Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: The Great Outdoors

This week's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is The Great Outdoors.  I must admit, I was a bit stuck with what to do for this one, but when I looked through my craft stash I thought this stamp by Inkylicious would fit the theme nicely.  I created the background to the main image using Distress Inks and masking, and my main background on the card was also created using Distress Inks, with masks and water.

I added a strip of patterned paper in matching colours.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Spring Maiden

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card I have made using the new Spring Maiden image by Moonflower Digistamps.  I coloured her using Polychromos pencils.

I put her in a die cut frame and layered her onto pink card and patterned papers, then added a buckle and some flower and butterfly die cuts.

If you want to see what some of the other Moonflower design team members have been creating, check out the Moonflower blog, or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Shades of Brown

Hello!  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Shades of Brown. 

I used a stamp by Woodware for this card.  I started by stamping my image twice, once on white card and once on patterned paper.  I carefully cut around the canvas parts of the shoes on the image stamped on patterned paper (I started to regret this after about an hour of careful cutting!)  Then I stuck the cut out parts onto the white stamped image.

I layered my stamped image onto brown card and various patterned papers and stamped the sentiment onto another piece of patterned paper.  As the image is large I decided to keep the embellishments simple, so just added some brown pearls so it looks like the strip of paper underneath the image is pinned in place.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Make My Monday: Embossing (Heat or Dry)

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Make My Monday is Embossing (Heat or Dry).  I have chosen to use heat embossing.

I created the main background and the panel behind  the butterfly by repeatedly stamping an image in Versamark ink and then heat embossing using a sparkly Wow! embossing powder.  I die cut the border along the bottom and the butterfly, and then embossed the butterfly using the same embossing powder I used for the background.  I mounted the butterfly onto white card and added some sparkly gems, then matted and layered everything onto purple card to match the purple tones in the embossing powder. 

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

Sian.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Handbags and Gladrags

Good morning!  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is Handbags and Gladrags.  I used an image by Pink Gem Designs for my card, which I  coloured using Polychromos pencils. 

I hand stitched around the edges of my coloured image and layered it onto pale blue card, then created more layers with patterned papers.  I wanted to keep the image as the main focus of this card, so I just added some buttons with some pink thread tied through them to match the stitching around the image.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Animal Antics

It's my turn to choose the theme this week at Cardz 4 Guyz, and I have chosen the theme Animal Antics. 

I have used a stamp from a set by Creative Expressions called Animal Safari.  I coloured my rhino using Polychromos pencils and stamped leaves around him with Distress Inks.  (the leaf stamsp and the silly pun are from the same stamp set). 

I layered my main image onto green card and patterned papers, inking around the edges with Distress inks, and added some die cut leaves, which I also inked with Distress inks.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Easter or Spring

Hello everyone!  Today's Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is Easter or spring.  I found it quite hard to do a male card for this theme, mainly because for Easter and spring I tend to think super-cute - things like fluffy bunnies and chicks - which are definitely not very masculine.

After wracking my brains I finally came up with the idea of using sheep and lambs, as I thought I could do this in a not too girly way. 

I made this card using a Distress Ink sky and paper pieced the various elements, which I designed myself and cut freehand (including the sheep).  I hope you like it!

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Make My Monday: April Showers

Good morning!  This week's challenge on Make My Monday is April Showers.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to use one of my favourite stamps.  This little guy is James Bear by Lilli of the Valley, and on this stamp he's looking a bit wet.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils, then layered him onto grey card and patterned papers.  I added a "Happy Birthday" sentiment and some die cut flowers.

I hope you can join in our challenge at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cardz 4 Galz - Fairy Nice


This week's challenge theme at Cardz 4 Galz is "fairy nice".

For this challenge I am sharing a card I made for my mum for Mother's Day.  I  used a lovely image by Moonflower Digistamps called Ashlee Faerie Ball Dress.  She can be found in the Moonflower Shop

I printed her and coloured her with Polychromos pencils, and added a bit of glitter on the wings.  I cut her out and layered her onto some patterned papers.  I added a ribbon bow and some flowers that I created using Britannia Crysanthemum Dies and coloured with Promakers.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: In the Country

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guys is "in the country".  I thought that rather than have a countryside scene on my card I would go for something that you would find in the country.

