Thursday, 28 August 2014

BOY (n) A noise with dirt on it.

Right now I'm working my way through Justified on Netflix,
so I had cowboys on my mind when I was making this boy's card  :-)

I used a rectangle nestie to cut a couple of 'windows' in my card panel - and foam pads to attach it over some blue card.
The cowboy is coloured with Copics, fussy cut and attached with foam pads.
(I really need to buy shares in a foam pad company!!)
Originally my cowboy is holding a lasso, but I cut that bit off and gave him a balloon instead.
Lastly, I added the die cut letters for my sentiment.


Seize the Sketch - Sadly, this challenge blog is closing and this will be their last challenge.
Simon Says - Anything Goes (This week they are showcasing Memory Box products)
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash #166 - ABC's   A=Alphabet Dies,  B=Balloon,  C=Cowboy

Digi Stamp - Bugaboo Cowboy with Lasso,  coloured with Copics.
Memory Box Alphabet Dies.       DP- Echo Park, Note to Self.
Clearly Besotted 'Make A Wish' Balloon & Die

Monday, 25 August 2014

Let's Build A Snowman

Hey everyone, hope you're enjoying the long weekend.

Here's one of those cards that refused to photograph well.
I must have taken 50 snaps of it, in 3 different rooms of the house- and it's still not good.
IRL the green is more this colour and the snowman is very sparkly!!

I started my card by following the sketch over at LIM, but ended up making a few changes along the way.
First of all, I stamped my background onto a rectangular card panel.
My snowman was stamped in white and then embossed with glitter, before being die-cut and attached with foam pads.
The rectangle didn't quite look right, so before I attached my snowman, I used a large oval die to round off one edge.
This meant that the sentiment wouldn't work on the left, so I stamped it in the centre of my base card.

LIM - Sketch.
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Glitter & Bling
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Calendar -  Anything Goes

WPlus9 Hearfelt Holidays, Stamps and Dies.  Memento Dew Drops - Angel Pink, New Sprout
Memento Brilliance  - Moonlight White.         WOW Embossing glitter - Sparkling Snow
Oval Nestie Die.  Tree Stamp - Kanban Crafts.  Sequins/Gems.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Colour My Life

I need more colour in my life.
After living in this house for almost 2 years, it's time to attack the 'antique cream' walls.
I have some jazzy wall-paper in mind for the porch, that is making Mr Kiss hyperventilate!!
Watch this space...

Thinking of colour has filtered through to my craft room and my latest card...
(sorry about the poor photos, they were taken in a rush, at the kitchen table on my iphone)

The inspiration photo at Fusion card is a gorgeous bouquet of summer flowers (see below).
Now, as you know, I am not great when it comes to flowers so,
I tried to replicate the colours from the bouquet, in my own way.

I started by die cutting lots of speech bubbles, and arranging them onto my card panel.
Any pieces that hung over the edge were trimmed off.
The speech bubbles were attached with foam tape after a few of them were stamped with sentiments, and a couple had sequins added.


Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes .  Check out the fab shaker card tutorial.

Clearly Besotted - You Said It Stamps and Dies.  Make A Wish.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The stockings were hung

When I was struggling with crafting a couple of months ago,
a few people suggested that making Christmas cards might help.
Well, they were right. Thank you   :-)
Even though my cards are much more CAS, I really feel as though I'm getting somewhere now.

Here's my latest card for the pile.

I'll definitely make this design again, it's quick to do and great for using up those snippets of Christmas paper.
I used a little, Christmas stocking die and cut the shape 3 times.
The dp was lined up with the die cuts and stuck onto the card base.
Then, I attach my die-cut card with foam pads - I really like the depth and shadow that this gives you.

All that's left, is to add a simple sentiment strip and a little gem heart.

Pixie's Snippet's Playground - Use snippets
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays Stamps and Dies
DP - Dovecraft - Christmas Fancy

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Snow is falling

I have been on a spending spree...   the damage is £75 million  ;-)
It's the start of the footie season - you all knew that right? - and my Fantasy Team is raring to go.

So, here's a quick post with my latest Christmas card.

As you can see, I am still obsessed with snowflakes and negative die cuts!
My inspiration came from the 'Case it' card over at  Time Out.
I tried to include the triple layer sentiment, but it just didn't work against those snowflakes.
It all looked too busy. Instead, I opted for a plain strip of card to add my sentiment to.

Time Out - Case with your own twist.
Aud Sentiments - Favourite Season - Winter
Addicted to CAS - Geometric

Marianne Snowflake Dies.
DP - Prima, North Country
Sentiment - WPlus9, Heartfelt Holidays

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

1,2,3,4, tell me that you love me more

Wow!  I just love this week's MUSE card, by Therese Calvird.
I knew I couldn't replicate her stunning blooms ( flowers and inking are not my strong suit )
so instead, I opted for die cut numbers.

I tried to follow the basic layout of Therese's card, and cut my numbers in similar colours to her flowers.
The sentiment is inked in white and heat embossed.



PINspirational - Anything Goes

Supplies. Memory Box Number Dies.  Sentiment is Clearly Besotted, Basic Banners.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Snow is fallling...

Hey there.
Today I'm sharing a sequin card with you. It might look simple, but it nearly ended up in the bin several times.
Sequins are contrary things. When you want them to stick, they slip around all over the place,
and when you want to remove them, they cling on for dear life!!

I started by die cutting my snowflakes and then stuck sequins to my base card, where they would show through.
I did this for all 3 snowflakes, but it just looked too OTT.
Luckily I didn't stick down my die cut card, I just held it over the top.
I removed the sequins from under the edge cut snowflake and that left a mess of torn card showing through, so I die cut another snowflake and popped it into the space and voila...  my first Christmas card of the year,
and it turned out pretty good in the end.

Addicted to CAS - Gold
Sparkle Christmas - Snowflakes
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes

Gold Sequins.  
Snowflake dies - Marianne Design
Sentiment - Crafty Impressions, Christmas Baubles

Thursday, 31 July 2014

When in doubt, just add glitter.

Hey there!
I was sat in the garden the other day and there was a rustling noise next to me.
A little mound of earth appeared.  We have a mole!
I know lots of people think of them as pests, but this little guy isn't doing anyone any harm.
It is funny though, watching my dh inspect the grass and borders every morning for new signs of activity.
What is it with men and their lawns?? :-)

Anyway - on to my card.

This is my take on Bev Buenker's fabulous Muse card. 
I followed her overall design, but opted for summer colours.

The little birdy was a last minute addition. I just thought, that corner, needed something.
I tried hard to add a butterfly, but I am about as au fait with them, as I am with flowers!


Muse #78 Bev Buenker's card.

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Digi Paper - Batik Flower from Mel Stampz
Bird Stamp, magazine freebie - coloured with Copics and stickles glitter
Glitter Paper - American Crafts
'Happy' Die - Memory Box

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