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.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Look Whoo's Arrived

So, I was sat at my desk, trying to think of something to use for the
Make The Day Special 'recycling' challenge,
when some sequins caught my eye.

I used the little press-top bag, that the sequins came in, as a shaker element on my card.


I filled my bag with some of the 'Spring Time' mix sequins and some stars - 
then folded the top over and hid the seal by stapling a piece of card on top.
Then I attached my 'shaker' to my card with glue dots.

Did I over-do the owls?  It is my favourite, little stamp right now, but in my defense
the little beige one at the bottom is there to cover up a black ink smudge from
when I stamped the sentiment!!!
 

Both the sequin mix and the owl stamp  (Mama Elephant Just Hatched)

Oh  shoot!  It doesn't look like either of those things are in stock right now,
but pop on over to the store anyway and see what they do have.
Lots of delicious stamps and goodies that are hard to track down here in the UK.
 
 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Roses are blue

Hey everyone, hope you're having a good weekend.
Football is on today, so I managed to sneak up into my craftroom
and make a card for the Fusion Challenge.


 I took my inspiration from the photo, using overlapping hearts and a flower.

I guess this is what you might call a  'fake' shaker card.
The sequins are stuck down, inside the heart cut out, and there's no acetate layer.
It kinda gives the appearence of a shaker card, with non of the fuss...   lol**



I'm not sure I'm terribly happy with the sentiment like that.
I really wanted to add a small banner, but my memento ink didn't want to play ball.
It just came out all patchy and blotchy.
So I ended up using a printed sentiment layered up on card.

Supplies.
DP - GCD Studios, Ella Blue
Flower - Clearly Besotted Stamps & Dies, Sweet Rose
Nestie Heart Dies
Ink - VersaColor Turquoise, Memento Toffee Crunch
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat Digi
Sequins.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Homeward Bound


Here's a card that will be waiting on my daughter Maria's mat, when she gets home next week.
She's been on holiday in Australia, having an amzing time,
and I can't wait to catch up with her.
 

I took my inspiration from this week's elegant MUSE card, by Michele Ferguson.
The layout is similar, with a central heart shape and sentiment below,
but I made mine a shaker.
 

Challenges.

Muse card by Michele Ferguson


Supplies.
Stamps and Dies - Mama Elephant, Just Hatched.  
Banner - WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays  Ink - Versa Color Bisque
Sentiment Stamp - Clearly Besotted Home Sweet Home
Nestie Heart Die.  Sequins/Hearts/Stars

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Beep Boop Birthday


Hey everyone,
today I'm sharing a cute, robot card with you.


The little robots and elements are die cut, coloured with Copics, and popped up on foam pads.
Some of these pieces, like the bow tie, and the wind up key, are really tiny, but because the dies
are the outline style, they are easy to place and cut.

As you can see, I'm sticking to my promise of adding a bit more colour to my work - 
with some coloured card and a snippet of dp.
 

Challenges.
Cardz 4 Guyz - Happy Birthday
Papertake - It's All New  (I used my new robot stamps and dies)
Pixie's Playground - Snippets   Hello Di xxx Now that I've decided to move away from completely CAS cards,
and add a little more colour, I'm hoping to join you in the playground more, 
and make a dent in my box of scrap papers and card :-)

Supplies.
Stamps & Dies - Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday, coloured with Copics.
Lawn Fawn, Stitched Border Die
Inks - Memento Danube Blue / Dandelion
DP - Dovecraft Masculine

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sweet Rose

Have you been looking back, over your last year's makes? I have. 
And I can see now, that in my attempt to hone a more CAS style,
I have rather neglected my designer papers and card and, probably,
inclined towards too much white space.
Time for a different approach, I think.

So, this year my focus word is COLOUR


 This is my entry for CAS(E) this sketch.
I have tried to keep everything on the CAS side, but also inject some colour.

The picture above looks a bit flat, but you can probably see better below,
 that my white panel and bottle are popped up on foam pads,
which I doubled up for the rose and stem.

I also discovered a little jar of  dew drops - remember them?
They're the frumpy step-sister to the more witty and sparkling 'sequin',
but they can still bring some shine to the party!    ;-)
 


 
Supplies.
Stamps & Dies - Clearly Besotted, Sweet Rose
Inks - Papermania Green / Memento Bamboo Leaves / VersaColor Boysenberry
Sentiment Stamp - Lawn Fawn, Year Two
Nestie Pennant Die.   Dew Drops/Sequins


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Wee little one

Shhhhh...   please talk quietly today.
We've just had a big party for my daughter's engagement,
and I'm still feeling the after effects!!
Self inflicted, I know :-)

So my brain is a little slow (nothing new there then)
and these photos aren't great.
But, I wanted to share this cute little tag for my new Great Nephew.


 I stamped some random stars on a tag and then added
the sentiment and die cuts from my new Mama Elephant set.
For a touch of added colour, I layered the tag onto another cut from blue card.
 Simple, but sweet  xxx


Challenges.
Papertake - Anything Goes (optional thank you card or gift)
Simon Says - Something New
Allsorts - New and Cute

Supplies.
Stars - Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti
Mama Elephant, Just Hatched Stamps and Dies.
Memento Ink New Sprout. Versacolor Sky Blue.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Step Away From The Glitter

Happy New Year, everyone.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday time.

Here's my first, blogged card of the year - 
as you can see, I am having trouble stepping away from the glitter!!


For a little help with my mojo, I turned to one of my favourite challenges
This week their theme is Black, Metallic + 1 Other Colour

I added plenty of bling to my card, but still tried to keep it CAS.
The chandelier is silver embossed, the glitter paper is ultra sparkly,
and for good measure, I threw in some sequins and gems.



Supplies.
Clearly Besotted Stamps - Shine Bright, Make A Wish, Home Sweet Home
Glitter Paper - American Crafts.  Silver Ink with Clear Embossing Powder.
Sequins and Gems.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails

We are celebrating some more good news this weekend.
Yesterday we had the safe arrival of my niece's baby.
A tiny, little boy, named Darwin, who tipped the scales at just 4lb 1oz.
So cute.

Here's the card I made for the very proud Grandparents.


This was a quick make, as I wanted to get it straight out in the post, 
so, I followed the Sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I die cut some cute, little animals and popped them up on a sparkly road.



Challenges.
CAS(E) this Sketch - #104
Pixie's Playground - Snippets
Less Is More - Family
Addicted to CAS - Family

Supplies.
Mama Elephant, Just Hatched Stamps & Dies
DCWV Tres Chic Glitter Paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border Dies
Copics. Sequins.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

When the snow lay round about...

I've had real fun making Christmas cards this year,
but I still let out a sigh of relief, as the last one went in the post box.

Here's one that's already reached it's destination.


Without a doubt this Winter Woodland set has been my favourite this year.
All the elements make it so easy to create a pretty, little Christmas scene.

On this card, I embossed the trees with glitter powder,
so, irl,  they have a pretty sparkle,
and the Happy Holidays is also embossed in red glitter.
 

Challenges.
Merry Monday - Winter Wonderland
Simon Monday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Winter Wonderland

Supplies.
WPlus9 Winter Woodland Stamps and Dies.
Lawn Fawn Hillside Border Dies    WOW Diamond White Embossing Powder
WOW Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

Friday, 12 December 2014

May all your dreams come true


Hey there.
Eek! I am so excited that my daughter Annabel is engaged,
and I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with her and her fiance.
 
Here's the card I made them.
 

Ok, I went a little overboard with the bling :-)
The confetti, sentiment and banner are stamped and embossed in gold
and the shaker is packed full of tiny beads and sequins in gold, silver and white.

 
Challenges.
Simon Says Wednesday - Bling It On
Penny Black and More - Special Occasions
A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes (Not Christmas)

Supplies.
Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti.
Sentiment is from an old Whiff Of Joy set.
Banner is Clearly Besotted Basi Banners.
Nestie Heart Die  Gold embossing powder.  Beads and Sequins


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Yay! You're engaged.


No card from me today peeps, just sharing some wonderful news.
My youngest daughter, Annabel got engaged yesterday.
Yay!

They went away for the weekend to a countryside lodge,
and Andy did the whole 'down-on-one knee' proposal
right next to a waterfall.

Nicely planned :-)