Thursday, 30 October 2014

My Batty Hero

My grandson loves Batman. Well, actually he LOVES Mike The Knight, but Batman is a very close second.
So I just had to make him a Batman themed card when I found this perfect image; My Batty Hero by Tiddly Inks...

I've coloured him using promarkers, and kept to an all black & grey batman, because apparently he is better than a blue batman, haha!
The yellow starry paper is from Doodlebug, Hip Hip Hooray paper pad. I added some extra punched stars from silver mirror card, and a number 4 cut with my Die-namics By The Number dies.
'Grandson' was also cut using Die-namics dies (By The Letter)
I lightly sponged in a sky in the background on the card base so that it would show through the oval aperture I cut from the top layer. Then I die cut the cityscape die from Clearly Besotted Stamps 3 times from different coloured card and trimmed off the tops on 2 of them to make them look a little different. I then stuck yellow card stock to the back of the 'windows' so that it would look like the lights were on. I layered and glued these down on top of the sponged sky, then added my top layer with the starry paper.
Hope he likes it!

I'd like to enter this card at:
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes 

oooh, all anything goes challenges!
Thanks for stopping by :) xx

Monster Boo!

How fab is Monster Boo?! what a great image :)
You can get him at DigiStamp Boutique, HERE, and at the time of this post, he's still on offer, but may not be for much longer, so grab him for 99p today.... be quick!

I've coloured 'Boo' with promarkers, and then fussy cut him out.
I've teamed him up with Doodlebug papers, Hip Hip Hooray. I'm loving these papers, they are such good quality, and have lovely bright and fun designs. I can see more Doodlebug papers in my future, that's for certain. :)
The stamped stars in the corner were from a freebie stamp set from a craft mag.
The greeting is by Clearly besotted Stamps, from the 'For Everyone' stamp set.

I'd like to enter this card at:
DigiStamp Boutique - october customer competition
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant - anything goes

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Here is a treat bag i've made for the new Crafting By Designs challenge, where I am happy to say that I am their guest designer for this challenge :)

Please go check out the fab creations by the Design Team, and I hope you'll join in the challenge too.

This week's challenge theme is 'Halloween'...

I've used the fab image Broom Flying Birdbrain by From The Heart Stamps... 'Whooosh!' ;)
I coloured with promarkers and sponged in the background.
The sentiment is one of six you get free with the image.
'MIKEY' was cut using my trusty Die-namics By the Letter dies.
The bat paper is by Erin Bradley, from a set called 'Going Batty'. I also cut out an extra bat to add to the top of the treat bag.
The ribbon is from my stash, I can't remember where I bought it from though, I have had it years!

I'd like to enter this treat bag into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin - anything but a card
That Craft Place - halloween
Simon Monday Challenge - treats!
2 Cute Ink - halloween treats
The Pink Elephant - anything goes

Thank you, Crafting By Designs, for having me as your guest :)
and Thank YOU for stopping by today.
Happy Halloween! xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Kitten Surprise

Well it's been 8 days since my last post, which means my beautiful baby grandson is 8 days old today. Thank you all so much for your comments, our little man is perfectly content, he's feeding really well, and settles afterwards quickly too. My daughter is feeling fantastic, being a mommy suits her and it shows when you see the love in her eyes and the glow on her face when she holds her baby son. I'm so proud!

Monday means that it's time for another I {heart}sketches challenge with From The Heart Stamps.
This time we are letting you choose which sketch that you'd like to use. You can choose any sketch from #001 to #083
Make sure you show us which sketch you have used, you can find them all by clicking HERE.

Faith has given us an inspirational photo to play with...

and I chose sketch #026, although I have turned it 90 degrees and added a sentiment beneath the image...

Here's my card...

I've used this adorable new image called Kitten Surprise, it's perfect for your christmas cards, birthday cards, or for anyone you know who adores kitties :)
You get SIX bonus sentiments with this cute image too!  I've used one of them here :)

I coloured the image with promarkers, adding a bit of detail to the spots on the gift box with a gel pen so that it would go with my paper choice slightly more, which is from Dovecraft's Merry Magic paper pad.
Behind the image, I thought i'd take the inspiration from the photo and attempt a watercolour wash background using 2 of the colours shown. I actually used 2 colours by Stampin Up; Yoyo Yellow & Pink Passion. They are from the old Bold Brights collection, but I don't know if they are available anymore since they changed the colour groups.
I've added some shiny, cerise mirror paper and some blue flat-back gems to give it a bit of sparkle.

Quite bright, modern colours for a christmas card, don't you think?

I'd like to enter this card at:
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes 
Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist (add some yellow)
ABC challenge - V is for Vibrant
Crafty Little Fairies - Only one DP
A Random Fan - anything goes
Oldie But A Goodie - christmas (my patterned paper is over a year old, and my watercolour card is about 6 or 7 years old!)

As always, join in the challenge, and EVERYONE who plays will receive a $1 discount code for the store, and if you are the challenge winner, you will receive a $5 discount code to the store! :)
Remember though, you must use an image by From The Heart Stamps to be eligible, and please include a pic of the sketch that you use in your blog post too.

Thank you for stopping by today, I do hope you'll join in this week :)

UPDATE: woohoooo!! thank you xx
A Random Fan

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Just Arrived

This card is for the sudden arrival of my grandson, who was born today at 2:50am
He wasn't due for another 9 days, my daughter went into hospital with back pain, 20 mins later she was holding her baby boy!
He's perfect, so gorgeous, and i'm totally in love with him.
I can't share any pics online, sorry.
RJ is short for Richard junior, as he will be named after his daddy...

My husband paid for some new LOTV stamps for me, one of my wedding anniversary gifts.
Just Arrived was one of these stamps.
I coloured this adorable image with promarkers.
All of the papers are from the same pad, Doodlebug's Snips & Snails, the only others used were white and kraft cardstock.
'baby' is a word die by Clearly Besotted Stamps.
'RJ' was cut using Die-namics By the Letter dies.

I'm entering this card at:
LOTV's ideas to inspire monthly challenge - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - polka dots
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Crafting when we can - name it

UPDATE: This card won a top 3 slot at Crafting When We Can! thank you :)

I'm completely in love with my grandson, and i'm so proud of my daughter.
Thank you Laura & Rich for our gorgeous little RJ, a baby brother for Mikey :)

Saturday, 11 October 2014


Here's a birthday card made for a friend to give to his wife, a lady who loves elephants...

This cutie is from the Edwin & Hetty Set by DigiStamp Boutique, which I've coloured using promarkers.
The floral paper was given to me years ago as a birthday gift, so I can't remember what company it's from, sorry. The red paper used inside the scalloped heart (Marianne die) is by Lawn Fawn (Peace, Joy, Love).
The sentiment at the bottom is computer generated, the circle sentiment is a stamp by Stampin Up.

I'm entering this card at:
DigiStamp Boutique - october customer competition
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
The Pink Elephant - think pink
Fab 'n' Funky - anything with ribbon
Paper Makeup Stamps - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Hope you're all having a fab weekend :)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Our Anniversary

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary. I actually met my husband on this day, 19 years ago.
He's my everything. Happy Anniversary Dave xx

I've used Cabaret from Kenny K because Dave saw it some time ago, and said that he liked it as it reminded him of me.
Now, let me just say straight away, that in reality I look NOTHING like this image. I don't own any black peep-toe boots ;)
But, my hair is a similar style, so i'm guessing that's what he meant, otherwise he seriously needs to go to Specsavers, lol.
Anyway, I have had this image for a while now, and I haven't used it until now (my bad).
I've coloured Cabaret with promarkers, then fussy-cut her out.
I've placed the image over top of a die cut heart (Heart of Hearts die by Impression Obsession)
Either side, i've used the Staggered Heart Border die by Die-namics.
The paper is from My Mind's Eye, Stella & Rose, Mabel paper pad.
The sentiment is from 'For Everyone' stamp set by Clearly besotted Stamps, and 'Husband' has been cut using my By the Letters Die-namics dies.
I've added a bit of bling with some flat-backed crystals to finish.

I'm entering this card at:
KennyK's Krafty Krew - anything goes (twist: orange & black)
The Ribbon Girl - glitz & dazzle (do the crystals count?)
Paper Makeup Stamps - anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Only one DP
Cute Card Thursday - spots & dots

Thanks for looking :)