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

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Happy red card

Here is another card for our current sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 


 I tried to get a good photo, it's really very red but doesn't look in on my screen. Hopefully it will on yours. 
I've used Inky Doodles stamps again end embossed white on red paper. Then using a small star punch, I punched the stars down the edge and then mounted on the base card so the white shows through. 

I used the punched out pieces on the tag with a touch of glossy accents. I did leave these out of the way to dry so they did not attach themselves to anything else whilst tacky! (See previous).
You still have a week to play along with this challenge. 

I've used 
Inky Doodles - Print Backgrounds 2 and Caroline's Doodles
Sentiment - Creative Stamping #34
Sissix die

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Ideas of summer

What can you do on a wet and windy day but stay in and create a butterfly card? Hopefully conjuring up images of summer. 

The current Butterfly Challenge is G for Glossy Accents and/or the colour slate blue.

I started by picking out this paper which I considered to be slate blue. Then I tried to match the inks I used to the paper.

 They turned out the be nothing like it but, by using a green frame, I think linked it all together. 

I stamped the wreath using various tiny stamps and then winked the butterflies and the centres of the flowers. 

The frame is green though it looks a bit blue here. I wish I'd left off the second butterflies but it's there now. 
Finally, I cut some tiny flowers, coloured them silver and glossied them up. That idea goes to Mrs A. Thank you very much. While they were drying, I managed to get them stuck on things not once but twice. Usually I pop things on the windowsil out of the way. 

As you can see, it suddenly says 'thank you' now. I was going to leave it blank as my brain was aching and I wasn't sure how to add a greeting. Then it came to me so here it is:
 I'm going to run over to Pixie's Snippets Playground, too, as I've used a few snippets. I only used the green as it was lying around having failed on another project.

I've used:
MME paper
Stamps - Card-io, JustRite, Stamplorations, Kaisercraft. I can let you
details on any particular stamp.

Tonic circle die
Tattered Lace (I think) flower die 
Inks- Mountain rose, Forest moss, Lake mist

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CCT - March sketch

No posts from me for ages then two come along at once!

This week at Christmas Card Throwdown we have a sketch challenge for you. 

It's a lovely versatile sketch which I'm sure will be interpreted in many different and clever ways. My original thought was washi tape but then I went in another direction so you can have that idea. (You're welcome).

I've used some paper which came in a goody bag from a show. It has rather odd purple swirls on what should be the front but the back is this lovey cream colour with speckles and a tiny amount of glitter.
I stamped the design then cut the ric-rac edge and slipped a bit of red paper underneath so show off the curves. 
I also coloured the ribbon slightly with pro-marker to darken it. I tried the ink pad but is just made it mucky in this case. I washed it out then I had to get out my hair straighteners to smooth out the creases. Top tip for quickly smoothing ribbon.
I love the red on the cream and the whole card in general, really. 
I hope you'll feel inspired to get creative with this sketch and get ahead on your Christmas cards. You have two weeks for the challenge.

I've used:
All stamps are Inky Doodles apart from the sentiment which is from Creative Stamping #35
Cranberry ink pad
Scraps of ribbon and a brad found lying around

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Going dotty

I've got so many projects on the go just now, I've had very little time for crafting. Also very few birthdays or occasions. 

Less is More are having a birthday month and I really wanted to join in. Due to all the busyness I 've left it almost to the last day! Anyway Happy Birthday and thanks so much for all the amazing inspiration. 
This week it's a sketch:

This is not the card I set out to make but that is often the case, isn't it?

I cut out a circle, stamped a dotty background and gave a very slight inking around the edge. I knew I had some dotty ribbon, it turned out to be a bit too pink so I inked that as well and threaded it through the button.
New dies had just popped through the letterbox so I thought I'd have a go with them. I cut out 'happy birthday' then thought it looked good in white against the card. I'd meant to colour it really. So I cut out some more and lined them up accross the card. 
Easier said than done! They are straight, I assure you.

I'm not really sure how much I like it but I hope you do.

I'm also hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground where they will have forgotten what I look like. I've made a tiny dent in the white snippets mountain.

I've used:
Leane creatief flower die
Tonic circle die
Dove craft dotty paper - snippet
Snippet of dotty ribbon
Nameless sentiment die
Personal Impressions dotty stamp 
Lulu lavender ink

Saturday, 18 February 2017

CCT technique challenge - sunburst/starburst

Here is our new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. Once you get over the shock of making cards out of season, it really is fun to make a stack of cards throughout the year and certainly takes the stress out of it.

The challenge is to use the sunburst/starburst technique. This was new to me but turns out to be very simple. You basically cut strips about 4" long and maybe an inch to inch and half wide, then cut them into long triangles diagonally. It doesn't even have to be accurate. Bonus. Accuracy is not one of my talents.
I have a paper pad which has papers and matching transparent sheets. It's not vellum, it's thicker and less forgiving. I decided that it would be fun to use this as the card would then look pretty with the light showing through. 

What I've learnt: 1. Don't try to be too clever.
                          2. Think it through before you start. 

I cut the strips as directed on the videos I'd watched. When I put it all together I realised that the triangles were not joined together along their long sides. Therefore, even with a frame it was gappy and not rigid. So that went in the bin. (Normally you would glue down onto a base card)

Hmm, didn't think that through.
 I started again with a rectangle of the transparent stuff and glued the other paper on to that so I had a solid base. Much better. 
Except that it won't flatten however long I leave it under a book. Glueing has warped the transparent sheet. Maybe if I leave it in a book for the next 10 months?
Here it is with the light behind, so that idea did work:

I'm not sure why I didn't just stick to something simple but once I'd had the idea that was it.

Do join in with us. The sunburst technique is not nearly as complicated as I imagined and there are numerous videos on The You Tube. Here is one. If you have a stash of Christmas papers to use, this technique is for you.
You have two weeks to join in the fun

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Cosy up

Here is another card I made for the Christmas Card Throwdown challenge

 Afterwards I wasn't sure why I had chosen blue. Perhaps in red or green it would have looked more like a Christmas card. It would be a fun winter birthday card, if I hadn't stamped 'Happy Christmas' on the inside.
However, I love the knitted background. It is one stamp repeated to cover the area and coloured in. I deliberately left it a bit patchy to look like knitting.
I actually made this card befor last week's offering but wasn't sure about it so I had another go. It's growing on me, though, I like the warm feel of it.

Hopefully it will make you feel warm and cosy.
You have one more week to join in with the challenge.  

I've used:
Stamps from Creative Stamping magazine #36 - knitted background, mug and sentiment
Xcut button dies
Blue pro-markers
Patterned paper
Brown brushos for the  hot chocolate
Wink of Stella on the gloves and sentiment. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Saved it.

A quick post to show a card which nearly didn't make it. 
I started it a while ago but then it fell out of favour. Yesterday, I decided to finish it come what may!

It had gone wrong in various ways but I think I saved it. I'm not quite sure about the pink in the background flowers but here it is:

 I'm linking this the Mrs A's Butterfly challenge. The challenge is:
I hope the umber is obvious. The sentiment is stamped under the front and the leaves are tucked under the flower. 
Also 'under' the glued on circle wreath is another stamped wreath which was horrible colours! I told you it had gone very wrong. 

The flower is cut out of some salvaged Christmas paper which I think is rather nice. I wish I saved more of it. The plain brown is the reverse of the striped side. 
So did I save it? 
Have a good crafty week. 
I've used:
Various Card-io, Hobby art and JustRite stamps
Leanecreatif flower and leaf die
Tonic circle dies
Craftwork cards candi coloured pink
Dovecraft alphabet stamps

Saturday, 4 February 2017

CCT theme - drinks

How do you like my Christmas china? No I don't really have Christmas cups but if I did I might choose the pink ones here

This is my card for our new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time the theme is drinks. 

I found this stamp in my stash (nameless I'm afraid) so I decided do to a stack of cups. It did have it's fiddly moments as the stamp is a cup and saucer. I chose two papers and then stamped the cups. I've cut off most of the saucers and made a slit using a knife, for the next cup to slot into. 

I've been doing a bit here and there all day in between stripping wall paper so it wasn't too intense and neither was the decorating. (Guess what I'd rather be doing?)

The tea bag tags are not an original idea, I saw it on Pinterest. Cute though, I think.
I went right through all my hoard looking for the right small stamp to stamp on the tags. 
Even though I've used Christmas papers for the cups I wasn't sure it was very Christmassy so when in doubt add a bit of holly! 
It's mounted on another paper from the same pack so it's the same colour.

Do come and join us and get ahead with your Christmas cards. You have two weeks for the challenge.

 I'm also linking this to Merry Monday where the current theme is  The Magic # is 5!

I've obviously used 5 cups. I started with three but this is better.
I've used:
Docrafts paper which I've been hoarding for a while. 
Inky doodles heart stamp
Other stamps from Creative Stamper magazine.  
Glossy accents for the berries

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

NBUS arty flowers

The lovely Darnell is running another NBUS challenge.
The NBUS - I put a die set on my Christmas List and my son not only bought that but chose this one in addition. What's more, it's exactly the kind I would have chosen myself. 

The optional theme - Apparently yesterday was national Bubblewrap appreciation day. Who knew? 
I also didn't know that there was a list of National days. I've missed 'spaghetti', 'bubble bath' and 'cheese lovers' day but today is  'Inspire your heart with art day'.
So that settled it,  I decided to go arty. 

I've also, not exactly cased but, 'been inspired by' a card of Cornelia's here. (Cornelia's cards are amazing. I don't pretend that mine are in the same class but I loved the colours on this one). That was last week's theme but I'm always a bit slow on the uptake. 

I've also tried out a new technique.
Does that cover all the bases? I do want to have a go with bubble wrap one day.  

So the new, to me, technique is to gently tap the dies with Versamark before embossing, not cutting, with them. Watch here but beware it will waste the rest of your day.  
I then heat embossed in gold, wet the paper and sprinkled on brushos. 
The candi in the centre is also coloured with Brusho.

What I've learnt - be careful if you are going to tape your dies down. This was my first attempt.

Oops. I brushed off all the powder and didn't emboss this one. I added brusho in the same way but there was not the same definition without the heat embossing. I had another go without the tape.

With a brush and some powder I went round the grooves and added some more colour. The card is ok but not as good as the first one.

I've used:
Leane Creatief  Flower 008 dies
Yellow and orange brushos
Craftwork candi
Paper smooches sentiment

I'm also hopping over to the Playground as I've used snippets. 

 It seems that Jan 9th was 'clean off your desk day'. I'm a bit late but I've just been crafting on the windowsill as there is currently no room on my desk so will get on to that pronto!
Take care and have a lovely crafty week. x