Sunday, 15 September 2019

Library Challenge - I'll Take Manhattan

First I must apologise - I'm having a really busy time at the moment and have done very little crafting and not been able to visit my favourite bloggers. Hopefully things will calm down at work soon and I'll have a bit more time and energy. 

The new book at The Library is I'll take Manhattan. 
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To be honest, I'm not sure if I've ever read this book - I actually have another of her books, Princess Daisy, in my bookcase but I thought the this cover and title were more versatile. I did love this genre of novels in 80s when I was a very young woman, but I wonder what I'd think if I re-read them now. (I've obviously been thinking of re-reading Princess Daisy someday if I've hung onto it all this time!) 

For my card, I was inspired by the woman's 'yay' gesture. I cut the sentiment on the silhouette and the girl is a Waffle Flower stamp. 

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - Crop

The new challenge at Inkspirational is 'crop'.
For my DT card, I did consider crops/harvest but decided to go for the meaning of crop being to cut. I coloured in a digi by A Day for Daisies with Promarkers and then 'cropped' it into three pieces. Then I stamped a sentiment. 

I hope you'll enter the challenge.

I'd like to enter :
CD Sunday digital image
Try it on Tuesday children
I love Promarkers  no optional 3 layers - but it is in 3 pieces!
Little Red Wagon  nice and clean 

Monday, 26 August 2019

New Rules

CD Sunday challenge have just changed their rules to allow any digital downloads and the theme is Summer Holiday .

Here I used a digital image of some glasses, which was a freebie from Studio calico. Then I masked of the frames and stamped palm trees and seagulls on the lens.  I stencilled some some rays, stamped the sentiments and added some dots to the frames.

I'd also like to enter:
Tales from the Craftroom  summer fun
Sparkles Monthly  tropical vacation 

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Library Reminder - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Time for a reminder at The Library.

Here I was inspired by the speech bubble on the cover. After all the high tech crafting I've been doing lately, this really is back-to-basics, using just stamps, black ink and a marker pen. The speech bubbles are by Craftwork Cards and the sentiments are from several different sets. 
You can enter the challenge here. 
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Amazon.co.uk: Mo Willems: 9781844285136: Books

I'd like to enter:

Seagull Hello

Here's one of the cards I made in my summer holiday craft room.

I'd like to enter:
Casology 
Addicted to Stamps
I Love Promarkers  coloured with Promarkers

Fashion Sketch

This week I've been playing with the sketch function on my Silhouette Cameo machine and made this to enter the Fashionable challenge at Time Out .

I found a clip-art line drawing online and manipulated it in the Silhouette Studio software to make it look sketchier. Then I put a pen in the blade holder and the machine sketched it out. The sentiment was also created on the Silhouette - the fabulous is cut out of purple card. Finally I made a card base and embossed it in a folder, and coloured the dress by scribbling with a marker. I also added a touch of clear shimmer pen to the hair and back.

Inkspirational - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational, is  the photo below : 


For my DT card I used lots of patterns and colours, which is how the photo inspired me. I hope you'll join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
INTAAS flowers
Allsorts feminine
Crafters Cafe dots and stripes 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Don't Do That - Do This!

I've been experimenting with the 'sketch'function of my Silhouette electronic cutting machine. Here I used a snowman and sentiment from the Silhouette Design Store. But this wasn't my first attempt.....
Don't do that!!!!
The poor snowman has been lost in the blizzard of lovely glitter paste stencilled snow! The paste is lovely and sparkly and will be great on the right project - but this isn't it!  Also the snowman didn't stand out enough , even though I double 'sketched' it.

So, for my second attempt (top) I swapped the Silhouette brand white sketch pen for an ordinary white gel pen. Then, with the same pen, I added snow and a hand-doodled frame. Finally I added glitter pens to the hat, scarf and nose.

I'd like to enter:
Addicted to Cas 
Sweet Stampin Christmas  snow people
Sparkles Christmas snow
Cas Christmas  

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Woof Been Framed

I made this for Christmas Kickstart - I was inspired by a card on Jo's blog 

I used a dog set by MFT, Promarkers and Hero Arts sentiment . I cut the frame on the Silhouette and stamped it with a Penny Black Wreath, adding red glitter pen. 

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!: Amazon.co.uk: 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 
Watercooler 
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

Giraffe


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 ...it'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, ...it'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: