Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Hello lovely people, hope you're well :)

I saw this over on the CASE study and just had to have a try.

I loved the rainbow like colours and the stripes, so I thought for my version I'd use ric-rac. Now, unfortunately I didn't have the exact same colours, but these seem to have worked well!

I foam back the sentiment, just to add a bit of dimension.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
CASE study - Image above
Totally Gorjuss- K.I.S.S (Keep it simple silly)
Hooked on Craft - Something Bright
Sentimental Sundays - Dry Embossing
Do You Stack Up - Ribbon
Secret Crafter - Ribbons
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Little Darlings - Polka dots

Dotty Dresses

I saw the sketch over on Try Stampin on Tuesday and the colour scheme at The Play Date Cafe and thought about how perfect it would be with these gorgeous dotty dress stickers (yes, that's right, I am using up my stash!) and the beautiful Waltzing Mouse frame! I was quite tight on time for this one though but hope you like it none the less!

I just love this DP and decided to not put a sentiment on the front and instead just had the pointy bits of the embossed strip end at the "pretty" and "gorgeous"

I popped the die cut frame up on foam pads to give the card a bit more dimension

Thanks for looking and Happy Tuesday! Belz xx

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - K.I.S.S (Keep it simple silly)
The Play Date Cafe - Colour Scheme
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Polka Dots
Little Darlings - Polka dots

Welcome baby

Hi All!
Back with another card! A very dear friend of mine is going to be an auntie in the next couple of months and so I'm making a couple of baby cards as we dont know the sex yet and I want to prepped with a card for her and the soon-to-be parents, this is the first one so expect a few more :)

I just love these ADORABLE little animals and don't you think they're just perfect for baby cards??

I might try doing a onesie with them too...we'll see!

I've stuck everything up on foam pads to give it a bit of dimension.

Hope you're having a great end of Monday / Tuesday / whatever day you happen to see this :)

Belz xx

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Silly)
Sweet Stampin - Animals
Alphabet Challenge - Z for Zoo Animals
Crafty Calendar - New News
By the Cute and Girly - New Beginnings
Hooked on Craft - Something Bright
Lollipop - Anything Goes

Monday, 30 January 2012

Pearly flutter-bys

 Hi All,

Yes that's right! I'm on a roll tonight, so here's another card for you :)

I've had rainbows in my head lately, so I thought I'd put it to good use and punch out a load of butterflys and arrange them :)

Sticking down each pearl took a bit of time though, but other than that this was super quick!

Look at the pretty dimension :)

Well, I hope you like it! I might even be able to squeeze in another card tonight before I head to bed!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Pile It On - Just because
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Thinking of you / Missing you
Hooked On Craft - Something Bright
Addicted to Stamps Summer in Winter
Cute Card Thursday - You're a gem
Totally Gorjuss - K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Silly)
Stamptacular Sunday - Diamonds or Pearls (I chose pearls because although Diamonds are a girls best friend, but pearls are just that bit prettier on cards!)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
365 Cards - Simply Stated

Happy Birthday Dotty Flowers


Hope you're all having a happy Monday! I've had this card (flower made of ribbons) in my head for a while now and then I saw this sketch over at Inspirational Card Sketches and I just knew I had to try it!

Here's a face on shot...

And here you can see the dimensions a bit better!

Quite a quick card to make, except I really struggle to get a clear stamp out of the "happy" (the p's kept disappearing) so had to do it about 4 times!!! Oh well, 4 cards to cover up now ;-)

Hope you all like it! I'm in the mood for rainbows now, so I may be back with another card shortly!

Belz xx

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Inspirational Card Sketches - Sketch
Fussy and Fancy - Polka Dots
Do You Stack Up - Ribbons
Hooked On Crafts - Something bright
Little Darlings - Polkadots
Addicted to Stamps - Summer in Winter
Totally Gorjuss - K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Silly)
Secret Crafter - Ribbons
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Birthday Trees

Hi All,

Sunday evening blues are here in my house tonight! I have managed to get this card together though, I used the sketch over at Mojo Monday.

I wasnt sure it was going to sit together well and the stripy paper is quite bright, but I distress inked the edges of EVERYTHING and it seems to have pulled it together - I do love it when a plan comes together!

You will notice there is no bling on this card, it's going to go on my masculine cards pile so I had set myself a personal challenge of no glitter, pearls or gems and I'm not afraid to say it was hard!!!

Anyway, enough of the blabbering, here's my card:

I've been seeing all these gorgeous creations with twine on them and so so SO wished I had some when I was making this card but sadly I'm (mostly) sticking my rule of no new ribbons / string bits until I can fit what I have into the storage space it's supposed to!! In the mean time, this blue dyed hemp string will just have to do!

You can see the dimensions a bit better in this one...

Ok, I'm off to blog hop for a bit, I hope you like it and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for looking and I'd love it if you let me know you visited so I can come and visit you too! xxx

I'm entering it in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
ABC Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday
Crafty Your Days Away - Distressing
Hooken On Crafts - Something Bright
Basic Grey - Favourite Things (bright rainbow-like colours, and of course Basic Grey!)
Addicted to Stamps Summer in Winter
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Cake Pieces

Hi All,
I've been thinking about this card all week, it uses the lawn fawn "bake me a cake" set and just screams to be used for paper piecing! So, that's just what I did this evening and then spent ages umming and ahhing about whether it was missing something, it just doesnt quite seem finished, but I think that's just because I'm not used to such clean cards, lol! What do you think??

I'd got quite a lot of dimension to it, I foam backed the oval and raised the plate ever so slightly too :)

For some reason the ribbon looks crinkled at the ends, but it's really not in real life! Very strange! Anywho, hope you all like it and are having a great weekend! xx

I'm entering it into the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes - Paper Piecing
Stamp With Fun - Cute Vintage
Totally Gorjuss - K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Silly)
Crafts and Me - Pink and Sparkly
Charisma Cards - Pretty in Pink
Secret Crafter - Ribbon
ABC Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday
Do You Stack Up - Ribbons
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Featured on Sweet Stop Sketches

Yahooo! My Lilac and Lace Ted card was spotlighted over on the Sweet Stop Sketches blog!

How exciting!!! It has made my weekend :)

Right, off to make another card :)

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!


Friday, 27 January 2012

Thank you cards

Hi All!

Woohoo! It's the weekend! I bought some iced buns to celebrate...trying to limit myself to just the one but they are very moreish, they certainly wont last until Monday!

Anywhoo, I'm really here to share another card with you! I rarely do cards without an actual image on them. I think I'm just a bit scared on how to do the stamping background and its definitely not perfect, but I guess that's what practice is for!

I used the photo inspiration over on Our Creative Corner for the colour scheme and the glitter :)

The velvet ribbon misbehaved too - I was trying use my glue roller on it, but it kept pulling the velvet bits THROUGH the back!! I had to start on a new piece eventually and just double sticky tape it instead!

And here's a slightly more zoomed out version...I stuck the sentiment in one of the blue dots, it almost looks scalloped :)

Thanks for looking and hope you've all got a great weekend planned! xxxx

Challenges I'm entering this for:
Our Creative Corner - Photo Inspiration
Stamptacular Sunday - Seeing Spots
One Stich At A Time - Round and Round
Night Shift Stamping- Not Square
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Sparkle
Ooh La La Creations - Use the same image more than once
Hooked On Craft - Something Bright
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Love and blooms

Hi all, hope you're all have a lovely evening, woo it's nearly the weekend! I've lost my mojo today, not really sure why...I keep *almost* going for some stamping retail therapy, but then remembering my new rule about using up (or at least using once!) what I have before I'm allowed to buy anymore. Boohoo!!

I'm going to share a new card with you that I made earlier in the week. I tried another new technique with my marianne creatables flowers, I discovered this video when googling about how to use dies. I'm not sure mine turned out quite as they are in the video, but I guess not bad for a first attempt?! I was trying to get more of a rose than a carnation shape, I stickled their centres a little once they'd dried too.

The Love and Heart toppers have been sat in my stash for years and I'd completely forgotten about them until I was digging around for some brads for the flowers and found these too!

I also coloured in red, I'm quite scared of copics and red and have been convincing myself that I need some more reds to be able to get it to work! What do you think? Leave me a comment if you visit please!

Here's a front on view of the card, I used the sketch over at City Crafter

And a close up of Tilda

And this gorgeous rosey ribbon I found at John Lewis of all places, I'm worried it going to become one of those things that I don't use because it's just so cute! Lol!

Well, I hope you've all enjoyed seeing this and my mojo comes back soon and I dont spend any money in the meantime lol!

Thanks for stopping by!
Belz xx

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant - photo inspiration
Magnolia-licious - photo inspiration
City Crafter - Sketch
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Love
Aud Sentiments - "Love" somewhere on the card
Papertake Weekly - Highlight something - I've edged Tilda with grey to make her "pop" more.
Anything Challenge - To the one I love
Oldie But A Goodie - Have a heart on the card somewhere
Cupcake Craft Challenges - All you need is love
My Mum's Craft Shop - Flowers
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Here's a nice quick card I've made this evening! The cupcakes are from an elzybells set and the sentiment is from a different elzybells set! The hardest part was picking the buttons and figuring out if it was going to work!  I used the sketch over on Top Tip Tuesday for this one...

I heat embossed the sentiment on as well, just to help it sit on the card a bit better - I'm not used to such clean and simple cards!! I stickled the cupcakes sprinkles in coordinating colours and used glossy accents on the cherrys. Hopefully you can see all of that in the photo below! :)

I'm entering it into the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday
Fun With Shapes and More - Cupcakes / Muffins
The Secret Crafter - Food and Drink
Top Tip Tuesday - Sketch
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday wording on the front of the card
Hooked On Crafts - Something bright

Lilac and Lace at LOTV

Alliteration or what "Lilac and Lace and LOTV"!

Need to get this post up quick so I dont miss the deadline at Lili's Little Fairies!

I've followed the sketch over at Sweet Stop Sketches

Here's a close up of Ted...I stickled the inside of the flowers but I couldnt wait for them to dry before taking the photo - so they aren't as sparkly as they will be eventually!

Hope you all like it, please leave me a comment if you pop by as they always make me feel warm and fuzzy and then I can come and visit you! xxx

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Lili's Little Fairies - Lilac and Lace
Sweet Stop Sketches - Sketch with spin of "unusual valentines"
PaperandSuchDesign - Unusual Colours (this is a valentines card, but there is no pink to be seen!)
Ribbon Carousel - Unusual Colours (this is a valentines card, but there is no pink to be seen!)
Scrappy Frogs - Lace
Pile it On - Lace
Dream ValleyChallenges - Animals
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations- Anything Goes (11 or less challenges)
Deep Ocean - Sparkle
Sentimental Sundays - Die Cutting (Ted & his frame are die cut)


Just one more...


Well its almost a blue sky today....I glittered up these little bears last night so just had to finish the card and share it today!

I cut one out of the center of the igloo to layer him after I raised the igloo and the others with foam pads, but he's disappeared and I just cant figure out where!!

Here's an angled view so you can hopefully see the sparkles a bit better

Finally, a close up of the bears!

Hope you like it!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Partytime Tuesdays - Colour Scheme
Sir Stampalot - Monochromatic
Dream ValleyChallenges - Animals
Deep Ocean - Sparkle
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - Winter Wonderland

Monday, 23 January 2012

The birds and the bees

Hi All,

Back with another card (surprised?!). Not much to say about this one , except it was my first time making my own flowers with the magic dies! I was a bit scared at first, but it was fun! I tried both the "swirly" ones - the purple rose (I did have to google how to make these ones though and watch the you tube video twice lol!), and the "nesties" ones - the patterned flowers which I then inked the edges of with a copic.

I used the sketch over on Sketch Saturday and I coloured in the pearls with Copics so they'd all match :)

Here's a closer one of birdy and the bees

I'm not completely happy with how the sentiment sits/looks, but can't put my finger on why.
Hope you like it, please leave me a comment if you visit, I always love hear what you have to say! :) xx

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Papertake Weekly - Any combo of Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms (I've got all but bows on here!)
Penny's Challenge - Ribbons & Buttons
Crafty Creations - Valentines
Stamptacular Sunday - Lets see Spots (dotty paper, dotty ribbon, dotty background & backing card, dotty leaves!)
Moving Along With The Times - Things with Wings
2 Sisters - Embossing
Totally Papercrafts - Make your own flowers
Sentimental Sundays - Die Cutting
Deep Ocean - Sparkle

Make a Wish

I really should be getting to bed soon, so just a quick new card that I wanted to get up for the There She Goes challenge - back to nature. I was looking to through my tildas to find this one (which I havent used for quite some time now!) and realised there are quite a few that I'm not sure I've inked up more than once to put them in my scrapbook of stamps I own - ooopsy! So you may seeing more of them over the next couple of weeks! Haha!

I've used the Sketch over on Sketch N Stash. The stickles aren't quite dry yet (very hot off the press) so they are almost too shiny, but I'm looking forward to the sparkle on them when I see them again in the morning!

Here's a close up of tilda... 

Hope you like it!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Sketch N Stash - Sketch
There She Goes - Back to Nature
Totally Tilda - Tilda with Non-domesticated animal
Creative Belli Blog - Fancy Frames
Lets Ink It Up - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Die Cutting (I die-cut Tilda and the frame she sits in)
Papertake Weekly - Any combo of Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms (I've got all Blooms and bling on here!)
Moving Along With The Times - Things with Wings
2 Sisters - Embossing
ABC Challenge - H for Happy Birthday
Deep Ocean - Sparkle

Top 3 at Stamptacular!

Woohoo! I made the Top 3 at Stampacular Sunday for their "Texture" challenge week! Whoop!

Belz xx

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Ted's Got Flowers

Ok, I'm taking a break from Christmas Cards for a while and moving onto some more generic ones.
I think I'm going to use this as a Thank You card for some friends who popped in for a suprise visit this weekend, I do love surprises!

I've used the sketch over on Mojo Monday:

Here's a close up of Ted, stickled to the max - I decided no to stickle the roses or hearts though, just to leave something! :)

It's such a shame that Elzybells are no longer trading anymore - I just love these stamps!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Lets Ink It Up - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Any combo of Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms (I've got all Blooms and bling on here!)
Stamptacular Sunday - Lets See Spots (dotty ribbons)
One Stitch at a Time - Round and Round (dots and ted is in a round frame)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Favourite Colour Combo (I love bright summery combos!)
Deep Ocean - Sparkle

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Chilly and Blue

Ok, I need to start on birthday cards soon,  but I've got xmas cards on the brain so decided I might as well keep going right!? Sorry the photos aren't brilliant - early darkness means trying to capture them under the lights - I couldn't get rid of the shadows :-(

Look how pretty and sparkly it is! I've been using my stickles so much I haven't used actual glue and my doodlebug glitters in a LONG time!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Blue Monochromatic
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Fuzzy Friends
Stampavie and More - Winter
Truly Scrumptious - Something Forgotten
Creative Craft - Blue
My Time To Craft - Favourite Embellishment (mine is Gems!)
Fussy And Fancy - Let It Snow
Deep Ocean - Sparkle

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Little bauble elf

Feeling a bit better today, thank goodness! Even managed to make a card this morning :)

Was a bit more easy on the stickles this time!

My home-made glittery scalloped border :)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Try Stampin on Tuesday - Sketch
The Crafty Pad - Glitter and Gems
Stamptacular Sunday - At least 2 textures (I've got paper, ribbed ribbon, glittered paper and felt - textures galore!)
Flutter By Wednesdays - Anything with a fairy/angel/butterfly
Color Throwdown - Color Scheme
Deep Ocean - Sparkle
Hope you like it and if you've got any questions on products used, please just ask away!
I've stopped listing exactly how I made my projects because it was taking me quite a lot of time and I wasnt sure anyone was getting any use out of it!

Right, I've got to get my thinking cap on for some nice "new home" treats for a friend who's having a house warming this weekend.

Maybe I'll have something to show you later today or tomorrow on it!

Have a great Wednesday! xxxx

Little Red Elf

Hi There,

It's been a while! I've been taken down by this rotten cold thats going round. Its really knocked me sideways! I can't taste ANYTHING but citrus flavours are really amped up, so everything vitamin c tastes sooo bitter! Yuck!

Oh well, I'm on the cold meds and hopefully over it soon :)

I've mainly been colouring images whilst trying to get better, but did manage to make this card - I've decided to try and start my xmas cards early this year and avoid the usual end of year rush! We'll see how it goes :)

I was feeling a little tired so went a little bit lazy today, but used my favourite colour - RED!

I went a little stickle crazy :)

Hope you can see a bit of the dimensions :)

I love this little adorable stamp!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Crafty Card Markers - No flormal embellishments
Creative Card Crew - Seeing Red
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
The Pink Elephant - Favourite colours
Sweet Stamping - Glitter, Shine & Sparkle
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Use Only your favourite colour + white
Deep Ocean - Sparkle

Hope you like it, and please let me know if you've got any questions on how I made it :) xx