Sunday 30 October 2011

Fairy Dell

It's taken me ages to make this card - as soon as I saw the inspiration photo at For Your Inspiration I knew exactly what I wanted to do as I was so drawn to the colours in the photo, but the vision in my head just wasn't translating to paper.  This is the image - isn't it stunning - I wish I could find a forest like that to walk though..........

I persisted with my idea and eventually managed to get something that was close enough to the vision in my head to be happy enough to post.  It's not my strongest card ever, but I do like the strong colours and simple layout.

I stamped and embossed the fairy silhouette stamp onto thick white card and coloured with a mixture of inks and cosmic shimmer paints - I think there would definately be fairies hidden in the undergrowth in such a colourful forest!!!    I cut it out and mounted it onto a small card and finished with a simple fairy sentiment.  Here's the link to the challenge if you want to play along - but be quick you only have a couple of days!  Do check back later in the week as I am going to be their Guest Designer for the next challenge and I can't say too much other than it's another fabulous inspiration photo they have in store for you!

Saturday 29 October 2011

Seeing stars.......

This week's LIM is all about stars, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I saw the title as I love the sentiment stamp I've used.

I stamped the sentiment which is from Paper Make Up available form Quixotic Paperie in the UK and I embossed it on white card with pewter EP which has a subtle sparkle.  I added a little glimmer dust to the stars and added 3 acrylic stars underneath.  The bottom of both the sentiment panel and the silver mat were cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  Sorry about my reflected hands in the mirri card - no matter what I tried I couldn't get rid of my reflection in the photo!

Catch you all later.

Friday 28 October 2011

CASual Sketch

I've not been feeling well today so I've not really been up to crafting, but as I made the VIP club over at CAS-aul Fridays last week, I wanted to play along again.  :-D

This week they have a sketch which is a lovely clean and simple design open for interpretation.  I decided to make a Christmas card for my stash as I have bought a lot of holiday stamps recently and haven't used many.

I started with a 3 inch red square, added a green striped mat and lovely Christmas ribbon.  The bauble is from the new Waltzingmouse release and is embossed onto silver mirri card with red ep and green for the sentiment from the same set.  They were cut with the matching nestie.  Clean, simple and quick so I may make more when I'm feeling better.

Craftilicious x

Thursday 27 October 2011

I've been showCASed!

Just a very quick post to say that I am honoured to have been showCASed in last week's Less is More Cocktails challenge with my "screwdriver" cocktail card.  Thanks to the Diva and Lady of LIM for picking me and giving me the much coveted blog badge ;-)

Been a busy week with lots of evenings out but hopefully I'll get time to make something new to share this evening.


Tuesday 25 October 2011

Monster Birthday!

I needed a card for a five year old boys birthday this week and decided to give it a spooky theme as I love this image.

The image is a digi from Polycraft from their Halloween set (I've cut off the pumpkin he was carrying to make it more generic for a birthday rather than Halloween)  I still think he is spooky enough to meet their challenge this week though so am entering my card  He is very green, but little boys like all things green and slimey don't they!

For the layout, I used the great sketch from this week's Mojo Monday - so I am entering my card into their challenge too.

Thanks for visiting ;-)

Sunday 23 October 2011

Partially embossed snowflakes

I've been out a Stamp Magic all day so not much time for blogging but I wanted to do a quick post tonight to beat the deadline on the There She Goes challenge which is to make a card only using partial images.

I used some stamps from their snowflake set and stamped and embossed them onto some small white squares deliberately letting them fall over the edges so on the majority I used only the partial image.  I inked them once embossed with distress inks and spritz them with perfect pearls shimmer.  I rounded the outer corner on each and mounted them onto white snippet dry embossed with snowflakes.  I mounted onto a blue snippet, on a black square card and finished with one of the sentiments from the set.

I am entering the following challenges with this card:

Partial images -

Holiday embossing -

Unused holiday stash -  - neither the folder nor the stamps have been used before.

Winter theme with sentiment

Night all - thanks for stopping by
Craftilicious x

Saturday 22 October 2011

Less is More with Dotty Mice

It's Saturday which means my favourite weekly challenge - Less is More and also the weekly sketch challenge from my favourite stamp store - Waltzingmouse
I don't always get to play along with the sketch challenge but this week I think it combines beautifully with this week's Less is More challenge with is to use Polka Dots.

I started with a 12cm square card blank and cut a 10 cm square white panel which I embossed with swiss dots and rounded two opposite corners.  I cut a Christmas ornament using a nestie and put the resulting shape through the same folder - I coloured each dot with a darker shade of red copic and covered each with glossy accents.  I added a small stamp from the new Seasonal Remedies set to the bauble and cut that out and glossed too and attached the bauble with twine and dimensional foam.  I coloured a craftwork cards sentiment with the same copic and again covered it with glossy accents and finished it with 3 holly leaves from the Festive Foliage set.

I have quite a few cards I need to make but am running out of time today as I've been scaring myself silly trying to use a pressure cooker which has now been christened Hissing Henry!   I'm off now to make a pie with the contents and then get ready for Stamp Magic in Doncaster tomorrow.

Craftilicious x

Friday 21 October 2011

Colourful CASual Friday

The challenge at CASual Fridays this week is a simple one - they just want you to colour an image on your clean and simple card.  Our niece and her family have just moved into a new house today so I needed to make a house warming card and I decided to make one for this challenge.

I've used the lovely cottage set from Waltzingmouse and stamped it 3 times onto a landscape 7 x 5 card to create a row of houses with some falling off the end of the card.  I stamped the house again on some blending card and coloured it with copics, and then I did the same with the separate central portion stamp which I layered up with dimensional foam.  I added the topiary pots from the same set which are also cut out and stuck on.  I deliberately only coloured the central house to make it pop and I like the line drawing effect of the uncoloured ones.  The sentiment is also from the same set.

Off to the post office now to get it posted.

Craftilicious x

Wednesday 19 October 2011

A very Tiddly evening

I managed to find quite a bit of time yesterday evening to play in my craft room - I had to finish a special project for a Guest DT spot I have coming up in a couple of weeks but while I had my pens out I wanted to colour up a couple of Christy Croll's wonderful Tiddly Inks images for their current challenges.

Firstly, Christy is looking for some fall inspired projects to possibly feature on her site and I had a great idea to use one of her images in a slightly different way.  I used Fairy Fae catches a star but I fussy cut her out once coloured with copics,  and then cut some leaves from an old My Minds Eye paper and had her catching leaves instead of stars.  I kept to rich autumnal shades of browns, oranges and yellows with just a hint of the remnants of summer greens.  I kept her wings really neutral with pale copics and showed their transparency by colouring the dress where it would show underneath.  I painted some perfect pearls over the top for shimmer and added some glimmer dust for extra sparkle ;-)  I really like how she came out and I think a fairy would like to catch all the lovely colourful leaves as she skips through the forest.  Here's the link the challenge if you want to create a fall project too   I'm also going to enter her into Flutterby Wednesday as this week their challenge is anything goes - as long as it has wings naturally!

I then decided to colour up this cute little spell casting witch for the current Tiddly Inks Challenge - Halloween is Coming.  Regular blog readers will know that Halloween isn't a big thing over in the UK and we don't really send cards for it, so I don't tend to make Halloween projects, BUT, I do have a huge weakness for witches and wizards, so I've gone for a spooky feel but made it for a birthday - hope it still counts!

Again, I coloured her with copics but then overcoloured with lots of shades of stickles glitter.  I used purple and black distress inks to create a dark background and misted the whole project heavily with perfect pearls in water and dried it with my heat gun - this gives it the spooky feel and in real live has left the image looking like it was drawn on leather not paper - can't get a good shot of it by camera though -sorry :(  I think the spell she's casting is for a magical birthday - not anything sinister - she's too cute!

I am entering the following challenges with her:

Thanks for visiting :-D
Craftilicious x

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Tea for Two!

I had a little splurge on copic sketch pens last week and got all the "0000" ultra pale shades and wanted to take them for a test drive...  The perfect image for which I felt was this delightful fairy in a teacup by the very talented Mo Manning - all her images are just wonderful to colour.

Coloured with copics with a hint of perfect perals on the wings. I cut up some cubes of background papers and made a grid and did some faux stitching with a black fineliner.

I'm entering this into the current challenge on Mo's challenge site whcih is "inspired by a song" - this card has been inspired by the song "Tea for Two" - some for me and some for the little fairy in the teacup.

Monday 17 October 2011

Thankful Waltz....

It's waltz day over at Waltzingmouse Stamps, and this month's theme is "Gratitude/Thanksgiving".  I decided to go with the just the one word "thanks" from one of my favourite sets - I love the big flourishy sentiments from Say it Loud, they stand alone and make fantastic cards.

I started with a kraft card base, made some paper ribbons and curled them slightly at the bottom using some DP from K&Co and embossed a strip of brown paper with dots.  I stamped the thanks onto some pearlised card which had been cut with a nestie with black ink and finished with some funky red pompom ribbon.

Enjoy the waltz - can't wait until my stamps from the new release arrive and I can play with those too ;-)

Sunday 16 October 2011

Floral Colouring Challenge

There are some new markers coming onto the market - TouchTwin markers and they have started a new blog with colouring challenges where you can win them - until January you can play along using any markers so I'm playing along today with my copics.  From January we'll have to play with their markers so fingers crossed I win some ;-)   Here's the link to the challenge if you want to play along

I've used this lovely Dog Rose digi stamp I won through the Less is More blog from A Passion for Stamps and have coloured it with copics as follows:

Hips - R08, R46, R89 plus glossy accents
Flower - R85, R83, V0000, Y38, Y08
Leaves and Stems - YG21, YG25, BG78, YG97, YG63

The sentiment is PTI and I finished with some kraft paper distressed with victorian velvet and a little green ribbon.  All the papers are from my leftovers box so I'm putting this card into Jule's snippet challenge this week - conquering our snippets mountain one week at a time....

Night all......

Saturday 15 October 2011

More Cocktails

I'm loving this mornings challenge at Less is More - I do love a cocktail ;-)  This time I thought I'd take a more obtuse angle rather just featuring a cocktail glass - so here I am with my interpretation of two cards based on two different cocktails - see if you can work them out....

My first card I think would make an ideal little thank you to the handyman in your life when he's putting up your selves in the craft room - mine has a job to do tomorrow so will get this when he's finished!  It's a tiny 3" square and the stamp is a personal impressions from a tool set.  The cocktail inspiration comes from the name - a screwdriver is basically the fancy name for vodka and orange.......

My second card is a Christmas one - Magnum from Ladybug Crafts stamped on kraft and coloured with pencils.  The cocktail here is an oldie but a goodie - a Snowball -  advocaat, lime and lemonade - I was always allowed a very weak one with my Nannan on New Years Eve and thought it was the height of sophistication - well you would when you were 8 or so wouldn't you ;-)

I think that's exhausted my cocktail stamp ideas and I have to go and make tea as we're out early tonight at the Sheffield Comedy Festival - I may even partake in a cocktail while I'm there!

Catch you later ;-)

LIM Cocktails

Good morning LIMettes - time for our favourite weekly challenge again - and I'm loving the cocktail theme this week!   It's an appropriate theme as Less is More applies to the art of cocktail making as well as card making - all the great cocktails are the simple ones.

The ladies shared a little game to find out what your cocktail personality is - this is mine:

You Are Made Of Silliness, Pizzazz, and Giddiness

3 parts Silliness
2 parts Pizzazz
1 part Giddiness

And a Splash of Happiness

Finish off with an olive
Blogthings: Our Quizzes Weren't Written By Bored 12 Year Olds

For my card, I have used my brand new stamps from Stamping Bella - her new range of  "Uptown Girls" which are just perfect images for me to make cards for all my girlfriends as we do love a cocktail!  Stamping Bella is a Canadian Company if you've not come across them before with a fabulous range of stamps (not just images for colouring) but I get mine in the UK from Quixotic Paperie and these stamps landed here just this week and I got mine yesterday so the timing of today's challenge is perfect!   

This one is called "Madison has a Margarita" but I decided she'd be having a cosmo so changed the colour of the cocktail appropriately.  She is coloured mostly with copics - I have a new range of colours as there was a really good offer on so I had a little splurge!  I did do a little shading on top with pencils and sansoder.  I added a pink spotted matt which is from a Bo Bunny scrap from my snippets drawer and I used the same to matt the sentiment which comes with the stamp (I know Chrissie already used the same sentiment, but this is destined to be a retirement card for a friend next week so it had to have this sentiment on it!)  The little pink flat back gems were a little freebie with my stamps - Elaine the owner always includes a little something as a thank you which I think is a lovely touch.

Right, time to see what cocktails everyone else has come up with.

Catch you later

Friday 14 October 2011

CASual Witches

This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a Halloween card without using any orange.  Well, Halloween isn't such a big deal in the UK so I don't have any use for Halloween cards per say, but I do love witches - so I'm hoping my witch themed card still counts and I haven't missed this challenge since it started.

I've used this cute little digi image that was a great freebie from Michelle Perkett Studios and coloured her copics and cut her out and popped her up on dimensional pads but - it's not showing up on the photo - the problem with flash photography and nighttime blogging!    I printed the sentiment  and just cut it really close and finished with a couple of strips of paper to pull out the colours from the witches clothing.

Here's the link to the challenge if you want to play along -

Thanks for visiting tonight - have a good weekend.

Craftilicious x

St Luke's Take 2 - News Flash!

It was one of my husband's friends birthdays yesterday and he asked me to make a card for him.  He's not an outdoorsy or sporty type, but loves films, tv and video games so I knew that my papersmooches set was the perfect choice.  This would be a perfect card to enter to our "Let's Hear it For the Boys" challenge over at St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge we have a great prize up for grabs and you still have 2 weeks to join us with your masculine themed cards.

For this card I stuck to 3 colours - kraft, red-brown and black.  I like the simple retro effect.  The TV set was coloured with copics direct onto kraft and glossy accents provided the shiny screen.  I split the sentiment and image up for added interest as I like the strong black matt for masculine cards.

I am entering this into the anything goes challenge at

Thanks for stopping by  x

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Not scary but cute witch

I've not managed to make much this week, by mojo has definitely gone on holiday of late - I guess it doesn't like the cold and damp weather....

There are a lot of Halloween challenges around at the moment though and I have a super cute little swiss pixie Brigitta witch stamp that has never seen ink so I was determined to play with her.  When I saw this weeks colours at ColourQ I knew how I wanted to colour her - the grey, black, tangerine tango and crushed curry they have are just perfect for her

Cooking it up with Katie gave me the inspiration for the layout - they wanted to see colouring - well my image is coloured with copics - and they also wanted to see circles and paper curling, so I cut a couple of circles in mustard and grey with nesties and distressed and curled the edges.  I used some papermania black, white and grey spotted paper and some orange striped paper to finish the layout - I do like to mix spots and stripes.

As well as the two challenges that inspired my card design, I am entering the following  Halloween themed challenges too: 

Thanks for visiting


Sunday 9 October 2011


This week's CAS-ual Friday's challenge is a little different - there is a blog hop in aid of Julie Ranae who has had some terrible problems resulting in the loss of her two front teeth and is now faced with a HUGE dental bill to get her smile back.  As well as the usual challenge there is a blog hop with $2500 worth or prizes up for grabs and on every blog there is a donation button to donate a little to help Julie get here smile back - which I've done - just a few dollars but every dollar counts.  I am so glad to be in the UK with access to subsidised dental treatment - I think your smile is very important for your confidence and sense of well being.

They want us to make a card using the phrase above as inspiration and this is what I came up with:

I've used a 7 x 5 kraft card base with some blue paper and faux stitching.  I've then used some pieces from an old HOTP quick cards kit with the addition of a few buttons.  The U was actually on a brown square but I decided it looked better cut out.  That's it from me today I think as my mojo seems to have gone on holiday with the tidy up fairy.....

Check out the start of the blog hop here

Craftilicious x

Saturday 8 October 2011

Transparent Clothing

I follow the super talented Zoe and her fabulous design team over at Make it Colourful and their tips and tricks REALLY help me improve my colouring skills.  They have started to set fornightly challenges, just colouring challenges, so you don't have to make a full card or project if you don't want.  This time round is a really difficult challenge - transparent clothing - I had NO IDEA where to start but after seeing the DT's attempts I've decided to give it a go.    There isn't a huge amount of transparency on my effort, but I tried a couple of more complicated images and they're in the bin - I think this technique needs the right image as much as the technique.

So I've opted for this great punk image from Tiddly Inks.  To get the transparent effect I drew the continuation of her legs under the skirt with a momento liner pen and then used very pale copic blues, with, thanks to the great tips from Carole of Brum, an overlay of white pencil in places.

Other than skin tones I stuck to just blue and black for this image and I really like the effect - she's called Pinky though so one day I really must colour her in pink!

One Layer Hearts

Well its Saturday again - hurrah - even if it is grim outside and I'm trapped in the house all weekend due to parking issues and local sporting events - I don't care as I can play all day in my craft room.

As its Saturday I've started with my favourite challenge of the week - Less Is More - which as it's the second Saturday of the month is one layer week and it must feature hearts.

I've made a couple of cards - first off a very simple teeny-tiny card with my Chemistry set from There She Goes as I just love it at the moment.  Stamped in black, and coloured the hearts with lady bug momento ink using a waterbrush and a couple of copics for the cork and bottle.

For my second card, I've used some of my new found inky techniques.  I have to say the online class I'm doing is one the of the most useful things I've ever done and its really helping me get over my inky phobia - now if someone can tell me how to get the damn stuff off my fingers (or better still how not to get it on there in the first place!) I'd be very happy!!!

For this card I masked off a strip with post-its, stamped a solid heart using pearl ink and pulled it away quickly to get a stippled effect and some texture - I embossed it with clear gloss ep.  I overlapped a text heart and embossed with ultrafine silver ep.  The hearts are from a set by Srappy Cat.  I added a white pearl sentiment from Verve and embossed that with clear gloss too.  I sponged deep mahogany and scattered straw ink over everything roughly with a make-up sponge - this is the trick I learnt - don't worry about how smooth you get the ink - simply over-spritz it when finished with water or pearlised water.  I used pearlised (made myself using blond moments powder in a tim holz mini spritz with water).  I wiped the ink off the embossed areas whilst the ink was wet then dried the whole thing with my heat gun and hey presto - smooth inky finish the easy way!

Time for some lunch and the off to see who else is playing today.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Continental Beer

This week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers was a really fun one so I've had to play along - they want your card to feature foreign languages -

I've made a card for a friends birthday - and as you can guess - he's partial to a beer ;-)  I've used my Stampin up! Cheers set again on kraft and coloured with 3 shades of yellow copics.  I've paper-pieced the foam with plain white card.  To make my background - and this is where my foreign words come in - I've typed up "Cheers" in as many foreign languages as I could find on the internet (sorry if some don't read right in your language, you can never quite trust the internet!) and then aged it.  I crumpled the paper, uncrumpled it and then inked it with aged mahogany distress ink very roughly - now I've never been much good at distressing until I look the online techniques class by Jennifer McGuire - to get the effect I have here I used her tip - I didn't care how well I got the ink on, I just spritzed the hell out of it with water with some pearl powder in it and dried it with my heat gun - perfect inky agedness for the first time ever!  I finished with a strip of black card behind and a matching strip cut to the shape of a ribbon and white embossed with the cheers to you sentiment from the set and a tiny PTI Happy Birthday.

I am also entering this into One Stop Craft Challenge as it nicely fits there theme for this week which is "Just for Men"   and it fits our theme at St Luke's too which is also Just for Men.

Big Cheese!

I just had to do a quick post this morning because I am thrilled - my Christmas Card from last week has been selected as this weeks' Big Cheese over at my favourite stamp store - Waltzingmouse Stamps

I am a very smiley person this morning because of it :-D

Back later with a new card

Tara x

Tuesday 4 October 2011


I got a new supply of stamps from There She Goes yesterday and immediately played with them for their current challenge which is a colour challenge - grey and yellow plus a neutral - which fit perfectly with one of the sets which just happened to be the one I wanted to play with first :-D

Sorry its not a great image - its a scan not a photo and its not showing the "white space" around the grey.  But I really loved this little image and sentiment "I love you beyond measure" 

I wanted to play with more of the stamps, so this one doesn't quite fit the challenge as there is no yellow, but I just couldn't resist making another little card - these are super tiny new card blanks from papermania - just 3 x 3 inch and make gorgeous mini cards or gift tags.  I just added a little embossed background detail to this one as its narrower than the other.  Expect to see many variations on a theme with this set!

These also fit the theme of "for the boys" at St Luke's this month.

To finish - I've just found out that one of my cards made the top 3 - I'm behind on my blog reader so only just found out today that I can add a new badge to my blog for this card - I love this range of cat stamps :-D

 Catch you later alligator ;-)

Saturday 1 October 2011

The eyes have it!

 Good afternoon bloggers and happy world cardmaking day!

I haven't actually managed to do a lot of card making on world cardmaking day - it's unseasonally hot in the UK - 29 in Sheffield today so I've been out and about but I have managed to do a little craft shopping and make a card for today's LIM challenge.  This week its a colour challenge and we have to make a card the colour of our eyes and below is a very scary looking shot of one of my eyes which are mostly blue with a hint of grey and beige at their centre.

I've used the lovely sketch at Anabelle stamps as the deisgn to go with the blue of my eye and as I've been taking the great online techniques class by Jennifer McGuire, I've put into practice a couple of the new techniques I've learnt - faux suede and kiss resist embossing.


For the outer circles I stamped an elzybels flower with versamark and an elzybels text with grey distress ink and kissed the two together.  I stamped the flowers onto glossy paper and once dry applied broken china distress ink all over and buffed off to reveal the resist.  For the central one I embossed a square of glossy paper with a floral folder and sanded the raised elements with a sanding block carefully.  I inked it all over with broken china and the two different textures of cardstock absorb the ink differently giving you the faux suede look.  I finished with a matching floral ribbon and matching gems as per the sketch.

I'm only on lesson 3 of 12 of the techniques class but I have to say I have learnt so much already and it is totally worth the mere $19 price tag.  I hope to get a little time tomorrow to do lesson 4!

Don't forget too as its the first of the month we have a new challenge over at St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge - we want to see masculine cards and have this amazing prize from Craftie Charlie up for grabs for the best card this month.

Catch you later.......

Tara (aka Craftilicious) x

Let's hear it for the boys!

This month over at St Luke's Hospice Charity Card Challenge we are all about the boys - you can make any card for any guy of any age for any occasion as long at it's masculine it counts.  I know we sometimes struggle with male cards but hopefully we'll give you lots of inspiration throughout the month and hope to see a record number of entrants.  We've got an AMAZING prize this month from the lovely ladies at Craftie Charlie and here it is:

It contains all these brilliant goodies which can be yours if you enter the challenge and are the DT's favourite for the month:
  • My Mind's Eye Limited Edition 6x6 Double Sided Paper Pad - Dwell
  • East of India Pale Pink Ric Rac
  • Inkadinkado Mini Stamp - Thanks
  • Tsukineko Memento Dew Drop - New Sprout
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls - White Opal
  • K&Co Glitter Chipboard Alphabet - Smitten
  • K&Co Amy Butler Lotus Embellishment Jars
  • Creative Expressions Decorative Pins - Cream Pearl
So, I'd better get on with my card - I've gone for a get well card, for an older guy and used this great oldish image from High Hopes.  I've coloured him with copics, cut him out and mounted him on some green paper embossed with a circles folder - this gave me the idea of "golfing greens" so I've put the ball in one of the "holes" and made a flag with some ribbon and a cocktail stick and a peel off sticker 18.

 As well as being my DT entry for St Luke's I am also entering the following challenges:

One for the boys -

Use a stamp older than 6 months -

Ribbon loops -

Sports -

Don't forget that our challenge is a little different - we don't just play for fun and prizes, we play for charity - we ask our players to post their challenge entry (if they can) to the Hospice and we then sell them at craft fairs and markets to raise vital funds to help keep the hospice open - we've had over 800 cards donated to date.  Check out the challenge site for more details

Thanks for stopping by ;-)

Craftilicious x

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