Saturday 31 October 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Night


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

For my DT card I made a one-layer Christmas card , using a Reverse Confetti gnome and Mama Elephant scene-builder stamps. 

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Guest Designer at Casology - Sunset


Today, I'm honoured to be Guest Designer at Casology! 

The cue card is 'sunset' and for my card I made an unconventional Christmas card, featuring the three kings setting off at sunset. I thought the triangle was reminiscent of both pyramids and Christmas trees, and made for a more cas look.

Once I had the idea it was very simple to make ... well, it should have been! Using my Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine, I traced and cut a clip-art image of the three kings. I cut a simple triangle shape and inked through it in sunset colours, I had four attempts at this before I got one that had ink in the right places, not the wrong ones.. simple cards come easily to me but clean...not so much! 

Thanks Casology for having me as GD. 

I'd like to enter:

The Holly and Ivy 

Sunday 25 October 2020

The Library Challenge- How to Catch a Star


The new challenge at The Library  is How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.

I raided my son's bookcase for this one....he's 13 now so doesn't read picture books anymore but we've not got round to giving them away. This one has such beautiful illustrations - I think I'll keep it. 

For my first card (top) , I used a new Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with Promarkers, with shimmer pen on the skirt and metallic silver glitter on the star. The sentiment is a combination of sets. 
I'd like to enter this card into:

My second card was clearly inspired by the cover, with the colours and the space theme. The galaxy background was an old freebie paper and I coloured the MFT stamps with Promarkers, 

I'd like to enter:
Passion for Promarkers  die cut star 

Embossed Ice Berg


This MFT polar bear has spotted a star hovering above an ice berg!
Folder is argyle by Embossilicious.
I'd like to enter:

Little Red Wagon - B for bear and berg

Saturday 17 October 2020

Pink Christmas Sweaters


glitter shot 

Let's not mention that I've spent most of this morning, yet again, rearranging celebration plans because of Covid - this time my friend's birthday plans were spoilt when London's alert level was suddenly raised - let's just say I enjoyed making this pink Christmas card for the following challenges:

Inkspirational Challenges -Halloween Picture


Our new challenge at Inkspirational is the photo below. 
For my DT project I scrapped a Halloween photo . It's not that close a match to the photo tbh, but there are several elements - the autumnal coloured papers, the pumpkin motif and the use of black. 

I'd like to enter:

As You Like It I like making scrapbook pages because I can use my photos and play with paper and embellishments

Scrap with Stacey  word stickers, 1 photo, ink (for splat top left) 

Sunday 11 October 2020

The Library Challenge - Pick of the Paperbacks


The new challenge at The Library is Pick of the Paperbacks. 

My first card was inspired by Bernadine Evaristo's  Booker-Prize-winning novel, Girl , Woman, Other, which tells the stories of black women in Britain.  I was inspired by the cover, and used an Angie Blom digital stamp which I coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced. The sentiment is from an Alte New flower set, 

I'd like to enter this into:

Sweet Stampin  - old stash - the orange paper is from defunct company October Afternoon and the floral paper was a magazine freebie from 2011!
CD Sunday  the image is a digital download 

My second card was inspired by the autumnal outfit on the cover of  Eleanor Oliphant  is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (This book is also available with a different cover but this is the nicest, I think). I really love this book and recommend it for a funny and heartwarming read. (I've heard it described as 'uplit' - fiction that's uplifting and life-affirming.) 

I used my (stash shopping alert!) new Stamping Bella stamp, masked, so a scene stamp could be stamped behind . I coloured the image with Promarkers and paper-piecing and added a sentiment. 

I'd like to enter this one into:
Pinspirational  colours and check (plaid) from the picture below
My Time to Craft autumnal colours 



Here's a birthday card using the giraffe by MFT and leftovers from my bits bag - the cloud and half circle.

I'd like to enter:

Retro Rubber - The giraffe stamp is a bit younger than most I've entered for this challenge - it was released August 2019, so just over a year! The line is yellow/diecut/embossing 

Cardz 4 Guys

Fab n Funky 

Monday 5 October 2020

Runaway Gingerbread Men


Booooo- had to stop crafting today and go to work. Never mind, another weekend will be along soon. This card was made yesterday.

I created a scene using two Lawn Fawn sets and a Hero Arts sentiment.

I'd like to enter:

Christmas Cards all Year Round

Sunday 4 October 2020

Zebra Planter


The rain's not stopped this neither has the crafting!  Here I used a Penny Black zebra planter with a Uniko background stamp and a birthday sentiment from who-knows-where. 

I'd like to enter:

Papercraft Challenges  black white and one other 

Uniko  I didn't use the optional twist but the background stamp is Uniko. 

Saturday 3 October 2020

Alpaca Christmas


Here's a Christmas card, combining some challenges. The alpaca and sentiment are by Sticker Kitten. I stamped the saddle part of the alpaca stamp twice and heat embossed it in gold and layered it on. The sentiment,  and the stitched circle (49 and Market) are also heat embossed.

I'd like to enter:

As You See It 

Color Hues

Krafty Chicks

Autumn Dragon

It's a wet weekend here in Hertfordshire but I couldn't be mojo has returned! Earlier in the week I was thinking about auctioning off my (very considerable) craft stash but it seems all it's taken is for me to have a weekend where I've forbidden myself from working! 

So here I'm combining a few challenges ...these always help me to get going.  The dragon stamp is MFT and the leaves and leaf pile are Lawn Fawn. I find these very useful for autumn cards and I masked off the edges to add a few extra leaves to broaden the pile at the bottom. My images were coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment is Clearly Besotted. There's a touch of shimmer on the dragon and his smoke. 

I'd like to enter:

Cardz4Guys dragons

Challenge up your Life dragon 

I Love Promarkers  cas

Cas on Friday  autumn 

Inkspirational Challenges - Angle It


Our new challenge at Inkspirational has been chosen by Marlena, and the challenge is 'angle it'.

For my DT card, I used a penguin stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil - it's a well-used favourite of mine and I coloured it using Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter:

Winter Wonderland 

CD Sunday 

Moving Along with the Times 


Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge