Tuesday 31 July 2018

Just a note

Searching for some Christmas papers I found a couple of sheets of this ,I think it was by Craftwork Cards and given to me by a friend.  I coloured in the flowers with zig watercolour pens and made a couple of note cards

The Just a note stamp is a free one from Crafty Individuals, never used before but now I've found it will be using it again as I love the font. There is still a week to go on Try It On Tuesday challenge which is to use book paper/magazine paper etc.

Saturday 28 July 2018

Have Cake !

Just had another play with this Penny Black stamp, I don't know why the sequins look pink on here as they are really a sort of yellow/peach colour.  I have spent two afternoons and evenings sorting out the enormous stack of  craft magazines that had accumulated in the corner of this room. I think it must be a couple of years since I made any attempt to sort it out! I do subscribe to two magazines but think I will cancel at least one of them ,the last few issues have been quite disappointing. Anyhow I have ended up with just one basket of them now (plus a pile of articles I've torn out for future ideas,mostly techniques that I'd like to try, just need to find a home for them now) We had a lovely downpour last night and through the night and then again this morning and late afternoon,everything feels much fresher now. Anyhow I'd like to enter my card into a couple of challenges which are

Cardz4galz - Food and/or drink
Always Happy Birthday - Birthday/ cake

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Book Paper

Its time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we are asking you to use book paper on your project.  For my page I have used a piece of inky card layered with music and patterned tissue, I added torn strips of print from an old book and then layered a piece of Idealogy Collage paper over the top and added a couple of chit chat stickers. For more inspiration take a visit to Try It On Tuesday challenge blog to see what the design team has to show you,look forward to seeing your entries.

Monday 23 July 2018

A Perfect Gentleman

A very quick collage card using Graphic 45 Perfect Gentleman papers.  I have hoarded and stroked Graphic 45 papers for a few years now but the time has come for them to get used !  As I have a big concertina file full of them including every tiny scrap saved it will take some time to even slim the file down a bit but making a start with this card.

Cardz4guyz Challenge - Men's Fashion

Flowers all over

Still playing with Brusho paints and getting messy,  I stamped and embossed the Hero Arts stamp and embossed in gold, sprinked patches of  Rose Pink and Emerald Green Brusho and liberally sprayed with water allowing the paint to flow and cover the entire image. After that dried I painted the flowers and leaves with the same Brusho colours. My very ancient Krylon gold pen finally expired but I found another gold leaf pen to edge the piece with,background is another piece coloured with the same brusho colours. I'm feeling quite liberated just enjoying what I'm making at the moment and revisiting old techniques. I'd like to enter a couple of challenges

Allsorts Challenge - Flowers All Over
Ellibelles Corner Challenge - also Flowers all over

Thursday 19 July 2018

Planes,Trains and Automobiles

Ages since I've made a collage style card as they seem to have rather gone out of favour but on mission to regain my pleasure in crafting I've had a go at making one.  Looking through challenges I saw that Frilly and Funky have a challenge for Planes,Trains and Automobiles and that their style is vintage or shabby chic and that is what kick started this piece, not sure if it meets their criteria but I'll enter it anyway.
Also like to enter these challenges too

The Male Room  -  Include an unexpected item ( The Panama Jack clothing tag in the R.H corner)

Watercooler Challenge - Masculine   
Stinkininker challenge - planes,trains and automobiles


Wednesday 18 July 2018

More Crafty Individuals

Another card for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations  In My Garden theme, this month we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals and as I have lots of their stamps it was hard to choose which to use. I have used the acrylic block stamping technique for the background and them simply stamped over it with black Versafine ink, added a little colour to a couple of the flowers and the dragon fly and some punched butterflies from a left over bit of the oxide ink back ground piece, there is still plenty of time to enter our challenge so hope to see you there.

Tuesday 17 July 2018


The challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to Add A Quote and there is still a week to enter .  After I had made my DT card last week I thought that I do not use my quotation stamps nearly enough so last night I made a batch of Brusho backgrounds and tonight I have been stamping and adding quotes to some of the pieces.

For this one I have stamped the Crafty Individuals Baroque background, the quotation is from an old set of Elusive Image (now Chocolate Baroque) stamps and the butterflies are also Elusive images stamped onto an extra piece, of inky paper and fussy cut

For my second card I have used Inkylicious Ballerina stamp, added a bit of glitter to her Tutu and a quote from a very old Chapel Road stamp set, a few punched glitter stars added.

Used the gorgeous Visible Image butterfly for this one, quote from Artistic Stamper and foliage from Inkylicious

This is my least favourite but maybe it will grow on me ! its a Woodware stamp and an Elusive image butterfly, I have tried to add a bit of colour to the plants but think I would stamp it in another colour another time.

I have been really struggling with crafting for some time now and have even considered giving it up but I've made a few decisions as I have realised I was feeling pressured to produce cards for my charity ,making cards I knew would sell rather than just making what I really like, so I am putting that on hold for the time being.  The above cards were my first just for fun play and I have enjoyed making them .

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Add A Quote

The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to" Add A Quote"  NOT a sentiment.  This is not the card I had intended to show but I have not been able to get a decent scan or photo of the other one as I'm having lots of problems with my computer. On this I have used a HoneyDoo stamp of the dancer and the wording is from Inkylicious. The background is one of my inky pieces ,I think I may have used Glimmer mists on it and I've just added some little glittery stars. Hope you will join us in our challenge.

This was the first card I made with the dancer stamp but I liked the pink one best !

Sunday 1 July 2018

Christmas stockings

Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this month Jacky has chosen Christmas Stockings as the challenge theme.  Had a rummage amongst my many Christmas stamps but couldn't find anything appropriate so thought I 'd have a look through some old Making Cards Christmas magazines and found this cute little robin sitting in the cosy knitted stocking, the papers came from the same magazine so a quick and easy card to make. As there were 4 images on the page I thought I might as well use the other three and make them up into cards.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month and add another card to your Christmas card box.

Here are the other three cards

In My Garden

This year is flying past too fast for my liking and its already time for the July Challenge at Stamping Sensations .  This month we are sponsored by Crafty Individuals and the theme is In My Garden. For my card I have used a Crafty Individuals stamp, this is from a set of two stamps called Spring Flowers.  I do have some Fritillaries in my garden but there are only two or three of them, one of my neighbours has lots but mine refuse to spread even though they have been in for years.  I love the delicacy of this stamp so decided to keep the card simple. The DP is also from Crafty Individuals as is the little bee stamp.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month.  We are a stamping challenge so need to see the stamping in a prominent place on your card.