Friday, 30 April 2010

Good News

I have just got to share with you my two pieces of good news firstly I have had a piece of work chosen to be published later on in the year by The Craft Stamper magazine which is just a fabbie mag for all things inky and also I have been chosen by the talented Kim MacFarlane to be on her design team at Cuddly Buddly ......and being as I adore her sweet designs I just had to say yes.The site sells a wide and varied range of goodies from Tim Holtz to all things cute and cuddly,they only charge £1 for p&p no matter how much you order and you usually get some sweets in your parcel....can't be bad.
Thought I'd show you the card that I entered in the Cudddly Buddly challenge this month

have a great week end
hugs from Daniele x

Boy Bear

Morning just a quick posting today before I'm off to work....Image is from Crafters Companion, papers are from Papermania and the image is coloured in guessed it sakura pens and h2o's. I made the flower/button thinghy at the top of the card by gathering a piece of lace up and then putting the button on top...simple but quite effective I think.

Just cute bears.....sketch
Cute card Thursday.....make your own something..mine is the lace flower.
Everybody title"I just want to be your Teddy Bear"

Have a good day
hugs from Daniele x

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Just Peachy

Haven't done a little magnolia pony for a while so I thought it was time it had an outing.....what made me choose pink and peach I have no idea, I coloured the image in and then had to go through all my papers to find something suitable.....I used 3 papers from Wild Raspberry by K&Co not use them before and I've had them ages......naughty me I just love collecting paper pads and then think its a shame to cut them up lol.
Used cosmic shimmer paint for the peach and for the highlights in the pink I used a pink rose Sakura pen, don't think I'll ever get fed up using these.
Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima , I spritzed the white flower in Tuscan Sun glimmer mist to get the peach shade, added crystal bead sprays and gold curl stamens to complete the detail.

Just Magnolia....anything goes
Roses on Paper......sketch
Pile it on.......make it sweet.
Magnolia down Under.....use a charm.
Charisma....Girly and flowers
Our Creative Corner.........Blossoms/flowers.

hugs from Daniele x
thanks for taking a peek and I apppreciate your lovely comments
thank you

Hubbys B'day card

Yesterday was my hubbys birthday, this is the first time I had made him a card, I brought some new carstamps by B Line when I went to my class on Saturday along with a few other goodies, I stamped one onto gold metal, using a kabuka mould I made the frame around the image, distressing it with black acrylic paint, I puffed out the wheel and lamps to add dimension to the image and added some rivets to the background. The Postcard was distressed and water splashed onto the background to get the water marks, I then stamped a crackle stamp from crafty individuals using brushed corduroy to the background, the suitcase is also from B Line I sprinkled some gold embossing powder to the corners of the case for a smidge of bling, the pen, small tag and clock face are from Graphic 45, I added glossy accents to parts of the pen, the Venice stamp is also from Crafty Individuals

Challenges are

Simon Says.........Button, bow and bling ( mine is a more distressed bling)
Fab n Funky.......No to Design papers.

Hugs from Daniele

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Paper fold Frame

Thought I'd have a go at a paper folded frame for todays card......only I kinda changed the frame from the tutorial I followed as I put extra folds in and then folded it on itself, I didn't use a doubled sided paper I distressed the back in moss green and the spritzed with gold glimmer mist to give a contrast, the paper are from The Paper Cellar, flowers are made with the same papers, the image is from a challenge site which I had entered in with an altered CD last week called Art Creations.

Challenges are:
Papertake....... do something different e.g.a fold card

Spoon full of Sugar.......3D
Tuesday Taggers........anything (memories), this week they are sponsered by The Craft Barn

Pollycraft.....make your own flowers.
Die cut dreams......make your own flowers.
Sketchy and gold
Stampin for the weekend.........Favourite something, mine is I love reading period drama books.
Papercutz.....mothers day
Project Tuesday....folded paper frame
Creative easel card

Have a great day
Hugs from Daniele x

Monday, 26 April 2010


What a numpty I am I made a card last week fro some wedding challenges and I've just discovered I forgot to post it.Its an age The image is from Whiff of Joy and is coloured with Twinkling H2o's and sakura pens, glitter highlights is glamour dust.

Challenges are
Whiff of Joy.....sketch


Treated myself to new stash yesterday whilst at my class, so today I've had a little play....well it is Sunday a day of rest/crafting Have gone with red and black... this is also my Dt card for My Time To Craft now if your're confused I started to write this Sunday night and decided I was too tired to finish so now its Monday morning......caught up yet....good. I brought the new stamps from Paper Artsy..big spend but there isn't a stamp that I would't use in the sets. The theme for this weeks challenge is to use mostly reds so I went for the contrast and added black....kinda romantic look. The lace around the edge is a stamp from B Line and I just love it for background lace effects, the backround to the image was made using Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick the spritzed with Gold glimmer mist.....looks so much better in the flesh as they say. Papers are from Papermania and a magazine. Just had to add some glamour dust to parts of the flower head.

Polka Doodles......Monochromatic.
Friday Sketchers.......sketch
Cupcake craft square cards.
Theme and red

Have a great week
hugs from Daniele x

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Mirror mirror on the wall.....

What a fab day I had at LB Crafts where I made this mirror using lots of different techniques, its a bit like a sampler, met some lovely ladies again ....special thanks to Claire and Jean we started all together and we finished altogether as there was so much to do and some of those ladies are soooo day I might be a smidge quicker. Got to play with alcohol inks which is a first for me thoroughly enjoyed all the techniques and I love the effect on the ART panel of the inks mixing together if I had let them dry in between each colour the effect would have been different......but I think this is like marble.

Secret Crafter.....distressing
One Stop Craft.....Metallic
Allsorts.....An image of a circle of butterflies is the inspiration for this weeks challenge.

love this butterfly

hugs from Daniele x

Friday, 23 April 2010

Free Time

I haven't had my grandson this week and I've had lots of time to play......I've really missed him but its been like a mini holiday I've gots lots of crafting done of which I'm posting today, I've completed 5 pages on my Venice Album so thats coming along and tomorrow I'm off to LB CRafts for a workshop... we're making a mirror using lots of metal techniques, its an advanced piece and I'm a little nervous incase I can't keep up as I'm quite a slow worker and I always manage to sit next to someone who is related to Speedy
Todays card started life as a tag(for all of 1 Hour) and was then turned into a card. I quite like doing tags which are like mini collages... I tend to try and incorporate lots of techniques so my desk ends up looking like a bomb site as I have to hunt for my tools.....I distressed the background using Chipped Sapphire, Tea Dye, and Broken China, spritzed it then with Creme de Coco glimmer mist, backround stamped in Brushed Corduroy....two stamps both by Paper Artsy, you can just make out the face of the boy sitting under the plane.....little bit of fun.

Tags are all from Graphic 45, applied a ruffle of ribbon down the side, the plane was stamped onto tissue paper, distressed and then using a glue medium by Claudine Helmuth stuck down and then the medium applied on top of it, the tissue was torn and curled.

I then applied distress crackle paint to parts of the tags to give them an aged look, the clock face is mounted onto a button and then glossy accents applied....quite pleased with the effect of that, T he background of the card was distressed using Tea Dye and then the crackle stamp which is from Crafty Individuals using Brushed Corduroy was applied to cover the background...and voila my vintage male card.

Challenges are
Colour Create.....use burnt orange,black and cream.
Ohh La La.....Vintage male card.
Crazy 4 Challenges....sketch.
Little Red Wagon....Ruffles.
Die cut Dreams.......Tear it up.
Gingersnap Creations....theme of Earth, I gone with the colours of Earth.
Praire Fairy.......Distressing.

Thanks for taking a peek
Have a great weekend
Hugs from Daniele x

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Morning and what a lovely morning it is went to sainsbury early to get the shopping in and my grandson was going along the shelves putting food in the trolley.....he enjoyed himself even if we haven't got a dog but still wanted to buy some dog food lol
Todays card is based around the theme at Gingersnap Creations which is... Botanical. The stamps are from Crafty Individuals and come as a set of 4. Each one was distressed in ink and then glimmer mist added....which doesn't show particularly well ......I used Purple Concord with Purple Pansy, Marigold with Tuscan Sun, Victorian Velvet with Tea rose and Chipped sapphire with Denim Blue, I then distressed the edges using gold embossing powder and added a black ink to the edges and rubbed it into the gold to get a more aged look. The edges from the paper was done the same way....again this is from Crafty Individuals..... The Springtime Book  which has such yummy papers but you kinda don't want to use them. At Crafty Creations the theme is .....Distressing.

Close up of images and the flower in the centre was misted as well.

Hugs from Daniele x
Thanks for taking a peek

Wednesday, 21 April 2010


This image is far from your traditional fire breathing here only cuteness and flowers ahhh... I embossed this image using cosmic shimmer blue watercress blaze embossing powder, lovely teal shimmer, coloured in with sakura pens.....Teal and purple star.The stamp is from The Stamp Barn and is called Dewey, my daughter fell in love with this stamp so persuaded me to get it when we were at the NEC. The papers are from K&Co called Sparkley you know I just love a bit of sparkle lol.

Challenges are:
One Stop crafts.....things with wings.
Paper people.
Stamp with Fun......Animals, I think dragons are animals lol.
Cute and Girly......fairy tales. and wings.
Tuesday Taggers.....Dragons, they are being sponsered this week by Tanda Stamps, they have some great stamps on their site off to have a shop soon.
Spoon full of Sugar.......Birthday.
Simon Says.....Things with wings.
Fab n Funky......use old stash, the papers I used is one of the first paper pads I brought and they've nearly all gone.
Sir Stampalot Challenge......Fantasy,

Hugs from Daniele x

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

My TIme To Craft Dt tag

Morning and what a gorgeous morning it is....the sun is shining and I'm on my day off and apart fom the ironing I've got nothing else to do.....apart from crafting so I don't feel guilty to some me time, my daughter isn't very well now so I've not got my grandson today ....its quite strange having a day off on my own but I'm sure I'll cope. Today is the challenge at My Time To Craft and the theme is Quick I've made a tag using a stamp from Crafty Individuals, she has such a serene face, the quote is one I found in a magazine that I've had for ages, so I mounted it onto a velum frame and edged it with a peel off the quote and so true....the background is from the paper that I used to catch my spraying and is probably a mixture of denim blue, rum and rasin, gold, tuscan sun, and tuquoise......I think, the flowers are from the same piece and I've used metal spacers secured with a brad to finish them off, and of course the lace has been spritzed to match.
Not sure what I'm goinig to do with this tag as I had nothing in mind when I made it other than for my Dt work. Will have a think today to see if I can re-use it and make it into a card to cover some challenges....I do love a challenge lol

                                                                   Have a good day
                                                                 hugs from Daniele x

Have turned tag into a card, the backround was spritzed with the same colours as the tag, the paper is from Stampin Up....which was a pressie from my staff at work....they know I'm a total addict, the ribbon and bow I distressed with Purple concord as were the edges of the card, you get a lovely effect with distress inks if you spray irr. gold on the top .....yummy.

Challenges are:
Kard Krazy......the theme is reuse, recycle or repurpose, this kinda fits all of those criteria as the backround to the tag is recycled spritzed waste card, I've reused the tag to make a card.
Everybody art.....followed sketch.
Ink On My theme.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Its A crafters Companion

Today is the start of our bi-weekly challenge at Its a Crafters Companion... the theme is 3D, my DT card for this challenge is from the Romance collection. The challenge has been sponsered by Lothian Crafts who have kindly donated a plate of stamps featuring the cute companions range called celebration.
So why not join us and have a go....and don't forget you don't have to use a Crafters companion product to join in.

Hugs from Daniele x

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Fly Away...

Fly away is the name of the stamp from Penny Black that I've used......just wish I could fly away to somewhere to definately  in need of a holiday I think. We had planned to go out today to a theme park to celebrate Richards 21st. but its on hold as my grandson has gone down with the sickness bug my mum had......he managed to say hello to me this morning when I rang to see how he was poor thing, first time he's been ill apart from colds, so I shall be having a rest/craft day today.....bit like a mini holiday lol ....just hope I don't come down with it as I've got a class booked next Saturday at LB Crafts and every time I've gone I'm either ill or had to miss the class completley due to being too ill to go........I'm ill fated with classes lol.

Todays card is coloured with distress inks: Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy.....this one is becoming my favourite just like Tim Holtz it has a lovely antique colour to it. Of course there had to be bling I spritzed the image and circles with glimmer mist on my 2nd bottle now.....and then added Platinum and Stardust stickles The background paper is Roan from K&Ko.

Challenges are:

Sketch Saturday......sketch using circles.
Penny Black.......Monochromatic Brown.
Allsorts.......In stitches.
Polka Doodles......animal magic.
Create for fun......make a card using only circles.
Charisma......Monochromatic card I've used shades of browns for a vintage effect.
Sassy and my pet.

close up of image

thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele x

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Midnight Crafter

Sorry long post today but I'm sitting with a cuppa so you might want to grab one as well....are you sitting comfortably.....yes...then I'll begin.
Yesterday I was think that I was losing my mojo and needed some inspiration to kick start it again and then I saw an image that is on a challenge site that I'd not entered before called  Art Creations Friday they had an image of a veiled lady that you had to use somewhere in your project, so that was it I was off again.I have never altered a CD before and this weeks challenge at Creative Inspirations is to alter a CD.....good excuse to have a go.

The stamp for the arched door is from Crafty Individuals and was stamped onto silver metal using Staz On I then added texture to the door panels and cut through the metal to open the door so that the image could sit careful as the metal is sharp so to dull the edges I burnished then with a paper stump and then textured the edges so that they were smoothe.The charm tags at the bottom were made the same way. The challenge this week at Gothic Arches is to make a tag with an arch and the challenge at Kard Krazy is to make a tag with words or a words are the silver charms at the bottom....Cherish art. Silver is the theme at Ink on my Fingers. Spring is the theme atWeekend taggers....have gone for the colour blue as my skys,flowers.

Close up of charms
The challenge at Gingersnap Creations is to use some thing found......well I have that key that I found ages ago in my purse and thought it was time it got used as its perfect for this project....well I think it is lol.

 The textured side panel is from Terra and is painted using black and grey acrylic paint with light blue Viva precious metal highlighted over that. I then added another piece of silver metal on the other side using a Kabuka mould and just picked out a small part of it to use, the whole project was then glimmer misted with Denin Blue. The challenge at Quixotic is to called heavy metal....not rockin but using lots of metal i.e. charms, pins etc.

close up of image

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele xx

Friday, 16 April 2010

Early Morning

Finished a card late last night so I thought I'd post before goining to work today.....the weather is gorgeous after yesterday lets hope it stays nice for the weekend as we've planned a trip to a theme park on Sunday and knowing my luck it'll rain........on the bright side my card today has lots of sparkle and I've used a different colour scheme than the normal pink or purple.....really hard  to find nice papers in lilacs I wonder why?? anyway the image is from Lily of the Valley which is a nice simple sketch from Bev....I like simple sketches some do get a little fussy. I coloured the image in with the usual Sakura pens and h20's papers are from Rose Garden by papermania....nearly out of these as they are so pretty. Other challenges are Flutterby who have an open challenge but include fairies or butterflies, and The Pixie cottage have the theme of buttons. Use a die cut as part of your project is the theme at Creative Beli...nice easy one. Spring is the challenge at Totally Papercrafts. Just love layers and being as thats the challenge at Stamp Something just had to enter that one. Ribbons and bows are the challenge at Stampin for the weekend.

Have a great weekend
thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele x

Thursday, 15 April 2010

21st Birthday

Where do all the years go it seems only a few years ago that my children were born and now they are 21 and 26 and I'm a Grandma, I only feel 30ish  even if the body says otherwise, here's a couple of pics of my family taken at Richards bithday meal.

Richard with Dad and sis Louisa

Proud Mum with her children

Proud parents with Ethan

Head of the table
Grandson Ethan

Birthday Bash

Have had a busy 2 days hence no card poor mum was ill so went and spent the day looking after her and today its my sons 21st. Birthday so we are all out for a family meal tonight so I've managed to squeeze a little play time in for me. Todays card is using a stamp that is probably one of the first stamps that I brought from Crafty Individuals....actually I ordered a different stamp and recieved this by mistake but I loved the words on it so I kept it, when you read some of the sayings are so sweet, the background is glimmer mist combo of rum and raisin, tuscan sun,gold and turquoise. The papers are a combo of DCWV, the papers have been glittered and glammed with stickles and glamour dust.

Challenges are
Flutter by but include wings.
fab n funky........use a neglected stamp.
A Spoonfull of sugar.......sketch.
Lots to Do.......Embossing, embossed paper and embossed borders to image and papers using cosmic shimmer.
Pile it On......say it with words.
ABC Challenge.........S is for Sparkle.
Little red wagon....dry embossing.
Cute Card Thursday....Touchy feely

Close up of dragonfly coloured with stickles

Close up of words and background glimmer misted.

close up of lace stamped and then embossed in clear

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele x

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Olden Days....

I don't know about calling a challenge olden days I'm definately feeling old these days......I've not long got back from play group and I'm shattered ....all those toddlers running riot and my grandson was probably the leader he runs from toy to toy at a rate of knots and I'm trying to keep up with him running after him......
Todays card is featuring the pony from Magnolia..I've not used him for a while so I thought it was time he had an outing. The papers are from Crafts House and are called after chocolate my favourite sweet is liquorice allsorts hmm....sorry back to the card the image was coloured using Black soot and tea dye distress inks, the tissue circle in the background was wrapping from a T shirt (All Saints...very expensive but they use great tissue paper to wrap with)

Challenges are:
Creative Card Crew......Happy Birthday.
Papertake.......Cutie Pie, any cute image.
Cupcake Craft Challeng.....childhood memories, I think he looks like a horse I used to have......many years ago.
Roses on Paper......Layers.
Magnolia down Under......Olden Days.
Sunday Sketch and Stamp.......sketch.
Just Magnolia......Punch it out

thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele x