Thursday, 17 January 2019

Time Out Guest Designer

Oh Yes, lucky me is Guest Designing at Time Out  (just a little bit excited 😉) for this fortnights challenge which is an Inspired by Words theme...

I opted to use the word 'friends' and make a sweet friendship card using a set from Clearly Besotted.

I've coloured the image using alcohol markers and then fussy cut.  The tropical leaves are from a die set from The Works that were a nice little gift for Christmas and I thought they worked with the jungle friends, the sun die is unbranded.  I've added colour using Distress Oxides (another pressie) in carved pumpkin, bundled sage, forest moss and squeezed lemonade.  To finish I added two strips of washi tape down the sides and voila!

Over to you... so why not stop by and see what wonderful creations the design team have made and be inspired to take part :)

Saturday, 12 January 2019


I've had these Tim Holtz crazy birds for awhile and I'm not overly keen on them, prefer the cats/dogs so I challenged myself to use them at least once.  This card is for the boys Grandad who likes the wildlife to visit his garden and they're weird enough to appeal to his sense of humour :)

I've coloured them with alcohol markers and fussy cut them out, I already had the brick background lying around so made use of it as a backdrop.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and cut using the matching dies.  I've added a party hat from a Newtons Nook stamp set and popped googly eyes on two of the birds.

Challenge Links...

Watercooler Wednesday - Occasions (Birthday)
The Male Room - Anything Goes optional twist beverages
Papercraft Challenges - Celebrate

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Merry Everything

Just stopping by with my last Christmas cards of 2018 made using My Favorite Things stamps :)

Now I'm not entirely sure what is wrong with Blogger but just lately every uploaded photo is becoming blurred and I can assure you, its absolutely clear in real life and on my computer screen :(

This card features a lovely jolly Santa leaping for joy with his reindeer looking up at him and smiling, coloured with alcohol markers.  I've used a TH brick wall stencil tea dye Distress Ink, added a sentiment embossed in white.  I've used a Clearly Besotted stamp set to get the red diagonal stripes on the bottom. 

Challenge Links...

Sweet Stampin - Anything Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes

The second card is from one brother to the other and features the sweet penguins from Stacey Yacula which I've turned into brothers holding flippers, coloured with alcohol markers.  I've used the same Clearly Besotted diagonal stripe stamp, matted onto white cardstock.  The circle die has been embossed with a snow folder and lightly inked with blue, finished off with a small Christmas sentiment.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 

Challenge Links...

As You Like It - Anything Goes
Time Out - Inspired by Words (I chose family and the word Brothers)
CAS on Sunday - Make a Christmas Card

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Happy, Merry, Joyful Christmas

Wrapping up the last of my Christmas cards, just one more to go then I'm swapping craft for festive baking :)


I've used a Stamplorations stamp embossed in gold and coloured in with alcohol markers in traditional Christmas colours.  The sentiment is from a Stacey Yacula MFT set, I think its the penguins set.

I've added a generous helping of gold paint splatters and the sequins were a must after Miss Clever Cloggs here splashed the card with two big splodges of diluted paint, urgh!

Challenge Links...

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas
CAS on Sunday - Make a Christmas Card
Time Out - Joyful
Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Merry Chris-Moose!

I've finally got my hands on this happy moose from Your Next Stamp... Yay!

I started with the background stamp from Winnie & Walter and thank heavens for stamp platforms because this needed stamping multiple times to get a crisp even image.  The moose was coloured with alcohol markers and cut using the matching die with a few highlights added with white gel pen.

The sentiment is from the same set and embossed in clear after stamping in black and I love that its big, bold and really matches the image.  I've added a little Wink on the background swirl.

This one is for my eldest and I plan on making a second one for my youngest, possibly in blue to give him a wintry feel :)

Challenge Links...

Inkspirational - Designers Choice, Anything Christmas
Inspired By - Peppermint
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Double D - Run Run Rudolph (or a moose in my case)
Freshly Made Sketches 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Monochromatic Bells

As much as I love traditional Christmas colours, I opted for a monochromatic card this time using Altenews Bells and Bows stamp set.

To start with I chose a selection of grey inks and with a stamping platform stamped all three layers working from light to dark.  For the bows I used the darkest grey from the bells and black as the final layer.  Both bells have been clear embossed and a touch of Wink is on the bows.

Thanks to the dull whether the 'Merry' on the top photo looks black when in reality its been heat embossed with silver, only the words above and below are stamped in black.  To finish I attached to a black card base with foam for a small amount of dimension.

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches - Took a little artist licence :)
Inkspirational - Anything Christmas 
Color Throwdown - Black, White, Grey & Silver

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Happy Christmas

I love making Christmas cards now the big day is fast approaching and today I'm featuring this cute little guy...

The day before I started this card I was messing about with shaving foam, photo paper and reinkers to create a few festive marble effects and I've utilised one of them on this card.

I used the super sweet MFT Holiday Penguins designed by Stacey Yacula coloured with pencils and a few white gel pen highlights as well as a bit of sparkle for his hat.

The card base is textured red and I die cut the 'happy' from the satin photo paper I'd made the day before.

The Christmas was just stamped and embossed in white, before assembling my card I masked off the bottom area and added some white paint splatters to the top half.

I love the way the marble effect came out, I was aiming for a peppermint swirl design and of course I enjoyed getting very messy with shaving foam... still very much a child at heart :)

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Christmas Chair (I used the red and white theme from the cushion)
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Christmas
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Holidays
Tuesday Throwdown - Inspiration Photo (I used the red and white theme)