Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Past Times at CD Sunday

I've used the Debbi Moore cdrom Art Deco Roaring 1920's for the background to this card. I thought it was the perfect backdrop for my TL Charleston couple die. I had to resize it in MCS to scale it with the die.

I relcoloured the background to make it more of a golden scene and then where the moon was I placed a TL art deco circle die cut from mirri card. The sentiment is from the cdrom and I placed it directly onto the background using MCS.

I used SU glitter card (the sparkliest I know of) onto the couple die for some accents.

I'm entering this into the CD Sunday challenge for Past Times.

Friday, 18 August 2017

mid month reminder for All Creatures Great and Small at Penny Black & More

A little reminder that our current challenge at Penny Black & More is "All Creatures Great and Small". You don't have to use a PB image to enter (unless you would like to be chosen as a GDT). There are some fantastic prizes on offer and we just ask you don't use any digis and that stamping is the main focal point of your creation.

For my DT card I've used Penny Black 1658L Cheesecake Message coloured with aqua tints and distress markers. The background I created using a CC embossing folder and pebeo gilding wax.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pen nib snippets

I think I've taken my snippets to a whole new level in making this card! Look carefully or you may miss the snippets - they are the pen nibs - or actually part of the waste when I used the die to make this card. If you look at the corners you will see the waste I used. They have been sitting on my desk because I thought they looked so much like pen nibs.

Today I finally got to use them but first decided to dig out this Crafters Companion stamp as it was the only one I could think of that had a writing connection. The dies I have used are from Swedish House Crafts as I thought both were paper related.

Now I have finally got that idea out of my head I am off to the Snippets Playground - so long since I managed to play along Miss Di has probably changed the keys.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Flowers at Ooh la la Creative challenge blog

Our challenge at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog has been chosen by Michelle this time and it's "flowers".

I've used one of my favourite OLL cdroms -  Shoes in Bloom vol 1 for my DT card.

I printed all the elements from the cdrom, including the faux page curl paper. The papers do all the work so I just added a little ribbon.

Here's a close up of the main image.

I even decorated the inside with one of the pre designed inserts. I added a few punched butterflies too.

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

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Christmas Magic with Creative Expressions

Here's my latest DT card for Creative Expressions.

I used the Snowflake embossing folder and the went over with the periwinkle and silver chrome Glitter Kiss. I cut around the inside leaving a frame. I then embossed and cut out some more snowflakes using the folder.

I stamped the sentiment from Phill Martins elegant sentiments et using Memento Paris Dusk ink onto my base card and then covered with vellum, I added the embossed frame over the top, placing the extra snowflakes randomly over the card. Finally I added some holographic hexagons.

Products used:-

Emboss Folder 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 Frosted Window

Festive Berries Elegant Sentiments A5 Clear Stamp Set

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Silver Chrome Part Number: CSGKCHROME

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Periwinkle Part Number: CSGKPERI

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Crystal Hexagons CSGJHCRYSTAL

Memento Paris Dusk ink pad

Sunday, 6 August 2017

All creatures great and small @ Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge begins today over at Penny Black & More and this month it's "All creatures great and small".

For my DT card I've used one of my new Penny Black stamps 40-533 Sew much fun. Although this design has been out for a while it was in rubber and this a cling stamp. I'm not too good at colouring the little mice and so I decided I would try to paper piece them as well as the machine and material. I used Penny Black paper pads and the finishing touch are the little stitch dies in the corners.

I do hope you can join us for a chance to win fabulous prizes this month from our sponsors who this month are:-
Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix and Crafty ribbons.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything goes at CD Sunday

I was so pleased when I saw that the new challenge at CD Sunday was "Anything goes" as it meant I could have another play with my newest cd from Dolly Dimples.

Just like my last card I used one of the "mixed media inky backgrounds" this time I did soften the edges with a little TH Peedled paint. The rest I built up layer by layer in the programme. The top version I resized to be larger in MCS whilst the bottom one is how it printed from the cdrom. There are just a couple of subtle changes in the layers and sentiment, otherwise they are the same. I also cut out the Happy Birthday and added onto the cards by hand.

