Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm playing along with the card challenge at Scrap the Boys. There is a sketch to use and the theme is black, white plus one other colour.
Here's my card:

I very nearly got carried away and forgot the colour restrictions, but put away those extra pens and stuck with the orange!  I die cut the circle and popped some happy birthday card stock behind it. Then I stamped and coloured the pirate, hand cut it out and placed him instead of the star from the sketch.


I pretty much followed the rest of the sketch exactly, using some orange gems for the tiny spots - I thought they looked like pirate gold.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT, Party Like A Pirate
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT, Inside/Out stitched circles, stitched fishtail flags; Lil'inker, stitched mats long & skinny rectangles
Embellishments: gems from my stash

I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today, thanks so much.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Monday Moment

There's a really interesting challenge going on at Less is More at the moment - Bring Something Back.


Well I don't know about you, but I have a whole load of stash that hasn't seen the light of day for a long time, but somehow I can't quite bring myself to ditch it.  And now I know why - I need to keep it for challenges like this!


My first ever really big purchase when I began card making was my trusty Cuttlebug Machine and I'm still using it for die cutting on a daily basis today. Yes I've got a fancy eBosser, but that needs to be plugged in and works beautifully but slowly, so it's always my Cuttlebug that I go to.

And I have a feeling this embossing folder was probably included in the bundle that came with it. So my 'bring it back' is embossing folders that once upon a time I used on nearly every card I made, but now rarely get a look in.


In fact I was feeling so guilty about showing so little love to my embossing folders that I made a second card.


And then I remembered why I stopped using embossing folders - I can never get a clean look without those tell tale creases where the edges of the folder hit the card. So this one got trimmed down to cut those ugly bits off before being matted onto the pink strip.


Supplies:
Embossing: Cuttlebug folders
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables; Spellbinders, classic large squares; Lil'inker, stitched mats long & skinny rectangles

It's been great fun to share my 'bring it back' with you today. Thanks so much for dropping by.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday Focus

Such pretty colours at MFT this fortnight, just had to make a card to use them!


Here's my card:


I randomly stamped the flower heads from MFT's Springtime Blooms and then coloured them using Copic pens. I die cut a base strip and then added some doodled stitches round each of the flowers.


Supplies:
Stamps: MFT, Springtime Blooms
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Dienamics, stitched basic edges
Pens: Copic, R32, R35, Y13, Y35

Thanks a bunch for dropping by today, it's been fun having you visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a birthday bunny hop celebration. Happy birthday wishes are winging their way over to Gail - ionabunny  from Crafty Nomad - in Norway.


Here's my card:

I started by inking up a little background sky and grass and then stamped, coloured and hand cut the bunnies.  As this is going in the post I needed to keep everything as flat as possible, but just had to pop a couple of the bunnies up on foam pads which will hopefully squish down in the envelope.


I matted the card onto some matte gold card and added a stamped sentiment.

Supplies:
Stamps: clearly Besotted, Woodland Kisses
Ink: Mememnto, tuxedo black; Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, faded jeans
Pens: Copic, E51, E55, E57

Thanks for looking today, it's been great to have your company for a while.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wednesday Words

The current challenge at Time Out is asking for Spring cards. Well any excuse to colour up some tulips - my favourite Spring flowers - suits me perfectly.


Here's my card:


I stamped and coloured the tulips and sentiment and then die cut a stitched rectangle and inlaid it back into the aperture. My intention was to go with the one layer optional twist, but I felt the card just needed a little something more. So I matted it onto green cardstock and left a border showing at the bottom.


Supplies:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Spring Tulips
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: copic, Y13, Y17, RV02, RV04, Y02, BV000
Die: MFT Dienamics, double stitched rectangles

I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today, huge thanks winging their way to you.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Tuesday Talk

Mmm so I went to a craft show - yes I bought new goodies! And today they get their first airing as I'm playing along with the sketch challenge at MFT.


Here's my card:


He is just so irresistibly cute and reminds me of each of my grandsons when they used to love to jump in puddles - two of them still do! A bit of col0oring and die cutting and this card whizzed together.


Supplies:
Stamps: MFT, Puddle Jumper & Rain or Shine
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT Dienamics, Puddle Jumper, Rain or Shine, Inside/Out stitched circles, Stitched Fishtail Flags
Pens: copic, E51, E57, E59, Y18, E000, R20, C1, C5, C7, BG32, BG34, YR16; Promarkers, poppy, cardinal red, denim blue

So pleased to have had your company today, thanks so much for dropping by my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Monday Moment

I'm playing along at Inkspirational today and they have a wonderfully dark and moody photo for inspiration.


So much movement and pretty much the same colour. I've tried to reflect this in my card:


I chose the chevrons not just for their movement but also to represent the windows in the buildings.  I then stamped and second stamped the splodges for the rain.


The umbrella is such a big part of the photo and it drew my eye immediately so of course there had to be an umbrella on my card. I stamped and die cut it and popped it up on pads to add more impact.  I finished off my card with an inspirational sentiment which I thought reflected the feel of the photo.

Supplies:
Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop, DIY & Positive Thoughts; Clearly Besotted, April Showers Additions
Ink: Mememnto, nautical blue
Die: Clearly Besotted, April Showers

Thanks so much for spending some time with me here on my blog today, I do so appreciate it.

And keep crafting!

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