Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunshine on a card

Hello lovely crafters. 
I've broken out a set of stamps I've had for a few years and not used enough. 

I used two different flower heads and three kinds of leaves and then coloured them with Promarkers. 
I think it'll be good for a late summer birthday. Or perhaps a February birthday when all is gloomy. 

I confess the oval is covering a square hole in the card. I cut it for a previous project but it was squint. I chose it to start stamping the sunflower on, not really thinking how I would finish it off. Anyway, no-one will know if you don't tell. 

So I can skip over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as my card is all made from scraps. The base card was abandoned from a previous project too. It has 'Merry Christmas' stamped badly on it. 
At Sunny Day Crafting the challenge is F for Flowers. My favourite theme.

The Sisterhood of Crafters are looking for Harvest Hoe Down. I don't really want to think about the end of summer but I have the best sunflowers I've ever grown this year. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Also The Flower Challenge is asking us to focus on Background Stamping. I love stamping backgrounds and when I first started I made plenty but didn't know how to finish them off. I found a couple the other day still not finished.
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. 

 I used
 Papermania Sunflower  and leaf stamps
Paper smooches sentiment
JustRite oval die and dots stamp. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - August theme

Here we are with a new month and a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. It's a fun one this time:

This wasn't very easy for me as I don't have any of the right kind of stamps or dies so I went looking on the internet. 
I found this site freedeariedollsdigistamps. Well, of course, free is my favourite price but do go over and have a look there are such a lot of fun designs for all occasions and especially lots of Christmas images. 
What a fun idea to have Santa and Mrs Santa on holiday. Slightly risqué too! I hope you are not shocked. 
What a palaver just to make a card though. I had trouble with bleeding ink, glue coming through from the back and then the layout of my card. In the end I cut an aperture with a JutstRite die and decorated with a Cardio leaf stamp and some Leane Creatief holly. 
Do join in and if you don't have the right stamp have a go with this one. You have two 
weeks to play along. 

I'm also linking this to Shopping our Stash - Countdown to Christmas. I've been following this challenge for a while but I don't think I've actually managed to enter. It's such a good idea to use what we already have. (I'm currently wrestling with myself about buying a new stamp set). I've used a stamp I've had for years and rarely used, dies I've had since last Christmas and hardly used. Plus pens paper etc which I've been hoarding.    
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And ABC Christmas where the new challenge is P,Q and R for People, Quick or Red. I've used P for People. It definitely wasn't quick!

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day! x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy 18th

This is unashamed caseing of a card I saw at Less is More. When you see a good idea AND it would work for a teenage boy you just have to copy. This was the original and this is mine.

I mis-remembered where the circle was on the original but I like the offset one on my card. 
It was fairly easy to make but just remember to Cut First Then Emboss. I'm sure you would and would not have to ditch the first attempt as the embossing was flattened. 

The top panel is raised up on foam so the 18 is on the base card. The photo is giving a bit of an optical illusion. 

I used some grey board numbers I'd got in a goody bag from a show. I dabbed Brilliance Moonlight White onto them thinking that I'd colour over but actually they had a silvery look which I liked so I  kept them like that. 
It was somewhat fiddly to put together as far as lining everything up went  but quite quick and easy really. 
I'm skipping over to The Playground as I've used snippets for all of it. I'm actually going to remember to link up his time. Raincoats and wellies are the order of the day. Puddle jumping anyone?
Also I'm linking to a few new to me challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Boys to Men. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Sunny Day Crafting ( I wish! maybe tomorrow) - E is for Emboss

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day whatever the weather. x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birthday brushos

I started out with a plan for this card but it has morphed several times.
Firstly I embossed circles on the card with dies. The added water and brushos hoping the colour would pool in the circles. 
What actually happened was that the wetness reduced the depth of the embossing and the ink ran everywhere. 
I gave it several more goes of wetting and re-inking, even brushing some colour into the grooves until I was happy with it. 
What I finished with was a mellow inky panel with some circle definition. 

I die cut the happy birthday. Cut it twice more from white scraps and glued them together with the coloured ones on top. I saved the tiny coloured cut outs and poked them back into the spaces but not raised up. It was touch and go but I did find them all. You can't believe how small they are. 

It's quite a vibrant turquoise colour. I think I used Emerald, ultra marine and turquoise brushos.

I'm linking this to Less is More where the new challenge is:

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 22 July 2017


I had not even the inkling of the beginning of an idea for the current Butterfly challenge. The all at once I had an idea, got to work and it was all made in one evening. This is heavily influenced by watching Jennifer McGuire on You Tube. I probably shouldn't take any credit at all. 
The challenge is:
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#82 Butterflies + M is for Matching pairs and/or the colour of Orange peel

Mrs A is very good at thinking outside the box in her cards and her challenges. Orange is not usually my go to colour and this card is certainly going to stand out. 

Having said that, I like the brightness and I have tried a new (to me) technique which I've been meaning to have a go at.
I used my favourite stamp set (If it's possible to have just one, this is it). Caroline's Doodles by Inky Doodles. Sentiment by Hobby Art.
It's stamped in Terracotta on orange card. Then I got out a white gel pen and set to work. After a pretty stressful fortnight this was a brilliant way to unwind. I was sorry when Mr C wanted me to come away and watch a film. It was probably good to stop and step back though or the whole thing may have been covered in dots. 
The mount is a piece of a used shimmery orange envelope which I'd squirrelled away at least a year ago. Don't tell me you wouldn't have done the same if one came into your possession. 
Apart from the large centre flower, everything else is stamped in pairs. 
I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

CCT - July colours

Hello lovely friends and followers. 
Even in the midst of wonderful summer we are trying to persuade you to make Christmas Cards. You have until the 5th August to join in with our rainbow colour challenge, as we have an extra Saturday in the month. 
I've used Inky Doodles stamps here for the stockings, stars and holly. I coloured the  stockings in the same obsessive manner using rainbow colours in order and adding detail to the next stocking with the same colour. I added coloured stars in order too and highlights with a silver gel pen. 

The borders and black lines are snippets so I'm hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to have a swing and play hop scotch. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Moonlight flower

I'm pleased to be able to enter the Less is More challenge which is to use a coloured card base. It will give my lovely readers a change from Christmas cards. I've been short of time for playing around and I've missed entering.
This time they have teamed up with AAA Cards and even though I've had two weeks, I'm still running in at the end. 

I knew what I wanted to do so it was a matter of finding the right stamp. This is a Joanna Sheen flower stamp with a Paper Smooches sentiment.

 I've used a Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink with a water brush and a bit of water to colour in the flower. There is a bit of sheen and sparkle to the petals. I hope you can see it. 

I added a few lines to ground it. 
After a recent visit to Mr C's aunt and uncle, we came home with a boot full of plants for our garden so this is for them. I'll be enclosing some seeds from here as a thank you. 

I love the purple and white but still not sure if it needs something else. More lines?
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July colours

We have lovely new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. Slightly unconventional, maybe for Christmas but lots of fun. The challenge is to use Rainbow colours. 

I stamped and embossed Noel in black (very brave, I know but I got away with it). Then used two little Leane Creatif fairy light stamps to create my string of lights. 
I bought this set fairly recently and forgot to check on the size before I bought them. It's a tiny set but aren't they pretty? The card is 13.5cm square. I did pencil the string first then went over it with a glittery gel pen which I also used for the bulb holders. 
Top Tip - don't try and rub out after you've used a gel pen, it won't end well.

You can see a little bit of the sparkle on this picture.

Just a clue here to my obsessive nature. I stamped all the bulbs and counted them then had to add a few more so the number divided by seven so I could colour in rainbow order! I laid out the pens and didn't make a mistake. Muttering 'red, orange, yellow, green...' as I went.
The green and yellow look quite similar in the picture and you can't really see the Wink of Stella I added to the bulbs.

I just need to tidy up the inside a bit. The Pro-markers go through the cardstock so I made an insert and added a few more lights. Strangely I stamped 7 here straight off. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

I'm linking the to ABC Christmas Card Challenge who are looking for old and/or new. I've used new stamps, as mentioned, and old pro-markers which I just had to have a few years ago but really have not made the most of. Must try harder. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

CCT - July Sketch

We currently have a sketch challenge running at Christmas Card Throwdown:

I tried out the 'credit card' technique here for the first time. It was mentioned in The Playground here and this is the link to some detailed instructions. 
Mine is certainly not a patch on these and looked quite rubbish to start with. It did look better as it dried. 
I decided to use the inky background anyway and have another go sometime soon. I need to be more  patient and build up the colour.  I'm pleased I tried it as I have long list of things I mean to try but mainly keep repeating similar things. 
I used dye ink pads (blue and eggplant) on a blending mat spritzed with water. Probably too much water to start with. Someone clever could probably make it look like mountains or perhaps trees. 

You have one more week to join in with our challenge and maybe try out a new technique.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July Sketch

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a sketch. 

It's nice and simple and very versatile, I think, so I hope you'll get creative and join in. 

I embossed the baubles with clear embossing powder and couldn't resist adding a few flourishes. The flooded the area with water and brusho powder. My spray bottle has stopped spraying so I used a brush to spread both around. Then I went off to work while it dried. It has to be done, I fit it in aroung cards and gardening as you see!

It's always fun to come back and see what has happened and what patterns have been created. 

I ironed off the embossing powder. You do this using quite a hot iron. I use the back of a large paper pad as a solid base and a few sheets of scrap paper to absorb the melted embossing powder. (I've never got any on the iron). It's one of my favourite techniques.

I embellished with gold thread, gems and also a gold gel pen for a few dots on the bauble. Oh, and gold embossing round the edge which adds a frame but no extra layers. 
I used washi tape and a die cut for the sentiment. Also coloured with a gold gel pen.

You have two weeks to join in the fun. The challenge ends on 14th July. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Those very difficult men's cards

Mr C has a birthday soon so of course I had to make a card. 
I'd planned this to be arranged across an A5 card but I did the measuring wrong so changed the idea. It's always the maths which lets me down!
I'm very lucky that he is never happier than when improving something around the home. I say 'do you think we could...?' and he's off to get tools, hooks, wood and it's done before I know it. There are occasions when a little reining in is useful in order for some planning but I know how lucky I am. 
He'd probably appreciate a wooden card but here is the best I could do. 

I'm sorry about the bad photo, it really didn't want to be photographed. 
I embossed a piece of card  with a wood grain folder (unnamed) and used the tools stamps from Creative Stamping # 40. 

I cut the squares with a knife and rule. I'd meant to use a punch but it was the wrong size and the squares were too big. That is what probably took the longest. 
I think I like it but wish I'd raised up the squares perhaps for some contrast. Part of me wanted to start colouring the tools but I thought it might go wrong so I held back but I like the mono look. 
I've also used a tattered lace edge die and JustRite rectangle die. Sentiment from the same magazine. 

I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground. All the kraft card used is snippets. As it has cooled down a bit I won't need to tuck my skirt into my knickers and get in the duck pond. No-one wants to see that. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - June theme

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This one might prove rather more tricky than the last one. We are asking you to use:

I chose to make a tag shaped card using a die from Elizabeth Crafts. I don't use it very often as it is quite big for a tag. The leaves and diamonds came in the set. The Nutcracker image was generously donated by Deborah. It's a Walztingmouse stamp now, sadly, discontinued. 
Just in case you can't quite see, I've die cut Merry Christmas in Kraft and glued it above and below him. 
You have two weeks to take part in the challenge. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

CCT - gems, pearls or sequins.

Here is my second card for our challenge and Christmas Card Throwdown. 

I'm very pleased with it so I hope you like it too. The stamping is not perfect but I'm OK with that. It has a rustic look.  Also I had the edge stamp the wrong way round on one side but did not start again!
I've used an Inky Doodles Stamp for the edge, Creative Stamping knitted stamp for the background (second generation) and Stamplorations leaf and squiggle for the wreath. 
The I sewed on the sequins so there is no chance of them falling off. 
I tried a sentiment in the middle but preferred it without so I added it on the inside. 
Unfortunately the glue came through the paper a bit which spoils the inside but happily did not come through to the front. 
This is how I masked and stamped the edges. This is the inside. 
I've discovered I can draw on my photos. So I did. Mask from corner to corner and stamp here:

 Move the top strip so it is over the corner of the edge you have just stamped and stamp here:
Continue until all the corners are mitred. 
Again not quite perfect but what in life is?

You still have a week to join in so dig out something sparkly and get creative. 
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Day. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - June stash

We have a new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. This one I think will be very popular:

We all like at add some bling to our cards so dig into your stash and see what you can find. We look forward to your amazing creations. 

I've always liked making things in miniature. Tray gardens, doll houses and clothes. Now I've made teeny tiny cards. The idea is not new of course, Jules at 'Always with a heart' makes the most gorgeous tiny cards. 
I had some little envelopes so I thought I'd make use of them. The cards are 7 x 7 cm. Here is a picture with a roll of washi tape for comparison. 

I've used a set of stamps which came with Papercraft Inspirations magazine #156 last year. I'm probably not alone in picking one or two stamps from a set and using them many times and the rest not at all. So this time I've used 4 that I've hardly used or maybe never used. 

                                                                                I embossed the baubles in gold, so they have a lovely shimmer, and edged with Tattered Lace and Tim Holtz dies. I also embossed the edge of the patterned paper. 
I wanted them to be quite special as they were so small. 

 I've added patterned paper, washi tape, gems and some tiny ribbon knots. Some had more scope for adding gems than others. I used a gold Sharpie around the white cut edges. 

I've already entered Pixie's Snippets Playground for the fortnight, otherwise I'd be popping over there with these. Obviously they are all made from snippets!
I don't think I'll be posting these. I'd worry about them getting lost in the post. They'll probably be for had delivery to local friends and neighbours. 

Thanks, as always, for visiting. Enjoy the Day. x