Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Cats on a Wheel

 

Here I used two different Avery Elle sets (the ferris wheel from one, the cat from the other) and an MFT city backgrounds. Isn't it great that so many cities have ferris wheels now? These cats could be in London, Tokyo or New York! 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Dog Photo

 



Whoops! Late with posting my DT make for Inkspirational - although it was on the Inkspirational Challenges blog on time. 

This card was made using my Silhouette electronic cutter and it was a 16th birthday card for my grandson. The animal silhouettes represent their two dogs and cat, and I'm pleased that they do actually look like them. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Bunny Balloons Birthday

 

Catching up a bit today... this card was made for my daughter, whose birthday was on Valentine's Day. 

I used the rabbit from Clearly Besotted but I masked off  the balloon it was holding and added these heart balloons from Clearly Besotted, which I paper-pieced. The houses are Concord and 9th , the Happy Birthday is Marianne and the 'daughter' is Waffle Flower - so that was five different sets I used, which I always enjoy! I coloured everything with Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  family (word daughter)
Papercraft Challenges for a loved one 









The Library Challenge - Garden Birdwatcher's Bible

 





Well, honestly, I don't know how I dare to show my face around here, I've been so slow with my commenting and so rubbish at visiting my favourite blogs. Please forgive me. 

The reasons are, like so many of us, I'm working online full-time right now and there's only so much time you can spend sitting in front of a screen.  Also, as I previously mentioned, we're preparing for a house move, which involves an unprecedented amount of time cleaning and decluttering. I'd never realised how dirty we are! And what hoarders! 

Anyway, this card is for my challenge at The Library -  Garden Birdwatcher's Bible. I was inspired to use a bird book for the challenge from my house-hunting activities. Many houses advertised online have 3d virtual tours (similar to Google street view). If you have an ounce of nosiness in your character, I urge you to look for these - so fascinating! While viewing the house, I can't resist having a snoop in their bookcases (an occasional craft-room comes up too!). I've noticed that nearly every house I look at has a book on birds! Also, they almost all have a cookbook by Nigella Lawson. (This is UK,so this probably won't be true abroad). The funny thing is, in my house, we also have a book on birds and a Nigella cookbook! I would never dream of recording a 3d tour though! 

Enough rambling, I made this card for my partner's stepfather's birthday and used the colour-scheme from CAS on Friday .



Saturday, 20 February 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Tower



 Here's my DT make for Inkspirational:

I seem to have several stamps of animals forming a tower by standing on top of each other! This one, is an old favourite from Penny Black. I coloured it with Promarkers and added two strips of patterned paper, one of which was cut with a border punch. 

I'd like to enter:

Use Your Stuff - It's my Favourite ....patterned paper brand. Crosmo Cricket closed years ago but I have kept every leftover scrap and am still using them now. 

I Love Promarkers

Fab n Funky 








Sunday, 14 February 2021

The Library Challenge - Big Red Bath

 

The new challenge at The Library is Big Red Bath : 


This is another book that I used to enjoy reading with my son when he was younger. I was inspired by the cover and luckily, I had the Lawn Fawn bath set with the bubbles. The challenge then was to find animal stamps small enough to fit into it and luckily I found these from HunkyDory For the Love of Stamps. I had to replace the hippo with an elephant though! The sentiment stamps are from Waffle Flower. 

I'd like to enter: 


Saturday, 6 February 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Hearts

 

Hi Everyone. I'm struggling to photograph cards at the moment due to poor light and erratic weather! This is my DT make for Inskpirational

As you can see, I'm still going through my black and white stripes period! I stamped this stamp ( I think it's Indigo Blue) off the edge, in blue and then ran it through an embossing folder. I added Nuvo drops in pearly blue. 

I'd like to enter:





















Saturday, 23 January 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Photo



Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by the photo below. 

 For my DT card I used a Lindsay Mason/ Crafty Impressions stamp and cut her head off! I wanted the focus to be on the heart, and the lower part of the body, which I coloured with Promarkers to match the photo. I stamped 'I miss you' on the bottom - I think I will send it to my daughter, who I've not been able to see for three months. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday 

Passion for Markers 

Fab n Funky 



Monday, 18 January 2021

Twofer - Flowers

 

I'm entering these into the Twofer challenge, 'flowers'. 




For both cards I used an AlteNew anemone stamp which I bought just before Christmas and this is the first time I've used it.

I wouldn't know what an anemone looked like if it slapped me in the face but, instead of googling the real flowers, I imagined what they might look like... 



First up, I white - embossed it off the edge of a black card and added a sentiment and white spots.  (I seem to be going through my 'black and white' period at the moment!) 

As well as Twofer, I'd like to enter this into:
CAS on Friday  feel better 
Allsorts  new stamps 


For my second card I heat embossed the flowers onto vellum and embossed it from behind using a stylus. I coloured the leaves from the back with a marker and attached the panel to a frame. Then I stuck it onto a cerise card and stamped the sentiment. 

I'd also like to enter this one into:

My Time to Craft  thank you 
Sweet Stampin  thank you 



Sunday, 17 January 2021

The Library Challenge - A Room with a View

 

The new challenge at The Library is A Room with a View by EM Forster. 


I was inspired by the woman playing piano on the cover and I used a digi stamp by A Day for Daisies, now sadly closed. I coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced her dress. 

I'd like to enter:
As you Like It  black and white - always striking and works for any occasion
Pearly Sparkles - P for piano 










Saturday, 16 January 2021

The Cat's Bell

 

I decided to join the challenge at As You See It and make a quick card using things from my bits box. I started off gathering everything together - the Pure Innocence image was one I coloured before Christmas but never made into a card, and the patterned paper was scraps. I started looking around for an embellishment I could add and my eyes fell on a little bell. 

Crafting friends, will it shock you to hear that the little bell is one I picked off the floor after it fell off my cat's teaser toy? I DID wash it! 

Anyway, once I got going it took me 9mins 58 to make the card - most of the time fiddling with the bell tbh. 

I'd like to enter:








Saturday, 9 January 2021

Inkspirational Challenges - Mask

 

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by the word 'Mask'. 


I think we had this same challenge theme a few years ago but since then, the word has become part of our everyday life! 

For my DT card , I printed , coloured (with Promarkers)  and cut out a digi by Mo's Digital Pencil. I masked the 'ground', using a cut piece of paper and stamped the MFT city background (I'm getting a LOT of use out of this stamp!).  I added some gel pen to the windows for lights. Then I stamped the sentiment (from For the Love of Stamps). 

I'd like to enter:













Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

Craft Rocket 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Guest Designer at Addicted to Stamps

 

I'm very proud today to be a Guest Designer at Addicted to Stamps !  ATS is a fantastic challenge, run by a wonderful woman (Kylie) and they've had a few months off so I want you all to know that it's back and the challenge is 'Make Your Mark' - so stamping, colouring , so many options....

For my card, it's the first inking of this mouse stamp from a Colarado Craft / Anita Jeram stamp set I bought just before Christmas. I love this set, but I may be controversial in telling you I chopped off the 'Anita Jeram' signature which was attached to the mouse's bottom. I'm afraid this is a pet hate of mine(no pun intended!)  - if you sell the rights to your drawings with the sole purpose of them being used to make craft items, I don't think you get to keep your signature on it. Anyway, no-one's going to think I drew the mouse - the little circles going up to the thought bubble are the pinnacle of my drawing skills. 

So, the 'just a little note' was from the same set and the thought bubble is by Craftwork Cards and the Hello from a lost-the-packet old sentiment set. 

I'd like to enter: