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Friday, 22 August 2014

Are you organised for Christmas yet???

Well if like me you're not then the new challenge over at the Polkadoodles challenge blog will help you get there ... well by 1 project at least.

Our theme this week as you guessed is anything to do with Christmas, before I show my post there is lots of news to share:

Make sure you check the Polkadoodles store today because there are 100's of fab new products in there including some stunning new digis which you will NEEEEED!

Also - Nikky is putting together a special Polkadoodles Colouring team so if colouring is your thing and you would like to know more see here - but you MUST be quick because the call CLOSES TODAY. See how to apply HERE.

We are also super thrilled to now be sponsors over at Kit and Clowder - so watch out for lots of exciting news VERY soon! 


         The winner of this challenge will win a copy of one of our Fabulous Hollybobs collections! 

So here's my make:





I made a glittery sparkly easel card fr this challenge, I used a Design sheet and two backing papers from the Festive Hollybobs CD, the image I used is also available as a clear stamp here but if you are as impatient as me she is also available as a digi stamp here.  You can also purchase the design sheet I used as a single laser cut sheet here, there is so much choice and something to suit every crafter!

I do hope you like my little card, there is loads of inspiration over on the challenge blog and its sure to help you get in the mood for Christmas crafting!

Huge hugs

xx Cara xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Fun in the Sun at the Polkadoodles Challenge

Hi everyone,

Yet again I have been a bad blogger and neglecting you all haven't I, I'm so sorry I feel I owe you all a bit of an explanation so here goes .. to keep it short I have a defect in my bile duct so unfortunately I am susceptible to infections of the Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder, it has become increasingly worse over the past few months and unfortunately has resulted in several long hospital admissions, I am awaiting an operations to give me some relief and hopefully get back to normal :)

I'm pleased to say my wonderful boss Nikky has been so kind and understanding and has let me joining challenges whenever I have been able to do so, thanks so much Nikky.

So without further waffling here is my inspiration card for the current challenge over at the Polkadoodles blog and the theme is "Fun in the Sun".

So here's what I did ... I must warn you though ... don't be shocked ... I actually haven't done any colouring on this ..


I used the super adorable lushusness that is the Cherryblossom Lane CD, all the images are hand drawn and painted by my ever so talented boss lady Nikky.


I printed the topper, papers, flowers and birdies out onto water colour card stock and they printed so well, everything is so soft and delicate it was difficult to get a good picture.


You'll be pleased to hear I've moved on slightly from Kraft card and my new obsession is now acetate, I created an acetate dome to add loads of dimension and then covered it with ooodles of embellishments from ribbon to ric-rac to flowers and birdies and my sentiment and some flourishes.


The inserts are also from the CD, I just matted and layers them to fit my large card.

There, sorry its so picture heavy, I hope you like it.

Do make sure you pop over and see the rest of the teams makes.

Have a great weekend, hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Airbrushing with a Straw???????

Hi everyone,

If all goes to plan by the time you read this I should be in the Northern General having my op to try fix my dodgy digestive system ... I'll not go into to details but if it works I should feel a whole lot better in a few weeks.

Any hoos its Inspiration week for the current challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge at the Graph'it Marker Blog.

Now for the DT we had the tough challenge of creating Airbrush effects ... without the use of an Airbrush aaaaargh??

You can breath a sigh of relief though because the challenge for entrants is to use hot colours (you will see by my card that I totally missed this part lol)

So I cheated a little and dug out my cheapo spritzer tool, it fits most Alcohol Markers so it worked well after a little bit of practice.



I used this super cute new stamp set from Tiddly Inks, this is Monkey Around Wrynn, I got here in the Clear Stamp set, I couldn't find it in the store so I left you the link for the Digi set :)



I created a cloud mask on my Silhouette and used my spritzer tool to spray 3 different colour Graph'it Marker blues to create the clouds (after masking Wrynn off of course)



I also used the spritzer to create a border around the image.  The sentiment came with the stamp set.

I hope you like it, I had great fun spritzing and if you pop over to the challenge my awesome teamies have created their Airbrushing effects with old Biro tubes!!! Wow!

I hope you all like my card, have a great weekend and I will see you when I'm recovered.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Clash those Colours!!!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are all staying cool ... its been a swelterer (if that's even a word lol).

Its Friday again and i'm back with my DT post for the new challenge over at the Polkadoodles blog.

This week we would love to see your bright, bold creations, no holds barred get those colours 'a' clashin!!!!!!!

Here is my make:



I used this amazing image from the Dollie Daydream Goes East CD and coloured her with my Graph'it Markers.




I also used the papers and sentiment from the CD too :)



I added a pop of black and lots of lovely flowers from WOC.

I hope you like it!

Do pop over to the blog and take a peak at the other DT makes, they are fab!!!

Have a great sunny weekend!

Hugs xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - ATG
Digitally Sweet - Embellish it up
Sister Act Card Challenge - ATG
4 Crafty Girls - ATG
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - ATG with Ribbon

Friday, 18 July 2014

Add a Little Twinkle for the Polkadoodles Challenge

Hey everyone I'm back after my holiday and I have some fab news to share:

The fabulous Nikky Hall has only gone and allowed me to join her wonderful Polkadoodles team!!! woooo I'm so pleased I just hope my makes are up to the standard of her amazing team!

So without further ado here is my first make for the inspiration post for the latest Challenge and the theme is to add a little twinkle ... easy right.

Now the DT were given an extra little challenge and that was to make something for Christmas ... it's never too early to make a start right???

So here is what I did:


I used the brand new Festive Hollybobs CD from the Work and Play Collection.


This CD is absolutely cram packed with the most adorable image, papers, design set and everything else you would expect from one of Nikky's CD's.



I used one of the Designs sheets (re-sized) in Word, a couple of backing papers and plenty of stickles to make my card.

I hope you like it :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Christmas has come early at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog!!

Yes you read it correctly Christmas has actually arrived at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog, so you guessed it we would like to see your Christmas makes using your Alcohol Markers!

Here's what I made:




This is the UUUUber cute Chester with Lights from Little Miss Muffet .. isnt he the cutest!!!



I used papers from a free HOTP pad called Forever Christmas (I really need to treat myself to some new crimbo products this yearas I barely have anything left!)



I've added burlap, WOC flowers and some pearl thingies recycled from last years crimbo crackers to embellish.

Here are the colours I used:

Chester: 3180,3190,3160, 3140,3120, 5120
Red: 4245, 5240
Green: 8190,8180,8140
Cool Grey added to eyes and blended.

I hope you like it.

Have a great weekend!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

It's easy peasy Anything Goes at the Colour Crazy Challenge!!!

Hi everyone,

I'm finally back with a card wooooo!

This week at the Colour Crazy Challenge over at the Graph'it marker blog we would love to see anything as long as you have used your alcohol markers to create some part of it!!  Easy right???

I decided to attempt colouring on Kraft card ... this is the first time i've tried this so be gentle with me:




This is the lovely "Ava Loves to Celebrate" and she is one of the Uptown girls from Stampin Bella, the sentiment comes with her too.

Now when I first coloured this I was ready to file it in the bin as it just wouldn't go right ... until I saw my Prisma pencils on the shelf ... I outlined and added highlights with a white pencil and and it instantly lifted it!



This is a ma-hooo-sive easil card using two of the fancy edged A5 cards from C & C., the papers are from the member free gift from C & C too.




I added loads of embellies from Hobby House, Stampin up and WOC and some Magnolia Die cuts to finish.

Here are the Graph'it colours I used:

Skin: 3120,4155,4150 (4135 for cheeks)
Green: 7160,715,7145
Blue: 8180, 8140
Hair: 3290,3280,3270

here's a little tip .. when colouring on Kraft card choose your regular colour combo you use for colouring on white then drop the lightest colour and add another darker colour .....this whill hep the colours show more on the darker card :)

I hope you like my card, why not pop over to the challenge and see the awesome cards from my lovely teamies.

Huge hugs xx Cara xx