Saturday, 22 February 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Leap

We've got an extra day this year ...29th February our challenge at Inkspirational is 'Leap'.

For my DT card I used a leaping frog (MFT) , coloured with Promarkers. The clouds along the bottom are Avery Elle and the stars are Pink Fresh. I added a sentiment by Waffle Flower and some glitter drops. 

I'd like to enter:

Friday, 21 February 2020

What do we think of Tottenham?*

(* My son supports another team and this question is part of a chant...the answer is not complimentary!)

My partner's step-dad is 80 next week and my partner asked if I could make a card with a football theme - his favourite team is Tottenham Hotspur.

I designed and cut this box card on my Silhouette Cameo digital cutter. As a basis, I used a blank box card file by SVG cuts and added my own embellishments  - a football, the sentiment, numbers and the cock from the Spurs logo (I found the logo online and traced it in Silhouette Studio).

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Calendar
Aud Sentiments 
Creative Crafting Uncles 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Going Dutch

Have I mentioned that I like challenging challenges? !  I was browsing the challenge lists at Paper Playful the other day and spotted one I've not heard of before: Two Sisters on the Blog and their current challenge is 'Dutch'.

Now, Google kindly automatically translated the website into English for me, but I suspect the original language was Dutch, so this is pretty high risk, making a Dutch-themed card for a Dutch challenge...!

The jar of tulips, the circle with flower on it and the sentiment,  were all from the same set. I tried to make the circle look like a window and, by the power of masking, put an MFT windmill outside.  I added very light brickwork stencilling and coloured everything with Promarkers.

As well as Two Sisters on the Blog, I'd also like to enter:
Sparkles Forum 
Alphabet Challenge 
Addicted to Stamps
I Love Promarkers 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

The Library Challenge - Elmer

The new challenge at The Library is Elmer by David McKee.

Elmer By David McKee

The first time I saw the patterned paper I used on my shaped elephant card, I thought of Elmer, a book that I'd first come across when teaching English to parents in schools. When I tell you that the paper is by Basic Grey (who closed down several years ago) you'll realise I've been waiting to use it for some time! 

Anyway, for this card, I used an electronic cutting file on the Silhouette. I popped up half of the ear to give it dimension and I made an eye out of a punch and a black enamel dot. 

I'd like to enter this card into: 
Inspired by  a fortuitous coincidence that their challenge is patchwork 

My second card is somewhat less colourful. It's a belated birthday card, using an elephant by Aal and Create and words and texture stamps from other companies. 

I'd like to enter: 

Friday, 14 February 2020

Valentine Birthday

Just popping in to share this box card I made for my daughter whose birthday it is today- Valentine's Day.

I used a Silhouette e-cutter cutting file by Lori Whitlock - it's really a Valentine project but I made it birthday by choice of colours and papers, and by cutting a birthday sentiment.

Must dash, as she's on her way over here now...!

I'd like to enter:
Die Cut Divas 
Make My Monday 
Double D 
AAA Birthday 

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Triple Reindeer

Here's a one-layer card using two stamp sets - one had the stitch-effect circles (49 and Market) , the other the reindeer and sentiment (Unknown). I coloured with Promarkers and added some white liquid enamel drops,

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Belles 
Winter Wonderland


Hello from stormy Hertford, England, where I'm trying to blog between powercuts!

Here I stamped a Kanban image in brown ink on a tag, and sponged with Distress Ink. I layered it onto some dark brown card and embellished ...I haven't done this level of embellishing for a long time!

I'd like to enter:
Try it on Tuesday 
Sweet Stampin 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - LOVE Photo

Our new challenge at Inskpirational  is to be inspired by the photo below.

For my DT project I was inspired by the big letters and made a 'love train' using an SVG cutting file on my Silhouette cutting machine. 

I'd like to enter:
Cut it Up Challenges 
International Art and Soul  Love Train by the OJays 

Sunday, 2 February 2020

The Library Challenge - Groggle's Monster Valentine

The new challenge at The Library has been chosen by Visiting Librarian Michelle, (aka I Card Everyone)  and it's Groggle's Monster Valentine by Diana Murray and Bats Langley. This book is new to me but it's about a monster who makes a card so lots of ideas - monsters, crafting, Valentine's...

For my card I used five different sets of stamps, from different manufacturers:I stamped the monster (Concord and 9th), masked him and put a tube of paint (Waffle Flower) in his hand. I stamped the heart (brand unknown), the splatters (Visible Image)  and the sentiment (Stampin Up). I coloured with Promarkers and added washi tape.  

I'd like to enter:
Country View  splatters, drips
Time Out 

Monday, 27 January 2020

Library Reminder - Romeo and Juliet

Time for a reminder at The Library . The book is Romeo and Juliet and a famous quote from it is 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'.

I used a very old unmounted stamp, origin unknown, which I love because it's a very classic roses look.  I stamped on pink in several shades of grey and pink - yes, I know it's subtle! - and added an Alte New sentiment. Then I mounted it onto grey card.

You can enter the challenge here. 
Image result for romeo and juliet book cover
I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  books

Sunday, 26 January 2020


My youngest child hits his teens today so from now on I can just put my feet up and relax. (Haha, just joking!) 

I've just been wrapping his presents before he gets up. I thought I had a suitable roll of wrapping paper in the stair cupboard but it seems to have vanished. So one of his gifts is wrapped in pink hearts and the other in snowflakes on kraft (or 'winter birthday' as we say in the crafting world!) 

Anyway, my card.... I used the Silhouette digital cutting machine. I used a purchased sports shirt cutting file and, using the Silhouette Studio software, I made it into a pop-up design. The colours are a vague nod to his favourite team, Arsenal. Then I designed and cut the sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:
Tuesday Throwdown layered die-cuts 

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Polar Caroler

Here's a Christmas card I made to join in a few challenges..

The polar bear  is by Avery Elle , the houses Studio Light and I coloured with Promarkers, Distress ink and white gel pen.

Shopping Our Stash - Winter Blues
The Male Room  It's snowing
Addicted to Stamps  holiday
Animal Friends  polar bear

Inkspirational Challenges - Glitz a Strip

Our new challenge at Inskpirational has been chosen by Marlena, and it's Glitz a strip - to add something glittery to a strip or small area of your work. 

My glittery strip is cut from glitter card and I added flowers, foliage and a sentiment. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Library Challenge - Romeo and Juliet

The new challenge at The Library  is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. 

Image result for romeo and juliet book cover

My nephew got engaged recently so I made him a card using the Romeo and Juliet stamps in Waffle Flower's Ciao set, coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiments are Happy Little Stampers. 

I'd like to enter:
Allsorts more than a single word 

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Two with a Heart Balloon

Here are two cards I made, using my new Clearly Besotted heart-shaped balloon stamps, to enter some challenges.

Firstly, of course, I'm entering the Twofer challenge , where we have to use a heart.

Here I made a one-layer card. I stamped the balloon , masked it and stamped the background (a different Clearly Besotted set). Then I coloured with Promarkers, masked everything and lightly added the blue ink. The sentiment is Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
Perfectly CAS
Always Fun  cas
Krafty Chicks  cas

For this card I used a new zebra stamp from My Favorite Things with two stamps from the CB balloon set, and a stray sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Just Add Ink 
Double D 
Passion for Promarkers  animals

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Library Reminder- Where the Red Fern Grows.

Time for a reminder at The Library. 
How's this for a literal interpretation of the challenge - 'Where the Red Fern Grows'? !
I had some stuff on my desk and noticed that some foliage in a Fiskars stamp set looked quite fern-like. So I stamped it in red ink! Also randomly on my desk was this puppy, already stamped and cut-out and ready for colouring, (It's from MFT). As the book is about dogs, I thought I'd combine it with the ferns and add a sentiment.

You can enter the challenge here.