Inspired by a song 🎵

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a good festive season however you celebrated. It’s now a new year full of new challenges and new inspiration! Hopefully you can take a look at older posts and find inspiration there too. Since this challenge is about being inspired it’s fitting that this is my first challenge for the year and has the theme “inspired by a song”.

So I chose the song “flowers” by Sweet Female Attitude and it is also my mums birthday this week so I chose this for her. She can’t have real flowers due to her allergies, but she does like them.

For the DT challenge this week the sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #664 is All Dressed Up (ADU). The theme this week is “inspired by a song”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital image
  • High tack glue
  • Base card – 300gsm
  • Coloured pencils
  • Backing paper
  • An edging die to add the border to the topped

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments. Please let me know whether this has inspired you!

Debbie x

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Rudolf fun card!

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I saw a post today to say that it’s only 2 weeks until we start opening out advent calendars!

For the DT challenge this week the sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #658 is The Cutting Cafe. The theme this week is “for the children”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

This week I chose to use this 3D rudolf card cutting file. The file has a trap door on the inside of the card so that the cup can be refilled! There are videos on the website which show you how to make the projects up so go and check them out!

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital cutting files (svg) – but this comes in PDF if you don’t have an electronic cutting machine
  • High tack glue
  • White card for the base – 300gsm
  • Red card
  • Acetate
  • Snowflake card
  • 2 colours of brown card
  • 1 gingham bow

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments.

Debbie x

Chrysanthemum skull, fuchsia and backgrounds.

Hi there, and thank you for stopping by. Today sees Stamp Addicts back on tv and these are some of my samples I’ve made for the show. You’ll also find these on Instagram @d_e_crafts so I hope you’ll follow my creativity and leave a message!

Chrysanthemum skull

The chrysanthemum skull rubber stamp is a deeply etched and as you’ll see it’s very detailed. I’ve used distress inks here to watercolour this image and have added a second layer which is raised as you’ll see below.

In the background you’ll also see the background which is “porcelain”, stamped in black onto grey water-coloured ink.

Another sample with the porcelain background is this one:

Porcelain background

More of the skulls and also some of the sentiments from Stamp Addicts

Chrysanthemum skull with lace border

The other stamp for this show is a fuchsia and this one also features another background “papyrus”. For this image I’ve cut several layers of the flower and decoupaged it up to give it some depth.

The last card below also uses the papyrus background as well as some keys which are also Stamp Addicts rubber stamps. Instead of stamping the papyrus as one whole background this time I’ve inked a section and used that section to fill the card from. This gives a more random pattern.

I hope you liked the stamps and the samples. Let me know if you have any questions and I’m happy to let you know what I’ve used and answer any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!

Autumn days duplicity

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. The trees are getting colourful and the weather is changing so autumn is definitely here!

For the DT challenge this week the sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #656 is Sheepski Designs. The theme this week is “Autumn/Halloween/”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

This week I chose to use my distress oxide inks and a Dylusions mica spray. I chose an image called “Duplicity” – for some reason I’m drawn to skulls and butterflies! I printed this image out twice so that I could decoupage a second layer for the rose and butterflies. The parts that are layered I gave also added the mica spray onto so that they stand out against the main image.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital image from Sheepski Designs
  • Distress Oxide inks (see above image for colours)
  • High tack glue
  • Silicone glue
  • Card base – 300gsm
  • Metallic card mat

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments.

Debbie x

Just for you

Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by again! The sponsor for this challenge is TPS. Each week we invite you to join us at the Through the craft room door blog, the theme is always anything goes!

I printed out the digital image and had some peach coloured card which was in my stash which coordinated with the image so this is what I used for the large mat and for stamping the sentiment words onto. To make the green in the image pop a little more, I also used a green mat which I cut with a stamp die. Between the green and peach mats I felt it needed something kind of lacy, but none of my lacy dies seemed right!

Can you guess what I used instead of lace?? The cream lacy parts were 2 peacocks that o had already cut in cream card in my stash. I hope you’ll agree that they look fabulous on this card.

Here is a summary of the materials:

  • 300gsm card base
  • Image from TPS
  • 2 cream did cut peacocks
  • Peach card
  • Green card
  • Rectangle stamp die

As always, I hope that you like the card. It’s lovely to see that you’ve stopped by to leave a comment. Thank you.

Debbie

Gifting stationary

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. So this week I have managed to get Covid again (2nd time) so I’m glad I had my project prepared in advance for another DT challenge. The sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #654 is The Cutting Cafe. The theme this week is “Gift box/bag”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

As you can see I’ve chosen a gift box. The stationary box set comes as either PDF’s or SVG’s so that you can either print and cut out with scissors or digitally cut out the pieces. Either way you can see that it’s a fabulous gift set. There’s a base and lid to the box with various apertures. I chose this one as it was an interesting shape and added some acetate into the window.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital cutting files/PDFs from The Cutting Cafe
  • High tack glue
  • Grey spotted box base card plus white card blanks – 300gsm
  • Distress oxide inks, stamps, washi tape and papers to decorate the cards and envelopes.

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments.

Debbie x

Male 40th

Hello there and welcome to my blog!

Birthday cards are the ones we all make more than other cards, and male cards are always more tricky. So here is a male card for a 40th birthday that I made recently.

For a big birthday I wanted to make something more special so I made a shaker card. The base of the card has some stamping on it in distress oxides (walnut stain and wild honey). On top of the card are some die cut cogs which coordinate with the card inside the shaker.

Thank you for stopping by!

Love is in the air

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. It’s time for another DT challenge.

On to the DT challenge and the sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #652 is All Dressed Up (ADU). The theme this week is “Anniversary/Wedding”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

I created a background on the base card just using gesso and on top of this added a backing paper which was again blue, but not what you would imagine of a sky. Under the hot air balloon I added some silver thread as well as every cloud has a silver lining.

The hot air balloon was coloured with pencils, but in vibrant colours, and I fussy cut it out so that it was floating in the sky.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital image from ADU
  • Pencils
  • High tack glue
  • Card base – 300gsm
  • Gesso
  • Silver thread
  • Blue patterned background paper

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments.

Debbie x

With sympathy

Hello and welcome to my little part of blogland! Whatever life throws at us we know (sadly) that we will always need sympathy cards. That’s just life! So this challenge I thought I would make a sympathy card for my box.

The sponsor for this challenge is KLM. Each week we invite you to join us at the Through the craft room door blog, the theme is always anything goes!

For this card I chose to use an image and a sentiment from KLM. The floral element I chose to use twice and rotated it to be a top and bottom element to edge my sentiment. I did all of this within Inkscape before printing the image in black and white.

For my sympathy card I didn’t want something bold either, I just wanted something quite subtle. To achieve the subtle effect I coloured with muted colours and kept things simple.

To tie in the colour I chose a background sheet that had similar colours in it but TL only showing a small amount of the backing sheet meant that even though it’s a busy background it’s not overpowering.

Here is a summary of the materials:

  • 300gsm card base
  • Images from KLM (flower spray and sentiment)
  • Pencil crayons
  • Floral backing paper

As always, I hope that you like the card. It’s lovely to see that you’ve stopped by to leave a comment. Thank you.

Debbie

Back to school

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. It’s time for another DT challenge.

On to the DT challenge and the sponsor for trimmies CRAFT challenge #648 is Oddball Art Co. The theme this week is “Back to school/Anything goes”. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

I die cut the note paper, added the image onto this. Then tore a strip of the print paper to the edge of the image and overlaid some gold star washi tape. All of this was edged with the gold paste. I also got out the sewing machine and ran around the edge of this topper I had built.

I created a background with distress ink and a stamp and cut this to add onto the base card. I ripped the print paper and went around the background print with some gold and stuck a square of this onto the background. On top of this I stuck 3 sides of the notepaper topper to make a pocket for the topper tag. Onto the topper tag I added a good luck die cut.

The paper clip I cut out of white card 4 times. Layered the 4 die cuts up to make it more sturdy and covered it with the gold elsewhere on the card.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital image from Oddball Art Co
  • Chameleon pens
  • High tack glue
  • Card base – 300gsm
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Edged tag die
  • Gold metallic paste
  • Die cut paper clip
  • Die cut note paper
  • Gold star washi tape
  • Black and white print paper
  • Circle dots stamp (indigo blu)

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments.

Debbie x