Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SCS654 - A Birthday Mouse

So this is this week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.


I must admit to being a bit stumped by this sketch, but I just kinda followed the recipe and I think it turned out OK!
If I was making it again though, I'd have stamped my sentiment in white and I would also have stuck it on straight LOL

Whipper Snapper stamp - coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the flowers and sparkle to the pot.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A rainbow of seagulls

It was the most glorious sunny summer day today, I'm not so keen on the forecast of 25 degrees tomorrow though!  Our office has no air conditioning and even with every window open its absolutely stifling :(  Ah well, it's still lovely to see the sun, even if it is from the wrong side of the window!

I've just a wee silly card this evening.  I was actually looking for a different stamp, now officially added to the missing list, and came across these fun birdies.  I'd been looking for a stamp to use with the Muse challenge and there were just enough wings on show here to take in all the colours from the challenge :)
I added in a few little blue stars to make it a bit more 'blokey'.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Naughty or Nice - If the Shoe Fits

It's reminder time at Naughty or Nice, and this month's theme is 'If the Shoe Fits'
If you'd like you play along, please link your card here

I envy those girls who have towering stilettos and walk (and dance!) so effortlessly in them!  When I try a pair of heels, my feet instantly object!  Me, I'm more built for comfort and live in my trainers!

My card uses one of my new Lili of the Valley images - coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to her ribbons, and little dots of clear gloss to their jewellery and her Mum's shoes.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SC653 Hey gullfriend

I was a bit stumped by this week's sketch at Splitcoaststampers - I was stuck thinking they needed to be die cuts, and then I realised actually they could be anything which made it waaaaay easier!  If you'd like to play along, link your card here.

My MFT birdies are still on my desk so that's what got used again ;)  Any time I see seagulls they always remind me of our summer holiday to Lyme Regis, the seagulls there were massive!

Oh and this sheet of pretty bluey-green is from my world famous never ending pink stack!  I popped my gulls up on dimensionals and added clear gloss to their beaks.  Nice and easy :)




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Card for Aunt Jean

I've gone a bit artyfarty with this card for my Aunt!
I started with some watercolouring and some splatters, then added some background text stamping, then added some stenciling, and topped it off with these pretty butterflies and some bling!

I found some old silver card in my stash - it has a pattern of little leaves on it, but when I die cut it I ended up with a lovely pattern on my butterflies :)
I also popped the wings of the butterflies up on dimensionals and added extra bling on the stuck down centre bit.  With the little leftovers I punched some corner dies.

I like how it turned out, but if my Tim Holtz stamping thingy EVER turns up (I think I originally ordered it in January or February!) my spacing on my sentiment would (hopefully!) have been better.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Birthday gull

Monday again, but at least it's a nice short week!  We're off work Wed & Thurs for the Twelfth holidays and I treated myself to Friday off too, it was just too tempting to resist ;)  Hopefully the weather will smarten up a bit.

I was very lucky recently to win some MFT $$ and blew them on this fab seagull set that I've been ogling for a while, and the porthole die.  Reckon you'll be seeing more of these critters, I love them!
My little fishies are from one of the older MFT kitty sets - covered with my clear sparkle pen. Seagull popped up on dimensionals.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Weddings and Sausage Rolls

It's been a weekend of 2 halves ... yesterday was glorious and I got a good bit of my fence painted - a job I love doing!  No really, I could happily paint fencing all day long!
Today was a bit icky and damp, but I'd a few cards I needed to make so that was the perfect excuse to leave the rest of the fence painting for another day.

This first one uses this lovely Stamping Bella image.  Apparently the bride is a redhead, so I did my best with her hair.  Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Clear gloss added to the roses and sparkle to the bunting and to the 'frilly' bits of her dress.  My bunting is an oldie stamp from many moons ago - think it was from Creative Inspirations but I wouldn't swear to that.  I must confess, I love how this one turned out :)

And here's one for a giggle ... its for a student we've had in work this past year who always judged how good an event he was at on the quality of the sausage rolls!  It's turned into a running joke with us, so I reckon he'll like this ;)
My picture was stolen from Google and then I just added the sentiment and a little gold star.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SC652 Congratulations Bunny

It's challenge time over at Splitcoaststampers again, and it's a much easier sketch this week ;)  For me anyway, I loved this one!
If you'd like to play along please link your card here.

This card is for a friend of my Mum's who received a gong in the latest Queen's Honours List.  I've used this Lily of the Valley bunny again - reckon this stamp will be one of my much used faves!  Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the flowers.


Monday, 3 July 2017

July calendar


Woops, only a day or two behind myself for this month's calendar for Mum ;)  I'm not sure what happened to June, it was a busy month and just seemed to absolutely fly by!  
This page is a quickie using some cuties from my last splurge at Lili of the Valley - coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle added to their tails and clear gloss to the carrot.  My dates are hand written, cheaper than buying the little calendar inserts!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

If the shoe fits ...

Wow, 1st of July .... and we have the heating on!  Guess the weather knows that the youngsters are off school now ;)
I've been busy decorating in my spare time these past few weeks, so I've been a bit quiet in blogland.  The weeds in the garden are taunting me now so they're next on my hit list this weekend!   Or I might just stay in and get crafty, well see which wins ;)

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge over at Naughty or Nice and this month it's for shoes!  Isn't that a fab graphic!

For my card I've used this oldie from Woodware.  It's not a great photo, it's much brighter in real life and my green DP kinda gets lost here against my backdrop.
Coloured with watercolour pencils and some little green metallic stars added from my stash.  I might add a 'happy birthday' banner to this, haven't quite decided yet.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SC651 Bows'n arrows

So here's the new sketch over at Splitcoaststampers - I must admit I struggled with this one!  If you'd like to play along, please link your card here.

For my card I used this Nellie Snellen stamp that I got a while back and think I've only used once.  Bad me ;)
Coloured with watercolour pencils to match my DP - which has also been unloved in my stash for a while!
I added some sparkle to his feathers and clear gloss to the red rubber on his 'arrow'
I haven't thought of where to add a sentiment, I mightn't bother!


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

SC650 Bunny Birthday

Happy Mid-Summer's Day!  Where did that first half of the year go!!  It has been such a hot humid and sticky day today, I couldn't wait to get out of our office!  Definitely fuzzy hair weather ;)

Here's the new sketch over at Splitcoaststamper - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.
I was a bit stumped by this one for a while, I reckon those swirls and circles would be perfect for some of those gorgeous mandela stamps doing the rounds at the minute, but my stash doesn't include any!

Instead I've gone for a sun shaped die, and yes, oh dear, it's that pink paper again!  And there's still LOADS left ;)
My bunny is from Lili of the Valley - fussy cut with my Tim Holtz snips (which I'm lovin!) and then popped up on dimensionals.
Sparkle and clear gloss added to my flowers.  A few pink sequins from my stash.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Dressing up time Birthday card

Boohoo back to work today and a gazillion emails later (most of them red flagged to sort out later in the week) my wee eyes are tired, so this is just a quickie post!

All the hard work on this card is done by my snazzy DP - yes it's that pink pack again!  I need another visit to The Range to get a different one LOL
Image is one of my NBUS from Lili of the Valley.  coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to their necklaces and her shoes.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Floral Birthday

We've had the most glorious sunny afternoon here, definitely at the scorchio mark!  I had a sit down in our garden earlier, something I rarely do (!) and it was great to see all the birds, bugs and bees at work.

Anyway, must press on, the lovely Poldark is on telly shortly ;)
This card is for my sister-in-law - she's a card maker too so I always feel a bit of pressure making hers!  I've watercoloured my Prima flowers and then went over the blooms with my clear glitter pen.  The little white snippet is a Paper Smooches die and is embossed with an old Cuttlebug swiss dots folder.


Here's a wee quickie just for the fun of it.  I've cased Patti's card from her blog Stationery Styles here.  Mine's not a great pic, I can only blame the blazing sunshine outside!  I've chalked a load of circles in varying blues, purples and pinks, but they're not showing up very well here.
My bunny is from Lili of the Valley - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the balloon and plate.
Thanks for the inspiration Patti! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Teacher Thank you card

I've been off all week and it has absolutely flown in!  The weather has been a bit pants, my washing was in and out today like a yoyo, but it's supposed to be a decent day tomorrow, we'll see!

This is a card for my niece to give to her teacher.  I thought it might be a bit too arty-farty for her, but it has passed muster with her OK so that's all that matters :)

I've used some of my green brushos on the background and then shadow stamped the numbers from an old Verve set.  One of the apples is popped up on dimensionals and sparkle added to the red and clear gloss to the leaves.  Some wee red stars from stash.

Naughty or Nice reminder

Oh wow, I can hardly believe we are half way through June already, hopefully someone will tell the weather it's summer!
So this is just a wee reminder about the Naughty or Nice challenge, an easy-peasy one of Anything Goes this month - and there's prizes to be won!

For my card I've used Nurse Margaret from Bugaboo - she strikes me as someone who has a bit of a lady-tache and hairy armpits to go with those lovely legs LOL

Coloured with ordinary pencils for a change, I haven't had them out of the box for such a long time I think I've lost the knack for them!  More practice needed me thinks!
Popped up on dimensionals and clear gloss added to her specs and to the syringes.  I've also added some glitter to whatever that is she's going to stab into some poor sod!  Little gold stars from stash.


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

SC649 Kitty Birthday

This is the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.

And here's mine ... hot off the press, the glue isn't even dried ;)
I've used Sebastian from Eat Cake Graphics, coloured with Watercolour pencils.  Silver stars and peel off border from stash.  Bonus extra points for using up the silver peel off corner that's been in my folder for years :)
And lovely DP courtesy of my sister-in-law ... thanks Andrea!

And confession time ... it was only when I went to upload my card that I noticed that the strip was at a diagonal - this is the original version I'd made!  So the update is just a bit the same but different ;)


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

SCS648 Birthday Mice

Wednesday already, so time for a new sketch over at Splitcoaststampers.  For a change I've actually followed the sketch without changing it ;)  If you'd like to play along, please link your card here.

For my DT card I've used these cute little mice from Penny Black - coloured with watercolour pencils and some sparkle added to the ribbon on the pressie.  Little pink stars from stash.

I really need to get this DP off my desk, seems to be I'm reaching for it every time I'm making a girlie card - though I guess at least I'm using it up!



Sunday, 4 June 2017

Aunty Renee's Birthday card

Boo, Sunday evening already :(  Ah well, only one more week at work and then I'm off for a whole week, yipppeeee!

I think this is the first time I've actually coloured this LOTV stamp the correct colour!  This card is for my Aunt who has the best display of daffodils in the country, so the yellow theme is perfect for her.
Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear sparkle added to the flowers.  Little golden stars from my stash.
MFT chicken wire stencil.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Retirement card

It's been a mixed bag of weather today ... sunshine and showers, and it's now lashing with thunder, lightening and hailstones!  Best off indoors tonight!

I was asked to make a card on behalf of our Trustees in work for our Director who's retiring shortly.
I don't have many 'sensible' stamps that aren't cutesy, so I reverted to this good old floral set from Simon Says Stamp.

Coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over the flowers with my clear sparkle pen.  The butterflies got a coating of clear gloss and some glitter to the tips of their wings.  Doodled stitched border to match the stitching effect in the flowers.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Anything Goes at Naughty or Nice

It's time for a new challenge at Naughty or Nice, and it's a super easy Anything Goes!  There's prizes to be won this month ... some Bugaboo images and a fab Art Impressions stamp too!  If you'd like to play along, please link your card over at Naughty or Nice blog.

For my project I'm back to making my calendar pages again, actually on time and ready for the 1st of the month for a change!!
I've used a mixture of stamps - my little diver is from Lili of the Valley and the underwater critters etc are oldies from High Hopes.

And then because I enjoyed making the calendar page so much, I made a CAS birthday card version too ...

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All coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over his flippers / snorkel / underwater elements with my clear sparkle pen, and clear gloss to his visor.  I also chalked up the BG with a stencil to give the underwater feel.





Wednesday, 31 May 2017

SC647 Not a creature stirred

Here's the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers -  I flipped it so it fitted my image better and used a snowflake instead of panel #5.  If you'd like to play along, please link your card over at Splitcoaststampers


For my card I used this cutie from Eat Cake Graphics:
Not a creature stirring (scene)

Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the candy canes.  Bonus extra points for using up this oldie DP that's been on the go for a few years now!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Some Bank Holiday makes

Well we certainly didn't get beach weather for our Bank Holiday today ... just varying degrees of rain, light rain, drizzle and mizzle!   Not to worry though, it was nice to be off and we enjoyed a wee visit to my Sis and a lovely lunch :)

This card uses some older MFT stamps - coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle added to the leaves and clear gloss to his lolly, beak and feet.  I had a little snippet of matching DP in my pile so gave him some snazzy shorts.


Muse have a great challenge this week, to case any of Ardyth's cards!  A tough choice as she has a fabulous gallery, but I eventually chose this one - it reminded me of this Taylored Expressions tree die that I won a long time ago and have never used .... so thanks Ardyth!
I hadn't intended on the white enamel dots, but as per usual an oops magically appeared and needed disguising ;)