Sunday, 18 July 2021

INTAAS - Use stitching or beads

This theme was set by team member Tricia/Josephine over at International Art and Soul. Why not come along and join us with this fun theme?

My card blank is a 7.7. by Craft UK. The red card used for the mat is by Hobbycraft and the teal card is by Sue Wilson. I embossed the red card with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder of buttons. I added a strip of white lace, from Craft Box UK, across one corner and then fixed the image from a Joanna Sheen CD and matted on to teal card, across the left side. In the top corner I added a small diamante buckle, bought from a friend a few years ago. I filled it with teal coloured seed beads from Craft Box UK along with three of their larger teal beads.

I've added two images as the first is a photograph which isn't perfectly clear although the colours are spot on. The second is s scan and is slightly better although the colours are dark. Hmm.

I'm adding this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Feminine, For a Lady
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Creative Sketchy Girls - Ribbon, Twine or Lace
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting, I hope you have a good day.

Thank you all

Sunday, 4 July 2021

INTAAS - Red, White and Blue

Come along to International Art and Soul and join in with DT member Christine's choice of challenge theme 'Red, White and Blue'.

I thought I'd be very patriotic at this time and use our national flag with two wonderful British landmarks and a guard.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I used a mat of dark blue card with a vertical red card strip, both by Hobbycraft. In the bottom section of the card I fixed the flag image with Tower Bridge and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich and a Horse Guard from the Household Cavalry Regiment alongside. I bought these as 'scraps' many years ago and had never used any of them. 

I'll probably send this as a birthday card to my great nephew on his birthday.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
DLART - Red, White and Blue
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - One for the Boys
Creative Moments- Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes


Sunday, 20 June 2021

INTAAS - Holiday, Home or Abroad

This card is for the challenge over at International Art and Soul which is 'Holiday - Home or Abroad' and was set by my fellow design team member Jennie.

Due to my eye problems at the minute I'm not able to colour images so I've had to resort to pre-coloured images or photographs and this one is a photograph. I took it yesterday in my back garden but I think I could have chosen a brighter day because this looks really dark and dismal. The only holiday I'm likely to get this year, again, is at home in my garden.

The blue and green cards are by Papermill and my card blank is a 7x7 by Craft K. I embossed the green card with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder. I fixed the photo on to blue card and set it as the focal point. The stamp saying 'Enjoy life's moments' was stamped in Memento ink in cocoa and set on blue card before adding to the bottom of the card under the photo. This is going to be the birthday card for my son who lives in Kent - a little view of my garden at the present time. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
AAA Birthday - Flowers

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