Tuesday, 14 July 2020

A Little Wish

I love colour challenges, but I hate them too. Did I get the colours right? It's so hard to tell, when looking at colours on a screen and in your stash.

Here I am attempting to  replicate Less Is More's 'fuchsia, yellow and grey'... I used Promarkers to colour but I didn't have one labelled fuchsia so I mixed hot pink and maroon....

The digi I used here was one I won from Gerda Steiner and the sentiment is a MFT stamp (I think) .

As well as Less is More, I'd like to enter:
Stinkin Inkers  I see spots
Passion for Promarkers animal antics
INTAAS tiny things (mouse)

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Snowman with Gold

Here's one for the Christmas card stash. Me and this snowman stamp have been together many years now, but I still like to think of different ways to use him.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart 
Krafty Chicks 
Christmas Craft Creations 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Painting or Colouring

At Inkspirational, our new challenge (chosen by Shauna) is to use paints, pencils or markers to paint or colour - a nice easy one, I think! 
For my DT card I used a free Stamplorations digi and coloured it with Promarkers. I added an Avery Elle sentiment and some sugary shimmer on the donuts. I'm going to send this to my daughter - sunflowers are her favourite flower and she loves coffee ...so much cheaper and easier to send than the real thing! 

I'd like to enter:
Promarker Challenge  use orange 

Sunday, 5 July 2020

The Library Challenge - Crimes Against a Book Club

The new book at The Library , is Crimes Against a Book Club  by Kathy Cooperman. 

I read this book when it first came out...I think it was one of Amazon's free books for subscribers ... and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I also love the cover. 

For my card, I used an image of a reading racoon from an MFT set, coloured with Promarkers, and added an embossed sentiment and stripy paper.

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  sunshine colours 
NBUS  first time out for this new release from MFT

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Red, White, Blue

shimmer shot 
Happy Independence Day to all you American crafters out there. 
I made a card that has red,white,blue, stars and stripes...but has no connection to any flag. 
I'd like to enter:
Jingle Belles stars/ stripes
Cardz 4 Guyz red, white,blue 

Friday, 3 July 2020

Not Black and White

Whilst I do love the classic black and white zebra stripes, I thought these MFT zebras might like a revamp with shades of aqua, green and blue.

The 'zebra crossing' at the bottom was made using Claudine Helmuth stamps, and the sentiment is Stampin' Up.

I'd use this card if someone was leaving my workplace or moving house away from my area.

I'd like to enter:
Handstamped Sentiments 
As You Like It I choose jungle, as that's where you'll find the dramatic animal prints
Krafty Chicks 

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Frantage Feeding Frenzy

I had these birch trees , stencilled with texture paste, sitting on my desk for a few days and decided to use them with this Mo's Digital Pencil image - the three little birds on the ground come separately.  I decided to use (trumpet fanfare) Frantage for some snow on the ground - I thought the dark bits could be bird seed but if so, that's an awful lot of bird seed! The sentiment is by Concord and 9th, 

I'd like to enter:
Make My Monday  stencil 
ABC Christmas o for over the top 


Monday, 29 June 2020

Library Reminder - The Moon-Spinners

I made another card for the challenge at The Library . I used a Impression Obsession (I think) stamp and left it uncoloured (apart from some shimmer on the moon, and coloured the sea and sky with Promarkers 

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Pot Plants

Just dashing off to link up at The Spot , as the challenge is about to close....

Okay, I'm back. I made this card to fit a few challenges (including the colour one at The Spot ) but it took longer than I'd expected due to a booboo meaning I had to remake it ( details later) and then I had visitors...

So, I die-cut a kraft panel ( similar colour for crumbcake in The Spot) and stamped potplants by Hero Arts, one masked off so I could stand it partly behind. Then I coloured them with pencils in colours which I hope match pera pizzazz and Razzleberry (the pots) . Then I thought I should re-stamp the images, because my inexpert colouring had blurred the lines - but I forgot to mask the front plant again...doh! So I'd stamped the second image overlapping the first and had to start again when my visitor's had left.

I'd also like to enter:
Just Add Ink 
My Time to Craft colouring on kraft

My Time To Craft!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Sketch

At Inkspirational, our new challenge is to be inspired by the word 'sketch'. You can use a layout sketch of your own or use some other meaning, which is what I did.

Drawing is not a skill I'd list on my CV (🙂) but , following a You-tube tutorial I managed to sketch these flowers onto paper I'd painted with twinkling watercolours. I cut them out and put them in a die-cut jar, which I'd coloured by sponging it with ink. I stamped a circle and the sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Seize the Birthday 
International Art and Soul  blue

Friday, 26 June 2020

Inspired Tropical Flowers

I had to enter the last challenge of the year at Addicted to Stamps - not only is there a beautiful moodboard but also because , as someone who regularly enters all Kylie's challenges, I'm really going to miss them.  She promises they'll be back in January - they better be or I'll hunt you down.

Threats aside, here I used some Avery Elle Birds of Paradise stamps , a Marianne sentiment and a little dot stamp from some other set. I put a scrap of aqua card behind, embossed with a Spellbinders embossing folder. It's mounted on a navy blue base but I know it looks black in the photo!

I'd also like to enter this into Festive Friday - my items from the inspiration list are cas, birthday and floral.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Your Inner Flamingo

Here's a birthday card I made more my friend. The image is a Sassy Cheryl digi that I've had for a very long time and I coloured it with Promarkers and paper-pieced it using Echo Park paper. The sentiment is from a MFT flamingo set and I used two other stamps from that set to stamp the inside - which I don't do often enough!

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday 
Use your Stuff  girly
My Time to Craft summertime
Bastel Traum 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

The Library Challenge - The Moon-Spinners

Shimmer Shot

The new book at The Library , was chosen by Visiting Librarian, Heather, and here it is:

I've not heard of this book before but , apparently, the writer is very famous and the book was made into a film. 

I had a 'messy play' day yesterday, making a mixed media card, inspired by the word 'moon' in the title. I used.... gesso, texture paste, spray inks/ mists, acrylic paint, gilding polish, shimmer pen, Distress Ink pad, a star stencil and a homemade mask (for the moon) . ..oh yes, also the sentiment ios a Pink Fresh stamp, embossed in silver. What a lot of stuff!

I'd like to enter:
We Love to Create
Stamplorations Stencil Challenge used a star stencil and a home-made mask / stencil for the moon 

Winner's Badge

Circles Twofer

The Twofer Challenge theme this month is circles , so I decided to make some cards and combine them with other challenges.

The stamp I used was a very old wood-backed stamp by Hero Arts. As I'm writing this I'm starting to query my choice of stamp - are they circles or spots? Is a spot a circle? It's circular! Once again, I agonise over my eligibility to enter challenges that I've made cards specifically for! (See more later , for the tree card!)

My first stamp has a bubble tea theme, using Mama Elephant stamps.  As I used solid and outline stamps , I am entering Less is More , and also linking up at Addicted to Stamps.  Also just seen Color My Heart Dare - will enter that too.

So now I come to my next bout of agonising over suitability.... I chose the colours of my second card to enter Just Us Girls (turquoise, kraft and white) but in the photo the glitter card looks more blue than turquoise! Honestly, it's more turquoise in real life, albeit a darker turquoise than some of the DT cards.

Anyway, for this card , I turned the circle stamp the other way and stamped and embossed it multiple times. The tree is a cutting file, cut on the Silhouette and the sentiment is Stampin Up.

I'd also like to enter this into Fezziwigs Festive Frolics  (photo below) and Christmas Craft Creations. 
80+ DIY Christmas Decorations - Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Triangulations and Celebrations

I made this card to enter a few challenges . The bear is by Knorr Prandell, the sentiments are Avery Elle and the triangles are Stamp Addicts.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Cas 
Papercraft Challenges geometric
Less is More
Krafty Chicks   cas

Mice on Ice

Here's a shaped card I designed and cut on my Silhouette digital cutter - I know the front looks longer than the back but that's just an optical illusion!  The mice and 'happy' are by Lawn Fawn. The word 'christmas' is from some other set. I think it's obvious these stamps will be used for Christmas cards so I don't know why the word 'christmas' wasn't included - I'd be happy for stamp companies to be less creative with sentiments in their sets and just provide lots of options for 'happy birthday' and 'merry Christmas'. 

I'd like to enter:
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