Saturday 24 February 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Moodboard


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by this moodboard:

What lovely colours! I decided to make a Mother's Day card for my partner to give to his mum, as Mother's Day in the UK is in about two weeks. So I stamped the flowers, coloured them with markers, used some gold and mint spotty paper as the background and added them to a pink card base. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  occasions 

Double D  patterned paper 

pink, bouquet, woman

Thursday 15 February 2024

40th Birthday


This is the card I made for my daughter's 40th birthday which was yesterday - Valentine's Day.  As she was born on the 14th February, I always like to incorporate a heart or two on her cards. 

Here I used a Lori Whitlock digital cutting file, which I cut on a Silhouette digital cutting machine, The original design is a Valentine's card, with two heart-shaped balloons and other little hearts. However, I hope that by changing the colours and papers, and adding the numbers, I've made it suitable for a birthday. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, we had a surprise party for her last weekend. It was in a private room in a cocktail bar and there was lots of fun and cocktails. 

Here are some of the decorations I made for her cake:

I would post a photo of them in the cake, but my phone was kept behind the bar playing a 'hits of 1984' playlist I'd put together for the occasion, so I didn't get a photo.

I'd like to enter:

Cut it Up  have a heart 

Monday 12 February 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Hearts


Sorry this post is late - I was away all weekend at my daughter's surprise birthday party (it was a surprise to her, not me, so I suppose a poor excuse for me not planning ahead) but more of my daughter's birthday in a later post. 

This is my DT card for Inkspirational Challenges : 

For my card I used an old Docrafts Thank You stamp and die, coloured with markers. The background is a heart stencil that I used multiple times using different ink colours. 

I'd like to enter:

Stencil Fun hearts 

Saturday 27 January 2024

Inkspirational Challenges - Paper Piecing


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is my own 'Designer's Choice' - Paper Piecing. 

Paper piecing is usually thought of as 'colouring in' stamped images by cutting out patterned paper. I think though there is an older definition of using different papers to 'piece together' an image. 

For my DT card, I used some (very old!) patterned paper to 'colour in' a floral stamped image and added black dimensional drops (Nuvo?) to add back the flower centres. I used markers to colour in the rest of the image and added a die-cut sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday  birthday

Krafty Chicks  all occasions

pink, patterned paper,die cut


Friday 26 January 2024

Darts Card


It's my son's 17th birthday today. He's recently got into playing darts (in his bedroom , so far!) , no doubt inspired by the 17 -year-old champion, Luke Littler. 

It was a bit of a challenge to make a darts themed card. I found a games picture font by Lettering Delights and one image was the dartboard, which I cut out on the Silhouette digital cutter. The swing card was cut with a die and I added the numbers (cut on the Silhouette), patterned paper and punched silver stars.

I'd like to enter:

Cardz 4 Guys no balls sport 

My Time to Craft  hobbies 

Saturday 13 January 2024


 I ran out of Christmas cards last Christmas and I'm determined not to make the same mistake at Christmas 24. So I'm already on it!

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  Christmas 

My Time to Craft Christmas  house

A Barrel of Monkeys  sled 

Inkspirational Challenges - Stencil


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to use a stencil- with the optional twist of using more than one stencil. 

I must admit, stencils are not really my forte so, for my DT card, I just played about with some random stencils I have in my stash and created a collage background, which I splattered with some inks. My image is an A Day for Daisies stamp, coloured with Promarkers. 

I hope you'll go over to the Inkspirational blog and see what the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own stencilled creation. 

I'd like to enter:

Stencil Fun  birds 

Daisy Chain  no design paper 

Thursday 11 January 2024

Surprise Party Guest - Seize the Birthday


I'm delighted to be a Surprise Guest at Seize the Birthday! 

The challenge is:

For my Guest card I chose dry embossing with embossing folders. I used a birthday folder on vellum and then cut a balloon shape out of silver card and embossed it with stars. 

Thanks for having me at the party, Seize the Birthday! 

I'd like to enter:
Double D  birthday 

Saturday 6 January 2024

Something New


This is a birthday card I've made for a book-loving friend, but it could also represent a new hobby for me in 2024. A few weeks ago I was trying to find a real-life (as in, not online!) book club in my local area and I couldn't find one that met outside working hours... but I did make contact with another local woman who was interested too and we have set up one ourselves! We had our first meeting on 22nd December to choose a book and so, hopefully this will be a fun activity for me in the coming year. 

Anyway, my's a z-fold (I think it's called that). I stamped the book shop and the book cart (Purple Onion - new stamp! ) and the ground (MFT) and coloured them with markers. The woman is from Stamping Bella and I paper-pieced her scarf and coloured her with markers. 

I'd like to enter:

Little Red Wagon  new

I Spy with my Little Eye something old (Stamping Bella stamp)/ something new (Purple Onion stamp)

Krafty Chicks  stamps 

Sweet Stampin  what's new with you 

Saturday 30 December 2023

Inkspirational Mood Board


Our final Inkspirational challenge of 2023 is to be inspired by this moodboard:

For my DT card, I stamped and embossed a firework sky and designed and cut a sentiment on a Silhouette digital cutter.

I hope you'll go along to Inkspirational and see what the rest of the DT have made and join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash winter holidays 
Krafty Chicks  all occasions