like it :)) - The most wonderful thing about making these albums is that they are a snapshot in time and I guess that you can personalize them so much - you can guarantee he won't have another prezzie like it!!

I have to say that I have been so inspired recently by the uber-talented Ashley Newell and also the lovely Meredith MacRitchie - those ladies really spurred me on to make more of these albums. And not forgetting the challenges over at Waltzingmouse WMSC68 and There She Goes TSG125

Love & Hugs,


Monday, 3 October 2011

WMSC#67 and Circles Color Trends Challenge

Holiday Tag Ornament Detail

Yay, It's time for another challenge over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog! This weeks brief is to create a card, tag, scrapbook page, 3D item or other project using the following inspirational and fun sketch:-

I also decided to play along with the Circles Color Trends Challenge at Embellish Magazine's blog. I had to improvise with the red color a little - so i hope this still qualifies!! The colours as you can see from the picture below are Green, Brown, White & Red.....

and here is what I came up with .....

Holiday Wishes Tag Ornament

I immediately thought to make a tag, but I actually think this would look good as an Ornament hanging on my Christmas tree.

I cut a blossom shape out of green felt using my blossom nestabilities and then used the Marianne Designs CreaTable die to cut the snowflake shape. I then stamped and layered the circle shapes on top of that to add some dimension. I stamped the snowman image in dark brown ink and then used copic markers to bring my snowman to life - to make him look a little 'whiter' I added some light blue shading around his face & middle; used walnut copic marker to colour his hat; added red and green stripes to his scarf and gave the little lantern a soft gentle glow by adding warm yellow!!
I added chritmassy red stickles to highlight the red band on his hat and also to the berry wreath he is attached to!! Some yummy red Dew Drops, ribbon, twine and buttons complete my little Christmassy tag.

I do hope you've enjoyed looking - thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Helen x

Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-192 Blossom; S4-114 Standard Circles Large Dies
Marianne Design CreaTables - LR0185 Snowflake die
Stamps: A Cottage Christmas, Very vintage Christmas, Faux Fun Circles - all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Stampin Up - Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Copic Markers: Walnut, YG13 Chartreuse; B41 Powder Blue; Y21 Buttercup Yellow; R24 Prawn
Other: Lime Green Felt - Hobby Craft; Hemp Cord - The beadery; Stickles - Xmas Red; Buttons from stash; Cream Cardstock
Red Dew Drops & Seam Binding - The Ribbon Girl