Monday, 31 August 2015

Deedee's September DOM

It's that time again, the start of the new challenge at Deedee's Digis. This time Deedee has come up with a cute autumn elephant.

Materials used:SAM_1992(watermarked)
Deedee's Digi DOM - Leaf Your Cares Behind
white A5 card blank
blending card
light brown and dark brown card
leaf punches
Brushos in autumnal colours
watercolour card
Spray and Shine
Copic pens

I printed out the image three times along with the sentiment, one of the images I printed onto watercolour paper. I coloured two elephants using copics and cut them out. The base image I coloured with Brushos and then sprayed with Spray and Shine before cutting it out. I punched some leaves from the left over bits of brusho coloured paper. I attached one complete elephant image over the one on the base image and just the head from the final image on top to give a 3d effect. I matted and layered my topper and sentiment onto the two shades of brown card then attached them to the card front. Finally I added my punched out leaves.

I am ashamed to say it has been ages since I last had a play with the brushos but I am glad I did! It is amazing how many different colour appear when the crystals are sprayed with water, artistic alchemy!

Thank you for dropping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #16 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time #244 - Anything Goes With 4 Legged Friends
That Craft Place - Mixed Media Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create Craft Challenge #18 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The card that generated the snippet!

A couple of posts back I made a card using a rose image I found in the snippets box. I now know where that rose came from, it was the extra 'just in case' image from the card I made for my daughter and son-in-law's 4th wedding anniversary.

Materials used:SAM_1824(watermarked)
Aurora Wings - Rose Corner #2
stamping card
heart shaped die set
Memento London Fog ink pad
silver peel offs
Copic pens

I printed out my image and coloured it with Copics. I then cut it out with a heart die then inked around the edge with the London Fog and a blending tool. I made the backing paper on the computer and used the traditional and modern anniversary gifts repeated over the whole sheet. I cut a large heart aperture from the front of the backing paper then attached it to the front of the card blank. I then cut a slightly smaller heart from white card and stuck that to the card front, finally I added my rose topper using foam pads. I used silver peel offs to add the greeting and the anniversary number. At least I think that is what I did, I cannot remember now - the anniversary was a month ago!!

I am going to have to either blog the cards quicker or make a note of everything I do when I make them, my memory is getting really bad! Thank you for visiting. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything goes
Not Just Cards #23 - Anything goes
Hiding in my Craftroom #214 - Freestyle!
My Time to Craft #303 - Flowers
Outlawz Friday Colouring - Anything goes (optional Christmas twist)
Crafting With Friends #5 - Anything Goes

Monday, 24 August 2015

Deedee's August DOM

If you have not already done so there is still time to enter Deedee's Digi's Progressive Challenge and to make it even easier for you she has provided a free image to use, so there is no excuse!

Materials used:DSCF9005(watermarked)
Deedee's DOM - Seasonal Baskets or Freebie Christmas Seasonal Basket (scroll down the post to find the images)
Blending card
Core'dinations card stock in two browns
white A5 card blank
large peach coloured button
snippet of peach wide satin ribbon
Copic pens
small black peel off greeting

I printed the image to the size I required and coloured it with the Copics. I then trimmed it and matted and layered it onto two shades of brown card. I attached my topper to the card front and added the peel off greeting at the bottom of the frame. Finally I threaded the ribbon through the button, trimmed the ends and attached to the card under the topper.

Why not have a go at Deedee's challenge yourself. If you do not like colouring she also provides pre-coloured images to use. If you need one more incentive, everyone who enters gets the image for the following month free of charge.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

I found a rose in the snippets box!

I am off on my travels again tomorrow so have just got time to post a quick card I made up yesterday. If you are anything like me you have probably got a stash of images stamped/printed out, some waiting to be coloured and some already coloured. I was having a sort out for some images to take away to do and discovered in my snippets box an already coloured one, as it fitted with a couple of challenges I thought I would make it up.

