Wednesday, 18 April 2018

'Distressing' inks

I decided to have a wee go with distress inks.  I keep hearing about this 'smooshing' technique, so I gave that a go.  I don't have any acetate but read that a clear stamp block could be used instead, so that's what I did and it didn't work at all.  So I tried another technique I've seen, of just swiping ink pads onto a heat mat, spritzing with water and then dabbing the paper/card onto it a few times, heat setting in between.  That didn't really work for me either, but I managed to get a couple of bits that looked half decent (well, maybe a quarter decent if I'm honest).  This is the second bit.  The first, and best, I managed to stick onto a card blank squint.  I think I'll have to admit defeat and just use distress inks for the edges of paper.
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas
Craftaholics R Us - Anything goes
The Holly And Ivy Christmas - Anything goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Sparkles Christmas - Feature a creature

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Snow-Board Ride'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Merry Christmas Words'
Paper - I used 'Picked Raspberry', 'Scattered Straw', 'Seedless Preserves' and 'Mowed Lawn' Tim Holtz distress inks to create a bit of a mess ;)
Extras - Flower Soft and 'Icicle' Stickles

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - H & I

It's challenge time again, over at the ABC Christmas Challenge, and our host is Lorraine.  This month the themes are -  

'H for Hat'
  and 
'I for Ice' 


Our sponsor this month is -
and the prize is two free digis from the shop

There's also rather a fab prize from Lorraine.   One lucky winner can choose either a £20 or $20 gift voucher to spend in the store of their choice!



My 'H for Hat' card
House Mouse & Friends - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - Feature a creature
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas

Image stamp - House Mouse 'Whee Flight'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Christmas Grungy Messages' set
Extras - I added Flower Soft to the wee mouse's Santa hat and used a Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border die on the lighter paper

My 'I for Ice' card

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Ice Dance'
Papers - First Edition 'Christmas Wishes'
Extras - Not easy to see the ice in the photo, but it was made by sprinkling Glamour Dust onto Glossy Accents

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Mother's Day mouse

This is the card I made for my mum for Mother's Day.  I chose a cute wee mouse stamp from Wild Rose Studio, as a change from the Penny Black hedgies I usually use for her cards, and I'm glad to say she liked it.  This was my second attempt at colouring the stamped image.  I had just finished colouring the first one when I dropped the paper stump and it left a pink splodge of Prismacolour pencil that I couldn't get off, or disguise.  Eeek!  It's just as well I enjoyed colouring it so was happy enough to start all over again!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything goes
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - Spring flowers
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything goes
Fussy And Fancy - Spring flowers
Cutie Pie Challenge - Spring cuties
Creative Inspirations - Any occasion
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all about mums
Creative Craft Cottage - Make it feminine
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper

Image stamp - Wild Rose Studio 'Mouse And Flower'
Sentiment - Printed
Papers - Basic Grey 'Olivia'
Extras - Pearls and lace


Friday, 23 March 2018

Crazy dog

One of my rare non-Christmas cards  This wee doggy looks shocked to find out how old the recipient of the card is!
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftaholics R Us - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Bingo + a sentiment (patterned paper, digi or stamp and favourite colour - mine is green)
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Things with tails
Creative Inspirations - Any occasion
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Paper

Image stamp - Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holt 'Crazy Dogs'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Everyday Grungy Messages'
Papers - Basic Grey 'Marjolaine'
Extras - Card Candi and jute twine

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Christmas quackers

Another Christmas card today.  Unlike the sentiment I'm not dreaming of a white Christmas!  The snow we had recently was enough to last me for a looooong time.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Crafty Catz - Layer it up
Jingle Belles - Hark the herald angels sing
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Any occasion
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Penny Black Saturday - Anything goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything goes
As You Like It - Single or multiple layers (multiple layers because I find it too easy to make mistakes with CAS cards)
Craft Rocket - Something new (the papers)
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper
Christmas With The Cuties - Anything goes *Top 3*

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Carolling Duck'
Sentiment stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Christmas Grungy Messages' set
Music sheet stamp - Lili Of The Valley
Papers - Studio Light #44
Extras - Gems

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - E, F & G

Time for another challenge over at the ABC Christmas Challenge and Carol's our host this month.  There's a trio of themes this time, and they are -

'E for Emboss'
 'F for Frills'
  and 
'G for Glitter' 

It's up to you whether you make a card/project for only one theme, all of them or even combine them all into one super card/project.

Our sponsor this month is -
Wild Orchid Crafts
and the prize is a £20 voucher

There's also a prize on offer from Carol

I don't have anything in my craft stash that would qualify for the frills theme so I've chosen to make a card for each of the other two.

My 'E for Emboss' card
The Holly And Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas goes
House Mouse And Friends - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes

Image stamp - House Mouse 'Carrying Mints'
Extras - Pearls, and the background was made by embossing teal coloured card with a Creative Expressions 'Candy Burst' embossing folder.

My 'G for Glitter' card.  I've put Glamour Dust on Henry's wings and the papers are glittery, but this hasn't shown up well on the photo.
Dragonfly Dreams - All that glitters
Crafting From The Heart - Anything goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything goes

Image stamp -Whiff Of Joy 'Angel Henry'
Papers- First Edition 'Winter Wishes'
Extras - The snowflake was made with a Cuttlebug snowflake die, and I popped a pearl in the centre.  I sprinkled Glamour Dust onto glossy accents to make Henry's wings sparkly.  

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Penny Black And More GDT

I was chuffed to be asked to be a guest designer, for the second time, over at the Penny Black And More challenge.  The theme for March is 'Feature A Creature', which is right up my street.  I've used one of the very first Penny Black stamps I bought, and the first stamp I ever coloured.
Craft Rocket - Something new (papers)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Floral delight
Crafting From The Heart - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Penny Black Saturday - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Swine & Roses'
Papers - Basic Grey 'Olivia'
Extras - Gems.  The flowers were cut using a Sizzix Bigs die 'Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz'

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Xmouse ornament

Another stamp that I haven't used for ages.  I should really put myself on a stamp buying ban until I've made cards with all my neglected stamps, but we all know that won't happen ;)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Penny Black Saturday - Anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes + Christmas *Top Pick*
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Xmouse Ornament!'
Papers - First Edition 'Silent Night'
Extras - Lace and pearl

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - C & D

Time for another challenge over at the ABC Christmas Challenge and Wilma is the host this month.  The themes are -

'C for Clean' 
  and 
'D for Distress' 

You can choose to do one or both themes, or even combine them.  It's up to you.

Our sponsor this month is -

and the prize is a £25 gift certificate


My 'C for Clean' card
Incy Wincy Designs - Clean and simple *Top 5*
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Sweet Stampin' - Anything but a birthday 
Crimbo Crackers - Anything goes

Image stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Party Pup'

Sentiment stamp - Elzybells


My 'D for Distress' card 
As You Like It - Favourite way to add stitching (with a pen - either a black fineliner or white gel pen - as it's so much easier, and quicker, than using a sewing machine)
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas goes
The Holly And Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Calendar - Two or more layers

Image stamp - Lili Of The Valley 'Ho Ho Ho!'

Papers - Basic Grey 'Marjolaine'
Extras - The sentiment was cut using a Poppy Crafts 'Ho Ho Ho' word die and the edges were inked with Tim Holtz 'Weathered Wood' distress ink

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Party march

This card feels like a bit of a blast from the past.  I've used a stamp that I've had for a very long time, but not used for ages, and papers that were my favourite brand years ago.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar- Two or more layers
Penny Black Saturday - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
As You Like It - Favourite way to add stitching (faux with a pen as it's much neater than my 'real' stitching, and there's also a lot less swearing doing it that way)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper
Cardz 4 Guyz - Music
Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Something new (the papers) *Top 3*
Pile It On - 3D embellishments (the pearls)

Image stamp - Penny Black 'Party March'
Sentiment stamp - Crafty Impressions/Paula Pascual 'Big Sentiments'
Papers - Basic Grey 'Offbeat' and 'Oliver'
Extras - Pearls.  The blue paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug 'Allegro' embossing folder.