Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Christmouse Caroller


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the midway point of our challenge. That means it is the turn of the Merry Maidens to share some more fabulous Christmas cards.

This paper pack Merry ChristMOUSE designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the optional twist to feature a mouse on your card.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Hetty Clare Art who is offering the fabulous prize of 2 digital images from their store.

The image I have chosen to work with is Christmouse Caroller.
I thought it would make a great scene and when I saw the Starry Sky paper in the Merry ChristMOUSE pack I knew it would be absolutely perfect.

I coloured the image using Promarkers and a gold metallic marker and fussy cut. I added some Stickles glitter glue to the snowdrift and the fur trim on the hat.

I printed the digital paper onto glossy photo paper. I find the colours always come out so much better than using a matte cardstock. This paper was simply added to the card blank leaving just a thin white border.

I created a snowdrift at the bottom using some really glittery thick paper and cut this in a rough wave shape. This allowed me to place the mouse image in a dip popped up on some thin foam pads. The Christmas tree is a sticker.

The sentiment is a cardstock sticker and in the background there are an assortment of snowflake stickers and little dots of silver glitter glue to add some sparkly stars.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Card Details -

Size - 5.5” Square

Digital Image - Christmouse Caroller (Hetty Clare Art)

Digital Paper - Merry ChristMOUSE (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

SentimentForever Friends cardstock sticker (Docrafts/Papermania)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Metallic gold marker

Embellishments - Stickles Glitter Glue, white snowflake stickers (Stickopotamus), Forever Friends Clear snowflake, tree & sentiment stickers (Docrafts/Papermania)

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

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Gingerbread Family


Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez runs a Progressive Freebie challenge on Facebook. If you enter using any of her images then you get a free image the following month. You also get an extra chance to win by linking on Instagram and last month I was the winner and I got to choose 3 images from the store. I am a sucker for a gingerbread man and this cute image Gingerbread Family is different to any in my digi collection. I already know the family I will be giving this to at Christmas.

I wanted to make some thing to incorporate lots of gingerbread things so decided to make a Z fold card so more spaces to decorate.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers. I used a lighter coloured pen to add dots for texture and then added dots of lighter colours in the background of the image. I cut a mat from dark brown paper using a scalloped square die from CREAlies. They are really handy as you get loads of sizes in each set and they die cut so crisp and. clean.

The heart gingerbread cookie paper from First Edition is really glittery with encased glitter. The With Love sentiment is a 2 layered decoupage and I added a scrap of ribbon to embellish it.

The centre panel has a paper that came with a gingerbread themed magazine freebie some years ago. The gingerbread recipe is from the Holiday Gingerbread set from Jan’s Digi Stamps. To embellish I have added my little shrink plastic gingerbread man which was my first ever Sizzix originals die. I was fascinated with how small the shrink plastic shrunk to and made loads a good few years ago. They were coloured with Promarkers before shrinking and I added a scrap of red card to the red hearts.

The final section has a sentiment from the Gingerbread Wishes set by Bugaboo Stamps. Again I matted this onto the same brown paper and die combo as the front panel. The paper is a really old one from a  First Edition pad. The gingerbread figure was from the same freebie set as the middle paper. His little rosy cheeks and buttons have glitter in them.

The final image shows all panels of the finished card which I am very pleased with. I have some mini gingerbread in the cupboard and might have some with a cup of tea....mmmmm

Card Details -

Size - 4.75” Z fold

Digital Images - Gingerbread Family (Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez), Holiday Gingerbread (Jan’s Digi Stamps), Gingerbread Wishes (Bugaboo Stamps) 

Dies - Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 70 (CREAlies), Gingerbread Man (Sizzix)

Papers - Festive Treats (First Edition), Stocking Fillers (First Edition)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - Gems, Shrink Plastic, scrap of ribbon. Glittered die cut (magazine freebie)

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

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

We Are a Perfect Fit


At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured versions you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with.

In the Toy Box Stamps set there are 2 jigsaws, one is a complete 4x4 piece jigsaw and the other is pictured in the preview with 2 pieces separate. It inspired me to experiment with making this anniversary card based around the theme of 'perfect fit'

I used the complete jigsaw and overlaid the entwined hearts from the Lovey Dovey Doodads Stamps set. I use Affinity Photo to manipulate my images and you create layers in the order you wish to make the image more dominant. The hearts was placed as the foreground and jigsaw in the background. I lightened the background in a grey outline to make it less dominant as I definitely wanted the hearts to stand out more. Once I was happy with the positioning I printed it out. 

The background is coloured with Arteza Expert pencils and the hearts is Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Glitter markers over the top. You can apply these as a wash with a water brush and this adds sparkle and a muted version of the colour.

I cut 2 pieces out from the jigsaw and mounted the image onto black card. The 2 separate pieces were popped up on foam pads to add dimension.

The background paper is thin red card with a heart pattern from Everyday Overlays. I added to a plain white card blank and added some stickles glitter to a few of the hearts.

The sentiments I have made using my computer as I could not find anything quite right in my collection. I printed them out, cut into a banner shape and added a layer of black card underneath.

I have included them in this post in jpg and png format and you are free to download them if you wish to. Click on them to make them larger and download onto your computer.

I would appreciate it if you would link to my blog if you use them. Let me know if you have and I will pop over and give you some love.

One of the most fabulous things about being in this Creative Team is that we have free rein to make anything we want to using the sets in the shop. This is amazing for inspiring creativity as there are so many amazing packs to play with. I feel very, very lucky to be able to have this opportunity.

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Images - Lovey Dovey Doodads Stamps & Toy Box Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Paper - Thin Red Card printed with heart pattern from Everyday Overlays (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers, Arteza Expert pencils

Digital Sentiments - Created by me and free to download above.

Embellishments - Stickles Glitter Glue

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

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Birthday Friends


It is time for another challenge over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 
The twist this time is the theme 'Sparkle & Shine'

We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This really is great as it gives us double the choice. We are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some are new to me.

This month we have Color of Love & Jan's Digi Stamps.

I chose to work with a fun image and sentiment "Birthday Friends" from Jan's Digi Stamps. I just loved the fun image of the older ladies partying. It totally reminds me of Paul's Grandma who was 102 when she passed away and she was adamant she would still have a drink and enjoy herself no matter how old she was.

I used the latest Wednesday sketch from the Outlawz Challenge as inspiration for the layout. I stretched it to fit an A5 landscape card.

I wanted to use a fun multi coloured background and as always headed for my scraps first. The 'paper' is actually a card front which has been recycled from a shop bought card. I love to rescue these types of things that would have gone into the recycling bin. This is so colourful and has loads of gold foil on it so it would have been an awful shame to throw that away. I used an A4 sheet of white card to make the base and trimmed the patterned card to fit. I added a gold metallic border to match the sketch. The thin strips of card that were trimmed off I added to some scraps of gold mirror card and added a strip of clear gems in between for a bit of extra bling.

The image has been coloured in Promarkers to match the colours in the patterned paper. I have used Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers to add sparkly accents. These have also been used to add coloured spots to the background of the image. They are water based so I used a water brush to add some lighter ones and then added some small gems for more sparkle. The image was then matted onto some gold glitter card.

Finally I added the sentiment from the set onto some gold mirri card and a happy birthday from Craftwork Cards. 

I think I definitely fulfilled the brief of sparkle and shine with this one! and rescued the great patterned card front into a new creation.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous team over at The Paper Funday

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Image & Sentiment - Birthday Friends (Jan’s Digi Stamps)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Expert pencils, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers

Embellishments - self adhesive gems

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

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Sharing Is Caring


It is the start of a new month and I am back with my DT hat on for 

As long as you made a card with the May freebie you will automatically get the June image free. If you have not taken part before you can request this month's image so head on over there and join in the fun.

It is a fabulous way to use images from artists you many not have used before. Also sometimes the image is completely different to something you would normally use. It has been a good way for me to stretch my creativity and take me out of my comfort zone. 

I would highly recommend anyone who is not already taking part to jump in and have a go. We are a really friendly bunch at The Outlawz.

This month we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter

We have very generously been given the whole digital set of Sharing is Caring which includes colour and outline stamps plus papers and a finished card all ready to print. I of course love to colour so chose to use the outline stamps.

I selected my papers first. These are from a DCWV 3 drawer set I got from QVC years ago. There was a Spring, Summer & Winter set and it had papers, diecuts, stickers and all sorts of themes. This was from the Summer set. I just love the bright colours.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and pencils in matching colours and added a checked pattern to the tablecloth. The image reminded me of a 50's diner that we visited in Whitby a few years ago and that had checked tables with a black trim. 

The sentiment is a digi that I have printed some time ago. I distressed the edge of the image and sentiment using a small black inkpad.

I added a heart patterned self adhesive ribbon and a glittered chipboard sentiment which I embellished with some tiny brads.

I hope we will see you enter our challenge at The Outlawz and look forward to seeing the entries using this image.

Card Details -

Size - 6.25” x 4.25”

Digital Image - Sharing Is Caring (The Paper Shelter)

Digital Sentiment - Freebie (Feline Creative Retired)

Papers - DCWV

Colouring Medium - Promarkers. Arteza coloured pencils

Embellishments - Papermania Self adhesive ribbon, glittered chipboard diecut, mini brads

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