Saturday, 27 February 2016

52 CCT Technique Challenge

Hello! It is my last week of hosting the February challenges over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and we have a technique challenge for you.

I've always loved stencilling since I was a child. I think there is something quite magical about the process! I didn't really plan my card (you can probably tell!) I just enjoyed messing about with a lovely Dina Wakley stencil and a pile of Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon and Blue Print). The inky background is a mixture of Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Stains.

You are very welcome to make your stencilling the focal point of your card, or as a background feature. Either way, I hope you will join us! Happy Saturday! April x

Monday, 22 February 2016

Balloon Celebration

Hello! I made this card at a crafty get together with one of my team members. I used SU's Balloon Celebration stamps with the co-ordinating punch and the sentiment was cut using the washi psunch (which I love!) The colours are Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and a bit of silver glimmer paper for added balloon bling! Hope you have a good week, April x

I'm sending my bunch of balloons over to Di and Sarn at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Just hope that a certain bear doesn't get carried away by them! (that actually did happen to my friend's daughter's cuddly duck once!)

Saturday, 20 February 2016

52 CCT Theme Challenge

Hello! This week's challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is all about food! Christmas baking in all its yummy glory! I love this Christmas cake stamp from Woodware. I have coloured it with Copics and a gold Promarker. There is glittery 'frosting' on top, but I couldn't catch that in the gloom!

We are looking forward to your Christmas cake, mince pies, cupcakes, gingerbread, biscuits - anything festive and baked! Happy crafting, April x

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Wilderness Awaits

I love this handsome guy! This is my first card made with SU's The Wilderness Awaits. There's a wonderful fox, dog and duck too. They are next on my list. I stamped the stag with Chocolate Chip ink and used Dazzling Details to highlight the rock. It is clear and glittery in real life - I have no idea why it looks green in this photo, but we can pretend it's moss! I added a left-over snippet of vellum and backed everything on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock that I had embossed with the Boho Chic embossing folder. The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes and was stamped on a piece of Bermuda Bay card.

Don't chase this stag Parsnip! I'm sending my card to Di and Sarn over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 13 February 2016

52 CCT Colour Challenge

Hello! Here is my DT card for the colour challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown where the colours I have chosen are blue, cream and gold. I found this lovely image at As soon as I saw it, I thought it would look great in shades of blue. I have coloured the image with Copic and metallic Promarkers and combined it with a piece of embossed, brushed gold card. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Pretty Poinsettia.

It almost reminds me of a Russian icon. I think my love of watching 'War and Peace' over the last few weeks must have inspired me! :-) I do hope you will join us and have a look at the lovely cards created by the other members of the DT. Happy crafting, April x

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Valentine Cupcake

Hello! Here is another Valentine card - this time a shaker card with sequins and Blushing Bride glimmer paper hearts. I did a tiny bit of paper piecing with a snippet of Strawberry Slush dsp and the cupcake frosting is Dazzling Details.

 I have used a really cute digi from A Day for Daisies, so I am entering my card in the ADFD Valentine Challenge. I am also sending it off to the Friday Mashup, where the challenge is to combine Valentine's Day with images of candy (yum!)

This is also my second entry for Cards in Envy - From the Heart, and last but not least, Parsnip can eat the loveheart off the cupcake at Pixie's Snippets Playground, which I think he will prefer to having kisses blown at him!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Botanical Blooms

Here is my first card made with SU's Botanical Blooms framelits. I love all the leafy, flowery bits you get to mess around with! I made this card with a piece of Go Wild dsp, then cut the flowers from Blushing Bride and Real Red cardstock. There's some Blushing Bride glimmer paper there too. Some of the leaves and the card base are Smoky Slate and I used a piece of vellum - hence the slight wrinkly appearance in places! Lots of fun to make.
Sending these exotic blooms over to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground and Crafting by Designs - anything goes. Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

52 CCT February Sketch Challenge

Hello! I am delighted to be hosting this month's challenges over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I do hope that you will join us there. As it is the first challenge of the month, we have a sketch challenge for you:

It doesn't have to be a Christmas tree - any festive element will be great! I decided to use a Christmas tree that I had previously cut with my Silhouette. I backed it on some patterned paper and added it all to a Sahara Sand card that I embossed with stars. The silver glimmer paper sentiment is a die-cut from SU's Wondrous Wreath. Very quick and simple! See you over at 52CCT - April x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Kitty Valentine

Hello! A quick and very cute kitty valentine card today. I was inspired by this CAS(E) This Sketch design:

The cute kit is a Clearly Besotted stamp - You're Purrfect. I created a watercolour background with Blushing Bride and Regal Rose inks and an aquablender on white shimmer card. Kitty is coloured with Copics and I added some Blushing Bride glimmer paper hearts for a bit of bling. Miaow!

I am also sending this kitty over to Parsnip and Di at Pixie's Snippets Playground and to the ladies at Cards in Envy - From the Heart.
April x