Monday, 18 November 2019

Flash or No Flash?

I spent too long thinking about Less is More's 'torn' challenge - so, due to my working hours, I won't have time to photograph this card in the daylight before the challenge closes. Neither of these photos is great, but at least the top one (flash) shows a bit of sparkle.

Anyway, here I used a torn paper stamp from Woodware and created a mask so I could stencil inside. The deer is from Avery Elle Kitsch Christmas and the sentiment is MFT.  I added lots of iridescent glitter to the trees. I meant it to be a Christmas card but I suppose , as it doesn't say Christmas, it could be a general winter card.

As well as Less is More, I'd like to enter :
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sweet Stampin Christmas 
Crafters Cafe 
Fab n Funky 

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Holly Twofer

Last week I treated myself to some Colorado Craft Company stamps , one being the Big and Bold Holly I've used here. They're lovely stamps but I had to do a lot of trimming to stop getting extra ink smudges - it took me back to the old uncut rubber days! Anyway, I think this holly stamp is super-versatile , so perfect to use for the Twofer challenge. 

For my first card I used the whole stamp -it's big! 

I stamped it on some scrap paper and scanned it into my computer. Then I imported it into Silhouette Studio software and,tracing round the image, created a shaped card base cutting file, that I cut out on the Silhouette digital cutter. This is actually a one-layer card as I stamped the holly directly onto the shaped card base and coloured with Promarkers. I heat embossed the sentiment and added shimmer pen to the berries and gold gel pen highlights. 

I'd also like to enter: 
Stamping Sensations 

For my second card I used just part of the stamp , and even trimmed it further before mounting it onto  a black card base. 

I silver embossed the holly onto watercolour cardstock and then just had fun with pigment powder colours and water. (I used Brushos and Lindy's magicals, for the shimmer). 

The sentiments I used on both cards were also from the holly stamp set - there are lots of great sentiments and I think I'll use them a lot. 

I'd also like to enter this card into:

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Inkspirational Challenge - Celebration

It's our 200th challenge at Inkspirational  and a chance to win a prize from Happy Little Stampers! 

You can use the theme celebration or be inspired by our photo:
For my DT card I made a 50th birthday card, cut on a Silhouette digital cutter , with a champagne spray  inspired by the photo and a stamped sentiment. 

I hope you'll join in. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 10 November 2019

The Library Challenge - The Sewing Machine

Visiting Librarian Arlene chose the new book at The Library - The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie. I'd not heard of it before but it looks interesting.The cover and title gave me lots of crafty ideas: stitching (real or faux), sewing themed stash...

The Sewing Machine ebook by Natalie Fergie
For my card I used a free Dearie Dolls digital image and coloured it with Promarkers. I paper-pieced some old free-with-magazine paper, which I also used as a mat. The sentiment was a free-with - magazine stamp , and I stamped a frame of stitches (49 and Market). 

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  paper piecing 
CD Sunday  downloaded digital image 

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Retro TV Skater

I made this card shape by adapting a retro TV  svg (electronic cutting file) I got for free, years ago. For my TV picture, I used a Penny Black skater stamp, coloured with Promarkers.  Then, to make it look like a TV title, I stamped an Avery Elle sentiment over the top.

I'd like to enter:
My Time to Craft
Krafty Chicks 
Penny Black 

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Santa Steps Out

I'm really stepping up the Christmas card making now!  This Santa is an MFT stamp (coloured with Promarkers) and the sentiment is by Pink Fresh. I made the snowy backdrop using stencils and white ink.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart 
Sparkles Forum 
Passion for Promarkers
Penny Black and More 

Monday, 4 November 2019


Here's a card I put together from a bag of scraps. The sheep had been stamped and cut out as a spare when I was making another card, and the stripy paper was a leftover bit of My Mind's Eye scrapbooking paper.  I use Promarkers to colour the sheep and stamped and embossed the Merry in red glitter ep.

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4galz s for sheep
Passion for Promarkers  old paper
Use your Stuff scraps
Jingle Bells  creature
Christmas Cards All Year Round  winter clothing 

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Library Reminder - The Worst Class trip Ever

Time for a reminder at The Library.

I made a birthday card inspired by the cover.  First I stamped the balloon (Happy Little Stampers) repeatedly, masked them and inked the clouds using a homemade stencil.  After stamping 'wishing you the '. I created the large sentiment on my Silhouette digital cutting machine. 

You can enter the challenge here. 
Image result for dave barry the worst class trip ever

I'd like to enter:

Jingle Bells

Early signs - special editions of magazines on Readly, glittery stock on the supermarket shelves - indicate that Christmas is creeping up on us so.....

Here I lightly stencilled a background and stamped the 'string ' (Mama Elephant ), bells (Avery Elle) and sentiment (Pink Paislee). Finally I coloured the bells, added some glimmer pen and doodled dots around the card edge.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart 
Fab n Funky 

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - One Layer Card

Our new challenge Inkspirational  is to create a one-layer card.

For my DT card  I used stamps from two different sets, stamping in grey and added silver glitter drops for (I hope) a frosty look. I hope you'll join in.