Saturday, 21 July 2018

Beverages for Twofer card challenge

These are two cards I made for the current Twofer challenge. I've used a Penny Black image on the first one with a die cut mat. I have to say that I really wished this said "tea" instead of coffee for me, but I had to buy it anyway as I love the design

Then I tried to be clever! Using the tea cup as a sunshade on this second card. I couldn't find a stamp small enough for the beverage so I had to hand draw it together with a blanket that she has snuggled down into lol!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Mojito Time at the Beach for Swedish House Crafts DT

Hi, I'm here today with my latest Swedish House Crafts DT make.
It's inspired by my recent holiday at the seaside. Have you tried lolly stick art yet? It's so easy and looks effective too.

Just use ordinary wooden lolly sticks - mine are extra large ones. I used Distress oxides and dragged the pad over the wood in various colours to get the effect. Then glue the edges together and wait until dry to decorate. 

I used the Gummiapan Hen Net Stampworn grid stamp and mini worn ringed star stamp to add interest to the background. The Roxstamps Memories die is just perfect for me to capture the feeling I am after. I used Denim & Friends wood 12x12 paper to cut it out.

Of course you are on holiday, so a little Mojito cocktail is in order! I stamped and cut around the image. Using promarkers to colour and then added glossy accents over the top to look like glass.

To make the sign for the beach I used Crafters Companion textured embossing folder wood grain. I used the ink pads to drag over and then cut out the post and sign. The wording and butterflies are cut from Mister Tom's treasure borders paper.  I added a little coloured PVA glue for nails. I added a little sparkle pen to the butterflies too.

I used one of the Laserowe foto cams and again dragged the oxide ink pads over it. Behind it I placed a little clock cut from Mister Tom 6x6 Treasures pocket watches. It may seem a little early for cocktails - but then if you are on holiday..........

The sentiment is from Pion Design - Images of the Past, Legends of the Sea and was just the perfect finishing touch for my lolly stick art. I gently inked it with the same colours I used on the background to co-ordinate it with the rest of the piece.

I really enjoyed making this and I now have a lovely reminder of our holiday too. 

Links to products I used:
Gummiapan Hen Net Stamp
worn grid stamp 
mini worn ringed star stamp
Roxstamps Memories die
Denim & Friends wood 12x12 paper
Mister Tom's treasure borders paper
Crafters Companion textured embossing folder wood grain
Laserowe foto cams
Mister Tom 6x6 Treasures pocket watches
Pion Design - Images of the Past, Legends of the Sea

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Challenge #90 at The Male Room - Include an unexpected item

My second post today! This time it's for the new challenge at The Male Room and we would like to see "Include an unexpected item on your card".

I decided you don't often see a "To do" list on a card! I thought this Penny Black stamp was perfect to create my to do list. I used Kraft card and stamped the image colouring with Distress crayons and metallic pens. The items on the list are from a Penny Black set called "summer fun" and the little stars are from a Clearly Besotted stamp set.

For the List heading and the sentiment I used this little stamp set below. It's from the shop Tiger and Ithought it would come in handy for a card and so this is its first outing.  I really like the quirky font. I didn't use the ink pad which came with it though as I wasn't sure how good the ink would be.

My card base is a pre printed one from Docrafts. It even comes with a nice envelope.

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

mid month reminder for Things with wings at Penny Black & More

A reminder about our Things with Wings challenge over at Penny Black & More challenge.

For my DT card I used a stamp from the 12 Days of Christmas stamp set. I masked the bird and then stamped it four times. I think this is going to be very apt for a certain someone who is always on their phone! I then coloured with promarkers, metallic pens and a clear sparkle overlay for the birds.

The background is one I made with some alcohol inks and blending solution onto stamping card. I then matted and framed using gold mirri card, adding a Lawn Fawn die cut sentiment.

Thanks for looking and hope you can join us over at the Challenge.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Gardeners World

I'm not sure where this week has gone! Although I spent a day painting the garden furniture.

I went for copper for a change. Luckily that corner of the garden is fairly shady so it wasn't too hot. Then yesterday I spent the day trying to sort out my PC - what a waste of time and so annoying. After the latest windows 10 update I couldn't get on the pc all my files were gone (again! this happened last year too). It seems to be a known problem.

I managed to get control of the PC by deleted corrupt files from the Registry, luckily the files are in the main on my external hardrive. I am going to just work from the hard drive from now on - I can't keep going through this! Unfortunately it also means that I have to reload my digi kits - I had been slowly working through them as I used them, but have no enthusiasm to do so again at the moment.

Anyway - I happened to have some pieces already printed from Ooh la la cd roms - Shoes in Bloom 1 and Say it with Words cd. I had the trellis cut out and just cut away the top portion to fit it to the card. I used a hot ink sparkle pen for the roses. The little sentiment is from a Forever Friends stamp set. A few TL gardener related dies added and some doodling by me!

This is for the cd Sunday challenge - A Gardeners World

Friday, 6 July 2018

Shoes - Sunday postcard art

This postcard is actually a "rescue" piece. I have a box of card that I tried various techniques with the go press and foil - this was foiling with a stencil but I got it wrong and the background foiled and took the imprint of the grid from the go press foil machine too.

I think I saved it? I've used some inks and metallic pens and added two stamps from a Craftwork cards set.

I'm entering this into the Sunday Postcard art challenge for Shoes.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Challenge #374 - 'Bits Box' Item LIM

I have a box of bits that are all made using my Go Press Foil. I was just seeing what I could do with it and eventually the "bits" are meant to end up on a card.

The current Less is More challenge is for an item from the bits box, so I thought a perfect opportunity for a rummage. I found a piece that I had done using a stencil with paste, then foiled over the top with a rainbow foil. It was only a scrap that I had been testing but I did like the result so it ended up in the box. I cut a circle from it and then drew a line around the outside using a die. Then I scribbled around it for a more uneven look. the sentiment is from Woodware and I thought echoed the CRM design.

Well - one bit down about a 100 to go lol! Plus I put the tiny surplus back in the box..........
I'm also entering it at The Snippets Playground because the original piece of card was a snippet.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#89 Fishing challenge at The Male Room

I was going through some old Debbie Moore magazines when I came across this decoupage set. I thought it was perfect for our new challenge over at The Male Room challenge for "Fishing".

All the elements are from the magazine apart from the silhouette die cut of the man and the little boy which is an Apple Blossom die.

I do hope you can join us over at the challenge with something a little fishy!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Rose Garden

The new book at The Library Challenge is The Rose Garden. Not a book I have read or heard of. I took my inspiration from the cover and the description provided by Marina. I decided this die cut lady looked like she would be in a rose garden, the faded colours representing passage of time.

I went through some of my backgrounds that I had previously created and thought this one worked well. Then I used an Altenew Bamboo roses stamp set, a Woodware sentiment and a TL die. I cut the die from some paper in a TL magazine intending it to be just the frame, but I loved the effect on her dress so I changed my mind and paper pieced her feet, face, arm and the roses in the frame with pink card instead. I used some distress ink with water to colour the roses. Also randomly with my finger placing ink spots on the card.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Things with Wings at Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge over on Penny Black & More begins today. This time we want to see "Things with Wings". Remember stamping must be the focal point of your design, no digis, but you can use any make of stamp. If you would like to be a GDT then you do need to enter using a Penny Black Stamp.

For my DT card I used the Penny Black "happy notes" stamp set. First I took distress oxide inks and blended them over the card. Then I sprayed some water and faux bleached the background. Then I stamped over the background. I took the same stamps and lined them up to stamp on the background in watering can ink.

Thanks for looking and I do hope you can join us at the Challenge this month. As always we have fantastic prizes on offer. Our sponsors this month are:-

Penny Black   Stamp Addicts   Marianne Designs

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Memories for Swedish House Crafts DT

I'm here today with a card to invoke memories of travel, but also remembering that "Home is Where your heart is", which is also the stamp set by Gummiapan that I used! I stamped the words around the card edges using my stamp positioner.

For the base of the card I used a sheet from the 6x6 pad Denim and Friends Maja paper. I used the Roxstamps heart wreath die to cut out the middle of the paper. Then I placed the die cut back into the paper - overlapping one of the hearts onto the photo in the bottom right. The photos are also from the paper pad.

I used the Roxstamps memories die cut from blue card from my stash. Then I took the Laserowe Love Foto cams chipboard heart and words and inked them with Distress ink. The LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH stamps are by Gummiapan. I just stamped them onto white card and trimmed them down. I really like the way they are a negative stamp - so different.

To continue the heart theme I used the heart hangers from Roxstamps cut twice, once in the patterned paper and once in blue. I put them on top of one another slightly offset to produce a shadow.

You could adapt this layout for a scrapbook page and put your own photos in. Or make a card for someone you shared a special holiday with.

Links to products I used:
Home is Where your heart is Gummiapan stamp set
Roxstamps heart hangers

Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Where the wild things are

The second post from me today as I want to catch the Library Challenge before it closes. The challenge is for the book "Where the wild things are" a childrens' book which I haven't heard of before. My cards are inspired by the title.

I decided to get the alcohol inks out and create an african sunset theme for my animals. They are a mixture of stamps by Hero Arts and dies by Amy Tan. The sentiment dies are from Swedish House crafts.  For the first one I used Yupo paper.

For this next card I used silk art card and applied the inks by dragging over the card and then "spotting" with them too. I used black coated card to cut the dies out with so it gives a sheen to them.

The background card is a giraffe print I bought years ago as part of a pad.

Use a frame - CAS

I've gone old school for this card. I got out some old stamps (PTI I think) and labels 1 die set. I added a sentiment from an old SU set too. The paper around the outside is new - it's from the V&A collection paper pad - however it is a very old pattern lol!

This card is for the AAA cards challenge which is "use a frame".

Whilst we were staying in Whitby last week we went on the North Yorkshire Railway to Pickering. I have been there a few times but never knew about this charming museum called Beck Isle. It's definitely worth a visit. Here are a few pics of the displays.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Things to eat at CD Sunday challenge

Inspired by my recent holiday by the sea and the beautiful weather we are having, this is my card for the CD Sunday challenge "Things to eat".

I've used two Oh la la cdroms for the ices and background Shawn Jenkins - Celebration and the cloud paper is from the Paula Oakley cdrom.

I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches and a Penny Black set. The die cut sunglasses are a TL die. Finished with a little red and white twine - which reminded me of rock!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Use small stamps

The challenge at Inkspirational challenges is "to use small stamps". I bought these Lawn Fawn die frames and have been needing an excuse to use them. I thought they would be perfect for these small Clearly Besotted stamps.

For the background I used a brick embossing folder and lightly inked it with TH DI old paper. The Awesome die is from Swedish House Crafts.

Monday, 25 June 2018

June Rudolph Day

As it's the 25th of the month it's Rudolph Day over at Mo's Blog. I've been seeing a lot of new wreath dies around and I decided to try and make my own. I've used the Gummiapan Doodle die from Swedish House Crafts. Inside it I stamped the Gummiapan Star Dust circle stamp which I embossed with sparkly glitter powder.

I then used the star die from the Roxstamps square cross stitched die set. The Merry Christmas die is by Gummiapan also but it is from last year and not available.Finally I added some tiny stars from a Clearly Besotted set and embossed them.

Then I decided to use just the Star dust circle stamp on it's own for a CAS card. The sentiments are from an old Paula Pascal set.

As I have used stars I am also making a second entry into the City Craft challenge.

We just had a lovely week away in Whitby - North Yorkshire. Here's a little arty shot for you.