Friday, 20 October 2017

Are you a City or Country Girl? - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Time for a new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog set by Miri who wants to know whether you're a city or coutry girl?  Can you guess which one I am from my card?

Give up?!  For the challenge I am a country girl.  I was brought up in the countryside in a small village in the East Midlands.  Lots of farmland around and lovely country walks.  I used to see deer and always thought they were so beautiful and powerful.

Back to my card, I've used the fabulous First Edition pad - Merry Little Christmas.  I absolutely love the colours and patterns in this pad and I'll be using them to demo this weekend in Romford.  I tore the paper to give the impression of grassland and added the deer die cut on a circle.  I used a tag sentiment, adding a little ribbon and gem to embellish.

I have a busy weekend ahead and then half term to look forward to so a break from the norm and I'm hoping to plan some outings with the boys.

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Merry Little Christmas Pad
Time to Sparkle Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Festival of Lights - CrafTangles DT

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a couple of celebratory cards for Diwali.  Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs.

You won't be surprised to learn that I have used 'light' as the theme for both my makes.

For my first card I've tried to highlight the diva lamp, keeping the rest of the card monochrome, bar the yellow border.  I've masked the lamp and used distress inks to create the glow from flame.

On my second card the fireworks are lighting up the sky and I used the appropriately named 'Fireworks' stencil with both distress oxides and heat embossing.  Don't the family look colourful in their traditional outfits?

There's a lot more detail on my makes over on the CrafTangles blog.

See you on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Diwali Wishes Stamps
CrafTangles Diwali Greetings Stamps
CrafTangles Cardstock in Cobalt Blue
CrafTangles Cardstock in Fiery Yellow
CrafTangles Stencil - Fireworks
Distress Oxides
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Ranger Embossing Powder in Silver
Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder in White
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
All adhesives from Six 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 October 2017

Funky Frame - Bubbly Funk DT

Welcome to the Weekend!

I did say I'd be back but I bet you didn't think it'd be this quick!  I'm on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with my first project using the October Letterbox. 

I opted for a home decor project and made a frame using only items from the letterbox.  There is loads left over  and I do have other projects lined up!

There are lots of embellishments in the box and I felt like a child in a sweet shop trying to choose what to use first.

There's lots more information on the Bubbly Funk blog so I hope you 'll pop along and there is also a competition to win a box like mine over on the Bubbly Funk Facebook page.

See you next week!

Products Used:
Bubbly Funk October Letterbox
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Pastel Rainbow - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week's challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers was set by Sharon who asked for a pastel rainbow.  Now, as I'd already used traditional rainbows last week, I wanted to do something a little different and this is what I came up with.........

I used stitched dies to create the pastel rainbow background, adding a stitched sun and clouds.  I was SO pleased when I found a CrafTangles stamp set with the most perfect sentiment.  I really like the idea of wishing someone rainbows and sunshine, as to me it conjures up images of happiness.

Loving this challenge and the inspiration from the Design Team is brilliant - you must check it out HERE and have a go!

I'll be back over the weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Girl In The Rain Stamp Set
Amy Tangerine Die Set
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 October 2017

October Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday in October which can only mean one thing - the start of the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, this time set by Leo.

I have a special card duo to share for an adorable set of twins which fits the Challenge so well!  I was asked by a friend to make similar but not the same 1st birthday cards incorporating, wait for it.......unicorns and rainbows! I was able to use a  new die set and I just had to add a touch of glitter to to give an extra sparkle.

Here is the photo from which you have to choose 3 elements.  I think there's something for everyone in here so no excuse for not joining in - ha!  

From the elements above I chose the wording unicorn and rainbows as well as the colours.  You'll find lots more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE.

Enjoy your weekend,

Products used:
Sizzix Magical Unicorn Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 2 October 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 14 (October 2017)

Happy October!

A spooky start to the month from me with a new challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps that has an optional twist of spooky/scary.

I've used the Halloween Digital Set for my make which includes the sentiment and witch's hat.

I had fun making the background using distress inks and spritzing a light mist of water at the end.  I coloured the image using my Zig pens.

To finish I added some strips on my black card base and enamel dots for extra interest.

You can see more inspiration from the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in as I'd love to see your Halloween makes!

Have a good week,

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Angie's Digital Stamps - Halloween Digital Set
Ranger Enamel Accents
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 29 September 2017

Harvest Home - Daring Cardmakers Design Team

Friday Greetings!

It's my turn to choose a challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and I have gone with 'Harvest Home' - the boys have a Harvest Festival at school today and I'd like to see any fruit, vegetables or grains on your card.  I've made a couple of cards because I wanted to make full use of a Spellbinders stamp and die set that I recently won which happens to fit in with the challenge!

For my first card I stamped and heat embossed a stitched circle and the sentiment before making up the pea pods and adding a couple of extra peas near the sentiment!

For my second card I stamped a paint effect background and made up the carrots, adding the stamped sentiment.

They are simple cards but I think they really show the dies off well.  

You can see more inspiration over on the blog HERE - they certainly made me feel hungry!  I hope you'll play along as I'd love to see your interpretations on the challenge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
Spellbinders Peas and Carrots Stamp & Die Set
Nuvo Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
All Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CrafTangles Super Boys and Backgrounds


I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE using one of my favourite stamp and die sets - Super Boys.

I wanted to try out different backgrounds so for my first make I opted for a sunburst effect, after all, Superheroes do fly through the air don't they?! I added clouds, some glittery and on the plain one I stamped the sentiment on.

For my second make I got my Distress Oxides out, I say I got them out but they've never actually made it into the cupboard since the last time I used them..........!

As the inks are chalky they give a brilliant smoky effect which works really well through stencils on black card, giving a crisp image.

I used my Zig pens to colour in the image again and heat embossed the sentiment.  I enjoyed making the superhero different from the norm, in particular the hair which I think gives a fun effect.

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Ranger Embossing Powder - Liquid Platinum
Amy Tangerine Scarlett Die Set

Friday, 22 September 2017

Queen for the Day - Daring Cardmakers DT

Friday Greeting!

I'm a bit late today as I've had a long list to do before catching up with my blog posts.  My lists are never ending at the moment - do you make lists?

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which today is entitled 'Queen for the Day' and you can find more inspiration HERE.

I opted for the royal theme with a castle turret in the background and when Svenja mentioned frog princes I immediately though of a rather old decoupage set that I'd had which was perfect!  The background was made using scraps of patterned paper, I love the stitched one in particular, don't you? I used scalloped stitched dies for it.

I had to add the hearts and googly eyes for a little fun as they went with with the stamped sentiment.  I must admit I love the sentiment and apply it to my life whenever I can.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do.  I have another Trimcraft demo which I'm very much looking forward to.

Happy Crafting!

Products Used:
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Dovecraft Princess Fairytale Decoupage Pad
Docrafts stamps
Adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Momento Black Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 September 2017

Four of a Kind - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Was it only yesterday I last blogged?!  Well, I'm back but don't get used to it!  Before I begin I'd like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my fellow Daring Cardmaker DT members and crafty friends Dawn and Kathy.  Dawn set the Challenge this week as it's her 40th she asked for four of anything on your card - a fun challenge wouldn't you agree?

For my inspirational card I used a lovely stamp and die set that I bought in the sale by Clearly Besotted.  There have been so many exam results celebrated lately and this was the perfect set to congratulate everyone.

I coloured the cute raccoons with my trusty Zig pens and used a stitched die to highlight the images.  Creating with cute images always bring a smile to my face.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge this week and do check out the creations the DT have made HERE.

I've got my first Trimcraft demo of the season this weekend so I need to do a little more preparation.  Have a great weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Clearly Besotted Eureka! Stamp Set
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Versamark Black Ink
Unbranded Stitched die
All adhesives from 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Centre Stepper Card

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles Blog today using the fabulous Mermaid Kisses stamp set.

I had a lot of fun creating this card using a centre stepper as my base.  This style of card worked well with the 3D scene I wanted to create.

All the images were coloured in and then fussy cut before being assembled on the card.

I stamped bubbles from the set and heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it a kind of foamy effect.  I also added stitched borders to give the effect of waves.

I'll be back tomorrow so not long to wait - ha!

Have a good day,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Seafoam
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Stitched Border Dies
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder

Friday, 8 September 2017

It's A Love Story - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

My Mum has come to stay for a few days and we're all excited to have her as it's been a few years since she last came.  We've been in the kitchen, cooking new dishes this morning hence the late post!

Over on the Daring Cardmakers, Joanne has set this week's challenge which is based around International Literacy Day.  I have gone with a love story as I'm such a romantic at heart :)  I've also used dictionary definitions with the background paper and highlighted appropriate words relating to my theme.

The most fun I've had all week is playing with my new infusions and I was pleased with the effects I achieved.  I used less on the background then went all out on the heart.

I hope you'll take a look at the other inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and join in.

Have a wonderful weekend - I'm looking forward to another family wedding!

Products Used:
PaperArtsy Infusions
Sizzix Dies
First Edition Sweet Nothings Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 13 (September 2017)

Happy Tuesday!

I spent last weekend with my parents as it coincided with another celebration of Eid.  We got back late last night so I'm on a mission to get 101 things completed before school starts tomorrow (wish me luck as I'll definitely need it!).  The September challenge has begun over on Angie's Digital Stamps HERE with an anything goes theme.  I've gone cute this time, choosing a cat image.

I used my Zig pens to colour in and I'm really pleased with the outcome as you can see the mottled fur effect.  I used a selection of Dovecraft papers for the backing and buttons to embellish.

I better sign off and start on that list on or I won't get everything done!  I hope you'll join in with the Challenge.

Have a great week,

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Kitty in Flowers
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
Dovecraft Papers
Dovecraft Buttons
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Unbranded die
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 1 September 2017

September Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy September!

A brand new month means an elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  I have been been playing with my Distress Oxides to create backgrounds.  You know, Distress Oxides have really interesting properties that enable you to achieve so many different effects.  Unfortunately, it means I will need to buy a few more so not so good on the finances.......

I used glitter paper as the background for my inverse feathers and the die cut feathers were adhered elsewhere on my creation together with a couple of peach glitter ones.  I added a smile sentiment to finish off, after all it's good to smile isn't it?!

This is the elemental board Kathy chose from which I took inspiration.  There are so many different elements to choose and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.  To play along you need to choose any 3 elements - simple!  You can see a lot more inspiration HERE on the Daring Cardmakers blog.

In other news, I have finally taken another step forward on the social media front and am now the proud owner of an instagram account!  However, an instagram account without followers would be rather sad so it would mean a lot to me if you could follow me at simplyshabneez - I will of course follow you back!

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Dovecraft Feather Die Set
Unbranded Smile die
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Those Cute CrafTangles Crabs!

Happy Sunday!

It's all about the crabs today over on the CrafTanlges blog HERE.  I've got a blog post showcasing those cute crab stamp sets which are perfect for the weather we've been having this Bank Holiday!  There's a mini tutorial too, more details further down my post.

The sentiments with the sets are all quite amusing and go so well with the crab images.  The crabs have great expressions on their faces - they certainly make me smile!

For my first card I used a film strip die cut as I associated the 'snappy' sentiment not only with the crab but taking photos.

For my second card I used a really versatile stencil set to create the distress ink beach background.  I made a funny scene with one of the crabs being hoisted by the balloon.

For my final card, I've done a tutorial to show how easy it is to make these circle easel cards.  They're fun!

I've kept the designs quite simple so that the crabs stand out.  I've used my zigs to colour in all the images and added a Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

We're hoping to spend a day at the seaside tomorrow as the weather is supposed to hold out and I'm really looking forward to as I find the sea so calming, I could sit and watch it all day!

Have a great week,

Products Used:

CrafTangles By The Sea Stamp Set
CrafTangles Oh Crab Stamp Set
CrafTangles Silver Reactive Foil
CrafTangles Create A Scene Stencil
CrafTangles Cardstock in Red and Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 25 August 2017

I'll Have A Coffee To Go! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Not sure where the days are going, they appear to be rolling into weeks and it'll be September soon! I must admit the school holidays are really speeding by and I managed to get school shoes and uniform this week in preparation.   Now, all I have left is sewing in the name labels - yawn..........

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week, Kathy has chosen the delicious theme of fast food and coffee to go.  Fluffy Gustav has a starring role on my creation, as like me, he loves his coffee and I'm sure you'll agree he's rather cute!

I've kept with the coffee theme and made coffee cup rings for the background and added a few flat gems and twine to finish.  I love the sentiment - don't you?!

There's a feast for the eyes to be had on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE but beware if you're going to look on an empty stomach!  Haha!

See you again in a couple of days!

