Sunday 30 August 2020

The Library Challenge - Forty Whacks

The new book at The Library is Forty Whacks by David Kent. This was chosen by Visiting Librarian, Arlene, and I must say, I was surprised and delighted with her choice! I bet this is the first ever craft challenge inspired by true crime.  

For my card, I ditched the murder theme and went with the colours , the 40 in the title and the torn paper effect.

First I stamped and masked the torn effect stamp. (Woodware).The woman holding the sign is an old Ken Brown stamp , I masked her and stamped the city(Penny Black?)  behind her and stamped the 40 with Happy Little Stamper stamps. I coloured it with Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter:
As You See it red and black always looks dramatic

Friday 28 August 2020

Winter Gardening


This Woodware stamp is from a favourite old set of mine. I stamped it on kraft ,coloured it with Zig markers and white gel pen and added a Hero Arts sentiment. What's Christmassy about a trowel? Well, nothing really but that cute trowel charm came in a pack of ten a couple of years ago and this is only the third one I've used! It goes with the trowel on the card, doesn't it? 

I'd like to enter:
ABC Christmas r for robin 

Thursday 27 August 2020

Under the Sea Suspended Spinner




Last weekend my partner took my son to see his grandparents and so I decided to use my free time making a more complicated card. Good job I had the free time because it took me all day! Even though I had watched a Youtube tutorial for a suspended spinner card, I still made loads of mistakes and had to redo. At one point I had a beautifully stamped , masked and inked underwater scene for the back panel ...but then discovered it didn't match up with the porthole! I can't even use it for something else as it has the back scoreline running down it. 

Anyway, I designed and cut this on a Silhouette digital cutter. (The porthole frame was an svg file but I created the rest myself. ) The fish, crab and shark stamps are MFT , the seabed is Sunny Studio and the sentiments(inside and out) are Chloe's Creative Cards.The fish and crab are coloured with Promarkers and I used nylon thread to suspend the spinning fish. 

I'd like to enter:
CAS on Friday under the sea - I hope this is cas enough - it wasn't simple to make but it's not heavily embellished and there's lots of 'white' space. 
Krafty Chicks  occasions 

Sunday 23 August 2020

Farmyard Frames


I stamped these Papermania frames onto white card - one of them turned out (bottom left) ) to only have the inner bit of the frame , so I had to doodle the rest.  I made masks for the frames and stamped the farm animals (Avery Elle) , colouring with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  doodling 

Saturday 22 August 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Rain and Rainbows


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is rain or rainbows.

For my DT card I used a very old Stamps Happen stamp, embossed it in silver and coloured it with Zig markers, adding a few spots. Then I added a sentiment from a MFT set. 

I'd like to enter:

Aud Sentiments 

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Books are Better


Many of you know that I love to read books and also to review them at Goodreads .

Here I made a one-layer card by stamping an old favourite stamp by Stamping Bella, in brown ink on cream cardstock.  I coloured it with Promarkers and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment. 

I think this would make a nice 'Back to School' card for a teenage girl. Unfortunately my teenager a) is a boy and b) needs to be bribed/ threatened to pick up a book. Sigh! 

I'd like to enter :
Always Fun  back to school 

Monday 17 August 2020

Goodbye and Good Luck


I'd use this card to say goodbye and good luck - maybe someone leaving work for a new job or leaving home to go to university. 

The animals are all from three different but related stamp sets by Wplus9 - I stamped, masked and coloured them with Promarkers, keeping it all one layer. 

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  rainbow colour combos are my current fave 
Paper Players I think this would be suitable for a young person going off to university

Sunday 16 August 2020

Monochrome Penguins


We've gone from a heatwave to thunderstorms here in England...I think I prefer the thunderstorms really but it has curtailed outdoor activities. On my card though, it's snowing! 

For this one-layer card I used just one inkpad.  The penguins are by Woodware - I stamped one, masked it and stamped the second behind.  The snowflakes are Uniko and the sentiment is LOTV.  I used a stencil to create a snowdrift at their feet and added shimmer pen on the penguins and snowflakes (which of course you can't see in the photo! ) 

I'd like to enter:
Stinkin Inkers  monochrome 
Krafty Chicks  Christmas 
Jingle Belles cardstock only 

The Library Challenge - The Duke and I


The new book at The Library was chosen by Visiting librarian Vivi, and it's The Duke and I . 

This is a Regency romance , which I don't usually read but she's been compared to Jane Austen , of whom I'm a big fan , so I might give it a try...

