Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hello Autumn Card

Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately I've not been well this week but, since I'm feeling a bit better, I decided to cheer myself up by entering the Paper Smooches Sparks October Picture Perfect Challenge. The picture had lots of autumn colours and leaves for inspiration and this is what I created. Hope you like it!:

I started off with a yellow polka-dot note card from Pebbles as my card base. Next I die cut a piece of Ranger watercolour cardstock with the scalloped rectangle die from Mama Elephants Femme Frames dies. I used Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed to create a watercolour background for my woodland scene.

Next I stamped the tree images from the Spring Groves stamp set and the owl image from the Spookalicious stamp set, both from Paper Smooches, onto more watercolour cardstock. I used Ranger Black Tie die ink - I'm so impressed with this ink. It gives a crisp black image and is completed waterproof (I found my Memento Tuxedo black ink bleeds with water). I also stamped the hello sentiment from Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned stamp set with the same ink and die cut it with a Paper Smooches Wordbubble Die. Next I used more disress inks in Vintage Photo, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed to colour the trees and owl. I was initially a little disapointed with the colour bleeding outside the lines of the owl but then I decided it makes him look extra cute and fluffy. 

Next I watercoloured more cardstock in various colours and die cut leaves with one of the Papersmooches Seasonal Trees Dies. I adhered everything to my card with glue dots and foam squares for dimension and finished with hemp twine and a bow.

If you want to buy any of the Paper Smooches stamps and dies I used for this project, or anything else from this awesome company, then clicking on the image below will take you to their store. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

CASology Guest Designer

Hi Everyone,

I'm very excited today as this is my first ever guest designer post and it's for the very awesome CASology blog. Their theme for this week is:

This got me thinking about all my favourite mushy sentiments and a particular long-time favourite of mine comes from a Mama Elephant stamp set called Love Quotes and I used this as the focal point of my card.

It's been a lovely sunny weekend here in the UK and, as the sun streamed through the window of my craft room, I feel inspired to create something bright and colourful. I still wanted to keep it CAS though so I opted for a crisp white card base with Neenah Solar White cardstock cut to A2 size. I rounded two of the corners for a more interesting shape.

I masked off the different lines of my sentiment stamp and used a different coloured pigment ink for each. From top to bottom I used Avery Elle Magenta, Avery Elle Strawberry, Avery Elle Fizz, Avery Elle Lemon Grass, Mama Elephant Pacific Blue and Mama Elephant Egg Plant. I tried to match the colours as closely as possible to the patterned paper I used from the 6x6 Fruit Stand paper pad from Doodlebug Designs.

I stamped the speechbubble image onto more Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo black ink and second generation stamping for a muted look. I then fussy cut this and drew around it onto the back of my patterned paper and fussy cut that also. I die cut a small heart from the white speech bubble to let more of the patterned paper peek through (as well as to highlight to word 'you' since that it the title of our challenge!) I layered the two shapes and adhered them with foam pads.

I completed my card by die cutting a couple more hearts from patterned paper with my Simon Says Stamp Mini Heart Dies, and adhering a few colourful sequins. The sequins I used were (clockwise from the top left corner) Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Pink Peonies, Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Amethyst, Neat and Tangled blue sequin from the Spring Mix, Neat and Tangled mint sequin from The Spring Mix, a clear sequin coloured orange with a copic marker and Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Raspberry.

I love getting comments from you all so please let me know what you think xx

Monday, 12 October 2015

You Are Spooktacular Card

Hello again,

So this is my final post of the weekend - I've had a great time beavering away in my craft room and created some projects I'm really proud of. Anyway, I think now that I've had my crafty splurge I'll aim to settle back into a one-two posts a week situation - otherwise my friends and family might start to forget what I look like.

The following card was made for the Lawnscaping challenge No. 115: Sentiments. I opted to use the halloween themed Spooktacular stamp set from Lawn Fawn as the basis of my design. In reality, Halloween isn't as big an event in the UK as it is in the US, but I really like this stamp set and I was in a creepy mood after finding, what can only be described as a monster of a spider, in my bath this morning!

I've done alot of CAS cards this weekend and I decided to do something more colourful today. I started off with a purple polkadot note card from Pebbles. I decided I wanted to diecut a moon and stars into the cardstock which required a little extra imagination as I don't have any moon-shaped dies. I created the shape by using two circle dies, one slightly smaller than the other, and partically die cutting them. I then used a tiny star die from a My Favourite Things die set called Hip Clips. Unfortunately the stars in this set are in sets of threes so I had to cut one free. I should probably say at this point that yes, it is possible to cut through the solid parts of a die using wire cutters, but also you shoud be sure to shield your eyes as the resulting tiny flying peices of metal could probably cause some serious harm - I'll admit this was not one of my most sensible moments!

So, having narrowly escaped death, or at least blindness, I added some silver glitter paper behind the night sky die cuts to add shimmer. Next I die cut some pieces of coloured card using the largest of the Small Stitched Rectangles from Lawn Fawn. I used two shades of green cardstock, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive, both from Stampin' Up. I then used the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die to create overgrown grass for the foreground and two of the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies to create the hills for background. I also cut a peice of vellum from my stash using one of the the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud border dies to make some spooky mist/clouds . Next I used the Picket Fence Border die, also from Lawn Fawn and some Baked Brown Sugar cardstock from Stampin' Up to create my rickety old fence. I snipped into the fence to make it look old and broken and set it at a slight angle on the card.

I stamped the pumpkin, gravestone and ghost images from the Spooktacular stamp set onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured them with copic markers and fussy cut them. I adhered the cardstock layers and images to my card using tape runner and foam pads.

Since the theme is sentiments, I made sure mine was front and centre by stamping it into a speech bubble die cut made using one of the Word Bubble dies from Paper Smooches. I adhered it to the card with foam squares for extra dimension. I completed my acrd by adding a couple of 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh both to draw more attention to the sentiment and to draw together the sparkly background and the matte foreground. And that was it - job done.

To join in with this challenge yourself, or to checkout the other entries and design team inspiration, click on the image below to go to the the corresponding Lawnscaping Challenges blog post. Happy crafting everyone xx:

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Eternal Love Card

Hello again,

Well now my craft room is back in action there's no stopping me when it comes to making cards. I made this halloween-themed love note for the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge for October and I think it would be perfect for any Twilight fan. PS Sparks made a special announcement on their blog this week that their weekly challenges will be coming to an end at the end of the month and, while I'm sad to see them go, I'm excited for the new monthly challenges coming up!

And now to the card. I used the vampire and bat images from the the Spookalicious stamp set from Paper Smooches. I also used the Eternal Love sentiment from the same set. I used a grey polka dot notecard from Pebbles as my card base. I then adhered a peice of Ranger Watercolor Paper onto which I die cut with a stitched frame from the Mama Elephant Femme Frames set. I used Zig Clean Color Markers in Black and Carmine Red and a waterbrush to create a creepy watercolour background.

I stamped the sentiment and bat images onto the Watercolor Paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added glossy accents to one of the bats and to the heart on the sentiment for extra visual interest.

I stamped the main vampire image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured the image with copic markers and fussy cut it. Once it was adhered to the card with foam tape I used Wink of Stella to add sparkle to the cape and added a layer of glossy accents for extra shine. I also added glossy accents to his hair to create the look of a slicked-back do.

I completed my card by adding black and gold stars from Studio Calico to help lead the eye from the main image to the sentiment. Hope you like it and please do comment below as I love to hear from you all xx

P.S. If you click on the icon below it will take you to the Paper Smooches store where you can pick up all their awesome stamps and dies:

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Another Create a Smile card for the November Guest Designer Search

Hello again,

Well it turns out I had a little longer until the deadline than I thought so I decided to create a 'sister' card to my original entry - I love the Whimsical Wheels stamp set so much I just couldn't resist the opportunity to use it again. There's still a little time to enter yourself if you'd like. Just click on the image below and it will take you staright to the original blog post:

So I chose to make another little love note card - I know it's not valentines day but it's just what I felt like creating I guess. To be honest I'm probably just putting off starting the Xmas cards - there's nothing quite like needing to do something to make me immediately want to do something else!

My card case is good old Neenah Solar White 110lb cut to A2 size. I rounded one of the corners for a more interesting shape. I decided to stick to pastel colours and a washi tape background as per my previous card. I used a really cute grid washi with little hearts and the word 'love' written in pencil. I'm not sure where I got if from but I love it.

Next I stamped the train and carriage images from the Wimsical Wheels stamps set from Create a Smile with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. Again I used second generation stamping for a more subtle outline which helped to capture some of the fine lines and details in the stamp. I also thought it looked a little like pencil lead to give an almost hand drawn feel. I coloured the image with Copic Markers, fussy cut it and adhered it to my card with foam pads.

Next I created a pink ombre look on a scrap of card and stamped my sentiment onto it with more second generation stamping in Tuxedo Black ink and also Avery Elle Pigment Ink in the shade Mint To Be. This sentiment has to be one of the best ever. No only does it fit with the cute train image, it also reminds me of an episode of the simpsons when Lisa gives Ralf a card with this sentiment on - Love it!

I added hearts to the carriages, die cut from card scraps using my Simon Says Stamp mini hearts dies. I also cut heart shaped puffs of steam from cotton wool pads and adhered the whole lot to my card with Claudia Hellmuth Multi-medium matte liquid adhesive. I completed my card by adding glossy accents to the tarin and heart next to my sentiment.

Anyway, hope you like my card - all comments gratefully received xx

Create a Smile November Guest Designer Search

Hi guys,

So Create a smile are looking for a guest designer for next month and I thought I'd apply. Click on the image below to check out their blog post and why not give it a go yourself:

So here's my card. I used my current favourate create a smile stamp set, Whimsical Wheels, to create my design. Let me know what you think in the comments and, if you're interested, read on for how I created it:

I used Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock for my card base, cut to A2 size. I then used some grid patterned washi tape for the background of my little scene. I used the digger image from the Whimsical wheels stamp set and stamped it using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I second generation stamping to create a muted grey lined image which I think works well for this mainly pastel coloured card. I then coloured my image using copic markers. I used a coat of glossy accents to give it some shine and adhered it to the card using foam pads.

I die cut heart shapes from pink and red cardstock scraps using my Simon Says Stamp mini heart dies and adhered them in a 'heap' using tombo mono liquid adhesive. I used Bella Letters from Mama Elephant to create my sentiment. Again I used Tuxedo Black ink and second generation stamping and I used more washi tape to give a pop of colour. I put the sentiment on a strip of card and adhered it with more foam pads.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Robot Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

It feels great to get back to card making after such a long time - I've been reorganising my craft room and, what with work and other distractions, it's taken forever to do. Well now it's done and I intend to be getting my craft on as often as possible.  

And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with a CASology challenge. It's week number 166 over on their blog and the theme is science - what a great excuse to use these super cute robots from the Beep Boop stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I added strips of washi to the background to make the images pop. This tape is really awesome and reminds me so much of the exercise books I used when I was in science class at school. 

Before I show you any images of my project I just want to apologise for the slightly dodgy lighting in the photos. Unfortunately I managed to damage my light diffuser box and one of my lamps in the great craft room redesign and I'm waiting on new supplies to arrive. I probably should have waited unil the replacements arrived before photographing projects but I just couldn't wait to get back to blogging. Any comments gratefully received as I love hearing from my crafty friends:

I started off with a card base made from Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock. Next I adhered some strips of washi tape ont the front to make a background (I'm not sure where I got this tape as it's been in my stash for a while I think).

Next I stamped images from Lawn Fawn's Beep Boop stamp set onto more solar white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured the robots with Copic markers and fussy cut cut them.

To make more robots look more metallic I covered then in a layer of clear Wink of Stella marker and then finished off with a layer of Ranger glossy accents. Finally I adhered the images and sentiments to my card with different thicknesses of foam tape and glue dots. It doesn't really come accos on the photos but it adds some extra visual interest to an otherwise simple card in real life.

That's all from me for now. Don't forget to check out the CASology blog post for all the other great projects. Clicking on the image below will take you straight there:

Friday, 26 June 2015

Lawnscaping Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

And welcome to stop number 8 on the Lawnscaping coffee bloghop. I'm soooo excited to be taking part, as I've never done anything like this before! Anyway, let's get started....

Clicking on the image below will take you to the original blog post on the Lawnscaping blog:

So, next I'll show you the card I created. I used the Love You a Latte and Love n Breakfast stamp sets from Lawn Fawn to create my coffee themed love note card:

I started off with a 5 x 5 card base I made from Nennah Solar White 110lb cardstock. I then used papers from the Kiss Kiss collection to to create the layers of my card. The coffee cup and donut, from the Love You a Latte stamp set, were stamped onto more Neenah cardstock with Tuxedo black Momento ink and coloured with Copic Markers. Next I fussy cut them and adhered hem to my card with foam tape.

I die-cut the varios layers for my card using the Small Stitched Square Stackables dies from Lawn Fawn and one of the Polaroid Fun dies from Mama Elephant. I created dimension by adhereing the various layers with more foam tape. The seniment stamped on the polaroid die cut is from the Love n Breakfast stamp set from Lawn Fawn and was stamped using Tuxedo Black ink.

Finally I added enamel dots and hearts from the Just Sayin' collection from My Minds Eye. I then added some mini flare from Dear Lizzy and added sparkle to the coffee mug and dohnut with my Zig Wink of Stella clear gliter marker.

So now to some important details about how to win some prizes!!!!! First of all please checkout the websites for the amazing sponsors for the hop. I'll list them below with links to their websites:

So, how do you win one of the awesome prizes up for grabs? Simple, just leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win. You can enter multiple times by commenting on each of the blog posts in the hop BUT they have to be unique comments (i.e. you can't jusy copy and paste the same comment into each post) and they have to be uploaded before 11:59 EST on 28/6/15. The winners will be announced on the Lawnscaping blog later in the week. So, please please leave your comments below and best of luck for winning something fun! 

So I really hope you've enjoyed my post and all that's left for me to do is to show you where you need to go next. Below is the complete list of all the bloggers in the hop. I've highlighted my name so you know where you are now, so next you'll be off to see Julie C. 

Happy Hopping everyone xx

Friday, 13 February 2015

I Dig You Card

Hi again,

So this is my second card I'm entering into the Create a Smile March Guest DT spot search. My card uses the Whimsical Wheels stamp set from Create a Smile and I created it for my god son. He loves diggers and so when I saw this stamp set I had to get it so I could make him a valentines card with it. It would be great it you could join in two and clicking on the image below will take you straight to the blog post:

To make the card I started with a 110lb Neenah Solarwhite base. I adhered a peice of cityscene patterened paper from the First Edition Man Made collection to the front of my card. Next I stamped the digger image and sentiment onto more solarwhite cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured the digger image with copic markers, fussy cut it and adhered it to the card with foam tape. I also cut out the sentiment, die cut a small heart from it and then adhered it to the card with more foam tape. Next I die cut a peice of solarwhite cardstock with one of the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies. I then die cut another small heart from the cardstck to leave some of the patterened paper peeking through. I completed the card by adding a Doodlebug enamel heart to the diggers bucket.

This is a close-up of the digger so you can see the Doodlebug enamel heart more clearly:

A Little Bird Told Me Card

Hi everyone,

This is the first of two cards I've made today using Create a Smile stamps. At the moment they're looking for a guest designer on their blog for March and I'm hoping they'll consider me. This card was made with my friend Gary in mind. He's having a house party for his 40th this weekend and I'm hoping this card will appeal to his sense of humour, even if it is a tiny bit dark! I used the stamps from the Friends in the Woods set from Create a Smile. The sentiments, I created using my typewriter. Half the sentiment is on the front of my card...

…and the remainder is on the inside of my card!

So to make my card I started with a 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock base. I added Doodlebug paper from the fruit stand 6x6 paper pad which I die cut with one of the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies. I then Stamped the tree branch and owl images directly onto the cardstock and coloured them with copic markers. I added leaves to the branch using the gently seasoned dies from Paper Smooches. Next I stamped the fox image onto some more Neenah card stock and coloured it, again, with copic markers. I adhered everything to my card and added washi tape and enamel dots from my stash.

Please do join in with the challenge yourselves. Clicking on the imade below will take you to the relevant blog post:

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Love and Fishes Birthday Card

Hi guys,

Well, I'm back for the third time this week with a card I made for the Lawnscaping challenge #99: clean and simple. As a lover of all things brightly coloured, I'm not a natural CAS girl but I love giving it a go. Living on the coast, I love a good sea-themed stamp set and the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea set is one of the best. I decided to use it for this CAS birthday card. Thanks for stopping by to take a look xx

I started with a card base made from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I adhered a piece of raindrop patterned paper from a Dear Lizzy Daydreamer 6x6 paper pad to the front. Next I took another piece of solar white cardstock and die cut a wave edge using one of the Making Waves dies by My Favourite Things. I then adhered this to my card with foam tape.

I then stamped images from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea stamp set onto more solar white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured the images with Spectrum Noir pencils. I blended out the colouring with blending solution and paper stumps and then fussy cut the images. I adhered them to my card with foam squares. I finished the fish with my Wink of Stella glitter pen and a coat of Ranger Glossy Accents.

I created the sentiment using my typewriter and adhered it to the card with more foam squares. I finished my card with a small enamel heart from Doodlebug.

Click the image below to go to the blog post for the challenge to see all the other entries and awesome inspiration from the design team:

Friday, 6 February 2015

Happy Birthday Chicken Card

Hello again!

Well I'm really trying to get back into the swing of things with my second of two cards I'm uploading tonight. I decided to go all out with bright colours with this card I made for my friend who keeps chickens. I also decided to enter the card into the Paper Smooches Sparks February Anything Goes (wk1) Challenge. I used the chicken and chick images from the Paper Smooches Green Acres Stamp set. The Awesome paper is from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar 6x6 paper pad - enjoy! xx

I started out with a piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock as my card base. I then created the background to my card using patterened paper, several dies and an inlaid die cut technique. The dies I used were the Birthday Script, Peek a Frame and Speech Trio dies from Mama Elephant and the Grassy Border die from Lawn fawn.

I then stamped the chicken and chick images onto various pieces of patterned paper, fussy cut them and layered them up to create my final image. I adhered hem to teh crad with foam squares for extar dimension. I stamped the word happy from the Birthday Buddies stamp set, also from Paper Smooches,  with Blackberry Bliss ink form Stampin' Up.

I completed my card by fussy cutting flowers and a border from more patterned paper and adhereing them to the card.

Clicking on the image below will take you to the Paper Smooches website where you can find lots of inspiration and of course buy all their lovely stamps and dies:

How 'Tweet It Is Card

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's been so long since I last posted on my blog that I almost forgot how to upload my photos - anyway, it's all coming flooding back to me. Without getting too dreary, the last few months have been pretty tough but I've decided to get back to what I love - making cards! I've filled up my planner with all the challenges I want to enter and all the friends and family I want to make cards for so that should keep me out of mischief in the coming weeks. 

So my first card is a valentines card I made for the Inky Paws Challenge #17 - use a heart shape. I chose to use the Tweet Talk stamp set from Newtons Nook for this card. I love how delicate the tree branches and little birdies are. I also love the different bird houses in the set.

Hope you like the card and please do let me know what you think in the comments below xx

I used Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock for my card base. I next chose a beautiful peice of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss 6x6 paper pad. I love the woodgrain and little white hearts. I used the scalloped rectange die from the Mama Elephant Femme Frames and then created a window using a scalloped circle die from the Paper Smooches Just For You Icons die set. I covered the underside of the window with pink vellum from Cosmo Cricket and used foam tape and sequins to create a shaker element.

I next stamped the birds and tree branch images from the Tweet Talk stamp set onto Neenah Soar White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured thim with Copic Markers. I stamped the bird house onto a scrap of the Kiss Kiss paper. I fussy cut the images and adhered them to the card with liquid glue and glue dots.

 I typed the sentiment onto a scrap of white cardstock using my new toy - a vintage 1960s typewriter which I adore! The sentiment was inspired by the Marvin Gaye song How Sweet It Is (to be loved by you) which is one of my favourite Motown songs. To complete the card I die cut some hearts from the remaining pink vellum with the Simon says Stamp Mini Hearts Dies.

Clicking on the image below will take you to the Inky Paws Challenge post where you can see he design teams inspiring cards as well as all of he amazing entries: