Friday, May 13, 2022

Rain or Shine

 

  Hello!
Hope you've had a good week!  
The weather has been a bit weird around here with wind, bright sunshine and sudden downpours. sometimes within just a few minutes.  I'm going to blame Nat, who chose a weather-related challenge this week!
 
It's Nat here this week bringing you a brand new dare just in time for some weekend crafting.
Rain or Shine
Earlier this week my parents celebrated their wedding anniversary, and inspired by the four seasons of weather they experienced on that day (from a blistering heatwave to a snowstorm all in the same place)...
I want to see you feature something weather-related 
on your card
It could be sunshine, rainbows, umbrellas, parasols, or even snow! The choice is yours. 

Click here to see the lovely projects the design team made:
 
 I went with a Spring weather and gardening theme as they seem to go hand in hand.  Keeping newly planted seedlings etc safe from any nasty weather, but well watered while they are bedding in takes effort and a fair bit of luck. 
 
 
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I've used a smooth white rectangular card blank
The lovely rainbow and sunshine background paper comes from a digital download set from Poppy Moon
I inked some scraps of paper to match the colours in the papers, then die cut the boots etc using dies from Sizzix
The little sun is made using a plain circle die and a flower die from a Spellbinders set as I didn't have anything just the right size!
I've used lots of chipboard behind the various elements to get some dimension. 
The sentiment was already printed so just needed cutting out from one of my pre-made black and white sets
 

 Thank you so much for coming by
 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 


Standing with Ukraine





Friday, May 06, 2022

May Elemental Inspiration

 

 

Hello
 
 Keeping it short this time as I'm still catching up with things after our little holiday.

This week on the Daring Cardmakers its time for May's Elemental Inspiration Challenge.  How come January and February are at least twice as long as the other months in the year?

Hello, Joanne here this week.
 
May Elemental Inspiration
We have an “elemental” challenge for you today — just choose at least three elements from the inspiration picture (colour scheme counts as one element so pick two other things as well if you decide to go with colours).


 You can see lots of inspiration from the Design Team by clicking this link
 
 For my elements I chose the pink and green colours. the black and white stripes, a flower, some little droplet stones and a stencil

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I've used a smooth white square card base and made the background by masking off some areas with washi tape and also some masking fluid before applying various shades of green Nuvo embellishing mousse.  Once I'd removed the masking 'stuff' I used some gold mousse through my favourite stencil.

For the flower I inked up some thin card with several shades of pink Nuvo mousse, spraying water to get a random colour effect.  While it was still damp I scrunched it up, flattened it out again and left it to dry.
Im not entirely sure that last bit made any difference to the finished flower but it seemed a good idea at the time!
 
The flower petals are cut using an old Spellbinders 'carnation' die set, which has different sized petals in it.  I achieved the frilly  effect by using reverse tweezers on each petal
 Next I built up the focus of my card; a rectangle of striped card. a chipboard swirl inked in green with a little Nuvo mousse for shine and some gold gilding flakes added, some green leaves from another Spellbinders die set and finally the sentiment piece made with more black and white card
To complete the card I added a few small droplet stones - I can't remember the proper name for them!


Thank you so much for coming by. 

 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 
 
 




supporting Ukraine


Friday, April 29, 2022

Celebrate!

 

 Hello!


I've been a bit MIA from my blog as we were lucky enough to have ourselves a little trip away.  We spent the first few days in the North Yorkshire Dales and then carried on heading north to spend the rest of our break with my family on the Northumbrian coast - it was just glorious!
Now of course I have some catching up to do as even before we went away I'd let things slip on the blogging front!
 

This week it's Shabneez setting the challenge 

for the Daring Cardmakers;

Celebrate!
It’s almost time for me to celebrate the festival of Eid which marks the end of a month of fasting. I’d love to see a card celebrating any occasion you please but it should contain the word ‘celebrate’!

Click here to see the lovely projects the design team made:
 


With a whole truckload of cards to make for May birthdays (and mostly the dreaded male ones). using the word Celebrate as a theme really works for lots of cards so prepare to see a lot of it over the next few weeks!
 
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I've used a smooth white card blank, but trimmed about 1.5 cms off the edge to make a fat rectangle.  I die cut a tag from the same white card. I cut some narrow strips of card in yellow and shades of blue to adhere across the card, and slightly narrower ones to glue across the tag
Using the same colours I cut some balloons in a couple of sizes (small one is from an old Spellbinders set, larger one from dies that cane in a Papercraft Society kit) 
The dark blue string for the balloons was salvaged from clothing tags
I matted a scrap of white card onto a strip of the dark blue and added the Celebrate sentiment (also from a Papercraft Society kit)
I shaped the balloons slightly with a large ball tool (bought from a sugarcraft stockist) and added pieces of chipboard between the various layers to add some dimension
 

 Thank you so much for coming by
 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 





Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Chocolate Heaven

 

Hello
I hope Friday finds you well and enjoying some Spring sunshine 

So it's Easter weekend, and I always love this holiday!  
An extra long weekend with two Bank Holidays - and so much more relaxing than Christmas!  There's the promise of longer days, better weather, flowers and leaves popping up all over the place, little lambs and chicks and ducklings!

It’s my turn to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers so in honour of another of the lovely things about Easter:
eating chocolate, 
because you just have to,
 its the law!
 
Chocolate Heaven
 
Indulge yourself  a little this week!
I'd love to see all sorts of chocolatey treats - chocolate cakes, chocolate colours,  velvety drinking chocolate, a tempting box of chocolates....
Whatever you fancy
 

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The eggs were die cut from chocolate coloured pearlescent card, then a couple were embossed  in each of 3 embossing folders. I cut a narrow strip of turquoise card to glue across the card then arranged the eggs along it adding pieces of chipboard between the layers .  The HAPPY EASTER letters were cut from the same card. For the flowers and leaves I used a sizzix die set and card in pastel shades, adding tiny gems for the flower centres.  




Thank you so much for coming by. 

 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 
 
 
 

 
Standing with Ukraine
 

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

April Elemental Inspiration

 


Hello
 

Jenny has a lovely mood-board for this week's April Elemental Inspiration Challenge to the Daring Cardmakers!

It's Jenny here hosting our first challenge of the new month.  
 
As we are now in a new month it's time for our 
April Elemental Challenge.  
We would like you to use a minimum of three elements from these pictures to inspire your card (colour can only be one element).
 

You can see lots of inspiration from the Design Team by clicking this link

 For my elements I chose the pink paper panel with its gold foiling - I didn't have a foiling plate with lines on it, so used this fab Spellbinders dotty one, The twigs from the top right image and the tiny yellow flowers that are scattered around


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I've used a smooth white square card base trimmed down to a fat rectangle. I used Nuvo embellishing mousse in shades of pink and peach to colour a spare piece of white card, then when dry foiled it using a Spellbinders plate and gold foil in my GoPress and Foil machine.  I added the horizontal strip using spare of the inked card and a scrap of mirror gold card.  The faux brads are  little circles die cut from gold card

For the twiggy bouquet I used several shades of brown and green card and twigs and branches from various die sets, along with some peachy-pink ehelas fibres for extra interest. The yellow flowers are several sizes of small circle cut in lemon and yellow card, plus some glitter card.
To complete the card I used a knotted piece of organza ribbon, along with some gold twine and a gold glittered enamel dot
 



Thank you so much for coming by. 

 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 
 
 


supporting Ukraine

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Early Bird - is definitely not me!

 

Hello
 
So I'm back to being late posting my challenge card for the Daring Cardmakers, Sorry Miri, its just a bit of a struggle keeping things going at the moment, for no good reason.  Hopefully my energy levels will get better now the days are longer.

Miri has a lovely theme for this week's challenge to the Daring Cardmakers!

What I like a lot about spring is the fact that it’s no longer dark when I get up and that I can enjoy the first morning sunshine on my way to work. (At least until Sunday when the clocks go forward to Daylight Saving Time 😉).

So the topic for this week is:

The early bird catches the worm.

On your card, use whatever comes to mind when you hear this saying, such as birds of any kind, sun rays/sunshine/sunset or even a worm!

You can see lots of inspiration from the Design Team by clicking this link

I've used a smooth white square card base trimmed down to a fat rectangle plus extra of the same for the upper panel which is matted onto pale blue card

O stencilled the white panel with sunrise shades of ink, which I then sprayed with water to blur them a bit.
The dies for the bird and birdhouse and the grass are from a couple of old Spellbinders sets.  My little bird is on the lookout for worms for his breakfast!
The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz  added a few green and pink pearls nearby
To finish I found three tiny mulberry paper flowers in matching colours - its been a very long time since I used any of those!


Thank you so much for coming by. 

 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 
 
 

supporting Ukraine

Friday, March 18, 2022

Celebrating Springtime

 
Hello
I hope Friday finds you well and enjoying some Spring sunshine 
The news is still horrendous with the atrocities in Ukraine continuing, and Covid deaths going over SIX MILLION
 
What. A. World.

Sometimes I just despair or things ever getting better, of people living together in a respectful way

I feel like pulling up the drawbridge and declaring a state of independence.

If only I had a moat, a drawbridge and some battlements

Anyway before I get even more maudlin, I need to remind myself of the birds singing in the morning, the days growing longer and signs of Spring in the garden...

...and Shabneez's perfectly timed challenge to the Daring Cardmakers!

Hello Spring!

It's almost the first official day of Spring here in the UK and what better way than to celebrate with a challenge!  

I’d love to see anything related to the season be it lambs, rabbits, daffodils, tulips etc.

You can see lots of inspiration from the Design Team by clicking this link


I thought I'd make this challenge work hard and make it for MiL's Mother's Day card.  
I've used a smooth white card base plus extra of the same for the upper panel which is embossed using the good old Swiss Dots folder from Cuttlebug
This panel was adhered over a length of narrow pink satin ribbon
I inked more white card with shades of green and pink Nuvo Embellishing Mousses to cut the tulips.  The die is by Joanna Sheen, but I cut it a few times, cut away sections and layered them into a taller, narrower arrangement.
I think its good to get creative and make your dies work harder for you!
I made the sentiment on the pc and added a few green and pink pearls nearby
To finish I tied a messy double bow and glued in place
 
I love the soft sheen of the mousse but it does make photographing a bit trickier, and no matter how often I tried I couldn't really get the embossing to show very well.  But it is there!



Thank you so much for coming by. 

 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe, 
 
 

 
Standing with Ukraine
Cover background is from a digital download called Spring Flowers by
 Ukrainian Etsy seller
 
 

Friday, March 11, 2022

for Ukraine

 
All around the web people are trying to show they care about the people of Ukraine and show in whatever way they can that we stand against the devastation Mr Putin is hell-bent on doling out.
This week the Daring Cardmakers are joining crafters all around the world who are trying to show solidarity with our friends in Ukraine
 
 
What is happening in Ukraine is shocking and utterly wrong.
We want to show support for the Ukrainian people by filling our blog with the blue and yellow colours of the country's flag and masses of sunflowers; the national flower of Ukraine
The power of the internet means our crafting and working community often encompasses people from all over the world and most of us will know at least one fellow crafter who is living through such terror and heartache.  
Suddenly it's our friends and colleagues  - not strangers who are suffering,

Se this week we're asking you to join us and show support for the people of Ukraine by filling the crafting world with
 
 
Please share this week's cover wherever you can
 

For my card I inked pieces of white car with shades of yellow and blue,  I cut these into rectangles and then randomly cut those into strips before arranging onto the base card.  In my head it's symbolic of whats happening over there.
To me sunflowers really are a symbol of hope and brighter days - they are big and showy and full of pride - and not afraid to stand tall.  I wish I had their confidence.
I made mine by first inking some 80gsm card with several shades of yellow ink, then die cutting with a die set from Spellbinders for the larger ones, and from Joanna Sheen for the small one.

 
The sentiment is created on the PC and I added some tiny copper gems to highlight the flower centres and a few clear and yellow dew drops to symbolise tears
 
Thank you so much for coming by. 
Just to reiterate the 'friends and colleagues, not strangers' - one of OH's co-workers is Ukranian, she lives in Prague but her family are in Ukraine. Every day must be more like a nightmare of worry and fear.

  I would be thrilled if you would join in in some way so that we can show support albeit in this very small way
 
 Happy Crafting, Stay Safe,