Friday, 10 July 2020

Strangely Tropical

Hello Nomad friends.  I've been playing with some Off The Edge stamping for the current Lost Coast Designs challenge.  It's quite liberating and also adds lots of interest to have things hanging off the edge and peeking into the card space.  Give it a go and link up your makes for a chance to win.  I've used Carmen's Veranda Monkey Face and Pineapple and Lost Coast Designs Sketchy Rose to make this tropical wonder.

Lots of stamp, mask, stamp, mask, stamp, mask, etc, etc involved here.  I used different colour archival inks for the stamping and brush markers to scribble a bit of colour.  It doesn't have to take hours or be perfect to be pretty.  Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!!!!   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb 185 - Alt Er Lov

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Therefore and Because

Hello Nomad friends.  Inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places and Scrapchat are having a lightning challenge.... Make a make with your favourite product.  Well, Mr Mojo raised his head and showed a bit of interest so I descended to the craft room, grabbed a few favourites and it all went together like this........

I've used my favourite stencil from Stamplorations called Art Splatters.  I love that I can get perfect drips and splatts every time.  I used my favourite distress inks, mowed lawn and rusty hinge and did a little stencil bumping.  I stamped some butterflies using Rubber Dance stamps and found a butterfly stencil to add a little colour shadows.  On a piece of white card I stamped the lovely girl from Rubber Dance This Is Me and the sentiment from Rubber Dance Believe In You set.  I roughly cut along the top of the sentiment and around the girl and added them to the card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hopefully this has kickstarted Mr Mojo and we will be back soon.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenges 2027
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 122 - Anything Goes
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb 185 - Alt Er Lov
Stempelgarten Challenge 94 - Stencil 

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Hat Weather

Hello Nomad friends.  

I'm elfing out at the Christmas Kickstart challenge this month where we are all about hats, and Christmas of course.  I've used Lost Coast Designs Reindeer Gnome and Party Words.  Do check out the new section cos the gnomes are just awesome!!!

I stamped Reindeer Gnome on a piece of card and masked.  Then I randomly stamped the Merry Christmas all around, all around....  Oops sorry, the jingle got me LOL.  I coloured the gnome with Promarkers and a little glitter on his pom pom, then cut the panel with a hexagonal stitched die.  I thought the red base card looked a bit too plain so I used the smallest hexagonal die, cut 4 times and added them behind each corner of the large panel.  

This card also works for the current Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge where we want to see Off The Edge stamping.  Hop over and check out all the amazing makes from the team.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Get your jingle and your hats on and join the fun.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Papercraft Challenge 59 - Geometric
Repeat Impressions DCC JL120 - Christmas in July 
Country View Challenge - Do What Makes You Happy things to make me happy; Christmas, being silly, wearing a hat
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 497

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Penguin Holiday

Hello Nomad friends.  The rain came and cooled us all down a bit so I am feeling much less like a melting popsicle.  The garden is growing well and we are picking strawberries!!  Nam nam, must be summer.   The Card Chain Challenge 3000 cards celebration is over and the winners have been announced.  Thanks to everyone who played along and thanks to the fabulous sponsors.  Today is the 2nd, so time for the June reveal.  I made this summer card and sent it on it's way to Jutta in Canada.  

I kinda went sketch, friend, CAS and the beach.  This Art Impressions penguin is so fun and I used a black scrap and die for the palm tree.  The aloha (yellow scrap) and stitched rectangle panel are Stamplorations dies.  The blue strip was a scrap too.  The penguin was stamped, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.

Check out the June reveal and if you would like to join the fun the July Sign Up is open until the 6th July. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge #286 - Rustic Roundup celebrate 4th July on the beach, social distancing in force........ 
Pixies Snippets Playground Challenge 381
Stamplorations Summer Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamplorations Everlasting Anything Goes Challenge
Country View Challenge - Do What Makes You Happy alone time on the beach
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Kitty Kisses

Hello Nomad friends.  We have had some thunder. lightning and rain so the temperatures have come down to a cool 21°C!!!  A little reminder for you all that today is the last day to comment on the Card Chain Challenge 3000 cards blog hop.  

