Monday, 25 September 2017

Harvest Time at Ooh la la Creative Challenge blog

Jane has chosen our theme at Ooh La La Creative Challenge blog this time. Her choice is "Harvest".

For my DT card I used this image from The Shawn Jenkins collection. This is Autumn window from the celebration section of the cdrom.

The beginnings of my card came with the purchase of the apple embossing folder and buttons from The Craft Consortium - this image and background paper was the perfect match. 

I added a little red ink to the edges of the background paper and the sentiment is from a Creative Expressions set.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Photo inspiration

I've taken my inspiration for this card from the photo challenge at Stamping Sensations.

As soon as I saw this colour pallette I thought of the mermaid stamp. So I took some card and using Sheena and Hobby art stamps created my scene. I then coloured the images with sparkle pens and aquatints.

I die cut a couple of nautical elements and added those too.

I'm entering this into the Stamping Sensations challenge and also over at the Snippets Playground as my die cuts came from the snippets box.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Masking and needlefelting

My card today ended up being a Christmas card but I didn't set out to do that! The Male Room challenge is Masking this time. So I created the little watercolour scene by masking for the sun and the little conifer trees. Then I decided to add some snow and so a Christmas card was in my mind.

The deer are a memory box die and the stamps are from a magazine last year. The frame is Craftwork cards crackle kraft paper.

I went needle felting for the first time last week. A lovely one to one tuition at the Edwinstowe Craft Centre in Tinkering Faeries. I only did half a day and managed to make a faerie and a toadstool.

Here is the setting before we began.
 Here I am felting away.
The finished items. Mine are on the left with my trade mark purple! The tutors on the right - she decided her toadstool needed more spots than I did.
I really enjoyed it and only stabbed myself twice and broke two needles which apparently is a bit of a record for a newbie.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Get Ready for Christmas at Penny Black & More challenge - mid month reminder

It's time to give you a little reminder about our current challenge over at Penny Back & More.  This time we are looking for your Christmas makes in our "Get ready for Christmas challenge".

For my DT card I've used Penny Black 12 Days of Christmas 30-016 and Hanging Treasures 40-165.
I took a frame I bought from the poundshop and using my GoPress and Foil I put gold foil onto it. The image is coloured with promarkers and I used some paper I have had for a long time, which I realised went well with the theme of the PB stamps.

Now every month I see my teamie Mervi making sets of  fab co-ordinated cards and I vow I will make a set. Guess what - yeah! I did it........

It would be great to see you over on the challenge, don't forget we have fab prizes and this month our sponsors are:-
Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts, Rare Earth Stamps

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Two challenges one card

The inspiration for this card came firstly from The Male Room challenge where they want to see School colours. My school uniform was green with optional white blouse. I have hated anything green to wear every since!

And secondly it came from CD Sunday challenge who want to see CAS cards.

I've used Men -y Happy Returns CD rom from MCS. I had forgotten how many images are on there, for some reason I thought it was just sentiments. This image seemed perfect for both challenges. I added the sentiment background image from the same cdrom and using MCS added the text, re-sized it and printed it out. Then I used a black sharpie to edge the image and a TL die cut for the corners.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Happily Ever After at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog

It's Wynn's turn to choose the new challenge over at Ooh la la Creations and this time she has chosen "Happily Ever After".
I've used the Say It with Words cdrom for my DT card.

I cut the background out using a TL pierced square die. The image is already layered up and so I just added a tag and some TL die cuts.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over at the challenge.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

LIM and published in Craft Stamper Magazine

I had a few ideas for the Less is More Challenge this week. The theme is Lime Green and Royal blue. However, I never really got around to any of them and as I was looking through some CDroms I came across this image of a helmet. It was already in green and so I then copied it and recoloured it navy, then flipped the image too.

After that I was unsure where I was going with the idea!  In the end I decided to cut around the images and mount them into a hand drawn frame and then add the computer generated sentiment into the centre.

I had a little more inspiration when I made this next card which features in this months Craft Stamper magazine. The brief was to use shades of green and dark plum. I used Sheena stamps and the couple with the dog are from Crafty Individuals.

And here it is in the magazine with my little write up.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Let's hear it for the boys - CD Sunday challenge

I've been putting off making this card as it's for a 10 year old boy and he is just at the age where he is too old for some things and not old enough for others! So when I saw the challenge at CD Sunday challenge was "Let's Hear it for the Boys" I decided to see what I could find on my cdroms and after some searching this is what I came up with.

I used the Camden Town cdrom from Crafters Companion. I took one of the backing papers into MCS and superimposed over the top the other elements from the cdrom. I used a sharpie pen to edge the design before cutting out and mounting onto my base card. Then I cut out some stars using the Seth Apter die and placed them around the card.

Pleased with how this turned out in the end.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Get Ready for Christmas at Penny Black & More challenge blog

I know it's the C word - but you really do need to start and get ready for it. So why not join in our challenge "Get ready for Christmas" over at Penny Black & More where this month we have prizes from these wonderful sponsors:-

Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts, Rare Earth Stamps

For my DT card I have used Penny Black The Wonder 30-040 and Splash of Wonder 4272K. First I stamped the trees and hedgie and used masking fluid over them with a post it circle for the moon. Then I washed over the card with a sparkle pen graduating the colour down the card. Removing the post it and fluid I then coloured the star with a gold sparkle pen and used TH Distress crayons on hedgie. Then I edged the card with a black sharpie and added some mica flakes. Finally I stamped the trees onto the base card before mounting the card onto it.

Please remember stamping must be the focal point of your card and no digis. You don't have to use a PB stamp but if you do you will be eligible for selection for the GDT on the blog.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

LIM #343 Use a real object

The challenge at Less is More this week is to use a real object. I decided that I wanted to use one of my Julie Nutting doll stamps and some material.I'm in the middle of decorating so everything is a little inaccessible regarding my sewing materials. Then I remembered I had this stick backed fabric I bought (not yet used!). So I used that to paper piece and it was a lot easier than adhering gathered fabric which was my original idea.

I used a promarker to colour the edge of the dress and shaded around with a flex marker. I also die cut a little TL handbag and backed it with some of the fabric too. Finally a little die cut sentiment.

I'm going over to the Snippets playground with this one too as the handbag and sentiment die cut are snippets. In fact the pink was so small a snippet that I wanted to use some for the sentiment too, but there were no more pieces to be had.

Oh and my backdrop this time - I used my curtains which were the easiest thing to hand!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Lace at Ooh la la creative challenge blog

The challenge this time at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog has been chosen by Tez and she's looking for Lace on your designs.

For my DT card I've used Yesterday's Memories for the papers and main image.
I added some pink lace and some lace flowers which were white, and I simply sponged with some CE chalk colour cloud which I also sponged around the edges of the papers. The sentiment is a CE die.

It would be lovely to see you over at the challenge blog with your lace.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Baubles for Creative Expressions Design Team

I'm sharing some of my samples I made for Creative Expressions Papercut dies Hochanda shows which you can see today with Julia Watts.

I love these dies they are so easy to use and cut beautifully. There are so many ways you can use them and here are a few I came up with.

For my first card above I used glitter kiss on the frame and the backing is coloured with CS iridescent paints. I then cut away some of the other bauble in white and mounted onto the card.

This next one was on the TV last night! I used CS iridescent paints again on the cut out baubles and instead of using the other die I just used a glue pen and CS glitter to decorate. I cut away the wording from the die to mount on the bauble.

For this one I debossed some vellum and sprinkled it with glitter. I used gilding flakes on the baubles, mounting one of them behind the vellum and using the die to cut the wording out of the vellum.

 Using the bauble die as a bauble! These are one side of each of them using various techinques. The top left I put vellum in between and encased CS hexagon jewels in it.
Finally the bauble cut from copper pearlescent card and and sentiment cut away from the bauble.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Christmas card and a Male Card for Swedish House Crafts

Hello! I'm here with my latest makes for Swedish House Crafts. I've had so much fun with these Maja design papers that I decided to make not only a Christmas card but a male themed card too. Just click on the item name to be taken to Swedish House Crafts shop to see the item.

First my Christmas card.

I paper pieced the Gummiapan Stacked Presents stamp with the papers.The design of the stamp makes it so easy for paper piecing.

I used Roxstamps pierced cross stitch square dies (which include that cute little star), Magnolia Business Card Letter Tags dies, Gummiapan Old Paper Dies and Doodle circle die to cut from the different papers from the Maja design pad.

I used white paper string with a simple knot over a piece of the paper.
 I just love this image and it deserved centre stage on my card.

I'm entering this card into the Rudolph Day challenge over on Mo's Blog. Not too many left now!

Now for my male themed card using the same papers!  

I thought the plaid design looked perfect for a tie. I used Gummiapan Tie stamp and matching die with Gummiapan Age/annniversary number dies.

I cut out the base layers with Gummiapan stitched rectangles and the tag is Magnolia Business Card Letter Tags dies again.

Finally I used a Gummiapan Birthday die. Unfortunately some items could be sold out or on pre-order - you need to grab what you want while you can, as items do not last long at Swedish House Crafts!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Christmas Town Village for Creative Expressions Design Team

This is the Christmas village card I have created with the Lisa Horton Christmas town stamps. I built the main building out to be 3d using one of the house stamps to make sides for the building.

I created the sky using Cosmic Shimmer iridescent watercolour paints, using a circle of card to make the moon and then lightly brushing over when removed with the paint. Then I stamped and coloured each of the houses and churches and cut them out - placing onto the background. For the chimney I stamped onto the background card and placed the house over the top.  For the 3d house I used card tabs to assemble together then added glitter on the roof and snow. 

I stamped and cut out the trees and coloured with CS iridescent watercolour paints. Using tabs to mount them and the snow man onto the card, I then covered over with a piece of card to hide this and sprinkled with glitter.

Finally I used the "lights" stamp to edge the card and coloured with promarkers.

Products used:-

Christmas Town A5 Clear Stamp Set Part Number: CEC856
Foundation Card Coconut White A4 220gsm pk 25 Part Number: 40980
Cosmic Shimmer diamond frost glitter 
Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Palette

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Past Times at CD Sunday

I've used the Debbi Moore cdrom Art Deco Roaring 1920's for the background to this card. I thought it was the perfect backdrop for my TL Charleston couple die. I had to resize it in MCS to scale it with the die.

I relcoloured the background to make it more of a golden scene and then where the moon was I placed a TL art deco circle die cut from mirri card. The sentiment is from the cdrom and I placed it directly onto the background using MCS.

I used SU glitter card (the sparkliest I know of) onto the couple die for some accents.

I'm entering this into the CD Sunday challenge for Past Times.

Friday, 18 August 2017

mid month reminder for All Creatures Great and Small at Penny Black & More

A little reminder that our current challenge at Penny Black & More is "All Creatures Great and Small". You don't have to use a PB image to enter (unless you would like to be chosen as a GDT). There are some fantastic prizes on offer and we just ask you don't use any digis and that stamping is the main focal point of your creation.

For my DT card I've used Penny Black 1658L Cheesecake Message coloured with aqua tints and distress markers. The background I created using a CC embossing folder and pebeo gilding wax.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pen nib snippets

I think I've taken my snippets to a whole new level in making this card! Look carefully or you may miss the snippets - they are the pen nibs - or actually part of the waste when I used the die to make this card. If you look at the corners you will see the waste I used. They have been sitting on my desk because I thought they looked so much like pen nibs.

Today I finally got to use them but first decided to dig out this Crafters Companion stamp as it was the only one I could think of that had a writing connection. The dies I have used are from Swedish House Crafts as I thought both were paper related.

Now I have finally got that idea out of my head I am off to the Snippets Playground - so long since I managed to play along Miss Di has probably changed the keys.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Flowers at Ooh la la Creative challenge blog

Our challenge at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog has been chosen by Michelle this time and it's "flowers".

I've used one of my favourite OLL cdroms -  Shoes in Bloom vol 1 for my DT card.

I printed all the elements from the cdrom, including the faux page curl paper. The papers do all the work so I just added a little ribbon.

Here's a close up of the main image.

I even decorated the inside with one of the pre designed inserts. I added a few punched butterflies too.

Thanks for looking and I hope we see you over at the challenge.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Christmas Magic with Creative Expressions

Here's my latest DT card for Creative Expressions.

I used the Snowflake embossing folder and the went over with the periwinkle and silver chrome Glitter Kiss. I cut around the inside leaving a frame. I then embossed and cut out some more snowflakes using the folder.

I stamped the sentiment from Phill Martins elegant sentiments et using Memento Paris Dusk ink onto my base card and then covered with vellum, I added the embossed frame over the top, placing the extra snowflakes randomly over the card. Finally I added some holographic hexagons.

Products used:-

Emboss Folder 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 Frosted Window

Festive Berries Elegant Sentiments A5 Clear Stamp Set

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Silver Chrome Part Number: CSGKCHROME

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Periwinkle Part Number: CSGKPERI

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Crystal Hexagons CSGJHCRYSTAL

Memento Paris Dusk ink pad

Sunday, 6 August 2017

All creatures great and small @ Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge begins today over at Penny Black & More and this month it's "All creatures great and small".

For my DT card I've used one of my new Penny Black stamps 40-533 Sew much fun. Although this design has been out for a while it was in rubber and this a cling stamp. I'm not too good at colouring the little mice and so I decided I would try to paper piece them as well as the machine and material. I used Penny Black paper pads and the finishing touch are the little stitch dies in the corners.

I do hope you can join us for a chance to win fabulous prizes this month from our sponsors who this month are:-
Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix and Crafty ribbons.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything goes at CD Sunday

I was so pleased when I saw that the new challenge at CD Sunday was "Anything goes" as it meant I could have another play with my newest cd from Dolly Dimples.

Just like my last card I used one of the "mixed media inky backgrounds" this time I did soften the edges with a little TH Peedled paint. The rest I built up layer by layer in the programme. The top version I resized to be larger in MCS whilst the bottom one is how it printed from the cdrom. There are just a couple of subtle changes in the layers and sentiment, otherwise they are the same. I also cut out the Happy Birthday and added onto the cards by hand.

Finished by mounting onto some black card, with the addition of a CC edge die on the top one.

Yesterday I was at Hochanda with Suha from Swedish House Crafts for her first show. She did so well and these are a few of the behind the scenes shots.

Sitting in the chair in reception.

 Watching in the green room.

Not Suha but the filming of another show.