Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Balloon Journey - Happy Retirement

Evening fellow bloggers!  I hope you have all had a good day:).  I am back for my 2nd post today with my inspiration card for Whimsy Digital. I have used a Lia Stampz digi called Balloon Journey, which I thought would be perfect for a retirement. You can find this digi over at the Whimsy Website HERE

  • I have used copics to colour my image. I have made a small cloud stencil and used Distress ink 'Blue Sky' to create the sky effect behind the balloon!
  • The papers are Prima - Engraver and the gingham papers are from a paper pad by Paper Cellar which I have had in my stash for a few years now.
  • My base card is 7"x7" which I have covered in a blue cardstock. 
  • I have distressed the edges of the papers with a Tim Holtz distress tool and inked with Walnut stain and Tea Dye Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks.
  • The wooden embellishment buttons are from Live and Love Crafts. I have added some blue twine to them.
  • The Happy Retirement stamp I borrowed from my crafty friend Vicky! (thank you) and the 'never to late' stamp is from Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Collection. I have again distressed the edges with distress inks.
  • The metal key embellishment and butterflies are from Prima.
  • I have used gingham ribbon for the bow from The Hobby House as is the vintage metal clock and the vintage metal corners.
  • I have also decorated the inside of the card to co-ordinate with the front of the card.
  • To finish I have added a touch of Sickles Glitter - Tiara.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
The Male Room - The great outdoors
Can You Digi It - Very Vintage

Heartfelt Creation seen on TV (heehee)

A very good morning to you all! We are almost in to autumn so it no longer feels to early to be creating Christmas cards:).....I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of the year and when I first saw this collection from Heartfelt Creations I just new I was going to enjoy creating with them:)
For lot's more inspiration from the other extremely talented Design Team just head on over to the blog HERE . There is also a fabulous video showing you that this collection is more than just Christmas by Emma Lou!
My creation today is a card with a gift tag that also can be used as a wall plaque to hang on the wall which was featured at the CHA live on Create and Craft TV!!!!(Had to get that bit in lol) You can see that  I have used the gorgeous papers from the Christmas Card Collection, Stamps and Dies form the Christmas Collection, but I have also used the Sunkissed Fleur stamps and Sunkissed Fleur dies to create Christmas flowers, which just shows how versatile the Heartfelt Creation products are. I have just added some fabulous snowdust from Pinflair which give the flowers a real Christmas feel!

This picture is showing both the card and tag

The card without the tag. I have chosen some paper from the collection so that the card still looks good without the tag!

This is the tag in all it's glory

The top of the tag in more detail
The back of the tag where I have added a loop so that it can be hung easily. I have also added a small flower to give it a professional looking finish

 This is the pocket in more detail
As always I have decorated the inside of the card again made easier with the very detailed Christmas Card Paper Collection

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC  355– Holly Berry precut set
HCD   738– Ornamental Add On Die set die Set
HCPC 3556 – Christmas Song precut set
HCPC1 236 Christmas Card Paper Collection
HCPC 3533 Sunkissed Fleur precut set
HCD 734 Sunkissed Fleur die set
HCPC 3541 Summer Season precut set
Spellbinder dies used: Grand Labels Four, Grand Square, Labels Sixteen
Other Items Used: Memento Ink: Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves. Embossing ink, Red Sparkle embossing powder, green sparkle glitter, Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Pinflair snowdust, Red card, olive green card, 8x8 card blank, Lace, pearls, string of pearls, adhesive tape,strong glue and Grand Calibur.

 Instructions :
Main Card: Cover the card base in red card. Die cut 4 decorative lattice decorations (from the ornamental add on die set) in olive green card and adhere to each corner as in the picture. Then using the med/large square die from the grand square die set, die cut a square from your chosen paper and adhere to the centre of the card(tent style). Die cut a med/large labels four in red card, a medium one in olive green card and a small/medium in your chosen paper. Next die cut a large labels sixteen in red card. Cut out the bird on a spruce branch from the paper collection and layer this onto the red labels sixteen die cut. Now adhere the labels four which you have just die cut Layering the largest to the smallest onto the bottom of the card adhering only at the sides and bottom edges to make a pocket.  Adhere the bird on the spruce branch onto the centre of the pocket. Decorate the card as in the picture using approximately these die cuts: 5 decorative lattice decorations in red card, 4 decorative lattice decorations in olive card, 4 holly berry swirl leaves olive green card(stamp with the co-ordinating stamp), 2 sunkissed die sets in red card(stamping and heat embossing with the red embossing powder). Adhere these onto the card as in picture. Finish the front with stickles glitter and the Pinflair snowdust. I have also decorated the inside of the card to co-ordinate.

The wall plaque tag: I have made tag approximately 3.5”x7” in olive green card. Stamp the top and bottom of the card with the decorative border stamp in red ink so that only the top of the pattern has stamped.  Die cut 3 decorative lattice decorations in olive green and 3 in red card. Adhere these from the  back of the tag (I cut mine in ½) layering the red on top of the olive green.  Die cut a set of the Sunkissed Fleur flowers and stamp and heat emboss with red embossing powder.  Cut out the sentiment saying from the paper collection and layer onto red card and some chosen paper from the paper collection and adhere to the centre of the tag. Adhere some pearls on sting and some lace to the top of the tag as in picture.  Add the flowers to the tag.  On the back of the tag I have made a loop with lace and added a little flower to finish it off so that the tag can be hung on the wall which is why I decided to call it a wall plaque tag. Finish the tag off with stickles glitter and the snowdust.

The card can now be given with the tag sitting inside the pocket and if the recipient wants to hang the tag they can do so without the card looking unfinished.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge

Happy Friday to you all.....If you are in the UK I am told it is going to be a hot one:)......Where has this summer gone?  I hope you all enjoy your day whatever you are doing:)
Today is another challenge over at Fussy and Fancy Friday and the host is the lovely Sheryl who has chosen the theme 'Back to School'......Sheryl would like to see your projects which accompany your children as they start their first steps into school life or they might just be returning after the summer break. You may have older children that are setting off to university or a relative that is going into adult study.  What ever the occasion we'd love to see your projects.
I have made a card suitable for a young girl who is starting a new school or just a good luck card for starting the new school year.

  • I have used a Lacy Sunshine image from the artist Heather Valentin called Kenna 'back to school' You can find her HERE on the Lacy Sunshine website.
  • I have used Maja Design 6x6 paper pad: Vintage Spring Basics....I Just love these:)
  • The pearls and medium blue roses are from The Hobby House The tiny blue roses and the daisy flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
  • I have coloured Kenna in with Copics and added a little stickles to give her a little sparkle.
  • The oval die that I have used is  Decorative Grand Ovals from Spellbinder.
  • The good luck stamp is from Whimsy Stamps which are available from the Whimsy Website or The Hobby House.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Cute card Thursday - back to school
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Live and Love Crafts - warm or cool colours

Thursday, 22 August 2013

New Challenge over at In The Pink

A very good morning to you all!
It's time again for another challenge over at In The Pink and the theme is.....KISS which means keep it sweet and simple and as long as your card is predominately pink then your card/project will qualify  to be entered!!!!!
Before I share my card with you my KISS card I would just like to announce the winner of my candy from last times in the pink challenge (chosen by random org)..................................................Who is................................................Denise Goeldner who left me a lovely comment......CONGRATULATIONS Denise :) I will get your goodies to you as soon as possible!
Here is my KISS card:
We can't wait to see your pink KISS creations hop on over to The In The Pink challenge for more inspiration from the other DT members!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hi to you all I hope you are all having a good day:)
I am a little late with my project today as I am a little busy looking after my new grandson who arrived on Monday weighing 6lb:) So exciting and such an amazing experience to be part of.  So I may not be around much for the next week or two as my daughter and my 2 grandsons are going to be staying with grandma whilst my daughter recovers from her C Section...and of course I will be getting lot's of special cuddle times:) x
Today I would like to share with you a gift box made with the new adorable Christmas Card Collection from Heartfelt Creations and was also recently shown on Create and Craft tv:) yay that was exciting to get a mention from the live CHA show!
For lot's more stunning creations please hop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog where you will find lot's of inspiration from the Design Team.

