Thursday, 21 November 2019

#23 challenge at CD Sunday


I've made a card for the current CD Sunday plus challenge #23 which is Anything Goes.

I used the cdrom that came with issue 14 of Crafters Inspiration magazine and the collection called Free Spirit.

This first card was an image on the cdrom and I just added a bow and the flowers along the top. For my next card I took several elements and combined them.


I sometimes think that you can't really explain how you put together different elements, so I decided to copy them and show them separately to give an idea of how I put them together. There wasn't a sentiment so I cropped it from the first card and reduced it to fit onto the tag.

My thinking was that the dog dropped his ice cream in a bid to catch the balloons!

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Sewing Machine - #46 The Library Challenge



As soon as I saw the current challenge at The Library Challenge was The Sewing Machine, I knew I had to enter. I love anything to do with dressmaking - I've got quite the collection of things connected to sewing.

I've never heard of the book before - so that is one for the TBR pile.

The Sewing Machine ebook by Natalie Fergie

I've taken the cover mainly as the inspiration for my card. Using a CC die, that should sit on the edge of the card, but I cut it out instead. I also used the silhouette portrait paper to represent the two families.

I loved put together this card and finding how many things I could have used!

Monday, 18 November 2019

mid month reminder for Christmas at Penny Black & More challenge


A reminder of our challenge for Christmas over at Penny Black & More this month.

For my DT card I used Penny Black 40-038 kindness. I stamped her in red ink and the bird in blue ink. I then used some blue to colour parts of the image. Cut out using the debossed circle die and mounted on a little sparkly red card.  Adding some fluffy snow at the base.

The ribbon was on a Christmas present last year and was far too nice to get rid of. I think it goes quite well with the image.

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

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Week 546 - Christmas Flowers at Allsorts


Our new challenge this week at Allsorts Challenge is for Christmas Flowers. I love this little Hellebore die by Tattered lace and it is called a Christmas Rose colloquially. More often seen in white this was inspired by this Hellebore from my garden, which is one of several I have. I left the centre green as I didn't want to introduce too many other colours as it is a Christmas card.


I used a preshaped card blank and then a die set that matched to cut out the centre, which I then cut out of the purple spotted card and fixed back in again with a panel over the back. I then cut the flower die a couple of times and placed the waste back in using two colours. The sentiment is from a CC set.

The winner chosen by random org this week will receive from our sponsor The Paperbox £15 store voucher.


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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Challenge #124 Hobbies at The Male Room


Our new theme at The Male Room challenge is hobbies.

For my DT card I decided which hobbies I wanted to feature and then thought it would be fun to use the Tonic jigsaw die to bring them all together, as "jigsaws" is another hobby too.

I used a CD rom to print the crossword, Clarity stamps for the postage stamp (philately) depicting another hobby painting, three books from The Ton stamp set for reading. Lastly another Clarity stamp for fishing. I used gloss art card in black for the pieces and some metallic card for the other parts.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

#Papernestdolls Lulu with Daffodil for Swedish House Crafts Design Team



Hi everyone, I'm here today to share with you my Swedish House Crafts Design Team make.

It's very miserable weather here in the UK right now and so I wanted to create a little sunshine on a card - and here it is!

I used Lulu with Daffodil from Paper Nest Dolls, she is just like all the other stamps by PND so cute. I decided to stamp her in black ink onto cream card for a change and then colour her with Distress Oxide inks and her skin with distress ink refills.


I used a white pen and a sparkly gelly roll pen to add highlights to the image and to the chipboard. A few flat silver sequins scattered onto the background too.



The background paper is from Laserowe Love - Llama love collection. I added a little ribbon from my stash. 


I blended distress oxide inks in worn lipstick, fossilised amber and warm honey over the chipboard background. I popped Lulu up on some foam pads. Finally I used a die from my stash to cut out the sentiment. I used the same inks on some cream card to create an ombre effect before die cutting.


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Saturday, 9 November 2019

#545 White on white at Allsorts challenge


This week at Allsorts challenge the new theme is white on white as chosen by Brenda.

For my card I started with an embossing folder and then added die cuts from a tonic die set. The fame I cut to go around the centre panel of the embossing folder I lifted up using gel glue.  I made the base card from the same card stock and as a final touch added some white pearls.

The winner this week chosen by random org will receive this stamp set provided by our sponsor Chloe's Creative Cards.




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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

CD Sunday plus challenge #22


The new challenge at CD Sunday plus #22 is for anything goes but to use a Debbi Moore CDrom if you have one - I do have a few!

One of the DT had used some poppies and as you know I do like poppies and it turns out I didn't have the same one but instead I used DM cdrom Shabby Chic Victorian Botanical. Unfortunately I remembered why I hadn't used any of the cdroms for a while as it took me ages to get it to print. There is a workaround but I also had to download internet explorer and use as a browser. So, after all that effort I made two cards.

I used MCS software and added to the backing paper the poppy image, placing behind it a little red mat. I then put the poppy banner over to look like it was holding the image in place. Then I took some of the backing paper and enlarged it so that it was less busy and imposed the text onto it. Again using a little red mat behind it.


The second card is nearly identical except I matted it onto some real life DP and then added a die cut sentiment. The wording is faux letterpress and I used some cosmic shimmer paints to highlight the words and poppies.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Christmas at Penny Black & More challenge


The theme for our new challenge at Penny Black & More challenge this month is "Christmas". So lots of scope and good for those cards you still need to make.

For my DT card I used Penny Black stamp 40-081 holiday hugs. I stamped it in Watering Can ink for a change and to give a slightly softer look.

I used Distress ink pads with water to colour the image. I used debossed circle dies to cut from red and green card for the mount and then added a few seasonal coloured sequins.

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I'm also enter this card into the Penny Black Saturday challenge for Anything goes/tags.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

week #544 - Make Your Own Flowers



Time for a new challenge at Allsorts. This time Helene has chosen the theme of Make Your Own Flowers.

I've been meaning to use this JND die for a while now and thought this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I bought the single three flower die and then used it to make the nine layout. I cut it from a slightly larger piece of card so that I could then use the TL pinpoint edge die around the outside. I then used a piece of pale blue card to mount it all onto.

Next I cut again from some turquoise card and then layered up the flowers and put some of the waste back in around the flowers.

Finally I added some gems and a sentiment die which I cut out three times so that it stood out from the card. I made my own folded base card using the same cream card as the die cutting. 


Our sponsor this week is Buddly Crafts and they have given us these stamps for the lucky winner chosen by random org.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

#123 Pirates at The Male Room challenge


Our new challenge at The Male Room is "pirates" shiver me timbers and all that!



I needed to make a card for a 1st birthday party - and the theme was pirates and princesses. I downloaded this paper from one of the papercraft mag sites and then took it into a graphics programme to enlarge the chest and pirate which I then cut out and mounted onto the card.

The ship was a free graphic from the internet and I stamped the sentiments onto the masts. Finally I used a piece of card I had hot foiled for the background. I used an MFT die for the # and 1.

I was expecting all the girls at the party to be princesses but most of them wore pirate dresses and hats - so cool - they looked lovely.

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

Saturday, 26 October 2019

#543 Make your own background at Allsorts challenge


It's my turn to host the Allsorts challenge this week and I've chosen the theme of "make your own background". Which really means I don't want to see any printed designer papers. 

For my DT card I decorated my base card with a Lavinia stamp but I also made a background for my main image too.

I used a new stamp from Lavinia as the focal point,  which I just had to have! I created my background by sprinkling brushos over an inked gelli plate. I then stamped the Lavinia stamps and created with ink the ground to root her. I also bleached some of the colour from the world stamp and gave it an outline.

Finally I used a white pen around part of the world and the figure to create a shadow. I edged the card image with a black sharpie.

The winner chosen by random org will this time win these stencils from Crafty Devils.


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Friday, 25 October 2019

Happy Campers at CD Sunday #21 Challenge


I meant to enter this card into the CD Sunday plus challenge earlier than this but I have had a bit of a week. The main thing that happened (along with so much more lol!) was that I caught my eyeball on an Acanthus leaf whilst gardening last weekend. I spent a lot of time in agony before I got to the eye hospital where thankfully it was only a tear to my eye and gels and antibiotic creams are helping it along nicely.

So, I am limiting my time online, but as I already had these cards ready to go I thought I would pop on and post them up.

I used a Crafters Companion CDrom that came with issue 22 of the magazine. The papers are fro the Happy camper set. I took them into a graphics programme and designed the first card totally online. I then mounted it onto some pink gingham card for the base.


The second card I also designed online - notice this time the bird is on the caravan lol! Simply putting it onto a white card base for this one.

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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Week #542 - add a touch of gold or silver at Allsorts challenge


Our theme this week at Allsorts challenge is to "add a touch of gold or silver".

For my DT card I took two sheets of CC Christmas paper. The patterned one I cut out a circle in the centre to show the silver text paper through. First though I ran it through a wreath embossing folder and then inked over with blue ink to emphasis the design. Finally I matted onto some silver mirri card and added a sentiment cut from the same card.

This week the winner chosen by random org will win this set of Rare Earth A4 stamps.