Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Nearly New Year already :)

Good Morning and it's certainly a bit blustery here in the West Midlands today. So a great excuse to cosy up in the craft room and get creating, We had a week off from Glitter n Sparkle challenges but we are secretly planning our January Projects. Kanban Crafts sent us some top secret goodies too for us to work on over Christmas too which have all gone off back to the factory ready for the shows in the next few weeks.
So whilst it was quiet I had a re-jig in the work room and actually moved to the conservatory which as you can see is lovely and light for working on these dull days still. The work room is now a man cave ( well that's what the boys are calling it lol)

I have decided I have too much stuff and need more storage but no spare pennies at the moment. So I have packed a bit away and hidden it :)

Now whilst clearing out I found some unloved items so I got crafting and here is a card I made

It is using an older Kanban Crafts topper sheets called Damask Gown and the code is CON8018.
The sheet is to make a concept card but I chopped the blank element up to make the backing and added bits and pieces I found whilst tidying up.
Quite pleased with this one.

Back to making today at full speed as I have a few Etsy orders to do and design work to finish which I will be sharing with you all very soon.

Have a great week

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Blog Challenge Week: 168 Anything Goes - Cute as a Button Image

Welcome to my little part of the Crafting Blogging world, today it is all about Glitter and Sparkle over at Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog as we near the magical day of Christmas.

My lot are very excited well especially the 6 year old. This is the card I have made for her using a Cute as a Button Digital Image.

Cute as a Button d amazing digital images and I have coloured a couple now and they always print and colour very well.

Here it is: Image is called Reindeer Bells
I have coloured the image with my Letraset Promarkers
and added Dovecraft glitter glues to the dress and the shoes for added sparkle effect.

The back ground is done using a piece of glitter card stock in pale green (which stuck to my fingers and we found glitter everywhere for days)
The red polka dot paper backing is from a 12"x12" paper pad
Ribbon by Meiflower Crafts
Glitter Washi Tape is by Express Yourshelves craft shop
The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp set
Bling and pearls from my personal stash.

I love these images by Francesa over at Cute as a Button, I f you would like to be in with a chance of winning some great images then pop over to the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog and add your link to your blog entry.
Good Luck and thanks for looking

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Last few Christmas Cards for 2015 all finished.

Well Christmas is certainly fast approaching and I have been busy making a lot of fun Christmas cards since June time :) So I am quite happy to be packing the Christmas craft items away at the end of this weekend.
Here are the last few I have made for orders this week.

This one includes a Lili of the Valley topper from the topper pads which is from last years collection.
I have made it very girlie by using pink's and pink ribbon to finish it off.

These two festive themed cards are made using Kanban Crafts Member Gifts Christmas topper pad and backing is from a Kraft Christmas Paper pad by Docrafts.

This cute fun Card for my Sister and her partner is made using a Kanban Topper Sheet called Winter Wooly bears and layered with coordinating papers. Finished with wooden snowflakes and pearls.

This is my last Christmas card for the year. I had a request for a card for a doggy to his  daddy who they see on their walks regularly :) Mand is great with her kiddies and dogs so I thought how sweet and made this card, it includes a Kanban Christmas Pets topper, Elf & safety paper pad for backing.

The sentiments on the cards are either Stamp in Up ones or hand stamped with individual letter stamps.

Well, I just need to say Thank you for all those new liker's this year and commenting on my blog posts and to Wish you all a great Weekend,
We as a family have some huge plans for next year as well as some exciting Crafting news.
Watch this space

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Feeling the love and getting ready for Valentine's Day - Sami Stamps Blog Challenge Entry

Good Evening and I felt like I should be entering more blog challenges and so I decided to start with this one tonight. 

Sami Stamps have a challenge as you can see Use red being the theme.

So I went over and purchased a couple of digital stamps to use ( I have used Sami Stamps before on a Glitter N Sparkle Challenge and I know how great they are)
I decided for this challenge I wanted to start my Valentine's Cards so here is the start of the project.

I have decided to create a neat 6" x 6" card and have used the following items:
Kaiser Crafts Curiosity Paper Pad ( Pin stripe panel)
First Edition J'adore Paper Pad

Now the image I purchased is called On Your Arm

I have coloured the couple with my Promarkers:
Berry & Poppy Red for the Dress
Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna for the lady's Hair
Blush, Saffron & Pastel Pink for skin on both
Burnt Sienna on His Hair
Black on the suit and Blender pen for effect.

I have matted and layered the backings and 3d foamed the couple on to the card.
I have used a wooden fleur de lis, Black satin ribbon and finished the card off with a 'Love' sentiment ( Art Impressions Stamp) stamped on paper from the First Edition J'adore pad and I have cut to make a pennant shape and again fixed that with foam sticky fixers too.

Sami Stamps have some absolutely stunning digital images for you to purchase and even have a few freebies too.
To join follow the link above too.
Fingers crossed the Sami Stamps team will like my design.
Thanks for looking

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Week # 167 Traditional or Untraditional Colours - Sunsational Stamps

Hello and good morning.

Hope you are all well and getting ready for Christmas?
This week over at the Glitter N Sparkle Blog Challenge we are getting in to the Christmas Spirit as we were given the challenge of Traditional Colours or Non for this weeks theme.

I was given a choice from the Sunsational Stamps website and decided to go for the Birds digi set.
Critters in flight 

A fun image you have to agree :)

I decided to select just a three birds and coloured them for a traditional themed Christmas feel. And here is my creation up close so you can see the birds.

All coloured using Letraset Promarkers:
Berry Red
Cocoa ( Robin)
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Tawny Owl

The finished card comprises of Kraft Card from Limtree Crafts, Backing paper is from Docrafts Winter 2015 collection, Ribbons are from Meiflower Crafts, Sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley Christmas Grunge selection. and the wooden snowflakes are from Hobbycraft.

Traditional colours but a fun Christmas card.
If you would  like to join in over at Glitter N Sparkle Challenge then pop over and add your Linky and we wish you lots of luck and maybe you'll be picked to win some great digi's.
Thanks for looking

Friday, 11 December 2015

Ho Ho Ho, It's a lot like Christmas around here

Good Morning everyone,

Well in 2 weeks time it will be the fabulous Christmas Day and the kids will be happily playing and the house will look like a paper recycling depot :)

I have managed to finish nearly all my orders for cards so that's great.

Here are a few of my favourites from this years makes:

These are made using a mixture of products from leading craft suppliers like Kanban CraftsWoodware Crafts and also leading Digital stamp supplier called Bugaboo Stamps.

Please also note I have also found out that all my Blog comments on everyone's blogs are not posting so all the comments for DT's etc have not worked :( I'm so sorry, I have been liking so many and commenting and for some reason nothings is publishing, I am trying to work on it but we are drawing a blank and asking other bloggers for help. If you have any ideas do let me know so we can try them.

Wishing you a great weekend

Monday, 7 December 2015

Monday evening fun

Good Evening to everyone :)
Some areas of the UK are heavily under water and it's such a shame with only a few weeks to go until Christmas.
Wishing all my crafty friends in those areas well and stay safe.

I have been working on stock for shows and also finishing off the last few orders for Christmas over the last few days.
Here is a Girlie card I have made this evening.
It is made using a gorgeous Saturated Canary Image

Lighting isn't great this evening unfortunately :(
I have coloured her with Letraset Promarkers and added Dovecraft Glitter glue onto some elements of the image.
The backing elements are:
Pink Polka dot is by Anne-Marie Designs
Winter wonderland sheet is by Kanban Crafts - Available from Aspire
Glitter Pink Tape is from Express Your Shelves craft shop

I little of pink glitter at the festive time.
Have a great week 
Tracey xx

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Week #166 Anything Goes week - Winter Fae from Morgan's Art World

Good Morning and welcome to week # 166 of the Glitter N Sparkle challenge Blog

This week it's a 'Anything goes' week which is always very popular and I was lucky enough to get a gorgeous Morgan's Artworld called Winter Fae

A great winter digital image isn't it? 
I have coloured it with my Promarkers and here is the list of items used.
Coat - Peony, Rose Pink & Tropical Orchid
Hood & Cuffs on the coat - Oasis & Verdigris 
Hair - Cocoa & Walnut
Skin - Blush, Saffron & pastel Pink
Lips - Peony Pink
Stars - Mustard
Outlined: With Cool Grey 1

Here is the  finished card that I have made using the image.

I have used a white card stock folded to make the square card blank,
Dusky pink card cut to 14.8cm x 14.8cm - from Limetree Craft
Winter wonderland card backing is cut to 12.8cm x 12.8cm and is from Kanban Crafts
Pearls are from my stash
Foam snowflake is from a pack of shapes from Wilkinson's hardware home store in the UK
Ribbon is from Meiflower Crafts
Sentiment is stamped on a Stampin Up punch shape and the stamp is by Kanban Crafts also.

Love this card such fun and with a cute winter feel.

To join in the blog challenge just pop along to Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog and add your linky.
Good Luck and I can't wait to see what you all create.
Winter Hugs
Tracey xxx

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Glitter N Sparkle New challenge week - Something with a Bow

Good Morning and welcome to this weeks challenge which had to include a bow.
I was lucky enough to be given a stunning image by Stitchy Bear Digital stamps

The image called: Tea Time and I have coloured the image with a Wedgewood Blue theme. 

The image has been coloured with Promarkers:
China Blue
Powder Blue
Pastel Blue
Cider Apple for the leaves & Branches

I have used a selection of off cuts for the backing panels and added a sentiment from a Stampin Up stamp set and finished off with pearls.

Thanks for looking and we hope you can join in the fun over at the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Kanban Crafts Weekend Special new Release 'Blooming Marvellous'

Good Evening and wow what a weekend it's already been for the folks at Kanban Crafts
Today we saw Keith and Sue on the shows with the new kit
'Blooming Marvellous'
When it dropped through my door this week I was so excited the colours and patterns are gorgeous and so practical for a lot of different occasions.

You can catch Keith on again tomorrow with another of the amazing Design Team Denise :)

Here are the cards I made this week ( we only had just over 24 hours with the kit- so I only managed 6 samples)

It certainly is another stunning new collection from Kanban Crafts which you can catch on Create & Craft TV tomorrow.

Happy Shopping 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog week 164 Purple & Black

Good morning and welcome to my little part of the blogging world.
This week on Glitter N Sparkle Challenge we had a theme of Purple & Black and I was luckily enough to get given a Digital Delights image for this week's card and here is my creation.
Steampunk Tasha is the wonderful image that I chose to use and have coloured her with Letraset Promarkers.

Colours I have used are: 
Skin - Blush, Saffron & Pastel Pink
Hair: Burnt Sienna & Blender pen
Wings: Plum preserve
Dress: Lilac & Purple - Plum preserve for the frills
Boots, goggles & Hat - Cool grey 5, Warm grey 4

I have used glossy accents on the monocle element of the image for add effect.

The card has been layered using Docrafts backing paper with steampunk elements on it, Kanban Art deco black pattern card stock, Ribbons from Meiflower crafts were tied in a criss-cross pattern. Finished off with a rubber stamped sentiment from Inkylicious .

To join in on the fun and games this week on Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog
Pop over and add your linky :) 
Good Luck and happy Stamping.
Tracey xxx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Cute as a Button Tracy Tricera Image for Glitter N Sparkle's Week 163 Challenge

Good Morning and welcome to this weeks Glitter N Sparkle Challenge
This weeks theme is Use a Die

We have 5 sponsors this week all offering fabulous prizes for those lucky winners:
The sponsors are:

I as lucky enough to be given a Cute as a Button image:
Tracy Tricera was my images and she is very cute don't you think?

I have used Letraset Promarkers again this week and here is the listed of colours I used:
Apple Cider & Marsh Green for the main Body
Lush Green for the claws
Pastel Beige for the Frill around the head
Herb Green for Highlighting.

I decided even though she is called Tracy that I would make it a boy themed card as I sell a lot of Dinosaur cards for boys. Here is the finished card. 

I have die cut stars from the Xcut range by docrafts, the chipboard number is from Woodware Crafts and the Polka dot paper is from Anna-Marie Designs.

To join in the the challenge pop over to Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Week 163 Die Cut and add your link to the post. Good Luck 
Tracey xx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Week #162 Something in Red - Morgan's ArtWorld Cat in the Flower Garden

Blimey, it's Sunday again already and Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Week 162 is here with it's fabulous prizes up for grabs from the amazing SLS Line designsThe Stamping Boutique & finally Morgan's Artworld.

I was lucky enough to get to choose an image from Morgan's Artworld and my choice just had to be The cat in the flower garden digital image.

Here is my creation with the theme of Something red, with Remembrance Day just around the 
corner I decided to purely pick the flowers from the digi to colour as they look like poppies too. 

The backing polka dot cardstock is from Anna Marie Designs and the black/grey pearl paper stock is from Crafty Queens Crafts from Facebook. The buttons are from my personal stash and the Polka dot ribbon is from Meiflower Ribbons.

I have zoomed in on one of the trio of images to explain the colours used.

Letraset Promarkers:
Tiny daisy like flowers were shaded with Lipstick red
Poppies - Berry red, Poppy Red & Cool Grey 5
Larger daisies - Ruby Red with Yellow centres.

So there is my inspiration for you for this weeks challenge, to submit your entry just pop over to Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog add your link to your work to be in with a chance of winning some great digi images for your collection.
Happy Crafting everyone
Don't forget to leave your comments and check out the other Design Team inspiration :)

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Snowflakes & Reindeers

Good Afternoon from a rather windy West Midlands in the UK.

I have been busy with going to the NEC for the Christmas Hobbycrafts show ran by ICHF on Thursday and helping out at the Kanban Crafts Worksop with 'Kanban Keith' Smith and superstar demonstrator Sue Dinsdale as they worked on Afternoon Tea Kits with some of their fans which was fun. 

Wow the show was great and certainly a lot of people about and everyone enjoying the free make & takes which were going on.

I had a great time learning some new skills including making this Watercolour landscape painting with Matthew Palmer Watercolour Artist

Not bad for a 45 minute lesson really, I have been practising at home and painted some more pictures now ready to stick on cards.

Now the reason for my post today is I was busy making cards yesterday and came across a stamp set by Kanban Crafts called Reindeer & Snowflakes which I decided to craft with and here is what I made:

This easel card is stamped on the background with the blacked out snowflake stamp from the set, stamped the medium sized clear reindeer and coloured him with Promarkers Tan & Praline.
The ribbon is from Meiflower crafts, The snowflake charm is from ebay and the gems and pearls are also from Aspire

Now available on my Facebook page: Unicorn Crafts Handmade Cards & Accessories

Happy Crafting
Tracey xx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Week 161 Lacy Sunshine Stamps - Anything Goes theme

Welcome on this foggy chilly Sunday morning and it's the 1st of November already.
Wow where did October go.
Well it was certainly a busy month with samples for Kanban Crafts and also the weekly challenges for Glitter N Sparkle.

I'm sure this month will be fun filled too.

This week I got given a Lacy Sunshine Stamp

This Digital Stamp is called Victorian Emily is amazing and great to colour.

I have used Letraset Promarkers on this image and here is the list of colours:
Lipstick & Berry Red - Coat, Bows, Brolly & Flowers
Green & Blender Pen - Dress & Hat
Green Shoots - Extras
Blush, Saffron & Pastel Pink - Skin
Cocoa & Burnt Sienna - Hair

I have added tiny gems for added effect on the image.

The card is layered with green snowflake patterned card by Kanban Crafts, Red plain card from my stash, Stripy paper straw from Etsy, Poinsettia is from my local Hobbycraft store.

I will be buying more of these great images for my fairy collection from Lacy Sunshine Stamps in the near future.

If you want to join in and to be in with a chance of winning some of these brilliantly cute images then pop over to the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog and join in the fun.

Thanks for looking, don't forget to join my blog for up to date blogs and info 
Happy Crafting xxx

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog Week #160 Autumn / Fall theme

Good Morning and welcome on this Autumnal Sunday.

This week's theme over on the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog
is Autumn / Fall
And we have some amazing prizes for those lucky winners. All you have to do is submit a creation with a Autumnal theme.

Here is my creation this week using the brilliant Bugaboo Digital Stamps

I have coloured the Owl in using Letraset Promarker Pens.
Molton  - Ladybird's
Burgundy - Flowers
Umber - Branch
Sandstone - Chest feathers and claws
Burnt Sienna - Owl's Nose
Raw Sienna - Ears and body of the owl
Terracotta & Burnt Umber - Leaves on the branch
Saddle Brown - Highlighting.

Background is using Stampin Up paper stack and wood effect paper from a 12"x12" paper pad purchased from TK Maxx.
I have added a tag, Skeleton leaves, raffia & ribbon and finished with coordinating buttons.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Cute and cuddly Christmas Card - Kanban Crafts Betsie Bob Stamps

Good Morning, It's a bit autumnal out there wind and leaves everywhere, so I'm tucked up in my office making some gorgeous cards.
I have one for you now, it's a large card this time and measures 8"x8" and is made using Kanban Crafts Betsie Bob Stamp set - called Across the Miles. The stamp was originally released in 2010 so it's an oldie but a goodie.

It stamps so well, I have used Memento Black Tuxedo Ink on normal white card stock and coloured using Letraset Promarker pens.

Here is a close up of the finished image using on the card. Below is the stages of colouring for you in case you'd like to have a go too.

I have layered the image using the Kanban Crafts Card stock that came with the stamp set, added matching ribbon from Meiflower Crafts, glitter washi tape from Express Yourshelves Crafts shop in Coventry and a Wooden snowflake from my local Hobbycraft store.

A fun and cute Christmas card.
Thanks for looking
Tracey xxx