Monday 30 November 2009

Vintage Tags

This week is TAG week over at the Hero Arts blog, and I am thrilled to have some of my hybrid digi tags featured.
Vintage Tags
Vintage Tags - Close-Up
Vintage Tags - Close-Up

Supplies: click HERE.
I LOVE this Scribble Trees digikit - you get 9 different trees in the kit, perfect for LOADS of Christmas projects - click HERE to see the full kit.
I hope you get a chance to create some tags using Hero Arts stamps; click HERE for details about the challenge.

Sunday 29 November 2009

Warmest Wishes

Just sharing a simple card I made to showcase these gorgeous papers by Michelle Underwood.  They are from the 'Vintage Holiday Memories' Digikit available at TwoPeas (click HERE - it's 25% off this weekend!!!).  I love this music paper.  Perfect for my family - lots of musicians in my family. :)
Supplies: Papers - Michelle Underwood; Cardstock - Bazzill; Stamp - Hero Arts; Nesties - Circles.
Happy Sunday to you all.
Oh, and my current challenge ends on Tuesday - new one up on Wednesday. It's all ready to post!!! I'm so excited!!!

Saturday 28 November 2009

Thank You Mini Cards

I made this pair of mini cards today, using this gorgeous pink polka dot paper from Katherine Teague's fabulous 'Birds of a Feather' digikit available at 2Peas (click HERE to see the full kit).  I re-coloured the cute birdy in Photoshop to coordinate with my preferred colour scheme.  I love pink and cream.
Thank You Mini CardsThank You Deer
Thank You Birdy
Digi elements - Katherine Teague; Stamps, Notecards and gems - Hero Arts (click HERE for details); ribbon - Creative Impressions.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend... just a reminder that it's just a few more days until my challenge closes. I can't believe how many entries I've had. And all GORGEOUS.

Friday 27 November 2009

Love you Dad

My poor dad has been having a rough time of late, so I made him this card to cheer him up.  I do love the way these adorable digital owls look a bit sad.  They certainly cheer me up.
Supplies: Image and Stamp - Hero Arts; Cardstock - Bazzill; Nesties - Labels 8.
Check out the owls at TwoPeas HERE and the sweet 
sentiment stamp HERE.
(Love you dad. xxx)

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Pretty Borders

I've been working with THIS cute digikit tonight - it's called 'Holiday Twist Borders' by Holly Brooke Jones.  I knew as soon as I saw this mistletoe border that I wanted to use a LOT of bling with it.  And so I did :)  I also added a cute bird from the Birds of a Feather kit, featured HERE at 2Peas.  I just coloured it in with a red Copic marker and used a Sharpie to add detail.
And this pretty snowflake design is gorgeous.  Here I just pasted it multiple times in Word to create a background paper.
Supplies: Images - Holly Brooke Jones Digikit and bird is from Catherine Teague's kit here;  Stamp, Gems and Notecard - Hero Arts
This kit is perfect for quick cards.
Click HERE to check it out!

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Birds of a Feather

Woo hoo - my first card for TwoPeas!!!
Today's digital releases include THIS GORGEOUS kit by Catherine Teague.  How cute are these birds???  So I had to make a card RIGHT away.
Supplies: Papers - Catherine Teague (HERE); Stamp - Hero Arts.
All my favourite colours and designs in this kit... polka dot papers, birds, tags... more to come from me and this kit this week :)
So excited to be part of this team.
Happy Tuesday everyone.

Sunday 22 November 2009


Is it wrong that I can't resist my own challenge... a bit egocentric...
Oh well.
Just a touch of pink on this one...
Supplies: Images, Stamp, Notecards and Gems - Hero Arts (background, butterfly, sentiment); Nesties - Labels 1
So excited and happy to see all the amazing entries.
Love you all xxxx

Saturday 21 November 2009

I LOVE Labels 8

I am so happy that CARDS picked another of my cards to show on their blog.  The challenge was to use big ribbon... yum!  I love this bird image from THIS digikit over at TwoPeas.
Get Well Birdy Get Well Birdy - Close-Up
Supplies: Stamp, Gems and Button - Hero Arts; Bird Image - Bella Bella Digikit (here); PP - My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Distress Ink - Tim Holtz; Nesties - Labels 8
And I just made another card using my challenge colours... it is, after all, my favourite combination. :)
Birthday Deer Birthday Deer - Close-Up
Supplies: Stamps and Images (deer, sentiment, fleur de lis), Button - Hero Arts; PP - Bo Bunny; Nesties - Labels 8.
So - a couple of shaped cards today... those Labels 8 Nesties are one of my all time favourite ever purchases...

