Wednesday 31 March 2010

Lucy's Cards - Challenge 8 and Challenge 7 winners

OK, this photo makes me happy.
My mother grew and arranged all the flowers for my wedding.  She's amazing. Seriously amazing.  All that work and commitment.  And all those vintage teapots... (she loves china... and flowers...)
I took this photo the day before the wedding, just as she finished the final touches.  It's one of my favourite photos.
So the challenge:
Create a card inspired by this photo.
Your card can be any theme.
Link me to your blog post or photo using the Mister Linky box below.  Remember to link directly to the card.

Challenge closes: Sunday 11th April.
Hope you get a chance to enter.

And here are the winners of Challenge 7 (my husband helped me judge this one - too many fab entries)
                            1.  Joy
                            2.  Agata
                            3.  Katherine
I loved these 3 cards - and for such different reasons.  Joy - I really adore those trees - so striking and elegant against that polka paper.  Agata - wow.  Such a simple card with such impact.  And Katherine - how cute can a card BE???
And a couple of honourable mentions for:
Click on their names to check out their adorable creations.
1. Shirley
2. Clare
3. Tina
4. Tina
5. Therese
6. Lynn
7. Manoli Navarro
8. Victoria
9. Teri
10. Esme
11. Katie Tate
12. Ashley Cannon Newell
13. Pauline
14. Jennifer Styles
15. Trinh
16. Norma J
17. lisa a.
18. Helen Berry

Tuesday 30 March 2010

It's the Little Things...

Michelle Underwood releasees her new digikit today - and it's another GORGEOUS one.  'It's the Little Things' is full of beautiful vintagey elements and papers.
I chose to play with this ticket.  I enlarged it, and made it the focus of the card.  The text 'Little Things' a already on the image, but I added the rest of the sentiment, then layered the bird and butterfly over too.  I love playing with digi kits.
Oh and I do love the polka dot paper in this kit.  Delicious.
Have a happy Tuesday.  Check back tomorrow for a new challenge...

Monday 29 March 2010

Monkey Fun

Ok so my sister complained.  Too many floral cards.  "Where are all the animals?" she said.  Then she challenged me... an animal themed bright pink and black card.
So Emily, this one's for you.  The monkeys are celebrating all her fabulous achievements... PHD, amazing job... just general all round genius that she is. Love you sis. x
All stamps are from My Cute Stamps Circus Animals set.  I just love it.
Since I paper-pieced al the monkeys, I thought I'd enter it into the Moxie Fab World 'Picking up the Pieces' challenge.
Oh and P.S.
  don't you just love the cross-eyed monkey in the middle...  she's had too much Champagne.

Sunday 28 March 2010

Pink Sea-lion :)

I adore this little sea-lion.  She's from THIS adorable stamp set from My Cute Stamps.  So I couldn't resist using her on a card for a couple of challenges.
Supplies: Stamps - My Cute Stamps; PP and cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye;  Ribbon - Creative Impressions.
This is for the current CPS challenge (great sketch), and for Embellish Magazine's current colour challenge.  Just about my favourite colour scheme in the world...
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Have a happy Sunday.

Saturday 27 March 2010

JustRite Blog Hop Mystery Blog Candy WINNER and a sweet bunny!

I am thrilled to announce that one of the JustRite blog hop mystery prizes was hidden on MY BLOG!!!  Hooray.  Which means that one of you amazing 550+ commenters has won....

And the winner of this amazing prize chosen by Random Number Generator is...
Connie H. 
who said...
What a nice job you did!! I don't think I could ever cut so neatly.
CONGRATULATIONS Connie.  Please email me to claim your prize.
And... it's release day at Squigglefly which means Jane has some new gorgeous digi stamps available to buy.
First, this Vintage Rabbit.  I combined him with some yummy digi paper from Shimelle Lane's new digikit Springtime Basics - I can see me using this kit a lot.  I just love the soft polka dots in this paper.  The sentiment is from THIS cute Hero Arts set.
And then there are these beautiful tulips.  Love them.  Again the paper is from Shimelle's kit, a soft grid paper.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages set.
Jane - I LOVE them both.  Perfect for Copic colouring.
Don;t forget to check out the rest of the DT projects:
and this week's guest designer Jill.
And finally, if you haven't yet, check out the other JustRite winners for Day 2 hereherehere and here. :)  Thank you ALL for such lovely, heart-warming comments.  I have adored reading them all.
Have a happy weekend - I am now on HOLIDAY for two weeks.  HOORAY.  Lots of crafting time for me. :

Wednesday 24 March 2010

JustRite Blog Hop

Welcome to:
I made my hop card with a stamp from the gorgeous Breath of Spring  set.  I simply adore this little bunch of flowers.  I combined it with a sentiment from the Just a Note set - a sentiment for every occasion. :) 
Supplies: Stamps - JustRite; Digital Stamp, Cardstock and Gem - Hero Arts; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Sewing Machine.
Click HERE  for the next stop on the hop, Janine Blackwelder or click HERE to start at the beginning.
Have FUN. :)

