Monday, 27 February 2017

Embossing at Ooh La La Challenge blog

Our challenge today at ooh La La challenge blog is "embossing" and has been chosen by my teamie Julie. 
There are so many ways to emboss and I decided for my DT card to do some heat embossing over an image from the cdrom The Paula Oakley Collection.


Here is the card from a different angle to capture the embossing a little more clearly. I stamped my Penny Black image and then used ivory embossing powder. With a clear wink of stella pen over the embossing to highlight it more. The bow is also an image from the same cdrom. I then mounted it onto a TL diecut from black gloss card.

I'd love to see how you interpret the embossing challenge - look forward to seeing you over on the blog, where you can as always find wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

February Rudolph Day

I just got two sets of Cardio Stamps - Festive scenes and Festive fun - so they are what I've used on my card. There are so many little characters it was hard to choose, but I decided on these ones and that cute little bunny. I've made the area inside the fence a frozen lake with clear wink of stella, but it hasn't photographed. I then put a sharpie all around the edges before mounting onto a sheet of paper I had printed from one of the magazine sites.

I printed the paper ages ago and then thought - I like this but how am I going to use it? I think it goes well with the Cardio stamps and the Mama Elephant sentiment.

This is of course for the Rudolph challenge over at Scrappy Mo's blog.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Wheels @ The Male Room

I've made this card for the Wheels challenge at The Male Room.

I've been trying to get hold of this car die from Crafters Companion for a while - as soon as I decided I wanted it suddenly to find one was like looking for hens teeth! So that was my starting point for my card. I had a background done with a brick stencil on my gelli plate some time ago, I took that and cut out using a TH brick stencil the top corner. I then used the TL Charleston couple die and to look like graffiti on the wall the Lawn Fawn xoxo die. Finally finished with a free stamp on a mag this month.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Friendship, love and romance @ CD Sunday challenge


I've used the Debbi Moore Oriental cdrom for this card. The base is an insert from the cdrom and then I overstamped the "Love" sentiment using a rubber stamp and embossed with clear powder. I then used a Paula Pascale stamp and wrote in the "on" with a fineliner. The other elements are from the cdrom and mounted on foam pads to give a little dimension to the card - as I do not have to post it!

This card is for the CD Sunday challenge which this time is Friendship, Love and Romance.

Monday, 20 February 2017

LIM #316 Alphabet


Alphabets is the challenge theme on Less is More this week. I have a love of typeface, typewriters etc so I could have made many more cards than these two - but I stopped myself.

The first one uses a TH die and I cut it from a piece of a brusho background I had in my brusho snippet box. The second card is a TH stamp that I just love and have been waiting to use. This is how I learnt to type using a picture like this - then later I went to college and learnt it all over again!

I added the sentiment using a TL alphabet die and the @ symbol from the TH die. I wish it had been that simple in practice. I cut all the letters then stood up to get something and swooshed them all off the desk, onto my cardigan and the floor. It took a while to find them all again. Then I was being so careful to put the letters on and decided to use tweezers - which promptly fell apart in my hand!

As I used black snippets and my brusho snippets I am also popping over to the Snippets Playground with my makes.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Anything goes at Allsorts

I've been having a play with the aqua tints and in particular the silver aqua tint with this Trish Latimer stamp. Not sure her silver face is quite right - but I was aiming for a other worldly look! Rather than my usual down to earth and correct use of colour. I added Seth Apter Star die cuts from glitter paper.

I think it sums up the weather here today, although I have seen reports of glorious sunshine in other parts of the UK.

I'm entering this into the current Allsorts challenge for "Anything goes".

Saturday, 18 February 2017

mid month reminder for Use your fav stamp at Penny Black & More challenge



A little reminder of our challenge over at Penny Black & More this month - use your favourite stamp.

Another one of my fav stamps is this Penny Black fox from 30-305 Smile all day, the sentiment is from the same set. I stamped my image and then masked off as I used a roller to create my background with Adirondack inks - I was hoping for a really bright intense colour. Then I coloured the image with TH distress crayons, blending with water. Mounted up with TL tattered squares and a few sequins added.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Opposites Attract at LIM #315

I was stumped by the current Less is More Challenge - Opposites Attract. I've not had any time to craft this week either until yesterday. I had bought this embossing folder and wanted to try it out with this set of Penny Black stamps - when it occurred to me, it would be a quick make and hopefully fit the challenge.

So I ran my card blank through the folder and simply stamped the silhouettes into the frames. I had to rotate the card as not all the stamps fitted in the other way around. I finished off with a couple of  SU tag stamps that fitted the remaining frames.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine snippets


This is the card I've made for the OH for today. I used snippets of mirri card - so satisfying when you don't have to cut into a whole A4 sheet for a tiny amount.
I had a play with a couple of other designs too and a paper pad that I had. These went to the Charity shop for sale as I only need one card ;)


I'm going to the snippets playground with them and also to Allsorts challenge for flowers/and or hearts.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Die Cuts @ Oooh la la challenge blog

Jennifer has chosen our new theme over at the Ooh La La Challenge  blog - which is Die cuts.

I've used a set of spellbinder dies and a stamp from paper smooches that I was lucky enough to win over at the Snippets playground together with a spellbinder sentiment label I already owned. Finished off with a lovely image I printed in black and white and then water coloured from the Say it with words cdrom mounted onto backing paper from the same cdrom.


Don't forget to pop over to the blog and see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the OLL DT.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Use your favourite stamp @ Penny Black & More challenge

The challenge this month on Penny Black & More is to "use your favourite stamp". I'm sure a lot of my visitors will have been expecting either a poppy or fashion stamp from me - but I have other favourites too! One of which is this adorable mouse which is Penny Black 1652J Cheesecake wish.

To make my background I picked up ink left over from a previous project that was on my blending mat. The I stamped the image and coloured with TH distress crayons, blending with water. I cut out using a die from Swedish House Crafts and then added some sequins over the flower heads. I then cut out from the remainder of my card the circles using a die by Leonie. Stamping my sentiment into one and placing parts of a die cut from burnished silver mirri into the others.

Looking forward to seeing your favourite stamp over on the challenge blog. As always lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs from our generous sponsors Penny Black, Crafts U Love and Sizzix.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lets celebrate - with balloons!

Edited - a new photograph in the daylight!

I apologise for the terrible photograph. I realised today that I was leaving it late to take part in the 400th post celebrations at Allsorts. So I set about finding my celebrate die, which is part of one of the shadow box collections from Creative Expressions. On finding the set I realised it had balloons in it, something which I had decided I didn't have and so couldn't enter the Less is More challenge this week.
Such a simple card - but I forgot to photograph it until now! So the lighting is awful.

I'm entering into Allsorts challenge - lets celebrate and Less is More  challenge - balloons.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Cookery snippets

I've just bought the new die set from Creative Expressions, Necessities - Baked with love. Just perfect for snippets - I raided my snippet box and all those really minute pieces of mirri card and some Kraft for the wooden spoon were just the right size.

I've used just a few of the dies on this card using G45 papers. I really didn't want to use the background paper as there is another gorgeous image on the reverse but it was the only piece that really went!

Off to the snippets playground to share.