Saturday, 31 December 2016

Who Let the Dog Out

This is going to be a bit of a picture heavy post, I made this card for my good friend Kay and before I go any further I wanted to wish her a very happy birthday.

So this card was a bit of a labour of love, it took a while and was a project I did in between others and not all in one go. The first thing I did was the wall background, I used the brick stencil and paver red ink both from MFT and inked the whole back of the card. I didn't have a grass die so I used the icicle border and cut it from white card, used twisted citroen and mowed lawn distress inks to colour it and placed it around the outside. It looked a bit plain so I cut a fence and added that and then it looked better lol.

I cut the window using a memory box die and layered several with a layer of acetate in the middle. The hole on the card was cut by hand and is smaller than the window so I had something to adhere to.

It was a fun project and I hope Kay likes it. When I finished even Hubbie liked it and suggested making a christmas version for our neighbours, I said maybe next year lol.

Stencil: "brick" with "paver red" ink both MFT
Grass: "icicle" die from MFT coloured with "twisted citroen" and "mowed lawn" distress inks
Fence: "picket fence" mft
Window: "grand madison" Memory Box
Dogs: "lucky dog" MFT
Sofa, pictures and rug: "make yourself at home" MFT
Wallpaper: "damask" background stamp from MFT stamped with "blu raspberry" ink
Floor: "wood plank" from western backgrounds from MFT
Sentiment: "tiny tags" Our Daily Bread
Cushion: "playful pooches" Clearly Besotted

Friday, 30 December 2016

Owl Nerd - Geek is Chic

Even though this card is straight the angle of the image and also the spiral stencil make it seem as though its spinning, to be honest its making me feel dizzy just typing the post lol.

Its a simple card as I wanted the image to stand out and not be dominated by the background, I'm not sure I completely succeeded though lol.

Image: "owl nerd" Pink and Main
Background:"spiral" stencil from Dutch Doobadoo using Blu Raspberry dye ink
Dies: Blueprints 2 and notepad both MFT
Card: "blu raspberry" MFT

Owl - E79, 77, 74, 71, 70, YR07, 04, Y38, YR24, 23, 21
Trainer - N3, 2, 1, YR24, 23, 21, BG15, 13, 11

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Blissed Out

You might recognise this paper from the cards I posted a few days ago, this was a left over piece so I'm off for a skate on the frozen snippet playground pond.

I tried to colour the dog to look like my friends Chihuahua even though its clearly not a Chihuahua lol.

I apologise for the really blurry photos lately, I have been struggling to get them taken before the last post and I know I need to start earlier next year, I know I say that every year lol.

Image:"blissed out" Strawberry kisses from Crafters Companion
Sentiment: "creative stamper"
Paper: "all i want for christmas" echo park at Jessica Sprague
Dies: Cross stitch rectangle from MFT

Holly - R89, 39, YG97, 95, 93
Spoon - N4, 3, 2,
Pudding - E79, 77, 74
Dog - E35, 34, 33, 31, T8, 6, 5, 4

Challenges - Snippet Playground

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Penguins in Paradise

I was inspired by Nichol Spohr and her fab scene cards. I hadn't used these penguins and my friend is a huge, huge penguin fan, now normally I make her a penguin card for Christmas but I thought why not use this set and make her a birthday card.

Once I decided what I was going to do it came together easily, I used the surf and turf slider dies for the waves which was the only die I wasn't sure I had. I did use the matching dies but I had to cut one of the trees by hand as I wanted it to curve.

The finished card does have a sentiment on it above the trees but I had forgotten to stamp one before I took the photo.

Image: "penguins in paradise" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1, Surf and Turf, Sunny Skies, Stitched Valley all MFT
Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Antique linen, Tea Rose, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilised Amber

Penguins - N8, 7, 6, 5, 2, 0 YR68, 65
Ball - R24, 29, YR09, 04, Y17, 15, 13, YG17, 23, 21, B26, 24, V17, 15
Trees - YG67, 17, 23, E35, 34, 31
Shorts - B97, 95, 93, 91
Drink - Y15, 13, B24, R09, 06
Lolly - E51, 50, YR09, 07, 04

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Stroppy Jumper - Boy

As you can probably tell this is almost the same as yesterdays card but this one is for the Mother-in-Law so it had to be a little boy. It does remind me of Hubbie not that he is stroppy of course lol.

Image: "stroppy jumper" lili of the valley digistamp
Paper: "all i want for christmas" Echo Park at Jessica Sprague
Card: "new leaf" Paertrey ink
Dies: crealies XXL stitched circles and squares, spellbinders scalloped circles.
Sentiment: "mini banners 2" clearly besotted

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Wrapping Paper - E42, 41, R29, YG67
PJs - B04, 02, 01, N2, 1, 0
Jumper - R29, 27, 24, YG67, 17, 25, N2, 1, 0

Monday, 26 December 2016

Stroppy Jumper - Girl

This was the card I made for my Mum for this christmas. I knew as soon as I saw this image it would be perfect. I did buy it in digi version as I thought I could make it larger and easier to colour but in the end it is only about 30% bigger and was still quite fiddly lol.

She did smile when she opened it so that is a good sign that she liked it, I hope lol.

Image: "stroppy jumper" lili of the valley digistamp
Paper: "all i want for christmas" Echo Park at Jessica Sprague
Card: "real red" Stampin Up
Dies: crealies XXL stitched circles and squares, spellbinders scalloped circles.
Sentiment: "mini banners 2" clearly besotted

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Wrapping Paper - E42, 41, R29, YG67
Leggings - B04, 02, 01
Jumper - E59, 57, 35, R29, 27, 24, 22, YG67, 17, 25, N2, 1, 0

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to pop on and say a

"Very Merry Christmas Everyone"

I am scheduling this post as I will probably be up to my armpits in potato peelings when this goes live.

I wanted to thank you all for reading this little blog and for all your comments and friendship throughout the year, it means the world to me.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Special Delivery

My neighbour and good friend has a huge grey fluffy cat and every year I try to make her a card with a cat on it.

I had forgotten I had this stamp but I was looking for a dog one (you might have to wait a while to see that one) and I came across this set. The cat had a bow on her head but as the cat in question is a guy I masked it as best as I could. I can still see a few lines but they look like head creases on the pillow I hope.

Image: "special delivery" Strawberry kisses for Crafters Companion
Sentiment: "mini banners 2" clearly besotted
Paper: "home for the holidays" Doodlebug
Card" New leaf" Papertrey ink
Dies: crealies xxl stitched circles and square, spellbinders scalloped circles

Cat - T6, 5, 4, 3
Red - R89, 39 37
Green - G28, 07, 05
Light green - YG17, 25, 03
Tissue - YG03, 01, 00

Friday, 23 December 2016

White Christmas Version 2

This is the second version of the one from yesterday, this time I used the snowman and I think I should have used the car and tree as well, oh well there is always next year.

Images: "white christmas" Stampin Up
Sentiment: "christmas sparkle" Clearly Besotted,
Embossing Powder: "liquid platinum" Ranger
Dies: Blueprints 29

Shadow - W1, 0
Snowman - W2, 0, R29, YG67
Trees - E77
Sky - B69, 66

Thursday, 22 December 2016

White Christmas

I made an almost identical card to this a few years ago and as I am fast running out of ideas for cards I decided to recreate it again.

On the previous one I inked the background this time I decided to copic colour. I used different colours than I intended as my B26 was awaiting a refill and I think this is a combo for future reference as it's a lovely shade.

Images: "white christmas" Stampin Up
Sentiment: "christmas sparkle" Clearly Besotted,
Embossing Powder: "liquid platinum" Ranger
Dies: Blueprints 29

Shadow - W1, 0
Bear - W2, 0
Trees - E77
Sky - B69, 66

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Hero Arts Bottle Brush Trees

Another extremely clean and simple card, the UK postage has been making my card making simpler and simpler over the years as lots of layers equals lots of pennies to post lol.

I bought this set in the sale last year at the same time as the crystal ornament and I was determined to use it for at least a few of this years cards. I ended up making four identical and think this is the way to go for my bulk making in future, any more than four and i get bored.

Image: "bottle brush trees" Hero Arts
Inks: "jellybean green" and "wild cherry" both MFT
Dies: Blueprints 24 from MFT
Card: "jellybean green" from MFT
Embossing: "fine gold" Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Hero Arts Deer

As soon as I saw Jennifer McGuire use this set in the summer I knew I had to get it. It was extremely difficult set to get in the UK so I had to wait until my October Florida trip to get my hands on it. I am so glad I did as I loved using it. 

When I first tried it I used a combination of different manufacturer's inks and colours but I couldn't get the look I wanted so after seeing Kay use the Altenew inks I bought the "coffee break" set. Oh my goodness what a difference, they are tonal and work perfectly together, I think even thought I have enough inks to open a store I will be getting all the sets they offer lol.

I also used an impression plate to give a pretty plain card a bit of interest and as I used both sides of the plate I have showed both examples. The plate gives a lovely finish and is another thing I'm going to be buying more of. I made this design in bulk and also made it in red but I forgot to take a photo before they went in the post.

Image: "layering deer" Hero Arts
Sentiment: "grand sayings" MFT
Ink: Altenew coffee break set for the deer and Pinfeathers from Papertrey ink for the sentiment
Card: pinefeathers and primitive white both Papertrey Ink
Dies: Blueprints 13 and "aida" impression plate from Papertrey Ink

Monday, 19 December 2016

Craft Group

I attend a weekly craft group at a very lovely ladies house and this is the style of card I made for them this year. I used different images on each one and also took this picture before I added the white gel pen snow but you get the idea lol.

I was in such a rush to get them made, written and handed out before we finished for christmas that I had sealed the envelopes before I photographed them, I must be more organised next year lol.

Image: "icicle" Purple Onion Designs
Background: "snowy View" Purple Onion Designs
Sentiment: "bottle brush trees" Hero Arts
Dies: Blueprints 29 from MFT

Bear - W2, 1, 0
Hat and Scarf - G28, 46, 24, R39, 37
Sky - B69, 66
Trees - E37, G29, 46
Snow - BG000, 0000, blender

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Merry - Purple Onion Designs

I have a good friend who is a bit of a penguin fan, so every time I see a cute penguin I want to buy it. Now I already have enough penguin stamps to make her a christmas card for at least twenty years but these "Stacey Yacula" designs from Purple Onion get me everytime. I just looked and there are new designs for this year, oh please someone stop me lol.

Image: "merry" Purple Onion Designs
Dies: Blueprints 1, 2 and basic stitched lines all MFT
Sentiment: "think big favourites 20" Papertrey ink stamped with "wild cherry" MFT ink
Papers: "home for the holidays" Doodlebug
Card: "sour apple" MFT

Penguin - YR07, 04, T8, 7, 6, 5, 2, 0
Present - YG67, 17, 25, 03, 00
Ribbon - R89, 39, 37, 35

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Beary Special Christmas

This is another image coloured for the colouring challenge but this was the july/august challenge and its finally made it onto a card. I think I still have a few images from that challenge to use in fact I have so many coloured images I don't think I need pick up a pen for at least a month lol.

I have used this design before and for quick and easy cards its a blast. Not much else to say except I used a new paper pad and I'm pleased with myself for cutting into it straight away lol.

Image: "bears special birthday bears" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1, 2 and basic stitched lines all MFT
Sentiment: "think big favourites 20" Papertrey ink stamped with "pine feathers" Papertrey Ink ink
Papers: "jingle all the way" First Edition
Card: "pine feathers" Papertrey Ink

Friday, 16 December 2016

Pergamano Flower Girl

These are such delicate and beautifully drawn images, they are quite fiddly to colour as they are so delicate but the end result is worth it though. 

As with most things these stamps have been around for a while, I wanted them but they were quite difficult to get hold of. I decided I didn't need them and then I spotted them lurking in a store and that was it I had to have them. There are four images in the set, each one is beautiful and I am hoping that they might make it on a card before 2018 lol.

Image: "flower girls" Pergamano
Paper: "hello summer" echo park
Card: "lovely lady" Papertrey ink
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2 both mft, crealies inside out circles, spellbinders scalloped circle, cut happy birthday

Skin - E21, 00, 000, 93
Hair - E30, 31, 34
Dress - R85, 83, 81
Water - BG11, 10,
Flowers - Y17, 15, 13, 11
Dragonfly - BV02, 00

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ugly Jumper

I must say this everytime I make a card but I can't believe I've not used this stamp before. It was an absolute joy to colour and was part of the November 30 day colouring challenge. I have been much better during this challenge at making the coloured images into cards. I have been trying to turn them into cards once a week, this does mean that the card style is almost identical and you might be thinking this is very similar to the two snow globes from earlier in the week and of course you would be right lol.

Image : "ugly sweater" Robertos rascals from CC Designs
Sentiment : "Ugly sweater" Simon Says Stamp, stamped in "wild cherry" MFT ink
Embossing Folder: "cable knit" Papermania
Card: "sour apple" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 29
Dots: Doodlebug

Skin - E11, 00, 000
Hair - E79, 77, 74
Trousers - N6, 5, 4
Boots - N8, 7, 6, R39, 37
Sweater - YG67, 17, 03, R89, 39, 37, 35

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Fireman Sam

I can't believe this image was released in 2009, Mo's designs have a real timeless quality.

The colour scheme for this might seem a little random but there is a popular children's TV show here called "fireman Sam" and I used the colours of the uniform on the little guy.

I've used the same layout as this card, I was going to use the layout from the second birthday cards from last year but I was in the zone and it was made before I even thought about it.

Image: "playing Firefighter" Mos Digital Pencil
Paper: "toyshop" from Nit Wit
Card: "real red" from Stampin up
Dies: XXL stitched square from crealies, basic border, square stax and zigzag square stax all MFT, alphabet soup from Memory box and numbers from Papertrey Ink

Skin - E11, 00, 000, E93
Hat - Y19, 15, 13
Badge - YR24, 23, 21
Jacket - B28, 26, 24, 23
Boots - N8, 6
Fire Engine - R29, 24, E37, W8, 6, N3, 1, B26
Blocks - B26, 24, 23, Y19, 15, 13, YG17, 23, 21, R29, 27, 24, 14
Ground - W5, 3, 1
Ladder and Dog - E35

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Ready Set Snow

Looks like the winter unicorn will have to wait yet again lol. I am sure it will get made at some point but at the moment everytime I colour and cut this snow globe I end up popping a snowman/men inside lol.

Image: "ready set snow" Lawn Fawn
Dies: Blueprints 29 and 1
Card: "real red" stampin up

Blue - B24, 23, 21
Red - R29, 27, 24
Silver - N4, 2, 0
Brown - E79, 77, 74

Monday, 12 December 2016

Oh By Golly

The lawn fawn snow globe can be used with loads of the small lawn fawn sets and loads of other small sets as well. I was originally going to pop the winter unicorn in this globe but I had this small snowman sitting on my desk and he fitted perfectly, looks like I'm going to have to make another one for the unicorn now lol.

Image: "oh by golly" Darcie, "ready set snow" Lawn Fawn
Dies: Blueprints 29 and 1
Card: "real red" Stampin Up
Distress ink: "tumbled glass" and "broken china"
Embossing folder: Sizzix

Snowman - YG97, 95, R27, 24, BG000, C7, 5, E74, YR07, 04
Sentiment - N4, 2, 0
Base - E79, 77, 74

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hero Arts Crystal Ornaments

I bought this set back in the January sales and had loads of ideas, of course I was sick of making christmas cards then so I didn't execute any and then when I come to use it this year, zilch, nada, diddly, no ideas at all lol.

In the end I decided to just stamp them, gold heat emboss and colour with gansai tambi starry watercolours. It is hard to tell in the photo but each bauble is a different gold colour, in the light they simply sparkle.

I made the same card twice and have added both colour variations, I don't have a favourite but you might



Image: "crystal ornaments" Hero Arts
Colour: "starry" Gansai Tambi
Card: "cherry cobbler" Stampin Up and "pinefeathers" Papertrey Ink, gold is from my scrap box
Dies: Blueprints 27
Sentiment: "keep it simple - merry christmas" Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powder: "gold fine" Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Happy Birthday MUM

This is another of the huge cards I make for my Mum's birthday. I wasn't intending using these papers as I used them a few years ago for her but I had already coloured the image and they matched perfectly so it felt the way to go.

I actually coloured the image way back in August as part of the first 30 day challenge I took part in so I don't have a list of the copics and that determined the way the card was going to go lol.

I wanted to wish my MUM a very happy birthday and let her know I was thinking of her xx

Image:" Tutu Sweet" From Penny Black drawn by Mo Manning
Paper: "giddy up" Carte Bella from Jessica Sprague
Card: "blu raspberry" mft and "raspberry fizz" Papertrey ink
Sentiment: "happy birthday" die from Simon Says Stamp
Dies:Oval stax and Small scalloped oval stax both MFT
Punches: Martha Stewart

Friday, 9 December 2016

Beast Friends

You might notice a pattern emerging the more cards I post, yes I have jumped on the Yeti bandwagon and I can't see me getting off anytime soon. This yeti is uber cute and part of a set from MFT, yes before you ask there will be more Yeti cards lol.

I kept this one pretty simple as I normally do, it could probably do with some stickles on the snow but then its done lol.

Image: "beast friends" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1, 2 and 13 all mft and Creoles inside out circles
Card: "lavender fields" mft
Sentiment: "hanging around" Clearly besotted
Paper: "winter wishes" Echo Park

Yeti - W2, 1, 0, E11, 00, 000
Scarf - V28, 25, 22

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Are you Yeti to Party?

This si the other image in the Darcie "yeti to party" set, I fell in love with his cute grin. He was the first one I coloured but not the first card I made. I used the diagonal stripe on the polar bear and thought why not make an almost identical card this time. I love colouring the stripes with copics, and putting it all back together feels like a jigsaw puzzle.

Image and sentiment: "yeti to party" Darcie
Dies: Stripe coverup from MFT
Card: "blue raspberry" mft

White fur - W3, 2, 1, 0
Blue fur - BG11, 13, 23

Blue - BG13
Green - YG13

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Kady with Dollie

Finally the last third birthday card of 2016, I went with a different image for this one, think this might be the fourth birthday image for the girls next year. Its another Mo Manning, just love the expressions she manages to capture.

Not much to say about this one, different image, papers and card but the same layout as all the others. All I do know is next year I am making these much earlier as once I decide on the layout, which I always find the most difficult then I'm not going to procrastinate I'm just going to do.

Image : "Kady" from Mos digital pencil
Paper: "Tippy Toes" from Nit Wit
Card: "sour apple" from MFT
Dies: xxl stitched square and inside out circles both crealies, small scalloped circles from MFT, stitched hillside borders from lawn fawn, alphabet soup from memory box and numbers from papertrey ink

Skin - E21, 00, 000, 93
Hair - E23, 25, 27, 29
Cardigan - R22, 21, 20
Skirt - YG25, 23, 21
Doll - E34, 31, E121, 00, 000, 93, R21, 20, SK09
Ground - W2, 1

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Darcie Polar Bear

I was just leaving a store in Florida when I spotted new stock waiting to go out and this uber cute polar bear just begged to be brought home with me, there is also a yeti (hence the sets name) which I have also coloured and am in the process of making into an almost identical card ( look out for that soon).

I have used a similar cover up die a lot recently so I knew that I had to get the other version too, unusually for me I have used it already, normally I wait until Ive had an item at least six months before I use it lol.

Image: "yeti to party " Darcie
Sentiment: creative stamper issue
Dies: "diagonal stripe cover up" from MFT

Bear - W2, 1, 0
Coffee cup - R89, 39, 37, E34, 31, N2, 0
Jumper - R89, 39, 37, B26, 24, 23, 21
Scarf - R89, 39, 37, B26, 24, 23

Red Stripe - R39
Blue Stripe - B23

Monday, 5 December 2016

Great Outdoors - Penny Black

There was another 30 day colouring challenge in November and I decided to colour mostly Christmas images this time, this is one and I have been trying to get them made onto cards so expect to see lots more during the month of December.

I enjoy the colouring challenge more than I can say, I was more organised in July though and used different companies each day. This challenge started after I had just arrived home from a Florida trip and my jet lag was horrendous and any sort of organisation was way beyond my abilities lol, still i took part and enjoyed it and thats the most important part.

Image: "great outdoors" Penny Black transparent set
Sentiment: Creative Stamper
Dies: Blueprints 13 from mft stamps

Skin - E000, 00, 11
Hair - E79, 77, 74
Coat and Hat - R89, 39, 37, N7
Scarf - B26, 23, R39
Snow - BG000
Reindeer - E49, 59, 57l, 55, 34, 31, R39, 37
Reindeer Scarft - YG17, 25
Baubles - B26, 23, YG17, 25, Y15, 11

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Beautiful Baby Boy

We have a few baby boys due around here so expect to see a few cards over the next few months, its always exciting when a new baby arrives.

This is my goto design for new babies and I suppose once the little brothers and sisters start arriving I will need to change it but until then if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Image: "baby blanket" Clear set from Lili of the Valley
Papers: "baby boy" Nit Wit
Card: "green parakeet" Papertrey ink
Dies: Notched border, circle stax and stitched circle stax all mft and xxl stitched squares from Crealies

Skin - E000, 00, 21, 11
Hat and Onesie -
Blanket - YG13, 11, 00
Ground - E43, 42, 41, 40
Sky -  BG 11, 10

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Purrfect Kittens

My friend has two black cats, one short hair and one long hair. I have tried to recreate them on this card but they do look very dark in the photo where as in real life they are more dark grey than black.

Images: "you're purrfect" Clearly Besotted
Paper: "snap" Simple Stories
Sentiment: Papermania but not sure what set

Collar - R24
Pillow - BG18, 15, 13
Short Hair Cat - T7, 6, 5, R20, 00
Long Hair Cat - T9, 8, 7, 6, R20, 00, R24

Friday, 2 December 2016

Tis the Season to Prance

I am/was so upset when Clearly Besotted decided to take a break, I am such a big fan so I knew I had to get this set as I would be kicking myself later if I couldn't make at least a few cards with it.

I wanted the deer to be jumping but I used the wrong slider discs so he not only jumps he spins as well lol. I'm hoping to get the slider discs and make a few more, I also need to remember every card needs a Rudolph.

Image: "Let's Prance" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "Let's Prance" Clearly Besotted
Dies: Blueprints 27, Circle slider dies
Card: "cherry Cobbler" Stampin Up

Reindeer - E39, 37, 35, 34, 33, 31
Accessories - R89, 39, 37, 35

Thursday, 1 December 2016

I Hope Santa Spoils you Rotten

Last year I set myself the task of posting each and every day in December and I enjoyed it so much I'm going to try again this year.

Yet again the first Christmas cards I make are for my Florida friends, I try to get them made and sent early as I don't want them to not get them in time.

Last year one of them gave me a card with this little elf, of course I then needed the set lol.

I've made them fairly simple and almost flat as postage is quite expensive but they are worth it.

Image: Santa's Elves
Background: "candy stripes bold prints" Hero Arts
Ink: "electric red" and "jellybean green" both MFT
Dies: "stitched scallop basic edges" MFT

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair - E77
Red - R89, 39, 37, 35
Green - YG67, 17, 25
Holly - R35, 32, YG23
Gold - YR23, 21