Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Movie Madness

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Movie Madness.  I found it quite caleenging to create a card based on a movie without actually using an image from the movie itself, which would have been a breach of copyright.

I decided to based my card on the film School of Rock (a great film that had me laughing all the way through, and worth a watch if you haven't seen it.  I used this stamp by Kenny K, which I think is perfect for a card for a teenage girl, and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.

I layered my image onto various patterned papers (these are from the Gorjuss collections by Santoro), and added a sentiment and some die cut stars.

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


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Triple Matting Technique

Hello everyone.  I am really pleased to have been invited by my friend Caz to join the design team on the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge blog.  This is my first DT card.  This week's challenge is to create a card using the triple mat technique.

I created this card by firstly creating a background with Distress Inks and layered stamping.  I won't describe the triple mat technique as you can see a tutorial by clicking on the link above.  I then created a collage on top using various stamps.  I layered the triple matted image onto a background created with Distress Inks and water and matted onto brown pearlescent card and then added a piece of twine at the bottom.  Finally I added the wooden sentiment.

This is a bit of a deviation from my usual style of card at the moment and more like the kind of things I used to create, but I am hoping to get back to using multiple techniques now I have a bit more spare time!

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


Monday, 9 January 2017

Make My Monday: A Winter's Walk

Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday, and this week's theme is "A Winter's Walk".  I though this would be a great opportunity to use this cute James Bear stamp by Lili of the Valley.  I stamped him in grey ink and coloured him using Polychromos pencils, then hand stitched around the edges and layered him onto white card.

For the background of this card, I used pearlescent blue card and a die cut snowflake background, which I glittered using Stickles glitter glue.  I also die cut the branches and added some gems and pearls to some of the berries to make them stand out.  Normally I like to glitter my snowy scenes, but I thought this card was sparkly enough already, so I left James as he was.  I hope you like him.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge, you can find it here:

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A bit of Violet

Good morning everyone.  Today I am sharing something a little bit different.  This is a card I made using an aperture card blank.  I cut a piece of card slightly smaller than the card blank with an aperture slightly larger than the card blank so that it forms a frame.  I then attached a trellis die cut to the back of the aperture.  The die is a Hobbycraft Intricut die.  I have two of these now and I love them!

I die cut the flowers and inked them in various shades of purple, then shaped them using an embossing tool.  The flower dies are all by Crafter's Companion.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink an embossed it using white embossing powder.  I layered it onto white card and then stuck it onto the middle of the trellis.

Finally, I attached patterned paper on the inside back of the card so that it can be seen through the aperture.

I would like to enter this card into this week's Alphabet Challenge, which is V for Violet.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: ATCs

Good morning everyone, and Happy New Year!  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Gals is ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  Those of you who have been following me for a while will know that I used to make LOTS of ATCs, but I haven't been making them regularly for quite a while, mostly due to lack of time.  My desk is in a corner of the living room, so if I make a mess I also have to clear it up.  As card making is generally less messy I tend to mostly stick to that now.

I decided to make a set of 3 ATCs.  It was great fun to make them after such a long time, and it also gave me the opportunity to use some of my Christmas presents, the Crazy Cats Stamps by Tim Holtz.  I made the backgrounds using Distress Spray Stains and mica sprays with stencils, experimenting with different colours until I liked the effect I had.  I then added some stamped writing, which I stamped with Distress ink, and added some distress ink around the edges of the ATCs.  I stamped the cats directly onto the ATCs to start with, because I didn't want to have to try and cut out the whiskers.  Then I stamped the cats onto a separate piece of card and watercoloured them with Distress Inks.  I then cut them out (excluding the whiskers) and carefully stuck them onto the ATCs.  I added some black and white lines around the edges of the ATCs using pens, as I think this really makes the bright colours stand out.

The fish skeletons on the middle card are hand drawn.  There is one that comes with the stamp set, but I wanted them to both look a bit different so I drew my own.  The final step in these ATCs was to add a little bit of Glossy Accents to the cats' eyes to make them shine.

I realy love working with bright  colours, so these were a lot of fun to make.

I hope you can join us at Cardz 4 Galz, and I look forward to seeing everyone's creations!


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Pink and Brown

This is a card I created using a digi stamp buy Julia Spiri.  I coloured her using Polychromos pencils.

The background papers are from a pad that I got from The Works for next to nothing, and they are really good quality for the price.  The flowers are due cut and I added some Distress Ink to the edges of the petals to age them a bit.  I added gems and pearls in the centre of the flowers to finish them off.

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

Through the Purple Haze - anything goes.
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes.
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Monster Birthday

I hope everyone had  a good Christmas.  It's been a bit of a strange one for me this year as both boys are in high school, so we didn't have the usual excitement about Father Christmas and opening presents.  In fact, we woke up before them!

This is a card that I made for my nephew's 3rd birthday.  I made it using a digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.  I used a mixture of bright patterned papers and added some pieces of paper straw whcih I moade into candles.

This was a really fun card to make!


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Moonfloower Digistamps: Gigi Gift

Good morning everyone!  Today I am sharing a card I've made using this lovely "Gigi Gift" digi stamp by Moonflower Digistamps.

I coloured her using Polychromos pencils.  I wanted to keep the image as the main focus on this card, so I have kept the rest of it quite simple, layering my image onto patterned papers and adding some flower trim and die cut flowers.  The papers are by First Edition.

I loved colouring the hair and folds on this one.

You can find this image in the Moonflower shop, here:

Have a great Christmas everyone.  I will be back blogging in 2017!


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Moonflower Digistamps: Snowflake Fairy

Hello everyone.  I'm really excited to annouce that I am now on the design team for Moonflower Digistamps.  There are some really beautiful images to work with!

Today I am sharing a card I've made using the lovely Snowflake Fairy image, one of my favourite Moonflower stamps  (I have lots of favourites).  You can find her here:

I've coloured her using Polychromos pencils.  I have also used a Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the wings, although sadly the shimmery effect does not show up well on the picture, and have glittered the snowflakes and tiara using Stickles glitter glue.

The papers I've used on this card are some freebies from Crafter's Companion.  I can't remember which magazine they came from, but they are beautiful colours.  I have also used die cut silver flourishes white snowflakes.  The snowflakes are glittered with Stickles.

I hope you like her!

Sian. xx

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

C.R. A. F. T. Challenge - Winter
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - Ice Cold

Saturday, 10 December 2016


Hello everyone.  I have been quite productive recently, but unfortunately I have very few things that I can share.  This is for various reasons - I have been making commissioned cards and cards for family which I can't post yet in case they are seen by the recipients, and design team projects that are not yet due to go live.

The photo on the left shows some Christmas tags that I've made.  My original plan was to make all of my tags this year, but I left it a bit too late and these are the only ones I managed to make!  I always find that I am really busy this time of year.  I ended up having to buy some tags yesterday.

Anyway, I will be back again before Christmas as I have couple more things in the pipeline which I will be able to share soon.

I'm off to do some wrapping now.

Sian. xx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Cardz 4 Galz: Anyone for Cocktails?

Hello everyone!  There is a new challenge today at Cardz 4 Galz on the theme of "Anyone for Cocktails?"  I didn't have anything in my stash for this one, so unfortuanteldy (ha ha!)  I had to buy a new digi stamp.  This is a digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs called "Cocktail Emma", and I think she's great!

I decided to go with shades of pink on this one, because I wanted to match the cherries.  I coloured the image with Polychromos pencils, and glittered her jewellery with Stickles.  I used Ranger Glossy accents on the glass to give it a shiny 3D appearance. For the background I used some papers by Craftwork Cards layered onto some dark pink and grey card.  Because the image is quite large on this card, I wanted to keep the embellishments simple, so I just added two Card Candi dots and some flower trim across the middle.  I thought the sentiment "Party time!" was appropriate for this card.

You can join in the Cardz 4 Galz challenge here:  I look forward to seeing everyone's creations.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Make My Monday: Show me a Snowman

Good morning!  This week's challenge at Make My Monday is "Show me a Snowman".  I have decided to show you a whole family of them!

The image I used for this card is a digi stamp by Digi Stamp Boutique, and I coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  When I coloured it I thought it looked like a snowman family portrait, so the first thing I did was put it in a frame,which I die cut from pearlescent blue card.

I layered the framed portrait onto patterned papers and a die cut lace background.  (The patterned papers are by Lili of the Valley and are unfortunately discontinued, so I won't be able to get any more).

I then added some die cut snowflakes, which I glittered using Stickles glitter glue.  I also added some glitter on the white parts of the snowmen's hats.  As a final touch, I added some tiny punched snowflakes around the top and sides of the card, which I punched from white pearlescent paper.

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge.


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

Craft Rocket Challenges - Winter time
Sweet Stampin' - Let it snow
Crafting with Dragonflies - Whatever the weather
Challenge Up Your Life - Snowflakes

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Brrr! Icy Christmas

My second upload for today is a wintery Christmas card.  I think this one has a really cold feel to it. 

I used a digi stamp by Digi Stamp Boutique for this card.  I love this cute image!  I coloured it using Polychromos pencils (my medium of choice at the moment - I am using them so much I am going to need some new ones soon!)

The background papers I have used on this card were a bargain from Poundland.  I saw them mentioned somewhere and was lucky enough to get there before they had all gone.  I have got five different pads and I really like them all.  They are really good quality for a pound as well.  They are about 6" x 8" and there are 32 sheets to a pad, but I reckon you will have to be really quick to find any still left, as I first saw somebody post about these about a week ago.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum on this one, as I wanted the image to be the main feature, so I just added some wooden snowflakes and a few pearls.  As this is a Christmas card it had to have soem glitter, so I glittered the snowflakes, parts of the hat and scarf and bits of the sea with crystal Stickles.

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

Allsorts - anything Christmas
Challenge up Your Life - snowflakes
Inkspirational - word prompt "CHILL"
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - got the blues
Creative Corner Challenges - winter
Dream Valley Challenges - winter animals

Preparing for the New Year

I have made something other than a card!  This is a calendar that I have made using a digi stamp by Dr Digi.  I have coloured it using Polychromos pencils.  I layered my image onto patterned papers (these are by First Edition).  I didn't want this one to be too girly, hence the use of green and blue. I added eyelets at the top and added a loop of chiffon ribbon for hangign it with.  I also added some matching ribbon and a bow across the middle.

I attached the mini calendar at the bottom so that it clightly overlapped the bottom of the main rectangle, and then finally I added some die cut flowers.  I inked the edges of the flowers and curled the petals to make them look more realistic, and added some pearl centres. 

I hope you like it!

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

Crafty Friends - Blossom (use flowers)
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
PDE Linky Party - anything but a card
C.R.A.F.T Challenges - not a card
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
Critters and Creatures Linky Party - anything goes with a critter.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Cardz 4 Galz: A Snowman (or two)

Good morning!  Today's new challenge on Cardz 4 Galz is "a snowman".  I've used two here, and a cat.  This is a digi stamp by Digi Stamp Boutique, which I've coloured using Polychromos pencils. 

I started with a fancy edged card blank in order to create a lacy effect around the edges with the snowflakes.  I created a layered background, but I think this one would have worked just as well with a plain pearlescent blue background.

I then added a layer of die cut snowflakes on top.  I layered my coloured image on top of the snowflakes, and then added another layer of snowflakes (this is a VERY snowy card), finally adding the sentiment.  I glittered the word "Joy", and the white bits on the characters' hats, and I also glittered all of the snowflakes.  It took a while, and it's a very sparkly card, but snow is supposed to glitter, so it would be wrong not to! 

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge.