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!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Christmas Elves and a Purple sympathy

Sunday evening already but I've a nice week off work ahead of me hurrah! Hoping to get some half decent weather and maybe get a wee day out or two :)

I've been playing with my MFT elves again, I'm so glad I finally gave in and bought them :)  I've used a Christmas text die that I got last year and found impossible use, when all I really needed  to do was to add a little elf and I love how it turned out!  
I came across some silver charms recently, and thought they might be nice to use up on a gift tag, so made a matching one too.

This was another MFT purchase from my recent shopping spree.  I absolutely love the finished result, but it's a bit of a faff colouring it in - I've used 3 different purple shades of polychromo pencils and each petal takes 6 layers of colour!  I think maybe I'll give it a rattle with watercolours next time ;)

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Guest Designing for Simon Says Stamp!

Wahooo I'm so excited to be this month's Guest Designer over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge :)  I've been a long time player in their weekly challenges and a long time 'envy-ier' (this may not actually be a real word haha) of the talents of their DT, so I'm thrilled to have my efforts showcased alongside theirs!
So the first challenge up is to make a masculine card and the team are showcasing Tim Holtz goodies.  Hope you'll play along too.  As usual, they have the best prize in blogland .. a big $50 to spend in store!!
I've used this cute puppy from Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamps - it would look like our Ruby except this one's white!  She does get the floppy ears though when she's really tired and it's sooo cute!

My stamped pup didn't need much colouring and just some clear gloss on his eyes and nose.  By the way, one of the most useful things I've ever bought from the Simon Says Stamp store was one of these little mini bottles that I decant my big bottle of clear gloss in to.  The gloss never gets jammed up and the nib is perfect for detailed work.  I've had mine for a couple of years now, the wee lid has long since broken off but a blob of blutack does the same job!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Golden hippo

Just a quickie post from me tonight, I've just noticed that I gave my little hippo a lovely manicure but seriously need to sort my own out before work tomorrow!

This was one of my new purchases from Gerda Steiner, Greg says he looks like Penfold (from Dangermouse) and actually he's right LOL
Reckon I had my wonky eyes in when I was taking this picture!

Coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  Clear gloss added to his eyes, butterfly, heart and toes.  Butterflies are an old Martha Stewart punch. Not sure about hearts die, possibly MFT.

If I don't 'see' you before Wednesday I'll be back then with some exciting news :)

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Christmas Elf and June calendar

I can hardly believe it's June already, how'd that happen!!  We've had a rubbish week of weather so it was lovely to get a dry day and get out to tackle some of the weeds!

So what else would I be making to celebrate the first day of summer but a Christmas card LOL.  I've been eyeballing these MFT elves for such a long time, so a wee sale was a good excuse for a purchase ;)
Coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads; gloss and glitter added to his hat; Paper Smooches snowflake dies.

And this is Mum's calendar page for the month, actually on time for a change! I bought this little girl for my niece's birthday card last year but I don't think I've used it since.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Sympathy cards

Well it's been a typical Bank Holiday, showery and damp.  Ah well, at least it will be a short week in work :)

I always seem to have a need for sympathy cards, so made a couple of quickies this evening.
This first one uses an oldie from Taylored Expressions.  Coloured with polychromos and clear gloss added to the little pink flowers.  Not sure of the make of embossing folder - it was a magazine freebie.

    This one uses another oldie, from Papermania.  It rarely sees ink as it's one of those stamps that I find difficult to use! 

    If I was remaking this I'd use a different sentiment stamp, this one's a wee bit big.  Oh and I hadn't quite intended to use the gems but I dropped my pencil and left a mark that wouldn't be erased.

    Sunday, 26 May 2019

    Baby girl and birdies

    Just a couple of quickies from me tonight.  Well, when I say quick, this baby card ended up looking nothing like what it was supposed to!  I'd used a different sentiment, didn't like it so used this Congrats die instead.  And that meant that the image I'd originally coloured and cut out didn't look right so I had to go on the hunt for this little floating bear and colour and cut him instead.  Then I faffed about for a while trying to decide what to put on the background.  And of course I faffed about and changed so much I'm not sure it actually looks like the MFT sketch I started with - I didn't have any of the right shaped dies so I was struggling with this one before I even started!

    Bear is an oldie from (now closed) Elzybells.  MFT cloud border die.
    • Layout (very loosely!) based on MFT Wednesday Sketch 438
    • As You Like It - His or Hers - I much prefer to make female cards, they're definitely way easier to make than masculine ones.  Plus my stash is full of cutie stamps which don't lend well to male cards!
    • Moving along with the times #98 - monochrome
    • Pixie's Snippets Playground #353 - you'd laugh at the little bit of pink card I had that turned out to be a perfect fit for this sentiment!
    This one is for our Caretaker in work who's been off sick for a while and we just wanted to say Hi.
    Don't you just love it when you find some DP that's perfect for your image!  It's the little things in life :)
    I've used this seagull from an MFT set; Paper Smooches sentiment; and I had my cloud borders still on my table from the previous card so why not use one! Oh and a wave stencil for the bottom from Simon Says Stamp

    Saturday, 25 May 2019

    Baby girl and Birthday cake

    We've another nice long weekend again, though I always think we could kinda do without the Bank Holiday at the start of May and shift it to later in the year!  Hopefully the weather wises up a bit, it's been a dark damp old day.

    Good crafting day though! We've a few babies due in work, so I need to get a few cards made.  This one uses my new Stamping Bella baby - coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  I've stencilled in some pink bricks to the background but they don't show up well in my pic.
    This one I thought might do for a bloke, it's not easy to make 'masculine' cards when you've a box full of cutsey stamps!!
    Stamp from Penny Black - coloured with polychromos and some sparkle added to the icing.

    Sunday, 19 May 2019

    Birdies and birthday cake

    I've hardly any 'blokey' cards in my stash, so here's a couple of quickies to try to rectify that.
    I always love to use this oldie Whipper Snapper stamp, those little birdies give me a good giggle.  I've fussy cut them for this one and popped up on foam pads, and then added some gloss and glitter for a bit of sparkle.

    This one didn't end up as butch as I'd hoped, reckon I should have went with a darker base.
    My cake is a Gummiapan stamp - coloured with polychromos, sparkle added to the icing and clear gloss/glitter to the little stars.  I hadn't intended to have my border like that, but my white pen is a bit dodgy and decided to leave a big blob, so I just made a feature of it! 

    Saturday, 18 May 2019

    New goodies

    I've been led astray yet again by my bloggy buddy DottyJo.  You'd think I'd have developed a bit of willpower by now! Ha!   If you've more resistance than me you should pop over to see her fab creations :)

    So the object of my desires was this little dude she had used from Purple Onion Designs.  I've coloured him with polychromo pencils and added a bit of sparkle to his bauble and the snow.  Paper Smooches snowflake dies; not sure of the make of the sentiment.

    And this sweet little tree was my other purchase, I fear there may be others when my crafting budget recovers, I've been a bit spend-happy recently haha.  

    The very first, and only, real Christmas tree me and Greg had was a bit like this!  We only had a little apartment and the space for the tree had a sloping roof, so we had to cut a whack off the bottom and then some off the top too to get it wedged in.  And then after Christmas I dragged it down 4 or 5 flights of stairs and then dragged the hoover down to vacuum up all the pine needles!!  I bought a fake tree after that LOL

    Sunday, 12 May 2019

    Blue hair!

    uggh Sunday evening already, weekend time definitely goes quicker than it should!  It was a lovely sunny bright day and I got some of my pots tidied and a bit of planting done.  Still plenty more to do though!

    I've been practising my colouring again and had a look today at a few hair tutorials -  I would never have thought of using dark blue in her hair!  I think I need to invest in a few more browny shades though, my little dog ended up looking a wee bit samey.

    Things I learned in this card ... stamp your sentiment BEFORE sticking down the image!  I'd masked off my sentiment so that it could go on two lines, but it's quite sticky and when I stamped the 'thank' the stickiness of the 'you' bit took off some of my pencil work and it needed a bit of a fix.  Grrr.

    Here's a peek of my practice book.  I had been just using it as a record for blending colours but find it more useful to have a go at colouring actual stamped images.  I need lots more practice so I know I'm going to use this loads.

    Saturday, 11 May 2019

    Going for Gold

    A couple of 'quick' cards this evening.  Well, when I say 'quick' ..... both cards I ended up taking apart and spending waaaaay more time than they should have taken!
    I've been watching polychromo tutorials again, so tonight's theme is colouring Gold!

    This first one I'd put my bunny in a pink circle, stuck everything down and then decided it just didn't work.  Luckily my bunny had been stuck with foam pads, so I just had to get my craft knife in under to scrape them off!

    Bunny is an oldie from Stamping Bella that I bought in their sale and think I've stamped once.  Coloured with polychromos.

    And this one I'd originally had my central panel in white, decided it wasn't right and needed a bit of colour, and things got a bit messy in the dismantling process -  I had originally planned to have my bunny a bit higher up but his butt is covering a big ripped bit!  
    Bunny and bear from an old MFT set; gold stars from stash.

    Tuesday, 7 May 2019

    Butterflies and critters

    Well that was a bit of an icky damp dark old day.  Every time we thought we'd take Rubydoo out for a walk it started to rain, and our little princess puts the breaks on if a raindrop hits her nose!  
    Good weather for spring cleaning though - I got lots of 'silly' stuff done that doesn't quite fit in to my normal cleaning routine.  And it cleared my conscience for some crafting this afternoon so I didn't feel one bit guilty using my day off work to colour in and faff about hahaha.

    This first card uses an oldie from Eat Cake Graphics.  Hopefully we get more butterflies visiting our garden than last year, they were definitely few and far between.
    I usually just colour my butterflies all the same shade, but Mr Google kindly supplied some pics of beautiful butterflies to inspire me.  I've added a Gumiapan butterly die and little punched ones too.  If I was making this card again I'd flip my base and have the darker shade for the frame.

    So for the rest of the afternoon I went YouTube-ing to look at polychromo tutorials and found a couple on skin and hair colouring.  So this little LOTV girl was the result.  I need lots more practice - she has a bit of a 5-o'clock shadow thing going on there ;)

    I added in a little metal heart and red metallic embellishments.  Clear gloss to their noses and glitter to the girl's hair baubles.  Elizabeth Craft square dies and (I think) Gumiapan sentiment die.

    Sunday, 5 May 2019

    New Goodies

    Just a quick visit tonight, it's the big finale of Line of Duty and I can't wait to find out what happens.  They better reveal whodunnit or I'll be a bit P'd off if they drag it out to another series!!

    Anyway, here's some more of my new Stamping Bella goodies.
    This little bunny and his bear is an absolute sweetie - coloured with polychromos and some sparkle added to the white strips on his hat and glitter to his bauble.  Gummiapan flower die.

    I got my watercolour pencils out for a change for this one. Sparkle added to the carol sheet and glitter to their baubles.  I think I'll add in a few enamel dots for falling snow, it needs a wee something.