Thursday, 7 December 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Snowmen

Good morning.  We have more snowmen this week, this time at Cardz 4 Galz.  As this is Cardz 4 Galz, I wanted to make a more feminine snowman card this time, so I chose shades of pink and purple. 

The main image on my card is a digi stamp by Conie Fong.  I coloured it with Polychromos pencils and added the snowflakes in white gel pen.  I absolutely love the robins in this image.  They're so cute!

I made the background with patterned papers and purple card.  The papers are some Papermania ones that I have left over from my early card making days.  I've been making cards since I was pregnant with my youngest son, so about 13 years.  I would estimate these papers to be about 10 or 11 years old!  Anyway, they were perfect for this card.

I embellished my card with a bow that I made from purple spotty ribbon (it's not as dark as it looks in the photo, but I ran out of natural light), and some die cut snowflakes.  I glittered the snowflakes with glitter glue.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Cards 4 Guys: Snowmen

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Snowmen.  I love making snowman cards, so I really enjoyed this.

The lovely stamp I've used is by Woodward and I coloured my snowman with Polychromos pencils.  It does not show up well, but I added a bit of glitter glue to the snowflakes and "25th".  I layered my stamped and coloured image onto red card and patterned papers.  These papers were one of three lovely sets that I got from The Works for £1 each - an absolute bargain as they're nice quality too. 

Finally I added some die cut snowflakes and glittered those as well, and a "Merry Christmas" sentiment.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 27 November 2017

Make My Monday: Happy Christmas

Good morning.  Well, that time is getting nearer, so this week's challenge at Make My Monday is Happy Christmas (or Happy Holidays for anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas). 

I made my card using a set of stamps by Woodware, which I stamped and coloured using Polychromos pencils.  I cut out the stamped images and mounted them onto patterned paper and red card, then created a debossed background using an embossing folder. 

I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Cupcakes

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and today's challenge is Cupcakes.  I have a few cupcake related bits and pieces in my craft stash, but when I saw this brilliant Cake Monster digi stamp from Bloobel Stamps I knew I had to have him!  The challenge of course was to create something feminine using a monster image (this is Cardz 4 Galz after all), so I chose to use the girliest colours I could think of - pink and purple.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils , cut around him and mounted him on an embossed and die cut circle with a die cut frame.  I layered him onto patterned and embossed papers and purple card.  I embellished my card with paper straws and some paper flowers, and added a printed sentiment.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Reindeer

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Reindeer. 

I made this card using a die cut scene and added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to make it look sparkly and snowy.  I matted my die cut onto blue pearlescent card and white card.  Then I layered it onto patterned paper and a snwoflake embossed trip.  I added some wooden snowflakes which I coloured with a white paint pen, and a die cut snowflake garland.

The effect is, I think, very wintry!

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Make My Monday: Snow Fun

Good morning.  Today it's my turn to choose the challenge at Make My Monday, and I have chosen the theme of Snow Fun. 

Some of you may recognise this image.  It's by Whimsy Stamps and is the image for Kit and Clowder's monthly pencils class for October.  After lurking in the Facebook group for a while I finally decided to have a go at one of the classes, and would very much recommend it to anyone.  I learnt so much just from one class, and I'm really pleased with how my colouring turned out.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils.  I wanted the image to be the main focus, so kept the rest of the card fairly simple, mounting the image onto white card which I embossed with snowflakes using an embossing folder, and just adding a sentiment and the die cut snowflake wreath.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Gina Christmas Elf

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card I made using the beautiful Gina Christmas Elf by Moonflower Digistamps.  I hope you like her.

I coloured her with Polychromos pencils and layered her onto  embossed and die cut ovals, red card and patterned papers.  I raised her up on foam pads to make her stand out.

I wanted the image to be the main focus on this card, so just added the holly leaves at the corners. 

You can see some lovely work form the other Moonflower DT members on the Moonflower blog.

Sian

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Thank you/Thanksgiving

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is thank you for thanksgiving.

I decided to use this lovely Woodware stamp for my card, and I went with a CAS card to make the most of the stamp.  (I have other plans for this stamp as well, so watch this space!)

I coloured the stamped image with Polychromos pencils, added the Thank You sentiment and mounted it on purple card.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Oh! Christmas Tree

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Oh Christmas Tree.  this gave me the chance to use one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps featuring James Bear.  He's such a cute character.

I stamped him in grey ink then coloured him with Polychromos pencils.  I die cut him using a circle die then added a scalloped circle behind.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and embellished it with some wooden snowflakes.  The papers are from The Works.  I've found 3 different Christmas pads so far and I think they're all lovely, and really nice quality too.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian. xx

Monday, 30 October 2017

Make My Monday: Anything but a Card


Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to make anything but a card.  This was a good opportunity for me, as I'd had a wooden house hanging around that I bought a few months ago, just waiting to be made into something.

The first thing I did was to paint the house inside and out.  I used acrylic paints for this in shades of blue, white and platinum.

Then I measured each compartment.  The writing in pencil in the middle of each section is the measurement in millimetres.

 used some acrylic texturising medium in the bottom of some of the sections to make them look more snowy.  There is a close up picture of this below.  I also used some texturising medium on the roof.

I painted over the textured areas in white acrylic and then gave the white painted areas on the front of the house another coat.

My next step was to add glitter, again to make everything look more snowy.

I found this whole process quite tedious as I am not a big fan of waiting for things to dry and unfortunately this part of the project included a lot of that!  I was however able to make some of things to put inside the house while I waited.

I also ended up with glitter all over me and all over the house.  I'm still finding it a week later.

The next step was to fill the house.  I used lots of different things for this - various die cut and wooden elements and things I made myself.  The snowman, trees and snowballs are all made out of air dry polymer clay and painted with acrylic.  This gave me something to do whilst waiting for paint, glue and texture mediums to dry, but then I had to wait for these to dry too!

The final thing for me to do was to add the die cut snowflakes to the front of the house.  I used various different snowflake dies and cut the snowflakes from white, blue and silver card, then glued them on.  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday

Sian.  xx


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Favourite Flower and why

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to create something using your favourite flower and to say why it's your favourite.  My favourite flowers are roses because I love the way they smell.  I grew up in a house with a garden full of rose bushes in all different colours.

The rose on the top right is probably one of my oldest stamps which I bought when I first started card making over twelve years ago.  I can't remember who it's made by!  I stamped the road and coloured it with watercolour paints.

The panel behind was created by stamping in Versamark and embossing with white powder.  Then I painted over the top with watercolours.  When the paint was almost dry I rubbed gently over the top with a tissue to take the paint off the white embossing.

I layered these elements onto pink and white card and some rose patterned paper, and then embellished my card with a pink ribbon and bow and some ribbon roses.  I bought the ribbon roses, but I need to find some time to learn how to make them (there are some good tutorials on Pinterest).

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Remembrance or Sympathy

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is remembrance or sympathy.  I was initially going to make a remembrance card, but sadly I have nothing suitable in my craft stash at the moment, a situation that I think needs to be remedied. 

I made my card using a stamp by Inkylicious , with a Distress Ink background, then stamped my sentiment onto patterned papers with matching colours. 

The background of the card was dry embossed using an embossing folder.

I hop you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: La Bella Muerte

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card made using the latest release from Mooonflower Digistamps, La Bella Muerte.  You can find here in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/562565005/la-bella-muerte?ref=shop_home_active_1

I coloured her using Polychromos pencils, layered her onto black card, patterned papers and black lace, then added some fancy die cut corners and some paper roses. 

I hope you like her.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Make My Monday: I Put a Spell On You

Today's theme at Make My Monday is I Put a Spell on You (Halloween), or you can make a Thank You card as an alternative if Halloween is not your thing.

I created this card using a digi stamp by Ching Chou Kuik, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

The background is Distress Ink and Diostress Oxider, overstamped with layers of cobwebs in black, green and orange.  I also used distress inks around the edges of my main image to make it pop out.

The critters are the corners are die cuts using dies by Marianne Designs.

I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday. 

Sian. xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly Belle

Hello.  Today I am sharing the beautiful Lilly Belle by Moonflower Digistamps.

I printed her on Kraft card and coloured her with Polychromos pencils.  I layered her onto printed papers and added some die cut butterflies.  These are Intricut Dies by Hobbycraft. 

You can find Lilly in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/543271181/lilly-belle?ref=shop_home_active_3

You can see some more beautiful Moonflower Digistamps and see soem creations by the other members of the design team on the Moonflower Blog or by joining the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Monochromatic

Good morning!  It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and this week's theme is monochromatic.    Having made one Halloween card already, I was still in a Halloween kind of mood when I made this one.  I wanted to do something a bit different than the last card, so I decided on shades of purple.

I came across this amazing digi stamp by Molly Harrison Art when browsing on Etsy, and I had to have her.  I think she's cute but has bags of attitude!  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils.   I don't usually do backgrounds when I'm colouring for cards, mainly because they're not my strong point, but this image had the moon and a horizon line, so I decided to give it a go and I'm actually fairly pleased with how it's turned out.

For the rest of my card I used patterned papers, which I stamped with that spider web stamp I was talking about in my last post!  The creepy crawlies are die cuts by Marianne Designs

I hop you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Boo!

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Boo!  (Halloween), or autumn as an alternative if Halloween is not your thing.

I don't send cards at Halloween, but I love anything dark and spooky so I love creating Halloween themed things. 

The main Image on my card is a digi stamp by Oddball Art Co, and I coloured him with Polychromos pencils.  The bats are part of the same image. 

I wanted to create an atmospheric background for this card so I blended some distress inks and then splashed with water.  I was originally going to use a small spider web stamp on the background, but I couldn't find it so instead I decided to draw a large spider web.  I'm glad I did because I like the effect, and I think this card has ended up looking quite dramatic.  (Not surprisingly my stamp turned up half an hour later when I was looking for something else - I've used it for some of my other Halloween cards!)

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 2 October 2017

Make My Monday: Animal Antics

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Animal Antics.  I decided it was time to make something other than a card, so I made a set of cat bookmarks.   I hope you like them.

I made these using a set of stamps by Hobbyart.  I think these cats are so cute and full of character.

I stamped the cats and coloured them with Polychromos pencils.  I tried to do real cat colours for these, which I hope has worked!  I layered my cats onto patterned papers , and added an eyelet and some ribbon and fibre tassels.

I hope  you can join us this week at Make My Monday!

Sian. xx