Tuesday, 18 November 2014



It's Tuesday so we have a new challenge for you at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week our theme is Christmas Stocking. I just love this Hunkydory so much that I wasn't going to use it then I decided it would be perfect for OH's Christmas card and at least then I can have it back :). The holly leaves and berries are a Marianne die embossed with clear powder to give a shine to them



We'd love to see what masculine cards you come up for with this challenge and don't forget to pop over and see what the other girls have created

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cardz 4 Guyz Thankful


We've another challenge for you at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week we want to see your Thanksgiving/Thankful cards. For my card I've used my new embossing folder by Tattered Lace. I'm not over keen on most of the Tattered Lace dies but when I saw this folder I loved that it has 3 interchangeable greeting panels. I've embossed it onto kraft card then rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over it before embossing with Versamark and clear powder. I was going to give it a couple of coats but liked the way the first one came out so left it at that. Some twine from my stash to finish



I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Thanksgiving/Thank You
Fussy and Fancy - Thankful
Inspirational Challenge - Shine


We'd love to see what you come up with but please make sure your creation is suitable for a male

You Go Girl at Cuttlebug Mania

It's time for another challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and this time we want to see you Girly cards. I much prefer to make masculine cards  so I've gone with pretty rather than girly. The background is made from some snippets of 3 papers and I've weaved them before sticking onto a base card and embossing it. The butterfly die was free with the latest DoCrafts magazine and I've brushed it with Wink of Stella


X Cut Butterfly die
Spellbinders Floral Oval die
Spellbinders Oval die
Spellbinders Ribbon Tag die
Marianne Design Forest Branch and Swirl
Embossilicious Dotty embossing folder
Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose Collection papers

I'm also entering this into the Butterfly Challenge which is to use three papers and Pixie's Snippets Playground

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Boys Toys



It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week our theme is Boys Toys. I love this old set by Stampin Up and although the computer is quite old fashioned now, I just love the sentiments that come with it. The backing paper is by Wild Rose Studio and some card candi to finish



I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Seemacrafts - Monochrome
Sisters Of Craft - Anything Goes

We'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge but please make sure your creation is suitable for a male

Monday, 3 November 2014

Embossed Butterfly

The Butterfly Challenge want us to emboss our butterflies for the current challenge. I've got lost of butterfly stamps so choosing one was very difficult. I've had lots of play with them but wanted something bigger so I've gone with an Imagination Crafts stencil instead. A very simple card but I love the look





Imagination Crafts Butter Love Stencil
Versamark and Clear embossing powder
Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Craftwork Cards sentiment
Gems from my stash

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sledging Fun

The current challenge at CD Sunday is Silhouettes. I've used an obvious CD - Joanna Sheens Dancing With Shadows and followed this sketch from Sketch Saturday

 We used to love sledging down the hill when I was young but we used a dustbin lid and it was always such a long walk back up the hill


I've used some transparent crystal embossing powder on top of the image ad snowflake for a lovely glistening effect

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Metal at Cardz 4 Guyz



It's my turn to choose our theme at Cardz 4 Guyz so this week we want to see your creations with Metal on them. There are so many ways to go with this but I've gone for a Faux Metal technique. Now I have a couple of friends to thank for this idea - Pam and Cally and they in turn got it from one of Clair's workshops. I wish I lived closer so I could go as they make some great cards

It's really difficult to get a decent picture but I've made this for my cousin's Birthday this week. It's made with plumbers tape and plasterboard tape, cereal packets and alcohol inks



I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - For the Boys

I'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge


Incy Wincy Spider at Cuttlebug Mania

It's time for another challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and this week we want to see your creations with a spider on


The image is sewn onto card and then matted onto black card. The cobweb at the bottom is embossed on black card with the Cuttlebug Spiders Web embossing folder and then brushed over with a Brilliance Moonlight White ink pad. This has a lovely sheen making it look silky but it doesn't show up in the picture. The three little spiders are from a Memory Box die. Originally they were going onto the black embossed card so I heat embossed them with clear powder but then decided to put them down the side

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - Stitching
Fab n Funky - In Stitches, let's have a laugh - I hope this counts!
The Male Room - Halloween

We'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge and don't forget to let us know how you've used your manual machine 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cardz 4 Guyz Halloween Challenge



It's Tuesday so time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this week we want to see your Halloween creations. For my card I've followed this sketch from Meljen Designs


I don't have much in the way of Halloween stash but this cute image is a CC Designs stamp called Vampy Hansel which I won from My Mum's Craft Shop blog a couple of years ago so he tends to come out of hiding every year. The papers are from the Bazzill All Hallows Eve paper pack and the spiders are a memory box die. I only have one small piece of the diamond paper (it's the reverse of the lighter paper) so I carefully cut it into pieces to fit the sketch so I'm also entering this into Pixie's Snippets Playground


I'm also entering this into the the Ruby's Rainbow challenge which is to use a freebie or prize


Monday, 20 October 2014

Butterfly Challenge Card

The current challenge the Butterfly Challenge is to use a tag. Last weeks class at Tulip Crafts was Cisioo which is Lacé combined with stitching and I've used one of my pieces as the border on this card. I've been really tempted by the Joy Crafts Fantasy Flowers dies but thought I'd have a go without it so I used a Woodware mini flower punch to make this hydrangea type flower and I'm quite pleased with the result. I was stuck as to what leaves to use and then I remembered these fabric ones


I rescued them from work when they were changing the plants for real ones and these were going to be dumped. As I left work almost 4 years ago they have lasted well. I used a circle of scrap paper and shaped it then loaded it with silicone before sticking to the tag. The flowers are punched from leftover paper from the Cisioo border and I've added pink Stickles to the middles


The imagine sentiment is by Stampin Up although it doesn't show too well in the picture


I'm also taking this over to visit Miss at the Crafty Snippets Playground