Tuesday 29 March 2016

Working With Scraps

Hello.  Welcome.  Last night I grabbed some pre-stamped pre-cut stuff and sorted out what was ready to use and what needed colouring or clipping.  Then tonight I decided to put some of these items together and made this

Gorjuss Girl The White Rabbit was in the scraps, as were the little pink flowers, which are Cheery Lynn BAF#3 embellishments, and the background.  I made that with brushos and some stamped and embossed Paperartsy flowers.  Then I didn't like it.  But framed with Cheery Lynn Emperor Swan border and with Gorjuss girl standing in front it looks pretty good.  

The bunnies are from Tando Mini Rabbits set.  I left them naked.  A pink rhinestone finishes each flower.  

I added a blue card layer that I smudged with Stormy Sky distress ink and mounted on a raspberry base.  

Off to see what other gems are lurking in the scraps box.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Tando Creative March Challenge - Anything Goes
The Craft Barn Two Weekly Challenge - Rabbits and Ovals 
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 225 - Anything Goes 
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - Flora and Fluffy Tails 
7 Kids Challenge 148 - Anything Goes 

Friday 25 March 2016

Party Blooper

Hello.  Welcome.  I was working on a inky, painty, mummy masterpiece but it is not as I imagined.  So I made a CAS party card instead with a cute little rascal from Panduro.

I coloured with sharpies and distress inks.  The sentiment is from Rubber Dance Happy Birthday set.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz.

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 22 - Let's Party
DRS Designs Challenge 219 - B Words B is for Balloons
Stamplorations CAS Challenge March 
De-Egel Maart Challenge 15 - CAS/Vintage

Thursday 24 March 2016

Hoo Are You Looking At?

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Hello.  Welcome.  I had an idea and it became this.

 I started with a couple of metal charms from Korthobby

I cut the large charm in half and backed it with green glitter card.  I added some gold mirror card behind the owls eyes and two green rhinestones.

I cut a valley fold base card in white and die cut Taylored Expressions Southwest Cutting Plate from the same white card.  This gives a lovely faux embossed look.  

I added a green layer behind the card.  

The happy birthday is a stamp from Marks Finest Papers Tiger set.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Korthobby - Anything Goes
Marks Finest Papers Challenge 12 - Layered Mountain Fold Card
Share the Joy Challenge 28 - Sketch-/CAS 
Scrapyland Challenge 38 - Think Green 

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Dandelion Tea

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Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick post with another make for the coffee lovers blog hop using the remains of my cup from yesterday.

Glad they printed that fun design on both sides LOL.

Bright green and dandelions.  A sure sign of spring.  I used a gold textured card with black inked edges and a piece of lace printed paper.   I cut the label shape using a spellbinders die.  The teacup is a stamp from The Artistic Stamper that I stamped, embossed, fussy cut and coloured with distress inks.  I cut Cheery Lynn's Dandelions many times from white card and arranged them around the label shape.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 225 - Anything Goes 
Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 
FSC Challenge 42 - Lots of Layers 
Scrapy Land Challenge 38 - Think Green 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Food and Drink 

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Coffee With Friends

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Hello.  Welcome.  A while a go I went to town and had a coffee.  It came in this cup

So the thrifty crafter rinsed it out and took it home, cos I loved the colour, and the texture and the smile.  When I was cleaning up earlier today this popped up and I decided to repurpose for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I cut a section of the cup into a cup shape! and added some tabs to keep it raised off the card.  I made a painty background using acrylic paints and a brayer and added two metal heart charms from Korthobby.

I added some coffee sachets.  

Love that smile

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at 
Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop
Korthobby Mars Utfordringen - Alt Er Lov
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Food and Drink 
ABC Challenge - D is for Delicious 
Our Creative Corner - The Return of the Challenge  I chose What Makes You Smile

Friday 18 March 2016

Flying With Butterflies

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Hello.  Welcome.  Have you seen the new stamps from Rubber Dance?  I am smitten.  I used a piece of splatter background I made for my altered clock as a perfect backdrop for this beautiful new stamp from the Fly With Me set.  

I stamped and embossed the butterfly girl and coloured with brusho's.  I coloured her legs with an orange sharpie and stamped her wings with green ink and the Vintage Script stamp.  The butterflies are from Antique Botanicals and the sentiment from Affirmations.

You can get 25% off these new stamps til 20/3/2016.  
And there's still time to join the Rubber Dance challenge 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 109 - Butterflies 
Penny Black and More March Challenge - Feature A Creature 
Dare2BArtzy Bright Colors Challenge
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Springtime 
Papirlosjen Utfordring 3 - Vår i Luften 

Thursday 17 March 2016

R is for Rooster

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Hello.  Welcome.  We are having a lovely week here in Norway with lovely sunny calm days.  It's been a little quiet here in my little corner of blogland as I have been spending much time in the garden.  Look, signs of spring......

Then today some lovely new stamps arrived from Rubber Dance Stamps and I couldn't wait to get them inky.  Here's my first project with the newly released Rascal Rooster, just in time to join The Craft Barn's Alpha challenge for 'R'.  Was so excited when I saw this one.  I keep chickens and this is a beautifully detailed and very realistic stamp.  Love it.  Here he is......

So here we go, rooster n. (US) domestic cock.  I kid you not!!  That's the OED definition.  One feels they could have expanded a little....  I covered my playing card with some Basic Grey yellow patterned paper.  I stamped the background with stamps from the Rubber Dance Round In Circles set, the large circle in yellow and the small linked circles in blue.  I stamped Rascal Rooster, coloured and fussy cut.  Then I made his neck by repeatedly stamping the long feathers from the stamp on a piece of card and coloured it blue.  I will be back with this gorgeous stamp again soon.  Oh, and there's a massive 25% off this new release until 20/03/16.  Go HERE for details.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz 

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - R
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Circles as the Background
DRS Designs Challenge 218 - Inspired by Color
Twofers Challenge - Organic 
Dare2BArtzy Bright Colors Challenge 

Sunday 13 March 2016

Signs of Oz

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity they are having a Wizard of Oz themed blog hop and inviting us to join up with some Oz themed projects.  I searched the stash and came up with this WoO quote stamp from Unity Stamps.  I made an ATC with a yellow brick road background and a faux wood sign.......

I embossed some yellow handmade paper with Sizzix distressed bricks embossing folder and cut a 'road', with meadow/butterfly printed paper along the edges.  I made my faux wood board sign.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Unity I Am Woman set with midnight sparkle embossing powder and added some mini brads.   Good advice on the road to Oz......

Thanks for dropping by.  Have you seen my giveaway?  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - We're Not in Kansas Anymore Blog Hop

Friday 11 March 2016

Time to Make Art

Hello.  Welcome.  I am starring over on the Rubber Dance Stamps Scandanavian blog.  Drop over and leave me a little love.  Here's a little peek

Don't forget to use my code gail2016 for 15% off your order at Rubber Dance Stamps

There's still time to join the Rubber Dance Monthly challenge with these fun colours

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Thursday 10 March 2016

Bunny, Bunny, Bunny

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Hello.  Welcome.  Just wanted to sneak in an entry to the MFP Hearts and Bunnies blog hop challenge.  I followed Vickie's tutorial to make this fun little treat basket

I know, it's that wabbit again!!  But he's so cute.  And neglected!  So since he's out I thought I'd make good use.  I scored and cut my 6" piece of Bo Bunny paper, glued and added the handle.  Then I stamped, embossed, fussy cut and coloured the Anitas rabbit.  

Surprising how roomy these little baskets are.  Hmmmmm, sweeties.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
MFP Stamp Shop Bunnies and Hearts Blog Hop Challenge
Time Out Challenge 51 - Spring/Easter
DRS Designs Challenge 217 - Cut it Out 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - A Bit O' Green 
One Crazy Stamper March Challenge - Anything Goes 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

It's a Bunny Time of Year

Hello.  Welcome.  MFP want to see CAS and bunnies, and since I had this snazzy dude out, I thought I'd make a QACAS card using the Share the Joy colours

For me March is a busy birthday month and then April, well that's just wall to wall birthdays.  So I decided to use this cute Anita's bunny to make a birthday card for a friend who has an Easter birthday this year.  I stamped and embossed the bunny and the sentiment from MFP's Tiger set.  Then I gave it a water colour wash using pink, blue and yellow distress inks.  I have added Windsor and Newton Iridescent watercolour medium to my waterbrush so now everything has bling........

