Wednesday, 21 June 2017

SC650 Bunny Birthday

Happy Mid-Summer's Day!  Where did that first half of the year go!!  It has been such a hot humid and sticky day today, I couldn't wait to get out of our office!  Definitely fuzzy hair weather ;)

Here's the new sketch over at Splitcoaststamper - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.
I was a bit stumped by this one for a while, I reckon those swirls and circles would be perfect for some of those gorgeous mandela stamps doing the rounds at the minute, but my stash doesn't include any!

Instead I've gone for a sun shaped die, and yes, oh dear, it's that pink paper again!  And there's still LOADS left ;)
My bunny is from Lili of the Valley - fussy cut with my Tim Holtz snips (which I'm lovin!) and then popped up on dimensionals.
Sparkle and clear gloss added to my flowers.  A few pink sequins from my stash.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Dressing up time Birthday card

Boohoo back to work today and a gazillion emails later (most of them red flagged to sort out later in the week) my wee eyes are tired, so this is just a quickie post!

All the hard work on this card is done by my snazzy DP - yes it's that pink pack again!  I need another visit to The Range to get a different one LOL
Image is one of my NBUS from Lili of the Valley.  coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to their necklaces and her shoes.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Floral Birthday

We've had the most glorious sunny afternoon here, definitely at the scorchio mark!  I had a sit down in our garden earlier, something I rarely do (!) and it was great to see all the birds, bugs and bees at work.

Anyway, must press on, the lovely Poldark is on telly shortly ;)
This card is for my sister-in-law - she's a card maker too so I always feel a bit of pressure making hers!  I've watercoloured my Prima flowers and then went over the blooms with my clear glitter pen.  The little white snippet is a Paper Smooches die and is embossed with an old Cuttlebug swiss dots folder.

Here's a wee quickie just for the fun of it.  I've cased Patti's card from her blog Stationery Styles here.  Mine's not a great pic, I can only blame the blazing sunshine outside!  I've chalked a load of circles in varying blues, purples and pinks, but they're not showing up very well here.
My bunny is from Lili of the Valley - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the balloon and plate.
Thanks for the inspiration Patti! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Teacher Thank you card

I've been off all week and it has absolutely flown in!  The weather has been a bit pants, my washing was in and out today like a yoyo, but it's supposed to be a decent day tomorrow, we'll see!

This is a card for my niece to give to her teacher.  I thought it might be a bit too arty-farty for her, but it has passed muster with her OK so that's all that matters :)

I've used some of my green brushos on the background and then shadow stamped the numbers from an old Verve set.  One of the apples is popped up on dimensionals and sparkle added to the red and clear gloss to the leaves.  Some wee red stars from stash.

Naughty or Nice reminder

Oh wow, I can hardly believe we are half way through June already, hopefully someone will tell the weather it's summer!
So this is just a wee reminder about the Naughty or Nice challenge, an easy-peasy one of Anything Goes this month - and there's prizes to be won!

For my card I've used Nurse Margaret from Bugaboo - she strikes me as someone who has a bit of a lady-tache and hairy armpits to go with those lovely legs LOL

Coloured with ordinary pencils for a change, I haven't had them out of the box for such a long time I think I've lost the knack for them!  More practice needed me thinks!
Popped up on dimensionals and clear gloss added to her specs and to the syringes.  I've also added some glitter to whatever that is she's going to stab into some poor sod!  Little gold stars from stash.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

SC649 Kitty Birthday

This is the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.

And here's mine ... hot off the press, the glue isn't even dried ;)
I've used Sebastian from Eat Cake Graphics, coloured with Watercolour pencils.  Silver stars and peel off border from stash.  Bonus extra points for using up the silver peel off corner that's been in my folder for years :)
And lovely DP courtesy of my sister-in-law ... thanks Andrea!

And confession time ... it was only when I went to upload my card that I noticed that the strip was at a diagonal - this is the original version I'd made!  So the update is just a bit the same but different ;)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

SCS648 Birthday Mice

Wednesday already, so time for a new sketch over at Splitcoaststampers.  For a change I've actually followed the sketch without changing it ;)  If you'd like to play along, please link your card here.

For my DT card I've used these cute little mice from Penny Black - coloured with watercolour pencils and some sparkle added to the ribbon on the pressie.  Little pink stars from stash.

I really need to get this DP off my desk, seems to be I'm reaching for it every time I'm making a girlie card - though I guess at least I'm using it up!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Aunty Renee's Birthday card

Boo, Sunday evening already :(  Ah well, only one more week at work and then I'm off for a whole week, yipppeeee!

I think this is the first time I've actually coloured this LOTV stamp the correct colour!  This card is for my Aunt who has the best display of daffodils in the country, so the yellow theme is perfect for her.
Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear sparkle added to the flowers.  Little golden stars from my stash.
MFT chicken wire stencil.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Retirement card

It's been a mixed bag of weather today ... sunshine and showers, and it's now lashing with thunder, lightening and hailstones!  Best off indoors tonight!

I was asked to make a card on behalf of our Trustees in work for our Director who's retiring shortly.
I don't have many 'sensible' stamps that aren't cutesy, so I reverted to this good old floral set from Simon Says Stamp.

Coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over the flowers with my clear sparkle pen.  The butterflies got a coating of clear gloss and some glitter to the tips of their wings.  Doodled stitched border to match the stitching effect in the flowers.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Anything Goes at Naughty or Nice

It's time for a new challenge at Naughty or Nice, and it's a super easy Anything Goes!  There's prizes to be won this month ... some Bugaboo images and a fab Art Impressions stamp too!  If you'd like to play along, please link your card over at Naughty or Nice blog.

For my project I'm back to making my calendar pages again, actually on time and ready for the 1st of the month for a change!!
I've used a mixture of stamps - my little diver is from Lili of the Valley and the underwater critters etc are oldies from High Hopes.

And then because I enjoyed making the calendar page so much, I made a CAS birthday card version too ...

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All coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over his flippers / snorkel / underwater elements with my clear sparkle pen, and clear gloss to his visor.  I also chalked up the BG with a stencil to give the underwater feel.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

SC647 Not a creature stirred

Here's the new sketch from Splitcoaststampers -  I flipped it so it fitted my image better and used a snowflake instead of panel #5.  If you'd like to play along, please link your card over at Splitcoaststampers

For my card I used this cutie from Eat Cake Graphics:
Not a creature stirring (scene)

Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the candy canes.  Bonus extra points for using up this oldie DP that's been on the go for a few years now!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Some Bank Holiday makes

Well we certainly didn't get beach weather for our Bank Holiday today ... just varying degrees of rain, light rain, drizzle and mizzle!   Not to worry though, it was nice to be off and we enjoyed a wee visit to my Sis and a lovely lunch :)

This card uses some older MFT stamps - coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle added to the leaves and clear gloss to his lolly, beak and feet.  I had a little snippet of matching DP in my pile so gave him some snazzy shorts.

Muse have a great challenge this week, to case any of Ardyth's cards!  A tough choice as she has a fabulous gallery, but I eventually chose this one - it reminded me of this Taylored Expressions tree die that I won a long time ago and have never used .... so thanks Ardyth!
I hadn't intended on the white enamel dots, but as per usual an oops magically appeared and needed disguising ;)

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Bunny Flowers

Yippee for a nice long Bank Holiday weekend - I treated myself to Friday off too which turned out to be a scorchio! :) though the weather's looking a bit dodgy for tomorrow.

I've been playing with my Lili of the Valley stamps again, they're always such a pleasure to colour.  This is going to be a birthday card, but I used this 'just for you' sentiment as it was the right fit.

Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the blooms.  Bonus extra points for using my much unloved washi tape!

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