Friday, 15 March 2019

Stitch It! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's my turn to host the challenge on the Daring Cardmakers this week and I have chosen to 'Stitch It!'.  I'd like you to incorporate stitching in any way on your card be it real or faux!  You can see lots more inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

This is actually one of the Show samples I did for the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Pen Show on Create & Craft.  It was the last sample I did and so I wanted to incoporate a couple of the templates - in this case the 'hello' and the leaf together with some free hand sewing to see how easy it was.

With the templates in the kit you have to trace through them then stitch.  With the freehand stitching at the bottom I made a basic pattern but I didn't want to go to the effort of drawing so I just did some straight lines and it was really quick and easy to do.

Above you can see a close up of one of the leaves which was a template and I have sealed it with sticker paper to stop the stitches from unravelling underneath before cutting it out.

I'd definitely recommend using the Stitch Happy Pen with 2 sheets of card stuck together in order to get the best result.  I found if I was using a single sheet, no matter how thick the weight of the card the pen would bend my card through the square or I'd get huge holes as the pen would go through too easily.

Have a great weekend whatever you do.  I'm at The Range in St Albans this Sunday with the latest Trimcraft collections.


Products Used:
We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Pen
First Edition Wanderlust Paper Pad
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

CrafTangles Wanderlust Papers With A Twist

Happy Tuesday!

How's your week been so far?  Has the snow stayed away?  It's been chilly my end but the sun has made up for it - having said that, it is wet and very windy today!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a beautiful new paper pad called Wanderlust.  As you can imagine from the title it's a travel themed paper pad but it incorporates some stunning florals as well.

For my first card I went all out on the travel theme and made a postcard using one of the papers which I cut to size then used glimmer paste through a stencil to create the 'Carta Postale'.  I stuck this on another of the papers and fussy cut some images as decoupage.

I went around the sentiment and postcard with distress ink sofly to create a more vintage look.

For my next card I chose a fresh, floral paper and used my favourite fairy dust glimmer paste through a leaf stencil to get a textured background.

I decoupaged the camera in the top left corner and added a sentiment to finish.

For my final card I used a damask stencil on a predominantly Italian themed page.  The damask just made me think of the embroidery and material prints I'd seen when I'd travelled around parts of Italy.

To soften the black gesso I'd used through the stencil I added some copper art wax.  I love the sentiment on this on - Take Me Anywhere!

See you again later on in the week,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Wanderlust Paper Pad
CrafTangles Glimmer Paste - Denim Blue
CrafTangles Glimmer Paste - Fairy Dust
CrafTangles Black Gesso
CrafTangles Art Wax - Copper Penny
CrafTangles Stencil - Damask Delight
CrafTangles Stencil - Autumn Leaves
CrafTangles Stencil - Vintage Label
Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy
CrafTangles Denim Cardstock
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 8 March 2019

Mad March Hare - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Have you missed me?!  Even though I only missed a week of blogging it feels like forever.......I've had a lot of work on and many miles of travel so it's been a bit tiring.

Joanne has set the challenge this week for the Daring Cardmakers and has chosen the Mad March Hare as her title.  She'd like to see a rabbit or a hare on your creation or even some form of hair would do........  There is a lot of inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE.

I've gone down the cute route using a Darice cut and emboss die for the rabbit.   In fact all the dies are Darice and the 'Celebrate' has been cut out of gold glitter card.  The heart aperture that I turned into a balloon by drawing the string has been filled with a bead mix.

I think the embossing really gives the rabbit definition on the ears and back, don't you?  A simple shaker creation but it's a definite favourite of mine.

I have a Sunday off before another Trimcraft demo next week which I am very much looking forward to.

See you again on Tuesday!

Products Used:
Darice Sentiment Dies
Darice Forest Friends Die Set
Darice Nesting Hearts Dies
Stix 2 Anything Seed Bee'd and Fine Glitter
Everythng else from my stash

Friday, 22 February 2019

Oh Man! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I did warn you that I'd be back so here I am!  We've been so lucky with the weather this half term and I've been out and about with the boys making the most of it.  In fact, I've taken some photos at the nature reserve near our house and have shared one later on in this post.

Before that I better tell you about the latest Daring Cardmakers challege.  Kathy has trouble with male cards and wants to see your inspiration to help her!  The only addition is that the card shouldn't be for a child.

I'm a fan of personalised cards (although I can't actually remember ever receiving one but that could be due to the fact that my name is rather long!) and I send them often as who doesnt like to see their name in print?  This was a simple card for a football fan - not that all men like sports but this one happened to.  You could of course substitute the football for something else that your repicient likes.

My favourite part of the card is the stamped sentiment using the Ranger Letter It Birthday set.  I just love that scripty font and until I can write like that I'm happy to use this set!  You'll be able to see a lot more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in and share your inspiration with us!

Here is the nature reserve with all the ducks!  I used to take the boys regularly and as babies in the buggy and it would be a daily walk.  The boys may be older but they still really enjoy going there.

This weekend I will be preparing for a demo at The Range in St Albans that opens next week so lots of beautiful papers are on my desk ready!  

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Ranger Letter It Birthday Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Using the CrafTangles Happily Ever After Stamp 3 Ways

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today showcasing a favourite floral stamp of mine - Happily Ever After.

For me this post is about showing how using different colouring mediums can tranform a stamp set.  So to begin, I stamped the image in sepia and coloured in using my Chameleon pens and Colour tops.

I just love how the intricacy of the stamp shows up so well on this card.  

Next, I had a play with the CrafTangles liquid water colours which are very vibrant and a joy to use.  I was really lazy and just put spots on my glass mat then mixed water in with a brush.

I did a wash with diluted water colour for the background and used a frame die which sets the image off.

Finally, I used kraft card and heat embossed the image in white.  I used my Chameleon pencils to colour in the flowers.

I kept all the cards simple so that the focal point remained the stamped image.  You can find a more detailed write up on how I made the cards on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

All being well I'll see you again tomorrow!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Happily Ever After Stamp Set
Versafine Inks
Chameleon Pens and Colour Tops
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Chameleon Pencils
CrafTangles Liquid Water Colours
Elizabeth Craft Design Floral Notes Rectangle Die
Everything else from my stash

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