Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Die Cuts at The Male Room

When I had finished yesterday's card I had some die cut cogs left over so with the challenge at The Male Room being die cuts, I used them to create another card. I also used some of the waste from the dies around the corners and on the base card.

I used Sheena Douglass stamps for the background and then a Paula Pascual sentiment cut with a Spellbinders banner die from the same set as the coffee cup.

As I used my snippets and also the waste I'm going to enter into the Snippets Playground also.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

LIM #330 - Shimmer

 I decided to mix it up a little with these cards. On the first card the background shapes are from a Craft Artist cdrom - Bloke which I arranged and then placed a shadow onto them. Once printed I cut out and then used a clear wink of Stella over the top of some of them, then I added die cuts from Sheena Douglass. The sentiment is from Uniko. The card stock is a pearlescent and has a shimmer as does the wink of Stella, so I am entering into the Less is More challenge which this week is for "shimmer". I'm also entering this card into the #41 Masculine challenge at Uniko.

I decided then to do a girlie version of the background, this time using CC Frou Frou cdrom. The wording is a sticker and I cut out using a Grummiapan die.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Working with digital papers tutorial by Lynn

Welcome to my first DT post for Swedish House Crafts - I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful team with so many different talents for you to gain inspiration from.

For my card today I have used a digital paper as the main focus of the card. To see how I achieved this I have a short tutorial below.

I printed the digital paper onto Crafters Companion printable light card I used Gummiapan stitched rectangle dies to cut out my digital paper base and mounted onto a piece of Crafters Companion Desert Storm card.

I added the labels down the side of the card by stamping onto the printable card in Watering Can archival ink using part of the Gummiapan Text word stamp set. I then cut them out with the smallest stitched rectangle die and then using the corner of the die made a flag point.

I stamped onto the base card the "Happy Everything" in Watering can grey. I stamped the butterfly using TH fossilised amber and abandoned coral, then I used a paint brush with water to drag the colour over and around the stamp. I also cut three of the flowers from a piece of the digital paper I had made smaller and edged with a black felt pen.

Finally I added some white paper thread and three flowers.
Thanks so much for looking - you can see all the items I used below. If you click on the thumbnail you will go straight to the item in the shop.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Rudolph Day

It's that time again - Rudolph Day over at Scrappy Mo's blog. For my card this month I used Lisa Horton stamps from Creative Expressions with Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish to create the background.

I stamped onto black card and cut out the window frame and then used some of the other stamps to create a scene through the window.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Happy Birthday Allsorts

It's Allsorts challenge 8th birthday and so for their current challenge they are looking for Birthday Cards.

My card is an attempt at trying to be edgy for a young lady! I've used stamps by Joy Crafts for the main image and frame. The girl stamp does not have the swirls on it, I used an Indigo Blu stamp to add those and for the background. The sentiment is part of a freebie set from a magazine. The relation stamp is from Clearly Besotted.

I stamped onto a background I had created with inks and a spodge stamp from visible image. I coloured the image with aquatints and promarkers then I cut a piece of the background paper to make my sentiment and grunged it up.

Happy Birthday Allsorts and congratulations on 8 years of challenges.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

LIM #329 Geometric

I've had this Gummiapan die from Swedish House Crafts for a while, and this I decided was the perfect time to use it for the geometric challenge at Less is More.

My first thought was to take TH ink cubes and the new adorable archival ink minis and simply ink through the diecut. I used another die cut so I didn't get ink on the frame.

As I was cutting the die and seeing all those little bits of waste another idea came to mind, which is this one.
Finally I had some scrap from my practice run at the first card and it seemed a pity to waste it, so here it is......
These are the some of items I used in making these cards.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Food/Drink at Ooh la la Creative Challenge Blog

It's Jane's turn to choose our theme at Ooh la la creative challenge blog this time. She's chosen Food and or Drink.

I decide to incorporate both into my DT card by using coffee and a straw to splatter the background! For the rest of the card I used images from the OLL cd rom Say it with Words.
For my background paper I have used half of a card insert to get the duplicate image in the bottom corner. I then printed and matted up another image from the cdrom.

We look forward to seeing your creations and don't forget to check out what my teamies have come up with to inspire you.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stars at The Male Room challenge

The theme at The Male Room challenge this time is "Stars". I've made a little canvas with a background of faux wood - although then I more or less covered it up! The main star and tag are cut from a piece of Ken Oliver paper scrapbook paper. the others I cut using dies. I then ran part of the background through an embossing folder to give the diamond texture and lightly rubbed gilding wax over it. I used verdigris embossing powder to go around the shapes. Also added a little brick die cut from the same paper.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge

Time to remind you of our challenge over at Penny Black & More with my DT for the current photo inspiration challenge. Here's the photo we would like you to take your inspiration from, it doesn't have to be flowers, it could just be the colours. However, we do need to see stamping as the focal point of your card and no digis please.

I've combined two PB stamps for my card - here they are in their usual format.

I was aiming for a Gainsborough lady look - hopefully I achieved something similar. I stamped only the bouquet the hedgie is holding and then stamped again a few times to give me some extra poppies to play with. I've made a double ribbon with some polka dot ribbon that matched the PB paper pad and then added a little red ribbon over the top. 

Hope to see you over on the challenge and of course my lovely teamies have fab makes to inspire you mid month too.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

LIM #328 - one layer spots and stripes

I might have thought a little too far out of the box for the current challenge at Less is More. It is one layer week and the theme is spots and stripes.

