Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #171- By Or Under The Sea


Hello, the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers is 'By or Under The Sea'.

For my card I have used some stamps from Hobby Arts 'Shells' and 'By The Sea' stamp sets. I stamped the images and coloured them with Polychromos pencils and added some gloss varnish over them.

The background papers are from the 'Under The Sea' paper block from Joy Crafts and I used some circle dies to cut the apertures into which I set some of the stamped images.

The sand was made by mixing embossing powder with Glossy Accents and then spread over a torn piece of card to which I added the rest of the stamped images and some miniature shells.

I finished by adding some clear glitter and sequins.

I hope you like my inspiration for this challenge and please check out my fellow DT's cards as they have made some gorgeous projects.

Thanks for stopping by.
Sally.x.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #170- Time


Hello, today sees the start of the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. Lin is hosting this time around and her chosen theme is 'Time'.

I decided to base my card around the saying 'Tempus Fugit'. So I picked out a watch face stamp from Crafty individuals and some wing dies from Cherry-Lynn as a basis.

I then picked out a few more stamps from Crafty individuals including a musical text background stamp, a birds nest, ink splatter and an ornate scroll that I used throughout the card.

The backing papers are also from Crafty Individuals and I have decoupaged the Doves and used a Tonic flower punch for the flowers.

The tag die is from Marianne Designs and the large clock face has been cut using my Silhouette. I have used lots of Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Pearl Mica Spray and gold rhinestones to finish my card.

I hope you like this card and please check out my fellow Design Team members blogs as they have made some stunning projects.

Thanks for stopping by.
Sally.x.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Autumn Nature Trail


Hi, just a quick post today to show an Autumn themed painting that I have made using the 'Nautre Trail' stamp set from Hobby Art.

I added some hand drawn toadstools and then stamped out the scene using the stamps. I then used Pebeo Drawing Gum to mask out the animals and trees so that I could paint the background.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman's to paint this picture on Winsor and Newton Artist Cold Press (Not) water colour paper. I then removed the Pebeo Gum and painted the animals and trees.

The picture frame is from my local £ shop and has been painted with Do Crafts Acrylic paints and gold gilding wax, before adding some acrylic varnish to protect it.

I hope you like this picture and thanks for taking the time to visit.
Sally.x.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Shabby Chic Birthday Wishes


Hello, today I have a quick card to share with you that I made using the same supplies as Monday's card for Crafty Cardmakers.

The papers come from the 'A Beautiful Life' paper pack by Trimcraft. I have also used some resin roses, a rosette flower and pearls which match the collection.

The gold patterned vellum border was a scrap from a very old scrapbooking pack and the gold dotty border is Washi Tape.

The large flower was a pre made one that I bought from my local craft shop and the leaves and doily were cut using my Silhouette. The leaves were coloured using Spectrum Aqua markers.

The sentiment is from a Woodware sentiment set and I finished by adding some 'Cotton Candy' Distress Stickles and diluted white Acrylic paint.

I hope you like my card and thanks for taking the time to visit.
    Sally.x.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #167- Shabby Chic/ Distressed


Hi, today sees the start of the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. Ina is hosting this challenge and has chosen the theme of Shabby Chic/ Distressed. 

For my card I started with a Kraft card base, to which I added a layer of white pearl card. I then added some corrugated Kraft card and some patterned paper from 'A Beautiful Life' papers from Trimcraft. 

The Lacy circles are cut from the pearl card using my Silhouette, as is the patterned circle layer. 

The large flower and leaves have also been cut from the Pearl card using my Silhouette, then coloured with Spectrum Aqua Markers. The rosette flower was a  ready made embellishment that matches the paper pack, as do the pearls and metal pearl brad.

The vellum flower and pink patterned flower were made with a Tonic flower punch and a pearl added in the centre. The remaining flowers are made with paper clay and a silicone mould.

I finished the card with some matching pearls in various pinks and white and lots of splatters of diluted white Acrylic paint. 

I hope you like my inspiration for this challenge and please check out my fellow DT's blogs as they have made some gorgeous cards. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit.
    Sally.x.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #166- For A Special Man


Hello, today sees the start of the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. Julie is hosting this challenge and she would like to see your cards made with a Special Man in mind.


For my card I decided to use the 'Mr Smith's Workshop' stamp set that came free with Issue 70 of the Docrafts Creativity magazine and the matching paper pack.

I started by making a flip card with a Crafts- Too die and black card stock. I then used some of the different papers from the pack to decorate the card base.

I then used some Cheery-Lynn dies to cut a selection of cogs, which I embossed with Silver, Gold, Copper and Verdigris embossing powders. I used these to edge and embellish around the card.


I used some black and gold metallic thread to attach the silver spanner charm. The Hammer, Spanner and Saw were drawn using the 'Tool' stencil from that Special touch and coloured with Twinkling H2O's.

The plaque, borders and DAD were embossed with Queens Gold embossing powder from Ranger and also painted with the H2O's. The Number text in the centre of the plaque was cut from one of the patterned paper sheets and the 1 was cut and embossed with the embossing powders.

I added some screw shaped brads and rhinestones to finish.

I hope you like my card an please check out my fellow DT's blogs as they have made some fabulous projects. Thanks for taking the time to visit.
    Sally.x.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #163- Pearls Or Gems


Hello, today sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. Bec is hosting this challenge and she would like to see your makes that include Pearls or Gems. 

For my card I decided to start by drawing the outline of the Eiffel Tower before filling in the silhouette with a Quatrefoil pattern in pencil. I then used a 01 Black Uni Pin pen to ink the lines and erased the pencil marks. I traced through a portion of the 'Flourish' stencil from Tim Holtz to create the swirly flourish. 

The background was coloured with 'Antique Linen' and 'Tattered Rose' Distress Ink. I then stamped some script, leaves and postage mark stamps that I got from my local supermarket a few years ago. I used 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink for this. I then splashed droplets of water over the background and lifted the colour with some kitchen roll.

I painted the flourish and Eiffel Tower using my old set of Winsor and Newton Artist Watercolours. I coloured some leaves which were cut using my Silhouette with the watercolour paint and made some roses from paper clay, which I also used the paint to colour. 

I finished my arrangement with some large and small gems, added a glitter border with a Tonic Glue pen and some clear Wink of Stella to finish. 

I hope you like my inspiration for this challenge and please check out my fellow DT's blogs as they have made some gorgeous projects.
     Sally.x. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #161- Shaped Cards


Hi, Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers. Jackie is the hostess for this fortnight's challenge and would like to see your Shaped Cards.

For my card I decided to make an Octagonal easel card as a base for my river bank scene. For the top part of the easel card, I cut an aperture from the Kraft card that I used as my base card and added acetate and some torn strips of blue and green patterned papers from the 'Stomp' paper pad by My Minds Eye to create the backdrop.

For the Bulrushes and Vines I used the 'Wildflowers' stamp set from Hobby Art. The Bulrushes I stamped onto white card with Back Memento Ink and coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, before cutting out. The Vines were stamped with Versamark Ink onto acetate and heat embossed with 'Topiary Dark Green' from Personal Impressions.

The Heron was hand drawn with a Black Uni Pin Pen and coloured with Grey Copic markers and Polychromos pencils. I also added some Glossy Accents to his eye and beak.

I made some more Lily pads from air dry clay and some Water Lilies using a Tonic punch and Micro Beads. The frog, fish, boat and dragonfly are decorative buttons from my stash and the brown spotty paper is also from the 'Stomp' Paper pad. The sentiment is from Hobby Art's 'Sentiment' stamp set and has been stamped with 'Broken China' Distress Ink. I finished by adding some ripples and glitter where the heron is standing in the water.

I hope you like my card and please check out the Design Teams cards as they have made some beautiful projects and I hope you are inspired to enter the challenge.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations- Anything Goes+ Option Of A Sketch

Crafting By Designs- April Anything Goes!

Thanks for taking the time to visit.
        Sally.x.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Lily Pad Pond


Hi, today I have a card to share with you that I have made with another hand drawn image.

The Frog was outlined with a 01 Black Uni Pin Pen and coloured with Warm Grey Copic's and a Tonic Nuvo blender pen for a base layer. I then added details and colour with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and white Acrylic paint for the highlights. I then added Glossy Accents to the Frog's eye and to the 'bumps' on the Frog's body. When that was dry I added some Gloss Medium all over the Frog to make him seem like he has just jumped from the water.


The background was made by adding 'Broken China', 'Tattered Rose' and 'Bundled Sage' Distress Ink to a craft mat and spraying with Pearl Mica Spray and pressing the Spectrum Noir Watercolour card into it. I then added some homemade texture paste through the Tim Holtz 'Flourish' Stencil and some stamping with the different shades of DI and the 'Textures' stamp set from Hobby Art. I finished by adding some glitter, sequins and splashes of white Acrylic Paint.


The Water Lilies were cut from white card with a die from Pinflair and coloured with 'Tattered Rose' Distress Ink. I also used a Texture stamp from Hobby Art to add a slight texture to the petals with the same Ink. I curved the petals and stuck the different sizes together and added some crushed yellow Mica Flakes for the centres.

The Lily Pads were made with paper clay, which I coloured with a touch of water colour paint. I rolled the clay out thinly and then used some Spellbinders Circle dies to cut out a basic circle. Then I used a Craft Knife to make the circles into more of a Lily Pad shape, curved the edges and added some embossing with an embossing stylus. When dry I added some 'Bundled Sage' Distress Ink to the tops to reveal the texture.

I finished the card by adding a Pink layer under the water layer that was made with the same Distress Ink and texture stamp as the Water Lilies and a stamped sentiment which is from Hobby Arts 'Friends Sentiments' stamp set.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations- Nature!

Crafting By Designs- March Anything Goes

I hope you like my little Frog and his pond. Thanks for taking the time to visit.
    Sally.x.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Spring Fledgling


Hi, today I have a card to share with you that uses a hand drawn image. The baby sparrow was drawn with a 01 Black Uni Pin pen and coloured with Copics and a couple of Nuvo markers by Tonic. I also added some white details with some watered down white acrylic paint and some Glossy Accents to the eye and beak.

The Ornate oval frame, scalloped border under the sentiment and the leaves have been cut from my Silhouette. The frame and border have been heat embossed with Ranger's 'Queens Gold' and the leaves have been coloured with 'Bundled Sage' Distress Ink and 'Pearl' Mica Spray.

The backing papers are from a Paper Maker collection by Craftstyle. I have distressed the edges and added some 'Enchanted Gold' by Papermania embossing powder around the edges. I added some tears to the pink paper to reveal where I have used the Tim Holtz 'Latticework' stencil and some more 'Queens Gold' embossing powder.

The glitter panel behind the frame is a piece of the blue backing paper which I have wrapped around some gorgeous glittered organza ribbon (bought from my local craft shop).

The flowers were made by colouring some white paper clay and rolling it out so that it is paper thin. I then dried the clay and cut the flowers out using a Crafts- Too die and added some pearls to the centres. The ribbons and pearls on strings are from my local supermarket and the gems on sticks are from my stash.

 The feathers are also cut from my Silhouette and coloured with the Alcohol markers before snipping the edges to make more feather like. The sentiment is from Hobby Art's 'Friends Sentiments' stamp set and has been embossed with the Queens Gold.

I finished the card by adding some pearls onto the frame and two of the corners.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations- Nature!

Frilly And Funike- Let's Make It A Trio!- The Three Flowers

Crafting By Designs- March Anything Goes

I hope you like my card and thanks for taking the time to visit.
    Sally.x.