Sunday, 26 January 2020


Hello Nomad friends.  UFO #2 is complete!!!   I seem to be doing more masculine makes this month.  This cute fox is by a Norwegian company and I love the size and simple lines.

I used a brown base card and added a panel of Papirdesign Melisglasur paper cut with Sizzix deckle edge die.  I stamped the fox from Papirdesigns Revestreker set on white paper, coloured with Molten Lava and pink Promarkers and fussy cut.  I added a metal star charm from, cutting off the little hanger dingsen and stamped the sentiment from the fox set with black archival.  It says 'Hurrah, you have a birthday' in Norwegian.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Fox is joining the fun at
Papirdesign Utfordring For Januar - Bruk Charms
Mod Squad Challenge - Use A Critter
Country View Challenge January 2020 - Love

Five is a Magic Number

Hello Nomad friends.  If you dropped by yesterday you might have caught me doing my mini-craftathon.  It was really, really mini, cos I ended up with only two completed projects.  In my defence, not that I need a fence, but...... the newly baked focaccia and saturday night movies did distract me.  Since today is also grey and wet I decided to get back to it and finish up at least some of the 4 UFO's I started yesterday.  So let's start with christmas.   I totally blame this one on the fact that as I was putting away embellishments these wooden reindeer leapt out of their packaging.  The fact that there were 5 of them meant that the 52 Weeks To Christmas 5 Year celebration immeadiately sprang to mind.

I've used 2 Maja Design papers for this card - Holidays in the Alps 'Snowflakes' and 'Let It Snow'.  I love that they print something useful on the back of the paper description bar, in this case that row of lovely snowflakes at the bottom of the card.  So it looks like three, but is actually only two pieces.  The edges of these papers are a bit distressed so I just used my craft knife to rough up the edges I cut.  I added the 5 wooden deer and then came to a grinding halt cos I couldn't decide on the sentiment.  The upper paper is quite busy, but I didn't want to go too dark.  And it needed to be quite big.  In the end I went with this Stamplorations die.  I cut it from a scrap of cream card to echo the natural wood deer.  It still looked a bit lost so I grabbed a bit of leftover cereal box from yesterday, cut it twice and stuck the three die cuts together, offsetting the cream one so I got a darker shadow.  It really helped it stand out whilst still keeping with the natural wood type colours.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
52 Weeks to Christmas Challenge - Week 4 and 5 Jaar 5 wooden deer
The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge - Repeat Performance used cereal box die cuts
Swedish House January Challenge - Winter/Snow
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenge 54 - Use At Least 2 Designpapers

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Vintage Christmas Friends

Hello.  Welcome.  My mini craftathon continues with a vintage style christmas card.  I bought a sheet of sepia christmas pictures from Kort og Godt and decided to use one which featured two girls to make a friends christmas card.  

Quite pleased with how this turned out.  Vintage is a style I find extra challenging....

I started with the picture of the girls and a weetabix cereal box!!  The bright colour piece on the bottom is the outside of the packaging and the small dark brown piece is the inside.  I thought it was a bit bright to be vintage so I cut a panel with a stitch rectangle die and smeared Picket Fence distress ink on it to tone it down.  Later I blended Walnut Stain on the same panel to add more texture, and it was a really cool effect which you can see in the other pictures.

I used a chocolate brown base card and added the recycled inked panel.  I distressed the edges of the picture, inked with Old Paper distress ink and then layered it on a scrap of corrugated card that I gave a white acrylic paint wash.  I cut Memory Box Tivoli Snowflake twice and Poppystamps Snowflake collage from more of the cereal box and added the two large and three small snowflakes to the card, arranging the larger ones so they went in front and behind the panel with the two friends.  I added iridescent glitter glue to the snowflakes and also to the snowball in the girl's hand.  To finish I cut Memory Box scripty Merry Christmas from the cereal box card and inked it with Walnut Stain distress ink.  

Thanks for dropping by.   Hugz

Joining the fun at
Memory Box Challenge 57 - Friendship
52 Weeks to Christmas Challenge - Week 4 and 5 Jaar 5 snowflakes
Scrap The Rainbow - Bruk Klippeark Bilde
The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge - Repeat Performance
January Rudolph Days Challenge

Bee Organised

Hello Nomad friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.  It's a bit grey and damp here so I decided to spend a bit of time in my crafty space.  I checked a few challenge requirements and made a list.  It was quite a list!!!  Being ill sure has put me behind.   So, armed with list and good intentions I started a mini craft-athon.

My first offering for the day is this little sweetie.

I got an order from Honey Bee Stamps the other day and they included a thank you postcard which had this cute image printed on the backside.  In the interests of using some stuff I decided to make it into a birthday card.  I cut the postcard into three and used some gold card as my card base.

I used Promarkers to colour the flowers and bees.   I had these spring themed dome stickers which I added to the flower centers and a metal happy birthday cake charm that I added to the flower bottom left.  I popped the middle section of the postcard up on foam dots.  Pretty cute and very pleased to have used this card and not just added it to scrap mountain!!  

Thanks for dropping by.  I'll be back soon with project #2.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Allsorts Challenge Week 556 - Take Flight
Honey Bee Buzzworthy Challenge 44 - Birthday
Papercraft Business Challenge 25 - Anything Goes

Friday, 24 January 2020

Boris, Frank and Charlie

Hello Nomad friends.  I am over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today with some more inspiration for the Walk of Fame challenge.  The team is sharing some wonderful inspiration this month with famous people as the stars LOL.  I must admit the Carmen's Veranda people stamps are some of my favourites.  Here are three of my favourite Carmen's Veranda blokes with three of my favourite Lost Coast Designs Backgrounds.

I stamped the blokes with black archival and then used different archival colours for the backgrounds

Boris with Leaves background stamped with Prickly Pear archival ink

Frankenstein and Fruit Pods background stamped with Bluebird archival ink

Charlie Chaplin with Bubbles Background stamped with Dandelion archival ink.

Grab you famous people stamps and join the fun for your chance to
win some new rubber!!!!

Talking of new rubber........
Linda added Yoga Cats to the Lost Coast Designs NEW! category before christmas and the other day she added GNOMES!!!!  Check em out!!  They are awesome!!

Linda also added three new people stamps to Carmen's Veranda NEW! category.  The team have already been sharing inspiration with these so scroll down to see their amazing makes.   

Thursday, 23 January 2020

My Dog Likes Coffee

Hello Nomad friends.   I love this grumpy dog stamp from AALL and Create and I saw they had a challenge using techniques from a recent craftalong so I thought I'd play.

I smooched distress oxide antique linen, fossilised amber and salty ocean in the background.  I added some fossilized amber and salty ocean DOx through Aall&Create Magic stencil and stamped the skull music stave from Aall&Create Rocking Solo stamp set with Salty Ocean Dox.  I also stamped the domino/clock stamp across the card.  I stamped the clock on a piece of white card that I had also smooched with DOx inks.  I cut around the clock and part of the grungy design and edged it with Candied Apple DOx.  I stamped the dog from the Coffee First set, coloured with distress markers and fussy cut.  I added him and the clock panel to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with Candied Apple DOx and then black archival on top.  Some smears of red and blue, mount on a red card base and done.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Besotted With Our Pets
Mod Squad Challenge - Use A Critter
Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenge 2003
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Favourite Stamps
We Love 2 Create Challenge 1 - Anything Goes Mixed Media

I Got That Elfin Feeling

Hello Nomad friends.   Feeling much more mysELF today and was inspired to ink up this stamp the lovely Jo sent me.  Penguins!!!!   Lots of.  But actually one less than was on the stamp, cos I only wanted 5.   This is a reminder that I am elfing at the Christmas Kickstart challenge this month and it's anything penguin and christmas.  And this stamp is the prize!!  Well, not this actually stamp, cos this one is mine, all mine, bwahahahhaaaa, but one very like it.    

So I masked off one penguin before stamping the rest of the gang on a panel of patterned paper.  The 'from all of us' is part of the stamp, so I just found a merry christmas in a similar font to add above it.  I used a red gel pen on hats and scarves and orange on beaks and feet.  I used picket fence distress ink on their hats and also along the bottom of the card to tone down the 'snow'.  Love that little dude in the middle.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
52 Weeks to Christmas Challenge - Week 4 and 5 Jaar 5 Penguins
Creative With Stamps Challenge 46 - Scarf
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 473
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 422/423