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

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Happy Cake Day

Oh this should have been a simple card but boy oh boy I couldn't get it right.  I wanted my cat to be the colour of a Siamese and I'd practised the colours on a scrap of paper and was happy with them.  Trouble started because I was preparing tea and by the time I came back to do the colouring, I'd completely forgotten which browns I'd picked out having not made a note of the colour numbers... and do you think I could get it to look like the image on a scrap of paper... hell no, so he ended up being a cat wearing black mittens on his paws, a bruised tail and strange ears!

Anyway... this is Newton Loves Cake and he's coloured with watercolour pencils and a bit of Wink was added to the frosting, the sentiment is from the same stamp set.  I stitched a white wavy border around the edge as a frame and coloured some cream pearls with a pink sharpie and there we have it - a weird coloured cat ;)

Challenge Links...

Papercraft Challenges - Sweets for my Sweet (cake)
Addicted to CAS - Code Word CAT 

Saturday, 17 February 2018


I've got to that point in the year where I love using pastel colours, I always seem to change my mood when Spring is looming - I guess that's what happens when you're born on the vernal equinox.

I took inspiration from the Fusion sketch again and used shades of pink.  The longest part of this card was faffing with the tones for the layers of the rose, I felt like I'd been stamping for hours and getting nowhere.  As a last resort and out of sheer frustration I used dye based ink but spritzed it with water before I stamping onto normal cardstock and it gave the rose a mottled look - I liked it, so I rinsed and repeated and finally I was happy, although the cardstock didn't really appreciate being wet!

I die cut the heart, embossed the front, then added some pretty pink vellum behind the aperture and behind the butterfly.  The sentiment is a decade old Hero Arts wooden stamp which was white embossed.  To finish I added a little gem and used Glossy Accents to add fake droplets of water on the petals.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch
Butterfly Challenge - Letter P (Pink Butterfly)
Less is More - CAS Dry Embossing
HLS - Anything Goes with Dies  (Butterfly, heart and rose)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I Heart You

After last weeks torrid time with crafting, I have finally managed to get back on track and created two cards for the oodles of love themed challenges taking place.

Now my 'heart' supplies are at a bare minimum but I did find two dies in my Lawn Fawn Snow Days set, OK they are a little smaller than I would have liked so I really had to dig deep for a way to make one teeny weeny and one not so teeny weeny heart fill a card blank.

This design came about by accident after I dropped a tray of bits and bobs on the floor and noticed a bag of chipboard letters with all the dodgy ones still left.  Much to my amazement I did find an I and U and that was the basis for the card.  I coloured them black, die cut the hearts out - added a bit of wink on the bigger heart and a gem.  I used my rectangle die to emboss three stitched lines for the trio of little hearts.  I also used my Sharpie pen trick for the fake matt, it saves me ever buying coloured cardstock and I think it really gives the illusion of another layer.

I decided to do an Anniversary card for the my second choice.  I made an ombre background and didn't really like it but decided if I cut out the hearts down one side and pop it behind, it might just look better and what do you know, it did so I ran with it.  I did add a few paint splatters and decided to keep the two red hearts as positives to represent the couple.  Stamped the sentiment and added two gems to the start and end of 'Happy' and that folks was me happy with my attempts.

Challenge Links...

Twofer Challenge - Prompt Hearts (Valentine/Anniversary cards)
CAS on a Friday - Dies (hearts Anniversary card)
Always Fun Challenges - Valentines (first card)
Crafty Cardmakers - Love and Valentines (first card)
Little Red Wagon - Shades of Red (second card)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Love You

Well... my mojo hadn't just disappeared this last week it buggered off completely for awhile there!  Its still not functioning on all cylinders but I have finished a card without the desire to throw it in the bin like its predecessors.

A simple CAS design with a peek-a-boo frame and a scrap of vintage patterned paper with script.  I die cut the heart and fussy cut the butterflies out by hand and if I was to be my usual critical self I'd say the butterflies are too dark but hey it survived my ruthlessness :) 

I coloured it with alcohol markers and added a very simple sentiment.  There has been Wink of Stella added to the heart and butterflies but I had to wait for the postman to come and long gone are the days when Royal Mail deliver happy mail before you get up and it was too dark to re-photograph.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Butterfly
Allsorts - Love is in the Air 
Fab 'n' Funky - Say it with Words

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Love Coffee

Swoon, not a word I use very often, if at all and considering Jason Statham and Robert Downey Jr are busy doing something in a place called Hollywood I had to rethink my approach to the CASology challenge.  Now I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in 'swooning' over a cup of coffee with its distinctive rich aroma... and that was the basis for todays card.

Now this bunny swoons over coffee so much he's dived in ears first to look for more at the bottom, leaving his own bottom on show!

The background was created with distress inks onto an acrylic block then spritz with water and stamped directly onto the card.  The coffee cup has been overworked, simply because the first layer dried to a shocking neon pink and wouldn't look out of place at an 80's rave so I got up this morning and toned it down quite a bit.  The 'coffee' is part of a bigger sentiment that I just masked out and inked up coffee, 'love' is a die.  To finish I added a generous amount of Stickles to his tail and some little pink hearts - not to his bottom of course, to the side of the card :) 

Challenge Links...

CASology - cue word SWOON (hoping coffee swooning is allowed)
HLS - February Watercolour (bunny and cup watercoloured with Inktense)
Double D - Kitchen is in the Heart of the Home (coffee)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Have I Told You Lately...

This is a bit of a play on words card (for CASology) and I don't mind admitting it was a nightmare to get it right, in fact my husband had a hand in the sentiment as he's a music nut and came to my rescue with a Van Morrison/Rod Stewart song.

The sentiment is computer generated with an obvious correction of the word 'you' and printed in light grey.  I then hand drew the heart on a folded piece of copier paper and positioned it central, then placed the sheep stamp in the middle and removed the stencil.  Stamped and coloured the image using Inktense pencils and created a mask to pop back on.  I then placed the stencil back in place and blended pink ink very minimal, but stronger round the edges for definition.  Then I added white, red and black paint splatters with the addition of three musical notes.

To make the card look like its been matted, I added a grey border with a Sharpie pen and considered it finished

Challenge Links...

CAS Colours & Sketches/Sketch #256
CASlogy - LATE (sentiment)
Less is More - OLC Cute
CAS on Friday - Colour me Pretty/use markers or pencils (Inktense pencils)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Magical Valentine

As January seems to be speeding along rather rapidly into February, I decided to get a head start with Valentines Day and made this little cutie...

I used MFT Magical Dragons and I'd already made up my mind to limit the colour scheme to black, red and white.

I made my own background by sploshing, spritzing and splatters of red, black and white Gansai Tambi on watercolour card, once dry I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die.

The dragon was coloured in using Derwent Inktense pencils, as I like the mottled look you get and it suits him.  He was then fussy cut out and stuck down with 3D foam as was the sentiment after white embossing onto a scrap of black cardstock.

I added a row of five uneven kisses underneath the sentiment in bright red thread and popped on two love heart brads to compliment the inside which reads 'Two hearts, one love' and considered it finished.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Coffee and a Book/Sketch (I used the sketch)
HLS - Watercolour
Crafty Calendar - Mythical Creatures
Moving Along with the Times - CAS

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Beary Special Day

For todays card I've used a set called Birthday Bears from My Favourite Things.

After starting, I suddenly realised I'm a bit shy on brown pens so I wasn't able to do any form of shading.  I coloured him using just two very similar shades but he looked boring so I added a bit of bleach to make him look a bit textured - not impressed but hey, you gotta try new things haven't you?

After that I masked him and the balloon and just blended some blue around.  The sentiment is also from the set, added some glossy accents to his balloon and a few pearls to finish off - voila.

Challenge Links...

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Supplies:  Sheenas stamping card, MFT Birthday Bears clear stamps, Stazon ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Copic bleaching pen, Glossy Accents and Kaiser Craft red pearls.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Oh, For....!

My adorable fox is back but he's got a bit lippy this time with some of the naughtier sentiments from the set, which is another reason why I wanted these stamps (overt your eyes if you're of a delicate nature lol)

This card is for my stepdad who celebrates his birthday later this month, and thankfully we're all blessed with a sense of humour.

I stencilled the cloud background and machine stitched a border.  The fox is stamped with Stazon and coloured with Zigs.  I fussy cut him out this time, placed him on the card so I could stamp the naughty sentiment either side of him so it makes sense.  I adhered him with 3D foam for lift and finished off with a couple of pearls to match the balloons.  Inside it does say 'Happy Birthday' but I know my stepdad will appreciate the humour on the front of the card.

Here's hoping the challenge blog owners have a sense of fun and I'll get away with entering my card after all it was My Sentiments Exactly that designed the wording, not me - I wouldn't cos I'm too innocent - HaHa as if!

As this card is a little naughty and for a birthday, I thought I'd pop along to Naughty or Nice Challenge.

Challenge Links... 

Allsorts - No patterned paper
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Naughty or Nice - Celebration (naughty birthday)

Supplies: MSE What Does the Fox Say... stamp set (including sentiments), Zig watercolouring pens, MFT Cloud stencil, KaiserCraft pearls, Stazon and Dewdrops (pearlescent sky blue) ink pads.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Two cards today and these are for a new challenge from Darnell of djkardkreations called Twofer Card Challenge.  The idea is to use the same stamp/die on two cards for two separate occasions and for the first challenge the prompt is - feathers.

I've been thinking graduation recently as my son and his girlfriend both graduate this Summer and I thought feathers might be appropriate as they've both flown the home nest and have learnt to fly on their own.  All I did was die cut the feathers, sentiment and added a strip of black cardstock.  Included some paint splatters, added a gold seal with the word 'Love' and coloured a few gems black and done.

My second card took a little more thought, I was initially stumped until I looked at the pile of feathers that I'd been shuffling on the table while preoccupied with something on tv - then it struck me... make a pinwheel of feathers, watercoloured.  Die cut the 'thanks' three times and arranged the feathers, not quite central and it had to be on an 8x8 card as it looked too cluttered on anything smaller, there we have it - two cards done in one day, a first for me!

Supplies: Unbranded feather die and sentiments, 7 Gypsies seal kit, Zig watercolour pens, Inktense pencils and Hobby Craft pearl/clear gems.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Fox Says...

Since last Summer, I've been trying to get hold of this stamp set from MSE - why?  That's easy, the little fox is just so darn adorable its hard to resist such a cutie pie.  So imagine my surprise on Christmas morning to find this little gem hidden under the tree :)

Once again I decided to follow the sketch from Fusion, I'm actually getting quite good at not wandering of track.  I started by embossing three stitched circle dies leaving enough space for him (yes hes a he) to be stamped in the middle.  I coloured him with Zigs and had an oops moment with the balloons.  I have a love/hate relationship with my Zigs, the love part is when everything goes according to plan like the fox - the hate bit is what happened on the balloons, and the ink bled and made the cardstock all bitty, urgh!  

To save me from starting all over again, I decided to colour them again on a scrap of watercolour card and paper piece back in, voila.  I stitched the border in a balloon stringy kind of way, stamped the sentiment in Versamark onto some salvaged black cardstock and embossed with white, cut out using my eye - hence wonky fishtails and adhered with 3D foam tape so it was raised above the stitching.

This little fella will definitely making more appearances throughout the year - I have some cunning plans for him ;)

Challenge Links...

Daisy Chain - Something New (stamp set)
Stamping Sensations - Frosty Colours (balloons/stitching)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets (watercolour card for balloons and sentiment)
HLS - Anything Goes Watercolour
Fusion - 4th Anniversary Challenge (I used the sketch)

Supplies:  MSE The Fox Says stamp set, unbranded stitched circle dies, Zig Watercolouring pens, Crafters Companion watercolour cardstock, Bazzil In-Stitches template and thread

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Happy New Year folks, lets hope its a wonderful 2018 for one and all.

I decided to start the crafting year off with a ray of sunshine and a happy rainbow.  It was super easy to create, the only time consuming part was finding the right coloured card in my off-cuts box while reciting 'Richard of York gave battle in vain' to remind myself of the colours I was searching for!

Everything has been die cut out and arranged onto the card base.  The 'smile' die was cut out three times to give it more dimension and the clear gems were coloured with a light blue Sharpie just to give the impression of a lil rain.  The rainbow, sunshine and 'smile' dies are all brand new.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Cue Card Encourage
Allsorts - New (dies)
Always Fun Challenges - New (dies)

Supplies: MFT rainbow and sunshine die, MB puffy clouds die, unbranded 'smile' die, clear gems and Sharpie pen.