Saturday, 8 September 2018

Bring on the Cake! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE today with some new release stamp sets to show you!

These stamps were a lot of fun to work with.  For my first card I just loved the 'bring on the cake' sentiment, so much so, I've entitled my blog post with it!!!

I used chalk ink for the background stamping of the sentiment and used my Chameleon Pens for the main image.  I fussy cut the birthday boy and added a strip of washi tape to the bottom.  Simple but effective I think!

For my next card I stamped and coloured the main image then used a banner die cut to cut it out.

I used chalk ink around the die cut image just to soften it.  Then I stamped the sentiment and stuck the base on to my card base before adding glitter washi tape banners around the edges.  To finish I added glitter enamel dots.

For my final card I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the image.

I used a rectangular die cut and stamped the sentiment inside.  I added washi tape along the top and bottom of my card before attaching the die cut and then the image.

Have a lovely weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Birthday Boy Stamp Set
CrafTangles Birthday Girl Stamp Set
CrafTangles Me and You Stamp Set
Washi Tape
Kat Scrappiness Postage Stamp Edge Rectangle Dies
CrafTangles Cardstock
Chameleon Pens
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 7 September 2018

September Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy September!

Well the boys are back at school and it's so quiet in the house now.  However I do admit that I can get a lot more work done in their absence as much as I miss them.  Thankfully they've both settled back really well and if they're happy so am I :)

Being the first Friday in September means it's the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I have chosen the board this time and you will see that it has a lot of summer elements on it as I really can't let go of summer - not just yet!

For my card I used a cacti die set and created the background with distress inks.  I mounted it on to a blue background and drew white waves with a gel pen to copy one of the elements below.  I added a die cut word to finish.

This is the Elemental Board I've chosen and I'm sure you can see where the inspiration from my card came from using the cactus, flowers, waves and colours.  You only need to use 3 elements so I hope you'll join in.  You'll find more inspiration from my DT colleagues can be found HERE.

I have a Trimcraft Demo on Sunday at The Range in Maidstone so if you are local please come in to say hello and see the latest products and ideas I have to share.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Sizzix Thinlits Cacti Dies
Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlit Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
White gel pen
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 30 August 2018

CrafTangles August 2018 Blog Hop - Glimmer Paste

Happy Thursday!

The August Blog Hop is underway on the CrafTangles Blog HERE and it's all about glimmer paste!

I have to admit I had a lot of fun playing with this medium and using it in different ways.  I love anything that sparkles as you know so this was right up my street!

For my first card I decided to use a black base that I sprayed with a shimmer mist.  I then used the glimmer paste through the cloud stencil.  As you can see, it dried with a green tint on the black even though it went on white.  I stamped my image and used a couple of my new chameleon pens to colour in the bear then stamped the sentiment on a black card mat.

For my second card, I used the exact same fairy dust glimmer paste as my first card above.  This time through a different stencil to give the impression of waves on a distressed ink backing I created.  You can see how the tint of green that was so apparent on the black is much more subtle and there is more of the white.  Once again I used my chameleon pens on the stamped and fussy cut image and added a sentiment before mounting on to a die cut mat.

For my final card I smooshed distress oxides for the background then added green and orange glimmer paste through stencils.  I added dots to finish and stamped the sentiment before mounting on to a black card base.

I hope you can see just some of the ways glimmer paste can be used as highlights, backgrounds and a focal point.

If you are on the blog hop then here are the other blogs you need to visit in order to win one of 2 goody bags!  Good luck!



Shabneez - you are here!


See you again soon,

Products Used:
CrafTangles By The Seaside Stamps
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamps
CrafTangles Hello Baby Stamp Set
CrafTangles Nature Stencil
CrafTangles Rainbows & Clouds Stencil
CrafTangles Roses All Around Stencil
CrafTangles Orange Peel Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Fairy Dust Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Green Glimmer Paste
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Distress Oxides
Chameleon Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 August 2018

Back to School - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Had a busy week - lots of travel, celebrating Eid and getting stuff done.  Bit late with my posting as had to get haircuts for the boys sorted - can't have them start school with untamed hair now can I?! Ha!

Dawn has chosen back to school as the challenge this week for the Daring Cardmakers.  I noticed that many schools around the world have begun again after the summer holidays.  My boys don't go back until early September so we're spending some quality time with my parents.

My card is a commission for a  science teacher.  The paper pad I used is an absolute favourite of mine as the papers are double sided and are really well thought out and designed.  It includes quotes and you know I love my quotes!  I added wording using my Cricut.

I hope you have a great Bank Holiday Weekend.  I intend to work on some samples for my upcoming Trimcraft demos next weekend.  I'm at The Range in Leicester on Saturday 1 September and West Bromwich on Sunday 2 September.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Echo Park - Teacher's Pet Paper Pad
Cricut Machine
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 17 August 2018

What's Cooking? - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week's Daring Cardmaker is very apt as I spent a lot of time cooking yesterday in readiness for a number of visitors.  My Dad has cousins all over the world and a couple of families from Canada and Australia happened to be in London at the same time so I hosted a bit of a reunion yesterday.  It was a joy hearing all their childhood tales and to see them reminisce.  

This week's Challenge has been set by Joanne who has asked for an item of food to be incorporated on our cards as well as extra brownie points for using an item from the kitchen.  

I opted for a summer fruit - the strawberry.  I used really old backing papers that have strawberries on too.  All the dies I hadn't used before but had for some time.  I felt quite ashamed it took me so long to use them but I was equally pleased I had!  I didn't use anything from the kitchen for my card but my Team mates have been very imaginative and you can see their makes and join in with the challenge HERE.

I hope you have a really good weekend whatever you do.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Spellbinders Market Fresh - Aren't You Sweet Die
Sizzix Border Die
Dienamics Stitched Circle Die
K&Co Backing Paper
Pearls by Trimcraft
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 August 2018

Let's Go Nautical! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It seems so strange missing my weekly blog post - I didn't realise how regular I'd become with my blogging.  I have been having some well deserved family time as my brother and family were visiting from America.  We've had so much fun and made a lot of memories but I miss them a great deal.

Being as we shared some fun times by the sea I decided to opt for a nautical theme for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week.  The Design Team have made a wonderful variety of creations which you can see HERE.

For my card, I decided to use up parts of a pack from a cardmaking magazine I got a long time ago.  It's something I kept thinking I'd use it but never got round to it.  I do love a good sentiment and this one was perfect for the recipient.  I based my card around it, building it up as I went along with various die cut elements.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge and see you again soon!

Products Used:
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
First Edition Male Sentiment Dies
American Crafts Twine
Everything from my stash

Friday, 27 July 2018

Using CrafTangles Art Sprays & Stencils

Happy Friday!

You know, I almost forgot what day it was - they're all rolling into one with the summer holidays at the moment.  Good job I have my planner to keep me organised!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE using the new CrafTangles art sprays which I was lucky to receive in the latest DT box.

I used both the sprays as a background on my first card then stamped over it.  It worked well and I then went on to colour in the border with my Zig markers.

It's a favourite stamp set of mine and one that gives a different look every time I use it!  I added a sentiment from the same set.

Next up I used one of the new stencils with the yellow spray through it.

The background was so pretty that I didn't want to overpower it so simply stamped the sunflower and sentiment with a dark brown ink.  I backed it on to dark brown card and left it as that.  I'm a fan of keeping it simple.

For my final make I decided on a tag.  Again, I sprayed the spray through the stencil but this time I fussy cut part of it out.  I then added glimmer paste through part of the same stencil and loved the change in colour it gave me as well as the texture and shine.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut a mermaid and added her to the tag finishing with some pom poms.

It was so easy to use the art sprays and they made quick backgrounds to which I didn't have to add a great deal.

I may well be absent from Blogland next week as my brother is coming over from America with his wife and my nieces so we have a full schedule.

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Art Sprays - Denim Blue and Sunny Yellow
CrafTangles Stencils - Honeycomb and Abstract Circles
CrafTangles Stamps - Everyday Sentiments, Beautiful Bloom Border and Mermaid Kisses
CrafTangles Glimmer Paste - Fairy Dust
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers
Memento Dew Drop - Espresso Truffle
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash