Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Library Challenge - Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The new book at The Library is Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems: 9781844285136: Books
The last challenge we had The Tiger who Came to Tea - a book from my own childhood, but this is a 21st century children's book which (along with others in the series) I enjoyed  reading with my youngest child. That's him as he is now, in the scrapbook page at the top. 

For my scrapbook page I used Basic Grey papers - it's a few years since this company closed down! I found a font that was similar to the cover on my PC, and cut out the speech bubble on the Silhouette. 

I'd like to enter:
Krafty Chicks  masculine 

For my second project I used a very old pigeon stamp by Blade Rubber and just coloured one pigeon with glitter pens. The sentiment is from MFTs unicorn set. 

I'd like to enter:
Retro Rubber I bought this stamp before 2005!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Two Musical Submarine Cards

Here are my cards for Twofer's  'nautical' theme challenge - they both use Woodware submarine stamp and they both have a musical connection:

Here I was inspired by The Beatle's famous Yellow Submarine song. The Beatles silhouette is one I traced with Silhouette Studio when I made this layout a few years ago . This time I made a sentiment using fonts on my computer and cut them all on the Silhouette. I stamped the submarine, masked it and stamped the marble background.

I'd also like to enter:
Little Red Wagon 
The Male Room 

So, do you spot the musical connection here? By the power of masking I put some dogs inside the submarine and now it's a subwoofer! (A subwoofer is a kind of speaker, as you know!).  Then I added some fishes and bubbles to complete the scene.

I'd also like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  fish
Aud Sentiments  animals

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Somersaults and Stereotypes

Every time I see my niece she's doing somersaults and handstands so I've made her this birthday card.

The 'falling circles' are Neat and Tangled and the circular sentiment is unbranded.

The gymnast stamp is by Waffle Flower - I was pleased to find this set has both female and male gymnasts. My grandson does ballet, but Waffle Flower's ballet set only has girl images. (And don't get me started on MFT's new doctor and nurse stamps.)

I'd like to enter:
Just Us Girls 
Less is More 
Addicted to CAS  Thanks Stephanie for suggesting I enter this due to the tangerine 'bubbles'

Monday, 12 August 2019


This card started out as a complicated affair , involving my Silhouette and scanning and tracing shapes and all sorts....but then I didn't like it!  So I just went CAS, doodled a frame round the wobbly image edge and stamped a Mama Elephant greeting. The main stamp is a very old one by Woodware.

BTW - a few people asked me about the location of my holiday craftroom in Wales, shown in a previous post's Portmeirion.

I'd like to enter:
Animal Friends 
Double D 
I love Promarkers  image coloured with Promarkers

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Library Reminder - The Tiger who came to Tea

Time for a reminder at The Library.

Here I was inspired the word 'tea' in the title and the cover picture, and made a scrapbook page of my son eating a Cornish cream tea. He's not a tiger, but he sometimes has the appetite of one!

You can enter the challenge here. 
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I'd like to enter:
CSI  some of the colours, floral pattern, gold elements, paint, doily and hearts 
Little Red Wagon  inspired by a book 

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Kickstart /Twofer Hybrid and my Holiday Craftroom

Christmas Kickstart has joined up with Darnell of the Twofer challenge this week - how could I not get involved?

Actually, I would have missed it if I hadn't taken a shoebox of craft stuff with me on my holiday in Wales. I had the most amazing craftroom at the top of our rented house, with a triple aspect view of the sea, mountains, village.. I made a couple of cards a day while the rest of the family slept - I'm always up hours before the others so this keeps me from being bored.

Edited to say: A few people asked me about the location of my holiday craftroom in Wales,'s Portmeirion.

For these cards the stamp I used was by Neat and Tangled. Both sentiments are from a Hero Arts set.

Here, I stamped and paper-pieced with some old magazine freebie paper.

I'd also like to enter this into:
Christmas cards all year round  tree
Creative Craft Cottage 

For this one I stamped and embossed in white on craft, coloured the Christmas trees and added white gel pen. 

I'd also like to enter this into:

Inkspirational -Travel

Our new challenge at Inkspirational, Pia has chosen the theme, Travel.

I think there's a lot of scope in this theme, perhaps modes of transport or people carrying their cases, but I went with a destination - Japan.  The woman - who sparkles in real -life as I coloured her kimono and umbrella with Spectrum Noir sparkle pen - was free with a magazine years ago. The lily pads and flowers are from a Sheena Douglass set and the sentiment is by Sarah Hurley. 

I hope you'll join in our challenge at Inkspirational.

I'd like to enter:
My Time to Craft  oriental

Sunday, 4 August 2019

The Library Challenge - The Tiger who came to Tea

The new book at The Library  is The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

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We had this book when I was a child (it must have been relatively new then!) and a few years ago I bought a print of an 'alternative ending' by Sian Kellaway.

For my first card (above) I just used the word 'tiger' from the title, using a two layer stamp from Hero Arts. The sentiments were from two other sets (I know the second one is MFT .)

I'd like to enter :
Krafty Chicks  white heat embossing
Sweet Stampin  tiger stripes
Crafty Animals

For my second card I embraced the title and made a pop-up card, using pre-coloured graphics and the Silhouette Cameo.
I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  based on a book
Tuesday Throwdown 
Just add Ink  c for cupcakes

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Toucan on a Surf Board

Note, I didn't say 'surfing toucan' ...he's just perched on the surf board!

I started out with a Concord and 9th toucan stamp (I broke the diet, soz), and to get a 'vintage' look I stamped him in brown on kraft card with lots of distess ink daubing. 

I used an SVG cutting file from Lettering Delights - it had the surf board and the palm tree set in a little scene. So I stripped it down, enlarged it, cropped it and cut out what was left on my Silhouette machine.  I decorated the surf board with stamps from the toucan set. 

I created a background using inks and stencilled some clouds - which was a waste of time because since I vintaged it up and put the die cuts on top, you can't see them! 

Finally, I created and cut the 'aloha' on the Silhouette and added some shimmer pen. 

I'd like to enter:

Monday, 29 July 2019

Hadgrid Bookmark

My son and I are currently reading the first Harry Potter book together, so when I saw the JK Rowling challenge at Sweet Stampin, I knew I'd join in. The Krafty Chicks challenge is to make a bookmark, so that seemed appropriate.

I used a cutting file by Lettering Delights - they call the collection 'enchanted' but there are several Harry Potter characters in there. I enlarged it and cropped it off so that only part of the character was showing. (Hang on a minute...didn't I do pretty much the same thing with the robot card I made on the same day. Hope I'm not becoming a one-trick pony!)

I made up the sentiment and printed it onto the tag, using a font called Hogwarts. Finally, I stamped some stars.

I'd also like to enter the Unicorn Challenge - for a child.