Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Include a furry friend at Cardz 4 Guyz

Today's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is to include a furry friend. Now I seem to have made an awful lot of cat and dog themed cards recently, and I fancied a change. None of my House Mouse stamps seemed masculine enough and my lovely tiger head, my go-to stamp when I think of a furry animal - well, tigers just aren't all that friendly, are they?

Eventually I picked out this cute little teddy bear stamp, an old unmounted one I can't recall the origins of it, and set about choosing colours, papers and a layout that would make it suitable to send to a man. I generated the sentiment on the computer and the papers are from a Stampin' Up pad called Going Places.

I actually spent ages colouring in those bears to make them look really dimensional, and it doesn't show up in the photo at all!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Gruffies Christmas

I'm afraid I've hurt my hand and am finding it hard to type, so I'm going to keep this very short. Card made using a stamped image from a Gruffles set called "Bearytastic Day" with an acetate border from a very, very old HOTP kit.


Sharing with
52 CCT - Gifts 
CRAFT - Christmas
CHNC - Cute

and a PS because today the bruising is easing slightly and a couple of people have mentioned it - the ribbled strip isn't actually done with a ribbler, it's from a sheet of DCWV printed corrugated Kraft.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

One layer cards - when I didn't need to!

This afternoon I've been playing around making one layer cards - something I tend to avoid unless I'm making them for a one layer challenge. Here are the two I made today.


The first uses the Paradise clear stamp set from Uniko. I stamped the words first, and then masked them while using Kaleidacolour pads in Birthstone and Fresh Greens plus a yellow pad to stamp the flowers and leaves. It's funny, I really bought this set for the gorgeous toucan..... guess which is the only stamp in the set that still hasn't seen ink?

I am sharing this with
Less is More - Something Exotic
Allsorts - Fabulous Florals 

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For the second card, I used scrap paper to mask off all but a column of the card front and then sponged Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Mandarin and Mustard Seed into the space, following a roughly diagonal line. Then I removed the masking and used a Stazon pad to stamp the grass silhouette, which was part of a very old Artylicious set, and the sentiment

I am sharing this one with

Addicted to CAS - Silhouette
AAA Cards - Blending


Right, I'm not used to putting two cards into one post, but because they were both one layer ones it sort of made sense..... now cross your fingers for me that I link the right thumbnails to the right challenges!

A die cut doiley

I'm never quite sure how to spell doiley. One of my primary school teachers used to insist on it being spelled d'oyley  as in the D'Oyley Carte Opera Company (maybe that's why I grew up into a Gilbert and Sullivan fan)  - but as her choice of wet playtime activity was always folding up pieces of paper and cutting them into d'oyleys I ended up with that spelling thoroughly drummed into me. And my spelling checker is trying to make me change it to doily. My gran's crochet book used to say doyley. Does it have a correct spelling?

Which is a very roundabout way of saying I used a doiley die (I think it is a Marianne one, but it isn't blue so I'm probably wrong) for this card. After cutting it, I masked off the lace area and stamped the centre with a Hampton Arts stamp called Dragonfly Background, which I've had in my collection for about 8 years.

The sentiment on the centre band is an old Hot off The Press stamp - it was in one of the very first QVC kits I ever bought, so I'm guessing it is around 20 years old.

Everything I have used today came from my snippets box, but the purple net band is also repurposed - it is actually a piece of packaging material that was used to wrap some buttons I bought. You can't really tell from the photo, but the dark dots you can see on it are actually gorgeous sparkly purple metallic flecks embedded into the mesh. Far too pretty to throw away! You also can't see the glorious glitter on the butterfly, cut with my old faithful Cuttlebug die. I reckon if we had to cost our kit out on a price per use basis, this would turn out to be the best bargain I've ever had!


I am sharing this with lots of challenges today as I'm a bit short of crafting time at the moment and haven't time to make a separate one for each. But it was quite an interesting exercise to pick out a selection of challenges and then design something to match them all!

Dies R Us - Doily and/or Lace  (see, they agree with my spell checker!)
Mod Squad - The Die's The Thing
Pixie's Snippets Playground (check out the fab new look!) - week 243
Retro Rubber - Sketch  
RRCB 45
 Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Lots of Layers
Cardz for Galz - Butterflies or Dragonflies

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Lucky Little Dragon

Here's a card featuring a cute little dragon digi from Bugaboo stamps - his name is Clyde and I'm sure he would cheer up anyone who was feeling a little bit down on their luck. I've coloured him in "pretty" versions of the traditional magical colours of purple and turquoise, and added a stamped sentiment whose origin is lots in the mists of time.


I would like to share this with:

Craft Rocket Challenge - Things with wings
Alphabet Challenge - M for Mythical because, unfortunately for Clyde, dragons aren't real  (don't worry, he's not going to be upset by my having written that because he can't read).

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - challenge 66 H is for Hounds

I'm all of a dither - the sistahs over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers have invited me to join the design team, and here I am with my first ever DT post for them.

Edna's choice for challenge 66 is H is for Hounds and here she is with her four legged friends


Being more of a cat lady, I only have one doggy stamp in my collection, but it looks remarkable like Edna's photo. Only with Edna replaced by an Old English Sheepdog, or a "Dulux Dog" as we older Brits know them as. And my train of thought went ...... Dulux...... paint...... multicolour.... and led to this design, with the other dogs all left white to make my rainbow dog stand out.

I used Word to generate the sentiment, adding the rainbow lettering with Word Art. It's a sentiment that can be interpreted as being either sweet or snarky, according to the moods of the sender and recipient.



Now I'm looking forward to seeing what the other Sisters have created - why don't you hop on over and join in too?

I'm sharing this with Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark

Stamped Sentiment as Main Focus at Twofers.

It's time for our 26th challenge at Twofers - a whole year of challenges now! - and it was my turn to choose the theme, which is to have a stamped sentiment as the main focus of your work.

I chose the sentiment "Be bold or italic, never regular" from Dylusions. I backed this with a die cut panel, stamped and chalked while the die was still in place, using Versamark ink, a few shades of brown chalk, and a very old manuscript stamp of unknown origin.

I embossed a panel of cream card with a text embossing folder from Crafters Companion to use as the background, but when I did a trial assembly of the card I didn't like the cream, so rather than starting again with a new piece of card in another colour, I changed the colour by sponging it all over with Alchemy Wax and then adding a little distress ink around the edges.

To keep the script theme, I stamped a flower with the same text stamp I had used for the chalking, to add with a few buttons as embellishments.


I am sharing this with
Fab'n'Funky - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Words/Letters on the background
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes