Saturday, 31 May 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Father's Day/Special Man

Hellooooo, well it's that time of the month again ---- it's Sweet Stampin' time.  

If you live in the UK I hope you've all enjoyed the May Bank holiday despite the awful dreary weather. I'm ashamed to say my heating got turned back on last weekend and it was my hubbie who turned it on --- so if he's cold, it must be cold  :-)  

Here in the UK on June 15th it will be Father's Day, so to get you in the mood our challenge theme this week is Father's Day/Special Man. So here's my little DT card for you - this is such a sweet digi stamp.  I actually used this image last year on a  Father's Day card for my daughter to give to her dad.

 


Here's What I did
Another CAS card for you. After printing out my cute digi stamp from Mo Manning onto Neenah card stock, I die cut it into a square and coloured the image with Copics and matted this onto my 5" x 5" Kraft card base  To add a little embellishment I die cut a sentiment and some brown card with my banner die and attached it to the top of the card and finished it off with a little pink heart..

Lol, I told you it was a simple card, but to be fair men don't do complicated or fussy.

Here's everything I used:
Digi Stamp:  'Love You Daddy' available from Mo Manning
Paper/Cardstock (CS): Kraft CS, Neenah CS, Brown Papermain CS
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30 / Hair - C1, C2, C5, C7, 100 / Dress, Shoes & Flower Heads - RV0000, RV00, RV02, RV06 / T-Shirt & Trainers - E40, E41, E43, E47  / Jeans - B32, B45, B97, B39 / Watch - Y00, Y06, Y17 / Leaves - YG06
Dies: Sizzix 'Banner #2', Die-namics MFT 'Blueprint 8'
Other: CraftArtist 2, Distressing Ink

So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our Father's Day/Special Man challenge we'd love to see you. REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your card!

This week's sponsor and prize is from Di's Digis/Marianne Designs.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

Challenges entered: 

Hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sugar Bowl 116 - Anything Goes

Well can you believe it, this is going to be our last challenge over at the Sugar Bowl for the foreseeable future.  Luckily for me I'll still be involved with Sugar Nellie on the Design Team so I still get to work with these gorgeous stamps and my sugar teamies.  But it's definitely a case of  'watch this space' when it comes to Sugar Nellie there's new things happening soon - so keep an eye on our blog.

Anyhoo, back The Sugar Bowl for our final challenge the theme is Anything Goes. So grab your Sugar Nellie stamp and get going.

Just a little reminder that Funkykits are having a sale on at the moment with 20% off digital and rubber stamps but it finishes soon - so go bgrab yourself a bargain.

So here it is my last Sugar Bowl card and I apologise in advance but it's a Christmas card. I know, I know *slap my wrist* I said the dreaded  'C' word, but I really love this digital stamp and I wanted to use her in a project again.


 
Here's What I Did
The 7" x 7"card base was matted with green card stock, and my digital stamp was printed onto watercolour card using the card/printer feed technique which I've used before with success. This technique allows me to print directly onto awkward card stock as my printer does not like feeding anything into it that has any kind of thickness which can be annoying. I water coloured the background with swirls and flicks in the same colour palette that I watercolour the fairy with (I'm not sure if I've gone a little over the top --- what do you think?) This was then matted onto some red card and then onto the green. To finish I added a little H20 paint, glitter, and added a few die cut embellishments.

Here's everything I used:
Digi Stamp:  'Wings Of Love' Sugar Nellie rubber stamp from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): Watercolour Card, Green and Red Papermania CS, Pink Glitter CS
Distressing Ink Pens: Skin - Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Tea Dye / Hair, Birds & Basket - Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain / Skirt, Hat & Shoes - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss / Jacket & Flowers - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Victorian Velvet / Bells - Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade / Ground - Faded Jean, worn Lipstick
Dies: Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss 'Snowflake'
Other: Glitter, H20 Paints
 
So don't forget to drop by at The Sugar Bowl and have a look at what the rest of my fabulous DT sweeties have created to inspire you; and why not join in with this month's challenge while you're there. It's open to everyone, and the theme is Anything Goes so come on give it a go. 

There's a fantastic prize - a bundle of Sugar Nellie stamps eg Leanne Ellis, Simply Sassy, Gorjuss etc plus papers and embellishments (wow wish I could enter lol),  and a chance of being in our Top 3 (but don't forget you have use a Sugar Nellie stamp to enter).

Have fun.

Hugs

Janine x

Sugar Nellie - Fairy Cakes

Hello Sugar Peeps! 
 
It's my turn to show you one of the many stamps from the Sugar Nellie range over at Funkykits or the Etsy store. So for my DT card for this week I thought I would pick something sugary and sweet.  This little cutie is called 'Fairy Cakes', isn't she cute, she's a rubber stamp and she's on sale at the moment over at Funkykits, so grab her now.


 
 
Here's What I Did
I decided to make a pretty little card with this stamp and my new LOTV papers were a perfect compliment to it. Using the colours in the paper I decided to use sugar candy shades. My paper and pink cardstock were matted and layered straight onto my 6" x 6" white card base. I stamped my cute little fairy onto some Neenah card and coloured her with Copics. I die cut the finished fairy topper, a scalloped circle and some flowers from coloured card. The topper, flowers and buttons were attached to my card and to finish off I added a touch of glitter. 
Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamp: Sugar Nellie 'Fairy Cake's available from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): , Pink & Green' Papermania CS, Neenah Colouring CS, LOTV 'Bonnets & Bowties'
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Outfit, Icing (Frosting), Hearts - RV000, RV10, RV13, RV14 / Cupcake Wrapper & Flower - BG000, BG01 / Cupcake Ribbon - YG11, YG23 / Cupcake - E00, E02 / Sweetie - V01, V04 / Butterfly - E00, E02, BG00, YG11 / Fairy Wings - BG000, YG11
Dies: Tonic Layering 'Circle', Spellbinder 'Grand Scallop Circles', Die-namics MFT 'Blueprint 3'
Other: Glitter, Button

To see more Sugar Nellie creations made  by the lovely sugar girls why not drop by the Sugar Nellie blog or join our Facebook page (just search for the Official Sugar Nellie Group)

Little Reminders
As I mentioned earlier Funkykits has a sale until the end of this month (May) so why not drop by and bag a bargain.

Don't forget we have a monthly challenge over at The Sugar Bowl - this will be our last challenge for the time being so why not get your Sugar Nellie stamp out and join in with us. The theme is 'Father's Day/Special Man'

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Challenge Entered:
 
Hugs
 
x Janine x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

New Job Card

As I don't have a DT card to show you this week, I thought I would share the 'New Job' card I made for my beautiful daughter - she lives in London and has just landed a job in a theatre there as a Front of House member of staff.


I made the 8" x 8" card using one of the Xcut 'Build A Scene' die sets. Initially I had a problem getting my card stock out of the dies after cutting them out because some areas are so intricate eg windows.  After asking for help on one of the facebook group I belong to, I solved the problem - the cure was to wipe the dies with a tumble dryer sheet (not used), the dies then cut out and released the card stock like a dream.

The landscape was made using 3 different shades of grey card stock, plus some black, red and white cardstock to accent it the scene.  To finish off I die cut some clouds. The buses and some of the taxis where layered up to give it a little dimension.

Here's What I Used:
Cardstock (CS): Grey, Red, Black, White
Dies - Xcut 'Build A Scene' London, Joy! 'Clouds'
Other - Distressing Ink, Foam pads

My daughter loved it - which made all my hard work worth it apart from the fact that I paid 93p for first class post so she's get it the next day, and it took 2 days to get to her and was totally bent and twisted when it arrived. So I'm a bit annoyed!!!

Calling all Sugar Nellie Fans - there is a promotion over at Funkykits on digi and rubber stamps until the end of the month, so get yourself over there and grab a sugary bargain.

I'll been sharing my Sugar Nellie, Sugar Bowl and Sweet Stampin DT cards here next week.

REMINDER: It's the last week of the Design Team call out for Sweet Stampin' - it ends on Friday 30th May 2014 at 6pm gmt and the successful applicants will be contacted shortly after that.  We're a really friendly and fun bunch so why not give it a go we'd love for you to join us, all details are on our blog here.

Thank you for visiting.

Hugs Janine x

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Milestone Birthday

Hellooooo, well it's that time again ---- it's Sweet Stampin' time.  Yey!!

Our fab theme this week is 'Milestone Birthday' - mmm, I wonder why!!!

 
 
Here's What I did
I thought I would keep it CAS this week with simple matting and layering with a die cut flower. I did however print off a few extra images of the digi stamp, coloured portions of it in and fussy cut them out, and layered them up. To finish off I added a little glitter, a few gems and sequins - and oh yes some glossy accents to her glasses.  The digi image and sentiment was set out using CraftArtist 2 before printing and die cutting out.

Here's everything I used:
Digi Stamp:  'SB Firemen Call' by Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Paper/Cardstock (CS): Papermania Coloured CS
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30 / Hair: YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress, Shoes, Hat - RV14, RV21, RV23, RV34 / Cake - YR20, YR23, YR31, RV000, RV21
Dies: Die'sire 'Leaf 1', Dienamics MFT 'Blueprints 3 & 8'
Other: Serif CraftArtist 2, Glitter, Gems, Sequins, Glossy Accents

So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog and check out what my brilliant teamies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our Milestone Birthday challenge we'd love to see you. REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your card!

This week's sponsor and prize is a voucher from Craftsulove.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

Challenges entered:
 
Hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Sugar Nellie 'Story Teller'

Good morning sugar fans! 

Can I just say what on earth is going on with this weather? One minute it's a glorious sunny spring day and the next it's like we've been thrown back into winter again. We've had hale, frost and heavy rain and wind - for May this is crazy.

Anyhoo, back to something sweet and summery (or should I say sugary!). It's my turn to show you one of the many stamps from the Sugar Nellie range over at Funkykits or the Etsy store. So here's my DT card for this week - I used a digital stamp this time and she's called 'Story Teller', I just think she's such a sweetie.

To see more Sugar Nellie creations made my lovely teamies why not drop by the Sugar Nellie blog or join our Facebook page (just search for the Official Sugar Nellie Group)

 
Here's What I Did
I made quite a simple CAS card this week. I created the layout using Serif's CraftArtist 2 by inserting the digi image onto my screen page and resized it to fit an 5" x 5" card base and mats. I then added a border, flowers and sentiment. The page was printed onto Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. The topper was then matted and layered onto complimentary cardstock, to finish off I added a touch of glitter to her wings.  You could easily achieve a similar looking layout using a Word Processing or a Desktop Publishing software if you wish.
Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp: Sugar Nellie 'Story Teller' available from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): , Orange and Lime Papermania CS, Neenah Colouring CS
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Hair - C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, 100 / Dress, Shoes, Flowers - YR00, YR02, YR04 / Mushrooms - E00, E41, E43, E47 / Cricket and Grass - YG11, YG23, YG17, YG67 / Wings - B0000, B000, B00, B00, B0O2, YG1 / Petticoat & Dress Flowers - B000, B00, B02 / Shadow - W1, W3
Other: Serif CraftArtist 2, Glitter, Prisma Pencils, Button, Bakers Twine

Let Me Know
I'm keen to know if there's anything you'd like to learn or know how to do eg how to emboss, use shrink plastic, make a tag etc. Or is there anything you'd like to see included on the Sugar Nellie blog. If so let me know - either leave me a comment or email me.

I have been asked about using Shrink Plastic - so watch this space.

Why not visit my lovely design teamies over at Sugar Nellie and check out everyone's sugary creations.  There's still time to enter this month's challenge over at the Sugar Bowl - the theme is 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'. This will be our last Sugar Bowl challenge for the time being so get your entries in but remember to use a Sugar Nellie stamp. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Challenge Entered:
 
Hugs
 
x Janine x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Sweet Stampin' DT Call Out

We are recruiting for a few new members over at Sweet Stampin' so if you can:
 
1. Commit to making comments on allotted numbers every week, very important!
2. Make a card on alternate weeks fitting the theme & ahead of the posting date
3. Be prepared to use sponsor images when required.
4. Make a post on your own blog alternate Saturdays
5. Stay for an initial 4 month period which may be renewed if both parties agree.
6. Join in and have fun on the behind the scenes blog where we welcome ideas and suggestions.

So if you feel this is something you can commit to and would be interested in joining our team, then please enter a card onto our Challenge blog -- remember to add your name and mark it DT or you can email us at sweetstampin@gmail.com and mark DT Call in the subject line.

Good luck in both the challenge and your DT entry.

Hugs

Janine x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Sweet Stampin' Fairies and Fantasy

Hellooooo, well it's that time again ---- it's Sweet Stampin' time.  

I hope you're all enjoy the beautiful spring weather here in the UK and hopefully in your corner of the world. It's so nice to see some sunshine instead of fog and clouds.  Anyhoo, back to Sweet Stampin' - our theme this week is Fairies and Fantasy.  So here's a little bit of fairy delight - isn't she cute.  I love these fairies from Sugar Nellie they're so sweet - they're available in both digi and in rubber .

 
Here's What I did
I embossed the front of my card base using a mask and used a little pan pastel over the embossed surface.  I find masks really versatile because you ink through them, dry emboss with them or use mixed media to emboss them further. I die cut 2 pastel coloured circle mats and a white circle with the printed little fairy on it. I randomly added pan pastel around the circle to give an ethereal feel with dots using Copic pens (mmm, not sure if I've added one too many of them!). The fairy was coloured with copics and fussy cut out and then gluede onto the circle. To finish off I added glitter and die cut flowers.

Here's everything I used:
Digi Stamp:  'Live Laugh Love' Sugar Nellie stamp available from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): Create & Craft Pastel Coloured CS, Craftwork Card Shaped CS
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30 / Hair: YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress, Shoes & Flowers - R000, R20, R30, R32, R35 / Wings - G000, G00, G02 
Dies: Tonic Circle & Scallop Circle Layering Dies, Tattered Lace 'Embellishments', Britannia 'Multi Rose'
Other: Glitter, Pan Pastels, Stamp Away Mask

So why not drop by the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog and check out what my fab Design Team girlies have made to inspire you. So come on why not join in with the fun and enter your card/project into our Fairies and Fantasy challenge we'd love to see you. REMEMBER you must include a stamped element on your card!

This week's sponsor and prize is a £15 voucher from Crafty Devils.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)
Crafty Catz (Anything But Square)
 
 
Hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sugar Nellie - Candy Pip

Helloooo and good morning! 

Well my lovely hubbie treat me to a few days in York last week to celebrate my birthday, and the weather was glorious -- sunny and warm. I couldn't believe my luck!  We only live about an hour away so I go quite frequently, but we don't usually stay over but on this occasion we did and it was lush.  The hotel was so handy - 5 mins from the Minster and the shops, plus it was so quaint, we even had a 4 poster bed and very creaky floor boards :).  

We had such a wonderful and relaxing time --- but we were exhausted from all the walking and climbing the stairs to our 2nd floor bedroom. I also had a great time stocking up on my crafty goodies, well I had to spend my birthday money didn't I  :-)

Anyhoo, it's my turn to show you one of the many stamps from the Sugar Nellie range over at Funkykits. So here's my DT card for you using rubber stamp  'Candy Pip', isn't she a cutie.  

 Here's What I Did
The gorgeous sunny April weather inspired me to create a fresh and bright card. I used a white 6" x 6" card base, and matted it with both plain purple CS and my patterned paper.  I then die cut 3 circles, the plain and scalloped strips and the flowers. Candy Pip was stamped 3 times, coloured with Copics and fussy cut out. I then added her, the strips to create a little ledge for her to sit on and flower using foam tape to give a little dimension to my card. To finish off  I doodled around the circle, and added some gems and my punched out butterflies.

Here's what I used:
Rubber Stamp: Sugar Nellie 'Candy Pip' available from Funkykits
Paper/Cardstock (CS): , Cream, Purple and Lilac Papermania CS, First Edition 'New Bloom'
Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Dress, Shoes, Flowers - V09, V12, V15, V17 / Striped Jumper & Socks - BG10, BG13, BG15 / Flower Centres - Y00, Y17
Dies: Die-namics MFT 'Blueprint 3 & 8', Tonic 'Layering Circles & Scallop Circles'
Other: Serif CraftArtist 2, Mini Butterfly Punch, Copic Black Fineliner Pen, Gems

Let Us know
I'm keen to know if there's anything you'd like to learn or know how to do eg how to emboss, use shrink plastic, make a tag etc. Or is there anything you'd like to see included on the Sugar Nellie blog. If so let me know - either leave me a comment or email me.

Why not visit my lovely design teamies over at Sugar Nellie and check out everyone's sugary creations.  We also have a monthly challenge over at the Sugar Bowl so why not join us - we'd love to see you. The theme for Challenge 115 is 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'. But remember to use a Sugar Nellie stamp.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Challenge Entered:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Hugs
x Janine x