Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Flower Challenge #60 Reminder - Use Turquoise



It’s time for a reminder about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see turquoise! 

I got out my distress reinkers for this card - salvaged patina and peacock feathers for the flowers and used them to watercolour some images from a Stampendous stamp set that I’ve had for years. I fussy cut everything out and layered it up with gel medium to add dimension, with a doodled border, a touch of glitter on
water and a few gems to finish. 

Don’t forget to check out all my teamies and our guest DT’s amazing creations and I can’t wait to see what you create. 

                                      

Saturday, 4 September 2021

The Flower Challenge #60 Turquoise




Is it just me, or are the nights really starting to draw in now? It’s definitely chiller too, although apparently we’re due a mini heatwave here in the UK! I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

Yep, 4th of the month already and so it’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see turquoise! 

I made this very simple card using this beautiful lupin  Studiolight stamp from their Grunge Collection 5. Really simply watercoloured (turns out I need lots more practice at this!) and the edges distressed before mounting on a DL card. Dymo label sentiment (seriously, I’d forgotten how much strength you need to use of those). 

I’ll be back later in the month with a reminder post, don’t forget to check out all my teamies and our guest DT’s amazing creations

                                         

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

The Flower Challenge #59 Use a Die (optional slimline cards)

I’ve been trying to resist saying it for ages, but seriously, where is this year going?! I can’t believe it’s August already (only another 22 days until payday - I need to practice more control when buying craft goodies!). 

If you’re in a similar position, definitely join us for our new challenge, over at The Flower Challenge where this month we want to see you use dies (and if you feel like it a slimline card) as we have one of our former team mates sponsoring us this month, the fabulous Rachel from RachelVassDesigns

Rachel is giving our lucky winner a PRIZE of three of her amazing digital stamp sets = to approx $15.

We are welcoming back another friend too, our talented Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Therese Calvird  from lostinpaper.com do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards.

I used Mama Elephant’s Big Best Wishes Die layering up the black and kraft card on top of Altenew’s Book Engraving stamp. I could have used the coordinating dies, but chose to fussy cut the flowers and leaves whilst relaxing instead. Super simple!



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 above as you may lose out on winning a prize this time too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

The Flower Challenge Reminder #58 - Use Spots or Stripes

Yep, back again with a reminder about our challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month, we want to see spots or stripes! 

I used one on Tracy Evan’s recent release for Aall and Create, Tattered Florals and the designed to be distressed looking sentiment is from her Bring on the Sentiments set. I used white heat embossing and decoupaged the flower on kraft card with distress oxides in broken china  to colour and speckled egg through a stencil in the background. A doodled border, splats of ink and some Tim Holtz mica flakes on the flower centre to finish simples! 


 

Sunday, 4 July 2021

The Flower Challenge #58 Use Spots or Stripes


Yep, that time of the month again! It’s our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month, we want to see spots or stripes! 

I whipped up this card using yet more of Heartfelt Creations Wild Rose stamps and dies and also their Leafy Accents set. I looked at this card after making it and couldn’t believe that I’d forgotten to shape the leaves. That’ll teach me not to rush!  The sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh and my spotty background paper is an oldie from the sadly defunct Craftwork Cards.

As ever I love seeing your makes so please join us and remember to check out our rules to make sure you’re in with a chance of being our top picks.  



Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The Flower Challenge Reminder #57 CAS


Yep, I’m back with
 a reminder for our challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want clean and simple cards (CAS)

I have to say thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, but to also confess that the colouring is just the Altenew Book Engravings layered stamp set, which did all the work for me! 

I used the same stamp set for my reminder card, but did actually colour over the stamped image with a zig clean colour pen to fill in the white areas. I got out the washi tape again to make this card and just drew in a wobbly line either side of the tape. The little tag sentiment is from an old LOTV stamp set. A bit of fussy cutting and a few dabs of glue (including at the ends of the washi tape to secure them) and job done!

Don’t forget that this month we have a fantastic prize on offer from the fabulous Joy Clair Designs who also generously gave our DT images to play with so please check out which of my teamies used these beautiful images. I’ve copied and pasted the details below so I get it right! 

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 as you may lose out on winning a prize this time too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.

Our kind sponsor for this month is the amazing Joy Clair Designs, giving our lucky winner 3 digital stamp sets of their choice, up to the value of $25 from their store. Try and pay them a visit as they have such beautiful stamps too. The design team have been given some of their digi stamps to use also (see below our names for info).

Our Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Rachel Alvarado from rachelalvaradodesigns.com, do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards.


Friday, 4 June 2021

The Flower Challenge #57 CAS



Yep, June... can’t believe it’ll be the longest day in a few weeks, then all downhill from there! I hope all managed to enjoy a long weekend with some sun if you were in England. I made the mistake of planning a visit to my Mum who lives on the edge of the Lake District on the Bank Holiday Monday, I turned round abd came home when I discovered the traffic queuing to get on the motorway! Fortunately the traffic was better when I visited on Wednesday and I still managed to get sunburnt in her garden. Really should have listened to my .mum when she offered me suntan lotion, Mums definitely know best! 

Anyway, down to business, it’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want clean and simple cards (CAS) This month we have a fantastic prize on offer from the fabulous Joy Clair Designs who also generously gave our  DT images to play with so please check out which of my teamies used these beautiful images. I’ve copied and pasted the details below so I get it right! 

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 as you may lose out on winning a prize this time too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.

Our kind sponsor for this month is the amazing Joy Clair Designs, giving our lucky winner 3 digital stamp sets of their choice, up to the value of $25 from their store. Try and pay them a visit as they have such beautiful stamps too. The design team have been given some of their digi stamps to use also (see below our names for info).

Our Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Rachel Alvarado from rachelalvaradodesigns.com, do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards.

Due to an ongoing dispute with my printer (why do they suddenly refuse to print?!) I didn’t use a sponsor image for my card, instead I used the Altenew Book Engravings stamp set. I also used some washi tape (with a dab of glue to secure it) and a sentiment die, the name of the  manufacturer being lost to all eternity some time ago! 

Saturday, 15 May 2021

The Flower Challenge Reminder #56 Use Your Favourite Flower



I used the Wild Rose Collection from Heartfelt Creations again for my reminder card. This time I left the centres more open an added pearls and stamens and glittered them. Once again I inked and glittered the leaves from Bloomar Designs. The sentiment is from an old Lili of the Valley set. I still can’t decide if I should add a stitched/dotted border round the card in white pen though! 

As usual please check out my teamies amazing makes and I can’t wait to see what you create. 

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 above as you may lose out on winning a prize sometimes too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.


Tuesday, 4 May 2021

The Flower Challenge #56 - Use your favourite flower



Yep, May already and so it’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want you to use your favourite flower. Technically my favourite flower are forget-me-nots, but I’m sadly lacking them in the stamp/die department! I therefore decided to go with roses as there are so many different varieties out there and the smell of a rose garden on a summer evening is glorious.

I used it the Wild Rose Collection from Heartfelt Creations for my card this month. The sentiment is from Elizabeth Crafts and the chipboard accent which I inked and glittered is from Bloomar Designs. 

As usual please check out my teamies amazing makes and I can’t wait to see what you create. 

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 above as you may lose out on winning a prize sometimes too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.


Thursday, 15 April 2021

The Flower Challenge #55 Reminder - Pretty Pastels

Thank you all for your kind words regarding the loss of my Dad, they really do help. 

I’m still managing to get some crafting done and so I’m back with a reminder card for The Flower Challenge. This month we want to see your fantastic floral creations with pastel colours. 

Our kind sponsor this month is  Varadasharma.com with a prize of a gift code of $10 for digital stamps in her shop.

They have also generously provided my teamies with some digital stamps to use. Please check out the shop as they have some amazing digi's there.

I used a lovely Iris stamp by Tracey Evans for Aall and Create to make my card along with some other Aall and Create stamps and stencils for the background. Don’t ask which ones though! I used my distress oxides for the background and to watercolour the flower.

As ever I can’t wait to see your creations, don’t forget to check out or challenge rules



Sunday, 4 April 2021

The Flower Challenge #55 Pretty Pastels


I’m back, my beloved Dad passed away suddenly but peacefully at the start of February due to heart disease at the age of 81. Whilst it’s been difficult, I can’t fault the support and care he received enabling him to remain at home with Mum until a few hours before he died, following a short period of being unwell, or the support we received after his death from his GP and the hospital. 

So, it’s good to get back into crafting with our new challenge for April, over at The Flower Challenge. This month we want to see your fantastic floral creations with pastel colours. 

Our kind sponsor this month is  Varadasharma.com with a prize of a gift code of $10 for digital stamps in her shop.

They have also generously provided my teamies with some digital stamps to use. Please check out the shop as they have some amazing digi's there.

I used Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1 & #2 dies for my card and watercoloured them in soft pastel colours. I also used a Honey Doo crafts background die that I cut out of kraft card and then backed with kraft card to give a textured background. The sentiment is from a vellum sheet by Stamps Away that I backed with white card and added on foam tape. Simples! 



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



Friday, 15 January 2021

The Flower Challenge #52 Use Embossing- Reminder

 



I hope you’re all staying safe, warm and well x

A reminder about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want you to use embossing. You can use heat embossing, or dry embossing, or if you’re feeling adventurous, both! 

I heat embossed this sweet stamp from Art Inspirations in copper embossing powder twice and then fussy cut the entire wreath and also just the larger flowers. I then layered them up on a 7x7 card blank with some foam tape and a gold mat behind it. I added a bow and a diamanté embellishment to finish. Simples!

I can’t wait to see your creations, please check out my teamies fab work and wish a sad farewell to Shona who is stepping down from the DT. 

Don’t forget to check out our rules and if you can add our cue card to your post that’d be fantastic!

Monday, 4 January 2021

The Flower Challenge #52 Use Embossing


 

January again! I don’t do that whole HNY thing *shudders* but I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break in whatever form was allowed where you are! 

 Time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want you to use embossing. You can use heat embossing, or dry embossing, or if you’re feeling adventurous, both! 

I heat embossed this gorgeous A5 stamp from Art Inspirations in clear embossing powder and then watercoloured a rainbow over it. Trimmed it down to fit on a 5x7 card and added a die cut sentiment and a few flowers I’d made and had left over from other projects. Simples!

I can’t wait to see your creations, please check out my teamies fab work and wish a sad farewell to Shona who is stepping down from the DT. 

Don’t forget to check out our rules and if you can add our cue card to your post that’d be fantastic!