Thursday, August 17, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Avery Elle Presents..


So today's Christmas cards were made using an Avery Elle stamp.

I bought it late last year, it was sold out when I was in the midst of my 2016 Christmas card making..

Another super simple card, made even easier thanks to the MISTI. I stamped the sentiment and the image at the same time.

I die-cut one of the white panels first so I knew what space I had to work with, then I lined up the sentiment and image stamps and stamped all 4 cards - love the MISTI for repeat makes.

I coloured the image using Distress Inks and a paintbrush - I bought some new detail paint brushes, I actually prefer to use paintbrushes and water than an aquabrush, I can control the water flow better. A bit of stickles here and there adds a little bit of shimmer.

The card blanks are by PaperSource and as they are a discontinued colour, they were super cheap. They are actually pretty big, so I cut them down to make two mini cards - excellent vfm!

I'm a bit over excited today, as JT and I are off on our Margatecraftathon tomorrow - whoo hoo!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy 40th Birthday Girl...


So my friend Mel turned 40 a couple of weeks ago.

As I am in London I am seeing her tonight to celebrate.

As she is a designer I wanted to make her a bit of a chic / edgy card.

I decided to use Bo Bunny glitter paste through a fave Dutch DoobaDoo Stencil (which is in my bag for the Margate adventure this weekend).

It came out WAY better than I expected and I decided to just go with simple giant numbers and no words.

Loving these giant number dies, they are so useful.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #69.. Get your sketch on!


As you know I am in London this week, but that doesn't mean I am not joining in with the rest of the DT for the latest fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a sketch for you -

As you know I am a big fan of sketches. I rotated this one, because I wanted to use one of the stamps from the Unity Stamp Co 'Today I am Happy' set - from May 2016..

I messily watercoloured the girl and die-cut her to fit onto my card blank, I die-cut an embossed panel with the same size die to create the other panel - I don't think my photograph shows it terribly well!

The sentiment is a new one from a batch of Market Street Stamps that I bought second-hand, I heat embossed it in white, so it would pop a bit.

Again another super simple make.

Your turn to show us your interpretation of the sketch, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things that the rest of the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 25th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old and tell us the age of it, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Festive Robins...


Happy Monday from London.

I had a great long weekend with my parents, yesterday was bittersweet as we had a family football match for my Uncle that died recently. He would have loved the turnout of the old guard with the new, it was a great tribute to him.

So I have kicked off my annual Christmas card making.. I start at the beginning of August, as I love to send Christmas cards, so need around 160 cards - A LOT I know, but it's my fave happy mail of the year.

I used to make them all the same, but I have such a large Christmas stamp / die stash it seems silly not to use as much of it as I can.

I managed to make about 21 cards during the first week of August, so this week, whilst I'm in London and scheduling my posts, I'll be showing you most of my makes.

Today's cards were so easy to make, I think I'll be making a few more of these.

The stamp is by Lil' Inker Designs and it comes with various sentiments to use in the banner.

I watercoloured my cards using Distress Inks and an aquabrush and kept the rest of the card simple using a red mat and stitched rectangle dies by MFT.

I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the Robin's hat.

Simple, but so pretty!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sketch Saturday #476..I miss that face..


Welcome to the latest sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Star Stampz and they are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps from their store.

This week, the sketch was drawn by me - YAY!! Hope you love it too..

I loved the My Sweet Sunflower image and toned all my elements to match the Sunflower.

The stamp was so much fun to colour! All the papers are actually super old scraps, that I made excellent use of here. The hilarious sentiment is by Hero Arts and I added clear droplets by Pretty Pink Posh to spice it up a bit!

I love it and I know exactly who it will be going to :)

Your turn to show us what you make with the sketch, but first check out what the rest of the DT have made over at Sketch Saturday.

Challenge ends 18 August 7pm GMT / 2pm EST


Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Bermuda Style...


Happy Friday..semi-live from London.

I think I am still in the air as this posts!!

It was my friend Jen's birthday last week and I didn't bad is that.

I wanted to make her a fun card that pulled in some of the elements of Bermuda where she lives. Then I remembered I had this cool un-inked stamp by Sweet Stamp Shop that would work perfectly.

The stamp is called Hello Florida! It is so much fun to colour and I used watercolour paints here.

I added some fun patterned paper and MFT label sentiment stamps to complete my card.

Hope that Jen likes it - bringing her a gift from the UK, I thought that would be fun.

Have a great weekend, I am gonna be hanging with my Parents, before I head to work on Monday.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Repeat Resist..


So today I am showing you the final card from my playdate with JT 2 weeks ago.

JT had seen this idea of a repeat resist with a watercolour overlay, you can see her awesome take on this technique here - I love the Seahorse that she used for her repeat.

I used an ancient Papermania Happy Birthday stamp for my resist - it is quite long, so I only had to stamp each row and heat emboss them in white.

I watercoloured over the top of the heat embossed text and wiped off the excess with a paper towel.

The cake stamp/die is by Concord & 9th and is one of my faves.

I love resists, you get such awesome results.

I am leaving for London tonight, so for the next 14 days my posts will be scheduled. I have a few days off whilst I am in London and JT and I are having a Margatecraftathon LOL. We have hired a teeny tiny place and are taking a ton of crafting supplies and spending 3 days having a real playdate.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monster Birthday...


Today I am showing you a card I made on my last playdate with JT.

This great stamp set, 'Monsters, Microbes and Aliens' was a surprise gift from Lisette.

The first time I used it I did pretty much the same thing and created a background panel.

This is a birthday card for a friend's son and I didn't want to lose the background, so mounted one of the fun stickers from Hema (that JT gave me) onto vellum.

I love this stamp set, it makes such fun cards!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #68 ... Colour Me..there is still time to play..


There is still time for you to join in with the current Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a colour / photo inspiration challenge for you -

Show us what the photo inspires you to make, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things that the rest of the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 11th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old and tell us the age of it, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy 30th Birthday..


Happy Monday.

I wanted to make a fun card for JT's sister to celebrate her turning 30.

I made the card when JT and I were having our playdate a week ago.

The cover plate I used is new-ish and is by Avery Elle. I stamped a piece of white card using a Hero Arts tiny heart background stamp before I die-cut it.

I am loving the new Papertry Ink number dies that I got from Cheiron, they are proving to be most handy.

I also needed a gift card holder, so I pulled out my Silhouette to see what I had in my library and I came across this fun Pineapple gift card template.

Isn't it fun? It was super easy to put together and adds a touch of fun to a boring old gift card.

Hubby is back tonight..FINALLY and I am very excited to see him - sad that it's only for 3 days, as I leave for London on Thursday.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

ICAD17: Week9..the end for now..


So ICAD17 is over. It has been so much fun.

I have played with so many different techniques and mediums, all on this tiny little surface. They are like mini journal pages and I can't wait for next year.

Big thanks to Daisy Yellow Art for organising and inspiring us all.

My fave this week was Autumn. The leaf stamp is by Neat and Tangled, it also has a wonderful lacy leaf die and I love the watercolours, they work so well on index cards, such a pleasant surprise.

I think index cards are here to stay in my world and to think I didn't love it when I tried it a while ago.

Prodigal Husband returns tomorrow, I am most excitable to see him, even if it is only for 4 days before I leave for London.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Belated Happy Birthday Momma Bear...


Happy Friday.

This is the 2nd Friday in a row that I have been to the gym at stupid o' clock!! I think it was easier to do that when I was on vacay last week!!

Last Friday I showed you Lucy's birthday card that I made using parts of a Stampin' Up cardkit, I used the same kit to make my Ma's birthday card.

Here is what the card looks like when it is in the kraft sleeve -

Ma has been busy losing weight (super proud of her) so to keep her motivated I gave her one of my older fitbit's and made this bag to put the card and the fitbit in.

This is something I do a lot - basic plain muslin bags and then stamp onto them. The recipients are ALWAYS impressed.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

ICAD17: Week 8


So here is week 8 of ICAD. This was a hard week for me, with the loss of Archie and the last thing I made before all of that was the Adjective card..

Bizarre summed up my week at that point, little did I know :(

I was torn between the Zombies card and Sepia as my faves..but ended up going with Sepia. 

I love this card, it's so not my style, but I really love it and the 'Sepia' tones you see I created with bronze distress paint and a baby wipe!

I'll show you week 9 over the weekend, but if you want a sneaky peek go here and look at all 61 of my cards.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ICAD17 - Week 7


It's been a tough couple of weeks, so ICAD is now over and I still have 3 weeks to show you.

Today I am showing you Week 7.

I had a lot of fun making Week 7, especially Day 43 - which I chose as my fave.

I love the Guns 'N' Roses Appetite for Destruction album and Night Train is my fave song off of the album and possibly of all time, its the only song I know all the lyrics to off by heart..

I really enjoyed grunging up the card once I had printed my lyrics onto it. I probably should have had a more 'night' sky, but I liked this version of it.

Check out all 61 of my index cards here.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #68..Colour Me..


This time with a card!!!

Yes, it is time for another fun Retro Rubber challenge - today is also my Ma's birthday - Happy Birthday Momma!

This time we have a colour / photo inspiration challenge for you -

I love Paper Smooches Best Buds set, I use it a lot, I have had it since January 2016.

I kept my whole card super simple, two stitched oval die-cut panels, one in red gingham to match the photo inspiration. I stamped and die-cut the banner from the Best Buds set, the sentiment is also from the set.

I coloured the banner using Promarkers and a clear Wink of Stella pen.

I am really happy with it's understated elegance, perfect for a thank you card.

Show us what the photo inspires you to make, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things that the rest of the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 11th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old and tell us the age of it, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.