Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Oh, For....!

My adorable fox is back but he's got a bit lippy this time with some of the naughtier sentiments from the set, which is another reason why I wanted these stamps (overt your eyes if you're of a delicate nature lol)

This card is for my stepdad who celebrates his birthday later this month, and thankfully we're all blessed with a sense of humour.

I stencilled the cloud background and machine stitched a border.  The fox is stamped with Stazon and coloured with Zigs.  I fussy cut him out this time, placed him on the card so I could stamp the naughty sentiment either side of him so it makes sense.  I adhered him with 3D foam for lift and finished off with a couple of pearls to match the balloons.  Inside it does say 'Happy Birthday' but I know my stepdad will appreciate the humour on the front of the card.

Here's hoping the challenge blog owners have a sense of fun and I'll get away with entering my card after all it was My Sentiments Exactly that designed the wording, not me - I wouldn't cos I'm too innocent - HaHa as if!

As this card is a little naughty and for a birthday, I thought I'd pop along to Naughty or Nice Challenge.

Challenge Links... 

Allsorts - No patterned paper
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Naughty or Nice - Celebration (naughty birthday)

Supplies: MSE What Does the Fox Say... stamp set (including sentiments), Zig watercolouring pens, MFT Cloud stencil, KaiserCraft pearls, Stazon and Dewdrops (pearlescent sky blue) ink pads.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Two cards today and these are for a new challenge from Darnell of djkardkreations called Twofer Card Challenge.  The idea is to use the same stamp/die on two cards for two separate occasions and for the first challenge the prompt is - feathers.

I've been thinking graduation recently as my son and his girlfriend both graduate this Summer and I thought feathers might be appropriate as they've both flown the home nest and have learnt to fly on their own.  All I did was die cut the feathers, sentiment and added a strip of black cardstock.  Included some paint splatters, added a gold seal with the word 'Love' and coloured a few gems black and done.

My second card took a little more thought, I was initially stumped until I looked at the pile of feathers that I'd been shuffling on the table while preoccupied with something on tv - then it struck me... make a pinwheel of feathers, watercoloured.  Die cut the 'thanks' three times and arranged the feathers, not quite central and it had to be on an 8x8 card as it looked too cluttered on anything smaller, there we have it - two cards done in one day, a first for me!

Supplies: Unbranded feather die and sentiments, 7 Gypsies seal kit, Zig watercolour pens, Inktense pencils and Hobby Craft pearl/clear gems.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Fox Says...

Since last Summer, I've been trying to get hold of this stamp set from MSE - why?  That's easy, the little fox is just so darn adorable its hard to resist such a cutie pie.  So imagine my surprise on Christmas morning to find this little gem hidden under the tree :)

Once again I decided to follow the sketch from Fusion, I'm actually getting quite good at not wandering of track.  I started by embossing three stitched circle dies leaving enough space for him (yes hes a he) to be stamped in the middle.  I coloured him with Zigs and had an oops moment with the balloons.  I have a love/hate relationship with my Zigs, the love part is when everything goes according to plan like the fox - the hate bit is what happened on the balloons, and the ink bled and made the cardstock all bitty, urgh!  

To save me from starting all over again, I decided to colour them again on a scrap of watercolour card and paper piece back in, voila.  I stitched the border in a balloon stringy kind of way, stamped the sentiment in Versamark onto some salvaged black cardstock and embossed with white, cut out using my eye - hence wonky fishtails and adhered with 3D foam tape so it was raised above the stitching.

This little fella will definitely making more appearances throughout the year - I have some cunning plans for him ;)

Challenge Links...

Daisy Chain - Something New (stamp set)
Stamping Sensations - Frosty Colours (balloons/stitching)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets (watercolour card for balloons and sentiment)
HLS - Anything Goes Watercolour
Fusion - 4th Anniversary Challenge (I used the sketch)

Supplies:  MSE The Fox Says stamp set, unbranded stitched circle dies, Zig Watercolouring pens, Crafters Companion watercolour cardstock, Bazzil In-Stitches template and thread

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Happy New Year folks, lets hope its a wonderful 2018 for one and all.

I decided to start the crafting year off with a ray of sunshine and a happy rainbow.  It was super easy to create, the only time consuming part was finding the right coloured card in my off-cuts box while reciting 'Richard of York gave battle in vain' to remind myself of the colours I was searching for!

Everything has been die cut out and arranged onto the card base.  The 'smile' die was cut out three times to give it more dimension and the clear gems were coloured with a light blue Sharpie just to give the impression of a lil rain.  The rainbow, sunshine and 'smile' dies are all brand new.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Cue Card Encourage
Allsorts - New (dies)
Always Fun Challenges - New (dies)

Supplies: MFT rainbow and sunshine die, MB puffy clouds die, unbranded 'smile' die, clear gems and Sharpie pen.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

You Warm My Heart

I adore the 'Snow Days' stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn, its just so cute its impossible to resist using - so I made this card for a very special person in my life and the sentiment says it all really.

The background is a piece that I was messing about with for another project that didn't work so I threw it in my scraps box and had just enough to cut the circle from.  I also die cut the wavy bottom panel and attached over the top using the sewing machine with a beating heartbeat stitch.  Finally, I played about with the placement of the elements until I was happy then fixed it permanently.

I should be back before Christmas but if not, then I will take this opportunity to wish everyone that reads my blog or has kindly followed me this year...

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wishing you all peace, love and happiness 

YOU ALL ROCK and thank you!

Challenge Links...

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Snow Days clear stamps/dies, unbranded circle and wavy die, Whispers ink, Copics, Zig watercolouring pens, HobbyCraft clear gems and Stickles.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

North Pole, University, Home

It's getting very busy and I'm a little behind on the family Christmas cards and this one is especially for my eldest son who will be on his way home from University next week :)

It came about when I saw the sketch from Fusion, now normally I don't like the restrictions of sketches because I wander.  Now that's not to say I haven't used a little artistic license for this one but I think it still works, well here's hoping.

I started by masking the cardstock so I could ink the ice, then cut a strip and drew diagonal lines down it in pencil, randomly (I don't measure either, life is too short) then coloured them in red, die cut the dome for the top of the pole and embossed the background.  Next came the little sign post signs, printed in blue (long story, possibly need a new printer).  I cut them out and placed them as if the polar bear had skated from University, had reached the North Pole and was heading for home.  OK in hindsight, I now realise the perspective is off but hey I'm not exhibiting at the Tate Modern so its good enough for me.

The sentiment inside reads 'Have a COOL Christmas'.  I had lots of fun with this sketch and pleased with how it turned out.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Blue Gift
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas 
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes Christmas
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Supplies:  My Favourite Things Polar Pals clear stamps, Zig watercolour pens, stitched circle die (unknown), snow embossing folder (unknown), Bazzil blue cardstock, Clearly Besotted 'Son' clear stamp and die and Sheenas stamping card/Crafters Companion watercolour card.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Merry and Bright

December arrived yesterday with a magical flurry of snow, a sprinkling of frost which made for a wonderful early morning walk along the partially frozen canal and I loved it.  

On my return, I'd had chance to think about my card design which I decided to use Lawn Fawn Snow Days - cant think why!

Its a little scene featuring two bunnies proudly decorating their Christmas tree with a red bow.  I inked and used a dots Cuttlebug embossing folder for the backdrop, die cut a snowy hill and then just coloured the furry friends with Copics and placed them in position.  I added the sentiment in festive red and inked and die cut the little snowflakes before taking to the sewing machine for a simple straight(ish) stitch border.

This little card has been sitting on my coffee table for the last day and I'm not sure I can part with it - I can't be the only crafter who struggles to give certain cards away, am I?

Challenge Links...

CASology - Round
Crafty Cardmakers - Animal Magic
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes

Supplies:  Lawn Fawn Snow Days stamps/dies, Cuttlebug dots embossing folder, Whispers/DewDrops ink pads and Copic pens