Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #219: Dress Up

So here we are, friends! It's the last Tuesday this month and we have a fun little challenge for you. With Halloween just days away let's play "Dress Up"! Our sponsor this week is Chi Chi Memories and I am using a cute little image of Candace in a ladybug costume.

You don't have to make a Halloween card - I didn't. As long as your focal image is dressed up in costume, you're in. So feel free to create any card: birthday, wedding, Christmas - anything you fancy.

Here's a birthday card I made for my neighbour's little girl who's 12 going on 35:

The bg paper is from Basic Grey. I made a banner for the greeting and added a few
buttons for embellishment. I used SB Circle die to cut out the window and a square
punch to make the banners.

I coloured little Candace with Graph'It markers, fussy cut and adhered her
directly to the base card... with her antennae rising above the window.  

Added a few more banners on the inside of the card. 

A few challenges for this card:

Artistic Inspirations #115: Anything Goes #115 / Spooky - AG
Card Mania #58: Buttons
Sieze The Birthday #10: Birthday + Opt Topping Washi Tape
Love To Scrap #40: Seeing Dots

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Dress Up". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK by Monday, November 3rd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm sorry I haven't been around much. Been nursing a problem wisdom tooth. Every 5 years or so it decides to inch forward and sends me to hell and back. It's not easy being so wise! Hahaha ... if only!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Express Puddings

This must be the quickest post ever!

A fortnight ago I read about Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire's Caring Hearts Card Drive and was determined to chip in. A dozen Christmas cards for the elderly in nursing homes - what a beautiful way to spread some festive cheer.

Alas, in true Asha fashion,  "this" and "that" happened and all my good intentions leapt out the window and disappeared into the wilderness ... until I saw Stephanie's post. Must be the Universe giving me a kick in the posterior to get a move on those cards I so eagerly wanted to make.
Terrible photo. Will try & get
a better shot tmrw in daylight.

As promised, a dozen of my cards will make their way across the pond by 28 November. These will be quick to make and light to post. No bulky embellies nor over the top designs. Here's my first batch of cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.

I made 3 cards using stamps from the Little Pudding set by Clearly Besotted, the co-ordinating dies to cut out the bits and some Christmas twine by Doodlebug. And then I got bored. Single design mass production really isn't my thing. So watch out for more quick makes ... in batches of three!

Late edit: 
Here are, hopefully, better photos of the same card.

I ran a snowflake folder on one side to add texture on the plain cream CS.
For mailing purposes, the card is flat except for the Dooblebug twine.
The greeting was stamped with Versafine Satin Red.

 A closer look at the puddings. For the larger pud I used VersaMagic Gingerbread
and the smaller one was stamped with VersaMagic Jumbo Java. For the leaves I uses
Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and TH Festive Berries for the berries. And some
Stardust Stickles for that festive sparkle.

A simple message on the inside.

These puds are sitting pretty over at these challenges:

Clearly Besotted #14: Christmas (snuck in with seconds to spare!)

That's all from me. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm off to bed now.... oh what a week it has been. So glad it's over and the weekend is finally here. 


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Trick or Treat!

Yo, friends! (I've always wanted to say that ... lol). Halloween is just a week away and what better time to share with you a spooky card featuring stamps from Chocolate Baroque's new Things That Go Bump A5 sheet. It's a quick and easy project with heat embossing and Distress Inks.

First, I heat embossed the spooky tree from Things That Go Bump with Stampendous Detail Black EP. Next I worked on the background by blending a few Tim Holtz Distress Inks. 

Sky: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender
Moon: Squeezed Lemonade
Ground: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen

Next I stamped a greeting from the Spookylicious A5 sheet in Versafine Smokey Grey and added a few purple rhinestones. The mushrooms in the foreground are also from Things That Go Bump, stamped with TH Walnut Stain.  To finish, I added a little colour (Caran d'Ache Suprasoft 075) to the caps to make them pop. 

Here's a closer look at the spooky tree. I layered the image on some black CS and gave it a little scrub around the edges.

On the inside, I stamped a greeting from the Chocolate Baroque's Witching Time and a spider from Things That Go Bump.

Let's take this card to a few challenges:

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow to show you another easy Halloween card. Must dash now.... it's lunch time! :)


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Card Club #22: Christmas Reindeer

Gosh! Has it been 2 weeks since our last CCC meet-up? The days are zooming by at such breakneck speed I fear Christmas might pass me by. Last year I told myself I'd get all my cards in the mail by the third week of November... and then I go and promise a (dear) friend a dozen festive cards as a gift. I think she's expecting them sometime before Christmas too. Have I lost my mind?!

The theme this fortnight is Christmas Reindeer - chosen by our very own Miss Rita. I whipped up this card in no time at all - and in my world that means in under 2 hours. This is not a 10 minute dash, nor 20 nor 40. The stopwatch read 1 hour 52mins and 47 seconds as I placed my final Liquid Pearl. Most of that time was spent mulling, worrying, panicking and looking for stuff (found my new Versafine Satin Red pad MIA since February ... woohoo!) Time to clean the "studio". (I'm hoping the pretentious name with motivate me to pick up the broom ... if I can find the darn thing!)

And one more thing - not even one stitch on this card. There simply wasn't enough time. I'm still not over the anguish and trauma. This will take a while to heal.
No patterned paper. I stamped the fireworks burst in Versacolor Silver and added
Liquid Pearls for stars ... and in my haste a couple of them turned out to be meteors!
To finish, some silver thread.

I die cut the snow globe and placed it over with foam tape. Santa and his reindeers
are stamped with Versafine Black Onyx, the city scape with Versafine Majestic Blue, the
moon with Memento Cantaloupe, the snowflakes with Versacolor Silver and for the
sentiment I used Versafine Satin Red.

More fireworks on the inside.

Clearly Besotted products used above:

Set the Scene and coordinating snow globe die
Signature Christmas"Peace Love Joy" and "&Happy New Year"
Christmas Cheer"From Our Home To Yours"

A few challenges? Well why not?

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #33: AG - Use Your Imagination
Sister Act Cards #79: AG Cards Only
Christmas Card Challenges #47: Inspiration Photo
CHNC #199: Something Forgotten or Never Used - my VersaFine Satin Red stamp pad purchased in February, never opened, went missing and was found yesterday! What luck! LOL
Clearly Besotted #14: Christmas

Here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. These ladies are organised, very talented and unlike me, they know what they're doing. I highly recommend you pop by for a dose of inspiration.

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm off to look for a broom... perhaps, buy one :)


Friday, 17 October 2014

Polkadoodles #42: Christmas Fun

Hello friends! Happy Friday ... and why not? The weekend begins in a few hours. What a week it has been. Let's celebrate with a new challenge begins over at Polka Doodles and it's called "Christmas Fun" ... what better excuse to make another festive card.

Here's my card. I'm using a dolly from the Dolly Daydream Girl Talk Bonus CD. She's a glamorous gal, all dressed up like a Christmas tree! You can also get her as a single digi -  Dolly Daydream Glitz Digi. She's a joy to colour, I tell ya

The bg papers for my card are from the Angelberry Christmas Mini Collection CD. I decided to go for on non- trad colours of pink and blue because Dolly here insisted on wearing her sexy red dress with green trim. She's a right attention seeker, that one! To finish, I tied a turquoise bow over the greeting ... to match the bg papers. I made sure I had the final word ... hah!

Here is a close-up of the young lady. I coloured her with Graph'It markers and fussy cut her and she took her place centre stage.  I threw in  a few bling to help her sparkle.

The sentiment inside is also from the Angelberry CD. It's full of fabulous stuff for Christmas.

A few challenges... because Dolly is such a show-off:

Sister Act Cards #79: AG Cards Only
Creative Moments #53: AG
Scrapping4Fun #28: AG
ABC Challenge: V is for Vibrant
Addicted To Stamps #117: Make Your Mark - Graph'It Markers
Crafty Girl #29: AG (final challenge... please play along and show support)

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a Christmas project and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) October 31st. The winner will receive the fabulous Winston CD from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, November 7th, along with the DT's Top 3 entries.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you'll have fun with this challenge .... I sure did! Have an awesome Friday, friends!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #4

Ooooh! I'm bad!

Completely forgot to publish this scheduled post.... it should have gone out yesterday. Maybe it's this awful weather we're having ... or maybe I'm consumed by guilt for having polished the last slice of cheese cake and for shamelessly licking the plate. Whatever the reason, I plain forgot to get this card out and to entice you into playing along with Chocolate Baroque's brand new Colour Challenge #4.

I hope it's not too late! The colours are gorgeous and the DT makes nothing short of spectacular! Here's my humble offering:

For the background I stamped the floral stamp form the Texture Fragments A4 sheet with TH Black Soot and heat set it with Stampendous Clear EP. Then I inked the background with TH Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany. On the 4 corners I attached 4 pink brads. To finish, a sheer bow in dark red. (Can't go wrong with a big fat bow!)   

The focal image is from the Butterfly Dreams A4 sheet, stamped with Versafine Black Onyx onto watercolour paper. I coloured the image with TH Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey using a Sakura Koi WaterBrush #2. With a white gel pen I went over the stalks for an added pop of white.

On the inside, I stamped a stalk from from the Wild Meadow A4 sheet with TH Wild Honey and Bundled Sage.

A few challenges for this card:

Crafty Girls Challenge #29: Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps #117: Make Your Mark - water colouring with distress inks
Word Art Wednesday #154: Anything Goes Inspirational
Inspiration Destination #3: Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie: Autumn Colours
Stamplorations October: Stamps & Embossing

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 18th November 2014, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th November 2014. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. Are you game?

Thank you so much for stopping buy. I'll try an get myself more organised but with just one more day left in the week, I had better get my skates on! See ya in blogland, friends!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #217: Awareness

Hello, friends! Are you ready for another Tuesday Throwdown? Let's get straight to it!

This week it's all about "Awareness". It can be about anything: from Breast Cancer to Autism. Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo and I'm using their Breast Cancer image called: Pink Ribbon Gals - Vivian.

The patterned papers is from a very old MME pack... Quite
Contrary, I think.

Meet Vivian. She's a strong gal. I coloured her with
Graph'It and Promarkers

A little good luck wish on the inside.

How about we spread the word by entering these challenges:

Crafting From The Heart #40: AG
Pinky Dolls #4: AG or Fall Colours
Sweet Stampin': For A Friend
The Crafting Café October: Think Pink
Sisterhood of Crafters: Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Awareness". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK by Monday, October 20th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish y'all a beautiful Tuesday.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn Peppers

Good morning, friends. How's the weather over at your end? Here's it's wet, cold and windy... perfect weather to be at home ... crafting. Oh well...., maybe one day, eh? For now I want to show you a step card featuring the stalk of peppers from Chocolate Baroque's new October release stamps called Autumn Poppy A4 stamp sheet.

I created the background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks in blue and yellow. The colours are: Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Bundled Sage and Squeezed Lemonade. On the side panels I used one of the leafy stamps from the Autumn Poppy set and TH's DI Peacock Feathers to frame and create a background. On the central panel I used a stamp from the Texture Fragments A4 stamp sheet and Mowed Lawn.  

The sentiment is from the Loving Sentiments A5 stamp sheet and I stamped it on vellum with Brilliance Graphite Black. It's fast drying, slightly pearlescent and perfect for stamping on vellum. For layering I used red CS - the contrast really makes the blues and greens pop. More fussy cut leaves in the bottom panel. 

I stamped the peppers with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured the image with these Graph'It markers:
Leaves: Amazon, Tuscany, Pistachio, Anise
Peppers: Halloween, Carrot, Curry, Mango, Honey
Flower: Mimosa, Sun, Lemon
Stalk: Mocha, Bronze
A little fussy cutting, quick dry glue and voila!

A few challenges for this card:

That's all from me today. Must dash.... plenty to do. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all tomorrow!


Friday, 10 October 2014

Polkadoodles # 41: Anything But Square

Some Fridays are better than others - and this is one such Friday because the weekend is but a few hours away and it's Polka Doodles Day. Our challenge for the fortnight is Anything But Square and this week we have more inspiration from the team. Here is my offering - a gift box to house a birthday gift - made using papers, elements and digis from the Dolly Daydream Girl Talk CD Bonus Edition. Only 2 extras from my stash: sheer ribbon bow and satin ribbon handles.

Here's a close-up of the image. I coloured her with Graph'It markers. She is also available as a single digital stamp : Dolly Daydream Bouquet Digi.

A look from behind - such girlie papers!

A few challenges for this project:

Fussy and Fancy#124: Lots Of Pink / Breast Cancer
Cute Card Thursday #342: Anything But A Card
ABC Challenge: U is for Unique - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #116: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #2: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #153: Anything Goes

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project that is Anything But Square and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) October 19th. The winner will receive goodies from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday,October 24th, along with the DT's Top 3 entries.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Merci - the sequel

Happy Wednesday, friends. I want to share this card with you ... which I sheepishly admit is a few days late.The hours and days move too quickly ... I just can't keep up! Before we hit the weekend, let me just get this card out for ya!

I'm playing with Chocolate Baroque's new October release A4 stamp sheet called Autumn Poppy. And it's available now at a very special price.

This is a simple card. No fancy tools needed - blendable inks and alcohol markers and you're pretty much done.
Moving away from the darker autumn colours, this time I'm opting for the brighter tones for the background by blending Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Mustard Seeds and a touch of Spiced Marmalade.  The greeting is from Pretty Poppies stamped with Versafine Black Onyx. 
I cut two slits the width of the ribbon, threaded it through and tied a bow around the bouquet. 

Here is a close-up of the bouquet. I coloured it with Graph'It markers:
Poppies: 5210, 5220, 5245
Greens: 8130, 8150, 8160, 8180
Butterflies: 7125,7140, 7155
Then I randomly dotted some Daffodil Liquid Pearls around the flowers.

Inside, I stamped a floral image from the Autumn Poppy stamp sheet, in TH Mustard Seed Distress Ink.

Now for some challenges:

There! That should do it! LOL. Hope you're having a beautiful Wednesday. It's chucking it down big time over here. Thanks for stopping by... or should I say Merci ? :) Catch up with y'all in blogland, friends. Stay dry!


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Christmas Card Club #21: Carol Singers

The girls are back and this fortnight we have Sue P in pole position with a brand new theme: Carol Singers. Christmas wouldn't be the same without a sing-along, would it?

I decided on the is cute image from Polkadoodles Work & Play 5: Festive Hollybobs. In fact, I got all I needed to make this card from this CD!

The paper and embellishments are from the Hollybobs CD. I just did a load of fussy
cutting .... very therapeutic. For a little dimension (not too much because I want this to
be post-friendly) I added a few pale blue bling around the carollers, yellow liquid pearls
in the centre of the poinsettias and tied a twine bow around the gift box. 

Here's a close-up of the carollers. The photo is a little over-exposed.... just couldn't
get the lighting right yesterday. Of course, there's stitching... can't do without it! 

I wanted the inside to be fun and playful. So I thew in a couple of embellies from
the Hollybobs CD. The greeting is a die-cut from Britannia Dies.

Sending the song-birds to these challenges:

CHNC #197: Something Starting With P - Poinsettia
Christmas Card Challenges #45: Layer It Up
CHNC Patterned Paper: October
CHNC Extra October: AG Christmas
Christmas Challenge All Year 'Round: Embellish It!
We Do Doobadoo #16: Christmas
Sister Act #77: AG Cards Only
Crafty Little Fairy October: Use Only One DP - heart bg paper

And here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. Surely you must know by now that these ladies are super charged turbo powered crafters!

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, 3 October 2014


Hello friends! Hope you are well. I have had a hectic couple of days and in my haste I completely forgot to post this card. It should have gone out yesterday. Oh well, here it is. I have another one for you tomorrow. Let's see if I can get that out on time! :)

Here's a side step card I made with stamps from Chocolate Baroque's new Autumn Poppies A4 stamp sheet. This is autumn at it's best and I love everything about autumn: the colours, the smells, the cooler temperature. There is an unspoken excitement in the air - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas ... so much to look forward to. Ok, maybe I don't like everything about autumn. Sweeping up falling leaves... well, I'd happily give that a miss!

Lots of browns, muted gold, burnt orange and a hint of yellow on this card. Start by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the bg: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Walnut, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen. Dark colours around the edges with lighter tones toward the middle.
Then I randomly stamped a leaf from the Autumn Poppies sheet with Memento Potter's Clay. The greeting is from Pretty Poppies A5 stamp sheet, heat embossed in white.

Here's a close-up of the mushrooms. I must admit, I never really saw mushrooms as a thing of beauty, much less have them on a card! I think I've changed my mind. These guys are coloured with Graph'It markers: 1210, 1230, 3120, 3245, 3255, 9303, 9304 and 9306. Next I fussy cut and mounted on foam tape. I stamped more leaves with Memento Potter's Clay coloured with Promarkers Olive Green and Moss then fussy cut and adhered them to the card.

More falling leaves. This time I coloured them with Graph'It 3125 and 3140, fussy and randomly adhered them to the steps of the card.

Taking my 'shrooms to these challenges:

Ok, must dash! Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see ya tomorrow with another card.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Eclectic Ellapu October: Flowers

Woohoo! It's October! Let's make it a good one, shall we? With that in mind we're kicking off the month Eclectic Ellapu's October challenge. The theme for the Pink Team is "Flowers" and the Purple Team's brief is "Texture Paste / Embossing". You can choose to play with either team or both.

I made a thank you card with featuring pink Rosa Canina (Dog Rose).  I found this picture of the dog rose in Wikimedia Commons and tried to colour the stamped image in pretty much the same way. Not a perfect match but almost there!

Here's my card:

This a small card: 4"x3". The greeting is from CB's Pretty Poppies and the rose is 
from Pretty Birdcage.

Here's a close-up of the dog rose. I coloured it with Graph'It markers and placed
a pearl in the middle of one rose.

Challenges for this card:

Deep Ocean Challenge #87: At Least One Flower
{PIN}spirational #125: Anything Could Happen
PPinky Dolls: AG/ Make It Girly
The Pink Elephant #270: AG
Graph'It Colouring Crazy #38: Pink
Cupcake Inspiration #280: Photo
Gem Of A Challenge #129: CAS

Now it's your turn to create and link up your labour of love over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. Remember, we have 2 concurrent challenges: "Flowers" for the Pink Team and "Texture Paste / Embossing" for the Purple Team. You can enter one or both challenges as many times as you wish, but make sure you link up your projects by 11:59pm GMT on 31 October 2014.

That's all from me for now. Thank you so much for dropping in today and have a lovely day!


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