Saturday, 15 April 2017

April Technique - Shaker card

A very quick post to show this card for Christmas Card Throwdown.
Our April technique challenge is:

I'm not at all happy with my card but here it is:

It's not what I'd planned and I've had no time to spend on making it better. The first idea resulted in glitter all over my desk and shoes!
Do have a go at our challenge and show me how it should be done! You have two weeks to play along. 
I'm going away to try again for next week. Do visit the rest of the DT cards, they are amazing as ususal. 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

It's your birthday...

Hello lovely crafters.
I bought a stamping magazine last week even though I'd decided not to buy any more stash for a bit. I saw it at a great price here so that was that. Sorry if I'm leading you astray too.
To assuage my guilt I made a card immediately!

I added the dots after 'It's your birthday' as I feel it's rather like saying 'You've had your hair cut'. You usually know both of these things. 

I've glued all the flowers straight down so the card is quite flat even though it gives the impression of dimension. I'm challenging myself to colour as I'm not great at it. These turned out ok, I think.  

So inside I added a 'Let's celebrate' and a couple of spare flowers:

 I'd cut and coloured the flowers when I saw the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches and thought that would work well here.

I'm also entering this into Mrs A's Butterfly challenge #75 Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky. 
I've repeated the flowers and the blue border and butterfly are 'Night sky' colours though I have seen purple too, on occasion, green may be pushing it but maybe in a thunderstorm (or the Northern Lights!)
Also popping over to Pixies Snippet's Playground. My snippets mountain is mostly white so I've used a few here. Everything bar the card base is snippets. It's lovely weather for running around with friends.

All the stamps are from the Creative Stamping #41 apart from the butterfly which is from JustRite Lilies and Butterflies. There is a butterfly with this set but it was a bit too big for this card.
I've coloured with Pro-markers and added a Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flower centres. 

I hope you've had the beautiful weekend weather we've had. Enjoy your week.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Theme - Musical Notation

It seems that we have suddenly whizzed on into April. How did that happen?

 It means that it's time for another challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a theme that should get you all humming.

I've been using up my stash and things found lying around! 
The musical notes where in a packet of die cuts I bought once, ready cut, so I can't tell you the brand, I'm afraid. The background was left over from the last card I made. I used emboss resist and then inked and stamped the snowflakes and flourishes.

I've added the fa la la's with these little peg stamps. See the A is black, I tried using the wrong end! What a fool.
I usually forget I have these but  they are useful for all sorts of things.
I practised on a piece of scrap first to get the spacing right and managed to avoid getting any black marks from the corners.  There is definitely an art to it.  

The finished card is nice and flat for posting, I avoided adding any more dimension. 

You have two weeks to join in with the challenge, we look forward to seeing your designs. 

I've used:
Mememto Teal Zeal
Personal Impressions snowflake stamps
Artemio flourish stamps
Dovecraft peg letters. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

CCT Burgundy, lime and cream - you still have time to join in.

Here is another card for the Christmas Card Throwdown colour challenge. 


I think this was heavily influenced by our previous sketch challenge. I used scraps of card to raise up the front and make the circle indented. This has made it quite weighty but I hope not too thick to post. 
You might be able to see a bit better here:

I'm still using the cream card which I mentioned in a previous post. The front has odd purple swirls on it but the back is very pretty. I'll be sorry when I run out as I can't get any more. 
Do have a go at this challenge, you have one more week to play. 
As I write this there are very few entries, either everyone is very busy or the colours have put people off. If you are not sure about them you could try using just a little bit of colour, as I have here.  

I'm also skipping over to Pixie's snippets playground. I've used quite  few snippets on the front and to pad it out and raise it.  
Also Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days Challenge which is to enter a Christmas Card between 25th and the end of each month. As this is the 25th, I'm heading over there.  

I've used:

Inky Doodles - Print backgrounds 2 stamps. 
Tonic circle die
Tattered Lace edge die
Cranberry and Twisted Citron ink pads
Wink of Stella clear pen.
I don't have names for the other items.  

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Confused about the seasons...

I've got Christmas and Spring going on here.
This is a card I have made for the current Merry Monday challenge. I'm just nipping in before the deadline.

I used a piece of coated Clarity paper and stamped a few snowflakes and swirls in Versamark. Then I inked on top and stamped some more over the inking. It's not showing up very well here. 

The die cut snowflake is embossed in bronze. It's a scrummy colour combination which I'd like to use again.

Just to prove I don't only make Christmas cards... For speed I'm adding this card to the same post. 
Stamplorations March challenge is:

 Also a lovely challenge as we are all revelling in the first signs of spring. I chose yellow and green and nothing says spring more that daffodils:

I embossed the daffodils in white, painted them in with inks then, when it was all dry, ironed off the embossing. This gives a brilliant effect which looks as though you have painted it. That is way beyond my skills!

I should have made the border very slightly bigger but too late now. 
I've used Stamplorations 'Flowers and Frames' for the border and 'Balloons and Banners' for the sentiment.

 I hope you've had time for the things you love this weekend. x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

March colour challenge - Christmas Card Throwdown.

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 

This time it's a colour challenge. 

Don't be scared, just think of it as red and green. 

I've freestyled with this, not something I often do. I thought boxes couldn't be too difficult to draw!
I drew and cut out the parcels, stamped a few patterns on them then chose some matching thread for the bows. I hope they won't come undone. I've added a tiny drop of glue on the back of the knot and somehow managed not to get it on the front.
I toyed with various ideas for adding a border round the edge but in the end I just left it how it was. 

We are always amazed by cards entered into our challenge, so clever and varied.  I look forward to seeing what you do with this one. You have two weeks to play along.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Inky star

 Here is a card I've made for a nephew. It's a very simple idea. I used Brushos on wet paper then when it was dry I cut out the star.  Then folded the paper in half to make the card. I glued an insert over the back of the cut star.

I turned the outside frame of the star around so it made a bit of a contrast with the patterns in the paint. 
Are you wondering why that sentiment is plonked there?
I tried to be clever and stamp the sentiment 3 times directly onto the card. 

WHAT! No. Don't do that! Why did I do that? 

I was very cross as I loved the rest of the card, so that oval is covering it up. Hey, it looks ok!

I'm linking this to the current Stamplorations CAS challenge and the Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.
I've used
Namless set of star dies (from China - you guessd)
Brusho - Ultra marine.
Stamplorations - Balloons and Banners stamps. 
JustRite oval die