Saturday, 28 July 2018

Pina Colada

Hello.  Welcome.  I made a shaped tag using Carmen's Veranda Pineapple and the Never Too Late sentiment for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge of No Body Here.  I think this sentiment is so cool for fun birthday makes.


Lost Coast Designs are sponsoring the Allsorts challenge this fortnight where the theme is Tags.  I thought my pineapple would fit right in.  Do hop over to the Portal for a few more details on my make and the linky for the No Body Here challenge, and over to the Allsorts challenge blog for masses of taggy fun and another chance to win Lost Coast dollars.  There is also a discount code on the Allsorts blog if you need to get yourself a pineapple, or any of the other wonderful Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda stamps!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Pineapple is joining the fun at
Allsorts Challenge Week 278/9 - Tags
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge 111 - Anything Goes
Scrap From Your Heart Utfordring 23 - Alt er Lov
Tuesday Throwdown #402 - Heatwave, Use Hot Colours 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Monster Party

Hello.  Welcome.  Hot, hot, hot here today.  The heat continues.  I am officially melting.  The craft room was middling to OK so I snuck in there and played with some cute monsters from Hero Arts.   


I stamped the monsters from Hero Arts Monster Greetings and coloured with Promarkers.  I used HA Stripes Pattern on the floor with Dare 2 B Artsy Paradise ink and HA Flowers and Vines with Dare 2 B Artsy Midnight Blue ink.  The sentiment is from Rubber Dance Happy Birthday set stamped with black archival.  

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm gonna go swim in the fjord!!  Hugz

Joining the fun at
A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Birthday Cards
Dare 2 B Artzy July Challenge - Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes



Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Penny Platypus

Hello.  Welcome.  I've always been fascinated by platypus and when I saw this die I knew it needed me.


Isn't that just adorbs??!!  This is Honey Bee Stamps Penny die.  It makes the paper piecing easy and also uses up lots of lovely scraps.  I used a hammered card base, highlighted the texture with Shabby Shutters distress ink and then stamped Hero Arts Word Pops (3) using Twisted Citron distress ink.  I cut the frame from a scrap of lime green card using a CC Designs die.  I added a piece of polka dot ribbon which I stamped happy birthday on.  I paper pieced Penny and used a Hero Arts small heart stamp and fussy cut it.  I added two Making Memories jumbo pebbles brads shaped as butterflies to finish.  Too cute!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Penny Platypus is joining the fun at
Buzzworthy Challenge #10 - Sunny Citrus Colours
A Blog Named Hero - Birthday Cards
Tuesday Morning Sketches #463
Tuesday Throwdown #402 - Heatwave, Use Hot Colours
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die/Punch




Sunday, 22 July 2018

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I am excited to be part of the Growing In Unity blog hop. 


Every single week of the year Unity gives someone a chance to showcase Unity stamps and gives away two grab bags of lovely Unity rubber.   They call this their Growing in Unity programme, and today we are giving you another opportunity to enjoy amazing creations using unity stamps, and of course there is a chance to win!!!

You should have arrived from Michelle, or if you are just joining me or find a broken link you will find the complete hop list on Amanda's blog.


I made a single layer card using stamps from Unity's Stand Tall set.  Isn't that flamingo just adorable??!!  I used a white hammered card base, stamped the flamingo, masked, stamped the doily, masked and drew some lines using Stormy Sky distress marker.  I stamped the sentiment and then coloured the ground, horizontal bar and flamingo with distress inks.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning some Unity stamps.  You need to hop over to CINDY now.  Hugz

Flamingo is joining the fun at
Calling All Sistahs 15
I Love Math Challenge 10 - Summer and Lines
Penny Black and More Challenge - Things With Wings
Tuesday Morning Sketches 462
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - The Great Outdoors


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Ocean Edge

Hello.  Welcome.  I decided to play again with the lovely sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This one has really got Mr Mojo's attention!


I am really pleased with how this turned out.  I have used CC Designs Sand Castle small stamp and also their double stitched circle dies.  I stamped the sand castle on white card using Potting Soil archival.  I cut the circle and coloured with distress inks and my waterbrush.  I cut a circle of gold mirror card and also a couple of gold mirror card stitched tags using a Simon Says Stamp die.  I smooched Salty Ocean DOx on my white base card, added a piece of Marianne Design patterned paper and some nautical ribbon, the mirror tags, the main image and some blue pearls.  Let's go to the beach!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 462
Emerald Creek Dares - Beach #ECJULY2018 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die/Punch
I Love Math Challenge 10 - Summer with Lines
Time Out Challenge 114 - Photo Inspiration inspired by the nautical feel, colours, stripes and the picture hanging on the wall
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 134 - Use Your Inks
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - The Great Outdoors


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Greetings from a Geisha

Hello.  Welcome.  The hot weather continues and the birthdays keep rolling on.  Here's one I made for a friend.  


I used PaperBabes MaryLeeDee Kimono clear stamp and my design was inspired by their mood board.



I had previously inked this panel with distress inks in a random sort of way and didn't like it, but it seemed to work for me today!!  I cut it with Poppystamps Diamond Background and stuck it all back together on a dark green card base.  


I stamped embossed and fussy cut the geisha and coloured her with Promarkers and gel pens.  I die cut Poppystamps Hampstead Bloom using green and blue card and added some red rhinestones to the flowers.  The happy birthday is from Happy Little Stampers Birthday Friends stamp set.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 77 - Picture
Poppystamps Challenge 46 - Birthday Party
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add a Little Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die/Punch
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
Allsorts Challenge Week 476/477 - Flowers All Over


No Time At All

Hello.  Welcome.  The days, weeks, months just seem to whizz away.  Tuesday Morning Sketches have beautiful sketches but it seems the week flies by and I didn't make the last one and a new one is up.  This week the sketch was perfect for me to use this lovely die and stamp that I won from Suha at Swedish House Crafts as part of their birthday celebrations.  


I've kept it simple, and I'm not sure these colours really sit so well together, but look at that sentiment!!

'In a world where you can be anything, be kind'

Oh, yes!!  Let's all be kind.  So easy, but it means so much.  

I cut the Gummiapan Doodle Circle die from blue card, added some colour with Blueprint Sketch distress ink and stamped the sentiment.  The stripes are Becky Higgins PL patterned paper on a kraft base.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you meet much kindness today.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 462
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die/Punch
Scrap from your Heart Utfordring 23 - Alt Er Lov
The Sketchy Challenges 144 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge 111 - Anything Goes

 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

De-Caffineated Cat

Hello.  Welcome. There's a new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and it's called No Body Here!!  Basically, anything goes, but no humans allowed.  So leave the people at home and stamp away to your hearts content with anything else that comes to hand, and share it for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars!!
I squeezed a de-caffineated cat onto an ATC!!


This is Lost Coast Designs Cheshire Cat and the sentiment is one of many coffee themed, and not, available at Carmen's Veranda.


I started with orange card.  I stamped Lost Coast Designs Scarves background and embossed with red glitter embossing powder.  Then I used a Sizzix die to cut it to ATC size.


I stamped Lost Coast Designs Cheshire Cat on white paper, coloured with distress inks and Promarkers for his eyes and fussy cut his head and paws.  Or maybe that should be claws!!  I stamped Carmen's Veranda My Coffee sentiment on kraft, embossed with blue glitter powder and die cut with Sizzix Deckled Edge die.  Then I stuck it all together.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Do hop over to the Portal to check out some more amazing inspiration from the team and don't forget to join he fun for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.  Hugz

Feathers at the Bottom of the Sea

Hello.  Welcome.  Here today with a reminder for the Rubber Dance challenge this month which is black and white plus one and/or wings/feathers.  The team is making some amazing art this month to inspire you so do hop over to the Rubber Dance blog and check it out.  I decided to go with the colours, using blue as my plus one, and also add some feathers in an unconventional way.  


Here's my finished card with one of the whales from Rubber Dance Whale Wishes set.  Can you see the feathers??


I used one of the wing stamps from the new Dreamcatcher set and stamped along the bottom of my card using black archival.  I thought it made pretty cool seaweed, or coral, or some such bottom of the sea type thing.


I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the whale and put him on the card.  I thought it looked pretty good just like that!  But maybe I should make it a bit more under the sea??


I decided to try a versamark resist.  I stamped the large bubbles from the whale set with versamark ink and then I blended distress inks, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire over the top.  And I couldn't see the circles.  Oh well!!  Better get the water brush out and drag a bit of colour down between my seaweeds..... and LO!! the bubbles started to appear!!!  So I blended like a crazy crafter with my water brush, which always contains Windsor and Newton Iridescent Watercolour Medium, which I often don't bother mentioning cos it's a lot of big words to type, and you sometimes even see some of the bling in the picture!


I added the whale, but the sea looked a bit empty so I grabbed the small bubble stamp from the Playful Penguins set and stamped it all around, all around, with Salty Ocean distress ink.  A sentiment from the happy birthday set and whale is all ready to send some birthday greetings.  

The Rubber Dance challenge runs until the end of the month. You can use the colours and/or wings/feathers.  Don't forget if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip when you spend over €15!  
  

Friday, 13 July 2018

Crazy Cat CAS

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a QACAS birthday card for a crazy cat lady friend.


I stamped Happy Little Stampers cat from the Happy Halloween set and masked.  Then I stamped the sentiment and balloon from the Thanks a Ton set.  I added some colour with Promarkers.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Animals
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with HLS stamps
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge 300 - Happy Birthday
Love to Scrap Challenge 111 - Anything Goes
Stamplorations Summer CAS Card Challenge


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Summer Slippers

Hello.  Welcome.  I stumbled across the Stamping Bella new release and splashed out on one of the Oddball series.  Oh my, how cool are evil bunny slippers!!!!


This is Stamping Bella's Oddball With Coffee.  She comes with a cool sentiment, which unfortunately didn't fit on my ATC.  I cut white card with Sizzix ATC die.  I stamped and embossed Oddball with Coffee and coloured her with Promarkers.  Then I coloured the background with Cadet Blue Promarker and used Stormy Sky distress ink through Stamplorations Woodgrain stencil.  Then I smudged blue dye ink around the edges and stamped an Impression Obsession sentiment from the Take Time to Smell the Coffee set with black archival ink.  Cheers!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge - Coffee
Coffee Loving Cardmakers Caffeine Fueled Paper Play
Dream in Darkness
Crop Stop Link Party 41 used twist woodgrain background 
Stamplorations Summer Mixed Media Challenge


With a Happy Heart

Hello.  Welcome.  Making a bold statement with Primary colours.  


I cut a blue panel with Stamplorations Crazy Stitch Rectangle die, embossed it with a Do-Crafts Basket Weave folder and added it to a yellow base card.  I cut Poppystamps Heart Swoosh from yellow and red card and pieced the red heart into the yellow swoosh.  I stamped the tiny happy birthday with blue dye ink.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Poppystamps Challenge 46 - Birthday Party
MFT Stamps Summer School 2018 - Primary Colors
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 393
Dies R Us Challenge 100 - Anything Goes
Scrap From Your Heart Utfordring 23 - Alt er Lov