Thursday, 15 June 2017

It's Holiday Time

Good afternoon crafty friends and hope this post finds you well!

We're now breathing a huge sigh of relief here at Casa Mia as eldest Bambino finished all of her 'A' level exams this afternoon ... it's a long wait now until results day in August to see if she attains enough UCAS points to accept her place at her chosen university. Please keep everything crossed for her! Between us, we've frantically been making cards for her 5 subject lecturers and also her 1 support lecturer.






It's new challenge day at All Dressed Up and, as usual, our theme is Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image Wendy has plenty of gorgeous images available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store. Haven't got any All Dressed Up images? Wendy has very generously provided some freebies here - please send your friends over to ADU for the freebies though, to make sure they're available for other crafters to share!




With the summer holidays in mind, here's my inspiration for you:



Eldest chose this image for her Travel and Tourism lecturer, which I think is exceedingly appropriate πŸ˜€and I wanted to go for a vintage style - I'm thinking of an aged photograph here of a beauty enjoying the French Riviera, or maybe even Monaco ... what do you think?


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a premade A5 card in white
  • Design Paper - is by Debbie at The Crafty Pad and is in the Chocolate Chip and Cream Delight Paper Pack
  • Photo Frame - is by Marisa at Pixel Scrapper and it's called Polaroid Frame - Grunge. This is a .png file which meant I could superimpose it over my image which makes my design look like it's a photo in a frame!
  • Image - is by Wendy at All Dressed Up. This beauty is called Sea View and she was one of last month's New Release images. I have used a Sepia Technique Class by Alyce at Kit and Clowder and I used my Spectrum Noir Pens in just 5 colours (TN1, TN2, TN4, TN7 and TN9) to bring this scene to life. 
  • Sentiment - is a magazine freebie, which I have stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink before die cutting the sentiment using one of the label dies in my Die'sire Essentials - Just the Ticket set

I hope that I have inspired you to come over to All Dressed Up and play along with us this month. However, if you're in need of any further inspiration please do head over to the Challenge Blog and check out the other gorgeous creations by my oh-so-talented teamies and Katrina, who is our Guest Designer this month. YOU could be our Guest Designer in July - just enter our Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image challenge this month, and be sure to enter the initials GDT after your name! The closing date for this challenge is 14th July 2017.


Don't forget that the Facebook Dressies have their own challenge running until 30th June 2017 and the theme this month is Monochromatic. You can enter one project into both challenges for more chances to win some of Wendy's gorgeous images!


If I've inspired you to have a go at colouring in sepia tones but you don't know where to start, I can highly recommend the classes at Kit and Clowder ... although I think I need waaaay more practice 😁. If you decide to sign up to any of Alyce's classes, please be sure to mention my name and let her know that I sent you over - thank you πŸ˜‰!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

That's it from me for today - whatever you're doing for the rest of the week, have fun!

Hugs, Helen x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Cupcake for you

Good morning crafty friends and welcome to a new month - eeek! Here at Casa Mia we're in the middle of our half term holidays, a "staycation" as eldest bambino is continuing to revise hard for her "A" level exams in the next couple of weeks. 


It being the first of the month, it's new challenge time over at Feeling Sketchy and our blog has evolved a bit, due to personnel changes. Andreja has taken over as DT Co-ordinator and, for the moment, we may not always have a sponsor for our challenge. Never fear though, my teamies and I love visiting your blogs and commenting on your creations, and we will be awarding our 3 Top Picks for each challenge as chosen by the DT. So I do hope that you will continue to come over and play along with our sketches.


Talking of sketches (😁) here's the sketch for this challenge as designed by Jen:


And here's my take on it:


As you can see, I've kept the panel in the same orientation, but have extended the card base upwards.


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made A5 card base in white
  • Design Paper - is from a Crafter's Companion Club Inspire Download from July 2009 called Sunflowers and Sunshine. I did my usual and coloured the image before choosing the papers (😜!) but fortunately for me, this sunshine-y yellow gridded paper fits the bill quite nicely!
  • Image - is Daisy CupCake (available from here) by Fred She Said Designs. They very kindly sponsored an earlier Feeling Sketchy Challenge and I wasn't able to share this image then - so I thought this luscious cupcake should still have an outing and decided to use it on this card. I have brought it to life using my Spectrum Noir System Markers in the listed colours (using a bonus technique class from Alyce at Kit and Clowder) before die cutting it using my largest Sizzix Framelits Ovals die
    • Daisy - IG1, IG2, IG3, GB1, GB5
    • Cake - TN3, TN7
    • Icing - GB1, GB5, GB7
    • Cupcake case and leaves - CG3, LG5, CG4, Spectrum Noir Pencil 001 (Original Issue in Essentials Tin)
  • Border - I think is from Hobbycraft in a mixed pack of cling stamps, which I stamped using Scattered Straw Distress Ink
  • Sentiment - is from my favourite stamp set, Swirly String Sentiments (now only available as a digi) by Lili of the Valley again stamped in Scattered Straw Distress Ink.
  • Pearls - from my stash

I hope I have inspired you to come over to Feeling Sketchy and join in with this fab sketch, but if you're in need of further inspiration please head over there to check out the gorgeous creations by my talented teamies. Then come back and show us your take on our sketch - don't forget you can flip it, change the shapes ... we just need to see that you've been inspired by our sketch! We'll be back with our next challenge on 15th June 2017.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (with a little help from the girls at Paper Playful):


Hope you have a great day.

Hugs, Helen x




Monday, 22 May 2017

Way down deep in the middle of the Jungle ...

... I discovered some these friends having great fun!

Good evening crafty friends and it's All Dressed Up New Release Inspiration day! Wendy has again produced 4 stunning images, and us Dressy Girls have been falling over each other to use them!

I'm delighted to share with you Bon Voyage (top left), Jungle Friends (top right), Sea View (bottom left) and Strawberry Patch (bottom right) all available in the All Dressed Store now!


I have been playing with Jungle Friends and here's my project for you, a fun new baby card:



My card recipe is as follows:


Do head over to the All Dressed Up Store and treat yourself to one of these beautiful new images and don't forget to check in on the Blog and Facebook Page for more inspiration from the Dressy Girls using these fab images. Our challenges are still running too: on the All Dressed Up Blog we've got our Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image challenge and our teamies on the Facebook Page have got their own challenge running until the end of the month and their theme is A World in Bloom. Hope you'll be able to join us!



I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Birthday Elegance

Good morning crafty friends and hope this post finds you well.

Our Blue Tit parents are very busy going to and fro the wooded area near us, and when they need a quick fix they hop down to our seed feeders. Their babies can be heard chirping once the parents have flown out of the box and the parents are slightly less timid now when we're in the garden.


It's new challenge time over at Feeling Sketchy and our lovely sponsor for this challenge is Digi Stamps by Lizzy Love who is offering a prize to our lucky winner.




This is the sketch we're playing with this time:


and as soon as I saw the sketch I was inspired to make this Triangle Trifold card:



This card has already gone to my Mother-in-Law who celebrated her Birthday yesterday - I think she liked it 😊!

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card Base - a piece of 28.5cm x 9.5cm Snow White Silver Centura Pearl card which I scored and folded using this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I made sure that the pearlescent side of my card was on the front and then die cut the 2 corners opposite the folds using my Die'sire Classiques Lace Corner dies
  • Design Paper - is a piece of Navy Blue Pearlescent Paper which I cut to make 2 triangles to go behind my die cut corners to make them stand out
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and this was a blog freebie, probably in January 2014. I took the sentiment into my word processing package and recoloured it blue to tone in with my DP before cutting it out using my second smallest Die'sire Essentials Ovals die. I then matted this onto another piece of the navy blue paper which had been die cut using my second smallest Die'sire Essentials Scalloped Ovals die and fixed to one flap of the card with foam pads
  • Ribbon - is white organdie ribbon from my stash 
  • Inside of card - is a piece of white cardstock which has been matted and layered onto another piece of the navy blue paper


I hope that I have inspired you to come over to Feeling Sketchy and join in with this sketch, however if you're in need of any further inspiration please check out the other wonderful creations by my clever teamies. Then come back and show us your take on our sketch - don't forget you can flip it, change the shapes etc. ... we just need to see that you've been inspired by our sketch! We'll be back with our new challenge on 1st June 2017.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Whatever you're up to today, have fun ... I'll be back a little later with another post!

Hugs, Helen x




Monday, 1 May 2017

Sketch Time!

Good morning crafty friends and if you're in the UK, hope you're enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend! We have a pair of blue tits nesting in our bird box again, and both parents have been very busy bobbing in and out with beaks full of food,so I'm guessing that their youngsters have hatched. The parents are very timid whenever anyone is out in the garden and don't go anywhere near the bird box ... of course it doesn't help when the resident sparrows (who are nesting under the eaves on one side of house) sit at the end of the gutter squawking away πŸ˜†!






It's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and our lucky winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to a store of the winner's choice.






Here's the great sketch we're playing with this time:


And here's my take on it:


Because this card is made mainly from die cuts, it went together really quickly ... under an hour, which for me is a really quick card 😁!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Ivory Centura Pearl which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 10.5cm square card base
  • Design Papers - are from a Mixed Media pack by Donna at Bearly Mine Designs, now sadly closed. I have used paper MM006 to give a real shabby chic feel to my card.
  • Heart Frame - is made from Ivory Centura Pearl card and the middle 2 dies from my Die'sire Essentials Hearts die set
  • Flower and spray - are both cut from another sheet of the MM006 paper, so that they blend in with the rest of the card. The flower die is Die'sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions die and I used the middle sized die to cut 2 flowers. I curled the petals on both flowers and then layered them on top of each other, but offset, before popping a flat backed pear gem from stash in the centre. The leaf spray is from the Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower set.
  • Sentiment - is from the Swirly String Sentiment clear stamp set by Lili of the Valley (available here as a digi set) and I have stamped it using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

I hope you'll come over to Feeling Sketchy and check out the other lovely creations by my talented teamies. Then come back and show us your creations - don't forget that you can use any shapes you like, we just need to see that you've our sketch as the inspiration for your project! We'll be back with our new challenge on 15th May 2017.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Hope you have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Walkies!

Good afternoon blogging buddies and I hope that this post finds you well. If's nearly the end of the Easter holidays here at Casa Mia, but I'm going to enjoy the weekend!

Over at All Dressed Up this afternoon, it's time to see how the second half of the Dressy DT have inspired everyone using the New Release Images for April. As usual, Wendy has outdone herself with some stunning digis, and here they are:

The new images are Butterfly Bunny (top left), Happy 40/50/60th (top right) - and yes you really do get all 3 images for the price of one!, Pretty in Plaits (bottom left) and Spring Walks (bottom right). The links will take you directly to the image in Wendy's Etsy shop.

I've been lucky enough to play with Spring Walks, and here is my card for your inspiration:


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Centura Pearl Ivory cardstock which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 15cm square card base
  • Design Papers - are from the Crafter's Companion Club Inspire October 2016 Download of the Month Times Gone By. This set of shabby chic style papers is a "card companion" meaning all you have to do is press print and affix the result to your card (ideal if you're card making in a hurry) but all 3 papers come individually in the download too, together with some sentiments and ephemera.
  • Image - is Spring Walks and this girlie and her canine friends out for a walk (perhaps in the Bois de Boulogne πŸ˜‰!) come from the pen of Wendy Burns, the artist behind All Dressed Up Digital Stamps. I have brought this trio to life using my Spectrum Noir Markers Pens in the listed colours, before fussy cutting them out and adding them to my card.
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS4, TN4, FS8 (Blush)
    • Hair - TN3, EB3, EB8, AP4, Silver Gel Pen
    • Top - AP1, AP2, AP4
    • Trousers - EB1, EB2, Blender Pen
    • Sandals - EB2, EB6
    • Small Dog - EB2, EB3, EB6, EB8
    • Large Dog - EB1, EB2, EB6, AP4
    • Flowers - AP2, AP4, CG2
    • Grass - CG2, CG3
    • Outline - BT1
  • Flower - is made from the same Times Gone By paper as the top layer of my card companion. I have used my Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower die and then bent all of the petals over to give a 3D effect. I have also popped a small silver gem from my stash in the centre of the flower.

Please do head over to the All Dressed Up Blog where you can see all the New Release Images showcased by the Dressy Girls. And when you've treated yourself to this image, don't forget that the Blog Challenge is running until 14th May where it is always Anything Goes with an All Dressed up Image and the Facebook Dressy Girls have their own challenge and the theme until the end of April is Feature a Creature - this image would be perfect!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Favourite Colour and Why at As You Like It Challenge - I always seem to have a large area of neutral colour on my cards at the mo, and brown/tan/beige/cream seems to be fitting the bill nicely because these neutral shades tone in well with many other colours, pink in the case of this card
  • Challenge #49 - Easter/Spring at Animal Friends Challenge
  • Challenge #1 - Anything Goes at Crafty Animals
  • Challenge #7 - Spring is in the Air at Daisy Chain Challenges
  • April Challenge - Shabby Chic or Vintage at Eclectic Ellapu
  • Challenge #91 - Your Favourite Colour Combo at Sparkles Monthly Challenge - pink and brown are a classic shabby chic combo and one of my "go to" combo's when inspiration is lacking! I was helped by the card companion here in just the right shades to go with the Vintage AP colours of the girl's top
  • April Showers and/or Spring at Crafty Calendar Challenge
  • Use Something Digital at Di's Digi Designs Challenge - the image and my papers are digital compositions
I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Hugs, Helen x


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wedding Day Shoes

Hi Crafty friends and hope this post finds you well. I hope that you managed to enjoy some fine weather over the Bank Holiday weekend and a belated Happy Easter to you and yours.


I've been a very bad blogger again, and have been neglecting posting. In truth, Mr Mojo has cleared off and the run-in to the Easter holidays was the usual end of term mayhem at school. Plus, youngest Bambino went on a Geography Field Trip the first day of the hols (10 days in China visiting both Shanghai and Beijing!) so getting her packed and sorted took up some time. Then Papa Mia has taken time off both sides of our Bank Holiday weekend, which has really cramped my style.






Over the weekend, our newest challenge went live over at All Dressed Up and, as usual, our theme is Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image Wendy has plenty of gorgeous images available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store. Haven't got any All Dressed Up images? Wendy has very generously provided some freebies here - please make sure you adhere to the terms of use if you're saving these though, to make sure they're available for other crafters to share!



Here's my inspiration for you:



I apologise for the sub-standard photos - I had to use my phone as the camera was in China 😁!!!!!


My card recipe is as follows:

I hope that I have inspired you to come over to All Dressed Up and join in the fun this month but if you're in need of further inspiration please head over to the blog and check out the lovely creations by my talented teamies. We've also reintroduced our GDT spot, so our lucky winner is invited to join us on a future challenge - this month it's Jeanette, so please head over to her blog and take a peek at her beautiful card. 

Don't forget that the Facebook Dressy Girls have their own challenge running until the end of April and their theme this month is Feature a Creature. And you can combine both All Dressed Up Challenges if you would like to!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • April Challenge - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Wedding Day at Dragon's Lair Designs Challenges
  • Favourite Card Base Shape and Why at As You Like It Challenge - this is definitely a 15cm square card base as it's easy to cut layers to fit it, suits different shaped die cuts for images, borders etc. and suits my OCD tendancies where everything has to fit on the card base!!!!! It's also easy to buy commercially made envelopes to fit this size for posting so I know my creation will reach it's destination safely!
  • SOS #299 - A Rose By Any Other Name at Shopping Our Stash - my stash items are both the CD Rom from which the paper came from (issued Spring 2016 I think) and the die I used to make the border which was a magazine freebie (last year too I think)
  • {PIN}spirational  Challenge #188 at {PIN}spirational Challenge - I've been inspired by the lace borders around the eggs and have made my own double edged border using a repeated die cut
  • April Challenge - Girls Things or Girls Rule at Colouring in Scrapland
  • It's a Girl Thing at Come and Get It Challenge
  • Challenge #142 - One For the Girls at Crafting When We Can Challenge

I think that's all for me today - the Chinese Laundry beckons, not just because there are a few piles of washing around the house but youngest's suitcase needs emptying of it's contents! Whatever you're up to today, have fun and I hope you manage some crafty time.

Hugs, Helen x