Monday 28 October 2019

More Poppies for a Monday

Morning all.  Time for our new 'Make My Monday' challenge.  We would love to see your Poppy Creations please.  Having recently done a poppy field card I have gone very CAS for this one.  I needed, in my own mind, to create something totally different to the last one.

The image is a very old one from Beccy's Place.  I have tried to find it but I don't think it's available anymore.  I masked a panel and stencilled it with worn lipstick distress ink and added my black lines and obsidian gems.  I think I probably should have used a smaller card blank but I'm being really picky.  I'm actually quite pleased with it.

What do you think?

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday 25 October 2019

Poppy Power!

Morning all.  For anyone reading my yesterday's blog post, I can admit that one of the reasons I was late is because I'd got all my blogs in a twist (a very painful state of affairs I can assure you).  I have a list of subjects and the dates I need to get them done by.  I was so pleased with myself over this one for the Alphabet Challenge  I totally missed the other subject for yesterday.  It wasn't the only reason but I could have done without it.  

We have come to the letter P and are looking for either Poppies or Pumpkins.  I've had this poppy field stamp for several years but it's always been a bit daunting to colour.  I've never really been happy with the results.  This time I googled poppy fields on the internet and chose to us a picture for my inspiration rather than following the stamp picture, which was just a mass of red with little definition.  Yes, I do still have a mass of red but you can see a little of the green stems showing underneath.

I am much happier with the result this time.  I wanted to frame the image but struggled to find a suitable oval shape.  Using this leaf frame was a bit of inspiration from out of nowhere really.  I'm pleased with the result - even if it does look wonky on my card blank.  Go on, you can't not see it now I've mentioned it can you?

Please pop over and play.  It's the right time of year for pumpkins and poppies.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 24 October 2019

I'm Late, I'm Late...

So sorry guys.  I should have had this scheduled for this morning.  I'm having a horrendous week.  Today we have a new challenge over at Cardz4galz.  Caz is asking to see something beginning with 'S'.  Having discussed this with a friend at work she mentioned Sunflowers and I had great plans for colouring an image in orange and yellow and really going to town on it.  However, everything went out of the window for one reason or another.  

In the end I went through my stash and found a topper with a shoe on it.  I threw it at a card with some pink and black paper and this is the result.

To be fair, I'm actually quite pleased with it. It's a sort of triumph in adversity moment.  I'm not sure I could do it again so I need to get back on track.  

Please pop and see what the girls have for you.  Oh, and we are looking for new DT members too.  I love  being on the team and would recommend it if you are looking to go into the design team business.  We are very friendly and helpful so there is no need to be shy.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Cheers Me Dears

Morning all.  Cardz4guyz has a fun new challenge for you all today.  We want to see your 'Food/Drink' projects.  Having done a fruit card recently I decided to go for a drink - what do you mean you're not surprised!

I've used my gin and tonic glass from Crafter's Companion and popped it on a simple layered background.  The sentiment is from a Neat and Tangled set I can't remember the name of.  I think the glass looks a bit lost on there and probably should have made a smaller card.  I was a bit last minute though.  Sorry.  Organisation is really not my thing.

There is a little shimmer in my glass but the picture doesn't show it up, unfortunately.  What do you think?

Please nip over and join in the fun.  I promise the girls have some fab cards for inspiration.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 15 October 2019

It feels like it's been forever autumn

Morning all, this week it's my turn to host the Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  When I chose my theme I hadn't realised just how many blogs would be doing Autumn cards.  I seem to have made loads lately but I think this one is my favourite so it must have been meant to be.  I'm really surprised at how pleased I am with this card.  I had no real clue what to do but I found a leaf stamp I'd not used before.  The stamp set didn't have a name when I bought it so I can't credit it - sorry.  I found some brown pearlised paper and randomly inked the stamp with several shades of brown, orange and gold.  Once I'd done that I stamped a sentiment from the same set with the same colours and clear embossed it on velum.  I then wrapped it around the paper I'd created and finished it with some gems.

This is so not like my usual stuff but I love how it turned out.  What do you think?

Please pop over and join in the fun.  I would love to see how you interpret my theme.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Monday 14 October 2019

Feeling Fruity!

Morning all, time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday.  The theme for this fortnight is 'Fruit and/or Veg'.  I have to say I really wasn't very inspired by the veg option so I must have been feeling more fruity.  I bought a very cheap stamp set for a friends leaving card from the Range.  I can tell it won't really last that long but it only cost me a pound and it had the image in that I wanted for Jenny.  As a bonus it also had some fruity images so That's what I've gone for.  I stamped a few and coloured them with promarkers.  I was quite chuffed with how they came out.  I still hadn't got a clue what to do with them though. Out of habit I fussy cut them but I wish I'd planned this out better and done a one layer card.  I found an old freebie sentiment which I stood up from the card base and then just threw the fruit at it and glued it where it landed...ish.

It did look a bit boring so I found some little gems that reminded me of fruit pips and threw them at it as well.  I'm still not sure whether to mess with it so I'm leaving it to see if it grows on me.  What do you think?

Please pop over and see what the girls have created.  I'm sure you will be inspired.  

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 10 October 2019

50 Shades of ...Brown!

Morning all.  Are you ready for a new challenge.  Well we may just have the thing for you over at Cardz4galz.  We want to see shades of Brown on your cards.  I may have lied in my title (it's getting to be a habit).  I only used a couple of shades of brown and then watermarked my card with versamark. Although the different pressure on my stamp each time does make the shades appear slightly different.

I was at a loss as to where to go with this card.  Then I discovered that I have an embossing powder called coffee and the rest just fell into place.  Well, I say fell into place.  The idea was there but this is about the fourth attempt at getting it right.  My stamp is from a brilliant set called Coffee with a Splash from Altenew.  I'm pretty obsessed with their stamps and I love this whole set.  My hubby will be set for coffee themed birthday cards for years - coffee being his one vice.

What do you think.

I couldn't find any brown card to mat my panel onto so I used vintage photo distress ink to colour some paper.  I'm quite pleased with the result.  It's the first time I've done the watermark thing with the versamark - unless you count the three previous failures.  I don't think it will put me off.  I like it.

Please pop over and play along.  I promise the Galz have a varied selection of inspirational cards for you.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 8 October 2019


Morning all.  Time for a new challenge over at Cardz4guyz.  This week we want to see your spooky creations - but just in case you don't really do Halloween (I know, me neither) we have an option for you to use orange on your cards instead.  Even though I don't celebrate Halloween - I prefer to celebrate All Saints day on the 1st November - I have gone with a kind of spooky card.  I've chosen to use a skull die on a purple inked background.  I have to admit it looked a bit boring when I'd finished so I added a few stamped sequins in the background.  To be honest, I wish I'd left well alone.
What do you think?

He needed a little something but I'm not sure this was it.  I did also give him a little face lift with a sparkle pen but you can't see it on the photo.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x