Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lightning Strike

Hello.  Welcome.  I must apologise for my current tardiness.  On Friday evening we had thunder and lightning.  Light up the house and make it tremble type thunder and lightning.   It killed our router and we are without internet and telephone until a new one wings it's way to us.  So please forgive if I am not moderating your lovely comments so quickly.  I do appreciate them all.   I am grateful too my friend for letting me borrow her line to let you know I'm still alive!  Aren't girlfriends great.  Hugz

I was interested in a project I saw at PaperArtsy by Anneke de Clerck.  She made a notebook using a background of patches of colour so I thought I'd give it a go. 

I used fresco finish pansy, butternut, pea coat and rose and post it notes to make my patch background.  Must admit at this point I was less than impressed with my efforts.   Ah well, white may cure a thousand ills......

I added some white acrylic using a scraper and then used the edge to add some lines.  A huge improvement one feels

I stamped the tree from EDY06 onto my card base.  Didn't like it.  So I stamped it onto white paper and cut it out.  Much better.  Then I die cut the word family using a sizzix die and added the words by hand.  I saw this saying on some homeware items.  

Family - like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions 
yet our roots remain as one

I'm joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  I hope to have internet again soon and I will be around to see what you are doing.  Hugz

Friday, 26 September 2014

Cute Hoot

Hello.  Welcome.  So, Elton won the UFO race.  Officially he's called WooHoo Owl but with those glasses I just can't help thinking of a certain guy who wears showy glasses.......

I've used Sharpies to colour my card.  I used glitter glue on the glasses frames and glossy accents on the lenses.  

I've used Unity Stamps WooHoo Owl and Triple Tree Line stamps.  I was going to have just a single line of trees across the card but then I decided he needed a whole forest.  So I stamped and masked and stamped some more.  Then I added a WooHoo on the left and balanced it with one on the right and then I had a vision of a whole load of WooHoo's in the woods all WooHooing to each other! 

Joining the fun at
The Unity Stamp Co. Challenge 20 -Colour Inspiration 
Craft-room Challenge - Forest Friends 
Stamping Sensations Things With Wings 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Trees with Autumn Colours 
Papertake Weekly - Oh, How Cute 
Unity Stamp Co. - Friends With Flair 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Quick Quick Xmas

Hello.  Welcome.  I sometimes play over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge and this week the challenge is to make a card in 20 minutes or less.  Some of you may have gathered that I usually take time with my projects.  Lots of time.  So this kind of appealed as an extra kick out of the comfort zone.  So here's my take

I based my card on YNS Sketch.  I started with a pre-embossed card from DCWV and inked the edges with VersaMagic Ocean Depth and Night Sky.  I stamped Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes on a piece of blue card, embossed with white and cut into squares.  The edges were inked as the card base.  I die cut Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree and highlighted with irridescent glitter glue.  I stamped a piece of paper tape three times with the sentiment and cut some widgets using Cheery Lynn BAF#1 embellishments from blue glitter card.  Tah dah.  Under 20 minutes.  Quite like this.  The sensible amongst us would now knock out a few of these beauties.  I shall probably go and work on my art journal.  Or maybe my playing cards.  Or the witch sitting patiently on the pumpkin.  Or the Elton owl.....   Gosh, UFO's all over the place

Joining the fun at
CHCC Challenge - 20 Minutes Or Less
ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Something Festive
Winter Wonderland - Layer It Up
YNS Challenge 16 - Sketch
DREAM it UP! - Christmas and Holidays Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for your visit.  Gosh, the weekend again.  Where does the time go??  Hugz

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Maybe That's The Key

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick post to share yet another masculine card inspired by the colour navy.  I usually find male cards hard to do but the ideas are flowing.  I've also used more of that card painted with the green acrylic!!  You might even get to see the project I got that paint out for soon!!!  

So, bright green and navy.  Maybe not a traditional combo but it seems to work.  And a nice simple card.  I cut my painty background into 2cm strips and stuck two to the card and the other three are on foam pads.  I stamped the boy and the greeting, both Kort of Godt stamps, onto green textured card that I had added a bit of DI Mowed Lawn to.  I did try to use the painty card but the solid stamp didn't want to give me a nice black image on the acrylic paint.  I fussy cut the boy and the greeting and added a bit of the background for him to stand on.  A manly congratulations card.  

Joining the fun at
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 20
SpeedyFox and Friends Challenge 230 - Masculine with Navy
PapirdokkeneUtfordring 62 - Gratulasjonskort med Sterke Farger
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for your visit and comments.  Hugz

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Blue Car, Grey Day

Hello.  Welcome.  I think Autumn has arrived.  A little sun today but mostly grey and wet and damp.  It's starting to feel like the year is closing in.  I hope we aren't going to get frost any time soon, but you never know.  Got to keep an eye on the big pumpkin that will be the star of my harvest festival at the end of October.  Wouldn't want him to get frosty.  

Been working on a manly make.  Not always the easiest but I combined the picture inspiration over at Korthobby, the sketch from YNS and the theme of manly cards with navy over at Mark's Finest Papers.  I think they go very well together......

Both the greeting and the car are Kort og Godt stamps stamped using ColorBox Arctic Deep chalk.  I used a navy card as the base and added cut panels from DoCrafts Wellington and Chronology pp collections.  I added a ribbon and some metal charms from Korthobby.  I think these have been discontinued which is a pity cos they make really nice accents on male cards.  I am hoarding my last few.  The sentiment translates as big and warm congratulations.  Sounds better in Norwegian!!  Or maybe my English is getting rusty ROFL.  

Joining the fun at
Korthobby September Utfordring - Bildeinspirasjon
YNS Challenge 16 - Sketch
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 230 - Masculine, Use Navy
Papirdokkene Utfordring 62 - Gratulasjonskort med Sterke Farger

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit.  Hope the week is going well for you.  Hugz

Feeling Green

Hello.  Welcome.  I have managed to clear a desk in my crafty space and have a load on UFO I have found and set out.  Bouncing from one to another appears to be counterproductive so I decided to start with something small.  I needed a tag for a gift so here's a quick little something I started with.  And finished LOL

I cut my tag using Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklets 1 die and some card I painted with green acrylic paint.  I added a piece of paper tape and stamped Unity Stamps Best Witches witch.  I have coloured her hair and dress with Wink of Stella purple and dark green.  I stamped around with the sentiment from Unity Stamps WooHoo Owl and  stamped Thoughts in a Jar on a scrap of the same card.  I fussy cut and added it as a tag on my tag with some orange/brown /black wool to finish. 

Joining the fun at
Unity Stamp Co Challenge 20 - Colours 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
Unity Stamp Co - Friends With Flair

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Monday, 22 September 2014

Who'd Have Thought

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Helene who has joined my little following.  Hugz for everyone. 

Whilst digging through the dies I came across Memory Box Golf Club Landscape and since CASology have a Grass theme this week I thought I make a little something CAS for the golfers. 

I think my photography is getting worst.  This was surprizingly difficult to photo.  Couldn't get the camera to see green.  It is green foil so I expect that didn't help!!  Ended up sticking it to a door in good light.   I embossed a piece of textured white card with Sizzix embossing folder that has this 'Wishing you all the best on your very special day' greeting.  Then I die cut the bottom of the panel with the Golf Club Landscape die, coloured the flag red and brown and popped it back in place.  I wizzed around the white panel with VersaMagic Tea Leaves and DI Mowed Lawn LOL, then mounted on the green foil card.  

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Sunday, 21 September 2014

APC 1 and 2

Hello.  Welcome.  Don't you just love acronyms.  Well, as long as you know what they mean LOL.  So now I've got a new one.  To go with ATC (Artist Trading Card or maybe Army Training Corps), ATB (Artist Trading Block or All The Best),   LOL (Lots of Love or Loads of Laughs) [a problem if someone is getting married or just died], and now APC (Altered Playing Cards or Armored Personnel Carrier)  ROFL.   I have to admit to not being 'up' with all this computer lingo and if someone sends me a load of letters I have no problem asking what they mean.  If you don't ask you'll never learn.  Please feel free to share your favourites.  We might all have a laugh and also learn a few new ones.  Hugz.  Oooh, a bit early for hugz!!  If you are still with me at the end of this long post you can have some more.  

The challenge has been set by Claudine.  Altered Playing Cards.  Here's my first 2.  I was hoping to post 3 and 4 as well but they are still works in progress.  Tomorrow, tomorrow, la la la, la la la........  Get yourself a cuppa and come and join the fun.......

I have only 1 Dylusions spray, Cut Grass, so I used that with DI Mustard Seed.  I like how the scratches and some of the blue card back show through.  

My first card!  I used Sizzix border die to cut the palm trees in black card.  I added some white pen highlights, and also to some of the scratch marks.  There's a couple of childish birds out there as well.  I cut the sun in black and have written fear less, or maybe fearless, with white pen.  The sentiment is a STAMPlorations stamp from the Subway Art Builders Create set.  I'm going to enter this card STAMPlorations monthly challenge where they want stamps and markers.  

I searched the stash and found SmoochSpritz Log Cabin and Tattered Angels Pewter Glimmer Glaze.  Spritz, splash and a little black archival around the edges and a little bit more.  I like how the brush strokes in the gesso show through.

Card 2.  The owl and the sentiment are stamps from Unity Stamp Co.  I coloured Woo Hoo Owl with DI Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean.  I added glitter glue to his glasses frames and glossy accents to the lenses.  Some of the glitter migrated into the glossy accents!  I added two tiny glitter blue hearts cut using a Cheery Lynn die.  These cuties are negative cuts that are usually thrown away.  The small stamps are various from PaperArtsy stamped onto DCWV patterned papers.  A little IKEA spotty tape and that's 2/52!

That's my first two.  Woo Hoo.  I'm sorry, but if you aren't doing this challenge then I probably can't explain how much fun it is.  If you are, then I hope you are having a blast.  Such fun.  Thanks Claudine.  

I'm also going to join these beauties over at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock The Techniques 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday August 2014 - Stamping

Thanks for your visit.  Wait for it...... Hugz

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Autumn Angel

Hello.  Welcome.  As usual things have taken longer than I expected but I am pleased with the finished result so maybe that's all that matters.  Unless the linky closes before I get this posted!!   Then I will be slightly disappointed.  But not so much.  I really enjoyed creating this in response to The Craft Barn's Q&L Challenge of Childhood and Cheery Lynn wanted Things With Wings.  I thought the quote I used and butterflies go well together.  I always think the change from caterpillar to butterfly is pretty secret and mysterious too. 

I used Basic Grey Indian Summer Brandied Melon paper, which is quite red in the real, but I can't seem to adjust my levels so they don't look pink.  I'll try another photo tomorrow under natural light.  Just think autumn reds LOL.  I stamped Cornish Heritage Farm Sweet One Collage in black archival and made a frame using parts of Cheery Lynn Southern Charm Valance.  I cut Cheery Lynn Dream Catchers #2, Dandelions, and Mini Dimensional Butterflies from the same paper and also some Sizzix leaves.  I wrote out the quote

Childhood has it's secrets and it's mysteries,
but who can tell or who can explain them

This is a quote by to Max Muller, a German educator who died in 1900

This ended up A4 size!  I am getting quite a few nice signs for my wall with some really good quotes.    

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Hugs

Friday, 19 September 2014

Looking At Ewe

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Lis aka Stampsnob who has joined my happy little following.  So glad to have you along.  

I was trying to put a few things away, a challenge in itself, when I decided I couldn't resist using those cute little sheep again.  I had been toying with an idea to make a pile of sheep, is two a pile? so after a couple of trial runs with masking I got to this......

I cut my ATC and stamped the big sheep, but not that bit where little sheep has his foot!  I masked and stamped little sheep and then the bird.  I coloured the animals with Promarkers.  Over at Wicked Wednesday the theme is stripes and I am still on County Fair for the Speedy Fox Challenge so I thought I would stand my pile of animals against a marquee.  A stripey marquee.  I masked all the animals and stamped Hero Arts Stripes Background in DI Barn Door and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This is a good trick cos if there is any stray powder the clear doesn't show as much as it would if I had embossed with red powder.  I wanted a pennant so I Memory Box Loop Border and some stripey DCWV paper.  I left all the negative cuts in place and added iridescent glitter glue and some red rhinestones.   I also added a blue shadow to give a bit of definition.  I've seen this done but I definately need practice!!  Then I realised the animals were levitating so I added a piece of green card cut round big sheep's feet, stamped some flowers and coloured them Galaxy Markers.  The sheep, bird and flowers all come from Nellie Snellen Ollie's Spring set

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 229 - County Fair 
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 124 - Stripes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock The Techniques masking
STAMPlorations September Challenge - Stamps and Markers 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday August 2014 - Stamping 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Lamb's Tale

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Jim, aka Irish Cherokee, and Kristie.  So glad you have joined my happy little following.  Hugz all round.  

Over at Marks Finest Papers the Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge was County Fair.  I was a little stumped, started thinking about pumpkins and farm animals, and then I remembered a stamp set I came across the other day which had a couple of cute sheep.  Well, I think they are cute......

I stamped the sheep, masked, and stamped the wall from Nellie Snellen's Ollie's Spring set (NBUS).  I have used my white gelly roll pen on the sheep with some grey and pink Promarker highlights.  I also used a Promarker to draw my grass.  I decided a county fair needed a pennant so I have tied bits of ribbons on to a white piece of string.  Sorry for all the shadows.  This was surprisingly difficult to photo.  My base card is cream and I think my camera wants it to be white and all the other color levels get thrown off.  But what do I know.....

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 229 - County Fair 
NBUS Challenge 2 - Option 4 sheep and wall are NBUS
Stampotique Designers Challenge 164 - Birds or Animals
CASology Week 113 - Grass
DRS Designs Challenge 139 - I'm All in Knots 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

By the way, I used Tonic Studio's Craft Tacky Glue to stick the pennant down.  I mention this because I was very impressed how quickly it set, and no mess.  I bought this glue because it had a fine applicator and I wanted something to stick down all thse fine diecuts.  I have been very pleased with it.    It has taken me a while to find a fine application glue I like so I thought you might like to know about it.  LOL

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Baby, It's Cold Out There

Hello.  Welcome.  Actually it's a lovely sunny day.  A bit blustery and the leaves are falling already.  I'm not ready for the summer to end.  Call me next month........

I've been working on a tag with yet another of my previously unused Prima Dolls.  NBUS.  This one is called Warm Wishes and she's a perfect size for a tag.  

I used DI Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and Salty Ocean to make the background.  I stamped Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes and embossed with baby blue embossing powder.  I stamped the Prima Doll on white and pattern card from MME Collectable collection.  I coloured her boots, bow, collar, hair and hat with Promarkers.  The white on the hat and bottom of the coat is WOW White Puff embossing powder.  I thought it looked like fur.  The words are a combination from the two sentiment stamps in the Warm Wishes pack.  I stamped on some vellum printed with musical notation.  

I used a knotted piece of knitted ribbon (say that 3 times fast!!) as the tag tie.   I used Wink of Stella clear on her boots, cos every girl needs sparkly red boots at Christmas.....

Joining the fun at
WOW Embossing Powder - My Favourite Tags and Prima Dolls, definite favourites

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Monday, 15 September 2014

Coat of Many Colours On Ugly Paper

Hello.  Welcome.  Simon Says Stamp are celebration STAMPtember.  I loved Suzz's project which used a technique called Josephs Coat of Many Colours.  I decided to try this technique on some cheap ugly papers I have had lurking around for a while.

 I stamped the circles using a stamp from Simon Says Stamp Artful Borders set with VersaMark and embossed with clear powder

I went over the embossing with black acrylic and wiped off the embossed areas

I stamped Prima Little Girl on Basic Grey Indian Summer paper, coloured her with Promarkers and added glitter.  This was her first outing out of her packet so that makes her NBUS!  The balloon was diecut from red foil.  I added a bit of the ugly paper for her to stand on and mounted on a hot pink base card.  Party!!

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Marking The Cards

Hello.  Welcome.  A special big hug and hello to Darnell who has joined my fantastic following.  You gals are so great.  Thanks you for your support and the love you leave.  Big hugz all round.

I'm actually a little exhausted this evening after undertaking some unexpected sporting activities.  Anyone who knows me knows I am more slow and steady than sporty, but one thing led to another and I ended up spending a rather frustrating time this evening chasing a sheep!!  Oh yeah, it was a male sheep!!  He's a new arrival and he decided to batter down the door and then run all over the place.  With many humans in pursuit, just to keep it fun.  Then more humans joined the game and in the end his downfall came due to an half grown orphan lamb who was in the right place at the right time.  I'm going to give that lamb a treat tomorrow.  Won't tell you what I think should happen to the ram, but it involves mint sauce!!!   LOL.

As a consequence I am a little behind and really too tired to catch up tonight.  But I thought I would share the start.  Claudine is running an altered playing card challenge.  This afternoon I did manage to sit out in the sunshine and do the week 1 challenge which was to prep our playing cards with gesso

Here are my cards, scattered semi-artistically amid the Gentians.  Gotta love that blue and these are hardy here in Norway.  So pretty at this time of year.  Oh, I was talking about the flowers not the cards.  The cards are giant size.  9 x 14cm.  In real money that's about 3.5" x 5.5".  I think I bought them as a joke for the card sharps in the family, but they have just been left on the shelf, so I thought I would wheel them out for this challenge. 

Most of the cards have ended up with simple brush strokes, some with better coverage than others

I tried some using the brush with a circular motion

I dabbed these with bubble wrap.  I didn't do many of these because it didn't seem to make a good pattern but looking at them dry you can see the circle marks.  Well I can LOL.  It's quite difficult to photo just gesso, especially under artifical light.

I did quite a few by stippling heavily with the brush.  There's good texture on these

These are selection of my favourites.  I drew lines in the gesso using a spatula.  Ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy.  OK, obviously the little grey cell is past it's bedtime.....

I'm joining these little beauties over at Claudine's Art Corner.   Only one week behind now.  Well, until tomorrow when I think Claudine will be posting week 3!!  Ah well, I'm sure I'll be all caught up soon.  

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Reindeer Dancing

Hello.  Welcome.  This morning the sun is shining and I felt all jingle bells.  I remembered that over at Wnter Wonderland the challenge is Scandanavian Christmas and since I am in Norway I decided I must join in.   Also Craftyhazelnut's theme is Do you hear what I hear? which I think is very cute.  So I had to find a little bell for my reindeer.  It's real.  It rings.  Not sure what the postman will make of that......

I used STAMPlorations sketch for my design.  I wanted some red and white patterned paper so after a search found this one from Dovecraft Eastern Promise collection.  I thought it looked a bit like clouds and would suit my flying reindeer.  It needed a bit of bling so I added glitter glue.  I edged my white base card and the paper panels with DI Barn Door.  The reindeer is Sizzix Reindeer #2.  It comes with a matching embossing folder and I highlighted the embossed areas with Barn Door.  I added a piece of red ribbon and the tiny bell.  I die cut a reindeer from white foam as well to give more dimension.  The sentiment is an Anita's stamp embossed with red embossing powder.  

Joining the fun at
Winter Wonderland - Scandinavian Style 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 193 - Do You Hear What I Hear 
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 19 
DREAM It UP - Christmas and Holidays Challenge 

Thanks for your visit.  Have a great day.  Hugz

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Little China Doll

Hello.  Welcome.  I am trying to remind myself that my new years resolution was to be more organised.  I think I need to make myself a big sign.  Or maybe I should just spend the time putting a few things away LOL.   As usual, tidying up uncovers a wealth of unfinished projects and the little grey cell is so easily distracted........

I've used the sketch from Unity Stamps challenge and DCWV Far East stack.  I cut the DCWV paper into 4 strips and stuck them to my black base card.  The doll is from Unity Stamp Co. You're My Bestie set and the sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. Big Time Special set.  I coloured the doll with Promarkers and added Wink of Stella clear to the dark green bits and also to the sentiment.   The glitter doesn't show well in the photo but if you click on it, it gets bigger, and you may see the sparkle. 

Joining the fun at
The Unity Stamp Co. Challenge 19 - Sketch/Colours
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 228 - Glittery Friendship Card
STAMPlorations September Challenge - Stamps and Markers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
The Unity Stamp Co. Friday Friends With Flair

Thanks for your visit.  I appreciate the time you take to read my waffle and comment ;-)  Big hugz

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Do You Ever Get That Feeling

Hello.  Welcome.  There's lots of autumn challenges appearing around blogland and our weather was full on autumn today.  Cold and damp and drizzle.  I prefer those cold crisp autumn days when the sky is blue, your breathe is a cloud and you can go through the piles of leaves with the noise of a strong wind or maybe a steam train.  I would also be very glad to see summer again.  They did say it was coming back this week but obviously it got a little sidetracked.  A bit like me.........

Anyway, Stampotique want us to Refresh it.  Revisit an old favourite stamp and give it a new lease of life.  So I decided to use Rabbit, who hasn't been out in the woods for a while and add Wicked Wednesdays ATC challenge of Fall Fun

I started by stamping Stampotique's Rabbit and masking him.  Can you see him?  I used DI Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw for the background base.  Then I stamped Judi Kins Leaves in DI Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Walnut Stain.  Maybe I should leave Rabbit hidden in the woods?

But no, out he pops, all dressed in his best.  Light and Dark Green Wink of Stella.  I added some Walnut Stain to give him somewhere safe to stand.   I had decided this was going to be a single layer ATC but I always think Rabbit is nervously looking over his shoulder for something lurking just out of sight.  So, one layer be gone!!

BOO!  I cut a hole in my ATC and folded back the edges.  Then I backed it with black card, which also made the backside nice after the earlier inky extravaganza!  I added a pair of wobbly eyes.  I was going to add more, but it didn't look right, so Rabbit will just have to be discontent with one pair peering out at him.  I was hoping it was a scary monster from the 5th dimension but looking at it now it looks more like a sunflower that has had too much sun!!  LOL 

Joining the fun at
Stampotique Designers Challenge 163 - Refresh It
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 122 - Fall Fun
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It 
Penny Black and More September Challenge - Autumn Colours
Stampinback Challenge - Not CAS 
Papertake Weekly - Repeat Repeat  leaves, leaves, leaves 

Thanks for your visit.  Sending you good wishes, positive thoughts and hugz. 

Western Autumn

Hello.  Welcome.  A big hi and hello to Bibiana and Elin who have recently joined my following.  Welcome. 

I wanted to make an autumn card using copper foil.  I decided to use STAMPlorations current sketch and make a card with Prima Doll Becky front and center

I took a kraft card that had a slight leafy pattern as my base.  I cut two copper foil panels and embossed with Cheery Lynn Diamond and Starburst embossing plate.  It looked a bit bare so I cut two pieces of barbed wire from black card using Cheery Lynn Barbed Wire Dies.  Becky has been paper pieced using Prima Lyric, Forever Young and Craftsman collection papers.  I used Prima Fairy Belle flowers and some copper leaf brads along the bottom of the card. 

Joining the fun at
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 19
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 149 - All About Texture
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 119 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
Dazzling Diva Challenge 41
7 Kids Challenge 107 - Anything Goes 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Extreme CAS

Hello.  Welcome.  Extra big hi and hello to Angie who has joined my happy little following.  That's me happy to have such a lovely group of followers.  Thank you one and all for your support.  

Yesterday I was visiting Trisha Too and was intrigued by a challenge she has set.  An extreme CAS challenge.

ONE stamp,
stamped ONE time.
ONE color ink.
White paper

Uhhh, wow, that is extreme.   Now I like CAS and often describe my style as simple, but rarely clean *messy crafter at work*  So this extreme CAS idea has been dinging around my head all day and since it's Friends With Flair today I dug out my Unity Stamps and my Docrafts Chocolate pigment ink pad and went extreme......   

Unity Stamp First Love  Card size 15 x 10cm

I made a CAS card with this stamp and one other last week.  I think it works well here

Unity Stamp Big Time Special  Card size 19 x 11cm

This is a lovely big stamp.  The challenge with this technique is deciding where to place your single stamp image.  Once you've chosen your stamp that is.......

Unity Stamp Wondrous  Card size 19 x 11cm

I like this.  I wondered what it would look like on a smaller card with her hair falling off the bottom...

Unity Stamp Wondrous  Card size 9.5 x 11cm

It looks like this.  And I had the other half card so......

Unity Stamp Tinsel in a Tangle  Card size 9.5 x 11cm

He's so cute.  He comes with a sentiment but in the spirit of extreme CAS that must remain unused.  

You know, once I got started I could have gone on and on.  What fun.  Do check out Trisha Too's blog for this challenge and also ATC's around the world.  She is trying to send an ATC to every country in the world.  See if you can help her out with an address.  I've got mine!!!   

Joining the fun at
The Unity Stamp Co. Friends with Flair
Trisha Too - Extreme CAS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Boldly Go Into STAMPtember 

Thanks for your visit.  Hope you are having a fun Friday.  Hugs

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Goody Hoo

Hello.  Welcome.  I saw a lovely project made by Deepti so here's my take

I stamped my ATC with Penny Black  Amaryllis stamp, blacked in the leaves with a pen and tinted the edges with black archival.  Then I stamped the flower head on orange card and fussy cut. 

Joining the fun at
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 121 - Beautiful Blooms 
Penny Black and More August Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Floral Fantasy
Stampotique Designers Challenge 161 - Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Boldly Go Into STAMPtember 
Stamping Sensations August Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugs