Sunday, 16 April 2023

Happy Birthday To Moo

I'm so glad to see the designers at the Less Is More Challenge, back from their winter break. It's lovely to see their inspiration each fortnight, and I'm determined to up my CAS game :-)

It's is my first time using this balloon die, from The Greetery and I think it's going to be a really useful, little element. Today I teamed it up with this cute cow - floating over to say Happy Birthday.


the greetery - balloon die
my favourite things - party animals

Thursday, 6 April 2023

Welcome to The World

Eek! It's been over a month since I last posted. Finding time to craft seems to be getting harder these days. Also, I don't want to jinx it, but we may have just sold our house. So it won't be long before I start to box up my craft room.

In the meantime, here is a baby card I made for my daughter's friend. Isn't this just the cutest name ?

I used the sweet, animal alpha set from clearly besotted, and fussy cut them, so I could overlap them a little and pop them up with foam tape.
I didn't want to use a girlie pink, so instead I went for a more rose pink and red combo with my copic markers.


Allsorts     w772/773

Anything Goes with option of  "In The Spring Garden"

(This time I'm just playing along with the anything goes theme)

clearly besotted - as cute as abc
sentiment from mft stamps
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitched rectangle die

Friday, 3 March 2023

You're Having A Giraffe

Look at me. I have finished a card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge AND I've got it in on time.  Yay! Go me :o)

I've rotated the sketch for a landscape card. The leaves border is from a punch that I have had for ages and rarely used. I punched it into green card and then used a little lucky clover distress ink on the edges.
The giraffe is die cut and popped up with foam tape and represents the circle on the sketch. 


my favorite things - joyful giraffe
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle
martha stewart - leaves punch

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Ey Up, Duck

I'm an idiot! This card was for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I missed the deadline. Argh! I think its the third time I've done this. The challenge starts on a Wednesday, and concludes on a Monday. I need to get that into my thick head :o)

This is my first outing for those ducks, and I couldn't resist using the Ey Up duck sentiment. Something that my Dad used to say to me all the time - along with 'alright, chick?'

To add some extra oomph to that sentiment the letters were die cut twice, once from black card, and once from a foam sheet, and then stuck together.

I don't often add anything to the inside of my cards, but I couldn't resist that cute sentiment and another duck.

Duh - NOT for the freshly made sketches challenge :o)
Do not pass go, do not collect £200

time for tea designs - lucky duck
neat and tangled - aphabet dies
pink fresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle

Sunday, 26 February 2023

Sending You An Ocean Of Love

This month has been all about the ocean and fish, for us. We have been building up to today - our grandson's 2nd birthday - and a big family trip to The Deep.
Here's the birthday card I made him.

I wanted to put all those ocean creatures on there, so that he could pick them out. We're doing great at recognising the whales and shark - the narwhal is a bit more challenging  ;o)


Little Red Wagon
Die Cuts


my favorite things - friends with fins, coloured with copics
time for tea designs - ocean waves die

Thursday, 16 February 2023

Do-do-do Come On And Do The Conga

It's conga time :o)

First: apologies if that conga song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day :o)
These cute, party animals just make me smile. Here, I stamped them onto a card blank and coloured them with copics. For some extra colour I added a little banner, and used the same copics around the edge of my layering panel.


Seize the Birthday

My initials are CP - so I have a Conga line of Party animals

colorado craft company - conga line
mft sentiment from party penguins

Thursday, 9 February 2023

I Will Walrus Love You

Here's another card using my new, walrus set. This cute walrus is having a little snooze on the rocks.

For the background I used my Ecoline Brush Pens. I LOVE these pens - the colours are really vibrant and, if you're careful, you can blend them on ordinary cardstock, without using water.
I die cut the heart into a panel and placed that on top.
The walrus on the rocks,  was stamped onto dark grey card then die cut. Then I stamped it again onto light grey card, cut out the walrus, and popped it over the top with foam pads.


This week Kate is using her favourite Queen hit as inspiration
#691 Somebody to Love

time for tea designs - walrus be friends
mft - peekaboo heart die
ecoline real brush pens

Saturday, 4 February 2023

Cold Days Hot Drinks

Today I'm playing along at the Little Red Wagon Challenge
When I saw the theme was 'warm drinks' I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use. This is one of my all time favourites.

After masking the image (and a circle for the moon) I used distress ink for the background. Then I coloured those winter pals in with Copics.
I love how the little robin is warming his feet on the edge of a cup of cocoa.

Lastly I added some water drops and some white splatter. Argh! I HATE splatter. It never really works for me. I end up with too large spots, or too small ones. And yes, I've watched hundreds of videos where people just tap their brush and it splatters beautifully.  I am just not one of those people.
Don't look too closely, or you can see where my first huge blobs of white had to be wiped off!!


#690 Feature Warm Drinks

Docrafts forever friends stamp coloured with copics
distress oxide ink - salvaged patina

Thursday, 2 February 2023

I Am The Walrus

I know, I'm late to the party, but I finally got my hands on some goodies from Time For Tea Designs. They have some super, cute sets and I couldn't resist this walrus - especially as we had been watching Thor's antics last month. 

I created some little, ombre waves with a die, and attached my walruses with foam tape, for dimension. I'm always a little wary when I get new stamps and I don't know how to colour them - so I made life easy for myself and stamped the walruses onto pale grey card and then just added a little shading and some dots.

The original sentiment says 'we will walrus be friends' - but with a little alteration and some luck in finding a similar sized sentiment in my stash, I changed it to 'I will walrus love you'.


Freshly Made Sketches

I've just rotated the sketch 90 degrees

time for tea designs - walrus be friends, ocean waves die
altenew - seashore cardstock
mft - friends with fins (sentiment alteration)

Monday, 30 January 2023

Happiness Is Only A Cupcake Away

I'm loving the new, mood board theme over at the Inkspirational Challenge.
It shows an array of images and a colour combo - plenty there to spark your imagination.
I went for this bold, bright, cupcake design.

I love this large, cupcake stamp, but it doesn't get inked up too often. If I'm honest, it's a bit intimidating to colour. I try my best, though.

I was definitely thinking more is more, for this card, and mounted the cupcake onto a pink stencilled background, then added the sentiment on foam tape.

It's very bold for me. I think it's growing on me though :-)

Inkspirational Challenge 

I was inspired by the baked goodies, and the pink background

  • coloradocraft - citrusberry cupcake
  • mft - ray of light stencil
  • distress ink - kitsch flamingo
  • sentiment - pinkfresh studio, perfect sentiments

Friday, 20 January 2023

We're A Perfect Combo

Where does everyone buy their coloured card from in the UK.
I keep seeing beautiful cards with ombre shades of cardstock , you know the ones, where each colour has it's own name.  I'd love to be able to get some, but I can't afford the - £3.50 for 5 sheets in 60 different colours! Is there a more economical make that anyone has come across. I'd love to know.

I ditched my miss matched, card colours for this make, and went with distress ink instead.

I chose the bold distress inks of festive berries, and pickled raspberry, and was surprised how well they blended. Then I held my breath, and stamped the sentiment.
The little Pandas and their extras were stamped, die-cut and popped up with foam pads. I nearly coloured in some red on the apron and hat, but stopped myself and i think the plain black and white works well.


Color Hues 

mft - sushi date
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle
distress ink - festive berries, pickled raspberry