Monday, 26 June 2017

Snorkelling Paradise

 I was lucky enough to win this fab collage die in one of the memory box blogs blitz earlier this year and it really is such a fun die to work with. I cut the die on white card using a rectangle off cut to create a panel that would fit onto an 5 card with a couple of borders. I then used distress inks to  a piece of white card A5 size and used distress inks to create a  colour the outer surround of the collage using greens and blues so it would be slightly darker than the base I intended creating. The fish and weeds on the collage I coloured with promarkers. Don't you just love the bubble effect. My intention was to create a window effect as though looking into or out of a cave couldn't decide which it would be.

I then took another offcut of white card and marked the edges of the collage window lightly with pencil. I then again used distress inks and using the bits that pop out of the collage as a stencil I colored some fish on my base. I then coloured the 'water' with blue distress inks and layered this behind my collage. This layer not only formed my background but also a matting layer so 2 jobs done in one.

The card base I again used white card and a fiskars embossing board of waves to add texture and dimension and tie in with the collage too. I layered my images onto the card and added a friendly crab to finish off. My card was coloured with Promarkers and then covered in pva glue to give a shiny effect. I only used pva as my glossy accents seems to have dried up.

I love how it turned out and think it will make a great birthday card for my step brother next month as not only is it summery but has a crab on which is his star sign Cancer (only just thought of that).

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

Daring card makers -inspired by the sea

Do-Al(l) -Kreative -create a background

crazy 4 challenges - use water

glitter n sparkle -anything goes

creative fingers -anything goes

Penny's -anything goes

Creatalicious- anything goes optional dies/punches

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A weed or not a weed that is the question?

Anyone who knows me knows I love daisies , I love all flowers but I do have favourites just like everyone else and daisies are top of my list. I believe in a quote I think from Eeyore  that 'weeds are flowers too' and for me a weed is just a flower in the wrong place and in my garden I do have rather a lot of those at present.

Anyway I remember mum having some Michaelmus daies in her garden as a child they just looked like purple daisies so when out with mum one day whilst waiting for a tram I saw some growing on waste ground I wandered over and pulled one up just one sinlge daisy. Mum said it would die before we got home but when home I put the wilted flower in water and the following day it had sprung back to life nd I planted it. That was aboyt 15 years ago and now I have lots of daisies in places I don't want them but I keep pulling them up before they go to seed and still they come . A few is ok but not sure I like it when they take over.

Michaelmas daisies not only make me think of my childhood but summer too so my CAS card was designed with that in mind.

I used a daisy stamp and masking  created a strip of flowers., which I coloured with promarkers. They are a little more purple than the daisies I have in my garden but I love the richness of that deep colour. I then cut the strip so some of the petals were trimmed and mounted on some green mirri card to give a border. I finished the card by adding to a white base card.

No sentiment as yet as it could be birthday , thank you  or even a get well card and I could add a peel off or a mini tag so the card could go landscape or portrait depending on the sentiment position but I think I like it landscape for a change.

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

Colour crazy -anything goes

create and makes -anything goes optional use yellow

Addicted to stamps and more - anything goes

flower power challenge - anything goes

It's no great Diorama

In fact it's quite cute and dinky well I think so. I was inspired by Olga from Poppystamps design team as she made a diorama along with so many other fab projects which although could be cards are like little landscape masterpieces in card and paper. 

I decided to have a play with some of my dies as I am loving learning and trying new techniques combining with and without stamps and this is what I came up with. 

I cut 3 stitched rectangle frames from white card , and cut some strips that I scored to concertina for the sides which can fold so if I wanted the diorama could fold flat in an envelope for posting. I created my different scenes on each of the frames. The foreground I used a grass die , some baby bunnies and butterflies. 

 Behind the bunnies I added green vellum and added a meadow and added a mum and baby deer. 

 The second frame I added a second meadow a little taller and two more deer one a stag with antlers so now I had a big happy family. 

 I used green vellum for the meadows as this allows light to pass through but you could do each layer with just white card if you wanted to.

On the back of the final frame I added green vellum cut with a cloud die to form a tree line then a  full rectangle of white vellum and created my sky scene using birds and  a hot air balloon.

Here you can see all 3 layers , I took the photo on a slight angle tp show this.

Here you can see the diorama with the light behind it, only sunlight but you could use artificial light of some kind too.

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

Allsorts -use 2 or more dies

HLS - anything goes with dies

city crafter - frame it

TTCRD - anything goes

Deep Ocean challenges - dies,chipboard and punches

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Bold and bright summer birthday

I love bright colours so summer is my favourite season ,well actually I love each season for different reasons but I'm a sunshine girl so when we get them fleetingly in the UK usually a hot summers day is my ideal. In my ideal world everyday would be warm and sunny and we could have rain after 10 pm and all done by  5 am that way everything would be perfect well I can dream.

I tend to have more male cards to make in my family though the first couple of weeks in august are girly birthdays which I often struggle a bit with but hey ho, so male birthdays are my comfort zone  and normally I find if I talk to my hubby that guys tend to prefer dull drab subdued colours , like most men would choose to wear grungy colours. I know in summer they throw that out the window and if on holiday go nuts and wear things they wouldn't normally be seen dead in , I love people watching when on vacation especially men's fashion, sorry I digress. My son is a little different in his colour choices as he is partially colour blind and can only see the red end of the spectrum. Anyway I decided to use some bright summer colours for my birthday card and as the guy in question will be on vacation for his birthday I think it will be perfect.

It was quick and easy to make once I had decided what to do, I used a poppy stamps die ,love this its so versatile, actually I had used the out cuts on two of my fathers day cards and have saved the others for later use. I cut it in white card and pushed out the letters to leave blank spaces. I then used a selection of promarkers and simply coloured in bands across the card rainbow style over lapping slightly so they all blended into one another. I then used some black glossy card to make a card base and simply stuck the die to the front it fits perfectly leaving a tiny black border. Haven't added an insert but will use a silver pen to write my message  but you could add a paper insert if you wanted so you could use ordinary pen. 

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

Glitter and sparkle -bright colours

poppystamps challenge -rainbow wishes

scrappyland - anything goes

crafty creations -anything goes

the crafty addicts -summer colours

cards in envy - you're the man

use your stuff - warm summer colours

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hey Dude

My step brother has a big birthday coming up and will be celebrating whilst away on holiday so thought I best get his card done ahead of time so it can be sneaked along with my niece. This image was a freebie but can't for the likes of remember who it is by (sorry) but somehow reminded me of my step brother. Think its more the hands position when he gets dancing at family parties hope he sees the funny side.


I coloured him with promarkers in the loudest way I could well it will be their summer holiday with hopefully loads of sunshine.I then fussy cut him out. My base for him I made with some of my new distress inks its a bit patchy as I am very much still a novice and haven't quite mastered the blending milaki yet but once my man was positioned it looked ok. 

The sentiment is from a mix of dies , a happy birthday background die from poppystamps and a sissix die for the 'Dude'. The 50 is a peel-off coloured with the same promarker, think I ought to put some number dies on my wish list too. I used Dude not because I'm hip or talk like that but to put brother on my card as I normally would just didn't feel right with the image. I decided to tilt all the characters slightly as I wanted to give the feeling of movement as my guy walks across the beach, maybe he has his hand up to stop him walking into stuff as he obviously needs a haircut doesn't he?

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

crafty creations -anything goes

As you like it -favourite kind of card to make
(birthdays as you can personalise them and they will always be different from any of the rest)

Craft Rocket - for men/boys

Dies R us -masculine

Pearly Sparkles -masculine

4 crafty chicks -birthdays

Everybody Art -anything goes

Die cuttin divas - anything goes

Art Impressions -white space is nice space

creative fingers -anything goes

A gem of a challenge -any male image

Caught a bug?

I found inspiration in my husband ,well from the fact I over heard him telling a colleague on the phone he had a bad cough chesty thing again . I suspected as he was also complaining of itchy eyes that in reality he had hayfever but hey ho sorry guys all I can say is 'man flu'.

Anyway I decided to make a get well sort of card and went along with the'caught a bug ' idea and as I was sat at my desk looking at the garden I remembered how as kids we would go bug and butterfly hunting and come home with jars of bugs that after all parents had seen were set free once more.

I have some fab ladybug dies I just love 'em think they are poppystamps but might be memory box so took one of them from my ready made supply. I tend to make a whole bunch at a time ,it's very therapeutic and stuck it on a leaf sprig not sure what die might be joy .
The jar I cut from vellum and simply drew free hand then cut out as with the lid too.

I drew 2 black parallel lines on my white base card for a shelf an put my jar on it.I then hand wrote my sentiment.

I finished my card with some more hand-drawing stitching around the edges and card done. The jar is only stuck down the sides with double sided tape and the bug with a sticky pad so when the jar is over it it bows slightly giving dimension and the sunshine was kind to me when taking the photo and cast a shadow which shows it quite well.

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

CASology - medicine

crafting when we can - black white and a splash of colour

tuesday throwdown - stitching

cute card thursday - bugs/butterflies

Friday, 2 June 2017

Daisy doodle journal

I bought a notebook that I thought I might use as a journal, I already have one and am using it to write my weekly thoughts and progress about my weight loss journey. I love the kraft cover but wanted to brighten it up and personalise it a little.

I used a forever friends stamp that is holding a bunch of daisies one of my favourite flowers. I stamped in versamark ink and embossed with white powder. I then used a small daisy stamp not sure what brand but decided to do a little masking and form an overlapping chain , again stamped and embossed in white powder. The versa,ark ink smudged in places with the masking but I think it gives it a little character.

I coloured both images with pencil crayons and loved the soft effect they give . Now I have a new journal ready for when I fill the existing  one.

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

Creative inspirations - your favourite things

CAS on Sunday - repetition pattern

Artistic Inspirations - anything goes optional flowers

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ship Ahoy

I've had this cute LOTV image coloured in for ages but just haven't gotten around to making it up into a card. I coloured it with a mix of promarkers and sakura gel pens and then fussy cut the image /die cut in a simple circle.

I decided I wanted to keep the card clean and simple in design and found the perfect layout in the challenge at the paper players. I used a piece of card that was the out-cut from an aperture card that was part of a kit I bought when I first started crafting from QVC think it was a kanban kit but not sure.

I finished the card using some washi tape that I bought when they first became a trend but have never used so I finally broke into the stash.I finished my card with a peel off sentiment.

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

AAA cards - Birthday

I love promarkers - superhero/for a child

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Two for the price of one

I recently decided to venture into the world of distress inks and bought some of the new oxide ones, I am still learning but love the results you get just from being messy. 

I loved the backgrounds I created so much I decided to use them for my fathers day cards. I decided to keep them fairly clean and simple and use some die cuts cut in white card. I used memory box,open studio and poppy stamps dies. I cut a stitched rectangle , well 2  to create a frame , I love these as they give an embossed stitched line around the edge. I used this to create the frame for my card and attached over my background and trimmed to size.

I cut the bulrush and stuck into position. The sentiment I created using one of the 'happy' words  from the happy birthday background die . The 'father's day' is a stampman stamp which I stamped in versamark and embossed in white powder on vellum. I used tape behind the sentiment to attach to the card. 

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

4 crafty chicks - father's day

Craft - father's day /male

AAA - embossing

cards und more -father's day

Penny's -anything goes

Time out challenges -flowers and friends make life's garden

My 2nd  followed the same  design but I used a different coloured background,

 a different 'happy' and also added a dazzling dragonfly .

I love how it changes the look of the card totally. One of these cards not sure which yet will be winging its way to Tenerife to my father in law so it needed to be fairly CAS and fit into an envelope.

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

Cardz for guys -fav colour combo
(I love blues and greens and white)

Do-AlKreatives - let's talk our love

Auds sentiments - anything goes

stampavie and more - man or boy

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cottage trellis

I love the poppystamps cottage platform die and side panels but I set myself a task of thinking of a different way to use this die and came up with the idea of a gate fold matchbook style card using the fence panel of the cottage platform as a trellis. I cut my card to the size of the die and fed the end I wasn't cutting the trellis from through the die so it didn't cut the base area of the die and then turned the card round and repeated the process on the other end of the card.
I used another poppystamps die the brighton flower border and coloured it with promarkers inspired by the clematis flowering in my garden earlier than they should be .I attached these to the 2 trellis panels.
I decided that the card needed something extra so used anther piece of card and embossed it with a wall embossing folder and coloured it with a mix of brown red and orange inks. I then attached to one of the trellis side and turned my gate fold style card into  a matchbook style card. I added 3 little butterflies again coloured with promarkers.

My mum hasn't been too well the last couple of days so I decided to send her a card to cheer her up and as she loves her garden this seemed like the perfect card to do this . She has a black cat so I added one to her card again a poppy stamps die and coloured it with distress inks.

My mum loved the card and the cat and said she is feeling a little better.

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

poppystamps challenge - flower power

Double D - flowers galore

creative craft cottage - include an animal

Friday, 19 May 2017

retro flowers

I love this stamp ,it was one of the first I bought from The stamp man when I started delving into the world of rubber stamping and card making . I love it for another reason too ,it reminds me of my Gran and Great -granny now neither with us any more. My granny use to fascinate me when she set her hair , I was mesmerised as a child as once she had washed her hair she took big metal clips that were about 6 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide and looked like long thin hair clips or claws of now. She would push her hair upwards and attach the clips and wait for her hair to dry and she'd remove the clips and her hair would look just like this picture. I was never able to find any clips like them in any shops and I did look ( but I found a picture of some see below and now I have really short hair I found some for sale on eBay) even as a child as my hair was always dead straight , I think they must have been something that had lasted her lifetime as when I look at pictures of her from her wedding day onwards she always had the same hairstyle and she was born in 1893.

Image result for 1920 hair styling tools

I stamped the image on white card and coloured with promarkers. 

I decided to frame the image with some brushed metallic silver card as I wanted to create a card with soft colours for a change as I usually go to bright colours. I created a background using more stamps from the stampman set and again stamped on white card this time with a grey ink. I layered this on more brushed metallic silver card.
I finished the card using this fab poppystamps art deco roses die which I coloured with spun sugar distress inks and layered these in the corners.

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

Glitter n sparkle -for a lady

Cupcake inspirations- photo challenge/mothers day

Use your stuff - metallics

Crafty catz -more than 2 layers

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fussy cut Flutterby

I love butterflies and this butterfly collage is no exception . I decided to try something a little different this time.I die cut the collage on a white base card . I added another  sheet of card beneath the die cut but first randomly coloured it with patches of pinks purples and reds.
I then fussy cut around the edge of the butterflies nearest the opening of the card.
I decided to use this card as a thank you card so added a sentiment using a gold peel off ,quite quick to make but love how it turned out.

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

Pearly sparkles- things with wings

crafting when we can - bright and colourful

Dream Valley -things with wings

Cards in envy- favourite colours
( I love purples and lilacs and blues together 
and pink just seemed to work too)

cute card thursday - dies and punches

MAWTT- butterflies

Spring and the start of a new adventure

My niece and her fiance have just moved into their first home together, they have been looking forward to this for so long and I am so happy for them as they start a new chapter in the adventure of their lives together.
I made a card for them and hopefully it will be one of the first things to drop through their letter box rather than brown envelopes.
I used this fun LOTV stamp and coloured with promarkers after stamping on an open studio by memory box basics stitched rectangles on white card. I cut another plain rectangle slightly larger than the image rectangle and coloured the edge with the same colour I used for the clock on the image.
I decided to add a simple hand written sentiment to finish off.

I wanted to add something to finish the card but wasn't sure what until I found a sketch to follow and decided on some lucky clovers  ( again from memory box)  which again I cut on a scrap of white card and coloured with promarkers .

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

Pink Gem - Spring fever

Crafts and me - anything goes

Unicorn challenge - special occasion

Outside the box - magic markers

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sunny days

I recently got some new chameleon pens so am experimenting with them they are quite fun to play with but I still love my promarkers too and am still getting to grips with my spectrum noir aqua colours. My hubby bought me the chameleons after watching their videos on facebook as he was quite taken with them though hasn't yet asked to play which I really thought he would.

Anyway I to play with some dies I treated myself to and hadn't got around to using so decided to make a tag which I can either use as a tag or I could use as a topper on a card. I used the cloud die and coloured with the chameleons I love how you get so many shades from one pen. I used the tag die to cut the cloud die to fit onto the tag and line up the stitching. 

I used a flower border which I coloured with promarkers taking inspiration from the flowers in my garden. I used a cute bunny to add some fun as I think he might jut fancy nibbling on the sweet flowers.
I love the proper umbrella die which I cut in rainbow card love the graduation variant and added it at an angle after folding on the score lines.

I added the cute sentiment from lily of the valley  and drew in some raindrops to finish.
I love how it turned out.

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

HLS CAS - Rain

As you like it -favourite die
(my newest dies always seem to be my favourites)

If you give a crafter a cookie - April showers bring may flowers

Scrappy Land -anything goes
(Memory box and poppystamps dies)

Craftaholics R us -spring colours

country view -flower power

Make it Monday - May flowers