Monday, 14 September 2015

September Artistic Inspirations Blog

We are having an anything goes challenge at the Artistic Inspirations Blog.

Our sponsors this month are: Make it Crafty

My steampunk inspired card uses Steampunk Chesire Cat coloured with promarkers and Sparkly gel pens.  I wanted to recreate the slightly off square and higglilypiggly effect by using a larger black square and setting the image at an angle. 

Thanks for looking x


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Come and get it - feature a creature

Hi there!

Just popping by to say enter the challenge going on at the Come and Get it Challenge Blog. The theme this week is Feature a Creature.  

My featured creature is a cat and my card  for the Design Team is using saturated Canary image coffee can cat which was free in Complete Cardmaking Issue 56

Docrafts little miaow backing paper 
Gold and brown sparkling gel pens
Die cut greeting

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Creative Ladybirds Creations

We are having an anything goes challenge at the Creative Ladybirds Creations Blog.  Our sponsors this month are: Oakpond Creations  and Lemon Shortbread.

My image this month is from Lemon Shortbread.  I had some help from one of my friends children she made the background. 

Thanks for looking. 

August Artistic Inspirations Blog

We are having an anything goes challenge at the Artistic Inspirations Blog.

Our sponsors this month are: Sassy Studio Designs and Limited Runs .

Birdhouse 2 by limited runs 

Ella at the Ball by Sassy Designs 

Thanks for looking. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Creative Ladybirds Creations

We are having an anything goes challenge at the Creative Ladybirds Creations Blog..

Our sponsors this month are: Ike's Art  offering 5 images to the winner and Lacy Sunshine Stamps  offering 3 images to the winner. 

After a recent trip around London to look for the Shaun the sheep statues I went to Devonshine Square  near Liverpool Street station and saw the knight statue, it's so impressive. 

This gave me the inspiration for one of my projects this month using the image knight from Ike's images. I coloured the image with Promarkers to make a bookmark for my father-in-law as part of his Father's Day gifts.  


Brown Centura Pearl card
Gold rope effect 

I am a massive fan of Lacy Sunshine so when I saw this rockabilly image I had to colour her in my favourite reds.  To finish her off and give a real 50's style I used a free digital frame I found at Create with TLC.

Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Rainy Saturday part 2

After my photography day was cut short by the rain (see rainy Saturday part 1). I got out my promarkers.

I coloured up Sarah Jane and Nibbles Ready For The Ball by Lacy Sunshine.   The image reminded me of Belle from beauty and the beast.  I had the idea of putting her in a frame that looked a bit like the magic mirror. I remembered that I had downloaded a frame from Opal Manor a while back so I printed it out colouring it in silver and gold and decorated it with gem brads. 

I put them together and covered it acetate to make it stand up. 

I am going to enter this in to the following challenges: 

Thanks for looking. 

Rainy Saturday part 1

I planned to spend all morning doing nature photography and the afternoon taking photographs of the cricket team my husband scores for. Unfortunately the weather wasn't having any of it. I got some and then the rain set in and I went home. Here are a selection of my shots. 

I'm not happy with them, but there's always next week. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Christmas starts now

Christmas crafting starts now so many lovely images and papers.

Three from Lacy sunshine today

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Cute Cards

Just popping by to say enter the challenge going on at the Come and Get it Challenge Blog The theme this week is Cute Cards.

My card for the Design Team is made using Crafty Sentiments Designs Harriet Witchy RideI'm going to use the card for the birthday of a fan of Jill Murphy's the Worst Witch at work. 

Green Centura Pearl card
Red card
Clear acetate 
Stamp sentiment 
Die cut house and cats

Thanks for looking.

For the Guys

Hi there!

Just popping by to say enter the challenge going on at the Come and Get it Challenge Blog. The theme this week is For the Guys.

My card  for the Design Team is made using Bugaboo Stamps Scruffy Puppy Feet. I've made it into a Father's Day card for my dad and is based on one of his dogs.

6x6 scollaped edged card
Green craft paper 
Hunkydory adorable scorable card
Die cut greeting

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 30 May 2015

A challenge

My husband is my best critic, so I ask his advice about colours etc. A few days ago he asked me why I buy more stuff when I've got so much already.  My response was its all useful.  With my permission he routed around in my craft space and constructed his own stash challenge 'Challenge Anne' and challenged me to make a 3D card using the following: 

One lacy sunshine digital image,
Metallic gold card,
Flower gem embellishments, 
A sheet of borders, 
Two sentiments and
A sheet of acetate. 

The only brief was to be cute. The result is below: 

He was delighted with the results and will be using it for our nieces birthday.  

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Creative Ladybirds Creations

We are having a blog hop at creative ladybirds creations


Our Sponsors for the blog are:


Enchanted Design Studio 


Ikes Art


Lacy Sunshine Stamps

This is my creation using Unicorn Rory from Lacy sunshine.


You should have arrived here by Lynne - next lady to visit is Rachel - is a list of the design team involved in the blog hop incase you get lost on the way.


Fiona -

Kandis -

Carla -

Lena -

Chris -

Kaylee -

Lynne -

Anne - You are here! 

Rachel -

Carol -


Helen -

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Steampunk Cindy

Hi everybody,

I am a massive fan of Lacy Sunshine images, after doing lots of colouring and practice I thought I should do one of the challenges on the challenge blog. 

Here's my interpretation of steampunk Cindy I'm going for a retro vintage look. 

Hope you like it. 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

3 embellishments, 2 papers and 1 image

Hi All

This is my second design team post for the Come and Get It Blog. The theme is 3 embellishments, 2 papers and 1 image.  I used a Scrapper's Delight image called Princess 4.

I used sparkly gel pens to make it sparkle in the light.

Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My first design team post.

Recently I was asked to join the design team for the  

The theme this month is lots of layers.  I decided to make a post-it-note holder using a purple theme. I used the Chiba Elsa image from bugaboo stamps coloured using promarkers. The card stock and sentiment was from my big paper collection. 

Thanks for looking.




Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fireman nephew

My great nephew was one this week. Time flies it doesn't seem that long. He's very cute all blond hair and blue eyes.  His current favourite thing is Fireman Sam. I wanted to make a card that would appeal to him and his parents.  I had an idea to make a card that would stand up like a plaque.

After a good hunt around I found a digi of a small boy playing with a fire engine on the deariedolls blog. You can find it here 

I had a sheet of Kanban background with a fence and blue sky, so I decided to    find a digi of a fire engine to colour and use as a background for a card which would feature a child in a garden playing with a fire engine while a fire engine goes past. 

Here's my attempt 

Thanks for looking 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Can you feel the love.

Well, it is February the month of love x.  So I decided to make a girly Valentine's card just for fun!

I used Belinda's Heart Balloons stamp from Lacy Sunshine images. I made it a side easel card and hand cut and colored the gold hearts. 

Promarkers used:
Skin tones: Coral, apricot, saffron, vanilla and blush
Lips and eyeshadow: purple gel 
Hair: colour: burnt umber, terracotta, and chestnut.
Dress:   Grey: ice grey 1-4 with an over wash of sleigh bells colour. Red: berry red, red and lipstick red. 

Paper: pink is hunkydory adorable scorable and the blue is American crafts. 

I will enter this into the following challenges
ABC Challenge- Love, Romance, Wedding, Engagement, 
Lacy Sunshine Challenge: Have a Heart

Thanks for looking 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Frame it right

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law presented me with a sheet of A4 shiny green card.  It had been in her craft box for ages but she couldn't find a use for it.  I've been wondering what to do with it for a while and when I was on the train last night I had a really strange idea, I would try to make a frame out of it. So when I got home I got out my trusty crafters companion ultimate pro and boxer board.  I didn't want to create the same old square box type frame so I made the sides triangular.   I was really pleased with the effect that it created so I decorated it with some gold effect peel offs and used it to frame a Lacy Sunshine image (Constance Cherish Wings) I coloured a few weeks ago.   To make it stand up I used a Tim Holtz easel die from my collection. 

Promarkers used:
Skin tones: apricot, saffron, vanilla and blush
Lips purple gel 
Hair: colour: burnt umber, terracotta, and chestnut.
Dress: plum, amethyst and lilac.
Cat: ice grey 1,2 and 3

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Steampunk Queen

It was a close friends birthday a few weeks ago.  She won't mind me telling you that she is a little bit eccentric and amongst the loves in her life are football, (the not so mighty O's) and steampunk designs.  She wishes she was brave enough to start dressing in the fabulous clothes but in her own words "being a lady of a certain age, I'd look ridiculous".   Her love of steampunk inspired my choice of birthday card for her this year.  I found the perfect image whilst looking at the work of Heather Valentin (aka Lacy Sunshine Stamps).  The stamp is called Queen of Hearts. This stamp reminded me of my friend so I took a risk and coloured the hair grey, I really think it works. 

Promarkers used:
Skin tones: apricot, saffron, vanilla and blush
Lips and eye shadow: magenta 
Hairice grey 1,2 and 3
Redburgundy, Cardinal Red and Crimson 
Greyice grey 3,4 and 5.
Goldsleigh bells 2013 limited edition colour
Green: pine and grass
Red: hot pink, ruby and magenta
Hunkydory adorable scorable
Centura Pearl Snow White 
Sentiment: Hunkydory  

On the sisters of craft challenge.

Friday, 30 January 2015

My new crafty passion.

Since a Facebook friend introduced me to Letraset Promarkers I have been addicted to colouring digital images. With so many wonderful and talented designers and artists out there I am never stuck for inspiration.   Amongst my most favourite designers is artist Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine Stamps  

This is the first hand coloured card to feature on my blog.  I used one of Heather's stamps 'Abigail Lil Angel Cherished Wings'.  I had no real plan in mind when I made this card other than to use purple.


I used the following:

Skin tones: apricot, saffron, vanilla and blush.
Hair colour: burnt umber, terracotta, and chestnut.
Dress: plum, amethyst and lilac.

Centura pearl lilac card.

Embossing folder: 
free from a craft magazine.

Sentiment Stamp:
Clearly Besotted stamps