Sunday, 20 August 2017

Zero Calories

Sometimes you see an image and all that springs to mind is rainbow, well this was that image. I enjoyed colouring them all and I love this design of card, it is very much inspired by Nichol Spoor who makes this design look effortless but believe me it isn't. When its this simple every mistake shows up, I can tell that the border isn't quite straight, when I measured it is is less than 2mm but I can still see it lol.

Image: "zero calories" Your Next Stamp
Dies: Basic scalloped border edges from mft
Paper: "rainbow plaid" Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: "comfort food additions" Papertrey Ink

Red - R29, 24, 14
Orange - YR09, 07, 04
Yellow - Y17, 15, 13
Green - YG17, 25, 03
Aqua - BG15, 13, 11
Blue - B26, 24, 23
Violet - V17, 15, 12
Pink - RV09, 06, 04
Brown - E35, 34, 31

Monday, 14 August 2017

Another Get Well Wish

I needed a get well card quickly and as I just got this image I decided to use her again. I have been inspired by the MFT design team for the layout and as my mojo is still missing I can see being inspired is going to become a feature lol. 

I am not going to let my lack of mojo stop me creating or playing though. I don't struggle with colour or papers even just the layout so if being inspired helps me make cards and I am happy with the result then long may it continue to inspire me.

Image: "bed rest" Pure Innocence for MFT
Paper: from MFT
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched circle and Basic scalloped borders from MFT
Card: "grapesicle" MFT

Friday, 11 August 2017

Fairy Wishes

I was trying to resist the distress oxide inks as I don't have the full set of normal distress inks I thought it would be easy but it sure wasn't. On a recent trip to Florida I discovered Michaels were stocking the oxides and you could use coupons so I bought all the colours they had, not sure why they didn't stock all twelve but still I am not complaining lol.

All I did on this card was blend then sprinkle with water, it looked so much like a fairy trail that I went with it and I am pleased with how it turned out.

Images: "fairy happy" MFT Stamps
Dies: "scalloped frames" Gina Marie Designs
Background : "worn lipstick" and "wilted violet" Distress Oxides

Brunette Fairy - E11, 00, 000, R20, V06, 05, 04, 01, 000, RV14, 13, 11, 10, E59, 57, 35
Blonde Fairy - E11, 00, 000, R20, V06, 05, 04, 01, 000, RV14, 13, 11, 10, E34, 31, 30

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Great Dane

Friends of ours have a great dane who is still a puppy although he is the size of a shetland pony. He is one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever encountered and he loves to lean on you, he also thinks he is a lap dog which is too funny lol.

I knew I had to get this image and make a card for my friend as he loves his dog and I can imagine him stealing a party hat and wearing it too.

Image: "dane" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "" mft
Sentiment: "making cards"

Dane - E35, 34, 31, 30, 59
Ground - W3, 1, 0
Hat -  Y17, 13, YG17, 25, R29, 24, B39, 37, 34
Collar - Y17, B39, 37, 34

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lili of the Valley New Home

I have made this type of card before with eiffel towers and a penguin, that card was inspired by a new home card made by the MFT design team. I have had that card in the back of my mind ever since so when I needed a new home card I drew inspiration from it. The keys from Clearly besotted are much smaller but work just the same. It was a lot of fun to create the background for this card and I can see it being used again in the future. Some techniques are one time only but this one is definitely not one of those.

Image: "three kind mice key" Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Computer generated
Dies: Blueprints 13 from MFT and key to my heart from Clearly Besotted (retired)
Card: "real red" Stampin Up

Mouse - W6, 4, 2, 0
Key - N3, 1
Grass - YG17, 25, 03
Sky - BG11, 10
Label - R29, 27, 24, 14

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Fireman Shaker Card

A different shaker card from me this time, I thought wouldn't it be fun to have the sequins represent water. I used images from different companies and then discovered I own no blue I had to buy some. Other colours might have fallen into the basket also lol.

I enjoyed this card so I might try this style again, not for a bit though as I am recovering from sequin spillage lol.

Images: "fireman" Lili of the Valley "toy fire station" Just Inklined
Card:  "real red" from Stampin Up
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched shares and circles
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" paper trey ink
Sequins: clear, iridescent and blue all from Michaels

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair - E34
Jacket - N7, 6, 5, 4, Y13, 11
Helmet - Y15, 13, 11, N4, 2, 1
Hose - R29, 24, 14
Ground - W3, 1
Sky - B21
Building - N4, 3, 2, 1, 0
Engine - R29, 24, 14

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Whizzing By

The last two years since this little boy was born have whizzed by in a flash, I am still stunned that he is two, gorgeous, funny, smily and two lol.

This is a twist on the design I used two years ago, I printed the image larger so the original design didn't work but Im hoping this does.

Image: "leon" Wee  Stamps
Paper: "party animal" Nit Wit
Card: "orange zest" from Papertrey ink and "bashful blue" (retired) from Stampin Up
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched shares and circles
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" paper trey ink

Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Jacket - YR17, 25, 03
Car - N9, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1, Y13, 15, YR09, 07, 04, B06, 04, 02, 01

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sleepy Sloth

My BIL has a nickname and it happens to be sloth so I have wanted a sloth set for his card for a while. I was going to get the MFT one but when I saw this set from Clearly Besotted I knew it was perfect. I have used a card by Michelle as my inspiration and I like the clean, simple elegance of it.

Image: "Hang in there" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "avocado soup" Jillibean Soup
Dies: "cross stitch" rectangle from MFT

Cake - R89, 39, E53, 50
Sloth - W8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 
Branch - E77, 74

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bear Hugs

Every January and July there is a small show at Newbury Racecourse and I try to attend. I mostly spent my money at Stampasaurus but as they weren't there this time that changed to Little Claire Designs. I bought six of the dinkie stamps and although that is what this is classed as it it far from dinky lol.

I made this card for the same friend who had the operation, I wanted her to know I was still thinking of her and also needed something to go with the chocolates lol. 

Its a simple card but I hope she liked it and at the end of the day that is what matters most to me that the recipient knows they were thought of.

Image: "hugs" Little Claire Designs
Sentiment: "birthday bears" and hugs die both MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, border edges 2 all MFT
Paper: "carnival" Colorbok
Card: Micheals

Skin - E000, 00, 11
Hair - E08, YR18, 16
Clothes - R85, 83, 81, BG75, 72
Teddybear - E43, 42, 41
Bear - E47, 44, 43, 42

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Puppy Pals

I have used one of the new mini sets by Mama Elephant that they did for Joann, now I didn't find this set nor any of them at an actual Joann but I did at Micheals, Local craft shops and online lol. I thought they would be easy to get hold of......ummm.....nope lol. 

I can see why though you get stamps and dies for an amazing price and although the stamps aren't the same quality as normal Mama Elephant they stamp lovely and they compliment the sets already out, I thought originally that they were the same images but they aren't so now I need the other sets as well.... when will it ever end.....

Its a very simple card as it was just after my return and I wanted to make something but had no idea what so I went with quick and simple. The embossing folder I bought at Joann and it was my Hubbie's idea to get it to go with the puppies. Its a lovely folder and I had forgotten just how much embossing adds to the card, I tend to not reach for the folders often maybe that should change.

OMG another novel, I promise the next post will contain less ramblings lol. 

Image: "puppy pals" Mama Elephant at Joann
Sentiment: "as above"
Card: "Pacific Blue" Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 15
Embossing: "paw prints" Darice

Scarf - B26, 24, 21
Dog - T4, 3, 2, 1

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Get Well Soon

Its been way too long since my last post and although there is a reason its not a very good one. After I've been to Florida on holiday I always seem to loose my mojo, I'm not sure if its because I don't craft whilst I'm there or its the amount of stuff I buy that overwhelms me on my return. I know this sounds like a moan but it really isn't, its an observation, I could craft whilst I'm there or even buy less stuff but I can't see either happening anytime soon lol. 

Anyway enough of the rambling onto the card, I made this for a dear friend who had to have an operation and I wanted her to know I was thinking of her. I used one of the sets I got from MFT at the store, I went a little mad and bought loads but I do love my MFT. I will have to try get a video of the store on my next visit, it truly is a wonderful place and the people couldn't be nicer.

Gosh sorry I seem to have written a bit of a novel, so I will leave you with the details of the card and hopefully I will be back shortly with more to show you.

Image: "bed rest" Pure Innocence from MFT
Paper: "tiny hearts brights" MFT
Card: "Crumb Cake" Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, Scalloped Circle stax and border edges 2 all MFT

Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
Hair - E19, YR18, 16
Jacket - BG15, 13, 18
Tissue Box - E34, 31, 30

Friday, 14 July 2017

Giraffe Girl

When I made this card "April" the giraffe had just given birth so giraffes were everywhere lol. I was inspired and decided to grab an unused older Pure Innocence stamp. I do enjoy colouring these images and I do have a lot of them, mostly unused which I know I should change.

Once I found the paper the card came together really quickly and this blueprint is awesome lol. I have scheduled this post as I didn't want the recipient to see it until after their birthday so I might have used this layout multiple time, maybe I need to go back and look lol.

Image: "giraffe girl" (retired) Pure Innocence from MFT
Paper: "" Helz
Card: "baked brown sugar" (retired) Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 31 from MFT
Sentiment: Creative Stamping

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 93
Hair - E59, 37
Top - R85, 83, 81
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
Giraffe - Y32, YR23, E79, 74

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Another First Birthday

Another first birthday card for a little girl, this one though has no pink anywhere in sight lol. I found it quite hard to make a girl card without pink, I had no idea it was my go to colour.

I actually enjoyed making this card in different colours, maybe I need to change it up more often. I used the same layout I've been using on all this the of card so nothing to report that is different, except I am addicted to the mft basic and scalloped edges lol.

Image: "one" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "lifes lemons" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" Papertrey ink
Dies: basic stitched and scalloped stitched borders both MFT, crealies xxl stitched squares and circles, spellbinders scalloped circles and xcut alphabet

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 21, 93
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Balloon - B14, 12, 00
Top - Y17, 15, 13
Shorts - B14, 12, 00

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sweet Baby Girl

This is my go to Baby Girl card at the moment, I don't believe in reinventing the wheel if you don't need to. I am from a very large family and there seem to be lots of new additions lately and lots of cards to make to celebrate.

Not much else to say except welcome to the family lol.

Image and Sentiment : "Baby Clear" Lili of the Valley
Paper: "baby first girl" Nit Wit
Card: "cotton candy" MFT
Dies: oval stax, small scalloped oval stax and basic stitched edges 2 all MFT and Crealies XXL Stitched Square

Sky - BG11, 10
Leaves - YG17, 25, 03
Hammock - R85, 83, 81
Skin - E000, 00, 21, 11, 95
Bunny - W2, 0, blender
Onsie - R39, 85, W2, 0

Friday, 23 June 2017

There's a Nap for That

This image is just perfect for my cousins birthday, he has been a keen fisherman since he was little, personally I think he liked the peace and quiet lol. As this image is quite large I went with a simple design and let the image carry the card. 

Image: "Catching z's" Art Impressions
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "avocado soup" Jillibean Soup
Card: "jellybean" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 2 and 13, basic stitched edges 2 and square stax all MFT, crealies XXL stitched square

Skin - E15, 13, 11, 00
Grass - YG23, 25, 17, 67
Wadders - YG99, 97, 95
Hat and Jacket - BG09, 49, 05
Sky - BG11, 10
Chair - E35, 33, BG23

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Lawn Fawn Piñata

Even thought the fringe and piñata are from different companies they are a match made in candy heaven.

I did have the piñata on a slider but the glue hadn't dried properly and it got stuck so rather than destroy the card I just stuck it in place. Bit of a waste of two layers of foam tape but it still looks ok.

Image: "year seven" Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: as above
Card: "lemon tart" and "Hawaiian shores" both Papertrey Ink and "cotton candy" from MFT
Dies: Blueprints 15, scalloped border dies 2 both MFT and fringe from Mama Elephant

Aqua - BG13, 11, 10
Pink - RV14, 13, 11
Yellow - Y15, 13, 11

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mermaid Lagoon

And Creative Stamping knocks it out of the park yet again with their free stamps. I made this and the day the magazine arrived and I have ideas for quite a few of the other images too, the others are predominantly masculine though so of course I made a female card first lol.

Image: "free set" with Creative Stamper
Sentiment: as above
Background: Wave stencil and tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks
Dies: Blueprint 29 from MFT

Skin - E13, 11, 00
Hair - E79, 77, 74
Tail - YG25, 03, 01, BG18, 15, 13, 11
Rocks - N6, 5, 3
Sky - B34, 32

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Monster Fun

This set by Gerda Steiner Designs is fabulous for masculine cards, be it for little or big boys it will always deliver a smile. 

To add to the fun I made this guy on an action wobble, my original idea was to make it look like the wobbling made him sick but I don't think thats how it ended up thankfully lol.

Image: "monster fun" Gerda Steiner Designs
Sentiment: "monster" Pollycraft (no longer trading)
Background: "splatter" Tim Holtz Stencil with Peacock Feathers, Teisted Citroen and Mowed Lawn distress inks
Card: "sour apple" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 31 from MFT

Horns - BG09, 07, Y17, 15
Monster - YG67, 17, 25, 23

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hooray Panda

Sometimes bam you get an idea and the card almost makes itself, this happened here. I was trying to use "NBUS" or Never before used schtuff as coined by the lovely Darnell and had it all laid out on my desk and next thing I know a made card lol.

I know it should have been a shaker card but it looked more for a boy and i'm not sure they would like a card filled with sequins. Need to find something like sequin stars or similar.

Image: "spring short stack" Stampendous
Card: "navy" Limetree Crafts
Dies: "hooray shaker" from Clearly Besotted and Blueprints 15 from MFT
Paper: "avocado soup" Jellybean soup.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Perk Me Up

I think the title of this post worked as I made not one but two cards this time. I used the same layout, matching papers and the same image and they came together really quickly too.

As my mojo is missing I have been looking at the pile of stamped images on my desk and trying to make them into cards, I must have coloured these to go cups about two years ago and now they are finally made into cards. I love to colour and if I have spare time that is what I do but somehow they never seem to get made into cards so I decided to remedy this. I enjoyed turning the 30 day challenge items into cards so thought how about I look at my huge pile of coloured images and do the same.

The layout and composition is glaringly simple but hopefully it works. Again I think for small images this blueprint combo highlights them so effectively and you get a lot of interest for very little work.

Image: "perfect blend" Stampin Up
Paper: "coffee talk" Nit Wit Collections
Card: "berrylicious" MFT
Dies : Blueprints 31 from MFT

Monday, 5 June 2017

Colour, Colour, Colour Chameleon

I know thats not the right words but I bet you have the tune in your head, well if you were born before the eighties of course. I am going to show my age now but there was an advert with a chameleon on a tree stump and then they sold a phone that played the song instead of ringing.... any guesses who had/has one of these lol

Enough with the distractions on with the card. First thing some might notice is the spelling of "colour" well this card is for an american friend and they spell it differently and luckily this Clearly Besotted set has both versions.

Not much I can say about this card, I used the striped sentiment cover up again, I coloured the stripes with copics again, although this one is bright rainbow, and I added an image in the sentiment strip again. This is a go to design and one I often use when my mojo is missing, before you ask it is still missing but today was a rare glimmer of hope as this card came out exactly as I hoped.

Image and sentiment : "colour chameleon" Clearly Besotted
Dies: "striped sentiment strip" cover-up from MFT
Ink: "red hot" MFT hybrid

Friday, 2 June 2017

Birthday Message Bears

I seem to be harking back to the start of my crafting journey more and more recently, I wanted these bears when they were only available in wood but I was useless at stamping so I knew they would sit in a draw unloved.

Ok so how have I used them.....well.....Penny Black just released them in clear. I do struggle to find penny black in the UK my main supplier closed last year and the other suppliers don't tend to carry the full range, I am hoping that changes but I am not looking to open a store myself lol.

Onto the card, I had an idea after seeing a card made with keys by the MFT design team and I have made a card with white on white die cuts before so I thought I could marry the two together. It actually worked better than I hoped and I am pleased with the results so maybe I should make more lol.

Image: "birthday bears" Penny Black
Dies: Blueprints 29 and "cause for celebration" both MFT and Alphabet soup from Memory Box
Card: "blu raspberrry" MFT

Bears - E40, 41, 42, 43, 44

Monday, 29 May 2017

Up, Up Away

Last year I watched a video by Vicky where she used the Penny Black set "buddy with duck" and made a gorgeous card using the duck with balloons. I have been searching for that set ever since without success so imagine my surprise when I spotted this one (it is similar but not identical) at the Newbury show.

I couldn't wait to colour it and that is where it has sat until now that is. I haven't added a sentiment as I count decide where to put it lol.

Image: "up. up away" Dinkie by Little Claire Designs
Dies: Small scalloped rectangles, cross stitch rectangles, blueprints 20 all MFT
Card: "lost lagoon" Stampin Up (retired)
Paper: "clouds" Pink Petticoat

Balloons - B26, 24, 23, V17, 15, 12, RV09, 06, 04
Duck -  Y17, 15, 13, YR07, 04

Friday, 26 May 2017

Congratulations A La Mode

Every time I want to wish a friend good luck I seem to use this image, these images are what introduced me to MFT and I still miss them. My collection is however quite extensive and there are a few that have never seen ink but this isn't one of those as she is one of my most used stamps.

Maybe my next challenge should be to make cards with the a la modes that haven't been used, I do need to challenge myself sometimes especially when I'm in a creative rut like now. Again I reinvented a previous card I have made for this one and no it didn't kick start my mojo lol.

Image: "wishing you luck" A La Mode from MFT
Paper: "isabellina" BoBunny
Card: "cotton Candy" MFT Stamps
Dies: Blueprints 13 and 2 both MFT Stamps
Sentiment: "big birthday greetings" MFT Stamps

Skin - E11, 00, 000, 95
Hair - E30, 31, 34
Trousers - T6, 4, 3
Shoes - T8
Top - R85, 83, 81
Clover - G46, 24, 43

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Stamping Bella Audrey

I have used this stamp multiple times and every time it looks different, its so versatile and perfectly matches the elegant look of the person I'm sending it to.  

There isn't much else to say except my mojo is missing so I copied a card i have made previously, this can help to kick start my mojo sometimes but not always. I am hoping my mojo returns soon as I have a lot of cards to make. 

Image: "audrey loves her makeup" Stamping Bella Uptown Girl
Sentiment : as above
Paper: "here is happy" MME
Card: "raspberry ripple" Stampin Up retired In colour
Dies: Blueprints 27, 29 and flagstaxs all MFT

Skin - E11, 00, R20
Hair - E49, 57
Bag - N4, 3, 2
Dress - R89, 39, 56
Hat - N7, 6, 5, 4

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Never have too many .....

This new stamp catalogue of mine is certainly highlighting all the unused and unloved stamp sets I own and this is another of them. I have a playday friend who is shoe mad so I thought ok make her a card with shoes on and that was that. Quick, simple and hopefully well received. 

I am enjoying shopping my stash much more than I imagined, I suppose like most of us I see the new and shiny, want that but by the time it arrives at my home there is newer and shinier stuff and I want that more. So it sits unloved in a box with all the other unused stamps but no more, if I haven't used it or thought of a card I need for the future then it deserves to be loved by someone else. 

Image: "a step in time" Clearly besotted
Die: Postage stamp
Card: "raspberry fizz" Papertrey Ink

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pampered Pets

One of the fab things apart from the people about going to a craft group is that we all have different styles and tastes. At the March playday one of the girls brought along stuff she no longer wanted and put them on a table for anyone to grab, I went to take a look and this stamp jumped out at me. I couldn't believe that she didn't want it but she thought it was too fussy so I proceeded to stamp and colour it straight away, I even knew the design I was going to make with it. 

Image: "handbag" Pampered Pets from Papermania
Card: "gravel grey" MFT
Paper: "fresh squeezed chevron" MFT

Bag - N10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, RV09, 04
Dog - W6, 4, 3, E35, 34

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mini Cat Agenda

A good friend of mine recently passed a very difficult exam and I wanted her to know I was proud of her and that she was "brilliant" lol. I have been itching to use these mini cat agenda stamps before the mini dogs arrive at my door. They have also released the matching dies but I am resisting as I love fussy cutting but these stamps are so tiny that the dies might end up being essential....who am I kidding no craft supplies are essential.......

Image: "mini cat agenda" Mama Elephant
Sentiment: "wait for it" Casual Fridays
Dies: "wonky stitched rectangles" MFT
Card: "raspberry fizz" Papertrey Ink

Cats - T6, 4, 3
Pink - RV09, 06
Yellow - Y17, 13

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hobbyart - Dinosaur

I am notorious for not buying something then getting a million (slight exaggeration) ideas for that set once I am home from a show. This happened at the July Newbury show, I saw this set and thought I have several dino sets I can live without it then the ideas started coming and I couldn't stop them lol so when I went to the January show it was top of my list.

Images: "dinosaur" Hobbyart
Dies: Grassy edges, mountain range, blueprints 15 all MFT

Distress Inks
Grass - Twisted citroen and mowed lawn
Sky - tumbled glass
Mountains - Pumice stone, hickory smoke and black soot

T-Rex - E19, 18, 17, 15, 13, 11
Pterodactyl - E89, 87, 84
Triceratops - BG99, 96, 93

Monday, 8 May 2017

Art Impressions - Giant Cake

When I was colouring this image I didn't realise quite how large it was. It was only when I went to pop it on a card I thought blimey its huge lol.

I used the coloured image on the packaging for my shadows and its different to my normal style as I only used two colour shading in the most part. I have used this before on an AI image and I think its effective and fun too.

Image: "giant cake" Art Impressions
Dies: Blueprints 16 from MFT, scalloped border from Simon Says Stamp and numbers from Papertrey Ink
Card: "grape Jelly" mft and diagonal background stamp and "grape jelly" ink also from MFT

Skin - E000, 00, 13
Ground - W2
Cake - E53, 51, 50, N2
Candles - V17, 15, B24, 21, RV66, 55, Y38, YR07
Purple Lady - V17, 15, N6, 4, 2, E34, 31, 30
Pink Lady - C5. 3. RV66, 55, N8, 6
Blue Lady - E59, 57, 35, B24, N2

Friday, 5 May 2017

King of the Grill

I had forgotten I bought this stamp set, why I had I have no idea as its amazing. I was inspired to make a card with a Maze on it, (i know this is nothing like a maze card) after seeing the new MFT card kit and I remembered I had a Papertrey Ink set and whilst looking for that set I found this, phew that took a while to explain lol.

