Saturday, 16 May 2015

Make it Pretty

Hey there.
This will be my last post for a while.
I am surrounded by packing boxes and praying that the paperwork
for our rental property goes through  before the sale of our house is completed!!
It's gonna be a close thing!

Even if only for a short time, playing with these pretty stamps and inks,
held the stress at bay!

I admit, I always thought gold embossing was a little on the tacky side,
but it's popular right now, so I thought I would give it a try.
I'm a convert !
Even against the multi-coloured leaves and blooms here, I think it's pretty
and  gives the card just that little extra something.
It's taken me a while to get there, but
gold embossing is my new favourite thing :-)

Stamping Sensations - Flower Power
Papertake Weekly - In the Garden
Penny Black & More - Dies & Punches

Lawn Fawn - Penelope's Blossoms Stamps & Dies  / Stitched Rectangle Die
DP - Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka Mon Amie
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style stamped and embossed in gold
Inks - VersaColor, Celadon / Orchid / Heliotrope / Boysenberry / Magenta

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Celebrate Good Times

Shhhh...   I'm  not supposed to be buying any new craft supplies,
but I just couldn't resist these 'Amigos'.
I thought they would be great for hubby's birthday card,
and, with all the sentiments they come with, they are super versatile.

 1. Cover base card with dp.
2. Die-cut stitched rectangle.
3. Stamp 'celebrate' sentiment and heat emboss with clear powder.
4. Add stitched hillside border.
5. Stamp and die-cut three amigos, colour with Copics and white gel pen,
and attach with foam pads.
6. Add glitter dots and attach the panel to the base card with foam pads.

Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a book or film.
These critters definitely remind me of 'Over the Hedge'. One of those 'kids' movies that just cracks me up!
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Use A Sentiment
Addicted to Stamps -  Make your Mark

Mama Elephant - Three Amigos
DP - Echo Park, Dots & Stripes 'Girl'
Stitched Rectangle and Hillside Border - Lawn Fawn
'Celebrate - Winnie & Walter, Big, Bold & Party - stamped in Versacolor Celadon
Glitter Dots

Monday, 27 April 2015

Feel Better Amigo

Hello :-)
Just a quick post from me today, with a simple, get well card.

I guess when I made this card, I had that new MISTI tool in my head.
It's designed to make placing and lining up your stamps even easier, but,
as I don't have the budget for one right now, I  had to stamp my arrows by eye.
They have a little slant on them, but that's all part of the handmade look - right ??

Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple
Simon Says - Clean and Simple
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes

Huge thanks to everyone that's left a comment recently.
 I do appreciate each and every one of them.
Right now, I'm travelling a round trip of 180 miles to visit family and try to find a house, 
and this weekend both my parents ended up in  hospital !!
So, I'm struggling to find the time to reply, but I will get round to you all eventually ;-)

Mama Elephant, 3 Amigos, coloured with Copics.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders and Rectangle.
Clearly Besotted Sentiment - Time To Relax
Inks - VersaColor, Baby Blue, Cyan, Camelia.  Memento, Danube Blue, Bahama Blue.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hola Amigo

Decisions, decisions !!
It seems likely that our stuff will have to go into storage.
That means,  I am only allowed one art box to keep with me - 
and it's filling up fast!

I made this super, quick card with a few supplies, that are so versatile,
they  will defintiely make it into the box.

On a stitched rectangle I die-cut a balloon shape. 
Then I popped a balloon, cut from my dp, back into the space,
and added the hillside border.

I die-cut my 'Amigo', coloured him with Copics and popped him up on foam pads.
I gave him a jaunty top hat and used a black fineliner to draw the balloon string.

My base card was covered with dp, and I attached the panel with foam pads.

Finally I scattered on a few sequins and gems.


Less Is More - Up, Up and Away
Allsorts - Quick & Easy

Mama Elephant - 3 Amigos
Clearly Besotted - Make A Wish
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle and Hillside Borders Dies
Echo Park DP - Bundle of Joy, Dots & Stripes, Boy & Girl

Friday, 17 April 2015

...but I don't own a cat!

Eek!  Things are getting a bit crazy here.
We have had an offer on the house already and, I don't want to jinx it,
but things are moving quickly.
Which means lots of clearing out and packing, and not much time for crafting.

I did get chance to make this CAS card for my dd Maria,
who has just moved into a new home.

 I made a little front room scene with some die-cut stamps, and added a cat :-)
Ha ha!  Maria doesn't actually have a cat, but I know she'd love to get one, or two ;-)


The Card Concept - Photo Inspration. CAS Style.
Crafty Creations - Seeing Spots
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Lawn Fawn - Stitched rectangles and Hillside Borders.
Clearly Besotted - Time To Relax, Shine Bright, Home Sweet Home
Inks - VersaColour, Magenta / Cyan
Little Claire's Designs - Silhouette Cats (fussy cut)
DP - was a scrap from a magazine freebie.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

La Di Da Birthday

Morning everyone.
I have just about recovered from the long weekend,
and my daughter's birthday celebrations.

Here's the card I made her.
I went for bright and girly, with plenty of glitter.

I love this big, bold sentiment stamp from Winnie & Walter,
which I stamped  in lime green and embossed with clear powder.

Then I die-cut, and coloured those cute elephants, and popped them up on foam pads.
I mounted the panel onto some gorgeous, glittery paper.

I was a little worried about adding those stars in black ink,
but I think they turned out perfectly. 
With all that glitter and the bright colours anything else would have been just too much.

Penny Black & More - Birthdays
The Paper Players - To Die For
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

DP -  Kaiser Craft - La Di Da
WPlus9 Unforgettable (elephant coloured with Copics and a touch of a glitter pen)
Winnie & Walter - Big, Bold & Party
VersaColor Inks - Orchid, Lime, Heliotrope
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easter Bunny

Afternoon everyone... hope you're enjoying the weekend.
Today I'm sharing a quick Easter card with you.
I don't send Easter cards, but I thought it would be nice to have one up at home.

 With no Easter stamps in my stash, I had to get creative and  I
chose a couple of WPlus9 Christmas sets to work with.

 I stamped my wreath and random hearts, onto a die-cut stitched rectangle.
Then I added, on foam pads, my banner, bunny and bow.
The sentiment is a tiny digi stamp from Pink Petticoat.

Inkspirational - Neon Colours
Allsorts - Feature A Creature
Less Is More - Combine Any 3 Previous Challenges.
(#3 - Theme/Spring  #38 -  Recipe/Polka Dots  #55 - Theme/Die Cuts)

WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays and Winter Woodland.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangles and Let's polka DP.
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat Digi.    Inks - Versa Color, Orchid, Cyan.  Mememnto - Dandelion.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Robots Need Love Too

It seems to me that cards have their own little personalities.
Some are careful and easy going, some are clever and witty,
and some are just plain obstinate and grumpy - I get a LOT of those!
This card was definitely, lively and cheerful, and I had fun making it.

I began by stamping my 'birthday sentiment' 
( it looks a bit washed out on these pics but, irl it's a bright, lime green)
and embossed it with clear powder.
I die-cut my robots, cupcake and bow ties, coloured them with Copics
and popped them up on foam pads.
Then, I stamped some random nuts and bolts, echoing the colours of my dp.

Finally, I fixed the panel (with foam pads) onto my dp covered, card base.

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps- Make Your Mark ( I used Copics, inks and embossing to make my mark)
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Lawn Fawn, Beep Boop Birthday & Stitched Rectangles.
Winnie & Walter, Big Bold & Party
VersaColor Ink - Lime, Cyan, Orange
DP - Paper Cellar, Celebrations.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bring me Flowers

It's double nemesis day for me today - watercolouring and flowers.
The two things I can't seem to get to grips with!
I will NOT be beaten though.  Ha ha!    :-)

My inspiration came from Tenia's gorgeous Muse card (see below).

For my background I stamped and embossed the flowers in white,
and used my little set of kids paints, to add some pink watercolouring.
Then I went back and stamped a few black dots here and there.

Once this was dry, I attached a strip of dp and my sentiment banners -
then popped up the elephant on foam pads and scattered a few sequins.

Then all that was left to do, was  attach the panel to my pink, card base.


I would also like to enter my card for...
Papertake Weekly - A Cut Above (die cut elephant / fussy cut flower)

WPlus9, Unforgettable.    Lawn Fawn, Penelope's Blooms.
Sentiments - Clearly Besotted, Make a Wish and Basic Banners.
Sequins/Black Gems.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cupcakes and Babies

Happy Monday.
Today I'm sharing a new baby card with you.
Cupcakes and babies go together, right??

 This is what happens, when you want to join in a couple of 'cupcake' themed challenges,
and you need a 'new baby' card  :-)

I started by stamping and embossing my welcome sentiment.
Then, I added a banner, cupcake and birds, all popped up on foam pads.

The cupcake is paper-pieced, and is sprinkled liberally with glamour dust.
IRL it really sparkles!

The Card Concept - Cupcakes - Clean & Layered.
Allsorts - Cake and Cupcakes

Mama Elephant, Just Hatched.    Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish + Basic Banners
Simon Says, Sweet Cupcakes.    Lawn Fawn, Stitched Rectangles.
DP - Daisy & Dandelion, Picnic Patch + First Edition, Bird Song.
Ink - VersaColor, Boysenberry.  Copics. Glamour Dust. Sequins. Pearls.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Party Elephant

Yay! It's the weekend.
I'm struggling to find time to get into my craft room at the moment.
But, with 5 minutes here, and 10 minutes there, I finally finished a card...
here's another cute, little elephant.

 I started off by stamping the 'party' sentiment and embossing it.
Then I added my die-cut, elephant and party balloon.

I love seeing how you artists out there, colour these little, elephants
 and I was a little scared about how I would shade mine - colouring NOT being my strong suit.
But, I'm starting to get to grips with my own style elephant - 
a little shading and dotting with various grey Copics, a hint of blush pink,
and some white dots from a gel pen (tricky for the camera to pick up).
 With a quick glance, you would almost think I knew what I was doing!   ;-)

As for the balloon - I totally chickened out of colouring it - and paper-pieced it instead :-)

Seize the Birthday - Focus on the Sentiment
Addicted To Stamps -  Anything Goes
Sister Act - Cards Only
Fussy & Fancy - Girly

WPlus9 Unforgettable.   Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles.
Winnie & Walter, Big Bold & Party.  DP - GCD Tea Time.  
Versa Colour Ink, Magenta.   Copics, White Gel Pen, Sequins, Pearls.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Hooray... it's the weekend
and I've had chance to play in my craft room.

Here's my card for the colour challenge over at

 What I love about these cute, elephant stamp sets is that,
not only do you get different elephants to play with,
but you also get some little extras to decorate the rest of your card.

Here, I've used the different sized stars to make a pretty banner.

Check out the blog for other colour combos you can choose.
WPlus9 - Unforgettable Stamps & Dies.       Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die
DP - Papermania, Sweet Nothings                  Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
Inks - VersaColor, Cyan, Sky Blue, Turquoise, Bisque.   Memento, LuluLavender
Sequins and Glitter Dots.