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



Friday, 23 June 2017

I Must Go Down To The Sea Again - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I'm not sure where this week has gone what with working flat out and preparing for the festival of Eid which marks the end of the month of fasting.  The boys are getting so excited and I just remembered that I haven't wrapped their presents yet!

The challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers today is set by Lythan who has recently moved and misses her sea views.  I love the sea, it's so calming and relaxing.


For this Challenge, I found a lovely image from Kanban with a sentiment that worked as it has a beautiful sea view.  I used a stamp and chalk inks for the background and finished off with washi tape and some huge brads from my stash - they're great!

You can find a lot more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the Challange!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Kanban Topper
Versamagic Chalk Inks
Unbranded Stamp
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 16 June 2017

Out of this World - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

A really quick blog post from me today.  It's been a mad week with preparations for the boys' school fete tomorrow and helping out a friend in need which has left me with very little free time.

The Challenge set this week is by Joanne who asks:

For as long as people have been communicating

it seems we've told stories of the fantastic and unexplained. Let's
see some imaginary or mythical beings this week - fairies, mermaids,
aliens, unicorns, hobbits, dragons... where will your imagination take
you?



For my super quick creation this week I used files from the Silhouette Store.  These have been designed by Sarah Hurley and go together so well.

The waves are a stencil file which I used as a backgound by taking alternate pieces out, I loved the effect it gave.  The mermaid silhouette I cut out of glitter as I wanted some bling, besides I think I've made so many male cards recently I needed to go girly!  Finally, the sentiment is a cut file but I changed it to a write file.  The sentiment is just fabulous - don't you agree?

Enjoy the summer sunshine!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Silhouette Files designed by Sarah Hurley
Adhesives and card base by Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Celebrating Father's Day with CrafTangles DT

Happy Tuesday!

I've got my debut post for CrafTangles over on their blog together with a tutorial.


Well, it's not long now until Father's Day and you can never have too many Father's Day cards can you?! I loved the image of the child and father on this stamp set so decided to use it in two different ways.

For the first card, I embossed and inked the stamp giving it a negative effect, using a stencil to add interest.


For the second I went for the vintage look and gave the card a distressed look.


I love how you can give the same stamp a totally different look just by altering colours and products used.

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Stencil
CrafTangles Stamp Sets
CraftTangles Sequins
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing powder
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 9 June 2017

Paper Straws - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

We took the boys with us to vote yesterday as they had already been doing some work on voting at school.  My eldest was not impressed that nobody won this morning.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, Dawn has set the challenge this week to use paper straws.  We have loads of straws in the house but they're all plastic and although I can see my boys using them on their projects I thought they looked a little cheap for mine.......so I made my own!



I'm still on the Father's Day theme although a little more grown up this time.  However, I did have fun spraying the background and making my own straws!  I thought it would be a fun activity to do with the boys in the holidays.


I heat embossed the wooden frame to give it a glossy sparkly look and used foam stars and sequins to embellish.

You can see all the wonderful inspiration my fellow DT members have created HERE.  I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Glitter Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Docrafts Mr Mister Paper Pad
All Adhesives from Stix 2
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 5 June 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps DT - Challenge 10 (June)

Happy Monday!

The June Challenge is up on Angie's Digital Stamp Blog with the theme of Anything Goes.  As Father's Day falls in June I've used a cute digi stamp from Angie's store, as it reminded me of a Dad with his children.  I thought it would be a good card for the boys to give to their Dad even though I'm sure they'll be making their own creations at school.


I hope you'll join in with the Challenge as you can win a digi stamp of your choice from Angie's Digital Stamps Etsy Store as a prize.

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Promarkers
Docrafts Stamps - border and sentiment
Amy Tangerine - die set
Sizzix Die Set
Dovecraft Back to Basics - Bright Spark paper pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 June 2017

June Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a mad but enjoyable week with the boys on their half term break.  The weather has been glorious so we've enjoyed being outdoors and catching up with friends and family.

It's the first Friday of the month and you know what that means - an Elemental Challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog.  I got to set this Challenge for the first time.  I used Distress Inks on water colour paper for the background and die cut the flowers and the banner from the same sheet.



In the Challenge you have to use at least 3 elements and I have chosen the wool/twine, the flower and the picture with the scenery (I loved the colours).


I hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE.  

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Painted Blooms die set 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Personal Impressions Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 26 May 2017

In A Teacup - Daring Cardmakers DT Challenge

Happy Friday!

It's been a mad week full of meetings and to round it off it's Sports Day today so I'm off to cheer the boys on!

The challenge set this week by Leo is to use a teacup and fill it with something different.  I didn't have anything teacup related in my stash so I used a free SVG that I cut with my Cricut for the base card.  I decorated it with Sweet Nothings paper and lace.

I punched out butterflies and heat embossed the wings on the pink butterflies before adding pearls to the centres and a sentiment.


There are some wonderful inspirational cards by my fellow DT members over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.  I hope you'll find time to visit over the long weekend and join in!

Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend!
Shabneez

Products used:
First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad
Docrafts Butterfly Punch
Tonic Nuvo White Embossing Powder
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 19 May 2017

Two's Company - Daring Cardmakers DT Challenge

Happy Friday!

The Daring Cardmakers Challenge is set by Sharon this week and you have to use 2 colours - including the card base!  I decided to do something I do quite often to colour card, and that is to use chalk inks.  They colour smooth card so well and they were one of the first items I bought when I began crafting.  For this week's Challenge I used the ink to colour the base card, to stamp the sentiment and to highlight the edges of the punched flowers.


For the little flowers, I used the Fiskars Eglantine punch and after shaping the flowers I added liquid pearls in the centres and a little glitter glue - I could't resist a subtle hint of glitter!


I must admit I really enjoyed this Challenge, as I hadn't really worked with just 2 colours before.  I love colourful makes but it just shows you really don't need a multitude of colours to come up with a creation.  You'll find a lot more inspiration HERE on the Daring Cardmakers blog and I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Versamagic Chalk Ink - Turquoise
First Edition Craft A Card Die
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
Sizzix Circle Dies
Fiskars Eglantine Small Punch
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Peacock 
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 12 May 2017

All That Glitters Is Not Gold! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge DT

Happy Friday!

I'm all excited as it's the first time I set a challenge on the Daring Cardmakers!  Of course, it wouldn't be a challenge for me unless it had had some bling and sparkle in it would it?  So, I went with a glitter theme - use as much as you can and make it sparkle!

I decided to make an unconventional wedding card.  I recently bought a new Dovecraft sentiment stamp that I was itching to use so I heat embossed it in black glitter embossing powder to begin with.


I used glitter washi tape in different colours and widths and die cut flowers from glitter card, using my beloved Fiskars heart punch for the black glitter hearts.


It's been a glorious couple of days weather wise and although it's wet and miserable today at least it's not cold.  I, on the other hand, have been suffering with a cold - thank goodness for the cold and flu pills!

Hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE and have a wonderful weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Dovecraft Painted Blooms die set
Dovecraft Sentiment stamp
Trimcraft First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad
Fiskars medium heart punch
All cardstock and adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash





Monday, 8 May 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps Design Team - Challenge 9 (May 2017)

Happy Monday!

Yes, it's not Friday and I'm blogging - caught you out didn't I?!

A bit of a special blog post to share as I am now a member of Angie's Digital Stamps Design Team :)  The monthly Challenge begins today here on Angie's Digital Stamps Blog where the theme is Anything Goes.

My inspirational make is with one of Angie's Digital images which I've coloured using pencils on to Kraft card.  I love the soft effect it gives and I've used Sizzix Stitiched dies to frame the image.  I heat embossed the Dovecraft sentiment and faux stitched around it.


The Challenge runs for a month ending the last Friday of the month so you've got plenty of time to join in.

I hope you have a great week ahead!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamped Image available to buy on Etsy HERE
Scotch Washi Tape
DCWV Project Stack
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
Sizzix Time Holtz Stitched Oval Dies
Adhesive from Stix 2




Friday, 5 May 2017

May Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  My inks and heat embossing are making an appearance again for this one! I made a background using the distress inks and die cut the butterfly.  The butterfly came with a thinlit which I cut and used to to place over the the inked butterfly like a stencil.  I then used the versamark on it and heat embossed it.  I love the sparkly effect you get with the Tonic Nuvo Glitter Embossing power.


I'm going to personalise the card for my son's classmate whose party is tomorrow.  Well, who doesn't love a glittery butterfly?!  I'm sure she'll love it!

Below is the the fabulous mood board Joanne chose.  I love the colours and all the different elements.  You have to choose at least 3 of the elements for the challenge.  I chose the pattern from the socks (embossing folder), the colours and the butterfly.


There's lots more inspiration from the DT members HERE so I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy the weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Sizzix Butterfly Thinlit
Sizzix Butterfly Die
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Tonic Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Unbranded Stamp
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Superhero - Daring Cardmakers Challenge


Happy Friday!

The boys are back at school.  My eldest has gone on a trip staying away for 2 nights and his little brother cried when he left.  It's odd but it's so quiet without him and I do miss him a lot.  He's back today so I'm going to cook his favourite for dinner!

The Challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog today is an apt one.  Superheroes.  My boys are definitely my superheroes.  I made this card for my eldest son.  After we went to see Lego Batman we had a standing joke where he would say in his Batman voice "I'm Batman!" and myself or his younger brother would say "I'm not!".

It's a simple card and I used Silhouette files for the oval and the bat which I cut out of black glitter card stock because you know I like my glitz!  I finished off with a First Edition Alphabet die for the lettering cut in gold card.


There's some wonderful inspiration by my fellow DT members on the blog and I hope you'll pop by and take on the dare.  I love seeing all your creations!

I hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!
Shabneez

Products used:
Silhouette Bat and Oval files
Trimcraft First Edition Alphabet Dies
Stix 2 Adhesive
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 21 April 2017

Five Patterned Papers! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge


Happy Friday!

It's been a wonderful final full week of the Easter holidays. My Dad has been to stay and we managed to do various activities to include the park, feeding the ducks, a visit to Greenwich, the Emirates Cable Car and the o2 Arena.  I am totally deflated after that lot but it was such fun!

On to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week. The dare this week was set by Miri who requested we use at least 5 different patterned papers from our scrap box with a bonus if they were Spring related. Well, I jumped at this one. I've been using the Dovecraft Blooming Beautiful paper pad for my demos and I had a lot of scraps so I set to work making my version of a sunburst card with the scraps. 


The papers in this collection are vibrant and all coordinate so well.  I used a wooden frame, sentiment sticker and pretty paper roses from the same collection to complete my card.

You can see my fellow DT members' creations HERE.  I hope you'll join in as I'd love to see what you come up with.

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Paper Pad, wooden frame, sentiment stickers and paper roses.
Everything else from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Creative Embellishments – April challenge: inspirational picture (inspiration from the spring theme and splatters of colors) + add flower

Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring Garden - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

I've been fortunate to spend some quality time with my parents as it's the holidays. It's wonderful to take it easy and recharge those batteries. I'll be travelling back home tomorrow so hopefully the traffic won't be too bad.  Nothing worse than hearing "are we there yet?" every few minutes!

The theme set by Kathy for the Daring Cardmakers this week is aptly named Spring Garden.  I've chosen hyacinths as I have a number of flower stamp sets from Sarah Hurley's Beautiful Botanicals range.


I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolour the flowers and the background. It was simply bliss sitting at my table painting. I am in a world of my own when I create and I love it. 


Before I go I must thank those of you who took part in the Challenge last week. It made me so happy to see you join in and I hope you'll have a go with this one too, especially with the long weekend! You can see more inspiration from my fellow team members HERE.

Enjoy your Easter weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Beautiful Botanicals Stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesive
Versafine Black Ink
Sizzix Circle Dies
Everything else from my stash

Challenges entered:

Making Memories Crafting - Challenge #4 - Color Board

Avenue613 - Challenge 196 April 2017 - Anything Goes With Optional Twist Anything Spring



Friday, 7 April 2017

April Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

The first Challenge of every month for the Daring Cardmakers is an Elemental one.  This time it was set by Nat and you'll see the photo we had to choose elements from further down my post.

I used a couple of sheets from The Little Book of Vintage Lace and added epoxy stickers and pearls that I'd had in my stash for such a long time.  I'm sure as crafters we all have unused stash and I'm on a mission to try and use it!


I also found a paper flower that went well together with leaves and a mini doily to go with the vintage theme of the card. 


Below is the April Elemental Challenge photo and I used the colours, flowers, bird and leaves on my card.


I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge HERE.

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Hunkydory The Little Book of Vintage Lace
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Mini Doilies
Everything else from my stash 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Wrap it up! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

 Happy Friday!

I have a special card to share today for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge today.  It is in fact my eldest son's birthday on Sunday and I incorporated the challenge with his card.  I can't believe he's going to be 9.  I honestly don't know where the years are going and I still recall the day he was born after 3 very arduous days of labour :)

Enfys set the Challenge this week and wanted any form of packaging to be used on the card.  You should have seen the state of the dining room floor after I'd finished cutting up bits of any interesting packaging I could find before I finally decided on this:


I ended up using an egg box, chocolate sponge cake box (the icing sugar looked so cool as a planet!) and an Aero Easter Egg box for the planets.  I used the foil from the Easter egg for the rocket and paper pieced it with more chocolate cake!

The space themed background was a blast to create, excuse the pun!  I used my Tim Holtz inks in various colours and white acrylic paint for the stars.


I suspect the card will go down well with my son as he loves both space and chocolate!

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to join in with this fun challenge,  I love what the other DT members have come up - they're very innovative!

Shabneez

Products used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Hobbycraft White Acrylic Paint
Dovecraft Number Dies
Dovecraft Rocket Die
Sizzix Circle Dies
Sentiment written using the Cricut Air
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 March 2017

Up in the Air - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I'm really looking forward to a Sunday off this week.  I've had a demos every Sunday for the past few weeks which were great but it'll be nice to have family time, especially as it's Mother's Day.

The Challenge this week was set by Svenja who asked for a sky or flight themed card.  I immediately thought about hot air balloons as they seem so peaceful floating in the air and I'd love to go on one.

I'd bought a preloved clouds embossing folder a while back that I was itching to use and then I realised I didn't have either a hot air balloon die or a stamp so I improvised, as you do! I used a circle die for the balloon and cut a basket shape out which I then covered with twine.  I also got to use the brand new First Edition alphabet dies which are fab!


For more inspirational makes take a look at the Daring Cardmakers Blog and join in with the challenge!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Trimcraft Whiz Kids Paper pad
Trimcraft First Edition Alphabet Dies 
Amy Tangerine Cloud Dies
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stampin Up Clouds Embossing Folder
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Green & A Glimmer of Gold - Daring Cardmakers Challenge


Happy Friday!

At the end of last year I made a personal challenge to be more organised with my workload.  As a consequence, I started making my Mother's Day cards in January, which is early for me.  I have a couple left to do and one for my Mum too, as I sold the card I'd made for her!  Well, someone saw it, wanted it and I couldn't say no.  Plus it's gone to another Mum.  I will make her an even better one........

As it's St Patricks Day, Lythan set the challenge of using green and gold on our cards.  I used an old Stampin Up set which has a favourite sentiment of mine.  I heat embossed the flowers and sentiment in gold then coloured in the flowers using my alcohol markers.  I fussy cut the flowers and arranged them on my card.  I finished by adding glitter washi tape along the bottom, well, it's been a while hasn't it?!  I miss glitter if I don't use it at least once a week on a project........


The sentiment is completed inside the card:


For further inspiration and to enter the challenge please go to the Daring Cardmakers Blog.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Enjoy the sunshine!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Stampin Up Set - Mother's Love 
Ranger Embossing Powder
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 10 March 2017

Take the Rough with the Smooth - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've seen a play on Egypt this week and I heard all about how they preserved body parts etc. It was performed by my eldest son's class and was a joy to watch.  The outfits were amazing!

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge for this week.  Joanne set the challenge to combine something rough/bumpy with something smooth/shiny.

I used a DCWV DIY Stencils Stack for my make.  The 12x12 stack of papers comes with reusable stencils. I used them to create a border around my card with my home made embossing paste.  It's so easy to do and I made this one with the addition of glitter and metallic paints - luscious!



RECIPE FOR GLITTER EMBOSSING PASTE: I mixed one portion paint, 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions talc (you can use bicarbonate of soda, I found it gives more texture) and 1 portion glitter.  You can use fine or course glitter but I used the fine as it's what I had.

The paste only took about 15 minutes to dry naturally and in that time I die cut my feathers and inked them with chalk ink before assembling the card.  A glittered pearl and ribbon finished it off.


I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge this week and see all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
DCWV DIY Project Stack Stencils
Dovecraft Feather Dies
Versamark Chalk Ink
Docrafts Metallic Gold Paint
Everything else from my stash