Friday, 11 October 2019

The Alphabet Challenge: O is for One Word Sentiment

Hello!  It's time for a new Alphabet Challenge.  This week's letter is O, which is for One Word Sentiment.  I have chosen the word "Congratulations".  I know it's not really the right time of year for graduation cards, but I love this image and really wanted to use it.

I created my card using a digi stamp by Tiddly Inks, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I die cut my coloured image and layered her onto patterned papers, adding some paper flowers at the corners.

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge at The Alphabet Challenge.

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Spooky

Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's theme is "Spooky".

I've used this amazing ghostly pirate image by Rick St Dennis for my card, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

My background was created using distress inks and water, with some layers of stamping.  The little bat embellishments in the corner are from a pot of bats and spiders that I bought in Michaels whilst I was on holiday in Orlando in August.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Trees/Leaves

It's time for a new challenge again at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's theme is trees and/or leaves.  I decided to use both.

As we're now well into autumn, I decided to create an autumn themed card.  I stamped the bare trees onto patterned paper and then added the leaves using acrylic paints.  I layered the trees onto various patterned papers and added some die cut leaves at the corners.

My card is straight, I promise.  It's my photograph that's wonky.

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

Sian. xxx

Friday, 13 September 2019

The Alphabet Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's new challenge time today at The Alphabet Challenge.  This month we are up to the letter M, which is for Masculine. 

I decided to make a card for my dad's birthday for this challenge, and used this brilliant image by Dr Digi, which I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I layered my card onto patterned papers and added a Happy birthday sentiment. 

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Inspired by the Beatles

Good morning.  It's time for  a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, and this week's challenge is inspired by The Beatles.

I have to admit that I struggle to make cards inspired by music, films or books, it's just not my thing, so I decided to go with a general music theme, but using a brick stencil for the background inspired by the brick background on the back cover of  the Abbey Road album.  I used stencils and ink sprays for the background and then stamped onto it.

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

Sian. xxx

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Cardz 4 Guyz: Celebrate

Good morning!   Today's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is Celebrate.  I wasn't quite sure what to do for this one, so I decided to use this Sheena Douglass stamp of people dancing.  I created the background for my card using Brushos.

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

Sian. xxx

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