Friday, 18 August 2017

mid month reminder for All Creatures Great and Small at Penny Black & More

A little reminder that our current challenge at Penny Black & More is "All Creatures Great and Small". You don't have to use a PB image to enter (unless you would like to be chosen as a GDT). There are some fantastic prizes on offer and we just ask you don't use any digis and that stamping is the main focal point of your creation.

For my DT card I've used Penny Black 1658L Cheesecake Message coloured with aqua tints and distress markers. The background I created using a CC embossing folder and pebeo gilding wax.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pen nib snippets

I think I've taken my snippets to a whole new level in making this card! Look carefully or you may miss the snippets - they are the pen nibs - or actually part of the waste when I used the die to make this card. If you look at the corners you will see the waste I used. They have been sitting on my desk because I thought they looked so much like pen nibs.

Today I finally got to use them but first decided to dig out this Crafters Companion stamp as it was the only one I could think of that had a writing connection. The dies I have used are from Swedish House Crafts as I thought both were paper related.

Now I have finally got that idea out of my head I am off to the Snippets Playground - so long since I managed to play along Miss Di has probably changed the keys.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Flowers at Ooh la la Creative challenge blog

Our challenge at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog has been chosen by Michelle this time and it's "flowers".

I've used one of my favourite OLL cdroms -  Shoes in Bloom vol 1 for my DT card.

I printed all the elements from the cdrom, including the faux page curl paper. The papers do all the work so I just added a little ribbon.

Here's a close up of the main image.

I even decorated the inside with one of the pre designed inserts. I added a few punched butterflies too.

Thanks for looking and I hope we see you over at the challenge.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Christmas Magic with Creative Expressions

Here's my latest DT card for Creative Expressions.

I used the Snowflake embossing folder and the went over with the periwinkle and silver chrome Glitter Kiss. I cut around the inside leaving a frame. I then embossed and cut out some more snowflakes using the folder.

I stamped the sentiment from Phill Martins elegant sentiments et using Memento Paris Dusk ink onto my base card and then covered with vellum, I added the embossed frame over the top, placing the extra snowflakes randomly over the card. Finally I added some holographic hexagons.

Products used:-

Emboss Folder 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 Frosted Window

Festive Berries Elegant Sentiments A5 Clear Stamp Set

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Silver Chrome Part Number: CSGKCHROME

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Periwinkle Part Number: CSGKPERI

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Crystal Hexagons CSGJHCRYSTAL

Memento Paris Dusk ink pad

Sunday, 6 August 2017

All creatures great and small @ Penny Black & More challenge

Our new challenge begins today over at Penny Black & More and this month it's "All creatures great and small".

For my DT card I've used one of my new Penny Black stamps 40-533 Sew much fun. Although this design has been out for a while it was in rubber and this a cling stamp. I'm not too good at colouring the little mice and so I decided I would try to paper piece them as well as the machine and material. I used Penny Black paper pads and the finishing touch are the little stitch dies in the corners.

I do hope you can join us for a chance to win fabulous prizes this month from our sponsors who this month are:-
Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix and Crafty ribbons.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything goes at CD Sunday

I was so pleased when I saw that the new challenge at CD Sunday was "Anything goes" as it meant I could have another play with my newest cd from Dolly Dimples.

Just like my last card I used one of the "mixed media inky backgrounds" this time I did soften the edges with a little TH Peedled paint. The rest I built up layer by layer in the programme. The top version I resized to be larger in MCS whilst the bottom one is how it printed from the cdrom. There are just a couple of subtle changes in the layers and sentiment, otherwise they are the same. I also cut out the Happy Birthday and added onto the cards by hand.

Finished by mounting onto some black card, with the addition of a CC edge die on the top one.

Yesterday I was at Hochanda with Suha from Swedish House Crafts for her first show. She did so well and these are a few of the behind the scenes shots.

Sitting in the chair in reception.

 Watching in the green room.

Not Suha but the filming of another show.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mixed Media @ The Male Room


My card today uses mainly the new cdrom I got Mix It Up Fabulously - I do really love what you can do with this cdrom. Although the background looks inky - it's actually printed directly from the cdrom - I just recolourized it and the main image. I also took the image into a graphics programme and added the words from the cdrom onto the balloons.

For the mixed media aspect I have added some birds cut from a die, some gesso to the flowers and banners and flags on the balloon. I thought it toned down the flowers - although men like flowers too!

Finally I added some left over waste from the die from this card. So I am also nipping into the Snippets Playground - well I was, just realised that I have already entered!  I also have some more waste I saved - for another card - the die just keeps on giving LOL!

I'm entering this card into the Mixed media challenge at The Male Room.

I've had a great day out today with a friend in Derby. First we went to the Book Cafe for a little cake.

Then to a fabulous Museum I only just found out about. Mr Pickfords House. A beautiful Georgian House.

Where at the moment they happened to have a collection of Vivienne Westwood shoes - so my inner fashionista was satisfied too. I knew the shoes were high - but not this high!
Rounded off by seeing this wonderful quilt made to commemorate the Pentrich Uprising.

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.