Thursday, 27 September 2012

DYSU#91 - Scallop Shapes

It's Thursday, so it must be time for another fabby challenge over at DYSU and this week we are challenging you to create something using a 'scallop' somewhere on your project! I chose to use scallop borders along the top and bottom of my card.

I was lucky enough to get to use the 'Autumn Splendor' Digital Stamp collection from 'Rhoda Design Studio' who are one of our sponsors this week.  

I printed the leaves onto paper by Glitz Design, fussy cut around them and then brushed with some bronze metallic paint.  I printed the little acorns onto Kraft Cardstock and then added a little extra colour with Copic Markers.  
DYSU#91 Acorns
The Label is also from the Autumn Splendor set and is printed onto plaid patterned paper and cut out by hand.  The little sentiment is made up of letters and numbers from a piece of Prima patterned paper.

Here is what our generous sponsors have on offer for entering this week's challenge:

* Winner's Choice of 4 Images

*$15 Gift Certificate for Digis

* $15 Gift Certificate on Cutting Files or Digis

Don't forget to visit the DYSU Challenge blog and leave the other DT members some love!!

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Helen x

Stamps: Rhoda Design Studio - Autumn Splendor Digital Stamp
Papers: Glitz Design - Laced with Grace Collection; Prima - Almanac 6x6 Paper collection
Kraft Cardstock: Papermania
Natural Button Twine: The Ribbon Reel
Adhesive Pearls: Kaisercraft
Bronze metallic paint: from stash

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Live Your Dream...


Hello everyone - I hope you're having a good weekend! I had a little extra crafty time this weekend with my husband away - just me and my two boys so I took the chance to try out a little mixed media canvas. I found inspiration from the current gorgeous colour combo #63  at CR84FN and I based the layout on this weeks Waltzingmouse sketch WMSC#116.
I created the background for the canvas by using patterned papers in shades of tan and denim blue, giving them a good coat of Mod Podge and then building up texture using stamps, masks, inks and paints. I mixed my own paints to get the tan colour i really wanted. I also used Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap inks to stamp images from 'Teeny Trees' and the border from 'Victorian Frippery' - both by Waltzingmouse Stamps. The sentiment along the bottom says 'Live Your Dream' and I created it by cutting out letters individually from MME patterned paper. I added Kaisercraft rubons underneath each word and highlighted the individual letters using a black writing pen. I also went around the little butterflies and added some doodled zig-zags/scalloped borders here and there!
 I added some open weave trim, some beautiful Prima lace trim and some tiny flower buttons to create a border along the middle of the canvas.
I finally got to grips with making some patterned paper flowers using 'Bitty Blossoms' (designed by Donna Salazar) for Spellbinders adding some die cut leaves from the same set, brushed over with some Frayed Burlap ink.  I also used the largest butterfly from 'Wonderful Wings' - also designed by Donna for Spellbinders as the centre piece for my tag. The tag itself is stamped with one of the circular images by WMS in Frayed Burlap and then edged with cream paint. I added some corrugated paper and used distress ink and a snippet of denim blue cotton lace to add a little colour. The cute chipboard birdcage is by Tando Creative and the sweet Made with Love charm is from The Ribbon Reel.

I really had fun creating this piece - I felt there was no right or wrong, simply enjoying the process!!

I am also entering this into the September "Girlie Grunge" challenge over at Donna Salazar Designs to create a gift for a special person - this one will go to my mum.
Here are products I used, designed by Donna:

Spellbinders S5-086 Shapeabilities Bitty Blossoms Die Templates

Spellbinders grand Calibur Dies-Wonderful Wings

and here are the colour inspiration board and sketch that I mentioned earlier too...

Enjoy the rest of your weekend/week!!

Helen x

Papers: Blue Patterned paper: is Baby Mine "Adore" - Fancy Pants Design and too many others to mention!!
Ink: Frayed Burlap, Faded Jeans Disress Ink; Memento Paris Dusk
Acrylic Paint: Cream and Brown
Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms; Wonderful Wings (Donna Salazar Designs)
Mod Podge Glue
Prima Lace, Twine, Made with Love Charm - The Ribbon Reel
Birdcage, Denim Blue Cotton Lace - The Stamp Attic

Friday, 21 September 2012



Just popping in super fast with my card for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (by the skin of my teeth actually!)

 I used shrink plastic to create my very own little embellishments using the butterfly image from Nordic Spring and then suspended them like little trinkets over the top of my patterned papers from MME's 'Lavender' collection. I stamped the sentiment from 'Compact Sentiments' and then used the tulip flower border to stamp along the bottom in pink blush acrylic paint. I also brushed a little pink acrylic paint around the edges of the card and added some white sheer ruffled ribbon. Hope that you like it everyone ;)

Here is this weeks sketch by Jennifer Holmes:-

Thanks so much for stopping by ;)

Hugs to you all,

Helen x

Thursday, 20 September 2012

DYSU#90 - Use a tab/flag

Welcome to another fun challenge at DYSU! This week we're asking you to use flags or tabs on your creations!
I was lucky to have been given the 'Jar' digital stamp image from one of our generous sponsors The Stamping Boutique.
 I used my nestie circles to create the flags flying across the top of my card -  simply cut from Pink Paislee paper and cut in half!  Onto the jar - I printed the image to a size of my liking onto white cardstock and cut out.  I printed twice again onto a piece of kraft cardstock with the intention of paper piecing and cut out the label part and replacing with clear acetate adhered at the back so that you can see the sweeties inside the jar.  I finished the lid with some twine and a small natural coloured resin flower. then raised it up on foam dots and filled with red dew drops to look like strawberry sweeties!!
Here are our generous sponsors for this week:
* Winner's Choice of 4 Images

* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

Thanks for stopping by!

Helen x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Serendipity Stamps - Halloween Ghosties

Hi all,

Welcome to another fun blog hop with the Serendipity Stamps Design Team!  This week we have had lots of fun creating for our "Halloween" themed projects.

I have created a spooky Luminary (lantern) and co-ordinating card set using some of Serendipity's 'Halloween' stamps.


The luminary was quite straightforward to make - I used some sparkly black glittered cardstock and simply scored every 4inches along the longest edge to create the rectangular shaped lantern. I chose Labels 4 die to create the slightly 'Gothic' shaped window at the front of the lantern.
The Ghosties stamp by Serendipity is stamped onto very fine glassine/tissue type paper and then simply adhered on the back of the glittered card.  I created an extra decorative border for the top by cutting more black glittered card using Persian accents border and attaching it to the top edge of my lantern using a thin strip of double sided tape. I wanted it look like the railings on top of the fence surrounding a haunted house!!LOL!

I added some tiny little purple gems along the decorative border and onto the front of the lantern and then finished by tying some orange and purple ribbon around the base.

Here's a shot of the luminary with the {battery operated} tealight inside...
and on the back, another much smaller window with a Cute little Trick or Treat bag from Serendipity stamps.

...and I created a co-ordinating card  - a little ghostie friend for the three little guys on the lantern!! This time I used the 'Ghost with Pumpkin' stamp, first stamping in black ink and then adding a colour here and there using my Copics. I also added a little purple Trick or Treat bag at his feet.
Serendipity stamps Halloween card
The purple background was created using the Sizzix 'plaid' embossing folder which had been smeared with black ink and then run through my Cuttlebug machine. I used the black glittered shape left over from when I cut out the shape of the window as a background label for the little ghost on the card. I simple added strips of the same purple and orange satin ribbon and more of the same black glittered Persian accents die cut border with added purple gems.

...and here's the spooky night time version of the card and luminary together - can't wait for my boys to see these on Halloween!! I think these would make terrific table centre-pieces filled with lots of sweet treats.  Maybe triangle or round shaped lanterns would be fun to make next time too! Perhaps for Christmas :).

Serendipity Stamps is having a great sale now too. Any stamp selected from the Halloween category is 20% off. The sale runs through September 26th, so head on over there and take a look!

Please check out the rest of the projects from our fantastic Serendipity Stamps Design Team, they are:
Helen  (that's me!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Helen x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tuesday Throwdown TT#116 - Thank you so very much

TT#116 label
Hello and Good Morning!  It's Tuesday, so that brings us another fun challenge from Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we are asking you to "Cut Corners" - use photo corners or decorative corner punches on your project.

We also have a great prize one lucky person from "My Creative Classroom"...check out the Tuesday Throwdown blog for all the details :)

TT#116 final

I used one of the beautiful dies from the Spellbinders Persian Accents to add detail to the corners of my card. I wanted a very neutral look to my card and was really based around this gorgeous stamped label by PTI from my friend Pauline.  I used some pretty paper from Kaisercrafts 'Homemade' collection and created an embossed square frame using an embossing folder and square dies. I went in and brushed over a little Antique Linen distress ink to break up all the white and hopefully bring a little interest.

I finished with some mushroom seam binding from The Ribbon Reel, lots of lovely pearls and some cute Maya Road leaf stick pins.

Don't forget to visit the Tuesday Throwdown blog to see the rest of the fabby DT creations and to link up your projects!

I'll  be back tomorrow to share my next Serendipity Stamps project with you!


x x x

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Ribbon Reel TRR#37

Hello dear friends!!

It's time for another fun challenge from The Ribbon Reel!! We have the most beautiful inspiration photo from Keilly, owner of The Ribbon Reel this week.  Keilly asks that we create a card/project inspired by the PASTEL COLOURS in the photo and include CHEVRONS & RIBBONS.

Here is my card...


I used a cute Pink Chevron Little Bitty Bag from The Ribbon Reel store and dressed it up using some 9mm turquoise centre stitch grosgrain which I pulled the centre thread to create some ruffle ribbon.  I also decorated a tiny mini clothes peg with a cute pink resin flower and some ivory button twine.  I also used  some beautiful white may arts crochet lace, some pink ruffle edged ribbon and a medium candy stripe blue/white button.

I do hope that you will find the time to play along - I love to visit your blogs and look forward to seeing what you will create!!  You can find all the details and view all the beautiful creations from the rest of our Design Team on the Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog.

Have a great week everyone,


x x x

Thursday, 13 September 2012

DYSU#89 - Kraft + Twine

Hey ladies!  This week's DYSU Challenge is to use Kraft and Twine on your project!
and here are some wonderful prizes from our sponsors this week...

* $15 Store Credit

* Winner's Choice of 4 Images

* Winner's Choice of 3 Images

I had fun working with the Swirly Owl Branch image from Doodles by Hope Jacare on my card today. I printed the sweet owl and it's branch onto some cream cardstock, coloured with my Copic markers.  I fussy cut around the image and then popped it up on some foam dots to adhere to the front of my card.  My background consists of embossed kraft cardstock and some pretty patterned paper by Prima all finished off with pink lace, mini ric rac trim and ivory button twine (from The Ribbon Reel) complete with a sweet pink pearl.


Do please stop by the DYSU blog and join us for this fantastic challenge and your chance to win some fabby prizes.  The DYSU DT have also created some absolutely brilliant cards to get your inspiration flowing, so pay them a visit and leave some love!! ;)

Have a great Thursday!

x x x

Friday, 7 September 2012

Butterfly Dreams - CR84FN#62

Happy Friday Everyone!

I'm glad it's the end of the week - I'm looking forward to spending some time outside in the sunshine with my family this weekend.

It's another absolutely beautiful colour combination over at the CR84FN Color Challenge - just look at this pretty inspiration board! And how about that quote - really spoke to me today:)

and here's my card:

I used the 'Lilacs' stamp by Serendipity Stamps - it's the first time this stamp has seen any ink and I love it!! I stamped it in purple ink and coloured using my copics I stamped the butterfly again, coloured using peachy tones, cut out and set aside. I used my labels eight die by Spellbinders around the main image.  I wanted a kind of vintage botanical effect, so I applied a medium layer of Distress Crackle paint by Ranger all over the main image and the butterfly which has given quite a delicate/small crackled effect. I went over the entire image, sponging with some antique linen, milled lavender and old paper distress ink pads to highlight the crackles even more in certain areas and then used a little lavender acrylic paint lightly brushed over the edges of the main label and around the edges of the butterfly.


I used pale lavender and peach cardstock and some patterned paper by Pink Paislee for the background and some beautiful May Arts silk ribbon for the pretty bow. The sentiment is stamped in lavender lace ink by SU! onto a tiny tags die cut from the lovely Pauline.  This stamp is from the lovely little 'Dragonfly Dreams' set from Serendipity Stamps.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever your plans are!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the sunshine!!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

DYSU#88 - Birthday Owls


It's Thursday and it's time for another fun challenge at DYSU. This week we would like to see your Birthday creations!!

I was very lucky to receive a stamp set from the wonderful sponsor for this week's challenge - 'The {Stamps} of Life' by Stephanie Barnard. I do hope you'll join us this week because 'The Stamps of Life' have put together a very generous prize and are offering one lucky person the chance to receive TWO of their wonderful stamp sets!!

The set I have used is called 'Owls 2 Love' which has the CUTEST images and sentiments.


My card features two little paperpieced owls using the largest owl outline stamps.  What is so great about this set, is that you have a seperate pair of eyes, two leg lenths, eye lashes and even eyebrows as individual stamps which means you can really go to town personalising your little critters.  


I created the background by stamping the 'owl always love you' sentiment repeatedly in Desert sand ink and then a darker brown ink for the sentiment banner. I added some blue pupils to the 'OO' in Hooray - just couldn't help myself!  I used Sizzix die cutters to make the label shapes on this card. I used some lovely wide blue and white striped twill ribbon which I cut into a banner shape at the bottom.

dysu owls

I wanted my owls to be looking at each other, so I just stamped the pupils to one side and did the reverse on the other set of eyes. I used my copic markers to go in and add a little extra detail to their feathers and eyeballs, gave the blue owl some hair and the pink one some sweet eyelashes. I decided on these patterned papers in particular because I think they look a little like feathers :)


I used one of the smaller owls from the Owls2Love stamp set inside the card too.  I stamped the cute little fella onto a stamped birthday label. I love how he's looking over at the sentiment!


Don't forget you can find all the details of the Birthday challenge on the DYSU Blog as well as the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT!

Have a great crafty week!

x x x