Materials used:SAM_2000(watermarked)
Aurora Wings - Rose Corner #2
acrylic small words stamps
tuxedo black memento ink pad
Docrafts Vintage Notes Dies - Doily
circle die set
Tonic embossing folder - Amelia
red gloss coated tissue paper
silver fibre fabric (it was my place mat at a wedding a few years back)
silver mirri card
Copic pens
stamping card
15cm square white card blank

I took my already coloured image  and die cut it with a circle die and stamped the sentiment onto it. I also die cut a slightly bigger circle from the silver fibre fabric (actually the die didn't cut it but it did leave a line to follow with scissors) and a doily from the red tissue. I used the embossing folder to emboss a sheet of silver mirri card.

I ran a red Copic pen around the edges of the front of my card blank then covered it with a piece of the embossed silver card slightly smaller to leave a red border. I then attached the doily, silver fibre fabric and image to the card front.

Apart from using up a snippet I also had a bit of fun experimenting with different textures, not my usual style at all, but I think it worked.

Thanks for visiting. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into:
Allsorts Challenge Week 325 - Roses
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 191
Not just cards #23 - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes/Stamp and die
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Creative Fingers Challenge #90
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes/optional twist: Girls night out
Papertake Weekly Challenge - To die for

Friday, 21 August 2015

Nature's clock

Another grey day here in Somerset, looks as if the sun has gone on holiday! So here is a cheerful card made with this month freebie image from The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.

Materials used:SAM_1990(watermarked)
Digi stamp - Wishful Asha (available from Outlawz Challenges)
blending card
yellow card
shimmer white paper
white enamel accents
Copic pens
archival black ink pad
circle and scalloped circle dies
Britannia flower and leaf dies (new!)
Thinking of you acrylic stamp from stash
19.5 cm square card blank
gold gems

I printed out my image and coloured it in with Copic pens. I cut it out with a circle die and cut a mat out of yellow card with a scalloped circle die. I cut out the flowers and leaves I needed with the Britannia dies from white shimmer paper and used Copic pens to colour them before assembling them.

[caption id="attachment_1563" align="aligncenter" width="230"]SAM_1991(watermarked) Some flowers for you[/caption]

I attached my topper, flowers and leaves to the card and added gems to the centre of the flowers. I put dots of the enamel accents on the dandelion clock to make it look like the seed heads. Finally I stamped the greeting at the bottom.

Unusually for us we are off again next week for a few days, no television and no wi-fi! We are staying in a property owned by the Landmark Trust. It used to be where the stoker lived when the pump engine (next door) was working. The stoker had to make sure the engine was running to keep the water level in the canal stable. It looks like an interesting place to stay, something a bit different.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into:
Outlawz Challenges - Progressive Freebie August
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes/stamp and die
Not just cards #23 - Anything goes
Pennys Challenge #241 - Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #90 - Anything goes
Crafting Challenge at Polkadoodles - Use something new
Crafting With An Attitude #6 - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination #47 - Anything goes
Crafting From the Heart #73

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A request for future happiness, otherwise know as 'At last'!

Back in July our youngest daughter got engaged. We knew it was on the way because her now fiancé had already asked permission. Being a card maker I could hardly go out and buy one but I did want to make something a little special. I think I succeeded.

Materials used:SAM_1828(watermarked)
Spesch Designer Stamps - Engagement
Accordion card die set
heart and flowers peel offs
white blending card
Copic pens
green and blue adirondack ink pads
centura pearl card
small silver gem

I printed out the image and coloured it with Copics before cutting out the two people separately. Using the die set I cut out the pages for my card from Centura Pearl card and then the inner circles from stamping card. (The final circle was cut from card which had the sentiment printed on it, I used my computer for that.) On two of the circles I used the inks and a blending brush to create grass and sky backgrounds to mount my figures onto. I stuck the circles to the card and then added the boy and girl to two and the peel offs to the third.Finally I added my very small silver gem to the ring in the box.

Thank you for stopping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into:
Beccy's Place: August challenge - Anything goes
Ants In My Pantry Digital Challenge #8 - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations: August challenge - Anything Goes with a stamp and a die
Digitally Sweet Challenges - Celebrations
Pennys Challenge 241 - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination Anything Goes Challenge No. 47
If you give a crafter a cookie challenge #25

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Sunshine on a cloudy day

The clouds have covered the sky in a pale grey bleakness and the temperature has dramatically dropped from the last couple of days. So what better day to share my make using the latest image from the Imagine That DOM Progressive Freebie Challenge. Remember that if you enter this month you automatically get the image for the next month for free.

Materials used:DSCF9004(watermarked)
Imagine that DOM - Beach Blanket Girl
printing card
exploding box die set
snippet of brown paper string
white card

Using the die (I'm all for avoiding measuring and cutting when a die does it all for you!) I cut out the parts I needed to construct my box from white card. I then printed out the images and background papers I needed to decorate the box with and cut them out. I stuck the papers and sentiments to the box before gluing it together.

DSCF9005(watermarked)Finally I added the 'pop-up' elements to the inside of the box. The top of the umbrella has two images to give it some depth and the handle is backed by a strip of strong acetate to keep it rigid. The girl and her beach bag also have 2 images. All the images have been shaped with an embossing tool on a foam mat.


The beauty of this box is that it folds flat for posting so I used the paper string to hold it shut.

You will have noticed, I expect, that no pens have been used this time, going away has eaten into my 'spare' time quite a lot and so I opted to use the pre-coloured images this time. I do have someone in mind to send it too, eventually!

One more thing, Imagine That are offering a freebie image for their challenge this time so new people can have a go for free and those who have missed an entry can jump back in for free. There is still time to have a go!

Thank you for stopping by.

Take care.


I would like to enter my box into:
Imagine that DOM Challenge - August
Digi Galore Challenges - Anything but a card
Anything But A Card #50 - Celebration (my take 'Celebrating Summer')
Addicted to Stamps #158 - Holiday
Not Just Cards #23 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Home Again

Despite the usual British Summertime weather we had a good few days away up in the borders. We managed to get some walking done, very gentle walking, and a trip to the Farne Islands meant I saw my first puffins in the wild! I would post a photo but I left my camera at a friends house in Nottingham and am waiting for it to travel back to me.

The disadvantage of being away is that all the crafting has been on hold so a stack of challenges are waiting to be taken up. Looking down the list I have managed to combine some of them which is always a help. I decided, since it is summertime, to start with a Christmas/winter make!

Materials used:DSCF9007(watermarked)
From the Heart Stamps: Candy Cane for Snowman (DOM)
Bearly Mine backing papers (sadly no longer in business)
scalloped square die
circle dies
Copic pens
white fun flock
blending card (Neenah)
white printer paper

I printed out the snowman image and coloured him with the Copics. I then cut out the snowman and the robin separately and fun flocked the white fur trim on the snowman's hat and scarf. I printed out a sheet of backing paper onto card and cut out a circle with the die before attaching the snowman and robin on using gel glue.

I printed out some more sheets of backing paper in two different designs and a lot of squares from them with the die. I made each square into a cone and then glued them onto a white circle cut from spare card, arranging them in two rows. I used another circle glued to the back to attached a ribbon loop and glued my image to the front to finish the decorative wreath.

I organise and run a Christmas wrapped up stall at our church Christmas Fair each year and two years ago I made loads of these wreaths which sold very well. I did not get around to doing any last year but instead made gift bags and boxes, so I think I will have to make the effort to get some done this year. There is a lot of cutting and gluing to do but once the squares are cut I can at least glue the cones up while watching the TV!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


I would like to enter my make into:
From the Heart DOM Challenge - August
Digi Galore Challenge - Anything but a card
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything goes
Little Claire's Challenge - Christmas in August
Not Just Cards- Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination #46 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps #157 - Make Your Mark
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes