Monday, 31 July 2017

Raspberry Party Pig

Hello.  Welcome.  It's wet.  It's grey.  The photographer is complaining about poor light levels.  But we won't let that get us down.  It's summer in Norway.  Let's partee til the hogs come home.

I used a white hammered base card and Simon Says Stamp Birthday Farm Animals pig stamp and die set.  I coloured with Picked Raspberry distress ink and a little neon pink gel pen for his hat and toenails.  It's the little details that make all the difference LOL.   I cut the sentiment from raspberry card using Stamploration word dies and embossed them with a Do-crafts Cable Knit embossing folder.  Hog's and kisses coming your way.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Happy Birthday CASology

Hello.  Welcome.  CASology is celebrating 5 years with a fabtastic balloon blog hop.  Well, I'm a simple kinda girl so I decided to join the fun.

 I kept it singe layer and switched the Unity Big Time Special stamp around a bit.  I used a tall skinny card and stamped the giraffe's head coming in from the side.  Then I stamped the girl and coloured her balloon with a red sharpie.  Since it's a birthday celebration I added a Rubber Dance sentiment which also acts as a nice 'ground' for the girl image.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wisdom Deep

Hello.   Welcome.  There are still hours left, approximately 4 as I write this LOL, in the Rubber Dance Salty Summer Sale.  20% off the beach stamps and sea stamps, including the newly released Whale Wishes.  I decide to make some ATC's with wise whales as the focal point.  

I started by cutting three ATC's using Sizzix ATC and corners die.  I stamped one of the small detail stamps in the Whale Wishes set with Dare 2 B Artsy Midnight Blue dye ink.  I just stamped a randomly, rotating the stamp to make a close pattern.  

Then I spritzed with water and Winsor and Newton Irridescent watercolour medium and sprinkled on some yellow brusho powder.  Ahhh, yes!  The dye ink reacted with the water as well!!   Should have made sure it was dry first!  But I quite like that.  Love the variation with the brusho colours.

I stamped and embossed the fun whale three times and fussy cut them.  I decided they looked cool in black and white against the bright background.  

Then I stamped the sentiments, two from Retro Beach and one from Bon Voyage, using the same Midnight Blue ink.  Here's some close ups......

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget, if you are shopping for Rubber Dance stamps you can get free worldwide shipping on all orders over €15 with my code GTfreeship.  Hugz
Swimming off to join the fun at

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Christmas Coffee

Hello.  Welcome.  Still hearing the jingle.  

I have cased a card by Cindy.  I used Poppy Stamps Diamond Background die cut from silver glitter card over a ice blue pearlescent card base.  All stamps are by Unity.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Power and Spark Challenge - Copy a Bloomie
Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge
Noor Design UK July Challenge - Use Die Cuts

Friday, 28 July 2017

Folk Art Christmas Deer

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a fun christmas make over at the Lost Coast Review today.  Do hop over and check out the deer.  Here's a peek

Thanks for dropping by.  Altered Pages are featuring Lost Coast Stamps all this month so do hop over for masses of inspiration.  

Also Linda is offering 10% off at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda until the end of the month.  Use the code Altered Pages at the checkout.  


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Three P's

Hello.  Welcome.  It's a treefer!!

White ATC's, Peacock and sentiments from Sparkle and Sprinkle True Beauty and Flower Girl -  Magic In You stamp sets.  Stamped with black archival and embossed and then edged in black archival.  Here's some close ups.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge - Animals
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 292-293 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - You've Got The Edge 
Country View Challenge July - Things With Wings
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Black and White  

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Blue Moon

Hello.  Welcome.  PaperArtsy have an Aqua challenge going on and Claire made some lovely ATC's so I thought I'd get painty as well.   

I know!  Doesn't look remotely like Claire's!!  But there you are.  Sometimes we just go where the inspiration takes us.  Cute couple though, eh??

I smeared some aqua acrylic on my aqua card base and then lightly pressed a second ATC onto the wet paint and pulled it off again.  This gave this nice fern-like pattern.  Then I waited for paint to dry and LO! twas so tone on tone all I got was texture.  Perfect match on those colours!!  So I hit it with the Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.  Saved!!

I stamped this cute image on a piece of the same card and embossed with blue powder.  I coloured the moon with white acrylic and the cat and dog with sharpies, gel pens and a distress marker.  Aqua mixed media.   

Thanks for dropping by and a special Hi and Hello to the ladies who play at PaperArtsy who have been so kind with their visits and comments after my long absence.  You gals rock.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge - Animals

Friday, 21 July 2017

Whales On Sale

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday Rubber Dance started a 10 day Salty Summer Sale.  All the beach and sea sets are on offer including a brand new release featuring whales!!   So cool.  This is a fantastic set with two lovely big whales in different styles, a selection of supporting images and some very punny sentiments, including my new favourite.... Blubb-Blubb.   Oh my, how cool is that for a sentiment!!  I just want to Blubb-Blubb all over the place.  So here's a serious whale card with a couple of Blubbs and a Get Whale soon wish.  

A big beautiful blue whale in a sea of blue with some gold and silver highlights.  Do hop over to the shop and check out this new release and the other gorgeous sets that are on offer.  Also if your order is over €15 you can get free worldwide shipping with my code gtfreeship.  Double bargain.  The sale is on until the 30th so hop over and save a whale.  Hugz

Whale is joining the fun at
Penny Black and More Challenge - For the Boys
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 292-293 - Anything Goes 
Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge July 
One Crazy Stamper July Challenge - Anything Goes
Hjerteboden Juli Utfordring - Alt Er Lov

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blooming Believe

Hello.  Welcome.  This card was inspired by a stamp from Unity and the Calling All Sistahs challenge.  

This believe flower is from Unity KOM 7/17.  Actually, until it arrived I hadn't even really noticed it.  Other stamps in the kit had caught my eye, but when it arrived this is the one that jumped out and got inked first.  Such is a stampers life.  The Calling All Sistahs challenge colours just fitted perfectly and I love the believe stem that adds a beautifully subtle encouraging sentiment.  I used distress inks with a blending tool for the background and with my water brush for the flower and leaves.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Calling All Sistahs Challenge #3 - Colours
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge
Stamping Sensations July Challenge - Anything with Flowers
Stamplorations July Theme Challenge - Warm Colours 
Stamplorations Summer CAS Card Challenge 


Monday, 17 July 2017

Birthday Happy

Hello.  Welcome.  This is a reminder that it's ANYTHING GOES over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  You don't need to use Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps to enter, but of course we love to see them.  Happy Cat has been decorating again!!    This time it's a birthday party. Ooh, Bubble Background wallpaper.....

Hmmm, fish bone banner?  Really??
Well, at least he's happy with the decor...... 

Do hop over and link up your stamped anythings.  The linky is open until the 25th.

Also Lost Coast Designs have been showcasing some fabulous new releases this week.  Comment on the new release posts for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.  Commenting is open until the 22nd.  Good luck.  Hugz

Happy Cat is joining the fun at
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #125 - Gone Fishing 
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge 
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 49 - Ballonger og Vimpler
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #159 - Merkedager
WOW Embossing Powder July Challenge - Multi-Coloured Embossing I used 5 different colours of embossing powder on the die cut sentiment

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ode to Dougal

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a post over at the Rubber Dance blog featuring the oh so wonderful Curious Cat.  He may be blue but he ain't sad.  Maybe he's just cool?  Do hop over and check him out.  Here he is, peeking at you.  Hugz

Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on any order over €15.  
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Saturday, 15 July 2017

She Thinks You Can Win

Hello.  Welcome.  Lost Coast Designs have a new release of fabtastical stamps and we are partying over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I made a card using the stunningly gorgeous Steampunk Mermaid

Isn't she just stunning??   
I also used the ever wonderful Bubbles Background

Do hop over to the Portal of Creativity to see all the wonderful inspiration from the design team.  Leave comments on the daily posts for your chance to win some Lost Coast Design dollars.  See you there.  Hugz

Flowery Thanks

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick little ATC inspired by the Cupcake Inspirations challenge and the sketch at Stamplorations.  

I cut my ATC base using Sizzix ATC die from two MME patterned papers.  I used two Stamplorations Trendy Spring Blooms dies and cut my flowers from red and white card.  The thanks is also a Stamporations die from the thanks a latte phrase.  I added a swirl of Festive Berries distress ink using my water brush in the centre of the large flower and then over stamped with the small distressed circle stamp from Stamplorations Mixed Media Grunge set.  I also edged the ATC with the same ink.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 413
Stamplorations July Challenge - Sketch
Noor Design UK July Challenge - Use Die Cuts
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Distress It! 
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Bunny In Space

Hello.  Welcome.  AAA Cards and Less Is More have a one layer challenge, keeping it CAS and using a coloured card base.  I had fun making one already and wanted to play along with CASology's Wish challenge. 
I am seriously impressed with my Sharpies.  Although they are translucent, allowing ink details to show through, they also maintain their colour despite being used on a coloured card base.  That's pretty cool!!  I did do a test on a small offcut of card first!  So, I stamped mini Bunny Tilda Baby and masked.  Then I used a Sizzix Circle die to cut a mask and used that and a yellow sharpie to make the moon, and blue and pink sharpies to colour the bunny.  I stamped the Rubber Dance sentiment and used a fine black marker to thicken some of the lines on the bunny to give some shadows.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Bunny baby is joining the fun at

Monday, 10 July 2017


Hello.  Welcome.  The challenges are back at PaperArtsy.  I used to be a regular but last year I think I only managed one.  So they are kicking off with a colour challenge.  Aqua.  Well any shade of blue is a friend of mine.  And then today I found a new place to play and they want dots and or stripes so that sounds like a plan......

There was a lovely bird card in shades of aqua on the PaperArtsy blog so I decided to do a bit of tone on tone.  I stamped with two Hero Arts stamps, Pop Dots and Stripes Pattern, with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink on an aqua card base.  I cut another piece of aqua card using a stitched die and smeared it with the same ink.  Then I cut the ice cream using Sizzix dies.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Sunday, 9 July 2017

GIU Blog Hop

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I am excited to be the first stop on the Growing In Unity blog hop.  At the end of April I was GIU, showcasing Unity stamps, and I had the pleasure to give away two Unity grab bags to two lucky people.  Today some of the GIU ladies from the past few months are hopping and there are two more chances to win some Unity stamps.

All you need to do is hop along and leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win some lovely Unity rubber.

I made a CAS one layer card using this gorgeous image from Unity Stamps Free Your Dreams (KOM 5/17).  I stamped it on a blue card base using black archival, coloured the flowers with sharpies, added some white gel pen highlights to the vases and added the sentiment.  I covered the vases with crystal glaze.  

Thanks for dropping by.  The next stop on the hop is Teresa.  You can find the whole hop order on the Unity blog.  Have fun and good luck.  Hugz 

Joining the fun at

Friday, 7 July 2017

Hoppy Shopper

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a practical art project over on the Rubber Dance blog today.  Do hop over and check it out.  
The bunny awaits........

Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Monday, 3 July 2017

Hop to It

Hello.  Welcome.  A new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and this month it's Anything Goes!!   You must use rubber or clear stamping but other than that it can be anything you like.  How about a tag?

Here's one I made earlier!!  Why is Whimsical Flora wearing a boot??  Ah, well, revelations will abound at the Lost Coast Reveal later this month.  Do hop over to the Lost Coast Portal of Creativity for more inspiration from the team and the linky thing, for the linking of your anythings.  See you there.  Hugz

Flora is hopping along with
Country View Challenge July - Things With Wings
Scrappiness Utfordring 6 - Lag Noko Smatt 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge - J2817  
Hjerteboden Juli Utfordring - Alt Er Lov 

Words Of Encouragement

Hello.  Welcome.  Life can be hard.  It may feel that no one notices your struggles.  So sometimes it's nice to get a little encouragement

This cute little birdie is from Rubber Dance Whimsical Summer, stamped with black archival and coloured with neon gel pens.  The sentiment stamps are also from Rubber Dance.  I used a white hammered card base and added a dashed line with a black pen to suggest the way may not always be straight, but you can make it through.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 255 - Fly
Country View July Challenge - Things With Wings 

AAA Cards Game 93 - Words Take Centre Stage 
Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge - J2817 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 288-289 - Anything Goes