Saturday, 25 July 2015

CAS Scraps

It's a fun challenge today at LIM - using scraps from your scrap stash and Di is joining in from Pixie's Crafty Snippets challenge too which I haven't played in for ages - as you can see - I need to - this is just ONE of my 6 scrap drawers and this one won't even fit in the drawer anymore so it sits on top!

The two cards at the top were made yesterday but all from scraps so they fit the challenge.  Scraps from the drawer plus some cool arrow word dies from My Favorite Things cut from more scraps of black.

This one I made today specifically for the challenge so I used as many scraps as I could.  The stamps are from Lawn Fawn's party animals - the bear is stamped onto a kraft scrap and shading with polychromos pencils.  The birds, cake and hats are all paper-pieced from more scraps ad I made a CAS background with 3 more scraps and stamped the sentiment in an arc to match the background paper image.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Life's A Beach

That's the theme at LIM this week, and I'd already half made a card that would fit the theme, but when I put it together there wasn't really enough white space to meet their CAS criteria, so I made another with the same set ;-)

These penguins in paradise are my favorite stamp set at the moment - I've made about 6 cards with them already.   This one will be for a friend's son who has a birthday next week.  A little masking and some colouring with inktense pencils and then some simple colour washes to hint at a beach and the sea.

I thought I may as well share the anniversary card I finished whilst I'm  here.  This is for friends who got married on a beach.

Same set, more masking but this time coloured with copics.   The sentiment is actually just "you're the coolest" but there are lots of other sentiments in the set so it was pretty easy to pick out the letters I needed to add "couple" to it to make it suitable for an anniversary.  Just mask off the letters you don't want with washi tape and remove it before stamping - it's a pretty nifty trick to get more from your stamps ;-)

Right having spent the afternoon glued to the Davis Cup and the Murray brothers, I really should get something done before the hubby comes home.....

Saturday, 11 July 2015

My Husband The Hero

My husband was visiting his friend last night who are having some building work done and when he arrived the builder (his friend's brother in law) had an accident and fell off his dumper truck which ended up trapping his leg.  So that's when the hero part comes in - my  hubby and another friend lifted the truck up so they could pull him out (luckily he had only just fallen so there was no risk of making it worse my removing the trapped leg).  He had quite an eventful night - paramedics, ambulances and even the police had to make visits.  The builder is OK but is having surgery today to pin his ankle bone which was broken in the fall.   So I made a card for my hubby to send to him.

The band aids seemed an appropriate choice. I die cut them from some ranger card stock, arranged them on a square of white card and then die cut the get well word die from the panel (keeping the little bits in the loops of the letters.  I die cut it again from red and pieced it back together.  Both sets of dies are Paper Smooches so as it's an anything goes week on their challenge, and I'm just about in time for it, I thought I'd link it up.

I also made a card for this week's Less is More Challenge today which is one layer masculine using the new My Favorite Things products I now stock in my store.

I used the split diagonal background stamp and applied 3 shades of distress inks in greens and blues using a blending tool and letting the stripes fade off on the right.

A simple sentiment from Brushstroke birthday paired with a couple of balloons from Birthday Wishes and Balloons both stamped in bold black give it a masculine feel for me.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Red White and Blue

It's the 4th July so Happy Independence Day to all my US friends.   Less is More has a very apt colour challenge today - red, white and blue

I made a super quick shaker card with an MFT die and a selectively stamped greeting from  Mama Elephant's Make a Wish.

Got to rush - off out for the afternoon.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Let's Procaffeinate!

I'm back quicker with this week's LIM challenge which is based on a sketch but I just released I got it upside down!   That'll teach me to have the challenge open whilst I'm designing my entry!

I used Coffee Set stamps and matching dies from Waltzingmouse Stamps.   I love this set as it makes me think of canal barges and the lovely artwork that they are often decorated with.  Simple stamping, die cutting and then layering the elements over some die cut stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn (I used the same die but cut one panel narrower by moving the die half through cutting)

Right, time to make dinner....

Friday, 26 June 2015

Hey You!

I'm very late to the Less is More party this week - the challenge closes in a few hours.  I did have a play on Saturday with stencils and marbelling ink but I just made a big ole mess!  So I had another go last night and here's my card for the stencilling theme combined with the current sketch at CASe this sketch

I used a memory box stencil called "shine" but instead of going for the classic yellow I decided to take the grunge route and went with grey card stock and inked through the stencil with versamark and scattered it with clear, grey and silver powders for a random look to the embossing.

The balloons are Lawn Fawn dies cut from vellum and coloured with yellow copics - grey and yellow is one of my fave colour combos of all time.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the latest release at Waltzingmouse and its called Best Day stamped in stazon so it will stay over the vellum and embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Hidden Starfish

It's PJ Party time over at Waltzingmouse Stamps and you all know how much I love WMS right?  Well time was I would have made a card for all 4 challenges but time is short these days but I usually manage to squeeze one challenge in and I made it this month too.

When I do these challenges, I only ever use Waltzingmouse stamps on them, so having read that, are you all scratching your heads and wondering if you missed a starfish stamp?   Well no, you didn't - this came about by accident.   I was testing out ombre inkpads and needed a solid stamp but the ones on my desk happened to be Kaboom so I just turned the dotted star over and inked up the back and when I stamped it I realised it looked like a starfish with it's lovely wobbly edges.  So I inked it up again in red stamped it on to kraft, added brown around the edges and stamped it on top again and then cleaned it before turning it over to stamp the front with the dots in white over the top as real starfish are a bit knobbly.  I drew the face in with a sharpie before coating in glossy accents.

The sentiment is from My Island and I inked it red and then added the brown over the edges for that too tone suntan look ;-)   I finished with a hand drawn border and some tiny stars in the corners from Kaboom.

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