Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Goodbye June

Hello Nomad friends.  So that was June.  Hope if it's hot where you are that you are keeping cool and hydrated.  


I cut a cream panel with Stamplorations Double Stitch rectangle die and mounted it on a dark cream base card.  I stamped Stamplorations large Oriole and added a little Promarker colour.  Then I stamped two sentiments from Stamplorations Chikoo Goes Bananas set.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you in July.......  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations CAS Challenge
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes





Double Quarto

Hello Nomad friends.  Are you getting bored of my 'favourite fold of the moment'?  Well, I'm not.  A 20 x 20cm piece of patterned paper makes a pretty pentangular card that fits in a 15cm square envelope and it's perfect for a tag, gift card, or even a couple of tea bags.
Thanks for this new obsession Mrs A.
Today I made two!!!!!!

This one is for a friend.  All papers, dies, stamps and flowers from Papirdesigns.

The yellow scallop die cut circle is stamped with Hurrah, you have a birthday, and the blue one hidden behind the tea bags with lucky me to have a friend like you.  Love all those pretty butterflies.  This paper feels so fresh and summery.

Inside I used a couple of butterfly paper offcuts to make some corners and stamped the gift card for dinner at a restaurant.

Joining the fun at
Papirdesign Utfordring for Juni - Gave til Fest
Scrap the Rainbow Utfordring Juni - Pastell Farger
Butterfly Challenge 158 - P for Perriwinkle and Pairs (tea bags)
Allsorts Challenge Week 630 - Use Design Paper
Double D Challenge - Signs of Summer


I also made a Christmas card featuring snowmen.

 
Same fold and a couple of choco tea bags.  
 

Pretty design with the snowmen on the front and the presents on the back.  I also had a clipart page with this 6 sheet set so I snipped out a snowman and added him to my card.  Fun and easy.

Joining the fun at
June Rudolph Days Challenge
Unstampabelles Challenge 112 - Seasons and Seasonal
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 548
52 Weeks to Christmas June Challenge - Snowman
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz






Saturday, 26 June 2021

Shabby Sheep

Hello Nomad friends.  The Do-All Kreatives challenge inspired me to dig out this fun animal stamp set from Flonzcraft and stamp some sheeps.

The pun was inspired by a fb challenge that wanted Shabby Chic with ripped paper and lace.  Ohhhhhh!  Chic!!!!  Actually these sheeps aren't too shabby.....   Baaaaaahahaahahaaaaahaaa.  Sorry, someone gave me fizzy wine and I think I may be experiencing a short circuit........ Never did understand shabby chic....
Dark grey base card and everything else is my favourite pale grey woodgrain designer card from Kort og Godt.  Sheeps stamped and fussy cut.  Sentiment panel ripped and mounted on white lace.   Happy Birthday stamp from Lost Coast Designs Party Words set.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Do-All Kreatives 54 - Gross und Klein
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 147 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Week 630 - Use Design Paper
Friendship Challenge 66 - Happy Birthday
Stempelgarten Challenge 105 - Leben auf dem Bauernhof

 




Friday, 25 June 2021

Blue Cats and Rocket Rides

Hello Nomad friends.  I've been playing with some new to me dies from Creative Expressions.  I've wanted this Papercuts 3D The Cat's Whiskers die set for a while.  Really fun.  Here they are in blue.....

 

Mummy cat and baby cat.  So cute.  The small cat has two pieces either side that fold back and slot into the big cat, so it's freestanding, but folds flat to mail.  

Joining the fun at
Do-All Kreatives 54 - Gross und Klein

 


I also made this rocket card.  I used a dark grey card base and a pale grey panel cut with a stitch rectangle die.  The circles are negative cuts from the Solar Circle Background die and the rocket ship is part of the Industrial Chic Flying Santa die, without Santa, cut from a scrap of grey card.  Great emboss detail on this die and then I smudged with grey archival and used blue and red Promarkers.


Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Wisteria Summer

 Hello Nomad friends.  Today I am sharing a little more inspiration for our current challenge at Let's Squash It!, use a nature themed embossing folder and watercolouring.  Some gorgeous makes in the gallery already, but still plenty time to join the fun.

 I used a beautiful 3D folder from Sheena Douglas called Wisteria Wall.   I love the way Sheena tends to combine soft and hard elements together in her designs.  I am not really a flower person, but when I saw the riveted sheet background behind the lovely wisteria I just had to buy it.  The sale price helped me along as well........

I am so pleased how this turned out.  I smeared distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed generously with water, then I used my water brush with added bling to watercolour the embossed design.  The sentiment is a pre-printed strip from a Kort og Godt patterned sheet.  It says Good Friends are Worth Their Weight In Gold.  Too true.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Hop over to Let's Squash It! for more details on how I made this card and for more amazing inspiration from Jo and our guest this month Marlena.  We hope you feel like getting squashy and splashy with us.  Linky closes last minute of the month so still plenty of time to sit in the shade and watercolour a masterpiece.  Hugz
 



Saturday, 19 June 2021

Hogging All The Gingerbread

Hello Nomad friends.  A little Christmas number tonight with Kort og Godt Pig.


I made a word block of a number of Christmas sentiment stamps, stamped and embossed with red powder.  Then I smeared on some Barn Door distress ink.  I cut the panel, added to a red card base and added the fussy cut pig.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Christmas Craft Creations Challenge - Heat Embossing
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 547
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics




Friday, 18 June 2021

Pineapple Summer

Hello Nomad friends.  Feeling the heat.  Dreaming of pineapple.  I made this hot summer Inchie Twinchie background using Lost Coast Designs Grunge Border 2" and added Carmen's Veranda's Pineapple for some juicy relief.

Loving these hot summer colours.  Hop over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for all the details and join the Inchie Twinchie Challenge fun!   See you there!!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamping Sensations Challenge - I Love...... stretching my stamps, bold, bright colours and pineapple on hot summer days
Double D Challenge - Signs of Summer





Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Photobomb

Hello Nomad friends.  Time for a new fun challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and we want to see your Inchie Twinchie Backgrounds.  Include stamped Inchies (1"x1") and/or Twinchies (2"x2") on your background.  Stamp, cut it up and rearrange it, like patchwork.  You can use a whole stamped background and cut it up and rearrange it, or stamp on scraps with different stamps and piece it together, or do some fancy masking!  If you want to just add some stamped inchies/twinchies then that's another interpretation so that works for the theme as well, but they should be a prominent part of your design.  Show us your interpretation.  Real rubber or clear stamping and the theme must be the focus of your project.  

I went with da Gnomes.......

Smile!  Gnomes make me so happy!  I used Sunglasses Gnome, ZZ-Top Gnome 1 and 2 and Moustache Gnome in the background and in his entirety.  I borrowed the sign from Front Sign Gnome and stamped Smile from Misc. Words.  I used 4 different scraps of shades of purple card and cut them into inchies.  I stamped the 4 gnomes' faces on the inchies, edged them with Promarker and glued them on my card base.  It was going to be 4 x 6", but felt a bit tall for Moustache Gnome so I used the extra pieces for a matching tag.  

 Join the fun for a chance to win.  See you there.......

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Pixies Snippets Playground Challenge 405
Kreativtanten Challenge 54 - Fantasy



Monday, 14 June 2021

One Tree Forest

Hello Nomad friends.  I am very pleased to be a guest over at Scrap the Rainbow today.  I have been playing with the fabulous challenges at Scrap the Rainbow for many years and the design team always inspire with their creations.  This month they want to see pastel colours.  Now there's a challenge!!  I actually prefer brights but, after a few false starts and direction changes this card appeared.

For my card I cut a card base and panel from Kort og Godt patterned card.  I stamped the panel with mixed media style stamps and embossed with blue and silver embossing powder.  I die cut Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree, dry embossed it and used a brush to blend Wilted Violet distress ink on the embossed areas.  I stamped Paper Nest Doll Red Riding Hood on white card, coloured with distress inks and fussy cut her. 

If you are in Norway hop over and join the fun at Scrap the Rainbow.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Memory Box Challenge 73 - Feeling Blue
Art Piaskownica Koloroton 36 - Pastel Colours
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create A Scene




Stockings or Socks

Hello Nomad friends.  Back in Christmas mode here today with a stocking/sock card.

I stamped and white embossed Unity Stocking Background and then smeared with various blue distress inks.  I cut the panel with Stamplorations Double Crazy Stitch Rectangle die, edged with blue Promarker and added to a navy blue card base.  I stamped PaperArtsy Santa sock sentiment on some blue scraps, chopped it up, edged with blue and added it to the card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Christmas Kickstart Challenge 51 - Stockings
Christmas Craft Creations Challenge - Heat Embossing
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 546
Stamplorations June Challenge - 2 Colours and Stamps
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge 187- T is for Texture





Sunday, 13 June 2021

Hobbylager Summer Meeting

Hello Nomad friends.  I'd like to thank Hobbylager for keeping me entertained yesterday and getting me back in the craft room.  I made a few cards and things inspired by their fun challenges.  If you are in Norway they have some great deals that last until midnight today.  They do not send international, but postage within Norway is very reasonable.  

I wanted to share this quirky card I made using Art by Marlene Groovy Animals stamps and paper piecing.  The background panel is just a piece of patterned paper.  I have lots of this.  I need to use it more.  The base card was in my stash and had already been stamped with Lost Coast Designs Heart Border.  It wasn't quite straight, which is maybe why I didn't use it, but it worked for this card.  I found a scrap of double sided patterned card which had some folds in it, but big enough bit to stamp the hippo on one side and the parachute and bathers on the other.  Fussy cut, paper piece and fun, fun, fun.......

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Hand Coloured or Paper Pieced Image
Papercraft Challenge 70 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create A Scene




Saturday, 12 June 2021

Gnome Dreams on Cork

Hello Nomad friends.  The current challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Save the Trees.  We want to see stamping on something other than normal paper or card.  There are some amazing projects from the team and the gallery is looking awesome too so do hop over and check it out.  I stamped Lost Coast Designs Coffee Gnome and Dictionary Words on cork to make this card.

I've stamped with archival and versamark ink and embossed with black powder and used Promarkers to colour the gnome.  For all the details and tips hop over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and join the fun.


Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
We Love 2 Create Challenge 6 - Anything Mixed Media
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Mixed Media
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create A Scene

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Hope Springs Eternal

Hello Nomad friends.  It's the 10th of the month and time for a new, fun and sightly soggy challenge over at Let's Squash It!  This month we want you to use a nature themed embossing folder and water colouring.  

 

The folder can be anything as long as it includes something from nature, so birds, butterflies, trees, flowers, fish, shells etc etc etc......   And we want you to use water with your colouring medium.  So make sure you spritz, spray, slash and splosh your colours around.

I used Geminin 3D Butterfly Effect and went grey and grungy


I started by drawing in some of the texture of the embossing folder with my Tripaint colour sticks.  Bought these years ago at a cheap shop in Weston Super Mare.  Then I spritzed with water and embossed some pale grey card.

Quite pleased with that.  Touched up some of the areas by picking colour off the Tripaint sticks with my waterbrush.

I super diluted a tiny tiny amount of black Brusho powder in water and applied it as a wash to the rest of the card.

I used a Sizzix Movers and Shakers Hope die to cut the sentiment.  I distressed the card edges and bled in some grey Promarker and mounted on a dark grey card base.  Butterflies always lift the spirit as the first harbingers of Spring and I always see them as a sign of hope.  


Grab your folders and watercolours and get sploshy and squishy with us this month.  See you there.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Unstampabelles Challenge 112 - Seasons and Seasonal spring butterfly coming out of the dark of winter bringing hope
Lek med Kreativ Scrapping - GrĂ¥
Foamtastische Creaties Juni Challenge - Moodboard
We Love 2 Create Challenge 6 - Anything Mixed Media



Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Squashy Sploshy Time

Hello Nomad friends.  I am over on the wonderful Let's Squash It! blog today with a Technique Time post all about using watercolours with your embossing folders.  We want to inspire you to dig out your embossing folders, knock off the dust and make some pretty cards with them.  I'm sharing a few cards and ideas today for colouring with watercolour mediums so hop over and check em out.  Here's one of my cards using Sizzix Rooster Frame and some Tripaint sticks I bought eons ago from one of the cheap shops.

I embossed Kort og Godt pale grey woodgrain card.  Quite pleased with how this cute rooster turned out.  

There will be a new challenge starting on the 10th over at Let's Squash It! so check it out and join the fun.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Unstampabelles Challenge 112 - Seasons and Seasonal spring and my rooster is strutting his stuff
Creative Fingers Challenge 209 - AG
Scrap the Rainbow Utfordring Juni - Pastell Farger




Sunday, 6 June 2021

She Is Summer

Hello Nomad friends.  Spring moved seamlessly into summer and toasty the weather is now.  I am feeling the warm vibes and using bright sunny colours with this lovely Picket Fence girl Eiko.  

I used a Kort og Godt printed card base and the printed sentiment strip is also from one of their sheets.  I used some yellow vellum behind the sentiment and image panels.  I coloured Eiko with distress markers.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Scrappelyst Utfordring for Juni - Friske Glad Farger
We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Hand Coloured or Paper Pieced Image

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Fly Butterfly

Hello Nomad friends.  I made a quick card tonight using one of Stamplorations Artsy Abstract card fronts that Shery kindly included as a freebie in a recent order.  These are printed on really thick quality matte card and are very pretty.  

I simply edged the panel with black ink and added it to a blue card base.  Then I stamped Rubber Dance large butterfly from Butterfly Trio, fussy cut and added it to the card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Spring Fling
Stamplorations Get Ready for the Spring Fling





Thursday, 3 June 2021

Beach In A Box

Hello Nomad friends.  The hot weather is inspiring me to think beach so I got my man to eat some sardines and repurposed the can using stamps from Rubber Dance Take the Plunge stamp set.

I used the tin and the lid to make my fun beach scene, the Take the Plunge stamp set, real pebbles and shells, Emerald Creek Dirty Sand embossing powder and loads of different colouring mediums; distress inks and markers, paint markers, gel pens and sharpies.  

 Really enjoyed putting this together. Hop over to the Rubber Dance blog for more piccies and a step by step.  Maybe you have a tin that needs a remake????

Thank for dropping by.  Hugz


Wednesday, 2 June 2021

The Writing Is On The Wall

Hello Nomad friend.  The second of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge reveal.  In case you missed it!! the Card Chain Challenge is a monthly international card exchange.  You make a card, you send a card, you get a card.  Everyone gets a card, everyone wins!!  Despite the current dismal state of the postal service the Card Chain Challenge has been running continuously throughout the pandemic.  In fact it's been running continuously since October 2009!!  Participants have exchanged over 3,300 cards and we are the big mover and shaker in the global love, peace and art movement.  Join us.  We still need a few more countries to fulfill our global participation list.   Here's my card that I sent to Alexander in Germany.  

I went with the options of colours, blue, blue and white, embossing folders and friendship.  Alex said he liked my fun scene.  So happy.  Embossing folder Sizzix Collage, Chicken by Hobby Art, the Hello is a Stamploration Skinny Sentiment die mounted on a hangy sign.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hop over and check out the reveal.  If you want to join the fun the June sign up is open until the 6th July.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations June Challenge - 2 Colours and Stamps