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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Delicious Darkness September Challenge - Anything Goes/ Gothic Challenge

Today sees the start of the September challenge over at Delicious Darkness and I chose to go with the anything goes theme.

I used the fabulous Cruel Cruella digi that can be found here. I coloured her using flex markers and promarkers.

I started with a piece of A4 card which I scored at 4.5cms and 7cms from one edge, then I turned it over and did the same the other side to give the folds. I printed a couple of packing papers from Debbi Moore's Twilight Queen CD for the backing papers and cut these to fit the various panels.

I matted and layered the image onto black and purple card, added the black ribbon and the little charm (that to me looks like a little barbed wire collar lol) a foiled sentiment as the finishing touches.

I hope you will join us this month and I look forward to seeing all the fab projects.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My first Blog Hop

Hi everyone

Today sees something totally new to me and first ever blog hop! It's in honour of a dear friend Lisa who's not too well at the moment and we thought this would cheer her up. If you  started the hop at the beginning the you would have landed here from Paulinemargaret's blog

So I made this card for no other reason than to show I care and because I love this kit. The kit itself comes from craftsuprint and it's called Time For Tea. I printed all the sheets on to super smooth paper and then mounted the base layer on to a mat gold mirror card and then onto an 8x8" card blank. I cut all the decoupage out and layered up using glue gel. Once it was dry I glazed the watch faces using glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit all the other members of the hop, Linda is next on the list so please pop over and leave her some love. If you are unable to visit all the ladies, then please do at least visit Lisa's page...I know she would be right chuffed to see you had visited.

So here is the order of the blog hop for you :
Maureen Scott –
Jackie Cornfield -
Vicky Fortier -
Zoe Russell -
Teresa Morgan -
Bettina Leikvoll -
PaulineMargaret Stewart -
Karen Willis (Me) -
Linda Simpson -
Kay Roche -
Erin Bentley -
Kath Muckypaws Halstead -
Kristy Deyette -
Susan Renshaw –
Kay Mowat -
Fiona Walker -
Stephanie Lukaszewski -
Kyra Eunkyo Kim -
Catherine Craftyhands Wilson Dobbs -
Sheena Fitzpatrick -
Lisa Tyrell -

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Delicious Darkness August Challenge - Anything Goes

Hi everyone, sorry I have been missing lately but I've not been well and I've had lots going on in my personal life....but I'm back and with fab news too!!

As you can see by the badge proudly displayed on the side bar I am now a member of the Delicious Darkness design team, and I'm very excited to be working with Teri's fabulous digital images.

I'm new to the 'dark' side, so I'm both excited and also a little nervous...and I hope I do the images the justice they deserve.....and so on to my first project.

So I started with an A5 white card blank to which I added so silver mirror card and backing paper from a Debbi Moore CD. I chose to use Angel Of Death for my main image, which I've coloured using flex markers in the shades of antique white, cool grey 1, powder blue and sorbet and I mounted firstly on to black card and then the same silver mirror card as the backing paper.

I also used Tombstone 4 and  Pile o' Bones and added these using foam tape to add some dimension. along with some vine corners which I cut using Spellbinder dies.

I do hope you like my first project and that you will join in with us over at Delicious Darkness Challenges. There are a few simple rules to follow of course which are laid out for you to see below:

1: You may enter any type of papercraft creation but it MUST be a dark/gothic/alternative creation.

2: You can combine your entry with any other challenges that you wish.

3: ONLY ONE ENTRY per person please
(unless using Delicious Darkness images - see 4 below).

4: Although there is no need to use Delicious Darkness images, but if you DO (and we'd love it if you did!) , you can enter more than once (with your Delicious Darkness images that is) for more chances to win prizes!

5: Your entry MUST be your own work.

6: Your entry must be a new creation, no back-links to older posts please!
7: You MUST include a direct link back to the Delicious Darkness Challenge.

8: Most importantly - have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back again soon to see some more of my creations.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

JFF July Challenge-Anything Goes

Sorry I have been missing for a while, but I had an unexpected death to deal with and to be honest it rocked me to the it was complicated so it took a lot of sorting out. Anyway I'm back and today sees the start of the July challenge over at the Just For Fun Challenge Blog and the theme is anything goes.

I have been using my dies a lot recently and today I want to show you a card I made from two pieces of printed paper and a few scraps from my bits box. I love the monochromatic look and I think this would be suitable for a number of occasions.

So I started with a 6x6" card blank and cut a piece of black card to 5.75x5.752 to mat on to the front, then I cut then I printed both the white and black papers, which were freebies from Jak Heath's blog ages ago and cut the white sheet to 5.75x5.75" and matted this on to the black card stock. The sentiment I printed on to white card and cut out using a set of Spellbinder label dies and I also cut a larger one in black to mat the sentiment on, along with the large Cheery Lynn flourish, which I have cut up into smaller sections. The flowers were made using the black dotty paper and they were cut using the Spellbinder D-Lite dies Blossom One. I layered them up and added a white card candi to the center, I placed the flourish around the sentiment and added the flowers to finish off.

I hope you can join in with the challenge and I look forward to seeing everyone's entries :)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Monohromatic Monogram

Today I want to show you a card that I made for a couple of challenges over on Facebook. One theme was monochromatic, the other monogram and as I don't seem to have a lot of crafting time at the moment I thought why not combine both themes...and this is the result.

I printed the backing paper from Debbi Moore's Black & White Chic Boutique CD  and I trimmed this to 7.5" square and matted on to black card whick I cut at 7.75" square, then I popped this on to the white card blank. The monogram came from the square flourish frame monograms which I purchased from the Silhouette store and that can be found here. The design comes with two versions of the design, one has the letters welded to the frame (which is the one I chose to use) the other one has is a separate frame and letter. I wanted to have a mat for the design so I selected it and offset to .10 for the white and then decided I wanted the black mat to the the bottom layer so I offset my fist offset layer to .15 to get the black back ground, then I just layered them up using a glue pen because of the delicate swirls. The corners were cut from the ivy deco frame die set in the same black card and I mounted both the assembled topper and the corners using 1mm foam tape for a little dimension. A few black gems both above and below the monogram topper and the card was complete.

I would like to enter this in to the Cameo with Carley Challenge Blog for which the them this month is anything goes.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Sail Away

Today I want to share a card I made for a challenge over at the Mad Crafters Giggles group on Facebook. I love this group and the challenges they have just for fun, it gets my creative juices flowing. The theme for yesterday's one word wonder challenge was 'holiday' and I had been itching to use the new stamps I had recently purchased from another Facebook group the allows members to sell off their unwanted craft goodies.

I started by cutting a piece of centura pearl card to 6"x4" and inking with scattered straw and stormy skies distress inks, I then stamped over the blended background using a black ink pad. I have to say this stamp which is by Just Rite Stamps is very large and I didn't have a block big enough, so I had to improvise by laying the stamp on the desk and placing the card over the top and smoothing it on to the inked stamp. I've not done this before and as a novice stamper I was a little worried, but I think it's turned out quite well.

I stamped the sentiment which is from a Lili Of The Valley set again using black ink on to another piece of centura pearl card and gently blended around the edges using the scattered straw distress ink pad to tie the colour in with the main image, a little matting and layering using card from my stash and the stamped elements were finished. I cut the cruise ship on my Silhouette Cameo machine from a file that can be found in the store here and assembled it.  I used an A4 card blank which I made from a sheet of A3 centura pearl card, added the stamped elements and the topper, a few card candi for a great card for any man I think.

I wish to enter this in to the cameo With Carley Challenge Blog which this month is an 'Anything Goes' theme.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

New Challenge Over At Seemacrafts

So today see the start of a new challenge over at seemacrafts blog and the theme for this month is butterflies and rainbows. I wasn't sure what I was going to do really, until I found this beautiful cutting file in the Silhouette store...then my mind was made up.

The file is by Marji Roy and can be purchased from the store here and the comprehensive assembly instructions can be found on her blog here.

So I started by cutting all the elements on my Cameo machine, I decided I would do a coloured version but I'm sure this would look equally as great in all white with just a splash of colour for the butterfly wings. I cut the front and back frame sections and the butterfly bodies using black card, and the leaves in a green, pearlescent card and I cut the inner wing sections in a bright pink glitter paper which doesn't really show in the photo...but looks very pretty in real life.

I didn't want the back section to be open and so I cut a piece of graduating card stock in blue and green to fit in to the interior of the back section before I finished assembling the rest of the sections. I love the finished result and it was so very easy to make. I hope you can join in with us over at seemacrafts for the chance to win four of Seema's digis of your choice.