Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bring on the boys!

Now I couldn't do a blog post about the girls & leave out those poor boys, could I?!
Just a quick post tonight to share with you a few boys/male cards I've made recently.

I made this for my cousin's 40th birthday earlier this year & I never got round to sharing it on here ...

I sponged the background with inks & used some Clarity stamps to stamp the fishes. Some banner dies, various scraps of card, Swiss Dots embossing folder & a sentiment to finish it off. I'm entering this card in the challenge at CASology where the cue card is 'FISH'.

This card was made for my nephew's 16th birthday ...

Now that's a cool guy innit?! This dude was stamped & then coloured with promarkers. Again, I used various scraps of card & a Craftwork Cards sentiment. I'm entering this card in the Addicted to CAS challenge where they are asking for creations for 'TEENAGERS'.

My last card for tonight  was made for a friend's son ...

I used Clearly Besotted's stamps & dies from the sets 'You Said It' & 'Make a Wish', inks & DSP from Stampin' Up & some twine. I'm going to enter this card in the challenge at Clearly Besotted where the theme for Stephanie's first ever challenge is 'ANYTHING GOES'.

Thanks for popping by & take care x

Monday, 17 June 2013

Here come the girls!

As my children are growing up I'm finding I can't use the 'cute' stamps I have for birthday cards for kids & need to make cards suitable for teenagers!

I used this sketch at this week's 'Sketch Saturday' challenge ...

 & combined it with the Hexagons challenge at 'Less is More' to make this card ...

I was chuffed to find out that the Clearly Besotted hexagon die is a perfect match for the Stampin' Up embossing folder! Clearly Besotted have their first ever challenge up & running over on Stephanie's blog where 'Anything Goes'. This will be my 2nd entry ... sshhhh! ;)

Supplies used:
Stamps - You Said It: Clearly Besotted; Big Birthday Wishes: MFT, Dies to Die for
Dies - Honeycomb: Clearly Besotted; Hexagon embossing folder: Stampin' Up
Papers - The Sweetest Thing Tangerine: My Mind's Eye
Inks - Promarkers; Tangerine Tango ink:  Stampin' Up

My second card uses a stamp with a bit more attitude! ...

I love all the washi tape that's around at the moment & on this card I've pleated the pink washi tape to give it a bit of texture.

Supplies used:
Stamps - girl stamp from my stash: unknown; Happy Birthday sentiment from Basic Banners: Clearly Besotted
Die - File tab: MFT Die-namics, Dies to Die for
Inks - Promarkers; Melon Mambo ink: Stampin' Up
Other - Washi tape: Paperchase

'Addicted to CAS' have a challenge running at the moment where the theme is 'Teenager', so I'm entering this card there.
Thanks for popping by & take care x

Saturday, 15 June 2013

You Are ...

... incredibly lucky to have got this stamp set as it flew off the shelves! I'm talking about the new release from Stephanie at Clearly Besotted. I bought quite a few of the sets in this month's release & have been having a play with 'You Are' which has matching dies  :)

I was still in Father's Day mode when I picked up this set so I thought I'd use the lovely words in the set together with sentiments (& the shirt buttons for the dotted lines!) from 'Super Dad' & a chevron stamp to make a Father's Day card ...

I went for some simple stamping & die cutting in pinks & greens for this one ...

I stamped one of the flowers on a white card square then cut it into four with some simple matting & layering. Not so sure about this one, I think some corner rounding might have improved it!

I'm going to enter one of these cards in a new challenge ... Clearly Besotted! Yes, that's right, Stephanie has started a monthly challenge on her blog here & the first challenge is 'Anything Goes'. If you don't have any Clearly Besotted stamps you can still enter the challenge as Stephanie has very kindly put up some free digi stamps on her blog. The challenge winner will receive 5 free stamp sets of their choice!!

Supplies used:
Stamps - You Are, Super Dad, You Said It: Clearly Besotted; chevron stamp free with magazine
Dies - You Are, You Said It: Clearly Besotted
Inks - Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade: Tim Holtz Distressed Inks; all others Stampin' Up
Papers - The Sweetest Thing Tangerine: My Mind's Eye
Other - Black ribbon: Stampin' Up

Thanks for popping by & take care x

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Bringing home the sun

Apologies for my absence from blogland but I've been ... on my holidays!!
This was the view from our hotel room in Tunisia ...

We stayed at the Holiday Village Manar; lovely hotel, good food, amazingly helpful, friendly & cheerful staff & lots of sun! We got home last Friday & we brought the sun back with us :)

A week later & we're back in routine, so last night I got my crafting stash out & made some Father's Day cards ...

I saw the moustaches on the cocktail sticks idea in a magazine, so I can't claim credit for that one! The moustache & chevron stamps were free with that magazine.

The third card is stamped randomly with the tie stamps from the 'Super Dad' set from Clearly Besotted. The shirt & sentiment are from that set also.

I'm going to enter the shirt & tie card into the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays where they are asking for creations using banners & flags.

I'm entering the 2nd card into the Just Us Girls challenge this week where they are asking you to use washi tape on your creations.

Yesterday I received my order of the new stamps & dies released by Clearly Besotted this week. Stephanie has some lovely sets in this release & I'm hoping to have a play with my haul in the next couple of days :)

Supplies used:
Stamps - Super Dad, Clearly Besotted; Moustache & chevron, free with magazine
Cardstock - Solar white neenah; all other Stampin' Up
Inks - all Stampin' Up
Dies - Super Dad die collection, Clearly Besotted; Fishtail flags, MFT Die-namics
Other - Washi tape, cocktail sticks, Baker's Divine Twine

Thanks for popping by & take care x