Saturday, 10 December 2016

A Gem of a Challenge DT Card - Christmas

It's the last challenge of the year at A Gem of a Challenge and this time our theme is "Christmas".  I chose to use Cheers Chilly from the Pink Gem store, which I coloured with my Promarkers.  I love this fun image, I think it's perfect for male cards; this card is for my son's swimming teacher who is a young twenty-something lad.
 The papers are Crafter's Companion, from the Sara Davis Collection; I inked the edges with dark blue ink and added light blue card for the die cuts.
The sentiment panel was cut with a Sue Wilson die and stamped with a Papermania stamp, and the snowflakes were cut with Sweet Dixie dies and topped with crystal gems.  To finish, I added a few blobs of Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Catz - #350 - Non Traditional Christmas Colours 
Creative Corner - Christmas Time
QKR Stampede - #221 - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
CRAFT - #393 - Winter
Through the Purple Haze - #114 - Winter / Christmas Colours
If You Gave a Crafter a Cookie - #58 -  I was inspired by the colours and snowflake motif
Fab 'n' Funky - #330 - Make Someone Smile
Passion for Promarkers - #375 - Use Dies / Punches
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Dream Valley - #146 - Christmas

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Snowmen

It's time for a new challenge at I Love Promarkers, this fortnight our theme is "Snowmen" and we're sponsored by Coll Art (Letraset).
I decided to use an old Papermania stamp from the Tulip collection, which is great fun to colour with Promarkers as there is so much detail.  The snap on fine nibs do come in handy for this one!  I added some white Nuvo Drops sprinkled with Glamour Dust for all the snowy detail and stuck on a few sequins to up the bling factor.
 The rather sweet snowman paper is from a Trimcraft pack called Santa's Workshop, I just added in some festive red card for matting.  The trees were stamped with Heartfelt Creations stamps and cut out with matching dies.
To embellish, I added some gingham ribbon, and a bow threaded with a ribbon slider.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Fab 'n' Funky - #329 - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - #50 - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Baby It's Cold Outside
Allsorts - #391 - Anything Christmas
Creative Corner - Winter
Winter Wonderland - Snow Is Falling
Cards for Galz- #36 - Show a Snowman
Craft Rocket - #29 - Winter Time
Crafty Creations - #329 - Christmas
The Paper Shelter - #275 - A Christmas Card

Friday, 25 November 2016

Kitty Bee DT Card - Thanks

We're at the half way point of our "Thanks" challenge at Kitty Bee, which is sponsored by The Paper Shelter and A Day For Daisies.  Both of our sponsors kindly gave the DT some images to play with, but I actually chose to use an A Day For Daisies butterfly digi from my own collection for my card.
 The patterned papers are Lili of the Valley, Beach Bliss, apart from the one I printed the butterflies onto: that's a piece of vintage printed card from Anna Marie Designs.  I added in some kraft card for matting, and embossed one of the kraft layers with a Papermania embossing folder, inking with Walnut Stain Distress Ink to highlight the pattern.  I used the same ink on all the paper edges and the doily to soften them a little and give them a shabby look.
I used a Papermania stamp to stamp the sentiment, and die cut it with a Spellbinders die.  I then added the fussy cut butterflies, giving them trails of Nuvo Drops, and I finished off with pearl embellishments in the corners.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
A Day For Daisies - #156 - Add Burlap or Kraft
Pile It On - #121 - Thankful / Thanks
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #215 - Thanks / Thankfulness 
Craft For The Craic - Use Two Colours - Brown and Blue
Fab 'n' Funky - #328 - Things With Wings
Crafty Cardmakers - #177 - Embossing
Cupcake Inspirations - #385 - Thanks

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Santa's On His Way!

Another Christmas card today, this time made with a couple of Britannia dies and a simple black and white colour scheme.
It proved hard to photograph because I used some self-adhesive glitter film over black card as the backdrop to my village, which is both shiny and glittery, neither of which are friends of my camera.  In reality, it looks much prettier, the black actually has a lot of different colours in the glitter that hasn't shown up in the pictures.
 I used an A5 blank and stamping card, both from Anna Marie Designs, I find this card has a nice weight for embossing and layering, as well as all kinds of 3D projects, it's not just for stamping.  The embossing was done with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder, I thought that it complimented the snowy scene well.  All the layers were raised up on shaker tape to add depth.
As mentioned above, the dies used are Britannia dies; the village die is all one die, it cuts out the top of the oval and gives a dotted line for the bottom.  I simply cut an overly for the image by cutting it a second time, and, using a craft knife, cutting along the dotted line to completely remove the image, just leaving a perfect frame.  The Santa and his reindeer die has nice embossing on it which can't be seen in the photos on the black card.
To embellish, I added some glittery lace and some silver edged ribbon with a matching double bow.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas
Crafty Creations - #329 - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas To Die For
Holly Jolly Christmas - #85 - Ribbon and Lace
Crafty Cardmakers - #177 - Embossing
The Crazy Challenge - #236 - Getting Ready For Christmas
Brown Sugar - #225 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #32 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

I Love Promarkers DT Card - No Patterned Paper

We have a new challenge for you today at I Love Promarkers, this fortnight our theme is "No Patterned Paper", and we're sponsored by Digital Delights, who kindly gave the DT some cute images to play with.  I chose to use Festive Flamingo, colouring him with my Promarkers, of course, then fussy cutting him out and sticking him to my card with foam pads.
 Instead of patterned paper, I created a snowflake panel with a beautiful Sue Wilson die, simply layering two shades of pink together, and adding blobs of Pink Champagne Nuvo Drops to the centres of the snowflakes.
The sentiment was stamped with a Papermania stamp, and the fairy lights were cut with a Sweet Dixie die and covered with pretty pink glitter.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Passion for Promarkers - #372 - Christmas is Coming
Unicorn Challenge - #15 - Snow / Snowflakes
Crafty Boots - Things With Wings
Christmas Card Challenges - #48 - Glitter
Allsorts - #389 - Feature a Creature
Cardz for Galz - #35 - A Contemporary Christmas
In The Pink - #107 - Winter
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Up, Up and Away, Anything That Flies
The Paper Shelter - #273 - More Than One of Anything - More than one die cut
Fab 'n' Funky - #327 - Digi Girls or An Image with a Hat

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

An Autumnal Thank You

I made this card with some of the new goodies that I got at the Hobbycraft show at the SECC last month; I had such a spend up, I'd saved up all year and it was great to have a big splurge, and I'm loving having new toys to play with.
The stamps used here aren't new, and neither is the embossing folder, but the dies, waxes, paint and embossing powders are.

To make the topper, I heat embossed the Woodware stamp with bronze embossing powder, and went round the image with two shades of grey coloured pencil to make it pop.  I then used to Stampendous Embossing Enamels round the edges of the topper, Shabby White and Aged Bronze, for a distressed look.  To colour the berries, I painted on Imagination Crafts Starlights Paint in Red, then once it had dried, I covered each one with Glossy Accents.  This gives the berries an enameled look that hasn't been captured in the photos.
The background was created by embossing a piece of kraft card with an Embossalicious folder, then applying Imagination Crafts Alchemy Waxes in three colours to it; I used Copper, Bronze and Coral.
The sentiment was stamped with a Personal Impressions stamp and I used copper and red mirri for the matting and layering.
To embellish, I used a Tonic die set to make some leafy die cuts from kraft, which I inked with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  The final touch was to add a few gems.




I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Cardmakers - #177 - Embossing
Sparkle 'n' Sprinkle -  Anything Goes with Loose Product
The Crazy Challenge - #235 - Thank You
Fashionable Stamping - #117 - Tis the Season - Autumn
Pile It On - #121 - Thank You
Crafty Calendar - Autumn Colours
Creative Corner - Thank You
The Stamping Boutique - Fall Colours

Monday, 14 November 2016

Cutie Pie DT Card - No Patterned Paper

It's time for a new challenge at Cutie Pie, this month our theme is "No Patterned Paper" and we're sponsored by 2 Cute Ink, who kindly gave the DT some some adorable image to play with.  I chose to use Winter Cardinal, colouring him with Promarkers and highlighting the image with Glamour Dust and Snow Balls from Anna Marie Designs.  I also added a couple of tiny seed beads for the bird's eyes, and a few sequins to bring a bit of extra sparkle to the background.  As usual, the red colouring hasn't photographed well, the shading looks much more three dimensional in reality.
 I decided to go for traditional Christmas colours for this card, using two shades of green card and some bright red card for matting, from The Art of Craft, along with a sentiment from Craftwork Cards, the edges of which I inked with red ink.
I used a lovely Sue Wilson die to create the holly border at the top of the card, to which I added some red gems as berries.
To further embellish, I added some pretty gingham ribbon with a matching double bow.





I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Come and Get It - Ribbon or Twine
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #214 - Anything Goes
Allsorts - #389 - Feature a Creature
Winter Wonderland - Add Ribbon or Lace
CRAFT - #389 - Winter
Crafty Gals Corner - #97 - Use a Sentiment
The Paper Shelter - #272 - Christmas is Coming
Passion for Promarkers - #371 - Cute Animals
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings