Friday, 21 July 2017

summertime birthday blooms

Another summer birthday card, and as many of you probably know if you visit my blog I don't do girly girly cards so this flower die is a step up for me. I have some girly stamps and that's generally how I make a girly car and though I have tried to add flowers and ribbons to make more girly I always feel the end product looks a bit like a badly travelled pizza. 

I started with a distress ink background I'm slowly getting the hang I think and decided on blues and greens for my colours in a gradient style.

I then added some white die cut flowers  antillles  floral stem from memory box, they do have a bordr die but I only have the stem but decided to make a border of my own. I cut the stem 3 times and laid them across the base of my background., which I had trimmed to fit onto a white base card leaving a small border. 

For the sentiment I stamped in versamark and embossed with white powder on vellum and cut it to fit across the bottom of the card with the sentiment to one side. I finished by adding some blue  and green rain drop gems . For me a girly card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Craft rocket -anything goes

creative inspirations - anything goes

My time to craft -in the garden

Creatalicious - anything goes optional summer

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

crafty creations -anything goes

A new use for wallpaper samples

Don't you just love a bit of sparkle , well I think my hubby thinks I'm part magpie as I'm drawn to sparkle but when it comes to jewellery it has to be of the high end quality and unfortunately for my husband that tends to be expensive but that doesn't mean I'm not choosy as I only have a select few pieces  that I truly cherish.

When it comes to cards that's a different matter and I'm all fr some bargain sparkle so when shopping for wallpaper in a certain DIY store that has a 2 letter name with an and in the middle I found this fab wallpaper and decided to bring home a sample. For those who are pink lovers they also had it in pink. It's glitter paper and has some great shine but as it's  wallpaper there is no shed. In my book that makes it perfect. I did think about buying a full roll but if I did I think it would last me forever.
Anyway the card I have to share with you is a square card and I cut a slightly smaller square of white card for the top layer of my card. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and created a grid of 9 snowflakes. I cut a piece of wallpaper just big enough to fit behind the snowflake layer and then mounted on my base card. I am so happy with this card and the wallpaper too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Little red wagon - Christmas in July

Star in my pocket - Christmas in July

CRAFT - Christmas in July

Cardz 4 Galz - Christmas or winter

HLS Christmas -anything goes optional die cuts

cardz 4 guys - Christmas in July

CAsSual Fridays - Christmas in July

Monday, 10 July 2017

Flowers for a guy?

I had another play with my distress inks , I made the background in colours I would go to for a guy and love how it turned out. I decided I would used the same blue ink to actually stamp some flower silhouettes using wildflower stamps from the darkroom. which I then embossed with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled really quickly as I didn't know how long it would stay wet for, as it happened it was a bit hit and miss but I don't know enough about distress ink to know if this is how they should work to give a distressed look. Either way I think they look ok.

I mounted the image onto a co-ordinating brown card mat  and then both layers onto a white base card leaving a white border.

The sentiment was again a darkroom sentiment of happy birthday stamped onto vellum  again using the same blue distress ink and clear embossing powder ,then matted onto brown card again and placed on the central area of the image near the bottom. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Just us girls - blending

crafty card makers - tic tac toe
(embossing,stamp or digi, summer)

stamping sensations - anything goes with flowers

flower power - embossing wet or dry

Penny's -anything goes

come and get it -make your own background

Simon says-distress

Twinkling flowers all in a row

I do like this technique of stacking die cuts atop each other. My first card you can find here and I explain a little more. For this card I used another poppy stamps die well its likely to be poppy stamps or memory box as they are the majority of dies I own in what I'm sure is quite a small collection (but it will grow).

I used the brighton flower border not sure if it works as well as less intricate dies but I think I made it work. This time I cut 5 in white card and coloured the edges of 4 and one completely using promarkers before gluing and stacking them, I used one of the negatives to keep the shape so it didn't go awry too much. Once dry I stuck straight onto a white base card landscape.

Once that had dried I went over it all with pva glue as I wanted to make it glossy and discovered my glossy accents had become solid and stuck the lid tight so when I tried to turn the bottle top off it split and hence ended up in the bin. I know I could have waited till I got some more but I decided to improvise and it worked quite well I think.

I finished my card with some pretty little gems for extra sparkle. Not sure what sentiment to add as I do have some girly birthdays coming up next month but its also sisters day on the first Sunday in august and I think it would make a pretty cool sisters day card too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

crafty galz corner - anything goes

Kitty Bee -girly cards

Pearly sparkles - girlie

Unstampables - everyday is special
twist lots of colour

Poppystamps challenge - just bling it

Right back to my die selection to see what other dies I can stack ,its pretty addictive and love the results too.

just a note to....

I found this technique whilst watching a Jenifer McGuire you tube video I stumbled across on a link from a link you get the idea . I don't have the dies she was using and actually can't remember which brand she used but I loved how her card turned out so decided to have a play and think its a technique I will be using over and over.
This card I made using a selection of poppy-stamps cat dies , I chose 3 different ones and cut 4 of each in white card and one of each in black glossy card.

I then simply glued them all together in stacks 4 white topped with one black so I ended up with 3 thick cats. I was going to colour the edges with black pen but decided I quite liked the white edge it sort of adds different dimension.

I decided to use the Tuesday morning sketches layout and that I would keep it monochrome too, I decided to add a just a note sentiment from Uniko as then I could use the card for a variety of occasions by adding whatever inside,it could be 'just a note' to wish you happy birthday, or to wish you get well, or to wish you good luck,or  to say hello. Endless possibilities and the cats could be equally for boy or girl of any age too although the colours I think might be a little more masculine.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

City crafter -Black and white

Show us your pussies - furrything goes

The male room - add texture

Jo's scrap shack - anything goes

HLS die challenge -anything goes

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Neutral celebrations

The challenge over at outside the box is to celebrate neutral colours, now I love my white on white  but when it comes to colour I'm a bit more in your face kinda girl, with the odd exception as baby cards I think should be white on white or pastels, a bit like I think young babies should be dressed in ,but that's just my opinion. (Something my hubby and I disagreed on greatly when our son was a baby many moons ago)

Anyway I do like a challenge so decided I would have a play and use some neutrals as well as having a go at one of the techniques Dave from outside the box posted in a video though think I definitely need more practice with inlaying my die cuts, perhaps I should have started with a simpler die?
I chose my colour which took me a considerable amount of time though with just neutrals I wouldn't have expected it to. I decided on a white base card, white die cuts and cream out cut not sure what to call it and black and I suppose grey for my colours.

I used the chrysanthemum corner and cut 2 i white removing all the little bits petals and stuff. I then took a piece of cream card the same size as my card and cut 2 more corners from it, this time keeping the waste and saving the die- cuts for another day.
I used black soot distress ink and black pearl gilding chalk to create my coloured areas. I did try using other inks in greys ,silver ,black and white but it just didn't work too well and looked yucky don't know how else to describe the result so fresh card and just distress ink and chalk.

I then added one of the corners over one of the coloured aresa sticking with glue, these swirls were fidly and I did struggle with them especially when I added the cream outcut next and found one of the swirls was so not where it should be. Finally I added the 2nd corner. I know its not perfect but don't think its too noticable well hopefully anyway. Perhaps I should send it to a man and then my misalignment will definitely not be noticed unless pointed out (sorry guys but most just don't see whats in front of them sometimes though there are exceptions).

I finished my card with a poppystamps die cut celebrate in a matt silver grey paper  which I thought blended quite well.

I am quite happy with my first attempt and neutrals do look OK, the white and cream reminds me of my childhood and a tablecloth my granny had but will definitely be trying the inlay technique again but perhaps with brighter colours next time.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Outside the box - noteworthy neutrals

Just us girls -celebrate

Dies R us- layers

Lemon Shortbread - anything goes

ScappyLand -anything goes

Crafty creations - anything goes

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Frostyville 2 ways

I don't normally make Christmas cards in summer, to me it should be dark and dismal and cool when making Christmas cards but hey there have been a few of our summer days that have fir the bill and felt more like November than it did June over the last couple of weeks  so Christmas cards why not.
Most of my dies seem to be memory box and poppystamp dies (these companies just because that's what I've got but I'm sure other company dies also allow)and I found are ideal for quick and easy but fab cards for mass production.

I used white base cards and for both these examples and used the memory box frostyville border die cut in white card.

My first card I used 2 die cuts and turned my card landscape adding one die to the top and one die cut to the bottom edge of the  card. I finished this card with a Britannia die cut seasons greetings sentiment cut in red mirricard and its done. 

My second card again used the frostyville border but this time my base card is portrait and the border is attached at the fold. I again used the same Britania sentiment this time in green mirricard. 

I also used a bauble die not sure of its name will add when I get chance. I cut two ,one white and one red mirricard and inlaid one another and then added a spellbinders poinsettia cut in white with some liquid pearls for the centre.

Again quite simple and clean looking.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges;-

613 Ave create -anything goes optional twist monochrome
(well one fits the optional challenge)

My time to craft -Christmas in July

Christmas card challenge - anything Christmas or photo inspiration

Unicorn challenges -Christmas in July

Simple starry wishes

Another guy light weight card for my mum in law and ex pat friends in Tenerife. This time white base card and again a paper matt , this time in navy blue and I also cut the britania 'happy birthday ' sentiment from the same paper. I used . 

I took a piece of white card again slightly smaller than my navy matt and used memory box starlit breeze die to cut vertically up one side so if gave a fancy border pattern to the card. I could have just added a piece of red mirri card beneath this panel but trying to keep the weight of the card down I cut the die again in red mirri card and inlaid the stars and dots. I had also cut the happy birthday into this card and inlaid the navy cut so the card remained as one layer , and as the centre of the matt had been removed so as to keep the card light weight it becomes virtually a one layer card.

Very clean and simple but perfect for a guy and airmail post too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Creatalicious - red ,white and blue / anything goes

less is more - colours of your country's flag

cards in envy -red ,white and blue

Brilliance positive and negative birthday wishes

My mum in law lives in Tenerife whereas we live in the UK  and unlike here in the UK greeting cards are apparently hard to come by and when you do they are rather expensive . 

We were going over on holiday and she asked if I could make some light weight cards that could be sold through their weekly meeting of expats  and preferably could they be for men and anniversarries so I set to work.

I started with this fab poppystamps die I just love it not only can it work for both guys and girls depending on how you colour it but you can use the words from within it to create the negative to the positive or even inlay the words if you cut 2 in different colours or even several colours to make multi-colour inlays.

I coloured my card first with brilliance dies in a band pattern as I thought it might be a little difficult colouring the letters individually once cut. The fiddly bit was getting glue on the individual letters and pushing them out of the die onto a white base card to create the second design. In hind sight I should have waited until I bought some double sided sticky sheet as it would have made this process a lot cleaner I think , something to try next time.

I was so pleased with how they turned out I decided to do some more in other colours, so the glue bit can't have been that bad.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges;-

AAA -words take centre stage

CASual fridays - tic tac toe
(I chose stripes,no embellishment and texture

crafty friends - man/boy

HLS CAS -birthdays

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

cards galore encore - anything goes

Friday, 30 June 2017

Tropical best fishes

I love this Aurora wings fish its part of a set of two but I decided I was only going to use this one alone for my card.  I decided to make this card . I coloured my fish with promarkers and then fussy cut it out. For extra shine I covered my image in pva glue and left it to dry.

My background was white card covered with distress inks and water drops added and dried just for a more watery effect.

I treated myself to some new dies and these fab hibiscus dies are such fun. I used both the hibiscus and happy hibiscus dies and fancy blossom dies. I cut several flowers of each size out in dark pink card and the stamens in yellow card. 

The leaves I cut from white card and coloured with promarkers. I used promarkers to add definition to the petals using a darker pink and then slightly lighter pink to blend all together,I coloured the flower centres with orange. The stamens I added pink dots to for the pollen.
The promarkers also softened the card which made it easier to shape the petals using a ball tool on the reverse of the flowers.


I attached flowers and leaves to each corner of my background base, but decided it still needed something. I used a Dienamics swirl die again cut in white card and coloured with promarker. I didn't use the whole swirl but cut small sections and stuck them in place just sticking out from beneath the flowers and leaves.

I then positioned and stuck my dried fish to the centre of my card. I pondered about where to put my sentiment. I had already decided to use a 5  by 7 card base which allowed a nice white border around my little fishy scene and allowed the flowers to overhang my background without getting squashed in an envelope. I went with this tiny sentiment from a mini set from Lily of the valley, sends good wishes but doesn't detract from the rest of the card.

I was really pleased with how my card turned out and love the flowers they really worked just how I hoped.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Always playing with paper - flowers,bright,watercolour,birthday and square
(I chose brights ,flowers and birthday)

A gem of a challenge - summer colours

Allsorts - flower power

Make my monday - summer brights

Addicted to stamps - summer and beaches

LMMC - anything goes

cute card thursday - anything goes

Better with Wine?

Art Impressions does some fun stamps but have to admit sometimes I wonder if a recipient might get a little offended so guess you really have to know the person you are sending to really well and be careful with the sentiment you choose.
This group of ladies I have adorned on a card for my sister in law and am hoping she sees the funny side, many of the pictures she has posted of her are out with friends and shall we say well lubricated with lack of inhibition juice of one kind or another.

I coloured the image with promarkers and fussy cut it out.

The layout is from Kraftin Kimme monthly sketch for June ,well my interpretation. I used a memory box happy birthday sentiment die and cut it in pale blue pearl card and laid this as a banner across my backing paper which is that old I've lost the front cover to the paper book so many appologies to the designer for credit. I used a stitched circle die from outside studio for my sentiment and as I wanted it to fit behind the happy birthday without blocking the patterned paper from showing through I trimmed it a little. The sentiment comes with the AI stamp set along with a couple of others too.

I also tucked my fussy cut image behind the happy birthday and for quite a simple layout I love how it turned out and its girly for me but guess the colours have a bit to do with that too. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Crafting when we can - use an image

Creative inspirations -dots and or stripes

Kraftin kimme -anything goes using June sketch

I love promarkers- special occassion

Deep ocean -lots of layers

Creative Knockouts -for the girls

Time out challenges - celebrations optional one layer

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Anniversary neutrals

I've had this stamp forever its part of a cube think its by Judikins but can't actually remember . I decided it was time to ink it up and I wanted to make it the focal point rather than just a filler so I inked it up with cocoa versa ink I tried adding clear embossing powder but discovered I wasn't really quick enough as the ink dried without any of the powders sticking so that went out the window. In stead I used a water brush pen and added some more ink to create shaping before fussy cutting the 3 leaves out.

I decided to keep the rest of the card really simple and I used a white base card. I used a wood pattern embossing folder to emboss the base card front. I cut 2 squares of white card one slightly larger than the other , I then rounded the corners with a corner punch.. The larger square I used the same cocoa ink and covered the edges so the mat completely compliments  my leaves.

The hardest part of this card was arranging the leaves to get the look I wanted but I think I managed that, I finished my card with a stamped sentiment again in cocoa, think I slipped a bit as I can see  an edge. Its all very neutral and soft .

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Simon says -anything goes

Little red wagon -3 of a kind

Crafty gals corner -anything goes

Brown sugar -anything goes

Sweet stampin' - lots of layers (hope 3 counts as lots)

Summer wishes

I  have quite a few family birthdays this summer so thought I'd make a start and as the weather is so grotty today dull cool and rainy , typical UK summer weather .

I love these Itty bitty bees from memory box, I find it quite therapeutic to sit and make a whole swarm, I also have some lady birds and they are just as fun too.

I cut them from white card and colour the various bits and add stickles to the wings before putting the parts together. 

I used some of the out cuts from a poppystamps happy birthday background die and apart from the colour in my bumblebee I decided to go for white on white.

I used another Poppy stamps die this bountiful sunflower again cut in white card I love all the details on this flower. I decided to add some summer sunshine or I guess it could be an early evening moon by adding an open studio circle . I hope it suggests that the light from the full moon or sunshine is glinting on the bee and that's why you can see its colour.

I hope that whichever family member I send this to has the same feeling of a late summer evening , warm and balmy just like this card makes me feel. I think it helps  that even though it's dull outside I seem to have got the feel of sunshine with the light shining behind my card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Oddball -anything goes 'spread your wings'

Memory box-birthday celebrations

Addicted to CAS - white on white

Shopping our stash - lazy summer days

The paper shelter - summer birthday

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wood working Dad

My son wanted a father's day card for his Dad and asked if I could make him one. His Dad has recently being doing some woodwork construction , he's made my son's cat an outdoor cat tree, a really nice big bird table and two bin storage as well as built my son 2 decking areas and a large pergola so my son thought something wood worky would fit the bill.

I had been looking at the workshop border from memory box so it seemed the perfect push to move it to the top of my wish list and treat myself to.
It is such a fun die I cut it  several times ,one in matt silver, one mirri silver card and then the tools with handles that are normally different to plain metal in neon green and yellow. 

I layered the matt silver behind the mirri silver card but for the saw I trimmed away the mirri silver so the matt silver showed behind.I also very slightly off set the silver mirri card to give a shadow effect. I then added the green and yellow handles to the various tools. 

I created my background using an embossing folder  which I covered the raised area with brown ink before embossing on to brown card different shade of course. I cut this down slightly so it left a small white border when attached to a white A5 base card.

The workshop border I stuck across the centre of the card  making a landscape card. 

I finished the card with a sentiment of course using an outcut from a poppystamps die happy birthday background. I attached the white letters using glue and to give the appearance that they were nailed there I used a silver gel pen to put dots to represent nails in appropriate places.

Therest of the sentiment I used a stamp and embossed onto pearl brown card. I originally tried heat embossing on the matt silver card but found that when I applied heat to the card it separated the plastic covering so I had to find an alternative. I stamed in vera mark and embossed with copper embossing powder. I again used the silver gel pen to add 'nails to the corners.

Have to say I was really pleased how the card turned out and both my son and hubby were also really liked the design too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Dies R us- celebrations

crafting with friends-anything goes

613 Ave.create -anything goes optional embossing folder stamping

Scrappyland - embossing

creative knockouts -for the boys

that's crafty -keep it simple

Monday, 26 June 2017

Snorkelling Paradise

 I was lucky enough to win this fab collage die in one of the memory box blogs blitz earlier this year and it really is such a fun die to work with. I cut the die on white card using a rectangle off cut to create a panel that would fit onto an 5 card with a couple of borders. I then used distress inks to  a piece of white card A5 size and used distress inks to create a  colour the outer surround of the collage using greens and blues so it would be slightly darker than the base I intended creating. The fish and weeds on the collage I coloured with promarkers. Don't you just love the bubble effect. My intention was to create a window effect as though looking into or out of a cave couldn't decide which it would be.

I then took another offcut of white card and marked the edges of the collage window lightly with pencil. I then again used distress inks and using the bits that pop out of the collage as a stencil I colored some fish on my base. I then coloured the 'water' with blue distress inks and layered this behind my collage. This layer not only formed my background but also a matting layer so 2 jobs done in one.

The card base I again used white card and a fiskars embossing board of waves to add texture and dimension and tie in with the collage too. I layered my images onto the card and added a friendly crab to finish off. My card was coloured with Promarkers and then covered in pva glue to give a shiny effect. I only used pva as my glossy accents seems to have dried up.

I love how it turned out and think it will make a great birthday card for my step brother next month as not only is it summery but has a crab on which is his star sign Cancer (only just thought of that).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Daring card makers -inspired by the sea

Do-Al(l) -Kreative -early summer

crazy 4 challenges - use water

glitter n sparkle -anything goes

creative fingers -anything goes

Penny's -anything goes

Creatalicious- anything goes optional dies/punches

Just us girls -summer vacation photo week

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A weed or not a weed that is the question?

Anyone who knows me knows I love daisies , I love all flowers but I do have favourites just like everyone else and daisies are top of my list. I believe in a quote I think from Eeyore  that 'weeds are flowers too' and for me a weed is just a flower in the wrong place and in my garden I do have rather a lot of those at present.

Anyway I remember mum having some Michaelmus daies in her garden as a child they just looked like purple daisies so when out with mum one day whilst waiting for a tram I saw some growing on waste ground I wandered over and pulled one up just one sinlge daisy. Mum said it would die before we got home but when home I put the wilted flower in water and the following day it had sprung back to life nd I planted it. That was aboyt 15 years ago and now I have lots of daisies in places I don't want them but I keep pulling them up before they go to seed and still they come . A few is ok but not sure I like it when they take over.

Michaelmas daisies not only make me think of my childhood but summer too so my CAS card was designed with that in mind.

I used a daisy stamp and masking  created a strip of flowers., which I coloured with promarkers. They are a little more purple than the daisies I have in my garden but I love the richness of that deep colour. I then cut the strip so some of the petals were trimmed and mounted on some green mirri card to give a border. I finished the card by adding to a white base card.

No sentiment as yet as it could be birthday , thank you  or even a get well card and I could add a peel off or a mini tag so the card could go landscape or portrait depending on the sentiment position but I think I like it landscape for a change.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Colour crazy -anything goes

create and makes -anything goes optional use yellow

Addicted to stamps and more - anything goes

flower power challenge - anything goes

It's no great Diorama

In fact it's quite cute and dinky well I think so. I was inspired by Olga from Poppystamps design team as she made a diorama along with so many other fab projects which although could be cards are like little landscape masterpieces in card and paper. 

I decided to have a play with some of my dies as I am loving learning and trying new techniques combining with and without stamps and this is what I came up with. 

I cut 3 stitched rectangle frames from white card , and cut some strips that I scored to concertina for the sides which can fold so if I wanted the diorama could fold flat in an envelope for posting. I created my different scenes on each of the frames. The foreground I used a grass die , some baby bunnies and butterflies. 

 Behind the bunnies I added green vellum and added a meadow and added a mum and baby deer. 

 The second frame I added a second meadow a little taller and two more deer one a stag with antlers so now I had a big happy family. 

 I used green vellum for the meadows as this allows light to pass through but you could do each layer with just white card if you wanted to.

On the back of the final frame I added green vellum cut with a cloud die to form a tree line then a  full rectangle of white vellum and created my sky scene using birds and  a hot air balloon.

Here you can see all 3 layers , I took the photo on a slight angle tp show this.

Here you can see the diorama with the light behind it, only sunlight but you could use artificial light of some kind too.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:-

Allsorts -use 2 or more dies

HLS - anything goes with dies

city crafter - frame it

TTCRD - anything goes

Deep Ocean challenges - dies,chipboard and punches