Friday, 21 July 2017

String Theory - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the turn of the very talented creator of Daring Cardmakers, Kathy's turn to set the Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week.  The Challenge is to incorporate string in whatever way, shape or form you please.  You can see what my fellow DT members have come up with HERE and I hope you'll have a go too!

I love using string or twine on my creations as it's a way of adding texture and interest.  This time, I've combined it with a button from my stash, threading the twine through it.  I've used papers from a pad I bought last year and kept the design simple so the wording stands out.

This was a special teacher card, although I believe all teachers are special and that teaching truly is a work of heart.  My Mum was a Primary School teacher and to this day whenever she meets her ex students they will come and speak to her, introducing her to their children and grandchildren even though sometimes it's been over 50 years since she taught them.  I love hearing the stories they tell and looking at the black and white photos of her with her classes through the years.

Enjoy your weekend!

Products used:
Echo Park - Teacher's Pet paper pad
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
Dovecraft Twine
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 14 July 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's time for a new weekly challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog and the theme set by Enfys is "If you go down to the woods today....".

The first thought I conjured up after reading the theme was of a tent so I've incorporated that into my teepee fold card. It's such an easy card to make and there are lots of tutorials around online.

To decorate my card I used a really old Docrafts collection (probably one of my first) that I find useful for making cards for young girls. I used the papers from the pack to cover the card and the decoupage I chose has an apt Woodland theme. I trimmed the topper and backed it with a contrasting coloured card to make it pop. Finally, I added a paper doily behind and used washi tape around the card edges - I love the faux stitched effect it gives, don't you?

I hope you'll join in with the challenge and pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE

I have a demo at a new store opening tomorrow so just have some last minute checks to make.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
Docrafts Tilly Daydream Colllection
Trimcraft washi tape
Trimcraft doily
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

CrafTangles Super Boy Card and Gift In One

Happy Thursday!

I'm blogging for CrafTangles today using their Super Boys Stamp and Die set.  I decided to make a card with a keepsake.  Both my boys love reading, the eldest often has more than one book on the go at a time!  So, I thought I'd make a bookmark that would slot into the card.

This is the card I made and I have a brief tutorial HERE if you're interested in seeing how I made it.

This is the bookmark that slots into the card:

I really enjoyed making this - the dies made cutting out the images so quick and easy.  I'm going to make a batch over the summer holidays as I'm sure they'll be well received on birthdays.  In fact, I might even get the boys to join me and colour in the images!

Happy Crafting!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Super Boy Stamp & Die Set
CrafTangles Sequins
Memento Ink Pad
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
All adhesives by Stix 2 Anything
DCWV Textured Cardstock

Friday, 7 July 2017

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of the month which is time for an Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  This month it's set by Dawn and I love the photo she's chosen.  To join in with the Challenge you have to choose any 3 or more elements on your card.  I opted for the colours, unicorn and stars on my creation.

So, being a fan of unicorns but not having a unicorn image I found a free digistamp HERE on Useless Trinkets, together with a sentiment.  There are some fabulous images and I'm looking forward to using the others as well.

Of course, every unicorn has to have some glitter so after colouring the image I used my trusty Stickles to add a little sparkle.

As my Glossy Accents were out on my table I used them to give the icing on the doughnut a glaze and give the mug dimension.

I hope you'll join in with this fun Challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you make!  You can see all the fabulous inspiration my fellow DT members have come up with over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

I'm off to a family wedding this weekend and I even bought a new outfit and shoes for the occasion!  Of course, I couldn't leave the boys out so they have got cute bow ties................

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
Useless Trinkets Digistamp Image and Sentiment
Dovecraft Whiz Kids Paper Pad
First Edition Markers
Rangers Glossy Accents
Rangers Stickles
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything adhesives

Monday, 3 July 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps DT - Challenge 11 (July)

Happy July!

Only a couple of weeks to go until the school holidays - the school year has certainly flown past and there are presentations and meeting the new teachers to look forward to this week.

As it's the beginning of the month, there's a new Challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps with the theme of  'Anything Goes with an optional twist of adding red/white/blue or all three'.

I chose the whale digi stamp and made a nautical themed card with a port hole and seaweed.  I computer generated the sentiment as I didn't have an appropriate stamp.  One of my cousin's got really good results in his degree so I'll give him this card as we're all really proud of his achievement!

I've used glossy accents to highlight the drops of water and add a little dimension.  My glossy accents tube had been hiding in my cupboard but it's on the table now so I'm more likely to use it.

You'll find more inspiration on the blog page HERE so take a look and join in!

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Whale
First Edition Markers
Sizzix Circle Die Set
Craftwork Cards Card Candi
Dovecraft Back to Basics Paper Pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 30 June 2017

Welcome to My Galaxy - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's Miri's turn to host the challenge this week and she's opted for a galaxy theme - it can be a background or anything associated with another galaxy.  You can find more information and lots of wonderful inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

For my make, I reached for a very versatile set of stamps designed by Sarah Hurley.  I chose an outline stamp then had the most fun creating an alien like being.  I think I'd actually like to have a hairstyle like that!

I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder then went over it with metallic water colour paint, I love the shimmer effect, especially on black.  This was my galaxy background, well, there may be a rainbow galaxy out there somewhere!  The sentiment from the same set was heat embossed with silver.

I've got a busy weekend ahead with the boys at a party and a post Eid lunch with more family.  I'm looking forward to it :)

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Dreams & Plans Stamp Sets
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Baby Girl Makes for CrafTangles DT

Happy Tuesday!

We've had a wonderful time celebrating Eid with family.  I'm back at work, fully caffeinated, as we had a rather large detour on the way back home last night due to junction closures on the M1.  We didn't get home until the early hours of this morning but it was worth it!

Today, I'd like to share a couple of projects I made for the CrafTangles DT.

The first is a shaker easel card made using the CrafTangles Baby Girl paper pad and not a lot else!  I love cutting out of paper pads and I fussy cut the sentiment banner and the image in the shaker topper from the pad.

I made the little stoppers from another of the papers and added glossy accents to give them an enamel look and strengthen them,

For my second make I decided on a rocker card, again showcasing the papers and using them to make a scallop topper.

I added a floating sentiment backed with acetate together with paper roses, pearls and hearts to embellish.

I loved making these, just need some babies to give them to now!  There's more details of how I made these on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

I hope to see you again on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Baby Girl Paper Pad
CrafTangles Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Rangers Glossy Accents
Making Memories Glitter Alphabet
Everything else from my stash