Tuesday 22 September 2020


Morning all.
I can't believe the summer is over and we are now at the beginning of autumn! The trees are still quite green hereabouts, except for the mountain ash's and hawthorne's berries that is.
According to the Met Office, today is the last of the warm weather, temps are set to plummet by half by the end of the week!
Anyway as its Tuesday, its time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time our theme is:-


I went with a cute dinosaur from LOTV called Birthdaysaurus!

He's really cute isn't he? Perfect for a little boys birthday.
I used some NitWits papers and coloured him in with Copics. The sentiment is a really old LOTV one too.
For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here and why not join us this time?

I'm joining in over at:-

Cutie Pie Challenge - Birthday Party

Friday 18 September 2020

Uniko Challenge #61

Morning all, hope I find you well and coping in these strange times.
It's come around to be time to announce the start of a brand new Anything Goes challenge over at Uniko.
Here is my inspiration using Nature's Treasures II stencil and So Much stamp set.

I chose to go with the option of thanks for my card.

I've been playing with my Gelli plate these last few weeks, I bought it a couple of years ago and it was still in its package, unloved and unused. I was always fascinated by the prints I saw online but a little wary too. I'm really a CAS girl at heart so was a bit reluctant to let the control out of my hands but after watching another Jennifer McGuire video on You Tube, I decided to crack the seal and have a play.
Needless to say I now have a pile of backgrounds and you may see a few more of them in weeks to come, it was quite addictive.

I first created my background by adding Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral DOx to my plate, spread it out with a brayer and took a couple of prints off it. The one I used for this example was the second and was much paler than the first so the leaves I added later would show up. 
For the leaves, I added a mix of Gathered Twigs and Spiced Marmalade to the plate then added the stencil over the top and took a print. I repeated this a couple of times, moving my background around as I pressed over the plate. The leaves become paler with each pull giving the effect of recession, as though you are looking through the branches.
On an A6 base card I added part of the finished leaf panel, then added a larger one of cream over the inked one, trimming away the excess.
On a strip of black card I heat embossed the sentiment with gold EP and trimmed it down before adding to my cream panel, leaving a small line of the top panel showing.
So that's about it from me, please check out the rest of the DT inspiration and then why not join in?

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Snowflake Bridge Card

Afternoon folks.
Hope I find you well and ready for an other colour challenge from Color Hues.
This time we would like to see projects using the colours listed below.

Here's my inspiration for you.

This time the colours immediately shouted winter, so I made a snowy Christmas card.
After watching another Jennifer McGuire You Tube video, I decided to make a bridge card.
I've never made a card using this technique before so thought I would have a go.

My base card was made by taking a piece of mid blue card which was trimmed to 51/2"x 9" and then scored and folded at 1", 13/4" 41/2" and 33/4"
The middle panel was made by inking through my favourite Uniko snowflake stencil with a variety of DOx inks in shades of blue and turquoise as well as some opaque white onto turquoise card, 9"x 33/4". It's my go to winter background stencil, the snowflakes are gorgeous and you can move the stencil around to get a lovely sense of perspective with the different colours.
Strips of white and sparkly blue card were added to the outer edges and the center stenciled panel was glued down the middle.
I cut 2 small and one large snowflakes from white card and added them to the card. Well, I say added, but I discovered that the small snowflake was marginally too small to bridge the gap so to solve this I added a strip of white behind each and a stamped sentiment strip along the front to make the bridge.

I quite like the end result and may have another go at this technique but what will you come up with by using just the challenge colours. We'd love to see them all in the gallery. 
The DT have come up with lots of fab inspiration if you are lacking here.

Joining in over at:-

As You Like It Challenge
Favourite stencil and why
It's just so versatile and easy to use and the effects are great too!

Tuesday 8 September 2020

C4G Monochrome

Good morning, hope I find you well.
My these Tuesdays come around pretty quickly, its time for a brand new challenge a Cardz4Guyz.
This time our theme is:-


For my design, I went with a Christmas theme and shades of grey with added embossed sparkle.

I used Hero Arts Winter Trees and stamped it on white card with Altenew's Industrial Diamond. Whilst still wet, I threw on some holographic EP, which adds tons of sparkle but no colour. Hopefully it also wont shed glitter everywhere!
A strong image that doesn't need much in the way of embellishments, so perfect for a masculine card. The finished image looks so serene, a forest in the midst of a snow flurry, so evocative you can just imagine the silence!
The stamped panel was cut down using a stitched rectangle die, mounted on a slightly larger dark grey panel of card and a simple Altenew sentiment completes.
Simples, great for bulk Christmas makes, just change the colour of ink for a totally different feel.
For more monochromatic inspiration check out the team here, then why not join in, we'd love to see your take on the theme.

Joining in over at:-

                                                  S for Snowy


Tuesday 1 September 2020

Shades of Yellow and Green

It's the first of the month and time to launch a brand new challenge blog, Color Hues, I will get used to the spelling, eventually! My spell check already shouts at me for typing COLOUR.

For our first challenge, we'd like you to create a project using just the colours listed below.

Here is my take on the challenge.

When I first heard of Nancy's concept for the challenge I immediately thought of layered stamping and dies. They are perfect for our themes, this time I chose layered die cuts with additional background stamping in shades of green.
The flowers are from Altenew, their Garden Pick dies, and I coloured each piece with graduating shades of Copic marker, yellow for the blooms and green for the leaves. I did add some v dark olive green to the centers and coloured a strip of card with the same before stamping the Uniko greeting and embossing with white EP.
The sun was quite strong when I took the photo and the colours are somewhat bleached out, especially the yellows but you get the general idea!

So for more colour themed inspiration please check out the rest of the team here and why not join in?

The challenge is open until 9:00 AM (EST) 14th Sept and the winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer! 
So what are you waiting for?