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 

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

One layer dragonflies

I seem to be making more and more one layer cards these days, they no longer terrify me the way they used to!

Here I've used a Uniko stencil and 3 shades of green ink to create a border along the bottom of my card. I had planned to do something completely different with the card but when I removed the stencil the first thing I thought was how like a reed bed it looked, so naturally out came a dragonfly stamp.

I am sharing this with

AAA Cards - Along the edge (I didn't use the optional twist this time)

Less is More - One layer, stencils 

Addicted to CAS - One layer

Hummingbird tag

A few weeks ago I found a bundle of embellishments, die cuts and tags tucked away deep in my stash and decided it was about time I actually USED them. Here's a card I made from a selection of the elements plus a few papers from my stash.

I love those little dragonflies on the tag! I don't know whether pink hummingbirds actually exist in real life, I've never seen a pink one, but it does look pretty!

I am sharing this with Cardz 4 Galz - Wings. 

Monday, 19 August 2019

An elf-y Christmas

My Christmas Snippets box is threatening to explode - I just can't throw away a scrap of Christmas paper, an image I've stamped but not used or a sentiment I've cut out and then changed my mind about! So I had a bit of a blitz that resulted in this card, which used nothing new at all apart from a piece of ribbon.

I put the two papers together because neither was big enough to cover the card, but I reckon that torn edge makes it look like a planned arrangement. The elf was already stamped and I used Promarkers and a gel pen to colour her to match all the other bits and bobs. The die cut snowflake  was one I had rejected for a project because I  have never, EVER managed to extract a die cut from that die totally intact - however using it behind the topper has hidden the join where I stuck it back together. The sentiment and candi are leftovers from an old Craftwork Cards goody bag.

Naturally I am taking this over to the Snippets Playground   and because of that little elf I am also sharing at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown 

Vintage tag

As a change from a Christmas card, today I've made a tag (well to tell the truth I've made a tag AND a card but I'm in a bit of a rush right now as I have a hot, steamy date with the iron so I'll share the card later).

I used a very old Crafty Individuals paper to cover the tag, and distressed and inked the edges. The crib scene is a little plywood embellishment from my stash - I love the fact that they've included Halley's Comet in the scene as  there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the extra bright sky seen in the sky around the probable date of the nativity was actually Halley's Comet.
The angel picture is an extra special embellishment, one of those things you hang on to for years because they seem too special to use. It's actually a miniature reproduction Victorian postcard and it's a complete, accurate reproduction right down to the address, stamp and written greeting on the back - I love it! It's one of the very last ones from a batch I got from Foil Play a few years ago.
I wanted to finish it with a brad but didn't have anything suitable so I punched a hole and threaded ribbon through as usual then used this metallic vintage shanked button, using Pinflair glue around the shank to embed it into the punched hole.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - for a woman or girl/atg 
Jingle Belles - Tag you're it 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Night and Day

I've had this very retro style sun and moon stamp for many, many years, probably since I first started stamping in the 1990s, and I really can't remember  where it came from.

Today I have coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it with foam pads over a background made from a die cut panel inked around the edges and then stamped and heat embossed in silver using a random speckle stamp which is an Anita's one I've had for about 10 years. The sentiment is from a Studio G mini set and is about 5 years old.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge - Sun, Moon and/or Stars 
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes 

Summer Holidays at CD Sunday PLUS!

It's time for our new challenge at CD Sundays and this time we have a theme for you - Summer Holidays. But more than that, we have some Very Exciting News for you. From today, we will be known as CD Sunday Plus and now, instead of always needing to use something from a CD, you can use a CD, a USB or a Download. This is great news as many manufacturers are moving over to USBs and Downloads for their products. And of course it means you can now use all the digital stamps you've been hoarding!

We're planning to keep to "Anything Goes" for most of our challenges, but just to keep you on your toes we will introduce an occasional themed challenge - and some of those, like the current one, will have one or more prizes.

What could say "Summer Holidays" more than walking along the prom at the seaside, eating fish and chips and trying to keep the seagulls from pinching them?

The sweet decoupage and its matching paper come from the CD The Best of La Pashe 2012.