Saturday, 17 February 2018

Add a tag - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeee!!! As you're reading this, I am most likely off participating in joint birthday celebrations with my grandfather. He's 92 today!

while I did make him a birthday card, it doesn't fit this week's theme at Sweet Stampin', which is add a tag, so I made another, using the excuse for a spot of shabby prettiness...

The stamp is a Creative expressions one I got (myself, lol) for Christmas, and the papers are LOTV. Flowers are a combination of Craft Box and Wild Orchid Crafts.

The tag pulls out and has "Have a Bloomin' great day" stamped on the back.

Your turn, come and share your "tagged" creations with us (but don't forget to stamp!). If you need more inspiration, my fellow Sweeties have prepared some great things for you!

I'm off to locate some cake!

Have a most fantabulous weekend!


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Anything but a birthday - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

New challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and we're looking for anything but a birthday today.
Remember, it doesn't need to be a card, but it does need to have stamping on it somewhere!

I had a play with some LOTV stamps and paper for this new baby card:

I really love this stamp, and love how it can be a boy or a girl depending on how it's coloured.

I'm also quite sure that buttons are in fact a requirement on new baby cards. not sure why, but there it is...

Hope you'll all come and play with us!

Have a most fantabulous weekend!


Thursday, 1 February 2018

February challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hello again!

Back again with my second post for a challenge starting back up after the Christmas break! This time, Altered Eclectics is looking for your altered art, and the team have put together some fab inspiration for you!

I played about with a greyboard mini album blank, and a gorgeous paper pad from Stamperia.

Sorry, this post is going to be a little picture heavy!

The front was decorated with a variety of nautical embellishments, such as seashells from the beach at Filey, Hessian and twine, and some Polaris stones (I got the stones and the papers from Craft Box)
The cute little ship's wheel is from Fernli Designs. I think I got the letter stickers from The works...

The Stamperia pad is full of stunning papers, and even includes some designs to cut out and turn into little envelopes, which is of course perfect for a mini album. The paper is a little more expensive than I'd like though. Didn't realise when I bought it that it was only 10 sheets, but the price reflected a full-sized pad! So a rare treat it is.

I cut several nautical characters with a set of First Edition dies, and scattered them throughout the album. I tried several different types of card, but decided I liked the black silhouette effect best.

There are lots of journaling cards/photo mats which I cut from the pad and placed in some of the pockets.

I left the back blank so it can lie flat without damaging anything.

Et voila! One nautical mini album. I really want to go on holiday now! lol.

Whew! You made it to the end! Your turn. Go take a peek at the lovely projects waiting for you over on the blog, and then please do come and play with us!

Have an awesomesauce day!


February challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Good morning everyone,

After a hiatus over the Christmas period, Rhedd's Creative Spirit is back with another altered art challenge this month.

I took one of my Craft Box boxes (after emptying all the goodies out of it first, naturally) and decorated it as a gift box for my mother.
These boxes are brilliant to use in this way. They're sturdy and have a magnetic closure in the lid, so can be opened and closed easily without damaging the box.

I used a gorgeous DCWV paper pad my mum gave me some years ago. She loves the paper in the pad, and I've made her several things using it, so made this to match.

I also used several Craft Box embellishments, and made some flowers using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral dies.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but I edged everything with my Rustoleum gold leafing pen, which adds a lovely golden shine.

This is the box before:

I very much recommend them, especially since they arrive full of gorgeous crafty goodies to use ;)

Right, that's it from me, but do head over to Rhedd's to see what my fellow teamies have put together for you, and please do come and play along!

Back in a moment with my next project...


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Men's cards - Sweet Stampin'

Morning everyone!

It's been a little while! Between design team breaks over Christmas, and other assorted whatnots, I'm finally back with a card for you all this morning!

And it's one of my favourite ways to start! Because the theme at Sweet Stampin' this week is Men's cards. Woohoo! you all know me, I love making more masculine looking cards, and my offering today is no exception.

This card was made for a friend's recent birthday. Said friend shares a nickname with my daughter: Moose. so the subject of the card wasn't difficult to decide on...

Being unfortunately very lacking in the moose stamp department, I had to locate this digi online. Why is it so difficult to get hold of moose in the UK? Just because they aren't indigenous to our country and people don't seem to know the difference between a moose and a deer is no excuse! Lol.

Anyways, over to you guys. Come see what my fellow Sweeties have prepared for you if you need a little more inspiration, then please come and share your makes with us. Looking forward to seeing all the masculine goodies!

Have a fantastic weekend!


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Last minute Christmas/CAS Christmas - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all?

Need some ideas for last-minute Christmas cards because you joined me in procrastinating all year and are now woefully behind?
Then this fortnight's challenge over at Sweet Stampin' is the one for you! we've all prepared you some Last minute Christmas card ideas, and gathered them up over at the sweet Stampin' blog.
Maybe you have some good last minute or CAS Christmas card ideas too? If so, come and share them with us!

I came up with two very different designs (and made many of each, because as I said - I left it all waaaaay too late!)

I'm loving the blackboard-style stamp from LOTV, and it goes so well with the lovely traditional papers.

I did some more heat embossing for my next card, but went in a whole different direction:

There's something about heat embossed gold that just screams "Christmas", I think...

Over to you! Please come and share your ideas over on the blog. we'll be running this challenge for two weeks while we all take a much needed break for Christmas. All will be back to our regular schedule in January.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, 1 December 2017

December Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again,

I'm back with the second challenge starting today... It is of course the December Challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, and this time I may actually have managed to put together something Christmas themed!

I started with a cheap frame from the pound shop (which cost, oddly enough, one pound), and grabbed some Christmas supplies and had fun!

I started by heat embossing a Christmas text stamp with gold embossing powder for the background, then embellished with a Marianne designs die (cut and layered several times for dimension) and a whole heap of embellishments from last year's December Craft Box. And a bauble rescued from the box of decorations!
The frame itself I textured, painted and roughly edged with a gold leafing pen.

Quite a change from this, isn't it?

So, that's what I did... How about you? I hope you'll come and share your makes with us at Rhedd's (just remember, no cards please!), and while you're at it, please do check out the lovely goodies the rest of the team made.

Have an awesomesauce weekend!