Thursday, 22 June 2017

Look behind you!

Here I've used the dancer from MFT Polynesian Paradise, and the shark from MFT Ocean Pals. For the sea, I used some torn vellum coloured with Distress Ink. The patterned paper and 'summer' diecut are from Echo Park.

I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday  seaside
Crafty Cardmakers  here comes summer
Use your Stuff  try something new - the way I did the vellum
Mod Squad colourful creations
Addicted to Stamps make your mark

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Hashtag City Crafter

I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter  and I'd like to see internet/ social media icons or symbols  on your creation.

For my DT project I made a layout featuring lots of icons including You Tube, Twitter and a hashtag, cut on the Silhouette. I scrapped a photo of my son and grandsons (12,10 and 6) - it was a selfie they took for social media and they're trying to look cool (although the little one is doing particularly badly at that!).

I hope you'll join in our challenge, but first, do come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4 Guyz - stars 
Lasting Memories  red, white, blue 

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Having been late to discover MFT Camp Create, I've got some catching up to do to meet the Thursday deadline. I had hoped to make several cards today but it was VERY hot and so I spent several hours lazing in the garden.

So now it's nightitme, I'm in my craft room with window open and fan on (this is England, we don't have air con!) and I made this shaker card. I followed the instructions on the MFT video - I've used various methods to make shakers before but I think this was my favourite.

The shark and sentiment are from My Favourite Things Ocean Pals set , and the shoals of fish are from MFT Mermazing set.

As well as Camp Create, I'd also like to enter:
Dream Valley square cards
Sisterhood of Crafters use your inagination
Give a Crafter a Cookie  picture
Mod Squad  square
Deep Ocean die cuts - used to make the shaker and the porthole


A Surprise Request

I was surprised when Steven, my partner, asked me to make a Fathers' Day  card - his dad died when Steven was a young adult.  The card is for his mum's husband - they've been together for over 30 years and this is the first Fathers'Day card Steven has given him!

This request was given to me after work on Thursday - so needed to be in the mail on Friday  - so I needed to get it together quickly. Luckily, the recipient's hobby is koi carp, and I've just bought the Hero Arts Koi layering set. The circles in the background are by Neat and Tangled - I stamped them in grey, then in white (slightly offset) and embossed them in holographic ep. The sentiment is Stampin Up .

I'd like to enter:
Tuesday Throwdown  for the men
Come and get it  father's day
Glitter n Sparkle  fathers day
Addicted to Stamps  anything goes
The Male Room  off the edge

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 7 - Hummingbirds

Here's another card for my self-imposed challenge ,Pro-Am Showdown, where I use commercially produced cards I've received to kickstart my creativity, Here's the 'pro' card I used as a starting point:
The mass produced 'pro' card

But I wasn't just spurred on by the 'pro' card. The current challenge at Time Out  is remarkably similar:

My final inspiration happened when I visited Greta's blog and found out about MFT Camp Create. The first two challenges are Watercolour and Resist - I used both on this card and I think I'll enter it for the resist challenge and try to use one of the watercolour panels I created at the same time for the first challenge. 

Anyway, the hummingbirds are Clarity, the flowers are a corner stamp, stamped twice (brand unknown) and the watercolours are Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. 

I'd also like to enter Crafting By Designs , wings. 

Inkspirational Challenge - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by this photo:

For my DT card I used a digi stamp from  Day for Daisies, which I coloured, paper-pieced and cut out. I mounted it on some floral patterned paper and added sentiments by Justrite,

Our Guest Designer this time is Lynda and I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own creation.

I'd like to enter
Crafty Friends  friendship
Dragonfly Journeys paper piecing 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Guest Designer at Stick it Down

Today , I'm proud to be a guest designer at Stick it Down . 

Here's the sketch for their single-page challenge:

I hope you can see how I've interpreted the sketch in my layout. I've used lots of random, old stash, all different brands. The layout tells the story of when my son met one of his sporting hereoes, by chance, in the local shop. 

The journalling reads:
Alex met his football hero , Arsenal player Theo Walcott, in the local shop.
Alex had just finished football camp and was wearing his Arsenal kit.
 Alex said ‘hello’ and Theo said ‘hello’.
Alex unzipped his jacket to reveal his Arsenal kit and Theo said ‘Good man!’
Alex was delighted …’I can’t believe I met Theo Walcott!’ he said, all the way home.
But when he told his school friends , no-one believed him! 
Shame I have no photo of the actual footballer, but that might have been too much of an intrusion when the poor guy had just popped in for a pint of milk! So just a photo of my son glowing all the way home. 
Thank you very much, Stick it Down , for having me as Guest Designer. 

I'd like to link to :
Scrapbooking Top Fifty  real not perfect - the photo was taken just after the event, not as it was happening. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

City Crafter - Frame It

At City Crafter this week , Stella is challenging us to use a frame.

This little frame stamp is by Papermania and was actually rescued from a bag of stuff I'm getting rid of. This is bad news for clutter-control as it proves that you shouldn't throw things away as you never know when they'll come in handy!

Anyway, I decided to create a panda portrait gallery, using masked-off pandas from two different W plus 9 sets.  The sentiment is by Lil Inker.

I hope you'll join in our challenge, but first, do come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Crafting by Designs black white and another colour 
Eclectic Ellapu  a touch of purple 
Passion for Promarkers  add a sentiment (used grey and lilac Promarkers)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pro-Am Showdown #6 - Snowy Scene

I'm quite far behind with my self-imposed challenge , Pro-Am Showdown  - I should have done at least 11 by now and this is only number 6. So, the idea is to take inspiration from a commercially produced card I've received. And here is the card:

The professional card
So from this I took - colours, simple shapes, white outlines , the snow. 

I stamped and embossed the trees (Paper Smooches) and sentiment (Papermania?) . With an embossing ink pen and white embossing powder I added the line under the trees and the snow. I coloured the heart with a red gel pen. 

I'd like to enter:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas  tree
ABC Christmas  more than one (tree) and love (heart)
Moving Along with the Times  embossing
Sparkles Forum Christmas   non trad colours

Christmas Cheers

Here's a Christmas card. I didn't use a Christmas stamp but I coloured it in 'Christmas colours' and it has the word 'Christmas' on it, so hopefully, if someone receives it in December they will realise it's a Christmas card!

I stamped just part of a very old, very large and very quirky Stamps Happen stamp, and coloured it with alcohol markers. I added a pattern to the skirt using gel pen. The sentiments are Avery Elle.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Cas  cheers
Snarky Stampers  d for drunk
Retro Rubber  ag - ten years plus?


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