Thursday, 22 June 2017

PARTY ON

Hello.
I know what you're thinking -
how can I start with Jenni's wonderful Muse card, and end up with this.
The link seems tenuous at best - but I can explain ...


When I looked at Jenni's card on Monday I took away

  • a sentiment background
  • yellow, pink, green and blue
  • a touch of sparkle
and those things rattled around in my head until I produced this.
My sentiments were stamped and embossed in white, then inked over with distress oxides.
I die-cut the fox and his balloon, coloured them with Copics and popped them up with foam tape.

MUSE Card Challenge from Jenni Murray

This is Jenni's last week on the Muse DT,
so I'd like to say thanks for all your inspiration Jenni,
and good luck with your new endeavours.


Supplies
Altenew - Hug Me
Winnie & Walter - Big, Bold & Party
My Favorite Things - Stitched, Scalloped Rectangle
Distress Oxide Inks - Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China

Thursday, 15 June 2017

CHAMELEON LOVE

Hello.
Today I'm sharing my card for this week's Muse challenge.
As usual, I was stumped for a while, not having any tool/DIY images,
but then I decided to ink up one of my new chameleon stamps.
I think it could definitely work for a Father's Day card.


Ha! Who knew chameleons would be so hard to colour.
My first attempt was with watercolours, which ended up in a splodgy mess,
so I switched to Copics , which was a little easier, but still needs practice.



I followed the overall layout from Tracey's card with a central image and sentiment underneath.
I love Tracey's yellow background, but my watercolour attempt was awful, and went in the bin, instead I used the little splash stamp, from the set, with yellow ink.

Supplies.
Your Next Stamp - One in a Chameleon, coloured with Copics
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Border Die
Versacolor Ink - Canary

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

BLUE BLOOMS

Hello.
Don't you love challenges that make you think?
This month's Seven Hills Crafts theme certainly did that,
they would like you to - die cut a die cut!

I'm not sure if this is exactly what they had in mind,
but this is what I came up with.


I stamped my blooms I wanted in blue, and die-cut them.
Then, I took my scalloped edge rectangle and stamped it with leaves.
Into the rectangle I die cut the large central bloom, and inlaid one of the blue die-cuts.
I then die-cut the smaller bloom, overlapping my die onto the already inserted blue bloom. Thus, die cutting a die cut!

The result is that some blooms overlap and look as though they are raised, but actually they are all inserted into the rectangle.

It's not easy to explain, but I'm sure you get the general idea :-)


For the finishing touch I added a little, white pen to the blooms, a central piece (popped up) or a sequin - and then a popped up sentiment.




WPlus9 Feathers and Florals
My Favorite Things, Stitched Scalloped Rectangle
VersaColor, Cyan / Celadon / Bisque
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages



Thursday, 8 June 2017

STAR PUPS

Hello.
Today I'm sharing my card for the Muse card club challenge.
This has to be my favourite challenge.
I always check out the Muse card on a Monday, and then it rattles round in my head, until I come up with a plan.
Then, hopefully I can squeeze in some crafting time to make it :-)

How do you approach challenges?


I know you can't tell from the photo, but those stars are lovely and glittery.



Isn't Anita's card a stunner?
What I first noticed, was the striking colour combo,
so that's what I used as my inspiration.

Supplies
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle  / Stitched Scalloped Edge / Four Legged Friends, coloured with Copics
Stars - Winnie & Walter, Big Bang Confetti embossed with Wow Sparkling Snow Powder
Distress Ink - Abandoned Coral

Sunday, 4 June 2017

HOLY COW

Hello.
Here's another of my older, wooden stamps, that gets somewhat overlooked these days.
I've attempted to bring it more up-to-date, by adding a fun sentiment.



Everything is stamped straight onto my die-cut rectangle - that's a hold your breathe moment! - and the cows are coloured with Copics.

Challenges.

AAA Cards - Birthday theme and Blog Hop



Anything Goes

Penny Black Stamp, Ladies Devine, coloured with Copics
My Favorite Things, Stitched Scalloped Edge Rectangle,
and 'another birthday' from Llama Love
Lawn Fawn, Violet's ABCs



Friday, 2 June 2017

PAWSOME

Hello
Today I'm sharing the birthday card I made for my daughter, Annabel.
Not only is she pawsome, but she's a dog lover too :-)


I've seen some super cards recently, using a new Mama Elephant stamp -
it's a little group of cute cats, all huddled together - have you spotted it?
I used that as inspiration for my card, swapping out the cats for MFT pups.
I also added lots of background sequins, so it has the look of a shaker,
with non of the faffing about :-)

Challenges.

Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes.



Supplies.
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle. Four Legged Friends, coloured with Copics


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

PARTY PUPS

Hello.
Today I'm playing along at the Muse Card Challenge.
This week, they're celebrating Ardyth's birthday and you can choose any of her
fabulous cards as your Muse.

If you check out Ardyth's blog - MASKerade - there's a really nifty link to browse through her cards.
(I definitely need to learn how to add that to my blog ).

Anyhoo - I needed a one layer card to send overseas, so her cute 'go bananas' creation was perfect for me to CASE.


I switched out Ardyth's monkeys for my pups and pretty much copied everything else ;-)
Thanks so much for the inspiration, Ardyth  xxx

                                      MASKerade: SugarPea Designs Sweet Peeks Day 5:

My Favorite Things - Four Legged Friends, coloured with Copics
Clearly Besotted - Make A Wish
VersaColor Inks - Camelia, Cyan. Canary

Friday, 26 May 2017

PAWS AND ENJOY

Hello.
I'm still having fun playing with these cute pups,
and today I've made a card, following the sketch, over at MFT Card Challenges.


My pups are coloured with Copics and popped up on foam pads to add some dimension.
See that middle pup - he's my favourite. I've called him Murphy :-)
You all name your stamp animals too, right ?? :-)



Sketch Challenge 334 #mftstamps

My Favorite Things -Stitched Scalloped Rectangles / Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges / Four Legged Friends Stamps & Dies / DP Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots
Copics

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

DRINK MORE GIN

Hello.
I've had another rummage through my old stamps today,
and I came up with this cute, house mouse one.
I've matched it up with a fun sentiment to try and bring it more up to date.
What do you think?


Challenge

Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Supplies
Stampendous House Mouse Stamp - Olive A Party coloured with Copics
My Favorite Things - Stitched Scalloped Rectangle
Lawn Fawn - Violet's ABCs

Saturday, 20 May 2017

RUFF DAY

Hello.
I don't know about a ruff day, it's rather been a ruff week here,
so I was drawn to this sentiment and teamed it up with some bright, coloured pups.
I rather like them.

Not to self: be more daring with colour :-)



Challenges.


I've used Copic markers on my pups - with no shading - 
just bold colour and a touch of white pen.


Supplies
My Favorite Things - Four Legged Friends
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle
Copics V04 YR04 RV14

Thursday, 18 May 2017

ALL SQUARE

Hello
Have you visited the Seven Hills Craft Blog?
They have a fabulous design team and post a new card every day - lots of lovely inspration.
When I saw Gemma's card - here - I knew I had to attempt a version of it.


I inked up my squares (don't look too closely, I don't have a square die so they're not perfect) -
and attached my doggy die-cuts with foam tape and snipped off anything hanging over the square.
I did some minimal colouring on the dogs and then attached the squares to my base card with foam tape.
A simple idea, but I think it's really effective and would work with lots of different stamps and colour combos.

Challenges



Supplies
My Favorite Things - Four Legged Friends
Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade / Pickled Raspberry / Salty Ocean / Seedless Preserves / Peacock Feathers / Ripe Persimmon