Friday, 1 July 2022

Funny Sunflower

 


After a 6 month break I am back creating for The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.


The Ning group has closed and all the challenges will be moving to a new blog that is being set up at present. The Progressive freebie is being hosted on the Facebook group this month. If you have previously taken part in the last month's challenge you will be automatically sent the following month's image. If however you have not taken part before you can head to the group, request the image and take part.


This month we have been given the super cute image Funny Sunflower from The Paper Shelter
The pack includes a pre-coloured image and the black line are to colour yourself. I of course opted to colour it myself with Promarkers and added some pencil shading.

I created a base layer by adding a sentiment from Desert Diva to the background. I then copied the main flower head and the central face to create 2 more layers to decoupage the image and raised on foam pads.

The base card has a layer of textured paper inked around the edges. The glitter border and glittered sunflower are from DCWV.  

I added some bee, ladybird & dragonfly stickers to embellish the background and add a few more little friends. This image really makes me smile so I think the sentiment is just perfect.

Card Details -


Size - 6” Square

Digital Image - Funny Sunflower (The Paper Shelter)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Arteza Pencils

Digital Sentiment - Old Freebie (Desert Diva)

Embellishments - Glittered border & Chipboard shape (DCWV), Foam insect stickers



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



Monday, 20 June 2022

Fathers Day

 


My Father In Law loves golf so I usually make a golf themed card for his birthday and Fathers Day.

This card has been made using 4 digital stamps. The image is  Upset Golfer  from QKR Stampede. I used the Fathers Day sentiment to frame the image. This is a freebie from Desert Diva which is available to down load from HERE.

I found a little old man golfing garden gnome from Tesco which was so cute I had to get it for him. He was wearing blue argyle so this was the obvious choice for the colour of paper. This then of course dictated the colours of blue and brown which is my favourite colour scheme for men's cards. The image was coloured with Promarkers.

The pre-coloured sentiment is a now retired set from Imagine That Digis by Kris. This was printed onto glossy photo paper and was in the perfect colours to match my scheme.


I don't usually put a sentiment inside the card but found this great quote from Tlc Creations which I though suited the image really well. It would be hard to imagine a situation where a golfer would break his clubs though.....


Card Details -


Size - A5

Digital Image - Upset Golfer (QKR Stampede)

Digital Sentiments - Happy Father’s Day (Desert Diva), Golf Set Retired (Imagine That Digi by Kris), Green Pastures Golf (old freebie from Tlc Creations)

Paper - Magazine freebies

Colouring Medium - Promarkers



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


Wednesday, 15 June 2022

12 MoC Plaid Nutcracker

 


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



The challenge theme is any Christmas Card with an optional twist of using PLAID. The lucky winner's prize is any 2 Winter or Christmas paper packs from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

If you link up 2 or more cards to our challenge you will get the free Purple Plaid digital paper sent to you that our intrepid leader Lisa of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles has designed. 





Having had a break from card making since December to deal with a family emergency this is my first Design Team card for 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. It feels really weird to be only just starting making Christmas cards this late in the year so this challenge is so important for all card makers to get you disciplined into making your holiday cards all through the year. I find it is the most perfect reason/excuse to play with glitter and twinkle all year round

This card has been made using the Christmas Plaid paper from Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers set 1. I rarely make slimline cards but this paper would look fabulous with the Nutcracker.


The Nutcracker is a pre-coloured Doodle from A Very German Christmas. I am fortunate to be on the Creative Team for Kate Hadfield Designs and have access to so many fabulous images. They are a perfect compliment to Lisa's papers too.



Kate's Doodles are available pre-coloured and as digital stamp packs so perfect for many applications such as scrapbooking, journalling, card making and also a lot of teachers use them.


I use a program called Affinity Designer on the Mac to create my digital layouts, mock ups for cards in the planning stage and it is perfect to create digital layers like on this card. 

I started off with the plaid paper and selected the area in the page that I wanted to use. I then overlaid the Nutcracker image onto it and sized up as required. I then wanted to decoupage the image so also printed a copy of just the upper body and then a final layer with the head and beard. These were then printed onto glossy photo paper and fussy cut with my trusty Fiskars embroidery scissors. I have had them for years and years and having tried lots of other scissors none have been as accurate as these little beauties.

The plaid background has been matted with red card and then the base is dark green card. The decoupage layers have been popped up with foam pads. You can see the layers better in the close up below. I added some gems onto the uniform buttons and some red gems in the corners. Finally a gold bordered sentiment finishes the card.


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

Card Details -


Size - DL Slimline

Digital Image - Nutcracker from A Very German Christmas Doodles (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Paper - Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers Set 1 (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Embellishments - self adhesive gems



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

Monday, 13 June 2022

Over The Rainbow Unicorn

 


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.



This card has been made using the rainbow and unicorn images from Over The Rainbow Stamps. I made it for my youngest niece who loves anything Unicorn, glittery and colourful so this suits her to a T.

The stamps have been coloured with Promarkers for the matte colours and then Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers for the twinkly bits. These have been fussy cut and mounted onto 3d foam pads.

The base of the card is a glossy silver cardstock but in this photo it looks a lot darker. The only way I could really show how glittery the card was it unfortunately made the cardstock look darker. 

The main background is a fabulous sample of wallpaper. The colours and glitteryness were just perfect for this card. I frequently look at DIY stores and departments for samples of paper to use as backgrounds, borders and inspiration. It is a great resource to tap into if you do not already do so.

As a final touch I printed the sentiment and cut into a simple banner shape.

The Over The Rainbow images are available in Stamps so you can re-size and colour using your favourite medium.


They are also available as pre-coloured Doodles and a specially priced bundle of both sets together.


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

Images - Over The Rainbow Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers


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


Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Floating Strips Birthday

 



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 'Masculine'


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 our Sponsors are Varada Sharma & Digi Doodle Studios

For this challenge I have chosen to work with the twist of Masculine

The inspiration for this card came from one that fellow crafter Leslie Turner posted some time ago. I thought it was just so clever and effective and kept the link as a card idea for the future. If you are interested in seeing it here is the link to her blogpost with the original link to a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.

My card is A5 in size so I started off with a sheet of A4 navy card which has got a sparkly shimmer effect. A panel of white cardstock is then added so all the front elements really stand out on it. I then cut a sheet of acetate to size so the strips look like they are floating above the white.

I have a great system for my scraps with a box from Ikea which fits a Kallax unit that sits on my desk. The A4 or letter sized zippered pockets were a gift from my sister from Amazon. The zips are colour coded and I keep my scraps of coloured paper and card in each relevant colour bag. The mesh makes them very strong and so far they have lasted me over 2 years. In the past I got into a real mess with scraps and had 2 big cardboard boxes full which i gave to a friend who runs craft sessions at a senior citizen home. I now try wherever possible to file away my scraps as soon as a project has been finished and then go to this first when I need to use something. After crafting for a number of years and trying so many different ways of organising my scraps I have found this to be the very best way for me to stay tidy and actually USE my scraps.




 For this card I simply grabbed the blue bag and had fun pulling out offcut strips that might have been suitable. It is then simply a case of laying them onto the acetate and moving them round until you have a pleasing arrangement then stick them down onto the acetate panel. This panel is then raised up from the white background with foam pads so the strips look like they are floating.

The main sentiment is a large die from The Works which is a great bookstore we have in the UK that sells some crafty things too. This is a die from their own range which was only £4, really great value for how large it is. I always pop into one of the stores when I am out and about as you can get some amazing bargains from them. It is worth grabbing something you like when you see it though as quite often you don't see them when you go in the next time. 

I knew this particular style of sentiment would be perfect for male cards and I think it works particularly well with this graphic style of card. The die has been cut 3 times in the same sparkly blue card as the base, glued all the layers together for dimension and then added onto the floating strips with some thin foam pads.

Finally the sentiment has been recycled from an old cut up card and star gems dotted onto some of the strips for a bit of bling.

This is the first DT card I have made this year as I took a break to help care for my Mother In Law who was very seriously ill. I really, really missed being creative and blogging and so glad to be back doing the things I love

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous Team over at the Paper Funday Challenge.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Dies - Happy Birthday (The Works)

Embellishments - Star shaped gems



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



Friday, 6 May 2022

A Mini Beast Parade Digital Page

 


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 honour of National Scrapbooking Day and Teacher Appreciation Day Kate is offering 25% between 6th and 9th May so what better time to add some of these fabulous sets into your collection.

There are some amazing new releases this month one of which is this cute set Mini Beast Parade. It is available in pre-coloured Doodles and also as Digital Stamps. You can buy them individually and as always there is a specially priced bundle including both formats.



There is a free digital scrapbook page template each month and I have used the one for May Blocked and Squared 2. This is only the 3rd ever page I have created and I cannot tell you how much easier it is to create when you have a page template to work with. As a complete newbie it really helps me to be able to be creative without worrying if the layout looks right. 

If you fancy having a go yourself this template and many others are available to download on Kate Hadfield's blog


Now anyone who visits my blog knows I LOVE butterflies so when I saw this new set I just knew I had the perfect photos to create a page with it. This particular visit to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford Upon Avon I was so blessed to have 5 butterflies land on me and my hubby was able to get photos of some. In a bizarre coincidence I have a butterfly tattoo on my right shoulder, just where this particular beauty was. The blue one is really large at about 5 inches across and this is the main photo on my page.

I started with a background paper from Painted Pretties. This is a really useful set with soft coloured backgrounds which I have used for several projects.


Other papers for the square panels have been included using the Spring Papers which is a free download for subscribers to the Doodle Den.


The border along the edges has been created by linking caterpillars together. I mean how cute is a little row of caterpillars with little smily faces

Using the panels I added photos of my visit and doodles and stamps from the Mini Beasts set. The leaf for the leaf cutter ant was added from the Pumpkin Spice Doodles. That is the great thing about Kate's designs, you can mix and match from all the sets and you know they will work together. The only limitation is your imagination.


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.