Saturday, 13 October 2018

Birthday Bear

Inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I've made my husbands birthday card, coloured with a twist of Halloween colours.


I've used MFT Birthday Bears stamps/dies and Happy Birthday die all coloured with alcohol markers.  


A little bit of sparkle was added to the bows and the husband is from a stamp set by Clearly Besotted with matching dies (retired now).

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches 
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies 
Moving Along with the Times - For a Man
Papercraft - Die Cuts or Punches 




Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Frightfully Fun Birthday

Well the nights are drawing in and that can only mean one thing - Halloween.  It also happens to be my husbands and his brothers birthday.  Imagine having twins born on Halloween... double trouble for sure!

I'm starting with my brother-in-laws card, still thinking about my husbands! When making their cards I usually like to add a bit of spookiness and for this card I used Monster Mash stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs featuring the not so spooky but rather cute Franky - why the heck I feel the need to name my stamps is beyond me, it can't be normal - anyway...


I've coloured Franky with alcohol markers, stamped the sentiment in two parts to add the word birthday rather than Halloween.  Masked off the image to add some black acrylic paint and grounded him with a strip of patterned paper from MFT and non-shed silver glitter card.

Challenge Links...

Use Your Stuff - Autumn/Halloween
Craft Rocket - Autumn/Halloween
Fab 'n' Funky - Black/Green and Orange

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Birthday Circles

A quick card to share today that I recently made for my sons birthday using MFT Basic Circle stencil.


I started by masking a vertical strip then stencilled the circles within the masked area using a variety of colours in inks and pencils.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and Clearly Besotted.


I added a little bit of Wink to catch the Autumn sunlight through the window and that's it, a super easy card and great for boys :)

Challenge Links...

MFT - World Cardmaking Day ROYGBIV
Little Red Wagon - Use a stencil
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Happy Retirement

My husband asked me to make a retirement card for a work colleague from everyone in his department this week.  

*Gulp* 

I was pushing stamps around the table and of course my favourite dragon was on the top but I had no idea what to make.  I took a break and looked at some of the challenges for inspiration and AAA Cards caught my eye with a brilliant challenge based on a TV Show.  I looked at the dragon again and BINGO... The Clangers.  I used to love that show as a child with the whistling and weirdly they only ate green soup that was dished up by the Soup Dragon.  Kids tv was a little strange in the 70s but a lot more imaginative!

Anyway here is the card I finally managed to cobble together complete with a (boy) Soup Dragon...


I did ask if the colleague had a sense of humour as not everyone would appreciate a dragon but I kinda liked the look on his face.  He was coloured using alcohol markers and cut out using the matching dies.


I used a ruler, a rare sight when I craft just to align the letters and the 'Happy' is from Lawn Fawn.

Challenge Links...

AAA Cards - Be Inspired by a TV Show - The Clangers
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Always Fun - Dies and Punches

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

HB2U & GD at CASology

I've been lucky enough to be asked to Guest Design for CASology again and of course I jumped at the opportunity.  The cue word for this weeks challenge is BOY, perfect timing as its my youngest sons birthday this week so I've made the card for him from his brother.




You'd think being Mom to two boys I'd have oodles of boy themed stamps, you'd be very wrong... I'm more a cute stamp type of person but I do have this little skater boy from The Greeting Farm.

He's been coloured using alcohol markers, fussy cut out and positioned so it looks like he's grinding over the word.  The 'brother' sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and I have no idea where the HB2U is from.



The background was created with a grey watercolour pen scribbled and spritzed onto a non-stick mat, using scrunched up clingfilm/plastic wrap/Saran wrap dab the colour onto the cardstock to give him a grungy backdrop.

If you fancy playing along you have until Monday 1st October and its certainly worth stopping by to see lots of gorgeous inspiration from the design team :)



Challenge Links...

Always Fun - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Boys/Men

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Hugs on Your Birthday

Its so nice to be back painting pretty watercolours instead of walls and ceilings!

Next week is my Moms birthday and since I can remember she's grown sweet peas from seed every year, of course I always get a little posy which smells absolutely amazing.


I bought Altenew's Sweetest Peas stamp set awhile ago but I find them very stylised and I wanted a more natural and delicate looking flower so I decided on a no line watercolouring.

I stamped the image in very pale pink and green then used my Kuretake pens to colour them in.  


I couldn't resist adding a touch of Wink to the center of the flowers, the sentiment is from Avery Elle. 

Challenge Links...

Less is More - One Layer Florals
HLS Watercolour - Anything Goes optional Butterflies
Addicted to Stamps - CAS
CAS on Friday - Flowers
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Happy Anniversary

Gosh... September already and apart from December its my busiest month for celebrations.  



This is for my parents and earlier this week I spied the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and used that as my starting point.

I die cut the hearts, masked a strip and splattered it with gold paint.  I've replaced some of the hearts and added a bit of Wink, which in hindsight I really dislike... sigh! 



The focal heart has been heat embossed in gold and the little brads have been coloured with a Sharpie pen.  I faffed about with the sentiment for way too long and after much chuntering to myself I just stamped it in black a few times using a stamping platform.

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches
Just us Girls - Word Week (Celebrate)
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark