Sunday, 29 April 2012

Milk N Coffee Digital Stamps

Been trying out a new digistamp, from Milk N Coffee Digital Stamps.

I used 3D Crystal Clear Lacquer on the water to make it look wet, and added stickles to the blossoms.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Crafty Creations 'That's what little girls are made of'

Crafty Sentiments 'For a child'

Crafternoon with Crafty Distraction!

We had a brilliant time at Linda's Crafternoon yesterday, card making, jewellery making, gossipping and eating homemade soup :)

The gang

Helen, making a wire bracelet

Linda & Kelly, using ink dusters (!)

Lou, making wire daisies for a bracelet

Sarb, making cards and making sure she doesn't end up in any photos!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Glittering Poppies

The Lily Pad have got a photo challenge on at the moment, to make a card inspired by this photo:

I've used a digistamp of poppies, covered in Star Dust stickles

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Happy Birthday Flowers

Made a birthday card with a flowery digi, and blinged it with gems and stickles:

I'm entering this in the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge 'No Stamping', and the Wags 'n' Whiskers challenge 'Anything Goes'.

Charm Bracelet Card

I wanted to make a card for the Less is more challenge 'How Charming', so I've used a charm bracelet digi stamp. I've sewn some silver thread on part of the bracelet strands, and '3D'ed some of the beads. I've used a silver pen and stickles on some of the small beads, and Crystal Clear Lacquer on the red beads to make them stand out. I added 3 small silver plated beads and a silver daisy charm. I hope it is CAS enough, and not too fussy! I had fun making it, anyway, so I might make a couple more in different colours :)

I'm also entering this in the Paper Pretties challenge 'Clean & Simple', the Simon Says Stamp challenge 'Anything Goes', and the Stamptacular challenge 'Loaded with Layers'.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Glass Beads

A few weeks ago I had a go at making some glass beads, for the first time in nearly a year. I was really gutted that they turned out all wonky, and I'd forgotten how to make them. Anyway, I had another go a couple of days ago, and I'm much happier with them. I can't seem to do the flowers like I used to, but hopefully it will come back. At least these ones are rounder than the last batch :)

I've got a craft day at Crafty Distraction's on Saturday, so I might make a couple of bracelets with some of these :)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Steampunk daisies

Here are a couple of steampunk daisy cards, made with cogs from old watches, and covered with crystal clear r:

Having a go at some Steampunk

Inspired by the Anything Goes challenge 'Time or Steampunk', I've had a go at a steampunkish card. I used a digistamp, 3Ded the balloon and used Crystal Clear Lacquer to make it stand out.

I'm also entering this in the challenge: 4 Crafty Chicks 'Boys Dig It!'

Saturday, 21 April 2012

More masking attempts

Still trying to get this masking fluid technique working - had another couple of goes at it, which I think are better than my first attempts. Still not a patch on the Bits & Pieces blog, though!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Doodling and attempts at using masking fluid

The Less is More challenge "Doodling" has got me thinking and scribbling. Inspired by the gorgeous cards on the Bits & Pieces blog, I've had a go at doodling over masking fluid, although it didn't work as well as I'd hoped :-s  I had fun doodling all the flowers and leaves, though :)

The lettering isn't as clear as I'd hope - I'll have another go, making the lettering thicker.

I made another using stamps, which I think works better:

For the Less is More challenge I've given up with masking fluid for now, and gone for a large printed sentiment with doodled flowers:

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Flower cards

I've been making cute little leaves with my craft robo, and used them on these flower cards, using my blossom punches:

I'm entering the red one in the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant "Flowers"
Crafty Creations Challenges "Flower Power"
Paper Pretties "Use lots of layers, 3 or more"

Things With Wings

I bought some new Lavinia stamps a couple of weeks ago - love their images! Here's a card I made with a couple of new stamps:

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

The Squirrel & The Fox "Things With Wings"
Cupcake Craft Challenges "Spring is in the air"


Had a great Crafternoon with the girls yesterday, making cards, jewellery and knitting! I had to photoshop Kelly in, as I didn't think of taking a photo of everyone until after she'd left :-s

I also forgot to take photos of the things we made! Oh, well. I only managed to remake a beaded necklace for someone, as it had broken.

Linda's cards might appear on her blog, here:
Helen's jewellery might appear on her blog, here:

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Stamptacular Photo Inspiratiopn


I saw the Photo Inspiration challenge on Stamptacular, and thought I'd have a go. Here's the photo that the cards need to be inspired by.

I still haven't got over my ink dusters obsession, so I made a yellow version of the flower cards I've been making recently. I wouldn't normally think of making a yellow card, but I quite like how this one has turned out :)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

More ink dusting and masking

Here are a few more cards, made with flower stamps and ink dusters:

I'm entering this last card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks "Flowers"
Papertake Weekly "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp "USE your FAVOURITE TOOL!!!!" (mine is ink dusters at the moment!)
Wags 'n Whiskers "Say it With Flowers!!"

Lily Pad "Flower Challenge"

Back after a long break!

It's taken me ages to get back on here. I intended to post some Christmas card photos, but I was even more disorganised than usual last Christmas, and barely got my cards finished and posted before New Year!

Since the NEC Hobbycraft show a few weeks ago, I've been obsessed with using brushes (ink dusters) to make inky backgrounds - it's much easier than battling with my brayer :-)  Here are a few of the cards I've been making over the last few days:

I am entering this one in the Less Is More 'Three Shades of Green' challenge.

I masked the area to ink and stamp, and clear embossed a couple of the images before using the ink dusters and stamping the image in different colours.

The ink dusters are also great for making backgrounds for my Lavinia stamps:

I'm entering this card in the By The Cute and Girly 'Once upon a time.....'  challenge, and the 

Flutter By Wednesday challenge.