Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Play (with) Misti for me!

I've just got home from a lovely family holiday in Kent (hence there have been no non-scheduled posts from me and I've managed to comment on very few of your blogs) with both my daughters and their families. While we were away, it was my birthday and my present from OH was a Misti. I've been having a play with it this morning and am already head over heels in love. I've managed to get clear impressions from stamps I've had for years and never managed a decent one from before, and for this card I have used a stamp that must be at least 10 years old and has never seen ink because I simply didn't have a big enough acrylic block!

I stamped the long border (an old stamp from an Art Deco set produced by the much missed Tandastamps) with Versafine Smokey Grey and embossed with clear powder, then coloured just the roses in pink and layered onto pink card to give a narrow border. Then I used the Misti  and Smokey Grey again to stamp the sentiment, which came from a set of stamps with Creative Stamping magazine a while back. Look, it's exactly straight! I left the sentiment unembossed.

I am sharing this with
CASology - Prickly
Make my Monday - Grey and Pink (I know the grey looks black in the photos but it is grey really!)
Sweet Stampin - Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes  

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Fancy Folds at Cardz 4 Guyz

Today it's my turn to choose the theme at Cardz 4 Guyz and, knowing how much men seem to appreciate cards with a bit of "engineering" to them, I have chosen Fancy Folds as our theme. I'd love it if you would pop over to the challenge and show us your fancy folds!

For my own card, I've made a centre box fold card, the first time I've ever made one. It looks as if it shouldn't fold flat, but it does - and it fits into a DL sized envelope, too. I first saw the fold on The Craft Spa blog, but have adapted the measurements to the size of card I wanted to make. I chose a New York Skyline die (a gift from Mark, I don't know the brand) and a Tim Holtz Cityscapes New York Skyline stamp.

To make the card, you will need a piece of card 12" x 4" (I chose to work in inches rather than centimetres for a change as the numbers are nice and easy that way!) which you score at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches, to form a gatefold style card with extra flaps that fold back towards the outside.

Decorate all the panels - I've added a plain white panel to the back for the sender to write on - and then cut the strip to go across the front, 8" long and as wide as the image/sentiment you want to use, and attach it across the two outer flaps so the outside edges line up on both sides. This strip can be positioned at any level across the front of the card - I have positioned it right at the bottom, as you can see in the top photo, to enable the whole of the skyline scene behind it to show over it.

To fold the card flat, just swing the back panel left or right.

I would like to share this with
Dies R Us - Anything goes using dies
Creative with Stamps - Boys to men

Monday, 14 August 2017

Flowers at Ooh La La Creations

It's time for our new challenge at Ooh La La, and the theme this time is Flowers.

I've used a paper and topper from the Carnival of Colour CD, available here. I embossed a panel of blue card with a daisy folder and layered it onto green paper with a punched border, and arranged it to pick up the blue backgrounded side of the topper.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Past Times at CD Sundays

It's not only new challenge day at CD Sundays, it's also my birthday, so it seems only fitting that it's my turn to choose the theme, and I have chosen Past Times. Think retro, think vintage, think historic (what about Ancient Egypt?)  - and of course, think CD because we must see something from a CD, not a download, currently in your possession somewhere on your work.

I've used an old CD (the label says (c) 2009 ) from Hot off The press, called "5,400 Tags & Art". I don't know whether it is still available, but it is a wonderful resource that I've used many, many times over the years. All three tags and the balloon and globe embellishments came from it.

The sentiment is from Debbi Moore's CD "Shabby Chic Vintage Discovery" and the background is some tissue paper from my stash.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Three- but not of a kind

I didn't think I was going to have time to post for a few days, but I've managed to sneak in with a quick post about three very different cards I made over the weekend. There won't be as much waffle as usual, you'll be relieved to know, as I'm pushed for time.

First a very CAS card:

Masked the card to leave a space, sponged in DI, then used Stazon to stamp Judikins Sprouts Border. Removed mask, drew a fine line just outside sponged area to give it a 3D look then stamped dragonflies from a stamp set I won in the Butterfly Challenge.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to CAS - One layer card
Stamping sensations - Anything Goes


Next, an all-over stamped design that  still retains a CAS feel because of the restricted colour palette

The sunflower stamp is an old unmounted one from my stash - I stamped it all over in brown memento ink and coloured with Promarkers, then topped it with a sentiment stamp I won in the Playground.

I am sharing this with
The Flower Challenge - Background Stamping

Glitter and Sparkle - Monochrome
 House of Cards - Floral Images and/or Colours (just the floral aspect)


And finally, moving RIGHT away from CAS, a Christmas card with just about everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it:

The robins are stamped with a lovely Woodware set I won in the playground and all the layers and die cuts are made using snippets - the red glittery layer is the remains of a gift bag I once received a present in. I can't remember what the present was but the bag has been very useful - this is the last scrap of it.

The snowflakes are cut using a new set of cheap dies I bought through Amazon. They cut beautifully and come out cleanly, but the large snowflake comes apart into two separate bits. I don't know whether it's by accident or design but now I know it does that I'm going to use it for making some two tone snowflakes in the future.

I am sharing this with
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday
Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 293-294
Winter Wonderland - use ribbon, twine or lace    (the heart-patterned ribbon)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - three of something (snowflakes)

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #90 - M is for Mink

Our latest challenge has started at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, and today Edna's rocking Mink.

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What a doll!

But you don't have to get your posh togs on for this challenge, what we want to see is any animal that has fur. And I'm sure you know me well enough by now to know that to me that inevitably means a cat.

I had a lovely messy time creating the brusho backround, aiming to make it look as if kitty had been involved in some serious spillage creation, hence the stamped pawprints going right through it (and probably also the rest of the house). Then to the image - a Katzelkraft one but not the first range most people think of, well I do, when they think of Katzelkraft cats. This one looks so very sweet and innocent, doesn't it? It is totally ignoring the telling off it is getting! I coloured it with pencils to enhance the firry effect, using a metallic gold-green pencil for those piercing eyes.

The sentiment is one I generated on the computer. It's something somebody once said to me and I've no idea whether they were quoting somebody else or just said it on the spur of the moment, but it is so true, isn't it? When a cat ignores you, it does so with every muscle in its body. You can actually FEEL the being-ignored-waves washing over you!

I am sharing this with:
Craft Rocket Challenges - Animal Kingdom
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - anything with a creature
Show us your pussies - Furrything Goes 

Friday, 4 August 2017

When life gives you lemons....

This week's challenge at CASology is "Juicy" which was a great excuse to use one of my "When life gives you lemons..." sentiment stamps. I have two, one the traditional version and the other the tequila version - I decided to go traditional today.

The lemon slice is simply made by cutting circles in three different shades of yellow and then cutting the smallest one into eighths.

I did actually stamp the sentiment directly on to the card but the angle didn't look quite right, so I covered it with a stamped and layered one which I think looks better anyway as it keeps the yellow theme running right across the body of the card.

And now I'd like to share with you a photo of some gorgeous stash that I won from Lau Home and Party who ran a competition on their Facebook page which I was lucky enough to win

Just look at all that washi tape! Some of it is even sparkly! Fabulous tags, twine and stickers too, as well as fabric tape, bags and decorative straws. Look out for all these lovely goodies appearing on my makes soon - when I've finished stroking them of course.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Precious Memories tag

I love the Graphic 45 Precious memories 6 x 6 pad - I seem to have made loads of things with it and yet I still have most of it left. I think that's because there are so many tiny, detailed elements to it that it doesn't take much to complete a project. For instance this gift tag was made entirely from the tiny scraps left over from previous makes.

All I needed to add was a few scraps of ribbon and lace. And now after all that detailed fussy cutting, I need to go and lie down in a darkened room, but not before linking up to these challenges:

Always Fun - anything but a card
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Pretty Pastels 

Guest Designer at C.R.A.F.T challenge

Challenge 427 is live at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge and I am delighted that I have been asked to be guest designer this week. The challenge is a colour challenge

And you could win three digis from the sponsor Lacey Sunshine Stamps.

I have used the image Lil Frolic Kokeshi Doll from Lacey Sunshine, coloured with pencils and teamed with papers from a Trimgym digital pack (I don't think these lovely papers are available to  buy, unfortunately - I say unfortunately because the pack is utterly gorgeous!) But there is some good news - some of the papers from the pack are being offered to you to download as part of this week's challenge post at C.R.A.F.T.

I am sharing this with

Loves to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes 

Struggling with Rainbows

When I saw that the current challenge at AAA cards was Rainbow, I knew right away what I wanted to make. or at least, I thought I did....

I've had this super rainbow paper fro some time, and thought it was perfect for a clean and simple card. Here I have cut a border of it and combined it with sentiments from the SU "Botanicals for you" set. I used a rainbow inkpad for the large words, and embossed it with clear powder, but I'm not happy with the result, it has a rather scrappy, messy look.

I still wanted the rainbow words, though, so on to the mark 2 version.

This time I applied individual ink pads direct to the stamp, and because they were dye based, didn't emboss it, but the result is patchy and sludgy. I did like the other alterations I had made, though, to use a square of the patterned paper and to make the smaller words into a tab, so on we went to version 3....

This time the words are stamped in black. I think I'll have to resign myself to the fact that this stamp is always going to give a slightly blotchy result, although I've managed to minimise it here, and although I didn't end up with the rainbow lettering I had hopes for, I think this is the best of the three cards.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Portuguese Carrots

You may remember that back in June we went on a lovely holiday to Portugal, and of course the local food and drink was a major feature of our trip.

Lots of the restaurants started a meal with optional dishes known as couvert  - for one or two Euros, you are brought bread, olives and other nibbles. Many guide books tell you to avoid them to save money, but we found them to be very reasonably priced and a great addition to the meal.  As well as the ubiquitous bread and olives, many places added other dishes such as thin slices of cheese with quince paste or little bowls of lightly cooked thinly sliced carrots.

We really fell in love with these carrots and since coming home I have researched several recipes and cobbled together ideas from them until I've produced a version we're happy with. They are great to serve with drinks and are far healthier than crisps or nuts.

They will keep in the fridge for several days (if they get chance) and are a great way to use up that bag of tired looking supermarket carrots that you thought was such a bargain at the time but is just cluttering up the fridge. I had such a bag this week - the loose carrots in the shop had been broken and scrappy ones, and the small bags were, strangely, more expensive than the huge ones, so although there are just the two of us it made sense to buy a huge bag. Not being a fan of waste, I made some of them into a batch of these delicious nibbles.

I used

250g carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 orange
3 cloves of garlic very finely sliced
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 teaspoon honey
75ml (approx.) water

Peel several large strips of rind from the orange and squeeze out the juice. Put the rind and juice, along with everything except the salt, into a small saucepan, add about 75 ml of water, cover and simmer for around 4 minutes until the carrots have started to cook but still have some crispness.

Taste and add salt if you wish, then allow to cool. Store in a covered container in the fridge. I store them complete with the liquid and all the flavourings, then lift out the carrots with a perforated spoon (intended for serving olives) shaking off the other ingredients. Actually if you can face eating it it, the garlic is rather delicious!

I am sharing this with Kitchen Clearout at Madhouse Family Reviews 

Bicycle and flowers

I love the inspiration photo this time at Cuttlebugmania

For my interpretation of it, I have picked out the blue bicycle and the pink and cream flowers.
You'll have to bear with me here and believe me when I tell you that the pink card is actually exactly the same shade of pink as the dark pink in the floral paper (a magazine freebie from years ago). The Bicycle is die cut using a die which I think is a Marianne one, mounted on an oval cut with Gummiapan stitched ovals, and the sentiment is cut using a die from a Spellbinders set that I won last week from the lovely Christine Emberson at Hope and Chances. I've added a row of "inverted scallops" below the sentiment strip - this is just the waste left from cutting something else out with scallop edged scissors.

I am also sharing this as a rare "nice" entry to Naughty or Nice - On the Move where I'll be back later in the month with a naughty entry!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sentiment at Sparkles Christmas

It's time for our August challenge at Sparkles Christmas, and this time we'd like a festive sentiment to be the main focus of your work.

I've gone for a very bold, bright modern effect using some sparkly foam adhesive letters. Naturally being pink and sparkly, my granddaughters have used quite a lot of the letters from the set, but I still had enough to create the word "Noel" and I think it looks great on a black background.

I've added an embossed snowflake background, some lilac matting and some sparkly pink gems - the only reason I still have some of those is because the grandchildren haven't spotted them yet!

I am sharing this with Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes 
Shopping Our Stash - Countdown to Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - August

Tiny Fingers and Toes at Cardz 4 Guyz

Our new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is called "Tiny fingers and toes" so we want to see a baby card - but of course it needs to be suitable for a BOY baby.

I have used background papers from an old  Forever in Time paper stack called Perfect Prints- Baby Boy and  an image from the Hunkydory Little Book of Occasions and Celebrations, which I used three copies of, cutting decoupage layers from the image sheet.

The die cuts are made with the X-cut New Baby Icons set and the greeting is a clear peel-off.

I am sharing this with
A Bit More Time To Craft - anything goes
and their new sister challenge, A Bit More Time To Craft Extra - anything goes
and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - August   

Poppies at sunset

Here is another of my Very Old Stamps, although this one seldom goes for long without seeing ink, I love it so much.

I stamped and embossed the poppies, then masked them off while I created the sun. Masking the flowers was a decision I called myself many and varied names for as I was trying to fussy cut and position all those tiny bits of paper for the masks! I then made another mask using the positive and negative of a die cut circle and sponged on distress inks to give the sun. I coloured in the poppies once all the masking was removed.

I am sharing this with
Sweet Stampin' - Sympathy/Thinking of you
Allsorts - photo inspiration