25 September 2023

Motobike stamping

 Hi Everyone, I saw a stamp on someones blog and had to buy it, we have a few old bikers and new bikers in our family, so thought it would come in useful. 

I stamped the bike then die cut it. I looked through everything to see if I had some tyres, the only thing I found was this frame, which is an image from a digi kit. It was sized it to fit behind the bike die cut, in Photoshop, then printed out and fussy cut. 

Some silver card was embossed and die cut from the same set I did the motorbike layer. I inked both die cut layers around the edge. They were all layered and attached to the base card. I then stamped the sentiment die cut it and 3D'd it to the corner of the bike stamp layer.

stamps - Indigo Blue "Ride Along"
tyre frame - Lindsay Jane "In the fast lane" digi kit
inks - Distress Oxide, lost shadow
dies - Sue Wilson, Noble squares
silver card - The Range
embossing folder - Craftwell Modern Stripe

22 September 2023

A different Thank You

 Hi Everyone, something you wouldn't normally think about today, but my "quirky" sense of humour made me do it. 

The family decided to spruce up my Grandparents and Mother's grave, it was so black, it was impossible to read the headstone. It was done last week and was like new, we were all so thrilled with it. Anyhow, I decided to give a little thank you to everyone at the stonemason's, as I didn't know how many worked there, I decided to do 6. I thought maybe it would be about that. I know that Funeral Directors and Stonemasons have a good sense of humour, because I knew one a few years ago, and she told me a few things, but that's beside the point.

My idea was, these, I hope it doesn't offend anyone here, but they had a good laugh when I gave them, I hope you can have a chuckle too. I used a paper pad and cut them with my Silhouette. I cut a strip of card and stamped the sentiment, but I had cut it too close to the edge, before I die cut the label, I don't think they noticed as they were laughing a lot. As you can see they are coffins, well it's nearly Halloween and I don't do anything Halloween because we have no callers. A bite size Twix was placed inside, for their coffee break. It's the thought that counts?

paper - The Range
coffin template - Birds Cards
stamp - Uniko
ink - Whispers Pigment Ink
label die - magazine freebie
twine - stash

18 September 2023

Tree/Leaves midmonth WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping 
the theme this month being "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves"

 I saw a tree card a while ago and saved it, as I thought it gorgeous, and would give me practice at shading. 

I started off choosing what colours to use for the circles, after viewing a few mixes of DO's on the web, I decided on this Autumnal scheme. A circle was die cut out of card, and I used it to blend the colours onto the card. 

Next, I stamped the trees and the sentiment in gold ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  

Then I added the stamped layer to a piece of gold card and layered them onto the main card. 
Quite simple, but I'm pretty happy with myself at shading the colours. The trees stand out more in real life.

stamp - trees, Magazine freebies 
sentiment - John Next Door
inks - Distress Oxide, squeezed lemonade,spiced marmalade,wilted violet
circle die - Tonic
gold card - stash
showing shine of embossing

A fabulous prize for the Winner, it's from
 AALL and Create, A4 stamp set Plant your Dreams

The theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves", but most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.

16 September 2023

Thank You card

 Hi Everyone, I'm hoping you have better weather than us today, we have had rain, although it stopped dried up and came down again, and it's quite chilly too, a real Autumnal day in this part of Wales.

I had a “Thank You” card to make for a lovely blog friend who helped me out with an image she stamped and sent to me for birthdays due next year. It was perfect for the men it goes to. Many thanks, you know who are you are.

I inked an embossing folder and, and as it had a heart die cut centre design, I put it at an angle, it wasn't as successful inking as I wanted. This is the best, the third time of trying. 

I had seen the sentiment stamp and bought it a while ago, because I thought it conveyed the thanks beautifully, in the lovely, twirly, special design. 

The embossing folder was inked with DO's matching the gold, I hoped, and as I said, placed onto the card diagonally, then I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold, isn't it gorgeous? I added the layer to gold mirror card and then onto the base card. Quite simple, I wish it had been that simple to do, how do you ladies get such perfect inking on your embossing folder?  

embossing folder - Magazine freebie SC&P
ink pad -  Distress Oxide mustard seed
sentiment stamp - Inkylicious
embossing powder - Altenew Antique gold
gold card - The Range


13 September 2023

60th Anniversary

 Hi Everyone, well the heat has broken, why was I complaining? Now I miss it! I suppose the upside is, we don't have to water the garden.

One of my old work colleagues celebrated her 60th Wedding Anniversary and this is the card I made for her.

I went looking for a heart and found this in my stash, a NBUS, I've not got any identity for it, so if anyone knows, I can edit and add the information here. Anyhow, I started with embossing the outer edge, another NBUS, both had for at least 3 years, then stamped the sentiment and die cut the heart and 60 twice. Then layered them together and added them to the embossed card. I cut a silver layer for it, then added them to the main card. Only then did I decide to add gems and as the hole was too large for the silver gems, I added a pearl. Not sure that it's right, but? I also added silver glitter gel pen to the tiny flowers and the bottom of the centre heart. 

The envelope sentiment, which I have meant to show before, was sent with a prize I received from The Snippets Playground. I love it and use it on most of my envelopes. I couldn't get a good photo of the card standing up, so used the one I laid the card onto the envelope.

embossing folder - Crafters Companion
heart die - unknown
sentiment stamps - Magazine freebie
number die - First edition
gems - stash
silver card - The Range
silver glitter pen - Uniball
In case some of you don't know NBUS means Never-Before-Used-Schtuff!
 Darnell coined the acronym NBUS in 2013

10 September 2023

Something different!

 Hi Everyone, are you still enjoying the heat? I think it will help us go into cooler temperatures and Autumn easier, we’ll be glad of cooler temperatures? I've decided to stay in a cooler zone, my North facing craft room.

Anyhow, a win prompted my card today, Leslie at Love to Scrap, offered some digital images by My Scrapchick and I was lucky enough to win them. It's only now I have been able to use one. I love the colours and the quirky images. I decided to fussy cut, ugh!, I was so brave, the large flower, the yellow leaf and 2 of the small "lemon" flower with their stems and leaves. Then decided to stamp some quirky stamps I have in random areas.  Next, I added a sentiment to the lemon flower. The flowers, and leaves were layered with 3D pads. 
I don't think I have added stamps, apart from sentiments, to digital backgrounds before, but thought the stamps suited it. They were all layered onto black card and attached to the base card.
image - My Scrapchick
stamps - Polkadoodles

06 September 2023

Leaves TMR

 Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for -

What a great subject, especially this time of year. I decided to use dies this time. I had in my head gold and black, so off to get gold card, one shiny, one matt and one rose gold. Next, I cut the black card with a bottom layer and a shaped layer. After cutting various leaves out of each gold card, I added them to the black shape in various colours and designs. 
I then stamped the sentiment and framed it in rose gold. I felt the card needed more, so I stencilled some leaves and embossed them with gold embossing powder, not being fussy on whether they were full leaves, I just wanted a simple layer behind the main leaves. Just adding the layered leaves and sentiment and the card was done.   
all leaf shapes and stencil - magazine freebies
all gold card - The Range
embossing powder - Altenew Antique Gold
sentiment & sentiment die - - Julie Hickey

02 September 2023

Trees/Leaves WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping 
the theme this month being "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves"


I have quite a few leaf/leaves stamps, so decided to use a couple of them today in different  ways.

I cased a card from a magazine that I have a subscription for. The leaves were stencilled in different colours, Distress Oxide base with fossilised amber, adding shading of lucky clover and peeled paint, then I heat embossed the leaves. Next, I shaded the background with dusty concord. I layered it onto a similar shade card and shaded it with dusty concord. 

The leaf stamp was then stamped, with lime green, with a very old Whisper pigment ink, onto white card. I then added a purple shade of the same ink for the stamped sentiment and die cut with a Tonic die. This was layered onto the same purple card, again shaded with dusty concord.

A few spare leaf dies also coloured with shading of the leaves and added onto the corner. Now I look at it, I wonder why I did it? Oh! Well, too late now!

stamps - Chloes, Simply cards & Papercraft #217 
stencil - from the same magazine
inks - Distress Oxide 
Whisper pigment Ink
dies - Tonic

The theme of your entry can be any of your choosing and we would love to see "Anything stamped, option, Trees/Leaves", but most important is that the focal element is hand stamped as our preference (or digital). A small added sentiment or other element to an otherwise non stamped card will be ineligible and may be deleted.

 Another fabulous prize this month from AALL and Create
 A4 stamp set Plant your Dreams

01 September 2023

Bunnies CCC

   Hi Everyone, my DT cards today is for -

Critter Crazy

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

I've had this card in my mind since I won the stamps at Uniko, but, just couldn't get it together. Then going through my paper pads, I came across the bunny paper, which led to the colours on this card. I followed this sketch.
FTH 160

I stamped the bunnies onto matching card, and one, using the same pad I found the bunny paper. I stamped the plain bunnies with white ink, then clear embossed them. The patterned one was stamped and embossed in silver ink. They were then fussy cut. I added "tails" to them and a bow for the patterned bunny.

I die cut a piece of card and then die cut a smaller piece matching the sketch. The bunnies were 3D'd onto the smaller piece and then attached to the larger piece. Next, I stamped the sentiment and die cut it out, adding a tiny piece of the banner paper behind the heart.

The banner was die cut at the top to match the base layer, I then cut it into an arrow shape. This was attached to the larger die cut piece and placed onto the main card. The smaller die cut, with the bunnies, was placed onto the banner shape. The sentiment was placed beneath the bunnies. Quite simple really, but why did it take so long? Nearly three hours! Anyhow, here's the card.

paper pad - Craft Sensations Kids
stamps - Uniko
 dies - Card Making Magic
sentiment stamp hoppy - Uniko
sentiment stamp birthday - Altenew 
sentiment die - Julie Hickey
pom poms - The Works


I hope to see you at the Challenge, don't forget animals to the fore!