Sunday, 15 October 2017

Babe magnet?

One of my nephews turns 16 this month and he's getting a scooter to ride to school so I thought this would be a fun card for him, hope it makes him smile in a good way.

I used a lily of the valley stamp and coloured it with promarkers.
I used a circle die but allowed some of the image to spill over the edge of the die cut.

I used a map stamp from a set from the Stampman , one of the first stamps I ever bought and stamped on cream paper colouring the roads different colours( not that you can see them) in hopes it looks a little more realistic. They live in a rural area so not many roads.

I used a kraft base card and some purple plaid paper to create the base layer and a printed sentiment I found in my stash that came from an ancient kit I got when first starting to card make, I cut it in half and attached to each side of the image. I finished the card with some peel-off numbers , well 16 is a milestone of sorts especially when it's you that's 16.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Daisy Chain - happy birthday

Dream Valley challenges - for the boys

Seize the birthday - anything goes

QKR - anything goes or pumpkins

Jingle bells

I bought these Sheena Douglas dies and stamps when visiting Crafter's companion store in Chesterfield though I only went for some card.

I cut the die in silver mirri card and also in white card which I then coloured with promarker to add depth.

I created the background by  using distress oxide inks on some centura pearlised card, it really adds a lovely sheen. 

I then used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder and stamped 'jingle ' twice on the background. I cut a square of white card slightly larger than my background and coloured the edge with the same promarker as my jingle shadow. I then mounted the background and its base to a white square base card.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Fab n funky - word art

Sweet stampin' - sparkle and shine

The Male room - use metal

the Corrosive challenge - anything goes

HLS Christmas - anything goes optional silhouette

Sweet stampin, Christmas - anything goes Christmas

Christmas card challenge - anything goes optional photo inspiration

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Black on black

Thought I'd have another experiment with my distress oxide inks and as a starting point found a challenge to use as a starting point. I used orange inks to create a sunset sky blending the inks together from lighter deep yellowy orange shades to deeper orange shades. I created the setting sun by using an open studio circle die and a water pen to remove the ink dabbing with a tissue to remove the colour. To add the hazy clouds I just drew lines again with the water pen removing the colour.

I used several more memory box dies, cattail landscape die, prairie grass die, elegant seashore birds and springtime bunnies, all cut in black glossy card and arranged them to create a scene. 

I finished the card by mounting the panel on a black glossy card base. no sentiment as yet as I feel its a card that could be used for many different occasions and so will add an appropriate sentiment when I use the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Outside the box - black and orange

crafty friends - anything goes

creative fingers - anything goes

OLLCB- dies

HLS - anything with dies

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunshine smiles

Who doesn't love sitting in the sunshine with a gentle breeze listening to the birds singing and the buzzing of the bees. Nature is a wonderful thing and when I here people say 'stop and smell the coffee or roses' I think it should be stop and listen to the birds and bees though I guess coffee is available all year round whereas roses, bees buzzing and birdsong might not be, I digress as usual onto my card.
I love these itty bitty bees from memory box and they are such fun to make too quite therapeutic if you get a little conveyor belt going and they just add something when you add them to a project. I have some lady bugs too and they are fun too just make me smile, not sure what that says about me lol.  My card was a bit of an experiment for me using a stencil and distress inks both relatively new to my craft collection but I hope I will grow into them. I was quite surprised the pattern from the stencil showed so well and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for this fab sunflower also from Poppystamps. You can probably tell I cut it a couple of times and did some colouring too using promarkers but I do think it was worth it.

I love flowers and have quite a few favourites and most are daisy type so gerbras ,sunflowers ,daisies and I guess the exception would be gladiolas. I also love flowers like roses and sweet peas and peonies as they fill the air with such beautiful scents. All flowers have a beauty in their own way so how can anyone ever just have one favourite.
I did think about adding a sentiment but couldn't decide whether to add 'you make me smile all over my face' or 'you make rainy days sunny ' or just a simple happy birthday,so for now I've left it blank until the occasion for using it presents itself.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Poppystamps - masquerade

Kraftin Kimme -fall colours

The Flower challenge - use your favourite flower
would love to win the power poppy prize

The crafty addicts - anything goes/autumn colours

Deep Ocean - autumn colours

Glitter n sparkle - fall/autumn from colours to imagery

Peony pink wishes

I have quite a few wedding anniversary celebrations in my family so thought I'd get ahead start so here is one of them. I coloured this fab image with promarkers in peony pink like the Sarah Bernhardt The image is from Aurora wings by Mitzi and it's so realistic.

I fussy cut the image and attached to the bottom corner of my base card.

I used the same green promarker to stamp the sentiment by the darkroom.

I finished my card with some green dew drops .

I would  like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Simon says stamp-make a card for world card making day

creative craft cottage - pink for breast cancer awareness

crazy for challenges- make a card for world card making day

fab n funky - pretty in pink

Craft rocket - birthday or pretty in pink

Unicorn challenges - pink for breast cancer awareness

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Best Fishes

Boys cards in fact male cards many seem to struggle with ,me it's girly cards I find hard but this I made for a 16 year old boy so no problem
I started with an Aurora wings image one of a pair of gold fish ,they are such a delight to colour which I did with promarkers in shades of orange.

I wanted to showcase the image and keep it CAS so I used a blue base card and added some blue distress oxide ink and some water drops to create a watery effect. I added a loopy rings die cut in white (from Memory box)and the fish atop that.

The sentiment is hand written just for fun.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The crazy challenge - add an animal

Stamplorations CAS - anything goes optional twist orange

cute card thursday -anything goes

Stamplorations theme and sketch - stamps and 2 colours or sketch

Friday, 6 October 2017

Anniversary wishes

 I made this for a 14th anniversary which traditional and modern is celebrated with ivory and gold jewellery. 

Well this is my take,an ivory card base and gold die cuts. I used dies from open studio 'love words' and memory box heart arch. I cut the dies in gold mirri-card and attached to the  ivory base card. A quick and easy card to make.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Scrappyland - anything goes

Penny's - anything goes

crafting with friends - anything goes

crafty catz - anything goes optional twist CAS

Thursday, 5 October 2017

porcelain anniversary

I have a couple of anniversaries to celebrate this month . This card celebrates 18 years of marriage . I used some see-dee stamps I have never used but have had for years, I originally planned to use some tea cut die cuts but couldn't find a die I liked anywhere to buy so had a rummage through my stamps and found these. I stamped with black ink and clear heat embossed the images on photo paper and then fussy cut the images adding colour with promarkers and gold gel pen.

I used a white card base with a card fold I found on Glenda's blog and used more white card which I embossed with tiny hearts using a do crafts embossing folder. I covered the 3 panels base card done.

I cut 2 heart shapes using open studio dies one in white and one in gold mirri card and again embossed both with the tiny hearts.I mounted one on top of the other and then added my porcelain teapot,cups and saucers.

I finished the card with a stamped sentiment using a stampman stamp and black ink.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Cutlorations - 'Home is where the happy is'

crafty cardmakers - fancy folds

Incy Wincy - let's celebrate

Auds sentiments - use die cuts and a sentiment

Inky chicks -not a square 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Not my favourite kind of card

 Never a happy occassion card but unfortunately one kind that will at some point be needed. I used dies to create this card as they offer a simple clean look. I used pearl card for the focal image and the base. The base I used the modern tile background die and used it to emboss my base layer.
I used a memory box poppy die cut in ivory pearl card for my focal image added to one side of the card.

I again used a dark room sentiment embossed in moonglow powder on ivory pearl card in a banner across the bottom of the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Caseology - Grid

crafters cafe -use dies and or punches

creative inspirations -anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


I hate the cold damp days of autumn but the sunny crisp days  with blue skies I don't mind as I'm a summer sunshine girl at heart but the colours of autumn leaves I love especially when the skies are bright and blue. I decided to create my own leaves  and add some drops of water as homage to the wet dull days of autumn too. I'm not sure what I will use this card for  so no sentiment , really just made it for me as I love the leaves.
I die cut them using the majestic maple from poppystamps dies  and coloured them with moonglow walnut ink stain inks by just randomly splodging the colours. 

To create the card I used a kraft base card and created a stage for my leaves with some soft gold embossed paper and a matt of dark brown card both cut to a rectangle. I took 5 leaves as things in nature always appear with prime number and arranged them in a layer to look stacked as fallen randomly (well hopefully. I bent and shaped the leaves to give form to the leaves and to maintain that form I used hot glue to attach to the stage. I added some drops of glossy accents to assimilate captured raindrops,

I really love how it turned out though it might be fun to send through the post but I'll sort that when the problem arises along with choosing an appropriate sentiment. I guess the card could have the rectangle either portrait or landscape but time will tell which I eventually choose.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The paper shelter - colours of autumn

Fab n funky - fall colours

AAA cards -autumn

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Starburst celebrate

I needed a quick birthday card for a guys  who was celebrating his 60th birthday so decided on the poppystamps celebrate text die. I cut it in red mirricard .I decided I wanted a halo for my word to give more impact so on gold mirricard I used the same die to emboss on the card then cut it out following the outline, and then I added the red text to the gold halo.

I used gold and red confetti circles to create a starburst effect on the white card base and then attached the text to the centre of the staburst.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

CAS on Friday - use a die

poppystamps - lots of dots

Scrappyland - anything goes

CASeology - Big

My time to craft - dies only

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Autumnal Thankyou

I always think it is nice to say thank you but when you say it with a card it always feels like you mean it a little bit more as you have taken time to get the card (or make it) and send it.

This card was made for a guy hence the colours and the palette just screamed autumn to me so I went with foliage and tried to keep it simple and clean using dies cuts.

I used a brown base card and used a poppystamps die (I think its poppy stamps if not it will be Memory box as almost all my dies are one or te other. The sentiment is jumbled thank you and was cut in brown card.
I added a panel of yellow card which had moonglow walnut ink stain sprayed on it as a base for my foliage.

I added a delicate fern cut in green and chandre stems cut in brown and yellow. I decided to add some ivy which is I think a cottage cutz die and the leaves are a mix of poppystamps dies and I think a joy craft die . The leaves I coloured with inks to try and give a variegated turning colour look.
I love how it turned out and the guy it was sent to loved it too so job done.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

House of cards - photo inspiration

outside the box -falling for fall

Allsorts -feels like autumn

creatalicious- anything goes optional leaves

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Rainbow flowers

I decided to play with my distress oxide inks but make a bit of a rainbow too. There was a challenge I found that is to case one of Beverly Brown from Unikos cards  so I thought I'd have a go. I was recently lucky enough to win some fab flower stamps from a moving along with the times challenge.

I stamped the flower images with versafine ink and embossed using clear embossing powder. I them created my rainbow using post it notes to create the crisp lines.

I decided once I'd done the rainbow to try something different. I used a water pen and tissue to oxidise and remove some of the colour from the flower. I quite like the effect it created.
I decided to make it a birthday card so added the birthday stamp from the flower set. I don't normally make single layer cards but I'm happy I tried this, this time.

I would like to enter his card into the following challenges:-

Time out challenges - case Bev's card

Kraftin Kimme - rainbow colours

Sweet stampin' - heat embossing

The daily marker - colouring challenge

simon says - use a stamp

little red wagon - show us your background

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

By the light

I often find it hard to come up with new ideas for anniversary cards as you can only do flowers and champagne flute so often and I'm not one for loads of layers and embellishments as a rule just not my comfort zone. When I bought this Penny black die I thought it would be perfect for an anniversary card for a change.

I cut a circle in post it note and used it as a mask so I could create my silvery moon and coloured the rest of the card with dark blue distress ink. I cut the cat die and trimmed the coloured card to fit behind it perfectly.

I used more distress inks black and browns to colour my cats leaving the border and sitting bench uncolored apart from the smudges from colouring the cats. 

I added my double layer panel to a white base card and took a tiny die cut heart coloured  pink and placed between my two black cats. I didn't get as far as a sentiment as my son said he loved the card just as it was as we recently found a website with different celebration days and one was girlfriend appreciation day and he decided my card would be perfect as was for his girlfriend,so guess I'll have to start over.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Brown sugar - anything goes

Use  your stuff - new beginnings

Penny Black and more - all creatures great and small

AAA - maskng

cardz 4 galz - cats and or kittens

Colour crazy - anything goes

Sunday, 20 August 2017

You make rainy days...

A just for fun and experimentation card. I was experimenting with spectrum noir aqua pens and watercolour paper, not a paper I use very often but had a play at creating a watery background. One thing led to another and my rock salt was sat on my desk from silk painting and I wondered if watercolour would react the same. 

It didn't work as it does on silk but I have a feeling that might be to do with the watercolour paper being absorbent. but one to try again. I did like the effect it did create though and thought it would make a fab rainy day card,well the back of the paper anyway, as the lines of colour are less defined as are the salt impressions.

I used a memory box die proper umbrella and cut several in some scraps of rainbow card I had using the greens and yellows, I love the subtle shading. I randomly placed them on my water colour and love how the salt marks look like random rainfall.
It took me a while to workout what colour base card to use but after accidentally placing it on a distress oxide ink background whilst swapping through different plain card bases I had found my base and got inky colouring a white base card front. I added water drops for added effect and then my umbrella panel.
I finished my card with a bright yellow stitched circle die cut using open studios circle die and stamped a lily of the valley sentiment as it just seemed perfect.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Memory box -go with the flow

country view - blues and greens

fab n funky - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Star in the making

Another cute LOTV stamp and thought it would make a fun birthday card for one of my nephews next month. He has guitar lessons along with many other lessons his mum has him doing to channel his autistic energy into something positive and it seems to work.

I used paper from my stash think its dovecoat but not 100% sure as it was just an odd sheet I had left and layered with red mirri card.I cut a star in red mirricard and put that behind the image I fussy cut and coloured with promarkers.

At the base of my card I added a die cut music border by Memory box and some silver peel offs coloured with red promarker to finish the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Scrappyland - anything goes

Simon says wed challenge - add a sentiment

The Paper shelter- dies and punches

seize the birthday - anything goes