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.

Musical theme

I’ve been playing with some new stamps this weekend which came from Creative Stamping magazine. They are by Sheena Douglass and I could see the possibilities and really wanted this set.

I actually made another couple of cards but I’ve given them to people already and I didn’t get to take a photo sadly. So here are the two I did get photos of.

These two are both the same but different colour ways and the second one I made into an easel slider card too.

I hope you like them!

CRAFT challenge #451 – Love

Using Lola heart from Crafty Sentiments

I chose to use a cream 6×4″ card blank for this challenge and cover it with muted splashes of colour. These splashes have got little butterflies and hearts coming out of them so I felt it fitted the theme.

The image was coloured with my Chameleon pens and used my scan n cut to cut out the image with a border, then matted and layered.

The sentiment is one of Sara’s from Crafters Companion. I chose to use the ‘red brick’ distress ink to stamp this.

CRAFT challenge #450 – Christmas

Using All Dressed Up digi stamp ‘Merry and Bright’

I chose to use water colours for this challenge and die cut the image, inked around the edges with a gold ink to give a subtle glow. I then layered this onto another coordinating mat and added some ribbon around the lower mat. The background paper and the flowers I found in my stash and the gold snowflakes I’d got already cut and I used these instead of leaves for a Christmas feel.

Dream Valley challenge #170

I’ve now also become a DT member for Dream Valley and this is my first challenge for them. It’s using Star Stampz Flower Elf.

Coloured with my Chameleon pens I think this image is so cute! I mounted this onto a contrasting green card and inked and stamped onto a cream card blank with distress inks. I felt it needed a little more some I found some leaves in my spare bits box and some corners to frame the edges.

CRAFT challenge #449 – box or bag

For this challenge I chose to make a box. My daughter needed a box to put a present in for her friend and this fitted the bill perfectly. I used the Bugaboo digi stamp “birthday bird 04”

I coloured this with my Chameleon pens and then mounted it onto a box I’d made using the Crafters Companion Top Score Multi-board.

I made a few of these boxes for Christmas gifts too.

#446 Christmas CRAFT challenge

Using Welcome Christmas from Crafty Sentiments Designs

I loved working with this digi stamp. I decided to keep my colour scheme quite simple. I water colored the snowman’s accessories and used masks that I had for the background. Everything was done with a few of my distress inks. I wanted to add some snowflakes so I cut the string of snowflakes for the top. And then cut some individual snowflakes and layered those up too. My sentiment is the let it snow edgeable. I’m really pleased with the results and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Golfing Jimmy – CRAFT challenge #448 – Anything goes

I got crafting Jimmy late in the day so this is a quick card, it’s a design from Digital Delights.

I coloured this cute image with my chameleon pens and inked a kraft card base with some distress inks. The kraft card always looks good for moody sky and depth in the grass due to the nature of it.