Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry ChristMouse!

I can't believe its such a long time since I blogged - things are really busy with the run up to Christmas. Now all the craft fayres are done I have had time to start decking the halls.

The card I am sharing with you today is one I made using my Cricut Explore. It has been a best seller at Craft Fayres. I cut the mouse and before adding it to the card blank covered a torn piece of paper, sprayed with Silver Sparkle, to the bottom to look like snow.  I then die cut the snowflakes and added the fun sentiment.

I hope this makes you smile!

Challenges I am entering :

Brown Sugar Challenge - Red, White and Green
That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Christmas
Crafty Creations - Die Cuts
Cardz 4 Guys - Winter Critters

Monday, 24 November 2014

Preparing for Christmas Fayres

Things at Sparkly Fairy towers at the moment are extremely busy. I am getting lots of cards ready to sell during the run up to Christmas. It is always amazing too what you can find in your stash! Here is the use of a die I bought last year in a sale and haven't used until now.

I love the simplicity of this die, yet it makes such a beautiful card.  I'm hoping it might be a best seller!

I am entering the following challenges with this card

As You Like It Challenge - Your favourite Christmas style  - this is my favourite kind of style for Christmas Cards - crisp, clean and simple.

Christmas cards all year round - No patterned paper

Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Red Red Robin

The weeks are hurtling now towards December so I am snowed under with Christmas makes. I also seem to be a bit pre-occupied with robins!! This is one of my latest cards

To make the card I used a Woodware stamp and stamped it three times on to different colour paper. Then I paper pieced the image to give a patchwork effect. I have to say I think they look rather sweet! 

And do you know why we see the robin on so many cards? In the 1800s, British postmen wore red uniforms in honour of the crown. Near to Christmas people would eagerly await the "robins" delivery of messages from loved ones. Artists became inspired to replace the postman with a red robin instead, delivering letters in its beak - and so the legend lives on.

I am sure I will have more robins to share with you soon!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Colour Challenge - Red/White/Green
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
Stamping Sensations  - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Make it flat

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Were you scared?

Hopefully Sparkly Fairy followers you weren't too spooked this Halloween?  This is the last of my Halloween cards for this year as I need to concentrate on Christmas - and that is very frightening!

To make the card I created a background using Distress Inks applied with Cut N Dry foam and then water dropped onto it and mopped dry to give the mottled effect. The tree and wording was cut from A Cricut file and I simply added a circle of orange card for the moon.

Hope you like it!

I am entering the following challenges:
Crafting By Design - Halloween
Die Cutting Divas - Halloween

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Simply Autumn

This week we have carved the first of our pumpkins at home - this was my son's creation for his school competition.

As the title of the post suggests this card is clean and simple on an Autumn theme.

I used the InkyDoodles stamp set Autumn Garden. Which has some fabulous Autumn images and this lovely poem.  I coloured in the images with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Colour Pencils.

I hope you have your pumkins ready too! 

Crafting With the Dragon - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Anything Goes/Fall Colours

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Scary Night

As Halloween fast approaches I have relished in creating some spooky artwork.

First I created the background on watercolour card using ink misters and Distress Ink.  I used a Clarity Stencil to create the tree branches and then stamped the witch, toadstools and vine (Lavinia Stamps). The moon was done by applying distress ink through a punched circle.

Happy Haunting!

The Challenges I am entering are:
That's Crafty - Spooky
Sarah Hurley - Halloween
Order of the Opus Gluei - Spooky Goings On

Friday, 3 October 2014

Craft Scapes from Craft Artist

Yesterday on Create and Craft saw the launch of the fabulous CraftScapes digikits from Serif  Country Garden,Autumn Country, English Town,  Twilight Forest, Summer Seaside,and Winter Village.  A new addition is the tunnel cards kits too which are fantastic and fun to make.

Each kit has the most amazing array of elements which you can use to build up scenes. 

Here is a selection of the samples that I made as part of the Design Team.

Product information can be found here on the Create and Craft Website

Monday, 29 September 2014


Its very unseasonal weather here in the South of England. yesterday we reached 25c! Although Autumn mist was definetly evident this morning on the Downs as well as lots of pheasants!

I love this season and used the InkyDoodles Stamp set Woodland Walk to create this card.

I used Promarkers to colour them in and my new Spectrum Noir pencils I treated myself to! They really give great definition to a alcohol marker coloured image. The sky was created using chalk and torn paper to make the clouds.

I hope to be back later in the week with more Autumn makes.

Challenges I am entering with this card:

Daring Cardmakers - Autumnal Forest
The Artistic Stamper - Autumn Colours
Crafting For All Seasons  - Autumn Colours

Friday, 19 September 2014

Pretty Posies

As part of the Serif CraftArtist Design Team I have the privilege of working with some of the beautiful kits. This collection from Victoria nelson is no exception and appeared on Create and Craft TV yesterday morning.

They are Bird Garden, Butterfly meadow and Pretty Posies. 

The CD Collection can be purchased at Create and Craft or the individual collections at Daisytrail

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Making Christmas Cards

It's been an emotional week with my little one starting a new school and a tiring one being woken up by the alarm for the school run!

So what better way to cheer myself up then to get down to making some Christmas cards.

One of my most favourite tools is my Cricut Explore which I used to cut the shapes for this card. The text was created using the Lyrical Letters Font and then I added the ribbon as a final touch. I'm hoping these will go down well at the Christmas Craft Fairs!

Challenges I am entering :
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Creative Cutting Challenge - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore - Make A Card
Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Extra - Anything Christmas

What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!