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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

Thursday, 29 March 2018

MAWTT Food and/or Drink



Come over to Moving Along with the Times and join us in the theme set by Sue B, of Food and/or drink. I love this image by Stitchy over at Stitchybear Digital Stamps so decided to go for this. The digi is called 'Please Drink Responsibly'. I have a few friends who would like this if they received it on their birthday.

My card blank is by Craft UK. I used two sheets from the DCWV foiled elegance card stock pads. Each sheet had a foiled corner and these were the bits that I wanted so I cut carefully round them. Once I had them cut I cut them again down the centre so that I had four sections as my background to the image. I'd coloured the image with my Promarkers before  cutting with the Spellbinders oval die and matting it on to a metallic red scalloped oval. I set the image across the four foiled corners and loved the effect - it doesn't take much to please me. lol

'Cheers' and 'Tea's Up' were generated on the computer, cut with the Spellbinders small oval die and matted on to red scalloped ovals. I placed them, one at each side, on raised pads.

I've just found out that Sue B will be leaving the MAWTT team and I'm so sorry. I'll miss you Sue because you always made time to comment and support me in whatever I did and for that I thank you. I hope I'll see you around but the best of luck for the future.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

IAAS Use Humour




This time at International Art and Soul we've got a fun challenge for you, set by Jeanette, and it's 'Use Humour'. I started off eagerly with this challenge and had the card finished just waiting for the humour and that's when my inspiration disappeared. I even sent texts to my two sons and daughters in law asking for ideas and they couldn't come up with anything either so it was back to the drawing board.

I eventually settled on a Bugaboo image of Stella which I've had for a while, I used my Promarkers to colour her and then cut her with a Spellbinders oblong die, matting it on to a red scalloped oblong/rectangle. I decided to use a DL card, from Craft UK, as the shape of the image seemed to cry out for it. I used a fine point on my red Promarker to draw lines across the DL card blank as the background. Once I'd decided that was OK I added the matted image. The sentiment, supplied with the Stella image, was generated on the computer and cut with smaller Spellbinder dies before setting at an angle across the bottom of the card. The only embellishments were three red gems, from Hobbycraft, in the top right of the image. 

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
Mix it Up - Anything Goes + make your own background
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Sunday, 4 March 2018

IAAS Emboss and a Die



Come along and join us at International Art and Soul to show us what you can do with the theme 'Emboss and a Die'. You can choose dry embossing or heat embossing, or both, and use a die too.

My card blank is 8x8 by  Craft UK. I embossed pale blue card from Papermill with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious embossing folder of clouds. However, I don't think this is showing very well on my photograph. I matted it on to dark brown card, again by Papermill. I used a Sue Wilson die to make the focal point in dark brown. After setting it slightly higher than centre on the mat I started on the stamped image. The centre die of the Sue Wilson set was cut in beige card and on it I stamped birds in flight from a stamp set by Visible Image. It was stamped in Cocoa Distress Ink. I raised it on pads and set it in the centre. The sentiment is from the Visible image set and again it was stamped in brown and on beige card. I set it to the bottom right and added three brown gems by Mei Flower. The swirl in the bottom left is cut with a Spellbinder die in brown card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
The House that Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - Stamped Image
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Positive

Thanks for calling in and thanks for any comments.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

MAWTT Rainbows



The theme at Moving Along with the Times has been set by Janis Lewis and it's 'Rainbows'.

Whenever I see a rainbow I always recite one of my favourite poems: 'My heart leaps up' by William Wordsworth -


My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

My 7 x 8 scalloped card blank is by Craft UK. The digi image is by Claire of Hope Jacare and I coloured it with my Promarkers before setting it on red card by Papermill. I then attempted to make a rainbow of cards. I cut strips of card in colours ROYGBIV and eventually got them matted on to yellow card, all by Papermill. Once this was matted on to the card blank I added the red mat with the rainbow image. I hope this cheers you up on a dismal day.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting.



Guest Designer - 2 Crafty Critters




 
I was invited, by 2 Crafty Critters, to be  Guest Designer for March and I was pleased to accept. The image was supplied by their sponsor for this challenge, Limited Runs. I chose the image Puppy Love and decided to make a birthday card for my great nephew William. I have a dog called Lily and William hasn't seen her so this card will be to show him Lily. lol You'll have guessed by her name that she is white so no colouring on the image apart from two little pink touches on her ears. I also coloured the envelope with my Ivory Promarker before adding William's name.

This is Lily.

My card blank is a 6x6 by Craft UK. The sheet of silver metallic paper is from a DCWV pad and it was matted on to bright blue card by Papermill. The image was cut with a Spellbinders large oval die and matted on to the large scalloped red die cut. The red card is also from Papermill. I used the number 6 from the Spellbinders alphabet/number die set, cut it in blue and set this on the bottom right corner. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and I fussy cut it before adding to another Spellbinders die cut, in red. The little bow at the top is from a separate die which I thought was a Memory Box die but I'm not sure. The star/flower in the top right is from the same die, it hangs from the bottom of the bow, but cut in blue. Obviously I cut two in different colours and then used the bow of one and the star/flower of the other. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - Year of the Dog
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes/Optional Twist Birthday
Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Tinker - Dream - Birthday/Party

Thank you all for visiting. Please leave Lily some love. 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

IAAS Use stuff you already own



The theme to challenge you this time at International Art and Soul is  a simple one - use stuff you already own.

My card blank is an 8x8 by Craft UK. The glitter backing paper is from a First Edition paper pad named Hideaway which I've had for years. The green card from Papermill was embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder before being matted on to tan Papermill card. The Snipart birds and branch are both from Craft Box. The sentiments were freebie stamps from a magazine and then they were cut with Spellbinder dies. Three Mei Flower gems were added to the lower sentiment. I've had most of these items for years, apart from the Snipart which I've only had since November. My card is going to a friend who lived two doors away from me in my last house. I hope he likes it.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - For a Friend
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting.






Sunday, 4 February 2018

International Art and Soul - Texture



 
This challenge theme  'Texture' was set by me and if you come over to International Art and /Soul you can join us and see what all my team mates have made.

First of all I must apologise for the image. My camera broke before I had the chance to take a photo so I had to use my mobile phone camera - not ideal. It's not as clear as it could be. I did try scanning it but that wasn't good either. 

My card blank is a scalloped 8x8 by Craft UK. I had already decided on another design but when I'd almost finished the separate elements I didn't like the card as I started to build it. I scrapped the idea and started again!

I bought the organza strips from Hobbycraft a couple of years ago because I loved the colours. I'm a sucker for green.I almost tore my hair out trying to make them stay where I wanted them. I did eventually manage it by securing them with double sided tape. I'd had a phase of winning digi images just before Christmas and this one was from Rick St Dennis. I coloured her with Promarkers and cut with a classic Spellbinder oval die matting it on to lime green card by Papermill and cut with the Spellbinder scalloped die. I set her across the organza strips on raised pads. A brass charm by Craft Box was tucked slightly under the image to the right. Three green gems were set in top right corner. I generated the sentiment on the computer, matted it on to green card after cutting both with scalloped dies. I raised it on pads and set to the left of the image.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Birthday Cards
Simon  Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes
Digi  Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite Colour


Thursday, 1 February 2018

MAWTT Love - Wedding, Valentine, Anniversary, etc.

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Please come over to Moving Along with the Times and join us for the challenge theme of Love - this can include Valentines, Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries. This challenge theme was set by Jackie Trinder.

My card blank is a 6 x 6 by Craft UK. I used freebie stamps from a magazine to make the background. The heart and flower were stamped in Cocoa Distress Ink. The other two stamps, the large heart and the word Anniversary were also freebies and I stamped these and heat embossed them in red. I matted the white sheet on to bright red card, from Papermill, before setting on to the card blank. Quite simple but I think, and hope, it looks quite effective.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


Sunday, 21 January 2018

IAAS Do Something Digital



 

This challenge theme is to Do Something Digital and was set by Josephine. Please come over to International Art and Soul and join us.

My card blank is by Craft UK. I printed a sheet of  free digital paper from lianascrap.com and matted it on to bright orange card from Papermill. This was the background for the digital image that I won a few weeks ago from Lacy Sunshine. I coloured the travelling hobos with my Promarkers and used the colours that were in the background paper. After colouring I tore round the image because a neat die cut wouldn't have looked right. lol I edged the torn image with a Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and centre it on the mat. I printed the sentiment on my computer and tore that out too, edging it with ink before adding to a scrap of torn digital paper, in the same colours but a different pattern to the background mat. I raised it on pads and set to the right of the image. The three 'gems' top left are from a set I bought in America a good few years ago and up till now had never used any of them. I'd bought them because I hadn't seen any brown ones at that time and because they were different textures I was drawn to them.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Color Inspiration - Anything Goes if it's coloured by myself/yourself
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Add a sentiment
Sunny Day Crafting - C is for Color it
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
2Crafty Critter Crazies - Must have critter
A Perfect time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Must contain Animal




Sunday, 7 January 2018

International Art and Soul - WOW




 
International Art and Soul have the theme of White on White for this current challenge so come along and join us and show us what you can do.

I'm afraid my mojo had gone walk about while I was on holiday and my card isn't the best. I really struggled to get this one made and usually I love this theme. My card blank is an 8x8 scalloped by Crafts UK. The white sheet was embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder. The top border, bird, birdcage and  fancy shape top left were all cut with Spellbinder dies. I used white pearlescent card for the diecuts but unfortunately it's a different colour white and it offends my eye! The big dazzler in the centre of the fancy shape looks creamy yellow here but doesn't look quite so bad in real life. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes with Dies/Punches
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Moving Along with the Times - Flowers



At Moving Along with the Times the theme this week is 'Flowers' and was chosen by Beckie. A good choice to start the New Year.

I won this digi a few weeks ago and it's by Lacy Sunshine. I had fun this morning colouring this little kitty and I finished the card in next to no time - I think my mojo is returning after being on holiday for a few weeks. lol

My card blank is a 7x7 by Crafts UK and the pink card is by Papermill. After colouring kitty with my Promarkers I used two Spellbinder dies to cut the image and the pink base. I centred her in the middle of the card and then used my Spellbinder dies again to cut four corners in pink. The only addition then was the sentiment which was a magazine freebie, stamped in Rangers pink and then cut with more Spellbinder dies. I raised the sentiment on pads and set it to the right of the image.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critters - Anything Goes with a Critter
A perfect time to craft - Anything Goes
Animal Friends - New beginning with an animal
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with an animal
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes