Monday, 29 October 2012

TRR#40 Over the Rainbow

Hello and welcome to another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel!

Pauline has chosen this bright, vibrant picture for our inspiration and asks that we use RAINBOW COLOURS  to make a project with all the colours of the rainbow, plus ribbon & twine.

and here's my take:
TRR#40 final

I used some amazing colourful patterned papers from Pink Paislee's 'She Art' range by Christy Tomlinson to create my rainbow. I used the Butterfly Delights craft die by Memory Box to cut lots of little butterflies from the patterned paper and adhered to the strip of kraft cardstock.  I used the negative die cut piece as a stencil and I sponged distress ink onto the kraft strip so that I would know how to arrange my butterflies!! It just looks like they have little shadows underneath them :)

TRR butterflies

I used an ek success border punch to add a little extra detail to patterned paper border - so many pretty patterns and an absoloute rainbow of colours too!

I finished my card with some beautiful Aqua Blue Mesh ribbon, Purple Plum Divine Bakers Twine, Celery Green Loop Trim all available from The Ribbon Reel.
The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday - I simply cut a banner by hand, distressed and added some wonderful Prima Alencon lace and a sweet red and white polka dot button from The Ribbon Reel.

TRR#40 sent

Please stop by the rest of The Ribbon Reel DT ladies showcasing their wonderful rainbow inspired cards for you today. Sadly this will be Pauline and Fran's last challenge with us, as their terms are coming to an end. You will be missed very much at The Ribbon Reel ladies - good luck in all your crafty pursuits!!

I was inspired by challenge #114 currently running over at CASE Study, so I'm entering my creation over there too! I was inspired by all the wonderful texture, the kraft and the great layout ;)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

DYSU#95 Embossing

Hello and a very warm welcome to another Thursday Challenge at Do You Stack Up.
Our challenge this week is to use 'EMBOSSING' - wet, dry or both on your project.


I used the Paper Pretties 'Apple Basket' digi image on my card. I simply coloured the image using Copic markers and shaded the apples using some pencils.

DYSU#95 detail

The centre panel of my card is kraft cardstock that has been dry embossed using a Sizzix folder. I inked up the embossing folder with Tea Dye Distress ink to give a subtle letterpress effect.  The papers are by Cosmo Cricket available here and the seam binding along the centre has been dyed using Coffee and scrunched for a slightly vintage look. I layered the ribbon over the kraft panel and some cream card punched using a Fiskars bracket border punch, distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I finished with cream seam binding and sparkler embellishment by Websters Pages. No sentiment on this as yet - keeping it open as an all occasion card!

Here are our sponsors this week...

*winners choice of 5 digi stamps*

*Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Stamps

* Winner's Choice of 6 Digital Images

Do stop by the DYSU Blog here to take a look at what the rest of the Design Team have created using 'Embossing' and why not enter the challenge for your chance to pocket some wonderful free digi prizes!!.

Have a great day!

Helen x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

DYSU#94 - Vintage

Hello and a very warm welcome to another Thursday Challenge at Do You Stack Up.

Here are our sponsors this week...
* Silver & Gold Embossing Powders

*Winner's Choice of 5 Digis

* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

This week at DYSU we are challenging you to create something with a Vintage feel and this week I was lucky enough to use the wonderful Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel on my project! This stuff is absolutely amazing and I knew exactly what I wanted to create with it.  I have had it in my mind to create this card for some time and when I saw Laurie Willison's card, I was inspired yet again to go for it!!


I used my Spellbinders Classic Circles dies to cut circle shapes out of my lovely white cardstock. I then traced around my design onto the aqua blue cardstock base I had already prepared and used Versamark ink to stamp beautiful doily shapes.  I simply sprinkled on some of the GORGEOUS Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel and heat embossed!! This really does give a wonderful effect. The embossing enamel is  chunkier than regular embossing powder and gives a slightly less defined, more irregular look which I absolutely love!!

I hope you will join us for the DYSU Vintage Challenge this week! Visit the DYSU Blog for full details and to see what my AMAZING DT friends have created - you won't be disappointed!

Helen x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge - Thanksgiving


Good Morning sweet blogging friends!

Welcome to the another October Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge. Our challenge this time is to create a Thanksgiving Dinner themed project. 

Mary's Serendipity Special will be a 40% off coupon.   Customers who enter the code 40FROMHIGH during checkout with receive a HUGE 40% off their highest priced item. You have until Oct 24th to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

I have created a napkin ring decoration and matching menu card. I used Serendipity Stamps' 'Flourish'  and 'Flourish Mirror' stamped using Memento Potters Clay, Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa to create a random background. I added some beautiful wide cream cotton lace, some open weave trim, my pre-stamped napkin band and a Kraft cardstock circle stamped with the beautiful 'Wheat Sheaf'  cling stamp from Serendipity Stamps. I simply punched some holes either side of the circle and threaded some cream seam binding around the layers and finished with a bow, an ivory pearl and some leaf stick pins.


The flourishes background on the card is from the same piece of cardstock I used to create the napkin band and I used the very same elements/layers and simply arranged in almost the same way! 


Don't forget to visit the Serendipity Stamps store to take advantage of the great deal I mentioned above. You can also see all the AMAZING projects from the rest of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team by clicking on their names below. 

Helen  (that's me!)
Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TT#120 Tea Time Inspiration Photo

Hi there!

It's Tuesday so it must be time for another fun challenge from Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we have something a little different - we have a Inspiration Photo chosen by ME to hopefully inspire you to make something to share with us at Tuesday Throwdown!!
I chose the theme 'Tea At Granny's' - think freshly made sponge cake, homemade chocolates, bone china tea-pots and cups, finest linen table cloths, doilies, cupcakes...anything tea/coffee/teatime related really!! Most of all, have fun :)

picture courtesy of

and here's my card using images from our Sponsor, 'Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps...


I used their 'Cocoa's Chocolates' digi stamp image, I created a mask around the image and sponged on some Milled Lavender distress ink and then created another mask around the background to sponge on some grey ink for his fur.  The rest is coloured using Copic Markers.

Do stop by the rest of the Tuesday Throwdown Design Team this week to see the rest of the wonderful creations for this challenge.  Full details can be found on the Tuesday Throwdown Blog.

I'm back tomorrow with a project for Serendipity!

See you soon!
Helen x

Monday, 15 October 2012

The Ribbon Reel TRR#39

Hi and welcome to TRR#39!! For the next two weeks we will be using the following inspiration picture chosen by Fran to create a card, layout, mixed media piece. Fran asks that we be inspired by the 'SHABBY NATURAL' colours in the PHOTO, use RIBBON/TWINE/BURLAP and MAKE IT SHABBY!!!

I made a card for my husbands birthday, which is tomorrow! As you read this I am away with my family where are staing in a little English seaside town on the South Coast. 


I used some coffee to dye some sheer white box pleat trim and some plain white seam binding - both from The Ribbon Reel. My husband adores his coffee, so will probably think it hilarious that I used coffee in some way on his card!


I used Serendipity Stamps Heart Outline Die to cut some corrugated card and used distressed ink and a little sheer silver pearlescent paint for interest (I wanted to represent those pretty silver lanterns from the inspiration pic). I added a little scrap of open weave burlap type fabric, a piece of beautiful Guipure lace from The Ribbon Reel (also dyed with coffee) and added a little locket/keyhole on top.


The sentiment is made from lots of different stamps found in the 'Compact Family' and 'Compact Sentiments' stamp sets by Waltzingmouse - I just inked up the specific words I needed - I just couldn't bring myself to cut them apart! The distressed kraft background is created using an embossing folder smeared with Vintage Cream ink and then run through my Cuttlebug.

Don't forget to visit the rest of The Ribbon Reel DT - you won't be disappointed! For full details of this challenge and to link up your creations, visit

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week! I'm back tomorrow with my last card as a Tuesday Throwdown DT!

Helen x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

DYSU#93 'Anything with Wheels'

Welcome to this week's card for DYSU - this week the theme is 'Anything with Wheels.'

I used the 'Jelly Park Skateboard Oli' image and paperpieced his clothes and hat and coloured him also using Copics.

I did some masking around his body shape and skateboard and sponged a little sky and grass around him.

DYSU#93 close-up

The background papers are from the Papermania ..collection and the layout is inspired by a previous I-Spy Sketch ISSC#20.  I stamped Birthday Wishes along the bottom and added some lovely natural button twine and a little blue bike embellishment to finish.


and her are our amazing sponsors and the great prizes on offer this week!

* $10 Gift Certificate

* Winner's Choice of 10 Digis

Pink Cat Studios
* Winner's Choice of 5 Digis

Do stop by the rest of the DYSU DT to see their fantastic creations with Wheels!!

I'm also playing along with the 'I Spy Sketches' Challenge #36 (ISSC36) 'Free for All Friday'. I used  Sketch ISCC#14 from May 2012. They have some very inspiring sketches - click here to see all their past sketches organized by month.

See you soon!

Helen x

Thursday, 4 October 2012

DYSU#92 Warm Colours

It's Thursday, so it must be time for another fabby challenge over at DYSU and this week we are challenging you to use 'Warm Colours'

And here is my card using Melonheadz Illustrating Mittens digi stamp image...

I downloaded the original image and then flipped it to make a pair of Mittens and then printed onto some patterned paper which I think looks like knitting!! I went for warm toned colours to make my card - warm teal, kraft and warm olive green - all yellow, warm tones.

And here are our amazing sponsors this week!

* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

*$15 Gift Certificate

* Winner's Choice of 7 Images

Do stop by the rest of the DYSU DT to see what they have made and join us for this week's challenge!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Helen x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Serendipity Stamps October Blog Challenge - ScorPal

Good Morning sweet blogging friends!

Welcome to the first October Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop. Our challenge this month is to use our Scor-Pal/Scor-It boards to create a 3-D project.


I adapted this Scor-Pal tutorial to create a small treat bag/box to hang on the Christmas tree. I used the beautiful Serendipity Stamps Ornament die to create the main focus of the box. I simply used the die with some glittered cardstock, adding a few little icy blue gems - but not too many as I wanted the beautiful intricacy of the die to shine through! The largest blue die cut is cut from a gorgeous textured piece that has a lovely sheen to it - just right for Christmas! The next layer is a snowflake cut from some white vellum and finally the beautiful ornament, backed with more of that lovely dark blue.


I used the matching Serendipity Ornament Cling Stamp to create a random pattern all over the inside and outside of the box template by stamping it in Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver ink. 


I adhered a little sparkly punched border along each side of the box then punched a hole and threaded a shiny string of pearls to make the handle and it's all ready to suspend from the Christmas tree!

I decided to make the bottom edge of the larger dark blue die straight so that the box will stand up independently. Really pleased with how this turned out - would be great filled with chocolate or sweets or in my case,  the next best thing - lace!


And here are the rest of the links you need for the other wonderful Serendipity Design Team members participating in this fun Blog Hop:

Helen  (that's me!)

So, here's the deal - In addition to giving away her very own lightly used Scor-It Board to one randomly chosen commenter Mary has a sale on at Serendipity Stamps, and there's Free Shipping on US orders over $10.   The Sale is on from Oct 3rd through Oct 10th.

So LEAVE A COMMENT on all the DT's blogs for your chance to win!

Enjoy the hop and I'll see you again soon!
Helen x

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

TT#118 - Cute and Cuddly

Hi, just popping in with a 'Cute and Cuddly' card for this weeks Tuesday Throwdown.  I was lucky enough to be given the Robyn's Fetish 'Paul Penguin Sleighing' digi stamp image to use on my card.  I coloured him using two different mediums - Copics and coloured pencils. I added some fine glitter to the fur on the bottom of his hat and added a tiny red pom-pom at the very end.
I mounted the image onto some cute Christmassy paper and sparkly glittered cardstock and then onto my blue cardbase.  The blue has a beautiful sheen to it!  I added some May Arts red/white striped ribbon, some blue/white bakers twine and a little PTI label.  I made the Candy cane myself using red and white Fimo modeling clay.  I finished with some white pom-pom trim along the sparkly square mat.

Do stop by the rest of the TTDT girls and leave some lovely comments - or visit the Tuesday Throwdown blog for more details of the 'Cute and Cuddly' challenge.  I'm also linking this up with the 'Unscripted Sketches' #178 challenge this week, as I used their wonderful sketch...


Helen x

Monday, 1 October 2012

Live, Laugh. Love - The Ribbon Reel #38


Hello and welcome

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I'm here to share I have made for this fortnights Challenge over at The Ribbon Reel using Debbie's photo inspiration.  Debbie is challenging us to use Damask and also Ribbon and Lace, so here is the photo that inspired me to make the following card:

and here's my take...


I stamped the damask background using PTI's 'Damask Designs' stamp set and used Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Die to cut some kraft cardstock which I painted using cream acrylic  and Spellbinders Floral doily die to cut a little script paper from some pretty Prima patterned paper.  I used some beautiful 'gold silky crush ribbon', '25mm Bridal White Satin', May Arts Ivory Lace and Pearl trim across the centre of the card and a gorgeous Spellbinders kraft die cut butterfly, edge in cream acrylic paint and topped off with some sweet netting and 'Hybrid pink/white Tea Rose' from The Ribbon Reel.

The sentiment is taken from PTI's Round and Round Anniversary set and simply stamped in dark brown Memento 'Rich Cocoa' ink


Do stop by and leave a lovely comment for the rest of the fantastic TRR DT - they really have created some absolute beauties to behold!!

Have a wonderful week!!


Helen x

The Ribbon Reel: Gold Silky Crush, 25mm Bridal White Satin, Ivory Lace and Pearl Trim, Rose
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Damask Designs, Round and Round Anniversary set
Ink; Memento Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Paper: Prima Almanac collection 6x6 paper pad
Dies: Cheery Lynn French Pastry; Spellbinders 'Wonderful Wings' by Donna Salazar