Tuesday 1 December 2015

Crafts Galore Encore - December 2015 Challenge

Hello all,

Happy December! Yay! Hope you enjoyed opening your advent calendars this morning - I might be 31 but I still have one, hehe.  Henry is very excited about his Thomas the Tank Engine one!

Here is my December card for the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog, made with a beautiful image from this month's sponsor Beccy's Place.  Please do click on the link above to find out more about entering this month's challenge and the fantastic prizes up available.

I absolutely loved colouring this image, I truly did. I found it fun shading with the different red Promarkers, and it came together quite quickly.  There is so much you can do with this image with regards to layouts and changing the size of the image, I'm excited to experiment further with my other Christmas card designs.  I think this would also look beautiful on a kraft coloured background too.

I fussy cut the images and the mounted them to my card base using dimensional adhesive.  The middle poinsetta has a double layer of adhesive to make it stand up slightly further (but would still easily fit in the post without having to pay extra postage).  I used a little bit of my Wink of Stella pen on the middle of each flower too.

Love Hannah x

Supplies Used:
CBS Sweet Little Sentiments Stamp Set
Brilliance Dewdrop Galaxy Gold
Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen
White card stock 5x7
Foam adhesive 

Apple G338
Ruby R455
Cardinal Red R244
Poppy R565
Magenta M865
Yellow Y657

Sunday 1 November 2015

Crafts Galore Encore - November 2015 Challenge

Hello all,

It's already time for the November Crafts Galore Encore Challenge, and here is my card using an Art by Miran image - our lovely sponsor this month.  Please do click on the link above to find out more about entering this month's challenge and the fantastic prize up for grabs.

When I initially started colouring this image, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it.  As I was playing around with my dies to see which one would best fit, I thought the circle one would make a perfect Christmas bauble!  If I was to make this card again, I think I would make the image a little smaller so I could mount the bauble onto silver as well.  Oh well, you live and learn!  I also think this would make a fantastic snow globe shaker card with perhaps white sequins or little white foam balls - do let me know if you have a go at making a bauble or snow globe card.  I would love to come and check it out on your blog :-)

Love Hannah x

Supplies used:
5x7 light blue pre-folded card from stash
Silver/grey satin ribbon from stash
Silver glitter card from stash
Art by Miran image
Glossy Accents

CG06 Ice Grey 2
C719 Pastel Blue
CG05 Ice Grey 3
C429 Cool Aqua
B119 Powder Blue
O729 Blush
O518 Dusky Pink
O324 Burnt Sienna
O225 Henna
O535 Cocoa
WG05 Warm Grey 2
WG03 Warm Grey 4
G657 Emerald
R215 Shale
R738 Pastel Pink
China Blue

Sunday 25 October 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello all,

I thought I would share these really quick and simple cards I have made using some Clearly Besotted goodies and some supplies from my stash.

Clean and simple (and quick!) is totally my style, especially when Henry is running causing the chaos that only a toddler can!  I do have a little confession to make - I stamped all the flowers the night before and cut them out whilst Henry had his nap the next day.  When he woke, he was eating lunch and I was hanging out the washing.  When I came in, he said to me, 'Mama, mama, eat, eat, eat", and I was really proud of him thinking he had eaten all his food.  It was only when I came inside fully that I realised he had reached over the table and was eating my beautiful stamped flowers! Argh! Hopefully you can't see any teeth marks in the pictures...

The flowers are from the Bridal Bouquet stamp set, which is one of my favourite flower stamps.  It's so easy to use and line up, I love it!  I also have used some of my favourite ink colours and they are listed in the 'Supplies Used' list below.

The word dies are also from Clearly Besotted, and I used gold, copper and silver glitter paper from my stash.

Let me know what you think.

I am going to enter these cards in the following challenges and see how I get on:

- Crafting with Dragonflies - Pinktober
- Crafty Friends Challenge - Use your favourite colour
- Little Claire's Designs - Use your favourite stamp
- Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - CAS design using a large sentiment and tiny stamp
- Fussy and Fancy Friday - Orange, Black or Purple

Love Hannah x

Supplies Used:
5x5 white card stock
Clearly Besotted Bridal Bouquet Stamp Set
Clearly Besotted Happy Die
Clearly Besotted Birthday Die
Copper, Silver and Gold Glitter Paper from stash

Versa Magic Chalk Ink Dewdrops:
Key Lime
Aloe Vera
Pixie Dust
Pink Grapefruit
Pink Petunia
Mango Madness
Thatched Straw

Thursday 1 October 2015

Crafts Galore Encore - October Challenge


It's already time for October's Crafts Galore Encore Challenge! I can't believe where the last month has gone.  The nights are already drawing in and there is that lovely chill in the air which I adore.  I cannot wait to bust out my big fluffy jumpers and boots! Yay!

Anyway, here is my entry for this month's challenge, sponsored by the lovely Bugaboo Stamps.  This month's prize is an amazing pack of 7 digis! I am a mad Harry Potter fan, so these digi's really tickled me. Not only is there Harry, Ron and Hermione, but Snape and Hagrid too.  Brilliant!

I used Harry, Ron and Hermione to make a birthday card for my brother.  Although not a 'spooky' Halloween card, I think these images come under the 'magical' witches and wizards classification instead.  Inside the card, I wrote "Have a WAND-erful birthday!" - my brother loves a good pun!

To create the background I mixed sparkly gold acrylic paint with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and smeared it over my Memory Box Starry Nights stencil.  I am just in love with all the different sized stars and the pattern they create.  The stars have a gorgeous, pearlescent, sparkly shine to them (I'm not sure my photographs really do it justice - sorry!) and the paste creates beautiful dimension and texture. I stuck the images onto my card with glossy accents to make sure they were well and truly stuck down!

I used Promarkers to colour in the images, and a list of the colours I used can be found in the 'Supplies Used' section at the bottom of this post.

I think my favourite image to colour was Ron - I just love his flame red hair!

I would like to enter this card into a couple of challenges this month:

- 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
- Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine - Anything Goes
- Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Lots of Glitter 'n' Sparkle
- Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
- Robyn's Fetish - Square or Rectangle Cards
- Bugaboo Challenge - Colour Challenge

I don't think I've ever entered so many challenges before!  It's a bit daunting wondering what people will make of your work.  Never mind, fingers crossed!

Love Hannah x

Supplies Used:
4x6 white card stock
Memory Box Starry Nights Stencil
WHSmith Gold Acrylic Paint
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
Bugaboo Stamps Digital Images

O467 Pumpkin
O335 Terracotta
O727 Blush
O535 Cocoa
O567 Amber
O518 Dusky Pink
O225 Henna
O555 Gold
R738 Pastel Pink
R215 Shale
R665 Berry Red
R244 Cardinal Red
NG03 Cool Grey 4
Y367 Canary
WG03 Warm Grey 4
WG05 Warm Grey 2
G356 Forest Green
CG05 Ice Grey 3

Friday 11 September 2015



Flying in again with a super quick post to share with you a new baby congratulations card I have made for one of my oldest friends, who is due to have a baby girl at the beginning of next month. I am so excited for her!

This is another shaker card, but I have sealed with one with almost industrial glue as the last lot of shaker cards exploded as the recipients open them! Ooops. Cue small beads and sequins all over the carpet. 

I am going to enter this card in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog this week - their theme is 'anything goes'. (Apologies there is no hyper link, am posting from my phone. However, this is the link to their blog http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.co.uk/)

Have you ever had any shaker card disasters?

Love Hannah x

Supplies Used:
4x4 pearlescent card stock
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler Stamp
Paper Smooches Houndstooth Background Stamp
Simon Say Stamp Doll Pink Ink
Clearly Besotted Little Onsie Die
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Papercellar small gold round sequins
Pink and white tiny beads (from my stash)

Saturday 5 September 2015

Good Luck Shaker Cards

absolutely love September, it's my favourite time of year. I love the turning of the seasons and the back to school vibe which fills the air.

September this year is even more exciting for a few special members of our family and friends. My youngest brother is starting sixth form to study his A-Levels; my cousin's son is starting secondary school; my friend's son is starting primary school and so is my beautiful niece. I can't believe where the time has gone! 

Anyway, these are the good luck cards I have sent to them. This is the first time I have ever made a shaker card, and I love it! It took a little while to get my head around the different components, but armed with my trusty Cameo Silhoutte and my adhesive tape I managed it. And it is so fun and satisfying to fill with sequins and beads! I made the two older boys grey cards with a slightly more masculine feel (their shaker mix was gold, green, red and blue); my niece has a gorgeous gold, pink and white mix and my friend's cheeky little boy has a mix of gold and rainbow colours to match his bright personality. I just hope all those beads stay put in the post!

I am going to enter the rainbow card into two challenges this week:

- Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Apologies for the unganely links to the blog challenges and lack of supplies list at the moment, I am posting this from my iphone and still not quite sussed it.

Happy September!

Love Hannah xx

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Cards Galore Encore - September Challenge

Hello everyone,

September's Crafts Galore Encore Challenge is 'anything goes', sponsored by the lovely Di's Digis. The prize this month is a $12 voucher to spend at the Di's Digis shop.  Please do go and check out her site, there are some absolutely gorgeous images, which are just perfect for card making, scrapbooking or any papercraft project you are working on.

I have been inspired by Debby Hughes and Lucy Abrams this month, who both make lots of stunning cards which feature tags in their design. I encourage you to go and check out their beautiful blogs, and to follow them on their other social media pages.

I have also recently discovered German card maker Julia Altermann too. I enjoy watching card making videos whilst I am doing the washing up, and her videos came up in my suggested feed.  Her blog and videos are fantastic, and she has a great sense of humour as well as bright and beautiful cards.  It was this video which encouraged me to add dots to my design - do check it out!

It didn't take too long to add the white dots around my tag design, in fact, I found it quite relaxing!

I am going to enter this card in this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

If you have any questions, please do let me know.

Love Hannah x

Supplies Used:
5x7" kraft card stock
Clearly Besotted Scalloped Tag Die
Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy 6x6 paper pad
White 'Fun Foam'
Tesco Raffia - Sherbert
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Spun Sugar
Simon Says Stamp Small Hello Die
Simon Says Stamp Small Love You Die
Simon Says Stamp Small Hearts Die
Gsilk glitter cardstock - hot pink
Pilot White Gel Pen