Wednesday 27 February 2013

Anyone for chocolate?

I've been 'rediscovering' my old stamps and found this one that hasn't seen ink for years!  No idea what make it is, it's long since lost it's original wrapping!
I have to totally agree with the sentiment ... nothing nicer than a big mug of tea and even bigger bar of choccie!  (I might have changed my mind about this when I face the music later at Slimming World LOL!)

Image coloured with copic markers, and clear gloss added to his glasses and wheels on the chair.

Sketch from Monday Lunchtime #252
The Cuttlebug Spot - Life is like a box of chocolates (I used my cuttlebug to die cut my circle)
Colour theme from 10 minute craft dash #12 - my card took 9 mins 42 secs (most of this was colouring time)

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Hoppy Easter

No challenge this week at High Hopes. Instead we have a fabulous Easter Parade for you, with lots of inspiration for your Easter cards.  Pop over to High Hopes to see more, there are some seriously cute bunnies on show!!

My card uses Easter Bunny Stack - I haven't put anything in their plaque yet as I haven't decided if I'm personalising this, or just might write 'With Love' or something.

I'm still practising with my pencils on this one!  Added some glitter to highlight bits on the eggs and their bow ties, and clear gloss to their noses.

Other Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #257 - simplify
One Stop Craft #217 - for the kids
A gem of a challenge #68 - add a bow
The Pink Elephant TPE188 - anything goes

Sunday 24 February 2013

Funny Bunny

Urgh, Sunday evenings come round waaaaay too quickly!   We've had another glorious sunny day, but so cold ... we were at the park this morning (even our local duck pond had a layer of ice on it), Mum's for dinner, a wee afternoon of crafting, then back down to Mum's again for tea and a play with my nephew and niece.  Back home and now in my PJs and a nice evening's viewing on the telly.  What a lovely relaxing day!

I've had another play with my Paper Smooches stamps - popped my sentiment and bunny up on dimensionals and added clear gloss to his eyes and teeth.  Blue gems added for a wee bit of sparkle.

Colour theme from Paper Smooches SPARKS cool shades challenge
Totally Papercrafts #155 - hope for Spring
Allsorts #195 - animals
Papertake Weekly - buttons and/or bling
Tuesday Alchemy #50 - hearts and/or wings
Penny's Challenge #115 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #257 - simplify

Saturday 23 February 2013

CAS Doggy

Oh BRRRRRR it's such a cold evening here.  We've  had flakes of snow falling all day (not enough to lie) and a real hard freeze tonight.  Where did Spring disappear to?   Ruby loves it though when the grass is frozen and crunchy ... has a good roll in it and goes a bit daft.  Silly dog.

This doggy is from an old Artemo set - stamped him on my white CS, popped another layer up on dimensionals and then his head again.  Sentiment and wee heart (with added red stickles) from Paper Smooches.  Wee silver domed stickers from stash.

Sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping #229
CAS-ual Friday CFC91 - Hi Ho Silver
Less is More #108 - paper piercing
Penny's Challenges #115 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #257 - simplify

Tuesday 19 February 2013

High Hopes challenge #164

This week's challenge at High Hopes is to use
Grey or Silver
So you can use grey or silver as your base colours, or simply pick out some elements in your card ... I've coloured my wee dog grey and added some silver eyelets!  Easy peasy!

My card uses some oldie stamps from High Hopes - Time Well Spent (coloured with pencils and glitter added to highlights in the water) and  Gone Fishin sentiment (minus the fish as I ran out of room!)

Hope you'll play along with your High Hopes stamps .... if you're not in you can't win LOL!

Other Challenges....
Layout from Deconstructed Sketches #89
Cute Card Thursday #256 - an eye for detail (my silver eyelets)
My Time to Craft #209 - men only
Oldie but a Goodie - bright colours
A Gem of a Challenge #67 - dies and punches

Sunday 17 February 2013

Xmas Card #4

Heee, another lovely Spring day and another Christmas card from me! This one uses an older High Hopes stamp ... Snowy Portrait.  Coloured with pencils, scarf and hat popped up on dimensionals; glitter added to hat band and scarf, and clear gloss to the rest of his hat and nose.
Marianne Design poinsettia dies and Lili of the Valley postmark.
Memory Box border die.

Layout from Christmas Challenges with Sketches #60
Charisma Cardz #6 - anything goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #25 - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra (Feb) - anything Christmas

Saturday 16 February 2013

Xmas card #3

We had a lovely Spring-like day today, no sun, but no rain!  I even got my washing out on the line for the first time in months, and the birdies are tweeting like mad.

So, I thought I'd plough on with my Christmas cards (work that logic out LOL!)  This stamp is Ski Bum Snowy from High Hopes, coloured with pencils and flower soft added to his hat.
Marianne Design and Memory Box dies.

Layout from Merry Monday #49
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #112 - snow
Party Time Tuesdays #107 - 3 and 3 (I used 3 DPs)
Tuesday Throwdown #134 - anything goes
CRAFT #194 - Christmas in February
Charisma Cardz #6 - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Christmas card
Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge #25 - anything goes

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Happy Anniversary

I'm just watching a fascinating programme on Ch4 about our crappy weather last year.  The UK had the wettest year ever - it started raining in April and basically forgot to stop!  Having said that, we'd the most beautiful winter's day today, nice and crisp and cold.  But guess what's on the forecast for tomorrow? .... yip, rain!

I'm going to be making more of my cards using pencils to colour in as markers have got to be so expensive, and times are tight!  So I've plenty of practice to get in!

This card uses a lovely Lily of the Valley stamp - I added the heart from a Paper Smooches set, but wish I hadn't as the lines on that image are a lot thicker than the main image.  Sentiment is an oldie from Elzybells (now closed)

Sketch and Love theme from Tuesday Morning sketches #185
Papertake Weekly - hearts and flowers
Top Tip Tuesday - let me call you sweetheart
My top tip .... if you don't have the right colour of cardstock to frame your image, use some plain white and just colour the edge in your desired colour with a marker (I've used a dark olive copic here)
Inky Chicks #3 - Valentine or Anniversary
Lili's Little Fairies - a touch of romance
There She Goes #194 - flowers

Get Well with Lemonade!

Our new challenge at High Hopes this week is
Two by Two
(two people or animals)
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice!
(Oh, and if you're on Facebook, come join our High Hopes group here)

My card uses an oldie stamp - Drink Lemonade.  I always think this image is a good one for get well cards.  Don't ya just love the expression on the wee ant's face holding up the other dude, he's obviously heavier than he looks!
Coloured with copics and orange stickles added to the straw and to the orange on the side of the glass.
Paper Smooches sentiment.

Other Challenges:
Colour theme from Annabelle Stamps AC156
Layout and drinks theme inspired by Muse Challenge #4
Stampin for the Weekend - something metal (I've used staples)
CRAFT #193 - get well
Copic Marker Europe #13 - anything goes with copic markers

Sunday 10 February 2013

Greg's Valentine

Well we had a lovely time at Alexandra's party yesterday, lots of yummy stuff to eat (all calorie free of course LOL)
Though I've been gobsmacked to hear that my American friends don't know what 'pass the parcel' is!!  So Brenda this is for you .... wrap the main gift which is usually for the birthday girl/boy, and keep adding layers of different wrapping paper.  In each layer put a wee gift (pack of sweeties or small toy), make sure you've enough layers so that everyone at the party gets to unwrap at least one layer.  Then all the party goers sit in a circle, put the music on and start passing the parcel.  As soon as the person in charge of the music stops it, whoever is holding the parcel unwraps a layer and finds their wee gift, the music starts again and so it goes on!  Good fun.  (though you need to know what the paper is on the last layer so you know you're stopping the music at the right person!)

Anyway, this card is Greg's Valentine card.  I usually have a tough time making lovely dovey cards for blokes, but I like how this turned out.  Not sure of the make of the rabbit image, its an oldie (possibly Whipper Snapper?) Popped him up on dimensionals and added some red gems for a bit of bling.

Layout from CAS(E) this Sketch ##14
Charisma Cardz #05 - Love
10-minute craft dash #11 - feature hearts (9 mins 38 secs)

Saturday 9 February 2013

Alex's birthday card

It's a horrible dark drizzly day here, but at least I've a lovely birthday party to go to later.  My wee niece is 3 already, can't hardly believe it!  So I'm hoping for plenty of jelly'n'ice cream and cake later, and maybe a wee game of pass the parcel Heee!

As usual, it's last minute for me and I made this wee card this morning so the glue is barely dry!  Image is an oldie from Bildmarina (sp?) Image and flowers/border coloured with promarkers. Silver peel off letters/number, butterfly and flower punches.

Sketch flipped from Die Cuttin Divas #101
Everybody Art #222 - add hearts
Colour theme of pink/turquoise/white and flowers/hearts inspired by Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger photo
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
 I ♥ ProMarkers  - Happy Birthday
Fab'n Funky #157 - Valentine or Hearts
Simon Says Stamp - have a heart
Divas by Design - winged things

Tuesday 5 February 2013

High Hopes Flower Challenge

It's Tuesday, so it's challenge time at High Hopes ... a nice easy one:
You need to use High Hopes stamps to play along, and you've the chance to win a new stamp of your choice.
(Want to make a ribbon flower with a difference?  Check out Alie's tutorial on High Hopes blog - I'm definitely going to give this a try!)

My card uses an older image - Brayden. Isn't he adorable!  I've only a small packet of colouring pencils, so didn't have much choice for my browns ... his mane and tail have come out a bit ginger!
(not that there's anything wrong with ginger LOL!)

Other challenges: 
Sketch flipped from Annabelle stamps #155
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Everybody Art #222 - hearts
The Corrosive Challenge #167 - hearts and flowers
Simon Says ... anything goes
Stamping Sensations February challenge - fur or feathers
Bunny Zoe Crafts - anything goes

Sunday 3 February 2013

Xmas card #02

Here we are Sunday evening again, I can't believe how fast the weekends go!  No Fair!

I'm determined to stick at my Christmas cards this year, though I'll have to up my monthly output and do better than 1 a month!
This card was inspired by Janette, this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast - here's her original.  I used a different snowman, and die cut my snowflakes instead of heat embossing them (was a bit too much like hard work LOL)

Image: Homespun Hearts Snowy  from High Hopes - coloured with pencils and hat / hearts popped up on dimensionals.  Red glitter added to hearts/button/hat and clear gloss to his nose. Marianne snowflake die.

Simon Says ... anything goes
Colour theme from Creatalicious #43
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #25 - anything goes
Moving along with the Times - punch it out (I used my favourite snowflake die)
Christmas Stampin all year long #01 - anything goes

Saturday 2 February 2013

David's Birthday card

Heee, can you tell I haven't tidied my table!  Same DP pack and star dies and sentiment as the last card! :)
This one's for my brother ... he loves to cycle and I reckon if he could get his dog on the back of his bike he probably would!

Image from Lili of the Valley, coloured with copics and clear gloss added to bicycle.

Cards 4 Men #2 - Transport
Die Cuttin Divas #100 - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays PTT#105 - anything goes
The Cuttlebug Spot - a Star is born
Tuesday Throwdown #132 - bling it on
Simon Says ... anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #254 - a different corner
Bunny Zoe's monthly challenge - anything goes

Mmmm, roast chicken!

I'm back!  Mr Mojo has been on his hols for aaages, so hopefully he's here to stay for a while!
I had a day off yesterday and squeezed this wee card in before we went to the cinema to see Les Mis - what a fab film!  I doubt Slimming World will be pleased to see me this week though - we scoffed a great big bucket of popcorn, followed by fish'n'chips for tea, and then a few drinkies in the evening.  Oops!

Talking of grub, doesn't my wee chef look very pleased with his roast chicken!  This is from High Hopes recent 'Senior Moments' release - Chef Pierre - coloured with copics and popped up on dimensionals.  I've also used my wee star dies from Die-namics, they seem to be a favourite when I'm making blokey cards!

Sketch from Sieze the Birthday #04 - masculine
Die Cuttin Divas #100 - anything goes
Creative Inspirations #199 - one for the guys
Simon Says ... anything goes
Copic Marker Europe #13 - anything goes with copics
Moving along with the Times - punch it out
Bunny Zoe's monthly challenge - anything goes