Sunday, 15 March 2020

The Flower Challenge #42 Reminder - Anything Goes (As long as it’s flowers!)



So, how are we all in these uncertain times? Hoping you all have loo roll! Honestly, this panic buying is driving me mad! Thankfully, it’s just me here so if needs be I can be creative - I’ve probably got enough dodgy patterned paper to keep me in toilet paper for a year! Might not risk blocking the loo with it though... If we’re all being encouraged to stay indoors it’s a good excuse to craft and we know that being creative helps us cope with stress and worry. I’m therefore making the somewhat dubious claim, that joining in with our challenge is good for your health! Seriously though, just a a reminder of our current Challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this one is an easy one, anything goes. Remember though, we are a flower challenge, so your main image needs to be floral and you need to have created the flowers in some way, in other words, shop bought flowers don’t count!
Make sure you check out our rules to be in with a chance of winning as this month, we have a fantastic prize for the winner. Our talented teammate Rachel Vass has her own Etsy shop selling her fantastic digi stamps and is offering our winner two digi stamps of their choice from her shop. Rachel has also given us all some of her digi stamps to play with this month, so make sure you check them all out.
I chose to use her gorgeous “Ruffled Peony” for my reminder card. Once again I laser printed onto acetate and used alcohol inks to colour the image. I used an old paintbrush to drag the ink down the stem. To colour in the leaves and flower I added the ink directly to the acetate and used my finger tip to move it about. That did mean I ended up with an orange finger and a green finger for work the next day, but as my clinic rooms don’t have sinks, the alcohol gel before and after every patient soon took care of that!
To make my card I added some matt pale gold mirri behind it and then cut a frame out of black card with my rectangle dies and glued onto a 7x5 card to finish. Another very quick and simple card.




Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The Flower Challenge #42 - Anything Goes!


I know I say it every month, but seriously, where is the time going?! I can’t believe it’s March already, but have to admit I’m enjoying the longer days and seeing the early spring flowers peeking out. Speaking of flowers, it’s time for our new Challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this one is an easy one, anything goes. Just remember though, we are a flower challenge, so your main image needs to be floral and you need to have created the flowers in some way, in other words, shop bought flowers don’t count!
Make sure you check out our rules to be in with a chance of winning, as this month, we have a fantastic prize for the winner. Our talented teammate Rachel Vass has her own Etsy shop selling her fantastic digi stamps and is offering our winner two digi stamps of their choice from her shop. Rachel has also given us all some of her digi stamps to play with this month, so make sure you check them all out.
I chose to use her gorgeous “Peony Background” for my card this month. Now, we won’t go into details but I had a minor disaster with my original card after spending a happy afternoon colouring it. Time was short and so I came up with a quick card to show that you don’t always need to spend ages colouring!
I resized the image to fit on a 6” square card. Using my laser printer I printed it onto acetate. I then got out my yellow, purple and blue alcohol inks, added a dash to a felt pad blending tool and dabbed away. I wasn’t overly careful about keeping within the lines as I liked the loose look and carried on until I was happy with the result. I used a tape pen to secure the acetate edges on some Hunkydory Mirridazzle card. I then die cut a black frame to hide the adhesive and again used my tape pen/roller thingy to secure it over the acetate and to attach it to the card base. I die cut the sentiment (sorry it’s long escaped from its packaging so no idea of the make) in black and mirridazzle card and used a tiny bit of glue to add them to the card, overlaying them slightly.
I had great fun making this card (after I’d stopped crying about the other one (don’t leave a cap off a black pen and then drop it on your work!) and love Rachel’s designs. I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month and we’ll be back on 15th with some more inspiration for you.




Saturday, 15 February 2020

The Flower Challenge #41 - Add Leaves Reminder


Well, I hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day if it’s something you celebrate, personally, I think it’s a good excuse to eat more chocolate! It’s time for a reminder about your challenge at The Flower Challenge #41 and this month we want you to add leaves! We have another fab guest designer this month so make sure you check out the fantastic inspiration from her and the rest of the design team.
Please make sure you check out our rules before you enter - flowers must be the main image and must be handmade, whether that’s stamped, digi stamped and hand coloured or die cut.
I continued with my Altenew favourites for my reminder card this month.  I had some leftover stamped flower and leaves from the Beautiful Heart Stamp set from my first card and so I arranged a mass of these along with some more flowers and leaves from the Beautiful Day set. I die cut the MFT sentiment and glued it in place and doodled a border. It doesn’t show up well on my (very badly) photographed card, but I added some glamour dust glitter to the centre of the flowers. To finish I added some more orange enamel dots. Simples!
As ever I love looking at all your entries, so please don’t be shy, join in!


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The Flower Challenge #41 - Add Leaves

Yep, February already and so it’s time for the next challenge at The Flower Challenge #41 and this month we want you to add leaves! We have another fab guest designer this month so make sure you check out the fantastic inspiration from her and the rest of the design team.
I dug out some Altenew favourites for my card this month. I stamped the flower and leaves from the Beautiful Heart Stamp set with various shades of Catherine Pooler inks and then cut them out, leaving a narrow white border.
I die cut a frame using two rectangle dies out of orange card. I had to dig out my big shot to do so as my cut n boss is currently indisposed. I thought I’d left it safely on the kitchen table, but unfortunately the cable must have dangled over the edge and into the teeth of a bunny. Pickle had previously been proven guilty of chewing the fridge freezer cable, whereas Beans doesn’t even chew toys, so I think I know who to blame! I discovered the nibbled cable (picture below) when trying to work out why the machine wasn’t working and so managed to get an electric shock. Thankfully, apart from a very very small burn on my thumb and finger I escaped unharmed, as indeed did Pickle!
Back to my card, I added the frame with foam tape and then added the flower with foam tape and tucked the leaves behind it. I added a Tim Holtz Small Talk Sentiment and some orange enamel dots to finish. Simples!
As usual I can’t wait to see what you make this month x


Saturday, 4 January 2020

The Flower Challenge #40 - Shaped Cards


Wow, time is really flying and it’s time for our first challenge of the year over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want you to make shaped cards.

This month we are sponsored by the hugely talented  Alex Syberia  who is our guest designer and she’s giving our winner two of her gorgeous floral images from her Etsy shop. Alex gave the DT some of her stunning images to work with and so make sure you check them all out.

I used the beautiful Sketched Bouquet for my card. I have to confess that time ran away with me this month and so I didn’t have as much time as I would like to spend colouring in the flowers. My card is slightly larger than 7x7 so you can see how beautifully the image prints at a large size. I used my polychromos pencils to colour it in, a really therapeutic process. From there I grabbed a shaped card from my stash and used my circle dies to cut ot the image and some pink and green circles for it to sit on. I added some Shabby Shutters distress glitter to the centre of the flowers to finish. Hopefully, it proves that using the digi stamps you can make a beautiful card quickly - and if I’d thought smart, using a smaller sized image to colour would have made it even quicker! 

As usual, I can’t wait to see your gorgeous entries, check out our challenge rules to make sure you’re in with a chance of winning out fab prize this month. We’ll be back later in the month with some more inspiration for you. Happy crafting!



Friday, 15 November 2019

The Flower Challenge #38 Reminder - Use Spots or Stripes


It’s time for a reminder about our challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want to see spots or stripes on your artwork. Once again we have a fantastic sponsor this month, Topflight stamps who are very generously giving our winner a $25 e-gift card.

I used my gelli plate again to create my reminder card. I used various layers of paperartsy paint applied with my brayer to start my background. Once dry I added a bit of distress oxide in picked raspberry and ripe persimmon through an all and create stencil. I then applied sparkle paste unevenly and randomly through a Heffy Doodle striped stencil. I mounted it on a 5x7 card when dry and doodled a border. I die cut a couple of blooms from Tim Holtz’s wildflower sets in black card and glued the, in place. To finish I added one of the phrases from Tim Holtz’s small talk collections. A really simple card. 
on’t forget to check out my teamies  amazing work on the challenge page, as well as our rules to make sure you’re eligible to win our fab prize this month  x





Monday, 4 November 2019

The Flower Challenge #38 - Use spots or stripes

Yep, November already! The nights are definitely drawing in now and the heating is on.
It’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want to see spots or stripes on your artwork. Once again we have a fantastic sponsor this month, Topflight stamps who are very generously giving our winner a $25 e-gift card.

I decided to get out my gelli plate to create my card this month. I used various layers of paperartsy paint applied with my brayer and various Aall and Create stencils that had circles on them to create my background. I also made another background (okay so I made lots of really interesting backgrounds as I was having so much fun) and then used this to stamp multiple times one of the flowers from Aall and Create’s Doodled Blooms #140 stamp set in black ink. I then cut out the flowers and shaped them slightly. I also stamped a sentiment from the set on this piece and used may trimmer to cut it out. 
I took the background I’d made and as the stem on the flower was too short, drew in some stems with a black fineliner adding some stripes to them as I did so. I also doodled round the edge of the A5 background and added it to a 5x7 card base on 1mm deep foam tape. I then added the flowers onto the card (covering most of the dots on it in the background, doh!) and popped a black gem in the centre of each. I added the sentiment on foam tape to the card with a drop of postbox red tonic vintage nuvo drops. I added some more to the card (although I later regretted it as it looks like measles!) 
I’ll be back halfway through the month with a reminder card, don’t forget to check out my teamies  amazing work on the challenge page, as well as our rules to make sure you’re eligible to win our fab prize this month  x