Sunday, 29 June 2014

Round Again at CD Sunday Challenges

Hello again, here at CD Sunday Challenges, still going for two week themes for the summer, are asking for a project which is going Round Again or  Re-Cycled.  For me the actual main body of this card, has been used earlier, for a card for my husband, but I decided to re- use it, with of course a different topper and design. The decoupaged topper is waste from a print out, not a re-cycle but a use up, waste cut offs, which I should do more often. I have a box of them, waiting for that 'one day'! My greetings label is also a lift off from a previous card, along with the pretty button. Do look on the blog to see how the DT have inspired you with their Round Again projects. I'm looking forward to visiting you. Take care everyone and have fun. 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Christmas in June

I know, Christmas in June,  I hear you say. Then again why not? So here we go at My Time To Craft  for the next two weeks, yes for the summer we are going fortnightly, our theme is Chistmas in June. Please pop over to the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.  Have fun everyone and go on, dig out the Christmas Card making box. For my card, I used paper from Papermania Festive Spots and Stripes pack. A Doily, ivy leaves, paper roses, white lace and green ribbon with a diamante ribbon slider. Greetings labels from LOTV  - Set 32 Christmas Sentiment Tags, I love them, I guess they will be on every Christmas card I make this year. The image is of course LOTV - A Christmas Dance, coloured with Promarkers, a Quickie  glue pen, with Glamour Dust sprinkled for her fur trims and the snow. I am looking forward to visiting you to see your early Christmas cards. Have fun and stay well. 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Stamping at Ruby's Rainbow

Hello, and welcome to my visitors, every individual visitor makes having a blog all worthwhile, but when you leave a comment, well, you have no idea how happy and upifting it is, unless of course, you too have a blog. For the next two weeks at  Ruby's Rainbow the theme is STAMPING. Come on ladies, let us see your stamping.  Please do pop over to see the wonderful samples from the Design Team. My card was made for the challenge in the Shabby Chic style, yet the topper started out as a tutorial at my card class.  I had a request to show how to use Flowersoft, which has been sprinkled on the baskets on the bike. The bike is a Katy Sue Designs stamp, one of their very first stamps, so I suppose it could now be called an antique stamp, but I still love it, it is so useful and versatile. The topper was coloured using Promarkers. The papers are a mixture from my stash. Embellishments consist of hessian, pretty flowery cotton ribbon, handmade flowers, Martha Stewart leaf punch. I look forward to seeing your stamping, enjoy the challenge and again, thank for popping by.
I am also entering these challenges
Whoopsi Daisy Challenges - Summer
Sweet Stamps - Summer
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Weekend Activities
Vintage Stamping - Summer Blooms

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

~Sport time at Cardz 4 Guyz

At Cardz 4 Guyz for the next week we have for our theme - SPORT - Julie has chosen this for us, at this apt time, with so many major sporting events being held over the summer  months. As long it is a project related to a sport and for a male person then why not enter. I made my card with a decoupaged image from the Fabulous Fellas CD by Katy Sue Designs. I matted the image onto patterned papers with a Baseball design, bringing together the UK and US sports. I also constructed the card below, using the decoupage image and the template from the same CD. If you look closely I added a brad for a door handle and the numbers 25 on the door, of course you could add any numbers, for maybe someone's age. It was fun making so I thought I woudl share it with you.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Here Comes Summer

Stamp used is  Grasses from Woodware Stamps
At Fantasy Challenges you will find for the next two weeks our challenge which is 'Here Comes Summer'. So many choices for you with this theme. Here in the NE of England, the summer has been with us for a week or so, today is no exception. I am only hoping over the neaxt two weeks it stays warm and sunny for Wimbledon. I made my card with the memories of long warm sunny walks in the countryside, minutes from my door. I stamped the entrire background with a Versamark pad. I added mica powder in stripes. I then stamped with Versamark onto the background, which lifted mica powder off with the stamp, which gives a soft shadow effect. I then lightly sprayed from a distance with  cheap hair spray. When completley dry, left aside for a few days, I finally stamped the same stamp slightly away from the previous impression, this time using a black Memento ink pad. The sentiment is from Hobby Art. I look forward to visiting your creations over the next two weeks, enjoy the summer weather wherever you may be. Have fun. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

J is for Jingle Bells

At  Alphabet Challenges we are now letter J, which is to be Jingle Bells. It doesn't have to be for Christmas. Bells are rung for many other occasions during the year. I am saying this and yet, yes, I went for the obvious.
I have only recently got the Shawn Jenkins Collection CD from Ooh! La! La! Creations. Once I saw this iamge it was a no brainer to be making a card for the challenge. The background paper is from the same disc. I used a Kraft card rather than a white one. The ribbon tied into a bow to decorate along with  a few card candi. I am looking forward to visiting you over the next few weeks. I hope you can continue to enjoy the summer we are experiencing in UK at present.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Happy Anniversary

For our theme this week at Cardz 4 Guyz we are celebrating - a Happy Anniversary - .My card is more CAS than I normally make but I needed to jump out of my comfort box again.  I  found I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I have used papers from a Generations Stackers - Natural Colours Block, punched the larger hearts with a Fiskars Scissor punch, (love it!)  The smaller hearts were stamped using a heart in the Woodware Baby Patch Elephant stamp set. Black ribbon from stash. Greeting stamp from a free set with a magazine. i do hope ypu pop over to the blog, we have been going now for almost six months and it is wonderful when we have new and following visitors popping by. The Design Team have again excelled.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

At the Beach

I know we say it  often, but don't the months go by quickly? Here we are again at Sparkles Monthly with our theme for June. What else could it be other than At The Beach or Summer Fun, You can choose which one to make your project. I have recently bought the gorgeous Halycon Days CD from Crafter's Companion with embroidery artwork by Abigail Mill. All of the elements are from the CD, the bunting, the bows and the buttons. I look forward to visiting you, the past month has been so amazing with your wonderful entries. I am sure we can once again look forward to seeing even  more amazing entries during June.

Thanks to our sponsor this month 
  Prize  - £10. 00 Voucher for the lucky winner. 

Use A Die at CD Sunday Challenges

 Here we are into our two weekly slot at CD Sunday Challenges, for the next two weeks we would like to see you Use A Die,  any form of dies will do, but don't forget we are a CD shallenge so you must use something from a CD. The lovely weather at present, is showing the beautiful blooms to their best, so I thought it would be ncie to see some pretty blooms from Debbie Moore Designs - Lizzy Lu Inspirations. I love the pretty pastel pinks against the strong vibrant sunflower. All the papers and images are from the CD. The additional elements are from dies, the large scroll and butterfly are from Go Kreate Dies. I'm hoping your enjoying having a little more time to pop into the blog to see the amazing entries from the Design Team, and just think you have two weeks to play and enter - have fun, I'll be popping into your blogs to say Hi over the next two weeks, enjoy any good weather sent your way. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A D.L Card

For the next two weeks at My Time To Craft we are challenging you to make a D.L card. A what? Do I hear you say? At one time DL cards were very popular in the UK but seem to have fallen out of favour, I would like to see them around again. What is a DL? I have heard varied explanations but for me it is simply - Double the Length, My card measures 3.5 inches wide so is 7 inches long. You can also make them smaller or bigger, as long as the length is double the width. They can be used either portrait or landscape wise.  I used Craftwork Cards papers from their Vogue collection. I added from my stash, a button, a few hat pins and some lace. These cards are neat and easy to make and yet I think look elegant. If this is your first DL, I hope you enjoy and if not then you will hopefully regain the pleasure of using one again. I look forward to visiting you, please pop and see the DL cards made by the DT they are amazing, so creative.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Little Gifts

At ABC Christmas Challenges this week is L - for Little Gifts,  I have made an easel card. The papers are from a Fizzy Moon Christmas pad (2013). The stamp is the adorable Penguin Presents, greetings and tags are by LOTV, I coloured  the penquin with Aquamarkers, I'm leaning towards those at present. The additional small Christmas parcels have been 'borrowed' from my Dolls House Christmas store room.
I am also entering this card into the following;-
Sparkles Monthly Christmas - challenge is Your Favourite Combo - Mine is Blue and White.
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Ribbon and Trims, - hoping my parcels will be accepted, they all have ribbons.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Flora or Fauna

For the next two weeks we at Ruby's Rainbow are challenging you to an old favourite, Flora or Fauna.
Flowers are always a very happy choice and from what I've read and been told, the most popular theme on any bought , sent and made greetings card. They do fit all occasions and there are so many different ways to present floral cards. I decided to use one of my lovely LOTV floral stamps, I chose the foxgloves, such pretty colours. I used my Aquamarkers  to water -colour the image, which I greatly enjoyed, so peaceful and relaxing. The background papers are also from LOTV - Promises as is the greeting stamp. All of the embellishments, lace, punched border, small flowers, stamped butterflies,  leaves and metal corner are all from my craft stash.  Have fun, I suspect this is going to be a busy two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow,please pop over to the blog to see the wonderful array of flowers from the Design Team.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Child's Birthday

After an amazing  busy week at Cardz 4 Guyz, we are now looking for A Child's Birthday. I'm hoping everyone remembers we are a challenge group for the Men and Boys in our life. I recently bought a few stack pads at a craft event and have been longing to use them. I though for the backing papers they went well with my cowboy. The stamped image is LOTV -' Yee Ha!' I coloured him with Promarkers. Punched three stars, a twine lasoo and a few gold brads. I hope you all enjoy the challenge and will pop over to see the wonderful cards from the Design Team.
Also added into -Crafty Sentiments - Father's Day/ For a Male
Try it on Tuesdays - One for the Boys
Oldie but a Goodie - Father's Day/ Masculine  Oldie is my stamp.
Crafting From the Heart  -  Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion  -  Father's Day/ For the Boys

Monday, 9 June 2014

LOTV Challenge

For June the challenge at LOTV  Challenges is Male or Sporty.  I was very lucky to have recently visited the HQ of LOTV for their 10th birthday bash, where I bought this little chappie which is called  'Man's Best Friend'. I used papers from LOTV Country Gent, the greeting from Set 39 Everyday Grungy Messages. I added some mesh and buttons to embellish. I stamped the image with Vintage Photo and water brushed it to a lovely Sepia finish which sadly does not show as true a colour as it is in real life. I do like the sepia finish with these stamps. 
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede -Father's Day
Make My Monday - A Male Card

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Christmas - Sketch

I was thrilled to have been awarded an Honourable Mention recently at 52 (Christmas) Throwdown, so here I am back again, with another of thier challenges. This one is for a sketch, I find sketches very inspirational, more so, because they guide me to create in ways I wouldn't normally, and that is what I need now and again, to be thrown out of my comfort zone. Here is there sketch but I advice you pop over to their blog to see the fabulous DT inspirations.
Materials I used....
Papers from a Fizzy Moon Christmas Papers Pad 
LOTV - Stamp - Delivering Presents- Christmas Tags - Set 32 
Merry Christmas  Stamp - Paperartsy.  - Blue and white twine.
I am also entering this card into the following challenges and thank the Design Teams for their inspiration.
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes - Christmas
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes

Saturday, 7 June 2014

For the Boys...

It seems the month of June is a month for masculine form cards, for both the UK and the US share Father's Day on June 15th. So without any exception we at Fantasy Stampers are joining in with our challenge for the next two weeks, which is 'For The Boys', we don't mind for what occasion, whether for young or older , the title fits them all. So please pop over to the main blog, check out the few rules, and see the wonderful samples from the Design Team.
For My Card.......
A bought A5 white scalloped card - 
Grass created with DI Peeled Paintusing Cut & Dry Foam
After drying with heat tool, randomly stamped with a tiny grass stamp from Hobby Art using DI Mowed Lawn
Sky created using Broken China with Cut and Dry Foam. 
Water splashed over and patted dry to create shading and dimension.
The golfer, his golf bag and clubs, the background stamp are all from "Crafts UK" Stamp Company.
Stamped onto white card - coloured with Promarkers, then adhered to the card. 
Bunting and greeting from CD Halycon Days.
 I know some find making cards for men not easy, have you thought of finding a sketch to use  as your starter. Good luck  and do have fun.
Also entered into Crafter's Cafe Challenge - #66 Masculine
Fab'n Funky #219 Father's Day / Man in your life

Friday, 6 June 2014

I is for Inspiration

I is for Inspiration at Alphabet Challenges
Yes, it's time for us to send you a new challenge at Alphabet Challenges and Tammy has chosen for the letter I - Inspiration provided by a photo, the colours, the flowers, the words, weddings, anything you see which inspires you to create a project. I chose colour the colours of yellow and grey.
Materials used:- 
White scalloped card, black card.
Grey/Black Core'Dinations - embossed with an Embossing Folder - rubbed to show the black layer.
Flowers - Sheena Douglas Flower Power flowers stamped onto yellow paper from stash.
I edged each flower with a black marker, certainly made them stand out more.
Black gems for centre of flowers (oops! just spotted one has gone AWOL)
Greeting is from Grungy Labels from LOTV. 
Yellow gingham ribbon on two corners from stash. 
You ahve two weeks to show us your inspired project, I look forward to visiting you. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Father's Day at C4G

In the UK and I believe the US Father's Day is on June 15th, so we have time to make the all important card for the main guy in all little girl's lives, whoever he may be. We at Cardz 4 Guyz are frequently making cards for males, but we do understand there are many who find it difficult, please follow us and I am sure you will learn a few hints, tips and tricks along the way. For my card I used a purchased Kraft card for the main body. I used papers from LOTV - Nitwits Collection - Petal Fresh Paper Pad, matted onto  pieces of kraft card. The lighthouse is from a HobbyArt stamp collection - Coast. It is so easy to make bunting which is the in thing at present, and even looks good on male cards,  this bunting was cut from napkins I brought home from the LOTV 10th Anniversary party. Garden twine with a couple of knots for the connection to the sea. 
I will be entering my card into the following challenges . Thanks to everyone who visits me and leaves a comment, which as always is greatly appreciated :-
Scribble and Scratch #20 Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart #21 Anything Goes
CraftyCatzChallenges  #233 - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy  #115 Outdoors
Cuttlebug Mania - Father's Day
Eureka Stamps #92 Father's Day

Sunday, 1 June 2014

At the Seaside

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside. Memories of my childhood, my children's and grandchildren's childhoods, There is nothing like being 'At the Seaside' - so many happy summer memories,which  is why I chose this for this week's theme at CD. Sunday Challenges. I do hope you will pop over to see the stunning projects from the Design Team. Our main rule is you must use at least something from a CD and name which CD you used. Easy as that. For my card, I made it into an easel card for added interest. The image and most of the papers are from 'La Pashe - Best of 2012', sorry, I know again, but it is a powerful source for images.
I added some Frantage and a small starfish from my stash. I hope you can see the decoupaged layers of the  camper van and the surfers. Have fun, everyone, sorry I won't be seeing you again for two weeks, with us going to a fortnightly blog, but I will be visiting everyone of you who enter . Enjoy your seaside memories.