Are you having a Giraffe….?

Hello there. I’m managing to craft a little, but when you have builders in it’s a little challenging to maintain the concentration, I find. However, I had chance to play with a stamp set I bought from the Doncaster Crafting Live show at the weekend:

I bought several of the stamp sets from Pink Ink designs, and this one caught me eye first.

I used the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, and stamped the giraffe in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ pink ink, used a little masking around the ears of the giraffe for the leaves and flowers, silver embossed the sentiment then ink smooshed the same pink ink so the sentiment card piece matched the giraffe – an emboss resist effect.

The glasses I embossed with silver, fussy-cut, then applied glossy accents for some dimension and sheen.

Overall, I think the card is quite feminine, and I know some of my girl friends would love the sentiment and image………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, grey, white, silver

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – animal magic

2 sisters on the blogmake a card for a lady

Sun, Sea, and Sand….

Hello again everyone. There is anew challenge started at Cardz4Galz, and the theme is – Sun, Sea, and Sand.

Here is my take on the theme:

To create the sea and the sand at the front, I used The Ton ‘Golf Course‘ stamp set. For the sand in the mid-ground, I used a finger dauber and one of the two shades of Altenew brown inks, and just – well – dabbed it down. It gave the effect of sand, which I’m quite pleased about.

I did the same with a blue for the sky to give an overall uneven look to it.

I then took the Hero Arts ‘Colour Layering Palm Tree‘ stamp and die set for the palm trees, hammock, and also decided to stamp some monkeys…….all die cut with the matching die set.

The sentiment is from the Hero Arts stamp set, and all layers die cut with a Sue Wilson’s stitched squares.

I hope you have the time to join us for this challenge, and I see the Design Team have some great projects for you to see…..I look forward to seeing your creations. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengemake your own background

Give a crafter a cookie cookie inspiration

Pinspirationalphoto inspiration

Brown Sugar Challengeanything goes

CAS Holly

Hello there. Well – after a few days of the inability to sort my crafting ideas out – I seem to have recovered. I have a CAS card to share today, using a Uniko stamp set, and Catherine Pooler inks:

I’m not sure which photo is the best to see the different greens I have used, or the berry Nuvo drops, so I have both on here. It’s quite a dull day – though very warm….

I did stamp the darker green leaves first, then decided to go in and stamp the third and lighter green, and masked the other two off first to make it seem the lighter one is in the background.

The berry’s are Tonic Nuvo crystals drops, and this time I let them dry before attempting the photo!

I’m off to a weekend of craft shopping at Doncaster Racecourse…..wish my credit card some luck, please……….!

Challenges I shall be entering:

Addicted To Stamps CAS

AAA CardsCAS maxi white space with twist of Christmas in July

Surfing Dog….

Hi there. I’ve been struggling to get my crafty head on – after the Altenew day last weekend, working, and also having the builders in doing two bathrooms – it’s been a bit difficult to sit and craft. I just didn’t seem to have enough ideas – I played with stuff, but making a complete card escaped me for a few days.

I managed to start one yesterday, and completed an actual card this morning – in the middle of all the banging, and sanding – I sat there with my headphones on listening to some music to try and drown things out. (I may have been helped by Justin Timberlake and Neil Diamond………!) 🙂

Here is the card:

I first stamped, coloured, and then die cut several of the images from Simon says Stamp ‘Chillin’ Frenchies’. You can see which one I went for……….

The background took a little more thinking about…….

I used the Waffle Flower ‘Cloudscape’ panel die and cut it out of a light blue card-stock, then added a couple of colours of Distress Oxides to the edges, blending a little – but actually not much. Using a blue card-stock to begin with made that a little easier. You can see the original blue card in the gaps between the layer elements, which I separated, just to add more interest and dimension. I do like to play with die-cuts sometimes…..

The other background squares were cut using Sue Wilson ‘Noble Stitched Squares’.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper Playerswatersports

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Life on the ocean waves

Animal Friends Challengefeature a dog

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Simply …Hello….

Hi there everyone. I am so excited to be the Featured Stamper this week at Color Throwdown. The colours are white, black, gold, and pink:

Here is my card based on the above colours:

I started by stamping the Altenew flower with a range of pinks, then heat embossed the second layer of the leaves onto white card stock. Once these were die cut, I played around with the layout so much – different black parts, different gold parts, plain white, black and gold…..until I saw these die sets when hunting through my stash.

The black die-cut is from Avery Elle, and the white wood frames are from an infinity die set from Hero Arts.

The sentiment is from the same Avery Elle set – cut out of white card, double sided sticky tape on both sides, Altenew gold embossing powder added – and then stuck down.

I hope you can come and join us this week using these colours – I think they are so versatile………..I look forward to seeing what you create. 🙂

Let’s Celebrate

Hello there. It’s the 100th Challenge at Cardz4Galz, and we want you to come and join us in celebration. In fact – that’s the theme for this challenge – Celebrate.

We’d like to see any of your paper-craft creations which follows this theme. This is my rather colourful and sparkly card:

I used the Mama Elephant Birthday Bash stamp, coloured with a few Copics – some shading, but a fairly restricted colour-scheme. Well – for the actual stamp, anyway.

I used a Catherine Pooler ‘celebrate’ die, and cut it out of gold, then added a drop white shadow, then added a further drop black shadow.

The balloons were coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, and then I went overboard creating the background.

I basically wet a piece of water-colour paper, painted on some sparkle pens, and washed it around. Then splattered the same colours. Once dry, I added some ink blending through a Tim Holt stencil to crate a very subtle sun-ray effect – very subtle…..I didn’t want to wipe any of the glitter away.

The edges were die-cut with a Catherine Pooler border die.

So – there we have it. A very bright and sparkly card for celebrating. I hope you can come and join us, and I hope to see you there. 🙂

I shall also be joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengemake your own background

Crafty Sentimentsbright colours

Inkspirationaluse 3 or 5 of something (three bunches balloons)

ABC Challenge ‘N’ and ‘O’

Hello there. It’s time for another challenge at the ABC Christmas Challenge. The themes for this challenge are ‘N’ for No Peeking’ or ‘O’ for Ornament.

Samantha is hosting and she has 8 prizes up for grabs as she is celebrating a ‘noughtie’ birthday………..you’ll have to check the challenge blog out to see which one (!!)

My card is ‘O’ for Ornament:

I used a digital stamp from Stamp On It and coloured with Copics. There was also some use of a white gel pen for highlights.

The image die cut with a Sue Wilson die set and the background card die cut with a Spellbinders die I have had for absolutely ages.

The card for the background was a lucky find in my stash – I was looking for a piece of card to emboss and perhaps add some details, but when I saw the colours of this card, and that it seemed to match the colours I used on my image – well – there we are. Bingo.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and I look forward to seeing your Christmas creations with ‘No Peeking’ and ‘Ornament’…….. 🙂

The Design Team have some amazing creations, so please go and visit them. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Moo-mania animals

Addicted to stampsholiday

Cute’n’crafty Christmascute and Christmas