Tuesday, 29 May 2012

These boots were made for walkin'...TT100 Dude Time Doodles/Masculine theme

Hey everyone - I'm back with the rest of the Tuesday Throwdown girls to bring you a new challenge - our 100th!! 

As part of the TTDT, I have used an image produced by Dude Time Doodles (a bonibleux designs company) to create a card with a Masculine theme!!

TT100 Dude Time Doodles

My card features the 'Sneaker' digi image which I have printed onto two different patterned papers, fussy cut around the sole and laces and then paper pieced to make a well-worn pair of boots!! I also used some Tea-Dye distress ink to make them look even more dusty and well-travelled!!  


We've had some absolutely fantastic warm, sunny weather here in the UK and my mind inevitably turns to thinking about travel and holidays (vacation) - so that's where I had this idea for creating a masculine card for a globe-trotting guy. The Kaisercraft paper in the background has a map of the world printed on it, so it also ties in with the reference to travel and the spirit of adventure. 


And finally, that wonderful stamped sentiment by Papertrey Ink just seemed to fit with the general idea of someone jetting off to explore another part of the world!!

I hope you enjoyed today's card and that you will come and join us for this week's Masculine themed challenge.  You can find all of the projects that the Tuesday Throwdown DT have created and FULL details of how to link up you project etc by clicking HERE.

I am also linking this card up to the Card Patterns blog, as I have taken so much inspiration from their current sketch..really love this one!

Have a great, crafty week everyone!


x x x


Sneaker Digi Stamp: Available from Dude Time Doodles
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink - For the Graduate
Patterned papers: Basic Gray Kraft Selection; Kaisercraft Timeless Collection; Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu 6x6 patterned paper
Ink: Memento Paris Dusk and Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Tea-Dye Distress Ink
Twine: Blueberry Bakers Twine from The Ribbon Reel
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Dies 

Monday, 28 May 2012

TRR29 - Use A die cut shape or punch


Hi crafty people,

It's my turn to host the Ribbon Reel Challenge this fortnight and I have chosen the following photo to inspire you to create something using a die cut/punch of some sort AND use a Flower, Ribbon and twine! Easy Peasey! This photo appears courtesy of Leslie at A Creative Mint...

Here's my card...


The flower is handmade by me using some green satin ribbon from The Ribbon Reel and some sweet pale blue stamens my mum gave me - simply gather ribbon using a running stitch along one edge leaving a smallish hole in the middle and pop some stamens (or large brad/button) into the centre and glue using the strongest glue you can fine - hot glue gun works really well for this.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out!  

trr29 butterfly

The flower sits on top of a butterfly from the Wonderful Wings die set by Spellbinders.  I used Bridal White satin ribbon, some gorgeous May Arts Watermelon crochet lace and celery green loopy trim - all available from The Ribbon Reel.

Here's a close up of that lovely sentiment - lovely font don't you think? I stamped onto some patterned paper and  cut the label using Spellbinders ribbon tags trio. I used some natural button twine  to attach the card over the top of some more of the stunning bridal satin ribbon - all from The Ribbon Reel.

TRR29 Sentiment

You can find FULL details of the challenge and link up your entry over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog. Oh, and don't forget to visit the rest of the DT and leave them some love too!

As always, thanks for looking!

x x x


Ribbon, lace, twine and trims - The Ribbon Reel
Compact Sentiments stamp set: Waltzingmouse Stamps
Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio; Wonderful Wings; Floral Doily Motifs
Border Punch: Fiskars
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee She Art 6x6 paper pad by Christy Tomlinson (available from The Stamp Attic)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

TT99 Creations by AR - 3D Challenge

Hi and welcome to this week's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  Wow, what a fab challenge we have instore for YOU today!  The DT ladies have been beavering away to bring you some fabulous 3D projects using templates from this week's sponsor - Creations by AR.


For my 3D project, I have used the 'Tea Time Card and Box Set' Templates by Creations by AR.  Believe me when I say, these templates are fabulous and very straightforward (and fun) to put together and such pretty, elegant shapes!


I used the PDF version of the templates and printed directly onto some blue cardstock and cut out very carefully by hand and then scored where required.  The teapot is stamped all over using a clear border stamp by Waltzingmouse Stamps and then heat embossed using white powder.  I've always had a fondness for the classic white on blue Wedgewood designed Tea Sets, so decided to run with the idea and see where it took me!  I also love the way you get the gold or silver rim on a bone china tea cup, so I incorporated this idea into my design as well and ran my embossing pen around the rim of the teacup, the edge of the handle and along the foot and then embossed using silver embossing powder.  I went in and did the same on the teapot too - along the spout, the handle and on the lid too.

The teapot and tea cup templates include the little tea bag outline too, as well as an extra handle and outer tea cup outline incase you want to make plain/patterned variations but don't want to print the whole thing again.


My little tea cup also has a detachable tea bag with a Tea related sentiment which says 'Tea Time Treats' stamped in Memento Sweet Plum.  I distressed the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and added some tiny lilac gems. The template is designed so that you can just tuck the little teabag into the tea cup. 

 Inside the card I have stamped another tea related sentiment...I just think these would make lovely tea party invitations - the little girl in me says so!


The instructions suggest to use a little mini stapler for the top of your baggie, which unfortunately I don't posess so I improvised by using a little wire I had cut from the stem of those little hydrangea flowers. I used my piercing tool to make two tiny holes a about 1 centimentre apart and then simply threaded the wire through to look like a mini stample, folding over at the back to fasten.  There's always a way around things!!!  I used the same fine wire instead of string to attach the label to the tea-bag.


As always, thank you for visiting and don't forget that you can find FULL details of this challenge over at the Tuesday Throwdown blog.

Have a great week!


Ink: Versamark - Pad and ink pen; Memento Sweet Plum; Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Embossing Powder - Stampin Up Stampin Emboss powder in white and silver

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

No.1 Dad...Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 97

!!Hello Stampers!!

I have a card for this week's brilliant Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge no. 97 - here's the sketch by lovely Lynn Mercurio

and here's my card...


I decided to make a card for my dad to say thanks for all the support he has given me - not just at the moment with my husband working away for some time - spending lots of time playing with his Grandsons, helping me puppy-proof the garden - but always ;) All the practical help has been amazing.

  I picked up some wonderful button twine and Basic Grey Basic Kraft paper pads at the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store on my last visit, both of which I have used on this card.  I cut three different patterned papers to size, as per the sketch and then stamped Fleur De Lys from Very Vintage Labels No. 2 and the small Fleur De Lys from French Country to make a border along the top layer.


The main label is made up of stamps from Very Vintage Labels No. 4 (for the border) and from the latest WMS release, "No. 1 dad" from the Compact Family stamp set.  I added three little buttons in the bottom right corner each threaded with different colour twine and added some Fleur De Lys Vintage Print Cotton twill and cream, natural and dark brown button twine along the top - really love using this stuff, especially on masculine cards!!


Thanks for looking and don't forget that all the challenge details can be found on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog :)

I'm also linking this card up to the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge 126 - 'For the Boys'
Really Reasonable Ribbon RRR Challenge 48 'Fathers Day/Masculine with Ribbon or Trim'


Waltzingmouse Stamps sets used: 
Basic Grey Basic Kraft paper pads - Waltzingmouse Stamps Store
Cream, Natural, Dark Brown Button Twine - Waltzingmouse Stamps Store
Ink: Rich Cocoa - Memento; Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger
Buttons: from my stash

Tuesday, 15 May 2012



Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown challenge! This week we are inviting you to use FABRIC on your lovely creations!! How fun!

 Digital Delights by Louby Loo

This week the team are being sponsored by Digital Delights! Yay! I have used the sweet 'Birthday Pippin' image to make a little bright birthday card.  He's coloured using Copics and I've added a little bit of sparkle with Diamond Stickles and some cute little mini blue pearls around his party hat! The Fabric element on this card is the plaid fabric I used to create the banner behind the label.


Be sure to stop by and take a look at the cards the Tuesday Throwdown DT have made.

Have a great week x

Stamps: Digital Delights Birthday Pippin Digi Image
Waltzingmouse Li'l Buddies
Spellbinders Labels 4
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pearlescent Blue
Copic Markers
Yellow buttons and twine from my stash
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Diamond Stickles
Copic Markers

Monday, 14 May 2012

Polka Dot Butterfly - TRR28

TRR28 Grandmother

Hi everyone,

It's time for a new Challenge at The Ribbon Reel.  I decided to make a lovely Birthday card for my boys to give their Grandmother.

Here's this fortnight's inspiration picture provided by my lovely DT friend, Lenet Mos. The Challenge is to use DRY EMBOSSING, with the colours IVORY/WHITE, PINK, LILAC and SOFT GREEN/TURQUOISE plus RIBBON.

Here's a close-up of that ruffled ribbon, daisy lace, seam binding and sweet dotty button! I used some May Arts Pink Silk Ribbon for the ruffle which I gathered by hand using a simple running stitch. I then overlayed some sweet white guipure daisy lace and and added some lilac gems to the centre of each flower. I attached a lilac seam binding bow and cute lilac polka dot button - all from The Ribbon Reel shop.


For the butterfly, I used some sweet Pink Paislee patterned paper, embossed it using the Swiss Dots embossing folder, sponged lightly with Milled Lavender Distress Ink to define those dots and then used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to highlight the edge of the butterfly's wings.  I added a beautiful Tea Rose, also from The Ribbon Reel Shop.

trr28 butterfly

The sweet 'Grandmother' sentiment I used is from the Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Compact Family' set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink along the bottom of the card.

trr sentiment

To get me started, I used this weeks Card Patterns Sketch 165 for the layout of my card today.

Here's the sketch:

I'm also linking up with Challenge 71 over at the DYSU (Do You Stack Up) Blog, which is to 'Use a Flower'

That's all from me, but if you would like to make something for this challenge, head on over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog where you will find FULL details and be able to gaze in awe at what the other Design Team ladies have created...you won't be disappointed!! :)

Papers: Pink Paislee London Market; Melissa Frances 5th Avenue
Stamps: Compact Family by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ribbon, lace, trim, flower, button all available from The Ribbon Reel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Milled Lavender Distress Inks
Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs; Grand Shapeabilities Wonderful Wings; Persian Motifs

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

This is the day...


Super-quick post from me today my friends!  I'm sharing a "PINK-A-LICIOUS" card I made for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge - FTTC168, using this week's fab Card Patterns Sketch (164).

fttc carpatterns 164 flowers label close-up

Lots of lovely layers - all the elements of the sketch are there I think, but decided to make Flourishes 'Lenten Rose' stamped image the focal point of my card.  The roses are stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then coloured using various Copic Markers, cut out by hand and then popped up onto three different die cut labels. 

felt border close-up

I used some Melissa Frances patterned paper for the background and created a border on top of that by die cutting a pink felt border to which I added cream silk, white mini ric-rac and pink/cream striped cotton twill (all from The Ribbon Reel).

cardpatterns 164 sde view

Thank you so much for looking.  Have a great day!

x x x

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sweet n Sassy Motherly Love...Tuesday Throwdown TT#97

Hello dear friends and welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!! This week we are celebrating 'Motherly Love' using Sweet n Sassy stamps who are also our sponsor this week!

I was inspired by the sweet 'Morning Glory' digital stamp and decided to make a card celebrating everything my mum loves including the colours pink and green, guipure lace, satin ribbon, mini ric-rac, buttons and crystal gems!

I coloured the morning glories using shades of pink and those beautiful leaves using vibrant green copic markers and then cut the whole image out using my Spellbinders Standard Ovals Lge die. I then went back in and added three teeny tiny little clear gems to the centre of each pink flower. I edged the oval with some pink mini ric-rac, simply gluing and easing the ric-rac, following the curved edge as I went. I added some cute vintage white buttons to the top and bottom section of the oval label for a little extra embellishment. 


I stamped the 'Mum' sentiment onto a tiny labels 4 die cut shape which had been sponged with Antique Linen distress ink and attached it onto my pink satin ribbon bow using some natural button twine.  The button embellishment I made myself by glueing two cream buttons together and then attaching a hot pink adhesive pearl to the centre. Finally I added some pretty white leaf stick pins behind the satin bow as a finishing touch.


That's all from me for now...but if you fancy joining in our 'Motherly Love' challenge and make a card or project for Mother's Day, then you can find all the details and link up your project by clicking HERE. Also, don't forget to look and see check out what the rest of the TTDT have created for your enjoyment!! :)

Have fun crafting!!

x x x

'Morning Glory' Digital Stamp Image by Sweet n Sassy Stamps
'Mum' sentiment: from Roses in Bloom stamp set by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Natural button twine, Pink mini ric-rac, white guipure lace, Leaf Stick Pins -  available from The Ribbon Reel
Pink Satin Ribbon, Vintage White buttons from stash
Cardstock: Dovecraft, stampin Up

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Friends of DYSU - Challenge 70 - 'Circles'


Today I'm excited to be playing along as a 'Friend of DYSU' for their latest challenge, 'Circles'.  Thank you to Pauline for thinking of me and for Ren-Yi for formally inviting me to take part in the challenge :)
You can find all the details of the DYSU challenge and how to play along by visiting the DYSU Blog ->here<-

The team are lucky enough to have been provided with images from 'Crafty Sentiments Designs' and I have used their sweet 'Windmill House' digital image on today's card.


As the DYSU theme is circles, the sails on the little 'windmill house' are just about perfect!! I re-sized the image to my liking and then printed two copies of the windmill as I knew I would want to cut out the sails seperately and pop them up for extra dimension.  I die cut around one windmill using using my Spellbinders Standard Circles nestabilities. I sponged some Memento Blue Sky ink around the windmill for the sky and I then printed the very same image again onto scrap of MME woodgrain patterned paper and cut out the roof to do a little paper piecing.  

DYSU windmill

The brickwork is coloured using Copic Markers in very neutral tones, a touch of red for the tiny flower and fresh greens for the grass.  The sentiment 'For You' is from Papertrey Ink's 'Men of Life' stamp set.

I used some gorgeous papers by Pink Paislee from their Indigo Bleu line to make my background.  I used circular paper designs to fit the DYSU theme and some gorgeous blue seam binding as a finishing touch. 

I really hope you will play along with this fun 'Circles' Challenge and pay the Design Team a visit via the DYSU Blog.  Enjoy the rest of your crafty time this week.

Big Hugs,

x x x 


Papers: Pink Paislee - Indigo Bleu
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Sky Blue
Spellbinders: Standard Circle Lge; Blossom Nestabilities
Stamps: Digital Download 'Windmill House' by Crafty Secrets; 
Papertrey Ink: Men of Life
Blue Seam Binding: The Ribbon Reel
Cardstock: Dovecraft
Bling: Hobbycraft
Rubon: Kaisercraft
Copic Markers

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Scatter kindness...PDCC129 and FTTC167

Just sharing a little card I made for this week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge and using the rich jewell like colours of the Play Date Cafe Challenge.

pdcc flourishes tt

The Flourishes Challenge is all about butterflies and although I don't own many Flourishes stamps I did spot that there are three cute little butterflies included in the "Sweet Days of Summer" stamp set I've used here.  I stamped them next to the sweet little girl watering her spring flowers - I think they look as though they might land there at any moment!!

pdcc fttc girl close-up

My cardbase is mustard cardstock and I used Echo Park purple polka dot paper and Glitz Design mustard floral patterned paper for my background.  I used some gray seam binding and a deep mauve coloured moulded flower as embellishment. 

scatter sent close-up

I used gray paper to cut the largest oval from my Spellbinders standard ovals small die set and then cut another from mustard yellow polka dot patterned paper and stamped the little girl directly onto it using Sweet Plum ink. I used the bracket shape from the Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs to cut two accent pieces from Mustard colour cardstock to frame my oval shape.

I stamped the 'Scatter Kindness" sentiment from the same "Sweet Days of Summer" stamp set just underneath the seam binding bow and added a gorgeous purple border along the bottom of my card which I had cut using Spellbinders Persian Motifs border die.

That's all from me for now - short and sweet I know, but wanted to make sure I get this out while I have the opportunity!!

If you would like to find out more about the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge you will find FULL details here.

Here is the Play Date Cafe Color Story from which I took my inspiration - CLICK HERE if you'd like to join in:


Helen x

TT96 In the Garden...

It's time for another "Tuesday Throwdown Challenge" and our theme this week is "in the garden" - create a card or project with a garden related theme - flowers, bugs etc.  

This week the team got to play with some images from our sponsor "Robyn's Fetish"and I used the "My Spring Garden" digital image.

My little lady is coloured with copic markers and is wearing a paperpieced aqua gingham dress and hat, trimmed with pink ruffles and a pink blouse.


The sweet flowers are also coloured using pinky tones of Copic markers.  The largest daisy was coloured and cut out seperately as it sits over her dress in the original image.

tt96 bow

My cardbase is Aqua cardstock, the banners are cut from Pink Paislee and MME patterned papers on top of which I tied some gorgeous pink silk ribbon which has been finished with a pink prima flower,


I used a little floral doily die to cut three flowers from patterned paper and cardstock and added a small hydrangea daisy to each one.

I couldn't resist using this gorgeous CR84FN colour combo - Pink, Aqua and Neutral  for my card

and used the "Sweet Sunday Sketch 157" to kickstart my mojo!

Don't forget that you can find FULL details of the Tuesday Throwdown "Garden" challenge over on the Blog and if  you get the chance, visit my teamies:


Have a fabulous, crafty time this week!

x x x 

Cardstock: Aqua Mist - PTI; Pink - Stampin Up; White - Dovecraft
Patterned paper: Pink Paislee - London Market; MME - Lost and Found
Pink Silk May Arts Ribbon & Hydrangea Daisy Flowers - The Ribbon Reel
Spellbinders Floral Doily Die Set
Copic Markers