Saturday, 18 November 2017

Santa and a Get Well Doggy

Christmas is ripping towards us at breakneck speed!  I bought my first Christmas pressie today, need to get a move on with the rest!!  Wouldn't it be great if the adults could write a letter to Santa too and just have the requested items delivered!  Though I guess that's also known as Amazon LOL ;)

This card was inspired by Susan's fab card over at Less is more.  I've used last year's stamps from MFT - coloured with watercolour pencils and Santa fussy cut and popped up on foam pads.

This one's for my stash. I used an old mini embossing folder and I've just noticed that I missed a bit down the left hand side.  But sure if I hadn't told you, you maybe wouldn't have noticed ;)

Image is an oldie from Penny Black, coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the little bee's wings.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Naughty or Nice Wintery Scenes

We're making Wintery scenes at Naughty or Nice this month, hope you'll play along too!  Pop over to the blog to upload your card and to see what the Troublemakers have been up to!
I make no apologies for using my Snowy again!  Lovin him!
I couldn't get my snowdrifts inked up right - this is effort #3 and still doesn't look great.  I think I should have been braver and added more ink!  I'll have to go Googling and find a tutorial!  Don't know why I bothered as I managed to cover most of it up anyway ;)
I did give myself bonus points though for using my ooold tree die from Marianne Design that I just had to have (and have hardly used!)
Clear gloss and glitter added to his hat, and white and blue splatters for added effect. I fussy cut my snowman, then popped up on foam pads.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Aunt Cilla's birthday card

Yummmmm I'm just watching Nigella making her carrot cake on telly and I'm nearly drooling! Her recipies always sound delish, but she's hard to stick - all that smiling at her cake mix and making eyes at the camera does my head in!!

My cupboard is bare of goodies of the chocolate coated kind, so here's a calorie-free card instead ;)
I thought I was tighter for space than I actually was, I wish I'd left a wee bit more space at the top of my sentiment.
Bunny from LOTV - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added too the blooms.  Lawn Fawn stitched cloud die.  Gold peel off lines.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sympathy card and a baby bunny

Oh Brrrr it's a cold one tonight, but we've the heat on, cosy PJs and cuppa tea at the ready so all is good :)
Not sure what DH has on the Movie menu tonight, we haven't watched anything good for ages!

I'd a bit of a disaster making this sympathy card - I'd rescued my sparkle pen from the bin, and then as soon as I opened the lid a huge drop splodged over my sentiment.  Aarrrgghhh. So it took ages trying to see if I could get rid of it (nope, just made a bigger mess!) and then had to figure out a cover up. I'd no blue card left so ended up doing a contrast effort with this lilac trim.  Needless to say the pen is back in the bin and it's staying there!!

I'm still struggling with my mojo, and this wee baby card is the first card I've made in a long time that I've liked!!  
It still took ages to make though, I'd cut my polka dot DP too short and the dimensions weren't right, so I added the extra strip and it looked much better.  Why did such a simple solution take so long too come to?!!!
Stamps from MFT, also MFT porthole die.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Card for Uncle Alwin and a thank you

We'd a day of all weather today, mad showers this morning and then a gorgeous sunny afternoon and now it's Brrrr chilly.  Def cosy PJs weather!
We were out for lunch today (and were still full at tea time!), so we'd no faffing about cooking, and I'd plenty of time to get crafty :)

This one's for my 87 year old uncle - I'd no idea what to put on his card so went for something daft and cheerful!
My fishies are from Avery Elle - coloured with watercolour pencils and a couple popped up on foam pads.  Clear gloss added to their eyes and sparkle to their fins, though my sparkle pen has developed a leak and totally wrecked another card I was making so it's in the bin now :(

There's a few Thank you challenges about, so this wee quickie is one for my stash.
I've used this cute mouse from Penny Black - sparkle added to the feather and clear gloss to the inkpot.
Little blue stars from stash.  MFT Star Die.  

Saturday, 4 November 2017

November Calendar page

LOL just a few days late with November's calendar page ;)  I was driving myself crazy in work glancing at the date, getting confused and then realising I was still at October!
I quite often get a bit stumped as to what to put on my calendar that I'd actually like to look at for a month, and then I came across this oldie from Woodware that I haven't used in ages.  I also discovered some silver peel off month stickers, though I should really have stuck November on straight!

Hope you've had a good Saturday, we have the most fabulous moon here tonight!
Woops I just looked out and I spoke too soon .... it's absolutely lashing now and no moon in sight!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

A Naughty or Nice Snowdude

I'm sure you're all well into your Christmas cards by now, so you'll be glad to hear we're making winter scenes this month over at Naughty or Nice - hope you'll play along too :)

I see the weather men are predicting a hard winter for us this year, hopefully its just them getting a bit excitable as they're prone to do!  Though there was definitely a real nip in the air today, I was out at a funeral this morning and we were foundered!
'foundered' is a great word that we use all the time in Northern Ireland, basically just means you were really cold! 

My card's so hot off the press, the glue's not even dry yet ;)
I don't have any boozy snowmen (unfotunately! - I've a few friends who would appreciate one!) so I took the easy option and got my Penny Black Snowy inky again and Row of Pine Trees (from Eat Cake Graphics)
A wee easy peasy lemon squeezy card!  Just how I like them ;)

Monday, 30 October 2017

Bat bat Batty

Hope you're all ready for the Trick or Treaters tomorrow night!  We never quite know how to judge the sweetie stash ... some years it's a constant stream of youngsters to our door and other years there's hardly any about!  With a bit of luck we'll not run out of treats and have to turn the lights out to pretend we're not home ;)

I don't make many spooky cards (we're not really into cards at Halloween here!), but this one is for Mum using some Eat Cake Graphics stamps:
Bert Batula
A little bite (text)
Skully flowers

I inked up my background, added some cloud effects and then some orange and black splatters for good measure.  I used the inlaid die effect for my moon - though I'd had a clever idea of cutting through the white card at the same time as the base and it left a bit of an imprint.  A few silver stars and that's it really!
Of course I had to take my picture before my gloss on their eyes was dry and managed to drop it! grrr.  Though I didn't re-do it as I kinda like the effect.  Lucky eh?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Blue Snowy

I can't believe I haven't posted here for nearly a whole week!  I'm struggling with my mojo, but I need to give myself a shake and get on with my Christmas stash.

This one stars Snowy again, I'm lovin this Penny Black dude!

Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to his hat, clear gloss to his nose and glitter to his buttons.
My fancy snowflake is a newbie from Memory Box, bit of a faff though to poke out all those wee bits!   I've also rediscovered my old snowflake embossing folder :)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wedding Congrats

Well I'm still here, Ophelia didn't quite blow us away.  Very sadly there were 3 fatalities down South, but up here we were mostly trees blown over, gates blown off etc so I think we got off very lightly.

I hadn't intended to go for this golden colour theme but I was looking for different DP and then I found this stuff ... and then covered most of it up anyway ;)

I don't know what I did before I discovered the splatter effect.  This looked a bit unfinished until I added the gold spalts ... of course I decided I would do it after I'd added the clear gloss to my roses so it was a bit of a faff trying not to get any on my bride and groom!

Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the trim on her dress.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Zombies and Betty's Birthday card

We're battling down the hatches for tomorrow, Hurricane Ophelia is coming to visit - she's supposed to weaken to a storm by the time she gets to us so we'll see how that goes.  Needless to say our weathermen are beside themselves with excitement - something different to the usual rain or showers forecast!   Having said that, it's been a lovely calm day today, I actually managed to get out to the garden and get some cutting done and  pots cleared for winter.

I'm just scraping in nearly on time for my Naughty or Nice card reminder ;)
This month's is a spooky theme - hope you'll play along and link your card over at the NoN blog

My stamps are oldies from The Alley Way Stamps, now sadly closed.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on foam pads.

Other challenges:

And this one's just a wee quickie for my SIL.  I've used this cute Penny Black stamp and my never-ending pink Birthday DP stack.  
I added sparkle to his apron with my clear glitter pen, and then clear gloss and lots of glitter to the icing.  I used a snippet of the darker pink cardstock for the sentiment - it was a bit lost in the snazzy DP but looked better when I cut an extra set and stuck it on top.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friends and family ... look away now!

I haven't made a card all week, I've had a real stinker of a cold, so this is me getting inky today thanks to some new goodies delivered by my Postie this morning :)

I've jumped on the 'Snowy' bandwagon for my Christmas cards this year .... Normally I make a rake of cards and then it's a mad last minute panic to get my own made so I'm getting ahead of the game this year.  I've loved the Penny Black snowman cards I've seen, so probably all the cards I'll be sending from me this year will be a variation on this snowman / background theme.

Coloured with watercolour pencils; sparkle added to the pink bits on his hat/scarf/snowflake and then clear gloss and lots of glitter to his hat.  Snowy popped up on foam pads.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Three-fer

Ack I'm stuffed with the cold, and the weather was a bit icky, all dark and mizzly, so it was a good excuse to not go too far and get crafty.  I wanted to have a play with some of the MFT challenges for WCMD anyway!

Card 1 is for their 1st challenge - colours of the rainbow.
My image is from High Hopes, not sure about the sentiment.  All coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the sentiment and to the duck's (goose?) beak and legs.  My cloud panel is popped up on foam pads.

Other challenges:

Card 2 is for their challenge: By the Numbers
I've used this stamp from Woodware - paper pieced the numbers and popped the holly up on foam pads.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the berries.
Nice and easy and I love how it turned out :)

Other challenges:

And finally, card 3 is for Make and Mail
It's for a friend in work so I'll be posting it tomorrow.
Not sure of the make of this stamp, maybe Cornish Heritage Farm ... it was one of the first stamps I ever bought and is possibly one of the most inked :)

Other challenges:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cat 'n Mouse

Boo hoo I'm feeling a bit yech tonight ... not surprising though, the amount of colds and bugs going round, and not helped by the number of people coughing and spluttering on the bus to work who don't know how to cover their mouths.  Pet hate of mine!

But it's Word Card Making Day and I need to get my card stash built up before I start tacking the Xmas cards, so here's a wee quickie using this old Whiff of Joy mousie.  For my background I puddled some watercolours onto a plastic and then rubbed my white card in it.  I love how it turned out, definitely less of a faff than using brushos or watercolouring.  Popped my mouse up on pads and added clear gloss and glitter to the icing.

This one uses a mixture of MFT stamps and the sentiment and mouse are from Paper Smooches.
MFT wonky stitched circular die and Woodware corner punch.  And that's it really, nice and simple!
It is a lesson however in not being so lazy - I knew when I stamped this sentiment that it wasn't the best but I carried on and used it anyway.  Should have stamped it again!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Well it's different!

I thought the CAS Mix up challenge looked like fun this month so had a go.  The challenge was to use more than one stencil, so I used my brick stencil and watercoloured in some blue; then I turned my falling snow stencil on its side and used some blue sparkle paste.  I think it maybe looks a bit heavy down that side, but hey, I had fun making it!!

My duck is an oldie from High Hopes - popped up on foam pads so he doesn't get lost amongst all that rain!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Pumpkins and footballs

We'd a gale force wind blowing today, combined with 200+ emails to look at in work, I wasn't too long before I was wishing I was back in sunny Spain ;)
Our leaves are coming down at a terrible rate, it will be no time before the trees are bare, so I added some to this month's calendar page.  My image is an oldie from High Hopes - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the pumpkin.  The leaves are from a Simon Says Stamp set.

I'd had my eye on this LOTV stamp for ages and then when I went to buy it, it wasn't being made any more! So I was delighted to see it on Ebay, straight into my shopping basket :)
I'm intending to use it on my niece's birthday card as she plays for her local junior team, but thought I'd have a wee practice and see how it coloured up.

I thought I would use pink grass, but I'm not sure anyone other than me would know that's what it is as I did my usual trick of covering most of it up LOL.
Image coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the black bits of the ball and sparkle to the white stars.  MFT Wonky Circles dies.  Sentiment is an oldie from LOTV.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Something Spooky for Naughty or Nice

It's been a bit quiet here as I've been off on my jollies ... to Alicante in Spain for some sun, sangria and sightseeing.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, such a pleasure not to have to lift a coat, cardigan or umbrella when you headed out the door!  But it's back to normality now and back to the grindstone on Monday.

I'm always a bit shocked when the first of the month comes round, it kinda always feels like where did that month go!!  So it's time for the new challenge at Naughty or Nice and this month it's ...

For my card I've used these goodies from Eat Cake Graphics ...
Count Bitesalot
Bert Batula
A little Bite (text)
The Count and the bats both coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on

I also used my old Cuttlebug embossing folder - I just wish they were a tad bigger to cover the whole card!

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 ;)