Sunday, 13 October 2019

Some personalised cards - Betty, Derek, etc

I've been busy this weekend with a load of personalised card requests, so apologies for the long post tonight!

This first one is for my  Sister in Law - I usually make her something floral so thought I'd make something daft for a change!
Kitty from Penny Black - coloured with polychromos and clear gloss added to their beaks and his nose + tongue.  Snazzy rainbow DP is some super-old stuff I had in my love-don't-want-to-use pile!

This one was a request from a work colleague for her friend.  This one's an oldie from Lili of the Valley - I added some sparkle to the blooms and to the '80'

This one's another work request, this time for one of our client's, hope she likes her big sparkly age! 
Again another oldie Penny Black - I added some shimmer to the kitty's apron and hat and lots of glitter to the icing.  The card candy in the left corner are the wee snips from the numbers.




And this one's the card I sent to my Uncle - not entering it into any challenges as I 100% copied it from the Stampendous blog, but just wanted to post it to have a record of what I sent him!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Ryan's birthday card

Happy World Card Making Day!  I'd a busy old day today so was looking forward to getting crafty this evening, only to discover my mojo had upped and left!   No time to be wasted hanging about waiting on him though, I've a few cards needing to be made.

So this one's for my nephew, I can hardly believe he's turning 16!!!  I remade this one about 20 times before I was happy-ish with it - you should see the scene of devastation on my kitchen table, scraps, dies, discarded bits and pieces and the rest!
I've used my MFT shark and porthole die; the sentiment bit in the middle is an older Gummiapan stamp.  Shark coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  Silver stars and a googly eye to finish.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Baby boy and an Elf

So this is my first effort on colouring a darker skin tone.  I'm not sure what that says about ethnic diversity in Northern Ireland, but we're definitely a gazillion times better than we used to be!!

Image from Stamping Bella - coloured with polychromos and sparkle added to his little flower hat;  Clear gloss added to the bigger heart.  And that's it really! Nice and simple.

This one followed the MFT Sketch challenge but, not for the first time, I've missed the deadline.
This DP is from a never ending Christmas pack that I bought a few years back, I'm kinda looking forward to it running out!
MFT Elf; Paper Smooches snowflake dies.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

October calendar and a pink wedding

We had a lovely bright sunny day today - a great day for getting my washing dried outside and ousting the dust bunnies from inside!  So as I was a good busy girl all day I'd no qualms about getting crafty all evening ;)  I had a serious loss of mojo recently (too busy in work combined with a stinker of a cold) so it was good to get colouring again.

 Here's Mum's calendar page, actually early for a change!  I've used my little bee again from Tracey Hey at Alpaca Pals - it's hard to remember sometimes what stamps I've used on her calendar pages so I usually use my most recent one!  Coloured with polychromos - glitter added to his wings and gloss to his nose and to the hearts.  Background chalked up with my hexagon stencil.

This one is a special request - and yes, I have checked that Alex is a girl LOL
I've used my good old Lily of the Valley stamp - coloured with polychromos and clear gloss added to her roses.
If I was making this again I would have moved the 'congratulations' down a wee hair, my spacing isn't quite right.  Silver hearts from stash.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Snowman and a tipsy penguin

Say Hello to my new favourite snowman!   I'd been watching out for something to use for my unmounted stamps on my stamping platform, so when I spied this one at Purple Onion Designs I couldn't resist adding the Jolly Snowman to my basket too!

Coloured with polychromos - clear gloss/glitter added to his nose and I also went over his scarf/pocket with my clear glitter pen so it's all nice and sparkly.  White enamel dots for falling snow.

  • The cover of the book at the Library Challenge inspired my blue background and outstretched arms image
  • ABC Christmas - S is for Sparkle
  • Your Next Stamp Fun Friday - just for fun
  • As You Like It - Santa or no Santa - I don't have very many Santas in my stash, and I definitely have waaaay more snowmen.  

This one uses the little penguin and drink/flower from an older MFT set along with their Cheers die.  Coloured with a mixture of watercolour pencils and polychromos.  I added some sparkle to the drinks, clear gems and some white enamel dots.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Bee happy

Just a quickie post tonight ... I'm absolutely dosed with the cold and trying to watch Peaky Blinders in between blowing my nose! :(

My mojo is on sick leave too, so I did what I always do when I'm stuck ... go copy someone else!  This one's based on this weeks Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper - here's Laura's original

I've used my sweet litlte Tracey Hey bee again, coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

From one Elf to Another

I'm in Christmas mode this weekend, and I've been playing with these cute MFT elves.

This first one also uses a Uniko stripey background stamp - I nearly went cross eyed colouring it, and then I decided it was way too much and my wee elf was totally lost in it so covered most of it up with a red strip!

Images coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.
Clear gloss/glitter added to his hat and to the dog's antlers




And here's another little elf from the same MFT set.  This time I've added a die cut sentiment and snowflakes cut from glitter card, so there's lots of sparkle on this one!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Some mountains and a Bunny-Bee

I was asked to make a card for a young lad who fundraised for his school all summer by completing a 9-peaks mountain challenge. I was absolutely stumped until I remembered this little mountain range that I won ages back, it might be from Hero Arts but I wouldn't like to swear to it.

For such a simple card it took an absolute age to make and this is version #3!!  I stamped my mountains then masked them off and shadow stamped again.  I'm hoping he will know that it's supposed to be mountains! I was trying to get 9 peaks into my image but think I've only managed 8.  Ah well, he'll hardly notice haha.



    And here's another one of my new Tracey Hey stamps, awwww so cute!
    I've coloured my bunny-bee with polychromos and added clear gloss/glitter to his wings.  I added some hearts from the set and also used my Gummiapan burlap stamp for a faint background.


    Saturday, 31 August 2019

    A two-fer

    I've discovered new-to-me stamps - Alpaca Pals by Tracey Hey and I'm in love!! So of course I had to go on a wee spending spree ;)

    This little dude was first in my shopping basket.  I'm not entirely sure if he's a cat or a lion, but I suppose he can be whatever I want!! I actually managed to use up some of my rainbow washi tape - if I was being picky I'd point out that that rainbow only has 6 colours!

    Lion coloured with polychromos; clear gloss + glitter added to his cheeks and headband, and gloss to the little feathers.  Clear gems from stash.

    • Time Out #143 - I chose the rainbow theme
    • Simon Says Stamp Monday - S is for Stripes
    • As you like it - favourite way to add text - mines using stamps. I don't have a printer, I've only a few sentiment dies and my writing is awful, so it's really my only other option!

    And here's Mum's calendar page for September.  It's a much simpler affair - I think I only used 6 pencils on this one as opposed to my entire arsenal on the last one LOL
    Silver September sticker; pink metallic heart sequins; and again gloss/glitter on his cheeks and headband

    Saturday, 24 August 2019

    Off on new adventures

    Bank Holiday weekend and for a change it's warm and sunny!! It's a bit of a rarity that the two go together LOL!  I've an extra-extra-long weekend as our office was closed yesterday while the movers shifted all our stuff to new premises.  So it will be fun I'm sure when we go back on Tuesday, what's the chances of our computers and phones actually working?  Hmmmm ;)

    I'd a good tidy of my craft space (a.k.a. kitchen!) today and found this really old High Hopes cutie amongst the debris.  I don't believe she's ever seen ink, isn't that really bad!!  I've coloured her with my polychromos, though I'm not so sure if I'd be happy coming out of the hairdressers with hair that colour LOL.  Gummiapan flower dies and background stamp.  Little flower gems from stash.  This is the last snippet of my stripy MFT DP in this shade, I almost wanted to save it hahaha.

    Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    Birthday chick

    I'm always slightly out of my "comfort zone" (I hate that expression!) with one-layer cards but thought I'd give it a go ... and I love how it turned out :)

    I used an old Whipper Snapper image - masked it off to use my chicken wire stencil and then overstamped with this Gummiapan text block stamp.
    Chicken coloured with polychromos and clear gloss added to the balloon, his beak and feet, and sparkle to his red comb.  My lines down the edge are a couple of Paper Smooches border dies.


    Monday, 19 August 2019

    Christmas doggy

    Here's one for the Lovely Dotty Jo's Christmas Kickstart challenge - this fortnight she's looking for festive pooches so I've used this oldie from LOTV.  I've since added gloss/glitter to his Christmas hat and to the ribbon on the pressie - the more sparkle I can get on a Christmas card the better!


    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.