Monday 29 May 2023

Free As A Bird

It was a public holiday in England today, so I was able to skip work and do some crafting!

I'd like to enter:


Sisterhood of Crafters birds

I spy with my little eye - wings 

Monday 22 May 2023

Over the Bridge

 I designed and cut this bridge card with my Silhouette electronic die cutter. The car stamp is Penny Black and the sentiment is Mama Elephant. I'll be sending it to my daughter in law so I hope it survives the journey through the mail! 

I'd like to enter: 

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  use patterned paper 

yellow/black/ fancy fold/circle 

Saturday 20 May 2023

Inkspirational - Mood Board


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

For my DT card I was inspired by the colours, the milk bottle and the butterfly.  Is it weird to put a milk bottle on a card? It's from a MFT 'milk and cookie' die set that I bought with enthusiasm but have barely used. In my head the scenario is - milk left by a milkman in a flowerbed by the front door and then a butterfly perches on it.  (Can't remember when I last saw a milkbottle or 'milkman' in real life.) Anyway, the flowers are by Lil Inkers and the butterfly is (I think) Avery Elle. 

I'd like to enter:

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Pink Flowers

 This is (appropriately) a Pink Fresh stamp  and I stamped it off the page, coloured it with markers and stamped a sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday  cas base plus one layer

Tuesday 16 May 2023

My Cat Ate My Background .....


...but I used it anyway! 

A few weeks ago I had a play around with some Twinkling H2Os and other watercolour paints and left them all out to dry on my craft room table.  A few days later, I found this one on the floor with the 'distressing' on the right. There is only one suspect! (Once, he ate my straw hat.) 

Perhaps I should have thrown it away, but I didn't - I put it in my bits bag and today I was sifting through and noticed the star looked quite nice against it, The sentiment is one I designed and cut on my Silhouette but was too big for the project I was working on. I punched a few tiny stars out of some black glittery paper and it was done. 

Is it bad to send someone a birthday card that has been chewed by an animal???

I'd like to enter:

Use Your Stuff technique - watercolour

Try it on Tuesday  keep it simple 

Monday 15 May 2023

The Library - The Reading List

 After a two year hiatus, I've re-started my challenge blog: The Library Challenge. 

Here's the inspiration book:

For my card I took inspiration from the reading/books theme and used this (well-loved) Stamping Bella stamp. Inspired by the colours I diecut the window out of blue card and made a smooshed background with orange ink.  Inspired by the bricks on the cover, I stencilled brickwork onto the grey base card. 

I hope you'll come over to The Library and join in. 

I'd like to enter:

birthday/ die cut/pens stamp is about 8 years old

Sunday 14 May 2023

Cats and Ticking

Here's another cat card , but with a different style. I put this one together using things from one of my bits bags. I printed, cut and coloured the cats ages ago (probably years tbh!) then didn't know what to do with them. Playing around with scraps I found this stripy paper - it reminds me of mattress ticking - and liked the combo. 

I'd like to enter:

Alphabet Challenge c for cats 

Cas on Friday  stripes 

Sunday 7 May 2023

Smudge and the Gang


I made this card earlier in the year but didn't blog it at the time- some recent cat-themed challenges have nudged me to post the photo. 

So, to recap on my life... in early January last year we'd agreed a sale on our house, ready to relocate to a new town, when the house we were buying fell through. We had to find quickly somewhere to rent but , unfortunately, couldn't find anywhere where we could take our cat, Smudge. Luckily, my daughter offered to foster him till we found a new house. That took a year! Now he's back with us and settled into our new home, This is the card I sent to my daughter to say thank you. 

The cats are one long stamp and I just had to add some markings and colour it in. The arms with the signs are stamped in afterwards and the sentiments stamped on the signs. Finally, I added some stamped splodges.

I'd like to enter:

Alphabet Challenge   c for cats 

Krafty Chicks  stamp act 

Sweet Stampin - animals 

Saturday 6 May 2023

Inkspirational Word Prompt - Mini


Our new challenge at Inkspirational is: 

Pretty much as soon as I saw this word prompt I thought skirt!  I had a few stamps in mind I thought might work, but when I found them, I realised the skirts were too long. So eventually I found a Lettering Delights dingbat font with this silhouette , cut it out on my Silhouette electronic die-cutting machine and made a mini- dress out of patterned paper. To give a Carnaby Street feel, I stamped the London buses and taxis. 

I'd like to enter:

die cut, free, birthday

Country View Challenges - Vehicles 

Monday 1 May 2023

Party Cat

 Here's a card I made with random stuff I had on hand. The cat is a digistamp I printed but never used - I coloured it with markers. The balloon sentiment is a Craftwork cards stamp. The background was made one day when I was playing with watercolours. 

I'd like to enter: