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Sunday, 10 December 2017

International Art and Soul Lots of Sparkle





This challenge is all about 'Lots of Sparkle' so come along and join us at International Art and Soul.

I thought most of the Design Team would come up with Christmas cards so I decided to get on with my Birthday cards for next year - I have three in the middle of January so I'm making a start.
I won some digis from Rick St Dennis with one of my recent cards so I chose this 'Fabulous Feline' to colour. I used my Promarkers to colour her and I added a gem to her brooch on the collar. Some of my Spellbinder dies were tried before I opted for this shape. I edged with Distress Ink and set to one side. The card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK and I added a mat of bright yellow Papermill card topped with a First Edition glitter paper from their Hideaway pad. I'd already decided that I would use some of my jewelled ribbon that I bought in America a few years ago. It's the first time I've used this green and it goes nicely with the glitter paper so I set it down the left side and the image was placed to the right. I haven't yet decided whether to add a sentiment. There's lots of sparkle on this card so I'm sure my niece will love it. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Where did you get that hat?
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Show us your pussies - Anything Goes with a kitty
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Animal Magic
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
Animal Friends - Anything Goes with an animal



I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Happy Holidays.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

IAAS Buttons and Bows



This theme is 'Buttons and Bows' over at International Art and Soul so please come across and join us.

I used a Craft UK 8x8 scalloped card blank. The Papermill pink card was embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder and the corners were rounded with a Carl punch. I matted it on to Papermill yellow card that also had its corners rounded. The yellow ribbon was bought in America about four years ago and it's the first time I've used it. My family couldn't believe how many rolls of ribbon I bought there, animal print, jewelled, satin, dotted, striped, you name it I bought it. So far I've used one strip of jewelled and this strip of satin. After wrapping the ribbon round the lower edge of the mat I stamped the Visible Image quotes on three separate pieces of coloured card, cutting the corners as before and added them to the upper part of the card with a Craft Box gem at the top corner of each. I raided my button box and added a few buttons to some of the embossed buttons.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Creative Knockouts - Thankful Thoughts
Through the Purple Haze - Lace/Ribbon
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes


Thursday, 23 November 2017

MAWTT Christmas Animals



Come long and join us at Moving Along with the Times where the theme this week is 'Christmas Animals'.

My card blank was a freebie from a magazine a while ago, it's not quite kraft card because it has a sheen to it. I used Joanna Sheen's Signature dies of the shepherd with sheep and donkeys. After I'd cut them in white card I used my Promarkers to give the minimum of colour. After I'd placed them I used my John Lewis gold stones to add some texture and give them something to walk on! The sentiment and star were freebie stamps from a magazine and after stamping I mounted it on foam pads after edging it with Distress Ink. It was set at top left. Job done.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Animal Friends - Christmas
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Add Texture

Sunday, 12 November 2017

IAAS Autumn Colours



The theme is Autumn Colours over at International Art and Soul so come along and join us.

I've used a 7x7 card blank by Craft UK and then used Brushos in various shades of orange, red, brown and yellow before spritzing with water to give little splurges of colour. When it was completely dry I used Imagination Crafts' Gilding Flakes in Red Gilt to give a few splashes of glitter. The main image is by Visible Image and was stamped in Memento ink before I tore round the edges. I used Distress Inks in orange and yellow round the torn edge and then raised it on pads to give depth. The sentiment was a freebie from a magazine and, again, it was stamped with Memento ink.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - No patterned paper
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Creative Sketchy Girls - Autumn
Allsorts - Colours of Autumn
Crafty Calendar - Autumn Colours
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


Sunday, 29 October 2017

IAAS - Add a tag or charm



Hello again - I'm back after a very unsettling house move. The removal men were pleasant enough but their common sense was almost non-existent. After a great deal of help I'm eventually sorted and my craft room is once again in working order.

This theme over at International Art and Soul is 'Add a tag or charm' and as you can see I've added a wooden tag from Docrafts. I used a Sakura gelly roll pen to write 'Lest we forget' on the tag and then I had to think about the rest of the design, My mojo is not at its best but this is the first card I've made for months so I think it's making a comeback. I've had the poppy napkin for ages and used it once for a card a few years ago so I knew it would work for this one. I chose the section on the napkin that I needed and carefully cut round it before sticking to the white paper. I set the white paper against bright red card from Papermill as the mat, which I thought looked good against the Craft UK ivory card blank. Once the napkin had dried I set the tag in the top right corner and added a red ribbon to it. Three red Mei Flower gems were added to the top left and bottom right corners. Then I went to bed!

The following day I looked at it again and decided it needed more so I typed up the two verses. I printed them in grey so that they weren't too stark and then tore around the edges. I used a grey Promarker to edge them and set them in place.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers- Anything Goes
Cardz4Guyz - Remembrance. Sympathy, Thinking of You
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore  Encore - Anything Goes


Thursday, 26 October 2017

MAWTT Add a tag or charm





I'm pleased to say that I'm back after my house move. I'm also pleased to say that I'm eventually settled and it's beginning to feel like home,

This theme for this challenge was set by me and it's 'Add a tag or charm'. Come along and join us at Moving Along with the Times and check out what the rest of Team B have made.

I used a 7x7 Craft UK card blank. I stamped the tree image with a Bee Crafty stamp using a brown Memento ink pad. The image was matted on to dark green Papermill card leaving a very thin border. The First Edition green patterned paper was again matted on to dark green card leaving a thin border as before. The white mat was added to the base mat and an owl charm, from Craft Box, was tied in the top corner with baker's twine. I'd cut out three acorns from the patterned paper and these were added to the bottom corner. Silver stones from John Lewis were added along the base of the tree - just because I thought they looked nice. lol To finish off the card I cut two arrows in the patterned paper and set them to the right and top left of the image.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Brown sugar - Orange, brown and green
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Penny Black - Close to Nature
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting. I'm so glad to be back.



Friday, 29 September 2017

I'll be back



I moved house at the beginning of August and I'm still trying to get some semblance of order. I'm not able to join in with any challenges at the minute, or fulfil my design team obligations, but I will be back.

My previous house was too big for me and took a lot of work in house and garden which was getting more difficult for me by the day. I decided to downsize and because of my eye problem my sons and I felt it would be better if I moved nearer to one of them. I moved from Newcastle upon Tyne, a big city, to a Northumberland village. I'm five minutes walk away from my younger son and daughter in law. It's very quiet and suits me and my dog fine. The walks are beautiful.

However, no-one warned me about how difficult it would be to fit so much 'stuff'' into this tiny house. My craft room is packed and if I ever get the chance to craft again I hope I can find things.

My son is coming up north at the end of October to help me get more organised. Two sons together will get things done quickly I hope. Once my main computer is up and running I'll be able to join you all.

Thanks to all my design team buddies for bearing with me.