01 February 2023

Ant & apple CCC

Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each of them, this is for -

Critter Crazy

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

I have gone back to one of my favourite digi designers, sadly no longer trading. However I have a large amount of their images to keep me going.  The one I'm using today made me smile, so I had to use him. I also have other ants in my files and the circle is from one of them, it was just a perfect match. I designed it all in my Silhouette program, I print and cut the ant circle and my adorable ant with his apple and the sentiment, I found on the web. I cut an extra layer of the Ant, so I could colour it. The printed layer was then die cut. 

 I coloured him with DI's, 3D attached him to the printed layer, the circle was attached as it was. Quite a simple card, but it makes me smile. I hope it will you too.
Ant - Bugaboo
ant circle - KAagard
inks - Distress Ink antique linen, candied apple, mowed lawn, forest moss,mustard seed,
grass stencil - Funky Fossil 
Silhouette Cameo 

Come and join us in the challenge, ATG, but, don't forget animals only.


Nature TMR

Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each of them, this is for -
I love Nature in all forms, well maybe not spiders, but you know what I mean. Anyhow, after looking through my stamps, I decided to use a combination of company stamps and a cut file, you should know me by now, I'm an anything goes person with my crafting. Mix and match and all that.

I have a few birthdays within the family this and next month, so I am being prepared. I have been wanting to use the "boulder" stamp for a while, not knowing what to do, then looking through my stamps I saw this magnificent stag and thought he should be somewhere tall and be proud. That's what I hope he is. 

I went about this all wrong, I think, but got somewhere near to what I wanted. I stamped the stones first, then the stag, and realised I didn't have my background done, never mind, a few stencilled clouds and ink left on blending brushes were added to the background. The colours are pale ish, as I wanted the stag to be, as I said, standing proud. I added a simple sentiment and clear embossed it. The finished scene was then layered onto dark brown card.

I decided he should have at least one tree around him, so off to my Cameo and I cut a tree. I'm not a confident stamper and have problems making a scene etc.  However, I'm quite pleased with the result. 
boulder stamp - Chocolate Baroque
stag & sentiment - Magazine  Freebie
ink - Distress Oxide vintage photo, mustard seed, abandoned coral. Distress Ink peeled paint
tree - Pine Tree, Loni Harris, Silhouette design Store #4581 
all card - stash
Come join us at The Male Room, there is plenty of inspiration there to get you started. Men are always little boys, so start there?

Showers of Love QKR

Hi Everyone, I've been awol, for a few days, reason? I have been so busy, with different things. I hope to catch up now.

I have 3 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each of them, this is for -

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

 It's nearly Valentine's Day, so I decided to make a card for hubby. I chose the both images as they are what I feel. He has been a blessing through all the rain and cloudy times we have had in our lives. I selected blue for my card, as it represents the rain and the love with the hearts. Do I sound a romantic? Not really, just grateful for him. Although I am a Pisces, they are supposed to be Romantics and Dreamers.  Mmmmm.

I used both the cloud and hearts image, the sentiment and the "for you" I added below the sentiment in my Cameo program, then print and cut the card front. The cloud was printed and cut 3 times, it was layered and coloured it with DO. The background was shaded with the same colour, then all the hearts including the sentiment were coloured with a deeper blue DI, then I used 3D glaze on all the hearts. The front was then placed onto the main card. Quite simple, but I think the glaze has added a something!  Shame you can't see it.

digital stampsShowers of Love & Raining Hearts 
                                  (Eureka Stamps)     (Eureka Stamps)
inks - Distress Oxide - tumbling glass
Distress Ink - chipped sapphire
glaze -Nuvo Crystal Glaze
Cameo digital die cutting machine.

It would be lovely to see you at the ATG Challenge.

30 January 2023

Rushed birthday card

 A quickie post today.

OH! Dear me, another rushed panic card. I had completely forgotten my Great, Great Nieces birthday, she will be 4 this week. My old 'puter calendar reminded me 10 days in advance and was literally on my screen. I'm not impressed with my Google one, maybe because the quality of my old one, which wasn't suitable for Windows 11. Due to the state of the postal service at the moment, I had to get it into the post today. 

The first thing I think of when in a rush is my Cameo, and that what is what I used today. Colourful paper and an embossing folder. I added a gold overlay on the cake topper and star loops, and it was done. Although I also printed out an insert, I forgot to photograph in the rush. I just hope she gets it before her birthday and she likes it.

Number svg - Extraordinary Chaos
card - Craft Sensations 
embossing folder - Cuttlebug Birthday
gold mirror card - stash
gold lettering - mine

21 January 2023

Retirement Teacher

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all OK after all the awful extreme weather, worldwide, we have had in the last few weeks. 

My simple CAS card today, was for our nephew in law, who has retired from his Head of Creative Arts Teacher post. Although they have asked him to go back for 2 days a week! He has been very busy in the last 2 years helping his sons who have bought houses to do them up too. I think he deserves to take his time now. 

Anyhow, I typed the sentiment in Silhouette and cut the sentiment sheet and background. The image was then cut 3 times, I cut out the Retirement in 2 colours to match the pants and background paper. I had paper pieced the pants in Photoshop, so printed that out and fussy cut it as I forgot to add it to Silhouette duh! I then coloured him with DI's, added 3D glaze to his specs and layered the retirement pieces. All were added to the sentiment paper and to the card. 

I have shown you the insert, before printing. The apt Teacher resignation verse is from Craft-U-Print free verses.  I hope it's large enough for you to see.

image - Weekend Walter  Dr Digi 
inks - Distress Inks, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, abandoned coral, candied apple
3D glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
 dp - Dawn By Design 
verse - Crafts-U-Print
insert mugs - Hugware

18 January 2023

Favourite colours WLSC

Hi Everyone, my mid month DT card today is for We Love Stamping the theme being "Favourite Colours". 

Please share our challenge logo

My favourite colours are - anything, but I prefer bright! Love gold too, so here is a mixture of colour and gold glitter.

Something so different for me, I stamped the different snowflakes in different DI colours, I needed to fill a few spaces, so I looked through my stamps and found a generic stamp to fill them. It was then stamped in different colours also. Taking the outer die of the snowflake in the kit, I stamped inside it and added gold glitter pen to the outside of the die cut. It was 3D'd in the middle circle of one of the large snowflakes. The layer was then attached to gold glitter paper.  

stamps & die - Chloes Creative Cards. magazine freebie SCP 225
generic stamp - Chocolate Baroque
inks - Distress Inks. broken china, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, milled lavender, barn door, scattered straw, twisted citron, cracked pistachio.
gold glitter paper - Papermania 

 There are always fabulous prizes, why don't you join us at the My Favourite Colours Challenge? It lasts all January, the only criteria is, that stamping must be to the fore. Simple isn't it. 

 Can we please draw your attention to a change with regard to entries using Instagram. As this format does not offer the option to add a working link back to our challenge, in future they will not be eligible and deleted. We are doing this to be fair to the majority of entrants who do comply with this requirement.

My son was quite unwell last Saturday and after a couple of calls to 111, talking to a Paramedic, we were advised to take him to A&E. We got there at 5.45pm and after a lot of sitting, a heart trace, blood samples and X-Ray, with good news at the end of it, we got home Sunday morning at 6.45am, talk about being shattered doing nuffin! But try to put my son's mind to rest, it was exhausting. Only twelve and three-quarter hours. There were no ambulances outside, just 20 people with carers to add to the number. We all left about the same time, although a few people gave up the wait. I hope I don't have to go through that again in a hurry.

A joke with Alexa this week, I just had to add.

Question - What is the opposite of ironing? 

Answer -Wrinkling! 

 Have fun and enjoy the weekend

15 January 2023

Melted Snowman QKR

Hi Everyone, this is my DT card today for  

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I saw this wonderful snowman and had to colour him, I die cut the frame, the 3 layers of snowman and the sentiment with my Cameo, then on to colouring it all. The frame was using similar colours to this card, as I thought them happy colours. I shaded the background, then, coloured the snowman and added 3D glaze to his nose, he has to have a shiny nose doesn't he? He was layered and attached to the frame. I also layered and attached the sentiment. I hope you think he is as happy as I think he is, maybe the consumption of chocolate made him happy even if he is melting?

inks - Distress Oxide - shaded lilac, squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, worn lipstick, tumbled glass, hickory smoke, tumbled glass, peacock feathers 
3D glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze.