Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Traditional Christmas

I have been creating Christmas cards again (well, it is only just over 2 months to go now).  This time I thought I would try something a bit different, using the stamp and poinsettia scoring boards that came with this month's Papercraft Inspirations magazine.  This is not my usual style at all, but I do enjoy going out of my confort zone from time to time.  I think it's turned out quite classy.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white die cut oval and coloured it with Polychromos pencils, then layered it onto a die cut scalloped oval.  I created the poinsettias using the scoring board, rubberd soem gold gilding wax over them and along the edges and layered them up.  I added some micro beads to the centres.  I then layered everything onto patterned paper, added a large gold bow and added somm glitter glue to the sentiment, finisihing it off with two little gold pearls at the corners.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Time Flies

I haven't been very productive over the last week, as I've had a nasty cold.  I have however managed a couple of cards this weekend, including this one which I've made for the current Cardz 4 Guyz challenge, Time Flies.

The image is a digi stamp by Bloobell Stamps called Steam Punk, and I thought he would be great for this challenge.  I colured him using Polychromos pencils.  I layered the image onto patterned paper and a strip of card which I embossed using an embossing folder.  The cogs are X-cut dies.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge: Use at Least one Die

This is my DT card for this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, which is to use at least one die.  As you can see I have used lots of dies to make this card!

I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut circle and used lots of die cut flowers around the circle and in the corners of the card.  I cut away half of the front of the card and embossed the remaining half using an embossing folder.  I added some matting and layering underneath (inside the card), which has the added advantage of adding some stability.  this means that even though I have cut away part of the front, the card still stands up.  I fininshed off the flowers with pearl centres.
I think this is the first time I have used a sentiment as the main focus on one of my cards!

I look forward to seeing everyone's entries for the challenge!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Make My Monday: Photo Inspiration

This week's challenge on Make my Monday is to make something inspired by the photo on the right.  I think the photo is stunningly beautiful, so couldn't resist having a go at this!

The picture below is my creation.  I created the background using distress inks in shades of orange, red and black, with a die cut circle masking the moon.  I then lightly inked over part of the moon to give it a bit more depth.  The cat is a Craft Stamper freebie from a while back, and I can't remember where I got the owl.  I was initally planning to stamp the branches, but I couldn't find a stamp in my stash that was right for this, so I painted them freehand using acrylic.  I added some highlighting to the branches once they were dry using a Sakura Stardust pen, so that it looks like the moonlight is reflecting off them.

The image is the main focal point, so I decided to keep the rest of the card simple so as not to detract from it.  I layered the image onto black and then white card, and embossed some light red card using an embossing folder to use for the main card background, then layered it onto black card on a white card blank.

I thought that the image looked rather halloweeny, which isn't really what I was looking for with this, but it fits with the time of year, so I'm happy.  I ddin't want it to be a halloween card though, so I added the inspirational quote "life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful", which is from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk pad.  I think it makes the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you like my creation.


Monday, 10 October 2016


Today I am sharing a card I have made using a beautiful digi stamp by Connie Fong Art.  I have coloured her using Polychromos pencils.  The background papers were from The Works - they seem to have quite a lot of nice papers at the moment, at really good prices.  The blossom dies that I have used to embellish this card are by Spellbinders.  The photo doesn't show it well, but I have added some glitter glue to the centres of the die cut blossoms and the flowers on the main image and have used some Glossy Accents on her eyes and mouth.

I hope you like it!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Black Magic

I have made this card for the current Fantasy Stampers challenge, the theme of which is Black Magic.  The aim is to use black as the focal point of your work.  I would also like to enter it into the current Make My Monday challenge, which is no patterned paper.

I created both the background and the butterfly by stamping in Versamark ink on black card and brushing over with mica powders  I then matted and layered it onto purple card.  I used foam pads behind the square and the butterfly to give it some dimension, but I don't think this comes through well in the photo.  I wanted to keep this quite simple so as not to detract from the background so I added a bit of glitter to the butterfly, some purple gems and a large purple bow.  The sentiment, 'use your wings' is from the Tim Holtz Ideaology 'Small Talk' sticker pad, which has some lovely inspirational quotes.  The flower stamp used for the background is one that I've had for a long time, which came free with Craft Stamper Magazine.  I can't remember what brand the butterfly stamp is, but I do remember that I got it at the first ever craft show I went to, so it's quite old!

I always have difficulty photographing black cards and this one is no exception.  It's also a lot more shimmery in real life because again this is hard to capture in a photograph

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Getting Inky

I don't often get the inks out these days, partly because I craft in a corner of the lounge, and when I make a mess I have to clear it up, and partly because I work full time in the kind of job where inky fingers are frowned upon, so I need to try and confine my inky time to when I know I will have a couple of days for the ink to wash off (it doesn't come off easily, especially when it gets under my nails).

This is a card I made at the weekend.  the stamp I used is by Crafty Individuals.  I created layers by stamping over the image with a snowflake background in Versamark ink and embossing the snowflakes with clear embossing powder, then inking over it with distress inks.  I added a few highlights with white gel pen to make the deer stand out a bit.  I  distressed the edges of the image and the papers with scissors and Distress Inks and added kraft card behind.  The papers used on this card are from the Bobunny Sleigh Ride collection.

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

Crazy 4 Challenges - Forest Friends
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

It's too Early! (Christmas in January)

I was looking through photos on my phone tonight and came across some Christmas cards that I made at the beginning this year, when I must have had a short break in my studies, so I have decided to share them.  This top card was made using a digi stamp by Digi Stamp Boutique.  I coloured it with Promarkers.  The background papers are by First Edition and I added some die cut snowflakes.
 The second card was created using an image by Di's Digi Stamps.  This is one of my favourite Christmas Digi Stamps.  I coloured it with Promarkers, and added a die cut landscape at the bottom.  I also added some timy red gems as lights on the trees.
 For this third card I decided to do something a bit different.  With all the pink, this is far more girly than my usual style.  The image is by Digi Stamp Boutique, and I coloured it with Promarkers.
This final card was made using another Digi Stamp Boutique image coloured with Promarkers.  The background papers are by First Edition, and I embellished it with some bits that have been hanging around in my craft stash for a few years.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Blue Christmas

Today I am sharing some more of my Christmas cards.  I have a tendency to use of a lot of traditional christmas colours on my cards (red, green, white), so I have been trying to get out of the rut a bit and use some different colours.  These are some cards I have made using a blue theme.  The top card was made using a digi stamp from Di's Digi Stamps, which I have coloured with Polychromos pencils (my favourite colouring medium at the moment).  I have also used patterned papers.  These are from the Frosty Christmas pad by Lili of the Valley.  I have also added die cut snowflakes.  As it is a Christmas card I have of course also added glitter (I use Stickles glitter glue because it is nice and easy)!
The second card was made using the free snow globe stamp that came with this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.  I decided that I wanted to have a 'working' snow globe, so this is a shaker card.  The deer stamp was also part of the free set that came with the magazine and I coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  I layered the patterned paper onto blue card, then stamped the snow globe onto it.  Then I die cut a circle in the middle of the globe and stuck acetate behind it.  I stamped the background onto a spearate piece of card and coloured it then added double sided sticky foam around the window.  Finally I added some white glitter in the circle created by the foam tape and stuck the background onto it.  I have added some wooden snowflakes to embellish it.  Both the snowflakes and the papers are from Hobbycraft.

By the time Christmas comes around I may actually have managed to make enough cards this year to give everyone handmade ones, which will be nice.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Christmas Again!

I have been busy making Christmas cards over the last few weeks.  It's nice to finally have time.  This is a card that I made using the Hollyanna digi stamp from Lacy Sunshine.  I have coloured her using Polychromos pencils.  I have hand stitched around the edge of the main image and added die cut holly and a stamped sentiment. 

I am entering this card in the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge, where this week's challenge is holiday I am hoping to join lotsmore challenges once I get properly back into the swing of things!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Exciting Times

I am so excited!  As of today I will be a design team member on the Cardz 4 Galz challenge blog.  You can check it out from the link above or in my sidebar.  So far I have seen some fun challenges and a variety of great talent.

This is my first DT card, for today's theme which is fall colours.  I hope you like it!.

I have used a Gorjuss stamp by Santoro, which I thought would be perfect for this colour scheme because of the foxes.  I stamped the image in brown ink on kraft card and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  I hand stitched around the edges of the circle and also added some thread through the buttons that I used as centres for the flowers to tie it all together.  The papers I have used are from the First Edition Desert Blooms pad.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

An Easel Card

This is another family birthday card, this time for my mum. Myself, my dad, brother and mum all have  birthdays in September, so it was always a busy (and expensive) month in our house when I was growing up.  Actually, it's still an expensive month!  Thankfully my boys' birthdays are a bit more spread out (although the months coincide with two of my nephews).

This was my first ever attempt at an easel card.  The image is a digi stamp by Julia Spiri, and I  coloured it using Polychromos pencils.
I also used a variety of die cut flowers and butterflies on this.  The flower dies are clever.  They cut in strips and then they can be rolled up and the petals spread out.  I got these a while ago and unfortunately can't remember what brand they are.  I am going to have to start keeping bits of packaging!

The printed papers are by First Edition, and I also made a matching box since there was no way this one was going to fit into an envelope.  It's made from a 7 inch pizza style box which my 6 inch card with embellishments fits into nicely on a bed of pink tissue paper. 

Monday, 26 September 2016


I'm feeling a bit fed up today.  I had a wisdom tooth removed last Tuesday, and despite folllowing the aftercare instructions to the letter, it has become infected.  I won't bore everyone with the details, but after a visit to the (very kind and sympathetic) dentist today, I am extremely tired but hopefully now on the mend (although my mouth trastes of iodine and I'm stuck on a soup and smoothie diet for a few days).

Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my brother.  I made it a couple of weeks ago but I had to wait until after his birthday to share it.

This was made using a digi stamp by Dr Digi, which I coloured using Polychromos pencils.  I distressed the edges of the papers using scissors and added some distress ink around the edges.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

These are two "his and hers" cards that I made using Polkadoodles digi stamps.  The images are coloured with promarkers and I have matted and layered patterned papers for the background.

I am a big fan of bright colours!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Today I am sharing a card I made a while ago.  The dragonfly is a Sheena Douglass die cut, and I have also added a die cut background and flowers.

The background behind the dragonfly was created using inks and layered stamping, and I used mica powders on the dragonfly to make it shimmer.