Tuesday, 18 March 2014

I am a winner wahoo!

I won the Sketch Saturday challenge #300  here! with my lovely black, white and silver easel card
The sponsor of the challenge was "Simon Says Stamp" who generously gave $25 prize of goods from their
I chose this Penny Black cling stamp with my winnings (including $14.99 postage)
I just can't wait for this cute stamp to arrive all the way fom Ohio USA, I so love these Penny Black bears
A big Thank You to Simon Says Stamp and the Sketch Saturday challenge

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enjoy your day
Love Crafteresa xx

Monday, 10 March 2014

Easel Card #2 Black, White and Silver.

I said in my last post that I wanted to make a similar card in different colours using the Umbria die set again. So here is another version in black, white and silver,
I have to say I LOVE IT!
This time I used my new Tattered Lace Dove die by Stephanie Weightman., the smaller one from this set....
I cut my dove using white card that has tiny silvery polka dots on it, and it sparkles nicely...
I had another play with my Serif Page Plus program and created a scripture for the centre of the card,
this time taken from Chronicles 15:7, I just realised maybe I forgot a comma!
I used papers from a massive pad of 12x12 black /white and gold/cream papers but I don't know the brand, sorry!
I cut the Umbria frame from silver card which contrasts nicely with the black and white papers
so here's the front of the card.....
As I wanted to enter a sketch challenge from Sketch Saturday the position of the dove and the patterned paper and ribbon worked out just right.

here's the inside of the easel card
I intend to add a small sentiment but this card is especially for someone and that's a personal encouragement!
To finish off my easel card I added a die cut butterfly (quickutz) and some AB clear crystal gems 
along with more of the sparkly silveribbon

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Sketch Saturday
2 Sisters Challenge....Black,White + Another Colour
Cute Card Thursday....What a Gem
Sister Act Card Challenge.... Anything goes
Just For Fun....Anything goes

I am so enjoying crafting with my new dies but the best is yet to come! 
I was given a total of 6 Tattered Lace dies including the doves.they 
so much more playing to come, I am so loving this!

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Enjoy your day,
Love Crafteresa xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014


I've been playing with some of my birthday pressies this weekend. I've created a card using my new 6x6 pad of papers,    I love the navy blue and creamy colours and the different pretty floral patterns in this pad.  It's the Papermania Capsule Collection The 6x6 size is scaled down so it's fabulous for card making.
So here's the easel card I made using these papers
Unfortunately my lovely navy blue card has photographed a lot darker than it actually is :o( 
on my monitor it looks black GASP! 
Anyhow, that's the front of my card, the scripture is a rubber stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and the praying hands were cut from a Sizzix thinlet die, I have used this die so many times, it's become an old friend! I used Promakers to add some shading  and some faux pearls to accent the frame. 
Here's the inside of the card.....
I also played with my Serif Page Plus program on my laptop and produced a cicular sentiment for the inside of my card using part of a scripture from Micah 7;7
I am so pleased with this card I am gonna make some similar cards using the same dies but different papers and colour themes just for fun and to see how differently they look!

I'm entering a few challenges
click on the name below!

Talking of Healing..
I have been challenged lately as to what I really believe about healing! I find it's so easy to believe God will heal the friends I pray for and even folk I don't know, I have seen it happen! 
But when it comes to myself and my personal need for healing I am not so sure, maybe it's the pain that overtakes my thoughts, or just simply doubt that diminishes my faith? I don't know ?
But what I do know is that God is true to His word and I have to hold on to that in the battle I am in! 

Back To My Card...
For this card I have used 2 new dies from 2 new sets I had for my birthday.
Here's the fabulous Umbria set from the Italian collection, Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson.
I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it, think I will be using this beautiful die set a lot! Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson is a new company to me I love the size of the dies.
I also bought the Creative Expressions filigree bow die set also by Sue Wilson 
but only used the lacy strip die from this set on my card. 

Tonic Studio 

Then I used dies from a very practical set of circle dies,.. The scalloped circle layering dies from Tonic Studios. The set has 14 dies in it so it was a no brainer to get this set with my birthday money! 

I had some beautiful tattered lace dies fo my birthday too but that's another post!!!

Thanks for Visiting today,
have a great week
Love Crafteresa xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

50+1 today! it's MY day!

Today it's my day. I'm gonna eat cake...lots of it, I am gonna play with my new dies and make a mess being creative. Gonna enjoy my cell group getting into the word of God this morning, and have lots of fun at the church craft group this afternoon. Gonna chat and share family love with my son Matthew, daughter in law Micheala, and grandson  Ethan on the phone. Gonna be blessed today and let that blessing permeate every part, every fibre of my being.
My heart will sing  "it is well with my soul"
Gonna bless others today too. it's not a selfish day....
it's my birthday! 
gonna spend some quality time with my Kev today. When I finally get to bed and feel myself falling asleep I am gonna still be smiling a cheesy grin from ear to ear, thanking my God for all He is to me and for the many blessing He showers upon me. Then I will blow a raspberry at the devil for all he is NOT. 
oh yes, today is my day, 
my 50+1 day 
and I am gonna enjoy it, 
Thank You Lord

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enjoy your day too!
Love Crafteresa

Monday, 3 March 2014

Sweet Blossom Whimsy Centre Step Card spring is here!

Hello everyone, it's a beautiful day here in Lancashire, the sun is shining and it feels like spring is finally here.
I have a busy week ahead and its my birthday tomorrow so I am just trying to relax today and enjoy being creative while I have the opportunity!
I have made another centre step card. I really love this card shape, it adds a lovely 3D dimension to cards without taking forever to create, and most people who don't make cards think it's so special!
Today I used one of my favourite Whimsy stamps "Sweet Blossom" by Sylvia Zet. This sweet girl image with her pretty flowers really reminds me of the joys of spring when the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, everyone seems to feel better in spring. Isn't she just so super cute with her little teddy bear!.
Iused my Promarkers to colour the image and then I raided my stash of patterned papers to cover the front of the card. I then added some punched flowers and some pretty gem centres. I wanted to create a card where the image speaks for itself... I didnt want to over do it with embellishments as this card is for a lovely young girl who celebrates her 7th birthday next week, I think she will like it!
I was blog hopping this morning and found a lovely card which had been entered into more than 25 challenges! The card was really gorgeous but I don't want to go that far! I have found quite a few challenges today though that I had not heard of before. therefore I am entering this into a few more challenges than usual, but only 9! I wanna stay within the rules LOL
Here are the links to the challenge blogs I have entered this card into....
(click on challenge name)

Penny Black and More  (So Sweet)
Crafty Hazelnuts   (Anything goes +patterned paper covered card)
V'S Sweet ideas  (Kids theme)
Natalie and Amy  (Flowers)
Sister Act   (Any)
Ribbon Girl   (Birthday)
Sweet Stampin   (Cute)
Crafty Catz   (Anything Goes)
Deep Ocean  (Just for a Girl)

Thanks for Visiting enjoy your day
Love Crafteresa