Saturday, 20 January 2018

Runaway Reindeer

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, January is galloping on apace and my wish to join in with more challenges is kinda working.  Loved Kimberly's card at Muse Christmas Visions and knew I had the perfect stamp.  Unfortunately, Rudolf had legged it and, despite searching all the likely places, he seemed to have vanished.  I know I used him at Christmas!  Then last night, after I had given up hope of finding him, the gremlins returned him!!  I moved one piece of card, that I am sure I put there a few hours before, and there he was.  So, here he is.  

I stamped the Panduro deer on a piece of white card, fussy cut his foot and used a stitch die to cut the panel.  Then I masked him and stamped the sentiment from the same set.  I coloured with distress inks and my waterbrush, which has Windsor and Newton iridescent watercolour medium in it, so everythng it touches gets a little glimmer of sparkle.  I used a gold pilot marker for the star and bell.  

Gosh, two xmas cards already this year.  Off to a wonderful start.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Yellow and Fluffy

Hello.  Welcome.  Loved a card by Heather over at the Winnie and Walter blog and I am still feeling yellow and black so........

I used Winnie and Walter's Do You See What I See die.  I paper pieced with three shades of yellow, two card and one that was a sort of fluffy stuff.  I also cut the W&W Thanks die from the fluffy stuff.  That's why some of those die lines look a bit furry.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Winnie and Walter Rerun No 27 Challenge
Scrappelyst Grublis for Januar - Gul og Svart
Country View Challenges January 2018 - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
AAA Cards Game 106 - Quote  the geometric die is new and I plan to send more thank you cards this year

Loved the space and layout of Heather's Card

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Familiar and Friend

Hello.  Welcome.  I have an ATC over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today.  If you want all the details and my take on colouring, gold versus black, and that amazing disappearing leaf, then hop over and check it out.  

This is Lost Coast Designs Owlynn, stamped, embossed and coloured with sharpies, Promarkers and distress inks.  Well, mix those media, why not indeed!!  The best friends sentiment is a Carmen Veranda clear stamp.  I highly recommend a look at these cos there are a lot that should have a 'don't read while drinking your coffee' warning.  Just saying.....

The challenge for this fortnight is I Am Woman so get out your women and stamp!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Monday, 15 January 2018

On Vintage Wings

Hello.  Welcome.  Just popping by to remind you that the Rubber Dance challenge is ongoing with a choice of colours and or the theme of Vintage.  Some lovely inspiration on the blog today so do hop over and check it out and leave the team a little love.  Here's a little taster from me......

I used a blue card base, light blue card and kraft.  I based my design on a sketch from Pagemaps.  The main panel is stamped with Rubber Dance Vintage Flourishes with some distress ink splats.  The small panel and the sentiment panel were both stamped with Rubber Dance Vintage Ads stamps.  The butterfly is from Rubber Dance Butterfly Trio and the sentiment and heart stamp are from Rubber Dance Norwegian Greetings.  I stamped the sentiment with Potting Soil archival.  It says 'a little greeting' in Norwegian.  All other inks are distress inks.    

and/or VINTAGE

If you would like to buy some of these lovely stamps you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip on all orders over €15.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Bus Full Of Gingers

Hello.  Welcome.  I hope you are having a fun and crafty Sunday.  I have just spent some time paper piecing a bus load of gingers.  Usually I am not into very fiddly things but this was actually quite fun.  OK, it was a blast.  Check it out........

It's the Let It Snow express bus to Gingerbread Town.  

I started by making the bus. This is Memory Box Double Decker die cut from some snowflake patterned paper.  I added some silver pen to the wheels and the sign is a Rubber Dance stamp on shrink plastic.  The little gingers are Poppystamps Little Gingerbread Boy and Girl dies.  These are tiny, and their clothes are tiny, but what fun.  Many snippets used today.  And they fit perfectly in the bus!!  I used a black and white marker to add details.  I cut the cap for the driver from a tiny scrap.  

I made my background by embossing Stamploration Stitched Snow Hills dies on my card base and giving the top a watercolour wash of Stormy Sky distress ink.  Then I stamped the trees and tiny snowflakes using stamps from Power Poppy Action Santa set with Pine Needles and Stormy Sky distress ink.  I added some glitter glue to the hill at the bottom of the card.

Then I added my bus and Poppystamps Antique Lamppost cut from blue card and a shrink plastic sign with a sentiment from the Power Poppy Action Santa set.  All aboard....

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Memory Box Challenge 32 - Snow and Winter 
Poppy Stamps Challenge #40 - Snow Day 
Power and Spark - Grab a Map 
Stamplorations Cutplorations Challenge 
Stamplorations January Theme Challenge - Stamps and Curves 
Scrapy Land Challenge 81


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Legless In Charge Of A Rabbit

Hello.  Welcome.  If you saw my last post you might have noticed the yellow I used.  It's not a colour I use so much.   I don't know why.  It's just not a go to colour for me.  But I decided to give it another whirl tonight.  

I paper pieced Gorjuss Hush Little Bunny, large version.  Actually, it's pretty huge.  So huge I ended up cutting her legs off!!  Since I bought this one cos it had a bunny then her legs are a minor consideration.  I used patterned paper for her dress, and if you think this one is a bit retro you should have seen the first one!!!!   It was the ugliest dress in paper piecing history!!!!   I like this one much better.  I used some yellow coir paper for the bunny.   I added colour to the rabbit and the girl using Promarkers.  The sentiment is a Taylored Expressions stamp embossed with black on the gold card base.  I coloured the hearts black and added some gold glitter glue and the bunny's eyes are Mustard Seed Distress Ox on black card and fussy cut.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Twofer Unplucked

Hello.  Welcome.  The delightful Darnell of NBUS fame has started a brand new challenge - Twofers!!  Darnell says

I created this challenge for several reasons:
  • Although I try to make more than one card with a design, I fail at this miserably and just want to start a new design immediately.
  • Although I resolve to make Christmas cards throughout the year, I fail at this miserably.
  • I'm constantly in need of cards for my stash for all occasions.
  • I need something intellectually and creatively challenging to keep the gray cells from being bored and my mojo juices flowing
Well, yes, to all that.  So here we go, first challenge feathers, and Darnell says it's allowed to leave em on the bird.  Thank mojo for that. Well, I say bird..........

For my two cards I used this bird person from Paperartsy Eclectic 5 set (NBUS).
Card 1 - Birthday.  Card 2 - Thinking of You
Joining the fun at Twofer Card Challenge #1

Just so you know, this one took ages and went through many metamophosii.  It all started with me wanting to put this birdish stamp on an ATC and then fubar-ing the cut.  Hmmm, interesting shape that.  (I am starting to think my best designs start with a happy accident)  Scrappelyst have a black and yellow prompt so this seemed like the perfect candidate.  Also, I rarely use yellow, and I am really into brights at the moment.  I knew I wanted to use this sentiment from Carmen's Veranda (NBUS) with this image and the 'you're screwed' inspired a desire for grunge.  I applied black archival to the side of my hand and made some arty smudges.  Then I added the stamped and embossed panel and stamped the sentiment.

Card 1 joining the fun at
bird and sentiment stamps are new
Penny Black and More Challenge - Something New

Since card 1 was colour scheme inspired I decided this one would be too.  The Mod Squad challenge want black, white and kraft and the Twofer rules say different style, so I went CAS.  I stamped the bird stamp on kraft card, embossed with black powder and cut out the bird.  I mounted it on a black card base and stamped and embossed the Hero's Art sentiment with white powder.  Just so you know, this one was pretty quick.  

Card 2 joining the fun at
Mod Squad Challenge - Colour Throwdown
Country View Challenges January 2018 - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wall Painting

Hello.  Welcome.  Power Poppy have an interesting challenge.  They have got together with PageMaps and there are 10 sketches to choose from to enter the challenge.  Sometimes such things really grab Mr Mojo's attention and he thinks it would be fun to try and do all 10!!  Then Poppystamps are looking for snowdays and there are so many places still wanting winter and christmas and we are just spoilt for choice of places to play..........

I found a bag labelled 'stamped and painted scraps' in a corner of my craft room.  Now, some of those scraps were pretty substantial.  I found a piece where I had played with Hero Arts Stunning Snowflake stamp and Stormy Sky distress ink and spritzing before stamping.  Then I cut Poppy Stamps Heart Swoosh from a scrap of blue card and covered the heart with a stamped circle of wallpaper, also from that scrap bag.  I stamped and embossed the Panduro reindeer scene and added some colour with Promarkers and a white gel pen.  The other two papers are both from DCWV and the sentiment is from Rubber Dance.  

I used this sketch from Pagemaps

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 437  winter, blue, snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Patterned Paper

Monday, 8 January 2018

Licensed to Party

Hello.  Welcome. I am over at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today with a fun party card.  Did you know that Lost Coast Designs are now selling Katzelkraft's Cats and Dogs stamps??  These are really fun, and I decided my cat needed to disco!!

Both the cat and the Lost Coast Designs License Plate Alphabet stamps are on their first outing for me.  Gotta have a bit of new to start the year.  Do pop over to the blog for all the details and also to join the current Doodling challenge.  See you there.  Hugz

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Super Friend

Hello.  Welcome. The VLVS mood board caught my attention.  It's zingy!!!  So I decided to grab a giant playing card and got my greens on.  

I covered my playing card with a piece of dictionary paper.  I used Cracked Pistachio and Lime Green Brusho powder (NEW) to colour a piece of watercolour paper.  I stamped the two circle stamps using Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough distress inks and cut using Sizzix Mixed Media die and added it to the playing card.  

I decided to use this fun little superhero and stamped and fussy cut him.  But he worked best with the card up this way, so now my dictionary words are upside down, but I won't tell if you don't!!  I added a few of the negative cuts from the die for a bit of texture and such.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on vellum and ripped the long edges.  This is a new stamp I haven't used before.  I think we will be seeing a lot of that one.  The card edges were inked with black archival.  All stamps are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sometimes Too Much

Hello.  Welcome.  There's a lot of challenges still on winter and frosty blues and traditional xmas colours, but a couple of brighter inspirations have caught Mr Mojo's attention.  One of this years wishes is to join a few more challenges where I have spent so much time lurking that Mr Linky has up and expired!!!!  So, less looking, more making.  One of these is Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge so here we go.  Butterflies, of course, but also one layer and ultra pink.  Ultra pink?  Well, I don't waste my time trying to work out what people want, I ask, and Mrs A says she's looking for a nice strong pink.  Picked Raspberry is our ultra friend.........

Now, I think the main challenge of one layer is getting the elements in the right order, and not mucking it up of course with dirty marks or bad stamping, so I took it slowly, one element at a time, and the end result = quite pleasing.  I started by cutting my white card base with Stamplorations large crazy double stitched rectangle die.  Then I stamped the medium butterfly from Rubber Dance Butterfly Trio with black archival and masked.  I took a piece of A4 paper, cut a curve to mask off the top of the card and sponged Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I removed the A4 mask and stamped the Rubber Dance solid butterfly stamp.  I also edged the card with the Picked Raspberry ink and stamped the Crafty Individuals sentiment

'wishing you butterfly mornings &
wild flower afternoons'

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

New Year Fairy

Hello.  Welcome.  This is a very nice New Year Fairy.  Very nice. 

I used distress inks and die cut my new Celtic Dreams Fauna die from black card.  I added a white panel cut with a stitch die and mounted it on a black easel base.

I made another panel with distress inks for the inside and stamped it with a Unity happy new year greeting.  I added two pieces of ribbon.  The one at the back is mounted on a strip of thick card so it acts as a stop to keep the easel card upright.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Naughty or Nice Challenge 47 - It's a Celebration
Papercraft Challenge 2 - Happy New Year
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New
Love to Scrap Challenge 105 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Frankly Put

Hello.  Welcome.  You know, a Frank is not just for Halloween.  He can be a useful accoutrement for festivities year round.  

I made a birthday tag using the gorgeous Frankenstein from Carmen's Veranda.  The challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Doodling so I used the lovely Bubbles Background stamp from Lost Coast Designs stamped with blue dye ink on my tag and edged the tag with the same ink.  The bubbles give that lovely tangled look without all the work LOL.  Frank was stamped, embossed and fussy cut.  I coloured him with distress ink and galaxy markers for his baby blues.  The sentiment is from Carmen's Veranda and I love that doodly font!!  Wish I could write like that, but then I don't need to when Linda makes such lovely stamps!!  A bit of bobbly wool and Frank is ready to take a gift to the party. 

You can join the doodiliscious fun over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity until Midnight PST on the 14th.  There be prizes.  Hope to see you there.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Frank is joining the fun at