27 November 2015

Something Stencilled with Bubbly Funk

This week over on Daring cardmakers we have an awesome prize challenge!!

"This week we have a pre-Christmas treat for one of you - a beautiful crafty gift you could win, thanks to our lovely sponsor,
 Bubbly Funk
Recently celebrating 10 whole years selling crafty stash on-line, Bubbly Funk has had a slight change of direction and is now specialising in selling stencils and the paraphernalia that goes alongside.  You'll find a huge range of stencils and masks in many different sizes, plus the inks, paints, sprays, mixed media goodies and the tools you need too. 
Caroline, of Bubbly Funk has put together a special prize pack which includes
3 stencils to play with, plus chipboard mini albums and keychains,
 crystal flowers, ink and ribbon

Wouldn't it be good to find that little lot arriving at your door?  All you have to do to be in with a chance of it being yours is to join in with this week's challenge over on:

 - leave a link to your card and at the end of the week we'll use a Random Picker to select our winner.  We can't make it easier than that, can we?

The Challenge:
Something Stencilled
Just use a stencil in some way on your card. It's not a problem if you don't have any ready made stencils - you could use a die cut, or the die itself, a doily, or anything else that you can paint, ink or trace through.

 This week the DT were each sent a stencil of their choice from Bubbly Funk 

to use on our cards, so look closely to see all the designs we went for and check our blogs for more info about the ones we used

We're really looking forward to seeing what you make. 

Have fun, and Good Luck for the draw
OK back over to me! I went for a Christmas themed stencil from The Crafters Workshop called ''Twas the Night' you can get here, http://www.bubblyfunk.co.uk/crafters-workshop-6x6-twas-the-night-p-8465.html
The stencil is available in 12x12 too which would be great I think for anyone doing December Daily in an arty style!
I'm a total stencil newbie so if you are too then take heart in that I found this stencil genuinely very easy to use and I didn't attempt anything really arty. I had a little think about what I wanted to use and I decided on using ink and then going through my inks I went to my Versamark inkpad and then got to thinking of making some heat embossed images which when using glitter and/or metallic embossing powders I think are perfect for Christmas! All I did was to hold the stencil over the top of, in this case a tag I wanted to make the impression on and then dabbed the Versamark straight from the inkpad, (I used one of the mini cubes for precision) over the stencil. Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated with my heat gun and job done! I think for me it actually looked neater than some of my stamped embossing I've done. I think I tend to be good at pressing too hard with stamps and that can sometimes feather of squish the ink more which when it's fine writing like this can look too splodgey so using the stencil worked better for me to make a finer impression for heart embossing.

I also made a little tag heat embossing with some glitter embossing powder and using the tree design. It's not here but I also experimented with stencilling and heat embossing on glassine bags, I got a bit obsessed with seeing what else I could stencil!
Don't forget to have a go at this weeks' challenge and be in with a chance of winning the goodies, http://www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

13 November 2015

Daring Cardmakers - Cuddly Creatures

Nat has set the challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week and the topic is 'Cuddly Creatures'. It's a great opportunity to use those extra cute and cuddly stamps, die cuts, papers, whatever you want!

I used a very recent purchase I just couldn't resist because of it's super cuteness. It's the Pink Fresh Studio Christmas Wishes stamp set. It's one of those stamps though that doesn't have much room for adding colour to so at first I was a bit stumped on how to use it. I went to an idea I used before of adding the colour to the card first then stamping over the top. Kind of like a reverse water colouring in.
I placed the stamp above where I wanted to stamp it and then added the colours referring to the stamp picture to get them roughly in the right places. The whole idea of this was to just give it a hint of colour so it's never an intention to get it super neat and tidy. With the first one I stupidly didn't give it enough time to dry before stamping and all the ink ran into the colour so definitely leave the coloured bits to dry completely first before over stamping! I was using a mix of watercolour paint and spray inks for the colours.
Here's my final finished card. I just added a bit of Stickles glitter glue and some washi tape underneath to give the stamps an anchor.

18 September 2015

Fashion Week Daring Cardmakers

Hi! It's my week to set the challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week and here's what I picked out:

Fashion Week

This week London Fashion week kicks off and last week we had New York Fashion week, (piccys above are from New York, loving the socks and sandals, that's defo the look I'm rocking this week in the lovely UK crazy transitional hot then cold weather!) so inspired by all the fashion fun for the challenge this week I'd like you to create a card that features a whole outfit. It could be a stamp you want to use or have a go at making your own outfit from patterned papers or just incorporating a cool image from the web or magazine you like.

Here's the card I made:

I actually had a whole other plan for this week and started out hand painting lovely pictures of dresses and got totally caught up in it all before I knew it a couple of hours had passed by and when I stopped and looked at what I'd done it was all on a really large scale, like A4 size and even after chopping around for a while there was nothing that looked right to be use for a card. I think my brain must have just wanted to do some pretty dress painting not thinking about cards! So anyway back to the drawing board and because time was running low at this point I grabbed my trusty stamps box to see what I could find and luckily had a few fashiony ones to use. The big greeting is a Lawn Fawn one and the little one is a really old Papermania one and then I used a little dot stamp to stamp all over the background. The paper in the background is Basic Grey Barista, which if you've not checked out has some really lovely individual papers in it well worth a look at.
So in the end a pretty boring standard card but I did have fun looking at lovely fashion and sketching and painting and that's what crafty fun time is all about! lol

4 September 2015

Daring Cardmakers - September week 1

It's that time of year again. I always feel more crafty in autumn. Summer just isn't a time where I want to sit and do crafty things and let's face it in the UK we have to make the most of our very few sunny days! As I'm typing this now it's raining, (again) so I'm going to officially call an end to the summer and declare it's autumn and so time to get some more craftiness going in my craft space! Luckily Becky who's set this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge must agree with me because we've been given a lovely autumnal themed Elemental Inspiration image to kick off the month.

"So the summer is coming to an end and there is a nip in the air.   Small signs of changing colours are beginning but I am loving that the sun is still shining.  It's Beckie here today to share with you this very Autumnal Element Inspirational Dare.

We would like you to pick out a minimum of three elements from the picture to design your card with.

It could be the stars, the leaves, pumpkins, texture from the socks or simply the colour.  This mood board is to help get your creativity flowing."

Here's the card I came up with. I picked out leaf shapes, the orange, all the colours, stars, pumpkin and the wood textures:

The big message in the middle is a Woodware stamp. The leaf stamp I made myself with Speedy Carve and I've used Memento inks to stamp with, Pear Tart, Tangelo and Morocco.
The little bits and pieces around are all bits from past Quirky Kits, little gems, sequins and wood shapes and the little foil tape.

Head on over to Daring Cardmakers and post us a link of what you've made if you have a go. :)

25 August 2015

Ruby Rock-it and Daring Cardmakers Blog Hop!

Hello Ruby Rock-It and Daring Cardmakers Fans!  
We have a fun blog hop that we are kicking off today!!
Sit back, relax, and hop through the blogs of the Daring Cardmakers Team members as we show you what we have been creating!

Here’s your blog hop order…
Kathy          http://kathybsworlduk.blogspot.co.uk/
Erin          http://www.erinyamabe.com/
Lythan           http://slightlysquiffy.blogspot.co.uk/
Pattie           http://pattiebeltran.blogspot.com
Jo          http://jo-kill.blogspot.co.uk/
Christine     https://csantossite.wordpress.com
Nat          http://koolkittymusings.typepad.com/kool_kitty_musings/
Alicia           http://www.leishasblog.blogspot.com
Leo          http://scribblesnscrappin.blogspot.co.uk/
Beck          http://beckbt.blogspot.com
Sharon          http://glitterangel.typepad.com/glitterangel_blog/
Teresa Horner     http://victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.co.uk/
Miri          http://bastelmiri.blogspot.de/
Jenifer          http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com
Beckie           http://beckiedreyer.blogspot.co.uk/
Teresa Abajo     http://thetamarisk.blogspot.com
Svenja          http://www.millefeuille.eu/
Shannon     http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com
Dawn          http://allthingsprettycraftee.blogspot.co.uk/
Ruby Rock-It      http://www.rubyrock-it.com/articles

Enjoy the hop and leave a comment for each of our fabulous designers along the way and be sure to leave one on your last stop, the Ruby Rock-it blog!  For those that follow until the end leaving your sweet sentiments along the way will be entered to win a fabulous prize from us!  We will announce our winner the first week of September.
Enjoy the hop!

So here you are on my blog, (Leo). Hi, *waves*. I made this card using the Fundamentals Birthday stamp set. For the cake stamp background I used the small confetti stamp and stamped all over on white cardstock in yellow and pink ink to make a background and then stamped on the cake image in black ink with the sentiment underneath. For the card background I used an ink dauber and stamped a polka dot background and then I over stamped with the hip hip hooray stamp ink black.

Then another one with a stamped background, this time using the tiny balloon stamp in the set. I then added some layers of paper, embellishments, stickers and a paper flower, all a mix up of Bella! and Fundamentals papers and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is with Beck at, http://beckbt.blogspot.com
Happy hopping. xx

24 July 2015

Ruby Rock-it Birthday Rock!

This week over at Daring Cardmakers HQ we're having fun playing with goodies from Ruby Rock-It and making birthday cards with a rock theme and featuring the colour ruby. We're blog hopping too so hello to you if you're new here I'm Leo *waves like a mad women* :)

Here is a little about Ruby Rock-it :
Ruby Rock-it Designs was created by Fynmark in Australia in 2008. Already successful with other mainstream papercraft brands in the local market Creative Director Joanna wanted to create a new brand that focused on all the things she loved – vintage style papers and richly textured embellishments – and so Ruby Rock-it was born. “It’s an acknowledgement to my grandmothers who were a huge influence in my life growing up – their tea-cup patterns, their love of all things olde-worlde.”
There are just oodles of wonderful products for all types of crafters so why not take a peek at their {website} or follow them on their {facebook page}

So here is this week's dare!

Birthday Rock!!

The products the DT are using are from the Fundamental range from Ruby Rock-it 

The dare is to make a birthday card which is ROCK themed, this could be music or lots of bling to represent precious rocks.  I would also like to see the colour RUBY somewhere too.

I made two cards:

This one uses some of the Bella! Kraftastic glittered paper which I stamped onto with a stamp from the Fundamentals Birthday stamp set. I then layered some of the Fundamental embossed stickers along with a Fundamentals pocket embellishment which had the top chopped off and another Fundamental stamped image tucked inside. The cake is a Fundamentals layered embellishment and the black and white stripe sticker I added on top was from the Fundamentals Alpha stickers pack. There's a little music note coloured in with Ruby Promarker pen for the theme.

This card I thought I'd make kind of a 'mountain' or 'rock pile' of numbers. They're the Fundamentals Wood Veneers numbers which are the perfect size for cards! Love these. I stacked them up and glued them down with Glossy Accents and then coloured them in with Ruby Promarker and the top number in black. The stars and arrows are from the Fundamentals Alpha Sticker pack, the Hip Hip Hooray stamp from the Fundamentals Birthday stamp set and the Happy Birthday sticker from the Fundamental Sentiments stickers pack. The sentiment stickers I used on the inside of the cards too for the greetings.

Thanks for coming to see and remember to leave us a link when you've made your card. Hop on back over to Daring Cardmakers, http://www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
xx Leo

10 July 2015

Daring Cardmakers - No Black, No Neutrals

This week Svenja has challenged us to create a card with:

No Black, No Neutrals

"I'd like to see colours galore on your cards and absolutely no black and no other neutral colours. (You are allowed to have some white.)"

At first I thought this would be quite an easy one but I kept having to stop myself reaching for the black inkpad and twice for kraft cardstock!

My original design had some balloons a cat and a bunny on it but I ended up liking the stamped background so much that I ditched most of that and just went with the greeting and a little silver ribbon to make the background the main design on the card. I made it using a small piece of Speedball Speedy carve with a triangle cut out of it just made myself with a craft knife. I then pulled out some colourful inkpads and stamped all over a white card blank. The greeting in the middle is printed from the computer in a nice indigo/navyish colour. That's the cool thing about computer printing with a challenge like this you can have any colour you want so it's a little bit easier to dip way from the neutrals!

Don't forget to check out this week's challenge, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com

26 June 2015

Ruby Rock It Daring Cardmakers

 This week over at Daring Cardmakers we're having a sponsored challenge with a prize! Check out the details:

Here is a little about Ruby Rock-it :
Ruby Rock-it Designs was created by Fynmark in Australia in 2008. Already successful with other mainstream papercraft brands in the local market Creative Director Joanna wanted to create a new brand that focused on all the things she loved – vintage style papers and richly textured embellishments – and so Ruby Rock-it was born. “It’s an acknowledgement to my grandmothers who were a huge influence in my life growing up – their tea-cup patterns, their love of all things olde-worlde.”
There are just oodles of wonderful products for all types of crafters so why not take a peek at their {website} or follow them on their {facebook page}

So here is this week's dare!

Baby Rock-It!!
The products the DT are using are from the Fundamental range from Ruby Rock-it 

The dare is to make a Baby themed card which has a 'rocking' or 'moving' element to it!


We have this wonderful little prize back from RRBF for one lucky person who completes the dare this week (Winner will be drawn randomly just after next week's dare is revealed):

Super fun huh?
Here's what I came up with for this weeks dare. I made a boy and a girl card because there was so much in the package I wanted to play with a bit of everything.

This first card is a penny slider card. The tag in the middle with the stork on is the bit that slides and spins from one side of the card to the other and I stamped the 'Special Delivery' message from the Fundamental stamp set behind the slot too.

The second card I made into a rocking card with the bottom edge curved to create a gentle rocking motion when the card is tipped. The flowers some packaged plain white which just begs them to be coloured so I got out my watercolour paints and a water brush and painted them in colours to match the die cut embellishments. I loved the little Fundamental sticker sets, those are where the stripy heart and star stickers came from and they reminded me of confetti so I added a sequins to make a kind of confetti effect with the stickers.

Don't forget to check out this week's dare to be in with a chance of winning the goodie pack! http://www.daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
x Leo

9 January 2015

Daring Cardmakers - Elemental Inspiration for January

This week it's Kathy's turn to set the dare over on Daring Cardmakers and as it's a new year there's a brand new first of the month project. Last year we had colour board to inspire you and this year it's images you can use to take inspiration from. Here's what Kathy says...

"Elemental Inspiration"

Here's how it works;
The DT will take turns to choose and post a picture - it could be a photo, a piece of artwork, or maybe a little montage of  bits and pieces we like.  
Each of these pictures will have a variety of "elements" that we hope will inspire you to get crafting - and we'd like you to use a minimum of THREE.of the elements you see to make a card  
 For instance  the colour combo could be one element, the LO another, and then there may be a landscape, items in the picture, a quote, stitching lines, the media used to create the picture - all sorts of things.  
We will add a little list of suggested elements each month, but you're bound to see more things you can use

So here is my Elemental Inspiration Picture for January, a beautiful piece of artwork from a fabulous blog: Victoria's Art Visions.

Victoria's Art Visions
For my card I immediately felt drawn to the quote with the 'keeping colours inside the lines' bit. I got a new set of stamps out that I'd been using on an arty online class and I had a go at over stamping, (stamping over stamped image to make double lines in different colours ,some are pastel pink and some are black) and using paints paint it on the card first and stamping over it and then painting it over the stamped image on the other card ignoring any lines! I also borrowed the layout of the image on the second card and stamped the image in lines like the stamping, (?) on the background of the image.

I used the colour combination of the red and green in the image for both cards but gave it a spin and swapped it for mint and pink. 

Pop on oevr to Daring Cardmakers and check out what the rest of the design team have been using as inspiration in the image, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com
x Leo