Tuesday, 23 May 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Sunshine

 Our challenge this week at City Crafter is 'Sunshine'.

For my DT project I made a one-layer-card using a sun (Hero) , woman with dog (Prickley Pear) and sentiment (I think this was a Craft Stamper freebie?)  I decided to draw a line under the figures to 'ground' them - then realised that it might look like they were standing on sand. She'll soon be sinking in those heels! 

Please do come over to City Crafter, see what the rest of the DT made and link up your own sunny project.

I'd like to enter:
Crafting when we can  bright and colourful
Cupcake Inspirations fashionista
Little Red Wagon   you are my sunshine
Creative Craft cottage include an animal
Tuesday Throwdown anything goes 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Inkspirational Challenge - Urban

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is Urban.

For my DT card I wanted to use both an urban/city scene and also a 'urban' grungy look.

I used a border stamp with lots of circles and semi circles (I think it may be Woodware,) a cityscape by Kaisercraft, sentiment (Penny Black) and numbers (7 Gypsies). I coloured bits of the stamped images with a mustard-yellow marker, and added yellow spray and liquid enamel dots.

I hope you'll join in our challenge. We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Aileen  and I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see what she, and the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Simon Says Stamp Monday  home - a city high-rise was my home for many years
Watercooler  masculine
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
That's Crafty  black

Thursday, 18 May 2017


I bought a Sugarpea pig stamp set , thinking I could use one to make a birthday card for my niece but they were smaller than I'd imagined. (Does that ever happen to you? It can be hard to tell when buying online).

So I decided to put the pig on a podium from a W plus 9 set. I added stars (brand unknown) and a Hero Arts sentiment, and coloured with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
Seize the Birthday  animals
Cards in Envy  fave colour combo
Through the Purple Haze anything goes
Aud Sentiments  anything goes 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Merry and Bright Cats

Here's a Christmas card with a Little Clare stamp and a Hero Arts sentiment. I did a bit of paper-piecing and coloured with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:
Sparkles Monthly four or more legs
Sweet Stampin Christmas  Christmas
ABC Christmas  keep it simple
Winter Wonderland  fave Christmas colour combo.
Sweet Stampers  stripes

Happy Birthday Sandie

Happy Birthday to Sandie my lovely team-mate from Inkspirational .

This is the card I sent to her. The bird is Woodware , I think, and I used a border punch and glitter card.

I hope you get it today, Sandie, I only posted it yesterday so we'll see how efficient first class post is. Have a great day!

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to CAS pink
Use Your Stuff  metallic (glitter card)
Dream Valley  wings
Through the Purple Haze glitter

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Inspiration Photo

This week, at City Crafter , Kirsty wants us to take inspiration from this photo:

As you can see, my DT card uses a piece of map patterned paper.  The image is a Lili of the Valley stamp, coloured with markers and the sentiment is Hero Arts (I think). 

I hope you'll join in the fun at City Crafter,

I'd like to enter:
My Time to Craft  males
Ooh La La  something beginning with B - boat, box, boy, burlap 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Bunch of Stars and Computer Good News

Thanks for all the supportive messages about my computer problems. The great news is, (for a few hundred pounds!), I've been able to recover most of my data and my computer is running nicely. I just need to reinstall everything (especially MS Office) and then I'll be able to get back up to speed.

For this card I used a MFT stamp, coloured it with Promarkers and cut it out.  I then partially stamped it on black card and embossed it with silver, then paper-pieced the stars with mirror card. The sentiment is by Sarah Hurley and I used a stars embossing folder for the back panel.

I'd like to enter:
The Male Room  stars
Crafty Catz mirror card
My Time to Craft masculine
Addicted to stamps  anything goes
That's Crafty  black (thanks Fliss)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Arrivals - and my IT disaster!

Disaster, my crafty friends! My computer has collapsed! I can't use it at all and I'm just hoping an expert can retrieve my data. Music, cutting files, digi-stamps and most of all my precious photos. Yes, I did back-up onto an external hard drive a while back but ran out of space.... So please forgive me if I am not able to do everything I usually do , as I'm managing on my phone (which I'm not great with tbh) and borrowing time on my partner's pc. 

Anyway, I chose 'Arrivals' for this week's challenge at CCCB  and I made a baby card using a magazine- freebie stamp and sentiments from Personal Impressions and Alte New.

I'd like to enter:
Cards in Envy  motherly love
Unicorn special occasion

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Inkspirational Challenge 134 - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by this photo, that I took when on holiday in Dinard, France:
For my DT card I stamped and embossed some feathers (Bo Bunny) in white on very dark grey card, and cut them out.  I cut the circles on the Silhouette , stamped the sentiment and used a woodgrain embossing folder for the base.

I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and join in our challenge.

I'd like to enter
Shopping Our Stash fussy cut
Crafty Catz use 5 - (feathers )
Crafting When We Can  cas
Making Memories  anything goes
Casology  I've stolen DT Deidre's idea of feathers flowing, but also the circles flowing around them.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - You Can Do It

This week, at City Crafter, Stella has challenged us to make our own backgrounds.

For my DT card, I made a birthday card for a three-year-old, using a Woodware submarine stamp. (It had to be yellow, of course).

When I try out background techniques I tend to do a few at a time, so I grabbed a background I'd made a while back with metallic markers and water. I mixed clear texture paste with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in yellow and applied it through a stencil for the rays.

I hope you will have a go at making your background for this challenge, but first please come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the DT have made.
I'd like to enter:
Try it on Tuesday  transport 
Shopping Our Stash  something fussy cut (submarine) 
Cardz 4 Guyz  music - The Beatles Yellow Submarine 
Crafty Purple Frog  for a child 
Dream Valley  blue and yellow 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Something Pretty

Normally my daughter gives me quite specific instructions for her card requirements but this time she just said she wanted 'something pretty' for her friend's birthday.

Okay...so...flowers are pretty...and pink is pretty....

I stamped and embossed the flowers ( Wplus 9)  in green and coloured them with Zig Clean Colour  markers, The sentiment is by My Favorite Things

I'd like to enter:
Time Out  flowers (no kissing though!)
Crazy Challenge  leafy green
Make My Monday  flowers
Always Fun  flowers

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hoppy Birthday

When people think of spring animals, they tend to think of bunnies and chicks but, for us, spring brings plenty of frog action in my partner's beloved pond. (Or should I say my beloved partner's pond?! )

This card is for his birthday. I used Marianne Designs stamps coloured with Promarkers and sentiments by Newton's Nook.

I'd like to enter:

Little Red Wagon  happy birthday boys
Watercooler Challenges masculine
The Male Room  many legs
Addicted to Stamps cas
Cupcake Inspirations   animals

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 3 - Krafty Christmas

close up 

Two things I've not been very good with so far this year...making Christmas cards and doing my self-imposed challenge - Pro-Am Showdown. The idea is to be inspired by some of the many mass-manufactured cards (the professionals) and make my own homemade version (the amateur).

So here's the commercially produced card I took inspiration from:
the professional card

Like the original, I wanted  to have a large image with a hand-drawn look. I realised I have no suitable stamps that big, so I looked through my digistamps and found the wreath. (Unfortunately there was nothing on the file name to say where it came from - I suspect it was a prize originally). I stamped and gold-embossed the sentiments (Mama Elephant and Avery Elle) and them used an embossing pen to trace some fronds and gold embossed them. 

I'd like to enter: 
Crimbo Crackers  kraft 
Merry Monday  kraft
Tuesday Throwdown embossing 
Happy Little Stampers Christmas  embossing 
Rudolph Day Christmas  

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Birthday Case ~#4 with Prize!

It's the final week of our birhday month at City Crafter and the last chance to win a prize. This week it's my turn to provide the card to CASE (above) .

I used a stamp set by Docrafts and a sentiment (?) all stamped in brown , plus gold glitter dots.

I'd like to entr this birthday card into:
Always Fun  cas
Aud Sentiments  stamped sentiment
Alphabet Challenge  c is for cake

Even though it's my card, I still have to CASE it, so here's my second version:

I was a bit worried that people wouldn't be able to tell what this was so I showed it to some family members and they could see it was a wedding cake!  I used paper shapes stamped with a Concord and 9th flower, coloured with Promarkers and liquid pearls.  I also used a Docrafts sentiment and an embossing folder,

I'd like to enter the wedding card into:
Alphabet Challenge  c is for cake
Crafty Cardmakers pearls (hope liquid ones are ok)
Cards in Envy Pretty Pastels
Stamp Ink Paper  cas wedding

Case my card and link up at City Crafter Challenge Blog, and then hop around and leave comments at the following blog list.

And here's what you could win:

I hope to see your creation in our gallery. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Love is in the Air

Here's a slightly unusual wedding card - one of the couple is a helicopter pilot.

On vellum, I stamped and silver-embossed the helicopter and banner (from a set that was free with a magazine). The sentiment is Papermania. The card base was cut on the Silhouette (a free cutting file by Bird)  and I layered some dry-embossed silver card behind the heart-shaped holes.

I'd like to enter:
Make My Monday  embossing
Sweet Stampin I wish I could fly
Fussy and Fancy shaped card
Crafty Friends  anything goes

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Inkspirational Challenge- Graffiti Stamping

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is Graffiti Stamping.  This is new to me and, even though this card wasn't my first attempt, it isn't a good example of it. In fact, if it was street graffiti , I think I'd chuck away my spray cans! Thank goodness you have the rest of the Inkspirational DT to be inspired by!

Why don't you head over to Inkspirational and give it a go?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Birthday Case #3 with Prize!

We're still celebrating our birthday at City Crafter  and we'll be having CASE challenges all month with the chance to win prizes.

This week we'd like you to CASE this fantastic card by Stella  (below):
Stella's Card
For my DT card I stamped and paper-pieced a balloon (Mama Elephant?) and added a large sentiment made up from Avery Elle and Waffle Flower stamps. 

Case Stella's card and link up at City Crafter Challenge Blog, and then hop around and leave comments at the following blog list.

And here's what you could win: 

I hope to see your creation in the gallery!

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  paper piecing
Creatalicious birthday
grab button for Sweet Stampin

Monday, 17 April 2017


Glitter shot
I was lucky enough to win a prize at Crafting When We Can  and the prize was some digistamps by Fabrika Fantasy. To be honest, I probably would not have normally gone for these but I noticed the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations is 'mythical' , so I thought I'd try using this image to enter.

I printed it out and cropped it to focus on just part of the image. I found colouring it, with Promarkers, a little challenging so I hope I've got it right and it doesn't look weird- well, any more weird than a winged horse already looks! I just used two grey and a lavender markers,

I masked the horse and used a Crafter's Workshop template to stencil with Distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Alte New), and added Nuvo drops and a mat of glitter paper. Finally, I added glitter.

As well as Cupcake Inspirations, I'd like to enter:

Dream Valley  differently coloured hair
Crafty Cardmakers things with wings
Fab and Funky  fantasy
Inky Chicks  use purple

Spring at the Garden Centre

It's the last day of my annual leave and I'm relaxing by scrapping some photos and entering some challenges.

I'd like to enter:
Lasting Memories use the word spring
Sketch n Scrap 
Layout Sketches due April 30th

Eggs - Not Just for Easter

Before I went to my scrapbooking retreat recently, I looked around at some challenge themes and sketches, so I could work on them over the weekend, I noticed that Lasting Memories  had a challenge coming up - use bunnies, chicks or eggs.  I've been meaning to scrap this photo of my son in a giant eggshell for a while - it wasn't taken at Easter, but in summer.

But now I have it ready to upload to Lasting Memories, I'm having doubts about whether it fits the challenge . Does 'use eggs' mean feature them on the layout or do I need to add extra eggs? ( And that's without the worry about whether one egg is enough!)

Anyway, I will link it up and hope for the best,

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Modern Teacups

And another request from my daughter. She's going out to afternoon tea for her friend's birthday and so she wanted a tea themed card ...but NOT with a vintage look.

I found a black and white digi of stacked cups on Polkadoodles Picknix cd1 and I turned it into a electronic cutting file, which I cut on the Silhouette, The background is a Hero Arts birthday text background, clear embossed and coloured with Distress ink. The sentiment is Waffle Flower.

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday  spring colours
Ooh La La  birthday
Seize the Birthday  birthday/ patterned papers

Friday, 14 April 2017

I Aint Lion

My daughter, well known for giving me last minute crafting challenges, actually gave me advance warning that she needed a baby boy card for her friend and it was made and given to her weeks ago.

THEN a few days ago she said to me 'They've called the baby Leo! Can you make a card with a lion on it?'

You can see I've done something a little experimental with shape on this card - not sure if it works - but if she doesn't like it she can always go to a shop and buy a card (gasp!).  Anyway, I stamped and white embossed the lion (Little Yellow Bicycle) and sentiment (Creative Expressions? ) and the stitch-like circle (49 and Market).

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4Guyz animals
Sisterhood of Crafters stamp it
4 Crafty Chicks  babies
Crafty Catz  animals
Creative With Stamps  baby

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Last Minute Birthday Card

Did I mention I was at a scrapbooking retreat last weekend?!?  Well, it turned out to be one woman's birthday and so I wanted to make a card at the last minute with the stuff I had with me. I made a background using Lindy's Stamp Gang gold stain and repeatedly stamping it with a Hampton border text stamp. Then I stamped the flowers (Impression Obsession) in red ink.  I made a black card base for it and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment.
I'd like to enter:
Use Your Stuff  flowers
That's Crafty  flowers
Unicorn petal power

Spring Card Kit Swap - Day 4

The fourth and final day of my card kit swap with Nonni and Pia. 

Today we are sharing the cards we made by mixing up the three kits.

For my first card (above)  I used the bunny from my kit, coloured with markers, The patterned paper was from Pia's kit and the speech bubble and enamel dots were from Nonni's kit.  I added sentiments by Creative Expressions.

I'd like to enter:
Creative with Stamps  baby
4 Crafty Chicks baby

The other day my grandson had hurt himself and was crying, so to distract him , I told him to choose himself an Easter card. This  was the one he chose without hesitation.

It could have almost been shown on day 2 because it's almost all Nonni's kit ( the eggs, the spotty paper, the speech bubble and the white embossed sentiment). But I added the washi tape from my own kit...I'm not sure if this will have survived the journey to Pia and Nonni !

I'd like to enter:
Double D Challenges  neons/ brights

Finally, I made the background for this card by spraying through a doily from my own kit. The resin butterfly ( which I coloured with gold wax and a green powder) and the branch are from Pia and the blossoms were punched from Nonni's paper. I added an Alte New sentiment and gold liquid pearl.

I'd like to enter:
Time Out  photo (below)

And I still have bits left over from the kits to play with!

This has been such a fun swap - Nonni and Pia are two amazing crafters and really lovely people to swap with and I hope you will go and see all their four Spring Card Swap posts.

Shouldn't have gone to....

Here's another layout I made last weekend. I had taken my grandson with me to collect my glasses and he started to clown around with a display pair.

I made the title using the Silhouette , using both fonts and print-and-cut.

I used this sketch for the challenge at Rochelle Spears :