Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas Snowman

Christmas is fast approaching, the nights are drawing in and I love it so I've been busy making another seasonal card.

Again it features an image from Lili of the Valley called Christmas Snowman which is, as always, so darn cute!

I started by colouring the image with Gansai Tambi watercolours, I used MME Frost patterned papers as I wanted a muted pallet to work with the kraft cardstock, although the papers are more blue than they look in the picture.  I distressed and inked the papers and matted them up with a KI Memories Flurry Pure lace cardstock and trimmed off the over hang.

I die cut the Poinsettia out of matching paper and cut the holly from kraft as a contrast. Added two MM leather photo corners from my scrapbooking days just because I think it worked lol.  The sentiment is a favourite of mine but I have no idea who its by or where I got it from, apologies.  Popped a few pearls around the flower to finish.

Challenges I'm entering:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas/3 patterned papers

Supplies:  Kraft cardstock, Gansai Tambi watercolours, MME Frost patterned papers, KI Memories lace cardstock, MM leather photo corners, TH Poinsettia Bigz die, Sizzix Holidays greens dies, LOTV Christmas Snowman digi stamp, Hobby Craft pearls.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Photo Inspiration

I recently popped over to see the new challenge at Stamping Sensations and for the month of September its a photo inspiration challenge and here is the delightful colour scheme...

I'm usually not one for photo inspiration but I couldn't resist as the colours are so pretty especially when everything around us is turning Autumnal.

I'll be the first to admit that this card didn't exactly turn out how I envisioned it, I was a little disappointed if I'm honest but it would have been a waste of a Friday morning if I just threw it away (been known to happen, more than once).

I used a Tim Holtz flower stamp which was stamped in Versamark and embossed in antique gold then coloured using Gansai Tambi watercolours. 

I fussy cut one out and used 3D foam for an extra lift.  Covered the white card with paint splatters - as a middle aged woman I like paint splatters a little too much, just can't resist a smile when I do it.

The sentiment is from Hobby Craft, not keen - it was a gift and we all know you never look a gift horse in the mouth, as they say.  Finished off with a few gems and some pink bakers twine.

Challenges I'm entering:-

Stamping Sensations - Photo Inspiration
The Flower Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (gems, watercolour, CAS)

Supplies:- Crafters Companion watercolour cardstock, Tim Holtz clear stamps, Gansai Tambi, antique gold embossing powder, Hobby Crafts sentiment stamp, Kaiser Craft gems

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Skater Boy

We all have a month in the year where there seems to be an occasion every single week and September is mine.  I've already had my mother-in-laws birthday and my parents Anniversary.  Next week is my moms birthday and the week after that is my youngest sons 16th birthday.  

My eldest asked me to make him a card for his brother as he's completely exasperated at the awful service he's received from Moonpig since living away from home.  In true student fashion he asked me to make it 3 days before going back to University despite spending over 2 months at home, sigh... kids are just the best!

Anyway, here is what I came up with.

Its very clean and simple, and once I figured out what I was planning to do it came together quickly.  I water coloured the image and fussy cut it out, gave him a shadow under his skateboard, added a few star brads to compliment his shirt, rounded the corners with my trusty 2p and matted it onto red cardstock.  The 'brother star' is a Sizzix thinlits die which was cut several times to add depth, splashed on a few paint splatters and finished. I even managed to get a compliment from 'the student', I believe he grunted at me 'its cute' - miracles do happen ;)

Supplies:  Sheenas stamping card, Crafters Companion watercolour card, The Greeting Farm Skater Boy stamp, MM star brads, Sizzix bother star die

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Hearts and Flowers

Its my parents Wedding Anniversary on Sunday and I started this card a few weeks ago with the colouring of the LOTV digi stamp, mainly because I faff so much I can't colour and complete a card in one sitting but yesterday I finally finished it.

The patterned papers are snippets and because the card is 8x8, the papers were too small to cover the area so there are a lot of hidden joins under the doily and embellishments. All the papers have been distressed and the image was paper pierced, very roughly just with a pokey tool, nothing fancy here lol.

For the little sewn heart I dug out my Bazzil In-Stitchez, I'd forgotten how many little stencils I had so they maybe making a welcome return to my regular supplies.  The sentiment is computer generated using a font called Pretty Girls Script, free from Dafont.

The little Prima birdie hides yet another join, as do the leaves and the flower in the top corner, which happens to be a poinsettia just cut out using heart paper.  I did spritz the die cuts with water so I can could scrunch them up a little easier.  I would have liked a rose die but alas as a Mom to two boys and scrapbooker for years my stash is very limited on florals.

I'm going to pop along to Pixie's Playground, I haven't played for a few weeks and I'm hoping I'll get away with bigger than normal snippets ;)


Pixie's Playground - Use Snippets
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Supplies:  LOTV Hearts & Flowers digi stamp, Prima paper bird, Sizzix Poinsettia & Garden Greens dies, MM heart brads, Ink it Up dried black ink pad (perfect for edges), Bazzil In-Stitchez and a few HobbyCraft gems.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

A Trio of Quick Cards

Hello there, a few very quick cards to share today.  Not been very productive this past fortnight as my husband has been on holiday so we've spent it relaxing together.

This was super quick to make using watercolour paints to create the runny background, added Memory Box Vivienne butterfly die in black cardstock, stamped the sentiment and finished with a few gems and sequins.  

This one is just layered using BoBunny stamps in various shades of pink/purple and was made for my Mother-in-Law.  Again really simple and using the same die, just cut in burgundy cardstock - not picked up too well with the camera, a little overcast and light is pretty dismal today.

I also made a yellow and black one while I had all the stamps out for my card drawer - sometimes simple just works.

I will get round to seeing what everyone has been creating this week and hopefully make a few cards for some challenges, in the meantime happy crafting!

Supplies: Gansai Tambi watercolours, Memory Box Vivienne die, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, BoBunny clear stamps in Urban, Write On and Fancy Frills.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

RIP Holly

Today was tough, as always we feed Holly and Loki before bedtime in the utility where they have a nice warm basket and their own personal door to come, go and play in the dark of the night.  Friday was no different, only it was.  It would be the last time I saw Holly.  She's normally a dirty stop out unlike her brother so it wasn't really out of the ordinary for her to not be in utility so I got on with my day refusing to answer the greedy meows from her brother, I looked at him and told him as usual he had to wait for his sister.  By mid morning Holly wasn't back so my husband fed Loki.  As the day went by my concerns grew, my youngest son went on a walkabout but found nothing.  I consoled myself that she must still be alive because no body was found by the roads.  I'd convinced myself she must be up to mischief and wandered a little too far, she was a bugger for terrorizing the local wildlife.  So Sunday came and went but Holly didn't.  Before bed I made a note of the local vet numbers and placed them by the telephone as my first job of the day.

I rang the vets she is... was, registered with.  I gave a description and the receptionist asked me if she was wearing a collar.  I said yes it was a red one with her magnetic catflap key on it.  That's when it went quiet, well at least it felt like it when she said the words... I'm so sorry we have a cat of that description here, she was bought in on Saturday after being killed by a car.  

Both myself and my husband walked down and were shown her collar and at that moment my hope was gone replaced by tears.  We haven't had Holly and Loki long, they were five months old when they bounced into our lives at Christmas from a cat shelter but pets have a habit of snuggling into your heart, don't they? 

She was a beautiful cat as seen in the photo opposite, oh she could be a little monster at times, my utility has often looked like a crime scene from CSI!  She also had this really silly bit of hair that stuck up like a mohican on her head, didn't matter how many times we brushed or stroked it down it would pop back up, that was her little quirk, my sweet Holly.

I'm very sorry if you popped here to see a little bit of crafting but this is my way of remembering and saying goodbye to my furry friend.  

Sleep tight Holly, we loved your soft and loving company xxx 
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Saturday, August 12, 2017


A quick(ish) card for me to share today, I'd decided earlier in the week that the Hero Arts dandelion stamp was coming out again, this has to be one of my favourites and its years old.

I started by cutting 4 2" squares from with the idea of putting them on the card in a block of 2x2 but on a 7x5" card they looked cramped so I changed tack and went for 3 running vertical.  The white squares measure 1.5" and are raised off the patterned paper.

I added some orange and lime splatters to lift the card but still leaving white space.  I then stamped the image again using second generation ink and added the sentiment using graphite black dew drop ink to make it stand out.  Popped a glitter straight line around the edge of the mat in green and a sprinkling of pearls and gems to finish.

I shall pop along to Pixies Playground with this one as the patterned papers were left over bits from a scrapbooking page I did years ago using Dream Street Birdie Bits.

Supplies: Sheenas stamping card, white textured card, Dream Street Birdie Bits patterned papers, Inktense pencils, Hero Arts Dandelion and sentiment stamp, KaiserCraft pearls/gems, Brilliance Dew Drop inks in Graphite Black, Starlite Black, Pearlescent Rust and Pearlescent Ivy

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