05 August 2020

Our Birthday TMR #141

Hi Everyone it's our 7th birthday and our challenge for this month is 
Yep! you've guessed it - Birthday 

Jane our fab Admin lady has added this to the challenge.

We're thrilled to be able to offer two awesome prizes to help get this party started. 

Sarah from Funky Fossil has very generously offered a £25.00 credit to her store for the first randomly drawn winner. 

And I'm offering a £15.00 credit to Funky Fossil's store for the second randomly drawn winner.

Two chances to win, how awesome is that?!! All you need to do is create a masculine birthday card and link it up to our gallery to be in with a chance to win.

A nice easy challenge for everyone, we all have a man in our lives whose birthday is in the next few months? I made this for our next door neighbour who is lawn mad, he also enjoys a chuckle, so I hope he enjoys this. He better had, I used the last piece of this particular paper with only pieces left of the pad boo hoo. It was for a good cause though!

card design - Silhouette Design Store ID #291996 Jamie Lane Designs
I made it bigger following this video Mixed Up Craft
paper - Craft Sensations
lawn - Dovecraft card
mirror card - The Range
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

03 August 2020

'Orsey #4

Hi Everyone, well this is my final pony/horse card to show you, I have so enjoyed them and their cuteness. I had made and cut a stencil out of card, you'll find it here. I layered twice from the cut 300gsm card and used it as an embossing folder. 

As you can see I have debossed and embossed, I wish I could say it was deliberate! I had an idea to just add the embossing to the inside edge of the card, but it debossed, so I thought I would turn the cut card stencil the other way and emboss, adding red strips, hides the join! I also added some of those horseshoes that were cut to make the stencil and embossing folder.  I'm pretty happy the way it turned out.
image - Ice Cream Pony - Hetty Clare
coloured - Distress inks
embossing folder - my own
red card - Crafters Companion  
sentiment - the web

Here are the 4 again, all made including the cut stencil

01 August 2020

Christmas Robin 2 CCC

Hi Everyone, I have 2 DT cards today this the second 

41st challenge

Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful 

I decided to use this image as we have a resident Robin in the garden. I printed it out on watercolour card, one with a border and one without.  I started watercolouring and after the first image, I ended up printing another 5 and doing the 6 in no time, I was so pleased with the result, I left it as a CAS card, I was impatient to get it made into a card straight away to see the finished article. I also added 3D glaze to the berries and the robin's eye.
watercolour card - Windsor & Newton
inks - Distress inks
sentiments - Crafters Companion and Card Making Magic mag freebies, 
gold mirror card - stash
banner paper - First Edition
Nuvo Crystal Glaze

The A5 size cards have an added banner and a different sentiment and the smaller square centre was printed onto white card and splattered with black ink, with the same check paper added as background.

has a challenge that we are partnering, it's
"Dog Days of Summer"
"Embossing - hot or dry" 
using a dog or other favorite animal.

Well as my Robin is a joy when he pops up at the food feeder, I guess he is my favourite animal. So here is my card with dry embossing on the background papers, I know it's not a Summer card, but our Robin is around a lot now.
 AND! after seeing the glitter glue result on this card I added it to the others also.
Robin - Sheepski Designs
coloured with Distress inks
papers - Janiscrap Designs
embossing folders - Crafters Companion 
glitter glue - Stickles
die - Tonic

Moose be August

Hi Everyone, my first post for today and it's for the
 New challenge at QKR and it's my DT card
We will select two winners each week 1 using QKR Stampede
 or Eureka Stamps image and 1 using any image!

We have changed our challenge to the 1st of every month for the Summer,
 on a trial basis but, it's still Anything Goes.

Anything Goes every 1st of the month

My card today is VERY simple, I saw the image and didn't think with the character face it needed anything but a sentiment!  I hope you think so too. 
coloured - Distress inks
fussy cut with layered antler and image 3D'd
googly eyes - stash
teeth - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
sentiment - computer generated, and fussy cut.

30 July 2020

Paint stripes?

Hi Everyone, I hope you have had some lovely sunshine as we have had. So good to sit out again in the sun and warmth, after having Autumnal weather of late.

My card today came about after seeing a video by Toni Darroch and me thinking I can do that! well, it's not as intended in the video, but my version. I thought I'd use different colours to what I usually use and here it is. I painted stripes, not as straight as they should be! in the matching colours. I stamped the image and the sentiment with Distress ink, painting out a little of the stamped flowers and then clear embossed. I finished with Crystal drops

stamps - Made With Love, Stamps By Me
distress inks - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Nuvo Drops
brown card - stash

28 July 2020

Home and hobby!

Hi Everyone, I had to show you this,  my #3 brother gave me this orchid last December, it was in glorious flower, but just a week later they all fell off and as my previous experience with orchids was dreadful,  I thought that was the end of it, but I talked nice to it, fed and watered it and leaves started appearing, then a side shoot and this week it rewarded me with a beautiful flower and a promise of more to come I am so thrilled. I feel like I have won the lottery, well maybe not, but you know what I mean LOL.
Here it is. 

The orchid spurred me into action, I have had a digital die file for quite a while and have been trying to get floristry wire and tape to make it. Last week I finally bought them after lockdown. 

The file was quite daunting, but had good instructions, I cut all the pieces out, actually cut more than I needed, but they were all used in the end. I put them all in sizes on my desk and that was it, I got too afraid to start! Yep! how silly is that? 

Anyhow next day I inked the edges of each flower and buds and the leaves as a starter.  I read the instructions and started putting it all together, in the end it wasn't as bad as I thought, why do I get overwhelmed like that? They say face the fear, I did and it has worked out well and I like it! It took a few hours with great concentration, well I am getting older! Here's the result although for some reason the inking of the leaves can't be seen, the flowers are not much better, I really don't know why, unless it was the light I took it in, (not good!) they look great in real life. It's 15 inches high.

I tell you what those flower centres are tiny!
the wonky flower open bud has been corrected.

Creative Inspiration In the garden

26 July 2020


Hi Everyone, it's drizzling again and quite another Autumn day, although there is a sun break every so often that reminds us, there is sun behind those heavy dark grey clouds. We've been having too many of them, after being spoiled in Lockdown with great weather I miss it. I hope whatever your weather it is keeping you happy.

I was thrilled to hear our GNephew has graduated with a 2-1 and starts his Teaching in September. Of course I had to make a card and this is it.

I decided to use vinyl to add the design, for a change, after having freebie digital cut files to use which were perfect. Quite a simple card, I added paper to the card that has a silvered design then applied the design onto the paper, after having my Cameo to cut it out, the yellow "tassell" has been added twice to raise it a little. You just about see the sheen of the vinyl in the photo.

black vinyl - Greenstik
yellow vinyl - MDP
paper - a few years old! Papermania

this image can actually be used as a cut file or as a printed file, 
I decided to use it in it's printable form on the insert.