Wednesday, 20 September 2017

ATSM Photo Inspiration ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More ... this week we are back around to inspiring you with a photograph ... 

You can use anything from the photograph to inspire you to create ... the colours, the images anything you like, your choice.  You will see from my card that I have used all of the elements to create this:

I hope that you find something that inspires you to join in with the challenge and have some fun!!  It is worth checking out the blog to see all of the wonderful designs from the design team.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Taking Flight ...

Good evening ... I've been on a bit of a roll today ... I've spent most of the day crafting (well in between ironing and cooking dinner!).  I'm delighted that I have another card to share with you inspired by this week's challenge at "Less is More".  This is my second card primarily using a die.

I die cut the dragonflies four times before sticking them together - I find this is the easiest way to add dimension with intricate dies.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of cream card and then cut it into a fishtail banner.

The challenge details:


Christmas robin ...

I have been on a mission recently to design a Christmas card that I like and is quick to make ... I like this card but it certainly was not quick to make!

I love the effect of paper piecing but it can be very time consuming,  This die is a Sue Wilson die from her Festive Collection ... it cuts beautifully.  I used kraft card for the frame and then various pattern papers for the detail.  I then adhered the finished panel to the card using a piece of fun foam to add dimension.

I'm entering this week's challenge at "Less is More" - the theme is 'Take Flight' - although my Robin is sitting on a branch I just know that he is about to take off!!


AAA Cards Autumn Colours ...

Good morning!  It is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... this time the challenge is all about the colours of autumn. 

I love Autumn colours ... the trees look beautiful as they change from green to glorious yellows, oranges and red and the light at this time of the year is so bright and clean (unless it's raining!!).  The challenge is being sponsored by UNIKO ... so I have used one of their beautiful floral stamp sets.

I used:

UNIKO - Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum stamp set and matching dies
            - Simply Said
Wow White Embossing Powder
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemondae, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint and Black Soot

I hope that you will join in with the challenge, I know you will have fun and you might just win!


Saturday, 9 September 2017

One Layer Wonder ...

Well it's been a very long week ... I realise it has only been as long as every other week in terms of hours and days but it is the first week back at work and it has been hectic ... I feel like I need another holiday to get over it!!  Anyway the weekend is here I've had a lovely day out with my daughter celebrating her birthday and I've even managed to squeeze in some crafting!

I have a card to share for this week's challenge at "Less is More" - it is One Layer week with the theme of 'colouring in'.

This is my card:

I began by masking a portion of the card where I wanted to place the sentiment.  I then stamped the image with grey ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder before water colouring the image with distress inks.  Then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and added a few splatters.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Blossom Sprays #2
Distress Inks - Picked raspberry, dried marigold, twisted citron and peeled paint.
WOW clear embossing powder

Challenge details:


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

ATSM Holiday time ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More ... this week the theme is:

I've created another Christmas card ... I'm determined to get ahead with my Christmas cards!  You don't have to create a Christmas card to join in with the challenge ... it just has to be a card to celebrate a holiday!  So get your supplies out and start creating.  This is my card:

I used:
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers
Your Next Stamp - We Three Kings Stamp set
Memory Box Winter Tiny Snowflakes stencil
Deco Media Modeling paste

Pop along to the blog and check out the design teams projects ... you will not be disappointed.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

AAA Cards Creatures ...

Good Morning ... well August has disappeared into the past which means it is time for me to return to paid employment ... school opens on Wednesday so it's back to work for me! 

As my holiday drifts away it is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards:

While you think about the card you could create for the challenge check out mine:

My brother and sister-in-law celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last month and this is the card I created for them ... so as well as card, ink and stamps this card contains lots of love (difficult to photograph but if you look closely I'm sure you can see it!!)

I used:
STAMPlorations - CUTploration For The Birds Dies and Mixed Media Elements Stamps
Tim Holtz - Heart Die
UNIKO - Simply Said stamp set
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon.

It is worth checking out the design team cards ... they are all awesome and I am sure they will inspire you to join in with the challenge.  I look forward to visiting your blogs to see all of your creations.


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

From Colouring Book to Cards ...

Good afternoon!  It is time for another blog hop and linky party over at STAMPlorations.  If you join in you will be in with the chance of winning a prize!

You may remember that earlier this month I showcased a couple of pages that I had coloured from this new colouring book ... if you missed it then you can check it out here.  In this post I'm delighted to show you the cards that I created by using parts of these coloured panels. I have to admit that I had never really thought about creating cards from colouring books but I am delighted to have tried and will be doing it again!

These are the designs that I created:

I used:
Bloomtangled Coloring Book
STAMPlorations  For the Birds Stamp Set (the Thank You sentiment)
CUTplorations - Hello Sunshine die, Bloom Happy Coordinating dies
Inktense Pencils
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Stampin Up Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die

I hope that I have inspired you to look at the possibility of using the colouring book as a resource for making cards and other art.  Why not pop along and check out the amazing projects from the other designers and join in with the fun!


Thursday, 24 August 2017

TIME OUT Reminder ...

I'm popping by this morning to let you know that you still have time to join in with the current challenge at TIME OUT Challenge ...

Autumn with the optional twist of speed stamping.

The optional twist is all about creating a card in 10 minutes or less but, of course, you can enter without the twist.  I tried with the twist for my first attempt and was doing well until it came to tying a bow!  This time I've created a one layer card using a stencil, stamp and marker pen.  How long did this one take ...

... six minutes!

I used:
PaperArtsy Stencil by Lin Brown
Distress Inks - mustard seed, carved pumpkin, candied apple and mowed lawn
Pitt Artist pen for the doodle border.

I've had fun being involved with this challenge and hope that you will join in.  Why not check out the blog to see more inspiring projects from the design team and check out how many took up the optional twist!


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

ATSM Hidden Happy ...

As quickly as my summer holiday passes so does the time between challenges ... yes, you've guessed it is time again for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!!  This week it is everyone's favourite - Anything Goes.  My card is created using one of my favourite techniques combining inlaid die cuts with stamping.  I hope you will pop along to the blog and check out all the wonderful cards that the design team have created to inspire and delight.  This is my card:

I appreciate that it is difficult to see the 'Happy' hidden in the flowers but you can in real life, I promise.  This card is based on one of my 'go to' designs as it works with lots of different stamps and images.

If you are inspired and have the time why not join in with the challenge.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Three trees ...

Another day of sorting, cleaning, tidying and finished off with trip to the rubbish tip with a car load of stuff ... how do we accumulate so much!!  I have spent the afternoon being creative (after tidying my craft table ... why is it always covered in stuff!).  This is one of the cards:

I used a scrap of card that I had cleaned my brayer on and die cut three panels before stamping the trees ... my idea was to show the life of the tree as Autumn passes and the leaves fall.  The panels were adhered using foam adhesive to add dimension.

I used:
Stampin Up - Totally Trees
Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Borders

I'm entering the following challenges:
CAS Colour and Sketches

Stamping Sensations - August Challenge, Anything Goes


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Time to chill ...

Good evening, I've spent most of the weekend gardening ... a never ending task ... but took time out this evening to create a card for this week's challenge at "Less is More".  The theme is 'Your Perfect Holiday' ... to be honest my needs are quite simple ... just time out to chill and relax!  So this is my card:

I created the card using a scrap of faux mother of pearl card and some alphabet dies ... not particularly inspiring but just what is needed.  I'm not saying that I would turn down a five star luxury hotel somewhere warm but right now the opportunity to take time out and relax anywhere is very appealing!  I've been on holiday from my paid work for the last four weeks and I feel as if I've worked harder during that time than when I am at work ... !!!

The details of the challenge are:


AAA Cards Masking ...

it's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards - this time it is all about masking.

The challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations (thank you Shery) and I'm delighted to have created a card using one of their beautiful stamp sets.  The challenge theme is also right up my alley as I love masking techniques - from blocking areas to ink blend, to masking stamped images for multiple stamping and lots more.

Firstly I stamped the column of butterflies masking as I went as I needed them to overlap for the look that I was hoping to achieve.  When the ink was dry (this is critical if you are going to fussy cut between the images ... I wonder how I worked this out!!!) I then fussy cut around and between the butterflies.  Finally I added the sentiment to the inside of the card.

I used:
STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp Handwritten borders
Stampin Up Inks - Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Not Quite Navy

I hope that I've inspired you to join in with the challenge ... it is well worth popping along to the blog for further inspiration from the design team.


Friday, 18 August 2017

At last ...

Good evening ... at last I've managed to create a card for this week's challenge at "Less is More"!  Actually this is the second card that I've made ... you know how you tell your children at exam time to read the question carefully? well, I should take my own advice!! Guess what? the first card I made for the challenge had layers!! and the theme for this week's challenge is 'ONE Layer featuring a vehicle' ... on a positive note I have a card for another day!!

Anyway less waffle, here is the card:

I embossed a square into the card base and then stamped the image and sentiment.  I then coloured the camper van with markers and that was it!

It is my dream to own a camper van!

Details of the challenges:


Thursday, 17 August 2017

TIME OUT Guest Design ...

One of the joys of winning a challenge is being invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge ... and that's exactly why I am here as Guest Designer for the new challenge at TIME OUT Challenges.  Let's begin with the theme:

Autumn with the optional twist of speed stamping

The definition of speed stamping for this challenge is "...making a card in 10 minutes or less excluding getting your supplies ready".  When I started to think about the challenge I really thought that the time limit was a challenge too far ... once I decided what I was going to do I thought I would give it a go!  So everything ready for the off and the timer set on my phone ... this is my card ...

 ... 8 minutes and 45 seconds later I had a card that I was happy with ... then I decided to tie the twine into a bow ... and believe it or not that took another five minutes!!! Why didn't I just leave it threaded through ... so I leave it to you to decide whether I made a card in less than 10 minutes or not!!!

I used:
Stampin Up - Totally Trees
UNIKO - Simply Said
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso' Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin.
WOW Embossing Powder

I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge ... you need to visit the challenge and see the amazing cards the design team have created.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ATSM Time for CAS ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More - this week the challenge is CAS (Clean and Simple):

This is my card to delight and inspire you to pop along and join in with the challenge and remember the rest of the design team have created some amazing designs to inspire.  So pop along have a look and then get out your crafty supplies and join in with the fun.

I used:

STAMPlorations - Crazy Double Stitched Rectangle dies and Flutter Zen I layering dies
Stampin Up - Not Quite Navy ink

I hope you like what you see and are inspired to pop along and join in.