Wednesday, 29 June 2016

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Sport

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this fortnight our theme is "Sport", and we're sponsored by Doctor Digi, who kindly gave the DT some images to play with.  I chose to use KO Kevin, colouring him, of course, with Promarkers, complete with black eye!

 I kept this card pretty CAS in design, using just one patterned paper, from a Craftwork Cards bumper pack.  The sentiment was computer generated and matted onto red card, and the finishing touch was a trio of red mirri Card Candi.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Cardz 4 Guyz - #126 - Clean and Simple
Aurora Wings - #31 - Black, White and One Other - I chose red
Crafty Friends - #34 - Inspired by a Song - The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel
That's Crafty - Masculine
Addicted to Stamps and More - #200 - Happy Birthday
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - #92 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 25 June 2016

A Gem of a Challenge DT Project - Anything But a Card

We have a new challenge for you today at A Gem of a Challenge, this fortnight's theme is "Anything But a Card", I chose to alter a blank notebook using Cupcake Teddy from the Pink Gem store.
I coloured the digi with Promarkers, dusted in a sky with Salty Ocean Distress Ink using a Clarity brush, added a blob of red Nuvo Crystal Drops to the cherry on the cake, added yellow gems to the flower centres, added a sun and cloud made with First Edition dies from the Weather set and finished with a ribbon and a matching button topped bow.
I added this front panel to the blank chipboard front of the notebook, punching the holes with my Big Bite, using the original notebook holes as a guide.   I then covered the inside and back cover with pretty daisy pattered paper (Papermania, Daisy and Dandelion, Lovingly Yours) to hide the unsightly chipboard, and inked all the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
I then put the notebook together using the rings it came with, and decorated them with little scraps of ribbon in colours to match the image.


I'm entering this project in the following challenges -
Crafty Friends - #34 - Inspired by a Song - Chocolate Cake by Crowded House
Passion for Promarkers - #351 - Inspired by a Song - Chocolate Cake by Crowded House
CRAFT - #369 - Animals
Crafty Ribbons - #157 - Summer
Creative Moments - #96 - Anything Goes / Summer
Crafty Boots - Summer Time
Incy Wincy - Buttons and Bows

Friday, 24 June 2016

Magi by Starlight

I had my Starlight paints out to create the background for this card, it sparkles so much more in reality than the camera can capture.
I splodged Amethyst, Cyclamen and Antique Gold  Starlight paints, from Imagination Crafts, onto a craft mat and moved them around with a piece of kitchen towel, then spritzed with water and swirled a sheet of Sheena Stamping Card through the paint a few times to pick it up.  Once dry you have the most beautiful shimmery, sparkly, swirly backing paper.
 The design on the front of the card was made with a Create a Card die from Crafter's Companion, which I borrowed from my friend, Donna.  It's huge and embosses beautiful detail into the design which hasn't been captured at all well in the photos.
I decided to add no embellishment at all to this one, leaving the lovely die cut and sparkly paints to speak for themselves, simply matting the image onto black card and lilac and soft gold satin board.
 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Brown Sugar - #204 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #112 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - #112 - Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner - #77 - Sparkle and Shine
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Make Your Own Background
The Glory of Christmas - #87 - Stars / Anything Christmas Goes




Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Potted Poinsettia Card

Mum and I had a crafty play with my Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia stamp and die sets, last Saturday; here's what I made, a shaped pot plant card.
 I cut a plant pot shape into a 6x6 card blank, it has a top fold and little card hinges inside to stop it opening too far.  I covered the blank with some gorgeous First Edition Gilded Winter paper that has a subtle snowflake design on, cut an extra pot rim for dimension, inked all the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and added a length of the most beautiful Hobby Craft glittery lace just under the pot rim.  A tag made with a Papermania stamp and inked to match finishes the pot.
The flowers were made, as mentioned above, with Heartfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia stamp and die sets.  I used cherry red pearl card for the flower heads, Amarillo pearl paper for the stamens, and Emerald card for the foliage, all from Anna Marie Designs, and I shaped all the blooms with my Susan's Garden Sizzix flower shaping tool kit.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Holly Jolly Christmas - #74 - Tag It
Crafting From The Heart - #117 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Show Us Your Shapes
If You Gave a Crafter a Cookie - #46 - Inspiration Pic - I took inspiration from the pot and flowers
Crafty Creations - #318 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - #91 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ho Ho Ho

I'm on a roll with Christmas cards at the moment!   I've got a simple die cut card to share today, in navy and silver, a colour combo that I love for Christmas cards, I think it always looks so classy.
 The navy card is from Anna Marie Designs, always a great foundation cardstock, and I've used two finishes of silver card, shiny mirri for the sentiment and a matte finish for the lacy frame.
The gorgeous sentiment was die cut with a Sue Wilson die, the other two dies used are from a Spellbinders set called Adorning Rectangles, a handy set, perfect for 5x7 cards.
I kept the embellishments simple, adding just some layered ribbon with a matching bow, and some clear gems and navy pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Craft Your Passion - #317 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - #225 - R Is For... - Ribbons and Rhinestones
Pile It On - #110 - Old, New Blue - Old = Spellbinders Dies, New = Sue Wilson Die (this is the first time I've used it) Blue = Navy Blue Card
CRAFT - #368 - Christmas
Crafty Ribbons - #156 - Anything Goes

Monday, 20 June 2016

Snowman Stack

A very simple Christmas card today, with plenty of glitter and googly eyes.  I love googly eyes!

 The stamp is from Woodware, I coloured it with Promarkers and highlighted areas of the design with coloured glitters.  The final touches were to add gems to the centres of the stamped stars and to mat the panel onto black card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Creative Corner - Glittermania
Winter Wonderland - Add Some Sparkle
CRAFT - #368 - Christmas
Star Stampz - For Kids
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Warm Winter Clothing
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Last of the Father's Day Box Cards

Last, but by no mean least, it's my own Dad's Father's Day card, again a pop up box card made with  a selection of dies, to create a cheese and wine theme, as my Dad is a person who appreciates the finer thing in life.  He was delighted with it, he phoned me this morning to say how pleased he was, he'd never seen anything like it before.
 The pop up box card base and mats for it were made with Tattered Lace dies borrowed from my Mum, I have serious die envy over these as they make these cards so easy to make.  The patterned paper is some geriatric Papermania, Hampstead stuff, which I still really like, it has a nice linen texture and is great for men's cards.
All the bits and bobs inside the card were made with First Edition dies, again borrowed from my Mum, although the sentiment and number dies are mine and are by Xcut.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges - 
Brown Sugar - #203 - Father's Day 
Simply Papercraft - #31 - Anything Goes 
Inspiration Destination - #90 - Anything Goes 
Going Grey With Scrap Creations - Father's Day / Masculine 
Try It On Tuesday - All About Him 
Come and Get It - Father's Day
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #193 - Anything Goes 
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #36 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Frosty Wreath

A Christmas card in contemporary colours today, using my Spellbinders Build a Wreath die, which I haven't used for quite a while.  I decided against cutting it in traditional green and went for frosty white with plenty of shimmer instead.
 As mentioned before, the wreath and bow were cut with Spellbinders Build a Wreath dies; I used off white pearl card for the wreath and, once assembled, gave it a spritz of iridescent Spray and Sparkle before adding the bow and decorating it with some Star Dust Stickles to make it look like fancy edged wired ribbon.  I then embellished the wreath with an assortment of gems and pearls.
I used white Stardust card for the background, embossing it with an Embossalicious Christmas embossing folder, instead of using pattered paper.  The large pink circle was cut with a Grand Spellbinder die and the corner elements were cut with a Marianne die.
The final touch was to add a border of Liquid Pearls to the pink edges and to the fancy circle.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Simply Papercraft - #31 - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - In The Pink
Winter Wonderland - Add Some Sparkle
CRAFT - #368 - Christmas
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas
Crafting With Friends - #23 - Anything Goes

Friday, 17 June 2016

A Box of Cogs

It's another one of those pop up box cards for Father's Day (you may be detecting a theme here!); this one is for my step dad, who is a mechanical fitter to trade, so I went for an industrial look for his card.
 I made the pop up box with my Mum's Tattered Lace dies, these take the hard work out and give you the mats and layers as well, very handy.
I used Papermania, Mr Smith's Workshop papers to do the matting, choosing papers with a distressed metal look, the cute spanner charm is from the same range.  The sentiment was stamped with a Papermania stamp in brown ink on more coordinating patterned paper.
All the cogs inside the box were cut with Spellbinders dies, using various finishes of metallic card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Brown Sugar - #302 - Father's Day
4 Crafty Chicks - #303 - Metal - metal charm
Fab 'n' Funky - #309 - Shaped Cards
The Male Room - #37 - Father's Day
Deep Ocean - #131 - Metal or Wood - metal charm
Die Cuttin' Divas - #270 - Father's Day
Crafty Cardmakers - #166 - For a Special Man

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Folksy Christmas

Another Christmas card to add to my slowly growing pile, in a folksy style with lots of faux stitching.
 The papers and wreath and bird stamps are all from Papermania's Bellissima Christmas range, I love the colour combo of this paper pack, the addition of the blue with the red, green and parchment colours really gives the whole scheme a lift.
 I stamped the wreath three times onto pale patterned paper, as the image is quite sparse, and coloured it with Spectrum Noir pencils, adding highlights of Glossy Accents and a sprinkling of gems.  The oval shapes were cut out with Grand Spellbinders dies and I doodled on some faux stitching to match that of the wreath design, I used the same doodled design on the edges of all the layers and the die cut star.
To embellish, I added a star cut with an Xcut die, stamped with a Papermania sentiment stamp and topped with a twine bow and stamped bird, and some buttons made with a Woodware punch, from matching paper, covered with a coat of Glossy Accents and then threaded with jute twine.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting By Designs - Get Ready for Christmas
Creative Moments - #95 - Stitching, Real or Faux
A Snowflakes Promise - #24 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - #111 - Buttons and Bows
CRAFT - #368 - Christmas
Crafty Girls Creations - #21 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Kitty Bee Showcase Card - Cupcake Surprise Pup.......Again!

It's the third Wednesday of the month, so it's time for my Kitty Bee showcase project, which this month is a cute shaker card using Cupcake Surprise Pup, the same image as last month's card.  He's just so cute I couldn't resist using him again this month!  He's been coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Glossy Accents, then fussy cut and stuck to the card with dimensional glue.
 I kept this card fairly simple, making it suitable for a little boy, the colour choice also reflects this and picks out the colours of the image. 
I made the shaker card in the traditional way, with foam tape and an acetate front, adding sequins, punched hearts, micro beads, mica flakes and shaved ice as the shaker elements.
The doodled border wasn't drawn on, it was actually stamped with a Papermania border stamp, the sentiment was stamped with a Papermania stamp too, I added a little colour to it with a red Promarker.
To embellish, I added a red frame to the aperture, cut with Spellbinders dies, and a row of cheerful bunting made with a Joy die.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Passion for Promarkers - #350 - Food and Drink
Get Creative - #41 - Bingo - Stamp, Black/Brown, Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #328 - Animal Magic
QKR Stampede - #195 - One for the Guys
As You Like It - Favourite Food or Drink and Why - It's got to be cake for me as I'm a keen baker, there's always something yummy in my cake tin, at the moment it's mango mousse cake.  A nice cup of tea would be a close second though!
Star Stampz - For Kids

I Love Promarkers DT Card - For a Child

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, this time our theme is "For a Child", and we're sponsored by Kenny K, who kindly gave the DT a selection of digis to play with.  I chose to use Girl Gift, colouring her with my Promarkers, of course, to make a fun Christmas card, although she'd work equally well on a birthday card.
 The patterned paper is Trimcraft, from a pack called Santa's Workshop, I thought it was perfect for a child's card because it is covered in toys and candy canes; I added two shades of green card for matting.
To embellish, I added some layered ribbon with a matching bow, a sentiment stamped with a stamp from a Crafter's Companion set, some stars cut with Xcut dies, and a few gold gems.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafting From The Heart - #116 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - #316 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - #224 - Bingo - Ribbon, Gems, Die Cut
Open Minded Crafting - #6 - Holidays / Seasons
Allsorts - #367 - Fancy Bows and Ribbon - Layered ribbon and bow and printed ribbon
Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers
Winter Wonderland - Add a Ribbon and a Bow
Addicted to Stamps and More - #198 - Holidays

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Garden in a Box!

I made this card for my Father-in-law for Father's Day; he used to be a very keen gardener in his younger days, even doing it professionally at one time.  He now lives in a nursing home as he needs round the clock care, but he still loves to talk about plants, and even although he'll hardly be able to see the card as he is registered blind, he likes being to show the staff what I've made for him.
 The basic pop up box and the mats were made with Tattered Lace dies borrowed from my Mum, they're brilliant as everything is cut and scored perfectly and the mats are the perfect size with out measuring, they make it soooo easy!  I used ancient Papermania, Born to Shop, Go Green papers for the mats, the box itself was made from fairly thick green cardstock.
All the bits and bobs inside were made with First Edition dies, mainly from the Gardening set, with the exception of the  plant pot which is from the Pots and Vases set.
The sentiment was stamped with a Papermania stamp and die cut with a Spellbinders circle die.  The whole thing does, of course, fold flat for posting.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Crafty Boots - Masculine
Ooh La La - #206 - One for the Boys
Dragonfly Journeys - #61 - Daddy Day Care
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Father's Day
Crafty Calendar - Father's Day / For a Male
Craft for the Craic - Something Masculine
Craft Rocket - #17 - For a Man / Boy
The Male Room - #37 - Father's Day
Die Cuttin' Divas - #270 - Father's Day
Inky Chicks - #68 - Father's Day

Monday, 13 June 2016

Cutie Pie Dt Card - Splish, Splash, Splosh

It's time for a new challenge at Cutie Pie, this month our theme is "Splish, Splash, Splosh", so basically anything water themed, and of course cute; and we're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments and Bunny Zoe's.
I used a cute as can be Lili of the Valley stamp for my DT card, colouring it with Promarkers, adding a background with Spectrum Noir pencils, and some watery highlights with Fran-tage chunky white and glitter embossing powders.  I also added a touch of Glossy accents and Star Dust Stickles to the image.  The sentiment was stamped with a Personal Impressions stamp.
 I decided on a glittery white on white card to create a fresh, sea foam look, in contrast to the pop of colour from the image.  I created a a stamped border for the mat using a See-Ds border stamp with a sort of bubbly effect, and heat embossed with the embossing powders mentioned above.
To embellish my simple card I added some shell trim from Hobby Craft and a few white pearls.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Come and Get It - Weird / Whimsical - I went for whimsical
Pile It On - #110 - Old, New, Blue - Old Stamps, New Shell Trim, Blue Promarkers and Pencils
Crafty Friends - #33 - Based on a Book - The Little Mermaid
Morgan's Art World - #12 - Happy Birthday
Brown Sugar - #202 - Photo Inspiration
Aud Sentiments - #157 - Under the Sea + a Sentiment
CRAFT - #367 - Inspired by a Film - Splash
Addicted to Stamps and More - #197 - Make Your Mark
Crafty Gals Corner - #75 - Pop of Colour
Unicorn Challenge - #10 - Inspired by a Fairytale - The Little Mermaid

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Skinny Christmas Window

Another Christmas card today, this time made with a Papermania Michael Powell stamp, coloured, as usual, with my trusty Promarkers, the fairy lights highlighted with Star Dust Stickles to make them look as if they are lit.
 The sentiment stamp is a companion to a beautiful Inkylicious Christmas tree stamp, I often use just the sentiment on its own though because the font is so lovely.  The fairy lights hanging from the sentiment were stamped with a stamp from the same set as the main image, it's a long string of lights, so I just cut off two loops after stamping and coloured and glittered it in the same way as the image.
The final touch to my simple card was to add a bit of doodling with a black fineliner round the edge of my 5x7 blank, in-keeping with the style if the image.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
ABC Christmas - Things Beginning With L - Lights
A Snowflakes Promise - #23 - Anything Goes
City Crafter - #315 - City Scene
The Glory of Christmas - #86 - No Patterned Paper
Crimbo Crackers - #108 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Very Vintage

A card made with some geriatric Hunkydory stash today, that I've had for years and was due an airing!  I gave my Promarkers the day off and used a pre-coloured topper, which is quite unusual for me, but I do like to mix things up a bit every now and then, and come out of my alcohol pen comfort zone.
 The topper and backing paper are from Hunkydory, to which I added some cream cardstock for matting, distressing all the edges with my Tim Holtz tool and I also added a touch of Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to further shabbify the edges.
To embellish, I added some cream lace, apricot ribbon with a matching button topped bow, a Craftwork Cards sentiment which just happened to be exactly the right colour, a whole heap of handmade daisies and foliage, made with Woodware punches and inked with more Rusty Hinge ink, flourished cut with a Joanna Sheen Signature die, some cream pearls, and lastly a row of blue gems on the topper.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Dream Valley - #133 - Vintage
Get Creative - #40 - Bingo - Button, Printed Paper, Ribbon
Broken Fairy - #3 - Vintage / Shabby
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #110 - Bingo - Lace, Patterned Paper, Die Cut
Cardz 4 Galz - #23 - Vintage or Shabby Chic