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!
Shabneez

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!
Shabneez

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,
Shabneez

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!
Shabneez

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!
Shabneez 

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



Friday, 28 July 2017

Welcome to Wonderland - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's Svenja's turn to host the new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog today and she's chosen Alice in Wonderland as her theme.  I went all out on my inspirational card using a famous quote from the book together with the Queen of Hearts and the white rabbit which feature in the book.  


Fortunately, I had all the items in my stash apart from the white rabbit which was a free digi stamp that I inked and coloured the hearts to make them pop a little.  The clock was part of a free stamp set from a magazine and I used perfect pearls on it after heat embossing and added a peel off resembling a chain which I coloured in black.  I admit I almost used a Lego chain my son offered to make for me!


It was such a fun card to create and a great challenge.  Please take a look at the DT cards and join in the fun HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you're doing!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Rangers Perfect Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Tonic Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Everything else from my stash

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Using CrafTangles Sequins on Cards

Happy Thursday!

I'm on the CrafTangles blog today with a couple of cards using their extensive range of sequins.  You'll find more detailed information on my makes over on their blog HERE,


For my first card, I used a new really cute CrafTangles stamp set and hearts stencil.  The sequins formed the puddles being as they were the right colour!


For my second card, I made a spin on a classic gap card by filling the gap with sequins.  I actually had one of my sons helping to die cut the circles for me and I did say I would give him a mention on my blog post, it's cheaper than paying him - haha!

I'd better get cracking as I've got another blog post to prepare for tomorrow, no child labour involved this time! 
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Stamp Sets
CrafTangles Sequins
CrafTangles Stencil
CrafTangles Baby Pad
Sizzix Die Sets
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
First Edition Love Story Pad
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 21 July 2017

String Theory - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the turn of the very talented creator of Daring Cardmakers, Kathy's turn to set the Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week.  The Challenge is to incorporate string in whatever way, shape or form you please.  You can see what my fellow DT members have come up with HERE and I hope you'll have a go too!

I love using string or twine on my creations as it's a way of adding texture and interest.  This time, I've combined it with a button from my stash, threading the twine through it.  I've used papers from a pad I bought last year and kept the design simple so the wording stands out.


This was a special teacher card, although I believe all teachers are special and that teaching truly is a work of heart.  My Mum was a Primary School teacher and to this day whenever she meets her ex students they will come and speak to her, introducing her to their children and grandchildren even though sometimes it's been over 50 years since she taught them.  I love hearing the stories they tell and looking at the black and white photos of her with her classes through the years.

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products used:
Echo Park - Teacher's Pet paper pad
Clearly Besotted Stamp Set
Dovecraft Twine
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything Adhesives
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 14 July 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's time for a new weekly challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog and the theme set by Enfys is "If you go down to the woods today....".

The first thought I conjured up after reading the theme was of a tent so I've incorporated that into my teepee fold card. It's such an easy card to make and there are lots of tutorials around online.


To decorate my card I used a really old Docrafts collection (probably one of my first) that I find useful for making cards for young girls. I used the papers from the pack to cover the card and the decoupage I chose has an apt Woodland theme. I trimmed the topper and backed it with a contrasting coloured card to make it pop. Finally, I added a paper doily behind and used washi tape around the card edges - I love the faux stitched effect it gives, don't you?

I hope you'll join in with the challenge and pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow DT members HERE

I have a demo at a new store opening tomorrow so just have some last minute checks to make.  

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez 

Products Used:
Docrafts Tilly Daydream Colllection
Trimcraft washi tape
Trimcraft doily
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

CrafTangles Super Boy Card and Gift In One

Happy Thursday!

I'm blogging for CrafTangles today using their Super Boys Stamp and Die set.  I decided to make a card with a keepsake.  Both my boys love reading, the eldest often has more than one book on the go at a time!  So, I thought I'd make a bookmark that would slot into the card.

This is the card I made and I have a brief tutorial HERE if you're interested in seeing how I made it.


This is the bookmark that slots into the card:


I really enjoyed making this - the dies made cutting out the images so quick and easy.  I'm going to make a batch over the summer holidays as I'm sure they'll be well received on birthdays.  In fact, I might even get the boys to join me and colour in the images!

Happy Crafting!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Super Boy Stamp & Die Set
CrafTangles Sequins
Memento Ink Pad
Trimcraft First Edition Markers
Promarkers
All adhesives by Stix 2 Anything
DCWV Textured Cardstock



Friday, 7 July 2017

July Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT


Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of the month which is time for an Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers.  This month it's set by Dawn and I love the photo she's chosen.  To join in with the Challenge you have to choose any 3 or more elements on your card.  I opted for the colours, unicorn and stars on my creation.


So, being a fan of unicorns but not having a unicorn image I found a free digistamp HERE on Useless Trinkets, together with a sentiment.  There are some fabulous images and I'm looking forward to using the others as well.


Of course, every unicorn has to have some glitter so after colouring the image I used my trusty Stickles to add a little sparkle.


As my Glossy Accents were out on my table I used them to give the icing on the doughnut a glaze and give the mug dimension.


I hope you'll join in with this fun Challenge this week and I look forward to seeing what you make!  You can see all the fabulous inspiration my fellow DT members have come up with over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

I'm off to a family wedding this weekend and I even bought a new outfit and shoes for the occasion!  Of course, I couldn't leave the boys out so they have got cute bow ties................

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Useless Trinkets Digistamp Image and Sentiment
Dovecraft Whiz Kids Paper Pad
First Edition Markers
Rangers Glossy Accents
Rangers Stickles
Sizzix Circle Dies
Stix 2 Anything adhesives



Monday, 3 July 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps DT - Challenge 11 (July)

Happy July!

Only a couple of weeks to go until the school holidays - the school year has certainly flown past and there are presentations and meeting the new teachers to look forward to this week.

As it's the beginning of the month, there's a new Challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps with the theme of  'Anything Goes with an optional twist of adding red/white/blue or all three'.

I chose the whale digi stamp and made a nautical themed card with a port hole and seaweed.  I computer generated the sentiment as I didn't have an appropriate stamp.  One of my cousin's got really good results in his degree so I'll give him this card as we're all really proud of his achievement!


I've used glossy accents to highlight the drops of water and add a little dimension.  My glossy accents tube had been hiding in my cupboard but it's on the table now so I'm more likely to use it.


You'll find more inspiration on the blog page HERE so take a look and join in!

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Whale
First Edition Markers
Sizzix Circle Die Set
Craftwork Cards Card Candi
Dovecraft Back to Basics Paper Pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 30 June 2017

Welcome to My Galaxy - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's Miri's turn to host the challenge this week and she's opted for a galaxy theme - it can be a background or anything associated with another galaxy.  You can find more information and lots of wonderful inspiration from the Design Team HERE.

For my make, I reached for a very versatile set of stamps designed by Sarah Hurley.  I chose an outline stamp then had the most fun creating an alien like being.  I think I'd actually like to have a hairstyle like that!

I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder then went over it with metallic water colour paint, I love the shimmer effect, especially on black.  This was my galaxy background, well, there may be a rainbow galaxy out there somewhere!  The sentiment from the same set was heat embossed with silver.


I've got a busy weekend ahead with the boys at a party and a post Eid lunch with more family.  I'm looking forward to it :)

Have a great weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Sarah Hurley Dreams & Plans Stamp Sets
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Baby Girl Makes for CrafTangles DT

Happy Tuesday!

We've had a wonderful time celebrating Eid with family.  I'm back at work, fully caffeinated, as we had a rather large detour on the way back home last night due to junction closures on the M1.  We didn't get home until the early hours of this morning but it was worth it!

Today, I'd like to share a couple of projects I made for the CrafTangles DT.


The first is a shaker easel card made using the CrafTangles Baby Girl paper pad and not a lot else!  I love cutting out of paper pads and I fussy cut the sentiment banner and the image in the shaker topper from the pad.


I made the little stoppers from another of the papers and added glossy accents to give them an enamel look and strengthen them,


For my second make I decided on a rocker card, again showcasing the papers and using them to make a scallop topper.


I added a floating sentiment backed with acetate together with paper roses, pearls and hearts to embellish.

I loved making these, just need some babies to give them to now!  There's more details of how I made these on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

I hope to see you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Baby Girl Paper Pad
CrafTangles Sequins
Sizzix Dies
Fiskars Medium Heart Punch
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Rangers Glossy Accents
Making Memories Glitter Alphabet
Everything else from my stash



Friday, 23 June 2017

I Must Go Down To The Sea Again - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I'm not sure where this week has gone what with working flat out and preparing for the festival of Eid which marks the end of the month of fasting.  The boys are getting so excited and I just remembered that I haven't wrapped their presents yet!

The challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers today is set by Lythan who has recently moved and misses her sea views.  I love the sea, it's so calming and relaxing.


For this Challenge, I found a lovely image from Kanban with a sentiment that worked as it has a beautiful sea view.  I used a stamp and chalk inks for the background and finished off with washi tape and some huge brads from my stash - they're great!

You can find a lot more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in with the Challange!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Kanban Topper
Versamagic Chalk Inks
Unbranded Stamp
Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 16 June 2017

Out of this World - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

A really quick blog post from me today.  It's been a mad week with preparations for the boys' school fete tomorrow and helping out a friend in need which has left me with very little free time.

The Challenge set this week is by Joanne who asks:

For as long as people have been communicating

it seems we've told stories of the fantastic and unexplained. Let's
see some imaginary or mythical beings this week - fairies, mermaids,
aliens, unicorns, hobbits, dragons... where will your imagination take
you?



For my super quick creation this week I used files from the Silhouette Store.  These have been designed by Sarah Hurley and go together so well.

The waves are a stencil file which I used as a backgound by taking alternate pieces out, I loved the effect it gave.  The mermaid silhouette I cut out of glitter as I wanted some bling, besides I think I've made so many male cards recently I needed to go girly!  Finally, the sentiment is a cut file but I changed it to a write file.  The sentiment is just fabulous - don't you agree?

Enjoy the summer sunshine!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Silhouette Files designed by Sarah Hurley
Adhesives and card base by Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Celebrating Father's Day with CrafTangles DT

Happy Tuesday!

I've got my debut post for CrafTangles over on their blog together with a tutorial.


Well, it's not long now until Father's Day and you can never have too many Father's Day cards can you?! I loved the image of the child and father on this stamp set so decided to use it in two different ways.

For the first card, I embossed and inked the stamp giving it a negative effect, using a stencil to add interest.


For the second I went for the vintage look and gave the card a distressed look.


I love how you can give the same stamp a totally different look just by altering colours and products used.

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
CrafTangles Stencil
CrafTangles Stamp Sets
CraftTangles Sequins
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing powder
Everything else from my stash


Friday, 9 June 2017

Paper Straws - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

We took the boys with us to vote yesterday as they had already been doing some work on voting at school.  My eldest was not impressed that nobody won this morning.

Over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, Dawn has set the challenge this week to use paper straws.  We have loads of straws in the house but they're all plastic and although I can see my boys using them on their projects I thought they looked a little cheap for mine.......so I made my own!



I'm still on the Father's Day theme although a little more grown up this time.  However, I did have fun spraying the background and making my own straws!  I thought it would be a fun activity to do with the boys in the holidays.


I heat embossed the wooden frame to give it a glossy sparkly look and used foam stars and sequins to embellish.

You can see all the wonderful inspiration my fellow DT members have created HERE.  I hope you'll join in!

Enjoy your weekend,
Shabneez

Products Used:
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Glitter Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Docrafts Mr Mister Paper Pad
All Adhesives from Stix 2
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 5 June 2017

Angie's Digital Stamps DT - Challenge 10 (June)

Happy Monday!

The June Challenge is up on Angie's Digital Stamp Blog with the theme of Anything Goes.  As Father's Day falls in June I've used a cute digi stamp from Angie's store, as it reminded me of a Dad with his children.  I thought it would be a good card for the boys to give to their Dad even though I'm sure they'll be making their own creations at school.


I hope you'll join in with the Challenge as you can win a digi stamp of your choice from Angie's Digital Stamps Etsy Store as a prize.

See you again on Friday!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Promarkers
Docrafts Stamps - border and sentiment
Amy Tangerine - die set
Sizzix Die Set
Dovecraft Back to Basics - Bright Spark paper pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 2 June 2017

June Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's been a mad but enjoyable week with the boys on their half term break.  The weather has been glorious so we've enjoyed being outdoors and catching up with friends and family.

It's the first Friday of the month and you know what that means - an Elemental Challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog.  I got to set this Challenge for the first time.  I used Distress Inks on water colour paper for the background and die cut the flowers and the banner from the same sheet.



In the Challenge you have to use at least 3 elements and I have chosen the wool/twine, the flower and the picture with the scenery (I loved the colours).


I hope you'll join in with the challenge HERE.  

Enjoy your weekend!
Shabneez

Products Used:
Painted Blooms die set 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Personal Impressions Stamp Set
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 26 May 2017

In A Teacup - Daring Cardmakers DT Challenge

Happy Friday!

It's been a mad week full of meetings and to round it off it's Sports Day today so I'm off to cheer the boys on!

The challenge set this week by Leo is to use a teacup and fill it with something different.  I didn't have anything teacup related in my stash so I used a free SVG that I cut with my Cricut for the base card.  I decorated it with Sweet Nothings paper and lace.

I punched out butterflies and heat embossed the wings on the pink butterflies before adding pearls to the centres and a sentiment.


There are some wonderful inspirational cards by my fellow DT members over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.  I hope you'll find time to visit over the long weekend and join in!

Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend!
Shabneez

Products used:
First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad
Docrafts Butterfly Punch
Tonic Nuvo White Embossing Powder
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

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,
Shabneez

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!
Shabneez

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!
Shabneez

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