Saturday, 1 August 2015

NOT a card for a change!

A few days ago, the lovely Debs at Dots, Dashes, Doodles and Dreams published this great tutorial for making a notebook and pen holder. I just HAD to give it a go, using some beautiful Graphic 45 papers and stickers from the Artisan Style collection.

I used Pinflair glue to give a little height to the flower image that I decoupaged from one of the other papers in the set, but taking the glue right to the edges to avoid the motif getting damaged when the book is in use. If you are making one of these book covers and anticipate heavy use, it would be best to keep everything completely flat so there are no free edges to catch.

I'm playing along at Make My Monday where this week's challenge is Flowers.

I'm dreaming of a Scandi Christmas

It's the C********* word again, and today I'm sharing a quick card I made using some Scandi style stamps and papers that came with a craft mag a couple of years ago. They were really a bit ahead of their time, as the rest of the craft world only just seems to have adopted the Scandinavian look for Christmas Crafting.

The card is a very quick and easy one, keeping to a simple red and white colour scheme

I'm sharing this with Merry Monday, where the current inspiration is this photo:

Ditch the DPs at Sparkles Christmas Challenge

It's August 1st, and time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  This month, we're looking for cards that don't use any patterned/designer paper. We hgave two sponsors this month - and that means two prizes!

Crafty Sentiments are offering three digis to one winner

And Crafters Companion are offering a £10 voucher to the other.

For my card, I made a snowy background by stamping a splatter pattern (the stamp is an Anita's one but there's no name on it) on dark blue card and embossing it, and doing the same with this snow-capped cottage image which was part of a collection that a crafter I knew many years ago produced - she put together a range of images and had them made into a limited number of rubber sheets. I don't know whether the original image was her own design or a piece of free clip art. But it gets lots of use every Christmas!

All the stamping and embossing was done with a Brilliance pad in Moonlight White and Stamp-n-Stuff embossing powder in White Opaque. I've tried many, many different combinations to get good, bold white embossing on dark card, but that's the one that works best for me. The greeting, stamped in blue, was a magazine freebie last Christmas.

I had planned to add a bit of bling, but once I'd assembled the card I thought the relative simplicity of the image looked better without it.

Say Hello to the Twofers! - our first challenge is live now

It's an exciting day today - the launch of a brand new challenge blog, Twofers! the team consists of myself, Christi Conley and Zoe Sanderson and we will be posting a new challenge at 9am UK time (2am PST)  on the  first and third Saturday of every month. And why is it called Twofers? Because we'd like your challenge entry to be TWO items, both linked by our theme. Or TWO fer the price of one! (I suppose we could also have called it BOGOF, or Buy One Get One Free but that doesn't sound very nice).

You can make absolutely ANYTHING for our challenges, as long as you DO include some rubberstamping and you DON'T use any digi stamps. And we must be able to clearly see our theme in your work.

Our first theme is something all three of us love - CATS. Here are the cards I have made: I've used the same image, which was a magazine freebie, on both cards, but made one of them very CAS and the other in a shabby chic style. But don't feel YOU have to use the same image on both your items - check out the Twofers blog to see what the others have created, they have both used different images.

So do please hop over to Twofers and join in with our fun new challenge!

I'm sharing my cards at:

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Make it Feminine
The Crafter's Café - Use some buttons
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Animals

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Curiousity Corner revisited

If you've been with me for a while, you may remember that last year I was lucky enough to win the entire Dovecraft Curiosity Corner range. Like a child with a new toy, I went crazy with it for a while until I'd exhausted all the ideas I had, then set it aside and haven't really dome much with it since.

However, as with the Hunkydory kit yesterday, I'm going through a bit of a phase of rediscovering old Stuff, so I got the remaining goodies out for another playtime session and these are the cards that resulted. Apart from base cardstock and a little ink for the edges of some of the layers, everything came from the Curiosity Corner goodies.

This first one is my favourite - I'm pleased with the way the bird on the backing paper is reflected in the wooden bird lower down, with other elements also bringing out the almost-hidden parts of the backing paper.

An ultra quick and simple card this time but the main attraction is the central blue section of the doyley, cut from a matching blue doyley and layered on top of the cream one.

My least favourite, I'm afraid - I spent ages experimenting with the arrangement of the flowers and buttons, but what looked perfect lying flat on my work table doesn't seem to hit the spot quite so well  when I look at it as a finished card. Also now I've uploaded the photo, I can see I've forgotten to add a centre to one of the flowers and it looks a bit naked! But that, of course, I can fix in a jiffy.

I'm sharing the first card with Fan-Tastic Tuesday where the new challenge is Anything goes with a twist - Make it feminine

Something beginning with T at Cardz 4 Guyz

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz we want to see something beginning with the letter T on your entry. I've made a Thank you card featuring a Tree and some wood-effect embossed Texture.

To add some interest to the tree, I've used one of my favourite techniques (ooh, techniques starts with a T too!)  - foiling. I dotted the image with Tonertex (ooh anther T!)  pen and left it to dry, then rubbed a special metallic foil over it. First I used dark brown, then repeated the process with copper, and finally with gold foil. You can buy the special foils and the Tonertex pen from Foil Play. Instead of doing the whole tree I highlighted just a portion of it by stamping a second image, die cutting a circle from it, and foiling only that, sticking it in place over the original image with 1mm foam pads for a little definition.

Right, now I'm off for a cup of T-ea! But not before sharing this with:
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge - Anything Goes
Fab'nFunky - No Patterned Papers

Monday, 27 July 2015

Everything's Hunkydory

... or is it? I have several Hunkydory kits, as I went through a spell of winning them on their Facebook page, but although the designs look really beautiful, I can never think of anything to do with them! I think they suffer from "too much already done for you" syndrome - the very thing that makes them look so attractive when they are shown on TV or in an advertisement, is the same thing that means you can't think of anything creative to do with them once you get hold of them.

However you can't just sit and stroke the papers and card forever, so I've decided it's time I pressed some of my "What on earth can I do with this?" stuff into action. With that in mind, here is a card made from one of my Hunkydory kits

I'm sharing this with
Alphabet Challenge - L for Lavender (the colour, silly, not the flowers! I may not be much of a gardener but I know a hydrangea when I see it!)
Make My Monday - Flowers