Tuesday 30 June 2020

Moving House

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

There is no sponsor this week so we are free to create anything we want. However there is a fabulous prize from the lovely Amanda of some Cityscape rubber stamps. They are really cool and such a great prize for one lucky winner.

I have used this cute little image Moving House from Hetty Clare Art. One of Paul's work colleagues is getting a flat with her boyfriend in a couple of weeks so I will send this to her when she has the keys.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and a gold gel pen. I have used a brown and blue colour scheme. It is my favourite for cards that you don't want to be too feminine. This was then matted onto dark brown and gold cardstock.

The card blank has been covered with a blue paper with tiny flowers from my stash. I group all my papers by colour and style so don't always know who the manufacturer is.  I used a scrap of home themed paper from Doodlebug Design. 

The gold and brown swirly paper is a sheet of handmade wrapping paper from Paperchase. The brown swirl is chenille so it has a lovely texture to it. I often buy sheets of wrapping paper from Paperchase as they have some amazing designs and really luxury textured ones with lots of glitter for around £2. You get the equivalent of 8 sheets of A4 paper from these so it is a really economical way of getting some fabulous papers.

As a finishing touch the New Home sentiment is from my stash and has been attached to the paper with bronze square brads.

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
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Gold Gel Pen
Papers - Doodlebug Design, Paperchase
Embellishments - Brads

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

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Pony Plait

There is a progressive freebie challenge over at the Outlawz and we get a free digital image if a card has been made the previous month. I really enjoy taking part in these as we get images from different artists than we may use and also different styles and subjects.

This cute image is Pony Plait from Hetty Clare Art. This sweet little girl reminded me so much of one if my twin great-nieces. It is her 7th birthday in a couple of months so I made this in mind for her.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I used a nestabilities die to cut it out and create a matted layer in dark blue.

I used blue and brown as the main colour scheme adding yellow for her blonde hair. I used a floral vellum for the main background paper, I have has this in my stash for absolutely years. The blue cardstock has white rub-ons applied. The centres are a metallic raised cardstock embellishment. 

I added a strip of brown grosgrain ribbon and a blue felt flower which has a button centre. Finally the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Dies - Nestabilities Labels 18 from Spellbinders
Paper - Vellum
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Felt flower, metallic raised domes

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

Sunday 21 June 2020

Willie Snow Angel

Stampers Delights holds a Monthly Progressive Freebie challenge on their Facebook group. The image this month is cute but no something I would really use for a general card so I decided to make a Christmas card using this cutie Willie Snow Angel which I have wanted to use for a long time.

The image was coloured using Promarkers and I added lots of glitter around him using a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I used sketch 185 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout.

The back layer of paper is white card, I used a dark blue Promarker to add a frame and then used a small white inkpad to lightly stamp on top.  I then added some snowflake paper by DCWV

I used the Sizzlits Snowflake 2 Cut n Emboss Die to cut 2 snowflakes in white card. On top of this I layered some metallic snowflakes that came from a Christmas decoration at Poundland some years ago. 

I finished the card off with lots of gems and a sentiment from my stash.

Card Details -

Size - 6x6"
Dies - Snowflake 2 Cut n Emboss die from Sizzlits/Sizzix
Paper - DCWV
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Snowflakes & gems

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

Thursday 18 June 2020

BBQ Apron

As someone who has been making cards for nearly 20 years there are times when I make a card I am super proud of and this is one of those. The sad thing is that the recipient probably will not appreciate the amount of work that has gone into it, he’s just not sentimental or comments on things that are extra special… it’s just a card. However, I enjoyed making it so much and that’s all the matters.

In the UK this Sunday is Father’s Day. Normally I would make a golf themed card for my Father in Law but this time I opted to make a BBQ themed card. With the great weather we have had for the last few months he has been having lots of BBQ’s and we have a special meat pack being delivered to him with steaks and burgers and sausages so it seemed particularly appropriate at the moment.

I started with an apron template from Valita’s Designs & Fresh Folds. I have had this template in my files for a long time and you can make a shaped card with it. I based my shape on this and sized it for an A5 card.

I cut a piece of brown card to the desired shape. I wanted to put a pocket on it and slip BBQ tools inside. I printed the sentiment from Diana All About Me’s blog. She has loads of freebies on there which I have used over the years. The sentiment is on the white card I normally use for digi stamps so I coloured it with a Promarker to get the desired colour.

I used my pricking tool to add holes all around the outside of the apron and also around the 3 edges of the pocket. Using 2 strands of the contrasting cotton I hand stitched the edges and the pocket onto the apron layer.

The ribbon is 2 layers of grosgrain that are stuck together with extra strong red liner tape. One layer was too floppy and I wanted it to stand proud. The layer of tape has given it so much more shape. I used some clear buttons that have been recycled from an old duvet cover. Clear buttons are fab as you can stick them to a scrap of patterned paper and completely change the look of them. I stitched the buttons through the ribbon onto the brown card so they are really secure.

Now I have a million and one digital stamps but no BBQ tools. I have images with small tools but nothing that would be suitable for this project. I wanted to make the tools 3D so you could take them out of the pocket. They needed to be strong and substantial so I decided to piece them together using various scraps of card. I found some simple vector shapes by searching Google and based them on those.

The spatula is 2 layers of matt silver card for the handle. This is then sandwiched between 2 layers of brown card strengthened with an eyelet rivet. The slotted top section is a glitter card. I used a craft knife to cut the little slots. Again this is double sided and an eyelet helps to secure the ‘handle’ between both pieces.

The tongs are 2 layers of silver mirror card and the handle is another layer of black leather embossed card on each side. I used a black Promarker to colour the sides of the silver card where the handle is and a silver Sharpie along the edges of the tongs.

The fork is 2 layers of silver card sandwiched between red handles and a silver sharpie ‘rivet’. The sausage is brown card with a little Promarker detail. The Meat pack is coming from a company we have used for years called  Supreme Sausages so it seemed quite appropriate

Finally I added a rosette which is a digital stamp from the Father’s Day Stamps pack from Kate Hadfield Designs. This was printed out as 3 layers and decoupaged. The bottom layer is the whole image, middle layer the rosette without the bottom ribbons and the top layer is the centre sentiment. These have been coloured with Promarkers and a gold gel pen.

This last week we have had so much rain and huge storms. Although the gardens have needed the water hopefully the good weather will return so my Father in Law will be able to enjoy his gift.

Card Details -

Size - A5 plus the ribbon
Digital Sentiment - Diana All About Me
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Sharpies & gel pen
Embellishments - Clear buttons, eyelets, ribbon

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

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Have a Llamazing Birthday

Today is my first post as a DT member on Through the Craft Room Door.

For this challenge we as sponsored by Oddball Art Co. and the prize is £10 to spend in the store.  

The image I have used is the Llama from No Drama Llama image 537. It is a great value set as you get quite a few different elements that you can use in your crafting.

Not knowing what colours llama's can come in I did a Google search and found that a lot of people get llama's and alpaca's confused. Llamas are really big, almost as popular as unicorns now. Also the phrase 'no drama llama' is quite bit, hence the sentiment in the digi pack.  I decided not to use it myself and chose a play on words for my sentiment. I had no suitable sentiments in my digis so decided to make one myself. 

I have included the JPG and PNG file in this post. You are welcome to download and make use of in your own crafts. This is for personal use only. Please do not download and share with others. Please do not claim it as your own.

The image has been coloured using Promarkers. I added curly squiggles after shading to emulate the texture in the alpaca fleece.

I haven’t made an easel card for ages and thought this would be a lovely way to use this image. All the patterned papers are from the Family Ties First Edition pad by Dovecraft. The main paper is a glittery damask pattern and I used a co-ordinating gingham pattern. The yellow and gold cardstock used for matting and layering is scraps from my stash. I have separated them into 12"x12" bags by colour. One side has plain scraps, the other has patterned. This has made it very easy for me to go through these first for what I need. If nothing suitable then I will cut a sheet as required.

I used a Nestabilities die to to cut around the sentiment  and the larger mats. I inked around the edges of the larger mat to define the shape better. I used my lovely flourish die from Cheery Lynn. I love how you can manipulate the swirls as in the front of the card, but then can snip it into shapes as for the inside. The flowers are Primas and I have added lots of twinkly gem centres.

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 - 6” Square Easel card
Dies - Labels 17 Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Fanciful Flourish by Cheery Lynn
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Prima Flowers & gems

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