Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Shhh Billie is sleeping, GD card for Ladybug Crafts Ink New Baby release

I am delighted to have been asked again by Kerry of  Ladybug Crafts Ink to be a Guest Designer for her latest release today. Kerry is just about to become a Grandma (or Glam Ma as she is going to be known ;0) in the next few days. Her daughter's baby is due at any moment and this new release is just perfect for her. It features the delightful Billie Bear, who you have all met before. This release is all about...yes you guessed it....new babies.

You can also win the image I have used today and there is a new challenge on over at the Ladybugs' Challenge Blog. I will give you all the details at the end of this post.

I received this sweet digi called "Shh Billie is sleeping" and I set to work brainstorming some ideas.

I tried several sizes and also decided that my Spellbinders Labels 17 dies would be a perfect shape to cut my focal with.

I also decided that I would try my hand at another new card shape for me.... a criss cross card. I have never made one before and there are so many tuts on You Tube that I was spoilt for choice.

The sleeping Billie also made me think of patchwork quilts and I also decided that it was time to play with my  handmade patchwork again.

Here is my basic criss cross
blank made and ready to decorate.

I chose pink matting card and I love using gingham for baby cards. As always I went for blue with the pink.

I decided that I could make my paper look like a patchwork quilt so I used my same patchwork technique and cut out lots of hexagons.

I used pink, blue and a very pretty Nitwits paper to make 3 sets of blocks.
Now it was time to make the pattern into a paper.

Here we go.....I had got my pattern working well.

This is one side of the criss corss finished. Now if you rememeber with my first patchwork papers I made I was not brave enough to add hand "stitching". Well this time I took the bull by the horn, well actually I picked up a black Memento marker, and I used a ruler to create a stitched effect.

Here we are......

So once I had my criss crosses made it was a case of making up my card and adding the embellies and my stamped focal image.

Here is Baby Billie all coloured up and you will see another 1st for me here..I paper pieced her blanket with a piece of paper from the patchwork.
Just look at the cute baby die cuts from my new Memory Box baby clothes line die.

I also made an insert for my card which I also decorated.

Are you ready for my ta dah moment..................................

Shhhhh don't wake her up she is fast asleep.... and here is a close up of the outside...

I hope you like her......I had great fun creating her, thanks again Kerry for asking me back. I am waiting to hear news of her new grandbaby at any moment ;0)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Allsorts add some sparkle
Cutie Pie lots of layers #43
Pretty Little Ribbons Lace
Forever Friends Fortnight Challenge Pastel Colours #61
Make It Monday Linky Party #139
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Sentimental Sundayspaper piecing #153

Kerry's New Release is available on her website here  today.  There are no less than 12 new Baby Billies to choose from and they are all on instant download. They are the bargain price of £1.75 each but you can win the image I have used. Just leave a comment here that you would like to win Shh Billie is sleeping and your name will go into the hat. Kerry has been very generous and will allow me to pick not 1 but 2 commentators to win this sweet digi. I will announce my winners each Tuesday.
If you visit any of the other DT you can also win the images they have used. The more you visit the greater are your chances of winning.

There is also a new Card Challenge which starts over on their blog today. It is called Oh Baby and will last for the whole of May. It is an anything goes challenge as long as it is baby related. You can enter the challenge here.

As this is running for a month I am going to be back every week for the next 4 weeks with a different Baby Billie card on Tuesdays. Do come back next week to see what I made...it is one for a boy and you can also find out if you have won my Shhh Billie is sleeping digi stamp.

Good luck,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

(PS I know that a lot of my non card making blogger friends leave me lovely comments. I will only put your names into the hat if you ask me to. Some of my friends would not really know what to do with a digi stamp..LOL!!)


  1. This is stunning - i just love the patchwork and the criss cross design.. that little die is cute too
    Lisa x

  2. I wouldn't have a clue what to do with a digi stamp so I'll leave that to the card makers! :)
    However you obviously know what to do with one, your card is amazing Jane, ever so pretty. I adore the patchwork and the cute little bear and the little charms and the extremely cute little sleep suits all in a row! It's just all aahhhhh!!!
    Really clever shape for a card too, well done my friend, brilliant post!
    Happy sunny Tuesday,
    V xxx

  3. Stunning card and so beautifully presented thank you for joining our challenge at Forever/Friends "PASTEL COLOURS" and good luck hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

  4. Well what can I say Jane?? This is just stunning..probably my favourite card of yours :-D You must have the patience of a saint to cut out AND 'stitch' the patchwork but it was worth it. I love Billie's matching blanket. Thanks again for being a fabuliciuos GD for our Baby Billie release xx

  5. HI Jane, So happy I could have time to read your lovely post! I'm now on my way to visit my mom, but had to read a few blogs first. Love this card and all the steps it took to achieve the delightful image. Congratulations on being the guest designer, I can certainly see why you were asked!!!
    See you when I get back, xoRobin

  6. Fabulous patchwork. Love it....

  7. Oh Jane, this is gorgeous. I totally love this.
    Caz x

  8. Lovely sweet lots of layers card and layout, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie Challenge , good luck, cheers Sue N x

  9. Very labour intensive with all those patchwork pieces Jane but what a stunning finished creation, you have showcased the new images beautifully.

    B x

  10. This is a really beautiful card, Jane! The colours are gorgeous, and the whole design is really sweet and perfect for a new baby. Your extra little touches like the charms are delightful too.
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Helen x

  11. Jane this is beautiful, the way you made the backing paper is gorgeous! Saw you over on mim. Joey xx

  12. OH....

    I am speechless; utterly speechless. Way beyond gorgeous; so detailed and beautiful, love the intricate details. Such a gorgeous creation...

  13. Wow, what a fabulous card! You are incredibly talented, and I'm sure you will win in any challenge! Love Shh, Billie's Sleeping :-)

  14. What a beautifully sweet card! I love the patchwork effect! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize!
    Good luck and I hope to see you back next week for a new challenge!
    Rene ;D

  15. Oh Jane this is absolutely beautiful. The paper piecing looks fantastic. Love the pretty colours and detail.
    Diane xx

  16. Gorgeous card.. I'm not sure what a digi stamp is or if I could use one! LOL! I love seeing your card artistry.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. So funny I ordered the die - hoping it would arrive in time for my card - it arrived this morning !! -may have to add an update ;0)
    Your card is just gorgeous - the patience you have must be incredible.....xxx

  18. Great creation! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

  19. Absolutely gorgeous Jane. I love the patchwork well everything about the card is fab! So glad you could join us for the new release.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  20. What an amazing baby card, Jane!! Any new parent would cherish it. I think it's a good year for babies.

    Thanks for sharing your special card.
    Happy Tuesday from across the pond.....

    PlumCreek22 Studio

  21. Good Morning, Jane! Beautiful card and patchwork! You are close to make hexagons with fabrics ... perhaps you could use them also for your cards! Lovely colours and the stitching is great detail! Have a wonderful day! x Teje

  22. Hi jane,

    This card is stunning!!!!
    And a lot of work, OMG, respect!!
    It turned out so lovely and it suits our challenge over at FF very well!Thanks for joining our foreverfriends challenge theme: pastel colors! Good luck in the draw!!
    Xx Linda DT-FF

  23. It's so cute! I'm visiting from MIM.

  24. I love and adore your baby gift. Fabulous design and the image is so sweet. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs Kelly

  25. Gorgeous card Jane, love the layout, shape and the sweet little image.
    Thank you for joining the Cuties Pies Lots of Layers challenge and good luck x Susan x

  26. Hello dear Jane,

    I can't understand how this post have slipped my eyes!! This card is stunning! I love it, the patchwork, the colors, baby Billie - everything!

    I wish your May has been beautiful, it rains here as I type but otherwise it's been fantastic... Sunshine!


  27. Hi Jane, not you too! wondering if you got my comment on this card? I know I was nearly a week behind on making it but I still wanted to let you know how gorgeous I thought it was, Loving the patchwork look, it's a fave of mie! I think Bloggers having a game with me, several of my comments look like they've gone awol! Off to check out the rest of the DT!

  28. How cute is this - I live your patchwork idea! Thanks for joining the challenge at Forever Friends, Lisa (DT) x


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