The  mushrooms are die cut using some fantastic dies from Marianne Designs that I picked up from a craft show I visited recently.  I die cut them and then coloured then with Polychromos pencils.  I die cut a circle and inked it using distress inks, then stuck the mushrooms onto it and layered it onto a slightly larger circle. 

I layered some patterned papers onto the card for my background, and stamped the sentiment onto some more patterned paper. I embellished the card using die cut leaves in different shades of green.  I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Friday, 24 March 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly Mermaid

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card made using the new Lilly Mermaid image by Moonflower Digistamps.  She is available in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/518148775/lilly-mermaid?ref=shop_home_active_1.  I had so much fun colouring her!

I coloured Lilly using Polychromos pencils and cur her so that her tail was hangin over the edge of the rectangle.  I mounted her on turquoise pearly card and layered her onto patterned papers, and added some sea themed die cuts, with some pearls to finish off.

I hope you like her!

You can check out what the other members of the Moonflower design team have created on the Moonflower blog or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Trees

Good morning!  The challenge theme today at Cardz 4 Guyz is trees.  I used a lovely stamp by Inkylicious for my card. 

I stamped the tree in black Memento ink and made the background using masking and various distress inks, then added some stars using a silver pen.  I layered my tree onto black card and patterned papers and added the sentiment "hold on tight to your dreams", which is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mak My Monday - White Embossing

Today's challenge at Make My Monday is white embossing. 

I made this card by stamping the flowers on the card in Versamark then embossing with white embossing powder.  Then I painted the flowers using pearlescent watercolour paint in various shades of blue, purple and pink.  I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops and Crystal Drops to the centres of the flowers.

I added a die cut lace border, and the sentiment which is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad.  I chose black because I wanted the sentiment to stand out.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Pretty in Pink

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is a very girly one:  pretty in pink.  Those of you who have known me for a while will know that I used to avoid pink like the plague, but lately I seem to be using it quite a lot in my cards.  Maybe I have a girly side after all!

Anyway, this is my DT card.  I decided to use some of my recent craft show acquisitions - these lovely flower stamps.  I coloured the back of some vellum pink usign Promarkers an then stamped the flowers onto the front using Versamark.  I then embossed the flowers using white embossing powder and cut them out.  I shaped them using an embossing tool.

I embossed the bottom layer of my card using an embossing folder, then added some layers of patterned paper and the sentiment, which is stamped and embossed using pink embossing powder.  .  I then stuck the flowers onto the card and added gems in their centres.

I hope you can join us for this week's Cardz 4 Galz challenge.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Numbers

Hello everyone!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is numbers, so I thought I'd base my card today on the sentiment "age is only a number".  (You can see that I've also added an age and that there are numbers one of my background papers).

The main focal point of my card is this great image by Dr Digi, which I think goes perfectly with the sentiment.  I've coloured him with Polychromos pencils.

I hope you can join the fun today at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian. xx

Monday, 13 March 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Unicorn Maiden

Today I am sharing a card I've made using Unicorn Maiden by Moonflower Digistamps.   She can be found in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/209267766/unicorn-maiden?ref=shop_home_active_60

I coloured her using Polychromos Pencils and added some glitter to the unicorn's horn and mane.  Then I layered here onto a die cut circle which I hand stitched around the edges.  For the background I used die cuts and patterned papers.

You can check out some projects by the other members of the Moonflower design team on the Moonflower blog or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Sian. xx




Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cards 4 Guyz: CAS

Good morning!  Today I am sharing my DT card for Cardz 4 Guyz.  This week's theme is CAS (clean and simple).  This little guy is a Woodware Clear Magic stamp, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

I added a bit of shadow to make him look like he's standing up on the bottom of the card, and added a stamped sentiment at the top right.  Then I layered him onto matching blue card.

CAS is not my usual style, but I've decided I like to do one every once in a while!

I hope you can join the challenge at this week's Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Make My Monday: Colours of the Rainbow

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is colours of the rainbow.  The challenge is to choose three of the colours of the rainbow and make a card using those colours.  I decided to go with citrus colours - orange, yellow and green.

I thought I'd have a change form making square cards today, so made this circular one using die cuts.  I layered yellow card and green and orange papers, then added some die cut flowers which I shaped and inked to given them texture.

I hope you can join today's challenge at Make My Monday.

Sian. xx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Name Your Powder (Embossing)

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to make a card using embossing powder.

To make this card I started by layering some pink and white card, then adeded some patterned paper.  I stamped the dragonfly image into white card and then inked the background using different pink toned Distress Inks.

I then added some gold accents by going over parts of the stamped image with a Quickie glue pen and sprinklign embossing powder on it, then melting it wiht a heat tool.

I coloured some gold toned vellum on the back with Promarkers in shades of pink and green and then stamped some flowers on it in Versamark ink on both  the  coloured and uncoloured bits, then embossed them using embossing powder in shades of pink and gold.

I shaped the flowers to give them some dimension and then stuck them onto the card.  I added some coordinating gems to the centres.

Finally I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut banner and inked around the edges with Distress Ink.

I used Wow!  enbossing powders in Pearl Gold Sparkle and Rose Mist for this card.

I look foward to seeing everyone's creations at this week's Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Tag it

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Tag it.

I created both the main background of my card and the tags with Kraft card using a mixture of acrylic paints, distress inks and stamping.  I started off with the acrylic paint, which is an off white shade.  I put paint on various objects such as bubble wrap and lids from glue and paints and stamped it onto the card, and also applied some paint through sequin waste.

I waited for the paint to dry (that was the hard part) and then blended distress inks onto the card and the tags, then I created a layer of stamping using coordinating distress inks.  Finally I stamped the main image onto the top tag using memento ink, which gives better coverage over the acrylic paint.

I matted and layered all of the elements onto blue card , punched holes in the tags and added eyelets, added some jute twine through the tops of the tags and then arranged everything on the card.  Finally, I cut the small stars from blue and Kraft card and arranged them and added them to the card.

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

Sian.  xx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly the Cat Fairy

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing my latest DT card for Moonflower Digistamps.  This is Andreia's new image Lilly the Cat Fairy.  You can find her in the the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/510689611/lilly-the-cat-fairy?ref=shop_home_active_15

This is a lovely image to work with.  I've really enjoyed colouring her, especially her hair and dress.  She is so beautiful!

I coloured the image using Polychromos pencils.  I wanted to ensure that the image was the main focus of this card, so I stuck her onto a die cut frame and layered her onto patterned paper.  I embellished the card with paper flowers and added a bit of glitter to Lilly's wings and to the flowers (a fairy needs to have fairy dust).

You can see more creations using Moonflower Digistamps on the Moonflower blog by clicking the link above, or at the Moonflower Facebook Group.

I hope you like her!

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Under Water

Good morning!  This is my DT card for this week's Cardz 4 Guyz.  The challenge this week is under water.  I  used some brilliant digi stamps by Vera Lane Studios for this one, and coloured them using watercolour pencils. 

the sea behind this fish and the happy birthday sentiment was created using alcohol inks on shiny card. 

The bubbly background was created by dry embossing using an embossing folder by Crafter's Companion, and I rubbed some different coloured Brilliance inks over it to give more of a watery effect.  As final touch I added some sparkly mesh and some shells which are from the same digi stamp set as the fish, and which I also coloured with watercolour pencils.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

Make My Monday

Hello everyone.  This is my DT card for this week's challenge at Make My Monday.  When I saw this challenge them I thought it would be a good opportunity to use these Crazy Birds stamps by Tim Holtz.  I coloured them with Polychromos pencils and added die cut party hats. 

The background papers are from the Up, up and away pad by First Edition.   I have lots of First Edition papers.  They are a bit pricey, but sooo lovely.

I die cut the circle in the midde and inked around the edges with Distress Ink.

I didn't use much in the way of embellishments on this card - just the little blue circles at the corners and a piece of chiffon ribbon.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Cardz 4 Teenz

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Cardz 4 Teenz: to make a card for a teenage girl.  I have used a digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs for this one, and have coloured her with Polychromos pencils.

I used patterned papers from the Mulberry Kisses pad by First Edition for the background and layered them onto purple pearlescent card.

The butterflies are stamped and coloured with watercolour pencils.  I also added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to the butterflies to give them some sparkle.

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: No Patterned Paper

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge is to create a card without using any patterned paper.  I am a big lover of patterned papers, so it's unusual for me to create cards without using them (well, usually anyway - I seem to have been doing a few lately).

I started with some white card that I inked using distress inks in various brown shades and then splashed soem water over it.  I dried it with a heat gun and then stamped a brick background and then the cogs in a darker brown over the top.  I matted this onto brown card and stuck it onto my card blank.

Next I created the centre rectangle by dry embossing it using an embossing folder and then rubbing distress inks over it. 

I then coloured the two digi images using Polychromos pencils.  (These are from the Steampunk Men set by The Octopode Factory - I like a bit of weird!)  I cut them out and stuck them onto the embossed background.  The cogs at the corners are die cut.  I wanted to cut them from copper card, but I didn't have any, so I used some brown shades of alcohol ink on gold card, which I think I prefer anyway as it give a grungy look which is more in fitting with the rest of the card.

The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad and says "life was meant for a great adventure".

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Exotic Beauty

Good morning everyone.  Today I am sharing some cards I've made using a beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps.  She's called Exotic Beauty and can be found in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/272173500/exotic-beauty?ref=shop_home_active_35.

I have created two different cards because I wanted to see what this image would look like with different skintones and hair colours.  I think she works really well in both colourways.  This is a really versatile image.

Both versions are coloured using Polychromos pencils, and I've used patterned papers, die cuts and paper flowers.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Love You!

Love is in the air once again today, this time at Cardz 4 Guyz where the theme is Love You!  I always find male Valentine's cards quite tricky because I don't want them to be too cute or soppy (most of the men I know wouldn't appreciate it!)  So I have tried to create a very masculine looking Valentine's card which nevertheless gets the message across.

I created this card using a variety of techniques (and no patterned paper - unusual for me!)  I started off using a Kraft card blank and created my bottom layer by applying Versamark ink through a stencil and then applying mica powders in various metallic shades.  Then I applied some more Versamark around the edges and embossed using Wow! embossing powders.

For the square in the middle I used a piece of black card which I dry embossed using an embossing folder and then wiped over a Versamark inkpad so that the ink was picked up by the raised areas.  Then I applied mica powers and embossed around the edges in the same way as the lower level . 

I die cut the heart and the squiggles using dies from the Entwined collection by Leonie Pujol and embossed them using different colours of Wow! embossing powder.  I wrapped some squiggles around the heart and stuck it into the middle of the card, then wrapped some of the squiggles around each other and attached them at the corners.  Finally I added the sentiment "I'm happiest when I'm with you" which is from a Tim Holtz Ideaology pad.

I look forward to seeing everyone's creations at this week's Cardz 4 Guyz challenge.

Sian.  xx




Monday, 6 February 2017

Make My Monday: Shimmer and Shine

Hi everyone.  I had the honour of choosing this week's theme at Make My Monday.  I chose the theme of shimmer and shine, the idea being to create something using products that make it shimmer, shine, sparkle etc.  You can use anything you like that creates shimmer, shine or sparkle.

I have not used any patterned papers on this card, which is unusual for me.  Instead I opted for maximum shimmer and shine by creating my own backgrounds.  I created the main background to the card using Distress Spray Stains and mica sprays, then sprinkled it with some Wow! embossing powders which I set with a heat gun.  I used pearlescent teal card for matting and layering. 

I created the panel to the left of the card using alcohol inks and then layered a strip of sparkly silver mesh over the top of it. 

The main image on my card is a digi stamp by Julia Spiri, and I coloured her with Polychromos pencils added some Wow! embossing powder to her tail using a Versamark pen and added some Stickles glitter glue  to her tail, eyelids and to the bubbles.  Then I inked around the edges of the image with Versamark and embossed with Wow! embossing powders in various colours, sprinkling some of the embossing powders inwards from the edges for added sparkle and shine.  I die cut the shells and starfish using some nautical dies by Marianne Designs then inked them with Versamark and embossed them in various colours of Wow! embossing powders.  Finally I added some very shimmery pearls.

Shimmery/shiny/sparkly items used:

Mica sprays
Pearlescecnt card
Wow! embossing powers (various colours)
Stickles glitter glue
Silver sparkly mesh
Shimmery stick-on pearls

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

Sian. xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Love is in the Air

Hello everyone.  With Valentine's Day coming up, love is in the air today at Cardz 4 Galz.  This is my DT card, which I created using die cutting and embossing.  I started by die cutting the hearts from red pearlescent paper, then embossed the outside frame of the big heart and the whole of the smaller hearts with Wow! Embossing Powders.  (I love them because they are much more interesting than ordinary embossing powders).

I created the white panel behind the hearts by dry embossing using an embossing folder and created some matting and layering using the embossed panel and some pink and red card.  I added a strip of patterned paper (layered onto red card) across the bottom.

Next I took my die cut hearts and stuck them onto the card, starting with the largest heart.  I reinserted the smaller hearts from the middle of the large heart without embossing them, to create some contrast, then layered the slightly smaller heart so it overlapped.  I stuck some smaller hearts at the corners.  I added the sentiment "I love us" which is from a Tim Holtz Ideology set, and which I think it perfect for a Valentine's card.  Finally I added a ribbon bow and some small pearls at the opposite corners to the hearts.

I hope that you are able to join us for this week's Cardz 4 Galz challenge.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Something Beginning with C

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is to make a card featuring something beginning with C.  I thought about making a card featuring something typically masculine like cars, or cricket or cogs, but I like to be different so I went with cats instead and created this card using some of my Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps.  I think they work well for a male card because they're more comical than cute.

I stamped the cats onto white card, coloured them using Polychromos pencils and then cut them out.  Then I layered them onto some die cut rectangles and some patterned papers.  The papers are from the Zip-a-dee-doodle collection by BoBunny and I love using them for men's cards.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Cardz 4 Guys: Shaped Cards

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is to create a shaped card.  When I first saw this one I panicked and thought I might have to buy some new stash (because of course NOBODY wants to have to do that 😉).  I didn't have any shaped cards in my stash and I didn't have any dies big enough to cut one.  However, when I gave this some thought I decided that I ought to be able to create an octagon shaped card fairly easily out of a square card, so that is what I have done.  The down side of course is that I didn't get to go craft shopping.  I have to say that I really enjoyed working with a different shape, so I have drawn around my octagon so that I can make more of these cards.

After starting off with my newly created octagon card, I cut some navy blue card slightly smaller than the card and layered it onto the card, then cut my patterned papers slightly smaller than the navy card and attached them on top  I then cut a smaller octagon out of patterned paper and also layered that onto navy blue card.  The papers I've used on this card are from the Prince Charming Paper Pad by Recollections.  I think these are usually only available in the US from Michaels, but I was fortunate to find them in Home Sense (if you happen to go in on the right day, they sometimes have craft items that you can't usually get in the UK).

I stamped the cat (at least I think that's what he is) and the sentiment onto white card using grey ink.  The stamp set is from Susana Loves Stamps and the set is called "Those Days".  I coloured the cat with Polychromos pencils, cut him out and layered him onto the smaller octagon, which I then stuck onto the card.  I matted and layered the sentiment onto patterned paper and navy blue card. 

I find it difficult to find embellishments for male cards, so I try and keep them simple.  I added buttons and some wooden stars  to this card, in colours to coordinate with the paper and card.

Watch this space, as I will be creating more octagonal cards!

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

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps - Meet Lilly!

























Good morning everyone.  Today I am sharing a card I made using Andreia's beautiful new character Lilly at Moonflower Digistamps.  The image I have used is Lilly Snow White, and you can find her here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/502314917/lilly-snow-white?ref=shop_home_active_2.

I didn't want to use traditional Snow White colours, so I went with red and white, as I thought this colour scheme would work well with the apple and the roses.

I coloured Lilly using Polychromos pencils and mounted her on a red die cut circle, then added some die cut hearts in a slightly darker shade of red.

On the rest of the card I have used patterned papers, lace and ribbon roses.

I hope you like her!

Sian.  xx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Make My Monday: Black, White and a Pop of Red

Good morning!  This week's challenge on the Make My Monday challenge blog is to create something using black, white and a pop of red.

I created this card using an aperture card.  I cut some patterned paper just smaller than the card blank and die cut a circle in the centre just smaller than the card aperture.  I then stitched around the edges of the paper using white thread and stuck it onto the card blank. 

I die cut a trellis from black card and stuck it to the inside of the aperture.I then added some patterned paper to the inside of the card so that it could be seen through the aperture.  The papers I have used on this card are from the Noire Luxe pad by Trimcraft.

I die cut some flowers from black, white and red card and shaped them and inked the edges to give them some depth.  Then I added some pearls to the centres.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on black card, and embossed it using red sparkle embossing powder, then I added some smaller flowers to the edges of the sentiment.

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

Sian.

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.

Sian.

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.

Sian.

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:  http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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.

Sian.

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!

Sian.