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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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). 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Image result for dave barry the worst class trip ever

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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.

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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.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

The Library Challenge - The Worst Class Trip Ever.

Visiting Librarian Julie chose the new book at The Library - The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Berry. I'd not heard of this book before but it looks really fun and is probably aimed at the age group of my son (12) , so maybe he might be interested in it. 

I hope you can see how I drew inspiration from the cover! I actually bought these Waffle Flower Roman stamps especially for it as I was inspired by the cover's historic building and statues. I coloured the Roman with Promarkers and stamped a balloon (Clearly Besotted) to echo the kites/balloons on the cover. I looked up the Latin for Happy Birthday and designed and cut it on the Silhouette. (Hope I got this right and it doesn't say something rude!) Finally, I stamped 'You are a classic' from Neat and Tangled's record player set. 

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