Friday, 22 September 2017

Queen for the Day - Daring Cardmakers DT

Friday Greeting!

I'm a bit late today as I've had a long list to do before catching up with my blog posts.  My lists are never ending at the moment - do you make lists?

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which today is entitled 'Queen for the Day' and you can find more inspiration HERE.


I opted for the royal theme with a castle turret in the background and when Svenja mentioned frog princes I immediately though of a rather old decoupage set that I'd had which was perfect!  The background was made using scraps of patterned paper, I love the stitched one in particular, don't you? I used scalloped stitched dies for it.


I had to add the hearts and googly eyes for a little fun as they went with with the stamped sentiment.  I must admit I love the sentiment and apply it to my life whenever I can.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do.  I have another Trimcraft demo which I'm very much looking forward to.

Happy Crafting!
Shabneez

Products Used:
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Dovecraft Princess Fairytale Decoupage Pad
Docrafts stamps
Adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Momento Black Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 September 2017

Four of a Kind - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Was it only yesterday I last blogged?!  Well, I'm back but don't get used to it!  Before I begin I'd like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my fellow Daring Cardmaker DT members and crafty friends Dawn and Kathy.  Dawn set the Challenge this week as it's her 40th she asked for four of anything on your card - a fun challenge wouldn't you agree?


For my inspirational card I used a lovely stamp and die set that I bought in the sale by Clearly Besotted.  There have been so many exam results celebrated lately and this was the perfect set to congratulate everyone.


I coloured the cute raccoons with my trusty Zig pens and used a stitched die to highlight the images.  Creating with cute images always bring a smile to my face.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge this week and do check out the creations the DT have made HERE.

I've got my first Trimcraft demo of the season this weekend so I need to do a little more preparation.  Have a great weekend whatever you do!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Clearly Besotted Eureka! Stamp Set
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Versamark Black Ink
Unbranded Stitched die
All adhesives from 



Thursday, 14 September 2017

CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Centre Stepper Card

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles Blog today using the fabulous Mermaid Kisses stamp set.


I had a lot of fun creating this card using a centre stepper as my base.  This style of card worked well with the 3D scene I wanted to create.


All the images were coloured in and then fussy cut before being assembled on the card.


I stamped bubbles from the set and heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it a kind of foamy effect.  I also added stitched borders to give the effect of waves.

I'll be back tomorrow so not long to wait - ha!

Have a good day,
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Seafoam
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Stitched Border Dies
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder


Friday, 8 September 2017

It's A Love Story - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

My Mum has come to stay for a few days and we're all excited to have her as it's been a few years since she last came.  We've been in the kitchen, cooking new dishes this morning hence the late post!

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Joanne has set this week's challenge which is based around International Literacy Day.  I have gone with a love story as I'm such a romantic at heart :)  I've also used dictionary definitions with the background paper and highlighted appropriate words relating to my theme.


The most fun I've had all week is playing with my new infusions and I was pleased with the effects I achieved.  I used less on the background then went all out on the heart.

I hope you'll take a look at the other inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and join in.

Have a wonderful weekend - I'm looking forward to another family wedding!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
PaperArtsy Infusions
Sizzix Dies
First Edition Sweet Nothings Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 13 (September 2017)

Happy Tuesday!

I spent last weekend with my parents as it coincided with another celebration of Eid.  We got back late last night so I'm on a mission to get 101 things completed before school starts tomorrow (wish me luck as I'll definitely need it!).  The September challenge has begun over on Angie's Digital Stamps HERE with an anything goes theme.  I've gone cute this time, choosing a cat image.


I used my Zig pens to colour in and I'm really pleased with the outcome as you can see the mottled fur effect.  I used a selection of Dovecraft papers for the backing and buttons to embellish.


I better sign off and start on that list on or I won't get everything done!  I hope you'll join in with the Challenge.

Have a great week,
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Kitty in Flowers
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Dovecraft Papers
Dovecraft Buttons
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Unbranded die
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 1 September 2017

September Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy September!

A brand new month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I have been been playing with my Distress Oxides to create backgrounds.  You know, Distress Oxides have really interesting properties that enable you to achieve so many different effects.  Unfortunately, it means I will need to buy a few more so not so good on the finances.......


I used glitter paper as the background for my inverse feathers and the die cut feathers were adhered elsewhere on my creation together with a couple of peach glitter ones.  I added a smile sentiment to finish off, after all it's good to smile isn't it?!


This is the elemental board Kathy chose from which I took inspiration.  There are so many different elements to choose and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.  To play along you need to choose any 3 elements - simple!  You can see a lot more inspiration HERE on the Daring Cardmakers blog.


In other news, I have finally taken another step forward on the social media front and am now the proud owner of an instagram account!  However, an instagram account without followers would be rather sad so it would mean a lot to me if you could follow me at simplyshabneez - I will of course follow you back!

See you again soon!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Dovecraft Feather Die Set
Unbranded Smile die
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Those Cute CrafTangles Crabs!

Happy Sunday!

It's all about the crabs today over on the CrafTanlges blog HERE.  I've got a blog post showcasing those cute crab stamp sets which are perfect for the weather we've been having this Bank Holiday!  There's a mini tutorial too, more details further down my post.


The sentiments with the sets are all quite amusing and go so well with the crab images.  The crabs have great expressions on their faces - they certainly make me smile!

For my first card I used a film strip die cut as I associated the 'snappy' sentiment not only with the crab but taking photos.


For my second card I used a really versatile stencil set to create the distress ink beach background.  I made a funny scene with one of the crabs being hoisted by the balloon.


For my final card, I've done a tutorial to show how easy it is to make these circle easel cards.  They're fun!

I've kept the designs quite simple so that the crabs stand out.  I've used my zigs to colour in all the images and added a Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

We're hoping to spend a day at the seaside tomorrow as the weather is supposed to hold out and I'm really looking forward to as I find the sea so calming, I could sit and watch it all day!

Have a great week,
Shabneez

Products Used:

CrafTangles By The Sea Stamp Set
CrafTangles Oh Crab Stamp Set
CrafTangles Silver Reactive Foil
CrafTangles Create A Scene Stencil
CrafTangles Cardstock in Red and Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 25 August 2017

I'll Have A Coffee To Go! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Not sure where the days are going, they appear to be rolling into weeks and it'll be September soon! I must admit the school holidays are really speeding by and I managed to get school shoes and uniform this week in preparation.   Now, all I have left is sewing in the name labels - yawn..........

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week, Kathy has chosen the delicious theme of fast food and coffee to go.  Fluffy Gustav has a starring role on my creation, as like me, he loves his coffee and I'm sure you'll agree he's rather cute!


I've kept with the coffee theme and made coffee cup rings for the background and added a few flat gems and twine to finish.  I love the sentiment - don't you?!


There's a feast for the eyes to be had on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE but beware if you're going to look on an empty stomach!  Haha!

See you again in a couple of days!
Shabneez

Products Used
Useless Trinkets Digi Stamp
Zig Clean Color Pens
Tim Holz Distress Inks
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 18 August 2017

Action! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a hectic week with lots of day trips and family time.  My brother and family have flown back to America and we've been missing them a lot.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog today, there's a lot of 'action' taking place.  Kathy has set the Challenge to use the word 'action' interpreting it as you wish.

I've gone with a card demonstrating an action.  I really enjoyed making the background using distress inks and watercolours.


I found a stamp in my stash which resembled bike tracks or at least it was my interpretation!


You can see the wonderful creations that the rest of the DT have come up with HERE and I hope they inspire you to have a go!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Kanban Topper Sheet
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Docrafts stamp set
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 13 August 2017

It's All About The CrafTangles Sentiments

Happy Monday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a selection of projects using the new CrafTangles stamps sets, concentrating on the use of sentiments.


For my first card, I water coloured the sunflower stamped image and added the sentiment as an extension of the stalk.  I kept it quite simple but doubled up on the sunflower head to give it a 3D look.


I used the same stamp set for my second project but with kraft card, coloured with pencils and added liquid pearls in the centre.  The sentiment was attached on the side.


For my final project, I used another new stamp set.  This time I made a tag with a liquid pearl background using a stencil and added the sentiment as a tag on the rose.


You can find further details on my projects using CrafTangles sentiments HERE on the CrafTangles blog.

All being well, I hope to see you again on Friday.

Have a great week!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Ranger Liquid Pearls 
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 August 2017

Unnatural Colours - Daring Cardmakers Challenge DT

Happy Friday!

A twist on nature using unnatural colours is the new challenge set by Enfys over on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week.  I've used a grey butterfly and striped, patterned and pink bunnies on my card.  The Design Team have made some fabulous makes, who'd have thought unnatural colours would work so well?!  You can see their creations and join in with the challenge HERE.



I've used a mixture of die cuts and printed bunny shapes from a really old Kaisercraft kit I couldn't bear to use at the time.  Times have since changed and I'm now ruthless with using my craft stash!


My brother and family are over from America and this is a special card that I intend to post to my nieces once they go back together with a little mini album of their visit as a keepsake.  

Before I go I must thank you all for your comments on my blog posts - they're much appreciated.  I do make every effort to ensure I visit you back.

See you again very soon,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Collectables
First Edition Love Story Paper Pad
Unbranded Circle dies
Unbranded Bow Die
Small hearts - left overs from another die
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 7 August 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 12 (August 2017)

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a good weekend!  A colourful start to the week from me.  I do love my vibrant colours and they work especially well on cards to and from children.  I'm sharing another teacher card I made, which thinking, about it could be given to a new teacher when the schools start back in September.


This card is for Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge with an Anything Goes Theme and optional twist of Back to School that began yesterday.  I successfully used up some scraps I had on the rainbow banner border.  The digistamp is the pack of crayons which I coloured in and fussy cut before assembling my card.

Have a great week - I have a lot planned with the boys!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp Image - Box of Crayons
Sizzix Banner Dies
Sizzix Circle Dies
First Edition Dies
All Adhesives - Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Daring Cardmakers DT - August Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month marks the start of the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and Miri has chosen a very summery image, perfect for those tropical days we all dream of! You have to chose any 3 elements from the image below and incorporate them into your card.


From the image, I used the flamingo, flowers and colours on my card.  First, I stamped and coloured a flamingo then fussy cut it out with a craft knife as my scissors wouldn't have given me the finish I wanted, with the legs in particular.


The dotty background is packaging I kept from a pack of cards and I used a piece of scrap card which I cut into a banner.  For the tropical leaves with the flowers, I used the Trimcraft free download papers which I resized and fussy cut, curling to give a 3D effect.

I'm in love with the sentiment which is perfect for the season, even though the weather in Essex doesn't quite agree!  It's part of a new stamp set I got from CrafTangles.  I added a couple of glitter dots to embellish my card.


You'll see a lot more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the challenge.

Have a great weekend - don't know about you but I'm hoping for a little tropical weather!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Dovecraft Flamingo Stamp
CrafTangles Oh Crab!!! Stamp Set
Free Trimcraft Paper Download
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Everything else from my stash



Friday, 28 July 2017

Welcome to Wonderland - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's Svenja's turn to host the new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog today and she's chosen Alice in Wonderland as her theme.  I went all out on my inspirational card using a famous quote from the book together with the Queen of Hearts and the white rabbit which feature in the book.  


Fortunately, I had all the items in my stash apart from the white rabbit which was a free digi stamp that I inked and coloured the hearts to make them pop a little.  The clock was part of a free stamp set from a magazine and I used perfect pearls on it after heat embossing and added a peel off resembling a chain which I coloured in black.  I admit I almost used a Lego chain my son offered to make for me!


It was such a fun card to create and a great challenge.  Please take a look at the DT cards and join in the fun HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you're doing!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Rangers Perfect Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Tonic Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Using CrafTangles Sequins on Cards

Happy Thursday!

I'm on the CrafTangles blog today with a couple of cards using their extensive range of sequins.  You'll find more detailed information on my makes over on their blog HERE,


For my first card, I used a new really cute CrafTangles stamp set and hearts stencil.  The sequins formed the puddles being as they were the right colour!


For my second card, I made a spin on a classic gap card by filling the gap with sequins.  I actually had one of my sons helping to die cut the circles for me and I did say I would give him a mention on my blog post, it's cheaper than paying him - haha!

I'd better get cracking as I've got another blog post to prepare for tomorrow, no child labour involved this time! 
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Stamp Sets
CrafTangles Sequins
CrafTangles Stencil
CrafTangles Baby Pad
Sizzix Die Sets
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
First Edition Love Story Pad
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 21 July 2017

String Theory - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the turn of the very talented creator of Daring Cardmakers, Kathy's turn to set the Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week.  The Challenge is to incorporate string in whatever way, shape or form you please.  You can see what my fellow DT members have come up with HERE and I hope you'll have a go too!

I love using string or twine on my creations as it's a way of adding texture and interest.  This time, I've combined it with a button from my stash, threading the twine through it.  I've used papers from a pad I bought last year and kept the design simple so the wording stands out.


This was a special teacher card, although I believe all teachers are special and that teaching truly is a work of heart.  My Mum was a Primary School teacher and to this day whenever she meets her ex students they will come and speak to her, introducing her to their children and grandchildren even though sometimes it's been over 50 years since she taught them.  I love hearing the stories they tell and looking at the black and white photos of her with her classes through the years.

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products used:
Echo Park - Teacher's Pet paper pad
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
Dovecraft Twine
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 14 July 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's time for a new weekly challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog and the theme set by Enfys is "If you go down to the woods today....".

The first thought I conjured up after reading the theme was of a tent so I've incorporated that into my teepee fold card. It's such an easy card to make and there are lots of tutorials around online.


To decorate my card I used a really old Docrafts collection (probably one of my first) that I find useful for making cards for young girls. I used the papers from the pack to cover the card and the decoupage I chose has an apt Woodland theme. I trimmed the topper and backed it with a contrasting coloured card to make it pop. Finally, I added a paper doily behind and used washi tape around the card edges - I love the faux stitched effect it gives, don't you?

I hope you'll join in with the challenge and pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE

I have a demo at a new store opening tomorrow so just have some last minute checks to make.  

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Docrafts Tilly Daydream Colllection
Trimcraft washi tape
Trimcraft doily
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

CrafTangles Super Boy Card and Gift In One

Happy Thursday!

I'm blogging for CrafTangles today using their Super Boys Stamp and Die set.  I decided to make a card with a keepsake.  Both my boys love reading, the eldest often has more than one book on the go at a time!  So, I thought I'd make a bookmark that would slot into the card.

This is the card I made and I have a brief tutorial HERE if you're interested in seeing how I made it.


This is the bookmark that slots into the card:


I really enjoyed making this - the dies made cutting out the images so quick and easy.  I'm going to make a batch over the summer holidays as I'm sure they'll be well received on birthdays.  In fact, I might even get the boys to join me and colour in the images!

Happy Crafting!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Super Boy Stamp & Die Set
CrafTangles Sequins
Memento Ink Pad
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
Promarkers
All adhesives by Stix 2 Anything
DCWV Textured Cardstock



Friday, 7 July 2017

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT


Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of the month which is time for an Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  This month it's set by Dawn and I love the photo she's chosen.  To join in with the Challenge you have to choose any 3 or more elements on your card.  I opted for the colours, unicorn and stars on my creation.


So, being a fan of unicorns but not having a unicorn image I found a free digistamp HERE on Useless Trinkets, together with a sentiment.  There are some fabulous images and I'm looking forward to using the others as well.


Of course, every unicorn has to have some glitter so after colouring the image I used my trusty Stickles to add a little sparkle.


As my Glossy Accents were out on my table I used them to give the icing on the doughnut a glaze and give the mug dimension.


I hope you'll join in with this fun Challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you make!  You can see all the fabulous inspiration my fellow DT members have come up with over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

I'm off to a family wedding this weekend and I even bought a new outfit and shoes for the occasion!  Of course, I couldn't leave the boys out so they have got cute bow ties................

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Useless Trinkets Digistamp Image and Sentiment
Dovecraft Whiz Kids Paper Pad
First Edition Markers
Rangers Glossy Accents
Rangers Stickles
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything adhesives



Monday, 3 July 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps DT - Challenge 11 (July)

Happy July!

Only a couple of weeks to go until the school holidays - the school year has certainly flown past and there are presentations and meeting the new teachers to look forward to this week.

As it's the beginning of the month, there's a new Challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps with the theme of  'Anything Goes with an optional twist of adding red/white/blue or all three'.

I chose the whale digi stamp and made a nautical themed card with a port hole and seaweed.  I computer generated the sentiment as I didn't have an appropriate stamp.  One of my cousin's got really good results in his degree so I'll give him this card as we're all really proud of his achievement!


I've used glossy accents to highlight the drops of water and add a little dimension.  My glossy accents tube had been hiding in my cupboard but it's on the table now so I'm more likely to use it.


You'll find more inspiration on the blog page HERE so take a look and join in!

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Whale
First Edition Markers
Sizzix Circle Die Set
Craftwork Cards Card Candi
Dovecraft Back to Basics Paper Pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 30 June 2017

Welcome to My Galaxy - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's Miri's turn to host the challenge this week and she's opted for a galaxy theme - it can be a background or anything associated with another galaxy.  You can find more information and lots of wonderful inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

For my make, I reached for a very versatile set of stamps designed by Sarah Hurley.  I chose an outline stamp then had the most fun creating an alien like being.  I think I'd actually like to have a hairstyle like that!

I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder then went over it with metallic water colour paint, I love the shimmer effect, especially on black.  This was my galaxy background, well, there may be a rainbow galaxy out there somewhere!  The sentiment from the same set was heat embossed with silver.


I've got a busy weekend ahead with the boys at a party and a post Eid lunch with more family.  I'm looking forward to it :)

Have a great weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Dreams & Plans Stamp Sets
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Baby Girl Makes for CrafTangles DT

Happy Tuesday!

We've had a wonderful time celebrating Eid with family.  I'm back at work, fully caffeinated, as we had a rather large detour on the way back home last night due to junction closures on the M1.  We didn't get home until the early hours of this morning but it was worth it!

Today, I'd like to share a couple of projects I made for the CrafTangles DT.


The first is a shaker easel card made using the CrafTangles Baby Girl paper pad and not a lot else!  I love cutting out of paper pads and I fussy cut the sentiment banner and the image in the shaker topper from the pad.


I made the little stoppers from another of the papers and added glossy accents to give them an enamel look and strengthen them,


For my second make I decided on a rocker card, again showcasing the papers and using them to make a scallop topper.


I added a floating sentiment backed with acetate together with paper roses, pearls and hearts to embellish.

I loved making these, just need some babies to give them to now!  There's more details of how I made these on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

I hope to see you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Baby Girl Paper Pad
CrafTangles Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Rangers Glossy Accents
Making Memories Glitter Alphabet
Everything else from my stash