Monday, 21 August 2017

Are You Sitting Down? I Actually Made Two Christmas Cards!

know, I can hardly believe it myself. My first Christmas card of the year. Two down, lots more to make!
I stamped the cute Penny Black Snowy in black archival ink on white card. My email records show that I bought him in December 2015. I think I had a quick play when I first got him, but since then he's been  languishing on his wooden block on my kitchen window. Poor Snowy. I scribbled my zig clean colour pens on a plate and used a paint brush to loosely colour him in, before fussy cutting him.
On my 6x6 card blank I stamped some snow flakes from a papermania set with versamark and then heat embossed them in clear embossing powder. Using my Rare Earth ink dusters I blended broken glass and wilted violet distress oxides to create a resist effect.
I doodled a border with a fineliner pen and added a die cut sentiment in black card. To finish I added some stickles to his hat and to ground him. Simples!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Doodling

Gosh, Saturday has rolled round again. I know I say this every week, but where is time going? I'm going to have to start making Christmas cards soon!
This week over at Sweet Stampin' we want to see your doodles. Whether you're only comfortable doodling a border or if you want to create and entire card of doodles, we'd love to see them. Just remember to include some stamping on your work to be eligible for our top three.
I used Clearly Besotted's Simply Succulent set, which has a mix and match set of succulents and pots. I stamped the elements on different coloured cardstock and fussy cut them. I then arranged them on my 6x6 card base and glued them in place. I'd cut the spikes off some of them (no way, was I attempting to cut round them!) and so I drew them in with a fine liner.  I also used this to doodle a border on my card. I did sneak in a bit more doodling too, I added some more patterns to the pots - see below for the before picture! I think these succulents would be great for men's cards, must make some more! I hope you all have a great weekend and have time to get some crafting done, hopefully you'll manage to get some doodling done too!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

More Background Stamping

I had a spare panel of background stamped card left over from making my Flower Challenge DT cards and decided to use it up rather than leave it languishing in the box of bits for once. I die cut the Tattered Lace Sweet Stems flower out of white card several times and used my dinky inkys to colour one of them using the same colours from the panel. The pink seems a bit off compared to the background, but I think it must be because I blended the colours rather than layered them. I then glued the layers together to give some height and definition to the flower. I glued the panel to a 6x6 card base with a pink mat and then added the flower on top. Simples!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Flower Challenge Reminder - Background Stamping

Blimey, we're practically half way through August, where is the time going? As it's halfway through the month, it's time for our reminder post over at the Flower Challenge, and this month our focus is on "Background Stamping".
For my reminder card I used a background that I made at the same time as my original card, only this time I used Memento London Fog, rather than tuxedo black to stamp the line drawing. I then die cut several of the Tim Holtz wildflowers out of the panel and built them up on several layers of card to add dimension, before inlaying them back in place. I die cut the Clearly Besotted Hello die several times out of pink card and layered them up, trimming off the squiggle at each end before adding them to my card. I simply layered the panel up on green and pink card on a 6x6 card base to finish. 
We're loving all the cards you've made so far for the challenge and are looking forward to seeing what else you create. Just remember to include flowers as the main focus of your card, do some background stamping - if you could include our cue card in your post that would be great and submit your project before 24th August! 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Have a Magical Day

Yep, there were more of those Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends, fairies and accessories lurking in the bit box! I used an unnamed die from eBay to cut the frame out of Hunkydory's mirridazzle card and backed it with some purple card. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set on a 6x6 card blank and job done. Simples!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy Birthday

It was my Dad's birthday yesterday, my neck has been playing up this week and so I rustled up this quick card for him as he loves steam trains.
I used the All Occasions Flying Scotsman die and cut it out according to the instructions out of glossy black and green card and also out of silver and gold mirri card. It doesn't show well on the photo, but it also embosses some details into the card, as the card was 300gsm, these showed well without using an embossing sandwich. The die also includes the train numbers for the Flying Scotsman and the rails to sit it on, but I decided not to add them this time. I have to confess that the train is bit fiddly to assemble, but with the help of a bit of tape holding things together on the back and a cocktail stick with glue on the end it came together. I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted in black archival ink and added mats of the leftover green and back to finish on a 6x6 card base. Simples!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Allsorts Challenge - Colours of Your Flag

Over at Allsorts Challenge they want to see projects based on the colours of our flag, as I'm in the UK, that means red, white and blue. Coincidentally, those colours were also the theme for a monthly card swap I participate in, so I got double value for money with this card!
I started off by stamping Edna at the beach by Stamping Bella and colouring her in with my zig clean colour pens. I masked her off with a post it note and added clouds using the MFT cloud stencil and versamagic chalk inks. I die cut her out with an oval and added some faux stitching round the edge. 
I used a 5x7 card blank and added some blue card and some patterned paper that was in a magazine freebie Christmas paper pad of all things! Using the same blue I added a mat behind the image. I used two of the oval dies to cut a frame in both blue and red. I added then to the card overlapping them and added some die cut hearts to match. I added glossy accents to her glasses and buttons and glitter to her wings.
The card should have been finished at this point, but it was on the table near me whilst I worked on another card... My grip isn't brilliant these days and somehow I managed to drop an inky stamp on it! Fortunately, there was quite a large sentiment included with Edna and so I stamped this on white card, die cut it with an oval, added faux stitching and a mat behind it and covered up the inky mess. I die cut a couple of extra hearts to finish it off. Phew!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Blimey, six posts in six days! Just don't expect one tomorrow! I was having a tidy up of the crafting table of doom and decided to use up a few bits. I had some left over fairies, flowers and houses from the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends set, so I added them onto a snippet of pixie powder and cloud stencil background. I added a mat of dark blue card behind it and die cut the Memory Box hello from the same card. A little faux stitching to finish and job done!
I'm currently home alone, well apart from the bunnies, as Hubby is at the World Goldpanning Championships in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The championships are running all week, so if you can get there I'm sure you'll enjoy it and they'll teach you to goldpan free of charge! The event has a website if you want to find out more.
Hubby was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 last night in their "how to" slot about the championships. If you're interested you can listen to it on iplayer for the next month. He's about 20 minutes in.  I think he came over really well, but then I am biased! After his interview, they asked people to text in about precious things they'd found. Well, of course I had to text in to say that I'd found hubby and that our wedding rings are made out of gold that he'd found, and they read it out, so I'm claiming that I'm as famous as hubby now!

Monday, 7 August 2017

MFT Colour Challenge 74

Well, any excuse to use my new MFT Seaside Gulls stamps again is good. I wanted to create the idea of looking out to sea on one of those binocular machines that they have on the seafront. I drew two overlapping circles out of white card using circular dies as templates and then did the same using the next size up to create the black frame and fussy cut them out. I stamped two of the gulls from the set on the yellow/green card and cut them out and then repeated the stamping on the green and purple/blue card, but cutting out only the beaks and wings. I then paper pieced the gulls together and added a drop of black enamel accents to eye. I also added glossy accents to the beaks, but unfortunately it made the colour look darker, it is a deep purplely blue, not black as it looks, honest! 
I used the MFT cloud stencil and my Rare Earth ink duster brush to add the clouds using Ocean Depth Versamagic chalk ink. I decide to use the grey cardstock to create the sea - it matches the colour of the North Sea off the coast of England! I stamped multiple times the waves from the stamp set and cut them out to create layers of waves between which I could tuck the gulls. To finish I added some stickles to the waves. I assembled the card on a 6x6 card base and added a sentiment from the set in black archival ink.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Less is More - Tropical Fruits

I was sorting through some of my stash yesterday and had at the side of my mind (it hadn't reached the back of my mind yet), that this week, Less is More have a colour challenge of "Tropical Fruits". I came across this die from a Chinese seller on eBay and thought that I could colour her in to resemble the inside of a tropical fruit. My initial thought was the inside of a dragonfruit with pinky/red skin and white flesh with tiny black seeds dotted in it. When I retrieved the die though and realised that the butterflies were bigger than I thought, I remembered a post that Ruth had made earlier this year about "melonizing" images. I thought that the butterflies cut out of the dress would make perfect seeds and so, only about 9 months behind the trend, I decided to "melonize' her dress.
I die cut the image and coloured it in using my copics. I left the flesh of the watermelon quite patchy as that replicated the photos of slices I looked at. I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted on the rectangle of white card, before gluing it onto the green mat on a 5x7 card blank. I glued the image on the card and inlaid the butterflies from the die cut at the bottom of her dress and coloured them to match. I die cut the dress again in black card and inlaid the rest of the butterflies in black. To finish I added glossy accents to the black seeds/butterflies. Simples!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Summer Fun

