Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Birthday Pinkness

Here's this week's sketch over at Splitcoaststampers.  It's easier than it looks if you have a couple of sheets of DP that kinda go together!  If you'd like to play along, please link your card over at Splitcoaststampers.

For my card I've used these cute little mice from Penny Black - coloured with watercolour pencils and glitter added to the white dots on the pressie.
I'm no good at precise cutting and it took me a bit of slicing to get my shapes to roughly the right shape.  I hid the wonky joins with some silver peel offs so you'd never know just how bad they are ;)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Retirement card

Sunday evening already!  I've been tackling the Ironing Mountain this afternoon which had kinda got out of hand, so I'm glad of a sit down now!

This card is for a friend of my Mum who's retiring from her teaching job.  I couldn't find a Happy Retirement sentiment in my stash, so I reckoned this oldie LOTV postmark would do just the job.
Image from Lili of the Valley - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to her beak / feet / spots on the card, and the little butterfly. Stencilled BG.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sick as a pig, or 3!


Woops, May got away from me - I'd no idea if I was coming or going this month! - and I'm a bit late with my DT card for our challenge at Naughty or Nice  It's a nice easy one ... share a smile :)  If you'd like to play along, you can link your card and see my Teamies fab creations over at the blog.


Mine's a wee quickie ... I just paper pieced my little pigs from MFT and added some doodled borders, googly eyes, a clear gem, and that was about it!




SC645 Winter Chicks

So this is the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers, those swirls had me stumped for a while!  If you'd like to play along, you can link your card here.

I obviously had my wonky eyes in when I took this pic, it's straight in real life LOL.

For my card I've used a newbie Whipper Snapper stamp and those swirls became snowflakes!
Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the fur on her hat and to their combs.
And I went over the blue scarf, ear muffs and the rest of her wooly hat with my clear glitter pen ... I reckon the more sparkle on a Christmas card the better!
Sentiment from Happy Little Stampers - I masked it off so I could stamp it on 2 lines.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Some NBUS goodies

One of you lot led me astray recently and tempted me to go shopping at Whipper Snapper ;)  I bought this cuuuuute zebra, the sentiment and another Christmas one, total $21 + postage and then our lovely Customs nabbed it and charged me another £13 to get it back.  Ouch!  That's me done with crafty shopping for a while, especially after my splurge in the LOTV sale too ;)

I've coloured my zebra with watercolour pencils, went over the blue on the umbrella with my clear glitter pen and then clear gloss over the pink bit and his hooves.  I also added some faint clouds in the BG but they don't show up well in my pic.


This is one of my new purchases from Lili of the Valley - I love these James bear stamps :)
Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Clear glitter added to his hat and silver glitter to the star.
I misjudged my layout so added the little white banner to the bottom to balance it out again.
Sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Retro - Grad

Just a quickie post from me tonight.  I'd an extra looooong day at work today out at the Balmoral Show and I'm pooped.  It was another great sunny day though - apparently we've had 10 solid days now of sunshine, must be a new Irish record ;)

I found a sheet of decoupage on a recent enforced tidy up (I've lost one of my colouring pencils!) so thought I'd go back to the good old days and give it a go!
I've added a wee pic below which kinda shows the layering.  Splattered BG and some little gold stars from stash, and my standard doodled border to finish.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

SC644 Hoppy Birthday

Here's the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers - a difficult one for me!  If you'd like to play along and show me how it should be done, add your card here.


So here's my effort!  I've used one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the balloon.
It looks kinda unbalanced as I'd originally intended to use a slimmer sentiment but then nothing would do but I'd use this Hoppy Birthday one instead!


Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Pelican and a Bunny

We'd another sunhiney day today, and went exploring to a bit of coast we'd never been to before, and it was only about 30 miles down the road! Rubydoo had a great time prancing round some beautiful gardens and then on to the beach for a head-in-the-sand session!  Good job she's for the groomers tomorrow, we'll be getting our money worth for sure!

