Tuesday, 27 March 2012

TT91 Pixie Cottage - Grandad Bear Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to another post I'm sharing as DT member for Tuesday Throwdown.  The team are lucky enough to be sponsored by Pixie Cottage this week and are showcasing some of their wonderful digital stamp images for you to enjoy.  We are also demonstrating a technique (new to me) which is the "Out of the Box" technique.  Basically, taking an image and fussy cutting a part of it, then using a die to cut around the rest.  It's a great technique and really just adds a little extra interest.  I found the following fabulous video really helpful getting to grips with this technique...

TT91 Pixie Cottage/Out of the Box

When I saw this image, I couldn't help thinking of my dad pushing my sons around their garden in the wheelbarrow - not sure how safe it was - but to hear the giggles is priceless and my boys will never forget it I'm sure :) My dad's birthday is in April, so this is a perfect birthday card for him.

The Pixie Cottage image I have used here is called "Barnie's Fall Ride" and I simply printed onto cream cardstock, coloured with Copics and then cut according to the "out of the box" technique.  I decided to leave the bigger bear's head slightly proud of the die cut circle.  The little leaves at the top were added after (OK, so it was a little tricky to work around the head AND the leaves, so it was easier to go back and stick them on after! LOL)


Here's a close-up of that lovely label - I used Spellbinders Fancy Labels to cut out the shape, sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I don't own a stamp that says 'Grandad' so I used the (Grand)pa and (D)ad sentiments from Papertrey Ink's 'Men of Life' stamp set to make the word. The small teardrop ink pads from Memento make this a lot easier.

tt91 sentiment
I hope that you will give this technique a try - I surprised myself with this!  It's fun learning new things :)

For more details on this challenge, to take part and to see what the other DT members have created, click here.

Have a great Tuesday :)


Papertrey Ink: Men of Life
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen & Tea Dye Distress Ink
Patterned Paper: Out of Print - Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad
Cardstock: Brocade Blue - Stampin Up; Cream - Colorbase
Cotton Twill: The Ribbon Reel
Spellbinders: Labels Eight; Fancy Tags. Standard Circles Large
Other: Adhesive Pearls - Kaisercraft; Copic Markers;

Friday, 23 March 2012

Thinking of you...Niamh

Today I'm just sharing a card I made for a sweet soul named Niamh!


I used a sweet digi stamp image by 'Meljen's Designs' and coloured it using Copics. I added some sparkle around the edge of the die cut circle using a glue pen and some dazzling diamonds glitter. I then die cut a Spellbinders floral doily motif from patterned paper, adhered it to my main card base and then added the teddies.  


I used Spellbinders Fancy tags to die cut around a personalised sentiment created on my computer.  Some pink gingham ribbon and some pretty pink pearls added around the doily.

sentiment niamhs card

I'm entering this card a couple of challenges too:


Thursday, 22 March 2012

WMSC89 Sketch Challenge & Moxie DIY embellie!

Hi, it's time for another fab challenge over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog and I just had to play along again this week after all the wonderful inspiration from the WMS Mischief Makers!!


I stamped the beautiful Heart image from Waltzingmouse's 'Nordic Spring' three times - I used a little bit of masking here as I wanted a different colour ink for each of the three sections. I used Brocade Blue, So Saffron and London Fog to pick up the colours in the patterend paper.

I don't own the Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities dies, so had to hand-cut the heart and then used some very strong double sided tape to gather some sweet lace around the edge, following the edge of the heart as I went.


Moxie Fab have lots of ideas and a challenge over on their blog for 'DIY embellishments'.  I decided to give it a go, so I made the embellishment at the top myself by gathering more of the same lace using a needle and thread and simply stitching together to make a flower shape.  The points on the lace make for some cute petals I think :) I used a brad for the centre of the flower and backed with a blue seam binding bow.

wmsc89 sentiment

Wow, I just love the font on that sentiment - I stamped the sweet Birthday wishes text from Waltzingmouse stamps 'Compact Sentiments' in black onto more patterned paper and added along the bottom.

And finally, here's the lovely sketch by the super talented Renee Lynch which I have used to make my card today...

If you would like more details of the Moxie Fab World DIY embellishments challenge, click here.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for looking at my card - have a great week.



Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Nordic Spring; Compact Sentiments
Ink: Brocade Blue, So Saffron - Stampin Up; Memento - London Fog, Tuxedo Black
Papers: Pink Paislee - Indigo Bleu
Cardstock: From local craftstore
Blue Seam Binding - The Ribbon Reel
Lace - from stash
Brad: Papermania

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

TT90 The Stamping Boutique - Spring Cleaning

Hi there,

I'm here to share my DT card for the 'Tuesday Throwdown'.  This week our fabulous sponsor is The Stamping Boutique.

Our 'theme' for the week is 'Spring Cleaning'...so dig out all those supplies you've been hoarding and make something new!!

TT90 The Stamping Boutique

I used the fabulous 'Kite and Rainbow' digital stamp from The Stamping Boutique - isn't it cute...I can think of so many occasions that this image would be perfect for and I love that it's suitable for male/female cards.  I prettied mine up a little with a twine bow and little heart embellishment and added some Diamond Dust Stickles to the rainbow for added sparkle :)

TT90 Rainbow sparkle

As for 'Spring Cleaning', well I have always hoarded ribbons and twine and two of my favourites are right here on my card.  I'm always reluctant to use my favourite patterned papers too - but I'm getting better at using up the old before breaking out the new. 

If you get the chance to play along, we would LOVE to have you join us,  You can find all the details 'here' and you will also get the chance to see what the rest of the Tuesday Throwdown DT have made to share with you.

I used the March 11th Card Positioning Systems sketch (CPS256) for the layout of my card.

Have a wonderful week!



Stamps: The Stamping Boutique - Kites Rainbow Digital Stamp Image
Sentiment: PTI
Ribbon & Twine: The Ribbon Reel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Aqua Mist - PTI
Patterned Paper - Pink Paislee
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Labels One Dies
Copic Markers
Diamond Dust Stickles

Monday, 19 March 2012

TRR24 - 'Pretty as a Posey'


Hi, it's time for another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel.  My TRR teamie, Debbie is our host for the next two weeks and has given us the theme 'Pretty as a Posey' - create a card or project inspired by the following photo and use PINK, YELLOW, AQUA and NEUTRALS WITH FLOWERS and RIBBONS...Isn't it a beautiful picture?

I decided to make a box and co-ordinating card for my two little boys to give to their Grandma this Mothers Day (in the UK, Mothers Day was yesterday!) 


I have used flowers, lace, pins and trim  - all available from The Ribbon Reel store.
The box itself is a template I made from little box that used to hold business cards - I simply drew around it onto some Aqua cardstock and stuck it together with some strong double sided tape.

trr24 flowers

The top of the box consists of some pretty pink felt cut to size using my pinking shears, stitched onto some Pink Paislee 'Spring Jubilee' paper. I added a little bird (more about him later) and some beautiful pale pink Gardenia, white/pink rose and hellebore flowers and gorgeous stick pins from The Ribbon Reel.

trr24 side view

The sides of the box are covered with Pink Silky Crush, Turquoise Sheer Ruffle Edge, White/Pink Spot Organza ribbons and cotton lace.  The box is fastened together using some Apple Green bakers twine attached to a sweet Prima sculpture flower which has been adhered onto a single piece of white guipure lace from The Ribbon Reel Store.

trr24 birdie close up

My little bird started life as a clear plastic shape which I simply covered with Mod Podge on one side and stuck onto some yellow Pink Paislee She Art patterned paper. I added some glitter to his tummy and tail and used a tiny black adhesive pearl for his eye.

TRR24 grandma card

I used most of the same elements on the co-ordinating card. I used some beautiful Pink Paislee 'Spring Jubilee' papers to create panels which I stitched into place using my sewing machine.  I created a rosette by gathering some pink silky crush ribbon and then perched the little yellow birdie on top.  I used more turquoise sheer ruffle edge ribbon, some white grosgrain, lace, ivory loopy trim and a gorgeous pink tea rose to finish - all from The Ribbon Reel.

I decided to base the layout of my card on the fabulous 'Retro Sketch 3' from the Retro Sketches blog.

Don't forget to visit The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog for details on how to enter the challenge and link up your card/project...alternatively you can click on any of the links on my side-bar to visit my other Ribbon Reel DT team-mates:

Can't wait to see what you make! Have fun.

Here's a peek at the little heart shaped cookies my boys made to put inside for Grandma!

trr24 heart biscuits




From The Ribbon Reel: Pale Pink Gardenia; Christmas Rose (Hellebore); White/pink centre rose
White Pearl Stick Pins; Pink Leaf Pin from Leaf Pinwheel
Turquoise Sheer Ruffle Edge Ribbon; Ivory Loopy Trim; White Grosgrain; Pink Silky Crush Ribbon; White Cotton Lace; Guipure lace
Stamps: (Grandma sentiment) Waltzingmouse Stamps - Roses in Bloom
Papers: Pink Paislee - Spring Jubilee; She Art by Christy Tomlinson
Cardstock: Aqua Mist - PTI; Regal Rose - Stampin Up
Other: Pink felt from stash, Scor-Pal; Adhesive Bling - papermania

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Happy St Patricks Day - Waltzingmouse Stamps March Blog Party

Happy St Patricks Day everyone! And a very warm welcome to you...

Waltzingmouse Stamps are having their monthly Blog Party today and yes, you've guessed it the theme is St Patricks Day or create something in 'Green'.  Everyone is welcome to take part and you can find all the relevant details on the Waltzingmouse Blog by clicking HERE.


I decided to make something with an Irish theme but with a little twist.  I pulled out the wonderful Celtic Heritage Set and French Country to create a little something for my lovely husband...a little something to go with his cup of coffee..would look cute on a breakfast tray too!

I stamped the background to my card using one of the shamrock images from the Celtic Heritage set - the leaves remind me a little of hearts which is what gave me the idea of making something for Jon :) I then stamped the gorgeous border from French Country to make a central border strip and adhered to the front of my card. I added some lovely green and white bakers twine to the front of the card as well and then set to work on my sentiment.  I also hand cut a couple of extra shamrocks and added some 'Irish Gold' Bling to the centre of them and added to my card.

lucky in love card

I used the label from 'French Country' and an oval frame from 'Cameo Creations' to create green frame. I used a copic marker to go around and add a little extra colour to the labels. You can just make out the heart from 'Celtic Heritage' stamped in Antique Linen distress ink in the centre to make a subtle background to the 'Lucky in Love' sentiment - all taken from the many words included in the Celtic Heritage set.

lucky in love label

The mini 'Bon Appetit' card was created using the sweet ornate frame and one of many lovely sentiments from French Country, stamped using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder. I added another vibrant green Shamrock with gold centre to carry on the 'Lucky Irish' theme.

Bon Appetit Label

That's all I have to share today, so I'm off to visit all the other wonderful blogs on the list and soak up all the lovely "Green" projects.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Helen xx

I am also entering the card into:
This weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC89

Simon Says Stamp: A Bit o' Green

Daring Cardmakers: Lucky Green


Stamps: Celtic Heritage; French Country; Cameo Creations - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Papermannia
Green and white bakers twine: The Ribbon Reel
Ink: Color Box Color Queue Chalk Ink; Versamark Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Marker: Chartreuse Green

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mojo Monday and Tuesday Trigger - Happy 70th Birthday!

Davids 70th Card

March seems to be a big month for birthdays in our family! My uncle has just turned 70 so I made him a special card from us all...I chose to use papers from Kaisercraft as I spotted a little bird among the plant and flower sillhouettes and I know he is a nature lover - the butterfly is cut from the same range of paper.
The bottom section is flocked and is DCWV La Creme cardstock.
70th birthday label

The main label is from Waltzingmouse's Vintage Labels 2 set and is stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in silver.  The number '70' is highlighted in the same way. I also used the Fancy Phrases sentiments to make up the Happy & Birthday portion of the sentiment and also the 'with all our love' which I stamped a little further down onto the patterned paper.

Davids 70th card sentiment

The whole thing is mounted onto some special mirror card and kraft carstock base.

Here's my inspiration for this card: 

 this week's brilliant Mojo Monday Sketch by Teresa Kline.

and a fabulous Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger picture inspiration - "Simple Elegance":

What beautiful room!

Thank you so much for stopping by - I really appreciate you taking a look.

Big Hugs,

Helen xxx

Patterned Papers: Kaisercraft Vintage Timeless Collection
Charcoal Grey Cardstock: from stash
Kraft Cardstock: Bazzill
Blue Grosgrain: Enchanted Evening by PTI
Natural Button Twine: The Ribbon Reel
Sparkler: Websters Pages

WMSC88 - A Wall Hanging for Mum...home is where you are...


Hello lovely blog buddies!

I hope you are having a great week :)  I have been enjoying my new Waltzingmouse goodies the past few days *happy sigh* and managing to find some 'inky' time.

It's Mothers Day this Sunday here in the UK, so I needed to get creative!! 


I orginally had a card in mind which then "evolved" into a Wall Hanging for Mother's Day.  The layout (3 square panels in a row) is based on the current sketch by Renee Lynch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog.  

As you can see, I decided to flip the sketch simply to hang it vertically rather than horizontally - it just seemed to work better for me this way :).


I used the Green Room Designs (Anya's) 'Heirloom patterns' stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps and stamped three different patterns (lattice, diamonds and houndstooth) onto aqua cardstock using versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I then cut three squares using one of the smaller Labels One Die cuts by Spellbinders and then mounted it onto patterned paper and more aqua cardstock. 

I hope you can see the defined squares - I did sponge some Antique Linen distress ink along the edges to try and define them a little. I then added some sheer ruffle edge ribbon from The Ribbon Reel and some sweet hot-pink Prima roses.  


I stamped one of the smaller doily images from the Dainty Doilies Large set in pink and hand cut inside and out to make a circular frame.  I wanted the houndstooth underneath to show through.  The sweet little birds and heart image from Nordic Spring are stamped in black onto pink paper and then simply cut out and then mounted on top using foam dimensionals.


The sentiment "Mum...home is where You are"  is made up of phrases from the Roses in Bloom' set. I simply stamped, cut it out, sponged/distressed it a little and mounted onto the main panel.  The main background is simple corrugated card to which I added some Teal Cosmic Mist and Antique Linen Distress Link.

Finally I added some cotton lace to the bottom panel, more fuschia pink pearls to finish and threaded some pearl beaded chain through the small pink eyelets at the of the hanger.

Have a fabulous rest of the week and Happy Mothers Day to all the UK mums celebrating this weekend!

Helen x

Links to other Challenges entered:
Daring Cardmakers - Tessellation - (I'm short on hexagons, so hope squares and patterns on them will do!)

Waltzingmouse stamps: Dainty Doilies Large; Roses in Bloom; Nordic Spring; Heirloom Patterns
Ink: Memento Pink Petunia, Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Papers: Basic Grey - Out of Print
Cardstock: White - Dovecraft;  Aqua Mist Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Sheer Ruffle Edge Ribbon - The Ribbon Reel
Pink roses: Prima
Other: White embossing powder - Stampin up

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

TT89 Challenge Sweet 'n Sassy Birds and Roses

TT89 Birdhouse

Happy Tuesday Blog Friends!

It's time for another Tuesday Throwdown challenge - this week we are asking you to create something using 'clips' - this could be paper clips or mini-clothes pegs etc.  Our current sponsor, Sweet 'n Sassy stamps provided us with some wonderful images to use this week and I chose the cute little birds and roses image available HERE.

Lots of colouring on this image - I wanted to recreate the warmth from the sun behind the birds (at least, that was my plan!!) and I had lots of fun colouring the roses and leaves all different shades of pink and green.

My clip is like a paper-clip but had a little flower charm attached - I simply added a white seam binding bow to sweeten it up a little :)


I decided to do something I haven't tried in a long time and decided to stamp my sentiment onto some gorgeous pink cotton twill using black Stazon ink.  Love how the ink appears slightly softer on fabrics and you can still see the woven texture of the twill.


My buttons are shades of orange, pink and yellow and I used some cream silky twine to thread them together in a row and then simply adhered them to my card.

The gorgeous colour combo is based on CR84FN's Color Challenge - it's their 50th Challenge!!

and I based my layout (if a little roughly :) on sketch SSS149 over at the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog too:

That's all from me for today.  Don't forget to stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog for all the information you need on this weeks challenge and for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. Can't wait to see what you will create!!



Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Yellow - Stampin Up
Patterned Papers: My Minds Eye: Happier; Stella & Rose; Orange - Making Memories: Just Chillin'
Clip and Buttons: From Stash
White Seam Binding and Pink Twill from The Ribbon Reel

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Merci Beaucoup!!

case study 81 preview

Hi everyone - my boys are still poorly, so I'm just quickly popping in with a little something I've made for the Case Study Challenge #81.

