Thursday 30 November 2023

#213 Cityscape

Hello and welcome to my blog, today we begin a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. Debbie has chosen #213 Cityscape. To see the inspirational cards from the DT please click on the link for the blog.  We look forward to seeing your Cityscapes. 

I used a straight edge  6" white card. a dark blue mat. A white card embossed with snowflakes, I added silver coloured peel off waste for the centre of the snowflakes, Lightly blended around the edges with DI Broken China. a stamped and water coloured holly for the corner. A silhouette stamp of Santa and sleigh, fussy cut and added to the sky. The stamp of the rooftops is by Sheena Douglass - Bah! Humbug Set 2. The rooftops section was first heat embossed, then it was fussy cut and decoupaged. Coloured with Promarkers, with lots of glitter added, and finally added to the card with 3d foam pads. The sentiment is a peel off sticker.  Have fun and happy crafting to you all. 

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Festive Creatures

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin a new challenge at Cardz for Guyz. Helen has chosen for #336 - Festive Creatures. To see the inspiration from the design team, please go to the blog. We, the DT , always look forward to seeing your entries and reading any comments you may have on their own blogs. 

I used a round scallop edge card from Kanban.

For the image a round die cut of white card. I stamped a Christmas robin from a set called Tall Tails from Katy Sue Designs, the other stamps are of an owl, a reindeer and a mouse. Each of lots of little extra stamps. I'm not sure whether these are still produced. I used Distress inks to colour the background and Promarkers for the robin. I decoupaged the robin's body, wing and scarf for extra dimension.  A quickie glue pen and Glamour Dust glitter to create the wintry snow.  Looking forward to seeing your Festive Creatures. Happy crafting. 


Monday 20 November 2023

A Wreath

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin a new challenge at Make My Monday. Debbie has chosen #214 Wreath, any design, any type, we need to see a wreath. We look forward to seeing your creations. To see the designs from the design team, please visit the blog. 

A 6" white card, I used a dark green card for the mat.  Added a white piece of card. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the card,  and added Diamond Stickles here and there. The wreath was created by first, I stamped two swags and two small twigs from a stamp set - Festive Florals - with the Creative Stamping magazine #101. I coloured them with Promarkers, then fussy cut them all out, then created the circle wreath around the sentiment.  Hope you enjoy making your wreath. 

Friday 17 November 2023

Q is for Quadruple Shape/Image

 Hello, welcome to my blog. today we begin a new two weekly challenge at Alphabet Challenges. Debbie has chosen  Q is for Quadruple Shapes or Images. Please visit the blog to see the inspiration from the design team.

I began with a white 6" sq. card, added a pearlised pink mat card for the background. 4 x Hero Arts stamps- Patterns and Petals, mounted onto squares of pink and white card. A circle die from The Works. Inks used were Versafine Clair - Summertime and Charming Pink. The thank you stamp from my stash. A pink ribbon and bow added. Have fun, I'm looking forward to seeing your entry.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Embossing Wet or Dry

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today at Cardz 4 Galz we begin our new two weekly challenge. Helen has chosen #212 Embossing Wet or Dry. To see the inspiration from the design team, please visit the blog. 

I used a white 6" scallop edged sq. card.I used Core-dinations card, which produces a wonderful effect when embossed or sanded, each technique adopted here.  I used two embossing folders, one for the background and one for the grasses and bird, using a die-cut. I used a lace trim border punch for the white lacy border.  I hope you will have a go, if you have one or two embossing folders, use them together, do something different, try a new simple technique. 

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Winter Animals

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin a new challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenges. 

Our challenge will end on the 14th of December - #170 Winter Animals. To see the lovely inspiration from the design team, please visit the blog.

I began by making a 6 x 4 in white card. The mat added is Kraft card, the same as the outer circle die for the  image. The papers are from a Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas pad. The stamped stag and trees are with a stamp set - Winter Wonderland, issued with Simply Cards and Papercrafting #237 I coloured the background of the stag with Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass and coloured the stag and trees with Promarkers. Glitter was added to the trees for sparkling snow. Gold glitter paper gems added. Have fun.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Winter Scene


Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today we begin  a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. Helen has chosen #335 A Winter Scene. To see the inspiration from the design team please take time to check out the blog. 

I used a white scallop edge card, and randomly stamped in Broken China a very small snowflake to create a background. The oval cut die panel was stamped with a Katy Sue stamp from a few years ago. I coloured it with Promarkers, scattered with snowy glitter to highlight the snowy areas. I look forward to seeing your created Winter Scene. Happy crafting. Take care of you and yours. 

Monday 6 November 2023

#213 Lighting the Way

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin a new challenge at Make My Monday. Dawn has chosen #213 Lighting the way. We ask for you to portray light in any form, electric, candle - real or on paper, fairy lights, lamp posts, lanterns, anything with light.  To see the wonderful inspiration by the design team, please visit the blog above. 

I used a white 5 x 7 in. card. I cut and worked on a piece of card approx, 4.5 x 6.6 in. I used Shine Bright Stamps by Shenna Douglass, from the Simply Cardmaking and Paper crafting magazine #224. The techniques I used include stamping on a stamp platform, blending around the edges with DI Blueprint Sketch. Heat embossing the stamped light with white heat embossing powder. A silver glitter pen and grey pencil for the metal part of the bulb. 

I am also showing you another way to full fill the challenge, what about  decorating candles? Below  are 3 candles I decorated a few years ago, which I am only showing as an example. I look forward to viewing your entries of 'Lighting the Way.' Take care, happy crafting. 


Sunday 5 November 2023

Dragonfly Dreams - Photo Inspiration

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin our November challenge at Dragonfly Dreams. Allyson from the design team has chosen a Photo Inspiration, as above. To see how the design team were inspired please look at the blog. 

For my card, I used a 5 x 7 in card. I added a royal blue mat, then added a white piece of card. To the right side I created a panel of dark blue card with a strip of gold glittered card.( I love how you can now have glitter card which looks shiny but glitter does not shed from it. ) The Jingle Bells stamp is a newly acquired stamp, which I gold embossed. I die cut 3 circles of the blue card and covered them with fancy circle peel offs. (Found them in an old peel off box). Added gold twine and gold glittery bows to the baubles. I look forward to visiting your blogs to see how you have been inspired by the photo. 

Friday 3 November 2023

P is for Peace

           Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin a new challenge at Alphabet Challenges,                      with P is for Peace, chosen by Deborah. This first may appear to be for a Christmas card but it you wish to make something of a different then with Peace, then please feel free to do so. To see the design team's inspiration please visit the blog. 

I made a 7" sq. card with a gold Mirri background. The papers and topper are from a Hunkydory Topper sheet and background sheet. The topper was added with foam pads. The small disc says 

Peace on Earth. Please take care, stay warm and safe. 

Thursday 2 November 2023

Thank You

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today we begin our new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.  Lynda has chosen #211 Thank you, Thankful or Thanksgiving. To see the wonderful design team inspiration please visit the blog. 

I used a white A6  (6" x 4"). I added papers from a paper pad, Papermania Capsule Chelsea Green. A few die cut circles. A sentiment stamp from my stash, along with two sparkly green butterflies and  few colour studs.  A simple but colourful card. Hope you are inspired to join in the challenge. 

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Christmas Stocking

 Hello, I hope you have had a good Halloween ( if you go for it!). My grandchildren have me worn out, but it has been a really fun evening. Back to a different kind of fun. today we begin our monthly challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges. Zowie has chosen #154 Christmas Stocking. To see the wonderful inspiration from the design team, please take a look on the blog. 

I have a white 6" sq. card. A navy blue card for the mat. I blended several pink shades of DI with a little Chipped Sapphire around the edges. The stamps and sentiment are all from a Crafter's Companion set. I stamped and fussy cut some stars to add to the card. Crystal gems, from my stash, added to two corners. I hope you enjoy the challenge and have lots of fun.