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Friday, 16 August 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 16 August 2019

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Greyhound".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

I decided to try a Dutch Fold card today.  I think if I did one again I'd try another way of doing it but overall I am pleased with the result even if it did need a little tweaking!!!  For my card I have gone with a purple and black colour scheme.  The purple foiled paper I have used is from a paper pad from The Works.

I have finished the card off with lots and lots of Die-cut flowers and greenery, ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Sandstone, Cinnamon and Caramel
Greyhound - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3
Flowers/greenery - Orchid, Amethyst, Purple, Leaf Green and Bright Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
Craft Rocket - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Get Creative - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Fully loaded or CAS (fully loaded for me!!)
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes (congratulations on your 100th challenge - here's to the next 100!!)
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Lace/ribbon
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Dies and/or punches (dies used for the flowers and greenery)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Punches and dies (dies used for the flowers and greenery)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Are you having a Giraffe? Hope your birthday is as special as you are Son

Here is the card that I have made for my eldest son's 27th birthday (oh that does make me feel old!!).  He has a good sense of humour so a giraffe wearing posh glasses will suit him.

Virtually all of the card I have used the stamp set from Pink Ink Designs called "Giraffe".  I like the way that you have the main image and other smaller images to "set the scene".

For the first mount of the card I stamped various leaf stamps from the set which I also repeated inside the card.  The larger of the leaf stamps I coloured in with Promarkers.  For the top mount I stamped the giraffe (and stamped the head again onto a spare piece of card so I could do decoupage of the head) and then used two of the stamps from the set using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping of the leaf stamp.  I have coloured the giraffe in with Promarkers and highlighted areas with my white Posca pen.

I then decided to do some very intricate work as I wanted the giraffe to have proper "posh" glasses.  My son wears glasses and when he buys new ones he is very particular on the ones he gets.  I have stamped the glasses onto card, cut the lenses out, glued on acetate and left to dry, cut around the shape of the glasses which was quite hard and then added red stripes to the glasses so he ended up with red-white-blue glasses.  Sticking them on proved a challenge as I wanted them to stick up so I glued the frame at the bottom and at the top and when dry just gently pushed up the sides of the glasses and weighed down for some hours with a paperweight.

I then stamped lots of the leaf and flower stamps, coloured them in with Promarkers, cut them all out and used them to decorate inside and outside of the card.

The card is finished off with a sentiment off the stamp set "Are you having a Giraffe?", a happy birthday sentiment with another stamp "son" added to the bottom and some gorgeous gingham ribbon.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Giraffe - Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Spice, Leaf Green and Bright Green
Flowers and leaves - Leaf Green, Bright Green, Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Spice and Blue Pearl
Glasses - Indigo Blue and Poppy.

Fingers crossed my son likes his card as it took many hours to make.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - 3+ layers
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Fully loaded or CAS (fully loaded for me!!)
Get Creative - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Fantasy (giraffes are not orange with leaf and scroll prints over them and don't go around with glasses on!!!)
Double D Challenge - It's a jungle out there
Creative Moments - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of bright (very bright for me!!!)
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes (congratulations on your 100th challenge - here's to the next 100!!)
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Lace/ribbon
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Nocturnal Sparkle".  

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a grayscale image.
 It is at a special introductory price of $3.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 18 August 2019.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 9 August 2019

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Purple Night Adventure - Grayscale" (which comes in a set along with "Lavender Night Adventure - Grayscale" and "Daisy Night Adventure - Grayscale").  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers are from my 6x6 stash.

I have finished the card off with some wide blue satin ribbon, white lace, white satin ribbon, bought flowers I was given which I inked with a blue and a grey chalk ink pad to match the colour scheme, sentiment and some Sue Wilson die-cut greenery.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Caramel and Cocoa
Wings - Sunkissed Pink, Coral and Antique Pink
Dog - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3
Flowers/leaves/mountains/sun - Duck Egg, Turquoise, Bright Green, Leaf Green Buttercup, Ivory, Primrose, Pastel Blue
Background - Powder Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes (congratulations on your 4th anniversary)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Flower power
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Simon Says - Add a die-cut (Sue Wilson die-cut greenery)

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 9 August 2019

  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".

PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation and you MUST specify the colouring medium you have used.


This week we are being sponsored by "A Day for Daisies".
I decided to make another Christmas card ready for December.  I have used the A Day for Daisies image called "Gentle Baby".  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from Hobbycraft.

I have finished the card off quite simply with some gold trim ribbon and a sentiment from a Debbi Moore CD.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Mary - Cinnamon, Tan, Putty, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3
Baby Jesus - Terracotta, Raw Sienna, Ice Grey 1
Background/star - Powder Blue, Yellow and Gold.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes (congratulations on your 4th anniversary)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Something seasonal ( I have gone for Winter ie Christmas time)
CRAFT - Christmas

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Harmony".  

In this set you will get two grayscale images - one lighter and one darker.
  It is at a special introductory price of $3.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 13 August 2019.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps August 2019 Facebook Challenge - FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

The topic for the Facebook August 2019 challenge is 
"FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.  
For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Red Panda - Grayscale" (it comes in a set along with Gentleness and Autumn Fantasy).  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and distressed around the edge with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I have added white Nuvo drops to the image for the snow falling.

