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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Congratulations Christina





One of my Design Team sisters on International Art and Soul gave birth to a beautiful little boy earlier this month and this card is to welcome him into the world. I hope the new family enjoys lots of wonderful times in the years ahead. All the very best to Christina, Joshua and Ramesses.

I used an 8x8 Craft UK ivory coloured card blank. The yellow background paper is from a pad by The Works and I matted it on to Papermill pale blue card. The giraffe image is by Bugaboo and after colouring it with my Promarkers I cut it with a large classic oval Spellbinder die. It was then matted on to the scalloped oval die which I'd cut in the pale blue card. I set it to the right of the base mat and added two Memory Box dies of hearts on ribbons, again in the blue card. Next I used a small blue envelope which I bought from Create and Craft about twelve years ago! The giraffe is holding a letter in his mouth so I thought it could be a message to Ramesses, the new baby. I fixed the envelope in the bottom left corner and added a short 'letter' saying 'Welcome to the World Ramesses'. I haven't made a new baby card for so long and so I really enjoyed making this one. 

My eyes aren't too good at the minute but I'm hoping it's just because I've been using my laptop a bit too much. I'm still having injections every eight or nine weeks and they certainly help but I think I'll have to stay away from my laptop as much as possible. I was so pleased that they behaved themselves as I made this card. 

I'm entering it into the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an animal
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies

Sunday, 9 December 2018

IAAS Add Some Sparkle



Come along and join us at International Art and Soul in this challenge, set by Maggie, of 'Add Some Sparkle'. This challenge will last for four weeks so you've got plenty of time to make a beauty.

My card is an 8x8 by Craft UK. The background paper with the bunting is by My Mind's Eye. I matted it on to red glitter card and added a strip of the glitter card towards the bottom of the mat. Green metallic card was used for the die cut Christmas tree which I think is by Joanna Sheen. The sentiment 'Christmas Wishes' was printed on cream paper and matted on to gold metallic card. Five sparkly cabochons, by Craft Box UK, were added to the strip of red glitter card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Christmas Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/It's Christmas
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Anything Goes, Must be Christmas card
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2019.


Sunday, 25 November 2018

IAAS Funny Christmas



Come and join in with this theme, 'Funny Christmas', at International Art and Soul. 

I used an 8x8 card blank by Crafts UK. The image is by Rick St Dennis and after printing the image I coloured her with my Promarkers. I used a large classic oval Spellbinder die to cut it out and then edged it with Barn Door Distress Ink before setting it one side while I arranged the background. The circle behind the image is embossed with an embossing folder that came with a magazine pack from Joanna Sheen. The two patterned papers are from a pad that I have but I'm blowed if I can find which one! They are matted on to bright green card by Papermill. I generated the sentiment on the computer and then cut it with a Spellbinder oval die before edging with a green Distress Ink. Three red gems from Hobbycraft complete the design.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:


2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an animal
Digi Doodle Studios - Christmas/Winter
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with option of 3 layers

Thanks once again for visiting. 


Sunday, 11 November 2018

IAAS Wild Animal





I chose the theme for this challenge and it's 'Wild Animal'. Come and show us your wild animals at International Art and Soul.

The card blank is an 8x8 by Crafts UK. The base mat is yellow card by Papermill. The next layer was dark brown card, again by Papermill, and down the centre I set a section of 'giraffe skin' paper by Hobbycraft. I'm not even sure that they still make this paper as I've had it for years, along with other animal skins. After fixing to my card blank I printed the image of the giraffe and matted it on to yellow card before setting at an angle across the top of the card. The image is from Jayne Netley Mayhew's CD by Joanna Sheen. The sentiment is SnipArt by Craft Box UK. I coloured the SnipArt with Rowney's yellow acrylic paint before fixing to brown card matted on to yellow. This was set at a jaunty angle across the bottom of the card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges: 
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes must have animal

Thank you all for visiting. 

Sunday, 28 October 2018

IAAS Autumn Colours



 The challenge theme is Autumn Colours at International Art and Soul so come along and join us. I'm sorry that the photo isn't very good - the flash has made the paper look faded on bottom left. I've now discovered how to get a decent photo with this camera  and using my table lamp instead of overhead light. 

I used an 8x8 card blank by Craft UK. The burgundy card is by Sue Wilson and I used that as the base mat. The autumn leaves printed sheet has been in my drawer for quite a while so apologies for not remembering who it is by. I set that against the base mat and fixed a strip of the burgundy card across it. The owl die is by Tattered Lace and I cut it out in beige card by Papermill. I carefully set it against a portion of the burgundy card and cut round it. This made the owl easier to see against the leafy background. The ivy and the corner are by Joanna Sheen and are cut out with more Papermill card in yellow and red. I generated the sentiment on the computer and backed it with more red card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Unicorn - Autumn or Halloween
Brown Sugar - Fall or Halloween



Sunday, 14 October 2018

IAAS Black and Orange





My card blank is a 7x7 by Crafts UK. The theme over at International Art and Soul is 'Black and Orange. I don't send Halloween cards so decided on a birthday card for my second daughter in law.

She loves dogs so the image was easy, one of Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs. I stamped it in Memento Ink and after only basic colouring (because I have a white dog - lol) I cut it with a Spellbinder wonky square die. I then matted it on to an orange wonky square slightly larger than the first. The background was a section of embossed orange card and a narrower section of black card. The orange card by Papermill and the black by Sue Wilson. I'm sorry I have no idea where the embossing folder is from. I fixed both sections to a black base that matted nicely on to the card blank. I used a strip of Hobbycraft pearls and black gems to the lower part of the card. The sentiment, if I remember correctly, is by Lili of the Valley. After carefully cutting it out I edged it with my black Promarker to give it more definition and then set it at the top right.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an animal
Morgan's Artworld - Anything Goes

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Moving Along with the Times - Male





I'm busy making items for a Christmas Fair in the village and when Beckie chose a theme of 'For a Male' over on Moving Along with the Times I decided to make a boy's bedroom door plaque.

The wooden plaque was from Joanna Sheen and I used Crackle paste to make green crackles appear through the white paint. I love this as it give a real grungy feel to the project. The cogs and metal items were all by Craft Box UK as is the SnipArt 'mechanical dreams' in the centre. Instead of using ribbon or rope as the hanger I bought a length of chain from Maxwell's and managed to tie it together with a Tim Holtz ' Breathe' medallion and fastener. I hope that any young male who is in to cogs, wheels or anything mechanical might like this, but if not, I enjoyed making it. lol

I'm entering my hanger into the following challenges: 
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media
A Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes

I'm sorry that this will be my last post for Moving Along with the Times. I've enjoyed working with all the DT members over the years but I'm sure I'll see most of them again. 






Sunday, 30 September 2018

IAAS Not CAS - layer it up





Come along and join us at International Art and Soul. The theme is 'Layer it up'. 

I used an 8x8 card blank by Craft UK and matted on to it an orange card by Papermill. A sheet of yellow card, again by Papermill, was embossed with a flower pattern and matted on top of the orange. The image is by Bugaboo and I bought it, and the sentiment, especially for my daughter in law's birthday card. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and cut it with a Spellbinder circle die before edging with Distress Ink. The circle was then matted on to a scalloped circle of beautiful orange and yellow paper that I've had in my stash for a while. I set the image to the top left before adding the sentiment to the bottom right. This was cut with a Spellbinder rectangle die and matted on to the scalloped rectangle in the patterned paper. I added five pearls below the sentiment. My daughter in law loved the card I'm pleased to say. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Use Yellow
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Bright Colours
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

IAAS The Natural World





Come along and join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can do with the theme of 'The Natural World'.

