Sunday, 20 June 2021

Campervan

 


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.



For this card I wanted to use the Campervan stamp from the Island Paradise Stamps set. I absolutely love campervans and this is the perfect VW retro style one. We went to Brighton a few years ago and it just so happened there was a VW rally on at the same time. There were so many enthusiasts who had their vans on display on the seafront and it was truly wonderful to see so much colour and how happy they were to share all their hard work. My favourite was a bright yellow one.


I have had the image printed for a few weeks and when I saw the current sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I just knew it would be the perfect layout for it. This is quite a CAS card for me as there are very few elements and layers to it. Not sure if others would class it as CAS though? I would be interested in knowing what your thoughts are as to whether it is or not as I am never sure myself.


The image has been coloured with Promarkers, a Sharpie silver marker for the chrome elements and a pale grey pencil to add some shading to the windscreen. I fussy cut the image and popped it up on foam squares to add dimension. The headlamps have been accessorised with gems

The paper is from DCWV and has encapsulated glitter on the white lines so it has a bit of subtle sparkle. I placed it at an angle and trimmed to fit. Finally I added a silver peel off sticker sentiment. This is the perfect card for cool dude and could be made in so many different styles and colours just like the glass mat I use on my desk. It feels like it has a summery beach vibe with the fresh colours and that has given me another idea for a surfboard......


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 - 4.5 x 6.5”

Digital Image - Campervan from Island Paradise Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Paper - The Glitter Stack (DCVW)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Sharpie silver marker, Arteza Expert Pencils

Embellishments - Gems, peel off stickers



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


Allsorts - #629 Anything Goes

Atlantic Hearts Sketch - #424 Sketch for Layout

Aud Sentiments - #277 Anything Goes & Sentiment

Cardz TV - #143 Anything Goes

Catch The Bug - Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge - #23 Anything Goes with Colouring

Digi Choosday - #24 Anything Goes

Gem of A Challenge - #13 Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs - For A Man

Paperminutes - #696 Keep It Simple

Paper Shelter - #474 Digital Image

Passion For Markers - #596 Summer Colours

Polkadoodles - #25 Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin’ - Something Beginning with B (Blue, Bling)

Try It On Tuesday - For the Man in Your Life

Word Art Wednesday - #495-496 Anything Goes

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Grace's 30th Birthday

 


Today is my next door neighbours 30th Birthday and I wanted to make a special card for this special birthday.

I had seen this image on Instagram and it was the inspiration to try something similar using bling to emulate the cascade of champagne from the bottle. Unfortunately I cannot find the image on Instagram now to link back to the photo. I find it so annoying that it is so very difficult to go back to an image if you don't know who the original poster was :(


I used 2 shaker die sets from Crafter's Companion Prosecco Celebration & Let's Make Cocktails. These were cut from some silver holographic card with little stars on it and the background layer was black so that the beads and sequins would be a nice contrast to it.

I used an 8" square blank and created layers using a really old paper from HOTP matted onto a plain black. I positioned the bottle and glass shaker elements and then added various sizes of clear gems, gold and silver pearls and sequins to make the 'liquid'

Using the Spellbinders Lacey Squares Nestabilities dies I cut another piece of the holographic card and then layered a square of the black paper onto it. I added peel off stickers for the sentiment and used some glittery foam stickers to add the name, number and a G onto the bottle label.

The finishing touch to the front was to add lots of little star gems.



The inside of the card was decorated with some patterned card that I got from The Range a while ago. I spotted on a shelf these A4 file dividers. I was drawn to the patterns and you get the three shown in the image below for only £1. They are intended to hold A4 paper and are double sided. Effectively for £1 you get 6 sheets of really strong card and 2 of them have gold foiling on them. There were only 2 packs so I grabbed them both. They are so strong you could easily use it to make an A4 or 8" square card base so I will have a look out for more next time I visit there.

I then added a large square of black card to write on. This was die cut using a XXL Crea-Nest-Lies die. This one goes upto 13.5cm in size which was perfect to give me space to write a personal message with a silver gel pen.


The birthday girl has gone away for a few days and will be having the mother of all parties with friends and relatives and her new cute little French Bulldog and I know she will have a wonderful time.

Card Details -


Size - 8” Square

Dies - Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 70 (CREAlies), Lacey Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Prosecco Celebration (Crafter’s Companion) Let’s Make Cocktails (Crafter’s Companion)

Paper - Cardmakers Classic Creative Pack (HOTP) & Noteworthy File Dividers (The Range)

Embellishments - Gems, sequins, beads, pearls, star gems, peel off stickers, glitter foam letters & numbers (Poundland)




Friday, 18 June 2021

Father's Day

 


My Father in law is crazy about golf. I saw this topper set on the Hunkydory site months ago and thought it would make a great card. It is called Live, Love, Golf and you get an A5 die cut topper sheet, An A4 Base card and an A4 sheet of decoupage to complete the topper. It is no longer on their website but several sites still have stock.

He is also very, very proud of his garden. It is pretty big and he spends a lot of time working in it and the lawn is his pride and joy. 

Imagine That Digistamps has a great set this month Lawn Ranger which we have had for free in the DOTM Progressive challenge. Alternatively you can purchase it for a reduced price HERE. You get loads of images and sentiments and it is a really great set.



I wanted to try and incorporate both themes into the same card. I have recently made a tri fold card and though that might work well. I have made a lot of cards for him over the years and try to make them different. He hasn't had one of this style before.

I joined two 5.5" square cards together to create the base. The front and back section have been covered with some green paper. The topper has a gold border around it so I used some peel off stickers to add an edge to the card base to match. The topper is perfectly fine to use in it's own but you can also use the decoupage sheet on the image. This make the front of the card quite thick as in some places there are 5 layers. That was a lot of foam pads and small cuts required and took ages to do but the results are worth it. You can see the dimension better in the last image.

The middle section of the card was covered with the card from the Hunkydory pack. A layer of gold card frames the scene I created using an image and sentiment from Lawn Ranger.

Unfortunately the bane of Dad's life is squirrels digging up his lawn and burying their nuts so I thought it would be a little fun to add Happy Squirrel from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez. This scene has been coloured with Promarkers.



For the final section I added a frame which was the 'waste' from the diecut panel. The sentiment is from Lawn Ranger and has been die cut with a CREAlies scalloped border die.


The image below shows the card opened up so all panels are visible. I showed it to my hubby and he said it looks like it took a long time to make and he wasn't wrong..... but he likes it so is a happy customer


Card Details -


Size - 5.5” Triple Fold

Digital Images - Happy Squirrel (Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez) & Lawn Ranger set (Imagine That Digstamps)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Decoupage Topper set - Live, Love, Golf (Hunkydory)

Dies - Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 70  (CREAlies)



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



2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #501Anything Goes With a Critter

A Bit More Time to Craft - #142 Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything Goes

A Perfect Time To Craft - #6-2021 Anything Goes

Always Fun Challenges - #218 I Love My Dad

Angie’s Digital Stamps - #53 Anything Goes

Aud Sentiments - #277 Anything Goes & Sentiment

Classic Design Challenge - #6 Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge - #23 Anything Goes with Colouring

Crafting Happiness - #100 Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - #51 Anything Goes with an Animal or Insect

Crafty Catz - #556 Anything Goes / Animals

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Creative Moments - #216 Anything Goes

Daisy Chain Challenges - #53 Cute Animals

Digi Choosday - #24 Anything Goes

Digi Doodle Studios - #39 Boys to Men

House That Stamps Built - #J221 All About The Boys

House That Stamps Built - #J921 Fun Fold

Imagine That Digi of The Month - Lawn Ranger

Incy Wincy Designs - For A Man

International Art & Soul - #110 Pre-Made Toppers

Lemon Shortbread - #148 Anything Goes

Paper Shelter - #474 Digital Image

Pearly Sparkles - #63 For Men or Boys

Polkadoodles - #24 Anything Goes

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #194 Anything Goes with an Animal

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Animal Antics

Stinkin’ Inkers - You're The Man

Sweet Stampin’ - Masculine Makes

The Male Room - #151 Dads & Grandads

Try It On Tuesday - For the Man in Your Life

Word Art Wednesday - #495-496 Anything Goes




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)