I decided to use my raindrop stamp as people always say it is spotting with rain and then I used a TH distress crayon to make the stripes for the stair rods of rain coming down too. Finished with a free sentiment stamp and a TH stamp that I puddled some colour around the base for his shadow/rain.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ring a ring O' roses and some exciting news

First of all my card for the challenge at Allsorts this week which is Ring a ring O' roses - which I am old enough to remember singing and playing when I was a child! I've used the same die I used on this card here. This time I have gone for a more traditional red and green and left off the background diecut.

I used a spellbinders folder to create the embossed background and inked over lightly with TH festive berries and iced spruce. The ribbon I have had for ever and keep forgetting to use it - I decided it went rather nicely with this die cut and background. I then added a double cut sentiment. I used my snippets box for the roses and sentiment. In fact there was not a big enough piece to cut the sentiment in green, but by layering up, you can't tell part of it is missing! Of course I have new sheets of card I could have used to cut it, but then it wouldn't have been snippets or an entry into the snippet playground over on Di's blog. I do find myself keeping very small snippets of red and green as they are so useful for leaves and berries or in this case roses.

Did you see that they are going to have a special birthday week over on Allsorts?

Now for my exciting news. I am a member of the DT at Swedish House Crafts and also the co-ordinator for the team.

Look out for my makes and in the mean time why not pop over and look at all the lovely goodies in the shop - I know you will be tempted! There is a link at the top of my sidebar and you can meet the rest of the team too.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Something Asian at CD Sunday

Having recently been to Japan the challenge at CD Sunday for "Something Asian" really appealed to me. 

I used the CC Destinations cdrom with a stamp from the CC Kimono range embossed over the top of the print out and coloured in. With a CC die cut and the memory box twig frame. Then I added a few little cherry blossom spellbinder dies.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Something starting with B at Ooh la la Creations Challenge Blog

Time for a new challenge at Ooh la la Creations Challenge blog and this time Deloris has chosen the theme of "something starting with B".

For my DT card I used the Everyday Occasions cdrom - the image is called Baskets full of Love, so that is my first B - there is of course a Bear on the card and Blooms - so plenty of Bs from me!
To make my card I used one of the inserts from the cdrom which had the basket weave background and the faded section with corner embelishments already on it - so the hard work was already done for me. I then placed one of the toppers from the cdrom over the centre, added one of the sentiments with a drop shadow and printed it out. Finishing touch some buttons and a bow - more B's!

Remember to pop by the Ooh la la Creations cahllenge blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing your makes.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Photo inspiration at Penny Black & More challenge blog

It's the start of our new monthly challenge at Penny Black & More today. This time we have a photo for you to find inspiration from. A fav of mine because it is a poppy!

For my DT card I have used 4308K Field of Poppies stamped onto some kraft card. I cut around it using a tonic die and then cut the PB Love die twice to give some dimension. The papers are from PB Beau Jardin paper pad.

We hope to see you over at the challenge where this month our sponsors are Penny Black, Crafts U Love and Sizzix. Just remember please no digis and stamping must be the focal point of your creation.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

LIM week 327 - Yellow and Grey

I had a quick look before I went out this morning as to the theme for the challenge at Less is More this week and saw it was Yellow and grey. I am not really a yellow person but I seem to be getting better with it as I get older.
Yellow roses came to mind and this tattered lace die that I hadn't yet used. I was intending to do red roses but thought I could use it to fit the theme. So that is what I did using different shades of grey for the background and to accent some of the leaves.
Then as I was tidying away (well moving stuff around on my desk!) I saw this snippet just crying out to be on a card. So I got the die and cut another yellow rose to place over the die cut and added a PB die cut for the sentiment.

That was going to be it, but I had put out this Altenew set of free stamps to remind me to play with them, and again I thought, ok - yellow rose. This is the result.
In between making cards I lost part of the die and had a bit of a hunt, seems a theme elsewhere now. Yesterday I spent three hours looking for lost keys in the garden. I had mowed the lawns and had loads of the conifer that was taken out of the garden the other day plus lovely spiky holy and pyracantha in the bin. I went round and round, looked in the bin, took some the cuttings out, did this several times until in the end I took the wheelie bin emptied it on the ground and did a fingertip search through everything, and there were the keys!!!! Shattered after that.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Many Legs

The current challenge at The Male Room is "many legs". I thought about going with some creepy crawlies but in the end this digi kit called Bloke at the Movies won out. I took the various figures and placed them on the card adding a little shadow and then die cut the Happy Birthday to finish the card off.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sketch @ CD Sunday

I've used the sketch at CD Sunday challenge as the basis for this card. I used a CD Rom from Ooh La La creations called Say It With Words. This is one of the black and white digis printed and spritzed with brushos and some TH distress crayons over the top and around the die cut edges. The other elements are all from the cdrom too.

This is before and after on my drive today. The juniper had become too big and in danger of scratching the car. So now I need new plants - any ideas anyone? Mainly in the shade.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Fashionable snippets

I actually made this card for the LIM challenge - curves - the other week, when I then realised it was a one layer week it never got to see the blog. So today I am sharing in the Pixies Snippet Playground as all the cuts on it are from the snippet box.

I've even bought what I am going to call a snippet cutter! The Crafters Companion Diamond press was on offer for a silly price with stamps and dies and I thought, all those tiny dies that I put through my platinum - it is easier to just have the diamond press to hand on my desk. I never thought I would buy one of these small machines as I thought I had no need. But I have to say for quickness with small dies like sentiments (and with much less effort) it is fantastic.

I love the sentiment on this card which is from my new SU set - I haven't got around to using the actual fashion stamps yet. I seem to be in a fashion mood at the moment with the last few cards focusing on my fashion dies/stamps.