Wednesday, 23 January 2013

SSBC#4 - Have a care

Hello and welcome to another fun challenge from the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog!

Today we are challenging you to 'Have a Heart' and to Support Your Cause using some of the fabulous stamps available from the Serendipity Stamps store.
I went for a Recycling themed project and created a card using the 'Reuse it or Lose It' Bonus Stamp. I stamped most of the sentiment in green and chose to highlight the word 'lose' in ladybug red ink. I stamped the Earth seperately, coloured with copics, cut out by hand and then popped up using foam dimensional adhesive.

In true recycling style, I used some corrugated cardboard packaging to create the textured circle behind the sentiment and some string recycled from yet more packaging which I have wrapped around the centre panel.  

The papers are from Papermania's Paperstax 'Happy Days' line - I thought the tin cans were just perfect for my recycling theme. 

If you would like to see what the rest of the SSDT have created, click on their names below:

I'm also playing along with the 'Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #176' as I used this lovely layout on my card today.

Monday, 21 January 2013

TRR#45...Burlap Love

Hello friends and welcome to The Ribbon Reel #45 - HOME SPUN!  For this week's challenge, my co-DT member Jeanne is asking us to create a card/project inspired by the photo, and ADD BURLAP and RIBBON. 

I made a sweet homespun Valentine ensemble including a mini embossed kraft gift bag and co-ordinating card.  I used lots of gorgeous Ribbon Reel goodies on my project today!

After embossing the kraft bag and kraft cardbase I die cut two brown burlap heart shapes from some 50mm wired burlap and set aside. I then used some lovely 12mm natural woven burlap to make two rose flowers - twisting and securing with hot glue as I went. I added a simple rosey adhesive pearl to the centre of each flower. After adding a flower to each heart I threaded a gorgeous Cream Pearl Decorative Stick Pin through the burlap - I love how it reminds me of cupids arrow!!

I finished with die cut doilies, some rose seam binding, brown button twine, buttons and a hand stamped label.

Here's another shot of the little chocolate filled kraft gift bag...

and the bag and card together...

You can see what the rest of The Ribbon Reel DT have made by visiting their blogs (links below) and FULL details of the 'Homespun' challenge can be found on The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog.

Other challenges for this card:
Daring Cardmakers: Embossability
613 Avenue create: Anything Goes - It is Time to Kraft
The Corrosive Challenge - Put a Pin In It
Addicted to stamps: Use material/texture


All ribbons and trims: The Ribbon Reel
Ink: Fresh Snow - PTI;  Brushed Corduroy: Distress Ink, Memento LadyBug Red
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Dies: Serendipity Heart Outline Die; Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs and Nestabilities Labels 4

Sunday, 20 January 2013

CR84FN#70 Week 2

Hi there! Hope you are all having a great weekend! The weather has been VERY cold here the past week and a blanket of lovely snow.  The boys and I have been having lost of fun on the sledges! 

**CR84FN will be closing it's doors for the time being - Mona has taken the decision stop the challenges until further notice -- I have so enjoyed my time with this massively talented group of ladies and will miss these challenges, but it is with the very best intentions that that the decision was taken to call it a day. I know I will still see these ladies in Blogland and wish them all the very best in their crafty endeavours!! You guys are AMAZING and it has truly been a pleasure :)**

That said, I have one more project to share before we go which I created for week 2 of CR84FN70 using the soft, pretty colour combo shown below:

and here is my card...I used some pretty Snowflake Flourish stamps by Serendipity to create the background and the focal point in the cut out window.  I added some texture to the pretty aqua stamped panel using an embossing folder. 

I received the little stamped aqua blue die cut butterfly from Pauline last birthday and simply added a cute flower button and a pretty blue pearl gem and popped up on a little spellbinders die cut from kraft cardstock.
I added a strip of cute MME patterned paper along the edge of the card and trimmed with some lovely natural scallop cotton lace and Forsythia yellow seam binding from The Ribbon Reel.

I would be wonderful to see your creations this week if you feel inspired by the wonderful colour story above.  

Have a great week! I will be back on Monday with an all new Ribbon Reel Challenge post!

Helen xxx

Friday, 18 January 2013

Waltzingmouse Blog Party

Ooops, late for the party by 9 mins!! Oh well, I'm sharing it anyway...

I created a 'Love' themed Valentines card using the Waltzingmouse 'Woodgrain' and 'My Heart' for this months Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party.

I used some red twine from The Ribbon Reel to tie a small celtic knot and attached to the inside.  

Was inspired by the Moxie Fab World 75 creative card challenges... Challenge #60 which is to create a card with a window so I may link up to that too!

That's all for now, I'll be back on Saturday with my card for CR84FN. Have a great weekend!

Helen x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

PDCC#164 & Moxie Fab Creative Card Challenge #18

Good Morning to you!

My eldest son will be turning 9 years old on 26th January and I really needed to start working on some invitations for his birthday celebrations.  When I saw the colours over at the Play Date Cafe this week, I knew they would be perfect.

and here is my take...

I stamped the chevron image from the "Woodgrain stamp set" by Waltzingmouse in three colours onto some textured artists canvas paper - I really like the distressed woodgrain effect over the texture of the card. I then used the "Free Spirit Boy" set to stamp a light chartreuse rectangle (it's actually the back of the bike stamp from the set, stamped on the reverse side) with the skateboarder image stamped over the top in brown.

As Creative Card Challenge#18 over at Moxie Fab World is to stamp using a homemade stamp, I used a star cookie cutter to create the star images, stamping them in Desert Sand ink.
Here's a pic of the cookie cutter placed on top of the card for you to see...

As this card has a bit of a sporty/exercise vibe going on, I'm entering it into the "Less is More #102 - One Layer Card: Sports or Exercise" as well!

That's it for now....Enjoy your Sunday :)


x x x

CR84FN#70 - We LOVE You


Hi everyone!

What a treat we have for you this fortnight over at CR84FN Color Challenge Blog - just look at these BEAUTIFUL colours and the wonderful inspiration photo, courtesty of Kate Grewal...

I decided to make a card for my husband who is away working in Mozambique and this is already on it's way over to Maputo at this moment!  It's another two weeks before he will be heading home so my boys and I decided to pop a little something in the post as a surprise - just hope it makes it there before he flies back!!


With that in mind, I needed something quite flat with not too much bulky embellishment so decided on using lots of little aqua, tan and light yellow butterflies cut using the Memory Box Butterfly Delights die, all mounted onto Serendipity Stamps Heart Outline Die. I graduated the colours of the butterflies from darker to lighter shades - there are two different shades of aqua and a mixture of textured and smooth cardstock.


The simple woodgrain background is stamped in Antique Linen ink and the sentiment in Frayed Burlap. I took some cream cotton yarn and tied a simple Reef Knot (quite a nice 'masculine' knot!) and then wrapped around it around the card. It's fairly flat too which is bonus postage wise :)

Be sure to visit the CR84FN Blog to see how the rest of the team interpreted these colours, and join us by making a card, scrap page or any crafty project - you can find all the details by clicking here.

I'm also playing along with CASE study #123 - I took my cue from Amber and her wonderful use of graduated colour in this card.
I am also linking this up to the current Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #87

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Woodgrain and My Heart
Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink 
Cardstock: Dk Aqua, Kraft, Yellow, Cream - Bazill; Aqua Mist - PTI
Dies: Heart Outline Die - Serendipity Stamps; Butterfly Delights Die - Memory Box
Cotton Yarn: From stash

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

SSBC#3 - Have a Heart


Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new 
For the next two weeks we are challenging you to create something that includes a 'Heart' and also at least ONE Serendipity Stamps product.

I have created a pretty tag using Serendipity Stamps Heart Scroll Stamp and Die Set and a beautiful sentiment from the Heart with Bow Cling Set,  which is also available individually here.


I started with a plain kraft cardstock tag and inked up the edges with some chalky white ink and added a sweet pale lilac die cut doily on top. I die cut a heart shape from some patterned paper using the Serendipity Heart Outline Die and then used the Heart Scroll Cling Stamp to stamp directly onto the die cut using Lavender ink. After sponging the edges with a little Tea-Dye Distress ink, I adhered some mini pom-pom trim around the edge of the heart and finished with some loops of velvet ribbon for leaves and a sweet rose.


I stamped the sentiment in 'Close to Cocoa' ink from SU! onto a label cut from more patterned paper and added to the tag along with some pretty leaf pins and a button. I finished the tag by adhering a strip of pretty cream cotton lace and some velvet ribbon along the bottom.

I know that all the Serendipity DT have some AMAZING samples to share with you today, so do stop by if you have the chance. You won't be disappointed :) Here are the links to the DT Blogs:

** The Sale this week at Serendipity Stamps is buy 3 items and get your 4th free until January 16th!! **

Have a great day!!

Helen x x x

Stamps & Die: Serendipity Stamps
Doily die: Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs; Standard Circles Small
Embellishments: Small Pom-Pom Trim, Seam Binding, Leaf Pins, Velvet Ribbon - all from The Ribbon Reel
Patterned Paper: Tea-Thyme - Prima; French Kiss Labels - Glitz Design
Ink: Close to Cocoa - SU!; Milled Lavender, Tea-Dye - Ranger

Monday, 7 January 2013

TRR#44 - Winter Wonderland

Welcome friends to another fun fortnightly challenge!  It's Debbie's turn to host this week. 
Debbie has chosen this beautiful photo .....

and asks that you create a card / project inspired by the colours from the photo and include a SNOWMAN or SNOWFLAKE plus RIBBON/TWINE/TRIM.

I took inspiration from the gorgeous rustic cream and red colours and the cute snowflake on the snowmans hat.  

I pulled out some lovely Pink Paislee City Sidewalks paper for the wintery background. To create the centre piece I used a gorgeous vintage label stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps and die cut and embossed some kraft cardstock for the top layer.  I used some beautiful 25mm Satin Burgundy Ribbon to create a banner across the front of the card and added some lovely Natural Button Twine to accent the sentiment. The cute snowflakes are part of some White Satin Cut Out Snowflake trim which I simply cut apart to make mini embellishments.

Don't forget that the challenge runs for the next two weeks, so there is plenty of time to play and you may just win yourself some wonderful Ribbon Reel goodies!

I am also playing along with Retro Sketches #45 and I have used their layout on my card...

Have a great week!


Sunday, 6 January 2013

CR84FN69 Wk#2

Hello friends, How are you all?

Are you ready for another week of these beautiful colours from CR84FN?

As a reminder, the colours are Raspberry, Lavender and Neutral and FULL details can be found here on the CR84FN blog. 

We ALWAYS love seeing what you create and find you ALL very inspiring, so I hope you will be able to create something along with us!

I am going to need a ton of thank-you cards after the wonderful Christmas we've just had, so I pulled out the gorgeous Woodgrain and Vintage Garden Seed Packet sets from Waltzingmouse to create this project.

I stamped the large woodgrain background in lavender lace and then stamped three vertical rows of long stems over the top in raspberry ink. The seed packet is just so sweet and I can see me using this a lot! I stamped directly onto some Prima paper, fussy cut and backed with some raspberry cardstock. The sentiment is from the same Seed Packet set and stamped in a deep aubergine ink which tones in very nicely with the raspberry and lavender.

How about this gorgeous Pink bloom - a gift from lovely Pauline.  I used the Die-namics Leafy Flourish from MFT to die cut some Kraft cardstock, snipped it apart to make a custom, double-ended flourish background for the pretty Rose. The sweet dotty label is from the Very Vintage Labels 18 set and stamped in more of the delicate lavender ink.

Have a wonderful day - hope you find some crafting time this week :)

x x x