Friday, 12 October 2018

Pets! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

The highlight of my week was catching up with a very dear friend for coffee.  We first met when we were both expecting for the first time over a decade ago now - seems like such a long time when I put it like that!  I rarely take time out during the week but I'm so glad I did and I made up time lost at the end of the day after the boys had gone to bed.

It's my turn to choose a challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week and I've gone with pets.  I would like to see cats, dogs, goldfishes, snakes, spiders or any other pets you care to think of on your creation.  Plenty of inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE.

This card is one I've done a tutorial for over on the Create & Craft Member's page.  I've used Chameleon pens to colour in the image taken from the Time for Tea Design stamp set.  The set is called Mew Are Pawsome just like the sentiment on my card!  I added a fun element to the card by  die cutting the paw prints - they're cute don't you think?!

If you happen to be in or around Enfield this weekend I will be there at The Range ton Sunday from 11am doing another one of my Trimcraft Christmas Demos.  Last one next week!

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you do and I'll see you again next week,

Products Used:
Chameleon Pens
Time for Tea Designs Mew Are Pawsome Stamp and Die Set
Mixture of dies for the pawprints from my stash
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 8 October 2018

1 Stamp 3 Ways - CrafTangles DT

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I had a hectic weekend, teaching on Saturday and then my Trimcraft Christmas demo on Sunday which was really good - lots of crafters, both new and advanced.  I think I need another day off but it's Monday so no rest for the wicked!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today using one stamp 3 ways.  This is something I enjoy doing as it makes me think of different ways to use a product.

It's only now that I look at what I made that I realise how you can't tell I've used the same stamp due to the way I've used it!

For my first card I've used the stamp through a balloon stencil.  I thought it was an unusual way of using the stamp and works well.  The background is smooshed and I've added bows and twine to embellish.

Next up is a mixed media creation using the stamp as a background.  I've distressed a paper pad using ink then stamped over to create the background.  I used black gesso through a stencil and some art wax to add shimmer.  It picks up the texture of the gesso so well.  To finish I added a die cut circle and sentiment.

My final card uses the stamp as a border.  I do love the background on this one - a very fresh and modern card!  I've added a fussy cut stamped cake and sentiment too.

So there you have it - 1 stamp used in 3 ways!  A more indepth tutorial for all the cards is on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

Have a great week and see you on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Old Newspaper Stamp
CrafTangles Ombre Watercolor Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
CrafTangles Beehive Stencil
CrafTangles Flourish Stencil
Versafine Black Ink Pad
CrafTangles Black Gesso
CrafTangles Art Wax
CrafTangles Balloon Stencil
CrafTangles Birthday Girl Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 5 October 2018

October Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

What a week it's been!  I've had a great week working with Pinkfresh Studio products and then celebrating our wedding anniversary.  I was treated to a delicious Thai lunch and a make your own tiramisu for dessert!

So, it's the first Friday of the month and an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I fell in love with the images and colours Dawn chose for this one.  I had an idea in my head and then just played around with it once I had decided on what elements to use.

For the leaves I smooshed a background using various autumnal colours of distress inks then I die cut them out.

I made the pumpkin using 3 ovals that I die cut and inked then overlapped together.   I've seen the pumpkins made with more ovals so you can play and see what works best for you.

Below you'll see the beautiful board that Dawn has chosen.  I love all the colours and elements and when you join in you simply have to choose 3 elements.  I have chosen the leaves, colours and the pumpkin. 

I do hope that you will join in and I look forward to seeing your creations.  You can see more inspiration HERE.

I am on my travels again this weekend and will be at The Range in Romford on Sunday from 11am with some Trimcraft Christmas demos.

See you next week!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Leaf Mini Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Sizzix Stitched Oval Dies by Tim Holtz
AC Moore Paper Pad
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set

I would like to enter this card into the Double 'D' Challenges

Friday, 28 September 2018

Flourish - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Have you noticed I've been missing the past couple of Fridays?  Well I have been!!!  I've had a lot on and I was kindly excused.  For this week's challenge, Kathy has asked for a flourish to be added to our creations.

I've used a Marianne Design die set and double cut the butterfly to give it a more of a 3D effect.

Above, you can see more clearly that the flourish I've added is made up of faux pearls.  They're self adhesive which makes it a lot easier and you get a few in the pack as well.  There is a lot more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

I have a weekend off from my Trimcraft demos this weekend but I'm back again next week and here's my schedule for October:
7 October - The Range Romford
14 October - The Range Enfield
21 October - The Range Thurrock

See you next week!

Products Used:
Marianne Design Creatables - Anja's Butterfly 
Marianne Design - Pearl Embellishments
Marianne Design Aqua Color Paper Pad
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Upcycled Badge Tutorial - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

How's your weekend been so far?  I'll be taking a break from nursing today (both boys have been ill, one after the other) and you can find me at The Range in Luton from 11am today demonstrating the new Trimcraft Christmas ranges. 

I decided to have a go at something a little different today.  I was asked to make a badge for a little girl who loves pandas and so I decided to use my CrafTangles products along with an image from the internet to upcycle a badge!

I have got a step by step tutorial over on the CrafTangles blog here if you are interested in how I made it.  You can find it HERE.

You'll be pleased to know the little girl who I made the badge for loved it and wore it to school on her birthday after I personalised it further so it looked like this:

See you again soon!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Art Wax
CrafTangles Art Spray
CrafTangles Stencil
CrafTangles Art Stones
DecoArt Gesso
Trimcraft Deco Mache Paste
Free Panda Image from the Internet
Everything else from my stash

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Bring on the Cake! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE today with some new release stamp sets to show you!

These stamps were a lot of fun to work with.  For my first card I just loved the 'bring on the cake' sentiment, so much so, I've entitled my blog post with it!!!

I used chalk ink for the background stamping of the sentiment and used my Chameleon Pens for the main image.  I fussy cut the birthday boy and added a strip of washi tape to the bottom.  Simple but effective I think!

For my next card I stamped and coloured the main image then used a banner die cut to cut it out.

I used chalk ink around the die cut image just to soften it.  Then I stamped the sentiment and stuck the base on to my card base before adding glitter washi tape banners around the edges.  To finish I added glitter enamel dots.

For my final card I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the image.

I used a rectangular die cut and stamped the sentiment inside.  I added washi tape along the top and bottom of my card before attaching the die cut and then the image.

Have a lovely weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Birthday Boy Stamp Set
CrafTangles Birthday Girl Stamp Set
CrafTangles Me and You Stamp Set
Washi Tape
Kat Scrappiness Postage Stamp Edge Rectangle Dies
CrafTangles Cardstock
Chameleon Pens
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 7 September 2018

September Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy September!

Well the boys are back at school and it's so quiet in the house now.  However I do admit that I can get a lot more work done in their absence as much as I miss them.  Thankfully they've both settled back really well and if they're happy so am I :)

Being the first Friday in September means it's the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I have chosen the board this time and you will see that it has a lot of summer elements on it as I really can't let go of summer - not just yet!

For my card I used a cacti die set and created the background with distress inks.  I mounted it on to a blue background and drew white waves with a gel pen to copy one of the elements below.  I added a die cut word to finish.

This is the Elemental Board I've chosen and I'm sure you can see where the inspiration from my card came from using the cactus, flowers, waves and colours.  You only need to use 3 elements so I hope you'll join in.  You'll find more inspiration from my DT colleagues can be found HERE.

I have a Trimcraft Demo on Sunday at The Range in Maidstone so if you are local please come in to say hello and see the latest products and ideas I have to share.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Sizzix Thinlits Cacti Dies
Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlit Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
White gel pen
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 30 August 2018

CrafTangles August 2018 Blog Hop - Glimmer Paste

Happy Thursday!

The August Blog Hop is underway on the CrafTangles Blog HERE and it's all about glimmer paste!

I have to admit I had a lot of fun playing with this medium and using it in different ways.  I love anything that sparkles as you know so this was right up my street!

For my first card I decided to use a black base that I sprayed with a shimmer mist.  I then used the glimmer paste through the cloud stencil.  As you can see, it dried with a green tint on the black even though it went on white.  I stamped my image and used a couple of my new chameleon pens to colour in the bear then stamped the sentiment on a black card mat.

For my second card, I used the exact same fairy dust glimmer paste as my first card above.  This time through a different stencil to give the impression of waves on a distressed ink backing I created.  You can see how the tint of green that was so apparent on the black is much more subtle and there is more of the white.  Once again I used my chameleon pens on the stamped and fussy cut image and added a sentiment before mounting on to a die cut mat.

For my final card I smooshed distress oxides for the background then added green and orange glimmer paste through stencils.  I added dots to finish and stamped the sentiment before mounting on to a black card base.

I hope you can see just some of the ways glimmer paste can be used as highlights, backgrounds and a focal point.

If you are on the blog hop then here are the other blogs you need to visit in order to win one of 2 goody bags!  Good luck!



Shabneez - you are here!


See you again soon,

Products Used:
CrafTangles By The Seaside Stamps
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamps
CrafTangles Hello Baby Stamp Set
CrafTangles Nature Stencil
CrafTangles Rainbows & Clouds Stencil
CrafTangles Roses All Around Stencil
CrafTangles Orange Peel Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Fairy Dust Glimmer Paste
CrafTangles Green Glimmer Paste
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Distress Oxides
Chameleon Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 August 2018

Back to School - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Had a busy week - lots of travel, celebrating Eid and getting stuff done.  Bit late with my posting as had to get haircuts for the boys sorted - can't have them start school with untamed hair now can I?! Ha!

Dawn has chosen back to school as the challenge this week for the Daring Cardmakers.  I noticed that many schools around the world have begun again after the summer holidays.  My boys don't go back until early September so we're spending some quality time with my parents.

My card is a commission for a  science teacher.  The paper pad I used is an absolute favourite of mine as the papers are double sided and are really well thought out and designed.  It includes quotes and you know I love my quotes!  I added wording using my Cricut.

I hope you have a great Bank Holiday Weekend.  I intend to work on some samples for my upcoming Trimcraft demos next weekend.  I'm at The Range in Leicester on Saturday 1 September and West Bromwich on Sunday 2 September.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Echo Park - Teacher's Pet Paper Pad
Cricut Machine
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 17 August 2018

What's Cooking? - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week's Daring Cardmaker is very apt as I spent a lot of time cooking yesterday in readiness for a number of visitors.  My Dad has cousins all over the world and a couple of families from Canada and Australia happened to be in London at the same time so I hosted a bit of a reunion yesterday.  It was a joy hearing all their childhood tales and to see them reminisce.  

This week's Challenge has been set by Joanne who has asked for an item of food to be incorporated on our cards as well as extra brownie points for using an item from the kitchen.  

I opted for a summer fruit - the strawberry.  I used really old backing papers that have strawberries on too.  All the dies I hadn't used before but had for some time.  I felt quite ashamed it took me so long to use them but I was equally pleased I had!  I didn't use anything from the kitchen for my card but my Team mates have been very imaginative and you can see their makes and join in with the challenge HERE.

I hope you have a really good weekend whatever you do.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Spellbinders Market Fresh - Aren't You Sweet Die
Sizzix Border Die
Dienamics Stitched Circle Die
K&Co Backing Paper
Pearls by Trimcraft
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 August 2018

Let's Go Nautical! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It seems so strange missing my weekly blog post - I didn't realise how regular I'd become with my blogging.  I have been having some well deserved family time as my brother and family were visiting from America.  We've had so much fun and made a lot of memories but I miss them a great deal.

Being as we shared some fun times by the sea I decided to opt for a nautical theme for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week.  The Design Team have made a wonderful variety of creations which you can see HERE.

For my card, I decided to use up parts of a pack from a cardmaking magazine I got a long time ago.  It's something I kept thinking I'd use it but never got round to it.  I do love a good sentiment and this one was perfect for the recipient.  I based my card around it, building it up as I went along with various die cut elements.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge and see you again soon!

Products Used:
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
First Edition Male Sentiment Dies
American Crafts Twine
Everything from my stash

Friday, 27 July 2018

Using CrafTangles Art Sprays & Stencils

Happy Friday!

You know, I almost forgot what day it was - they're all rolling into one with the summer holidays at the moment.  Good job I have my planner to keep me organised!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE using the new CrafTangles art sprays which I was lucky to receive in the latest DT box.

I used both the sprays as a background on my first card then stamped over it.  It worked well and I then went on to colour in the border with my Zig markers.

It's a favourite stamp set of mine and one that gives a different look every time I use it!  I added a sentiment from the same set.

Next up I used one of the new stencils with the yellow spray through it.

The background was so pretty that I didn't want to overpower it so simply stamped the sunflower and sentiment with a dark brown ink.  I backed it on to dark brown card and left it as that.  I'm a fan of keeping it simple.

For my final make I decided on a tag.  Again, I sprayed the spray through the stencil but this time I fussy cut part of it out.  I then added glimmer paste through part of the same stencil and loved the change in colour it gave me as well as the texture and shine.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut a mermaid and added her to the tag finishing with some pom poms.

It was so easy to use the art sprays and they made quick backgrounds to which I didn't have to add a great deal.

I may well be absent from Blogland next week as my brother is coming over from America with his wife and my nieces so we have a full schedule.

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Art Sprays - Denim Blue and Sunny Yellow
CrafTangles Stencils - Honeycomb and Abstract Circles
CrafTangles Stamps - Everyday Sentiments, Beautiful Bloom Border and Mermaid Kisses
CrafTangles Glimmer Paste - Fairy Dust
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers
Memento Dew Drop - Espresso Truffle
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 20 July 2018

Outdoors in the Summer - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Outdoor dining is something I really enjoy in the summer - barbeques in particular.  Earlier in the week I hosted an al fresco dinner for my husband's work colleagues wich was very enjoyable.  We've also been invited to visit our neighbours this weekend as they have one of those fancy pizza ovens in their garden so I'm very much looking forward to it!

Speaking of the outdoors, over on the Daring Cardmakers Miri has chosen a fabulous challenge this week perfect for this time of year.  She wants anything you might do outside in the summer on your cards.  For me it has to going to the seaside and eating ice-cream.  I absolutely love the sea and everything to do with it.  My other passion is eating ice-cream and I am known to eat them in the winter as well........

I've used the wonderful Beach Life papers and decoupage illustrated by the very talented Helz Cuppleditch that are produced by Trimcraft.  I bought them on offer from Create & Craft recently.

The collection just screams summer to me and I've used the papers for the background and added washi tape.  After making up the decoupage I've cut the shells and starfish from the papers and added them to the topper.  Don't you think the images are just so adorable?

There is plenty more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Trimcraft Beach Life Paper Pad 
Trimcraft Beach Life Embellishments
Trimcraft Beach Life Decoupage Pad
Trimcraft Beach Life Washi Tape
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 July 2018

A Sporting Chance - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The Summer holidays have begun my end but not before a very memorable event to end the term.  My eldest's class held an Afternoon Tea for all the class parents and it really was an extremely well organised event.  The children went shopping for the ingredients, made sandwiches and served everyone with such big smiles.  It was truly wonderful.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers Kathy has set the challenge this week and what with the football and tennis being prevalent at the moment she's asked for a sport on our cards.  There are some brilliant cards on the blog HERE by my fellow DT members.

I decided to use this opportunity to make a card for a very good friend of my son's who is a competitive swimmer.  His birthday is coming up next month so I feel really good as I'm ahead of myself!

I've used a Hunkydory Kit that I bought with the recipient in mind.  It's decoupage although you can't tell so well from the photo although I did try!  I added card candi and the number 10.

Right, I am now off to visit my Aunt.  Boys love spending time there too and it'll be a break from the norm for me too.

Hope you'll join in with the challenge this week and have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Hunkydory Decoupage Kit
Card Candi
Dovecraft Number Dies
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 8 July 2018

3 Ways with CrafTangles Ombre Watercolour Paper Pad

Happy Weekend!

We had a lovely day out yesterday before coming back in time for the football of course!  Wasn't it a great result?!

Among my last DT box from CrafTangles I got a really pretty paper pad so I thought I'd see what different ways I could come up with using the papers on my cards.

For my first card I used the paper in the traditional sense as backing paper.  I matted and layered a die cut, fussy cut element and added a sentiment.  This card will be going to one of my son's teachers.  Hope she likes it!

For my second card I picked a stencil and used texture paste, perfect pearls and distress inks thorough it before finishing with a die cut sentiment.  I think you can see the shimmer quite well don't you?

Finally I went all out and used 3 different coloured sheets of paper from the pad!  I stamped them all with the same image and added a sentiment with distress oxides as it shows up so well on black card.

So there you have it!  I'm off to sit in the garden now if anybody would like to join me.....

Have a great week!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Ombre Watercolor Paper Pad
CrafTangles Cardstock - Earl Tea
CrafTangles All for Love Elements
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
CrafTangles Butterflies & Bricks Stencil
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set
CrafTangles Ethnic Borders Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Friday, 6 July 2018

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I've had a productive week with the highlight being Prize Giving and Meet the Teacher at school.  The boys break up next week so not long to go now..........

As it's the first Friday of the month it's time for the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.

I had a hard time with this one.  I loved the colours and the elements but couldn't decide what to use.  It took an entire afternoon to put this together.  I must have over thought it! Ha!  

I began by choosing a floral paper from my stash then I made a pleated border.  I fancied a bow and I don't own any so I traced round a template.  To finish I added a sentiment with a splash of pink.

This is the image from which I have chosen 3 elements:

I chose the slatted panel which I made into pleats, the beautiful colours and the flowers that are on my backing paper.  There is a lot of inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE and I hope you'll join in.

See you again on Sunday!

Products Used:
Sentiment from Craftwork Cards
Everything else from my stash

Saturday, 30 June 2018

CrafTangles June 2018 Blog Hop - Foils

Happy Weekend!

The CrafTangles June Blog hop is underway and the winners of the last blog have also been announced HERE.

If you'd like a chance at winning one of two goody bags please hop along:
Shabneez - YOU ARE HERE

In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all the blogs above and leave a comment.  CrafTangles will choose 2 winners who will each get a goody bag!  It is open worldwide.

The theme of this month's blog hop is Foils and we've all used them in different ways.

For my first card after stamping the image and colouring in with pencils I decided to die cut the sentiment and punch out the hearts from a sheet of foil that I had adhered to some card with a double sided adhesive sheet.

For my next card I used the stunning rainbow foil for both a background and also for die cutting the lettering.

Finally I paper pieced using foil.  I hadn't seen it done before so thought I'd have a go and it worked!

I hope these have inspired you have a go at using foils.  All you need is double sided tape or an adhesive double sided sheet.

Good Luck with the Blog Hop!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Cardstock
Versamagic White Ink Pad
Versafine Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash
Rainbow Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesTurquoise Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesRed Reactive Foils Transfer Sheets by CrafTanglesCrafTangles Sticky Back - 12x12 double sided adhesive sheetCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Hello BabyCrafTangles Photopolymer Stamps - Life is Pretty Amazing

Friday, 29 June 2018

Happy Wedding - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Yet another glorious day.  My youngest has gone on a school trip so I was up early making sure his sun cream was liberally applied and he had his hat, water bottle and all the other necessities needed for a day trip.  It's heartwarming to see the enthusiasm with which he set off this morning and I hope he has a wonderful day.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers Ruth has a Wedding and Anniversary card theme going on for the latest challenge.  I actually need to make wedding cards as I have a few to attend over the summer.  However, with the mad week I've had I had half an hour this morning to make this card and photograph it before the 10am deadline when the blog goes live - oooops!

Luckily I had an idea in my head which always helps in times like this.  I recently bought a pre loved wedding themed stamp set from Lawn Fawn which was on my table waiting to be used.  I already had a pre cut frame die so this saved me time too.  I stamped the images I wanted and coloured them with my Zig pens then mat and layered the card.  I had some foiled card from another project I have been working on so punched out the hearts and added them as embellishments.

I'm back tomorrow with a blog hop so hope you'll pop by again!

Products Used:
Lawn Fawn Happy Wedding Stamp Set
Dienamics Stitched Collage Frame
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
CrafTangles Foil
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch

Monday, 25 June 2018

1 Stencil 3 Ways - CrafTangles DT

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I certainly heard a lot of cheers from the neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon when England scored all those goals!

I'm up on the CraftTangles blog HERE with cards using the CrafTangles Rainbows and Clouds stencil. 

As you can see I've managed to create cards using limited supplies - stencils, distress inks and card!

For this first card I went all out using the largest rainbow on the stencil with distress inks.  I then sprayed on water and left to dry.  For the stars I used distress oxides as I prefered the chalky effect they gave.  I finished with a sentiment.

Next up I used a soft grey for the clouds and the raindrops stencil to create a border.

For the final card I actually had a little girl in mind who I'm sure will love this card.  I used the smaller of the two rainbows on the stencil and added clouds and stars before matting and layering.

Stencils don't have to be used just for backgrounds - they can just as easily be used as focal points for cards as well.

See you again later on this week,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Rainbows & Clouds Stencil
CrafTangles Raindrops Stencil
CrafTangles Cardstock
Hero Arts Stamp & Die Set
Everything else from my stash