Cardmaking and crafts

My main craft love is cardmaking however there will be bits and bobs scattered around that are non-cardmaking, maybe a bit of baking, embroidery, knitting - whatever takes my fancy on the day

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

OMG I cant believe its been so long

Wow, the last year has gone so quick, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since February! 

I am entering the Indigo Blu challenge over at
The challenge theme is to use your favourite indigo blu stamp of the year.

I can hand on heart say that my favourite indigo blu stamp this year has been sleeping George.  I think he is so cute and versatile.  I have come up with an 8X8 card which I have created a background using the square peg round hole stamp and a large anemone corner stamp.  I used a mixture of brown distress ink (sorry I can't remember the shade) and a gold inkpad.  Sleeping George is stamped and coloured using flesh colour alcohol markers and then die cut using a spellbinder gold die.  I did make a mistake on the card and had to put a butterfly on the front to disguise a splodge of ink.

I'm sorry the image is the wrong way around - I have been trying to rotate it for half an hour and am about to throw my new laptop through the window so I will try to pop back on tomorrow night to turn it around!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Yay, I've managed a multiple challenge!

Ive been having a ply with my silhouette cameo today and have made my hubs valentines card and a little pressie for him (a box full of chocolate hearts).

First of all the card:

I have created a fancy shaped card using silhouette and matted and layered in the same shape and created a strip going across it along with a fancy shape with the image on.  The image is a mo manning one called stole my heart which I think is perfect for a male card as its not too gushy.  I then coloured him in with my promarkers.  I have also stamped the blue layer of card with a twinkle inkpad which leaves a pearlescent watermark, the stamp I used was a free stamp that I had with a craft Stamper magazine (last year I think).

I have also matted and layered the same colours on the inside (sorry no pictures) and put a nice little verse that I printed out.

For the box I have used a silhouette design which is a scallop box, I have cut it in the colour to match the card however the white part on the box is a centura pearlescent card from cupcake crafting.

I have then used my cameo again to cut the LOVE phrase from the matching pearlescent card, this cutting file was from birds designs (highly recommend this site to everyone that has a cutting machine, her designs are all fantastic).

I also stamped the sides of the lid with the pearlescent inkpad again with a small heart.

I am entering these projects in the following challenges:

Panpastels challenge - love and romance
DP2 challenge - anything goes
freshly made sketches

Well thanks for looking, I'm off to work out what we're going to have for dinner as I have neglected it while crafting! :)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Baby Humphrey

Well I'm here again, this week I've had my specrum noirs and promarkers out again.

I have made this card for my box of cards, no intended recipient yet.

I have stamped the Humphrey (from Crafters companion) and coloured him using my pens.

I cut the frame on my silhouette using a free download and then created my background using stamps and distress ink.

Well thats the card made, I just need someone to have a baby now.

I'm entering this card in the Pan pastel challenge - animal

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Quickie card

I have decided that I have been hoarding too much stuff like toppers and papers that I have bought but then don't want to use them for anyone because their too nice.   For some reason I find myself being quite frugal with consumables such as kanban or hunkydory so I over the last couple of weeks I have made a concerted effort to use some toppers that were too nice to use and have been happy to realise that they make really quick cards (low and behold!)

Here is a card I made for our great nephew using a topper which I mounted onto a cirlce of mirri card which i had put through my cuttlebug using a mask and coordinating backing paper.

I am entering this card in the panpastel challenge to have another go at winning some of the lovely pastels before my hubs buys me some for my birthday.  The theme this week is seeing stars and as you can see the backing paper has stars.

Last week I had some great advice on which colours to go for as a priority so I am nearly ready to order.

Looking at other people's challenge entries I find myself surprised at just how many challenges people can make one card work on, for me its a struggle to get myself organised for one let alone 10 with one card, maybe that's going to be my next non-new-years resolution. :)

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

I've been having a play

I have decided I 'need' pan pastels, I have bought a couple of good quality artist pastels to have a play with and have decided I really do need pan pastels. 

My birthday is coming up so hopefully I'll be able to have a few for that but I just can't decide which colours to have.  I've heard recommendations from people that black and white are both good colours to get because their so useful but i am so torn because they just dont appeal to me :(

This is a card I have made using indigoblu stamps and my artist pastels (all 2 of them) which I applied  using cut and dry foam.

If anyone has got any advice on which pan pastels I need first and also any advice on whether I should buy the applicators or use that money for more colours I'd be glad to hear from anyone.

I am entering this into the pan pastels panpastels challenge , it is challenge number 3 and has a theme of nature (fingers crossed I get lucky and get to start my collection off), wish me luck :)

Monday, 31 December 2012

Hubbies christmas card from playing with my new cameo

Just before Christmas my hubs bought me a cameo so of course I had to play with it lots for my christmas cards, the only problem was that I spent that long playing my cards seemed to take forever :)

When I made my hubs card I used a mo manning image, my spectrum noirs and promarkers and some pearlescent card and mirror card from cupcake crafting.

The picture isnt really doing the card credit as the colours are lovely but it hasnt pictured particularly well (as I cant have the flash on due to the mirror card and its pretty dark and gloomy here).

I am entering this in Mo Manning's current blog challenge for her favourite card challenge over at Digital pencil too.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Don't be square challenge

Hiya, well I'm back again for another challenge (yes I know it's been a long time but Ive got no excuse).

This is a card I've done for my great niece using my new silhouette cameo and a lovely Mo image.  I cut my two shapes for the card base and made a perforated line for my fold and glued together and then created a circle and welded the letters to it and cut from glitter card.  It's my first time doing it and with hindsight I would have had the letters overlapping the circle a bit more but I'm just being picky.

I printed the image and then traced and offset it to give me a small border and let the machine do the work.  All I had to do was colour and glue and then struggle tying a bow (which probably took longer than the cutting).

I'm entering this into the don't be square  challenge over at Mo's Digital pencil Too.

I hope you like it, bye for now