Wednesday, 20 August 2014

#86 Back to School

For the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow we know it will shortly be time to go 'Back to School', so your challenge is to produce a project with this in mind. Please pop over to the main blog to see the wonderful inspirational projects from the Design Team. For my card, I have used various papers from my stash to create the background, all matted onto Kraft card.  I added some blue buttons and a LOTV sentiment. The main image is 'Back to School - Boy' from LOTV, coloured with Promarkers. I am looking forward to visiting you to see your projects. Have fun and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Stepper Card

At Cardz 4 Guyz over the next week the challenge is to make a Stepper Card. There are many different forms of stepper card, so you do have a wide choice. There are lots of tutorials and suggestions on You Tube and Pinterest, simply add Stepper card and you will be spoilt for choice. The style I have chosen is simple, with only a couple of cuts and few folds. The background is silver mirri board to give a bright contrast to the dark sky and leaves. The stamps are all from Sheena Douglass - A Little Bit Magical - The Quest. I have used TH Distress inks to colour the background sky. The leaves and the owl  have been coloured with various  Promarkers. The sentiment is from my stash. I thought this would make a suitable card for a male person who has been awarded either a degree or a certificate, to congratulate them on their success. If you have never made a stepper card, please do give it a try and share with us on the the challenge, maybe it is a STEP out of your comfort zone, go on have a go.  The DT have again provided us with some wonderful creative inspiration, please do pop over to see their projects.

#181 Sketch at TSOAT

I am thrilled to have been invited to join a sketch and stamp challenge blog called 
Try Stamping on a Tuesday, this is my first challenge so I am looking forward to being part of a marvellous team of very talented crafters. Please do pop over to the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team. For my card, following the sketch, for the background I used paper from LOTV - Father Knows Best paper pad. The main image stamp is  Sunflowers from LOTV, coloured with Promarkers. The butterfly was a freebie with The Craft Stamper magazine. I am so looking forward to joining you all as I visit to comment on your creations. Have fun and happy crafting. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

By the Sea

At Fantasy Stampers for the next two weeks our challenge is By The Sea. There are so many ways we can enjoy a visit to be By the Sea. The main requirement is you must use an inked stamp, digis are not accepted. For my card, I have chosen to use Hobby Art stamps from the Coastal Scene It set, I do love these stamps. I am not an artist, I beleive I am a crafter, but when I use these Hobby Art stamps with a water colour brush in my hand, I feel how an artist must feel. There was a lot of masking involved to complete this card, it took a few tries to ensure the houses weren't floating in the sky, but I had a lot of enjoyment in the final result. I am looking forward to visiting you to see your creations 'By The Sea'. Have fun everyone. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Back to School

Here we are into another month at Sparkles Forum, for the next month, our challenge will be Back to School. For this is the time when education kicks off for another term, when the summer will be over. How did that happen so fast? So Back to School, the DT have produced some wonderful inspiration please pop over to check them out. For my card, I am so loving these folded stepper cards, they add a little extra I think, fashions and favourites they come and go, and this is my current favourite. I used red card for the base, matted with a sheet from a paper pad in my stash. Die cut the image with a Go Kreate die. The wonderful little girl is from LOTV - Back to School -Girl. Coloured with Promarkers. I am looking forward to visiting you to see your creations. Have fun.
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N is for Natural

For the letter N at Alphabet Challenges Sheena has challenged us to use something which is Natural, a piece of wood, shells, dried flowers, raffia, sand etc. anything which you think is suitable for your project. For my card the background paper is from LOTV 'Father Knows Best' paper pad,  I stamped a few grasses from My Paper World stamps, inked the edges with TH Vintage Photo. The image is Song Thrush from Inkylicious, brushed with Brushed Corduroy and Faded Jeans, matted onto a piece of Kraft card edged with Vintage Photo. The sentiment in the top left corner is from Creative Expressions - Birds stamp set. To complete the requirement of natural additions, there is hessian, a twig from my garden and a piece of broken shell. Please do pop over to the challenge, the Design Team have created wonderful inspiration for you to enjoy and be inspired by for the next two weeks. Have fun and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


The challenge for the next week at Cardz 4 Guyz is Cameras or Photos, combination of both, basically anything to do with photography. I recently made this 5 x 5 inches concertina album for my card class. As the challenge is open for all aspects of papercrafating, then small books, scrapbook pages are ideal entries. The booklet holds some snaps of some of the events of 2014, the reverse side has been kept for later in the year events, in total it will hold ten pictures of two of my grandsons, brothers Matthew and James. These small albums are perfect to keep. I imagine handing, half of a pile over to each of them when they reach the age of 18.