Thursday, 28 March 2013

Floating by

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. This time we want to see a card for a child and don't forget the sentiment. Here's my DT card...

I've used an image from one of our sponsors, Doodle Pantry. The other sponsor this challenge is Digis by Kris.

I've coloured using copics cutting the image out with a Spellbinder scalloped oval die. I've cut the sentiment out using a memory box cloud die, adding more clouds, including one in the smaller size, to make the background.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge. See you soon.
Helen xx

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A birthday bunny

Hi everyone, it's been a few days since I've blogged. I haven't really spent much time in my craft room till today...Here's a simple card I've made for a friend who I've known for a long time now as my late husband used to work with him many years ago...

 The image is called 'Happy Harvest' and is by Helz Cuppleditch. The recipient loves gardening. I've coloured using copics. It's the first time I've used this stamp so I'm really pleased with the result. I've displayed him using a Spellbinder Timeless Rectangle. I used part of the Ornamental Tags Two die to display the sentiment, inked through with Bundled Sage distress ink. The card blank is a coloured one which must have come free with a magazine at some point. I kept it CAS so the image could take centre stage. Hope you like it.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Stamp and Creatwe - Fur or feathers 
The Pink Elephant - CAS 
Stamping Sensations - The great outdoors 
Speedy Fox and Friends - Bunny or Easter 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll come again soon.

Happy crafting
Helen xx

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Bamboo - A flower for you

Hi everyone, I've managed to assemble the card I started a few days ago, before the Fibromyalgia flared. It's for my daughter to give to one of her friends and is from the Party Paws range from Crafters Companion. I just had to get this stamp (and a few more...) as my daughter adores Pandas...and they're just sooo cute! Here's what I came up with...

I've coloured with copics and have layered up the flower, his hands and the's a close up...

The backing paper is from Wild Rose (Girly polka dots) and has been distressed at the edges with a Tim Holtz tool. The image has been displayed on a Spellbinder Decorative label 22. The sentiment, which came with the image, has been displayed on a Spellbinder Timeless Rectangle. I've added a flower to complement the one in the image, adding a Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish, which has been snipped and rearranged slightly. I popped a heart shaped doily (from The Hobby House) behind the image and a double bow and card candi to finish. I really pleased how this turned out, especially the little Panda. Hope you like it too.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Lacy Sunshine - Layer it up 
Creative Moments - Animals 
Bearly Mine - Anything goes 
Make it Monday 

Thanks for looking. I hope to be back soon. Happy crafting
Helen xx

Shaped cards for Dutch Dare

Hi everyone, just a quick post today. I wanted to share my DT card for the new challenge over at Dutch Dare. We want to see your shaped cards, no plain rectangles or squares. Here's mine...

The image is from our fab sponsor and has been coloured with copics.

I've used 'Fluff' on the beer heads and glossy accents on the glasses. I've used various Spellbinder dies and used a large go kreate die to make the card blank. The distressing ink is Frayed Burlap.

I hope you'll take a look at the Challenge. See you again soon

Helen xx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Easter with Ruby's Rainbow

Hi everyone, I hope you're all well. It's time for a new challenge over at Ruby's Rainbow and this time the theme is Easter. Here's my little piece of inspiration for you...

I've used a fab digi from Lacy Sunshine, which can only be found here. I've coloured using copics and Atyou glitter pens. Here's a close up...

I made the backing paper myself using shaving foam and inks. If you've never done this check out the tutorial hereI've displayed the image using a Spellbinder Timeless Rectangle die, extending the black matting by drawing round the outside edge of the die. I've finished off with some ribbon from my stash, a sentiment using another Spellbinder (framed tags one) and an Easter egg embellishment which I've had for years...probably came free with a magazine at some point. I hope you'll pop over to the challenge and have a look what my talented team mates have made for you. You might notice that I've changed my name at Ruby's Rainbow...I'm the crafter formerly known as Ellie Wee....Sadly the other 'Helen' has stepped down from the design team so I'm now using my proper name.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Lacy Sunshine Challenge 4 - Layer it up 
Make it Monday 
Celebrate the occasion - Happy Easter  
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Easter 
Shopping our stash - Easter/Spring 
Cutie Pie Challenge - Easter 
Pink by design - Easter
 Melonheadz - Easter/Spring 

Thanks for visiting. May see you again later. Unfortunately my Fibromyalgia has flared today so I'm not sure if I'll manage to get much done. I'm working on a Party Paws's all laid out ready to be assembled but at the moment I have numb fingers...oh well c'est la vie.

Happy crafting
Helen xx

Friday, 15 March 2013

A bird for Sparkles

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges. This month we'd love to see a bird on your creation. Here's mine...

I used some papers which came free with a magazine last year sometime. They're called spring jubilee by Pink Paislee. I cut out the bird and the butterflies from a second sheet and decoupaged it. The die cut bird cage started out white (part of my goody bag from the Summer Crafting workshop last year). It's been coloured with copics, stamped with versamark, embossed with white detail powder and then been distressed with Frayed burlap, as has the rest of the card. I've stamped a sentiment in cocoa momento and finished off with a few flowers and bits from my stash.

I would like to enter this for Use it Tuesday's challenge - die cuts, punches and cut outs.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll go take a look at the challenge...we can't wait to see your projects.

See you soon. Happy crafting
Helen xx

Thursday, 14 March 2013

First Edition Anniversary card

Hi everyone, I've been trying to do something a bit different to my normal cutsie cards just recently. I've got some gorgeous First Edition papers from The Hobby House over the last few months so I thought I'd team some of them up with the couple of Spellbinders I bought from there last week. For those of you who are wondering The Hobby House is a fab craft shop close to where I live. You can find out more about them here.

Here's my card...

Papers - First Edition Daydream 6x6 and Love Letters 8x8
Spellbinders - Adorning squares, Picot edged circle, Ironwork Motifs, standard circles, Bitty blossoms
Sentiment - LOTV stamp embossed with Silver detail powder
Lace from stash (double bow - Thanks Kate!)  

I would like to enter this for the following:-

Thanks for visiting...really must do some housework now. Hope to see you again soon.
Happy crafting
Helen xx

Girl Power at Aud Sentiments

Hi everyone, a new challenge has started over at Aud Sentiments. We want to see your Girlie creations this time, and don't forget the sentiment. Here's my DT card...

I've used a fab image, which I coloured with copics, and a backing paper from our sponsor for this challenge...

I hope you'll pop over and take a look. Thanks for visiting.

Happy crafting
Helen xx

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Paws-fur-a-moment birthday card

Hi everyone, I thought I'd share the card I've just finished making for my sister-in-law's fiance's birthday. As they have 3 cats I wanted to feature one on the card so I decided to use one of the Paws-Fur-A-Moment stamps which I bought last year at the NEC...

I've coloured using Copics, using a Spellbinder Picot Edged Circle to display the image. I've embossed a piece of Core'dinations Dark cardstock with a Sissix Leaves and diamonds folder, sanding the result. The backing paper is from Forever Friends Kraft Notes, edged with Forest Moss distress ink. The sentiment is Forever Friends, from the Best of British range and has been shaped using part of a Labels 3 Spellbinder die. I've added some ribbon to finish.

Here's a close-up of the image...

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Lacy Sunshine - Double Trouble 
Cards for men - Monochrome 
Heart 2 Heart - Go Green 
Melonheadz - Going Green 
Pause Dream Enjoy - For the boys 
Stamp and Create - Fur or feathers (I've featured both) 

Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments. I hope you'll come back soon.
Happy crafting
Helen xx

Double Trouble

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I want to share a card I've made this morning using a fab image from Lacy Sunshine.You can buy images here. I've made a masculine card, hope you like it...

I've had the backing paper in my stash for years. I've matted with textured burgundy card which I've also used for the die cut around the LOTV sentiment. The die is one of my new ones which I bought from The  Hobby House last week, along with the silver pearls. It's called Ironwork Motifs and is a Spellbinder. I've coloured the image with copics, edging with Forest Moss distress ink. Here's a couple of close-ups...

I would like to enter this for Lacy Sunshine's Challenge - Double Trouble. I've only recently discovered Heather's artwork but I love it. Hope you like it too....

Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll come back soon
Happy crafting
Helen xx

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Another Mother's Day card

Hi everyone, here's a card I made for a friend to give to her mum...

I used one of my fairly new Spellbinders called Decorative Labels 22 for the main panels, stamping 'Mum' onto the brown panel with versamark and adding Gold detail embossing powder. I cut out a couple of hearts using Spellbinders scalloped hearts die. I used a couple of different Boofle texture stamps on these and embossed using gold detail powder too. I added some ribbon and flowers from my stash and finished off with a Cheery Lynn butterfly with added pearls. The backing paper is textured but it's not easy to see in the photo.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
4 crafty chicks - Die for dies 
Sincerely Yours Creations challenge 2 - Mothers day 
Joanna Sheen - Mum's the word 

Thanks for visiting. I'm gonna have a play with my new stash now. See you soon

Helen xx

Happy Mother's Day

Hi everyone, I hope all you mum's are getting spoiled today. I got some crafty bits and bobs from one of my daughters so I'll be having a play once I've finished blogging.

Here's one of the Mother's Day cards I made this year...this one is for my Mother-in-law...

I used a Fizzy Moon stamp which I coloured using Copics, shaped with Spellbinders Opulent Oval dies. The sentiment was a freebie from Netty, cut using a Spellbinder stately circle die. The butterfly is Cheery Lynn.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - To die for 
Joanna Sheen - Mum's the word 
Totally Gorjuss - For Mum 

Thanks for looking. I hope you like it. See you again very soon.

Helen xx

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Girls Rule at Dutch Dare

Hi everyone, there's a new challenge over at Dutch Dare this week - 'Girls Rule'. We want to see your creations for girls this week. We're being sponsored by the fabulous Lacy Sunshine and we were so lucky to be given an image to use. Here's my DT card...

 This one is called Eleanor and Pickles Dinosaur and is available from their shop. Just click on their name above....I've coloured using Copics. I decided to make this one bright and cheerful to brighten up the dull days we're having here in Lincolnshire at the moment...I've added a sentiment and a butterfly both of which started out white and have been coloured using copics to match the image. I also coloured white flowers so everything co-ordinated well. In amongst the layers you can just spot my Marianne border threaded with orange ribbon. The spotty backing paper is from the Crafters Companion Toread cd (rapidly becoming a favourite). I hope you like this, I had loads of fun colouring her. Pop over to the challenge blog and have a look at the other fab inspiration from my talented team mates.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Make it Monday 
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes  
Through the craft room door - anything goes 
Created with love challenges - anything goes 
Ooh-la-la - Four legged friends 
Joanna Sheen - Layer it up

Thanks for looking. I'm gonna have a steady day today as Fibromyalgia is still acting up, though not as bad as yesterday. Hope you all have a fun day and I'll see you again soon.

Helen xx 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Use Yellow and Green for Ruby's Rainbow

Hi everyone, I hope you're all well. I'm really achy today, fibromyalgia is playing up a bit so housework can whistle....craft room it is....Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow. This fortnight we'd like to see your creations using the spring colours of yellow and green. I've made a card for my late husband's mum seeing as it's Mother's Day on Sunday...

  I've used a Fizzy Moon stamp which I've coloured using Copics and I've paper pieced the flower. The backing paper is from the Crafters Companion Toread cd, matted with dark green card. I've mounted the image on a circle of the backing paper and then a Spellbinder Stately Circle. The yellow panel has been embossed with butterflies using an embossing folder which came with a magazine recently. I finished off with a Spellbinder loveheart and some pearls coloured with copics. We're also looking for 2 new members so please see the main challenge post for more info.

I would like to enter this for the following:-
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Mothers Day 
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything goes 
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes (mothers day) 
Creative Creations Challenges - Just for mum 
Forever Friends Fortnightly - Bears 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll pop over to Ruby's Rainbow and have a look at my fab team mates creations. Hope to see you again soon.
Happy crafting
Helen xx


Hi everyone, it's ages since I joined in with WOYWW and had a good old snoop. I've been playing at making my own background using shaving foam and ink...

I've also been making flowers using Spellbinders...

I thought I might use up some of my scraps making flowers. Anyway, must dash...having my hair coloured in 20 minutes...I look forward to having a neb when I get back...see ya soon xx

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Fizzy Moon Beer Bear

Hi everyone, still waiting for a call. Sorry ironing're not getting done today!

Here's the card I've made for my late husband's dad. I know he won't find my blog so I'm safe to post it before his birthday. My hubby bought me 20 Fizzy Moon stamps from Create and Craft a few weeks ago. I couldn't resist this one...

I've coloured him using Copics and used a fab product for the head on the's called Fluff and is made by Woodware. It comes in a small bottle with a fine nozzle. Just add it to your image and heat with a heat gun. It's amazing... Here's a close-up...
I used Spellbinder labels 22 to frame the image, inking the white one with frayed burlap ink whilst still in the die. I've threaded ribbon through the image plate and wrapped it round a red corrugated square. The spotty backing paper has been in my stash for donkey's years so it's good to use it up. Gives me an excuse to buy if I need an excuse! Here's a close-up of the layers...
The sentiment is LOTV, cut using Spellbinder Stately circles die. I've decorated the inside to compliment the front...
I would like to enter this for the following challenges:-
Natalie and Amy - die cuts 
Addicted to stamps - use a stamp 
Simon says stamp - anything goes 
Joanna Sheen - Layer it up 
Penny Black and More - March Challenge - One for the boys 
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes + tic tac toe (Die cuts, stamp, free) 

Thank you so much for visiting me and for the lovely comments you leave me. They mean a lot.

Happy crafting
Helen xx

My first Toread - Xeru

Hi everyone, I've managed to spend some more time in my craft room this weekend whilst being on standby to take a family member to hospital....

I decided it was time to play with my new Toread stamps and accompanying cd from Crafters Companion. This little character is called Xeru...

 I've coloured him using Copics. The backing papers are from the cd, printed onto smooth card. I've used Spellbinders Labels 29 to frame the image, inking with Forest moss distress ink. I also cut the same shape in the contrasting paper. The 'Brother' stamp is part of the stamp set, made into a tag with a Spellbinder Framed Tags One die. I used the forest moss ink on the tag and coloured some white ribbon with a copic I used in the image. The sentiment is LOTV and has been cut with a Spellbinder Stately circle die. I've added ribbon and candi to finish off. Here's a close-up of Xeru...

I've also decorated the inside to match the front...

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Natalie & Amy - Die cuts 
Addicted to stamps - use a stamp 
Papercraft star - Happy Birthday 
Simon says stamp - Anything goes 

Thanks for visiting. I may get a bit more craft time this afternoon...or maybe I should do the ironing...nah..I'm sure craft will win!

See you soon
Helen xx

Friday, 1 March 2013

Gift of Friendship Christmas card

Hi everyone, I'm here to share an easel card I've made with the House Mouse challenge in mind. Just lately I only seem to make cards for DT projects so today I decided to make a Christmas card just for the fun of it!
I've coloured using copics. The colouring of the budgie was inspired by 'Rupert', the budgie we had when I was a child...he used to woof at our dog...I've used some of my new Spellbinders ( Labels 29 and Timeless rectangles) and the distressing ink is Forest Moss. I've used some metallic rub-on in deep gold on the green die cut. I've had these ages and had forgotten about them. Here's a close-up of the image...
I stamped the sentiment which came with the image and cut it out with a Spellbinder Opulent Oval die....

I finished off by adding some hot fix gems and a couple of poinsettias cut with a Marianne die. The backing papers are by Raspberry Road Designs.

As well as the House Mouse challenge I would like to enter this for the following:-
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes 
City Crafter - Wings of an Angel 
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes 
Paper Playtime - Use a sentiment stamp 

Thanks for visiting, I've really enjoyed making this card. Hope to see you again soon.
Happy crafting
Helen xx