Sunday, 26 March 2017

Hugs for a Colleague

Happy Mother's Day to mums in the UK, Ireland, Nigeria and Channel Islands. (Yes, I did look that up!) I am lucky enough to have two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 33-year-old girl , and it is my daughter who loves to set me the real-life stamping challenges. (I think she should set up her own challenge blog, although she doesn't craft herself!).

Anyway, my daughter requested a card for a colleague who has had a serious health diagnosis. My daughter had seen a card I made with the umbrella girl stamp (Woodware, I think) , but wanted a bigger card so all her workmates could sign.

I coloured the image and paper pieced it using papers from a magazine, years ago. The sentiment is Avery Elle and I added Glossy Accents to the raindrops and puddle.

(PS, during the writing of this post there was a slight pause, as a child turned up with a box of chocolates and we had to eat some...)

I'd like to enter:
Crafting By Designs  thinking of you
Fusion  photo
Brown Sugar  anything goes

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Inkspirational Challenge - Photo


Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by a photo:
For my DT card I adapted elements from two 'photo prop' sets of cutting files - one by Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and the other by Miss Kate Cuttables, and cut them on the Silhouette. The sentiment is by Docrafts and I embossed the base with an embossing folder. 

We are joined by a wonderful Guest Designer Birgit  and I hope you'll come over to the challenge blog and see what she and the rest of the DT have made and enter your own project. 

I'd like to enter:
AAA Cards die cuts 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Car with a Clear Chevron Circle


I got a text off my daughter this evening - she wanted a card with a car on it for her friend's dad who's a driving instructor, and she wants it by tomorrow!

To give me some ideas I browsed some current challenges and this is what I came up with . I created the circle base card on the Silhouette , cut out a circle of acetate and embossed it with a chevron embossing folder. The car stamp is by Printworks and I coloured it with markers, paper-pieced it and cut it out. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  clear to me
Crafting when we Can  circles
Challenge up your Life  chevron
Fashionable Stamping Challenge  transport
Retro Rubber  car stamp is probably 5 years old?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Through the Window


This week I have chosen the challenge at City Crafter: to use a window or aperture on your project.

For my DT project I used a stamp from Paper Smooches for my outside scene, which I coloured with markers and Distress Inks. The window and shutters were a Silhouette cutting file and I was pleased to find the paper in my scraps - it already had a peeled wallpaper effect.

I look forward to seeing your window project. Please come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the fabulous DT have made.




I'd like to enter:
Brown Sugar  anything goes 
Glitter N Sparkle  anything goes 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Happy Birthday Kim


Happy Birthday to my wonderful Inkspirational team-mate, Kim. 

Here is the card I sent to her and I hope she's received in time.

As well as producing beautiful cards for our challenge blog, Kim also organises the Secret Santa we do every year. To celebrate that I've used a tulip stamped image and word die cut that I received in a package from my Secret Santa. I coloured them with Zig CleanColour markers. The other sentiment stamps are  by Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
Stampin Royalty spring
Inky Chicks flowers
Paradise of Stamps  spring
Come and Get It  anything goes
Pinspirational  picture

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Maternity Tag

Here's another tag I created at my daughter's request - she wants it to attach to a gift for a mum-to-be. The pregnant woman silhouette is a electronic cutting file from Silhouette studio and I previously created the tag cutting file myself. I think the green patterned paper, which is sparkly, adds to the slightly retro look.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  tags
Tuesday Throwdown  tags

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Spring is around the corner

This week, at City Crafter , Stella wants you to take inspiration from this graphic:
For my DT card I went with the spring theme and was reminded of the song 'Tulips from Amsterdam'. I use a variety of electronic cutting files - the windmill from Cardmaking Paradise, grass from Cutting Cafe and tulips from Miss Kate Cuttables. 

I hope you will join in the challenge, but before you do , please come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the DT have made. 

I'd like to enter:
Mod Squad song inspiration - Tulips from Amsterdam 
Fab and Funky  song inspiration 
Ooh La La  spring 
Brown Sugar  brad ( enables the mill sails to turn) 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Baby Boy Tags


My daughter asked me for a set of four tags she could use for gifts for a new baby boy. I created the tags on the Silhouette electronic die cutter. The baby images are all from Mo's Digital Pencil, and I tried to crop them in different ways. I used just 4 Promarker alcohol ink pens: two shades of blue, a skin-tone and a grey.

I'd like to enter:
Passion for Promarkers  it's a boy
Mo's Digital Challenge  anything goes

Glittery Peacock Card


Hey, the glitter shows up in the photo!!! That's unusual. Anyway, the peacock is by Hobby Art . The background is a Prima stencil, sponged with 3 Distress Inks and embossed with glitter embossing powder and then clear ep. I think the sentiment is Hero Arts, embossed in white.

I'd like to enter:
Just us Girls  stencil
Aloha Friday  living things with wings
Come and Get It  things with wings
Craft Rocket  no patterned paper

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Inkspirational Challenges - Watercolour Smooshing

This week at Inspirational , Kim has chosen watercolour smooshing as her Designer's Choice.



I confess this layout, of my partner boating with my son and grandson (I was in another boat), is not brand new but it's a never-before-blogged layout I made at a scrapbooking retreat a few months ago. The page is 12 x 12 so I used a teflon mat to smoosh on - I think the watery effect suits the subject of the layout. I kept the rest of it quite cas, with some Basic Grey stickers and orange enamel dots.

Our guest designer is  Henriette  and I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational, see what the rest of the DT have made and enter your own project using this technique.

I'd like to enter:
HLS Watercolour  smooshing
Quirky Crafts picture this