Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Geometric #8 Twofer challenge

These are my cards for the Geometric Twofer challenge this month. 

As the challenge asks I have used the same MFT die for two cards. The first a birthday card. I cut from two brusho backgrounds I had created and then swapped over the outside pieces. The sentiment is from a PTI set.

For my second card I used just the inside portion of the die, again cut from a brusho background I made. This time the occasion is Christmas.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Stencil monoprint

My card fits the challenge at CAS Mix Up challenge. 

I used a geometric stencil to make the mono print. I cut it out without showing all of the design deliberately, as I liked the look. I then stamped the sentiment onto another piece of the design, cut around and mounted onto the card. 

I added two hexagons cut from yellow card and a TL bee die for a little interest as my choice.

I'm also entering this card into the new challenge at AAA cards - use a stencil.  

Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Jungle Book

This is my entry into the Library Challenge where the book is "The Jungle Book". I didn't really have anything related to animals that live in the jungle, so instead I went with the colours. I also chose the background papers as I thought they looked like the vines hanging down in the jungle.

I've used an Altenew watercolour cover plate and a flower set by PTI. I didn't paper piece, I just stamped directly onto the papers and cut out. The "wish" is an MFT die and to accentuate the letters I used a pen and drew some wavy lines around the edges.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

I spy with my little eye ...... mid month reminder at Penny Black & More

Just a little reminder of our Penny Black & More challenge which this month is I spy with my little eye something beginning with .... "B".

For my DT card I decided to use a new technique to me which is the "Black out technique" I've used Penny Black soft wings which I embossed in clear powder onto a piece of card that I had applied inks to all over in a random pattern. Then the scary part! I covered the whole piece of card with black waterbased ink, then with a piece of kitchen roll wipe over the piece of card, and the image will be revealed where the resist is.

The colours are beautiful against the black as you can see better in this picture. I then used a TL die in cut from silver mirri and mounted over some mulberry paper.

Don't forget as always we have great prizes and sponsors this month. Penny Black, Crafts U Love £15 voucher and Inkylicious stamps.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Celebrate in style @ CD Sunday challenge

The challenge at CD Sunday is for "Celebrate in Style" and so I thought these images from the Debbi Moore cdrom Christmas Divas fitted that theme.

Unusually for me I have actually done proper cut out decoupage! It may look a little flat in the picture but I can assure you all the five layers are there! Well that's another Christmas card in the box too.

#tbt my Shaker card at Swedish House Crafts

Suha at Swedish House Crafts has given the DT the month of August off! So we are having some #tbt posts from the DT. Today is my turn with this shaker card I made back in March. You can see my post here with instructions on how to make the shaker card using foam instead of foam tape. It makes it much easier in my opinion and more secure.

Remember the sale is still on at Swedish House Crafts too!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wild and Free at The Male Room Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at The Male Room and this time it is "Wild and Free".

For my DT card I've used a couple of die sets and cut them from black gloss card. The background furthest back is created used the caught in crystal technique and is tissue paper and acetate. The oval background I created using Distress oxides.

Thanks for looking and I do hope you will be able to join us over at the challenge.

I'm also entering this into the Allsorts challenge From Boys to Men.

Monday, 13 August 2018

CAS Watercolour challenge - sunflower

This is my entry for the CAS watercolour challenge for Sunflower.

I've used a stamp set that came free with a magazine. I used wateringcan ink to stamp a sunflower in the background. I stamped and coloured with bottled aquatints the images and then fussy cut before I mounted them with foam onto the card.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


The challenge on AAA cards is for "Friendship". I love this sentiment from a Sara Davies set and think it fits for sending to a friend when they need a little reminder.

I made the background using a stencil of lots of squares and re positioning it several times so that it gave a plaid background with distress oxides inks. Then I cut it out with a pierced die and added the die cut butterflies.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Mermaid tag

I've been trying to make this tag on and off all last week! When I realised the Allsorts challenge was for two weeks it gave me a little breathing space to get it finished.

I've used a Julie nutting mermaid stamp and die. Her scales are actually a tile advert from the back of the Waitrose supermarket magazine! I just thought they were perfect. I used some SU paper for the sea and sand. The stamps and seahorse die are from a magazine freebie and I used a nail varnish marble paper I had made to cut some of them out. The others are cut from an oxide background I previously created.

I'm also entering this into
the Countryview challenge for Sun, Sea and Sand.
a second entry in The Library Challenge for the book The Little Mermaid.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B" at Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge over at Penny Black and More is I spy something with my little eye beginning with..."B",lots of scope for you there.

For my DT card I chose to go with B is for Blooms! I've used this Festive paper pad from Penny Black and not a bauble or tree in sight! I love the bright colours and decided it was perfect for paper piecing the bloom stamps. They are from Penny Black 30-155 Blooming Garden.

Our sponsors this month are Penny Black, Crafts U Love £15 voucher and Inkylicious stamps. I do hope you can join us over at the challenge for fabulous prices and wonderful inspiration from my teamies.

Friday, 3 August 2018

July Rudolph Day - in August!

Here is my card for the July Rudolph Day challenge on Mo's blog. Mo is running a little late so that is why it is in August lol!

Nice and simple card from me, this is a stencil and I just put gold sparkle paste through it - done!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

AAA cards CAS #120 Somewhere over the rainbow

When I saw the challenge on AAA cards a little rainbow die I won last year came to mind - so this is it's first outing. I did attempt some rainbows last year here using a method I had seen on Jennifer McGuire and they took me ages - this little die was a little quicker but not by much lol! 

I had to cut the die several times and of course in the process got the same colour more than once. I did try and place it to use the least amount of card. But I still had these snippets left over, all cut from snippets too. So I made another couple of cards. I actually liked this Hello card the most, although it is not strictly a rainbow as the colours aren't right.

Totally not a rainbow!

As I used snippets I'm also going over to the Snippets Playground to share there too. I've still got some die cuts left, but I decided this was enough for the moment lol!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

5th Birthday at The Male Room Challenge

It's The Male Room Challenge 5th Birthday today! So our challenge to celebrate is a simple "Birthday"! (suitable for a male of course!)

For my DT card I have used two Sheena Douglass sets of stamps. One is the City in the clouds and the fireworks come from the urban collection.  I heat embossed the fireworks with two different gold powers. The sentiments are from a Happy Stampers set.

I used Distress oxides to create the background and then bleached out the clouds and with some faux bleaching created some clouds higher in the sky too. I edged with black soot DI ink and the border is from Leonie Pujol - I just extended it with the help of the MISTI.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you at the challenge with your male birthday cards.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Little Mermaid

I recently acquired this pre-loved Penny Black stamp and looking for an excuse to use her when I saw the new Library Challenge was "The Little Mermaid" - how perfect for a literal translation of the book title.

I used some aqua green and sand coloured velum for the background. A free embossing folder with sea shells was again just right for the vellum. I've added a few nuvo stars in wonderful mermaid colours. The sentiment is a tiny stamp I am using over and over again as it is just so neat. It's by Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts. The final backing paper is a wave pattern from my stash.