ATSM Challenge 69

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #69 – Addicted to CAS!!!

I know you’ll love this one …

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have used another catty image from our sponsor Nicecrane Designs. It is one from the Funny Cats by Thiele DSL Collection with some really adorable images for some fun cards.

Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

joyful cats

I just love this adorable joyful image, these cats just seem to want to dance off the page. There is so much movement in this image, one doesn’t need to add anything … and I normally love playing with rounded corners or embossing for CAS cards. This time I felt anything else would detract rather than add.

This is a very quick card, I simple printed the image out, cut it to size, coloured it using my promarkers, stamped my sentiment and mat & layered as shown.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Addicted to CAS’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Home is where the Heart is

Hi Everybody.

thanks for stopping by last week and leaving such lovely comments. I am so glad you like my cute Halloween card.

Today I got something different for you … and without any further ado here it is …

Home is where the Heart is

It is my entry for this month’s Lavinia Blog Challenge which is ‘autumn colours’.

Having been for a walk in some autumnal wood recently I was amazed by the amount of acorns on the ground this year, hence the little acorn house.

To do the colouring I used a mix of different media, I just love to mix & match and see how it turns out. The little house and the tree trunk were coloured using Promarkers, the background and some of the stamping was done using dye inks and the toadstools plus some of the leaves were stamped using Versafine inks. The sentiment was stamped in black and embossed using clear embossing powder.

Back soon with more makes.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

all stamps used by Lavinia Stamps.

 

 

 

Halloween Pumpkins

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #68 – Addicted to Colours …

which are very Halloween … see for yourself …

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I went for a Halloween inspired theme, here it is:

Halloween Pumpkins

I must say, I am not a Halloweeny type of person … in fact this is the first Halloween card I’ve ever made. Some of you might remember some Halloween Treat Bags I made for a challenge at Out of a Hat Creations last year, when I didn’t even have anything Halloween in my stash … a catty stamp and some hand drawn spiders had to do.

All of that happened of course before I discovered the joys of digital stamps and images, especially the ones from Nicecrane Designs.

For my card this week I used one image from the delightful Halloween Pumpkins and some digital papers called Grunge Fantasy Paper Pack, both from Nicecrane Designs. Both are perfectly suited for making some beautiful cards for this week’s colour challenge … and because I had so much fun making the card … I made a matching tag too! 🙂

Halloween Punpkins tag

I coloured my image using Promarkers for skin and shadow and Spectrum Noir pens for the green and mustard touches. I then cut my images out and blended the edges with mustard ink. For the layered background I punched a border using the green paper from the pack, and I also cut a piece of the black/grey and the black/green paper for layering. (My black/green paper looks more black/mustard, but then my magenta ink was close to running out. In fact I had to replace it after the sheet had printed). I also punched a lace border, a flower and some leaves from black card and some more smaller flowers from celery and mustard card. I then distressed the edges of my white base card with some black ink and blended the edges of my papers, but not the border, with black ink too before layering as shown and finishing off by adding some black pearls.

For the tag I cut some black card into a tag shape, layered as shown and added pearls and a length of black distressed celery ribbon to finish.

I as just thinking this combo could also be very suited for a late October Birthday card … what do you think??? Please let me know.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Addicted to Colours’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Girl on a Swing

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Finally the post I promised you for last week … another Gorjuss Girl creation …

Girl on a Swing

I finally joined the docrafts Creativity Club last week and had a play with some exclusive designer paper downloads (more cards to follow later this week). The striped paper I used in this card is one of them.

So, how did I make this card … my folded base card is 5×7 inches. I cut the DSP to size plus a 2.5 cm wide strip for my layer at the top and a 1.5cm strip for my grass border at the bottom. I embossed the tree on some lime green core-dination card and sanded it to enhance the embossing. I stamped the girl on white card using black memento ink and coloured her with promarkers before cutting her out using scissors and craft knife. I then attached the rope from the swing at the top only to my green embossed card before layering it on the paper and my base card. I then punched one edge of my 2.5 cm paper strip using a Scallop Trim Border punch (SU) and the other edge using a Stitched Border Punch (Xcut). I then fed some dark green ribbon through the stitched border, added a large pink button and green bow before attaching it to the top of my card as shown using 3D foam.

I then punched out 3 white small flowers, drew some stems and leaves on my embossed card using a dark green fine liner pen before gluing the flowers in place and adding some small buttons to their centres.

I then fringed one side of my other strip of DSP using some fine tip scissors, added a touch of dark green ink to the underside and curled the fringe as seen in the picture. I added two lines with my dark green pen and attached my grass in place. To finish off I added some shimmery highlights using my favourite gelly pen.

The fun bit about this card is that moving the card just a tiny bit makes the girl swing. 🙂

Hope you like it!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 67

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #67 – Make your Mark!!!

I know you all love colouring in and generally using your markers. I don’t know about you, but I would struggle to survive without them.

Again, our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have used another image from the Fascinating Bessie Gutmann CS set, you ma remember the little girl on the floating leaf ….

Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Rain

… not that it is raining here at the moment, but it is very cold …

I used some Spectrum Noir markers to add some yellow to the girl’s dress and some shading to the panelling. I also highlighted the ‘rain’ by adding a touch of blue using a watercolour pencil. The red and pink touches were already in the image. I stamped and fuzzy cut the umbrella and cut a little slot with my craft knife ready for layering. I then just added some stamped leaves to the image itself and as a border to some Designer Paper before stamping the sentiments and layering as shown.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Make your Mark’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Gorgeous Girl

Hi Everybody,

thanks for your lovely comments. As always they were very much appreciated. Yes a lot of work went into the little book from my last post, hence a quick card today.

Gorgeous Girl

Finally I made a card using this Gorgeous Girl Stamp from docrafts.

Just a quick description, which I posted on my Creativity Gallery at docrafts.com

you need: 5×7 inch folded base card, grey card, a scrap of cream, light and darker blue card, blue baker’s twine, blue button, xcut stitch border punch, corner rounder, flower punches/cutting dies, gingham paper from Bouffle collection, Gorgeous girl on swing stamp, grey ink, Promarkers to colour, white card for stamping on, black Memento ink, pearl
Punch along the top and side edge of your base card using the border punch, cut 2 lengths of twine and weave through your punched border. Stamp and colour your image, cut the grey card and paper to fit, mark where you need to stamp the scalloped border and then stamp the border using grey ink. Die-cut or punch flowers from cream grey darker and light blue card and layer as seen in the photograph. Round the corners as shown in the photo and mat and layer your grey card, paper, grey card and coloured image. Then tread the twine through the button and tie in a bow. Add sentiment, flower and pearl to finish.

Off to pack up the caravan. Back again next week with some more projects.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 66

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #60 – Anything Goes!!!

I know this will be very popular as you can allow your inspiration to roam freely and craft whatever you fancy.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

For this week’s DT piece I have decided to do something different … and I have been thinking ‘handmade presents’ … they always come in handy, especially as nobody can deny that we are a sort of coming up to Christmas.

I have used a Nicecrane image sheet, a collection of 8 pre-coloured images. Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Punky Dunk Gold Fish I

I made a little story book as a keepsake using the Punky Dunk And The Gold Fish Set.

Punky Dunk Gold Fish II

Below is a little overview of most of the book’s pages. I arranged the images in a way that they would tell a little story and kept the embellishments to a minimum to let the story shine through. As I was planning this project, a couple of friends came to mind, who are cat lovers and recently lost their great feline companion …

The tag on this first page fits in behind the little poem

Punky Dunk Gold Fish III

For the background I used stamps and pretty paper. I also added my own titles which I made up on my computer.

Punky Dunk Gold Fish IV

My embellishments are made up of die-cut shapes, pearls and candi.

Punky Dunk V

Punky Dunk VI

Punky Dunk VII

Punky Dunk Gold Fish VIII

I also left some space to add a personal message or two …

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More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

ATSM Challenge 65 and Nicecrane Birds Family CS both using the Birds Family CS set

Nicecrane Retro Christmas uses the pre-coloured Retro Christmas Collage Sheet

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

All the links to these sheets are provided in the original posts.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Christmas Baubles

Hi Everybody,

How time flies. Another week has almost passed, and I thought I’d share this quick Christmas card with you, one of the project I shared in my docrafts creativity gallery. I have also been trying to be a bit more creative in the way I photograph my cards, please let me know what you think. So here it is …

Christmas Baubles

I went to my local ‘The Works’ the other day and found this lovely Papermania Urban Set of 9 stamps called Noel. Of course I had to buy it and use it to make this sweet card.  I stamped the snow flake twice and embossed one in silver and the other one in gold. I then stamped the robin in red dye ink before punching out my stamped images using a circle punch, alternatively you could use nesting dies to cut them out.

Next I edged the shapes using red ink and punched my red border using the Xcut looped border punch. For the patterned background I cut a square from the packaging of the stamps and rounded one corner. I also cut a larger square from red card to mat my patterned paper on. I attached my background to my square base card and attached the looped border in place using 3D foam

I then made 3 bows from red baker’s twine and cut three lengths of twine to attach to my baubles. To do this I adhered some very sticky double sided tape to the back of one bauble, attached one end of a piece of twine to it and looped the other end through one of the loops in the border, cut it to the desired length and adhered it next to the other end on the back of my bauble. I then added 3D foam pads and twisted the twine before adhering my bauble into place. I then repeated the process with the other two baubles, each time shortening the length of the twine a bit more.

To finish off I added some snowflake sequins and gems to the embossed snowflakes, picked up some ink with a blender pen to colour the robin, added some highlights with a glittery gel pen and some gems to the punched border.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

See you soon … until then ..

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Nicecrane Designs Birds Family CS

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for your lovely comments.

As promised, I have some more creations made using Nicecrane Designs digi stamps/images. It is a sort of continuation of yesterday’s DT post for Addicted to Stamps and More (ATSM). As you well know I am also designing for Nicecrane Designs, and given that Ignacio is sponsoring this month’s challenges at ATSM, I shall be posting lots more projects using his images.

For today I made four cards using the remaining 4 images, one was used for yesterday’s DT post, of the Birds Family CS. All the images have incredible detail and, of course, are pre-coloured, which makes for quick and easy cards.

Here are my creations:

Birds Family Christmas I

I used this beautiful image of birds in the snow to make this simply sparkling traditional Christmas card. I copied and pasted the image into a word document, set the image width to 7.5 cm, something I did for all of the bird images, and printed the image on white card.

I cut my image and layered it on a piece of black card stock. For my background I embossed a piece of foiled card with snowflakes and layered it on black card stock. I layered my image onto my background off-set from the centre as shown and added a ribbon down one side and adhered it to my base card. I then die cut two snowflakes from holographic card, added a brad to the middle before adhering them to the card and finishing off by adding a Peel-Off sentiment.

For my next card, I printed the image twice and decoupaged the birds.

Birds Family Christmas II

I edged one of my images with black and layered it on a piece of dork orange card, which I also edged with black. I then embossed a strip of blue card with some snowflakes and glued it to my tentfold grey base card before adhering my image on top and tying my ribbon into a bow. I then shaped my decoupaged birds and layered them as shown. This card could be used for a birthday, thank you card or a more contemporary Christmas card.

This next card is for Kylie over in OZ …

Birds Family Spring

This is a simple mat and layer card with an added sentiment and some sparkly gems and glitter … enjoy!

For my last card I wanted to show how one can use the images as part of an embellishment. Here it is:

Birds Family Autumn

I tried to go for what I would call Modern Vintage, modern, because it is without frill and lace … at least that’s what I think.

This card shows how you can combine hand stamping with digital images. I created my background using various stamps and autumn coloured inks. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed using brown embossing powder. You need to allow some time for your background to dry before stamping and embossing your sentiment. If the background is still too damp, the embossing powder will stick to it too and not just your sentiment.

Whilst my background was drying, I die-cut my leaves and flower and punched out my little bird and edged it with dark red ink. I also slightly blended the edges of my leaves with brown ink. Once my background was dry, I embossed my sentiment and mat & layered my card as shown. I finished off by adding a couple of pearls and glossy accents to my bird.

That’s it from me for today. Hope you like my projects. Back with lots more inspiration on Nicecrane Designs Images next week.

Until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

ATSM Challenge 65

Hi Everybody,

how time flies, it’s Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #60 – Photo Inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is ….  Nicecrane Designs,

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at their online store. Pop over to the shop and have a look what fabulous images $20 can buy you …

… and the photo to take your inspiration from is …

As you can see, there is lots of scope here. You got flowers, fruit, pumpkins, leaves, autumn colours to mention just a few.

I have one Nicecrane image I decided on and had a play with. It is from the Birds Family CS collection of 5 pre-coloured images. Here it is, my DT piece for this week:

Birds Family CS

I went with colours autumn colours and leaves for my inspiration. The bird images make for quick and easy cards ideal for any occasion. I simply printed the image, cut it out and layered it as shown in the picture after running a black inkpad along the edges.

Before you ask … the writing on the DS paper is side on because I liked the vertical broken line effect rather than going for stripes.

More inspiration using Nicecrane Designs images can be found in my following posts:

Nicecrane Retro Christmas uses the pre-coloured Retro Christmas Collage Sheet

The Great Escape uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Merry Vintage Christmas uses the pre-coloured Merry Vintage Christmas set

Live Laugh Play uses one of the Louis Wain Kittens’ images

Storytelling Bears uses one of the Roosevelt Bears sets

Victor and Vanquished uses more Louis Wain Kittens

Adorable Kittens uses Louis Wain Kittens

Roly Poly Pudding Exploding Box I and II

Butterfly Babies

The Great British Seaside uses Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson

Summer Days uses New and True DSL

Vintage Scene uses New and True DSL

All the links to these sheets are provided in the original posts.

Hope you’ll like my quick make card.. Please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team. You can also get a freebie to work with by following this link Nicerane Designs Freebie.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