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Friday, 29 March 2019

Daring Cardmakers "For A Special Lady" challenge

Today is the start of a new Daring Cardmakers challenge and this week Nat is hosting this lovely challenge which is "For A Special Lady".   With Mother's Day just around the corner  she would like to see you make a card to celebrate a special lady in your life. 

My design team card is for my 96 year old mum for Mother's Day.  I always try to make her a special card for Mother's Day or her birthday and this year I have used pretty pastel lilac and white flowers.

The sentiment was hot foiled onto velum and I used a large hot foil die to foil the lilac background card.   All card used was papermilldirect, white linen, new lilac and rose gold pearlised card.

The pearl card, foiled card and velum were layered onto a white card blank and flowers and leaves added.  I added few spots of Perfect Pearls to finish.

Although I liked the card and was ready to send it I added three sequins after it was photographed.  

We would love you to join us for this week's challenge, pop over to Daring Cardmakers for more details and how to enter and see what the design team have been making.

Sylv xx

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


Friday, 8 March 2019

"Mad March Hare"

Hello friends, followers and anyone passing by.  Today I have my Daring Cardmakers DT card for this week's challenge. More details and the DT inspirations can be found over on the Daring Cardmakers Blog.

Joanne is hosting the Daring Cardmakers Challenge this week and has chosen "March Hare" as the theme, she would like to see March  hares or rabbits on your cards, who doesn't love an Easter Bunny or a Mad March Hare? 

I went down the Easter card path and made these hare and bunny cards.

The first card and the scrapling were made using an inked and stamped panel I saved from my 2017 permilldirect calendar.  The hare on the panel was used to make the large card and the remaining piece of card was used on the scrapling.  The set of stamps used were Hobby Art's March Hares and the original calendar page can be found HERE.  

I cut two frames one larger than the other using papermilldirect 300gsm pearlised card.  The larger frame was edged with distress ink and a selection of flowers and  leaves stamped along the bottom, finally the sentiment was added.  The cut out hare was layered onto a large plain white card and the two frames layered over it.  An insert was added with some honeycomb stencilling.

I also made a rabbit card, I just love this cute Bunny Behind stamp from Craft Impressions.  The little flowers are from a very old stamp set from Craftwork Cards called Graceful Grasses and Birdcages.  Again I cut out two mounts, stamping the largest with the sentiment.  The bunny and flowers were stamped onto a square of white card and coloured with distress inks and a water brush, then attached to the center of a pale pink card blank. The first mount was covered in glitter and placed over the image then the second frame added .

We would love to see your Hare and Rabbit creations so why not join us this week over at Daring Cardmakers. 

Sylv xx

Friday, 1 March 2019

Daring Cardmakers March Elemental Challenge

Hi everyone, another month and it's an elemental challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.  Svenja is hosting the challenge this week and has provided us with this collection of photographs. As always we want you to pick three elements from the picture to use in your card.

Inspiration can be found over at Daring Cardmakers where the design team have some fabulous cards on show, more details of the challenge and the link can be found there too.

I  found this challenge difficult at first even though there are lots of elements to be used.   In the end I went for a sea theme enabling me to use some old stamps and a seahorse die which has only been used once.   The elements I chose for my card were the net, the rope, the triangles in the pattern the colours grey, blue and a sprinkle of red.

The top fold card blank was made from papermilldirect hopsack textured card.  I used a stencil and salty ocean distress ink for the splats of colour, a net stamp with black ink over it, the curled rope stamped with grey ink over that and then some small red triangles.  The sentiment was stamped with grey ink.  The seahorse was die cut and coloured with distress markers and added to the card with 3D sticky pads.

An insert was made for the card, I stamped this with the curled rope stamp and stencilled splats and left it blank to write my own message.  Looking through my envelopes I picked a papermilldirect blue envelope which matched the salty ocean distress ink to go with the card.

I do hope you will come and join us for this week's elemental challenge, we love seeing your cards and look forward to leaving a comments on your blogs.

Sylv xx