Tuesday 30 August 2016

Something Beginning with F

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog.
Today starts a new weekly challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.
There being a 5th Tuesday in this month, we have a regular challenge,
Something Beginning with ...........Cyndi for this challenge has chosen 
the letter .........F.
Please pop over to check out the DT, without any discussion, 
the majority seem to have been thinking of the same thing, so come on
show us how it can be more varied, for there are so many other words we 
could have chosen. 
I die cut a circle in my 6" square card. Die cut a circle frame for 
front and back. I sandwiched between the two a piece of acetate.
On the outside, I stamped seaweed and shells using Sheena Douglass
Under the Sea stamps onto coloured paper.
On the die cut white circle from the front of the card I stamped 
a scene with fish. Sorry I bought this at a craft event - source unknown.
I coloured the scene with Promarkers. 

Monday 29 August 2016

Back to School

Hello, welcome to my blog.
Today begins a two week challenge at  Make My Monday. 
Amy, of the Design Team has chosen appropriately -
Back to School.
Please check out the wodnerful contributions from the DT.
I made a folded stepper card, backed with some brightly coloured
graph card from my stash. 
The embellsihments and Back to School are all from free 
downloads via Pinterest. The letters and numbers are Peel offs.
The main image is a die cut label, stamped with a LOTV stamp - 
Back to School  Girl, coloured with Promarkers.
Thanks for popping by.

Saturday 27 August 2016

Hello, welcome to my blog, I love having visitors, you took the time to visit so 
 please leave a comment, even if it is just to say Hi.
Today starts a two week challenge at MTTC -
The challenge is Something That Flies
Please do pop over to check out the Design Team's creations.
I blended several bright colours of  Distress Inks to create the
background. Heat dried it,  patted it with anti-static powder. I stamped
the dragonflies with Versamark, heat embossed with gold EP.
Added a swirly stamp and a sentiment. 
Dragonfly stamp is from an Oriental set from The Stampman. 
Hope to see you again.  

Hi, welcome to my blog.  Today starts a new challenge at 
We in the UK are enjoying some warm summer days at present -
(No mention of the rainy days is required.)
Our challenge will celebrate the summer --
Summer Colours
Please remember we will only consider projects with stamping.
Digis are not accepted.
The Design Team have some amazing projects why not pop and see them.
For my card, I first blended several Disress Inks in Summery colours.
I stamped the floral spray from Leonie Pujol - Everlasting Love
I stamped it again, coloured it with Promarkers, then glued onto the 
card over the first stamped area.  I then added several additonal stamps
from the same set, coloured the bees. 
The sentiment is from Crafter's Companions. 

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Include a Furry Friend

Hello, welcome to my blog. Today starts a new weekly challenge at
the challenge is Include a Furry Friend.
Please pop over and check out the super creations from the DT.
By the way we have a DT Call - looking for a couple more members.
I know a fox isn't really a Furry Friend,  apologies, he was the 
only furry creature I could find in my stash. Hope it is forgivable.
I used papers from my stash, previously printed from a CD.
The fox papers are from La Pashe - a Trinitage set.
The small image on the front page has 3 layers.
The Trinitage comes about when you open the card.

There are 3 levels supported by folded pieces of card
(look to the left side the edge of one can be spotted). 
Have fun with your Furry Friends. 

Friday 19 August 2016

Mi is for Mystical

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today begins a new challenge
at Alphabet Challenges for the next two weeks we have for you
M is for Mythical 
Why don't you pop over and check out the details and take a look
at the creations from the Design Team.
My card shows a flying horse. 
The papers and image are all from Katy Sue Designs CD
Fabulous Fashions.
The purple shiny paper was originally gift wrap paper.

Thursday 18 August 2016

Hello, weldcome to my blog. Today begins a two week challenge at
Julie has chosen for the challenge
Butterflies or Dragonflies.
The design team have favoured butterflies, why don't you pop over 
to see their wonderful creations. 
I chose a 7 inch square card. 
The papers used are from Craftwork Cards - Velvet Plum
The two butterflies are stamps by Dare 2B Artzy. 
They were both coloured with Promarkers. 
The greeting is from my stash.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Words - To Be The Focal Point

Hi, welcome to my blog, thanks for your visit.
Today starts a new weekly challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz
We would like to see your project with
Words To Be The Focal Point
Please pop and check out the inspiration from the Design Team
I ahve used an 8" sq. card. The papers are from a
DCWV  pad called Rock Star.
The Words and other stamps are from Crafter's Companion Signature
Rock Star Stamps
This card was inspired by a card on Pinterest.

Monday 15 August 2016

Lots of Layers

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog, I do appreciate your visit.
Today is the start of our monthly challenge at 
Maryvonne has chosen for us a super way to use up our scraps
Lots of Layers
Please do check out the DT's creations. 
My many layers of paper are from a Kanban pad In the Garden.
A doily, a die and greeting from scraps-leftovers.
The label image is Bluebells and Primulas from LOTV stamps.
Coloured with Promarkers. 

Photo Inspiration

Hello, today at Make My Monday we are starting a new two week challenge
Photo Inspiration
Please pop over to the blog to see the Photo Shawna has chosen to inspire us.
The Design Team have created some amazing and varied inspiration for you. 
I needed a card for a young girl so made my cdard, with lots of jewels 
and pretty colours.
I used water colour card and sprayed and plodged with several ink sprays
and mica mixes which gives a super glistened finish.
The stamps I used make up the remainder of the card.
Fish, seahorse, foliage, star - Sheena Douglass  - Under The Sea set of stamps
The mermaid is by Crafty Sentiments. Coloured with Promarkers, glitter and jewels.
Everyone can see somthing different in the photo to inspire, what do you see?

Saturday 13 August 2016

At The Beach

Hello, welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit.
Today begins a two week challenge at Fantsy Stampers
At The Beach
Imagine the fun you can have with this challenge, why don't you
pop over to the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the DT.
Again I have used Kraft card for my base card and to mat the design layer.
For my background I used several Distress Inks.
I used watercolour paper
I created a line for the horizon and for the edge of the sea and sand,
 watercoloured the three areas. 
I stamped onto the card to give a base for my decoupaged image.
I stamped the image again onto white card and coloured with
Promarkers. I added another bird on the sand and more in the sky.
Birds in the sky - Sweet Desire Lighthouse Set
Birds and wooden stump from Elusive Images as was before
becoming Chocolate Boroque. I used a white pencil for the edge of the sea. 
I had great fun creating this card. Please have a go. 

Embossing Heat or Dry

Hello, welcome to my blog. Today is the first day of a two week challenge
at My Time To Craft, the challenge is
Embossing Either Dry or Heat Embossing.
Please pop and see the  inspirational DT creations
For my DT card, I chose to work on Kraft card which I do like.
It can show some techniques very  clearly as with heat embossing.
All the background and kraft papers are from my stash,
The main design page was created using stamps from
Honey Doo Stamps - stamping with Versamark.
I added white detail embossing powder, which was then heated.
My favourite colouring medium is Promarkers, however, you can't
use an alcohol pen next to  heat embossed areas, for the alcohol
breaks down the embossed lines. Bearing this in mind I used
watercolour pencils without adding any water to colour the design.
I added a few coloured gems.
The greeting stamp is ancient - no idea by who. Go on have a go.

Friday 12 August 2016

Let's Shape It Up

Hi,  over at CD Sunday Challenges  their current challenge
is Let's Shape It Up, I do enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone 
of making cards different from my normal 6" square cards.
This card is more of an oval with fancy cut out corners.
Covered with printed paper from Katy Sue Designs CD
Fabulous Fashion. A favourite CD of mine. 
The decoupaged dress is form the same CD.
The addition of the bow with handmade rose all made from scraps.
The greeting is from a CD from Kraftyhands.
I have added small purple jewels to the centre of each flower.
Thanks ladies for another super challenge, hope your all well. 

Tuesday 9 August 2016

By The Seaside

Hi everyone, today starts a new weekly challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.
The  challenge chosen by Jan is By The Seaside.
Please check out the wonderful creations by the Design Team.
I had great fun making my card for the DT gallery.
By no means could this be called a quick card, but you know 
when you just go along and the ideas keep flowing? It just kept
growing and growning.
I started with an 8" sq card.
I used three blue shades of TH Distress Inks, patted onto an 
A4 piece of watercolour paper. Sprayed all over with water. Allowed
it to form the globules of coloured water. Placed the A4 paper
over onto the inks, Dried with my heat tool, repeated the process
several times. This formed my background for both panels. 
The larger panel on the right was enhanced adding printed
beach huts, greetings and bunting from Crafter's Companion CD Halcyon Days.
The left panel was enhanced using all stamps from Sweet Desire 
Lighthouse, yachts and birds. The lighthouse and yachts were 
stamped again, coloured with Promarkers and decoupaged onto the panel. 
Both panels edged with Black Soot  DI, matted onto black card. 

Friday 5 August 2016

L is for Love

Hello again, thanks for your visit. Today, starts a new
challenge at Alphabet Challenges for the next two weeks.
It being the lett L which is L is for Love
Please check out the wonderful creations by the DT.
A white scallop card for the base.
Papers are from Dovecraft -Garden Party Pack
The main stamp is Meant to Be by LOTV.
Coloured with Promarkers.
Hearts and wording from Papermania Love stamps 
Dragonfly from Elusive Images Botanical Stamps.

Thursday 4 August 2016


Hi, welcome to my blog, today begins a new two weekly
 challenge at Cardz 4 Galz
The challenge is Monochrome - at one time all we ever saw was
black and white but now I am happy when we see various colours
used for this challenge.
Please do check out the blog to see the wonderful creations from the DT.
I used a scalloped circle card for my base.
Used a Spellbinder die for my circle.
To create the yellow shades I used Tim Holtz technique called
Wrinkled Free Distress. To see a more detailed description check out
the previous post.
I heat embossed the stamp with Clear embossing powder.
The stamp is Meadow Flowers by Woodware stamps.
I watercoloured the flowers with the same Distress Inks used for the background.
I know yellow isn't to everyone's taste, but it is a lovely stamp. 

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Sail Away

Hello,  today starts a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow.
My choice is  Sail Away for the next two weeks.
Sadly this will be the very last challenge at Ruby's Rainbow,
Shaz, the owner is finding other aspects of her life are not
giving her the time to continue running the blog. My compliments 
to her for organising a beautiful challenge blog over many years.
I wish her every happiness in her new ventures.
I would also like to say a farewell to my fellow DT members, it has been a
pleasure sharing creative blogland space with you all. 
Please visit the blog to see the farewell cards from the DT.
I created my card by first patting onto my craft sheet several 
pats of 3 blue Distress Ink shades, sprayed with water and patted down 
the card, drying it, then patting it down again onto the wet inks.
Tim Holtz refers to this as the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique. 
I used all four stamps from Sweet Desire stamps, using Versafine Black ink.
I drew a line for the horizon.  I then added white highlights 
with a Sakura white gel pen.  
A sad farewell to Ruby's Rainbow.

Tuesday 2 August 2016


Hello again, welcome to my blog. 
Today is the beginning of a week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.
Please pop and see the DT's amazing inspiration.
Our new challenge, chosen by Helen is 
For my card, I used a Kraft card.  Made 4 layers, matted onto black card
with papers from LOTV Paper pad - Father Knows Best. 
The main image of the old locomotive is by Tandastamps. 
Coloured with Promarkers.
I used Frantage gold EP, glitter, fragments and white EP for the smoke.
I love this mixture of the Frantage elements. 
I also gave a shabby look to the card to make it look older. 

Monday 1 August 2016

A Shaped Christmas Card

Hi, welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit.
Today is the beginning of the monthly Christmas challenge blog
Helen has chosen for us 
A Shaped Christmas Card. 
There are some amazing creations from the team, please pop
over to the blog to check them out. 
I chose a bought shaped card, I added layers of silver mirri paper
with some beautiful snowflake and Christmas greeting papers from a CD -
Dreamees - Simply Christmas.
The image is The Perfect Snowman - from LOTV. 
Coloured with Promarkers. Lots of silvery glitter added 
The greeting labels are also from LOTV. 

Fun In The Sun

Hi, thanks for your visit, today sees the start of a new challenge at 
Make My Monday, for the next two weeks we have
Fun In The Sun
Why don't you pop over to check out the amazing creative 
cards from the team and to meet the new members from our recent
DT Call. We are thrilled also to see the return of Suzi B.
For my card, I used a shaped white card. Set layers of paper 
from Dovecraft - Garden Party onto black card.
The main image is Wavy Sheep from Little Claire. 
Coloured with Promarkers- I think these sheep look as if they 
are having a lot of fun. The sun is a punched circle.
Card candi and a greeting added.