Sunday, 18 August 2019

Fancy DP!

I bought a pack of DP from the Range ages ago and it really seems to be never ending!! This pink one is a bit difficult to use as it's so patterned, but I thought I'd give it an outing for a change.
I've used this oldie from Whiff of Joy - coloured with polychromos and glitter added to her flower, dress trim and the stamps.  My colour combo was pink and green - I thought I didn't have enough green so added the little corners from some scraps.

This one's a wee quickie, using that paper stack again and a cake stamp from Gummiapan.  I wish I'd paid more heed to the blue sentiment and would have put another layer of colour on it as it's a wee bit faint.  Siler stars from stash.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Some watery cards

We'd a real mad day for weather today, one minute it was streaming sunshine and the next lashing rain!  Poor Rubydoo was in and out like a yoyo, as was my washing!  Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day :)

Anyway, I was very lucky to win some $$ from a recent MFT challenge and this Friends with Fins set was one of the goodies I chose.  Mind you, by the time Customs got the hold of them I probably ended up paying nearly as much as they actually cost.  Grr.  Anyway, I love them, so it doesn't matter.

I've masked off my BG and used this Simon Says Stamp stencil to simulate the water.  My whale is coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.

This one uses a very old Penny Black stamp dated 2005, I'd been hunting for one with water in it and this was the only one I could find.
I die cut a couple of rows of hearts (I think this die is from MFT) and then popped up a couple of the leftover bits.  

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Flowers and bubbles

There's a couple of challenges this week to feature your favourite flower - I'm completely fickle with my favourites as it really depends on the time of year!  At the minute my current favourite is my hydrangea which is absolutely covered with fabulous blooms, unfortunately they're a bit more horizontal after a storm on Thursday night!
This stamp is an oldie from Lili of the Valley, coloured with polychromos.

This one uses another real oldie from LOTV, I think I bought it in a sale ages ago and have maybe only inked it once before, bad me!
I added some gloss and glitter to the water (I've just noticed I missed one of the bubbles completely)
For my background I cut a couple of circles from some card and used it as a template to chalk in some 'bubbles'.  Hopefully you can see them, they look better in real life, but by the time I took this pic the light was already starting to go. I can't believe how quickly the dark nights and mornings are coming.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Two wee quickies

This card was inspired by this week's featured stamper over at Splitcoast - here's Pam's original.  I was inspired by her image of a watermelon and I knew I had this oldie from High Hopes in my stash ... somewhere!  Took a while to find it but I' glad I did as it's been such a loooooong time since she saw any ink.
Coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.

This one looked better in my head!  Haha.  Though I'm not sure what I would do different.  I think I should have done something different with my sentiment and I would have moved him over to the left a smidgen. 

My little hippo is from Gerda Steiner - coloured with polychromos and a paper pieced shirt. I'd a little piece of grey card in my stash that was sort of the same shade as my hippo so cut a few butterflies from it.  

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Birthday doggy

Hi All!  Long time no see!  2 cards in 3 weeks must be a new low-time record for me!  I'm still struggling a bit with my shoulder, but getting plenty of attention from the NHS and am determined to plough on and get on with things.

I've pulled out a really old Wild Rose Studio stamp for this one, so old that it's got a bit delicate and it ripped a bit when I pulled it off it's backing, thankfully in a blank space so it didn't affect the stamp.
Coloured with polychromos.  Clear gloss added to his nose, and a few little gold sequins to finish.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Christmas Chicks

Hi all, I've been MIA for a while with a sore shoulder, so no crafting and no blogging :(  I'm still not right, but got a bit bored this evening so made this quickie Christmas card and matching tag.
These are Whipper Snapper chickens - coloured with polychromos and gloss/glitter added for some sparkle.  Paper Smooches snowflakes cut from glitter card.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

An elf and a balloon

Another quickie visit to blogland this evening, Poldark is on TV and I've an hour of the gorgeous Aidan Turner to get through ;)

This first card uses this sweet little MFT elf, coloured with polychromos, glitter added to his hat/sleeves and clear gloss to the bauble and little bell.



This one is based on the book cover over at the Library Challenge, not a book I've read I confess.
Balloon coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  
Sky stenciled using the Simon Says Stamp wave stencil and a few cloud dies added for good measure.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Ruth's Birthday card and a Pelican

Just a quickie post tonight, Killing Eve is on shortly so I'm on the clock here ;)

This is my sister's birthday card using a recent-ish purchase from Whipper Snapper.  Coloured with polychromos.  I got a bit carried away with adding all my extras, I could have done with a bigger size card though this is kinda the biggest I normally make!
Gummiapan squiggly edge die; Paper Smooches heart die.

And this one uses a real oldie from High Hopes, paired with a few fishies from an MFT set.
Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to his eyes, feet and the rope round the posts.  Water stencil is from Simon Says Stamp.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Summer time

We had a damp, cloudy, frizzy hair type of day today, so I thought I'd go looking for summer in my cards instead ;)

I won this Reverse Confetti ice lolly set ages ago and had no clue what to do with it, so this is it's first outing.  I paperpieced the lolly, added another layer for the central bits and then added some clear gloss and lots of glitter. I didn't quite get the layering order right in my layout so added the little arrow as it just didn't look right.
This card will be to send a few €€ to my newphew and niece for their holidays so I'm sure they'll be more interested in what's inside ;)

And here's my Whipper Snapper birdies again, I think this is maybe one of my favourite stamps ever!  
Coloured with polychromos to match this pretty DP and gloss/glitter added to their wings.  I had a dirty finger incident in the top corner and needed a major cover up but didn't want to add any yellow so just cut my sun from white card; I like how it turned out :)

Sunday, 7 July 2019

In a CAS mood

We've had the most glorious sunny summer's day today, and I was totally self indulgent and just chillaxed all day, read my book and did a wee bit of colouring :)  I'm still in search of my Mojo, so just kept it nice and simple.

I coloured my little bunny from Purple Onion Designs with my polychromos and popped him up on foam pads.  I scored a few lines in the background and added a few little silver stars.

And here's Mum's calendar page for the month, just a tad late! 
I've used this old Wild Rose Studio stamp that I bought a long time ago and I don't believe I've ever inked it up!  
I was happy with how the colouring on my skirt turned out with the folds, but I've no idea how I actually managed it, bit of a happy accident that!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Floral Sympathy

I'm still struggling with my mojo, reckon he's off on his hols sunning himself on a beach somewhere.  Ha, funny how it's Mr Mojo and not Mrs ;)

Anyway I was lucky to win this Uniko flower set recently from the AAA Card Challenge blog, so I figured it was about time I got some ink on it.  I should maybe spend my mojo-less time looking up pictures of flowers to see how I could colour these.
Here's a wee photo of Ruby after her haircut, looking nice and clean for a change!  Unfortunately she absolutely HATES getting her picture taken, so usually when she sees the camera the only photo I get is of her backside as she scarpers ;)


Sunday, 30 June 2019

Falalalala

Ack I've no mojo at the minute, back to that scary blank card mindset and what to do with it!!  I reckon it's our weather ... we'd some 'summer' last week and it was just too nice to be sitting crafting.  Though we were back to thunderstorms and hailstones yesterday so normal service is resumed haha.  Anyway, my card stash is reasonably healthy for a change so I've gone for Christmas today.

This cutie is from Stamping Bella - coloured with polychromos.  I glossed up his nose, added glitter to his bauble and went over his song sheet with my glitter pen, so it's lovely and sparkly.  Paper Smooches snowflake dies; can't remember the make of the sentiment.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Last Guest post for Simon Says Stamp


I've been guest designing this month for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge  :)

This week's challenge theme is 'Anything goes' and the team are showcasing Stampendous goodies.  Hope you'll play along too.  As usual, they have the best prize in blogland .. a big $50 to spend in store!! 

For my card I've used this fun Stampendous Old Goat stamp set. Coloured with polychromo pencils and the goat popped up on foam pads.  The washing line in the set didn't go the width of the card, so I added it in my hand (pity I couldn't draw a straight line haha) and then drew a couple of pegs too.
Clear gloss added to his horns and hooves, and to the pegs.


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Card for Deirdre and some Birthday flowers

Oooh we've a hint of summer about the place, yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day and there's rumours of a heatwave heading our way for the end of the week.  We'll see!  Hopefully the weather smartens up a bit for The Open when it hits Portrush next month or the whole world will think it does nothing but rain here haha ;)

This card is for a friend in work, she's a great baker so I had to make one with the biggest cake I could find.
Coloured with polychromos; gloss and glitter added to her crown, shoes and the jam in the cake.  The heart and banner is cut from the silliest little bit of sparkly card, you'd laugh at some of the tiny snips I put back in my pile!

This one uses an oldie stamp from Concorde & 9th.  Coloured with polychromos.  The central flower is popped up on foam pads but doesn't show up well on this pic.  I couldn't get a good photo of this card at all in fact - my flower is definitely pinker than you see here and my leaves are greener!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

I'm Guest Designer over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this month :)
This week's challenge theme is 'Vacation' and the team are showcasing Lawn Fawn goodies.  Hope you'll play along too.  As usual, they have the best prize in blogland .. a big $50 to spend in store!! 


For my card I've used Lawn Fawn's Aloha stamps.  (there's a set with matching dies if you don't fancy fussy cutting them)   

I never drink cocktails at home, but on holiday it's definitely compulsory!  This cool pineapple dude just makes me happy - he doesn't know he's the one for the chop for my Pina Colada haha   

I used a honeycomb stencil for my background, added in a few miscellaneous leafy dies and some little flower embellishments and gems.
Image coloured with polychromo pencils and Clear gloss added to his sunnies and gloss/glitter to his 'leafy bit'.  Oh and a few splatters of green paint for good measure!


Sunday, 16 June 2019

Get Well bunny

Awww boohoo that's my week off work over, we'd a couple of nice days but mostly it rained between the showers!! We've a busy couple of months ahead in work, so it was nice just to get some time to chill out and relax.

 Today I've had my favourite LOTV bunny out, those are supposed to be daffodils but I thought I'd go for more summery colours with my polychromos ;)



Here's a wee pic of Portrush beach from a wee day out, I can't believe how few people are on the beach for a sunny June day!  And only a few hardy kids in wetsuits actually in the ocean!  Though having said that, I wasn't quite brave enough to go for a paddle in that freezing cold water either ;)

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

I'm Guest Designer over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this month :)
This week's challenge is to make a Wedding or Anniversary card and the team are showcasing Simon Says Stamp goodies.  Hope you'll play along too.  As usual, they have the best prize in blogland .. a big $50 to spend in store!! 


For my card I've used this beautiful Hibiscus frame die, isn't it gorgeous!  This die would work well for any occasion really.

I cut my frame first and then drew a faint pencil line on the card beneath so I knew where to colour with my polychromos.  Then I went over my finished flower with my glitter pen and the sentiment is cut from a little leftover bit of glitter card.  I also added a few clear gems for good measure, so there's LOTS of sparkle on this card!

Anyway, hope you'll play along in the challenge - it's a lucky dip for the winner, so if you're not in you can't win!