Monday, 22 April 2019

Hoppy Easter

Good evening crafty friends!

I hope you had a lovely Easter (didn't have too many Easter Eggs?) and, if you're in the UK, have been enjoying the fabulous weather - most unusual for a Bank Holiday weekend 😂

It's time for the second half of the All Dressed Up Blog Team to celebrate Wendy's new images, and you are not going to be disappointed. Check these beauties out:


From left to right we have Happy Easter, Little Butterfly Girl, Pretty Lashes and Wedding Balloon. They are all available now over at the All Dressed Up Shop.

I have been lucky enough to play with this gorgeous Easter Bunny, and here is the card I sent to my nieces with their Easter gifts.



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Cream Centura Pearl which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 10cm square card
  • Design Papers - are from my "go to" digital paper place, Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking. I found a lovely set by Marisa Lerin and used the paper from the Easter Mini Kit and made a digital design using faux stitching and the brown flower from the Easter Elements Kit
  • Image - is, of course, Happy Easter by the ever-so-talented Wendy Burns, the artist behind All Dressed Up Digital Stamps. I have brought this cutie to life using a Bonus Colouring Class from the fabulous Alyce at Kit and Clowder and my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. Alyce provides a bonus colouring class each month for the monthly subscribers of either the Pens or Pencils colouring classes. And her video tutorials make everything so very easy to follow!

For more inspiration using these fabulous new images, please head over to the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog and check out the gorgeous creations by my talented teamies. 

Whilst you're there, don't forget that we have our monthly challenge Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image ending on 14th May 2019 and the Facebook Dressy Girls monthly challenge Animal Madness with an All Dressed Up Image ends on 30th April 2019. Entering either or both challenges will give you the chance to win some of Wendy's fabby images 😄

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Hope you enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 15 April 2019

Home is where the Heart is ....

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

We're in the middle of our school Easter Holidays, so I've had one relaxing week already, and another slightly less relaxing week to come as we'll be moving eldest Bambino back home from Uni at the end of this week. How quickly her second year has flown past!




As it's the fifteenth of the month, it's time for our new challenge at All Dressed Up Challenges . As usual, our challenge is Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image. Not got any All Dressed Up images? Wendy has plenty of gorgeous images available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store and has also 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!



So, here is my inspiration for you this month:





I think this creation will be finding a new home with a work colleague who has recently moved house!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is Cream Centura Pearl Card which has been cut, scored and folded and then die cut using my largest Die'sire Essentials Hearts die to make a heart shaped easel card.
  • Image - is, of course, by Wendy at All Dressed Up Digital Stamps and this one is called Home Sweet Home. I have brought the image to life using a mix of Spectrum Noir and Copic alcohol markers, before die cutting it using my largest Die'sire Essentials Hearts die so that it fitted perfectly over the easel folded base card!
  • Stopper - is the word Celebrate which I die cut 3 times from Kraft Card and layered up to look like chipboard
  • Flower - is layered flower die from my stash which I used to cut one flower in each of the sizes from Cream Centura Pearl Card. I then shaped and layered each die cut, before adding a clear gem from my stash to the centre of the top flower.

I hope that I have inspired you to dig out an All Dressed Up Digi and come over and join in the fun! However, if you are in need of any further inspiration, please do head over to the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog and check out the gorgeous creations by my ever so talented teamies. Then come back and share your Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image project with us!

I would like to share this project with the following challenges:

Hope you have a lovely and crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Shoe Delight

Good afternoon crafty friends!

Hope you are well and that the weather is as sunny with you as it is here on the south coast of the UK; although that breeze is definitely on the nippy side! As promised last week, I have been creating projects as there are a couple of family Birthdays this week. Here is one of them:



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a premade A5 base in white card
  • Design Papers - come from a set by Janet Scott at Pixel Scrapper called All The Princesses. I have used the Gold Paper (which I have embossed using a retired embossing folder called Ornate Fans) and the Green Paper
  • Image - is Heels Polka Dots by Jodie at Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I have brought this high heel to life using a combination of my Copic and Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers together with a slick of Clear Sparkle Pen over the bow and ribbon, before die cutting it with my largest Die'sire Essentials Ovals die. I left the cut in the die, and then sponged from the edge inwards using Scattered Straw Distress Ink.
  • Sentiment - comes from one of the Crafter's Companion Advent Calendars and I have die cut this from plain black cardstock, and again slicked my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen over the letters to add some glitz to the card.
  • Gems - are from my stash

I have been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenges:
I would also like to enter this card into these challenges too:
  • Challenge #213 - Fancy Folds or Embossing at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - I'm definitely going with embossing here thanks to this lovely, feminine fan embossing folder. I've used lightweight card and a digital paper and I like the way some of the card has distressed itself and got a white "edge" to it!
  • Favourite out of Birthdays or Christmas and Why at As You Like It Challenge - It's Birthdays all the way here at Casa Mia!!!! I only make special Christmas cards for Papa Mia and the Bambinos, and for the Mother in Law. Everyone in the family gets a handmade Birthday card as their Birthdays are spread throughout the year, and I'm just not organised enough to make Christmas cards all year round!
  • Challenge #329 - Clean and Simple at Addicted to Stamps and More
That's it from me for today - off to deliver this card to its recipient!

Have a good day.
Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 15 February 2019

It must be Love ......

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

Half term is beckoning here on the south coast of the UK, and it's lovely to know there are no time pressures like having to rise with the alarm! That said, I've got a few "makes" to get sorted as there are a plethora of family birthdays next week, so maybe I do need to rise with the radio 😂





As it's the fifteenth of the month, it's time for our new challenge at All Dressed Up Challenges . As usual, our challenge is Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image. Not got any All Dressed Up images? Wendy has plenty of gorgeous images available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store and has also 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!





Now, if you're in the UK you can hardly have failed to notice that yesterday was Valentine's Day! Papa Mia and I don't do anything to mark this special occasion other than exchange cards, and here's the Pop Up Box card I made for him:






As usual, there's a bit of a story with this - this time the photography. So, I rushed home from work to take a photo outside. First photo, bench in perfect focus but not the card 😕. Second photo - wall in perfect focus but not the card 😞. Third photo - other wall in perfect focus but not the card 😡. However, I didn't upload my photos until later in the evening so didn't realise that my photos were, basically, rubbish! Panic!!! Gatecrash teenagers room as she has the best electrical lights in order to take above photo, which still isn't perfect 😂



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base card - is Snow White Centura Pearl which I have cut, scored and folded following this tutorial at SplitCoast Stampers, just having a slightly narrower tuck in flap to account for the sheet of A4 card
  • Black card - from my stash which I have embossed using a retired embossing folder called Falling Hearts
  • Image - is Love Heart by Wendy at All Dressed Up Digital Stamps. I have coloured this very simply using my Spectrum Noir Alochol Markers (sorry, I didn't make a note of which colours I used!) and a silver gel pen to pick out the word "you", before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the back of the card
  • Hearts - are a variety of sizes from 2 different Crafter's Companion Advent Calendars which have been cut from Snow White Centura Pearl and then stuck onto narrow strips of clear acetate which have then been adhered inside the box so that the hearts wobble a bit!




I hope I have inspired you to head over to All Dressed Up Challenges and play along with this challenge. However if you're in need of further inspiration, please do head over there and check out the other gorgeous projects from my exceedingly talented teamies. Then come back and show us your Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image creations - this challenge will end on the evening of 14th March 2019 (UK time). 

For more chances to win some of Wendy's gorgeous images, don't forget that the Facebook Dressy Girls are hosting their own challenge of All You Need Is Love which runs until the end of February!


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


That's it from me for today, but do standby next week as I might just pop up in your Blog feed with a non-DT project!

Enjoy your weekend!

Crafty Hugs,
Helen x

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Bathtime Bubbles

And ….. BOO!

Just in case there is anyone out there in Blogland who still follows my musings and wondered where I got to …..

It's the last day of January, and I can now reveal that I am rather hit and miss with my New Year Resolutions:
  • Use up supplies in stash - check & ongoing!
  • Blog cards on time - errrr 
  • Make cards earlier than the day before they are needed - errrrrrrrrrr .....
OK, so there is room for improvement!

Here is a card I made for our office to give one of our colleagues for her upcoming birthday. As we gave it to her today, I am now safe to blog it!



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - pre-made 15cm square in white card
  • Design Papers and Flowers - are from a beautiful kit called Unwind by Melo Vrijhof at Pixel Scrapper. I have put the layout of papers and flower elements together digitally, following this
    week's sketch at Sketch Saturday. I used Leaf Paper in Tan, Solid Lime Paper, and cropped a section of the Flower Scatter 01 before copying and flipping it to make the arc of elements as suggested by the sketch. I ensured a drop shadow is under the green strip and the flowers to give some depth to them.
  • Image - is the uber-cute Lazy Louise and Bathtime Bubble Friends by Lizzy Love at Oddball Art Co.. I have brought Louise to life with a alcohol markers in a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noirs before finishing off the bubbles with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Clear. I die cut the image using a Die'sire Create-a-Card die called Emma, now sadly retired/
  • Sentiment - is one of the freebies that came with Crafter's Inspiration Issue 18 Magazine and I have stamped it directly onto the green strip using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Gems - from my stash, completed this creation.
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Hope you're having a crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Victorian Style

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

I'm on the tail end of a really nasty cold and, I must say, it has rather taken the wind out of my sails! I can't recall having felt or sounding so unwell for quite a while!





Anyway it being the fifteenth of the month, it's time for our new challenge at All Dressed Up Challenges . As usual, our challenge is Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image. Not got any All Dressed Up images? Wendy has plenty of gorgeous images available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store and has also 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!




My Mother-in-Law celebrated her 80th Birthday yesterday, and as many of the family who could muster on the south coast did so on Sunday to wish her many happy returns. This was the card from us to her, using one of Wendy's gorgeous images:



I love the dramatic look of this card and think that the colours and style slightly resemble the Victorian Auricula Theatres. She liked the card too!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base card - is a 14.8cm square-ish premade card blank in white
  • Mat and Layer - is a piece of plain black cardstock
  • Image - is the beautiful Jam Jars by Wendy at All Dressed Up Stamps. I have brought this trio to life using a mix of Copic and Spectrum Noir Marker Pens broadly following the tutorials in the Kit and Clowder February 2018 Monthly Class for Markers. Once my image was coloured in, I die cut it using my Die'sire Elegance Stamping Frame die which I ran through my machine a second time to emboss the die details.
  • Sentiment - is from my all time favourite set Swirly String Sentiments (now available only as a digital download) from Lili of the Valley ... as an aside, they've got a special offer on until 20th May of 10 digi stamps (including these sentiments I think) for £20!!!! I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink directly above my image.
  • Pearls - are from my stash, and were applied using two different sizes to add interest to the corners.
I hope I have inspired you to head over to All Dressed Up Challenges and play along with this challenge. However if you're in need of further inspiration, please do head over there and check out the other gorgeous projects from my exceedingly talented teamies. Then come back and show us your Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image creations - this challenge will end on the evening of 14th June 2018 (UK time). 

For more chances to win some of Wendy's gorgeous images, don't forget that the Facebook Dressy Girls have their own challenge of Embellish It until the end of May!

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


Have a lovely evening.

Hugs, Helen x


Sunday, 22 April 2018

My Little Japanese Girl

Good evening crafty friends and hope you've been enjoying another lovely weekend.


It's New Release Inspiration Day from the second half of the blog team over at All Dressed Up and Wendy has designed 4 wonderful images which are going to be perfect for your Spring into Summer projects.



From bottom left going clockwise we have Play DayCounting SheepOriental Girl and Sassy who was only available as a freebie via the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group earlier this month.



I am using this oh-so-very-pretty Oriental Girl, and here's my card:



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is black card which I have cut, scored and folded to make a Free Standing Pop Up Card following this tutorial from SplitcoastStampers
  • Design Paper - comes from the Kimono Papercrafting CD-Rom
  • Image - is Oriental Girl by the very talented Wendy Burns, the artist behind All Dressed Up Stamps. I have brought this gorgeous girl to life using a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noir Marker Pens. I have used a couple of technique classes from Kit & Clowder to help with my colouring: Skin & Hair Class for the slightly darker skin tone than I normally colour and also a bonus Monochrome Class for the black/grey hair.
I've left this card sentiment free as she's currently destined for my "box" awaiting a recipient!

I do hope that you'll come over to All Dressed Up and maybe treat yourself to a digi or two! And don't forget to enter our challenges. The Blog Challenge is always Anything Goes with an All Dressed Up Image and on the Facebook Page, the April Challenge is Flora and /or Fauna. Hope you'll be able to join us!

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


Have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x