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Thursday 15 February 2024

Krafty Chicks challenge #703 - CAS

Hello again friends; I hope you're doing ok and having a good week so far.  I'm sharing my card for this week's Krafty Chicks challenge and we are on Week 3 which is 'CAS' (clean and simple).  Our hostess this week is Diane and our guest designer is Helen.  
I'm enjoying creating CAS style cards at the moment and suprising myself as I always liked the look of them but felt too intimidated to try them.  I needed a masculine birthday card and always feel men prefer less fussy cards so this was the perfect challenge.  Here is my card:
A close up look:
I also decorated the inside:
I don't make horizontal cards very often as I prefer portrait style but I thought my design suited this orientation better.  I used graphic style stamps and a limited colour palette to maintain the clean and simple feel.  I began by cutting my card panel 4" x 5 1/4".  I stamped the 3 larger circles in black ink and then using smaller circles used an array of blue and yellow inks to make a slightly curved design.  Most of the stamps were from the same stamp set but I did grab some random small stamps from other stamp sets in my stash.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and nestled it under the curve of my stamping.  The panel was then adhered to my card base with foam tape.  No embellishments or anything else added and I'm really happy with the result.  For the inside I again cut the same size white panel and used the stamps to create a border on the left hand side.  I stamped my sentiment in black ink and then added the panel to the card base with double sided tape.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Simply Clean and Simple challenge - ATG CAS option pink
The Paper Funday challenge - ATG option no patterned paper
Time Out challenge - birthday theme (Happy 10th Birthday Time Out) - 5 challenges max
Unicorn challenge - dots and/or stripes

I hope you will be able to join us for our 'CAS' challenge and I cannot wait to see your creations in our linky.  Please leave some love for my fellow chicks LeanneDianeLori and our guest designer Helen who is joining us again for February.  

Thank you stopping by and leaving me such lovely comments; I appreciate you all.  

Love and hugs, 
card ingredients:
Uniko Stamps - wonderful day (for sentiments)
Versafine - onyx black ink
additional dots from:
Gina K Designs - playful penguins, fluttering fall layering stencil bundle
Limetree Crafts - 250gsm smooth white card




Just Us Girls challenge #714

Good morning friends; I hope you're all doing ok and having a great week.  I'm sharing my third guest designer card for the Just Us Girls challenge
This week we have a beautiful mood board to work with:
Isn't that a dreamy collage of loveliness!  You can be inspired by the images, the colours, the patterns, whatever takes your fancy.  I loved everything but my eye was drawn to the shells and the colours.  This is what I came up with:
a closer look:
and here are the shells:
of course I decorated the inside:
I began by cutting my arch die from a white panel 3 3/4" x 5" and put it aside.  I took another white panel cut a teeny bit smaller; used a scallop stencil and some purple and teal inks and ink blended a background.  Once I removed the stencil I went back over the ink blended background with the same inks to soften the white so it wasn't so stark.  I added foam tape behind the arch panel and stuck that onto the ink blended panel (I could have made a shaker card but decided not too).  I then used some gem watercolours to add some splatter all over the panel.  I stamped and coloured lots of shells using purple, aqua and beige Promarkers and then fussy cut them all out.  I arranged the shells and used a piece of masking tape to keep them in place, turned them over and placed foam squares behind (with a double layer in the middle) and adhered them to the bottom of the arch.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments from the stamp set and die cut them with some sentiment strip dies.  I also added these to the card with foam squares.  For some extra bling I used a shimmer pen all over the shells (although it's really hard to see in the photos but they really glisten in real life).  The finished panel was added to the card base with double sided tape.  For the inside I again used the stencil and the same inks and ink blended a border at the bottom of the panel.  I stamped the cluster of shells and coloured them with Promarkers before fussy cut them out.  I added it with liquid glue to the bottom left.  I stamped a simple sentiment in the centre with black ink.  The panel was then added to the card with double sided tape.  For once this card turned out exactly as I had planned and I think it matches the mood board quite well.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Dream Valley challenge - add a sentiment
I Love Promarkers challenge - ATG option Easter
Just Add Ink challenge - purple, blue/aqua, white (6 challenges max)
Stencil Fun challenge - ATG with a stencil option love/hearts
Tic Tac Toe challenge - stencil/die cut/frame

