Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Love dragons

Not long ago I won a gift voucher for Lee Holland Art, and since then I have developed a bit of an obsession for his cute dragon images. I now own several including the adorable "Love Dragons" which I got specifically to be able to make my husband's wedding anniversary card. Today is our anniversary, so here is the card I have given him with love ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

I have also just completed a class in colouring this type of dragon image at Kit & Clowder - it was my first full class and was absolutely fab!! My main reason for completing that class first (as I do have a few others in my inbox!) is so that I could make this card as good as it could be.

I thought that this image would definitely hit the spot this year as it is a bit different from the usual cute teddies, bunnies, hedgehogs etc. ... I really am hooked!

I really did take a long time colouring this image, and did my best to incorporate various techniques I had learned in my class such as drawing dragon scales and giving them some dimension, iridescent shading (on the tummies and horns), and a resist  mottled effect on the sky. 

Outside of that I kept the card fairly simple as I don't think men generally like too much fuss, though the card is quite large (8" square) and very sparkly with sparkly base paper, glitter card and metallic woven ribbon.

I certainly need to practice these techniques more, but it is very satisfying learning something new and then trying to apply it to a real life project.

Stamps: Lee Holland "Love Dragons" (digi); Woodware anniversary sentiment; Me to You husband sentiment;
Media: Promarkers:
Tools: Marianne Creatables heart dies; Provo Craft "Hippie Chick" alphabet and heart lettering dies;
Papers, ribbon and gems from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Stamping Sensations (September) - Stamp of the Moment
Allsorts #641 - A Challenge for Kath : favourite stamps with option of paper piecing
( 2nd entry - this time I  have chosen favourite stamps option)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Sparkle and Shine (2nd entry)
Cutie Pie #163 - 10th Birthday Challenge - Cute Celebrations
Passion for Markers #609 - Something beginning with B (blue, bow)
As You Like It - Round Corners or straight edges and why
This is an 8" square card which is my favourite for special cards as it gives so much space to showcase an image and embellishments.
We Love Chocolate Baroque (September) - Anything Goes with option of Celebrations (2nd entry)
Crafty Calendar (September) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Creative Challenges #105 - Anything Goes (no twist)
Creative Moments #222 - Anything Goes
 Cute Card Thursday #692 - Anything Goes

Hope the weather will be ok today so we can celebrate together ... still not going out to restaurants etc. due to Covid, but we will hopefully have a lovely meal together later 

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 13 September 2021

Paper Piecing - A Challenge for Kath

Hi everyone,

Last week when I had my experimental “inky playtime” with distress inks I actually made two splattered background panels … the first I used for a birthday card here, and I put the second aside as I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. However when I saw this week’s challenge at Allsorts, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

The lovely ladies at Allsorts have this week a Challenge for Kath - in memory of their friend and fellow team member who has sadly recently passed away. Having just come back to crafting and blogging in the past couple of months after doing none for the past three years (and to be honest very little since 2015 when my dad passed away), I didn’t know Kath; but I have been moved by how her crafty friends have pulled together to honour her memory with a challenge on her favourite themes, and even generously donated prizes themselves for the challenge winners … so it seemed only right to join in.❤️ So here it is.

The challenge theme is Favourite stamps with the option of paper piecing. I only have a limited number of stamps that are suitable for paper piecing and it isn’t something I do very often as I’m so cack-handed with the scissors, but I had a beautiful piece of abstract patterned glittery DP in my stash in the same colour scheme as my previously splattered background, so I thought I’d give it a go.  Also Penny Black stamps were my first love when I first started cardmaking, so that also ties in with “favourite stamps”. 

 I stamped my flowers onto my inky background, then again onto the glittery DP and fussy cut the main flower heads. I did a little text shadow stamping onto the inky panel before adhering my paper pieces, then mounted the panel onto some glimmery card stock. I then adhered the lot onto a larger piece of my DP, attached some twine and a heart shaped button, and attached to my card base. Quick sentiment and again the job was done. 

Even though this is a simple card it was not without its challenges. I have been away for this weekend and I took with me a mini craft tote to enable me to do a bit of basic crafting and/or colouring … but this included only 1 DP and wood mounted stamp (for this card),  a couple of clear stamp sets, very few ink pads and NO dies or die cutting machine.  Part way through making this card I realised I had no acrylic block to stamp my clear stamp sentiment (doh!) so I had to mount it on the top edge of a wooden stamp, stamp and pray! Let’s just say it took quite a few attempts before I was reasonably satisfied๐Ÿ˜€

Stamps: flowers - Penny Black “Whispers” (3377K); text shadow stamp - Butterfly kisses clear set; sentiment - unknown;
Media: Tim Holtz distress inks - Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold (spattered background).

Challenges I would like to enter: 

Allsorts #641 - A Challenge for Kath - Favourite Stamps with option of Paper Piecing
Sweet Stampin’- Colours of Autumn
Colour Hues (September) - Yellow and Orange
Simon Says (Monday) - Stamp It! (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Sparkle and Shine
Creative Moments #222 - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft (September) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

That’s all from me for today - take care, and thanks for visiting. 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Splatters and Splodges!

Hi everyone,

I decided to have another inky play yesterday afternoon, this time getting out my distress ink pads and following a Youtube tutorial to create a three-tone splattered effect on a piece of cardstock. This then developed in a fairly organic way into a card ... I allowed the background panel to dry and stamped my flower stamp onto it, then enhanced the spatter background effect by using a "splodges" mini stamp to create additional shadow spatter marks both on the image panel and on my base card using a co-ordinating Versamagic chalk ink and Colorbox Cats Eye pigment ink. I also used a swirly mini stamp from the same set to create a few shadow swirls round the edge of the panel. A couple of simple sentiments and that was it .. job done! It did take half the afternoon though, most of which was taken up by experimental trial runs!

I am having a lot of fun trying a few new things with the stash I already have ... it always brings on a longing for new crafty purchases though!

Stamps: main flower - Unity Stamps "Insightful Meadows"; splodges and swirls - Butterfly Kisses clear set; sentiments - unknown.
Media: Tim Holtz distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint; Versamagic chalk ink - Aegean Blue; Colorbox Cats Eye pigment ink - Pistachio.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says (Monday) - Stamp It!
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Stamp It! (2nd entry)
We Love Chocolate Baroque (September) - Anything Goes with option of celebrations
Happy Little Stampers (September -Watercolour) - Anything Goes with watercolour
Allsorts #640 - Anything Goes 
(does not include option of "for the love of my life")
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Crafter's Cafe #273 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Hope you're having a great day and thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Insightful Meadows

Hi everyone. Since I restarted crafting a couple of months ago I have focussed almost exclusively on cute images coloured with my Promarkers, pretty papers and embellishments .... and long may it continue!!  This week however I have been feeling in the mood to try something different, and fancied trying some inky background blending. Initially I searched out my old Tim Holtz distress ink pads and at the weekend I treated myself to  blending tool, and this afternoon I sat down to have a play.  

Here's the result.

In the end I didn't actually use my distress inks, but instead sponged a background using some Versamagic chalk ink pads I found in my craft box. I also created a stamped wildflower meadow by using a variety of stamps from a couple of different sets of silhouette stamps. I then just matted the result onto two co-ordinating border layers and that was basically it... no papers, no ribbon, no flower embellishments (I needed a lie down after that!). Of course I couldn't completely leave this CAS card alone so I added a bit of glamour dust to the bee's wings and two teeny aqua gems to the sentiment.

I'm not actually tremendously well set up with supplies for this type of project, so I'm seriously thinking about buying one or two stencils and masking sheets so I can take things a bit further. However, despite a little accident right near completion where I got a bit of glue on my background I'm not too displeased with this first attempt.  

Stamps: Flowers - Unity Stamps "Insightful Meadows"; leaves, bee and sentiment - "Summer Meadow", free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine;
Media: background sponged with Versamagic chalk ink - Aquatic Splash, Sea Breeze and Aegean Blue. Image stamped with Memento ink.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #639 - Clean and Simple
Simon Says (Monday) - Glimmer and Sparkle
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Stamp It in STAMPtember
Sparkles #143 - Monochromatic (2nd entry)
A Gem of a Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe #273 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #425 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Creatalicious #218 - Anything Goes

So that's my crafting done for today. Thanks very much for visiting.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Let it Snow!

Hi everyone. 
Today I had a sudden and unexpected urge to get started with some Christmas cardmaking. I have already made one Chrimbo card this year but that involved using a coloured image that I found in my stash; so this was the first one I made completely from scratch for 2021. 

My first task was to have a bit of a look in my sash to remind myself of what I've got ... that is one of the pleasures of coming back to cardmaking after so long hardly doing any. I found an absolutely fabulous old LotV paper pad featuring snowflakes in funky colours, so that formed the basis of today's card.

This cute Penny Black image is one that I have had for years and don't use very often, but it looks so joyful it just put me in the mood.  My colouring still needs practice, but I guess the only way to get batter is by keeping on trying!

Stamps: image - Penny Black "Let it Snow"(1524K); sentiment - Make Your Mark;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers, Copics (fur); snow decorated with glamour dust;
Papers: LotV "Frozen Snowflakes";
Tools: Martha Stewart “Snow Flurry” Punch Around the Page; Whimsy "Winter’s Jewel 1” large snowflake die; smaller snowflakes - unknown.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Christmas Craft Creations (August) - Non-traditional Colours

Christmas With the Cuties #52 - Anything Cute & Christmassy
The Holly and Ivy #100 - Anything Christmas Goes
Allsorts #637/638 - Add Some Sparkle (3rd entry)
Incy Wincy - Use a Card  Tutorial and/or Animals (2nd entry)
I Promarkers #442 - Anything Goes with option of more than one layer
Penny Black Saturday Challenge (August) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes

So ... that's 2 Christmas cards down, quite a lot still to go ... guess I'd better get busy!

'Til next time, take care and thanks for visiting.

Monday, 23 August 2021

Magic and Sparkle!

Today is one of my good friend's  birthday, so here is the card I made for her using the second adorable dragon digi image that I recently won as a challenge prize from Lee Holland Art.  

I have to say that I am totally in love with this range of images, to the extent that I have now followed Lee's site and thus got a free dragon Christmas image to play with - whoop whoop!! .. so you'll have to watch this space for that one which I''m sure will be coming soon!

I have also recently signed up for my first colouring class with the lovely Kit & Clowder, as I was lucky enough to receive a voucher for my birthday. I selected a detailed techniques class (colouring skin and hair) and I'm still at very early days with that, but I have already popped a couple of extra classes into my online basket including one to colour a Lee Holland dragon painting a rainbow!  I think that will be an autumn project for me, but it will be interesting to see how my colouring of dragons  changes as I get that class done.

This card involves a lot of sparkle on both the glitter card borders and the flower; and as it was a sunny day yesterday I was for once able to capture it pretty well in my photos. 

Stamps: Lee Holland "dragon with birthday cake" (digi); sentiment - unknown;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: LotV Nitwits Collection - "Perfect Pair";
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities  - Fleur de Lis Squares; Marianne Design Creatables - LR0110 (flower and swirls)

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #637/638 - Add Some Sparkle (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Add A Sentiment
Creative Knockouts #415 - Birthday Wishes
(at the moment I am just in love with these dragons!)
Crafty Animals #53 - Anything Goes With an Animal
Penny's Challenge #503 - Anything Goes With Paper (3rd entry)
A Gem of a Challenge #17 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #691 - Anything Goes (4th entry)

That's all from me for today. Hope you're having a nice evening, and thanks for visiting.


Saturday, 21 August 2021

Silver Wedding

2 special friends of mine are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary next week, so I just had to make them a special card to celebrate. I wouldn't normally post such an occasion card before the actual date, but I asked permission from my friend so I could enter it into a couple of current online challenges which offer lovely prizes, and she said she was fine with it and promised not to peek!!

So here it is...

I veered away from my usual cute style, and decided to go for something simple and understated but (hopefully) stylish. It is an 8" * 8" card so plenty of room for my impact dies which I don't use very often. 

The whole thing consists of die cuts using mirri card mounted on white sparkly background paper, with the only hint of colour being a little chalking on the embossed butterfly wings.  In reality this card is very white and silver and very sparkly, but for some reason it was really difficult to capture this in photos - even when Ii tweaked the brightness etc. 

Dies: Memory Box "Bella Bouquet" ; Provo Craft Cut & Emboss "Butterflies"; Spellbinders Nestabilities "Decorative Labels Eight"; Tattered Lace "Alphabet Retro" (sentiment); Provo Craft "Hippie Chick" (numbers);
Paper, gems and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #637/638 - Add Some Sparkle
Simon Says (Monday) - Dry Emboss
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Add A Sentiment (2nd entry)
Sparkles #143 - Monochromatic
Penny's Challenge #503 - Anything Goes With Paper (2nd entry)
A Gem of a Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Creations #424 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)

Time for dinner now, but I'll be back before too long with another card I made yesterday ... I'll just say it will involve another cute dragon!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend whatever you're doing.


Friday, 20 August 2021

Summer flowers

Today I have a fairly simple card to show you ... I needed a birthday card to put in the post, and found an image in my stash which I stamped and coloured many moons ago .... so that was the basis for my card and it all went from there!

I thought with my image already stamped and coloured this would be a quick card but I was sadly mistaken ... it seems to take forever to get set up, find the papers and embellishments I want, decide what to do ... and today it was exacerbated because I couldn't remember how to use my Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page so had to look up the correct paper sizes!! it all came together in the end though after a few failed attempts with the punch!

I have also found my old watermark signature, and spent a bit of time looking up and experimenting with how to put it on my photos as that memory was well lost in the mists of time ... but I seem to have got there!

Stamps: Main image - LotV; Sentiment- Penny Black clear set "Salutations"; tag sentiments - LotV "tiny tags";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Tools: Tattered Lace "Cute Critters" dragonfly die; Martha Stewart “Wildflowers” Punch Around the Page;
Paper, ribbon and gems from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says (Wednesday) - Add A Sentiment
Moving Along With The Times #133 - Summer Fun or Summer Colours (yellow/orange)
Sweet Stampin' - Feature an Animal
Incy Wincy - Card Tutorial and/or animal 
(I chose the easy option of an animal!)
Penny's Challenge #503 - Anything Goes with paper
Crafty Calendar (August) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Cute Card Thursday #691 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
Corrosive #8 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Creations #424 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

That's all for today, have a nice weekend and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Summertime Blues

I needed to make a birthday card for a friend, so I decided to take my primary inspiration from this week’s Simon Says (Wednesday) Challenge - "Summertime Blues". Having decided on a colour scheme I had a dig around to find some suitable papers that were both summery and blue, and then searched for an image to suit the papers … rather the opposite way round from my usual method which normally starts with an image.
Here’s the result. 

I love this cute image which I have had forever but I don’t think I have actually inked until now. It was quite difficult to colour but I’m a fairly pleased with how it turned out.

I’m also trying to reach out dies I’ve not used for a long time, such as this gorgeous butterfly and scrolling foliage. 

A couple of years ago when I was last into crafting I bought a special storage case for my dies to store them on magnetic sheets but didn't label them! However lately I got to thinking  I was sure I had stored all the packaging in the loft somewhere so that I could create an inventory of what was in the case later .... and my dear husband had a look at the weekend and found a large carrier bag full - happy days!! So now I will be able to put together an inventory and mostly know what I'm actually using!

Stamp: Fizzy Moon “Celebrations”;
Sentiment: LotV - Art pad No. 8;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Paper: LotV Nitwits “Petal Fresh”;
Tools: Spellbinders nestabilities; Magnolia Doohickey "Swirly butterfly" and "Heart Swirl Branch"; Cheery Lynn Designs "Fanciful Flourish";
Supplies: Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts; ribbon and lace from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says (Wednesday) - Summertime Blues
Incy Wincy - Summer / beach and/or Animals
Stamping Sensations (August) - Any Celebration 
Allsorts #635/636 - Anything Goes with option of roses - mine are on the lace 
Happy Little Stampers (August) - Anything Goes With Dies
A Gem of a Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #691 - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #424 - Anything Goes

After a mammoth crafting session yesterday I’ll be having a day off today to let my back recover from sitting for hours on a hard dining room chair!! Thanks very much for visiting. 


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Countdown to Christmas!

As I'm now not working and am trying to get back into cardmaking, I have decided to try to make some Christmas cards this year ... up until a bout 2015 I had made all my cards for several years, but then it all kind of drifted away! 

I have signed up for an online colouring class which I'm hoping to get started on in the next week (as soon as I can stock up on stamping card!!) but in the meantime I found a few coloured images when I was rooting in my stash, so here is my first Christmas card of 2021 - the countdown begins!

As I have made only a handful of Christmas cards over the past few years I am determined to try to make use of the stash I have already - particularly stamps (who knows how long that resolution will last)?

I noticed a bit of Promarker bleed ing on the post box which i did my best to repair with some Stickles glitter glue ... it doesn't actually look nearly as bad in real life as on a blown up photo!!

Stamps: Penny Black "Royal Mail" (3766J); LotV "Circular Christmas Sentiments";
Media: Promarkers;
Papers: LotV Nitwits "Festive Trimmings";
Flowers and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Passion for Markers #604 - Christmas in August
Christmas Cards All Year Round (August) - Something that starts with "O" or "P
(P is for Postbox and Poinsetta)
(R is for Ribbon)
Jingle Belles - Red and Green All Over
(As I said in my previous post this is a really difficult one ... but Penny  Black were the stamps that first got me into stamping and at one time were almost all I ever used. Although things may have moved on since then they'll always hold a place in my heart)
Double D Challenge - Mason Jar 
(Use a mason jar or anything in the jars on mood board - I used a red poinsetta)

Christmas Craft Creations (July) - Anything Christmas Goes
Cute Card Thursday #691 - Anything Goes
(option of interactive not taken up)
Crafty Calendar (August) - Anything Goes

I'm off to make a friend's birthday card now so I'll be back soon.


Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Magical dragon

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to win the Cutie Pie Challenge, and my prize was 2 digi images from Lee Holland Art

I have to confess that although I have a few digi images I have rarely used them up to now as I’m not overly familiar with how to resize them etc., but having won a couple I thought I’d give it a go. Lee has lots of fab images in his online shop so it was pretty difficult to pick 2; but I was particularly drawn to his images of cute dragons, primarily as they are quite different from anything else I’ve seen.

So here is a birthday card for a friend that I needed to make straight away, using one of the images.

What is not to love about this cute baby dragon?? ❤️ I’m also a big lover of butterflies so this image ticked all the boxes for me. I wasn’t too sure how to colour him so I’m not altogether confident about that, but I did my best and had a lot of fun. 

I am also starting to look through my stash and reacquaint myself with what I’ve got after three years of doing very little cardmaking … including absolutely loads of dies!! I rooted out these fabulous Magnolia Doohickey flowers which haven’t been used in toooo long!

The card is actually pretty sparkly, but the light wasn’t too great when I was taking photos so the pics don’t fully capture that. 

Stamps: Lee Holland Art - “Dragon with butterfly”; sentiment free with Simply Card and Papercraft magazine ;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Tools: Spellbinders dies and Magnolia Doohickey “doily flowers” dies;
Paper, gems and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says (Monday) - Birthday Celebration
Stamping Sensations (August) - Any Celebration 
Passion for Markers #603 - Favourite Colours 
(I definitely love pastels, and think lilac and green work very well together)
(that is a really difficult one as I love lots of stamps … but I do tend to love stamps that a feature cute animal gazing at a butterfly, and this cute dragon has got to be my new favourite (for now!!))
Alphabet Challenge - I is for insects
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #690 - Anything Goes with optional theme of summer

That’s me done for today. Thanks for visiting.