Saturday 31 May 2014

Football Crazy

Today I have an easel card to show you which I have made for a young lady who is football crazy, I used a fab Sassy Cheryl illustration available at Paper Creator that's just perfect for any football mad girls out there.

This Princess wears Cleats - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital papers, ticket, trophy - Kickin' it digital scrap kit - Crazy 4 Monograms
Sweet Dixie football die - BG Payne Crafts
Ribbon - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Happy Times!

It's team B's turn to host the challenge at The Paper Shelter this week and this time around the theme is...
We would love you to share your masculine creations with us. 
You don't have to use a Paper Shelter image, but if you do you could win a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, if you use any other image you will still win your choice of 3 digi images from the store.

I have had this idea for a card shape in my mind for quite some time now and my original thoughts were to cut two strips of card one for each side and hold them together through the middle with a die cut frame front and back, but then I realised that it didn't really have to be that complicated I could cut the top and bottom sections away leaving a panel through the middle -  for want of a better name I am going to call it an H card, as that is the shape of the card blank.
I picked one of the fabby images from the Happy Times  Mega pack, which has 3 boy images to choose from.

Digital Stamp - Happy Times Mega Pack - The Paper Shelter
Papers and arrows - Wet 'n' wild - Crazy 4 Monograms
Sentiment - computer generated
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Ovals die
Spellbinders Labels 10 die
Ribbon and buttons - Meiflower

I am entering the following challenges
Crafting for all seasons - #78 Boys will be boys
Paper Pretties - #312 Masculine/Fathers day
Wags 'n Whiskers - #129 One for the Boys
Hiding in my Craft Room - #150 Boy
Suzy Bee's Bloomin - #30 One of the Guys Big or Small
Die Cuttin' Diva's - #167 For the Boys
Party Time Tuesdays - #174 Anything Goes

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies and if you have a masculine make you would like to share with us, we would love to see it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Monday 26 May 2014

Champagne glasses anniversary card

I mentioned in my last post that I was off to see the Lion King with my friend Julie and that it was her wedding anniversary on the same day, well I made her a card and forgot to take it with me, which is typical of me! so I ended up having to drop it off the next day, I really am a numpty LOL!

The Lion King was spectacular and a definite must see, the costumes were stunning and the whole thing was awe-inspiring, we were only three rows from the stage and that close it was totally amazing.

Here's Julie's card, I kept it quite clean and simple as I was going for a more elegant look than my usual, in your face, bursting with colour look, so just used some different shades of white card, an embossing folder, border punch, champagne glass die and a tiny bit of ivory card.

Couture Creations - Intrinsic Embossing folder
Gems - Meiflower

I am going to enter the following challenges -

Addicted to CAS -  must be CAS - #39 Texture
Less Is More -  must be CAS - #173 Die Cut
Crafty Catz -  #232 - Embossing
QKR Stampede – #89 - Clean and Simple
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #107 BINGO (die cuts, embossing, 2 word sentiment)
Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Saturday 24 May 2014

White Daisies Jumbled Pyramage

I've been very busy this week and managed to make a total of 7 cards, (including the one I posted on Wednesday), I've taken photos of the remaining 6 this morning, but the weather is miserable here and I haven't checked them yet to see how they look.

This evening I'm off to see The Lion King at the Liverpool Empire, I booked the tickets last April so have been looking forward to it for quite a while, my daughter Stacy and grandson Will are coming along, as well as my friend Julie, her hubby and daughter Alison, it's Julie and Dave's 34th wedding anniversary today, which is why we are letting Dave come along to what is normally a girl's only night out hehe!
 I'm already singing Hakuna Matata LOL!

Here's a card I made last weekend using a kit from Paper Creator called White Daisy, it's a 6x6 square card with jumbled pyramage layers, it also has a matching envelope and box - there are a few sentiments included and a blank panel if you want to add your own, which is what I have done, it also follows the theme of our current challenge which is Flowers and Bows and if you want to play along you still have a week to get your entries in.

White Daisy 6x6 card kit - Paper Creator
X-cut palm punches - Daisy - large, medium and small
Ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
hope you have a lovely weekend
Colette xx

Wednesday 21 May 2014

All dressed up

Last October I bought a load of All Dressed Up digi stamps, I immediately set to and coloured three of them up with another one half coloured (still) and then I had other stuff to do that took priority and they were left languishing on my hard drive, coloured but unused. Every time I take a trip around blog land and come across a card with one on I always think to myself that I should dig mine out and do something with them - well I've finally got around to it, and here is the first.

Digi stamp - Wear with Style girl 1 - All Dressed Up
Digital Papers, faux stitching and bingo card - Heartstrings - Crazy 4 monograms
Sweet Dixie dotted doily frame die
Marianne Creatables LR0271 Anja Vintage Swirls

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut - #166 Happy Birthday (Birthday Cards)
Papertake Weekly  - Ohhh So Cute!
Artistic Inspirations -  Anything Goes / Punches and/or Dies
Ditzie Digi Designs  - Anything Goes 
The Squirrel & The Fox - #70 Girls
Craftitude -  #65 - Anything Goes/Use a Die
QKR Stampede – #88 - Punch or Dies
Sister Act Card Challenge - #57 - Anything Goes
All Dressed up Challenge - #14 - Sewing, faux or real

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Saturday 17 May 2014


It's time for another challenge over at Paper Creator today and this time around the theme is
what could be easier?
The randomly picked winner gets a £10 store voucher and you don't even have to use Paper Creator products to play along, although if you do you get two entries into the draw instead of one.

For my card I used one of the pre-coloured Sassy Cheryl images called Pondering Thoughts, I was very cruel and cut off her bottom half , just using the top half.

Pre-coloured image - Pondering Thoughts - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital Papers - Doofles (retired)- K Cronin Barrow
Tonic layering dies - scalloped circles
Spellbinders Die D-lites - Gerber Daisy
Die-namics - A hint of lime font
Die-namics Upsy Daisies die
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies and say a big hello to our newest member Edna.

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely weekend,
I'm off to the Big Event at Event City Manchester to look at Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, hope you've got something more exciting planned LOL!
Colette xx

Friday 16 May 2014

Woohoo! final wedding invitations samples of the year

Yaaaaaaayyyyyyy! we are finally at the end of the wedding invitations samples, here are the last two for this year numbers 15 and 16. 
As I explained at the start of the wedding invitation sample posts, as part of my DT work for Meiflower I make some wedding invitation samples for her to display on her stall as she travels around the craft shows, I never really plan to make more than 10, but for the last couple of years I have ended up with 16, I originally planned to post them one at a time, but it just seemed to drag on and on so the last few posts I have doubled up so that I can finally get through them.

I embossed some pearl paper I found in my stash box and mounted it onto silver mirri card, I die cut the letters from the mirri card and decorated them with stick on AB gems, then, added a charm to a split ring and slid it onto the silver satin ribbon, fixing across the front before fixing the whole thing to a card blank.

Embossing folder - Embossalicious 6x6 Floral Frenzy
Die cut letters - Splendid Alphabet - Lifestyle (no longer available)
Ribbon, gems and charm - Meiflower

This card has a border punched from Kraft card, overlaid with organza ribbon and then a further strip of card printed with wording. The heart design was printed onto card before adding a button with Metallic cord. The cord was looped over the border before it was stuck in place. I added a big organza bow finished off with another button tied with cord.

Tonic geared border punch - Baroque border
Font - Jellyka - Love and Passion -
Ribbon, buttons, metallic cord - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me through all 16 wedding invitation samples,
Colette xx

Wednesday 14 May 2014


It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and this week the challenge hosted by Team B is

I have used the gorgeous Rose on my card, such a beautiful image and a pleasure to colour.

Digital stamp - Rose - The Paper Shelter
Digital papers and butterfly- Beautiful Dreamer - Dana's digital footprint (retired)
Butterfly Flourish die - Joanna Sheen signature dies
Ribbon, gems and diamante ribbon slider - Meiflower

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Everybody-Art-Challenge - #278 Shabby Chic
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Mothers day or girly
Just Inspirational Challenges  – Anything Goes
Fitztown Challenge #35 - Feminine
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge -must use digi - Sparkle
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - Always Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - #212 Use a Digi
Ditzie Digi Designs - Anything Goes 

We would love for you to play along with our challenge, the winner gets a $30 gift certificate to spend in the store if they use a Paper Shelter image or your choice of 3 digi images from the store if you win with any other image.

Pop over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog for all the challenge details and to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Monday 12 May 2014

Wedding Invitation samples 13 & 14

This is my penultimate post for this years Wedding Invitation samples, I have 2 today, 2 more on Friday and then we are all done for another year.

Centura double sided pearl card Purple - Craft Creations
Turquoise blue Mirri Card - Stash
X-cut nesting die - Doorplate
X-cut border punch - Scallop border
X-cut embossing folder - Delicate Flourishes
Ribbon, Gems and Diamante ribbon slider - Meiflower

Good job these are only samples, just spotted a spelling mistake in this one LOL!
Digital papers - Heartstrings mini kit - Crazy 4 Monograms
Ribbon, gems and square diamante topper - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Saturday 10 May 2014

Pop Out Presents!

I really wanted to show you this Mega bundle from Paper Creator while it was still on offer.
You get a whopping 20 ready to print pop out kits for only £5 - now that's what I call a bargain!
The cards in the kit cover a variety of occasions, including Christmas, Birthday, Graduation, Love and Halloween and each kit also includes decoupage layers for the card front and a matching envelope.

I have made up four of the cards from the mega bundle, I've decoupaged the fronts and then spent a bit of time decorating the inside of each one, wrapping ribbon around the parcels and embellishing with die-cuts, charms and gems.

I've numbered them up so that you can easily match the inside with the front.

Ribbons and cupcake charm - Meiflower

Memory Box - Precious Stars die
Ribbons and gems - Meiflower

Corner flourish die - Wild Rose Studios
X-cut palm punch - petal - small
Ribbons - Meiflower

Memory Box Classic Ornament
Ribbons - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday 9 May 2014

White on White Wedding card

I have scheduled this post for today even though I came back from my little holiday yesterday, as I will be having my final lie-in before Meg comes home from respite and we are back to having to get up 2 or 3 times a night for toileting and turning.

I made this card mainly because I wanted to have a play with a new punch, embossing folder and dies that have recently been added to my collection.
I went for a white on white card with just a little touch of silver (rings and ribbon edge).
The "diamond" in the ring was die cut from white pearl card and then covered with glamour dust to add a bit of sparkle. The rings are cut from stardust silver glitter card, the embossed background was made with Centura pearl card and the little rolled roses were made by using an X-cut large circle palm punch, cutting a spiral into them and rolling up.

Deckled edge card blank- Craft Creations
Centura Pearl Fresh White card - Craft Creations
Embossalicious A4 folder - Gothic Script
Little B's - Hearts die set
Cottage Cutz - Wedding Rings
Britannia Dies - Leaf Strip
EK success border punch - scroll pattern

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Acceptance card

My daughter asked me to make a wedding acceptance card to give to her friend, she told me her friend was putting them all up on her Facebook page and so she wanted the one she sent to be a bit different from all the shop bought ones. I had seen the original invitation so knew that the colour scheme was peach and I wanted to make it more modern and fun than traditional, this was what I came up with.

Peach pearl paper - stash
Memory box - Chesapeake circle
Ribbon Heart Corner - La La Land die
X cut palm punch - flower head medium and small
Ribbons, crystals and diamante slider - Meiflower

Nicola put it on her Facebook page saying that she had received lots of lovely cards, but this one was extra-special  and that she couldn't wait to see the wedding card if that was the acceptance card - I need to get my thinking cap on LOL!

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Monday 5 May 2014

Wedding invitation sample #12

This time around I went for lilac and white and used dies, a punched border and an embossing folder.

Tonic layering dies - scallop squares
Couture Creations embossing folder - Washed Away
Marianne Craftables die - CR1242
Tonic geared border punch - Dotty border
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in
Colette xx

Saturday 3 May 2014

Backpack Max Quick Card

Hopefully as you are reading this, hubby and myself are on our way to Swansea for a nice break. Meg is in respite until next Friday so we decided to take ourselves off for a little holiday. We weren't expecting to go quite so far but when booking the accommodation, yesterday afternoon,  I got my Caernarfons and Carmarthens mixed up and ended up with a 4 hour drive instead of a 2 hour drive LOL!

I have scheduled a few posts for the week, all wedding cards of one sort or another, there is an invitation, an acceptance card and a wedding card, so I think I have covered everything.

For today I have another card made using Paper Creators Backpack Max ultimate kit. As well as papers, the Sassy Cheryl illustration, and other bits and pieces the kit also contains a 6 x 6 inch ready to print card, which was very useful as I only remembered yesterday morning that I didn't have a card made for the weekend and we had decided to go away. 
 printed out the pages and quickly put a card together.

Backpack Max Ultimate kit - Paper Creator
Ribbon, button and cord - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday 2 May 2014

Wedding Invitation samples #10 and 11

Two invitations today, one black and white the other navy and cream, both in a more traditional style.

I matted white card onto black card, cutting a small rectangle from the bottom right of the white card, added wide black satin ribbon, across the card and topped it with white silver edged ribbon and a black silver edged ribbon bow, both silver edged ribbons were threaded through the diamond shaped ribbon slider before being fixed to the card blank. I printed the names and cut them out with a small rectangle die adding gems either side to fill the space.

I matted a square of navy pearl card onto cream card and then punched a border from some more cream card - I die cut various sized squares from cream and navy card and layered them up with foam pads, turned them to make a diamond shape and  arranged some in the centre of the navy panel finishing off with the couples names and a couple in the centre of the cream strip, I threaded ribbon through the diamante ribbon slider, fixed the ribbon in place over the punched strip and then added it the strip to the right hand edge of the card.

Black, cream and pearl card from Craft Creations
Gems, ribbon slider and ribbons from Meiflower

Five more to go and I will probably double them up from now on to get through them, they seem to have been dragging on for ages.

Thanks for stopping by
and taking a look,
Colette xx