Friday, 19 May 2017

Two's Company - Daring Cardmakers DT Challenge

Happy Friday!

The Daring Cardmakers Challenge is set by Sharon this week and you have to use 2 colours - including the card base!  I decided to do something I do quite often to colour card, and that is to use chalk inks.  They colour smooth card so well and they were one of the first items I bought when I began crafting.  For this week's Challenge I used the ink to colour the base card, to stamp the sentiment and to highlight the edges of the punched flowers.

For the little flowers, I used the Fiskars Eglantine punch and after shaping the flowers I added liquid pearls in the centres and a little glitter glue - I could't resist a subtle hint of glitter!

I must admit I really enjoyed this Challenge, as I hadn't really worked with just 2 colours before.  I love colourful makes but it just shows you really don't need a multitude of colours to come up with a creation.  You'll find a lot more inspiration HERE on the Daring Cardmakers blog and I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend,

Products Used:
Versamagic Chalk Ink - Turquoise
First Edition Craft A Card Die
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
Sizzix Circle Dies
Fiskars Eglantine Small Punch
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Peacock 
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 12 May 2017

All That Glitters Is Not Gold! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge DT

Happy Friday!

I'm all excited as it's the first time I set a challenge on the Daring Cardmakers!  Of course, it wouldn't be a challenge for me unless it had had some bling and sparkle in it would it?  So, I went with a glitter theme - use as much as you can and make it sparkle!

I decided to make an unconventional wedding card.  I recently bought a new Dovecraft sentiment stamp that I was itching to use so I heat embossed it in black glitter embossing powder to begin with.

I used glitter washi tape in different colours and widths and die cut flowers from glitter card, using my beloved Fiskars heart punch for the black glitter hearts.

It's been a glorious couple of days weather wise and although it's wet and miserable today at least it's not cold.  I, on the other hand, have been suffering with a cold - thank goodness for the cold and flu pills!

Hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE and have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Dovecraft Painted Blooms die set
Dovecraft Sentiment stamp
Trimcraft First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad
Fiskars medium heart punch
All cardstock and adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 8 May 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps Design Team - Challenge 9 (May 2017)

Happy Monday!

Yes, it's not Friday and I'm blogging - caught you out didn't I?!

A bit of a special blog post to share as I am now a member of Angie's Digital Stamps Design Team :)  The monthly Challenge begins today here on Angie's Digital Stamps Blog where the theme is Anything Goes.

My inspirational make is with one of Angie's Digital images which I've coloured using pencils on to Kraft card.  I love the soft effect it gives and I've used Sizzix Stitiched dies to frame the image.  I heat embossed the Dovecraft sentiment and faux stitched around it.

The Challenge runs for a month ending the last Friday of the month so you've got plenty of time to join in.

I hope you have a great week ahead!

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamped Image available to buy on Etsy HERE
Scotch Washi Tape
DCWV Project Stack
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
Sizzix Time Holtz Stitched Oval Dies
Adhesive from Stix 2

Friday, 5 May 2017

May Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  My inks and heat embossing are making an appearance again for this one! I made a background using the distress inks and die cut the butterfly.  The butterfly came with a thinlit which I cut and used to to place over the the inked butterfly like a stencil.  I then used the versamark on it and heat embossed it.  I love the sparkly effect you get with the Tonic Nuvo Glitter Embossing power.

I'm going to personalise the card for my son's classmate whose party is tomorrow.  Well, who doesn't love a glittery butterfly?!  I'm sure she'll love it!

Below is the the fabulous mood board Joanne chose.  I love the colours and all the different elements.  You have to choose at least 3 of the elements for the challenge.  I chose the pattern from the socks (embossing folder), the colours and the butterfly.

There's lots more inspiration from the DT members HERE so I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy the weekend,

Products Used:
Sizzix Butterfly Thinlit
Sizzix Butterfly Die
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Tonic Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Unbranded Stamp
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Superhero - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

The boys are back at school.  My eldest has gone on a trip staying away for 2 nights and his little brother cried when he left.  It's odd but it's so quiet without him and I do miss him a lot.  He's back today so I'm going to cook his favourite for dinner!

The Challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog today is an apt one.  Superheroes.  My boys are definitely my superheroes.  I made this card for my eldest son.  After we went to see Lego Batman we had a standing joke where he would say in his Batman voice "I'm Batman!" and myself or his younger brother would say "I'm not!".

It's a simple card and I used Silhouette files for the oval and the bat which I cut out of black glitter card stock because you know I like my glitz!  I finished off with a First Edition Alphabet die for the lettering cut in gold card.

There's some wonderful inspiration by my fellow DT members on the blog and I hope you'll pop by and take on the dare.  I love seeing all your creations!

I hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

Products used:
Silhouette Bat and Oval files
Trimcraft First Edition Alphabet Dies
Stix 2 Adhesive
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 21 April 2017

Five Patterned Papers! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

It's been a wonderful final full week of the Easter holidays. My Dad has been to stay and we managed to do various activities to include the park, feeding the ducks, a visit to Greenwich, the Emirates Cable Car and the o2 Arena.  I am totally deflated after that lot but it was such fun!

On to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week. The dare this week was set by Miri who requested we use at least 5 different patterned papers from our scrap box with a bonus if they were Spring related. Well, I jumped at this one. I've been using the Dovecraft Blooming Beautiful paper pad for my demos and I had a lot of scraps so I set to work making my version of a sunburst card with the scraps. 

The papers in this collection are vibrant and all coordinate so well.  I used a wooden frame, sentiment sticker and pretty paper roses from the same collection to complete my card.

You can see my fellow DT members' creations HERE.  I hope you'll join in as I'd love to see what you come up with.

Enjoy your weekend!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Paper Pad, wooden frame, sentiment stickers and paper roses.
Everything else from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Creative Embellishments – April challenge: inspirational picture (inspiration from the spring theme and splatters of colors) + add flower

Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring Garden - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

I've been fortunate to spend some quality time with my parents as it's the holidays. It's wonderful to take it easy and recharge those batteries. I'll be travelling back home tomorrow so hopefully the traffic won't be too bad.  Nothing worse than hearing "are we there yet?" every few minutes!

The theme set by Kathy for the Daring Cardmakers this week is aptly named Spring Garden.  I've chosen hyacinths as I have a number of flower stamp sets from Sarah Hurley's Beautiful Botanicals range.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolour the flowers and the background. It was simply bliss sitting at my table painting. I am in a world of my own when I create and I love it. 

Before I go I must thank those of you who took part in the Challenge last week. It made me so happy to see you join in and I hope you'll have a go with this one too, especially with the long weekend! You can see more inspiration from my fellow team members HERE.

Enjoy your Easter weekend,

Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Beautiful Botanicals Stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesive
Versafine Black Ink
Sizzix Circle Dies
Everything else from my stash

Challenges entered:

Making Memories Crafting - Challenge #4 - Color Board

Avenue613 - Challenge 196 April 2017 - Anything Goes With Optional Twist Anything Spring