Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Another Blueprints Card

Just a quick post as I should be cooking dinner!

Here is one more card combining MFT's Blueprints dies - Number 30 & Tag Builder 5. I used another couple of images I stamped at the Craft Retreat. I coloured them for the last colour challenge, but didn't use them.

Coloured with Zig Markers. The background tag is coloured with PanPastels and the designer paper is from Kaisercraft.
                                             I'm entering the following challenge.
(Mix it Up)





Using up the Unfinished Stuff

Whenever I go to our annual Craft Retreat, I come back with lots of stamped images - some coloured and some just stamped and they usually just stay in a box,  untouched until the next time I go to the Retreat!!! Today I decided to use up some of the bits and pieces.

I'm not to sure how well all the colours go together, but at least these little critters ended up on a card! I just received some more goodies from MFT and amongst them, was the Blueprints Tag builder 5, so I made a card for the Blueprints Construction Challenge - Mix it UP (Blueprint 30 & Tag Builder 5). I took the front flap off the frame and the arrow is from the Tag builder set.



Now I need to go and play with my other new stuff!


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Chirpy Christmas

Here is another Christmas card to add to my small collection.  I love this stamp, but am never quite sure how to use it in my cards, so I decided to just use lots of colour for a bit of fun!


The stamp is from Penny Black 'Tree Chirps' and the sentiments are from PB 'Prancers' set. The birds were coloured with Zig Markers and added a bit of bling.

I'm entering the following challenges.
If you want to know about the Penny Black Head Start Challenge, click here.

Odd number of snowflakes and three words.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Hello Friend

Here is another card combining Essentials by Ellen and Altenew stamps for the Mix it Up Challenge at The Classroom.



The stamp sets I've used are Altenew 'Peony Bouquet' and Essentials 'Hello gorgeous'. Just a easy and classic design.

I'm also entering the following challenges:-


 one flower, 3 sequins, 7 leaves :)


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Winter Song - A Shaker

Before the cool days give way to hot weather,  I thought I'd make some wintery Christmas cards to send to our Northern Hemisphere family and friends.

This is a beautiful stamp from Penny Black, called Winter Song. I really love this magical scene. I decided to challenge myself to make a shaker - I love the look of them, but I always struggle to perfect them! The sentiment die is also from Penny Black and the sentiment stamp is from WPlus9. The paper in the background  (behind card) is from Kaisercraft and makes a great back drop for Christmas cards.


I'm entering the following challenges:-

Craft Stamper Take it, Make it - Anything goes


CLOSE to NATURE

Anything Goes + Watercolour

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Panda Can't Even ... without COFFEE!

I decided to make a fun card today. This is inspired by The ton challenge.

The coffee cup is a Silhouette cut file and I decorated it with the flowers from The Ton's Haute Stacks and the Panda,  was my alternative to the cat in the moodboard. I used my typewriter to add the extra bit to the sentiment.
I guess I should have used the tired looking Panda, but this one is my fave and it shows what he is like after coffee!

I'm entering the following challenges:-



https://thetonchallenge.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/october-challenge-1017/






Sunday, 8 October 2017

Honey and Bears

Yesterday  it was World Cardmaking Day and I managed to get in a bit of crafting time.
Here is one of the cards I made. 

The stamp set is WPlus9 Curious Forest Friends and I used MFT Blueprints 30 to make it interactive.
The paper is from Kaisercraft. The bears were coloured with Copic Markers and most of the rest was coloured with Zig Markers.

I had a lot of fun making this and am entering it in the following challenges:-




Saturday, 7 October 2017

First Iris

Well at last our Bearded Irises are starting to bloom and they are a different shade of purple this year!
So I felt inspired to make an Iris card as I do each year, although it's about a month and a half late this year.

I stamped the Altenew Enchanted Iris multiple times, with a bit of masking and then coloured with Copic Markers. I'm definitely a novice when it comes to Copics, but I do enjoy using them and will keep on trying to learn.  The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson.

I'd just finished mounting the stamped panel on the black card base and as I was smoothing it out I left a black smudge mark from my finger - ughhhh!!!! I bet you can guess where it is! The bees add a bit of interest though, although I wouldn't have placed it there:)

I'm entering this in the Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge, which is with Altenew this month.




And here is the real Iris peeking through..


I'm intrigued by the shape! I hope they all fully bloom.


A Wish for Peace

It just occurred to me that the year is zipping by far to quickly and I haven't made a start on my Christmas cards. So I pulled out the box of Christmas stamps and this is the first one of the year...

I've had these gorgeous stamp sets sitting in my stash for awhile and they haven't been inked up until today. In other words they would have qualified for the NBUS* challenge, but alas, I'm too late.

The stamps are all from Penny Black. The background is called 'Tranquil'.  I added 2 more trees from the 'Prancers' set. The fox is from 'Smile all Day' and the sentiment is from 'Wish for Peace'.

I've used distress ink and Zig markers.

I'm entering the following challenges:-


Penny Black and More - 'Close to Nature'
CHRISTMAS
* Never Before Used Schtuff (accronym by Darnell)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Red Panda

Hi there. I've just returned from a relaxing few days at our beach house and a a couple of days on my own, crafting to my hearts content:)

Here is one of the cards I made. I bought this set last year, because I thought the racoon critter could also be a red Panda, which just happens to be my daughters fave animal. I thought it was about time I used them!

The image stamps are from WPlus9 Curious Forest Friends and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
The critters are coloured with Copics and the rest is coloured with Zig Markers.

                                              I'm entering the following challenges:-



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My 1st Blueprints Card

I noticed there is a new challenge at MFT Stamps, using Die-namics Blueprint dies, so I purchased one to be able to take part. This month's theme is to use more than one, so now I've ordered a couple more!!! In the meantime, I've made a card using Blueprint nbr 30 and hopefully it's ok to enter the challenge (I've mixed it with the stamps and co-ordinatiing dies.


The stamp set is called 'Snuggle Bunnies' and it was a 'must have' after the last Craft Retreat.

As the dies and stamps are new products to me, I'm also entering Darnell's NBUS Challenge nbr12.


                                                                           
                                        ETA:- I'm also entering the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes) 

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-42/

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Stained Glass Effect

Today I am sharing a couple of cards I made for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. The moodboard is really beautiful and I was so inspired.

My first thing I thought of was a stained glass window or mozaic and so I designed this card with that in mind...


I stamped the leaves and flowers with Versafine and coloured with Zig Markers. The background was coloured with distress ink.

This next card was inspired by the 'Balanced Seaglass' - such a peaceful image!

I used Zig Markers for this card too and thought it would be fun to mix up the colours in the top leaf.

The stamp sets are both from Ellen Hutson - Bold Bloom and Hello Gorgeous. I embossed the black card base with a leaf background from Kaisercraft.

I'm entering the following challenges:-




Monday, 25 September 2017

Blue Cat

Here is another card for the Scrapbook boutique challenge.

This is another very old stamp from a company no longer in existence. I love this cat and tought this paper from Kaisercraft suited the moodboard from Scrapbook Boutique September Challenge.


Polka Dot Sheep

Over the weekend I was trying to use up some of the bits and pieces I stamped whilst I was at our Craft Retreat in March and I thought these sheep would be perfect for the current MFT Sketch Challenge.

The sheep are from MFT Ewe are the Best, The balloon and sentiment are from MFT Happy Pandas and the paper is from MFT Sweet Celebration.

I'm entering the following challenges:-




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Oriental Orchid

Hi again. I am back with another card for the Altenew Challenge, using a new (to me) stamp set. I think this will be the first of many.

I used the colours from the Altenew challenge and found a pic through Google to give me inspiration.
The stamp set is Oriental Orchid and I white embossed on canvas card stock and coloured with Twinks again.


I'm entering the following challenges:-