Tuesday, 19 September 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Apples Everywhere

Our new challenge at City Crafter  is Apples Everywhere.

My DT card is very deep and meaningful! 'Happiness', represented by sunshine and apples, has been trapped in a bell jar so that it can be presented to you!

On a single layer card, I stamped and embossed the bell jar (Flora and Fauna) and the apples (Clearly Besotted) and coloured the apples with Zig Clean Colour markers. I masked the outside of the jar and  stamped the sun (Lawn Fawn)in orange. I added shadows with a grey marker and stamped the sentiment (Hampton).

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 

I'd like to enter
The Paper Players  cas harvest 
The Male Room  masking 
Shopping Our Stash  apples
CAS on Friday  apples coloured with markers

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

City Crafter - I Know What You Did Last Summer

I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter - 'I know what you did last summer' - show us something you  did over the summer.

For my DT project I made a layout using a photo of my son and grandsons in the paddling pool in my daughter's garden.  I used a sketch from Stuck Sketches .

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hedgehog Surprise

Here's a one-layer-card I made for some challenges (and because I never have enough birthday cards!).

The hedgehog is by Penny Black , the torn hole stamp is Woodware and the sentiment is Sarah Hurley. I coloured with markers and added glitter pen to the hat.

I'd like to enter:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  one layer card
Cupcake Inspirations  colour - hope it's okay to add the brown for the hedgehog.
Unicorn Challenge  birthday
Alphabet Challenge  make your mark
Cards in Envy  cheers to you

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Fidget Spinner

I've been meaning to use this photo ( a selfie taken by my son and posted on Instagram) in a layout. This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is 'On Trend', so this seemed a good time to do it. Are Fidget Spinners a big craze everywhere or just in our area? They have been banned from schools. My journalling reads'Fidget Spinners 2017. Loved by kids. Despised by teachers.'

For my layout I found an image of a Fidget Spinner online and traced and cut it with my Silhouette. 

The other thing that I think is quite trendy is the faceted letters - generally the faceted look of gems etc.  These ones are Thickers and I coloured them to co-ordinate with my paper (We R Memory Keepers).

As well as Shopping Our Stash, I'd also like to enter Craft Rocket , something beginning with F (Fidget Spinner).

Happy Birthday Yvonne

Happy Birthday to my dear Inkspirational team-mate Yvonne. 

This is the card I have sent to her - it's flying from England to the US, so I'm not sure if she'll have received it yet.

I made this card on the same day I made my card for our new Inkspirational challenge, and using the same stencil. This time I made a background with Brushos and stencilled with gold paint. The sentiments are Altenew and Waffle Flower.

I hope you have a great day Yvonne.

Inkspirational Challenges - Photo

This fortnight at Inkspirational , we have this photo to inspire us:

I think you can see how my project was influenced by the photo!  First, I found an image of a ballerina online and made it into a stencil. I attached the inside part (mask) to the middle of the paper and built up a layer of texture paste around it. When it was dry I stamped it with a music stamp. Then I covered the texture paste with the stencil and sprayed the ballerine with black spray mist and added gold watercolour splatters. 

I hope you'll join in our challenge, but not until you've come over to the Inkspirational blog and seen the work of our wonderful Guest Designer , Karren, and the rest of the DT.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon - make background
Just Add Ink  d for dancer
Card Mania  shabby chic
Watercooler Challenges  feminine

Friday, 8 September 2017

Using My Prize

glitter shot

Recently, I was delighted to be the lucky winner of a fabulous £50 prize to spend at Paper Artsy All I did was enter their challenge - no skill needed - I was just lucky enough to be 'pulled out the hat'.

My prize was waiting for me when I got home from work today. So here I made a one-layer-card using stamps from both the sets I chose.  The tag is from one set and the three different baubles plus 'joy' sentiment, are from another. 

I used the colour scheme from Stamp Ink Paper  - honestly, that blue colour is much more of a green-aqua in real life. 

I'd also like to enter:

ABC Christmas  trio -of baubles 
Double D  glitter 


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Pick One

This week, at City Crafter , Kirsty wants us to pick one of these backgrounds:

For my DT card I created a watercolour panel and stamped and die-cut a leaopard by My Favorite Things , which I coloured with Promakers. No sentiment yet, so I can add one later , depending on the occasion. 

I hope you'll create one of these colourful backgrounds and join in our challenge - but not until after you've checked out the lovely creations from the rest of the Design Team.  

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pro-Am Showdown #12 - On the Slopes

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.

I'm going to have to step up a few notches if I'm going to meet my target of 24 over the year!

Anyway, this is the card I am using as inspiration:
the commercially-produced card that inspired me

For my amateur version I made a snowslope with some torn paper, attached it to a panel of grey card and stamped the animals in the sledge (Avery Elle) over the top. I paper-pieced the sledge, coloured the animals with alcohol markers and added some white and gold gel pens. The sentiment is from a different Avery Elle set. 

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Belles  the sentiment and sledge reminds me of the song 'Jingle Bells', although there's not even one horse pulling this vehicle. 
Shopping Our Stash  I love all the seasons tbh, but I love to make wintery Christmas cards all year long. 
Penny Black and More  get ready for Christmas 
Sparkles Christmas  animals 
Addicted to Stamps  Christmas 

Stripes and Leaf

Here's a one-layer-card that I made to enter some challenges.

The stripes stamp is Hero Arts, the leaf is Stampin Up and the sentiment is Hampton Art.

I'd like to enter:
Time Out  case-ing Bev''s beautiful card (below)
Less is More  royal blue and lime green
Eclectic Ellapu  nature
Give a Crafter a Cookie  photo- the stripes  combined with nature and words

Bev's inspirational card 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Back to School

My youngest child is entering his final year at primary next week and here's a not-too-complicated 'back to school' card for him.

The animal is by Mama Elephant - tbh I'm not really sure what kind of animal it's supposed to be. A mouse? I went for grey hoping that , if it's not a mouse, using a neutral couldn't be too far wrong (it's not a parrot, at least!).

The sentiment is by Hunkydory and the paper is  from Cosmo Cricket.

I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Inspirations  back to school
Use your Stuff  back to school
Always Fun   back to school
The Male Room  school colours - my son's school uniform is green sweater, white polo shirt and grey or black trousers.

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Birthday Cake

This was stamping-fun to make!

The cake is a stamp from Flora and Fauna - I think this brand has a playful look that makes me want to do something different.  The dotted circle is Hero Arts, the arrow with the word 'today' is kaisercraft and the bunting is Happy Little Stampers.

I'd like to enter:
Crafting with Dragonflies  birthday card with cake
Aloha Friday birthday 
Crafty Friends  birthdays
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
Brown Sugar  try something new (first time I've used this Flora and Fauna set.)

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Monotone Colouring

This week, at City Crafter , Lucille is asking us to use monotone colours.

Here I used a Hunkydory stamp set. I masked the lid and then the paintpot and stamped the brushstroke behind. When I took my mask off the ink had slightly seeped onto the paintpot image. I decided that, instead of doing it again (after all, this wasn't my first attempt! Several other things had gone wrong previously!) - I would go with the grunge , and stamp some  splatters(Visible Image).

I hope to see you join us at City Crafter.

I'd like to enter:
CAS on Friday one layer 
AAA masking 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Oooh Mixed Media!

I always feel quite artsy when I attempt a canvas!

Yesterday I had the house to myself, so I got out a small canvas, put on my pinny and clicked to Lynne Mizera's  tutorial.

But immediately, a problem..... step one uses paper towels and I don't have any! Then I remembered a pack of tissue paper I'd bought from a Paper Artsy stand at a show and then forgotten what I'd intended to use it for. I inked this up with Distress Oxide Inks and water and used it for my base layer. I think it gives a chalkier effect.

As well as the Distress Oxide inks, I used stamps from two different Paper Artsy sets, book paper, Distress spray, acrylic paint, gold watercolour splatters, a homecut stencil and some Nuvo crystal drops.

I'd like to enter:
Paper Artsy   hybrid inks
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media  tissue paper
Try it On Tuesday in my garden

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

New Job with Coffee

This is a new job card for my daughter . (It's a bit late actually, she started last week!)

Not sure what coffee has got to do with a new job, really, but she's frequently swanning around with one of these kind of cups in her hand.

The coffee cup is a Verve digital stamp - I got it free, I think, not sure where,  I printed it onto cream linen cardstock and cut it out. I printed it again on big square of double-sided-adhesive, cut out the hearts and added glitter. Sticking the hearts onto the image was a nightmare tbh! I created and cut the 'good luck' on the Silhouette and the 'new job' on the lid was made from alphabet rub-ons. (Nervewracking!) The patterned paper is Basic Grey.

I'd like to enter:
Use your Stuff new beginnings
Just Add Ink  photo
Little Red Wagon  drinks
Creative Craft Cottage  sparkly

Cheers with chevron

I'm ridiculously pleased with the chevron (Lawn Fawn)  I stamped here , using lilac ink and then white.

The other stamps are by Stamping Bella and I coloured the woman with Promarkers. I cut the speech bubble on the Silhouette.

I'd like to enter:
Dragonfly Journeys  chevron chic
Little Red Wagon  drink
Cards in Envy  speech bubble

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Inkspirational - Oldie But Goodie

At Inkspirational , Nonni has chosen the challenge - oldie but goodie.

This stamp is from a Non-Sequiter unmounted rubber plate - I got quite a few of these in my early stamping days and they were quite an extravagance for me at the time.

Here I heat-embossed the image in white on vellum and then embossed parts of the woman's outfit, using a Pergamano tool. I also created a perforated frame around the image using a wheel-thingy.(!)

I hope you'll join in our challenge, but not until you've been to our blog to see the wonderful creations of the DT, and our fabulous GD, Shirley . 

I'd like to enter:
Double D  all white
Christmas Card Throwdown embossed - 3 kinds of embossing here!
Winter Wonderland  embossing
Watercooler  Christmas
Tuesday Throwdown add metal - brads