Thursday, 24 August 2017

Fox Hugs

I made this card to combine a few challenges.

The fox stamp is by Sugar Pea Designs and I coloured it with Promarkers. The sentiment is by Avery Elle. The wooden tag came in a scrapbook kit.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  wood
Allsorts  forest friends
Addicted to Cas  friends
Always Fun  tags

Summer Fun

Here's a 12 x 12 layout using some photos I took on my recent holiday in Cornwall.

I used the sketch at Stuck?!Sketches  - it's a great one to use if you like both sides of a double-sided paper! This one is from Secrets of the Sea range by Bella Blvrd.



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Happy Birthday Nonni !


Happy Birthday to my dear friend and team-mate Nonni! 

Nonni, I fear you may not yet have received this card because Steven was supposed to have posted it and then I found it in his possession a few days later! Maybe tomorrow? Anyway, here's a sneak preview.

As well as being a talented crafter, Nonni is also a professional musician and it was she who actually drew these Clearly Besotted stamps to my attention.  So here she is, in rabbit form, starring on stage, inexplicably playing a different instrument to the one she normally does! The sentiments are by Alte New and Waffle Flower.

Nonni, I hope you have a great day.

I'd like to enter:
Inky Chicks  stars
Seize the Birthday  anything goes
Sparkles Monthly  birthday
Cards Und More  one layer card

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Back to School

This week, at City Crafter , Amy wants us to use school items on our project - eg pencils , rulers, letters.

For my DT project I made a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout, using a school photo. I used a layout from Stuck?!Sketches  to get me started.  On a kraft background I stencilled the alphabet from a Dylusions stencil. The pencils were cut from a Simple Stories paper and I used embellishments from my stash.

I hope you'll join in our challenge at CCCB - and please don't forget to check out the wonderful projects the rest of the DT have made.




I'd also like to enter the Back to School challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.








Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pro-Am Showdown # 11 - Cutesy Christmas Makeover

This year, my self-imposed challenge is Pro-Am Showdown, where I take on a commercially produced card I've received (the Pro) and see if I can beat the professionals at their own game with my amateur card.

This is the card I am using as inspiration:


the professional card
So, you can see that I've kept with the monochrome look and the penguins and the general design. But I've given mine a cutesy makeover with these skating penguins from Avery Elle.  I masked and stamped the penguins, coloured them with Promarkers and then decided their scarves looked too plain, so I doodled some pattern onto them. 

You may not be able to see that the original card is covered with glitter. So my card has lots of glitter too.
glitter shot 
I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  doodling 
A Gem of a Challenge  snow fun 
Dream Valley  Christmas animals 
Watercooler  masculine 
AAA Cards masking 

Wish Part 2

Well, if you read my previous post , I'm pleased to announce that I found the die-cut S - it had cunningly disguised itself as a bit of rubbish. But now here it is on a card with W I and H.

All the stamps here are from a set I had  before I started blogging- the packaging is long gone and I don't know what the brand is.

I'd like to enter:
Less is More  perfect holiday
Challenge Up Your Life  summer
Stempelgarten  summertime

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cherchez La Die Cut


This card is not quite as I planned it. I cut the WISH out on the Silhouette, intending to use the cut out letters. I put them back into the negative space to ink it and as I was inking my beach scene realised I might be able to get two cards out of it.

This card was made from the negative cut of the letters. I added a stamped sentiment (unknown brand) and Clearly Besotted  hibiscus flowers and leaves.

Then I went to make my other card with the die cut letters and guess what? The S is missing!!!! Honestly, I seem to spend half my life searching for die-cuts!

I'd like to enter:
Curtain Call hibiscus
Less is More  perfect holiday
Shopping Our Stash  relaxin
Stamp Ink Paper  travel




Thanks to Stamp Ink Paper for picking this card.

Stay On Target

As soon as I saw this weeks 'Bow and Arrows' challenge at Little Red Wagon, I knew it was time to dig out this stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs.

I stamped and masked it and used a stencil (very old and don't know brand) and ink to make the background. I coloured the woman with Promarkers and paper-pieced her top. I stamped the sentiment and added glitter pen to the bow and arrowhead.

As well as Little Red Wagon, I'd also like to enter:
Always Fun  going in circles
Just Add Ink  stencils
Moving Along with the Times beginning with b - bow


Friday, 18 August 2017

Jumping Hedgehog


When I saw the new challenge at Time Out  (Autumn/ speed stamping) I thought there was no way I would enter - autumn is weeks away- the schools are still on summer break  - I even left a message telling Sandie I thought it was a bit previous!  And yet, here I am entering this challenge.

Why? I was looking for some stamps for a different card when I stumbled across the Lawn Fawn set with the hedgehog and realised I could use it to also enter Casology  prickly challenge. And I do love the oranges and browns of autumn. Furthermore, once I had the idea and the materials, I knew I could make the card in under 10 minutes! (ie , Time Out's speed stamping).

The hedgehog, large sentiment and leaf pile are by Lawn Fawn. The small sentiment is Avery Elle. The 'bounce' is a kite string from a Lil' Inker set.

I'd also like to enter two birthday challenges Sparkles Monthly  and Seize the Birthday . 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Mug Shots

Here's a scrapbook layout I made using a sketch and a 'tic tac toe' board .

The papers are by Fancy Pants . The smaller letters are by Papermania and the larger ones are from a different Fancy Pants range.

I'd like to enter:
Sketch n Scrap  sketch 134
The Studio Challenges  flair/ 2 types of alpha/ blue

Layout Sketches due August 31st