Tuesday, 25 April 2017


This was supposed to be a post about the card I made for the current LIM challenge, but it got binned after I discovered that the stripes were at a slight angle on the card and it looked worse on the photo. Let's just say that attempts to correct it did not end well...
Instead, you have a super simple card made from the Polkadoodles Horace & Boo Cd-rom. I very simply printed off the image four times on a sheet of A4 paper and then fussy cut out one of them and then decoupaged up the picture by cutting down the remaining 3 images. I stamped a sentiment from the Cat's Pajamas Fly High set which was still on my table on a 6" square card blank (can you tell I bought rather a lot of these when they were on offer?) glued on the image and added a doodled border. Simples! 

Monday, 24 April 2017

InkBuds weekender make

I don't think I shared this with you after the InkBuds weekender with Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler at Preston last year. This was the Saturday project. The jigsaw is roughly 12x12 inches. I struggled to catch the shine in the photos from the treasure gold gilding wax on the edges, the wooden embellishments and die cut doily and clock. Really looking forward to the next one on 20/21 May. Can't remember what we're doing but I think Hels is teaching a load of distress ink techniques as she's a Ranger Certified (although that probably should be certifiable knowing Hels) educator.
The jigsaw project was taught by Pauline, so I thought you might like to see the example she made, to show how we adapted the project to our own colour pallete etc.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Fly High

Funny how sometimes an idea just pops into your head isn't it? I was sat watching rubbish Saturday night telly and suddenly this stamp set wandered across my mind.
The stamp set is by Cat's Pajamas and has been teetering on Mount NBUS for a while now. I stamped it on a scrap of alcohol marker friendly card, left over from my last make and coloured it in with my trusty copics. I then fussy cut it out and added some silver highlights with a sparkly gel pen and added glossy accents to his face and the carrot "bubble". I added a second coat of glossy accents to his face, which had absolutely nothing to do with putting a fingerprint on it checking if it was dry, honest. I then left it overnight to dry (away from temptation!). 
I fished this scrap of dark blue card that had been stenciled with a glitter paste out of the box of good intentions and die cut out a circle and also cut a frame out of a bit of silver mirri from the bit box.
I stamped two sentiments from the stamp set on a 6x6 card blank and then glued it together.
Hopefully the following picture shows the shine a bit better.
I'm taking this card over to the Snippet's Playground as the stamping and silver card were out of the bit box (okay, boxes...). I fancy a play on the swings!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Life would be better...

Happy Friday! I feel in love with this new stamp "Piñata Squidgy" from Stamping Bella and amazingly it didn't join Mount NBUS, and was out of its packet and inked up within a week of arriving. As ever, I used memento ink to stamp and coloured in with my trusty copics, before fussy cutting the two seperate stamped images.
I made a frame with square dies to work out the the positioning on my 6x6 card, before adding the sentiment in versafine (to give a stronger black than the memento stamps) using my MISTI. I glued the piñata in place and then added the Squidgy on 1mm foam tape to finish.
I love the sentiment, although I can't work out if it's because you get showered with sweets or because you get to beat the **** out of something! 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring walk...

Over at Less is More this week, they want to see our "Spring Walk" cards and I'm totally claiming that this is an exact representation of what I saw on my walk today. I've also been trying to train my bunnies to wave back at me when I wave at them through the kitchen window. Not quite cracked that one yet...
Back to what passes as reality in these parts, I inked up this super cute NBUS stamp from Lili of the valley and coloured it in with my trusty copics. I then cut round the image and glued it onto a 6x6 card blank and doddled a border. Simple, just like me!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Why I rarely make shaker cards....

So, the latest edition of Simply Cards & Papercraft arrived on my doormat this morning. The free gift this month is a vase and flowers stamp and stamp set. Now, having seen Sue Wilson make a card using alcohol gel hand rub at the weekend, I thought I'd have a go. I know from experience that glue between acetate takes about a fortnight to set, so I figured I'd try using my fuse tool to make an instant  heat seal. Um. Let's just say it didn't go well...
So I decided, having no patience, to make a standard shaker card with sequins. This time my fuse tool made perfect sequin proof pockets. I stamped the bouquet of flowers on white card and then die cut the vase below them.  I then used a tattered lace pindot rectangle to cut out the whole thing. I stamped the stems on a small piece of card and then coloured everything in with my zig pens. 
I stuck my shaker element behind the aperture with red liner tape leaving the red on so it didn't stick that side. I glued the stems on behind the shaker, then added 1mm foam tape around the edge of the back of the image and stuck it on a rectangle of purple card.
At this point I wasn't happy that I didn't have an edge to my vase, the stamp of the vase seemed slightly smaller than the die, so that wasn't a solution. I'd already planned to join up the stems and flowers with a fineliner pen and so I decided to draw in the vase using the faint emboss of the edge of the die as a guide. This probably would have worked if I'd done it before I added the foam tape and so my pen wobbled on the unsupported cardstock. I decided to cut the vase again out of pale blue card and then fussy cut round the aperture to give me a vase shaped frame which I hoped was reminiscent of thick glass. I had to cut the frame thicker than I wanted to hide the magnitude of the pen wobble. In order to distract from this I added glamour dust to the frame before gluing it on to the card.
I then realised that the bottom flower of the bouquet was hidden behind the frame. Fortunately, the stamp set included a single flower and so I stamped this twice, coloured it in and fussy cut it before going round the edges with a black pen. At this point I realised that there was a single flower die in the set. Doh! I then glued the two flowers on and mounted it on a 6x6 card to finish.
The sequins? Oh, I just thought they added a little more sparkle. There certainly aren't any black smudges or marks hidden under them. Nope. None at all. Definitely none...

Monday, 17 April 2017

Wedding card

I hope you've all had a relaxing Easter weekend. Hubby has been away at his annual field target dodah thingy competition for the weekend and so I started the annual craft supplies tidy up whilst I could leave things spread out. Oddly enough, I seem to have more craft supplies than I did last year. No idea how that happened! I wasn't able to sort out everything, but I did manage to find the set of butterfly dies that had gone AWOL. Somehow though, I managed to lose in the process my Sue Wilson ivy die as featured in today's offering. 
My colleague asked me to make a wedding card for her grandson who was getting married, now that he had completed his basic army training. The colours for the wedding were grey, pink and silver. Apologies for the glare on the pic, the silver mirri that I used for the background mat and the frame round the image wouldn't play ball. 
As usual for my wedding cards, I used my Stamping Bella image coloured with my copics and my Spellbinders grand decorative ovals. Rather than go all cream and white, I used one of the left over papers from making my parents anniversary album for the background, it has a lovely pearlescent sheen to it in real life. I think it added quite a contemporary feel to it. I used a selection of flowers from wild orchid crafts and cut my favourite Sue Wilson Ivy die out of some lovely pearlescent dark grey paper. I die cut their names out of the same paper using Crafters Companion's upper and lower case alphabet dies and added to the card. To finish I added a little glamour dust to her dress with a quickie glue pen and a few pearls.