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

Friday, 10 March 2017

Lili of the Valley Blanket Baby

Another new baby boy in the family, we had so many little girls that it is nice to make boy cards for a bit. Next baby due is a girl so back to the pink. In case you were wondering I have a massive family and it seems to be growing at a rate of knots too lol.

My tried and tested design and image, think I might need to change it up for the next card, nah who am I kidding if it ain't broke don't fix it lol.

Image: "blanket Baby" Lili of the Valley
Paper: "baby boy" Nit Wit
Card: "spring rain" Papertrey ink
Dies: Xxl stitched square and inside out circles both Crealies , basic edges 2 and circle stax from MFT

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Birthday Nell

I think I need to apologise for the lack of inspiring posts recently, my mojo went on vacation and I have been struggling ever since. It still hasn't retuned but cards are needed so I go back to tried and tested designs and this is one of those. 

I bought this image from Digistamp Boutique in the recent New Year sale and I had a blast colouring it, I went with a favourite colour combo for me and once it was coloured I struggled to find paper to match so I used the Harlequin stencil from MFT and away I went. The distress ink almost exactly match the colours I used on the stamp, that almost never happens lol.

Image:"Birthday Nell" Digistamp Boutique
Stencil: "harlequin" MFT with "twisted citroen" and "tumbled glass" distress inks
Dies: Labels (retired) from MFT and Blueprints 1 and 2

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Gorjuss Toadstools

This card was for a very special crafty friend who also happens to be a huge Gorjuss fan. I had recently shown her the Tatty Teddy card I had made with the cloud border and she really liked it and so an idea for her card started. I went with a cute unused gorjuss stamp and a new sentiment that I think is fabulous and sums up my friends rather well. Once I had coloured the image, always the longest part, the card came together quickly. She was very pleased with it which was exactly what I had hoped for.

Image: "toadstools" Gorjuss by Santoro
Paper: "travel" MME
Dies: Cloud border and Blueprints 1 and 2 from MFT
Sentiment: Dovecraft

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 93
Hair - N8, 6, 4,
Coat - R89, 59, 39, 37, 35
Hat - E43, 42, 41, W5, 4, 3

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Unity Happy Birthday

A very good friend of mine from Florida sent me this stamp so of course I had to use it for her birthday card. 

As my mojo is definitely on vacation I went with a simple design that hopefully showcases the gorgeous image. 

Image: "aw shucks, Lulu" unity stamps
Sentiment: "label maker" MFT stamped in "blu raspberry ink" also MFT
Enamel Dots: eyelet outlet
Paper: "tangerine" MME
Dies: "mini scalloped rectangle stax" MFT

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 95
Hair - N8, 6
Dress - RV14, 13, 11
Hat - BG13, 11, R14, 24, 27
Leggings - R27, BG13

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Erin - Happy 1st Birthday

Once again my tried and tested 1st birthday card design, well if it ain't broke why fix it. I did mix it up a little bit this time by changing the image and dies I used but it still felt the same to make.

I think this image from Mo is too adorable and I also bought the boy version so that I had both, I know its an addiction. Must have all the things lol.

Image: "one" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "baby's first girl" Nit Wit
Card: "sour apple" MFT and "raspberry fizz" paper trey ink
Dies: Stitched circle stax, basic edges and scalloped basic edges all MFT, scalloped circle from spellbinders, XXL stitched square from Crealies and alphabet from X Cut

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Oh La La

I have a huge penguin fan friend and I knew this image would be perfect for her birthday card.Now I am trying to make cards differently this year, if I buy a stamp for a specific person I am not going to wait until there birthday is almost upon me and I go into no mojo panic mode but make it once I have the stamp and idea. So this card is for a December birthday but I had to make it now, strike whilst the iron is hot is my new motto.

I have always wanted to try creating my own background with white on white diecuts, i think it looks quite effective and was definitely the look I wanted to achieve. I think I might try words on my next attempt.

Not much else to say on this one, it was very time consuming lining up all the towers but also very calming. I dod seem to have glue everywhere and I am so pleased I had an adhesive eraser handy lol.

Image: "oh lal la' Poppy Stamps
Dies: Blueprints 15, crealies inside out circles and quitcutz eiffel tower

Monday, 20 February 2017

Thanks for Being My Friend

I got the idea for this card from the January MFT design team, they had used the new background stamp and die cut a word from it. I thought it would be a quick and simple idea to replicate, boy was I wrong lol.

I did learn a few valuable lessons though which I will share with you, number one even though you think colouring the whole background then die cutting the words will take longer it really won't. Number two if you don't heed number one you will need to refer to the original often to try to decipher what is what on your die cut word, this takes about three times as long as colouring the whole sheet lol.

Things I would do differently, well I would stamp two identical panels, colour one entirely in colours and one in grey, this way once the letters are cut I can make two cards probably a lot quicker than this one took.

I will say I would do this again as I think the sentiment really pops and it looks effective too.

Image:"bundles of blossom" MFT
Dies:Blueprints 15 and "thanks" (retired) words both MFT
Card: "blu raspberry" Mft

YR09, 07, 04, Y38, 15, 13, 11, RV09, 06, 04, BG15, 13, 11, YG17, 25

Friday, 17 February 2017

Cheers to You

I seem to be addicted to the new range of stamps from Hunky-dory, this is the first of my second set of three and I have just seen the newest ones and I need them all. I am a fan of cute but there are certain people that you can't send that to so more realistic is the way to go. 

Once i had coloured the large images I couldn't find any paper that matched so I made my own, with the smaller images in the set this was a doddle. I do find sitting and colouring a background to be very therapeutic.

I am entering the snippet playground as the black card was actually the packaging from stencils I bought at the newbury craft show in January. I have used this card before and I am sure I will do again.

Image: "cheers to you" Hunky-dory
Dies: Nested a2 rounded rectangles from Spellbinders
Card: Packaging from stencils.

Beer - YR27, 24, 23
Bottle - YG67, 17, 25, G14, R29, 24, B24, N4, 1
Opener - N 4, 2, B24, 26
Sentiment - R29, 27, 24, N3, 1

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Warm Wishes and Sunny Smiles

I think I need to apologise that I am still using images coloured in the last two 30 day challenges. I got so carried away colouring that I didn't realise how many I would have after the challenge ended. Now I would like to say this is the last but I think that would be a lie lol. 

This stamp is from the free set that comes with Creative Stamper, this magazine is awesome, you get a full sheet of stamps plus the magazine gives you ideas on how to use the stamps too. 

I had an idea and it worked, either I am getting better at executing my ideas or my ideas are getting simpler lol, either way I am happy.

Image: Creative Stamper
Stencil: "sunburst" Stamposaurus
Inks: "squeezed lemonade" and "fossilised amber" Distress inks
Dies: Blueprints 24
Sentiment: "polynesian paradise" MFT

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mini Brewtiful

Ok so you may be sick of seeing this design on my blog, I would like to say I am sick of making cards in this design but that would be a lie lol. I think its so effective, especially when the stripes are copic coloured so I don't think it will be a design I stop using for a while, sorry.

This image was coloured as part of the last 30 day challenge and I didn't write down the colours I used so when I did the stripes I had to guess and they seem to match ok.

My trial lasted only the two cards I posted too, I am hoping to pick that back up but I had a few cards to make that replication wouldn't have worked for.

Image: "mini remix brewtiful" The Greeting Farm
Sentiment: "sentimental - coffee" MFT (retired)
Dies: "diagonal strip cover up"
Card: "steel grey" MFT

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Blush Bebe

As promised a few days ago here is card two and I think my favourite. I think the hair worked better on this one. I did enjoy this trial so hopefully it will continue, fingers crossed.

Image: " Blush Bebe" The Greeting Farm
Sentiment: "Happy Hexagons" Papertrey Ink
Card:" Spring Rain" Papertrey Ink
Paper:" Love Me " MME
Dies:Blueprints 2 and vertical stripes both MFT, Pinked circles from Sizzix and indies out circles from Crealies

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Blush Becky

As part of my New Year Resolution, ok lets not call it that, lets call it a trial instead. The word resolution makes me want to break it straight away lol. Ok so my New Year Trial is to make two cards almost the same at the same time. Now this might only happen this one time but I am going to try as I struggle with layouts so using one for multiple cards makes more sense.

As my mojo is still missing I looked at Mojo Monday and found a sketch I could work with and that provided the layout, so all I had to do now was decide on the images and papers. I will be posting the other card in a few days, lets hope this is a trial I can keep to as this was so much easier than normal.

Image: " Blush Becky" The Greeting Farm
Sentiment: "Happy Hexagons" Papertrey Ink
Card:" Spring Rain" Papertrey Ink
Paper:" Love Me " MME
Dies:Blueprints 2 and vertical stripes both MFT, Pinked circles from Sizzix and indies out circles from Crealies

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

70th Birthday

I normally make little boy cards for my MIL but she had said how she likes cards with little girls on them as well so as it was a special birthday I went with a little girl. This stamp was released when I first started card making as part of a TSV on QVC, back in the days when Dawn Bibby was the main attraction. I so wanted this set, stamps, a bag to store them in and other stuff but I wasn't a stamper so I decided against it, hubby came in from work and said buy it but it had already sold out and I was so disappointed. I searched eBay often but the bag and stamps went for ridiculous prices so I thought it was lost to me. Imagine my surprise then when I found it with several sets of stamps on eBay for a song, I had to buy it, this time I didn't even hesitate I pressed that buy-it-now button quicker than you can say "do you take paypal" and it was mine. 

This is the first stamp I have used from the sets it contained, it stamped perfectly and is a lovely image to colour, only thing now is to use the other sets...time will tell lol.

Anyway enough waffling onto the card, which as my mojo is missing is fairly simple but the Mil liked it and that is all that mattered. I am hoping that Nit Wit release another purple kit soon though as I need to use different papers on her next card.

Image:"Betsie Bob Cute Girls" Kanban (retired)
Paper: "time for tea" Nit Wit
Card: "Grape Jelly" MFT
Dies: XXL stitched squares from Crealies, oval stax,  small scalloped oval and apron border all MFT.