Thursday, 30 August 2012

DYSU#87 Back to School

It's time for another fun weekly challenge at DYSU!! This week the theme is 'Back to School'.

Our fabulous sponsors at DYSU this week are;

$10 Gift Certificate

Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

$15 Gift Certificate

Here is my card using 'Books' image by Melondheadz illustrating...

DYSU#87 Back to school

I made my own little mini-clipboard using patterned papers from patterned papers by Papermania and a tiny bulldog clip and used some black card and a white gel pen to make a mini-chalkboard to continue the back to school theme! I simply doodled 'AaBbCc'

and a close-up of the clipboard with the book images...

DYSU#87 detail

Please join us for a fun Back to School themed challenge! All you have to do is visit the DYSU blog for FULL details and then upload your entry to the linky list! Don't forget to have a look at all the inspirational projects by the rest of the DYSU DT.  Hope to see you there!

x x x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Crafts Meow August Sketch Challenge


Just linking up a card I made for the August Crafts Meow Sketch Challenge using their Free Digital Stamp images - Grateful Flower and Birthday Heart.

It's a fabulous sketch this month by Nina B and there is lots of inspiration to be found on The Crafts Meow blog!! You have until August 31st to link up your project and join in the fun :)

and here is how I was inspired by it...


I created a mask for the flowers and stamped PTI's background basics border over the top.  I then coloured the flowers using Copic markers.  I created a Kraft cardstock frame using Spellbinders circle nesties and my favourite Floral Doily Motifs in the background. I added a few little butterflies which I had punched out of cute MME music paper.  The beautiful guipure lace and seam binding are from The Ribbon Reel.

Have a great week!

x x x

Monday, 27 August 2012

PDCC #146 - It's a Special Day!

Hope you had a great weekend everyone! Today is a bank holiday in the UK, so I had a little extra time to make a card to share with you for the current Play Date Cafe 'Color Splash' Challenge

As you can see, it's using the colours Black, White with a splash of Lime.  Totally different to my usual 'go-to' colours and is quite CAS for me but really love how this turned out :-)

and here is my take...


I used the Dragonfly stamp and die set from Serendipity Stamps, cutting the outline in lime green cardstock and the delicate floral wings in black.  I used black and white polka dot paper from DCWV 'La Creme' collection for the background, cutting a circle aperture and filling with white and lime green cardstock to make a kind of frame.  The sentiment is from Serendipity stamps and is from their small 'Everyday Words' set.  I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo black and once dry, used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some texture! I was inspired by the dots on the feathers in the inspiration photo.

and here's a shot of the dimension of that Dragonfly die cut...



Thanks so much for looking and I really hope that you have a great week!

x x x

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Je t'aime - CR84FN61 and WMSC112


Hey everyone,

We woke up to the most beautiful Summers Day here in Oxfordshire after a couple of days of rubbish showers so I was feeling inspired to have a little crafty time!
It's such a gorgeous colour palette over at CR84FN Color Challenge again (they always are if the truth be told) I had to find the time to play along. Aqua, Tan and cream are so beautiful together and just look at this stunning inspiration board...

I didn't need to look very far for sketch inspiration either! The Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog  always has fantastic designs to kick start your creativity...and this week the layout is designed by WMS and CR84FN DT member, the lovely Mona herself!! Yay!

and here is my card...


I decided to do something a little experimental (well, it is for me anyway!!LOL) - that largest doily is stamped in Acrylic Paint onto kraft cardstock - I quite like it - it's softer, more chalky than any of the inks I have. I cut it out by hand and distressed a little on the edges.

The Prima canvas resist butterflies (a gift from my blog buddy Pauline) were painted with watered down Aqua acrylic paint and spritzed with some turquoise Cosmic Shimmer mist. Love the texture and dimension of these sweet things!  I added a little extra colour to the cream rose by running my paintbrush gently along the edge of each of the petals.

I used a band of Vintage cotton lace, wrapped around the cardbase onto which I added some cream twill to which I cut each end into a fishtail shape. The border along the bottom of the lace is created using Spellbinders Moroccan motifs to cut a border from Kraft cardstock.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment 'Je'taime' from Waltzingmouse stamps French Country stamp set in tea-dye distress ink at the bottom.

I hope you like what you have seen today - thanks so much for dropping by and as always, for your sweet comments!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - French Country; Dainty Doilies Large
Spellbinders: Persian Accents; Floral Doily Motifs
Prima Canvas Resist Butterflies
Ink: Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Cardstock: Kraft - Bazill; Papers - Echo Park
Vintage Cotton Lace - from my stash
Rose, button twine, Cream Chevron Ribbon - The Ribbon Reel

Friday, 24 August 2012

WMSC#111 Birthday Wishes


Happy Friday everyone! Whew, what a week! I have a card to enter into this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! I know I'm a little late to the party so I will keep this post short!!

Here is the wonderful sketch by Julia Aston

and here is my card...


I stamped the plaid background using one of the long stamps from 'Pic Nic Patterns' using Memento Desert Sand and Stampin Up Pink. I used the beautiful label from 'French Country' and a border image from Pic Nic Patterns as the base for my pretty birthday cake from the 'Eat Cake' set by WMS.  The little oval doily shape is from the 'Cameo creations' set and is fussy cut and popped onto a little banner from 'Bitty Banners' with the sentiment 'Birthday Wishes', also from the Eat Cake set.  I stamped the gorgeous border image near the bottom edge of the card and added some white lace, pink pleated ribbon and sweet pink button twine!

Here's another view...


As always, thanks so much for looking!  Have a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

DYSU86 - Fantasy

Hello and welcome to my first post as Design Team member over at the Do You Stack Up (DYSU) weekly blog challenge.

This week the challenge is to create something with a 'Fantasy' theme.

Here are our sponsors:

Here's my take...

DYSU#86 closed view

I decided to create a fairytale castle for my princess.  I should thank my husband for creating the template for me.  I simply printed several times onto cardstock and stamped straight onto it.  I used some MME wood effect paper for the door and several Waltzingmouse Stamps sets to add the detail to the windows and door. 

and inside holds a little birthday surprise...

DYSU#86 Fantasy

The little froggy on the door and the princess inside are both from the Heroines Fairy Princess set by Waltzingmouse. I coloured both of the images using Copics and paper pieced her little dress with more patterned paper from MME.

If you would like to join us this week then visit the DYSU blog for COMPLETE details and for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.  Have fun!

Other challenges for this card:

Creative Stamp Friends - Special Card Shape
Craft your passion - Power of 3 (I used 3+ pink pearls)
Marker Pop Challenge - Kids/Back to School
Fashionista Challenge 6 - Card for a Child


Waltzingmouse Stamps: Very Vintage Labels 2 (iron crosses on windows); Nordic Spring (heart border), Heroines - Fairy Princess; Earth Angel (Happy Birthday sentiment); A Cottage Home (ironwork on castle door)
Patterned paper: MME
Ink: Memento Pink Petunia, Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Copic Markers
Adhesive pearls

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge - Center Step Card

Serendipity Center Step

I am very excited to share that I am now a Design Team member of Serendipity Stamps! 

I am in very good company too as among them are current amazing team members Jeanne Jachna, Amy Cokley, Jenny Gropp, Sue Eldred and Miriam Napier. There are also two other new talented designers joining the Serendipity Team along with me, Pauline Pollington and Cathy Weber. It's so exciting to be part of such a lovely, welcoming group.

Today's Challenge is to create a Center Step Card.  If you are like me and needed a tutorial, there is an excellent one on SCS - click here.


I made this Thank you card for my sweet mum who helped me at short notice recently.  I must admit that the Center Step Card is a new technique for me but once I got started, it all came together quite easily.


I took a break from brighter colours and went soft and fairly neutral on this one.  I stamped the beautiful 'Pitcher and Basin' image in blue onto some paper and then created a mask onto which I stamped a gorgeous 'Marble Cells' background stamp in pale blue. I used the sentiment 'Thanks so much!' from Serendipity's 'Everyday Words' set along the bottom step - such a beautiful font!

Lots of dimension on these cards, which I just love. Definitely a card that needs to be hand delivered!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are able to join in with this challenge! Be sure to visit the Serendipity Blog for COMPLETE details and for some wonderful inspiration visit the Serendipity DT:

Helen Berry  - Helen Berry Design -> you are here
Amy Cokley - So Amused
Jeanne Jachna - A Kept Life
Jenny Gropp - One Krafty Kat
Miriam Napier - Miriam's Delirium
Pauline Pollington - Craft Obsession
Cathy Weber - Empty Nest Crafter

By the way, the Serendipity sale this week is 40% off the most expensive item in the shopping cart.   The coupon code is 40FROMHIGH  and expires August 29th. 

Have fun!

I was also inspired by the following sketch from the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog:

also entering the Special Card Shape Challenge 58 - Creative Stamp Friends

Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Glitz Design, Echo Park
Ink: Brocade Blue - Stampin Up; Tea Dye Distress Ink
Guipure Lace, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Cream Rose - The Ribbon Reel

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

TT#112 It's Hip to be Square...

This week's fun theme is "It's Hip to be Square". We are asking you to use {lots} of Squares on your creations.

Our sponsor this week is "The Stamping Boutique" and I have used their sweet "I love you this much" Cynthia Digital Stamp Image on my card today. Isn't she a cutie!!

I created a kind of square patchwork effect background for this card by cutting small squares of Cosmo Crickets "Tea for Two" DP with my paper trimmer and arranging them onto a white cardbase. I went for papers that had a kind of square design to them.


I printed Cynthia twice onto white cardstock and then coloured her using copic markers. I paper-pieced her little dress and gave her a matching headband too.  I also coloured and paperpieced her little wings for lots of dimension and added some diamond dust stickles to really make them sparkle.  


Continuing the 'square' theme I cut the main image out using Spellbinders Labels One. The sentiment is computer generated and I used Labels One again to cut a small label.  I used lines of tiny blue pearls to create a square frame around the sentiment - just to pretty it up a little :)

If you would like to join us for the 'Hip to be Square' challenge, all the details can be found here on the Tuesday Throwdown Blog along with all the gorgeous projets from the rest of the TTDT and our lovely Guest Designer, Hazel!

Have a great week!


x x x

Stamp: I love you this much Cynthia Digital Stamp image - The Stamping Boutique
Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities
Ivory Satin Ribbon - The Ribbon Reel
Other: Blue mini pearls; Copic Markers, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger; white cardstock

Monday, 20 August 2012

TRR35...Babies are Heaven Sent

Hello and welcome!


It's Monday and time for another fortnightly challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog!  Lenet has chosen a wonderful baby themed inspiration picture for us all this time and asks that we create a project using COLOURS from the photo AND use a BANNER/PENNANT.

I used PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set to create a little banner with little baby related images, stamped and coloured by hand and suspended from some Ribbon Reel ivory button twine. I stamped the baby-gro/onesie onto some MME patterned paper and added a little duckie which has been coloured with a blue copic marker.


I used ivory small pom-pom trim to edge my embossed/die cut cirle and popped the baby-gro on top using foam adhesive dots. The blue core'dinations cardstock has been embossed and then sanded to created a pretty two tone effect.  I added some beautiful white crochet lace and sky blue gingham ribbon from The Ribbon Reel.  The sentiment banner is created by stamping an image from Waltzingmouse Stamps Bitty Banners and the sentiment again is from PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Team inpirational projects - you have almost two weeks to play.
Visit The Ribbon Reel Blog to link up your project and join us!! Would love to see you there!

All ribbon and trims from The Ribbon Reel (all detailed individually above)
Ink: Memento - Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black, Sky Blue; Stampin Up! - Certainly Celery
Sizzix Embossing Folder:

Friday, 17 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Blog Party

***WARNING*** This post contains many photos! Hope you can grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy what you see!

Hey everyone!

Tonight I'm delighted to be 'partying' along with Waltzingmouse stamps for their monthly blog party event.  The theme for this months party is 'Birthdays'.  Happy Birthday to anyone celebrating today!! Come and join in - you are ALWAYS guaranteed to feel very, very welcome with Waltzingmouse stamps :)

My mums birthday was literally two days ago on 15th August, so this inspirational event could not have come at a better time for me! Today I'm sharing the gift that I made for her and also the gift I made for my boys to give to her.

I decided to break out Waltzingmouse's 'Big Berries, Strawberry' mini stamp set and make a scented pillow to pop on her bed or put into her chest of drawers to freshen her clothes...Oh, and of course I made a card to match.


I sketched out a heart shape free-hand onto some white cotton which was folded double and cut out both layers. I then stamped the Strawberry onto the top side of the cushion using green and red Stazon ink and attached a felt frame for it that I cut using Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs die with the middle cut out. I then popped some white cotton lace in-between the two layers of fabric, pinned into place and stitched them together using my sewing machine making sure I left just enough room at the top to insert the toy wadding inside.


I used much the same materials on the card - I added the same cotton lace and a similar button in different colour.  The background was created by stamping the strawberry randomly over a sheet of cardstock, but this time I used shades for the Berry and stalk.


I also created a mini-album for my two little boys to give to their Grandma on her birthday.  Once I'd chosen which photos to use, the rest came together quite easily.  I used Spellbinders Labels One dies to cut the overall shape of the album along with MANY Waltzingmouse Stamp Sets to decorate the inside.


I stamped a combination of fab words/sentiments from Roses in Bloom set throughout the album, but highlighted the word 'Grandma' on the front cover by stamping it onto a tag from Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio.  The corrugated heart is die cut using Serendipity Stamps Heart Die and painted in places using Pink acrylic paint and distressed with tea dye distress ink.  I added some sweet little punched butterflies each decorated with a pretty pink pearl. I created a pink rose using cardstock and Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies.

Page one - I used Waltzingmouse Stamps - Very Vintage Labels One stamp set which coordinates exactly with Spellbinders Labels One dies to create a label for inside the front cover.  I came across a fantastic 'Inspirational quotes for Grandmothers' site with quotes just right for my album, so this is computer generated sentiment, but it fits really well with the sentiment stamped on the opposite page - 'Home is where you are' from the 'Roses in Bloom' set by Waltzingmouse.

I die cut a heart shape from plain cardstock and stamped lots of random words from ....Sentiments celebrating all the things my mum is and then highlighted the 'Grandmother' sentiment by stamping in a darker pink colour.

I used a Doily stamp from 'Dainty Doilies -Large' by Waltzingmouse to create a frame for the picture of me in the back of the album to which I stamped 'Mum' at the top and 'You mean Everything to Me' at the bottom - I used the 'Roses in Bloom' set again for these sentiments.
Ok, I think that's it!! Quite a long post from me today.  Don't forget that you can join in too - you have until 18th August to make something and link it up to your blog by visiting the "Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog".  Claire has a list of various timezones listed there to help you work out when the party ends in real time for you!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the fabby inspirational birthday projects out there tonight - look forward to seeing you there too - don't forget, they have digital images and templates is you don't any of their clear stamp sets yet!  

Enjoy the party!!

Helen x x x

Sunday, 12 August 2012's Summertime


I'm here today is to share a summery card inspired by this week's colour challenge over at The Play Date Cafe and Sketch 110 from the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog.  It doesn't come much more summery than these colours does it!

and here's that wonderful sketch created this week by the lovely Laurie Scmidlin,  I actually decided to turn the sketch on it's side so that it's horizontal.

and finally, onto my card...the main image is from the fabulous 'North Shore' stamp set by Waltzingmouse Stamps which I've coloured using Copic Markers and then sponged some Tea Dye Distress ink around the edge with the oval die still in place. The little tiny flowers under the 'North Shore' banner match the flowers from another Waltzingmouse set - 'Free Sprit Boy' exactly, so I stamped and coloured those too using shades of pink, yellow and orange Copics and added them to the top right of the North Shore image.


I used Sizzix Framelits to create some labels from cardstock and some corrugated card.  I used a grungy background, again from Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Free Sprit Boy' set and inked it up with orange, pink and yellow inks, stamped off onto some scratch paper and then stamped again onto my die cut label to give a more subtle, washed out effect.  I sponged on some orange coloured acrylic paint onto the other corrugated label and when dry I went back in and distressed using some Tea Dye ink by Tim Holtz.

The background is simply some yellow paper onto which I stamped one of the little scrolls from the North Shore set repeatedly along the bottom to create a border. They remind me of waves a little bit, so I thought that would tie in quite nicely with the rest of the card.  I finished with some gorgeous pink stripe cotton twill tied in a bow along the bottom.

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend! We've had a scorcher here in the UK, so Jon and I took the boys and the puppy down to the Ford in the little Cotswold village of Shilton for a splash around. They had the best time even though the water was freezing! Sometimes the simplest things are what our kids seem to love doing the most!  We're relaxing tonight though and looking forward to watching the London Olympics closing ceremony.

Thanks for visiting!

Helen x