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Friday, December 21, 2012


It's challenge #148 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week and the theme is 'Anything but Square'.  The challenge will run for two weeks this time and we'll be back on 2nd January.  Our fabulous sponsor is MARIANNE DESIGN and there's two gorgeous swirly leaf dies on offer for our winner.

I really mulled over what shape card to do for this, but I'd seen this template floating around the internet a lot and really liked it, so I thought I'd have a go.  Thanks to Marianne at Stamp ARTic for her great instructions.  My papers are Basic Grey 'Plumeria' and my image is from an art deco stamp set I bought a couple of years ago from Lilac Lemon Designs.  It's ages since I've used them, but after rooting through a couple of hundred stamps for an idea (didn't want to use a digi) I thought this would be perfect.

The Promarkers (mustard, purple and shades) are a perfect match for the tones in the papers, so it all went together really well.  A Martha Stewart punch did my edges, inked with distress ink and a nestie cut the internal greeting oval.  As we're sponsored by Marianne Design, we used her product too.  My fern at top right, the flower and the leafy swirl inside are all Marianne D's.  Some mesh, lace and pearls from my stash finished it off.

So that's it.  All that's left is to wish all my blogging buddies, friends and even folk I don't know in any way at all, a very Happy Christmas and New Year.  I hope you all have a wonderful time.

Entering into:
FABNFUNKY #152 - Ribbon/lace
DIVA'S BY DESIGN #66 - Anything goes.
STAMP N DOODLE - Anything goes.
LADYBUG CRAFTS - Anything goes.
ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS #20 - Anything goes.
CRAFTY BLOGGERS #6 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #120 - Anything goes.
GREAT IMPRESSIONS - Anything goes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Well, just one boy in my case but the I ♥ PROMARKERS challenge #147 this week is One for the Boys....surely you must all be fed up of Christmas cards by now eh?  Please say you are!!! lol. The sponsor is again the super JOANNA SHEEN with a £10 spend for the winner.

It's not Aidan's birthday until the middle of January, but I thought I may as well get my card done now.

My papers are from a pad I've had for eons and never used, K & Co 'Itsy Bitsy Baby Boy'.  I don't even know why I bought it really as I don't do baby cards.  I suppose I could use it in some scrapbook layouts if I ever do some more tiny baby pages.  I have used Memory Box (corner), Cheery Lynn (fence) and Spellbinders (greeting mat) dies and a Martha Stewart Punch. The totally adorable image is from Teddy Bo and it was coloured, of course, with my Promarkers.  I made the number plate in Photoshop by taking a selection of the bumper from the main image, and typed using an outline font.  Then I distorted the text and outline slightly to make it all fit. It's stuck on the bumper with foam pads.

Entering into:
BEARLY MINE #65 - Anything goes.
LEJ DESIGNS #33 - Sentiment-al
TUESDAY ALCHEMY #44 - Anything goes.
TTCRD #48 - Anything goes.
ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS #19 - Anything goes.
HOUSE OF GILLI #47 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #114 - Anything goes.
MY GRAFICO #142 - Anything goes.

Thursday, December 06, 2012


Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!  it's blurdy freezing.  Time for challenge #146 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this week is an 'Anything Goes' week again.  Our sponsor is LILI OF THE VALLEY, so of course, the DT all used a LOTV image.

I cut my card on my Robo and the black panel and image mat are a Spellbinders die. I haven't used any papers this time, which is very rare for me and I can't remember the last time I actually stamped a sentiment rather than do one on my computer.  I bought a stamp set called 'Afternoon Tea Sentiments' from Waltzing Mouse a  long time ago and hadn't even opened them but they were perfect for this.  I think I'll be using them more often now, they're really lovely. Ribbon and mesh were rooted out of my stash.

Entering into:
LADY ANNE - Must use a stamp.
CRAFTS AND ME #113 - Anything goes.
PENNY'S PAPER-CRAFTY #105 - Anything goes.
STAMPAVIE & MORE #182 - Anything but square.
LOVES RUBBER STAMPS #29 - Anything goes.
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes.
ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS #18 - Anything goes.
CRAFTY BOOTS - Anything goes.
HOUSE OF GILLI #47 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #118 - Anything goes.

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