Saturday, 16 June 2018

Have a Delightful Day

Time has come round again to play at Fusion and oh boy was it a challenge... Cupcakes!  

Yikes cupcakes, urgh... not happening.  

I have tried on numerous occasions to make cards with pretty cupcakes on and I know every time I start it will end up in the bin with a cat that I swear sniggers at me and seems to give me a look of 'you can't handle cupcakes' and damn he's right - I suck at them so bad!

In light of the above I decided on flowers using the colours from the inspiration photo and roughly fused it with the sketch.

I inked up a Clearly Besotted stamp set, white embossed and coloured with Gansai Tambi watercolours and that was pretty much it.  The edges were distressed a little, stamped the sentiment in DewDrop pearlescent orchid and added a bit of Wink to the water so it glistens in the light.

You might be able to catch the sparkle better in this photo. 

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Inspiration Photo
The Flower Challenge - Use a Previous Challenge (Challenge 14 CAS)
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
HLS - Anything Goes Watercolour optional twist Smile 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Caped Cat

I don't mind admitting I'm a bit of a superhero fan as is my husband so I had to purchase the Caped Cuties set from Clearly Besotted and the first to be inked was the cat.

He's coloured with alcohol markers and die cut out, set him to one side while I created his cityscape to be protected at all costs, as superheroes do or maybe he's a supervillian. 

I die cut a Spellbinders star into white cardstock, added foam tape to create perspective from the backdrop.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn just embossed onto black cardstock in white embossing powder and I added the caped crusader with more foam.  A few highlights were added to the buildings in a silver glitter Sakura gel pen as a reflection from the moon.

Challenge Links...

Always Fun - Male/Dad
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Animals (cat)
Crafty Cardmakers - For a Man/Boy
Inkspirational - Power (super kitty with big meow power)

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Enjoy Your Day

This week I got very messy with string and ink and so did the kitchen together with anything I touched, even the cats bowl didn't escape my inky exploits and that was on the floor... oops!

I'd forgotten how much fun you can have with a length of string covered in ink and then pulling the string out from the cardstock.

I absolutely love the fact you never really know how its going to turn out and from nowhere you get a wonderful graphic looking image, reminds me of  calla lillies.  I kept it simple and just added a red sentiment. 

Challenge Links...

The Card Concept - CAS and I used the colours for inspiration
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Birthday

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Happy Father's Day

Featuring the utterly adorable Newton from Newtons Book Club.  This is for my step-dad and it just had to be this stamp set because... a) he loves cats and b) he devours books at a frightening speed, on the plus side I rarely buy books but my book shelves are starting to groan a little!

I used the sketch from Inky Paws and started by colouring Newton in a nice ginger colour with stripes then fussy cut him out.  I wanted to use text from a book and I happen to have a book called The No. 2 Cat Detective Agency and in the back is a preview of the next book so I was a bit brutal and ripped out one of the preview pages making sure I had the word cat/kittens and Much Purring on show.

I used Lawn Fawn sentiments and BoBunny Urban stamps to create the ink splodges.

I just couldn't resist adding some Glossy Accents to his glasses for a fun touch.

I'm going to pop along to The Library challenge, the theme this time is Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Holly has a cat whose nameless as she doesn't think anyone has the right to own him and he's ginger so Newton is being typecast as Cat the Nameless Cat for this purpose.  Also, Paul Varjak is a writer so this card fits the brief pretty well.  Stopping by for a few other challenges too that have our 'man cubs' as themes ;)

Challenge Links...

Inky Paws - Sketch
The Library Challenge - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cards in Envy - Let's Hear for the Boys
Daisy Chain - For the Boys
Tuesday Throwdown - What a Guy

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Bee Happy

A quick card to share today for a few challenges, strange how sometimes you make a card and it seems to fit into oodles of challenge themes!

As bees go, I'm not a huge fan but this Dovecraft one caught my eye and its fairly big considering he's sitting on a 7x5 card base.  A little thankful they don't actually come in this size, could you imagine? 

I used a Memory Box hexagon die as the base, die cut from an already inked background in Wild Honey.  The sentiment is washi tape adhered to smooth cardstock.

As for the bee, he was stamped in Versafine and then again in Versamark and clear heat embossed.  Added a dash of yellow alcohol marker and a Wink then fussy cut him out and popped him on foam tape and voila... Bee Happy.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch
Crafty Calendar - Three of something (sentiment x 3)
CAS on Friday - Embossing (the bee)
Addicted to Stamps - CAS 
Moving Along with the Times - Black, white and one other colour

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Another Year Flies By

The cue card at CASology this week is THRILL.  The first thing that came to mind was hot air balloons as living in Staffordshire we see a lot during the Summer, they take off from Shrugborough which is a hop, skip and a jump away from me. 

It also holds sweet memories as I used to call the boys and we'd stand in the garden watching and waving, always thinking it must be such a thrill to be soaring with the birds.

The balloons and clouds are from Memory Box and I'd already decided I wanted to colour them with bright happy colours using alcohol markers.  I have no idea where the birthday sentiment stamp came from but it fits the card nicely.  

My boys are grown up now but I shall still stand and watch the thrill of hot air ballooning.

Challenge Links...

Papercraft - Around the World (in a hot air balloon)
CAS on Sunday - Make a Birthday Card 
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Best Fishes

Yay... I'm ahead of the game and made a start on Father's Day cards.  This one is for my Father-in-Law who loves his aquarium and all the beautiful fish swimming about in it.

I started yesterday by making an inky background for the sea using Distress Inks and Glimmer Mists with salt and left to dry naturally overnight as I soaked the cardstock.  I also sat colouring and fussy cutting all the elements out ready to assemble.

Once the background was fully dry I clear embossed it and over heated it so the powder bubbled giving a shiny watery look.  After that it was just a case of putting it all together, adding a little bit of waterfall Stickles to the bubbles and white embossing the sentiment.

Challenge Links...

Always Fun - Anything Goes
Fusion - Harbour (sketch and theme, 2nd card)
Daisy Chain - Animals (fish)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Floral Happy Birthday

I love flowers on cards and there are few challenges featuring blooms/nature or floral bouquets this week and I couldn't resist taking part.

I'm currently in my pastel/Spring phase so apologies for lots of pinks etc

I used Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamps, heat embossed in white, watercoloured with Gansai Tambi and fussy cut.  The leaves are a Tim Holtz die and also watercoloured.  I also used Memory Box Chloe stem, die cut from linen cardstock to add interest.  For the hexagon I first used Weathered Wood Distress Ink to create the wood grain then just die cut the shape.

I was stumped for ages trying to find a sentiment, then I remembered my old box of metal embellishments I used for my scrapbooks.  After finally finding said box, I was delighted that they really suited the card and that was it... done and dusted.

Challenge Links...

Inspired By - Photo Inspiration (hexagon and pink flowers)
Card Concept - Photo Inspiration (clean and layered/pink flowers, white and leaves)
HLS - Anything Goes with Dies
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (watercolouring)


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wishing you Oceans of Joy!

Quickly stopping by to share a card made specifically for the Fusion challenge, this time I've fused both the photo inspiration of the marine with the sketch.

I used the seahorse layering stamp from Hero Arts and the sentiment.  I made the life buoy myself from circle dies, wound a bit of twine around and hey presto.  The bubbles started life as a blank piece of white cardstock, lightly spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Sapphire and die cut.

The die has all the bubbles attached in one single piece so I did a bit of snipping and randomly placed on the piece of burlap to finish the card.

 I do think seahorses are rather magical :)

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Marine photo inspiration (both)
Crafty Cardmakers - No Patterned Paper
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Use Embellishments

Saturday, 12 May 2018

With Love

Earlier in the week I happened to catch the mood board at Use Your Stuff and its so pretty it was hard to not feel inspired by it.

I really wanted to go all vintage but time was against me so I settled on an image I'd coloured earlier this year and kept the card pretty simple.  The image is from Tim Holtz Sketchy Flowers coloured with alcohol markers.  The sentiment is from Stamping All Day and inked with pearlescent gold.

Challenge Links...

Use Your Stuff - Mood Board (I chose the single rose image for inspiration)
Allsorts - In the Pink
Just Add Ink - Colours 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Especially For You

Well, what a glorious day its been here in the UK... if only it lasted months rather than days.

Todays card features Altenew Persian Motifs set of stamps that are totally gorgeous.

I stamped the flowers in Versamark and embossed in clear then watercoloured with Gansai Tambi.  The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set.

I took the card out into the sunshine to show the sparkle from the Wink of Stella, best way to show glittery goodness if the weather plays nicely :) 

Challenge Links...

HLS - May Watercolour
Double D - May Flowers
Addicted to Stamps - Photo Inspiration
Always Fun - Flowers

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


A quick post today, sharing a 'Hello' card made using Less is More Sketch.

I pretty much stuck to the sketch and used Clearly Besotted April Showers set coloured with alcohol markers with a brush of Wink, the little raindrops have been clear embossed.  Everything else is a mixture of dies from my stash and Wild Honey distress ink with a bit of silver glittered cardstock for the sentiment.

Challenge Links...

Less is More - Sketch #23
Pixie's Playground - (snippets of white cardstock used on clouds and umbrella)
Use Your Stuff - Free Week

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Steggy, Dippy and Terry

Its the first inking of these cutie patootie dinosaurs from Clearly Besotted called You Rock and I decided to use the new sketch at Fusion which I've flipped.

I stamped the group of stones twice, masked them off so I could place Dippy behind enjoying the view.  Steggy and Terry I fussy cut out and placed on foam to add a bit of perspective.  All of them have been coloured using alcohol markers.

The sentiment is also part of the set just stamped in Versamark onto black cardstock and heat embossed in white.  There is some very subtle blue inking behind the cuties... so subtle it doesn't really show and I matted some more black cardstock behind as per the sketch and considered it done.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Pink Phone/Sketch (I chose the sketch)
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS
Papercraft - CAS 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Sending Happy Mail

Todays card features this little fur ball of mischief, Newton.

I've used the sketch from Inky Paws and once again I've used artistic license by using the image, sentiment and the clouds in place of the squares, I've also rotated it.  Newton has been coloured with alcohol markers and a little bit of wink of stella has been added to the mail box.  The clouds are MB and have had a tiny amount of ink added for definition.  The sentiment is from the same set and just white heat embossed onto black cardstock and cut into a fishtail tag.  I hand stitched the swirls and added a little Sizzix envelope complete with a heart brad in place of the bow on the sketch.

Challenge Links...

Inky Paws - Sketch
Sweet Stampers - Too Cute

Saturday, 21 April 2018

You, Me & the Sea

I loved making this card, it evokes thoughts of a beautiful remote beach and it came together really quickly once I'd got the colours right for the layering stamps.

Reluctantly one of the challenges I'm entering is Fusion and I kind of took artist licence for the sketch so I'm not sure how it will fair, but I'll give it a go.  

I choose to use Hero Arts seahorse layering stamps and matching dies together with the sentiment which is serene.  I made the background with ink, blowing through a straw to create the seaweed.  Instead of using a circle like on the sketch, I went with the cluster of stamped/die cut images but they are a little off centre.  I used a stripe of burlap and anchored with staples, they are so useful and so much more than an ordinary staple.

To finish off I added a few bubbles and just pulled the edges of the burlap to give it a washed-up beach feel.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch (and taken blue from the lampshade on the inspirational photo)
Lets Craft and Create - Anything Goes
Papercraft - BINGO (die cut/text/little stamps - bubbles)
HLS - Anything Goes with dies
Crafty Cardmakers - Water 
Pixie's Playground - Snippets (all the dies are from scraps of stamping card)

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

All About the Cats!

I noticed this week that the challenge over at Twofer is all about pets, well it would be rude of me not to enter such a wonderful theme.

I kept my cards simple as making one in a day is a massive challenge for me let alone two and my first is a Halloween card and is pretty self-explanatory.  I used a Tim Holtz die and embossing folder, it doesn't show but the cobweb is all sparkly and we all know how difficult that is to photograph (imagination required).  The sentiment is from Sugar Pea Designs.

OK my second took a little longer than the first and I decided on a shaker card.  It was pretty hard to find a way of not making the cat look Halloweenified in card number two so I went with a love theme and I think it works.  I did contemplate cutting his legs off and have him sitting on a wall but that idea got binned pretty darn quick when I couldn't make him or the wall behave in a way I was happy with.

Now please don't be fooled by this angelic looking cat... this is Loki whose a rescue cat and he's three years old and I can promise you, he's the devil himself in a fur coat.  When he's good (rarely) he's gorgeous and when he's bad (daily) - he's horrid :)

Challenge Links...

Twofer - Pets 

Saturday, 14 April 2018


I'm normally a flowers or cute animal kind of crafter so this is something a little different.

Challenge number 4 over at The Library is Memoirs of a Geisha and I decided to use the colours from the book cover and took inspiration from the fact Geisha girls are Japanese.  I die cut a circle and stencilled what was supposed to be a sun but while sponging away it dawned on me that I could incorporate the flag.  I stamped a tree from a set called Wild Trees by Stampology - I think is passes as being a little oriental looking.

The Japanese symbol is me making my mark on the card, I found an image online and set about hand drawing it in pencil, tidied it up with a ruler and fine liner pen, then in-filled with black sharpie and it simply means tree.  The lines have also been hand drawn in pencil first with lots of erasing until I'd got the placement balanced, then made permanent with a sharpie again.

Challenge Links...

The Library - Memoirs of a Geisha
Penny Black & More - black and white with one other colour
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (the symbol/lines/stencilling)