Saturday, April 30, 2016
I am playing at my desk ALL weekend..YAY!!
I thought it would be fun to enter the Simon Says Monday challenge this week..I love the theme of 'Show Us Your Metal'
I played around with lots of different things and then went with simplicity.
I wanted to make a card for a friend who is struggling with some stuff right now.. I wanted to remind her that patience aka time is of the essence.
I dipped a distress stain bottle into some brown distress ink and stamped all the fun rings that you can see - top technique! As my heat tool is stranded at a friends house (long story) I had to let it air dry - I think the result would have been very different if I had used the heat tool.
The metal clock charm is by Dovecraft and my Ma bought them for me ages ago.
I added a Tim Holtz small talk sticker to complete the card.
Simple card, simple message, but hopefully it will make my friend feel better..
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Friday, April 29, 2016
I am looking forward to my first full weekend at home, at my desk for several weeks.
I will be firmly glued to my desk, playing and finishing off my mini re-org..I realised I had some dead space on my desk that is crammed full of crap, I honestly have no idea what is in that corner..
I wanted to share a card I made earlier in the week for the Unity Stamp Co. Facebook Show and Tell group.
It's a really cool idea, it's a weekly themed challenge using Unity stamps, you don't need a blog, you just post to the group.
I had ordered some new Unity Girl stamps before I left for London, so this week's challenge 'Use a Unity Girl' was perfectly timed.
I love this stamp, I have a Unity Girl colouring book and this was the first Unity Girl I coloured when I got the book. This one is called Erica.
It was so lovely to colour, I love all the details in the stamp. I used a mix of Promarkers and watercolours to colour the stamp. I added some Ferro metallic paste through a Tim Holtz stencil to add a bit of texture.
I tried lots of different sentiment stamps before settling on a Tim Holtz chitchat sticker.
I'm going to be using it as a birthday card for a friend. I can see a lot of cards being made with this Erica Girl stamp.
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Welcome to another Moving Along With The Times challenge.
This week our hostess is Lena and her theme is So 80's...
I felt like boom boxes / ghetto blasters really reminded me of my 80's childhood, so I drew one on my computer and made the background that you see in my card.
It also finally gave me a chance to use the Neon Promarkers that my Ma had bought me a couple of years ago.
The sentiment stamps are by CAS-ual Fridays and I love them and use them quite a lot. I stamped them using Hero Arts Neon inks.
Now your turn to get creative, but first go to MAWTT and see the fab creations by my teammates.
Challenge ends on 11th May.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Happy WOYWW to you.
It's that wonderful time of the week, where we join our fearless leader Julia over at her blog Stampin' Ground and share our desks..
I am happy to be back at my desk. My photo was taken last night and you can see the final pieces of the pocket letter I have just finished for Nikki C. I hand painted all of the little icons, as they were just plain wood and I find it very therapeutic to paint them.
Nikki and I met via WOYWW and agreed to swap pocket letters. I got Nikki's a few weeks ago..unfortunately due to my travel / work schedule I have been a bit behind with mine for her..
When I got back this weekend, I sat down at my desk, looked left and realised that my card blank box was a hot mess...
I realised that I hadn't been in there in several months and had infact started a new box to my right, which was neat and tidy.. Hmm two lots of card blank boxes felt unnecessary.
So I ordered another Fridge Binz and voila! neat and tidy card blank box -
Isn't it pretty!! I folded a batch of A5 ones, so I could keep some out, but the rest have been put away. Now I can easily see what I have and USE what I have..
I'll be nosying after work this week..
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Welcome to another awesome challenge from the Retro Rubber team.
This week we have a fun sketch for you -
I had an idea and went rooting through my 'nature' stamps looking for the Fossil Leaves set by Inkadinkadoo - JT bought it for me 2 years ago and I love it.
I used a die-cut white panel as my base and die-cut an ancient piece of DCWV spotty border paper, so that the stitching matches... I did the same with the thin glittery border, which was a scrap of DCWV glitter paper.
I stamped one of the fossil leaves several times, closely together, so it looked a bit like a bunch of them and added some movement. I added some wink of stella to the leaves and close up it is super shimmery.
The sentiment is from a mixed sentiment set by Bo Bunny, it's one of my early NYC bargains (2014).
I felt it was missing something so I added the little brown pearl and now it works!
Your turn to show us what the sketch inspired you to make, but first go over to Retro Rubber and look at the creations by my talented teammates.
Don't forget to use a stamp a year or older on your creation and tell us about it, that's half the fun.
Challenge ends on May 6.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Happy Monday and welcome back to posts from NYC!!
This is my 960th post!!! I guess when I get to 1,000 I should do something special / fun..watch this space.
I had a fun week in London, super busy work wise, but fun to hang with my family, friends and colleagues.
I love flower stamps and I recently acquired two new sets. I decided it would be fun to make cards that were CAS in essence and predominately used one side of the white panel.
The main card today uses a great set by Simon Says Stamp - I bought it at Jenn's fleamarket and I'm so glad I did..I can see it's going to get a lot of use.
I used three inks that I felt worked well together and stamped the flowers on one side of the card. I ummed and aahed about adding leaves, but went with it in the end.
The sentiment fits perfectly and I swear that was accidental.
The next card uses a Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration stamp set that I got when I bought JT and I a few gifts :)
I really like them and I got an Altenew set like this when I was at home last week, as a magazine freebie.
The sentiment on this card is by Impression Obsession, the set is fast becoming a fave.
I am looking forward to playing with these sets a bit more now I am home and I'll be experimenting with the half card idea a bit more.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
So I am home, back with Hubby and the Furbabies and back at my desk and very happy to be here..
I saw this great challenge blog called Naughty or Nice whilst I was away AND they have a DT call...
I really wanted to enter a) because the image cracked me up and b) who doesn't love a rainbow..
I've been singing Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, etc..as I made my card :)
I decided to use the awesome Unicorn digistamp by Bugaboo that JT gave me as part of last year's $20 challenge. I fussy cut it out and then put it to one side, because I wanted to let the background inform how I coloured it.
I created rainbow stripes using 2 pieces of masking tape to create a stripe, I then used the fat end of my Promarkers to colour between the 2 pieces of tape - voila stripes! I like this technique because you can be as uniform as you like. This time I decided random sized stripes were best.
The excellent sentiment is by Unity Stamp Co and I love it and totally overuse it!
Fun card, I think it will make an excellent birthday card.
I would love to be part of the Naughty or Nice design team, they seem like a lot of fun and I love the idea of 'naughty' cards.
I'm off to brunch now :)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
So I am heading home today.
I loved the Punchinella stamp by Neat & Tangled so much when we used it at the Loft art retreat, that I had to buy it!!
I didn't full ink it up, as I wanted it to feel a bit faded. It's actually a bit bigger than the panel you see, but I die-cut it down, as I didn't want a border.
I love the Lawn Fawn Winter Fox stamp and thought it would look great against the background.
Because the Fox has a cup of coffee, I dug through my stamps (I need more coffee stamps LOL) and I found the sentiment in a Simon Says Stamp Set. The banner die is also by Simon Says Stamp.
I practiced a new tip from Jenn, to add glitter to things without covering myself in it. Super simple and it works!
Have a great weekend..I am looking forward to going home to Hubby and the kitties.
Friday, April 22, 2016
I'm so happy to be back again with my second Guest post for Sweet Stamps..
If you missed my first post you can see it here.
I chose the Christmas Mouse stamp for my second card...I loved him when I saw him shortly after Christmas, but knew I could make him work for other occasions.
I printed out the Mouse quite big deliberately because I wanted him to be the main focus of my card. I coloured him using Promarkers.
I played around with lots of different layouts until I realised that he would work best with a 'wallpaper' style background.
I used an ancient stamp set from 2008 by Papermania for the sentiment - this was the first sentiment only stamp set that I ever bought and I am still using it..
The funky triangle paper came from my recent trip to Amsterdam from a random, non crafty shop.
The glittery silver strip is washi tape - that I keep for 'best' LOL.
My whole card is a tribute to using things in different ways - don't be afraid of using your Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween stamps for other occasions - your stamps have so many uses, especially digital stamps, as you can make them as big or small as you want.
Go over to the Sweet Stamps shop and have a look around at all the goodies they have.
I've really enjoyed this mini two post guest series, big thanks to the Sweet Stamps team for having me with them.
Have a great weekend, I'm heading home tomorrow, so I'll be heading out with my work colleagues tonight :)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
I can't believe how fast this week in London is going ..Thursday already?!
Today I am showing you a card I made using a fun stamp set that I bought off of Jenn when I was in Providence. She was selling some of her older stamp sets.
I really liked the Hello Sunshine stamp set by Studio Calico, it was part of a cardkit I believe..
I really like how it came out and the white space that is still left on the card. I used a wink of stella pen on the flowers, so close-up its all twinkly.
Sometimes it's fun to randomly play with one stamp set and see what you get.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
As I am in London, I thought I'd show you the latest one of my 'notebook' gifts.
Kata, is one of my work colleagues and it was her birthday a while back..she is a shoe queen :)
I bought these amazing letter stamps from the Inkpad's annual clearance sale and I use them on these notebooks, as you get a really clear impression.
The shoe is by Unity Stamp Co and it's a firm fave of mine.
The notebook is by Muji, they come in packs of 4 in all different sizes. The A5 size is my fave.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
There is still time for you to join in with the latest challenge over at Retro Rubber.
This time it's a water theme.
Don't forget to use stamps a year or older and tell us all about them - that's part of the fun hearing about the stamps you dug out of the archives.
Challenge ends on April 22nd.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Happy Monday from London!
I had a great weekend, hanging out with my folks and my godsons - who have grown to epic proportions since I last saw them!
It's always nice to be in the office for a week or so and work with my colleagues in real time, but London isn't my home right now, so I always feel a bit out of sorts until I get back home to NYC.
Wonder how I will feel next year when we move back to London for good!
Anyway enough of that!!
I was having a little play at my desk before I left, as I needed to make some cards for my personal use.
I love using stains through stencils, because I am never sure if it will come out perfectly and if it doesn't is it usable?
This one was a bit splotchy, so I spritzed it to make it look like less of an accident LOL.
The scalloped die-cut is by Gina Marie Designs and I love these dies, I bought them because my friend showed them on her blog and I had to have them!
I love the sentiment stamps that I used, they are newish and they are already being overused!!
Fun easy card - I made a whole bunch of them in different colours - great stash booster.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
So as you know I attended my third loft art retreat last weekend.
I did show a photo of all the cards from the loft art retreat earlier in the week, but I wanted to show you a couple of them in more detail and tell you a bit more about the weekend.
Cheiron was my road trip buddy, she drove and organised the hotel, we had a lot of fun. We had the day off on Friday and left early, so we could shop and hang out with some of the ladies..
We pulled off the road near New Haven and did a taco crawl - we ate one taco every truck - well six of them..
Friday was busy, we shopped, had drinks, ate dinner with Jenn and another friend.
Saturday was great fun, we started the day with a trip to our fave diner and then off to Jenn's for a serious session..15 cards in one day is no mean feat, especially when they are as detailed as the ones we made. It was great to see some familiar faces and of course Mister Harley and Chris.
The class was excellent, I learnt a couple of new tricks including how to apply glitter to the card / object and not myself LOL. I also meant a few more cool people, that I will definitely be keeping in touch with.
We had a nice relaxed dinner and then after saying goodbye to everyone Cheiron and I popped to Target for a late night shop and then went bowling!! Ha ha ha.
Sunday, we took it easy, went for breakfast at Cracker Barrel because I have never been there and then we headed home..with a few coffee stops.
It was a fun trip and always lovely to spend quality time with Cheiron.
I chose to show you these cards because they stretched me a bit.
The adorable Lumberjack (stamps by Neat & Tangled) card is essentially one layer, all the wood circles are stamped directly onto the card blank - eek!
I never feel comfortable doing that..but this came out really well.
Then I thought I really liked it as it was, but was missing something, so I added some sequins.
It felt a bit naughty not finishing the card as Jenn had intended, so that was a stretch for me..I normally do as I am told when taking a class.
I love the Mermaid card..so glad I bought the stamp set by Newton's Nook...Mermaids..another thing I love.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
I am in London now, hanging with my folks.
My Ma loved the main card from this post so much that she asked me to make something similar for a friend.
So as it was going to be a CASE I wanted to change it a bit, so it wasn't identical.
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and randomly applied the texture paste through it.
The butterfly is a fave die by Poppy Stamps, that I don't use as often as I should! I channelled my inner Cheiron and put distress inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them and then smushed the paper into the inky mess, dried it and die-cut it.
It came out way better than I expected - yay me!
Here is a close-up for you -
I was planning on cutting the numbers out of the left over inky paper, but when I went to get the number dies, the 60 you see was waiting in the die pouch..it was meant to be.
To jazz it up a bit I added some bling (of course).
I love it. I have to try and make more butterflies using this method, but you know they will all come out horrid!
Ma loves it too, so all is well :)
Friday, April 15, 2016
I am off to London later on this evening, so the majority of my posts will be scheduled for the next 10 days.
I really wanted to end my week with a challenge.
I saw the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and decided that was the one for me :)
This week the theme is 'Let's do the polka'..use spots / dots and the DT are using Lawn Fawn products.
I decided to use Lawn Fawn products too, partly because I am still inspired by the loftartretreat makes from last weekend.
The yellow and black paper is a shiny new free pad called Let's Polka in the Meadow, by Lawn Fawn and it was a gift from them to us at the retreat last weekend.
I die-cut all three squares using Lawn Fawn square stitched dies.
I dug out the Year Four hippo birdie stamp and die set by Lawn Fawn and used the birdie, hippo, balloon and sentiment on my card.
I masked off the sentiment, so I could stamp in on two rows, it is one long stamp. Its a fun way to make your sentiment stamps work harder.
It was a fun, easy make and a reminder to dig out my Lawn Fawn critter stamps more often.
Have a great weekend, see you next week in London.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Every now and then I like to choose a stamp, stencil or die and spend a couple of hours making things with that item as the focus.
This time I chose the Brushstrokes background stamp by Stampin' Up.
I wanted the background on the main card to look like the sea, so I applied a variety of blue distress inks directly to the stamp and spritzed it with water, then I laid my cardstock on the stamp and hoped for the best :) The anchor is a new punch I got in a closeout sale and the sentiment I have had for nearly 7 years!
I made four quite different cards -
|Kaleidacolor ink, SSS Sentiment, Lawn Fawn wood star, painted with distress paints and glitter|
|Distress Ink, Studio Calico wooden words, Lawn Fawn wooden stars, painted with Hero Arts paint dauber|
|Distress Ink, Avery Elle pineapple die, Poppy Stamps glasses die, Crate Paper sentiment, Paper scrap|
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Yes, it is that time again..how quickly the week's whip by..
Wednesday's are when we join Julia over at her blog Stamping Ground for a weekly global desk nosy.
My desk this week is blah..because I was away all weekend, so it's just got my work keyboard and mouse on it..creating will be happening tonight - promise!
As some of you know, I spent the last weekend in Providence at Jenn Shurkus' loft art retreat. As usual it was a lot of fun, my companion for the weekend was Cheiron and she is an absolute hoot. If you are in NYC and can get to the Inkpad, she teaches there, you should check her out.
We made 15 cards...
It was a long day, but lots of fun, my table was a riot and as always I learnt some new tips and tricks.
Now about President Clinton. Remember that I was supposed to teach at the local community on Monday? Well..it was cancelled because President Clinton was visiting the centre?! So I waited, saw him, shook his hands and complained to him about the disruption to my plans..for which he apologised..Now that's how to spend your days off :)
See you later for a desk nosy.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Welcome to another great challenge from the Retro Rubber team.
This time our theme is 'It's raining!' - make a card, using a water theme.
I had a few great ideas, but changed my mind part way through!
The girl is a stamp from 2015, so she is a bit new, but I like to combine new with old and a lot of my older stamps are sentiments, objects and flowers :) I have got braver with my stamp buying over time.
The sentiment is from 2013 and by Hero Arts, the rain drops are by Pink Paislee and are from 2014.
The sentiment might seem like an odd choice, but for me being out in the rain is awesome..I actually miss the rain I get in my homeland (England)..weird right?
Your turn to get creative and play along. but first go to Retro Rubber and check out the great creations by my talented teammates.
Remember to use a stamp older than a year and tell us about it too.
Challenge ends on April 22nd.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Hope you had a good weekend, I had a fun, crafty, hilarious weekend, spent with Cheiron at Jenn's Loft Art Retreat. It was nice to get home to Hubby yesterday.
I am still off and I am teaching a cardmaking class at my local community centre..lots of elderly people and my friend's 10 year old Son LOL.
The cards you see here today are the ones I am teaching - with the flower I will let people choose which colourway they want to make. The more boy focused ones I made specially for my friends Son.
Fun times, I'm nervous, but looking forward to it, I hope it goes well and people enjoy it.
I will show you my cards from the retreat later in the week.
p.s lots of supplies used..
Paper Smooches flower jar stamp, Simon Says Stamp mixed sentiment stamps and banner die, Die Versions robot die, Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels stamps, Stampin' Up mixed sentiment stamps, Promarkers, Gina Marie stitched rectangle die, Hema starburst stamp, Hero Arts star stamps and Papertry Ink balloon dies..
Saturday, April 9, 2016
I am in Providence and today Cheiron and I will be making 16 cards!!! At Jenn's loft art retreat.
I thought I'd share a kooky card I made using a Tim Holtz bird stamp.
Because the bird is kind of kooky, I thought the card should be too.
I stamped the bird and die-cut out the panel first, then I added the sentiment, running the birthday in a random direction felt like it worked here because of the odd birdy!
I then stenciled in some red polka dots, but I didn't reink my dauber, because I wanted some of the dots to be a bit faded.
I need to play with this stamp more, it's a lot of fun.
I'll tell you all about the retreat at some point next week.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Happy weekend ;)
Yes it is my weekend.
I am on my way to Jenn Shurkus' loft art retreat in Providence, I am being driven there by Cheiron - I love a road trip with Cheiron and a loft art retreat, so I have been super excited for weeks.
I thought it was only fitting that I play along with the latest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.
Both Jenn are Cheiron are on the SSS DT, on different challenges. They both inspire me a great deal and to top it of they are awesome, friendly, fun ladies.
The challenge this week is Happy Birthday as SSS celebrates 7 years in business. The DT are using Simon Says Exclusives..which is awesome as I love their stuff.
I just happened to have the latest cardkit on my desk, so I used the spotty stamps and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the set.
I stamped the spots in yellow ink first, went over them with embossing ink and then used yellow embossing powder over it. I stamped the embossing ink slightly away from the yellow ink, because I wanted a smudged look.
I splattered calligraphy ink over the panel to finish it off.
I had a plain yellow background originally, but it was a bit blah..so I embossed it with a Sizzix big dots folder and now I'm happy :)
Happy Birthday wishes to the Simon Says Stamp team, you are my favourite enablers and providers..
I know I'm going to be having a fun weekend, I hope you do too.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Recently a friend of mine organised a card drive for her Aunt who has recently been diagnosed with Cancer.
Such a lovely thoughtful idea and it seems her Aunt is thrilled at all the happy mail she has been receiving, so it worked.
I used the latest Simon Says Stamp card kit to make my card and a sentiment from a previous card kit.
I blobbed distress stains in 3 colours onto some watercolour card, spritzed it a bit and then used the flower stamp set over the top of the blobs.
The blue flowers got extra special care, I drew in some stamens...check me out!
I really like this idea of blobbing colour to create flowers...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Sadly no WOYWW for me today, it's super busy at work because I am off for 2 days from tomorrow.
I didn't think I'd have time to comment on desks, so didn't want people to come and say hi, when I couldn't return the hello!
Randomly I am showing the Easter cards I made for my cleaning lady and my cat sitter :)
I didn't get a chance to post them last week.
As I made them in a blind panic before we left for Tampa, everything was a scrap!
The card in the main photo took about 2 mins to put together LOL.
I only had to colour the bunny. Everything else was ready to go, the beautiful egg paper is a digital freebie I found online and I had pre-cut and corner rounded it for something else. And I love mini doilies for dressing up something.
The next card I took a die-cut tag and stamped bunnies all over it, for a bit of interest. I've been doing this a lot lately and I like how it looks -
Again another card that shows you don't have to use the stamps for their 'intended' occasion. The bunny stamps are by Stampin' Up and the mini bunny I used on the tag is by Simon Says Stamp.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
There is still time for you to join in the latest challenge over at Retro Rubber.
The theme this time is everyone's fave - Anything Goes.
If you haven't already seen all the fab DT makes go over to Retro Rubber and get inspired.
Remember to use stamps a year or older and tell us about them to be eligible for the challenge.
The challenge ends on April 8th.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Happy Monday to you all. Short week for me, as I am off to Jenn Shurkus' loft art retreat this weekend.
I hope you had a great weekend, ours was a bit wet and Hubby had to work, so I occupied myself at my desk.
I love Bugaboo Stamps - JT and I have tons of them.
I thought it would be fun to enter their current Anything Goes challenge, I really should enter more often, I am always colouring their digis!
I decided to use the Pretty Flower Girl digi for my card, as I needed to make a birthday card for a friend.
I kept it simple, because the image is so pretty I wanted it to be the hero.
I die-cut the image using a stitched square (Simon Says Stamp) and used a slightly bigger one to cut the pink square. I found a co-ordinating piece of floral paper in my stash (by American Crafts) and cut that to fit the card blank.
I coloured the image using Promarkers and Spectrum Sparkle markers. I love her hair, I am getting much better at hair and skin tone, which is cool, I am enjoying the practice sheets I printed out.
It all came together really quickly and I had considered adding bling, but I am happier with it as it is.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Hope you are having a good weekend.
I have been playing with inks and background stamps this weekend...I'll show you the outcomes later on in the week.
Today I am sharing some fun cards I made using Fuseables. It's essentially plastic paper, that you can fuse together, using your Fuse tool. You can die-cut it too, you get the best results with simple dies.
I managed to get a pack of already die-cut items and a pack of 6x6 papers on sale.
I've wanted to play with Fuseables for a while but they were a bit pricey..even for me :)
I made x4 cards and I embossed the background for each card, using different folders..I forget how much embossing can lift a card.
The Fuse creates all the white lines you can see and fuses all the pieces together, it was fun to do and I can't believe it all stays together!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
So I got a bit distracted before leaving for Tampa and didn't get round to finishing off my posts about the Flamingo cards I made.
Today I am showing you the rest of the cards from my Flamingo playtime.
I moved over to Tim Holtz chit chat and small talk stickers.
I stuck with the theme of bright papers and used a piece of ancient Pink Paislee paper. Again, I dug out a fave shop bought tag. I love these craft tags..
I stamped all over the tag with a stamp from the same set as the Flamingo. I used brown ink instead of black, it fit better with the background.
I really like the bold colours of this card, softened with the brown accents.
The next card makes me smile a lot -
The papers are all scraps.
I had to make a new baby card for some friends and decided to use a Flamingo for this one too, as the new baby is a girl -
I decided to pull out a ready to go shaker pouch (gotta love the Fuse tool) and some foiled paper to make a rather glitzy new baby card.
I'm really happy with how it came out.