Sewing machine and poppies

Another card for my Canadian sister in law who runs a business in soft furnishings, upholstery and baking. A multi talented lady!

She’s a strong willed woman who puts up with my brother (he’s a good guy really) and she always has a smile even though things can be tough at times. I wanted to send her a card which was inspired by her love of sewing. She also loves the flowers in her garden, so I hope that she enjoys these ones too.

The poppies were from a charisma set that my mum has, which she cut out for me. I’ve just layered them up and shaped them. The leaves were ones I had in my stash. Whenever I have some spare green paper after a project I cut out leaves as they always come in handy!

The sewing machine was from a cutting craftorium USB which a friend had at a scan n cut meeting recently, which I borrowed as she kindly suggested that there was a sewing machine on there. I added these elements to a yellow sunflower background paper in my stash and added a stamped sentiment.

This is quite a bold card for me, but my sister in law likes bold colours so I tried not to be shy of them here! Let me know what you think.


#510 CRAFT challenge – recipe

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The recipe for this challenge was:

  • 1 image
  • 2 ribbons
  • 3 patterned papers.

So my image was the seahorse which I thought was so cute, the ribbons and papers I’ve used for the green fronds coming up from the bottom of the sea bed.

A while back I was playing with some cosmic shimmer and brusho powders and I created this background. I felt it was so right for the backdrop to this cute seahorse!

#200 Dream Valley challenge – all about bears

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For this challenge I used bears from my stamp stash. As most of the cards are for females I chose some fishing bears to make this for a male for a change.

I’ve had this stamp set for a while, but it used it before, so it was great to get it out and use it. This was the set of things I used to make up the card.

I stamped out the bears and the sentiment and coloured the bears with coloured pencils as I wanted a subtle effect. I found a piece of green paper for a background, but felt this was too plain, so I looked through some of the dies I had and thought that maybe adding one of these might add depth to the background. I found some paper to coordinate, die cut this and layered the die cut onto the green mat. I added some stitch lines by hand around the image mat and the green mat, but felt that the image mat didn’t pop enough so I added a black mat to frame this and felt this made it stand out.

Lego men

My nephew is turning 10 years old at the beginning of May and is very into his lego. I wanted to send him a lego inspired card, so this one is on it’s way to Canada 🇨🇦.

Alongside the lego men image I stamped the happy birthday greeting. I then inked the base card and the edges on the image topper. The inks were from the Tim Holtz distress inks collection. I chose to stamp around the base card to edge it with the triangular border stamp you can see. I added some personalisation by cutting out the name and age for my nephew and sticking these onto the card.

I’m entering this into the Stick It Down Card Sketch challenge for April.

Best Auntie @ 70

My aunt was visiting the U.K. for her 70th birthday and I’d been making up these flowers from a crafty day with friends. My aunt isn’t a fussy or pink girly girl so I went with blue tones. She’s always there when I need to reach out so i wanted to let her know she’s a good aunt on her special birthday.

I love the script on the phrase which I cut out with my scan n cut machine, and to add to this I cut out some numbers in a script font too. I found some coordinating paper which wasn’t overpowering and too girly, created a deeper colour mat and added a free hand drawn line border. Not every card is about colouring in and digital images, but they can sometimes simply be about paper.

I hope you enjoyed the card.

#509 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I love this fun and quirky image of an elf riding along on a bauble!

I bought this tattered lace snow globe a little while ago, but haven’t really used it before, though I cut the snow globe out and it’s been sitting on my craft table awaiting a project. Does that sound familiar to others out there?

I love the effect of die cut snowflakes on a plain background too, though this time the white on white didn’t look right so I found a piece of card that I’d mopped up some blue ink with to create a subtle mottled blue background and used this to die cut the snowflakes. I’m pleased with the subtle effect the snowflakes give to the background without overpowering the main focus of the card.

The snow globe image is coloured with Chameleon pens, and the snowflake at the base of the bauble and the top of the bauble are done with a two way glue pens and some mixed gold and silver leaf. To emphasize the snow layers on the ground I’ve used some stickles. I then die cut the bottom of the bauble in white and fussy cut the tag part so the I could stamp a sentiment, and attach this with brads.

I hope you like the card!

#508 CRAFT challenge – inspired by a song

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My card this week is inspired by the song “monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna as this stamp is “monster under the bed” and those are the words in this song. It’s a digistamp I’ve used before which I love.

I’ve water-coloured this digital image with some distress oxide inks. The image has a cute friendly playful monster that I feel makes you want to play and smile so I used the stamped sentiment “you make me smile” to echo this.

#199 Dream Valley challenge – shaped cards

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For this shaped card challenge I chose to make a an octagonal easel card. This shape gave me an opportunity to use my stamping plate and twist the card for each impression of the swirls, but I only line the stamp up once. This is something I’ve been meaning to try for ages but not had chance. Perfect alignment – I was very happy with my first attempt!

I created the shaped card on my scan n cut machine by welding two octagons together. I also cut a further single octagon for the base layer of the front of the card along with two smaller octagons for the topper and the mat below it. The image was coloured with Chameleon pens and the ink around the edges of the card was a distress oxide ink.

#507 CRAFT challenge – Add a charm

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I chose to colour Eve for this challenge, I think she’s a wannabe rock star! She is coloured with my Chameleon pens on this occasion. I die cut the image to make it into a topper and put some distress inks around the edge of it. A rock star always has a bit of bling so I drew around the edge of the topper with a nuvo glue pen and rubbed some gold and silver leaf onto the edge. I cut a slightly bigger oval mat from a coordinating card stock.

The sentiment was stamped onto the topper. I then adhered the topper to the mat and attached the charm with a brad through the two layers.

On the card based I used a gold ink pad through a music stencil and then overlaid some distress inks to create a coordinated background and then laid 3 ribbons on top of each other to bring the colours together.

The topper was then added on some silicone glue to raise it slightly.

#506 CRAFT challenge – spring/Easter

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The flowers are coming out and it’s getting closer to Easter, so this weeks theme seems fitting!

I’ve chosen to make my card in the theme of Spring with a fitting image of a girl sitting out on the grass among the flowers and creatures.

I wanted to use a slightly different shaped card this week as it’s sometimes good to do something a little different. She is coloured with Chameleon pens. The colours seemed to fit a background I’d created with inks and spritzers and a stencil a while back (it’s amazing how as a crafter you just know sometimes that you have a perfect background in your stash).

The background with the honeycomb then led me to using a hexagon for the stopper piece inside the card to hold the card front in place when it’s standing. Upon this I included a sentiment (also from Oddball Art). To sit either side of the hexagon sentiment I used two flowers which I’d got already stamped, cut and coloured in my stash.

I hope you like it.