Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Popcorn Party

I rented 'Beauty and the Beast' from Amazon , bought a cheap popcorn maker, cut some popcorn boxes on the Silhouette and told the kids we were having a movie night.

I got the kids to decorate their popcorn boxes, and of course, had to do one too.

I used 'Band Camp' set from Avery Elle, a Tim Holtz stencil and the bunting is Happy Little Stampers.

Actually, movie night didn't quite go to plan..... when we tried to play the film we discovered the Smart Hub on our TV is broken. So they had to gather round the computer to watch the film! There was one desk chair and two armchairs that we pulled over to the PC, but the armchairs were so low that the children had to stand on them to see the screen. And we had wasted so much time trying to get the TV to work that I didn't have time to sit and watch the movie anyway!

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Catz party time
All Sorts  fancy folds
Making Memories anything but square

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Something Beginning with S.

I chose this week's theme at City Crafter  - feature something beginning with S on your project.

So here are...safari, sunset, Serengeti, sentiment, splashes (of water), silhouettes and stamping .

The silhouettes area Silhouette cutting file and the sentiment is MFT. The background was made with Distress Inks.

I hope you'll come over to City Crafter, see what the rest of the DT have made, and join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Try it on Tuesday  let it shine 
Time Out  shine / sunbeams 
Ooh La La  landscapes 

Monday, 24 July 2017


This ATC was inspired by a picture on the Double D Challenge mood board - can you see which one?

The cat is Hero Arts, the watering can and sentiments are Alte New and the flowers are Penny Black.

I'd also like to enter the ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Go Surfin'

Okay, it's got the 'white stuff' but has it got enough white space? Oooh it's my cas dilemna all over again! I made this card for a few challenges , one of which is a cas challenge, so I hope it is appropriate.

The sea, sand and surf board were cut on the Silhouette . I coloured them with ink and stencilled and embossed spots onto the surfboard. The sunbeams were made with a stencil and embossing powder. I cut the sentiment on the Silhouette and coloured it with ink - it was actually the same colour ink as the sea , so I don't know why it looks a different colour!

I'd like to enter:
Less is More  no stamps (nearly failed at the last moment and stamped a sentiment...but managed to realise in time!)
Curtain Call surf's up
Time Out sunbeams
Come and Get it  summertime

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Peace and Love

I bought the MFT Deer Friends set when it was first released and since then I've been totally stumped as to how to use it!  I've had a few attempts at using it but always dumped the results. So I was thinking of getting rid of the set.

I often have Youtube on in the background while I craft and I noticed that the designers demoing MFT 's releases tend to use a lot of dies with the stamps. I have a Silhouette so I very rarely buy dies but I decided to look through my cutting files and see if anything sparked.

This set - a frame, a banner and a flower (which I didn't use) were, I think, a free set from Silhouette. I stamped the deer and sentiment (Hero Arts)  in dark brown ink . I cut the frame out of glitter card and made a background using Distress Oxide ink and pearl water,  Then I added snowfall acetate behind the frame.

I'd like to enter:
Cut it Up  Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks blue Christmas
Happy Little Stampers  Christmas  die cuts
Tic Tac Toe Challenge  acetate, critter, die-cut

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Balloon Ride

Here I used a digi by A Day for Daisies and I cropped it so you can just see part of the balloon. I coloured with markers and paper-pieced the balloon.

I stencilled the clouds using a cloud edges stencil I cut on the Silhouette. (I copied the idea from MFT!)

The sentiment is by Waffle Flower and I stuck it all on a cream coloured base.

I'd like to enter:
Stempelgarten  anything that can fly
Fab n Funky patterned paper
Always Fun  paper- piecing
Make My Monday  travel

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Found it!

I stamped and die-cut this Lil' Inker rabbit last week, to make this card , but then I lost it. After looking for it for a few days, I gave up and made another one. So, of course, the original bunny turned up eventually, and so I've made him into a Christmas card. 

The trees are Neat and Tangled and the sentiment is Hero Arts. I added a flurry of Frantage and some clear gems. 
glitter shot 

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4Guyz Christmas 
Crafty Gals Corner  Christmas 
Little Red Wagon Christmas 
Watercooler   masculine 
Addicted to Stamps  anything goes

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Swinging Penguin

Last night we had a fantastic thunderstorm that went on for hours and as I couldn't sleep, I decided to make a card combining a few challenges.

The swinging penguin is a digi from Whimsy stamps (coloured with alcohol markers)  and I created the NOEL digitally.  There is lots of clear glitter on the lights, streamers and letters but of course it doesn't show in the photo.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  light bulb
Winter Wonderland  penguins
Cupcake Inspirations black, yellow, white
Use Your Stuff  colour splash
Sweet Stampin Christmas

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Kraft Crafting

This week at City Crafter  Kirsty wants us to use kraft as our base.

For my DT card I stamped a My Favourite Things leopard and coloured it with pencils.

The two sentiments are from other sets by Avery Elle and W plus 9 . I do love MFT stamps but I often don't find the included sentiments very useful - they seem a bit too punny for most occasions and some of them don't seem to cross the Atlantic very well. For me, they could just include a 'happy birthday' and a 'thank you' in each set and I'd be happy.

I cut a wavy line through my kraft card and put yellow card behind and added some faux stitches.

Please come over to CCCB and see what the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own kraft crafted creation.

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Rabbit Birthday

Another Lil' Inker stamp - I like that they're cute and slightly quirky. I've used part of a sheet of 12x 12  double-sided scrapbooking paper by Pinkfresh Studio. I like that it is thick enough to make the card base. The embossed sentiment is Waffle Flower and I coloured the rabbit with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:
Come and Get it  two or more dp - I hope this qualifies as it is two patterns , although they are actually two sides of one paper.
Crafty Animals  anything goes
Stamp Ink Paper tictactoe  Green, pink and embossing

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Birthday for Christmas

I knew I would enter the challenge at Just Add Ink as soon as I saw it. The challenge is to use birthday stamps and make a Christmas card. After a quick shuffle through some stamp sets  I realised that the perfect set had just popped through my letterbox - this brand new Pure Innocence stamp from My Favorite Things.

To make it look Christmassy, I stamped and masked the little holly stamp (a magazine freebie) and stamped the girl over the top, so the holly sat on top of the cake. I went for traditional Christmas red and green, added a strip of patterned paper , a Hero Arts sentiment, glitter pen on the dress and some red gems.

As well as Just Add Ink, I'd like to enter :
ABC Christmas Challenge  new (the stamp)
Aud Sentiments  Christmas
Casual Fridays  Christmas

Thanks for the Honourable Mention at Just Add Ink . 

Inkspirational Challenge - Designer's Choice Sketch

I don't often use card sketches, but I enjoyed using this sketch chosen by Shauna.

For my DT card I used a Lil Inker set (cat images and sentiment), a stitched-style circle by 49 and Market and a musical note by Clearly Besotted.  I particularly like the cat who's having a mug of tea at the party! 

Our Guest Designer is Izzy  and I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational  to see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and use our sketch for your own creation.

I'd like to enter:
Watercooler Challenge  birthdays
Creative with Stamps  celebrate

Friday, 14 July 2017


Earlier in the week I was worrying about whether a card I'd made was CAS enough for a CAS challenge.  I am sure that this is CAS!

A few days ago I was playing with making backgrounds using Distress Ink , water and an acrylic block. This is one I made then. I used two seagull stamps from Crafty Individuals. These are the little stamps from a set with some lovely bigger stamps but I've used these seagulls far more than the showstoppers in the set.

I'd like to enter:
Happy Little Stampers watercolour   blue
Shopping Our Stash  cas
Addicted to CAS  summer
Through the Purple Haze  wings
Little Red Wagon  thanks

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

After Snowfall

I noticed a few challenges for one -layer cards - a collaboration between Less is More and AAA Cards, and also Tuesday Throwdown .

This is a re-mix of a spring card I made a while ago. I used the same stamps by Papermania and Clarity (the sentiment here is by Hero Arts) but stamped in greens on white cs.  Here I imagined the same scene but after a heavy fall of snow.  For finishing touches I added some gems and went along the edges with a thin line of silver.

Trouble is, even though I made this card specifically for some cas challenges, I don't really know whether it's cas enough! Is there enough green space? Genres make me nervous!

Snow-Splattered Trees

I'm having a day off work today! It's time-off-in-lieu for extra hours worked on open evenings. My son's at school , so crafting is top of my to-do list.

Here I used Paper Smooches tree stamp and a Hero Arts sentiment.  I used two shades of green Brushos, pearl-gold  watercolour paint (actually doesn't look very gold) white spray mist (splattered on with a paint brush as my nozzle is blocked , as most of them are) and glittery enamel dots.

I'd like to enter:
My Time to Craft Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage  Christmas
Shopping Our Stash  cas

Pro-Am Showdown #9 - City Zoo

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.

This is the card I am using as inspiration:
the commerically produced card
This was a card sent to my son, and judging by how long I've kept it, I must really love this card - the senders kindly dated it - 2009 - my son's 2nd birthday!

For my card, I used five animal stamps from My Favorite Things Sweet Safari, masked, coloured with Promarkers and with a Distress Ink background. I think the sentiment is Hero Arts. The zoo sign is a Silhouette cutting file.

I'd like to enter:
Through the Purple Haze  spots and stripes (spots - giraffe, stripes - zebra)
Crazy Challenge  animals
Use Your Stuff all creatures great and small
A Gem of A Challenge  animals

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

City Crafter - Two Colours Only

I really love seeing simple colour combos, so I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter- Two Colours Only.

For my DT card I used a very old stamp from Stampington and a script stamp (Indigo Blu?) . My two colours are navy and minty green. I distressed the edges of my central panel and I dry embossed the navy panel and the base card.

This week we welcome a new DT member, Lucille , and I hope you will come over to the City Crafter blog, see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and enter our challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Penny Black and More for the boys 

Sunday, 9 July 2017


I copied Jennifer Maguire by rubbing distress inks onto an acrylic block , squirting with water and stamping with it.

I stamped butterflies (Papermania) and a sentiment. Then I did loads of gold paint flicking. (Not sure it shows up well in photo but it catches the light in real life). I mounted this onto an embossed card base.

I'd like to enter:

Alphabet Challenge insects
Country View  wings
Cardz4Galz butterflies
That's Crafty anything goes 


Some challenges are more challenging than others, aren't they? Compare, for example, 'anything goes'  against a challenge that says 'use some wool'. When I first saw the wool challenge at Crafter's Cafe, I didn't think I'd enter, but something must have been brewing in my brain because, doing a bit of early Sunday morning crafting, I decided to give it a try.

I used a Pure Innocence image , coloured with Promarkers, some wool found languishing in a box (all tangled up with rarely-used ribbon etc) and some pompoms (same box!) . The sentiment stamps are by Avery Elle.

Top tip - if you're going to use a stamping tool to place your sentiment, do it before attaching bulky pompoms- doh!

Finally, I added buttons - I just thought they'd go with the knitting theme and also to join in the challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

I'd also like to join in the little girls and boys challenge at Fab n Funky .


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Thanks with Flowers

I tried something different here (well, different for me).

I stamped 'thanks' (Waffle Flower) , then stamped round it with flowers from Penny Black 'Flower Medley'. Then I added colour by inking with Distress Oxide Ink through a Prima bricks stencil.

Then I realised that I had dulled the 'thanks' by getting the ink on it (should have clear embossed it!) , so I went over it with a black marker, which I also used to create a thin border. Finally, I added black enamel hearts.

I'd like to enter:
4 Crafty Chicks  stamping, no digis
Penny Black Saturday Challenge flowers (all the flower stamps are PB)
Stamping Sensations  flowers

Blue Flowers

I made this card last week, playing around with my new Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamps. These are layering stamps and also needed lots of masking to make a bunch.  The girl is a stamped and embossed image sent to me by my lovely teamie Shauna - it was included in my birthday card , which used the same image. There were also some die-cuts which I will use another time. Anyway, I coloured her with Zig markers.

I'd like to enter:
Watercooler feminine
Paper Craft Happy  anything goes with a girl