Friday, 15 February 2019

Alphabet Soup - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How was your Valentine's Day yesterday? My almost 7 year old asked me whether Daddy was my Valentine and I replied that this year it would be him for a change.  He thought for a while then said he loved me but wasn't in love with me.  I thought that was rather a profound statement for someone so young....

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge and this week Sylvia has chosen 'Alphabet Soup' as the theme so you need to use words or numbers as the focus for your card.  The same child I spoke about earlier celebrates his birthday this weekend so this was the perfect challenge for me to make his card.

I chose vibrant colours and used a number 7 die to form the number in die cuts.  This was one of those cards I chose the elements but wasn't sure whether it would come together and as a consequence it took me longer than envisaged to design, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Hopefully the recipient will like his card.  He's having a party so I have a lot to prepare and then a day out during the week as it's half term so it should be fun.

You can find lots more wonderful inspiration from my fellow team mates HERE and I hope you'll join in.

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Back to Basics Over The Rainbow Pad
Sizzix Dainty Birthday Numbers Die Set
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Frame It Stitched Rectangles
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Die Set
Evertyhing else from my stash

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Pastel Valentines Collection

Happy Weekend!

It's been a great week and I'm really looking forward to having no deadlines this weekend for a change.  I even managed a day off in the week and met up with a very dear friend of mine who I've known for about 15 years now - it was a novelty walking around the shops and having a leisurely lunch before the school run.

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a collection of pastel Valentine cards.  I don't know about you but I tend to associate red with Valentines and fancied trying something a little different.

For all the cards I designed I used distress inks in soft shades to make my backgrounds with a variety of love themed stencils by CrafTangles.

I added die cut shapes to stamp my sentiments on - all with black ink to make them pop!

For my final card I decided to make a shaker using a nesting die set and I think it's my favourite.  I'd love to know which yours is.

So there you have it - a collection of pastel Valentine cards all ready to be posted!  There is a more in depth tutorial of how I made these cards on the CrafTangles blog HERE

I hope you have a good weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
CrafTangles XOXO Stencil
CrafTangles Heart Mesh Stencil
CrafTangles Quilted Hearts Stencil
CrafTangles I Love You Stamp Set
CrafTangles Love Story Stamp Set
CrafTangles Valentines Day Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cupcake Pink Sequins
Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender
Versafine Black Ink
Sizzix Stitched Oval Dies by Tim Holtz
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

CrafTangles February Challenge Inspiration - Just You & Me

Happy Tuesday!

Have you had a good start to the week?  I've been very productive so far and I'm hoping it'll continue as I really want a day off in the week to meet up with a friend.  It's rather an exciting day as my eldest is going to the O2 Arena tonight with his school to take part in the Young Voices 2019 which should be really good.

The CrafTangles February Challenge has begun and it's theme is 'Love is in the Air'.  For my inspirational post I used the the CrafTangles Just You & Me stamp set and the Chit Chat Stencil.

 I coloured the main characters on the stamp set using my Chameleon Pens and Colour Tops.  Don't you think they make a cute couple?!

I have to admit the stencil is a favourite of mine as it is so quirky and fun.  I created an ombre effect through the stencil for the background using my distress inks.  There is a full tutorial over on the CrafTangles blog HERE with further information on the challenge HERE.

Hope to see you again soon!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Just You & Me Stamp Set
CrafTangles Chit Chat Stencil
Chameleon Pens and Colour Tops
CrafTangles Ivory Hearts
Ranger Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Floral Stamped Cards With And Without Colour - CrafTangles DT

Happy Thursday!

What a week it's been - lots and lots of papercrafting going on with very tight deadlines.  I've really enjoyed it and even though I have more work to complete I took a break to finish off these floral cards that I coloured in last week.

I find colouring therapeutic.  I need time to colour - it's something that can't be rushed for me.  So in this post I've picked a couple of the latest floral stamp sets from CrafTangles.

For my first card I used my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens on watercolour card.  The tulips are just gorgeous aren't they?  Roll on Spring!

Next up I used the same stamp set but no colouring.  I just felt the stamp was so detailed and gave such a crisp image that it didn't require any colour.

Instead I masked off the image and used my distress inks to create a colourful background with some spatters of water for added effect!

For my final card,  I opted for kraft card which lends itself so well to coloured pencils.

I love my Chameleon pencils as they have just the right consistency so you can control your shading  easily.  A couple of stitched die cuts finished the card.  You can find more detailed information on how I made these cards on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

I'm afraid I won't be blogging my usual Friday post tomorrow but I'll be back next week!


Products Used:
CrafTangles Just A Note Stamp Set
CrafTangles Celebrate You Stamp Set
CrafTangles Vintage Rosette Paper Pad
MFT Stitched Basic Edges Die Set
Chameleon Pencils
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 25 January 2019

Lots of Colour! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  Did you get any snow? We had a sprinkling but that's it and I'm pleased about it although it certainly has been very chilly!

Over on the Daring Cardmakers Ruth has decided to banish the blues and set a challenge to add as much colour as possible to cards this week.  Now I love the concept of colourful as you know and for me a multitude of colours usually means rainbow colours.  That's exactly what I went for in the shape of the Dovecraft Back to Basics Over The Rainbow paper pad.  It's my current go to paper pad......

I used a sheet of paper from the pad for the circle background and added a navy frame.  I then stuck washi tape from the same collection to the top and bottom.  I used my trusty Fiskars heart punch to add a couple of hearts to the stamped sentiment strip in the middle.  

Well, that's it for me today.  I've a rather long journey to make to get back home as I've been away for the last couple of days.  I'm certainly looking forward going back home and the weekend.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Back To Basics Over The Rainbow Paper Pad and Washi Tape
Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine Stamp Set
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
Sizzix Circle Dies
Versamagic Chalk Ink - Night Sky
Everything else from my stash

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Glitter Fairies! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

I did warn you I'd be back today and here I am!  I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with their new Fairies stamp set.  I've never owned a fairy stamp before so this was a novelty and with fairies so on trend at the moment I couldn't wait to have a play!

For my first card I stamped the fairy, coloured her with Chameleon pens and fussy cut her out.  I added just a line of stickles to her wings and a little to her dress.  I used a beautiful shaded glitter paper and used another of my sale die purchases to make the background.  The sentiment is from the stamp set.

Next up, those of you that follow me on social media may have seen this fairy star on my FB and instagram page after I'd finished colouring her with Chameleon pens and adding stickles to her wings.  I also stamped, coloured and fussy cut the toadstool before adhering to my papers and adding an apt sentiment I'd had in my stash but never used as I didn't have any fairies!

Finally it's the turn of my purple haired fairy.  I just love her outfit!  I made her in the same way as her friends and this time made a sky themed setting.  Her wings have stickles all over and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

So there we have it - fairies with a sprinkling of glitter!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you do,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Fairies Stamps
HNDMD Stitched Cloud Dies
Chameleon Pens & Colour Tops
Docrafts Enchanted Meadows Paper Pad
Dovecraft Back to Basics Over The Rainbow Paper Pad
Darice Glitter Prints
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Sizzix Whoosh Die
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 January 2019

Just Stamping - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've had a very productive week which makes me happy.  Unfortunately, I'm not ahead of myself which I would have liked even more but neither am I behind!   I guess you can't have it all and I should be grateful I've ticked off so much on my to do lists.

The Daring Cardmakers challenge was chosen by Dawn this week, who wants to see only stamping on our cards.  I found this really difficult as I love to stamp and have no issues with it, but rarely do I use stamps by themselves.  My creations are usually combined with embellishments and die cuts.

I ended up using a pre loved Lawn Fawn stamp set and made my first Valentine!  I'm in love with the Catherine Pooler inks as the colours are so vibrant and make any card pop!  I stamped the banana in yellow all over randomly after I added a circle mask so I had space for my sentiment.  I added hearts stamped in red.  I finished with the sentiment in black and a red banner for the Happy Valentine's Day.  A fun card for a change!

I hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE and also see lots more inspiration for my fellow DT members.

I'll be back tomorrow with a fairy post so hope you'll pop in and see me again.  Thank you for your comments - they're all read and appreciated.


Products Used:
Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine
Catherine Pooler Inks in Tutti Frutti, Tiara and Black Jack
Everything else from my stash