Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sketch challenge..

Just a quick card for the sketch challenge at the flickr site of A Blog Named Hero.  I am not keen on sketch challenges but decided to have a go.

A very simple card using the Hero Arts newspaper background and the Italian Poetry stamp with scraps of Basic Grey paper.

I am busy getting ready for my craft stall at the weekend, looking forward to it looks as if  the weather is  going to be OK .

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Silhouette Trees.

Last week I was lucky enough to win the Hero Arts "Nature's Silhouettes" set of stamps from ebay at a bargain price and of course I couldn't wait to ink them up and have a play.  This was my first attempt, a very CAS card made with just the stamp and Distress inks but I love the effect.  I have entered this into the current Hero Arts Challenge.

 Next I decided to make a card set,  I am having a craft stall at the school fair in a few weeks and these sets are always popular.  I tried to match the ink colours to the seasons, so the Autumn one is reds, and oranges, the winter, blues, the spring greens and the summer which you can't see is warm oranges.

 Once I started I couldn't stop and this is another set using the same stamps but this time I have kissed them with the Music Background stamp from Hero Arts, such a pretty effect.

Here are all four cards, not the best photo to show the"kissing" as on the darker cards it is very subtle especially the winter one.

I am entering these into the "Kissing" challenge over at "A Blog Named Hero".
After weeks of awful weather here in the UK at last we have a sunny day so I am spending the rest of it in the garden, hope you have a fun weekend.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Christmas in June!!!!

Oh my goodness I can't believe I have made my first Christmas card in June...  The challenge over at "A 
Blog Named Hero" is to use the "Kissing Technique"  and after I had played around with a few stamps, this background was my favourite using my  Hero Arts Friend definition stamp and the leaf and floral background.  The silver and red together immediately made me think Christmas and this is the resulting card. The poinsettia is made using a sizzix die, the petals have been dry embossed using a herringbone embossing die for texture, I have also used lots of Old Paper distress ink.

Hope you are all having a great week, and once again I would like to thank all my visitors for all the lovely comments you are leaving me.

Saturday, 16 June 2012


This is the inspirational photo for this weeks challenge at The Simon Says Blog,  gorgeous summer colours so I had to play along.  We are still having a really wet and windy time here in the UK at the moment so it was great to play with some warm colours.

I had fun creating the centre panel using my distress inks with water and the Meadow Silhouette stamp from Hero Arts. I have also embossed the edges with gold for a glimmer, the butterfly is also embossed in gold.  The background stamp is my new Italian Poetry stamp, just love the script.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Polka Dots!

Its been a few weeks since I had time to play over at the Cas-ual Friday challenge blog, but with the Euro football tournament on the TV, I am going to be playing with lots of challenges in the next few weeks!!

This weeks challenge is to make a card using polka dots, here is my simple card using the HA cling dots background stamp and a flower from the large flower background stamp that I have coloured with copics.  I have also run the card base through swiss dots embossing folder.  I haven't added a sentiment yet, I will add that at a later date, when I know what occasion I am using it for..

Hope you are having a good week, we actually has sun here today after nearly 10 days of rain, not a great summer at the moment!!!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Time to craft!!

I have at last found time to do some crafting, my daughter went back to Uni today and Hubby and son are engrossed in the football on TV.  Yipee time to myself!!!   I have created this card for the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero using their logo as colour inspiration!

A very simple CAS card but I had fun getting inky.  I created the squares by using a small acrylic block, distress ink and some water, I love the marbled effect it creates.  Next I stamped the heart and coloured in some of the flowers with my Worn Lipstick Distress marker. Next just the pearls and sentiment, I thought this would make quite a nice Valentine card.

I hope to make a few cards over the next few weeks, as long as the football is on I am on to a winner!!!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

More poppies and I have been published!!

My daughter is home from University this week and I have been really busy with her, so not a lot of time for crafting.  This is a card I made for the recent spring card exchange organised by Cheiron over at the Hero Arts Flickr group.  This is the card I made for Sandra in Canada, she emailed me today to say that it had arrived so I can now show you.  I used that lovely poppy image from Hero Arts which I coloured with my copic markers.  The background has been stamped and embossed  with the Italian Poetry Background and then distressed.  I then cut it out with my Wonky Rectangle die and added some pearls.

Last month I was approached by the editor of Papercraft Inspirations and asked if they could feature one of my cards in their July issue, of course I was thrilled and immediately sent of a photograph and waited patiently for the issue to reach the shops.  Imagine my surprise when I noticed that the card featured next to mine belongs to one of my blogging friends Virginia.  Here is a scanned image, not brilliant I am afraid but my card is bottom left.

Hope you are having a good week.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Clean and Simple!!!

At last I think my mojo has returned and I have made two cards today using the same theme.  The new Hero Arts challenge includes three sketch challenges and I have used one of them to create these cards.  I have also managed to use up a few scraps as well, which is always a bonus!!

These cards are also eligible for the current CAS ual Friday challenge of a "Clean and Simple" card with bling added.

We have a long holiday weekend in the UK for the Queen's Jubilee and don't you know it the weather has changed from bright and sunny to wet!!  There are loads of street parties planned and we are having a family barbecue on Tuesday, I think we are going to need umbrellas!!!

Have a fun week.