Thursday, 17 August 2017

Mug Shots

Here's a scrapbook layout I made using a sketch and a 'tic tac toe' board .

The papers are by Fancy Pants . The smaller letters are by Papermania and the larger ones are from a different Fancy Pants range.

I'd like to enter:
Sketch n Scrap  sketch 134
The Studio Challenges  flair/ 2 types of alpha/ blue

Layout Sketches due August 31st

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - You Don't Bring me Flowers


I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter and it's a nice and easy one (for some, anyway) - no flowers allowed!

For my DT project I made some graduation cards that my daughter had asked me for....she's a midwife and has to mentor student midwives, so these graduation cards for them.

I cut the grad hat and the sentiment on the Silhouette . The baby is a Mo's Digital Pencil digi, coloured with Promarkers.

I hope you'll join in our challenge at CCCB and show us your non-floral creations.

I'd like to enter:
Use your Stuff  for the love of children
Happy Little Stampers  anything goes with dies 


Monday, 14 August 2017

Rainforest UK


Here I scrapped a photo taken in the Rainforest biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It was a great opportunity to use some exotic stash! Most of the stuff I used was by Echo Park or My Mind's Eye.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers :

I'd also like to enter the large photo challenge at Scrap the Boys . 

Colour My World


Here's a card I made to enter some great challenges. First, the 'spotlight' challenge at 4Crafty Chicks - it's many years since I made a spotlight card! I decided to use a bug image - ladybirds - so I could combine it with the challenges at Little Red Wagon  and Cards in Envy.

The image is a digistamp from Bugaboo, coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment - at last, this sentiment spelt in British English!- is by Hunkydory.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Spice Girls On Tour

I'll tell you what I want what I really really want ..... I really want to enter the Spice Girls challenge at Shopping Our Stash . I've already entered once already, but I made this card very specifically for the challenge, and to combine with some other great challenges - Less is More  (OLC vehicle), Cupcake Inspirations (colour) , Time Out (photo - see map in hand) , CASual Fridays  friendship.

I used a Stamping Bella image, coloured with Promarkers, sentiments by Waffle flower and a little heart stamp by Lawn Fawn. (Obviously, the women are Posh and Ginger Spice!)

By the way...I've been busy this morning blogging my holiday cards and making this one but I will catch up with my favourite crafters and blogs over the next few days!

Crafty Crafting Away - Butterfly Kit


In this post  I explained how I made up some kits so I could secretly craft on our family holiday. (Actually it didn't stay secret for long, but as it kept me happy, no-one seemed to mind). The second kit is here . This was the final kit, both to pack and to use, that's why I only made four items, but five from the other kits.  I can't remember where I saw the real kit that inspired me, but here's my kit:
includes Avery Elle Butterfly stamps, Tim Holtz stencils , Hero Arts inks


Here's what I made:

Using the Hero Arts red ink, I stamped a butterfly (coloured with Zig Clean Colour) and sentiments  from the Avery Elle set and doodled a 'trail' from the i to the butterfly.

I'd like to enter: 



The frame and the 'merci' were cut on the Silhouette and taken with me- I coloured the frame with gold ink and the sentiment with black marker. I made a background using a Tim Holtz stencil on kraft card, and spray ink. I stamped and embossed the buttefly, coloured it with the Hero inks and stamped the text  (unknown brand) over it. 
I'd like to enter:
I inked the tag with ink I'd put in another kit, and spray it with water. I stamped the text and smaller butterflies . I stamped and embossed the large butterfly and coloured wit Zig Clean Colour markers. The 'love' is from a pack of unopened stickers I'd put in one of the other kits. I was fed up to find that they had stuck to the packaging and many were unusable! 
I'd like to enter:
Get Creative  song - love is like a butterfly 
That's Crafty  anything but cards 

Finally, an ATC I made for the Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge 'doodle'. 
I stamped the large buttefly and just doodle on it. I also doodle a frame. The sentiment is by Heidi Swapp.

In case you're thinking all I did on holiday was stamp, I can assure you I had a fantastic time exploring Cornwall's beaches, gardens, harbour villages, restaurants and the Eden Project. Here's a small holiday snap.

the only day he wasn't wearing his rain jacket! 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Crafty Crafting Away - Hippo Birthday Kit

In this post  I told how I smuggled a bag of craft things away on my family holiday. This included three kits I'd made up and this is the second kit, which was inspired by this Hero Arts kit. ;

includes MFT Happy Hippos, gold glitter ep, yellow washi and diec cuts of candles and bunting
Here's what I made:


Here I used six stamps, all from the My Favorite Things Happy Hippos set,coloured with Promarkers. During the making of this card, the paper trimmer I'd taken with me started to chew the card instead of cut it. Later in the day I managed to buy a cheap one locally for £7.50!
I'd like to enter:
Watercooler  birthdays
Moving Along with the Times things that fly 


Here I made a one-layer-card, using a hippo and sentiment from the set, and my grey Promarkers.
I'd like to enter:
Casology  safari
Addicted to Stamps  cas


More stamps from the Happy Hippos set, plus a sentiment (?)  and a die-cut banner. I took one paper pad (Lawn Fawn) with me - this pp and the paper on the yellow card above came from it. I added spots to the bunting, hat and gift , using a white gel pen.
I'd like to enter:
Colour Throwdown  colour
Moo Mania  banners



I cut a few birthday themed shapes (from white cardstock)  on the Silhouette to include in the kit . I used the sketch at Case this Sketch . I embossed the candles with gold glitter embossing powder and coloured the flames with gold Delicata Ink.
I'd also like to enter:
CAS on Friday birthday



Here I used strips of metallic and glitter paper. I paper-pieced the balloons using the pink metallic paper.

I'd like to enter:
A Gem of a Challenge birthday wishes

I'll post the pictures of the third kit later. 

Crafty Crafting Away - The Corner Adorner Kit


We went on holiday to Cornwall. We hired a 'woodland lodge' and my partner drove there. I always get up early, regardless of being on holiday but my 10 year-old (allowed to stay up late) and my partner do not. Therefore, I can have several hours of being alone in the mornings. So I sneaked a bag of craft stuff into the car to keep me happy while the others slept.

I took some basics and then made up three 'card kits' based on the kind of kits they can get in the US and I love to watch on You Tube.  Here's the first kit, based on this kit by Simon Says Stamp.

Includes Lil Inker Corner Adorner Set, and Prima papers. 
Here's what I made:


Here I stamped the Lil' Inker flower stamp in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink on watercolour paper and used water to pull the ink colour onto the flowers. I used green Zig Clean Colour markers as watercolour to colour the leaves. I broke a nail distressing the edges!  The sentiment is Hero Arts and I splattered it with black mist. 

I'd like to enter:



I stamped and embossed the flowers in black, the sentiment (Hero) was stamped in gold ink and I used some Prima paper.
I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  gold embossing is quite Posh isn't it?
Sweet Stampin  flowers

Here I did loads of paper piecing with the papers and the butterfly was cut from them too. I coloured the other flowers and leaves with neutral coloured Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:
Simply Create Too flowers
Crafty Gals Corner  bingo - flowers, free, 2plus patterned papers.

I'd spotted the challenge at Make My Monday - Pink and Grey , so here I used pink and grey Promarkers. The 'thanks' was one of two sentiments I cut and took with me - I coloured it grey and then added clear sparkle on top.

Yes, I did stamp the (Heidi Swapp) sentiment like that deliberately - and no, I don't know what I was thinking! I had kind of run out of ideas for what to do with the flowers! This time I gold embossed them and coloured them with Zig Clean Colour Markers , which I then sprayed with water.

And here's a little snap of my holiday craft space:

I will post what I made with my other 'kits' later. 

Inkspirational Challenge - Wave

When this scheduled post goes live, I will be by the beach myself, just finishing my holiday. Let's hope I won't be stencilling in any raindrops on this scene - I'm on 'staycation' in England!

Our new challenge at Inkspirational is:

For my DT card I created a scene using patterned paper (an old magazine freebie) for the sand and sky, and a waves cutting file by 

I stamped the birds (Paper Artsy, I think) , sentiment (Waffle Flower) and the girl is an A Day for Daisies digi, coloured with Promarkers. 

Our Guest Designer this time is Helen  and I hope you'll come over to Inkspirational and see what she and the rest of the DT have made, and enter your own project. 

I'd like to enter
Die Cuttin Divas  bye bye summer - waves are die cuts
Stamp Ink Paper beach

Aloha Friday summer

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Paint Chip Inspired

Not sure why I took the photo at this strange angle! 
This week at City Crafter Kirsty wants us to be inspired by paint chips .

My card idea is not very original. I did try some original ideas- but they all looked rubbish. So I gave up and did a Pinterest search and saw a lot of projects using paint chips for buildings. As my brother and his family had just moved, I thought I would make my own version of this idea and give them it as a new home card.

I stamped onto the paintchips using Mama Elephant stamps, cut them out and stuck them on a lilac panel and then onto a dry embossed card base.

I'm really eager to see what YOU can do with paint chips , so please come over to City Crafter and see what the rest of the DT have made - and enter your own project.