Friday, 16 August 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: K is for Kind Thoughts

Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge.  Today we are on the letter K, and the theme is Kind  Thoughts.

By the time this post goes live I will be in the middle of a 3 week holiday, so I was a bit pushed for time with this one, creating it in between organising, packing and ironing.  That meant I didn't have time to colour an image or get messy, which are my two usual styles, so I chose to use a 3D decoupage image that came with a magazine a long time ago.

I layered the image onto coordinating patterned papers and added some paper flowers.

I hope you can join us this week at The Alphabet Challenge.

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: DIY

Good morning!   It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guys, and this week's theme is DIY.  I created my card using an image by Dr Digi, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and added a piece of tape measure ribbon and some brown pearls.

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Music

Good morning and welcome to another DT card for Cardz 4 Guyz.  This week's challenge is music. 

I created my card using a stamp from a set by Sheena Douglass, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I layered my coloured image onto patterned papers and added some die cut notes.

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

Sian. xxx

Friday, 19 July 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: Insects

Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge.   We are up to the letter I, and this week's theme is insects.

I created my card using a dragonfly die, using velum for the wings.  I mounted my dragonfly on an embossed background which I created using an embossing folder, then layered it onto patterned papers.

I added the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and added some paper flowers and gems.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at the Alphabet challenge.

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Cardz 4 Guys: Transport

Hi all,

It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge is transport.  I thought this was a good opportunity to use the bike die, which I got free with a magazine a very long time ago and haven't had an opportunity to use. 

I layered the die cut bikes onto patterned papers and used cogs to embellish.

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Black and White

Hi everyone!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is black and white.  Your card must be created using only black and white with no other colours.  This is a theme I love. I always think these kind of cards turn out looking great because of the contrast, but it turned out to be a  bit of a challenge because almost all of the black and white papers I have in my stash are flowery and not at all suitable for a guy card!

I decided that the only option was to create my own papers using stamping.  I used a variety of different time themes stamps for my card.  I used black archival ink to stamp on the white card, and white Stazon ink to stamp on the black card.  I cut out the clock face and the moths and matted and layered the various elements.  Everything except the sentiment is stamped.  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Ideaology pad.

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

Sian.

Friday, 21 June 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: G is for Grunge or Glitz


Good morning.  It's my turn to choose this week's challenge at The Alphabet Challenge.  This week's letter is G, and I have chosen the theme of Grunge or Glitz.  I was originally going to go with just Grunge, but I know it's not for everyone and I didn't want to put people off, so I thought I'd give people a choice of two completely contrasting styles.  It should make things interesting anyway!

I've chosen to go with Grunge.  I created the background of the card using Gelli Plate printing with acrylic paints.  This is a great, fun technique.  I added a layer of stamping using stamps by visible image and mounted my background on black card.

I then stamped the main image and the word "MUSIC" on a contrasting Gelli Plate background.  These stamps are also by Visible Image.  All of the stamping is done in black archival ink, which dries nicely on top of the acrylics.

I hope you can join us this week at The Alphabet Challenge.

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Washi Tape

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is to use washi tape.  I have to say, washi tape is something I don't really tend to use in my card making, s I don't have much of it in my stash.  The tapes I had that were suitable for a male card were limited to Christmas colours, so I used it as an excuse to carry on trying to get ahead with my Christmas cards!

I used an image by Bugaboo Stamps, which I coloured with Prismacolour pencils.  I kept my card quite simple, layering onto red and white card.  I was clean out of ideas for using washi tape, so I reverted to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration.  I used the washi tape to make some bunting along the bottom of my card.  I drew in the string using a black pen, cut the washi tape into bunting shapes and stuck them on.  I think it looks quite effective.

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Father's Day

Good morning.  Father's day is coming up, so that's the theme for this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.  I decided to make a card for my own dad for this challenge.  My dad's difficult to make anything for, so I decided to go for this image by Dr Digi showing a man relaxing with a cup of tea and a newspaper. 

I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils and layered my image onto patterned papers, adding just a few flatback pearls to look like rivets.

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

Sian. xxx

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: E is for Embossing Folders

Hello again.  It's time for a new challenge at the Alphabet Challenge.  This week we are up to the letter E, and E is for embossing folders.

As you can see, I've used two different embossing folders on my card.  I embossed some pink and white card then layered both pieces onto dome darker pink card.  I added some ribbon, some die cut flowers and some pearls, along with a printed sentiment.

I hope you can join us this week at the Alphabet Challenge.

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Beside the Seaside

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge theme is beside the seaside.

I used a digi stamp by Polkadoodles for my card, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I then layered my image onto patterned papers.

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

Sian. xxx

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Crazy Cat

Good afternoon.  Today I am sharing a card I made for my partner Matt for his birthday.  This is an image by Bloobel Stamps, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I hop you like it!

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Friends Challenge Blog
2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Crafty Animals

Sian. xx



Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Man Cave

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is "Man Cave".  Your card must feature something that men do in a shed.  I've chosen a DIY theme for my card.

The image I've used is a digi stamp by Lili of the Valley, and I've coloured it with Prismacolor pencils.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencils and layered it onto pattterned papers.  I added the sentiment on Kraft card ans some bronze coloured pearls to look like rivets.

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

Sian. xxx

Friday, 26 April 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: C is for CAS

Hi everyone!  It's challenge time again at the Alphabet Challenge.  This week we are on letter C and the theme is CAS (clean and simple). 

I've used a Gorjuss stamp by Santoro for my card (well, two stamps from a set, as the little cat at the bottom is separate).  I am a huge cat lover, and this stamp is one of my favourites.  I coloured her using Prismacolor pencils and just added a printed sentiment.

I hope you can join us this week at the Alphabet Challenge.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Whatever the Weather

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge is Whatever the Weather.  I didn't have many weather things in my stash that were suitable for a male card, so I decided to go with snow (even though it's April!)  It gives me a chance to carry on trying to get a head start with my Christmas cards anyway.

The image I've used is from Digi Stamp Boutique and I've coloured it with Prismacolor pencils.   I layered my image onto patterned papers and added some wooden snowflakes.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Fun and Games

Good morning.  Today it's my turn to choose the challenge theme at Cardz 4 Guyz.  I've chosen the theme of Fun and Games.  Your card can feature any game or sport.

I've done something a bit different from my usual style for this one.  The chess pieces are die cuts.  I've had the dies for ages and only just got around to using them.  For the chess board I started with a black background, carefully measured it and cut the white squares to size and stuck them on, then stuck on the die cuts, which I've tried to keep quite random.  The sentiment is layered and raised on foam pads.

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

Sian.

Friday, 29 March 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: A is for Animals

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge.  We're starting back at letter A this week, and A is for Animals.  Since it's so close to Mother's Day, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make a card for my mum.

My image is a beautiful digi stamp by Di's Digi Stamps, and I've coloured it with Prismacolor pencils.  I thought this was a lovely springlike image with the bird singing and the bee. 

I layered my image onto patterned papers and added some paper and fabric flowers.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at The Alphabet Challenge.

Sian.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Get Messy

Hello again.  This morning there's a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.  This week's theme is Get Messy - create your own messy background using paints, inks, stamping or pretty much anything else you can think of.

I created my background using a Gelli Plate and acrylic paints.  For anyone who hasn't used a Gelli Plate or similar, it's very easy to do and a lot of messy fun.  You apply acrylic paints to the gel plate using a brayer and the press various textured items into the plate to take off soe of the paint.  As you apply the acrylic paint thinly it dired quickly and you can apply multiple layers.  I think I did two layers on this one, but I tend to just keep applying more layers until I have a look I'm happy with.

The image I've used on my card is by Dr Digi, and I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz ideaology booklet. 

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

Sian.