Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Rudolph Day

It's that time again - Rudolph Day over at Scrappy Mo's blog. For my card this month I used Lisa Horton stamps from Creative Expressions with Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish to create the background.

I stamped onto black card and cut out the window frame and then used some of the other stamps to create a scene through the window.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Happy Birthday Allsorts

It's Allsorts challenge 8th birthday and so for their current challenge they are looking for Birthday Cards.

My card is an attempt at trying to be edgy for a young lady! I've used stamps by Joy Crafts for the main image and frame. The girl stamp does not have the swirls on it, I used an Indigo Blu stamp to add those and for the background. The sentiment is part of a freebie set from a magazine. The relation stamp is from Clearly Besotted.

I stamped onto a background I had created with inks and a spodge stamp from visible image. I coloured the image with aquatints and promarkers then I cut a piece of the background paper to make my sentiment and grunged it up.

Happy Birthday Allsorts and congratulations on 8 years of challenges.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

LIM #329 Geometric

I've had this Gummiapan die from Swedish House Crafts for a while, and this I decided was the perfect time to use it for the geometric challenge at Less is More.

My first thought was to take TH ink cubes and the new adorable archival ink minis and simply ink through the diecut. I used another die cut so I didn't get ink on the frame.

As I was cutting the die and seeing all those little bits of waste another idea came to mind, which is this one.
Finally I had some scrap from my practice run at the first card and it seemed a pity to waste it, so here it is......
These are the some of items I used in making these cards.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Food/Drink at Ooh la la Creative Challenge Blog

It's Jane's turn to choose our theme at Ooh la la creative challenge blog this time. She's chosen Food and or Drink.

I decide to incorporate both into my DT card by using coffee and a straw to splatter the background! For the rest of the card I used images from the OLL cd rom Say it with Words.
For my background paper I have used half of a card insert to get the duplicate image in the bottom corner. I then printed and matted up another image from the cdrom.

We look forward to seeing your creations and don't forget to check out what my teamies have come up with to inspire you.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stars at The Male Room challenge

The theme at The Male Room challenge this time is "Stars". I've made a little canvas with a background of faux wood - although then I more or less covered it up! The main star and tag are cut from a piece of Ken Oliver paper scrapbook paper. the others I cut using dies. I then ran part of the background through an embossing folder to give the diamond texture and lightly rubbed gilding wax over it. I used verdigris embossing powder to go around the shapes. Also added a little brick die cut from the same paper.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge

Time to remind you of our challenge over at Penny Black & More with my DT for the current photo inspiration challenge. Here's the photo we would like you to take your inspiration from, it doesn't have to be flowers, it could just be the colours. However, we do need to see stamping as the focal point of your card and no digis please.

I've combined two PB stamps for my card - here they are in their usual format.

I was aiming for a Gainsborough lady look - hopefully I achieved something similar. I stamped only the bouquet the hedgie is holding and then stamped again a few times to give me some extra poppies to play with. I've made a double ribbon with some polka dot ribbon that matched the PB paper pad and then added a little red ribbon over the top. 

Hope to see you over on the challenge and of course my lovely teamies have fab makes to inspire you mid month too.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

LIM #328 - one layer spots and stripes

I might have thought a little too far out of the box for the current challenge at Less is More. It is one layer week and the theme is spots and stripes.

I decided to use my raindrop stamp as people always say it is spotting with rain and then I used a TH distress crayon to make the stripes for the stair rods of rain coming down too. Finished with a free sentiment stamp and a TH stamp that I puddled some colour around the base for his shadow/rain.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ring a ring O' roses and some exciting news

First of all my card for the challenge at Allsorts this week which is Ring a ring O' roses - which I am old enough to remember singing and playing when I was a child! I've used the same die I used on this card here. This time I have gone for a more traditional red and green and left off the background diecut.

I used a spellbinders folder to create the embossed background and inked over lightly with TH festive berries and iced spruce. The ribbon I have had for ever and keep forgetting to use it - I decided it went rather nicely with this die cut and background. I then added a double cut sentiment. I used my snippets box for the roses and sentiment. In fact there was not a big enough piece to cut the sentiment in green, but by layering up, you can't tell part of it is missing! Of course I have new sheets of card I could have used to cut it, but then it wouldn't have been snippets or an entry into the snippet playground over on Di's blog. I do find myself keeping very small snippets of red and green as they are so useful for leaves and berries or in this case roses.

Did you see that they are going to have a special birthday week over on Allsorts?

Now for my exciting news. I am a member of the DT at Swedish House Crafts and also the co-ordinator for the team.

Look out for my makes and in the mean time why not pop over and look at all the lovely goodies in the shop - I know you will be tempted! There is a link at the top of my sidebar and you can meet the rest of the team too.