Sunday, 15 July 2018

Gone fishin'

The school holidays are drawing near and, like many craft-loving parents and grandparents, I'm starting to think of some fun projects to keep the children busy on rainy days. That's if we ever get any rainy days ever again! One idea is to use stamps and/or digis to create some easy-to-colour toppers, then let them loose on the paper and ribbon scraps boxes and see what they come up with. Here is the card I have made to inspire them.

The image, complete with sentiment, is a digi - I didn't  keep a note of where it came from - which I've coloured with Promarkers. The fishy background paper is left over from a future project (well, I know what I'm talking about even if it doesn't seem to make sense!) and I've finished it with a scrap of ribbon.

I'll print off a selection of fairies, animals, superheroes and butterflies and let the children copy this simple card in their own way!

I'm sharing this with
The Male Room - Fish/Fishing
Sweet Stampin - Occupations or Hobbies (fishing)

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #114 - Colouring

Today at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Edna wants us to use our colouring skillz.

Now colouring isn't really my strong point, especially when it comes to detail, but I recently won some sweet large image stamps from Daisy Mae designs which just cry out to be coloured carefully, so I decided to play with the Owl On A Swing stamp.

I added a branch stamped with a magazine freebie stamp then coloured the image with Promarkers. I did worry about giving the owl blue eyes - I know owls don't have blue eyes, but then they don't wear dungarees either and  an owl would be more likely to stick a mouse in its beak than in its pocket, so I think those blue eyes are perfectly acceptable.

I fussy cut the branch end of the image and inked the edges of the rest, layered it onto wood grain effect card  then added flowers and snark - the latter being a Dylusions sentiment.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a creature

Guest Designer at Christmas Card Throwdown

I'm delighted to have been invited to be this week's Guest Designer at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

The challenge this week is a colour challenge - black and either gold or silver, and I have opted for the black and gold choice.

I've used an assortment of dies cut and embossed in both black and gold, with the poinsettia centre finished with gold glitter glue. The sentiment is an Altenew one - I just love the way that set of sentiments performs, so clear and yet delicate at the same time.

I am sharing this with
CAS  on Friday - Christmas in July 

Friday, 13 July 2018

Champagne Corks are Popping

The new challenge at Twofers is Beverages, and I  just KNOW that Darnell and her team will be expecting to see my "lady drinking cocktails" silhouette stamp again - but I have many more alcoholic-beverage-related strings to my bow, so here is something completely different...

I've used the champagne bottle stamp and the champagne glass die - both magazine freebies - on both cards. The first is a Congratulations card and I've made the background by using a gold Delicata ink pad and a couple of "random blob" stamps from the Gentleman Crafter stamp set to make a champagne-fizz inspired background.
The second is a fun birthday card with the background made using the champagne bottle stamp and the topper made with the "tipsy friends" stamp and sentiments from a recent Making Cards freebie.
I am sharing this due with Twofers for the Beverages challenge.

Now a closer look at the individual cards.

Ah, those gold "blobby bits" show up a lot better now! I am sharing this with Watercooler Wednesday where this week's challenge is All About Occasions.

And finally the "tipsy friends" card.

I am sharing this one with
Alphabet Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday
Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Getting your Five a Day

It's very important to eat healthily, especially in this hot, sticky weather, and what could be healthier than a huge chocolate ice cream sundae? Look, here's proof!

And of course that cherry on top makes it doubly healthy.

The borders framing the background are some very old peel offs from Hot Off The Press  and despite looking black in the photo they are actually chocolate brown and to me look reminiscent of the squares on a chocolate bar. The ice cream sundae stamp came from Viva Las Vegas. You can't see the shine on the bowl and cherry but I coated both with Glossy Accents. The sentiment came from Swedish House Crafts. I've added more "cherries" in the form of sparkly gems.

I'm sharing this with Shopping Our Stash - Feed me!

CAS Christmas

This is a CAS card made with a very un-CAS set, Altenew's poinsettia stamps. I stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut the flower (I know, I know, it's actually coloured leaf bracts, but it does the job of a flower. Want to get into the whole tomato-is-a-fruit-but-I-don't-put-it-in-fruit-salad argument? I'm waiting, I've got all day...) then lightly drew around where I wanted it to go on the base card before stamping the pine branches and berry-laden twigs to peep out from under it, erasing the pencil marks before completing the card.

Those berry laden twigs, they look to me as if they are intended to be Callicarpa. We have a beautiful one in the garden.

Those fabulous purple berries form just before Christmas and make a very striking festive arrangement, especially among silver-sprayed bare twigs. However because I wanted this card to be CAS I felt I already had enough colours in it, so I have used the extremely rare (as in my card has the only known specimen in the world) Callicarpa Alba ie white callicarpa. The fact that I didn't have any purple Liquid Pearls just *might* have been a consideration too....
I am sharing this, no matter what colour the berries, with
CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Poinsettia
AAA Cards - Christmas in July 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Festive Snippets

It's still warm and sunny here in Hampshire, but a few degrees cooler so I'm much more in the mood for crafting - although still not enough for anything involving heat!

There's no heat embossing on today's card.
But it is another Christmas one in cool colours.

The image is a very old clear stamp - I really can't remember where it came from. It seems to be a decent quality one so it probably wasn't a magazine freebie. I've teamed it with an Altenew sentiment I won in the Playground and papers from my Christmas snippets box - the very last scraps from some that came with a Crafters Inspiration pack a few years ago. I've been telling myself that it doesn't matter if I use them up as I can print more from the CD, but I checked this morning and I no longer have the CD, it must have been a victim of one of my occasional purges.

The tree and sentiment are stamped with a Nuvo Hybrid "Laguna Bay" inkpad, then everything cut with Gummiapan stitched rectangle and square dies. The layout was decided by the size of the paper snippets! Some pearls complete the cool monochrome look.

I am sharing this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 330
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Tree.