My card blank is by Craft UK and the background paper I've had printed and in my 'green drawer' for months but I can't remember where I got it from, sorry. It's green Mirri card down the left and the image was also matted on to Mirri card but in a silvery bronze colour. The image was from the Jayne Netley Mayhew CD from Joanna Sheen. The little green pearls were from Hobbycraft. The large gem in the corner of the image is by Recollections and I bought them in Michael's in Florida.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a critter
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, I hope you visit again soon.


Thursday, 13 September 2018

MAWTT Add ribbon





This week it's Jenny's turn for Team B of Moving Along with the Times to show what they can do with her theme of Use ribbon. 

We're being sponsored for this so come along and show us what you can do and see if you can win a super prize from Crafty Ribbons.

I used a large 8x8 square card blank by Craft UK. I then embossed white paper with an embossing folder showing buttons and matted it on to bright red card from Papermill. Three patterned red ribbons were set across the top of the card and these were all from my last visit to America. A Hobbycraft wooden embellishment of a mannequin was set to the bottom edge of the card. I generated the sentiment on the computer before cutting it out and backing it with red card to set at an angle to the right.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Ribbon and/or Lace
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Girlie

Sunday, 2 September 2018

IAAS Recycle/use item not craft related





I had picked up four rocks on the beach in August last year. I'd just moved up here and had taken Lily for her first walk on the beach. They had a lovely feel and I did have the idea of painting them - then what happens this year? Everyone in the crafting world is picking up rocks to paint, making them into animals, flowers, etc. and hiding them in the countryside again. I decided I wanted to spray paint them as I thought they would make beautiful ornaments. I sprayed them first with acrylic paints and then with a metallic spray. That's when I stopped and they were lying on my desk while I got back into my card making. Yesterday I decided to finish them and so they've been sealed and once dry will be ready. Come along and join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can do. 

I'm entering my rocks into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you all again.





Sunday, 19 August 2018

IAAS Marine, Ocean or Sea





This challenge theme was set by Susie and she wants to see 'Marine, Ocean or Sea' on your makes so please come along and join us at International Art and Soul.

My card is a 7x7 card blank by Craft UK. The pale blue card was embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossing folder before matting on to bright turquoise card as the mat. The card is by Papermill. An image from the internet of the underwater ocean was set at an angle across the top left of the mat. The image of the turtle came from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD and after printing this was also set at an angle across the bottom right. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and it was fussy cut and then edged with bright blue Distress Ink. It was fixed to the bottom of a bow die (I think made by Memory Box but I'm not sure). In the bottom left corner I used some John Lewis gold pebbles, to represent sand, and some shells by Beachcomber. Job done,

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Moving Along with the Times - Texture




Come over to MAWTT and join in with the theme that I set - Texture. I decided to move away from a card for this challenge and decorate an MDF heart from The Works.

I painted the background with Imagination Crafts metallic paint. When it was dry I used a Joanna Sheen stencil with embossing paste to create lots of texture across the bottom of the heart and before it was dry I added Glamour Dust to make it glitter. Using Craft Box flowers and a silver coloured metallic charm I surrounded the edge of the embossing. The sentiment is by Visible Image and after stamping I cut it with a Spellbinder die and edged it with Distress Ink. I used Glossy Accents to seal it and give it a shine and then topped it with a Craft Box lilac flower. I added a few leaves cut with a Joanna Sheen die.

I'm entering my heart into the following challenges:
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes in mixed media
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting, see you next time.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

IAAS Paper Pricking





Josephine set this challenge theme of 'Paper Pricking' over at International Art and Soul.

I used a 6x6 scalloped card by Craft UK. I cut a sheet of white paper with a Spellbinders scalloped die and then using a rule and my pricking tool I set about making my own pattern. After finishing I used two Hobbycraft stamps of flowers and stamped in the three largest sections. I coloured them with Promarkers and then used Hobbycraft red gems in other sections. A classic rectangle was used to cut orange card and the white was added on top. The bottom layer was red, cut with a scalloped die and the completed mat was attached to the card blank.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Morgan' s ArtWorld - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with option of photo (flowers)
Simon Says Wednesday - Make your own background - does my pin pricking count?
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 22 July 2018

IAAS Christmas Traditions




Sall set the theme for this challenge over at International Art and Soul and it's 'Christmas Traditions'.

