Monday, 15 June 2020

The Flower Challenge # 45 - Navy Plus One Colour

It’s the middle of the month (and almost the longest day!) and so it’s time for a reminder about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge use navy plus one colour.
I was determined to use the same die as I did for my original challenge card this month and so cut it from matt gold mirri card and snipped off one of the flowers.
I spritzed navy Izink dye ink spray through a Finnabair stencil onto A6 white cards. Once dry I die cut circles out of one piece and with foam tape added it over another ink spritzed piece. I added a border in navy fine liner. I cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Hugs die in both an ink spritzed piece of card and the gold and layered them up on the card. I added the flowers and some pale gold gems to finish. Simples!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

The Flower Challenge #45 - Navy Plus One Other Colour

Yep, June already! I can’t believe how quickly time is passing even in lockdown. The good thing about working from home is that I’m always in when my crafting goodies arrive. Currently waiting impatiently for my new Speckled Egg inkpads!
Whilst I was waiting I made this card for out new challenge over the The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see you use a limited colour palette of navy and one other colour.
I had a messy afternoon creating some backgrounds using various ink sprays and I used one of them in Pink with a touch of shimmer to die cut this beautiful Studiolight flower die. 
On a piece of navy card I spread some clear texture paste through my Aall and Create Lotza Dotz stencil, then mounted it on a 5x7 card with a pink mat. I found the perfect colour  Studiolight washi tape with the words sending hugs printed on it. I added it on foam tape along with some Lavinia Stamps glitter to the centre of the flowers to finish. Simples! 



Friday, 15 May 2020

The Flower Challenge #44 Reminder - Monochrome


Yep, halfway through the month and it’s time to remind you about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see your monochrome floral creations. Make sure you check out my teamies and our amazing guest design team member’s fantastic works.

I used a lovely new Stamp from Studiolight’s Grunge 5 collection for my card. I created a few backgrounds using my gel plate, two Louise Withers Studiolight collection stencils and distress crayons in a few shades of blue. I trimmed down one of the backgrounds to for on a DL card with a black mat behind it and stamped in black. I also stamped it onto a darker background piece and cut out the flowers. I added them to the panel with heavy body gel to add dimension and a touch of glitter for the centres. Simples! I can’t wait to see your creations, reminder the main image needs to be floral, check out all our rules on the blog. Happy crafting x


Monday, 4 May 2020

The Flower Challenge #44 - Monochrome

I know I say this every month, but where is the time going? I can’t believe it’ll be the longest day next month now, it’s certainly getting warmer outside. I hope that you’ve all got access to some outside space to enjoy it, especially if you’re currently under lockdown as we are in the UK.
Thankfully, most of my favourite craft shops are still open via mail order, although my bank account would look healthier if they weren’t!

If you are spending more time at home then why not join us this month at The Flower Challenge


This month we would like to see a 'Monochrome' look on your cards.This means either 'black and white' or varying tones of one colour. We are allowing a white card base & touches of white also, so you could have a white card base with say shades of purple stamped flowers or dies on as an example.

I dug an sadly unused stamp out of my stash for this card. It’s a lovely large stamp by Stamps by Me and was a member’s free gift with Create and Craft, must may still be available from Stamps by Me. I stamped it in black Versafine and then painted it in Distress Oxides - Blueprint Sketch, Broken China and Salty Ocean. Once dry I stencilled then through Aall & Create’s Lotsa dotz stencil around the image. I added a some white lines with a white gel pen and splattered on some white paint and some of the leftover blue ink. I trimmed it down to fit on a 5x7 card and drew in a border. I added a sentiment from Art from Marlene’s sticker pad, which I cut in half so it fitted better and added everything to the card base with foam tape. To finish I added a little glitter to the centre of the flowers. Simples! 


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

The Flower Challenge #43 Reminder - Spring/Autumn


I’m popping by quickly with a reminder that there’s still time to join in our latest challenge over at The Flower Challenge 


It would be great if you could add our cue card above when entering our challenge.
Of course most of all....have fun! 

So this month we would like to see some reference to 'Spring or Autumn' on your cards. As we are a global Design Team and so many of our entries are world wide too it's most likely either Spring or Autumn where you are atm. 
So you could choose Spring or Autumn flowers or just go with Spring or Autumn colours for example. Just make sure to use flowers as always of course...and remember they have to be the MAIN image too! We are being sponsored this month by the amazing Bugaboo Stamps with a $12 gift code for our winner , (approx 4 digital stamps). Such beautiful and fun digital stamps to be found there, do pay them a visit if you haven't already! All the design team have been given some of their stamps to use on their cards also.




The DT were lucky to be given some digi stamps by our sponsor to use for this challenge. I used the same image as my original card, but only used one of the 4 squares, the spring tulip. I enlarged it before printing it off and then colouring it with my copics. I then fussy cut it and glued it to a 6x6 card. I doodled on the flower with a white gel pen and drew in a frame with my black copic pen and added a few dots. To finish I added a sentiment from an Art by Marlene sticker sheets booklet.  A very different style of card, but hopefully a bright cheery one!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

The Flower Challenge #43 Autumn/Spring

Happy April! This is going to be a very strange month and Easter isn’t it? I hope you’re all keeping safe and well wherever you are. Are you like me working from home? All our face to face clinics have been changed to telephone consultations which is um interesting as you really appreciate how much we rely on body language to communicate!
Working in the NHS, I’m just waiting for confirmation that our Easter bank holidays are being cancelled and I’m assuming that we’ll be redeployed into more frontline services as the situation escalates. Of course, I’m happy to do whatever I can, whether that’s using my Occupational Therapy skills or cleaning wards to keep them running.
Don’t tell them, but I’m even missing my colleagues (a tiny bit). My new co-workers are good for a hug, but they never offer to make me a brew! Beans bunny has been acting as my body double on video calls and I’ve discovered that Pickle bunny snores. Think the squeak when you clean glass sound!
Working from home also means that my commuting time has reduced dramatically giving me more time to craft. I always knew that I was hoarding craft supplies for a reason. The  I think in about 3 months I might need some more glue, but that’s about it! Then again I might have ordered some more  stamps recently....
So, if like me at the moment you have a little more crafting time, why not join in our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge 


It would be great if you could add our cue card above when entering our challenge.
Of course most of all....have fun! 

So this month we would like to see some reference to 'Spring or Autumn' on your cards. As we are a global Design Team and so many of our entries are world wide too it's most likely either Spring or Autumn where you are atm. 
So you could choose Spring or Autumn flowers or just go with Spring or Autumn colours for example. Just make sure to use flowers as always of course...and remember they have to be the MAIN image too! We are being sponsored this month by the amazing Bugaboo Stamps with a $12 gift code for our winner , (approx 4 digital stamps). Such beautiful and fun digital stamps to be found there, do pay them a visit if you haven't already! All the design team have been given some of their stamps to use on their cards also.


The DT were lucky to be given some digi stamps by our sponsor to use for this challenge. I continued to play with acetate for my card, printing the image in draft mode on the acetate. I then used sharpie pens to colour it in. I very simply mounted it on Hunkydory mirridazzle card and added a black frame around it. In hindsight, it would have looked better with a gloss black frame, but hey ho!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month. Stay safe x

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.