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!
Shabneez

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,
Shabneez

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



Friday, 7 April 2017

April Challenge - Daring Cardmakers

Happy Friday!

The first Challenge of every month for the Daring Cardmakers is an Elemental one.  This time it was set by Nat and you'll see the photo we had to choose elements from further down my post.

I used a couple of sheets from The Little Book of Vintage Lace and added epoxy stickers and pearls that I'd had in my stash for such a long time.  I'm sure as crafters we all have unused stash and I'm on a mission to try and use it!


I also found a paper flower that went well together with leaves and a mini doily to go with the vintage theme of the card. 


Below is the April Elemental Challenge photo and I used the colours, flowers, bird and leaves on my card.


I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge HERE.

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Hunkydory The Little Book of Vintage Lace
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Mini Doilies
Everything else from my stash 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Wrap it up! - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

 Happy Friday!

I have a special card to share today for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge today.  It is in fact my eldest son's birthday on Sunday and I incorporated the challenge with his card.  I can't believe he's going to be 9.  I honestly don't know where the years are going and I still recall the day he was born after 3 very arduous days of labour :)

Enfys set the Challenge this week and wanted any form of packaging to be used on the card.  You should have seen the state of the dining room floor after I'd finished cutting up bits of any interesting packaging I could find before I finally decided on this:


I ended up using an egg box, chocolate sponge cake box (the icing sugar looked so cool as a planet!) and an Aero Easter Egg box for the planets.  I used the foil from the Easter egg for the rocket and paper pieced it with more chocolate cake!

The space themed background was a blast to create, excuse the pun!  I used my Tim Holtz inks in various colours and white acrylic paint for the stars.


I suspect the card will go down well with my son as he loves both space and chocolate!

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to join in with this fun challenge,  I love what the other DT members have come up - they're very innovative!

Shabneez

Products used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Hobbycraft White Acrylic Paint
Dovecraft Number Dies
Dovecraft Rocket Die
Sizzix Circle Dies
Sentiment written using the Cricut Air
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 March 2017

Up in the Air - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I'm really looking forward to a Sunday off this week.  I've had a demos every Sunday for the past few weeks which were great but it'll be nice to have family time, especially as it's Mother's Day.

The Challenge this week was set by Svenja who asked for a sky or flight themed card.  I immediately thought about hot air balloons as they seem so peaceful floating in the air and I'd love to go on one.

I'd bought a preloved clouds embossing folder a while back that I was itching to use and then I realised I didn't have either a hot air balloon die or a stamp so I improvised, as you do! I used a circle die for the balloon and cut a basket shape out which I then covered with twine.  I also got to use the brand new First Edition alphabet dies which are fab!


For more inspirational makes take a look at the Daring Cardmakers Blog and join in with the challenge!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Trimcraft Whiz Kids Paper pad
Trimcraft First Edition Alphabet Dies 
Amy Tangerine Cloud Dies
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stampin Up Clouds Embossing Folder
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Green & A Glimmer of Gold - Daring Cardmakers Challenge


Happy Friday!

At the end of last year I made a personal challenge to be more organised with my workload.  As a consequence, I started making my Mother's Day cards in January, which is early for me.  I have a couple left to do and one for my Mum too, as I sold the card I'd made for her!  Well, someone saw it, wanted it and I couldn't say no.  Plus it's gone to another Mum.  I will make her an even better one........

As it's St Patricks Day, Lythan set the challenge of using green and gold on our cards.  I used an old Stampin Up set which has a favourite sentiment of mine.  I heat embossed the flowers and sentiment in gold then coloured in the flowers using my alcohol markers.  I fussy cut the flowers and arranged them on my card.  I finished by adding glitter washi tape along the bottom, well, it's been a while hasn't it?!  I miss glitter if I don't use it at least once a week on a project........


The sentiment is completed inside the card:


For further inspiration and to enter the challenge please go to the Daring Cardmakers Blog.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Enjoy the sunshine!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Stampin Up Set - Mother's Love 
Ranger Embossing Powder
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 10 March 2017

Take the Rough with the Smooth - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Happy Friday!

I've seen a play on Egypt this week and I heard all about how they preserved body parts etc. It was performed by my eldest son's class and was a joy to watch.  The outfits were amazing!

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge for this week.  Joanne set the challenge to combine something rough/bumpy with something smooth/shiny.

I used a DCWV DIY Stencils Stack for my make.  The 12x12 stack of papers comes with reusable stencils. I used them to create a border around my card with my home made embossing paste.  It's so easy to do and I made this one with the addition of glitter and metallic paints - luscious!



RECIPE FOR GLITTER EMBOSSING PASTE: I mixed one portion paint, 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions talc (you can use bicarbonate of soda, I found it gives more texture) and 1 portion glitter.  You can use fine or course glitter but I used the fine as it's what I had.

The paste only took about 15 minutes to dry naturally and in that time I die cut my feathers and inked them with chalk ink before assembling the card.  A glittered pearl and ribbon finished it off.


I hope that you'll join in with the Challenge this week and see all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
DCWV DIY Project Stack Stencils
Dovecraft Feather Dies
Versamark Chalk Ink
Docrafts Metallic Gold Paint
Everything else from my stash