Sunday 28 April 2019

The Library Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small

The new book at The Library is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. 

All Creatures Great and Small: The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet (James Herriot 1) By James Herriot | World of Books

For my first card (top) , I was clearly inspired by the cover, This country scene was printed from a My Craft Studio CD - it was a uncoloured image in the No Stamp Required folder, so I coloured it with Promarkers and stamped a sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:

For my second card I took inspiration from the title- this being a small creature!  I cut the sentiment on the Silhouette and used the negative , putting striped paper behind it. Then I stamped the sun, bee and trail and added dots to the edges. 

I'd like to enter:

Saturday 27 April 2019

Christmas Rabbit

shimmer shot 
I made a card for the bunnies challenge at Christmas Kickstart . The rabbit is from a set by Taylored Expressions and the sentiment and other stamps are from different sets/ brands.

I'd also like to enter ABC Christmas - Hang it up . 

Monday 22 April 2019

The Library Challenge Reminder - Chocolat

The current challenge at The Library  is Chocolat by Joanne Harris - it's set in France and there's an Eiffel Tower on the cover. I cut all the pieces on the Silhouette digital cutter . The papers were Craftwork Cards papers that came free with a magazine - long, long, ago. 
Image result for chocolat book
I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon  Look up (the Eiffel Tower goes up into to the sky) 
Cardz 4 Galz pretty papers 

Saturday 20 April 2019

Inkspirational - Photo

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by this photo:

I was inspired by the pebbles on the coasters and used flower and vase stamps by Hampton Art , coloured with pencils. 

I hope you'll join the challenge.

I'd like to enter:

Addicted to Stamps 
Krafty Chicks  flowers
Crafter's Cafe floral

Sunday 14 April 2019

The Library Challenge - Chocolat

At The Library, the book is  Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
Image result for chocolat book
I read this book (published in 1999) when it was quite new and I loved it. But even if you haven't read it, there's loads of ideas on the cover. 

For my first card (at the top) I used a very old Magenta stamp, coloured with Promarkers and a touch of shimmer pen for a sugar glaze. The speckled background was made with a spray mist. 

I'd like to enter the chocolates card into:

I Love Promarkers  something square 

For my second card, I took inspiration from the eggs on the cover. The bunny stamp is an old magazine freebie, coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced. The eggs were from a Heffy Doodle set. 

I'd like to enter the bunny card into:

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

Saturday 13 April 2019

One Layer Badger

Here's a one-layer card that I made to play along with a few challenges. Actually, by the time I finished making it and getting a photo, one of the challenges had closed! C'est la vie! (It was Cupcake Inspirations woodland animals , if you're wondering).

I'd like to enter:
Use Your Stuff  flora and fauna
Day of the Month dandelions

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Thursday 11 April 2019

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Let's Go Fly a Kite - Mary Poppins at The Library

I made another card to promote the Mary Poppins challenge at The Library. 

I used Distress Inks and Hunkydory silhouette stamps.

This card was inspired by the film rather than the book ....but as the film was inspired by the book, that counts! Whereas I don't think there were kites in the original book, one does feature in the sequel (and I read that this scene is in the Mary Poppins Returns film).

I'd like to enter:
Fab and Funky just add ink
Cardz4Guyz fun and games

Monday 8 April 2019

Watercolour Poppy

I think this is the first time I've joined in the challenge at CAS Watercolour Challenge (although I'm a regular at their sister blog, CAS Christmas. But visiting Ros Crawford's blog I noticed the theme is 'poppies' and as I had a poppy stamp handy, I thought I'd join in.

Poppies have quite contradictory connotations, both naughty (opium), and nice;  both jolly, and sad (remembrance). I wanted to show that with quite 'pretty' colouring combined with a splash of black.

This was not my first attempt! On my first few attempts I used a lot more water and paint but I wasn't really happy with the effect. I also tried stamping panels showing just parts of the poppy but they looked a bit odd. Finally I went for a simple single poppy in a square panel. I added water just to the paint (Lindy's Magicals, so it has a touch of shimmer) and then sprayed with Lindy's flat black spray.

As well as CAS Watercolour, I'd like to enter:

Double D 
Stamping Sensations May flowers
Happy Little Stampers 
Mix it Up  black and white plus one

Saturday 6 April 2019

The Library Challenge Reminder - Mary Poppins

I'm sharing an ATC for the Mary Poppins theme at The Library .

Tbh it's not new - I made it a couple of years ago to swap at a retreat - but I don't believe I've blogged it before. It's a bit 'darker' than the Mary Poppins' cards I made last week and so I think it fits well with the Mary of the books, who's a little less sweet than the film version.

I'd like to enter:

Inkspirational - Pop It Up

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to 'pop it up' using foam tape etc to add dimension. 
The girl's bunny outfit and the eggs are coloured with shimmer pens, so this is glittery in real-life. 

I hope you'll join in the challenge. 

I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stampin  mellow yellow
Aud Sentiments  Easter

Friday 5 April 2019

Brilliant Gymnast

I made this card for my 8-year-old grandson, whose team won a gymnastics contest.
I used two sets - the sentiments and stars are by Pink Fresh Studio, and the gymnast is by Waffle Flower.

I'd like to enter:
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