Saturday, 18 November 2017

Flower power at Penny Black & More - mid month reminder

A little mid month reminder of our challenge over at Penny Black & More. Which this month the theme is flower power.

For my DT card I couldn't resist using my newest PB stamp again. The dynamic poppy.

I used a Strathmore watercolour card and added aquatints to make the background. I then stamped over the PB image and bleached out the colour. I then added the colour back in with different aquatints.

Finally I used two PB sentiments to finish off the card before mounting onto some faux wood grain plastic paper which I added pebeo gilding wax to.

Thanks for looking and don't forget we have as always fabulous prizes on offer on the blog. Just keep your focal point to an actual stamp - no digis allowed!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Let Your Dreams Set Sail - Swedish House Crafts Design Team

My turn to share a make using the fabulous products from Swedish House Crafts. You can click on the items I used in the text - this will take you straight to the item in the shop.

I used as the base of my card Maja Designs Denim and Friends paper collection - I thought the stars looked like they would be in the sky, also some of the papers torn and inked to look like waves.  I added some mica flakes in blue and silver to give the sea some dimension.

I just love these cute Gummiapan houses and with some paper behind the apertures I thought they looked a little like beach houses. I actually cut them from two sizes of the paper from Maja 6 x6 and the 12x12 wood paper. I inked the edges with Peacock Feather oxide ink to make them look a little weather worn.

I cut around the beautiful mermaid from the Pion design paper "Images of the past - Legends of the sea" 12x12 sheet and then embellished her with a wink of stella and glitters.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

CD Sunday - Take a Stamp

It just so happened that I was going to make my card for the CD Sunday challenge when I was asked to make a Get Well card.

I decided to use the Serif "Bloke" cdrom for my background and the font for the wording. I printed it out and the stamps I have added are the T Holtz ones of the man and the birds. I put a little grey shadow around one side of the main stamp with a promarker. I added a little oxide ink here and there and that's it!

I'm entering this into the CD Sunday challenge - Take a Stamp.

Monday, 13 November 2017

More Fireworks at LIM #353 and #354

The current Less is More challenge is running for another week so I decided to have another go as my first entry apparently doesn't have enough white space. The theme is fireworks but not necessarily to show fireworks, so I have gone with the colours of fireworks.

I stamped using a Lavinia stamp and then with some bubble wrap splodged Cosmic shimmer inks over the image. Finally I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches before cutting out with a stitched Gummiapan die from Swedish House Crafts.

Now I am probably going to disqualify myself again - but it just didn't look right without a black mat which I cut out with a Lawn Fawn stitched die.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Swedish House Blog hop update

Good morning 

I'm here with an update on the Swedish House Blog hop and to announce the winner of my blog prize.

and the winner is............

comment 22  Carole Wright

CONGRATULATIONS Carole!  To claim your prize please send your comment name, your name and postal address to

Here's a little reminder of what you won. 

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the blog hop - we all had fun ad hope you did too. To see who won the main prize hop over to the Swedish House Crafts Blog.

I've made this card using products from Swedish House Crafts.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Blue and Brown @ Allsorts challenge

I just love it when a challenge does exactly that - challenges you. This card would not have turned out the way it did if it weren't for the challenge at Allsorts of Blue and Brown.

I began by embossing a piece of card with a Sheena tree folder. I then rubbed DI vintage photo ink over the trees (I know they look black in the photo, but it was brown ink only!) I then took a sparkle pen and washed royal blue all over the card. I tried to capture the sparkle but you can't really see it  trust me it looks magical!

I knew I wanted to use these animal dies and stamps from Creative expressions and I did sneak a little white ink on the backs of the deers. So far so good, but then I wanted to add snow or silver but it wasn't allowed. So I used same TH card I had  used for the animals and cut the sentiment and frostyville border out - put it against my scene and I thought - wow! I would never have thought that would work so well. 

I really love how this turned out and it will be perfect for my friend who takes photos in the local park of the deer.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

LIM #353 and #354 Fireworks

Although it says at the Less is More Challenge there is no need to use fireworks - I have these Sheena Douglass stamps which were just perfect so I decided to make use of them.

I made the background using the "caught in crystal" technique. There are a few ways to do this technique and for mine I used acetate, tissue, spray startch and aqua tints with some fine glitter thrown in too.

Then I stamped onto the acetate with black stazon ink, cutting out with a TL tattered square die and using the die set as a guide to make the squiggly lines.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Flower Power at Penny Black & More challenge

Our theme this month on Penny Black & More is "Flower Power".

For my DT card I've used my latest purchase the new "dynamic" stamp. I just had to get this as it is a poppy. Hard to find in the UK, but luckily one of our Sponsors this month Crafts U Love did it on a special order for me. They are really friendly and helpful.

I stamped the poppy head several times and clear embossed, then I dragged fired brick distress oxide ink over the image. I did the same with two sets of leaves and cut them all out. Then I used the stamp for  the leaves on the background circle, and one poppy head in the centre. I coloured the leaves with a little diluted distress oxide.

I stamped my base card with the poppy head in the corners. Then I layered up my card. Adding some silver and white highlighting to the poppy heads. Finally I add a Phill Martin scribbled sentiment die.

Don't forget we have as usual fab prizes on offer. Our sponsors this month are Penny Black, Marianne Designs and Crafts U Love.