Friday, 18 August 2017

Hibiscus



 Flower stamps are something I don't have many of , i don't seem to make many girly flower cards, not sure why, but I decided  to buy one , and at present I seem to have a thing for hibiscus as one of the last dies I bought was an hibiscus too.The stamp is by Sheena Douglas.


I coloured the stamped image with a mix of promarkers and chameleon pens, I love the effects you can get but I'm still learning.

i decided to keep my card simple and one layer, but decided it needed something to finish it off. i used some gold peel off strips to frame the card. I decided no sentiment so the card can be used for many occasions and I can always add one at a later stage.

I just can't decide whether it looks better portrait 



or landscape.


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


Stamplorations - anything goes +stamps

Craft stamper - anything goes stamping challenge


HLS CAS - flower

Incy wincy - no words

Stamping sensations -anything goes

curtain call - hibiscus


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunset notes


Summertime brings the opportunity of witnessing beautiful sunrise and sunsets, I guess they happen in winter too but there's something special when it's warm especially if you are by the sea on holiday  .                                                                                                                                                                                      I have been experimenting with my distress inks and water using them as a water colour medium I guess  (inspired by a card I saw a while ago by Dave Tauber from outside the box blog).. I used 3 colours and put them on a silicon mat and spritzed them with water. I then used a brush and layered them on some water colour paper intermingling them at the joints. 

I cut a panel that was just short of half the width of my base card. I used the yellow on a die cut circle to create a sunshine and attached it to my evening sky.


I then added a white card die cut shorebirds and some small birds in flight from Memory box and poppystamps. I completed my card with a stamp from Uniko.


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

Stempelgarten - summertime

MAWTT - things that fly

Kitty bee -anything goes optional summer

Not just cards -anything goes

Crafty friends -anything goes







Saturday, 12 August 2017

Baby love

I bought this stamp purely as I think it's just so cute ,I decided to make a baby card for my stash and as I am more a blue girl than pink kept to that as my pallate. I will probably make a pink one too real soon .


I coloured with promarkers and added some sparkle with aqua noir glitter pen though it doesn't show too well.My photos aren't great so apologies,I bought a photo light box and am still experimenting on how to get the best effect.

I decided on a clean and simple look and die cut the image with an oval but cropped the oval as the image isn't that long and used some lily of the valley paper for the fab poppystamps sentiment 'welcome little one' die all on a white base card.



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

CAS mix up - stamping , alcohol and your choice
(I chose die cut)

Cardz 4 guyz - tiny fingers and tiny toes

Creative with stamps - boys to men


Casology - safari


Shopping our stash - inspired by a spice girl
(baby Spice)




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Memory box shrunk ?

Not really just shrink plastic, I've been experimenting. I used an undersea collage die and an oval die cut into shrink plastic and then coloured with pastel shades of promarkers before using a heat gun to shrink it. Before shrinking I used a hole punch to create a hole would be able to thread ribbon through. I was so pleasantly surprised when it had shrunk , some of the bits were a bit fidley to get flat but reheating soon sorted that. I threaded a piece of thin aqua ribbon through the hole and done. 
I originally thought I would mount it onto a distress inked background but I actually think it makes a funky piece of summer jewellery and I know no-one will have one the same.

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



Memory box - go with the flow

Dies R us - summertime fun

Squirrels - holiday fun

Polkadoodles -anything goes

colour crazy - anything goes

RRR- anything goes

Aurora wings -the elements
(I chose water)




Patchwork pussy cat - poppystamps


A birthday card for a cat lover. I decided I ought to start using some of my stash that is long neglected, these squares of pretty paper were part of a scrap booking kit , there are loads in the kit all different colours but I decided to go with blues as the recipient is also red green colour blind.
I pieced 9 together to form a quilt pattern. I die cut a selection of cats using Poppystamps dies, and added one to each of the squares top and bottom row.

   


In the centre of the quilt I added a white happy birthday sentiment taken from the out cuts of a Poppystamps happy birthday background die.



The base is just a white square card, quite clean and simple but I think its quite pretty too.


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

Show us your pussies -furrything goes

Unstampabelles - collage mixed media

Creative knockouts - furry friends

Craft rocket - animal kingdom


Daisy chain -anything goes

Jo's scrap shack - anything goes















Borders gone wild - poppystamps style

I discovered die cutting a while ago mainly because I discovered Poppystamps and Memory box dies ( both designed by Dave Tauber) , so guess they are my favourite dies as really they form the majority of my collection of dies.


The card I have made for the challenges below uses 2 Poppystamps dies a happy birthday channel border die and one I have a total soft spot for as I love daises wragged daisy.

I decided on a pretty simple design which was relatively simple to make. I used a deep rich purple base card . I took a piece of white card slightly shorter in width than the card so as to leave a coloured band top and bottom on my finished card and cut the happy birthday channel border 6 times and then attached to the card.

I finished the card but cutting the wragged daisy from a piece of card I had been experimenting with oxide dies on so it has a fab variation of pinks purples and greens. Once attached to the card I used spectrum noir aqua glitter pen to add a bit of sparkle and I am so happy how it turned out, definite a design for the future when I'm in need of a quick card.



It could be adapted so easily for a guy bu just changing the colours and perhaps using leaves or grasses for the embellishment or for a child using some cute animal or even with a stamped and fussy cut image the possibilities are endless. Might have to look for some other channel set borders now but I think they are already on my wishlist.

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

Poppystamps - beyond borders

Little red wagon -favourite products/company currently

The crafty addicts -anything goes optional girly

Pearly sparkles - happy anything

A Gem of a challenge - birthday wishes

Making memories -anything goes / one for the girls/ladies

Simon says - happy birthday





Sunday, 6 August 2017

Memories of the beach



I have many happy memories of holidays in Cornwall and Devon playing in the sand dunes even on wet and windy days, well we were on holiday and intent on having fun.                                                                                                                             I used a mix of dies and decided t have a go at blending using just one colour of distress ink ,one of my new toys that I am slowly learning to play with and getting the results I'm aiming for. 

I used Joanna Sheen seagulls but decided I only needed to use one of them. I used impression obsession fence , a border die I got from amazon that was only a couple of pounds so thought I'd give it a try and the rest of the dies are poppy stamps. 


I decided to create a scene so my base card I cut a stitched rectangle and used a poppystamps cloud die as a stencil to create clouds , I used a post it to create a straight edge then intense colour to create a calm flat sea.

I then cut some rolling hills and grass also a poppystamps die and tinted the edges, I layered them to create the sand dunes. The fences  I coloured and then placed on the top dune but placed and stuck them so they looked a bit worn and dilapidated.


I decided to use the shell border as the front border for my card  I tinted the card and the strips that would probably normally be removed I coloured heavily and in-laid to add depth.

I wasn't sure what colour base card to put my scene on I tried white, kraft or a colour. I thought it would make a good guy card so used my guy (hubby) to ask which he thought looked better ,hence I went with the dark blue. I used a larger card so that added to the frame. I love how the seagull looks like he's flying off the scene .



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

Deep Ocean challenges;- at the beach

CASual fridays - dies only

Penny's -anything goes

Scrappyland - anything goes

Double D -neutrals and texture

Craftaholics - die cuts

come and get it - time to die


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Udderly Awesome

I discovered there is a son and daughter appreciation day on 11th August so as I have a son who I love and am thankful for as he was born at 26 weeks and was given 1/2 % chance of survival I thought I'd give him a card to celebrate him, as now he's in his 20's hugs aren't always cool.

I have this Penny black stamp I think is just such fun and when my son was little one his first attachment was to a black and white checked squeaky cow a friend bought him as a welcome to the world gift. She travelled everywhere for many years ,Greece ,the USA and all over the UK. We once lost her in a supermarket and had to go back in the evening as Daisy the cow hadn't been missed till then and he wouldn't go to bed without her.

There is little colouring to do on this cow and as my son can only see limited colours I stuck to one he says he can see red.


I kept to a limited palette and decided to make it a fun card with a pun using sissix die cut letters which I layered on black slightly offset to create a shadow.


Hope he likes it ,almost makes me want to give it him now instead of waiting till August 11th.

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

Tuesday throwdown - Black white and 1 other colour

CASology - balloons

Pennyblack and more- for the boys

Simon says - anything goes


Craftaholics R us- anything goes

As you like it - favourite colour duo
(don't really have a favourite but love these together so guess they are my favourites of the moment)

Monday, 24 July 2017

Tropical brights


I  combined stamps and die cuts for this CAS card and I love how it turned out. 
I used a hibiscus flower from memory box which I cut in white card and coloured using promarkers amd finished with 3 wee gems on the stamen for added sparkle, my token gesture for girlie.


For the base of my flower I used some Uniko stamps , my first attempt at layering stamps which I did by eye  not sure I got it perfect but love the result. I used 2 green versa inks and created a square which I then fussy cut out. I added the flower to the centre and then attached it to a white base card.


I decided to make my square into a diamond as it just looked better ,well I thought so anyway.Think it will make a nice girlie birthday card or might be in the running for a sister's day card.

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

Passion for promarkers -bright colours

CASology - diamond


Cute card Thursday - summer colours

Penny's - anything goes

Uniko -flowers



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Parent appreciation day

I found  a website that lists many different national and international celebration days whilst looking for the date of brothers day as I know when sister's day is  and wanted to celebrate my brother too.

I found that as well as being vanilla ice cream appreciation day it is also parent appreciation day today so thought I'd make my parents a card, it worked out even better as they were coming for dinner too.

I decided on a simple design and play at the same time too, I stamped some small butterflies in versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I them used spectrum noir aqua pens and water coloured in blue over the whole area.


I then mounted this when dry onto dark blue card.

I added 2 areas to a white base card top and bottom but decided to put a angle on both. I added a handwritten sentiment (though I don't like my hand writing for doing this.)


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


HLS watercolour - blue/ anything goes

Addicted to stamps and more - anything goes

Lemon shortbread - anything goes

country view - things with wings







Incoming,,,

I don't know about other countries but here in the UK many coastal towns have a problem with seagulls who often take it upon themselves to dive bomb people especially if they have any kind of food they can steal , easy pickings I guess.

I recently bought some seagull dies from Joanna Sheen  and decided to make a sea scene but the thought of squawking and dive bombing seagulls took over after spending a weekend in Bristol and being woken each morning by seagulls.


I startred by cutting out the seagulls and colouring them with promarkers along with the wooden poles and chains that came with the beachfront seagull die I also recently bought. I cut some stitched rectangles and on the smallest rectangle I used a poppystamp cloud die to cut some card that I used to chalk over the edges and created a cloud filled sky. I mounted the cloud rectangle to the 2nd rectangle and mounted both onto a white base card. 



I stuck the beach front seagulls to the bottom of the rectangles  towards the edge of the card. I added the flying seagulls to the sky and of scattering of seagulls around the base of the card. I finished the
card with a peel off  harpy birthday sentiment as I thought it would make a great guys birthday card and we have a family friends birthday coming up next month.



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

QKR stampede - up,up and away

cards und more - holiday/summer

Stempelgarten - anything that flies

Aurora wings - fur and feathers

Fairytale challenges - at the coast

Kitty Bee - colour challenge

Everybody Art - summer/tropical

I love promarkers - anything goes



Friday, 21 July 2017

summertime birthday blooms


Another summer birthday card, and as many of you probably know if you visit my blog I don't do girly girly cards so this flower die is a step up for me. I have some girly stamps and that's generally how I make a girly car and though I have tried to add flowers and ribbons to make more girly I always feel the end product looks a bit like a badly travelled pizza. 

I started with a distress ink background I'm slowly getting the hang I think and decided on blues and greens for my colours in a gradient style.


I then added some white die cut flowers  antillles  floral stem from memory box, they do have a bordr die but I only have the stem but decided to make a border of my own. I cut the stem 3 times and laid them across the base of my background., which I had trimmed to fit onto a white base card leaving a small border. 



For the sentiment I stamped in versamark and embossed with white powder on vellum and cut it to fit across the bottom of the card with the sentiment to one side. I finished by adding some blue  and green rain drop gems . For me a girly card.


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

Craft rocket -anything goes

creative inspirations - anything goes

My time to craft -in the garden


Creatalicious - anything goes optional summer

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

crafty creations -anything goes



A new use for wallpaper samples


Don't you just love a bit of sparkle , well I think my hubby thinks I'm part magpie as I'm drawn to sparkle but when it comes to jewellery it has to be of the high end quality and unfortunately for my husband that tends to be expensive but that doesn't mean I'm not choosy as I only have a select few pieces  that I truly cherish.

When it comes to cards that's a different matter and I'm all fr some bargain sparkle so when shopping for wallpaper in a certain DIY store that has a 2 letter name with an and in the middle I found this fab wallpaper and decided to bring home a sample. For those who are pink lovers they also had it in pink. It's glitter paper and has some great shine but as it's  wallpaper there is no shed. In my book that makes it perfect. I did think about buying a full roll but if I did I think it would last me forever.
Anyway the card I have to share with you is a square card and I cut a slightly smaller square of white card for the top layer of my card. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and created a grid of 9 snowflakes. I cut a piece of wallpaper just big enough to fit behind the snowflake layer and then mounted on my base card. I am so happy with this card and the wallpaper too.



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

Little red wagon - Christmas in July

Star in my pocket - Christmas in July

CRAFT - Christmas in July

Cardz 4 Galz - Christmas or winter

HLS Christmas -anything goes optional die cuts

cardz 4 guys - Christmas in July

CAsSual Fridays - Christmas in July


Monday, 10 July 2017

Flowers for a guy?


I had another play with my distress inks , I made the background in colours I would go to for a guy and love how it turned out. I decided I would used the same blue ink to actually stamp some flower silhouettes using wildflower stamps from the darkroom. which I then embossed with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled really quickly as I didn't know how long it would stay wet for, as it happened it was a bit hit and miss but I don't know enough about distress ink to know if this is how they should work to give a distressed look. Either way I think they look ok.


I mounted the image onto a co-ordinating brown card mat  and then both layers onto a white base card leaving a white border.



The sentiment was again a darkroom sentiment of happy birthday stamped onto vellum  again using the same blue distress ink and clear embossing powder ,then matted onto brown card again and placed on the central area of the image near the bottom. 


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

Just us girls - blending

crafty card makers - tic tac toe
(embossing,stamp or digi, summer)

stamping sensations - anything goes with flowers


flower power - embossing wet or dry

Penny's -anything goes

come and get it -make your own background

Simon says-distress

Twinkling flowers all in a row

I do like this technique of stacking die cuts atop each other. My first card you can find here and I explain a little more. For this card I used another poppy stamps die well its likely to be poppy stamps or memory box as they are the majority of dies I own in what I'm sure is quite a small collection (but it will grow).



I used the brighton flower border not sure if it works as well as less intricate dies but I think I made it work. This time I cut 5 in white card and coloured the edges of 4 and one completely using promarkers before gluing and stacking them, I used one of the negatives to keep the shape so it didn't go awry too much. Once dry I stuck straight onto a white base card landscape.

Once that had dried I went over it all with pva glue as I wanted to make it glossy and discovered my glossy accents had become solid and stuck the lid tight so when I tried to turn the bottle top off it split and hence ended up in the bin. I know I could have waited till I got some more but I decided to improvise and it worked quite well I think.


I finished my card with some pretty little gems for extra sparkle. Not sure what sentiment to add as I do have some girly birthdays coming up next month but its also sisters day on the first Sunday in august and I think it would make a pretty cool sisters day card too.

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

crafty galz corner - anything goes




Kitty Bee -girly cards

Pearly sparkles - girlie

Unstampables - everyday is special
twist lots of colour

Poppystamps challenge - just bling it











Right back to my die selection to see what other dies I can stack ,its pretty addictive and love the results too.

just a note to....

I found this technique whilst watching a Jenifer McGuire you tube video I stumbled across on a link from a link you get the idea . I don't have the dies she was using and actually can't remember which brand she used but I loved how her card turned out so decided to have a play and think its a technique I will be using over and over.
This card I made using a selection of poppy-stamps cat dies , I chose 3 different ones and cut 4 of each in white card and one of each in black glossy card.

I then simply glued them all together in stacks 4 white topped with one black so I ended up with 3 thick cats. I was going to colour the edges with black pen but decided I quite liked the white edge it sort of adds different dimension.

I decided to use the Tuesday morning sketches layout and that I would keep it monochrome too, I decided to add a just a note sentiment from Uniko as then I could use the card for a variety of occasions by adding whatever inside,it could be 'just a note' to wish you happy birthday, or to wish you get well, or to wish you good luck,or  to say hello. Endless possibilities and the cats could be equally for boy or girl of any age too although the colours I think might be a little more masculine.

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

City crafter -Black and white


Show us your pussies - furrything goes

The male room - add texture

Jo's scrap shack - anything goes

HLS die challenge -anything goes