Wednesday, 14 August 2019

It's All About The Bows - Tubby Craft DT

Happy Wednesday!

This is a scheduled post and my very first one for the Tubby Craft Design Team.  You can find more information about the company HERE as they produce acrylic blocks, dye inks and a range of polymer stamps which is what drew me to them.

For this post I have used the DIY Background stamp set to create a couple a of cute cards featuring bows.

I really like how the bow stamp on this set shows the stitching so well and I used it as a focal point on my first card.  I added more of the stamps to create a border at the bottom of the card as well and finished with nuvo drops.

For my second card, I stamped and die cut a number of the bows and added them to my card base along with some tiny hearts from the same set.  I finished with a die cut sentiment.

A useful stamp set that can be used in a number of ways to create pretty cards.  I'll be back later on in the month with a couple of other stamp sets from them.

Apologies for not being able to comment on your blogs at the moment.


Products Used:

Tubby Craft DIY Background Stamp Set
Tubby Craft Dye Ink - Raspberry
Tubby Craft Dye Ink - Aqua Blue
Tubby Craft Dye Ink - Jet Black
Trimcraft With Love Sentiment Die
Hero Arts Happy Die
Altenew You Make Me Stamp 

Friday, 26 July 2019

Whatever The Weather! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Kathy has chosen a very apt weather themed challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week being as we've been having such a heatwave here in England!  The boys and I have been venuring out but doing a lot of indoor activites as we don't last long outside unless it's water related of course.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Julia of JMC designs.  I've used one of her digi stamps which is called Sunshine and Showers.  I've coloured in the image using my Chameleon pens and used bright papers for the background.  The sentiment stamp goes so well and is a favourite from CrafTangles.

You can win one of two prizes if you enter this week's challenge and design a weather themed card.  In order to qualify please ensure you mention on your blog post.  Lots more inspiration from my fellow DT HERE.  Good luck!

I'm hoping to visit my parents this weekend and stay a while as it's been ages!

Have a lovely weekend,

Products Used:
Sunshine & Showers Digi Stamp from JMC Designs
Simply Creative Paper Pad
CrafTangles Girl in the Rain Stamp Set
Chameleon Pens
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Dies
Nuvo Drops
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 19 July 2019

Have A Prickly Summer - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Week one of the summer holidays was fun and a lot of it was due to the good weather we have been having - so lots of outdoor fun.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Miri has set the challenge this week and an apt one for this time of year.  She wants to see a cactus or cacti on your cards this week.  For me this meant using a freebie stamp from a magazine that I hadn't used before.  It's good when free stamps actually get utilised.  I also realised that I hadn't shared any of my teacher cards this time round and so I made one especially for the challenge that I can keep in my box for next year being as my boys broke up for the summer last week.

This time I used my Catherine Pooler ink pads to create a simple watercolour background and colour in the image using my waterbrush.  I think it's quite effective, don't you?  You can see lots more inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE and I hope you'll join in.

I'm having a catch up with work this weekend as I have spent a lot of time with the boys during the week so have fallen behind a little.  At least it'll give their Dad a chance to spend some quality time with them!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do,

Products Used:
Cactus Stamp from Creative Stamping Magazine
Catherine Pooler Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 12 July 2019

Wedding Season - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The summer holidays have begun and it's wonderful not having to schedule my day around school runs!  I must tell you about my very emotional week though.  It is my eldest son's last year at his Primary School and this week saw me watching his last Sports Day and attending a wonderful Leavers Assembly where I shed some tears (but don't tell anyone!).  He is sad to leave his friends as he is going to a different school to them but he will of course keep in touch.  He is very excited to start Senior School in September.

On with what I'm supposed to be blogging about and that is the latest challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers which is wedding themed.  Surprisingly I haven't had to make a wedding card this year so far.  However, I did have a commission for a special anniversary card earlier in the week which will be winging its way to Hong Kong so I thought I'd share that!

I predominantly used an old Hunkydory kit I had in my stash that I won for having my card published in a magazine many years ago.  Of course, I couldn't make an anniversary card without using hearts so I used a mix of punched and die cut ones.

You can see a lot more inspiration from the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in!

I've another busy weekend - a presentation tomorrow morning for the boys and a family lunch to prepare for on Sunday.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you do,

Products Used:
Hunkydory Pack
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 5 July 2019

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy July!

It's been a great week full of sunshine and creativity along with a very memorable Prize Giving for the boys which we attended earlier in the week.  The last scheduled school Sports Day was cancelled due to rain but hopefully the one on Monday will go ahead as the forecast looks to be dry and the boys are looking forward to it.

As it's the first Friday of the month, it's an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and I have decided to incorporate the latest Sweet Dixie Time for Tea collection in my post as it fits perfectly.

I made a slight twist on an easel card so it looked more like a table and after matting and layering my papers I die cut a doily die as the base for which to stand my very fancy cup and tea pot.  Of course I had to add a silver spoon too!  The card folds flat for posting and it'll be winging its way to my Mum who is a big tea lover.  The dies are all on Pick of The Week on Create & Craft this week and I was fortunate to make some show samples as well which have been aired.

Below you can see how I have chosen the teapot, the cornflower blue, the spoon and the gingham as my elements from the photo chosen by Dawn.

You can see more inspiration HERE and I hope that you'll join in with this fun challenge.

I have Parent Meetings to prepare for tomorrow and a lot of work so I think it'll be a busy weekend for me!

Enjoy your weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Create & Craft Gingham card
Sweet Dixie Teacup, Saucer and Floral Embellishments Die Set
Sweet Dixie Teapot Die
Sweet Dixie Cream Jug, Sugar Bowl and Spoon Die Set
Sweet Dixie Lace Frames Die Set
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Dovecraft Couture Du Jour Papers
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 28 June 2019

Cut It Up - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's getting more and more emotional as we near the end of term with the boys both leaving to go to new schools.  This week we went to the end of year school play which was fabulous!  More events to come over the next couple of weeks.

Dawn has set the challenge this week and she has asked to see you use your beautiful designer papers in use.  Being a paper lover this challenge was right up my street and I decided to share a card made for a commission.  The customer wanted a card for her daughter that incorporated how special she was using desciptive words.

I used a Craftwork cards pad for this and used different papers from the pad to punch out hexagons which I then arranged on my page.  I cut the descriptive sentiments from another Craftwork Cards pad and backed onto card.  I am very pleased to report both Mum and daughter were very happy with the card.

You can find a lot more inspiration on the challenge HERE and I look forward to seeing what you can come up with as we all have lots of paper pads I'm sure!

I'm looking forward to a relaxing Sunday this week as my current cycle of demos has ended.  The weather is certainly on a summer roll so I'm hoping to get bits done in the garden.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Craftwork Cards Sweet Sentiments Pad
Craftwork Cards Petite Patterns Pad
Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
Sizzix Dainty Alphabet
Fiskars Hexagon Punch

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Split Cards Using CrafTangles Vintage Rosette Paper Pad

Happy Weekend!

At this time of year I always have a large number of thank you cards stored as the school year is coming to an end and not only do I thank the teachers but there are many others I thank on behalf of the boys.  I've taken the opportunity to make a set using the CrafTangles Vintage Rosette paper pad.

Split cards were one of the first types of cards I mastered when I began cardmaking.  I'm sharing a variation on this post. The first is card is a traditional split card where you cut out the middle of a sheet of paper and stick the top and bottom parts back on.  I've added a contrasting colour card in the middle and a topper cut from the paper pad. 

To finish I've added glitter nuvo drops and a die cut sentiment.

Next up I've used the same principle as my first card only the split is vertical, slimmer and to the left of my card.

I've added a doily and matt and layered a topper before adding a die cut sentiment and some nuvo drops to finish.

For my final card I have made the split diagonal and I customised the paper by stamping thanks on it!

I fussy cut one of the flower arrangements from the pad and went around it with ink then added some crystal nuvo drops that give the effect of water drops.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Vintage Rosette Paper Pad
Nuvo Vintage Drops
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Nuvo Glitter Drops
Catherine Pooler Ink
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies
Darice Sentiment Dies
Everything else from my stash