Monday, 18 March 2019

Sheep See Santa

I made this card, with a Distress Ink background, to enter some challenges:
Christmas Kickstart moves on hooves
Just Add Ink  J for Jumpers (aka sweaters)
Winter Wonderland  fuzzy wuzzy

Sunday, 17 March 2019

The Library - The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse

At The Library, the book is The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse. 

For my first card, I used various stamp sets to create a scene where the two mice meet, with their homes in the background. I coloured it with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter the first card into:
Shopping Our Stash friendship

I know what you're thinking about my second project (hopefully not 'what a mess!') - 'Where is the mouse?' Well, my friend, YOU are the mouse, peeping through the undergrowth at your windmill home in the distance. ( I always think of mice living in windmills, due to my favourite childhood song). 

The base of this postcard is a real old library card , one of several kindly sent to me a while back by fellow crafter Mimi (She's Crafty ) - it was this card that inspired me to choose this story. 

I used Brushos and stamps from different sets. 

I'd like to enter:
Mix It Up Challenge  inked background 

I hope you'll join in the challenge at The Library. 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Prickly Pink

I was inspired by this photo at Hand Stamped Sentiments:
I used a stamp set by MFT, a Tim Holz stencil and a Clearly Besotted sentiment. I coloured with Promarkers.  I had my phone next to me while I was making it and snapped some of the process.

All masked up and stencilled

Ready to colour 
It's really satisfying seeing it come together after all that masking. 

I'd also like to enter:
Sweet Stampin there is a lot of the optional 'green' 

Sunday, 10 March 2019

I Couldn't Bear.... miss the current (Bears) challenge  at Christmas Kickstart . Unfortunately that meant creating one while the Great Battle of the Homework raged around me, occasionally having to break off to mediate between the warring factions (my son and his dad). It's a miracle it got finished.

Unfortunately the poor lighting doesn't show that the background stamp is covered with gold mica powders and the scarf was coloured with gold glitter pen.

As well as Christmas Kickstart, I'd like to join in with Just Us Girls and 52 CCT.

The Library Challenge - Reminder - The Party

I made an extra card for The Library challenge 'The Party'.

I used Avery Elle stamps , Promarkers and coloured shimmer pens. I hope you'll join in the challenge. 

The Party by Lisa    Hall

I'd like to enter :
Brown Sugar transportation

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - Bedroom Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by the photo below:
For my DT card I used a new MFT stamp, coloured with Promarkers, and tried to use the colours from the photo.

We'd love you to join in the challenge. 

I'd like to enter:
QKR Stampede anything goes
Aloha Friday  animals
Passion for Promarkers  happy birthday

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Christmas Piano

This piano stamp (I think it was by Hampton) isn't a Christmas stamp so I hope I've got away with using it on a Christmas card. I embossed it in white and then inked over it with Distress inks, which I sprayed with water, I added two sentiments and some gold Liquid Pearls.

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Belles
Fab n Funky 
Christmas at Sweet Stampin  

Sunday, 3 March 2019


Here's a quick card I made to join in some challenges...and when I say quick I mean the idea was quick, the construction was quick ... but looking for the stamps took quite a long time! I have LOTS of stamps and an inability to categorise, which means I can never find the ones I want.

Anyway, all the stamps here are from a Waffle Flower set , except the trampoline, which is by Poppystamps.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  February - violet, amethyst and primrose colours

The Library - The Party

At The Library, the book is The Party by Lisa Hall.
The Party by Lisa    Hall
I read it when it came out last year - it's a psychological thriller with plenty of twists - some of which might have been a bit over-complicated as I can't actually remember them! 

I was inspired by the silhouette behind the window/ door. I found some pictures of people partying and traced them in Silhouette Studio. The window was an SVG file and I cut everything out on the Silhouette , then stamped the sentiment. 

I'd like to enter my first card into:
CountryView  numbers

For my second card, I just used the word 'party' in the title. I used a digi stamp from A Day for Daisies, coloured with Promarkers and placed in front of a stamped sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Just us Girls 
AAA cards  digi, colouring pens, matted layer - hope there's enough white space!

I hope you'll join in the challenge at The Library. 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Koi for a Boy

...or , in fact, a man.

I've been with my partner for 15 years now and so that's been 15 years of trying to come up with new variations on cards featuring koi carp, which are the hobby of his mum and step-dad. This one's for his step-dad's birthday.
Close up to see the metallic
Here, I stamped an Indigo Blu script stamp in silver and then stamped the fish over the top - it's a Hero Arts layering stamp in three parts and for the top part I used gold ink.

I'd like to enter:
Sparkles Monthly  include an animal 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Inkspirational Challenges - Use Your Stash

Our new challenge at Inkspirational, chosen by Carol, is to 'use your stash'. 

For my DT project I used both physical stash (the cards and glitter card) and 'virtual' stash - the cutting files and graphics. 

After making this card for my son, vaguely inspired by our love of The Greatest Showman, I became a bit worried that it might be a bit too 'babyish' for him - but in fact it was kept out when the other cards were put away and much played with by friends! I think it's the way the numbers pop out ....

The base is a Lori Whitlock SVG file that I have adapted many times. The sentiment and numbers were designed and cut on the Silhouette. The graphics are by Lettering Delights - they were already coloured but I went over the barbel and the balloon with coloured shimmer pens. 

Lindsey, from Bashful Blogging is still with us as Guest Designer, and I hope you'll join in our challenge. 

I'd like to enter: 
Crafter's Cafe  fancy folds


Friday, 22 February 2019

Santa Sparks Joy

I made another card for the challenge at The Library - Spark Joy.

I was inspired to use the book title for a Christmas card. I think this Santa - paper-pieced with glitter card, looks joyfyul.

I'd like to enter:
Christmas Kickstart  heart
Fab n Funky 
Jingle Belles glitter
Addicted to Stamps  

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The Library - Spark Joy

At The Library, the book is Spark Joy by Marie Kondo .


I read this book a few years ago , almost by accident. I saw it on my sister's Amazon wishlist and bought it for her, ended up reading it (it was surprisingly entertaining) and keeping it, and buying another copy for my sister! I've heard people talking about Marie Kondo a lot recently, due to her TV show. 

For my first project (above) I made a card that I hope has a joyous feel. 

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations 
QKR Stampede 

Alphabet Challenge  bling

Although I've read the book, I haven't actually used her  de-cluttering methods- but my daughter has! 
Here, I made a scrapbook layout of her before and after pictures. 
I'd like to enter:
Lasting Memories - black, white, pink 
Crafty Friends 

I hope you'll join in the challenge at The Library. 
Lasting Memories

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Valentine Birthday Hugs

It's my daughter's (Valentine's Day) birthday and this is the card I made her.

The background is alcohol inks and I used a border die and stamped sentiments.

I'd like to enter:
Seize the Birthday 
Double D 

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