Sunday 28 April 2019

Spring flowers and a hungry crow

Just a quickie post tonight.  Line of Duty is on and it's confusing enough without paying proper attention!

I've always thought that wild flowers are the nicest flowers of all, especially this time of year when the bluebells and primroses are in their full show.

I've added in a touch of blue colouring to the background so the die cut stands out a bit better.  Gummiapan squares die; Whipper Snapper floral image.
And here's a wee silly card, using this fab crow from High Hopes.  It was inspired by the cover of 'All Creatures Great and Small', this week's book over at the Library Challenge #32

I think it still needs 'something' so I'll have to have a wee think.

Saturday 27 April 2019

Floral Sympathy

Happy Saturday folks!  Such a change in the weather, no need for suncream and sandals today!  It's been more of a raincoats and heating on type of day which would have been no fun whatsoever over the Easter holidays.  My poor tulips have had their heads blown off after lasting so long and I'd say the cherry blossom trees got a good clearing today too :(

Nothing very exciting on my blog this evening -  I've no sympathy cards in my stash, so got stuck in to a few this evening.

This first one uses this pretty floral stamp from Prima.  I got my watercolour pencils out for a change.  I hadn't intended to add all those splatters but had an Oops that needed disguising, but it will probably knock me out of the LIM challenge :(
And this one uses these pretty flowers from Impression Obsession.  It's one of those stamps I struggle with, I think it's only the 2nd time it's seen ink.
Coloured with polychromos.  

Tuesday 23 April 2019


Well that's the Easter holidays over and back to work tomorrow boo hoo.  I had a lovely time off, the weather was absolutely glorious and it's a VERY rare occasion that we be looking for sandals and summer trousers for Easter Sunday!! But I see normal weather is on it's way so I'm 'almost' glad I didn't use up some of my holiday leave for the rest of the week ;)

I'm still in 'oldie' mood with my stamps (I feel a shopping trip is nearly due and it's partially a guilty conscience ha!) And it's turned out that both have a bit of a butterfly theme going on!

This first one's from High Hopes from quite a few years ago.  Coloured with polychromos, sparkle added to his spots and gloss/glitter to the flower centre.

I saw a card like this recently but can't recall where - with stencilling within a circle - so if it was you, Thank You for the inspiration!

I've used an old Penny Black stamp - coloured with polychromos and then cut out and popped up on foam pads.  In case you're wondering how I get the curly fur texture, I just do all my colouring layers in little tiny scribbly circles and it kinda just sorts itself out in the end!

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Chocolate cake and chocolate eggs

Yummm I love chocolate cake, I reckon a birthday cake isn't a real birthday cake unless its a chocolate one ;)

This one is an oldie from Stamping Bella, their stamps are always fun to colour.  I've used my polychromo pencils and gloss/sparkle added to her crown and the jam in the cake.

Oops, cutting it fine now to get this posted in time for Easter.   This is just a wee quickie usng my Whipper Snapper chicken and some old bunny DP.

Sunday 14 April 2019

A hug and some booze

Quite often when my mojo is missing I go off blog hunting, and I found THIS gorgeous card by my buddy DottyJo which 100% inspired my layout and inky background!

 I've used an oldie from High Hopes - coloured with polychromos, popped up on foam pads and gloss/glitter added to his collar.  Not sure of make of sentiment die, possibly Gummiapan
  • As You Like It - favourite animal - well if I was at the zoo it would be the monkeys but my favourite 'regular' animal has to be our wee Ruby.  Thankfully she's not the size of this pup, I wouldn't fancy feeding it or the bathing or the clean up either!!
  • Pixie's Snippets Playground #350 - I'd a wee snip of inked card left over so used it for my sentiment.

 I was the lucky winner of one of Di's goodies over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop a while back and this Woodware stamp was one of the lovely prizes. It's a bit wider than what I've used here, but just cut it to suit my card.

I would love to like wine and be able to sit down and 'enjoy' a glass, but I'm afraid it just doesn't do it for me.  Probably not a bad thing!  I'll just stick to the tea ;)

Saturday 13 April 2019

A cold Snowman and some Birdies

I've had a good tidy up of my stash while my mojo's still on holiday, and came across lots of oldies that haven't been inked for ages.  Won't stop me hunting for a new set for this year's Christmas cards though ;)

I've had a check back in my old blog and this Snowdude from Little Claire Designs is 10 years old and it's maybe been almost that long since he was inked!  Coloured with Polychromos with some added gloss/glitter.  The swirly border is a Gummiapan die.

We get lots of birdies, but I don't reckon I've seen anything like these yet LOL.  These snazzy birds are from Jane's Doodles, coloured with polychromos and clear gloss added to their beaks.  I added a few dirty marks as per usual, so moved my sentiments up to the top and added some hearts to cover up the evidence ;)

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Bunches of Daffs and Tulips

There hasn't been much action about my blog recently - I've had a serious loss of mojo so I've been busy elsewhere, painting my bedroom and having a general spring clean and tidy up instead!  But my stash is seriously depleted so it's heads down and get stuck in time.

My old Lili of the Valley stamps are always easy to use, they're such a pleasure to colour in!  And I reckon I need to invest in some more MFT papers, this pack is almost all used up.
And here's Mum's calendar page which I must confess didn't quite make it to her on time for the 1st ;)  
I've used this oldie from High Hopes and stencilled in some pink swirly effects for the background but it doesn't really show up well in my photo.

Monday 1 April 2019

Christening card and a flying zebra

I'd bought this LOTV stamp a few years ago and it's never had ink on it.  In fact I had a scan through my blog and the last time I made a Christening card was back in 2013!  I was asked to personalise it so resorted to my good old peel off sentiments which haven't been used in such a long time either!

And here's a fun quickie using my flying zebra from Whipper Snapper.  I love their stamps so much but our customs always nab my packages from them and it costs a small fortune to rescue them.  Hopefully some day they'll get a UK supplier! 
Coloured with polychromos and popped up on foam pads.  Sparkle added to the umbrella and sentiment, and little blue stars to finish.  

Here's a wee photo of my lovely tulips taken yesterday in the glorious sunshine!  I've never grown them before, so I'm very pleased with them :)  Our back garden is very sheltered and gets the sun all day long so it was {nearly} a pleasure to get out and get the weeding started.  Our front garden is a much chillier and colder climate so it will wait for another few weeks before I tackle it ;)