Monday, 31 October 2022

Travel Expands The Mind

Hello Nomad friends.  I hope you have had a happy Halloween, if you are into that sort of thing.  October has been a bit of a challenging month for me but I am hoping for a more gentle handling from November.  In Norway that's the month to celebrate Dad.  Unfortunately mine is no longer here but I decided to make a father's day card and celebrate all the dads. 
I used a panel of black card, embossed with Cuttlebug Arrows embossing folder and smeared with Antique Linen distress oxide, mounted on a dark blue card base. Added a layer of ripped corrugated card with an Aall and Create die cut, both smeared with Salty Ocean distress oxide. I stamped the Aall and Create crow on white card and fussy cut him. Far (dad in Norwegian) is letter stickers and Hurra for deg sticker both from Papirdesign. A few wooden stars and done! 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Saturday, 29 October 2022


 Hello Nomad friends. Only 2 more sleeps til the big night bwahaahaahahaaaa.  I'm over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today with some mummy fun.
I hope you have been enjoying the spooktacular projects from the team.   If you haven't had a chance to see them all then grab some candy and scroll down.  It's a Treat!!!!
Here's Mummy, sitting in his favourite place in the crypt with a couple of feline friends.

I used a piece of grungy card for my base and stamped Lost Coast Designs Flagstone Background with grey archival ink.  I stamped Lost Coast Designs ATC Many Cats on a piece of the grungy card with Sepia archival ink and added it to the tomb decor.  Mummy and the Cats were stamped and fussy cut and I used some Dirty Sand embossing powder to give them somewhere to be. 
Remember you also have two challenges on the blog to choose from so link up your makes for a chance to win.  We are also one of the sponsors of the Cat Lovers Hop, so another chance to win lovely Lost Coast Designs stamps this month.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Cats, Trees and Coffee

Hello Nomad friends.  Hope your days are going well.   I have a little inspiration for you today for the Let's Squash It! Trees and Leaves challenge.  There are some beautiful entries in the gallery so do hop over and check em out and I hope you get a chance to join the fun.  It's also the Cat Lovers Hop and Lost Coast Designs have a Cats and/or Dogs challenge so I grabbed Carmen's Veranda Peekaboo Cat and fun sentiment to finish it all off.

I've used sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder and some Tea Dye distress for contrast.  

Hope you have time to join some of these fun challenges.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
2022 Cat Lovers Hop
Crazy for Cats Challenge 1 - Anything Cat
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 179 - Anything Goes
4 Season Challenge 61 - Huisdieren

Monday, 24 October 2022

Cheshire Cat Keyring

Hello Nomad friends.  Today it's the start of the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop and Lost Coast Designs is proud to be one of the sponsors this year.   I used Lost Coast Designs Cheshire Cat and shrink plastic and made a keyring,

Isn't he cute!!!!

Here's the original size stamped image and my shrunken cat keyring!!!

Remember you have two challenges over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to choose between, so link up your makes for a chance to win! Don't forget to check out all the spooktacular projects from the Lost Coast Designs team.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Saturday, 15 October 2022

Ghost Cat

Hello Nomad friends.  I am starting to feel more 'ooman.  We decided it was probably the big C when everything starting tasting weird.  Except chocolate!!!  I think chocolate tasted OK!!!   It's gonna be a while before I trust myself again with beetroot though.......   Well, somehow we got to the middle of the month and I'm peddling fast to try and catch up.   I decided to keep this one black and white and since we have just opened a new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity I added a cat.

Lost Coast Designs Z-Sassy fitted perfectly on Lost Coast Designs Goth Shrine ATC which I stamped on white card and then added some black paint splats.  I stamped Z-Sassy on the panel, to get the details, then stamped again on a scrap of white card and fussy cut her.  I stuck the fussy cut cat in place, stamped the sentiment and layered it on a black panel and put the whole thing on a black card base.  Done!

Remember you have two challenges to choose between now so link up your makes for a chance to win! 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Allsorts Challenge Week 698
Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - Anything Halloween
Country View Challenge - Halloween or Harvest

Monday, 10 October 2022

Fashionable Frank

Hello Nomad friends.  Have you seen all the Halloween fun, frights and frolics over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity?   The team is posting every day this month and the big day is approaching apace.  Do hop over and check out all the faboolous projects and leave a little love.  Halloween is close to our hearts and I would love it if you could just leave a comment or two to show your appreciation of all the amazing inspiration this awesome little team share all year.

I wheeled out Frank and he's getting ready for a big entry!!!  I used Carmen's Veranda Staircase and the background is Lost Coast Designs Concentric Circles stamped with Memento Desert Sand ink.  I gave the staircase a Pumice Stone and Mustard Seed distress ink wash and added Lost Coast Designs Frank, fussy cut and coloured with distress markers.  To finish I used the last line of Carmen's Veranda Witches Go Riding sentiment.
Hop over, join the fun and link up your Halloween inspired projects.  Anything related to the season, spooky, fruity, fun, scary or cute.  Real rubber or clear stamping and the theme must be the focus of your project

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Working With Dogs

Hello Nomad friends.  Time for a new challenge at Let's Squash It! and this month we want you to use you embossing folders and include Trees and Leaves.  I used an embossing folder that I fell in love with when it was released.  I resisted, cos I like a bargain, but while I was in the UK I saw and and knew it needed to come home with me.   I love scenic folders.  They make such easy cards.  So I ran it through my bigshot with some silver mirror card and, well, what more does it need!!!!!!  OK, maybe a little sentiment and a bit of a mat and a card base.  But really, what more does it need????

This reminds me of a place my sister took me and da dog for a walk.  The bridge was a bit flatter and I don't remember lilies in the river, in fact it was very low at the time, but the trees hung down and I am sure little dog is around here somewhere.....

Ah, there he is.  I think it works with or without the dog but isn't he cute!!!!  This is Penny Black Doggy Treat stamp. 

Hop over to the blog, check out the awesome makes from Jo and our fabulous guest and don't forget to join the fun!   See you there.

 Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Allsorts Challenge Week 697 - AG Opt Monochrome
Penny Black Saturday Challenge October - AG Opt. Spooky
4 Season Challenge 61 - Huisdieren

Sunday, 9 October 2022

The Rising of the Undead

Hello Nomad friends.  I was supposed to be digi-scrapping this weekend but a nasty little virus had other ideas and cut me off at the pass.  But it's Sunday, the sun is sort of shining on a cool October day and my head has cleared enough for Mr Mojo to ask 'What hit us??'.   Not sure Mr Mojo, probably the flu, but maybe just a whole herd of little green viruses driving trucks..........   

I decided to work on the whole undead feeling and make another treat box.  This one is for mummy......

There's some cats and bats around the other sides.  I used Cuttlebug tombstone die and embossed it with sizzix spiderweb and stamped a boo.  The mummy is from Sizzix Hip Haunts die set.  The box is sizzix Wrap Favour box dies tied up with some black wool.  I added the ragged fishtail tag and that cute little owl is from Websters Pages and is probably older that mummy!!!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Bikuben Heksebrygg Halloween Utfordring

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Cat Treat Box

Hello Nomad friends.  I'm a little slow getting my boo on this month.  But I'm kicking off with a cute little cats and bats treat not tricks box.

I used sizzix Wrap Favour Box dies to cut the box from two shades of brown card.   The cat on the top is from sizzix Hip Haunts die set and the cats and bats I used on the four sides of the box are also sizzix dies, all cut from scraps. 

I gave the cat tag googly eyes.  What's more fun than googly eyes??  Different sized googly eyes bwaahahhaaahaaaa.  I used some beige twine with gold thread and split the twine and gold thread after I tied it at the top of the box.  

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Leaves and Butterflies

Hello Nomad friends.  Gosh, October!!   One of my favourite months!!

I actually like the autumn season with it's gorgeous colours and all the bright harvest vegetables, but the shorter nights and cooler days do make me want to cosy down with warm blankets and hot chocolate!!!   It also zaps the creativity a bit so this months moodboard at the Rubber Dance Blog gives some great ideas for themes and colours.  I also like to look at challenge themes to see if they will spark ideas.  This month the Lift Challenge has an interesting technique of stamping a repeating pattern and then colouring by stamping with another stamp.  Well, I have plenty of stamps!  So after a little thought this happened.

So cute!!!   I used the little butterfly from Rubber Dance Things With Wings with the small leaf cluster from Rubber Dance Carved Collection #4 and the sentiment from Rubber Dance Think Again set. I stamped the small butterfly in an ascetically pleasing pattern then stamped the leaf cluster on each butterfly with Dandelion archival ink .  I trimmed the panel, edged with yellow ink, stamped the sentiment and mounted on a cream card base. 

Thanks to the Lift Challenge for a fun technique.

I hope you feel inspired to get out your stamps and create something today.   

Here's the lovely October moodboard, although you can link any new makes that feature Rubber Dance stamps in the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge.  See you there!!!
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz