Friday, 20 July 2018

Outdoors in the Summer - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Outdoor dining is something I really enjoy in the summer - barbeques in particular.  Earlier in the week I hosted an al fresco dinner for my husband's work colleagues wich was very enjoyable.  We've also been invited to visit our neighbours this weekend as they have one of those fancy pizza ovens in their garden so I'm very much looking forward to it!

Speaking of the outdoors, over on the Daring Cardmakers Miri has chosen a fabulous challenge this week perfect for this time of year.  She wants anything you might do outside in the summer on your cards.  For me it has to going to the seaside and eating ice-cream.  I absolutely love the sea and everything to do with it.  My other passion is eating ice-cream and I am known to eat them in the winter as well........

I've used the wonderful Beach Life papers and decoupage illustrated by the very talented Helz Cuppleditch that are produced by Trimcraft.  I bought them on offer from Create & Craft recently.

The collection just screams summer to me and I've used the papers for the background and added washi tape.  After making up the decoupage I've cut the shells and starfish from the papers and added them to the topper.  Don't you think the images are just so adorable?

There is plenty more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Trimcraft Beach Life Paper Pad 
Trimcraft Beach Life Embellishments
Trimcraft Beach Life Decoupage Pad
Trimcraft Beach Life Washi Tape
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 July 2018

A Sporting Chance - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The Summer holidays have begun my end but not before a very memorable event to end the term.  My eldest's class held an Afternoon Tea for all the class parents and it really was an extremely well organised event.  The children went shopping for the ingredients, made sandwiches and served everyone with such big smiles.  It was truly wonderful.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers Kathy has set the challenge this week and what with the football and tennis being prevalent at the moment she's asked for a sport on our cards.  There are some brilliant cards on the blog HERE by my fellow DT members.

I decided to use this opportunity to make a card for a very good friend of my son's who is a competitive swimmer.  His birthday is coming up next month so I feel really good as I'm ahead of myself!

I've used a Hunkydory Kit that I bought with the recipient in mind.  It's decoupage although you can't tell so well from the photo although I did try!  I added card candi and the number 10.

Right, I am now off to visit my Aunt.  Boys love spending time there too and it'll be a break from the norm for me too.

Hope you'll join in with the challenge this week and have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Hunkydory Decoupage Kit
Card Candi
Dovecraft Number Dies
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 8 July 2018

3 Ways with CrafTangles Ombre Watercolour Paper Pad

Happy Weekend!

We had a lovely day out yesterday before coming back in time for the football of course!  Wasn't it a great result?!

Among my last DT box from CrafTangles I got a really pretty paper pad so I thought I'd see what different ways I could come up with using the papers on my cards.

For my first card I used the paper in the traditional sense as backing paper.  I matted and layered a die cut, fussy cut element and added a sentiment.  This card will be going to one of my son's teachers.  Hope she likes it!

For my second card I picked a stencil and used texture paste, perfect pearls and distress inks thorough it before finishing with a die cut sentiment.  I think you can see the shimmer quite well don't you?

Finally I went all out and used 3 different coloured sheets of paper from the pad!  I stamped them all with the same image and added a sentiment with distress oxides as it shows up so well on black card.

So there you have it!  I'm off to sit in the garden now if anybody would like to join me.....

Have a great week!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Ombre Watercolor Paper Pad
CrafTangles Cardstock - Earl Tea
CrafTangles All for Love Elements
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
CrafTangles Butterflies & Bricks Stencil
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set
CrafTangles Ethnic Borders Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Friday, 6 July 2018

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I've had a productive week with the highlight being Prize Giving and Meet the Teacher at school.  The boys break up next week so not long to go now..........

As it's the first Friday of the month it's time for the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.

I had a hard time with this one.  I loved the colours and the elements but couldn't decide what to use.  It took an entire afternoon to put this together.  I must have over thought it! Ha!  

I began by choosing a floral paper from my stash then I made a pleated border.  I fancied a bow and I don't own any so I traced round a template.  To finish I added a sentiment with a splash of pink.

This is the image from which I have chosen 3 elements:

I chose the slatted panel which I made into pleats, the beautiful colours and the flowers that are on my backing paper.  There is a lot of inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE and I hope you'll join in.

See you again on Sunday!

Products Used:
Sentiment from Craftwork Cards
Everything else from my stash

Saturday, 30 June 2018

CrafTangles June 2018 Blog Hop - Foils

Happy Weekend!

The CrafTangles June Blog hop is underway and the winners of the last blog have also been announced HERE.

If you'd like a chance at winning one of two goody bags please hop along:
Shabneez - YOU ARE HERE

In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all the blogs above and leave a comment.  CrafTangles will choose 2 winners who will each get a goody bag!  It is open worldwide.

The theme of this month's blog hop is Foils and we've all used them in different ways.

For my first card after stamping the image and colouring in with pencils I decided to die cut the sentiment and punch out the hearts from a sheet of foil that I had adhered to some card with a double sided adhesive sheet.

For my next card I used the stunning rainbow foil for both a background and also for die cutting the lettering.

Finally I paper pieced using foil.  I hadn't seen it done before so thought I'd have a go and it worked!

I hope these have inspired you have a go at using foils.  All you need is double sided tape or an adhesive double sided sheet.

Good Luck with the Blog Hop!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Cardstock
Versamagic White Ink Pad
Versafine Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash
Rainbow Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesTurquoise Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesRed Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesCrafTangles Sticky Back - 12x12 double sided adhesive sheetCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Hello BabyCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Life is Pretty Amazing

Friday, 29 June 2018

Happy Wedding - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Yet another glorious day.  My youngest has gone on a school trip so I was up early making sure his sun cream was liberally applied and he had his hat, water bottle and all the other necessities needed for a day trip.  It's heartwarming to see the enthusiasm with which he set off this morning and I hope he has a wonderful day.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers Ruth has a Wedding and Anniversary card theme going on for the latest challenge.  I actually need to make wedding cards as I have a few to attend over the summer.  However, with the mad week I've had I had half an hour this morning to make this card and photograph it before the 10am deadline when the blog goes live - oooops!

Luckily I had an idea in my head which always helps in times like this.  I recently bought a pre loved wedding themed stamp set from Lawn Fawn which was on my table waiting to be used.  I already had a pre cut frame die so this saved me time too.  I stamped the images I wanted and coloured them with my Zig pens then mat and layered the card.  I had some foiled card from another project I have been working on so punched out the hearts and added them as embellishments.

I'm back tomorrow with a blog hop so hope you'll pop by again!

Products Used:
Lawn Fawn Happy Wedding Stamp Set
Dienamics Stitched Collage Frame
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
CrafTangles Foil
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch

Monday, 25 June 2018

1 Stencil 3 Ways - CrafTangles DT

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I certainly heard a lot of cheers from the neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon when England scored all those goals!

I'm up on the CraftTangles blog HERE with cards using the CrafTangles Rainbows and Clouds stencil. 

As you can see I've managed to create cards using limited supplies - stencils, distress inks and card!

For this first card I went all out using the largest rainbow on the stencil with distress inks.  I then sprayed on water and left to dry.  For the stars I used distress oxides as I prefered the chalky effect they gave.  I finished with a sentiment.

Next up I used a soft grey for the clouds and the raindrops stencil to create a border.

For the final card I actually had a little girl in mind who I'm sure will love this card.  I used the smaller of the two rainbows on the stencil and added clouds and stars before matting and layering.

Stencils don't have to be used just for backgrounds - they can just as easily be used as focal points for cards as well.

See you again later on this week,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Rainbows & Clouds Stencil
CrafTangles Raindrops Stencil
CrafTangles Cardstock
Hero Arts Stamp & Die Set
Everything else from my stash