Thursday, 21 June 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Sunny Summer Days

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Sunny Summer Days.

I created my background with an embossing folder and blended Distress Inks.  The butterflies are stamped and die cut and the flowers are stamped.  I also stamped the Happy Birthday Sentiment at the bottom.  I added a bit of glitter to the butterflies and the centres of the flowers and added some flower stamens for the butterflies' antennae.

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Metallic Madness

Hi everyone!  today it's my turn to choose the theme at Cardz 4 Guyz  I've chosen a theme of Metallic Madness - use something metal or metallic on your card.

I decided to do some metal embossing, which is something I hadn't done for quite a while.  I started with a piece of thin copper, stamped an image on the back with Stazon ink, then placed my them stamped metal on a foam mat and used an embossing tool to go over the stamped image.  I added the frame using a roller tool.

I wanted to make the embossed panel look old, so I painted it with black acrylic paint and then rubbed it off with a piece of kitchen roll.  I left it to dry, then matted and layered it onto black and gold card.

To create the background of the card, I dabbed Versamark ink through a stencil then gently brushed on  mica powder in various metallic colours.

To finish off my card I added some die cut cogs and wheels and a stick on sentiment.

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

Sian.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Make My Monday

Hi all.  today's challenge at Make My Monday is emboss resist. 

I stamped the flowers on my card using Versamark ink, then embossed them using clear embossing powder.  I then inked my card using Distress Inks in rainbow colours.  I sprinkled water over my background and then  added some die cut words.

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

Sian.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Pretty and Pearly

Good morning.  Today's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is Pretty and Pearly. 

I used an image by Ching Chou Kuik for my card, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 

As you can see, I layered her onto patterned papers and added some pearls and die cut butterflies.

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

Sian.  xxx

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Father's Day

Hi everyone.  We're coming up to Father's Day, so that's our theme this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.  I'm sharing a card I've made for my own dad.  I don't think he looks at my blog, so I should be OK!

The image I've used on this card is a digi stamp by Bloobel Stamps.  I've colured him with Prismacolor pencils.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and added a couple of cat buttons that I've had in my stash for a while.

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

Sian. xxx

Monday, 28 May 2018

Make My Monday: Go Green (Upcycle)

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to upcycle something. 

I chose to upcycle a wooden tray which held embellishments into a wall hanging.  The tray was already black.  I used some metallic rub-ons in various shades of gold, silver and copper on the top of the tray, then made some holes in one side and threaded some ribbon through.

I die cut some flowers in various bright colours and stuck them into each section of the tray.

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge at Make My Monday.

Sian. xxx

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Mythical/Fantasy

Good morning.  Today's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is Mythical/Fantasy.  For this challenge I decided to create a card using this beautiful fairy house stamp that I bought recently, which is by Woodware.  I coloured it with Prismacolor pencils.

I layered my coloured image onto patterned papers and added some die cut butterflies and pearls.  If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see that I have also added some glitter - it had to be done since this is such a girly card!

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

Sian.

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.