It took three attempts to line it all up and also to choose the right colours for each element but I am more than happy with it and I might even make a few more. I was thinking of a blanket when I made the background and used the straight line Stampin Up stencil just twisted it to make a cross hatch design.

Image: "king of the grill" Papertrey ink
Dies: "cross stitch rectangle stax" from MFT
Background: "line stencil" from stampin up and "festive berries and faded jeans" Distress inks

Inks (all papertrey ink)
Bun - Fine linen and classic kraft
Lettuce - Green Parakeet
Sentiment - Blueberry Sky
Burger - Dark Chocolate
Cheese - Bright Buttercup
Ketchup - Pure Poppy

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Don't go Bacon my Heart.... I couldn't if I Fried

Ok so the title of this post is punny but so are the sentiments in this set. My hubby and I recently celebrated 25 years of marriage, I don't know who is more surprised to have gotten here in what seems like a flash lol.

I made him a card and I knew it couldn't be soppy or sentimental so I went with punny instead.

Image: "bacon my heart" Darcie
Dies: "wonky stitched rectangles" from MFT
Card: "enchanted evening" Papertrey Ink

bacon - E18, 17, 15, 13, 11
egg - Y38, 35, 32, E41, 40

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dancing Practice

My friend's daughter turns 18 today, I remember her being born and the first time I saw her like yesterday. My friend suffered with horrendous indigestion during her pregnancy and the old wives tale is that the baby will have lots of hair, well Emily arrived with an Elvis quiff so that tale came true lol.

I just wanted to wish this beautiful inside and out young woman a very happy 18th birthday and that I hope all her wishes are answered.

Image: "ballet practice" Mo's Digital Pencil
Card: "steel grey" MFT
Sentiment: Computer generated using marker felt font
Dies: "wonky stitched rectangles" from MFT

Skin - E11, 00, 000
Hair - E59, 57, 35, 50
Leotard - N6, 4
Leggings - N9, 8, 7, 6
Top - R89, 85, 83, 81

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Kanban Lucy

When these stamps were released they weren't easy to get hold of and I coveted them from afar, over the years I purchased a few sets from eBay but not this particular one. A dear friend mentioned a sale at "care curd crafts" so off I went to look and she had both sets for 60% off so it would have been rude not to buy them both lol.

During my recent stamp cataloging I was shocked to discover I have used every set of Kansan stamps at least once, thats not something you can say for most manufacturers.

Image: "lucy" Kanban
Sentiment: Making cards freebie for February
Paper : "perfectly plaid" MFT
Card: "summer sunrise" Papertrey ink

Hair - E59, 57, 35
Skin - E000, 00, 11, 95
Pink - R89, 39, 85, 83, 81
Yellow - Y38, 35, 32
White - N2, 1, 0

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire

Its unusual for me to watch a video and then have all the supplies to recreate a card but this was one such occasion. Ok, so I didn't have the clarity stencil brushes so I did the ombre dark to a lighter colour rather than white but I still enjoyed it and who knows maybe I might buy the stencil brushes lol.

Background Stamp : "bundles of blossom" MFT
Distress ink : "fossilised amber" and "squeezed lemonade"
Sentiment: "label maker" mft and Painted birthday die from Simon Says Stamp
Dies: Blueprints 29 from MFT

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Magical Friends Take 2

I knew that I couldn't make another shaker card like version 1 as this one is going through the post, in fact all the girl cards are being posted so I think this will be the final design.

Of course there has been another set of these stamps released and of course I need them so I might change the ponies but not the overall design.

Unicorn - T3, 1, blender, V12 and stampin up wisteria wonder alcohol markers
Pegasus - RV14, 13, 21, Y15, 13, 11

Monday, 17 April 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Yet again I am late showing these cards but I wanted to make sure that both had received them before I showed them on here. Last year in time for the US mothers day Mo Manning released two uber cute images and I knew I wanted to use them for this year.

My major problem is remembering that I have them to use, I seem to buy with an idea in mind then when that birthday/occassion comes around I use something else, there has to be a system that works lol.

I made both cards the same just used the girl for my mum and the boy for MIL.

Images: "4 Mummy" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper : "birthday blowout" MFT
Card: "elegant evening" Papertrey Ink
Dies: "scalloped basic edges 2" MFT and "happy mother's day" from Papertrey Ink

Skin - E11, 00, 000, 95
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Blue - B97, 95, 93, 91
Red - R39, 37
Grey - N3, 2, 1

Friday, 14 April 2017

Magical Friends Take One

As in previous years I'm starting the batch making of cards for the littles, this year the six are all 4, so it's going to be a "my little pony" year lol.

This first card is a shaker but as the rest need to be posted they are going to be flat versions of this one, also for this one I went with reds and yellows and I did check if ponies like these exist in the MLP universe before I coloured them. The favourite colour of this little one is red so I had to find ponies that were mostly red. I'm hoping she approves lol.

This card has been fermenting in my mind for months and it looks almost like I pictured it.

Images : "Magical Friends" The Greeting Farm
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched squares, cloud border and rainbow from MFT
Background : "tumbled glass" and "broken china" distress inks
Sequins : Pretty pink posh sparkling clear and red and yellow from Doodlebug

Rainbow - R29, 24, YR07, 04, Y15, 13, YG17, 03, BG15, 13, B26, 23, V17, 15
Pegasus - Y17, 15, 13, R59, 29, 27, 24, 14
Unicorn - R59, 29, 27, 24, 14, T2, 0

Monday, 10 April 2017

Matryoshka Dolls

I have always liked nesting dolls and when I met my friend I was shocked and delighted to find someone else who liked them too.

I bought this stamp set for this one image although I like the others too but just not as much. I decided to go with a bright and colourful card as all the nesting dolls I own are bright and cheerful.

Image: "Today and Everyday" Stampin Up
Paper : "birthday blowout" MFT
Card : "real red" stampin up
Dies : blueprints 2 and 13 from MFT and wavy scalloped stitches from Simon Says Stamp
Sentiment : "label maker" from Mft stamped in electric red from Mft

Skin - E00, 000, 11, 95
Hair - E77, 74
Red - R29, 24
Yellow - Y15, 13
Orange - YR07, 04
Green - YG17, 03
Light Blue - B02, 00
Blue - B37, 26
Purple - BV08, V17

Friday, 7 April 2017

Making Cards - Birthday Bears Version 4

This is the final card of the four, now I made two mistakes on this card, number one I meant to use the last of the four bear stamps but didn't and two the sentiment needed some colour. However, despite the obvious mistakes I still like the card, in fact I liked all four and wish I had made more.

I am not sure this is a technique I will be replicating in the future but I sure hope it is as it was fun and fast.

Image: Making cards magazine
Papers: "tranquil textures" from MFT
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edge and basic stitched scalloped edge dies all mft
Sentiment: Dovecraft die

Bear - E44. 43. 42
T-Shirt - YG17, 25, 03, 01

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Making Cards - Birthday Bears Version 3

The third version of this card, I changed the border edge but that is all I did change. It is amazing to me though that just changing the colours has such an effect on the look and feel of a card, the sentiment pops more on this than any of the others just because of the colour of the background.

One more to go, I hope you aren't bored of them yet, cos I am certainly not bored of making them lol.

Image: Making cards magazine
Papers: Making cards magazine and Studio G
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edge and basic stitched scalloped edge dies all mft
Sentiment: Dovecraft die

Bear - E44. 43. 42
T-Shirt - R89, 39, 37

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Making Cards- Birthday Bears Version 2

Ok so I tried the trial to make two cards each time I sat down to craft in January and I failed miserably lol, I knew I would as its not my normal style of crafting, however the making cards magazine arrived, I saw a card idea and I made four, yes you heard that right four cards, the same but different. Now you could be forgiven for thinking this is an April Fools joke but I assure you it is not.

This is version two which apart from the bear being different is almost identical to version 1. This bear is uber cute and deserved to be used before being filed away never to see the light of day again lol.

Image: Making cards magazine
Papers: Making cards magazine and Studio G
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edge and basic stitched scalloped edge dies all mft
Sentiment: Dovecraft die

Bear - E44. 43. 42
T-Shirt - Y17, 15, 13

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Geeky Mae

So I might be a little obsessed with this style of card, this is only the second one you have seen on here but its not the only one I have made, expect to see those later in the year. I decided back in January that if I got an idea for a card for someone I was just going to make it when the idea struck and not wait so I have been going with that and have made cards I don't need for quite some time and can't publish until after the recipients birthday either, so it might be some time before you see the others.

I have had this image for a few years and only used her once before, she was so easy to colour and I am really pleased with the card so I might have to use her or her friends more often like this.

Image: "geeky mae" Some Odd Girl
Sentiment: computer generated using marker felt font
Dies: XXL stitched squares from Crealies
Paper: Studio G

Skin - E13, 11, 00, 000
Hair - E59, 57, 35, 34
Top - YG97, 95, 93
Skirt - N6, 8
Glasses - BG000, BG0000
Eyes - B04, 02, 01

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Making Cards - Birthday Bears

I started a subscription for this magazine in January and so far I am so impressed, the free gift for March was a set of bear stamps and papers and toppers for boy cards. I used one of the bears and papers from the booklet to make this card.

I rarely use the free papers with magazines but these are fab quality and the colours and patterns on the ones I chose were calling out to be used straight away. Now this card was made the day the magazine arrived and I am hoping it is still available for those who like the bear.

Image: Making cards magazine
Papers: Making cards magazine
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edge and basic stitched scalloped edge dies all mft
Sentiment: Dovecraft die

Bear - E44. 43. 42
T-Shirt - BG18, 15, 13

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Gorjuss Hush Little Bunny

When I first saw these large gorjuss stamps I wasn't sure what I would do with them as I don't make large cards but I adored this image and I thought it would be lovely to colour that hair. So I went with a design I've used with Digi stamps before and I like it. I might even have to buy a few more, of course if my favourite one was available then I would have already bought it lol.

As the image was so large I kept the rest of the design simple. I have used some enamel dots on this too, I seem to hoard those even more than gems or pearls but if I want more I have to use some.

Image: "hush little bunny" Gorjuss Large Stamp by Santoro
Paper: Studio G
Dies: XXL stitched square from Crealies
Sentiment: "say it with style" Clearly Besotted
Enamel dots: Eyelet outlet and stash

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 95
Bunny - W8, 6, 4, 2, 0, E43, 42, 41, 40
Dress - R39, 37, B26, 24, 23, 21
Hair - N9, 7, 5, 3

Monday, 20 March 2017

Liquorice Allsorts

I have been a fan of the Creative Stamping Magazine for a while now, its great value for money and the stamps are good quality too. So when I saw that the set for February was sweet themed and included liquorice all sorts I knew I had to have it.

I have followed one of the card designs in the magazine just adding a pink mat and making it a2 sized but other than that its a reproduction. I am hoping to make more with the stamps soon but as is normal around here its on to the next new set lol.

Image: Creative stamping 39
Card: "cotton candy" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 13 and 2 both MFT, crealies xxl circle and inside out circle.

Yellow - Y15, 13, 11
Blue - B02, 01
Pink - RV04, 02
Grey - N2, 0

Friday, 17 March 2017

Prima Planner Doll

I went to a craft fair at Newbury in January and I saw this set of tiny Prima Dolls and I knew I wanted it but I wasn't sure I would use it, so I asked my friend to dissuade me from purchasing it but instead she tried to get me to buy all four lol. I love my enabling crafty friends lol.

I paper pieced her dress and copic coloured the rest of her, she was rather a dream to paper piece and there is another doll in the stamp set that I might try to get onto a card soon.

So should I have bought all four.....absolutely.....will i be buying the rest.....absolutely lol.

Image: "911706" Julie Nutting Planner dolls for Prima
Paper: "keita" Sassy Designs Paper
Card: "early Expresso" Stampin Up
Dies: Basic stitched edges, scalloped stitched edges and blueprints 2, 13 all MFT

Skin - E35, 34
Hair - E49, 47
Blue - B02, 01
Shadows - W2, 1

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Pure Innocence Happy Banner

The new 30 day colouring challenge has started but I used an older challenge image to make this card, my extra challenge to myself this time is to make them into cards once a week so that I'm not still making cards with them six months later lol.

I had to try to match the paper to the image as it was already coloured, not something I do anymore and I remembered why...its so hard lol. I eventually found these papers from MFT and they marched almost perfectly so I went with it.

Since I bought the scalloped edges I can't seem to stop using them, I think I need the other set now as well lol.

Image: "happy banner" Pure Innocence for MFT
Paper: "tranquil textures paper" from MFT
Dies: Blueprints 15, basic stitched edges and scalloped stitched edges all MFT, Happy birthday die from Lovecraft
Shimmer: "clear" Spectrum Noir sparkle marker from Crafters Companion

Skin - E11, 00, 000, 93
Hair -
Dress - BV02, 01, 00, 000
Shoes - BV04, 02
Birthday - BV04