Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: April Showers

It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's theme is April Showers. 

I've used a digi stamp by Cute as a Button for my card.  This is a 7" x 7" card, as I thought she would look too tiny on a smaller one.  This is a size I've only used a few times so far, but I think I like it.  It allows you to use a slightly bigger image, but without having too much space.  (I am not a fan of 8" x 8" as I think it's just a bit too big, probably because I spent a lot of time making ATCs so am used to working on a very small scale).

I coloured my image using Prismacolor pencils.  I think they're just about winning over the Polychromos, but only because they have a better selection of colours.

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

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: World Book Day

Good morning.  Today's challenge theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is World Book Day.  You have a choice of either using a book on your card or making a card based on a book title and telling us what book it is.

Readers from the UK may be wondering why World Book Day is this week's theme.  Well, apparently World Book Day is celebrated everywhere except the UK on 23rd April.  (We do like to be different).  Here it's celebrated on the first Thursday in March, the reason being  so that it doesn't clash with the school Easter Holidays.

I created my card using a lovely image by Bloobel Stamps called Inky Bookworm.  I hope you like him!  I wanted the main focus to be on the image here, so I coloured him really brightly and kept my embellishments to a minimum.  I coloured my image with Polychromos Pencils.

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

Sian. xxx

Monday, 16 April 2018

Make My Monday: In the Garden

Good morning.  Today's theme at Make My Monday is In the Garden.  The flowers on my card are stamps by Paperartsy.  I also used a Crafter's Companion stamp for the background script and a mini stencil by Creative expressions for the circles.

I started off by stamping the flowers then painted over them with masking fluid.  I left the masking fluid to dry overnight - a first for me, I think - I HATE having to leave things to dry.

My next step was to create the background.  I started off by blending distress inks then splashed it with water.  I also added some Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders.  This time I didn't leave it to dry - I blasted it with a heat gun.

Next I stamped the script in Distress Ink and then added the circles using my stencil and some Distress Oxide ink.  I also added some Distress Oxide around the edges.

I peeled off the masking fluid and then watercoloured the flowers with Distress Inks.  I think I need a bit more practice at this technique because I don't think I managed to get enough depth on the flower petals.  Maybe I'll stick with my pencils!  I am however reasonably pleased with the end result.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Black, White and Bright

Hello.  It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz.  It was my turn to choose the theme this week and I chose black, white and bright - make a card using black and white with one bright colour.

I created my card using a stamp by Crafter's Companion which I have had in my stash for a few years now.  I thought he would be perfect for this theme.  I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and layered it onto patterned papers.  I embellished my card with a hand tied ribbon bow and some paper flowers with button centres.

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

I woudl like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenges
Crafting with an Attitude

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Travel or Transport

Good morning.  Today's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is travel or transport.  I was really happy to have this theme to work to because it gave me a chance to use a fantastic stamp which has been sitting on my desk for a while waiting for the right opportunity for me to use it.

I made my card using a stamp by Stamposaurus, which I stamped on kraft card and coloured with Polychromos pencils.  I kept this one simple because I wanted the image to be the main focus, so I just layered it onto card and patterned paper and added some Card Candi dots.

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

Sian.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Make My Monday: Things with Wings

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Things with Wings.  I decided to make a set of two cards using this lovely bee die, which is an Intricuts die by Hobbycraft.  I love these dies.  The designs are beautiful and they're really good quality too.

For each card, I die cut the bee three times, from black card, yello w card and an irridescent white card.
Then I used both the positive and negative die cuts to piece together the bee.  I love how it's turned bout, but this really did take a very long time, particularly when I did the wings.  I wanted the bees to be the main focus of my cards, so I layered them onto card and patterned paper, just adding a few paper flowers at the corners.   The patterned papers I've used on these cards are some very old Papermania papers that I must have had in my stash from not long after I started card making.  I think I must have had them about 12 years!  (I still don't have enough papers though).  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

I would like to enter my cards in the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Crafting with Friends
Crafty Catz

Sian.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Buttons and/or Bows

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is buttons and/or bows.  As you can see, I have chosen to use both on my card.  I started off by die cutting some flowers in various shades of purple.  I stuck them on my card and drew the stems using Promarkers. 

I added button centres to the flowers and then ties a bow from chiffon ribbon which I stuck onto the bottom of the stems.

I hoe you can join us this week at Cards 4 Galz.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Superheroes

Good morning.  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is Superheroes.  I've used a brilliant image  from Bloobel Digi Stamps called Super Dad for my card.  You can find him here for just $1.

I coloured my image using Prismacolor pencils  and layered him onto card and patterned papers.  I embellished my card with some stars which I thought would fit the superhero theme.

I deliberately kept the colours muted on this card to fit in with my rather unconventional superhero.

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

Sian. xx


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Bloobel Stamps: Begging Dog

Hi everyone.  I hope you've had a good weekend.  Today I've made a card using this brilliant image by Bloobel Stamps.  He's called Begging Dog and you can find him in the Bloobel shop here.  I absolutely love him and will definitely be using him again.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and layered him onto patterned papers.  I didn't want to add too much embellishment on this one as I wanted to keep the focus on the dog, so I just added a happy birthday sentiment on kraft card and a hand tied ribbon bow.

I hope you like him.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
Crafty Friends Challenge
Always Happy Birthday

Sian. xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

Make My Monday: Easter Fun

Hi everyone, with Easter coming early this year and just around the corner, this week's theme at Make My Monday is Easter fun.  I used this fun image from Bloobel Digi Stamps to make my card.  It's called My Easter Eggs, and can be found here.

I coloured him with Polychromos pencils and layered him onto card and patterned paper.  To embellish my card I used a ribbon bow, some paper flowers and some eggs cut out from one of the patterned papers in the same set as the background papers.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Beach or Nautical

Hello again.  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is beach or nautical.  I used a digi stamp by Make It Crafty to make my card, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I drew in the beach background myself, also with the Prismacolors.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and coordinating card then added some die cut shells and some pearls.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Things with Tails

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is things with tails.  It doesn't have to be an animal - you can make your project using anything at all that has a tail.  I chose this tiger because I bought the stamp a while ago and have had it hanging around on my desk waiting to be used!

I created my card using this beautiful stamp by Crafty Stamps.  I coloured him using Prismacolor pencils, and I have to admit that  before I started I had no clue how to colour a tiger!  I had to resort to Google Images for reference as to what colours went where.  I'm really pleased with how he's turned out though.  I layered my tiger onto orange card and patterned papers and then just added some simple wooden stars to embellish it.

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 5 March 2018

Make My Monday : Use some Silver or Gold

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to use some silver or gold on your project.  I've used a lot of silver, but sadly this does not show up too well in the picture. 

I decided to make a mixed media wall hanging.  Unfortunately I could not get a decent photo of the whole finished thing due to the awful weather we've been having, which has meant a lack of natural light, but I hope you can at least get an idea of what it looks like.

I've posted some close ups, and some work in progress pictures at the bottom.

I started with a  wooden heart, which I painted with white gesso and then a layer of  white acrylic paint.









































Then I added some texture  using die cuts, corrugated card and some gel medium which I applied through a stencil to create the eggshell effect.  Then I gave everything another coat of white paint and added some blue while it was still wet.

Once that layer of paint was dry I added some silver paint around the edges and also some turquoise gilding wax.  I also added some silver sparkly embossing powder to the background, which I applied just by sprinkling and heating.

For the final part of my project I used some die cut butterflies and some paper flowers, which I painted to match the background.  then I added some of the silver embossing powder to the edges.  I used Versamark Ink on the edges of the flowers and the butterflies to pick up the powder and then heated it.

I stuck everything on, then added some beads to the centres of the flat flowers.  Then to finish off my project I added a loop at the top with some mixed fibres and then threaded some beads onto fibres which I hung from the bottom.

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

Sian. xx




Thursday, 1 March 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Furry Friends

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing my DT card for Cardz 4 Galz.  This  week's challenge is furry friends.

I've used a stamped image on my card, which is quite an old stamp by Penny Black.   I've had this one for ages, and I seem to remember getting it for next to nothing in a sale.  It's one of my favourite stamps.

I stamped my image onto kraft paper and coloured it with Prismacolor pencils, then layered it onto card and patterned papers.  As a final touch I added some paper flowers and some sticky backed pearls in the centre.  Most of my flowers started off white and I coloured them with Promarkers.  I mostly use my Promarkers for this kind of thing now, as I stopped colouring with them when they stopped making the fine tips, which I think was a real shame. 

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Sketch

Good morning.  today we have a sketch challenge for you at Cardz 4 Guyz - to make a card using the sketch on the left.  You can see my card below.
I used a fantastic set of stamps by Hobbyart to make my card, which I coloured using Prismacolor pencils.I cut my three circles into white card then embossed it using an embossing folder.  I put a piece of red card behind and added some patterned papers behind the circles.  I layered both the front layer of my card and the sheep up using foam pads to create a bit of depth.   Finally I added the sentiment.  I think it goes well, since the sheep all look so grumpy!
I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian. xx

Monday, 19 February 2018

Make My Monday: Messy Backgrounds

Hi everyone.  Today it's my turn to choose the challenge at Make My Monday.  I have chosen the theme of messy backgrounds mainly because getting messy is something I don't seem to do enough of these days. 

I decided to go with a valentine theme, although I know I'm a few days late with this!  I always think it's really difficult to make valentine's cards for men, so that's what I had in mind when I made this one. 

I created the background using Brushos and water, then added a sprinkling of Wow! embossing powder in Mermaid's Tail, which is a kind of silver, shimmery irridescent powder.

This heart is a Leonie Pujol die cut.  I die cut the heart and the swirls and embossed them with different colours of Wow! embossing powder, then stuck them onto my card.   Finally I added the sentiment "I love us", which is from and Idea-ology pad by Tim Holtz.

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

Sian. xx

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Rubber Stamping

Good morning. This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Rubber stamping.  You can use a rubber or acrylic stamp, but no digis please!

I created my card using a stamp by Creative Expressions.  I started by stamping the tree, then masked it off  using masking fluid.  This is great and really easy to use because you can protect part of your work and then just peel it off.

I created my background with Brushos, first spritzing the whole background with water, then sprinkling the Brushos on.  I've made a hole in the top of each of my Brusho pots, which makes them much easier to sprinkle, but if you don't want to do this you can pick a small amount up on a paintbrush and then tap it off. 

Once my background was dry I peeled off the masking fluid and painted the tree using pearlescent watercolours.  I added some Stickles glitter glue around the spirals and some sparkly gems in the centre of each one.  Finally I added gems at the corner and the sentiment "leave a little sparkle wherever you go", which is an Idea-ology pad by Tim Holtz.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Something Beginning with L

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is something beginning with L.    As you can see, I chose a lighthouse.

This is a stamp by Michael Powell, which I've had for a few years.  His scenes are amazing, but they take a very long time to colour!

I coloured this using Prismacolor pencils, and layered my finished picture onto card and patterned paper.

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

Sian. xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Gypsy Flower

Hello again.  This morning I am sharing a card made using Gypsy Flower by Moonflower Digistamps.  You can find her here in the Moonflower shop.

I coloured her usuing Prismacolor pencils and layered here onto card and patterned paper.  I embellished my card with die cut flowers.

I hope you like her!

Sian.  xx

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Bloobel Digistamps: Cat Egghead

Hi everyone.  This is a card I've created using one of the new Eggheads stamps by Bloobel.  I love this little cat.  He has such a funny expression on this face.  You can find him in the Bloobel Shop here.

I coloured him with Polychromos pencils, cut him out and layered him onto card and patterned papers.  I finished off the card with some die cut butterflies, but didn't embellish it too much, as I wanted the focus to be on the cat.

I hope you like him.

Sian.  xx




Monday, 5 February 2018

Make My Monday: Going in Circles

Hello again.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Going in Circles - use at least 3 circles on your project.  I think I've managed to use a few more than that.

The image I've used on this card is by Di's Digi Stamps, and I coloured him for December's pencil class at Kit and Clowder.  I used Prismacolor pencils for this one.

I cut my image using a circle die and layered him onto a chain frame die.  I put it behind rather than on top for a slightly different effect.  Then I used a die to cut the smaller circles behind.  I cut the die cut into bits so I could have some circles showing all around my image.  I layered all this onto patterned paper and orange card.

The sentiment is stamped.  I used a stamp that I got free with a magazine some time ago, but I can't remember which one.  The paper flowers are another anonymous magzine freebie!

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Think Pink

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Think Pink - to create a pink card.  Pink is not my favourite colour.  It's far too girly in my opinion, but I do like to make pink cards occasionally.  My aim with this one was to create a card for a little girl.

The image I used on this card is by Bloobel Digistamps.  He's called pretty Pekingese and can be found in the Bloobel shop.  I think he's SO cute!

I coloured this one using Polychromos pencils.  I think I like them better than the Prismacolors for doing fur.

I layered my dog onto pink card  and patterned papers, and embellished it with some pink ribbon, pink sparkly mesh and some paper flowers.  I used buttons and pearls for the flower centres.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: Music

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge is music.

The stamp I've used on my card is by Lili of the Valley, and I coloured it with Prismacolor pencils.  I still can't decide which pencils I like best.

I created the background with Distress Oxides and water, and added some die cut notes and lots of little stars.  The stars were from The Works and came in little glass bottles.  I had to glue them all on individually, which was quite fiddly and time consuming!

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

Sian.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Make My Monday: Fancy Folds


Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is fancy folds.  This is something I don't do very often because fancy folds are time consuming, usually involving a lot of cutting and folding.  As someone who works full time, has children and
also does some voluntary work, my craft time is somewhat limited! That said, it's nice to do something a bit difference once in a while, and this was an interesting challenge.  I found a tutorial on Pinterest for a trifold shutter card, and decided to give it a go.  I don't think it's turned out too bad for a first attempt!

This card is actually quite easy to make, using the aforementioned measuring and cutting.  Once I's done the measuring, cutting and folding I layered some pink card and patterned paper onto the various sections of my card and embellished it with die cut flowers and butterflies.  I stamped the sentiment, and finished off my card with a bit of bling.  I'm going to try this again, I think, but with the panels of patterned paper laid out differently as I think you can probably create various different looks with this design.

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

Sian. xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cardz 4 Galz: Anything but Square

Good morning!  This week we are kicking off a new year of challenges at Cardz 4 Galz with a theme of anything but square.  I must admit, I do get into a rut of making lots of square cards, so it was good to do something different.

For this card I used a set of Gorjuss stamps by Santoro.  Everything except the background (which is patterned paper) is stamped and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 

I hope you can join us for a new year of challenges at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cardz 4 Guyz: January Blues

Hi everyone.  I seems likes ages since the last challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.  It's my turn to choose the theme this week, so I've decided to kick off the New Year with a nice easy theme of January Blues.  You can make a card on any theme as long as it's in shades of blue.

I created my card using an image by Polkadoodles which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

I made the background using Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, and stencilled on the star background.  I stamped the happy birthday sentiment and the small notes to the left, and die cut the music running across behind the guitarist.

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

Sian.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Bloobel Digi Stamps: Inappropriate Cat

Two posts in one day!  What's going on? 

This afternoon I am sharing a card I made using this wonderful image from Bloobel Digi Stamps called Inappropriate Cat.  You can find him in the Bloobel shop here.  When I saw this image I knew I had to make a card with him.  I love him so much!  I also have a cat that does this, so he made me laugh (well, I kind of have a cat anyway, but that's another story).

I coloured my cat using Prismacolour pencils and layered him onto coordinating grey card and patterned papers.  I wanted to keep the focuse on the image, so kept the embellishment simple on this one, just using some Card Candi dots in coordinating colours.

I hope you like him!

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly the Dancing Princess

Hi Everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made using Lilly the Dancing Princess by Moonflower Digistamps.  You  can find her in the Mooonflower shop here.

I printed her out on kraft card and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils.  I layered her onto card and patterned papers and added some die cut flowers.

You can see some more Moonflower inspiration on the Moonflower Blog or the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Sian. xx

Monday, 8 January 2018

Make My Monday: Blue and White

Good morning.  We are starting the New Year at Make My Monday with a theme of blue and white. 

I made this card by layering blue and white card and patterned papers.  I stamped the sentiment in navy blue ink and added a coordinating blue ribbon and some due cut flowers.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bloobel Stamps: Heart Surprise

Hello and Happy New Year!  This was one of my last cards of 2017, made using a New release by Bloobel Stamps.  This image is called Heart Surprise and you can find him here

I think this is a great image for a not very traditional Valentine's card, and since I don't do traditional Valentines then I thought it was perfect!

I coloured him using Prismacolor pencils.  This is one of my first attempts with them (I have been using Polychromos up to now), so I hope I've done this justice!

I'm still trying to figure out whether I like Polychromos or Prismacolours best.  I think they both have pros and cons, so it may just depend on what I'm colouring.

Anyway, all the best for 2018, and you will see some more cards from me soon.

Sian. xxx