Monday, 25 September 2017

As The Old Bat Flies

Hello.  Welcome.  Tis the season to say Bwahahahaahhaa. 


I stamped Taylored Expressions Twinkle Twinkle background and embossed with gold powder.  I coloured it with distress ink and wiped excess ink off the gold embossing.  I die cut Taylored Expressions 13 Dead End Drive from black card and extended the base to form a hill.  I paper pieced the moon, windows and road.  I wrote he sentiment using a white gel pen.

'the road to a friend's house is never long'

Especially if she has good coffee and cake.  Bwwwahahahahaaaaahahaaa.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

He Is Still Big

Hello.  Welcome.  Having a bit of a CAS blitz inspired by CASology's BIG.  To be big, maybe you just have to be looked at by someone smaller.  The cue card made me think of this lovely stamp by Unity - First Love, First Hero.  I always thought my dad was so big when I was small.  Now I am growed, he's still big in my heart and in my thoughts.  


I stamped the image and masked it.  Then I added Stormy Sky distress ink to a long acrylic block, wiped away a section, spritzed it with water and stamped the colour onto the card.  The DAD is stamped using letters from Carmen's Veranda's Zen Dream stamp.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 267 - Big
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge
Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge
Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge



 

Big Red Balloon

Hello.  Welcome.  Another card for CASology's Big challenge. 


I stamped the pennant (NBUS) from Panduro's Kids set.  I thought it looked like a balloon string with dangles.  Then I cut my balloon from red card and embossed the sentiment using a sizzix embossing folder (NBUS I think. I don't remember using it before, but it is pretty ancient.  But now I see it, I am wondering why I haven't used it before!!).  I used Barn Door distress ink to highlight the embossing. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 267 - Big
NBUS Challenge 12 
Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge
Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 


Everything Is Relative Sister

Hello.  Welcome.  CASology have the cue word BIG.  Well, that's an interesting one.  How do you judge size.  Usually with a reference to something else. Mice are big to fleas and elephants are big to mice.  Squueeeeeek!!  And CAS.  If you stamp something big then there goes your white space.  Unless of course it is your white space!  Or in this case, orange!!!!


Meet Ed.  He's a giant pumpkin.  Well, the biggest one I'm going to see this year.  Terrible year in the pumpkin patch.  Anyway, back to Ed....   He's so big he didn't fit on the card.  There he is, being his own white space.  I used sizzix movers and shapers dies to cut the face from black card, added it to my orange card base and a couple of googly eyes, cos Ed has character!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Ed is joining the fun at
CASology Week 267 - Big
AAA Cards Game 99 - Autumn Colours
Die Cut Divas September Challenge - Masculine
Scrapy Land Challenge 74
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies



Saturday, 23 September 2017

Woodland Potato Postcard

Hello.  Welcome.  Mr Potato wanted to play along with the VLVS challenge.  He says he's a forest animal.  


I started with a 6 x 4" piece of pale blue card.  I stamped the VLVS concentric circle stamp all over the blue card using Watering Can archival ink.  I used 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th impressions, stamping til I could stamp no more, and then re-inking.  I took some pages from a dictionary, words beginning with P, and coloured with Old Paper, Tea Dye and Stormy Sky distress inks.  I ripped the dictionary pages up and stuck them over the blue stamped card.  VLVS Mr Potato stamped on old book paper, embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Promarkers and white gel pen.  The VLVS sentiment was stamped and embossed on old book paper and layered on a couple of pieces of the blue stamped card.  I used my craft knife and did some serious distressing on the edges.

"It is as bad as you think and they are out to get you!"

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Blue Berry

Hello.  Welcome.  Kreativ Scrapping have a lovely colour palette inspiration, and Marianne Designs want two main colours and a splash, and I want christmas, so together we made this.....


I went all pink and blue and a little touch of orange.  I cut and embossed the Marianne Designs doily from pink card.  It comes with a matching angel wing (nothing to do with angels me thinks) so I used that to cut my blue Bazzill dots base card a fancy nancy shape.  Then I cut and embossed the MD stars doily.  The cutie was stamped, embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Worn Lipstick distress and promarkers.   God Jul as they say in my part of the world.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Marianne Design Challenge 185 - LR0126, SF1102, LR0415
Kreativ Scrapping Utfordring 9 - Fargepalett
Dare 2 B Artzy Challenge - Ship Shape 
The Cat's Pajamas Challenge #339 - Fall/Winter Holidays
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 351
Dies R Us Challenge 81 - Fancy Corners




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tea Leaves

Hello.  Welcome.  We've gone from a warm and wet summer to a warm and wet autumn.  Only thing to do is craft!!



I used Sizzix Labels Ornate #3 dies to cut my rust Bazzill dots card base and DCWV domino patterned paper.  I cut Poppy Stamps Tea Pot Stack from gold mirror card.  The leaves are cut from orange and gold metal sheets using dies from Spellbinders Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents set.  Pile of teapots in a pile of leaves!  Perfect.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Autumn Wishes

Hello.  Welcome.  The Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop is running and the entries sure are pouring in.  If you have used stamping and numbers the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity has a numbers challenge running til the 25th of the month. This is my second entry for the Coffee Lovers hop using stamps from Unity and their fb challenge sketch.



I couldn't find a card base the colours I wanted, so used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick distress inks on a piece of cream textured card.  I embossed a piece of orange metal with Sixxix Leaves folder and die cut it using Taylored Expressions Frame In Frame 2 dies.  I stamped and coloured the Unity girl using promarkers and distress inks and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a piece of ribbon.  

Thanks for dropping by.   Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Hjerteboden September Utfordring - Bruk Høstfarger
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Country View Challenge September 2017 - Metal

Allsorts Challenge Week 433 - Feels Like Autumn 
Ribbon Girls September Any Image Challenge
 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Wildling Winter

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I have an unusual style christmas card to share at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Do hop over and check it out and leave me a little love so I know you passed by.  Hugz


There is a NUMBERS challenge running over at the Portal.  
Link up your numerical stamped makes for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.  Hope to see you there.  Hugz

Cuppa Love

Hello.  Welcome.  It's time for the fall coffee lovers hop and I am ready to cocoa.  Or in this case coffee.


Starting simply with this cool stamp from Kreativ Hender and a sentiment from Unity.  I stamped the cup with Potting Soil archival and used orange for the sentiment with a brown card base and an orange mat for autumn colours.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Hjerteboden September Utfordring - Bruk Høstfarger
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS
Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge 12 - Anything Goes 




Friday, 15 September 2017

Why Just One?

Hello.  Welcome.  The new theme challenge is up at Rubber Dance and it's your favourite stamp.  Easy right??   Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!  Well, obviously, I only need to look at Rubber Dance stamps for this project, but there are just so many favourites.  So I put my most 'favourites' into a pile.  A huge pile!!  How do I choose??  I decided to just go with it.  I closed my eyes and did a bit of Mr Random in the pile and came up with Milky Way.  Hmmmm, Mr Random has taste.  


I'm glad I started this without any preconceived ideas cos I never saw this coming!
But it's pretty cool.  


I started by stamping Rubber Dance Milky Way stamp in stripes across the card with Versamark ink.  Then I embossed with white powder to give a resist.  I coloured randomly with Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke and and that other purple colour distress inks.  Don't forget to wipe the ink off the embossed areas.  


Then I remembered this very cute star swirl stamp from the Winter Wonderland set.  I haven't used it for a while but it is just so pretty.  A tiny little wonder of a stamp for giving a beautiful accent, or in this case, a glorious explosion of detail.  I stamped it many times with Plumeria Colourbox chalk. 


The large swirl from Round in Circles.  Swoon.  Love this stamp!  It is so big and beautiful.  I decided to stamp it on black glossy card and emboss with white powder again.  Then I ripped the edges and applied black archival ink.  And now for the topper....

Whale Wishes is a recently released set, but that doesn't mean that that gorgeous whale hasn't stolen my heart.  I stamped, embossed with black powder and fussy cut.  I started colouring with Promarkers and then added some distress inks when I ran out of shades of green.  The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday set.  I have a lot of favourites in this set LOL.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed with green tinsel embossing powder.  Then I coloured with distress inks and matted it onto a scrap I had left over from the Milky Way background.  I stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut the swirly stamp, also from the Whale Wishes set.  I tried it in the whale's blowhole but didn't like the way the sentiment hid it so I played around a bit.  Then I realised I needed another one.  Watch out!  The Kraken has grabbed the sentiment!!!   What fun.  

Thanks for dropping by.  I can't wait to see your favourite stamps.  You don't need to use Rubber Dance stamps to join the challenge, but we do love to see them.  You can link up you projects HERE.  

All the stamps used here are from Rubber Dance and there are many more in the Rubber Dance webshop.  
Remember, if your order is over $15 you can use the code GTFreeShip to get free worldwide shipping.  Hugz

Whale is joining the fun at
Mod Squad Challenge - The Heat Is On
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's Written in the Stars 
WOW! September Challenge - Resist Technique
Crop Stop Challenge Link Party 32 
Scrappelyst Utfordring for September - Striper 
Tuesday Throwdown 360 - Happy Birthday 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Turning Hope to Ho Ho Ho

Hello.  Welcome.  Frank was promised a real Santa hat if he would just pop up and remind all you lovely people that the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Tip Your Hat event ends tomorrow, midnight, one of those american time zone times.  Well, they have so many!!!!!


I stamped Carmen's Veranda Frankenstein and embossed with black powder.  Then I stamped the first two letters of Carmen's Veranda Zen Hope stamp 3 times and embossed with white powder.  I gave the background a watercolour wash using Festive Berries distress ink.  I cut Taylored Expressions die Party Hat from some snippets from the scraps box.  Ho Ho Ho indeed.  So stamp and leave the hat on and hop on over to the Portal and link up your hatty projects before midnight tomorrow.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Frank is joining the fun at
WOW! September Challenge - Resist Technique
Penny Black and More Challenge - Get Ready For Christmas
Papirplaneten Utfordring #21 - Jul i September
Dream In Darkness - Celebrate
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 350 
Mod Squad Challenge - The Heat Is On

Gorgonzola Art

Hello.  Welcome.  I missed joining the Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge last month due to incompetence, so I was waiting eagerly to see what the topic was this month.   They have chosen Shapes.  So I decided to start with circles. 

  
Here's the background I started with, chalk inks over a Stamplorations stencil, die cut with my Sizzix ATC die


I stamped the Unity sentiment with VersaMark and embossed with black powder.  Then I decided my ATC needed to look like a Swiss Cheese!!!!


I used a small Sizzix circle die to cut the centers out a number of circles.  Then I backed it with some scrunched up silver foil.  I am so using that idea again.  What yummy texture that is!


Then, in keeping with the time references in the sentiment, I added some vintage metal clock charms.  These are all from Korthobby.no.  I had 4 different clocks.  The two round ones fitted perfectly with my circle shape.  The cuckoo clock was too cute not to use and it's little dangles fitted perfectly into that semi circle cut at the bottom.  Then I added the wristwatch to balance it all up.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers September ATC Challenge - Shapes
Korthobby September Utfordring - Alt Er Lov 
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 40 - Vintage 
Scrapy Land Challenge 73 
Country View Challenge September 2017 - Metal


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Frog Juice

Hello.  Welcome.  Last evening I was trying to do a few things and get a bit ahead, but ended up with lots of starts, none of which I was totally happy with.  So I decided to go and do nothing instead.  Then, this morning, when I looked at my desk, I though hmmmm, maybe that ain't so bad afterall......... 


I'm playing with VLVS stamps and keeping it CAS.  I thought this frog, clutching his bottle of wine, fitted perfectly with the 'Is it wine o'clock yet?' sentiment.  Inside I stamped a partially masked xmas sentiment which now reads 'A merry wish for lots of happiness'.  That seemed perfect.  My man likes wine, so this will work for him.  

Frog and sentiment stamped with black archival and coloured with ink joy and neon pens.  Background a weak stripey wash of Pumice Stone and Stormy Sky distress inks.  Frog panel cut using Sizzix TH double stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

One Of Our Birds is Missing

Hello.  Welcome.  The House That Stamps Built has a Sympathy challenge.  This is a difficult subject but the DT has produced some lovely inspiration.  I was particularly struck by the fact that they have steered away from the usual neutral colours.  So I decided to use a distress ink background that I had made and Stamplorations For The Birds stamp.  

I swooshed distress inks on my card base and cut it with Stamplorations Double Stitch Rectangle die.  I stamped For the Birds stamp and Unity's With Sympathy sentiment and embossed with black powder. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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