Thursday, 31 December 2009

Working progress

You know when you get to the stage... do you add more or stop? well that's where I am at with this. It has been a trial and error project, the kit was from a class I couldn't attend due to illness but I didn't have any instructions with it, all I know was I should have used beeswax at some point but I couldn't get on with it so I kinda made it up as I was going along.

I have used image transfer for the lady in the metal frame which was first embossed in Verdigris and then stamped on top of the embossing and the image added behind, the background is a combination of acrylic paint, glimmer mist,and tissue image transfer with stamping over all of that and the metal railing has been coloured and misted as well. The flowers are metal cut out from a punch and then touched up with metalic paint.The lace on the top was coloured using mist and metallic paint and then stiffened before being added to the top of the frames. I have added a metallic border to the outside of each of the frames I think I'll have a go doing something to the backs of them now so that they are reversable.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

New Year card

Happy New Year to everyone and here is my card didn't put new year as a sentiment but my card is about your dreams for 2010, the image is from Lili of the valley painted with sakura pens....these stamps are sooo sweet.

I have entered this card into the following challenges who have the theme of a new years card Everybody art,Stamp with funThe theme at Cupcake craft challengeis a time for celebration. Over at Rosie Dees they have a free theme as do Creative card crew they also have a DT call.The sketch I followed is fromCreate4fun.Lili of the Valley have the theme of new year as do Cute card Thursday
Just had to enter this card in the challenge at Charisma Cardz, they are celebrating their 1st Birthday today and they also have a blog hop on so........Happy 1st Birthday Charisma challenges and a happy new year to you all                                                                       

Hugs from Daniele x

Back to work

Had to get up early today as I'm back to work after having a few days rest but its only for one day then I'm off again for a couple of days yay......did you all brave the sales on boxing day, I didn't too busy playing with my stash that I'd been saving for post christmas crafting, the only sales I like these days are crafting ones and most of those can be done with a cup of tea in your hand having a leisurely browse on my favourite sites.Must get round to doing some scrapbooking as I have some great pics. of my grandson opening his presents this much to do and never enough time to do it.

Hugs for now Daniele x

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Anything Goes

Had a little play around today playing with Viva paints and metallics. Painted the frame with red acrylic paint first then applied Bronze and gold viva paints dried with heat gun so that the paint crackled then added gold metallic paint and spritzed with Glimmer mist. The box was filled with pictures from Crafty Individuals and charms and metallic(german scrap) added to frame the corner stamp and sentiment stamps are also from crafty individuals.
Have entered this in the following challenges:
Ink on my Fingers they have the theme of believe if you look in the first frame the word belive is under the angel.
Allsorts have the challenge of anything but a card as this is asmall shaddow box hope this counts.
Creative card crew they have the theme of anything goes as well as a DT call
There is a free theme atLots to do
Stamp something Friday have the theme of something that reminds you of the holiday season
Polka Doodles have a free theme also

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to everyone out there in blog land, I hope santa left you lots of pressies, I got a cropodile so no more banging on my desk waking everyone up early in the morning also had a metal art kit so I am going to spend a busy few days playing with my new stash the girls at work brought me some fab papers and pastels as well ....never played with pastels before. Will have to post some pics of my grandson opening his pressies he looks soooo cute.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

1 Sleep to go

What a day at work today it was sooo busy with all those shoppers coming in for their festive chocs, changing the subject where is all the snow??? we have had non except icy frosts each morning, the drive is so slippy that this morning after I had parked the car, I got out and the car decided to start to slip down the drive, my grandson was still in the back so here I am slipping down the drive trying to get back in the car to stop it slipping any further, the neighbours must have thought it quite funny.
Have a great christmas
 hugs Daniele x

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Z Fold Card

|T|he challenge this week at My Time To Craft is a Z fold card.....I went for a simple layout with a hint of vintage, Design coloured with sakura pens and papers are K& Ko, sentiment is from Papermania. I entered the card in a few other challenges;
lots to do theme is anything goes as are also the challenges at Polka Doodles and Charisma Cardz The theme is New Something at Daring Cardmakers and over at Creative Card Crew they also have a free theme as well as a DT call.Celebration is the theme atCupcake Craft challenge
Hugs Daniele x

Monday, 14 December 2009


The theme at StampARTic this week is to pick a favourite previous card to enter, I entered this one because of the colour scheme and the use of acetate for the embellishments....The  design was stamped in black on gold card cut up and mounted the acetate is stamped in black and embossed in gold and rather than using the embossed side up I turned them over so you get  a black line image with a gold outline doesn't show very well in the photo but looks good close up

Friday, 11 December 2009

Yuletide Wishes

This week at My TimeTo Craft we have the theme of Yuletide Wishes, so join in the fun this week.
Hugs Daniele x
Another snowman design just loving these pastel shades quite a few challenges to enter this one into
Papercutz.....theme is is snowmen and snowflakes.
stamp something.........Winter wonderland,
Cooking it up with katie.......Christmas theme and ribbon,
creative Inspirations.......Non trditional coloured xmas card,
Simon Says.....Let it snow,
Pink Elephant....fave colour combo,
Crafty Calendar.....Winter sparkle,
Creatalicious.....Snowflakes and sparkle.
Stamp with fun....sketch
Lots to do .....snow
Here a couple of late entries
our creative corner....theme is a christmas card
the secret crafter.....theme is Snow.
One stop craft......theme is Christmas love ahhh!!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Sepia Christmas Card

My first sepia card and definately not my last loved doing this, The design is a Sugar nellie and has been painted in Tea dye distress ink, after painting the design part of it has been layered up i.e bow, teddy and presents (doesn't show that well though) after I had finished painting I then spritzed the whole design in Glimmer mist to add the bling effect in the background the flowers were also spritzed

The card has been entered into the following challenges: Daring cardmakers who had the inspirational theme of sepia, Our Creative Corner has the theme of 12 days of Christmas.....Partridge in a pear tree, Cupcake have a christmas carol as an inspirational theme...not sure if the '12days of christmas' counts but heres hoping.Spoon full of sugar have the challenge of 'Monochrome', Papertake want christmas cards but NO red or green. The sketch for this design is over at Sketch Saturday

Christmas Tree

Finally got my christmas tree up, its a mamouth task....well it seems it to me I suppose it doesn't help when you have 3 trees to decorate, my son insists on having one in his room as well so it usually takes over a day to do them....the only consolation is I don't take them down, leave that to hubby and then I moan like mad the next year because I can't find the hooks for the baubles no doubt before the season is up I will have added more to it and tweeked.
Hugs Daniele x

Monday, 7 December 2009

Xmas Foliage

close up of candle painted with Sakura pens

Went with a traditional red/green/gold christmas card as there are quite a few challenges with that theme and The challenge at My Time To Craft this week is Xmas Foliage, this card has been entered into the following challenges;http://www.create4fun-challenge  followed the sketch, http://papercutzchallenge/ .have the theme of a christmas card over at http://stampinfortheweekend.they/ have a colour theme Red/Green/Gold. http://simonsaysstampschallenge/ this week is to add a charm as does http://quixoticpaperie/. I coloured the tree charm and then added red and gold stickles for added detail.The theme at Stampavie is also christmas. Other challenge sites running similar themes are Everybody Art, Creative Card Crew and Pile It On

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Too ill to post

Sorry folks for no new posting but have gone down with what I assume is Swine Flu this is the first time in 2 days that I've switched my computer on as I spent yesterday and the day before in bed never felt so ill and have lost 7lbs in weight on the up side that means come Christmas I won't have to diet.....on the down side I was too ill to go to a class I'd booked with Linda from LB Crafts I was sooo upset for missing that........hope you are all having a better week than me.
Hugs Daniele x

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Candy Cane

Thought I'd have a change from cards so when I saw the challenge at http://ropchallenge/. (roses on paper) I had to have a go, the challenge is to alter something, hoping that door hangers count as something altered.Other challenges that I have entered are: http://creativecardcrew/. the theme is Christmas and http://365cards/. have a colour theme of Red and Green as do http://cupcakecraftchallenges/. I've used sakura pens to colour , and it has been layered up but doesn't show very well in the photo, the flowers are spritzed with Lava red cosmic shimmer.....lovely sheen on them
Hugs Daniele x

Monday, 30 November 2009

Winter Pals

This week at My Time To Craft we have the theme of Winter Pals, I thought I'd have a go at another easel card, quite like these so I followed the sketch from http://basicgreychallenges/ and used eskimo kisses papers as these papers are so pretty at http://allsortschallenge/. the theme this week is to use buttons....nice easy one and the theme at http://thepinkelephantchallenge/. is to use your favourite colouring medium well that has to be Sakura pens as everything at the moment has been coloured in with them.......just love the glittery and subtle effect you get with them. At http://polkadoodle/. the challenge this week is to use 3 papers and a stamp. Over at http://stampwithfun/. the theme is Christmas as is the challenge at http://pollycraftchallenge/ this week . Weather is to be incorporated into any style of card for the challenge at http://www.craftycalendarchallenge/. so being as this is a snowy scene with falling snow flakes thought I'd enter this one as well......Heres a late entry for http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge/. they have the challenge of producing a christmas card using non traditional colours....
Hugs Daniele x

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Chocolate card

Yum yum my kind of challenge at the theme is favourite chocolate thats a daft question for a chocoholic but one of my favourites is Turkish Delight so hence the pink/chocolate colours. The ribbons are choccie coloured and crinkled for effect. The torn papers represent tearing into the bar and the sketch that I followed is from the theme over at is tearing
Hugs Daniele x

Friday, 27 November 2009

Blue Snowman

Still loving Sakura pens so here is another snowman but blue this time....such a cute stamp this is.I've glittered away on this one adding a glittered snowflake  border as well as a glittered ribbon with added gem stones on, Lots of challenges for this one so here goes:
Paper Cutz......Anything goes
Charisma.........Anything Christmas
Pixie Cottage....Stitching real or faux....went for the faux on this one
Whiff Of Joy.....Christmas card
ABC Challlenge...Indigo blue
Mojo Monday....followed the sketch
One Stop Craft... snowflakes title walking in the air....well is was about a snowman.
Bizzy Becs Creatalicious....this is a new challenge site but have some great inpiration and  the theme is christmas and snowflakes
Hugs Daniele x

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Gift Card

Thought I'd go purple then realised I didn't have many papers that were purple so sruggled a bit with this one .....oh well never mind. Card has been entered into the following challenges: Cupcake who have the theme of a Gift card holder....Die cut Dreams have the theme of Puppy Love ...ahhh! and I followed the sketch from Crafty Angels  nice to have a change from Christmas cards another challenge this week is at Stampin for the Weekend which has the theme of Lilac and silver....silver is in the flowers

Monday, 23 November 2009

Very Vintage

Another week and another challenge..... this week sees the theme of Very Vintage at My Time To Craft so get out your distressing inks and tear it up and join us in a vintage challenge

Hugs Daniele x

vintage christmas card

I have used stamps from Crafty Individuals and distressed the edges of the background paper, the main image background was distressed and then it was spritzed with water to get the mottled effect, the card has also been entered in the following challenge: Incy Wincy who have the theme Anything Goesand Ink on my Finger who have the theme of Hollyand the Ivy.....sorry no Ivy but got the Holly, Everybody Art have the theme Christmas, Creative Card Crew have the theme of Favourite Things.....easy love christmas and fave technique at the moment is distressing, Spoon full of Sugar have a colour theme Brown with either blue or Pink, 365 cards ,theme this week is Tied up in Knots.....tag has 2, Lots to Do have a free theme going this week...nice and easy one, Daring card Makers challenge this week is to use something starting with your Name i.e. D for Daniele....D=distressing  oh I think that this may be a personnel record for
Hugs Daniele x

Sunday, 22 November 2009


Yesterday I spent the day at a workshop with the lovely talented  Linda from L.B.Crafts in Olney, I have booked a couple of her workshops..... boy are they hard to get into some, people had queued from 7.30a.m on the day that the classes had been released to book them,  might have to do that myself next waiting for the Next sale to start We spent the day making this fab wall decoration NOEL now on the picture when I booked the class I thought it was small......oh no the photo I have taken is from the floor with me standing up the, design is about 25ins x8ins so we were kept busy all day. The tops of the letters were made in metal and we had to select different moulds for the patterns-----first time doing metal work and it makes your hands ache but well worth it.So I spent a lovely day painting and getting messy......can't wait for the next one.

Close up of one of the letters and the fab background.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Candy cane

Another Tilda crimbo card.... the theme at Colour Create is Green,Red and White and the image for inspiration is a candy cane so hence Tilda carrying a candy cane and the choice in papers, I also added gold holly leaves on the left border to add additional interest, the ribbon is a red one laid on the top of a holly ribbon. The flowers were spritzed with cosmic shimmer and glitter addded for a bit of bling.The sketch I followed was from Charisma and Roses on Paper have the theme romance or Sweet.....I'm going with the sweet thing.

Lili of the Valley

Ohh I,m loving these sweet designs and I'm still loving Sakua pens the challenge with these are the lack of colours so you have to blend a couple together to get different shades....but thats the fun thing challenges for this card are Lili of the valley,Alphabet Challenge this weeks letter is F for Flowers......lovimg flowers

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Kraft and Red

Hmmmm... this was a bit of a challenge as I only had brown card stock, very simple gatefold card with torn red corrigated paper background, painted using Sakura pens and a little bit of bling this is for the challenge at Quixotic challenge this week.... Kraft and Red

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Pink Snowman

Now before you all shout snowmen are white....I know.... but I fancied a change so if you add cochineal to snow you do get This little cutie has been painted with Sakura pens using 3 pink shades with a hint of green and copper as well as everyones favourite clear.Flowers are from Tabby crafts, papers are these pink christmas papers,and the stamp is WOJ and the sentiment stamp is Papermania. I have entered this card into several challenges:
Creative Card Crew....'strings attached' used a thread type ribbon from Papermania,
Spoon full of Sugar...... Babies first Christmas.
Cute and Girly.............Winter wonderland
Mojo Monday............. followed the sketch
Stamparctic................. Pink Christmas card, this is a fab site for all things inspirational.
Creative Inspirations.... Sparkle
Charisma.................... 'Merry and Bright
Cooking it up with Katie..this weeks recipe is a flower used slightly differently (used mine as part of the sentiment), something clear i.e. dew drops and use a sketch from another challenge (my sketch is from Mojo Monday)
'....thinks thats about it never entered so many challenges with one card so this is a record for me.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

My Time To Craft

Morning everyone its Tuesday and that means another challenge at My Time To Craft, this week we have the theme of..................Under My Umbrella. So lets see all your lovely designs and join me and the team for some fun, remember it can be any piece of art as long as it includes something to depict the theme.

Stamp from Sugar Nellie
Papers are from Basic Grey
Flowers are from Tabby Crafts and Bee Crafty
Big Hugs

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Vintage Christmas Card

My third post toady, after being ill yesterday I thought I'd catch up with some challenges today being as I'm feeling alot better probably a 24hr bug....I hope.The challenge at Winter Wonderland is St.Nicholas this week. I have distressed both the main design and the tag and the stamps I have used are both from Crafty Individuals. I love the vintage themes of these stamps and are so versatile.Die Cut Dreams have a Santa theme as well  ohh soon be Christams lol

Christmas Cracker

A couple of challenges this week are for anything but a card, so I made a cracker with a stamped image on the challenges are One Stop Craft and Stampin B, the image again has been coloured with Sakura Pens the cracker was made with a sizzix die the stamp is from Stamposaurus another purchase from the NEC, another challenge that I have entered this into, is Crafty Angels who also have the theme of anything but a card.

Lily Of The Valley

One of my many purchases at the NEC last week was 3 of the new Lily of the Valley stamps this is the first one I've inked up, I think these fairy designs are sooo sweet I love the shabby chic look about them., this is my first easel card, missed the challenge to enter it in (feather brain) never mind I still entered it into the following challenges: Lily of the valley criteria was a recipe of 3 papers,2 stamps and 1 type of embellishment (hope my different flowers count as 1 type),next challlenge is Friday Sketcher, as this was the sketch that I followed,Allsorts have the theme of 'Something for a child' well this is definately has little girl written all over it. Saturday Secret Crafter have the theme four seasons---think this fits the bill for Spring with the blossom.Cute Card Thursady have the theme of Glitter Me Silly.... now I know that there isn't a huge amount of glitter on there but the centres of the flowers and the surrounding area has been glittered with Stickles in gold and crystal.The design has been painted with Sakura Pens and the papers are K&Ko other bits are from stash........loving Sakura pens at the

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Under my Umbrella

The theme this week at My Time To Craft is 'Under My Umbrella', the sketch I followed was from Stamp something Friday. Paper Cutz have the theme 'anything goes' and finally Daring Card Makers have the criteria of using left over scraps which this sketch is ideal for,I added glossy Accents to the umberella and boots and the  papers have been distressed with Aged Mahogany and shabby shutters.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Thinking of you

The theme over at Simon Says this week is 'Thinking of You' which you can interperate as a get well, sympathy,etc. So I have painted this Sarah Kay design with cosmic shimmer and twinkling H20's, which I think fits the criteria, the sketch I have followed is from Cottage Pixie. The design I kept simple because I wanted the emphasis to be on the stamped image and not over cluttered with flowers etc.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Sugar Nellie

Haven't. used this little cutie before, must say she's simply sooo sweet, this card is for the Sugar Bowl The challenge this week was to follow the sketch and to include the theme 'Thankfulness' papers are from various magazines and she has been painted using Cosmic Shimmer and twinkling H20's

Christmas Tilda

This card started out for one challenge but kinda evolved into a card to be entered into a few challenges so Magnolia Down Under is where I started with, following their fab sketch then the theme at Just Magnolia is Distressed, so I distressed the edges with Shabby Shutters and Aged Mahogany,Everybody Art has the theme Distressing as well , Creative Inspirations theme is new stash or old stash, bit of both going on here as the papers are new and the stamp is last years Tilda.Quixotics' second challenge is Stitches, I love adding machine stitching and this time I've added a double row of stitching on the centre panel as well as around the edge of the card and finally Creative card Crew want you to add Doodles.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Forever Friends

This is my first forever friends card always thought they were too hard to capture their expression but being as I am so in love with my Sakura pens I thought I'd have a go, quite pleased with the result so will probably add some more of these cuties to my ever growing collection of

Papers used are Forever Friends as well, so this is being entered into the 'Forever Friends' challenge. Lily Boo Too challenge have a colour theme of Purple

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Fairy Design

My second fairy card this time is in silver and blue, I followed the sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp, Colour Create have the theme of Blue, Silver and White also entered it again in Cupcake and Allsorts as well as Stamp Something Friday who have a recipe challenge this week of 2 papers, 1 ribbon and 3 embellishments (2 snowflakes and gem). Hope this meets the criteria.Papertake this week also have the theme of Sparkle......loving sparkle lol
Materials used :
Anitas Silver mirri board --background stamped and embossed.

Snowflake Stamp fom Papermania
Fairy stamp from Crafters Companion.
Snowflakes from Papermania
Crystal brads,ribbon and gems are from stash

Sakura Pens

This is my first card painting with Sakura pens and I'm totally hooked, when I went to the NEC on Sunday I went to the workshop using the pens to colour with. I have had these pens for a while and just coloured in with them solidly but never used them as a medium for watercolouring, the lady who did the workshop (sorry I forgot her name) was fab she had a great sense of humour and we learnt alot, so now I'm hooked because they are so subtle and shimmer beautiful.

Materials used
Sakura pens
DCWV pink christmas papers
Stamp-Fairy from Craft Companions
Punch-snowflake from Woodware
gems and ribbon from stash.

I have enterd this card in the following challenges Sketch and Stash, love this sketch and the new stash I have used is my Christmas papers brought at the NEC. Cupcake have the theme of snow much fun, Cooking with Kate has the criteria of christmas sparkle and a border ( I inked and added sparkle as a border around the card)

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Primary Colours

This card was a smidge difficult to do, in as much that I didn't have that many papers that were primary colours and the theme at 'Cute Card Thursday is to use primary colours. The stamp is a sugar nellie design the papers were from a magazine eons ago, I stitched the paper panel down the centre stitching the ribbon in place as I went.The sketch that I  followed was on Sketch Saturday this was a lovely sketch to follow and I was quite pleased with the overall finish.Over at Allsorts this week the theme is 'Bring out the Bling' and 'One stop' have the theme of a card for kids, and finally Creative Card Crew have tha theme of ribbons and gems.

Chocolate free day

Yay its Sunday and I'm off to the NEC with my daughter, looking at most of the blogs out there you lot have already been.... I just hope you left some gooodies for us poor folk who have had to work all week some stash left for us to buy, I suppose the good thing is I may have money left at the end of the day but heres hoping I haven't.
Went to a craft show yesterday and sold quite a few cards which was encouraging as I was deliberating whether to carry on (for a brief second) but then thought no its too addictive entering all these fab challenges.......I wonder whether we should set up CMA (card makers annonomous) where we can get help with our addiction?? Oh well off to get ready. Have a good week everyone x

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Thank you-----Tags so much

Cuttlebug challenge this week is Thanks giving or a Thank you card as is the challenge over at Simon Says, background papers have been embossed, I thought I'd use nice bright colours this week as the nights are so dark now and I need some bright colour, the stamp is a Sugar Nellie design and the sketch that I have followed is at The Sugar bowl this week.

This weeks theme At My Time To Craft is 'Tags so much so'---- join in the fun with us this week.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Friday Sketchers

I thought this sketch screamed distressing when I saw it so thats what I did getting mucky hands into the bargain. I used two stamps from Crafty Individuals, sheet music stamped onto the tag, the background to the stamped image of the girl was created using Shabby Shutters, Marmalade,and soot distress inks, the sentiment I stamped onto tissue paper, lock and key are embossed and the lace is also a stamped image,Lots to do this week have the theme of Distressed,

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Cute and Fuzzy

Todays card has been entered into the following challenges: Basic Grey the challenge this week is a colour one, Chocolate,Pink and Cream,Cupcake this week have a sketch which I followed and finally Stamp Something Friday have the theme of Cute and Fuzzy,
Happy Birthday is the theme at Quixotic Challenges this is also their 1st Challenge
Stamp--Stampavie design by Tina Wenke
Papers--Picnic Patch daisy and Dandeloin
Rub on--Basic grey
Coloured with H20's, Cosmic Shimmers and Sakura pens

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Red White and Blue

This weeks challenge at 'Anyone for Anya' is a colour theme of the colours of the national flag hence red white and blue. I followed the sketch from 'Sketch and Stamp', over at 'Winter Wonderland' the theme is Jingle Bells so I added the little bell charm at the bottom and at 'One stop Craft' you have to include text or newspaper as an element so being as both backing papers are text backgrounds this meets the criteria for this challenge