Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 11 - Cutesy Christmas Makeover

This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

This is the card I am using as inspiration:

the professional card
So, you can see that I've kept with the monochrome look and the penguins and the general design. But I've given mine a cutesy makeover with these skating penguins from Avery Elle.  I masked and stamped the penguins, coloured them with Promarkers and then decided their scarves looked too plain, so I doodled some pattern onto them. 

You may not be able to see that the original card is covered with glitter. So my card has lots of glitter too.
glitter shot 
I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  doodling 
A Gem of a Challenge  snow fun 
Dream Valley  Christmas animals 
Watercooler  masculine 
AAA Cards masking 

Wish Part 2

Well, if you read my previous post , I'm pleased to announce that I found the die-cut S - it had cunningly disguised itself as a bit of rubbish. But now here it is on a card with W I and H.

All the stamps here are from a set I had  before I started blogging- the packaging is long gone and I don't know what the brand is.

I'd like to enter:
Less is More  perfect holiday
Challenge Up Your Life  summer
Stempelgarten  summertime

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cherchez La Die Cut

This card is not quite as I planned it. I cut the WISH out on the Silhouette, intending to use the cut out letters. I put them back into the negative space to ink it and as I was inking my beach scene realised I might be able to get two cards out of it.

This card was made from the negative cut of the letters. I added a stamped sentiment (unknown brand) and Clearly Besotted  hibiscus flowers and leaves.

Then I went to make my other card with the die cut letters and guess what? The S is missing!!!! Honestly, I seem to spend half my life searching for die-cuts!

I'd like to enter:
Curtain Call hibiscus
Less is More  perfect holiday
Shopping Our Stash  relaxin
Stamp Ink Paper  travel

Stay On Target

As soon as I saw this weeks 'Bow and Arrows' challenge at Little Red Wagon, I knew it was time to dig out this stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs.

I stamped and masked it and used a stencil (very old and don't know brand) and ink to make the background. I coloured the woman with Promarkers and paper-pieced her top. I stamped the sentiment and added glitter pen to the bow and arrowhead.

As well as Little Red Wagon, I'd also like to enter:
Always Fun  going in circles
Just Add Ink  stencils
Moving Along with the Times beginning with b - bow

Friday, 18 August 2017

Jumping Hedgehog

When I saw the new challenge at Time Out  (Autumn/ speed stamping) I thought there was no way I would enter - autumn is weeks away- the schools are still on summer break  - I even left a message telling Sandie I thought it was a bit previous!  And yet, here I am entering this challenge.

Why? I was looking for some stamps for a different card when I stumbled across the Lawn Fawn set with the hedgehog and realised I could use it to also enter Casology  prickly challenge. And I do love the oranges and browns of autumn. Furthermore, once I had the idea and the materials, I knew I could make the card in under 10 minutes! (ie , Time Out's speed stamping).

The hedgehog, large sentiment and leaf pile are by Lawn Fawn. The small sentiment is Avery Elle. The 'bounce' is a kite string from a Lil' Inker set.

I'd also like to enter two birthday challenges Sparkles Monthly  and Seize the Birthday . 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Mug Shots

Here's a scrapbook layout I made using a sketch and a 'tic tac toe' board .

The papers are by Fancy Pants . The smaller letters are by Papermania and the larger ones are from a different Fancy Pants range.

I'd like to enter:
Sketch n Scrap  sketch 134
The Studio Challenges  flair/ 2 types of alpha/ blue

Layout Sketches due August 31st

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - You Don't Bring me Flowers

I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter and it's a nice and easy one (for some, anyway) - no flowers allowed!

For my DT project I made some graduation cards that my daughter had asked me for....she's a midwife and has to mentor student midwives, so these graduation cards for them.

I cut the grad hat and the sentiment on the Silhouette . The baby is a Mo's Digital Pencil digi, coloured with Promarkers.

I hope you'll join in our challenge at CCCB and show us your non-floral creations.

I'd like to enter:
Use your Stuff  for the love of children
Happy Little Stampers  anything goes with dies 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Rainforest UK

Here I scrapped a photo taken in the Rainforest biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It was a great opportunity to use some exotic stash! Most of the stuff I used was by Echo Park or My Mind's Eye.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers :

I'd also like to enter the large photo challenge at Scrap the Boys . 

Colour My World

Here's a card I made to enter some great challenges. First, the 'spotlight' challenge at 4Crafty Chicks - it's many years since I made a spotlight card! I decided to use a bug image - ladybirds - so I could combine it with the challenges at Little Red Wagon  and Cards in Envy.

The image is a digistamp from Bugaboo, coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment - at last, this sentiment spelt in British English!- is by Hunkydory.

Featured Button4 CC Golden Egg Award

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Spice Girls On Tour

I'll tell you what I want what I really really want ..... I really want to enter the Spice Girls challenge at Shopping Our Stash . I've already entered once already, but I made this card very specifically for the challenge, and to combine with some other great challenges - Less is More  (OLC vehicle), Cupcake Inspirations (colour) , Time Out (photo - see map in hand) , CASual Fridays  friendship.

I used a Stamping Bella image, coloured with Promarkers, sentiments by Waffle flower and a little heart stamp by Lawn Fawn. (Obviously, the women are Posh and Ginger Spice!)

By the way...I've been busy this morning blogging my holiday cards and making this one but I will catch up with my favourite crafters and blogs over the next few days!

Crafty Crafting Away - Butterfly Kit

In this post  I explained how I made up some kits so I could secretly craft on our family holiday. (Actually it didn't stay secret for long, but as it kept me happy, no-one seemed to mind). The second kit is here . This was the final kit, both to pack and to use, that's why I only made four items, but five from the other kits.  I can't remember where I saw the real kit that inspired me, but here's my kit:
includes Avery Elle Butterfly stamps, Tim Holtz stencils , Hero Arts inks

Here's what I made:

Using the Hero Arts red ink, I stamped a butterfly (coloured with Zig Clean Colour) and sentiments  from the Avery Elle set and doodled a 'trail' from the i to the butterfly.

I'd like to enter: 

The frame and the 'merci' were cut on the Silhouette and taken with me- I coloured the frame with gold ink and the sentiment with black marker. I made a background using a Tim Holtz stencil on kraft card, and spray ink. I stamped and embossed the buttefly, coloured it with the Hero inks and stamped the text  (unknown brand) over it. 
I'd like to enter:
I inked the tag with ink I'd put in another kit, and spray it with water. I stamped the text and smaller butterflies . I stamped and embossed the large butterfly and coloured wit Zig Clean Colour markers. The 'love' is from a pack of unopened stickers I'd put in one of the other kits. I was fed up to find that they had stuck to the packaging and many were unusable! 
I'd like to enter:
Get Creative  song - love is like a butterfly 
That's Crafty  anything but cards 

Finally, an ATC I made for the Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge 'doodle'. 
I stamped the large buttefly and just doodle on it. I also doodle a frame. The sentiment is by Heidi Swapp.

In case you're thinking all I did on holiday was stamp, I can assure you I had a fantastic time exploring Cornwall's beaches, gardens, harbour villages, restaurants and the Eden Project. Here's a small holiday snap.

the only day he wasn't wearing his rain jacket! 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Crafty Crafting Away - Hippo Birthday Kit

In this post  I told how I smuggled a bag of craft things away on my family holiday. This included three kits I'd made up and this is the second kit, which was inspired by this Hero Arts kit. ;

includes MFT Happy Hippos, gold glitter ep, yellow washi and diec cuts of candles and bunting
Here's what I made:

Here I used six stamps, all from the My Favorite Things Happy Hippos set,coloured with Promarkers. During the making of this card, the paper trimmer I'd taken with me started to chew the card instead of cut it. Later in the day I managed to buy a cheap one locally for £7.50!
I'd like to enter:
Watercooler  birthdays
Moving Along with the Times things that fly 

Here I made a one-layer-card, using a hippo and sentiment from the set, and my grey Promarkers.
I'd like to enter:
Casology  safari
Addicted to Stamps  cas

More stamps from the Happy Hippos set, plus a sentiment (?)  and a die-cut banner. I took one paper pad (Lawn Fawn) with me - this pp and the paper on the yellow card above came from it. I added spots to the bunting, hat and gift , using a white gel pen.
I'd like to enter:
Colour Throwdown  colour
Moo Mania  banners

I cut a few birthday themed shapes (from white cardstock)  on the Silhouette to include in the kit . I used the sketch at Case this Sketch . I embossed the candles with gold glitter embossing powder and coloured the flames with gold Delicata Ink.
I'd also like to enter:
CAS on Friday birthday

Here I used strips of metallic and glitter paper. I paper-pieced the balloons using the pink metallic paper.

I'd like to enter:
A Gem of a Challenge birthday wishes

I'll post the pictures of the third kit later.