Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Just Floating By

It's been a busy week here.
We've decided to put our house on the market, so we have been
cleaning, scrubbing, tidying and throwing things into boxes and cupboards!!
The house has never been so clean :-)
This morning the estate agent took the pictures, so this afternoon I sneaked into my craftroom
and got a few goodies back out :-)
I just had time to make a card for the Lawnscaping challenge.
Sunglasses at the ready everyone...


They're celebrating their 100th challenge, so naturally the theme is 'Birthday Celebration'.

I created a scene with stitched hillside borders and cloud dies,
and had my little, turtle floating along, tied to some balloons.



Supplies.
Lawn Fawn - Year Two Stamps. Let's Polks DP.  Stitched Rectangle. Stitched Hillside Borders.
Balloons - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish.    Clouds - Memory Box.
Inks - Memento Dandelion and Rosebud.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

With A Little Help From My Friends


Hey there.
2 posts without penguins and I'm already having withdrawal symptoms.

So, here's a whole gang of them :-)


 These penguins are so easy to die cut, that this card took no time at all to make.
They don't even need much colouring - just a hint of pink cheeks, a little yellow belly
and a grey outline (which the camera hasn't picked up today).

My penguins are popped up on foam pads underneath my sentiment.
Then I added a couple of party balloons and some'confetti'


Challenges.
ABC Challenge - D is for Die Cuts
Paper Players - CAS Feathered Friends
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a Song  - With A Little Help From My Friends

Supplies.
Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins.   Clearly Besotted -  Make A Wish
Lawn Fawn - Beep Boop Birthday (Balloon Strings).    Winnie & Walter, Big Bang Confetti.
Clearly Besotted - Say It In Style.   Memento Ink -  Rose Bud
VersaColor Inks - Turquoise, Canary    DP -  Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka


Sunday, 15 February 2015

A Cabin in the Woods


 Looking at this card, I can see that I definitely had one of my fav TV shows
 going round in my head.
Can you guess what it is?
Think cold, arctic conditions and cabins in the middle of nowhere...


 It's always good to look through your stamps and see if you can use them in a different way.
Here, I've used a couple of my favourite Christmas sets for this wintry, new home card
 


Challenges.
Allsorts - Anything BUT Birthday

Did you guess the TV show?? I didn't give you much to go on, did I ? It was...


Supplies.
Stamps and Dies - WPlus 9 Heartfelt Holidays, Winter Wonderland.   Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Home Sweet Home
Stitched Rectangle and Hillside Border Dies - Lawn Fawn.         DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka
Inks - VersaColor, Bisque and Magenta  Memento - Grey Flannel


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Flowers are scary


*** Happy Valentine's Day ***

Hope you're all having a good weekend.
Woohoo - no diet for me today :-)
I have Prosecco and chocolates at the ready, and I'm cooking hubby's
favourite meal tonight...   a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. 
Yum.

Here's my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge - 
not a penguin in sight ;-)


 If you're a regular visitor here, you'll know that I am florally challenged.
So this was kind of a scary card for me.
I created a little flower display by randomly stamping my blooms and foliage.

I'm not sure what you call this technique with the word die - any ideas?
I cut the die from my stamped panel, and kept it to one side.
Then I die cut another two 'thanks' from white card and layered them all up - 
putting the original one (with the stamping on it) on top.
Then I placed it back into the space on my panel.
IRL - it has a much more 3d look than the picture shows.


Supplies.
Stamps & Dies - Lawn Fawn, Penelope's Blossoms / Thanks Die
Memento Inks - New Sprout / Pistachio / Angel Pink
VersaColor Inks - Boysenberry / Magenta.




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Skater Boy


Hey everyone, hope you're all well.
 Here's ANOTHER penguin card - are you sick of them yet?  ;-)
 

My inspiration came from this week's MUSE card by Michele Ferguson (see below).
I've kept my card masculine and loosely followed her overall design.

I really wanted to add the die-cut word but the 'happy' that I have is just a little too
big for this size card. 
I ended up stamping the sentiment and fussy cutting the 'HAPPY' part.

 

MUSE card by Michele

 

Supplies.
Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins / Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday/ Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
and Basic Banners.   Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Let's Polka DP.
VersaColor Ink, Magenta, Cyan, Mint.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Because I'm Happy


... and so, my penguin obsession continues  :-)


I'm so happy I bought these little penguins,
they are turning out to be even more vesatile than I expected.

On this card I've used one of my fav techniques - the inlaid die cut.
I used my 'happy' die on the white card panel, then cut it again in pink card
and inserted this piece back into the negative space.
Easy peasy - and so effective.
 

Challenges.
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty - To DIE for
Inkspirational - Rose Colours

Supplies.
DP - First Edition, Bird Song.
Stamps & Dies - Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins / Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Die
Memory Box 'Happy' Die         Banner - Stamp and Die, Clearly Besotted, Basic Banners.
'Birthday' Stamp - Lawn Fawn, Year 2          Sequins/ Pearls

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Say Yes to Yellow


I tried something new today...   a little bit of water colouring - 
'little' being the operative word!

When it comes to 'arty' stuff, I am rubbish, but I found a small tin of kids paints
at the bottom of a craft box and thought I would give them a go.


I mixed up some yellow on an acrylic stamp block and painted it onto my card panel.
Eek !  I am so chuffed.
Yes, I know the average 4 year old could do this just as well, but it's a start :-)


Challenges
CAS-ual Fridays - Must Love Watercolour
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes (no digis)
Simon Says Stamp -All Thins Bright and Beautiful
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
 

Supplies.
Stamps and Dies - Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins / Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
DP - Lawn Fawn Let's Polka.   Gem and Sequin.
Ink - Memento, Rose Bud


Thursday, 5 February 2015

We're brrr-fect together!

Hey there.

Here's my Valentine's card for my hubby (he won't look in here!)

We've been married 30 years this year, and I've made the whole gamut of cards for him ...
slushy, funny, vintage, CAS, naughty... etc,
but this year, I've gone back to cute :-)


 For inspiration I followed the sketch over at Make the Day Special (see below).
I turned it on it's side and substituted my penguins for the heart shape.

 

All my supplies came from the Make the Day Special Store.
Check them out - they have some fab goodies that us brits have trouble getting our crafty paws on!!


Stamps & Dies - Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Just Hatched
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka
Die - Lawn Fawn, Hillside Borders
Heart Stamp - WPlus9, Heartfelt Holidays


Sunday, 1 February 2015

I, Robot


Hey everyone, hope you're all having a good weekend.
It's a bit on the chilly side here, so I have a date with a roaring fire,
a good book, and a mug of hot chocolate, this afternoon :-)

But first, a birthday robot...

For my background, I cut different widths from some snippets of card
and stuck them randomly onto my base card.

On the white panel, I added a piece of stitched border die-cut, 
and then my robot, with his balloon and cupcake, all popped up on foam pads.
Looking at the sketch again (below) I saw that there was a stripe on the top of the panel,
so I followed the narrow strip of card along and under the balloon.




 

This is another great sketch to use up some small strips of card or dp.


Supplies.
Lawn Fawn, Beep Boop Birthday Stamps & Dies
Card Scraps / Sequins

Friday, 30 January 2015

Miss You 2

I was disappointed this morning.
Where was the 4ft of snow that I was promised?
There's not a 'thundersnow' storm in sight   - 
all we have is a slight dusting of the white stuff  -  *sigh*
Maybe tomorrow...

Here's another penguin 'miss you' card for my daughter.


I played along with this week's MUSE challenge.

I know it looks like I've cut my heart die in the wrong place ( not central )
but honestly, that was deliberate. I wanted to give myself a little extra room on the left,
for those cute penguins.
 


Inspiration from the super, cute MUSE card by Julie Beech.

 

Supplies.
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka
Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins, coloured with Copics.
Nestie Heart Die
Bow from Clearly Besotted Make A Wish
Sentiment - Stampendous, Happy Messages.
Gems.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Miss You, Love You


Hey there, I have a super, quick card to show you today,
using my new penguin stamps.


This was going to be a Valentine's card, but then I thought the 'miss you' sentiment
was just perfect for a card for one of my daughters.

I played along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch,
and Pixie's Playground.  
This is a great sketch for using up those little snippets of papers and card.



Supplies.
Mama Elephant, Arctic Penguins Stamps and Dies.
Sentiment - Stampendous, Happy Messages
Lawn Fawn, Stitched Border Dies
Sequins

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Penguins - they're not just for Christmas



Hey everyone,  hope you're all well.

Liar, liar pants on fire!! 
That's what popped into my head, when I stood back and looked at my card.
My poor, little penguin looks like his bum's on fire    *snort*



I couldn't resist this set of Arctic Penguins, but as I got them a little late for Christmas cards,
I'm going to try and use them for other occasions.
I think this cutie is great for a winter birthday,  and I have plans to use them for Valentine's cards.
Watch this space  :-)


Today I'm playing along at Less Is More, where there's a Sketch to follow.



Supplies.
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka.
Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins, Stamps and Dies.
Balloon is from Clearly Besotted, Make a Wish  and is stamped in Versa Colour, Narcissus.
Balloon String is from Lawn Fawn, Beep Boop Birthday.