Monday, 18 September 2017

Make My Monday: Autumn Colours

Hello again.  Today I amm sharing my DT card for Make My Monday.  This week's challenge is to use autumn colours.  I have to admit, these are not my favourite colours and I find it quite hard to use them.  I am however pleased with how this one turned out.

I started by making a background using Distress inks and Distress Oxides.  I did this by first applying the Distress Inks on a craft mat and then pressing a piece of Kraft card down on top of the ink.  Then I dried the inks using a heat gun and repeated this step using the Distress Oxide.  I then splashed water onto the card and dried it with a heat gun, repeating this step until I was happy with the effect. 

I dried my card off, then ironed it between two Teflon Sheets to give a flat surface to stamp on.  Then I stamped the flowers in Versamark Ink and embossed them using Wow! black sparkle embossing powder.   The stamps are by Paperartsy and are some of my acquisitions from the Happy Stampers Festival in May (I'm going again in October and still haven't used everything I bought at the last one!)

I painted the stamped flowers with white gesso, then left my card to dry overnight (I hate this step because I'm very impatient).  The next day I coloured the flowers with Polychromos pencils, and layered my stamped image onto brown card and a Kraft 6x6 card blank.

I hope you can join in the fun at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Welcome Little Baby


Good morning!   Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz  is to make a baby card.  Obviously, this being Cardz 4 Galz it needs to be for a baby girl.

I used a cute stamp by Lili of the Valley for this card, which I stamped in grey ink so it wouldn't stand out too much against the pastel colours of the card.

I stamped my image onto a die cut circle and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  Then I mounted it onto a pink fancy circle die cut.  I layered the mounted image onto coordinating patterned papers and added some baby buttons and a ribbon to embellish it.

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

Sian. xx


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Nature

Hello everyone.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is nature.

I wanted to make a messy background for this one, so I started off making a background with Walnut Brown Distress Oxide ink, then used a tree stencil with Distress Inks and inked over the top.  I die cut the mushrooms using a die by Marianne Designs, which is one of my favourites, then coloured them with Polychromos pencils.

I stamped the sentiment and then added the die cut critters which I coloured using a combination of Polychromos pencils and Promarkers.  The insect dies are also by Marianne Designs.

I hope you can join us for his week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Make My Monday: Something for a Child

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to make something for a child.  For this week's DT card I decided to go right out of my comfort zone for this one and make something very, very girly!  Those of you who have known me for a long time will know that I usually don't do girly (although I have mellowed somewhat over the years and a few more feminine things creep into my crafting from time to time now).  Pink, pastel colours, glitter and a unicorn - this card has everything girly that I could think of.

I used a digi stamp by Some Odd Girl for this card, and coloured it using Polychromos pencils.  I added glitter too the mane, tail, hooves, eye and horn.  I layered my image onto patterned papers and added some die cut stars.  I then added some glitter to the stars.  The sentiment is stamped and embossed using a glitter Wow! embossing power.

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

Sian. xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Get Krafty

Good morning.  This is my DT card for Cardz 4 Galz.  This week's theme is "Get Krafty" - to create something using Kraft Card. 

I love colouring onto Kraft Card, so I used this as an opportunity to try out some of my as yet unused stamps that I bought at the Happy Stampers Festival back in May.  These  stamps are from the Eclectica range by Paperartsy, and I coloured them using Polychromos pencils. 

I wanted my stamped image to be the main focus of the card, so I kept it quite simple, just adding some faux stitching in white gel pen and the die cut "Thank you".

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

Sian.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Something beginning with D

Good morning.  This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is something beginning with D.  I chose to use this dinosaur stamp by Crafty Stamps, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

I layered my coloured image onto patterned papers and added some die cut leaves.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Sian.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Cats/Kittens

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is cats or kittens.  This was a great opportunity for me to use one of my new Visible Image stamp sets.  These stamps are from the Curious Cats set. 

I created the background for this card with Brushos then stamped the cat face on top.  I coloured the eyes and nose with metallic watercolours and added some white gel pen to the highlights.   then I stamped the sentiment underneath.

I stamped the whiskers in Versamark and embossed them with a fine, white embossing powder.  I added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to the whiskers and to the sentiment to give my card a bit of sparkle then finally added some paper flowers. 

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Fancy Folds


Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is fancy folds.   I didn't have time to make anything TOO fancy  (by the time you read this I will be away on holiday), so I decided to make a zigzag card.  I made this card using some brilliant Paperartsy Jofy stamps that I picked up at Happy Stampers in may but have only just had chance to use.  I absolutely love these stamps and think they're great for a boy's card.

I coloured my stamped images with metallic watercolours and cut them out.    Then I layered them onto patterned papers and blue card.  I also added some die cut pipes.  These are Robert Addams dies that I picked up from a craft show back in February, and this is the first opportunity I've had to use them.  The picture at the bottom shows the dies cuts in more detail.

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

Sian. xx


Monday, 7 August 2017

Make My Monday: Grey and Pink

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenege again at Make My Monday.  This week's challenge is a colour challenge - grey and pink - and I have to say I love this colour combination!

The main focus of my card is a colalge stamp by Imagination Crafts.  I stamped this twice and cut out the butterflies from one of the stamped images.  I also stamped the smaller butterflies which are part of the same set.  I coloured all of the stamped images with Distress Inks.  I layered the cut out butterflies onto the main stamped image and shaped their wings.  I then layered my stamped image onto grey card and patterned papers and added the sentiment.  I added the smaller butterflies at the corners.  Finally I added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to the butterflies to give them a bit of sparkle.  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Pretty Pastels

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Pretty Pastels - to make a card using pastel colours.  I have kept this card quite simple as I wanted the focus to be on the die cut trellis and flowers.

I die cut the trellis from purple card and stuck it onto a patterned paper background.  Then I die cut the flowers from vellum, coloured them with Promarkers and shaped them using an embossing tool.  I stuck them onto the trellis and added some gems and pearls for centres.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto some coordinating patterned paper and cut it into a tag shape which I layered onto card then punched a hole and added some pink and white baker's twine.  I also added some tiny die cut butterflies and stuck some tiny pearls onto them.

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Tiny Fingers and Toes

Hello again!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Tiny Fingers and Toes - to make a card for the littlest guy in your life.

I decided to make a CAS card for this challenge. The stamp I have used is by Lili of the Valley.  I stamped it in grey ink and coloured it with Polychromos Pencils, then added the "Congratulations" sentiment at the opposite corner.

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

Sian. xx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Make My Monday: Monochromatic


 
Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is monochromatic.  Make a card using only one colour.  As you can see, I chose blue.

I created the background using Distress Inks and Distress Oxide and then stamped the horse over the top once it was dry.  I then stamped the smaller horses in blue so it looks like they are a distance behind the main image, and stamped the sentiment.  The stamps are all from a set called Stay Wild by Visible Image.

I added some white gel pen, and then added some black and silver embossing powders at the bottom left which I stuck  with Versamark on the edges and then sprinkled on with my fingers to blend with the stamp.  I heated from underneath so as not to blow them away.

I hope you can join in the fun this week at Make My Monday.

Sian. xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Lady of the Roses

Hello again.  Today I am sharing a card I made using a beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps - Lady of the Roses.  You can find her in the Moonflower shop here.

I coloured her using Polychromos Pencils and layered her onto patterned papers, and finally embellished my card with a ribbon bow and some ribbon roses.

You can check out what the other Moonflower DT members have been doing and find some inspiration on the Moonflower blog or in the Moonflower Facebook group.

Moonflower is also sponsoring this month's online colouring class at Kit and Clowder, where people who buy the class can get a 50% discount on the images used.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Christmas or Winter

Good morning.  With Cardz 4 Galz this week we're continuing the Christmas theme.  This week's challenge is Christmas or Winter. 

I used an image by Di's Digistamps to create my card, coloured with Polychromos pencils.  Since this is Cardz 4 Galz I wanted to create something very girly, hence the use of the pale lilac colours and the girly image.

I layered my coloured image onto pattered papers and embelllished my card with die cut cnowflakes.  Finally I added some glitter to the image and the snowflakes.  (Every girly Christmas card MUST have glitter!)

I hope you can join in the fun this week at Cardz 4 Galz.

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Christmas in July

Hello everyone.  It's that time again.  (Well, not really, but we have to start early when everything's handmade).  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Christmas in July.

I made this card using a freebie image that I downloaded ages ago.  I have this credited to Kasjan's Scrapblog, but I can't find the link now.  Anyway, I love this image - it's so cute!  I coloured it with Polychromos pencils and layered it onto patterned papers.

I embellished my card with raffia, a mini bow, bells and wooden stars.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly the White Queen

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card I've made using a beautiful image by Moonflower Digistamps, Lilly the White Queen.  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils and layered her onto patterned papers.  I also added some die cut flowers.

She can be found in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/490455826/lilly-the-white-queen?ref=shop_home_active_4

 I hope you like her.  You can find more inspiration from the other Moonflower DT members on the Moonflower Blog or the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Moonflower Digistamps are also being featured in this month's Kit and Clowder colouring classes, with some beautiful new designs.

Sian. xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Make My Monday: Travel/Vacation

Good morning.  Today's Challenge at Make My Monday is Travel/Vacation.  I created this card using the Sheena Douglass stamps that were free with a recent edition of Papercrafter Magazine (I have to confess that I bought the magazine just for these stamps!) 

I made the front of the card using the emboss resist technique.  I repeatedly stamped the compass rose in Versamark Ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I inked over it using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, and finally splashed some water over it.  I did the Bon Voyage sentiment in the same way. 


The porthole is another stamp from the set.  I stamped it, coloured it with Promarkers,  then cut it out using circle embossing dies.  I cut a circular aperture in the front of the card, then stuck the porthole around the aperture.

I added a die cut anchor to match my red border.

To create the  inside of the card.  I cut a square of red card to match the border on the front of the card and stamped the ship onto a circle of card.  I coloured it using Polychromos pencils, then layered it onto a blue circle and stuck it on.

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

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Butterflies

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz  is butterflies.  I've made a CAS card for this one, using rainbow coloured butterflies which I cut from Brusho backgrounds.

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

Sian.  xx