Friday, 28 April 2017

GIU Day 5 - Get Out The Sun Glasses

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am growing in Unity.  I have shared a project every day this this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  This is my final GIU post and I would like to thank you for your visits and your mega-awesome comments.  You rock.  I'd also like to thank Unity for giving me the opportunity to share my Unity creations with you, and for giving you the chance to win a Unity grab bag.  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of two fantastic Unity grab bags.  Hugz

Yesterday I did cool blues for Christmas.  Today I wanted to go bright, in the hopes of encouraging the summer.  And today we have sunshine, so maybe it worked!!  I also wanted to use one of my favourite Unity Stamps.  I know, there are so many, but in the end I went with The Strength She Needs, definitely one of my bestest favourites.



See, I was serious about the sunglasses!!  I made my background using triangles of neon paper.  I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the girl and coloured her with distress ink and a red Promarker.  I stamped the sentiment using black Staz-on.  Not sure of the kit this comes from because I got it in a Unity grab bag.  I thought this might make a modern and alternative confirmation card.  Good advice for a young woman.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  
I will count comments made up til close of play on Sunday.
Good luck.

If you hop over to Lisa's blog she is also GIU this week, and has two grab bags to giveaway too.  
Just in case you don't know there are two GIU gals every week in 2017, each giving away 2 fabtastic Unity grab bags.  If you want to find them you can join the fb 
HUGZ

Joining the fun at


Kaboks Utfordring 12 - Konfirmasjon
Scrappiness Utfolrdring 4 - Fargerikt
Allsorts Challenge Week 412 - I Spy Be, bright, body, bangle. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

GIU Day 4 - Feeling Blue

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am growing in Unity.  This means I will be sharing a project every day this this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  Leave a comment on all my posts this week for a chance to win one of two Unity mega-awesome grab bags. 

I used a lot of my christmas card stash last christmas so my plan was to make a new christmas card every week fortnight month.  OK, a little pathetic, but every little helps, and I'm sure production will accelerate after the summer.  So here's this month's contribution to the xmas card pile.  Featuring a girl and coffee, although I like to think she is cuddling a cup of hot chocolate.  I certainly would be.


The bricks and the window are from SMAK kits Focus on the Good and Be Different.  I masked the window before stamping the bricks.  I also added some snowflakes, stamped with silver ink, over the top of the bricks.  They look a bit yellow in the picture.  The snowflakes and the girl are from KOTM Warmth of Winter.  I stamped, fussy cut and coloured her with blue distress inks.  And a little touch of pink and red.  The sentiment is from Country Christmas Snowman.  Maybe not a typical christmas design but it's making me feel chilly!  Where's the hot chocolate??

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  DAY 1DAY 2, DAY 3 
You can also hop over to Lisa's blog.  She is also GIU this week and has two grab bags to giveaway too.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
April Rudolph Days Challenge
FSC Challenge 122 - Sound of Music - My Favourite Things  I went with warm woolen mittens
ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Home
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 330 
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Colour Blue, always been my favourite, and it works lovely for chilly winter, or lovely seas and skies. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

GIU Day 3 - Wise Words And Interesting Wallpaper

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing In Unity.  Sharing a project everyday this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  Leave a comment on all my posts this week for a chance to win one of two Unity mega-awesome grab bags.  I will choose my winners next week.  

Today I am sharing a card using images from two Unity SMAK kits.   



I stamped and embossed the lady from Focus On The Good and the sentiment from Be Different with black embosssing powder.  To make the background I masked the lady and stamped the flower from the Be Different kit using Electric Green Radiant Neon pigment ink.  Then I did a watercolour wash with Evergreen Bough distress ink.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  DAY 1DAY 2.   

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

GIU Day 2 - Outside My Box and Grab Bags Up For Grabs

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing in Unity.  I am sharing a project every day featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  I would like to thank you for your lovely comments yesterday.  Please keep visiting and commenting because Unity have given me two grab bags of 25 stamps to give away.  I will be choosing my two winners next week.  You can find my Day 1 post HERE.  

I have decided to call this a canvas, although my canvas is actually a piece of DCWV patterned paper.  I had no plan starting this, except that I wanted to use this gorgeous Anastasia stamp, so I hope I inspire you today to just grab some stamps and make something.  



I have made this as a gift for a young lady who will soon be confirmed.  Nearly every 15 year old in Norway gets confirmed.  For the main image I used Anastasia (Believes) and in the background stamps from Let Adventure.  I took a couple of process photo's so I'll try and explain how I got to this.  It was a bit of an adventure........



I started with a 8" x 8" piece of patterned paper from DCWV.   I stamped Anastasia on a piece of white paper, fussy cut her and used this as a mask.  Then I stamped the mixed media Let Adventure stamps using London Fog Memento ink and grey Archival ink.  I added some iridescent glitter glue to the wings of the butterfly and some Brushed Corduroy stickles to the two long mixed media stamps.  And I really didn't like the stickles!!!



So I had a think about what I might have in my stash to fix my stickles problem and remembered that I had some Bedazzles.  Tiny blingy stuff.  So I added some glossy accents and some Disco Ball bedazzles to the stickles.  I liked that.  I decided to add some Electric Slide bedazzles to the butterfly.  Then I used a wide flat brush and black acrylic paint and made the border.



I removed the white paper mask.  I stamped and embossed the Anastasia image on vellum and fussy cut her.  I coloured on the backside with distress inks.  Totally inappropriate medium to use on vellum, but I like the translucent effect.  I added some copper metal feathers from Korthobby.no to her hair and  a bit of blue galaxy marker to her eyes.


Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two Unity grab bags.  And if you want to increase your chances you can hop over to Lisa's blog.  She is also GIU this week and also has two grab bags to give away.  Good luck.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Korthobby Utfordring - Konfirmasjon
Kreativ Scrapping Utfordring 4 - Konfirmasjon/Baby 
Kaboks Utfordring 12 - Konfirmasjon 
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes 
Scrappiness Utfolrdring 4 - Fargerikt 
Allsorts Challenge Week 412 - I Spy  butterfly, bling, blue eyes, black border.......

Monday, 24 April 2017

GIU Day 1 - Win a Unity Grab Bag

Hello.  Welcome.  I am very pleased and excited to be Growing In Unity.   This means that every day this week I will be sharing a project featuring Unity stamps.  It also means that there is a chance for you to win a Unity Stamp Company Grab Bag!  I have two to give away!!  All you need to do is leave a comment on each of my posts this week and on Monday I will draw two lucky winners.  And if that isn't enough, if you pop over to Lisa's blog, she is also Growing in Unity this week, and she also has two grab bags to give away!!!  Hey, don't forget to leave a comment before you hop off!!  Here's my card for today.....



I made this birthday card for my nephew last week.  He has a boston terrier so I knew this would be a winner.  I stamped my panel with Unity Chickenwire Background using brown Archival ink.  I added a blue distress ink wash and spritzed with Midnight something Dylusions spray.  Then I added some gold splats by flicking my Pilot marker pen.  I stamped and embossed the dog from Lucky Dog, fussy cut him and added him to the card using one of those spring-y-ma-whatz-its.  Love how he wobbles, but getting him in the envelope was a challenge!!  Glad to report he arrived safely.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave me some love for your chance to win some lovely Unity stamps, and do hop over to Lisa for more chances!  I'll be back tomorrow.  See you then.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Splash It On
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Backgrounds
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 47 - Alt Er Lov
Scrappelyst Utfordring for April - Gutt/Mann  

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Longing For

Hello.  Welcome.  Decided to get messy this evening and brayer a painty background.  



I added Lost Coast's Floppy Eared Cat which I stamped on black card with Versamark, embossed with white powder and fussy cut.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped with archival ink.  



My background was made by brayering red, white and blue acrylic paint onto my card base.  I stamped some PaperArtsy small stamps with blue dye ink.  You can just see some of them in the left hand side of the red band.  



I would also like to mention that the Card Chain Challenge May sign up is open until the 6th May.  If you like sending and receiving happy mail check it out.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Backgrounds
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge April
A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Anything Goes
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 47 - Alt Er Lov 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bird On A Cup

Hello.  Welcome.  This is an 'I'm not sure project'.  I was inspired by the Mod Squad chalkboard challenge to make this panel and then used one of the Power Poppy sketches to put my card together.  And I liked it.  Then I took the picture and I didn't like it!   Then I looked at it again this morning and thought 'that's not too bad'.  So I decided to share.  


I stamped the Power Poppy image from the Short Stacks set on black card with Versamark and embossed with white powder.  I coloured the image with Galaxy Markers and ripped the edge of the panel.  I added some Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube dye ink to the edge of the panel and also used it for the 'chalk' effect.  Then I used Sizzix on the edge Notebook die and blue card and layered it behind the chalkboard panel.  This is the thing I am unsure about.  I like the blue, but wonder if it should have been black?  My background is tone on tone distress ink and a stamploration stencil.  I added some pieces of gold card and the sentiment is from the Short Stacks set as well. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Power and Spark Challenge - Pick a Sketch Sketch 2
Mod Squad Challenge - Chalkboard Technique
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower Phenomenal drinker of tea.  Must be a British thing LOL
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Hop 
Stamplorations April Challenge - Stamps and Wings





City Chick

Hello.  Welcome.  I really liked this card by Becca so decided to make my own version with this very cool Stamplorations chick.  I made an ATC. 


Bwahahahaha.  This was actually my second attempt at Becca's technique for simple watercolour shading.  The first one went a little pear shaped.  But I got there in the end.  Or here at least.  I cut my ATC using a Sizzix die.  Then I stamped and masked the chick from Stamplorations Fowl Play.  I stamped the splat and postmark stamp from Grunge Elements then coloured using distress inks.  Becca set her panel on a coloured background, but since I was working on an ATC I decided to use some washi tape around the edge to make a colourful border.  Then I stamped the Happy Birthday to finish. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Aud Sentiments Challenge 177 - Happy Birthday
Cut It Up Challenge 119 - Case It
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Hop 
Stamplorations April Challenge - Stamps and Wings
Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase




Saturday, 15 April 2017

But Seriously

Hello.  Welcome.  Happy Easter and a new challenge over at Rubber Dance.  We are playing with the very popular Black and White plus One.  I chose a little bit of red........



I stamped the man with VersaMark ink and embossed with black powder.  Then I masked him and stamped Rubber Dance Marble ATC Background and embossed that as well.  I cut out the panel, edged it with Memento Black Tuxedo ink, added a red layer and mounted it on the white card base.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white card using black Archival and mounted it on the card. 



Hop over to the blog to see some more inspiration from the design team and join the challenge.  While you are there be sure to check out the new stamps.  There is 20% off until Tuesday 18th April and you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTfreeship.  Now there's a great deal!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower Sarcasm.  Again.  Also becoming super good at minimalist mixed media.

Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge April 
Scrappelyst Utfordring for April - Gutt/Mann
Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Anything Goes 


Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring On Terra Dactyl

Hello.  Welcome.  Here's some minimalistic mixed media mania.  


I used purple brusho's to make the background and spritzed with water and Windsor & Newton Irridescent Watercolour medium.  I stamped the sentiment from Rubber Dance Sarcastic Superpower set with black Archival.  I stamped the Pterodactyl from Stamplorations Dino Things and coloured with distress inks and Promarkers.  


Changed the angle and put on the flash in an attempt to catch the sparkle.  Those light bits top right was all I caught, but it blings in the real.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower Sarcasm.  It's a skill.  Bwahahahahaha 
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background  Brusho's rock!!!
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Hop 
Stamplorations April Challenge - Stamps and Wings
Stamplorations CAS Challenge April 




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Shiver Me Timbers

Hello.  Welcome.  It's Birthday April!!  Needed another small man card, so went with the oh so cool Pirate Dan from Kadoodle stamps. 


Pirate Dan was stamped with black Archival ink, fussy cut and coloured with Promarkers.  I used Worn Lipstick distress for his skin and gold pilot marker for his belt buckle and earring.  The background was actually an exercise in brush cleaning!  I just grabbed a scrap of card and brushed til no more dark blue acrylic paint came out, then washed the brush.  Then I looked at the card scrap and decided it was too pretty to throw away.  With the addition of a scrap of ripped yellow card and Die-Versions Beach Hut dies cut from black card it made a perfect beach scene for Pirate Dan.  The sentiment is from Rubber Dance Happy Birthday set stamped with Dare2BArtzy Midnight Blue dye ink.  I also used this ink to edge the card base and layer.    

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
De-Egel April Challenge 31 - Voor Een Kind
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower my superpower is my ability to relax at the beach.  More tropical = more superpower LOL.
Scrappelyst Utfordring for April - Gutt/Mann


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Wanna Play?

Hello.  Welcome.  I am starring over at the Rubber Dance blog today with some fun and quirky ATC's featuring some lesser known Rubber Dance characters.  Do pop over and leave me a little love.  Here's a peeky......


The colour challenge runs until the 14th April.  Join us with any stamping project using the colours dark brown, pale blue and white.

Thanks for dropping by.  

Don't forget, if you are shopping for  
you can get 
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING with my code GTfreeship

Hugz

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Goat To Win

Hello.  Welcome.  I have been meaning to join the challenge at Fashionable Stamping, where they want modes of transport, and I needed a birthday card, cos it's April and the birthdays are coming thick and fast.  Power Poppy have some lovely sketches to choose from and High Hopes want Spring.  So get out your goat cart and lets race!!



Love this High Hopes stamp, Rosie's Ride.  It's so quirky and fun.  I stamped and coloured with distress inks and my water brush and then fussy cut.  I cut a strip of patterned paper and the oval was cut using Sizzix TH Stitched Oval die.  Birthday greeting is from PaperArtsy.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 121 - Modes of Transport
High Hopes Stamps Challenge - Think Spring
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Spring
Power Poppy Challenge - Sketch 3
De-Egel April Challenge 31 - Voor Een Kind
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday


Friday, 7 April 2017

Follow The Leader

Hello.  Welcome.  I have an up-cycle project over on the Rubber Dance blog today.  Hope you have time to pop over and check it out.  


The current Rubber Dance challenge is open until the 14th.  Join us with any stamping project using the colours dark brown, pale blue and white.


Thanks for dropping by.  

Don't forget, if you are shopping for  
you can get 
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING with my code GTfreeship

Hugz

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Earthling Greetings Birthday Happy

Hello.  Welcome.  When everywhere there is spring sometimes it's nice to be find something a bit different.  Nordsalten Hobbyklubb want to see some out of this world action this month so I went with a bright, other worldy birthday card.  April is the month for my family, with birthdays popping up all over, so this will be perfect for one of the little people.



I sponged Night Sky chalk onto a blue card base and added some white and orange splats.  My planetoid was cut using a Sizzix circle die and coloured with many colours of distress ink and acylic paint.  I used a black pen to add the circles and a faux stitched edge.  The 'alien' is from Panduro's Rascals set.  I coloured with bright distress inks and fussy cut.  Was going to give her one huge eye, but it was a bit scary, so went with the conventional two.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Utfordring 156 - Into The Space
De-Egel April Challenge 31 - Voor Een Kind
Double D Neons/Brights Challenge 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background Technique can't beat splatts!!


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Fings What Is Happening

Hello.  Welcome.  

It's April!!  

Best month of the year.  

Soon I will be 29!  Again!!  

Other things happening......

It's reveal day at the Card Chain Challenge.  
Here's the card I made and sent to Deborah...



Awwwwww!  Ain't he so cute.  Penny Black Cat, flowers by Rubber Dance, sentiment from Power Poppy, stencil and stitched die from Stamplorations, patterned paper from Craft Creations, colours by distress inks.  

Check out the REVEAL for all the lovely cards that winged their way around the planet last month as part of the amazing and fantabulous Card Chain Challenge.  If you would like to join the fun the APRIL SIGN UP is open til the 6th of the month.

The new challenge at Rubber Dance is Dark Brown, Light Blue and White.  Do hop over and check out the inspiration from the DT and link up your projects HERE


Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can get
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING with my code GTFREESHIP

I also want to draw your attention to the fact that there is a new NBUS challenge started over at the blog of the funtabulous Darnell, with associated April Fool BooBoo's.  Nothing new here today, but I am sure I will find some NBUS to share very soon.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Stay tuned for more HAPPENINGS.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Dare 2 B Artzy April Challenge - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls April Card Challenge 
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 47 - Alt Er Lov 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Smile He Said, So She Did

Hello. Welcome.  I love this image from PaperArtsy and it has been way too long since I used her.  



I call her modern girl from PaperArtsy LPC022, imperfectly stamped, but perfectly imperfect for my yellow spritzing.  I used Galazy Markers for her makeup.  The yellow splashes are Dylusions Lemon Zest ink spray.  Flicked, not sprayed.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Addicted to CAS Challenge 108 - Smile
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp National Crafting Month Winding Down
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 170 - No Dies Allowed 


Friday, 31 March 2017

When I Grow Up

Hello.  Welcome.  I was lucky enough to win some stamps at Nordsalten Hobbyklubb last month and one was suitable for their current challenge, card for a child.  



I stamped Whimsy Stamps Fireman and fussy cut part of the image so I could use Sizzix Mixed Media die in the background.  I water coloured the fireman with distress inks and gold and silver pilot markers.  I cut the panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched dies and mounted on a metallic gold card base.  Thanks to the ladies at Nordsalten Hobbyklubb and the sponsor Bokuben i Førde, for that cool stamp.  Hugz

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Utfordring 155 - Lag Barnekort
Mod Squad Challenge - Use Gold 
AAA Cards Game 86 - Diecuts 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp National Crafting Month Winding Down