Saturday, 13 February 2016

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Take one florally challenged crafter.
Add Clearly Besotted two-step, round, roses.
Blend together for 30 minutes.
Tada. 
One perfectly presentable, flower card.  


Even with my limited stash of inks, I was happy with how these
roses turned out. 
Definitely my kind of fool-proof bloom :-)


Challenges.


Penny Black & More - Anything Goes with a Stamp and Die/s

Clearly Besotted, Round Roses + Basic Banners
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle.  Nestie Circle Die.
Versacolor Inks, Bisque/Sky Blue/Cyan/LagoonBlue/Magenta/Orange
Memento Inks, Angel Pink/Tangelo/RoseBud/NewSprout/BambooLeaves

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Don't Stop The Party

Balloons are my go-to stamps for 'guy' cards.
What do you reach for?


Here, I stamped the 'party' sentiment and embossed with clear powder.
(Next time I won't be so lazy and I will dig out the black embossing powder,
for a crisper finish, with more shine).

The balloons were then stamped in various colours.


Challenges.


Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes (but  must stamp)

Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish.  Winnie & Walter, Big Bold & Party.
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die.  DP - Echo Park, Dots & Stripes.
Inks - Versacolor, Lime/Mint/Lagoon Blue/Turquoise

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Ditto


Love you... ditto.

Appropriate then, that I made 2 of these cards for my dd's


One cool cat is stamped straight onto the dp.
His paws and notice are paper pieced and he is
popped up on foam pads.



Challenges.
Cute Card Thursday - In the Pink
Time Out - 'LOVE is the flower you've got to let grow'
Addicted to Stamps - CAS (Not really sure if this is CAS enough!!)

 Stamps and Dies, Mama Elephant Three Amigos
Stitched Rectangle Die, Lawn Fawn
DP, Lawn Fawn Bundle of Joy
Ink, Memento, Angel Pink

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Blah, Blah, Blah

Valentine's Day.
   Blah, blah blah ...
Drink

Hearts and flowers.
Yadda, yadda, yadda,
Chocolate.

Ooh, drink and chocolate.
I've changed my mind.
There might be something to this Valentine's Day after all.


A cute, shaker card for Mr. Kiss.
And more attempts at playing with the White Balance.


Challenges.
(I took inspiration from the frame and the word love,
with a heart replacing the letter 'O')




Stamps/Dies - WPlus9, Unforgettable.  Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies.
Do Crafts, nested hearts die.  'Love' felt sticker.  Glass seed beads/ sequins.

Friday, 29 January 2016

I think you're amazing


Take one photo. 
Upload to 1) new tablet and 2) ancient laptop.
Compare.
Wow! Gobsmacked.
Totally different brightness, contrast and colours.
Eek! Makes me wonder what you see.


Time to play with my camera.
Steep leaning curve this way .....

Big thanks to Debby Hughes at Lime Doodle
Her cards are always an inspiration,
but have you checked out her excellent photography tips.
I have a long way to go.


Challenges.
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + DT call
Inkspirational - Colour Blast from the Past (71. Anything + Gold)

Stamps - WPlus9, Unforgettable
Die - Lawn Fawn, Sm Stitched Rectangle.
DP - Echo Park, Bundle of Joy
Inks - Encore Gold Metallic with Wow Gold Embossing Powder
Versacolor, Cyan       Memento - Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout
Pearls, Sequins

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm back. What have I missed?

Hello.    It's been a while.
Things have been tough.
Long story.
 
This is my first card in 8 months!
I'm a little rusty.
 


Things I need to re-learn (quickly) -
How to post.
What size to cut my base cards.
How to get a sharp, stamped, die cut.
Which colour combos go together.
How to take a decent photo. 

Challenges.


 

Stamps - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
DP - Echo Park, Bundle of Joy
Inks: Versacolour - Orchid,Heliotrope,Cyan
        Memento - Tangelo

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Make it Pretty

Hey there.
This will be my last post for a while.
I am surrounded by packing boxes and praying that the paperwork
for our rental property goes through  before the sale of our house is completed!!
It's gonna be a close thing!

Even if only for a short time, playing with these pretty stamps and inks,
held the stress at bay!


I admit, I always thought gold embossing was a little on the tacky side,
but it's popular right now, so I thought I would give it a try.
I'm a convert !
Even against the multi-coloured leaves and blooms here, I think it's pretty
and  gives the card just that little extra something.
It's taken me a while to get there, but
gold embossing is my new favourite thing :-)



Challenges.
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power
Papertake Weekly - In the Garden
Penny Black & More - Dies & Punches

Supplies.
Lawn Fawn - Penelope's Blossoms Stamps & Dies  / Stitched Rectangle Die
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka Mon Amie
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style stamped and embossed in gold
Inks - VersaColor, Celadon / Orchid / Heliotrope / Boysenberry / Magenta

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Celebrate Good Times

Shhhh...   I'm  not supposed to be buying any new craft supplies,
but I just couldn't resist these 'Amigos'.
I thought they would be great for hubby's birthday card,
and, with all the sentiments they come with, they are super versatile.


 1. Cover base card with dp.
2. Die-cut stitched rectangle.
3. Stamp 'celebrate' sentiment and heat emboss with clear powder.
4. Add stitched hillside border.
5. Stamp and die-cut three amigos, colour with Copics and white gel pen,
and attach with foam pads.
6. Add glitter dots and attach the panel to the base card with foam pads.


Challenges
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a book or film.
These critters definitely remind me of 'Over the Hedge'. One of those 'kids' movies that just cracks me up!
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Use A Sentiment
Addicted to Stamps -  Make your Mark

Supplies.
Mama Elephant - Three Amigos
DP - Echo Park, Dots & Stripes 'Girl'
Stitched Rectangle and Hillside Border - Lawn Fawn
'Celebrate - Winnie & Walter, Big, Bold & Party - stamped in Versacolor Celadon
Glitter Dots

Monday, 27 April 2015

Feel Better Amigo

Hello :-)
Just a quick post from me today, with a simple, get well card.


I guess when I made this card, I had that new MISTI tool in my head.
It's designed to make placing and lining up your stamps even easier, but,
as I don't have the budget for one right now, I  had to stamp my arrows by eye.
They have a little slant on them, but that's all part of the handmade look - right ??




Challenges.
Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple
Simon Says - Clean and Simple
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes

NOTE : 
Huge thanks to everyone that's left a comment recently.
 I do appreciate each and every one of them.
Right now, I'm travelling a round trip of 180 miles to visit family and try to find a house, 
and this weekend both my parents ended up in  hospital !!
So, I'm struggling to find the time to reply, but I will get round to you all eventually ;-)
xxx

Supplies.
Mama Elephant, 3 Amigos, coloured with Copics.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders and Rectangle.
Clearly Besotted Sentiment - Time To Relax
Inks - VersaColor, Baby Blue, Cyan, Camelia.  Memento, Danube Blue, Bahama Blue.



Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hola Amigo


Decisions, decisions !!
It seems likely that our stuff will have to go into storage.
That means,  I am only allowed one art box to keep with me - 
and it's filling up fast!

I made this super, quick card with a few supplies, that are so versatile,
they  will defintiely make it into the box.


On a stitched rectangle I die-cut a balloon shape. 
Then I popped a balloon, cut from my dp, back into the space,
and added the hillside border.

I die-cut my 'Amigo', coloured him with Copics and popped him up on foam pads.
I gave him a jaunty top hat and used a black fineliner to draw the balloon string.

My base card was covered with dp, and I attached the panel with foam pads.

Finally I scattered on a few sequins and gems.



Challenges.

Less Is More - Up, Up and Away
Allsorts - Quick & Easy

Supplies.
Mama Elephant - 3 Amigos
Clearly Besotted - Make A Wish
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle and Hillside Borders Dies
Echo Park DP - Bundle of Joy, Dots & Stripes, Boy & Girl
Sequins/Gems

Friday, 17 April 2015

...but I don't own a cat!


Eek!  Things are getting a bit crazy here.
We have had an offer on the house already and, I don't want to jinx it,
but things are moving quickly.
Which means lots of clearing out and packing, and not much time for crafting.

I did get chance to make this CAS card for my dd Maria,
who has just moved into a new home.


 I made a little front room scene with some die-cut stamps, and added a cat :-)
Ha ha!  Maria doesn't actually have a cat, but I know she'd love to get one, or two ;-)


 
Challenges.

The Card Concept - Photo Inspration. CAS Style.
Crafty Creations - Seeing Spots
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Supplies.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched rectangles and Hillside Borders.
Clearly Besotted - Time To Relax, Shine Bright, Home Sweet Home
Inks - VersaColour, Magenta / Cyan
Little Claire's Designs - Silhouette Cats (fussy cut)
DP - was a scrap from a magazine freebie.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

La Di Da Birthday

Morning everyone.
I have just about recovered from the long weekend,
and my daughter's birthday celebrations.

Here's the card I made her.
I went for bright and girly, with plenty of glitter.


I love this big, bold sentiment stamp from Winnie & Walter,
which I stamped  in lime green and embossed with clear powder.

Then I die-cut, and coloured those cute elephants, and popped them up on foam pads.
I mounted the panel onto some gorgeous, glittery paper.

I was a little worried about adding those stars in black ink,
but I think they turned out perfectly. 
With all that glitter and the bright colours anything else would have been just too much.



Challenges.
Penny Black & More - Birthdays
The Paper Players - To Die For
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Supplies.
DP -  Kaiser Craft - La Di Da
WPlus9 Unforgettable (elephant coloured with Copics and a touch of a glitter pen)
Winnie & Walter - Big, Bold & Party
VersaColor Inks - Orchid, Lime, Heliotrope
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die