Thursday, 17 April 2014

Deer Darlin'

I had fun making this birthday card for Mr. Kiss.
After a good rummage through my stash, I decided on this reindeer stamp.
A reindeer is not  just  for Christmas...   lol*

The hardest part of this card was the little deer jumper. There's no separate die for it, so I had to stamp it, fussy cut it, and add the detail on with a fine, black pen. I also added my dh's initial.

 Simon Says - Animal Antics
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday - A Birthday to Die For

Hero Arts stamp and die 'reindeer' set
Happy Birthday Stamp -Hero Arts, Typewriter Notes
Letter Stamps for 'Deer' were a magazine freebie
Card Candi from Craftwork Cards. Sequin and gem.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sail away with me honey

I have had another rummage in my stash today, and not only discovered a neglected stamp set,
but also an unused boat die.
I think they were from when I first began card making -
you know - when dinosaurs still roamed the earth!!!

Here's my card.

The wave design is from the stamp set I found and I don't think it's ever been inked up before.
I used pearlescent ink on it -  which gives a pretty shimmer IRL.
I die cut the boat, paper piecing the colours onto a white base.

I was in a rush to finish, so I messed up a couple of times. More haste less speed!!
1. The little separate banners are in the wrong order.
2. I stamped the sentiment onto the card at first and completely botched it, so it had to be covered  up!

CASology - Wet
Addicted to CAS - Far Away

Hero Arts border stamp.        ProcoCraft boat die.
Brilliance ink, pearlescent sky blue.  Memento ink, dandelion
Banner die was a magazine freebie.
Sequins and gems.   Sentiment Stamp, Personal Impressions.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I told you I'd be ready in 5 minutes, stop calling me every half hour!

I'm still broke!
And that means no new stash for me - sob**
But, I'm kinda having fun rummaging through all my old stamps
and seeing if I can make use of them.

Here's a stamp that's never been inked up.
I could just never picture it on a card before, but I gave it a go for the MUSE challenge.

I followed the general layout of Vicki's Muse card, but went for pinks with the green, instead of her reds.

Stamp - Kanban Lady, coloured with Copics.
Sent stamp - part Kanban with 'Birthday' from Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
Striped Ribbon. Sequin and Pearls

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Party Time

Hey there.
I have just about recovered from the weekend's festivities.
Everyone had a great time - fuelled by copious quantities of Margaritas!
Here's the card I made for my daughter, Maria.

This little mouse stamp is one that I often overlook, because it's so small,
but it was just perfect here to complement my huge bow.
I die cut the 25, and added a piece of gliter paper behind it.
I don't have any gold sequins, so I had to get creative with making my own. I used the same gold glitter paper and a standard hole punch for the large ones, and a button punch for the small ones (they were the little pieces from the centre holes, that you would usually discard).

Open Minded Crating Fun - Animal Antics
Ladybug Crafts - Birthdays

Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Stamp - Penny Black, Bubbly,  coloured with Copics
Grosgrain Striped Rbbon
Sent Stamp - Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish
American Crafts Glitter Paper

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Cats v Dogs

Hey there, hope you are all well.
I am busy making plans for my eldest daughter, Maria's, birthday.
She will be 25 on Saturday.
I am in charge of the party -  I have been stringing up fairy lights all afternoon -
the food and the drink - so I have lists everywhere :-)

I just had time to squeeze in a quick make - hope it makes you smile.

The cue card for this week's CASology is 'Joke' and Cardz for Guyz wants you to 'make them laugh' -
so I hope this fits the bill. Pop over to those challenges if you want a giggle*

I coloured my image with Copics and made up the sentiment on my comp.

Stamp - Do crafts Hot Diggity, coloured with Copics.
DP - Basic Grey Wags and Whiskers
Sequin and gem from my stash.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Great minds think a bike!

My home town, Harrogate, is hosting the final of the first stage of the Tour De France this July,
so I had bicycles on my mind, when I saw this week's challenges at
Addicted to CAS - Wheels - and Less Is More - Round and Round.

I took inspiration from CAS(E) this sketch-  substituting their square centre shape for my circle, to continue the round theme,
and added dimension to my card, by popping up some elements on foam pads.

Challenges -
CAS(E) this sketch - #70
Less Is More - Round and Round
Addicted to CAS - Wheels

Hero Arts Bicycle - Stamp and Die.     Memento Rose Bud Ink   Digi DP, Echo Park Country Life.
Memory Box Landscape Die       Pink Petticoat Sentiment

Friday, 21 March 2014

There is no such thing as enough glitter!

Yippeee... it's Friday.
Bring on the wine and Netflix  :-)

But first - a card.

This was one of those cards that turned out to be impossible to photograph well.
Honestly, I tried every setting on the camera, every room in the house - even the garden!
IRL the card is a very pale, peachy pink and the chandelier is beautifully sparkly.

The chandelier is stamped with white ink and embossed with WOW sparkling snow glitter.
I hope you can just make the sparkle out below.

CASology -  Blush
Stamping Sensations -  All In The Pink
Simone Says - Glitter It

HeroArts, chandelier stamp.   WOW sparkling snow embossing glitter
Glitter gems.  Sizzix border die.    Sentiment made on my comp.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

What a hoot!

These little owls dropped onto my mat just one day after I'd ordered them.
How's that for service?
And so, of course, I wanted to play with them straight away.

In my haste, I botched up cutting the blue card (on the left side)
but just ignore that bit ;-)

My inspration came from this week's MUSE card,
and I'd also like to enter Stephanie's 'in flight' challenge, at Clearly Besotted
after all, the little owl is her creation :-)

Owl stamp from 'You're a Hoot' Clearly Besotted set, with co-ordinating die.
Hello Stamp -Stampendous 'Happy Messages'
Memento dew dropnink in, rose bud, summer sky and dendelion.
Scrap of woodgrain paper.  Sequins and gems.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Up, up and away!

Hey there,
hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
The TV is permanently tuned to Sky Sports, here - which is fine -
it gives me chance to disappear into my craft room :-)

Here's the card I made this morning.

I'm beginning to see the benefits of  making this size card base - 113 x 149
Stamps that I had neglected because they were just a tad too small for a 148 x 148 card, are now getting inked up.
This cute cat is a prime example. It had been tucked away for so long, that it was stuck to the plastic cover.
As I prised it off, I really though it was going to tear.  Have you ever had that? I almost took to warming it up with a hairdryer, but I thougt that might  make it worse!!

As you can see below, my cat is fussy cut and popped up on foam pads.

Retro Sketches - #106
Pixie's Snippets Playground - #116  If there's a dp I like, I find myself saving even the tiniest snippets. These little banners are a good way to use them up and add a touch of interest to your card.
Penny Black & More - So Sweet
Craft Calendar - Animal Antics

Cat Stamp from Penny Black Bubbly Set, coloured with Copics.
Sentiment, Penny Black Critter Party Set
DP - My Mind's Eye, Quite Contrary
Pearls and Sequin

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Simple Woodgrain

Hey there.
Have you been playing along at CASology?
Every week they have a 'cue word',  which floats around in my head for a few days, before I get the flash of an idea.
This week the word is ROOTS

I went down the obvious path and used a woodgrain paper (Pink Petticoat),
taking inspiration from this week's MUSE card and using it as my base, with minimal additions.

Do you like the little pin? I found it in my bead box. That's the first time I've used one of those.
Are you supposed to cover the sharp end somehow?

CASology - Roots
Muse - #58

Monday, 10 March 2014

Monkey Business

So... it's monday morning and the sun is shining.
Time to put my whirly gig back out in the garden.
The only trouble is - I spent 10 minutes looking and I can't find the hole!!
Stop sniggering you lot  :o)

Here's my card for CAS(E) the Sketch.

I'm not totally happy with this card. I don't really like the dotty paper just plonked on like that.
Maybe I should have made it into a tag. Ah well, next time.

Digi Stamp - Bugaboo, coloured with Copics.
Dotty paper was just a scrap I found in my paper box.
I don't have a 'polaroid' style die, so I hand cut this one, with a craft knife.
'Happy' is a sizzix die. 'Birthday' is from HeroArts typewriter set.
Sewuins and Gems.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Just My Type

Shucks! Is it Friday already?
Where has the week gone?

I thought I'd start clearing out the loft on Monday.
So far, all I've managed to do is fill the living room with half opened boxes
and I haven't thrown a thing away!!

Here's another birthday card for the pile.

I made this for a guy - but now I've had another look at it, I'm not so sure.
What do you think?

Seize the Sketch - #15
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes ( optional extra is to make your own flowers)
Simon Says - Tag It

stamp - hero arts, typewriter.   dp - pink petticoat, chevrons + scraps (not sure of make)
sizzix tag die.  'yay' brad - freckled fawn, oh deer me kit.   sequins and gems.