Friday, 15 September 2017

Santa's been framed ;)

It's reminder time over at Naughty or Nice for this month's challenge of 'framed'










There's some vouchers for Bugaboo up for grabs this month, so play along and add your links over at the blog.

I've gone all Christmassy with mine :)  I've used an oldie Santa and porthole frame from MFT.  I popped the frame up on dimensionals and then tucked Santa's feet under and then popped his hat up on dimensionals too. I always think the more sparkle the better on a Christmas card, so I added glitter to his hat and went over his red suit with my clear sparkle pen. Oh and clear gloss to his boots, gloves and belt.  Little silver stars from stash.  And die cut sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thank you flowers

I need a few thank you cards for my stash, so I've been colouring away this evening while watching the Bake Off - bread week doesn't really do it for me, I much prefer when they make the big fancy sugary creations that have your mouth drooling ;)

My first card uses this LOTV oldie, I think she may have been one of the first ones I bought.

Coloured with watercolour pencils; clear gloss added to the butterfly and the flower.


And this one is just a remake of yesterday's that I wasn't loving.  I'm definitely sticking to watercolour pencils in future ;)

Monday, 11 September 2017

Floral blues

I got my pencils out for a change - I haven't used them for ages and I think it's because I'm so out of love with them.  .
Anyway, here it is - a quick CAS card.  I know I would like this better if I'd used watercolour pencils.  I might remake it ;)
I've also added some blue and silver sequins and some sparkle to the flowers.
And {gasp} I've managed NOT to doodle a border hahaha

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birdies and Bunnies

Oh brrr it's been another cold draughty and wet day.  I managed to get the washing hung out earlier, but by the time I got to the last peg I had to bring it in again.  Mind you, I'd rather have my weather than Florida's!  It must be absolutely terrifying to be there.

I'm way behind in my card stash, so I've 2 to share tonight.
This one uses my MFT gulls - fussy cut and the guy on the post popped up on dimensionals.
I've embossed my clouds with and old Cuttlebug swirly folder, and the little post with squares (but then covered it up anyway with my twine bow!)  MFT Embroidery frame.


I've a few thank you cards to make, so for this one I've used this fave from LOTV.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the blooms.  Green enamel dots to finish.  Nice and simple!
  • Layout from Sketch Saturday #480
  • Colour theme from Lili of the Valley's colour theme
  • AAA #98 - all creatures great or small
  • As you like it - flora or fauna - well I most definitely have waaaay more critter stamps than floral ones!  But of course I've used one with both options here ;)

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

Saturday, 9 September 2017

A late calendar and a thank you

Lol I knew we'd never get 2 dry Saturday's in a row .. it poured all morning, but there was a quick window of sunshine in the afternoon so at least Rubydoo got her customary walk in the park.   A good day for crafting though!

So this is Mum's calendar page for the month ... and yes I know its the 9th but she's been on her jollies, so she'll never know how late it was ;)
Aaargh, I've just checked back in my blog and I've already used this girl on one of last year's pages, ah well, that'll teach me to check before I stamp!    Coloured with watercolour pencils.

And here's a super quick Thanks card ... not much to say about it really, except I love how it turned out!
I added some blue splatters and some glitter to the popped up heart.  Easy peasy.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September calendar

Just a quickie post tonight.  Grand Designs is on telly, one of my favourite programmes - I always love how Kevin McLoud starts the programme with an 'are you mad' attitude and ends with a Wow!

Anyway, I'm only about a week late with my calendar page for work this month ;)  I've used one of my new Katzelkraft stamps - I decided after I took the pic that he needed a bit of colour so I added pale grey to his body and also added clear gloss to his eyes and beak.  Clouds chalked in BG, bit of splattering, and the hint of a text BG stamp to finish.  I should have had my dates a bit higher as the last week gets a bit lost, but I'm off that week anyway so I'll not be looking at it!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Christmas Chicks

Just a wee quickie this evening - I'm hoping to get a few Christmas cards made this month to avoid the usual last minute rush.   My other new Christmas stamp is still on the missing list, I'd have thought it should have turned up by now.  Maybe I need to have a proper tidy up ;)

This one's from Whipper Snapper - coloured with watercolour pencils and then fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals.  Sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the hat / earmuffs, and clear gloss to their beaks.  Silver stars from Stash.
My doodled border is inspired by one I'd saved in Pinterest, but for some reason my crappy computer is refusing to open it so I can't give credit where it's due.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A two-fer ... cards for Karen and Jill

After such a beautiful day yesterday, today was a bit yeuch ... damp and drizzly so definitely no gardening or washing done today!  Rubydoo hates the rain so she's barely moved off the sofa all day, quite a few hours of snoozing have been clocked up!

Anyway, this first card is for a friend from work.  She's a florist too and makes the most beautiful flower arrangements, so I kinda had to make one with flowers on it.  I'm really rubbish at arranging flowers, so I'm quite pleased at how this turned out!
I hadn't intended my sentiment to stamp through the number but I masked off the wrong bit, but I quite like the effect!

The flowers and number are both Simon Says Stamp sets.

And while I was on a roll, my Sister needed a card for her sister-in-law so I made another much the same but on a slightly larger card base.  

Friday, 1 September 2017

Naughty or Nice ... You've been framed

Oh wow, September already!  Where did summer go? .... oh yes, it was that fortnight at the start of July (and it's been pants ever since!!)  Though looking at the awful scenes in America, we've little to be complaining about.

Challenge time again over at Naughty or Nice and this month's topic is 'framed' - if you'd like to play along, please link your card over at the blog.  There's a prize up for grabs from Bugaboo too!

For my card I've used this oldie from Whipper Snapper - I tucked him into my frame and then popped his head up on dimensionals.  The BG is varying shades of Brushos with some text stamped over.
I hadn't intended on adding the little silver stars but as usual had an ooops that needed covering ;)

The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge has started again so I'm hoping to play along

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Welcome Flowers

This card is for a friend in work who's been ill for this past year or so, so we're all delighted that she's now due back.   I've been stumped for ages what to put on this!

Cat's beautiful card over at the Muse challenge was the perfect inspiration.  I've used this Prima stamp - coloured with watercolour pencils and then the petals covered with some sparkle.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Sweet little kitty

My bloggy buddy Jo (aka DottyJo) filled my head recently with tales of a new release from KatzelKraft.  So of course I had to go see, and ooops, oh no, accidental purchases were made!  All your fault Jo ;)

But isn't this just the sweetest saddest little kitty ever!!
I've coloured him with some swishes of watercolour and added glitter to those tears.  My BG is a giraffe-stencil - I masked off my kitty and just puddled in some watercolours.  Nice and quick and easy!

I love how this turned out, I'm struggling with my mojo at the minute so some new crafty goodies was just what the Dr ordered ;)




Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A new puppy and a Fix up

This card is for a friend in work who's daughter's getting her new puppy tomorrow and she's soooooooo excited!  Rubydoo will be sending this one to say hello!

I haven't used my Brushos for a while and came across them so thought I should use them.  Image coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on dimensionals.  Kinda wish I hadn't added those pink banners, but I reckon Erin won't care ;)




And here's the fix up from my previous post with the wonky sentiment.  Cheryl, you're a genius - colouring in the lines did the trick well enough!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Exam Congrats and a Dud!

This is a special request card for a girl who did well in her exams.  I've used this Penny Black oldie from quite a few years ago - coloured with watercolour pencils, glitter added to the flower centres and sparkle to the petals.  This pretty DP is from one of the pads I rediscovered, isn't it just a perfect match for that little hedgie!


And this one I think is a possible dud!
Considering it's such a CAS card, I spent aaaages faffing about choosing my DP and deciding what colour of plain card to use, then double mounting the MFT porthole stencil.  And then it all went wrong!  I didn't have my card tucked into my stamp positioner right, and I've ended up with a double impression of the sentiment.  Hubby says he thought it was a 3-D effect, but I reckon it needs a fix up!  I'll think about it and see what I can do with it tomorrow!
ETA....  Here's the updated finished card with the wonky sentiment simply coloured in!  Looks less like a visit to SpecSavers is needed ;)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Gone Sailing

I came across this lovely DP in my stash recently, must have been a pack of too nice to use!  So it's on my table now and sure to be used up soon!

