Saturday, 17 October 2020

A Frightfully Fun Birthday

I was intrigued by The Rainbow Cards smoky slate challenge this month and an idea just clicked so I ran with it...

This is the last birthday card for this year, famous last words!

The set is Witch Way to the Candy from MFT and required a fair bit of masking starting with the frog and working down.

As the frog looks a little worried I thought I'd have the bat swooping in rather than actually perched on top.

It made me laugh at all the horrifying things the frog might be thinking will happen with the incoming bat, highlighted by the fact the bat looks hilariously naughty.

I masked off the area and applied hickory smoke Distress Oxide over the masked and already coloured images then spritzed with water, not too obvious from the photo.

Just for a bit of fun I added an orange bow to the cat and a sentiment from Monster Mash by Sugar Pea Designs.


Googly eyes were considered over many days but I resisted the urge of my inner child!


Watercooler Wednesday - Tristan's All About Occasions
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Too Cute to Spook
Sweet Stampers - Autumn or Halloween 
Krafty Chicks - Clean and Simple

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Latte Birthday Wishes

Autumn has definitely arrived here in the UK, its cold, wet, the heating is on and the cat refuses to go out so its time for a nice warm drink...

I love this bunny called Sprinkles from Your Next Stamp, I smile every time I colour him with his bottom in the air slurping the last drops of coffee from the bottom of the cup.

Tell me that image doesn't make you smile?

So I stamped Sprinkles with Ink on 3, the pumpkin on the cup is from another stamp set as I wanted a pumpkin latte for him.  All coloured with Prisma pencils in neutral colours.

The sentiment is from the same set as Sprinkles and decided to give it a splat of spilled latte using ground espresso Distress Oxide with a Funky Fossil stencil.

OK I'll own it, I'm a middle aged child and couldn't resist the urge to add a pompom :)


CASology - Spice
Sweet Stampin' - Use Your Old Stash (Sprinkles is over 5 years old)
Day of the Month Card Club - International Coffee Day 
CAS on Sunday - Autumnal (spiced pumpkin latte is Autumn, right?)

Now the ladies over at As You Like It would like to know what we do when we're not crafting with paper/card.  

So when I have time or its a special occasion I tend to sew and these two gnomes were made as an Anniversary gift for my parents to accompany a gnome card here.

Needless to say they were well received and my sewing held up, phew :)

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Go BIG on your Birthday

The penultimate birthday card before I start my Christmas cards, yeah I know a bit late but I just can't make Christmas cards until October and the dark nights arrive...

I used an MFT Stacey Yacula set and choose the puppy with the big present.  I started with a Tim Holtz brick stencil and hickory smoke Distress Oxides to add a backdrop for the image.

As usual I've coloured the image with Prisma pencils then fussy cut him out as well as the tiny present and the garland.

The sentiment is also from the same set.

To finish off the card I added a few highlights, a touch of sparkle on the ribbon/garland and added some frosted lace Stickles to the top of his party hat.

The ladies at As You Like It would like to know if you prefer bright or pastel colours when crafting.  I'm definitely a bright type of girl, actually I'm rubbish at doing pastel because it morphs into bright without me even noticing... oops!


Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act 
As You Like It - Bright or Pastel
Moving Along with the Times - Animals or Birds

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Zero FOX Given

Don't you just love a little tongue in cheek especially if its for someone who has a lot more cheek than he does tongue *wink, wink!

Now I cannot for the life of me remember who made this stamp, I do know but its slipped down the back of the brain like a pound on a settee.

The branch is from a Sugar Pea Designs stamp set called Cheeky Monkey and everything has been coloured using Prisma pencils.

I added some clouds through a rectangle mask to create the little scene, I can't decide whether the fox is about to bump his head or has got the balloons tangled on the branch... either way I thought it made for a fun card.

The balloon is a little grainy at the moment because I stupidly squeezed the Wink of Stella too much and didn't have enough time to let it dry before photographing... live and never learn!


Creative Friday - Forest Friends
Krafty Chicks - All Occasions
Watercooler Wednesday - Michelle's All About Occasions
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

Monday, 21 September 2020

Big Hugs

Regular followers (what few I have lol) will possibly remember my husbands birthday is on the 31st October, yep All Hallows. 

I always like to incorporate a subtle nod to Halloween on his card but not actually slipping into full on spooky mode, so here is this years card...

I wasn't sure how this card was going to work out but after opening the lid of my big box of stamps and rummaging through I spied MFT Snuggle Bunnies followed by Avery Elle Hugs stamps and ta d'ah.

I thought this bunny looked like he was running to give a great big hug and once paired with the sentiment the card evolved quickly.

Tipping my hat to Halloween is the colours, orange and black.  The 'hugs' was stamped with carved pumpkin Distress Oxide and and few pearls were coloured with a sharpie to finish off.


Watercooler Wednesday - Heidis Anything Goes with a masculine twist
The Paper Players - Clean and Simple with Pets
AAA Birthday - Animals and Critters
AAA Cards - Up to One Third optional twist Woodland Animals

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Two Cards, One Bookmark featuring Newton

I've been super busy this past week helping my son pack for University and I took him early this morning, its strange to be immensely proud yet so sad at the same time.

Anyway my extremely simple cards as time just ran away with me...

This little trio are all for my Mom who like me loves cats so it had to be Newton for a couple of quick Grandma cards and a bookmark, another avid reader.

Both of the cards use Newton Loves Cake coloured with Prisma pencils and the sentiments are from the same set.


Inkspirational - Inspired by the word DAY (Birthday)

The second card featuring yummy cake and my favourite of the two  :)


Sweet Stampin - Let Them Eat Cake
Fusion - CAKE
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Birthday Party

I kept the cards and the bookmark to a limited colour palette of mainly pinks, I wanted them to be really feminine and would tie in with her present that is also predominantly pink.

I've used Newton's Book Club, the gift tag has been die cut three times to give it some rigidity for lots of reading.  My son picked out the ribbon matching it with the pink paw prints on the reverse from a Newton's Nook stencil.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Have a Fabulous Birthday

I know its still Summer as the equinox isn't until the 22nd September but gosh the nights are drawing in so fast and everywhere you look signals Autumn.  

So that was my inspiration for todays card...

I inked up Altenew Leaf Canopy for this card using Ink on 3 so I could do a no-line colouring trying to capture the changing colours of Autumn.

I used an array of Prisma pencils on this card and it took soooo long I had to finish it later in the day. 

It probably would have been quicker with watercolours, maybe next time!

The sentiment is a very old wooden Penny Black stamp and while I love the mix of fonts, I hate the fact it was stuck on the wood wonky and yes I've pulled it off and reattached but it seems to slink back into its original wonky position so yes its a little... erm, wonky.  

And no I cannot remove it from the wood forever... that my friends is a craft crime.  There is something rather nostalgic about the old wood mounted stamps and the hold ya breath and hope it stamps right, which in my case it didn't but it adds what mass manufactured cards cannot... wonky charm :)


CASology - September
Time Out - Season 
Just Us Girls - Word Week, Leaves