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.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Something Asian at CD Sunday

Having recently been to Japan the challenge at CD Sunday for "Something Asian" really appealed to me. 

I used the CC Destinations cdrom with a stamp from the CC Kimono range embossed over the top of the print out and coloured in. With a CC die cut and the memory box twig frame. Then I added a few little cherry blossom spellbinder dies.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Something starting with B at Ooh la la Creations Challenge Blog

Time for a new challenge at Ooh la la Creations Challenge blog and this time Deloris has chosen the theme of "something starting with B".

For my DT card I used the Everyday Occasions cdrom - the image is called Baskets full of Love, so that is my first B - there is of course a Bear on the card and Blooms - so plenty of Bs from me!
To make my card I used one of the inserts from the cdrom which had the basket weave background and the faded section with corner embelishments already on it - so the hard work was already done for me. I then placed one of the toppers from the cdrom over the centre, added one of the sentiments with a drop shadow and printed it out. Finishing touch some buttons and a bow - more B's!

Remember to pop by the Ooh la la Creations cahllenge blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing your makes.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Photo inspiration at Penny Black & More challenge blog

It's the start of our new monthly challenge at Penny Black & More today. This time we have a photo for you to find inspiration from. A fav of mine because it is a poppy!

For my DT card I have used 4308K Field of Poppies stamped onto some kraft card. I cut around it using a tonic die and then cut the PB Love die twice to give some dimension. The papers are from PB Beau Jardin paper pad.

We hope to see you over at the challenge where this month our sponsors are Penny Black, Crafts U Love and Sizzix. Just remember please no digis and stamping must be the focal point of your creation.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

LIM week 327 - Yellow and Grey

I had a quick look before I went out this morning as to the theme for the challenge at Less is More this week and saw it was Yellow and grey. I am not really a yellow person but I seem to be getting better with it as I get older.
Yellow roses came to mind and this tattered lace die that I hadn't yet used. I was intending to do red roses but thought I could use it to fit the theme. So that is what I did using different shades of grey for the background and to accent some of the leaves.
Then as I was tidying away (well moving stuff around on my desk!) I saw this snippet just crying out to be on a card. So I got the die and cut another yellow rose to place over the die cut and added a PB die cut for the sentiment.

That was going to be it, but I had put out this Altenew set of free stamps to remind me to play with them, and again I thought, ok - yellow rose. This is the result.
In between making cards I lost part of the die and had a bit of a hunt, seems a theme elsewhere now. Yesterday I spent three hours looking for lost keys in the garden. I had mowed the lawns and had loads of the conifer that was taken out of the garden the other day plus lovely spiky holy and pyracantha in the bin. I went round and round, looked in the bin, took some the cuttings out, did this several times until in the end I took the wheelie bin emptied it on the ground and did a fingertip search through everything, and there were the keys!!!! Shattered after that.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Many Legs

The current challenge at The Male Room is "many legs". I thought about going with some creepy crawlies but in the end this digi kit called Bloke at the Movies won out. I took the various figures and placed them on the card adding a little shadow and then die cut the Happy Birthday to finish the card off.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sketch @ CD Sunday

I've used the sketch at CD Sunday challenge as the basis for this card. I used a CD Rom from Ooh La La creations called Say It With Words. This is one of the black and white digis printed and spritzed with brushos and some TH distress crayons over the top and around the die cut edges. The other elements are all from the cdrom too.

This is before and after on my drive today. The juniper had become too big and in danger of scratching the car. So now I need new plants - any ideas anyone? Mainly in the shade.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Fashionable snippets

I actually made this card for the LIM challenge - curves - the other week, when I then realised it was a one layer week it never got to see the blog. So today I am sharing in the Pixies Snippet Playground as all the cuts on it are from the snippet box.

I've even bought what I am going to call a snippet cutter! The Crafters Companion Diamond press was on offer for a silly price with stamps and dies and I thought, all those tiny dies that I put through my platinum - it is easier to just have the diamond press to hand on my desk. I never thought I would buy one of these small machines as I thought I had no need. But I have to say for quickness with small dies like sentiments (and with much less effort) it is fantastic.

I love the sentiment on this card which is from my new SU set - I haven't got around to using the actual fashion stamps yet. I seem to be in a fashion mood at the moment with the last few cards focusing on my fashion dies/stamps.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

LIM week 326 - Shadow

The challenge at Less is More this week is "Shadow. I've gone digital for my card using a CC Frou Frou cdrom for all the elements and adding a "shadow" using Craft artist software. A one layer card - even when it didn't need to be LOL!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

These are a few of my favourite things

I've been meaning to do poppies using Yupo paper and red ink for ages and seeing something in blogland yesterday made me get on with it.

I've used a tonic fashion stamp onto Yupo paper and then used red ink to drop onto the paper to create poppies, adding some black pearl drops for the centres. I sprtized the background with TH ink and then mounted onto a piece of red card with a border cut into it from CE Australian background die.

I'm entering this into the Fashionable Stamping challenge - I've taken the line "A few of my favourite things" as my inspiration. They are fashion, poppies, the CE die and SU sentiment.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April Rudolph Day

I've used my Card-io stamps for these cards. The second card is the first one I made - I had a smudge at the very last minute so had to add some extra stamps and then to my eye it look crowded. So I added a vellum wrap to hide some of the detail - but by then I had also done a second take of the scene as I had originally intended it, so that is the first card.
For both cards I used an embossing folder background with CE glitter kiss applied over the top. On the first card I used an embossing folder on vellum, cut out the greeting and again used glitter kiss over the top. 
I'm entering these cards in Mo's Rudolph Day challenge and also in the Stamping Sensations challenge which is for "anything goes".

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

LIM #325 Stripe

The challenge on the Less is More challenge blog for "stripe" had me thinking - but no - couldn't think of any supplies I had that would do. Instead I took my TH distress crayons and swiped them over the card then using a SU set stamped and embossed over the top, cut out with a die from Swedish House Crafts. I then used a sentiment die and drew over with the crayons again.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Get Well Wishes at Ooh la la Challenge blog

It's Wynn's turn to choose our challenge over at Ooh la la challenge blog this time. She's chosen "Get Well Wishes".

I've used Yesterday's Memories cdrom for my image which I think fits Wynn's challenge perfectly.
I printed the background DP and then inked around the edges adding some faux stitching with a fine liner pen. I mounted the main image onto some silver burnished card and then added the faux bow and sentiment - all from the cdrom.

Hope to see you over at the challenge this time.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Architecture at The Male Room

I've had this X-cut die set for a long time, and finally it has been put to use! I cut out using CE midnight blue pearlescent card rather than using black card. I then cut the other elements using some red card and using a PB London scene stamp added the "London" and tower bridge.

My card is for the current Male Room challenge of "Architecture".

Friday, 21 April 2017

A nice cuppa on national tea day

It's National Tea Day today - so I thought it fitting - albeit a bit late in the day to make a card to celebrate and also fit the challenge at Cuttlebug Mania which is "a nice cuppa".

I had a card mapped out in my head and when I went to get the die I found I don't actually own it!!! I appear to have the others in the Tonic set with a shoe, a cocktail etc but not the tea cup? So instead I used these dies and stamps from Sheena Douglass and a sentiment from a Whimsey stamp set.

The papers are some very old Anna Griffin which I have in a pile to be used - today was finally the day.

I do have a cuttlebug but used my Spellbinders manual platinum machine to cut the dies.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hiding snippets

My card has a little bit of an autumnal look about it today - that's because I needed to make a card featuring acorns. I found a digi of some acorns and then wondered what to do with it. I remembered I had this spellbinders confetti die, which if I cut up the digi I could actually stretch the snippets from the first cut to fit in three circles on the card. I used a sheet from my new SU pad which has this lovely bokeh effect paper in it. I also had some autumn snippets left but they weren't all complete leaves, so again - I hid part of them behind the die. Finally I finished by adding a SU sentiment.

Off to to the snippets playground.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mid month reminder for Spring at Penny Black & More challenge

A little reminder of our challenge over at Penny Black & More challenge blog, this month the theme is Spring.

For my DT card I went with the colours that I associate with Spring and also what would have been known as "Sunday Best" dress and hat back in the day. This reminds me so much of Easter Sunday.

To make my card I used another one of the pre printed parchment panels I had - you can see another I used here. Again I used pan pastels to colour it and then using the PB set 30-115 Lace Delight I stamped and paper pieced the dress and hat.

Hope you can join us over at the challenge blog, or if you've already entered it would be lovely to see you again. As always we have fantastic prizes on offer from our generous sponsors who this time are Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace and Stix2.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone -hope you are having a nice break and not eating too many chocolates!

My card is for the CD Sunday challenge - Spring colours. I've used Pollyanna Pickering's British wildlife cdrom for the printed elements. I chose the "embossed" topper so that is why it has a little bit of a grain to the picture.

I've added a few die cuts and double mounted "Easter" so it stands away from the image.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

LIM #324 Spring Walk

My card today is for the new challenge at Less is More - Spring Walk. I always seem to see daffodils when I go on a walk at this time of year, so that was my starting point. I've used a Penny Black stamp with a favourite sentiment from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. I used SU daffodil ink pad to stamp the head of the daffodil two more times. Using various green ink pads for the leaves and then dragged the colour into the image with a paint brush.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

LIM week #323 Curve

I sat down to make a card for Less is More challenge using curves - all was going well, when at the back of my mind a niggle formed that it was one layer week. I went and checked and of course it is! So that card will be for another day. Instead I dug out one of my favourite Chocolate Baroque sets and teamed it with a Woodware sentiment stamp. Coloured with TH distress crayons.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

H is for home

The other day I made this card here using the Sizzix house dies. I had some left over as I cut a few to get the different colours. I decided to make them into a Christmas card with the addition of some sparkles for snow. This is a gatefold card and so inside is the Christmas greeting and Santa.

I'm entering this into the ABC Christmas Challenge H is for home.

Monday, 10 April 2017

"Birthday" at Ooh la la creations challenge

Pauline has chosen our theme over at Ooh La La Creations challenge blog and it's "Birthday". Lots of scope for this challenge and something we all make all the time.

For my DT card I decided to make the words the focus of my card both for the sentiment and the backing paper. The topper is actually one of the tags from the cdrom but I enlarged it for the card. I just love that little house, so reminiscent of the work of Clarice Cliff. I then added a ribbon and three tiny embelishments all from the cdrom. I added a little clear glitter pen over the wording but it doesn't show up in the photo.

We would love to see you over at the challenge blog with your "birthday" creation. We also have lots more inspiration over there too.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Any old iron @ CD Sunday challenge

It has taken me some time to get around to a card for the theme at CD Sunday challenge which is "any old iron". I decided to take a look at the Thomas Kinkade cdrom which I have only used once. I'm doing a jigsaw of one of his paintings (doing and have been for nearly a year!). I hadn't realised that there were some cities on the cdrom.

I've chosen San Francisco Golden Gate bridge - I know it's not iron but I felt it was going with the general theme! I've added the City name using a Penny Black Stamp and drew in the three birds. I printed from the same cd rom a sky background and used the CE Australian background die to cut a frame into it. I've edged with a black marker pen, the sentiment is from the now closed Waltzingmouse stamps and finally part of a Memory Box tree die.

This will be a nice card for the OH and bring back memories of our trip there.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge for "birthday" to celebrate their 8th birthday.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LIM #322 3 Pastels

The challenge on Less is More is to use 3 pastels. I dived into my snippet box and with my NBUS Sizzix house dies and a stamp came up with this. There will have to be another card as I can't throw away the other versions that I had to cut to produce these combinations!
I think the stamp is meant for a wedding card, but I thought it could equally mean New Home.

Entering into the Less is More challenge - 3 pastels and Darnell's NBUS - I mean really she could set up a linky just for me and my NBUS! I couldn't find a die the other day. I had decided that the NBUS needed a draw as it was falling over. I looked everywhere for the die - then I remembered the NBUS draw!!!!!! and whilst in there spotted a die I was contemplating buying the other day.

When my memory was sharp it was easy to remember what I had, now - not so sure. I'm thinking of photographing everything to aid my memory.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Black, white and a splash of one colour

I bought the Sheena set of silhouette stamps to make a card but decided that really only one of the images fitted a 17 year old and this is it complete with sentiment. I added parts of a grunge frame from another stamp set and cut around it and mounted onto a Spellbinders circle die. The Happy Birthday die is from Swedish House Crafts.

I'm entering this at the Male Room where the challenge is Black, white and a splash of one other colour - mine is red. Thanks for the challenge as I'm not sure where I would have gone with this card otherwise!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Food @ Allsorts challenge

I've had this embossing folder for ages - bought I admit because it was part of a set on sale. I realised it would go rather well with my CE Baked with Love die set and a little Graphic 45 snippet. In fact all the dies were cut from snippets so as well as entering into the Food challenge at Allsorts this week I am popping into the Snippets playground too.

I went with some friends for an afternoon tea on Friday - here's a little picture of part of what was on offer. I thought it went with the food theme!

One of the ladies is visiting from Canada and it made me laugh that when she saw the "milk bottle" she said her friends at home would think it rude that a milk bottle was on the table - as I told her "that's retro!" as we don't get our milk in bottles any more.