CRAFT challenge #522 – Christmas

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Cute but mischievous comes to mind! Reminds me of my eldest daughter!! I love this sentiment.

She’s coloured with Chameleon pens. The background of the topper is tinted with broken china distress ink and layered onto a background I made with cosmic shimmer powders on black card. I die cut a snowflake flurry which I’ve also added to the card from glitter card. To cut this out I used some parchment paper so that the die cut released more easily and this fell onto the card giving a subtle reflection of the glitter die cut so I decided to stick this onto the card as well!

Hope you like it!

Together Forever

A friend asked me to make a card that was different for a 50th wedding anniversary party that she was going to. I know the couple and they are so sweet together that I thought this cutting file was fitting for them.

This is a Tattered Lace cutting file which I cut as a silhouette. I also used the outline from the cutting file to create an oval exactly the right size for behind the silhouette. The oval I inked with distress oxide inks so that it looks like a sunset. For the sentiment I used my foil quill (which I figured out does a much better job with a draw pressure which is really low). On the outside of the card I’ve also added a foiled 50 and on the inside the card I’ve added ‘Happy Anniversary’. The card blank and the foiled pieces were then sprayed with gold crafters companion sparkle spray.

CRAFT challenge #520 – inspired by a film

Come and join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge. Our sponsor this week is Dr digi house of stamps. I chose to use ‘Ice Hockey Hugh’ for this challenge as I’ve watched ice hockey for years (I even saw game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Ottawa in 2003!) and one of the films I like it Mystery Alaska.

I coloured Hugh in using Chameleon pens (NU3, BK4, NU00, NU2, WG3, NG4, BL2, RG3), cut him out with my scanncut CM900 and layered him up onto a background I made using two distress inks (fired brick and candied Apple). To make the background I used the direct to paper technique, spritzed the card and added salt crystals. I let this dry naturally and love the mottled effect it’s produced. After cutting the background to size I stamped stars in blueprint sketch distress ink along with the sentiment. The white stars I stamped in versamark ink and added sea foam embossing powder and heat embossed them.

The thought behind this was that I wanted a red white and blue American theme. I know I didn’t get any stripes in there, but those are on the ice rink from the skates!

I mounted all of this up onto a blue base card and love love love this masculine card inspired by the film Mystery Alaska. I hope you like it too and maybe you’ll be inspired to go find the film and watch it or even to make a card of your own.

CRAFT challenge #519 – Thank you

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When I was making this card I felt that I wanted to make a background. Sometimes you just need to go with your creative flow! So I got some of my pots of cosmic shimmer in the colours that were in my image which I’d coloured with Chameleon pens and made several fabulous backgrounds. This card just uses one of them!

The Chameleon pens I used to colour this image were BL3, YO2, NU0, YO3, NU2, NU3, NU4, NU00, VO2, YL2, BR1, BR4, YG3.

The sentiment is one of the built in words from the CM900 which I cut out 3 times and layered up. The top layer of which I added some of the cosmic shimmer powders to. I love this way of building up the sentiment for more impact.

Dream Valley Challenge #205 – yellow and black (bee happy)

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The bee theme came out here, with this project. The honey comb, a bee, ‘don’t worry bee happy’ and the girl has the bee theme too. The image is coloured with Chameleon pens and I also cut the topped into a hexagon shape too. The velum was also cut with a craft knife to go over the edges of the topper, and being velum I used a two way pen glue to draw on the back on the gold hexagons.


I’m so excited to post this as I am posting as a guest designer for SID since I won their April card design with my Lego card that I made for my nephew James in Canada.

The card sketch I was given is this one

And these are the cards I’ve made

For the first of these cards I’ve created a process video (below) and with the left over triangles I created the second card for my younger daughter. She’s a Dumbo fan so although she was turning 13 it was appropriate for her.

Take a look at the Card creation video for the first card and I hope you find this useful it’s on my YouTube channel. I hope you found this useful, if so let me know by leaving a comment.

CRAFT challenge #518 – Summer

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I love these balloons and I hope you’ll agree that they are beautifully summery. I can imagine them floating in a summer sky. I used my Chameleon pens to colour the balloons, stamped the ‘with love’ sentiment and inked around the edges of the topper with distress ink. I then used the same distress ink to stamp onto the 6×6″ card blank.

Dream Valley challenge #204 – summer colours

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Summer colours to me are the reds, yellows, pinks, purples, they are bright and vibrant, and rather than making a card we were decorating pillow cases at my daughters birthday party so I did mine to fit this theme. I used various stencils and some “Gorjuss” fabric paint that I picked up locally. The paint is quite creamy and I learnt that less is more and a sponge worked better than a paste knife!