Sunday, 4 September 2022

The Flower Challenge #72 - Add Sparkle



September and it definitely seems that the nights are starting to draw in here. Chilly mornings (so not great when the fire alarm goes off first thing at work and you’re stood outside without a cardigan on for 15 minutes until they work out it’s a faulty sensor!). Our new Flower Challenge this month is to “Add Sparkle” to your floral creations.

My challenge card this month decided to mutate into a spooky Halloween card in keeping with the autumnal changes.  I made a background with Craft Artist shimmer sprays (not that the shimmer shows up on the photo of course, it just makes the background look lighter than it is, the second photo shows a more accurate colour). I used the Sizzix Filigree Border die, then it went a bit creepy when I added some Platinum dust distress glitter to the centre of the flowers, giving me Little Shop of Horror vibes. 

In my defence, I hadn’t intended to use that glitter, but I am currently battling an invasion of small mammals with long tails that have taken over the row of houses where I live. Shudder. I can safely say that they’re not as cute as the ones on stamps drawn by Ellen Jareckie and they stink! I’ve therefore been decluttering and boxing up lots of my craft stuff to speed up their eviction and now can’t find anything. That said, the creepy vibes gave me an excuse to use my lovely Tim Holtz Bold Text Halloween dies that had just arrived, so at least I could find them!   

As ever, I can’t wait to see your creations this month, don’t forget to check out our rules and my teamies and our fab guest DT’s stunning creations.

Friday, 15 July 2022

The Flower Challenge #70 Reminder - CAS

If you’re in the UK I hope you’re not melting in this recent hot weather and are staying safe and cool. It’s time for a reminder about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see clean and simple creations. I used the main stamp from the Funky Fossil “Hello Gorgeous” set, stamped off the corner of the card. I used my polychromos pencils and settled in for a good colouring session! Once again a touch of glitter and a doodled border to finish.

Monday, 4 July 2022

The Flower Challenge #70 - CAS

 

July! How did that happen? Time definitely passes more quickly the older you get. Weekends don’t last anywhere near long enough that’s for sure!

As it’s July, it’s time for our new challenge at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see clean and simple creations. I used a stamp from the Funky Fossil “Hello Gorgeous” set. I got out my polychromos pencils and fussy cut it before adding to the card with foam tape. The sentiment is from the same set. To finish a touch of glitter and a doodled border of course. Simples!

As ever, I’m looking forward to seeing your creations.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

The Flower Challenge #69 Reminder - Use Blue and Yellow

 Yup, I’m back with a reminder post about our current challenge - Use Blue and Yellow at The Flower Challenge

Another simple card this time. I used the clean up from the stencil after making my first card. Once dry I blended some blue distress oxides over the top. I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the flowers from Aall & Create #517 and added on foam tape. A Clarity Stamp sticker sentiment and doodled border to finish along with a touch of glitter on the flowers. Simples! 

Don’t forget to check out our challenge rules and the fab creations of my teamies and guest DT. 


Saturday, 4 June 2022

The Flower Challenge #69 Use Blue and Yellow

Happy June! If like me you’re in the UK, I hope you’re enjoying the extra long weekend for the Platinum Jubilee. A new month means it’s time for a new challenge and so over at The Flower Challenge we want you to use Blue and Yellow. 

I made a very simple card this month. Indigo Blu sparkle paste through an Anna Marie Designs stencil, then stamps from Aall and Create #624 set with the crocus fussy cut and added on foam tape. Obviously a doodled border to finish! 

As ever, I’m looking forward to seeing your creations. Don’t forget to check out my teamies amazing creations and our fab guest designer too! 


Wednesday, 4 May 2022

The Flower Challenge #68 - Use a number

 

I’ve tried to resist saying it for a bit, but seriously, where is the time going?! I can’t believe it’s May already, there is a beautiful avenue of cherry trees near the end of my journey into work and it’s been a delight to see them come into beautiful pink blossom and then rain petals like confetti as they go over. With lockdowns etc I’ve missed seeing them in full bloom for a couple of years. 

If flowers inspire you too, why not join us for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge where this month we want you to add a number.

My card was inspired by the pink blossom and was my 18th birthday card for my niece (I definitely can’t believe how quickly those 18 years have flown!)

I used Heartfelt Creations Wild Rose and stamps and dies, Tim Holtz Shadow number dies, a stencil from Celebr8 and Bloomar Designs laser cut embellishments. 

As ever, please remember to check our rules and we’d love if you could add our badge in your post. Don’t forget too to check out my amazing teamies and our fabulous guest designer’s work. Happy crafting!



Friday, 15 April 2022

The Flower Challenge #67 Add a Heart Reminder

Happy Easter! I hope the Easter bunny is kind to you and brings you lots of eggs! Here in England we have bank (public) holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday, so a lovely long weekend to relax and craft. 

If you’re wondering what to make, why not join our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month, we want you to add a heart.

I used the same stencil from Heffy Doodle as my previous card, but this time used purple distress ink through it. The flower is an old Woodware stamp that I stamped on white card and coloured with Jane Davenport ink markers and then fussy cut. I added a bit of glitter to the flower centre, a clarity stamp sentiment and a doodled border to finish. Simples!

As ever, I can’t wait to see your cards and don’t forget to check out my teamies and our guest designers amazing makes. 


Monday, 4 April 2022

The Flower Challenge #67 Add a Heart



 I hope that everyone is keeping well, it’s time for our new challenge The Flower Challenge and this month, we want you to add a heart.

I used a sunflower from a recent Clarity Stamp release that I coloured with watercolour pens then fussy cut. In the background I used a Heffy Doodle stencil and applied foil transfer medium through it and then added blue foil. The tag is from an old LOTV set and the string bow was from the name tag they put on my car keys when I had it serviced! Of course a doodled border to finish it off. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

The Flower Challenge Reminder #66 Use Scraps

It’s time for a reminder of our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want you to did out those left over bits (that we all can’t quite bear to throw away). 

I used a the same bits of papers that I used for my first card and also some flower forming foam flowers that looking back on my blog I made around December along with a few die cut leaves and another Clarity Stamp sentiment strip and of course a few squiggles.

Please check out my teamies and our guest designers fantastic work too. 


Friday, 4 March 2022

The Flower Challenge #66 Use Scraps

I hope you and your loved ones ate safe and well in these uncertain times, my heart goes out to those living in Ukraine. 

 A new month and a new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want you to did out those left over bits (that we all can’t quite bear to throw away). 

I had a rummage and found some bits from an old Lili of the Valley paper pad and some leftover stamped and fussy cut Altenew images. I only used a tiny bit of the papers for my first card. 



As ever we can’t wait to see what you create this month, and please check out my teamies and our guest designers fantastic work too. 


Sunday, 27 February 2022

It’s not a floral card!!

 


Yup, I do actually do some crafting that isn’t just for The Flower Challenge. I’m looking forward to the Pottery Throwdown on C4 tonight! Just before covid hit I started going to some one day clay workshops with the fantastic Linda at Green Man Ceramics in Trawden, Lancashire. 

Linda is a fantastic teacher and takes you through the process step by step and will give your clay a squidge if it’s looking dodgy! This was the very first hare I made, I collected it after it had had some oxides (not the Tim Holtz kind - Saltwater Taffy on order!) and under glaze added by Linda then fired. He’s been happily sat on my mantle piece (next to my powertex angel) since just before the first lockdown!  I’ve done another um.. 6 workshops since then, so will show you those makes soon (hares/rabbits feature quite heavily for some reason!) You can see some of the stages he went through below (I didn’t think to take photos at the start!)






Tuesday, 15 February 2022

The Flower Challenge #65 Occasions Reminder

It’s time for a reminder about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see your floral creations from an occasion. 

I dragged out of my stash an  Aall & Create die cut that I’d cut from a gel plate print. Hopefully you can see from the second photo that has a more accurate colour that my flowers made from Heartfelt Creations Wild Roses stamp/die set pick up some of the colours in it. I added a mix of micro beads and glitter to the flower centres.  I trimmed down another one of the same sentiment strip as I used on my previous card and doodled a border to finish. Simples!

As ever I can’t wait to see your amazing makes this month 😊



Friday, 4 February 2022

The Flower Challenge #65 Occasions

Happy February! Hope you’re all keeping warm and well. It’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see your floral creations from an occasion. We’re not fussy, any occasion will do! It’s a special occasion in this house if I do the dusting, but not entirely sure that counts for the challenge! 

I used some adorable Aall and Create stamps by Janet Kline for my card, along with one of her stencils for the background. If I find them again, I’ll update you on which ones they are! Water-coloured flowers fussy cut and a distress oxide inky, watery stencilled background, hence the slightly warped card! The sentiment  is from Clarity stamps book of words stickers and a bit of doodled detail with a fine liner to finish. 

As ever, I’ve stolen the following guidance below from the challenge blog! I can’t wait to see your makes this month

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 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 January 2022

The Flower Challenge #64 Monochrome

I hope you’ve all had a happy and healthy start to the year and that you had some time to relax and most importantly craft of course! 

As ever the 4th of the month means it’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see monochrome! So, in other words, either make a card in black and white, or using one colour and differing shades of that colour only. 

I made a super simple card using the Sizzix Floral Lattice die set. I used the front and back of pieces of Kraft card to give the two shades and die cut each layer twice and layered them up to add some depth and shadow. I was going to use a clear wink of stella glitter pan to emphasise the colour difference and add a sparkle to one layer, but couldn’t find it!

I can’t wait to see your creations this year and thank you to everyone who takes time to visit and comment on my blog, it’s very much appreciated. Sadly, life is so hectic at the moment I don’t have the time or energy to visit you all as often as I would like to, finding time to craft is difficult enough!

I’ve stolen the following guidance from the challenge blog! 
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 sometimes too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.