Friday, July 17, 2015

Christmas in July

Its my turn to host this weeks dare over at Daring Cardmakers and guess what its Christmas!!!!

We all need to make a head start with these cards.  I know I have a few to make to post back to the UK.  Its always difficult to start making them early especially when the weather is so sunny and lovely.

So I would like to see your Christmas Cards this week.

Here is mine.

I have used my trusted snowflake dies from Spellbinders.  I have inked around it to make the outline then cut one out of blue glittered card.  The backing paper and sentiment are from Pink Petticoat.

I also had to add one of these little jingle bells as a finishing touch.  I think they are very festive and really cute.

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more gorgeous inspiration and I can't wait to see your creations over at Daring Cardmakers.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July elemental Inspiration

Its the first Friday of the month which means elemental inspiration time over at Daring Cardmakers.

Such a pretty picture this month.

The challenge is to pick at least 3 elements from the image to create your card.

I have made a golden wedding anniversary card so the elements I have used are the colour gold, ribbon, organza, flowers and leaves.

I made the flower using circles of organza material and melted the edges to form the shape and added a little bead to the centre.

Don't forget to stop by the design Team blogs for more lovely inspiration.

Its a little post from me today as I am packing to go away on holiday so I am busy ironing and sorting clothes.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ruby Rock It!!

Good morning everyone!  
This week at Daring Cardmakers we are excited today to introduce the first of two sponsored Ruby Rock-It dares!

Here is a little about Ruby Rock-it :
Ruby Rock-it Designs was created by Fynmark in Australia in 2008. Already successful with other mainstream papercraft brands in the local market Creative Director Joanna wanted to create a new brand that focused on all the things she loved – vintage style papers and richly textured embellishments – and so Ruby Rock-it was born. “It’s an acknowledgement to my grandmothers who were a huge influence in my life growing up – their tea-cup patterns, their love of all things olde-worlde.”
There are just oodles of wonderful products for all types of crafter's so why not take a peek at their {website} or follow them on their {facebook page}

So here is this weeks dare

Baby Rock-It!!
The products the DT are using are from the Fundamental range from Ruby Rock-it 

The dare is to make a Baby themed card which has a 'rocking' or 'moving' element to it!


We have this wonderful little prize back from RRBF for one lucky person who completes the dare this week (Winner will be drawn randomly before next weeks dare is revealed)

Here is my card
My moving element is the little pocket with the removable card. 
I also used some of the little wooden arrows and cut up some of the tags to make the bunting.
The cloud paper is from my stash and its been sat on my computer for ages so I have no idea where it came from.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Christening Stars!

So pleased we are having our son Christened here in France.  I recently discovered an English speaking church and started going once a month to their family service.  I also asked about the possibility of having my baby christened and they said yes.  We still have lots to plan before July.  I really enjoy getting crafty when its a special occasion.

Here are the invites I made for this special day.

I love my stars!!  I have made them very simple and used the Stampin Up star famelits.  These little dies are great for all occasions.

I also bought these from The Craft Company ready for some christening cupcakes with stars for decoration.  So as you can guess we are having a star themed christening.  Well he is my little star!! Baby Daniel has now started to crawl and has kind of said his first words which sort of sounded like Dada.  Well will have to finish my post here as I can hear him waking from his morning nap.
I will have a few more bits to add as at the moment I am making a little banner with his name on and also some little favours for the guests.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Yes its supposed to be blurry!!

Its challenge time at Daring Cardmakers and this was a big challenge for me. 

This weeks dare is all about creating a bokeh effect on your cards using your ink pads.  I had never heard of it before so had to do a little research. 

In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

Then I had a look on U Tube and found some great tutorials but then released I had no white ink pad.  So I used bleach instead.  I think I got the same effect!!

I used a purple and teal ink pad.  I inked up around the edges and over the whole piece of card using a blending tool.  I then added some darker circles using a scalloped die as a stencil.  I then took some normal household bleach and a cotton bud and painted it on in circles which took out some of the colour out.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Glowing Neons

Well I think we need this dare from Daring Cardmakers to brighten our day up.  Its very wet here in France.

The challenge this week is to use bright colours/neon's on your card.  Lets bring on the summer.  I am really looking forward to the summer holidays.  I think my daughter needs a rest.  I really want to break out my summer clothes but I just wish the weather would make its mind up.

I have used my die of the moment which is the star thinlits die from Stampin Up.  I make a new purchase and I cant stop using it.  I even think all my Christmas cards will feature stars on them somewhere.
I have kept my card simple and used the bright colours to make the stars stand out against the white and grey.  With a added bit of sparkle!!
Don't forget to stop by the blog and check out the lovely inspiration from the Design Team.
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, June 5, 2015

June Inspiration Picture

Its the first Friday of the month and that means over at Daring Cardmakers its Elemental Inspiration week.  Look at this weeks gorgeous image.  Don't forget you need to use at least 3 elements from the picture.  This could be the colours (which only counts as one), flowers, layout, the lady, lanterns, fishes etc....
I have used the colours, flowers and the layout which Kathy designed.

The papers and image I have used are from Pink Petticoat. I have also added some black ribbon and lace.  There are also some tiny jewelled flowers which are hard to see in the picture.

Hope you can stop by the design team blogs for more lovely inspiration.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!!!