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

Monday, 24 July 2017

Make My Monday: Monochromatic


 
Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is monochromatic.  Make a card using only one colour.  As you can see, I chose blue.

I created the background using Distress Inks and Distress Oxide and then stamped the horse over the top once it was dry.  I then stamped the smaller horses in blue so it looks like they are a distance behind the main image, and stamped the sentiment.  The stamps are all from a set called Stay Wild by Visible Image.

I added some white gel pen, and then added some black and silver embossing powders at the bottom left which I stuck  with Versamark on the edges and then sprinkled on with my fingers to blend with the stamp.  I heated from underneath so as not to blow them away.

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

Sian. xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Lady of the Roses

Hello again.  Today I am sharing a card I made using a beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps - Lady of the Roses.  You can find her in the Moonflower shop here.

I coloured her using Polychromos Pencils and layered her onto patterned papers, and finally embellished my card with a ribbon bow and some ribbon roses.

You can check out what the other Moonflower DT members have been doing and find some inspiration on the Moonflower blog or in the Moonflower Facebook group.

Moonflower is also sponsoring this month's online colouring class at Kit and Clowder, where people who buy the class can get a 50% discount on the images used.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Christmas or Winter

Good morning.  With Cardz 4 Galz this week we're continuing the Christmas theme.  This week's challenge is Christmas or Winter. 

I used an image by Di's Digistamps to create my card, coloured with Polychromos pencils.  Since this is Cardz 4 Galz I wanted to create something very girly, hence the use of the pale lilac colours and the girly image.

I layered my coloured image onto pattered papers and embelllished my card with die cut cnowflakes.  Finally I added some glitter to the image and the snowflakes.  (Every girly Christmas card MUST have glitter!)

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Christmas in July

Hello everyone.  It's that time again.  (Well, not really, but we have to start early when everything's handmade).  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Christmas in July.

I made this card using a freebie image that I downloaded ages ago.  I have this credited to Kasjan's Scrapblog, but I can't find the link now.  Anyway, I love this image - it's so cute!  I coloured it with Polychromos pencils and layered it onto patterned papers.

I embellished my card with raffia, a mini bow, bells and wooden stars.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly the White Queen

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card I've made using a beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps, Lilly the White Queen.  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils and layered her onto patterned papers.  I also added some die cut flowers.

She can be found in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/490455826/lilly-the-white-queen?ref=shop_home_active_4

 I hope you like her.  You can find more inspiration from the other Moonflower DT members on the Moonflower Blog or the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Moonflower Digistamps are also being featured in this month's Kit and Clowder colouring classes, with some beautiful new designs.

Sian. xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Make My Monday: Travel/Vacation

Good morning.  Today's Challenge at Make My Monday is Travel/Vacation.  I created this card using the Sheena Douglass stamps that were free with a recent edition of Papercrafter Magazine (I have to confess that I bought the magazine just for these stamps!) 

I made the front of the card using the emboss resist technique.  I repeatedly stamped the compass rose in Versamark Ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I inked over it using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, and finally splashed some water over it.  I did the Bon Voyage sentiment in the same way. 


The porthole is another stamp from the set.  I stamped it, coloured it with Promarkers,  then cut it out using circle embossing dies.  I cut a circular aperture in the front of the card, then stuck the porthole around the aperture.

I added a die cut anchor to match my red border.

To create the  inside of the card.  I cut a square of red card to match the border on the front of the card and stamped the ship onto a circle of card.  I coloured it using Polychromos pencils, then layered it onto a blue circle and stuck it on.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Butterflies

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz  is butterflies.  I've made a CAS card for this one, using rainbow coloured butterflies which I cut from Brusho backgrounds.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Beside the Sea

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guys is Beside the Sea.  I created my card using a digi stamp by Delicious Doodles, which I coloured using Polychromos pencils.

I added some patterned papers and die cut shells and anchor.

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

Sian. xx

Monday, 26 June 2017

Make My Monday: Summer Brights

Hello!  Today it is my turn to choose the challenge at Make My Monday, and I have chosen the theme Summer Brights.  I have chosen to use these great Paperartsy stamps (one of my acquisitions from the Happy Stampers show) for this challenge, which I coloured with Promarkers.

I created the background using Brushos and stamped the background images in Distress Inks, then I cut out the stamped and coloured flowers and layered them on top, and finally stamped the sentiment.

This is a DL sized card, and is the first one I've made in a very long time!

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

Sian.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Messy Fun

Good morning!  This is a card I made using some stamps by Visible Image.  I was luck enough to win £40.00 to spend on their stamps in last month's challenge in the Visible Image Facebook Group, and these are some of the stamps I chose.

I created the background using Brushos and Distress Inks on bubble wrap.  Then I used acrylic paint which I added using various different size lids (form paint  and glue bottles, pens etc to create the rings.

I stamped the lightbulb onto a separate piece of card and cut it out.  I coloured it with Distress Inks and a Letraset Metallic Marker then added some Glossy Accents over the top.  I  also stamped the moth and cut it out and coloured with with Distress Inks.  Then I stamped the wings in Versamark onto Vellum and embossed them.  I coloured the back of the vellum with Polychromos pencils.  I layered the moth onto the card using foam pads.

I am really enjoying getting back into doing some messy stamping and mixed media stuff.  It's been a while!

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Sunflower Maiden

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card I made ussing the new Sunflower Maiden image by Moonflower Digistamps.  You can find here in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/521367710/sunflower-maiden?ref=shop_home_active_15

I coloured her using Polychromos pencils and added some die cut corners and flowers.  I hope you like her.

You can find more inspiration from the Moonflower design team on the Moonflower Blog.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cardsz 4 Galz: Sew and Sew

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Sew and Sew.  I didn't have any sewing themed stuff in my craft stash, so I decided to make a card using lots of sewing.  All layers of this card are hand stitched aroudn the edges.

The image I used on this card is by Saturated Canary, and I coloured her with Polychromos Pencils.  I embellished my card with buttons and die cut butterflies.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Stars

Hello everyone.  This week's challenege at Cardz 4 Guyz is stars.  I thought this wizard image by Dr Digi would be great for this challenge.

I die cut my wizard using a star die and coloured him with Polychromos pencils.  I layered him onto patterned papers and then cut various sized stars fromo patterned paper and layered them on top, then I added smaller stars which I cut from silver holographic card.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Voodoo Priestess

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card I've made using Voodoo Princess by Moonflower Digistamps.  You can find her in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/246353579/voodoo-priestess?ref=shop_home_active_34

I coloured her using PPolychromos pencils and layered her ontoa a Brusho background, card and some patterned papers.  The main background to the card was also created using Brushos.

To finish off the card I added some die cut flowers and flourishes.

You can find more inspiration from the other Moonflower DT members on the Moonflower blog or in the Moonflower Facebook group.

I hope you like her!


Sian.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Make My Monday: At the Beach

Good morning everyone!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is at the beach, and this is my DT card.

I used an image by Polkadoodles, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

I layered her onto card and patterned paper and added some die cut shells and pearls.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Graduation

Today I am sharing my DT card for Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's theme is grauduation.

For this card I used a digi stamp by Tiddly Inks called Graduate Wrynn.  I colored her with Polychromos pencils, and as I graduated just last year, I decided to colour her in the colours of my own graduation gown.

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

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Something Blue

Hello again.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Something Blue (for Father's Day).

I bought some beautiful Hobby Art cat stamps from the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight a few weeks ago, so I decided that the main feature of my card would be a blue cat!  (Well, why not?)

I coloured my image with Polychromos penciles, layered it onto card and patterned paper and added the die cut DAD, some die cut stars and a Happy Father's Day sentiment.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Make My Monday: Victorian Romance

Good morning!  This week's challenge at Make My Monday is Victorian Romance.  I struggled a bit with this one as it's not my usual kind of thing!

I used some DoCrafts Botanicals papers that I've had a for a while.  The central rose is from the set, as are the papers used for the background and the large heart.

I distressed the edges of the background paper and the large heart using my scissors and then inked around the edges of all of the paper elements using Distress Inks.

I used various pieces of lace, which I also distressed.  I did this by putting some Distress inks onto a craft sheet then spraying with water and dipping the lace in.  All in all, I'm quite pleased with how this turned out given that it's not my usual kind of thing.  I hope I've done the theme justice.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Inspired by a Song

Hello again.  This morning I am sharign my DT card for Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's challenge is "Inspired by a song".  I wanted to create something bright and summery, so this card is inspired by the song "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".

I used a digi stamp by Saturated Canary, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.  I layered my image onto patterned papers and added die cut shells, flowers and anchor.

The "life is good" sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Ideaology pad.

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

Sian.  xx

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Peony Maiden

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card I made using the beautiful new Peony Maiden from Moonflower Digistamps.  You can find her in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/528483393/peony-maiden?ref=shop_home_active_15

I hope you like her!  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils.

I layered her onto some patterned papers and added some die cut flowers.

I hope you like her!

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Favourite Colour Combination

Good morning!  We have a nice easy challenge for you this week at Cardz 4 Guyz - to use your favourite colour combination.

I am a big fan of bright colours (I think a part of me has never grown up), and one of my favbourite colour combinations for male cards is orange and turquoise.  I decided to make a boy's birthday card, using these great stamps by Woodware.

I coloured the monsters with Polychromos Pencils and cut them out.  Then I layered some pattermned papers onto the card, tearing a hole in the top layer so it would look like the monsters had torn their way through.  I added the bold Happy Birthday die cuts as I thought a bold sentiment would look good with the bright colours, and as a finishing touch I added the candles which are paper straws with patterned paper flames.

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

Sian.  xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Some Messy Stamping

One thing I really miss these days is getting messy.  As I work full time in a job where inky hands are frowned upon and I don't have a specific art/craft area, I find it difficult to do messy things.

However, when I went to Happy Stampers at Port Sunlight a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist buying some stamps from Visible Image, and in my opinion these HAVE to be done in a messy, inky style.  The background on the top card was done using Distress Inks and Distress Oxide, with the notes stamped in white Stazon, then I stamped the main image and sentiment over the top.
For the bottom card I created the background using Distress Spray Stains and mica sprays, then stamped the fish.  I stamped the jellyfish onto the background then stamped them on white and carefully cut out the bodies.  I coloured the bubbles with white gel pen.

I stamped the sentiment on white card, cut it out and stuck it on, and drew black lines around it to make it stand out.

I had a lot of fun doing these!

Sian.  xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Make My Monday: Sugar and Spice

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Sugar and Spice.  You can use of theme of either sweet and sugary or hot and spicy.  I decided to try and incorporate a bit of both in my card!

I made this card using a digi stamp by Redonkadoodles called Birthday Cake Surprise.  I coloured her with Polychromos Pencils and layered her onto patterned papers.  Then I added some stars which I die cut from soem of the same papers.

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

Sian.  xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lust

Today I am sharing a card I made using this beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps.  The image is called Lust, and is available in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/279310804/lust?ref=shop_home_active_8

I coloured her using Polychromos pencils and layered her onto patterned papers, adding a ribbon and paper flowers to embellish.

You can find more inspiration from Moonflower Digistamps on the Moonflower Blog, or in the Moonflower Facebook Group

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Add Some Texture

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to add some texture.

For my DT card, I have used a lovely James Bear stamp by Lili of the Valley and coloured him with Polychromos pencils.

For my texture I added some purple mesh and some gauze, and I embellished my card with die cut butterflies.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Jungle Fun

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Jungle Fun.

I decided to use this gorilla stamp for my card, which I have had in my stash for a few years.  It's one of my favourites for male cards, and I still love it.

I stamped the gorilla twice, and coloured one with warm greys and one with cool greys, using Polychromos pencils.  I added some leaves around the edges, which are from the same stamp set, and which I also coloured with my pencils.

I matted and layered my card onto green card and patterned papers, and added some die cut vines.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Inspired by a Book, Film or Piece of Music

Hello everyone.  This morning I am sharing my design team card for Cardz 4 Guyz.  This week's challenge is to make  a card inspired by a book, film, or piece of music.

I chose to be inspired by the film Pirates of the Caribbean because it was a good excuse to use one of my favourite stamps, this James Bear stamp by Lili of the Valley.

I coloured my stamped image with Polychromos pencils and matted and layered him onto Kraft card and patterned papers.  I kept my embellishments simple, using some pearls and a die cut anchor, and added a printed sentiment.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Make My Monday: May Flowers

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is May Flowers.  I don't usually make sets of cards, but I went a bid mad die cutting hexagons, so I had more than enough and decided to make a set of two cards.

I decided on quite a simple design for these cards, using hexagons that I die cut from patterned papers and some die cut flowers. 
The papers are from the Mulberry Kisses pad by First Edition, and the flower dies are by Crafter's Companion.  I die cut the flowers from white card, shaped them and inked the edges.

Finally I added the sentiments, which I stamped in grey ink, as I thought black would be a bit too bold with the soft colours of the papers.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Shaped Card

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to make a shaped card.  I was excited to do this one, as I made an octagonal card a few weeks ago for another challenge and have been looking forward to making another one ever since.

As the weather has been quite good recently I felt inspired to make a card with a summery theme. The image on this card is a rubber stamp that I got from a craft show a couple of months ago, and this has been my first opportunity to use it.  I coloured the image using Polychromos pencils and then used Glossy Accents on the glass.

I matted and layered the card using pink card and papers from the Paradise Crush Pad by First Edition, which I absolutely love!.  I added some die cut bunting, paper flowers and a sentiment from a Tim Holtz Ideaology pad which I think goes nicely with the cocktail image.

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

Sian.  xx

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