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.

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.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

mid month reminder For the Boys @ Penny Black & More challenge

I'm here to remind you of our challenge at Penny Black & More which this month is "For the Boys".

Like a lot of you I do struggle with male themed cards. I decided this set from Penny Black called Summer Fun would be ideal for any male but particularly those younger at heart. I used a spellbinder die called confetti to create the base from a sheet of PB paper pad. I then simple stamped in each aperture and the greeting over the top. Using distress crayons and a little water to colour.

Thanks for looking and hope you can join us this month at the challenge. Remember you can enter up to three times and you don't have to use PB stamps but no digis please.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Landscapes at Ooh la la Creative Challenge Blog

It's my turn to chose the challenge for this fortnights Ooh La La Creative Challenge blog theme. I have chosen the theme of "landcapes".

For my DT card I used the  Carnival of Colour CD rom and the Yorkshire Quilt image. I've kept it fairly CAS by printing out the image and then just edging with a black sharpie before mounting onto a card base.

Thanks for looking and we hope to see you over at the challenge blog. Remember you don't have to use OLL images or digital images to enter we love to see all projects as long as they fit the theme.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Up the garden path at CD Sunday challenge

I had a few ideas in mind when I saw the CD Sunday challenge was Up the garden path. In the end I went with printing some backing paper from a Daisy Trail CD called Oriental Blossom.

The rest of the card is created with Tattered Lace dies. I cut the background die twice and then cut all the roses and glued them onto the black base. I also cut it in green but decided after the first piece that it was just too messy to do so I opted to use a spectrum noir green glitter pen instead for the foliage.

The dress and larger roses I coloured with aquatints and glitter pens.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Oh you star for Creative Expressions Design Team

Today I wanted to show you that Christmas stamps don't have to be just for Christmas with my latest creation for Creative Expressions.

First I took three of the stamps from the Vintage Christmas words set and placed them on my CE foundation card. This created the "white space" for them later. I spritzed the card with water and then using Phill Martin spray inks - Mist Purple Paradise, Tangy Tangerine, Lush Pink sprayed the card, taking some of the excess off with kitchen roll.

Once dry I turned around the "HO" from the stamp set to make OH! I stamped JOY and PEACE - I cut out the letters I needed to make YOU - utilising the A from Peace. I affixed these into the white space on the card. I stamped the other two into the "white space". Embossing in silver the star then drawing with a black marker an outline around the star.

I used Splatterlicious Cracked & Splattered Background Stamp over the top - taking care to only ink around the edges.

Finally mounted onto some CE black foundation card and onto a card base made from CE foundation card.

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

Sentimentally Yours Splatterlicious Cracked & Splattered Background Stamp  SYSPCASB

Woodware Clear Single - Vintage Christmas Words  FRS356

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Rainbow snippets

I saw this video by Jennifer McGuire on making rainbow cards and thought what a fabulous idea to use up snippets. In case you don't want to watch it she uses a shredder to cut all the little strips of card. Great I thought - this is going to be so easy and I had a little daydream of Miss Di presenting me with an award for services to snippets or at least a gold star!!!!!!!

I got my snippets - emptied my shredder so I didn't contaminate the snippets and began. That is where my dream ends - my shredder is not like Jennifer's it does this.........

I wasn't deterred - I remembered I had these security scissors. So I used those, but the strips were not going to be long enough.
So I cut through from each end and then with a normal pair of scissors I cut through the strips. Now at this point it was ok I was still channelling Jennifer!
However, by the time I had cut a lot more card I was beginning to regret even attempting this. I was just making more snippets and more mess. I thought originally that sticking them onto an adhesive sheet was the way to go, but I noticed Jennifer used a tape runner, so as she knows better than me that is what I did.

When I had finished I was not impressed but I wasn't wasting all that effort. So I got a few heart dies and the cards you see are the end result. Off to the snippet playground to share my efforts! I can only say they don't look so rough in real life and not so close up!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Reveal your true colours

I made this card using two backgrounds I created using CE Carnival colour inks by Phill Martin and then using visible image stamps. It struck me that the background had this tear shaped run in it that I had created with water and so placed one of the eyes over that. I have added a little glitter pen over the sentiment but hard to pick up in a photo.

I decided to use an art deco die from Tattered Lace to cut out the main image and then mount over my speckled background. I also stamped the lips again in grey. Mounted onto a black circle of card and then the base is stamped with another VI stamp.

I'm entering this into a challenge I found through Sandra's blog and is new to me. It's Rubber Dance Blog Challenge and their colour challenge this month "sunny and hot".

Monday, 10 July 2017

Sunshine on a rainy day

If you live in the UK I am sure you will be familiar with this occurrence - Sunshine on a rainy day. I was just having a go at creating a rainbow background with aqua pens and glycerine and this phrase popped into my head. So I used the Crafters Companion Alphabet stamps to stamp out the sentiment and trace over with brush pens. I cheated a little as I also have the phrase stamps, and so I used the "day" from birthday rather than individual stamps.

I finished with a few sequins and some glossy accents to dot the "i's".

I found it fits nicely with the current Simon Says Wednesday challenge of Summer Sunshine and I just have time to enter too.

Friday, 7 July 2017


After just making it into the Male Room challenge this week on Tuesday I am back again with their new challenge - Texture. 

I had a really good tidy in my craft room this morning - so I won't be able to find anything now! I came across this embossed Happy Birthday that was left over from another project. I love this embossing folder from Crafters Companion - and with some antique gold wax over the top it makes it too nice to throw any of it away. I also used a car from CC and gave it the same treatment. Cutting the headlights from some mirri card.
The background is a spellbinders emboss plate - dogtooth pattern which I used some brown card for and again put wax over. I think I've taken snippets to a whole new level for me this week as I then used part of the kitchen roll I had been using on a project the other day, the ink made it look too nice to throw away!

I mounted onto a piece of mirri card and then the base card. I took some spray ink added water and splattered over the top.

Hopefully it fits the bill of "Texture" for the Male Room and with my two sets of snippets I'm off to the Snippets Playground too as I am been playing truant for a few weeks now.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

LIM week 335 - Colours of your country's flag

I was debating what to do for this weeks Less is More challenge, which is "colours of your country's flag" when I came across this image on a Craft Artist cdrom called "hobbies - classic transport".

I just used the main image as is - only resizing it. The sentiment was in grey and I could not get it to recolour ( I don't really know what I am doing in CA!) - so after printing I used an aqua marker with some water to colour with a brush.

Cut out using a TL pierced square die and mounted onto the base card.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Fireworks at the Male Room challenge

When I saw the challenge at The Male Room was for Fireworks - I knew I wanted to use these Sheena Douglass stamps. I was away on holiday in Salcombe, Devon last week - so I am just under the wire to enter.

I've used the new Phill Martin inks in lush pink, purple paradise and tangy tangerine to create the background. Here's a close up of the embossed fireworks.

We had a beautiful view from our apartment.

We were literally next door to Overbecks a National Trust property where they have a micro climate - so many beautiful plants. Of course I had to take a photo of the poppies.

The statue garden

Banana Tree

We also went to Agatha Christie's holiday home Greenway. It was very crowded so I was taking photos as I went. I took this lovely photo of a typewriter only to find out later that it was never used by her, but by her husband! She apparently never wrote any books whilst there.
Finally a photograph I saw at Overbecks of the South Sands where we were staying and so I took my own and put them together. The only building in the original is the Lifeboat House - still there now housing a cafe.