Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sketch Saturday #482.. Simple Roses


Hey,

Welcome to the latest sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Fred She Said and they are offering a $10 gift card for their store as a prize.

Here's the sketch..by me!!

I decided to use the Simple Roses image, I really loved the detail in the flowers.

I was pretty true to my own sketch LOL. But I went with a circle instead of a square, as I decided the Roses looked much better in a circle.

The whole card was so easy and simple, I embossed the pink panel for a bit more detail - the swiss dots embossing folder by Sizzix is my all time fave, I totally overuse it. For the sentiment I combined two different dies. The brown strips are actually from the card blank that I cut to size!! Waste not want not. I added two teeny tiny gems to the horizontal strip, I felt they were needed :)

This card has already left my desk and is winging its way to its new owner.

I can't wait to see what you do with my sketch, but first check out what the rest of the DT have made over at Sketch Saturday.

Challenge ends 29th September 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Friday, September 22, 2017

Prima Princess Stamps: Alexis


Hey,

So I have been slowly acquiring Prima Princess Stamps .

I stamp them, scan them in and then print them onto watercolour paper, so that I can practice my colouring.

Today's image is Alexis, I coloured her earlier this week as part of the the 30 days of colouring.

I am crap at skin tones..practice is not working in this case.

I am very pleased with her hair and the flowers, I think I got all the shading and tones right.

These panels end up in my sketchbook, which I mainly use for tracing images into so I can watercolour whatever I want. I love colouring books, but they aren't always on the best paper, so I retrace them using my lightbox.

Have a great weekend, Hubby and I will be spending it doing the washing mountain.

Cx


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Inside My Craft Room..my desk updated..


Hey,

When I was on sick leave earlier in the year, there wasn't much I could do. So I pottered around the craft 'room' and tidied up and took some new photos.

A few things have changed since I first created my 'Inside my Craft Room' page.

I thought I'd give you a little sneaky peek, I will be updating the page before the end of the year.

The main photo today is the view of my whole desk area. All yummy second-hand Expedit.

I won't give you too much detail - there is a lot to see here!! Obviously front and centre is my Dell All-in-One computer 'he' is my precious baby. The photo on my desktop is of Poppa and I last year at an NFL game (Go Hawks!).

Here's the one big change is the pen storage, I outgrew the one I had made, so I am now using Defacto boxes that have dividers, so you get 4 storage areas - awesome.


Recently I admitted to myself that I love markers and I want to try all different ones out. I have decided I can buy small sets - I have 2 sets of Spectrum Noir markers (blues and pinks) this works well and I just choose my fave colours. You can see Promarker Brushpens in the middle quad and regular Promarkers either side (greys and browns).

Sitting on top are a few fun things - my cupcake pincushion (made by my friend Jade), Pineapple tin - it holds paintbrushes and was a gift from JT, the red thing is a crochet uterus! the Aardvark is called Winston and was made for me by my friend Hannah and the succulent is Scott.

I love my desk area, I like certain things to be in arms reach and I've achieved that here.

I'll show you another little peek of the area that has my printer and fun things..

Cx



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Welcome Sunny Rae...


Hey,

So I have been destashing a bit and selling on the monthly Hero Arts kits, as they haven't really been my style, sad as they are great VFM.

I met a lady on the group I use on FB and she recently had a baby girl - Sunny Rae - such a gorgeous name and the baby is gorgeous too!! As I was sending her a batch of stuff she had bought off of me, I thought I'd make her a card too.

Any excuse for me to make a baby card...

I thought the main focus of the card should be some sort of sunray / sunburst, given the baby's name.

I used an old faithful Crafters Workshop stencil with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.

I really wanted a cute critter on the card and remembered that I had some of the MFT birthday bears die-cut and ready to go, so I coloured the x2 bears and the balloon using Zigs - yes that is a pink bear..creative license..

I love the giant welcome stamp by Lil' Inker Designs, sadly I don't get to use it as often as I would like.

Finally I added stamped Sunny Rae's name on the card - using Studio G alpha stamps from 2011 that I have hardly used, but I keep hold of them for moments like this!

I am so pleased that my card looks like the vision I had in my head, so rare that the final card looks how it was 'supposed' to.

Cx

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #71.. Anything Goes...There is still time to play


Hey,

There is still time for you to join in with the latest challenge over at Retro Rubber.

This time we have everyone's fave - anything goes

Check out what the DT have made to inspire you by going to Retro Rubber and then show us your fun Anything Goes makes.

Don't forget to use a stamp older than a year on your project and tell us all about it, that is a big part of the Retro Rubber fun. Also please feel free to combine our challenge with others, but keep it to a maximum of 10 challenges including ours.

Challenge ends on Sept 22nd.

Cx

Monday, September 18, 2017

Yeti in the City...


Hey,

Happy Monday.

I was a bit upset that I was going to miss the Mama Elephant Anniversary party - with Kathy Rac there (sobs at desk)..

I was even more upset when I saw the Anniversary party only exclusive set 'Yeti in the City' - I mean are you kidding me?! How me is this set!!

Fortunately for me Lisette came to the rescue and gifted me her set (Lisette thank you again, you rock).

So here is he in his glory, all inked up and coloured.

I LOVE him.

Cx

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I Love Ikea..


Hey,

Happy Sunday.

Today I am loafing around mostly watching NFL games with Hubby.

When I was in London recently I went to Ikea with my Ma. They had a sale on their stationery (drool..) and so it seemed rude not to buy a few things...

I bought a couple of blank card and envelope sets. Imagine my delight when I got home to find the notecard is watercolour paper - yay!

I wanted to make a nice card for a friend's Mum who is not very well, but I wanted it to be less 'get well soon' and more 'you got this'. So this saying is actually a bible version out of my accident bible version colouring book purchase!

I traced the verse onto the card using my amazing lightbox and I added some flowers and hearts and watercoloured it. Super pleased with the end result and it also meant I had x2 days colouring for the 30 day challenge. Win win.

The envelopes are super fun, this one has random leopards on it! I added a blank panel for the address.

I love Ikea!

Cx

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Neat & Tangled Ornaments..


Hey,

So as part of this week's colouring for the 30 day challenge, I decided to incorporate my Christmas card making, which has been a bit lax with the various trips!

I decided it was time to break out Christmas 2016 NBUS - Neat & Tangled 'Merry & Bright Ornament' set, I played with it at Cheiron's Holiday card extravaganza last year and bought it, but I had finished my cards by then.

I stamped the ornament, and then die-cut it. Sadly you lose the shoulder text when you die-cut it. I chose super bright colours (Promarkers), as I wanted to use more of the Michael's coloured paper squares.

The centres are coloured with a yellow Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I am loving these right now. I tried the Nuvo glitter pens on a few, but they are so thick they over the black sentiment.

I popped up the ornaments for a bit of dimension and to separate from the bright backgrounds.

They really pop and I love them and I ended up with 7 cards - sweet.

Cx


Friday, September 15, 2017

Newton Loves Cake..


Hey,

Happy Friday!

As you know I am GDT this week over at CASology...

I loved the cue card CAKE so much, I made another card :)

I love this cute set by Newton's Nook 'Newton Loves Cake' - funny that so do I!

I kept the card super simple and added a nice anchor point with the needle point frame (by Memory Box). The sentiment is my fave from the set.

I don't think you can see how sparkly the cake is in my photo, but all the icing was coloured using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens..I didn't love these at first, but they have grown on me.

Have a great weekend, I am going to be chilling and watching NFL with Hubby..Yay!!

Cx

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Flower Challenge.. Tic-Tac-Toe...


Hey,

I was over at Cara's blog this week and I saw her card for The Flower Challenge and I was inspired to join in.

I love a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.

I decided to use the middle horizontal row - gems, watercolour and CAS.

I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use the Newton's Nook Vertical Vases, that I have had for ages and have only inked up once!

I went with a bit of messy watercolouring for the flowers using Distress Inks.

The sentiment is from the same set.

Super simple card, made with a recipient in mind.

I think as the challenge runs for the whole month, I might need to play again!

Cx

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mini Monster Thanks...


Hey,

So I think I have mentioned before my love of Monster stamps and dies...

I am fortunate enough to have amazing friends that randomly send me Monster stamps and dies in the post. Honestly..without asking, I get home and there are these amazing things waiting for me. So lucky.

When I got home this weekend, there was a little package from Cheiron, it had this amazing card in it..


And pineapple socks, a crafty keyring, a Tim Holtz Splatter tool and these awesome Monster dies..
Silly Monsters by Tim Holtz and Sizzix
How awesome is that!

So I had to make her a card using one of the dies to say thanks. I decided to go for bright colours, as Cheiron tends to work with these kinds of colours. I die-cut the sentiment (by Tim Holtz) and affixed it to my Monster, then for a bit of a laugh I added some googly eyes!

I love it, can't wait to play with the rest of the dies.

Cx

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CASology #266 Cake: Guest Designer..




Hey,

Happy Tuesday to you.

This is my second post of the day and I am super excited to be Guest Designer over at CASology today..

I was so pleased to win my first CASology - I have been playing along with them for a while and have been lucky enough to get several Honorable Mentions. I didn't realise my win came with a GDT opportunity, so I am made up!!

This week's cue card is a fave for me -


Cake!! It's like I was meant to be GDT, as I LOVE Cake.

I had a few options for this card, but I decided to go with a something that is reasonably fussy, but minimally coloured, so ends up being quite CAS.

I created the word by stamping Jenny Bowlin outline stamps - top tip when you don't have a '!' use an upside down 'i'.

I added a freebie cakestand stamp that I have had for about 7 years and just added pops of colour to the cakes, so it kept the fussiness to a minimum.

I'm pretty happy with the end result and so pleased I got to be GDT, what a great way to come back after holiday!

Please go over to CASology and check out the awesome things the DT have made.

The challenge ends on Monday 18th at Noon CDT.

Cx



Retro Rubber Challenge #71..Anything Goes..



Hey,

First post for today and I am back with another great challenge from the Retro Rubber team.

This time we have everyone's fave...


I decided to break out a stamp from 2015 by Stamping Bella 'Nice to See You Petunia' I love these Petunia Pig stamps and I have a couple of them. This one is my fave because all the chicks have glasses too!

I used Zigs and a paintbrush to colour the image, I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment from 2015 and die-cut my panel using a wonky stitched die by MFT.

I covered my card blank in the cute star paper, as I thought my card needed a little lift.

Check out what my awesome teammates have made over at Retro Rubber and show us your fun Anything Goes makes.

Don't forget to use a stamp older than a year on your project and tell us all about it, that is a big part of the Retro Rubber fun. Also please feel free to combine our challenge with others, but keep it to a maximum of 10 challenges including ours.

Challenge ends on Sept 22nd.

Cx


Monday, September 11, 2017

Mexico 2017...


Hey,

Short and simple post today.

Just saying Hola! Following our return from Mexico and showing you photos of us, generally enjoying ourselves and Freddie Flamingo makes an appearance too.

We had a FANTASTIC time and it was just awesome to spend QT with Hubby.

Sad to be home, but it's always nice to know we have next year to look forward to.

Cx


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 1: The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge...



Hey,

Happy Sunday!

Hubby and I are happy to be home as we have the start of the NFL season to console us, but we REALLY had a great time in Mexico and were sad to leave yesterday.

I thought I would show you a mini collage of my week 1 colouring for the current The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge.


As I was going to be away for the first week, I wanted to keep it simple and compact for traveling. So I decided to use my new Zoophabet by Penny Black and combine it with Jenny Bowlin outline stamps to create the words that matched the images in the Zoophabet.

See the top left image in my collage for what they look like before I colour them in.

Fun right?! My only complaint is that it turns out it's not really a Zoophabet and I don't understand why..why not use Giraffe for G and Hippo for H?!

Anyway, it's all been fun to colour and as you can see I added some background elements to all of the days to make them a bit more fun.

If you have never played along, you really should, its so much fun to colour everyday and see what the rest of the community are colouring, totally inspiring.

Also just wanted to say, thinking of Floridians right now, be safe wherever you are and remember your life is more important than stuff, stay safe.

Cx

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sketch Saturday #480..Flamingo Float!


Hey,

Welcome to the latest sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Just Me Digital Stamps and they are offering a prize of 2 digi stamps from their store.

Here's the sketch - 
I chose Flamingo Floating which handily came with the sentiment that I used in my banner.

I love this stamp, so much fun, I want a giant pink Flamingo float!

I kept the card super simple and printed the stamp out and die-cut it to size using an MFT stitched wonky rectangle die. I coloured the image with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir sparkle markers.

I also printed out the sentiment and cut the banner by hand..really need a die for this right?! I affixed it to my card using a mini staple.

Your turn to show us what you make with the sketch, but first check out what the rest of the DT have
made over at Sketch Saturday.

Challenge ends 15th September at 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Cx

Friday, September 8, 2017

Margate Craftathon 2017: Part Five..the end..


Hey,

Happy Friday.

So this is the FINAL part of the Margate series.

It was actually a lot of fun to write the posts and look at the cards in more detail.

Today's post is slightly different as these cards aren't really a 'family' - just random fun makes.

The main card used a Simon Says Stamp cardkit - I took a few along with me, for JT and I to play with and this one has fun scratch off stickers, so we totes had to play with that. I drew my own balloon string and I'm feeling pretty pleased about that.

Love this next card - in part because it is a total mix of our stashes. The background stamp (which I adore) is by Hero Arts and belongs to JT - she actually bought it second-hand from Jenn Shurkus. And as you can see there is that Thank You die again! The flowers and leaves are from my stash and are by MFT.


 Final card today uses a new stamp I bought whilst in London. It is called Party Pigs and is by Woodware, it actually has 6 pigs in a line, but I didn't have a big enough card blank! I love the stitched die that I used (belongs to JT, gift from me..)..why do I not have these?

I love the pigs, they are kind of kooky and I like that. And I like Pigs..so...


It was such a fun thing to do and sharing the cards with you has made me smile a lot, thinking about the laughs and JT, who is totes a friend for life, no way I am letting her go man.

Have a great weekend, sadly my time in Mexico will be up tomorrow (sob).

Cx

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Freebie Birthday...


Hey,

I actually made today's cards ages ago, but have never got around to posting them.

I got the amazing die free with a UK craft magazine.

I added some distress ink to my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then smooshed the die-cut piece in it, I love the various shades and tones I ended up with.

Made sense to keep these simple and just adhere them to mini kraft card blanks.

I also made it in orange..


Love it when a simple idea looks so good.

Cx

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Newton's Ornaments..



Hey,

I loved this set by Newton's Nook - Ornamental Newton and so when I got the chance to buy it on sale, I totally did.

These cards were so easy to make.

I die-cut the red and blue panels and trimmed the kraft card blanks to size, I wanted mini cards. For some reason I think Christmas cards are better in miniature..

I watercoloured all of the ornaments and before affixing them to the cards, I stamped the sentiments. I mixed and matched, because Holiday only resonates with my Americans. And as I haven't counted the list yet, I didn't want to make all of these US focused.

I affixed the image to the card using coloured staple and then added some gold stickles.

Love this batch of sweet cards.

Cx


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #70..Back to School..Still time to play..


Hey,

There is still time for you to play along with the current Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a Back to School theme for you..

I am not playing along, as I am in Mexico sunning myself!

Go over to Retro Rubber and check out the fun things the DT have made.

Challenge ends September 8th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old and tell us the age of it, that is part of the fun of our challenge. and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Monday, September 4, 2017

Obviously More Monsters...



Hey,

Happy Monday from Mexico (kind of)...

I recently bought the new MFT More Monster stamps and dies...you know I LOVE Monster stamps.

I couldn't go away without having a little play, but as my time was limited I kept the cards simple.

A very long time ago I bought a stack of coloured paper squares from Michaels and it is still going strong and the best thing about them is that you don't have to trim them to size, if you use mini square card blanks.

I stamped all the monsters using the MISTI and then added all the details (eyes, mouths etc) that are separate stamps. Very efficient.

All the sentiments except RAWR (by Your Next Stamp) are from the same set as the monsters..

Super simple and quick and makes for a fun set of cards.

Cx

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Let's Prance...Again...


Hey,

As I have been traveling a bit recently and I am in the midst of Christmas Card making, it has been smart to recycle some ideas from 2016.

I LOVE this Clearly Besotted 'Let's Prance' set and I was inspired last year by Debby Hughes to make these.

So I used the same formula to create the background, but this year with a MISTI - HALLELUJAH! So much less work.

But I got all crafty. Why have just 5 cards, when you can cut a circle out of your background and get 10 beautiful cards - WIN!!

I feel like this stamp set is going to always be part of my Christmas Card makes.

Cx

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Margate Craftathon 2017: Part Four...


Hey,

Happy Saturday - I am probably in Mexico as you are reading this.

Nearly there with the Margate series of posts..just a couple more to go..I mean this is what happens when you make 24 cards!

Today's post is all about stencils.

I took a load as did JT and we mixed and matched and played with different techniques.

Main photo was to show JT what her new pot of Glitter paste would look like - sparkly is what! I love Glitter paste, its amazing.  The thank you die is JT's and I had to buy the set when I got home, because I used it SO much over that weekend (she's lucky I didn't pinch it!).

Below I used a different stencil - Dina Wakely - and just a mustard seed oxide ink. Simple, but so wonderful.


The final card didn't photograph as well as I had hoped. I used texture paste through a Tim Holtz leaf stencil and then blended over it once it was dry. The sentiment die is from that set that JT brought with her..

Fun to play with stencils, I am still slightly embarrassed by how long it took me to get the hang of them and now they are used all the time!

Cx

Friday, September 1, 2017

CASology: Square Anniversary..


Hey,

Happy Friday.

This is my last working day before the annual Mexico vacay with Hubby! Yay!

I haven't played along with CASology in a while and as I love Squares, this week's cue card was right up my street.


I decided to make an anniversary card for friends that got married the same year as I did, so this is their 8th Anniversary.

I used the square heart stamp from the awesome Simon Says Stamp 'Square Sayings' set for my 'square' (I don't think it is available anymore) -


I added a die-cut number for their anniversary and stamped the sentiment under the hearts to keep that CAS feel.

Super simple, but so lovely. The male half of the couple that this is for, is a designer and I think he will like the clean lines.

My posts will be scheduled for the next week, but if you follow me on Instagram you will no doubt see photos of me sunning myself!

Cx

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Margate Craftathon 2017: Part Three..



Hey,

Back with Part Three of the Margate makes..

I took all of my Distress Inks with me, so that JT could have a play and I wanted to get some more practice time with them.

To make all of these cards I created the backgrounds first, I smooched the paper into some Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Oxide ink and added some some water to get a fun background. 

Then I used the Picked Raspberry Oxide through a couple of different Tim Holtz stencils.

I really loved the effect I got on the main card, so I used a few offcuts to make the Hipster cards below.


The stamping over the backgrounds comes out really crisp. I am starting to love the Oxides a bit more.

The sentiments are Tim Holtz stickers, JT brought her's with her, so I used some appropriate ones for the imagery.

Cx

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Margate Craftathon 2017: Part Two...


Hey,

Part Two of the Margate makes..

I loved the Waffle Flower 'The Season' set from the minute I saw it.


MERSANTA!! Are you kidding me!!

So JT and I had a little play..

The background stamp belongs to JT and I used it with Broken China Distress Oxide Inks.

I kept it all simple and added a couple of fishes behind MerSanta and stamped the sentiment.

I am looking forward to making more Christmas cards with this set.

Cx




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #70.. Back to School


Hey,

It's time for another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a Back to School theme for you..

I am not playing along, as I will be in Mexico from Saturday (whoop whoop) and this week is crazy at work, so I thought I'd have a break instead of fluffing my commenting rota..I hate doing that.

Go over to Retro Rubber and check out the fun things the DT have made.

Challenge ends September 8th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old and tell us the age of it, that is part of the fun of our challenge. and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.

Cx

Monday, August 28, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Sketchy Baubles..


Hey,

Happy Monday.

Today is a BH in England, so my work day will be nice and calm, as the London team are off enjoying themselves ;)

I could not resist this awesome stamp by Woodware when I was home..I already have way too many Christmas stamps, but these baubles really wanted to come home with me.

Yesterday I stamped and watercoloured 6 cards - all the same.

I love the end result, the sparkly Nuvodrops really make them come alive.

I love super quick Christmas makes that I can make a big batch of. Also the MISTI comes in super hand for this kind of tedious repeat stamping. I stamped the image and the sentiment in one go - result!!

Cx

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Margate Craftathon 2017: Part One...


Hey,

Happy Sunday to you!

I am having a fun weekend hanging with Hubby watching NFL pre-season games and of course the boxing..

I figure it is going to take me several posts to show you the Margate makes..which is cool as I am heading to Mexico on Sautrday and so will need to schedule some posts.

Today's post is a mix, because I used some new things in Margate that came in the post 2 days before I left from my friend Jen. So the main photo is the thank you card I quickly whipped up using Lil Inkers Cat Treats set and a Concord & 9th sentiment stamp.

I LOVE Monster stamps, I think most people know that and to be honest I do come home to little surprise parcels with Monster stamps a lot more than I should...I am a very lucky girl.

Here is the little haul I got from Jen - 


Awesome right?!

So it made sense to shove them into my case and take them with me.

The first card I made on Friday was based on a card JT and I were using as inspiration to get us started. I used the Hero Arts 'Eat Cake All Day' set from Jen -


Super simple card to get me started. I love the monster he looks so happy..The sentiments in the set are fun too, I really like 'I could eat you up' ha ha ha.

I have actually wanted these Paperartsy Monster stamps for a while, but never got round to buying them..

I thought it would be fun to make a set of cards, using four of the stamps from the set. They were all coloured using Distress inks and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.