Thursday 29 September 2016

Go Nuts

Here's an autumnal card using a squirrel and sentiment (Clearly Besotted), two pumpkins (Inky Doodles ) and some plant pots (Alte New). 

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Boots  autumn 
Cards4guyz autumn colours 
Crazy Challenge autumn 
Inky Chicks  animals 

Tuesday 27 September 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - # Selfie

This week at City Crafter , Kirsty wants us to include a selfie or the word 'selfie'.

For my DT project I used a photo that isn't the clearest photo, but that for me captures the feeling of being at a summer evening open-air rock concert.  Unfortunatley my title didn't photograph well either - it was cut on the Silhouette from floral paper and mounted on a silver outline - it says 'uplifted' - but I think it's hard to tell in the photo.

Our Guest Designer today is Mariken  so I hope you'll come over to City Crafter and see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own selfie themed project.

Monday 26 September 2016

Pink and Orange Party

I was lucky enough to win this stamp (part of an Art Impressions set) from Naughty or Nice challenges. I coloured it with alcohol markers, paper-pieced the dress and stamped the sentiments (Clearly Besotted) .

I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Inspirations :  party time
Come and Get It  one layer creations
Moving Along with the Times  birthday cake
Aloha Friday  birthday
A Gem of a Challenge  female birthday

Saturday 24 September 2016

Inkspirational Challenges - Glamour

This is my DT card for our new challenge at Inkspirational. 
I used a polymer stamp from A Day for Daisies - I know you can get this same image on a digital stamp but for a while she was selling stamp sets although I don't think she does anymore.  Then I just piled on the bling, feathers...anything I thought was glamorous!

Our Guest Designer this week is Joyce, so I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see what she, and the rest of the DT have made, and join in with your own glamorous project.

I'd like to enter:
Dragonfly Journeys  feathers
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
Alphabet Challenge  oval
Crafting When We Can  favourite medium (alcohol markers )

Tuesday 20 September 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Pencil Me In

I've chosen this week's challenge theme at City Crafter and it is:
Pencil Me In 
use a pencil either on or used to make your project. 
 I have only bought one coloured pencil - a white one - but I have a small selection of pencils that were all free with magazines and are a slightly strange range of colours. I've been trying to use them lately, to see if coloured pencils are something I want to invest in. 

My favourite way of colouring images is with markers, but these don't work on black card, so I thought I'd try coloured pencils for this. 

I white embossed the Penny Black dogs stamp and coloured it with the pencils. the small sentiment is by Avery Elle and I think the large sentiment is by Woodware.

Our Guest Designer this week is Gio, so I hope you'll come over to City Crafter, see what she and the rest of the DT have done , and enter your own pencil-themed project.

I'd like to enter:
Merry Monday  keep warm (santa hats)
That's Crafty  Christmas
Get Creative  embossing
Brown Sugar  balloons 

Saturday 17 September 2016

Guest Designer at Snarky Stampers

I'm honoured today to be Guest Designer at Snarky Stampers!  The theme is

Although it's not obligatory, I always enjoy the humour on many of the creations at Snarky Stampers. I thought I'd have a go at making a little pun/joke on my card - I do realise it's a bit lame!

Anyway,  I used 9 separate stamps here (2 different Clearly Besotted sets and the globe from Katzelcraft) , so had to mask like crazy. Of course this was not my first attempt! Actually on one of the discarded attempts I had stamped all but the girl in the middle and mucked it up with that final stamp. Maybe it's time to invest in a Misti! 

I hope you'll join me by entering into Snarky Stampers 'A is for Argggh' challenge . 

Thank you so much for inviting me to be GD.

I'd like to enter:
Stempelgarten  anything goes 
Ooh La La anything goes  

Thursday 15 September 2016

Christmas Card Kit Swap - White Christmas

Here's the final card from my card kit swap  with Nonni and Pia. 

I made a white-on-white card using a glittery foam die-cut snowflake, 3 small, white,shiny snowflakes and white textured paper - all from the kit. I added lace, pearls and the die-cut 'peace'.
I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash - no stamps
Sparkles Forum  lace and pearls
abc challenge pearls

Christmas Card Kit Swap - Sentimental Wreath

Here's the third card from my card kit swap  with Nonni and Pia. 

In the kit was a panel with stamped and embossed sentiments in several languages.  I cut this into a panel and coloured it with green Brushos. I added die-cut wreaths and dots of gold liquid Pearl. I mounted it onto the woodgrain paper from the kit.
I'd like to enter:
Mod Squad sentiment focal point

Christmas Card Kit Swap - Hessian Star

Here's the second card from my card kit swap  with Nonni and Pia. 

In the kit were lots of lovely papers that all seemed really good quality. Here I used the textured kraft and the hessian ( or burlap as it's also known) , which I die cut into a star.

I'd like to enter:
Crazy Challenge  burlap
Merry Monday  photo

Christmas Card Kit Swap - Christmas Angels

Here's the first card from my card kit swap  with Nonni and Pia. 

The items from the kit were the angels ( with a stamped post-it to mask them with) and the off-white woodgrain paper at the back. I made a moon with a circular mask and distress ink, coloured and glittered the angels and stamped the French sentiment.

I really love this stamp of Nonni's -  I also used it when I visited her in Finland - I must ask her which brand it is.

I'd like to enter:
Inky Chicks wings
Broken Fairy   wings
Sparkles Christmas  angels

Christmas Card Kit Swap # 1

Regular visitors to my blog may remember that I did a Card Kit Swap over three months with Pia and Nonni . Well, now we are doing a round of Christmas Card Kit swaps, and here's what Nonni sent us:

I'm going to blog each of my cards separately so I can link them to some challenges when I get back from work,so I hope you'll look at my other posts and go and visit Pia and Nonni and see what they did.

Tuesday 13 September 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Turning a New Leaf

This week at City Crafter, Stella  has challenged us to add a leaf or leaves. 

For my DT project I used a very old stamp by PSX (long gone I think ) , and embossed it using copper ep. Then I painted it with Twinkling H2Os so it shimmers in real life.  I stamped the poem - I believe it's all about the beauty of nature , so I thought it would go well. 

Our Guest Designer this week is Agnes so I hope you'll come over to City Crafter, see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own project. 

I'd like to enter:
Time Out  thanks Sandie
Just Add Ink  p for poetry
Simply Create fall colours 
Retro Rubber stamp is many years old. 

Saturday 10 September 2016

Inkspirational Challenge 117 - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to take inspiration from this photo:

For my DT card I used a tag stamp (magazine freebie from the past), bear (Wplus9), city (Kaisercraft). 'missing you' (Concord and 9th) and 'already' computer generated. I coloured with Promarkers.

I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see the work of our fabulous Guest Designer Linda and the rest of the DT , and enter your own project.

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  cute and cuddly
Penny Black and more add a sentiment
Country View Challenges travel
My Time to Craft stitching (faux, around tag)
Craft Stamper  anything goes

Friday 9 September 2016

Happy Birthday Yvonne

Happy Birthday to Yvonne, my lovely teammie at Inkspirational.  I hope this card has reached her, or will get there very soon.

As I made this a few weeks ago I can't remember exactly what I used! I used some kind of watercolours on the background - I used a Stampin Up layering flowers set and stamped them using the paints. I used either Brushos or Twinkling H20s or possibly both- Yvonne, if it shimmers, it's Twinkling H20s.!

The script stamp is an old unmounted, Brand unknown, and the fairy was an old magazine freebie. There are 3 sequins but they don't show up well in the photo. So, this is not a very illuminating description is it?!

Yvonne, I hope you have a lovely day.

I'd like to enter:
Use Your Stuff watercolour
Inky Chicks  fairies
Simon Says Stamp Monday  stamp

Tuesday 6 September 2016

City Crafter - Inspiration Photo

This week at City Crafter,  Kirsty has chosen this great inspirational photo:

For my DT card I used the stripes, flowers and some of the colours from the photo, using patterned papers and a fox stamp that is from a very old magazine freebie stamp set. 

This week, our Guest Designer is my dear friend Nonni , so I hope you will come over to City Crafter and see what she, and the rest of the DT have made, and join in with your own creation. 

I'd like to enter:
Retro Rubber  critters ( at least 3 years old - probably a lot more) 
Crafters Cafe two patterned papers 

Sunday 4 September 2016

Falalalala - Conquering Paper Mountain #12

Between Brusho backgrounds and 'lots of white space' , I've not been doing so well lately with reducing my paper mountain.  So here, I am trying to use up a Christmas paper pad by matting onto patterned paper and using it to paper-piece.

I know it's hard to see but I used the sketch at 52 CCT  in deciding how to stamp my carolling characters.  I think the bear is proudly singing loud and clear at the front, unaware he is drowning out his smaller companions! They are from a set by Avery Elle. The music stamp behind them is a very old one from Toybox. I sprayed the panel with green mist.

The sentiment (if you can call falalalala a sentiment!) was designed and cut on the Silhouette electronic die-cutter.

As well as 52CCT , I'd like to enter:
The Male Room music
Jingle Belles music
Crafting with Dragonflies  music

Friday 2 September 2016

Are you Looking at Me?

I don't often do CASE challenges, but this is the second I've entered this week!

My card is a CASE of Asa's great card at Happy Little Stampers :

I used the cat stamp from Katzelcraft, fish and bowl from Lawn Fawn and sentiments from Avery Elle.

As well as HLS, I'd like to enter:
Animal Friends animal with fur
Cardz4Guyz beginning with F - fish and fur