Come and join us and see what our family traditions cover.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The backing papers are from a DCWV paper pad of Christmas designs. I cut two sheets in half diagonally and then matted them on to dark green Papermill card. The tree stamp was given to me by a young friend a few years ago but I have no idea of the maker. I coloured it with Promarkers and then cut with a Spellbinders classic rectangle before matting on to a dark green scalloped rectangle. I set the tree to the left and added a small parcel charm to the bottom of the tree. Another charm - this time a stocking - was added to a circle of white card edged with red Distress Ink to the top right. The Happy Christmas stamp was also given to me by my young friend and after stamping it in red I matted it on to dark green card and set it in the bottom right corner.

Our family Christmas traditions have always included a Christmas tree with parcels beneath it. Christmas stockings have been a wonderful part of our Christmases. One of our daughters in law had never had a Christmas stocking until she met our son and we bought her a stocking with her name on it. When the second daughter in law made an entrance into our family she also got her stocking and many years later I still fill them every year. They have to have a £1 coin in the toe, along with a satsuma, an apple, nuts and lots of little silly presents with a chocolate Santa or similar peeking out of the top. Even though they get a bigger present the stockings are still a big part of the fun.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Ike's World - Christmas in July
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Christmas in July
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld  - Anything Goes

Thursday, 19 July 2018

MAWTT Wild Animal





Join us at Moving Along with the Times to show us your project with the theme 'Wild Animals'.

My card blank is 8x8 by Craft UK. I used a Clarity stencil on a piece of lime green Papermill card, colouring the reeds and moon with Distress Inks. A piece of dark green Papermill card was laid alongside it and then matted on to dark green card as the background to the image. The image came from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD and I set it at an angle across the background card. Using more of the dark green card I used Spellbinder dies to cut leaves which I added to the top and bottom. I also used the Sheena Douglas stencil from Crafter's Companion to make more leaves which I coloured with Distress Inks before fussy cutting and adding to the top right and bottom right.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critters - Anything Goes with a critter
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an animal
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting - Always with an animal
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Morgans ArtWorld - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon.



Sunday, 8 July 2018

IAAS Summer Fun





Jeanette set the challenge theme of 'Summer Fun' over at International Art and Soul. Come along and join in with the fun.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The turquoise backing paper is from a DCWV Glitzy Brights Stack and by jove it is glitzy. I used four of the Fun in the Sun stamps from an Inkadinkadoo stamp plate and stamped them in Memento ink. I used Rangers Distress Inks in yellow, green and blue for the sand, sun, sky and sea before cutting it with a Spellbinders die.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Through the Purple Haze - Marine (I hope my boat is enough)
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Ellibelle's Creative Moments - Summertime is Here
The House that Stamps Built - The Great Outdoors
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - The Great Outdoors
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting. I hope you all have a great summer. 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

IAAS Art Nouveau




Art Nouveau is the theme for this challenge at International Art and Soul and it was set by Jane. Please pop over and see what the Design Team have made - and maybe join us?

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The image is taken from an Art Nouveau book that Eric bought for me many years ago. It has a CD enclosed and I'm allowed to use each image a total of ten times. Well, there are hundreds of images in the book and on the CD and I've only used two images so far, this is my third. The book is Art Nouveau Designs by The Pepin Press, Agile Rabbit Editions. After printing the image I cut it with a Spellbinders classic die and edged with Distress Ink. I used a piece of green Mirri card matted on to Sue Wilson's cinnamon foundation card as the mat for the image. Using more of the cinnamon card I used Joanna Sheen's Art Nouveau mirror corner dies which set off the image beautifully.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thursday, 21 June 2018

MAWTT June Blooms




Come along to Moving Along with the Times and join us in this challenge of  'June Blooms'. The theme was set by Judith.

I started with a 7x7 card blank by Craft UK and then made a mat of silver grey card and lilac paper for the background. Before fixing to the card blank I wrapped a strip of purple ribbon close to the bottom and two purple gem brads to the top corners.

I've had the image coloured for quite a while and it was perfect for this challenge so I cut it out with a Spellbinders die. I liked the simplicity of it but then decided it needed a sentiment. This is the perfect quote for this theme and it's from a set of quote stamps by PaperArtsy. I stamped it in lilac and cut with a scalloped Spellbinders die before edging with lilac Distress Ink and raising it on pads at the side of the image.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes



Sunday, 10 June 2018

IAAS Sentiment as focal point



Christine set the theme of 'Use the sentiment as the focal point'. Come over to International Art and Soul and join us, we'd love to see your makes.

I used an 8x8 Craft UK card blank. A sheet of white paper was embossed with the Tied Together embossing folder by Couture Creations. After embossing it was matted on to red Papermill card before fixing to the base card blank. I used the large size XCut heart die to cut the centre heart and the smallest XCut die for the small heart in the corner - both in red Papermill card. I've had the sentiment saved on my computer for some time and decided to use it for this card. I printed it in red ink and cut with a Spellbinders die before setting it against the centre red heart. Red gems from Hobbycraft were added to the lower edge of the sentiment and down the left side of the embossed sheet.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Craftaholics R Us - Love you cards
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Rhinestones and/or Pearls
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 May 2018

IAAS Not square or oblong




This challenge was set by Jennie and I'm sure you'll enjoy joining in with us over at International Art and Soul, all we ask is that you don't make the usual square or oblong card.

I coloured the image of 'Fancy Free' by Barb over at Stitchybear Digital Stamps. I've had it for quite a few years so I'm not sure if it'll still be available. Anyway, I love her, and I coloured her with my Promarkers before cutting it with a large classic oval Spellbinders die. I used an A3 sheet of pearlescent pink to cut the Spellbinders large scalloped oval as the base card. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and after I'd fussy cut it out I coloured the edge with a Sakura glitter pen and then backed it with pearlescent pink card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Digital Image
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes  
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting and thank you so much for any comments.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

MAWTT Black and White plus 1 colour





Jessie chose this challenge theme over at Moving Along with the Times so come and join us with 'Black and white and one other colour'.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The image is from Joanna Sheen's CD 'Dancing with Shadows'. I printed the image and then mounted it on orange and black card. The orange card is by Papermill and the black is by Craft Unlimited. The patterned paper is from a 6x6 pad Black and White by The Paper Cellar. The paper was matted on to orange and black card and the image was set to the top left of the mat. A strip of black and pearl gems, from Poundland, was placed across the bottom of the card and the sentiment was matted on to black card and set on raised pads to the right of the image. One small black gem was set at the bottom of the image.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting.



Sunday, 13 May 2018

IAAS For Boy or Man



Come and join us at International Art and Soul to join in with the challenge theme 'For man or boy' which was set by Susie.

My card blank is by Craft UK and the cinnamon coloured foundation card is by Sue Wilson. The dark brown card is by Papermill. The stencil of cogs is by Andy Skinner of Deco Arts and I used three different Distress Inks to colour the cogs. I used Joanna Sheen's Signature die of a motorbike which I cut in pale blue before setting on a dark brown rectangle cut with a Spellbinders die. I generated the sentiment on the computer, printed it on pale blue paper and backed with more dark brown card. The metal cogs along the bottom are from Craft Box.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Craftaholics R Us - Blue
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - For the Boys
Brown Sugar - Masculine or Father's Day
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft- Anything Goes


Sunday, 29 April 2018

IAAS Interactive





This theme 'Interactive' was set by CraftyGirl over at International Art and Soul. Come over and join us and show us what you can do. 

I'm not keen on any fancy shapes or interactive cards but felt I had to try this challenge. My base card is an 8x8 card by Craft UK. I used a sheet of oriental paper that I've had for years. I bought it from Create and Craft TV about ten years ago - at least. I made another smaller card to go centrally on the front of the card blank but then wanted to capture the beautiful flower so it's to the right of the centre. I used another sheet of the same oriental paper to cover this 'door' and added a green tassel, from Joanna Sheen, as the opener. The green jewelled ribbon is one that I bought in America a few years ago. My daughters in law couldn't believe how many rolls of ribbon I bought when we were on holiday. lol I set it across the hinged top and the bottom of the door and then cut a length down the middle to go down each side of the door. The hidden message is an oriental saying from a book of oriental sayings and quotes. It was generated on the computer and printed in pink on pink paper in Shanghai font. The card opens as normal and has a pink insert printed in pink saying 'With love and best wishes' again in the Shanghai font. I'm not sure that I would ever send this to any of my friends because it's just not my style but I did have fun making it.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Creative Craft Cottage - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Flowers
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting and thank you for any comments. 


Thursday, 26 April 2018

MAWTT Fantasy




Please come over to Moving Along with the Times and join us in the challenge theme of 'Fantasy' set by June. 

I won some digis by Lacy Sunshine just before Christmas and this was one of them. This is my idea of fantasy - a smiling caterpillar at the bottom of my garden.

My card blank is by Craft UK. I made a mat of red Papermill card on which I'd set a sheet of grass coloured paper from a paper pad by Joanna Sheen. I coloured the image with my Promarkers before cutting with a Spellbinders die and edging with Distress Ink. I placed it to the right of the mat and added a red bunting cut with a Joanna Sheen die. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I cut it out carefully before adding to a small scalloped die cut by Spellbinders. I edged the sentiment with a Sakura red gelly roll pen so it glistens,

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Always Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Balloons, Bunting or Presents 
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Mythical and Mystical Anything Goes
Cut it Up - Bugs and Critters
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

IAAS Paper Piecing




This challenge theme was set by Maggie over at International Art and Soul and it's 'Paper Piecing'.

I used a Craft UK 7x7 card blank and, on the front, with a shake of my Brushos made a colourful background for my image. The Bugaboo image of JJ was printed on white paper and two sheets of paper from 12x12 paper pads from The Works. I coloured parts of the image on the white paper with my Promarkers before cutting with a Spellbinder oval die. Next job was to cut out the sections of the image on the coloured papers that I wanted to paper piece. The trousers, blouse and three of the handbags were all cut out and then carefully placed on the image. It's quite a few years since I did any paper piecing so I was quite chuffed with how it turned out. I edged the oval with Distress Ink and set it against the Brushos background.  I generated the sentiment on the computer and cut it with another Spellbinder die before edging with Distress Ink. I thought it needed another splash of colour so used my Memory Box (I think) die of the flower or star - I'm not sure what it is - cut it in bright red card from Papermill and set it in the top right corner. Finished, I had fun making it and I think it turned out well. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Seize the Birthday - Birthday and Vibrant Colours
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/No Housework
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Only for Girls
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

IAAS Make card style you haven't made before




 Come and join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can do with this theme. CG chose 'Make a card style you haven't made before' and it was difficult for me to come up with something. I've tried almost every style going and I still prefer the plain square or rectangle, occasionally branching out to a circle or oval if the image demands it. lol 

I hadn't tried a rocker card so this is it! I decided that it would be for a child because I don't think my friends or family would be in to this style.

I used my Spellbinders large circle to cut into a sheet of white card and then cut a smaller scalloped circle in dark blue, both sheets of card from Papermill. After matting the scalloped circle on to the white I carefully folded them in half and used my bone folder to give them a good crease. Yes, they stood up and rocked when I pushed them - so far so good. I used more Spellbinder dies, in a smaller size, to cut pale blue and white before matting them together. This is when I decided to use some Disney stickers which I've had forever!! I placed them around the pale blue scalloped circle before adding the circle to the rocker. When it rocks it looks fun for a child but I don't think I'll be making any more of this style either.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes