Monday 29 June 2020

Library Reminder - The Moon-Spinners

I made another card for the challenge at The Library . I used a Impression Obsession (I think) stamp and left it uncoloured (apart from some shimmer on the moon, and coloured the sea and sky with Promarkers 

Sunday 28 June 2020

Pot Plants

Just dashing off to link up at The Spot , as the challenge is about to close....

Okay, I'm back. I made this card to fit a few challenges (including the colour one at The Spot ) but it took longer than I'd expected due to a booboo meaning I had to remake it ( details later) and then I had visitors...

So, I die-cut a kraft panel ( similar colour for crumbcake in The Spot) and stamped potplants by Hero Arts, one masked off so I could stand it partly behind. Then I coloured them with pencils in colours which I hope match pera pizzazz and Razzleberry (the pots) . Then I thought I should re-stamp the images, because my inexpert colouring had blurred the lines - but I forgot to mask the front plant again...doh! So I'd stamped the second image overlapping the first and had to start again when my visitor's had left.

I'd also like to enter:
Just Add Ink 
My Time to Craft colouring on kraft

My Time To Craft!

Saturday 27 June 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Sketch

At Inkspirational, our new challenge is to be inspired by the word 'sketch'. You can use a layout sketch of your own or use some other meaning, which is what I did.

Drawing is not a skill I'd list on my CV (🙂) but , following a You-tube tutorial I managed to sketch these flowers onto paper I'd painted with twinkling watercolours. I cut them out and put them in a die-cut jar, which I'd coloured by sponging it with ink. I stamped a circle and the sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Seize the Birthday 
International Art and Soul  blue

Friday 26 June 2020

Inspired Tropical Flowers

I had to enter the last challenge of the year at Addicted to Stamps - not only is there a beautiful moodboard but also because , as someone who regularly enters all Kylie's challenges, I'm really going to miss them.  She promises they'll be back in January - they better be or I'll hunt you down.

Threats aside, here I used some Avery Elle Birds of Paradise stamps , a Marianne sentiment and a little dot stamp from some other set. I put a scrap of aqua card behind, embossed with a Spellbinders embossing folder. It's mounted on a navy blue base but I know it looks black in the photo!

I'd also like to enter this into Festive Friday - my items from the inspiration list are cas, birthday and floral.

Monday 22 June 2020

Your Inner Flamingo

Here's a birthday card I made more my friend. The image is a Sassy Cheryl digi that I've had for a very long time and I coloured it with Promarkers and paper-pieced it using Echo Park paper. The sentiment is from a MFT flamingo set and I used two other stamps from that set to stamp the inside - which I don't do often enough!

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday 
Use your Stuff  girly
My Time to Craft summertime
Bastel Traum 

Sunday 21 June 2020

The Library Challenge - The Moon-Spinners

Shimmer Shot

The new book at The Library , was chosen by Visiting Librarian, Heather, and here it is:

I've not heard of this book before but , apparently, the writer is very famous and the book was made into a film. 

I had a 'messy play' day yesterday, making a mixed media card, inspired by the word 'moon' in the title. I used.... gesso, texture paste, spray inks/ mists, acrylic paint, gilding polish, shimmer pen, Distress Ink pad, a star stencil and a homemade mask (for the moon) . ..oh yes, also the sentiment ios a Pink Fresh stamp, embossed in silver. What a lot of stuff!

I'd like to enter:
We Love to Create
Stamplorations Stencil Challenge used a star stencil and a home-made mask / stencil for the moon 

Winner's Badge

Circles Twofer

The Twofer Challenge theme this month is circles , so I decided to make some cards and combine them with other challenges.

The stamp I used was a very old wood-backed stamp by Hero Arts. As I'm writing this I'm starting to query my choice of stamp - are they circles or spots? Is a spot a circle? It's circular! Once again, I agonise over my eligibility to enter challenges that I've made cards specifically for! (See more later , for the tree card!)

My first stamp has a bubble tea theme, using Mama Elephant stamps.  As I used solid and outline stamps , I am entering Less is More , and also linking up at Addicted to Stamps.  Also just seen Color My Heart Dare - will enter that too.

So now I come to my next bout of agonising over suitability.... I chose the colours of my second card to enter Just Us Girls (turquoise, kraft and white) but in the photo the glitter card looks more blue than turquoise! Honestly, it's more turquoise in real life, albeit a darker turquoise than some of the DT cards.

Anyway, for this card , I turned the circle stamp the other way and stamped and embossed it multiple times. The tree is a cutting file, cut on the Silhouette and the sentiment is Stampin Up.

I'd also like to enter this into Fezziwigs Festive Frolics  (photo below) and Christmas Craft Creations. 
80+ DIY Christmas Decorations - Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

Saturday 20 June 2020

Triangulations and Celebrations

I made this card to enter a few challenges . The bear is by Knorr Prandell, the sentiments are Avery Elle and the triangles are Stamp Addicts.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Cas 
Papercraft Challenges geometric
Less is More
Krafty Chicks   cas

Mice on Ice

Here's a shaped card I designed and cut on my Silhouette digital cutter - I know the front looks longer than the back but that's just an optical illusion!  The mice and 'happy' are by Lawn Fawn. The word 'christmas' is from some other set. I think it's obvious these stamps will be used for Christmas cards so I don't know why the word 'christmas' wasn't included - I'd be happy for stamp companies to be less creative with sentiments in their sets and just provide lots of options for 'happy birthday' and 'merry Christmas'. 

I'd like to enter:
Featured Button

Friday 19 June 2020

Twinkling Sea

I made this Father's Day card for my partner to give to his step-father. The sea is watercoloured with Twinkling H2Os , so it shimmers. The boat stamp is by Penny Black ( to save cutting out the thin bits, I stamped it on the sea background and paper-pieced) and the sentiment is Stampin Up. 

I'd like to enter:

Saturday 13 June 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Yellow Paint Photo

Oooh I'm having Blogger trouble today - here's another attempt to post this....

Here's the photo at Inkspirational:

For my DT card I used stamps from Neat and Tangled and , in the easel, I stamped a sunshine from another set (can't remember where it or the sentiment are from!) 

I'd like to enter:

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Bits Bag Bear Hug

I've been raiding my bits bag (actually , I have lots of little bits bags all shoved into a big bag!) . The scalloped circle , die cut lilac glitter card and the patterned paper ( two sides of the same scrap) all came from the bag and all I added was the stamps and base card.

I'd like to enter:
Double D
ABC Christmas  l for love
Shopping Our Stash 

Sunday 7 June 2020

The Library Challenge - Layered

The new challenge at The Library  is a book called Layered , and there's a Visiting Librarian, Brenda. 
Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes: Tessa Huff: 9781617691881: Books
I have the digital version of this book - it's full of tall and beautiful cakes that I love to dream of making and eating (and in my fantasy the cakes are deliciously low-cal!) - but so far I'm still pretty hit and miss with a basic Victoria Sponge. 

For my sample card I white embossed a Concord and 9th cake stamp, colouring it with sprays and Zig Clean Colour markers. 

I'd like to enter:
Just Add Ink  flowers and food 

Saturday 6 June 2020

Hedgehog with a Stripy Balloon

Have you noticed a flurry of posts on my blog ? I've had crafter's block for a little while (probably because my craft room is also my workplace at the moment) but now the dam has burst and I can't stop!

Here I stamped the Penny Black hedgehog in black on kraft, adding some shading with a marker. I paper-pieced the balloon, stamped a sentiment and added some white gel pen and a stripy strip.

I'd like to enter:
Penny Black Saturday
Use Your Stuff  
The Spot  this is a new challenge to me..
Alphabet Challenge