Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Flower Challenge - #25 “Add sparkle” for our 2nd Birthday

Time flies! Not only is it October already, but it’s also our second birthday at The Flower Challenge and this month we want you to “Add Sparkle” to your creations.
Please head over there to join our celebrations, we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs this month too! Please make sure you check our rules to ensure that you're in the running for a prize and if you include our cue card in your post, we'll love you even more than we already do!
I used the latest members gift from Create and Craft which was a stamp set from Stamps By Me, to create my card. I stamped it in black archival ink and then totally stole our lovely leader, Aileen's idea to use my zig clean colour pens and use a tonic glitter pen, rather than a waterbrush to pull out the colour, giving a lovely sparkle to the image. I also used a gold glitter gel pen in the centre of the flowers to add some more sparkle.
To assemble the card I die cut a gold mirri frame using tattered lace torn edge rectangles and added a sentiment using The Paper Boutique's Sentiments Vol 2 die set in black card. I trimmed down the 5x7 card to give a roughly equal border around the frame. I fussy cut the floral image and then added it onto the card with 1mm deep foam tape. Simples.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Flower Challenge #24 - Anything Goes

Yep, it’s everyone’s favourite over at The Flower Challenge this month as our theme is “Anything Goes”
We're also super excited that we have an amazing new member of our design team and even more exciting we have a fantastic prize for this month's winner.
I might have been very naughty when Stamps by Me were on Create and Craft recently, which resulted in my craft stash pile growing ever larger. I just loved the combination of stamps and large die plate and so picked the "Enjoy the moment" stamp set and co-ordinating die.
I die cut the panel first and then stamped in versamark onto the diecut using my misti and then heat embossed it in white. I then settled down with my polychromos pencils and enjoyed colouring it in. I faffed about for ages deciding on what to put behind the die cut, but eventually decided to use kraft card again and 1mm foam tape to add dimension. I slightly regretted the foam decision when I realised how many fiddly bits there were though! 
I wanted to add a sentiment and so heat embossed the LOTV sentiment on a strip of vellum and then wrapped it round the panel and secured it with red liner tape. I took a 5x7 card bank and trimmed the height down slightly so that there was an even border all the way round the panel, which I glued into place.
As ever the DT will be back halfway through the month with some more inspiration for you, we can't wait to see your creations, but please take note of the following as we hate having to disqualify an otherwise amazing project. 
  • Please don't forget to use your Florals as always and as the MAIN feature on your card.
  • Only 6 other challenges allowed as well as our own.
  • Also please take a few minutes to read our rules in the tab at the top of our blog as you may miss out on winning a prize if you don't follow all the rules.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Happy Birthday (apologies for the blurry photo)

Yep, another rustled up at the last minute card. My sister's this time. As ever I suddenly realised it was her birthday the next day and fortunately I had a bag of Altenew flowers and leaves etc lurking on the table. I hurriedly arranged rather a lot of them on a 6x6 card base and secured them with a mix of foam tape and glue. I found some co-ordinating card and die cut the sentiment using a die from Hixxysoft-Deco something make! I doodled in a border and job done. The rather dodgy photo was taken using my phone on my desk at work before I popped it in the post. 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Tracy Scott Workshop

I was lucky enough recently to attend a workshop run by Tracy Scott, designer for PaperArtsy, up in Carnforth. We made this piece on 12x12 grey board, so it's slightly warped in the photo from heat drying some of the layers, but has since flattened out nicely in a box frame and has been stolen by my Mum!
Tracey prefers to use grey board as it allows the collage layers to bend into it more seamlessly than they would on canvas. We used a couple of layers of collage and multiple layers of paint and stamping to create this piece. I'm in love with PaperArtsy gold paint, used on and around the edges of the piece, it's a lovely cool gold and not brassy at all.
Apologies for how wonky the photos are, but they show the dimension and the last one shows the true vibrancy of the piece. 

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Stampin' Bella Tiny Townie Butterfly Girl Brianna

Coooooeeeeeee! Anyone still out there? I know my blog has been home to nothing but tumbleweed lately, but my mission for September is to blog daily and try to keep up with visiting all my lovely blog buddies out there.
This is a card that I made for my niece's birthday back in April that I don't think I've shared yet. It was one of those, oops it's her birthday tomorrow cards that was rustled up for leftover bits lying around. I'd spread some glitter paste through a Dutch Doobadoo stencil on a 5x7 card base when playing with the then new Clearly Besotted sea themed stamp set. I'd stamped the Stampin' Bella Brianna stamp and coloured it with my copics a while ago and so fussy cut that out and added it to the card on 1mm foam tape. A rummage in the die cut bits box yielded the sparkly dangly hearts (Memory Box I think) and I added them to the card. I also found a couple of the happy birthday die cuts in different shades of blue. I glued two together to give more strength as they were going over the sparkle paste in places and glued them in place. To finish, I added a doddled border to the card and some glitter to her wings. Not the best card I've ever created but certainly one of the quickest. I think my niece likes it, although she probably liked the gift card that was enclosed in it more!
I can't believe it's September already, this year has really flown by. I'm going to have to get cracking with my Christmas cards soon. I hope you all have a great craft filled weekend x

Saturday, 4 August 2018

The Flower Challenge #23 - One Layer Card

Well, my poor blog has been neglected of late. Unfortunately, life has thrown quite a few things at me recently, but hopefully things are gradually improving now.
Our new challenge this month over at The Flower Challenge is to make one layer card(s). Never the easiest of challenges, but my teamies have created some great inspiration for you.
I made a super simple card for the challenge using Taylored Expressions Bloomin' Background stamp. I simply stamped it onto my card bank on black archival ink and then stamped the sentiment (possibly from a Winnie & Walter set - but can't find it again to tell you) and that was the card ready for colouring with my zigs. The background stamp is 4.5" x 5.75" so I stamped on a 6"x 6" card base and then trimmed it down a little. See, one layer cards are nothing to be scared of! 
I hope you all have a fab weekend and manage to get some crafting done, hopefully involving a floral theme on one layer!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July

Arrghhh for some reason Blogger didn't post this scheduled post and I've only just realised! I'm sure they're trying to get us to abandon Blogger. I hadn't realised that we were no longer getting comments emailed to us. I'd assumed that as I had been pants recently at visiting and commenting on blogs, that people weren't commenting on my blog. Huge apologies for that everyone. It was only when it was mentioned on the flower challenge DT group that I realised! I also learnt this week that if you go into your blog settings and delete the email address that comments get sent to, and then re-enter the email it seems to work again! After all that waffling, I return you to our scheduled post...
Has anyone else melted? The warm weather is lovely, but just a little too hot for me. Perhaps as an antidote, our new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' is "Christmas in July". 

That said, I didn't go down to cool snowy route, although I might be regretting that now. I used the Clearly Besotted Trimming the Tree stamp set that was sat in my NBUS mountain.
I stamped the scene using memento black, masking off elements to create my scene. I then coloured the image with my trusty copics and die cut it using a Tattered Lace Torn Edge Square. I added a doodled border round it and did the same to a 5x7 card. I used foam tape to stick the image on the card and added some glamour dust to the star and baubles with a quickie glue pen. Simples!
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week, just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top picks.