Friday, 16 November 2018

Gift Tags, Toppers and Labels - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I have a list longer than my arm today but I am determined to get as much done as possible.  The boys have gone dressed to school in spots to raise money for Children In Need.  It was a welcome sight seeing all the brightly dressed children this morning - just what I needed to cheer me up on a wet and miserable day.

Today is the first of the Step Away from the Cards challenge set by the Daring Cardmakers before Christmas.  This week's challenge is to come up with a gift tag, topper or label.   I decided on a tag.  I had some packaging lying around for recycling so I thought I'd start with that and die cut a tag.  I love the texture corrugated card gives.  I went over the card with inks - you can just about see the gold and the burgundy around the edges just to make it pop a little.

My tag continued to be made up using items I had on the table.  I was in the midst of clearing up but then decided I had better get this done so used what I had out.  I had been working with my Go Press and Foil machine so had a sentiment ready.  I added a die cut tree backing onto a shiny gold doily.

My next layer was a wooden frame and finally I added a wooden tree embellishment on which I went over with the edges with some ink.  To finish I had kept a gold tassel on the table thinking I could use it at some point and it worked well don't you agree?  I hope you'll join in with the Challenge - more details and inspiration HERE.

I'm off to tick this blog post off my to-do list - it's so satisfying seeing those ticks build up!  

Have a lovely weekend and see you again soon.

Products Used:
Sizzix Tag Collection Dies
Dovecraft Gold Doilies
Trimcraft Wooden Frame
Trimcraft Wooden Tree Embellishment
TODO Peace & Joy Hotfoil Stamp
Couture Tree Die
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Go Press & Foil Machine
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 9 November 2018

Winter Flowers and Foliage - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Well, I made it - in the nick of time!  You know, I really commend those bloggers who blog daily like Linda, Holley and Annie who I follow - I couldn't do it as it is so time consuming.

The Daring Cardmakers are still in festive mode and would like to see winter flowers and foliage on your cards this week.  After yesterday's blog post I had an idea in my head but it didn't quite turn out the way I intended it to.  In other words I'm not happy but I didn't have time to do anything different!

My idea was to make a one layer card and use alternative colours on traditional flowers.  I managed to succeed in that because I used pink and turquoise for the poinsettia and foliage.  I used distress inks to paint the heat embossed image.  

It was the background I had the issues with as it came out different to what was in my head and part of me wishes I hadn't bothered with it!  Oh well, I might try again another day.

I actually used the stamp in a different way - off the page.  I got the idea from Joanne who stamped a bauble in the similar way in last week's DCM challenge (thank you Joanne!).  My stamp didn't cover the width of my card and looked a little odd in my opinion so I masked what I had stamped and rotated the stamp so I could add another poinsettia and a little more foliage.

So there we have it, bet the my teamies didn't have as much trouble as I did!  Lots of wonderful  inspiration from them can be found HERE.  I do hope you'll join in with the Challenge!

Enjoy your weekend,

Products Used:
Distress Inks
CraftTangles Holly Jolly Stamp set
CrafTangles Christmas Ornaments Stamp set
Ranger Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Christmas Cards with a touch of Sparkle! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Thursday!

I keep getting reminders from various online retailers advising me on the countdown to Christmas so I thought I had better increase my card production as I send so many.  Of course, there's nothing like having to write a Design Team post to give me a gentle nudge!

I'm up on the CrafTangles Blog HERE with a selection of sparkly Christmas cards.  I just couldn't resist and it gets better as my sparkly products increase.......

I took the opportunity to use my Chameleon pens together with the colour tops on some of the images - they really make it easy to blend.

For my first card I've used the man in red himself and I just love the sentiment don't you?!  The iridescent sparkle was added using glimmer paste through a christmas tree stencil.

Next up heat embossing in gold - it gives such a luxury feel to a card in my opinion.  I bet you think I'm so odd - haha!!! I used acrylic paint flicks on the background and added sparkle in the form of glitter card.

For my final card I used the cute bear stamp set that I'd used at the beginning of the year.  The sparkle comes again from glimmer paste, this time in silver for the background.

I'm hoping to be back again tomorrow but it kind of depends if I can whip up a project in time.  No guarantees I'm afraid - you'll just have to watch this space!


Products Used:
Chameleon Pens
CrafTangles Holly Jolly Stamp Set
CrafTangles Bearing Gifts Stamp Set
CrafTangles Merry Christmas Stamp Set
CrafTangles Snowflakes Stencil 
CrafTangles Tree Background Stencil
CrafTangles Silver Glimmer Paste
CraFtangles Fairy Dust Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Cardstock
Versamark Pad
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 November 2018

November Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy November!

I can't believe it's November already can you?  We've had a lovely week of half term being out and about about visiting family and friends.

Being the first Friday of the month it's the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  It's the first of the festive challenges on a countdown to Christmas so hope it'll inspire your Christmas projects.

I've used the Dovecraft Time to Sparkle collection for my card, choosing a couple of  the papers from the pad and matt and layering with black.  The NOEL is from the First Edition alphabet tiles which are a firm favourite of mine as they're so versatile - one of my best buys of 2018.  Twine and a snowflake brad finishes it off.  The topper made me think of a snow globe as I was constructing it.  What do you think?

This is the mood board Kathy has chosen and I love the elements on it.  It was difficult deciding what to choose but I ended up using the colours, the Noel sentiment, twine and checks.  You only need to use 3 elements in your challenge.  Lots more inspiration from my fellow DT members can be found HERE.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used: 
Dovecraft Time to Sparkle Paper Pad
Dovecraft Time to Sparkle Snowflake Embellishments
First Edition Alphabet Tile Dies
American Crafts Twine
Dovecraft The Magic Of Christmas Die Set
MFT Dienamics Stitched Arch Dies
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

CrafTangles October Blog Hop 2018 - Eid Cards

Happy Tuesday,

It's the CrafTangles October Blog Hop and I hope you'll join in as there are only 3 blogs to hop plus a British blogger won one of the prizes last month.  As they say, you have to be in it to win it!

We were tasked with using a range of new stamps and stencils to include the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Muslim festival of Eid together with the Warli tribes and Faces of India.

I chose to concentrate on the Eid stamps and stencils.  Actually the next Eid isn't for another 8 months but at least I'm ahead of my cardmaking for a change!  It's like starting Christmas cards in July........

There are actually very few companies that I know of which have produced Eid stamps and stencils so I was most excited about getting these!

For my first card I used glimmer paste through a stencil on top of a distress ink blended background.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added bling to finish.

Next up I used distress inks again for the topper background creating a sunset.  I used black gesso through a stencil for the card base and distress inked the edges.  Finally, I heat embossed the stamped image finishing with some star gems.

My final card is a more modern one - I loved creating the background on this one by using distress inks through a stencil and a simple gold heat embossed Eid sentiment was all it took to finish.

Below are the blogs you need to comment on for the October hop and you can find more information HERE:

2. ME! You are HERE.

Good luck!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Ranger Embossing Powders
Everything else from my stash
CrafTangles 6"x6" Create a scene Stencil - Eid MubarakCrafTangles 6"x6" Stencil - Art DecoCrafTangles 6"x6" Stencil - Starry Background

CrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Eid MubarakCrafTangles Glimmer Paste - Denim Blue

Friday, 26 October 2018

Go Glitter - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I'm not looking forward to the clocks going back over the weekend as it means less daylight hours.  If I'm working away from home then I leave in the dark and come home in the dark.

Anyhow, Svenja has set this week's challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers today and she's chosen glitter!  You know how I love glitter but I have toned it down on my creation today!

I've made a rocker card and this was actually one of the cards I demonstrated at my recent Trimcraft Christmas Demos.  It uses the very cute and colourful Christmas Village collection by Helz Cuppleditch.

I used a glitter coated wooden star embellishment together with a glittered sentiment from the Decoupage pad.  I love how with a collection you can mix and match and it all goes together without too much thought.

Lots more glittery creations by my fellow DT members can be seen HERE.  I hope you'll join in with this sparkly challenge!

Have a lovely weekend whatever you do -  I'm looking forward to having a lazy day on Sunday to recharge my batteries.

Bye for now,

Products Used:
Trimcraft Christmas Village Paper Pad
Trimcraft Christmas Village Decoupage Pad
Trimcraft Christmas Village Embellishments
Trimcraft Christmas Village Character Toppers
Trimcraft Christmas Village Glittered Wooden Shapes
Trimcraft Christmas Village Mini Bows
Simply Creative Gems
Everything else from my stash

I would like to enter this card in the Alphabet Challenge - P is for Penguins

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Celebratory Cards Using CrafTangles Products

Happy Tuesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a selection of cards using their October new release products.

I actually had to investigate the warli stamp set I was sent as I'd never heard of the warli tribe that are featured on it.  So I learnt warli painting is a tribal art form and the warli tribe originated from the mountains on the coast in northern India.  The warli style reminded me of paintings done in caves.

The stamp set went well with a tribal stencil in my mind so that's what I used!  I made a distressed oxide background then used oxides through the stencil too.

My next card was funnily enough made using an Eid stencil to make a Diwali card!  A versatile stencil for sure!

Once again I chose to use distress oxides through the stencil on black card this time, finishing with a gold heat embossed sentiment.

For my final card I chose a red background and silver glimmer paste through a stencil.  I wanted to keep it simple so just added a sentiment to finish.

I have more in depth details on how I went about making there cards on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

See you again soon,

Products Used:
Distress Oxides
Versafine Black Ink
CrafTangles Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Tribal Stencil
CrafTangles Eid Stencil
CrafTangles Diwali Stencil
CrafTangles Warli Borders Stamp
CrafTangles From All Of Us Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash