Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Jungle/Exotic Wildlife at Cardz 4 Guyz


Time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week we're looking at Exotic/Jungle Life. I've used Creative Expressions stamp set Animal Safari for my CAS card. The layout is the same as my last card with the addition of twine


I hope you can join us for this challenge - it's a great one for masculine cards

I'm also entering into the following challenges:
My Sheri Crafts - Humour

Button It At Cuttlebug Mania

Time for another challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and this time our theme is Button It. Our sponsors this time are

I bought these tiny flower buttons ages ago and thought they'd work with this Memory Box Arched Stem die for a CAS card. Square Nesties used to cut the layers


I hope you can join us for this challenge and please remember to let us know how you've used your manual die cutting machine

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
2 Crafty Girls Challenge Blog - Spring Time - their first challenge
Use Your Stuff - Spring Is Sprung
AAA Cards - It's Springtime


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Musical Notes

I had a disastrous day at craft class yesterday. We were supposed to be making 3 different stepper cards and for the life of me I couldn't get the measurements right even though they were written out for me! I just had to give up in the end as I was wasting too much card. So I've gone for something very simple today.The new theme at the Butterfly Challenge is Music Notes. Although a simple card, this is the second attempt as the first one the music notes were too high. I'm also entering this into the Less Is More challenge which is Predominantly Black



Stampin Up Musical Notes wheel
Stampin Up Thanks You Kindly
Joy Craft Butterfly die
Free music paper download

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Super Hero At Cardz 4 Guys


Time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week and Andrea has chosen the theme Super Hero. I was a bit stuck for this but then remembered a Kanban kit I've had for yonks so got that out. I've followed this layout from Sketch Saturday

I've used my new embossing folder and die set that I bought when I was in the Netherlands in February cutting some bricks from gold mirror card for the corners and centre piece



We'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge and don't forget, you creation can be suitable for any age as long as it's masculine

Sunday, 5 April 2015

C is for Corners

The current Butterfly Challenge is C is for Corners. As usual I had an idea what to do when the challenge first came out but it's taken over a week to put it into practice! The butterfly die is one of my oldest but still a favourite and I've cut it out of blue vellum and a purple shimmer vellum before layering it onto a snippet of the linen card. I've used my Stampin Up pricking template for the corners. The background is my first play with the Gelatos I had for Christmas! I started with a piece of the linen card that I made the card base out of and just swiped the Gelatos across it before blending them with water. I then made some of it into paint to do the corners with a circle stencil before using some directly onto a stamp for the vines. The sentiment is tstamped onto another snippet of linen card so I'm going to take this over to Pixies Snippets Playground


I was pleased how it turned out especially as it's not watercolour card. The metallic of the purple hasn't shown in the picture but you can see it on the card. I'll definitely be playing with them again soon

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Something Beginning With S at Cardz 4 Guyz



Time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week our theme is Something Beginning With S. My S is for Stag with this country style card. The tartan paper is from a WRMK pad which was free with a magazine and the script one is from the Docrafts Wellington pack. Sentiment stamp and dies by Stampin Up, twine and button from my stash


Such an open theme this week so plenty of scope for your entries

Tag, You're It at Cuttlebug Mania

Time for another challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and this time our theme is Tag, You're It - we want to see a tag/tags on your creations. I don't actually have any tag dies so I've used my Tiny Tag Stampin Up Punch with the sentiments to match. As they are so small I wanted to do a relatively simple card so I've combined it with the Less Is More challenge which itself is to combine 3 of their previous challenges. The ones I've picked are:
Week 66 - Yellow
Week 89 - Wings
Week 208 - Sketch

I've turned the sketch to landscape and my tags represent the circle so you do need some imagination!


The background swirl is still one of my favourite Stampin Up stamps having used it years ago on my first "shoebox" card. The birds and tags are cut from snippets so I'm taking it over to enter at the Playground

We'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge so pop over to the blog for some more inspiration

Spellbinders Bird on Wire die
Stampin Up Tiny Tags stamps and punch
Stampin Up Baroque Motifs stamp set
Squeezed Lemonade DI

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Transport at Cardz 4 Guyz


It's Tuesday and time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and it's my turn to choose the theme and I've gone for Transport. I'm sticking with our theme of CAS from last week to for my card and using Chrissie's card at Less Is More as my inspiration



Now I thought this would be a really quick and easy card. I rooted through my stamps and came up with this combination of Stampin Up image and Inkylicious sentiment. I stamped them on buff card with Vintage Sepia Versamark and used the same cardstock for the base but it didn't look "enough". So I punched the square notches in the corner of each piece but they looked odd on their own so I added some brown twine around the notches. Still not right so I stamped them again and was going to layer them onto brown card before putting on the buff base but when I just placed them on the chocolate chip cardstock, they looked just right so that's what I've gone for.



Now to find something to do with the notched pieces!

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Time Out Challenges - CAS
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Butterflies + P is for Patterned Paper

This weeks theme at The Butterfly Challenge is to use patterned paper. I'm in a bit of a CAS phase at the moment but wanted to use up some of my ever expanding snippets too. I've used my large Woodware Bubble Butterfly a lot stamp so treated myself to the set of three smaller ones and it's one of those I've used on my card. I stamped it with pink pearlescent ink. I've used quite a few punches for this including my japanese screw punch to cut the various sized cirlces.


The backing paper behind was also in my snippets pack as I had stamped onto it intending to use it for paper piecing but changed my mind so I cut the corners and the butterfly body from it before matting in on the base card. It turned out too fussy to be CAS but I quite like it. No greeting yet as I'm not sure what I'll be using it for. Lots of snippets used so I'm taking it over to show Miss at Pixie's Crafty Playground too


I'm also entering it into the following challenges:
Cards And More  - Monochrome
That's Crafty - Wings n Things

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Clean And Simple at Cardz 4 Guyz



It's Tuesday so time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week we're looking for you Clean and Simple creations. I'm really loving my new Taylored Expressions dies and stamps sets so that's what I've used on my card


Taylored Expressions Plane Awesome,In The Clouds and Blimps and Banners
Memory Box Clouds dies
Hand made card candi

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life - Masculine
Repeat Impressions DCC311 ~ Diecuts and/or Punches with Stamping