Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More! Bingo Challenge #4

Morning everyone.......... well it's a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More! and this week it is a Bingo challenge.  All you have to do is choose a line either horizontally, vertically or diagonally and make your card from the three elements you've chosen.  Here is the bingo card:

I've chosen diagonally with Orange, Free and White and have taken a little bit of artistic license by using gilding flakes "Sunset" which is mostly coppers.    So orange is the gilding flakes, free are my stamps and white is the base card.  I've inked my Clarity Stamps Hummingbird stamp with FlitterGlu and stamped onto a white pearl cardstock panel.  I then added the gilding flakes, rubbed over and then used a scoochy pad (like a soft Brillo pad!) to buff up.  I put some red liner tape around the edges of the cardstock and used the same method to add the gilding.  The sentiment is from Penny Black and is popped up on foam pads.  This was then layered on a DL card.

Thanks for dropping by - please pop over to the ATS&M blog to see all the wonderful creations made for you by the DT.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Less is More - Week 91 - Sketch 7

Afternoon folks - well, it's a pretty grey day now after sunshine earlier but it's quite mild so that's good.

The Less is More challenge this week is:

We haven't had many sketches since beginning "Less is More". It's difficult to think of original designs which can be interpreted in a variety of ways, yet keeping to the Clean and Simple ethos.
We have one for you this week which consists of  band down the card which in turn is sub-divided into three sections. 
You may add a sentiment if you wish and the sketch can be rotated if that orientation inspires you.
We must be able to spot the original, simple sketch however.

As Mandi is still working really hard on her new business Chrissie is hosting solo again this week.

For my card I've taken a Michael Powell stamp - don't you just love them - and stamped onto card.  I've then used Distress Inks, both pads and markers, to colour in the image.  I cut out the image and split it into 3 and mounted onto matching card.  I then took an A5 pearlised card, scored two lines and added another strip of card across, then popped up the three images on top.  The sentiment is a favourite from Hobby Arts stamped in DI Peacock Feathers.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Roll up, Roll up, Read all about it!!!!

Happy Friday everyone.  Exciting news for you all.  Our fantastic challenge blog Addicted to Stamps & More! has a new addition to the family..............yes, it's Addicted to CAS.  Pop on over to have a look and get a heads up about the challenges and our sponsors.  Yep, you heard right - we will also have a prize for our CAS PERFECTIONIST!!  Our great leader Kylie has been working very hard on lining up some fantastic sponsors for the challenges - you won't want to miss the chance of winning some brilliant prizes.

The first ever challenge at Addicted to CAS will be on the 17th November 2012!!
Keep an eye out for our Code Word that will inspire you to create something amazingly beautiful while keeping it CAS.  Challenges are based on a fortnightly basis so hopefully won't overtax your crafty brains!  We are really excited about this new challenge blog and hope you will all join us in the fun.

We look forward to seeing all your amazing CAS creations - don't forget it all kicks off on Saturday, 17th November.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WOYWW #177

Hi there everyone......well I'm a little bit trepidatious  today posting this but I've been egged on by my super blogging friend Darnell to have a go at WOYWW.

My hesitation is that my workspace is ALWAYS messy.  No sooner than I have a tidy up and pat myself on the back it is back to square one as soon as I start crafting again!!!  lol  Anyway here's a photo of my workspace this morning..........big table, not much room to craft (usually ends up with a 6" square.........!) some recent cards I've posted and some boxes of dreaded peel-offs.  Do you remember when we used to use these all the time?  Well, I have so many and really don't use them any longer but at the craft group my friend Anne and I run we are going to do a Zentangle project with them next month and one idea is to use large, open spaced peel-offs as the shape they can then fill with pattern.  Hopefully I can get rid of some!!!  lol  So can I apologise now for all of you neat freaks out there............but here's my photo!

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm really intrigued to see what comments I get!

Addicted to Stamps & More! Make your mark #4

Hi Gang - welcome to Wednesday and another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More!  This week the challenge is Make your Mark - so anything goes as long as you colour using your markers.

Here's my DT sample and I've used a gorgeous image called "Beneath the Waves" by Sureya at Deviantart.  Please take a minute to pop on over and see the wonderful images both line art and coloured that are offered free - you have to become a member but it doesn't cost you anything and there's some amazing inspiration over there.

I've coloured her using Flexmarkers and then added Diamond Glaze to her hair so it looks wet and glitter to her fish tail and wings.  I've die cut the image using Docrafts Xcut Nesting Dies Leaves 2 and mounted onto card from my stash.  The first mat has been put through my Joy in a Sizzix e/f as I thought it looked a bit like waves.  The backing paper was a digi freebie.  I've added a border across the card and then die cut a piece of glitter paper using my Memory Box Riviera Corner.  I've sponged around the edges with Peacock Feathers DI and used a flourish stamp around the edges using Versamark Dazzle Frost inkpad.  The sentiment is computer generated and punched out with SU punches.  As a finishing touch I've added pearls in various colours and a bit of waste from the corner die cut.

Thanks for dropping by - please go and have a look at the wonderful DT cards over at ATS&M!  We're looking forward to seeing all your wonderful entries.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Less is More - Week 90 - Theme

Happy Sunday everyone - hope you're having a great weekend.  For once I have managed to get my LIM card completed only a day after they posted their latest challenge - must be a record!!!  lol

The challenge this week is:

Now onto our theme for this week which is
You can take your inspiration from colours, festivals, seasonal images... whatever... but don't forget to keep it simple and retain that white space!

I've done a very quick and simple card - I was looking through a drawer which held my stamping wheels just to check that I had a jumbo handle and found a wheel that I thought would work really well for this challenge.  It's holly leaves and berries but I can't tell you what make it is - don't think it's Stampin Up but may be from Imagination Crafts.........if anyone knows can you give me the heads up so I can post a link.  I inked the wheel using a Kaleidacolor ink pad called Autumn Leaves (appropriate eh???) and used a Stampin Up wheel ruler to make sure I stamped it in a straight line.  I've used Liquid Pearls in three colours for the berries.  I scored the lines with my Stampin Up Simply Scored.  The sentiment has been made up from the lovely stamp set called Simply Christmas by the talented Stephanie at Clearly Besotted.  There are a variety of words which allow you to make up your own sentiment which is a great idea.  I've inked this up using the same stamp pad and voila!!!

One thing I was very excited about - little things please me...... - was the fact that I made my first ever watermark using CA2.  Yippee, quick pat on the back............!

Thanks for dropping by - all your comments are much appreciated.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More! Sketch Challenge #3

Hi folks

Welcome to another Wednesday and another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More!  This week it's a sketch challenge:

I've used an 8x8 square card base and then taken some Christmas b/p from my stash which I've backed with a piece of gilded vellum.  I then ran this through my Joy using a square nestie with the embossing plates so I had a guide through which I could cut my diagonals.  I cut very carefully using my craft knife diagonally from corner to corner to enable me to fold/roll back each section showing the vellum.  I then attached each corner to the main piece using a gold brad.  I thought it was lacking some definition so I added a gold border around the aperture.  This was then matted onto another piece of gold card and attached to the main card.  I've used two corners in red using my Memory Box
Foiled border
snowflake corner.    The flowers have been made using my two sizes of Nellie Snellen Poinsettia cut and emboss punches and I've added gems to the centres; the holly leaves are die cut from Marianne LR0244.  For the bottom border I place a piece of red liner tape across the card and then put gilding flakes on top.  The sentiment is from a Chocolate Baroque set Pears & Baubles (which I was lucky enough to win), gold embossed and matted and layered.  I've added some gems to the corners to finish.

Thanks for coming to visit.  Hope you've enjoyed your stay.  Please pop over to the ATS&M! site to see all the amazing inspiration provided by the talented Design Team.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Less is More - Week 89 - One Layer

Happy Tuesday everyone.  I've got another offering for the delightful divas over at Less is More where the challenge this week is:
Time for

again and this time we have given you lots of scope with our theme of
There are lots of things which would qualify in this category... insects, birds, cars, aeroplanes... what else can you think of?

This was a very quick and simple card.  I've got a 4" square base card with decorative edge and I've put it through my Joy to emboss an oval nestie.  I've then stamped Jemima Puddleduck in black Memento and coloured her in Flexmarkers.  The sentiment is Stampin Up Vintage Labels.

Thanks for dropping by - enjoy your day.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Less is More - Week 89 - One Layer

Hope you're all having a good weekend.  After a very frosty morning it has been a glorious day with blue sky and sunshine - which isn't what was forecast...............but a very welcome bonus all the same.

We're back to a One Layer challenge this week over at Less is More and the theme is:

Time for

again and this time we have given you lots of scope with our theme of
There are lots of things which would qualify in this category... insects, birds, cars, aeroplanes... what else can you think of?

I've used a 6x6 base pearlised card and stamped my little birdies (Dovecraft Feathered Friends) using a Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves stamp pad which I then clear embossed.  The sentiment is from a Joanna Sheen "Wordy" set and also stamped and clear embossed.  I then used my Stampin Up Simply Scored board to emboss the voila!!!
Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fab news from Opal Manor!

Happy Friday afternoon folks.  A couple of days ago I had some lovely news in that I had won the Halloween challenge over at Opal Manor - could have knocked me down with a feather (well, I reckon it might just take more than  Anyway my prize was my own unique digistamp created by the very talented Annie.  Wanna see what I did with it????  Oh, go on then........Aaaargggghhhhhhh - 

SORRY, did I frighten you???  Isn't he a scary little critter?  Just have to love him though.  As soon as I saw him I knew what I wanted to do with him - this time again thanks to a very talented lady Jak Heath who gave us all the "Time to Face your Fears" digi background.  I didn't have to do much to Jak's background except add some drips of red Flexmarker and I've highlighted some details with the gold atYou Spica pens.  I resized my little critter in Word and printed off two copies.  The bottom copy has been glued to the background and coloured with Flexmarkers and I then just cut out my critter, coloured him and decoupaged him on top of the original one to make it look like he was really coming at you.  I've then added Diamond Glaze to the eyes, tail, horns and his "Mohican".  I've added a little glitter to his lovely red nails!  So a huge thanks to Annie of Opal Manor for creating this little chap for me - I've really enjoyed playing with him.  Please do pop over and have a look at all her creations - they are all free for you to use and there are also some coloured digis for your delectation as well.

Thanks for dropping by..........don't have nightmares tonight will you - hoooooooooohooooo!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Addicted to Stamps & More! CAS #3

Welcome fellow bloggers to a brand new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More!  This week the challenge is Clean & Simple (CAS) and there is a huge amount of inspiration over on the blog by our fantastic DT.  Please pop over and have a looky see...........

I've just got some lovely embossing folders that are 6x6" - yippee - and you can get 8x8" ones in the same range.........what a bonus to have something that we can do straight on a base card rather than on a separate piece of card eh?  Anyway these are by Die'Sire  and are called Embossalicious and the one I've used is EF6 Regal Frame.  I think they are being distributed by Crafters Companion but I actually bought mine on eBay........

So I've started with a cream 6x6 base and run it through my Joy with the embossing folder.  I've then die cut some Prim Poppies from Memory Box and slightly decoupaged the flowers and bud.  The two fern leafs are also MB dies called Gentle Leaf.  I die cut them all out of cream card and sponged DI to colour them.  The sentiment is from the Stampin Up Oval All set and has been die cut using a Marianne label die (CR1212) part of a set of three dies.  I've added a couple of brads and used Pinflair Glue Gel to add to the card.

Thanks for popping by to have a look.  Please don't forget to visit the ATS&M! site to see all the lovely cards made by the DT.  We're really looking forward to seeing all your creations     and choosing our Top Addict for the week!

Happy crafting.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Less is More Week 88 - Colour

Hello Everyone - hope you've had a great weekend.  We've been busy with visitors and had a great time, made even better by the weather on Saturday which was glorious and meant we could take them to Stourhead which they loved.

The new challenge over at Less is More is a Colour challenge:

The first week of the month is time for another colour challenge and for your delectation this time we have chosen
It could be ink, paper, card, embossing powder, metal, a charm, whatever you can dream up as long as there's a touch of silver somewhere.

Part of my new goodies that I got from Westpoint the other week were some templates and sparkle medium from Imagination Crafts.  I've used the Leaf Swirl on a 6x6 card base and used the silver sparkle medium.  I let it dry overnight but it only takes a couple of hours or you could give it a blast with your heat gun.  This morning I stamped the sentiment (Penny Black Dreams come True) with Versamark and silver embossed it.  It was die cut using my Spellbinder ovals and a mat cut using the scalloped ovals.  Very simple but very twinkly!!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Less is More - Week 87 - Lucky Dip

This week's challenge over at Less is More is a Lucky Dip and the lovely ladies have come up with:

For our 5 week months we have a 'Lucky Dip' challenge and a special guest.
this month we have asked Susan Goetter to join us. You will all know and love her as she is such an inspiration, entering multiple challenges every week.....what a star!
Our challenge this week is
Love & Marriage

For my card I have gone with a silver and white theme and I have used my Spellbinders Majestic Elements which consist of six dies but you can mix and match them to create 20+ designs.  For this I have literally just die cut white pearl card and decoupaged the elements up using silicone.  The backing card has been embossed with my Cheery Lynn XL embossing plate Foliage.  The sentiment is Waltzingmouse Stamps and stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver detail e/p.  The flowers are from my stash and I've punched the leaves using my Nellie Snellen punch & emboss duo set.  I've added some Liquid Pearls as a finishing touch.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.


Morning Everyone - well today sees our newest challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More! and this week the theme is HALLOWEEN..............

Now I am first to admit Halloween is not my favourite theme/night but hopefully I've come up trumps with my card.  I've used a fab digistamp from Opal Manor - worth checking out as all their digis are free!  My first thoughts when setting out to make this card was to use some of my new goodies that I got from Westpoint on Thursday.  So I have used the following dies on my project:

Heartfelt Creations Decorative Lace Border HCD 713
Poppystamps Grand Gothic Stained Glass
Poppystamps Grand Gothic Window
Memory Box Bare Branch

I took an 8" square scalloped card and cut a piece of orange card to size and then put it through my Joy with my Darice border e/f to emboss both edges.  The main b/p is from my stash.  I die cut the Gothic window and stained glass card and actually put it together with the witch behind the stained glass but you couldn't see her properly so then cut out another image and popped her in the front.  I've used DI's around the arched window frame.  The top and bottom die cuts are actually one - the Decorative Lace Border - which I have cut apart.  It was die cut from brown cardstock and then I rubbed copper paste over the top.  I die cut the branch from the same card.  The bat and sentiment are compliments of Beyond the Fringe where there are sentiments and a cut file for the bat on offer.

Please pop over to Addicted to Stamps and More! blog to have a look at all the wonderful cards our "huge" DT have made for you.  We're looking forward to seeing your take on the challenge.

It just so happens that Opal Manor also have a Halloween challenge on at the moment and I thought it would be rude not to enter as I had used their image - pop on over and have a look.  Thanks also to my DT buddy Marie she has also found another great challenge blog who have a Halloween theme this week.  Please pop over to Art with no Boundaries and have a look at the wonderfully spooky creations!! lol

Thanks for stopping by.