Monday, 24 October 2016

Christmas Card Maker Of 2016!!

I can't contain my excitement any longer...............I won! The competition was organised by Papercrafter Magazine. I got the news a couple of weeks ago but had to keep it a secret!

I was so excited when the £500 of Tattered Lace prizes AND a Sizzix Express machine was delivered to my door!

This is the card I entered 

I used a beautiful digital stamp from Lili of The Valley. For the instructions and full article see this month's edition of PaperCrafter Magazine.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Autumn Leaves

Its the turn of Team A at Addicted to Stamps and More this week to set the challenge. Its an easy one - ANYTHING GOES!

As we are well into Autumn now I decided to make a card titled "Autumn Blessings"

I used a stamp set from Crafters Companion to stamp the leaves using Distress Ink colours. I used a water brush to draw out the colour. Using a foam applicator I applied Distress Ink colours to the edge of the card.  I wrapped ribbon around the card before applying the stamped and die cut sentiment. Finally I mounted the finished piece onto a kraft card blank.

I hope you can come over and join in!

I am entering the following challenges:
The Crafty Addicts - Autumn Colours
Lets Craft and Create - Fall / Halloween

Saturday, 8 October 2016

To Die For!

I have said it lots of times but I LOVE Halloween! I love the season with its colours, warming food and ghost stories too.

So for October's Anything Goes With A Die Challenge it had to be a Halloween card.

I used my Cricut Explore to cut the images and Black Distress Ink and a branch stencil to add detail.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Halloween

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Christmas SnowGlobe

Say hello to October! The leaves are turning and the craft room is beginning to look like Santa's grotto with glitter and sparkle everywhere!

Its also time for another challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. This month we want to see EMBOSSING in your creation - heat embossing, embossing folders. The choice is yours!

For my card I used a new stamp set from HunkyDory. I stamped and embossed the snowglobe using WOW!Embossing Silver Powder.  I then used Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire to give it some colour.

The background was created by stamping the snowflakes and embossing with white powder then going over them with Distress ink to make them stand out.  

It makes me feel festive already!!

I am entering my card into the following challenges :
WOW! Embossing Powder - Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes (Christmas)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Clean and Simple

Are you one of those people that have boxes of stamps in your craft room? One of my boxes is filled with Crafty Individuals stamps! This was one of the first companies that I began to stamp with way back when.

The September challenge is Clean and Simple, so I decided to join in the challenge with this card.

I used the ......stamp to create the base image before stamping it again onto red card and paper piecing the hearts. I then added the sentiment with a set of alphabet stamps from my stash.

Clean and Simple!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Craft Artist Guru Returns!

And that's not me, but the lovely Michelle Jackson Mogford ! Known for her expertise and quirky style Michelle has produced some stunning new digital kits for Serif CraftArtist.

I was honoured to be asked to create some samples with the new kits and now after lots of secret squirrel emails I can finally share the results.

The kits are : La Senora Mexican, Sunflowers and Stars, Bizarre and Fantastic, Lilies and Light and are available on the Daisytrail website.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Make Your Mark

Another week and another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  This week the challenge is Make Your Mark.  Your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Stampin' Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc etc

The Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers who are giving away a $15 gift voucher.

For my card I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Tints to create the background. They make a beautiful wash of colour. The stamps I used are from HunkyDory. I stamped them with archival black ink. I have also highlighted some areas with a white gel pen, but not sure you can see that in the photo.

I hope you will come over and join in the challenge too! 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Enjoy The Journey

We are now into our September Challenge at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with a Die. As usual its anything - as long as it has a die!!

For my project I used a Creatives die set from Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine, using my Sizzix machine. The accessories I stamped and coloured with markers and the bunting I stamped a stamp onto patterned paper.

So dust off those dies and join us!

Challenges I am entering:
Lets Craft and Create - Spots / stripes

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Inspired By A Photo

The next challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is to produce a piece of work inspired by this photo :

Our sponsor for this challenge is :

For my card I created a background on watercolour card using imk sprays and Distress Inks. Using a stencil I marked circles with an Embossing Pen before adding WOW! Embossing Gold Powder.
The butterflies were stamped onto watercolour card and then coloured with Distress Crayons. I sprayed them with Glimmer Angels Gloss spray to merge the colours. The sentiment is from an early edition of Craft Stamper Magazine.

I hope my card and that of the other designers at Addicted to Stamps and More have inspired you to have a go too!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
WOW! Embossing Powder - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Take A Stamp

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Santa Claus is coming to town

So that was summer - school holidays are over and I always feel quite nostalgic that its another year nearly gone.

What better way to cheer myself up then some Christmas crafting!

The Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge this month is :

I chose to use this stamp by Crafty Individuals for this which is  - Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

I stamped the image and coloured it using Spectrum Noir pencils. I used Distress Inks to age the panel. I stamped the holly leaves again using Distress Inks and water to pull out the colour.

Here are some song titles to inspire you!

White Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus is coming to Town
Jingle Bell Rock
Deck the Halls
All I want for Christmas is You
Winter Wonderland
Joy to the World
Frosty the Snowman
Silver Bells

We always love to see your creations and there is a prize too!

Other challenges I am entering :
12 Months of Christmas - Anything Goes / Nature of Christmas

What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!