Thursday, 30 April 2015

Peek a Boo Trio

I recently bought this die from Michelle at the Cardgrotto, it arrived really quickly and I couldn't wait to get started. The Stampin Up images are on the small side so these suited the size of the circles rather well, I think I might even make a few more.

I am also using the "fine liner" bottle for my glossy accents and so far it seems ok, will let you know once Ive been using it for a while if I still think it doesn't clog.

Image: "dinoroar" Stampin Up (retired)
Paper: "little boy" echo park at Jessica Sprague
card: "new leaf" paper trey ink

Stegosaurus - YG99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Brontosaurus - BG99, 96, 93, 90, 72
Tyrannosaurus Rex - E89, 87, 84, 81
Background - BG11, 10

Monday, 27 April 2015

Bentley Bear

I love these bears, Ive only ever seen them as free gifts with magazines and normally they are pretty small but these ones were a more ordinary size. Ive run out of my normal bear colours and I'm impatiently waiting for my refills to arrive so I had to use a different bear combo and I'm surprised how nice this works. I put a complete cover of E30 all over the bear then dot the colours from dark to light, once the dots are done I lightly colour wash with the E30 again.

Image: "bentley bear" free with a magazine
Paper: "market" MME
Dies: Blueprints 2 and scalloped edge both MFT
Sentiment: "geometric" clearly besotted

Bear - E30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 47
Green - Y21, 25, 17
Purple: V17
Yellow: Y17
Red: R89, 85, 17
Ground: W3, 1, 0

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Girl Talk

This must be my most used A La Mode, its such a shame they aren't making any new ones as I adore them. I have quite a collection as well although there are a few that have never seen ink, I might try to remedy that, famous last words I think lol.

Image: "girl talk" A La Mode by MFT
Paper: "gratitude too" Nitwit
Card: "Paver red" MFT
Sentiment: "Party animal" Avery Elle and "scarlet jewel" ink by Papertrey Ink
Dies: Blueprints 1, 2 and 4, horizontal stripes all MFT

Skin - R20, E11, 00, 000
Hair - E33, 31, 50
Top - RV69, 66, 63
Shoes - RV69, 66
Trousers - T5, 4, 2
Phone - Y28, 26, 23, YR24, 23, 21

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Butterfly Silhouette

I never used to buy many stamping/papercraft magazines but since I discovered I could buy many issues for such good value I seem to be addicted. I am however sticking to my use before you put away scheme so this is another card made when the stamps first arrived, actually I emailed my friend who also gets this magazine and told her I had made a card and hers hadn't arrived yet. Now before you think well they could have arrived days apart I got mine at 11am, hers arrived at 1pm.

The size of the stamps suggested square card to me so I went with my old favourite card size and style, it does feel like ages since I made a square card. 

I love the silhouette stamping look that I see around blogland but Ive never really attempted it before. I do need more practice but I'm happy with the outcome on this card.

I stamped all the images with versa fine and allowed it a bit of time to dry before I inked with my distress inks, I used, peeled paint, faded jeans, tumbled glass and broken china. I did manage to get a tiny mark on the background and I used a pergamano butterfly stamp to cover it up, i had to colour the stamp in as it was an outline one but I don't think you would have noticed if I hadn't pointed it out. I did mask the butterfly before inking and had originally intended colouring with my copics but decided to use my distress inks instead, I simply picked up the colour with my "fantastix" and coloured direct, this was even easier than I thought it would be. 

Image: Sheena douglas free set and "fairies 2" pergamano
Dies: Blueprints 3 and 14
Inks: seedless preserves, picked raspberry, tumbled glass, faded jeans, broken china, peeled paint

Monday, 20 April 2015

Latte Sue

Almost all the ingredients for this card were already on my desk, I had made the magnum card and before I put away any of the card or paper I decided to make this one. I loved the sketch and colour scheme so I haven't deviated from it. I did fussy cut the image as she was surrounded by leaves which didn't seem fitting for a march birthday card. I even added a flower just like in the sketch. I do find the blueprints from MFT make light work of making a card but I do tend to stick to the same ones so it was good to break out one I haven't used much.

Image: "Latte Sue" Robertos Rascals at CC Designs
Paper: "here is happy' MME
Card: "raspberry ripple" by Stampin Up, "harvest gold" and "hawaiian shores" both Papertrey Ink
Dies: blueprints 12 from MFT

Skin - E17, 15, 13
Hair - E44, 47, 49, W9
Top - BG13, 11, 10, Y26, 21, R59
Bag - R56, 59
Cup - Y26, 23, 21
Background - BG10

Friday, 17 April 2015


I made this card at the same time as the "slippers" card but as I didn't want the recipient's Mum to see it I haven't blogged it until after their birthday. Im pleased with the hair on this one now I just wish I could remember how I did it lol.

Image: "Beauty" The Greeting Farm
Paper: "Life's little lemons" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" and "spring rain" both Papertrey ink
Dies: Blueprints 3, 14 and 12 all MFT
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" clearly besotted stamped with "steel grey" ink by MFT

Skin - R20, E11, 00, 000
Hair - E50, 23, 25, 27, 29
Dress and shoes - Y17, 15, 13, 11
Eyes - E44, 47
Rose - YG97, 93, R89, 39, 37, 35

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Birthday Barkley

I placed rather a large order with everycraftsapound and this set was one I popped in my basket at the last minute, I liked the images but I'm not a fan of acrylic stamps as they do tend to spread when stamping unlike photopolymer but I thought for a pound it was worth it even if I only used them once. They actually stamped very easily and I didn't struggle to get a good impression.

I've been trying to use my new stuff before I put it away, it helps to give me a visual reference and also if I've coloured something I think I'm more likely to remember I have it. I'm not sure this will work going forward but I'm going to at least try.

I coloured barkley in his signature colours and he was just sitting on my desk when I got the idea to use the peek a boo dies, once the idea popped into my head the card was made really quickly. It looked a little plain before I added the enamel dots and although the they aren't really random I think they work. I do have the beads to be able to make my own but I've not tried it yet.

Image: "everyday Barkley" acrylic set from Crafters Companion
Dies: perk a boo and blueprints 15 both MFT
Sentiment: "happy birthday" clearly besotted, stamped in "cotton candy" and "steel grey" both MFT
Enamel dots: recollections and dollar tree.

Hat: R85, 83, 81
Dog: T7, 5, 4, 2, 0

Friday, 10 April 2015


Not the comfy kind but the Cinderella kind, I adore these images from The Greeting Farm, I had hoped that they would release more princesses but they haven't so far, still I have a few to be going on with. I've already used "fairest" (snow white) and "Tress" (rapunzel), in fact I used the same layout as I did on the Tress card. I have lots of cards to make and unfortunately no mojo, well not strictly true as my mojo is there but it only wants to colour lol.

Image: "Slippers" The Greeting Farm
Paper: "Life's little lemons" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" and "spring rain" both Papertrey ink
Dies: Blueprints 3, 14 and 12 all MFT
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" clearly besotted stamped with "steel grey" ink by MFT

Skin - R20, B01, 0000, E11, 00, 000
Hair - E34, 31, 50
Dress - B26, 24, 23, 21
Shoes - BG0000, 01
Eyes - B02

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Enjoy the Journey

One of the play day ladies has recently decided to retire early and spend a lot of time with her husband travelling, I wanted to wish her a fabulous time and to let her know she would be missed. And of course I want to see lots of pictures and hear all about it when she returns.

I only just picked up this stamp set although it has been on my wish list since the new catalogue was released. I had been given the peek a boo die on a recent trip to florida and thought it worked perfectly with these images, I tried stamping them in brown but they look so much more vibrant in the blue. the papers of course have been sat in the paper box since I bought them at least two years ago lol,

Images: "traveler" Stampin Up
Paper: "all aboard" Papermania
Card:"nightshift blue"and "whipped cream" both MFT
Dies: "peek a boo" and blueprints 18 and 2
Sentiment: "inspired by travel" MFT
Ink: "nightshift blue" MFT

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cowboy Up !!

Like many of my family my uncle is a big fan of westerns and I knew I would get to use this image on one of his cards, he is also a fan of bad horror movies but as I'm not I can't see me making any of those lol.

Its a very basic card but I ran out of mojo halfway through, I think thats why I like guy cards cos they don't expect anything other than a basic card.

Image: "wild, wild west" MFT
Paper: "giddy up boy" Carta Bella at Jessica Sprague and "Dilly Dally " MME
Card: "dark chocolate" Papertrey Ink
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, rounded rectangles and horizontal stripes all MFT

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Mothers Day - A little late

In the Uk we celebrate Mothering Sunday in March and I made these cards for my mum and MIL, I didn't want to post them until they had both received them. I followed exactly the same pattern for both just different stamps and colour schemes.

Image: "just darling" clearly besotted
Sentiment: "happy everything" clearly besotted
Paper: "daffodil joy" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" and "hibiscus burst" both Papertrey Ink
Dies: Blueprints 14, 3 and dainty bows all MFT
Enamel dots: teresa collins and me to You

Y11, 13, 15, 17, YG93, 95, 97

Image: "just darling" clearly besotted
Sentiment: "happy everything" clearly besotted
Paper: "time for tea" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" Papertrey Ink and "grape jelly" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 14, 3 and dainty bows all MFT

YG93, 95, 97, Y11, 13, 15, 17, BV08, V15, 17