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