Thursday, 24 September 2015

Just us Girls #311 Colour Week

Hi Everyone

A quick card here to enter into the Just us Girls Challenge #311 which is colour week:


Here's what I came up with:

I didn't want to go down the autumn route so decided to use these lovely tulips from Clearly Besotted Friends Forever and one of their sentiments from the same set.  I then coloured in with my Akashiya Sai Watercolour Brush Pens.  I die cut the image with my Creative Expressions Pierced Rectangles dies.  Layered up on red card and then onto the base card.  It looked a little plain so I used my stitched hillside from Lawn Fawn and then added a piece of red card at the bottom.

Thanks for dropping by.

Have a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch # 141

Well, it's Saturday again - where does the time go???  Do you ever get things that "speak to you"???  Well when I saw the latest sketch challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Here is the sketch:

And here's my card:

I started off with an image from Sylvia Zet Wee Stamps called Silver Fairy and used Lil'Inker stitched squares to die cut the image.  Matted onto some embossed card from my bits box.  I then used Tim Holtz Sizzix Scribbles & Splats and Dienamics Fishtail Flags to go behind the image.    The sentiment was cut from a piece of white card which I'd stuck a piece of adhesive glitter paper to.  Popped it up with a little Pinflair for a bit of dimension.  Final touches were some matching sequins.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Another card for the Pony CASE Press exchange

Hi Everyone - well it looks very much like autumn has arrived.  Very overcast and chilly here today in Somerset with the forecast looking very much foreboding with lots of rain and storms later.  Brrrrr!

It was my turn to CASE a lovely card for the Pony CASE Press exchange game - such fun.  You get a photo of a card and have to CASE it and then send it off to the person whose card you've CASE'd - which could be anywhere in the world.  It's lovely getting a surprise card through the post - a great way of making new blogging friends as well.  Pop on over to Mynn's blog On a Stampage to have a look at the rules and while you're there put your name down to play along.

Here is the card that I CASE'd (isn't that bunny just too cute for words?):

and here is my card which has now been received by Lee Anne:

I've used the fab Crazy Birds stamp set from Tim Holtz and now I've finally got my hands on the matching dies decided to use them as well.  Oh, a little tip (one that Tim gives in his YouTube video) when you get the dies separate them into their separate bird figures and put them in a separate bag - I put a stamped image in with them as well - so much easier to sort them out if you're in a hurry!

I used my Embossalicious Picnic Plaid embossing folder on the b/p and cut the edge with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside dies.  The b/p was from my bits box.  Sentiment is Waltzingmouse Stamps die cut with my Stitched Banner dies.  The balloon sentiment was computer generated and cut using my Lawn Fawn Party Balloon dies.  A bit of bakers' twine and some gems finished it all off.

Thanks for dropping by and taking time to comment - it's very much appreciated.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #138

Hi Everyone

There's a new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and as soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to do.

Here is the sketch:

And here's my card:

A little while ago I purchased a fabulous die from Clearly Besotted called Shaker Shapes Diamond Thanks die and it fits this challenge perfectly.  Such a bargain at £5!  I used some embossed gold card which was in my bits (admittedly a bit more than "bits") box!  I used the die making it a square shape rather than in the normal diamond orientation.  Everything else on this card was fished out of my bits box - very quick and simple card.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Just Us Girls Challenge #308 Wild Card - Sketch

Hello Everyone

Well it's the end of August already......where on earth does the time go?  The end of August means the end of my very enjoyable time as Guest Designer over at Just Us Girls.  This week is a Wild Card challenge:

And here is what I came up with:

I started off by stamping this lovely stamp "Falling Flowers" from Honey Doo Crafts.  I heat embossed in fine gold e/p.  I then fussy cut the flowers before putting it through my machine with a Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die.  I then stamped and embossed the flowers twice more onto vellum, fussy cut them out, coloured the rear of the flowers with my Inktense pencils, shaped and used Pinflair to add them to the top of the original image.  Two mats were cut in pink and gold using the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles dies and they were all layered up.  The d/p is from my bits box but think it is an old Glenda Waterworth piece.  The band is another piece of gold and pink but I put the pink piece through my machine using my Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder (which goes pretty well with the d/p).  The sentiment was in my bits box but think it is an old Spellbinders die and the tag is from Sue Wilson's Pierced Tags.  Finishing touches were Liquid Pearls and a bow.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please pop on over to the Just Us Girls Challenge Blog to see the lovely examples the Design Team have come up with for you.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Just Us Girls #307 Inspiration Photo

Hello Everyone

Well it's time for my fourth challenge as GD at Just Us Girls.  This week they have an inspiration photo for you:

Now I had to ponder on this one for a while because it reminded me of Autumn which was the first challenge for August.  But what could I do with leaves that's a bit different?  Well, here's what I came up with - an alternative Christmas card!

I started off sprinkling some Brusho's onto watercolour card and then spritzed with water to blend it all.  I then used Sue Wilson's Holly Sprays dies to die cut four sprays from the coloured w/c card.  I thought cream card would go better for this challenge so I took a 7" square Anna-Marie card and then cut a piece of cream linen card slightly smaller.  Using my Lil Inker stitched circles dies I cut an aperture and then two frames.  On the cut out piece of the stitched circle I used Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves to stamp my Quietfire Design "Gentle Thoughts" sentiment and then clear embossed it.  I marked where the sentiment should go on the base card so I could place it perfectly for the aperture and then added the two frames popped up with foam pads.  On top of that I used some Pinflair Glue Gel to add my four sprays of holly leaves.  The final addition was some Detail Sparkle Gold Gilt on the berries and a gold pearl in each corner.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  Please pop on over to Just Us Girls to see the wonderful creations the DT have made for you.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Just Us Girls - Challenge #306 Colour

Hi Everyone

Hope you're all looking forward to a great weekend - can't believe it's the middle of August already.

Anyway, this is my third week as Guest Designer for the lovely girls over at Just Us Girls.  The challenge this week is a colour challenge:

And here is what I came up with:

For the main floral image I have sponged through my Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 "From the garden" stencil using Tim Holtz DI Hickory Smoke and Barn Door.  I hunted everywhere for some grey cardstock but didn't seem to have any so used red and black to mat onto.  I die cut two Die-namics Heart Branches and added them to the card front and then brushed on WoS in clear.  I was going to use the leaves on the actual stencil but as green wasn't an option I thought this was the best way to go.  Liquid Pearls have been added to the centre of the flowers.  The sentiment is SU Oval All and I used Die-namics Pierced Ovals to mat it up.  A very simple corner and that was it.

Please pop on over to the Just Us Girls blog to see the lovely makes the rest of the DT have come up with.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Just Us Girls #305 - TREND - Use vellum

Hi Folks

Popping by with me 2nd Guest Designer post for the lovely ladies over at Just Us Girls.  This week the challenge is to use vellum on your card/project:

And here's what I came up with:

I started off with a 7" square card and then two layers of cardstock that had been embossed with Sue Wilson's Beaded Fanfare e/f.  I then used her Noble Dies Ornate Pierced Squares set for the rest of the layers alternating purple and white card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Afterthoughts set.  The vellum is the showcase of the piece.  I stamped my Heartfelt Creations Sunkissed Fleur using Versamark ink onto vellum and then heat embossed using purple e/p.  I did this twice and then die cut the elements out using the matching die.  I put the flowers together after having shaped the petals and then added them to the card.  The final step was to add some Creative Expressions Dazzlers to the centres of the flowers.  Strangely although I used purple e/f it looks more blue in the photos!!!!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Don't forget to pop on over to the Just us Girls blog to see the lovely creations the design team have come up with.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Just Us Girls #304 WORD Autumn

Hi everyone

Just dropping by to let you know how excited I was to be invited by Just us Girls to be their Guest Designer for August!!!

It's a word week and the word is Autumn


Here's what I came up with:

I used a 5" x 7" card blank and took a slightly smaller piece of white card with an aperture cut into it.  I then die cut my Memory Box Toulouse background, covered it in Flitter Glu and then metallic flakes (Sunset).  For a background behind this die I covered some cardstock in a sticky glitter sheet which I also die cut a butterfly from.  I attached the main die cut behind the aperture with the butterfly in the corner.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps heat embossed with copper e/p.

Thanks for dropping by - please pop on over to the JUGs blog to see the lovely samples made by the design team.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Christmas Card Club - Trees

A very quick post from me as I've been really busy this will be sad to know that our "chucking the teddy bear in a parachute off the church tower" event had to be cancelled due to RAIN....... ah well, it was nice yesterday and we were at our friends garden party in Hampshire.  Great catching up.  Anyway enough of all that.

I regularly used to join in the fun at the Christmas Card Club where a few of us gals joined together to set a challenge between ourselves every two weeks.  If you would like to join in then scroll down the right hand side of my blog page and you will see a list of the girls' names.  Just contact Margaret "Dutchess" and she'll give you all the details.

This week the challenge is "Trees" set by Granmargaret and I just had to use my Sue Wilson Christmas Tree die again.  

I had a piece of coloured watercolour card in my scraps box which hadn't turned out as I wanted and thought it might come in handy for something else.  Well today is the day.  I die cut two ovals using TL Essentials ovals, one from purple card and one from gold which had been embossed and was also sitting in my bits box.  I die cut the tree and then sponged ink through whilst it was still in the die.  Added a few Liquid Pearl "drops" and a matching ribbon and here's another Christmas card done.

Hope you've all had a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

HLS Christmas in July challenge

Hi Everyone - well the weather has changed again - hot and sunny here in Somerset today........and a little noisy with lots of aircraft buzzing us on the way to the air show at Yeovilton on Saturday.  We've seen some strange and wonderful things going over as well!!!

Anyway, over at Happy Little Stampers new challenge Christmas in July the theme word is TREE and as I'd just received my new Sue Wilson Christmas Tree Greeting die I decided to use that.  I've just realized that the HLS July sketch challenge is a TREE!!!  How good is that?  Plus over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra which is "anything goes".

First I took some linen white card and die cut the Christmas tree out from the centre which left me with an aperture and the die cut.  I left the card in the die and sponged some green ink through.  I then die cut three more trees and glued all four together.  I matted my linen card with some matt gold cardstock which I'd added a fancy edge to using Lawn Fawn stitched hillsides die to add some interest.  I added my Christmas tree back in the aperture and added a gold bow.

I'm also entering this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge where the challenge is use a sentiment.....well I hope I qualify with my five Christmas words.

Thanks for dropping by - hope you're all having the same good weather......fingers crossed it lasts through the weekend as we've got a garden party to go to on Saturday and a teddy with parachute being pushed off the church tower event (don't ask........!) on Sunday.

I'd like to wish Hazel a warm welcome and thank you for joining my happy band of followers.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Chuffed to bits..............

Hi folks, just popping by on a very hot and sunny day in Somerset to let you know that I was contacted by Ina of Just us Girls saying I'd won their Chic of the Week for this card that I entered into their Autumn Colours challenge.  I was absolutely over the moon to hear the news and you can see my badge on the right of this column.

Haven't got a card for you today as I've been busy cutting hedges................... but hope to be back soon with a challenge card or two.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Another Twofer.......... Less is More Week 230 Sketch challenge

Well it's a different story today........a lot cooler and rain most of the day although it's cleared up now and the sun is out - and everything is steaming!  Can't please everyone eh? lol

Thought I might miss out on joining in the fun over at Less is More where the current challenge is a sketch:

The twofer is because I'm mean............well, I die cut two apertures out of a piece of cardstock so I could use the negative shapes and then thought well I might as well use the two shapes to make another card.  So here they are:

For the first one I diecut the two apertures using Die-namics pierced rectangles and used a snippet of d/p from my stash behind the largest aperture.  The sentiment is Heartfelt Creations.  I finished off by punching the bird and branch out of the same d/p using SU build a bird punch.

The second card used the two positive shapes which I was left with and I've used my SU Timeless Love stamp set - main image for the top with the corner stamped image fussy cut.  Coloured with Akashiya Sai Watercolour Brush Pens and added some gold Wink of Stella to the centre of the flowers.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I've added a punched butterfly - it wasn't my intention but I got an ink splat on the sentiment topper and I thought it balanced everything out - phew!  The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug e/f.

A warm welcome to new follower Hazel.

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Twofer - CASE(E) this Sketch #129

Hi Everyone - it's a scorcher here in Somerset.........and I spent most of the morning cleaning windows!!!  Idiot or what?  Still I'm glad they're done - when the sun shines it shows everything up.  Mind you don't think I would have been so keen to do it if I didn't have my Karcher machine - it's one of the best things I've bought; windows are sparkling in a fraction of the time it takes normally.

Anyway, that's not what you've popped in for eh?  Loved the sketch over at CASE(E) this Sketch #129 this week so thought I'd have a go and, in fact, ended up with two cards.......first one I wasn't that happy with but really liked the result of the second card.

Here is the sketch:

This is my first card - printed out a digi image from A Day for Daisies called Hepburn Dress.  Coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The card was cut using XCut large rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies.  I embossed the edge of the card but as the e/f doesn't have anything on it I can't tell you the make etc.

Here is my second card - leaves and fuchsias are Clearly Besotted used with the matching dies.  The sentiment is from the same set and I've added some Liquid Pearls.

Thanks for dropping by - enjoy the weather.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Pony CASE-Press

Happy Saturday everyone - weather is a bit changeable today but better than yesterday when we had quite a bit of rain and it was really chilly ........... felt sorry for all those folks at Glastonbury.  Still, it wouldn't be Glastonbury without mud!  Welcome to my new follower Karen (great name!!!).

The Pony CASE-Press is still going strong and I can now post my latest card and my inspiration.  It's great fun and here are the rules if you want to join in:

Here's the concept--The Pony CASE-Press combines Wida's idea for CASADIA and Deborah's idea for her Card Chain Challenge.  Participants will CASE the card before them in the queue and then mail their CASE to the person whose work inspired them!
Here's how this works:

  1. The person wishing to participate will contact me, Mynn, at onastampageATyahooDOTcom with their mailing address and be placed in the queue line and will be emailed a personalized watermark to use on the photo of the card they create for this challenge.
  2. Mynn will email the participant when it is his/her time to craft and send out a picture of the card they will CASE with the recipient's mailing address.
  3. The participant will look at the card that the participant before them created, CASE it, and then send it to the person who inspired them. The participant will also send Mynn a photo of their creation to be put on the queue as soon as the recipient receives it.
There are a few rules:

  1. Only sign up if you are willing to ship a card internationally.  This concept will be open world wide as another way to build a fun and friendly online community for crafters.
  2. Please be timely in making and sending your creation.  Because this is an international chain, cards need to be made and sent within a week of receiving the email from Mynn so that we can keep things moving along. 
  3. Please make sure to use the Pony CASE-Press watermark on the photo of your card.  If you need help with this, email Mynn and she will do it for you! :)
  4. After you sign up to participate, please add our badge to your sidebar so that others can find us!
  5. You will need to make sure NOT to blog your card until the recipient receives it. 
  6. HAVE FUN!
Now here is the card that I made which winged its way over to Petra in South Africa and underneath it is the CASE card which co-incidentally was made by Petra:

For my card I used my Sue Wilson Canada background die onto a white card blank.  I die cut my Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles from pale blue card.  I then used Die-namics Traditional Tags and stamped my SU En Francais on it to act as a background.  The printed vellum is something I've had in my stash for absolutely ages.  The butterflies are die cut using Clearly Besotted Butterfly Duo using matching cardstock.  The sentiment is heat embossed in white e/p and cut using Die-namics Traditional Tags.  The three pieces were then fixed together with a pale blue brad.  Final touch was the addition of some sequins.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend.

Happy crafting.