Monday, 15 October 2018

The Essence of Autumn


I started by washing a piece of card with aquatints in orange, green and brown. Then using the same colours in inkpads I stamped a Sheena tree scape stamp a few times. I then cut out three rectangles from the scene and edged with a black sharpie.

Behind the scene I stamped the same image with a sepia ink pad and added the sentiments and birds.

I'm entering this into the CAS watercolour challenge for orange, green and brown


 and also Stamping Sensations challenge - Shades of autumn and Crafty Calendar challenge - Autumn.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Christmas at Allsorts challenge


As soon as I saw this little Woodware Robin I had to have him! I just knew he would look good paper pieced and I'm so pleased with the way he turned out.

He is my DT card for the Allsorts challenge this week which is "Christmas" - nice and easy!

I used a Penny Black paper pad for the paper piecing and then added a few drops of Cosmic Shimmer berry red pva and some in aurora around the outside of the image. The sentiment is from the cute range at Crafters Companion.

Our prize this week is a StickerYou $65 voucher.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over at the challenge with your Christmas makes.

Friday, 12 October 2018

The Woman in the Window at The Library Challenge



The current Library Challenge is for the book The Woman in the Window.


I did read this book back in January and reviewed it on my other blog here. My card is therefore based on my recollectin of the book. Which is although the woman is in the window to the outside world the book centres around her looking out of it. She also has old movies on a constant loop and so I thought it would be fun to make the room art deco style and have her wear a vintage dress too.

While she is confined to her home, the world goes on outside and so I put a window with a cheery view out of it. Also, the house over the road which features in the book and she can see from her window.

That's my card, and I really would recommend reading the book. I don't do spoilers in my reviews and sometimes that makes it hard to get over what the book is all about.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

#96 My bad/sorry at The Male Room challenge


I'm back with my second post today! It's time for the new challenge over at The Male Room and this time we want to see your makes with the theme My bad/sorry.



I decided to interpret the them as a belated birthday card. I used a plane and date stamp from a free stamp set with Creative Stamping a few months ago. I like the date stamp says departed 28 June 2018 - makes it seem like the card started off on time lol! I coloured the image with colourtint pencils by spectrum noir from the nature set, as I felt these had the right tone I wanted for the plane.

I thought the plan would be leaving a trail in the sky and for that I used stamps from a Lawn Fawn set.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge where my teamies have oodles of male themed cards for inspiration for you.

Twofer challenge - Harvest and GDT


I'm so pleased to be here today as one of the GDT for the Twofer challenge #10 for which the theme is Harvest.




When I was looking through my stash I found this cute PTI set which has the pumpkins and harvest sentiment along with the little wicker basket and cloth. I stamped directly onto PTI papers for the first one and used a die for the corn with the same paper. Adding the sun rays with a stencil and the PTI ribbon.

For my second card I stamped onto some PTI orange card and used another stencil to create a ploughed field. The sentiment is from a CE John Lockwood set.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you over at the challenge where the DT have some fab inspiration for you. Here's a little reminder of how the challenge works:-

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Home sweet home


Over at the Inkspirational challenge blog the theme is "comfort". I thought this new home card fitted the bill.

I used alcohol inks on yupo paper for the background then stamped the Chocolate Baroque House coloured with promarkers and cut around. The sentiment is also from CB.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Santa is a star! for Swedish House Crafts DT



Hello everyone - Lynn here today with a Christmas card for you. I find Christmas cards for men more difficult than other male cards. But I find these Maja Joyous Winterdays papers are just perfect for a not too girly card.  Unfortunately the 6x6 pad I used is temporarily out of stock, but it will be back soon.

For a change I cut the star out from the paper and then mounted with foam tape over the snowman paper to give some dimension.


To make Santa a star you need these fab Gummiapan old star dies. I just love the distressed edges and they are perfect to ink around. I used a rose gold ink pad.


Of course you need Santa too and his matching die. I decide to paper piece his hat with a piece of the maja paper then coloured his nose with a promarker.  The mini stars are from the Roxstamps nesting square dies and this little star comes with them, I find it so useful for so many makes.

The sentiments are from my personal stash.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Autumn Splendour at Penny Back & More


Time for our new challenge at Penny Black & More and this month it is a very seasonal one of "Autumn Splendour".

For my DT card I used Penny Black stamp Gardening Assistant, but instead of the watering can in her hand I drew in a broom!. I stamped her onto a background I had created with DIs and faux bleached using a cobweb stamp. I then overstamped with Penny Black filigree foliage stamps.

I used a whole piece of gold card folded for the base and then some leaf acetate to mount the sene onto. I then cut a couple of corners from the acetate and laid them over a couple of the corners.

I do hope to see you over at the challenge where as usual we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to be a GDT if you use a Penny Black Stamp.

Our sponsors this month are Penny Black, Fantastic Ribbons and Chocolate Baroque.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Trees and/or leaves at Allsorts challenge


 Good Morning everyone

Time for this weeks challenge over on Allsorts challenge blog and this time Mervi has chosen Trees and/or leaves - very seasonal and lots of scope.

For my DT card I used a Sheena Douglass tree stamp and leaf/acorn die. Bit of a love/hate relationship with these as they have been all over the driveway for weeks and if you tread on one you can hurt you ankle - done it before!

I used a stepper card base and then also added some Hunkydory leaf acetate and a fence from a Sizzix set. I used TH oxides and Di inks to colour the background and added a few sequins from a large bag I got from the £1 shop. The sentiment is from a GinaK set.

Our sponsor this week is Marianne Designs with this fab prize.


Thanks for looking and hope to see you over at the challenge.

Friday, 5 October 2018

What's new!


As the Great British Bake off is on at the moment I thought this a topical card for a friend who likes cake.

The current challenge at Cardz 4 Gals is "What's new?" - well this Crafters Companion die is new - I deliberated over getting it for months, but finally found it preloved! I've used it with a CC Donna Ratcliffe stamp and coloured with promarkers.

I put a piece of acetate over the dome cut from the die - but you can't see it!! The base is a Tattered Lace die.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Autumn Days @ CD Sunday challenge


The current CD Sunday challenge is Autumn Days and I thought this image from Pollyanna Pickering's British Wildlife cdrom summed it up perfectly.

I also took the backing paper from the cdrom and then used a CC rose gold inkpad around the edges. Leaves cut from snippets of brusho and watercolour backgrounds I've made and swiped with some gilding paste.

The sentiment is from a CC set and I just love it, although when all those leaves come down and need getting up - I'm not so sure lol!.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Published in Simply cards & Papercraft magazine for Swedish House Crafts


Hi everyone

I'm so excited to share with you today a project for Swedish House Crafts which is not only in Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue 183, but also on the cover!

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To find out how I made this, buy issue 183 which is out on 4 October, although subscribers will be getting it before then. Some of the Swedish House Crafts DT also have projects in this issue.

Our special offer from Swedish House Crafts, 20% off this issue at this link.
Discount code: SHC20

For 20% off SCP: https://www.moremags.com/papercrafts/simply-cards-papercraft


Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Autumn Glory at Allsorts Challenge


I'm here today with my Allsorts challenge DT card. The theme this week is Autumn Glory.

For my card I've used a stamp by Crafty Indviduals - the four quadrants are on the one stamp with a sentiment at the bottom. However, I have stamped onto a piece of card I had swished with Autumn colours and the drawn boxes around each image to look like window pains. I then added the sentiment at the bottom on a separate piece of card for the window ledge.

To complete the autumnal feeel I used a piece of Crafters companion gold card to mount onto.

I do hope to see you over at the challenge where you will also find more inspiration from my teamies. Our sponsor this time is Lost Coast Designs.

I'm also entering this card into the Cardz 4 Guys challenge for Autumn.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

#95 The Great Outdoors at The Male Room Challenge



Our challenge at The Male Room this fortnight is The Great Outdoors.

For my DT card I used a Debbi Moore cdrom Cards for Men and some paper and camping items from a magazine download.

I made my card base with some dark green card and then layered up the decoupage and added the elements.

I do hope you can join us over at the challenge.As always my teamies have some great male themed cards to inspire you.



I'm also entering this into the CD Sunday challenge G is for.......Great outdoors.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

September Rudolph Day


As it begins to get nearer to December I start to make the more complex and special cards, like this one.

Most of these supplies were in a magazine last year but I never got around to using them. The post box is an embossing folder and the background was in the magazine too. I added a little westie from a Joanna Sheen die and a CC snowman die.

To finish it off I added some CE hexagonal jewels and glitter sparkle pen and glitter snow.

I'm entering this in the Rudolph Challenge on the Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo blog.