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

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Dragonflies

Today is my turn to choose the challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I've chosen the theme of dragonflies.

I started off by creating the background of my card, which I made using Distress Oxide inks.  I dabbed the inks onto a craft mat and spritzed with water., then put my paper down onto it, drying with a heat gun and repeating until I was happy with how it looked, then I splashed it with water and dried with the heat gun again several times.  Finally I spritzed it lightly with mica spray for a bit of sparkle.

I layered the background onto pearlescent card and die cut the dragonflies from the same card.  The I die cut them again from vellum and stuck the vellum wings onto the original die cuts, shaped them and added some glitter.  To finish my card I added some gems and pearls and a die cut tag.  I stamped the sentiment on the tag with Versamark ink and embossed it with glitter embossing powder.

I hop you can join this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Architecture

Good morning. Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is architecture.  I struggled a bit with knowing what to do for this one, and finally settles on this stamp by Paperartsy that I used to make a row of houses.  I coloured the houses in bright colours using Polychromos pencils.

This is a side hinged DL card, and I decided to make it for my brother for his birthday.

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

Sian. xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Make My Monday: Autumn Colours

Hello again.  Today I amm sharing my DT card for Make My Monday.  This week's challenge is to use autumn colours.  I have to admit, these are not my favourite colours and I find it quite hard to use them.  I am however pleased with how this one turned out.

I started by making a background using Distress inks and Distress Oxides.  I did this by first applying the Distress Inks on a craft mat and then pressing a piece of Kraft card down on top of the ink.  Then I dried the inks using a heat gun and repeated this step using the Distress Oxide.  I then splashed water onto the card and dried it with a heat gun, repeating this step until I was happy with the effect. 

I dried my card off, then ironed it between two Teflon Sheets to give a flat surface to stamp on.  Then I stamped the flowers in Versamark Ink and embossed them using Wow! black sparkle embossing powder.   The stamps are by Paperartsy and are some of my acquisitions from the Happy Stampers Festival in May (I'm going again in October and still haven't used everything I bought at the last one!)

I painted the stamped flowers with white gesso, then left my card to dry overnight (I hate this step because I'm very impatient).  The next day I coloured the flowers with Polychromos pencils, and layered my stamped image onto brown card and a Kraft 6x6 card blank.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Welcome Little Baby


Good morning!   Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz  is to make a baby card.  Obviously, this being Cardz 4 Galz it needs to be for a baby girl.

I used a cute stamp by Lili of the Valley for this card, which I stamped in grey ink so it wouldn't stand out too much against the pastel colours of the card.

I stamped my image onto a die cut circle and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  Then I mounted it onto a pink fancy circle die cut.  I layered the mounted image onto coordinating patterned papers and added some baby buttons and a ribbon to embellish it.

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

Sian. xx


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Nature

Hello everyone.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is nature.

I wanted to make a messy background for this one, so I started off making a background with Walnut Brown Distress Oxide ink, then used a tree stencil with Distress Inks and inked over the top.  I die cut the mushrooms using a die by Marianne Designs, which is one of my favourites, then coloured them with Polychromos pencils.

I stamped the sentiment and then added the die cut critters which I coloured using a combination of Polychromos pencils and Promarkers.  The insect dies are also by Marianne Designs.

I hope you can join us for his week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Make My Monday: Something for a Child

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to make something for a child.  For this week's DT card I decided to go right out of my comfort zone for this one and make something very, very girly!  Those of you who have known me for a long time will know that I usually don't do girly (although I have mellowed somewhat over the years and a few more feminine things creep into my crafting from time to time now).  Pink, pastel colours, glitter and a unicorn - this card has everything girly that I could think of.

I used a digi stamp by Some Odd Girl for this card, and coloured it using Polychromos pencils.  I added glitter too the mane, tail, hooves, eye and horn.  I layered my image onto patterned papers and added some die cut stars.  I then added some glitter to the stars.  The sentiment is stamped and embossed using a glitter Wow! embossing power.

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

Sian. xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Get Krafty

Good morning.  This is my DT card for Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's theme is "Get Krafty" - to create something using Kraft Card. 

I love colouring onto Kraft Card, so I used this as an opportunity to try out some of my as yet unused stamps that I bought at the Happy Stampers Festival back in May.  These  stamps are from the Eclectica range by Paperartsy, and I coloured them using Polychromos pencils. 

I wanted my stamped image to be the main focus of the card, so I kept it quite simple, just adding some faux stitching in white gel pen and the die cut "Thank you".

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

Sian.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Something beginning with D

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is something beginning with D.  I chose to use this dinosaur stamp by Crafty Stamps, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

I layered my coloured image onto patterned papers and added some die cut leaves.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Cats/Kittens

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is cats or kittens.  This was a great opportunity for me to use one of my new Visible Image stamp sets.  These stamps are from the Curious Cats set. 

I created the background for this card with Brushos then stamped the cat face on top.  I coloured the eyes and nose with metallic watercolours and added some white gel pen to the highlights.   then I stamped the sentiment underneath.

I stamped the whiskers in Versamark and embossed them with a fine, white embossing powder.  I added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to the whiskers and to the sentiment to give my card a bit of sparkle then finally added some paper flowers. 

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Fancy Folds


Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is fancy folds.   I didn't have time to make anything TOO fancy  (by the time you read this I will be away on holiday), so I decided to make a zigzag card.  I made this card using some brilliant Paperartsy Jofy stamps that I picked up at Happy Stampers in may but have only just had chance to use.  I absolutely love these stamps and think they're great for a boy's card.

I coloured my stamped images with metallic watercolours and cut them out.    Then I layered them onto patterned papers and blue card.  I also added some die cut pipes.  These are Robert Addams dies that I picked up from a craft show back in February, and this is the first opportunity I've had to use them.  The picture at the bottom shows the dies cuts in more detail.

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

Sian. xx


Monday, 7 August 2017

Make My Monday: Grey and Pink

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenege again at Make My Monday.  This week's challenge is a colour challenge - grey and pink - and I have to say I love this colour combination!

The main focus of my card is a colalge stamp by Imagination Crafts.  I stamped this twice and cut out the butterflies from one of the stamped images.  I also stamped the smaller butterflies which are part of the same set.  I coloured all of the stamped images with Distress Inks.  I layered the cut out butterflies onto the main stamped image and shaped their wings.  I then layered my stamped image onto grey card and patterned papers and added the sentiment.  I added the smaller butterflies at the corners.  Finally I added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to the butterflies to give them a bit of sparkle.  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Pretty Pastels

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Pretty Pastels - to make a card using pastel colours.  I have kept this card quite simple as I wanted the focus to be on the die cut trellis and flowers.

I die cut the trellis from purple card and stuck it onto a patterned paper background.  Then I die cut the flowers from vellum, coloured them with Promarkers and shaped them using an embossing tool.  I stuck them onto the trellis and added some gems and pearls for centres.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto some coordinating patterned paper and cut it into a tag shape which I layered onto card then punched a hole and added some pink and white baker's twine.  I also added some tiny die cut butterflies and stuck some tiny pearls onto them.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Tiny Fingers and Toes

Hello again!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Tiny Fingers and Toes - to make a card for the littlest guy in your life.

I decided to make a CAS card for this challenge. The stamp I have used is by Lili of the Valley.  I stamped it in grey ink and coloured it with Polychromos Pencils, then added the "Congratulations" sentiment at the opposite corner.

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

Sian. xx