Thursday, 29 September 2011

Anything goes

We have quite a few people leaving at work under voluntary redundancy. Many are going to use the money to do something they have always wanted to do. I've made this card with that in mind and added a "bon voyage". I started by using ink dusters through a nestie to make the circle background and then added various T Holtz stamps using the hydrangea big and juicy stamp pad. The I added some scroll stamps and music and dragonfly from another stamp set. I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp challenge which this week is anything goes.
When I first began stamping in the early 1990s we didn't know any better than to make one layer cards. Then a few years later I went on a workshop where we were told, one layer was a no-no. What if you made a mistake, much better to stamp on some card and then mount it, that way you always had a perfect card!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Steampunk - and look what I got...

First of all hello to my new followers - it still amazes me that anyone would want to follow my blog - so thank you.
I've made this card with some of my new Kanban Steampunk stamps. I paper pieced the main image using Kanban papers and then cut two mats from one of the papers and inked them slightly around the edges. I've actually used the "outy" technique to cut around the image with a die, but I don't think you can tell that from the picture. I've used a "wood effect" embossing folder on the background card and inked with dusters. I'd like to enter this card into Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is for a "Man card" this week.
Look what I got......... do you know what they are made from???
silver cutlery! Can you see the curve and engraving from the end of a spoon.  I found the Etsy shop via Pinterest. I am so happy with them they were a really realistic price and so unusual, the bracelet fits me perfectly. She has lots of other designs.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Winter wonderland

It was my first day back at work today after a week off and the previous week being away on a training course. So, hundreds of emails to catch up on, but then we had an external meeting which meant we were out of the office until lunchtime. Then a colleague suggested we go to the pub for lunch, which was handy as I made my sandwiches this morning and then left them at home -doh! So, all in all not a bad first day.
I've made this card for the CD Sunday Challenge - winter wonderland. I really like this challenge, as it means you focus in on cd crafting. I've printed elements from the MCS Festive Deco Follies and then layered them up. I then added Diamond Sparkles-butterfly tails to the coat trim, and the fairie kisses for the snow falling in the sky, it has a blue tint to it and looks really pretty when it catches the light. I also put a little red MS glitter on her hat and the wreath and made a border with it from double sided tape down the side. Finally I stamped my newest sentiment stamp in rose red in the middle of the background - heart in mouth as I had made up the card by then!!!
Here is another card I made using the same lady but a different background.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Mad for tags

I haven't entered the Passion for Papertrey challenge for ages, so wanted to have a go with my new PTI anniversary set. I managed to get it from ebay at a "buy now" price, which considering the sets usually go for crazy prices I was amazed to get it for a reasonable amount. The challenge is "mad for tags". I've used the sentiment and leaves and flower heads from the set. I put a little glossy accents onto the the flower heads on the tag just to give it a big of a lift. I embossed the background with a folder and then dusted over with the same inks.
I've been to the Autumn fayre at Bransby Home of Rest for Horses today. Both myself and my neighbour support the cause so we went off for the day. My neighbour loves donkeys but unfortunately for her today they wouldn't let her fuss them, they kept wandering off. The last time we went one ate her dress through the fence and we only just noticed in time to pull it out of it's mouth, and it had managed to get quite a lot of fabric in!
They have some lovely stalls with handmade goods and my neighbour bought the most beautiful cardigan for only £30, it has aran patterns across the back and at that price was a bargain. We both bought one of these.....
It's a little apron for your washing up liquid! Then we both spotted these at only £1 - including the tissues!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

LIM week 34 - a sketch

For the challenge on Less is More this week Mandi and Chrissie have set a sketch. This fitted with a technique I have seen lots of Limettes do and wanted to try. Masked off my card and then using ink dusters put down a square of ink. Stamped a silhouette stamp over the top. Added a PTI sentiment which I thought went with the image, as they look like they may be singing as they march along. Relatively painless this week for LIM then!
I'd also like to enter the card into the Allsorts challenge - Keep it simple.

Friday, 23 September 2011

One last LIM

I thought I would make one last entry for the Anything goes on this weeks Less is more Challenge, I see it is on 707 - so if everyone did the same we might make the target 1000. I have managed to enter 7 cards - wouldn't have been able to do it if I had been at work this week though.
I have had this stamp a few (!) months and this week saw it used by Cardarian and Syliva Anne, so I thought I should use mine. Inspired by Syliva Anne, but with a bit of a different twist. I used an embossing folder that a fellow Limette used a few weeks ago, and I just had to get, in fact I seem to be buying a lot of things that the Limettes use! I've then used an SU sentiment.
I went for a bit of a trip out today and found these on my travels - all for £2.50! But a round 40 mile trip LOL!
I went to Masson Mills at Matlock, as I had heard there was now a craft store there. Unfortunately it wasn't particularly to my taste, a lot of pre printed decoupage and stickers. However, they had a bin with some unmounted bargains and you get half you carparking fee back when you make a purchase.


I printed a second image of Devonne and decided to try zentangling on her hair. I was inspired to have a go after watching Barbara Gray, she always breaks things down so they seem achievable. So, here is my effort. Once I had a couple of pattern ideas I was away, I think if I had a bigger area I could have done something better, but not bad for a first attempt you think?
I'm entering this as my second entry into the Digital Tuesday challenge - people images and I'd like to enter it into these challenges:-
Creatalicious Challenge - anything goes
Anything goes challenge- anything goes
The sentiment is from a USA SU set - Fifth Avenue, then I added an Anna Griffin flourish.
I had my first Rock Choir session last night. We are doing Oh Happy Day for this and next week. But then we move onto to Abba -Waterloo which I am looking forward to as I really wanted to sing more of the rock/pop stuff.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Purple - lots of it!

If you visit my blog regularly you will know I have a love of purple and shades thereof. So when I saw the challenge on Cupcake Crafts - The Dark Side I was there, because they want to see purple and black. I've used a digital image from Crafts and Me called Devonne. I've seen her hair coloured in various tones and just wanted to try it myself, bit extreme for the first effort I know! I've even embossed the sentiment with purple embossing powder.
I'd also like to enter the card into these challenges-
Digital Tuesday challenge - people images
Crafty Sentiments designs - Happy Birthday
Cardmadfairy - lots of layers
One Stop Craft -girly
Ooh la la - punches and dies
One stitch at a time - punch it
Now for the new colour of the walls in my bedroom.
Yeah - purple! I had a pale shade of lavender before. It was so pale that when I put this colour over the top it looked white. What I would like to do now is cut some black vinyl peel offs with my silhouette to reflect the black on the blind.

Dies to die for

I've had chance to get inky this week, surprising how much more creative you can be when you have time to think about it instead of rushing in from work. I used cut and dry to make the background paper, by dabbing into distress inks. Then I used a new stamp that Mandi from Less is More used a few weeks ago. Another one of the fiskars sentiments and all mounted onto SU cardstock. Used a MS punch to make the border and placed this inside the card on lilac card, you can't see it, but the inside of the card is the still blue.
I'd like to enter this into Simon Says Stamp challenge, which is "dies to die for, using punches and or dies. Right back to the decorating and the second coat.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


Having lots of time to play this week and experiment. So This is a red cardstock that I rubbed a versamark pad over and then sprinkled the whole card with holographic embossing powder. I suppose I could have used glittered card! Anyway, it was an experiment.
I'd like to enter the card in Moving along with the times - sparkle.
I'm off to do some decorating now so the cards may take a bit of a back seat.


Here I am with another entry for the Less is More challenge to reach 1000 entries. I have tried another technique from the Sue Wilson DVD - faux batik. My card is made using the first piece you can see, where I actually remembered the technique wrongly! However, I thought it looked ok, the second piece is the technique applied correctly and you can see the effect is much better, that will appear on a later card.... Basically you clear emboss your design and use the resist technique, but BEFORE! you do, spritz the paper with water and fold, then roll the ink over. The bottle I used to spritz had some glittery wash in it beforehand,    
it didn't quite all get washed out so everything now has a subtle sparkle to it.
Sentiment is from Fiskars stamp set of similar sayings.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

In my tree

I'm all chilled out from my massage and facial, so not sure how much crafting will get done! However, here is one I made earlier. I started with some watercolour paper and made two backgrounds using a big and juicy an acrylic block and a water spritzer. I stamped the trees first of all on to the darker of the backgrounds but wasn't happy with the effect, you can still see them near the torn edge, instead I stamped and embossed them onto the lighter paper and tore around them. I also used a varnish spray over them. I then took a DL card and stamped a flourish stamp around the edges.
I'd like to enter this into:-
Less is More challenge-anything goes to try to reach 1000 entries. They are are 315 as I blog this.
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - autumn colours.
Simon Says stamp challenge-a song/movie inspired card. In my Tree - Pearl Jam.

It's the most............

My third and fourth cards for Less is More. I was inspired by Gibmiss and her card here. I found the sentiment stamp online and at a discount so I was really pleased. For my tree I used a Clarity stamp. I embossed first with Winter white sparkle embossing powder (I have had it for years and think I must invest in some of the newer powders LOL!). I then used a glue pen for the snow and embossed over again. Then  I embossed the sentiment in silver and the sentiment from Paula Pascal inside the card. I really like the set of xmas sentiments of Paula's. Usually I leave the inside of the card for later and then have all the sentiments to do at once, but with all the different lovely sayings I have now I think I will be doing it as I go along. For the second card I used holographic powder and brushed perfect pearls over the sentiment. 
It is a really miserable day here. I am off to have a hot stone massage and a facial - later......

Monday, 19 September 2011

Get ahead for Christmas

Well my second post of today - and only just lunchtime! I've made this card for the Penny Black at Allsorts monthly challenge - which is "Get ahead for Christmas".  Making it has put me in the mood for Christmas cards so more will follow.....
I've used a PB image and coloured with promarkers, add some "snow" from MCS, some ribbon from a blog candy I won and some Christmas background paper that I have had for ages.

LIM week 33 - take 2

I'm hoping to get lots of craft time this week whilst I am away from work. Hopefully some of them will fit the LIM challenge and help to get to the 1000 entries. This is my second Less Is More entry. I was so lucky to find that a blogging buddy in the USA was selling some of her SU stamps, and managed to get this Fifth Ave set which isn't available over here. I think it goes so well with the Manhattan flower embossing folder - so I combined the two! Add some embossed lines to cover where the embossing folder ended and a sentiment from Paula Pascal.
I'd also like to enter the card into Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge which is for flowers.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

LIM Week 33 - 1000 Challenge - Anything CAS Goes

The challenge over on Less is More this week is "anything goes". Does that make it any easier? NO - now I have too much choice and no direction LOL! I'm hoping to try and CASE some of the previous cards this week as I have some time off work and maybe help Chrissie and Mandi hit that 1000 entry challenge. But for now I have taken a technique from the new Sue Wilson DVD which is faux cloisonné . I've stamped the image directly onto the card and embossed with gold powder, then coloured it in with perfect pearls and then put glossy accents over the top to give the enamel effect. The sentiment was stamped with perfect medium and then perfect pearls brushed over the top.
I'd also like to enter it into the Papertake weekly challenge - "things with wings".
I passed my last LEAN exam on Friday. The relief was immense especially as 8 out of the 10 attendees failed. Because it is computer based you get the result straight away. I didn't feel like celebrating though with so many others unhappy and facing a resit.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Just a few cards that haven't made it onto my blog before. the first one is using a wall stencil that I bought a few years ago. 
 The sentiment on this one was cut with my silhouette.
 The embossing is a folder by SU and the rose is digi image that I have cut from vinyl with the silhouette.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Christmas Trees

Just a few cards to show what I did with my new Christmas Tree stamp from Sir Stampalot the other day when I was there for the workshop. I've used three different types of embossing powder to see which one I want to use to make some more - which do you prefer?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

LIM week 32 - one layer + seeing double

Edited to add the hearts now coloured in - Mandi's suggestion. Didn't do it originally 'cause I was trying to be really less is more LOL! I think it probably does look better - what do you think? I coloured them with a watercolour pencil first to stop the promarker bleeding through to the back of the card - a tip from Ann of Love Making Things.

It was a challenge this week - I don't have the luxury this week of leaving the challenge until later so I was determined to come up with an idea as I haven't missed a week yet. I found it hard to think of any of my stamps being doubled-I tend to go for threes. Then I spied this claddagh stamp, I'm not sure it has ever made its way onto a card before. I do like claddagh as you can see from this piece below that I x-stitched a few years ago.
So teamed with some appropriate SU stamps I thought it turned out ok!
So this is my entry into the Less is More challenge. I am on a course next week for the last part of my LEAN accreditation and the last exam - hoorah! So sorry ladies I won't be able to comment after today, but thanks for looking.

Saturday, 10 September 2011


I've been trying to get this card made all week as the challenge ends tomorrow. So I got up early and made sure I did it before I went off to the hairdressers. The CD Sunday Challenge is "inspired by peacocks". I've got a Hunkydory Peacock kit that I hadn't used yet so I used a topper from that. Then from a free cdrom from Creativity magazine I printed the background papers. The paper in the middle was my fav, then I ended up more or less covering it up! So I put the remainder of the sheet inside.

New to me

The challenge on Delicious doodles challenge is "fresh start", use something new to you. Well I have used some watercolour paper to create the main image on this card. I had never brayed onto watercolour paper  before and was interested to see what the result would be. I had bought a pad from a cheap bookshop and didn't realise it was as flimsy as it turned out to be, but nice and lightweight to sit on the card. I am fairly pleased with the background, not too sure about the rest of it! My first attempt at this type of scene without a tutor present though. Something else new for me was drawing around a nestie to create the frame. I then brayed over the card lightly and added some Debbi Moore silhouette stamps in the foreground. I've not put a sentiment on as most of my cards are given to sell for charity and I read that a lot of people would like cards without sentiments.
I'd also like to enter this card into the Stamp Something challenge, which this week is for "anything" as it is there last every challenge. There seems to be a few challenges ending - however new ones are springing up too!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Setting the Scene

The challenge over on Polka Doodles this week is "setting the scene". I made this card using MCS Victorian Follies. I started with the background picture of the house and then resized all of the people to look like they were attending afternoon tea at the big house- well in my mind anyway LOL! I then used a freebie paper for the top and bottom border and used SU vintage vogue wheel across the space in the middle.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Repeat pattern

I've done something a bit different for me. We learnt to play with this technique when I went on the workshop with Barbara Gray a few weeks ago. This is the first time I have had a go myself. I've used one of the Clarity Stamp corners and created a repeat pattern with it in the centre of the card. I also cut a small doily up and put it under each corner of the main design. I'll be doing some more of these now I know how LOL!
I'd like to enter it in to the Papertake Weekly challenge which is for "anything goes".

Monday, 5 September 2011


After watching Barbara Gray yesterday I was inspired to make this card. The Scarecrow is from her monthly club but the other two stamps are by Sheena Douglass but I thought they fitted.  It is certainly turning autumnal around here today! Can you see the little birds on the wire? Barbara showed us how to do those in her Classroom slot on Saturday, and I just had to try it out.
I'd like to enter this into the challenge on Polka Doodles for "autumn leaves".

Saturday, 3 September 2011

LIM week 31- metallic

This week on Less is More the challenge is the colour theme of "metallic". I've had this silver metallic butterfly and several others for sometime, they were part of a kit and I have no idea what to use them for, so I thought I would use one on my card. Next I decided to use one of my new embossing folders and for a change use it with black card and use cut and dry to put silver ink over the top. I added a little touch of diamond dust to the edges of the heads.

Then I remembered I had some edge embossing folders somewhere that I don't seem to use - that is because I found them in a totally different place to my other folders LOL! To hide the edge the folder left I scored some lines down the side. I'm not sure if it looks a bit dour - and needs ribbon, but "less is more"!
I'd also like to enter the card into the Creative Card Crew challenge - anything goes.