Thursday, 30 September 2010

Aud Sentiments Challenge #12 Halloween Sentiment.

Do you know what - it's been like pulling teeth trying to get this post sorted out - blogger is playing up big time and I am getting just a tad frustrated.

Anyhooo onto the reason I'm here!!!! - it appears not many of you were "cheery" over the last fortnight so we are hoping that a Halloween sentiment will get your creative juices flowing. Oh and you could do the optional extra of making a treat bag or box to go with it. Check out who won at the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog.

Our sponsor this fortnight is The Cutting Cafe.

.........................and the winner will receive three sets of their choice - how cool is that!

Here is the card I made...................

........................and a little treat box too. The template is from The Cutting Cafe as is the sentiment on the top of the box and on my card plus the Boo sentiment on the card.

I have a lot of fun making Halloween cards - spooky really!!! The Haunted House has been embossed from core'dinations card which has been sanded and torn as are the circles, from the "Boo to you" embossing folder and then using Tim Holtz dostress ink - Black Soot.
I made the paper on the right with the houses on using a Daisytrail kit called Spooktacular.
Please check out my team mates creations for some fantastic inspiration - their links are in my sidebar.
I am also entering the following challenges:-

Sentimental Sundays - Dimension,

The Crazy Challenge - No buttons or ribbon,

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Sanded and distressed, and

One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes.


Design papers - Summer Driggs Happy Halloween kit.
Tools:- Cuttlebug embossing folders Haunted House and Boo To You, Tim Holtz Distress tool and Distress Ink - Black Soot. Sandpaper.
Sentiments:- The Cutting Cafe and Summer Driggs Happy Halloween kit
Box Template:-The Cutting Cafe. Tag made using a kit from Gunhilde at Cats III with a Cutting Cafe sentiment.

Thank you for your visit.


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Party Time!

Good evening everyone, hope you have had a good Sunday. It was lovely and sunny here in Devon.
Anyway, here is a card surprise there then!!! A Halloween card .............. still no surprises!!!
I got the image when a fellow crafter was having a sale on ebay (I have forgotten who now it was so long ago) and it has finally come round to the right time to use it - yippppeeeeeeeee. Don't you just love Halloween??? In fact, I know quite a few people are not interested at all but no problem I just love the images that are available and since I have to young children they love this time of year for different reasons - what I hear you say? ........ dressing up and sweets of course!

This is just a quick post before I turn out the light so I will just tell you what challenges I am entering and finish on the Ingredients.

House Mouse and Friends - I used their September sketch,

One Stitch At A Time - anything Goes,

Paper Sundaes - Things with wings,

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Fall Colours,

Mark's Finest Papers - Pumpkin,

Papertake Weekly - Animal Magic, and

Shirley 2 Girls Challenge - Critter and Spooky

Please tell me what you think and let me know you have been visiting.


Image:- House Mouse Pumpkins, Ghost and Mice Oh My!,
Sentiment:- Daisy and Dandelion range - Pumpkin and Aubergine (Half price at the moment).
Medium:- Promarkers
Tools:- Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, Spellbinders Labels 15 and Labels 11.
Papers:- Summer Driggs - Happy Halloween and The Creative Cottage Boo! paper pack.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

I had so much fun.........

...................making this stepper card. I have managed to use 5 different stamps and for me that is a record. I started with Tilda Dressed as Bat and then masked her to put in the Spooky Metal Fence. I coloured her with watercolour crayons. I made the stepper card using a template I got from splitcoast stampers I think?

I wanted some cobwebs as the background and luckily I had ordered some inadvertantly!!! I only realised when they arrived whilst making the card! They are from Inkadinkado and called "All Hallows Eve". Anyway I stamped in white stazon and then put glitter over them. The spiders are from the same set with purple glitter on.

The sentiment is also from this set - I love the ornate swirls. The pumpkins were fron another stamp set Pumpkin and Aubergine. Then the house is a cuttlebug folder - embossed and then coloured using sakura stardust pens - I was rather pleased with the result too.
So just a couple of challenges to enter.............

Shirley 2 Girls - Critters and spooky,

Haunted Design House Macabre Mondays(a first for me) - Haunted house,

Tuesday Taggers - It takes all sorts,

Charisma cardz - Anything Goes,

Paper Cutz - Critter,

Mark's Finest Paper - Pumpkins,

Delightful Sketches - Make it Sparkle,

Creative Inspirations - More than one stamp,

Flutterby Wednesdays - Any winged things,

Magnolia-licious Highlights - Bats and Brooms,and,

Stamp Insanity - Show em whos emboss!


Images :- Tilda Dressed as Bat, Spooky Metal Fence , All Hallows Eve - Inkadinkado and Pumpkin and Aubergine

Tools:- Spellbinders Big Scalloped Rectangles Large, Cuttlebog embossing folder - Haunted House

Medium:- Watercolour crayons, Sakura Stardust pens

Other:- Glitter, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord

Friday, 24 September 2010

New Challenge .......

There is a new Challenge blog on the block - Sparkle Dreams  - which is going to be a monthly challenge. The first challenge is on 1st October and to  to say thank you, they are offering a super blog welcome candy, including four copic ciao pens, 10 sheets of copic card, a limited edition copic wallet.

If they reach 100 followers by 6pm next Friday a mystery gift will be added.

Can't wait to join the fun can you?


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Let's Ink It Up DT Call

Hello everyone, no card today but I wanted to let you know there is a DT call at Let's Ink It Up. Unfortunatley, for us Sam of Samantha's Handmade Cards has had to review her priorities. She is undertaking a Foundation degree so understandably has to concentrate on that. I wish her all the best in her studies and the future.

  So if you have lots of rubber or clear stamps gathering dust and you would like to use them and get your fingers inky why not play along with our current challenge Use your favourite stamp and a charm and add DT after your entry. The challenge is running until 8th October 12 noon (Sydney time) so you have plenty of time to join the fun.

Good luck everyone

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Let's Ink It Up Challenge #3

Another fortnight has flown by and here we are again with our 3rd Challenge at Let's Ink It Up I can't believe how quickly this is going. Thank you to everyone who wowed us with their tags and bookmarks with a vintage twist they were amazing.

Our challenge this time is ..............Use your favourite stamp with a twist - use a charm too.

We are lucky enough to have another fab sponsor, Caroline from Carolines Rubber Stamps is offering our lucky winner a £20 voucher for her shop

So come on, get out your favourite stamps and get inky with us!! Don't forget we are a rubber/clear stamping challenge, No digistamps allowed, you must use a rubber/clear stamp as the focal point of your project.

This challenge is open for PLAYERS CHOICE, just enter your project, leave a comment at the bottom of post suggesting a theme you would like to see hosted. If you are randomly chosen your will feature on the challenge that your chosen theme is used. Please check out the Players Choice page for full details.

Now for my card....................

............well it shouldn't be any surprise to you that my favourite stamp is a Magnolia one - Silent Night Tilda. Yes, I know she is a Christmas one but I thought I would try something different - I am very pleased with the result too. Here is a closeup.....................

........................and what do you think of the flowers? I finally remembered to add the charm which is the twist for this challenge ..... after having taken my photos and almost sending it to my team leader - DOH!!!!!

Please check out my team mates for some more inspiration their links are on my sidebar.
I look forward to seeing your favourite stamps everyone.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Stamps With Fun - I have used their sketch,

Pollycraft Monday, Creative Card Crew and A Spoon Full of Sugar - All have an Autumn theme,

Scrappy Frogs - Flower Power,

Totally Tilda Challenge - Make your own Flowers,

Simon Says Challenge - I like to Move It (something that moves on your card - my charms) and

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Use colouring pencils only.


Image:- Silent Night Tilda
Papers:- Funky Hand Funky Seasons CD Rom,

Medium:- Caran D'Ache Prismalo watercolour crayons
Tools:- Tim Holtz distress tool and Ink, Spellbinders Nestabilities - Petit Ovals Large and
Shapeabilities - Flower Creations 3, Leaf punch
Embellishments:- Charms from my stash, satin ribbon, Papermania brads, Glitter gold and copper.
Card:- Gold mirri card

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Aud Sentiments Challenge #11 "Cheer Up!" DT Card.

Hi everyone and what a fun time we had this last fortnight. Not only are we choosing our winner and top 3 but a few new DT colleagues as well. What a fantastic turnout as well - thank you everyone who took part.

Also don't forget that you get more chances in our monthly candy if you enter the challenge as well. Our new monthly sponsor is...........................

Our challenge at Aud Sentiments this time is to make a card, layout, bookmark etc using the sentiment "Cheer Up!" - remember you must use the sentiment to qualify.

We are being sponsored this fortnight by Robyn's Fetish and we were allowed to choose an image to use... I chose to use A Little Birdie told me ..........and here is my card...................

I have done lots of layers and lots of soft colours to tie in with the colours on the image - I thought they were quite cheery!! The matting card is all Core'dinations which has been sanded and distressed and the pink and blue papers have been distressed too using my ever present Tim Holtz distress tool and inks.
The sentiment was computer generated using the free font - Black Chancery. here is a closer view of the image.........

........... which has been coloured using Derwent Inktense watercolour crayons.

I would love it if you could visit my teammates - their names and links are on my sidebar - for some more fabulous inspiration.
Now for the challenges I am entering this card in.....

Alphabet Challenge - T is for Trees,

The Sweet Shop - I have used their sketch,

Simple Doodles and Totally Papercrafts both have a spotty and dotty challenge, and,

The Stamp Man - Distressing.


Image:- Robyn's Fetish
Sentiment :- Black Chancery font
Medium:- Derwent Inktense watercolour crayons
Tools:- Tim Holtz Distress tool and inks, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large labels and Labels 8.
Embellishment:- Lace from Quixotic Paperie   
Papers:- Pink DP = Papermania Henbury Lane, Blue DP = Summer Driggs Energy Kit and flower DP = My Minds Eye Quite Contrary.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Your a star superstar!! at Papercraft Star

Just letting you all know about this fab challenge site - Papercraft Star - where you the followers vote for your favourite entry to the current challenge. I love this idea and have become a follower already.
They currently have a follower drive where you can potentially win a $25 gift certificate - they have reached their first goal already but if they reach 500 followers there will be another giveaway.

So what are you waiting for - oh and please say I sent you because then I get more entries!!! but you can do the same thing too.

Good Luck everyone.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Spyder's Challenge

Happy Sunday afternoon to you. Just sitting here having watched the Grand Prix and now watching Ideal World who are showing the new stamp set and CD Rom from Carfters Companion - Adorables. Yes, they are!!!
Yesterday was pretty hectic managing my daughters birthday expectations!!!! Four year olds are so hard to please aren't they?

Anyway my good friend Lyn AKA Spyder has reliable informed me that her challenge is still open - just!!!
She asked you to use her fantastic little digi
Mushroom house mouse for her challenge.

Here is a closeup of how I coloured mine......

...........I used Derwent Inktense crayons to colour the image. I also teamed it up with a bit of bling!!!

and followed the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday shown below...........

.........................I liked this one.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges

Pear Tree Design and A Spoon Full of Sugar - both have an animal theme, and,

Aly's Sunday Challenge - Sparkly and Glittery

Hope you like it, please let me know what you think.


Image: Mushroom House (Spyder's Corner)
Sentiment : Polka Doodles CD Rom
Medium: Derwent Inktense watercolour crayons
Papers: Funky Fairys Distressed spots, Glitter sheets from Craftime, Black Magic Colorcore Cardstock - Spell Caster
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 15 and Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Provocraft embossing folder Swiss Dots, snadpaper, Tim Holtz Distress tool, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord,
Embellishments: Pearl Brads, Papermania Flowers - Capsule Collection

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Birthday Card

So my youngest Dragonlette is about to have her 4th Birthday - can't believe it, where has the time gone?- and of course I had to make a card. I have been making this for about two weeks on and off and have finally finished just in time!!!!!
I have used a CD from Polka Doodles called Paper Boutique II and this is the fantastic fairy.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Polka Doodles - Shaped card,

Flutterby Wednesday's - Pink and a fairy/angel or butterfly,

Fab'n'Funky - What eva?, and

Creative Inspirations - not square or rectangle card,

Hope you like it, let me know what you think.


Monday, 6 September 2010

It' a Pink Christmas!

I would firstly like to say, that having just been away for a week, I would like to apologise to everyone for not getting around to you to comment. I follow a very large number of sites and no matter how I hard I try fail miserably to comment on everyones fabulous creations.
Anyhow, I fancied making a Tilda card and here she is. I didn't miss card making as much as I expected to - I obviously needed a break!!!! I did however, miss looking at peoples blogs and checking out what everyone else was up to.

Here is the sketch I used from The Sweet Shop, here....

and here is a closeup.....

I thought a pink Christmas card would make a nice change - and Tilda suits pink nicely!!!!

(Edited to say I have just had the eyes pointed out to me - it was embossed in black which is why her eye is shining - the evil eye maybe!!)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Alphabet Challenge - Scallops,

Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Tilda in Pink,

Just Magnolia - Anything Goes,

Pile It On - Layers,

One Stop Craft Challenge - Inspirational photo (I chose pink and orange),

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Christmas but no green or red,

Simon Says Challenge - Lace and pearls,

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Distress It!, and

Stamp Something - Cute

Hope you like it - please let me know what you think.



Image : Magnolia Christmas Party Tilda
Medium: Promarkers
Embellishments: Lace (Quixotic Paperie), Pearls (stash), Snowflake punch - XCut
Papers: DCWV "Rose tinted Christmas multi stack"
Tools: Tim Holtz Distress tool, Distress Inks - Worn lipstick, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large.
Other: Base card stash and Pink Glitter card from stash. 

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Let's Ink It Up 300 Followers Candy


I'll let you in on another surprise, Let's Ink It Up has a PRIZE GIVEAWAY!!
Our very own Kathryn Myhre, owner of KLM Digital Designs and Clear Stamps has donated this fantastic PRIZE. She wants to up the ante to 300 followers. YOU could be the winner. Come on over and try your luck, bring your friends along, to our awesome new challenge blog, it's all about stamps and getting inky, getting back to our roots.

I won't keep you in suspense any longer here is what Kathryn has so generously donated FOUR STAMP SETS, yep not one, not even two but FOUR!!!!!

So what do you have to do to be in the running to win, well it's real easy.

1. Become a follower of Let's Ink It Up

2. Write a post on your blog about Kathryn's fab prize linking back to Let's Ink It Up and also KLM Digital Designs and Clear Stamps

3. Post a picture of Prize Giveaway on your sidebar and link back to Let's Ink It Up

4. Go to the post at Let's Ink It Up and add your comment.

That's it, easy isn't it. Remember to be in the running to win you must complete all four requirements. 

Closes 4th September 2010, winner will chosen by Random Org and announced on 5th September 2010.

Don't forget to invite your friends along, you may very well win these fantastic STAMPS SETS, just imagine what you could create using these stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Let's Ink It Up Challenge #2

Hello everybody and firstly I must say a massive thank you to everyone that played along with our first challenge. You have really helped to make this challenge a success.
If you would like to see the winner and top 3 and our first Guest Designer please check out the Let's Ink It Up Challenge blog.

Now onto our second challenge which is...................

TAGS and/or BOOKMARKS - TWIST must have a


................sounds good doesn't it. BUT please remember you must use a rubber or clear stamps as your focal point we cannot accept digital images. If you are unsure of the rules please check them out here 

Our sponsor for this challenge is ...........
.......................Carol, the owner of Close to My Heart, is offering a fabulous prize of a stamp set shown here........... cool is that (wouldn't mind winning that myself - oh well never mind!!!).

Without further ado here is the tag I made - and boy did I have fun and got my fingers nice and inky!!!!!

I have used several of the Tim Holtz distress inks as a base colour then sprayed a Glimmer Mist on top. I had to let it dry off over night but was really pleased with the result. Here is a close up...........

I used a Christmas word stamp on the background. The main image is from Crafty Individuals - a stamp I received as a prize from Suzy - finally I have managed to use it as it is perfect for the vintage theme.
I inked over the stamp with the same colours as the background then used a gold pen to line the edge.
I then punched out some snowflakes from word paper and glitter card and layered them. The final touch was to add the pearl swirl - rather pleased with how this worked out.

I would love it if you could visit my team mates to see their fabulous creations for some more inspiration.....


I hope this has inspired you enough to play along - can't wait to see what you come up with.

Now of course I have a few challenges to enter

Your Next Stamp - Anything Goes,

Creative Belli Challenge - Use old stamps (I have had the Christmas word stamp fo rat least 5 years!)

Creatalicious Challenges - Vintage,

Daring Cardmakers - Sapphire (I think of the colour blue),

Stampavie and more - Anything but a card,

Stampin for the Weekend - Shabby or vintage,

My Partner in Crafting Crime - Let's try vintage,

Die Cut Dreams - Vintage and

Totally Stampalicious - Anything but a card.


Stamps :- Papermania Christmas word stamp, Crafty Individuals CI 162.
Tools:- Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and Peeled Paint. Glimmer Mist - Creme De Cacao.
Embellishments:- Pearls dark blue received as prize? Fibres in blue and purple.
Punch:- XCut - Snowflake

A big warm welcome to the Aud Sentiments Team

Hi everyone, just a quickie and as I have been away I scheduled my Aud Sentiments post for Challenge #10 and therefore didn't know who had been picked to join our team.

So without further ado I would like to welcome my new team mates who will be joining us for our next challenge.

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  • Please pop along and check out their fantastic blogs, they are a bunch of very talented ladies and I am so pleased they have joined us.

    Hugs to you all