Saturday, 17 March 2018

Three Bunnies

A very quick card to share, I needed to keep it simple as apparently teenage boys don't do cute/pastel Easter cards... or mornings!

I had planned to use Chocolate Bunnies patterned paper by Rusty Pickle but I have absolutely no idea where the safe place is that I've put them which kinda threw a spanner in the works.  I decided to have a rummage through my 'urgh, hate that' box where I keep all my mishaps (also known as complete cock-ups) and found some cardstock spritzed with blue Glimmer Mist, I also found some bits that I'd mopped up with after using Distress Inks.  I cut the scraps slightly bigger than the bunnies using the die as a guide and adhered them on the reverse and added a blue sentiment to finish.

Challenge Links...

Sweet Stampers - Spring or Easter
Crazy for CAS - Spring
Moving Along with the Times - Easter

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Just Dropping in to Say...

I'm giving my favourite stamp another outing, this time he's well behaved...

I bought this circle die some time ago and when it arrived, it was a lot smaller than I realised but it was sweet and I thought it looked like a sunburst so that was where I started and backed it with a nice happy yellow.  I added some clouds subtly inked with light blue.

The fox was coloured with alcohol markers and then fussy cut and positioned as if he's just dropped onto the cloud to say 'Happy Birthday'.  The sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly and comes with the fox.

Challenge Links

HLS - Anything Goes with Dies
Stamping Sensations - Forest Friends (fox)
Use your Stuff - Use Dies (clouds and sunburst)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets (clouds/fox/yellow from offcuts)
Allsorts - Fairytales and Nursery Rhymes (The Fox nursery rhyme)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Hobbit or is it?

A new challenge has started over at The Library and this time its The Hobbit, you can either be inspired by the book cover, title or the story. 

I think the design of the cover is very naive and just a little bit dark, then again it is about a Hobbit.  In light of that I decided to make an alternative cover trying to replicate the look with a fun twist...

Ta Dah!  

Its The Hoppit.  The background has been done using various dies as templates and spritzing with Glimmer Mist  Just like the book I added in black pen lines but keeping it simple.  I added a small border around the main image, coloured it green and added matching symbols from the book.  The frog is from a very old Penny Black stamp set and he was just masked off then coloured with greens.  The sentiment is computer generated and the font is called Requiem from DaFont.

I'm not completely happy with this card but I had fun making it and it was nice to use some very old stash.

Challenge Links...

The Library Challenge - The Hobbit

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A little early but there are a few challenges with luck/St Patrick's Day as the theme for this coming week/fortnight including Fusion and Addicted to CAS.

I started this card by stamping the little fox come leprechaun first then with a stamping block I drew pencil markers on it to avoid the image and coloured the green and orange with Zig watercolour pens direct to the stamp block then spritzed with a generous amount of water.  I cleaned off the excess water in the 'white space', masked the fox (just in case) and stamped to create the Irish flag.  Now because the middle stripe is white, it looked a little odd so I made my own stencil using a tiny heart die and hand drew the stalk, cut out with a sharp knife and sponged little shamrocks falling down.

The fox was coloured using alcohol markers, to lift the card a bit I added some Wink to each one of the shamrocks, coloured some white pearls in Sharpie black and finished off with the sentiment.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - St Patrick's Day
Addicted to CAS - Luck/Lucky (Irish and luck go hand in hand ;))

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Happy Mother's Day #2

Another Mother's Day card to share, its only a week away so I wanted to make sure I had my cards done.

Actually this is number three but thanks to my husband and his idea, albeit a late idea I had to finish off the original number two and make this one.  I was just about to stamp my sentiment horizontally on number two and he looked at me and said 'that would make a nice stem to a flower' BOOM - I had to run with it and you'll see what I mean when you see the card.

Now you see it, needless to say someone is feeling a little smug and I'm put out it didn't even cross my mind lol.  I stamped the sentiment and the flower with Versamark and embossed it in white.  I coloured the image with my Crayola Pro pencils and after trying it in pink, yellow and orange - I finally settled on blue.  The butterfly is also coloured blue but because its tiny and after embossing it, it left little room for the colour to show through.

I stencilled white splodges around the flower, distressed the edges and a touch of Wink finished off this card.

Challenge Links...

Love to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Ladies Only (Mother's Day)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Happy Mother's Day

I made this card with a new challenge blog in mind called The Library Challenge hosted by Marina from My Perfect Life.  Its a great idea for those of us that like to indulge in a good book.  Each challenge is a based around a novel and you can take inspiration from the book cover that Marina uploads, the story or the title.  

The challenge running at the moment until the 10th March is the classic Pride & Prejudice and I took my inspiration from the beautiful book cover and part of the title.  Pride and moms go hand in hand so with that in mind I made a Mother's Day card.  

Thanks to terrible dull weather the flowers look quite gordy on the photograph but they are a little more subtle in reality.  I started by stamping each of the flowers and leaves one by one in Versamark and then embossing with antique gold.  I coloured them with alcohol pens, added the sentiment and left it at that as I felt it didn't really need anything else.

This is a slightly better photograph so you can see the embossing, it reminds me of a technique I used to do at School with silk and hot wax, sometimes the simplest of ideas give you the best results.

Challenge Links...

The Library - Pride & Prejudice
CAS on Friday - OLC
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - Floral Delight

Saturday, 24 February 2018

You're a Tweet Heart

Popping in with a very quick CAS card for CASology with the cue word being PUN.

These little birdies are from a very old Hero Arts stamp set together with the sentiment.  I coloured them with Crayola Pro Pencils because alcohol markers were a bit too stark and I wanted to keep it Spring like.  I grounded the image with a patch of grass and matted them behind a stitched square die, there is a little bit of glitter on the birds but we all know its a pig to photograph.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Cue Word PUN