Thursday 29 April 2010

Monkey Monkey

Sorry it's been a while - been a bit crazy here.  I've not been 100%.
But here is a fun card I made a little while ago using another of THESE fab chipboard animals and THESE alphas. I love this cute monkey.
Hope your week has been good so far.

Monday 26 April 2010

Sew Special

Ok so I couldn't resist making a card with this new Hero Arts digikit: 'Sew Crafty'. I love it.  The background paper is from THIS yummy digikit by Vinnie Pearce.  She really is amazing.
Oh and it reminds me to remind YOU to enter my current challenge - stitching.  Click here for details.  You have a few more days to enter. :)
Have a happy Monday. 

Sunday 25 April 2010

Animal Fun

Just playing with a few new digikits... and having a lot of FUN.
I adore anything with animals on, so Wild Things, the new digikit by Jen Martakis, called out to me.  How adorable are these images.  And there's a GORGEOUS flamingo in there to that I have ideas for...
I just played in Word with these - adding a typed sentiment to each.
This one is for my brother:
And this CUTE flower is from THIS adorable kit by Holly Brooke Jones.  I love anything with smiley faces :)  The background paper comes from THIS kit, also by Holly.  She's amazing.  
I debated for AGES about whether to add a sentiment, then I decided that I'm going to build up a pile of blank cards so I can add the appropriate sentiment when I need the card. :)
Hope you have a wonderful, peaceful Sunday. x

Friday 23 April 2010

What's Up Doc?

I've been wanting to make a card with this bunny wabbit for ages.  And the sentiment was just a bit of fun. Am I breaking any trademark laws??
This is for the Moxie Fab World sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch:
Have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday 22 April 2010

Things I Love

So,  I thought I'd do a post in honour of the twopeasinabucket Spring stamp sale.  I love seeing what others are buying and enjoying, so thought I'd try it myself.
  Here are some of my current favourite products - some on sale, some not. :) 
Dogwood Stamp by Hero Arts

Mi Casa by Hero Arts
Classic Messages by Hero Arts
Jewelry Box Thickers by American Crafts
Mother Nature Cute Cuts by Doodlebug Designs.
And I am still working my way through these... can't bear to part with them :)
Actopus to Zelephant Chip Box
Just got these too - can't wait to play!
Sew Crafty Digikit by Hero Arts
Cute Kawaii Digi Puffy Stickers by Holly Brooke Jones

And this is on my wish list.

Fly a Kite Paper Pack by October Afternoon.

I'd love to hear what you're using / loving / coveting at the moment. :)
Nearly Friday.
Hooray. :)

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Beeeeee Happy

So I got some new products this week. :)  
(Always love playing with new products.)
THIS die cut sheet by Doodlebug Designs is just so gorgeous, and while I was messing around with it, I realised it was the perfect match for Embellish Magazine's current call - turquoise, yellow, pink and black. So I grabbed some new fabric thickers (LOVE them), decorated a button with glitter and threw it all on a card.  I really enjoyed making this card.  And it's dedicated to the lovely, talented Jennifer McGuire who's had a horrid few days.  Love to you Jennifer. xxx
Have a happy day. :)

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Glittery Butterfly

Sorry I've not posted for a few days.  The weather's been great - so I've taken up a permanent residence outside. :)  Crafting time has been drastically cut down by the SUNSHINE and flowers in my new garden.  HOORAY.  And we're growing loads of fruit and veggies too. So happy to spend time out there.
Anyway - it's new challenge time over at Caardvarks.  And another super sponsor.  Core'dinations make the best cardstock - I love it.  And for this challenge they sent us their new collection Ebony and Ivory.  The colours are delicious.  So the challenge at Caardvarks is to create a monochromatic card.  Here is mine.
I have a new addiction...thickers.  I am quite literally dreaming about them. I love them... and I want them all. :)  Here I've used THESE ones.  Delicious.  The butterfly is from THIS Hero Arts digikit.  Warning, lots more thicker cards to come this week :)
Click HERE to check out the challenge and good luck - there is an AWESOME prize up for grabs.

Friday 16 April 2010

Happy Birthday Friend

I wanted to try out some tone on tone staping using the new Hero Hues range of products.  I chose the Punch Layering Paper and Chalk Ink and decided to make this simple birthday card using THIS gorgeous stamp.  The sentiment is from THIS set.  (Oh and TwoPeas is having a huge Hero Arts sale - click HERE to see)
Hooray for Fridays.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday 14 April 2010

New Home Congratulations

I'm so happy that I have a new video on the Hero Arts blog today.  This one's all about printing with digital images.  I love all the polka dots from THIS digikit - one of my all time faves - and the Clear Design Mi Casa set is perfect for new home cards, I adore that little house and tree. :)
I also used this kit: Papers in Hero Arts Colours.  And they do a Hero Hues version too.  Love it.
Check out the video for some digi tips. :)
Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Lucy's Cards - Challenge 9: Stitching

It'll come as no surprise to you that I love stitching on cards.  Love it. So I thought I'd make that the focus of my next challenge:
Create a card that uses stitching: hand, machine, faux, digital...
Your card can be any theme.
Link me to your blog post or photo using the InLinkz tool below.  Remember to link directly to the card.
Challenge closes: Wednesday 28th April.
Oh, and if you need help, I made a video on machine stitching on cards which is HERE. :)
Submit your card here:
1. Ivolina  17. Fika  33. Trinh  
2. Liz Baker  18. Chiges  34. ros Crawford  
3. Victoria  19. Gloria M  35. cinnamonsally  
4. Deirdre  20. Peggy M - The Wired Angel  36. Savannah O'Gwynn (1st card in post)  
5. Manuela  21. Doreen  37. Savannah O'Gwynn  
6. Tanis  22. Hazel  38. Savannah O'Gwynn  
7. Craftypagan  23. libeeti-lo  39. Savannah O'Gwynn (3rd card in post)  
8. AnitaRex  24. Ujjwal  40. Savannah O'G (2-4 cards in post)  
9. kasia c. (2 cards in one post!)  25. nikki schmaltz  41. Amy Wanford  
10. Liza  26. Therese  42. Giovana  
11. Ros Crawford  27. Virginia L.  43. Giovana (3rd card)  
12. jaemom  28. Trinh  44. Giovana (4th card)  
13. Lynn  29. libeeti  45. cinnamonsally 2  
14. Jennifer Styles  30. Clare  46. Agata  
15. Elizabeth Schaffer Miranda  31. NancyK  47. jaemom  
16. Giovana  32. Lorena (Paperella)  48. jaemom  

(Collection closed)
Link tool by
And... The entires to my 8th challenge were stunning.
Here are my top three:
          1.  Ashley Cannon Newell 
          2.  Trinh  
          3.  Lynn 
And I also really loved THIS card by Tina.
Thanks for all the beautiful entries.  It was lovely seeing how my wedding flowers inspired you.

Monday 12 April 2010


I love the shabby style of card making.  It matches my ideal design style perfectly.  But boy is it hard to achieve.  For some reason, lace and me just don't work.  And I find it so hard to avoid straight lines, right angles, clean cuts... what does that say about me.
But today I tried.
Sadly, I ended up with a straight edged, right angled card.
The thought was there.
I used THIS gorgeous Prima cardstock, it's double sided and I used both sides.  And I used THIS yummy stamp, my new favourite.
Hope you've had a good Monday - teaching was fun today. :)

Saturday 10 April 2010

Live, Laugh, Love

Vinnie Pearce released her new digikit this month at 2Peas, and it's gorgeous.  'Live, Laugh, Love' has lots of beautiful elements, including this lovely flower.  I just duplicated the image in Word, and laid it over some of the kit's patterned paper.
The sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts set - so useful.
Have a happy Saturday.  I love weekends.... although I am back to school on Monday. :(

Thursday 8 April 2010

Pink, aqua and kraft... my favourite colour scheme.  So I had to make another card for Embellish Magazine's current challenge.  For this card, I created a fabric flower using THIS amazing tutorial by the wonderful Betsy Veldman.  I just ADORE her style... I so wish I had the talent to create like her.  Sigh.
The Flower Wallpaper stamp is one of my favourite cling stamps.  I love it tone on tone... especially in pink. :)  
I've never made a card with fabric before.  Love learning new things. :)

Wednesday 7 April 2010

The Best Days of Our Life

Michelle Underwood's new digikit 'The Best Days of Our Life' is just my style.  I love it!!!  Look at these cuuuuute little critters.

The papers are all from this pat of the kit, and the stamps are from THIS, THIS and THIS set.  And of course, lots of goggly eyes.  Love 'em.
Have a happy Wednesday, it's sunny here and I've been gardening.  Bring on the Summer.

Tuesday 6 April 2010

Vintage Butterfly

HERE is another of my favourite new Hero Arts stamps French Writing with Butterfly.  I'm really loving the woodblocks at the moment...
I combined this stamp with some digital paper from THIS kit by Betsy Tuma.  So many pretty patterns.  I just recoloured this polka paper to match my preferred colour scheme.
Lots of glossy accents on the butterfly... yum.
Thought I'd enter this into the Everything But the Kitchen Sink challenge - to use string.  I love string...
Have a great Tuesday.
P.S. Hope you've seen my current challenge, and hope you get a chance to enter.

Monday 5 April 2010

Clear and Simple Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to Clear and Simple Blog Hop with Caardvarks.
If you've arrived from Robyn's blog - hope you had fun.
If not, click HERE to go to the start of the hop and join in.  There are plenty of prizes to be won.  Yay.
So Clear and Simple are sponsoring the current Caardvarks challenge, and the theme is BABIES.  We got to play with Clear and Simple's new release set, Rock-a-Bye, and they sent us some yummy goodies to accessorize - in fact, everything on this card except the kraft cardstock and string is by Clear and Simple. Love it ALL.
So, to keep hopping, click HERE to be taken to  Jen Tapler's fab blog or see the list to find where you are...
Peet Roeven
Have fun hopping. :)

Sunday 4 April 2010

One stamp, three cards: Day 3

Take one gorgeous Hero Arts stamp, Dogwood, and make three cards for three different purposes using very different colours.
Day 3 - Yellow!
Hmmmm.  I am not a yellow fan, but I adore primroses, and wanted to create a primrose effect... I still wonder if it is too yellowy.
Supplies: Stamps and pearls - Hero Arts; PP - My Mind's Eye; Copics; Coloured Pencils.
The sentiment is from THIS set, and I used paper by My Mind's Eye.
I hope you enjoyed this idea - I think I'll try it again with another stamp soon.  Any requests???
Happy Easter to you all.

Saturday 3 April 2010

One stamp, three cards: Day 2

My challenge...
Take one gorgeous Hero Arts stamp, Dogwood, and make three cards for three different purposes using very different colours.
Day 2 - Vintage
Cream, kraft and pink + antique buttons.  Yum.
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts, Buttons - Real vintage buttons from France!; Cardstock - Bazzill; Ribbon - Creative Impressions; Nesties - Small Labels.
I just love THIS stamp set... one of my all time favourites.  And Glossy Accents are always a fine addition...  Oh, and I love my new nesties. (I am addicted...)
Tomorrow, I tackle a colour I rarely use...