Saturday, 29 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' - humour

This week at Sweet Stampin' we want you to make us smile as our theme is humour. My fab teamies have come up with some amazing cards that are sure to inspire a laugh.
I used the elephant from the Katzelkraft Les Jungles set, stamped him in memento and coloured him with my copics (being sure to add a blush to his cheeks) and then fussy cut him out.
I made his background on some white card that I had misted with water and then added cosmic shimmer pixie powders through a cloud stencil from Claritystamp. Hopefully the second pic shows some more of the shimmer from the pixie powders. Once dry I die cut a Tattered Lace Decorative Circle, overhanging the die on the edge of the paper as I didn't want a full circle. I added some faux stitching round the edge then attached it to a 6x6 card with glue. I added the elephant with foam tape, before stamping the sentiment.
There's a little story behind the sentiment stamp I used on this card. I was rather taken by a stamp from Whipper Snapper, that I saw on Lynne in NI's blog recently and so I ended up on the Whipper Snapper website. The Picked Texas Wildflowers stamp and a couple of others, including the fun sentiment I added to this card fell into my basket. Very impressed with the speedy delivery, it was with me in less than a week! I said it was a short story, I didn't say it was interesting!
Hope you all have a great weekend and don't forget to include some stamping if you join in our humorous challenge.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Happily Ever After

Over at Crafty Cardmakers, they want to see pearls and/or gems. As I needed to rustle up a quick wedding card, I thought this may be the challenge for me!
This card really didn't photograph well. It does look better in reality honest! I used a lovely textured linen card for the front and die cut the X-cut happily ever after die out of it. I trimmed down the A5 linen card slightly so that I could mount it on a layer of silver mirri on an A5 card blank. The die set also included to words as a seperate die so I cut this and mounted it on top of the original words to add extra dimension and then added glamour dust to the heart. 
I die cut Sue Wilson's wedding couple out of the same linen card and taped the back of the die cut to keep all the pieces in. I added glamour dust to her skirt and veil and his shirt with a quickie glue pen. I added the couple to the card with foam tape and then added some gems in a few different sizes to finish the card. Hopefully, the following photo shows you some of the dimension.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


This was supposed to be a post about the card I made for the current LIM challenge, but it got binned after I discovered that the stripes were at a slight angle on the card and it looked worse on the photo. Let's just say that attempts to correct it did not end well...
Instead, you have a super simple card made from the Polkadoodles Horace & Boo Cd-rom. I very simply printed off the image four times on a sheet of A4 paper and then fussy cut out one of them and then decoupaged up the picture by cutting down the remaining 3 images. I stamped a sentiment from the Cat's Pajamas Fly High set which was still on my table on a 6" square card blank (can you tell I bought rather a lot of these when they were on offer?) glued on the image and added a doodled border. Simples! 

Monday, 24 April 2017

InkBuds weekender make

I don't think I shared this with you after the InkBuds weekender with Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler at Preston last year. This was the Saturday project. The jigsaw is roughly 12x12 inches. I struggled to catch the shine in the photos from the treasure gold gilding wax on the edges, the wooden embellishments and die cut doily and clock. Really looking forward to the next one on 20/21 May. Can't remember what we're doing but I think Hels is teaching a load of distress ink techniques as she's a Ranger Certified (although that probably should be certifiable knowing Hels) educator.
The jigsaw project was taught by Pauline, so I thought you might like to see the example she made, to show how we adapted the project to our own colour pallete etc.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Fly High

Funny how sometimes an idea just pops into your head isn't it? I was sat watching rubbish Saturday night telly and suddenly this stamp set wandered across my mind.
The stamp set is by Cat's Pajamas and has been teetering on Mount NBUS for a while now. I stamped it on a scrap of alcohol marker friendly card, left over from my last make and coloured it in with my trusty copics. I then fussy cut it out and added some silver highlights with a sparkly gel pen and added glossy accents to his face and the carrot "bubble". I added a second coat of glossy accents to his face, which had absolutely nothing to do with putting a fingerprint on it checking if it was dry, honest. I then left it overnight to dry (away from temptation!). 
I fished this scrap of dark blue card that had been stenciled with a glitter paste out of the box of good intentions and die cut out a circle and also cut a frame out of a bit of silver mirri from the bit box.
I stamped two sentiments from the stamp set on a 6x6 card blank and then glued it together.
Hopefully the following picture shows the shine a bit better.
I'm taking this card over to the Snippet's Playground as the stamping and silver card were out of the bit box (okay, boxes...). I fancy a play on the swings!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Life would be better...

Happy Friday! I feel in love with this new stamp "Piñata Squidgy" from Stamping Bella and amazingly it didn't join Mount NBUS, and was out of its packet and inked up within a week of arriving. As ever, I used memento ink to stamp and coloured in with my trusty copics, before fussy cutting the two seperate stamped images.
I made a frame with square dies to work out the the positioning on my 6x6 card, before adding the sentiment in versafine (to give a stronger black than the memento stamps) using my MISTI. I glued the piñata in place and then added the Squidgy on 1mm foam tape to finish.
I love the sentiment, although I can't work out if it's because you get showered with sweets or because you get to beat the **** out of something! 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring walk...

Over at Less is More this week, they want to see our "Spring Walk" cards and I'm totally claiming that this is an exact representation of what I saw on my walk today. I've also been trying to train my bunnies to wave back at me when I wave at them through the kitchen window. Not quite cracked that one yet...
Back to what passes as reality in these parts, I inked up this super cute NBUS stamp from Lili of the valley and coloured it in with my trusty copics. I then cut round the image and glued it onto a 6x6 card blank and doddled a border. Simple, just like me!