Sunday, 28 February 2010

Mothers Day card

The background for the image is the backgound sheet for when I do glimmer misting, so its a combo of a few colours. The stamp I've used is a new one I got yesterday whilst at my appropriate for this time of the year I couldn't resist it. The stamp is from Paper Inspirations and is called Mothers essence. After stamping I sprinkled a little gold embossing powder over some of the words just to add a gold finish....great effect to add some bling. I stamped a lace border down the right side and bottom using a B Line stamp called Lace get 2 lace stamps on the top and bottom of the block and they're 8ins long again a great stamp for background I used brushed corduroy....cos its Tim's favourite colour lol....other colours used are the new Victorian velvet and crushed olive. The photo image is from Crafty Individuals.

Challenges are:
Create 4 Fun....sketch.
Secret Crafter.....stitches either real or faux, On this card i have embossed stitches around the top and left side of the text using gold.
Crazy4Challenges.......use 3 types of texture, I've used embossing around the image and edges of the card, buttons with threads.
If the shoe fits.....use burgundy,lime green and fushia.
Allsorts.....Mothers Day project.
Rosie Dees Challenge....Friendship my best friend is my mum....hence the 'you and me'.
Pile it on......Lucky me....can be interpreted to what you think,

hugs for now and thank you for having a look and leaving a comment

Messy fingers

I had a lovely day at a class with Linda Elbourne yesterday it was called Chip and was soooo inky as my fingers ended up a lovely shade of aged mahogany with a hint of black....such fun, but I think my customers will think them strange on Monday because after several washes and scrubbing they are still a lovely shade of pinky red. The final results were so worth it though, the pics below don't do it justice so will have to photograph it later again. I still need to add one more panel but somehow managed to loose the piece of lace so will have to finish it when I can get some more lace. I have entered this in a challenge as it was aptly named .....Inky fingers at Tuesday Taggers.The prize has been donated this week by The Craft Barn. Also the theme at Simon Says is vintage with flowers.

I must confess at this point I glimmer misted it with irridescent gold when I had fininshed
it I hope Linda forgives me as I am so into glimmer mist at the moment.

My inky fingers although on the photo they don't look too bad .

Close ups of each panel

Thanks for leaving a comment
Hugs from Daniele x

Friday, 26 February 2010

Baby Card

Think I'm stuck in a purple phase this week, the stamp I've used is one of the new Lili of the Valley designs, the sketch I have used is from Moving along with the times, I was thrilled to discover I won last weeks challenge with them and thought that this weeks challenge used an interesting shape although it was a fiddle to do. They also have the theme of babies/children. Other challenges entered are theme but must include wings either a butterfly or angel etc.

hugs from Daniele

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Lilac Bear

The challenge at Just cute bears this week is a colour one ....Lilac, and as #i've never coloured a lilac bear I thought I'd have a go...not sure if I've gone overboard with the lilac, there is a splash of know me there has to be pink. I spritzed the background with gold and purple pansy glimmer mists rubbed crystal stickles onto at well for a glittery effect then distressed the edges with purlple concord distress inks.
other challenges are:
Stamp with fun.....Theme is stitches, I've machined and added faux stitches to this card.
Truly Scrumptious...followed the the idea of the eyelets to add ribbon.
Our creative corner....try a new technique, after watching Tim Holtz this week do his grunge loving it, I had never rubbed stickles onto the background before to get a glittery effect, worked really well.

Hugs from Daniele x
 and thank you for having a peek and leaving your kind comments

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Get well soon

I've had this image coloured in for a while now but never had the right challenge to use it......papers are Eva from Basic Grey, and the image has been painted using cosmic shimmer and h2o's.

Chalenges are:
Creative card crew......theme is get well soon.
pile it on challenge......get well soon.
Basic Grey.....colour theme, use pink maroon and lemon.
Papercutz....get well soon.
Sunday Sketch and Stamp.....sketch

Hugs from Daniele

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

My Time to craft

Today sees the start of another challenge at My Time To Craft the theme is called... In The Frame,.. this can be interpretated any way you like just remember it has to be a new post and not linked to an old post, just to say that the entries we had last week were really lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your go have some creative fun and join us again this week. There is still time to enter the challenge at Its a Crafters Companion challenge .....There are 2 photos to inspire you and remember it doesn't have to be  a crafters companion product so you can use any image and there is also a DT call, and a prize for the good is that.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Sunday, 21 February 2010

My Mum

Todays card was made before goining to the show, my early Sundays crafting indulgence...cup of tea, distress inks, glamour mist and stamps= Sunday heaven.

Challenges for this card are:
Moving along with the times.....sketch and a mother theme and being as this card will be my mothers day card to my mum.
Quixotic.....something for mum.
Allsorts......a tag ,ticket or label.

Sir Tim

Just got back from the show, we weren't there that long as the show seemed alot smaller this year, but was lucky enough to see know the one all distressed but never stressed..I stood watching him make another amazing creation, he makes it look sooo easy, I wonder if he ever makes a mistake, mind you I never admit to making a mistake I just change it and add some glimmer mist, glitter,etc.

Here are a couple of pics of the great man doing his thing.....

picture of the finished tag he was making although the picture dosen't do it justice at all the bird was covered with distress crackles as was the tag which gave it a lovely shimmery effect with tiny cracks in.

hugs for now x

Where did that come from......

I don't believe it got up this morning ready to go to the show and we've had a t least 10cms of snow and its still snowing.......wasn't expecting that, will just have to wait and see how the roads are now before even contemplating the drive in this......on the bright side I can craft all day as I wasn't going to get much else done today. Let you know later the outcome....Show v craft

Keep warm and hugs for now

Saturday, 20 February 2010


Another weekend....gosh where does the week go, just a short post tonight cos I'm off to the NEC tomorrow to have a look at all things new, I remember going to this trade show when it was called stitches and the first show was in Solihull when Una Stubbs was the celeb that thats along time a go and my children were babies, I opened a needlework shop when my daughter was a few months old.......

This card has been entered into the following challenges:
Flutterby Wednesday......include a butterfly and hearts, there are some hearts in the image.
Creative Belli......include a butterfly on your card.
Secret crafter...Mothers Day.
Lots to Do......use a machine e.g a Bigshot which is what I used to do the embossing.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Friday, 19 February 2010

In the pink

Quickie post this morning before going to work walking in all that white stuff which is melting so will be gone by tonight ahhh...
Love the sketch at Charisma Cardz so just had to have a go at this one....must say there are some great sketch challenges this week. Another challenge entered is Cute Card Thursday the theme is to include metal be it brads, charms etc. I have gone for glitter (of course) metal brads. Image is painted as always in sakura penns and twinkling h2os, as I've got to have some bling, papers are K and Ko and from a magazine, flowers are from stash I think they're from Orchid crafts but I purchased mine from a local shop. Lots of spots is the theme at Totally papercrafts...I know there are a few spots in the background paper but my main spots are the pearls and metal brads as well as the punched border.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Its Snowing

Yay......... the weather man got it right at last and its snowing, now I know lots of you are fed up with the white stuff but we've missed out apart fom when the whole country was covered. Decided to take my mum and grandson to a local play centre called Jam Jam Boomerang.....funny name for a play centre. Mum, after getting used to the loud noise of all the children, thoroughly enjoyed herself sipping cappucino and watching all the kids have fun especially her own daughter who was playing on the slide, ball pool, and climbing blocks although it was an excuse called looking after her grandson....... who said at 50+ you can't have

I was quite excited when I saw the sketch for Lili of the Valley challenge this week as it looked gorgeous, so at 7.30am I dashed upstairs to make a start on todays card......ok I walked upstairs but had the body been willing I would have I started to punch out the border when it jammed and could i unjam so I had to wait for my son to get up so he could fix it for me.....I find these  punches by Martha Stewart abit frustrating as my heart punch hates paper so consequently my card is a little later than planned.

