Friday, 30 July 2021

Gift Tags Galore - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The boys and I have come to stay with my parents at the moment and it's wonderful!  I am confessing to bringing my laptop to do some work but I only use it during the night once the boys are in bed.

This week tags are on the agenda for the Daring Cardmakers and I've gone all mixed media again for mine!

I have to admit I loved making this.  I just love layering different mediums and seeing the results!  

I paper pieced the mannequin with some book paper which has given it a vintage feel.  Having made this I don't think I want to put it on a gift.  I might just keep it!

Lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team can be found HERE and I hope you'll join in.

Have a great weekend,

Products Used:

Aall & Create Stamp #403 Tailoring
Aall & Create Stamp #439 Sewing Kit
Aall & Create Heapz Hexagons
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Sizzix Tag Die
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 23 July 2021

Splish Splash - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Hasn't it been glorious weather?  Great for the start of the summer holidays as at least the boys can play outside.  It's been a busy week for me but I managed to take time out to celebrate Eid with family.

This week the Daring Cardmakers have a cooling theme - splish splash!  I had a lot of fun making the water themed backgrounds and coupling them with dies and ephemera.

I was a little naughty as I missed last week's challenge due to family commitments so thought I'd make up for it by making 2 cards this week.

My backgrounds were made using distress oxide ink pads and the smooshing technique.  For the first card I framed it with a black stitched circle and die cut 'thank you' in white.  I added a sentiment and a couple of sharks from a pack of sea creature ephemera I bought from Sticker Kitten.  I love a good pun and the set has some really fun ones in with it.

My second card was a lot simpler but I wanted to use up the remaining background so I made another card.

For this one I die cut the 'thank you' on white card then added my background behind it.  I just added an additional sentiment and a dolphin to finish.

You can see more inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:

Time for Tea Designs Thank You die
Sticker Kitten Sea Creatures Ephemera
Distress Oxide Ink Pads 
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Summer Home Decor Vinyl Project - Collaboration With Craftlabel

Happy Wednesday!

With the summer holidays looming I thought I would share a project that can be done with children, either with some help, or if they are old enough, then they can have a go themselves!  The best part is they can hang it up for everyone to see or even make them as gifts!

I used an embroidery hoop as a frame and painted it with white acrylic paint.  It did not take long to dry at all.  I would recommend painting one side first, letting it dry, and then painting the other side as it can get quite messy otherwise.

For the focal point I used my trusty Cricut and some of the First Edition Digital SVG files.  These are incredibly versatile as they can be resized according to the size of your frame. 

I wanted a summer themed project and used the sun and ‘sunshine’ sentiment from the Baby & Children Digital set, clouds and raindrops from the Nature Digital set and ‘Hello’ from the Sentiments Digital set.  These were just downloaded onto my Cricut and I then resized to fit my frame.

I stuck all the vinyl elements onto Dovecraft Heat Resistant Acetate, which is clear, and the perfect thickness.  I then used a hot glue gun to adhere the embroidery hoop to the acetate.  I cut off the excess acetate that was overlapping the hoop with a pair of scissors.

I thought the frame needed a little something additional; leading me to cut out several raindrops using the First Edition Nature Digital set in both dark and light blue vinyl.  I cut 3 lengths of bakers twine and secured them on to my embroidery hoop.  I stuck a raindrop on one side then turned it over and stuck another on the other side so you don’t even need any glue!  I did that with all 7 raindrops.

To finish the project I added some more bakers twine to the top and knotted it so you can hang it with pride!

Why not take inspiration from this project and have a go in the summer holidays!



Products Used:

Acrylic Paints
Cricut Explore Air 2
First Edition 12x12 Bumper Pack Adhesive Gloss Vinyl  
First Edition Digital Dies – Baby & Children
First Edition Digital Dies – Nature
First Edition Digital Dies – Sentiments
Dovecraft Basics Acetate
Dot & Dab Patterned Glue Gun
Dot & Dab Glue Gun Sticks
Dovecraft Precision Scissors
Embroidery Hoop
Bakers Twine

Friday, 9 July 2021

It's All In The Background - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I am pleased to report I had my second vaccine yesterday.  I'm a little worse for wear this morning but nothing compared to the after effects of the first one where I was out of it for a few days.

I set the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week and thought we'd have some fun creating backgrounds that can be the star of our cards.

I used alcohol inks, stamps and stencils with my gel press and had fun creating my background.  I kept the card simple by simply adding a black die cut circle frame, stamped and coloured butterfly and a sentiment.

I hope that you will join in with the challenge as I always love seeing how others interpret the challenges.  More inspiration and link to join can be found HERE.

Have a great weekend and see you next week,

Products Used:

Aall & Create Lotsa Dots Stencil
Aall & Create Stamp Set #45 designed by Tracy Evans
Aall & Create All Measured Up Stamp #235 by Tracy Evans
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Sentiment Stickers
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Gel Plate
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 July 2021

Whoopsie Daisy - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy July!

I'm a little late this week as I've been out of town so had a lot to catch up on my return.  As it's the first Friday in July it is of course the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.

I've used a new die and sentiment stamp on my creation.  I love the sentiment on this and it went so well with the image of the little hedgehog I thought.  My background was made using a couple of stencils and distress oxide inks.  I kind of got fed up with the normal background colours so went for something different.

The image was stamped and coloured in using my Chameleon pens.  I then used a die to cut out the frame and another die to cut out the sentiment strip.  

You can see lots more inspiration from the DT HERE and below you'll find the mood board from which you need to use 3 elements or more.  I chose the circle, daisy and frame.  I hope you'll join in.

I managed to get lots of gardening done last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon so I intend to catch up on some crafting this weekend after a new school uniform fitting.

Have a great weekend,

Products Used:

Time for Tea Designs Woodland Critter Stamps
Time for Tea Designs Masking Circle Stencil
Time for Tea Designs Sunnyside Up Stencil 
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 25 June 2021

Into The Garden - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I hope you've all had a good week.  I never did get around to doing the garden last weekend so it's on the list for this week weather permitting!  Speaking of the garden, that's the theme for the Daring Cardmakers latest challenge.

I think as my mind was on jobs to do in the garden I went for an alternative spin as my gnomes are working hard in their garden.  I created this fun scene using dies and papers for the backgrounds.

The images were all coloured using my chameleon pens and fussy cut.  The sentiment really made me smile.

You can see more from the DT HERE and I do hope you join in.

Enjoy the weekend!

Products Used:

Time for Tea Designs Brighter Days Paper Pad
Time for Tea Designs Landscape Edge Dies
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 June 2021

Just Checking - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

We've had very welcome rain for the past couple of days and the garden looks so  fresh plus I've been able to sleep at night so I may look the same!  I intend to mow the lawn if it's dry enough this weekend and the roses need pruning.

The Daring Cardmakers have a check themed challenge this week and it gave me an opportunity to use some goodies I hadn't yet opened.

I used a check paper for the background and a rainbow one inside my topper, both from the Time for Tea Designs Brighter Days paper pad.  I really like the bright colours and bold prints.

My images are all from the Tearrific Pals stamp set and I coloured them in with my Chameleon pens before fussy cutting them out and arranging on my card front.

You can see lots more inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE and I hope that you'll join in this week!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used:

Time for Tea Designs Tearrific Pals Stamp Set
Time for Tea Designs Brighter Days Paper Pad
Chameleon Pens
Everything else from my stash