Sunday, 15 March 2015

Easter Bunnies

I've not had time lately to join in with Virginia's View challenge but as the challenge is a year old this month I thought I'd try.   This is the project I made for my store's blog today and it fit's the challenge theme of embossing so I'm linking it up to the challenge which has some fab entries already

For my project I wanted to play with some ideas for easter decorations using Avery Elle's adorable Easter Blessings stamp set as it is currently my most favourite stamp to colour.  I found this little egg shaped bud vase and the egg on Amazon and they are both made of papier-mâché so I gave them a couple of coats of white acrylic to make them a suitable base to add the image.

I stamped the image onto white tissue paper and embossed it in gold (on the non-shiny side or it doesn't work for colouring - I found that out the hard way!) and then used my polychromos pencils to colour it in with bright virbrant spring colours which cheered me up in the grey weather we're having in the UK.

Then to attach them to the objects I simply trimmed around the whole image leaving just a tiny border and applied tombow glue to the back (not to much and be quick but gentle so it doesn't tear) and applied them to the objects.  The bud vase is easy as its flat, but the egg is a little trickier but as long as you apply the centre first and gently press the edges out after it goes on pretty good and I know these will make a lovely table centre decoration at Easter.  I may even get some smaller eggs and cut out portions of the image to decorate them and hang them from a white branch....

Hope you're having a lovely weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hoppy Cake Bunny

It's LIM day again and it's One Layer Week and this month they want a one layer card featuring an animal which gave me the perfect opportunity to ink up one of my new stamps that arrived last week from my mate Elaine's store Quixotic Paperie which is where I get all my Stamping Bella goodies.   She is having a massive Spring Sale this weekend so perfect opportunity to do a little shopping!

This image is from the Hoppy Poppy Collection which is soooo cute!  I simply stamped and then coloured with polychromos pencils which blend with no bleeding on one layer cards.   Should have got my stampamajig out for the sentiment though - never mind I like quirky angles!

Right off to work on some Easter projects for my store blog tomorrow.

Catch you later.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

This makes me Happy!

I love the theme at Less is More this week - it's simply to make something that makes you happy and to say why.

Well recently with a full-time job and and running a craft store in my "spare time" I've found little time for crafting, so at the moment making ANY card at all makes me very happy!   However, I decided to take it a little further than that making a card from a stamp brand whose images always make me happy when I colour them and a technique that I find both happy and relaxing.

This images makes me really happy as it reminds me how I never want to wear 80s fashion again!!!  I stamped Farrah (Stamping Bella) onto copic colouring card and then rifled through my scraps draw for suitable paper to stamp all her clothes onto as the technique that makes me happiest is paper-piecing - I really love the look of it and cutting all those fiddly bits like the shoes!   I coloured her body and hair and tights with copics and then set about dressing her up with her paper clothes - just like those dress up dolls I had as a kid in the 80s!  The radio is copic coloured and paper-pieced on top.  I added a little shading to the paper-piecing with copics too.

To create the frame I used a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle but made it narrower using the technique Chrissie has shared on LIM several times.  The sentiment is an old one by Personal Impressions trimmed with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle.  All mounted onto a new Avery Elle card base.

Thanks for visiting :-D

Sunday, 22 February 2015


The challenge this week at Less is More is "wings"   There were already a lot of birds and insects in the gallery so I opted for something mechanical!

This is an as yet unreleased set from Avery Elle which will be on sale on Friday.  As I managed to get them early it will be on sale in my UK store at the same time as it gets released Stateside along with the rest of their release which is a stunning one.  There are so many sets I want myself!

This is called Fly By and comes with other sky writing sentiments which are such fun.  I heat embossed that in white and added some frosted lace stickles.  The clouds are outlines which I coloured in using grey and white ink with a cotton bud to get a fluffy feeling and added some stickles to the top too.  The plane is paper pieced using Avery Elle's Happy pad which is also out on Friday.

Catch you later!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

One Layer Love

It's a handy theme at Less is More this week as I woke up this morning to find a valentines card on my pillow as my husband is away today and had said he wasn't doing a card.  Whoops!  Luckily he won't be back whilst late so I had time to make one for him....

It is one layer week at Less is More, so you'd think die cuts were a no-go, but with a liner on the inside, you can do embedded die cuts on a one layer card and nest them back in to the finished card.  In this case I used some copics to add shading first.  The hearts banner die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

The little excited penguins and matching sentiment are from Mama Elephant's love quotes and I watercoloured them lightly with distress markers and a paintbursh.

Here's the challenge link if you want to play along.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Going Retro

Another quick post so I can link this up before the deadline closes.  February is a busy month for me on birthdays - I have two valentine babies amongst my friends.   I used this weeks' retro sketch for the layout on this one

The fabulous diva is by Kraftin Kimmie and I did a quick watercolour job on her with distress pens, a spray bottle and a paintbrush.    The glittery panel is by Neat and Tangled and the sentiment is one of my favourites by Avery Elle.


All Creatures Great and Small

That's the challenge at Simon Say's Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and they are highlighting Paper Smooches.

Well as it happens, I made a card for the guy I share an office with to give to his girlfriend, who is a bat inspector, which fits the theme on both counts so I thought I'd join in again this week.

Really simple card as he didn't want anything too girly.   Copic coloured bat from Falling for You fussy cut with a die cut PTI tree maskerading as a branch for him to hang on.  I did a bit of scissor surgery on the sentiments to mix them up taking "for you" from the nutty sentiment in the set.  Layered with Lil' Inker Designs stitched square dies.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Purrfect Love

I made a quick card for a friend to give to her partner for Valentine's day and thought I'd enter it in this weeks' CASology challenge as their theme is love

It's a simple watercolour of the cute cats from Mama Elephant's Purrfect Pair on some stitched mats from Lil Inker Designs.  A little glossy accents to finish off the milk bottle et voila!  Quick and simple but very cute.

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