Tuesday, 30 June 2009


How many of you are going to the Art Stamps Fair at Newbury at the weekend? If you are then please come along and say hello. Craft Fairy will be there with lots of goodies and demonstrations for you all. Please tell me if you read my blog as feedback is precious.

Vintage Lady with Striped Dress

Yet again, I'm drooling over new stamps and as the lovely producers have sent me samples I just had to get on with a card sraight away. I got the layout from Our Creative Corner and I was off. It is so similar to the layout on ICSketchers that I entered it for that too.

To make this card, you will need to use:
Vintage Lady 5, Unmouted rubber stamp from Stampinback
Sheer wine ribbon in 16mm width.
Art and Graphic pens from Kuretake to colour th eimage.

Monday, 29 June 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #21

The latest Pink Elephant Challenge #21 is for your favourite colour combination. Well.... those of you who know me well would be shocked if I used anything other than pink so here we are with pink and a little green.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge #38

The theme on Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge #38 is PRETTY PACKAGING. Well, I couldn't resist as I had a great idea that was all ready to go.

I just love this little bag that I made recently using the new fennel seed stamp from Stampinback . The stamp is coloured directly with the Art and Graphic pens from Zig, Kuretake in colours 308 and 58.

The two ribbons are blue saddle stitch in 9mm and 3mm.

Challenge #80 on Carte maniak'

Can this really be a card that I made. It is subtle and I don't usually do subtle.

However, I rather like it so I'm sticking with it for the challenge on Carte Maniak'. It's a French language site, but card sketches are pretty universal.
J'espers que j'aurais de la bonne chance.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Dare you to, Digi Stamp Challenge 13

Dare you to, Digi Stamp Challenge 13 is the inspiration for this card. I thought that Hopeful Harry who is just in at Craft Fairy, was the perfect subject for this challenge.

I must admit that th ephotography is not the best but the light is poor today and it was the best that I could do.

The stamp is Hopeful Harry and he is just in today. Let's hope that you get him before he sells out.

Happy crafting,


Now for something completely different

This card is not pink or particularly pretty but it is quirky. I like quirky so this is what I've come up with for the challenge over on Charisma Cardz Challenges and the Stamp Something Challenge and Cute Card Thursday. Nothing like killing three birds as it were. There was no theme on some but this card really suited the challenge on the other two blogs.

I have just coloured this stamp up for the web site and for sale at the Art Stamps fair at Newbury nekt week so it was just waiting to be used.

Materials used:

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Biker Bob unmounted rubber stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

Brown saddle stitch ribbon.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Ferns for CPS 121

I've wanted to make a card for the latest CPS 121 sketch but it wasn't until today that I came up with something that I like enough to enter. So here we are with the latest challenge entry:
You might well congratulate me as I've managed to make yet another card that has no pink on it.
This card was made with:
The Fern Shilouette unmounted rubber stamp from Stampinback
Brown 9mm saddle stitch ribbon.
Happy crafting.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Daring Cardmakers Missing You Challenge

I couldn't resist this challenge but I've decided to make it a simple one and this is the card that I've come up with:

The stamp is one of the ones that I used for the Ismaki challenge but I have used it quite simply here with a mst of silver and lilac card. It's from the Cartes Postal sheet of stamps.

The ribbon is 16mm lilac satin edged chiffon.

The stamp was inked up with the Zig kuretake pens.

Happy crafting


The Pink Elephant Challenge

I loved this Pink Elephant challenge so much that I managed to finish it half an hour. This is a record for me as sometimes it can take me up to half a day to get things right.

To make this card you will need:

Papers and card that I had in my stash.
What to Do:

Cut a baase card 14cm x 14cm.
Layer it up with a mount of about 13.5cm x 13.5 cm
cut four squares that will end up slightly smaller than the mount square. Stick to the mount.
Colour the stamp with the selection of colours given above. You can use my example of do anything thta you want yourself. Stamp an oval shape that you've cut out. You can use a square one if you don't have an oval one.
Use 3d foam pads to stick to the card.
Stamp the word 'Nature' on to the card and embellish with a green flower.

Happy crafting,

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Tiger Turner, Friday Sketch 56

It's a while since I last entered the Friday Sketchers challenge, but here goes with this one.

I've made the card with one of the fabulous stamps from I Brake for Stamps which we sell on the Craft Fairy web site.

Click here to see this and the other amazing senior stamps.

The bloom can be found here.

The ribbon here.

Happy crafting,


Saturday, 20 June 2009


The challenge on Our Creative Corner is for 'Stars'. Now I have some primitive stars so I thought that I'd give it a go. This is my take on the challege.

The stamp is from I Brake for Stamps and the bits of ribbon are from my personal stash.

Stampin Chic

When the ladies on Stampin Chic set out the challenge for a creation that contained 'NO WHITE' they must have had me in mind as many of my cards always contain white. This, then, really is a challege for me so this is what I've come up with:

If you want to make this card you will need:

Florals and Leaves sheet of unmounted rubber stamps from I Brake for Stamps.

Zig, Kuretake, Art and Graphic pens in 56, 57 and 73

Paper raffia in Oatmeal



Happy crafting,


Friday, 19 June 2009

Black, White and one other colour

I've just seen the challenge on Stamp Something for black, white and one other colour and the pink and black challenge on Ooh-la-la Creations so...

I used my fabulous stamp from the Glamour Girls sheet from Time to Stamp and paired it with the flowers that have just arrived on my doorstep throw in a bit of pink spotty ribbon and a button and here's my card. The paper is from Doodlebug Design.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

New Stamps from Stampinback

We've just had some new stamps from Stampinback and I had to use them as I think that they are really lovely and the designs are right up to the minute.

I didn't just want to have them as a black silhouettes though and I went for fawn and greens.

The images are 'Fennel Silhouette' from Stampinback.

Tall Flower, silhouette also from Stampinback.

The pens that I used to colour the images are Zig Art and Graphic pens 49, 56, 57.

The ribbon is willow green chiffon in 16mm width.

The sentiment is 'approach dreams'

The flowers are from the romance selection of Eco friendly flowers.

The paper I had in my stash but any soft green should do.

To Make this card:

All you need to do is ink up the stamps with your chosen colours and stamp up the images.

Cover the bottom of the card with some green paper and cover the join with sheer green ribbon.

Ink up the sentiment and stamp out. Mount onto another piece of green paper and stick to the card.

Add a couple of smallish flowers from the pack and you have a card.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

ABC Summer Challenge

The challenge this week on ABC is 'Summer'. So as I had this wonderful stamp I thought that I would put it to good use along with some ribbons, blooms and hot paper.

If you want to make this card you will need the following:

Orange handmade flowers
Orange Stripe Ribbon
Rear View Ruth, Unmounted Rubber Stamp from I Brake for Stamps

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Allsorts Challenge 5 Triangles

Here we are again with another challege and this time it's triangles ao I had just the card.

This card is one of my all time favourites and I hope that you like it too.

The pink glitter frame is here.
The butterfly is from our wonderful sot of butterflies that you can see here.
The dusty rose ribbon is here.

Dutch Dare Challenge #52: A Charity Card

I've just seen this challenge on Duch Dare to make a card that will cheer up a child and I knew that I had the perfect card. hair and all.

She is stamped with one of the stamps from the wonderful Kids sheet by The Merry Stamper.

Here it is:
I hope that this will cheer any child up!!!

Happy crafting.

Ismaki Sketch Challenge

Well, I must say that I am doing my best to get cards made by doing as many challenges as possible. The best thing about challenges is that they make you rethink your ideas and come up with something new and, I hope, exciting.
This card is the one that I've come up with after looking at the one given over on Ismaki.

If you want to make anything like this you will need:

Blooms from our lovely new range.

The Cartes Postal sheet of rubber stamps.

The leaf stamp from out new Florals and Leaves rubber stamp sheet.

Art and graphic pens to colour the stamps. I used 56, 50, 60, 49 and 110

Monday, 15 June 2009

The Next Level, Sketch 1

This is my first submission to the Next Level challenge. It took me ages to get it right but I'm really happy with the result.

From Craft Fairy I used the
flowers from the pink pack of flowers.
Silver ribbon
I hope

Sunday, 14 June 2009

I have a camera

I still haven't found my camera charger, but thank goodness for my daughter who has lent me her old camera. The photos are so much better than scanning.
So to work. Here is my effort for today.

If you want to make this card or something similar you will need:
1 A6 base card in off white
Sentiment stamp ( I used the one above that comes from I Brake for Stamps)
1 piece of pink light weight card
1 sheet of patterned paper
A green flower
3D foam pads
1 brad
To make this card:
This card is fairly self explanatory. It is simply a matter of layering up and sticking down

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Here's the next one

Only two cards as yet. I really do have to speed up. I do have an excuse.....I'm disorganised. I bet that the rest of you that share this excuse are thinking, 'Thank God'.

This card is made with an Inkadinkadoo stamp called English Rose. I coloured it with the Art and Graphic pens from Kuretake which can be seen if you click here.
The ribbon is the spotted pink satin, click here.
A few buttons and a message are all that you need to complete the look.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Cute Cats

I'm quite excited because I'm going to be demonstrating for Kuretake at the Cardiff Hobbycraft. So if you want a sneek preview of what I'm going to be doing then here are the cards.

Tha background is achieved really simply by using a Zig Dottariffic pen in black to dot the card. The more pressure you apply the bigger the dot. I just applied the dots randomly to the top third of the card.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Going Dotty with Dottariffics

I really do love cards with spots. I've made this card with my Dottariffic pens from Kuretake. Dottariffics are being phased and Craft Fairy is one of the few remaining sites that has them in stock so get them quickly or loose out forever. To achieve the effect seen here use pastel colours. If you want to be far bolder than go for the bright pure colours.

If you want to make this card then you can get the sentiment from this sheet of stamps.

Happy crafting.

Two Hydrangea and a Lovely Message

I seem to be on a roll lately and the cards are coming thick and fast. This is today's effort and I have to say that I am quite happy with it.

To make it:
Coloured the hydrangea stamps with the Art and Graphic Pens from Kuretake and stamp it twice, colouring up between stamping. Use the H2O water brush to move the paint a little and added some extra colour where the shadows should be.
Cut the images out and then get on with the rest of the card.
Cut a base card 10.5cm x 28cm. Score this at the 14cm point to make a card 10.5cm x 14cm when folded.
I cut a piece of pink card and scored it and then cut it to fit over the join in the base card.
I stamped the message, which is from the Inspirational sayings plate, on a piece of card and cut it out to leavea a small border. I mounted this on to a piece of pink card. This was then stuck to the base card.
I stuck the hydrangea images slightly overlapping on to the card with a mixture of adhesive and foam pade. The adhesive was for the bottom hydrangea and the foam pads for the upper image.
I decorated the lower part of the card with a broken line of green. One of the greens that I had used on the stamp.