For my card I was inspired by the hand holding the sign with the title on it.  I used a Mama Elephant rabbit and birthday stamp and added an extra random sentiment at the bottom. 

I'd like to enter:

Shopping Our Stash  cas 

Male Room

Inspired By 

Saturday 15 August 2020

Twofer - Sun

This month's Twofer Challenge (sun or moon)  is an easy one, I think - I could have made 100 cards with a sun or moon on fact, I probably HAVE made 100 sun or moon cards over the years! 

The sun stamp I used is an old one, which I think was a Craft Stamper magazine freebie. 

For my first cards I stamped a row of beach huts ( an old UM, unknown brand) and masked them. Then I inked some sand and a mountain behind them , using a stencil and pen for the outline.Then I stamped and masked the sun stamp and added the clouds. Finally, I stamped the sentiment (Marianne) , coloured the huts , drew some birds and slapped it onto a grey base card. 

I'd also like to enter:
Allsorts summer fun 
Daisy Chain masculine 
Country View seaside 

For my second card I used some stamps from a set by Reverse Confetti called 'background builder' - it's the kind of set you buy because they look a bit unusual and then when you get them, you've no idea what to do with them!Or is that just me?  So I used the round spotty one to add some interest to the sun and the long spotty one as a border at the bottom. The rhino (brand unknown) was coloured with Promarkers and the sentiments are Waffle Flower. 

I'd also like to enter:

Pink and Grey


This week I went back into my workplace (a college) for the first time since March - I was actually glad to be back and I'll be working a mix of at home and in college from now on.  What better way to relax after a day's work than to make a card?

Here I used a Penny Black stamp, stamped in grey ink and coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment and the extra leaves and flowers are from a Craftwork Cards set and I used a long-neglected border punch. 

I'd like to enter:
As You Like It  I think grey stops pink from being too sickly sweet

Thursday 13 August 2020

Llama for a Baby


My daughter gave me very specific instructions for a card she wanted me to make for her friend's new baby : it had to have a llama and the baby's name and birth stats. 

This was a job for my Silhouette Cameo digital cutter! I don't have any llama stamps or cutting files but I found a llama clipart on my PC and traced, layered and cut it out , incorporating the baby's name. 

This is the clipart I used.

As a basis for my card shape, I used a Lori Whitlock cutting file that I've adapted several times before to make these kind of box pop-up cards. I traced  a cactus from the same clipart set and cut it twice , one time, with the birth stats. Finally, I stamped and embossed the three sentiments, all from different sets. 

I'd like to enter:
Cut it Up  shaped card
Stinkin Inkers  monochrome 

Stinkin' Inkers Top Award Winner

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Yellow and Black


Following on from my earlier post , here's another card I made using the Wplus 9 set and bits I took on holiday with me last week. In addition to paper, stamps and ink, I used black liquid enamel. 

I'd like to enter:

Marker Stamping


Last week I was on holiday in Devon and , in my baggage, I had a few crafting bits. This was made using a W plus 9  stamp set (the sentiment is from a Marianne set) , stamped using two colours of Zig Clean Colour markers.  I have another card I made on holiday using this set and I'll post it separately...

I'd like to enter:

Monday 10 August 2020

It's gone pear-shaped


What's a pear got to do with Christmas? Probably nothing, but I do have a pear-shaped tree ornament. 

I always enjoy a challenging challenge and, at CAS Christmas the challenge is the 12 Days of Christmas, so this pear is from the partridge's tree.  I stamped it in Delicata gold ink and then inked up a script stamp and stamped it onto the pear before stamping the pear again (I think it's called kissing). Both the pear and script stamp are very old UMs, brand unknown. 

Then I stamped and gold embossed a Hero Arts sentiment and added everything to a mirror gold panel, embossed using a folder. 

As I used a script stamp (words) I'd also like to enter Try it on Tuesday. 

Saturday 8 August 2020

Sheep Thrills

Here I stamped a Waffle Flower stamp onto kraft and coloured it with pencils. I added snow with a white gel pen. 

I'd like to enter
Cardz4Galz colour on kraft 
Fezziwig's Festive Frolics  I think that's a sheep santa at the back 


Beach Bright


Here I used a very old magazine freebie image, stamped onto a masked and inked background. Then I added a get well sentiment. 

I made this card for a few challenges:

Inspired By 

Cardz4Guyz get well 

AAA Cards

Country View seaside