There are some fabulous sponsors and also some other games on the blog.  If you haven't checked out all the poetry for Game 3 then I highly recommend it.  If you are feeling poetic then add your own for a chance to win a fun stamp prize from Lost Coast Designs.  Open to everyone......

Since it cooled down a bit Mr Mojo raised his head and asked 'Is it Christmas yet'??  Well, no, but it is Rudolf days!! which is almost the same thing, so here we go, with additional inspiration supplied by a number of other fab challenges...........

I used a MFT sketch, a Winnie and Walter round tag die, a crazy cat was sent by my friend Cat in Maryland, thanks Cat, and a die cut santa hat.  The Mistletoe is a Thirsty Brush Company stamp which I won over at the ABC Christmas challenge.  I used a patterned card base and various scraps.

I don't usually decorate inside but...... I wanted to use the fun Meet Me Under the Mistletoe sentiment.  The patterned card base was too pretty to totally cover so I cut a smaller insert from green paper with a fancy die and stamped the large mistletoe and the sentiment.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Christmas Kickstart Challenge 32 - Care To Tag Along
ABC Christmas Challenge - L is for Love
June Rudolph Days Challenge
Allsorts Challenge Week 578 - So Cute
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 496
Get Cracking on Christmas

Monday, 22 June 2020

CCC 3000 Card Celebration Game 2

Hello Nomad friends.  Hmmm, game 2 is your favourite CCC card you have sent.  I have so many favourites!!!!  So I decided to pick one for each year I have participated.....

Looking at all my CCC cards it seems that generally I like bright colours and animals.

2020 May to Mia in Greece
This one took like 2 months to get to Mia.  We think he walked it......... That llama cracks me up and the Blue Knight background is gorgeous.   Modest aren't I ROFL

2019 April to Lorraine in the UK
All dies.  Loved the kinda desert background and this beautiful bold cat.  I believe scrap mountain took a big hit for this one.....

2018 June to Karen in California
 CAS and lots of pen work, which was a bit novel for me, but I loved the result.  Wot no animals!

2017 September to Katie in Georgia
I thought the themes of Pirates and Jungle a fun combination and went a bit crazy with the flower die cuts.  Quite a fussy card for me but I seem to remember having great fun putting this one together.

2016 September to Anita in Norway

2015 November to Julie in Ireland
Cute chair shaped card.

2014 October to Dagmar in Germany
Bootastic kitty!!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing a few of my card chain challenge cards.

Join the celebration over at the Card Chain Challenge.  We've exchanged over 3000 cards.  We are celebrating this amazing accomplishment with a BLOG HOP (comment for a chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors) and games.
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Sunday, 21 June 2020

CCC 3000 Card Celebration Game 1

Hello Nomad friends.  Have you seen the celebration over at the Card Chain Challenge??
Since Deborah set up the first sign up in September 2009, with the first reveal in October 2009, over 3000 cards have been exchanged by card makers all over the world.  We are celebrating this amazing accomplishment with a BLOG HOP (comment for a chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors) and gamesGame 1 is to share the first CCC card you sent so here's mine, sent in January 2014 to Greta in Oregon.  Hi Greta.

I sent this cutie colour explosion to Greta and recieved my first card from Jo.  Actually I got two from Jo, cos the first one she sent went the wrong way around the planet and we assumed that it was lost.  She sent me a second one, which arrived in a few days, and then a little while later the first one limped in from wherever it had been hiding.  So my first month I was double blessed!! 

I am pleased to say I have never missed an exchange since and am proud to be a link in this chain of amazing crafty ladies.
In 2016 I briefly hosted the Card Chain Challenge on this blog before agreeing with Deborah to give it it's own blog.
I recruited Jo to work with me behind the scenes to keep it all running smoothly.  It's thanks to Jo that it's all goes out on time and continues to run.  She is my wing buddy.  Thanks Jo.  

I'd also like to say a big huge thank you to the ladies who sign up month after month and the little notes you send us reminding us that this is a very unique card exchange, raising our spirits and making our CCC community a very very special one.  

If you have never participated then this month is an excellent time to give it a go.
If you have participated in the past then it would be lovely to see you back with us.
The July Sign Up is open until the 6th July.
You can comment on the blog hop and participate in the games until 28th June. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz