Tuesday 30 October 2018

City Crafter - Zig - a -Zag - Ah

At City Crafter, I've chosen the theme of zig-zags . 

For my DT card, I  went zigzag crazy. I made a stepper card base (which in itself is just a zigzag of card) . I chose an image of a polar bear with zigzags on his outfit, I stamped chevrons and added some orange zigzag washi tape. 

I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Papercraft Challenges  inspired by song - Wannabe
Passion for Promarkers  Christmas / winter - bear coloured with Promarkers 

Sunday 28 October 2018

Ramp it Up....

Yes! Ramp up the Christmas card-making because it's only about 5 weeks before international mail will be sent out. And I'm ramping up the layers and embellishment (for me lately)  on this card.

I used a digital image by Mo's Digital Pencil, coloured with Promarkers and adding glitter and shimmer pen. I used some old freebie paper , a big wooden button and some blue pearls. The senteiment is by Little Claire.

I'd like to enter:
Cardz 4 Galz digital 
Just Add Ink 
Allsorts  pearls
QKR Stampede

The Library Challenge - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

At The Library , Lynda is the Visiting Librarian (Guest Designer) and she's chosen the challenge - The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis . 

I read this book as a child. I was really fascinated by the idea of going to another world through a wardrobe. 

And I actually had a little taste of what that would be like at an interactive Abba exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London, earlier this year. We looked around a recreation of the hotel room in Brighton were Abba stayed when they won the Eurovision Song Contest. In the corner was a big old wooden wardrobe, not dissimilar to the one on my card. Suddenly, the guide opened the wardrobe door and led us through the wardrobe to a recreation of the Swedish countryside! It was amazing! 

Back to my card, I used a wardrobe cutting file from the Silhouette store. The sentiment 'believe in the Magic of Christmas' is by Little Claire'. I stamped and coloured the deer and trees, and stencilled the snowdrift - there's a lot of glitter on the inside panel of the card but it doesn't show in the photo.  

We'd love you to join in with the challenge...
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, and the entire Narnia series, C.S. Lewis

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  shaped card
Jingle Belles  animals 
52 CCT  masked the deer before doing trees and background 

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Saturday 27 October 2018

Bear Binge

I saw the inspirational photo at Inspired by  and had hoped to make a sophisticated project inspired by the tartan flasks  ... and ended up making a cutesy card with a bear bingeing on sweet stuff and a tartan tablecloth.

What occasion is this for? It's got some Christmassy colours and patterns but doughnuts are not really Christmasssy are they? I know some people who don't celebrate Christmas , so it's the kind of card I could give to one of them if they were there when I was giving out cards.

I'd also like to enter it at Stamp Ink Paper. 

Friday 26 October 2018

Distressed Leaf

Here I tried to make a card that was both distressed and CAS.

When I bought a copy of The French Lieutenant's Woman on Ebay, I was annoyed when it started to fall to pieces while I was still reading it. But I've had many years of use of its pages on craft projects and recouped the cost of the book many times over!

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Cas 
Little Red Wagon  distress
Fashionable Stamping Challenges  book pages
CAS-ual Fridays 
Seize the Birthday  foliage

All Yellow

It's a dreary morning here today but I've been inspired by the sunny moodboard at Addicted to Stamps  .
I'd also like to enter:
Double D spots and stripes
4 Crafty Chicks  black, white and one other colour

Thursday 25 October 2018

Penguins Don't Wear plaid

Here's a card I made to join in a few challenges. The penguin stamp is by Penny Black and I made the tartan (plaid) background using an Alte New grid stencil. 

I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland  arctic animals 
Fab n Funky Christmas  

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Glitter Paste and Santa

This card was a surprise to me. I was looking to join in a few challenges and realised that some of the elements I needed were kicking around my craft room as half-finished projects. When I combined them, I liked the result!

I'd like to enter:
Let's Create  paper strip
Christmas Cards All Year Round  Santa
Back to Basics  star stencil
Sweet Stampin  stripes

City Crafter - Silver Bells

At City Crafter, Kirsty wants us to use lots of silver on our creations.  

For my DT card, I  used a lot of silver, although you can barely tell from the photo! The die-cut sentiment is cut from silver mirror card. The girl has silver glitter highlights on her skates and ear muffs. and there ares silver glitter drops in the corner. 

I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Crafters Cafe  feminine 

Saturday 20 October 2018

Inkspirational Challenges - Use Vellum

For our new challenge at Inskpirational, Kylie wants us to use vellum. 

For my DT card I made a Christmas card with vellum poinsettias and liquid gold centres. The musical strip is a Kaisercraft stamp, stamped in gold. 

Please visit the Inkspirational blog to see what the rest of the DT , and our wonderful Guest Designer Wei  have made. 

Friday 19 October 2018

Jingle Robin

Here's a quick Christmas card using the bird and holly stamps by My Favorite Things and the Jingle stamp by Kaisercraft.

I'd like to enter:
CAS Christmas 
Addicted to Stamps 
ABC Christmas  very quick

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Reindeer in the Sky

I made a Christmas card for some challenges, using a mix of stamp sets . The big night sky stamp is by Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
Just Us Girls 
Allsorts  Christmas
Aloha Friday  in the sky

City Crafter - Halloween

At City Crafter, Lucille wants us to make a Halloween project. 

For my DT card, I made a spotlight card, using a digistamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. 

I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter :
Sweet Stampin Halloween
Cards in Envy  fave holiday

Sunday 14 October 2018

Use Your Loaf

For a couple of days I've been mulling over some ideas for the Twofer Challenge, harvest theme.

My daughter came to visit yesterday, and asked me to make a Thanksgiving card for her to give to a friend. She was very surprised when I said 'Yes please! Thank you! Thank you!'. You see , I've always seen fabulous Thanksgiving cards on people's blogs and always wanted to make one but we don't have that holiday in the UK. But my daughter's friend is married to an American , and they've invited her round for an early Thanksgiving celebration before they go to the States.

So anyway, when I was composing my Thanksgiving card I realised that the stamps I used also worked for Harvest and the bread loaf, could double up as a 'bun' to go in the oven....

So here's my first ever Thanksgiving card , I used stamps from 3 different sets and stamped them in brown ink. I stamped over the sentiment and foliage  with a gold ink and although it doesn't really look gold, when you move the card, it shimmers.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash giving thanks
Double D 
Little Red Wagon thanks

I needed to make this card really quickly, because for Twofer, I had to photograph both cards together and my daughter wanted to take the Thanksgiving card away with her. So I went with a CAS, one-layer design.  If you're visiting my blog and don't understand the occasion, we have a joke in the UK (and probably elsewhere) that when a woman's pregnant she has a 'bun in the oven'. So, it's a pregnancy congratulations card.

I'd like to enter:
As you like it  I like many styles of cards, but I do tend towards the simpler designs most often.
QKR Stampede  anything goes

The Library Challenge - Dracula

There's a new challenge at The Library today - Dracula, by Bram Stoker. 

For my first card, I pretty much copied the cover , creating simplified cut files on my Silhouette electronic cutter. 

I'd like to enter:
Papercraft Challenges  die cuts/ punches 
Cut it Up  Halloween 

For my second card I went cute, with a vampire cat, cobweb embossing folder and die-cut bats. 

I'd like to enter:
Sisterhood of Crafters cute spooks 
Addicted to Stamps

Please come to The Library and join in!

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