Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Great Outdoors at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this time our theme is The Great Outdoors.

The main image I have used is from the CD "The Best of La Pashe 2014". It is a decoupage design but with only a couple of layers, just to give it a subtle hint of dimension. The scene reminds me a lot of the Lake District, so for a background I decided to use an old fellwalking map.

This is where it all went wrong - I didn't want creases in the map. So I decided to iron it. Luckily I put it between two sheets of paper to avid transferring ink to the iron plate or ironing board. VERY luckily - because it turned out not to be made of paper at all, but of a crisp, thin plastic which melted and shrank into a tiny little mess under the heat of the iron!

Luckily I had another map, and after all any fellwalker would expect to have creases in their map, so I used the second one complete with creases. Finally I added a sentiment that seems perfect for this image, a free download from the wonderful Gingers House.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Get Well Wishes at Ooh La la Creations

Our new challenge is ready at Ooh La La Creations and this time the theme is Get Well Wishes.

I've used toppers and papers from the Yesterday's Memories CD, available here,  and added a stamped sentiment, paper roses and die cuts leaves to make an easel card.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A sketch at CD Sundays

For our latest challenge at CD Sundays, we have a sketch for you. A lovely and versatile sketch designed by Carol, who has chosen this challenge.

For my take on the sketch. I have used the Creative Crafting World CD  "Through The Year With Seraphina" and with May Day only a week away I picked this pretty Maypole dancing scene.

The image, backing paper and flower are all from the CD and the sentiment is a pre-printed one from Craftwork Cards.

It always fascinated me to see what very different ideas the same sketch can produce,  and I'm sure you'll agree with me that the DT have come up with a very varied selection of cards - so now let's see what YOU can do with it, remembering, of course, that there MUST be something from a CD somewhere on your work.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

CAS and Classy

I'm rather surprised by how classy this card had turned out looking, considering that  once I'd actually visualised what I was doing it only took a few minutes to make (plus drying time).

I used a brass stencil with Sparkle Medium from Imagination Crafts, and when it was dry, simply added a die cut heart and some gems.

I am sharing this with
CAS on Sunday - Use a Stencil 
AAA Cards - Stencil

Christmas at C.R.A.F.T. challenge

Today sees my third week as guest designer at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge  and this week our theme is Christmas.

Our sponsor is D.R.S. designs and our winner will receive a $10 store credit.

I have used the beautiful Giant Poinsettia image.

|I die cut it and coloured it with Promarkers,  then layered it onto a scalloped die cut circle and some pre-embossed white Bazzill card, with corners of gold mirri cut with an old Cuttlebug die. Finally I stuck a strip of pearls around the image.

I would like to share this with
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Flowers
Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shakin' Penguins

Last weekend I had a dream about a shaker card. It was a snowglobe card, with an iris folded snowglobe behind an acetate aperture, with glitter and snowflake confetti between the two. I was determined to make it - until I assembled all the bits and bobs and realised that the glitter and confetti would simply get stuck in the iris folding and not shake at all.

Anyhoo, I'd dug out my glitter, confetti and acetate so I decided to press on with a shaker card, but using elements from a kit that was a magazine freebie a few years ago.

Eek! I can see from the photo that some of the peel off borders have come adrift, I promised I'll fix that good and proper before it goes into my Christmas card box!

This seems to be a problem prone card - as well as that, I originally stuck the snow globe down at a very wonky angle. Not the kind of angle where trimming the edge of the card would put it right, this was a full on, so wonky those penguins would slide off  their ice floe kind of wonky. It was firmly stuck down so I had to cut the entire front panel off the card, trim it so the globe sat squarely and then attach it to a new card. I really think this is the card that didn't want to be made!

Nevertheless it's made now (and I've just broken off and sorted out those peel offs) so I am sharing it with
Christmas Card Throwdown - Shaker Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes (without the optional theme)
Winter Wonderland - Cute

Shades of Brown at Cardz 4 Guyz.

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz our theme is Shades of Brown.

I wasn't really sure what angle to take (a problem I always have with colour challenges!) until we went to a party held at a friend's house, and as the sun was shining we all went out into the garden, where they had just had a purpose built bike shed erected. One of the other guests and I were discussing how much we would like something similar to use as a craft room  - and then I had a lightbulb moment. Standing there, next to the beautiful brown timber shed, I knew exactly what to make for this challenge!

So here you have it, my very own "bike shed", using elements that make me think of sheds like the wood effect paper, the dry embossed "galvanised metal" and the hessian sacking. I'd still love a craft shed though!

I am sharing this with Make my Mondays - Embossing, heat or dry