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCD 738 – Ornamental Add On die set
HCPC1 236 – Christmas Card Paper Collection
HCPC 3551 – Holly Berry precut set
HCPC – 3533 Sunkissed Fleur precut set
HCD 734 Sunkissed Fleur die set
Other Products Used:
Ice blue, and pale sage card stock, stickles glitter- diamond and xmas red, gems, pearls, sage green ribbon, white lace, snowflake acetate, Pinflair snowdust,  Wow embossing powder – Sparkling Snow, embossing ink, Crafters Companion ‘The Boxer’ embossing board.
For the box I have used Crafters Companion ‘The Boxer’ Score board. You can find a link HERE to their website (it really is a fantastic easy product to use). To elevate the lid away from the base I have used some snowflake acetate. I have cut 4 1” strips approx  6” in length from the ice blue card stock and scored down the centre to form 90degree angles. I have then cut the acetate just under the width of the sides of the box and 6” in length, you will need 4 of these. Adhere the acetate to the 90 degree angle strips to create a box, this the should fit just inside the main box base. Adhere this leaving about 3” to 4” at the top, this  has now created a taller box and so that  when the lid is on it is now elevated from the base showing off the ornamental lattice decorations.
You are now ready to decorate the box.
The Lid: Die Cut and heat emboss with the embossing powder the sunklissed fleur flowers and holly berry swirl flourishes x 3. I have then diecut 4 ornamental lattice decorations in ice blue card and cut them in ½ to create 8 pieces. Choose a circular sentiment from the paper collection and cut it out. With it upside down adhere the lattice decorations around it as in picture.  Adhere lace around the bottom of the lid. Die cut 8 more lattice decorative ornaments and cut in ½.(You can use the other ½ to decorate the main box)  Choose 4 small sentiments and cut them out. Take the 8 bottom parts of the lattice decorative ornaments and adhere 2 to each end of the sentiments and adhere these to each side of the lid. Die cut 8 more ornamental lattice decorations, cut in ½ and adhere to the inside of the lid as in picture. Using 4 of the ends in each corner. Now adhere the flowers and holly berry flourishes  and sentiment to the top of the lid as in picture.
The Base: Adhere lace around the top of the base and also around the top of the  acetate. Choose 4 pictures and/or sentiments from the paper pack and adhere to each side of the base. I have used some of the ornamental lattice decorations  to decorate around 2 of the sides of the box.
Finish decorating the box using stickles glitter, pinflair snowdust, pearls and gems.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

lacy Sunshine - Girls! Girls! Girls! New Challenge

A very good Sunday morning to you all!
Today it is a new challenge over at Lacy Sunshine! The theme this time is Girls! Girls! Girls! so as long as your card has a picture of a girl then your creation will qualify for the challenge.
The rules of the challenge have also changed a little......all entries whether or not Lacy Sunshine or another image will qualify for the random prize draw:) The prize has also changed to 5 digis of your choice!!!!!Hop on over to see lot's more inspiration from the rest of the very talented Design Team using the new City Girl digis!!! These are now available in the Lacy Sunshine Store
I have used the new city Girl digi called Adele Paris City Girl and you can find her on the website HERE  :.

I have used copics to colour her and the papers that I have used are Kaisercraft Voire Que Vous Aimez which are available from Sir Stampalot. For details on how I have made the stepper card click HERE
The flowers (apart from the large roses which are from WOC), vintage decorative metal corners and pearls are all from The Hobby House.
The gold pearls and heart embellishment are from Live and Love Craft.
To finish the card off I have added a little stickles glitter and also some glossy accents to the coffee cup, vase and the book.
 I hope you like my card that I have created using Adele and we can't wait to see your beautiful creations in the Lacy Sunshine challenge:) x

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Whimsy Digital DT card - Shazzie

Good morning fellow bloggers I hope you are all enjoying the weekend:) x
Today I would like to share with you my Design Team card I have made using the very pretty Shazza by Marika Collins for Whimsy Digital! You can find Shazzie on the Whimsy Stamps website HERE

  • My base card is 7"x7" which I have adhered Peachy/orange cardstock to.  I have coloured the image in using copics.
  • The papers that I have used are by First edition called New Leaf which are available from The Hobby House.
  • The beautiful lace that I have used is from Live and Love Crafts.
  • I have layered Shazzie onto peachy/orange card diecut out using Grand Decorative Oval one. The border die is Spellbinder A2 Scalloped Border One.
  • The sentiment that I have used is Whimsy Stamp - Everyday Sayings Notables 4 which I have stamped onto the peachy/orange cardstock and cut out by hand. You can find it HERE on the Whimsy website
  • The paper flowers encasing the roses are from the Spellbinder Jewel Flowers and Flourishes die set. I have also used the flourish from the same set.
  • The roses, decorative pearls and the pearl buttons are from The Hobby House.
  • The Daisies are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
  • To finish off my card I have added a little stickles.
I would like to enter card into the following challenges:
Sister Act Challenge - anything goes
Crafting By Design - anything goes
Pollycraft Challenge -buttons and bows

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Heartfelt creation Wednesday - New Release:)

Hi fellow bloggers.....hope you are all well! Sorry I haven't been around much, but I have had a few very hectic weeks with hubby in hospital and my daughter and grandson have been staying with me:)
Next week is going to be very exciting and hectic too as my daughter is having a C Section on Monday and I will be looking after her and my grandson.... and the new little baby who we can't wait to meet:) x
So any way it's Wednesday again and today sees another stunning new collection from Heartfelt Creations.....Christmas!!!!
We are pleased to present the Christmas Card Collection. The Christmas Card paper pad has 76 card fronts that will enable you to create quick and easy Christmas cards that are embellished or simple- you pick! This paper pack is a fantastic solution for getting the most beautiful cards for the least amount of time. If you don’t need one side, flip it over and use the other side! The coloring is done for you. There are many panels for utmost variety and the best selection. The stamps and dies released with this collection are absolutely festive and ornamental. The gorgeous type and frames will help you create the most beautiful Christmas project your friends have ever seen! Buy it Now
Win The Collection: Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by August 20th to be eligible to win the entire collection. The winner will be announced on the blog on August 21st, so make sure you check back to see if you won.
My cards that I have to share with you were on Create and Craft tv so you may have seen them!!! They even mentioned my name Yay....I was screaming at the TV!!!! What an amazing Design Team to be  part of:) x

Here are my cards:
Wonderful Christmas Gateway Card


Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCD 738 - Ornamental  Add On Die Set
HCPC 3551 - Holly Berry Precut Set
HCPC 3552 -  Bright Christmas
HCPC 3553 -  Peaceful  Night Precut Set
HCDP1 236 - Christmas Card Paper Collection
Spellbinder Dies Used:
A2 Filigree Delight and A2 Scalloped Borders One
Other products Used:
Embossing ink, Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder: Viola Black Aurora, 2 7x7 card blanks, teal cardstock, cream organza ribbon, hot glue gun, strong  wet glue, adhesive double sided tape, fancy pearls and pearls on string, Stickles glitter - Diamond
Die cut and stamp with the co-ordinating stamp : 2 x holly berry foliage from the Ornamental  Add on die set.  Die cut 2 of the decorative lattice ornamental shapes and 2 of the other ornamental shapes from the Ornamental Add On die set in the teal cardstock.  Stamp and heat emboss using the cosmic shimmer powder the Pointsettia cluster from the Peaceful Night precut stamp set on to cream card 5 times and fussy cut the pointsettia flowers out.  Die cut the A2 Filigree Delight outer rectangle in the teal cardstock and the oval die from cream card stock. Stamp and heat emboss with the Cosmic Shimmer powder The Wonderful  Christmas  sentiment from the Bright Christmas precut stamp set. Die cut 2 borders in teal cardstock using the A2 Border die set.

You are now ready to assemble the card: Take the 2 card bases and cut the fronts in half . adhere together to create your gatefold card base. Adhere your chosen papers to the front and inside of the card. For the centre I have mat and layered mine onto teal card and then adhered to my card base.

Adhere the filigree rectangle to the centre of the inside panel and then the cream oval to the centre of it.  Adhere one of the decorative ornamental die cuts to the inside top centre of the front left hand side  of the card, adhere the other to the right hand side.  Adhere a pointsettia to the top of each of them.  Adhere the 2 holly berry foliage to the top left hand side of the sentiment and add 3 pointsettias, the middle one being larger and layered up using 3 pointsettias.

Adhere the 2  decorative diecut borders to the inside edges of the card as in picture.

Take the 2 lattice decorative die cuts and adhere to the front of the card as in picture. Make a cream organza bow and adhere to the left hand front of the card. Cut a sentiment from the paper collection and fasten to the bow using some string pearls. Decorate the card with the pearls and stickles glitter. I hope you like my gatefold Christmas cardJ x

Love At Christmas

Heartfelt Creations products used:
HCPC 3554 – Love At Christmas precut set
HCPC – Peaceful Night precut set
HCD 738 – Ornamental Add On die set
Hcpc 3551 Holly Berry precut set
HCDP1 236 Christmas Card paper collection
Spellbinder dies used:
Grand Decorative Circles One
Other Items Used:
Pale blue card stock, white card stock, embossing ink, Wow Embossing Powder – Sparkling Snow, blue organza ribbon, pearl brad, pearls,  pinflair snow dust, adhesive, 61/2x61/2 card blank, small blue gems, Stickles Glitter – Diamond
Choose some blue patterned paper from the Christmas Card Collection and adhere to the front of the card. Die cut a small decorative circle in pale blue card and stamp the sentiment and decorative oval from the Love At Christmas precut stamp set and heat emboss using the Wow embossing powder. Stamp the Small decorative flourish from the Peaceful Night precut stamp set (around the outer edge of the circle) and again heat emboss with the Wow embossing powder. Die cut from white card 8 lattice decorative shapes from the Ornamental Add On die set.  Turn the decorative circle that you just decorated upside down and adhere the decorative lattice shapes around the circle as in picture.  Now adhere this to the centre of the front of the card. Stamp and fussy cut out the pointsettia cluster from the Peaceful Night precut stamp set using the Wow embossing powder again (3 times). Stamp and diecut the Holly Berry swirl flourish again using the Wow embossing powder. (2 times). Now adhere the pointsettias and holly berry flourishes in a cluster to the top left handside of the decorative circle. Make a blue organza bow and adhere to the right hand bottom of the decorative circle. Add the pearl brad to the centre of the bow.  Decorate the card with the snow dust, pearls, stickles glitter and add the tiny blue gems to finish.  I have also added matching paper and  a decorative circle and stamped sentiment  to the inside of the card to finish my project off.

