Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Rudolph Day

I've had the brushos out yet again - just got some new colours too so expect to see lots more brusho backgrounds! This time I stamped and embossed with blue powder a PB stamp over the top of the background and used a stencil for the snowflakes, embossing them too. I then used a PB sentiment and embossed in silver over the panel background. I used some cosmic shimmer inks to paint the image cutting it out using a spellbinder die. Finally I used another snowflake stencil for the white card base, brushing lightly with TH tumbled glass and embossed a PB sentiment.
The card is of course for Rudolph Day over on Mo's blog but I am also entering it into Simon Says as this week they are featuring Penny Black stamps and it is anything goes.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

week 234 LIM Meets Snippets

What a lovely surprise when I checked the Less is More challenge this week to find Miss Di of Snippets Playground fame as a GDT. I quite often end up using snippets for my LIM card and entering both challenges anyway, so a bonus week for me! Congrats Di on your GDT week too.

I've used a Lil Inker die and technique that Kylie used on her blog with this card. I created a background using brushos and then cut out the "happy birthday". You can see that die cut on the card below. Then I used the waste from that cut to put into a cut of the die from white card. It needed more on the card, so using a square die I partly cut a square in the card base to provide a background for the die.

I also want to give a big thank you to Kitty from My Mum's Craft shop who tracked down this die for me, only to find she didn't sell it - so I got it from Make the Day Special.

My second card also uses the brusho background to cut bricks and place down the side of the card base which was embossed with a brick background.

I'm finding that once I create a brusho or gelli background I can't let go of the snippets!

As well as entering Less is more - I am off to the snippets playground to show the playmates.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


A couple of weeks ago I entered my first Addicted to CAS challenge and I thought I would see what the current challenge is. Well - it's Chevrons and so I thought I would give it a go. I've used a Tonic Deco set of dies that I recently got - this is one of the larger dies and I have just used the ends of it. I then took the waste from the middle piece and put back into the yellow die cuts. The sentiments which are in the art deco style are from a Do crafts stamp set.
All the card came from my snippets box so I'm off to the Snippets Playground to show the girls too.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Add a stamped image @ CD Sunday

Where does the time go? I had been meaning to join in some of the past CD Sunday challenges, but got there to late with my card. So this time I am determined to enter and here is my card for the challenge to add a stamped image. I would have used the second card on this post on Sunday - but unusually for CD Sunday we had to add a stamped image. So here are my flip flops stamped and sentiments. The images are from Debbi Moore shabby chic seaside cdrom and the camera die is from Marianne. The sentiment is from Phill Martin.
Best wishes to Jenny and Christine as they say good bye to the CD Sunday DT - you have made beautiful cards and provided great inspiration.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Christmas in July at Ooh La La challenge

It is time for our new challenge on Ooh La La and this time Anne C has chosen Christmas in July. For my DT card I have used the Shaun Jenkins Collection Cdrom.
I printed out all my elements and then took a precut card blank and with TH spun sugar ink and a snowflake stencil from Clarity gave the whole card a subtle background. I also added a sentiment cut from the papers using a Tattered lace die. Finally I sprayed the whole card with diamond sparkles from crafters companion but you will have to take my word for that as it doesn't appear to be showing up!

Please do come and join us at Ooh La La and add to your Christmas card stash.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

LIM week 233 - Life's a beach!

 I had sitting on my desk an embossing folder by Crafters Companion of a row of beach huts, so when I saw the challenge at Less is More was "Life's a beach" I thought this is meant to be! You can't actually see the beach huts too well, they are at the bottom of the card - here's a close up...
I used a Sheena Douglass stencil to create my scene with TH inks and added a few birds and sentiment from an Inkylicious stamp set. My idea being that the "path" is meant to look like the rivlets( SP?) you get on beaches.

I also have some images from a Debbi Moore shabby chic Seaside cdrom so I made this card and also added a corner stamp from Phill Martin. I've made another card too using this cdrom for CD Sunday - but you will have to wait until another post for that one.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge - anything with a sentiment

Time for a little reminder about our challenge this month over on Penny Black & More. This month it is anything goes but you must add a sentiment.

