Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Shaped Card

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to make a shaped card.  I was excited to do this one, as I made an octagonal card a few weeks ago for another challenge and have been looking forward to making another one ever since.

As the weather has been quite good recently I felt inspired to make a card with a summery theme. The image on this card is a rubber stamp that I got from a craft show a couple of months ago, and this has been my first opportunity to use it.  I coloured the image using Polychromos pencils and then used Glossy Accents on the glass.

I matted and layered the card using pink card and papers from the Paradise Crush Pad by First Edition, which I absolutely love!.  I added some die cut bunting, paper flowers and a sentiment from a Tim Holtz Ideaology pad which I think goes nicely with the cocktail image.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: The Great Outdoors

This week's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is The Great Outdoors.  I must admit, I was a bit stuck with what to do for this one, but when I looked through my craft stash I thought this stamp by Inkylicious would fit the theme nicely.  I created the background to the main image using Distress Inks and masking, and my main background on the card was also created using Distress Inks, with masks and water.

I added a strip of patterned paper in matching colours.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Spring Maiden

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card I have made using the new Spring Maiden image by Moonflower Digistamps.  I coloured her using Polychromos pencils.

I put her in a die cut frame and layered her onto pink card and patterned papers, then added a buckle and some flower and butterfly die cuts.

If you want to see what some of the other Moonflower design team members have been creating, check out the Moonflower blog, or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Shades of Brown

Hello!  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Shades of Brown. 

I used a stamp by Woodware for this card.  I started by stamping my image twice, once on white card and once on patterned paper.  I carefully cut around the canvas parts of the shoes on the image stamped on patterned paper (I started to regret this after about an hour of careful cutting!)  Then I stuck the cut out parts onto the white stamped image.

I layered my stamped image onto brown card and various patterned papers and stamped the sentiment onto another piece of patterned paper.  As the image is large I decided to keep the embellishments simple, so just added some brown pearls so it looks like the strip of paper underneath the image is pinned in place.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Make My Monday: Embossing (Heat or Dry)

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Make My Monday is Embossing (Heat or Dry).  I have chosen to use heat embossing.

I created the main background and the panel behind  the butterfly by repeatedly stamping an image in Versamark ink and then heat embossing using a sparkly Wow! embossing powder.  I die cut the border along the bottom and the butterfly, and then embossed the butterfly using the same embossing powder I used for the background.  I mounted the butterfly onto white card and added some sparkly gems, then matted and layered everything onto purple card to match the purple tones in the embossing powder. 

I hope you can join us for this week's challenge at Make My Monday.

Sian.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Handbags and Gladrags

Good morning!  This week's theme at Cardz 4 Galz is Handbags and Gladrags.  I used an image by Pink Gem Designs for my card, which I  coloured using Polychromos pencils. 

I hand stitched around the edges of my coloured image and layered it onto pale blue card, then created more layers with patterned papers.  I wanted to keep the image as the main focus of this card, so I just added some buttons with some pink thread tied through them to match the stitching around the image.

I hope you can join us at this week's Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Animal Antics

It's my turn to choose the theme this week at Cardz 4 Guyz, and I have chosen the theme Animal Antics. 

I have used a stamp from a set by Creative Expressions called Animal Safari.  I coloured my rhino using Polychromos pencils and stamped leaves around him with Distress Inks.  (the leaf stamsp and the silly pun are from the same stamp set). 

I layered my main image onto green card and patterned papers, inking around the edges with Distress inks, and added some die cut leaves, which I also inked with Distress inks.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Easter or Spring

Hello everyone!  Today's Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is Easter or spring.  I found it quite hard to do a male card for this theme, mainly because for Easter and spring I tend to think super-cute - things like fluffy bunnies and chicks - which are definitely not very masculine.

After wracking my brains I finally came up with the idea of using sheep and lambs, as I thought I could do this in a not too girly way. 

I made this card using a Distress Ink sky and paper pieced the various elements, which I designed myself and cut freehand (including the sheep).  I hope you like it!

I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Make My Monday: April Showers

Good morning!  This week's challenge on Make My Monday is April Showers.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to use one of my favourite stamps.  This little guy is James Bear by Lilli of the Valley, and on this stamp he's looking a bit wet.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils, then layered him onto grey card and patterned papers.  I added a "Happy Birthday" sentiment and some die cut flowers.

I hope you can join in our challenge at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cardz 4 Galz - Fairy Nice


This week's challenge theme at Cardz 4 Galz is "fairy nice".

For this challenge I am sharing a card I made for my mum for Mother's Day.  I  used a lovely image by Moonflower Digistamps called Ashlee Faerie Ball Dress.  She can be found in the Moonflower Shop

I printed her and coloured her with Polychromos pencils, and added a bit of glitter on the wings.  I cut her out and layered her onto some patterned papers.  I added a ribbon bow and some flowers that I created using Britannia Crysanthemum Dies and coloured with Promakers.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: In the Country

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guys is "in the country".  I thought that rather than have a countryside scene on my card I would go for something that you would find in the country.

The  mushrooms are die cut using some fantastic dies from Marianne Designs that I picked up from a craft show I visited recently.  I die cut them and then coloured then with Polychromos pencils.  I die cut a circle and inked it using distress inks, then stuck the mushrooms onto it and layered it onto a slightly larger circle. 

I layered some patterned papers onto the card for my background, and stamped the sentiment onto some more patterned paper. I embellished the card using die cut leaves in different shades of green.  I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Friday, 24 March 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly Mermaid

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card made using the new Lilly Mermaid image by Moonflower Digistamps.  She is available in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/518148775/lilly-mermaid?ref=shop_home_active_1.  I had so much fun colouring her!

I coloured Lilly using Polychromos pencils and cur her so that her tail was hangin over the edge of the rectangle.  I mounted her on turquoise pearly card and layered her onto patterned papers, and added some sea themed die cuts, with some pearls to finish off.

I hope you like her!

You can check out what the other members of the Moonflower design team have created on the Moonflower blog or the Moonflower Facebook group.

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Trees

Good morning!  The challenge theme today at Cardz 4 Guyz is trees.  I used a lovely stamp by Inkylicious for my card. 

I stamped the tree in black Memento ink and made the background using masking and various distress inks, then added some stars using a silver pen.  I layered my tree onto black card and patterned papers and added the sentiment "hold on tight to your dreams", which is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad.

I hope you can join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mak My Monday - White Embossing

Today's challenge at Make My Monday is white embossing. 

I made this card by stamping the flowers on the card in Versamark then embossing with white embossing powder.  Then I painted the flowers using pearlescent watercolour paint in various shades of blue, purple and pink.  I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops and Crystal Drops to the centres of the flowers.

I added a die cut lace border, and the sentiment which is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pad.  I chose black because I wanted the sentiment to stand out.

I hope you can join us this week at Make My  Monday!

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Pretty in Pink

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is a very girly one:  pretty in pink.  Those of you who have known me for a while will know that I used to avoid pink like the plague, but lately I seem to be using it quite a lot in my cards.  Maybe I have a girly side after all!

Anyway, this is my DT card.  I decided to use some of my recent craft show acquisitions - these lovely flower stamps.  I coloured the back of some vellum pink usign Promarkers an then stamped the flowers onto the front using Versamark.  I then embossed the flowers using white embossing powder and cut them out.  I shaped them using an embossing tool.

I embossed the bottom layer of my card using an embossing folder, then added some layers of patterned paper and the sentiment, which is stamped and embossed using pink embossing powder.  .  I then stuck the flowers onto the card and added gems in their centres.

I hope you can join us for this week's Cardz 4 Galz challenge.

Sian. xx