Saturday, 6 March 2021

Journal Animals


What's this? no chickens?
                                                         From my journal.  I write, make notes or make art regularly. 
I only do it on the right hand page because at some stage I may want to cut it up and use it!

Animal stamp: Picket Fence
Other stamps: Kaisercraft, Hero Arts
Inks:D.Inks, DOx.Inks, ColorBox
Also: Copics, black pen, black & white acrylic paint

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Get Well Mouse


I hope this cute wee mouse will make the person receiving it smile.  I'm sure it is someones pet mouse.

I used nesting dies to cut the diamonds - the largest to cut the image and the smaller to cut the silver corners.  I like the way the corners aren't solid like a mat but kind of accentuate the angles.

Image: House Mouse/Stampendous

EF: Craft Concepts

Dies: Couture Creations

Stamen punch: unknown

Swirls: Rosie's Studio

Also: Copics, D.Inks, flower, pearl

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Birthday Cat


@ 2 Crafty Critters it's always about the critters.  Check out lots of inspiration from the design team,   and join us here:   2craftycrittercrazies

And thanks to super sponsor Bugaboo for providing the image - get it here:  bugaboostamps=goofy+cat+spider  

I love these goofy cats, they are perfect for male cards.

Image: Bugaboo - goofy+cat+spider


Sentiment stamp:

Also: Copics, washi, Kindyglitz, white Sharpie, gold pen, pearls, torn piece of paper napkin, staples.

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Playtime Friend


Over at Incy Wincy Designs, this time it's  Work or Play - take your pick.    Check out the design inspiration and enter here: incywincydesigns

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor All Dressed Up for this pretty image.  Get it here:  etsy home-sweet-home

I made this for a crafting friend as an appreciation.  It is on a slightly textured dark blue base card which has shown up black.  The pink and navy looks great together.

Image: All Dressed Up - home-sweet-home
Script sentiment stamp: Ranger
small sentiment: typed on computer

Monday, 1 March 2021

Thanks Coffee


The Crafters Cafe latest challenge is Anything Goes.  See what the design team made 
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Thanks to our sponsor Artsy Stamper for this image - you can get it here:  coffee-and-stamp-set-includes-6-images

I reckon this would be great with a coffee shop gift card tucked inside - in fact I will make a pocket for the inside, how's that?
I love iced coffee, and here the cream has WoS for a bit of sparkle.

Image & sentiment: Artsystamper  - coffee-and-stamp-set-includes-6-images
Doily die:
Wood paper:
Also: Copics, matte gold pearls, white Sharpie

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Photo Challenge #8

 Lysha's photo challenge #8

Weather, key, house, corner, own choice.

Weather:  we are past the middle of summer now and it is so dry - we need rain.  During the week these black clouds rolled in and then out again but still no rain.

Then we got wind, which dried everything out even more.

Then sun and heat and more heat and mugginess.

So we got a lot of weather this past week but none of it useful.

Key:  A wee while ago I went to a crafting session held at the local library which was an introduction to jewellery making.  My creation involved a key.  

here is the front... can you spot the key?

                                                                                and the back...

House:  taken early in the morning just as the sun is coming up.  The tree is a flowering cherry so the seasonal photos will be quite different.

Corner:  here is a corner of my home office cupboard taken this morning (2.45am, can't sleep) as I sit here doing this journal.

Own choice:  our big, fat, juicy grapes.  I love the colour of this; all those lovely shades of grey-green.

I hope you enjoy this little selection of my life.
Check out the challenge here: acameraandacookbook ispy-8/                            

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Hey Fox


I love these tiny images - I have a whole page of them - and I think they do best in a simple design. This time I made a tile for the image.

I like to do 'just because' cards to let people know I'm thinking of them or even for the slightest reason or for a surprise.

Image: magazine freebie

Sentiment stamp: Little Birdie

Die (used as inking mask): Couture Creations

Square punch: unknown

Also: Copics, D.Inks (used as watercolour), WoS

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Friday, 26 February 2021

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Dear Deer


Dear deer, what fun I had making this.  I love getting inky and had to try this fold with a scene.  The  treetrunks/deer dies are a prize from Pixie (Snippets) Thanks again Di!

I have a stash of backgrounds I have been experimenting with, so used a couple of these for the background.  The triangular trees are cut to shape from snippets and splattered with coffee stain.

Deer/Tree trunk dies: Lawn Fawn

Wednesday, 24 February 2021



Scribbles theme this month is Heartfelt.  Check out the design team work, get inspired, and join us, here:  scribblesdesignschallenge

Scribbles image, get it here: #A 20 Heart Doodle 3

I printed the image, coloured it, cut it out and highlighted the little heart with Kindyglitz ( hearts should have a little sparkle).  I love this soft brushed silver paper.  I only have a few sheets left and am using them very carefully as I haven't ever seen quite the same since I bought it when we lived in UK.  Now I wished I'd bought a heap of it.

Image: Scribbles  #A 20 Heart Doodle 3

Emb.Sentiment: magazine freebie

Lacy die: unknown

Also: Copics, Kindyglitz, white Sharpie

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The Balloon Incident


The Balloon Incident.  We all know what is going to happen next.

Image: House Mouse

Two label dies: cArt

Oval die: unbranded

Copics, ribbon, gems, Glossy Accents

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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Photo Challenge #7

 Photo challenge #7 : Thanks Lysha, this was quite a challenging list.

#7:  Progress, Sign, Picture of a picture, Selfie, Own choice.

Progress:  I tried several takes on this topic but ended up with this cyclamen plant that had a bud, full flowers, and dying flowers on the same plant.  I couldn't decide if this was progress or process!

Sign: We stopped here for lunch on our way to Rotorua.  The cafe was tiny, but had a great atmosphere - and this wonderful signage.

Picture of a picture:  I wanted the reflection so carefully placed it at the side and allowed it to become part of the picture.  The angle makes it part of the journey.

Selfie:  A sign of the times - Me, Covid 19 and summertime.

Own choice:  I found these cicada wings on the path today;  I presume a cat got it and ate the rest.  The wings are iridescent and sparkled in the sun - difficult to capture.

Thanks for the challenge Lysha.  See you next time.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Heart Wishes


A simple card which could be suitable for an engagement, wedding, anniversary etc.  I love the script stamp and wish I could write like that.

Heart die: Poppy Stamps

Embossed sentiment stamp: Hero Arts

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