Sunday, 15 September 2019

Two dogs

The latest challenge at Twofers is Critters.  Now I don't own a dog, I'm more of a cat person, so the lovely dog stamps that came as a cover mount a few months ago have been sitting around uninked and I thought it was about time I put that right, so my critter is this shaggy dog.

My brother recently lost his beloved dog, which prompted me to start with a doggy sympathy card.

I used Versafine ink  and the Misti to stamp the dog,  sentiment and first set of pawprints, stamping 3 times to get a bold impression. Then I continued the line of pawprints, first with a single impression  and then, as they fade away, using the ink left on the stamp to give a much fainter image. I have to confess that even though I'm not a doggy person,  by the time I'd made those pawprints fade away like that, I seemed to have got something  in my eye....

Anyway, I needed cheering up after that and what could be more cheerful than Christmas?

This time I stamped the doggy with Memento ink and coloured him with Promarkers, then fussy cut him. Any other varifocal wearers, do you ever find that when you are fussy cutting, you end up tilting your head up and down like one of those nodding dogs that people used to have in car windows? The festive background was part of a recent magazine gift that I didn't think I would ever be using, but with a bit of modification it turned out to be just right for this. It came with lots of die cut decoupage,  but I used just one layer to add the baubles and garland, extending the garland out over the layers to the edge of the card. The Santa hat is the very last one from a Hot Off The Press pack i bought many years ago, and I added a die cut sentiment.

I am sharing both cards with

Twofer Card Challenge - Critters 

Shopping Our Stash - Dog Days of Summer 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - September anything goes 

I am sharing the Christmas Card with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 

and the Sympathy Card with Little Red Wagon 

Anything goes at CD Sunday Plus

We have another Anything Goes challenge at CD Sunday Plus this week.

Don't forget that you can now use something from a CD or  Download OR a USB stick - or of course you can combine them and add any other technique you like, as long as there is something included from one of the specified sources.

I've used a CD for this - that old workhorse, the Best of La Pashe 2012.

I made an easel card and embellished it with die cut vellum feathers. I printed the design sheet twice, once in colour and once in greyscale so I would have a neutral version of the book paper to use behind the image, in order to stop it all from looking over cluttered. There is just a single layer of decoupage, enough to add interest without adding too much bulk.

Friday, 13 September 2019

More Autumn Leaves

I love Autumn - the colours, the smells, the harvest, it's my favourite season. And it's coming across in my crafting at the moment - here is yet another Autumn leaf card.

The stamp I have used is a very old one - at least 20 years old -  that a friend sent me from America. It doesn't have any markings to say the brand name. It's a huge stamp; as you can see, it almost fills the front of an A6 card.

I have coloured it with Promarkers and added a sentiment on a strip of vellum - I embossed it with a powder called Wild Tiger although I think it looks much more like autumn leaves than tigers!

Finally I tried to capture the look of morning dew on the leaves with  scattering of coloured gems.
 I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Galz - welcome Autumn/Fall 

Retro Rubber - Fall Colours

Passion for Promarkers - pearls, gems or sequins 

Crafty Cardmakers - Pearls and/or gems 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Gingerbread Christmas

I do love my Stampin Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps and punch. The characters are perfect for CAS cards. Here I've used the gingerbread man, stamped and punched him twice, and added die cut snowflakes and pine bough.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday 

CAS Christmas - Holiday Treats 

Christmas Crafts All Year round - Christmas food or drink 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Butterfly, bird, blooms, bow and borders

I've gone layer-crazy on this card, made with some pre-cut printed diecuts and tag, plus papers from the dovecraft Couture du Jour pad and some bits and bobs from my stash.

I cut one square to fit the width of the card, with a narrow border, then used a lace edging punch to cut a border along three of the coordinating papers and layered them up to cover the front of an A5 card. I used a deckle edged ruler to draw a border around the square piece then had fun layering embellishments over the card front.

I am sharing this with

The Butterfly Challenge  where I have used the elements Lemon and Layers
Pearly Sparkles - add ribbon and/or a bow
Crafty Calendar - add lots of layers

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Inspired by the Beatles at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's my turn to choose the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz this time  and I've picked one that I think you can have a lot of fun with - Inspired by the Beatles. I don't want to see any of you submitting a blank square white card and saying you were inspired by "White album"!

I've been inspired by the song "All You Need is Love"  and used this Clarity Stamp which I've had for about 10 years, coloured with Promarkers,  and a very 60s looking background paper printed out from a Funkyhands CD called "Now That's Funky".

Scalloped snippets

For once, I don't feel sad about having used the very last scraps of several papers for this card. Why? Because they were part of a magazine freebie, and the mag also included a link to download the paper designs from their site, so I can print more any time I want to.

I punched lots and lots of circles from the snippets, then arranged them over a strip of card cut to the width of my base card by slightly less than the depth I wanted to cover (this was to allow me to trip the top and edges, which would have been tricky done directly on the card).  Then I stuck it to the card and used a black glitter peel-off border to edge it. I finished off with a stamped sentiment and a scattering of gems.

I am sharing this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 360 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes/patterned paper 
Make my Monday - use shapes on your card 

Monday, 9 September 2019

Pirate Queen

Pirates don't have to be boys!

For this card I used a Clearly Besotted stamp set for the pirate girl,  parrot and treasure chest and coloured them with promarkers.  I stamped a sentiment from the same set and embosses it with white detail powder, then cut everything out.

I made a "ship's porthole" using circle die-cut waste as a stencil, then cutting cloud shapes from scrap paper and using them as masks, sponging blue ink around them,  and added a "floor" of lightly smudged grey pencil.

I am sharing this with

Sweet Stampin - Nautical 
The Library Challenge - Reader's Choice  (Treasure Island)
A place to start - Anything goes/Masking 
Tales from the craft room - For the kids 
CASology - LOL 

Sunday, 8 September 2019


I love this set of cat stamps that I won in the Playground a while back (which reminds me, very sorry Miss Di I'm not REALLY skipping class this time, just running a bit late!).

The cats are obviously peeping over something, so this time I've made them peep over a wall which I created with a stencil, using a grey pencil to lightly fill in the "mortar". I coloured the cats with pencils.

I'm sharing this with AAA cards - sketch with the optional twist of animals

Copper oak

The copper beech is a well known tree, but today I have for you a copper oak!

To be honest I'm rather disappointed with this card - as I always seem to be when I choose cream as a base card for a CAS card. Lots of white (or almost any colour) space looks lovely but to my eye lots of cream just looks a bit grubby.

Anyway, it's made so here it is - I used stamps from a magazine set and embossed the oak leaf with Copper Sparkle powder. Here's a close up so you can see the shine and  sparkle. 

I am sharing this with Less is More - Metallics 

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Autumn leaves

It's the time of year when my favourite colours come into play - and that means many of my all-time favourite stamps come out to play!

The focal point of this stamp is a very old Rubber Stampede falling leaf stamp. I  can't recall exactly when I bought it but I'm guessing it's about 25 years old. I coloured it with Promarkers then cut it out with a narrow border. I often fussy cut it along the outlines but as I wanted to create this background I thought it needed the white for definition.

For the background, I masked the edges of the card then stamped all over with a speckle design stamp and a Kaleidacolor  pad, then used a leaf silhouette and the brown end of the pad to lightly stamp a few leaves here and there.

I added a stamped sentiment and two buttons that have an all-over autumn leaf design, finished with twine bows.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge - Autumn Colours  

Passion for Promarkers - Add buttons  

The Male Room - Autumn 

Creative with stamps - Autumn 

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #143 - L is for Liquor

Rumour has it that Edna is fond of a tipple or three - and I know I'm not the only one of the Sistahs to thoroughly endorse that idea. So our latest challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is L is for Liquor.

Oh just look at all that booze! It makes me think of one of my (many) favourite Dorothy Parker quotes: 

“I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.”

I'm sure it doesn't surprise you at all that as a fan of snark I'm also a fan of Dorothy Parker. I'm sure if she'd been around today she'd have played along with the Sistahs. 

The background is stamped with cup stain and splash stamps, the image is a Hampton Arts stamp  coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment is a Tim Holtz Snarky Sentiments sticker.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Autumnal wreath

Brrrr..... the temperature here has dropped sharply this week and it's starting to feel a lot more like early autumn than late summer, leading me to pick out some autumnal shades when I was colouring this.

I used the Misti to stamp the flower spray image four times evenly around the front panel. I'd made a test piece in scrap paper to help me position  the image, and had planned to have the four sprays closer to the centre, so they touched at the ends, but the longer branches reaching towards the centre made it look cluttered, so i moved the image further out and then after stamping added  a green leaf sprig in between, along with one at each corner. This left me space to stamp the sentiment in the centre. I coloured the flowers with Promarkers and ran an inkpad around the edge before attaching it to the front of the card.