Finished by mounting onto some black card, with the addition of a CC edge die on the top one.

Yesterday I was at Hochanda with Suha from Swedish House Crafts for her first show. She did so well and these are a few of the behind the scenes shots.

Sitting in the chair in reception.

 Watching in the green room.

Not Suha but the filming of another show.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mixed Media @ The Male Room


My card today uses mainly the new cdrom I got Mix It Up Fabulously - I do really love what you can do with this cdrom. Although the background looks inky - it's actually printed directly from the cdrom - I just recolourized it and the main image. I also took the image into a graphics programme and added the words from the cdrom onto the balloons.

For the mixed media aspect I have added some birds cut from a die, some gesso to the flowers and banners and flags on the balloon. I thought it toned down the flowers - although men like flowers too!

Finally I added some left over waste from the die from this card. So I am also nipping into the Snippets Playground - well I was, just realised that I have already entered!  I also have some more waste I saved - for another card - the die just keeps on giving LOL!

I'm entering this card into the Mixed media challenge at The Male Room.

I've had a great day out today with a friend in Derby. First we went to the Book Cafe for a little cake.

Then to a fabulous Museum I only just found out about. Mr Pickfords House. A beautiful Georgian House.

Where at the moment they happened to have a collection of Vivienne Westwood shoes - so my inner fashionista was satisfied too. I knew the shoes were high - but not this high!
Rounded off by seeing this wonderful quilt made to commemorate the Pentrich Uprising.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Anything goes at Ooh la la Creative Challenge

Thanks to those that entered my Landscapes challenge over on Ooh La La Creative Challenge blog last week- please check the blog for the top 3.

This time it's Meg's turn to choose the challenge and it's nice and easy because it's "Anything goes".

For my DT card I've used Woodland Walk from the Paula Oakley Collection cdrom.
I cut out one of the toppers and then used a window die over the top. With the added sentiment I thought this would be a nice card for someone to imagine being outside when they feel better.

I hope you can join the challenge - see you there.http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 29 July 2017

LIM #339 Pierce your project

The challenge at Less is More this time is "pierce your project". I've gone with a very simple approach and used a pokey tool around the curve of my designs.

I created both cards using a new cdrom called Mix It Up Fabulously from the House of Zandra - I love her work and only just found out it is now re-branded as Dolly Dimples.

This cd has so much on it with a mixed media feel - I have had a lot of fun with it. My first card is all created in digi format. My second card which I decided maybe wasn't LIM enough is created in digi but the word elements printed out and stuck on with a hand stamped sentiment.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Christmas in July for Creative Expressions Design Team

This is my latest card for Creative Expressions DT using Woodware and Phill Martin inks and stamps.

First I created a background by using a wash of Purple Paradise and Lush Pink spray inks. Putting a circle made from a post it in the sky first. Once dry I stamped the Reindeer, then using a MISTI stamped again with perfect medium for the snowflakes and embossed in silver and frosty dawn. Then using a paint brush with some water, bleached out the colour from the image and painted it using the tangy tangerine spray ink. I removed the post it circle and lightly washed over with the lush pink ink spray and I also put some of the tangy tangerine through the moon and splattered onto the card.

I used the splatterlicious background stamp in the sky and on the ground to create falling snow, embossed with frosty dawn powder.

Finally I mounted onto some CE Black foundation card and onto a card base made from CE foundation card. Then using a glue pen I ran scribbled lines around the card and sprinkled with glitter. Then a few more splashes of tangy tangerine.

Products used

Phill Martin CS Ink Spray Mist Purple Paradise CSPMMPARA

Phill Martin CS Ink Spray Mist Tangy Tangerine  CSPMMTANGY

Phill Martin CS Ink Spray Mist Lush Pink  CSPMMLUSH

Cosmic Shimmer Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder Frosty Dawn CSBSFROSTDAWN

Silver embossing powder 

Sentimentally Yours Splatterlicious Background Stamp   SYSPB

Woodware Clear Singles - Snowflake Reindeer  FRS655

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

LIM #338 - NO stamps!

As the challenge at Less is More this week is "NO Stamps!" I thought I would get my dies out. The base dies are by Spellbinders and when they first came out I just had to have them - yet this is their first use! The couple die is by Marianne and a recent purchase, it's the most beautiful die I've seen of a couple and I think it could be used for lots of occasions. The sentiment is a spellbinders die too.

I cut the couple twice once in black and once in white, layered them up, coloured the hair with a promarker and then went over with some pebeo silver gilding wax.

As no new sheets of card were used to make this design I'm also popping over to the Snippets playground to show everyone there.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

July Rudolph Day

Here is my card for Rudolph Day over on Mo's blog. I've used a Tim Holtz die set that I was immediately drawn to and didn't buy for ages because of the price, but then I got it in a sale! This is the first use and I wasn't expecting quite how complicated it all is to put together. There are 23 dies and I had to count them back into the packet because some of them are so small I kept loosing them while making the card.

I decided to do a night time version which didn't help with working out what die did what - but I thought it was going to be quicker (think again!)

I cut the buildings and windows from CE shimmer card in midnight blue and bronze. I used patterned paper for the sky. Adding a little glamour dust on the snowflakes and mountain tops.
I added a sentiment die from Lawn fawn.

 There are so many possibilities for using this die set - both within the globe and without so you will probably be seeing these for some time to come.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Celebration at CD Sunday

I used the Rachelle Anne Miller cdrom from Crafters Companion for this card. I didn't do too much as I really liked this ready made topper layout. I added a little banner with the name (yes that is how it is spelt!) and then some punched embellishments and sequins. Finally die cutting and adding the Granddaughter - done! Sometimes it's best just to go with a design that's on the cdrom.

I'm entering this in the CD Sunday challenge for "Celebrations".

Friday, 21 July 2017

Gummiapan Squiggle Flowers for Swedish House Crafts

For my DT card today I have used the Gummiapan squiggle stamp. First I used yupo paper to drop ink onto in green and shades of red. When it was dry I stamped the squiggle and embossed in clear powder. If you use a heat gun with Yupo paper you need to be very careful as it will melt it! Just work quickly and carefully and do not apply the heat for too long.

I then cut out the squiggle using two sizes of the Roxstamps nesting round dies - pierced.

I cut out a leaf shape by hand from the green ink paper and drew some veins on with a green brush pen.

I then arranged the flowers and leaves adding a few sequins

Finally I stamped the Gummiapan Text frame Happy Birthday sentiment which comes in this really lovely frame.
Thanks for looking and as always all the items I have used are available in the Swedish House Crafts Shop. Click the links in the text.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


I have a friend who loves violets and so I have used this Sheena stamp set for her card in varying guises. She received this a while ago now and I forgot to share it. This time I went for a brusho background and stamped over and coloured. I also managed to use a card blank I have had since my x-s days. I also gave the embossed detail on the card a little colour and whilst they are not violets I thought it looked ok.
I'm entering this into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is "anything with flowers".

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Two challenges one card

The current challenge at Less is More is to use a coloured card base with a one layer. You also need to link the card to the AAA Cards challenge too.

For my card I used a Hero Arts flamingo stamp - which I stamped and then scanned to my PC and resized - I then printed it onto the card base along with my own text. Then I used a Lavina stamp to add the bull rushes with a little grounded by me.

Yesterday I went with a friend to Chatsworth House, it is fairly local to us so we've both been a lot of the years but at the moment they have a Fashion Exhibition on  covering five generations of Chatsworth. Rather than being a separate exhibition it is dotted around the house and it has been done so well. We arrived about 11am and a while later we both thought we could do with a sit down - looking at our watches we realised it was 1.45pm! we hadn't even finished the tour! We were keen to get started so we hadn't had a drink or anything since very early morning at home. I wish we had known there was so much to see, we could have had a drink first. Here are some of the photos.
A poppy hat! designed by Philip Treacy for My Fair Lady
 A photograph of it being worn

 The main entrance 
 Wedding dresses
 A fancy dress costume!
 A modern gown with exquisite embroidery
Based on this original gown 
 More gowns

 Finally we made it out into the sunshine.