Friday, June 22, 2018

What A Wonderful World

Hello everyone and I hope you have had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend.

Its Friday so that means its challenge time from Daring Cardmakers.  This weeks challenge is hosted by the lovely Kathy who has picked her favourite song as your inspiration this week.

What a Wonderful World
Louis Daniel Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

Songwriters: George Douglas / George David Weiss / Bob Thiele

For my card I was inspired by the line "The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky".

I started with a square of white card stock to create my colourful background.  I selected lots of colours of inks and blended them together and flicked a little water over the top.  I put this to one side and started to die cut my rainbow.

I used a die that I recently bought from Craftelier by Lawn Fawn.  I had the phrase "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" going around in my head in order to get the correct colours but I had to use gold and pink instead.  Once I had my rainbow cut out I glued this to the front of my card.

I then used another die from Craftelier and Lawn Fawn to create these lovely fluffy cloud borders.  I cut the clouds from white and white glitter card stock.

I then finish with a little stamped sentiment from Paper Sweeties called Snow Time.  Its from a Christmas stamp set but I thought this sentiment suited the card perfectly.  

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out how in the Design Team over at Daring Cardmakers were inspired.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Spellbinders Giveaway

Hello crafters.

I have a little giveaway for you today.

All you need to do is either leave me a comment below or like and leave a comment on my Facebook Page relating to this post.

I have created a card to show you this beautiful die from Flower Garden collection by Sharyn Sowell at Spellbinders which is up for grabs on my give away.

To create my card I started with a square of white card stock and I used the Corner Floral Die also from Spellbinders and the Flower Garden Collection.

I cut the flowers several times to create my background and then added a piece of designer paper to the back.  This looks really pretty through the die cut flowers.

I then used the Botanical Butterfly and cut this from some very pretty gold glitter card stock.

I cut a strip of white card stock and added my greeting to this where I created a little drop shadow using some more of the glitter card stock.

To finish my card I added a few pearls.

If you want the chance of winning the Botanical Butterfly die please leave a comment at the bottom of the post.  The giveaway is open to UK and Europe residents only.

You can also leave a comment on my Facebook page under the link to this post.

Good luck everyone and I will pick a random winner on June 26th 2018.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Anything But White

Hello everyone.

Well that's it.  My French course is over and it was tough so lets bring on the summer holidays with the kids.  They still have a few weeks left but I am actually quite enjoying the peace and its giving me a bit more time to craft.

So this weeks challenge from Daring Cardmakers is brought to you by Joanne.

The challenge is called "Anything But White"  

Joanne would like to see anything but white for your card base/background.

This was a tough one for me as I usually use white for all my card bases.

So I had a think and used black card stock and gold embossing powder.

I started with a black card blank and added a square of black card stock.  To this I added this lovely flower stamp from Stampin Up called Wood Words.

I bought the stamp set in French as I though it would be lovely to make some cards with French sentiments on which will be nice to give to my French friends. 

I then inked up my stamp in clear versa mark and stamped the image twice.  I then added some gold embossing powder, heated this up and watched the magic.  I haven't heat embossed in such a long time and I actually forgot how much fun it is.

I then took some red card stock and stamped and embossed the image again and cut the flowers out and added them to my card using foam squares.

I then cut a strip of black card for my sentiment and again I stamped and heat embossed this.

I don't normally do cards like this but I do really like it and it looks clean and simple with a touch of elegance.

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by the Daring Cardmakers blog for more lovely inspiration from the Design Team.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Hello Crafters.

I think it might be safe to blog about my Dads Fathers Day card now.  He has received it and probably opened it even though its not quite Fathers Day. 

There is a new Bubbly Funk through the letter box available to buy right now and its called Hooked.

When I received the box I knew I had to make a card for my Dad with a little nod to his Navy career.

In the box there are lots of yummy supplies to create some really fun cards and great for those masculine cards.

Once I saw the big bag of beads and sequins I just had to make my favourite style of card, a shaker.

I created my shaker element first and filled it with sequins and also in the box there are some lovely wooden embellishments which worked great with this project.

I then die cut this little boat and anchor from a die set at Spellbinders called Nautical.  I paper pieced the sails using the patterned paper and card stock from the Letter Box kit.

I also added the little ships wheel which was also from Hooked Letter Box Kit.

I then used some letter dies also available from Spellbinders to create my sentiment on the card and called it HMS Dad.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the Bubbly Funk SHOP and BLOG for more lovely Letter Box inspiration.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Quick and Easy Favour Box

Hello everyone and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

We had some awful weather.  It rained all weekend.  I managed to get a little crafting done but I was meant to be revising for my French exam.  I have done a little this morning so now its time for some blogging.

Todays project is a lovely little favour box which was so easy to put together.

I made it using a steel rule die from Spellbinders.

So quick and easy and all you need to do is decided which colour card you want to use.

Using the Steel rule dies are great especially if you need to cut more than one.

I have used the Keeping Tabs die for my project and these steel dies will cut all kinds of other material including leather and chipboard.

I decided to add some embellishments to my box and the Built On Love Stamp Set by Tammy Tutterow was perfect for this.  I stamped and die cut the little Flower Swag from the set and coloured it using some promarkers.

To finish my box I added some pretty yellow polka dot ribbon.

The Keeping Tabs Die Set is perfect if you have a wedding coming up or a big party.  They take no time at all to put together.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great Monday.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Go Tropical

Yippee its Friday and no more French course apart from my exam which I am nervous about.

As summer is nearly here Shabneez our lovely host for this weeks challenge at Daring Cardmakers would like to you to "Go Tropical".  Shabneez would like to see bright colours, clashing patterns, tropical birds or flowers etc...

The team can not wait to see what you come up with.

I went with a few tropical palms and a flamingo on my card this week.

I used a die set from Spellbinders and Debbie Adams called Tropics Wild and Free.

The set comes with lots of dies including a flamingo, palms and a pineapple for making your summer themed cards.

I created a background for my card by using some inks blended together to look like a sunset or perhaps the beach and sky.

I then created a stencil using one of the tropical palms from the set and inked through the negative space.

I also added a few of the other tropical leaves from the set using a selection of papers and of course glitter card.  I cut my flamingo from pink card and added this to the bottom corner of my card.

I then finished my card with a stamped greeting and a few sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.


Monday, June 4, 2018

One week and counting

Hello everyone and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

We moved my little boy into his big boy bed and he was super excited.  My back is hurting now as we needed to move the bedroom furniture about.

I also only have one more week left on my French course then my final exam the week after.  I can't wait to spend some time with my family and start on my next adventure but I am not quite sure what that will be.  I would prefer something craft related but we shall see.

I have another little project to share with you today using some very pretty dies from Spellbinders.

I have used a couple of sets from Tammy Tutterow at Spellbinders.  Both are from the Sew Sweet collection.  The little flower swag is from the set called Built On Love and the sentiment is from the set called Sweet Sentiments.

I started with a square card blank and added a piece of designer paper down one side.

I then stamped and die cut the flower swag and coloured this using promakers.

I then cut the sentiment from the same sheet of designer paper and then added this to my card.

I finished my card with a few sequins as I love my bling.

A quick and simple card made with a couple of die sets.  

Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the Spellbinders website to check out the complete collection from Tammy Tutterow.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Elemental Inspiration

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend.

Its challenge time over at Daring Cardmakers.
This week, as its the beginning of the month we have our elemental inspiration picture for you.

Please pick 3 elements from the image below to use on your creation.

I have combined this weeks challenge with a Spellblogger post and used a gorgeous die from Flower Garden Collection by Sharyn Sowell at Spellbinders.

The elements I picked were the colours, flowers and stripes.

I started with a piece of designer paper which had a little wood grain effect on it.  I then used a stencil to create the stripes using 3 different shades of blue ink.

I then die cut the pretty Flowers from the set using pink card for the inside and some beautiful blue mirror card for the rose detail.

The die set is great as it has lots of possibilities from using it like I have.  Or just use the rose detail straight onto your card and perhaps sliding another colour underneath.  You could even stencil through it and create your own background.

I then created a greeting with a little drop shadow in some of the mirror card using the Simply Said Phrase One set also from Spellbinders. 

To finish my card I then added some little pearls which came from a Through the Letter Box kit available from Bubbly Funk.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a lovely weekend.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sew Sweet

Hello everyone and welcome to anther weekly Spellblogger post from Spellbinders.

I am in love with this die set from Tammy Tutterow at Spellbinders called Sweet Treats from the Sew Sweet Collection.

The set comes with lots of lovely dies in order to create this bird and his little house.

I decided to create a shaped card using the scalloped edge die that comes in the set. 

I then created my background using the stitched edge square die and used some blue and green inks and blended them on to my card.

I cut all the elements I needed to create my little bird and house and added them to my card.

This set is just fabulous and crammed full of lots of lovely dies including the little flowers and leaves.

I finished with a greeting from the same collection called Sew Sweet Sentiments.  I blended two shades of pink ink onto the die cut sentiment to create a little ombre effect.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the website over at Spellbinders to see the full collection from Tammy Tutterow called Sew Sweet.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Handmade Flowers

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another fun challenge from Daring Cardmakers.

Its my turn to host this week.

 I have been having some work experience as part of my French course and I have been working along side a fantastic lady who makes paper flowers. Please check out some of her wonderful work over at Arty Abi. 

So I would like to see handmade paper flowers on your cards. This could be a punched flower or die cut but it has to be handmade.

I went for a fresh look with my card and thought it would be perfect perhaps for a wedding or an engagement.  I made three handmade flowers using the In Bloom punch from Fiskars.

I punched out several flowers from white card stock and inked the edges and the centres in pink.  I then sprayed them with a little water and scrunched them up.  I opened them out and added a brad to hold all the layers together.  I scrunched them up some more to get the look I wanted and left them to dry.

Once they were dried I added them to my card with a pearl in the centre.

For my greeting I used a die from Spellbinders called Simply Said Phrase Two.  I cut out several layers and glued them all together which made the sentiment stand out better against the white.

I then finished with a few sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the Design Team over at Daring Cardmakers to see their wonderful handmade flowers.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beep Beep

Hello everyone.

Does anyone else struggle with male cards or even cards for the youngest in our lives?  I do.
So this week I have made a card with my youngest in mind using a stencil and some of my own stash.  If you check out the Bubbly Funk Shop there are lots of lovely stencils to choose from to add to your projects.
To create my card I used this tyre track stencil and I just inked through it using some distress inks onto kraft card stock. I then added some die cut letters and these cute little cars which are available from Spellbinders.  The die set is called Little Guy and also comes with a train and a truck.
 A very simple card which I could make quickly and create my own background.
I thought this card was perfect for my little boy or even my husband as they both love to sit and watch any form of motor racing on the TV.

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by the Bubbly Funk Shop to check out the full range of stencils and also all the other yummy craft supplies.