Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hoppy Birthday

When people think of spring animals, they tend to think of bunnies and chicks but, for us, spring brings plenty of frog action in my partner's beloved pond. (Or should I say my beloved partner's pond?! )

This card is for his birthday. I used Marianne Designs stamps coloured with Promarkers and sentiments by Newton's Nook.

I'd like to enter:

Little Red Wagon  happy birthday boys
Watercooler Challenges masculine
The Male Room  many legs
Addicted to Stamps cas
Cupcake Inspirations   animals

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 3 - Krafty Christmas

close up 

Two things I've not been very good with so far this year...making Christmas cards and doing my self-imposed challenge - Pro-Am Showdown. The idea is to be inspired by some of the many mass-manufactured cards (the professionals) and make my own homemade version (the amateur).

So here's the commercially produced card I took inspiration from:
the professional card

Like the original, I wanted  to have a large image with a hand-drawn look. I realised I have no suitable stamps that big, so I looked through my digistamps and found the wreath. (Unfortunately there was nothing on the file name to say where it came from - I suspect it was a prize originally). I stamped and gold-embossed the sentiments (Mama Elephant and Avery Elle) and them used an embossing pen to trace some fronds and gold embossed them. 

I'd like to enter: 
Crimbo Crackers  kraft 
Merry Monday  kraft
Tuesday Throwdown embossing 
Happy Little Stampers Christmas  embossing 
Rudolph Day Christmas  

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Birthday Case ~#4 with Prize!

It's the final week of our birhday month at City Crafter and the last chance to win a prize. This week it's my turn to provide the card to CASE (above) .

I used a stamp set by Docrafts and a sentiment (?) all stamped in brown , plus gold glitter dots.

I'd like to entr this birthday card into:
Always Fun  cas
Aud Sentiments  stamped sentiment
Alphabet Challenge  c is for cake

Even though it's my card, I still have to CASE it, so here's my second version:

I was a bit worried that people wouldn't be able to tell what this was so I showed it to some family members and they could see it was a wedding cake!  I used paper shapes stamped with a Concord and 9th flower, coloured with Promarkers and liquid pearls.  I also used a Docrafts sentiment and an embossing folder,

I'd like to enter the wedding card into:
Alphabet Challenge  c is for cake
Crafty Cardmakers pearls (hope liquid ones are ok)
Cards in Envy Pretty Pastels
Stamp Ink Paper  cas wedding

Case my card and link up at City Crafter Challenge Blog, and then hop around and leave comments at the following blog list.

And here's what you could win:

I hope to see your creation in our gallery. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Love is in the Air

Here's a slightly unusual wedding card - one of the couple is a helicopter pilot.

On vellum, I stamped and silver-embossed the helicopter and banner (from a set that was free with a magazine). The sentiment is Papermania. The card base was cut on the Silhouette (a free cutting file by Bird)  and I layered some dry-embossed silver card behind the heart-shaped holes.

I'd like to enter:
Make My Monday  embossing
Sweet Stampin I wish I could fly
Fussy and Fancy shaped card
Crafty Friends  anything goes

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Inkspirational Challenge- Graffiti Stamping

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is Graffiti Stamping.  This is new to me and, even though this card wasn't my first attempt, it isn't a good example of it. In fact, if it was street graffiti , I think I'd chuck away my spray cans! Thank goodness you have the rest of the Inkspirational DT to be inspired by!

Why don't you head over to Inkspirational and give it a go?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Birthday Case #3 with Prize!

We're still celebrating our birthday at City Crafter  and we'll be having CASE challenges all month with the chance to win prizes.

This week we'd like you to CASE this fantastic card by Stella  (below):
Stella's Card
For my DT card I stamped and paper-pieced a balloon (Mama Elephant?) and added a large sentiment made up from Avery Elle and Waffle Flower stamps. 

Case Stella's card and link up at City Crafter Challenge Blog, and then hop around and leave comments at the following blog list.

And here's what you could win: 

I hope to see your creation in the gallery!

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  paper piecing
Creatalicious birthday
grab button for Sweet Stampin

Monday, 17 April 2017


Glitter shot
I was lucky enough to win a prize at Crafting When We Can  and the prize was some digistamps by Fabrika Fantasy. To be honest, I probably would not have normally gone for these but I noticed the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations is 'mythical' , so I thought I'd try using this image to enter.

I printed it out and cropped it to focus on just part of the image. I found colouring it, with Promarkers, a little challenging so I hope I've got it right and it doesn't look weird- well, any more weird than a winged horse already looks! I just used two grey and a lavender markers,

I masked the horse and used a Crafter's Workshop template to stencil with Distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Alte New), and added Nuvo drops and a mat of glitter paper. Finally, I added glitter.

As well as Cupcake Inspirations, I'd like to enter:

Dream Valley  differently coloured hair
Crafty Cardmakers things with wings
Fab and Funky  fantasy
Inky Chicks  use purple

Spring at the Garden Centre

It's the last day of my annual leave and I'm relaxing by scrapping some photos and entering some challenges.

I'd like to enter:
Lasting Memories use the word spring
Sketch n Scrap 
Layout Sketches due April 30th

Eggs - Not Just for Easter

Before I went to my scrapbooking retreat recently, I looked around at some challenge themes and sketches, so I could work on them over the weekend, I noticed that Lasting Memories  had a challenge coming up - use bunnies, chicks or eggs.  I've been meaning to scrap this photo of my son in a giant eggshell for a while - it wasn't taken at Easter, but in summer.

But now I have it ready to upload to Lasting Memories, I'm having doubts about whether it fits the challenge . Does 'use eggs' mean feature them on the layout or do I need to add extra eggs? ( And that's without the worry about whether one egg is enough!)

Anyway, I will link it up and hope for the best,

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Modern Teacups

And another request from my daughter. She's going out to afternoon tea for her friend's birthday and so she wanted a tea themed card ...but NOT with a vintage look.

I found a black and white digi of stacked cups on Polkadoodles Picknix cd1 and I turned it into a electronic cutting file, which I cut on the Silhouette, The background is a Hero Arts birthday text background, clear embossed and coloured with Distress ink. The sentiment is Waffle Flower.

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday  spring colours
Ooh La La  birthday
Seize the Birthday  birthday/ patterned papers