Saturday 29 May 2010

Loving Lilac Lemon :D

Well I can not believe how quick this year has gone so far here we are on another bank holiday weekend and I hope you are all enjoying it and that the good weather holds where you are. I have made a card for today with the brand new line of stamps in stock now at Crafts and me from Lilac lemon designs. This one is called art deco bride/flapper and I think she just looks so elegant I love the Deco feel and these designs are just perfect. I have coloured her with a mix of promarkers and sakura stardust and metallic pens the chalked round her and torn around her to give a distressed effect. I hope you like her and don't forget there is still time to join our challenge at Crafts and Me challenges where we want to see your distressing skills in action.

Friday 28 May 2010


Hello Peeps, another warm day and the bank holiday approaching let's hope it stays with us.

Lilac Lemon Designs has joined Crafts and Me from today with a lovely range of Art Deco Stamps available in the store HERE and for a really good price too!!!!Available in singles or as a sheet, why don't you pop over and have a look.

Don't forget to enter our latest challenge over at Crafts and Me Challenge blog where the theme is Distressed chosen by our lovely D.T Tracy you will see ideas from the D.T for inspiration too.
Good Luck to all of you who enter.

Have a fantastic Bank Holiday Everyone!!!
Luv Teresa x


Happy Friday Peeps,

And if your living in the UK I know you are all looking forward to a long weekend, woo hooooooooooooooooo!

Today's card is a bit of a different one from me, but time has been scarce this week, so forgive me, lol. I have used one of the "In Style" stamps available from Crafts and Me. She's really cheeky and that's why I chose her.  There are many others on the Crafts and Me Site so go have a peek.....

I used my nesties to create the shaped scalloped circle card.  The Design Paper is websters, love these papers and they are so fab for distressing projects.  Speaking of distressing, this week's challenge over at the Crafts and Me Challenge blog has been chosen by little old me, and guess what it is........ yep distressing.  So if you've always wanted to give it a try hop on over, we'd love to see what you create.  Now distressing can be torn paper, inked, crumbled and sprayed/inked, however you interpret it.  So have a play and come and join in the fun.  There is a super duper prize, wish I could enter, lol.

Have a lovely weekend Peeps and see you next Friday.

Thursday 27 May 2010

A Touch of Pink

Isn't that a perfume?

I was in a really simplistic mood today and that included colours too so I went for my greyscale which I luuurve doing and added just touches of pink here and there. I've used my Ice Greys set of promarkers with pale pink as the touch, and my beloved blender.

The image is "Red Hearts" by sweet pea stamps and is from Crafts and Me here. Before I was on the DT I contacted Teresa about this one saying please please please with sugar and cherries on the top save me one of these when back in stock as she's just stunning and great fun to colour. There's lots of large areas on this and not too fiddly bits, havent coloured her in traditionl red/black yet as I'm still playing with her :)

ANyways yes, I've coloured with promarkers adding sparkly bits with a sakura stardust pen (clear) added sticky gems in clear iridescent and black for the buttons, black nailheads across the centre and heart shaped sticky pearls at the bottom. The black panel is cuttlebuged with jules jewells embossing folder and the pink layering is coloured with worn lipstick distress ink as is the labels 4 nesties panel.
The mirror I paperpieced with holographic silver paper. Now it wouldn't be me if it didn't sparkle a bit so I've used a glue pen and glamour dust on the gloves and bodice.

Thanks for looking! Love all your comments too, much appreciated x

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Challenge #5 - Distressed

Good Morning everybody!

It's Wednesday time for our new challenge #5 , but before I start giving you all the info I want to thank you for all the amazing entries we received for challenge #4 (Anything but a card) we had some wonderful ideas sent in THANK YOU!

We'll be back soon with the winner of the sweet pea stamps and digital decoupage from the Crafty Purple Frog and also our Top 3 winners!

Our new challenge #5 running for the next 2 weeks is Distressing picked by our lovely Tracy.
We'd love to see your distressed designs that can be torn papers, ink distressing, paper crumpling, the choice is yours.

We are sponsored by CleverCut who you'll see regularly on Create and Craft.

They are offering a fabulous prize of these gorgeous Pilkington Lane stamps! - Thank You Clevercut!

Pilkington Lane 3

Please pop over to CRAFTSANDMECHALLENGES to join in the fun and win these lovely stamps.
Here is my idea card for the challenge.

I have used The Stampsmith Classic Couple wood mounted stamp which is great for many special occasions and inked it up with Staz-On and torn the edges and chalked them. The Sentiment is Art Gone Wild Sometimes wood mounted stamp also inked with Staz-On, the backing paper is from K & Company Beyond Postmark Designer Papers pad the beads and ribbon are from my stash. The flowers will be available in the store shortly.
This card is going to be for my mum's Wedding Anniversary, I don't need to worry about her seeing it here as she doesn't use the computer.


Teresa x

Tuesday 25 May 2010

ching-chou kuik's Blue eyed Fairy

Hiya folks what fabulous weather we have had hope you are all enjoying it and over endulging in the barbie food!!!
Today i wanted to show you the ATC which stands for Artist Trading card they are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" little works of art which you trade for other ATC,s. i made this one for a swap with my fellow Crafts and Me teamie VIX using The Blue eyed Fairy available at CRAFTS and ME Store.These stamps are ideal for making Atc,s as they are just the right size.
I stamped the image with Versamark watermark stamp pad and sprinkled white detail embossing powder over it then used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder,The paper is once upon a time matt stack from DCWV.I then coloured some of the hair with a Gold promarker.Lipstick red for the lips and flowers added some gems then wrapped some glitter thread around it and secured it in place with sequin flowers and brads then added the text The Eyes on a little tag.
Just a reminder you only have till 8pm tonight to enter Challenge #4 at CRAFTS and ME challenge blog Which is ANYTHING BUT A CARD we have some fabulous creations entered already thankyou.

Monday 24 May 2010

Lisa Victoria stamps 10% offer

Good Morning everyone,

What a fantastic sunny weekend we have all had, I don't know about you but I am really sunburnt. I went over the allotment to do some digging and planting as we havn't had the plot long so we are a bit behind thought I had smothered myself in suncream forgot about when I bend over the base of my back was not covered and now it's like a lobster.

I could post some photo's now and again if you are interested, so you can see how we get along at the allotment and see the progress.

I appologise about this being sent out late but my step dad had to go into hospital suddenly on Friday he had to have a blood tranfusion and they say he is losing blood from somewhere but he seems o.k in himself and I have been going backwards and forwards taking my Mum and visiting.


Anyway, Lisa Victoria at Sweet Pea stamps has brought out sheet 2 which I think is so pretty and I thought you would love it, as usual there is 10% off for registered Newsletter Readers including the single images in this set.

22nd MAY-29TH MAY while stocks last only if you enter the code dragon at the check-out.

*New*©Lisa Victoria, sheet 2, Plate 49
I hope you like these stamps as much as I do. Have a good week everyone and enjoy the sun if you can.
Teresa x

Sunday 23 May 2010

Hello peeps well what gorgeous weather we are having at the mo, not before time though, anyway i've not had much time for crafting since my mil went back into hospital but i don't want to bore you with all the details so i'm showing you a door hanger that i made for my gorgeous little granddaughter Lexi, i've used one of the Instyle stamps that you can buy from Crafts and Me, and i must just say you get fantastic service from Teresa, the pretty papers are Kay&co and i've used copics to colour the image.

Dont forget you still have time to enter our challenge over at The Crafts and Me Challenges and the theme is anything but a card.

Anyway i hope you have a lovely day whatever your doing.

Saturday 22 May 2010

A Sunny Saturday

I am at work today so I hope you are all out enjoying the sun for me :D For my card this week I have used this beautiful stamp from Crafts and me she is ching-chou kuik's 'It's My Birthday'. I stamped her in memento ink and then coloured her with promarkers and sakura stardust pens for a touch of sparkle.
Right I have to run now so I hope you all have a great time for the rest of the weekend and don't forget it's not too late to join Crafts and Me challenges this time we want you to make anything but a card.

Friday 21 May 2010

Willow with Champange

Morning Peeps,

Just a quick post as I am totally shattered. As well as working full time I have been trying to get 5 design team cards done as I usually do this over the weekend, at a push, but this weekend I have a netball tournament and I really must get a pile of stuff that I sorted out to go on Ebay actually listed rather than sat in the corner. So I have been working my little socks of, and unfortunately I'm not a quick crafter as I can't help but put detail on my projects.

Following on from last Friday's post where I told you that my Daughters best friend Megan was on life support, just to update you she is now off life support, which is a relief, but we are unsure at the moment of the extent of damage, so please still keep praying.

Today's card is Willow with Champagne, available from Crafts and Me. Remember to read the note on the Whiff of Joy stamps on the site.

She is coloured with copics. I have cut out a circle and used a martha stewart corner punch to create the lacy doilie effect. The Happy Birthday sentiment is computer generated and all the flowers are a mixture of wild orchid crafts and stash.

Thursday 20 May 2010

Promarker Tutorial - Hair

Following on from last weeks tutorial on skin & eyes which is here we're going to move onto the hair! I think once you've mastered these you can colour anything as its all in the blending and colour selection. The image is SEEING THROUGH by Sweet Pea stamps available at CRAFTS AND ME - Here!

You can use any colours for hair but for dark brown as in this image I used...

A light colour for the blender i.e vanilla

A little bit darker i.e Caramel

A medium shade i.e burnt sienna

A dark shade i.e walnut

With hair and clothes you just need to identify highlight and lowlight points. In this example the highlight points on the hair look like bumps and the lowlights are dips.

Colour in your hair with your lightest colour (VANILLA) and leave the highlight points white as shown below.

Next take your little bit darker shade in this case CARAMEL and colour over nearly all of your base colour (VANILLA) leaving just a little bit showing.

Take your medium shade colour (BURNT SIENNA) and colour over most of your image again leaving part of the previous two colours showing.

Go back to your lightest colour (VANILLA) and colour right over the hair again and push the darker shades gradually into the white highlights you left. With a large highlight do this gradually and leave some white showing still, with a smaller highlight run right over it with the vanilla as seen on the smaller highlights at the bottom of the hair.

See how the vanilla washes the colour out and starts blending them together?

Next take your darkest shade (WALNUT) and colour onto the hair leaving quite big bands of the blended colours showing as shown below. The darkest colours really spread out when you blend them so if you only leave a small highlight point, when you blend it will drag too much of the dark colour over and disappear.

Blend this in with the VANILLA again pushing into the highlight points gradually.

Add more of your darkest colour and repeat this as necessary and continue blending in with the vanilla. I usually do this 2 or 3 times then when I'm happy with it I completely cover the white bits once with the vanilla and touch up the very lowest points with the walnut.

Here the hair is completed covering the white completely so that it blends in completely and looks quite natural. If you wanted to do blondes, reds, blacks or lighter browns just follow the same principal of lights, mid and dark so light blonde hair for example you could use ivory, primrose, buttercup and vanilla as the darkest.

You can also drop the 2nd lightest colour if you wish (Its a personal preference of mine as a way of making the colours more vibrant) so could do this without the caramel for example and just use vanilla, burnt sienna and walnut.

And the completed image folowing the same principals with the blending. The following one is the same with blue hair. Background was made with distress inks and a blending tool.

You can add sparkly bits with sakura stardust pens, copic spica or glamour dust and a glue pen (which I've done over a lot of the image here)

Blue hair & fantasy film wings with lots of sparkly bits added with a glue pen and glamour dust.

Hope you've enjoyed the tutorials and if there is anything you get stuck on just shout :)

Have a play with your own colour combos to find what appeals to you so stamp yourself some images out and just colour in a part of hair and write underneath what colours you used as if you like it you'll remember next time.

Tuesday 18 May 2010

Winter Watcher

I must apologise for not posting last tuesday but i have a good excuse i was on Holiday i was going to shedule a post but i just ran out of time.
For my card today i have used my very 1st Sweetpea stamp Winter watcher she is still available HERE at the CRAFTS and ME store.
The thing i like the most about these fab images is you can get away with colouring them any colour and the result is just fab.
Items used.
Promarkers,momento ink, sweetpea sentiment,PM Persimmon collections papers,MS Punch,and embellies from my stash.
I have added stickles called Frosted Lace(also available at Crafts and Me HEREIt makes her hair look all frosty.

Oh and have you seen the Gorgeous new Sweetpea stamps now available at Crafts and me see Teresa,s post below mine for a pic and info.And also the fab new Whiff of Joy Charms and spring kit.

And you still have another week to enter Challenge 4 (Anything but a card)at CRAFTS and ME Challenges theres 2 fab prizes.


Monday 17 May 2010

New Crafts and Me Store Stock

Here is the new Ching-Chou-Kuik sheet 16 plate #47 available HERE

As usual all the single images are available too for customers who do not want the whole sheet.

**New*©ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection sheet 16

There is also some new Whiff of Joy Charms that are really pretty in real life HERE

8  Silver Crosses

8 Large Silver  Butterflies 5  Large Crowns

10  Golden Daisy Pins

New Two Tone Stars available in two colourways and in small and large sizes for all your creative needs these are very pretty Available HERE

Large Two Tone Green/Yellow Crystaly Stars

Large Two Tone Purple/Gold Crystaly Stars

Thank you for looking!!!

Luv Teresa xx

Laura Cooper Customer Creation Day!

Hello everyone Monday again start of another week and it is a bright day here today, here are our customers creations to make the day even cheerier!

Laura Cooper has made these two completely different georgous cards using the Butterfly Queen Bombshell Stamp Set Available HERE

Please leave Laura any comments on her creations

Luv Teresa xx

Sunday 16 May 2010

Dragon Luck

Good afternoon peeps i hope your all having a fab weekend, i'm a bit late with this post as my son and his girlfriend and baby Alfie came visiting as a surprise this afternoon, which was lovely to see them and it made my day.

Anyway onto my card i've used one of Lisa Victoria's stamps called Dragon Luck, i just love these cute dragons you can get it here at Crafts and Me, i've used copic markers to colour, the gorgeous papers are Kate Knight,i've used stickles glue around the edge of the flowers butterflies leaves and a little on the dragon's wings, stickles glue is also available from Crafts and Me, the ribbon and gems are from my stash.

Don't forget to visit out Challenge blog HERE and have a go especially as we have two prizes this week.

Enjoy your evening and thanks for popping by.

Saturday 15 May 2010

Customer Creations

I know it is not Monday or Wednesday my usual days for showing you my customers fantastic creations, but it as all gone to pot this week sorry!
Here are some beautiful creations made by Caroline Franielczyk

This image is Ching-Chou-Kuik's love is gone Sweet Pea Stamp

These pretty cards are using Ching-Chou-Kuik's Winter Watcher Sweet Pea Stamp
same stamp but two completely different looks.

This is Ching-Chou-Kuik's Dark Sirene Sweet Pea Stamp

This is Ching-Chou-Kuik's Soft Goth Night Sweet Pea stamp
There is a lovely range of Sweet Pea Stamps HERE

If you would like to leave Caroline a comment on her art work that would be lovely thank you.

Don't forget to enter our challenge #4 over at crafts and me challenges

Luv Teresa x