Please pop over to the challenge blog and check out the amazing creations by the very talented design team and I hope I've inspired you with my card.  I'll be back very soon with my DT card for this week's Krafty Chicks challenge but until then thanks for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 

card ingredients:
Lawn Fawn - Year 3 stamp set (for inside greeting)
Taylored Expressions - sweet scallops stencil 
Mama Elephant - B2B arches die set
Gina K designs - modern floral (for the tiny sentiment die)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - wild lilac, turquoise sea and white pigment ink cube
Kuretake Gansai Tambi - gem colours palette

Wednesday 14 February 2024

2024 Crafty Kickoff IG card hop - Week 5

Hello crafty friends and Happy Valentine's Day.  Whether you celebrate or not I trust you'll have a great day.  I'm sharing my card for this week's 2024 Crafty Kickoff IG card hop, which has been organised by my lovely friend Kelly.  Each week we will share a themed card to inspire you and this week we have a great theme of 'Valentine's your way'. 
Valentine's Day means different things to different people; if you're not in a relationship it can seem that it's not a day for you but you must show yourself love and celebrate YOU.  Obviously if you're in a new relationship Valentine's is a big deal to show how much you love each other but when you've been married as long as I have it's just another day but we do give each other cards lol!.  Here is the card I made for my hubby:
a closer look at the sweet image:
plus I decorated the inside:
I was inspired by a card I recently saw by Gina K Designs, although I wanted mine a little bigger.  I cut my card base to be 5 1/4" square and cut a red mat just a touch smaller and this was adhered with double sided tape.  I didn't have a decorate die in the correct size so took an A2 die and just partial die cut it and then extended it to make it approximately 5" square.  I used a heart stencil and some red ink to decorate this panel.  This was then added to my red mat with double sided tape.  I die cut a heart from white card and another in the size bigger from red card but I felt the red heart was too big so ended up trimming it down with scissors so that the border was smaller (it's a bit wonky but it's not too bad).  I used a sunshine stencil and light grey ink to decorate the white heart.  I stamped the cute hedgie image and coloured it with Promarkers before fussy cutting it out.  I added some white highlights to the image with a gel pen.  I added the hedgies with foam tape to the centre of my heart and stamped the sentiment, curving it slightly to match the circle in the stencil, with black ink.  The heart was added with liquid glue.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink below the heart and die cut the husband word 4 times from black card and stacked them for stability and dimension.  This was added with liquid glue below the stamped sentiment.  I added a few sequins and my card was finished.  I wish now that I'd left the bottom layer plain white as I feel it's a little busy but hubby isn't really a 'card person' so he won't mind!  For the inside I cut a white panel and a red mat and adhered them together with double sided tape.  I used the heart stencil at the bottom of the white panel and stamped a sentiment in black ink.  My finished card measures 5 1/4" wide by 6 3/4" tall including the heart.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments challenge - use dies and/or love + sentiment
Crafty Animals challenge - ATG must include an animal
Crafty Catz challenge - ATG option Valentine or with love
Creative Inspirations challenge - for someone you love/special friend
Critter Crazy challenge - ATG with a featured critter
Cut It Up challenge - have a heart
Double D challenge - heartfelt
Little Red Wagon challenge - show us some love
Stamping Sensations challenge - animals, birds and creatures
Sweet Stampin' challenge - Valentine's or Galentine's day
The Male Room challenge - Valentine/use a heart
Try It On Tuesday challenge - hearts and/or flowers

Wow there are still a lot of heart/love challenges around!  Again I did check the rules but if I've overlooked anything and broken any please delete me. 

I would love it if you would pop over to Instagram and see the amazing work by all the other crafters taking part in the hop.  Please use the hashtag #2024craftykickoffcards to find the hop and also so that we can find your creation if you are inspired to take part.  

I'll be back again with you tomorrow with a couple of cards so please pop by and check them out.  As always I appreciate the comments you leave and thank you so much for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 

card ingredients:
Penny Black Stamps - piece of my heart stamp set
Clearly Besotted Stamps - happy days stamp set - retired
Go Create - XXL frames - heart #1
Heffy Doodle - husband die (it's retiring so on sale)
Gina K Designs - sunshine stencil
Gina K Designs - Master Layouts 4 (for scalloped die which I extended)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - red hot and soft stone
Textures by Lou Collins - heart fragments stencil
Promarkers
CC Designs - elegant Valentine (for inside sentiment) - retired
red card from stash

Thursday 8 February 2024

Krafty Chicks challenge #702 Christmas

Hello again lovely friends; I'm back again this morning to share my card for this week's Krafty Chicks challenge.  I am the hostess this week and as always Week 2 is 'Christmas'.  I am finding it really helpful that I have to make at least 1 Christmas card each week so hopefully won't be rushing again in December as I do most years!  
Just before Christmas last year I bought some cute stamps from LOTV so decided to ink some of them up.  Here is my card:
and a closer look at the image:
I completely forgot to decorate the inside so no photo this time - it's a shock I know but it won't happen again I promise!

I began by stamping the snow globe in black ink.  There are 6 different scenes to choose from in the stamp set to put inside the globe and this time I chose the sweet cottage, again stamped in black ink.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, added a few highlights with a white gel pen and then fussy cut the globe out (no matching dies with LOTV sets).  The background is from a paper pad that I picked up from TK Maxx which I thought was really cute.  I attached the paper with double sided tape and the snow globe was adhered with foam squares.  The large sentiment was stamped below the snow globe directly onto the paper with black ink.  I added a few pearls randomly on the background and my card was complete.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I cannot wait to try the globe with all the other cute images.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge - make your mark (I stamped and coloured with markers)
As You Like It challenge - physical or digi stamps (I prefer physical as I'm not very techy)
Dream Valley challenge - add a sentiment
I Love Promarkers challenge - ATG option Easter
Make My Monday challenge - use your patterned paper
Peace On Earth Christmas challenge - anything Christmas goes
Shopping Our Stash challenge - winter wonderland
The Four Seasons challenge - ATG winter challenge

I hope you will be able to join us for our 'Christmas' challenge and I cannot wait to see your creations in our linky.  Please leave some love for my fellow chicks - LeanneDiane and Lori and our guest designer for February Helen.  

Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such lovely comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit me.   

Love and hugs, 

LOTV - snow globes A5 stamp set*
LOTV - Christmas greetings A5 stamp set*
Craft ID - winter fun paper pad - from TK Maxx
Promarkers
Limetree Crafts - 250gsm smooth white card
Versafine onyx black ink (for sentiment)
Memento tuxedo black ink (alcohol marker friendly)
Sakura - white gelly roll no. 10 pen

*LOTV are have a big sale on their A5 stamp sets - all are currently £10 - the two sets I used are no longer in the store so if you do fancy anything grab them now whilst they are still available.  

Just Us Girls challenge #713

Good Morning lovely friends.  I hope you've had a great week so far.  I'm here with my second card as guest designer for the Just Us Girls challenge and this week is 'Word Prompt' week.  
The Word Prompt for this challenge is 'LOVE' so of course it would be perfect for your Valentine's cards but it can be for any type of love.  
I received some new goodies from Clearly Besotted Stamps and was itching to use them so I made a Valentine's card.  Here is my card:
A close up of the adorable image:

I also decorated the inside:
I began by stamping the cute bear envelope image on to a white card panel measuring 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and then also stamped him onto some masking paper.  I took a heart stencil and stencilled over the mask with red ink.  Once I removed the mask I coloured the image with Promarkers and then added some highlights with a white gel pen.  I always forget about my masking paper but it's so effective to mask an image and I must do it more often.  I did stamp a couple of hearts from the stamp set in black ink but I didn't like them so I covered them with red sequins which I think looks much better.  I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set with white embossing powder and cut it out with my trimmer.  I matted the white panel onto a red panel and then again onto a black panel using double sided tape.  This was then added to the card blank with double sided tape.  For the inside I ink blended around the edge of a white panel with the red ink, stamped the sentiment in black ink and the bear envelope image in a light grey ink.  Again this was matted onto red and black card and adhered to the card blank with double sided tape.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

As You Like It challenge - digi or physical stamps (I didn't have a printer for a long while so converted to clear stamps and I love them and now that is all I use)
Aud Sentiments challenge - use dies and/or love themed
CAS on Friday challenge - Valentine (1 entry only)
CRAFT challenge - love/Valentine
Crafty Animals challenge - ATG must include an animal
Creative Inspirations challenge - someone you love/special friend
Critter Crazy challenge - ATG with a featured critter
Double D challenge - heartfelt
Incy Wincy challenge - Valentine/love and/or no pictures
Pearly Sparkles challenge - love/have a heart
Simply Create Too challenge - include a heart
Stamping Sensations challenge - animals, birds or creatures
Stencil Fun challenge - ATG using a stencil option love/hearts
Sweet Stampin' challenge - Valentine's/Galentine's day
Try It On Tuesday challenge - hearts and/or flowers

Wow that is a lot of challenges!  I don't normally enter so many with one card but there are so many love/heart challenges around (of course) that it would be rude not too.  I think I've checked all the rules but if I've missed anything and gone against any rules please delete me.  

I'm sure this will be a popular challenge and I cannot wait to see what you create.  Please pop over to the challenge blog and check out all the amazing creations by the Design Team.  I'll be back in a little while with my card for this week's Krafty Chicks challenge.  Until then thanks for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 

card ingredients:
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Sending love stamp
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Feeling sentimental stamp (for inside greeting) retired
Clearly Besotted Stamps - have a heart stencil
Gina K Designs ink pads - red velvet, soft stone and white pigment ink cube
Limetree Crafts - 250gsm smooth white card
Promarkers
Versafine onyx black ink 
Sakura white gelly roll no. 10 pen
red card from scraps bin

Wednesday 7 February 2024

2024 Crafty Kickoff IG Card Hop - Week 4

Hello lovely friends and happy Wednesday to you all.  I hope your week has been really good so far.  I'm sharing my card for this week's 2024 Crafty Kickoff IG card hop, which has been organised by my lovely friend Kelly.  Each week we will share a themed card to inspire you and this week we have a great theme of 'stencil it'. 

Now we all love our stencils don't we and I'm sure, like me, you have an abundance to choose from so I know this is going to be a fun week.  Here is my card:
and a close up look:
of course I decorated the inside:
I decided to go clean and simple again this week and used one of my favourite stencils, which definitely doesn't get enough love.  I began by cutting a panel 4" x 5 1/4" (but did cut it down smaller later) and placed the stencil in the middle.  I choose some bright colours as it's so dreary here at the moment and blended them in a diagonal pattern.  These colours really do make me happy, and I should use them more.  I stamped the butterfly over top of my stencilling with black ink and finished off with a small sentiment, stamped more to the right, again in black ink.  This is where I decided to make my panel smaller as I didn't want a mat layer but did want some interest.  I took a dotted edge die and die cut my panel and then trimmed it.  I placed a piece of black card behind to show through the dots.  The panel was added to my card base with foam tape.  No embellishments on this one as I liked it as it was.  For the inside I did another panel the same way, stamped a sentiment in black ink in the centre, and then used the stencil just in the bottom right corner using the same inks; simple but effective I think.  The panel was added with double sided tape.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge - make your mark (stamped my butterfly)
Aud Sentiments challenge - use dies and/or love (I used a frame die)
Dream Valley challenge - add a sentiment
Scrapping4Fun challenge - ATG (4th and final entry)
Stamping Sensations challenge - animals, birds or creatures (my butterfly)
Stencil Fun challenge - ATG with a stencil option love/hearts
Tic Tac Toe challenge - stencil, die cut, frame (my die cut is my frame so delete if not appropriate)
Triple B challenge - must include a bird, butterfly or bloom

I would love it if you would pop over to Instagram and see the amazing work by all the other crafters taking part in the hop.  Please use the hashtag #2024CraftyKickoffcards to find the hop and also so that we can find your creation if you are inspired to take part.  

I'll be back again with you tomorrow with a couple of cards so please pop by and check them out.  As always I appreciate the comments you leave and thank you so much for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 

card ingredients:
Uniko Stamps - Simply said stamp set
Uniko Stamps - Wonderful day stamp set (for inside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - passionate pink, tangerine twist, wild dandelion
Limetree Crafts - 250gsm smooth white card (for panels and card base)
Hobbycraft - A4 luxury black card 
Versafine - onyx black ink pad