Thursday, August 17, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Avery Elle Presents..


Hey,

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!!

Cx

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy 40th Birthday Girl...

Hey,

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.

Cx

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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


Hey,

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.

Cx

Monday, August 14, 2017

Christmas Card 2017: Festive Robins...


Hey,

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!

Cx



Saturday, August 12, 2017

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


Hey,

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

Cx

Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Bermuda Style...


Hey,

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 realise..how 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.

Cx

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Repeat Resist..


Hey,

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.

Cx


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monster Birthday...


Hey,

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!

Cx

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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

Hey,

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.

Cx

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy 30th Birthday..


Hey,

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.

Cx

Sunday, August 6, 2017

ICAD17: Week9..the end for now..


Hey,

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.

Cx


Friday, August 4, 2017

Belated Happy Birthday Momma Bear...



Hey,

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.

Cx



Thursday, August 3, 2017

ICAD17: Week 8


Hey,

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.

Cx

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ICAD17 - Week 7


Hey,

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.

Cx


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #68..Colour Me..

Hey,

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.

Cx

Monday, July 31, 2017

Playdate Challenge..



Hey,

Happy Monday!

Today is the last day of my staycation. I have had an awesome time - especially today as I went to the spa (thank you JT and Natasha) and had lunch with friends.

Yesterday morning I had a fun Skype playdate with JT. We normally try and do a challenge together during our dates, this time we are playing along with The Paper Players current tic-tac-toe challenge - these are my fave types of challenge!


I opted for the middle row - Banner, Enamel Dots and Animal.

I used my brand new Studio Calico Galileo stamp set - this set was released in 2012 and I have spent 2 years since I discovered it trying to get my hands on it. eBay came good last week LOL!

The celebrate banner I created using Little B dies that I bought from Cheiron in her big destash sale, I decided that affixing it with staples would work best, doesn't flap around then.

I added some enamel dots here and there and a sentiment sticker by Tim Holtz to finish it off.

I love the end result, I think it will make a fun birthday card for someone.

More playdate makes later on this week. Don't forget to check out JT's entry too.

Cx


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sketch Saturday #474..Freestyle..


Hey,

Welcome to the latest sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Paper Nest Dolls and they are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps from their store.

This week we get to pick a sketch - you can use any of the ones from 215 to 473. I went with #339, I liked the layers.
I chose to use Love Struck Ellie. I coloured her with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir sparkle pens. I was a bit stuck for a sentiment and went for 'Yay!' in the end.

The papers are from my stash, the chevron piece is ancient and from Recollections and the heart paper is from JT at least a couple of years ago. I liked the green and pink colour combo that came about by accident.

Love this choosing your own sketch, so much fun!

Can't wait to see which one you choose, but first check out what the rest of the DT have made over at Sketch Saturday.

Challenge ends 10 August 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Cx

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Lucy...


Hey,

Happy Friday.

Thus far I have spent my day off by getting up at 6am to go to the gym... and later I am heading to the Casino!

Today is my Sister-in-Law Lucy's 40th birthday..before she was my SIL she was my very good friend (still is) and that is how I met my Hubby!

Hubby has gone home to celebrate 40 with her and so I thought I'd share her card and some photos of us, taken over the years!

I made her card using a Stampin' Up card kit I bought on a craft forum for cheaps! I really wanted the kraft pockets and the bows!

I stamped a Tim Holtz background stamp on the white panel and spritzed it with water. The 40 dies are one of the things I bought from Cheiron recently. I LOVE them, who knew how handy giant number dies would be, I have already used them a ton!

Super simple card to make that looks like it took an age!

Here are some fun photos of Lucy and I :)

Lucy and I in Brighton 2005

Mascot Race at Huntingdon with my parents and Hubby and Lucy - 2005
Lucy and I on a night out - I think in 2004
And of course Lucy is the mother of my wonderful Niece and Nephew - here is one of my fave shots of Otis and Lucy, from Christmas 2011.


Happy Birthday Lucifer, I hope you have an awesome 40th.

Cx

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Leopard Heart..


Hey,

Hubby left for London yesterday and I took an extra day of today (no work until Tues for me..).

So after the gym last night, I tried to get back to my desk.

It actually felt really good to immerse myself in pretty things, just like working has focused my mind.

I needed to make a couple of Anniversary cards.

I made the one in the main photo for a particular couple who are a bit funky, I thought stamping a leopard print heart would be fun and a bit different.

It's a bit different, maybe a bit too pink? But not too smushy - right?!

Cx

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Farewell My Beloved Boy...


Hey,

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this, but I felt Archie deserved his very own post..

Last week Archie was very sick, rather suddenly. We did a whole host of tests, but on Saturday night we had to take him to ER and then subsequently made the decision to put him to sleep.

We had Archie 10 years (some careful maths made us recant the previous 12 year guesstimate) and he was so amazing.

He came to us with his Sister as a nervous, but stroke wanting feral cat. He left us as a semi-relaxed, stroke demanding, inquisitive, blanket loving, playful softy cat.

Once he got to NYC he became Archie 2.0 - he discovered a love of sunpatches, chilling on the sofa and the bed, he found out that cat treats are amazing and his favourite thing ever was to snuggle next to his 'Dad' on the sofa. He also had a mini love affair with my Dad aka Granddad last year and that was so awesome to watch.

Daddy / Granddad and Archie
He trusted us and that made it worth 5 years of patience (we always knew he'd come around).

Hubby and I are pretty broken up and we are missing his physical presence so much.

RIP Archibald, we love you.

Cx


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #67 Rainbow...still time to play..

Hey,

There is still time for you to play along with the current Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a Rainbow theme for you.

Show us your rainbow makes, but first pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things that the rest of the DT have made.

Challenge ends July 28th. 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.

Cx

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Same, same but different...


Hey,

Hubby and I had a lot of fun last night, celebrating his birthday at Ravel. We'll be going back there again.

Good friends of ours have twin Sons.

I thought it would be great to repurpose the Dino card for one of them and make another similar one to compliment it.

Like being twins?!

I created the background panel slightly differently, I used a stencil and a white distress paint resist, instead of a Gelli Plate.

I thought the 'same' element would be the layout and the balloons. I used a Your Next Stamp Monster instead of a Dinosaur for this card.

I love it when I can repurpose an early make and it was fun to semi-recreate the original card.

Cx


Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Hubby..


Hey,

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to my Hubby.

We have had a seriously rough week, we have a very sick Archie Cat... but I am determined that Hubby will have birthday celebrations.

Hubby loves Sloths and recently we have been watching a lot of nature programs - one of which had a big feature on Sloths. So it seemed right that I use the Lawn Fawn 'Hang in There' stamp for his card.

I decided to make it a shaker, as Hubby is also a fan of a shaker!

Super simple to make and that great window die is by Memory Box and I got it on super bargain sale.

Have a great weekend.

Cx

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CASology: Diamonds...



Hey,

So here I am entering CASology this week, despite what I said yesterday!



I remembered that I had a digital stamp that would be perfect for this challenge...but what about the sentiment?

I went on a hunt for an appropriate sentiment stamp and then I saw my fave Liz Taylor book and it came to me... Big girls need big diamonds - LOL, this is pretty much what I told my Hubby many years ago and when I showed him my card he said 'ugh, Liz Taylor should keep her thoughts to herself'

I put the whole thing together on my computer, making the ring larger than normal to work with the sentiment, then I coloured the ring using a silver Promarker (that I had forgotten I had!) and added some silver moondust Nuvo Crystal Drops to the diamond.

LOVE IT!! And it made me laugh a lot whilst I was making it, I love it when I find myself funny..so sad.

Also exciting news - Hubby and I got published in the NYTimes..

Cx

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Let's Chill..


Hey,

So I got another Honorable Mention over at CASology, but sadly, I don't think I'll be playing along with the current challenge, as I don't have any Diamond stamps!?

Last night I wanted to play with some of the new to me stamp sets that I acquired from Cheiron at the weekend.

This one by Hero Arts is a fave already..


I made two mini cards using the set, I am planning on making a couple more so I can give them to a friend.

I love the funky bird in the set and can't wait to use him more.

I kept my cards simple, just the sentiment and an image, coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.

Love it when a little desk action results in fun things.

Cx

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #67 Rainbow...


Hey,

Welcome to a new Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a Rainbow theme for you.


I was inspired by the inspiration image and decided to dig out my Lawn Fawn 'Thanks a Bushel' stamp set - I thought it would be fun to colour the apples in different colours.

I really wanted the sentiment to have 'unique' in it, cue 1hr hunt for perfect sentiment stamps.. The ones I used are by Hero Arts and are from the April 2017 card kit.

The white panel was die-cut using a Reverse Confetti lacy scallop die..adds a bit more detail to a very simple card.

So now you are wondering why there is a gumball machine on my card?! I realised too late that my stamp was not over a year old!! So same idea..but different image, that is from the Sweet Smiles Lawn Fawn set from 2015..

Got there in the end :)

Here is the original card -


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

Challenge ends July 28th. Don't forget to use a stamp over a year old (like I did..) 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.

Cx

Monday, July 17, 2017

ICAD17: Week Six


Hey,

Whoo last week was a big one!! 

This week is shaping up to be the same as it's Hubby's birthday on Friday.

ICAD week 6 was a lot of fun..my cards are a bit out there, but there are no rules!

I really liked Ampersand, it was fun creating graffiti, but my fave this week was Day 36 Perfume..making my own brand perfume bottles was fun!


Can't believe it's nearly over, only 3 more weeks to go...

Cx

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Eat, Drink and Be Married...


Hey,

Today has been a slow day, following the super fun day Hubby and I spent with Cheiron and her husband.

I acquired several new goodies from Cheiron's sale pile :)

I made today's card for a work colleague and his soon to be wife.

I  love this stamp and die set by Simon Says Stamp, I use it a lot! The heart stencil is by Dutchdoobado, I used Bo Bunny glitter paste - it is so shimmery!

I'm happy that the idea I had in mind worked.

Cx

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sketch Saturday #472.. Cloudy Hearts...


Hey,

Welcome to the latest sketch for the Sketch Saturday challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Oddball Art Co. and they are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps from their store.

Here is the sketch.

Another fun sketch, I thought that the cloud and hearts stamp would work perfectly here. I kept everything minimal and used shades of purple.

The embossed panel is an awesome folder that JT bought me, I haven't used it much, but it will be getting some serious use now!

I added some raffia twine, a purple heart gem and the sentiment stickers are by Tim Holtz.

Pretty pleased with this purple beauty.

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 21 July 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Cx