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Sunday, 5 July 2020

INTAAS - Tiny Things





Our challenge theme is 'Tiny Things' which could be fun, I thought, so come over and join us at International Art and Soul.

Oh my goodness, I think I'm getting too old to get my brain in gear with these challenges. I did think this would be fun but then couldn't think of anything tiny. lol I asked my son and daughter in law and they suggested an Alice in Wonderland design, which I had thought about and then discarded. I was making some Christmas cards last week, sitting in my craft room and after seeing the challenge theme under my nose I started to sing 'Twenty tiny fingers, twenty tiny toes' and that was IT. 

My 7x7 scalloped card blank is by Craft UK, surprise, surprise. The pale blue paper and the pale pink paper are from a pack that I've literally had for about fifteen years. I have no idea where I got it and who even designed/made it. I used Spellbinder dies to cut the blue scalloped square and pink oval. The 'Congratulations' is again from the same paper pack and was alongside lots of other sentiments on one sheet. I had thought of generating the word Twins on the computer and then thought people would know it was for twins so congratulations would work just as well. The tiny fingers and tiny toes are stickers that I bought from Create and Craft a loooong time ago.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - You're so Sweet
Dream Valley Challenges - All Occasions

Thank you all for visiting - please call again soon. 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

INTAAS Blue as Main Colour






Over at International Art and Soul our theme is 'Use blue as main colour' so come along and join us with your take on this challenge theme.

I'm not keen on blue so don't often choose to use it as my main colour, however, I persevered and eventually came up with this card. 

The card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I used my under used Brushos in varying shades of blue on the white paper which I then matted on to bright blue card from Papermill. The border on the left is a Joanna Sheen die called Grace Lace and I cut it in pale blue card, again by Papermill. The star is also by Joanna Sheen and was cut in the same pale blue card. I used a Sakura blue glitter pen on the inside edge of the shooting stars to try and make it stand out a little. I'm not sure that it's made a difference. lol

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with a Die
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 7 June 2020

INTAAS Under the Sea





Come along and join us at International Art and Soul with our challenge theme of 'Under the Sea' chosen by Chriss.

My card blank as usual nowadays is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I used an image from the internet of some of the beautiful creatures that live under the sea. After printing it off I matted it on to some bright blue paper that I've had for years and never used - I have no idea where I got it. At the bottom of the bright blue mat I added some netting, plastic, hemp and some cling film to show the types of items that are discarded carelessly by some of the population of our wonderful world. A little star fish charm by Craft Box is entangled in the net and plastic. I generated the sentiment 'Stay Safe' on the computer and after cutting it with a Spellbinder wonky die I added it to the netting.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments -  Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Sunday, 24 May 2020

INTAAS Humorous





The theme this fortnight at International Art and Soul is 'Humorous' and the challenge was set by me. Why do I think of the theme before I think of what I can do for these challenges? I'm sure I get a perverse sense of pleasure from the struggle. lol

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK  The brown and pink card is by Papermill. I embossed the brown card with an embossalicious folder from Crafter's Companion before setting it on to a pink mat as the background. I used a Clip Art image of a question mark and printed it in a large size in pink before cutting with a Spellbinder die. The quote is a stamp by PaperArtsy and I bought it a few years ago at Ally Pally and have never used it until now. It was stamped with Memento ink in cocoa which seemed appropriate. I cut it with another Spellbinder die and matted it on to pink card the same shape but slightly bigger before setting it an angle in bottom right.  My daughter in law spotted the stamp at Ally Pally and thought it was funny which prompted me to buy it - she loves chocolate! So - guess who is getting this card for her birthday?

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - D is for Dry Embossing
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Lavinia World Challenge - Anything Goes with a rubber or clear stamp
A Bit More Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Creations in Pink - Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Use a real stamp
Crafty Sentiments  - Anything Goes + a sentiment

Sunday, 10 May 2020

IAAS Flowers and Butterflies





Our latest challenge is Flowers ans Butterflies so come along to International Art and Soul to show us what you can do.

My card is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The pale yellow card was embossed with an embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion. I used Spellbinder dies for the bright yellow card and for the red mat to the image. All the coloured card is by Papermill. I coloured the image, by Sarah Kay, with my Promarkers before cutting with a smaller Spellbinder die of the red mat shape. After matting the image on to the red mat I set it against the  yellow circular diecut. The large yellow butterfly is also a Spellbinder die and that was set to the upper right of the image. The tiny butterflies are out of the bright yellow circle die and I scattered them on the pale yellow embossed card. Usually I don't use these but they were perfect for this challenge. I was finished, or so I thought. When I looked at it again the next day the  pale yellow card wasn't showing very well against the white. I decided to use one of my Promarkers, in Poppy red, to outline the yellow card. It looks much better now.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Use Dies and/or punches
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - Butterfly
AAA Birthday - Things with Wings
Use Your Stuff - Flowers and/or butterflies
A Perfect Tim to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Sunday, 26 April 2020

INTAAS Card not square or rectangle





Come and join us with the challenge theme of 'Card not square or rectangle' over at International Art and Soul.

My card blank started off as a Craft UK 7x7 square but I cut it with a large Spellbinder oval die. The yellow paper is double sided from a pad of freebie papers with Cardmaking and Papecraft magazine. I cut two ovals in smaller sizes using the two different sides of the paper as the mat for the ornate Spellbinder heart which I cut in white. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Lili of the Valley vintage set and I coloured the tiny flowers on it with my Promarkers before cutting with another Spellbinder die, this time a circle. The finishing touch was a Snipart embellishment from Craftbox at the top left.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - A birthday sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 12 April 2020

INTAAS one word sentiment used numerous times





Come along to International Art and Soul and join us in the challenge theme of 'One word sentiment used numerous times'. 

My card is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The pale blue card is by Papermill and it's embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder. The image is called Flowerpuppy and is by Bugaboo. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and then matted it on to bright orange card fro Papermill. The image and the orange mat were cut with Spellbinder dies. I generated the word Hello in various fonts in orange before cutting each one with a Spellbinder die. I decided on different shapes for each Hello. I hope my great nephew likes this year's birthday card.

My favourite animal is a dog hence my card. We had cats for almost 50 years but after my husband died my sons persuaded me to get a dog for company. My last two cats died not long after I got the puppy so I was pleased that I'd ventured into the dog world. Every time I walk the dog I meet other dog walkers and they invariably speak to me. Lily is so friendly that she stops everyone so that they'll pet her and they all fall in love with her. She is my best friend.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
As You Like It - Animals or People
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Sunday, 29 March 2020

INTAAS No Focal Image




 

Come along and join us at International Art and Soul with our theme of No Focal Image

I'm sorry that I haven't written up details of my card. I've been poorly and am not yet 100%. I will try to give details later.

Well, I'm here and feeling better today so I'll do my write up while I'm able.

My card is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The bones paper is by Teri Sherman of Delicious Darkness and I matted it on to a black foundation card by Sue Wilson. The border on the left side is by Hobbycraft and that was also cut in black card. I generated the sentiment on the computer and after cutting it out backed it on to the black card. Job done.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

INTAAS Use Green as your main colour





Come and join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can make for our theme of 'Use Green as your main colour' which was set by Maggie.

My card blank is a 7x7  by Craft UK. I have to admit that I have no idea where I got the bright background paper which I matted on to the sludgy green card as the mat. The image is called  Grotesque Cupid and is by Teri Sherman. I coloured the image with two green Promarkers and a Sakura glitter pen. His teeth look really nasty with that glisten. lol After colouring the image I cut it with a large Spellbinder circle die. I used a green Distress Ink to colour the edge of the circle and then added a light green 50, again cut with Spellbinder dies. This card is for my 'baby boy' who will be 50 in June. Where did those years go? I had a freebie stamp of 'Happy Birthday' which I inked with another Distress Ink in a darker green and I stamped it above the head of the cupid.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

DL ART - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with option of using sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - Use some Green
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 1 March 2020

INTAAS -Use a Photo





It was Sall who set the theme over at International Art and Soul and it's 'Use a Photo'.

My card bank is 7 x 7 by Craft UK. I must apologise for the quality of the photo - it doesn't show the colours very well. The green card is by Papermill. I used a Spellbinder die to cut the background for the photo. The pale blue card is also by Papermill. I wanted to use a photo from my garden but they didn't really 'speak' to me. I got my camera out and braved the cold to take a photo of the Green Man plaque that hangs on the side of my garden shed. He's now keeping an eye on my garden for me. To me it looks greenish blue hence the choice of colours for the base. I fussy cut the image leaving the dark shadow round the edges and then set it on pads to raise it above the background. I'm sending this card to an old friend of mine who is an avid gardener.

I'm adding my card to the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Die Cuts/Punches
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - The Great Outdoors
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Go Green or Recycle something




Sunday, 16 February 2020

INTAAS Follow the Sketch





Come and join us at International Art and Soul and follow the sketch - the theme chosen by Christine. I'm sure she set this theme to tax my brain and it worked! 

My card blank is 7 x 7 by Craft UK. The papers used are all by Costco - I've had them for years and used loads but still have a case full. I can't remember how much it cost but it was well worth the money. They are all double sided too. The wooden embellishments are SnipArt.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - W for Wish, Anything you wish
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Sunday, 2 February 2020

INTAAS -A Favourite Song





It was my turn again to choose the theme for the challenge at International Art and Soul and I chose 'A Favourite Song'. 

One of my favourite songs is Unforgettable by the unforgettable Nat King Cole. After choosing the theme I deliberated for a while between 'Somewhere' from West Side Story and Unforgettable and I eventually plumped for Nat. Actually I thought of loads more of my favourite songs and it was hard to choose.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I've had one sheet of this green paper in my stash for what seems like forever but I decided to use it on this card. The musical embellishments are by Joanna Sheen (I think, although they may be Memory Box). I typed Unforgettable in green before adding it to the beautiful SnipArt frame. I haven't made the insert yet but I think this could be used for a condolence card, what do you think?

I'm adding my card to the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + sentiment
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments -  Hearts (central heart on top of frame)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes


Most people seem to gain 'followers' but I seem to lose them. I can remember a short while ago I had just over 200 and now I'm down to 196. I wonder what I've done, or haven't done, for them to disappear. lol


Sunday, 19 January 2020

International Art and Soul - Recycle





Come along and join us at International Art and Soul with our latest theme of 'Recycle'. 

I decided to recycle a photo frame that my parents in law had at their home. When we were clearing their house we didn't want to part with their photographs. This one is of my family, from over forty years ago, but the frame, which was originally a beautiful cream leather, was worn and scuffed. I painted it with Hobbycraft bronze paint. The SnipArt embellishments were also painted in the bronze before I fixed them to the frame. Three flowers to the top right with a butterfly to the top left. Along the bottom I fixed a row of small hearts with a large heart to the right corner. The ornate key to the heart was fixed in the bottom left corner. It is now on display again in my home.

I'm entering my photo frame into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Bleeding Art - Anything Goes mixed media
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes



Sunday, 5 January 2020

International Art and Soul- Monochrome





Come and join us with our challenge of Monochrome over at International Art and Soul - the first challenge of 2020. 

I made a card with this sentiment just a few months ago but I decided to make another as I love this sentiment so much.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK and the red card is by Sue Wilson, the dark red card is by Hobbycraft. I embossed the red card with a Crafters' Companion embossalicious folder before matting it on to the dark red. I printed the sentiment on the computer and then cut it with a Spellbinder oval die. I used another Spellbinder die for the dark red mount for the sentiment. The butterfly die is by Joanna Sheen and I cut it in the dark red card and then added red mirri card behind each butterfly. The butterflies now look as if they have glistening wings. I set them to the left of the sentiment.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
A Bit More to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes