Friday, 20 July 2018

Guest Designing for Stick It Down

I'm delighted to be Guest Designer this month for the card sketch over at Stick it Down.   Here's this month's sketch:
 And here's my card ....
I thought this sketch would be harder to put together than it actually was!  I cut out a panel slightly larger than my card base, and used the cut off remnants of each section as a guide to cutting the next one, so there was no faffing about trying to work out angles and whatnot.  Hope that makes sense!! I wasn't too worried about matching up my edges as I then die-cut my panel once I'd all the bits stuck down. 

For my sentiment I used a really old set of dies, I can't even remember the manufacturer.  I cut 3 sets of each letter (the top layer is a lovely white glittery card) and then stuck them all together for some dimension.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Weddings and flowers

Well I had a nice couple of days off work, we've been busy out in the garden finishing off our new fence and then I taught myself how to re-grout paving (yay for YouTube!) so I've been doing that too.  I'd make a good builder's mate if I wasn't so knackered! At least it's a bit cooler than it was, much easier to work in.  Anyway back to my real work today for a wee rest hahaha - don't tell my boss I said that ;)

I've quite a few special orders in that I need to get cracking on, and this wedding one is the first.  I just kept it nice and simple using this oldie from Art Gone Wild.  Coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to their beaks, and sparkle to his grey jacket.  Love my little flower die from Gummiapan.  Red heart sequin from stash.

This one uses my new flower stamp from Impression Obsession.
I went over the flowers with my clear sparkle pen, and then got a bit carried away and added clear gloss and glitter to the flower centres too!  Fussy cut and mounted on foam pads.  Brick stencil for background and then lots of clear bling to finish.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bunnies Galore

Hurrah, off work again!  This time for the Twelfth holidays and I've treated myself to Monday and Tuesday too :)
I reckon 90% of the country is glued to the football this evening, not everyone wishing England well!!  Reckon our nose is out of joint when a bad referee decision in the play offs cost us our place in the World Cup!  Shame as our boys and the supporters would have had such a blast at it!

Anyway, I can't be doing with football (too much money and too much acting in it for me!) so I've had my stamps out instead.  These cards are both inspired by the MFT Summer School.

This first one is for the Primary Colours challenge - red, yellow and blue.  Stephanie has a fab video on the post on how to make this sky background.  I coloured my LOTV bunny with watercolour pencils and popped him up on foam pads.  Clear gloss and glitter added to the balloon, sparkle to the icing, and clear gloss to the yellow plate.  Red/gold stars from stash.
And this one is for the MFT Summer School challenge - repetition.
It kinda looked better in my head, and this is effort #2 so I've no excuse!  I think half the problem came when I painted my purple flower with the ink pad I stamped my text in and it didn't seem to work properly and turned a different shade than the stamped text.  Reckon it's the wrong type of ink pad ;)
Bunny is another LOTV cutie - I've since added clear gloss to the flowers to try to lift it a bit.  Didn't work. 
So that's me completed the 5 Summer School challenges - so pleased as I didn't think I was going to manage it!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Crafting with my niece

I'd a nice crafty evening with my 8yr old niece as she made a card for her mum.   After a bit of a hunt through some of my stamps (she says I have a lot of stuff hahaha) she decided to use this MFT penguin set.  She coloured them with pencils - her colouring is neater than mine!  She then added clear gloss and glitter to the beach towel and the ice cream and as you can see she's a fan of sequins!
I'd like to enter her card into the Simon Says Stamp Kids Summer Vacation challenge.

Here's a close up of her card - sorry it's not the best quality, it was a bit of a rush photo!

My card for this evening is for the MFT summer school challenge - complementary colours

I went for the purple/yellow theme, hope my touches of green are OK!
I've used a Prima stamp and coloured with watercolour pencils, and added a few dots of clear gloss to the long purple flowers - no idea what they're supposed to be, but they're kinda like a mini version of my delphiniums!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Ruth's Birthday card

It's Summer School time at MFT and I'd hoped to find some time to play, but we've been busy in the garden replacing a fence, so I've been painting planks of wood instead!  It's still scorchio here, so it's warm work!!

Anyway this card is for my sister, she's off on hols shortly so I imagine she'll have one or two of these while she's away!  My drinks are from Newton's Nook - coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle added to the drink and clear gloss to some of the fruit etc.  Sentiment heat embossed and popped up on foam pads.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Whales and Butterflies

Well that's my house sparkling, the ironing done and the garden weeded, so you're welcome to come visit!  I'd been a bit slovenly during the hot hot weather and it was a bit cooler today so I thought I'd better get my act together!!

So there wasn't much time for card making!  This ones a wee quickie using an old High Hopes stamp. I used the same splash watercolour technique as yesterday, and added a few splatters for good measure.  Gloss and glitter added to his water spout and droplets, and a bit of bling to finish.

It's summer school time at MFT :)
I'd love to have had a bit more time and a bit more mojo to play along!  Anyway, I loved Laurie's butterfly card so much I made one much the same.  I added some embossed lines to the background.  The little silver dots are the popped out bits from the edge of the butterflies.  I'll hopefully get time tomorrow to play along and be a bit more original!
MFT stitched dies; Marianne butterfly die

Saturday, 30 June 2018

A Hoppy Day

Well our heatwave is official now, and we've a hosepipe ban for the first time in 23 years!  Rubydoo got a short back and sides yesterday, so she's a happier girl now without her fur coat on!

This little girl on her pogo stick is an oldie from Tiddly Inks - coloured with watercolour pencils and popped up on foam pads.
My sky was inspired by the CAS on Friday challenge - I puddled some pale blue watercolour onto some acetate and then pressed the card into it.  I love the effect and reckon I'll be using this again!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Hot stuff

Northern Ireland very nearly broke it's own record for the hottest day today, just missed it by 0.3C, so the 30.8C record still stands!   Did you know this is how they measure temperature?:

Anyway, it's lovely weather if ....
* you don't have to wear 'work' clothes and you're in your shorts and a light vest (and it would be heavenly to ditch the bra!!)
* you've your toes in the ocean
* you've a cold beer in one hand and/or an ice cream in the other
* the air conditioning on the bus actually works!

Not so lovely sitting in a non-air conditioned office watching the sunshine outside, and especially not when it feels like 90% of the country is off on holiday!  (I was the only one at the bus stop yesterday morning - some days there's up to 20 of us there!)  Thankfully tomorrow's Friday, so only one more day to get through before I can get those shorts on!!  And if none of our neighbours are about I'll be ditching that bra too hahahaha

Anyway, I've been colouring in the garden, so here's a few just to use some of them up.  No mojo for fancy design, so they're dead simple

This first one uses an oldie Penny Black - coloured with watercolour pencils.  Both the bear and the frame popped up on foam pads.
  • Less is More #374 - item from your bits box - I'd cut my frame for a previous card but it turned out to be too small and I knew it would come in handy for something!
  • AAA Cards #118 - use a frame
  • CASology #306 - bear
Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge

And this one is a Whiff of Joy cutie.  Again coloured with watercolour pencils.  Clear gloss added to her shoes and headband.
I added a little heart and then embossed the white panel with an old cuttlebug folder.  And that's it really!
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
  • As you like it - favourite type of embossing - mine's definitely dry embossing, my heat gun and powders live in the cupboard at the far end of the kitchen and I'm usually too lazy to go get it!!
  • Sparkles #105 - let's be pretty

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Scary Bear. Not.

We'd another lovely sunny day today, it's just so nice being able to sit in the garden and have fun colouring!   I'd actually put away the seat pads of the chairs outside as I'd figured we'd had our summer, but hurrah, it's come back again!  Remind me I said that when I'm moaning that it's too hot in work LOL

This card is based on the last Library Challenge #9, I'm a bit late in playing as the new book is already up!
My scary bear is an olide from Stampin Up and the palm trees are from an MFT set.
Coloured with watercolour pencils.  The tree to the left and the bear are both popped up on foam pads.

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Christmas mice and a Teacher Thanks

We'd a lovely sunny day today and sure what else would I be crafting out in the garden but Christmas cards! We've a heatwave on the way next week so maybe I'll get a few more made hahaha ;)

This one uses an older LOTV stamp, I'm still gutted that they've stopped making rubber stamps :(
I've coloured it with my watercolour pencils, sparkle added to their scarves, clear gloss to the cutlery and gloss/glitter to the icing on the pud.  Yummmm, I love Christmas pudding!!

And this one is a special request from my niece for her teacher.  There's a bookmark to go with it but it's not quite finished yet!  
I die cut the frame and the apple and popped them up on foam pads.  Sentiment/apple from an old Verve set. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Doggy card for Deirdre

Awww boo hoo I can't belive my 2 weeks off work are almost up :(

I'd planned to get ahead with my card making while I was off, but all I've managed really are a few personalised ones.  This one's for a mate in work - she has a mad labradoodle that I kinda thought this guy looked like. Doggy popped up on foam pads.

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

And here's a wee pic from our break in Dublin.  We'd a great time, plenty of walking about seeing the sights and a few wee beers too ;)  I can definitely recommend it, though at times in some of the pubs round Temple Bar there were more tourists than Irish!!

Friday, 15 June 2018

Cats 'n Cows

Wow how is it Friday, one week down of my holidays already!  I've been busy, busy, busy though, and squeezed in my 50th birthday too!  I've a couple of days in Dublin to look forward to next week too, so that will be good craic as well :)

This card is for my Aunt Jean , thought I'd make her a silly one!
Penny Black image - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to their eyes and beaks, and then the BG splattered in matching colours.

We do have a mad ginger cat in the neighbourhood - we've caught him a few times lurking near our neighbour's house where the starlings are nesting.  He loves nothing better than torturing poor Ruby in the garden too, just saunters past the gate to set Ruby off and then stands back laughing!

This one kinda looked different in my head to how it turned out!  If I'd thought it through I would have had my stenciled panel a wee bit lower down.  Oh, and I would have stuck my frame on straight too ;)

Oldie Penny Black image; sentiment from MFT.  Sparkle added to the flowers and clear gloss to the cow's horns and hooves.  Elizabeth Bell square dies.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Retirement card

My brief for this card was to make a retirement card for a lady who runs a playgroup.

The first stamps that popped into my head was this oldie set from Stampin' Up  - I think it's called Kids at Play but I wouldn't swear to it.
I repeated the stamp at the top so it looked like a load of kids were peeping over the wall and then drew in a line to join them up.  Coloured with watercolour pencils and the 2 kids at the bottom were popped up on foam pads.  Background chalked through a brick stencil.  My grass border is an old Martha Stewart punch.  Little silver stars from stash.

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

Monday, 11 June 2018

Floral sympathy

I found a fabulous colouring tutorial for flowers today on ChristineCreations blog.  She's used copics but I had a go with my watercolour pencils.  I like how my leaves turned out but think I need a bit more practice on my flowers.  Maybe if I'd used colours which were more different rather than the very similar pink / purple / thistle theme I used - though I think it turned out better than past efforts (like this one)

Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Gone sailing

Yippeeee that's me off work now for 2 whole weeks  :)   :)  :)
May and the start of June is always a mad hectic time at work, so I'm ready to slow down for a while.  I haven't had much time for crafting, so I'm hoping to get some squeezed in while I'm off and join in with the Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge.  The weather has been absolutely glorious here this past few weeks, so fingers crossed the sun will hang about for another wee while.

This one's a nice simple card, the sentiment does look a bit wonky in real life, but I don't think it looks just as bad as it does here!  I might die cut another panel and stick it over the top as it's annoying me now that I've seen it.
My stamp is an oldie LOTV, coloured with watercolour pencils.

  • Simply Create Too #139 - for a male
  • Crafty Cardmakers #213 - for a man/boy
  • Word Art Wednesday #338/339 - anything goes
  • CASual Fridays #201 - boys of summer
  • As you like it - favourite card shape - I don't have any fancy dies suitable for card bases but I love simple square shaped cards anyway - easy to post and easy to fit a sketch in to!  I'd quite happily make ALL my cards square, but they use a lot more A4 card stock than an ordinary A5 version.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Shona's Birthday

Just a quickie post tonight ... Versailles is on telly shortly and I love it! It can be a bit XXX raunchy sometimes, but great storylines and fabulous costumes.

This card is for my friend who loves a wee cocktail or three ;)  so I reckon this card will give her a laugh.  I hadn't intended to add the brick stencil BG, but those old inky fingers got in the way again and it did a good job of disguising the marks.
Bit of a crappy photo, but it's too late now to take another!

Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Everything's Peachy

We've had the most glorious run of sunny weather recently.  Though when it hits 27 degrees in work with no air-con it's a tad too hot!  And not helped either when they still have the heat on!!!!  #melted

I won this Penny Black cutie ages and ages ago and she's never seen ink until today! I've no idea why as she's so pretty!  Coloured with watercolour pencils - I'd no peachy coloured watercolours, so put a layer down first and then went over it with several shades of ordinary pencils.  Sparkle added to her apron trim, butterflies and the peach; clear gloss added to her sandals and lips.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Faffing about

Sometimes I spend an age just faffing about and getting nowhere!  This was based on the Library Challenge - this week it's Breakfast at Tiffanys - another book I haven't read so I just took the cover as my inspiration.
First obstacle was my Dienamics town die -  I cut it too short first time and had to do it again.
I thought it needed a wee something so went on the hunt for a little car image I have from Eat Cake Graphics .... nope, nowhere to be found.
Then I went looking for some little wooden cars that I definitely saw somewhere recently ... nope, couldn't find them either.
So then I stamped an Alley Way Stamps car, paper pieced the body work with my gold card, decided it looked crap and threw it in the bin.
And that's why I ended up with Henry Mouse as my image - it was sitting ready and waiting after being coloured in the garden yesterday!
What a faff!!
Though I'm pleased with how it turned out in the end ;)

And in comparison, this card for work just made itself!  Stamped, coloured with watercolour pencils in our company colours, added a bit of glitter to the little heart and some bling, and job done!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

On the telephone and a Birthday Doggy

Ohhh we've had the most beautiful dry and sunny weather here this past week or so, and still due for more next week!  In celebration I reckon my mojo has cleared off on his holidays ... isn't it funny how it's Mr Mojo causing the trouble and not Mrs Mojo! ;)

Anyway, this little girl was coloured in the garden, not too often I would be doing that!  Usually I need to do weeding or whatever, but for a change it was all done and tidied!

I popped her up on foam dots and added clear gloss to the telephone and her eyes and lips.

  • Layout from CAS(E) This Sketch #273
  • Colour theme from Your Next Stamp #90 - my base card wasn't an exact match but it's more peachy than the pinky shade it looks here.
  • Simon Says - inspired by a song - 'Hanging on the Telephone' by Blondie
And here's another CAS card, using my Tim Holtz doggy and MFT heart die.  I embossed a couple of lines to keep with the them of the sketch challenge and then added a few wee butterflies cut from the leftovers.
Dog popped up on foam pads and sparkle added to the butterflies.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brideshead Revisited

This card is for the current challenge over at The Library Challenge based on Brideshead Revisited.  Not a book I've read I confess, but I'll have to add it to my reading list.

I don't think I have any old car stamps so used this old Stampin Up truck and Dienamics town die.  I couldn't think how to interpret the white banner from the book, so just added some white splatters and white enamel dots instead.  Clear gloss added to the windows and truck popped up on foam pads.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

When to call it quits!

Did you ever plough on with a card when really you should have called it quits?  This one's for a student who's been on work placement with us.  I'd only stamped the sentiment and her name - then I stamped the bottom row of flowers and when I was lifting the stamp off it fell and left a faint impression.  That was my cut off point when I should have walked away.
But oh no.
I figured I'd keep going and try to cover up the worst of it.  So on went a few sequins, and then some more.  And then the bit in the middle looked a bit bare, so on went some die cuts too.   And it's annoyed me ever since.

So I made it again!  Much the same but a bit more balanced.  And much less bling!

Prima flower stamp.  Elizabeth Craft Designs square dies..

Monday, 14 May 2018

Thanks Ellie

I'm trying to rediscover my mojo, and the Muse challenge is always a good place to start!  Tracey's inspiration card this week features a sweet elephant - I don't have very many in my stash, reckon it's because I find them hard to colour!

I've used this oldie from High Hopes - I'd a wee scrap of the pink paper left so used it to paper piece her ribbon.
I added silver marker and clear gloss to her nails for a nice manicure ;)
Pink stars from stash.
Watercolour pencils.