Friday, 10 July 2020

Strangely Tropical

Hello Nomad friends.  I've been playing with some Off The Edge stamping for the current Lost Coast Designs challenge.  It's quite liberating and also adds lots of interest to have things hanging off the edge and peeking into the card space.  Give it a go and link up your makes for a chance to win.  I've used Carmen's Veranda Monkey Face and Pineapple and Lost Coast Designs Sketchy Rose to make this tropical wonder.

Lots of stamp, mask, stamp, mask, stamp, mask, etc, etc involved here.  I used different colour archival inks for the stamping and brush markers to scribble a bit of colour.  It doesn't have to take hours or be perfect to be pretty.  Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!!!!   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Therefore and Because

Hello Nomad friends.  Inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places and Scrapchat are having a lightning challenge.... Make a make with your favourite product.  Well, Mr Mojo raised his head and showed a bit of interest so I descended to the craft room, grabbed a few favourites and it all went together like this........

I've used my favourite stencil from Stamplorations called Art Splatters.  I love that I can get perfect drips and splatts every time.  I used my favourite distress inks, mowed lawn and rusty hinge and did a little stencil bumping.  I stamped some butterflies using Rubber Dance stamps and found a butterfly stencil to add a little colour shadows.  On a piece of white card I stamped the lovely girl from Rubber Dance This Is Me and the sentiment from Rubber Dance Believe In You set.  I roughly cut along the top of the sentiment and around the girl and added them to the card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hopefully this has kickstarted Mr Mojo and we will be back soon.  Hugz

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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Hat Weather

Hello Nomad friends.  

I'm elfing out at the Christmas Kickstart challenge this month where we are all about hats, and Christmas of course.  I've used Lost Coast Designs Reindeer Gnome and Party Words.  Do check out the new section cos the gnomes are just awesome!!!

I stamped Reindeer Gnome on a piece of card and masked.  Then I randomly stamped the Merry Christmas all around, all around....  Oops sorry, the jingle got me LOL.  I coloured the gnome with Promarkers and a little glitter on his pom pom, then cut the panel with a hexagonal stitched die.  I thought the red base card looked a bit too plain so I used the smallest hexagonal die, cut 4 times and added them behind each corner of the large panel.  

This card also works for the current Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge where we want to see Off The Edge stamping.  Hop over and check out all the amazing makes from the team.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Get your jingle and your hats on and join the fun.  Hugz

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Penguin Holiday

Hello Nomad friends.  The rain came and cooled us all down a bit so I am feeling much less like a melting popsicle.  The garden is growing well and we are picking strawberries!!  Nam nam, must be summer.   The Card Chain Challenge 3000 cards celebration is over and the winners have been announced.  Thanks to everyone who played along and thanks to the fabulous sponsors.  Today is the 2nd, so time for the June reveal.  I made this summer card and sent it on it's way to Jutta in Canada.  

I kinda went sketch, friend, CAS and the beach.  This Art Impressions penguin is so fun and I used a black scrap and die for the palm tree.  The aloha (yellow scrap) and stitched rectangle panel are Stamplorations dies.  The blue strip was a scrap too.  The penguin was stamped, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.

Check out the June reveal and if you would like to join the fun the July Sign Up is open until the 6th July. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Kitty Kisses

Hello Nomad friends.  We have had some thunder. lightning and rain so the temperatures have come down to a cool 21°C!!!  A little reminder for you all that today is the last day to comment on the Card Chain Challenge 3000 cards blog hop.  

There are some fabulous sponsors and also some other games on the blog.  If you haven't checked out all the poetry for Game 3 then I highly recommend it.  If you are feeling poetic then add your own for a chance to win a fun stamp prize from Lost Coast Designs.  Open to everyone......

Since it cooled down a bit Mr Mojo raised his head and asked 'Is it Christmas yet'??  Well, no, but it is Rudolf days!! which is almost the same thing, so here we go, with additional inspiration supplied by a number of other fab challenges...........

I used a MFT sketch, a Winnie and Walter round tag die, a crazy cat was sent by my friend Cat in Maryland, thanks Cat, and a die cut santa hat.  The Mistletoe is a Thirsty Brush Company stamp which I won over at the ABC Christmas challenge.  I used a patterned card base and various scraps.

I don't usually decorate inside but...... I wanted to use the fun Meet Me Under the Mistletoe sentiment.  The patterned card base was too pretty to totally cover so I cut a smaller insert from green paper with a fancy die and stamped the large mistletoe and the sentiment.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Monday, 22 June 2020

CCC 3000 Card Celebration Game 2

Hello Nomad friends.  Hmmm, game 2 is your favourite CCC card you have sent.  I have so many favourites!!!!  So I decided to pick one for each year I have participated.....

Looking at all my CCC cards it seems that generally I like bright colours and animals.

2020 May to Mia in Greece
This one took like 2 months to get to Mia.  We think he walked it......... That llama cracks me up and the Blue Knight background is gorgeous.   Modest aren't I ROFL

2019 April to Lorraine in the UK
All dies.  Loved the kinda desert background and this beautiful bold cat.  I believe scrap mountain took a big hit for this one.....

2018 June to Karen in California
 CAS and lots of pen work, which was a bit novel for me, but I loved the result.  Wot no animals!

2017 September to Katie in Georgia
I thought the themes of Pirates and Jungle a fun combination and went a bit crazy with the flower die cuts.  Quite a fussy card for me but I seem to remember having great fun putting this one together.

2016 September to Anita in Norway

2015 November to Julie in Ireland
Cute chair shaped card.

2014 October to Dagmar in Germany
Bootastic kitty!!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing a few of my card chain challenge cards.

Join the celebration over at the Card Chain Challenge.  We've exchanged over 3000 cards.  We are celebrating this amazing accomplishment with a BLOG HOP (comment for a chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors) and games.
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Sunday, 21 June 2020

CCC 3000 Card Celebration Game 1

Hello Nomad friends.  Have you seen the celebration over at the Card Chain Challenge??
Since Deborah set up the first sign up in September 2009, with the first reveal in October 2009, over 3000 cards have been exchanged by card makers all over the world.  We are celebrating this amazing accomplishment with a BLOG HOP (comment for a chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors) and gamesGame 1 is to share the first CCC card you sent so here's mine, sent in January 2014 to Greta in Oregon.  Hi Greta.

I sent this cutie colour explosion to Greta and recieved my first card from Jo.  Actually I got two from Jo, cos the first one she sent went the wrong way around the planet and we assumed that it was lost.  She sent me a second one, which arrived in a few days, and then a little while later the first one limped in from wherever it had been hiding.  So my first month I was double blessed!! 

I am pleased to say I have never missed an exchange since and am proud to be a link in this chain of amazing crafty ladies.
In 2016 I briefly hosted the Card Chain Challenge on this blog before agreeing with Deborah to give it it's own blog.
I recruited Jo to work with me behind the scenes to keep it all running smoothly.  It's thanks to Jo that it's all goes out on time and continues to run.  She is my wing buddy.  Thanks Jo.  

I'd also like to say a big huge thank you to the ladies who sign up month after month and the little notes you send us reminding us that this is a very unique card exchange, raising our spirits and making our CCC community a very very special one.  

If you have never participated then this month is an excellent time to give it a go.
If you have participated in the past then it would be lovely to see you back with us.
The July Sign Up is open until the 6th July.
You can comment on the blog hop and participate in the games until 28th June. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Happy Dice

Hello Nomad friends.  The heat wave continues.  It's toasty!!!!  A new challenge started at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity yesterday called Background Forward.  We want you to use background stamps, or stamp a background, and make it the star of your project.  Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda both have some awesome background stamps.  I used Carmen's Veranda Dice Background and went with happy colours.

I stamped the Dice Background and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I coloured the dice with distress markers and spritzed with water.  The Don't Worry Be Happy sentiment is from Lost Coast Designs Party Words set.  Good advice in these crazy strange times!!

Join the Background Forward challenge for a chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!!  The team is posting some amazing inspiration on the blog so hop over and check it out.

Thanks for dropping by.  Keep safe and well.  Hugz

Sunday, 14 June 2020

3000°C in the Shade

Hello Nomad friends.  It's hot!  Damn hot!!!  Even my colouring is challenged!!!  When you start to drip on your distress markers you know you need to get out of the craft room!!  But first, keeping it Clean and Simple, a bear, in the woods, looking into the meadow........

I used Poppystamps House in the Woods die to cut the fancy aperture in my card base.  I have used this die a lot, but the house is rarely seen.  It's such a pretty woodland, and I love that it just cuts the negative bits out.  

I found a couple of scraps on my desk and stamped the bear and heart from Poppystamps Love Note set.  I coloured one bear with distress markers and fussy cut it and one of the hearts.  I tuck the rest back in the stamp set for another day......

The little house was showing behind the bear so I cut it off.  I decided to do a northern lights background, and then decided it was too hot and I'd just use this fun patterned paper Susanne sent me.  It's full of night skies, galaxy's and bright patterns.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Monday, 8 June 2020

Rambling Gnome

Hello Nomad friends.  I've made a simple birthday card for a rambling man.  Many Norwegians have facial hair and this guy just makes me smile........

This is Lost Coast Designs Sunglasses Gnome stamped on a deckle edge panel and coloured with Promrokers and Distress markers.  I used a pale blue base card and stamped Lost Coast Designs Crackle Background on a scrap of medium blue card.  The words are from Lost Coast Designs Party Words set.

Thanks for dropping by.  The Celebrate It challenge is on until the 14th.  Link up your stamped celebration makes for a chance to win Lost Coast Designs stamps.  Hugz

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Friday, 5 June 2020

Stressed Lettuce

Hello Nomad Friends.  My salad plants are bolting!!  Confused and stressed by hot, cold, dry sunny weather in May, but they make a nice bouquet don't you think????

Tasty and pretty.  The butterflies seem a bit slow off the mark luckily so, despite the flowers they are looking pretty fine.  Now we have had some rain so hopefully they will feel less stressed.  

I've made a get well butterfly card using a gold coloured aluminium sheet that I embossed with a Sizzix floral folder and Rubber Dance Grungy Butterfly and Just A Note (Norwegian words) both stamped on a scrap of splatty watercolour paper I found on scrap mountain.  I backed the sentiment with a black scrap.  More details over on the Rubber Dance blog.  There's some lovely stamps on sale at Rubber Dance right now with up to 50% off!!!!  Just saying........

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you and your garden are well.  Hugz

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Thursday, 4 June 2020


Hello Nomad friends.
Pretty purple kitty card.
Why not!!!

Poppystamps Kitty Cat Face die and the Hello from the Hello Background.  Black and Purple card.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Card Chain Challenge Reveal and 3000 Cards Blog Hop

Hello Nomad friends.  Today is the day for the Card Chain Challenge May Reveal.  24 cards went whizzing around the planet in May spreading joy and love,   And that means that since it was started by Deborah Nolan, way back when, that 3000 cards have been sent and received!!!  Wow, sounds like a cause for celebration!!  

So we are gonna have a hop, there will be prizes.  More details will be revealed later in the month on the Card Chain Challenge blog, along with more games and chances to win.   Gotta keep you interested, and also I'm an eleventh hour sort of girl, which is probably why I forgot to press the publish button and am late to my own hop!!!!!!  Bwahahhhaaaaahaaahahaa.

I sent this card to Linda in Minnesota.  There are scary things happening there at the moment so I'm thinking of you and hoping you keep safe.

I used the sketch and colours, repeat on the butterflies, and the sticker options.  I used washi tape at the top and bottom of my cream card.  The lady is a vintage image from Kort of Godt.  She was going to be a bathing beauty, but I tried a bit of colour tinting and she had to go and lie down due to a terminal case of sun burn.   So I picked this elegantly cool lady instead.  The butterflies were cut from another of these vintage collections and a goldline sticker to finish.  

If you'd like to join the fun and games then hop over to the Card Chain Challenge blog.

If you'd like to join the card sending then the June sign up is open until the 6th June.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Monday, 1 June 2020

Walking With a Llama in Europe

Hello Nomad friends.  Happy June!!!  I take part in an international card exchange every month called the Card Chain Challenge.  As you can appreciate this too has been impacted by the current situation.  Mail just ain't flying like it used to!!!!   Here's a card I sent to Mia in Greece for the March exchange.  Yes, that's right!  March.  I do believe the llama walked it!!!!!!  Glad he finally made it and I can share, cos he is rather adorbs.

I've used Blue Knight Silhouette Forest stamp for the background, used a distress ink watercolour wash for the sky, distress markers for the field and the Llama is by Taylored Expressions, stamped and fussy cut.  So cool.  The hello is from Stamplorations Skinny Sentiments die set.  I'm so glad llama finally made it through.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Dashing Through

Hello Nomad friends.  It's 25°C in the shade today!!  After baking in the sun this morning whilst gardening I decided to retreat to my craft room and make a little Christmas.  The moodboard at 52 Weeks to Christmas is really pushing all my buttons!  So I made a little something using wood, red, white, christmas tree, snowflakes and deer.

I used a red base and cut a piece of woodgrain/snowflake/snow patterned paper (PP) with a stitch die.  Raiding the snippets pile the red sentiment and white deer are Stamplorations dies, and the tree is Memory Box cut from Xmas PP.  I used a little scrap of inky brown card for the tree trunk.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Hookah Fun

Hello Nomad friends.  Last week I had a bit of a clear out.  I chucked stuff out until the wheelie bin was full.  So when I was throwing away some left overs the other day and I discovered an extra gold covered cake base that only had a little strawberry jelly on it I decided if I was keeping it I had to use it!!  I washed off the bit of sticky and it dried mostly OK so I made this........

Here's the rescued item.  A bit wrinkled at 4 o'clock but we are cutting that off so no worries.

I used two stitched dies, one square and one hexagonal to cut the wine bottle tag.  Then I used a small hexagonal die to cut the hole.  On reflection I should have used a circle, but difficult to put it back now LOL.  

I stamped Visible Image Caterpillar and Mushroom, coloured with distress inks and fussy cut them.  I also added a bow with a bit of matching ribbon.  Done!!!!

Thanks for visiting.  Hugz

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Sugarplum Love

Hello Nomad friends.
Sometimes you just need to send a little love.

I've used Poppystamps Large Sugarplum Fairy and Heartland Oval Frame. I cut the fairy 3 times from different shades of blue card and offset them to give a shadow/highlight.  I used a aqua base card and a panel to match the fairy cut with Stamplorations Double Stitch Rectangle die.  I added the Heartland Oval frame cut from white card and then the fairy.  The hearts at her feet are two glossy dome stickers.

I hope you are keeping safe and well.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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