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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Yellow Rose

Today I'm playing along over at the MUSE challenge.
I love Michele's inspiration card, with my fav colour combo of yellow and grey,
and the way she highlighted one flower with watercolour.
Now, I'm not great when it comes to flowers, but I really wanted to give this one a go.
Here's my attempt.

I took a white card panel and stamped the grey leaves on it. 
Then I added the die cut bottle and the rose blooms, popped up on foam pads.
 I stamped my blooms in yellow, but  they looked a little flat,
so I used a slightly darker shade of Copic to add a little feathering.

MUSE challenge
Inspiration card by Michele Ferguson

Clearly Besotted, Sweet Rose Stamps and Dies
Inks - Memento Grey Flannel. VersaColor Canary
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Elephant Love

Hey everyone.
Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.
I finally got some time in  my craft room this morning
and inked up my new Wplus9 elephants.

 I am not great at colouring, so these elephants scared me a little.
In the end, I kept it pretty simple, using shades of grey for outlining,
and adding a few dots on ellie's head.
The balloon took me forever - I kept going back to it and adding more colour,
then taking it away again!! 
It's something I definitely need to practice.

Allsorts - Spring Is In The Air  - The green and yellow combo says spring to me and, irl, the background paper is much more yellow than the camera pics up. Check out my Instagram for a better picture!
Cute Card Thursday - Die Cuts and Punches. The dies for this set of stamps are the outline type, which makes them really easy to place and cut.

WPlus9 Unforgettable, coloured with Copics.
Digi Paper - Pink Petticoat, Little Big Dots.
Watercolours for the background.  Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Nestie Dies.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Just Floating By

It's been a busy week here.
We've decided to put our house on the market, so we have been
cleaning, scrubbing, tidying and throwing things into boxes and cupboards!!
The house has never been so clean :-)
This morning the estate agent took the pictures, so this afternoon I sneaked into my craftroom
and got a few goodies back out :-)
I just had time to make a card for the Lawnscaping challenge.
Sunglasses at the ready everyone...

They're celebrating their 100th challenge, so naturally the theme is 'Birthday Celebration'.

I created a scene with stitched hillside borders and cloud dies,
and had my little, turtle floating along, tied to some balloons.

Lawn Fawn - Year Two Stamps. Let's Polks DP.  Stitched Rectangle. Stitched Hillside Borders.
Balloons - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish.    Clouds - Memory Box.
Inks - Memento Dandelion and Rosebud.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

With A Little Help From My Friends

Hey there.
2 posts without penguins and I'm already having withdrawal symptoms.

So, here's a whole gang of them :-)

 These penguins are so easy to die cut, that this card took no time at all to make.
They don't even need much colouring - just a hint of pink cheeks, a little yellow belly
and a grey outline (which the camera hasn't picked up today).

My penguins are popped up on foam pads underneath my sentiment.
Then I added a couple of party balloons and some'confetti'

ABC Challenge - D is for Die Cuts
Paper Players - CAS Feathered Friends
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a Song  - With A Little Help From My Friends

Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins.   Clearly Besotted -  Make A Wish
Lawn Fawn - Beep Boop Birthday (Balloon Strings).    Winnie & Walter, Big Bang Confetti.
Clearly Besotted - Say It In Style.   Memento Ink -  Rose Bud
VersaColor Inks - Turquoise, Canary    DP -  Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka