Friday, 30 September 2016

Robin snippets

You know they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! When I saw Miss Di had put this card here in the playground it reminded me of my three little robins left over from my own upcycling here. I think I was put off  using these three by the fact that two of them were facing one way - but I got over it to make this card. Now Miss Di had a super duper die to make hers but I thought why not try and use one of the Sue Wilson noble die squares three times? - and it seems to have worked.

My snowflakes are the equivalent of butterflies i.e. they are hiding some marks left by my cutting plates, which didn't look dirty! finally I added a Lawn Fawn sentiment with a little spectrum noir silver glitter pen underneath.

Off to show Miss Di although I know she is away from the snippets playground at the moment. She managed to send me my most generous prize (from winning last week) before she left and it was all so beautifully wrapped with a lovely card - thanks so much Di.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Feminine at Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog

Our challenge theme on Ooh La La Creations challenge blog this time is chosen by Jennifer and it is Feminine.  I do love fashion and what could be more feminine than shoes and a handbag? I've made my DT card using the Shoes in Bloom cdrom.

I printed the backing paper directly onto the card blank which saves trying to line it up and also on postage!. 

Thanks for looking and I do hope you can visit the blog and see the lovely cards my talented teamies have made. Can't wait to see your entries for this one.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

September Rudolph Day

 I've used the Penny Black Poinsettia stamp for the basis of this card. I actually stamped and water coloured the stamp a few months ago but wasn't inspired as to how to use it until now. I cut one of the images in half and put it behind. I added some CC spectrum glitter pen to the edges in green and the centre in red. I used a CC embossing folder and and then coloured with spectrum aqua tints, sponging gold aqua tint and then gold embossing wax over the of the wording. I cut a little of the wording off the embossed base and used it to make the sentiment.
Here's a close up which catches the gold better.
Of course I made this for Mo's Rudolph challenge - not many to go now and I really need to step up Christmas card production!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Strictly snippets

 I needed to make some cards with a Strictly Come Dancing theme and have had a birthday card with dancing couples on it for a couple of years. It has sat there waiting to be recycled as I do love the images. So this is it's chance! For the first card I used the new Sue Wilson birthday shadow box die (I can see lots of use for this!) and the star is from the Christmas shadow box set.

Next a card blank I had embossed and sat forgotten - pleased it's finally made its debut.
 Then a Charleston couple die and two tonic dies which are NBUS.
 Finally another tonic die and the last of the images.

Apart from the card blanks all the die cuts were from snippets so I am off to the snippets playground to share.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Things with wheels @ CD Sunday

I've used the Ooh la la cdrom The Paula Oakley collection for this card. All the elements are printed from the cdrom. I added a little "film" edge to the picture so that it looked liked the ones we used get in the 60/70s by cutting a frame from white gloss card.

I'm entering this into the "things with wheels" challenge on CD Sunday.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a free workshop at the new Crafters Companion store in Chesterfield as a thank you for being a silver member. I had already been on Monday and had a look around and so yesterday I was there again and a few more things may have fallen in my basket. We really are lucky to have a lovely store so close, although as the journey is all on the motorway it only takes 25 mins but actually it is a 50 mile round trip!

Here I am (in the denim blue) with the other ladies and Dawn from CC who took the workshop. We made a lovely star book and then we got to have cream cakes and tea!




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

September Clarity class


It was my regular Clarity workshop the other week but I have waited until Maria held her last class to reveal my makes. One I did share the other day for the Clarity challenge and these are the rest made with the small round gelli plate.

The first one I am so pleased with and hope to do more like this.





 The one below was the first one we did and the mask was the gelli plate. We then took a print off it and sprtized it more to make the "moon" for the first card above.

Monday, 19 September 2016

LIM week #294 - Diamonds


I was in Sainsbury's a few weeks ago and they had some glitter card - it was so sparkly and reduced in price. I decided to use some for this card, and of course it is not the grade I am used to working with, there is glitter everywhere it shouldn't' be! That will teach me to buy what I think is a bargain.

The Diamond challenge on Less is More this week has led me to make this card and I am not sure I am totally happy with it, but it's the best I can come up with at the moment. I've used Wplus9 diamond stamp and die cut and the wording is using Clarity Alphabet stamps. I added a little glitter under the letters too.

I also thought I had come up with an original idea, but notice now that I may have unwittingly CASED one of the DT.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

mid month reminder Penny Black & More challenge - add a sentiment

 Mid month already and time for a reminder of our "Add a sentiment" challenge at Penny Black & More.

For my DT card I've used Penny Black 40-099 Soft wings and for the sentiments 30-115 Lace Delight. I used a Penny Black stencil to create the background paper and also to brush some ink onto the corners of the card. The background was just done on copy paper and was actually the waste from my gelli plate but it looked too good to throw away!

I also used some Cosmic shimmer inks to fill in some of the detail on the butterfly. Here's a closer look.
Thanks for looking and I do hope we see you over at the challenge blog this month - as always we have fantastic prizes on offer and if you use a PB stamp the chance to be a GDT.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

In the garden at the Clarity challenge blog

I've used the Clarity Garden set for this little scene and added "hope" as I think this little cat is maybe doing that!

I created this background card at our Clarity workshop last Saturday and finished it off at home. We used a round gelli plate with TH distress inks, then took away some ink with a stamp and then stamped onto the card.

I'm entering this into the Clarity Stamp challenge blog - where the theme is "in the Garden". I'm also entering at Allsorts challenge where the theme is white and black plus one other colour.

Friday, 16 September 2016

LIM #293 - One Layer Card - Favourite Flower

Everyone knows I think by now that I love poppies, however they aren't my favourite flower! My favourite is actually the Sweet William but you don't see me make any cards with it because until Sheena Douglass did this stamp and die set I never saw one.

So the perfect opportunity to break out this stamp set and die. All ready to link when I realise I made the fatal school girl error of not reading properly the Less is More challenge blog post! It is one layer week. So my card below features not only the stamp but the die that comes with it making it ineligible for this weeks challenge. Back I went and got the stamp set out - probably one of the few times I actually managed to tidy away after myself and had to get it all out again.

I think I prefer the one below. For the one layer I only inked the edges of the flower head so that I could stamp the flowers over the top but it lacks the definition of the one below. I coloured both images with TH distress crayons and to get the white tips of the flowers a TH distress pen in picket fence.




Thursday, 15 September 2016

Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop



I'm joining in with the Altenew Ultimate Challenge blog which have linked up with Less is More Challenge. 

My card using the Painted poppy from altenew. I used water colour card and TH inks and distress crayons to colour the flowers. I then cut out using the Sue Wilson Australian background die, leaving some of the image on the outer frame and then mounting the inner section on foam. Finally I used the lattice die from the set to cut directly into the base card and then stamped the sentiment onto some watercolour card and mounted over it.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Shades of autumn @ CD Sunday


I used one of the black and white images from the Ooh La La Creations cdrom Say it with words for these cards. For the first one I printed the image onto some orange card and used promarkers to add some detail to the image. The weave background paper is also from the cdrom. Because I don't really do Halloween cards I made this into a birthday card using one of the sentiments from the cdrom.

For my second card I used paper from the cdrom but this time I paper pieced the image.

This is my entry for the CD Sunday challenge - shades of autumn.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Anything goes at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog

Our new challenge over on Ooh la la Creative Challenge blog is "Anything goes"  - a nice easy one for you.

I've used the Shoes in Bloom first cdrom for my all the elements on my DT card.


The front of the card holds a bookmark which is on the cdrom. I used one of the card inserts cut in half and then made a little incision in each diagonal corner to hold the bookmark in place.

A nice easy challenge so I'm hoping to see lots of you over on the challenge blog. Hop over too to see the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Glass snippets!


I went to a fused glass workshop the other week, but the work has to be then fired in a kiln so I only got to pick up what I had made today. I am so pleased how it all turned out. The earrings and necklace above are snippets I had left over from making the main necklace piece below. I decided to just put them on some black glass and with the necklace I also added a couple of grey stringers of glass down either side.


These coasters are the first pieces we made and you can see the larger piece of black glass that I started with here. 
Then we made suncatchers, again some of these pieces are snippets from other workshops. I used little glass beads for the flowers and in the "sea" one. I enjoyed making these more and was quicker than making the coasters as you don't have to be so accurate with your cutting.

Off to the snippets playground to show everyone. I did mention the other week that the guy running the course keeps glass snippets and even the glass dust. This he then reheats and "fuses" into other pieces. 

I've just been reminded that the pendant would fit with this weeks Less is More challenge of Peacock feather colours- so I am popping it in as a second entry.

I'm also linking up with Crafting is my therapy.

Monday, 5 September 2016

LIM #292 use the colours of Peacock feathers


Use the colours of Peacock feathers is the challenge at Less is More this week. I had to be predictable and actually use a peacock feather die! I wondered what it would look like with the Cosmic shimmer gilding polishes and I love it. 

This card came about because I had gilding polish all over my fingers and glass mat I didn't want to waste. So I sprtized the mat and my fingers and washed a piece of card with them, this little free stamp from Craft Stamper was sitting on my desk and seemed to fit the bill. Finished with some clear wink of stella to highlight and a SU sentiment.

 Finally this stamp caught my eye due to the fan, so I stamped it onto vellum and used gilding polishes on the reserve. Silver aquatint on the hair - because it was out. It looks better in real life, this photo makes it look like "a hot mess" which is something I have wanted to use after hearing it on US TV, but never seem to have the opportunity.


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Add a sentiment at Penny Black & More

Our new challenge over on the Penny Black & More challenge blog is "Add a Sentiment".

For my DT card I've used the Patisserie 30-301 which I have been itching to use for ages and combined it with a sentiment from the Sprinkles and smiles set.

A new tool I got was a speckling brush, so I decided to try it out with this card. I stamped the image and then used masking fluid to cover it, then using brushos I "speckled" the paint for a finer coverage over the image. I then stamped the shops from the Patisserie set in the background and removed the fluid. I then used the brushos to colour the images.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you at the challenge blog this month. As always we have such fantastic prizes on offer and of course my teamies have their usual inspirational makes to inspire you.

As this is NBUS stamp set I am heading to Darnell's for my third entry into her NBUS #7 challenge.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Hot, hot, hot @ CD Sunday

I didn't think I was going to be able to come up with anything for the CD Sunday challenge of Hot, hot, hot - however I decided this cup would hold tea which would be hot!

I've used a cdrom I wanted for a long time and just got at a reduced price pre loved - Fabulous Tea and Cakes by The House of Zandra. It's the first outing for it, so I am also going to make another entry into Darnell's NBUS #7 challenge. 

This box and the cup are templates on the cdrom. Print, cut, stick and this is it. You can see the card and box above and below is the card in the box.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

NBUS Challenge #7

 Prompted by Darnell and her NBUS challenge #7 I surveyed my mountain of I am ashamed to say "Never been used" craft stash. I was being so good decluttering, but then new things found their way in!

Out of all the things I could have chosen I went with this embossing folder. I used aqua tints to colour it and gilding wax over the bees. Three of the honeycomb have been treated to a Pebeo paint. I ran gold pen over the trails and some of the honeycomb - just can't get it to pick up on the photo though. Here's a closer look
The bee is from Tattered Lace and has it's first outing too. Finally a NBUS stamp from a set by Clever cut - I stamped as a long script but it comes with one part under the other. I used a gold spectrum noir sparkle pen to edge the papers.