Friday, 14 June 2019

Come Fly WIth Me - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I realise I've been a little quiet on my blog and social media in general and that's because I have a lot of work on coupled with the final term of the school year so I have got my head down, trying not to get too distracted.

I suppose this blog post ought to come with a warning for anyone that thinks it is too early to share a Christmas card!  I have to admit it does feel a little odd making Christmas cards when it's lovely and sunny outside but as the weathr our end has been dull, wet and miserable so it's not made any difference to me and I've happily transported myself to all things festive and shiny!

Svenja has chosen the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week and wants to see anything that flies on your cards.  I have chosen a robin but decided on non traditional colours.  Glitter and mirri card makes it all the more festive.

Here's a close up of the little robin with all the die cut detail - I admit I wasn't sure if it would work in a colour other than brown but I think I've pulled it off!  The gem for the eye adds an additional sprakle! 

This card happens to be one of a few that will be aired later this morning on the Sweet Dixie Christmas Show on Create & Craft at 2pm.  The die sets are reasonably priced and I can see them being a staple in my personal Christmas card making.

My weekend is a mad one with my teaching starting again coupled with the school summer fete tomorrow and then I have my first Trimcraft demo at The Range in Stevenage on Sunday from 11am.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do,

Products Used:
Sweet Dixie Boots & Robin Set
Sweet Dixie Festive Greetings Die Set
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Father's Day Card - CrafTangles June Challenge Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!

I rarely schedule posts but I have on this occassion as I will be celebrating the festival of Eid with my family!  Eid is celebrated to mark the end of the month of fasting for Muslims.  We're very much looking forward to celebrating with family we don't see very often.

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with some inspiration for the June challenge which has an Anything Goes theme. 

I love vibrant colours and the latest Simon Hurley inks were what I used for the coloured sentiments. I decided to combine them with CrafTangles stamps and liquid water colour for the spots on the dogs.  

I have a step by step photo tutorial over on the CrafTangles blog HERE if you're interested in learning more.  I hope you'll join in too!

After many weeks of working weekends I have one off before my final Trimcraft demos in Stevenage on 16 June and Hemel Hempstead on 23 June.  

See you again soon,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Hug Me Stamp Set
CrafTangles Oh Fudge Liquid Watercolor
CrafTangles Vellum
Hero Arts Stamp & Die Set
Simon Hurley Ink Pads
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 31 May 2019

Secret Hideaway - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  Half term is in full swing here although it's finishing off homework this morning while Mummy gets her blog post sorted - ha!!!  I'm trying to prepare for Eid which marks the end of the month of fasting as well but not had much luck so far......

Joanne has set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week and she would like to see a card with a hidden element.  This could be an eclipse card, adding a pocket, using a flap etc.  You know this challenge got me thinking as I'd never made an eclipse card so I thought I'd take the opportunity to have a go! 

I used my Create & Craft free May members's gift for the bulk of it as the Ocean Secrets papers pad has elements that can be used as toppers.  

Here in the close up you can see how I used alphabet dies to cut out the letters and added extra dimension not by using foam pads but simply by die cutting extra layers of letters and layering them to give the subtle dimension required.

I'll definitely be making more of these cards now that I've seen how effective they are and I hope I've inspired you to have a go too!  You can see lots of different types of secreta hideaway cards made by the rest of the Design Team HERE.

My Trimcraft demos are continuing and I will be at The Range in Enfield this Sunday from 11am. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
Paper Boutique - Ocean Secrets Paper Pad
MFT Little Letter Alphabet Dies
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Contemporary Watercolour Floral Eid Collection - CrafTangles DT

Happy Wednesday!

It's not long until Eid now so I thought I'd make a few more cards for family, friends and neighbours using CrafTangles products.  I tend to find Eid cards can be quite traditional and I wanted to veer away from that and make a fresh, modern batch.

I was able to do this using the range of CrafTangles flower stamps which I absolutely love as they can be adapted for any occassion.

Throughout my time on the CrafTangles DT I have seen my team mates make card sets using similar products with a few changes in colour or image.  I thought I'd have a go at this as I hadn't before and it worked out well!

I wanted tthe stamping to appear softer which doesnt work using black ink so I used grey on all the cards including the sentiment.

I really enjoyed colouring in the flowers with the watercolours as they are vibrant and yet with water you can get so many more shades.  I blended a couple of colours on both the flowers and the leaves.

My Trimcraft demonstration cycle is continuing and I will be at The Range in Enfield from 11am this Sunday.

Have a wonderful day!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Liquid Watercolours
CrafTangles Eid Mubarak Stamp Set
CrafTangles Celebrate You Stamp Set
CrafTangles Happily Ever After Stamp Set
CrafTangles Just A Note
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 May 2019

Celebrating the Victorian Era - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Oh what a wonderful week it's been.  I've been very productive and I definitely think the glorious sunshine has helped.  I spent yesterday making samples for the new product lauch of Ranger's Simon Hurley.  I've been following his journey and he's only 16!  He has a good range for the masculine cards that a lot of us struggle with so it'll be worth taking a look at his latest collections on Create & Craft tomorrow.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, I have set the challenge this week.  It just so happens that it's Queen Victoria's birthday today so to celebrate I'd like to see something from her era on your cards be it a mode of transport, clothing, steampunk or you can pay homage to the Queen herself and do something regal!

I have chosen to use the penny farthing on my card with a frog riding it!  Did you know the penny farthing was the first machine to be called a bicyle?  I've used a stamp set from Bert & Gert to create my card together with distress inks and a die cut tag.  The main image in black is embossed in black giving a beautiful sleek shiny look.

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

I'm at The Range in St Albans this Sunday from 11am demonstrating for Trimcraft once again.  I also need to plant my summer bedding at some point!

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend whatever you do,

Prodcuts Used:
Bert & Gerts Enjoy The Ride Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 17 May 2019

MAY Letters - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I've had a full on craft week with a sprinkling of house work and lots of cooking!  I need to get into the garden and sort it out but so far haven't had the time.

For the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week, Kathy has chosen something different and wants us to choose elements beginning with the letters of the month of MAY.  I have chosen Moving for the M, Aqua for the A and Yellow for the Y.

I thought I'd get a little die cutting in this week so that's what I've done apart from the sentiment!  This card is going to wing it's way to a friend of mine who has recently moved and I made it with her in mind.

I'm demonstrating at The Range in Romford this Sunday from 11am if you're in the area it would be lovely to meet you!

I hope you have a great weekend,

Products Used:
Sizzix Home Die #2
Sizzix Magical Unicorn Die Set
MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 
Heffy Doodle Whatcha Sayin Now Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 13 May 2019

My Dad The Superhero! - A Set of Father's Day Cards

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I had a very crafty one, spending yesterday demonstrating and meeting some lovely fellow crafters.  This Sunday I will be deminstrating at The Range in Romford from 11am.

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today and being as Father's Day is just around the corner I thought I'd better get some cards made.  What better stamp set to use than the CrafTangles Super Boys stamp and die set?!  It was one of my very first sets I got when I joined the DT.  To this day it's a set I go back to time and time again.

I began by stamping, die cutting and colouring all the images using my Chameleon pens and colour tops.  For my first card I used a skyline stencil to make the background and added some yellow for the lights.

Next up I got out some glitter card as I felt the black needed a bit of a lift - as if I need an excuse to get out the glitter! Ha!

For my final card I opted for a bright background using die cuts.  I think this is a bright happy card, don't you?

There's a more in depth tutorial over on the CrafTangles blog HERE.  I hope to be back on Friday but no promises as I have a jam packed week ahead of me!

Have a lovely week whatever you do,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Super Boys Stamp and Die Set
CrafTangles Happy Father's Day Stamps
CrafTangles Skyline Stencil
Dienamics Cloud Edge Dies
Lawn Fawn Reverse Scallped Circle Dies
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops
MFT Sunny Skies Die
Chameleon Pens and Colour Tops
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Darice Glitter Card
Everything else from my stash