I've paired it with this oooolide form Lili of the Valley.  Coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the hull of the boat, and sparkle to the sails.  My dirty mark this time is disguised with the Paper Smooches die in the corner ;)

This little guy could well have sailed his yacht in our garden earlier ... the rain couldn't have been any heavier!  And 5 minutes later the sun was out.  Mad 'summer' weather we're having!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A prickly pressie

Just a wee quickie card from me tonight.  I've been busy in work all week, but the lovely colour theme from Addicted to Stamps got me out to the kitchen to get crafty :)

I nearly managed to make this without adding some doodling, but at the last minute I gave in ;)
Image from Penny Black.  Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to the ribbons on the little parcels.

My sentiment is heat embossed - I wish someone would invent a white ink that stamped bright white instead of the faff of getting out my heat gun. Or maybe there's an ink already out there that I need to add to my crafty shopping list??


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Up Up and Away














The theme this month at Naughty or Nice is 'on the move', and there's an optional colour theme too.  If you'd like to play along link your card over at the blog.

my card was for a friend of my Mum who's heading off on her holidays, but I think I'll keep this one in mind next time I need a 'new job' card.
My balloon is from an oldie set (I think Creative Inspirations) - coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over the pink with my sparkle pen.  Clear gloss and glitter over the blue section, and then popped up on dimensionals.

The 'up' was part of a sentiment in the set, so I masked off the unwanted bits and then added the 'away' from my MFT alpha set.  Background is watercoloured through a stencil.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

That Ole Devil called Love

Well Rubydoo is now sweet smelling after her bath ... always a traumatic experience for her, such a lot of crying and trembling for a 10 minute ordeal!  But we're friends again and she's snuggled up fast asleep behind my legs :)
As for the rest of my chores today ... well I managed most of them but didn't quite make it out to the garden or to the car ;)

So this wee card is the only result from this evening's crafting.  I'm still on the hunt for my missing Christmas stamp (grrrrrrrr) but I found this oldie Whipper Snapper one that hasn't been used for such a long time.
Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to the hearts and clear gloss to his horns.  Little devil popped up on dimensionals.  MFT porthole die.

I saw somewhere recently that a stamp company has brought out a range of doodled borders stamps so I stole their double border corners idea and doodled my own ;)

Home Sweet Home

I thought I'd add this card nice and early today ... it's a beautiful sunny morning and I've lots planned for today
First up is Rubydoo, she's definitely overdue a bath, so that will be a snatch and grab or else she scarpers!  Then get a wash on for the doggy towels and bedding, clean the bathroom, dye my hair, get some weeding done, wash the car, and suff my bake in between with Sunday dinner.  That's the general plan anyway, will we take bets how many I get done ;)

This card uses an oldie from Unity stamps, coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the windows and cars.  Sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set.  I think I'm addicted to this splattering, I love the effect it can give to a CAS card!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

A three-fer

It's been another damp old day here.  Apparently July was the warmest and the wettest for years, looks like August is just going to be the wettest LOL

Good crafty weather though!  But if anyone finds my missing new Christmas stamp please let me know where it is!  I've been in every cupboard and hidey place and it's nowhere to be found.  Maybe I should stop looking for it and hope it shows itself ;)

This first card is for this week's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast - here's the card I chose.  I'm not so happy about the colouring of my little piggy, reckon he might need a wee touch up!

One of the plus points of looking through my stash is finding some good old oldies!  I'm not entirely sure what make these are, maybe Creative Inspirations?  Coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle and glitter added to the blue balloon and popped up on dimensionals.  Sparkle added to the red balloon and clear gloss to the little one.
Took me a while to get my layout on this one, it looked all wrong until I added the little white cloud in the top right.  
And finally, this one was totally inspired by my bloggy buddy Jo's card here.
It's a rubbish photo, doesn't look so drab in real life!  
I hadn't intended to add those white enamel dots but just as I was putting the last strokes to my card I managed to drop my paintbrush! Arrgghh!