I always look longingly at these inspiring challenges each week and don't often get a chance to play. Laura Bassen is this months 'muse' and I just love the classic beige and black colour combination she used here in her inspiring card - particularly the striking natural colour with the black. So I stuck with the silhouette idea and made a little gift tag using black with some beige and kraft thrown in.

I started with a large kraft cardstock tag from my local craft shop and stamped the border image from Waltzingmouse's Paris Nouveau (love, love love!!) in black along the top.  I then stamped the diamond border stamp from French Country in Desert Sand ink onto some white cardstock and cut to fit my kraft tag.  It's a little pale in these pictures - I hope you can see it, it really is very subtle.

case study 81

I stamped the eiffel tower image in black onto some Kraft Cardstock,  cut it out and then layered it on top of some beautiful sandy colour Vintage Lace and some black satin pleased ribbon from my stash.

The Merci sentiment is from the Paris Nouveau set and is stamped in Tuxedo black ink.  I stamped a small flower image from French Country either side and went in with various beige toned Copic Markers just to add a little interest.  I finished the Eiffel tower off with a sandy colour sculpted flower and added a sheer black ribbon bow to the top of the tag.

case study 81 tag close up

 Because of the French feel, I may use this on a cheeky little bottle of French Vino!!

I would also love to enter the following challenges with this card:

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday FTTC159
Pink Elephant 3+ layers

Bye for now,

Helen xxx

Supplies: Waltzingmouse Stamps: French Country; Paris Nouveau
Ink: Memento - Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers: E55 Light Camel, E00 Skin White, E11 Barely Beige
Kraft Luggage Tag - local craft store
Vintage Lace from stash
Black pleated ribbon trim - The Ribbon Reel 
Sculpted flower - Prima Arco Iris Flowers

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

TT88 New Life - Li'l Lambs with Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps

TT88 Robyn's Fetish New Life

Hi and welcome!

It's time for another Tuesday Throwdown challenge. This week's theme is "New Life" and our sponsor is "Robyn's Fetish" Digital Stamps.  I have used the adorable little "Lily Lamb" digital image on my card.

After downloading sweet Lily Lamb, I duplicated and resized it and flipped the smaller image 180 degrees so that the lambs are now facing each other.

I used my Spellbinders Labels 8 nestabilities to create a background panel for my lambs.  With the cardstock still in the die, I sponged the top two thirds of the panel using Memento Sky Blue ink which left a nice neat white border around the edge.  I then stamped some green grass and heat embossed some little white flowers for interest.

For the grass, I took some green felt and snipped a fringe along the edge with some scissors and then ran it through my die cutting machine with the Labels 8 die so that it would fit nicely along the bottom of the central panel.  


The little lambs are coloured very simply using Copic markers - I also went in with my Versarmark pen so that I could gold 'heat' emboss those sweet bells on their collars to make them appear metallic.


The background consists of some lilac cardstock which I have dry embossed for a little added interest using a plaid embossing folder by Sizzix and some MME patterned paper from the 'Happier' collection. There is some stitching on those panels which is a little hard to see from the photos.  


As a finishing touch, I added some aqua double-faced satin ribbon from my stash, a little sculpture flower by Prima and some sweet paper flowers to the top right hand corner.

I decided to use the brilliant "Sweet Stop Sketch - SSS148" for the layout of this card.

If you'd like to take part in this week's challenge, click here to visit the Tuesday Throwdown Blog and link up your card/project.  Don't forget to pop on over to see what the other lovely Tuesday Throwdown ladies have created for you today using Robyn's Fetish Digi's:

Ceal Pritchett
Davi Reid
Deedee Anderson
Lauren Mullarkey
Nana Connie
Shannon White
Yolanda Derstine
Helen Berry (that's me!)

Have a great crafty week!


Helen x

I'm also linking this card into the St Lukes Charity Card Challenge for their "Spring into Spring" theme this month :)

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish Lily Lamb
Papertrey Ink: With Sympathy
Waltzingmouse stamps - Spring Baskets (sentiment)
Papers: My Minds Eye - Happier Collection
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ink: Versamark Pen; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart, Sky Blue
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
Sculpture flower - Prima
Sizzix Plaid and Snowflakes Embossing Folder
Other: Aqua Satin Ribbon; Green Felt from my local craft store; White embossing powder - Stampin Up.