Friday, September 13, 2019

My Wish For You



Hello

It;s Friday again and time to see what the Daring Cardmakers
are up to.  But there's a serious note to our challenge this week 

We ask you to join in with us as we think especially of Dawn, who lost her
beloved father recently


    Special Thoughts
Remind someone that you are thinking of them. 

There are many times when a little card can help someone through 
a tough period in their life.
It could be a Sympathy or Condolence card, but it also be a message of solidarity and/or hope. 

Or just to let a friend know that they aren't forgotten even if you've not been in touch for a while. 
Or maybe create a card that helps remind you of a loved one.
 Click HERE to visit the blog and see all the lovely cards made by our Designers

For my three elements I chose the rectangles, Flamingo and Flowers

I found this quote on the internet some time ago, and its full of hope and support  and a message we probably should say to our friends and relatives more often than we do


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I've used a beautiful, embossed and textured pearlised card from Craft Perfect for the background of my card, and another colour from the same 6x6 pad for one of the butterfly layers
The text was created in Paint Shop Pro so that I could resize it to fit exactly, then printed onto plain white card.
I matted it onto a darker shade to match the background, and also used the same card to cut the gorgeous leaves.  The die is by Marisa Job from
Spellbinders
For the butterfly I used the smallest size in the Moonstone Beautiful Butterflies  set from Hunkydory
To finish I just added a small bow and a few pearls


I know from my own experience how much a note or a card helps when you are going through a difficult time.  Sometimes its just too hard actually talk to anyone, so knowing they are still thinking of you is a real comfort.

I hope you'll pop over to see the inspirational and thoughtful cards the DT have made, and of course it would be wonderful to have you join in with the Daring Cardmakers  this week

Thanks for looking in today

Happy Crafting!


Friday, September 06, 2019

Flamingo


Hello!
Ooops! Late (again) today!
I've been busy all week, but here I am on Friday afternoon, unable to see what I've actually got done.  That can't be fair, can it?

Anyway, here's this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge
As usual our first challenge of the month is an

Elemental Inspiration Challenge 

For September we have this colourful mood board chosen by Ruth
Remember, you just need to pick a minimum 3 elements  from the picture to use when making your card.  If you choose to use the colour palette, then that would count as one of your elements
Click HERE to visit the blog and see all the lovely cards made by our Designers

For my three elements I chose the rectangles, Flamingo and Flowers


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I've been working on another project this week, and using a Craft Consortium 12x12 paper pad, which features lots of sort of watercolour patterned papers in it.  I had a lot of small scraps of the different coloured papers on my desk which were perfect for making my background of rectangles.  I glued the pieces of paper onto scrap card before trimming to size, then inked around all the edges before arranging on my card.
The Flamingo, sentiment and flowers were cut with die sets from Spellbinders
I used paper from the same pad for the flowers and leaves, but layered up glitter card, pearl card and black card to create the flamingo


I hope you'll pop over to see the fab cards the DT have made this week, and of course it would be wonderful to have you join in with the Daring Cardmakers this week

Thanks for looking in today


Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 02, 2019

With All My Heart!

Hello!

How did we get to September already?  I'm sure it was s only 5 minutes since it was cold and miserable and I was yearning for Spring!

I'm finally getting round to sharing the card I made to give hubby in our anniversary at the end of July - yes, I know it's ages ago now!
The structural part of the card is made using one of Karen Burniston's pop up card die sets, the same set I used to make a flower box pop up a few weeks ago.  You can see that one HERE.

This time I wanted to fill the box with hearts.



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The flower pot was made first using a matte silver card. 
  Bazzill card was used for the card base and also for printing the patterned papers I wanted to use, they are all digital papers from MaiShop digital

 The Sentiment panel was created by cropping one of the paper designs to the shape I needed, then using Paint Shop Pro to create the box for my message.
Most of the hearts were made using a fab die set by Bright Rosa.  There's a great mix of sizes, plains and patterns in the set.
Other hearts were made with other dies and punches to get more variety.

The pop up mechanism is really clever, you need to be careful and make sure all the bits tuck inside when the card is closed. I added some hearts on wire for some extra bounce!

Here it is half closed 



I made a slide on/off Belly Band to keep everything tucked inside until the card was opened. The huge hearts on the belly band are also in the Bright Rosa set.   I just added some claret red ribbon and a bow to finish it off.

Here it is closed up



And here's a closer look at the box section with all the hearts bursting out.




That's my lot for today, thanks for visiting

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Resistance



Hello

I hope this Friday finds you well,It's been pretty hot and sunny here this week, which is lovely - but I've not enjoyed the horrendous hayfever symptoms that have dogged me all week!

We're looking for a bit of resistance over on  the Daring Cardmakers this time!
It sent me looking for the Muse album "The Resistance" on my phone to play while I made the card - only to find that I've not put my music onto my new phone since getting it back in May!  ooops!

Nat says:
This week I'm challenging you to embrace one of my favourite techniques of the moment: the resist technique.

You can accomplish it in a variety of ways using:
Heat embossing to resist ink, watercolour or other media,m Masking paper or  masking tape, Resist spray on its own or in combination with stencils, Masking fluid or a masking pen with watercolour, Wax crayons.....
I'm sure there are other methods you'll think of! :)
Click HERE to see what the team made this week 
 For my card I decided to use my hot foil machine and try a technique I've seen other people use but not tried myself. It involves using inks over the top of a foiled image - the foil resists the ink as you can see

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The first step was to do the foiling - I used silver foil and a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil plate for this.
Next I chose several Versamagic ink pads in blue and aqua shades, and applied them using small scraps of old wet wipe.  I'm not confident with free-hand inking etc, so rolled up pieces of the cloth made it easier for me to get the look I wanted
While the main section was drying off, I inked up a longer length of card with stripes in the same way as before, plus inked a few scraps of card to cut the little circles from.
The main piece was matted onto silver card, then onto a dark blue card base. A narrow strip was cut from the extra striped piece and also matted onto silver.
I added a couple of strands of Baker's Twine and some faux brads
The 'to you' piece is trimmed from a longer loopy sentiment die, and the tiny circles are the berries from a Holly die set 

We'd love to have you join in with us this week, just click on the Daring Cardmakers link to find out more

Thanks for looking in today, please leave a comment to tell me what you think!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, August 23, 2019

I'd Like to be... Under the Sea



Hello

I hope this Friday finds you well, and all ready for the Bank Holiday Weekend - the last one till Christmas......🤯
Still it's warm and sunny and hopefully will stay like that for a good few weeks yet!
We're heading under the sea for the Daring Cardmakers this time, and it's had me singing that "Octopuses Garden" song all week!

It's Svenja here and I'm kind of sticking with last week's watery theme. Because...

I'd like to be... under the sea...

I would like your cards to feature any kind of underwater life. Virtual extra brownie points for octopusses (with or without gardens).

Hope this crafty weekend goes swimmingly for y'all.

Click HERE to see what the team made this week 


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I startred by using a few pale watery shades of ink to add some colour to my card front.
Next I used a large Studio Light stamp and a slightly darker bleuey-green ink to add the water bubblespattern
I wanted to use a piece of netting as the next layer, but having gone through my 'useful stuff' box twice, I realised I didn't have any, so instead I made a quick trellis template for cutting on the Silhouette Cameo.  After inking it to the greeny colour I was after I scrunched it up in my hands to add some shape and glued it quite 'loosely' onto the card
The seaweed, octopus, fish and crab are all die cut using die sets from
Spellbinders. The seaweed is actually branches from a Cherry Blossom set.
To finish I added tiny googly eyes to the sea creatures, some dots 
of Ice Stickles to some of the water bubbles and a
 silly sentiment, which I'd printed out on the pc

We'd love to have you join in with us this week, just click on the Daring Cardmakers link to find out more

Thanks for looking in today

Happy Crafting!








Friday, August 16, 2019

Dib, Dab, Dob, Splish, Splash, Splosh


 Hello!

I hope you're having a great Friday, its sunshine and showers all the way around here today.


As usual, on Fridays it's Daring Cardmakers day and this time it's Joanne in the Challenge Setter's Seat


Splish, Splash, Splosh
It's Joanne here this week and I'd like to see you get loose and unstructured with watercolours, inks or paints to create a focal point, background or accents for your project - sploosh, spray and splatter to your heart's content! It can be a little bit scary when you're not in total control of the results but it's fun to let go and remind yourself there's no right or wrong every once in a while!
Click HERE to see what the team made this week 
 

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I started by applying lots of water over a piece of watercolour card.
Next I chose four Distress Oxide colours and using bunched up scraps of old wet wipe I dabbed the colours on randomly until the card was covered, dried it off with a heat gun.


 Using one of my favourite die sets from Spellbinders (its actually part of a set for making a little book) I cut the fancy aperture into a plain white card blank. Then the inked panel was cut to size and glued inside the card.
For the butterflies I used the spare strip of inked card and a piece of textured gold card from Craft Perfect. The butterfly dies are from 2 different sets one by Hunkydory and the other by Couture Creations - both are fab because they have a plain shape and a fancy one. 
To complete I used another Spellbinders die to cut the swirly 'with love' in gold card - because the loops remind me of a butterfly's flight path! Finally I added some teeny circles cut using the berries from a holly die set - which I use more for things like this than for making holly!
 


We'd love to have you join in with us this week, just click on the Daring Cardmakers link to find out more

Thanks for looking in today

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Pot Full of Flowers


Hello!

I hope you're having a good Tuesday - it's been dry here all day so far, and yesterday we didn't even have any thunder - I was beginning to think it was now mandatory to have at least half an hour of thunder rumbling away each day!

A couple of weeks ago my lovely neighbour was rather poorly so I thought I'd make a card to send some Get Well Soon wishes through her letterbox. Today I'm finally getting round to sharing it on here.
The structural part of the card is made using one of Karen Burniston's pop up card die sets, but I used a different die set to make the flowers.



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The flower pot was made first; I used red Bazzill card and digital design (info below) for the pot. then lots of scraps of card for all the flowers.
The flowers were created with various flower dies, but mainly those from Hunkydory's Moonstone "Fabulous Flowers" die set.

For the card base:
I've used a few of the papers from the
Cherry and Mint In Bloom Digital paper download set printed onto white Bazzill card, plus a base card made from green Bazzill card.  
Usually I use a heavier weight for card blanks, but this was going to have more layers and needed to fold (relatively) flat so I started with something thinner.

The Sentiment panel was created by cropping one of the paper designs to the shape I needed, then using Paint Shop Pro to create the box for the text and the Get Well Soon message.  Once that was all done, I resized the whole thing to fit the space on my card and printed it out.
The pop up is really clever, you just need to be careful and make sure all the flowers tuck inside when the card is closed.
Here it is half closed
I made a slide on/off Belly Band to keep the card closed and decorated it with more flowers and leaves.
All the patterned papers i used were from the digital paper set mentioned above.
Here's the closed card
My neighbour loved the card, and I'm happy to say she's up and about and almost fully recovered now.
I love this pop up and used it again to make another card which I'll share soon!




That's my lot for today, thanks for visiting

Happy Crafting!