Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A little birdie told me

Hey everyone,
just a quick post from me this afternoon.
The sun is shining and I'm going to have a couple of hours, in my garden chair, with a good book.

First - here's my MUSE card for this week.

As soon as I saw Marion's inspiration card, I knew I wanted to use this stamp.
It's part of a larger stamp set so I've overlooked it before, but it is kinda cute.

I layered the image onto some blue card and then some white card
and popped it up on foam pads.
I was brave, for once, and stamped my sentiment straight onto my card base ;-)

 Muse #77 Marion's Inspiration Card

Stamp - Forever Friends 'Sports' Set, coloured with Copics and Stickles Star Dust
'Hello' Stampendous, Happy Messages.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Hey there!

So, I was rummaging around in my bits & pieces box, and came across this ready made tag.
This has probably been in my stash for about 10 years...   I'm not kidding!
When I first started making cards I would buy these topper things, stick them on a card base,
with a silver 'happy birthday' sticker and I was done.  Ha ha!  How things have changed.

 I used the colours on the tag as my starting point - although they do look a little washed out on my photo,
and I got my layout inspiration from the Case Study Challenge.

To echo the challenge card's circles, I used my star stamp. Stamping excess ink off onto some scrap paper and then stamping on my card base, so that it comes out much fainter. Ths is the first time I've tried this and I like the result it gives.

CASE Study - Shari Carroll's card

Topper Tag ( no idea what make)
Clearly Besotted stamps and dies - Stars and Speech Bubbles

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Go with the flow

Hey everyone, hope you're all well.
After a glorious weekend here, we are back to cloudy skies and drizzle.
Just the way I like it :-)

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge.
When my mojo has deserted me and I'm struggling for inspiration I always find the Muse blog so helpful.

I pretty much stuck to the design of  Therese's gorgeous card, 
stamping my flowers and then masking them to stamp the leaves/swirls.
I added a banner sentiment and at the last minute popped up a few extra flowers for interest.
I'm not convinced about my colour combo though. Does the yellow work?

Muse challenge card by Therese Calvird

Hero Arts Floral - stamps and die
Clearly Besotted Banners - stamp and die

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I {heart} you

It's my Wedding Anniversary next week - 29 years.
Yes, that makes me around 10 when we got married ;-)
Here's the card I made for Mr. Kiss.   Nice and simple - just like him... ha ha!

I don't know what you call this technique, when you die cut your shape and then insert a die cut back into it - but that's what I did. :-)
I was happy to use up a small scrap of dotty dp, but at this rate, I have enough paper to last me til I'm 110 !!

Then I stamped and die cut some more speech bubbles, and popped them up on foam pads to add some dimension.
A glitter heart, some gems and sequins and a piece of envelope washi tape, finished everything off.

Pixie's Playground - Week 132
Crafting by Designs - Use Dies
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes and DT Call

Speech Bubble Dies - Clearly Besotted.
I {heart} you sentiment - Simon Says - Elephant Love
XOXO sentiment - Hero Arts Typewriter Notes
Nestie Heart Die.    Glitter Paper - American Crafts
Envelope Washi Tape, Gems, Sequins

Friday, 4 July 2014

Yay! You're preggers!

Isn't it lovely to hear some good news for a change.
My niece is expecting her first baby. We are delighted.
They don't want a fuss, but I couldn't resist a congrats card :-)

This cute Lola Rose image,  from Pink Petticoat , was perfect, and I printed her just off the edge of  my paper.
She's coloured with Copics, but don't look too closely, I haven't used them for a while.
I used some scraps of my all time favourite paper for the die cut sentiment and the thin strip of glitter down the right hand side.


Pixie's Playground - Use snippets
The Card Concept - Oh Baby - Clean & Simple Style
Addicted To Stamps - Make Your Mark

Huge thanks to those of you who left me a comment about my current bout of ennui.
I really appreciate your kindness and support. 
I will keep plugging away and hopefully it will come back to me:  ;-)

Digi Stamp - Lola Rose Blooming by Pink Petticoat
DP - DCWV Nana's Nursery, Baby Boy
Memory Box Alphabet Dies

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Hey there

I'm struggling !
I seem to have hit a crafting wall.
If I'm honest, I've had days when I thought of packing it in all together.
I'm trying to push through it though  :-(

This is a card for a friend of mine, just to say hi.
She's been ill recently and it's tough not living near her anymore.

I used the insert method for my word balloon, die cutting it into my dp and then
placing a stamped die cut back into the space.
The circle was die cut with a nestie and then backed with some pretty glitter paper and my little owl.
To finish, I scattered some sequins.


Casology - Wood
CAS(E) this Sketch


DP - My Mimd's Eye, 'fine & dandy'
Clearly Besotted - 'you're a hoot' and 'you said it' stamps and dies
Glitter Paper - DCWV 'le tresh chic'
Nestie circle die.  Sequins

Friday, 6 June 2014

You're a Superstar

and the sun is shining.
Not for long though - the forecast is heavy rain and thunderstorms for the weekend.
I LOVE thunderstorms :-)

Today I'm sharing my Father's Day card with you.

This amazing digi paper is courtesy of Mel Stampz.  Mel is so generous with her work, she has a fabulous download section on her blog that you really should check out.

I die cut 'Dad' into my white card and backed it with blue.
Then, I added my 'star' sentiment - a banner and some stars.
All popped up on foam pads to give it some dimension.


Inspiration from Vicki's fabulous Muse card

Cardz for Guyz - Father's Day
Simon Says - Father's Day/Masculine

Digi Paper - Mel Stampz
Memory Box Alphabet Dies. 
Clearly Besotted Stamps & Dies - Basic Banners and Superstar
Memento Inks - Rose Bud and Tangelo

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Shake it

Hey there.   Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine rain.
Today I'm sharing with you the card that I made for my dd Annabel.
I attempted a shaker card.  It wasn't easy. This was attempt No 4.

Sorry about the pics - everything seems to have a blue tint today!

I knew I wanted to use this little Penny Black stamp - it's so cute and versatile and is one of my favourites.
You can see it here on my other dd's card.
I used a rectangle nestie and a chat bubble die to create a template, that I drew around and cut out with a craft knife. Don't look too closely, some of those lines are a little wobbly!!

The main problem I had was with my sequins. They kept sticking to the foam tape at the edges and refusing to budge. I'm not sure how to avoid that, but this final attempt seemed much better.

Penny Black Saturday - Use your Favourite Penny Black Stamp
Penny Black & More - Favourite Stamp
CASology - Shine

Penny Black Stamp from 'Bubbly' Set, coloured with Copics and Sakura 'clear star' glitter pen.
'Make A Wish' Sentiment from Clearly Besotted
Template made from nestie rectangle and Clearly Besotted 'You Said It' die.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Don't worry, be happy

Hooray... it's Friday.    The weekend starts here   :-)   
It's my dd  Annabel's birthday next week, so we are going to party.   Bring it on.  :-)

First, I need to calm down and show you my MUSE card for this week.

Cornelia's inspiration card is wonderful and vibrant but, unfortunately I don't have the inks to recreate that sort of colour, so mine is a bit more subdued.

My 'happy' die cut is 3 layers thick, so it does have some depth to it, and it's covered in Glossy Accents for shine.

Muse - Cornelia's inspiration card 

Simon Says- Anything Goes.

Stamp- from See D's Piece of Cake.
Memento Inks - Dandelion, New Sprout, Orchid
'Happy' Die - Memory Box, with Glossy Accents
Sequins and Gems.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Just Me !

Hey everyone....
no card from me today.   Just a mug shot!!
Since I started my blog 6 years ago (doesn't time fly) I have always used a picture of my Suzie as my profile pic.
Now she has gone, it was time to make a change.
So here I am...   :-)

Saturday, 24 May 2014

To brighten your day

Hey everyone,

Mr Kiss,  rushed out this morning to buy a couple of these chairs from B & Q (a bargain at only £10 each)
and since then, we have had nothing but torrential rain.
That's about right for the bank holiday weekend, isn't it?

Oh well, it gave me time to play in my craft room :-)

Here's a 'use it up' card.

Lurking at the bottom of my paper box I discovered a decoupage pad that had never been used.
It's full of die cuts that you use to 'build' a flower, but I popped out some shapes and used them on their own.
I wanted to mix the colours up so that my card was bright and cheerful.

For the smaller circles I used an everyday, office, hole punch and I popped some of the shapes up on foam pads
to add a bit of interest.

CAS(E) this Sketch - #77
Less Is More -  Die Cut

My Mind's Eye, Bloom & Grow Decoupage Pad
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted 'Time to Relax'.    Sequins.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Celebrate good times

Hey everyone.
We are seriously watching the pennies here and I am banned from buying any craft supplies,
but I couldn't resist a few bags of  coloured sequins.
In my defence they only cost a few pounds, and they are soooo pretty!!

I really had to fight the urge to scatter them all over my Muse card.
Repeat after me... less is more... less is more...

I don't jave any zig-zag stamps or templates so, for that part of my card, I cut out some strips of grey, honeycomb dp and,
if you're a regular visitor, you'll know that I am 'florally challenged', so I replaced the bloom with stamped and die cut balloons, popped up on foam pads.

Here's my inspiration -  the MUSE challenge card from Marion

Clearly Besotted stamps and dies from the 'Make A Wish' set.
Memento inks, bahama blue, tangelo, rose bud
Pink Petticoat digi paper, honeycomb. Sequins and gems