Wednesday, 18 October 2017

mid month reminder for Penny Black & more challenge

Here today to remind you of our ongoing challenge for October at Penny Black & More with the theme of Close to Nature.

For my DT card I chose this little chap who looks like he is very close to nature! It's Penny Black 1719K Nap Time. I stamped the image and created a background using aqua pens and glycerine. Then I bleached out the colour from the image with a brush and water before recolouring . I then used some more water splashed over the card and faux bleached to leave the spodges.

I used a stitched die to cut out the image and then stamped my sentiment which is from Swedish House Crafts. Finally I mounted onto some purple card which I distressed the edges of. Then I mounted onto some Penny Black DP and a little crochet lace from my stash. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Inky workshop


Thought my workshop today (saturday 14 Oct) with the very talented Amanda Branston deserved a post all of its own.

This is my first card using Lavina fairy and some Clarity trees.

The for the second card - using a mountain mask forwards and reversed.


A fab monotone technique with oxides.


 Probably my favourite, Northern Lights. I will definitely be trying this technique again.


Lastly oxides on black card.


Biggest surprise of the day was that Kathy Mills aka one of the Glitter Girls was on the workshop! The loveliest lady too. Just had to ask for a snap with her.



Saturday, 14 October 2017

Think Pink at Allsorts and Swedish House Crafts

Today Swedish House Crafts is so very pleased to be sponsoring the Allsorts challenge blog. Becky and I have each made a card for the challenge blog. The theme is "Think Pink" if you want to join in over at the Allsorts blog.


For my card I chose to use these items from the Swedish House Crafts shop:-

Gummiapan Dies - Integrated Hearts

Gummiapan Stamp - Daisy face

Gummiapan Stamp - Texts 16 Words

Gummiapan Stamp - Butterfly Morpho - Small



I cut out using the integrated hearts from pink card but I added Distress ink to make a hot pink colour. I stamped inside the hearts using words from the Text stamp.


I stamped the daisy in pink distress ink onto pink card. Then using a sparkle pen I dragged the colour.


I love this heart frame and it goes so well with all the other elements. I stamped inside it using just the "be you" from the sentiment stamp along with two tiny butterflies. I used the sparkle pen while the ink was wet to drag over the sentiment to "grunge" it a little.

Finally I used the "waste" from the heart die to add the little hearts.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

All hallows eve - Lavinia stamps

It's ages since I have had my Lavinia stamps out, so when I saw their challenge I decided to give it a go. The theme is "All Hallows Eve".

I started with a piece of Sheena stamping card and stamped the fairy and the castles. Masking off for the moon and the lantern. Then using TH distress inks for the sky and oxides for the foreground I applied with a brayer. Then I added some extra colour through the sky and for the hills. Adding the colour for her lantern.



I used some mushroom and bull rush stamps in the foreground. Then using my new dual colour gel sparkle pens from Pentel I added some detailing to her dress and coloured with distress inks. These pens are amazing, when they catch the light they change from one colour to another and glitter!



Finally I drew some bats and edged with a black sharpie.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hot and spicy fall colours



For my card today I'm using the Turnabout triangle stamp from Concord and ninth. This is one of the new stamps that you "turnabout" - you can see a video for it here.

This was my first attempt at using the stamp and I know I didn't get it quite right, but I was happy with the result and I was also aiming for a bit of a distressed look.

I've only used part of the stamp and then cut out some squares for the rest of the card. My sentiment is from Lil inker and I used my new Go press and foil to put gold foil over the top. Again this was actually a trial piece, but the way bits got missed I thought it added to the distressed feel of the card.

I'm entering this into the Less Is More challenge for Hot and spicy colours #349 and the Uniko challenge for Autumnal/fall colours.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Use die cuts at Ooh la la Creative Challenge Blog

Our new challenge at Ooh la la Creative Challenge blog is "use die cuts" as chosen by Janice.

I have been meaning to decorate a bag for ages and so today is the day! I used a Spellbinders die to create the main panel with the anemone images taken from Yesterday's Memories cdrom.
I used a memory box poppy die to paper piece using some of the background paper.
 This is the reverse side of the bag.
 A close up of the main panel.
I do hope we see you over at the challenge were as always you can win two digi images.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Close to Nature @ Penny Black & More challenge


A little late with my DT card for Penny Black & More - not sure where the month went but I obviously didn't realise I hadn't got my card scheduled!

Our challenge this month is Close to Nature. I've used Penny Black 30-300 Happy Notes for my card. I began with a piece of card which I used a post it circle for the sun and then dragged colour across the card. Then I stamped over with the image removing the post it and dragged a little of the colour over the white area that was left from the circle.

On my base card I used the other stamps in the set. Then I edged just the top and bottom of my card with a black sharpie before mounting onto the base card.

Our sponsors this month are Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons and Sizzix, so as usual lots of fab prizes to be won.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Anything goes at The Male Room

I love these urban stamps from Sheena Douglass - I've had another play with them and this time I also used one of her stencils in the background. The buildings at the front I stamped several times on the MISTI to get the deep black ink. I coloured them with aqua tints and then I cut them out and mounted them onto the top of my oxide ink background. I used a black sharpie to outline the background card.

I added the sentiment and birds from the same range of urban stamps.

I'm entering this at the
Male Room challenge where it is "anything goes"
Cardz 4 Guyz - architecture

I keep forgetting to share these photos from the Crafters Companion Store at Chesterfield. It was their first birthday the other week and Sara was there demoing.