13 April 2018

'Lemonade Fizz' anyone?? - Polkadoodles Craft Challenge

Hello crafty peeps and I hope you are all well.  I've had a few very demanding days.  I won't bore you with all my woes but suffice to say I woke up early part of last week to find out I'd been made redundant and by the end of the week I was self-employed, insured and had a nice little bunch of clients.  Well don't they say when one door closes another one opens so I'll see where this one takes me lol.  I would have been quite content you know to happily craft my days away but alas according to my husband we need to eat and pay some bills so I could keep said crafty stash but hey I tried god damn it!!

So, anyway, today is Friday and you know what that means right? Yep another new crafty challenge has started over at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge.  Well as always it's an 'anything goes' theme but the DT have all made something that is not a card.  I decided to have a play with the 'Lemonade Fizz' download kit.  I love this kit I've used it so much.  It's even got little templates in it for you to make up.  So my 'not a card' make is an exploding box and I'm afraid I'm not the best at photographing these boxes they're not the easiest but I've tried to show you it all.  Grab a cuppa there's a few photos lol.

So first up there's the box closed.  See all those gorgeous papers and toppers they are all in the kit.



I topped the lid off with a gorgeous flower.  These flowers are in the kit too and I just printed them off and layered them.  I think there's about four layers here.  You can't see in the piccie but it's had the Stickles treatment and looks very pretty.



To be a little different I only stuck down 3 edges of the mat on the box lid leaving myself a little slot to pop a tag in to write a message on.


So next up is the box open.  Again I've used papers from the kit to mat and layer.  I made a couple of pockets to slot some tags in with little sentiments on, again from the kit, and then the other two sections I printed off some toppers.  To add some definition I printed them out twice and 3'd the butterflies.


Now the little surprise inside is this adorable little mail box.  It even opens up so you can add a small gift if you wanted and this was made from a template in the kit so it was just a case of printing of the paper you wanted then putting it back in the printer and printing the template on the back and cut and stick it all together and voila the cutest little mail box ever, I love it!


To finish it all off I bent some craft wire as though it was a stem scrambling up the side of the mail box, glued it in a couple of places to hold it in place and then just dotted some leaves and flowers along the stem.  I printed off some butterflies, dragonflies and even a little bee (again all in the kit as embellishments) and layered them up for definition and attached them to strips of acetate and slotted them behind the flowers so it looks like they're sort of flying around.  Again the piccies don't show the effect very well but it is very pretty.

So, if you're still with me after all those piccies, thank you.  I hope you like my little project it was fun to do and really quite simple and not a copic in sight!

Well time for me to go.  Don't forget you can pop across to the challenge blog here and enter for a chance to win a fab Polkadoodles download store voucher and even the 3 DT favourites get a free digi stamp voucher.  You know you don't even have to use Polkadoodles products to enter how fab is that.

Take care folks and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie
xx


Challenges I'm entering

Allsorts  -  Spring flowers or showers

Crafters Castle  -  anything goes (optional - dimensional)

Crafty Creations Challenges  -  anything goes










30 March 2018

Polkadoodles Crafty Challenge

Good morning my lovelies and happy Good Friday.  It is such a soggy day here today I think it's rained all night and there is no sign of it stopping either so in my head a perfect day for crafting then.

Well it's Friday and that means a new challenge over at Polkadoodles Challenges.  As normal it's an anything goes theme and I have made a card using 'Primrose, The Darling Buds' and she is beautiful.  She's been coloured up with my copics but this little beauty also comes with a free coloured version so if you are in a hurry and don't have the time to colour she's perfect just print and make.

Medium:  copics
Flowers:  Polkadoodles 'Lemonade Fizz' download

The papers I've used are gorgeous and from a Polkadoodles download so I've just printed them off.  Perfect in my book as you never run out just print and go.

So let's meet 'Primrose' up close and personal in my next piccie.  I so love her dress I want one and I added just a sprinkling of glitter on her flowers for a little shimmer.


