Friday, March 27, 2015

Taking Inspiration

On the Daring Cardmakers this week Lythan set, what for me was a tricky challenge:
Inspired by.....Nat's signature style
"I would like you to take a trip into a world of pure gorgeousness by visiting the blog of lovely teamie Nat and getting inspired by her style. I have been a huge fan of Nat's since I started card making and I have seen her work evolve but it has always been current, stylish, clean but not simple and with a wonderful way with a focal point. Well that is my interpretation - I look forward to seeing what you take from Nat's signature style."
I've been thinking about this one for ages, ever since it popped up on our calendar, and wondering what the heck I could do!  To me, Nat has a style all her own; it's how she puts papers and other components together in a strong, graphic way, the way she uses quite bold paper designs without fear and of course, horror of horrors....she stamps!

I even went and bought a few new paper packs in the hope that they'd help - but in the end I didn't use any of the new stuff, and I avoided the stamping issue quite deftly, I reckon ;)

After a little scroll through her blog I'd made a little shortlist of Nat-esque things to use: bold paper background, a long strip of stripey paper, Doilies, Vellum, a big loopy word, enamel dots and a banner

Materials and Tools
Large top-fold rectangular card base
Papers: Miss Caroline "Howdy Doody" 12x12 set by My Minds Eye
Bazzill card to match
Plain creamy-white paper (no idea where this came from)
Paper flowers and Lace ribbon (Santoro Mirabelle)
Polka dot satin ribbon
Enamel dots, Pearls
"Birthday" sentiment pc generated and printed on the same 
white paper as the lower doily
Circle Doily (Crafters Companion) in 2 sizes, the lower in white paper, the upper one from vellum
"happy" (Memory Box) is cut from the peachy coloured Bazzill. I glued two pieces together, then cut the die twice - so there are four layers altogether

My big discovery when making this was how much I like that big flowery background.  Maybe it was upsizing the card base, maybe it was covering the whole of the card front, or maybe it was keeping the rest of the layers fairly clean and simple, but the thing that had been bothering me most - the bold pattern, I actually really liked.  And it is a very beautiful paper!

So thanks to Lythan for setting an out-of-the-comfort-zone challenge, and to Nat for consistently inspiring us with her special, signature style!
Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll check out the rest of the cards on the DCM Blog this week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Swings and Roundabouts

It's my turn this week to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers and as I love adding a moving element to my cards, I thought this would make an interesting challenge for everyone
Swings and Roundabouts
I'd like to see a "swinging", "twirling" or "rocking"element on your card this week.....and, if you can also add a circle (for the "roundabout in the title), then you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a real Smartypants!

I ended up making a couple of cards, the first of which was the one I sent to my Aunt and Uncle for their Golden Wedding Anniversary last week, and has various hearts suspended in larger heart-shaped apertures, plus heart charms dangling in the top corner and a little "50" charm threaded through a tiny hole on the sentiment panel

Materials and Tools:
Large white card blank plus extra of the same card
Gold card
Black and Gold  Glitter card
Papers: MME "Charmed" metallic, from the "Record It" series 
Gold crochet thread, Gold metallic thread
Gold Ribbons, Brass Heart and "50"charms
MFT Nested Hearts die set
Tiny heart punch
Avery Elle "Love" die

As I didn't get a circle into that one, I thought I's see if I could combine circles, things on a thread AND a rocker into one card.
Some time back  DoCrafts sent me a wonderful set of large circle dies to use on one of the challenges they were sponsoring - honestly, I have used this die set SOooooooo much (Thank you again to DoCrafts for their generosity)
I started by covering enough of a sheet of white card with green spotty paper to cut a large circle, once cut, it was folded in half to make the rocking base.
Next I cut another piece of the green, plus a piece of some yellow paper and glued them to another piece of white card, butted up close together.  I taped the same size circle die over this piece of card so that the join in the papers was along the centre.  Now I taped the next size down circle die inside the first one so that when I put it through the machine  the ring shape was created.
The green part of the ring was glued to the rocker base to leave the yellow area standing up and a semi-circular aperture where the washing line would be suspended

Materials and Tools:
White card (330gsm)
Papers:  "Fine and Dandy" Echo Park (12x12)
Brown card for flagpole and pegs
Dies: Large circle die set DoCrafts/Xcut
QuicKutz  for baby clothes (a very long time since they've been out of the box!)
Twine for washing line
Homemade decal sentiment

Thats it for this time, but I hope you'll pop over to the BLOG to see how the team took up this challenge - the cards are just fantastic this week!
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Whispering?

I've another of my Funky Hand cards to share today.  
This time I've used the "Spring Whispers" papers from the Funky Seasons CD which you can find HERE - currently available at a very special price of just £1

Materials and Tools

Funky Hand CD: Funky Seasons 
Dotted Doily Circle Frame die set(Sweet Dixie)
Hyprid Rose (MFT)
 "Twirly Swirly" die set (Taylored Expressions)
2x circle punches for details

I rather like the way the quite bright and striking colours work with the simple layout and lots of white space!
Thanks for visiting today

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Starry Starry Sketch

Planning ahead for the bunch of "boy" birthday cards I'll be needing later in the Spring, I've made this card using the March LO on The Sketch File, substituting stars for the squares and little heart shape on the sketch
 Materials and Tools
Papers; Carta Bella 6x6 Summer Lovin' pad
Dies; MFT Nested Stars, Crafter's Companion Plain Oval (from Oval frame set)
PC generated sentiment, Tiny gems, Black Versamagic ink pad 

A really simple and quick card!  It's not often my Materials list is as short as that!
Thanks for looking

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Sprinkle of Tiny Flowers

Here's a card I shared on the Funky Hand blog last week - yes, I'm a bit slow with this blogging lark!
 The Funky Hand DT are continuing revisiting some of the older CDs and Download collections, and at the moment we're featuring a CD called Funky Seasons, and in particular the "Spring" paper sets

I've chose the "Spring Walk" papers to use for this card.  You'll find them on the Funky Seasons CD which you can find HERE

Materials and Tools

Funky Hand CD: Funky Seasons
Memory Box "happy" die set
decal sentiment
Pennants are hand cut
small flowers are hand cut from one of the paper designs
die cut word is glued so that the centre section bows outwards for dimension

Thanks for visiting today

Monday, March 09, 2015


I completely forgot to put the Valentine's day card I made for hubby, so I'll do it now! 
I made this one using mainly scraps left over from other Funky Hand projects, and lots of card layers for added dimension

Materials and Tools
Sentiment is printed directly on to the card 
Funky Hand Downloads:  "I Love You Sew" and
MFT DieNamics Nested Hearts die set
 Ribbon with Printed Hearts
small silver heart brads, large patterned heart brad brad
Round and heart-shaped red gems
Black card scraps:
 the hearts are backed with multiple layers cut with the same dies for lots of dimension

Thanks for visiting today

Friday, March 06, 2015

Elements for March

We have a fabulous picture found by Nat for our March Elemental Inspiration challenge this week on the Daring Cardmakers.

You need to use at least three elements from the picture to use on your card, the colours can only be counted as one element. 

 Materials and Tools:
Background stencilled with Fresco Finish paints 
Paper: MME "Find your Wings and Fly", various paper pads
Large flower created using MFT Poinsettia die set
Taylored Expressions Twirly Swirly die set
Small flowers made with EK Success punch
Twine, Gift charm, gems, pearls and enamel dots

Inspiration Picture
So from the picture I chose; The big flowery bow from the gift on the lower left, Triangles from the wrapping paper for the bunting, Twine (bunting, bow for charm and tag), Gift (the little charm), Confetti - I used the pearls and enamel dots for mine, Swirls - mine are paper rather than twine, and the Spring Colours

This is a really fun challenge to try, and I hope you'll give it a try - head over to the DCM BLOG to see how the rest of the team have used the picture to create their beautiful cards this week

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

"Little Details"

It's New Sketch Tuesday on The Sketch File Blog today and I rather liked the view of the sketch in the "Greys with a Pop" colours, so thought I'd have a go at using the theme as well as the LO for my first card this month

I changed the orange colour pop on the sketch for yellow - I used black and white with bright, sunny yellow on my card for last week's Daring Cardmakers Yellow theme and decided that I loved the combo - so have stuck with it.

Here's the sketch
March Sketch "Little Details"
Materials and Tools:
March LO from The Sketch File
Smooth White card blank
Bazzill card; Greys, black, white, yellow
Heart punch, SU Pansy punch, Small circle punch, Corner punch
Scalloped Oval die (Spellbinders)
Small gems (Prima)
Decal sentiment
Yellow ink

That's all for this time, thank you for visiting

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mellow Yellow

Why on earth don't we use yellow more often?
If you have a look at the Daring Carmakers Blog,  I think you'll be asking the same question as the blog is full of sunshine this week!
It's all down to Nat's fabulous challenge:
 In an effort to spread a little sunny cheer in the cardmaking world this week we're focussing on a much underused colour in crafting - granted it can be a tricky one to match with other colours, but the focus this week is all on the colour:
You can combine it with neutral shades of white, grey, cream, and black - but the predominant colour on your card must be yellow.
For some reason, I went straight to my small stash of stencils for this one - I didn't even check out the boxes of paper - not even the brand new, unopened packs I've indulged myself with in the last couple of weeks, were ignored (I will open them one day....).
I played around with a couple of the stencils, thinking along the lines of making some sort of inky background with them. then found one that came as a magazine freebie years ago.  It's very thick, and was really intended for using sections of it  for "doodling" through, but the idea of using Texture Paste mixed with some Acrylic paint popped into my head, so that's why this happened

I love how thick and gungy this stuff is, tbh I don't have much idea how I should be using it, but it's fun to spend a while playing with "different" and probably more messy (definitely so when it's me doing the playing), it stops you getting in a rut and sometimes it doesn't matter if you make a horrible mess and it ends up in the bin.  It's the adult equivalent of making mud pies, and we all know how engrossing that was
Having covered a couple of sheets of card with gorgeously gungy texture paste patterns I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with them.  Inspired by Svenja's glorious yellow and black creation which I'd already seen, I unashamedly pinched the colour combo and just added my old favourite flower and swirls to make my card
Materials and Tools
Smooth white card 
Yellow coredinations card, Black Bazzill scraps
Texture Paste
Fresco Finish Yellow acrylic paint (Paper Artsy)
Spotty Black and White paper (MME, Record It! Charmed Metallic print pad) 
Twill ribbon
MS border punch, SU Pansy punch
Taylored Expressions Swirly Twirly, and Spellbinders Leafy Swirl Dies
Black enamel dots

That's it for this time, thank you for popping by

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Another card for the current sketch on The Sketch File Blog today. 
I had to make a new guitar template to cut this - even though I know I've already got a template somewhere in my files - I know this because I found a photo of a card made a couple of years back that I used it on!  Hey ho, sometimes it's less hassle to start over than to spend hours searching for the first one.

It was only when I'd finished the card that  I realised I'd added a layered panel across the card (under the guitar), when in fact I'd meant just to use the entire guitar as the horizontal panel/focus piece, with just the music notes to echo the swirly bits from the sketch
Materials and Tools
White smooth card blank, plus extra for the embossed layer
Bazzill card: Red, Black, Grey, White    
Dark Silver card
Embossing folder: Seasonal Music (Crafter's Companion) 
Silhouette Cameo: own templates for guitar and music notes
February LO from The Sketch File 
Thanks for popping by today