Saturday, 21 October 2017

IT Ant

It was recently my Hubbie's 50th Birthday, how did that happen, he was only 21 when I met him and that only seems like yesterday.

He is a gamer/IT/gadget guy and all of the cards I've made for him over the years have reflected that and this one is no different.

I saw this image ages ago and as the guy was wearing an Atari t-shirt I knew it was perfect. My hubby has been an atari fan since the first days of the 2600 machine, in fact we have all the variations of all the machines atari produced, yes he is a collector lol.

Image: "DIY Ian" Doctor Digi
Dies: XXL Stitched Squares from Crealies
Card: "dark charcoal" 65lb Recollections from Michaels
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative

Skin - E13, 11, 00, 000
Hair - T6, 5, 4, 3, 2
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
T-shirt - N9, 7, 6, R29, YR07, G28, G17, B26, B24, Y15
Ground - E43, 42, 41
Computer - N6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Jungle Friends Elephant

Another inspired by Therese, she thought the elephant would look good sat on top of the MFT happy die, now I didn't have that die but I remembered I had the Papertrey Ink One Liner dies. This worked out perfect and the card was a dream to make.

This is day 6 of the colouring challenge, so far more than half of the images have been made into cards, I am hoping that by the end of the year I will have made them all and shown them here too.

Image: "jungle Friends" Katzelkraft
Sentiment: "label maker" mft and "one liner" Papertrey Ink
Paper: "mankind" Creative

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hero Arts Goldfish

This was the first stamp layering set, that wasn't flowers, that I ever really wanted. I ummed and ahhed over it and it had been out quite a while before I bought it and I am so pleased I did. It lined up a dream and looks so effective too.

I was inspired by a card in Septembers Making Cards magazine and it made me want to pull out this set and get making, thats the beauty of magazine, blogs etc it helps you rediscover forgotten stash or buy new stuff too lol.

The watercolour background was achieved with cheap Aldi tube paints and two layers I was so surprised that they kept their colour and were so bright after they dried, I was expecting a more muted look. Not much else to say except I enjoyed making this card and its one more of the list.

Image and Sentiment : 'Goldfish" Hero Arts
Dies: "wonky stitched rectangles" MFT
Inks: "jellybean green, gumdrop green and sour apple" all MFT, "cocoa bean, summer sunrise, Orange zest and smokey shadow" all Papertrey ink
Paints: Aldi watercolour

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Take Control

I am a fan of your next stamps and as soon as I saw this set I bought it. I then proceeded to loose it and it was gone for six months. I was about to order it again when I cleared out a forgotten bit of my room and there it was. I was so shocked and happy. This was the first set I had ever lost and not found shortly afterwards. I did think maybe I hadn't bought it and I dreamed it lol.

Anyway the remote control has arms but no legs and he looked a bit odd to me so I stamped and added the legs from the stamp a character set. I then used blueprints 31, this is by far the quickest and easiest blueprints to date, and viola a card is made.

Image: "boys toys" Your Next Stamp and "stamp a character" Also Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: as above
Card: "charcoal" from Michaels
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative

Dies: Blueprints 31

Monday, 9 October 2017

Dolls House

I have always loved dolls houses, as both a child and adult I have been fascinated by the items that you can make and buy to fill the rooms. One of my crafty friends shares the same passion and fascination although she does have an actual house whereas I only dream about one lol.

I had bought the decoupage version of this a few years ago and when there was a sale at just inklined I bought the digi stamp version. It was quite a challenge to colour as the image is fairly small (well the size i printed it lol) but I did like the finished result.

Another of the 30 day colouring challenge images made into a card, woohoo.

Image: "dollhouse" Just Inklined
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" Papertrey Ink
Paper: 'Bonnets and bowties" Nit Wit for Lili of the Valley
Card: "grape jelly" MFT
Dies: Crealies XXL Stitched square and basic edges 2 and scalloped edges 2 both MFT

Roof - BV29, 25, 23
Brickwork - E43, 42, 41, 40
Grass - YG17, 25, 03
Path and Base - W6, 4
Blue - B06, 04, 02, 01, 00, 000
Pink - RV14, 13, 11
Shutters - V29, 25
Door - Stampin up Winter Wisteria Markers

Friday, 6 October 2017

Birthday Cheers

Day 4 of the challenge and although I did colour on day three they haven't made it onto cards yet, I add yet as I have cards planned.

I love Digistamp Boutique images especially the guy ones, they seem to capture the comic element without being harsh. I haven't made this for anyone but more to have in case, I don't normally make cards without a person in mind but as I am constantly chasing my tail this year maybe I ought to.

Good old blueprints 31 again but I changed up the sentiment strip and I like it, might be a go to design for quite some time.

Also this is a new paper pack, opened today I have left it on my desk as I can forsee lots of guy cards with this one.

Image: "harry with Beer" Digistamp Boutique
Sentiment: "wet paint holiday tags" Papertrey Ink
Card: "midnight Muse" Stampin Up (retired in colour)
Paper: "mankind" Simply Creative
Dies: Blueprints 31 and sentiment label strip all MFT

Skin - E13, 11, 00, R02
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Shirt - E09, R08, 05
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
Beer - E35, E57, B93, R08, E51

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Penny Black Birthday Bears

I have been watching a lot and I mean a lot of youtube recently and I discovered Therese from Lost in Paper, she is based in Australia and her laugh makes me giggle too. I saw a card she made with the bears and circle sentiment and I immediately thought I could use that idea for my friends 40th Birthday card, I have two friends turning the big 4 0 this year so I made two but I won't show that until after her birthday.

This was day 2 of the colouring challenge in September and woohoo more made into cards.

Image:  "birthday bears" Penny Black
Sentiment: "happy birthday circle frame" MFT
Paper: "Party Patterns" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 13 and shaker pouch dies all mft
Sequins: Neat and Tangled and Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Amazing Tween Card

I started the 30 day colouring challenge on the 1st September and made a challenge to myself to make the images into cards rather than just sit in a box unloved. These were the first images and I made a card the same day. Hopefully this will continue.

The design is fairly simple as I wanted the sentiment and images to be the focus. I did discover that I don't own any square trio dies only the interactive one, which worked as I cut the scored edge with a knife and ruler but I might have to go looking, not that is was difficult to be honest but I'm all about the convenience lol.

Image: "tween time" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "bold sentiments" MFT, smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp and raspberry Fizz from Papertrey Ink
Card: "110lb and 65lb white from Recollections at Michaels
Paper: "bonnets and bowties" Nit Wit
Dies: Blueprints 13 and ditched interactive window trio all mft

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Growing Up is Optional

A friend of ours is celebrating a birthday and as I say this sentiment to his son to describe him all the time it seemed fitting to use it on his card, he isn't that old but you can only really send images like this to people who don't look like it lol.

Its a fairly simple design as I didn't have a lot of time or mojo but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Image: "gus birthday - optional" Bugaboo
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "team dad" Mini digi kit by Echo Park from Snap Click Supply
Card: "nightshift blue" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2 both mft and banner from Gina Marie

Skin -
Hair - N4, 2
Hat - BG57, 53, B99, 95
T-Shirt - B95, 93, 91, 99
Shoes - E77
Plane - YR07, 04, Y13, W9, 8, 7, 6, BG49, 57, 53

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Up We Go

This is another of the Florida stamp purchases and I am so glad I persevered and found all the Mama Elephant mini sets, I still have two sets to use but I am determined to use them before I put them away.

This card is fairly simple and I haven't used the dies to cut it out, I did find the dies leave a larger white border than I expected and I am not sure I like that lol.

Image: "up we go" Mama Elephant
Dies: Blueprints 31 and cloud border dies both MFT
Clouds: Cloud border stencil from MFT with tumbled glass distress ink

Cat - T6, 5, 4, 3, R20, T1
Balloons - R89, 39, 37, R29, 24, 14, YR07, 04, Y15, 13, YG17, 25, 03, G28, 16, 14, B26, 24, 23, BG15, 13, 11, BV04, 02, 00, V17, 15, RV09, 06, R85, 83, 81

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dos Amigos

Another inspired by Nichol Sphor card, I have had this idea in my head since I bought the stamps in Florida, it took the mojo challenge to kick start my creativity and actually make the card though. I have quite a few ideas of cards I want to make but my issue is they aren't the cards I need lol. So the age old dilemma do I strike whilst the iron is hot and make what I want or put that aside and make what I need lol.

Images and Sentiments: "dos Amigos" Mama Elephant
Dies: Blueprints 27 from MFT and Inside out stitched circles from Crealies
Distress inks: Cracked pistachio and Lucky clover

Bunny - T3, 2, 1, 0, R20
Black Bear - W8, 7, 6, 5, 4
Grey Bear - W6, 4, 3
Banners - G02, 00

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Final Mojo Challenge

As the title suggests this is my final mojo challenge using the making cards magazine, however I might do this again in the future as I enjoyed it so much and also it helped reduce the amount of stuff I have.

Image: "making cards" Magazine
Card: Micheals recollections white 65lb and 110lb
Dies: Crealies inside out stitched circles and mft scalloped stitched frame (leftover from previous card), backgrounds present from a friend.
Sentiment: "labels" Craftwork Cards

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 4

Two more cards from that same Making Cards Magazine, this time I went with square cards as the images were considerably larger and would have filled an a2 with no space to spare.

I am more impressed with myself than I can possibly tell you that I have made these cards, with stuff and styles that are not my normal go to's. You never know this might even happen again.

Image and Paper: Making cards Magazine
Dies: Crealies XXL Square and cross stitch rectangle from MFT
Card: "Harvest Gold" Papertrey Ink

Image and Paper: Making cards Magazine
Dies: Crealies XXL Square and blueprint 20 from MFT
Card: "Harvest Gold" Papertrey Ink

Sunday, 10 September 2017


The list of ingredients for this card is low but that is outweighed by the copic list lol. I recently saw a video by Kelly Latevola where she built a scene and I thought wow she makes that look easy but I bet it isn't. Well it isn't as difficult as I thought and definitely more fun than I expected. Of course there is no perspective on mine but for my first attempt I am more than happy.

I drew the hills and the road myself. I used my T-square ruler for the road but the hills are freehand. I don't think I am ready for a full on scene card but you never know lol.

Image: "roadtrip" Art Impressions (AI)
Dies: Blueprints 1 from mft

Road - T8, 7, 6, Y15, 13
Car - RV09, 06, 04, N4, 2, N9, 8, 7, 6, Y13
Sky - BG11, 10
Hils - YG17, 25, 03
Driver - E34, 31, 30, BG13, 11, E13, 11, 00, R20, RV09
Baseball Hat - E11, 00, 000, R20, BV02, 00, R85, 83, BG13, 11, G43, 40
Red Hair - E09, 19, 17, E11, 00, 000, R20, RV09, N1, N8, 6, G43, 40
Brown Hair - E13, 11, 00, R20, R85, 83, 81, E59, 57, 35

Friday, 8 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 3

Another instalment of the mojo challenge. I am only left with about four images and I know I want to make cards with those but I am inspired now to get on with other types of crafting as well. I haven't felt that way in a while so this exercise was truly worthwhile and will get repeated again if I find myself in this position again.

I haven't put any sentiments on these ones as I don't know what I am going to use them for yet.

Image: making cards magazine
Stencil:making cards magazine , wilted violet oxide ink
Glitter Tape: B&M Bargains
Dies: "stitched circle scallop frames" from MFT

Image: making cards magazine
Stencil:"argyle" tim holtz, peeled paint and faded jeans distress oxide ink
Dies: blueprints 1 and 2 from MFT

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mojo Challenge 2

This is my second mojo challenge post and again I have included two cards. It has definitely reinvigorated my mojo and I don't have many of the images left to use either. Hopefully I will use them all as that would be a first for me.

So today I was inspired by the cards made in the magazine by the design team. I haven't followed any exactly but it gave me a starting point. I had forgotten how much an embossed background makes a card pop.

Images:"making cards" magazine
Paper: "making cards" magazine
Dies: blueprints 1, 2 and 3 and basic border scalloped edges 2 all MFT and "happy birthday" from Dovecraft
Card: "dark pink" Recollections from Michaels
embossing: "dots" from cuttlebug

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mojo Challenge

I have mentioned previously that I am struggling with my mojo, I am trying very hard to remedy this and I thought one way might be to challenge myself to use new stuff as soon as it arrives. I only subscribe to one magazine "making cards" and as soon as this arrived I decided I was going to use the pre-printed elements to make a few quick cards. I have made a few so far and have plans for a few more. I actually enjoyed this and I now if I hadn't made the decision I would never have used any of these elements. Every image was mounted onto white card and cut out, the paper whilst a lovely quality isn't strong enough for the images without assistance.

I am going to spread the cards over a few days so as not to bore you in one go lol.

Todays offering uses both the papers and elements from the magazine, I cut the papers using a border die and used both sets of papers to make two cards, this was so much easier and quick way to do this, why haven't I used this before lol.

Image: "making cards" magazine
Sentiment: "keep it simple:birthday 3" Papertrey Ink
Papers: "making cards" magazine
Dies: Blueprints 1 and border basics both MFT

Friday, 1 September 2017

Manatee Mischief

I think this is the first card in a long time that has no MFT products on it. I have so much MFT stuff that it is impossible to ascertain how this card has none lol.

I bought the hero art Manatee stamp set on my recent florida visit as I thought it would be perfect for my floridian friends and the Clearly Besotted came out with an even cuter one so I went from no Manatee stamp sets to two lol.

Image: "manatee mischief" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "manatee" Hero Arts
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched circles and Clearly Besotted scalloped edges (retired)

Manatee with Grass Skirt - W6, 5, 4, 3, 2, YG17, 25, E77, 74
Manatee with Headband - W6, 5, 4, 3, 2, RV09, 06, Y15, 13, YR07, 04

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pirate Party

Yet another inspired by Nichol Sphor card, I find her style to be one that I gravitate to and hope to someday achieve. Her scene building leaves me in awe and isn't something I am ready to try at the moment. She makes it look so easy but you just know it isn't.

Anyway onto the card, I used the distress oxide inks for the background and i do like the look these give, I did forget to sprinkle with water though but hopefully next time I will remember. The rest is pretty straightforward really, just my normal coloured images and job done.

Image: "party like a pirate" MFT stamps
Sentiment: "pirate party" Clearly Besotted
Dies: Blueprints 1 and rectangle word window frames both MFT
Stencil : "radiating rays" from mft with fossilised amber and spiced marmalade distress oxide inks, ground is vintage photo distress oxide ink

Parrot -  R29, 24, 14, YG17, 25, 03, Y17, 15, 13, E77
Chest - N3, 2, 1, E79, 77, 74
Coins - YR23, Y21
Pirate 1 - E13, 11, 00, 49, 59, N9, 7, 6, R29, 24, 14, Y15, 13, B93, 91, E74, 77, N5, 4, 3, 2
Pirate 2 - E13, 11, 00, B99, 97, 95, 93, R29, 24, 14, N2, 0, Y17, 15, 13, 11, E74, 77, N3, 2, 1
Flag - N9, 8, 7, 6, 2, 1, E74, 77

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Pizza Passion

I have been wanting this stamp set since it was released but I kept telling myself I didn't need it. In the end the need to make this card was too strong and I gave in and ordered it. I am so glad I did as well as it is even better than I hoped or expected.

I am very impressed with the quality of these sets especially for the cost, so if you are hesitating I say go ahead and buy you won't be disappointed.

I did add a sentiment after I took the photo and I totally forgot to take another one before I sent it out.

Images: "pizza passion" Hunky-dory
Card: "charcoal" Michaels
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2 both MFT

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Lounging Leopard

This card was inspired by my friend Kathleen she made a very similar card and I thought it is perfect for this image. Its a fairly simple design so there is no room for error and I am pleased it all went without a hitch or a smudge in sight. I am so happy with it that I might make a few more.

Image: "lovable leopards" from MFT
Sentiment: Keep it simple-Birthday from Papertrey ink
Dies: Blueprints 13, grass border and safari edges all from mft and crealies stitched xxl inside out circles
Distress inks - twisted citroen, mowed lawn, tumbled glass and gathered twigs

Branch - E74, 77, 79
Leaves - YG67, 17, 25, 03
Leopard - YG27, 24, 23, Y21

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Zero Calories

Sometimes you see an image and all that springs to mind is rainbow, well this was that image. I enjoyed colouring them all and I love this design of card, it is very much inspired by Nichol Spoor who makes this design look effortless but believe me it isn't. When its this simple every mistake shows up, I can tell that the border isn't quite straight, when I measured it is is less than 2mm but I can still see it lol.

