Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wedding Congrats

Well I'm still here, Ophelia didn't quite blow us away.  Very sadly there were 3 fatalities down South, but up here we were mostly trees blown over, gates blown off etc so I think we got off very lightly.

I hadn't intended to go for this golden colour theme but I was looking for different DP and then I found this stuff ... and then covered most of it up anyway ;)

I don't know what I did before I discovered the splatter effect.  This looked a bit unfinished until I added the gold spalts ... of course I decided I would do it after I'd added the clear gloss to my roses so it was a bit of a faff trying not to get any on my bride and groom!

Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the trim on her dress.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Zombies and Betty's Birthday card

We're battling down the hatches for tomorrow, Hurricane Ophelia is coming to visit - she's supposed to weaken to a storm by the time she gets to us so we'll see how that goes.  Needless to say our weathermen are beside themselves with excitement - something different to the usual rain or showers forecast!   Having said that, it's been a lovely calm day today, I actually managed to get out to the garden and get some cutting done and  pots cleared for winter.

I'm just scraping in nearly on time for my Naughty or Nice card reminder ;)
This month's is a spooky theme - hope you'll play along and link your card over at the NoN blog

My stamps are oldies from The Alley Way Stamps, now sadly closed.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on foam pads.

Other challenges:

And this one's just a wee quickie for my SIL.  I've used this cute Penny Black stamp and my never-ending pink Birthday DP stack.  
I added sparkle to his apron with my clear glitter pen, and then clear gloss and lots of glitter to the icing.  I used a snippet of the darker pink cardstock for the sentiment - it was a bit lost in the snazzy DP but looked better when I cut an extra set and stuck it on top.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friends and family ... look away now!

I haven't made a card all week, I've had a real stinker of a cold, so this is me getting inky today thanks to some new goodies delivered by my Postie this morning :)

I've jumped on the 'Snowy' bandwagon for my Christmas cards this year .... Normally I make a rake of cards and then it's a mad last minute panic to get my own made so I'm getting ahead of the game this year.  I've loved the Penny Black snowman cards I've seen, so probably all the cards I'll be sending from me this year will be a variation on this snowman / background theme.

Coloured with watercolour pencils; sparkle added to the pink bits on his hat/scarf/snowflake and then clear gloss and lots of glitter to his hat.  Snowy popped up on foam pads.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Three-fer

Ack I'm stuffed with the cold, and the weather was a bit icky, all dark and mizzly, so it was a good excuse to not go too far and get crafty.  I wanted to have a play with some of the MFT challenges for WCMD anyway!

Card 1 is for their 1st challenge - colours of the rainbow.
My image is from High Hopes, not sure about the sentiment.  All coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the sentiment and to the duck's (goose?) beak and legs.  My cloud panel is popped up on foam pads.

Other challenges:

Card 2 is for their challenge: By the Numbers
I've used this stamp from Woodware - paper pieced the numbers and popped the holly up on foam pads.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the berries.
Nice and easy and I love how it turned out :)

Other challenges:

And finally, card 3 is for Make and Mail
It's for a friend in work so I'll be posting it tomorrow.
Not sure of the make of this stamp, possibly Cornish Heritage Farm ... it was one of the first stamps I ever bought and is possibly one of the most inked :)

Other challenges:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cat 'n Mouse

Boo hoo I'm feeling a bit yech tonight ... not surprising though, the amount of colds and bugs going round, and not helped by the number of people coughing and spluttering on the bus to work who don't know how to cover their mouths.  Pet hate of mine!

But it's Word Card Making Day and I need to get my card stash built up before I start tacking the Xmas cards, so here's a wee quickie using this old Whiff of Joy mousie.  For my background I puddled some watercolours onto a plastic and then rubbed my white card in it.  I love how it turned out, definitely less of a faff than using brushos or watercolouring.  Popped my mouse up on pads and added clear gloss and glitter to the icing.

This one uses a mixture of MFT stamps and the sentiment and mouse are from Paper Smooches.
MFT wonky stitched circular die and Woodware corner punch.  And that's it really, nice and simple!
It is a lesson however in not being so lazy - I knew when I stamped this sentiment that it wasn't the best but I carried on and used it anyway.  Should have stamped it again!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Well it's different!

I thought the CAS Mix up challenge looked like fun this month so had a go.  The challenge was to use more than one stencil, so I used my brick stencil and watercoloured in some blue; then I turned my falling snow stencil on its side and used some blue sparkle paste.  I think it maybe looks a bit heavy down that side, but hey, I had fun making it!!

My duck is an oldie from High Hopes - popped up on foam pads so he doesn't get lost amongst all that rain!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Pumpkins and footballs

We'd a gale force wind blowing today, combined with 200+ emails to look at in work, I wasn't too long before I was wishing I was back in sunny Spain ;)
Our leaves are coming down at a terrible rate, it will be no time before the trees are bare, so I added some to this month's calendar page.  My image is an oldie from High Hopes - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the pumpkin.  The leaves are from a Simon Says Stamp set.

I'd had my eye on this LOTV stamp for ages and then when I went to buy it, it wasn't being made any more! So I was delighted to see it on Ebay, straight into my shopping basket :)
I'm intending to use it on my niece's birthday card as she plays for her local junior team, but thought I'd have a wee practice and see how it coloured up.

I thought I would use pink grass, but I'm not sure anyone other than me would know that's what it is as I did my usual trick of covering most of it up LOL.
Image coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the black bits of the ball and sparkle to the white stars.  MFT Wonky Circles dies.  Sentiment is an oldie from LOTV.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Something Spooky for Naughty or Nice

It's been a bit quiet here as I've been off on my jollies ... to Alicante in Spain for some sun, sangria and sightseeing.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, such a pleasure not to have to lift a coat, cardigan or umbrella when you headed out the door!  But it's back to normality now and back to the grindstone on Monday.

I'm always a bit shocked when the first of the month comes round, it kinda always feels like where did that month go!!  So it's time for the new challenge at Naughty or Nice and this month it's ...

For my card I've used these goodies from Eat Cake Graphics ...
Count Bitesalot
Bert Batula
A little Bite (text)
The Count and the bats both coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on

I also used my old Cuttlebug embossing folder - I just wish they were a tad bigger to cover the whole card!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Santa's been framed ;)

It's reminder time over at Naughty or Nice for this month's challenge of 'framed'

There's some vouchers for Bugaboo up for grabs this month, so play along and add your links over at the blog.

I've gone all Christmassy with mine :)  I've used an oldie Santa and porthole frame from MFT.  I popped the frame up on dimensionals and then tucked Santa's feet under and then popped his hat up on dimensionals too. I always think the more sparkle the better on a Christmas card, so I added glitter to his hat and went over his red suit with my clear sparkle pen. Oh and clear gloss to his boots, gloves and belt.  Little silver stars from stash.  And die cut sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thank you flowers

I need a few thank you cards for my stash, so I've been colouring away this evening while watching the Bake Off - bread week doesn't really do it for me, I much prefer when they make the big fancy sugary creations that have your mouth drooling ;)

My first card uses this LOTV oldie, I think she may have been one of the first ones I bought.

Coloured with watercolour pencils; clear gloss added to the butterfly and the flower.

And this one is just a remake of yesterday's that I wasn't loving.  I'm definitely sticking to watercolour pencils in future ;)

Monday, 11 September 2017

Floral blues

I got my pencils out for a change - I haven't used them for ages and I think it's because I'm so out of love with them.  .
Anyway, here it is - a quick CAS card.  I know I would like this better if I'd used watercolour pencils.  I might remake it ;)
I've also added some blue and silver sequins and some sparkle to the flowers.
And {gasp} I've managed NOT to doodle a border hahaha

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birdies and Bunnies

Oh brrr it's been another cold draughty and wet day.  I managed to get the washing hung out earlier, but by the time I got to the last peg I had to bring it in again.  Mind you, I'd rather have my weather than Florida's!  It must be absolutely terrifying to be there.

I'm way behind in my card stash, so I've 2 to share tonight.
This one uses my MFT gulls - fussy cut and the guy on the post popped up on dimensionals.
I've embossed my clouds with and old Cuttlebug swirly folder, and the little post with squares (but then covered it up anyway with my twine bow!)  MFT Embroidery frame.

I've a few thank you cards to make, so for this one I've used this fave from LOTV.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the blooms.  Green enamel dots to finish.  Nice and simple!
  • Layout from Sketch Saturday #480
  • Colour theme from Lili of the Valley's colour theme
  • AAA #98 - all creatures great or small
  • As you like it - flora or fauna - well I most definitely have waaaay more critter stamps than floral ones!  But of course I've used one with both options here ;)

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

Saturday, 9 September 2017

A late calendar and a thank you

Lol I knew we'd never get 2 dry Saturday's in a row .. it poured all morning, but there was a quick window of sunshine in the afternoon so at least Rubydoo got her customary walk in the park.   A good day for crafting though!

So this is Mum's calendar page for the month ... and yes I know its the 9th but she's been on her jollies, so she'll never know how late it was ;)
Aaargh, I've just checked back in my blog and I've already used this girl on one of last year's pages, ah well, that'll teach me to check before I stamp!    Coloured with watercolour pencils.

And here's a super quick Thanks card ... not much to say about it really, except I love how it turned out!
I added some blue splatters and some glitter to the popped up heart.  Easy peasy.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September calendar

Just a quickie post tonight.  Grand Designs is on telly, one of my favourite programmes - I always love how Kevin McLoud starts the programme with an 'are you mad' attitude and ends with a Wow!

Anyway, I'm only about a week late with my calendar page for work this month ;)  I've used one of my new Katzelkraft stamps - I decided after I took the pic that he needed a bit of colour so I added pale grey to his body and also added clear gloss to his eyes and beak.  Clouds chalked in BG, bit of splattering, and the hint of a text BG stamp to finish.  I should have had my dates a bit higher as the last week gets a bit lost, but I'm off that week anyway so I'll not be looking at it!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Christmas Chicks

Just a wee quickie this evening - I'm hoping to get a few Christmas cards made this month to avoid the usual last minute rush.   My other new Christmas stamp is still on the missing list, I'd have thought it should have turned up by now.  Maybe I need to have a proper tidy up ;)

This one's from Whipper Snapper - coloured with watercolour pencils and then fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals.  Sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the hat / earmuffs, and clear gloss to their beaks.  Silver stars from Stash.
My doodled border is inspired by one I'd saved in Pinterest, but for some reason my crappy computer is refusing to open it so I can't give credit where it's due.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A two-fer ... cards for Karen and Jill

After such a beautiful day yesterday, today was a bit yeuch ... damp and drizzly so definitely no gardening or washing done today!  Rubydoo hates the rain so she's barely moved off the sofa all day, quite a few hours of snoozing have been clocked up!

Anyway, this first card is for a friend from work.  She's a florist too and makes the most beautiful flower arrangements, so I kinda had to make one with flowers on it.  I'm really rubbish at arranging flowers, so I'm quite pleased at how this turned out!
I hadn't intended my sentiment to stamp through the number but I masked off the wrong bit, but I quite like the effect!

The flowers and number are both Simon Says Stamp sets.

And while I was on a roll, my Sister needed a card for her sister-in-law so I made another much the same but on a slightly larger card base.  

Friday, 1 September 2017

Naughty or Nice ... You've been framed

Oh wow, September already!  Where did summer go? .... oh yes, it was that fortnight at the start of July (and it's been pants ever since!!)  Though looking at the awful scenes in America, we've little to be complaining about.

Challenge time again over at Naughty or Nice and this month's topic is 'framed' - if you'd like to play along, please link your card over at the blog.  There's a prize up for grabs from Bugaboo too!

For my card I've used this oldie from Whipper Snapper - I tucked him into my frame and then popped his head up on dimensionals.  The BG is varying shades of Brushos with some text stamped over.
I hadn't intended on adding the little silver stars but as usual had an ooops that needed covering ;)

The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge has started again so I'm hoping to play along

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Welcome Flowers

This card is for a friend in work who's been ill for this past year or so, so we're all delighted that she's now due back.   I've been stumped for ages what to put on this!

Cat's beautiful card over at the Muse challenge was the perfect inspiration.  I've used this Prima stamp - coloured with watercolour pencils and then the petals covered with some sparkle.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Sweet little kitty

My bloggy buddy Jo (aka DottyJo) filled my head recently with tales of a new release from KatzelKraft.  So of course I had to go see, and ooops, oh no, accidental purchases were made!  All your fault Jo ;)

But isn't this just the sweetest saddest little kitty ever!!
I've coloured him with some swishes of watercolour and added glitter to those tears.  My BG is a giraffe-stencil - I masked off my kitty and just puddled in some watercolours.  Nice and quick and easy!

I love how this turned out, I'm struggling with my mojo at the minute so some new crafty goodies was just what the Dr ordered ;)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A new puppy and a Fix up

This card is for a friend in work who's daughter's getting her new puppy tomorrow and she's soooooooo excited!  Rubydoo will be sending this one to say hello!

I haven't used my Brushos for a while and came across them so thought I should use them.  Image coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on dimensionals.  Kinda wish I hadn't added those pink banners, but I reckon Erin won't care ;)

And here's the fix up from my previous post with the wonky sentiment.  Cheryl, you're a genius - colouring in the lines did the trick well enough!