Saturday, 4 November 2017

Shades of autumn

I have some candles that are battery operated so much safer when you have a cat that is inquisitive and likes to jump onto the mantle piece so real lit candles are a big no no.

I love the glow they give all orangey and thought how it reminds me of autumn leaves so had a wee play and this is what I came up with. 

I used some cream leather textured paper and a poppystamps autumn leaves collage die and randomly cut leaves into the paper. 

 I measured and cut the paper to fit as a collar around the candle.I initially tried the collar just as it was but it didn't have the effect I wanted so I added some red vellum behind the die cuts and that worked perfectly.

I love how the leaves glow and as the light flickers the leaves almost seem to change colour and dance in a non existant breeze, but they certainly make a change from the plain cream wax,

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:-

Scrappyland - anything goes

crafty calendar - autumn colour

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bunny winter wishes

I don't tend to make Christmas cards in the summer , I prefer making them when the days get darker and miserable, but as we have had some days like that here is a Christmas card.

I bought this die from amazon it was less the £5 with shipping and although it took a while to get here from China for the money its great value. I cut it out in white card and stuck strips of black behind for contrast. I attached to a blue distress ink blended background.

I decided to create a winter scene so cut a window in my base card using an oval die.
The foreground I created using a Martha Stewart punch to cut leaves which I coloured with spectrum noir aqua glitter pen to give a frosted look. I created some bushy undergrowth and added some winter wildlife in the form of bunnies coloured with distress ink.

Although I made the card with the intention of it being a Christmas card, without the sentiment I think it would make a fab winter month birthday card too, so I'm keeping my options open and will add the sentiment later.

I thought I'd seen a design that inspired me to create this card and was sure I had saved it on my Pinterest inspiration from others page so I could credit the designer and say thank you but not sure if I dreamt that as I don't  seem to be able to find it so if I did use your design as my inspiration thank you and sorry but I can't find you to link your inspiring card 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Allsorts - Christmas creatures

Daring card makers - DIY blended backgrounds

Brassy fern

More cards for my mum in law in Tenerife ( see post here).

This card uses a simple but fairly large fern die from memory box cut from a white base layer and also from copper mirri card which is then inlaid into the white base.

I Although the card has the appearance of a matt to keep the card light-weight I removed the centre of the blue matt layer which was made from pearl blue paper again to keep the card light weight for overseas postage.

I finished the card with a Brittania die sentiment 'happy birthday' and that was another light weight male card designed for my mum in law and her ex-pat friends.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

creative craft cottage - use a sentiment

creative fingers  -anything goes

Dream valley -birthdays

Who gives hugs like a favourite teddy

Two cards ,same image ,different colours and how different they look, well I think so.

I used white base cards and stamped the images in black memento ink  and coloured with promarkers adding high lights with sakura gel pens. 

I kept the design really simple and no sentiment so it could be added when needed as I think it could be used for a male birthday, father's day or even retirement or just a simple hello or thank you.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Colour crazy -anything goes

QKR - halloween or anything goes

Lemon shortbread - anything goes

Rubber dance - animals

Sunday, 22 October 2017

You're special

A quick and simple card I made experimenting with masking and distress oxide inks. I used a white base card and masked off a band with post it notes. I blended a yellow ink and a deep pinky red ink and where they met they created an orangy colour.

I removed the top mask and used some Darkroom silhouette stamps and black ink and stamped a hedgerow of flowers along my band so most fit within the band but one or two popped their heads above the strip.I removed the other masking strip and added a simple sentiment from the stampman  again stamped in black ink.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Colour crazy -anything goes

Crafty catz -anything goes optional autumnal colours

CAS on friday - make a card with flowers

HLS CAS challenge - one layer

Take it make it - anything goes with stamping

with deepest sympathy

It's always sad for those left behind when you have to say goodbye as they have left this world sooner than was expected in the normal run of things. One of my husband and sons colleagues sadly passed away towards the end of last year after a 5 year battle with non Hodgkin lymphoma , the sad thing was it was actually the last lot of his treatment that caused his organs to collapse but guess his time was up one way or another as he would philosophically said.
It was a wonderful service and as funerals go not that depressing as there were many who shared their happy memories of time they had shared with our friend and his family really appreciated how many people he had touched in such a positive way which they seemed quite comforted by.

I made two cards one for his immediate family and one for his parents as I cannot imagine what they must have felt as we found out that when our friend was a teenager his sister had also died , so his parents had had the misfortune of loosing both their children untimely and before themselves.
My cards I created a background with a quilted effect on the first on lilac card using a memory box stitching line die and added another memory box die cut of a fern cut in ivory pearl card.
I mounted this on pearl lilac card with a stamped sentiment embossed with moonglow obsidian violet powder.
Quite simple but in my mind as it should be.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

cardz for galz- monochromatic

double D - leave it to me

craftaholics-anything goes

CASology - sorry

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Babe magnet?

One of my nephews turns 16 this month and he's getting a scooter to ride to school so I thought this would be a fun card for him, hope it makes him smile in a good way.

I used a lily of the valley stamp and coloured it with promarkers.
I used a circle die but allowed some of the image to spill over the edge of the die cut.

I used a map stamp from a set from the Stampman , one of the first stamps I ever bought and stamped on cream paper colouring the roads different colours( not that you can see them) in hopes it looks a little more realistic. They live in a rural area so not many roads.

I used a kraft base card and some purple plaid paper to create the base layer and a printed sentiment I found in my stash that came from an ancient kit I got when first starting to card make, I cut it in half and attached to each side of the image. I finished the card with some peel-off numbers , well 16 is a milestone of sorts especially when it's you that's 16.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Daisy Chain - happy birthday

Dream Valley challenges - for the boys

Seize the birthday - anything goes

QKR - anything goes or pumpkins

Jingle bells

I bought these Sheena Douglas dies and stamps when visiting Crafter's companion store in Chesterfield though I only went for some card.

I cut the die in silver mirri card and also in white card which I then coloured with promarker to add depth.

I created the background by  using distress oxide inks on some centura pearlised card, it really adds a lovely sheen. 

I then used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder and stamped 'jingle ' twice on the background. I cut a square of white card slightly larger than my background and coloured the edge with the same promarker as my jingle shadow. I then mounted the background and its base to a white square base card.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Fab n funky - word art

Sweet stampin' - sparkle and shine

The Male room - use metal

the Corrosive challenge - anything goes

HLS Christmas - anything goes optional silhouette

Sweet stampin, Christmas - anything goes Christmas

Christmas card challenge - anything goes optional photo inspiration

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Black on black

Thought I'd have another experiment with my distress oxide inks and as a starting point found a challenge to use as a starting point. I used orange inks to create a sunset sky blending the inks together from lighter deep yellowy orange shades to deeper orange shades. I created the setting sun by using an open studio circle die and a water pen to remove the ink dabbing with a tissue to remove the colour. To add the hazy clouds I just drew lines again with the water pen removing the colour.

I used several more memory box dies, cattail landscape die, prairie grass die, elegant seashore birds and springtime bunnies, all cut in black glossy card and arranged them to create a scene. 

I finished the card by mounting the panel on a black glossy card base. no sentiment as yet as I feel its a card that could be used for many different occasions and so will add an appropriate sentiment when I use the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Outside the box - black and orange

crafty friends - anything goes

creative fingers - anything goes

OLLCB- dies

HLS - anything with dies