Challenges for this card are:
Lili of the Valley challenge.....followed the sketch have been dying to use this stamp as its so sweet as is the little girl one.
Fab n Funky.......have the theme of a child card.
Papertake....use check or gingham.
If the shoe fits challenge...Mad for plaid is the title for this weeks challenge.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Brown, Pink and cream

Another busy day at work today as we have a special offer on Easter Eggs (BOGOF) on all the £3.50 eggs ....what a bargain. Colours for this card as you can see are brown, pink and cream with the tinest smidge of blue. This colour scheme is the challenge at Roses on Paper. The challenge at Magnolia Down Under is to include Buttons, flowers and ribbons on you project. Check it out is the theme at Papertake Weekly so you can use either check or gingham or both on your design. I followed the sketch at Sketch and stash, the new stash that I have used is the magnolia Tilda stamp. Three types of embellishment, two patterned papers and one image is the challenge at Simon Says.As well as the challenge at Simon Says they also have a blog hop where you need to visit various blogs gathering letters along the way...I'm fine until it comes to unscrambling the letters then my brain turns to mush.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Chocolate OD

.Had a regional meeting today but as usual ate far too many chocolates I think we should be able to go to a health spa for a week once a year for a detox and diet, I did sugest it but no go....

Todays card is a splish splosh of glimmer mist and distress inks, the main background paper i distressed with fired brick, shabby shutters,dusty concord and broken china I then spritzed the paper with gold  glimmer mist which produces the most amazing effect which doesn't photograph as good as it looks, stamps are from Crafty Individuals. I followed the sketch from Everybody Art, Springtime is the theme at A Spoonfull of Sugar, The colours on this card remind me of bluebells in a wood and the orange and golds are sunshine, the clock represents the time of change and the bird completes the picture. Time is the theme at Tuesday Taggers. Probably abit late for this challenge but at Gingersnap Creations the theme is lace and fibres. Create a little the challenge atCreatalicious challenge this month. The challenge at Stamp Something Challenge this week is A touch of Spring.

hugs for now Daniele x

Monday, 15 February 2010

Forever friend bear

Off this Monday, but being as my Grandson is here I don't get much crafting done, he upended a box today and we spent some time putting it all back.....he was having fun though so thats all that matters. This card was made yesterday evening, featuring a Forever Friend bear painted using cosmic shimmer paints and sakura pens. Papers are from Papermania.

Challenges for this card are :

Pink Elephant......use ribbon, the ribbon I've used on this is the satin daisy ribbon which I then added diamante flowers to the centre.
Just cute bears challenge......followed the sketch.
Forever friends........add hearts, now I know mine are small but they are there each corner has a pearl heart in it.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Little birdie

Oh what an day I'm having, total jobs to do, well they can wait till tomorrow, have had a crafty day so here is my second post.....Haven't used this stamp before, which is from Crafty Individuals and the background is from the paper that I use to line my box to catch all the spray from all that misting I do....never waste anything me, in fact I've managed to stamp 4 images on it and all of them are completly different.Main
papers are from Papermania signature collection and I've used my last love these shabby roses.(reminder to self to buy some more).

Challenges for this card are:

Pile it
Cup Cake Craft......theme this week is keep it simple being as this card was a quick one to do and only 1 main embellishment I think its a simple design
Crafty Angels....theme is Fantastic flowers

Mostly Red

Never tried using all red before as it seems such a harsh colour but I quite like the finished effect of this card, although its been glimmer misted to add some bling.......can't not do bling.
The image is from Crafty Individuals these stamps are so detailed and easy to use, I used Fired red brick and tea dyed for the background of the image and then misted with gold glimmer mist to get the mottled look. I also sprinkled a little bit of gold embossing powder in certain parts before the image to give a metallic finish, the lace was misted to match the background as was the ribbon, heart cut was distressed with red brick and a music image again from Crafty Individuals stamped onto it.

Challenges entered for this cards are:

One Stop Craft.....sketch done by Chrissie this week and Its a real gem of a sketch, love it.
Crazy4Challenges.....use mainly red.
if the Shoe fits....use 3 eyelets,ribbon and hearts.
ink on my fingers......theme is love.
Rainbow ladys challenge.....Have a heart and the option of red,
Daring Cardmakers.....Have a heart
Sassy designs by Susie......herats and flowers
Belli Challenge......use ribbons
Fussy and Fancy Challenge......dazzle us
Ohh La La creations challenge......Love

Happy Valentines Day with hugs from Daniele x

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Iced out

Phew what a day I guess every one left it till today to buy their loved ones chocs for Valentines day cos we were busy to say the least but still managed to make this card. Papers are from Papermania haven't used them for ages but wanted a vintage look for this card so they fit the bill, image painted with twinkling H2Os, Sakura Pens and a splash of cosmic shimmer.
Challenges are:

Lots to is in the air.
Our creative corner.......something old not used for a whille....papers.
Allsorts.....3/2/1 recipe, I used 3 papers, 2 ribbons and 1 rose embellishment.
Alphabet challenge...P for pink.
Polka Doodle....hearts and flowers.
Friday Sketcher.....sketch.
Fab n Funky.....shabby chic.
Just Magnolia....theme of love

Hugs for now.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Just for you

Went for another different colour scheme for me turquiose and pink.....well gotta have pink, image painted with sakura loving the glittery effect you get with these pens. Papers are from MME. I have put lace aound the edge of the image for extra bling (doesn't show to well in photo)
Challenges entered are:

Creative Inspirations....use left over pieces of paper.
Spoon full of suagar...1 patterned paper,1 embossed paper, 1 button and 1 ribbon.
Allsorts....Get distressed with a button/s and bow.
Lily-Boo....this months challenge is to include a tag and ribbon.
Create 4 Fun....sketch.
Pink Elephant.....gushy valentine
Stamp something .....theme is something cute
Totally Papercrafts....buttons and bows

Hugs for now Daniele x

Valentine fever

A day off today and a rest from you can imagine its getting busy in the shop lots of iced messages to do, I think I ice neater than I can write with a pen these days. I love this time of the year as the men come in and make a big song and dance about it...had one yesterday muttering thank god its only once a year i reminded him thats there also a wedding anniversary, birthday and christmas as well as the odd surprise still to go. lol ..They don't get sympathy in my shop. Got my grandson again today hopefully will manage to sqeeze in the odd card making session at some point in the day.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

With Love

This mornings card was done late last night so hence the bags under the eyes, I don't know why but I seem to have more inspiration late at night or first thing in the morning. Image from the new magnolia collection, papers are MME, image painted with twinkling H2O's and Sakura pens.
Challenges for this card are:
The Pixie Cottage.....Love theme.
Simon Says....Whats love got to do with it.
Quixotic...Tag it include a tag or make one
Cute card the name of love.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Gem of a challenge

Yesterday saw the launch of the Pink Gem these stamps are fabbie I just had to join in the fun. The first challenge is to follow a sketch and there is the option to use pink and gems.......didn't hesitate at that so lovin' pink and gems and glitter and anything girlie at the moment.....mid life crisis me thinks all those hot flushes leave you hot and looking pink lol. Stamp is... guess....ok, Pink gem, papers are from DCWVand a magazine. card

Hugs for now Daniele x

My Time to craft

Morning everyone today sees the start of another challenge at My Time To Craft, this weeks challenge is ....hearts and kisses....nice and easy with valentines round the corner, so pop over and join in the fun. Just to remind you that you still have time to enter the challenge at Crafters Companion was my time last week for the challenge so you are following the sketch i drew and a recipe would be lovely to see your wonderful creations, why not combine the two.......

Crafters Companion DT Card

My Time to Craft Dt card

Hugs from Daniele x

Monday, 8 February 2010

Pink and Grey

This mornings post has been done under duress, not good idea sharing your workroom with your grandson, don't worry all sharps are out the way but not boxes of ribbons and after picking them up off the floor several times i kept the card quite simple. Tilda is from the new collection and very sweet, papers are from Pink Parfait from Papermania and DCWV christmas collection (stripe pink and grey), ribbon and flowers are from stash,

Challenges for this card are:

Crafty Angels....whats your colour, well for me its anything and pink.
Sketch and Stash........sketch and the new stash i've used is the new magnolia Tilda stamp.
Magnolia Down and grey colour scheme.

off for a walk in the park now to get a certain little person off to sleep......i hope

hugs from Daniele x

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Green and red valentine card

Recieved some new Magnolia stamps this weekend so just had to ink them, Roses are from the new collection and Tilda holdng a heart is from last years collection. I'm surprised that i managed to get two cards completed this weekend as we had our grandson for the weekend whilst his mum and dad went away. Its an experience ......went to an indoor play area with him on Saturday, i could just about squeeze through the openings whilst scrambling over the climbing frame.....did manage to go down the slide without getting stuck, went swimming in the ball pool oh what fun.
The challenges for this card are:

Friday sketchers........sketch.
Alphabet challenge.......use ovals.
Simon Says........inspiration is red and roses
Cooking it up with Katie......Punch something and use a sticker mine is the sentiment.
Die Cut Dreams......Theme is have a heart.
Stamp with fun......Hearts
The Pink Elephant........Hearts/valentine

Close up detail of image, painted in Sakura pens and twinkling H2O's

Hugs from Daniele

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Tickled Pink

Think i went overboard with the pink and embellishments on this card, can't make my mind up whether it works or not, i kinda started with the border and thought i'd follow the theme at forever Friends which is an
Inside out card i.e. an aperture, image painted with sakura pens, papers are from Basic Grey, 'sugared' range,
Challenges entered are:
Basic Grey challenge......sketch.
Crazy 4 challenges.....Be my Valentine.
Stamp Something........Love
Stampin for the Weekend........Valentine
Creative Inspirations........Pink and cream
Forever Friends.......Inside out card.
Simon Says.....inspiration of a rose and colours is a shade of red
Just cute bears challenge.....Hearts
Pile it On

Close up detail of frame and image of bear inside the card

Hugs from Daniele x

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Splash of

Don't usually do purple so in for a penny... as they say, Stamped image is from Crafters Companion new Romance Popcorn collection and cooured in using Sakura into glitter effect at the moment will probably need therapy soon. Papers are from Daisy and Dandelion from Papermania, I sprayed the lace with purple pansy glimmer mist.....ohh that is such a nice colour. Added buttons with faux stitching and a half glitter flower, glitter brad is from the new capsule collection again Papermania.
Challenges for this card are:
Cute Card Thursday........Spots and dots
lili of the Valley........theme this week is Valentine and although this isn't your traditional colour scheme its certainly a love card.
Gingersnap Creations........theme is Romance.
Fab n' Funky........Emboss it, I embossed the background paper with dots.
Truly Scrumptious......sketch.
Creative Card Crew.........Valentine.
Charisma Cardz.....have the theme of love
Cute and Girly.......this months theme is love.

Hugs from Daniele x

Its A Crafters Companion Challenge

Morning.....she says with eyes half shut don't think i'll ever get a lie own fault, sat up till 11.50p.m last night making a card and you know what its like once you start you have to keep going, anyway just wanted to remind you challenge junkies that the challenge has been posted at It's a Crafters Companion challenge blog and this weeks challenge has been set by me..... following the sketch that i drew for my entry to join their design team.........and you can use any stamped image now so why not join in the fun and Ildiko has put up some candy for this challenge as kind of her.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


 Todays card is using the digi image from whimsy called Wings of Hope the image has been made to raise money for the Haiti disaster fund (American Red Cross) as I'm sure you'll agree a well worthwhile cause and you get a super carousel horse image to colour the cost is approx £2.50. The papers I've used are from My Minds Eye.....which were a freebie in a craft magazine how fab is that as its a 6x6 book of lovely papers.

Challenges for this card are:

Everybody Art......Thankyou card
Crafty Angels............Buttons
Polly Craft.........Things with wings
Friday Sketchers......Sketch

Hugs from Daniele x