Thanks for dropping by.  I have a little giveaway going on.  Check this post for details.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
MFP Stamps Challenge 10 - CAS and Bunnies
Share Joy Challenge 25 - Colours
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge - Water
DRS Designs Challenge 216 - Bling it on
Addicted to Stamps Challenge 184 - CAS 

Monday 7 March 2016

R is for Rabbit

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Hello.  Welcome.  Well, of course it is.  Here's my R Altered Playing card for the Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary challenge.  I went with rabbit

Rabbit n. burrowing animal with long ears and a short furry tail.  Can't see this guy doing much burrowing.  

I started by adding Mermaid Lagoon distress to my playing card, then swiping it off again in places.  I cut Cheery Lynn English Tea Party doily three times from blue card.  More Mermaid Lagoon.

I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the rabbit.  I coloured with sharpies, added the dictionary definition and a piece of brown Bazzill for him to stand on.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - R
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 224 - Doilies 
Repeat Impressions WIW Color Challenge - Pink, Teal and Kraft or Brown
Twofers Challenge 15 - Organic
Time Out Challenge 51 - Easter  it's the Easter bunny....

Sunday 6 March 2016

Warts And All

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at Paperartsy this fortnight the challenge is image transfer.  Something I've never had much success with.  I don't have all those products that people use to transfer an image and quite honestly, except for occasionally wanting to reverse a stamp, it's not really something I've tried.   So I have been lurking, picking up tips but not putting my toe in the water.  Then I saw Kaz's post, where she uses grunge paste as a transfer medium.  Got that!!  So I photocopied an image of a lady and followed the process.  Whilst waiting for GP to dry I thought I'd give Keren's super easy transfer ideas a go.....

Here's a Do Crafts fox with it's very sketchy reversed image.  I used brown archival.  Maybe not the best choice.  It would also have helped to have had layers underneath maybe.  I decided the real fox would look good coloured with Spiced Marmalade.  I used distress inks to colour the water, grass and sky as well.  The sentiment is from Rubber Dance Affirmations set.  It's sweet, but I think I need practice.  

The GP lady??  Maybe it wasn't dry enough but she made a good ghostly apparition, but a very poor image transfer............

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Paperartsy Topic #4 - Image Transfer
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature

Saturday 5 March 2016

Gorjuss, Games and Giveaways

Hello.  Welcome.  I am content.  The day started sunny and I decided to do nothing.  I sat in the sun with my friend drinking coffee.  Blissful.  Then it got cloudy!  OK, maybe I'll get those seeds planted and then I can get crafty.  So I did. 

Now I realise I am having a bit of a Gorjuss period, but I got a great deal just before christmas and have discovered they are so much fun.  This is the first outing for The White Rabbit (NBUS).  Incidently there are no rabbits with this set.  Pity.  I've used the Repeat Impression colours of pink, teal and brown.  

My girl is stamped on Prima Something Blue paper, fussy cut, then coloured with distress watercolours (face, hands, trousers) and promarkers (coat and hair).  I used a gold pilot marker for the chain, clock and hearts.  I stamped Fiskars Continuous Flowers (NBUS) and Rubber Dance sentiment in Archival Potting Soil.   

I have 2 Fiskar Continuous Stamps, Flowers and Dots, to giveaway.  These are designed to be used with the Fiskars continuous stamping gadget but I just slap them on an acrylic block.  If you are interested leave me a comment including the name of your favourite flower.  I will draw a winner 1st April.  Any other comments you leave on my other posts between now and the draw will give you an extra entry, but you must leave a comment including a flower name on this post to be eligible.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
NBUS #6 
Repeat Impressions WIW Color Challenge - Pink, Teal and Kraft or Brown 
I Love Promarkers Challenge 303 - Use a Number
The Craft Barn Two Weekly Challenge - CAS with a flower and sentiment
7 Kids Challenge 146 - Anything Goes 

Friday 4 March 2016

You Spin Me Right Round

Hello.  Welcome.  So, I'm wobbling around crafty blogland and I come across the CASology challenge where the cue word is SPIN.  Ah ha, thinks I, I have the perfect stamp for that.  So I rattle through my small collection of Timmy stamps and lo! a new inspiration hits.  

NBUS alert!!  I was lucky enough to win this limited edition set of TH stamps during Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2015.  Thanks Simon.  It's never seen ink! (NBUS).  The stamps are slightly smaller than the full size TH blueprint stamps and each comes with a sentiment.  I cut a square white card and stamped the sentiment on each side.  Then I stamped the hand, coloured with distress inks and fussy cut.  I added a crystal brad as a cufflink.  This allows the hand to spin.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 187 - Spin
Stampotique Designers Challenge 234 - Time Challenge 30 Minutes or Less
Ett Trykk Trykkpressa Mars 2016 - Monokromatiske
De Egel Challenge 15 - CAS  

Thursday 3 March 2016

L is for Librarian

Hello.   Welcome.  I've been having fun tonight altering a playing card for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge.  This time we are playing with the letter L.  I went with Librarian

Librarian - a person in charge of or assisting in a library.  She looks like she could assist.  And she's got a lovely pile of books.  Works for me.......    I covered my playing card with some do-craft script paper.  A story about a teddy bear locked in the attic.  Sad.  I edged and tinted with Shabby Shutters distress ink.  Then I added a chevron chipboard which I also smeared with Shabby Shutters. I added a torn piece of book paper from a Norwegian book.  Possibly a steamy romance?  A bit more Shabby Shutters.  Then we have Gorjuss New Heights (NBUS) and her pile of books.  Ain't she sweet.  Coloured with distress inks and added the definition from the OED.  The butterflies are Crafty Individuals stamps. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - L
7 Kids Challenge 146 - Anything Goes
EyeConnect Crafts March Design Challenge - Butterflies 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Touchy Feely 

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Sharing With Friends

Hello Welcome.  Today it's hammering down with snow so I think a crafty day is in order.  First I want to share the card I sent to LesLee this month as part of the Card Chain Challenge.  I found this fun challenge in January 2014 and am pleased that I have joined every month since then.  Basically, you sign up, make a card, send it to the person before you on the list and get a card from the person after you on the list.  Snail mail every month.  Love it.  And it's international so no matter where you are you can join in.  All this is administrated by the lovely Deborah.  Thanks so much Deborah.  

The February reveal is HERE.  See all the cards exchanged in February
If you would like to join the fun the March sign up is HERE.  Open til 6th March

And here's the card I made and sent to LesLee in California

The background is texture paste through Stamplorations Retro Circles stencil on handmade paper.  I coloured with brusho's.  I paper pieced the Prima doll and also watercoloured a bit.   Some pink rhinestones add a bit of bling.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Do check out all the lovely cards exchanged and do feel free to join the fun.  Maybe I'll get to send you a card.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Share The Joy Challenge 24 - CAS 
AAA Cards Game 59 - Embossing 
Our Creative Corner - The Return of the Challenge I used Tic Tac Toe Fun paints, stamps, stencils
OCS March Challenge - Anything Goes 

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Spring Wishes

Hello.  Welcome.  Happy March.  I am a keen gardener.  I love growing my own food.  Last year was a wash out.  What the slugs didn't eat died due to lack of summer.  This year, well, I can't do much about the weather, but maybe I can get lucky with the little slimy dudes/dudettes.........

A gardening good luck sign using the Rubber Dance March challenge colours:-

I made a background using Ripe Persimmon and Cracked Pistachio distress inks.  Then I stamped a border using the paintbrushes from Rubber Dance Artist Plate and embossed in white.

The snail is EyeConnect chipboards.  I stamped the Totem Snail's shell and horns with the large spiral from Round in Circles.  I used the brush numbers stamp from Artist Plate to add texture to the snail's body.  I used Rubber Dance Alphabet Uno to stamp my spring wish and embossed with green tinsel embossing powder.  I added a neon wool hanger.  

All stamps are from Rubber Dance.  
You can use my code gail2016 to get 15% off your order.  
Postage is flatrate €4,50 worldwide.  That's less than $5US!!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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