Monday, 31 December 2012


Happy New Year and welcome to another challenge at Ladybug Crafts.  This month's challenge is anything but a CARD.

I decided to make a book using a image I won prior to Christmas - thought this image would make a good Note Book to jot down anything really. hence the sentiment which goes with the image Bewildered.  

Back View
Stamps:  Digital stamp set from A Day for Daisies called Bewildered.

Techniques:  Used the Crinch to Bind Book 

Copics, Distressing - ink pad

Craftwork cards, We Are Memory Keepers Hardboard (for covers)

Dies used:
Spellbinders ornate die, Marianne Creatables Paris, Italy and England iconic buildings, Magnolia Butterfly and Memory box Dragon fly die.

Eyelets, Ribbon, Bow, Butterfly transfers, Pearls, Clear gems, Heart charm, Flower
Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
2SistersChallenge - Any thing but a card
CraftymessChallenge - Sparkle and Bling
FunwithShapesandMore - Small Christmas present
PauseDreamEnjoy - Anything goes
StampingfortheWeekend - Anything goes
StempelsonnenChallenge - Anything goes with a stamp
CRAFT - not a card

Saturday, 29 December 2012


This is the Christmas card I made for my Husband.  I adored this vintage photo and had been longing to use it for some time but with not being very well and not in the crafting mood I haven't got around to making the effort to use it.

I used stickles to add a glitter embellishment to her dress and give it more of a Christmas' feel.

I was quite pleased with the finished card which I don't say very often!

Stamps:  Free Vintage image, Digital Sentiment from Cuddly Buddly

Medium: -

Papers: So sorry unsure now - I know I should have made a note at the time.  Plus Silver mirri, Cream cardstock

Dies used:   Cheery Lynn Holley die, Magnolia half circle die

Embellishments:  Various flowers, Pearls

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Card Makin'Mama's - Happy Holidays
LadyAnne's - Sentimental Fridays - use a sentiment
Stampingfortheweekend - Anything goes
AudSentimentsChallenge - Anything with a sentiment
MilkCoffeeChallenge - Christmas
MHIPDS- Anything goes

Saturday, 15 December 2012


This week is Variation Week at Sweetpea and we have all been sharing our inspiration using the same image.

The image is called HELLO BIRDIE and is by Valerie Wade and is available here.

I decided to make a tag - hope you like it!

For more information you can check out my blog here.


Medium:     Copics, Sakura glitter pen, Liquid chalk
Papers:       White cardstock

Dies used:   Marianne and Spellbinders
Embellishments:   Brads, pearls, flower, charm
Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Cards with attitude - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - Winter White
Crafty Ann's - White on white
Delicious Doodles - Anything but a card
Fussy and Fancy - Tags and banners

Friday, 14 December 2012


This image is one from a card I make when I first started crafting.  I dismantled the card as I loved this image and thought I could make it look much better than my original attempt.

I found a paper pad I'd have forever - or that's how it seems!  The papers just never seemed to fit any of my projects until now.  The papers were just perfect for this image and even the colours matched the image.


Image:  Can't remember - but beautiful image - the original I guess must be absolutely stunning

Medium:    Stickles glitter glue

Papers: Old paper pad, Silver Mirri and Cream cardstock

Dies used:   Spellbinders fancy frame die, Memory box Snowflake border, Marianne Snowflake dies
Embellishments:   Chipboard flower, Ribbon bow, Clear gems, Pearl brads, Ticket sentiment

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anyhthing goes with seasonal sentiment
CRAFT Challenge - Winter
Craft Us Crazy - Christmas.....
Cute card Thursday - So charming
DutchDareCard Challenge - Snowflakes
LittleMissMuffetChallenge - Anything Christmas
SarahHurleyChallenge - Christmas

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


50% off Sale!!!!

extended thru Thursday:



NEW DIGI's added this week:
Purchase $30 worth, 10 stamps (after any gift vouchers) of digi's get a $6 gift voucher for your next order (that is like getting 2 free on your next order).


We are now offering Gift Certificates for the Christmas Season!

We have added an event calendar to our website to keep you informed on the latest happenings

Sunday, 9 December 2012


This is my final of my four cards - first one coloured and last one to make!

Now I have had time to look closer I don't think I would have added to grey to the red suit!  Have added alot of ink I decided to leave it well alone before completely wrecking it all together.

That being said I do like to strong bold colours.

USED: Stamps:  Teddy Bo digital stamp
                               Cuddly Buddly sentiment digital stamp

Medium:  Copics, Black pen, Glamour dust glitter, Sakura glitter pen, Stickles glitter glue, PVA pearl glue for faux pearls
Papers:   Kanban free papers, White and Silver cardstock

Dies used:
Snowflakes, frame, swirl flower and others - Marianne, Memory box snowflake border, Cherry Lynn Holly flourish
Various Brads and gems

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Teddy Bo - Anything goes
Card Makin' Mama's - Silver and/or Gold
Fussy and Fancy - I love Christmas
Jingle Belles - Anything Holidays
QKR Stampede - Holiday cheer
Wags 'n Whiskers - Anything goes


This is my second coloured image of the four but my third card.  I absolutely adored this image when I saw it and couldn't make up my mine whether to get this line image or the softer pencil image.  Anyway I plumped for this one thinking I'd like to have a go at creating the carcoal effect myself!


USED: Stamps:  Teddy bea digital stamp
                               Cuddly Buddly digital sentiment stamp

Medium:   Copics, Glamour dust glitter, Stickles glitter glues, Sakura glitter pen
Papers:    Kanban free papers, White and Silver cardstock

Dies used:
Marianne collectables, snowflakes, Memory Box snowflakes border and flower drop
Gems, brads, pins, flowers, pearls and letter stickers

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Teddy Bo - Anything goes
2Sisters - snowflakes
Sweet Stampin' - Punches and/or dies
Penny Black Saturday - Glitter and Sparkle
Stamp your life - Anything goes

Friday, 7 December 2012


Teddy Bea - Ballerina was the last of the four stamps I coloured and the second card I made.

I really enjoyed colouring these cute ted images and have got quite into adding a bit of glitter here and there to give them a wintery magical feel.

Stamps:    Teddy Bea digital stamp - Teddy Bo store
                   Ticket digital stamps - Cuddly Buddly store

Copics, Glamour dust glitter, Sakura glitter pens
Kanban free papers, Silver and White cardstock

Dies used:
Spellbinders dies, Martha Stewart leaf punch, Marianne swirl flower dies

Pearl brad, Pearls, Various flowers

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Teddy Bo Challenge - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbon Challenge - Tag - big or small
Simply Create - Anything goes
Addicted to stamps - Markers
Craftying for all seasons - Flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes


Have looked at the Teddy Bo stamps more than once but I have resisted the temptation to purchase especially as I have draws full of stamps as yet un-inked.

Having got the crafting bug back asked myself what images did I feel inspired to use and guess the Teddy Bo ones came up trumps especially as they have a sale on currently.  Still I managed to select half a dozen or so I really wanted to use and have several coloured up ready to make into Christmas cards.

The stamp image was not the first one I coloured but it was the first one to be made into a card.  I took my images and found papers I thought would work well with the images.  This one jumped straight out at me so was the first to be done.

Once again I have used the same colour palette for this one and the next three cards I post featuring stamps from Teddy Bo.  I like to do this when feeling inspired and I guess being a bit lazy too as I don't have to think too hard about what colour combinations etc.  This usually works well when I don't choose the papers first.


Stamps:   Digital - Teddy Bo - main image
                  Digital - Sentiments - Cuddly Buddly

Medium:   Copics, Glamour dust glitter, Sakura glitter pens, Stickles glitter glue, PVA pearl glue
Papers:    Kanban free papers (with magazine), Silver and white cardstock

Embossing folders:    Spellbinders (tree)
Dies used:   Marianne tree, drips, poinsetta (for leaves) and swirl flower,  Spellbinders Reindeer and Frame, Martha Stewart leaf punch
Embellishments:   Various flowers, Various brads, Pearls

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
The Teddy Bo Challenge - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Christmas
Copic Marker Europe - Christmas card
Delightful Challenge - All about Christmas
Forever Friends - Christmas card
Happy Campers - Winter's here

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


What do you know - today I got back my joy of crafting - this was the first day in months that I really felt inspired to craft because I wanted to and not because I had projects that needed to be completed for challenge teams.

I had been wanting to get some digital stamps from Cuddly Buddly for some time now but have been fighting against spending any more money especially as I haven't been spending much time crafting for various reasons.

I picked out a couple of digital stamps drawn by Karen Middleton - both deers ideal for this time of year.


Stamps:  Digital stamps - Cuddly Buddly - deer and sentiments

Medium:  Copics, Martha Stewart fine glitter, Stickles, PVA pearl glue, Liquid chalk for sky, Sakura Stardust pen, Black roller ball
Papers:   Free papers from Kaiser Crafts, White cardstock, Silver mirri

Dies used:
Spellbinders main frame and snowflake, Magnolia snowflake and border die, Marianne frame, poinsettia (use for leaves) and border dies
Various flowers, pearl pins, pearl, pearl brads, ribbon and bow

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Digital Tuesday - Non Tradition Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge = Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas - Bingo - Snow, Reindeer, glitter
Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge - Sparkliscious
Oldie but a Goodie - Let it snow  (embellishments, copics, stickles)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes

Saturday, 1 December 2012


Another week and another project to share with you.  This morning I finished colouring my image but as I couldn't find the paper pad I had put to the side to use I used this Christmas pad of papers which were free with a magazine.

Everything went well and I soon got colouring finished.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get any inspiration from the design papers I had chosen and I pulled apart my project two or three times before abandoning.

Later after a break and a bite to eat I returned to my craft area managing to juggle my way through a mine field of papers, die-cut and piles of things stacked high covering the whole table area ready for finishing tidying my Craft room.  It may now to tidy again - that is apart from the table top - although I have no idea where I've put things.  I had to use my Sizzix die cutter with a broken plate, couldn't find the embossing mat so had to manage without it - have no idea where I have put the plates for my Spellbinders die cutter!

Back to the topic in hand - I used one of Elisabeth Bell's gorgeous stamps called Winter Penelope, available here.

I used a silver sakura pen to accentuate the little girls fur edging and then added some Stickles glitter glue to add a wintery feel.


Medium:   Copics Markers, Silver Sakura pen, Stickles glitter glue
Papers:     Free papers, Gold cardstock

Dies used:  Marianne flourishes and flower dies, Magnolia Snowflake and border dies, Large Spellbinders die (coated with micro=beads), Die-namics swirl flowers

Clear gems, fabric brad, Various flowers

PS.  For all you Christmas lover's I've just put up my Christmas tree and decorations.  I have never before put them up as early as 1st December but as I didn't bother last year due to illness I'm making up for it now!

Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into 
Kraftin' Kimmie - Baby it's cold outside
MySheriCrafts - T'is the season
Totally Gorjuss - Anything with glitter
Fussy and Fancy - I love Christmas
Wags and Whiskers - Christmas