Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Folds, Sparkles and All That Jazz!

The latest monthly class at Kit & Clowder is a great one for people like me who hate colouring hair, lol.  Alyce has chosen some wonderful images from Moonflower with big hair and lots of folds to practice these techniques.  I am in the marker classes, but chose to use the pencil class image as I preferred this one. 
I decided I wanted to keep this class, so rather than putting her on a card, I fussy-cut her and put her in a simple clip frame.  I had bought a couple of frames, but the edges were too close and cut the image up a little. 

Product list:
  • Clip frame
  • Lilac paper
  • Core'dinations GlitterSilk card
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Black, Warm Grey 4 & 5, Indigo, French Navy, Aegean, Cyan, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green, Cocoa, Gold, Sunflower, Canary, Lemon, Mulberry, Magenta, Carmine, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink & Sunkissed Pink

I had to photograph from slightly above so not to get any reflection on the glass. It does make the picture look a little odd to me, but it couldn't be helped!

I am entering my picture into the following challenges:
  1. The Ribbon Girl - July Use Any Image
  2. Colour Crazy - wk29 AG
  3. Creative Fingers - #134 AG
  4. Lemon Shortbread - #46 AG
  5. Polkadoodles - wk28 AG

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Poinsettia Joy

Eek I'm doing Christmas in July again!  When it comes to Christmas cards I really like to keep things simple. It's the time of year when I'm making more cards and spending a lot on postage, so a million embellishments just isn't cost effective to me. 
For this card I have used the gorgeous Conie Fong image 'Holly Poinsettia' and a lovely focal paper from My Mind's Eye. 

Product list:

  • Kraft card blank
  • MME 'Sleigh Bells Ring' designer paper
  • 3D foam pads
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Pastel Pink, Black, Warm Grey 4 & 5, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, Holly, Pine, Lush Green, Sunflower, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Apricot, Walnut, Henna, French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue, Amber, Tulip, Indigo, True Blue, Cobalt, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Gold & Ginger
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White
  • Wink of Stella, Clear

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Conie Fong (FB) - Anything Goes/Christmas In July
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - #343 AG
  3. Crafty Awesomeness - July AG
  4. A Gem of A Challenge - #199 Christmas In July
  5. ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for New, O is for Old (new image, old card blank & paper)
  6. Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - July AG

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life In The Fast Lane

Today I would love to share with you a card that I made my Dad for his birthday at the weekend.  I have used a gorgeous new rubber stamp 'Carmen Electrafying', that I got from KennyK Stamps before they closed.  I've only used digistamps from them previously, but I'm very impressed with the quality of the clear stamp.
The great thing about the clear stamps is the main image comes in a set with sentiments and accessories too.  I've used the sentiment with this card and also the tire tread marks.  I've embossed these and think it came out looking like muddy tracks. 
A technique I love doing with Core'dinations (that I know some people are scared to do) is scrunching up the card then flattening out again and sanding. It gives a wonderful distressed look and more texture than just sanding the edges, or sanding flat.

Product list:

  • Grey cardstock
  • Mirri card
  • Core'dinations cardstock & GlitterSilk cardstock
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Diamond Plate' embossing folder
  • X-Cut oval nesting die
  • Memento ink
  • Wow! black embossing powder
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Script Words dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Cardinal, Hot Pink, Lipstick, Black, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4 & 5, Ruby, Powder Blue & Shale
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. I ♥ ProMarkers - #339 AG
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #62 AG
  3. Crafty Awesomeness - July AG
  4. Crafty Creations - #346 AG
  5. Creative Moments - #122 AG

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Pretty Lilies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello all, 

How time flies - already my last inspiration post for July at Ching-Chou Kuik.  I do hope you've been checking out all the other gorgeous inspiration from the team and added your own creations to the challenge.

This week the team have an 'Anything Goes' theme.  I chose to use an image that I actually coloured a little while ago, but never added to a card.  She is the gorgeous 'Lily'.  I had to have this one as they are my favourite flower and also my daughter's name. 

Product list:
  • Cream cardstock
  • HunkyDory cardstock and embellishment
  • Centura Pearl cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • X-Cut nesting oval die
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Rose Pink, Turquoise, Cool Aqua, Lemon, Cardinal, Tulip, Forest Green, Cool Grey 1 & 3, Burgundy, Tea Green, Duck Egg, Cyan, Mulberry & Cerise

Had to to show the gorgeous sheen of the Centura Pearl card!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Live, Love, Laugh

After purchasing a flip card die and making a few cards with it at Christmas, I haven't gotten around to making any more so I thought it was about time.  The cute 'Primrose Sprite' from Aurora Wings I had coloured up was the perfect size to fit along with a stamped sentiment and a couple of dragonflies. 

Product list:

  • Pink cardstock
  • Designer papers from Amy Tangerine and Recollections
  • Sizzix Flip Card dies
  • Recollections paper flower
  • Indigo Blu clear stamps
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Vellum
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Sunkissed Pink, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Tulip, Buttercup, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Mulberry, Magenta, Carmine, Primrose, Warm Grey 1 & 2, Bright Green, Leaf Green & Meadow Green

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings FB - July Things With Wings
  2. Creative Fingers - #134 Anything Goes
  3. Simon Says Monday - Get In Shape
  4. Come and Get It - 2 or More Designer Papers
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1729 Anything Goes
  6. A Perfect Time To Craft - #7 Anything Goes

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Christmas In A Bottle

Do you ever start something, then put it away because you're not really sure what you want to do with it yet?  
I bought a bottle of iced tea a while ago and of course had to keep the bottle to create something with.  I decided to fill it with some little Christmas baubles that I had leftover from making a wreath.  Then I put it in a box and forgot about it. 
I won the gorgeous 'Garland Sprite' from Aurora Wings during Mitzi's 3K Facebook member celebration, coloured her up and put her in my folder (I have lots of coloured up images in there - I really must start using some!).
Realising I only have a couple of days left to enter the Aurora Wings blog challenge, I grabbed Garland Sprite out and wracked my brains for what to do with her.  I've made lots of cards lately so wanted to do something different. Hunting for a glass jar or something, I found the bottle of baubles that I'd put away. Lightbulb moment! I added some paper filler to nestle the baubles so they wouldn't rattle and covered the lid with burlap.  A bit of ribbon, twine and bells and my creation was complete!

Product list:
  • Glass bottle
  • Baubles
  • Paper 'filler shreds'
  • Burlap
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Bells
  • ProMarkers - Raw Sienna, Ginger, Saffron, Oatmeal, Burgundy, Shale, Cardinal, Ruby, Holly, Lush Green, Forest Green, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Canary, China Blue & Blue Pearl
  • Wink of Stella, Clear
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, white

I am entering my bottle into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings Blog - #53 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #341 Anything Goes
  3. Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - July Anything Goes
  4. Creative Craft Cottage - #91 Christmas In July
  5. Not Just Cards - #46 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Tender Angie at Ching-Chou Kuik

Here we are, almost halfway through July already!  There's still plenty of time to join in the challenge over at Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Challenge Blog

This week the team were challenged to all use the same image - 'The Tender Angie'. This is such a great idea as we all have different styles of colouring and cardmaking. Make sure you check back on the blog daily for some new inspiration using this image. 

Products used:
  • Cream  & pink cardstock
  • Patterned papers
  • Doily
  • X-Cut edge punch
  • Outline stickers
  • Brad
  • Paper flowers
  • Wink of Stella clear
  • ProMarkers - Spice, Coral, Soft Peach, Blush, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Black, China Blue, Cobalt, Blue Pearl, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Violet, Lilac, Lavender, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua & Tea Green

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Countryside Bouquet

Since discovering Power Poppy I've been really loving their images, so I was very happy to snag 'Countryside Bouquet' for a bargain price. 
I'd already cut the image in a circle before seeing the new blog challenge of 'Copy a Bloomie'.  I had a look through Instagram and found the perfect card to use.  I love the simple layering and button embellishment on Julie's card. 

As I was browsing anyway, I figured I would also use some of the colour inspiration that was posted!
I love purple, so this was a great scheme to start with. There are several others, so I'm going to have to do some more!

Products used:
  • Grey cardstock
  • Green Mulberry paper
  • Purple ribbon
  • Grey Lace
  • Green Button
  • Twine
  • Recollections laser cut card from the Boho collection
  • ProMarkers - Holly, Pine, Lush Green, Plum, Mulberry, Fuchsia, Warm Grey 1-4, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Canary, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa & Caramel

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - On the CASE!
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - #7 July Anything Goes
  3. TTCRD - WK 11 July Anything Goes
  4. The Ribbon Girl - July Cards
  5. I ♥ ProMarkers - #339 Anything Goes

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Who's Birthday?!

Today is a very special day as it's my husbands 40th Birthday.  When I saw the May collection of bears at Teddy Bo & Co I knew I had to have one.  Hubby is a big fan of Dr. Who and I couldn't have asked for a more fitting image for him. This is my very first Teddy Bo image, so I wanted to give him an awesome background fitting for the theme.  Since starting classes at Kit & Clowder I have been much more experimental with backgrounds so decided on a timey-wimey sparkly swirl in a night sky.  I think it turned out pretty awesome. I also found a knitting pattern for the scarf so followed the colours on that as best I could.

Product list:
  • Black cardstock
  • Recollections Gears & clock
  • ProMarkers - Henna, Cinnamon, Caramel, Sandstone, Umber, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Soft Lime, Primrose, Black, French Navy, Midnight, Cobalt, Aubergine, Plum, Purple, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Cocoa, Gold, Sunflower, Canary, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Olive, Moss, Pear, Cool Grey 3, 4 & 5, Lemon, Indigo, China Blue & Blue Pearl 
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #23 AG
  2. The Ribbon Girl - July Cards
  3. Passion for ProMarkers - WK402 AG
  4. Open-Minded Crafting Fun - Just About Time
  5. I ♥ ProMarkers  - #338 Special Occasions

July Challenge at Crafting With An Attitude

It's time for a new challenge over at Crafting With An Attitude and this time we are sponsored by Lacy Sunshine

I chose 'Dreamcatcher Maiden' to use as I really love dreamcatchers and used to have a couple up before I moved! 

Product List:

  • Kraft card blank
  • Gems
  • Twine
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Raw Sienna, Gold, Walnut, Cocoa, Turquoise, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Apricot, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Black & Warm Grey 1-5
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Your Scrapbook Place - Summer Fun! AG
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1727 AG
  3. A Bit More Time To Craft - #47 AG
  4. Brown Sugar - #257 AG
  5. Colour Crazy - Wk26 AG

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Monochrome at Ching-Chou Kuik

I am so thrilled to have been asked to join the team over at the Ching-Chou Kuik Monthly Blog Challenge. It is always an honour to be chosen by a stamp artist. 
Our challenge this month is Monochrome

For my very first inspiration post I am using the image 'Poinsettia Fairy', which comes in a set of four images.  I figured why not do a 'Christmas in July' card as I rarely ever do them so early!

Product list:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Ribbons
  • Gems
  • MME designer paper from the 'Sleigh Bells Ring' collection
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cardinal, Rose Pink, Blossom, Burgundy, Ruby, Lipstick , Shale & Warm Grey 1
  • Gold Sakura Gelly Roll

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

It's a great day here today as not only is it a new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore but it's also Canada Day! 
This time we are sponsored by Oddball Art 

I was given this "Oddie From Canada" image to use, which turned out to be quite fitting.  I have put her on a gift bag.
Product list:
  • Brown gift bag
  • Canada stickers
  • Corner rounding punch
  • Red & White tissue paper
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Beige, Umber, Cinnamon, Tan, Raw Sienna, Crimson, Berry, Lipstick, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue

I am entering my gift bag into the following challenges:
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1726 AG
  2. Brown Sugar - #257 AG
  3. Colour Crazy Challenge - #26 AG
  4. Crafty Awesomeness - July AG

Friday, 30 June 2017

The Sea Is Calling

I recently treated myself to a few bits from the Graphic 45 'Voyage Beneath The Sea' collection.  Typically of me I waited until it has been discontinued to decide to buy it, so it wasn't easy to find somewhere selling all the bits I wanted!  
My mermaid image collection is getting larger though and I wanted something to go with them better.   Now I need some dies.... lol.
I have paired the papers with the super-cute 'Happy Little Mermaid' image from Aurora Wings that I chose as one of my images for winning Artist's Choice in March.  

Product list:
  • Kraft card blank from Michaels
  • Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath The Sea papers, ephemera card and embellishment
  • Twine
  • Ranger Stickles - Green, Yellow & Platinum
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Ginger, Saffron, Oatmeal, Vanilla, Blush, Burgundy, Pale Pink, Almond, Cyan, Duck Egg & Cool Aqua
  • Wink of Stella, Clear
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White

I had a little 'oops' moment when colouring my mermaid - my Wink of Stella wasn't flowing too well, so I gave a little squeeze and a blob landed on the mermaid's tail.  At least it went in the right place, but she is somewhat more glittery than I was aiming for!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Lemon Shortbread - #44 AG
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - AG
  3. Aurora Wings - #52 Under The Sea
  4. Crafting When We Can - Use an Image
  5. Crafty Catz - #377 AG
  6. Stamps by Aurora Wings (Facebook) - Something Blue

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Farewell KennyK Stamps

And so, as our closing party draws to an end, I want to wish Elena & KennyK a fabulous future in all that they do.  

I have one last very special card to show you today using the fabulous 'Game Show Gals' and my own sentiment.  This is my personal card to the fabulous KennyK family and I have gone CAS as the image says it all. 

Product list:
  • White and coloured cardstock
  • Gold & silver Sakura Gelly Rolls
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Sunkissed Pink, Black, Cool Grey 4 & 5, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Hot Pink, Carmine, Pastel Pink, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Aubergine, Warm Grey 1-3, Amber, Sunflower, Tulip, Buttercup, Denim & Powder Blue

Don't forget you only have just over a day left to shop in the massive closeout sale!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #23 AG
  2. The Ribbon Girl - June Any Image
  3. Simon Says Wednesday - AG
  4. I♥Promarkers - #338 Special Occasions
  5. AAA Cards - #93 Words Take Centre Stage

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Birthday Fishes at Club KennyK

We are continuing the farewell party at Club KennyK and it's my turn again for some inspiration.  
Don't forget there are still loads of bargains in the shop until the end of the month.

This time I am using a stamp I haven't used before - "Goldfish Kid". I always shy away from male images for some reason, so I thought it was about time to use one.  For this card I have also decided to break out some stash I haven't used for a while, which is the patterned papers. 

Product list:
  • White cardstock
  • Papermania designer papers
  • Echo Park enamel dots
  • Twine
  • X-Cut large oval die
  • 3D foam pads
  • ProMarkers - Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Oatmeal, Saffron, Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Warm Grey 1-5, French Navy, Cobalt, Powder Blue, Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Mango, Pumpkin, Gold, Tulip & Cool Aqua

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Colour Crazy - WK25 Anything Goes
  2. Craft Rocket - #38 For the Men/Boys
  3. Crafty Creations - #344 Anything Goes
  4. If You Give A Crafter  a Cookie - #71 Anything Goes (inspired by the colours)
  5. A Gem of A Challenge - #197 Summer Colours

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Time Flies

I've been meaning to try the emboss-resist technique for some time but just hadn't done it, even though I got a new heat tool a few months ago! The new challenge of create your own background at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group kicked me into gear though and I finally gave it a go. I've also coloured a background around the image to emulate old paper. 

Product list: 

  • Digtal Stamp 'Time Flies' by Ching-Chou Kuik
  • Kraft card blank
  • Papermania Chronology stamps
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  • Ranger Pigment Ink 
  • Metal gears and brads
  • Cosmic Shimmer extra thick clear embossing crystals
  • Anita's 3D Gloss
  • Outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Black, Pastel Pink, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Pine, Olive, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, French Navy, Aegean, Blue Pearl, Sunflower, Burgundy, Warm Grey 1, Raw Sienna, Tulip, Canary, Lemon, Shale, Cool Grey 4 & 5 and Caramel

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps (FB) - Create A Background
  2. Simon Monday - Touchy Feely
  3. Simon Wednesday - Emboss It
  4. Sparkles Monthly - #93 Embossing heat or dry
  5. Fab 'n' Funky - #355 Vintage
  6. Not Just Cards - #45 Anything Goes
  7. Open-Minded Crafting Fun #18 Just About Time in June
  8. Crafty Gals Corner - #127 Vintage
  9. Creative Moments - #120 AG
  10. Crafting by Designs - Things With Wings
  11. A Bit More Time To Craft - #46 AG

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Time For Wine?

I just love this Faery Ink image 'Saloon Girl Bella' and thought she would be perfect for a wine bottle tag.  This is one of those projects I'm not making for anyone in particular, but it's always good to have a gift tag to hand!

Product list:
  • Recollections Kraft card
  • Core'dinations cardstock - Tim Holtz Kraft-Kore Nostalgic Collection
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder, clocks
  • X-Cut Tri-Boss folder, gears
  • Brads
  • Walmart craft trim
  • Sizzix Thinlits - Tim Holtz Alterations Celebration Words
  • X-Cut circle nesting die
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Rose Pink, Burgundy, Cardinal, Berry, Raw Sienna, Pine, Forest, Apple, Cinnamon, Tan, French Navy, Aegean, Cyan, Black, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4, & 5, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green, Warm Grey 1 & 2, Blush
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, Silver

I am entering my tag into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Monday - Touchy Feely
  2. Simon Wednesday - Emboss It
  3. Fab 'n' Funky - #355 Vintage
  4. Lemon Shortbread - #43 Anything Goes
  5. Let's Craft and Create - #126 Girls, Girls, Girls
  6. Not Just Cards - #45 Anything Goes
  7. Open-Minded Crafting Fun - #18 Just About Time
  8. Crafty Gals Corner - #127 Vintage
  9. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1724 Anything Goes
  10. Classic Design Team Open - #15 Anything Goes
  11. Crafty Awesomeness - June Anything Goes
  12. Creative Moments - #120 Anything Goes

Friday, 9 June 2017

Something Blue

Have you seen the party going on at Aurora Wings Facebook group for their 3K members celebration this weekend?   There's a massive showcase of new images plus loads of games and prizes.  I recently came in the top 3 and chose the gorgeous 'Flora 2: Goddess of Flowers'.  She's a pretty daunting image, so I went monochromatic to make it a little easier.  I decided to make her into a wedding card as I think colouring her in blue was perfect for this theme.  

Product list:

  • Coloured cardstock
  • Core'dinations cardstock
  • Sizzix butterfly dies
  • Pearls
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Pastel Pink, Antique Pink, China Blue, Cobalt, Arctic Blue, Midnight Blue, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Indigo & Warm Grey 1-5
  • Sakura White Gelly Roll

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings (Facebook) - Something Blue
  2. Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - Celebration
  3. Butterfly Challenge - #79 L is for Layers and/or colour Cream
  4. Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - Butterflies
  5. Creative Fingers - #132 AG
  6. Let's Craft and Create - #126 Girls, Girls, Girls!
  7. Passion for ProMarkers - WK398 Birds, Bugs & Butterflies
  8. Power Poppy - Go Ahead - Bug Me!

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