Friday, 19 January 2018

The Stag's Head

.. sounds like a pub name, so if you've dropped in expecting to read about a trip to a pub, I'm sorry to disappoint!

I was inspired to make this by the photo inspiration which is this week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More  

You can probably see that I was inspired by the black, white and gold colour scheme, the stags' heads and the spots and stripes.

The background is made using a Uniko stencil that I won before Christmas but hadn't used yet, on black card with Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium. The stag topper is cut with a die I've had for years, part of an X-cut Build-a-Scene set. I positioned it in the centre of the bigger square and it didn't quite look "pulled together". Two stripes of spotty washi tape put that right!

I am also sharing this with

Uniko Studio challenge - Something old, something new 
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes

Another Iris Folded Ballgown

I've had a bit of a break from Iris folding but the kits are almost finished now and I'm determined to use them up as part of my "spring clean".

I kept to purples and pinks for this one and the papers are all embedded with tiny silver sparkly specks rather than full-on glitter,  giving a pearlescent look, an effect I have emphasised by embellishing with pearls around  the waistline and hem. I have finished it with peel offs from the same prehistoric set I used on the reindeer card a few days ago - I have a feeling that could be the next set of old goodies I work on trying to use up.

I an sharing this with
Cardz 4 Galz - Anything but square
Fab n Funky - Girly  

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The first of the year

... Valentine, that is. I'm not a big fan of Valentines cards, I don't think I have a romantic bone in my body, but people want them so I make them.

This very CAS one uses a background made with a Santoro embossing folder, two different washi tapes, a pair of hearts cut with a Gummiapan die and a sentiment cut with a die a friend sent me from America - it has no brand name on it and is a flat sheet that cuts all manner of useful words at once - you can cut them all and save the spares for when you need then or do what I did today and tape a snippet of card over just the word you want.

I am sharing this with

Cuttlebugmania - Valentines Day
Use Your Stuff - Monochromatic  
CAS on Friday - Love 
C.R.A.F.T. - Love/Valentines

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

X is for......

I'm delighted to have been invited to be this fortnight's guest designer at The Butterfly Challenge and the first task Mrs A gave me was to pick the letter for the theme. I was very brave and chose X, which stands for Xtra Fold so this time's challenge is

#93 Butterflies + X is for Xtra  Fold and/or the colour Zomp

Now please don't do what I did and google the word Zomp, if you do a search, do an image search, because after what I found in a text search I had to scrub my eyeballs and wash my computer out with soap! However despite that, Zomp is apparently a beautiful blue green colour, somewhere between jade green and turquoise, reminiscent of the colours in a peacock's tail.

So Mrs A would like to see a card with more than one fold, OR a card using this lovely colour, OR (for extra brownie points and a chance of a bonus prize) BOTH. And of course there must a butterfly on it somewhere.

Here's my card, a zig zag fold that uses rather a lot of Zomp as well.

The panels are covered in card from a lovely Hunkydory kit and the extra butterflies die cut from snippets using a Dovecraft layering butterfly die set.

Now I'd love to see what you can make for the challenge - I'm looking forward to visiting you all when you link up to The Butterfly Challenge - see you there!


Post script - I see Mrs A has changed the name of the colour to Blue/Green now - it's the same colour though and I'm leaving the chatter about zomp in my post to give you a giggle!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Romantic music

There's a very beautiful inspiration photo at Inkspirational Challenges this time

I've taken the violin as my main inspiration, and also gone with the lace and pearls, roses and overall romantic feel of the image.

The violin is a very old unmounted stamp from my stash - it must be around 20 years old and I think was originally from a grab bag bought from the American company Raindrops on Roses (I don't know whether they are still around). After stamping and cutting out, I covered it with Glossy Accents.
The stamped music background uses a Kanban stamp and the embossed one a Darice folder. I've added ribbon, lace, pearls, resin roses and die cut leaves to make a card oozing with springtime romance.

I'm sharing this with
Inkspirational  - photo challenge
A bit more time to craft - anything goes

January Blues at Cardz 4 Guyz

Time for our first challenge of the year at Cardz 4 Guyz and our theme is January Blues

I printed off papers and a design sheet from Debbie Moore's CD Cards for Men - Silhouettes to make my card.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Deer Deer Deer

Today's card uses the Lili of the Valley Reindeer Trio stamp set - one I don't use often enough!

I coloured them in with Promarkers and cut them out slightly outside the stamped area. Red and brown matting on a cream DL card, and a sentiment stamped with a Studio G mini stamp. The border is from a set of peel offs I bought some time round about the invention of the wheel.

I am sharing this with
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Brown, Red and Cream 
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Feature a Creature
Jingle Belles - We THREE Kings
The Holly and Ivy - anything Christmas goes