Thursday, 23 November 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Cupcakes

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and today's challenge is Cupcakes.  I have a few cupcake related bits and pieces in my craft stash, but when I saw this brilliant Cake Monster digi stamp from Bloobel Stamps I knew I had to have him!  The challenge of course was to create something feminine using a monster image (this is Cardz 4 Galz after all), so I chose to use the girliest colours I could think of - pink and purple.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils , cut around him and mounted him on an embossed and die cut circle with a die cut frame.  I layered him onto patterned and embossed papers and purple card.  I embellished my card with paper straws and some paper flowers, and added a printed sentiment.

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

Sian.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Reindeer

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Reindeer. 

I made this card using a die cut scene and added a bit of Stickles glitter glue to make it look sparkly and snowy.  I matted my die cut onto blue pearlescent card and white card.  Then I layered it onto patterned paper and a snwoflake embossed trip.  I added some wooden snowflakes which I coloured with a white paint pen, and a die cut snowflake garland.

The effect is, I think, very wintry!

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Make My Monday: Snow Fun

Good morning.  Today it's my turn to choose the challenge at Make My Monday, and I have chosen the theme of Snow Fun. 

Some of you may recognise this image.  It's by Whimsy Stamps and is the image for Kit and Clowder's monthly pencils class for October.  After lurking in the Facebook group for a while I finally decided to have a go at one of the classes, and would very much recommend it to anyone.  I learnt so much just from one class, and I'm really pleased with how my colouring turned out.

I coloured my image with Polychromos pencils.  I wanted the image to be the main focus, so kept the rest of the card fairly simple, mounting the image onto white card which I embossed with snowflakes using an embossing folder, and just adding a sentiment and the die cut snowflake wreath.

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

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: Gina Christmas Elf

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card I made using the beautiful Gina Christmas Elf by Moonflower Digistamps.  I hope you like her.

I coloured her with Polychromos pencils and layered her onto  embossed and die cut ovals, red card and patterned papers.  I raised her up on foam pads to make her stand out.

I wanted the image to be the main focus on this card, so just added the holly leaves at the corners. 

You can see some lovely work form the other Moonflower DT members on the Moonflower blog.

Sian

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Thank you/Thanksgiving

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is thank you for thanksgiving.

I decided to use this lovely Woodware stamp for my card, and I went with a CAS card to make the most of the stamp.  (I have other plans for this stamp as well, so watch this space!)

I coloured the stamped image with Polychromos pencils, added the Thank You sentiment and mounted it on purple card.

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Oh! Christmas Tree

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Oh Christmas Tree.  this gave me the chance to use one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps featuring James Bear.  He's such a cute character.

I stamped him in grey ink then coloured him with Polychromos pencils.  I die cut him using a circle die then added a scalloped circle behind.

I layered my image onto patterned papers and embellished it with some wooden snowflakes.  The papers are from The Works.  I've found 3 different Christmas pads so far and I think they're all lovely, and really nice quality too.

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

Sian. xx

Monday, 30 October 2017

Make My Monday: Anything but a Card


Good morning.  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is to make anything but a card.  This was a good opportunity for me, as I'd had a wooden house hanging around that I bought a few months ago, just waiting to be made into something.

The first thing I did was to paint the house inside and out.  I used acrylic paints for this in shades of blue, white and platinum.

Then I measured each compartment.  The writing in pencil in the middle of each section is the measurement in millimetres.

 used some acrylic texturising medium in the bottom of some of the sections to make them look more snowy.  There is a close up picture of this below.  I also used some texturising medium on the roof.

I painted over the textured areas in white acrylic and then gave the white painted areas on the front of the house another coat.

My next step was to add glitter, again to make everything look more snowy.

I found this whole process quite tedious as I am not a big fan of waiting for things to dry and unfortunately this part of the project included a lot of that!  I was however able to make some of things to put inside the house while I waited.

I also ended up with glitter all over me and all over the house.  I'm still finding it a week later.

The next step was to fill the house.  I used lots of different things for this - various die cut and wooden elements and things I made myself.  The snowman, trees and snowballs are all made out of air dry polymer clay and painted with acrylic.  This gave me something to do whilst waiting for paint, glue and texture mediums to dry, but then I had to wait for these to dry too!

The final thing for me to do was to add the die cut snowflakes to the front of the house.  I used various different snowflake dies and cut the snowflakes from white, blue and silver card, then glued them on.  I hope you can join us this week at Make My Monday

Sian.  xx


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Favourite Flower and why

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is to create something using your favourite flower and to say why it's your favourite.  My favourite flowers are roses because I love the way they smell.  I grew up in a house with a garden full of rose bushes in all different colours.

The rose on the top right is probably one of my oldest stamps which I bought when I first started card making over twelve years ago.  I can't remember who it's made by!  I stamped the road and coloured it with watercolour paints.

The panel behind was created by stamping in Versamark and embossing with white powder.  Then I painted over the top with watercolours.  When the paint was almost dry I rubbed gently over the top with a tissue to take the paint off the white embossing.

I layered these elements onto pink and white card and some rose patterned paper, and then embellished my card with a pink ribbon and bow and some ribbon roses.  I bought the ribbon roses, but I need to find some time to learn how to make them (there are some good tutorials on Pinterest).

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

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Remembrance or Sympathy

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is remembrance or sympathy.  I was initially going to make a remembrance card, but sadly I have nothing suitable in my craft stash at the moment, a situation that I think needs to be remedied. 

I made my card using a stamp by Inkylicious , with a Distress Ink background, then stamped my sentiment onto patterned papers with matching colours. 

The background of the card was dry embossed using an embossing folder.

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

Sian.  xx

Moonflower Digistamps: La Bella Muerte

Good morning.  Today I am sharing a card made using the latest release from Mooonflower Digistamps, La Bella Muerte.  You can find here in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/562565005/la-bella-muerte?ref=shop_home_active_1

I coloured her using Polychromos pencils, layered her onto black card, patterned papers and black lace, then added some fancy die cut corners and some paper roses. 

I hope you like her.

Sian.  xx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Make My Monday: I Put a Spell On You

Today's theme at Make My Monday is I Put a Spell on You (Halloween), or you can make a Thank You card as an alternative if Halloween is not your thing.

I created this card using a digi stamp by Ching Chou Kuik, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils.

The background is Distress Ink and Diostress Oxider, overstamped with layers of cobwebs in black, green and orange.  I also used distress inks around the edges of my main image to make it pop out.

The critters are the corners are die cuts using dies by Marianne Designs.

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

Sian. xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

Moonflower Digistamps: Lilly Belle

Hello.  Today I am sharing the beautiful Lilly Belle by Moonflower Digistamps.

I printed her on Kraft card and coloured her with Polychromos pencils.  I layered her onto printed papers and added some die cut butterflies.  These are Intricut Dies by Hobbycraft. 

You can find Lilly in the Moonflower shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/543271181/lilly-belle?ref=shop_home_active_3

You can see some more beautiful Moonflower Digistamps and see soem creations by the other members of the design team on the Moonflower Blog or by joining the Moonflower Facebook Group.

Sian.  xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Monochromatic

Good morning!  It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and this week's theme is monochromatic.    Having made one Halloween card already, I was still in a Halloween kind of mood when I made this one.  I wanted to do something a bit different than the last card, so I decided on shades of purple.

I came across this amazing digi stamp by Molly Harrison Art when browsing on Etsy, and I had to have her.  I think she's cute but has bags of attitude!  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils.   I don't usually do backgrounds when I'm colouring for cards, mainly because they're not my strong point, but this image had the moon and a horizon line, so I decided to give it a go and I'm actually fairly pleased with how it's turned out.

For the rest of my card I used patterned papers, which I stamped with that spider web stamp I was talking about in my last post!  The creepy crawlies are die cuts by Marianne Designs

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

Sian. xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Boo!

Good morning.  Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Boo!  (Halloween), or autumn as an alternative if Halloween is not your thing.

I don't send cards at Halloween, but I love anything dark and spooky so I love creating Halloween themed things. 

The main Image on my card is a digi stamp by Oddball Art Co, and I coloured him with Polychromos pencils.  The bats are part of the same image. 

I wanted to create an atmospheric background for this card so I blended some distress inks and then splashed with water.  I was originally going to use a small spider web stamp on the background, but I couldn't find it so instead I decided to draw a large spider web.  I'm glad I did because I like the effect, and I think this card has ended up looking quite dramatic.  (Not surprisingly my stamp turned up half an hour later when I was looking for something else - I've used it for some of my other Halloween cards!)

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

Sian.  xx

Monday, 2 October 2017

Make My Monday: Animal Antics

Good morning!  Today's challenge at Make My Monday is Animal Antics.  I decided it was time to make something other than a card, so I made a set of cat bookmarks.   I hope you like them.

I made these using a set of stamps by Hobbyart.  I think these cats are so cute and full of character.

I stamped the cats and coloured them with Polychromos pencils.  I tried to do real cat colours for these, which I hope has worked!  I layered my cats onto patterned papers , and added an eyelet and some ribbon and fibre tassels.

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

Sian. xx

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Cardz 4 Galz: Dragonflies

Today is my turn to choose the challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I've chosen the theme of dragonflies.

I started off by creating the background of my card, which I made using Distress Oxide inks.  I dabbed the inks onto a craft mat and spritzed with water., then put my paper down onto it, drying with a heat gun and repeating until I was happy with how it looked, then I splashed it with water and dried with the heat gun again several times.  Finally I spritzed it lightly with mica spray for a bit of sparkle.

I layered the background onto pearlescent card and die cut the dragonflies from the same card.  The I die cut them again from vellum and stuck the vellum wings onto the original die cuts, shaped them and added some glitter.  To finish my card I added some gems and pearls and a die cut tag.  I stamped the sentiment on the tag with Versamark ink and embossed it with glitter embossing powder.

I hop you can join this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Galz

Sian.  xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz: Architecture

Good morning. Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is architecture.  I struggled a bit with knowing what to do for this one, and finally settles on this stamp by Paperartsy that I used to make a row of houses.  I coloured the houses in bright colours using Polychromos pencils.

This is a side hinged DL card, and I decided to make it for my brother for his birthday.

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

Sian. xx

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