The inspiration for my DT card came from the lovely Ruth Hamilton and you can see the tent card she made here. She had a video on her Facebook page if you want to see that but I don't think it is on her blog.

For my card I used PB 40-239 silhouettes and for the sentiment PB30-297 sprinkles and smiles. I cut the ovals with a die in order to be able to see the silhouettes and then added a tonic die header but instead of the die cut I stamped the shoe image.

Look forward to seeing your cards over on the challenge blog, where as always there are some absolutely fantastic prizes to be won.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015


The theme on Vintage Stamping challenge this month is Travel. I've used my newest Penny Black Stamp on vellum and two New York stamps that I have had for ages and they've never seen ink. They even came in their own little bag.
The background behind the vellum is part of a leaflet I got ages ago and I loved the artwork so I saved it - there are some individual buildings on other pages so they are for another time. I went with this one which has all the major landmarks. I stamped "around the world" which is a stamp I got from Crafty Indivduals and then finished with some airmail twine all on a pre made postage stamp blank card.

Monday, 13 July 2015

LIM week 232 one layer masculine

The challenge this week on Less is More is for a one layer card which is masculine. I decided to use a gloss card blank and mask off leaving just a square in the centre of the card. I then took a stencil and dabbed vaseline through it to form a resist against the ink I then applied all over the square. I ran the whole thing through a Crafters companion embossing folder - the most masculine one I could find! and finally using a Clearly besotted "birthday" die cut out from the card, inking through to leave inside the word birthday.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

LIM week 231 red white and blue

When I went to the workshop with Ali Reeve the other week we did vaseline resist, I was keen to try at home and so was having a play with one of her union jack stencils. Little did I know that Less is More would then have a red, white and blue theme this week, so it fitted perfectly. I decided to put this little guard on it, which is from a card that was in a London hotel room. I have several from when I used to stay there with work, each with three little images on and far too nice to throw away! I thought he fitted this card perfectly and I then added this SU sentiment.

I also got a union jack die a few months ago and had been playing around with it but my efforts hadn't made it onto a card. So this was what I came up with - again an SU sentiment and some ribbon that I have been hoarding.

I'm also entering at ATCAS as the theme there is Patriotic.

Monday, 6 July 2015

All that glitters at Ooh la la challenge

Debs picked our theme on Ooh La La challenge this fortnight. When she chose All that Glitters I decided to really go for that glitter!

I've used Shawn Jenkins cdrom collection (Christmas).

I have a friend who loves butterflies and I have never seen one with a Christmas theme, so I thought this image would be ideal for her. I love that the background paper is already subdued too, gives a lovely effect. I then punched baubles from SU glimmer card (the sparkliest card I know!) with a SU punch and then used a Sue Wilson holly die. I alos added some diamond sparkles to the images. Finally I cut the sentiment with a Tattered Lace die and added some more sparkle with a Spellbinder die under the image.

Thanks for looking and I look forward to seeing your "all that glitters".

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Anything goes with a sentiment at Penny Black & More

Our challenge at Penny Black & More this month is anything goes with a sentiment - please don't forget the sentiment! Otherwise you won't be eligible for all the wonderful prizes we have on offer as usual this month. Please also remember no digis.

For my DT card I began by creating a background with brushos and spray starch - I have Kylie to thank for this technique which gives a different look to using brushos with water. Click on her name to find the tutorial for this.
I then used a bit of a Bokeh effect over it with glitter paste. I then stamped the girl from PB30-097 Hello Gorgeous and a sentiment from 30-297 Sprinkles and smiles set. I used promarkers to colour in and then mounted it onto a piece of 6x6 from the Penny Black paper pad Gentle Whisper.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

LIM week 230 sketch

It's sketch time on Less is More challenge.

I've used a stamp set that I just got and thought it would look good with this spellbinder frame to look like a mirror. I inked the edges of the sentiment die - and well that's it really! I used a tiny snippet of mirri so I'm going to the snippet playground with this card too.

I had a fab day at Ali Reeve's workshop on Saturday - I learnt so much, just trying to remember it all now. Lots of backgrounds will be appearing at some point!

I've also added some new things to my Stash for sale, so please have a look and give something a new home.