Friday 20 November 2009

Caardvarks and another announcement...

It's time for a new Caardvarks challenge.  And it's all about colouring in... my favourite hobby!
Supplies: Digi Images (script, butterfly), Stamp, Gems and Notecard- Hero Arts; Digital lined Paper - Michelle Underwood; Nesties - Labels 8.
Here, I coloured in a gorgeous digital butterfly image by Hero Arts from the Flutterbies kit.
Click HERE for the details about the challenge and to see the pretty rubber stamp prize :)
And... another announcement.
I am now on the Two Peas Digital Creative Team. Yay.  Check out the announcement here.  And be prepared for loads of hybrid cards!
And finally, don't forget my challenge too... click here to check it out, or just scroll down...

So so excited to see all the entries. :)

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Nothing Says Thank You Like...

...a turquoise porcupine!  :)
Thank You Porcupine
Supplies: Stamps (sentimentporcupine), Digi Image and Notecard - Hero Arts; Nesties - Labels 8; Corner Rounder.
 I am so excited to see entries for my first challenge ALREADY.  I can't believe how fast you girls work :)  So I thought I'd better have a go myself.  I used the new Hero Arts Digikit: Old Letter Writing.  This has been one of my favourite stamps for AGES, and I am thrilled they have released a digi version.  Now I can recolour and print directly onto the notecards without having to worry about straight lines...  brilliant for me... I can NEVER stamp straight! :)
Hope you like the colours and get a chance to have a go - click HERE for details.  Thank you all  xxx

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Lucy's Cards - Challenge 1

So here it is
 Lucy's Cards: Challenge 1 - Colour.
2 copy

And the details:
Create a card using the colours shown in the photo above: pale pink, aqua and kraft.  
Black and white can be used for outlines, sentiments and embellishments only - they should not be the main colours.
Your card can be any theme.
This challenge is open to EVERYBODY - wherever you live. :)
Link me to your blog post or photo using the Mister Linky box below (fingers crossed that it works).  Remember to link directly to the card.
Challenge closes: Tuesday 1st December 2009
Hope you can participate - thank you.

1. Kathy Racoosin
2. Lin Brandyberry
3. Lynn
4. Godelieve Tijskens
5. Patricia
6. Sally Sherfield
7. Tanis
8. Stephanie
9. Dawn T
10. Kathy Racoosin#2
11. Tracey Kuzniak
12. Lin Brandyberry
13. Diana Foster
14. Elena
15. Kelly Booth
16. Dawn W.
17. Nancy K
18. Dwita
19. joshuajiraffedesigns
20. Elena (2nd try)
21. sanneh
22. Virginia L.
23. Doris
24. Jennifer Styles
25. Anette H
26. Kelly Booth
27. Tracey Kuzniak
28. Lucille K
29. Katia
30. Jill
31. Jill
32. Marune
33. Amie H
34. Rosemary D
35. Jolette
36. Tiffany Ervin
37. Donelda
38. Avital Gertner-Samet
39. dustypenny (Joy)
40. dustypenny (Joy)
41. Laura :)
42. Stampin Sue
43. shawnte
44. Sue-ann
45. Beverley
46. donna mikasa
47. Jane
48. Beverley
49. Vanessa Menhorn
50. Nicky Hsu
51. Tracey Kuzniak
52. laurieloou
53. Susanne Nilsson
54. Dotty Jo
55. Elena (3rd try)
56. SmilynStef
57. Kiara Lee
58. VeraRhuhay
59. Brit Swiderski
60. Linda aka Oz
61. Nancy L.
62. Pia
63. Ashley M
64. Shirley K.
65. Alice W.
66. Tracey Kuzniak #4 :)
67. Mariana Grigsby
68. Fika
69. kasia
70. Victoria
71. Deirdre - Irl
72. Harriet Hensley
73. Simone Naoum
74. Laura.K
75. Kathy Racoosin

Monday 16 November 2009

A question for you...

Question:  If I held a cardmaking challenge on my blog, would you consider participating?
I know there are LOADS of challenge sites out there, but I am always looking for new ones as I love the inspiration provided by challenges, and just wondered if anyone might be interested in another!!
No worries if you are not; I'd still love your feedback and won't take offense :)
Back soon with a card!!!

Sunday 15 November 2009

Sparkly Christmas

What better way to beat the Winter blues than to play with pretty paper and bling. :)  This gorgeous patterned paper is from a special FREE digikit by Jen Allyson available HERE.  Isn't she kind.
Simple Christmas Card
Simple Christmas Card - Close-Up
Supplies: Stamp, Notecard and Gems - Hero Arts; Paper - Jen Allyson; Ribbon - Creative Impressions
Thanks for all your sunny wishes, you are all wonderful.

Saturday 14 November 2009

Glitter Shaker Card

Shaker cards are so much fun to make - and  as soon as I saw Hero Arts glitter challenge this week, I knew I had to make one.  It's been months since I last did a shaker...
Penguin Glitter Shaker CardPenguin Glitter Shaker Card - Close-up
Supplies: Images, Stamps, Button, Notecard - Hero Arts (penguin, polka dots, paper, snowflakes, sentiment); Embossing powder; Versamark Dazzle; Nesties - Labels 1.
The weather here is getting me down. Anyone else feeling the winter blues?

Friday 13 November 2009


I love using up scraps from previous projects, and thought I'd share a few cards today that are entirely made from scraps.
Thank You Butterflies Hello ButterfliesJust Saying Hello

Supplies: Stamps, Notecards - Hero Arts (script, flower, thank you, Hello); Punch - Martha Stewart; Nesties - Labels 1 and 8; Perfect Pearls; sewing machine; paper scraps.
I am officially addicted to my Martha Stewart butterfly punch... 
So happy the weekend is finally here.
Hooray for Saturdays!

Thursday 12 November 2009

Make a Wish..

Hero Arts' current challenge involves my favourite thing.. glitter.  And I haven't used any for AGES.  Time to get my hands (and table, floor, clothes, sewing machine etc.) covered in the stuff... :)
Make a Wish
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts; PP - October Afternoon; Stickles - Ranger; sewing machine; coloured pens.
For this one, I actually used Stickles - a safe, mess free option :)
Hope to have time for more glittery cards over the next few days...

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Singing in the Rain!

This card is just a quickie I made to show you Michelle Underwood's  Singing in the Rain kit.  It's such a good value kit at 99 cents - I love the papers and I LOVE this birdy. :)  How CUTE!!!  
There is no one Like YOU.
Supplies: Papers and Bird - Michelle Underwood; Stamp - Hero Arts; sewing machine.
Think I might have to try an 'Under the Weather' card next - the kit has clouds, raindrops and an umbrella too. :)

AND: I love the random giveaways I'm seeing on people's blogs at the moment.  So I thought I'd share the love today too.  Every day you lot make my day perfect with your lovely comments.  So I looked back at my comments and noticed one person had commented on pretty much EVERY one of my posts.  So Alice Wertz, email me for a little gift!  You are so kind!!!
Happy Wednesday!  The week's half gone already!!!

Tuesday 10 November 2009

More Circles!

I got carried away making circle cards for the new Caardvarks challenge, partly because I just LOVE the stamps Clear and Simple  sent me.  Click HERE to see the whole set.
Supplies: Stamps - Clear and Simple; PP - Papermania; Light Kraft cardstock (office supplies); thick thread; Nesties - Scallop and Circles.
Tip: I used my sewing machine to create the holes in the cardstock, then hand stitched using thicker crocheting thread.  I like the added texture this created.
Supplies: Stamps - Clear and Simple; PP - Bo Bunny; Die Cut - Provocraft; Gems - Hero Arts; Nesties - Scallop and Circles
Hope you will have time to make a circle card and enter the challenge!  Good luck.

Monday 9 November 2009

Flowers and Birds

I was totally thrilled to see that a card I submitted to a CARDS magazine blog challenge was featured in the gallery... click here to see it.  The challenge was to create an embellishment out of vintage book paper.  I made the leaves out of an old book, and used distress ink to colour them.  The flower is made using paper from THIS Michelle Underwood kit.  Love that music paper.
Thanks Flower

Thanks Flower - detail
Supplies: Stamp, Notecard and Gems - Hero Arts; PP - Michelle Underwood; Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (peeled paint, spiced marmalade); button - Basic Grey; sewing machine.
Hope you are enjoying your Monday.
Off to do some work...

Sunday 8 November 2009

Embellish It with Owls!

I was thrilled to see my butterfly bling card on the 'What's Hot' list over at Embellish Magazine's blog.  So of course I had to make a card for the new challenge.  The colours are gorgeous, and the theme... OWLS. :)

Supplies: Stamps (owl, sentiment) and Notecard - Hero Arts; PP - Papertrey Ink and October Afternoon; sewing machine; goggle eyes and buttons (from stash)
For a change, I stamped the owl on the back of the patterned paper, and distressed the edges before piecing him together. I put buttons under the goggle eyes for extra dimension. I added brown stitching and a brown stamped sentiment; I even found brown goggle eyes. :)
Happy Sunday to everyone.
P.S. If MOMIJI sees this... scroll down... you won my giveaway!

Saturday 7 November 2009

Let it snow...

I know it's not like me to post twice in one day... but I got over-excited and wanted to share MORE cards. :)
This one is for the current Hero Arts challenge - to use unusual colour combinations for Christmas cards.  Lots of digital stuff here... and a couple of very non-digital twigs :)
Let it Snow
Let it Snow - Detail
Supplies: Images and Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, snow, snowman); paper - Michelle Underwood; Button - Papermania; Copics.
And this one is made using THIS FREE KIT over at 2Peas - LOVE these pretty papers.  Thanks for the free goodies!!!
Christmas Snowflake
Christmas Snowflake - detail
Supplies: Paper - Jen Allyson; Stamp and gem - Hero Arts; Cuttlebug and Die; Sewing Machine
I hope you are inspired to go and download some digi stuff.  Just click HERE to check it all out. :)  And Michelle Underwood has 25% off ALL of her kits today - including her GORGEOUS brand new Vintage Holiday Memories.
Have a good day :)

Butterfly FUN.

Today is Digital Scrapbooking Day over at Two Peas!  I am not a scrapbooker, but I do use a LOT of digital scrapbooking kits and I saw mention of free kits... I'm THERE.
So I thought I'd share a couple of hybrid digital cards today, inspired by THIS gorgeous project of Jennifer McGuire's.
This one is made with Michelle Underwood's gorgeous butterfly kit: HERE.  Love the huge range of butterflies.  I just lined these up on some digital paper (here) and printed a few extra.  I then cut these and layered them on top to create a 3D effect.
Supplies: Images and Paper - Michelle Underwood; stamp and notecard - Hero Arts; Sewing machine and orange thread; pop dots.
And this one uses the gorgeous butterfly from the Hero Arts Flutterby digikit.  This is also layered onto some digital paper by Michelle Underwood (here).  The sentiment is computer generated.
Supplies: Image - Hero Arts; Paper - Michelle Underwood; sewing machine; pop dots.
Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day ;)
Maybe more later.......

Friday 6 November 2009

Christmas Colours... and a WINNER!

This week on the Hero Arts Blog, Leslie is making Christmas cards with unusual colours.  When she asked me if I'd like to contribute a card, I was thrilled.  Then I saw the colour palette... WOW.  A real challenge for me.
But I LOVED it.  Such yummy yummy colours.

And I am so happy I was asked!!!


Supplies: Images, Stamps, Gems, Notecard - Hero Arts (snowflakes, snowman, sentiment); PP - My Mind's Eye; Ribbon - Creative Impressions.
The gorgeous snowflakes are from THIS digikit - Tiny Snowflakes, I love the way you can re-colour and resize them to fit any project and colour scheme.

So the challenge is on to create a holiday card with an unsual colour scheme- click HERE to see the details. I hope you get a chance to play along.

And I FINALLY drew the winner of my giveaway. Random.Org picked:

Blogger Momiji said...

just love that butterfly and its cute in pink... a lovely 'thank you'!

Please email me using the address on my sidebar and I'll get something sent to you. :)

Thursday 5 November 2009

Caardvarks Challenge - Circle Cards

I love to make circle cards, so the new Caardvarks challenge is right up my street - and I was thrilled to receive this gorgeous set of baby stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps, the sponsor of this challenge.
 I got carried away, and made a few cards!  So much fun.  And the stamps are such high quality too - a perfect impression every time.

So here is today's card, I'll share more baby themed circle creations tomorrow. :)
Welcome Little One
Supplies: Stamp - Clear and Simple Stamps; PP and sticker - K&Co; Nesties - Scallops and Circles; coathanger (unknown); Sewing machine and silver thread. 
Hope you have a chance to enter the challenge. :)

Wednesday 4 November 2009

My Announcement

So I have a bit of news.
Since I embarked on my digital journey, I have been an admirer / stalker of Michelle Underwood.  She designs the most beautiful digital papers and kits.  So when I saw that she wanted a new Design Team, I was quick to apply.  And I am thrilled to say I was selected.  Woo hoo.

So here is my first Michelle Underwood Design card, made using her newly released kit 'Vintage Holiday Memories'.
Thank You
Supplies: Papers - Michelle Underwood Designs; Stamp and pearls - Hero Arts; Punch - Martha Stewart; Dies - Spellbinders (Labels 1, Labels Trio)
Here, I layered my Labels 1 die cut onto black paper, and hand cut a thin border to help the blue paper stand out more. 
Resize your digital PP in Word so you do not waste printer ink.
Add stitching to the patterned paper before adhering to your cardbase.  This makes the inside of your card neater.

Thanks Michelle - I am truly honoured to be a part of your team :)