Monday, 30 April 2012

April Showers bring May Flowers

This seems to be a popular theme, with several challenges spotted on Feline Playful.

I am using the sketch from this week's challenge over at Stampin' Queens, which as usual really had me thinking.

I cut out a scalloped shape using Spellbinders through my Cuttlebug (I had first used 3Birds stamps with a Powder Blue Promarker for the cloud and rain design).  This was mounted onto the gorgeous pink floral paper which came with the Floral Fusions diecut flower set I received recently with my latest posting of the Ready Steady Craft! Recipe Cards (bought through QVC).  The stunning flower was created by layering several of the flowers from the above set.  Diamond Sparkles (Faerie Kisses) was added to the flower and rain drops.  The sentiment is from a Kanban set.

I also enter this into Challenge # 23 over at Paper Creations Ink.

Ali x

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Iris Owl

Don't you just hate it when you accidently press the wrong button, and the post that you had been typing for ages disappears!!! Well, I just did that, so this is the second attempt.

For those who are followers of WOYWW you will be aware that I have rediscovered my love for Iris Folding after finding a bag of patterns, paper strips and card kits in my craft room.  This cute green owl is the first card I have made for ages using this technique.

I used 2 shades of green paper, plus a metallic glittery strip for the centre square.  The eyes were created using a Stampin' Up! punch and I handcut the beak.  3Birds stamps were used for the card front, and a watercolour pencil for the green leaves.  I didn't put a sentiment on, as I thought the card didn't need it - and now it can be used for any occasion.

As usual, my scanner doesn't really do it justice.  The greens are more vibrant.

I enter this into -

Samuel Taylors' April Challenge - Green
(This months fabulous prize is a pot of Indigo Blu "Yorkshire Dales" mega flakes, a tub of Flitter Glu and a scoochy sponge which allows you to apply your flakes effectively.)

Alphabet Challenge - F for Feathered Friends

Ali x

Thursday, 26 April 2012

You're so sweet!

This week's theme over at the CD Sunday Challenge is Sweets for my Sweet, and yet again I had a magazine with the perfect papers/toppers.  (Just had a sort out of all my magazines - from 2003 onwards!  It was really interesting and pulled several out because they had a particular template I wanted to use, or a cover stamp that hadn't seen ink.  Got lots with free papers/stamps/CDs.)

As I obviously had to use a CD somewhere in my crafting, and I had the 2 latest Shabby Chic CD-Roms from Debbi Moore delivered yesterday (bought them in the birthday celebration deals over at Create & Craft), I was really happy when I found the perfect backing paper.  This is the diamond check design with the faux stitching.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was created using Digital Designer software and designs, and everything else from the latest addition of Making Cards magazine.  The base card is created from a sheet of glossy green card - from a selection pack that I 'found' in my chest of drawers yesterday (isn't it wonderful when you find things you had forgotten you had!).  I also got out a glitter marker pen (silver) and highlighted a few areas.

As the colours are so unisex, this would be ideal for a male birthday (as long as you are not giving this to a colleague/boss !!).

Love it!!

Ali x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Gothic Wedding

I have been wanting to use the bonus Gothic Wedding images on my Jem's Designs Gothic cd-rom for ages, and when I saw that the theme over at Twisted Thursday on the Outlawz Challenge community was Wedding - then I knew that this was the time to get the CD fired up.

I printed off one of the toppers, picked out some of the skulls with a pink metallic marker pen, and mounted it onto grey (slightly glittery) card.  This was in turn mounted onto my favourite backing paper from the design group.  I added some grey and metallic pink  accents (Spellbinders through my Cuttlebug).  A matching insert was also printed.  The card was created from black Kanban cardstock.

A fab card!

I also enter this into Everybody Art Challenge # 190 - Wedding.

Ali x


Another Wednesday (there seems to be one every week!) and time to show off our workspaces over at Julia's Stamping Ground (home of so many).  For those who are not aware of WOYWW (What is On Your Workspace Wednesday), it is simply a place to blog about our desk/floor/shelves/whatever and link to others all over the world.

This week I have been very crafty - entered a few challenges, created for swaps and even got a new love of my life.  This week it is Iris Folding.  I used to think that technique was very old-fashioned and not for me, but then I bought a pattern to make a Valentines Day card for my hubby and, thus, also purchased a good selection of paper strips/other patterns/card kits (well, it had to be done!).  I combined this with my other new love, green, and made a lovely owl card yesterday.  Will post more details when I have finished it.  Very addictive and great for taking my mind off my pain, as well as passing the time constructively when my internet connection is particularly slow.  Anyone else share my love??

My piccy shows some stamped images ready to make the next tag that I am creating for the UK Stampers Stamp Round Robin (where we post a stamp to the next person in the list each fortnight and create something from our surprise), a card that I made for a sketch challenge (see blog post from Tuesday), the Iris Folding owl card kit and assorted 'stuff'.

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

Ali x

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Keep Calm, It's Your Birthday!

This fab topper came with Making Cards magazine.  I love it!!  The backing papers are part of the same design set with the magazine, and I also used Core'dinations card.  The flowers are from the pad which came with the My Craft Studio Todays Special Value from QVC, and the button/twine from stash.

I used the sketch from the Sketch Wednesday Challenge over at the Outlawz Challenges community, which is one of my favourites.

Ali x

Saturday, 21 April 2012


It is that time of the week again when I print out the sketch from the Stampin' Queens Challenge and attempt to make a card following it!

I am also entering this into the Greetings Card Monday Challenge on the Outlawz Challenges community, which states that my card must include a sentiment.  The theme is 'Distressed', so I got busy with my sanding pad and distressing tool.

I used a sheet of dark green card from my bumper Kanban selection to make the card blank, and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a floral embossing board, and sanded it to bring out the design.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz and I used a Walnut Stain Distress Inkpad.  This is layered onto Vintage and the new 'Whitewash' Core'dinations.  The badger (stamped with Stazon and coloured with pencils) was free with a magazine a few years ago.  I used more of the Whitewash Core'dinations for this.  The ribbon borders were printed from the latest Digital Designer DVD-Rom - and trimmed with scissors to give the scalloped edge. 

I love this sentiment and use it a lot.

Ali x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Clean and Simple

Although my cards are not as intricate as many, it was still a struggle to keep to the rules for the Clean and Simple challenge over at the Outlawz Challenge Community.  This is a really friendly community with forums and challenges galore.  I have only just joined, but have already been made to feel very welcome.

The rules were - 1 Diecut, 2 Stamps (which could include a sentiment) and 3 Embellishments.

I used a Spellbinders Nestability (Labels 21) through my Cuttlebug, 2 Kanban stamps and 3 gems from stash.  The poppy is coloured with watercolour pencils.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


Well, I am up at 5.30 am and ready to share my workspace with the craftying world, and no post yet by Julia over at the Stamping Ground.  This is a friendly place where we all get together on Wednesdays and post a link to a blog post showing our workspace - perhaps a close-up of our desk, more details on storage and a general show of our artistic creations.  Come and join us.

This week I have been very creative and finished most of the stuff on my To Do list for April.  Just finishing off 3 ATCs for the swap hosted by UK Stampers.  These feature heavily in my photo for this week.  I am, in fact, finishing the colouring of the 'Faces' with watercolour pencils whilst each site loads on the laptop (I have very slow internet still).  Talk about multi-tasking!!

I also spend a lot of time entering competitions and blog candy draws.  It seems to pay off, as I usually win something each month.  Last month was particularly good - with a £50 Amazon voucher, $50 dollar voucher for Simon Says, £30 worth of horse feed and some crafty stash.

When I find blog candy I will put details on my blog, so please take the time to read other posts and see if there is something you can enter.

Here is my desk - taken in the sunshine on Tuesday afternoon -

You may wonder why there is sheep's wool on my desk.  Well, I used some on a card last week (see my post entitled Woolly Sheep) and the rest is still sitting there waiting to find somewhere to store it.  You can also see my new watercolour pencils, the ATCs I am working on (see close-up below) and the mirriboard I embossed with a sweet rose design for the ATCs (and got bits left to go in my scrap drawer).  The new love of my life is Debbi Moore's Metal Magic.  Saw this demonstrated on Create & Craft, and had to rush out and buy a pot.  I used it for the necklace and earring on my 'lady' - and it is fab.  Will be using it a lot on my crafting, so look out for the gold!!

BTW - the stamp is from a Kanban set I bought from QVC ages ago (it came in a cute black handbag).


Hope everyone is well and had a good week.  Back to my watercolour pencils.

Ali x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Artful Times, 2nd Challenge - Shades of Green

It was wonderful to see so many entries to the first Artful Times challenge.  I am entering a 3D postcard into their 2nd challenge - Shades of Green.  This is for the swap being hosted on UK Stampers.  Come and join us - lots of great swaps and inspiration.

I love green and don't use it enough in my crafting.  It was very satisfying to have the choice of colour taken away and I could concentrate on trying some new techniques.

Firstly, I selected all of my scraps of green card/paper in my scrap drawer.  There were 2 different papers, so I weaved them.  The card (from Core'dinations) was torn and stuck down onto the base card.  Any pale parts were inked with a green inkpad.  The paper weaving was added on top, and I created a leaf pile (lots of leaves cut out from the pad which came with the My Craft Studio TSV on QVC last week).  Two of the card squares were stamped (stamp coloured with green Promarkers) with 3Birds stamps, and the third was inked through a little tree stencil and a pen used to make the outline clearer.  I love this effect.

I am also entering this into the Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge # 16, where Di and friends have fun in the playground with the contents of their scrap drawers/folders/cupboards!

Ali x

Blog Candy

Yes, another link to some gorgeous Blog Candy.  This time over at Sandys Crafty Creations

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Spring Owl

I treated myself to the Todays Special Value on QVC a couple of weeks ago - the new software and Double CD-Rom Set (Quintessential Country Garden) from My Craft Studio.  This owl topper is one of the thousands of images on the CDs.  (Also got a pad of gorgeous backing papers, flowers ready to cut out, two of which I used on the card with a brad from stash, and lots of die-cut shapes - used two of the butterflies, coloured with Promarkers.)  I added the sentiment onto the topper before printing it out.

The two backing papers are also from the same CD, and I ran some Core'dinations through my Cuttlebug with this sweet floral embossing folder.

A glitter marker was used to add a bit of sparkle to the card. 

I used the sketch from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge on the Outlawz Challenge Community.

I also enter this into -

Totally Papercrafts # 112 (Things with Wings)

and Challenge Up Your Life # 67 (Owls).

Ali x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts Blog Candy

Over at Wild Orchid Crafts it is time for their bi-weekly Blog Candy.  Pop over and add your details to the link.

Ali x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Woolly Sheep !!

For Paper Creations Ink Challenge # 22 the theme is Natural Materials.  I was going to get some shells off the beach, but the farm got busy yesterday and it was too late to drive to the beach (tide in and waves too big!).  Whilst walking the dogs this morning I had sudden inspiration when I saw sheep's wool stuck in the fence.  I have some clean wool in the shed, so pulled a piece off and added it to my card (even trimming it with scissors to give it a tidy up!).

I used the sketch from Stampin' Queens Challenge 34.

The sheep image and sentiment came from my Peerless Designs Cuddle Upz Volume 2 - Funny Farm CD-Rom.  I made the backing paper myself, by stamping with Walnut Stain Distress Inkpad the leaves image (from a 3Birds set) and colouring with Promarkers.  The ribbon and flower embellishment are from stash.

This is a gorgeous card and I think I will be using wool again in my crafting.

Ali x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Artful Times - First Challenge - Tag

I came across this new challenge blog (can not remember where from!) and the DT are already a big inspiration - Artful Times Challenge Blog.  Go over there and take a look at the DT's blogs.

Their first challenge is to make a tag - so here is mine.

I started with a crisp new clean tag (scary!) and tore up a bit of paper that I had been playing with TH Alcohol Inks.  It was a 'sort of' peacock feather design.  This became the background and I stamped (both TH stamps) the flourish and sentiment (using a pen to fill in the bits that were missed), using Walnut Stain Distress Inkpad.  The 2 butterflies were some of the many die-cuts that came with the QVC Todays Special Value from last week - and I painted them with more Alcohol Ink.

A pretty tag in lovely spring colours.

I also enter this into -

Sweet Stamp Blog Challenge - # 60 - Vintage/Shabby Chic

and -

Stamping Boutique Challenge # 33 - Distress

and -

Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes

Ali x

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


I am having Blogger issues this morning - keeps coming up with error messages, so fingers crossed I can get this published.
No actual desk piccy this week, but I show my very cluttered storage area. The chest of drawers contains - 1. Handmade cards that have been sent to me, 2. Card blanks and envelopes, 3. Cardstock/paper - my 'scraps' drawer, some whole pieces/lots of smaller bits, 4. Toppers/decoupage sheets etc, 5. More cardstock, templates, A3 stuff.
On top there is a box with some stamp collections, label maker, X-Cut Design Runner etc. Another box with spare sticky tape/foam etc. A framed picture of my pony. A frame piece of cross stitching that I did for my Nan. Crafty Recipe Cards folder (started the collection from QVC - next lot due to arrive this month). Cuttlebug. Piggy Bank! And various other things.
The old fabric storage thingy, which is collapsing and I will replace soon - contains boxes with stamps, tags, stickers, ribbons etc, embellishments, stencils, peel-offs, ATC folder, finished cards .....
I do know where everything is!!
Hope everyone is well this week. It is cold and sunny in Pembrokeshire. Still got this virus, so should be resting - but may well go out on my pony later.
I am celebrating quietly getting over 1000 page views - which isn't bad considering I only started this blog in February.
Go to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a look at lots of workspaces, which we proudly show off on Wednesdays - hence the title, WOYWW (What is on your Workspace Wednesday). Join in, we don't bite!!
Ali x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Mojo Monday 235

It is the first Monday of the month, so I am off to Mojo Monday to enter their monthly sketch challenge.

I used a Bugaboo digi image, which is coloured with Promarkers.  The backing papers are yet another freebie from a magazine, and the green Core'dinations card was used with a Spellbinders die through my Cuttlebug.  The flower is created from Candy, coloured with metallic pens and an adhesive gem added (all from stash).  The ribbon is also from stash.

The colours haven't come out very well through the scanner.  It is actually shades of lilac. purple and green, with a green ribbon and scalloped circle.

I also enter this into -  C.R.A.F.T # 149 - Easter/Spring -

and Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - # 180, Easter.

Ali x

All Sewn Up

The CD Sunday Challenge this week is All Sewn Up and I had the perfect stamps for this.  A gorgeous set of NitWit stamps and papers/embellishments etc that were free with Simply Homemade magazine.

I also enter this into the Willow Sketchie Challenge - 5/4, which is also Lots of Layers (this card has lots of those - certainly for me anyway!).

and - Do You Stack Up Challenge - # 66, Friendly Critters (a new challenge blog for me - and one I will definitely return to).

The backing papers/sentiment come from the Nitwit Butterfly Kisses collection - on a CD-Rom from Complete Cardmaking magaine.  I love these designs and come back to them time after time.  The main image was coloured with Promarkers, pencils, metallic pen and Le Plume pens.  The ribbon and baker's twine come from stash.  The reel embellishment was part of the same stamp set, and coloured with Promarkers.

This is so cute!

Ali x


Wednesday, 4 April 2012


I am getting a head start and typing this on Tuesday evening.
Our weekly rush to get higher on Julia's list at The Stamping Ground where workspaces are shared and admired - this is called WOYWW (What is On Your Workspace Wednesday) and is highly addictive.
I have had a busy week of crafting - lots of Easter cards and now working on ATCs/a postcard for April (plus a cheeky card here and there - I NEED to enter challenges!).  I am doing my first Altered ATC - no paper or card to be used as a base.  Mine involves some old fabric, ink, glitter and a fair bit of imagination.  Will post a link when it is finished.

My desk this week is the usual jumble of stash.  The stamp is a Limited Edition Papermania from years ago that I have never used and got it out, so it does get used!  You can more clearly see my much-cherished WOYWW badge.  The pens are Le Plumes, which I bought in 2004 - they were expensive at the time, but don't see them now.  I go back to them almost every day, as the colours are fab.  The fabric was my testing for the Altered ATC.

I have Blog Candy on offer - see my post below this one.

The lovely weather has ended - now it is raining and blowing a gale outside.  Have lit the fire and roasting in front of it.

Everyone in the UK - keep warm today.  I may have to go into town to get drugs from the vets - but will be ordering my 2nd table for my craft room (my current one is so crowded that I only have my cutting mat to work on, which is 30 x 45 cm!).  More piccies next week.

Ali x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sweet pink birdy

This is such a sweet image from Digi Stamp Boutique (their March Freebie).  I coloured it with Promarkers and a metallic pen.  The background papers (yet another free gift with a magazine) are Polkadoodle, and the glittery flower embellishments are from stash (originally from The Works).  Oh, the image is mounted onto rainbow shimmer card.

I used the sketch from Willow Sketchie Challenge

I also enter this into -
Marks Finest Papers Challenge # 101 - Make a Square Card

and - Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - # 126 Use a Digi Image

Ali x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Vintage VW

My stepdaughter is 19 this month and she loves the old VW campers, so when I received this fab stamp with a magazine I knew that I would use it for her card.

I have used the sketch from Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge # 32, which made a tag the centrepoint.  I stamped the sentiment around the tag (my favourite sentiment - love the handwriting look and the little heart - also free with the same magazine) and added the doodling.  All of the background papers, ribbon and heart embellishment come from my latest Digital Designer DVD-Rom, which is wonderful and I could play with it for hours!  It is all black & white, except for the heart on the centre of the camper, which I coloured with a pink metallic pen.

I also enter this into -

C.R.A.F.T Challenge # 148 - Things with Wheels

and - Crafty Ribbons Challenge # 16 - Black & White with one other colour

Ali x