Friday, 22 September 2017

Queen for the Day - Daring Cardmakers DT

Friday Greeting!

I'm a bit late today as I've had a long list to do before catching up with my blog posts.  My lists are never ending at the moment - do you make lists?

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which today is entitled 'Queen for the Day' and you can find more inspiration HERE.


I opted for the royal theme with a castle turret in the background and when Svenja mentioned frog princes I immediately though of a rather old decoupage set that I'd had which was perfect!  The background was made using scraps of patterned paper, I love the stitched one in particular, don't you? I used scalloped stitched dies for it.


I had to add the hearts and googly eyes for a little fun as they went with with the stamped sentiment.  I must admit I love the sentiment and apply it to my life whenever I can.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do.  I have another Trimcraft demo which I'm very much looking forward to.

Happy Crafting!
Shabneez

Products Used:
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Dovecraft Princess Fairytale Decoupage Pad
Docrafts stamps
Adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Momento Black Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 September 2017

Four of a Kind - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Was it only yesterday I last blogged?!  Well, I'm back but don't get used to it!  Before I begin I'd like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my fellow Daring Cardmaker DT members and crafty friends Dawn and Kathy.  Dawn set the Challenge this week as it's her 40th she asked for four of anything on your card - a fun challenge wouldn't you agree?


For my inspirational card I used a lovely stamp and die set that I bought in the sale by Clearly Besotted.  There have been so many exam results celebrated lately and this was the perfect set to congratulate everyone.


I coloured the cute raccoons with my trusty Zig pens and used a stitched die to highlight the images.  Creating with cute images always bring a smile to my face.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge this week and do check out the creations the DT have made HERE.

I've got my first Trimcraft demo of the season this weekend so I need to do a little more preparation.  Have a great weekend whatever you do!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Clearly Besotted Eureka! Stamp Set
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Versamark Black Ink
Unbranded Stitched die
All adhesives from 



Thursday, 14 September 2017

CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Centre Stepper Card

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles Blog today using the fabulous Mermaid Kisses stamp set.


I had a lot of fun creating this card using a centre stepper as my base.  This style of card worked well with the 3D scene I wanted to create.


All the images were coloured in and then fussy cut before being assembled on the card.


I stamped bubbles from the set and heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it a kind of foamy effect.  I also added stitched borders to give the effect of waves.

I'll be back tomorrow so not long to wait - ha!

Have a good day,
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Seafoam
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Stitched Border Dies
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder


Friday, 8 September 2017

It's A Love Story - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

My Mum has come to stay for a few days and we're all excited to have her as it's been a few years since she last came.  We've been in the kitchen, cooking new dishes this morning hence the late post!

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Joanne has set this week's challenge which is based around International Literacy Day.  I have gone with a love story as I'm such a romantic at heart :)  I've also used dictionary definitions with the background paper and highlighted appropriate words relating to my theme.


The most fun I've had all week is playing with my new infusions and I was pleased with the effects I achieved.  I used less on the background then went all out on the heart.

I hope you'll take a look at the other inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and join in.

Have a wonderful weekend - I'm looking forward to another family wedding!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
PaperArtsy Infusions
Sizzix Dies
First Edition Sweet Nothings Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 13 (September 2017)

Happy Tuesday!

I spent last weekend with my parents as it coincided with another celebration of Eid.  We got back late last night so I'm on a mission to get 101 things completed before school starts tomorrow (wish me luck as I'll definitely need it!).  The September challenge has begun over on Angie's Digital Stamps HERE with an anything goes theme.  I've gone cute this time, choosing a cat image.


I used my Zig pens to colour in and I'm really pleased with the outcome as you can see the mottled fur effect.  I used a selection of Dovecraft papers for the backing and buttons to embellish.


I better sign off and start on that list on or I won't get everything done!  I hope you'll join in with the Challenge.

Have a great week,
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Kitty in Flowers
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Dovecraft Papers
Dovecraft Buttons
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Unbranded die
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 1 September 2017

September Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy September!

A brand new month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I have been been playing with my Distress Oxides to create backgrounds.  You know, Distress Oxides have really interesting properties that enable you to achieve so many different effects.  Unfortunately, it means I will need to buy a few more so not so good on the finances.......


I used glitter paper as the background for my inverse feathers and the die cut feathers were adhered elsewhere on my creation together with a couple of peach glitter ones.  I added a smile sentiment to finish off, after all it's good to smile isn't it?!


This is the elemental board Kathy chose from which I took inspiration.  There are so many different elements to choose and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.  To play along you need to choose any 3 elements - simple!  You can see a lot more inspiration HERE on the Daring Cardmakers blog.


In other news, I have finally taken another step forward on the social media front and am now the proud owner of an instagram account!  However, an instagram account without followers would be rather sad so it would mean a lot to me if you could follow me at simplyshabneez - I will of course follow you back!

See you again soon!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Dovecraft Feather Die Set
Unbranded Smile die
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Those Cute CrafTangles Crabs!

Happy Sunday!

It's all about the crabs today over on the CrafTanlges blog HERE.  I've got a blog post showcasing those cute crab stamp sets which are perfect for the weather we've been having this Bank Holiday!  There's a mini tutorial too, more details further down my post.


The sentiments with the sets are all quite amusing and go so well with the crab images.  The crabs have great expressions on their faces - they certainly make me smile!

For my first card I used a film strip die cut as I associated the 'snappy' sentiment not only with the crab but taking photos.


For my second card I used a really versatile stencil set to create the distress ink beach background.  I made a funny scene with one of the crabs being hoisted by the balloon.


For my final card, I've done a tutorial to show how easy it is to make these circle easel cards.  They're fun!

I've kept the designs quite simple so that the crabs stand out.  I've used my zigs to colour in all the images and added a Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

We're hoping to spend a day at the seaside tomorrow as the weather is supposed to hold out and I'm really looking forward to as I find the sea so calming, I could sit and watch it all day!

Have a great week,
Shabneez

Products Used:

CrafTangles By The Sea Stamp Set
CrafTangles Oh Crab Stamp Set
CrafTangles Silver Reactive Foil
CrafTangles Create A Scene Stencil
CrafTangles Cardstock in Red and Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash