Thursday, 28 May 2015

CCT Just too cute!

Today's Cute Card Thursday theme is just Too Darn Cute!  We would like to see you create a real cutie, and what is more cute than a baby card!

I have used the baby stamp from Don and Daisy and coloured with my Copic pens. The postmark across the corner is stamped with Orchid Brilliance ink and I just added the star in the middle, colouring a clear one with a Copic pen, it is very subtle but pretty I think.  Want to see more .. .. here's the card:


The background paper is a scrap from my digi box, originally from Cuddly Buddly I believe.  I've added various Marianne Design die cut pieces, a tiny organza bow, punched stars and a touch of bling with more stars.  I've inked the forget-me-not flowers with a darker pink Momento and a green chalk ink for the leaves, and used the same pink ink to stamp the text.  The Marianne Design dies I used are CR1249 to cut out the stamped image, CR1307 forget-me-nots and DF3404 for the chicken wire tucked in behind.

The Die Cuttin Divas theme is Baby Love so one I can definitely enter.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Turkey Dinner

 I managed to put together another Christmas card over the long Bank Holiday weekend, it does take a while when the garden needs tending, the dog needs walking and Mum needs sorting out - but finally, it's finished!

This is the Turkey Dinner stamp by LOTV, one of my old favourites because it has a puppy and that huge turkey, not to mention that pud on top of the stove, they are going to enjoy their festive dinner to be sure! I've coloured with my Copics and added just a touch of sparkle to the pup's Christmas hat.

Here's the card:


As I said, I started this card last week, after seeing that the Winter Wonderland blog challenge was for Festive Food and knowing I had this stamp already in my Christmas 'half-made' pile.  I also had the background paper all layered up on the card so it was a matter of layering up my image to match and adding my die cut snippets - another one for Pixie's Snippets Playground - and thank you Diane for sharing my Rudolph card, I am glad you liked it!  I will almost always have snippets on my makes as I love to use my Marianne Design dies for embellishing, I think they add interest without too much sticking up so can go through the post!

On this card I used the mini poinsettia die LR0142 along with leaves from the bigger poinsettia set LR0122.  The pine cones are from set LR0286 and the holly sprays from LR0244. I coloured the white pearls with a Copic red to match in with everything, oh and I nearly forgot, the text is cut twice with die LR0225 then layered up.

And thank you to from Scraps of Life for letting me know about the Rudolph Days challenge on her blog with fabulous prizes, starting on the 25th of each month until the end of the month, and always anything goes, so here's my entry!

The Christmas Card blog challenge is anything goes, so I'm entering with them too.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my creations, hope to see you here again soon!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Uptown Girls cards

 Hello again! well after a lovely sunny day yesterday, today here on the north coast of Cornwall we are enveloped in 'fizzle' that's fog and drizzle all mixed together, and although the plants in the garden love it, I don't!

I have a couple of cards made with the Stamping Bella Uptown girls to share with you, this one brand new, the second a reworking of an earlier make.

This first one is Opal the Optimist and the text comes with the stamp.  I made it for my eldest son's partner for her birthday and hopefully she has received it by now as I will probably add to my Facebook page via Pinterest, and she will get to see that .. ..

I printed off a piece of Nitwits paper and because a couple of my inks are getting low the shades are quite different but I liked it and it worked with the red mats and the sandy coloured card I used for the base and for the die cut swirl and punched layer.  I don't actually own that MS punch, it's a piece I've had in my bit box a very long time from before I moved here when I was still able to meet up for crafty Monday afternoons with friends - not sure which friend the punch belongs to though.  I've added the roses and little buds, a tiny red bow, red lace and the die cut butterflies then embellished with gems.  Simple as it had to go in the post - I hope it arrived safely.


And here is my reworked Maybelline card.  I've added the pretty lavender mat and fixed to a bigger card base, looks much better now I think.

Well that's it from me for today.  I have to clean up the mess from under the craft table plus the bits from Izzy's annihilation of a pine cone .. .. but it did keep him quiet whilst I was trying to craft!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Sunday and hopefully you have better weather where you are.  Still, it means I can't spend time in the garden so maybe after the tidy up I shall craft and make it all messy again .. .. ..

Friday, 22 May 2015

Rudoph's Helpers!

Hello again! I am back with a little oddity card to share with you - oddity because it's made from odds and ends.  The base is a narrow strip left over when cutting a square card out of an A4 sheet of cardstock, and seems too big of a left over to add to my bit box for die cutting so I turn them into small cards that will fit in a 5" square envie.  The topper on the front is one of my older Penny Johnson stamps for Stampavie and I just coloured with my Copics and added Stickles and glaze.  I had a lot of problems with the red on that nose though .. .. red Copics are tricky and bleed easy.  Anyway, from a distance it doesn't look so bad, and with the warm grey shades I used for Rudolph it just adds to the shadow .. .. right?

I covered the base card with a scrap of Marianne Design paper, and an oddment of die cut chicken wire, then added the bow and more die cut bits and pieces embellishing with more Stickles.  I'm quite pleased how this little card turned out considering it's made from oddments of scrap.

The Marianne Design dies I used were chicken wire - DF3404, mini poinsettia - LR0142, bells and holly leaves from COL1363.

The Incy Wincy blog challenge theme is for wild animals - I have Rudolph the reindeer plus his wild robin helpers.  And the Crafty Ribbons challenge is for animals plus ribbon - so I can enter with them too.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge just want you to use some of your favourite things, mine are colouring with my Copics, and of course my Marianne Design die cuts, especially the flowers I use to embellish nearly all my projects!  And, I won the last challenge and have received a lovely package of Kanban goodies already - thank you!

And a big thank you to Eve for giving me the link to Pixie's blog and the Snippits Challenge, I shall be joining in and adding Pixie's blog to my blogs I'm following list.

I'm scheduling this post so fingers crossed it pops up tomorrow morning whilst I'm busy - I'll come along later in the day to do the linking up. Thank you for stopping by to take a peek, and if you leave me a comment I'll come visit you too.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

CCT School or Sports theme and GDT call

Hello! It's time for our next challenge at Cute Card Thursday, this time we would like you to take inspiration from school, or sports.  Of course, this is the time of year when many schools hold their Summer sports days, but, I went for a Winter sport for my card.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps, stop by the blog to read about it and for inspiration from the DT.  And, yes we are very thin on the ground and just haven't had time to put a proper DT call out.  However, if you are interested in joining us as a guest for the next month, or so, then please add GDT after your name when linking your entry to the challenge.

Back to my card, I have stamped skiing Don and used stamps from the Don and Daisy Winter scenery set in the background.  Coloured with my Copic pens and added the flakes and fine glitter for snowy effects, as well as a clear glaze over his goggles. Here is my card:


I have used a piece of background paper from one of the Marianne Design Christmas packs, a slightly awkward colour to work with but the old Almost Amethyst card from SU! is a good match!  I made more of the pearly poinsettia flowers with my little pots of pearl paint then decorated with liquid pearls, and more die cut bits and pieces.  Sorry no list of my MD dies today as I am pushed for time .. .. but I am sure you will be able to find them in the catalogue as they are all old dies that have been out for a while now.

I hope you will come and join us, and maybe think about being our GDT for the summer?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Marianne Design Divas in the Pink

Sorry I am late posting my card for the
Marianne Design Divas  challenge - but you have a whole month to join in our PINK theme.

For my card I've stamped the Don and Daisy 'Coffee Time' image then cut out with a circle die so I could layer it onto my fancy die cut mat.  I've coloured the image with Copics and added the pearl string around the edge - I've gone really girly for this one!  We are being sponsored by Marianne Design and Cuddly Buddly this time around, and I have linked up the products you can buy from CB - who have revamped and renamed as Buddly Crafts.  The pearl string I have used around the image, and snips in amongst the flowers is from them and you can find it here.

Here's my pink creation:


Marianne Design goodies I've used:
Papers from Hello Sweet Baby pack PB7041
Die cuts
Birthday COL1349

The Cutie Pie challenge is to keep it cute and layer it up - hope my card fits that theme too.  

I have the grandsons coming tomorrow so need to tidy up my crafty dining table .. .. but just a couple things to finish off first so must get a wiggle on! Enjoy your weekend, and hope you can find time to craft - maybe in Pink with your MD goodies for the Marianne Design Divas?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

CCT Lovely Lace


Sorry I'm late! It's been one of those days/weeks and I've just not had enough free time to sit and write up my post for this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge, to show us some lace.  Our sponsor this time around is Katharina from Whiff of Joy, please pop over to the CCT blog to read all about it, and keep an eye open for our DT call coming very soon.  I'm guessing we have all been under a bit of pressure this week so having some lovely ladies, or gentlemen, join us will be a great help!

This is the card I made for my granddaughter Lauren's 15th birthday last month, so it's safe to share it with you now.  I've used another of my new Stamping Bella Uptown Girls stamps, this is Paisley has a pressie, and the text is part of the package.  I've coloured with my usual Copic pens, found a scrap of digi patterned paper in my bit box that matched, and of course the lace too.  Lauren doesn't do pink, but I do, so there's just the touch in the bow and pressie.  I have gone slightly overboard on the Stickles though .. .. and those big blooms I made with inking, spritzing and scrunching up some of my MD flower dies, I hope she likes them, perhaps they might come off the card and fix onto something else .. ..?  Oh, and my touch of lace is from my stash, the pretty lace flower border.

The MD dies I used to create the flower sprays were LR0111 and the small die from CR1204.  The leaves were from LR0162 and LR0192.

I have to dash away again now, so no extra challenges for this one.  I do hope you will come and play with us at Cute Card Thursday this week, it will be lovely to see you touches of lace!