Monday 22 March 2010

Sweet Baby Girl

I adore this little teddy image.  It's from THIS gorgeous new digikit by Scrap Originals.  And it comes in pink and blue too.  How adorable.
So I couldn't resist making a quick baby card using my brand new Nesties (given to me by a very wonderful person) and my brand new Corner Chomper (also a gift from someone very special). (I am such a lucky girl.  Thank you both so much.)  If you don't have these things, you need them.  :)
Supplies: Image - Scrap Originals; Stamp - Brenda Walton; PP - Crystal Wilkerson; Nesties - Large Scallops; Notecard - Hero Arts; Ribbon - PTI.
 You may have noticed that I FINALLY got some tan embossing mats for my Cuttlebug and Nesties... trying to work out why I didn't buy these months ago...
Happy Monday everyone.

Sunday 21 March 2010

Birthday Hippo

Today I've been making birthday cards with some new digikits from TwoPeas.
First, this fun and funky kit by Vinnie Pearce: Toy Box Elements.  It has some really cute images, and my favourite is the tree I have used in the card below.   There are also some adorable animals in the kit - check them out.  I combined the trees with THIS cute hippo and a sticker by SRM Stickers.  Just a simple card.
Supplies: Images and stamp - Hero Arts and Vinnie Pearce; Digital paper - Crystal Wilkerson; Notecard - Hero Arts; Sticker - SRM Stickers.
And then, this card made using THIS digital stamp by Kathy Martin, a new digi designer debuting at TwoPeas this week.  I combined the digital element with some stamps from THIS Hero Arts clear set.
Supplies: Image - Kathy Martin; Stamps - Hero Arts; Digi paper - Crystal Wilkerson; Copics; Nesties - Labels 8;
This card fits my current challenge, Keep it Simple - hope you get a chance to play along.
And the winner of yesterday's lace giveaway is DustyPenny.  I've emailed you. :)
Happy Sunday - hope you enjoy your day.

Saturday 20 March 2010

Breath of Spring

Caardvarks new challenge is sponsored by JustRite and they are offering more amazing prizes.  They are always so generous.  So I've been playing with one of their new release sets, Breath of Spring.  I love this set - and I think this little bouquet of flowers is my favourite stamp of the four.
I also made these two Get Well cards with the same stamp set.  Such perfect Spring stamps.
Supplies: Stamps - JustRite; Digital Stamp, Cardstock, Ink and Pearls - Hero Arts; PP - My Mind's Eye; Nesties - Blossom, Circle, Large Scallops; Copics; Lace - Prima; Twine - PTI; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Corner Chomper.
So the challenge is to create a card that includes Lace.  I found this hard but really loved the challenge of trying something new.  Click HERE to see the challenge details and check out what you could win.  Good luck!
And be sure to check out the JustRite Blog too - they have weekly competitions, and amazing prizes.  And they pick winners from their Flickr group entires too, they are always giving things away. :)
As a consequence of this challenge, I have some Prima lace to giveaway.  I bought a few different types to try, and have some spare now. Leave a comment here to be in with a chance of winning.

Friday 19 March 2010


I started this card with a clear vision in mind.
It is NOTHING like that vision.
It's funny where things take you sometimes.
I am not a sketcher or planner (even though, as a teacher, I know I should be).  I just go with the flow :)
Supplies: Papers - Vinnie Pearce (HERE) and My Mind's Eye, Stamps - Hero Arts; Ribbon - PTI; Gems - Hero Arts.
P.S.  I warned you that you might see a lot of this text paper.  I love THIS digikit.

Wednesday 17 March 2010

Watch It Wednesday

I am so excited.  I have a video featured on the Hero Arts blog today.  And it's all about colouring. :)
Here are the cards I feature in the video, both showcasing THIS stunning stamp - so many possibilities with this one!
First, this card.    Love THIS new Eggshell layering paper.  Yum.  I also used the Old Letter Writing digikit to create the background for this card.  I recolored it pale pink then printed it onto Carnation layering paper.
And then this one.  This was inspired by THIS masterpiece by Jennifer McGuire.  I stamped and embossed THIS gorgeous new text stamp to create the background here.  And the sentiment is from THIS cute set.
Supplies: All stamps, images and Paper - Hero Arts; Spellbinders dies; sewing machine; Copics - R32, YG06, B93, G07; Coloured pencils - Faber Castell; Corner rounder.
And here is the video: (If you click on it, you can watch a larger version..)

Happy Wednesday everyone. x

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Lucy's Cards: Challenge 7

Time for a new challenge.
The details:

Create a clean and simple card.
Your card can be any theme.
Link me to your blog post or photo using the Mister Linky box below.  Remember to link directly to the card.
Challenge closes: Saturday 27th March 2010.
1. Shauna
2. Georgia Tsagka
3. Joy Taylor
4. kcurry
5. Karen D.
6. Dotty Jo
7. Dallas
8. Virginia L.
9. Agata #1
10. Agata #2
11. Agata #3
12. Agata #4
13. Rainy
14. Lynn
15. Norma
16. Therese
17. Teri
18. Sunny Penn
19. Lorena (Paperella)
20. NancyK
21. Peggy M
22. Hazel
23. Vera
24. Teri 2.
25. Hazel
26. SmilynStef
27. Jane
28. Ivolina
29. Victoria
30. Hazel
31. Chiges
32. Arabela
33. Le (MaLe)
34. Trinh
35. Sav O'Gwynn
36. Joy Taylor#2
37. Katherine D
38. Kathy Racoosin
39. Manoli Navarro
40. Hazel
41. Norma J
42. Laura :)
43. Liz Baker
44. NĂºria
45. Sally
46. Kate Lewis
47. Karen B.
48. Kate Lewis
49. Kelley
50. Hazel
51. Norma J
52. Shirley K.
53. Natasha Kara
54. Trinh
55. byulgzr
56. byulgzr (#2)
57. byulgzr (#3)
58. Alice W.
59. cindy
60. Shirley K.

Sunday 14 March 2010

Sunshine and Laughter

So I have some more exciting news, I am now on Vinnie Pearce's Design Team.  
I adore her kits - she is so so stylish and unique.
This card is made using one of her new releases 'He's Royalty'. I just adore this sparkling overlay.  
I added some star gems to really make it shimmer.
And the sentiment is from THIS set - I reach for it all the time.
Hope you ejoy your Sunday - have a peaceful and happy day.
And Happy Mother's Day mum. Love you. xxx
P.S. The winner of yesterday's draw is Lin.  I've emailed you Lin. 

Saturday 13 March 2010

Spring is here!

Today Jane  releases this gorgeous daffodil image at Squigglefly.  I adore it.  So I used it to make Mother's Day cards for my mum and mother-in-law.  Over here in the UK, Mother's Day is tomorrow.
Supplies: Image - Squigglefly; Sentiment - computer generated; Digital PP - Crystal Wilkerson; Nesties - Scallop Circle and Blossom dies; Kraft cardstock - Bazzill; Notecards - Hero Arts; Copic markers and coloured pencils; Pearls - Papermania.
What a wonderful way to welcome Spring!  And to celebrate the release, Jane is offering this image as a giveaway to one of YOU.  Just leave a comment here and I will choose one winner of the daffodils digital file.
AND because she's so GREAT - she's also got a free image over at her blog today.  It's to accompany THIS other adorable bunny stamp she's releasing today.  Another perfect-for-Spring image.  Click HERE to find the free image.
Head over to the rest of the DT blogs now to see how they used these cute images:

And this month, Deirdre is guest designing too.
Be sure to check out all these gorgeous blogs too.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Bloggiversary Giveaway Winner!

you have won my blog anniversary giveaway!
Please email me so I can get you your prize package.

Thursday 11 March 2010

Perfect Pearls...

... are GORGEOUS.  I finally got round to trying them, and although the photo doesn't really show it, this butterfly is just shimmering.
Today I've been playing with THIS gorgeous new digikit by Scrap Originals.  I adore this paper, and this butterfly image is so pretty.  I spritzed with water and THESE perfect pearls using THIS.  Love the effect.
Love THESE pearls too by Hero Arts.
Hope you are having a good week.

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Challenge 6 winners

What gorgeous entries I had to my 6th challenge.  And it was so lovely to see what inspires you.
Here are my top 3 picks (click on the names below to check out the cards in their full glory):
               1.  Kathy Racoosin
               2.  Jill Foster 
               3.  Agata Dag 
And be sure to check out Nancy's gorgeous tag HERE and Karen's pretty card HERE.  Too many fab entries to choose from.
Thanks for playing along again - another challenge to come soon. :)

Monday 8 March 2010

It all started when...

...a friend asked me to make a card.  An owl and a simple sentiment: 'Happy Birthday to a Very Special Person'.  Easy.
But I got carried away.
And THIS happened.
I get addicted easily.
It was all the fault of this yummy blue paper from THIS digikit. I have officially gone polka dot crazy.  Another of the reasons I love digi... it's so easy to add your own typed sentiment on top of the patterned paper before printing.  Perfect for those times when you want a sentiment you just don't own in stamp form!
LOVE the owls in THIS set.
And had to try a Masculine card. (Not my strength!)
And then, I just HAD to play with the peacock from THIS set.

And everyone knows I love THIS little deer...
Had some fun with puns. :)
And who couldn't adore this little guy... love THIS whole set so much!!!
That was my Sunday evening gone! :)
But I've got enough birthday cards to last me a few weeks at least.  Hooray. :)