Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sparkle and Shine

Hello everyone.
I am a few days late with this post as yesterday it was my daughters school Halloween party and on Friday I was busy making cakes for the school.
Its Nats turn to host this weeks challenge at Daring Cardmakers.
This has got to be my favourite challenge because its called....
Sparkle and Shine
I just love a bit of bling on a card ( or a lot ).
So If you still have your Christmas cards to make this is the perfect challenge for you.  But it doesn't have to be Christmas.
All you need to do is feature plenty of sparkle and shine on your cards.  This could be anything glitter related, gems, sequins, powder, ink etc....
I came up with a Christmas card as I wanted to use my favourite Christmas papers from My Minds Eye called sugar plum.  They do feature lots of papers with glitter accents but I didn't use any of those, not sure why.  But I used glitter card and a few sequins on my project.
I die cut some snowflakes in glitter card using a die from Spellbinders.
With kraft card I decided to use my wood grain embossing folder from Stampin Up just to add some more texture.

I then had to include one of my favourite embellishments for Christmas a little jingle bell.

Hope you can stop by the Design Team Blogs and get your sparkle on.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Card With A Tag

 I have just had a lovely morning filled with crafty Christmas fun as I had a Stampin Up party and the lovely host brought the cookie cutter set for us to play with.  I will share the card on a later post and show you all the yummy products we used.

Today is Friday which means it's challenge time at Daring Cardmakers.
This weeks challenge is to add a tag to your cards.

I made my card a Christmas card.  I think tags and Christmas go together very well.
I cut out the tag shape and then used a snowflake stencil and inked it up using a clear ink pad.  I then added some white embossing powder and heated it.  After that I ran the tag through my big shot using a woodgrain embossing folder.

I then die cut the Noel using some gorgeous coloured glitter card.  I then added a little Christmas flower, some ribbon and a jingle bell.

I love this Christmas colour combination.  I then used the woodgrain embossing folder with a piece of kraft card and rubbed the clear ink over it, sprinkled some white embossing powder and heated it to create the background.

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team blogs to see how they used a tag.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monochromatic Cards

Hello Everyone.
Another Friday and another challenge at Daring Cardmakers.
This week Svenja has picked
True Colours - Seriously Monochromatic
So show us your cards using shades of the same colour or even different textures in the same shades.
I went a little festive with my creation and picked browns well mainly kraft and I even managed to throw a bit of brown glitter card in the there. 
I used my favourite star framlit die from Stampin Up.  This die has been the best die I think I have ever bought.  I have used it in so many projects.

I also added a little panel of embossed stars and sponge over a little ink in tea dye to tie it all in.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.
Have a great day.

Christmas is Coming

Hello All.
We have had some beautiful weather here in France.  I love it when the air is fresh and the sky is clear and the colours of the leaves are just beautiful.
So todays card is rather festive again.  I love the inspiration that Merry Monday give you each week to help with the Christmas card stash.

This weeks challenge is a vintage/retro theme.

I made a box frame card.  So I then made it into a huge shaker card and added loads of sequins.
The image inside I thought looked very retro, the reindeer reminded me of those sweet little 1950's style ornaments.  The picture is from a set of papers from My Minds Eye called sugar plum which I bought from Hey Little Magpie. 

I then created a shadow effect on the word peace by die cutting it twice and sticking it together slightly off set.

I then added a little jingle bell to the letter P with a piece of twine.

Have a lovely day

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fusion Card Challenge

Hello All
Sometimes I get stuck when it comes to the layout of my cards and I needed some new inspiration.
So I had a look for some new sketch challenge blogs to follow and I came across Fusion Card Challenge blog.
This site is great not only do you get a sketch but you also get an inspiration picture.  So you can either go with the sketch, inspiration or both.
Here is this weeks image.

I went with just the sketch and here is my card.

I made a Christmas card in some non traditional colours.  I do like pink and blue together.
I made a little shaker card using the Jar Of Love stamp set from Stampin Up.
I added a few stamped snowflakes to the inside of my jar and I had to add a little jingle bell around the top.
I then die cut a few snowflakes from glitter card and added gems to the centres.

The papers I have used are from My Minds Eye called Sugar Plum which I bought from Hey Little Magpie.  It did take me ages to decide which scrummy papers to use but I think I just didn't want to use them as they are so pretty.  A lot of them have added glitter elements.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Elemental Inspiration

I can't believe it, its October.  I do love this time of year.  Especially with the change of colours from green to golden browns and the crisp clear mornings.  I have also opened the hot chocolate. 
We did have our log burn on this last week as well but that was only to burn some rubbish but it was lovely.  I cant wait for the weather to get really cold and we all cuddle around it as a family at night, perfect!!
Well as its the first Friday of the month its elemental inspiration time over at Daring Cardmakers.
Here is this weeks picture choosen by Gez
Also please say hello to our guest designer Joanne.
Lots of beautiful autumn inspiration and remember you need to use at least 3 elements.
My elements are an animal, leaves, colours and wood grain.
I made a little shaker card using some little leaves sequins and made the frame using an wood grain embossing folder.

The little owl is the owl builder punch from Stampin Up.  Which is fabulous as it makes a tonne of other little critters.

Hope you can stop by the Design Team blogs to see what they came up with.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paper Sweeties Inspiration

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I was feeling a little poorly, caught a cold off my children.  So instead of doing the housework I used the time to rest up and craft.
Here is a card I created over the weekend.

I created this card using a couple of fabulous stamp sets from Paper Sweeties with the matching die cuts.

To create the wreath shape I used the jar of love stamp set from Stampin Up.   I bent the stamp slightly to get more of a curve which is great especially when the stamps are so flexible.

I was totally inspired to create this card by the lovely inspiration photo from Paper Sweeties.  I picked out a few of the colours and what goes great with cupcakes?  Coffee of course!!
I also CASE(d) this card from Coffee Loving Cardmakers DT Link Up Pary #4.  I thought I would give this ago as I had so much fun taking part in the Coffee Blog Hop and found some new blogs to follow as well.
Have a lovely day.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pink Christmas

I do love non traditional Christmas colours especially the challenge from Merry Monday this week which is light and dark pink with silver or grey.

I really struggled with this card this week.  I went clean and simple and used an old sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
I received my order from Hey Little Magpie of some beautiful papers by My Minds Eye called Sugar Plum.  I don't if it was because they were so pretty and I didn't want to use them but I couldn't  get my mojo together while making this one.  But anyway its one to add to the Christmas stash.

I finished it off with a few sequins and gems.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy World Card Making day!!