Products Used
Useless Trinkets Digi Stamp
Zig Clean Color Pens
Tim Holz Distress Inks
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 18 August 2017

Action! - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a hectic week with lots of day trips and family time.  My brother and family have flown back to America and we've been missing them a lot.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog today, there's a lot of 'action' taking place.  Kathy has set the Challenge to use the word 'action' interpreting it as you wish.

I've gone with a card demonstrating an action.  I really enjoyed making the background using distress inks and watercolours.

I found a stamp in my stash which resembled bike tracks or at least it was my interpretation!

You can see the wonderful creations that the rest of the DT have come up with HERE and I hope they inspire you to have a go!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
Kanban Topper Sheet
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Docrafts stamp set
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 13 August 2017

It's All About The CrafTangles Sentiments

Happy Monday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog today with a selection of projects using the new CrafTangles stamps sets, concentrating on the use of sentiments.

For my first card, I water coloured the sunflower stamped image and added the sentiment as an extension of the stalk.  I kept it quite simple but doubled up on the sunflower head to give it a 3D look.

I used the same stamp set for my second project but with kraft card, coloured with pencils and added liquid pearls in the centre.  The sentiment was attached on the side.

For my final project, I used another new stamp set.  This time I made a tag with a liquid pearl background using a stencil and added the sentiment as a tag on the rose.

You can find further details on my projects using CrafTangles sentiments HERE on the CrafTangles blog.

All being well, I hope to see you again on Friday.

Have a great week!

Products Used:
Ranger Liquid Pearls 
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 11 August 2017

Unnatural Colours - Daring Cardmakers Challenge DT

Happy Friday!

A twist on nature using unnatural colours is the new challenge set by Enfys over on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week.  I've used a grey butterfly and striped, patterned and pink bunnies on my card.  The Design Team have made some fabulous makes, who'd have thought unnatural colours would work so well?!  You can see their creations and join in with the challenge HERE.

I've used a mixture of die cuts and printed bunny shapes from a really old Kaisercraft kit I couldn't bear to use at the time.  Times have since changed and I'm now ruthless with using my craft stash!

My brother and family are over from America and this is a special card that I intend to post to my nieces once they go back together with a little mini album of their visit as a keepsake.  

Before I go I must thank you all for your comments on my blog posts - they're much appreciated.  I do make every effort to ensure I visit you back.

See you again very soon,

Products Used:
Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Collectables
First Edition Love Story Paper Pad
Unbranded Circle dies
Unbranded Bow Die
Small hearts - left overs from another die
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 7 August 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 12 (August 2017)

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a good weekend!  A colourful start to the week from me.  I do love my vibrant colours and they work especially well on cards to and from children.  I'm sharing another teacher card I made, which thinking, about it could be given to a new teacher when the schools start back in September.

This card is for Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge with an Anything Goes Theme and optional twist of Back to School that began yesterday.  I successfully used up some scraps I had on the rainbow banner border.  The digistamp is the pack of crayons which I coloured in and fussy cut before assembling my card.

Have a great week - I have a lot planned with the boys!

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp Image - Box of Crayons
Sizzix Banner Dies
Sizzix Circle Dies
First Edition Dies
All Adhesives - Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Daring Cardmakers DT - August Elemental Challenge

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month marks the start of the elemental challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and Miri has chosen a very summery image, perfect for those tropical days we all dream of! You have to chose any 3 elements from the image below and incorporate them into your card.

From the image, I used the flamingo, flowers and colours on my card.  First, I stamped and coloured a flamingo then fussy cut it out with a craft knife as my scissors wouldn't have given me the finish I wanted, with the legs in particular.

The dotty background is packaging I kept from a pack of cards and I used a piece of scrap card which I cut into a banner.  For the tropical leaves with the flowers, I used the Trimcraft free download papers which I resized and fussy cut, curling to give a 3D effect.

I'm in love with the sentiment which is perfect for the season, even though the weather in Essex doesn't quite agree!  It's part of a new stamp set I got from CrafTangles.  I added a couple of glitter dots to embellish my card.

You'll see a lot more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the challenge.

Have a great weekend - don't know about you but I'm hoping for a little tropical weather!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Flamingo Stamp
CrafTangles Oh Crab!!! Stamp Set
Free Trimcraft Paper Download
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Everything else from my stash