Thursday, 19 April 2018

Bunting


Sorry for the photo but it was very difficult to get a good picture of my new bunting I have been making. I have had the idea of making some paper or card bunting for a while so when I saw a set of triangle dies at The Works for £6 and I had a 25% off deal come through I decided to by them as diecutting is so much quicker than measuring and cutting by hand.   I was even more pleased to find that the dies actually come with an extra deep top which is perforated enabling me to cut the patterned card attach double sided tape and the ribbon and then fold the top over the ribbon. I then cut more triangles, trimmed off the extra top piece and attached them to the backs to neaten them.

On the top one I added paper flowers and card candi and on the second one some butterflies from Poundland. I dug out an old Sizzix alphabet die for the baby ones and added diecut babygros and prams to the ends. I shall be taking these to my next hospital shop day in May.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Four unicorns


This is one of the latest Pink Gem precoloured digis which I just had to use straight away. I added some glitter using a clear Wink of Stella pen but of course it doesn't show on the photo. The stitched clouds are a MFT die and I stamped and diecut a rainbow using Avery Elle products and coloured it with Copics.  I just wanted something to finish it off and the Hobbycraft star punch was just the thing.

I would like to enter this into the delightful digis challenge at The Cutie Pie challenge
and anything goes at The Ribbon Girl.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I bought Snowy!


I have wanted Snowy, a wooden Penny Black stamp, for years and the price he has gone for on Ebay has always been too much. When a fellow crafter was having a clearout last week I spotted Snowy amongst the stamps for just £2.50 I snapped him up before anyone else could. I bought another PB stamp and an old Sugar Nellie Gorjuss one too that I had always wanted.  Well it made paying £3 postage worthwhile then.

I was happily colouring him and my R35 ran out but luckily I had a spare. I am starting to buy refills for some of my most used colours as it works out cheaper in the long run.

So he has been diecut with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and I decided to use an old Cuttelbug embossing folder for a change. The paper is from the MME touch of chalk pad. The sentiment was in my Christmas folder and i am pretty sure comes from an old Humphrey stamp.

Challenges
ABC Christmas H for hats 
Simon Says add texture 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts black and white plus one

Monday, 16 April 2018

World Craft Week for Bliss charity


It is World Craft Week in aid of Bliss, the charity that supports parents and families of premature babies. I was asked by Hannah at Papercraft Inspirations if I would create a card for the Immediate Media event. The idea is that designers create simple cards for beginners which can be made without stamps or dies using basic shapes or a template.   I had fun coming up with the idea of a sailboat and created a simple template though it can easily be made without. I used various scraps of paper and although it isn't my normal style of card it is rather fun isn't it.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Home is where love resides


Some friends moved home at Easter and this is he card I made for them.  I went for a shabby chic style using a sentiment stamp from Inkylicious.   The fun papers are Nikki Sivill's Tree Love from Dies to Die For.  The burlap with lace is from my stash, flowers from Michaels in the US and wooden butterfly from The Works.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK flowers 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Simon Says add texture

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Birthday Boy on his Bike


It is my turn to host he new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose Children's Playtime as the theme. Any image of a child or children playing is what we are looking for. I used an image which was one I used in 2014 for my first magazine feature in Making Cards. I tend to use red and blue for boy's cars so I challenged myself to use yellow instead.
Image - Pink Gem Josh on Bike
Medium - Copics
Papers - MFT sweet sunshine
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MFT stitched basic border, Cuttlebug stars (a very old one I suddenly remembered I had and haven't used for years)

Challenges
The Cutie Pie delightful digis 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
As you like it Favourite colouring medium (I love Copics. I used Promarkers for a few years but prefer the quality of Copics for the colour blending and vibrancy. I don't dabble with other mediums preferring to keep using just Copics as practice makes perfect.)

I am going to a craft sale in aid of charity at lunchtime. They have been given boxes and boxes of craft products and they are selling them today so I hope to pick up some bargains.  Well it is for charity!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Peek a Boo


Yesterday was my friend Lynsey's daughter's Birthday and this is the card I made her.  They both love fairies so I knew I had to use one of the new LOTV fairies that I had waiting to be coloured with Copics.  The papers are from The Works and I love the sentiment. I used an old MS zigzag border punch and added some new flowers I bought from Wild Orchid and some pearls.  The little toadstool was made with a Cheery Lynn die. I added some sparkle to her wings and the toadstool with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Stamping Sensations one for the girls 
Creative Inspirations Springtime 
The Cutie Pie delightful digis

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Hope that ice is thick enough!


As promised I have a Christmas card to share today. I love the startled expressions on these MFT polar bears.  Coloured with Copics, papers are BO Bunny Altitude, sentiment is LOTV. The ice was made with silver glitter card and a Taylored expression die - build a scene - Central Park. The border is a Lawn Fawn die and the snowflakes were made with MFT layered snowflake dies.

Challenges
Christmas with the Cuties Bingo (pearls, cute Christmas image, border die) 
ABC Christmas I for ice 
Dies R Us anything goes with a Die R Us die (Lawn Fawn)
The Ribbon Girl anything goes

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Double Z fold stretch your stash


Yes, another of the cards made for Papercraft Essentials. I do like making double Z fold cards though my favourite cards to make are still square cards. The paper, hearts and flowers are all from the Mum in a Million pack and I just added a sentiment from LOTV and some enamel dots.  This is the last of these stretch your stash cards I am sharing.  Tomorrow I have another Christmas card to share.  

I would like to enter this into the Happy Birthday challenge at Simon Says.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Photographer


I said I had managed two scrapbook layouts last week and here is the second one. More old photos of Graham. He took up photography in the 70's.  Gradually his equipment grew until as these pictures from the 80's show he ended up with a huge gadget bag. I don;t think he could carry that around all day now.  He had so many lenses and filters and although he still loves photography today's cameras mean not so much to carry. 

I wanted a simple background paper and the clouds were perfect. I bought the camera stamp years ago. The film strip was made with a Tim Holtz die and vintage photo distress ink on the kraft card. The camera card is from a set from Hobby Lobby.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at The Ribbon Girl.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Stretch your stash commission


I have another of the cards made for Papercraft Essentials to show you today. This one even made it to the front cover, although just a small pic top right if you have the magazine.  So far out of my comfort zone with these cards but they made me think about different ways to use a few items. I must admit the paper isn't a colour I would normally use. I used some of the heart stickers to form the stem and layered up the flowers.  The sentiment are all from the Mum in a Million set except the Happy Birthday which I stamped.  I would like to enter this into the Happy Birthday challenge at Simon Says.

I always post my cards on Pinterest and it is interesting to see which cards get repinned. I was so surprised that somebody pinned my first card made with this set.

Hospital shop selling today so hoping for lots of lovely customers. An early start so will be tired tonight but will be looking forward to the last episode of Marcella at 9 and then an early night.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Penguin love


I am doing well as I did two scrapbook layouts and two Christmas cards this last week. Here is the first of the Christmas cards.
Image - LOTV Snowy Hugs
Medium - Copics
Paper and sentiment - Kaisercraft Letters to Santa
Dies - MFT winter trees and The Works snowflake banner
Other - fun flock and Viva pearl pen

I would like to enter this into the ABC Christmas challenge H for hats and the anything goes challenge at The Ribbon Girl.

Today we will be loading up the car and setting up the retail unit at the hospital ready for trading tomorrow, then a quick trip into the city centre to collect something I ordered online from The Works, then home. Hubby loves collecting vinyl singles and albums and bought a new case which holds 200 singles so we are having a reorganisation of them this afternoon.  Then it will be roast chicken dinner  before settling down to watch Ordeal by Innocence. We are currently working our way through series 1-3 of Poldark and loving them all over again so may watch one of those too.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Thank you, another magazine card


This is another of the cards I made for Papercraft Essentials showing how the Dovecraft Mum in a Million products can be used after Mother's Day.   I used some of the papers to create banners and added one of the sentiment stickers, added some ribbon, a flat bow and pearls.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Stash busting magazine commission


I was commissioned by Papercraft Essentials to create five cards showing how the Dovecraft Mum in a million products could be used after Mother's Day.  This was quite a challenge as I don't normally use stickers and there were no stamps or dies. I was asked to only add the minimum of extra embellishments. So this is one of the cards I made, raising the sticker on foam pads and adding patterned card candi to the flower centres.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

First colouring in mono


I have wanted to try colouring an image using just grey Copics and when Faye challenged us in the Copic group on FB it made me determined to give it a go. I have lots of these lovely little Gorjuss Girls stamps which come with such pretty packaging. I thought a small image would be a good starting point and apart from the hair I am quite pleased with the result. The wavy hair threw me a bit so I will try another image next time. I used Go Kreate frilly squares 10 die for the card base and MME touch of chalk paper. The image was cut with a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die and the umbrella is a Memory Box die. I wanted to keep it simple just adding some blue enamel dots for a splash of subtle colour.

Challenges
Penny Black and more at Allsorts black and white plus one 
Stamping Sensations one for the girls 
Dies R Us anything goes with a Dies R us die (Memory Box) 
The Paper Shelter girl power 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes

Off to see my Mum this morning, coffee, looking round a few shops and lunch before coming home. Hubby is on a first aid training course this evening for his volunteer rescue boating so a crafty evening for me.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Jersey


I really fancied doing a scrapbook layout on Monday so I picked out one of our holiday scrapbooks and came across this photo waiting to scrapped. I went through all the photos a while ago and chose the ones to scrap and put them all into individual folders in the scrapbooks. I used to spend so much time going through the photos deciding what to use so now I have them all ready and waiting for layouts. The photo was taken in Gorey on Jersey and as you can see, 29 years ago! Doesn't seem so long but hubby's hair has been grey for a long time now.

I used Kaisercraft Salty Kisses papers and the small words are from one of the papers. The dies are Cheery Lynn lighthouse, Go Kreate seagull and Marianne yacht.  The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. I opened a new pack of American Thickers letters, how lovely o have all the letters you need as it is new. Tell me though why are there three of the letter e but four of the letter y?  That means I only have one e left now, a common problem. Luckily I have lots of letter sets and I do have a die too.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Dies R Us Anything goes using dies stocked by Dies R Us (Cheery Lynn)

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Memories linger


I bought a lovely Inkylicious stamp set from one of my blogging friends when she had a clearout on Facebook last week. This is such a lovely set and will be so useful. It works similar to Card-io stamps with lots of individual stamps which can be put together in different ways. I used my stamping platform and found it much easier to join the stamps together rather than using an acrylic block.  I wanted to make a sympathy card as I really like the sentiment which is part of the set.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Butterfly Love


There are some gorgeous new digi printables at Pink Gem and I love to print them a bit smaller and use them as toppers but if you wish you can simply print them to fir your card blank or decoupage them with the extra sheets. This one is Purple Butterfly. The paper is First Edition Beyond the Shore. I used an old Marianne corner die and coloured it with DI Dusty Concord which really acentuates the embossed detail. The wooden cream butterfly is from The Works. I coloured it with purple Wink of Stella then let it dry slightly and pressed kitchen towel on it to remove some of the colour. The flowers are from Wild Orchid.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says and The Ribbon Girl and flowers at Noor! Design UK.

We had a lovely Chinese meal on Friday night and the Kim Wilde concert was amazing. As I said it was hubby's choice but as I like her music I was happy to go.  The atmosphere was fantastic and by the last few songs everyone was on their feet. We came away with a real buzz and it was so nice to say at a Premier Inn rather than driving home afterwards in the dark.  Today hubby is off to Bedfordshire  volunteering driving a rescue boat for the powerboat racing.  After a few chores I have lots of crafting planned.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Marching down the aisle


This is the second card I made for this month's Crafts Beautiful magazine.  When I was asked to make a Wedding card for the magazine I just had to use my favourite Wedding stamp from LOTV. Coloured with Copics. The papers are digital from Pink Gem and the sentiment stamp from Inkylicious. I used a MFT stitched scalloped border die, MFT stitched leaf die, flowers from Wild Orchid and some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says, any occasion at Creative Inspirations and new beginnings at Allsorts.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Bath Time


Our latest challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Female Birthday so that gives you plenty of scope as long as you make sure you use a Birthday sentiment. I used a precoloured digi of Molly in the bath assing some sparkle to the bubbles with a clear Wink of Stella pen. The bubble paper is from a new First Edition pack Beyond The Shore.  

I have really cut down on my craft spending so far this year as I have so many unused stamps and digis and am trying to use up old paper pads.  In fact I have been having a good sort out of things I no longer use and sold a lot on Ebay and Facebook.   I discovered so many treasured stamps when I sorted out my files and can't wait to use more of my old favourites. I have also started relabelling my stamp files, a work in progress at the moment.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says and use a digi image at The Paper Shelter.

Last night we were away again, this time much nearer, in Ipswich, where we stayed in a Premier Inn and went to see Kim Wilde in concert. She is one of hubby's favourites, not a show I would have chosen but I do like her and her music so I am sure we will have enjoyed it. There is a great Chinese next door to the theatre where they do a lovely buffet. Instead of it being precooked you order whatever you like from the menu for a set buffer price and they cook it to order.  We really enjoy a Chinese occasionally and haven't had one for ages.  So back home this morning and off to Tesco.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Gorjuss for Crafts Beautiful


I made this card for the latest Crafts Beautiful magazine now in stores.  I was delighted to find it made the front cover, although only a small pic.


I coloured the Gorjuss Girl with Copics and used MFT papers, MFT stitched scalloped border and pierced rectangle dies.  The sentiment is LOTV and the leaf die is a Joy one.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Put your hat on


This is the second card I made on Sunday and I was in the mood to make a Christmas card so I sorted through my precoloured images and found an old LOTV art pad of furry friends. I love the touches of deep red on the mono image and found some paper to match, Kaisercraft Letters to Santa. I used some chucnky white embossing enamel with a heat gun, used a MFT snowflake doily die and added some diecut trees and a snowflake using white glitter card.  The sentiment is part of the paper pad.

Challenges
ABC Christmas E for emboss, G for glitter 
Creative Inspirations any occasion

It's the first hospital craft fair of the year so we shall have been up about 5.15 this morning to get ourselves ready and load up the car so get to the hospital about 7.30. Let's hope for lots of lovely customers.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Butterflies Galore


I didn't get to much time for crafting on Sunday but I did make two cards, the first of which I am sharing today. I love making these shabby chic cards and they always sell quickly so I really should make more of them.

Michael McIntyre's show was hilarious and we had a lovely overnight stay with good food and a great night's sleep.  Looking forward to the next show now.

Stamp - Hampton Art
Paper - Bo Bunny Et cetera
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - MB butterflies
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Larger butterflies - Poundland
Cream burlap - Craft show
Pins and lace from stash

I would like to enter this into the floral frenzy challenge at Simon Says.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

9 months to Christmas!


As I was scheduling this I realised it is 9 months to Christmas and I only have about 10-12 Christmas cards made so far this year so I ought to step up production.  I love the cute MFT Jingle all the Way set and have used two of the images which are coloured with Copics with fun flock on his hat.  The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas and the banners are from a Bo Bunny set of diecuts.  The sentiment is from a LOTV rubber stamp set I bought recently.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations any occasion

A day at home today I think so hopefully some crafting and a nice roast chicken dinner this evening.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Dressed Up


So yesterday I said I had used the flicking method to colour my bear and the dotty method for today's bear. Which do you prefer? I much prefer the dotty method as I think it looks more bear like and isn't she adorable. She is another new LOTV rubber stamp called Dressed Up. Coloured with Copics and teamed with some more of the old WRS Christmas papers.  I used an old Memory Box tree die, MFT scalloped border die. LOTV sentiment and a butterfly from Poundland.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Spring 
The Cutie Pie Spring cuties 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts feature a creature 
Creative Inspirations any occasion

We travelled to Nottingham yesterday and stayed overnight so we will be travelling back home this morning.  We went to The Arena there to see Michael McIntyre. As this post is scheduled I can't report on the show but having seen him before I am sure the show will have been hilarious.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Get Well Bear


I have a selection of the latest release of bear rubber stamps from LOTV and I have done a little experiment in colouring two of them. They have both been coloured with Copics but for today's card I went back to the flicking method which I always used to use until I saw Faye's tutorial on the dotty method. For tomorrow's card I used the dotty method and I have to say I prefer it.  The papers are some old WRS Christmas papers and I used a MFT banner die and added some paper flowers.

Challenges
Simon Says Floral frenzy 
Noor! Design UK Spring 
The Cutie Pies Spring cuties

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Party Time


I had some more of these little Bitty Bears from MFT coloured so I made another card with them. The sentiment is part of the stamp set. I coloured them with Copics and fussy cut them as I don't have the dies. The paper and dies are all MFT and I added some enamel dots.

Meeting my friend Lynsey for coffee at lunchtime and then popping in to see some friends' new puppy.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Secret Garden


Another precoloured image today but this one is from a Whimsy digi sheet called Secret Garden.  There are three images and several sentiments on the sheet.  I thought this was a really cute sentiment.  The paper is First Edition Sweet Nothings and I distress the edges with frayed burlap DI and a distressing tool. I added some burlap, paper flowers and a burlap butterfly from Michaels in the US, some pearls and a wooden ladybird from Hobbycraft.

I would like to enter the anything goes challenge at Whimsy Stamps Inspiration.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Pile 'em high


I love this fun simply print precoloured image from LOTV and the last card I amde with it sold at its first outing. I have a craft fair next Wednesday so let's hope this one goes then and I will have an excuse to make another. I used MME Lime Twist papers as they are so colourful and matched the image colours so well. The sentiment stamp is from LOTV. I had a small piece of the Doohickey fence left from my bunny card and cut into two it was perfect to finish off my card.

I have been thinking for a while that I would like a simpler watermark as I have had the old one for years.  Somebody made that one for me but I had a play around in Photoshop after googling how to make one and although it didn't fully explain it I managed to make one. I made it 80% opacity as I preferred it to the white one.  I am always pleased with myself when I can work out how to do something with technology as I don't consider myself particularly tech minded.

We are out for a carvery lunch today with friends we haven't seen for a little while. No cooking tonight, yippee!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Church on the hill


This is another of the pretty Lili of the Valley flower digis and makes a perfect Wedding card for those who don't want cute images. I used my favourite Go Kreate frilly squares 10 dies along with my corner rounder punch. The papers are some new ones I treated myself to, First Edition Beyond the Shore and I simply added a LOTV stamped sentiment and a couple of wooden hearts.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations any occasion
Dies R Us frame it