Thursday, 27 October 2016

Simon Says use Creative Inspiration for a Fussy and Fancy Stamping Sensation with Mo's Digital Pencil for Hanna and Friends

I CANNOT believe it has been so long since I posted a card AGAIN.  So to make up for it, I'm entering this one into six challenges.  
I used DCWV papers from the Citrus Collection and Sweater Weather and teamed them with this gorgeous new image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Lois in the Leaves which you can find here. There is an adorable boy version of this image too if you prefer.   My sentiment is by PTI, the straw broom LR0433 is by Marianne Design Creatables and the extra leaves are cut from a variety of punches.  My image is coloured in Copics.
Thank you to the following challenges for inspiring me to be creative today:
Stamping Sensations - Autumn
Creative Inspirations - Halloween/Fall
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Autumn/Fall
Hanna and Friends- Halloween/Autumn; and
Mo's DP2 - Anything Goes.  
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Feel Better Soon

T'hubster's eldest daughter fell off a ladder, cut her head open requiring 6 stitches and broke BOTH of her wrists.  Mo's Digital Pencil "Coffee" image and the sentiment from "Sick" seemed the perfect combination to send Emma our get well wishes especially seeing as the accident happened just before her birthday and we were unable to be with her to celebrate or to look after her.
I used Liquid Applique for the plaster casts and also for the bandage over the eye.  I added a little lint to the bandage to make it even more realistic.   My "stitches" are hand tied thread with Glitz Unchartered Waters paper beneath the stitching between the Spellbinders curved borders which you can buy here.
And here is the poorly bunny in person valiantly attempting to hold a glass of wine on her birthday.  Her doctor's stitches were much neater than mine and thankfully had been removed by the time of Em's birthday.
I am entering my card into the challenges at The Ribbon Girl for "Any Image" and Less is More for "thread", together with "Anything Goes" at Deep Ocean and Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, 12 September 2016

"I heart you"

I needed a card for a baby girl and I opted again to use one of Mo Manning's gorgeous images.  I used "I heart you" which is available as a digi stamp from Mo's store here and also in rubber by Stamping Bella.  I asked Mo if she minded if I replaced her lovely heart-shaped drawn balloon with a paper one and she said it was okay.
I cut the balloon on my Cricut, used Presscut dies for the "it's a girl" and Memory Box dies for the bow, string and "blessed".   I hadn't thought of using blessed when I made last week's "it's a boy" card (see full post below).   I like how these different elephants look as a pair and they would be great to merge for boy and girl twins.
I am entering my card in the anything goes with a Mo's image challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil.
Simon Says want to see stamping and Sweet Stampin' want something cute and cuddly.  I realise elephants aren't the most obvious choice for the Sweet Stampin challenge but this one is a baby elephant and there is no denying how cute she is!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

It's been ages...

Goodness me, now that I'm not on the Sketch Saturday design team any more, I keep forgetting to post anything on my blog.  I am, however, being quite creative.  The lovely Mo Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil has been drawing the most fabulous new images virtually on a daily basis and seeing (and buying) them every day has given my personal "Mo"-Jo a real boost.   I've even done some (not much - but some) essential tidying in my Craft Croft in between making cards.  Now I just have to get active with Facebook and Blogging.
For my card today I used Mo's adorable "I forgot" which you can buy here.  A dear friend has taken a shine to elephants as a theme for her new baby and this gave me an idea for a baby card.   In the original image, the elephant is holding a flower but I asked Mo if she minded if I swapped the flower for an over-sized paper balloon and she very kindly agreed.

I cut the balloon with my Cricut and the balloon string is a Memory Box die.  The elephant is coloured with Copics.
I am entering my card into the Anything Goes challenges at
Aud Sentiments, Ribbon Girl & ABC (where O is for Open) and also Cute Card Thursday who want to see animals and Stamping Sensations who have asked for One for the Boys.

Monday, 8 August 2016

And now for something completely different...

Some lovely friends have become engaged.   They happen to be very fond of daisies and I made them a card using this Papertrey Ink One Liners die as a sentiment on which to ground (and dangle) my minimalist design elements.

I used an oversized embossing folder for the polkadots and I cut the daisies with a variety of punches and topped them with Craftworks Candy and little pearls. The tiny tag punch from Stampin Up is one of my faves!  I am entering my card into the challenges at Papertrey Ink Make it Monday who are showcasing stamped grounded sentiments, Simon Says - Fabulous Florals and Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Florals.

I wish my photograph was better quality!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Simon Says Make My Monday with Aud Sentiments, Hanna and Friends

I must say I am enjoying the opportunity to scout around for challenges to inspire me.  Today I am playing along with:
Simon Says - Things with Wings
Make My Monday - Sentimental
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes (with a sentiment and a DT call); and 
Hanna and Friends - Animals (which hopefully includes birds)

I decided to try out a slightly different style (for me) with this card.   When I saw this Poppy Stamps Jumbled Alpha die (which you can buy here at Dies to Die for), my eyes saw A B C D E F G H I, but my brain really only saw the last two letters.   Then I bought a cute Stamping Bella stamp called Sweaty Chicks and masking off the other two chicks, I used only this little guy with a Word  Processed sentiment.  I cut the white letters out using the die and then popped them back in.  The orange ones are stuck on top but next time I shall insert them for a flat finish.  It's unlike me to make a card with so much white space but I rather like it.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Day for Daisies with Sketch Saturday #421

This is only my second posting since I left the lovely Sketch Saturday team and I miss them so much I thought I would play along with their sketch this week. 

I used this adorable image from A Day for Daisies called "Hello Baby Giraffe" which you can find here with my favourite Theresa Collins papers and a cute little flower embellishment.  

I've coloured my image in Copics and I realised I have taken a terrible photograph.  I'm sure my colouring looked better IRL!  Hey ho!  The sentiment is by LOTV and I have used some Papertrey Ink banner dies too.  
I am entering my card into the challenge at Sketch Saturday;
ADFD where I have CASEd the colours of this pretty card by their teamie, Juliana; and the "Any image" challenge at The Ribbon Girl.  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Mo's Digital Pencil 4 Mummys and Daddys

My Mother has been poorly of late.  After a brief spell in hospital and another stay at my house she is back in her own home and that seemed a good enough reason to make her a card.

Maurie Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil produced gorgeous new images recently with Fathers' Day in mind of a child holding a card for Daddy but, after a special request from me, she was kind enough to provide the same image holding a card for Mummy and that is what I have used here 4 Mummy Girl S.    I am so grateful, Mo.  Thank you!!!      
You can find all of Mo's lovely images on this theme which include a boy and a girl and a choice of straight or curly hair for each here.

I made mine in a round shape with a Go Kreate die and I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Anything Goes with a Mo image - DP2 Challenge
Any image - The Ribbon Girl;
Show us your Shapes at  - Sweet Stampin;
 and Anything goes at Crafty Creations

In addition to Mo's lovely image which is coloured in Copics and paper pieced, I used "Felicity" papers by Glitz and a Wonky Stitched die from MFT Die-namics, a Marianne die and a Stampin Up "hello". My flowers are by Recollections.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sketch Saturday #417

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Robyn's Fetish

This week I made a card for one of my two lovely great nieces using a precoloured LOTV image which I overcoloured a little to make brighter and combined with this perfect mushroom die LR0372 from Marianne Designs Creatables.  The number four is a Die-namics die and the stars on the mushroom are cutouts from a Papertrey Ink banner.

Today is a bit of a sad day for me.   I have been a very proud member of the Sketch Saturday team for pretty much exactly 4 years and I've decided to step down.   I can't tell you how much I have loved being part of this team of super ladies; past and present and I will absolutely continue to scooch some space on my work table and play along with the Sketch Saturday challenges.  I hope you will play along this week with Debra's wonderful sketch...

I am entering my card into the challenges at
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes as long as it's a card
ABC - J is for Just as you Like
Creative Inspirations - Spring into Summer
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe (I used dies, image, birthday from the central column)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Sketch Saturday - #415

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the lovelies at
 A Day for Daisies

I had to make a reasonably quick card for an anniversary so I over coloured an already pre-coloured LOTV image from one of their art pads.   I like these pads but the colour palette is very limited and the depth of the printing isn't very vibrant so I find by overcolouring I get a little more umph in the image.   I'm still taking pants photos though.

I teamed this one with a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die and a Tim Holtz Alterations scripted sentiment die from the "Love" set.  My papers are Prima Stationer's Desk.

And here is Alex's fabulous sketch which I may be guilty of modifying ever so slightly!   There is lots of lovely inspiration on our challenge blog and I know my teamies would be happy if you were to pay a visit to their personal blogs before you scooch some space on your work desk and come and play along with us!
I'm entering my card into the challenges at Fussy and Fancy Friday for "Anniversary or Wedding"; and ABC where "I is for Important"

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #414

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by our wonderful friends at
Bunny Zoe's Crafts

You're going to need to tilt your head to one side to see how my card works with Debra's beautifully CAS sketch.  I used First Edition dies with MME Lost & Found Union Square papers and my Papertrey Ink Birthday die.   I love the simplicity (and the speed of making) this card.   It's not my week to make a card at Sketch Saturday but I loved Debra's sketch and I hope you will scooch some space on your craft table and play along with us this week too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - 156 Anything goes with a sentiment
Deep Ocean - 129 Vintage or Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - 113 Masculine
Creative Inspirations - 252 Anything goes with an optional sketch

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #413

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the cuties at
The Paper Shelter

A dear sweet woman I know happens to have a penchant for all things piggy and when I saw a card in a store with this image by Patience Brewster I felt I had to get it for her even though I NEVER buy store-bought cards these days.  So this card has been upcycled from a brand new card - I simply cut the front panel off and trimmed it down.  I couldn't improve on the image but I enjoyed using these pretty papers, flowers and die-cut leaves and words to spruce it up.  

There is a ton of wonderful  inspiration from my teamies on the Sketch Saturday blog and our friends at The Paper Shelter are offering a fabulous prize so why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along.

 I am cheekily entering my card into the challenge for "birdhouse" at Curtain Call.   They have this inspiration photo
 I realise they probably meant the wooden kind of bird house but technically a nest IS a bird house...
And I'm also entering the challenges at The Ribbon Girl (where I was a winner last week - Yippee - thank you Mary and Andrea and Maja Design) for "Any Image on Any Project" and at Bunny Zoe's Crafts for "Lovely Layers"

Saturday, 14 May 2016

New Home!

I started to make a card for Sketch Saturday for today's sketch and then realised it's not my week to post a card so I went off on a tangent about half way through and ended up with a stepped card with a simple Hero Arts house stamped on the front panel with a PTI sentiment.

The recipient had a neutrals theme accented with copper in mind for her new living room so I incorporated some DCWV copper card in my "parquet flooring" and also in the individually laid bricks cut with a Tim Holtz die (I think) for the sides.

My image has been coloured with Copics.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Creative Inspirations - Shape it Up (they don't want to see a regular square)
Cute Card Thursday - More than one Fold; and Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #411

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by

I didn't have time to find and print or stamp an image for this week's card so I used one from one of my LOTV art pads and over-coloured it with my Copics and Promarkers.  The additional colouring widens the palette of the pre-printed image and makes the image a little more vibrant.  I gotta improve my photography though - I seem to be taking horrible quality photos!

I used Crate Paper "Party Day" with some DCWV for the backgrounds and popped a large ribbon banner across the centre in keeping with Kathy's fun sketch this week.   I think the "happy" is either a Stampin Up or Yellow Bicycle die.   I used Dienamics dies for the numbers and my Cricut for the "th".  Flowers are from my stash and the leaves are a Martha Stewart Punch.

Do please share some love with my fellow Saturdays and then scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.

I'm entering my card into the challenges at The Ribbon Girl where it's anything goes on a card, and Deep Ocean who want to see Flowers Everywhere.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #410 Pick-A-Sketch

It's Saturday and time for another great challenge at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by those cuties at

As today is the fifth Saturday in the month, it's a Pick-A-Sketch week. You can use any sketch from Sketch Saturday's previous sketches between #215 and #409.  You can find many of our past sketches here or of course you can scroll through our blog at SS. Just let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post. 
I used Sketch #396 from January this year.  I absolutely LOVE this sketch!  I teamed it with these fun cupcake papers from Crate Paper (I think) and this adorable House Mouse "Birthday Cupcake" stamp.  I think my photo is a bit blurred.  Sorry!

I am entering my card into the following three challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Animals + Sentiment; and 
House Mouse - Favourite way to spend the day - what would be better than with a cupcake?

Please come and play along with us at Sketch Saturday this week - we love to see you join in!