It's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin', and this week our theme is "Summer Fun". Mind you, given the current weather the theme might be rainy days!
I decided to use the fab new Waffle Flower set, Stay Cool. I stamped the bear in versafine then masked him off and stamped his towel and bird on his tummy. I masked them all off again, before adding the beach using a blending tool and Fossilised Amber distress oxide, using a torn piece of paper to define the edge. I then used the paper to mask off the beach and used a straight edge of paper to define the horizon and used a mix of broken glass and cracked pistachio distress oxides to form the sea. I them used my MFT cloud stencil to add the sky in broken glass distress oxide. I flicked and spritzed water over the scene , blotting some of it off until I was happy with the effect.
I removed my bear, towel and bird mask and painted them in with wilted violet, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade and walnut stain distress oxides. The only reason I see them wad that they were on my table and I couldn't be bothered to get up! As the oxides have an opacity to them, once dry I went over any areas of black stamping that had been dulled by the oxides. Using my misti I stamped the sentiment twice to get a good black impression. To finish I added glossy accents to his sunglasses and stickles to the sea, along with a little faux stitching around the edges. I then mat and layered it up on a 6x6 card base. Simples! I'm looking forward to seeing your entries this week, just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top three. Have a great crafting weekend x

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Flower Challenge #11 - Focus on Background Stamping

Wow, isn't time flying? Over at The Flower Challenge where we celebrate wonderful florals, it's time for our latest challenge and this month, we want to see your wonderful background stamping.
I created my background using the layering stamps that came free with the September edition of Papercraft Essentials. I used my misti to get a good impression from the block layer as it was a bit patchy at times. I used my Dreamees Dinky Inky ink pads to stamp the flowers and my memento black to stamp the line drawing layer. As you can see my stamping wasn't very accurate at times, but this technique is very forgiving.
Once dry I die cut my Elizabeth Crafts Warm Thoughts die out of the panel. I glued the panel onto a mat and then onto my 6x6 card blank. I die cut the sentiment several times out of white card and glued them all together with the patterened one on top to give dimension. I also die cut an extra one in white and inlaid this into the background, I find doing this is the easiest way to slot back in the patterened paper that has come out of the centre of the letters etc. Finally, I glued the built up sentiment back in place. The sentiment doesn't show up brilliantly on camera, but is easy to read in real life.
I can't wait to see what you come up with for our challenge, just remember to check our rules regarding how many challenges you can link to and that the focal image needs to be flowers, not just one stuck on as an embellishment. If you can include our cue card in your post, even better! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Roll me in fairy dust...

So, we won't mention the stash diet. Naughty Clearly Besotted had their new release on 1st August and a couple (okay four) of the fab new sets fell into my basket. I was suprised, but happy to find that they arrived the very next day. After stroking them for a couple of hours, I just had to ink up one of the cute platypus (platypuses?).
As I wasn't in the mood for colouring I decided to paper piece the platypus. To make the card base I used the left over bit of blue card and then trimmed down a 5x7 card blank to fit it. I then created a smaller white panel to sit on top of the blue. Before gluing it in place I stamped the sentiment from a Woodware set and die cut the MFT Peekaboo square.
Using the square from the die cut I inked some clouds using the MFT cloud stencil and some versamark chalk ink. I normally use a mini blending tool to do this, but in an uncharacteristic moment of tidiness had thrown them all into the washing machine on a cold wash. This however gave me the chance to try out my Rare Earth ink dusters, that had been sat in the packet since Crafting Live at Bolton. If you've not seen these before they are similar to the brushes that Clarity sell, but in miniature. The bristles are super soft and so I spent a while stroking them to start with! I found that they allowed me to apply a much lighter layer of ink and build it up as opposed to my tendency to be heavy handed with the mini blender tool. Their small size makes them easy to hold and allows you to be more in control of where you are putting the ink. In my opinion, definitely a good buy.
To finish the card I glued the square back into place and then added the platypus on foam tape. I added stickles to the tail, belt and unicorn horn and glossy accents to his (or her) bill. 
I'm taking this card over to the Snippets Playground as I raided the bit box to paper piece the platypus. Hope the roof on the treehouse is watertight!

Monday, 31 July 2017

It's Your Day To Relax

This sloth is how I feel right now! I started off my stamping the sloth and thought bubbles and island scene from the Clearly Besotted Hung up on you stamp set in black memento ink. I then masked them off and stamped the Clearly Besotted Into the woods stamp. After removing the masks, I coloured it in with my copics. 
I die cut the image and a mat of blue card using Simon Says Stamps Stiched rectangles and glued them onto a 5x7 card blank. I stamped the sentiment from the sloth set in black versafine as I find it gives a darker black than the memento ink and added glossy accents to his dream to finish. Simples! Hope you all have a great week and that the weather makes its mind up!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Be Happy

Saturday already, I'm sure time's moving more quickly than it used to. A super quick and simple card to share with you today. Oval cut with Memory Box Cool Cloud Collage die, I was going to frame the oval, but out of the 4 sets of oval dies I have, none were the right shape. Honestly, you don't have that problem with circles! I stamped a sentiment from the MFT Seaside Gulls set on the card, then used foam tape to affix it to the blue card and then glued it onto a 5x7 card base. I stamped one of the seagulls from the set and coloured it with copics before fussy cutting it out and adding it with foam tape. As per usual, I decided to add faux stitching after sticking the card together - just as well I'd used plenty of foam tape to support it! 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Be Yourself

I found this Stamping Bella image and sentiment lurking on the bookshelf the other day, I'd previously stamped it and coloured it I think with the Dreamees' blender pen and their dinky inky ink pads and then abandoned it! 
I rummaged about and found this soft yellow gingham paper in my stash (think it may have been Craftwork Cards) which matched perfectly this left over card from Lidl. I simply trimmed down the image and added some faux stitching to fit on a 6x6 card blank. Originally, this wasn't my intended layout, but I kept messing up my measuring of the yellow card and as I had a limited amount, it evolved into this. The yellow either side of the gingham are actually narrow strips as I didn't have a wide enough strip and I was worried that the paper would sag in the middle if I cut it in half to tuck it either side. Yay, for my new paper trimmer cutting fine strips! Quite pleased with this card, It actually turned out better than my original plan!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

You're Mermazing

I had some leftover coloured and fussy cut elements from making my Oceans of Love card last week and thought I'd better use them rather than adding them to the abandoned bits box. 
I painted two backgrounds with pixie powders to create the sea and sand. I stamped a few of the weeds and tiny fish from the MFT Mermazing set and then arranged the rocks, creatures, shells and mermaids on them. I added glamour dust to the mermaids again with a quickie glue pen. On the first card I added one of the sentiments from the set on a fishtail banner. On the second card I used the sentiment die from the Hunkdory Moonstone die in mirridazzle card and inlaid the letters with black card. As I did last time, I trimmed a 5x7 card to fit and added a mirridazzle mat behind the image. Simples!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Cake!

Saturday already, where is the time going? I'm sure the universe has speeded up! To console us, we have a yummy theme at Sweet Stampin' this week, CAKE! Definitely worth shouting about.
My mojo had gone walkabouts this week (it may have decided to follow the bunny to see if there's a chance of eating that cake), so I made a very simple card with this gorgeous stamp from Lili of the Valley. I brushed water on my Tim Holtz watercolour card cut down yo make a square, and then watercoloured in the sky using by zig clean colour pens scribbled on my glass mat to make a wash. I dried the panel off with my heat tool and then stamped the image in versafine using my MISTI. I then coloured in the image using my zig clean colour pens and paintbrush. I when finished I added the Clearly Besotted sentiment using my MISTI to get a good impression.
I decided to doodle a border, but forgot that the watercolour card slurps up the ink and so my lines ended up thicker than I wanted. Should have used my other pen, oh well, I'll leave it for a day or two and may amputate the border and remount it if it still annoys me. I added a matching border on a 6x6 card base to match. Simples! 
I'm looking forward to seeing all your yummy creations this week, just remember that you need to stamp on your project for it to be considered for our top three. Right, off in search of cake now, did anyone see where that bunny went?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Oceans of love

So, the stash diet this month, is going as well as the actual diet.... This MFT Mermazing stamp set somehow ended up on my door mat. No idea how, honest guv!
I started off by stamping my background on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour card with black versafine.  I masked off the rock to create a rockier scene. After it had dried, I made a water colour wash with cosmic shimmer pixie powders in teal wash and peacock green and painted the sea. I did the same for the sand using mango blaze, bronze blush and golden mint pixie powders. The pixie powders are similar to brushos, but contain mica and so add a soft shimmer. As I'd painted over my stamping it knocked the black back a little, but I liked how it softened things. Once dry I painted in the rocks and shells, using my zig clean colour pens and a wet paint brush to blend the colours.
I stamped lots of elements from the stamp set on a second sheet of watercolour card, but on the reverse, so it gave me a smoother surface to work on. I then coloured in all the mermaids, fish and shells etc using my zigs and again using a wet paint brush to move the colour. Personally, I find a paintbrush easier to control than a waterbrush when colouring this way. Once dry I fussy cut them all out.
I then arranged them all on my background and glued them in place. The "nemo" fish are cleverly drawn with the position of the eye so that you can turn them to face to other way, without them looking like they have a swim bladder problem and are upside down! I had a tiny speck of orange at the top of my card from the pigment in the pixie powder, but it bugged the heck out of me. I inked up one of the tiny fish stamps in versafine again and stamped over it to hide it. As I said before, the black ink had been knocked back by the wash, and so this one set of three fish was more vivid than the rest. I therefore stamped a few extras on the card to tie it in. I ended up with a few more fish than I intended, but I really liked how it added more depth to the scene. I mounted it on Hunkydory mirridazzle card, amid trimmed down a 5x7 card base to 4 3/4x6 to fit it. Oops, almost forgot to say that I added some glamour dust to the mermaid with a quickie glue pen. A final pic to show some of the shimmer.

Monday, 17 July 2017


I was asked to make a graduation card for an ex-colleague whose daughter is graduating with a degree in town planning. She told me that she had been working in London recently and liked blues and greens. I'd made a card for her other daughter's graduation and she'd commented at the time that Milla wouldn't like anything so flowery.
With those thoughts in mind, I started off by using the Mo Manning graduate with rose digistamp, sizing it to go on an 8x8 card and printing it off on 160gsm paper, and colouring it in with my copics. I then fussy cut it, snipping off the rose that she was holding in her right hand.
I stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder the sentiment using the MFT Well Connected Alphabet. To add some interest to the background, I inked up the Crafters Workshop 6 inch City Grid stencil with versamark and then pressed it down on the card over the sentiment and then heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. Hopefully Milla will spot the reference! I then repeated this to extend the background, wiping the edge strip of the stencil clean to blend the join more. I knew the join would be covered by the graduate, so I didn't worry too much about it matching perfectly.
As Milla had worked in London, I thought the Joanna Sheen London skyline die would work perfectly. I die cut it out of black card and added it to the top of the card, covering where the stencil stopped. The die was slightly short and so I cut it a second time and then snipped off a bit to complete the skyline, knowing that the join would be behind her head.
I faffed about for a while trying to decide what to put at the bottom of the card, playing with repeating the London skyline, but after discussion with Hubby, decided to use this town scene, part of the Tattered Lace Winter Town set, which was the perfect length. Hubby was also involved in the placement of the graduate. She fitted best where she is, but I was concerned that her feet weren't on the bottom of the card. Hubby pointed out that she was obviously jumping for joy at graduating, so problem solved! 
There was a bit of a gap in the bottom right corner and so I stamped the hat from the TPC Studio graduation set and fussy cut it out. The tassel was on the wrong side though, so I turned the hat over and drew in edge of the hat with a white pen to define it. I assembled the card on a mat of green cardstock and added the graduate on 1mm foam tape to add some more dimension. Simples (sort of)!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Flower Challenge #10 reminder

We're halfway through our current embossing challenge over at The Flower Challenge and so my teamies and I have created some more inspiration for you.
I used up the leftovers from my original card to make my reminder card. I had some of the card that I'd embossed with the Quilted Flower embossing folder left and so I used this on my 8x8 card, but flipped it over this time so that the debossed side was showing. I used some of the same card that hadn't been embossed above it and added a strip of red card to cover the join.
I still had some of the Stampendous Pretty Poppy flowers and leaves that I'd painted left over and so I arranged these on the card. I added some gunmetal stickles to the centres of the flowers to add some texture. I used an Elizabeth Craft die to cut the sentiment in black and red and then layered them up to give a shadow. Simples really. Don't forget to make flowers the focal point of your image and if you can add our cue card to your post that would great.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sending Hugs

Yesterday, I was in the mood to do some colouring and so I stamped lots of elements from the Lawn Fawn, Fairy Friends set. I coloured them in with my trusty copics and then, despite having the dies to go with them, I fussy cut them out as I fancied doing something with my hands whilst half watching telly. I know mad, I started regretting my decision when I got the bluebell type flowers! I added glamour dust to their wings with a quickie glue pen.
I found a background I liked in my stash of batch background making. I'd obviously made it with cosmic shimmer pixie powders and a star stencil, but no idea on the details! I trimmed it down to fit on a 7x5 card blank and added a green mat behind it. I stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers set in versafine and added the elements around it. To finish I added a doodled border round the panel. It's super sparkly in real life, hopefully this photo gives you an indication of it.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Rescue Me!

