Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Science Fiction

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is science fiction.

I created the background for this card using Distress Inks, which I blended from light too dark to create a glowing effect.  I drew in the stars with white gel pen to make it look like a galaxy.

The image I used is a digi stamp by Rick St Dennis, which I absolutely love!  I coloured it with Prismacolor pencils, and I think this is one of my favourite images that I've coloured.

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

Sian.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Make My Monday: A Hint of Summer to Come

Hi All.  This week's theme at Make My Monday is "A Hint of Summer to Come".  I've made a card using this image I coloured for the March pencils class at Kit and Clowder.  The image is a digi stamp by The Paper Shelter.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and then layered it onto sand coloured card and patterned paper.  I added some tiny sea themed beads at the corners.

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

Sian.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: All Dressed Up

Good morning!  Today's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is all dressed up.  I've used a digi stamp by La La Land Crafts for my card.  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils.

I die cut the oval and hand stitched around the edges, then layered my image onto the oval and matted and layered with patterned papers.  I finished my card off with a printed sentiment and some die cut flowers.

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

Sian.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Men's Hobbies

Hello again.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Men's Hobbies.  I am of the view that men can have any hobby they like, but decided to go with something traditionally male and chose fishing.

I created my card using this brilliant image by Dr Digi.  Doesn't he look pleased with himself?  I printed him on kraft card and coloured him with Prismacolor pencils, then layered him onto patterned papers.  I also added some sticky backed ribbon. 

I didn't want to detract from the image, so kept my embellishment on this one really simple (and free!), using the top of a wine cork in the bottom right corner.

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

Sian. xxx

Monday, 30 April 2018

Make My Monday: Embossing - Wet or Dry

Good morning.  It's time for another challenge at Make My Monday, and this week's theme is embossing.  You have a choice of either wet or dry embossing.

I've chosen dry embossing for my card.  I started off by creating embossed panels with white and lilac card using embossing folders, then layered them onto a slightly darker purple.  Then I added some coordinating ribbon.  (The ribbon looks a bit grey in the photo, but is much more purple in real life!)

I die cut and embossed some flowers and coloured with Promarkers in matching shades of purple/lilac.  I shaped them using an embossing tool and a foam mat, and finished them off with pearl centres.  Finally I added a printed sentiment.

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

Sian. xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: April Showers

It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's theme is April Showers. 

I've used a digi stamp by Cute as a Button for my card.  This is a 7" x 7" card, as I thought she would look too tiny on a smaller one.  This is a size I've only used a few times so far, but I think I like it.  It allows you to use a slightly bigger image, but without having too much space.  (I am not a fan of 8" x 8" as I think it's just a bit too big, probably because I spent a lot of time making ATCs so am used to working on a very small scale).

I coloured my image using Prismacolor pencils.  I think they're just about winning over the Polychromos, but only because they have a better selection of colours.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and added some die cut flowers with pearl centres. 

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: World Book Day

Good morning.  Today's challenge theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is World Book Day.  You have a choice of either using a book on your card or making a card based on a book title and telling us what book it is.

Readers from the UK may be wondering why World Book Day is this week's theme.  Well, apparently World Book Day is celebrated everywhere except the UK on 23rd April.  (We do like to be different).  Here it's celebrated on the first Thursday in March, the reason being  so that it doesn't clash with the school Easter Holidays.

I created my card using a lovely image by Bloobel Stamps called Inky Bookworm.  I hope you like him!  I wanted the main focus to be on the image here, so I coloured him really brightly and kept my embellishments to a minimum.  I coloured my image with Polychromos Pencils.

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

Sian. xxx

Monday, 16 April 2018

Make My Monday: In the Garden

Good morning.  Today's theme at Make My Monday is In the Garden.  The flowers on my card are stamps by Paperartsy.  I also used a Crafter's Companion stamp for the background script and a mini stencil by Creative expressions for the circles.

I started off by stamping the flowers then painted over them with masking fluid.  I left the masking fluid to dry overnight - a first for me, I think - I HATE having to leave things to dry.

My next step was to create the background.  I started off by blending distress inks then splashed it with water.  I also added some Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders.  This time I didn't leave it to dry - I blasted it with a heat gun.

Next I stamped the script in Distress Ink and then added the circles using my stencil and some Distress Oxide ink.  I also added some Distress Oxide around the edges.

I peeled off the masking fluid and then watercoloured the flowers with Distress Inks.  I think I need a bit more practice at this technique because I don't think I managed to get enough depth on the flower petals.  Maybe I'll stick with my pencils!  I am however reasonably pleased with the end result.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Black, White and Bright

Hello.  It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.  It was my turn to choose the theme this week and I chose black, white and bright - make a card using black and white with one bright colour.

I created my card using a stamp by Crafter's Companion which I have had in my stash for a few years now.  I thought he would be perfect for this theme.  I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and layered it onto patterned papers.  I embellished my card with a hand tied ribbon bow and some paper flowers with button centres.

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.

I woudl like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenges
Crafting with an Attitude

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Travel or Transport

Good morning.  Today's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is travel or transport.  I was really happy to have this theme to work to because it gave me a chance to use a fantastic stamp which has been sitting on my desk for a while waiting for the right opportunity for me to use it.

I made my card using a stamp by Stamposaurus, which I stamped on kraft card and coloured with Polychromos pencils.  I kept this one simple because I wanted the image to be the main focus, so I just layered it onto card and patterned paper and added some Card Candi dots.

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

Sian.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Make My Monday: Things with Wings

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Things with Wings.  I decided to make a set of two cards using this lovely bee die, which is an Intricuts die by Hobbycraft.  I love these dies.  The designs are beautiful and they're really good quality too.

For each card, I die cut the bee three times, from black card, yello w card and an irridescent white card.
Then I used both the positive and negative die cuts to piece together the bee.  I love how it's turned bout, but this really did take a very long time, particularly when I did the wings.  I wanted the bees to be the main focus of my cards, so I layered them onto card and patterned paper, just adding a few paper flowers at the corners.   The patterned papers I've used on these cards are some very old Papermania papers that I must have had in my stash from not long after I started card making.  I think I must have had them about 12 years!  (I still don't have enough papers though).  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

I would like to enter my cards in the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Catz

Sian.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Buttons and/or Bows

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is buttons and/or bows.  As you can see, I have chosen to use both on my card.  I started off by die cutting some flowers in various shades of purple.  I stuck them on my card and drew the stems using Promarkers. 

I added button centres to the flowers and then ties a bow from chiffon ribbon which I stuck onto the bottom of the stems.

I hoe you can join us this week at Cards 4 Galz.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Superheroes

Good morning.  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is Superheroes.  I've used a brilliant image  from Bloobel Digi Stamps called Super Dad for my card.  You can find him here for just $1.

I coloured my image using Prismacolor pencils  and layered him onto card and patterned papers.  I embellished my card with some stars which I thought would fit the superhero theme.

I deliberately kept the colours muted on this card to fit in with my rather unconventional superhero.

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

Sian. xx


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Bloobel Stamps: Begging Dog

Hi everyone.  I hope you've had a good weekend.  Today I've made a card using this brilliant image by Bloobel Stamps.  He's called Begging Dog and you can find him in the Bloobel shop here.  I absolutely love him and will definitely be using him again.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and layered him onto patterned papers.  I didn't want to add too much embellishment on this one as I wanted to keep the focus on the dog, so I just added a happy birthday sentiment on kraft card and a hand tied ribbon bow.

I hope you like him.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
Crafty Friends Challenge
Always Happy Birthday

Sian. xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

Make My Monday: Easter Fun

Hi everyone, with Easter coming early this year and just around the corner, this week's theme at Make My Monday is Easter fun.  I used this fun image from Bloobel Digi Stamps to make my card.  It's called My Easter Eggs, and can be found here.

I coloured him with Polychromos pencils and layered him onto card and patterned paper.  To embellish my card I used a ribbon bow, some paper flowers and some eggs cut out from one of the patterned papers in the same set as the background papers.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Beach or Nautical

Hello again.  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is beach or nautical.  I used a digi stamp by Make It Crafty to make my card, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I drew in the beach background myself, also with the Prismacolors.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and coordinating card then added some die cut shells and some pearls.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Things with Tails

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is things with tails.  It doesn't have to be an animal - you can make your project using anything at all that has a tail.  I chose this tiger because I bought the stamp a while ago and have had it hanging around on my desk waiting to be used!

I created my card using this beautiful stamp by Crafty Stamps.  I coloured him using Prismacolor pencils, and I have to admit that  before I started I had no clue how to colour a tiger!  I had to resort to Google Images for reference as to what colours went where.  I'm really pleased with how he's turned out though.  I layered my tiger onto orange card and patterned papers and then just added some simple wooden stars to embellish it.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 5 March 2018

Make My Monday : Use some Silver or Gold

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to use some silver or gold on your project.  I've used a lot of silver, but sadly this does not show up too well in the picture. 

I decided to make a mixed media wall hanging.  Unfortunately I could not get a decent photo of the whole finished thing due to the awful weather we've been having, which has meant a lack of natural light, but I hope you can at least get an idea of what it looks like.

I've posted some close ups, and some work in progress pictures at the bottom.

I started with a  wooden heart, which I painted with white gesso and then a layer of  white acrylic paint.









































Then I added some texture  using die cuts, corrugated card and some gel medium which I applied through a stencil to create the eggshell effect.  Then I gave everything another coat of white paint and added some blue while it was still wet.

Once that layer of paint was dry I added some silver paint around the edges and also some turquoise gilding wax.  I also added some silver sparkly embossing powder to the background, which I applied just by sprinkling and heating.

For the final part of my project I used some die cut butterflies and some paper flowers, which I painted to match the background.  then I added some of the silver embossing powder to the edges.  I used Versamark Ink on the edges of the flowers and the butterflies to pick up the powder and then heated it.

I stuck everything on, then added some beads to the centres of the flat flowers.  Then to finish off my project I added a loop at the top with some mixed fibres and then threaded some beads onto fibres which I hung from the bottom.

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

Sian. xx