Friday, 31 October 2014

Pick and Mix at Winter Wonderland

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm in a Christmas mood today though because it's time for another Winter Wonderland challenge. Our theme this week is Pick and Mix so we'd like you to choose three different embellishments from the following: brads, pearls, gems, ribbon, lace, pins, snowflakes, flowers (and tell us which three you've used). I wanted to be greedy with my pick and mix because I usually use most of these things! But to help me resist temptation I went for a smaller card size and kept my layout really simple. The three embellishments that I've chosen are pearls, ribbon and snowflakes. I have also used:
Image (My Snowman Friend), sentiment (Christmas Wishes), paper ('Twas the Night) - Lili of the Valley
Diamond Dust - Live and Love Crafts
Chunky white frantage - Samuel Taylors




































Our sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter who are generously offering a $20 voucher to the lucky winner:

http://www.thepapershelter.com/

There is some beautiful inspiration from the DT over at the Winter Wonderland blog - I hope you can join us!

Thank you so much for looking!

Rebecca.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Luscious Lace at In the Pink

Good morning everyone,
It's time for another challenge at In the Pink and we have a lovely easy one for you: Luscious Lace.
I have coloured Rosie Posy with Inktense pencils and hand-stitched Perfect Pair papers - both from Lili of the Valley. I've also used:
Sentiments - LOTV
Corners - La-La Land die (layered three times and covered with Shabby Pink Frantage)
Butterflies - Joy Crafts die
Seam binding, lace, twine - Ribbon Girl
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - Samuel Taylors
Pins - from my stash





































The DT have made some beautiful creations with some really luscious lace which you can see over at the In the Pink blog - hope you can join us!

http://inthepinkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
 
I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
A Creative Romance - Pink
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Your lovely comments make my day! x
 
Rebecca.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Festive Post

Hi everyone,
I hope your weekend is off to a good start! I spent the morning doing some crafting so I have a card to share with you using LOTV's Festive Post (coloured with Inktense pencils). I can't believe it's less than a year since I bought my first Lili of the Valley stamps - I've been colouring quite a few this week and feel as though I've fallen in love with them all over again! I'd like to give credit to two crafters who really inspired some of the details on this card. Firstly, Debra Kenworthy who showed such a gorgeous Christmas card on her blog last week (which you can see here). I absolutely loved the magical effect of her snow-topped fence and I had to give this a go - I used the Magnolia DooHickey Lovely Fence and gesso sprinkled with glitter for my take on it. Secondly, I decided it was about time I gave my neglected texture paste and stencils another outing after seeing all the beautiful ways that Pamellia uses them on her stunning creations - I really wanted to try her technique of adding glitter and have done so on the postcard. Pamellia's attention to detail is absolutely incredible and has inspired me so much to try new things on my cards. Thank you ladies!

I have also used:
Papers (hand-stitched) and sentiment - Maja Design: A Gift for You
Postcard - Lili of the Valley
Roses, rosebuds, pearl flower - Wild Orchid Crafts
Hessian ribbon, lace, twine - Ribbon Girl
Bow - Magnolia DooHickey Groom Bow
Pearls, Tim Holtz Heart Stencil, Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Samuel Taylors


































I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes

Divas by Design - Festive Florals

Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Rebecca.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Winter Tilda

Hi everyone,
I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent a lovely Saturday in Durham - it was the first time I've been back since I finished university there!
I finished making another Christmas card today using Winter Tilda and some of the new Maja Design papers (I love the greys in this collection). I've hand-stitched the papers and coloured with Inktense pencils, as always. I have also used:
Sentiment - Maja Design
Snowflake (with diamond dust) - Spellbinders die
Wooden deer (covered with Shabby White Frantage), flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace, wooden heart button, twine, teardrop pin, rusty bells, paint dabber - Ribbon Girl
Pearl, Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Samuel Taylors
Ribbon, bottle, beads, tiny pearl string - from my stash



































I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Ribbon Girl - Colour Challenge: White (I hope I've used enough white for this to count!)
Bunny Zoe's - Animals
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Snowflakes
Divas by Design - Texture

Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments! x

Rebecca.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Spots and Stripes at In the Pink

Good morning everyone,
It's time for a new challenge at In the Pink and we would like to see Spots and/or Stripes. I coloured Sleeping Baby Tilda with Inktense pencils and hand-stitched Maja Design papers. I have also used:
Tag - Magnolia DooHickey: So Wrapped Lovely
Flowers, pearl string - Wild Orchid Crafts
Feather, lace, heart pin, cheesecloth, letters and footprints image (Pion Design), clay heart and love hanger (both with added Shabby Pink Frantage) - Live and Love Crafts
Pearls - Samuel Taylors
Seam-binding, ribbon - Ribbon Girl
Safety pin - from my stash




























































And a close-up of the DooHickey tag:




































You will find some beautiful inspiration from my talented teammates over at the In the Pink blog. We also have a Facebook page and would love to see your pink creations there too!

http://inthepinkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Live and Love Crafts - Pink (to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Midweek Magnolias - Special Celebration

Thank you so much for visiting!

Rebecca.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pom Pom

Hello everyone,
I hope you're all well. Thank you so much to those of you who left such supportive comments on my post for World Mental Health Day, they really meant a lot to me.
I've used the cute Pom Pom from Lili of the Valley for today's card. I had to add her to my collection before she's retired because she's been on my wish-list for a while (aren't they all...). I've coloured her with Inktense pencils, as always. The papers are from the Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics collection (one of my absolute favourites) and have been hand-stitched. I have also used:
Flowers, stamens, pearl loop spray - Wild Orchid Crafts
Star charm (with added Shabby Blue Frantage), seam-binding, lace, twine - Ribbon Girl
Rhinestone sparklers - Hobby House
Pearls - Samuel Taylors
Butterflies (coloured with Broken China Distress Ink) - Dutch Doobadoo
Bottle filled with stars - from my stash





































A close-up of the bottle and stars:




































I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girl - Lovely Lili: Add Lace
Papertake Weekly - Super Fly (wings)
A Creative Romance - Inspiration photo (I loved using this - it sparked a Pinterest session finding more of these pictures!):

 
Thank you so much for visiting! I'll be catching up with your blogs very soon.

Rebecca.

Friday, 10 October 2014

A card for World Mental Health Day

Good morning everyone,
Today is World Mental Health Day and I really wanted to make a card to mark the occasion because crafting helps me to manage my bipolar disorder on a daily basis. I actually started this blog at the end of last year as something to give me focus and keep me motivated at a time when I was finding it difficult to get much crafting done. So my card today is to say thank you to all of you who visit and leave such positive comments. The rest of society has a lot to learn from the crafting community about kindness, support and understanding!

So onto my card, and I have used:
London Tilda (coloured with Inktense pencils) - Magnolia
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers (hand-stitched), butterflies - Maja Design: Coffee in the Arbour
Clouds - Memory Box die
Pearl string, bead berry spray, flowers (with added Glossy Accents for raindrops) - Wild Orchid Crafts
Hessian ribbon, lace, crystal pin - Ribbon Girl
Pearls, wooden spool, Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Samuel Taylors





































I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Ribbon Girl - Glitz and Dazzle
Simply Magnolia - Lace and Pearls
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for visiting. For those of you who have, or know people with mental health issues, I am thinking of you all today. x

Rebecca.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Tilda with Carrots

Hello everyone,
I thought it was going to be too dark to take any photos of cards today but it has brightened up a little bit now so I can share one with you. I've coloured Tilda with Carrots with Inktense pencils and hand-stitched papers from the Maja Design Life in the Country collection. I wanted to create a rustic feel for this card so there is Walnut Stain Distress Ink on almost everything. I've also used:
Grass - Magnolia DooHickey die
Chicken Wire - MFT die (with added Crackle Accents, but you can't see this very clearly in the photo)
Butterflies (with Diamond Dust) and watering can image - Pion Design
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Hessian ribbon, cheesecloth - Ribbon Girl
Pearls - Samuel Taylors



































I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
A Creative Romance - In the Garden
Midweek Magnolias - Anything Goes
Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia - Just for Girls
Sweet Stampin' - Autumn

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

Rebecca.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Red and Blue at Winter Wonderland

Good morning,
I can't believe it's time for another Winter Wonderland challenge already, the weeks are flying by! This time, we'd like to see your Red and Blue Christmas creations. I've used my Nordic Christmas papers again because they're perfect for this colour scheme! The image is a pre-coloured topper from one of the Lili of the Valley art pads and I have also used:
Sentiment - LOTV
Flowers (with added white gesso) - Wild Orchid Crafts
Hessian ribbon, seam-binding, cheesecloth, twine - Ribbon Girl
Berries - Live and Love Crafts
Pearls, pin - Samuel Taylors
Bells, wooden snowflakes (covered with shabby blue frantage) - from my stash



































We have some fantastic prizes on offer from our generous sponsors:

 
 
 
 

As always, you will find some beautiful inspiration from the DT at the Winter Wonderland blog - hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments. Have a great weekend!

Rebecca.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Fancy Fold at In the Pink

Good morning everyone,
It's time for another challenge at In the Pink and our new theme is Fancy Fold. I'd never actually made a fancy fold card before so I really enjoyed trying something new! Though I did have some trouble trying to take a decent photo... I used an easel card blank from Craftwork Cards to get me started and the image is a pre-coloured Mo Manning topper from the Hobby House. I have also used:
Papers (hand-stitched) - LOTV (Pastel Dreams)
Sentiment - LOTV
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon, lace, large pearls - Ribbon Girl
Smaller pearls - Samuel Taylors
Pearl string - from my stash




































There is some beautiful inspiration from the DT over at the In the Pink blog - I hope you can join us with your fancy fold cards!

http://inthepinkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank you so much for looking!

Rebecca.