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Friday, 22 March 2019

"Recycle It" For The Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone, today I have details of this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge which is "Recycle It".  Svenja is hosting the challenge this week and wants you to make something using some kind of recycled material.  This doesn't have to be a card so go wild altering a box, a frame, anything as long as you use something recyclable in your makes.

The design team have some great inspirational ideas over on the Daring Cardmakers blog where you will find more details of the challenge. 


My card uses a piece of paper tablecloth and an old cork placemat, both of which were destined for the bin, a piece of old manila folder and some black ribbed card from my scrap box.  I even made a coaster for my craft room with part of the cork mat as a bonus!

I bought the stamp and die some time ago to make male cards and thought the cork mat would be ideal to use for the stamped corks.   A card blank was made from papermilldirect Christmas red card and this was embossed with a brick embossing folder, I was thinking of a wine cellar.  The corks were stamped in black and heat embossed before cutting them out.  These were mounted onto a piece of black ribbed effect card and a die cut Cheers was cut from the red tablecloth and added above the corks.

The black card was mounted onto a piece of the red tablecloth, then onto a piece of the brown folder then onto the main card.  A sentiment was stamped underneath in black ink.

Sylv xx

Friday, 15 March 2019

"Stitch It" For The Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Hi everyone, another Friday and another challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.  This weeks challenge is "In Stitches" hosted by Shabneez and she wants to see stitching on your cards, this can be real stitching or faux stitching.

I used a selection of sewing related stamps with faux stitching and added some machine zigzag stitching in a contrast colour, yellow crystals and white domes with a little yellow paint.

I used papermilldirect Cumbria colour card for the card blank and the stamped panel, it stamped and coloured beautifully, had a soft feel and I will be trying some water colouring or foiling with it for my next project.  I thought the stamps looked vintage so went with a vintage colour palette distressing and blending the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

The stamps I used were AALL and create #27,  Carabelle Studio Taches et Coutures and the dress form and sentiment were from an old set which was free with a magazine  (which has started to disintegrate now and go sticky).  The tape measure paper was from my stash.

Sylv xx

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Pink, Purple And Blue

Hello everyone today I have three hare cards using Lavinia stamps Whimsical Hares and a selection of their other stamps.  This month's Lavinia Stamps challenge is "Pinks, Purples and Blues", my last blogpost was Mad March Hares for Daring Cardmakers  I just had to use these gorgeous hares as they were on my desk.

I love these three little hares and made these Thinking Of You cards to send at Easter.  I used papermilldirect raspberry pink, new lilac, black and white linen card, distress inks and a selection of Lavina stamps.

The raspberry pink card tones nicely with the lilac and purple distress inks.  I splashed the inked panel with water and used the lighter splodges to create the hand drawn flowers, stamped flowers were added and then the hare looking over the top of the flowers.

Picking up on the light lilac in the inky panel I used a new lilac card blank for this card.  Using three purple shades of distress inks I stamped the flowers and then the bubbles in grey. the hare was stamped looking up at the bubble.  White pen and glitter were used to highlight the stamping.

Finally a small square card with the hare leaping over stamped flowers.  I added the sentiment to the inked panel and highlighted the flowers with glitter.

Sylv xx