Friday 29 May 2020

Amelia Mermaid

Over at the Outlawz Challenges there is a progressive freebie challenge. If you complete and upload a card the previous month you will automatically get the image to work with for the following month. It is a great way of using image of a different style than you would usually use and also from different artists.

This month we have been given Amelia Mermaid by Elena Zinski Art. I have coloured with Promarkers and a silver Sharpie for the sunglasses. The image has been mounted onto dark blue card.

I used sketch 182 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout. 

I made a smaller version of the fish bowl card so used the same papers as before from my stash. The holographic paper makes it difficult to photograph as I have to be careful not to put a reflection of myself in it but the wave effect does suit the image being in the water.

I found a suitable sentiment from TLC Creations that I have had for years. Paulette is very generous with her freebies and I would definitely recommend that you follow her blog.  The sentiment has been coloured with a blue Promarker as I felt leaving it white was too stark.

Finally I added homemade enamel dots which have been made by melting pony beads. I found the tutorial here on Creative Bug on the Loose from many years ago.

Card Details -


Size - 6" x 6"

Image - Amelia Mermaid by Elena Zinski Art

Sentiment - Summer Brings by TLC Creations

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Silver Sharpie

Embellishments - Homemade enamel dots

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

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Fish Bowl

On the Stamper's Delights Facebook Group there is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. This month it is a great Fish Bowl set where you can create your own scene. There are so many possibilities with permutations that you can create with this set.

I used the fish bowl, coral, grass and the happy fish from this set. I also added a cute little Seahorse from Bugaboo Stamps. The image has been coloured with Promarker pens and I added some silver gel pen bubbles

The sentiment is a very old freebie from Marlene Shaw who used to design under the name 'Disguised as a Grownup'. It seemed perfect for the lockdown situation we have found ourselves in with the Covid-19 virus.

I used sketch 182 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout. The base layer of paper I wanted to use circles to emulate the bubbles in the fishbowl. I then used some holographic paper for the lower section which has waves in it. Finally I added homemade enamel dots which have been made by melting pony beads. I found the tutorial here on Creative Bug on the Loose from many years ago.

Card Details -

Size - 8" x 8"
Colouring Medium - Promarker & silver gel pen
Embellishments - Homemade enamel dots

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


Saturday 23 May 2020

Birthday Elephant

It is my Sister in Law's Birthday today and her Mom asked me to make a card for her as she can't get out to the shops. I offered to get one for her but she insisted she wanted me to make one as mine are better than shop bought ones. It is the first time she has ever said anything like that so I was quite pleased.

She loves elephants so I used the Birthday Elephant digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. I have coloured it with Promarkers and added a bit of sparkle using a Sakura clear glitter pen. I have added some gems to the star and heart symbols around the image.

I have used the latest sketch from Stella Says Sketch for the layout, stretching it to fit an A5 size card. 

The base of the card has been covered with a glittered paper from DCWV.  I used colours from that to colour the image and for the matting layers. Both sentiments have been recycled from shop bought cards.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Sakura clear glitter pen
Embellishments - self adhesive gems

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

Friday 15 May 2020

Deck The Paws

Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the Merry Maidens turn to showcase some fabulous Christmas cards.

The optional Twist for this challenge is "Deck The Paws" inspired by the prize paper pack on offer for the winner Pawesome Holiday designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features a dog or cat as the MAIN focus of your card

This month we are sponsored by Ike's Art. She has a very diverse range of images. She is a crazy cat lady and has a lot of images of cats & kitten as well as other animals.

For my card I have used Waiting For Santa Window from the Fleaz Navidad set. I have coloured it with Promarkers and added some details with coloured pencils. I used a gold gel pen on create a plaid pattern on window blind and tree pot. I added a white gel pen to the windows to create snowdrifts and some snowflakes. A clear glitter pen was used to add sparkle but this isn't showing very well in the image. Finally a green metallic gel pen was used to colour the Christmas tree.

As I don't have access to a colour printer at the moment I have scanned in the image and used it to make a digital card.

I use a program called Affinity Designer on the Mac and created a square card. The base layer is Gold base layer is Gold Foil paper from 12 Days of Christmas 2019 by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

The Brown paper and snowflake brads are also from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

The Sentiment is Peace Gift from the Holiday Hoopla Word Art collection from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

I used sketch 183 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday for the layout

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

Digital Supplies Used :  

Image :  Waiting For Santa Window from the Fleaz Navidad set from Ike's Art
Coloured with Promarkers, Pencils & Gel Pens
Papers - Gold Foil paper from 12 Days of Christmas 2019 & Plaid Cocoa by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.
Embellishment - Snowflake Brads from Snow Much Fun - Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Sentiment - Holiday Hoopla Word Art from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

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

Thursday 14 May 2020

VE Day 75th Celebrations

On Friday it was a Bank Holiday in the UK to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE day. 
Before the Covid-19 outbreak we were due to celebrate as a nation by holding street parties and all manner of different events. Due to the lockdown situation this was somewhat curtailed.

The neighbour opposite me had put a flyer through the doors to suggest we do something like have our lunches at 1pm at the end of our drive so we would all be able to celebrate together whist maintaining social distance.

Many of our neighbours put bunting up on the Thursday night and I didn't have any so I made some from cardstock and string and put it up on Friday morning. It was an amazing day spend with people who we have missed seeing properly for the last couple of months. The weather was fantastic and many of us were still out at 1am having imbibed a few alcoholic beverages. I think it was the blowout we all desperately needed after so long being cooped up.

The UK Prime Minister was due to make an announcement on the Sunday about the next steps and we were all fully expecting to be told that the lockdown situation would not change (and we were right!, not much has changed)

Anyhoo, I wanted to make a card for our friend to say thank you for organising it. I had used an embossing folder to make some Union flags, intending to cut the sections and piece together. I didn't have time to do them in the end but I thought it might work to make a card from.

I found this sketch from Feeling Sketchy and my plan came together.

The embossing folder is from the Portobello Road collection by Papermania. It is the first time I have used it so felt good to actually make use of it :) I embossed Red, White and Blue cardstock. White is the base layer and I then cut the blue and red sections to make the flag.

Using offcuts of card from my bunting I made a miniature version and added it to red white and blue bakers twine. I then added a sentiment. 

The card base is a pre-bought one, I feel they are too flimsy for card bases so I usually put 2 of these together to strengthen. This was perfect for sandwiching the twine between the 2 cards.

We had been asked to keep our bunting up for a few days as a neighbour up the road had passed away 4 weeks before. Her husband had said she would have loved the celebrations. Her funeral was on Monday and many of us were outside in our driveways to send the car off, all clapping. It was a great sense of solidarity at a sad time for Terry and his family.

I popped the card through the door for on Monday afternoon and a short time later got a lovely text from her saying how much she appreciated it and that she would be keeping it on her dressing table. That is a great compliment to me.

I am linking this card to The Card Concept challenge 135. This image of patriotic Red White and Blue with flags is absolutely perfect inspiration for this card

Card Details -

Size - 7" x 5"
Embossing Folder - Union Jack from Papermania
Embellishments - Bakers Twine
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)