Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring and a Tag

Morning everyone, hope things are going okay for you all. I feel a little frazzled today as it has definitely been one of those weeks with Hubby's back causing him a lot of pain, Dad in hospital with pneumonia and this morning some more sad news....... but we are built to plod on regardless so here are a couple of makes that I finished at the weekend but not got round to showing you.

The first is a tag using some of my NBUS goodies and heat embossing. I'm very new to heat embossing and only have a pot of white powder so I used Uniko 'stunning snowflakes' (love those snowflake designs) to stamp, heat emboss and then sponge Memento inks on a circle of card before matting onto a gold mirricard circle. Then I die-cut the Poppystamps 'country houses' and 'country houses background' and layered them up but decided I wasn't keen on the white in white so used Memento inks to add some colour and then added another white 'country houses' die-cut on the top before sticking to the tag and adding the bow.

I made this for

ABC Christmas challenge 'H is for home, I is for informal'

Poppystamps challenge 'gift it'

WOW Embossing challenge 'favourite embossing technique'

Addicted To Stamps challenge 'not a square card'

And here is an easter card using a decoupage image and papers from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse decoupage' cd with just the addition of some flowers and ribbon to finish.

CD Sunday challenge 'spring colours'  my 2nd entry

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'stop and smell the flowers'

Noor! Design challenge 'flowers'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me  a few words. I'm off to have a nice quiet (I hope) and much needed cuppa tea. Take care and I'll catch up with you soon.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Colourful Birthday

Not sure if I've overdone it but these Bugaboo monsters were screaming out for a splash of colour with the Promarkers. All my papers are snippets with some careful placing under the image to hide the fact that some were a bit too small. I used a TH Stitched oval die and a Paper Smoochies die for the balloons which were all cut from snippets of card, a gold peel off sentiment and the last little bit of green ribbon from my stash.

I made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Allsorts challenge 'sketch'

Double D challenge 'neons / brights'

The Ribbon Girl challenge 'use any image'

That's it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the easter weekend and have lots of choccie eggs to devour.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spring. Spring. Spring

I've been very good this year with keeping my New Years Resolution - it was to buy lots of crafty goodies! - so as you may guess I've got rather a lot of unused goodies to play with and I'm heading over to Darnell's Playhouse to join in with her fabulous NBUS / Boo Boo challenge.

My first card is a one layer CAS design on a deckled edge card blank and using NBUS Penny Black stamps 'First Waltz' and a sentiment from the 'Happy Thoughts' set.

I shall enter this in

Penny Black and More challenge 'spring'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Penny Black Saturday challenge 'spring or easter'

More NBUS for another one layer CAS card - Uniko stamps 'flower power 1' and 'flower power 7' and 'background builders: round in circles'. The sentiment is also from Uniko 'pure florals Gerbera' and I added some gemstones to add sparkle.

I shall enter this in

Uniko challenge 'spring with an optional twist of easter'

Allsorts challenge 'bring on the bling'

AAA Cards challenge 'CAS shiny spring'

And finally I've got a card using up some of my old stash and an image printed from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse triple cd collection' The paper is from a House Mouse CD along with a LOTV snippet and the sentiment is left over from a decoupage sheet (but I can't remember which). This is my Boo Boo card as when I added the image it ended up dropping and sticking towards the top of the card and no way was it going to be lifted off without ripping the whole thing. So after a search in my stash I found the flowers that I added along the bottom and with just a few gems to finish I managed to save it.

I shall enter this in

CD Sunday challenge 'spring colours'

Crafty Catz challenge 'anything goes with optional twist of easter'

I've still got an evergrowing pile of NBUS but at least this is the first New Years Resolution I've been able to keep right into April..... and I'm having guilt free fun keeping it too! Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments and encouragement.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mousey Fun

Morning to you all on this lovely sunny morning and I hope it's as nice where you are. I've got a couple of House Mouse cards for you today and both feature decoupage sheets from the Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse decoupage' CD.

The challenge theme over at CD Sunday is 'any old iron' so I thought 'pumping iron' and just could not resist these little meecies in the gym running that wheel and getting themselves fit. The papers are LOTV and the pearl hearts are from the Hobby House.

Now after all that excercise what does any self respecting mouse think of ?.... food and drink of course. So what better than a big mug of hot cocoa overflowing with marshmallows. The papers are Dovecraft 'Princess Fairytale', the bow is my NBUS Joanna Sheen Signature die and I added a couple of pearls to finish it off.

This is for Allsorts challenge 'food, food, glorious food' and also House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'food and/or drink'

I know they should have been excercising after over-indulging but that would have been no fun now would it?

Thanks for popping by today

Sunday, 2 April 2017

NBUS Trio with a Boo Boo

I've been using my NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) crafty goodies for my trio of cards today so that I can go over and join in Darnell's fabulous NBUS and Boo Boo challenge. I must admit to making several online shopping trips in anticipation of the event !

I was very lucky to win a voucher from Uniko in their birthday challenge and was able to add some fabulous stamps to my stash and also in the last NBUS challenge I won a Mini Misti - so again a big thank you to Bev and Darnell as you both made this first card possible. I used my NBUS Uniko 'Paradise Hummingbird' stamp set along with the Mini Misti and Memento inks to stamp the image and used chalks for the background. I would never have been able to stamp all the different colours with an acetate block and I'm loving being able to try new stamping techniques. I was so pleased with the way this turned out but I just could not get a photo that shows how lovely the colours really look

I'm also entering this in

Uniko challenge 'spring with an optiona twist of easter'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

My next card is a snippets make so I shall head over and see what the Playmates are up to in Pixie's Snippets Playground. I used my NBUS Woodware 'snow' stamp for this along with some LOTV paper snippets, the last snippet of silver ribbon and silver mirri-card for matting and punched snowflakes. I managed to pick this stamp up half price on sale so pretty pleased about that.

And I made my final card today for the Time Out challenge where the theme is 'inspired by words'

When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars

I was inspired by the rainbow part of this and using one of the stamps from the Uniko 'Background builders, round in circles' set I stamped rows of dots in rainbow colours. Then I went on to make a Boo Boo......  I used white embossing powder to stamp a sentiment from Penny Black 'Happy thoughts' stamp set (another NBUS) and of course it got completely 'lost' in the background. Determined not to be beaten I stamped the sentiment again on to a Marianne Design die-cut tag to hide the mess up and to finish I added an Impression Obsession cloud die (yet another NBUS)

and here's the boo boo

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. The sun is shining here and Hubby is getting restless so I think we'll be going out for a little stroll now.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Flowers and Butterflies

Hi everyone, hope you've all had a good week and ready for the weekend. Fingers crossed the nice weather we're having will last.

I've a couple of cards to show you today and the first uses some more of those large roses I'm trying to use up. The image is from a LOTV art pad, the dies are Tim Holtz stitched rectangles, patterned paper may be from The Hobby House (but not certain) and I added gold peel-off corners and sentiment and a butterfly to finish.

 I shall enter this in the following challenges

In The Pink challenge 'flower power'

Deep Ocean challenge 'flowers everywhere'

And my second card uses a leftover paper which may be Hunkydory (but again not certain) with Marianne Design butterfly dies and a Tattered Lace happy birthday die. I added quite a lot of Stickles around the butterflies and it looks much better IRL than in the photo.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Butterfly challenge 'butterflies + R for repeat and/or the colour night sky'

Double D challenge 'things that fly'

Thanks for popping by today and if you hadn't already heard there's a NBUS / Boo Boo challenge starting tomorrow over at Darnell's blog.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Winter followed by Spring

Well I know the clocks went forward in the UK but it feels like mine went on a whole week instead of an hour..... that last week really zipped by in a flash and I'm still trying to catch up with it! But I'm finally here and have a couple of makes to show you today.

The first is winter and I've used all Tim Holtz goodies for this one. I recycled the back of a very thick shop bought card to make a tag and gesso'd through a TH mini stencil 'holiday script'. When that was dry I heat embossed the TH 'holiday joy' snowflakes stamps around the edge (taking Darnell's advice to wipe first with an antistatic cloth) and then used 3 different blue Memento inks to add colour. Using the same TH 'holiday joy' set (which I won some time ago in the Playground) I stamped the trees, stag and snowflakes and cut with the matching dies. I added a good helping of Stickles to the snowflakes and then finished it all off with a piece of lace tied with some baker's twine. Not my normal style but I'm rather pleased with the way it turned out.

and here are a couple more that have caught the light and show up the layers and sparkle a little better 

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Country View challenge 'inspired by Tim Holtz'

Rudolph Days March challenge 'anything goes christmas'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'close to nature' my 2nd entry - I hope this fits the theme but if not please delete

Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'use more than one die or punch'

..... and following quickly on the heels of winter is spring (thanks goodness). Up until 1752 the first day of the new year here in England was 25th March (Lady Day) and to me it does feel more like a new year with the winter coming to an end and all the wonderful new growth and colours of the spring bulbs. I especially love the lilac and yellow crocuses, so they are the colours I picked to use with the wonderful Uniko 'beautiful blooms III' stamp. A very CAS card with a couple of lines embossed and a leftover sentiment from a decoupage sheet - this is definitely more my style. I was very lucky and won a voucher in Uniko's Birthday challenge so I have lots more fabulous stamps that I'll be able to show you next week when Darnell hosts her super NBUS challenge

I made this for the Uniko challenge 'spring with an optional theme of easter'

So that's it from me for now -  I'm off to take all the batteries out of the clocks as I reckon that's the only way I'll manage to have 24 hours in a day! Thanks for taking the time to call by today and I hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

CAS and a CASE

Good morning to you all and I hope you're having a happy and healthy weekend.

I've another twosome for you today and the first is a snippets make and also a CASE. I used Spellbinders Impressabilities 'flowers' to stencil the background with blue ink (doen't really show up in the photo though) and then attached it to a kraft card base. I used my NBUS Memory Box 'breezy waves' die for the branches and hand cut the leaves. For the nesting boxes I used an Xcut hexagon die which I trimmed along two sides, added some strips for the roof and punched a hole before hanging them from the branches with a hand drawn string. Finally I added a sentiment which was a magazine freebie - not sure if it was me or the sentiment but it looks a bit blurred so I think I'll have to do a cover up job before it goes flying off anywhere!

I'm skipping over to see Miss Di and the playmates at Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge as this was made entirely from snippets.....

and I'm also heading over to Time Out challenge as this was a CASE of Jenny's fabulous card below

and finally to AAA Cards challenge CAS game #86 - Diecuts

For my second card I've gone with an adorable Penny Black stamp 'here comes christmas' coloured with my usual Promarkers, chalks for the sky and a dash of Stickles for the snow. I added a Uniko sentiment from the 'most wonderful' stamp set, then matted with some red mirricard and attached to the card blank.

I've made this for the following challenges

Stamping Sensations challenge 'close to nature'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes' my 3rd entry

As You Like It challenge 'favourite stamp brand and why' my 3rd entry
It has to be Penny Black.... who could not fall in love with these little hedgies and they have so many images suitable for any occasion.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas with option no patterned paper'

So that's it from me for today. Thanks for popping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

More Flowers and a Mice Cuppa Tea

Hi everyone, I'm back with another couple of cards today and the first uses more of those large roses I'm trying to get rid of. The paper is Dovecraft 'princess fairytale' with some oddments of lace and ribbon added before attaching to the card blank. The sentiment is a Woodware stamp which I cut with a Tattered Lace nesting die and then matted on to some card that I cut cut with the next size die. The sprig die is Marianne Designs which I've had for eons and now finally given up on - no matter how much I've tried it just won't cut properly any more despite using quick release foam, trying to sharpen it with foil, using it in different machines, etc - so now it's finally in the bin. The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn die with a couple of pearls added and to finish I added some sparkle with Stickles.

 I made this for Mrs A's Butterfly challenge where it's butterflies and E for edges and/or the colour mint green.

For my second card I printed one of the sheets from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse decoupage CD. The yellow striped paper is from another House Mouse CD, the green paper is a leftover from the card above and I added some ribbon and pearls to finish it off.

I made this for the following challenges

CD Sunday challenge 'enjoy tea / coffee'   and these little meecies are certainly doing that!

Deep Ocean challenge 'dots and/or stripes'

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'let's have a party / anything goes option'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I'm off now to pour myself a cuppa and put my feet up.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

And A Twosome To Follow

After my trio of cards on Friday all I've managed for today is a twosome and the first is using the Penny Black 'hello friend' stamp set. I stamped the image and sentiment and then used a circle die to cut out the balloon part of the image which I coloured with Promarkers. After sticking the stamped card to a leftover piece of paper and then on to a base card I popped the circle back in place using some sticky pads.

I shall enter this in the following chalenges

Time Out challenge 'love and/or friendship with the option of spotlight stamping' It's their 3rd Birthday Party

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'   my 2nd entry

As You Like It challenge 'favourite stamp brand and why'   my2nd entry
Penny Black... I just can't resist all the fabulous images

And for my twosome.... well I decided to have another go with flowers and it was as much a hair pulling excercise for me as the one I showed you in my last post. First off I embossed a piece of white card with a Craftwell 'delicate dots' folder, wrapped some light grey and white ribbon around it, then attached it to a 7 inch card base. I have a fabulous NBUS die from Tonic called 'wild vine circle' which is a set of 4 dies so can be cut in several ways and I cut 2 with centres from white card and one without the centre from silver card which I layered up (offsetting the first 2 white ones). So far, so good but then it came to the flowers and pearl spray and after I managed to get them stuck in place and hopefully looking okay I added a silver peel off corner, some gems and a bow.....  then I came to add a sentiment which I'd printed off and cut with a wavy edged circle die and I realised I'd stuck the flowers down so well that the circle wouldn't slip under them! So after a bit of thought (and a few expletives) I printed off another sentiment and cut it (freehand) into a banner which I actually think looks better than the original circle. Now I've only got another nine of those large roses to throw in the bin use in a creative way !!

and this shows the silver colour of the wreath better

I made this for the Win & Tonic February challenge and used the technique 'bling' the product 'Tonic' and the theme 'happy anything'

So that's it from me for today, I'm off to have a bit of a spring clean and sort through my folders of digi stamps and get them all backed up. Hope you all have a great week.

Friday, 10 March 2017

A trio of Cards

Well I have no idea where that last week disappeared to but I have managed some crafty time and also do a bit of housework into the bargain.... and I have three cards to show you today so make yourself a cuppa and get comfy.

So here's the first ot them using a fabulous stamp called 'va voom' from Penny Black which I coloured with Promarkers. I also used chalks to add a light shading of blue and green around the image for the sky and grass but it doesn't really show up in the photo. The design is so quick and CAS with just a couple of corners punched and a ribbon tied round before sticking to the base card. I haven't added a sentiment yet as I'm not sure if it will be a birthday card or just happy mail.

I shall enter this card in the following challenges

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

Rubber Dance Stamps Colour challenge 'magenta, yellow, turquoise'

As You Like It challenge 'favourite stamp brand and why'

That definitely has to be Penny Black - they have such a wide variety of images suitable for every occasion and are a dream to ink up - and I have more of that brand than any other as I just can't resist their new releases.

Penny Black Saturday challenge 'bright and cheerful colours'

On to my second card... Now as I played truant from the Playground last fortnight I knew I had to have a play with some snippets before Parsnip sent me off to stand in a corner, so I used 3 strips of leftover LOTV papers to cover a 5 x 7 inch base card. I used my usual Promarkers and chalks to colour a Bugaboo 'scene it easter' digistamp before cutting it with a Tim Holtz 'stitched rectangle' die. I also used a snippet of pink card cut with another of the rectangle dies to mount the image before adding the butterfly, flower and ribbon.

This card is heading over to the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use snippets'

Double D challenge 'think spring'

Noor Design UK challenge 'spring'

And finally card number three..... which I must admit took me an absolute age to make and I almost gave up on (several times).  I have some 12 x 12 papers and a bag of flowers which I was tempted to bin but then I decided 'nothing ventured' as they say. I folded an A4 card for the base and used one of the sheets to cover it, then used a piece of the same sheet to cover a strip of white card before adding a length of ribbon and sticking to the base card. The dies are Memory Box 'chloe stem' and 'catalina wreath' (cut several times and glued together for extra strength) and the small daisies are a Dovecraft punch with some gems in the centres. I added two of the largest flowers, ribbon, butterfly, pearls, a sentiment left over from a decoupage sheet and a Clearly Besotted sentiment stamped onto a die cut circle. I really have difficulty with mulberry flowers and this style of card - and I've now got to make a box for this to fit in!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Memory Box challenge 'ribbons'

Scrapy Land challenge 'anything goes with a brand of die that Scrapy Land sells'

Cute Card Thursday challenge 'for mothers / ladies only'

Happy Little Stampers challenge 'anything goes with dies'

Phew after all that I need a cuppa myself. Hope you all have a fun crafty filled weekend - I shall be spending mine wondering how to use up the rest of those flowers!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Uniko Digi and Wings

Hi everyone, I hope you've all had a great weekend. I had a crafty play this afternoon and put together a card using a fabulous free digistamp from Uniko - you can find details of how to get this and 3 others in the Uniko blog post here - Thank you Bev.

I made a card base from a piece of patterned card I've had for ages (so not sure of the brand) and then added a piece of white card embossed with a Craftwell 'argyle' folder.. The image was coloured with my usual Promarkers and then I added a Happy Little Stampers 'happy birthday' sentiment using my fabulous mini Misti. The butterfly and ribbon are also from my old stash.

Sorry about the awful photos, there is actually lot more colour to the flowers than it shows in either of them. Roll on better weather and more light! It's definitely one of those cards that looks so much nicer IRL.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Uniko 5th Birthday challenge 'birthday card'

Tuesday Throwdown challenge 'things with wings'

The Ribbon Girl challenge 'anything goes card'

Thanks for your visit today and for taking the time to leave a comment.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Mice and Joyful

I've been rather distracted this week as Dad had to go in hospital for an operation... he's home now and doing well and yesterday I was determined to make a card so I picked out a decoupage that I'd made up a couple of weeks ago. It's one of those super sweet images of the little mice family from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse decoupage CD and I cut it down to a square before matting on to gold mirri-card. The holly leaves are a Tattered Lace die with a few pearls added and the 'joy' is a Tim Holtz matching stamp and die.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

CD Sunday challenge 'punches and/or dies'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas'
ABC Christmas challenge 'e for edge / f for family / g for girls' I picked f for the House Mouse family
Die Cut Divas challenge 'for thee love of animals / pets'
Making Memories challenge 'add some layers'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great weekend. I'm off to visit Dad and take his shopping but hopefully I'll get round to visit you later and maybe even have time for a crafty play.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Christmas Robin

I'm here today with a quick make christmas card. I love robins and this stamp called 'pretty perch' from Penny Black is my all time favourite. I coloured it with Promarkers, chalked the sky and added Stickles to the snow. The card base, image and matting layer from silver mirricard were all cut with QuicKutz nesting dies and to finish I added a sentiment from Uniko 'most wonderful' stamp set.

This one is a bit darker but I think it shows the 'glisten' in the snow better

I have quite a few challenges for this one so here goes

Penny Black and More challenge 'use your favourite stamp'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'animal magic'
Country View challenge 'time challenge 30 minutes or under'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'anything goes christmas - a tribute to Eileen'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas'
February Rudolph Days challenge 'anything goes christmas'
ABC Christmas challenge 'c for creatures, d for dimension'
Fab 'n' Funky challenge 'christmas'
Creative Corner challenge 'winter wonderland'
Ruber Dance challenge 'layers'

Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. Hope you all have a great day and I'll be round to visit you over the weekend

Friday, 24 February 2017

Best Friends Forever

Well I think I've completely lost the plot this week when it comes to what day of the week it is - I had a bit of a rush to finish this card for a challenge as I was convinced today was Saturday and now I realise it's only Friday!

I've used another of the fabulous sheets from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse Decoupage CD with some magazine freebie papers and ribbon and pearls to finish.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

CD Sunday challenge 'friendship, love and romance'

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'give us a bow'

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. I'm off now to enjoy the extra day I found!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Time Out GDT part 2

Hi everyone, I've lost a day somewhere this week and nearly forgot to schedule this post! It's another card for my GDT spot over at Time Out where there is a fabulous photo to give you inspiration for this fortnight's challenge.

I was inspired by the hot air ballons but as I own neither a stamp or die I had to improvise a little and used some circle dies to make them and embossed the larger two with a Craftwell folder. The background paper was a leftover piece I had lying around and I used a Clearly Besotted stamp for the sentiment, twisting it to follow the shape of the balloons.

and here's the inspiration photo

Thanks for popping by and I do hope you'll pop over and see all the fabulous creations the DT have made.