Monday, 30 October 2017

CrafTangles Beautiful Blooms Border Designs - CrafTangles DT

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I had a laid back weekend for a change and managed to tick off quite a  few things on my list so I'm happy!

I'm on the CrafTangles blog with a couple of cards using the Beautiful Bloom Border.  Not only does the set have a gorgeous intricate border, but it has a number of heartfelt sentiments and I do love a good sentiment.

My first card uses the spotlight technique, where you stamp the image, cut out parts, colour them and put them back like a jigsaw!  How's that for a technique in a nutshell?!

I went for shades of green on my second card, as it's one of my favourite colours and I used my water brush with various shades of green from my Zig pens.

The background is made using a stencil and some faux stitching.  The sentiment is heat embossed and faux stitching added to finish.

For a more in depth look at how I made these cards please take a look at my post on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

Have a great week!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Beautiful Bloom Border Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Black, Emerald and Spring Green
Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens
Versamagic Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Glacier White Embossing Powder
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 27 October 2017

Blended Backgrounds - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's come around even quicker than usual with the half term holiday and we have another week to go.

On with the new Daring Cardmakers challenge and Nat has chosen blended backgrounds so no excuses not to join in as you can make your own backgrounds with soooooo many different mediums.  This challenge took me a lot longer than anticipated as I did one using my distress oxides but decided it wasn't quite right and instead of faffing about with it I thought it would be easier to start again.  Does that happen to you?  So, I began again with distress inks as I have ore of them (still saving up for more of the distress oxides).

I used an acrylic block and put my inks on then smooshed watercolour paper over it.  I then sprayed feather stamps with water and stamped them on to the background.  Finally, I heat embossed a trio of dot stamps with clear embossing power and that's my blended background with a couple of twists thrown in!

I finished the card with a die cut sentiment and some enamel dots.

There are lots of brilliant creations by the DT HERE so I hope you'll take a look and join in!

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Ranger Enamel Accents
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder
Sarah Hurley Dreams & Plans Stamp Set
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Not So Hungry Caterpillar - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you've had a good weekend.  Half term is in full swing here and we've been having a good sort out so we can give our preloved books, toys and games new homes.  We do have fun activities planned but I need the boys' input otherwise it's all going - not really!!!!

I have another project for Bubbly Funk to share and there's even a craft tip over on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE.

My post is based around this little fellow made of pom poms, twine and beads - isn't he cute?!  Of course, I've given him leaves to rest and feed on too.......

I've drawn faux stitching on the leaves just to make them stand out a little more.

The striped background paper was a scrap and I added the grey zig zag washi tape strip because you all know how fond I am of it as well as some coloured gems.

I coloured the sentiment with chalk ink and added a couple of flowers to finish.  Hope to see your Bubbly Funk creations if you've received your October Letterbox!

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Bubbly Funk October Letterbox
All adhesives from Stix to Anything
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Scrap Striped Paper from my stash

Friday, 20 October 2017

Are you a City or Country Girl? - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Time for a new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog set by Miri who wants to know whether you're a city or coutry girl?  Can you guess which one I am from my card?

Give up?!  For the challenge I am a country girl.  I was brought up in the countryside in a small village in the East Midlands.  Lots of farmland around and lovely country walks.  I used to see deer and always thought they were so beautiful and powerful.

Back to my card, I've used the fabulous First Edition pad - Merry Little Christmas.  I absolutely love the colours and patterns in this pad and I'll be using them to demo this weekend in Romford.  I tore the paper to give the impression of grassland and added the deer die cut on a circle.  I used a tag sentiment, adding a little ribbon and gem to embellish.

I have a busy weekend ahead and then half term to look forward to so a break from the norm and I'm hoping to plan some outings with the boys.

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Merry Little Christmas Pad
Time to Sparkle Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Festival of Lights - CrafTangles DT

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a couple of celebratory cards for Diwali.  Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs.

You won't be surprised to learn that I have used 'light' as the theme for both my makes.

For my first card I've tried to highlight the diva lamp, keeping the rest of the card monochrome, bar the yellow border.  I've masked the lamp and used distress inks to create the glow from flame.

On my second card the fireworks are lighting up the sky and I used the appropriately named 'Fireworks' stencil with both distress oxides and heat embossing.  Don't the family look colourful in their traditional outfits?

There's a lot more detail on my makes over on the CrafTangles blog.

See you on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Diwali Wishes Stamps
CrafTangles Diwali Greetings Stamps
CrafTangles Cardstock in Cobalt Blue
CrafTangles Cardstock in Fiery Yellow
CrafTangles Stencil - Fireworks
Distress Oxides
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Ranger Embossing Powder in Silver
Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder in White
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
All adhesives from Six 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 October 2017

Funky Frame - Bubbly Funk DT

Welcome to the Weekend!

I did say I'd be back but I bet you didn't think it'd be this quick!  I'm on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with my first project using the October Letterbox. 

I opted for a home decor project and made a frame using only items from the letterbox.  There is loads left over  and I do have other projects lined up!

There are lots of embellishments in the box and I felt like a child in a sweet shop trying to choose what to use first.

There's lots more information on the Bubbly Funk blog so I hope you 'll pop along and there is also a competition to win a box like mine over on the Bubbly Funk Facebook page.

See you next week!

Products Used:
Bubbly Funk October Letterbox
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Pastel Rainbow - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week's challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers was set by Sharon who asked for a pastel rainbow.  Now, as I'd already used traditional rainbows last week, I wanted to do something a little different and this is what I came up with.........

I used stitched dies to create the pastel rainbow background, adding a stitched sun and clouds.  I was SO pleased when I found a CrafTangles stamp set with the most perfect sentiment.  I really like the idea of wishing someone rainbows and sunshine, as to me it conjures up images of happiness.

Loving this challenge and the inspiration from the Design Team is brilliant - you must check it out HERE and have a go!

I'll be back over the weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Girl In The Rain Stamp Set
Amy Tangerine Die Set
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 October 2017

October Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday in October which can only mean one thing - the start of the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, this time set by Leo.

I have a special card duo to share for an adorable set of twins which fits the Challenge so well!  I was asked by a friend to make similar but not the same 1st birthday cards incorporating, wait for it.......unicorns and rainbows! I was able to use a  new die set and I just had to add a touch of glitter to to give an extra sparkle.

Here is the photo from which you have to choose 3 elements.  I think there's something for everyone in here so no excuse for not joining in - ha!  

From the elements above I chose the wording unicorn and rainbows as well as the colours.  You'll find lots more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE.

Enjoy your weekend,

Products used:
Sizzix Magical Unicorn Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 2 October 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 14 (October 2017)

Happy October!

A spooky start to the month from me with a new challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps that has an optional twist of spooky/scary.

I've used the Halloween Digital Set for my make which includes the sentiment and witch's hat.

I had fun making the background using distress inks and spritzing a light mist of water at the end.  I coloured the image using my Zig pens.

To finish I added some strips on my black card base and enamel dots for extra interest.

You can see more inspiration from the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in as I'd love to see your Halloween makes!

Have a good week,

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Angie's Digital Stamps - Halloween Digital Set
Ranger Enamel Accents
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash