Sunday 30 March 2014

Xmas Card #01

Still crafting in the dark here, despite the extra hour ;)
Spent some of today painting my bathroom, and then another while trying to get gloss out of my hair.  Ha!

I said last year that I'd not be stressing about Christmas cards this year and I'd be looking for a CAS design, so this is my first effort!

These lovely snowflakes are Paper Smooches dies that I hadn't got round to using before now, also PS sentiment - sentiment panel is popped up on dimensionals and a bit of bling added to the snowflake centres.  Easy peasy!!

Saturday 29 March 2014

Craaaazeeee Bunny

No craic from me tonight.  Spent my day doing the food shopping and cleaning and tidying.  And squeezed in a wee bit of crafty time in between my cleaning ... usually when I do this I get no further and the cleaning never gets finished, so I'm feeling rather pleased with myself to have a card and a clean tidy house tonight!!

My cards are usually quite girly, so I was determined to make an Easter card that would be OK for my nephew.

I've used lots of Paper Smooches goodies on this card ... the crazy bunny, alpha set and a couple of die cuts from the scrapbooking set.  And I love how it turned out :)

Layout from Paper Smooches Designer Drafts
Kaboodle Doodles #216 - dreaming of Spring
Creative Card Crew #58 - animals
Crafty Catz #224 - anything goes
Polkadoodles #13 - Spring is in the Air
Stampin for the Weekend - Spring colours

ETA: Featured card over at Paper Smooches :)

Friday 28 March 2014

Flutter by, Butterfly

Where has this year gone already?!  Can't believe our clocks jump forward tomorrow night, but I'm looking forward to the bright evenings.  Maybe I'll get my crafting done in daylight and get some decent pics!  I'd treated myself to a wee day off work today, but spent quite a lot of it on my knees painting skirting boards (ouch, poor sore knees!)  Looking good though ... except need to do the rest of the house now.  Isn't it always the way!

My card uses this cute butterfly from The Alley Way Stamps - paper pieced his middle and frame and butterfly popped up on dimensionals.  Butterfly charm from stash.

Colour theme from TAWS Be Inspired #51
Layout from CAS(E) this Sketch #70
Charisma Cardz #7 - CAS
Top Tip Tuesday - metal (my butterfly charm)
Seize the Birthday - buttons and bling (I remembered the bling but forgot the buttons, so it's a good job they're optional!)
Crafty Catz #224 - anything goes

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Lucy's Lambs

Time for a new challenge at High Hopes and this week it's
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice.

I'm lucky that my bus to work passes lots of farming fields, so I'm always on the lookout this time of year for all the baby animals and the little lambs are especially adorable! Mind you, there's many a day when my nose is buried in a book and I see and hear nothing the entire journey!

My card uses Lucy's Lambs - coloured with pencils.  Apologies for grey splodges on image ... I still haven't got my camera sorted.  Turns out it would cost almost as much to fix it as it would be to buy a new one!

Other challenges ...
Layout from Sunday Sketch and Stamp #199
Crafts 4 Eternity R#168 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #223 - bling it up
Simply Create Too #57 - animals
Crazy for CAS #40 - I used the spring / baby lambs theme from the inspiration picture

Sunday 23 March 2014

Mother's Day

So this is Mum's Mother's Day card :)  It took aaaages to make as I'd a few sections on the card that just looked empty and needed 'something'.  So I'd flowers on and off and on again, butterflies moved about the card, different sentiments stamped, mounted and discarded, and so it went on!! Ah well, I like how it turned out in the end!

Image from Tiddly Inks; sentiment from Lili of the Valley.  I've used my copics for a change as I couldn't find any pencils with vaguely the same tone as my fence.  Martha Stewart butterfly punch; CC Designs fence die.
I glittered up my butterflies and flowers with an old bottle of Smooch I rediscovered in my stash.

Saturday 22 March 2014

New PS goodies!

My postie was a very good boy this morning and didn't bring me any nasty bills and delivered my new Paper Smooches goodies instead - I won a $50 shopping spree a couple of weeks back :)

This was one of my purchases ... Hooties.  I know I'm a bit late joining the owl trend, but hey, better late than never!

I've paper pieced my wee owl, popped his feet up on dimensionals, clear gloss to his eyes, and orange stickles to his feet and beak.  I used some clear bling as wee thought bubbles and popped my cloud (dienamics) up on dimensionals too.

Paper Smooches SPARKS - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - doodles (my doodled border)
Cuttlebug Mania - dotty (I used my Cuttlebug to cut my cloud die)
Tuesday Throwdown #187 - tic-tac-toe - I used bling / paper piecing / CAS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - glitter it
Crafty Catz #223 - bling it up

Thursday 20 March 2014

Friends Fur-Ever

First day of Spring today ... allegedly!  It's a brrrrr chilly wind out there and a touch of snow forecast for tomorrow.  So glad I haven't put my winter woolies away yet ;)

This is just a wee quickie card.  I'm determined to use up some oldie stash - I've had some sheets of doggy-themed vellum for such a long time and have never used  any of them!  I attached this one with a couple of staples, decoupaged my Paper Smooches kitty and added a bit of silver bling.

Paper Smooches Sparks - anything goes
CASology #87 - blush
Top Tip Tuesday - metal (my staples)
Layout from Retro Sketches #106

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Duckie Flying Kite

Our new challenge this week at High Hopes is
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice.

My card uses Duckie Flying Kite - coloured with pencils to match my pretty DP.

Other challenges ...

Monday 17 March 2014

She's back!

I found this little lady over the weekend ... I couldn't tell you how long she was on the missing list for!  And I'm not even quite sure where I found her ... she just kinda appeared!!!

Coloured with pencils and clear gloss added to the empty place, and splattered red watercolour to BG.  LOVE these red enamel dots, I'll have to get some more next time I go shopping .... which may not be for some time!! Ha.

Huffy cat

No, I haven't had one of those days ... just a busy one painting.  My muscles are all objecting now though and my shins are all bruised where I lean too heavy against the step ladder!  But at least that's another job ticked off the list :)

I found this kitty stamp in my stash ... it's from quite a few years ago!  Coloured with pencils, and then I used pink and grey watercolour pencils to splatter the background (after doodling my border and then masking off the square).  I'm loving this splatter technique .. I find it difficult to make a pure CAS card with lots of white space, so adding a wee touch of colour like this is just perfect for me :)

CAS on Sunday #29 - one layer wonder
Simply Create Too #57 - animals
Sister Act Card Challenge #48
Challenges 4 Everybody #39 - anything goes

Sunday 16 March 2014

Grrrrrr Scary Bear

Another of my new DP pads :)  It immediately made me think of this bear in one of my old Stampin' Up sets.  Isn't he hilarious!
I thought he might like to go camping too, so I added his own sleeping bag Hahaha. Who's for a bear hug?

We'd another lovely dry day today ... lots of washing out on the line, dried AND ironed!! and my front garden is now weed free. Hurrah.  I'm off work tomorrow for St Patrick's Day, but I'll be painting rather than drowning the shamrock!  I think I'll be glad to get back to work for a rest ;)

Saturday 15 March 2014

Bloom Beautifully

I've had my eye on these cute Tiddly Inks stamps for a while, so caved in to buy one for my Mother's Day card - thought I'd have a wee practice with it first though!
While I was shopping some new DP pads fell in to my basket too... oops ;) .... turquoise/pink/brown combo is just my favourite so I couldn't resist this one!
Fab service by the way from Bunny Zoe's Crafts ... ordered yesterday morning and playing with it today.  Now that's what I call service!

Image coloured with pencils.  Turquoise stickles added to butterflies.  Not sure if I'm going to add a sentiment or not, I quite like it just the way it is :)

High Flyin' Mouse

I've had a few days off work :) and have had Spring Clean fever!  Lots of cupboards sorted, craft stash re-found, and a start made on the weeds in the garden.  Today was lovely, there was actually a bit of warmth in the air and Ruby spent most of the afternoon out sunbathing!  (... see updated blog header!)

This card uses this cute High Flyin' Mouse from High Hopes - coloured with pencils.  Base of card chalked with clouds.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Smiling Flowers

Time for a new challenge at High Hopes and this week it's my favourite ...
Clean and Simple
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice :)

My card uses these super happy flowers, aren't they just the cutest!
Coloured with pencils and a few yellow pearls added.

Other challenges:
Layout from CAS(e) This Sketch #67
Sister Act #47 - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss #226 - green and pink
CASology #86 - roots


Sunday 9 March 2014

Bird on a wire

I've had this sketch from Crazy for CAS in my head for a while and I was totally stumped by it, then I thought I could maybe flip it and use clouds instead of the semi-circles.  Wish I'd judged my sentiment a bit better though, it's a bit high to my twine. I need to get a good mixed sentiment set.

Bird from The Alley Way Stamps.  Coloured with watercolours and clear gloss added to his beak.  Blue gems to finish.

Layout from Crazy for CAS #39
CAS on Sunday #28 - colour me pretty
Challenges for Everybody #39 - anything goes
Sweet Stampin - be inspired by a book, film or song ... mine's 'Bird on a wire' - the Mel Gibson/Goldie Hawn movie
Simply Create Too #56 - shop in your stash
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Inky Chicks #24 - monochromatic

Bunny Blooms

It's been a horrible dark drizzly day today, don't think it even stopped for 5 minutes.  Ah well, it makes for perfect crafting weather!  ... the ironing can wait another day or two ;)

I found this old DP in my stash, no idea why I've never used it up, it's so pretty.   My image is Bunny Blooms, an oldie from High Hopes and sentiment too.  Coloured with pencils; black stickles added to his nose and flower soft to his tail.  My sentiment panel is popped up on dimensionals.

Layout from Sketch Saturday #300
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - what a gem
Simply Create Too #56 - shop in your stash
Pile it On #10 - Easter Joy

Link to stamp:    

Saturday 8 March 2014

Get Well bouquet

Sorry quickie post ... movie night again and poor Greg's always waiting on me!  I promise to visit my bloggy buddies tomorrow!

Image from Whipper Snapper - coloured with watercolour pencils.

Layout from Mojo Monday #335
Natalie and Amy's challenge #18 - flowers
Creative Card Crew #56- get well
Inky Chicks #24 - monochromatic
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Get Well Bear

My mojo has been in hibernation this past while, don't think I've made a card all week.  But I was lucky enough to win a $50 giveaway from Paper Smooches and it spurred me on to get crafty!

This wee bear is from Penny Black - coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkles added to the butterflies.  Memory Box flower spray; woodware flower punch; CC designs fence die.

Layout from Creative Inspirations #255
Penny Black at Allsorts March challenge - so sweet
Pile it On #9 - sweet/soft
Creative Card Crew #56 - get well
Papertake Weekly - anything goes + option to make own flowers

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Flowery Frog!

This week's challenge at High Hopes is ..
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new one of your choice.

My image is Froggy Posey - coloured with pencils, clear gloss added to his eyes and stickles added to the flower centres.  The flowers at the bottom are just the main image stamped again and fussy cut.  Little green pearls from stash.

Other challenges

LINKS: Want to add your own link list? ... Vicky is having a giveaway to inspire you!

Saturday 1 March 2014

Orange you glad...

1st of March already!  Spring's definitely on the way, the daffodils in my garden are starting to bloom and look sooo pretty, and it's great to see the brighter evenings too :)

This card is based on the photo inspiration challenge over at The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired #49 - I used the orange theme, green, blue sky, and added some bling for the little fairy lights.
Clear gloss added to the car windows, and orange stickles to the hub caps.  I layered up my grass but don't think it really shows up in my pic.

Layout from MFT Wednesday Sketch Club MFTWSC165
Sweet Stampin - cute
Stampin for the Weekend - sparkle and shine
Sister Act #46 - anything goes
Divas by Design - make it sparkle
Crafty Catz #220 - anything goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Are we there yet?
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - hearts / love
Card Makin Mamas #81 - stack it up