Thursday, 15 June 2017

Petal Lu Challenge - June - Use Red

Hello lovelies,

Today I'm sharing my DT post for the fabulous Petal Lu Challenge and this month we would like to see you use RED FLOWERs on your project..... remember you can also use other colours too but there must be at least one red flower on your project!

This month I tried something a little different ......

I used this wonderful image by Hannah Lynn Queen of Hearts digi stamp from Crafts & Me and I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Markers (this is my first time using SN's so be gentle lol).

I decided to add it to a small 7x5 canvas instead of a card. I painted the canvas black and created some turquoise texture past which I used to stencil hearts all over before adding my torn up backing papers.

Finally I embellished with die cut hearts, faux stitching and of course the star of the show my stunning Petal Lu flowers!

I do hope you like it and would love to see you come join in our challenge!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Here are some links you might need:

A new facebook page  (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms, receive discounts and other promotional goodies, exclusive to the page)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Crafter's Companio Cherry Green Release - 15th July

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to share my very first assignment for Crafter's Companion/Spectrum Noir!

This week (Thursday to be precise) these wonderful stamps will be available on Hochanda, they are by Cherry Green and are a delight to work with.

They have all been coloured with my Spectrum Aqua markers ... this is the first time I have used them and the colours are amazing!

On this card I have added my Spectrum Sparkle pens to create a glittery background to offset the pretty image.

I went all sheena with this one and created the background using Glycerine and my spectrum aqua's. it was soooooooo much fun, i'm so grateful to sheen douglas for sharing this amazing technique.

I used the "Sheena" technique again on this one but first I stamped the images with white embossing powder to create a resist back ground.

And finally this is such a cute little card, for a change! I made 2 rosettes and layered them up for a very top heavy card lol!

Hope you like my inspiration and I do hope you will be tuning in to watch Hochanda this Thursday.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - June

Hi Guys,

I'm back again today with my DT post for the new challenge for June over at The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge, and remember we are all about the "Anything goes" so get colouring and pop on over to enter!!

This week I chose to use the super sweet Ellie with Cactus, this image is so on trend at the mo and as soon as my eldest daughter spotted this card she nabbed it for her room lol

I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir Pencils and then re-outlined my image with a fine tipped pen

 The papers were free with Making Cards magazine and go just perfectly with the image.

The sentiment is also from a free set from Making Cards!!

I hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with my DT post for The Colour Crazy Challenge

This week we are sponsored by Bugaboo and I  chose this super cute Unicorn themed image  to work with,  it comes as a complete set including fluffy clouds and a rainbow!! You can find it here.

I coloured the image with my Spectrum  Noirs and chose to make a shaker card for something a little different.

I hope you like it and I hope you will pop on over to the challenge and join in the fun! There are always fab sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration - Sun N Fun Emma

Hi everyone,  today I am sharing a little Paper nest Dolls Inspiration using the super sweet Sun N Fun Emma from the latest release ... you can find her with her flaming and beach ball as one image here

I coloured her up on Strathmore coloured pencil paper and used my Spectrum Noir Pencils ... they have been sitting in my craft room for so long unused and I thought I would give them a try.

I kept the whole card pretty simple, I found this perfect paper in the Trimcraft Caribbean Crush papers from last year, I think they work perfectly together.

The sentiment is by MFT and I also added some faux stitching (I can't seem to do a CAS card without it) and some Wink of Stella to the Flamingo.

I hope you like it!

We would love you to come and join the fun in our anything goes challenge here.

Have a great week!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Some news to share.....

Hi everyone, it's not usual that I decide to do an impromptu post mid week and mid day but I have some amazing news to share!!!

I was going to post this tonight when I got home from work but I got called home early due to little Lacey being a little sick at school and we are currently watching movies until she recovers .... any way my great news...

I am delighted to announce that I have recently joined the Soectrum Noir TV DT!!!

I received my first DT package yesterday and am now ready to get started .... so watch this space!!

Thank you so much to Crafters Companion for inviting me to this amazing opportunity and I hope I can do you proud!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cutie Pie - Special Friend

Hi lovelies,

Bit of a busy week this week for me, I started my new job which so far has been great!  The best thing so far is that it takes me about 6minutes from leaving to getting home ... now that to me saves me about 2 hours a day ... so in theory I should have loads more time to craft now yaaaaaaay!

So on to my card...

I couldn't resist the adorable new Cutie Pie set from Tiddly Inks:

I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir Pencils, I added some white gel pen details and re-outlined my image as always.

The papers are by LOTV and the sentiment is from a Polkadoodles CD.

Another clean and simple card for me, just finished of with some faux stitching.

Hope you like it, have a great Sunday every one.

Hugs xx Cara xx

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

Tiddly Inks - Blooming Beautiful
Challenge up your life - Blossoms
Crafty Calendar - May - Flowers
Crafty Catz - More than two layers

Monday, 15 May 2017

Petal Lu May Challenge - Green

Hello lovelies,

I'm back today with my mid challenge inspiration for the Petal Lu May challenge and this month we would love to see you use green flowers .... remember you can submit anything as long as there is a green flower on there somewhere!

This week I chose this adorable image from Wee Stamps called Dreamy Dragon.  I coloured the little cutie with my Spectrum Noir Pencils.

I'm still trawling through that paper mountain of mine and found some to match perfectly with my image and flowers.

All but the pink flowers are hand made by the lovely Lucinda of Petal Lu ... aren't they beautiful!

I did finish off with some Wink of Stella but as always its a little camera shy :)

Hope you like it ... here are the links you need for all that is Petal Lu:

Petal Lu Facebook

A new facebook page  (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms, receive discounts and other promotional goodies, exclusive to the page)

Can't wait to see what you all enter.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ula - Be a Mermaid

Hi everyone!

What a week it has been!  The beginning of the week there was a hug fire at a recycling plant at the end of my street! luckily no one was hurt but we were evacuated from our homes for 2 days and now the huge clean up is in operation.  Everything stinks of burning plastic .... including all of my crafting goodies :(   The papers I had in my huge metal cabinet aren't bad but the ones I had left out aren't too good.

I also had my last day at my old job Friday, I am moving to a job much closer to home, I am so excited but really sad to say goodbye to many wonderful friends.

So now we are all caught up I have had a little time to craft this weekend .. in between cleaning and here is what I did:

This is the fabulous Ula Be a mermaid and her wonderful matching sentiment from Polkadoodles!

I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour her up and added some sparkle with my Copic Spica pens.

I did plan a totally over the top tropic flower power type of card but then ended up a little bit more bold and striking instead!

I used papers from my fabulous Trimcraft Paradise Crush pad.. I love these papers!  I added a double bow and of course some faux stitching to finish.

Hope you like it.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Let Love Grow - Colour Crazy Challenge

It's Team B's turn to set the challenge his week at the Colour Crazy Challenge blog and we are sponsored again by the lovely Lizzy of Oddball Art

My image this week is called Sylar and Friends signs of spring and can be found here,  the image comes with 3 great sentiments too! 

I used my prisma pencils to colour the image and teamed it with bright spring inspired papers.

I kept the whole card clean and fresh with just some doodling to finish off.

I hope you like it.

Hugs xx Cara xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Papernest Dolls Challenge - May Challenge

Hello everyone!!!

I have some super amazing news ..... The lovely Christine has invited me to be DT member on her wonderful challenge Design Team for her super sweet Paper Nest Dolls!!! I am so honoured, you will all know how much I adore these images ... they are all I seem to use lately...

So why don't I just get straight to it ... today see's the start of the May challenge and as always its Anything Goes!

Today I have used Strawberry Jam Ellie and she is from the brand new digital release and is in the store today!

I coloured her up using my prisma pencils, I also tried some new Strathmore paper especially for colour pencils.

I managed to find some old papers with strawberries on that matched perfectly.

I finished off with some pearls and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I do hope you will pop over and join in the challenge.

Hugs Cara xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Petal Lu DT post - Yellow

Hi everyone,

I've been waiting for what seems like ages to do this post .... my very first post as part of the Petal Lu DT!!!!

This month our theme is Yellow .... so that means you must use some yellow flowers on your project (you can use other coloured flowers too) ... easy peasy right!

So here is my card ... I used a super cute image from Tiddly Inks .. this is Molly's cup of Love

Here is a close up of the beautiful flowers .... There is a fantastic discount on the mixed yellow pack here for the duration of Aprils challenge!

I also sneaked in some pretty blue flowers too :)

Papers are from a very old prima pad, gorgeous spring summer colours.

I matted with lots of Kraft and finished with a sentiment and some fussy cut butterflies.

Here are some handy links:

A new facebook page  (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms, receive discounts and other promotional goodies, exclusive to the page)

I hope you like it,  I would love you to pop over and join our challenge!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 7 April 2017

School's out for Summer ....I wish!

Hello again lovelies

Its Team B's turn to showcase our makes for this weeks challenge at the Colour Crazy Challenge and we are sponsored by Pickled Potpourri.

They have given me such a fun image to work with this week called Sweet Summer.

With such a bold image I chose to colour it in bright primary colours using my Prisma Pencils, I also added glossy accents to the sunshine and beach ball.  I love how the image looks like an old style polaroid picture.

I teamed the image with some gorgeous papers by My Minds Eye, more oldies from my paper mountain ... I will work through them all some day.  I added the sentiment using my Dymo machine and then some simple faux stitching.

And a final pic to show you the gloss on the beach ball and sunshine!

I hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Colour Crazy DT Card - Oddball art

Hello all,

This week it is my team's turn to host the new challenge at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog and we are generously sponsored by the lovely Lizzy of Oddball art!

I used Melody the Mermaid for my card this week:

She's so funny she looks like she has the right face on .... pretty much like mine after the week I've had!

I coloured her with my Prisma pencils and re-outlined her with a zentangle marker.

I used some papers which were a Members Gift from C& C many moons ago!

I finished of by cutting out some flag shapes and then went a little crazy with the doodling.

I hope you like it!


Cara xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day trio

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I like to give my girlies a little treat on Valentine's Day, just a little bag filled with a few sweeties and love themed small gifts and of course a hand made card each!

This year I used images all from The Papernest Dolls

First of all is Paige's card using hugs and kisses emma


She is coloured with my distress ink markers, as are all of the cards today.


The papers are old dovecraft basics Ones I really love this paper stack!

Next up is Lacey's card using Ellie with heart

All of the hearts are from one set by trimcraft!


And finally this is Phoebe's card using Ellie with heart cupcake

I finished everything off with a wash of my wink of Stella pen but as usual it is a little camera shy!


Here a couple of pics with them all together



Have a great day whatever you're doing.

Hugs xx Cara xx