Monday, August 14, 2017

RIP Holly

Today was tough, as always we feed Holly and Loki before bedtime in the utility where they have a nice warm basket and their own personal door to come, go and play in the dark of the night.  Friday was no different, only it was.  It would be the last time I saw Holly.  She's normally a dirty stop out unlike her brother so it wasn't really out of the ordinary for her to not be in utility so I got on with my day refusing to answer the greedy meows from her brother, I looked at him and told him as usual he had to wait for his sister.  By mid morning Holly wasn't back so my husband fed Loki.  As the day went by my concerns grew, my youngest son went on a walkabout but found nothing.  I consoled myself that she must still be alive because no body was found by the roads.  I'd convinced myself she must be up to mischief and wandered a little too far, she was a bugger for terrorizing the local wildlife.  So Sunday came and went but Holly didn't.  Before bed I made a note of the local vet numbers and placed them by the telephone as my first job of the day.

I rang the vets she is... was, registered with.  I gave a description and the receptionist asked me if she was wearing a collar.  I said yes it was a red one with her magnetic catflap key on it.  That's when it went quiet, well at least it felt like it when she said the words... I'm so sorry we have a cat of that description here, she was bought in on Saturday after being killed by a car.  

Both myself and my husband walked down and were shown her collar and at that moment my hope was gone replaced by tears.  We haven't had Holly and Loki long, they were five months old when they bounced into our lives at Christmas from a cat shelter but pets have a habit of snuggling into your heart, don't they? 

She was a beautiful cat as seen in the photo opposite, oh she could be a little monster at times, my utility has often looked like a crime scene from CSI!  She also had this really silly bit of hair that stuck up like a mohican on her head, didn't matter how many times we brushed or stroked it down it would pop back up, that was her little quirk, my sweet Holly.

I'm very sorry if you popped here to see a little bit of crafting but this is my way of remembering and saying goodbye to my furry friend.  

Sleep tight Holly, we loved your soft and loving company xxx 
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dandelions

A quick(ish) card for me to share today, I'd decided earlier in the week that the Hero Arts dandelion stamp was coming out again, this has to be one of my favourites and its years old.


I started by cutting 4 2" squares from with the idea of putting them on the card in a block of 2x2 but on a 7x5" card they looked cramped so I changed tack and went for 3 running vertical.  The white squares measure 1.5" and are raised off the patterned paper.


I added some orange and lime splatters to lift the card but still leaving white space.  I then stamped the image again using second generation ink and added the sentiment using graphite black dew drop ink to make it stand out.  Popped a glitter straight line around the edge of the mat in green and a sprinkling of pearls and gems to finish.

I shall pop along to Pixies Playground with this one as the patterned papers were left over bits from a scrapbooking page I did years ago using Dream Street Birdie Bits.

Supplies: Sheenas stamping card, white textured card, Dream Street Birdie Bits patterned papers, Inktense pencils, Hero Arts Dandelion and sentiment stamp, KaiserCraft pearls/gems, Brilliance Dew Drop inks in Graphite Black, Starlite Black, Pearlescent Rust and Pearlescent Ivy

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Bunnies in a Stocking!

Just imagine if you found these cute little bunnies in your stocking Christmas morning, personally I prefer a chocolate reindeer but couldn't resist making a card with the cuties. 


The image is from Lili of the Valley coloured in using watercolours and then distressed and matted onto some gorgeous patterned papers from My Minds Eye - The Merry Days of Christmas.  Added a satin red ribbon behind the image (not sure I like that).  As the bunnies were hanging in a stocking - OK that sounds painful and wrong but its late and words are failing me - I wanted to create an embellishment that was dangling too and decided on jingly bells.  Now I'm normally quite a patient person but getting string through teeny bell loops pretty much turned the air blue around me, even with a needle it was a ridiculously fiddly job, not to be repeated anytime soon.


I punched a tag and added a sentiment and eyelet and attached them all underneath the bottom layer.  Die cut a few Holiday greens and added a few pearls for the holly and some red gems to finish.

I'm unsure about this card, I think I lost interest in it after the string and bells fiasco, who knows it may grow on me over time!

Challenges:-

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes, optional 3 (3 pearls,3 gems and 3 bloody bells lol)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes as long as its Christmas
Love to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenge - Anything Goes

Supplies:  LOTV digi stamp, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours, My Minds Eye patterned papers, Sizzix mini Holiday greens & MB Country border dies, TH Distress Ink in tea dye, Hero Arts Gift for You sentiment stamp, Stickles stardust and Kaiser Craft gems and pearls.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christmas Bunnies Post

So after a weekend of decorating I'm back to crafting and decided to make a Christmas card with a digi stamp from Lili of the Valley.


Isn't this just the cutest image, its called Christmas Bunnies Post and I absolutely adore him, yes I think he's definitely a boy bunny :)

Firstly I coloured the image with Gansai Tambi watercolours.  Found some leftover snippets of Basic Grey Wassail patterned papers, once pieced together I ran the paper through the sewing machine using the zigzag stitch.  To hide my join I used a Memory Box Christmas tree die and matted behind the main image.  A notepad punch created the border to keep with a postal theme.


The little card was made using some very old stamps (sorry I will update with the name later but I packed away before writing up my supplies) and the envelope was created using Sizzix Bigz envelope die.


I added a corner of Prima poinsettias and some greenery die cuts from scraps of green cardstock.  Popped on a few gems and gave him a splash of Stickles to his hat and pompoms. 

I'm my biggest critic but I'm thrilled with how this card turned out and it may well be given to my youngest son this year as I doubt I'm going to be able to part with it but we'll see - I have a feeling you may see more of him :)

Challenges:-

Pixies Snippets Challenge - Use Snippets (patterned paper/green cardstock)
Christmas with the Cuties - Favourite Christmas digi
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Rudolf Days - Anything Goes as long as its Christmas

Supplies: BG Wassail patterned papers, Sizzix Country greens die, Memory Box Christmas tree die, LOTV digi stamp, Prima Marketing poinsettias, Gansai Tambi watercolours, Kaiser Craft gems and pearls, Frosty Stickles.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recycling Cardboard

Not had much time to craft this week, busy painting which is entertaining with an inquisitive cat whose pushed his nine lives to breaking point.  It might be true that curiosity kills the cat - I jest, but honestly, a black cat with a tin of magnolia is not the best mix!

My eldest son is home from University which brings me onto my card.  I love him dearly but it seems that in two years being away he's forgotten where the recycling bin is situated, at this point I'll add its been in the same place for the last 12 years.  Anyway, he seems to have acquired shares in Amazon with the amount of deliveries I accept while he's sleeping and the empty boxes end up in the utility, this annoys the hell out of me and while breaking one apart I decided to utilise it on my next card which temporarily altered my mood.




I kept it very simple, just a kraft card base, layered with a die cut.  I drew round the inside of the die on the cardboard, cut it out and ripped half of the top layer off to reveal the corrugated design.  



On the bit I didn't rip, I used a stencil and Liquid Pearls to create the pattern.  Wrapped some string and threaded through the gift tag and tied into a bow so the tag does slide back and forth.  Cut the daisies from linen cardstock and just inked them, added a few gems to finish.  Not too shabby for a card made from packaging :)  Although I've now given my son a reason not to throw stuff away - sigh!

Challenges:-

HLS - Anything Goes with Die Cuts
Crafty Cardmakers - Lots of Layers


Supplies: Kraft card base, white linen cardstock, Spellbinders eyelet squares die, Penny Black bashful die, Woodware tag punch, Liquid Pearls, TH stencil, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and clear gems.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dandelions

When my boys were little, we always used to pick these and blow the seeds high into the sky and make wishes, I still can't resist doing it now and they're all grown up but it still makes me smile.  Anyway onto my card.


I started with the backing paper I found amongst my snippets but I'd already used part of it for another card using the MB honeycomb die which had left a big hole on the right so I was limited on its use.  After a little thought, I die cut another honeycomb from contrasting card and inserted it back into the negative space.

I stamped the image once and then again with second generation ink for a more muted dandelion.  Now the fun part, not!  I die cut the butterfly, layered it onto cardstock and fussy cut around it and then added clear embossing powder for a bit of shine.  I die cut the butterfly once more using a snippet from a left over page of an old paperback book from a past project - now this is really not for the faint hearted.  The paper is so flimsy and once you apply pva glue, it really is fiddly and at risk of tearing so easily, cue several walk aways!


Those of you eagle eyed crafters will spot another one of my whoops moments.  The writing should be continuous but I put the top pieces in back to front and just all wrong, needless to say I was annoyed at myself but thought I'd just roll with it and see how it turned out.  To finish I added some ivy die cuts from the scraps left of the cardstock and a few gems.

Challenges:-

Pixies Snippets Challenge 

Supplies:  MB Vivienne butterfly and honeycomb dies, Sizzix Garden Greens die (ivy), Hero Arts dandelion stamp, Stamping All Day sentiment stamp, Inktense white pencil and Hobby Craft clear gems.


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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Old School

Way back when I first started crafting there was nowhere near the choice we have today so I went 'old school' with todays card by using bubble wrap to create my background.

I'm still using the Tim Holtz Blossom Sketchy flowers stamp set which includes a double stencil.  

I started by stamping the flowers one by one and heat embossing with white, then again for the masks.  I used the stencil that came with the stamps to create the honeycomb type effect with TH Distress ink in tea dye to start with then again using black ink.  Next I inked up the bubble wrap with TH Distress ink in vintage photo and randomly stamped over the kraft cardstock.  I coloured the echinacea flowers with watercolour pencils using a combination of brown, yellow and orange shades.


The verse is designed to look blurred, like someone who thumped too heavy on an old typewriter, I'm guilty of doing that too only when I did it all my keys used to stick together infront of the roller, not quite as friendly as our modern day computers but they do have a wonderful nostalgic feel.

Challenges:-

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Versamark ink pad, white embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress inks in vintage photo and tea dye and clear stamps with the verse included, Stazon ink in stone grey, Inktense watercolouring pencils, sequins (colour changed using Sharpies) and a few Hobby Craft gems.


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