So, this is the rescued version of my original card for the Sweet Stampin' challenge. It is more centred top and bottom than it looks in the picture, honest!I used this fun X-cut shadow die fairground set to create my card. Originally, the top layer was the coral pink that is in the middle of my alternative card, but that was where the worst of the paper damage was. 
To rescue the card, I trimmed off the card blank to leave me with the die cut image. I got my craft knife under the sentiment die (a waffle flower one I think) and scrapped it off the card to make it as flat as possible. I recut the top layer in peach card and glued it over the damage coral layer. I'd had to slightly trim the image panel when I rescued it, but cut the new piece to the original size as the edge of the panel had gone a bit wonky with the trimming. This left me with a slight overhang, so I used some foam tape snipped into slivers to support it before gluing it onto a new card base. I recut the sentiment and layered it up twice to give it some strength before adding to the card. No idea how I magic to get a curve on it as it is a straightish die, but hey ho!
The only downside of all this rescuing was that I ended up with a really thick image panel. It was already thick with 5 layers of card, but I think it ended up with about 7 as you can see! Definitely a card to hand deliver.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Butterfly Challenge plus cobweb and tiny spider phobics avoid last pic!

Over at the Butterfly Challenge they want to see keys and/or vermillion. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do. Apologies, for the rubbish photo, it looks so much better in reality due to all the sparkle and shimmer.
A while ago hubby cut me out some mdf shapes and so I used a heart one for the base of my project. I put some red and topaz starlights paint side by side on my craft mat and dabbed them down the sheet with a piece of cut n dry foam so that I blended the colours side by side on the foam. I then dabbed the foam round the edge of the heart, keeping the topaz side to the edge, so that I ended up with red starlights edged in topaz on the heart. I then filled in the centre with cut n dry foam dipped in the red starlights. Once dry I stamped the sentiment from visible image in the centre in black versafine, once dry I carefully over painted it with black paint to fill in where it hadn't quite stamped due to the texture and to make it pop a little more. 
After leaving it to dry, I stenciled some imagination crafts chartreuse sparkle medium through their trailing vines stencil round the edges. There is more definition to the stencilling that shows on the photo.
To create the butterflies, I played around with several different shades of red card and different glittery embossing powders before settling on this deep pink card. I stamped the butterfly from the Sheena Douglass True Clours stamp set (this was a freebie when Crafters Companion joined Hochanda) in versamark and heat embossed with black twinkle embossing powder. I fussy cut two of the butterflies and trimmed down the wings of one to make it smaller. 
To make the bodies, I went a bit steampunk and cut the two keys from the All Occasions key die set. I layered them up in black card a couple of times to increase their rigidity. I then added some white gold Chameleon Wax (which has a fabulous orange smell) to make them look more like metal. I backed the head of the keys with the deep pink card. I cut the heads off the butterflies and stick them behind the keys so the antenna showed.
I then shaped the wings of the butterflies with my fingers and added them to the heart. A few more photos to hopefully show a bit more detail.

Right, cobweb and spider phobics look away now, this poor spider had set up camp outside my back door and hadn't counted on a glittery crafter living here...

Keep looking away if scared, 

Hide behind the sofa now....

A very glittery web (with my rhubarb lurking in the background!).

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Photo Inspiration

Saturday, so it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'  and this week we have some photo inspiration for you.
I used the colours and the flowers as my inspiration. I die cut the Xcut Just For You panel die and mat and layered it up on a 6x6 card blank. I then stamped and heat embossed flowers from Happy Little Stampers Doodle Flowers, and Craftwork Cards Stamp It III and fussy cut them out. I used white embossing powder rather than black ink to keep the soft feel of the photo inspiration. I added a touch of darker colour to the centre of the flowers with my Zig Clean Colour pens and some nuvo glitter drops to the centre of the flowers to finish.
We're looking forward to see what you create this week using the photo inspiration. Just don't do what I did originally... I made my DT card and I'd planned to stamp the sentiment on it as we're a stamping challenge and so need to see stamping on your cards. I couldn't find the stamp I intended to use and scrabbled about in my stash to find an alternative. It was only after I finished the card that I realised I'd used a a die and so there was no stamping on my card. Cue a last minute rush to create a suitable DT card. To add insult to injury, I left the original card on my craft table and didn't notice that my damp Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy cloth was touching it until it was too late and the card had absorbed the moisture and bleached the colour and buckled the card. Whoops!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Flower Challenge - Embossing

It's time for our next challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see embossing along with your flowers. You can use dry embossing with embossing folders etc or heat embossing or both!
I used the Stampendous Pretty Poppy stamp set to stamp various blooms, leaves and stems on white card from my stash. I'd like to say that I watercoloured them using my gansai tambi paints, but in reality I just slapped paint on! Nothing technical. I felt that the vase in the set was too small and so I used another Stampendous set and used the vase out of that (no idea what the set is called but it has roses, hydrangeas and daisies along with two different vases). I them fussy cut all the elements and worked out an arrangement.
I embossed a piece of grey slightly shimmery card with the Creative Expressions A4 Quilted Flower embossing folder. I trimmed it to fit a 5x7 card blank and added black and red mats behind it. I glued it all into place and ten added gunmetal stickles to the centre of the poppies, patting it with my finger to spread it out and giving it texture. I added glossy accents to the vase and once dry added a second layer and added glamour dust up to the water line in the vase to give the idea of water in the vase.
I hope you all enjoy playing along with us this month, we can't wait to see your creations.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Monday already!

Monday and July! Where is the time going? I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I ended up at the emergency vets at 7.30pm on Saturday as my little Bramble bunny developed gut stasis, which can be fatal. Fortunately, we caught it early and with injections of strong painkillers and gut stimulants, the following morning she was boinging about and eating again. She's still on tummy and pain relief meds for a few days, but she seems back to her normal self. The vet was lovely and don't tell her boss, but only charged me the Saturday consultation rate, rather than the out of hours rate. Of course, I'd happily pay whatever was necessary, but hey, more money for crafting!
On Sunday, Hubby treated me to lunch at the local garden centre (brie, bacon and cranberry panini, yum) and they have a craft section where he bought me an 8x8 paper pad, Travel Notes by First Edition. This sheet of arrow paper in the pad was perfect to team up with one of the left over animals from the freebies from this month's Making Cards magazine. I used one of the Tattered Lace Sahara Labels dies to cut out the aperture in the paper and mounted it on some green card. I cut a fishtail banner out of the same card (although it randomly looks darker in the pic) and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment before adding it to the card on foam tape. I also added the raccoon with foam tape and gave him googly eyes to finish. Simples!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Why you shouldn't rush a card....

Thank you all for your kind thoughts when I had my facet joint injections at the weekend. My consultant injected three pairs of joints in my cervical spine, which isn't the most comfortable of procedures, but all went well. I rested up for the rest of the day as instructed, but by Sunday afternoon I was needing some craft time...
So, I stamped the bird from the Heartfelt Creations "Tropical Parrots" and used my zigs to quickly colour it in, so as to avoid working with my head bent forwards for too long. I used the corresponding dies to cut it out. I thought I'd make a simple card and so cut out the sentiment from the set, added a few paper flowers and a doodled border, and job done.
After I'd finished it, the hairy edges on the Aloha started to really bug me as I usually spend a bit of time with a spellbinders tool brush or a pokey tool making sure the die cut has a "clean edge". I let the card sit for a few days until I decided to remake it today. I carefully removed the flowers and found a die to cut out the image without catching the sentiment. I then glued it all back together, popped the flowers back on and added a little glamour dust. Much happier!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Many Layers

Saturday at last and to kick off the weekend we have a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. This week we want to see "Many Layers". I did giggle when I read this challenge as we've all been taking layers off in the recent heatwave!
My starting point for this card was this wedding cake stamp set from Hunkdory. Lots of layers of cake!
I originally stamped the cake and added the bride and groom and stamped the sentiment under it on a rectangle of white card with the intention of just adding lots of mats and layers behind it. In the stamp set however, there was a bunting stamp which reminded me I had this cute heart string die by Penny Black in my NBUS pile and I could create a background with it. I cut it out of three shades of pink and arranged them on some cream card rather than white, so that the white cake would stand out. I mounted the cream on mats of two shades of the pink (I didn't have enough of the third colour) on a 5x7 card base. I coloured the cake with my zigs and fussy cut it. 
To prevent it floating in the air I put a strip of pink card under it (a bit like a table cloth). I added pearls where they were drawn in on the cake and then added a strip of pearls to integrate them. I stamped the sentiment, masking off the stick at the bottom (it's designed so that it can be an alternative topper on the cake) on white card. I then die cut it and a pink mat using tattered lace decorative labels dies. I added the cake and sentiment to the card using foam tape and popped a little glamour dust on the flowers and bride with a quickie glue pen. Hopefully, you can see the sparkle in the second photo.
I've scheduled this post as for once I'm getting up early on a Saturday as I'm off to Preston for my next round of facet joint injections in my neck. They can sometimes cause a flare up, so my apologies if I'm late visiting you this week x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

You Rock!

Phew! Thank goodness it's cooled down slightly, I was about to spontaneously combust in the heat. It wasn't helped by the fact that our bedroom window no longer opens and so it was 27 degrees in there on Wednesday night. That coupled with the morphine hot sweats meant I was an exhausted puddle until today.
I'm sat watching C&C whilst typing this, blogging is saving me from buying any more Christmas dies, but I do love watching Loen, who is currently dressed as a Christmas pudding!
Right, I shall stop waffling and move on to the fact that I actually made a card today. Albeit, a very simple one. I cut the Sizzix "Card front - Arrows" out of orangey card and glued it on to a 5x7 card blank. I'd previously cut it out of thicker more browny orange card, but I was having issues with it having "hairy bits" even when I scrubbed it with my brush tool thingy. Imanged to de-hair one of the arrows that popped out of it as waste and so I stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment on it and stuck it on the card with foam tape to cover the glue smudge I'd made. All the other elements were from the paper freebie that came with the July edition of Making Cards magazine. I backed them on card before fussy cutting them out and adding them with either glue or foam tape. Simples!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Many Happy Returns

Phew, it's warm! I've spent most of the day melting and the rest of it trying to stop the bunnies melting. Black fur onesies aren't that good in hot weather, poor things.
I had wanted to do some more screen printing today, but I need to iron the things I'm printing onto first and it's way too hot, especially as I have my own medication fuelled microclimate these days.
I did manage to do a tiny bit of heat embossing though as AAA cards want to see a resist technique used.
I started off by marking in pencil where I wanted my strip to go on the kraft card and then stamped my sentiment from a Clearly Besotted set in versamark and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I was tempted just to leave it out in the sun rather than use my heat tool, but sanity prevailed!
I masked off the strip with paper either side and stamped the butterfly from the Uniko set in versafine before heat embossing it in white. I then replaced the masks and blended Distress Oxides in Broken China and Wilted Violet over the butterflies, wiping the ink off the embossing although it stained slightly.
I then mounted my panel on a white card blank and added 3 pearls. I covered up where my masks had moved slightly on the panel by edging it in white pen, obviously I wasn't going for the perfect straight line effect!
The card still needed a little something and so I fussy cut one of the butterflies off my rejected attempt and added it to the card to finish. I hope you're all keeping cool, especially if you're working in this heat x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

Apologies for the wonky photo, I didn't crease the card properly before I took the picture.
I think I've mentioned before that my Dad loves caravaning, and I have many happy memories of trips away with various caravans and motorhomes, so this stamp set by Hunkdory was an obvious purchase.
I stamped the car and caravan on copic friendly card and coloured it in with my favourite copics (the caravan is a bit lighter in real life) before cutting it out. I added some glossy accents to the windows to make them shine.
I decided to use a 6x6 card blank and so using Microsoft Word, I selected one of the wordart options, that gave a outline to the block letters. I sized the word DAD using the rulers on screen and then printed the word on copy paper. I then cut out the inside of the letters and the centre parts using my scissors so I could mask off the card. I scribbled round the edges of the letters and the cut out centre bits with a quickie glue pen and allowed it to dry clear to give me a repositional adhesive to help the masks stay in place. I then used my Elizabeth Crafts Clouds and Grass stencil to add in the sky with versamagic chalk ink and a mini blending tool. I used the edge of my Clarity blending map to create the hills with memento ink.
After I removed the masks I added faux stitching round the letters to define them and also round the edge of the card. I stuck the car and caravan on using foam tape to add some dimension and I added some distress micro glaze over the inked landscape to fix it.
We won't mention how many backgrounds failed to meet my standards. I will tell you that you can reuse your copy paper mask at least 4 times though! A top tip is to make sure that you add enough colour around the edges of your letters so that you can clearly see where the dotted lines need to go, otherwise you end up with duplicate letters that don't match.
Hopefully Dad will like his card, it's always nice to be able to thank him in the card for all he does for me. I hope you all get to spend some time with your Dads' today, but hugs for all of you who aren't able to do so x