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

Friday, 21 April 2017

Olly the owl

Hello folks

Hooray Friday already.....
This is another card I made recently with my new owl die from Tattered Lace - 
I have used - 

  • Tattered Lace Olly Owl die set
  • Textures woodgrain embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
  • kraft card
  • scraps of brown, green and black paper and gold mirricard
  • Tattered Lace happy birthday die (free with Issue 40 of the Tattered Lace magazine)

I paper pieced Olly using papers from my scrap box.
A very simple but fun card. I can see me using Olly many times. My next plan is to use him to make a more feminine card.

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bunny blooms

Hello folks

Happy hump day - a day early this week. I think every week should be 4 days long and a 3 day weekend....... Ah if I ever get into power.........
Enough day-dreaming onto some crafting. This is another Easter card for you today - 
This is bunny blooms stamp from Lili of the Valley which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • daffodils - CT1, CT2, CT3, CT4, AG3, AG4, AG5, OR1, OR2 and OR3
  • rabbit - IG1, IG2, IG4, IG5 and IG7
  • grass - DG1, DG2 and DG4
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • green core'dinations card
  • One Birdie Lane paper pad from LOTV
  • Die-namics cross stitched rectangle STAX die set
  • Die-namics stitched circle STAX die set
  • LOTV's spring sentiments
  • gingham ribbon from the Ribbonbox


Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Allsorts sketch challenge

Good morning folks

The challenge this week at Allsorts is a sketch challenge. I love a sketch and how you can play and interpret them. This is the 
sketch -
And this is my card - 
I have used - 
  • matt black card
  • old gold centura pearl
  • Sara's signature collection Just for men time piece embossing folder
  • Sara's signature collection Just for men checkerplate embossing folder
  • Embossalicious clocks embossing folder
  • Tattered Lace Olly Owl die set
  • Tattered Lace nested chains die set
  • Spellbinder's spritely sprockets die set
  • Pebeo gilding wax - silver, king gold, renaissance gold and empire gold

I cut the owl out of matt black card and applied different gilding waxes to the wings, head, body and eyes.
A close up of the different embossing folders.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Tilda

Hello folks

Bank holiday Monday and my last day off before I have to return to work. Summer 1 term is always a tough one due to it being SATs time but we do try and make as stress free as possible for the children so the hard work is mixed with a huge dollop of fun and play.
Another Easter card for you again today; yes I did make a lot and still have one or two to share.
I have used one of my older Easter stamps for this card. This is Tilda decorate Easter from Magnolia which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • hair - EB3, EB6 and EB8
  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, TN2 and CR2
  • clothes - PP1, PP5, BP1, CT2, CT4 and GB5
  • daffodil - CG2, DG2, DG4, CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1, OR2, OR3, EB1, EB2 and EB3
  • soil - EB4 and EB7
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • One Birdie Lane paper pad from LOTV
  • Spellbinder's decorative labels 8 and jewel flowers and flourishes die sets
  • LOTV's spring sentiments
  • button from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink

I layered up the flower die using scraps of the different papers.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Sunday everyone

I hope you are enjoying this special day and haven't eaten too many eggs so far this morning. This is the only day I allow my children to eat chocolate for breakfast - even if the eldest is 21!! They love it, I'm not sure about their digestive system though.
As it is Easter Sunday I thought I would share a suitable card - 
For this card I have used Easter tricks stamp from LOTV which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • eggs - CT2, CT4, GB5, PP1, PP5, BP1, OR1, OR2 and OR3
  • grass - CG1, CG2, DG2 and DG4
  • mouse - IG1, IG2, IG3, IG4, IG5, IG6, PP1 and PP5
  • bird - MB1, MB2, MB3, MB4 and PP1
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • One Birdie Lane paper pad from LOTV
  • Spellbinder's grand decorative circles one and stately circles die sets
  • LOTV's spring sentiments
  • white satin ribbon and pearls from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink

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

That's all from me today. I am off to my sister's house later this afternoon for an Easter roast. Enjoy your day.

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter egg hunt

Hello folks

Happy Saturday. Today I am spending the day getting myself and the house ready for Easter. I have a little shopping to do and some housework then things will be ready. We went yesterday to collect my son from Uni so the family are all under one roof again which always makes me happy and tomorrow we are off to see my family for Easter tea - lovely.
I have another Easter card to share with you today. This time I have used an older stamp from my stash - 
The stamp is Tilda hiding Easter egg from Magnolia which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, TN2 and CR2
  • hair - GB10
  • clothes - CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1, OR2 and OR3
  • egg - PP1, PP5, BP1, OR1, OR2 and OR3
  • grass - CG2, DG2 and DG4
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • One Birdie Lane paper pad from LOTV
  • LOTV spring sentiments stamp set
  • Spellbinder's stately circles die set
  • Spellbinder's floral ovals die set
  • tumbled glass distress ink
  • white ribbon from my stash


Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring see-saw

Good afternoon everyone

Two posts in one day........ I know I am spoiling you but I do have rather a lot to show you at the moment.
This is another of my Easter cards made using my new purchases from LOTV - 
I have used Spring see-saw stamp which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • see-saw - MB1, MB2, MB3 and MB4
  • grass and leaves - CG1, CG2, CG3 and CG4
  • daffodil - CT2, GB4, GB5 and CG4
  • rabbit - IG2, IG3, IG4 and PP1
  • hat and basket - GB7, GB8 and GB9
  • butterflies and flowers - LV1, LV2, TB1, TB3, PP4, PP5 and PP6
  • sky - IB1 and IB2

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • Bonnets and bowties paper pad from LOTV (now sadly discontinued)
  • Spellbinder's labels 4
  • white satin ribbon and white rose pearls from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink
Thank you for stopping by again today

Crafty hugs

Lesley

C for cake

Good morning


Today sees the start of a new challenge at Alphabet Challenge and this fortnight we have reached the letter C. We would like to see your crafty projects that fit the challenge C for cake. Here is my DT card for the challenge - 

I have used Made with love Tilda stamp from Magnolia which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, Colourblend pencils and Sparkle pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, CR2, saddle brown and white gel pen
  • dress - TB5, TB6, TB7, GY1, GY3, GY4, paprika and admiral blue
  • hair - RB2, RB3, RB4 and sangria
  • cake - EB1, EB2, PP1, PP2, PP3, CT2, DR1, cranberry, carnation, ginger and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • sky - TB1, TB2 and reef blue

I have also used - 

  • blue and yellow core'dinations
  • cake paper from Docrafts (it is a very old paper hidden in the depths of my stash)
  • Spellbinder's circle nesties amd Stately circles die set
  • LaLa Land banner die
  • Spellbinder's sentiments 3
  • Tonic Nuvo glitter drops - midnight sky
I do hope you are able to join our challenge this fortnight. Why not pop over to the Alphabet Challenge website to see what my fellow teamies have made.

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter chick

Good afternoon folks

A bit late with my post today but I have been busy crafting Easter cards and I needed to complete them in order to catch the post. All done now and in the post box.
A little while ago I treated myself to some new stamps from Lili of the Valley and this is one of the cards I made with them - 
This stamp is called Easter Chick (from LOTV) which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Illustrator pens - 

  • egg - HB1, LV1, hydrangea, GT1, GT2 and GT3
  • flowers - HB1, LV1, hydrangea, GT1, GT3, CG1, CG3 and DG2
  • grass - CG1. CG3 and DG2
  • sky - sky blue
  • bird - MB1, MB3, MB4 and CT4

I have also used - 

  • Promises and promises solids paper pads (from LOTV but now discontinued although they may be available in digi form from Nitwits.co.uk)
  • Milled lavender distress ink
  • Die-namics plentiful petals die set
  • Spellbinder's floral ovals die set
  • button and ribbon from my stash
  • LOTV spring sentiments


I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.co.uk - April challenge - all things spring

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 10 April 2017

Going to the Chapel

Hello folks

On Saturday I attended the wedding of my friends. The day was beautiful; the bride looked radiant, the groom nervous and the sun shone all day. It was a lovely day.

This is the card I made for them - 
In the background is the box I made to put the card and gift into.

I have used Lili of the Valley's bride and groom stamp which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, Illustrator pens and Sparkle pens -  

  • groom's hair - GB8, GB10, GB11 and EB5
  • groom's skin - FS2, FS9 and TN2
  • groom's clothes - IG2, IG3, IG4, IG5, IG7, IG9, IG10, AP1, AP2 and AP3
  • bride's hair - TN7, TN8, TN9 and EB8
  • bride's skin - FS2, FS9 and TN2
  • clothes - IG1, IG2 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • flowers - AP1, AP2, AP3, AP4 and YG3
  • ground - BG1 and BG3
  • sky - sky blue Illustrator pen

I have also used - 

  • ivory centura pearl
  • Sara's signature collection - shabby chic 12" paper pad
  • Tattered Lace torn edge hexagon die set
  • Tattered Lace torn edge long slim die set
  • Spellbinder's circle nesties
  • Spellbinder's stately circles die set
  • LOTV's happy circular sentiments set
  • Sara's signature collection - shabby chic paper flowers 
  • sprigs from the Ribbon Girl
  • pearl trim from my stash
  • Sara's signature collection - shabby chic lace
The newly weds didn't want any gifts as they have already set up home together so I made a money wallet to pop into the box with the card.

For the box and wallet I used - 

  • ivory centura pearl
  • Sara's signature collection - shabby chic 12 inch paper pad
  • ivory ribbon from my stash
  • pearl trim from my stash
  • Sara's signature collection - shabby chic lace
  • Die'sire tag die (came with the Gemini machine)
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk - April card challenge - anything goes as long as it is a card

Thank you for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley


Sunday, 9 April 2017

A village stroll

Good morning

Wow what a lovely weekend it is. Yesterday was absolutely glorious, the sun shone all day and today looks like being exactly the same.
This is a card I made recently for mu Uncle's birthday - 
For this card I have used - 

  • Hunkydory's Primrose Lane - A village stroll card kit
  • gold mirri
  • gold gems


Right I am off to enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy your day whatever the weather.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Edna at Christmas time

Good Saturday morning everyone

I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. Our home improvements were finished last weekend and I have spent the first week of my Easter holidays tidying up the house and putting everything back into our bedroom. We have also had a huge clearout so have had several trips to the tip. The house is looking much better now and I am glad we had the work done.
Back to crafting...... I made this card a few weeks ago. 
I am trying to make a few Christmas cards a month although have only made two so far. Still no need to panic as I have 8 months to go yet.
I have used Edna under the mistletoe stamp from Stamping Bella which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • skin - FS1, FS7, FS3 and CR1
  • hair - TN7, TN9 and EB8
  • clothes - DR1, DR5, DR6, BGR1, BGR2, BGR4, BGR5, GB5, OR1
  • present - GY1, GY2, GY3, GY4, GY5, AG3, AG4, AG5, DR5, DR6, DR7, IG1 and IG3
  • ground - EB 1 and EB2
  • sky - VB1

I have also used - 

  • A Christmas story paper pad from First Edition
  • gold mirri
  • Spellbinders Marvelous squares die set
  • Tonic layering squares die set
  • Tonic bowscale die set
  • Sue Wilson festive collection poinsettia additions die set
  • gold gem from my stash


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

Thank you so much for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

For my mother-in-law

Good morning

Today I thought I would share the card I made for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. She reads my blog so I have waited a few days to make sure she sees it before I post it.
For this card I have used - 

  • ivory centura pearl
  • papers from Sara's signature collection - Shabby Chic
  • Tattered Lace tri fold card die
  • Tonic's bountiful bouquet corner die
  • Sara's signature collection - Shabby Chic lace doily and classic lily die sets
  • Sara's signature collection - Shabby Chic cherished memories stamp and die set
  • Sara's signature collection - Shabby Chic buttons and linen script ribbon
I cut the lilies twice, shaped them, layered them up and added some distress ink to the outer edges.
I added the Tonic corners to opposite corners of the card.
I used both the 6 inch and 12 inch paper pads from Sara's Shabby Chic collection.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Good Sunday morning folks

And a very happy mothering Sunday to all you mums and grandmas out there.
This is the card I made to give my mum - 
My mum loves Hunkydory cards so whilst on a recent visit to my son in Preston I visited Inspirations and bought this kit.
For this card I have used - 

  • Hunkydory's special days - A relaxing day card kit
  • silver mirri
  • silver gems


It is a busy weekend here in the UK as the clocks went forward an hour and now it is Mother's Day. As it is early my children are not yet awake but I do hope they have remembered.....
Enjoy your day
Crafty hugs

Lesley