Friday, 17 February 2017

Going Geometric - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday once again,

It's been a hectic week with half term and preparing for my youngest son's 5th birthday today.  We're off to see Lego Batman at the cinema shortly.

The challenge set by Leo over at the Daring Cardmakers this week is to create a geometric pattern to use on your card.  I ended up using a really old stamp I found in my archives which I stamped multiple times then cut out by hand. I formed a pattern with the triangles and added a sentiment and a glitter cupcake die cut.

After making this card I ended up preparing for a demo I have this weekend and used the new Blooming Lovely range by Trimcraft to create a different take on the theme as it was still in my mind.

You can see a lot more inspiration from my fellow DT members on the Daring Cardmakers blog.  I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend!

Products used:
Cocoa Daisy Stamp
Tim Holtz Sentiment Dies
Dovecraft Cupcake Die
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely range
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Stamps By Polly Allsorts and Winners of the Blog Giveaway

Happy Valentines Day!

I thought it apt to do a post showcasing a set of stamps designed by the very talented Angela of Polly Allsorts as they have hearts on them!  You can find out more about her work and stamps HERE.  The stamps have a stitched theme to them and I used them to make a tag card with embossing powders and distress inks.

For my second sample I used the distress inks to watercolour the stamps and made a birthday card to show the versatility of the stamps.

Please do have a look at Polly Allsorts' FB page and support her.

Before I end, I had a blog giveaway a couple of weeks ago and as it's half term, my little one did the draw for the 2 winners.  They are DRUMROLL........

1. Janice Rohde
2. Cathy Clowes

Congratulations to you both! Please PM me your details and I will pop your anti static pads in the post to you.

Enjoy your day,

Products Used:
Stamps by Polly Allsorts
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mirror, Mirror - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

Sharon set the challenge this week and asked for something reflective on our cards.  I chose both foiling on the butterfly using the Stix 2 iron and foil sheets plus the addition of blue mirri card for the feathers.

I usually do anything that creates mess outside.  It's so much safer that way, but it was raining and I thought to myself 'how much mess can a little paint spatter make?'.  Wrong.  Even though I had partially covered stuff I obviously didn't do a good enough job.  Next time I'll use a box as was suggested to me - a little too late!

Dovecraft have a fantastic new range of stamps and this one is an absolute favourite of mine.  I love the sentiment.  I can relate it to so many of my friends so this year they'll all be getting a card with the same sentiment!

I hope you'll join in the challenge this week and look at the stunning creations by my fellow DT members HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
Sizzix Butterfly Die 
Dovecraft Feather Die
Dovecraft Friends Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Foils
Stix 2 Anything Craft Iron
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 3 February 2017

News & February Elemental Inspirational Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

After a good run of Guest Design Team spots on the Daring Cardmakers Blog, I am very pleased to share that I have been invited by Kathy to be a permanent Design Team.  My fellow DT members have made feel very welcome - thank you!

On to this week's challenge which has been set by Svenja.  The challenge was to use specific elements which you can see at the end of my post.

I really enjoyed making this card.  Milestone birthdays are always extra special and I get to embellish to my heart's content!  I've predominantly used the Docrafts Capsule collection with additions from Craftwork Cards for the frame, sentiment and candi.

Here's a close up:

I used the coordinating ready cut bows that you have to make up with a a brad to secure it.

This is the image from which you have to choose 3 elements.  The elements I chose were the gold hexagons, the gold key and the filigree element from the pocket watch.  It was a male card that immediately came to mind but I challenged myself to put a feminine twist on it!

There is some fabulous inspiration from my fellow team mates on the blog HERE so please do take a look and join in.  I'd love to see your creations!


Products used:
Docrafts Capsule Geometric Mocha Collection
Craftwork Cards Frames, Sentiments and Card Candi
Key from the Trimcraft Botanicals range
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Anti Static Craft Pad for Heat Embossing Review & Giveaway

Happy Tuesday!

As you may know from past blog posts I am currently in love with embossing. It's like alchemy watching the powder turn into liquid. 

After having a play I remembered why I wasn't so keen on it the first time round. The embossed images weren't always perfect and I ended up with powder where I didn't want it. That's just the perfectionist in me!

I noticed on many tutorials that people used pads to wipe the surface.  I did a bit of research and found THIS pad on eBay which I bought.

I used it and found it to be very useful. All you do is wipe your surface with the pad and it absorbs any grease or finger prints. You then stamp your image using your embossing ink pad and use your embossing powder and heat as usual.  The results are great - no more embossing powder where you don't want it!

Here are a couple of cards I made using the pad:

I would like to offer TWO of these pads to TWO lucky people! All you have to do is follow my blog (if you're not already) and leave me a comment below by 13 February 2017.  I will pick TWO winners randomly on Valentines Day (14 February 2017).  This is open to all crafters in the UK.

I hope you'll join in!

Friday, 27 January 2017

I want more...........Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday and the last one in January!

The Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week was set by Miri who asked "what do we want more of in 2017?".  I had to narrow it down to love and happiness for everyone and a bonus for me which had to be washi tape!!!!  A girl can never have too much washi tape in my mind..........

With Valentine's Day approaching I thought it would be good to incorporate how a loved one made you feel and I think the Sizzix die I used had the appropriate sentiment.  I've both used glitter washi tape and card because you can never have too much glitter.  If ever I got the opportunity to set a challenge it would be use glitter to your heart's content! Ha!

Everyone has put in a lot of thought with their desires for 2017 and I hope you'll take a look and join in with your own HERE.

Enjoy your weekend,

Products used:
Sizzix Craft Asylum Thinlits - Happy Birds
Amy Tangerine Die Set
DCWV DIY Project Stack backing paper
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 20 January 2017

Stitch It! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

Doesn't it come round quick?! Not sure where the days's been so cold and scraping the ice off the car in the morning is a job I could well do without.

This week's challenge for the Daring Cardmakers was to make a card that incorporated stitching of any kind. I don't own a sewing machine and although I could have hand stitched, I went down the faux stitching route.

I got the opportunity to use one of my favourite stitched die sets from Sizziz combined with a faux stitched sentiment.  I used the paper piecing technique with the cute Sizzix elephant die set to make the topper for this easel card.

I hope you'll join in with the challenge and check out the fab inspiration here.

Keep warm!

Products used:
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals
Sizzix Craft Asylum Elephant Duo
First Edition Pretty Posy Pad
Everything else from my stash