Image: "zero calories" Your Next Stamp
Dies: Basic scalloped border edges from mft
Paper: "rainbow plaid" Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: "comfort food additions" Papertrey Ink

Red - R29, 24, 14
Orange - YR09, 07, 04
Yellow - Y17, 15, 13
Green - YG17, 25, 03
Aqua - BG15, 13, 11
Blue - B26, 24, 23
Violet - V17, 15, 12
Pink - RV09, 06, 04
Brown - E35, 34, 31

Monday, 14 August 2017

Another Get Well Wish

I needed a get well card quickly and as I just got this image I decided to use her again. I have been inspired by the MFT design team for the layout and as my mojo is still missing I can see being inspired is going to become a feature lol. 

I am not going to let my lack of mojo stop me creating or playing though. I don't struggle with colour or papers even just the layout so if being inspired helps me make cards and I am happy with the result then long may it continue to inspire me.

Image: "bed rest" Pure Innocence for MFT
Paper: from MFT
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched circle and Basic scalloped borders from MFT
Card: "grapesicle" MFT

Friday, 11 August 2017

Fairy Wishes

I was trying to resist the distress oxide inks as I don't have the full set of normal distress inks I thought it would be easy but it sure wasn't. On a recent trip to Florida I discovered Michaels were stocking the oxides and you could use coupons so I bought all the colours they had, not sure why they didn't stock all twelve but still I am not complaining lol.

All I did on this card was blend then sprinkle with water, it looked so much like a fairy trail that I went with it and I am pleased with how it turned out.

Images: "fairy happy" MFT Stamps
Dies: "scalloped frames" Gina Marie Designs
Background : "worn lipstick" and "wilted violet" Distress Oxides

Brunette Fairy - E11, 00, 000, R20, V06, 05, 04, 01, 000, RV14, 13, 11, 10, E59, 57, 35
Blonde Fairy - E11, 00, 000, R20, V06, 05, 04, 01, 000, RV14, 13, 11, 10, E34, 31, 30

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Great Dane

Friends of ours have a great dane who is still a puppy although he is the size of a shetland pony. He is one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever encountered and he loves to lean on you, he also thinks he is a lap dog which is too funny lol.

I knew I had to get this image and make a card for my friend as he loves his dog and I can imagine him stealing a party hat and wearing it too.

Image: "dane" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "" mft
Sentiment: "making cards"

Dane - E35, 34, 31, 30, 59
Ground - W3, 1, 0
Hat -  Y17, 13, YG17, 25, R29, 24, B39, 37, 34
Collar - Y17, B39, 37, 34

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lili of the Valley New Home

I have made this type of card before with eiffel towers and a penguin, that card was inspired by a new home card made by the MFT design team. I have had that card in the back of my mind ever since so when I needed a new home card I drew inspiration from it. The keys from Clearly besotted are much smaller but work just the same. It was a lot of fun to create the background for this card and I can see it being used again in the future. Some techniques are one time only but this one is definitely not one of those.

Image: "three kind mice key" Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Computer generated
Dies: Blueprints 13 from MFT and key to my heart from Clearly Besotted (retired)
Card: "real red" Stampin Up

Mouse - W6, 4, 2, 0
Key - N3, 1
Grass - YG17, 25, 03
Sky - BG11, 10
Label - R29, 27, 24, 14

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Fireman Shaker Card

A different shaker card from me this time, I thought wouldn't it be fun to have the sequins represent water. I used images from different companies and then discovered I own no blue I had to buy some. Other colours might have fallen into the basket also lol.

I enjoyed this card so I might try this style again, not for a bit though as I am recovering from sequin spillage lol.

Images: "fireman" Lili of the Valley "toy fire station" Just Inklined
Card:  "real red" from Stampin Up
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched shares and circles
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" paper trey ink
Sequins: clear, iridescent and blue all from Michaels

Skin - E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair - E34
Jacket - N7, 6, 5, 4, Y13, 11
Helmet - Y15, 13, 11, N4, 2, 1
Hose - R29, 24, 14
Ground - W3, 1
Sky - B21
Building - N4, 3, 2, 1, 0
Engine - R29, 24, 14

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Whizzing By

The last two years since this little boy was born have whizzed by in a flash, I am still stunned that he is two, gorgeous, funny, smily and two lol.

This is a twist on the design I used two years ago, I printed the image larger so the original design didn't work but Im hoping this does.

Image: "leon" Wee  Stamps
Paper: "party animal" Nit Wit
Card: "orange zest" from Papertrey ink and "bashful blue" (retired) from Stampin Up
Dies: Crealies XXL stitched shares and circles
Sentiment: "keep it simple - birthday 3" paper trey ink

Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
Hair - E59, 57, 35
Jacket - YR17, 25, 03
Car - N9, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1, Y13, 15, YR09, 07, 04, B06, 04, 02, 01

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sleepy Sloth

My BIL has a nickname and it happens to be sloth so I have wanted a sloth set for his card for a while. I was going to get the MFT one but when I saw this set from Clearly Besotted I knew it was perfect. I have used a card by Michelle as my inspiration and I like the clean, simple elegance of it.

Image: "Hang in there" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "avocado soup" Jillibean Soup
Dies: "cross stitch" rectangle from MFT

Cake - R89, 39, E53, 50
Sloth - W8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 
Branch - E77, 74

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bear Hugs

Every January and July there is a small show at Newbury Racecourse and I try to attend. I mostly spent my money at Stampasaurus but as they weren't there this time that changed to Little Claire Designs. I bought six of the dinkie stamps and although that is what this is classed as it it far from dinky lol.

I made this card for the same friend who had the operation, I wanted her to know I was still thinking of her and also needed something to go with the chocolates lol. 

Its a simple card but I hope she liked it and at the end of the day that is what matters most to me that the recipient knows they were thought of.

Image: "hugs" Little Claire Designs
Sentiment: "birthday bears" and hugs die both MFT
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, border edges 2 all MFT
Paper: "carnival" Colorbok
Card: Micheals

Skin - E000, 00, 11
Hair - E08, YR18, 16
Clothes - R85, 83, 81, BG75, 72
Teddybear - E43, 42, 41
Bear - E47, 44, 43, 42

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Puppy Pals

I have used one of the new mini sets by Mama Elephant that they did for Joann, now I didn't find this set nor any of them at an actual Joann but I did at Micheals, Local craft shops and online lol. I thought they would be easy to get hold of......ummm.....nope lol. 

I can see why though you get stamps and dies for an amazing price and although the stamps aren't the same quality as normal Mama Elephant they stamp lovely and they compliment the sets already out, I thought originally that they were the same images but they aren't so now I need the other sets as well.... when will it ever end.....

Its a very simple card as it was just after my return and I wanted to make something but had no idea what so I went with quick and simple. The embossing folder I bought at Joann and it was my Hubbie's idea to get it to go with the puppies. Its a lovely folder and I had forgotten just how much embossing adds to the card, I tend to not reach for the folders often maybe that should change.

OMG another novel, I promise the next post will contain less ramblings lol. 

Image: "puppy pals" Mama Elephant at Joann
Sentiment: "as above"
Card: "Pacific Blue" Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 15
Embossing: "paw prints" Darice

Scarf - B26, 24, 21
Dog - T4, 3, 2, 1

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Get Well Soon

Its been way too long since my last post and although there is a reason its not a very good one. After I've been to Florida on holiday I always seem to loose my mojo, I'm not sure if its because I don't craft whilst I'm there or its the amount of stuff I buy that overwhelms me on my return. I know this sounds like a moan but it really isn't, its an observation, I could craft whilst I'm there or even buy less stuff but I can't see either happening anytime soon lol. 

Anyway enough of the rambling onto the card, I made this for a dear friend who had to have an operation and I wanted her to know I was thinking of her. I used one of the sets I got from MFT at the store, I went a little mad and bought loads but I do love my MFT. I will have to try get a video of the store on my next visit, it truly is a wonderful place and the people couldn't be nicer.

Gosh sorry I seem to have written a bit of a novel, so I will leave you with the details of the card and hopefully I will be back shortly with more to show you.

Image: "bed rest" Pure Innocence from MFT
Paper: "tiny hearts brights" MFT
Card: "Crumb Cake" Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, Scalloped Circle stax and border edges 2 all MFT

Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
Hair - E19, YR18, 16
Jacket - BG15, 13, 18
Tissue Box - E34, 31, 30

Friday, 14 July 2017

Giraffe Girl

When I made this card "April" the giraffe had just given birth so giraffes were everywhere lol. I was inspired and decided to grab an unused older Pure Innocence stamp. I do enjoy colouring these images and I do have a lot of them, mostly unused which I know I should change.

Once I found the paper the card came together really quickly and this blueprint is awesome lol. I have scheduled this post as I didn't want the recipient to see it until after their birthday so I might have used this layout multiple time, maybe I need to go back and look lol.

Image: "giraffe girl" (retired) Pure Innocence from MFT
Paper: "" Helz
Card: "baked brown sugar" (retired) Stampin Up
Dies: Blueprints 31 from MFT
Sentiment: Creative Stamping

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 93
Hair - E59, 37
Top - R85, 83, 81
Jeans - B99, 97, 95, 93
Giraffe - Y32, YR23, E79, 74

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Another First Birthday

Another first birthday card for a little girl, this one though has no pink anywhere in sight lol. I found it quite hard to make a girl card without pink, I had no idea it was my go to colour.

I actually enjoyed making this card in different colours, maybe I need to change it up more often. I used the same layout I've been using on all this the of card so nothing to report that is different, except I am addicted to the mft basic and scalloped edges lol.

Image: "one" Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper: "lifes lemons" Nit Wit
Card: "lemon tart" Papertrey ink
Dies: basic stitched and scalloped stitched borders both MFT, crealies xxl stitched squares and circles, spellbinders scalloped circles and xcut alphabet

Skin - E000, 00, 11, 21, 93
Hair - E34, 31, 30
Balloon - B14, 12, 00
Top - Y17, 15, 13
Shorts - B14, 12, 00

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sweet Baby Girl

This is my go to Baby Girl card at the moment, I don't believe in reinventing the wheel if you don't need to. I am from a very large family and there seem to be lots of new additions lately and lots of cards to make to celebrate.

Not much else to say except welcome to the family lol.

Image and Sentiment : "Baby Clear" Lili of the Valley
Paper: "baby first girl" Nit Wit
Card: "cotton candy" MFT
Dies: oval stax, small scalloped oval stax and basic stitched edges 2 all MFT and Crealies XXL Stitched Square

Sky - BG11, 10
Leaves - YG17, 25, 03
Hammock - R85, 83, 81
Skin - E000, 00, 21, 11, 95
Bunny - W2, 0, blender
Onsie - R39, 85, W2, 0

Friday, 23 June 2017

There's a Nap for That

This image is just perfect for my cousins birthday, he has been a keen fisherman since he was little, personally I think he liked the peace and quiet lol. As this image is quite large I went with a simple design and let the image carry the card. 

Image: "Catching z's" Art Impressions
Sentiment: as above
Paper: "avocado soup" Jillibean Soup
Card: "jellybean" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 2 and 13, basic stitched edges 2 and square stax all MFT, crealies XXL stitched square

Skin - E15, 13, 11, 00
Grass - YG23, 25, 17, 67
Wadders - YG99, 97, 95
Hat and Jacket - BG09, 49, 05
Sky - BG11, 10
Chair - E35, 33, BG23

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Lawn Fawn Piñata

Even thought the fringe and piñata are from different companies they are a match made in candy heaven.

I did have the piñata on a slider but the glue hadn't dried properly and it got stuck so rather than destroy the card I just stuck it in place. Bit of a waste of two layers of foam tape but it still looks ok.

Image: "year seven" Lawn Fawn
Sentiment: as above
Card: "lemon tart" and "Hawaiian shores" both Papertrey Ink and "cotton candy" from MFT
Dies: Blueprints 15, scalloped border dies 2 both MFT and fringe from Mama Elephant

Aqua - BG13, 11, 10
Pink - RV14, 13, 11
Yellow - Y15, 13, 11

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mermaid Lagoon

And Creative Stamping knocks it out of the park yet again with their free stamps. I made this and the day the magazine arrived and I have ideas for quite a few of the other images too, the others are predominantly masculine though so of course I made a female card first lol.

Image: "free set" with Creative Stamper
Sentiment: as above
Background: Wave stencil and tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks
Dies: Blueprint 29 from MFT

Skin - E13, 11, 00
Hair - E79, 77, 74
Tail - YG25, 03, 01, BG18, 15, 13, 11
Rocks - N6, 5, 3
Sky - B34, 32

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Monster Fun

This set by Gerda Steiner Designs is fabulous for masculine cards, be it for little or big boys it will always deliver a smile. 

To add to the fun I made this guy on an action wobble, my original idea was to make it look like the wobbling made him sick but I don't think thats how it ended up thankfully lol.

Image: "monster fun" Gerda Steiner Designs
Sentiment: "monster" Pollycraft (no longer trading)
Background: "splatter" Tim Holtz Stencil with Peacock Feathers, Teisted Citroen and Mowed Lawn distress inks
Card: "sour apple" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 31 from MFT

Horns - BG09, 07, Y17, 15
Monster - YG67, 17, 25, 23

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hooray Panda

Sometimes bam you get an idea and the card almost makes itself, this happened here. I was trying to use "NBUS" or Never before used schtuff as coined by the lovely Darnell and had it all laid out on my desk and next thing I know a made card lol.

I know it should have been a shaker card but it looked more for a boy and i'm not sure they would like a card filled with sequins. Need to find something like sequin stars or similar.

Image: "spring short stack" Stampendous
Card: "navy" Limetree Crafts
Dies: "hooray shaker" from Clearly Besotted and Blueprints 15 from MFT
Paper: "avocado soup" Jellybean soup.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Perk Me Up

I think the title of this post worked as I made not one but two cards this time. I used the same layout, matching papers and the same image and they came together really quickly too.

As my mojo is missing I have been looking at the pile of stamped images on my desk and trying to make them into cards, I must have coloured these to go cups about two years ago and now they are finally made into cards. I love to colour and if I have spare time that is what I do but somehow they never seem to get made into cards so I decided to remedy this. I enjoyed turning the 30 day challenge items into cards so thought how about I look at my huge pile of coloured images and do the same.

The layout and composition is glaringly simple but hopefully it works. Again I think for small images this blueprint combo highlights them so effectively and you get a lot of interest for very little work.

Image: "perfect blend" Stampin Up
Paper: "coffee talk" Nit Wit Collections
Card: "berrylicious" MFT
Dies : Blueprints 31 from MFT

Monday, 5 June 2017

Colour, Colour, Colour Chameleon

I know thats not the right words but I bet you have the tune in your head, well if you were born before the eighties of course. I am going to show my age now but there was an advert with a chameleon on a tree stump and then they sold a phone that played the song instead of ringing.... any guesses who had/has one of these lol

Enough with the distractions on with the card. First thing some might notice is the spelling of "colour" well this card is for an american friend and they spell it differently and luckily this Clearly Besotted set has both versions.

Not much I can say about this card, I used the striped sentiment cover up again, I coloured the stripes with copics again, although this one is bright rainbow, and I added an image in the sentiment strip again. This is a go to design and one I often use when my mojo is missing, before you ask it is still missing but today was a rare glimmer of hope as this card came out exactly as I hoped.

Image and sentiment : "colour chameleon" Clearly Besotted
Dies: "striped sentiment strip" cover-up from MFT
Ink: "red hot" MFT hybrid

Friday, 2 June 2017

Birthday Message Bears

I seem to be harking back to the start of my crafting journey more and more recently, I wanted these bears when they were only available in wood but I was useless at stamping so I knew they would sit in a draw unloved.

Ok so how have I used them.....well.....Penny Black just released them in clear. I do struggle to find penny black in the UK my main supplier closed last year and the other suppliers don't tend to carry the full range, I am hoping that changes but I am not looking to open a store myself lol.

Onto the card, I had an idea after seeing a card made with keys by the MFT design team and I have made a card with white on white die cuts before so I thought I could marry the two together. It actually worked better than I hoped and I am pleased with the results so maybe I should make more lol.

Image: "birthday bears" Penny Black
Dies: Blueprints 29 and "cause for celebration" both MFT and Alphabet soup from Memory Box
Card: "blu raspberrry" MFT

Bears - E40, 41, 42, 43, 44

Monday, 29 May 2017

Up, Up Away

Last year I watched a video by Vicky where she used the Penny Black set "buddy with duck" and made a gorgeous card using the duck with balloons. I have been searching for that set ever since without success so imagine my surprise when I spotted this one (it is similar but not identical) at the Newbury show.

I couldn't wait to colour it and that is where it has sat until now that is. I haven't added a sentiment as I count decide where to put it lol.

Image: "up. up away" Dinkie by Little Claire Designs
Dies: Small scalloped rectangles, cross stitch rectangles, blueprints 20 all MFT
Card: "lost lagoon" Stampin Up (retired)
Paper: "clouds" Pink Petticoat

Balloons - B26, 24, 23, V17, 15, 12, RV09, 06, 04
Duck -  Y17, 15, 13, YR07, 04