The backing papers are from my stash.  The blue glitter card is from an "Under the Sea" paper pad from Hobbycrafts.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from a CD, wide orange lace, spotty blue ribbon, die-cut flowers which I have inked around the edges, stamped blue dots onto and added orange buttons to the centre.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3
Panda - Pumpkin, Spice and Burnt Orange
Trees/branches - Sandstone, Khaki, Henna
Background - Royal Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Simon Says - Bright and cheerful
We Love to Create - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Furry friends
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes (congratulations on your 4th anniversary)
Pearly Sparkles - Something beginning with "B" (blue, birthday and buttons)
Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - 3+ layers
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Happy Birthday Niece

Here is a card that I have made for my niece who will be 12 this year using the Debbi Moore Journey to Wonderland CD

For my card I have a topper sheet, backing paper and an insert.

I recently won a challenge where I won some lovely glittery ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.  I have used a bright blue ribbon for this card.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, the glittery blue ribbon, gingham ribbon and a lovely bright red heart charm.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday - Anything goes using a CD
Allsorts - Charms
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - For a child + sentiment

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Blowing in the Wind".  

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.
 It is available at a special introductory price of $2.80 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 31 July 2019.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Happy 28th Anniversary Husband 💕

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Today is a very special day today for my husband and myself as it is our 28th wedding anniversary.  Our time together has had some good times but unfortunately the majority of our married life bar a few years I have been unwell so that has been an added strain for my husband.  We have managed 28 years together and have two wonderful sons so that cannot be too bad can it?

Recently I won a challenge and got to pick some images from Dr Digi as my prize.  As soon as I saw the image "Flossie's Day Out" I knew I wanted it for our anniversary card.  I had a moped for a few years when I first started work and hated it and fell of numerous times.  We go to Skegness quite often and regularly see motorbikes with sidecars and I've said to my husband that I'd love a ride in a sidecar - but I'd doubt I'd get in one with my health and where would my walking stick go?  We can dream though!!!

Not sure what my husband will think of his card.
I have coloured the Dr Digi image called "Flossie's Day Out" with my Promarkers.  I have decoupaged the lights from some dimension and added Glossy Accents to their glasses.  I have edged the image with a tyre stamp I had in my stash from a magazine freebie and also used a little dotty stamp as well using a grey Prism ink pad.

The backing papers are from Summertime Designs who no longer seems to be around anymore as she made gorgeous papers.

I have finished the card off with stamped sentiments, die-cut the numbers "2" and "8" 4 times and stuck them together to make them more pronounced on the card and added some red/white/blue ribbon to match the colour scheme of the card.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair/beard - Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 2
Sidecar/motorbike - Red, Berry Red, Crimson, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3, Black, Lemon, Yellow and Purple
Flossie/her biker friend/helmets - Amethyst, Purple, Mulberry, Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3.

Now just for a laugh here are a few photos of us 28 years ago:
     
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Friends - Two or more patterned papers
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Colours of summer
Cardz for Guyz - Transport
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Krafty Chicks - Stars and stripes (stars and stripes on two different backing papers)
Cute Card Thursday - Bright colours
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of Christmas in July
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - You've got to have friends (my best friend is my hubby who I've known for 31 years but we've been married 28 years today)
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
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Friday, 19 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 19 July 2019

Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "DOTS AND/OR STRIPES".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Field of Red Poppies - Grayscale" (this image comes in a set where you get the black-and-white image as well as a grayscale image).  I soooooooo love poppies so I had to colour up this image.  I have used Promarkers and added some Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen to the centre of the poppies.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished off the card with a Sheena Douglass poppy stamp with matching die, some Sue Wilson die-cut greener, gem stickers and a die-cut sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Cocoa and Caramel
Dress - Lemon, Yellow and Canary
Poppies/greenery - Lipstick Red, Red, Poppy, Canary, Sunflower, Leaf Green and Bright Green
Background - Blue Pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Daisy Chain - Flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Two or more patterned papers
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Colours of summer
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Bright colours
Kitty Bee Designs - Happy summer!
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Happy 5th Anniversary

Here is a 5th anniversary card I made recently using a CraftsUPrint image called "Sloths Just Chillin" set by Janet Briggs.  I printed off the the main image page twice so I could do lots of decoupage layers as the card was being hand-delivered.  I also used the insert which you also got in the kit.

I have finished the card off quite simple using stamped sentiments (using different fonts/sizes of stamps which other crafters I use which I think look good but when I do it I am not sure!!), green glitter glue on the leaves for some sparkles and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of bright and fun
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
As You Like It - Favourite - birds or beasts (I have a "thing" about birds flying too close to me like pigeons and seagulls especially when both my husband and I have food taken from our hands as we are eating by seagulls and two weeks ago a large seagull pinch half of my husband's Danish blue cheese roll out of his hands - so I think I will have to say beasts are my favourites)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
A Place to Start - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Add pearls or gems (pearls for me)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Cardinal".

In this set you will get TWO GRAYSCALE images - a lighter grey image and a darker grey image.

It is available at a special introductory price of $2.50 (original price of $3.50).

Hurry as this offer ends on 21 July 2019.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Happy Birthday Dad

Here is a card I made for my son to give to his dad on his birthday yesterday.

I have used this cute Gruffies House Mouse image from some decoupage sheets I got from Joanna Sheen some years back.

The backing papers I have used are from The Works.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, flowers made by a friend in Canada and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
House Mouse - Anything goes with the option of making a matching envelope