Friday, 20 April 2018

Feeling Blue - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Well, what a week it's been.  Bit of a whirlwind but at least the boys are now back at school so I can work without feeling guilty.  They happily get involved with what I'm doing but I still get those pangs of guilt.  Working from home takes juggling your home and work life to a whole new level and you'd think I'd have got used to it after all these years but it's not the case. 

Yesterday, I was invited on Create & Craft yesterday as a Guest Presenter to showcase the Darice dies.  One of the samples I made just happened to fit with this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge of using blue.  How lucky was that?!  I just love it when I can use one project for two purposes!

 I've used the new Darice dies that you can use to die cut, emboss and stencil. 

For the white glittery butterflies I used Darice glitter paper and for the others I simply cut, embossed then coloured with my distress inks.  The 'Hello' sentiment I cut, embossed then used the die as a stencil to add the different shades.  I adore butterflies and could happily use them on all my projects but then you'd be bored of seeing them I'm sure!  The royal blue background makes the elements pop.

I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge and see all the wonderful cards that my fellow DT members have created HERE.

I'm very much looking forward to the weekend as my sister in law is visiting and we're planning on having a BBQ - making the most of the sunshine while it lasts!

Have a lovely weekend,

Products Used:
Darice Butterfly Dies
Darice Sentiment Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 April 2018

Animal Antics - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I have no idea how it's Friday again.  I really do feel like there aren't enough hours in the day at the moment......we just got back from seeing my parents on Tuesday and I am now playing catching up.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Ruth has set her first challenge and she's asked for an animal to be used on a card in any way, shape or form.

So, can you spot my animals?  Yes, I have gone with rocking horses!  Well, it didn't say the animal had to be real did it?!!  

This was one of my demo makes using the First Edition Hey Baby Decoupage pack and papers with the addition of a few gems to embellish.  I chose not to use all the layers of the decoupage to show you can be frugal, if you so choose, without losing the design or detail on a project.  

These papers are a vibrant alternative to the usual pastels you see for baby cards and in fact I ended up making more non-baby cards with the pad as there are a lot of generic designs.

My demos are over for this cycle so I can concentrate on Show preparation as I'm on Create & Craft again next week with some new products.

Have a lovely weekend,

Products Used:
First Edition Hey Baby Paper Pad
First Edition Hey Baby Decoupage Pad
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 April 2018

April Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!!!!!

A fresh off the dining table card to share for the latest April Elemental Challenge for the Daring Cardmakers. 

This was actually more challenging than usual as I have limited supplies with me, being away from home.  I used what I could from my Trimcraft demo bag as I have my last demo of the current season at The Range in West Bromwich on Sunday.  I used a mixture of collections but I think I pulled it off! 

This is the image which Kathy chose and you have to pick any 3 elements from it to make your card.  I chose the colours, shells and rectangles.  

This is a great card to make using scraps because that's exactly what I used......

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
First Edition Wanderlust Paper Pad
First Edition Beyond The Shore Paper Pad
Simply Creative Gems
Dovecraft Stamp
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 30 March 2018

Do Something Digi - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I hope you're having a break from the norm this Easter long weekend.  Always a good to spend time with friends and family which is exactly what my plan is.  Saying that, I do have a Trimcraft demo booked tomorrow at The Range in Leicester, but it means the boys are well looked after by their grandparents!

Kathy has set the Challenge this week and she's asked us to use a digital image of any kind, be it papers, an image to colour in or simply a sentiment printed out.  I've downloaded one of Sarah Hurley's Hand Drawn Florals from the Create & Craft website.  I was drawn to the pretty florals, perfect for the time of year.  On the sheet not only do you get a choice of images to colour but a selection of sentiments and other additions too. 

I decided to use the circular floral design which I coloured in using alcohol markers.  I then die cut the image and thought it would look pretty on a circular easel card so that's what I made!  I coloured and fussy cut a couple of other flowers and chose the 'lots of love' sentiment which worked really well as the stopper.

To embellish I added a subtle dab of glitter to the flower centres and a little satin ribbon to bring out the green.

There's a lot of variety over on the Daring Cardmakers HERE so please do take a peek and as it's a long weekend why not join in? 

See you again soon,

Products Used:
Create & Craft Sarah Hurley Hand Drawn Floral
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 23 March 2018

Back To Basics - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How has your week been?  It's flown by for me and only a few days of school left before the Easter holidays - I can't wait!

Joanne has set the challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week and has asked for us to use one geometric shape and one primary colour as a focus.  Can you guess what I've chosen?  Yes, you got it right - blue rectangles!

I ordered a sentiment pack from Craftwork Cards in the sale not so long ago and apart from the largest blue strip, the entire card is made up of sentiments and embellishments from that pack!

I've arranged all the sentiments on a strip of blue cardstock and added twine, flowers, a heart and gems to embellish.  It's simple but I love how pretty it looks.

There is a lot more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE so I hope you'll pop by and join in this fun challenge.

I have a day off on Sunday and family coming over which I'm very much looking forward to it as it means I get to make some special dishes for everyone to enjoy.  I hope you have a good weekend whatever you're up to.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Craftwork Cards Sentiments
Simply Creative Gems
American Crafts Twine
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

It's All In The Background

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a selection of makes using different mediums with stencils.

To begin I've used texture paste, distress inks and a spray mist on a Kraft tag.  I coloured the sunflower and fussy cut it, stamped a sentiment and added ribbon to finish.

Next, I have a card where I have used distress inks in rainbow colours and added texture paste mixed with distress oxides to give additional interest.  I added a sentiment and die cut clouds to finish.

For my final card, I made a background using the smooshing technique then added clear texture paste and applied perfect pearls to give it a shimmer.

I've taken a close up so you can see the shimmer created with the perfect pearls.

After making the background I thought it would lend itself quite well to an ocean themed card so I stamped and coloured a mermaid and bubbles and added a heat embossed sentiment.

If you're interested, there is a more in depth tutorial on how I created all these on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

See you again on Friday,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Kraft Card
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamps
Texture Paste
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
CrafTangles Wooden Background Stencil
Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick
CrafTangles Cardstock - Earl Grey
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
CrafTangles Stamps - Girl in the Rain
Stitched Cloud Die Set
CrafTangles Treads Stencil
Ranger Perfect Pearls
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
Texture Paste - Transparent Matt
CrafTangles Floral Mesh Stencil
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 16 March 2018

Watch The Birdie! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Just got back from a Drop In session at school where we got to see what my eldest son has been up to.  It's a good idea to have these drop in sessions as not only do you get to see what the children have been doing in lessons, but it's really motivational for them to show you their achievements.   Plus, as it's first thing parents can come in before they go to work.

On with this week's Challenge for the Daring Cardmakers which I have set.  As the title suggests I would love to see a bird on your creation either as a focal point or embellishment, die cut or stamped.  Lots of choices so I do hope you'll join in and there's some amazing inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

As you can see, I've gone a little tropical for my creation, obviously thinking of the warmth and sunshine that you associate with it!

I've used the new First Edition Tropical Die set and added coloured card through the die cut image of the toucan - paper piecing using dies.  The addition of a tiny gemstone for the eye gives me my bling fix.  I've die cut some leaves to create foliage for the toucan to sit on.  A mini paper doily and die cut sentiment finish the card.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I will be doing a Trimcraft demo at the The Range in Thurrock on Sunday which I am looking forward.

See you again soon,

Products Used:
First Edition Tropical Die Set
Nature's Grace Doilies
First Edition Hello Baby Paper Pad
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Die