Saturday, 19 January 2019

Glitter Fairies! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

I did warn you I'd be back today and here I am!  I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with their new Fairies stamp set.  I've never owned a fairy stamp before so this was a novelty and with fairies so on trend at the moment I couldn't wait to have a play!

For my first card I stamped the fairy, coloured her with Chameleon pens and fussy cut her out.  I added just a line of stickles to her wings and a little to her dress.  I used a beautiful shaded glitter paper and used another of my sale die purchases to make the background.  The sentiment is from the stamp set.

Next up, those of you that follow me on social media may have seen this fairy star on my FB and instagram page after I'd finished colouring her with Chameleon pens and adding stickles to her wings.  I also stamped, coloured and fussy cut the toadstool before adhering to my papers and adding an apt sentiment I'd had in my stash but never used as I didn't have any fairies!

Finally it's the turn of my purple haired fairy.  I just love her outfit!  I made her in the same way as her friends and this time made a sky themed setting.  Her wings have stickles all over and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

So there we have it - fairies with a sprinkling of glitter!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you do,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Fairies Stamps
HNDMD Stitched Cloud Dies
Chameleon Pens & Colour Tops
Docrafts Enchanted Meadows Paper Pad
Dovecraft Back to Basics Over The Rainbow Paper Pad
Darice Glitter Prints
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Sizzix Whoosh Die
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 January 2019

Just Stamping - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've had a very productive week which makes me happy.  Unfortunately, I'm not ahead of myself which I would have liked even more but neither am I behind!   I guess you can't have it all and I should be grateful I've ticked off so much on my to do lists.

The Daring Cardmakers challenge was chosen by Dawn this week, who wants to see only stamping on our cards.  I found this really difficult as I love to stamp and have no issues with it, but rarely do I use stamps by themselves.  My creations are usually combined with embellishments and die cuts.

I ended up using a pre loved Lawn Fawn stamp set and made my first Valentine!  I'm in love with the Catherine Pooler inks as the colours are so vibrant and make any card pop!  I stamped the banana in yellow all over randomly after I added a circle mask so I had space for my sentiment.  I added hearts stamped in red.  I finished with the sentiment in black and a red banner for the Happy Valentine's Day.  A fun card for a change!

I hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE and also see lots more inspiration for my fellow DT members.

I'll be back tomorrow with a fairy post so hope you'll pop in and see me again.  Thank you for your comments - they're all read and appreciated.


Products Used:
Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine
Catherine Pooler Inks in Tutti Frutti, Tiara and Black Jack
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 January 2019

January Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How has your week been?  It's all slowly getting back to normal my end with the boys back at school.  Lots of interesting craft projects have come my way so I'm in my element!

The Daring Cardmakers are back starting with the January Elemental Challenge.  I decided to make a baby card using a wreath die set I bought in the January sales.  I'd had my eye on it for some time as I could see myself thinking up different uses for it.  This time I added a sleeping teddy decoupage to it - isn't it cute?

Below is the board that Sylvia has chosen.  You pick any 3 elements to use on your your card so I chose colours, the texture from the knitting for which I used an embossing folder and the teddy bear.  I actually had an issue deciding what to choose as there are so many interesting elements.  Of course having so many possibilities means the DT has come up with lots of inspiration and you can see it all HERE.  I hope you'll join in as we'd love to see your creations!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you again next week,

Products Used:
Sizzix Pretty Wreath Die
Sizzix Dainty Lowercase Alphabet
Marianne Designs Dot Embossing Folder
Dovecraft Dovecraft Tiny Tatty Paper Pad
Tiny Tatty Decoupage Pad
Everything else from my stash

Saturday, 5 January 2019

CrafTangles January Challenge Inspiration - Countryside Paper Pad

Happy New Year!

My first blog post of the year and I'm showcasing a stunning paper pad called Countryside by CrafTangles.  I just love the beautiful colours and designs, don't you?

I've used a selection of the papers and added a few elements as they need so little in my opinion.

For my first card I've added a die cut border, doily and a wooden sentiment to a couple of the papers from the pad.

For my next card, I cut out rectangles from one of the sheets of paper and added a dark brown backing.  On one of them I stamped a sentiment and I stuck them on in a random fashion.  I just love that leaf backing paper.

For my final card, I matt and layered a selection of card and paper finishing with an oval aperture.  I added a fussy cut element, some twine and a sentiment to finish.

This post is inspiration for the first of CrafTangles Monthly Challenges and you can find more information on it HERE.  The theme for this month has been kept simple with 'Anything Goes' so I hope you'll join in!

I hope you have a great weekend and see you again soon,

Products used:
CrafTangles Countryside Paper Pad
CrafTangles Celebrate You Stamp Set
Docrafts Bakers Twine
Docrafts Wooden Sentiment
Dovecraft Mini Doilies
Versafine Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards - CrafTangles DT

Happy Sunday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog for my last post of the year.  Just in case you've not completed your cards there's still time - ha!  I actually finished and delivered the last of my cards to neighbours yesterday.

Amongst my last CrafTangles DT package I got a wonderful set of papers which I've used for my last set of Christmas cards.

The variety in the paper pad is a great as there's something for everyone.  For my first card I die cut the circles from one of the papers and made a diagonal split card using the circles for toppers.  I added a sentiment with the CrafTangles Holiday stamp set.

Next up I used a kraft card base that worked really well with the paper I chose.  I cut another one of the papers and stamped an additional sentiment in the centre. 

For my final card the paper gave me the inspiration for the rest of the card. I used distress inks to stamp the sentiment an ombre fashion.

Before I go I just wanted to thank you all for reading my blog posts.  I've enjoyed reading each and every comment and appreciate your support.

Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Merry Christmas Paper Pad
CrafTangles Happy Holidays Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock
Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 14 December 2018

Snowflakes Falling - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Christmas activities have been going on in full swing for the boys this past week.  It began with a brilliant Carol Service and combined play at the Church that we attended then trips to see various pantomimes and of course Christmas parties.  School is now over and the holidays have officially begun (for them at least)!

The Daring Cardmakers challenge this week is a snowflake themed one.  You can use a single snowflake or have an abundance of them - the choice is yours!  Lots of inspiration can be found HERE.

I got out my Go Press & Foil machine for this creation.  I had some beautiful light blue holographic foil that I used on a snowflake hot foil stamp.   I think the dark background highlights it quite well don't you?  I used a royal blue foil for the sentiment and added card candi and gems to embellish.

It's my last class tomorrow so although I'm still working next week I have some time off and we have activities planned with the boys.  I'm very much looking forward to it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Create & Craft Core Cardstock for card base
Couture GoPress & Foil Machine
Blue and Light Blue Foils
Todo Hot foil Stamps
Craftwork Cards Card Candi
Dovecraft Self Adhesive Gems

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Using Stencils to Create Christmas Card Toppers - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

I'm so very glad the weekend is here although I'm actually teaching for most of the day today.  I'm up on the CrafTangles blog with a post on making your own Christmas toppers for cards.

I had a bit of a production line going and to begin with I die cut some shapes and made all the toppers using images from a stencil together with distress inks.

For all the cards I used the Trimcraft First Edition Jolly Holidays papers as backgrounds.  It's definitely one of my favourite paper pads this winter.

So for my first card I gave the Christmas tree and ombre effect and added washi tape, lime green card and a sentiment to finish.

For my next card I used the fun candy cane image and created 3 toppers adding a sentiment to finish.

My final card uses the deer image which I inked in milled lavender and weathered wood distress inks.  I really liked the subtle effect it gave to the topper.

I finished off with a sentiment and co-ordinating papers.

There's more of an in depth tutorial HERE if you want to know more about how I created these cards.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and hopefully see you next week!

Products Used:
First Edition Jolly Holidays Paper Pad
CrafTangles Christmas Elements Stencil
CrafTangles Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set
CrafTangles Seasons Greetings Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Weathered Wood, Milled Lavender, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron
Everything else from my stash