Friday, 20 November 2015

Uniko Guest Designer!

Hi! I'm very proud to be Guest Designer for Uniko's November challenge! This month's challenge is:

Christmas with an optional twist of CAS (Clean & Simple)

I used the 'Stunning Snowflakes' stamp set from Uniko to make my card. I masked off the top and bottom of the card to leave a panel. I stamped the sentiment and large snowflakes in Versamark ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I then stamped a few of the medium snowflakes in a light blue, and the small snowflakes in a darker blue. I used ink dusters to ink the background in blues and purples, and then wiped the excess ink off the embossed images to make them bright white again.

Here's my card:

You can find the Uniko challenge here!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

New purchases from the NEC Hobbycrafts Show...

Hi! I went to the Hobbycrafts Show at the NEC last weekend with my best mate Linda (Crafty Distraction), and bought far too much stuff... I haven't had chance to try most of it yet, but here's a card I made using a new stencil from Clarity Stamps, and a new Lavinia fairy stamp:


I used ink dusters to create the background, coloured the wings and outlined the branches with iridescent gel pen, and added Stickles to her hair and the dandelion.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft for the Craic: "Something Glittery"

Crafts Galore: "Use a Stamp or Digi Image"

A Tag Card

Hi! There are a couple of challenges at the moment to use a tag on a card. Here's the one I am entering:

These are the challenges:

That's Crafty: "Tag You're It!"

CAS on Sunday: "Tag It!"

Some Glass Beads

Hi! I haven't made many glass beads this year, and I've really missed it! Here are a few I made last weekend. I'm still deciding what to use them for, but the two ivory ones look like candidates for a pair of earrings...

There are a couple of challenges at the moment with an "Anything But A Card" theme. I'm not sure if glass beads count, but I'm entering this last bead in case...

These are the challenges:

Allsorts: "Anything But A Card"

Sparkles Monthly: "Anything But A Card"

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Little Stampers Sketch

Hi! I am so happy to have been invited as Guest Designer for the Happy Little Stampers November Sketch challenge!

Here's the sketch:

I found a tag shape online and printed it off on white card. Using my favourite Lavinia stamps, I stamped the sentiment, the fairy silhouette and the dandelions first, and then added the leaves in deep red, orange and yellow. I used the same ink pads to create the background, using ink dusters. I added Stickles to the fairy's wings and to the dandelions, to add a bit of sparkle. I cut a rectangle of burnt orange card, and stamped with the dandelions and leaves.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Magical Autumn (With Glitter & Stuff)

Hi! Here's another one-layer card for the Less Is More challenge, but this time with glitter and gems instead of embossing. I'm not sure the glitter shows up very well in the photo, but it's all over her wings, and on the tips of the flowers.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Less Is More: "One Layer - Autumn"

Lavinia: "Glitter & Gems"

Crafting When We Can: "Whimsical With Wings"

Clear It Out "Theme: Things with wings  Stash: Glitter"

Moving Along With The Times "Fairy Enough"

One layer Autumn Card

Hi! Less Is More have a One Layer Autumn challenge at the moment, so I've had a go at a couple of cards.

For this one, I masked the panel with post-it notes, but I cut a flower border in one to get the pattern above the panel. Took me ages to get all the sticky bits of post-it off the punch and the newly-made stencil, though! I stamped and embossed a few times in gold first, and then stamped again in yellows, oranges and deeps reds. I used ink dusters for the background. I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment, but it's a bit speckly as I forgot that you have to be careful when embossing after removing post-its, as the embossing powder can stick there :-s  Oh well. Here's my card:

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Less Is More: "One Layer - Autumn"

My Time To Craft: "Autumnal Colours"

Come And Get It: "Happy Fall Ya'll"

Friday, 9 October 2015

And Some More Autumn-ness

Hi! Here's a card I made, inspired by all the Autumn colours at the moment. I masked the panel, stamped the leaves in 3 different colours, stamping twice to get different shades, and then used ink dusters for the background.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Hand Stamped Sentiments:

4 Crafty Chicks: "Masking"

Simon Says Stamp: "Autumn Is In The Air"

Crafty Creations: "Falling For You"

Time Out: "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile"

Monochromatic Pumpkin Pie

Hi! Here's a card I made inspired by the current Colour Me...! challenge, to use Pumpkin Pie and white. I had added Stickles to the orange flowers, and added a few gems.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Colour Me...!

Hiding In My Craft Room; "Monochromatic"

Shopping Our Stash: "Birthday"

Muse Inspired Brushos Card

Hi! Inspired by this week's Muse challenge, I've been playing around with Brushos to get some lovely vivid colours! I've taken the colours, the flower and the white sentiment from the Muse card. Here's a couple of variations of the design:

I'm entering the first one in the Muse challenge. Here's the beautiful Muse card:

I'm entering the second card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Bit of a Weird One

Hi! I've slowed down on the card-making front, partly because we have a lot going at the moment, and partly because I've been having a lot of migraines. I've just upped the dose of my migraine-preventative pills, which has made me feel rubbish and drugged for the last few days, so I thought I'd try to make something to cheer myself up! So... this is what I came up with. Yes, I know, it's a bit weird. Still deciding whether I like it or not.

Less Is More has a 'Jewel Colours' challenge at the moment, Addicted to Stamps has a photo inspiration challenge which inspired these colours against black, and City Crafter has a 'Scribble Doodle Fun' challenge.

On white cardstock I doodled the flower with an embossing pen, and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured the image with distress inks and a water brush, and then cut it out and 3D-mounted it onto black card backed with Tip Top Taupe card. I added gems for a bit of bling.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Less Is More: "Jewel Colours"

Addicted to Stamps:

City Crafter: "Scribble Doodle Fun"

CAS-ual Fridays: (Distressing, Sparkling, Embossing)

The ABC Challenge: "S is for Sprinkles" (Embossing Powder)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Birthday Wishes

Hi! Here's a card I made tonight, inspired by this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, and the colours from the Just Us Girls challenge:

I added a few gems, and some Stickles on the flowers, to add some sparkle, The card is layered on to silver-patterned vellum, and then black cardstock.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketch

Just Us Girls

Crafty Cardmakers: "Make It Sparkle"

Wags 'n' Whiskers: "Glitter / Sparkle"