Monday, 27 November 2017

3 Cards in 30 Minutes Using CrafTangles Stencils

Happy Monday!

The weekend went so fast and here we are again ready for another week!  My time is often quite limited and yet I often have a few personal cards to make so I challenged myself to make 3 cards in 30 minutes.  I used CrafTangles stamps, stencils and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I chose 3 stencils and stuck them all on a sheet of A3 watercolour paper before adding distress inks and spritzing with water.

While the backgrounds were drying I cut out my card bases from CrafTangles cardstock but you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

For my first card I cut our a square from the background and adhered it onto the card base, adding a band with a heat embossed sentiment and sequins to finish.

With the next background, I fussy cut it and stuck half on to my card base before heat embossing a sentiment and adding faux gems to embellish.

For my final  card, I used a stitched border to cut out the background before adhering it on to the card base.  I stamped a sentiment and added bakers twine to finish.

I hope this post has inspired you to pick up your stencils next time you want to make a quick batch of cards.  There is a more in depth post over on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powders in Gold and White
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 November 2017

Trim The Tree - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Friday already! The weeks seem to fly by at the moment and before you know it, it'll be December.  My planner is mad during December, most of it taken up with school activities...........

So, the Daring Cardmakers have asked for trees this week - could be a single one or an entire forest.  It doesn't have to be a Christmas tree either........You'll see a lot of wonderful inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in!

I just happened to pick up the latest Making Cards Magazine recently and it had the most appropriate printed toppers and papers for this challenge.  It must have been fate!  I used both the tree papers, the red as the backing and from the white I die cut a smaller tree and framed it as well.

The main topper really didn't need more than a frame and I used my new stitched hexagon dies.

I added glitter stars from the upcoming Bubbly Funk December Through The Letterbox (shhhhh, it's a sneak peek so don't tell anyone!) for a bit of bling.  My other embellishments are washi tape and gems.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you again very soon!

Products Used:
Making Cards Magazine
Glitter Stars from Bubbly Funk 'Through The Letterbox' December Box
Pretty Pink Posh Hexagon Dies
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Warm Winter Wishes - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Sunday!

I'm just popping by to say I am up on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with a project using ribbons - lots of them!  The November 'Through The Letterbox' is full of a wonderful array of ribbons.

I've covered a chipboard mitten with the ribbons and used one to make a pretty bow!  

The embellishments in the box are gorgeous and I've picked on a beautiful faux pearl brad and snowflake charms for this project.

I love it when a plan comes together and I found a sentiment which goes so well with my project - 'warm wishes to you' as mittens keep your hands warm don't they?!  The sentiment was one of a set in the latest Making Cards Magazine.  I can certainly see myself using them a lot as they're very versatile.

There's a more in depth post on the Bubbly Funk blog of how I made this card and if you haven't got the November 'Through The Letterbox' - what are you waiting for?!

See you again next week!

Products Used:
Ribbon, Chipboard Mitten, Brad, Twine, Snowflake charms from the Bubbly Funk November 'Through The Letterbox
Sizzix Circle Die
Sentiment from Making Cards Magazine
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything

Friday, 17 November 2017

Gift Bag or Box - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I've had a very productive week this week and managed to achieve a lot so I'm happy.  As a bonus, I get to spend a weekend with my family as I'm not working and I'm very much looking forward to it!

The Daring Cardmakers are in 'Step Away From the Card's mode and the first of these is to create or decorate a bag or box.

I opted to make a really versatile gift bag which can be made to any size.  I've used one of my favourite collections - Trimcraft's Time to Sparkle range.  I've used washi tape at the top and bottom and used a matching cardstock sticker for the tag.  To hold it together I've used a sparkly gold glitter peg.

It's a simple bag but I wanted to show that you don't have to spend lots of time to make a pretty gift bag and it beats buying one!

Lots more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE - hope you'll join in!

See you again over the weekend!

Products Used:
Trimcraft Time to Sparkle Paper Pad
Time to Sparkle Chipboard Stickers
Time to Sparkle Glitter Tags
Time to Sparkle Peg
Dovecraft Adhesive

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

CrafTangles Aperture Wedding Cards

Happy Tuesday!

How's your week going so far? I'm having a good week so far getting projects completed so no complaints from me!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a couple of wedding cards using a very traditional Indian wedding themed stamp set.

I've put a modern twist on my cards by using apertures in different ways and I have a bit of a romantic theme going on with the hearts - well, you associate love with weddings don't you?!

For my first card I've used the CrafTangles stitched heart die to cut out the aperture and also to frame them.  I've heat embossed sentiments in 2 of the hearts and in the third I've stamped the image, fussy cut it and added a new product from my stash - Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss.  It's added a light coating of glitter and shimmer.

For my second card I've stamped and fussy cut the image 3 times, the final time heat embossing it with gold.  I created the aperture by using foam pads to decoupage the image.

I added a gold heart to the background and another die cut with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment.

See you again later on in the week!

I Products Used:
CrafTangles Mr & Mrs Stamp Set
CrafTangles Denim Blue Cardstock
CrafTangles Ruby Red Cardstock
CrafTangles Stitched Heart Dies
Ranger Embossing Powder
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder
Amy Tangerine Die Set
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Makeover Candle Gift Project - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Thursday!

I hope you're all keeping snug and warm.  I'm definitely feeling the cold but my Mum thinks I may have an iron deficiency as she claims it's not that cold!!!!  

I'm on the Bubbly Funk blog today with a makeover project using the November Bubbly Funk Through The Letterbox.  I adore candles and use them a great deal at home as I like both the scent and the atmosphere they create.

I recently bought a few candles which smell divine but don't look very interesting so I decided to give one a makeover as a gift for a friend. 

For the lid, I die cut a white glitter base and added skeleton leaves and chipboard hearts from the box.  I used a couple of poinsettia from my stash and glittered the tips.  I threaded twine through the poinsettia and a white bell, adding beads to the bottom.

For the side of the tin I used the striped material from the box.  I found I could manipulate it so well as it didn't crease and gave a lovely clean look.  I adhered it with double sided tape and used that for the pom pom ribbon as well.

I hope you've enjoyed my project.  You'll find more information and inspiration on the Bubbly Funk page HERE where you can also purchase your November Through The Letterbox.

I may see you again tomorrow but it all depends if I get my project completed - it's been a mad week so far and it's not over yet!


Products Used:
Material, Pom Pom Ribbon, Skeleton Leaves, White Bell and Beads from the Bubbly Funk November Through The Letterbox
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 6 November 2017

Christmas Wreath - Angie's Digital Stamps DT (Challenge 15)

Happy Monday to you all!

It's been a busy day for me as I've been at work so haven't had time to write my blog post until now.  I usually write them in advance but this weekend was busy with work. 

Anyhow, the new challenge has started over on Angie's Digital Stamps HERE.  It's actually my last post as DT member as I have stepped down due to work commitments.  I've enjoyed showcasing Angie's Digistamps as there is such a wide variety and I will no doubt be popping in to stock up when necessary!  A big thank you to Angie for having me on her DT.

So, the optional theme for this challenge is the Holidays and I've chosen a wreath digistamp which I've coloured with pencils so I could achieve the texture of the wreath I wanted.

I added gems and a sentiment stamp to finish.  I've kept is simple with ribbon and contrasting backing papers as I wanted the focus to be on the image.

I've got a mountain of work to complete this week but I'm very grateful to have been given a wonderful new planner today.  Planners make organising my life so much easier and I love adding colours and embellishments to them.

You will no doubt see me again later on in the week but until then, have a great week!


Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Christmas Wreath
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 3 November 2017

November Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month can only mean one thing, right?! It's the November Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers of course!  I've gone kind of shabby chic for this one.  I began by choosing the flower toppers which are really rather old - bought in the sale in Hobbycraft (as you do) but realised I still hadn't used them!

I've distressed the papers, then inked over them with chalk inks as I like the finish it gives for this kind of look.  

To break up the colour, I've added elements of green with the ribbon and doily.  I've had a roll of hessian in my stash for a long time and it kind of went with the look I was going for so used it as an additional layer.  

This is the photo from which you take any 3 elements that take your fancy.  I chose the deep purple flowers (love that colour), the green ribbon and the wood (I used the wood effect background paper).  I hope you'll join in and find more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE.

Have a lovely weekend and see you again soon!

Products Used:
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
First Edition Merry Little Christmas Paper Pad
Santoro Ribbon
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Die
Hobbycraft Flower Toppers
All adhesives from Stix 2 anything
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Festive Snow Friends Tag - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Wednesday!

The new Bubbly Funk 'Through The Letterbox' is out today and it is brimming with all things festive!

For my first project I have opted to make a tag using everything from the box apart from the paint that I used to spatter the tag with!  The embellishments in this kit are plentiful with pearls, candi, metal snowflakes, gems, buttons and much more, a bit of an Aladdin's cave.......

For my tag I spattered gold and white paint as a base then adhered a plain white and spotted blue ribbon.  The sparkly poinsettia base is really glittery and after adding it I had a tough time choosing which embellishments to use as I was truly spoilt for choice!

I ended up with using a mixture of the metal snowflakes, card candi, pearls, sequin hearts and a metal sentiment.  I finished by adding twine to a couple of buttons and tying in a bow.

You may be able to guess that the key colour for this month's box is blue.  The spotted blue and white paper bag is one of the bags the items come packaged in.  I can't bear to throw them away as they're so pretty!

You can buy the November Bubbly Funk box HERE.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Everything from the Bubbly Funk November 'Through The Letterbox'  apart from adhesive and paint.