Sunday, 6 June 2021

INTAAS - Pre-made Topper (Use a pre-coloured image}

This theme was set by CG, DT member at International Art and Soul, so join us in the challenge of using a Pre-made Topper (pre-coloured image).

My card blank is a scalloped 7x7 by Crafts UK. I used Papermill pale pink card as the base mat, rounded the corners with a Carl punch and then added a lilac Papermill card, cut with a Spellbinders scalloped die on top. The pre coloured topper is from a Joanna Sheen CD but I'm sorry I've forgotten which CD it's from and I have too many to go through. In actual fact this is from when my printer was running out of ink and the colour is not a true image but when I printed it off I kept the sheet because I liked it so much. I've added a Craft Box dream catcher charm to the top right and a small charm reading 'Dreaming of the Sea' to the left. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes

My apologies if I don't get to visit your blog. I've developed hay fever at my age and am having great problems with my eyes. I'm taking antihistamines which have helped a little but not a lot. Ugh.

Sunday, 23 May 2021


The challenge theme at International Art and Soul was set by DT member Debbie and is 'Graduation'.

I used a small 6x6 Crafts UK card blank. The base mat was bottle green card from W H Smith and on top of that I added a small sheet of Simply Cards & Papercraft checked paper. Before fixing the base mat to the actual card blank I added a strip of dark green satin ribbon across the bottom section of the mat. I've had the ribbon so long I'm not sure where I bought this one. The graduation stamp is from a sheet of Clear on Clear (?) stamps by Dimension Crafts which I've had since I first started card making maybe 25 years ago, After stamping and cutting with a small Spellbinders scalloped circle I added gold glitter, from Create and Craft, to the edge of the sentiment plaque. Have you noticed that I'm using my ribbons and glitter now? I've not used them for quite a while but I'm finding items I'd forgotten about until I reorganised my craft room - although I have to say  I hadn't forgotten my ribbons. I've got so many rolls of ribbon I could never forget them or misplace them. lol That's job done, quite a simple card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Use Ribbon and/or bow
Daisy Chain - Add Ribbon
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Add Some Sparkle

Sunday, 9 May 2021

INTAAS - Your take on a Nursery Rhyme

I set the theme for this challenge over at International Art and Soul and I chose 'Your take on a Nursery Rhyme'. 

It seemed a good idea when I chose this theme at the beginning of the year but when it came to making it well, that was a whole different story. I had so many rhymes going through my head I couldn't decide. One that was eventually forefront was Monday's Child which was a favourite one for my mother to recite. My late husband and I were both born on a Thursday so it had to be that - and then I discovered that one of my DsiL was also born on a Thursday so her card is ready for her birthday later this month. Here is the inside in case you don't know this rhyme. 

My card blank s a 7x7 by Crafts UK. A sheet of postage stamp images from various countries was fixed on top of a sheet of red card from Papermill - I have no idea where I got the postage stamp paper from and if anyone knows please tell me. That was the base mat taken care of before I started colouring the little hobo. This is an image I won from Lacy Sunshine a few years ago and I love it. After colouring with my Promarkers I cut the image out with my Spellbinders circle die and set it against a Spellbinders scalloped die cut in bright orange card, again from Papermill. It was centred on the base mat and then a small sentiment stamp - which I think may have been on a freebie stamp sheet from a magazine - was stamped, coloured, cut with a small circle die and set on a turquoise scalloped circle. I love how this turned out, by using all the colours in the image on the backing card it makes it very colourful. To top it off I added some glitter to the centre of the flower in her hat and on the sentiment. I bought the glitter MANY years ago from Create and Craft.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a critter
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes must include animal
CCC Digi Creations - Must include sparkle/shine
Digi Doodle Studios - Bring on the glitz/must use glitter and hand coloured image
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes with hand coloured image
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes with the option of a girly card
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams- Add some sparkle

Sunday, 25 April 2021

INTAAS Gift or card for male

This challenge is to make a gift or card for a man and the theme was set by DT member Jennie. Come and join us at International Art and Soul and check out the DT makes.

This time I decided to go for a gift instead of a card. I used to order lots of craft items from Craft Box and the goodies were always packed in these very strong boxes so I saved them all. Over the past few years I've given quite a few as gifts with lots of items inside suitable for the recipient. I have about ten of them left so I've decided to give them as gifts this year and then I'll have a little more space for other craft items. 

I asked my sons if they would like one - a resounding no from Tim but Peter said yes. He would like one to put in his garage to keep his modelling tools in. He is quite hooked on making Star War items and various model cars, motor bikes, etc. I did ask what he wanted me to put on the lid and I'd thought Craft Tools. He decided he would prefer Model Tools. I'd written both down on a piece of paper and after painting the wrap over lid with Imagination Craft's Starlight paint in turquoise I set about digging out the wooden letters to identify what was in the box. Of course I looked at the piece of paper and thought yes, he wants Craft Tools. It wasn't until I'd finished glueing them in place that I suddenly remembered that had been my suggestion, doh!! I had painted the Hobbycraft letters in yellow before fixing and then chose items to go alongside them. I used a paintbrush, a small pair of craft scissors, a scalpel blade (in it's packet so as not to cut anyone) and then to finish it off some Craft Box Snip Art round the sides of the box. It has a metallic clasp and is quite sturdy so it will make a handy place for his modelling tools!

I'm entering the box into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Creative Crafting Uncles - Fathers Day/Masculine
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 11 April 2021

International Art and Soul - Winged Things

This theme was set by Christine and is 'Winged Creatures' so I went for a dragonfly image which I've used for a similar challenge in the past. I'm not keen on flying creatures of any sort, in fact I'm terrified of them so I've gone for one that I rarely see now that I no longer have a garden pond. Do join us at International Art and Soul with your creations.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. A bright yellow mat of Hobbycraft card is the base for the pretty mottled paper which is from a Cardmaking and Papercraft pad of paper. I stamped the dragonfly and the sentiment with Memento Ink in Cocoa. The dragonfly stamp and sentiment are both from Visible Image. I coloured the dragonfly with various Gelly Roll Stardust pens before tearing it out and colouring the edges with Distress Inks. I also tore out the sentiment and edged that in a similar fashion. The three gems in the corner are from Craft Box.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter - does a dragonfly qualify?
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Lemon  Shortbread - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Feature a Creature - how about a dragonfly?
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes Colouring

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

Sunday, 28 March 2021

INTAAS - Shaped Card

Come along and join us in the challenge theme of 'Shaped card' - no squares or rectangles as set by DT member Christina over at International Art and Soul.

Gone are the days when I would make easel cards, stepper cards and all the other various shapes. I stick to squares usually but now and again, very rarely, I push the boat out and make an oval, lol This is one such time - sorry Christina, not very creative.

My card blank was a 7x7 by Craft UK which I cut with a Spellbinders grand oval to make this card. I used a Papermill bright pink card as the base mat and then a pretty pale pink paper with white polka dots, from Simply Cards & Papercraft, on top of that before adding the image of the elegant lady, This is from one of Joanna Sheen's CDs which is called Dancing with Shadows I used Spellbinder scalloped ovals to cut the polka dot paper and the image before adding to the mat. The black and pearl gems are from Hobbycraft and I set those at an angle across the left edge.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
A Place To Start - Pick a Shape
Country View - Silhouettes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes

Sunday, 14 March 2021

International Art and Soul - Bunny

Please join us at International Art and Soul with our theme of Bunny. I had to use Peter Rabbit because he's my favourite rabbit of all time.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Crafts UK. I made a mat of bright turquoise card which covered the whole front of the card. I stamped the images of Peter Rabbit and his friends using Joanna Sheen's stamps. My Promarkers came out for the colouring before I used Spellbinder oval and circle dies to cut them out. I then used Distress Ink round the edges. The ribbon I've had for years and I have two boxes full of rolls of ribbon so I decided I had to use some of them. Three strips were placed across the bottom half of the mat before fixing Peter Rabbit in the bottom left running towards his friends in the top right. The little Happy Birthday sentiment was on a sheet of sentiments but I have no idea where I got them, sorry. I matted it on to pale blue card to match the distressed edges of the images.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Craft Rocket - Use Dies/and/or Spring
Creative Knockout - Birthday Wishes
Stinkin' Inkers - Hop to it
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Passion for Markers - Soft Finishes
The Cutie Pie - Bunnies and Blooms
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - March challenge must have critter
Animal Friends - Hare or rabbit
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Happy Birthday