I am sharing this with

Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine anything goes 

The Flower Challenge - Anything goes

Stamping Sensations - Anything goes with flowers 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Two Turtle Doves

I love this turtle dove stamp that came with an issue of Creative Stamping  either last Christmas or the one before.

I've teamed it with words from the same set - stamped around the edge of the card using a platform to make sure they line up precisely - and a holly corner stamp, also from the same set. I coloured everything with Promarkers,  being careful NOT to blend them to create a stylised effect that I think works well with these stamps, and then cut them out with a narrow border and used the very thinnest size of foam pads to add just a hint of dimension.

I think this would be a lovely card to send to a couple spending their first Christmas together.

I am sharing with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark 
Jingle Belles - 12 Days of Christmas 
Little Red Wagon - Nice and Clean 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - anything goes with a creature

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Aqua hummingbird

Once again, I've been delving in to the bag of embellishments and  pre-printed die cuts i found lurking in my stash.

This time I've added some caged-bird patterned paper  from a Dovecraft pad (who on earth would want to cage a humming bird?) , some lovely Moorish-effect buttons from my apparently bottomless button box and a sweet little silver humming bird charm.

I'm sharing this with

Shopping Our Stash - it's a Charmed Life 
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge - September 

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A Christmas Barcode

The challenge at Christmas Kickstart this time is a photo inspiration challenge - but not any old photo, it's the blog header.

I love the "barcode" effect of the scarf and hat brim and decided to base my card around it.

I masked off most of the card front and used alcohol markers to rule a random barcode design in the space remaining. Then I stamped and heat embossed the word Christmas, using aqua ink and clear powder, and stamped the smaller words in red without embossing. To tidy the edges of the barcode I added a gold peel-off border which picks up on the small amount of gold in the inspiration photo. Finally I backed the  barcode area with white card to avoid the ink showing through on the inside.

I am, of course, sharing this with Christmas Kickstart and  am also popping in to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Winter Wishes at Sparkles Christmas

This month's challenge at Sparkles Christmas is Winter Wishes. It's a very useful phrase for me because I have several friends who have non-Christian faiths yet they all have some kind of mid to late December festival and I can sent them a card that fits whatever they are celebrating.

For this card I have used stamps that came with one of last year's issues of Creative Stamping.

I used watercolours to colour the image and edged it with snowflake patterned washi tape.

Anything goes at CD Sunday Plus

We have an Anything Goes challenge again at CD Sunday Plus  - but don't forget to use something from a CD, USB or download.

The CD  I have used is Debbie Moore's Shabby Chic Paris and I've made the double easel style that I always think works so well with her designs.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Pretty in Pink

Sometimes a stamping platform makes the impossible possible...

Although I've used ink pads in two shades of pink, neither of them shows up very much with a single impression. Thanks to my Misti, I can stamp over and over again and know that the image will always line up precisely so I can repeat until the colours are my desired intensity.

I also used it to make sure all the corners were precisely in the same position. All the stamps are from a Hot Off The Press set.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything goes 

Sweet Stampin - Pretty in Pink 

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Celebrate at Cardz 4 Guyz

Have you got something to celebrate? If so, why not make a card for it and share it with us at Cardz 4 Guyz, because that's our new theme.

My stamped sentiment uses a very old Hot Off The Press stamp - it must be about 25 years old because it's from the very first kit I bought from QVC. The stamps, dies and embossing folder I used for the rest of the card came with a magazine 2 0r 3 years ago and the colouring is done with Promarkers.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Any Dream Will Do

I've been singing that all day, because I've just found out that the technique I've always called "Emboss resist over a multicoloured inky background" is also known by the much snappier name of  "Joseph's Coat"  - and that led me to think of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and hence the song Any Dream Will Do.

I'm waffling too much, aren't I? Here's the card!

I made a background using distress inks in red and two shades of green then used clear embossing powder and Versamark ink to heat emboss the wonderful Uniko Block Party Christmas stamp over it. Finally I sponged black Versafine ink all over and buffed the raised areas with a tissue.

I am sharing this with

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Joseph's Coat 

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Embossing wet/dry 

Sunday, 25 August 2019

A new dragonfly die

You know all about me and dragonflies by now - so you'll understand that I simply couldn't resist this beautiful Tonic Studios die and had to open and use it as soon as it popped through the letterbox.

I made a DL card from kraft cardstock and used the piece of card I'd cut off the A4 sheet to cut and emboss the gorgeous dragonfly swirl, backed with Stick-it. I used a fingertip dauber to dab a tiny bit of Tea Dye distress ink over the two dragonflies, just so they didn't merge with the swirls quite so much.

For the background I cut a white panel then inked it all over with Twisted Citron distress oxide, sprayed a little water over where I wanted the die cut to go and blotted it off to give some slightly lighter areas. I used Tea Dye distress ink to stencil the broken mesh in opposite corners and with the same ink, used the Gentleman Crafter stamp set  to stamp a few dotty clusters.

The sentiment is stamped with a Paper Artsy stamp and Versafine ink.

I am sharing this with

The Butterfly Challenge - I've used just two elements, Key Lime and Kraft

Crafty Cardmakers - It's a bug's life  - this is my first visit to this challenge. I can't believe it's run for 239 challenges and I've never heard of it before!

August Rudolph Day

If it's the 25th it must be Rudolph Day at Scrappymo's - and what better theme for a Rudolph Day card than reindeer?

I used a topper and sentiment from Hunkydory and cut out just the border from the coordinating background card and finished it off with some star shaped gems.

Up, Up and Away.

I've just realised we've not seen any hot air balloons floating over the garden this year - usually they are quite a common sight on summer evenings. I wonder why they're not around so much?

For this card I made a smooshed distress ink background and stamped the Crafty Individuals balloon collage stamp on it, highlighted the lettering with a white gel pen than matted and layered onto white and black card. I used the same distress ink to stencil the concentric circles pattern over the card base and added a tiny balloon charm using knotted grosgrain ribbon. (I seldom use ribbon on masculine cards but when I do, I feel knots are more appropriate than bows and grosgrain more appropriate than satin or organza)

I am sharing this with

The Male Room - Flight 

Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes 

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Tropical heatwave

The sunshine is back! It's a bank holiday weekend for most of the UK, which usually brings wind and rain, but this weekend it's wall to wall sunshine. Almost - but not quite - tropical.

I used the Paradise and Paradise Leaves stamp sets from Uniko, coloured everything with Promarkers  then cut everything out leaving a narrow white border (Oh, I wish I had dies to match those stamps!). Now one thing that bothers me with the toucan is that he always seems to be floating in mid air - I've tried using masking to give him a branch to sit on, but never managed to make it look right. This time I die cut a branch for him then cut little slots in the image and threaded his feet over the branch so the tail hung down behind. Not 100% there yet but it looks a lot better.  Finally I finished it off with a little resin toucan charm which I tied to the branch with ribbon.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge - Feminine 
Sparkles Monthly - Tropical Vacation 
Passion for Promarkers - Add a charm 

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #142 - V is for Violent

It's time for our latest challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and if I were you I'd keep well away from Edna as she's feeling violent!

This challenge gave me a great excuse to use one of the fab Tim Holtz snarky sentiment stickers.

I got the girl with pinata digi from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez and coloured it in suitably violent colours with fluorescent Promarkers - I didn't know until recently that they even made fluorescent ones. I found some equally migraine-inducing papers in my stash and thought I would use the perforation wheel of my paper trimmer to give them a faux stitched edge. It took me ages and the result doesn't show up at all.... it's enough to drive me to violence....

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Beach Bird

I love the Woodcraft seagull stamp I've used here - he's so bold and CAS and being a stylised gull, he  can be coloured to represent any gull you like (except a tern, the tail's all wrong for a tern). Today he is being a black headed gull, after a fashion!

The post and the smaller font sentiment stamps come from the same stamp set as he does, and the rest of the stamps from a set that came with Creative Stamping earlier this year. I've used paper piecing for everything but the backgrounds - the beach huts are pieced together from a crazy selection of stripey snippets and I used a pale fawn vellum for the gull on that card to make him look like an immature one. One of my earliest memories is of a seagull swooping down and stealing some of my Dad's chips while were were strolling along the promenade at Torquay so the sentiment on the birthday card means a lot to me!

I am sharing the pair of cards at

Twofers - nautical  

A Place to Start - Paper piecing

Addicted to Stamps and More - photo inspiration  - I used the overall beach/seaside theme  and the bird on the branch

Now here's a closer look at the cards separately

I am sharing the second card with

CASology - Water