Monday, 25 April 2016

Band on the Run

Hello.
Here's another card with my new, cute, MFT stamps.
Don't you just love a bunny in uniform ;-)


I'm playing along with the  MFT  Challenge for the first time - 
I've just turned the sketch on it's side.

I cut the circles from my DP and then inlaid white ones,
then added my bunnies with foam pads to give the
card some dimension.



MFT Strike Up The Band 
DP - MFT, Calm & Cozy Chevrons.
Spellbinders Nested Circles. Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle.
Copics - BG01/BG05/BG09/G02/G05/G17/YR02/YR04/YR07/R81/C3/C5/C7/YR20/YR23

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I'm A Dragon


Saints, Dragons or Heroes is this week's theme at

Here's my entry.


The eagle eyed amongst you, will have noticed that this is
a dinosaur and not a dragon.
Cue tenuous link....   ;-)

Some mythical creatures may actually have a basis in real life.
Ancient descriptions of dragons sound similar to dinosaurs,
and paleontologists believe there is a link between the dragons
that ancient people believe in, and their discovery of dinosaur fossils.

Did I pass?  :-)


Mama Elephant - Just Hatched.  MFT - Zig Zag Rectangle
Clearly Besotted - Make A Wish 
Inks -  Versacolor Fresh Green / Hero Arts Color Lights by Lia



Friday, 22 April 2016

Strike Up The Band

This ridiculously cute band set was a slow burner for me.
I saw a few cards with them, but they didn't really grab me.
Now I have got my hands on them, I realise just how 
fabulous and versatile they are going to be.
Does that ever happen with you?


They were perfect for this card, to wish my niece, and her family 'cheerio' 
as they head off to the USA for 3 years.
Orange County watch out!  :-)


Challenges.
MarkerPOP - Anything Goes
CAS On Sunday - Tic Tac Toe (Patterned Paper/Stamp/Something Shiny)

MFFT Strike Up The Band + Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle
Stampendous Tiny Alphabet. Clearly Besotted, You Said It, Speech Bubble.
DP - Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie.
Copics - BG10/BG05/R81/YR31/YR23/C1/C3

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Raindrops on Roses...

... and whiskers on kittens.
Are you singing along?

Today I'm sharing my card with you, as Guest Designer for
Huge thanks to the DT girls over there, for the opportunity.

Can you tell from my card what the theme is?




I have taken a subtle approach to the theme - 
due to the fact I don't have any rainy day type stamps -
 and used clear, dew drops as my 'rain'.

I'm also chuffed that I stretched out my inks on this card,
and used only 2 purples and 2 greens.
I'm not sure what the technique is called, but if you ink up your rose
and then stamp it, ink it again and stamp onto scrap paper,
then stamp your rose layer, you get 2 shades from your ink.
Does that make sense to you?  :-)



I hope you'll play along with the challenge this week.



Altenew Vintage Roses.   Memento, Ink, New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves.
Versacolor, Ink, Heliotrope and Boysenberry.  MFT Stitched Rectangle Die.
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Time to Relax.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Pretty little elephant

Hello.
Today I'm sending birthday wishes to my gorgeous niece Arabel
via this sweet, little elephant.



There's lots of die cutting on this card, as my little elephant and balloon, 
are layered up,  on stitched background pieces.



Challenges.
CASology - Pink
Fab & Funky - Girly & Pretty

WPlus9 Unforgettable. 
Balloon - Clearly Besotted, Make a Wish. Balloon String - Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday
MFT zig zag rectangle die.  Lawn Fawn stitched hillside border
DP - Echo Park, Bundle of Joy
Ink - Hero Arts, Bubble Gum.  Copics.   Sequins.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Feeling Blue

Hello.
Today I'm playing along with the Seven Hills Challenge,
which gives you the option of 3 different colour palettes.


No being great at 'floral' cards these roses are a revelation to me.
I still haven't got them exactly right, but I'm having so much fun with them.

I came across a couple of great tips for using them.

1. Don't worry if - like me - you have a limited ink stash. 
You can use 1 ink pad to create at least 2 shades.
Ink up your rose piece and stamp. 
Then ink up again, stamp on scrap and then on your rose.
Voila - 2 shades!
( You all knew this already didn't you? :-)  )

2. The roses and leaves can be tricky to line up,
but if you start with the darkest colour first it makes it a little easier.



I've used the colour palette below for my card.
Matching up as best I can with the inks I have.
Blue for the roses, green for the leaves and the bottom grey/vanilla colour
as little sprinkled dots.

Altenew Vintage Roses.   Winnie&Walter Big, Bang Confetti
Inks - Memento -  Danube Blue / Bahama Blue  /Summer Sky.
Versacolor - Celadon / Vanilla.  A green from Hero Arts Lia Colour Lights.
Sequins 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Quick, Quick, Quick


Hello.
Just popping by today
with a super, quick card.


I still have some Lili Of The Valley Art Pads left - 
(I'm not sure they make them anymore) 
but they are perfect for this type of quick card.

I simply die-cut 'thanks' across my image, and then
replaced it with a white die-cut, that would show up better.
The quickest card I have ever made :-)


Challenge.
Addicted to CAS - Inlaid Dies

LOTV Art Pad.
MFT stitched border rectangle. Lawn Fawn 'thanks' die

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Wishful Thinking

Happy little penguins,
doing a birthday dance.


My new favourite product, is a metallic effect card from XCut
In the pack you get silver, copper and gold sheets.
They are adhesive, but for die-cut sentiments like this, 
I wanted extra sticking power, so I backed it with some Stick It,
and that does the trick.



Challenges
Penny Black & More - Birthdays
Seize the Birthday - Birthday with Optional Water Theme
Simon Says - Anything Goes

Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins.  Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle  & Hillside Border
Cupcake - Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday.
Make A Wish - MFT Dies.  DP - MFT Calm & Cozy Chevron.
XCut Metallic Effect Sheets. Sequins - Lucy's Cards

Monday, 28 March 2016

Shore Do Miss You

A huge thank you to 
The Challenge at Always Playing With Paper,
for the opportunity to be this week's Guest Designer.
I am thrilled.

The theme is masculine and there is a fabulous
inspirational photo for you to use.
(Check it out at the end of this post)



It's a little crazy, but I made this card for my Dad,
who passed away last year.
I miss him every day, and Easter is going to be tough without him.

There's not much that's nautical in my stash, but I did come up with this boat die,
which I paper-pieced and placed in a circle frame -  to resemble a porthole.
I tried printing out some wide, navy stripes, but my printer didn't want to play,
so I ended up drawing them onto card with a Copic.


The Challenge at Always Playing with Paper

Provocraft Boat Die.  Circle Nesties. Copic B39. 
Spotted DP - Echo Park, Noote To Self.  Tiny Alphabet Stamps, Stampendous.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Whooo's having a baby?

Aghhh    pastels -  they're a bugger to photo aren't they?
This card is a little prettier irl - trust me :-)



This is like a shaker card - without the acetate window, the sequins or confetti.
So, actually, not like a shaker at all then.   Ha ha!

My frame, and the little owls are popped up though,
to give the card some interest and dimension.


Challenges.
Fusion Card Challenge - Everything's Owl Right

Addicted to CAS - Delicate - 
(of colour) subtle and subdued  "delicate pastel shades"

Mama Elephant - just hatched
MFT - zig zag rectanngle die + calm and cozy chevron dp
Inks - ColorBox papaaya cream, glacier ice.
yellow ink - HeroArts color lights by Lia


Friday, 18 March 2016

Shameless Bragging

Hello.
No card from me today.
Just some shameless bragging about my dd Maria.


Maria is a Clinical Physiologist at Leeds Hospital - 
one of the biggest and busiest cardiology and cardiac surgery
centres in the UK.
This week she was on their Facebook page, sharing a little
of what she does everyday.


xxxx





Thursday, 17 March 2016

One for the boys.

I'm always short of  'boy/men' cards.
I find them tricky to make.
But here's one for the pile.


This week's Always Playing with Paper, colour challenge 
screamed 'masculine' at me.
And, instead of my reaching for my usual balloons,
I used one of these amigos.
They're cute, but not too childish, if you know what I mean.




MFT zig zag rectangle die.  Circle Nesties.
Mama Elephant, Three Amigos.  Happy Stamp, Lawn Fawn Year 2
DP - Lawn Fawn , Let's Polka.
Inks - Memento Danube Blue, Versacolour Lime/Cyan