Saturday 30 November 2019

Shimmery Hearts

These little hedgehogs are carrying these shimmery green hearts to an evening wedding reception we've been invited to -  although it's a thank you card, I put the RSVP inside,

I'd like to enter:
Let's Create
Shopping Our Stash 
Use Your Stuff 

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Inkspirational - Naughty

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by the word 'naughty'. 

For my DT card I used a Santa stamp by Pinkfresh. I created a background using a stencil and hung the sign(can't remember which stamp set this is from!) on the wall behind him.

I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Sparkles Forum 
Christmas Kickstart
The Male Room - not saying Santa's sweater is ugly, obvs, just unusual to see him in one!

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Dreaming of a Black and White Christmas

This card was inspired by the Inspired By challenge photo(below). I used a Paper Artsy Bauble stamp, coloured it with black, light grey and shimmer pen and doodled a frame. The glittery Noel was cut on a Silhouette.
I'd also like to enter Just Add Ink. 

Sunday 24 November 2019

The Library Challenge - Little Women

The new book at The Library is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  I won a copy of this book as a prize when I was at school and , of course , I loved Jo March who wasn't too girly and had lots of ideas and plans. 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
For my first card (top), I took inspiration from the cover , although my skater is more modern! I used a Stamping Bella image with a Concord and 9th sentiment , Uniko snowflakes and touches of glitter. 
I'd like to enter it into:

For my second card I wanted a more vintage look and found this one (an unmounted with brand missing) that reminded me of Marmee visiting the poor. I had fun making the splotchy background and again, used the Uniko snowflakes.
I'd like to enter:

Saturday 23 November 2019

Doggone Christmas

If I'm honest, I spend more time looking for craft stuff than I do using it. I have too much stuff, obviously, and I'm no good at categorising so it's all jumbled together.

In the middle of an epic search for some reindeer stamps (which may or may not exist!), I stumbled upon this old Penny Black wood-backed stamp and decided to use it.

I stamped part of the stamp on kraft cardstock and coloured with Promarkers and white gel pen. The sentiment is from my new Colorado Craft Holly stamp set - this is the second time I've used it already, so I think it'll become a favourite.

I'd like to enter:
Time Out 
Sweet Stampin
Penny Black Saturday 
My Time to Craft
Perfectly Cas 

Monday 18 November 2019

Flash or No Flash?

I spent too long thinking about Less is More's 'torn' challenge - so, due to my working hours, I won't have time to photograph this card in the daylight before the challenge closes. Neither of these photos is great, but at least the top one (flash) shows a bit of sparkle.

Anyway, here I used a torn paper stamp from Woodware and created a mask so I could stencil inside. The deer is from Avery Elle Kitsch Christmas and the sentiment is MFT.  I added lots of iridescent glitter to the trees. I meant it to be a Christmas card but I suppose , as it doesn't say Christmas, it could be a general winter card.

As well as Less is More, I'd like to enter :
Sisterhood of Crafters
Sweet Stampin Christmas 
Crafters Cafe 
Fab n Funky 


Sunday 17 November 2019

Holly Twofer

Last week I treated myself to some Colorado Craft Company stamps , one being the Big and Bold Holly I've used here. They're lovely stamps but I had to do a lot of trimming to stop getting extra ink smudges - it took me back to the old uncut rubber days! Anyway, I think this holly stamp is super-versatile , so perfect to use for the Twofer challenge. 

For my first card I used the whole stamp -it's big! 

I stamped it on some scrap paper and scanned it into my computer. Then I imported it into Silhouette Studio software and,tracing round the image, created a shaped card base cutting file, that I cut out on the Silhouette digital cutter. This is actually a one-layer card as I stamped the holly directly onto the shaped card base and coloured with Promarkers. I heat embossed the sentiment and added shimmer pen to the berries and gold gel pen highlights. 

I'd also like to enter: 
Stamping Sensations 

For my second card I used just part of the stamp , and even trimmed it further before mounting it onto  a black card base. 

I silver embossed the holly onto watercolour cardstock and then just had fun with pigment powder colours and water. (I used Brushos and Lindy's magicals, for the shimmer). 

The sentiments I used on both cards were also from the holly stamp set - there are lots of great sentiments and I think I'll use them a lot. 

I'd also like to enter this card into:

Saturday 16 November 2019

Inkspirational Challenge - Celebration

It's our 200th challenge at Inkspirational  and a chance to win a prize from Happy Little Stampers! 

You can use the theme celebration or be inspired by our photo:
For my DT card I made a 50th birthday card, cut on a Silhouette digital cutter , with a champagne spray  inspired by the photo and a stamped sentiment. 

I hope you'll join in. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday 10 November 2019

The Library Challenge - The Sewing Machine

Visiting Librarian Arlene chose the new book at The Library - The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie. I'd not heard of it before but it looks interesting.The cover and title gave me lots of crafty ideas: stitching (real or faux), sewing themed stash...

The Sewing Machine ebook by Natalie Fergie
For my card I used a free Dearie Dolls digital image and coloured it with Promarkers. I paper-pieced some old free-with-magazine paper, which I also used as a mat. The sentiment was a free-with - magazine stamp , and I stamped a frame of stitches (49 and Market). 

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  paper piecing 
CD Sunday  downloaded digital image 

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Saturday 9 November 2019

Retro TV Skater

I made this card shape by adapting a retro TV  svg (electronic cutting file) I got for free, years ago. For my TV picture, I used a Penny Black skater stamp, coloured with Promarkers.  Then, to make it look like a TV title, I stamped an Avery Elle sentiment over the top.

I'd like to enter:
My Time to Craft
Krafty Chicks 
Penny Black 

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Santa Steps Out

I'm really stepping up the Christmas card making now!  This Santa is an MFT stamp (coloured with Promarkers) and the sentiment is by Pink Fresh. I made the snowy backdrop using stencils and white ink.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart 
Sparkles Forum 
Passion for Promarkers
Penny Black and More 

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Monday 4 November 2019


Here's a card I put together from a bag of scraps. The sheep had been stamped and cut out as a spare when I was making another card, and the stripy paper was a leftover bit of My Mind's Eye scrapbooking paper.  I use Promarkers to colour the sheep and stamped and embossed the Merry in red glitter ep.

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4galz s for sheep
Passion for Promarkers  old paper
Use your Stuff scraps
Jingle Bells  creature
Christmas Cards All Year Round  winter clothing 

Sunday 3 November 2019

Library Reminder - The Worst Class trip Ever

Time for a reminder at The Library.

I made a birthday card inspired by the cover.  First I stamped the balloon (Happy Little Stampers) repeatedly, masked them and inked the clouds using a homemade stencil.  After stamping 'wishing you the '. I created the large sentiment on my Silhouette digital cutting machine. 

You can enter the challenge here. 
Image result for dave barry the worst class trip ever

I'd like to enter:

Jingle Bells

Early signs - special editions of magazines on Readly, glittery stock on the supermarket shelves - indicate that Christmas is creeping up on us so.....

Here I lightly stencilled a background and stamped the 'string ' (Mama Elephant ), bells (Avery Elle) and sentiment (Pink Paislee). Finally I coloured the bells, added some glimmer pen and doodled dots around the card edge.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart 
Fab n Funky 

Saturday 2 November 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - One Layer Card

Our new challenge Inkspirational  is to create a one-layer card.

For my DT card  I used stamps from two different sets, stamping in grey and added silver glitter drops for (I hope) a frosty look. I hope you'll join in.