Sunday, 27 May 2018

HAPPY CAMPERS

Hello.

My dh has had a mid-life crisis, and has bought us a touring caravan -
It could be worse, right?  :-)

For the last few week's I have been trying to squeeze in some crafting,
in between jaunts around the country.
So, when I came to make my dh's birthday card, it just had to be this image.


All this little scene is missing, is the mini BBQ for those morning, bacon butties.

Challenge.



Supplies
Avery Elle - Home Sweet Home
MFT - Handwritten Happiness, Beast Friends (Tree Stamps)
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hello Little One

Hello

I'm pinching myself today!
I'm joining the awesome team over at MFT Stamps with a Guest Design Spot.
How cool is that?  :-)

I'm sharing a couple of projects using the sweet,  new stamp-and-die set
'Hello Little One'.

For my first card, I did some simple cutting, to create a little train for the toy horse to pull.
In between the wagons I used a piece of the die-cut balloon string (from Party Animals) and the square 'BABY' blocks are In and Out Stitched Squares.


For me, polka dots and baby cards are a match made in heaven, so I used the large Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots stamp on my background.
Stamped in Versamark, clear embossed, and then inked.
I hope you can just about make out the pretty shine and texture that this adds.


I kept things nice and simple for my second card.


I used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot stamp again - this time stamping through a masked circle, and embossing in white.
The cute, teddy is popped up on foam tape and I finished by adding a pretty scalloped frame.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day xx

Supply List Card 1
MFT - Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp, Hello Little One Stamps & Dies, In and Out Stitched Square Dies, 'BABY' letters from Little Buddies Stamp Set (masked), Balloon from Party Animals, Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die.
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron.

Card 2
MFT - Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp, Hello Little One Stamp and Die, Stitched Scallop Edge Rectangle, Rectangle Stax 1.
Distress Ink - Twisted Citron.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bottoms Up!

Hello.

I'm excited today, to be joining in the fun at MFT & Friends.


Make sure you pop on over to the blog and check out the awesome work
of the design team. 
All the projects will feature the fabulous new products from the May release.

Today I am sharing a couple of cards I've made with the new Martini and
 Margarita Die-namics.


I started by making a bokeh effect background with some distress inks
and the  circle stencil.
Then, I created the shaker element, with the use of the new martini die-namics and shaker pouches.
The shaker contains some beads, sequins and some of the new frosty ice cubes.
Too cute!

To complete my card, I used a sentiment from the spirited sentiments set
 and a stitched rectangle scallop frame.





For my second card, I opted for a blue/green bokeh background and used the
  Margarita shaker die-namics and pouches,
I also kept the background simple with the rectangle stax die-namics

It was such fun creating with these new products.
It's the first time I've used the plastic shaker pouches and they are SO much easier than fiddling about with foam tape and acetate,
plus my sequins don't get stuck at the edges this way.
I'm definitely converted :-)

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you'll head on over to the MFT blog for some May inspiration.

xxx





Monday, 26 March 2018

NEIGH, OINK, MOO

Hello.

Apparently it's Spring -
and we got a little bit excited in North Yorkshire this weekend,
when the sun came out.
It seemed like everyone, their Aunty Mary, and their dog, was out for a walk  ;-)

We strolled past a petting zoo - so it seemed apt that I reached for some
'party animals' when I got into my craft room.


I used stitched squares to die-cut the apertures in my card panel and then stuck it -  wonky -  onto my base card.
Of course, when you stick something down slightly wonky, normal ds tape turns into industrial strength superglue and refuses to be re-positioned.
Why is that?

My animals were coloured with Copics, using the challenge colours,
 then popped up on foam tape inside the apertures,


Challenge




Supplies.
MFT - party animals / in and out squares / calm and cozy chevron dp
Copics

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOO

Hello.

This new 'Party Animals' set, has been sitting on my craft desk for over a week now, and I finally got time to get in there today and ink them up.

This is the result.


I'm trying to add more colour to my cards, but also keep them quite simple with plenty of crisp, white space.
Does that make sense?   ;-)

I die cut my stitched square and used distress inks for the background. Then layered up my birthday cow, banner, presents and sentiment with foam tape.
At the last minute, I inked around the edge of my base card in twisted citron, just for that extra pop of colour.

Challenge


How adorable is this week's Muse card from Kim Heggins?


I focused on...
1. black and white animal
2. balloons
3. birthday sentiment
4. green border

Supplies.
mft - in and out stitched squares / stitched scallop basic edges / party animals
distress ink - tumbled glass / twisted citron
copics


Friday, 16 March 2018

UNDERCOVER YETI

Hello

I've combined my two favourite stamp sets here,
for this UNDERCOVER YETI card.   

Can you spot him?    ;-)


I keep seeing these all-in-one stamps, of groups of cute pups and cats, and even bunnies,
so I decided to create my own little gang of pups, with a yeti thrown in for fun ;-)

It took a little masking as I went along, but was easier than I thought.
I used ordinary post-it notes for the masking and found that you don't need to cut out the whole pup, usually just the head, or one side will be enough.

I coloured them with Copics,  added one of the cute sentiments and my scalloped edge.


Challenge


Feature a Creature

Please do grab our logo to display on your own blog

Supplies
MFT - Stitched scallop edge rectangle die. Four legged friends. Beast Friends
Copics.


Saturday, 10 March 2018

BEST MUM

Hello.

This Sunday is Mother's Day, here in the UK.
And today I'm sharing with you the card I made for my mum.

Instead of struggling with flower stamps, I went for a pretty, feminine background.

This was my first ever attempt at a bokeh technique.
I love it!


If you haven't already, you should give this technique a try.
It's much easier than I thought, and there are some great videos out there, showing how it's done.

This is the basics of how I did mine.

I taped down a piece of watercolour paper, and gave it a brush with water.
I chose a few distress inks, and smooshed them onto my acrylic block.
Then I lifted the colour off with a brush and dabbed it onto the watercolour paper. Continue doing this until the paper is covered.
You can keep the colour light or add extra ink for darker shades.
Allow to dry (or use a heat gun).

Then I used my nestie circles to create a circles template, with a piece of plastic packaging that I found in my craft bin!!

I placed the circle template over my now dry, inky panel, and used white ink to make the circles, moving it around randomly, and overlapping some circles.

This gives such a pretty effect and it's definitely something I will try again.


Challenges




Girl Power

Supplies.
Distress Ink - Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves
MFT - Stitched Alpha Dies
Nested Circle Dies
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

BARTENDER POOCH

Hello

I'm excited today to be joining the awesome CASology team
as this week's Guest Designer.


And the cue card this week is : ABSTRACT



Yikes!  I definitely found this one a challenge :-)

In the end I decided to go with the dictionary definition of abstract,
rather than a more arty abstract style.

Abstract : existing in thought, or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence.

I hope my Bartender Pooch qualifies as abstract.  :-)


I used an old Bartender Edwin stamp I have from Magnolia,
masked off the head, and stamped onto my die cut panel.
Then I added the dog's head from MFT stamps, popped up on foam tape,
for some added dimension.

I've just noticed that, because of the slight bow in the stripes on the shirt,
my dog looks a like he has a little pot belly. Ha ha ha!
He better get down to the gym  :o)

I hope you'll join in the challenge this week.
I can't wait to see where this cue word takes you.

Grab our badge!


Supplies.
Magnolia Stamps - Bartender Edwin.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle
MFT - Four Legged Friends.   Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
Copics

Saturday, 3 March 2018

EAT CAKE ALL DAY

Hello.

I'm sitting in my conservatory today, with a large mug of tea and
some chocolate chip cookies,
enjoying the view of the snow covered garden.

I do love snow - especially when I don't have to go out in it   :-)
but it's caused a fair bit of disruption to travel etc, here in Yorkshire.
I hope everyone affected by it is keeping warm and safe.

I'm waffling... 
here's my card for this week's CASology Challenge


The cue word this week is FIT
and I've gone with a dictionary definition -
be of the right size, shape, or number to occupy a particular place

I used the inlaid die technique, to fit my inked letters
 into the space made from my Happy Birthday To You die.

Then, to keep things CAS, I just added an extra sentiment and my pieces of cake - chocolate red velvet, if you're wondering    :o)



Supplies.
Hero Arts - Eat Cake All Day
Avery Elle - Postage Stamp Die
MFT - Happy Birthday to You Die
Distress Oxide Ink - Worn Lipstick
Copics.   Glossy Accents (on the cake icing)





Thursday, 1 March 2018

SKETCHY FLOWERS

Hello.

Yay! I think I've done it.
I may have finally found a set of blooms I can work with  :o)

I get myself into a pickle with those 2/3 step stamping flowers,
but the easy, sketchy style of this set seems to suit me more.

This is my entry for this week's MUSE card club challenge.


I found that, when I stamped my black outline over the colour, my black ink bled a little.
This might be resolved if I allowed the coloured ink to dry first, but I'm too impatient for that.
So, I simply clear embossed the black outline before adding colour  ;o)

The blooms and leaves were then die-cut and popped up with foam tape.



I took inspiration from Bunny's dimensional, die cut blooms and leaves, on a black background.

Supplies.
MFT - Sketch Flowers.
Various Distress Inks.
Sentiment from Winnie & Walter, Big, Bold & Party.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

YAY FOR CAKE !

Hello

I've had one of those weeks, when most of my makes
have ended up filed, in the bin.
And this one was going the same way.

A simple CAS card, for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.


After 2 attempts, one messing up the YAY die cuts, 
and two, dropping the 'cake' stamp, I thought I had it nailed.
Then I looked at the card and it was just all lopsided.
Everything was scrunched up to the right, trying to escape off the edge :o)

I wracked my brains for how to add more balance, and in the end
I re-stamped my sentiment on a stitched, edge square and added it, over the old one, with foam tape.

Not as CAS as I would like, but I think I salvaged it? 
What do you say?




Supplies
MFT - Sow Much Cuteness, Handwritten Happiness, In and Out Stitched Squares, Stitched Alphabet
Avery Elle - Postage Stamp Dies
Lawn Fawn - Beep Boop Birthday ( the cupcakes)
Copics