Sunday, 23 June 2019

Put a Ring on It

Well, along with cleaning, washing, ironing and helping clear out the shed , I've actually made three cards today! I blogged one earlier and here are the other two.

I was inspired, by a visit to Sherri's blog  to try the embossed black magic technique, which I've used on the right hand card. The other card was just a practice for the embossed card - just seeing how well the Paper Artsy flower fit inside the circular sentiment (brand unknown).  But when I'd finished the first card I just decided I might as well make it into a card too!

I'd like to enter:
AAA Cards

Brilliant Skater

glitter shot 
Hooray - it's Sunday and I've got time to craft and join in some challenges.

Here I used a Penny Black skater, stars and big word from Pink Fresh, small sentiment stamps by Avery Elle and lots of glitter pens. 

I'd like to enter:
Penny Black Saturday  partial stamping (off the edge) 
Christmas Kickstart  glitter, sparkle, shine 
Fab n Funky  Chrismas 
Cas on Friday  people

The Library Challenge - The Rainbow

The new book at The Library is The Rainbow by DH Lawrence.
An Unrushed Walk Through A Very Different Time - The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence | Byte The Book
I really was intending on using the colours on the cover and the shape of the stool ...but in the end I just went with rainbows in general! 

For my first card (above) I masked off the edges and painted stripes of twinkling H20s in rainbow colours and then sprayed them with water. (TBH I didn't have any indigo - hope I've got away with it.) I used an Avery Elle panda and a sentiment from Pink Fresh 'Brilliant' set - my favourite sentiment set at the moment. 

I'd like to enter:
Stamping Sensations  show your true colours 

The rainbow flag (seen in the background of the large photo) is a symbol of LGBT pride so I decided to scrap some photos of Pride in London. The bigger photo shows my daughter waving the flag of the Royal College of Midwives, and the second is with her partner.  I used lots of colourful paper and embellishments from a range of sources and a title cut on the Silhouette, 

I'd like to enter:
Scrap Our Stash  left hand sketch (reversed) , polka dot base and numbers
Crafty Cardmakers  anything but a card 

June 2019 Pick Your Side Sketch Challenge

I hope you'll visit The Library. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2019


Here's two cards with a bee stamp for the Twofer challenge.

My first cards combines two stamp sets, stamped onto kraft and coloured with Zig Clean Colour markers plus doodled trail and frame.

For my second card I stamped the bees onto a subtle yellow patterned paper and then paper-pieced onto the girl's dress. 

Right, I'd better buzz off to work now - laters! 

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Library Reminder - To The Lighthouse

Time for a reminder at The Library. 

For this scrapbook layout I used a photo taken on holiday in France, about six years ago. (The tiny figure in the yellow top is my son.) You might notice that the lighthouse is not actually in the sea, but in the middle of the street - I don't know why!

I used travel-themed patterned paper as my base and cut circles and the title on my Silhouette, Everything else used on this layout has been in my stash a long time!  The lighthouse (bottom right) was sticker from October Afternoon - it had sea and rocks at the bottom so I cropped them off.

You can enter the challenge here . 
I'd like to enter:

Allsorts travel - French holiday and travel-themed paper 
Stick it Down  sketch 

Xmas Checklist

For this card I used the Santa and checklist from a Mama Elephant set, colouring the Santa with Promarkers. I stamped the gifts (all one stamp, unbranded)  and stars (from another set that was on my desk)  in red ink - and done.

I'd like to enter:
Cas Christmas 
Jingle Belles

Sunflower Idol

This old sunflower stamp (Anita's) is trying out for my daughter's wedding stationary. 

Can you teach an old stamp new tricks? It hadn't been stamped for a while and was languishing at the bottom of a box of old wood-block stamps, but when the call went out for sunflowers, I ripped it off its block to use in a stamping platform.

I stamped it, off-centre, in brown ink on yellow cardstock , added a generic sentiment and some Nuvo drops and then mounted it on several layers.

We're now waiting to hear back from the judges.

I'd like to enter:
Handstamped Sentiments 
Fab N Funky
Challenge up your Life  flower, stamp, brown

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Inkspirational Challenge - Garden

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by the word, 'garden'. 
My DT card is very simple - I printed off an image from Just Inklined CD and had lots of fun colouring it in with Promarkers.  Milla is still our Guest Designer, so please do come and see what she and the rest of the DT have made. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Library Challenge - To The Lighthouse

The new book at The Library  is To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. 

To be honest, I haven't actually read this book - I just liked the cover- okay??!!

And I didn't really show much variation on the two cards I made - they've both got lighthouses on them - surprise! Actually, they both also used a mix of stamps from different sets, are both blue and yellow, and have almost no colouring-in! 

For my first card I went one-layer and used two blue ink colours and a tiny touch of yellow. 

I'd like to enter this card into:
Craft Rocket  summer 

My second card draws more from the cover , using silhouette stamps (again, from a mix of sets) over a stencilled background .  (I used one stamp on both cards - did you spot it?) 

I'd like to enter this card into:
Crafty Cardmakers  masculine 

I hope you'll visit The Library. 

