12 July 2024

Oceans of happiness

 Hi Everyone, my card today is on the current theme at We Love Stamping challenge, but has no stamping! It did originally have the sentiment stamped, but I made a mess, so printed it instead.

 I started by using a stencil for the sea, using different blues, it was then die cut, and glued to the base card. Next, I got my dies out and cut them all in white card. I coloured them with marker pens, but left the seagulls white. These were then placed onto the die cut sea image. As I said earlier, I stamped the sentiment, but it came out wrong, so I went into Photoshop and made and printed the sentiment, then die cut it, and placed it over the original.

wave stencil - my own, cut on the Silhouette
cloud stencil - Funky Fossil
Distress Oxide inks - salty ocean, faded jeans, peacock feathers
markers - Spectrum Noir 
square die - Sue Wilson Noble square dies
dies -  Magazine freebies
sentiment die - Card Making Magic
sentiment - Oceans font - Baby Monkey. Wishing you font - Alef


 The insert was designed in Photoshop, printed, then placed inside the main card.

07 July 2024

Sun, Sea, Sand WLSC

 Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month, we would love to see your cards with the theme from Me, Myself, and I, Yours Truly! -

Sun, Sea, Sand
We were asked to write a little about ourselves and our crafting, here is my story! A long post, so flash past and go to the card if you're not interested?
I started card making many, many years ago, my first love was digital and PrintMaster. Then I had a copy of Photoshop, which I used to make cards for my family, I loved the fact I could design, print and send a card I had made. There was a Craft Fair a few miles from me, and I decided to attend. I saw stamping and embossing demonstrated and was hypnotised by it, so I bought a few stamps, ink, and a stamping block and came home, to find that I was useless at it, more being thrown away than used. 
So back to digi. After a while, I gave my not used stamps away, Then I saw what, maybe? I could achieve on a TV crafting channel. This led to me subscribing to a magazine. A stamping platform was purchased after hearing good reports, and that is how I started stamping. However, not seriously until an offer to join the DT on We Love Stamping. I'm still learning, but loving it.

I have had this sea stamp for quite a while and haven't used it, I have to ask myself why? It gives a wonderful feeling of the sea.  Perfect for the theme this month. 

I blended the background with DO's, then stamped the waves, and embossed it with white embossing powder, that I had to buy, as I didn't have it in my supplies, can you believe it? 
Anyhow, after stamping and embossing, I added more bits of colour within the waves also some white pen to enhance some of the sea. Something I hadn't done before was to add a shadow to the waves and the sea edge, it certainly makes a difference I feel. I had watched the video, which helped me. 
After looking and finding some sea related stamps in my stash, I stamped the seagulls and painted them with white pen. The sentiment was stamped next, also in my stash, I felt it needed something else and found the sandcastle dies. They were coloured with DO's, and the flags with markers. Next, the scene was layered onto a blue background, which matched the sea. I hope you will join me in the Challenge. There are Great prizes.
stamp - Waves,  Inkylicious
all other stamps - Magazine Freebies 
inks - Distress Oxide, too many to list sorry.
white pen - Uniball White pen
dies - Mini Tropical dies, Cut & Make (The Range)
markers - Spectrum Noir

Don't forget, we now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.

Two prizes from Craft Stash, paper pads and stamps

03 July 2024

Old? Pig! TMR

 Hi Everyone, my card today is for 

 OH! so much choice, but what design? In the end, I cased a card I did a while ago here.

I chose my pig and sentiment and took them into Silhouette. I sized them to fit a 6 x 6 inch card, and print and cut 3 layers of each, and also cut was a brown layer for the sentiment.  Next, I glued the sentiment layers together, and coloured the pig with DI's and added 3D gloss to his eyes.  That was when I realised, there would be no background, as you can tell, I don't plan my cards, they all evolve.

Searching my files for "farm", I found an enclosure and a background, that would be suitable for it. I layered them in PS and printed them out to fit the card, then fussy cut around the image. It was placed onto the base card, the pig was 3D'd and the sentiment was attached to the card. 
pig - Beccy's Place
inks - Distress inks, tattered rose, tea dye, ripe persimmon, vintage photo, aged mahogany, I took a lead from Beccy to colour him.
3D gloss - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
barn, background and insert farm - Hugware 2005
insert sentiment - my own
font -  Coffyan


01 July 2024

Cow card & box CCC

 Hi Everyone, my DT cards today is for -

Critter Crazy

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter.

Something different today, a card and a box. I had this image amongst others a while ago and decided to use it. I printed it out, and die cut it, first cutting the ears to go outside the frame. After cutting, I added it to black card using 3D pads to lift the ears. I found some paper in my files and printed it fit a 5x7inch card. Then layered both onto black card. The sentiment I have had copied from somewhere, a long time ago. I arranged it in Photoshop and printed it out, then using the same die, cut it the same width as the cow image, added it to black card. All then attached to the base card. 

The milk box, again something I have had a long while, but I thought it would match the card, so off to my old Silhouette, cut the outer box in white card, then the black "tube" to fit inside the box. They were then put together.  A fun pair.
cow image - CreativeFabrika Funny Cows Clip Art 2024
paper -   Hugware 2007
milk box - So Fontsy, Silhouette School 2021
sentiment die cut - Card Making Magic

23 June 2024

Elegant lady?

 Hi everyone, I want to thank you all for your suggestions on remembering birthdays, that I asked about a few weeks ago. I think I'll try a couple, at least one of them should work ay?

My card today was for one of my SiLs, I saw this file recently and had to have it, I followed the suggested colours, but changed them slightly.

The whole file was taken into my Silhouette and I cut each piece out. Putting them together, I inked some edges. It was quite straight forward, like die cuts, when I put the pieces together on my desk first. I was lucky to find in my paper pads a similar pattern for the collar and sleeves. The grey pieces are silver mirror card. 

I wanted some sort of sentiment and found one that I had bought in a recent sale, just perfect methinks. I couldn't add it to the curved section of the main card, so stamped it on the same card, cut to fit, and added it to the corner.

I know a lot of you won't understand my liking for my Silhouette, but I love it, and appreciate how it can cut any size I want. I only hope my SiL will like the card.

SVG file - Dreaming Tree - Maisy
papers - Make & Create and Craft Sensations
mirror card - The Range
stamp - Spellbinders - Shopping Run Sentiments

18 June 2024

Fabulous Florals WLSC


   Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month, the 15th Anniversary of the challenge, we would love to see your cards with the theme from Brenda -

Fabulous Florals.

The lovely buttercup stamp was stamped onto white card, and then coloured with DI's. Next I stamped it again and fussy cut the flowers, then shaped them and went to add them to the card, but, decided it needed something else, so I stencilled 2 stencils, recently bought, one in yellow and one in green. I wanted a sentiment, so looked through my stamps and found one that I thought suited, and stamped it onto the card in black to match the flowers. 

Another decision, I felt it should have a base, so went looking for a paper that would suit. I use the search option a lot in my files, and this time searched for yellow paper. This was amongst them, although it's more green than yellow, it suited, it was printed and cut to size, then I attached it to the base card. The stamped layer was attached to the card, and then the extra flowers were added to the card. Next, I added gems to 3 of the flowers.

 buttercup stamp - Stamps by Me
sentiment stamp - Magazine freebie, Simply Cards & Papercraft #230
 dp - Designs by Brigit 2012
black ink - Stazon 
ink - Distress Inks, fossilized amber, squeezed lemonade
stencils - unmarked Amazon
The insert was done in Photoshop, with the same paper backing the stamped flowers. I asked Google for a simple birthday verse and this was the first it came up with. I chose a similar font to the stamped sentiment. I had some buttercups in my files and added them to the paper and sentiment. Outlining them in black to copy the stamped flowers. Should have used the stamp though. Oh! well, next time!
dp as above
buttercups - Toni McLeland 2007
font - Almondia

 Don't forget, we now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.
 Our prizes this month

10 June 2024

Floral birthday

 Hi Everyone, I had a quick card to do, as usual! I used to have a great desktop calendar, that showed me on the screen a birthday and a month before too, so I had plenty of time to make a card. However, I now have Google Calendar and not impressed, although it comes up with the information, I then go on to something and forget until the last moment. Maybe it's just an old age thing, but I wish they would have updated my old calendar.

Anyhow, back to my card, as I said a quick one, I took a tip from the We Love Stamping Challenge and used florals, no stamping though. 
  Fabulous Florals


I have this gorgeous digital paper in my files, so I printed it and die cut it to fit the card. I then die cut another layer of pink card to layer the floral onto. Next I took a butterfly die and cut it out of the same pink card and die cut a sentiment from blue card. 
digital paper -  Font Bundles -free craft bundle flowers 2015
butterfly die - Cut & Make?
sentiment die - Cut & Make

I then went into PS and made an insert, by enlarging the floral paper to the size of the card, next adding 2 white squares. I then added a butterfly to one and a sentiment onto the other, printed it out and cut it to size, card done.