A card for the Funky Fairy Challenge, which this fortnight is all about initials. A friend’s young son is having his birthday at the end of this month and his name begins with ‘A’ so:

Ooops – I’ve just re-read the Funky Fairy challenge blog rules and there is a new one that you have to use something from Funky Fairy in your design. Teach me to not to take more notice! I just saw the challenge and got on with it! Won’t do that again!

Image – Made by me
Papers – Made by me also!
Card – white cardstock


Cupcakes again

OK, I confess – no, not to a cupcake obsession but to not having that many Penny Black stamps at the moment. So for this week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge, I had to be a bit creative as I have now used all the stamps I have, all two of them! So for this week’s challenge, which is ribbons, I have only used part of a stamp 🙂

Can you guess which stamp it is from…?

Stamp – Penny Black; HOTP
Papers – Basic Grey Recess
Colouring – Watercolour pencils
Inks – VersaFine Black; Rangers Distress Inks Walnut stain
Other – Ribbon


Secret Messages

A Spoon Full of Sugar have a fab challenge this week – Secret Messages on your card. So here is my go. I love these papers from Kaboodle Doodles; they go so well with the stamp from Sugar Nellie.

Stamp – Sugar Nellie
Papers – Kaboodle Doodle All Star
Inks – Distress ink Walnut stain; VersaFine Black
Colouring – Letraset Promarkers
Equipment – Cuttlebug, Spots and dots embossing folder
Other – String; Raffia; Coloured staples; mini-bulldog clip; cardstock; Brown cardstock


Blossom Berry Leaving Card

Here is my take on this week’s great sketch from Mumur at Friday Sketchers. The papers I’ve used are from a fab new kit, ‘Blossom Berry Brights’, which is being launched from Kaboodle Doodles soon.

Elizabeth over at Elzybells Art Stamps has showcased my card on her blog – I’m tickled pink, thank you Elizabeth. You must have a look at her stamps, they are fab.

Stamp – Elzybells Art Stamp; Studio G alphabet
Papers – Kaboodle Doodle Blossom Berry Brights
Inks – VersaFine Black; VersaColor Orange and Amethyst
Colouring – Letraset Promarkers
Other – Pearl brads; Orange sead beads; Metallic elastic; White cardstock; Orange Bazzill; White galaxy marker; Notepaper

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Flowers for a RAK

Here is a RAK card I made recently. It uses some flowers I made from paper inspired from nature itself.

Walking to work one day, I found a petal shape on a flower that I just knew I had to copy. I sketched it then made a template flower which I’ve now been using in lots of different ways. I’ve been asked how I did it so here is a step by step – hope it is clear 🙂

So first using my template I cut the shapes from my chosen papers, which in this case are from the All Star set from Kaboodle Doodle.

I then cut a small slit between the petals to separate then a little.

For these flowers I distressed the edges using a felt block (a bit of felt attached to wood with velcro) with small circular motions around the edges on a craft mat. The edges pick up the ink nicely. You can also ink the edges directly or drawn on them – anything really.

To shape the petals I used a thin embossing tool, but a thin knitting needle or a cocktail stick works as well.

I started by bending the centre of the petal downwards over the embossing tool.

Next there is an upward bend on either side of the centre line of the petal.

Then a downward bend on both edges of the petal.

I also curl the tips downwards and if you want even more dimension you can use the ball to a larger embossing tool to dent the centre.

For the centre of these flowers I used a flower punch, curling the tips of these flowers downwards, and a brad. But there are all sorts of things you can do – use a sentiment, a decorated brad, gems, buttons – it is endless 🙂

The finished flower 🙂

Hope that helps 🙂

Stamp – Elzybells Art Stamps
Papers – All Stars Kaboodle Doodle
Inks – VersaFine Black; VersaColor Pink
Equipment – Embossing tools; small flower punch, felt block; craft mat
Other – Letraset Promarkers; Fine black marker pen; white cardstock


A Mystery Pack Challenge

As I came back from hols last week, I arrived to find my Mystery Craft Pack from Susan Daly in my post box – Excitement 🙂 Susan is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in the USA and has been running a ‘Summer Challenge’, where she sends crafters from around the world a pack of selected crafty bits and pieces and a card she made and then we make something to post on our blogs and Sue’s using the pack. What a totally fun idea – well, I had to join in, didn’t I? Thanks for letting me join in, Sue.

I haven’t made mine yet – still in the creating process 🙂 But I thought I would blog the fab set I got and Susan’s gorgeous card for you to look at 🙂 Then I will post my creation later. Be sure to go look at Sue’s blog – she has some lovely cards up on it.

And here is the pack she sent me (there is also a square paperclip which I forgot to photograph as it was attached to the letter Sue sent for safe keeping – d’oh).

So what to make…?


Circles in inchy form

Playing today with my cuttlebug embossing folders, a background stamp and some ink I’ve made an inchy for the Inch By Inch challenge, which this week is circles. The circles were stamped onto the inchy by inking up the square background stamp, stamping it onto card embossed with the dots and spots folder and then stamping the background stamp onto white card. It leaves a wonderful negative impression of the dots and spots embossing.

Stamp – Whispers square background stamp
Ink – Versa Color pink and blue
Equipment – Cuttlebug / dots and spots embossing folder; pliers
Other – Button; Wire