New Job Card

My partner is starting a new job in two weeks, so I've made this card to wish him luck. 

It's just stamping! In one ink colour! The pencils are an old UM stamp from Lost Coast and the stars (two stamps) are Pink Fresh. I thought the Take Note stamp went well with the pencils (I'll write 'good luck on the new job' inside) - it's by Bo Bunny.

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  new job
Daisy Chain monochrome
Addicted to Stamps 
Let's Create man
Creatalicious  blue


Thursday, 6 June 2019

A little bird told me..

I made this card to send to a friend to congratulate her on a creative career achievement.

The bird, heart and flower are by Flora and Fauna - I did a kind of scribbly colouring in with Promarkers and added shimmer pen to the wing, tail and heart. The stitching stamps are by 19 and Market and the sentiment is Pink Fresh Studio.

I'd like to enter:
Time Out 
CAS on Friday  birds
Addicted to Stamps 

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Guest Elf - Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

I'm delighted to be Guest Elf for Christmas Kickstart! 

You may know I have a challenge called The Library , where books are used as the inspiration.
This time , Christmas Kickstart has chosen the book, and here it is :
I made a super-cas card using just two stamps from two different brands and coloured with Promarkers.

Thank you Jo at Christmas Kickstart for letting me be Guest Elf. I hope you'll join in the challenge.
I'd like to enter:
Jingles Bells text 

Sunday, 2 June 2019

The Library Reminder - The Art of Stripes

Time for a reminder at The Library. 

The book is The Art of Stripes, so I used a canvas (art!) and a zebra (stripes). I was actually inspired to make this when I saw this Sara Miller range of pottery.

I got out all my red and orange shades of acrylic paint and mixed them together and painted onto a canvas. The zebra was an SVG electronic cutting file from Hungry Jpeg. I also used an SVG from Lia Griffith to cut a big leaf stencil out of packaging (I used the cut-out leaf here) and stencilled it with Distress Inks.

You can enter the challenge here . 
The Art of Stripes: Over 30 ways to wear stripes: Hardie Grant, Libby VanderPloeg: 9781784881511: Books
I'd like to enter:
Love to Scrap no rulz
Crafty Animals 
Little Red Wagon  stencil made from packaging
Fab n Funky stencil made from packaging

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - Fashion Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by the photo below:
For my DT project, I got my acrylic paints out and started playing with them . I stamped and coloured the Stamping Bella image and  I used some of the painted paper to paper-piece her top.

We have a fabulous Guest Designer, Milla , joining us for our June challenges - please check out what she and the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Try it on Tuesday  make a mark
Shopping Our Stash  drinks
Watercooler  ag

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Rhino-ing Out of Time

All month, I've been meaning to enter the rhino challenge at Day of the Month Card Club, but found myself short of a) time and b) ideas. Now, just before the challenge closes, I'm off work and have also found a bit of inspiration.

First, I was playing around with my son and some alcohol inks (!) and the big leaf was on my desk - I'd cut it from packaging to make a stencil for another project. I started dabbing it with inks and liked the effect.

Second, the sketch at As You See It :
So, it all came together - just before I rhino-ed out of time. 

As well as Day of the Month Card Club and As You See It , I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  recycled packaging for the leaf 
Little Red Wagon recycled packaging for the leaf 
Aud Sentiments  nature 

Football Birthday Card

It was my nephew's tenth birthday a few weeks ago but I didn't have time to share his card at the time- so here it is now.

I used a digital image by Lily of the Valley , coloured with Promarkers. I tried to do the kit in his favourite team's colours but I'm not sure I achieved that! I stamped the sentiment and mounted it on some football paper.

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  birthday boys
Papercraft Challenges boys
I Love Promarkers  boys
grab button for Sweet Stampin

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Going Sledging

It's May half-term! I'm unwashed, undressed and unmake-upped ; my 12-year-old son is still in bed, binge-watching Friends -  but at least I've made a Christmas card!

I used a Neat and Tangled stamp coloured with Promarkers and a bit of white gel pen, dies, and a Darkroom Door text stamp, embossed in white.

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Bells text
Christmas Kickstart kids
Fab n Funky   Christmas
ABC Christmas  k for kids
Less is More 

Sunday, 26 May 2019

The Library Challenge - The Art of Stripes

The new book at The Library  Is The Art of Stripes , an illustrated fashion book.
The Art of Stripes: Over 30 ways to wear stripes: Hardie Grant, Libby VanderPloeg: 9781784881511: Books
I received this book as a gift and I love looking at the illustrations of great outfits .

For my first card (top) I stamped part of a big Alte-New flower stamp onto ivory card and paper-pieced it using three different stripy papers. I also used some lilac alcohol marker and nuvo drops. 

I'd like to enter :
Little Red Wagon  flower frenzy 

Please forgive the photo of my second card - that background is actually white. Here I stamped and masked some Hero Arts pot plants and added more stripes to the pots. I coloured with Promarkers and added a sentiment, strip of paper and enamel drops. 

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Cardmakers  birthday