Crafting with a purpose

A weekends work


Life sometimes gets in the way, but I like to make time for my “therapy” – my crating. Someone once told me that if I didn’t craft – think about how much I would be paying to relax in other ways, and that made sense that what makes me happy is to craft (among other things).

This weekend I’ve been working on some props for a friends impromptu hen night being run by her Senior Section unit this coming week. Shhh…….. she’s unaware so I’m hoping that these props will help the celebrations along.

These are some props I found on scan n cut canvas. Some are as they should be others I’ve adapted to suit the occasion. They were so fun and quirky to make! I chose to ink mine too to add depth, with picked raspberry distress Ink.

CRAFT challenge #459 – Animals

Our sponsor for this weeks CRAFT challenge is DRS Designs pop over and join the challenge at the CRAFT challenge. The digi designs I have been using for this challenge are “see you later alligator” and “skippy the penguin”.

For this challenge I chose a text block to be the main focal point of my card as we often don’t use them we just add an appropriate sentiment based on theme.

As well as the DRS designs images I also used a butterfly stamp from the Flutterby collection textured elements. The background stamp was from Hobbycraft and was their “A6 animal print background” and also Ultimate Crafts “Bricks and Paving” stamp set. The sunflower was one I had in my stash and to accompany this I chose an exotic looking stem!

Dream Valley challenge #174 – Vintage

Our latest Dream Valley challenge is Vintage – take a look and join us.

I used stamps from my stash for this challenge, ones that were of vintage cars, maps and tickets. I also chose to make a male card as these are often harder to do and I think we shy away from them a little. I know I certainly make more female cards than I do male.

I cut an elegantly shaped square card blank and used some distress inks and stamps to make a background to stick the stamped images on top of. The main images I also stamped, inked, distressed and shaped and layered these up.

#457 CRAFT challenge – Sketch

Head over to CRAFT challenge to join the latest challenge using the Sketch that Jo has created for this challenge. The sponsor this week is Digital Papercraft.

For this challenge I cut a card blank 5.5″ x 7″ and inked around the edges with tattered rose distress ink. To add depth I also used the same colour ink through one of the John Next Door stencils Quatro Flourishes. I used my chameleon pens to colour the main image and then inked and stenciled around the edges of this again with the tattered rose distress ink. I mounted this onto a grey mat. Found a sentiment I was happy with and stamped that in stone grey stayz on ink and inked with the same distress ink. To fit the brief I also needed a strip towards the bottom of the main image and some focal detail to the top right of the card. I raided my stash to find come co-ordinating papers and used the grey from the mat to create a strip and found some buttons which fitted the colour theme to finish off.

I’m really pleased with the end result. I hope you like it.

Gorjuss 18th

This is a card for a girl at work who is turning 18 this month. I’m hoping she likes it!

I chose a Gorjuss girl with her handbag as the recipient of this card always dresses well and likes her handbags and it’s an appropriate image for someone coming if age.

I used a side stepped card in kraft card for this project and inked the background, the stamped images, the die cuts and coloured the image with the same inks. I used a Dovecraft stamp for the happy birthday. A combination of Kaisercraft “perfume” and Tim Holtz stamps for the background. Then Papermania stamps and dies for the 18TH.

With heartfelt condolences

Cards of sympathy mean so much to the recipient and this one is no different.

I’ve been wanting to use the resist technique again for a while and making this card for someone I’ve know my whole life gave me the excuse to do so. I wanted the card to be quite plain and simple, but also not too somber.

I used:

  • A 5×7″ white scalloped 300gsm blank card
  • A slightly smaller piece of white card
  • A flower stamp
  • 2 x Distress inks
  • A piece of silver ribbon
  • A strip of card for the sentiment
  • Embossing ink
  • Clear heat embossing power
  • Heat gun

I stamped the image in embossing ink onto my white piece of card, then sprinkled clear heat embossing powder over the stamped image and used my heat tool to embossing the image. I was then able to ink over the surface and leave my image white in the background as the embossing powder works as a resist and the ink doesn’t stick to it. It’s such a simple but clever technique. So effective too. I attached the ribbon and the sentiment to this piece of card and mounted it onto the card blank.

Inside I stamped the sentiment “sending you paper hugs”

#456 CRAFT challenge – alien/fantasy

Using Saucer head from Doctor Digi’s house of stamps


White 5″ square card blank

Saucer head digi stamp

Black glittered card

5 white card circles of varying sizes

Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink

Broken china fistress oxide ink

Chameleon pens

Greeting from my stash

I found some black glittered card and decided it looked like a night sky in space, so I made some planets by inking some circles. The craft and alien are coloured with my Chameleon pens. Such a cute alien!