D is for Dragonflies

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘D‘, and Caz has chosen the theme of ‘Dragonflies‘. Here is my creation:

So – it’s a little different to my usual creations, isn’t it? I challenged myself to use some of my crafty stash – things which have been sitting there for absolutely ages……and items which do not come easily to me to use.

The star of the show is that dragonfly, a die set from Stampin’ Up, but taken up a notch using double sided sticky sheets and glitter flakes. I first adhered the sticky sheet to a piece of card, rubbed in the glitter flakes, then die cut. I added the solid layer behind, and only stuck down the main body of the dragonfly – not the wings and tail end.

Once I had him made, I decided to use some of my 49 and Market ‘stuff’.

I attached a green base layer to my 5 x 7 inch card base, then added some tickets and the main sentiment, then went to town adding the flowers and leaves with collage medium. I even found a shiny button thingy and added that too. These items are from Craft Box UK, and 49 and Market I think.

So very much outside of my normal creations, but I challenged myself, I am happy with the outcome.

I hope you can come and join us with your dragonfly creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts anything goes +/- embellishments

We Love To Createanything goes mixed media

Crafty Animalsanything goes with an animal

Creative Artisteanything goes mixed media

Use Your Stuffuse a technique – (glitter flakes technique)

Crafting HappinessFlowers

Sparkles Forumthings with wings

Love To Craft anything goes

You Are LLamazing

The new challenge theme at Cardz 4 Galz has been chosen by Johanna – backgrounds. Here is my card:

My background was created using a stencil from Time For Tea Designs, and ink blending with Distress Oxides. I used three colours, but the overlap between each colour created two more, so I achieved almost a rainbow effect.

The images are from Heffy Doodle – stamped, coloured with Copics, then die cut with the matching dies.

I tried a different way of colouring – dotting instead of the usual solid colouring – and I think this creates dimension in their coats. I may well be doing this technique again as I like the effect.

I wasn’t going to use all of the llamas, but I just couldn’t resist.

I hope you can come and join us with your background themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

Crafts Galoreanything goes

The Crafty Addicts anything goes

Cutie Pie Challengecute and four legged friends

Love To Craft anything goes

Floral Birthday Border

Hello. I attended the online Spellbinders Glimmer class this past weekend, and played with foiling – with just about every plate and sentiment set I had. I was glimmering for absolutely hours. Once I got the hang of it – I just kept foiling. Here is a card created with a foil plate from Pinkfresh Studio:

I had foiled the plate onto a white panel, then I used the matching stencils in Pinkfresh pink and lime green inks. I just stencilled harder with the same pink to create some variation, and added extra lime green to the base of some of the leaves.

I didn’t blend the centre of the flowers, but added some gold dots with a metallic gold paint marker from Spectrum Noir. I had bought them to use when I was doing the wax seals and highlighting the image – yet another kit I haven’t really played with yet……!

Once the blended panel was dry, I die cut the border with the matching die set, and added two more die cut layers in plain white for stability.

I thought the centre of the border was a little plain, so I dry embossed a stencil and inserted that embossed ‘off cut’ to create more interest in the centre.

The sentiment is also from my foiling sessions, added with some 3D foam strips, and I searched my stash for some pink and lime green sequins, and added them as you see.

I’m afraid I have become addicted to foiling – you are definitely going to see more of that in my future posts…..beware!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catzanything goes, option of lace, ribbon or twine not taken

Allsorts – anything goes option add embellishments – taken

Color Throwdownpink, lime green, white

Here Is A Place To startanything goes option of flowers and one other thing taken (+ sequins)

Get Creativeflowers

Double D Challengeflowers

Christmas Scene

Hello once again. The new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has now started. Here is my card:

The back panel is from Pinkfresh Studio, and layered with Spellbinders gold card stock to allow the gold to shine through the edge detail.

The images are from The Greetery, a layering stamp set, and then die cut with their matching dies.

The elements were attached with a mixture of 3D foam and glue, and then the sentiment banner placed across the top of the scene.

Some gold sequins added for even more bling and shine, though I think the overall look is quite clean.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas/festive makes in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Christmasanything goes Christmas

Creative Inspirationanything goes

Most Magical Time Of The Yearanything goes Christmas or Halloween

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas and five of something of lots of gold (gold)

12 Months of Christmasanything goes Christmas

Merry Little ChristmasChristmas anything goes

Mistletoe Kisses

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘J‘ and ‘K‘, and we want to see your Christmas/Festive creations with ‘J’ for Jingle Bells, and/or ‘K’ for Kisses (under the mistletoe)’. Here is my card:

I have some slimline card bases in this gorgeous dark blue and never think to use them – so I grabbed one, and embossed the front half with a Spellbinders embossing folder.

The birds, bird house, and all the floral elements were die cut and assembled, and the hardest part was deciding on where each of the elements were to go. Thank goodness I went for slimline so I could get everything on there.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas/Festive makes following our themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beautiful Blossoms – anything goes flowers/florals

Sparkles Forum emboss it

Fab’n’Funkythings with wings

Creative Fingers anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Most Magical Time Of The Year anything goes Christmas or Halloween

12 Months of Christmas anything goes Christmas – option Christmas Decorations not taken

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

You Had Me At Meow….

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘C’, and Helen has chosen the theme of ‘CATS’. I am currently ‘owned’ by four cats, but rarely seem to make cards with cats……. Here is my card:

The background panel is patterned paper – a subtle one as I wanted everything else on there to be bright and cheerful.

The main sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs, die cut in the bright pink with the white shadow layer, and attached with 3D foam.

The cats are from a Tim Holtz die set, the die set aptly called ‘Mischievous’, and I chose the three cats which I would be able to intertwine around the sentiment – again in bright and cheerful colours.

The hardest part about creating this card was choosing the colours. I wanted bright, cheerful and fun colours, which I think I achieved.

I hope you can come and join us with your cats themed creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Addicted To Stamps and More use die cuts and/or stencils

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animalsanything goes with an animal

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

You Are Amazing….

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. Sue J has chosen the theme of Mother’s Day (US) or flowers for a friend. I went with flowers for a friend:

Onto a white card base I added a die cut layer from a Pinkfresh Studio die set to create the interest around the edges.

The main image was stamped and gold heat embossed, and the layering stencils used, including the one which allows you to colour the background behind the flowers. I then took a smaller die from the same Pinkfresh set and die cut that panel, and added it to the layers on the card base.

I added a foiled sentiment and some gold gems for more interest.

I hope you can come and join us with you creations following our themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts – anything goes – option one for the girls

Make My Monday – flowers

Cupcake Inspirations – Mother’s Day of someone special feminine

Beautiful Blossoms – anything goes flowers/florals

Ellibelle’s I Spy – April Showers or May Flowers

Stencil Fun – stencils and option of flowers

Debossing Birthday

The new ‘anything goes birthday challenge‘ has started at Happy Little Stampers. Here is my card:

I dry embossed a panel using a Spellbinders embossing folder, and decided to use the deboss side instead of the usual embossed side. I matted this with a brushed gold panel, then adhered to the card base.

The flowers are also from Spellbinders – die cut and layered – and added to the white debossed panel.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, layered three times, and stuck down to a brushed gold shadow layer. This sentiment was stuck down to hide the bottom of the flower and leaf stems.

I added some gold sequins as you see.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘anything goes birthday’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beyond The Blue birthday

Creative Fingersanything goes

Seize The Birthdaybirthday with option of balloons not taken

CYHTPembossing folder – option of baby not taken

Crafters CaféEaster and /or flowers

A Cozy Christmas

The new challenge at Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive’. Here is my card:

I wanted to try and create a one layer card for this challenge. I don’t do many of those as I find them quite difficult.

I used a Kraft card base, and stamped multiple images, in reds and greens, and tried to fill the card base up.

It took a little planning, but I’m quite pleased with how effective it turned out. It seemed to take me longer to do this than when I do lots of die-cutting, I don’t know why…

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/festive creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. ChallengeChristmas

Crafty Catz anything goes

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsanything goes

Stitched Hello You……

The same friend that gave me the idea of using peonies for the last post, gave me some threads to stitch some of my stitching dies. I used to cross-stitch and sew tapestry many years ago, but when I started to need glasses and a spotlight to sew, I gave all my stuff away.

Here is what I came up with:

The stitching die is from Spellbinders, and the layers die cut out of white card stock. I wanted the embroidery to stand out.

All the coloured card stock is from Concord & 9th, using some of their new colours. Once the three layers were die cut and stitched with a lilac, a pink, and a darker purple, I die cut the centre panel, and attached the three elements together.

A Briar Rose panel was dry embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder, attached to the white card base, and the three die cut and sewn elements were added with 3D foam.

I then die cut some florals and leaves, layered them together and added to the centre panel. I decided to go with a landscape orientation, as I felt it suited the floral dies better.

The small sentiment is white heat embossed, and die cut with it’s matching die.

I added some purple sequins around the larger sewn piece, and three smaller purple onto the centre panel.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsanything goes

Ally’s Angelsanything goes

Beautiful Blossomsanything goes flowers/florals

Ellibelle’s I Spy Challenge April showers or May Flowers