Tuesday 31 July 2018

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Christmas CAS

This week at City Crafter , Kirsty wants us to make one-layer Christmas cards.

My card is super-simple with a Pink Fresh Studio stamp, stamped twice and heat embossed in white. Then I added a sentiment and called it done!

I hope you'll join in this week.

I'd like to enter:

Saturday 28 July 2018

Inkspirational - Make a card in 10 minutes or less

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  ha been chosen by Sandie and she wants us to make a card in ten minutes or less. I think Sandie must be taking revenge for all the challenging challenges I've inflicted on her because I found this really hard! This was not my first attempt. The card above came in at 9 minutes 20 seconds but that was only because I stopped the clock every time I had to go looking for something, warm up the heat gun etc. Cheating??

Anyway, here I white embossed the flowers and watercoloured with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals, then stamped the sentiment over the top. Sounds simple doesn't it? I can't believe it took me that long!

Our Guest |Designer is Deanne , so do come over to Inkspirational to see what she and the rest of the DT made in under ten minutes.

I'd like to enter:
Just Us Girls 
Addicted to Stamps

Tuesday 24 July 2018

City Crafter - Butterflies

This week at City Crafter, Lucille has chosen 'butterflies' as the theme.

For my DT project I made an inky background on a tag and stamped it with flowers and butterfles from different sets. The sentiment is Waffle Flower. I added some white gel pen and a doodled frame.

I hope you'll come and join in our challenge.

I'd like to enter:

Monday 23 July 2018

Colourful Layout

That colourful paper , that I've used so sparingly, is the dregs of a very old Echo Park set. The letter and number stickers are from the same set. The 'you add' and 'to my world' are a cut up sentiment from Neat and Tangled. The stamp had the American spelling of 'colour', which I am too uptight to use, so I was pleased I was able to make it work here as a title.

P.S - This was taken in summer 2015 - do you notice my son's long-sleeve top? Obviously summers were colder then......

I'd like to enter:
Scrap Our Stash 
Use Your Stuff  title

July 2018 Golden Globe Stash Challenge

Sunday 22 July 2018

Guest Designer for Lasting Memories - You are My Favourite

It's my final layout as Guest Designer at Lasting Memories  - what wonderful hosts they've been!

Anyway, this layout is a bit of a weird one ... the challenge is to scrap one of your favourite things. I love reading and so I decided to scrap one of the best books I've read this year- Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel.

Here's the journalling:

I love to read and Station Eleven is one
 of the most memorable books I’ve read this
 year. It’s a novel about an apocalypse and
 its aftermath. This layout incorporates some
 of the themes from the book : a performance
of King Lear, a space-themed comic book, an
 airport, surviving in a post-technological
 world and the motto ‘Survival is Insufficient.’
 I must say, this was really fun to make! I'd love to see you scrap something that is your favourite. 

Lasting Memories
I'd like to enter:
The Studio Challenges big shapes
Bimini Moose 

The Library Challenge - The Little Mermaid

The new Library Challenge  is The Little Mermaid so I thought outside the box  made two mermaid cards! Obvs.

For the first one I cut out a mermaid's tail on the Silhouette and added scales using a stencil and Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish.  I stamped the circles/text stamp onto an alcohol ink background and added pearl shimmer powder.

I'd like to enter this card into:

Cut it Up under the sea
Mix it Up  
Cas Mix Up 

For my second card I  stamped the mermaid, masked her and stamped the bell jar (Hunkydory) . The fish and sentiment came from various sets. I added some clear glossy drops.

I'd like to enter this one into:
Creatalicious no patterned paper
Through the Purple Haze marine

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Love this story too! Again, very sad though, definitely does not have a Disney ending

Saturday 21 July 2018

Let me get this off my chest....

I love paper-piecing but I can't deny it's a fiddly job. No matter how careful I am , somehow, I'm bound to cut out all the pieces and still find a piece missing when I come to assemble it.

And today was no different - I cut out the scarf, put it aside, then had to search all over for it till I gave up and did it again.

Later, I sat down at my PC to read some emails, felt an irritation in my cleavage, fished down and found...the cut-out scarf! How???!!!

I'd like to enter;
Always Fun  paper-piecing
Cardz 4 Galz food and drink
Use Your Stuff birthday
Brown Sugar  two patterned papers

Thursday 19 July 2018

Thirsty Work

Here's a layout I made to join the  CSI Challenge  . The cloud paper and the letter stickers are by Echo Park.  I added black and white patterned paper to a chipboard cloud (top right) and doodled a border. The background was made with a yellow ink pad.

Here's the 'evidence': colours, stripes, woodgrain pattern, lemon, banner, clouds, straw, black and white pattern . words- refreshing, bright ....adorable????

I'd also like to link up at Binimi Moose. 

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Guest Designer at Cas Christmas - Poinsettia - Reminder

I'm enjoying being Guest Designer at CAS Christmas . Thank you for all the lovely visits and comments from the Design Team. 

We're now midway through the Poinsettia challenge and so here's my second card. I actually used four different stamp sets here - the easel, the pot of brushes, the greeting and the same Avery Elle poinsettia stamp I used on my first GD card. I coloured everything with Promarkers.

I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  hobbies
Shopping Our Stash Christmas
Papercraft Challenges  xmas
ABC Christmas  o for on the canvas/easel

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Pineapple

This week, at City Crafter, Amy has picked a pineapple theme.

For my DT project I made a fridge magnet - yes, that silver thing in the picture is my fridge! I used a cut-file and sheet of Silhouette magnet paper, and I cut the pineapple out of a mix of plain and glitter cardstock, using my Silhouette machine.

Please come and play with us at City Crafter.

I'd like to enter:
Pause, dream, enjoy  anything goes 

Sunday 15 July 2018

Santa and Wreath

Just trying to cool down by making Christmas cards!

I stamped Santa and coloured him with Promarkers and then masked him off. I stamped the wreath (Penny Black) three times in different coloured inks. The sentiments are Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
AAA Cards
Stamp Ink Paper 
Happy Little Stampers Christmas 
Crimbo Crackers 
I love Promarkers  Christmas

Guest Designer at Lasting Memories - Throwback to Your Glory Days

I hope you don't think this is a vintage photo, as that little girl on the far left is me - and I'm not vintage! The weird girl is my sister (she'll never catch me on here!)

I'm very much enjoying my month as Guest Designer at Lasting Memories. This week , the challenge was to scrap a photo from our past. I also decided to use some stash from my past (everything is very old, apart from the wooden letters and birds), and a technique from my past (the fake double-sided paper on the corners).

I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. 

Lasting Memories

Saturday 14 July 2018

Naut Again!

Nautical but Nice - it's my favourite pun and it's not the first time I've used it and it probably won't be the last!

Here I scrapped some photos from 2015, using some very old stash. There are three papers from The English Paper Company and one by Basic Grey. I found myself browsing scrapbooking kit clubs last night and had to restrain myself and resolve to use up the stash I already have.

I'd like to enter:
Rochelle Spears  sketch
Papercraft Challenges red, white, blue
Through the Purple Haze  marine 
Double D  I hope you accept layouts - I couldn't see anything in the rule for or against.

What's cooking?

Made this for some challenges:
Shopping Our Stash feed me
Passion for Promarkers  hip to be square (coloured with Promarkers)
Crafty Friends  food
Sweet Stampin occupations
Do-Al (1) Creative thanks Doris

Top 3 Badgegrab button for Sweet Stampin

Inkspirational Challenges - Birthday

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is the word 'birthday'. An easy challenge at last!!! Here I used a Craftwork Cards balloon (the sentiment is part of the stamp, black embossed onto a Distress Ink background from my bits box. The layer on top of the base is also from the bits box. I think it was made with Gelatos- I never got to grips with them. I really must dig them out and either use them or get rid of them.

Anyway I defy you to say you don't need any birthday cards. Make birthday cards and join in our challenge!

I'd like to enter:
Alphabet Challenge  happy birthday

Friday 13 July 2018

New Team Member

I made this card for my work colleague who's just had her third child (first daughter).
shimmer shot 
I'd like to enter:
Cards in Envy  stars 
Cardz4galz little girl