Tuesday, 17 October 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Pumpkins

This week , at City Crafter  we want you to include a pumpkin on your project.

Here I used a Stamping Bella scientist stamp and tried to give it more of a Halloween feel.  I masked off the things that were on the bottom of the stamp, by her feet, and added a pumpkin (Inkydoodles) instead. The background is a newspaper stamp by Prima.

I hope you will join us with your pumpkin projects, but first do come over to the City Crafter blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Cards in Envy dress up
Crafty Cardmakers  spooky

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cobbled Together


Here's a card that's been cobbled together over a period of time. The image is a digi from Mo's digital pencil, that I coloured and glittered and didn't know what to do with next!

Last week, when I was feeling tired and uninspired, I played around with a bag of scraps and put the card together. The paper on the left was one that I made ages ago using a Hero Arts background stamp and following a Jennifer McGuire tutorial - I can't remember how it was done now!  Finally I stamped the sentiments.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  leftovers
Addicted to Stamps  holidays
Cardz4Galz monochrome - hope it fits as I've used a lot of shades of blue and the rules say you can use a contrast neutral

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Guest Designer at Try it On Tuesday - Halloween


Today I am honoured to be Guest Designer at Try it on Tuesday!  The theme is Halloween. 

The fabulous Design Team at TIOT make wonderful mixed media projects, and this inspired me to get my pinny on and get messy. First I got playing with alcohol inks and made lots of backgrounds (expect to see them cropping up over the next few months!) This one was the one I thought was spookiest. 

The carved pumpkin was cut on the Silhouette electronic cutter.  I embossed it with an embossing folder and added wax. The sentiment is Clearly Besotted. 

Thank you Try It On Tuesday - it's great to join you for this challenge! 



I'd like to enter:
Double D  fright night 
Crafty Calendar  Halloween 



City Crafter Challenge Blog - What a Fun-ghi!


I chose this week's theme at City Crafter - use a mushroom/toadstool (however small) on your project. 

For my DT card, I used three mushrooms - one by Mama Elephant and the other two by Jillibean Soup. The Mama Elephant one had spots and stripes on it, so I doodled on the other two to make them match. The 'grass' is a fancy border stamp - very old- I think it was from Basic Grey. The sentiment is from the same Jillibean Soup set. 

I hope you'll come over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog, see what the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own funghi creation. 



I'd like to enter:
HLS cas one layer 
Casology  odd - odd number of mushrooms and one mushroom stamp is from a different set. 


Monday, 9 October 2017

Cheap Thrills

Last week one of my work-friends showed me two big paper packs she'd got from Lidl (a budget supermarket) for only £3.50 a pack. As I don't live near a Lidl , she was kind enough to pick some up for me. There are some that are almost too lovely to cut into. Here, I used two of the papers with a Samantha Walker owl cutting file. The sentiment is Alte New. I embossed the base card with a woodgrain folder and distressed everything.

I'd like to enter :
Shopping Our Stash  thanks
Aud Sentiments  die cuts

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 13- Old Technology




glitter shot 

This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

Here is the card that inspired me: 

These days I rarely see a classic red, British phone box, but before mobiles they used to be everywhere. In fact, when I was a teenager we didn't have a house phone and I remember calling employers.looking for my first job, from the phone box at the end of our street. 

Although it was only after I made my card that I started to wonder what phone boxes have to do with Christmas???!!!

The phone box is by Artemio; the foliage by Papermania, the sentiments are Hero Arts and Avery Elle. I used Enamel Accents for snow and fine glitter for frost. 

I'd like to enter:
The Male Room - Technology 
Just Us Girls  (moon)light 
HLS Christmas  silhouette (the foliage) 


Double Polar



glitter shot 
Here's a polar bear and a polar grid.

The stamps are all by Flora and Funa, and the polar grid is a stencil I've had for a long time and can't remember the brand.

I'd like to enter:
Casology grid
Simon Says Stamp  Christmas


Politically Inspired


'I work all night , I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay...'

That's what it's felt like lately. I haven't done any crafting all week (which is unusual for me) and when, this weekend, I found I had the time to craft, my mojo had disappeared.

Luckily, inspiration was lurking in an unusual place - my partner's bedside table!
the book that inspired me
So, as you can see, I sort of recreated the cover of this political book!

The fox stamp is by Stampin Up - I over-stamped it in two different colours to get the foxy shade I wanted. The sentiment stamps are from Wplus9, MFT and Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Less is More  hot and spicy
Make My Monday  Animal Antics


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - One Layer Card



Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to make a one-layer-card. I seem to make a lot of these lately. 

The cat (Stampin Up) is a solid stamp and when I stamped it in orange, I didn't feel it had enough 'presence' .So I drew round the outline with a pen.  I also added pen detail to the kite (also Stampin Up) and added a doodled border. The sentiments are by Waffle Flower and the background is a Paper Artsy stencil. 

I put this card in my son's bag when he went on a five-day school activity trip. When he came back I found it with his wet clothes - the pen outline had almost disappeared and there was an orange wash over the front of the card! 




I'd like to enter:
Aloha Friday  kiddy cards 
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Shake it Up

At City Crafter  this week , Kirsty wants us to use a shaker element.

For my DT project  I made a black and white shaker card with a Mama Elephant panda.

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 

I'd like to enter 
Make My Monday  animal antics 
Stamp Ink Paper  cardmaker's Choice 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Parental Advisory - Innuendo Inside




Hi everyone. I'm just breaking off from a lovely weekend of marking students' work to post this. (I'm hoping to catch up with visiting my favourite bloggers later.) Please may I ask you not to read any further into this post if you might be offended by some slightly risque innuendo.



Still here? Okay.... my (grown-up) daughter asked me to make a birthday card for her friend who has a naughty sense of humour. We came up with this idea together. It's a big card (8 x8) with a large cockerel on it. And inside my daughter will write 'Here's a big cock for your birthday.'

The cockerel is a cutting file from SVG cuts and I added a circle of foiled paper, glitter, a red feather and a gold embossed sentiment . The base card is embossed with  woodgrain which I then covered with pale gold wax.

I'd like to enter Shopping Our Stash - Not your Momma's card - although it is my daughter's momma's card!
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog- Colourful Birds


Our new challenge at City Crafter is to create a project with many colourful birds on it.

Here I used stamps by My Favorite Things, and although it looks pretty simple, there was lots of masking needed to get all the birds round the cage!

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 



I'd like to enter:
Allsorts - things with wings 
Time Out  quote 
Just us Girls  photo 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Not Mushroom for Crafting

At last! Some crafting time this weekend.

This card was inspired by some challenges-  the photo at Inspired by the Little Things , the sketch at Paper Players  and The Crafty Addicts (brad).

The toadstool stamp was a freebie years ago(Woodware made it, I think)  - I coloured them with Zig Clean Colour and then added glitter to the red bit and white enamel for the spots. The sentiment is from Lil Inker.


Quick Birthday Card


I've been having a very busy time in real-life lately , so when I discovered, at short notice, that my lovely CCCB teammie Lucille's birthday was coming up, I needed a quick and easy design. 

This design only uses two stamps (sentiment by MFT, balloons by Mama Elephant), a black inkpad, two Promarkers , an embossing folder and a white gel pen for highlights on the balloons. 

The idea was to tether the balloons to the letters - I hope that works. 

My card is now on it's way to Lucille. 

I'd like to enter :
Crafty Catz birthday party 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - Hello




Our new challenge at Inkspirational is 'hello' and this is my second attempt to make a card for the challenge, using this waving fox. 

Here's my first attempt:



As you can see, the design is almost identical but I coloured the leaf pile, fox and leaves stamps (Sugar Pea Designs) with coloured pencils on kraft. I think I need a bit of practise with these! 

On my original card, I cut a die cut 'hello' , but on the final version, I used a Papermania stamp. 


I'd like to enter:
Casology  big (sentiment) 
Watercooler- masculine 
AAA Cards autumn colours 
Make My Monday  autumn colours 





Tuesday, 19 September 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Apples Everywhere


Our new challenge at City Crafter  is Apples Everywhere.

My DT card is very deep and meaningful! 'Happiness', represented by sunshine and apples, has been trapped in a bell jar so that it can be presented to you!

On a single layer card, I stamped and embossed the bell jar (Flora and Fauna) and the apples (Clearly Besotted) and coloured the apples with Zig Clean Colour markers. I masked the outside of the jar and  stamped the sun (Lawn Fawn)in orange. I added shadows with a grey marker and stamped the sentiment (Hampton).

I hope you'll join in our challenge at City Crafter- but not until after you've come over to the blog and seen what the rest of the DT have made. 



I'd like to enter
The Paper Players  cas harvest 
The Male Room  masking 
Shopping Our Stash  apples
CAS on Friday  apples coloured with markers



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