Thursday, 23 March 2017

Wood @ The Male room and a book you should read!

The challenge at The Male Room is to show wood on your project - faux or real. I've used a Sheena Douglass embossing folder on Kraft card and then rubbed over with a gilding wax to enhance the grain, then used the same wax to distress the card base. As  cut the card it left behind some stray edges at the bottom which I kept as I thought it made it look even more like wood.My tools are cut from mirri and the same cardstock. Finally I used a sentiment die from Swedish House Crafts to cut out from some more of the embossed card, which is where I also got the skull buttons from.

I have a book review blog at and don't often promote books on this blog, but this book is a must read if you are a crafter. Based on Christine Emberson and her crafting role.

As I used snippets for this card I'm also off to the Snippet Playground to show everyone my make.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Enjoy tea/coffee @ CD Sunday challenge

When I saw the challenge on CD Sunday was "enjoy tea/coffee" I knew I wanted to use this stamp but needed to combine it with something from a CDrom.

I used the MCS Deco follies cdrom for the background and imposed one of the frames from the same cdrom over the top using MCS - hoping my stamp would fit in the centre! It did but I am not sure it works as well as I hoped. To begin with the ladies looked like they had sleeve tattoos! very on trend I know but I decided to use a TH white distress pen to cover them up and then go over with a tea rose promarker, using promarkers to colour the rest of the image too. I left the legs as I thought they didn't look too bad. Finally a stamped sentiment along the bottom of the base card.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Anything but a card @ Allsorts challenge

I have to admit to not making the actual box - I bought it with tiny pieces of note paper inside and thought it would be good to alter. So here it is - the jar is actually a gift tag from the same shop. I've used some Ken Oliver paper and poppy stamps and die to decorate, along with paste through a stencil and some brushos. Finished with some twine and buttons.

I'm entering this into the challenge at Allsorts which is for "anything but a card".

Sunday, 19 March 2017

LIM #320 Washi Tape

Having just returned from Japan (you can see pics here) you would think the challenge at Less is More of washi tape would be perfect for me. The thing is I didn't buy any washi tape! Over there it's called masking tape and although I saw a lot of it - it was very expensive and nothing caught my eye that I had to have. One of the chain stores "Tokyu Hands" has the most amazing stationery section, complete with washi tape and a few small stamps, but as the OH had been around the store and I still was in stationery I decided it was time to move on. I didn't really see any craft stores, they were more for traditional Japanese crafts when I did come across them.

So my cards are using my existing washi tape supply. The first one uses a MFT stamp together with a sentiment from another set and free glasses from a mag.

Next I decided to put the tape on a piece of card and then cut out with a die.

Finally I stamped onto the washi tape and pieced it back onto the stamp design.

I'm just going to share one more photos of Japan with you as I amazed to see these fresh Chrysanthemum heads for sale. I have had them in a salad before and they are lovely but not seen them for sale like this.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

mid month reminder for Anything goes at Penny Black & More

I'm here with my mid month reminder for our challenge over at Penny Black & More for "anything goes".

For my card I used a pre printed parchment panel I had been given and rubbed pan pastels over the reverse. On one of the panels I stamped and embossed with ivory powder Penny Black Soft Wings 40-099. I layered up the parchment onto some burnished gold card and set them at an angle over one another. Final touch some gems and a sentiment stamp from Phill Martin.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

LIM Leaves and a trip to Japan

I made this card using Penny Black stamps. I embossed the leaves using ivory powder and then rubbed distress pens over the top. I stamped the sentiment and then scribbled with the pens over the top. I'm entering this card into the one layer challenge at Less is More for leaves.

I've been missing from blogland with just scheduled posts as I have been to Japan - a wonderful time, such a different culture and so much to see and experience.

I took over 300 photos but I will just share a few with you here. We began our trip in Tokyo.
Tokyo Shinjuku area - night and day
 vending machines are everywhere
 A glimpse of the future - a robot at Miraikan Museum. We also saw ASIMO the human robot in action but were not allowed to take photographs.
 One of many figures above a shop in Asakusa
 Tokyo Tower which was the tallest mast
Tokyo Skytree - tallest mast in the world

 Senso-ji temple
 The famous Shibuya scramble crossing
We visited Hakone by Shinkansen (Bullet train) and were lucky enough to see Mount Fuji as the weather was clear.
Famous Black sulphur eggs - we didn't try them!
Pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi
The Japanese like to show you what your food is going to look like
 The house we stayed in Kanazawa
The toilet sippers - especially for use in the toilet area
 Screens in the house
 Girls hire kimonos and have their hair done and walk around the area
 The even walked around in the snow blizzard we had
 Kenrouken gardens one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. This is the oldest fountain in Japan. The ropes are to protect the trees from snow and they put them up every November.
 The fish market
 The Higashi Chiya Tea District
 Gold leaf ice cream
 Samurai House

 Shirakawa-go - A Unesco world heritage site in the Japanese alps

 A closer look at one of the houses in Shirakawa-go
Beautiful sweet treats

Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring is in the air at Ooh La La Challenge Blog

It's time for a new challenge over on Ooh La La Challenge blog and it is my turn to choose the theme. I've gone for "Spring is in the Air" as hopefully it is! With all the lovely spring flowers blooming.

For my DT card I took strips of paper and after laying them on a piece of card I applied different blue shades of acrylic paint to give the effect of a wooden panel. This is then picked up in the image I've used from the Shawn Jenkins Collection cdrom - all the images I've used come from the Garden Shelf section of the cdrom. I've finished it off with a few die cuts.

Thanks for looking and I do hope you will join us in the challenge.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Anything goes at Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge over on Penny Black & More is nice and easy as it is "anything goes" with the proviso that we are a stamping challenge, so we do need to see stamping as the focal point on your make.

For my DT card I've used Penny Black Critter Party Set 30-013 with the greeting from Hot Rod 40-224. Mounted onto a shadow box die from Creative Expressions. I used just the base die and didn't cut out the apertures, instead I cut the areas out from my background and mounted them onto the corresponding spaces on the card.

I used aqua tints to create the base and then after stamping used TH distress crayongs to colour in the images.

I do hope you can join us this month. As well as our usual fab sponsors we have an extra sponsor this month Chalkola with a prize pack of 21 chalk and metallic pens.