Sunday, 25 June 2017

June Rudolph day

Time for June Rudolph Day over at Mo's blog. I just got these Creative Expression Woodland animal dies and was so keen to use them. They really are the cutest - little birds, squirrels, hedgie, fox and bunnies, but for this card I just used the deer and tree trunk.

I cut out in black and then rubbed a little gilding wax over them. The sentiment is a Crafters companion die and the paper is some I have had for ages (years!). I decided to edge the base card with a sharpie and then mount the base onto it.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Ombre effect digital paper tutorial for Swedish House Crafts

I'm back with another DT post for Swedish House crafts with another digital paper tutorial. You can find links in the shop to all the products I used at the end of the post.



I've used three different digital papers from Swedish House Crafts and merged them together in word to create an ombre effect.

Here's a short video showing you how I did it.

Once I had the backing paper I cut out a square to form the base of my card and mounted onto a square of paper cut with the largest Gummiapan old paper die.

I then used the Gummiapan film strip stamp - stamped and embossed with clear powder and it cut out adding the Gummiapan Happy Birthday stamp which I cut out the centre of the stamp to stick into my film strip.



I then took some of the white paper thread and wrapped it around the card at the top twice and once at the bottom.

I used the Gummiapan heart dies and cut hearts from matching cardstock and then mounted them onto the film strip. Finally I used a clear wink of stella pen and highlighted the hearts with it.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Out of this world

 A few bits of unused stash and backgrounds came together to make this card. I was prompted by the challenge at Daring Card Makers for "Out of this World".

I had used the caught in crystal method to make some backgrounds ages ago and this one seemed to be to look aquatic. The frame is from Clarity - I have loads of ideas for it - this is hopefully one of many. I stamped it and then ran it through a wood effect embossing folder. Then I applied some TH vintage photo ink.
 I used the stamps that came free with Creative Stamping from Sheena Douglas. Coloured with spectrum noir sparkle pens.

I just love this sentiment! Finishing touch some sequins.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summertime at Ooh la la creations challenge blog

Our new challenge theme at Ooh la la has been chosen by Jennifer and it's SUMMERTIME. Seems like our weather in the UK is too - at the moment!

For my DT card I used Shawn Jenkins collection and the images called "summer fun".

The image is so lifelike that it is difficult to tell what I added and what is on the image lol! I added the ball, sunglasses and drink from dies by TL which were in the advent calendar last Christmas. The paper is one of the weave images in this set.

I do hope you can join us at the Challenge - you don't have to use CD roms or an OLL image to enter - just follow the theme and have fun.

I'm also entering this into the CD Sunday challenge as it fits the theme so perfectly.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

mid month reminder for Anything goes at Penny Black & More

Here to give you a little reminder of our Anything Goes challenge at Penny Black & More at the moment. The theme is anything goes, but we still need to see stamping as the focal point of your work please.

Before I go through how I made my DT card a reminder about the prizes this month:-

We have a different prize this month the choice of Penny Black stamps or a Tattered lace baby blue die cutting machine. Normally we put all the entries into the draw but this month we are going to ask you to let us know which prize you prefer, this is because the Penny Black stamps are all wood mounted and we know that presents storage problems for some people. So we are asking all entrants this month to leave us a comment to tell us if they prefer the stamps or the die cutting machine...........we will only enter the people who have commented into the draw as we would not want to send these lovely stamps to someone who would not use them.

For my DT card I used PB 40-501 on the lake and PB2695J Dance sing love. I stamped the main image with the Misti several times using different coloured inks and then washed over with aquatints. I then embossed the sentiment over the top. I created a backing paper by using vellum dipped into aquatints from my glass mat and swirled around. I then added part of a Memory box tree die cut from CE shimmer cardstock. Finally I drew three little flying birds to balance the design.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Less is More - week 333 Personalise it

I just got the new artliner brushes from Crafters Companion and the alphabet and sentiment stamps. Now I don't do instructions! So this is my first attempt everything straight out of the box - I'm blogging it even though it looks a mess as it will hopefully encourage me to keep going with them and not let them just go in the drawer!

I made a background using Cosmic Shimmer Chalk colour clouds and then used Lisa Horton flower stamps to randomly stamp before spraying with water and sponging off. The I used the sentiment stamp and then the letter stamps before going over with artliner brush and white ink.

As this weeks challenge on Less is More is "personalise it" I'm going to enter it into the challenge there.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Bloom where you're planted for Creative Expressions

Today I am excited to be back sharing with you a card/gift card that I made for Creative Expressions as part of their Design Team.

I used Lisa Horton for CE stamp sets Best Bud and Dotty about You. I took CS Chalk Cloud blending ink and dabbed it onto some Coconut white foundation card then stamped a couple of the flower, cut out and added diamond frost. I then did the same for the centre flower but also added to the tips the crystal hexagonal jewels and to the tiny flower centres. I then used some green colour cloud to make the leaves in the same way.

I took my base card and scored twice to form a spine - as this is what is inside the card.....


I needed the depth to be able to create the pocket to hold the seeds.

I stamped centrally the "bloom where you are planted" sentiment on the outside of the card. Then I cut two squares slightly larger and cut a circle out of one in the middle and the other at the top. Stamping randomly the using the leaves stamp onto both pieces with colour cloud.

For the front of the card I used some foam tape to mount the circle over the sentiment. Then I added the flowers and leaves. For the inside I put the foam along three sides to form a pocket. Finally I added another flower and leaves to the seed packet.

Products I used
Creative Expressions Designed by Lisa Horton Best Bud A5 Clear Stamp Set CEC818
Creative Expressions Designed by Lisa Horton Dotty About You A5 Clear Stamp Set CEC847
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud Blending Ink Sweet Violet CSCHVIOLET
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud Blending Ink Toasted Rose CSCHROSE
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Crystal Hexagons CSGJHCRYSTAL
Cosmic shimmer diamond frost 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Shabby chic @ CD Sunday challenge



Working with my new teamies on the Swedish House Crafts DT has rubbed off on me! I would never have created a card like this before seeing all their gorgeous work - it is no where near the standard of those ladies, but I am trying!

I used a PTI paper for the base and the next printed paper is from the Shabby chic section of the free cd rom with Crafters Companion magazine. I used a TH distress tool for the edges and inked with CE chalk cloud. I then stamped a Penny Black sentiment onto a circle and used the chalk colour cloud again around the edges and on the doily.

I had this beautiful bunch of flowers as part of a kit - they came like this, so I simply added some ribbon. In the same kit where the border and corner shapes which I again used chalk colour cloud on. I think the Chalk colour clouds really lend themselves to this shabby chic look.
The dies are from TL and thanks to CD Sunday for the flower one which I just won the other week.


Finishing touches are some buttons and some tiny CE hexagon glitter jewels which catch the light and even show up in my photo.

I'm entering this card into the current CD Sunday challenge for Shabby chic.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Favourite stamp @ Stamping Sensations challenge

I think it's a bit unfair of Stamping Sensations to ask you to use your favourite stamp for their challenge- I mean who has just one!

So I settled on a poppy and this Ken Oliver one which I then used four times. I created a background with aquatints stamped four times then cut out with a TL pierced die. I then coloured each image slightly differently and added a sentiment from a MFT stamp set. I mounted it all onto a piece of black card cut with a larger pierced square die.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Two or more dies at Allsorts challenge

I thought I would have a go at trying to do a bit of an arty card. I started with a Chloe sunflower stamp on two aquatint backgrounds which I then cut to make a frame and then to arrange over the card. I used TL pearl square for the base die and a Sheena die for the clock cut from burnished gold card. The "time"  stamp is also from Sheena Douglass.

I'm not sure what to make with what I ended up with! But I am going to enter it into the Allsorts challenge for two or more dies. I've also found the Craft Stamper blog challenge is anything goes - so I'm entering there too.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

LIM - #332 ONE layer Sweet Things

I've used a Craft artist digi kit for the elements of this one layer card. I tried a new tool on the cake which is a decoupage effect - I promise it is one layer!

Entering into the Less is More challenge for one layer and sweet things.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Off the Edge at The Male Room

When I saw the challenge at the Male Room was "off the edge" I knew I wanted to use this technique. Take a page from a book and stamp onto it and then tear around the image so that it looks like it is going off the edge of the page.

I painted the image using aquatints and threw some pens at it for a bit of a grunge male look. The background I am sad to cover up so much as it really turned out nice. I used aqua pens and metallic aqua tints with glycerine and then ran through an embossing folder.

The finishing touch is my go to die for male cards from Swedish House Crafts.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

LIM #331 - Neapolitan

The challenge on Less is More this time is for Neapolitan colours. As they are the classic ice cream colours I thought I would use this sweet stamp set from SU which I got with my last order. Alhtough the sentiments are from a Penny Black set as I felt they suited the scale better.

I used a sparkle pen for the pink and promarkers to colour the van. I used some watered distress ink for the ice creams. Finally I mounted onto a piece of distress stamped off cut from another project and sponged over some brown and pink to fit the theme.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Pearls - Ooh la la Creative Challenge blog

Our new challenge at Ooh la la begins today and Janice has chosen the theme of Pearls.

I chose this image from Passion for Fashion cdrom as it has the lady wearing a string of pearls around her neck. But them once I used this CC embossing folder over a background paper from the cdrom I couldn't resist putting some pink pearls all over the card!

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over at the challenge blog where the rest of my teamies have lots more inspiration for you.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Anything goes - Penny Black & More challenge

The new challenge begins today over on Penny Black & More and this time it's "Anything goes" so nice and easy. We have a different prize this month the choice of Penny Black stamps or a Tattered lace baby blue die cutting machine. Normally we put all the entries into the draw but this month we are going to ask you to let us know which prize you prefer, this is because the Penny Black stamps are all wood mounted and we know that presents storage problems for some people. So we are asking all entrants this month to leave us a comment to tell us if they prefer the stamps or the die cutting machine...........we will only enter the people who have commented into the draw as we would not want to send these lovely stamps to someone who would not use them.

For my DT card this month I have used Penny Black 30-228 Blooming Tags. I took kraft card and stamped and embossed using ivory embossing powder on the tags and background card. I then coloured with aqua tints. Then I mounted it onto a piece of kraft cut with a Roxstamps die from Swedish House Crafts .

Thanks for looking and I hope we see you over on the challenge blog. Don't forget to check out the rest of the team and their wonderful makes too.




Friday, 2 June 2017

Exciting times CEDT

I am so pleased to be able to announce that I have been asked to continue to be on the Creative Expressions Design team. I love working with their products and can't wait to share with you some makes with the newest designs. Look out for makes from two new design team members too. To see everyone on the team just click here.


In the meantime here are two cards I designed using colour cloud and Lisa Horton stamp sets Wildflowers and Summer Meadows for CE stamps.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Building perspective

This is a card I designed using part of one of the new Sheena Douglass stamps. I just love the Flatiron building in New York - did you know it was the first skyscraper in NY?

Although this stamp set contains other stamps I decided to feature this part of it in different colour inks and then embossed. The background is a Clarity stencil in oxide inks and then I used one of Sheena's stamps for the sentiment, enclosing in speech marks and grunging it slightly by off stamping.

I'm entering this card into the Anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.