Thursday, 27 November 2014

Fun with APC’s

Have managed to catch up with the last three weeks of Claudine Criner’s Altered Playing Card Challenge. It has taken me ages to feel in the mood and then the inspiration hit all at once…

Week 10 – Outside the Box

Claudine had a little change of direction after her image transfer didn’t go to plan and changed the theme to Outside the Box.

Had a little fun with this one, here are the images.


White painted background, images from National Enquirer magazine. Used Robin Williams and Monica Lewinsky faces with little changes to their features.


Coloured them with Kaiserfusion alcohol pens.


Added Inkadinkado animal stamp images coloured with alcohol pens and Sakura Glaze pen.

Monica APC

Added some blue faux pearls to Monica, a doodled border and the words I Got The Cream.

Dog Data

Added some Zendoodling to Dog Data, this is how i think dogs see data lol.

Used a Stabilo All pencil to add some outlining to both the cards.

Week 11 – Snow

Claudine wanted us to use mop up paper towels we had collected for backgrounds but used Pan Pastels instead.


The snowman, snowballs and snowflakes are all rub ons but they are old and took an age to adhere.

Used Pthalo Blue tone and Ultramarine Blue tone a hint of Magenta and Pthalo Blue for the background on both Altered Playing Cards.

Snowtex from DecoArt makes a great dimensional snow border, added some fine blue glitter on top so it stuck and added a glisten as it dried.


Added some glitter stones to look like smaller snowballs.

Winter Coat

Winter Coat shows the cute Inkadinkado Chihuahua stamp coping with the winter snow.

Pan Pastels colour the background and dog alongside the rub ons and the extra snowballs.

I am entering the Chihuahua card called Winter Coat into the Pan Pastel Challenge Cold and Frosty Colours.

Week 12 – Write on your Playing Cards

Claudine’s post is all about Thanksgiving this week so she wanted us to write about what we are thankful for and what i like about myself.

Opted for other topics, are you a dog person and how do you communicate.

Dog Person


I like the TH texture fade called notebook, used this on both the APC’s one of them didn’t hold up too well but it gave some fab textures and tears.


Pan Pastels have some wonderful colours in the red and brown shades. Over the top Treasure Gold was added to highlight the lines and dots.

The dog head is the part i cut off to make the Dog Data APC and added a sim card to the communicate APC. Will fill these out over the next few days.

May i wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to my US followers and may we here in the UK take time to share in their day of reflection and sharing.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Speed Craft Challenge #7 Anything Goes

I hope you will join in with out latest Speed Craft Challenge which is being sponsored by The Old Design Shop.

The theme on this challenge is:


With Christmas coming up my mind is on making cards but wanted to make something a little different so went with a small Christmas wreath.

Last year i made a large wreath using the holly and berries from Darcy Wilkinson plate EDY03, i have a few of the leaves, berries and stars over as you can see.


I added to the shapes a chipboard circle, Ink Pads, glue, snowflake, numbers,corrugated card circle and a DecoArt Mister and these are the items i used to create my wreath.


Started the stopwatch and started by spraying the chipboard with the Magenta DecoArt mister.






Glued on all the stars and then stopped taking pictures so i could finish within the 15 minutes. Glued on the holly leaves leaving room for the berries.

Coloured the corrugated circle with Vintage Photo DI, the snowflake with Peacock Feathers DI and recoloured the numbers using a red Posca Pen as the red ink pad didn’t cover them too well.


Layered up the corrugated circle, snowflake, the numbers then glued on the berries.

Used my Cropodile to add a hole at the top and inserted a eyelet in copper colour to match the colours of the wreath, added some tartan ribbon. Pleased with how this turned out but there was something missing, sparkle!


Sprayed some Crafters Companion Gold Glitter spray over the whole thing, much better.


Close up of the sparkle.


Managed to complete the small wreath in under the 15 minutes.

Hope you have been inspired to join in with our Challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you can do in 15 minutes.

Come and join in the FUN over at the Speed Craft Challenge Blog and see what my team mates have been busy creating, see you there!

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Anniversary Cards

As usual i have made our Anniversary cards, went for something a little different this year.

Used kraft card sized 8 x 8 inches for the base.

For both cards i used Tim Holtz numbers embossing folders to create the number panels and an A4 embossing folder with a paisley design for the card spine.


Used violet DecoArt mister to cover the white number panel, took some of the colour off to get this shade. When dry took some 80 grit sanding paper and gently sanded the background to give a scratched look. Went round the numbers with a Derwent Graphik black pen and then a Stabilo All pencil.


Mounted the number panels onto black card and distressed the edges then added a white border.

Hand wrote the sentiment, edged with Kaiserfusion alcohol pens and mounted onto black card to match the design.


Added touches of white Stabilo pen to highlight where needed.

For my card i used some of my favourite colours and stencils. Started off with a Crafters Workshop stencil called cornflowers, used DI’s Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Vintage Photo for the flower tops and Momento Bamboo leaves and Ivy for the stems. Added shadow with a white pen.


Used same technique of sanding the numbers and then adding the outlines as described above. I do like these colours on kraft card.


The spines for the cards were coloured using matching colours to the number panels, then over the top of the embossing i used some coarse white Pan Pastel to add the sparkle. if you haven't tried the new Pan Pastel white and black colours you should, they make an amazing difference over any colour you have used.


Am really pleased with how both cards turned out. Here is the inner i added for us to write our words. Used a Martha Stewart corner punch and then highlighted with a Unipin pen.

For the envelopes i cut up a white A4 sized one and cut it down to size. Cut off the flap and adhered that to the top of the cut down envelope so i can stick it down.  This is a great use of larger envelopes when you don’t have the time to make your own.


Not a good picture but i hope you can see what i have done.

I do hope you have enjoyed your visit today, looking forward to your lovely comments.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Q&L Challenge 23 Journey or Friendship

The Craft Barn’s latest Challenge is to use the words Journey or Friendship.

One of my favourite quotes is:

The journey Is The Reward which is a Chinese Proverb but this didn’t include both words so i looked and found something else.

Q&L Chall 23 front Nov 2014

Used Craft Artist Professional and an iCard sized template. Medieval digi kit fort the figures and wings. The quote is from a lady called Gail Lynne Goodwin, it reads:

Friendship makes the journey easier and the trip worthwhile.

Q&L Chall 23 Nov bk 2014

The reverse of the iCard with the details of the Challenge.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today, looking forward to your comments.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

30 Of A Kind

Been keeping myself occupied making some Christmas cards. Wanted to keep the ones i make for OH’s work very simple, settled on a chalkboard style.

The stamps are from Paper Artsy’s new Christmas Hot Picks and JOFY’s 2013 Christmas release. My favourite snowflake stamp ever is in the JOFY set.


Took 3 pieces of black 300gsm card stock and dry brushed some white paint over them. Stamped the sentiment using a white Artiste ink pad. These ink pads are very juicy and great for this style.

Cut out the sentiment and adhered onto kraft card, these cards are 4 x 4 inches. Went round the outside of the black card with a white pen.


Stamped on the rear of the card using my favourite snowflake stamp and added some bling using diamond Stickles.


Used two different sentiments for the insides from the Hot Picks set, the Santa stamp and the happy holidays.


Made envelopes to go with the cards using the WRMK Envelope board, used a thick silk paper which has a little sheen to it.  Stamped the star border from the JOFY set of stamps and coloured them in using Staedtler pencils.

There are 30 of these cards, they look great stacked together but there is one thing missing, they need seals for the envelopes. Am making these from sticky back labels and my Sizzix circle die. They are not done yet as i need to rest my hands for a couple of days. Will update post when they are done.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today and look forward to your comments.

Thanks for dropping by.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Speed Craft Challenge #6 Anything Goes.

I am so excited as this is my first ever DT blog post!

Ingrid has chosen the theme Anything Goes for our 6th 15 minute Speed Challenge.

Movember was the first thing that came to mind using Tinglyitchiness from Stampotique, i already have some stamped and coloured images of him as i like to use him on lots of projects. I also used stash pieces as some are pre coloured and pre embossed.


The items i chose to use for my challenge.

The card and the tea bag were embossed using a Sizzix folder with moustaches, took this with me to a workshop and didn’t use them.


Started the timer and placed them onto the felt bunting, 13.50 minutes on the clock.


Added colour to the pieces using Archival Black ink and Peacock Feathers DI, 9.61 minutes left.



Glueing and cutting the edges off left me with 5.51 minutes to go.

I paused the timer at this stage as i had to move to another room to use my sewing machine.



My machine is always set up so i just had to change the thread and bobbin and then sew the front paper pieces down using a straight stich. This is the completed piece within the time limit.

SPC6 Nov6 2014 crop

I finished the bunting with 1 minute 44 seconds to spare but it needed to be finished off.


I cut out a piece of lightweight cotton material and chose a piece of ribbon from stash, changed to an overcasting foot and using the same cream cotton went over the sides to neaten it off, this took another 5 minutes.


I hope you like the bunting with acrylic felt background and the card all sewn on the top. Took inspiration from a workshop called Collage Boxes Workshop i went on recently with Anne Brooke, really enjoy this technique, hope you try it too.

If you have the time please go and see what the other DT members have created for Challenge 6.





Thank you for dropping by, am looking forward to your comments.


Playing Catch Up

With being unwell i have neglected some of the challenges i like to play along with. Today i am catching up with Claudine Criner’s Altered Playing Card Challenge. I do hope you take the opportunity to visit Claudine’s Blog and find some inspiration amongst her many posts and tutorials.

Week 7 was about the sea.


Both the altered cards.


Hope you can see the seahorse close to the ferns. This card has been gessoed before adding the colours and all the little bubbles.

Stamped the seahorse and the ferns onto tissue paper and then adhered them onto the card, wanted them to look like they were hidden from view.


Followed the prompts about using masking tape to keep an area clear for the focal image.

Stamped the Paper Artsy fish directly onto the gessoed background then added the words.


Week 8 was about hearts.


Followed both Claudine’s prompts, loved making both these altered cards.


Used a Paper Artsy heart and used my own hand writing to add the words.


This one was fun to make used DecoArt Media Misters for the drippage. Had already drawn into the gesso the flower shape on the left hand side. Added a heart over the top and the words which read love of nature.


Week 9 (caught up now)has no theme.

Most people have gone for bright and bold using similar colours to Claudine.


Used one of the new Mirabelle stamps and a cute Monster from Stampotique. One is for Christmas and the other just playing with layering and Spectrum Noir pencils.


Both cards again have gessoed backgrounds, but i added a layer of card which has been put through a freebie embossing folder of snowflakes, added rainbow glaze.

When dry added the washi tape and the monster which was stamped onto card and then coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils.


Kept to a similar palette but more pastel, the background card has been gessoed and a design drawn into before it had dried.

Added some pieces of book paper, a layer of flowers from a freebie die and then the Mirabelle Angel which had been stamped onto white card, coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and then adhered on top of the layers.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit, looking forward to your comments.