Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Best wishes

Good morning folks

Yes I am back. We have been on a trip of a lifetime to Orlando and have had a fabulous time. Didn't see Mickey Mouse but did see Pluto, Belle, Alice, Storm Troopers and many more characters.
Today I am sharing a birthday card I made before my holidays - 
For this card I have used - 

  • white, lilac and platinium centura pearl
  • green core'dinations
  • Tattered Lace dies - spun sugar frame, love is in the air sentiments, delightful ivy and mini dies (flowers) 
  • pearls from my stash

I cut the sentiment out twice and then applied a slight drop shadow.
I also cut the ivy die twice and then paper pieced the green ivy on top of the platinium die cut.

That's all from me today, I am off to tackle the post holiday laundry - oh joy!
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 28 July 2017

Holly

Good morning

I have been a busy bee so far this week. I spent Wednesday and yesterday moving my eldest son from his uni flat into his (hopefully) working flat. After several (far too many that I lost count) trips across the city all his stuff is in his new flat. It is now upto him to unpack it all tho.
It is back to Christmas for my crafty make today - 
This cute little lady is Holly and she is a Whimsy stamp which I coloured with a mixture of Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens, Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens - 

  • skin - ivory, eggshell, cream and blush
  • hair - russet, leather, henna and dark brown
  • clothes - cardinal, sangria, burgundy, blossom, rose blush, pink lace, pecan, red brown, ice grey 2 and ice grey 6
  • tree - caramel, goldenrod, raw sienna, oak tree, LG2, LG3, LG4 and IG1
  • wings - rose quartz and crystal clear Sparkle pens
  • sky - sky blue and blue grey 1

I have also used - 

  • holiday trimmings paper pad from Penny Black
  • silver mirri card
  • Tattered Lace ornamental circles die set
  • Tattered Lace ornamental tuck in lace dies
  • silver gems from my stash


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

That's all from me today. I am now going to tackle my laundry pile which seems to have doubled since my son's house move!

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gardening fun

Hello folks

First Monday of the holidays, always a joyous day which I'll be spending washing and ironing ready for our great getaway in a week's time.
This is a recent make featuring the gardener stamp from LOTV - 
I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • trees - CG3, AG2, AG4, AG5, EB4, EB5, EB8, TN6, TN7, TN8, DR6 and DR7
  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9 and TN2
  • hat and apron - MB1, MB2, MB3 and MB4
  • wellies - YG1, YG3 and DG4
  • gloves - RB2, RB3 and RB4
  • hair - EB8
  • clothes - GY1, GY2, GY4, TB2, BGR2, BGR4
  • shears and scissors - IG2, IG4 and IG6
  • ground - EB1 and EB2
  • bird - EB3, EB5 and EB6
  • sky - TB1

I have also used - 

  • Woodland folk paper pad from Docrafts
  • green core'dinations
  • LOTV's someone special sentiments stamp set
  • Die-namics cross stitched rectangle stax
  • tumbled glass distress ink
  • pearls from my stash

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk - July use any image challenge

That's all from me today. Enjoy your day

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 23 July 2017

More Christmas in July

Good Sunday morning folks

Yes I am back again to show more Christmassy stuff - 
I recently purchased some new Tattered Lace dies and this card uses two of them.
I have used - 
  • Tattered Lace Glisten in the snow die set
  • Tattered Lace Winter Wonderland die set (for the sentiment)
  • Sheena's stamping card
  • scraps of card, mirri card and paper from my scrap box (I told my hubby that they would come in useful)
  • white linen card
  • Elegant snowfall embossing folder from Sara's Signature collection - Contemporary Christmas collection (from last year)
  • Tonic's red berry Nuvo drops

I cut the die out first with Sheena's stamping card and then paper pieced each area.
The sentiment is from Tattered Lace's Winter Wonderland die set.

That's all from me today. I'll be back tomorrow with something less festive.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Christmas in July

Good morning folks

Well it has finally arrived...........yes it is the summer holidays and school is most definitely out. After an extremely busy end to the school year I have finally finished for the summer and boy am I glad they are here.
So as it is the summer holidays then it must be time to start my Christmas cards ........
Here (in the best Blue Peter style) is one I prepared earlier - 
I have used a Stamping Bella image called snow pals which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, pencils and Sparkle pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, CR1, TN2 and 089
  • clothes - GT1, GT2, GT3, 052, PPi, PP3, PP5, 042, BGR3, BGR4, BGR5, 120, IG1, IG2, IG3, 117 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • penguin - BGR4, BGR5, black, GB5, GB7, IG1, IG2, IG3, GT1, GT2, GT3, 117, 052 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • snow - IG1, IG2, IG3 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • Penny Black's Christmas papers
  • silver mirricard
  • peacock feather and tumbled glass distress ink
  • Tattered Lace ornamental circles die set
  • Tattered Lace foliage and flourishes die set
  • LOTV's Christmas wishes sentiments stamp set
  • ribbon and gem from my stash

I inked the edges of the papers and die cuts with peacock feathers distress ink.
I hope you all have a great weekend whatever your plans. I took delivery of some new dies this week so I intend to spend some time in my craft room.

Crafty hugs
Lesley


Saturday, 15 July 2017

A very proud moment

Good morning folks (just)

It is the weekend again, they are coming around very quickly and we seem to be galloping towards the end of term with alarming speed. I have so much to get completed and so little time to do it. I think I need 48 hours in every day at the moment. This will hopefully explain my long absences from my blog, too little time to craft or to post.
This week also saw a very proud moment for me - my son's graduation. He now has a BA hons in Fine Art. 
This is the card I made to celebrate this fabulous occasion - 
For this card I have used Brainy books stamp from LOTV which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • books - TB4, TB5, TB7, TB9, BGR2,CR7, CR9, CR11, IG1, IG2, FS5, FS7 and FS9
  • mouse - FS1, FS3, TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5 and TN7
  • hat - BG9, BG10 and true black
  • sky - IB1
  • ground - BG1 and BG3

I have also used - 

  • blue core-dinations
  • Just for men brights paper pad from Crafter's Companion
  • Sweet and simple sentiment stamp set from LOTV
  • Die-namics cross stitched retangle STAX

Well that's all from me today. I hope you enjoy your weekend and hopefully I'll be back soon.

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 7 July 2017

I for Insect

Hello folks


I am a little late with my Alphabet Challenge post today (sorry Jan) but here is my card for the new I for Insects challenge - 

This card is a bit of an experiment. I have played with Spectrum Aqua pens, pixie powders and ink to complete the background and image. The stamp I have used is Time Flies from Crafter's Companion which I coloured with Spectrum Aqua pens - 

  • heather, orchid, wildflower, tan, slate and charcoal 

I have also used - 
  • Sheena's stamping card
  • black centura pearl
  • shaded lilac distress ink
  • Hunkydory black glitter
  • Tattered Lace peach sorbet squares die set
  • pewter and purple violet pixie powder from Cosmic Shimmer
  • glossy accents for the watch face
I do hope you are able to join our challenge this fortnight. You can visit our blog here.


Thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty hugs


Lesley




Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Music time

Good morning folks

I hope the sun is shining on you all today. We, in the North West, are promised a scorcher of a day which is brilliant as it is our sports day this morning. Water and trainers at the ready....
This is a recent make for a friend's birthday - 
The stamp is one from Crafter's Companion and is called music time which I have coloured with a mixture of Spectrum Aqua pens and Sparkle pens -  

  • fawn, topaz, leaf green and black (Spectrum Aquas)
  • amethyst, olive jade and inspired violet (Sparkle pens)

I created the background with heather aqua pen, sterling silver sparkle pen and grape crush ink spray from Cosmic Shimmer.
I have also used - 

  • purple mirri from Hunkydory
  • Sheena's stamping card
  • matt black card
  • violet galaxy crystal drops from Tonic
  • rose garden embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
  • silver gilding wax from Pebeo
  • Tonic layering squares die set

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

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 3 July 2017

Rustic charm

Good morning folks

Yes I'm back! After a short illness and a very busy week back at work I am back to posting on my blog.
This is a card I made for my hubby to send to his dad on Father's day - 
Mr Mojo is still playing hard to get so I used a lovely Hunkydory kit - 

  • Rustic Charm relaxing afternoon Deco-large card kit from Hunkydory
  • gold mirri card


This photo shows the depth of the deco-large.

A short but hopefully sweet little post just to dip my toe back into blogging. I will be back soon.

Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 19 June 2017

Disco diva

Hello folks

A bright sunny card to match the lovely weather we are currently having in the UK - 
I have used LOTV's 1970s Disco diva stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens- 

  • skin - TN2, TN4 and TN7
  • hair - smoked quartz and harvets moon Sparkle pens and EB8
  • clothes - AP1, AP2 and AP4
  • floor - IG2 and IG4
  • sky - VB1

I have also used - 

  • Happier paper pad from My Minds Eye
  • cream hammer card
  • Tonic layering circles and bowscale dies
  • LOTV's teenage girl sentiments
  • ribbon and bling from my stash
  • tumbled glass distress ink

Thank you so much for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 18 June 2017

More paisley parade

Good Sunday morning folks

The sun is shining, paddling pools and BBQs are in use and my poor cats are melting in their furry coats. Summer, and the promised heatwave, has arrived. I tend to hide in doors until about 4pm and then venture out into the garden so today I'll be in my craftroom enjoying cooler temperatures.
This is a card I made a while ago just because.......
I have used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • Paper Flowers paper pad from First Edition
  • Tattered Lace Paisley Parade interlocking circles
I matted and layered the die cuts and used foam pads to add depth. I haven't added a sentiment yet, I could use this card for quite a few occasions so I will add a suitable sentiment when I need to use the card.


Enjoy the sunshine and remember that suntan lotion.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 16 June 2017

Coffee and cream

Hello folks

Well it's Friday again and the weather man is promising a lovely weekend so bring it on I say.
This is a card I made for my mother-in-laws birthday - 
I have used - 

  • cream, ivory and brown centura pearl
  • Tattered Lace Paisley Parade interlocking diamond die set
  • cream organza ribbon from my stash
  • gem from the Ribbon Girl

This is fantastic die set which gives an amazing result.
This is my attempt at a fancy bow using my bow maker.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Step back in time - 1950s

Hello and a happy hump day.

I am hoping to see the sun today, we have had some terrible weather just recently, you wouldn't think it was June.
Here is something to brighten my mood - 
I have used LOTV's 1950s - Capri pants stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens - 

  • hair - EB7
  • skin - FS2, FS4 and FS9
  • clothes - PP1, PP3, IG2, EB1, EB2, BG3 and crystal clear Sparkle pen
  • dog - EB7, GB8, GB9 and GB11
  • ground - BG1 and BG3
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • white linen card
  • pink core'coredinations
  • Just love me paper pad by Lemoncraft
  • Spellbinder's labels 4
  • Tattered Lace pearl flourish 7
  • ribbon and gem from the Ribbon Girl

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk - week 419 - use at least two dies

Thank you for stopping by today
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 12 June 2017

Street life

Good morning folks and welcome to Monday.......

I have been very busy recently in my craft room but have been unable to show them until now (simply due to them being for various birthdays and celebrations). I made this card for my son's birthday - 
For this card I have used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • Spectrum Aqua pens - navy, marine and purple
  • Sheena's A little bit sketchy street life and under the bridge
  • clear and silver embossing powder
  • platinium centura pearl
  • matt black card

I created a colour wash with the Spectrum Aquas and then bleached out the moon shape.

Thank you for stopping by
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Retro birthday - 1980s

Happy Sunday folks

I am recovered from my road trip and I must say it was well worth the visit, very proud of my boy: he just needs a job now.
A little while ago I purchased a few (!!!!) stamps from LOTV and this card uses one of them - 
I have used 1980s  Romantic rock stamp from LOTV which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9 and TN2
  • hair - TN7, TN8 and EB8
  • boots and hat - MB1, MB3 and MB4
  • clothes - BT4, BT5, BT6, BT7, BT9, CG2, CG3 and DG2
  • ground - IG1 and IG3
  • sky - EB1

I have also used - 

  • Studio Light BV paper pad (from the Ribbon Girl)
  • antique linen core'dinations
  • ivory centura pearl (for the card base)
  • Die-namics cross stitched rectangle STAX
  • LOTV's teenage girl sentiments
  • gem from the Hobby House
  • ribbon from my stash
  • lace from the Ribbon Girl
  • antique linen distress ink



I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk - June card challenge

Right that's all from me today, I have to tackle all my chores today - yuck.
Enjoy your Sunday
Crafty hugs

Lesley 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Art deco stepper card

Hello folks

Ah the weekend, lots of R and R..........Not for me. Today I am off to Preston to see my son's degree show. We have torrential rain and wind here so I am not looking forward to the journey. Luckily the rain held off yesterday for our zoo trip so I can't complain too much.
Today's card is one I made for my hubby's neice's birthday - 
I have used - 
  • Tattered Lace Art Deco paper pad
  • Teal and brown core'dinations
  • Neenah card
  • Linen card (for the card base)
  • Tattered Lace Art Deco stepper card die set
  • Tattered Lace Glitz Glam Daisy die
  • Spectrum Noir pens - FS2, FS4 and FS9
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - sterling silver

I paper pieced Daisy and used used Spectrum Noir pens and Sparkle pens to colour the skin and bag.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you have a lovely weekend despite the weather.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Friday, 9 June 2017

Give thanks

Good morning folks

It's Friday....... yeah!!!!!! I am off to the zoo today with my school so I am praying for a little bit of sushine and no rain. If it rains it will be a miserable day for all concerned if the weather isn't kind to us.
As I said it is Friday so it is time for a new challenge at Alphabet Challenge. This fortnight's challenge is 
G for give thanks
This is my DT card for the challenge - 
I have used Stamping Bella - Daisy Squidgy stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - 

  • hair - GB8, GB10 and EB5
  • skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, TN2 and CR2
  • dress - AP1, AP3 and AP4
  • flower - AP1, AP3, AP4, CG2, DG2, DG3, BGR1 and BGR3
  • ground - BG1 and BG3
  • sky - IB1

I have also used - 

  • Sheena's stamping card
  • Happier paper pad from My Mind's Eye
  • Tattered Lace torn edge hexagons die set
  • Marianne flower die set
  • Victorian velvet distress ink

I do hope you can join in the fun at Alphabet Challenge, why not stop by the blog to see what my fellow teamies have made.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - 

Thank you so much for stopping by
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Monday, 5 June 2017

Happy birthday

Good morning folks

Today is the start of my working week after the half term holidays. The weather has taken a turn for the worst making me quite happy to be going back.
This is a recent birthday card made using Tattered Lace dies - 
I have used - 

  • white/hint of silver centura pearl
  • purple core'dinations
  • Tattered Lace floating in the air happy birthday die
  • Tonic Bowscale die set
  • Tattered Lace spring embossing folder
  • purple ribbon and pearls from my stash


Enjoy your day despite the weather
Crafty hugs

Lesley