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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

{PIN}spirational: Baby Boy

Hello crafty friends!

A special welcome to my two new followers, Leanne and Dr Sonia!

Today I'm sharing my DT post for 

Each challenge runs for two weeks and has a photo for inspiration.
There are just a few rules and these can be found on the sidebar of the {PIN}spirational blog. Any project is welcome as long as it is inspired by the photo.

Here is the delightful photo for the current challenge #175:


The sponsors for this challenge are 

All Dressed Up 


and 

Melonheadz


One of my friends is expecting a baby boy towards the end of October, so I made this card with her and her joyful bundle in mind.

I used the one of the sponsor's images for the inside of the card.

Here is my card front:



I used an image called Baby Bear from Prettygrafixdesign, which I coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. I kept the colour palette soft and neutral, using light tans, grey and baby blues. The image was fussy cut leaving a thin white border.

The background papers are from the Blissful Cotton paper pads by Anna Marie Designs. The base card was distressed around the edges and inked. The spotted paper was cut using the largest Cheery Lynn Pierced Banner die. The image was attached to the banner on foam pads; and the banner was added to the base on foam pads to give plenty dimension. 



The bunting flags were made by using the smallest Cheery Lynn Pierced Banner die and cutting the flags to a suitable size. The letters to spell out the baby's name were stamped using wooden block alphabet stamps and Vintage Photo TH distress ink. I don't mind that the edges of the rubber stamps show, as I think it adds to the shabby chic nature of the card. The flags were glued to twine and, when dry, attached to the top of the card with Pinflair Gel Glue and foam pads beneath each flag. Tiny twine bows were added at each end of the bunting.

The 'waste' from die cutting the flags was added along the bottom edge of the card.

This is the inside of the card using  All Dressed Up's 'A Star is Born' image which you can find here:



The baby bear images were coloured with Spectrum Noir markers and glued onto the strips of patterned paper. Shadows were added beneath each bear.  A piece of cotton lace was added at the top of the page and the sentiment was die cut and attached to the middle of the card. The stars were coloured and  sprinkled with holographic glitter. Two tiny hearts finished off my card.

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart #129 AG 30/9
Craft Your Passion #331 AG 30/9
Crafty Friends #41 Special Occasion 7/10
The Pencil Case #29 AG 8/10
Crafting With Friends #28 AG 6/10
Simply Papercrafts #37 AG 6/10
Crafty Girls Creations #26 AG 6/10
Deep Ocean Challenge #138 AG 4/10

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Witching Hour

Hello crafty friends and followers!

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Gecko Galz September challenge where the theme is 'The Witching Hour'. 


I found the background paper on the Gecko Galz Pinterest board under 'free monthly papers'. The image was also free from one of the DT posts on the Geko Galz blog - you can find it here. Thanks, Dana!

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers, then applied glitter to the witches dress and hat. I then fussy cut around her leaving a small white border.


The backing paper had ribbon tied around the left edge before it was adhered to black card. The image was added on foam pads for some dimension. The sentiment was found from a Google search, printed onto white card then matted onto black card and attached on foam pads too. To finish off, I added some black die cut branches.

My card was winner at Incy Wincy Designs and in the Top 3 at Angies Digital Stamps!

                

Don't forget to add yourself to the draw for my blog candy. 

You can find out how HERE.




Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Gecko Galz September - The Witching Hour 1/10
Open Minded Crafting September - Halloween 9/10
Scrap N' Challenge Halloween 14/10
Angie's Digital Stamps #1 AG 30/9
Incy Wincy Designs #19 Things that Fly 1/10
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #164 AG 9/10


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Thursday, 22 September 2016

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie: Game Boy

Hello crafty friends!

A special warm welcome to Fit Kitty, MaryH and Megan J, my newest followers - I'm so happy to have you here!

Today I'm delighted to share my first post as part of the DT for
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie.


Every two weeks we are given a fantastic cookie photo to spark our imagination and this is the current one:


I immediately thought of my teenage nephew, Callum, who loves his computer games, and his birthday is this week, so I made my card especially for him.

The generous sponsors for this challenges are:

and


My card was placed in Top 3 at Unicorn Challenge.


Here is my card:


I used an image from one of our sponsors,  Bugaboo, which you can find here
It was coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The papers are from the Wildflower paper pad by Trim Craft. I matted each layer with black card for some extra definition. The banner is the largest of the Cheery Lynn Pierced Banner dies and the frame for the image was made using two of the Cottage Cutz Stitched Rectangle dies. I built up the frame by glueing together card and paper and edged it in black ink. The sentiment is die cut and mounted on black card which was 'bumped' above and below to give a shadow effect (and this also made it sturdier and easier to read).
The image in its frame was popped onto foam pads, whilst the sentiment overlapped the picture frame and needed foam dots to support it on the side.



Now it's over to you. The challenge runs until 5th October.  Please pop over to the 
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie
challenge blog to check out the lovely designs by the rest of the DT. 

We would love for you to take part in the challenge!

Ohhh...and don't forget to add yourself to the draw for my blog candy. 
You can find out how HERE.


Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Lets Create #117 - Spots or Stripes 2/10
Die Cuttin Divas #284 - Happy Birthday 25/9
Unicorn Challenge #13 - Happy Birthday 30/9   TOP 3
Digistamps4joy #128 - AG with colour twist 30/9
Love To Scrap #86 AG 2/10
Love To Craft #2 AG 30/9
Just Keep On Creating September AG 30/9

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Inkilicious Scenes

Hello

And a special hello to Nikki Car, my latest follower.

I've been having a play with some Inkilicious goodies.  
Here is one of the cards I made:


I started by using Ink Dusters to put Memento inks onto Art Card which is smooth and silky and allows for quick and easy blending.  Then I stamped one of the scenes from the Picture Perfect set in Ranger Jet Black Archival ink. The image was cut to size and the edges inked. 
The background paper is from a paper pad by Deco Time. It is slightly glittered, but that doesn't show up on the photo. 
 The image was adhered on foam pads and a glittered sentiment from Papermania was added. I decided to leave the card at that, so that it is suitable for either a male or female.



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Thanks for stopping by today.
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I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations #163 AG
Crafting From The Heart #128 AG
The Paper Girls #112 Nature
Addicted To Stamps #131 Trees/Branches/Leaves
Stamping Sensations September - One for the Boys

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

ATC: Getting Ready for Halloween

Hello!

A very warm welcome to my latest followers, Jane Willis and Elena Moskeleva.
And also Lisa Dryden who's following on Google +

Here is an ATC that I made for this week's challenge at Wicked Wednesday, where the theme is 'Getting Ready For Halloween'.

I don't really go in for scary, I prefer cute and whimsical!



I used distress inks (Crushed Olive and Spiced Marmalade) and a blending tool for the background, then stencilled some patterns and inked the edges. I drew a hand drawn border and a spider and web was added in one corner.
The images are from Vera Lane Studio. The 'scary' pumpkin was a free image for Facebook subscribers and the cat is from the Cats and Crocks set. They were coloured with markers and Glossy Accents was applied to their eyes. The pumpkin was set onto some gauze on foam pads and the beads to spell "Boo" were attached with Pinflair gel glue.

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge #227 Getting Ready For Halloween 20/9
Open Minded Crafting #9 - Halloween/Dress Up 9/10

Scrap N' Challenge Halloween 14/10
Melonheadz Hand Coloured Image 25/9
The Crafty Addicts #24 AG/Funny 27/9


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I read and appreciate all your comments. 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

{PIN}spirational: Mouse and Cupcake

Hello crafty friends!

It's another fine September day here in the NW of England. We had some thunderstorms yesterday, so now the air has cleared and it's warm and sunny. We need to enjoy it while it lasts!

Today I'm happy to be sharing my first post as part of the DT for 

Each challenge runs for two weeks and has a photo jto spark your inspiration.
There are just a few rules and these can be found on the sidebar of the {PIN}spirational blog. Any project is welcome as long as it is inspired by the photo.

Here is the photo for the current challenge #174 which runs until 26th September:


How adorable is this little mouse? And the cupcake looks soooo delicious!

The sponsor for this challenge is Limited Runs Digital Stamps
Thank you Nikki for your generosity!

  

I decided to use the current sketch, #15, from Paper Play Sketches as the layout for my card.

 

Here is what I made using Mouse 'n' Huge Cupcake:


I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers, blending out the colour on the mouse, as the one in the photo is very blonde. I added some glitter beads to the cupcake frosting.  The image was fussy cut leaving a thin white border.


The glittered papers are from Deco Time. I mounted the background paper on black card, then  die cut rectangles using a stitched rectangle die from Cottage Cutz. The centre banner was popped up on foam pads to give some dimension, as was the image and it's rectangle.


The sentiment is a Little Claire Design dinkie - it was stamped onto a small tag which was  die cut from the XCut tag set.

Please pop over to the 
blog to check out the designs by the rest of the DT. 

We would love for you to take part in the challenge!

Don't forget to add yourself to the draw for my blog candy. 
You can find out how HERE.


Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Paper Play Sketches Sketch 15

Everybody Art Challenge #380 AG  19/9
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #127 AG  18/9
Craft Your Passion #329 AG 18/9
Sparkle 'N' Sprinkle Creative Challenges September AG: Use loose glitter 29/9
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #41 AG 17/9
Sunday Stamps #135 Happy Colours 23/9

I'd really love some feedback :)      
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Gothic Arch: Gecko Galz

Hello from a warm and sunny September day in NW England!

I'd like to warmly welcome my latest followers: June Fletcher, Kath Buckell, Liz Cavill, Lisa Dryden and Valerija Pucsic. 
Thank you for your support, ladies! 

It really is a beautiful day, the weather office says it will be the warmest September day in these parts for half a century!  However, the sunlight is changing as we approach our autumn, and I'm finding it more and more difficult to get clear, sharp photos of my makes.

Anyhow, today I'm showing a Gothic Arch I made using Gecko Galz digital collage sheets. This is for one of the Gecko Galz Facebook challenges this month.

I don't really go in for the heavy, dark, gothic style, so my creation is based on shape only; and I chose some lovely autumnal colours.


Aren't the fox and little squirrel just gorgeous? I love vintage dressed animal images!

  I had to resize most of the images. First I made a digital collage. I printed it out and backed it on sturdy cardboard, then added a back door! 



Next I printed out the elements, fussy cut them and added them on foam pads/Pinflair Glue Gel to give a 3D effect. The edges of all images were inked in Vintage Photo and the doorway and arch was distress with ink too.


The images I used are:
The beautiful sunflower came from a free monthly collage sheet that all Gecko Galz Scrapbooking newsletter subscribers can receive.

Don't forget to add yourself to the draw for my blog candy. 
You can find out how HERE.



Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Gecko Galz Facebook Challenge September Gothic Arch Challenge

Artistic Inspirations Challenges #163 AG 18/9

Make My Monday #30 - Autumn/Fall Colours 25/9

Whoopsie Daisy September - Autumnal Colours 2/10

613 Avenue Create #189 AG with twist of Autumnal Colours 30/9

Creative Corner Challenges Woodland Creatures 16/9


I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

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