Saturday, 27 July 2019

Positive thoughts ...

After the searing heat of the last few days today has been cool and wet ... so no chance of getting in the garden but a good excuse to spend time creating.  Inspired by a couple of challenges I made a couple of cards ... both simple in design:

The stamped image was coloured with Inktense pencils and the fussy cut before adhering to the card base with foam tape for added dimension.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed.

I used:
STAMPlorations: Bloomful Stamp set
Inktense Pencils

I'm entering the current challenge at AAA Cards

My second card is a one layer card, again a very simple design:

Apologies for the wonky photograph!

The image was a free stamp on a magazine which I stamped and heat embossed before colouring with inktense pencils.

I'm entering the current challenge at "Less is More"


Friday, 26 July 2019

Out of hiding ...

This year, so far, has not been the best of years for me ... I spent the first three months mostly driving backwards and forwards to my parents, living out of a suitcase and coming home to work for at least part of the week.  Unfortunately my father passed away at the end of March after a traumatic and rapid decline ... dementia has to be one of the cruellest conditions known to man.  April disappeared in a fog ... and since then apart from the odd creative moments I have been in hiding!!  

However, I managed to finish one very important project ... it involved die cutting over 2,000 solid diamonds and 2,000 outline diamonds!  It is the most important project that I have ever embarked on ... invitations for my beautiful daughter's wedding!  This is the invitation:

The colours are more vibrant in real life!!

The project is not finished yet as I need to create more diamonds for the evening invitations, the name plates, the table plan and anything else my daughter decides is essential!  As with most of us mums I always do as I'm told!  

The wedding theme is geometric ... we are busy designing decorations for the venue ... this will involve 3D diamonds, pyramids, and cubes ... so far I have made 500!! (approximately 2 inches in size!) I'll share more about the decor after the event in November.

It seems strange to create a post about such sadness and such happiness together but I guess that is life ... full of extremes.


Saturday, 11 May 2019

Stars, stars and more stars ...

Good evening, I have a card to share with you ... ideas are few and far between recently but today has been a good day for creating!  Inspired by a couple of challenges and needing some cards for family birthdays I came up with this:

I die cut the stars from a scrap of a print I'd created using acrylic paints, stencils, stamps and a gelli plate.  I also cut three stars out of the white card - the blue stars were adhered using different thicknesses of foam tape to add dimension.

The two challenges that inspired me are:

TIME OUT Challenges #135


Monday, 6 May 2019

STAMPlorations CUTplorations May Challenge ...

New month and time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations CUTplorations ... this month's inspiration:

This month I have taken the focal image and some of the background shapes to create a Clean and Simple card:

My card is not as colourful as the photograph but I hope you can see he elements that I chose to include - I hope I've shown that you don't have to respond in a literal way!

I used:
STAMPlorations:  Trendy Spring Blooms Dies
                                For the Bird Dies
                            Bloom Happy Dies
                            Trendy Birds 2 Stamp set
                            Mixed Media Grunge Stamp set

I hope you are inspired to join in with the challenge - why not check out the blog for more inspiration from the amazing design team.


Sunday, 21 April 2019

Subtle blues ...

This is the first time in weeks that I have had the time or inclination to be creative ... all of my recent posts were planned in advance for my Design team responsibilities.  Family needs meant that I have been away from home for almost a month and have not felt like being creative but hopefully things will start to change.

I love to craft as it provides a healthy distraction from real life ... so today I created this:

I thought I'd join in with the current challenge at "Less is More":
I took a piece of gelli plate printed card, a couple of dies and a stamp - nothing too complicated!

I used:
Memory Box: Honeycomb Square
STAMPlorations: Flutter Zen 1
UNIKO: Simply Said


Friday, 12 April 2019

STAMPlorations Spring Fling ...

Spring has sprung and today is Day 12 of the amazing STAMPlorations Spring Fling 12 days of Giveaways - have you joined in yet?  If not you still have time to get involved and be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes (full details of the prizes are at the end of this post).
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If you follow my blog you will know that my favourite style is CAS (Clean and Simple) and my project for the Spring Fling keeps to this style - it was created with limited supplies and is a simple design.

I die cut the stitched spring landscape from a piece of card that I had been cleaning off my brayer on when using my creating other prints using my gelli plate.  It was attached to the card base with foam adhesive to add interest and dimension.  I finished by stamping the sentiment!  As I said a very simple card design enhanced by the texture in the green card from the brayer and the stitched detail from the die.

I used:
STAMPlorations CUTplorations Stitched Spring Landscape
STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches Stamp Set

To win one of the prizes all you need to do is comment on my post, on the other designers’ posts, and on the STAMPlorations blog post for a chance at the prize offered today.

The Prizes:
Day 1 - $15 gift certificate
Day 2 - Choice of 3 in-stock 3x5 stamp sets ($21 value)
Day 3 - $25 gift code
Day 4 - Choice of 3 Sanna Lippert Designs stencils ($15 value)
Day 5 - Choice of 1 in-stock 4x6 Dee's Artsy Impressions stamp set ($15 value)
Day 6 - Choice of 1 cover plate die ($25 value)
Day 7 - Choice of 1 in-stock 4x6 The Bee's Knees stamp set ($15 value)
Day 8 - Choice of 1 in-stock Big Grins by Becca Cruger stamp set ($15 value)
Day 9 - Choice of 3 in-stock CUTplorations word/phrase dies (up to $30 value)
Day 10 - Choice of 1 4x8 stamp set ($20 value)
Day 11 - Choice of 1 in-stock 4x6 Shery Russ Designs stamp set ($15 value)
Day 12 - $15 gift certificate

Day 17 (extra prize) - three winners of $10 gift codes

***Commenting ends on Friday, April 19, with winners announced in a special post on Monday, April 22.***
I hope you will join in.


Monday, 1 April 2019

STAMPlorations CUTplorations April Challenge ...

Good Afternoon ... new month and time for a new challenge at CUTplorations ... spring is here in the UK and Easter is just around the corner so it seems appropriate that the inspiration photo is ...

... rainbow eggs!!  Beautiful image and I've created a literal interpretation of the photo - this is the CAS card I created:

I created the bowl first using two dies from the ATC Tag Builder set - the dies are actually used to create the top of the tags but i paired them together and turned them upside down to cut the bowl.  I took two stamps from the Bloom Doodles set and coloured them with Zig markers, fussy cut them out and turned them upside as they resemble eggs!  Sometimes you need to think 'outside of the box'!  Added the eggs and bowl to the card base with foam tape for dimension.  Finally I die cut the sentiment ... and that was it!

I used:
STAMPlorations - Bloom Doodles
                              - ATC Tag Builder
                              - Uppercase Alphabet Plate Die
ZIG Markers

I hope you will consider joining in with the challenge - if you need more inspiration check out the other designers' projects - they are amazing.