Monday, 21 May 2018

Birthday Bear

For this card I have used a sweet little bear and sentiment from a stamp set that came free with Making Cards magazine about a year ago.

I used masking to position the balloons and bunting and then coloured him in with Promarkers, then added die cut panels and candi.

I am sharing this with

Sweet Stampin - Bunnies or Bears
Just us Girls - Aqua, Navy and Grey

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Dashing through the stars

Red and brown is a slightly unusual colour combo for a Christmas card but thanks to a lovely Tonic Studios paper pad it's one I come back to time and time again.

As for that Gummiapan reindeer stamp, it's a real favourite and looks wonderful stamped in a deep red. I really ought to get the matching die, it's pretty easy to fussy cut but a die would give a neater finish.

I decorated the card with some jute mesh - this was a right bar steward to stick down! It was so twisted and distorted it wouldn't lie flat enough to stay on the paper for long enough to stick. In the end I had to pipe dots of Glossy Accents here and there all over, hold it down with removable sticky tape and then weigh it down with acrylic blocks before it would stick.

Over the top of that I added some self-adhesive felt snowflake border and on top of that some twine. A simple stamped sentiment finishes it off - and now I've blown up the photo I can see that I'm going to have to go and remove that and put it back straight!

I am sharing this with

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Stars
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes (or candy canes)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
Jingle Belles - ribbon (or twine or ric rac or braid or...)

Dashing dolphins

Here is another card made using the stamps and dies from this month's issue of Papercraft Essentials.

The seascape, dolphins and sentiment are stamped using the set, and the dolphins cut out with the matching dies. The background is made with scallop shell stamps from Rubber dance and a shell border stamp which is a very old unmounted one.

I am sharing this with

Little Red Wagon - Waterworlds
Addicted to stamps and more - Make your Mark
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Sea Shells
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine

The Roaring Twenties

This week's challenge at Fab'n'Funky is Retro Chic, and what could be more fitting than this super 1920s fashion stamp which I think came from the monthly stamp club that Dimension 4th ran some years ago.

It's the perfect stamp for paper piecing, so that's what I did with the dresses. colouring in the accessories to match. I gave it a "tailoring" theme by using pinking shears on the paper offcuts and background paper and adding a selection of buttons.

Just look at those prices! For those of you too young to remember pre-decimal currency, 1/- was 5p, 2/- was 10p, 2/6 was 12½p and 7/6 was 37½p - so a glamorous dress in the 1920s cost about half of what a small chocolate bar does now!

I am sharing this with
Fab'n'Funky - Retro Chic
Cardz 4 Galz - all dressed up
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge - May
Crafty Sentiments - Pastel Colours

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Peel-Offs revisited

If you've been crafting for as many years as I have, you probably have a stash of peel offs somewhere - ones that you never use any more apart from the occasional border or sentiment. Yet you can't bear to throw them away. Or is that just me?

Today I dug out one of my ancient albums of peel offs and had a play with some long-forgotten friends.

I cut  an aperture in my card, slightly larger than the peel off flower I planned to use (the sheet it came on is called "Magnolia style" - I don't know whether that has anything to do with Magnolia stamps) and backed the aperture with acetate, then applied my peel off to the acetate to make the flower look as if it is suspended in mid air. I edged the aperture with border and corner peel offs and added a simple stamped sentiment.

I am sharing this with

CASology - Copper
Allsorts Challenge - Happy Birthday  (they are celebrating their 9th birthday this week!)
CAS on Friday - Birthday Card

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I is for Inky

Today's new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is I is for Inky.

I decided to try for inky AND pretty, so a long step out of my comfort zone!

For the background I smooshed distress inks in green, blue and pink, allowing each to dry before adding the next and then spraying the whole thing with water to allow the inks to blend. When it was all dry, I spritzed with some gold mica powder in a spray bottle of water.

I die cut the stitched square and then ran a pen along the "stitching" lines to make it look like real sewing, then matted the square on black.

Next I used some very old stamps - probably all around 20 years old  and random unmounted ones of unknown origin - to stamp a selection of leaves and flowers onto watercolour paper and coloured them in using the same inks I had used for the background. To do this, I daubed each inkpad onto an acrylic block then picked up the colour with a water brush, diluting it as needed. I finished them off with touches of gold gel pen.

Then I cut them out with a narrow white border and attached them with Pinflair glue to give lots of dimension.

Finally I  used my computer to generate the sentiment and added it, tucking it slightly under one of the leaves to link it to the floral corner.

We'd love you to come along and get inky with us, and who knows, you may be crowned Queen or Princess of Snark.

I would like to share this with
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Make my Monday - Hint of Summer to Come
More Mixed Media - Anything goes - optional pink  

Friday, 18 May 2018

Sparkle like you-know-who

OK, this is NOT a post about weddings, Royal or otherwise, but whoever is getting married, or celebrating anything else tomorrow, I wish you the most sparklingly happy day.

and because the sparkle doesn't show up in the main pic, here's a close up

The background is one of several made using the same technique that I found lurking in my UFO box. It's a couple of years since I made it and I can't remember exactly how I did it (although I'm sure one of you will be able to remind me) but it involved waxed paper, an embossing folder and a hot iron. At the time I tried stamping on it with very limited success, but thanks to the Misti I was able to stamp everything several times over  to get decent ink coverage.

The border is an Indigo Blu stamp and everything else from a magazine freebie set - I think it was with the now-defunct Quick Cards Made Easy. Obviously a sentiment like that needs added sparkle, which I added with Stickles.

I think this would be a perfect card for a little girl.

I am sharing it with

Allsorts Challenge - In the pink
Sweet Stampin' - Magic/Myth/Fantasy
Shopping Our Stash - For the kids