Monday, August 22, 2016

The Sea Mermaid

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge this fortnight is 'By or Under the Sea'.  The challenge is to create either an underwater or coastal/beach scene. I used a mermaid from the 'One Odd Girl' digital stamps collection and created a sponged  underwater background for her.

Digital Stamp: Some Odd Girl 'Bubbles Mermaid'
Sentiment; created on a Word document
Papers by Stampin Up
Ink : Stampin Up
Technique: background sponging (  for both the square and rectangle)
Other: blue stickers, blue flower, rhinestones

We are sponsored by:

1. Alphabet Challenge Blog (JFF): M is for Mystical
2. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 20 Anything Goes
3. Creative Fingers Challenge Challenge #114 Anything Goes 
4. Jo's Scrap Shack: FFC #152 Anything Goes
5. Pattie's Creations: Challenge 125 Anything Goes
6. Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge #33 Anything Goes or add Texture
7. Little Miss Muffet Challenge #144  Anything Goes
8. Southern Girls: :Anything Goes #141

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Girl with Flowers

Time for the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge and this month's freebie is'August'  by Andrea Norris from Sheepski Designs. A lovely image indeed! All the papers are Stampin' Up's' including the designer  paper (old  6x6 paper stack). The sentiment was created in 'Word' but is not my own, just a saying I happened to like. I used Copics to colour the image.  The flower was laying around in my stash.
I printed the image out twice, coloured one, cut it out and adhered it to the designer paper. On the second printed image I coloured a section of  the flowers, cut that out  and placed it on top of the adhered image.  Gave it a nice dimensional look.

1.Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge    for the month of August.
2. A Bit More Time to Craft: #25 Anything Goes
3. The ABC Challenge: M is for Maiden
4. CCC Digi Creations: #54 Anything Goes
5. Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge Tic Tac Toe Gcc080816 I used 'Flowers,image and Punch /DieCut row
6. Polkadoodles: Week 31 Anything Goes
7. Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes #34
8. Digital Delights - Delightful Monthly Challenge #12

Monday, August 8, 2016


New challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers  and the theme is 'Time'.  There are various ways to interpret this and I choose to highlight 'time pieces' of days gone by and to give my card a bit of a vintage feel.

Stamp: Inkadinkado rubber stamp
Ink: Stampin' Up summer sun, chocolate chip  creamy carmel
Markers - Prisma Colour Light Tan, Sunburst yellow, yellow ochre

The two butterflies and the large pocket watch were made dimensional (printed out twice , coloured, cut out and mounted over the original stamp image)...

1. Crafts and Me: August Challenge-Anything Goes
2. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge: August use a digi or stamp
3. 613 Avenue Create#188 Anything Goes
4. Great Impressions August Challenge-Anything Goes
5. Penny Black and More Challenge: Anything Goes with a Stamp
6. Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes (must use stamp)
7. Scrappers Delight: #58AugustAnything Goes
8. Artbymiran: #64 Anything Goes (No digi's)
9. Crafting with Friends: #26 Anything Goes

Monday, July 25, 2016


Crafty Cardmakers new challenge for this  fortnight is 'Summer'. You can  interpret this theme as you like as long as its based on something associated with the season.You can create anything you like, card, tags, etc as long as it meets the challenge and the 15 or less challenge entry rule.
My summer garden is  always blooming in poppies,glorious  yellow Icelandic, fluffy red annuals and towering red orange orientals. The yellows will grow all season long but the orientals have a brief few weeks and then they are gone with the odd one or two blooms appearing in the late summer.   I look forward to them every year.

This card is for a wonderful friend and close neighbour. The card is simplistic but I am pleased with how it turned out.

Stamp: digital stamp from Just Inklined
Dies: Spellbinders ovals, Dee's Distinctively Lattice 2
Embossing Folder: Polka Dots
Other. ribbon and button from stash
Top Three - Crafts Encore, Great Impressions

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 Anything Goes
2. Great Impressions: July Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Broken Fairy: #7 Anything Goes with a Twist of Embossing (Heat or Dry)
4. Crafting with Dragonflies: #62 Anything Goes
5. Little Claire's Designs:#71 Anything Goes
6. A Bit More Time to Craft:#24 Anything Goes
7. Crafts EncoreChallenge  Anything Goes
8. Creatalicious Challenges: #25 Anything Goes with Optional flowers 
9. Sisters of Craft July Anything GoesChallenge 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 - Bearing Gifts

Final Day of Christmas in July 2016 over at Bugaboo and the freebie is this adorable reindeer bearing gifts. The challenge is a colour challenge.

Stamp: Bugaboo
Embossing folder with holly and snowflakes
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Dies:  Spellbinders rectangles, Spellbinders Labels Twenty for sentiment

1. Bugaboo Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge #7 Friday  Freebie and Colour Challenge.
.Freshly Made Sketches :#245 Sketch by Jen:
3.The Sisterhood of Crafters: Animals
4. Christmas Cards All Year Long July Challenge

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 - Beach

Bugaboo Christmas in July 2016 day 6. Thursday Challenge Photo Inspiration. The photo was a beach scene so here is my take on it. IRL the Merry Christmas stands out a lot more than in the photo, now having said that I wish I had darkened it before gluing it down.  I could not find my brayer so I sponged the background, think it turned out OK.

Stamp: Bugaboo  digital stamp "Tropical Santa - Buried
 Dies: die cut sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Poinsettia Strip by Cherry Lynn Designs,  Holly flourishes?
Other: red and  green/blue half pearls

1. Catch the Bug Christmas in July 2016 Day 6 - photo inspiration
2. Inspiration Destination: #4 Anything Goes
3.The Paper Shelter: #257 Holiday Time
4. Simon Says: Create a Scene
5. Lacy Sunshine: Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Too Late To Be Good

Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge #5 Humour Me Wednesday. I choose this little Penguin from Bugaboo called ' Poppi xmas Snowballs'  He looked slightly guilty (to me) so added a sentiment I thought suited it, just my little bit of humor :0)
Stamp:  Bugaboo's 'Poppi xmas Snowballs'
Sentiment: office word
Embossing folder: Snowflakes
Stamped Snowflakes: Stampin' Up - Snow Burst
Dies: Poinsettia Strip by Cherry Lynn Designs , Spellbinds Inverted Circles,  standard circles & Scalloped circles.
Punch: rounded corners
Other: Stickles- Diamond;  Rhinestones

1. Bugaboo's Christmas in July Challenge 'Humor Me Wednesday: Use scallops, bling & layers
2. ABC Christmas Challenge: N is for No Rules
3.The Sisterhood of Crafters: Animals
4. Sweet Stampin  Christmas: July  Challenge Anything Goes
5. Fab' N Funky Challenge: #313Add a Sentiment