Wednesday, 26 July 2017

ATSM Mark Your Mark ...

It is simply amazing how quickly the weeks speed by ... it is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More ... it's Make Your Mark time!

Fancy joining in?  Why not pop along and see all the wonderful inspiring creations by the Design Team ... this is my card, hopefully it will inspire you!

I stamped the row of deckchairs and coloured them using Zig markers. I die cut 'Happy' from the middle and additional letters out of a scrap of card before stacking and adhering them together and placing them back into the panel.  I stamped the birthday sentiment and adhered the panel to the card base.

I used:
Simple Homemade Magazine free stamp set
Die-namics High Rise Alpha Dies
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I hope you will be inspired to join the challenge and I look forward to seeing your cards.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

No stamping ...

Good evening!! This is the first week of the school summer holidays ... so for me that means no going out to work!!  So far I've had a super time ... I spent Sunday with my beautiful daughter in London to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.  Then yesterday (my birthday) I was treated to a very special lunch.  So today it has been down to work ... gardening to be precise - at least I've made a start but there is still lots to do.

I've even had time to create - inspired by this week's challenge at "Less is More" the theme is no stamps!  So out came my dies, stencil, embossing paste and a scrap of card coloured on my gel plate.  This is the result:

A simple design with some added texture from the paste.

My plan is to spend time every day being creative ... a reward for gardening, sorting and housework!  Mornings will be chores and afternoons/evenings for fun!  I hope to spend some time perfecting my photography skills!

Details of the challenge:


Sunday, 23 July 2017

AAA Happy Rainbow ...

Good morning ... another two weeks has whizzed by and it is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards and this time we are all about rainbow!!  My favourite kind of colour scheme!

I love the contrast between the colours of the rainbow and black/white ... so this was my starting point and this is my card:

I began by finding every 'birthday' stamp that I own and stamped a section of the card using these and black ink. I also stamped a scrap of card using distress inks in rainbow colours and mixed media stamps.  I die cut 'Happy' from the card and replaced the letters with letters die  cut from rainbow coloured scrap.  I die cut additional letters and then stacked and adhered them to make thick letters.

I used:
Various Birthday stamps
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge Stamp Set
Die-namics High Rise Alphabet Dies
Distress inks - Mustard seed, Carved pumpkin, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet and Blueprint sketch.

Pop along to AAA Cards and look at all the amazing projects from the design team.  I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Cut Flowers ...

It's time for a new challenge at UNIKO and guess what?  I'm the guest designer!  It is a bonus for being the winner of their last challenge ... I didn't have to think long before agreeing to do it ... I love UNIKO stamps, Bev's designs are simply beautiful.  The theme for the challenge is:

This is the card I created to inspire you all to join in with the challenge:

I began by stamping and masking the flowers before water colouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I then fussy cut between the flowers to add some interest and added the sentiment.

I used:
UNIKO Beautiful Blooms II; Simply Said
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Do pop along to the blog and check out the beautiful cards from the design team ... you will not be disappointed.  Why not get your supplies out and join in ... you never know you just might win!


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Taking Time Out ...

There are sometimes when you just need to be able to sit and craft ... today is just one of those days!  After an "interesting" day at work there really is nothing better than getting creative ... inspired by the challenge at TIME OUT where the theme is to CASE another designer (See the photograph below) ... I came up with this:

When I first saw the challenge all I could see was the brilliant design by Cornelia and couldn't think what I could do but then I remembered the new stamp and dies from STAMPlorations that I had just received and then I new just what to do!  As you can see I took my cue from the colours and the image ... I added a few splatters just for fun!

It is worth checking out Cornelia's blog for more inspiring projects.

I used:
STAMPlorations - For the Birds stamp set and coordinating dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink - Twisted Citron
Stampin Up - Off the Grid

I'm also entering:
STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Before I go ... I do have some fun and positive news that certainly has lifted my spirits.  I won UNIKO's last challenge - thanks to the wonderful design team for choosing my card as a winner!  This is the card:

And I received an Honourable Mention from the design team at Mixed Media Challenges for my entry in their June challenge.  This is the index card that I entered ... I'm so excited as I don't do much in the way of mixed media.


ATSM Photo Inspiration ...

Whoosh ... that's the sound of another week flying by ... so it must be time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week we have a photograph to inspire you:

What do you see ... for me it is all about the colours and shapes.  So this is the card I created to inspire:

I used:
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet
Simon Says Stamp - Sketch Ranunculus
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Borders

Do pop along to the blog and check out the awesome designs from the team ... then get out your supplies and create!!


Saturday, 8 July 2017

AAA One layer ...

Before you think you've gone mad and missed a day let me assure you that it is Saturday! Let me also assure you that I haven't lost the plot either and posted on the wrong day ... you see we have teamed up with "Less is More" to bring a joint challenge running from this morning (8th July) until Friday 21st July - so get the supplies out and start creating ... you'll only need one piece of card!  You see it is a one layer challenge with a coloured base!

A double whammy with two design teams out to inspire you ... check out both blogs for lots of inspiration.  I love the challenge posed by One Layer cards ... at least I do after I've come up with an idea!  The coloured base was a bit more of a worry but then I thought about the 'bleaching' technique and all was good! This is my take on the challenge:

I stamped and heat embossed the lily onto the coloured card base and then used bleach to "paint" the image - the main picture shows the effect more clearly.  I then drew a frame around the lily using an embossing pen and heat embossed it and the sentiment in gold.

I used:
UNIKO - Pure Florals: Lily; Originally Organic
WOW - Gold Embossing Powder
Stampin Up - Bermuda Bay Card

Why not pop along to AAA Cards and check out the design team projects ... then get out your supplies and join in with the challenge.  I would love to see your creation.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Feathers ...

This weekend has not gone to plan ... a friend and I had tickets to see Adele perform at Wembley Stadium yesterday evening ... but it was cancelled!!  Fortunately, for me, my friend came up with a Plan B ... we went to London and saw a musical - Kinky Boots - and it was brilliant!!  So sometimes things do turn out alright in the end!  I just hope that Adele's vocal chords recover and I get the chance to see her again!

Today has been mainly about crafting ... 

I created this card with the "Less is More" challenge in mind - the colours of my country's flag.

I used:
Hot of the Press - Feathers Stamp and die set
Distress Inks - Blueprint Sketch, Festive Berries
WOW White embossing Powder

"Less is More" #335


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Inkspiration Guest Design Slot ...

Good morning!  Today I join the team at Inkspirational Challenges as Guest Designer my reward for winning one of their recent challenges ... a real honour.  I'm hoping that my card will inspire you to join in with the challenge.  The prompt for the challenge is "Rural"... 

I wasn't sure which direction to take at first but decided that wild flowers, butterflies, open spaces and beautiful uninterrupted sunsets were all about the countryside and this is what I came up with:

Apologies for the dappled lighting!

I masked off the area and then ink blended the background with distress inks before stamping the image.  The stitched frame was die cut from another piece of card, stamped with the sentiment and adhered to the card base using foam adhesive.

I used:
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Candid Apple
Die-namics - Blueprints 29 dies
Papercrafter Magazine Free Stamp Set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

I hope you feel inspired to join in with the challenge, please pop by the blog and check out all the inspiring projects from the design team.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

ASTM Holiday Challenge ...

Are you getting ahead with you Christmas cards? What about Halloween? or Thanksgiving? If you haven't made a start yet and need a reason then why not join this week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More as it is all about holidays!

As I'm still trying to get ahead with my Christmas cards that is the holiday I'm celebrating ... I know it is only June but we are half way to Christmas!!

A very CAS design - a stamped image coloured with markers and a die cut sentiment.  I would like to say that it was quick to make (something I always look for in a Christmas card) but it seemed to take ages!

I used:
Sheena Douglas - Christmas Visitors Stamp Set
Creative Expressions - Happy Christmas Die
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Rectangles
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I hope you'll find the time to join in with the challenge.


Monday, 26 June 2017

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop ... Day One!

I'm so excited ... I'm joining in with celebrations for STAMPlorations 4th Birthday!!  Do you fancy joining in?  There are prizes to be won and lots of new products to delight and tempt! The blog hop lasts for five days so it is worth checking back to see what other inspiring projects the design team have created.  Here are the details:


This is my card:

It's a shaker card ... my first!!  I used the new  Shaker Balloons #2 Stars dies to cut the balloons from a piece of card coloured using alcohol inks. I also cut the open star from fun foam to add depth for the shaker element. I used small seed beads for the shaker element. I added some gold thread to create the balloon strings.  I suspended the 'congrats' sentiment from the strings.  The congrats sentiment is a new matching stamp and die set - I stamped and heat embossed it and then die cut 3 extra sentiments and adhered them all together.

Fancy some more inspiration?  How about my second card:

Another simple design but STAMPloration products just speak for themselves!  This card combines a new stamp set Bold Sentiment - Beautiful (there is a matching die) with the "Amazing" and "Awesome" dies from an earlier release.  I stamped the "beautiful" using Zig markers in the colours of the rainbow!

I hope that you will join in with the blog hop I know you will not be disappointed at what you see ... and you never know, you just might win!


Sunday, 25 June 2017

AAA All About the Words ...

Good Morning ... it's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... are you ready to play?!  As the title of my post implies we are focusing on words for this challenge.

I have to confess that I don't always include a sentiment on my cards ... very often because I don't think about it until it's too late or I just don't know where to put it!!  Clearly for this challenge I had to think about the words first!!

The panel was created using a Gel printing plate and a selection of acrylic paints.  I stamped the quote using versafine onyx black ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to intensify the blackness and add a little shine.  I doodled a frame around the panel to add some more interest.

I used:
Kaisercraft - Pretty Little Things
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
CUTplorations Stitched Rectangle

I hope you are inspired and will join in with the challenge.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fancy a cuppa? ...

Good evening! I don't have any profound thoughts or exciting news to share so I'll get straight down to business.  This is the evidence of a couple of hours creating:

I stamped and masked the cups and mugs before water colouring using distress inks.  I then fussy cut the spaces between the cups to add further interest. I created and stamped the sentiment and then adhered the panel on to a card base using foam adhesive to add dimension.  

I used:
STAMPlorations - Coffee Petites Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn - Milo's ABC
Distress Inks - Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet.

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #334 Sketch

Coffee Loving Cardmakers - 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge


Friday, 23 June 2017

A card for a friend ...

Well I'm delighted that the working week has finally finished for me ... it's Friday!!!  I've had such a busy week that I've had little energy for crafting ... I did manage to create a card this afternoon for a special friend:

I used:
STAMPlorations - ARTplorations Botanical Lush Stencil
UNIKO - Originally Organic
Texture Paste
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin
Sizzix Heart Die

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More"  #333

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge without the twist

STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes