Sunday, 11 November 2018

Remember 1918 - 2018

I've used an embossing folder for the background which I coloured with aquatints. The poppy is a TL die.

Everything is cut from snippets. I always save the tiniest bits of black, red and green as they are so useful for wording, berries and leaves.

I also made these smaller ones.
Off to enter in The Snippets Playground.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Poppies and/or the colour red at Allsorts challenge

As you might guess from my blog header I do love poppies and have loads of crafting goodies with them on. So when Kath asked for Poppies/and or the colour red for the theme at Allsorts challenge this week I was hard pressed to know which stamps to use.So I used a stencil a die and two stamps!

I just got this imagination crafts poppy stencil so I wanted to use that. I stencilled using TH distress inks. Then I cut the art deco poppy from Tattered Lace. Looking through my poppy stamps I am ashamed to say that there is a Hobby art set that I had not used yet. I took two of the scenic stamps and put them at the bottom of the card.

Thanks for looking and I hope we see you over at the challenge. We have these lovely prizes on offer this week - one of which is a poppy stamp I haven't got!!!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Vintage Balloon Ride for Swedish House Crafts

Hi, I'm here with you today to showcase another one of the new paper collections from Laserowe Love from Swedish House Crafts. This time it's Vintage Gentleman. Just look at that rich pallet of colours - so beautiful. I used three strips of different papers for the background. I distressed the edges of each one with a metallic ink pad.

As well as the papers you get a set of tags. I used one as the focal point for my card - set at an angle to look like it's drifting over these two sets of cute houses from Gummiapan called Tower House (you get two dies) and Houses (you get five dies, I only used two here). I used the tiny star cut outs from one of them to put into the night sky.

I used the Hen's net die from Gummiapan to add a little interest behind the tag. I cut it from one of the papers and kept some of the "waste" in the die and turned it over and added randomly around the card too.

Then I used two of the Roxstamps word dies Awesome and Memories which I also distressed lightly with metallic ink.. Word dies are so on trend at the moment and these are nice and big to make a statement. Having been up in a hot air balloon I can definitely say Awesome is a good word to describe the experience!

I used my go to sentiment die for a male card - this small Gummiapan line art Happy Birthday. It's not too fussy and looks great whatever you cut it from. I cut it twice and layered it up here.

A final look at my card as a whole. I really enjoyed working with these papers and love the outcome. If you struggle to make male cards then just buy this pack and all the work is done for you with so many fab images, you can't go wrong.

Links to products I used:
Laserowe Love Vintage Gentleman papers
Gummiapan Tower House dies
Gummiapan Houses dies
Gummiapan Hen's net die
Roxstamps Awesome die
Roxstamps Memories die
Gummiapan line art Happy Birthday die

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Inspired by a famous artist - at The Male Room challenge

Our new theme at The Male Room challenge is Inspired by an Artist. This was an easy one for me as I just got this new die set and it fitted with my chosen artists most famous style. My artist is  Mondrian.

I simply used the Aletenew die to cut the shapes in the colours and then mounted onto  black piece of card.

Thanks for looking and we look forward to seeing your famous artist inspired makes.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

CD Sunday - Christmas

Apart from adding some mirri card stars this is completely from the CDrom. I used Christmas with My Craft Studio.

It's for a male who is at that age where cute won't cut it and he's too young for the traditional ones! So I thought this was quite contemporary and not too fussy.

I'm entering this into the challenge at CD Sunday for Christmas.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Make someone smile at Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge begins today over at Penny Black & More and this time the theme is "Make someone smile". I smile every time I see this PB image and so figured it would make someone else smile too!

I used Penny Black 1657K Ode to Joy, 30-107 summer fun and 30-115 lace delight. I used distress crayons to colour the image and then simply mounted it onto some kraft patterned paper.

Our sponsors this month are:
Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Marianne Designs

Don't forget you do not need to use a PB image to enter - only if you would like to be a GDT. No digis allowed either. Hope to see you over on the challenge blog.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Pretty papers at Allsorts challenge

This week the theme at Allsorts challenge is "pretty papers". So for my DT card I went mad and used 8x8 Craftwork card paper pad kitsch papers which I have been hanging onto. Don't worry there are still some left!

I've used a tattered lace die for the focal point and a Phill Martin sentiment. I cut the die out in red and then cut away the flowers and stuck them onto the first cut from the green card.

I then used a square die to cut a frame which I placed over the 8x8 to make it look like layers.

I do hope we see you over on the challenge this week.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Dracula - The Library challenge

Dracula is the book for challenge #18 at the Library challenge.  Unless you are familiar with Dracula and how it was written you may not immediately realise the connection with this card.

I've used a Crafty Individuals stamp of Whitby Abbey which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker, he was in Whitby when he decided to write Dracula. I used embossed powder and then wiped over a platinum ink pad. I've added some trees from Inkylicious embossed in white.

I then wondered what occasion I would use this card for! I decided the sentiment from Clearly Besotted fitted as a get well card and also used the spiders webs from the same set.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Arctic Sweeties for Swedish House Crafts DT

Hello everyone,

I'm here today with my latest make for Swedish House Crafts DT and the new papers from Laserowe - these are the Arctic Sweetie papers and also there are chipboards too. These papers are such good quality and great value too and they come with three strips of double sided images and tags. Find the links to the shop at the bottom of the post.

The lovely polar bears are having such fun on these papers. I coloured the main chipboard with white aquatints and a TH white distress pen to give the illusion of fur. I also added a little glitter snow.  The  Laserowe snowflakes I coloured with Crafters companion metallic pens. There is a gap for the nose which I filled with some black liquid pearls.

Something that you will find on the website is this Gummiapan star frame, in fact it comes as a two part set with a heart frame too. I cut it twice in silver mirri card and layered them up. I just love the details on these Laserowe papers - here are the icicles hanging down which I used a sparkle pen over.

Thanks for looking. 

Links to products I used:
Arctic Sweeties - Polar Bears Hi in Frames - chipboard 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Pearls and gems at Allsorts challenge

Our new challenge this week over on Allsorts challenge blog is chosen by Wendy and is Gems and pearls.

For my card I used a die that came free with a magazine, I then put gems and pearls in various places. I used a CC sentiment die and then cut the flower die again, this time cutting some of the flowers out to place around the sentiment.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge where this week Wendy has a prize on offer.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Rudolph Day

I decided to have a play with the new John Lockwood dies for these cards. The one below is more or less the picture from the packaging but sometimes it's nice and relaxing just to cut out!

I'm entering the first card into the challenge for Rudolph Day which is over on ScrappyMo's blog.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Off the cutting room floor

The current challenge at CD Sunday is for "off the cutting room floor" here's what Carol said the challenge meant As most of us have so many leftover bits and pieces in our craft rooms I wondered if we could use them constructively – together with our CD’s etc to make a card or ??.

I do try to only print what I need from a CD but sometimes I change my mind or a few bits get left over. So I had a look through my pieces and this is what I came up with. The smaller picture was originally part of a gift tag so I cut it down and the larger backing sheet and using some red paper from another bit box this is the result. I also got to use some yellow ribbon which I never seem to use and this is now the last of it. So, what's the betting I will want yellow ribbon soon lol!

The elements are from the Ooh la la cd rom Carnival of Colour and the sentiment is a Sue Wilson die. I'm not sure I would have come up with this card if it wasn't for the challenge - so thanks CD Sunday.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

CAS x 2

Another post from me today as I only have today left to enter two CAS challenges. Sorry for the combined post also.

The card above is for the CAS Mix Up Card challenge - metal. I've stamped the sentiment and die cut the elements. I also applied gold embossing powder to the tree die cut. The leaves are cut from TH metal paper and I used alcohol inks over the top including some rose gold. The parts on the tree are actually parts of a larger leaf I tried to cut out, but the embossing was too strong for it and I ended up with just these pieces which I decided to put onto the tree branches. I used a little metallic ink in rose gold and blush on the bottom of the card to ground the tree.


My second card is for the CAS Christmas card challenge for birds. I've used a Sue Wilson die set and a sentiment and leaf frond from Phill Martin.

#97 Tools at The Male Room Challenge

Another fortnight gone and time for our new challenge at The Male Room and this time the theme is "Tools". 

I decided to use a Tattered lace shutter card die to create the base cut from kraft card.

I recently saw a Cardio tool stamp set on Mrs A's blog and luckily tracked it down. I love all the miniature tools it has. I think my favourite is the little spirit level. I've only used a selection of them on my card you get loads. I've also used a couple of sheets of the washables Hardware tools sheets from Clever Cut. They are great as you can leave them as they are or apply ink - which I did to a couple of the pieces. 

I've also used two screw head stamps  and a Happy Birthday die which are by Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts.

I hope to see you over on the challenge - it's a great way to add to your stash of male cards.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Traditional Christmas colours at Allsorts challenge

Time for a new challenge at Allsorts challenge blog and this time it is Traditional Christmas colours (reds, greens, golds).

My card is for the first Great Grand Son! I used a Crafters Companion die called Santas outfit and then used some red and white twine for the line, drawing in the little pegs.

Our sponsor this week is Swedish House Crafts.