I've got one last photo to share with you today as I wanted to show you the flowers.  These were actually all printed off the 'Lemonade Fizz' download and literally all I did was cut them out and layer them up and add a pearl in the centre and look just how pretty they are.  The leaves were printed as well.


Okay so that's it from me for today.  Don't forget the new Polkadoodles challenge starts today.  Pop across here and have a look you can see all my teamies gorgeous makes then too.  You can always check out the Facebook page here for some fabulous inspiration.

Before I go I would like to enter my card in to some challenges:-

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes

Fussy and Fancy challenge  -  spring flowers

Noor Design  -  Spring

Crafty Creations Challenge  -  anything goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters  -  Spring flowers

Okay folks have a lovely Easter weekend.

Happy crafting.
Ann-Marie
xxx









26 March 2018

'Sigh! Shoes!'

Happy Monday my crafty friends.  It's a beautiful spring like day here today, although the wind is still a little nippy but a gorgeous day all the same.

I'm popping in with a card to share and I've used another Polkadoodles cutie pie on this one. I'm so in love with these sweet little images there is always something for every occasion.  I was asked to make a card for someone with a slight obsession with shoes and I thought Winnie Fruit Punch 'Sigh! Shoes!' was just perfect.  Again I've teamed her up with some papers from Polkadoodles and they are just lush so pretty and fresh.

Medium:  copics/spectrum noirs
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon/Twine/Gems from stash


Okay so my usual close up of the image.  Adorable isn't she and so so easy to colour.

Copic/Spectrum Noirs

Face/Body:  E000, E11,E13, R20
Hair:  Spectrum Noirs BG1, BG4, BG6, BG7, 
Clothes:  BG11, BG15, BG59/V04, V05, V06, V09

So the eldest of my little peeps has gone off to bed, the hubster has also climbed the wooden hill so I now a little time to do as I please.  I've just made myself a lovely cup of coffee, pulled out the 'cough cough' hidden Reese's peanut butter cups I've had stashed away and I'm now going to colour and craft to my hearts content for an hour or two ... complete bliss.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you've managed to grab yourself some crafty time also.  Take care.

Ann-Marie
xxx

       Challenges I would like to enter:-

        Crafting from the Heart  -  anything goes

         Crafty Friends Challenge Blog  -  anything goes 

        A bit more time to craft  -  anything goes 

         Creatalicious Challenges  -  anything goes (with optional birthday)











16 March 2018

Polkadoodles Challenge

Good morning my lovelies.  It's Friday which means it's time for another fab challenge over at Polkadoodles.  As normal it's an 'anything goes' theme but the DT have all made something with an Easter feel to it.

I don't really send Easter cards so for my make I made a little gift bag which I shall fill with my daughter's favourite chocolate.  I decorated the front and back with some gorgeous Polkadoodles papers and the cutie pie image is called 'mmmm chocolate' and isn't she sweet and I've used my usual copics to colour her up to match the papers.

Medium:  copics
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts


A closer look at the image.  She's fab isn't she and could be used for so many occasions.


Okay, so that's all from me.  Hop across to Polkadoodles Challenge here and take a look at some beautiful inspiration from my teamies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Creative Inspirations  -  any occasion

Simon Says Stamp  -  Easter inspired

Moving Along with the Times  -  Easter creations

Thank you for stopping by peeps it is as always very much appreciated.  I hope you all have a great weekend and get some crafting time in I know I will be.

Take care. 
Ann-Marie
xxx





2 March 2018

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge

Good morning my lovelies on this very chilly Friday morning.  We have had the worst of our 'Beast from the East' weather yesterday and last night I think.  It's stopped snowing for now but I don't think we'll have any more much to the dismay of  my daughter.  Yes I was out in it yesterday having snowball fights so I've been out and had my fun so not venturing out today.

Anyway, I am here today to share my creation as a guest designer for the Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge.  I am so chuffed to be able to work with these gorgeous images and papers they really are beautiful and do you know they even do coloured digi images so if you're in a hurry or perhaps even just not confident enough with your colouring yet they are perfect. 

So for my make I worked with the adorable Winnie Celebrations 3 'Graduation/You Passed' and made a bottle cover and little cap to match.  The sentiment is from one of their sets too they do some fab sentiment collections really useful and of course being digi you can re-size as you please.

Medium:  copics
Cardstock/Ribbon: from stash
Roses:  Wild Orchid Crafts


A little close up of the cute image.  She's so sweet.

Copics/Spectrum Noirs

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair:  E53, E57
Clothes:  B91, B95, B97, B99 + Spectrum Noirs BGR1, BGR2, BGR3
BGR5/BG1, BG4, BG6

Okay so that's my little old contribution.  Pop across to the challenge here to see all of the fabulous inspiration you won't be disappointed.

Before I go I'd like to enter my make into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes

Through the Craft Room Door  -  anything goes

Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes

Crafty Creations Challenges  -  anything goes

Okay folks that's all from me for today.  As I'm not at work today due to the weather conditions I'm going to have a little colouring session I think.

Take care.
Ann-Marie
xxx








12 February 2018

Is that spring calling?!?

Hello my crafty friends I'm popping in today to share my latest make with you.  Now down here on the good old south coast I've given up any hope of seeing a flake of the old white stuff this year and some days feel decidedly spring like.  So with spring obviously just around the corner I've put away my winter colours for today and chosen to make a card in a colour scheme which I rather like and to me feels like spring. 

So I chose a beautiful little image from Whimsy called 'September Rose' and I think she's so sweet and pretty.  I've coloured her up with my Derwent Inktense pencils again.  Not so happy with the colouring but it's a learning curve and I'm enjoying the challenge.

Image:  Whimsy Stamps 'September Rose' by Elisabeth Bell
Sentiment:  LOTV 'Everyday Grungy' messages
Medium:  Inktense pencils
Papers:  First Edition 'blank canvas'
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
ribbon and pearls from stash


Okay so I don't mind winter really but what I do find hard is the poor light.  Trying to get a decent photo is a pain in the bum to say the least so when the lighter days come rolling in will be lovely.  Up next is the usual close up.


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

Sweet Stampin  -  girly

Stamping Sensations  -  anything with flowers

Let's Craft and Create  -  anything goes (option of mother's day/mothers)

Crafters Castle  -  anything goes

Right I'm off now.  It's half term week here and I've got my youngest munchkin in the middle of making herself a Harry Potter wand as you do.  So she's been let loose with paper mache and I just want to make sure that the wand is the only thing getting covered lol. 

Take care folks and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xx














3 February 2018

Squirrels Ho Ho Ho

Good morning my lovelies I hope you are all well.  I'm so pleased it's finally the weekend it's been a long week so I fully intend to make the most of the time even though I've finally succumbed to this blinking cold bug doing the rounds, damn, but hey I shall work it to my advantage ... can't do any chores best thing is to hide out in my craft room all day ... see always a silver lining lol!

I've decided not to tidy away all my Christmas crafting but instead make Christmas cards through the year as and when the mood takes me.  So, I've made my first Christmas card of 2018 with the cutest little LOTV squirrels.  Now I very rarely colour up animals but LOTV animal images are just the cutest ever and I just couldn't resist them.  I coloured them up with my copics and used some gorgeous Raspberry Road digi papers and went for a sort of crisp wintery theme with them.

Image:  LOTV 'Squirrels Ho Ho Ho'
Sentiment:  LOTV Christmas Grunge messages
Papers:  Raspberry Road Designs
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Romantic Rectangles', Crafters Companion 'Christmas Garden' Edgeable, Cheery Lynn 'Holly Flourish', Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Snowflake border


My usual close up of the sweetest little squirrels.  Lots of Stickles used and for a change and keeping with the frosty theme I've used clear gems instead of pearls.  I found the gorgeous ribbon in my stash so I've no idea where that came from.


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes
Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin  -  anything goes
Sweet Stampers  -  winter/snow
Noor Design UK  -  celebrations (Christmas)
Crafters Castle -  anything goes

Okay, that's all from me folks.  I'm in the mood for some colouring so off to have a play.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Take care.
Ann-Marie
xxx