Friday, 18 May 2018

Time to Say Goodbye - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

A little later than usual today as I have been trying to get my photo taken and it just wasn't happening - do you ever suffer with this?  It's either the lighting or the composition or both in my case!

Anyhow, on with the new Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers which has been set by Svenja.  She has picked 'Time to Say Goodbye'.  This could be a new home, sympathy or retirement card.

I've gone along the sympathy lines but used a thinking of you sentiment.  The sentiment was one I've  had in my stash for a long time.  The papers are from the First Edition Perfect Allusion pad and I've made a gatefold card adding fussy cut flowers from the same paper pad.

Can you believe I have nothing planned for this weekend?  We have begun fasting for the month of Ramadhan so I'm trying to take it a little easier on the weekends.  I'm very much looking forward to it.

I hope you have  a wonderful weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Perfect Allusions Paper Pad
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 May 2018

Bee Happy - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

I made it!  Card made yesterday but this blog post was written in parts this morning.  I woke up early and blitzed the house - so exercise and cleaning all in one.  Don't you like my thinking?!

So, Enfys has chosen the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week and she wants to see anything to do with bees on your creations.  More inspiration can be found HERE.

I was gifted the Bee Happy collection from Trimcraft by a very kind and thoughtful friend and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  All the printed papers and ribbon are from this range together with the sentiment which is cut from one of the ribbons.

My only additions are the scalloped frame die cut and the embossed bee die cut.

I have loads to be getting on with today, helping a friend with party preparations, commissions and parent meeting reports so it's all go!  Now can you see why I was up early?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to 'Bee Happy!'

Products Used:
Dovecraft Bee Happy Range Paper Pad and Ribbon
Darice Bee, Honeycomb Flower Die Set
Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Hexagon Dies
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Paper Piecing with CrafTangles Products

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a tutorial on paper piecing.  As soon as I got my last DT package I knew that the pretty plaid papers would work well with the Hello Baby Stamp.

The first card I've kept quite simple as I wanted to show the technique for paper piecing and I have a step by step tutorial on the CrafTangles blog.  This is where you stamp on the cardstock then on paper and cut out pieces and stick on to the main image.

I've added both wooden and punched stars to finish, together with the sentiment.

For the second card, I've used the same image but paper pieced the bear so it looks like it's wearing a sleep suit - I had the image in my head......

I've added stitched border dies and two sizes of clouds to this one together with the sentiment.

For my final card, I've gone all out and paper pieced a lot of the image in different coloured papers.

I think the sentiment is just so cute - don't you?

I might be back tomorrow but I'm not quite sure as I haven't actually made anything for it yet and it would help..........I suppose you'll just have to wait and see - haha!

Have a lovely day,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Hello Baby Stamp Set
CrafTangles Pretty Plaid Paper Pad
CrafTangles Desert Sand Cardstock
CrafTangles Wooden Star Shaker Embellishments
Fiskars Star Punches
Sizzix Cloud Dies
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Versafine Ink Pad

Friday, 4 May 2018

Bokeh Background Creation - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

May already!  I've had a wonderfully creative week - tried some new products, attempted a new technique which I used in this post and made someone very happy with a first birthday card I made.

The first Friday of the month is an elemental challenge on the Daring Cardmakers.  The elements inspired me to have a go at creating a Bokeh background.  Bokeh is basically a blurred effect produced by a lens in photography.

I began by creating the ombre background using distress inks then once I was happy I inked through a stencil I made using my trusty Fiskars circle punch with chalk ink to make a Bokeh background.  This is a technique I've wanted to try for such a long time as I've been inspired by other people's creations.

To finish I die cut a branch and added a sentiment as I wanted the background to be the focal point of my card.

Below is the elemental board chosen by Ruth where I got my inspiration from.  You can see the colours, in particular the ombre pinks which I used together with the circles and a branch from the tree.

I hope you'll play along with this challenge and take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE.

Here's hoping for a little sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Marianne Designs Die
Clearly Besotted Sentiment Stamp
Fiskars Medium Circle punch
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 27 April 2018

Sending Sunshine - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

Today I have decided to treat you all to some sunshine as it is wet and miserable where I am.  Pure sunshine.  The type that stays and doesn't hide behind clouds as it seems to do a great deal here at the moment........

The sunshine is of course in aid of the Daring Cardmakers new challenge which has been set by Miri.  She has asked for any form of weather to go on your card and there is a lot of inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE.

I've gone through my scraps folder and chosen blue and white papers which I then die cut with my stitched border dies and formed a scene with the stitched sun peeking out.  I thought a gap card would work well with my design.

The sentiment is a lovely one, I'm sure you'll agree, and was a freebie with one of the last issues of Quick Cards Magazine before it sadly stopped publication. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Products Used:
MFT Sunny Skies Die
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Die
Selection of paper scraps
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Creating Cards for Children with CrafTangles Products

Happy Wednesday!

The sun is out even though it's chilly and I've just done a quick shop.  I've got my to do list ready to go through after I've sorted this blog post.  Having a quick coffee before I begin!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a trio of cards I made with children in mind, although there is nothing stopping me from giving them to an adult! Haha!

For the first card I've created a rainbow background using a star stencil and distress inks.  I've then stamped and fussy cut the image of the girl with an umbrella and added a sentiment.

Next up, I concentrated on the background for this one by using distress inks with the stencil and a spritz of water.  Im pleased with how the waves came out.

I then framed the scene using circle nesting dies to create a frame.  I added stamped and die cut images, finishing with sequins to embellish.

Finally, a card using one of my all time favourite stamp and die sets.  I decided I wanted to make the background the focus so I used my distress inks again but I wanted the number 5 to stand out as it was for a 5 year old so inked all those in red.

I stamped the image but decide against colouring to keep the main focus on the background.  I think it works don't you?

All being well I shall be back on Friday with another blog post.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Cardstock
CrafTangles Girl in the Rain Stamp
CrafTangles Starry Night Stencil
CrafTangles Sand and Sea Stamp
CrafTangles Nature Stencil
CrafTangles Superkid Stamp & Die Set
CrafTangles CrafTangles Jumbled Numbers Stencil
Ranger Distress Inks
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 20 April 2018

Feeling Blue - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Well, what a week it's been.  Bit of a whirlwind but at least the boys are now back at school so I can work without feeling guilty.  They happily get involved with what I'm doing but I still get those pangs of guilt.  Working from home takes juggling your home and work life to a whole new level and you'd think I'd have got used to it after all these years but it's not the case. 

Yesterday, I was invited on Create & Craft yesterday as a Guest Presenter to showcase the Darice dies.  One of the samples I made just happened to fit with this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge of using blue.  How lucky was that?!  I just love it when I can use one project for two purposes!

 I've used the new Darice dies that you can use to die cut, emboss and stencil. 

For the white glittery butterflies I used Darice glitter paper and for the others I simply cut, embossed then coloured with my distress inks.  The 'Hello' sentiment I cut, embossed then used the die as a stencil to add the different shades.  I adore butterflies and could happily use them on all my projects but then you'd be bored of seeing them I'm sure!  The royal blue background makes the elements pop.

I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge and see all the wonderful cards that my fellow DT members have created HERE.

I'm very much looking forward to the weekend as my sister in law is visiting and we're planning on having a BBQ - making the most of the sunshine while it lasts!

Have a lovely weekend,

Products Used:
Darice Butterfly Dies
Darice Sentiment Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Everything else from my stash