Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Anything Goes Excluding Christmas

That's the theme for the current Joanna Sheen challenge. For this card I've used an image from the Digi Garden called Emily Paints. I coloured her with Promarkers and used a section from a Wilkinsons paint chart  on the left. The paint pot, brushes and sentiment are from Cathie Shuttleworth set called DIY Bits. I've used the Sunday Sketch and Stamp layout for my card although I've moved the paint pot to the right.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Clearly For Art Modelling Film

I saw a flower made with Clearly for Art Modelling Film and decided I needed some. It comes in a pack of 3 A4 sheets in clear, black or white. I bought a pack of the clear stuff and had a play. The first thing I stamped was a flower from the Chocolate Baroque Tangled Garden set. I must admit I was surprised how big these stamps are but they are gorgeous. Once stamped, I cut the flower out and coloured it with alcohol ink, then heated and shaped it. I then did the same with a couple of butterflies from the set.

 I then cut some flowers using Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and again coloured with alcohol inks, heated and shaped. I've seen these layered with paper flowers cut from the same die.

I've also used a Marianne leaf die and a butterfly die. These thinner dies did not cut so well despite as many shims as I could get through the Bug and I ended up cutting them by hand. I also cut some Elegant Florishes from a Bigz die.

I just love these leaves even though I had to cut them myslef

I then tried using the acetate from a Sizzix Bigz die and an embossing folder. These were both thinner than the Modelling Film but still wouldn't cut through unless I used a Bigz die. The results were slightly more fragile than the Modelling Film but perfectly OK. The great thing is that if you don't like the shape of it, you can just reheat it and shape it again. Now I just have to make something to use them all on

Monday, 26 November 2012

Catch A Falling Star

This is such a cute image. It's by Wild Rose Studio and it's one of the Printed Panels pre coloured toppers. These are great if you don't want to buy the stamps as you get 2 coloured and 1 outlined of each of 4 designs per pack so 12 toppers in all. I've layered it onto purple mirri card cut with a nestie die. The backing paper is from an old 12 x 12 Papermania pack. The stars are cut from acetate packaging and coloured with alcohol inks. I've cut them with a Spellbinders Presto Punch set which I got for £1 in a sale. I took a chance that they would work in the Cuttlebug and they do. The greeting is computer generated and layered onto a purple mirri star.

I'm entering this into this weeks challenge at My Mums Craft Shop which is Inspiration from a song and the Daring Cardmakers challenge which is Twinkle Twinkle

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Forever Friends Christmas

There's a lovely sketch at Fetch A Sketch this week. I've used  some old papers from a DCWV stack, some mirri card and a Forever Friends image A few gems to finish a very simple card. I'm also entering this into the Forever Friends Monthly challenge which is Anything goes.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tea light Holders

I saw these little tea light holders at a DoCrafts demo by Kate and had to have a go. They are so easy to make and look very pretty when lit - battery lights of course. It's just a strip of paper with the top edge punched, scored into sections and the apertures cut out and backed with vellum - yes the vellum bought at QVC. The apertures are cut with an X-Cut scalloped bunting die and the top is a Martha Stewart punch. I think we'll be having a few of these around the house this Christmas.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


This is my second entry into both the My Mum's Craft Shop Winter Wonderland challenge and the Joanna Sheen Cold & Frosty challenge. This is a retired Inkadinkado stamp which I got in Totnes in 2008. Unfortunately the shop called Finishing Touches has since closed down which is a shame as it was a lovely shop. I've stamped the image with majestic blue Versafine and added some glamour dust for sparkle. The snow word is from a very old kit from Lakeland - when they used to sell craft stash. The backing paper is from a DCWV pack

Sunday Sketch & Stamp

When I looked at this weeks Sunday Sketch & Stamp challenge, all the design team had made such cute cards with images from the Digi Garden. I just had to go and have a look and of course a few popped into my basket. This is Marie's sketch for this week

I've used Hannah Snowball Fight and coloured her with Promarkers. All the other elements are from my stash and probably several years old - I desperately need to use some of it before buying anything else. I found a pack of A4 Christmas vellum which I bought in the QVC outlet shop about 5 years ago. I've used quite a bit and there are still 58 sheets left - it only cost £4.23 but I think I'll be using it forever at this rate although I have used some for the flourishes on this card.

Country Landscape

I just love this die - it's so easy to make cards with it. It's called Country Landscape by Memory Box. For this card, I've cut some glitter paper with the die - I had to run it though several times as the paper is quite thick. I've layered it onto blue mirri card. I wasn't sure what to put on the top so I ended up running it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder to add texture. The greeting is by Stampin Up and layered with Stampin Up punches. I'm entering this into the challenge at My Mum's Craft Shop which is Winter Wonderland and also the Joanna Sheen challenge which is Cold and Frosty.

Monday, 12 November 2012


That's the theme for this weeks challenge at My Mum's Craft Shop. I've done a very simple card with one of  my Birthday stamps - it's from a set by Inkylicious called Journey. I've stamped it in Sepia Versafine and cut it with a lables die. I've added some colour to it with Pan Pastels. The backing paper is an old map that I picked up in a charity shop for 10p and the boot stamp is one I've had for ages by Arty Crafty. Card Candy in the corners and that's it.


Who doesn't love it! I do but I don't eat it. I gave it up about 11 years, 1 month, 12 days, 14 hours, 33 minutes and 26 seconds ago but hey, who's counting!

This is a card I've made for a friend's Birthday. The image is another of my Birthday buys from My Mum's Craft Shop. It's called Dip Me In Chocolate by My Favourite Things and comes with 3 sentiments but I've  used a Craftwork Cards sentiment that was in my stash. The papers are from an old pad by Papermania called Scrumptious. I'm entering this into the current Sketch N Stash challenge. It's their 100th challemge so you can choose any of their previous sketches. There's such a lot of choice but I've chosen to use sketch 40

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Winter Pup

This is my entry into this weeks Sunday Sketch & Stamp this week. It's a lovely sketch and I think I'll be using it a lot.

The stamp is Winter Pup by Hero Arts. When I got my Christmas stash out I found a little box with this stamp (and the cat one) and various bits of them paper pieced. There were also two ATC's that I made dated 2007 so that is probably when I last used the stamp! The papers are from my stash and the white card is embossed with a Me To You folder. I've added glue and Glamour dust on his hat for a bit of sparkle. The greeting is by Wild Rose Studio and everything is matted onto silver mirri card

Anything Goes

When we cleared out my Dad's house a couple of years ago, I came across a bag of watches. None of them worked and they weren't valuable so I thought I may use some of the pieces on my cards at some point. I found them hiding in the back of a drawer yesterday and decided to make a box to keep them in. This was a Turkish Delight box  from last Christmas which has been sat in my craft room waiting for a makeover.

I've covered the box in backing papers and stamped the top with the Artistic Stamper Cogs background stamp and distressed the edges. I've also use Phineas Pinchbeck as a centrepiece and the letters are cut from Tim Holtz Carnival Sizzlit strip and embossed with clear powder. I've also added a few cog like sequins which came from Poundland.

I'm entering this into the Artistic Stamper November challenge which is Anything Goes and this fortnight's challenge at Anything Goes which is - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Bold and Bright

I thought these Craftwork Cards papers fitted the Bold and Bright theme for My Mums Craft Shop challenge this week. The image is a sweet little stamp from a Blossom clear set which I got in Netherlands when I was there in March. I've got several of these sets but have never seen them online or in the UK. I've coloured her with Promarkers and the layout of the card is the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp. The flowers are a Marianne die cut from scraps of paper and the leaves are a Joy Crafts die. The sentiment is from a Papermania set.