Saturday, 14 April 2018

Believe in the Magic

What a beautiful day it is here in the South of England. I do believe Spring is here. Its been a while since my last post due to the school holidays. We had a fantastic family trip to Disneyland Paris where you certainly do believe that magic can be found everywhere! If you would like to see more of my photos you can follow me on www.instagram.com/thesparklyfairyisme



So it was apt that this week's challenge on CASology is BELIEVE.


For my card I diluted Distress Ink before applying with a wet brush.  I overstamped the fairy and sentiment using an archival inkpad. For added sparkle I added small dots of glitter.

Just remember always BELIEVE!

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Make My Monday  - Things With Wings





Saturday, 10 March 2018

Lets hear it for Mums!

I can't believe the year is going so quickly and on March 11th in the UK it will be Mother's Day. I think it is so important that we honour the mothers in our lives and remember those that are no longer with us. Sadly one of my best friends passed away last year and I will be thinking of her and also of her son this year.

I am very lucky to still have my Mum here and also a Mum myself. I always look forward to the thoughtful gifts my son chooses  - although they are usually always pink and sparkly!!

I am sharing a Mother's Day card here I made for my Mum to give her Mum who is 97!




I am entering them in the following challenges:

Lets Craft and Create - Anything Goes + Mother's Day
Dies R Us - Pastel Colours
Paper Creators - All About Mum
Fab N Funky - Mother's Day
Try It On Tuesday - Mum's The Word







Friday, 23 February 2018

Spring Time

Although Spring is supposed to be on its way this week, we will be seeing freezing temperatures here in the UK.  However I wanted to share my Spring themed tags I made for a recent Facebook Group swap.


To make them I painted some thick card tag bases with blue acrylic paint and added the clouds with white paint.  For the tag on the left I die cut the fence before adding the rabbits and the grass. These were from a great set of stamps free with Crafts Beautiful Magazine. I had a diecut butterfly in my stash and scrunched up a paper flower to create the daffodil.

For the second tag I put it through an embossing folder and highlighted the areas with coloured pencils and inks. I added the stamped images and the paper flowers. The flowers I decorated with sparkly glitter.

I hope the recepient will enjoy them much as I do!

Tag You Are It - Must use a metal die (Tag 1)
Love To Craft - Anything Goes








Friday, 2 February 2018

E is for Eye

So did we all survive January? Some say its one of the bleakest months. I love Winter so it doesn't really affect me!

When my son was born 11 years ago I got into crafting and one of the first things I started making were ATCs. With it being a quite month on the sales front after Christmas I decided to take part in a swap on Facebook. The group is Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art. There are some talented people!

The theme was the letter "E", so I choose EYES.


I used Distress Oxide Ink to colour the cards and then spritzed with water. Each card I put through embossing folders. I used Black Soot to pick out the detail. I found the collage images on the internet and then adhered them and stamped in the clear spaces. I used Ultra Thick Enamel in Gold to add splashes. Finally I found some Tim Holtz acrylic squares which I placed over the eyes to add interest.

I really enjoyed this messy art!

An Inky Mess - Anything Goes (Altered Art/Mixed Media)
Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute




Saturday, 20 January 2018

A week of Birthdays

I hope you have all survived the horrible weather we have been having both in the UK - rain, wind and lots of snow in the North!

This week in our family is a birthday week for my Dad will be celebrating his 70th birthday! and my brothers birthday is 2 days later. I will share the cards I have made later this week.

For today I thought I would share one of my cards I made with the Pawsome Waffle Flower stamp set.


It was a set I bought sometime ago and only just opened it!! I stamped various elements and coloured them using ProMarkers.

I hope your week is Pawsome too!

Challenges I am entering:

My Time To Craft - Something New (new stamp set)
Just Add Ink - Something New (new stamp set)
Craftaholics R Us - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes







Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year!

First of all Happy New Year to you all! As usual the festive season went far too quickly, but it was lovely to have some downtime with the family.

One thing I always insist on is my son writing his thank you cards to family after receiving presents. My grandma of 97 still remembers to send out money to all her Great Grandchildren!.

I decided to make this card for her as being in a nursing home she loves to receive mail.


I used a fabulous set which came with Creative Stamping magazine to make the card. 

I stamped the bear, cut him out and fixed with foam pads. I did the same with the present and his scarf.  The bunting was from a set in my stash wish I added alpha stamps to.

I can't wait to get back to crafting again after the festive break and discover some new techniques!

Challenges I am entering are :
Simon Says Wednesday - Something New (used new stamp set)
Unicorn Challenge - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges - Something New







Saturday, 16 December 2017

Penguins In Love

At last my cardmaking orders have slowed down and I can concentrate on my own Christmas makings! My son finished school yesterday and the festive spirit is in full supply!

I wanted to share a card I made for me parents using a free die from Papercraft Essentials Magazine.


I die cut the penguins, heart and foliage using the free dies and the words I made using my Cricut Machine. My parents loved it!

Cardmaking Challenges I am entering:

Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas










Wednesday, 6 December 2017

National Cardmaker Runner Up!

If you are a reader of any of the Immediate Media magazines such as Quick Cards, Cardmaking and Papercraft etc you may have seem little ol me!


I was luck to be chosen as a Runner Up in their National Cardmaking Competition. I am so excited as I received a voucher for £150 for Crafting.co.uk!

Here are the cards I entered:




I hope they provide some inspiration and would also like to congratulate my fellow competitors!




Thursday, 16 November 2017

Snowflakes and Glitter

I must apologise for my lack of posting. At the moment I am busy prepping my Christmas craft stall stock so very busy!

I thought I would share some of the little cards I have been making which I am selling in my ETSY store too.




The die cut cards were made using dies from DOcrafts whilst the ducks are from an InkyDoodles Stamp set. I used watercolour pens to colour the image in.

So this is a short and sweet post, but will be back soon with news on my new Cricut Maker Machine!! (Santa visited early!)




Saturday, 28 October 2017

Happy Hauntings

So the witching hour will soon be nigh for those celebrating Halloween on the 31st. I love the day but prefer to think of the traditional origins rather than the commercialised merchandise! We will be carving our pumpkin as usual and enjoying a spooky tea.

This spooky card I made for a Halloween Card Swap at UK Stampers Group on Facebook.


I turned to an old Creative Expressions set of stamps which are still my favourite for the window, ghostly figure,pumpkins and ivy. I stamped these onto a background I made using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and water. 

I used a stencil and Distress ink to add the spooky tree. I stamped and coloured the pumpkins using watercolour pencils before cutting out and adding to the front. The black base card was put through an embossing folder and then I rubbed gold ink over the top to highlight.

I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween and stay safe whatever you are doing.

I am entering this into the following challenges:


Fussy and Fancy Friday - Spooky
Moo Mania and More - Halloween
Cards and More - Halloween
Tuesday ThrowDown - Spooktacular
Eclectic Ellapu - Dark / Dramatic





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