Tuesday, 31 October 2017

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall @ CD Sunday


I made a card for the last CD Sunday challenge here on which I featured leaves. So I think I peaked too soon with the leaves! I had a look through my cdroms and decided on this image from A Touch of Elegance cdrom as it has some leaves falling.

I then got out some snippets that I had saved from a workshop at this time of year - last year! I had saved these die cut leaves as I don't have this die and the coordinating snippets of paper. The base card is some embossed Hunkydory card from my stash - but again a snippet.

Finally I used the Phill Martin Scribbled dies to add the sentiment. I thought "Birthday Greetings" went well with the image as it is a little more olde worlde way of saying Happy Birthday.

I'm entering this card into the CD Sunday challenge "When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall" and also the Snippet Playground. I have no more of these snippets left now - I decided I'd kept them long enough and they were really down to scraps!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Anything goes @ Simon Says Stamp

I just love these stamps from Visible Image but this is the first time they've seen ink. I've actually combined two sets here. I'm on a mission to get out unused stash - again!

I began by creating a background using a sun ray stencil which then led me to think of it being behind the door. I bleached out the colour and recoloured the door. I've coloured the "buttons" with a the glitter dual pens. Finally I added a little black border with a sharpie.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where it's "Anything goes".

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Autumn Glory


It' s ages since I've had the glitter flakes out and the colours always remind of Autumn. I decided to use a piece of acetate which I had stamped onto first and then blanking a little part for the moon I covered with the flakes, then removed the mask and applied silver just to that part.


I used Penny Black leaf stamps to create a background with Distress oxides. I have a ton of autumn acetate and so decide a little piece would fit nicely under the black matting and over a piece of the gold card.

I'm trying to get out my old dies and use them. So this is a label die with a Paula Pascale sentiment. I used the stamps to lightly put the same inks over the little piece of card to tone with the background.

I'm entering this card into the Autumn glory challenge at Stamping Sensations.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

October Rudolph Day

It's that time again! Rudolph Day over on Mo's blog.

For my card this month I used a cdrom from Ooh La La Creations. I used software to place the image over the backing paper and then printed out. I've used some rose gold card to cut out a couple of dies and the sentiment is from indigo blu.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

LIM #351 Monsters

The challenge for "monsters" over at Less is More this week prompted me to get this fab stamp out from Swedish House Crafts. It's called Lucia Christmas Carol (Luciat├ąget) and it's made by Gummiapan. They are celebrating Santa Lucia which is a traditional Swedish celebration on the 13th of December each year.

I only used part of the stamp on this first card. You can see the full version below. I created a background using sparkle pens and stamped the image once onto the background and then again on a piece of card which I cut around and mounted over the top. Ive coloured the images with promarkers and dual glitter pens. I also used the dual pens for the squiggle lines around the image, this means when the light catches it one way it shows purple and the other blue.

Below is the first version of the card I made but I thought it was maybe not LIM enough. I used the Gummiapan sentiment die which has a fab modern script.


I'm also entering the first card into the Craft stamper blog challenge for anything goes.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Include an animal at Ooh la la Creative challenge blog

Jennifer has chosen our theme over at Ooh la la Creations Challenge blog this time. She would like to see you "include an animal" on your creation.

For my DT card I've used the Say It With Words cdrom.

I used one of the pre-designed cards from the cdrom - this is literally click and print! Hope to see you over at the challenge blog with your designs.

Friday, 20 October 2017

For the love of dogs - CD Sunday challenge


Two posts in one day! I thought I had another week to enter the challenge at CD Sunday but realise this is the second week! Time is just flying by. I may not remember to post before the deadline tomorrow so I decided to do it today.

I've used Bertie from The Paula Oakley collection cdrom by Ooh la la creations for my card. To make him a little autumnal I die cut some leaves and a fir cone. Reminds me of walking in all the fallen leaves.

As all those little leaves are cut from snippets I am also popping over to the Snippet Playground with this card.

Make Waves with Pion Design Mermaid for Swedish House Crafts




Today it is my turn to guest on the Swedish House Crafts Blog.

I just love these Pion Design papers - Legends of the Sea. I've only used a few of the images there are lots left - biggest problem is deciding which ones to use! To complement the images I used papers from Maja Design -Denim and Friends and Life in the Country.

I added some flower ribbon from my stash which was the perfect contrasting colour. To hide the tape holding the ribbon on I dusted it with some glitter. The little sequins are Flat Milk White ones from the shop. Don't let the name fool you, because when they catch the light they have other lovely colours showing too.

I distressed the edges of the papers and used Distress ink to colour them. The flowers are Antique White paper from the shop.


I really enjoyed making this card which is a little different from my usual style. It must be the Swedish House influence!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

LIM week #350 OLC Stars

The challenge on Less is More this week is for a one layer card and stars. I decided to use this Woodware stamp and then my own handwriting!

I'm learning brush lettering - although you wouldn't know from this! After writing with a black pen I then traced around with one of the Pentel dual colour glitter pens - also using it to add some detail to the stamp.

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.