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!: 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:
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!: 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. 
Image result for the tiger who came to tea

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

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