Monday, 15 October 2018

New Stamp and Die!!



I have just got the Simon Says Stamp "Winter Flowers" stamp set and the Holiday Frames die so just had to have a play! After inking and embossing the Poinsettia in white I smooshed on some Festive Berries ink to create the background, I then added the frame die cut, next I stamped and embossed the Poinsettia again this time in gold onto white card and vellum. After fussy cutting the flowers I layered up with a pop dot and attached it to the frame.  Last of all I added some sparkle with Gems and sequins.

I am adding this to two Flickr challenges, the Simon Says Flickr Group and the Love Handmade Cards Group, both of these challenges are "Anything Goes".

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 14 October 2018

A Christmas Gift Box.



Decided to make another gift box for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything but a card"

I used an old template that I have (not sure where it originally came from but there are loads on Pinterest ) Then after cutting out I masked up the front panel and stamped with some older snowflake stamps from Hero Arts and then embossed in white.  I then rubbed over Salty Ocean Distress Oxide. Next I added some torn white embossed card for the snow. The tree is also an older Hero Arts stamp, just added the bells and bow.

Hope you are having a great weekend, its blowing a gale here so I am tucked up in my craft room playing with some new stamps and dies :0)

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Place Setting Gift Boxes!



Just had a fantastic fun  weekend with three of my friends visiting from Surrey, we did lots of crafting and lots of sightseeing too.  Love catching up with them.  I decided I wanted to make a little table setting gift for them and made these gift boxes to hold a small hand cream tube.  Now they have visited I can share them with you.


I used a pattern I found on Pinterest for the box bases, then I stamped and embossed in gold the "Beautiful Day" set from Altenew. For each box I cut two flowers , layering up the centre piece to create lots of dimension. I then added the lattice die cut with the flowers and lots of pearls.

  
As you can see the hand cream fits in a treat.


I have made these before with a Christmas theme, they are also perfect fit for a Nail Varnish, see here and here.

I am adding these to the current Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp "Anything but a card"

Looking forward to the weekend now and my son is visiting, he has just been to the Los Angeles  to be a Groomsman at a friends wedding and while he was there he managed to get me some stamping goodies. So excited!!

Hugs
Sally





Monday, 8 October 2018

Christmas Shaker!!



I am starting to build up my Christmas Card stash ands had fun making this shaker card.  I cut mini windows in my card with the small Stitched Square die from Simon Says.  Then I stamped up and coloured these mini Santa's from Hero Arts. I then fussy cut and added them inside my windows before adding the acetate for the shaker element.



I then just added the mini snowflakes, decided not to add a sentiment as I rather like the CAS look. I shall add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Lets get ready for Christmas!"

Its feeling really autumnal here today and I have spent the day in the garden getting it ready for winter.

Hope you have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 28 September 2018

My Guest Designer Slot!!!


I love to take part in challenges as it stretches my creativity, making me try new things!  One of my favourite challenges to take part in is the one at the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group  so I was thrilled when I was approached by Barb to be the Guest Designer for the #107 challenge "Do it with Dimension".

Well as you can imagine I set to work straight away and came up with these cards.





For my first card I decided to make a shaker (Love making these)  I used the SSS Stitched Square dies to create the frame.  The flowers are from the  SSS "Spring Flowers " which I stamped, embossed in silver, coloured with Zigs  and fussy cut, layering up to create lots of dimension. Always love a bit of bling lol!



My second card again used the "Stitched Square dies" and the " Cosmos Flower Background" , I stamped the flowers with Distress ink then cut the squares.  I then  coloured the central square with my Zigs and layered up on a white frame. Added the " Thanks" die cut and some sequins for sparkle.




For my last card I went with a Christmas theme as I have loads to make in the next few months.  For this card I used the "Kaleidoscope Background" stamping and embossing once in gold and again in white.  I fussy cut four of the flower shapes from the white image and coloured with a red Zig pen, then layering two together to form a flower.  After die cutting the gold image I then layered on the red flowers adding a pearl for shimmer.

I really enjoyed making these cards and hope that maybe you will find time to play along with this challenge.

Have a great week.
Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Happy Birthday!



Had another chance to play this weekend as the weather here is terrible, gale force winds and heavy rain.  Autumn is here with a vengeance!!

Made another card for the "Totally Resistible" challenge at the SSS Flickr Group.  This time I stamped and embossed the "Cosmos" flower background in white onto water colour paper.  Then I had fun colouring with my Zig Markers and lots of water.  Love my Zig Markers the colours are so vibrant and cheerful especially on a dark, wet and windy day. Die cut the Happy letters with the Altenew alphabet dies and added the Birthday die cut using a Simon Says die.
Also adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Bling it on" as I have added sequins for added sparkle.

I am hoping the weather cheers up next week as we have a garden landscaping project on and I want to get cracking with it before it really gets cold and wintery.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Hugs
Sally


Friday, 21 September 2018

Christmas is coming!!!


I am starting to get geared up to make my Christmas cards, as I make about 50 I want to get a head start lol!  Decided to go with the SSS Flickr group Challenge theme "Totally Resistible"    and used the" Kaleidoscope Background" stamp embossed in Gold then smearing over Festive Berries Distress ink. Looks so pretty in real life. Then just added a SSS die cut snowflake before layering up.


A close up , love the red and gold combination.



I had a small piece of the red and gold left so made a small shaker card using the SSS "Pile of Presents" die. Adding this card to the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says "Bling it on"

Well that's another two made, still plenty to go!!

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Another Shaker, I am Hooked!!!



Had chance to craft again today and I couldn't resist making another Shaker Card for the SSS Flickr Group Challenge "Falling for Fall"   I do love Shakers and using this special Peek a Boo Window die and cut windows from My Favorite Things makes it soooo easy!!  The background in flowers are the Cosmos stamp set from SSS which I coloured with Polychromos and the leaves are also SSS.  Leaving this without a sentiment at the moment!

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Girly Birthday!!



I just love a bit of bling so love making Shaker Cards, I made this one for a 9 year old girls birthday next week.  A very simple shaker using some patterned paper and this gorgeous monkey stamp from Sugar Peas. I have used him a lot, such a fun image and easy to colour.  The background die and sentiment die are both from Simon Says Stamp.

Entering this in the SSS Wednesday Challenge "Stamp on it".

I have lots of birthdays in September and October so must get busy!!

Have a great weekend,
.
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 6 September 2018

More Autumnal Thoughts




Had another go at making an Autumnal card for the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge this time just using SSS dies and some smooshing with Distress inks. A simple card so just added some sequins for added sparkle.




A close up of the leaves which I cut twice and layered up.

The weather is definitely getting Autumnal here and the trees are beginning to turn.

Have a great weekend,

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Autumn Thanks!



After a couple of busy weeks with family and friends visiting I have found time to make a card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge which is titled "Falling for Fall".

Well I don't have many Autumnal stamps but after rooting through my box I found this really old Hero Arts stamp called Autumn Leaf Boarder. I created the background by inking the stamp with Zig markers and stamping and then water brushing.  I have used three Simon Says dies The Stitch Squares, Wonky Rectangles and Thanks on a Line.  Love making shaker cards, love the shine and sparkle.


 Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 24 August 2018

Flowery Birthday !!



Here is another card for the current "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Flickr Group.  This is based on this card I made back in December.   This time I have used the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, stamping the flower twice and gold embossing then fussy cutting and layering up for dimension.


The striped stamp is an older one but one of my favourites by Hero Arts called "Canvas Stripes".  All the background layers are cut with the Simon Says stamp "Stitched Square Dies" and the sentiment is computer generated.

Just a quick post today as I have cakes in the oven ready for our guests this weekend,

Hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Snowflake!


As the challenge at the Simon Says Flickr group is "Anything Goes" I decided to make another Christmas card to add to my box.

Used the Canvas Stripe stamp, an oldie from Hero Arts to create the background cutting with the SSS Wavy Stitched Scallop die and adding the Snowflake , also a SSS die.  Added some sequins for sparkle.

A CAS card , may have to make a few like this.

Looking forward to a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK , we have friends visiting so hoping for good weather!!

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 13 August 2018

Shaker Fun!



I do love a shaker card and this one was fun to make.  I recently won the Simon Says  "Shaker Present" die in a giveaway and wanted to use it to make a birthday card.  I stamped and embossed in silver some SSS "Artful Flowers" and fussy cut them Added some leaves from Altenew's Beautiful Day set and layered them up at the top of the present.  Added lots of pretty sequins and the die cut sentiment.  Easy to make but very pretty and sparkly, I do love a bit of sparkle lol!

Adding this to the current Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Birthday Bash".

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Christmas Cards!


Made my second Christmas card for this year although it was unplanned!!  I was playing with my Distress Oxide in trying to make a smooshed background which resulted in this attempt.  I wasn't sure what to do with it and looking through my dies I found this Simon Says Snowflake Die and knew it would be perfect on the blue.  I just added another smaller snowflake and some sequins, very simple but I like the effect.




I shall add this card to the current challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Distress it"

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 10 August 2018

Happy Birthday



I have had a really busy week and have missed my crafting but today at last I have made a card.  This is quite a simple design using the Simon Says Cosmos Flower stamped and embossed in silver and coloured with Zig Markers. I have layered up on pink card using my Stitched Square dies to cut the layers.  The sentiment is also Simon Says.

I am adding this to the current Simon Says Flickr Group Challenge "Birthday Bash"

Hope to make some more cards this weekend as it looks like it will be raining most of the time, we are back to a typical English summer after the heatwave!!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Weddings!!



My daughter asked me to make a wedding card for her friend who got married yesterday, she wanted it pink and white so I decided to use the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew.  I stamped and embossed with Gold embossing powder then added highlights with Zig markers.  Then I fussy cut and layered up on the card.  The sentiment is computer generated and I then added pearls for added shimmer. I shall add this card to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday challenge blog.

Luckily the weather stayed good for the wedding as after the drought we have had some really heavy rain with high winds.  Hopefully its going to improve next week.

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Kaleidoscope Flowers!!


Had fun with my Zig Brush markers again and made another emboss resist card.  Love the bright summery colours.  The background stamp is the "Kaleidoscope Background" from Simon Says Stamp.  I also cut our some extra shapes to make these flower like shapes for added texture.




Adding this card to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Favourite Technique" which is emboss resist!!

We have actually had some rain this weekend after 2 months of drought, my poor flowers really need this downpour!  Never thought I would be pleased to see rain!!
Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Thank you cards!!



Its the end of the school year here in the UK and my daughter has used her stash of Thank You cards that I made for her so I need to refill her box :0)

Here is the first, a simple white embossed SSS Cosmos Flower and then randomly coloured with Zig Brush markers.  I then added the scalloped cut white card , added a sentiment and a few gems and voila! one for her box .

I shall add this to both the SSS Wednesday challenge "Use a die/punch" and the SSS Flickr challenge#102 "favourite technique" which is emboss resist!!

Have a great day
Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 21 July 2018

A Christmas Shaker!!



Made this card with two challenges in mind the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Use a Die/ punch" and the Simon Says Flickr challenge#102  "Favourite Technique".  Also its another card to add to my Christmas pile!!
For this card I used a new Die to me the SSS "Present Shaker" which I was lucky enough to win a while back and I have been itching to use it!! The "Kaleidoscope "background is also SSS, I have stamped and embossed in red and then smoshed over with distress inks. (A favourite technique of mine  emboss resist).   I enjoy making shaker cards and this is a great die for Christmas or Birthdays!!

Hope you are having a great weekend, its still very warm here, we are certainly having a fabulous summer this year.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 16 July 2018

Bright summer sun!!


I had fun making this bright shaker card, using the "Cosmos Flower" stamp from Simon Says and zig brush markers.  It was difficult to photograph and capture the brightness of the flowers as the acetate kept reflecting.



Pleased with the end result though a perfect summer Thank You card for my daughter to give out.  She is a teacher and gives out lots of cards at the end of term.

I shall add this to the  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the SSS Flickr Challenge #101.

The weather is still glorious here we have had over a month of beautiful sun and no rain,  the garden really needs the water but I am loving this weather!!

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Fun in the Sun!!


This weeks Wednesday challenge at  Simon Says is "Fun in the Sun" and  its also the challenge at the Simon Says Flickr Group so I made this card with the challenges in mind!  I stamped and embossed in white the SSS Star Flower Background and blended over Cracked Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress inks to give the impression of the sunshine.  I then die cut with the Wonky Rectangle Die and added the glass of lemonade. (This is from an older SSS set called "Lemonade")



Lastly I added a few gems for added sparkle and the sentiment was cut with my Silhouette Machine.

Have a great day

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Summer!



I was lucky enough to win a bunch of stamps and dies from Debby's De Stash giveaway and this "lemonade" stamp set from Simon Says was part of the goodies.  I was waiting for the right opportunity to ink it up and the current "Summertime Fun "Flickr Challenge at Simon Says was the perfect challenge!!  Used Mustard Seed yellow distress ink for my lemons and the Wonky Rectangle die is also Simon Says.


With all the sport on I have found myself in the craft room quite a bit and have made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Red, White and/or Blue)  The stamp is "Beautiful Day by Altenew and I watercoloured with Zig Brush markers. just added the sentiment and all done.


Hope you are enjoying your weekend

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 7 July 2018

My first Christmas Card!!



With so many Christmas cards to make I decided its never too early to start! and I also wanted to take part in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which this week is "Red, White and/or blue.  Well I went with the Red and white perfect for a Christmas Card.  This SSS Kaleidoscope background is so versatile and stamped and embossed in red sparkle it really shimmers ( can't see that in the photo). Just added a snowflake and sentiment, a very simple card!

Its a very busy sporting weekend here and my DH is excited, we have the British Grand Prix and England in the World Cup followed by the start of the Tour De France, I am going to be a sports widow so hopefully there will be lots of crafting done lol.

Have a great weekend
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Harrison



Another quick post today as I am still under the weather, this is a card I made for sweet little Harrison's 1st Birthday his Birthday was Tuesday so I am safe to post now. A shaker card using the Sweet-Pea Designs "Caring Critters" stamp and some balloons and name cut on my Silhouette all coloured with Zig Brush Markers.

I shall add this to the Love Flickr Groups challenge #31 "Anything Goes"

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Just a quick post.



 Just a quick post today as I am feeling under the weather.

This is an image I made during Kathy Rac's colouring challenge and I wanted to make it up into a card.  I used my Simon Says Stitched Square Dies to cut the squares then layered up adding the sentiment also by Simon Says.

Just adding this as my last entry for the Flickr group's 100th challenge.


Have a great week.
Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

More pink!



I don't know what it is but I can't seem to get away from making pink cards at the moment, we have lots of pretty flowers in the garden and the pink makes me think of summer!  Made this using the SSS Cosmos Flower Background embossed in white and then blended with Raspberry Distress Ink.  The leaf die and sentiment is also by Simon Says.  Just added some sequins for sparkle.

I shall add this to the Simon Says Stamp 100th Flickr Challenge. "Anything Goes"


Have a great day.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Found some old stamps!




I have been trying to play along with Kathy Racs 30 Day colouring challenge and looking through my older stamps to find images to colour I found these lovely Peeking Posie images from Hero Arts.  The date on these is 2006 definitely "oldies but goodies" I think!!

I coloured the images with Zig Brush Markers and then fussy cut , layering on some black card cut with the "Stitched Square dies from Simon Says.



Have a great day

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 23 June 2018

One image Two Cards!


I have been trying to take part in Kathy Rac's 30 Day Colouring Challenge unfortunately I have missed a few days but did get time today for Day 23 and also managed to make two cards with the coloured image Yeah!!

I used the Simon Says Cosmos flower background and stamped with Distress inks, then I dragged the colour with water and also added colour with my Zig Brush Markers.  Love the pretty pink, can't seem to get away from pink always my favourite!!  I then used the Altenew Alphabet dies to cut the YOU and layered it up on white three times. Just added the sentiment and Voila!!


 
A close up of the raised letters!


With the bits that were left from the background I cut squares with the Simon Says Stitched Square Dies and made this quick Grid Card.  The sentiment is also from Simon Says!



 I shall add these cards to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Bright and Cheerful;"



and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Anything Goes".  Its the 100th challenge over at the Flickr group and there are two great prizes, why not join in !

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, we are having some amazing weather at the moment so I am off to sit in the garden and do some more colouring!

Hugs
Sally