Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Anything but Square

Good morning!  This week we are kicking off a new year of challenges at Cardz 4 Galz with a theme of anything but square.  I must admit, I do get into a rut of making lots of square cards, so it was good to do something different.

For this card I used a set of Gorjuss stamps by Santoro.  Everything except the background (which is patterned paper) is stamped and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 

I hope you can join us for a new year of challenges at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: January Blues

Hi everyone.  I seems likes ages since the last challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.  It's my turn to choose the theme this week, so I've decided to kick off the New Year with a nice easy theme of January Blues.  You can make a card on any theme as long as it's in shades of blue.

I created my card using an image by Polkadoodles which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

I made the background using Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, and stencilled on the star background.  I stamped the happy birthday sentiment and the small notes to the left, and die cut the music running across behind the guitarist.

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

Sian.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Bloobel Digi Stamps: Inappropriate Cat

Two posts in one day!  What's going on? 

This afternoon I am sharing a card I made using this wonderful image from Bloobel Digi Stamps called Inappropriate Cat.  You can find him in the Bloobel shop here.  When I saw this image I knew I had to make a card with him.  I love him so much!  I also have a cat that does this, so he made me laugh (well, I kind of have a cat anyway, but that's another story).

I coloured my cat using Prismacolour pencils and layered him onto coordinating grey card and patterned papers.  I wanted to keep the focuse on the image, so kept the embellishment simple on this one, just using some Card Candi dots in coordinating colours.

I hope you like him!

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly the Dancing Princess

Hi Everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made using Lilly the Dancing Princess by Moonflower Digistamps.  You  can find her in the Mooonflower shop here.

I printed her out on kraft card and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils.  I layered her onto card and patterned papers and added some die cut flowers.

You can see some more Moonflower inspiration on the Moonflower Blog or the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Sian. xx

Monday, 8 January 2018

Make My Monday: Blue and White

Good morning.  We are starting the New Year at Make My Monday with a theme of blue and white. 

I made this card by layering blue and white card and patterned papers.  I stamped the sentiment in navy blue ink and added a coordinating blue ribbon and some due cut flowers.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bloobel Stamps: Heart Surprise

Hello and Happy New Year!  This was one of my last cards of 2017, made using a New release by Bloobel Stamps.  This image is called Heart Surprise and you can find him here

I think this is a great image for a not very traditional Valentine's card, and since I don't do traditional Valentines then I thought it was perfect!

I coloured him using Prismacolor pencils.  This is one of my first attempts with them (I have been using Polychromos up to now), so I hope I've done this justice!

I'm still trying to figure out whether I like Polychromos or Prismacolours best.  I think they both have pros and cons, so it may just depend on what I'm colouring.

Anyway, all the best for 2018, and you will see some more cards from me soon.

Sian. xxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly Skating

Good morning and Merry Christmas!  Today I am sharing a card made using the new release by Moonflower Digistamps, Lilly Ice Skating.  You can find her in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/576583919/lilly-ice-skating?ref=shop_home_active_1

I printed the image on Kraft card and coloured her with Polychromos pencils.  I layered her onto red card and patterned papers from the Jingle All The Way pad by First Edition, and embellished with a baker's twine bow and some wooden snowflakes.

You can see soem great work from the other members of the Moonflower design team on the Moonflower blog or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Last Minute Chtistmas

Today's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is Last Minute Christmas.  I have to say I have been very last minute with my DT card for this one!

I made my card using a digi stamp by Bugaboo, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.  I layered my coloured image onto patterned papers and red and teal pearlescent card.  I added some ribbon and some die cut snowflakes, then as a final touch I glittered the snowflakes using Stickles glitter glue.

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

Sian.  xx

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