We've starlings nesting in the eves next door, and now that I see the enamel dots on my card, all I can think about is bird poop!  They're definitely using our car as target practice ;)
I brushoed my background and then popped up my pelican (an oldie from High Hopes) on dimensionals.  The sea behind him looks very rough, not like the sea today - it was as smooth as glass.

This bunny is another of my LOTV purchases :)  I hadn't intended to add the carrots but managed to get a dirty mark on the yellow card that needed disguising!  Bonus points to me for using this oldie DP that's been knocking round my stash for years! 

Here's a wee pic of our sunny day at Kilcoan Gardens ... it's not too often you see me with no cardigan and sunglasses LOL

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Emma's Birthday card

We've had the most glorious sunny week, and it's due to continue for another few days hurrah :)
I spent this morning at a flower show, and when we got back my lovely postie had delivered a parcel from Lili of the Valley .... well they'd had a sale on and it would have been rude not to go indulge!

So this card is for my step-daughter.  I've coloured my bunny image with watercolour pencils and added some sparkle to the petals.  I reckon these are supposed to be daffodils but hey, I'll make them pink if I want to ;)



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

SC643 Penguin Fun

When I first saw this week's sketch at Splitcoaststampers, I was a bit stumped as all I could think of was rolling hills! I'm looking foward to seeing everyone else's creations!  Hope you'll play along too, link your card Here.

The sun is still shining, so of course I'm making Christmas cards ;)
I've used this oldie stamp from High Hopes - coloured with watercolour pencils, fussy cut and then popped up on dimensionals.   Glitter added to the trim on his hat, and my clear glitter pen over the green scarf and gloves. Sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.
Oh, and my stars are all there totally intentionally, there's actually no Oops marks that need covering for a change!


Monday, 1 May 2017

Make me smile

So in honor of the UK's National Smile Month we've a nice easy challenge over at Naughty or Nice ... just make us smile!  Hope you'll link a card over at their blog :)

The Bank Holiday weather certainly smiled on us today ... sunshine all day and dizzy temperatures of 18 degrees!  I had the power washer out and got loads done in the garden - is it just me who has pots of 'dead things' and can't remember what it was or if it's going to come back? Anyway, whatever they were they're not there now ;)

I don't get my 'naughty' side out often, but this dude will do it every time hahaha
He's an oldie from Hambo, isn't he class!  I do struggle with sentiments though, and this was the best I could come up with!

Coloured my dude with watercolour pencils and then popped up on dimensionals.  Brushos on background.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Birthday card for a vet.

We had a great dry day today, got lots of my pots cleared out in the garden and a few planted up.  I got the most beautiful Dianthus, a sort of deep pink with pretty white edges, so it's now sitting pride of place at our back door :)

This card was a special request for a student vet who loves cows and doesn't like horses!  I used these farm animals from MFT and chalked the sky and added a few splatters for good measure.  I hadn't intended to add the red enamel dots but I had an oops that needed covering ;)
My 21 is die cut with silver card.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Couple of sympathy cards

Whoohoo a nice long weekend for me!  We'd pc problems in work these past couple of days so I treated myself to today off, good timing with the Bank Holiday on Monday :)
I was in 'cleaning mode' today, and torpedoed through the house, so I'm nice and tidy and ready for visitors.  But sure you only get visitors when the house is a tip ;)

I've been making a couple of sympathy cards for my stash.


This first one uses my new favourite bouquet from Prima.  I really must sit down and have a proper play with the colouring as this was a bit of a rush.


This second one was inspired by this oooold DP, and my pretty flowers from Power Poppy. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

SC642 Gwen and her kitties



So here's the sketch for this week's challenge over at Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along, please link your card here.
Though I've just noticed I completely forgot about panel #7, oops!

For my card I've used Gwen and her Kitties from Eat Cake Graphics.  Coloured with watercolour pencils, and that's about all I need to tell you!  Nice and easy!  My lovely DPs were a bargain a few months ago from The Range (in Ballymena)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Wedding birdies

Oh BRRRR it's been such a cold few days!  We've had an Arctic blast from the North Pole with wind and light snow flurries!  You wouldn't think it was Spring not that long back!  At least it's not meant to last, so hopefully the weather will smarten up for the Bank Holiday.

I've made a quickie wedding card as a special request for a work colleague.  I had originally stamped my letters in black, but it was a bit 'in your face' so I tried again in grey ink and like it a bit better.  I hadn't intended to have so many of those little hearts, but after stamping all those letters I had VERY inky fingers ;)  The card I used for my backing and the heart border has a lovely sparkle in it, but of course doesn't show up well here!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Chocolate in her handbag

Do you ever have chocolate in your handbag?  Nah, me neither, it never gets to last that long ;)  I love it all, dark, milk doesn't matter!  Even better when it comes with a hot cuppa tea!
(ever tried a Cadbury's Wispa dunked in your tea? yummmm)

These cuties are from Eat Cake Graphics:
Eloise with her handbag
Daisy Mouse
In her handbag
Firefly

Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to their hats.  Clear gloss to the handbag, hat ribbons and bugs wings.

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

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Down in the park

This little guy looks like he's out for a fun day in the park - he's one of my favourites from Eat Cake Graphics:
Webster's tilting his head
(My absolute favourite puppy is featured at the end of this post!)

I've had another go with my brushos and I love how this one turned out :)  I brushoed the BG, then stamped a Row of Pine Trees and coloured with watercolour pencils.  Webster is popped up on dimensionals, and then I added a few enamel dots to finish.

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




Here's a wee pic of Rubydoo in our local park - she ALWAYS stops at the same spot to peer over the wall :). Daftie.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A flying mouse

Here's the new sketch over at Splitcoaststampers.
If you'd like to play along, please link your card here.

I flipped the sketch for my layout ... I had originally intended to have the little mouse flying over a grassy hill, but I had these blue scraps lying on my desk so they got used!
My mouse is an olide from High Hopes - coloured with watercolour pencils, popped up on dimensionals, and clear gloss added to the balloon.
City scape die from Memory Box and red stars from stash.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Blue sympathy

Ah boo hoo, back to work tomorrow - but at least everyone else will have been off work too so there shouldn't be a gazillion emails to get through!  I'd a busy day today, out powerhosing the front driveway and tidying up, I was totally frozen by the time I was finished!    Anyway, one hot bath and a bit of crafty time later, here's a wee sympathy card for my stash.

I've used this old stamp from Whipper Snapper - coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on dimensionals.  I sprayed my BG with water and tapped on some blue brushos.  Clear bling from stash.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter's over ...

Well that's Easter over for another year, so what else would be next on my list but Christmas cards? hahaha  I'm still determined not to have the usual last minute rush, but then I say that every year and it's yet to happen ;)

My first card uses this oldie from Penny Black and the lovely sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.  Not sure what colour my stars look here, but they're gold in real life ;)  I love the simplicity of this one, might make a few more as they're nice and quick.


I've a load of cream card in my stash so thought I'd use a bit up, though I think I prefer white cardstock so dear knows when the rest will get used ;)
I found this shiny silver/cream DP in my stash, and added a strip of embossed silver card.  Images from MFT - coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the antlers, red star and Santa's hat.  Silver stars from stash.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

More Easter Bunnies

We're half way through April already, so it's reminder time over at Naughty or Nice.  Our theme this month is 3 of something, with an option of an Easter twist.

This card is one of those that looks so much nicer in real life!  I've used some of these bunnies from a Simon Says Stamp set.  I diecut my little bunny and then popped him up on dimensionals, and covered them all with my clear glitter pen.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the 'Daddy' bunny's tie.  My bow is a tad big, but it was from my recycled stash and it was the right colour ;)


Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Bunnies

Here's some happy hoppy bunnies :)  These critters always make me smile:
Brewster Bunny (foot up) and
Flopsy bunny's got an egg
from Eat Cake Graphics.

Coloured with watercolour pencils and lots of sparkle added to that humongous egg! Clouds chalked in the background and a few pink splatters to finish.  No doodling added for a change ;)
Apologies for such a crappy photo, I hadn't realised it was so glary till I uploaded it.

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