Saturday 31 May 2014

No Designer Paper

Here we are another week on at My Time To Craft , our challenge this week is No Designer Paper. So get out those, embossing folders, or chalks, or inks, stamps may be useful here. Go create without those pretty or grungy papers, make your own. I started by digging out  my box of my own designed background papers. I have a mixture of spritzed, sprayed, inked, painted and a bunch, the result of an hour or so playing with the Shaving foam (cream) technique, of which this is one. 
Materials I have used;-
Kraft card purchased , black and soft beige card.
Large dots Embossilicious Embossing Folder
Piece of card - Shaving Foam Technique 
Woodware stamp - Grasses  Promarkers to add small amounts of colour 
Quickie Glue Pen. Glamour Dust Chrystal , Shades of Gold glitter and Dovecraft Glitter Glue
Pretty ribbon from my stash. 
Have fun in your creating , looking forward to popping in to see your creations.
Entered into the following challenges;-
Blogger's Challenges Make your own Background - Shaving Foam technique
Wags nWhiskers Rubber Stamps Challenge -# 130  Colour - Yellow, Orange, White and Kraft

Wednesday 28 May 2014

One For the Boys

Here we are at Ruby's Rainbow and our challenge for the next two weeks is 'One For the Boys' , it will very soon be Father's Day, so there are lots of challenges around at present, why don't you look and add your card to other challenges, we don't mind how many you join in, no limits here. For my card, I have used Debbie Moore Shabby Chic Garden CD, My additional elements are herb plant pots from LOTV, empty plant pots and the Trowel and garden fork are from Flippen Women Gardener stamps. Where are they? You say, Ah! but we need to open the shed door for you to see those. 
I had great fun an a rainy day, playing, I mean working on this card, took me back to my days when I made 1/12th scale for my Dolls House Miniatures. Have fun everyone, I look forward to visiting you.
Adding to the following challenges ;-
Simply Create Too  # 62 Father's Day/ For a Male
Scribble and Scrap  Always Anything Goes

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Recipe 1, 2 and 3

Time again for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz - Kim this week has chosen something as easy as 1,2,3.
The challenge is a Recipe of 1 of something, 2 of something and 3 of something.  The elements can be anything you wish, we don't mind whatever else is on your project as long as you can identify and name your 1, 2 and 3 recipe. For example on my card I have
1 Greeting 
2 Paper Buttons and
3 layers on my image.
My card has been made with images and papers from Krafty hands CD - Man About Town.
Please pop over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful samples from the Design Team.
I am also entering into these other challenges;-

Suzy's Bees Bloomin Challenge Blog - #30 One for the Boys - Big or Small
Simply Create Too - #62 Father's Day or For a Male
Eureka Stamps Challenge - #91 masculine or Grungy
Scribble and Scrap - Always Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Kraftyhands Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday 25 May 2014

Tots to Teens

You may have noticed at CD Sunday Challenges, Teams A and B have reunited to one, illness and personal time out has reduced the teams, therefore, to ensure we continue to provide a good challenge blog we are once again as one.  This week our challenge theme is Tots - to- Teens,  at first I was unable to think what to do, then suddenly after looking at my CDs, I had too many to choose from, but to try to show a wide variety I finally choose my 'Here Comes The Girls,  with Crafty Sentiments images, on a Creative Crafting World CD. This is such a good CD, with lots of embellishments and images to choose from, including digi stamps.
My ingredients were-
Images and papers from the CD - Here Come the Girls
White Card
Card Candi from Crafty Cardworks
Foam tape
I am looking forward to visiting you all to see your Tots - Teens, a great choice by Sue-b

Saturday 24 May 2014

Christmas Shopping

Over at Winter Wonderland they are looking for projects entitled ' Christmas Shopping' , a perfect opportunity to use my newest Christmas stamp, I tell myself every January, 'I don't NEED to  EVER buy another Christmas stamp!' Then along comes another stamp you simply MUST have, no matter how many you have, you NEED this one. From LOTV , during my visit to their 10th birthday celebration, Penguin Present somehow fell into my basket. Isn't he just adorable?
 ( Not as far as I planned, in my mission to make at least two Christmas cards a week, this being # 32)
Materials used
LOTV Frosty Christmas Papers  - Penguin Presents stamp - greetings and labels
Promarkers to colour A dash of Dovecraft glitter glue 
Fancy bobble ribbon from stash. 
I am also entering my card into
52 (Christmas) Throwdown Cards - Stash Challenge - Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue.
Something Old - The Bobble ribbon - Something New - Penguin Presents stamp, Borrowed - the round LOTV greeting from a friend, and blue, Light application and edging all round the paper pieces of blue. 
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Hat,  Scarf and Mittens - only managed the scarf, but he is so cute.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenges Extra - Anything (Christmas) goes every month.

Wedding Bells

Listen! Do you hear the bells ringing? The Wedding Bells are ringing at Fantasy Stampers Challenge HQ. I do hope there aren't many bride and grooms walking down the church paths today, because rain is again forecast. I'm looking forward to seeing your lovely wedding projects, so let us see lots and lots of projects depicting those Wedding Bells. 
My ingredients were:- 
LOTV  Wedding Couple stamp coloured with Promarkers.
Label Die cut with my Cuttlebug
Two fancy metal corners. 
Mr and Mrs stamp and Set of wine glasses from a Wedding Set of stamps 
silver mirri card, white card embossed 
Flowers and fancy ribbon from my stash.

Tile Effect

Another week past and gone and here we are it is Saturday again, time for My Time To Craft where this week we are challenging you to make a Tile Effect on your project, pop over to the blog for the required details and of course the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team. 
My ingredients were;-
A stamped image from an image swap via a Yahoo group, source unknown
Aquacolour markers and water to colour image
Stamped pot of Basil from LOTV Herbs 
Greeting from LOTV Grungy Messages  Set #39
Black and Kraft card, twind from my sash
Designer paper from a Papermania Capsule collection. 
I am looking forward to seeing your Tile Effects, it is enjoyable to try something different. 

Friday 23 May 2014

H is for Handmade Embellishments

 Here we are at letter H already, at Alphabet Challenges - Silvi has chosen Handmade Embellishments. You have two weeks to enter the fun, so let us see those amazing embellishments on your projects. 
I was fortunate to visit the LOTV HQ for the 10th birthday celebrations recently, I came home with a fair amount of stash but more inspiration than I could store in my little brain. This is an abundance of pretty flowers, the papers are from a Nitwits collection of Papers - Promises - from LOTV. I created the flowers  by stamping the stamp several times, cutting those and flowers from the papers to use them all as embellishments. Coloured with Promarkers, gems from stash added. The greeting is also from LOTV. 
Thanks to everyone who visits me and a special huge thanks for any messages, comments you may leave. 

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Action/ Movement

Hello again, I hope you have all been  able to enjoy the lovely sunshine and warmth we have been having over the last few days, sadly they tell us it is soon to end. It's Tuesday again, so it is time once again for Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #19 has been chosen by Julie who would like to see Action /Movement on your project. Please pop over to the challenge  blog, to see the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, who have made different forms of action and movement but you will find there are lots more which can be made.
I decided to make a penny slider, I know it's easier to make one on a straight line but no, I had this curved football kick in mind so that became my goal - sorrry ! Every intention for that dreadful pun. I made this card obviously for James, grandchild #5,  his birthday is not too far away. 
Ingredients used....
Background created with TH Distress Inks
Broken China - Sky
Grass  - Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn
Small grass stamp from Poppy set  by Hobby Art.
sentiment from Hobby Art.
Pennant made from 10th birthday celebration LOTV napkins - letters from stash.
Football Crazy stamp from LOTV stamps. 
coloured with Promarkers.
I am also entering my card into the challenge A Moving Part at The Male Room.  Hi girls, what a coincidence, our Design teams choosing the same theme at the same time. Hope your all well. 

Sunday 18 May 2014

One for the Boys

Don't the weeks just fly by? Here I am again, posting for the CD Sunday challenges  Team B, and it seems as if Woah! how did that come round so quick. Well here it is, the challenge for the next week, will be
One for the Boys. I often hear how card makers  do find making making men's cards so difficult. I personally have never experienced this problem, maybe because of the number of males in the family and extended families, we females are greatly in the minority. I do find with the variety and number  of CDs available nowadays, there is a mountain of wonderful material out there to choose from. I chose 'The Great Outdoors' from Card Creations Plus. The papers and images are all from this CD. This card would be perfect for a 'twitcher'. I added leaves for more interest, these were from using off cuts from the background with leaves from Sheena Douglas stamps. The shape of the card is from a template from Fabulous Fashion CD from Katy Sue Designs. Have fun everyone, so many possibilities for One for the Boys, enjoy.

Saturday 17 May 2014

Outdoor Sports

This week at My Time To Craft,  our challenge is Outdoor Sports - this gives you so much scope, I could give a very long list, but I think in this instance, it will be fun to see what you include in your project.  We do like to see anything you would like to make, as long as you stay within the boundaries of the chosen theme. 
One outdoor sport which is greatly loved in the UK,but is not featured often on cards, is Cricket. I was fortunate to purchase these cricket stamps at less than half price at a store I recently visited. 
My Ingredients are.........
Scalloped Kraft card for the base
White card, coloured with TH Distress Inks Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint, edged with a black marker.
Varied cricket stamps, stamped on the background, with Memento ink.
The Cricketer, bails, bails and ball, and greeting , stamped onto white card, coloured with Promarkers,
Added to the card with Dimensional stickers. 
Have fun everyone, the summer days will soon be upon us for the enjoyment of out door sports, so we will be ready for when it arrives. 

Thursday 15 May 2014

Celebrate for Mum or for a Special Lady

Our wonderful sponsors this month are 
 who will provide for the winner of this challenge either
2 Dies OR 1 Die and 1 Stamp.
For this month, at Sparkles Monthly,  we are Celebrating Mum or a Special Lady. For my DT card, no apologies, but following my recent visit to the Lili of the Valley 10th Birthday Celebrations at their HQ in Leeds I was so inspired with the wonderful and beautiful style of all of the DT ladies and of the designers themselves. I pulled at the deep rooted the soft feminine side of me, to create this month's card for the Special Lady. 
My Ingredients are....
All papers from Nitwits Pad Petal Fresh - LOTV
Stamp - Fairy Bouquet - LOTV
Scroll, butterflies, dark blue scrolled flowers - Marianne Dies
All of the remainder from my stash. 
Coloured with Promarkers. 
I look forward to visiting during the next four weeks, have fun everyone.
Please do pop over to the main blog at Sparkles Monthly to see the wonderful inspiration from the DT.
Take care of yourselves and have fun.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

# 79 Animals

At Ruby's Rainbow for the next two weeks Shaz leader of the DT has chosen for the challenge Animals. there are no specific requests or guidelines, so come on you have the world of Animals to choose from. I do hope folk will bear in mind that birds and butterflies are NOT animals, but I bet we see quite a number appearing.  How do I know this, I nearly made a card with an owl on it. He He.  Here is my card with a small matching gift bag, suitable for lots of little surprises. The papers and images are from a beautiful CD from Creative Crafting World - Pollyanna Pickering - British Wildlife. Embellishments from the CD plus a few Card Candi added. have fun. Many thanks to everyone who visits me and to those who leave a comment my sincere gratitude for it means so much that you took the time.
Welcome to all the newest followers on my blog, I hope I can continue to provide you with interesting projects.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Nautical Challenge

We had lots of lovely entries last week at Cardz 4 Guyz, I hope this week's challenge will be as popular. 
Helen from the DT has chosen Nautical - of ships and the sea . Lots of options open for this one.  I decided to go a little grungy with my card, which is based on a Kraft card, with navy blue and red card for contrast. I stamped onto the same Kraft card with TH Distress ink Chipped Sapphire. 
Stamps used - Script , Anchor, Lighthouse -  Europe Map - Creative Expressions  various sets. 
I achieved the distressed edges by running a pair of open scissors along the edge of the card, messy but good fun. I hope you have fun creating your card. I look forward to seeing you over on the main blog, your project can be for any age group, but of course, must be for MALE gender. See you there. 

Saturday 10 May 2014

Numbered Birthday

Hello everyone, for the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers we would like to see a project, remember it can be anything you wish it to be, with a number on for a birthday - Numbered Birthday being the challenge.  I recently bought these Sugar Buttons stamps from the designer herself, Karthryn Sturrock,  at a craft event, a really genuine nice lady. I used Promarkers to colour. The greeting is from a sentiment set again from Sugar Buttons. The card, mirri card, and background card are all from stash. The number is from a Number stamps set, I have no idea of it's source. I am a long serving stamper, I have always said, 'I don't do cute', yet the time comes when the cute just has to be made. This will shock a lot of visitors to my blog, but I am going to the 10th birthday celebrations of Lili of the Valley at Leeds, today, Saturday. So if your there please say hi, so watch this space, more cute to come I suspect!. You don't of course have to be cute for the challenge, any age, male or female, a special event, anything which will show a number. Have fun, I look forward to visiting you over the next two weeks. 

Kim's Recipe

I used from the Recipe
2 images~~A Double bow~~3 Flowers
This week at My Time To Craft, Kim has given us a recipe to follow to create our project. 
We are to choose 3 items only from  the list. 
 2 Images
3 or more eyelets
3 flowers
3 buttons
Easel card
Gate Fold Card
1 Double bow with any material, twine, cotton, ribbon, cord of choice
Stripey Design Paper
I have been looking for a project to use my newly acquired Inidgo Blu stamps (free in the UK with a magazine), during April. I was inspired by a quick card by Clair Horner , a designer in the magazine. 
I have used to create this card....
TH Distress Inks, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed
Dried with my Heat tool, water then finger splattered over the card. Patted Dry, then heat dried.
Clear Embossing Powder~~ Memento - Tuxedo Black
Images and sentiment from the Exclusive Indigo Blu  stamp set.
Lilac and yellow ribbon for the bow
Quickie glue Pen and Glamour Dust Crystal
 A fancy brad in the ribbon from stash.
White 8 inch square card, silver mirri and black card. 
I do hope you have a go with the recipe, I look forward to visiting you. Thanks for taking the time to pop in to see me, and again for any comments you may have left me. I do appreciate your visits. 

Friday 9 May 2014

G - Gorgeous Gowns

It's Friday again, time for a new a new letter - bringing alongside a new theme at Alphabet Challenges.  I am so thrilled Jan chose for us Gorgeous Gowns. Oh! so many wonderful gowns to be seen during the next two weeks, starting of course with the Design Team, please pop over to see them all on the catwalk, great inspirational designs to encourage you to create your own Gorgeous Gowns project. I have made an 8 x 8 inch card, a step away from my normal 6 inch square card. 
I used the following.....
An 8 inch square card. ~~Gold Mirri card~~~~Black card
Papers, the main image and greeting from Debbie Moore DVD Art Deco Glamour
Gems, feather, twinkling elements all from  my stash.
White roses made with a template.

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Bingo for Guyz

Middle column,  Brads, Image and Blue.H
Hi everyone, another week later and we at Cardz 4 Guyz are looking forward to our next challenge. 
 Janice in the US, has created a Bingo board for us to follow, see main blog, we are to choose a line, any line, in any direction, make a project with the three elements on the line. Your not supposed to use any of the remaining elements, that's the hard part, but bingo card challenges an be good fun. I find they help me get out of any current rut I many be in. You now how sometimes we sail on by making similar cards, but Bingo can break that habit, which is positive. Now eyes down and choose your winning line.  
From the first moment I saw these pop up cards, I knew I would be wanting to make as many as I can think of for different occasions, because they are so universal. Last week, my card class ladies, wanted something different from a normal card, no pressure then!  I searched on You Tube,  found a template and I made several, some have already been sent in the post, for birthdays, I have a request for a Ruby Wedding celebration. Endless possibilities and so much easier than they first appear to be.  The stamped image of the Doctor is Toby from Crafty Sentiments, the flowers are all from Sheena Douglas Floral and Flower Power stamps sets. The papers are from a pack I from Sweet Pea. The stars were produced with a Fiskars punch.
Looking forward to see which Bingo line you use and how you use it. Have fun.

Sunday 4 May 2014

Sketch - My 31st. Christmas Card

 It's the beginning of the month, so it is Sketch time at 52 Christmas  Challenge Throwdown - the sketch is below, please pop over to the blog to see the wonderful creations from the Design Team. For my card, I decided to go with some lovely designer paper for the background. One of my favourite stamps - Fun  Stamps - Lyndsay Mason - Skiing Penguin. I added a few punched snowflakes, with crystal gems.
I am also entering this, my 31st Christmas Card ready for 2014, please check out my annual count tab, into the following challenges. 
Scribble and Scrap  Challenge #17 Always Anything Goes
My Perfect Life - #17 Penguin ( A personal challenge like mine).
Quirky Crafts - Something Beginning with S - Skiing.
Completely Christmas -  #10  Anything Goes
Christmas Stamping All year Long #10 Anything Goes

Ribbon, Lace and Gems

Hello from Team B, here we are again, at CD Sunday Challenges, Wendy has chosen for us a combination
of delights. - - - - Ribbon,  Lace and Gems... A good choice, my first thought of the combined words was pink and pretty, hence my card above. Those who know me in the crafting and blogging sectors know I am not a pink and pretty designer, however needs must and of course when I step out of my comfort zone, I always end up having a great time and enjoying the pink and pretty. 
The card was created using the Here Come The Girls CD from  Creative Crafting World.
The lace ( great bargain from Boyes Store, only 40p .) ribbon, gems and glitter from my stash.
I am looking forward to visiting you all, to see your creations for 
Ribbon, Lace and Gems

Saturday 3 May 2014

Art Deco at MTTC

It's Saturday again, how quick the days seem to go by.  Here at My Time to Craft we are challenging you to show us some ART DECO, I just love all the finery and glitter, it is all so decadent and gorgeous. A chance for you to use the glitter, feathers and gemstones, you can't over dress an Art Deco card. So out with the bling girls and have fun. Please pop over to the blog and check out the wonderful finery from the Design Team. I am so looking forward to walking down the runway to see all of your wonderful entries. 
My details.......
The card is from Debbie Moore DVD Art Deco Glamour
Envelope made from a 12 x 12 inches Scrapbook page
Made with the fabulous Envelope Punch Board from WRMK. - Love it!!
Glitter, feather (in her hair), gems, all from my stash.
Label for address - die cut Go