Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Keep Off The Grass

Hey there,
I made this cute, little hedgie card for this week's CASology Challenge
where the cue word is 

 Usually, I cut my 'grass' pieces into random shapes, with scissors, but I wanted a cleaner look for this CAS card, so I die cut my papers with an oval nestie. Then I attached them to the card panel and trimmed off the edges. It's much neater that way and gives you that little embossed edge along the top.

The hedgie is coloured with Copics and fussy cut and the sentiment is a little snippet of cream card,
stamped with the sentiment and glittered along the edges.

Stamps - Penny Black 'Critter Party'  Personal Impressions 'Mixed Sentiments'
DP - First Edition 'Bird Song'     Memory Box Cloud Dies
Memento Ink 'Bamboo Leaves    Glamour Dust     Copics

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hello Dog Lovers

This cute little guy is Ollie, my daughter Annabel's crazy puggle.
Annabel is trying to raise money to start a local dog centre.
If you'd like to help, you can check out her campaign 


Monday, 15 September 2014

If in doubt add some sparkle.

I can't imagine I will ever tire of sequins.
Despite the fact that I end up covered in glue, whilst they ping all over the place -
I love them.

So, here's my entry for the CAS on Sunday Chalenge - Sequins Celebration.

 I used a little, round, balloon die to cut the 'bauble' into my card panel - 
added the line with a black pen, attached a die cut bow and stamped the sentiment.

Normally, I attach my sequins with glue, but here I put strips of DS tape onto my base card
and stuck the sequins to that. I'm not sure how secure they will be like that - 
but they seem stuck on pretty good for now.

Balloon Die, Bow Stamp & Die - Clearly Besotted 'Make A Wish'
Sentiment - Catslife Press.    Sequins.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Winter Moon

Whe I saw this week's MOON sketch from AAA Cards,
I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
A little snow scene, with santa and his sleigh, rising above the moon.
I searched everywhere for that Santa stamp.   It appears I don't own it!!  Ha ha!

Here's what I ended up with.

I cut out a 'moon' from my black card and added it to my base card.
Then I layered up my landscape pieces - edging them with glamour dust. 
All the layers are added with foam pads. so the card has more depth than the photo shows.

I thought this sentiment was perfect for the little winter, house scene.


AAA Cards.  -  'Moon' Sketch

Memory Box Landscape Die.  Nestie Circle Die.  Glamour Dust.

Monday, 8 September 2014

WTF? Who's turning 50?

Hey there,
no card from me today - I'm in recovery!!

I turned  50  this weekend.... arghhhh!

Maria and Annabel planned the most amazing, suprise weekend, 
which included lots of laughing, some delicious food and maybe one or two bottles of fizz :-)

Mr Kiss did good :-)

Now I need to lie down in a dark room for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A Hot Chocolate Kind Of Day

Hey there...
just popping by today with a quick card for the CASology challenge.
where the cue word this week is 

 Hmmm...  this was a tricky one. 
In the end, I went for some simple stamping UNDER the ribbon.

I stamped a little bit of greenery and then added the die cut mugs,
one of which is popped up on foam pads.
A simple sentiment and a touch of glitter finished everything off nicely.

Stamps and Dies - WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays.
Stickles Glitter..       Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

If you're a bird, I'm a bird

Here's one of those cards that kind of went it's own way.
Some of them have a habit of doing that, don't they?

My starting point was Lisa's card at The Cutting Edge Challenge (see below).
I stamped my leaves and blooms in various colours, then added a chipboard bird and some die cut blooms.
Those tiny flower dies are sooo tricky to line up, that I ended up just doing a few of them.
( I'm going to hold my breath and still enter for the challenge, but I completely understand if you don't think there's enough die-cutting going on there and need to delete my entry!!)

Oh, and after all that flower arranging I managed to completely mess up my centre sentiment,
so it had to be covered over with a strip of card and re-stamped.

The Cutting Edge Challenge -

Bunny Zoes's Crafts -  Summer Colours

Lawn Fawn - Penelopes Blossoms, Stamps & Dies.
Sentiment - Fizzy Moon, Wish Upon
Memento Dew Drop Ink - New Sprout, Tangelo, Dandelion, Angel Pink, Rose Bud

Thursday, 28 August 2014

BOY (n) A noise with dirt on it.

Right now I'm working my way through Justified on Netflix,
so I had cowboys on my mind when I was making this boy's card  :-)

I used a rectangle nestie to cut a couple of 'windows' in my card panel - and foam pads to attach it over some blue card.
The cowboy is coloured with Copics, fussy cut and attached with foam pads.
(I really need to buy shares in a foam pad company!!)
Originally my cowboy is holding a lasso, but I cut that bit off and gave him a balloon instead.
Lastly, I added the die cut letters for my sentiment.


Seize the Sketch - Sadly, this challenge blog is closing and this will be their last challenge.
Simon Says - Anything Goes (This week they are showcasing Memory Box products)
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash #166 - ABC's   A=Alphabet Dies,  B=Balloon,  C=Cowboy

Digi Stamp - Bugaboo Cowboy with Lasso,  coloured with Copics.
Memory Box Alphabet Dies.       DP- Echo Park, Note to Self.
Clearly Besotted 'Make A Wish' Balloon & Die

Monday, 25 August 2014

Let's Build A Snowman

Hey everyone, hope you're enjoying the long weekend.

Here's one of those cards that refused to photograph well.
I must have taken 50 snaps of it, in 3 different rooms of the house- and it's still not good.
IRL the green is more this colour and the snowman is very sparkly!!

I started my card by following the sketch over at LIM, but ended up making a few changes along the way.
First of all, I stamped my background onto a rectangular card panel.
My snowman was stamped in white and then embossed with glitter, before being die-cut and attached with foam pads.
The rectangle didn't quite look right, so before I attached my snowman, I used a large oval die to round off one edge.
This meant that the sentiment wouldn't work on the left, so I stamped it in the centre of my base card.

LIM - Sketch.
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Glitter & Bling
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Calendar -  Anything Goes

WPlus9 Hearfelt Holidays, Stamps and Dies.  Memento Dew Drops - Angel Pink, New Sprout
Memento Brilliance  - Moonlight White.         WOW Embossing glitter - Sparkling Snow
Oval Nestie Die.  Tree Stamp - Kanban Crafts.  Sequins/Gems.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Colour My Life

I need more colour in my life.
After living in this house for almost 2 years, it's time to attack the 'antique cream' walls.
I have some jazzy wall-paper in mind for the porch, that is making Mr Kiss hyperventilate!!
Watch this space...

Thinking of colour has filtered through to my craft room and my latest card...
(sorry about the poor photos, they were taken in a rush, at the kitchen table on my iphone)

The inspiration photo at Fusion card is a gorgeous bouquet of summer flowers (see below).
Now, as you know, I am not great when it comes to flowers so,
I tried to replicate the colours from the bouquet, in my own way.

I started by die cutting lots of speech bubbles, and arranging them onto my card panel.
Any pieces that hung over the edge were trimmed off.
The speech bubbles were attached with foam tape after a few of them were stamped with sentiments, and a couple had sequins added.


Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes .  Check out the fab shaker card tutorial.

Clearly Besotted - You Said It Stamps and Dies.  Make A Wish.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The stockings were hung

When I was struggling with crafting a couple of months ago,
a few people suggested that making Christmas cards might help.
Well, they were right. Thank you   :-)
Even though my cards are much more CAS, I really feel as though I'm getting somewhere now.

Here's my latest card for the pile.

I'll definitely make this design again, it's quick to do and great for using up those snippets of Christmas paper.
I used a little, Christmas stocking die and cut the shape 3 times.
The dp was lined up with the die cuts and stuck onto the card base.
Then, I attach my die-cut card with foam pads - I really like the depth and shadow that this gives you.

All that's left, is to add a simple sentiment strip and a little gem heart.

Pixie's Snippet's Playground - Use snippets
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays Stamps and Dies
DP - Dovecraft - Christmas Fancy

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Snow is falling

I have been on a spending spree...   the damage is £75 million  ;-)
It's the start of the footie season - you all knew that right? - and my Fantasy Team is raring to go.

So, here's a quick post with my latest Christmas card.

As you can see, I am still obsessed with snowflakes and negative die cuts!
My inspiration came from the 'Case it' card over at  Time Out.
I tried to include the triple layer sentiment, but it just didn't work against those snowflakes.
It all looked too busy. Instead, I opted for a plain strip of card to add my sentiment to.

Time Out - Case with your own twist.
Aud Sentiments - Favourite Season - Winter
Addicted to CAS - Geometric

Marianne Snowflake Dies.
DP - Prima, North Country
Sentiment - WPlus9, Heartfelt Holidays