Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Spots and Dots

Our new challenge at High Hopes is ...
Spots and Dots
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice :)

My card uses Monkey Love ... isn't he so cute!  Coloured with pencils, and clear gloss added to his eyes.  Pink stickles added to his heart.  Memory Box leaf die; Paper Smooches heart die; flower punch unknown.

Other Challenges
Layout from Sweet Sunday #217
Let's Craft and Create #91 - punches and dies
Pile it On #17 - rubber stamping
Crafty Catz #228 - anything goes
Whimsy Stamps #70 - anything goes
Stamping Sensations April Challenge - dies and or punches

Friday, 25 April 2014

Watercoloured Fun

This card was totally inspired by the one Jennifer posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog.  Everything is watercoloured on my card - the owl, branch, star and stripy background .... though I can't help thinking that the splodge underneath my owl just looks like he's having a piddle. Hahahahaha.
Great fun, I enjoyed having a go at this card :)

Image and sentiment from Paper Smooches.  The star is a PS die cut ... I just coloured slightly inside the lines and then added the faux stitching.

Crafty Catz #228 - anything goes
Sarah Hurley 365 #91 - stitching real or faux
Creative Inspirations #262 - cute characters
Paper Smooches SPARKS - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - keep it clean and simple
Totally Gorjuss # 232 - die cuts or punches
Pile it On #16 - no DP or make your own
Stamping Sensations April - dies +/or punches

Thursday, 24 April 2014

My first Project Life layout

I caved in a month or two ago and treated myself to a Project Life album.
It's not as easy as I thought!  I've put a few layouts together, but I think this is the first 'finished' one, though I keep shifting and changing and adding .....  I think I'll just have to learn to leave it alone!

Any advice or tips about pocket scrpabooking is welcome, if you think this page still needs something, feel free to say :)

I've decided not to do Project Life on a weekly basis (my life isn't that interesting hahaha) so I'm going for the 'themed' version instead.
This LO is based around Ruby's pic being chosen for my friend's doggy charity calendar.
The only stamping I added was my paper pieced Paper Smooches doggy.

Paper Smooches SPARKS - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - paper piecing
Crafty Little Fairies - furry friends
CRAFT #256 - not a card
ABC challenge - just as you like

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I thought I'd have another go at The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired challenge, but I've had no mojo all week, and I've just noticed I've missed the closing date :(

I paperpieced my wee birdie, and then added another layer for his beak (or should that be 'her' beak?!) and added lots of glitter.   Taylored Expressions tag die cut popped up on dimensionals.  Woodware flower punch.

Thanks for the get well wishes, I'm still coughing and spluttering a bit, but much better than at the start of the week :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

One for the Girls

Our new challenge at High Hopes is a nice easy one
... One for the Girls
Play along with your High Hopes stamps for the change to win a new one of your choice.

I've used one of my favourite images from the latest release ... Lucy's Lambs - coloured with pencils.
Woodware corner punch; paper smooches heart dies; dienamics peek a boo dots die.

Sorry I've been AWOL for the past week ... been busy and then took a stinkin head cold which put me out of action for a few days :(

Other challenges
Layout from Sketch Saturday #306
Totally Gorjuss #232 - die cuts / punches
Sweet Stampin - lots of layers
Totally Papercrafts #215 - tag it

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

High Hopes Sketch challenge

Our new challenge this week at High Hopes is a fab sketch
Play along with your High Hopes stamps for the chance to win a new one of your choice :)

Firstly, let me apologise for the rubbish photo of my card ... one of these days I'm gonna splash the cash on a new camera and my images will be splodge free!  I also had 'issues' with photographing the 'black' circles which are actually little shiney silver card candy.

I had a real 'Doh!' moment when I went to photograph my card .... and I realised that my sentiment said 'Wishing you a turtally awesome birthday".  Hang on a minute, that's a frog, not a turtle.  Aarrrrgh!  So after a bit of tearing and ripping, this was the only sentiment I could find that was the right shape to cover up the damage!  But sure, nobody will ever know, and I'm not gonna tell them ;)

My image is Froggy Posey - coloured with pencils and paper pieced flower.  I've also used a wee Fly from the latest release and paperpieced him too, and then added some sparkle to the wings.

Other challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - paper piecing
Simon Says Stamp Monday - winged things
Crafting When we Can #67 - ribbon / twine / washi
The Squirrel and the Fox #67 - all creatures great and small
Sister Act #52 - anything goes

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Easter Bunny

Another busy day for me, bit too chilly to be out in the garden long, but at least I managed to get my begonias potted up and a wee bit of planting done.  Ah well, I needed the afternoon for the last minute dash for Easter cards ... disorganised as usual!  I made several variations of this card today, hopefully get them in the post tomorrow :)

I used my favourite Paper Smooches mad bunny as he needs virtually no colouring so nice and quick to produce - all he needed was his ears coloured and some clear gloss to his eyes and teeth.  Gold peel off sentiment.  CC Designs flower die.  Dienamics photo die.

Layout from Seize the Sketch #17
My Mum's Craft Shop #16 - anything goes
Dream Valley #79 - Easter
Sweet Stampin - flowers
Crazy for CAS #42 - Easter
Stampin for the Weekend - your favourite stamp
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Happy Easter
Cute Card Thursday #316 - Easter
Moving along with the Times - Easter / Spring

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Easter Chickie

Phew, that was one busy day! A beautiful breezy sunny afternoon - got loads of washing out on the line and managed to get my veggie patch weeded and dug over ready for planting :)

This was just a wee quickie card ... made using a few different Paper Smooches sets.  Coloured with pencils and chick popped up on dimensionals.  I drew in some longer eyelashes just to make her even more purrdy!!  Also some orange glitter to their beaks and black enamel dots to their eyes.

Layout from Clean and Simple Stamping #288
Paper Smooches SPARKS - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Happy Easter
Cute Card Thursday - Easter
Moving Along with the Times - Easter / Spring
Crafty Hands #12 - anything goes
Crazy for CAS #42 - Easter

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Whoot Whoot

This is a leaving card for a friend in work ... she's heading off for a new job in York University, thus the owl!  ('The Plum' is a nickname for her home town in case you're wondering!)

I used lots of Paper Smooches goodies on this card ... the Hooties owl set, alpha set and the wee arrow die too.  Coloured with promarkers and stickles added to the owl's beak and feet.
Owl popped up on dimensionals, also the green cloud.
Dienamics cloud die; Taylored Expressions scalloped border die; not sure of make of corner punch.

Paper Smooches SPARKS - anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #242 - so sentimental
Simon Says Stamp Monday - journey
Layout from Sketch & Stash #136
The Cutie Pie Challenge #66 - cute with dies and punches
Allsorts #253 - no flowers


Our new challenge at High Hopes is
Anything that Hops
... so get out your High Hopes bunnies, frogs, kangaroo, or anything else that hops, and play along to win a new stamp of your choice.

My card uses Bunny with Gift and Happy Easter sentiment, both from High Hopes
I had originally planned to have a white bunny, but I was half paying attention to what I was doing, and half watching telly .... and proceeded to colour my bunny's arm yellow!  Doh.  But hurrah for using pencils to colour!

Flower soft added to the bunny's tail and bit on his chest.  Black enamel added to his nose, and clear gloss to his teeth.

Other Challenges
Papertake Weekly - Spring has sprung
Divas by Design - anything goes
Simply Create Too #58 - Easter / Bunnies
Totally Papercrafts #213 - pastels
Dream Valley #79 - Easter
My Mum's Craft Shop #16 - anything goes
Sparkles Forum challenge #54 - Easter Parade

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Baby Bear

Wow, Sunday evenings come round way too quick, weekend time definitely goes quicker than weekdays!!
I nearly got  this photographed in daylight, it's great to see the stretch in the evenings :)   My colours haven't shown up right though, the strips to the side are more pinky than red looking here.

I've hardly any baby cards in my stash, so you may be seeing more of these!  My wee bear is a Penny Black stamp, and the sentiment from The Alley Way Stamps.  Coloured with pencils.  Taylored Expressions heart die - I used the little hearts from the centre of my die cut as mini embellishments, and then added tiny gems to the centres.

Layout from Sketch n' dies #4 (though I've just noticed my central panel shouldn't have went all the way to the bottom Doh!)
Card Makin Mamas CMM84 - buttons bits and baubles (small embellishments)
Cutrain Call Inspiration challenge - baby bootees
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Divas by Design - anything goes

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fishing Friends

Our new challenge at High Hopes, and this week it's a super easy one ...
Anything Goes!
(Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice)

My card uses Fishing Friends - coloured with pencils and clouds chalked into the background.  Clear stickles added to the water for some sparkly highlights.  Clear gloss added to the fishies and to the life jackets.  Corner punch - can't remember make.  Ric Rac border die from Taylored Expressions.

Other challenges:
Layout from Sunday Sketch and Stamp's birthday celebration .. I used sketch #179
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Creative Card Crew #58 - animals
Cutie Pie #66 - cute with dies and punches
Sweet Stampin' - transport