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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Trumpet Mouse


This little mouse is trying so hard to make some music and is so cute, who could resist?  And of course a CAS card inspired by a sketch.





I used silver embossing powder around the image and the sentiment strip.





Image: House Mouse
Coloured with Copics
Round Die: Spellbinders
EF: Sizzix
Sentiment stamp: Stampendous
Also: silver EP, sequins, WinkOfStella




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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Racoon Thanks

I was inspired by the challenge at Double D, a moodboard.  I love the colour palette.


Images: A Day For Daisies (2 images merged digitally)
Coloured with Copics
Outer Frame die: Kaisercraft
Inner Frame Die: Nellie Snellen
Watering can die: Impression Obsession
Sentiment stamp: MamaElephant (white embossed)
Woodgrain EF: Craft Concepts
Also: silver pen, Wink of Stella (subtle sparkle)












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Click on photo to see the sparkly pumpkins:
(I had difficulty photographing it to show up)





Friday, 8 November 2019

Pumpkin Bird

Another thank you card, I hope simple but stylish.  I have use the paper piecing technique instead of colouring.  I used very bright patterned paper as the mat to give it some punch.




Image: Bugaboo
Sentiment stamp:
Scraps of patterned paper
Scrap of ribbon
Heart coloured with Copics
White pigment pen











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jAVA jIVE

Sometimes that's all it takes, a simple cuppa with a friend.  A hug in a mug.

Here I used a tag, a sketch and a coffee theme.

The tag is inked with 3 colours of Distress Ink, spritzed, dabbed, and a wet lid put on in several places to leave a ring.  The image is stamped on directly, slightly off the edge.   Along one side,  I masked and stamped a pattern in gold versicolor, then a border in HeroArts "cup o' joe". While the mask was still in place I misted with Walnut Ink.  The hollow words are filled with gold pen and a little dot in the centre of each COFFEE letter.  HUG is cut out tightly and attached with some scraps of gauze left from a previous project. Sequins added and some dark and light brown ribbon.

Coffee & Hug Stamps: Hero Arts
Pattern & border stamps: Kaisercraft
Inks: Distress Inks, Hero Arts, Versafine
Also: sequins, gauze, gold pen, ribbons



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Here you can see the gold pattern better on the LHS of the tag:





Wednesday, 6 November 2019

In which I meet a mermaiden

Not often do you get to meet a mermaiden (old fashioned term; I love it), but when you do, you want to be one too!
AND I always need thank you cards in my box.

At the weekend I went to  a local craft show and bought some new stuff, some of which I have had a play with here.  She is stamped on a scrap of previously smooshed card, and touched up with Copics, and Lyra crayons.  What fun.
I had this stamp for a very long time and never found occasion to use it … until now.

Watercolour paper
Stencil: Darkroom door (new)
Oxide Distress Sprays (new)
Sparkly stuff: Imagine If - opal dust (new)
Mermaid & Octopus stamps: Hampton Art
Sentiment stamp: Stampers Anonymous
Cosmic Glitter Metallic Gilding polish (stencil)
Lyra Watercolour Crayons
Lindys sugar mist
Copics, Distress ink
Also: white acrylic paint, gauze




This one shows her sparkly scales.



I'm sure you have all heard the saying:

Be yourself ... unless you can be a mermaid, then always be a mermaid!













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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Hello You

Incy Wincy's new challenge is - ANIMALS!
Be inspired by the design team, and join us here:
incywincydesigns






Thanks to Fabrika Fantasy who provided the image, get it here:
fabrikafantasy-forest-mouse-digital-stamp














Image: FabrikaFantasy - forest mouse #168
Coloured with pencils
Oval sponged with Distress Inks over a die
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Kindyglitz

This is a one layer card, yay!

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

JoyeuxNoel

A Christmas CAS card.
I embossed around the edge with a ball tool to make a frame.  The diecuts are made using thick pearly green card which made a nice crisp cut. Some gold cord and gems added.


TreeDie: magazine freebie
Sentiment die:
Also gold cord, gems



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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Travel Selfie


Join us at the Crafters CafĂ© for a challenge choice:  TRAVEL or INSECT/BUTTERFLY.
See what the design team have come up with and be inspired, here:  crafterscafe














Thanks to sponsor Dr Digi for this image of Aubrey Dunderton Abroad.  Get it here:  doctor-digi-a-dunderton-abroad






Image: Dr Digi-doctor-digi a-dunderton-abroad
Coloured with Copics
Selfie die:
Film die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Stampers Anonymous
EF: Darice
Also from stash: tickets, gold pen, white pigment pen, Glossy Accents, Distress inks


I inked the travel EF with Broken China Distress Ink and letterpressed it.  I decided not to use the full image and make it a selfie style photo op.  Layered up the film, tickets and stamped sentiment, bordered with gold pen.  I hand wrote the selfie sentiment.

Don't you love his Hawaiian shirt? and his shades?
Safe travels Aubrey ... enjoy your holiday in the sun!

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Friday, 1 November 2019

Snow Deer


We love to see your critters at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  We want to see your critters.  You can see the design team critters here: 2craftycrittercrazies










Thanks to The Paper Shelter who provided the 'Holy Night" images and papers for us to work with.
Get it here: thepapershelter-HolyNight






The paper is printed on the computer; the deer, tree, bird & oval diecut, and dark blue card embossed.  Snippets of card for the deer and bird.  The deer is shaded with pencil, the trees are painted with Wink of Stella for shimmer.  A strip of vellum to lay the oval sentiment on.


Paper: The Paper Shelter - Holy Night
EF: Sizzix
Deer: MFT
Trees & Bird: LawnFawn
Oval die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Magazine Freebie
Also: Vellum, WofS, Coloured pencils, black pen, white pen

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

The Miss You Tree

Gather at the MissYou tree.  I made this after receiving a lovely handmade card from one of our granddaughters.  It arrived on a day I was feeling a little blue.   Rhiannon is 10, a crafter from way back, she sewed her first cushion at four (I thought her mother had made it) and loves cardmaking.



EF (letterpress technique):
Animal stamps: magazine freebie
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Stampers Anonymous/TH


The stamp set has about 25 animals, but my fave is the sheep on the scooter.  I'm sure you're going to see it pop up a lot.  Mind you, the koala in the tree is pretty cute (I had to cut off his legs to make him fit in the tree).







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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Better Soon


I always have a stock of get well cards in my box ready to go.  When people get sick/hurt you often don't get any warning, and they do like to know someone is thinking of them.  I think these gentle autumn colours are healing too.

I made the background with distress inks and stamped silhouettes over in black.  The sentiment is heat embossed gold.



Wildflower stamp: IndigoBlu
Bird stamp: Inkadinkado
Sentiment stamp: CloseToMyHeart
Border die: Nellies
Also: Distress Inks, gold EP




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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Just Believe

This image comes from my latest clear stamp set which arrived last week.  Such gorgeous images.



Stamp: Stampendous/HouseMouse
Sentiment stamp:  StampersAnonymous/THoltz
Diecut used as stencil: uniquelyCreative
Distress Inks



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Monday, 21 October 2019

Metallic Shine



Incy Wincy's challenge is METALZ.  A great opportunity to get out and use those metallic bitz you've stashed away.  See what the design team have done and enter here: incywincydesigns






Thanks to our sponsor Starstampz, who provided us with this Goth Girl, get it here: //t.ly/8qlkW




My metallics are:  mirror card, silver cord and silver embossing.

Image: Starstampz - goth Girl //t.ly/8qlkW
Coloured with Copics, 3D foam
EF: Cuttlebug
Sentiment stamp: Wibra
embossed with silver EP
Die: Spellbinders
Border punch: Fiskars
Also: mirrorcard, ribbon, silver cord, white pigment pen.

Showing her raised on 3D foam.  I like the sentiment which is a positive affirmation.



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Hoppy Day


Such a gentle image,  placed among the dandelions.  I made the card general in that it could be used for a child, anniversary or engagement/wedding, birthday, iloveyou, or thinking of you.



Image: HouseMouse/JoannaSheen CD
Coloured with Copics
EF: CraftConcepts
Square Die:  MFT
Oval die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Stampendous
Also silver glitter card, white pen










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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Hippity Hop

This cute little HouseMouse stamp set just arrived in the mail and of course I had to try it out.  It wasn't until I started colouring the flowers I realised what  a funny stamp it was - it really made me laugh out loud.

I masked the bunnies and corner,  coloured the background with Distress Inks.  Only the flowers and stalks are coloured with Copics.




Stamp: Stampendous/HM
Sentiment stamp: StampersAnonymous/TH
Also: gold washi tape, Distress Inks, Copics





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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Be Afraid

Pop in to the Crafters Cafe and grab youself a challenge.  Choices of challenge are  use STENCILS  or  use ORANGE-PURPLE-BLACK or BOTH.  See what the design team have done and join in, here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge















Thanks to the wonderful Lisa at Decosse Dynamite Doodles for providing the paper, lanterns, frame, raven and washi tape.  Get them here:  decossesdynamitedoodles  : Textured papers: grunge green; Trickortreat General elements: string of lanterns, black raven; Washi: dots, orange stripes; Trick&treat frames: purple arched window




I chose to do BOTH choices.  I arranged the elements digitally, put the green grunge paper behind, then printed.  I stencilled barbed wire at top and bottom, added Glossy Accents to the lanterns, and tied a tiny bottle (with a little silver paint in it) around the matted card.   Muslin is distressed and stuck to the base card, then the top glued on.  But … be very afraid of what is inside ...

Decosse Dynamite Doodles: paper, lanterns, frame, raven and washi tapes. 
Wire Stencil: TCW
Bottle: from the dollar shop
Sentiment: typed/printed on the computer
Glossy Accents, black pearl, muslin & twine from stash.


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and inside ...