Friday, 30 December 2016

Creating with Sarah Hurley's Beautiful Botanical Stamps

Happy Friday!

I must share some work I did a couple of months ago with some stamp sets that Sarah Hurley designed. They are the Beautiful Botanicals range and consist of A5 packs of clear cling stamps.

I used one set with a patterned background and inks to create this:

Another set I used with chalk inks and Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz to create this:

Finally, I used distressed inks with the stamps to create this:

I'd like to end this blog post with a note of thanks to all those of you who have taken the time to read, comment on or simply visit my blog throughout the year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year!


Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Botanicals Stamp Sets
Versamagic Chalk Inks
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 16 December 2016

Thanks! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

It's been another mad week but I've accomplished almost all I set out to do so I'm happy!  School holidays have begun and we've just been to see 'Rogue One'.  All three men, big and small, are Star Wars fans and I must admit I do like a good Star Wars film but I won't ruin it for those of you who are going to see it.

'Thanks' is the theme for this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge. It's an apt challenge for me as I've got a number of thank you cards to send to family and friends following my recent birthday.

I've often said I like collections which go together so I don't have to think as hard about co-ordinating colours and embellishments etc especially if time is limited. Doodlebug do a range of essential packs which contain papers, stickers, embellishments and an alphabet sheet. The papers are all double sided and the only additional item I used was the pink card which I diecut into a circle.

Although the glitter alphabet were stickers, I used silicone glue to give a little additional dimension. A simple but colourful make. I do love my bright colours.

I hope you'll join in with the challenge here where there's a lot more inspiration from the Design Team.

May the Force be with you!

Products Used:
Doodlebug Hello Sunshine Essentials Kit
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 9 December 2016

Going Crackers! 'Decorate it' Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've had a hectic but fulfilling week with the children's Christmas parties and pantomimes, meetings, celebrating my birthday and working on Christmas commissions.

The Daring Cardmakers are stepping away from the cards one last time this year. The challenge was about adding those little extras to 'Decorate it!'.  I decided to use a ready die cut cracker from Stix 2 Anything.  I used it as my base and added ribbons, foil tape and a die cut snowflake that I covered in gold glitter.  I added a metallic red candy to the centre.

I do hope that if you've made anything suitable you'll join in with the Challenge here and check out the other fabulous inspirational makes this week. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
Stix 2 Anything Cracker Die Cuts
Stix 2 Anything Snowflake Die Cuts
Stix 2 Anything Adhesive
Craftwork Cards Card Candy
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 December 2016

Textured Mini Wreath - Daring Cardmakers Elemental Challenge

Happy December!

The beginning of a month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  Basically, you choose 3 elements from the picture you can find here.

From the picture, I opted to use the colours, snowflakes and a wreath.  I used a die for the wreath base and then threaded ribbon through it to add texture. I added die cut snowflakes in 2 different sizes and finished off with black and clear gems to add that extra sparkle. I mounted the wreath on a snowflake embossed piece of card and used a die cut sentiment which I put on so it bowed outwards.

Once I'd made the wreath I actually found it a challenge as to how to use it on the card. I tried a number of variations but settled on this one in the end!

Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and your comments are much appreciated.

Shabneez xxx

Products Used:
First Edition Christmas Die Sets
Free snowflake embossing folder from a magazine
Everything else from my stash