Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birthday brushos

I started out with a plan for this card but it has morphed several times.
Firstly I embossed circles on the card with dies. The added water and brushos hoping the colour would pool in the circles. 
What actually happened was that the wetness reduced the depth of the embossing and the ink ran everywhere. 
I gave it several more goes of wetting and re-inking, even brushing some colour into the grooves until I was happy with it. 
What I finished with was a mellow inky panel with some circle definition. 

I die cut the happy birthday. Cut it twice more from white scraps and glued them together with the coloured ones on top. I saved the tiny coloured cut outs and poked them back into the spaces but not raised up. It was touch and go but I did find them all. You can't believe how small they are. 

It's quite a vibrant turquoise colour. I think I used Emerald, ultra marine and turquoise brushos.

I'm linking this to Less is More where the new challenge is:

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 22 July 2017


I had not even the inkling of the beginning of an idea for the current Butterfly challenge. The all at once I had an idea, got to work and it was all made in one evening. This is heavily influenced by watching Jennifer McGuire on You Tube. I probably shouldn't take any credit at all. 
The challenge is:
Grab the Badge

#82 Butterflies + M is for Matching pairs and/or the colour of Orange peel

Mrs A is very good at thinking outside the box in her cards and her challenges. Orange is not usually my go to colour and this card is certainly going to stand out. 

Having said that, I like the brightness and I have tried a new (to me) technique which I've been meaning to have a go at.
I used my favourite stamp set (If it's possible to have just one, this is it). Caroline's Doodles by Inky Doodles. Sentiment by Hobby Art.
It's stamped in Terracotta on orange card. Then I got out a white gel pen and set to work. After a pretty stressful fortnight this was a brilliant way to unwind. I was sorry when Mr C wanted me to come away and watch a film. It was probably good to stop and step back though or the whole thing may have been covered in dots. 
The mount is a piece of a used shimmery orange envelope which I'd squirrelled away at least a year ago. Don't tell me you wouldn't have done the same if one came into your possession. 
Apart from the large centre flower, everything else is stamped in pairs. 
I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

CCT - July colours

Hello lovely friends and followers. 
Even in the midst of wonderful summer we are trying to persuade you to make Christmas Cards. You have until the 5th August to join in with our rainbow colour challenge, as we have an extra Saturday in the month. 
I've used Inky Doodles stamps here for the stockings, stars and holly. I coloured the  stockings in the same obsessive manner using rainbow colours in order and adding detail to the next stocking with the same colour. I added coloured stars in order too and highlights with a silver gel pen. 

The borders and black lines are snippets so I'm hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to have a swing and play hop scotch. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Moonlight flower

I'm pleased to be able to enter the Less is More challenge which is to use a coloured card base. It will give my lovely readers a change from Christmas cards. I've been short of time for playing around and I've missed entering.
This time they have teamed up with AAA Cards and even though I've had two weeks, I'm still running in at the end. 

I knew what I wanted to do so it was a matter of finding the right stamp. This is a Joanna Sheen flower stamp with a Paper Smooches sentiment.

 I've used a Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink with a water brush and a bit of water to colour in the flower. There is a bit of sheen and sparkle to the petals. I hope you can see it. 

I added a few lines to ground it. 
After a recent visit to Mr C's aunt and uncle, we came home with a boot full of plants for our garden so this is for them. I'll be enclosing some seeds from here as a thank you. 

I love the purple and white but still not sure if it needs something else. More lines?
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July colours

We have lovely new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. Slightly unconventional, maybe for Christmas but lots of fun. The challenge is to use Rainbow colours. 

I stamped and embossed Noel in black (very brave, I know but I got away with it). Then used two little Leane Creatif fairy light stamps to create my string of lights. 
I bought this set fairly recently and forgot to check on the size before I bought them. It's a tiny set but aren't they pretty? The card is 13.5cm square. I did pencil the string first then went over it with a glittery gel pen which I also used for the bulb holders. 
Top Tip - don't try and rub out after you've used a gel pen, it won't end well.

You can see a little bit of the sparkle on this picture.

Just a clue here to my obsessive nature. I stamped all the bulbs and counted them then had to add a few more so the number divided by seven so I could colour in rainbow order! I laid out the pens and didn't make a mistake. Muttering 'red, orange, yellow, green...' as I went.
The green and yellow look quite similar in the picture and you can't really see the Wink of Stella I added to the bulbs.

I just need to tidy up the inside a bit. The Pro-markers go through the cardstock so I made an insert and added a few more lights. Strangely I stamped 7 here straight off. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

I'm linking the to ABC Christmas Card Challenge who are looking for old and/or new. I've used new stamps, as mentioned, and old pro-markers which I just had to have a few years ago but really have not made the most of. Must try harder. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

CCT - July Sketch

We currently have a sketch challenge running at Christmas Card Throwdown:

I tried out the 'credit card' technique here for the first time. It was mentioned in The Playground here and this is the link to some detailed instructions. 
Mine is certainly not a patch on these and looked quite rubbish to start with. It did look better as it dried. 
I decided to use the inky background anyway and have another go sometime soon. I need to be more  patient and build up the colour.  I'm pleased I tried it as I have long list of things I mean to try but mainly keep repeating similar things. 
I used dye ink pads (blue and eggplant) on a blending mat spritzed with water. Probably too much water to start with. Someone clever could probably make it look like mountains or perhaps trees. 

You have one more week to join in with our challenge and maybe try out a new technique.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July Sketch

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a sketch. 

It's nice and simple and very versatile, I think, so I hope you'll get creative and join in. 

I embossed the baubles with clear embossing powder and couldn't resist adding a few flourishes. The flooded the area with water and brusho powder. My spray bottle has stopped spraying so I used a brush to spread both around. Then I went off to work while it dried. It has to be done, I fit it in aroung cards and gardening as you see!

It's always fun to come back and see what has happened and what patterns have been created. 

I ironed off the embossing powder. You do this using quite a hot iron. I use the back of a large paper pad as a solid base and a few sheets of scrap paper to absorb the melted embossing powder. (I've never got any on the iron). It's one of my favourite techniques.

I embellished with gold thread, gems and also a gold gel pen for a few dots on the bauble. Oh, and gold embossing round the edge which adds a frame but no extra layers. 
I used washi tape and a die cut for the sentiment. Also coloured with a gold gel pen.

You have two weeks to join in the fun. The challenge ends on 14th July. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Those very difficult men's cards

Mr C has a birthday soon so of course I had to make a card. 
I'd planned this to be arranged across an A5 card but I did the measuring wrong so changed the idea. It's always the maths which lets me down!
I'm very lucky that he is never happier than when improving something around the home. I say 'do you think we could...?' and he's off to get tools, hooks, wood and it's done before I know it. There are occasions when a little reining in is useful in order for some planning but I know how lucky I am. 
He'd probably appreciate a wooden card but here is the best I could do. 

I'm sorry about the bad photo, it really didn't want to be photographed. 
I embossed a piece of card  with a wood grain folder (unnamed) and used the tools stamps from Creative Stamping # 40. 

I cut the squares with a knife and rule. I'd meant to use a punch but it was the wrong size and the squares were too big. That is what probably took the longest. 
I think I like it but wish I'd raised up the squares perhaps for some contrast. Part of me wanted to start colouring the tools but I thought it might go wrong so I held back but I like the mono look. 
I've also used a tattered lace edge die and JustRite rectangle die. Sentiment from the same magazine. 

I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground. All the kraft card used is snippets. As it has cooled down a bit I won't need to tuck my skirt into my knickers and get in the duck pond. No-one wants to see that. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - June theme

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This one might prove rather more tricky than the last one. We are asking you to use:

I chose to make a tag shaped card using a die from Elizabeth Crafts. I don't use it very often as it is quite big for a tag. The leaves and diamonds came in the set. The Nutcracker image was generously donated by Deborah. It's a Walztingmouse stamp now, sadly, discontinued. 
Just in case you can't quite see, I've die cut Merry Christmas in Kraft and glued it above and below him. 
You have two weeks to take part in the challenge. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

CCT - gems, pearls or sequins.

Here is my second card for our challenge and Christmas Card Throwdown. 

I'm very pleased with it so I hope you like it too. The stamping is not perfect but I'm OK with that. It has a rustic look.  Also I had the edge stamp the wrong way round on one side but did not start again!
I've used an Inky Doodles Stamp for the edge, Creative Stamping knitted stamp for the background (second generation) and Stamplorations leaf and squiggle for the wreath. 
The I sewed on the sequins so there is no chance of them falling off. 
I tried a sentiment in the middle but preferred it without so I added it on the inside. 
Unfortunately the glue came through the paper a bit which spoils the inside but happily did not come through to the front. 
This is how I masked and stamped the edges. This is the inside. 
I've discovered I can draw on my photos. So I did. Mask from corner to corner and stamp here:

 Move the top strip so it is over the corner of the edge you have just stamped and stamp here:
Continue until all the corners are mitred. 
Again not quite perfect but what in life is?

You still have a week to join in so dig out something sparkly and get creative. 
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Day. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - June stash

We have a new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. This one I think will be very popular:

We all like at add some bling to our cards so dig into your stash and see what you can find. We look forward to your amazing creations. 

I've always liked making things in miniature. Tray gardens, doll houses and clothes. Now I've made teeny tiny cards. The idea is not new of course, Jules at 'Always with a heart' makes the most gorgeous tiny cards. 
I had some little envelopes so I thought I'd make use of them. The cards are 7 x 7 cm. Here is a picture with a roll of washi tape for comparison. 

I've used a set of stamps which came with Papercraft Inspirations magazine #156 last year. I'm probably not alone in picking one or two stamps from a set and using them many times and the rest not at all. So this time I've used 4 that I've hardly used or maybe never used. 

                                                                                I embossed the baubles in gold, so they have a lovely shimmer, and edged with Tattered Lace and Tim Holtz dies. I also embossed the edge of the patterned paper. 
I wanted them to be quite special as they were so small. 

 I've added patterned paper, washi tape, gems and some tiny ribbon knots. Some had more scope for adding gems than others. I used a gold Sharpie around the white cut edges. 

I've already entered Pixie's Snippets Playground for the fortnight, otherwise I'd be popping over there with these. Obviously they are all made from snippets!
I don't think I'll be posting these. I'd worry about them getting lost in the post. They'll probably be for had delivery to local friends and neighbours. 

Thanks, as always, for visiting. Enjoy the Day. x

Monday, 29 May 2017

Butterflies and blooms

Hooray, I've made a summery card. 
I've seen a few cards made with layered die cuts so here is my take on that. I like the effect of the layers so I hope I'll remember to have another go. 

I die cut all the layers with nesting dies (from China) then stamped with my go-to butterfly stamp (which I don't know the brand of) on the top layer. I lightly inked around the edges but only on this top layer. 
The flower is cut from a snippet with a coloured candi circle in the middle.
Simple and quick. 
I've used:
Leane creatief flower die. 
Hobbey art sentiment
Memento - Grape Jelly

I'd like to enter this into Mrs A's butterfly challenge where the current challenge is :
#79 Butterflies +L is for Layers and/or the colour Cream. I thought the card was cream but not it looks more ivory. It's not white! I've used layers but didn't use foam pads so it's still flat for posting. 

I'm also skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used some snippets. 

I'm just throwing this card in for good measure. I started it about 6 weeks ago but could never get it finished to my satisfaction. Even now Mr C said  he's not quite sure what it's trying to be. 
Well, in case you're wondering, it's trying to be a card. 

I hope you recognise the stamps Mrs A. 
I stamped in Versamark and embossed in white then painted in with Brushos. It was supposed to have a butterfly on it but never looked right. 

I've used:
Joanna Sheen  Beautiful Blooms
Tattered Lace edge die and JustRite small dies. 
Hobby Art sentiment stamp
Paper MME

It's already winging it's way to someone so I'm sure she will  appreciate it!
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the Day.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

CCT May Colour Challenge - Yellow, gold and Kraft

I'd really like to have time to make a summery card but here I am with another Christmas Card. 

I liked the gold embossed on kraft that I used last week on my card so I wanted to make another one. This time I used a wreath stamp which came with Creative Stamping #35 magazine. 

It's quite detailed and could be coloured in all sorts of ways. 
My plan was to colour a tiny bit yellow, then I did another bit and another bit - you know how it goes. 
I used some gold washi tape for the frame. 
Unfortunately the card won't lie flat so I might have to cut the front off and remount it. 
It was really hard to photograph and looked different in every picture but I hope you get the idea. 

Our current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown runs for one  more week so you have time to use these lovely colours.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the day. x

Oops I forgot to link to May Rudolf Days challenge. Link up a Christmas card between the 25th and the end of each month to celebrate Rudolf days and get your Christmas card stash growing.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Guest designer

I'm excited to be the guest designer at Pixie's Snippets Playground. It's an honour in such a talented bunch. 
Since playing along in the Playground, I've got into the habit of reaching for snippets before cutting into a new sheet. In fact I don't really like starting a new one!
Having said that, I still have a mountain of snippets. Mine are mostly white so that's what I wanted to use here. Apart from the base card, all the rest is snippets. 

I like pretty papers but I like to make my own too. I love to stamp and I like to feel I've created something lovely. 
I punched the squares then used lots of different stamps to create the patterns on the squares but the same two ink pads.
One good thing is if you don't like one, you've only spoilt one square, in fact only one side of one square! 
Then I used a darker pink and painted the accent flower so it would stand out more. 
The ric rac braid is also a stamped. Inky Doodles, of course. I tried not to add a ribbon but it just need a little something.
I mounted it all on an green inked snippet. I think it would have been a bit too pink otherwise, I hope I got away with it. 
Several years ago I bought a punch which punches 1½" squares as I'd admired cards made using this style. I've hardly used it since so, yeay, I'm using my stash too!

Thanks so much to Di for hosting the playground and keeping it all going. It's so inspiring to see the many and varied cards which people are clever enough to make. You'd think we'd run out of ideas but we never do!

I've used:
Stamps - Inky Doodles, Card-io, Little Claire, Personal Impressions, Hobby Art
Inks - Adirondak - Meadow, Memento - Angel Pink, Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry. 

If you need more details of the stamps, see me after skool. 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are inspired to  use up some snippets. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - May colours

Whoosh, that was another week flying by and it's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.

This time it's a colour challenge and yummy colours they are too. I'm sure they will inspire you to get creative.

I chose these house stamps from Polka Doodles then I embossed in gold on kraft card. They have lots of detail on them. Then I coloured the windows with yellow pencil crayon.

You'd never know that this gold ribbon says Marks and Spencer on the back! I can't throw anything like that away. I managed to tie the knot and keep the words hidden.

Finally I added a few stars in the sky which gives a little sparkle.

We hope you enjoy our latest challenge and feel inspired to join in. 
Thanks for visting and I hope you have time to get crafty this week. 

I've used:
Polka Doodles - Be neighbourly
Gold embossing powder
Versamark embossing pad
Gold stars

Saturday, 13 May 2017

CCT - May sketch

Hands up whose cards always go exactly to plan? That's not what happened here.
Our current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown is layers.

I had an idea to do layers of die cut stars but to inlay them so the card is still flat.
The first plan was to cut a star in a round card but that didn't quite work and I hadn't thought it through properly, no change there then.
The more ideas I had the more stars and circles collected in piles around me until I finally manged to make a card.

Then I wanted to use up all the bits and pieces so in the end I made four. That brings my quota for the year up a bit. I chose the smallest sentiment stamps I could find, from a Penny Black set.

Not having planned this very well, I found that I wanted a bit of a frame around the outside so I embossed in silver after I'd made the card. Don't do that after you've added silver thread - it melts!
I moved around all the bits and pieces, added few sequins and some silver thread and it only took a few days...

Two things about this last one. Firstly I was getting blase and when I cut the base card I forgot to have the die over the edge so I ended up with two circles instead of a hinged card. Grrr. Instead of added them to my pile of 'bits I'll use one day', I made a hinge and stuck them together. With a snippet of course!
Then I didn't think the words stood out much so I cut them again in dark green and offset them. I've never done that before but it's quite effective. I've seen it on many other peoples cards.

Top Tip*  - Cut a tiny sliver off the bottom at the back and your round card will stand up without rolling away.

So I'm popping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with these. I've used lots of snippets, made some more and used them too! I think I can just sneak in before the gates clang shut for the week.

Anyone who reads my gardening blog will know we now have some hens. They don't take much looking after but I keep finding myself out there talking to them and just watching their antics.
Here is Dora (the Explorer) who just hopped into my wheelbarrow.

* I don't pretend to be able to teach any seasoned stamper anything and if you are new to stamping all I would say is - Get out now while you still can!