Saturday, 18 November 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - Designer's Choice - Neutral Christmas Card



Our new challenge at Inkspirational is Yvonne's choice 'Christmas card in neutral colours. 


For my DT card I used a die-cut I created on the Silhouette- I cut it out of kraft card and then embossed it with holographic powder. 

I hope you'll go over to the Inkspirational blog and see what the rest of the DT , and our Guest Designer, Heidi , have made, then join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Crafting with Dragonflies  Christmas card in non trad colours
Watercooler Wednesday masculine 
Fab n Funky  masculine touch 
Just add Ink  r for reindeer 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Christmas Bunny

Here I used a digi from Samis Stamps, coloured with Promarkers. The papers are very old magazine freebies. I paper-pieced his scarf and added clear Nuvo drops and then threw fine glitter over the top. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Male Room  paper-piecing
Aud Sentiments  anything goes
Addicted to Stamps  holiday

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bear in a Car


Here's a Christmas card I made to join in some challenges.

I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches - here it is:
I did change it a little , so I hope you can still see the sketch. I sort of turned it upside down so the mountains are the scallops above the horizontal band , rather than below. I also shifted the sentiment down. 

The bear and mountains stamps are Reverse Confetti. The stripes are Inky Doodles and the sentiment is Hero Arts. I coloured everything with Promarkers and added glitter pen to the mountain peaks and the gifts. 

I'd also like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  transportation 
Cutie Pie  bear hugs 
Animal Friends  Christmas 

City Crafter Challenge Blog - For the Boys

This week, at City Crafter , Amy wants us to make a card for the boys/men in our lives.

By the power of masking, I created a scene using stamps ( fence, boys and treehouse) from Molly Bloom. I coloured it using Promarkers ...then messed up the background! After all that masking and colouring, I wasn't ready to ditch it, so I cut around the scene and stuck it onto patterned paper. Save!

We look forward to seeing your projects for this challenge and I hope you'll go over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps - use more than one stamp

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Pro-Am Showdown #16 - Candle Birthday Card

Here's another one for my self-imposed challenge, Pro-Am Showdown , where I CASE a mass-produced card to make my own, amateur version.

Here is the card I'm casing:
the commercially produced card
I liked the line of candles and that some of them were cut out, with the pattern beneath. I also liked the glittery gold flames.

I cut the candles out of the pink cardstock, using a Silhouette . I backed them with some spotty paper and cut the numbers from the same paper. Then I cut the flames and number outline from gold glitter paper.

I'd like to enter:
Dragonfly Journeys glamorous gold
QKR Stampede touch of gold
Watercooler Challenges birthdays
Sisterhood of Crafters sparkle



Autumnal Thank You


I thought I was done with autumnal cards and had moved on to Christmas, but while I was shopping for some new Christmas stamps (as obviously I've run out since last year!) , I couldn't resist popping this Stamping Bella one into my cart.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon harvest
Allsorts  colours of autumn
Double D mood board
Cardz4Galz thanks
4 Crafty Chicks  thanks
Crafty Cardmakers  thank you
Come and Get it  thank you
My Time to Craft paper-piecing
Cupcake Inspirations  fall

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Snowman in a Jar

Here's a Christmas card using a Clearly Besotted jam jar and Mama Elephant sentiments. Inside the jar I stamped a snowman and fence by Hero Arts. I used scrap paper as a mask to ink the snowbank and sky and added falling snow with a gel pen.

I'd like to enter:
Casology  tiny - the stamps inside the jar are tiny
Simon Says Stamp  snow white
Naughty or Nice  winter wonderland


Christmas Conga

I do love a bit of paper-piecing -here I paper-pieced some of the girl's dresses. This is a digi from A Day for Daisies with a sentiment by Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Get Creative  holidays
My Time to Craft paper-piecing
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
The Holly and Ivy 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Love and Peace, Man



It's my turn to choose the challenge at City Crafter, and I've chosen 'Love and Peace, Man' - use either the word 'peace' or the word 'love' on your card. 

As you can see, I've used both for my simple Christmas card. Using the Silhouette digital cutter, I  cut the card base, using a reindeer image that I'd previously digitally traced. (I've got the 'positive' cut to use on another card. ) Then I backed the aperture with red glitter paper. The sentiment is Hero Arts. 

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter. 



I'd like to enter:
Merry Monday  kraft and red 



Sunday, 5 November 2017

Panda Anniversary Card

It's my sister's silver wedding anniversary this week and I had in mind to make them something silvery and ornate but ending up making a simple, cute card instead!

The two panda stamps are by Mama Elephant. The balloons and little hearts are Wplus 9 . (Although it looks grey in the photo, that ink is a shimmery silver). The sentiment is Stampin Up and the numbers are a magazine freebie.

I'd like to enter:
CAS on Friday numbers
Crafty Catz beartastic
Crafty Animals  anything goes
Simply Create Too  cas

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - Trend

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is the word prompt 'trend'.


I tried to think of things that are trendy and decided on unicorns. This card is very shimmery and glittery in real life. I stamped with gold ink - all the stamps are by My Favorite Things, except the sprinkle of stars ( Hampton , I think). I coloured with Promarkers and added clear glitter and shimmer pen. 

I hope you'll go over to the Inkspirational blog and see what the rest of the DT , and our Guest Designer Linda, have made, then join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Watercooler Wednesday feminine
Addicted to Stamps  anything goes
Sweet Stampin  fantasy
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Little Snowflake


This week, at City Crafter, Kirsty wants us to use just ONE snowflake on our projects.

For my DT project I made a tag...well...I finished a tag I began years ago!  I was colouring this tag with a Starburst Stain ( containing lots of mica ) and I somehow managed to knock the lid off and saturate the tag, When it dried there were clumps of shimmery mica on it and I quite liked it, but after stamping it with some Artemio stamps, I didn't know what to do with it and put it to one side...

So I dug it out for this challenge. The snowflake is a digital die-cut  design I made when I did an online course in designing for the Silhouette. The white embossed sentiment is by Paper Artsy.

Please do come and visit the CCCB and see what the rest of the DT have made, before entering your own project.



I'd like to enter:
Make My Monday  anything but a card 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Red Spotty Christmas

This stamp is from Crafters' Companion and it's the first time I've used it. I was disappointed that it was quite difficult to get a good image, even with a stamping tool. I coloured it with promarkers and added spots onto the image with gel pen. The season is Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
4 Crafty Chicks  polkadots
Little Red Wagon  red
Sisterhood of Stampers spots
4 CC Golden Egg Award

Friday, 27 October 2017

Halloween Memories

I made this card for my daughter . This is us, the day I taught her to fly her broomstick. Aaah memories!

The image is a digi by A Day for Daisies, coloured with Promarkers. The bats are Hero Arts and the sentiment is Lil Inkers.

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin - bingo -  bats, sentiment, moon
Try it on Tuesday  circle - the moon!
Tuesday Throwdown  spooktacular
Passion for Promarkers  Halloween
Addicted to Stamps  photo

 
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Going Crazy with a Gel Pen

I do like restrained colour palettes.  This is pretty restrained! I just used three neutrals.  I really enjoyed making the snow with a white gel pen.

The image here is Penny Black and the sentiment is Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
Mod Squad  add snow
Merry Monday  add a gift
Through the Purple Haze  untraditional Christmas Colours
Jingle Belles creature

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Christmas Flowers


I rarely buy the co-ordinating dies to go with stamps. I have a Silhouette electronic die cutter and so if I need a matching die-cut , I try to trace it digitally and cut it out. I think this worked out well here, as I was also able to make a frame card to match.

The stamps here are by Avery Elle. For the woodgrain, I used an embossing folder, smeared with gold ink.

I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland  flowers
Christmas Card Challenges photo
Christmas Card Throwdown wood

Who's the Boss?

I made this card for a work-friend who has just been promoted to a staff-management role.

I designed the large text on the Silhouette Cameo , printing the first two words, then cutting out the 'BOSS'. The animal is a Mama Elephant stamp and I stamped the 'u are' inside using letter stamps.

The letter stamps are a very old freebie from a magazine. I guess freebie stamps are very cheaply produced and I often find that they quickly lose their stickiness. I had lots of fun trying to stop these little ones falling off all over the place!

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps  photo - actually she was smiling anyway because she got the job, but when she got this card the smile kept going!
Crafty Gals Corner  anything goes

Pro-Am Showdown #15 - Two-colour Christmas


This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

Here is the card that inspired me: 
The mass-produced original 
As I was thinking about how to CASE this card, I came across the stamp, by Little Claire, in my stash and thought it had a similar feel. As the images are solid, rather than outline, I wasn't sure how I would get the multi-coloured look, so instead, I decided to go for just two colours and randomly ink the stamp with them both. (This was my second attempt - it turned out too muddy first time). 


To add the gold touches, I stamped and embossed the sentiment (Hero) and mounted the panel on gold mirror card, with just the edges showing. 

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  Christmas 
Rudolph Day 
Watercooler  Christmas
Crafting by Designs  xmas

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Owl Surprise





Of course, in the UK no-one sends Halloween cards (do they?) but being part of the online cardmaking community I do make them to join in the fun - and now the children of my family expect them!

I made this one for my ten-year-old son. I used a Lettering Delights SVG cutting file.

This card won't stand up like a normal card - I wonder if I should put a hole at the top to hang it up? - but I think my son will enjoy playing with it.

I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Inspirations  I hope the owl is ghoulish enough
As You See It scary
Naughty or Nice  spooky
Dragonfly Journeys  Halloween