Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Newton's Bird Bath

Todays card features a new stamp set from Newton's Nook called Bird Bath, he's cute but I'm such a sucker for all things with cats :)

I wasn't feeling in a alcohol pens type of colouring mood yesterday or watercolours for that matter and reached for a box of Crayola pencils I've had since I was at school - many moons ago.  I find pencils are more forgiving than other forms of mediums and I don't need to hold my breath going around edges hoping they don't bleed.  The downside to that was it took me way to long to colour him as Crayola pencils don't blend so it was a slow process building up the colours.

I was pleasantly surprised at the results I got albeit I hate the little birdie on the grass but once I'd stamped him I had to run with it as I wasn't starting again.

A little Glossy Accents was added to the water in the bird bath and a blended patch of grass just to anchor the image.  

Challenge Links...

Less is More - Pets (Newton reminds me of my own cat, Loki)
Cards in Envy - Something New (First inking of this stamp set)
Stamping Sensations - (Favourite Stamp)

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Just Saying Hello

Getting cooler here in the UK and more comfortable to do a bit of crafting :)

I've used the sketch from Fusion for inspiration (lacking creativity just lately) and used Altenew Painted Butterflies in two shades of pink.  I knew when I first saw the sketch that I didn't want to use patterned paper and settled on texture paste.  I masked off an area for the butterfly to nestle in before applying the paste, its a bit off but hey its handmade.

I added a good helping of sparkle and the sentiment is from the same set.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Rustic Flowers (used the sketch)
CAS on Sunday - Butterflies
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Always Fun - Add Some Sparkle

Saturday, 21 July 2018

With Love

For ages now, I've been wanting to colour this Wild Hibiscus from Altenew in shades of blue and I finally got round to doing it this week.

My kick start to doing this card was the colour challenge at Color Throwdown, I just love the cool mix of blues together.  I've used alcohol markers and matched the butterfly which I'm sure, if my memory serves me correct that there is a blue butterfly here in the UK.  The sentiment is by Stamping All Day and stamped using stone grey Stazon.  I also added a little shadow under the Hibiscus to anchor the image.  

Just to finish off I added a touch of Wink and some pale blue pearls and foam mounted onto the card base.

And now, just because I'm so extremely proud...

A photo of my eldest son after he graduated with 1st Degree Honours from Bradford University on the 18th July and is now a Bachelor of Science... and he bloody smiled for the photo - RESULT!

Challenge Links...

Color Throwdown - Colour Inspiration 
The Flower Challenge - Monochrome
Stamping Sensations - In My Garden
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - Close to Nature

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

CASology Guest Designer

Whoop, whoop... a few weeks ago I was chosen as the weekly winner over at CASology and I received a lovely email from Melissa asking if I'd like to be the guest designer for this weeks challenge which until the Autumn is now extended to a fortnightly schedule.

The cue card is Cloud and as I felt 'on top of cloud 9' I decided to use that as my inspiration.

After colouring this little dragon from a Clearly Besotted set multiple times in various colour combinations I decided on a monochrome look.  He's coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut out so that he sits on Cloud 9.  I have also stencilled some very subtle clouds as a background - so subtle they look invisible ;)

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hugs on Your Birthday


Warm enough for everyone here in the UK?... I LOVE IT :)

I've used the sketch from Fusion for todays card.

With heat being very prominent at present I decided on a hot design.  The dragons have been coloured with alcohol markers and highlighted with a white gel pen.  Distress reinkers were used to create the blown effect down the side in Fired Brick and Wild Honey.

The same colours were used to ink the 'hugs' die, clear embossed and matted onto two black layers.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle and to finish I added some sparkle so the flames dance in the sunlight.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Cactus Door (playing with just the sketch)
Inkspirational - Inspiration Photo (picked out the colours)
Always Fun - Anything Goes
The Paper Players - Celebrate (Birthday Hugs)

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Bear Hugs

A super quick card to share today made using a WPlus9 set.

I just couldn't resist popping this inquisitive cub on the 'hugs' die reaching down for all that honey in the hive.  He's been coloured with alcohol markers with a few white gel pen highlights and fussy cut out.

I've added these two extra photos to show a close up of the hive that swings, its attached with white thread between two duplicate hives and to the back of the 'hugs' die.  The bees also have a little bit of Wink on their wings but they're so tiny its impossible to see unless the sunlight catches the card.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Bear
Allsorts - Baby Animals
Tuesday Throwdown - Interactive (hive swings)
Sunny Day Crafting - Animal

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Congrats on your 2018 Graduation

I've finally got round to making my sons Graduation card which is taking place next month, very excited.

The photo inspiration at Fusion is a bookcase containing lovely bright primary colours and I'm going to apologise now for toning it down.  I wanted the stack of books to look like the old leather bound vintage ones you find in historical library buildings so fingers crossed its still OK to enter the challenge with a more muted colour scheme. 

The image is by Tim Holtz and called Schoolhouse Blueprints, I rather liked not having an owl waving a scroll or a cute creature wearing a gown and mortar board.  I think this looks more grown up and I know its definitely more my son.

I very roughly coloured the image with Inktense pencils then cut the year out.  The sentiments are from a Hero Arts stamp and die set.  Everything was matted onto black cardstock and the numbers raised with foam tape and that was the fiddly part by far.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Primary Bookcase (used the photo and the stack of books)
The Male Room - Inspired by a Film Title (The Graduate)
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes