Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Karaoke Claus

It is time for another challenge for Team B at Through The Craft Room Door

The sponsor for this challenge is Dr. Digi's House of Stamps
There is a prize of 2 digital images from the store for the lucky winner.

I chose to work with this cool image Karaoke Claus. We have a long time friend who is a massive fan of a karaoke, has themed parties and sings regularly at a pub local to him. I thought it would make a fabulous Christmas card for him. He has the same greying facial hair too as Santa... not the paunch though!

The image has been coloured with a combination of Promarkers, Spectrum Noir and a Sharpie ultrafine black marker. 

I have used some black paper with silver sparkles for matting. The red patterned card is the inside of a Christmas card that I have recycled. The sparkly snowflake paper is a wrapping paper from Paperchase. It is a thick handmade paper with loads of glitter on it. This sheds quite a bit so I was covered in it. I don't mind as it just makes me more sparkly than normal. Hubby just laughs at me in despair sometimes LOL.

I love Crafter's Companion products and from time to time they do some amazing clearance bags with dies, stamps and embossing folders they are clearing out from their warehouse. The musical notes die came with this. It is quite large so I trimmed part of it down.

I used some Stickles glitter glue to highlight the treble clef and a Sakura clear glitter pen for the rest of the notes.  As a finishing touch I used a very old punch to cut some musical notes.

Our challenges at Through the Craft Room Door are always Anything Goes so easy to enter. I hope you will join us.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Dies - Christmas Carol - Crafter's Companion
Punch - Musical Note - EK Success Paper Shapers
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir, Sharpies
Embellishments - Stickles glitter glue, Sakura clear glitter pen

A Bit More Time To Craft - #120 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - #8 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments  – #257 Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - #192 Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers - #212 Anything Christmas Goes
Cute Card Thursday - #646 Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges - #44 For A Man (This is for a male friend Karaoke mad)
I Love Promarkers - #416 Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks - KCC #519 Stamp Act
Morgan’s Art World - #8 Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - #436 Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - #54 Anything Goes
Penny’s Challenge - #477 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Use Your Favourite Tool (Big Shot Die Cutter)
We Love 2 Create - #8 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - #450-451 Anything Goes

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Sarah's 50th Birthday Star Card


It was my next door neighbour's 50th Birthday a few days ago. Due to the Covid-19 situation the holiday abroad for her birthday was cancelled and the planned big party had to be downgraded to immediate family BBQ so her birthday wasn't quite the celebration it was intended. I made a special card for her that opens out like a big star.

The base of the card is 7 A6 gold card blanks that I stuck together to make it strong. The front and back were split at the seam and a piece of wide gold ribbon was used to bind the edges. The card is decorated on all sides and can be opened out to display like a star. (In hindsight I think it would have been better with an even number of pages, I will remember that for next time!)

The front section is decorated with a sentiment that came from an old Papermania paper pack. This has been distressed with an ink pad and glitter glue added to the spots. I added a little 3d sticker cupcake from a Forever Friends kit and a little vellum and bead butterfly sticker I had floating around without a home. A few months ago I picked up some foam silver glitter letters and numbers from Poundland for this project and they feature throughout the card.

Many of the elements that I used were coloured a long time ago. I have a flip photograph album that I keep stamped images that I have coloured ready to add to a relevant project. When I have had issues with mental health in the past I found I could not actually make cards. I feel a little bit of me goes into everything I make and don't like to pass the darkness on.  Art therapy is important to me and I able to colour, that has kept me occupied in some of my darkest times. It's weird now actually using some of these as I almost cannot remember being so depressed. I've come a long way since then :)

For this section I used a rubber stamped image Cheesecake Wish from Penny Black. This was coloured in with Twinkling H20's and Stickles glitter glue added to the floating seeds. I matted the image onto black card.

The sentiment was perfect for this as it is traditional to make a wish when you blow the seeds of a dandelion head.  I added a scrap of co-ordinating paper and some of the foam glitter letters.

For this next section I recycled some elements that I had received in a card some years ago. I simply added some of the glitter number stickers and used a ultrafine Sharpie pen to write the 'th'

This section is made using a card front that was made from a forum swap a good few years ago. We used to make them and swap them round so people could use them to make quick cards. I never could bring myself to use it as it came so often would use elements from it to use in a different way.  I trimmed some of the paper to use on the opposite side and added some pearls to the border and some glitter to the hat.

The cake is an old digistamp from Pink Petticoat and was coloured with Promarkers in brown and pink to co-ordinate. The foiled sentiment has been recycled from a shop bought card.

The stamped image is Birthday Dog from Penny Black and has been coloured with pencils. I matted this and the sentiment onto red card and used the remaining scrap of black paper used earlier as it co-ordinated so well with the die.

The die is Birthday Cake from Crafter's Companion. A lady was selling a load of dies in a de-stash group on Facebook and I loved how unusual & graphic it is. I am always on the lookout for things that will work well on male cards and snapped it up. Considering how intricate it is it cuts perfectly. I added a red gel pen to the candle 'flames', some more of the glitter letters and an epoxy domed sticker I have had for years.

Both the image and sentiment on this section have been recycled from a handmade card I received. I simply matted onto gold and black card.

The champagne shaker bottle is a stamp and die combo Prosecco Celebration from Crafter's Companion. I have used tiny silver star sequins for the majority of the shaker element and some gold champagnes glass sequins. I added more of the glitter stickers for the 50 and some gem bubbles. The champagne cork has been cut 4 times and layered. I added some thin wire to emulate the basket you get to hold the cork in the bottle. Both sentiments are included in this set.

This last full section includes a digital stamp Stella Birthday One More Candle from Bugaboo Stamps. This was coloured a long time ago with Promarkers. It's quite interesting to see how much my colouring skills have improved since then. I added an epoxy sticker sentiment and a digi banner that was coloured to match.

The Forever Friends is a decoupage sticker, added to a scrap of paper and I distressed the edge with a black ink pad to match the candle on the sentiment that is from a Hot Off the Press Birthday Sentiments pad.

The back section has a free digistamp from Kates Crafty Corner. The blog has not been updated for some time but there are some useful freebies over there so worth a visit.

This is the gift box that I have packed it into. I lined it with some metallic gold tissue paper.

I gave Sarah a beautiful David Austin rose Wisley 2008 as I wanted her to have something she could watch growing year after year. I know she loves roses and the DA ones are particularly good. We bought a 25th Anniversary one for them a couple of years ago and this year the flowers from it are huge, it is growing really well and healthy.

She remarked how the fragrance from keeping it indoors overnight was gorgeous. I particularly chose it for the fragrance so I'm glad she liked it too. I think it is such a shame when they look pretty but don't have a fragrance.

If you have read to the end I thank you from the bottom of my heart and you probably deserve an award!

The whole point of this card was what I love most about handmade cards, to make something unique and personal for the recipient. This is the biggest project I have made for some time and Sarah loved it which is the most important thing to me.

Card Details -

Size - 7 x A6 Cards to make a star shape

Rubber Stamps - Cheesecake Wish & Birthday Dog by Penny Black,

Digital Stamps - Stella Birthday One More Candle by Bugaboo Stamps, Sentiment by Kates Crafty Corner, Cake from Pink Petticoat (retired ranges)

Dies - Birthday Cake & Prosecco Celebration by Gemini/Crafter's Companion

Colouring Mediums - Pencils, Twinkling H20's, Promarkers

Embellishments - Gems, Epoxy stickers, sequins, glitter glue, glitter number & letter stickers from Poundland

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Glitter Snowflake Blue

I have had these large silver glittered snowflakes for some time. The are supposed to be Christmas tree decorations but I just thought they would look fabulous on a card.

The latest sketch 620 from Sketch Saturday is the perfect layout for this snowflake. 

I used a sheet of silver mirror card for the base and layered some blue snowflake paper onto it leaving a silver border. 

I recently purchased a fabulous embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. It is such a useful background and I wanted to use it in a different way than a card I made recently.

The central panel is another embossed piece but for this one I cut it so the starburst was centred. I added the snowflake by cutting little slits in the card and attaching with some thin silver wire. The snowflakes are so full of glitter I felt this was a more secure way of attaching that any glue would have been. This back panel was then added to a mat of more of the silver card.

I added a few clear gems in 2 different sizes and a glitter sentiment that has been recycled from a shop bought card.

I am really pleased with how this card has turned out. It is very clean for one of my designs. I just love the very graphic nature of the sparkly snowflake against the blues.

I got absolutely covered in glitter too :)

Card Details -


Size - A5

Embossing Folder - Confetti Burst by Crafter's Companion

Punch - Treading Water by Fiskars

Embellishments - Self adhesive Gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


Tuesday, 28 July 2020


It is time for another challenge for Team B at Through The Craft Room Door

The sponsor for this challenge is Beccy's Place
There is a prize of $10 to spend on digital images from the store for the lucky winner.

It is no secret to anyone who follows my blog that I adore Beccy's images and have worked with them many times both for design teams and my own pleasure.

I decided to work with the main image and a sentiment from the Poinsettias Set. I think I must be changing as I get older as I used to hate Poinsettias with a vengeance, I don't really know why as I love flowers but couldn't stand these.  Paul's Grandma always used to have them and they lasted for months. As I have got older I can see that they are a welcome bit of colour in the dull Winter months.

Anyhoo, when I was looking at Beccy's images I went into my own wishlist and instantly knew this cluster and sentiment would make a lovely Christmas card for a lovely old couple who live a few doors down. They love my cards and still have a butterfly card I made for them a few months ago on display so I know this will be well received by them.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers adding lots of shading in different tones. I added a very pale yellow border around it as I knew I was going to cut it out. There is so much detail in the image I felt it better to leave a small border around the intricate areas to make it pop out better against the card background.

I used the latest sketch 244 from Feeling Sketchy for the layout and rotated it to suit my purpose.

I knew when I looked at the image I had the perfect die for the background which is Festive Flowers from Crafter's Companion. It is really intricate and cut in gold sparkly card it is a lovely compliment to the image. I added a red background paper to the card front and then the die cut. The ribbon I have had for a couple of years and not used before. It kind of started off the whole idea of this card. 

You know how every now and again you can 'see' exactly how the card will turn out? This was one of those except I had intended to use green paper for the card base. The flowers didn't really pop like I thought they would so I changed it to a darker red and it looked much better.

The sentiment has been added to some more of the gold card and raised on 3d foam squares as well as the image. Finally I added 3 large gold pearls to the top left hand corner and 2 differing sizes to the centre of the flowers.

Our challenges at Through the Craft Room Door are always Anything Goes so easy to enter. I hope you will join us.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Image - Poinsettias Set by Beccy's Place

Dies - Festive Flowers by Crafter's Companion

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - ribbon, self adhesive pearls

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Friday, 24 July 2020

Candy Cane Bear

It is the final day of the 10th Annual Christmas in July challenge at Catch The Bug.

Today we have been given a colour challenge.

I have used Candy Cane Bear from Bugaboo Stamps. I could see the colours of the candy cane in the swatch and went from there.

I have coloured with Promarkers and added a white gel pen for eyes and stripes.

I have followed the latest sketch 378 at Atlantic Hearts for the layout. I trimmed the image and added a mat of black card.

The card front has been covered with a spotty paper. I found a striped paper with candy canes and reindeers on it and used 3 of the stripes from it to follow the sketch. Finally I added a sentiment that has been rescued from the recycling bin from a shop bought card.

The style of this card is very Clean & Simple for me. I fought the temptation to add something in the top left hand corner......it keeps calling to me LOL

I was determined to follow all the challenges this week at Catch the Bug and apart from yesterday all cards have been posted the day the challenge went up. I have thoroughly enjoyed these challenges and have 7 more Christmas cards to add to my growing pile.

Thanks to Jodie for the free images this week and to the Bugaboo Design Team for all the amazing inspiration this week.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Image - Candy Cane Bear from Bugaboo Stamps

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & White Gel Pen


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)