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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Birthday 18


I made this for our grandaughter Eva's 18th birthday.
I always think 18 is such a lovely age when teenage girls turn into young women - hence the butterflies.

The colour scheme is crisp lime and royal blue, even though the lime looks yellowish in the photos (it's actually the same colour as the ribbon!).
There is a tag in a hidden pocket in the top for our message, and a couple of tiny fairies tucked in - Eva was a fairy fanatic before she decided to be a tomboy.

Eva and 18 dies: Sizzix Mac
HB die: unbranded
Star dies: Creative Scrapbooking
Butterflies (cut in gold glitter card): Memory Box
Tag: nCraft
Hugs die: Simon Says
Little fairy stamp: unknown
Coloured with Copics, Wink of Stella
Various papers:
lime glitter card, gold glitter card, ribbon










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Merry Dancer


What a merry little dancer and so light on her feet!
I made this to look like a present using washi tape with metallic gold highlights.  Instead of a bow I gave her a pretty skirt to dance in, made from a tiny scrap of ribbon.


Image: HotDiggityDog
Coloured with Copics
Die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Also: Washi tape, ribbon gathered with thread, WinkOfStella



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Wellness Patch

I made this for a child get well; all stitched up and good to go.   Don't you love that pussycat suit?  And isn't Patch a good name?

The background is made using three colours of Distress Ink, water spritzed and dabbed etc.  I also used D.Inks as watercolour to paint the catsuit so I could get a furry look.  The patches are coloured with Copics.


Image: Skogstokiga
Background : Distress Inks
Sentiment stamps: Happy Little Stampers
-embossed gold
Also snippets of various washi tapes for fun










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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Merry Mouses


Such a gorgeous image, so I kept it simple.

The green frame is diecut offset to allow room for a ribbon, then splattered with white acrylic paint.  It is actually the outside of a panel die cut out from the inside which is used on another project (so, a snippet).
The image is coloured with copics and placed behind the frame.  The edge of the frame has a finger-wipe of opaldust, which adds a bit of sparkle when the light hits it.

Image: House Mouse
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Die: Spellbinders
Also: white acrylic paint, white pigment ink pen, Kindyglitz, Stickles, Opal Dust, WinkOfStella, snippets of ribbon & cord.

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Mouse Amazing

Someone special is about to launch a new e-business and has done a lot of hard work to make it a reality.  She is the amazingest woman I know, very creative, energetic, gracious, and giving.

This is to congratulate her.

Background made with Distress Oxide Inks, spritzed with water, splattered with white paint and embossed with silver.  Mouse is coloured and WoS on jersey.

Mouse stamp: MFT
Embossed black, coloured with Copics
Star & Sentiment stamps: Rosie's Studio
Embossed silver
Also: Distress Oxide Inks, white acrylic paint, Wink OfStella

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Monday, 18 November 2019

You Rock

Another exciting challenge at Incy Wincy designs, Black & White and One Colour (+skin)! 
Check it out here:  incywincydesigns







Thanks to Oddball Art for providing the image, get it here:  //t.ly/EjAx7  BigEyeChibiGirl#93








Image: Oddball Art - Big Eye Chibi Girl #93
Copics
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Distress Inks (3)


I printed two images on card, colouring the background of one card with three orange distress inks, spritzed and dabbed, then flicked gold paint over.  I coloured part of the other image, cut it and the speech bubble and used 3D d/s foam to adhere so it would stand out and have shadows.

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Panda Pile-up

At Incy Wincy we have a new challenge - BLACK & WHITE & 1 COLOUR (+Skin).  What have the design team created for your inspiration?  See here:  incywincydesigns





Thanks to our sponsor Oddball Art for providing these pandas, get them here:   https://t.ly/0nbVj



Images: Oddball Art - KawaiiSweetAndSillyBears #316
Distress inks (2 reds)
Sentiment: Rosie's Studio
Speech die: X-cut
Also: Red pen, white pigment pen, black pen.


 The background is smooshed onto an acrylic block with Fired Bricks and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  I printed the pandas (4 different images), cut them out and stacked them (some with 3D foam).   I had to define the eyes with white and black pens to make them more obvious.


Sunday, 17 November 2019

Shake it up Holly

I was asked to make a card for a friends niece's 10th birthday.  Instructions were, she is blonde, blue-eyed and loves the sea.

I used chose this colour and made a shaker card.  I used an ombre effect on the name and numbers just to highlight  them and accentuate the sea colours.

Image: Bloobell
coloured with Copics
Letters and numbers dies: Sizzix
Shells dies: Cuttlebug
(cut from frosted metallic silver and gold)
Circle Stars Die: unbranded
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: fundamentals
Also: distress inks, confetti shapes and beads

Unfortunately when the card is stood up, the shaker stuff falls to the bottom and doesn't show very well.
It just so happened that skyblue is her fave colour and she likes stuff that works.

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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Monkey Pocket

Two choices at the Crafters Café:
FLORA/FAUNA or POCKET
Lots of inspiration from the design team, look here and join in with your own entry:  crafterscafeblogchallenge




Thanks to sponsor Creative Bugs for the image of Mortimer Manchester. Get it here:
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 At first glance the card looks pretty plain, just a jeans pocket with something in it.  Right?  That's when the surprise happens and, with a pull on the tag, a cute sock monkey comes out with birthday wishes.

Image:  Creative Bugs - Mortimer Manchester
Coloured with Copics
HB die (double-cut): unbranded
Tag die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp on tag: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
From stash: sides of 12x12"paper, snippet of ribbon, Distress Inks, staple

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Clover Mouse


You would hardly notice this wee mousie hiding in the clover, so I gave her a spotlight!
You also might have noticed I'm enjoying using these images lately.





Image: House Mouse
Coloured with Copics and gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (or should that be mouse?)
Circle die: Spellbinders
Diamond die used as embosser: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Sentiment: Rosie's Studio
Also: Wink of Stella, Distress Inks, gold embossing powder, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse



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Really hard to photograph, but you can just see the WofS dusting on the clover - it looks just like frost - and the glint of metallic gold on the leaves.
















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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