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

Friday, 13 April 2018

Animal Antics - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I have no idea how it's Friday again.  I really do feel like there aren't enough hours in the day at the moment......we just got back from seeing my parents on Tuesday and I am now playing catching up.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Ruth has set her first challenge and she's asked for an animal to be used on a card in any way, shape or form.

So, can you spot my animals?  Yes, I have gone with rocking horses!  Well, it didn't say the animal had to be real did it?!!  

This was one of my demo makes using the First Edition Hey Baby Decoupage pack and papers with the addition of a few gems to embellish.  I chose not to use all the layers of the decoupage to show you can be frugal, if you so choose, without losing the design or detail on a project.  

These papers are a vibrant alternative to the usual pastels you see for baby cards and in fact I ended up making more non-baby cards with the pad as there are a lot of generic designs.

My demos are over for this cycle so I can concentrate on Show preparation as I'm on Create & Craft again next week with some new products.

Have a lovely weekend,

Products Used:
First Edition Hey Baby Paper Pad
First Edition Hey Baby Decoupage Pad
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 April 2018

April Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!!!!!

A fresh off the dining table card to share for the latest April Elemental Challenge for the Daring Cardmakers. 

This was actually more challenging than usual as I have limited supplies with me, being away from home.  I used what I could from my Trimcraft demo bag as I have my last demo of the current season at The Range in West Bromwich on Sunday.  I used a mixture of collections but I think I pulled it off! 

This is the image which Kathy chose and you have to pick any 3 elements from it to make your card.  I chose the colours, shells and rectangles.  

This is a great card to make using scraps because that's exactly what I used......

Have a great weekend!

Products Used:
First Edition Wanderlust Paper Pad
First Edition Beyond The Shore Paper Pad
Simply Creative Gems
Dovecraft Stamp
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 30 March 2018

Do Something Digi - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I hope you're having a break from the norm this Easter long weekend.  Always a good to spend time with friends and family which is exactly what my plan is.  Saying that, I do have a Trimcraft demo booked tomorrow at The Range in Leicester, but it means the boys are well looked after by their grandparents!

Kathy has set the Challenge this week and she's asked us to use a digital image of any kind, be it papers, an image to colour in or simply a sentiment printed out.  I've downloaded one of Sarah Hurley's Hand Drawn Florals from the Create & Craft website.  I was drawn to the pretty florals, perfect for the time of year.  On the sheet not only do you get a choice of images to colour but a selection of sentiments and other additions too. 

I decided to use the circular floral design which I coloured in using alcohol markers.  I then die cut the image and thought it would look pretty on a circular easel card so that's what I made!  I coloured and fussy cut a couple of other flowers and chose the 'lots of love' sentiment which worked really well as the stopper.

To embellish I added a subtle dab of glitter to the flower centres and a little satin ribbon to bring out the green.

There's a lot of variety over on the Daring Cardmakers HERE so please do take a peek and as it's a long weekend why not join in? 

See you again soon,

Products Used:
Create & Craft Sarah Hurley Hand Drawn Floral
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 23 March 2018

Back To Basics - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How has your week been?  It's flown by for me and only a few days of school left before the Easter holidays - I can't wait!

Joanne has set the challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week and has asked for us to use one geometric shape and one primary colour as a focus.  Can you guess what I've chosen?  Yes, you got it right - blue rectangles!

I ordered a sentiment pack from Craftwork Cards in the sale not so long ago and apart from the largest blue strip, the entire card is made up of sentiments and embellishments from that pack!

I've arranged all the sentiments on a strip of blue cardstock and added twine, flowers, a heart and gems to embellish.  It's simple but I love how pretty it looks.

There is a lot more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE so I hope you'll pop by and join in this fun challenge.

I have a day off on Sunday and family coming over which I'm very much looking forward to it as it means I get to make some special dishes for everyone to enjoy.  I hope you have a good weekend whatever you're up to.

See you next week,

Products Used:
Craftwork Cards Sentiments
Simply Creative Gems
American Crafts Twine
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

It's All In The Background

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a selection of makes using different mediums with stencils.

To begin I've used texture paste, distress inks and a spray mist on a Kraft tag.  I coloured the sunflower and fussy cut it, stamped a sentiment and added ribbon to finish.

Next, I have a card where I have used distress inks in rainbow colours and added texture paste mixed with distress oxides to give additional interest.  I added a sentiment and die cut clouds to finish.

For my final card, I made a background using the smooshing technique then added clear texture paste and applied perfect pearls to give it a shimmer.

I've taken a close up so you can see the shimmer created with the perfect pearls.

After making the background I thought it would lend itself quite well to an ocean themed card so I stamped and coloured a mermaid and bubbles and added a heat embossed sentiment.

If you're interested, there is a more in depth tutorial on how I created all these on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

See you again on Friday,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Kraft Card
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamps
Texture Paste
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
CrafTangles Wooden Background Stencil
Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick
CrafTangles Cardstock - Earl Grey
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
CrafTangles Stamps - Girl in the Rain
Stitched Cloud Die Set
CrafTangles Treads Stencil
Ranger Perfect Pearls
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
Texture Paste - Transparent Matt
CrafTangles Floral Mesh Stencil
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 16 March 2018

Watch The Birdie! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Just got back from a Drop In session at school where we got to see what my eldest son has been up to.  It's a good idea to have these drop in sessions as not only do you get to see what the children have been doing in lessons, but it's really motivational for them to show you their achievements.   Plus, as it's first thing parents can come in before they go to work.

On with this week's Challenge for the Daring Cardmakers which I have set.  As the title suggests I would love to see a bird on your creation either as a focal point or embellishment, die cut or stamped.  Lots of choices so I do hope you'll join in and there's some amazing inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

As you can see, I've gone a little tropical for my creation, obviously thinking of the warmth and sunshine that you associate with it!

I've used the new First Edition Tropical Die set and added coloured card through the die cut image of the toucan - paper piecing using dies.  The addition of a tiny gemstone for the eye gives me my bling fix.  I've die cut some leaves to create foliage for the toucan to sit on.  A mini paper doily and die cut sentiment finish the card.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I will be doing a Trimcraft demo at the The Range in Thurrock on Sunday which I am looking forward.

See you again soon,

Products Used:
First Edition Tropical Die Set
Nature's Grace Doilies
First Edition Hello Baby Paper Pad
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Die

Monday, 12 March 2018

A Trio of Love & Sequin Cards

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I'm all refreshed and ready to take on the new week. 

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE today with a selection of cards using their love themed papers and element pack.  While I was making the cards it got me thinking how you don't really need a day to tell someone you love them do you?  So, I recommend you make love theme cards all year round!  I know I'd like that - haha!!!

As you know from my previous blog post, I'm big on bright colours and so this collection is an ideal one for me!

My first creation is the most simple using a strip of paper, a couple of fussy cut elements and sequins to embellish.

The second creation is a gap card using the heart element to secure the 2 parts together.  I've added a sentiment, strips of paper and sequins to embellish.

This final creation is my favourite.  I used twine to wrap around the fussy cut flower bouquet and used it as part of the background too.  I stamped a sentiment onto the fussy cut tag and added sequins once again to embellish.  Do you have a favourite?

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you again on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Be My Valentine Paper Pad
CrafTangles Be My Valentine Element Pack
CrafTangles Sequin Mix - Candy Blue
CrafTangles Sequin Mix - Hot Pink
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiment Stamps
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 9 March 2018

Getting to Know You - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I love Fridays.  No matter what sort of a week you've had you know you get to have a break from the norm over the weekend.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Dawn has set the challenge this week and she's asked what techniques you enjoy as a crafter and where you craft.  This was tough as I enjoy many techniques and I can't really narrow it down to one but for this post I've chosen die cutting as I treated myself to a couple of new dies and used them on this creation.

I ordered the scrabble tile letters as soon as I saw them but had to wait a couple of weeks for them to come into stock and I can see them being very useful.  The Mother's Day die was one I saw on a creation by a lady who came to see me at a demo last week.  I really enjoy seeing other people's creations and sharing ideas.

I've used stitched dies both for the circle and the grass as well and used an embossing folder for the background, inking over it to add extra texture. 

The wellington boot, sticker flowers, brads and papers are all from a Doodlebug kit I bought a long time ago.  I'm a big fan of vibrant colours so this collection was ideal for me!

Before I go, I better answer the second question about where I craft.  I really wish I could say I have a craft room but I can't.  I craft on the dining room table.  I need a table and structure to craft although I do all my die cutting on the floor.  I make a lot of mess when I craft and needless to say I have to tidy up afterwards as best as I can.....

I'd love to see what your favourite techniques are and where you craft so please join in with the Challenge and you can find more inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

Have a lovely weekend and for those of you celebrating Mother's Day - enjoy!


Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Alphabet Tile Dies
Doodlebug Kit
Cut & Make Mini Die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle and Border Dies
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 March 2018

Paper Bouquet - March Elemental Challenge for Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy March!

Can you believe it's March already?! With all the snow we've had it's hard to believe it's March but through the snow you can see hope in the form of the Spring flowers.  The boys' school has been open so I've been taking them in and then they come home and spend as long as they can outside having snowball fights!

As you know by now, the first Friday of the month is an elemental one on the Daring Cardmakers.  

I chose the First Edition Wanderlust paper pad for this challenge.  I fussy cut the flowers from one of the papers and arranged them in a doily making a paper bouquet.  I added a couple of die cut leaves from the same paper pack and a brand new Dovecraft Happy Birthday die to finish.

You can see the image that Miri has chosen along with more inspiration from the DT HERE.  The elements I chose are the flowers, colours and patterns.

I hope you have a good weekend.  I have a Trimcraft demo at The Range in Romford on Sunday so I'm hoping the weather will be a little better and the roads clearer.

See you again soon,

Products Used:
First Edition Wanderlust Paper Pad
First Edition Tropical Die Set
Dovecraft Nature's Grace Doily Pack
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Die
Dovecraft Adhesive

Sunday, 25 February 2018

All For Love Wedding Cards - CrafTangles DT

Happy Weekend!

How's it been so far? I have a Trimcraft Demo in Luton today which I'm very much looking forward to as I have some varied and wonderful ranges to show.

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a set of wedding themed cards I made using the CrafTangles All For Love Elements and Paper Pad.

The only additional element I've used with these cards is a stitched heart die set which I've used as a base for the elements on my first creation below.

For my next card I've used different sheets from the paper pad to form a background for the fussy cut elements.

For my final creation, I've made the elements into a hot air balloon by adding fine hand drawn lines.  I've stamped the sentiment onto one of the tag elements to finish and kept it simple.

I hope to catch up with you again next week but in the meantime enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles All for Love Element Pack
CrafTangles All For Love Paper Pad Vol. 2
CrafTangles Stitched Heart Dies
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
CrafTangles Cardstock - Red
CrafTangles Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 23 February 2018

Spring Has Sprung! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How are you?  It feels like such a long time since my last blog, yet it's only been slightly over a week! 

The Daring Cardmakers has a new challenge set by Svenja who has asked for the use of stencils and fresh green as Spring is around the corner!  Lots more wonderful inspiration from the Team HERE.

I'm lucky as I only received a new batch of stencils earlier in the week from CrafTangles and there was one that caught my eye which I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

I also had an idea in mind to use ombre as I took inspiration for this challenge from my garden.  There are so many shades of green in it and I wanted to merge them together.

I made a background with the distress inks and then used the stencils with the same colours.  I stamped Happy Birthday in black as I wanted the sentiment to show but didn't want it to take over the background I'd made.

I thought I'd end this post with a bit of Spring from our garden:

I'm hoping to be back over the weekend with another blog post.  

Bye for now!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
CrafTangles Stencil - Leaves
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Stamp
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

CrafTangles Baby Boy Elements with Stencils

Happy Tuesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog with tutorials on 3 different ways to use stencils combined with the Baby Boy Element Pack.

For the first card I used the heart stencil though a die cutting machine on plain card and the same stencil with distress oxides.

With the second card I used both Distress and Distress Oxide inks though a create a scene stencil which is a really useful stencil to form both clouds and grass.

For my final card, after creating a blended background, I added texture paste through a stencil.

With all the cards I added the fussy cut elements from the Baby Boy pack using foam pads.

I think this will be my only post for this week.  I'm not feeling 100% and together with work, half term and preparing for my little one's birthday I think I have my work cut out, don't you?!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy week!

Products Used:
Products Used:
CrafTangles Baby Boy Elements Pack
CrafTangles Denim Blue Card Stock
CrafTangles Stencil - Starry Background
CrafTangles Stencil - Raining Hearts
CrafTangles Stencil - Create A Scene
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Salty Ocean
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Twisted Citron
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mustard Seed
Tim Holts Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac
Ranger Texture Paste
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 9 February 2018

Cosy Home - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I have a list as long as my arm to complete today - not sure what my chances are but I'm certainly thinking positive!

A new challenge has begun over on the Daring Cardmakers set by Miri to create a home inspired card - could be an animal, human or even alien home!

I've used the brand new Trimcraft Hey Baby range to make my New Home card.  I've die cut an aperture using the Christmas Gingerbread House die and fussy cut the heart element in the centre from the same pad.

I added lettering from one of the First Edition Alphabet sets and finished off with some gems.

Funnily enough this is now my go to template for new home cards.  I created this template when I joined in a challenge at the end of last year to use a Trimcraft Christmas pad for a non Christmas design.  This is what I came up with then:

Similar design but just added glitter washi tape and hearts - you know how I love a bit of sparkle!

You can find lots more inspiration HERE from the rest of the Design Team.

I'm at The Range in Enfield on Sunday doing demos from 11am with Trimcraft's latest collection.  If you happen to be around it would be lovely to meet you.

Have a great weekend,

Products Used:
First Edition Hey Baby Paper Pad
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems
First Edition Alphabet Die Set
Dovecraft Gingerbread House Die
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything

Friday, 2 February 2018

February Elemental Challlenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy February!

Yay it's Friday and the sun is out - can't ask for anything more being the simple soul I am!

The first Friday of the month can only mean one thing - the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and here is is my take on it:

I've gone for a clean and simple look using the block capitals, balloons and colours from the image that Dawn has chosen below.

Once I cut our the 'XOXO' I backed it with paper to make it stand out.  I added die cut hearts and simply drew the balloon strings on.  To finish I added some hand drawn stitching to one of the balloons.

This is the image from which I took inspiration and I hope you'll join in.  Loads more inspiration HERE.

Before I go, I just wanted to share a little inspiration from my day trip to Creativeworld which is the International Trade Fair for Hobby, Craft and Art supplies in Frankfurt.

It was an amazing experience and I was stunned by the sheer volume of creativity.  It's huge and you need more than the few hours I had to see it fully appreciate it, but my mission was accomplished!  I am very grateful I got the opportunity to go.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you have planned.  I have my first demo of the season on Sunday for Trimcraft and I'm very much looking forward to showing off all the new products.

See you next week!

Products Used:
Everything from the Bubbly Funk 'Love' box apart from adhesive and scalloped card.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Monochrome Valentine's Card - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Weekend!

I was going to post this in the morning but life got in the way, then I thought I'd post tomorrow but I'm off to Creativeworld in Germany for the day so I've decided to publish this post now as I leave at 4.30am in the morning - the sacrifices you have to make for your passion in life!

On to the task in hand, every year I have to make a number of male Valentine's cards and I spend longer thinking about them then the ones for females.  I decided to go monochrome this year and began with picking on the ceramic looking key hole.

Obviously I had to have a heart in it because what is life without hearts right?! I used a chipboard one from the box which I coloured with ink and then I printed out the wording I wanted and backed on to black glitter card.

For the background I used a favourite stamp set of mine and I added an item from a preloved Lawn Fawn stamp set together with a stamped sentiment.

More details on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE

See you again next week!

Products Used:
Chipboard Heart and Ceramic Looking Key Hole from the Bubbly Funk 'Love' Box
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 26 January 2018

Masked Magic - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

A hot off the press creation to share today.  I'd done the stamping on Wednesday but smudged the ink as I couldn't wait and as I was at work yesterday I had to start all over again this morning!

Natty has set the challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers today and she's asked for masking of some sort.

I quite like the use of a stamp and die set to mask an image.  You basically use the die cut as a mask and then lift it off and stamp the image in it's place after you've created your background.  In my case I stamped lots of 'Bams' then added some distress ink to make the superhero pop a little.

I very rarely do one layer stamping but I think with the masking of the image it doesn't look so flat.  I may do more of these as my youngest has many birthday party invites..........

Right, I had better get on as I have a number of projects to complete along with a backlog of washing.  Oh and the dishwasher is being fixed today - Hooray!!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Super Boys Stamp and Die Set
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Versafine Ink Pads
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens

I'd like to enter this card into the following Challenge:
Less Is More Challenge #363 Cute

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Oh Baby! - CrafTangles DT

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE showcasing the Baby Girl Element pack which I've used together with the Baby Girl Paper Pad.

For my first card I die cut one of the elements to make a topper and drew some wavy lines in the same style as the topper.  I added some wooden hearts coloured with chalk inks and backed it on to a sheet from the Baby Girl Paper pad.

For my second creation, I used a few images backed on to a sheet from the Baby Girl pad and added a border made from a strip cut from another sheet.  I added the wooden hearts to the border.

For my final card, I used a number of elements making a 3D decoupage scene.  I thought it was an effective way of using the images, making me think of a baby's nursery.

Once again, paper from the Baby Girl pad and a wooden heart to finish.

There's a more thorough tutorial on the CrafTangles blog.

I'm hoping to see you again tomorrow!


Products Used:
CrafTangles Baby Girl Element Pack
CrafTangles Baby Girl Paper Pack
CrafTangles Wooden Heart Shaker Elements
CrafTangles Cardstock - Beachy Brown
CrafTangles Cardstock - Black
Versamagic Chalk Inks
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 19 January 2018

Black, White, Pop! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a great week - I'm almost on target for the week.  Hopefully the shower and dishwasher will be fixed soon.  You know, I managed years without a dishwasher and now I appreciate just how much time and effort is saved in having one.  Can you tell I hate washing up?!

Kathy has set the challenge this week for the Daring Cardmakers and it's a really good one! So you use black and white and add a pop of any other other colour.  Fun, right?!

I decided to go for a male theme on this one and make a card for my Dad whose birthday is coming up.  I used orange for my 'pop' colour.  That happened after I chose the sentiment 'Top Guy' for my card.  It's a sentiment from a set I bought in Craftwork Cards sale.  I love their sentiments - something for everyone!

I used an old paper pad from DCWV which had the diamond pattern and I die cut circles and the letters for DAD.  To embellish I used washi tape, ribbon and enamel dots.

I hope you have a good weekend whatever you're up to.  We've got another busy one - of course, it's the boys and their social life but after the Christmas holidays we've had they deserve it!

See you next week!

Products Used:
DCWV Stack
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
First Edition Alphabet Dies
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash