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

Friday, 22 June 2018

What A Wonderful World - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Hasn't the weather been glorious?  Think there's a heatwave forecast for next week as well......summer has finally arrived!

A new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers has been set by our Kathy and she has chosen the lyrics of 'What A Wonderful World' as it's close to her heart.  You can choose to incorporate all of it or parts of it and of course as it mentioned rainbows I was ecstatic!

I had this idea in my head of using my stitched dies to make a rainbow and I think it works don't you?  Just an addition of some glittery clouds, sun and and gems to finish.  The sentiment is a stamp from an old issue of Quick Cards Made Easy.

So, there you have it.  Lots more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE and I hope you'll join in as there's so much to choose from in this challenge.

Birthdays parties and a charity drop in are on my agenda this weekend.  Hope you have a good one whatever you get up to!

See you again soon,

Products Used:
Rainbow Wishes stamp from Quick Cards Magazine
MFT Sunny Skies Die
MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Dies
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 June 2018

Anything But White - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Joanne has chosen the challenge this week and it's to use 'anything but white' on your card background.  I didn't have any trouble with this one as I often use different coloured backgrounds for my cards.  Plus you know I love my colours!

As time was short I decided to emboss my background.  It's funny how sometimes you forget to use items or techniques.  I admit to not using an embossing folder for a couple of months at least.

The unicorn stickers were given to me some time ago and had been sitting on my desk waiting to be used so this card was actually based around using the unicorns!

There's some really inspirational cards made by my fellow DT members HERE and I do hope you'll join in with the challenge.

I'm very much looking forward to this weekend as we will be celebrating the festival of Eid that follows the month of fasting.  We get together with family, the children get gifts and we enjoy a meal or two together.

I hope you have a good weekend whatever you do.


Products Used:
Marianne Designs Embossing folder
Unicorn Stickers from G&T
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 8 June 2018

Let's Go Tropical! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Not sure about tropical weather today which I could certainly do with as it's Sports Day for the boys today!  As I type I can see the grey clouds but hopefully they will pass...... I do enjoy watching the boys and their friends and cheering them on!

On with the Daring Cardmakers challenge which I set this week and I have requested anything tropical.  I'm talking about bright, bold colours and prints. Tropical, fruit, flowers, birds and animals can all feature.  I think you get my drift!

I've had such a lot of fun with my creation as the theme is one very dear to my heart being one who loves bright and beautiful!  I went all out using monstera leaves that are typically found in the jungle together with some tropical flowers and the Aloha sentiment.  Most of the dies are by Trimcraft.  My favourite has to be the pineapple which I'm sure you 'll agree is the star of the card - a favourite Trimcraft die of mine!

I do hope you'll check out the rest of the inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I look forward to seeing your creations!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used:
Trimcraft Aloha, Pineapple, Flowers and Leaf Dies
Spellbinders Leaf Dies
Sizzix Circle Dies
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

CrafTangles May 2018 Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday to you all!

CrafTangles is hosting it's very first blog hop which is open worldwide so if you fancy getting your hands on some of their products then please hop along!

Blog Hop Order:

1. CrafTangles
2. Rahmat
3. Shabneez - you are HERE!
4. Paru
5. Swapna

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.

You have until 3.30pm on 3 June 2018 to enter.  Good luck!

For this blog hop we each chose 3 stamps from the CrafTangles April release.

I've chosen to do one layer cards.  These are the ones I actually do least of as I prefer to have some depth on my cards.  Therefore it was a bit of a personal challenge.

This first card is actually on of my favourites.  I used a simple technique of inking the stamp with different coloured distress inks.  I love the effect it gives and I added a sentiment.

Next up I used the 'Will You Be Mine' stamp set and once I stamped and coloured the image I masked her and added ink through a stencil.

For my final card I used a variety of distress inks through the polka dot stencil and stamped one of the stamps from the Happy Mother's Day stamp set to finish.

So, don't forget to leave a comment and move on to Paru's blog to continue the blog hop.

See you again soon,

Products Used:
Distress Inks
CrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Will you be MineCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Floral Circle BackgroundCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Happy Mothers DayCrafTangles 6"x6" Stencil - Polka Dots

Friday, 25 May 2018

Colourful Paper Flowers - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I thought I'd bring some colour to my blog post today as it's wet and miserable outside.  Dawn has chosen the challenge this week for the Daring Cardmakers.  She'd like to see paper flowers on your projects.  You can see lots more floral inspiration by my fellow team mates HERE.

I used pre die cut flowers that I got in a pack a long time ago with crafting material for the boys.  I picked a colourful array of flowers and assembled them on a background then added a little foliage and gems to embellish.

It just goes to show you don't necessarily need lots on a card and clean and simple can be just as effective, especially if you're pushed for time.

Once again my intention is to take it easy this weekend although I do have a mountain of ironing to get through and other household chores that don't do themselves.  I'm sure some of  you can relate to that!

Enjoy your weekend and see you again soon,

Products Used:
Everything from my stash
Stamp from an edition of Quick Cards Magazine

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cards for Dad with CrafTangles

Happy Thursday!

A very rainy start to the day but I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a trio of cards perfect for Dads.  You could use these stamp sets for birthdays or Father's Day which is coming up soon in the UK.

These cards were all created using the Father related stamp sets brought out recently.  For my first card I added a touch of glitter with a little washi tape and alphabet lettering.

I do like the sentiment which has become quite popular over the years.  I used my Zig pens to colour the image, fussy cut it and adhered it to the pretty plaid papers.

For my next card after colouring in the image, I masked it and used my distress oxides to make a background.  I added sentiments and a little paper to set it off.

For my final card I used a stamp set that could actually be used for anyone providing the percentages apply of course!

I liked the quirky dictionary style of the word Dad in this stamp set.  I added stitched banner dies and backed with pretty plaid paper.

I hope to see you again tomorrow, I have a card ready but need to write my blog post!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Happy Father's Day Stamps
CrafTangles Dad You Rock Stamps
CrafTangles Dad My Protector Stamps
CrafTangles Pretty Plaid Paper Pad
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 May 2018

Time to Say Goodbye - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

A little later than usual today as I have been trying to get my photo taken and it just wasn't happening - do you ever suffer with this?  It's either the lighting or the composition or both in my case!

Anyhow, on with the new Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers which has been set by Svenja.  She has picked 'Time to Say Goodbye'.  This could be a new home, sympathy or retirement card.

I've gone along the sympathy lines but used a thinking of you sentiment.  The sentiment was one I've  had in my stash for a long time.  The papers are from the First Edition Perfect Allusion pad and I've made a gatefold card adding fussy cut flowers from the same paper pad.

Can you believe I have nothing planned for this weekend?  We have begun fasting for the month of Ramadhan so I'm trying to take it a little easier on the weekends.  I'm very much looking forward to it.

I hope you have  a wonderful weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Perfect Allusions Paper Pad
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 May 2018

Bee Happy - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

I made it!  Card made yesterday but this blog post was written in parts this morning.  I woke up early and blitzed the house - so exercise and cleaning all in one.  Don't you like my thinking?!

So, Enfys has chosen the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week and she wants to see anything to do with bees on your creations.  More inspiration can be found HERE.

I was gifted the Bee Happy collection from Trimcraft by a very kind and thoughtful friend and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  All the printed papers and ribbon are from this range together with the sentiment which is cut from one of the ribbons.

My only additions are the scalloped frame die cut and the embossed bee die cut.

I have loads to be getting on with today, helping a friend with party preparations, commissions and parent meeting reports so it's all go!  Now can you see why I was up early?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to 'Bee Happy!'

Products Used:
Dovecraft Bee Happy Range Paper Pad and Ribbon
Darice Bee, Honeycomb Flower Die Set
Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Hexagon Dies
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Paper Piecing with CrafTangles Products

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a tutorial on paper piecing.  As soon as I got my last DT package I knew that the pretty plaid papers would work well with the Hello Baby Stamp.

The first card I've kept quite simple as I wanted to show the technique for paper piecing and I have a step by step tutorial on the CrafTangles blog.  This is where you stamp on the cardstock then on paper and cut out pieces and stick on to the main image.

I've added both wooden and punched stars to finish, together with the sentiment.

For the second card, I've used the same image but paper pieced the bear so it looks like it's wearing a sleep suit - I had the image in my head......

I've added stitched border dies and two sizes of clouds to this one together with the sentiment.

For my final card, I've gone all out and paper pieced a lot of the image in different coloured papers.

I think the sentiment is just so cute - don't you?

I might be back tomorrow but I'm not quite sure as I haven't actually made anything for it yet and it would help..........I suppose you'll just have to wait and see - haha!

Have a lovely day,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Hello Baby Stamp Set
CrafTangles Pretty Plaid Paper Pad
CrafTangles Desert Sand Cardstock
CrafTangles Wooden Star Shaker Embellishments
Fiskars Star Punches
Sizzix Cloud Dies
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Versafine Ink Pad

Friday, 4 May 2018

Bokeh Background Creation - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

May already!  I've had a wonderfully creative week - tried some new products, attempted a new technique which I used in this post and made someone very happy with a first birthday card I made.

The first Friday of the month is an elemental challenge on the Daring Cardmakers.  The elements inspired me to have a go at creating a Bokeh background.  Bokeh is basically a blurred effect produced by a lens in photography.

I began by creating the ombre background using distress inks then once I was happy I inked through a stencil I made using my trusty Fiskars circle punch with chalk ink to make a Bokeh background.  This is a technique I've wanted to try for such a long time as I've been inspired by other people's creations.

To finish I die cut a branch and added a sentiment as I wanted the background to be the focal point of my card.

Below is the elemental board chosen by Ruth where I got my inspiration from.  You can see the colours, in particular the ombre pinks which I used together with the circles and a branch from the tree.

I hope you'll play along with this challenge and take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE.

Here's hoping for a little sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Marianne Designs Die
Clearly Besotted Sentiment Stamp
Fiskars Medium Circle punch
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 27 April 2018

Sending Sunshine - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

Today I have decided to treat you all to some sunshine as it is wet and miserable where I am.  Pure sunshine.  The type that stays and doesn't hide behind clouds as it seems to do a great deal here at the moment........

The sunshine is of course in aid of the Daring Cardmakers new challenge which has been set by Miri.  She has asked for any form of weather to go on your card and there is a lot of inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE.

I've gone through my scraps folder and chosen blue and white papers which I then die cut with my stitched border dies and formed a scene with the stitched sun peeking out.  I thought a gap card would work well with my design.

The sentiment is a lovely one, I'm sure you'll agree, and was a freebie with one of the last issues of Quick Cards Magazine before it sadly stopped publication. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used:
MFT Sunny Skies Die
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Die
Selection of paper scraps
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Creating Cards for Children with CrafTangles Products

Happy Wednesday!

The sun is out even though it's chilly and I've just done a quick shop.  I've got my to do list ready to go through after I've sorted this blog post.  Having a quick coffee before I begin!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a trio of cards I made with children in mind, although there is nothing stopping me from giving them to an adult! Haha!

For the first card I've created a rainbow background using a star stencil and distress inks.  I've then stamped and fussy cut the image of the girl with an umbrella and added a sentiment.

Next up, I concentrated on the background for this one by using distress inks with the stencil and a spritz of water.  Im pleased with how the waves came out.

I then framed the scene using circle nesting dies to create a frame.  I added stamped and die cut images, finishing with sequins to embellish.

Finally, a card using one of my all time favourite stamp and die sets.  I decided I wanted to make the background the focus so I used my distress inks again but I wanted the number 5 to stand out as it was for a 5 year old so inked all those in red.

I stamped the image but decide against colouring to keep the main focus on the background.  I think it works don't you?

All being well I shall be back on Friday with another blog post.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Cardstock
CrafTangles Girl in the Rain Stamp
CrafTangles Starry Night Stencil
CrafTangles Sand and Sea Stamp
CrafTangles Nature Stencil
CrafTangles Superkid Stamp & Die Set
CrafTangles CrafTangles Jumbled Numbers Stencil
Ranger Distress Inks
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash