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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

INTAAS - GRADUATION




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



Sunday, 28 February 2021

INTAAS Natural World at Christmas






The theme for this challenge was set by Sall and is entitled 'Natural World at Christmas - NO Robins'. Please come along and join us at International Art and Soul.

My card blank is a 6x6 by Crafts UK. The base mat is paper by Costco that I bought many years ago. On top of that I mounted a beige mottled paper. The stamp in the top corner I bought at Ally Pally craft fair years ago too. I have no idea who made it as it was in a cellophane packet with no name attached - I think it may have been in a pack of three stamps as I have no idea why I would have bought this one in particular. I have used it once before so it has come in useful for the second time! lol It was stamped in Memento Ink cocoa and not coloured in at all. I had been thinking of  showing images of various animals but then decided on plants. The holly and the ivy seemed to be perfect for this challenge. The stamp is by Serendipity Stamps and after I coloured it with my Promarkers I cut it carefully round the brown frame. The ivy is a Joanna Sheen die and I coloured that with my green Promarkers. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes


Thanks for visiting, I hope to see you here again soon. x

Sunday, 14 February 2021

INTAAS Off to Dinner







I'm the host for this challenge of 'Off to Dinner' so please come along and join us at International Art and Soul.

I would like to think that I would go off to dinner looking like this but I'm afraid it would never happen. lol I did enjoy going out for dinner with my husband but I never felt the need to get too dressed up, apart from the fact that we didn't go anywhere too fancy!

My 7x7 scalloped card blank is by Craft UK. The lilac card is foundation card by Sue Wilson and I used a Spellbinder large scalloped square die to cut it as the base mat. I used a sheet of Joanna Sheen's lace paper, which I've had for years, and then cut it with  another Spellbinder die to make a strip across the middle of the mat. The image is by Rick St Dennis and I love it. I coloured with my Promarkers and then cut it with a large oval Spellbinder die. I touched the edges with Distress Ink . The finishing touch was to add three small pearls to each scalloped corner of the lilac mat. I think that the pearls were a freebie pack from somewhere.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes with coloured image NOT pre-coloured
As You Like it - Rubber, clear or digi and why - I prefer digis because they give a clear image and the Rick St Dennis classy ladies are all beauties!
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Passion for Markers - Celebrations - we're off to dinner to celebrate!
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes

Sunday, 31 January 2021

INTAAS Hearts






The theme for this challenge is 'Hearts' and was set by Chriss. Pop over to International Art and Soul and show us what you can do following this theme.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. I used Hobbycraft red card as the base mat and set a hearts paper on it leaving a small red border. The hearts paper is from Papercraft Essentials. The large heart is cut with a Joanna Sheen die and all the other hearts are cut with a Hobbycraft die set. I generated the sentiment on the computer, cut it with another of the Hobbycraft dies and set it on the larger red heart. The small hearts were set as a border along the bottom of the card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges: 
As You Like It - True Love (Valentines)
Aud Sentiments - Sending Love + a sentiment
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes


Sunday, 17 January 2021

IAAS Winter





Join us again at International Art and Soul with your project this time featuring Winter, the challenge theme set by CraftyGirl.

I love seeing icicles and so I knew that my card would show these somehow but we don't have any here at the moment, I'm pleased to say. I had to resort to Google for some images and these were on ClipArt. I printed the image and then added Diamond Stickles to the stars twinkling on them. I added more of  the Stickles to the bottom so that it looks like a great snowy mass.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK and I matted on to it a base of dark blue glitter card. I've had this so long I have no idea where I bought it, sorry. On top of this I set the icicles hanging from the top edge. I generated the sentiment on my computer and after printing and cutting it out I edged it with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. This was then set across the bottom of the card. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments- Anything Goes plus sentiment
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals - Snow Much Fun
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Sunday, 3 January 2021

INTAAS - Landscape





Come along and join us at International Art and Soul with our first theme of the New Year, chosen by Josephine, of 'Landscape'.

I'm afraid I wasn't feeling 100% towards Christmas as I'd just had a kidney stones operation. I'm beginning to feel my age catching up with me and so I took the liberty of what I feel is cheating a little. I didn't have the energy to make a landscape of my own so I used a painting that my late husband did as a Christmas card quite a few years ago. We had been out for a drive in Northumberland and he took a photograph of this wintry scene. When we got home he liked it so much he did a water colour painting of it and used it for our Christmas card that year. The painting was framed and has been in our sitting room ever since. When I moved to this smaller home I still wanted it near me so it hangs in my living room now.  When I took the photograph of it I caught the flash on the glass so it has a bright spot and I didn't know how to get rid of it. However, I think it adds a little something to the scene.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK. The caramel coloured card is by Sue Wilson and acts as the base mat. I trimmed the photo round the beige mount and then fixed it to a peach coloured card - I'm not sure if that's also by Sue Wilson. I used a Joanna Sheen die to cut the fancy border in the peach card and added that to the bottom of the image before adding it to the base mat. A quick and easy card which I hope passes judgement.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges: 

Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
All Sorts - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Inkspirational - Something in your Home


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL, THANKS FOR VISITING. STAY SAFE AND ENJOY THE TIMES AHEAD.