Thursday, 16 March 2017

Green & A Glimmer of Gold - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

At the end of last year I made a personal challenge to be more organised with my workload.  As a consequence, I started making my Mother's Day cards in January, which is early for me.  I have a couple left to do and one for my Mum too, as I sold the card I'd made for her!  Well, someone saw it, wanted it and I couldn't say no.  Plus it's gone to another Mum.  I will make her an even better one........

As it's St Patricks Day, Lythan set the challenge of using green and gold on our cards.  I used an old Stampin Up set which has a favourite sentiment of mine.  I heat embossed the flowers and sentiment in gold then coloured in the flowers using my alcohol markers.  I fussy cut the flowers and arranged them on my card.  I finished by adding glitter washi tape along the bottom, well, it's been a while hasn't it?!  I miss glitter if I don't use it at least once a week on a project........

The sentiment is completed inside the card:

For further inspiration and to enter the challenge please go to the Daring Cardmakers Blog.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Enjoy the sunshine!

Products Used:
Stampin Up Set - Mother's Love 
Ranger Embossing Powder
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 March 2017

Take the Rough with the Smooth - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've seen a play on Egypt this week and I heard all about how they preserved body parts etc. It was performed by my eldest son's class and was a joy to watch.  The outfits were amazing!

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge for this week.  Joanne set the challenge to combine something rough/bumpy with something smooth/shiny.

I used a DCWV DIY Stencils Stack for my make.  The 12x12 stack of papers comes with reusable stencils. I used them to create a border around my card with my home made embossing paste.  It's so easy to do and I made this one with the addition of glitter and metallic paints - luscious!

RECIPE FOR GLITTER EMBOSSING PASTE: I mixed one portion paint, 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions talc (you can use bicarbonate of soda, I found it gives more texture) and 1 portion glitter.  You can use fine or course glitter but I used the fine as it's what I had.

The paste only took about 15 minutes to dry naturally and in that time I die cut my feathers and inked them with chalk ink before assembling the card.  A glittered pearl and ribbon finished it off.

I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge this week and see all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

Enjoy your weekend,

Products Used:
DCWV DIY Project Stack Stencils
Dovecraft Feather Dies
Versamark Chalk Ink
Docrafts Metallic Gold Paint
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 3 March 2017

March Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy March!

The first Friday of every month over on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is an Elemental one. This month Enfys chose the photo from which you have to choose a minimum of 3 elements and incorporate them into your card.

It really was a challenge for me this week, it took me ages to decide on what to do but I ended with this:

The elements I used were the black and white stripes from the rug, the circular coffee tables, the chrome from the light fitting and the wood from the furniture,

I used a wood grain embossing folder on kraft card and then went over it with distress inks to bring out the embossing futher. You can see it more clearly here:

I hope that you'll join in with this week's challenge and see all the other inspirational cards HERE.

World Book Day Part 2 in in full swing today.  We had Harry Potter yesterday and today Darth Vader has made an appearance (don't ask!) and I'm off to prepare for my demo on Sunday!

Enjoy your weekend,

Products Used:
First Edition Love Story Papers
Craftwork Cards Candi
Craft Work Cards Banner
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Sizzix Circle Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tear It Up - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've felt like I've been a day behind all week and all because I was away at CHSI Stitches on Monday.  It was a good opportunity to network, meeting up with friends old and new and those who I work with in the craft industry.  I enjoyed seeing some new products and even got to do a Workshop.

This week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge was set by Dawn.  She asked for an element of tearing on our cards.  I love a bit of tearing so this Challenge was right down my street and I created a card with torn textural layers.  It was SO much fun!

You can see the layers a little better on this photo:

I used distress inks on the edges of the torn paper and on the wooden hearts.  There's lots more inspiration by my fellow DT members HERE and I hope you'll join in!

Have a great weekend,

Products Used:
Sizzix Thinlit die
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 17 February 2017

Going Geometric - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday once again,

It's been a hectic week with half term and preparing for my youngest son's 5th birthday today.  We're off to see Lego Batman at the cinema shortly.

The challenge set by Leo over at the Daring Cardmakers this week is to create a geometric pattern to use on your card.  I ended up using a really old stamp I found in my archives which I stamped multiple times then cut out by hand. I formed a pattern with the triangles and added a sentiment and a glitter cupcake die cut.

After making this card I ended up preparing for a demo I have this weekend and used the new Blooming Lovely range by Trimcraft to create a different take on the theme as it was still in my mind.

You can see a lot more inspiration from my fellow DT members on the Daring Cardmakers blog.  I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend!

Products used:
Cocoa Daisy Stamp
Tim Holtz Sentiment Dies
Dovecraft Cupcake Die
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely range
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Stamps By Polly Allsorts and Winners of the Blog Giveaway

Happy Valentines Day!

I thought it apt to do a post showcasing a set of stamps designed by the very talented Angela of Polly Allsorts as they have hearts on them!  You can find out more about her work and stamps HERE.  The stamps have a stitched theme to them and I used them to make a tag card with embossing powders and distress inks.

For my second sample I used the distress inks to watercolour the stamps and made a birthday card to show the versatility of the stamps.

Please do have a look at Polly Allsorts' FB page and support her.

Before I end, I had a blog giveaway a couple of weeks ago and as it's half term, my little one did the draw for the 2 winners.  They are DRUMROLL........

1. Janice Rohde
2. Cathy Clowes

Congratulations to you both! Please PM me your details and I will pop your anti static pads in the post to you.

Enjoy your day,

Products Used:
Stamps by Polly Allsorts
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mirror, Mirror - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

Sharon set the challenge this week and asked for something reflective on our cards.  I chose both foiling on the butterfly using the Stix 2 iron and foil sheets plus the addition of blue mirri card for the feathers.

I usually do anything that creates mess outside.  It's so much safer that way, but it was raining and I thought to myself 'how much mess can a little paint spatter make?'.  Wrong.  Even though I had partially covered stuff I obviously didn't do a good enough job.  Next time I'll use a box as was suggested to me - a little too late!

Dovecraft have a fantastic new range of stamps and this one is an absolute favourite of mine.  I love the sentiment.  I can relate it to so many of my friends so this year they'll all be getting a card with the same sentiment!

I hope you'll join in the challenge this week and look at the stunning creations by my fellow DT members HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Sizzix Butterfly Die 
Dovecraft Feather Die
Dovecraft Friends Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Foils
Stix 2 Anything Craft Iron
Everything else from my stash