Monday, 19 June 2017

Disco diva

Hello folks

A bright sunny card to match the lovely weather we are currently having in the UK - 
I have used LOTV's 1970s Disco diva stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens- 

  • skin - TN2, TN4 and TN7
  • hair - smoked quartz and harvets moon Sparkle pens and EB8
  • clothes - AP1, AP2 and AP4
  • floor - IG2 and IG4
  • sky - VB1

I have also used - 

  • Happier paper pad from My Minds Eye
  • cream hammer card
  • Tonic layering circles and bowscale dies
  • LOTV's teenage girl sentiments
  • ribbon and bling from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink

Thank you so much for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 18 June 2017

More paisley parade

Good Sunday morning folks

The sun is shining, paddling pools and BBQs are in use and my poor cats are melting in their furry coats. Summer, and the promised heatwave, has arrived. I tend to hide in doors until about 4pm and then venture out into the garden so today I'll be in my craftroom enjoying cooler temperatures.
This is a card I made a while ago just because.......
I have used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • Paper Flowers paper pad from First Edition
  • Tattered Lace Paisley Parade interlocking circles
I matted and layered the die cuts and used foam pads to add depth. I haven't added a sentiment yet, I could use this card for quite a few occasions so I will add a suitable sentiment when I need to use the card.


Enjoy the sunshine and remember that suntan lotion.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 16 June 2017

Coffee and cream

Hello folks

Well it's Friday again and the weather man is promising a lovely weekend so bring it on I say.
This is a card I made for my mother-in-laws birthday - 
I have used - 

  • cream, ivory and brown centura pearl
  • Tattered Lace Paisley Parade interlocking diamond die set
  • cream organza ribbon from my stash
  • gem from the Ribbon Girl

This is fantastic die set which gives an amazing result.
This is my attempt at a fancy bow using my bow maker.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Step back in time - 1950s

Hello and a happy hump day.

I am hoping to see the sun today, we have had some terrible weather just recently, you wouldn't think it was June.
Here is something to brighten my mood - 
I have used LOTV's 1950s - Capri pants stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens - 

  • hair - EB7
  • skin - FS2, FS4 and FS9
  • clothes - PP1, PP3, IG2, EB1, EB2, BG3 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • dog - EB7, GB8, GB9 and GB11
  • ground - BG1 and BG3
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • pink core'coredinations
  • Just love me paper pad by Lemoncraft
  • Spellbinder's labels 4
  • Tattered Lace pearl flourish 7
  • ribbon and gem from the Ribbon Girl

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk - week 419 - use at least two dies

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 12 June 2017

Street life

Good morning folks and welcome to Monday.......

I have been very busy recently in my craft room but have been unable to show them until now (simply due to them being for various birthdays and celebrations). I made this card for my son's birthday - 
For this card I have used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • Spectrum Aqua pens - navy, marine and purple
  • Sheena's A little bit sketchy street life and under the bridge
  • clear and silver embossing powder
  • platinium centura pearl
  • matt black card

I created a colour wash with the Spectrum Aquas and then bleached out the moon shape.

Thank you for stopping by
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Retro birthday - 1980s

Happy Sunday folks

I am recovered from my road trip and I must say it was well worth the visit, very proud of my boy: he just needs a job now.
A little while ago I purchased a few (!!!!) stamps from LOTV and this card uses one of them - 
I have used 1980s  Romantic rock stamp from LOTV which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9 and TN2
  • hair - TN7, TN8 and EB8
  • boots and hat - MB1, MB3 and MB4
  • clothes - BT4, BT5, BT6, BT7, BT9, CG2, CG3 and DG2
  • ground - IG1 and IG3
  • sky - EB1

I have also used - 

  • Studio Light BV paper pad (from the Ribbon Girl)
  • antique linen core'dinations
  • ivory centura pearl (for the card base)
  • Die-namics cross stitched rectangle STAX
  • LOTV's teenage girl sentiments
  • gem from the Hobby House
  • ribbon from my stash
  • lace from the Ribbon Girl
  • antique linen distress ink



I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk - June card challenge

Right that's all from me today, I have to tackle all my chores today - yuck.
Enjoy your Sunday
Crafty hugs

Lesley 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Art deco stepper card

Hello folks

Ah the weekend, lots of R and R..........Not for me. Today I am off to Preston to see my son's degree show. We have torrential rain and wind here so I am not looking forward to the journey. Luckily the rain held off yesterday for our zoo trip so I can't complain too much.
Today's card is one I made for my hubby's neice's birthday - 
I have used - 
  • Tattered Lace Art Deco paper pad
  • Teal and brown core'dinations
  • Neenah card
  • Linen card (for the card base)
  • Tattered Lace Art Deco stepper card die set
  • Tattered Lace Glitz Glam Daisy die
  • Spectrum Noir pens - FS2, FS4 and FS9
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - sterling silver

I paper pieced Daisy and used used Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens to colour the skin and bag.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you have a lovely weekend despite the weather.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 9 June 2017

Give thanks

Good morning folks

It's Friday....... yeah!!!!!! I am off to the zoo today with my school so I am praying for a little bit of sushine and no rain. If it rains it will be a miserable day for all concerned if the weather isn't kind to us.
As I said it is Friday so it is time for a new challenge at Alphabet Challenge. This fortnight's challenge is 
G for give thanks
This is my DT card for the challenge - 
I have used Stamping Bella - Daisy Squidgy stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • hair - GB8, GB10 and EB5
  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, TN2 and CR2
  • dress - AP1, AP3 and AP4
  • flower - AP1, AP3, AP4, CG2, DG2, DG3, BGR1 and BGR3
  • ground - BG1 and BG3
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • Happier paper pad from My Mind's Eye
  • Tattered Lace torn edge hexagons die set
  • Marianne flower die set
  • Victorian velvet distress ink

I do hope you can join in the fun at Alphabet Challenge, why not stop by the blog to see what my fellow teamies have made.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

Thank you so much for stopping by
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 5 June 2017

Happy birthday

Good morning folks

Today is the start of my working week after the half term holidays. The weather has taken a turn for the worst making me quite happy to be going back.
This is a recent birthday card made using Tattered Lace dies - 
I have used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • purple core'dinations
  • Tattered Lace floating in the air happy birthday die
  • Tonic Bowscale die set
  • Tattered Lace spring embossing folder
  • purple ribbon and pearls from my stash


Enjoy your day despite the weather
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Making time

Good morning

Today is the last day of my half term holiday. I have had a very busy week and am looking forward to heading back to work. The final term is always good fun, lots of trips and fun activities now all the testing has finished.
This is a card I made for a friend's birthday - 

Once again I have looked for inspiration on Pinterest and it is thanks again to Sheena's Inkoids for their fabulous designs. For my card I have used - 
  • Sheena's stamping card
  • ground expresso, brushed corduroy and hickory smoke distress inks
  • clocks embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
  • Pebeo king gold gilding wax
  • Sheena's time traveller make time stamp and die sets
  • brads from Do-crafts
I inked the clock stamp with the different distress inks and then used a little water and a paintbrush to pull out some of the colour.
The background was made using the distress inks which I embossed when dry and then added a little gilding wax to the raised areas.
I used matt black card and gilding wax to make the cogs.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 2 June 2017

Thinking of you

Hello folks

Yes I am back...... I have been crafting too which makes me happy. Since my departure from the Spectrum Noir design team I have struggled with my mojo. Being told that my samples were not upto scratch was a huge blow but I have got back on my feet, dusted myself down and am ready to go back into the crafty world again.
In order to try and boost my mojo, I have hit the crafty shops and websites hard (no good for my bank balance but super for my crafty stash!) and today's card features one of my recent 
purchases - 
This is a gatefold card and here is what I have used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • teal core'dinations
  • Tattered Lace floating in the air square surprise die set
  • Tattered Lace ornamental thinking of you die
  • pearls and white organza ribbon from my stash

This is a 8 inch square gatefold card which was very simple to make.
Inside of the card.

That's all from me today. My ironing basket is beckoning (I am desperately trying to ingore it but my wardrobe is empty) so wish me luck as I go off and tackle the mountain.
Enjoy your day
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A sad time

Hello folks

I have been absent from my blog for a while now but after Monday nights events crafting has been very low on my list of priorities. I live in South Manchester and watched in horror as events unfolded on Monday night at one of my favourite venues in the city. It is a place that I have always felt is a safe place to visit and would have no reservations about allowing any of my children to attend events there. Indeed I would have been waiting in the exact spot where some of the parents who passed away were if my children had attended the concert. It shakes me to my core that friends were at the concert but were lucky to leave the MEN without injury.
Manchester has always welcomed everybody into its community and hearts whatever their beliefs or values and we have one of the most vibrant and diverse city centres in the world. I cannot believe that someone who has been welcomed into this community would cause it's people so much pain.
But to those who would try to bring us to our knees please know this......... Manchester and its fabulous, warm and welcoming people will not be beaten. We will continue, as we always have, to welcome the lost and the lonely, the persecuted and the frightened with open arms, love and understanding. Manchester will not bow down to terrorism...... not now not ever.

Monday, 15 May 2017

60th birthday wishes

Good morning folks

Yesterday the sun put in an appearance so I was able to tackle my garden although the grass still needs cutting (the handle fell off my lawn mower but that is another story). I glad I did go into the garden as the rain has arrived with a vengence today. The garden does need it though. I was surprised yesterday, after all the rain on Saturday, just how dry everything still was.
Today's card is one I made for a colleagues 60th birthday. Once again I turn to Hunkydory for inspiration - 
I have used - 
  • Love blooms card kit - thanks a bunch from Hunkydory
  • gold mirri card
  • gold gems

Another short and sweet post from me. Enjoy your Monday.

Crafty hugs
Lesley

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Love and lace

Good morning

Our beautiful sunny weather has broken and I have woken up to a very damp and dismal day. Well that puts paid to my day in the garden......... I'll have to stay in my craftroom instead (life is tough sometimes!)
Last week one of my work colleagues celebrated a special birthday and this is the card I made for all the staff to sign - 
This is a large 8 inch square card so that there was plenty of room for everyone to sign their names.
I have used - 
  • Lace in bloom - love and lace card kit from Hunkydory
  • gem swirls from the Hobby House
  • purple satin ribbon from my stash
  • lace from my stash
Short and sweet from me today. Have a lovely weekend whatever the weather.
Crafty hugs
Lesley

Friday, 12 May 2017

E for ..........

Good morning folks

Today it is my turn to host the new challenge at Alphabet Challenge. This fortnight we have reached the letter E and I have chosen Enchanted Creatures, This can be anything from fairies to dragons, pixies and spirits to unicorns and phoenix. This is my DT card for the challenge - 
I have used Woodware's unicorn stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens - 

  • sterling silver, peony, macaroon and crystal clear

I also used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • pink and dark pink core'dinations
  • Sara's signature collection - Love and Romance heart trellis embossing folder
  • Tattered Lace tag die (from issue 40 of the Tattered Lace magazine
  • ribbon from the Hobby House
  • clear glitter
  • Woodware's fantasy land sentiments

I do hope you are able to join our challenge this fortnight. You can see my fellow teamies inspirational makes here.

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Time machine

Good morning everyone

Today I am sharing another male card made for my 
brother-in-law - 
Once again I have used my Sheena Time traveller stamps and dies. This time I have used Time machine stamp and die sets which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens -
  • henna, leather, russet, gold, mimosa, moonlight, brown grey 2, true black, forest green, camo green and bamboo

I have also used - 
  • Sheena's stamping card
  • green core'dinations
  • matt black card
  • spiced marmalade, rusty hinge and moved lawn distress ink
  • Sheena's time traveller geared up stamp

To create the background I applied rusty hinge, spiced marmalade and moved lawn distress inks to a piece of Sheena's stamping card and then stamped cogs from the geared up stamp set with rusty hinge distress ink.

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Pipe line

Hello folks

The sun is still shining here in the north west of the UK and the weather people are already talking of a drought this summer. It is always seems to be famine or feast with rain in the UK. Floods one year and a drought the next year. I am sure the rain will prove them wrong.
Back to something crafty.......
Another male card for you today and once again I have taken inspiration from Pinterest. 
This is my version of a combination of two cards from Sheena's Inkoids design team - Jacquie Jacobs and Julie Stafford.
For my card I have used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • matt black card
  • white/hint of silver centura pearl (for the card base)
  • walnut stain, rusty hinge, tea dye and antique linen distress ink
  • Sheena's create-a-flower another brick stencil
  • Sheena's time traveller In the pipeline stamp and die set
  • Pebeo gilding wax - silver and king gold

I used matt black card to cut the pipes and dials and then added the gilding wax to make them look rusty.
I make the background using the distress inks on a piece of Sheena's stamping card. I then embossed the card using the brick stencil and inked through it with the walnut stain distress ink to add more depth.
Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Time waits for nobody

Good Sunday morning folks

How are you? I have been enjoying this lovely weather we are having in the UK by spending time in my garden. All my bedding plants are in their pots (hopefully there will be no more frosts) and the grass has been cut. It is looking good even though I say so myself.
Consequently my blog has suffered....... but I have been crafting.
I have a lot of male birthdays over the next couple of months, not something I enjoy making so once again I have sort inspiration from Pinterest - 
This is my version of a card by Jacquie  who is a member of Sheena's Inkoids design team.
I have used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • matt black card
  • platinium centura pearl
  • blue print and faded jeans distress ink
  • Sheena's time traveller geared up stamp and die sets
  • silver pigment ink
  • Sheena's time traveller make time die
  • brads from Do-crafts

I made the background paper by inking a piece of Sheena's stamping card with blue print and faded jeans distress inks and then stamped the cogs from Sheena's geared up stamp set with silver pigment ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 1 May 2017

Celebrating with Edna

Hello folks

I do hope those of you who get bank holidays to themselves are having fun. I am off to the cinema with my youngest two in about an hour which should be fun.
This is a card I made recently to celebrate my friend's birthday - 
The image is Stamping Bella's Edna loves chocolate which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, TN2 and CR2
  • lips - CR7
  • dress - BT4, BT5, BT6 and CG3
  • mat - OR1, OR2 and OR3
  • hair - BO2, BO4, TN7 and TN9
  • box of chocolates - CG2, CG3, DG2, BT4, BT5, BT6, EB4, EB8, OR1 and OR3
  • wings - moonstone and crystal clear Sparkle pens
  • sky  - IB1
  • ground - BG1

I have also used - 

  • black centura pearl
  • My Mind's Eye happier paper pad
  • Tattered Lace peach sorbet squares die set
  • Tattered Lace Happy Birthday die (from issue 40 of the Tattered Lace magazine)
  • Tattered Lace pearl flourish 8
  • black soot and tumbled glass distress ink
Thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 23 April 2017

B for ........

Good morning folks

Ah Sunday, not that it is going to be a lazy one. The sun has got his hat on and my garden is looking unkempt so guess what I am doing today? The ironing basket is also beckoning, not something I relish.
There is a new challenge at Allsorts this week and after my success last week (my card was selected as one of the top 5) I thought I would have a go..
The challenge is "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with.....B". So I chose B for bird. (A little tenuous I know so I will understand if it isn't acceptable for the challenge). I have used LOTV's a cart full of sunshine which I coloured with my Specrtum Noir pens - 

  • duck - IG1, IG2, OR1, OR2, OR3, PP2, PP5, BP1, CT2 and GB5
  • cart - PP2, PP5, BP1, GB11, CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1, OR2, OR3, CG1, CG2, CG3 and DG2
  • grass - CG1, CG2, CG3 and DG2
  • sky - VB1 and IB1
  • butterfly - OR1, OR3 and GB5

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • One Birdie Lane paper pad (from LOTV)
  • Die-namics stitched circle STAX die set
  • Die-namics cross stitched rectangle STAX die set
  • LOTV's spring sentiments
  • white satin ribbon from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

Right off to tackle my garden (ironing can wait....)
Thank you for stopping by.
Crafty hugs

Lesley