This really is a stunning collection and I know I say this with every new collection, but it really is fun too work with and totally can make a quick card if you like or something a little more intricate... I have used the stamps for these cards but next week I have something a little different to share with you showing how you can use the papers to make a beautiful creation! sure to take a look at the Heartfelt Creations blog for lot's more inspiration!

Friday, 9 August 2013

The Hobby House - Inspiration card

Hi fellow blogging friends! Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend:)
I for sure will be glad to see this week behind me ...I have spent more hours in hospital visiting my hubby (the worse patient ever) or on the maternity assessment with my daughter who has to been have baby checked as he doesn't seem a happy chappy:( They tried turning him on Monday because he is breach, but it was unsuccessful and he hasn't been right since bless him and my poor daughter is a nervous wreck so they monitor him regularly to make sure he is ok, which is good:)
They plan to deliver him on August 19th by C Section which is good!!! x Hubby comes home tomorrow (my birthday Yay) after having his gallbladder removed, which was supposed to be straight forward, but ended up with complications:(....I Can't wait to get make to normality!!!!!! On top of all that I am trying to keep hubbies business running smoothly with the help from my son who is the supervisor....
Well any way that's enough about my family problems...... My card today is for my inspriration card for The Hobby House:

Apologises for the picture quality as I still haven't had chance to get a new lens for my camera so I am still using my phone.
I have used a Hobby House topper by Mo Manning called Eskimo Kisses. For all the details on the Hobby House products that I have used hop on over to The Hobby House blog HERE and you will find links to each product that I have used. Oh nearly forgot: the holly die that I have used is Spellbinders and the Papers that I have used are Maja Design.
Also The Hobby House have a show on Create and Craft tv channel today at 1'oclk showcasing all of these products.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year Round -make it fussy and fancy
Live and Love Crafts - warm or cool colours

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Exciting prizes up for grabs for the 2 top 'perfect pinkies'

Hello to you all....I hope you are all well! Hope you are all having a good week and doing lot's of lovely crafting:) x
Today it is time for a new challenge over at In The pink Challenge....the theme being 'Birthday'

As we are celebrating our  Birthday and also Rizzo(Christine) owner of In The Pink is also celebrating her birthday  we thought that it would be nice to celebrate by giving a few exciting prizes for our top perfect 2 pinkies!
Our first sponsor is Pink Gem Designs

2 Individual Digi images of the winner's choice
(No sets, personalised watermarks or sentiment sets) 

and our 2nd sponsor is The Hobby House
(any shipping/taxes etc to be paid by the winner)

Also on one of the Design Team blogs you will find a hidden candy and all you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and you will be included in the drawer.....lot's of gorgeous goodies could be yours!
Here is the list of Design Team Members just click on there names and it should take you to there blog:
Nikki (me yay)
You may see that we have a new addition to our pink....the very talented Kat has joined us!!!!! so do hop on over and say a big welcome:) x
 For my card I have used a gorgeous topper from The Hobby House by
The flowers, pearls, rhinestone sparklers and even the pretty papers are all also from The Hobby House.

We really want to see your creations and as long as they follow the 'birthday' theme and are predominately pink then hop on over and join in the fun HERE.
Also don't forget the hidden candy just leave a comment on the Design Teams blogs!!!!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hi fellow bloggers! This is my second post today as it is time to share my Heartfelt Creations project with you. I have used the Delicate Asters paper collection, stamps and dies to create this 'Decorative Wall Hanger'.
Don't forget to hop on over to the Blog HERE where you will get to see another sneak peak at the Christmas August release and also get lot's of inspiration from the extremely talented Design Team!!!

These pictures are showing each individual plaque close up:
(I do apologise for the picture quality as my camera broke and I am having to use my phone)