Monday, 26 July 2021

Merry Berries

 Here I used a Concord and 9th sentiment and a Penny Black berry stamp, repeatedly stamped around the edges. (It's actually a sort of bouquet of berries, so I just avoided the tied together bit.)  I coloured with a Zig Clean Colour marker and a white gel pen and added some wooden stars.

I'd like to enter:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  anything goes 

My Time to Craft  kraft 

Christmas Cards All Year Round  M for merry 

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Spotty and Stripy Flowers

 I can't remember the last time I made a card just for fun but I made this today using the first things that came to hand. The flower stamp is Altenew.

I'd like to enter:

Inkspirational Challenges - Spots and Dots

Hi everyone. I've unintentionally had a few weeks off card-making and blogging. Yesterday I found the time to make an Inkspirational DT card, inspired by Carol's Designer's Choice : Spots and Dots. 

Actually I had time for two reasons - firstly, I'm off work and secondly, I've been pinged! UK crafters will understand that means I got a notification through the NHS Test and Trace app, telling me I have to self-isolate. As I won't be going anywhere this week, I hope I can keep the creative juices flowing. 

Anyway, here I used a bear and sentiment by MFT and a triangle tree stamp by Craftwork Cards plus white gel pen and some gems. 

I'd like to enter:

trees, polkadots and sparkling gems 

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Slimline Cards

Marlena chose slimline cards for our new challenge at Inkspirational.  Although I've made tall cards in the past I've never made one that was officially slimline. I can't help noticing that my slimline card looks slightly chubbier that the rest of the DT's cards! I copied the measurements I found online but I've never been great at measuring! 

I used a Stamping Bella skier, paper-piecing her jacket and colouring with Promarkers. The background scene is Neat and Tangled trees, Promarkers and a white gel pen. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks - Christmas 

Make My Monday  outdoor fun 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Inkspirational - Balloon Photo


I'm belatedly inking up my DT card for Inkspirational and the challenge is:

I made a vellum shaker card, and cut the balloon and sentiment on the Silhouette Cameo. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks 

Seize the Birthday no topping 

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Inkspirational - Triangle


This is my DT card for Inkspirational , where the challenge is 'triangle'. 

I think you have to look quite hard to see the triangles! I used an Aall and Create triangles background stamp and stamped the Altenew flowers over the top. The sentiment is MFT.

I've not been crafting or blogging much lately. I've been very busy with both work and trying to move house and my crafting mojo has taken a hit. I am a really messy crafter and having packed away my craft stuff while we had buyers viewing, totally wiped out my creativity!  Now we are spending most weekends house-hunting , which involves 5-6 hour round trips,as we are relocating. 

I'm sorry that I haven't been supporting other crafters lately by visiting their blogs. Hopefully, my crafting life will return to normal soon. 

Anyway, back to my card above! I'd like to enter:

Moving along with the times  bouquet 

Craft Rocket colour combo - black, white, yellow 

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Taxi Picture


The challenge this time at Inkspirational is to be inspired by this picture: 

The taxi image is a sticker that I've had hanging around for ages , from a scrapbooking set.  The city is Concord and 9th and the sentiment is Stampin Up. 

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Cats on a Wheel


Here I used two different Avery Elle sets (the ferris wheel from one, the cat from the other) and an MFT city backgrounds. Isn't it great that so many cities have ferris wheels now? These cats could be in London, Tokyo or New York! 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Dog Photo


Whoops! Late with posting my DT make for Inkspirational - although it was on the Inkspirational Challenges blog on time. 

This card was made using my Silhouette electronic cutter and it was a 16th birthday card for my grandson. The animal silhouettes represent their two dogs and cat, and I'm pleased that they do actually look like them. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Bunny Balloons Birthday


Catching up a bit today... this card was made for my daughter, whose birthday was on Valentine's Day. 

I used the rabbit from Clearly Besotted but I masked off  the balloon it was holding and added these heart balloons from Clearly Besotted, which I paper-pieced. The houses are Concord and 9th , the Happy Birthday is Marianne and the 'daughter' is Waffle Flower - so that was five different sets I used, which I always enjoy! I coloured everything with Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  family (word daughter)
Papercraft Challenges for a loved one 

The Library Challenge - Garden Birdwatcher's Bible


Well, honestly, I don't know how I dare to show my face around here, I've been so slow with my commenting and so rubbish at visiting my favourite blogs. Please forgive me. 

The reasons are, like so many of us, I'm working online full-time right now and there's only so much time you can spend sitting in front of a screen.  Also, as I previously mentioned, we're preparing for a house move, which involves an unprecedented amount of time cleaning and decluttering. I'd never realised how dirty we are! And what hoarders! 

Anyway, this card is for my challenge at The Library -  Garden Birdwatcher's Bible. I was inspired to use a bird book for the challenge from my house-hunting activities. Many houses advertised online have 3d virtual tours (similar to Google street view). If you have an ounce of nosiness in your character, I urge you to look for these - so fascinating! While viewing the house, I can't resist having a snoop in their bookcases (an occasional craft-room comes up too!). I've noticed that nearly every house I look at has a book on birds! Also, they almost all have a cookbook by Nigella Lawson. (This is UK,so this probably won't be true abroad). The funny thing is, in my house, we also have a book on birds and a Nigella cookbook! I would never dream of recording a 3d tour though! 

Enough rambling, I made this card for my partner's stepfather's birthday and used the colour-scheme from CAS on Friday .

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Tower

 Here's my DT make for Inkspirational:

I seem to have several stamps of animals forming a tower by standing on top of each other! This one, is an old favourite from Penny Black. I coloured it with Promarkers and added two strips of patterned paper, one of which was cut with a border punch. 

I'd like to enter:

Use Your Stuff - It's my Favourite ....patterned paper brand. Crosmo Cricket closed years ago but I have kept every leftover scrap and am still using them now. 

I Love Promarkers

Fab n Funky 

Sunday, 14 February 2021

The Library Challenge - Big Red Bath


The new challenge at The Library is Big Red Bath : 

This is another book that I used to enjoy reading with my son when he was younger. I was inspired by the cover and luckily, I had the Lawn Fawn bath set with the bubbles. The challenge then was to find animal stamps small enough to fit into it and luckily I found these from HunkyDory For the Love of Stamps. I had to replace the hippo with an elephant though! The sentiment stamps are from Waffle Flower. 

I'd like to enter: 

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Hearts


Hi Everyone. I'm struggling to photograph cards at the moment due to poor light and erratic weather! This is my DT make for Inskpirational

As you can see, I'm still going through my black and white stripes period! I stamped this stamp ( I think it's Indigo Blue) off the edge, in blue and then ran it through an embossing folder. I added Nuvo drops in pearly blue. 

I'd like to enter:

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by the photo below. 

 For my DT card I used a Lindsay Mason/ Crafty Impressions stamp and cut her head off! I wanted the focus to be on the heart, and the lower part of the body, which I coloured with Promarkers to match the photo. I stamped 'I miss you' on the bottom - I think I will send it to my daughter, who I've not been able to see for three months. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday 

Passion for Markers 

Fab n Funky 

Monday, 18 January 2021

Twofer - Flowers


I'm entering these into the Twofer challenge, 'flowers'. 

For both cards I used an AlteNew anemone stamp which I bought just before Christmas and this is the first time I've used it.

I wouldn't know what an anemone looked like if it slapped me in the face but, instead of googling the real flowers, I imagined what they might look like... 

First up, I white - embossed it off the edge of a black card and added a sentiment and white spots.  (I seem to be going through my 'black and white' period at the moment!) 

As well as Twofer, I'd like to enter this into:
CAS on Friday  feel better 
Allsorts  new stamps 

For my second card I heat embossed the flowers onto vellum and embossed it from behind using a stylus. I coloured the leaves from the back with a marker and attached the panel to a frame. Then I stuck it onto a cerise card and stamped the sentiment. 

I'd also like to enter this one into:

My Time to Craft  thank you 
Sweet Stampin  thank you