Thursday 30 May 2013

Incomplete Rainbow

"Red and yellow and"!  I decided that , as the girl hasn't completed her rainbow painting, I'd just stick to the primary colours. 

The image is by A Day For Daisies and I used scraps left from the book I made (previous post) and Promarkers.

I'd like to enter this for:
Crafty Boots Rainbows
Artistic Inspirations Paper piecing
Craft-room Challenge Use your scraps
Addicted to Stamps Make your mark  

Wednesday 29 May 2013

'Life is Beautiful' Book

At long last I have finished making a journal for my daughter - I started it months ago!!! She is a student midwife and it is customised to record information on her deliveries etc.

I used the entire collection of Cosmo Cricket 'Togetherness' (expect to see the scraps being used up), and, as I still needed more, I used other patterned papers that I felt went well with them. I bound it with my Bind-it-all.
There are customised charts for info on deliveries

Index page and inside front cover


Pockets for letters etc

I'd like to enter:
Love to Create Challenge Bookmark, book or reading (I hope it's okay for the theme)
Make it Monday Linky Party
Kaboodle Doodles Anything goes
Use it Tuesday Anything goes (Big chunk of paper stash used!)
Simon Says Stamp Anything goes
Paper Creators Crafts Anything goes    

Tuesday 28 May 2013

{Pin}spirational Challenge 59 - Football

Here's my DT card for this week's Pinspirational Challenge, and here's the pinspirational photo:

As you can see (hopefully!) I took the colours from the photo to use with this great digi provided by our sponsors , Milk Coffee.

How does the photo inspire you? Come and join in at Pinspirational Challenges.

Monday 27 May 2013

An Older Guy

This week's challenge at CD Sunday is 'Aged to Perfection', so I thought I'd feature my favourite older man - and it's not my partner! (He,he..)

I used Papermania 'Christmas Past' CD. I made two copies of the Father Christmas image and I used the transparency button in Docrafts Digital Designer to make one of them lighter for the background.

I used a sketch from My Time to Craft .

I'd also like to enter Word Play Saturday Challenge,  Magical.

Saturday 25 May 2013

Green and Glittery

Here I've used a combination of images from Linda Ravensdcroft's Fairyland CD , and some backing paper from the same CD . I've added glitter glue to the fairy's wings and Glossy Accents to the water on the leaves. I used green glitter paper and a flower border from Papermania; a die-cut flourish; and punched flowers with gem centres.

It's very greeen!!!

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday Go Green
Melonheadz  Friends Sparkle and shine
Di's Digi Designs Winged things

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Inkspirational Challenge 21 - Sketch

This week we have a sketch for you at Inkspirational Challenges , and here it is:

For my DT card, I used an Inca stamp which is made up of 9 squares, each with an amusing cat! I coloured it in, cut out the squares and arranged them as diamonds.

What will you do with this sketch?   Come over to Inkspirational Challenges and show us. This month we are sponsored by Tammy of Creatively Me.

Tuesday 21 May 2013

{Pin}spirational Challenge 58 - Sporty

Here is this week's Pinspirational photo from Pinspirational Challenges:
For my DT card, I used part of a skateboarder digi provided by our sponsors , Stamping Chef.  I coloured it in and paper-pieced the skateboard, with Basic Grey Obscure paper, whcih I also used for the background.
What inspires you in this picture? The colours? The sporty theme? The trophies? The cap? Please join us at Pinspirational Challenges and show us.
I'd like to enter:
Pause,Dream, Enjoy Happy .....
Love to Create Challenge Something for kids
Stamps and Fun +Creativity   For a boy/man
That Craft Place Makes for men  

Sunday 19 May 2013

Scottie Dogs

We last finished decorating our front room just days before our son was born. He is now 6 and the room decor is showing the strain of his infant years!  We are just about to redecorate, with new sofa covers in grey, and yellow curtains and cushions. So  I suppose grey and yellow are my current fave colour combo - as requested by As You Like It  Challenge.

The dogs are a Dovecraft punch and the banners are a Crafty Sentiments die. I stamped the baners with a Hampton stamp.

I'd also like to enter this for:
Dream Valley Challenges Animals
Crafty Creations Kiss
Less is More Cats or dogs

Saturday 18 May 2013

EOTWE Inkspirational Challenge 20 - May CASE

This week's Inkspirational Challenge is to CASE this beautiful card by Lee Conrey:

For my card I used a piece of patterned paper I've been hoarding for years.  I coloured some yellow ribbon with a Promarker. layered it with lace and replaced the bow with an arrangement of cut and folded ribbon , flowers and a pink heart-head hatpin.

How would you CASE  Lee's lovely card? Come to Inkspirational Challenges and join in.  We are sponsored this month by Tammy of Creatively Me.

I'd also like to enter:
Use it Tuesday You can't touch this (the rose paper)
Use your Stuff Focused on flowers
Songbird Challenges Bloom and grow
Tuesday Throwdown Smell the Roses

Friday 17 May 2013

Blog Hop - Happy Birthday Mynette

This is a blog hop to celebrate the birthday of Mynette, who is the founder of the Inkspirational Challenge Blog , where I'm proud to be on the DT.

Happy Birthday Mynette!

To celebrate , we have each chosen one of Mynette's cards to CASE. Here's my choice:

To see which card each of us chose, and to have a chance to win some BLOG CANDY, here is the blog list for you.

* Marina My Perfect Life (You are here)
* Nikki Nicole Stalker
* Meighan Stampin with Meighan
* Inkspirational
* Ellen In a World of Craft
* Shauna Creating with Paper
* Sandie London Days
* Ruth Flower Sparkle
* Yvonne Journey Into Artistry
* Kylie Kylie is Addicted to Stamps
* Want more? The Technique Time Tuesday  DT is also hopping forMynnette's birthday!

In order to have a chance to win, you need to visit each blog and leave a
comment on each one, including this one. You will have until 5:00 PM EST on
Thursday May 16th to leave your comment. One of the sites will be randomly
chosen and we will randomly choose a winner from the comments on that site,
using The winner will be posted Friday May 17th!

Tuesday 14 May 2013


Guess what? This photo was taken at gone 10pm, without a flash!  It was my birthday last week and my partner's mum gave some money, and with it I bought a daylight lamp. It's great!

For this card I used an image from Joanna Sheen (Fashion Boutique) CD. I've used this CD a lot, yet I got it for a few quid on Ebay. The background paper is one I created previously, using a My Craft Studio image of blossom and the Docrafts Digital Designer papermaking facility.  To these I added pearls, lace and a flower.

I'd like to enter this for:
CD Sunday Ornate blossom
Artistic Inspirations Flowers and lace
Bearly Mine Challenges Lucky dip - lace, flowers, pearls
The Cupboard Trilogy spring flowers
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog spring   

{Pin}spirational Challenge 57 - Dog

This is my DT card for this week's Pinspirational Challenge, and here's the inspiration picture:

For my card, I used a dog from a digi stamp provided by our sponsor , Bugaboo.  The books are from my digital stash. It says 'reading record' as inside, are spaces for my little boy to fill in when he reads a book. He's a reluctant reader and I made one before and he did fill it up - so it worked!

How does this picture inspire you? Come over to Pinspirational Challenges and join in.
I'd also like to enter:
Shelly's Images Kid theme
Incy Wincy Designs Animal Antics
Make it Monday linky party

Monday 13 May 2013

Garden Arch

This project just happened when I was playing about with a Tando Creative Gothic Arch and all my bits, and I quite like it (and I hope you do too!) .

Here's what I used : lots of different Distress Ink Pads ; Indigo Blue text stamp; spotty texture stamp (unknown) ; Kaisercraft flower stamps; Artemio Modern Grass stamp; black stickles (in the flower centres) ; clear embossing powder (on frame) ; and  liquid pearls.

I'd like to enter:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Anything goes
Artful Times Bloomng marvellous
Rogue Redhead Designs May Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters May flowers

Saturday 11 May 2013

Silhouettes on Silhouette

Here's my first project made using my new Silhouette Cameo , that I got for my birthday last week. I've been thinking of getting an electronic cutting machine for a while, but was worried it might make crafting too easy and take away the fun of the challenge. So far, though, I've found picking stray hairs off the super-sticky cutting mat challenging enough!

Although (if you want)  you can get stuff that's just cut out and go, there's still plenty of scope for traditional crafting with the machine. Here I've used two seperate cutting files - the window with the cat and the Eiffel Tower together with some low tech inking, stamping (Hero Arts woodgrain, Non-Sequitur 'France') and the old post-it note moon trick.

I've just scratch the surface of the Silhouette's capabilities though - it's going to take a while to get to know it.

I'd like to enter:
Out of a Hat Creations A postcard from France
Just Add Ink Woodgrain
Craft-room Challenge Wish you were here. 

Friday 10 May 2013

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year! Okay, so it's mid-May but I was inspired by Drunken Stampers' Braveheart challenge, to think about men in kilts ! (Wahay!)   I knew I had a bagpiper image somewhere and found him on Peerless Designs 12 Days of Christmas CD (He's a piper piping).  Then I had a 3 hour search of paper packs, cds, digital find the right tartan to paper-piece him with! Then I created the sentiment.  It all took so long that I'm barely scraping in for the deadline.

The other inspiration that brought this card together is a new challenge, As You Like It - use your fave die or punch. I love this clock die by Sizzix/Tim Holtz - it fits so many themes and adds a bit of shape to the project.
I'd also like to enter:
Sentimental Sunday Paper piecing
Joanna Sheen Challenge Music and Lyrics
Delightful Challenges Stash it

Thursday 9 May 2013

White Rose Wedding

Another very traditional-looking wedding card ....

The rose image is from My Craft Studio Enchanted Moments CD - I printed it onto vellum and stuck it behind a frame, which I popped un 3d foam to get some light behind the vellum. As you can see, I've used 2 different embossing folders and lots of pearls.

I'd like to enter this for:
CD Sunday Weddings
Craft Your Passion Floral delights
Card Crafter's Circle Buds, blooms and blossoms
Crafty Calendar Challenge Blooms and blossoms  

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Inkspirational Challenge 19 - Balloons

This week's challenge is at Inkspirational Challenges is a really easy one.  Here's the inkspirational photo:

For my card I used an October Afternoon stamp of a girl with balloons. The sentiment is by Personal Impressions and the frame is by Stampin Up.
This month we are sponsored by Tammy of Creatively Me, and she's offering this great prize:
 So come on over to Inkspirational Challenges and join in.
I'd also like to enter:
Clear it Out Challenge 2 or more patterned papers
Lexi's Creations Happy Birthday  

Tuesday 7 May 2013

{Pin}spirational Challenge 56 - Pocket Mouse

OMG the giant rat's kidnapped the teddy!!!! This is this week's pinspirational picture from Pinspirational Challenges.

For my DT card I was able to use a sponsor image (by Melonheadz)  of a cute mouse in a pocket and here's what I did:
As you can see, I kept it simple, with paper piecing, stamping a sentiment onto the pocket and adding googly eyes.

So....cute mouse or sinister rat.....come and join us at Pinspirational Challenges and show us your take on the picture.
I'd also like to enter:
Here come the Boys paper piecing
Cards for Men Animals
Paper Creators Challenge  For the Boys

Saturday 4 May 2013

End of the Week Encouragement - Inkspiration Challenge 18

This week's Inkspirational Challenge is a colour challenge:

Looking now at my card next to the inkspirational colours, it looks a bit pale! So there's no need to be worried about getting the shades exactly right ...colours don't always look exactly the same depending on the computer screen anyway.

Anyway, these lovely tree stamps are by Kaisercraft.

The Inkspirational Challenges this month are being sponsored by Tammy of Creatively Me and she is offering this great prize:
 To be in with a chance of winning, come over to Inkspirational Challenges and join in.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Purple Wedding

I was asked to make a wedding card, so I thought I'd combine it with this week's CD Sunday challenge - Purple Paradise.   The photo is from My Craft Studio Enchanted Moments Cd and I recoloured it to make the flowers purple. I embossed a long white card, using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I also used some foiled card and some adhesive gems.