Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Christmas Alert

It's half-term this week, and realising that the next school holidays will be Christmas has made me ramp up the card-making!

Here I used a sketch by Sunday Stamps:

This is an old magazine freebie stamp that I stumbled across while looking for something else. I can't actually remember using it before - it's quite small, but I thought it would work with this sketch. I coloured it using watercolour pencils. To match the sketch, I drew in the horizon line and then one below the image. The sentiment is MFT and the embossing folder is Taylored Expressions. 

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Jungle Animal

This week at City Crafter , Lucille wants you to use a jungle animal on your project.

I made this 'new baby' card at my daughter's request - it is the second time this year that she has asked for a lion card for a baby called Leo, so that name must be climbing the charts right now.

I used a Lettering Delights SVG cutting file. The file has the whole lion but I enlarged it and cropped it so I was just left with half the face.

I hope you'll join us at CCCB with your jungle animal makes- but first please go over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Thanks a Bunch


The image here is a stamp by Concord and 9th - I've used it loads and it's BY FAR my favourite ever flower stamp.  In fact , before I got this, I rarely used flowers as my main image. Since then I've bought many more flower stamps, trying to get the same happiness from them...but nothing has quite hit the spot!

Here I embossed it in white and watercoloured it using Distress Inks.

I'd like to enter:
Cas on Friday  flowers
Addicted to Stamps  flowers
Creative Craft Cottage  use a sentiment

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Pro-Am Showdown #14- Woodland Christmas


This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

Here is the card that inspired me: 


the original , professional card 

I used a Stamping Bella stamp that I saw on second-hand on  Ebay - I got it quite cheaply - and I felt it had a similar feel to the original card.  I embossed it in white and then watercoloured with Distress Inks. Watercolouring is not my forte so I'm hoping the blotchiness is part of the charm (haha!).  The sentiment came from another set ( can't remember!) .

I'd like to enter:
The Holly and the Ivy 
Christmas at Sweet Stampin 
Crafty Animals 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - Autumn Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by the photo below:

I was inspired by the autumn theme and the prickly look of the sparklers. I made a one-layer-card - the hedgehogs are by Paper Artsy, the sentiment by Mama Elephant and the leaf arrangement is Stampin Up. 

I gave this card to my grown-up daughter and she asked which of us is the bigger hedgehog - she overtook me height-wise years ago (although not necessarily width-wise!). 

I hope you will come over to Inkspirational and see the fabulous makes of the DT...then enter our challenge!

I'd like to enter:
Moving Along with the Times  autumn
Passion for Promarkers anything goes (coloured with Promarkers)
Always Fun monochrome
Sparkles Monthly  autumn colours 

Bicycle Pop Up Box Card

I'm lucky enough to own a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine, which means I can buy cutting files and make some great shaped cards. I do think, though, that the fun comes with adapting the designs and 'making them my own'.

Here I took a Lori Whitlock pop-up box card , and adapted it for a 60th birthday card. Here's the original design:

As you can see, the major change is that I altered the middle section to make the numbers. The patterned paper is two sides of the same sheet by Simple Stories. The sentiments are by MFT and Clearly Besotted.

I'd like to enter:
Crafter's Cafe shaped card
Little Red Wagon  shaped card 
Seize the Birthday  anything goes 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ice Skater



I made this card to join in a few challenges. It was also a challenge to photograph it! Mirror card is really hard to photograph and also, I've barely seen daylight this week.

The image is by Penny Black - I paper-pieced the skirt with a scrap of patterned paper. The sentiment is Hero Arts and I punched some snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Card Throwdown  winter sports
Through the Purple Haze  untraditional Christmas Colours
Jingle Belles pink Christmas
Fab n Funky  paper piecing

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Pumpkins

This week , at City Crafter  we want you to include a pumpkin on your project.

Here I used a Stamping Bella scientist stamp and tried to give it more of a Halloween feel.  I masked off the things that were on the bottom of the stamp, by her feet, and added a pumpkin (Inkydoodles) instead. The background is a newspaper stamp by Prima.

I hope you will join us with your pumpkin projects, but first do come over to the City Crafter blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Cards in Envy dress up
Crafty Cardmakers  spooky
Use your Stuff  add a pumpkin

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cobbled Together


Here's a card that's been cobbled together over a period of time. The image is a digi from Mo's digital pencil, that I coloured and glittered and didn't know what to do with next!

Last week, when I was feeling tired and uninspired, I played around with a bag of scraps and put the card together. The paper on the left was one that I made ages ago using a Hero Arts background stamp and following a Jennifer McGuire tutorial - I can't remember how it was done now!  Finally I stamped the sentiments.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  leftovers
Addicted to Stamps  holidays
Cardz4Galz monochrome - hope it fits as I've used a lot of shades of blue and the rules say you can use a contrast neutral

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Guest Designer at Try it On Tuesday - Halloween


Today I am honoured to be Guest Designer at Try it on Tuesday!  The theme is Halloween. 

The fabulous Design Team at TIOT make wonderful mixed media projects, and this inspired me to get my pinny on and get messy. First I got playing with alcohol inks and made lots of backgrounds (expect to see them cropping up over the next few months!) This one was the one I thought was spookiest. 

The carved pumpkin was cut on the Silhouette electronic cutter.  I embossed it with an embossing folder and added wax. The sentiment is Clearly Besotted. 

Thank you Try It On Tuesday - it's great to join you for this challenge! 



I'd like to enter:
Double D  fright night 
Crafty Calendar  Halloween 



City Crafter Challenge Blog - What a Fun-ghi!


I chose this week's theme at City Crafter - use a mushroom/toadstool (however small) on your project. 

For my DT card, I used three mushrooms - one by Mama Elephant and the other two by Jillibean Soup. The Mama Elephant one had spots and stripes on it, so I doodled on the other two to make them match. The 'grass' is a fancy border stamp - very old- I think it was from Basic Grey. The sentiment is from the same Jillibean Soup set. 

I hope you'll come over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog, see what the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own funghi creation. 



I'd like to enter:
HLS cas one layer 
Casology  odd - odd number of mushrooms and one mushroom stamp is from a different set. 



Monday, 9 October 2017

Cheap Thrills

Last week one of my work-friends showed me two big paper packs she'd got from Lidl (a budget supermarket) for only £3.50 a pack. As I don't live near a Lidl , she was kind enough to pick some up for me. There are some that are almost too lovely to cut into. Here, I used two of the papers with a Samantha Walker owl cutting file. The sentiment is Alte New. I embossed the base card with a woodgrain folder and distressed everything.

I'd like to enter :
Shopping Our Stash  thanks
Aud Sentiments  die cuts

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 13- Old Technology




glitter shot 

This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

Here is the card that inspired me: 

These days I rarely see a classic red, British phone box, but before mobiles they used to be everywhere. In fact, when I was a teenager we didn't have a house phone and I remember calling employers.looking for my first job, from the phone box at the end of our street. 

Although it was only after I made my card that I started to wonder what phone boxes have to do with Christmas???!!!

The phone box is by Artemio; the foliage by Papermania, the sentiments are Hero Arts and Avery Elle. I used Enamel Accents for snow and fine glitter for frost. 

I'd like to enter:
The Male Room - Technology 
Just Us Girls  (moon)light 
HLS Christmas  silhouette (the foliage) 


Double Polar



glitter shot 
Here's a polar bear and a polar grid.

The stamps are all by Flora and Funa, and the polar grid is a stencil I've had for a long time and can't remember the brand.

I'd like to enter:
Casology grid
Simon Says Stamp  Christmas


Politically Inspired


'I work all night , I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay...'

That's what it's felt like lately. I haven't done any crafting all week (which is unusual for me) and when, this weekend, I found I had the time to craft, my mojo had disappeared.

Luckily, inspiration was lurking in an unusual place - my partner's bedside table!
the book that inspired me
So, as you can see, I sort of recreated the cover of this political book!

The fox stamp is by Stampin Up - I over-stamped it in two different colours to get the foxy shade I wanted. The sentiment stamps are from Wplus9, MFT and Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Less is More  hot and spicy
Make My Monday  Animal Antics


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - One Layer Card



Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to make a one-layer-card. I seem to make a lot of these lately. 

The cat (Stampin Up) is a solid stamp and when I stamped it in orange, I didn't feel it had enough 'presence' .So I drew round the outline with a pen.  I also added pen detail to the kite (also Stampin Up) and added a doodled border. The sentiments are by Waffle Flower and the background is a Paper Artsy stencil. 

I put this card in my son's bag when he went on a five-day school activity trip. When he came back I found it with his wet clothes - the pen outline had almost disappeared and there was an orange wash over the front of the card! 




I'd like to enter:
Aloha Friday  kiddy cards 
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Shake it Up

At City Crafter  this week , Kirsty wants us to use a shaker element.

For my DT project  I made a black and white shaker card with a Mama Elephant panda.

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 

I'd like to enter 
Make My Monday  animal antics 
Stamp Ink Paper  cardmaker's Choice 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Parental Advisory - Innuendo Inside




Hi everyone. I'm just breaking off from a lovely weekend of marking students' work to post this. (I'm hoping to catch up with visiting my favourite bloggers later.) Please may I ask you not to read any further into this post if you might be offended by some slightly risque innuendo.



Still here? Okay.... my (grown-up) daughter asked me to make a birthday card for her friend who has a naughty sense of humour. We came up with this idea together. It's a big card (8 x8) with a large cockerel on it. And inside my daughter will write 'Here's a big cock for your birthday.'

The cockerel is a cutting file from SVG cuts and I added a circle of foiled paper, glitter, a red feather and a gold embossed sentiment . The base card is embossed with  woodgrain which I then covered with pale gold wax.

I'd like to enter Shopping Our Stash - Not your Momma's card - although it is my daughter's momma's card!
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog- Colourful Birds


Our new challenge at City Crafter is to create a project with many colourful birds on it.

Here I used stamps by My Favorite Things, and although it looks pretty simple, there was lots of masking needed to get all the birds round the cage!

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 



I'd like to enter:
Allsorts - things with wings 
Time Out  quote 
Just us Girls  photo