Friday, 17 January 2020

Something New! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been? I've had a very productive one regardless of the stormy weather.  I'm getting back in the swing of the school runs even with the increase in after school clubs!

I'm sharing my take on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which this week is entitled 'Something New'.  I've used a new stamp and die set to make a new home card.  Do you reckon I'll get extra points?!!!

I must admit I really enjoyed making this card and getting back into the colouring was great.  I've done a lot of colouring this week.  I used my Chameleon pens to colour in the stamped images and made a stencilled background then die cut the frames and images before sticking them on.

You can see a lot more inspiration HERE which I'm sure will inspire you to join in as I do love to see what others come up with.

I'm looking forward to catching up with family this weekend.  Hope you have a good one whatever you do!

See you next week,

Products Used:
Time for Tea Designs Bee Happy Stamp & Die Set
Time for Tea Designs Hello Rectangle Stitched Nesting Dies
Catherine Pooler Stamp Set
Chameleon Pens
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 January 2020

Feeling Blue - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy New Year!

How are you? It feels like such a long time since I last blogged but a lot has happened since my last post.  December was manic with work commitments and commissions then as soon as the school holidays began we went on a much needed family break to Rome.  It was absolutely wonderful - fabulous weather, delicious food and stunning historical sites.

The boys are back to school now and I only started crafting again earlier this week.  In fact this is the first card I've made this year!  Being the beginning of a new month it's the elemental challenge on the Daring Cardmakers and it's entitled 'Feeling Blue' and is paying homage to the 2020 Panetone Colour of the Year.

I chose my Zig Clean Color Pens to colour my flower and it was just so relaxing.  I do miss colouring when I haven't done it for a while.  I used a stencil with distress inks for my background and added a sentiment to finish.  A simple one to start the year I think!

Here is the image from which you need to choose at least 3 elements.  I chose the flower, colours and tile style background.

You can find lots more inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE.  Hope you'll join in!

Have a great weekend and see you again soon!

Products Used:

CAS-ual Fridays Heartfelt Sayings Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Ink
CrafTangles Celebrate You Stamp Set
CrafTangles Stencil
Zig Clean Color Pens

Monday, 16 December 2019

It's those penguins again........ - Tubby Craft DT Tutorial

Happy Monday!

I'm sharing a couple of the new release Tubby Craft stencils in different ways.  As it's cold and nearing Christmas I thought I'd use those adorable penguins once again.

For my first card I had a brainwave to use the brick stencil to make ice bricks for my igloo!  Isn't it cute?  In order to make my igloo I die cut an igloo shape and used the Tubby Craft inks through it with a foam pad.

This is the result I got and I also die cut a smaller nested shape and inked it in the darker blue.

After colouring in my penguin and fussy cutting him I added to my card which I had backed with some glitter card to resemble snow.

For my next card I decided to do a fun shaker using artificial snow flakes.  To begin, I inked the stencil with blue to create a cloud background.

I then added the snow directly on to the background.

Finally I die cut a frame and added acetate to it and double sided foam tape them placed it over the snow and the background to create my shaker.

I added a sentiment and one of the coloured and fussy cut penguins to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you'll have a go at making some fun winter cards.

See you again soon!

Supplies Used:
Tubby Penguin Love Stamp Set
Tubby Craft Stencil 
Tubby Craft Stencil 
Tubby Craft Dye Ink – Jet Black
Tubby Craft Dye Ink - Sapphire Blue
Tubby Craft Dye Ink - Aqua Blue
Dovecraft Artificial Snow
Time for Tea Scalloped Frame Die
Darice Glitter Card
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 December 2019

O Christmas Tree - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Just a quick post from me today (I can hear you all sighing with relief !!!!) to share the Daring Cardmakers latest challege.  It's a Christmas Tree themed one and you don't have to make a card either.

I had this idea in my head about trying to make a Christmas tree shape card yet I didn't want it to be entirely triangular so I made this!  In keeping with the theme I have added 3 wooden Christmas trees and embellished them with gems.

It's definitely a favourite of mine this season and it went down well at the Trimcraft demos too.

If you'd like to join in, here is a little more info and you can see lots more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and see you again soon!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Wooden Trees
Dovecraft Christmas Tales Paper Pad
Dovecraft Christmas Tales Decoupage Pad
Simply Creative Gems
Dovecraft Christmas Washi Tape
Dovecraft Wooden Alphabet Letters
Dovecraft Twine
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 December 2019

December Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy December!

It's been a very productive week even though I've had a man down during the latter part of the week.  My little one has actually been very good whilst at home so I know he must be ill - bless him! 

As it's the first Friday of the month the Daring Cardmakers have an elemental challenge and I  am showcasing a Christmas commission that I based on the elements from the challenge.

It's only when I began making my Christmas cards this year that I realised I had so few Christmas dies.  So I treated myself to a few over the lead up to Black Friday.  I really enjoyed mixing them up with printed images and papers.

I've never owned a poinsettia die and I really liked how I got a couple of sizes in the set I bought.  Also, the detail on the leaves really stand out even after cutting out of glitter card.  Can you tell I'm pleased with my purchases?!

This is the mood board from which you have to choose at least 3 elements.  I chose the deer, foliage, snowflakes and colours.  You can see what my fellow DT members have made HERE and I do hope you'll join in.

It's my birthday weekend and I don't know what's in store, but I know I will enjoy spending it with loved ones.

Have a great weekend,

Products Used:
Sizzix Poinsettia Flowers 
Sizzix Winter Foliage
Crafters Companion Merry Christmas Die
Hunkydory Moonstone Relative Dies
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 29 November 2019

Shining Lights - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How are you?  Have you bought anything in the Black Friday sales? I've picked up a few bits - mainly for the boys, although I did succumb to buying a couple of crafty bits.

This week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge is all about shining lights and it immediately made me think of a candle, so I got out the only candle stamp I own with which got it's first airing on my blog this time last year!

I stamped the image on watercolour card and used my Zig Clean Color Pens to colour in the image using some sparkle.   I then decided to add some sprigs of die cut holly and my Nuvo drops for the berries.

I added a frame around my aperture in gold and die cut a sentiment in the same cardstock to finish.  It took me a long time to design this one but I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out.  You can see the glow from the flame in this close up a little better - it was hard to capture.

You can see lots more inspration on the blog HERE and I hope you'll join in as it doesn't have to be a card - anything crafty with lights!

I've got another blog post tomorrow so I better go and finish that one off!

Happy Shopping - ha!!!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp Set
Sizzix Winter Leaves Die Set
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red Berries
Crafters Companion Christmas Sentiment Die Set
Zig Clean Color Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 22 November 2019

Natural, Gold & White - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a strange old week, I started off really productive then things started getting in the way so I wasn't able to achieve as much as I wanted to.  I had a horrible start to the day today though - a van veered my car on to the other side of the road.  This was on a main road but thankfully it was clear in the other direction.  It was so scary and I was shaking afterwards.  I've decided I'm buying a dash cam as driving is becoming increasingly hazardous.

Anyway, there's a lovey Christmas theme challenge just begun on the Daring Cardmakers - Natural, Gold and White.  I must admit initially I found it hard as I just had sooooo many ideas going on but settled on this one!

Earlier on in the week I was lucky enough to win a Papermill Direct prize draw and so I used the kraft card from that on my design.  I also used a newly purchased Stitched Sentiment & Scallped Frame Die from Time for Tea Designs which you can find HERE and it fits perfectly on a 6" x 4" card blank.  So many of the scallped frames are the American A2 size.  I also have a 10% off code so if you want to order the die set then you can use code T4TSHABNEEZ10.

The Merry Christmas sentiment die is a freebie Crafter's Companion one and the snowflakes are from the Trimcraft Simply Creative Range.  To finish, I added some Tonic Nuvo drops to add a little texture.  I hope you'll join in with the challenge and you can see more inspiration HERE.

I'm very much looking forward to this weekend as my current cycle of demos are over and tomorrow we are going to celebrate our neighbours' Ruby Wedding Anniversary with them.  The husband has organised a surprise for his wife and has ended up hiring an entire restaurant!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do and see you again soon,

Products Used:
Papermill Direct Kraft Card
Time for Tea Sentimen & Scalloped Frame Die Set
Darice Glitter Prints Paper
Simply Creative Snowflakes
Crafters Companion Sentiment Die
Tonic Nuvo Drops 
Everything else from my stash