Friday, 13 May 2022

Rain or Shine - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a while on the blog as I have been dealing with issues surrounding the lack of medical care for my parents.  

A cheerful card on the blog today as we all need some of that sometimes don't we?  I don't think it's a bad thing to follow the rainbow either!!!  The cards is for the weather themed challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers which begins today.

I used products from the Aall & Create range which I like as there is such a variety and they work so well with mixed media creations.  My card began with a mop up from some backgrounds I did recently and as I hate wasting ink I just grab some card and dip into what's left on my glass mat to use another day.  I then added stamping and washi tape to it.

The images were stamped and coloured using a paintbrush and a little water with distress inks.  They are so much more vibrant than distress oxide inks and I had forgotten how much, as I tend to reach for my oxides more.

You can see lots more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in.

See you again soon!


Products Used:

Aall & Create Wishy Washy Washi Tape
Aall & Create Code Die
Aall & Create Follow Rainbows Stamp
Aall & Create Visual Ingredients Stamp 
Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Celebrate! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I've been very busy this week preparing for the festival of Eid which marks the end of the month of fasting for Muslims.  I thought I'd bring it into this week's challenge so everyone can join in and celebrate with me although it doesn't have to be an Eid card just a card with 'celebrate' on it!

I decided I wanted to go bright with a touch of luxury with my Eid cards this year so I pulled out a very old paper pad which had been gifted to me and has gold foiling on it.  I then used the frames, flowers and butterfly from the Bunnies & Blooms Die set to add more interest.  The 'celebrate' and 'Eid' were die cut and added to the frames and to finish I added some Nuvo drops to the flowers and butterflies.

If you'd like to join in with this week's challenge below you'll find some more information and lots more inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE:

I've still got lots more preparation to go but I intend to celebrate with extended family this year as with Covid it's not been possible the past couple of years.  The boys are very excited!

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend,

Products Used:

Docrafts Eastern Opulence Paper Pad
Tonic Studios Bunnies & Blooms Die Set
First Edition Alphabet Die Set
Darice Sentiment Die Set
Nuvo Drops
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 April 2022

Chocolate Heaven - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I hope you've had a good week - we've had lots of family time this week which has been good.  I can't believe the school holidays end next week!

As it's the Easter weekend, the Daring Cardmakers have decided to go with a chocolate theme due to the volume of chocolate that may be consumed!  

My creation is a fun one this week as I decided to create a bar of chocolate with card and I even added kitchen foil for part of the wrapping!!!  My images were stamped and coloured in using my Nuvo Alcohol pens.

You can see more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE and I hope you'l join in!

Have a great long weekend and I'll see you again soon,

Products Used:

Nuvo Alcohol Pens
Time for Tea Designs Bearing Gifts Stamp & Die Set
Time for Tea Designs Speech Bubbles Stamp & Die Set
Time for Tea Designs Brighter Days Paper Pad
Hiunkydory Minis - Birthday Wishes
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 8 April 2022

A Little Bird Told Me - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a while I know but life gets in the way of blogging sometimes as I'm sure you all understand.  We began fasting last weekend so the routine in the household is very different as we wake up before sunrise around 4pm to have breakfast then no eating or drinking until sunset, around 8pm.  It helps having the boys off school.

On to this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge and it's a bird theme.  I went for mixed media with my creation and thoroughly enjoyed the process!

I used a number of Aall & Create stamps to create and background, added washi tape and gesso for texture through a stencil too.

I think the owl is just so cute there and I coloured him in with watercolour pencils.  You can find more inspiration HERE and a link to join in.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon!

Products Used:

Aall & Create Owl Stamp
Aalll & Create Through The Meadows Stamp Set
Aall & Create Lotsa Dotz Stencil
Aall & Create Washi Tape
Stabilo Watercolour Pencils
Distress Oxide Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 March 2022

Hello Spring! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

After a good few weeks following the storms we finally got our fences repaired/replaced.  It was worth the wait and the garden looks so much better.  However, it'll mean I need to do some pruning at some point soon so the fence is seen more!

This Sunday sees the official first day of Spring so I thought why not make a challenge of it and I did!  The Daring Cardmakers would like to see anything Spring related on your cards this week.

I picked on the newly released Bunnies & Blooms Die Set by Tonic Studios and decided to use the dies in non traditional ways.  The card fits perfectly into an A7 sized envelope.  This is important to me as although I make my own envelopes it's so much easier using a ready made one!

In my mind I had a floral meadow with bunnies hopping through it so that's what I created!  I really loved making the card and added Nuvo Drops for a little sparkle.

You can see lots more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE and I do hope you'll join in.

You may find me in the garden this weekend but only if the sun is out!

See you next week,

Products Used:

Tonic Studios Bunnies & Blooms Die Set
Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops
Tonic Studios Cardstock and Paper
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 March 2022

For Ukraine - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week the Daring Cardmakers are filling the blog with sunflowers, blue, yellow and hope for Ukraine.  

There are so many craft companies and individuals helping Ukraine either through donations or allowing the use of their images for free.  I have used one of a number of digi images which Marcella Hawley has given for free on her site Power Poppy.

I printed the image on watercolour card and then used my Zig Clean Color pens to colour in the image.  I added some sparkle to the image with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen which you'll be able to see more clearly in the next photo.

I kept my background simple using distress oxide inks through a stencil then adding Nuvo Crackle Mousse in places to add a little texture.

I really hope you'll join in this week and you can see more inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE.

Have a good weekend,

Products Used:

Sending Warm Hugs Digi Image by Poppy Power
Aall & Create Heapza Hexagons Stencil
Zig Clean Color Pens
Nuvo Crackle Mousse
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 4 March 2022

March Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy March!

I missed blogging last week as I had so much work to catch up with after my week off over half term.  

This week I'm back with the March Elemental challenge for the Daring Cardmakers.   For my card, I used some very old papers from Craftwork Cards and new embellishments to go with them!

I cut into the papers and added a frame to the back of the bicycle as well as some foliage.

I then went over the bicycle and flowers with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen which I only got yesterday and I've been using it on everything!  It gives such a pretty shimmer.  I also added some Nuvo Drops for texture.

Here is the moodboard from which you need to pick at least 3 elements - colours count as one.  I chose the bicycle, frame and flowers.

I hope you'll join in and see you again next week.

Products Used:

Craftwork Cards Chalkboard Paper Pad 
Nuvo Drops
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen
Everything else from my stash