Sunday, 28 November 2021

A Whole Lot of Happy is Coming Your Way

Loaded down with suitcases and presents this car is chugging slowly up the hill - I hope it makes it without losing anything!

I inked up my background with that gorgeous violet colour, and attached some white snow banks. Then I added my packed car, making it's way up the hill, and completed the scene with a few trees and some falling snow.

It's my first time playing along with the Global Design Project and I just have time to get my entry in. Check them out for some amazing inspiration from their design team.

mft - special delivery, cute caravan,  snowglobe sentiments
lawn fawn stitched hillside borders
distress ink - wilted violet and evergreen bough
concord and 9th - tiny trees
copic markers

Friday, 26 November 2021

Bark the Herald Angels Sing

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
And I was delighted with how this rich 'festive berries' sky turned out.

The caroling pups were fussy cut, coloured with copics and added to that red background, I also squeezed in a Christmas tree behind them. For the 'snow' I usually splatter some white paint, but this time I just used my white gel pen - super quick and easy to do.

Inspired By Challenge

(I've used the red, green, brown and grey)

clearly besotted - howl it's christmas, coloured with copics
distress ink festive berries
pinkfresh studio diagonal stitch rectangle, mft - sttitch scalloped basic edges

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Driving Home for Christmas

I'm so behind with my Christmas cards, that I thought I would make a few together. Don't be fooled by the CAS design of these though, they took me all afternoon to die-cut, colour and make up.

I chose pink, blue, red and green for my car colours, and used a panel of the same colour for some easy layering.

It was fun putting these together and  I mixed and matched the critters, presents and suitcases to  the families that these are for. I even managed to squeeze a christmas tree in there somewhere :-)


CAS Christmas Card

mft stamps - special delivery, cute caravan, beast friends, snow globe sentiments
copics, pinkfresh studio diagonal stitch rectangle

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Home for the Holidays

Just a quick post today, with a simple card. My brain is on a go slow. My mum was taken into hospital 2 weeks ago with a stroke and pulmonary embolism. We found her on the bedroom floor. The dementia is making treatment more difficult. It's tough.

It's nice to get half an hour in my craft room, where I can focus on die-cuts and glitter, and forget about the everyday for a while.

sorry about the rubbish photo, irl this card really sparkles! 

 Inspired By 

wplus9 - neighbors coloured with copics
concord and 9th - tiny trees stamped in distress ink, lucky clover
avery elle falling snow die, stickles glitter - star dust, mft - snow globe sentiment

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Winter Wonderland

I'm back in my comfort zone today, with a little, winter scene.

I really love background dies, with a stitched edge. I think they add such a pretty and subtle detail. Here I used a diagonal stitch rectangle and some stitched hillside borders. Then I added my die cut trees and popped up my animals with foam tape.
I wasn't brave enough to stamp the sentiment right onto the card, so it's on a little strip instead. 
To finish, I added a few snowflakes, and some glitter to the trees.

Inspired by Challenge

I was inspired by... the white background, the green trees, the reindeer and snowflakes and the black sentiment

wplus9 - winter wonderland / concord and 9th - tiny trees / distress ink - festive berries, vintage photo, lucky clover / altenew ink - evening grey / lawn fawn - stitched hillside borders / pinkfresh studios - diagonal stitched rectangle / stickles glitter - star dust

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Time Spent Amongst Trees Is Never Wasted Time

Quote: Katrina Mayer

Hello. Today I'm sharing another colour combo with my turnabout trees.

This stamp is definitely a challenge for me - choosing a colour palette is hard! What I've discovered is that, instead of choosing 4 colours, I can stick to just 3, and still get a lovely effect. This means that my first and last stamping are in the same colour.

For the sentiment I had some printed vellum sayings from The Works, and I adhered one of these to a piece of coloured card and popped it up with foam tape. Then I just added a few red gems for that little bit of Christmas bling.


Stamping Sensations


concord and 9th - tiny trees turnabout stamp.   distress inks - festive berries, iced spruce, salvaged patina.    pinkfresh studio stitched rectangle die.     the works - vellum sentiment

Saturday, 6 November 2021

It's All About The Trees

This week I splashed out on my first turnabout stamp. At first I thought it was kind of pricey but, in this set, you get the turnabout stamp, 5 separate trees, 2 sentiments and a few other elements, so you do get a lot for your money. That's how I sold it to myself anyway :o)
Here's my first attempt with the turnabout.

I didn't have one of the turnabout jigs, so I just used the alignment guide that came in the set, to place the stamp in my platform, and it worked fine. My head is now buzzing with possibilities for this set, colour combos, monochrome, embossing - I NEED more time in my craft room!!


Addicted to Stamps and More

concord and 9th - tiny trees turnabout
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle
distress ink - fossilized amber, faded jeans, salvaged patina

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WIP Temperature Chart

Today I'm sharing something a little different. A temperature chart.
 I've wanted to make one of these for a long time. There are some amazing quilts and cross stitch designs all over Pinterest. However, I can't quilt, and my budget wouldn't stretch to all those embroidery supplies, but  I can STAMP! So I created my own chart with a tiny flower stamp. 
I used the small stamp so that I could keep it A4 size for framing.

I used my Zigs to create a colour chart, -2C to 30C+, each colour representing 2 degrees, so 17 colours in all. Then I  keep a record, in my bullet journal, of the daily temperature at 12pm and simply colour the flower in according to my chart.

This is a fun little project, and I've enjoyed doing it. There are definitely things I would change next time though.
  • I would take more care stamping the flowers - they go a little wobbly towards the end, but hey, I guess that's the handmade look, right?
  • I would change the colours a little. It would be nice to see more reds/oranges in there,  so I would make those come in at a lower temperature. 
  • I'm not sure about using 12pm for the daily temperature. I might switch that to the highest daily temp.

Love to Craft

November Anything Goes

flower stamp from mftstamps, sweet somebunny
zig clean colour real brush markers

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Boo to You

Today I'm sharing a cute, and simple Halloween card, using the animal ABCs from Clearly Besotted. I resisted buying this set at first, because it has no dies, but fussy cutting does get easier the more you practice and it's turned out to be a really versatile set.

This was a quick and easy card to put together. I fussy cut my BOO letters and coloured them with Copics, then attached them with foam tape to a distress ink background. Then I added the black and orange layers for a little more interest.

Cupcake Inspirations 

clearly besotted - cute as ABCs - coloured with copics
distress ink - wilted violet, dusty concord
pinkfresh studios - diagonal stitched rectangle

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Baby's First Boo

Happy Halloween everyone.
This year it's our grandson's first, so it's extra special for us, and we've already seen him in his little, dracula outfit. Too cute!

I think I threw everything at this card - it's definitely not my usual more CAS style, but I just went with the flow and had fun. I started by stamping and heat embossing 'Bailey's First' - I tried this using my misti for the words, but the gap between the letters is too much, so I had to revert to stamping the letters individually. If you're quick the versamark stays wet enough for the embossing powder to stick.
With the embossing done I inked the background up with some stencils and distress ink. Then I stamped and coloured the BOO, fussy cut it, and popped it up on foam tape.



mft  - stamps (well connected alpha) stencils (grassy edges, cloud edges)
clearly besotted - as cute as ABCs
pinkfresh studios- diagonal stitched rectangle
distress inks - cracked pistachio, wilted violet

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Autumn Leaves Are Falling

Hello. Do you love colouring? I seem to have rekindled my love for copics, and I had fun colouring this pretty, wreath with some autumn shades.

I'm not the best at colouring. I have no real idea of where to put shadows, or highlights, but I'm learning to just let go and enjoy it. Easy to do when you have such a pretty image to work with. After colouring I added some white dots (went a bit crazy with them!), some little gems,  and, at the last minute, I squeezed in that little blue bird.


clearly besotted - ring around autimn, coloured with copics
wow  - metallic gold embossing powder
pink fresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle