Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Coolest Friend

I've had a few days off work, and it's probably not a bad thing that it's done nothing but rain!  I've been busy having a bit of a tidy up and repainted my hall/stairs/landing too ... not sure why I thought it was a good idea last year to paint it yellow, but it's now 100% less annoying in 'Springtime Sage'!!

Anyway, this wee card was inspired by Tracey's card over at the Muse challenge.  I'd won this MFT set a few weeks ago and haven't had a chance to get it inky, so it was great to see Tracey using them.

I used my Lawn Fawn cloud border and sun dies.  Image coloured with watercolour pencils and the penguin popped up on dimensionals.  Wink of Stella added to the flowers.  Orange glitter to his beak, umbrella and straw, and clear gloss to the drink.  Silver sequins from stash.  Dots with copic markers for the 'sand' to ground my image.
I love how this card turned out :)

Muse Challenge #126
Tuesday Throwdown #255 - Summer fun
Inky Chicks #54 - use a metal embellishment
Die Cuttin Divas #226 - the great outdoors
Sparkles challenge #70 - sun sea sand
CRAFT #321 - wish you were here

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Baby Announcement cards

So this is what I've been working on this past week ... a request by my boss for a set of 30 baby announcement cards.  Now I HATE making big orders like this, so I kept them reasonably simple and with minimal colouring.

My image is an old-oldie from Shirley's 2 Girls.  Die-namics cloud die; paper smooches heart die.
Bit of bling in the form of sequins, and the job's a good-un!  I had loads of scraps in my pink pile so this was a great way to use them all up, plus it meant that there was a bit of variety in the set even though they were all the same if you know what I mean! :)
Computer generated sentiment.

613 Avenue Create #133 - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #154 - CAS
Creative Knockouts #99 - paper piecing
Moving Along with the Times - baby baby
Simply Create Too #90 - for a precious child
Snippets Playground challenge #187
Less is More #234 - snippets

Friday, 24 July 2015

Eat Cake Graphics - Mara Mermaid

How's this for a feeling of summer!  I'd love to be floating in that pool where she is! (rather than sitting here in my fleece LOL)

Stamps from Eat Cake Graphics ...
1056-I Mara Mermaid floats
8151-D Happy birthday (fun text)

Coloured with watercolour pencils and some clear gloss and glitter added to her bikini top and to highlights on the water.
Photo frame is from Die-namics; heart is a Paper Smooches die.

This card is also posted over at A Sprinkling of Samples and Techniques blog, where you'll find lots more loveliness from Eat Cake Graphics :)

Crafty Cardmakers #143 - water
Creative Card Crew #92 - banner / flag
Papertake Weekly - build it up
Top Tip Tuesday - bingo - I used sparkle, sentiment, twine
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - sparkle and shine
CRAFT #321 - wish you were here
A Gem of a Challenge #149 - Birthday wishes
Natalie and Amy's challenge #34 - summertime

Monday, 20 July 2015

Eat Cake Graphics - Not a creature stirring

Told you I was on a Christmas card catch up!
I love this stamp from Eat Cake Graphics, it's one of my all time favourites for sure ... the sentiment is part of the image which is handy.
8102-M Not a Creature Stirring (scene)

I've coloured it with watercolour pencils.  I added some Wink of Stella and clear gloss to my candy canes for a bit of sparkle.  My snowflakes are Paper Smooches dies with a blue gem added to the centre.

This card is also posted over at A Sprinkling of Samples & Techniques blog, where you'll find lots more loveliness from Eat Cake Graphics :)

Addicted to Stamps #153 - holiday
As you like it - favourite colour ... well if you looked in my wardrobe it's most definitely blue! But I also love blue for clear sunny skies and the colour of the ocean.  WHEN I win the lottery I'll be buying a wee house with a sea view :)
CRAFT #320 - Christmas
My Time to Craft #300 - Christmas in July
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #54 - ribbon / lace / twine
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #85 - Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - July

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Get Well Roses

I think this is the last of my new goodies ;)  ... another Lili of the Valley stamp from their sale.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and Wink of Stella added to the roses for some sparkle.

Apologies for blogger overload recently ... I'd hardly any cards in my stash and, while my mojo is co-operating, I thought I'd make hay while the sun shines!

Monochrome Sympathy Cards

My Favorite Things have their summer school running at the minute, so I thought I'd have a go at the Monochromatic lesson.

I've used my new floral stamp from Lili of the Valley and coloured with my watercolour pencils.  It was dead easy to colour, just a touch of colour to the flower centres and then wash it out to the edges, then some darker highlights between the flowers in the deep shade.  Looks fab, but so easy to achieve!  I also added some Wink of Stella (of course!) to the green leaves and ribbon on the little pot.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Buckets of Love

Lili of the Valley had a sale recently that was too good to pass up ;) and I treated myself to a few new stamps and some of their paper packs.  At half price they were an absolute bargain!  I think I could use an entire stack of this pink gingham, it's such a pretty shade!

I've coloured my image with watercolour pencils.  Wink of Stella added to the water and to the bubbles.  Paper Smooches die cut hearts.
I used my Dienamics Stitched rectangle die for my base - it was too short so I sliced it and then slotted in the sentiment strip ... a good idea even if I do say so myself :)