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Friday, 23 September 2016

Snippets and Colours

Hi everyone, hope you're looking forward to the weekend. We've just had another wonderful afternoon with little Miss Cutie Pie and her Mommy and Daddy and I'd forgotten just how entertaining saucepans and wooden spoons can be for little fingers. But the most fun was watching her being bathed in the kitchen sink and splashing the water everywhere - she was really enjoying herself.

I'm running very late this week but I have managed to make a snippets card / gift card to take over to Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge. This is made entirely of bits of card from the snippets box and is an image from Digi Stamps Boutique coloured with Tonic Studios Nuvo pens. I used the inspiration colours from Cupcake Inspirations challenge.

It's a bit hard to see in the photo but the strip of card is a dark green and the butterflies are purple.



Edited to add I'm also joining in with DigiStamp Boutique September Customer challenge - thanks for telling me Lorraine


Thanks for popping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. I'll be around to catch up with you all soon.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

..... Or in this case it's decoupaged little angel mice from the Joanna Sheen 'Christmas in Holly Pond Hill' cd. I used an Embossalicious folder to emboss the music background which I matted onto some shiny blue card. The dies are Memory Box 'snowflake sprig' and Poppystamps 'general store tags' and the ribbon, bells and pearl are from my stash. The sentiment is one I've had for a while and I think may be from 'The Artful Stamper' but not certain as the packaging has gone walkabouts.





I shall enter this on the following challenges

Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'music'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'use any image'
Sparkles Christmas challenge 'angels or fairies'
Come and Get It challenge 'lots of layers'
Creatalicious challenge 'anything goes + optional pick a tune - inpsired by a song'
That's Crafty challenge 'christmas in September'
Poppystamps challenge 'so boss'
Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge 'song'
Happy Little Stampers Dies challenge 'anything goes'
Simon Says Monday challenge 'inspired by music'


Apologies for my continued absence but I'm not visiting Blogland too much at the moment as there are less than two weeks left before my little Miss Cutie Pie heads back to Australia with her Mommy and Daddy.... and then no more Granny cuddles for a looong time. Thanks for visiting today and take care of yourselves.




Sunday, 11 September 2016

Out For A Drive

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a great weekend. I've had a super week so far meeting my little Miss Cutie Pie and having lots of granny cuddles with the sweetest tempered little baby I've ever met. Even though it was a long journey for her - over 24 hours travel including to and from the airports - along with that the fact that she is teething and also managed to catch a nasty virus en route she still managed some lovely smiles and giggles. Mommy and Daddy also got this virus but happily they are all much better now.

Anyway I'm just popping by today with a very quick CAS male card using a LOTV stamp called 'toot toot' which I coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers 'mix mash' set, the star is cut from a bit of corrugated cardboard packaging using a Xcut die and I just had to dig in my stash for a length of bakers twine.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use snippets'
AAA Cards challenge 'upcycling'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'anything goes + option of sketch'
Cuttlebug Mania challenge 'anything goes with die-cuts'
Country View challenge 'travel'
Stamping Sensations challenge one for the boys'
Penny Black and More challenge 'add a sentiment' (2nd entry)
The Craft Barn challenge 'what men like to do on a bank holiday'
That's Crafty challenge 'all square'
Coloury Crazy challenge 'anything goes'


At the risk of boring you I'll leave you with a photo taken when they arrived at my Dad's house (where they are staying) of Granpa and Granny having the first ever cuddle. I know it's an awful photo of me but I shall treasure that moment.




and here's another with her great granddad Doug




Thanks for popping by and for all your lovely and greatly appreciated comments. I'm off to do some housework now and hopefully a bit of crafting as I have some cards which need to be made. I'll do my best to catch up with you all but blogging will be taking a bit of a backseat this month so please don't think I'm ignoring you.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Kaleidoscope Rainbow

There's still a few hours left to join in with Darnell's NBUS challenge and I've already been along with my 3 entries (says me feeling very smug to have actually made a tiny dent in Mt NBUS) but I have been very good today and had a play with another of my NBUS stamps while they are out on the kitchen table.

The stamp is Designs By Ryn 'patio stone' which I coloured with Aquamarkers using the colours of the rainbow and spritzed with water before stamping onto hammered card - I love the different effects you get depending on how much water you spritz. Then I used a sentiment from the Happy Little Stampers 'mix mash' set which I curved when putting on the acrylic block and stamped it a couple of times in Memento ink before attaching the hammered card to a kraft card base. The butterflies are cut from snippets of kraft card using an All Ocasions Die and finished off with some gems from my stash.

I started off making this card singing 'Somewhere over the rainbow' but by the time it was finished I was singing 'Butterfly, my butterfly'. I wonder what cards I'll be making next week after singing all the nursery rhymes I can remember?




I shall enter this in the following challenges ~

Butterfly challenge ' K for kraft and kaleidoscope'

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

HLS CAS challenge 'watercolour spritz'

Uniko challenge 'inspired by a song title'

Creatalicious challenge 'anything goes with option anniversary'

The ABC challenge 'O is for open'

Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge 'take a stamp anything goes'

Designs By Ryn challenge 'September customer creations'


Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. Hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

NBUS Trees and Birds

Well the weekend is nearly over and just because I want the days to pass quicker time seems to be going so slow. I know it's rather naughty of me to want to speed up time but I'm counting down the hours until my granddaughter arrives in England in a couple of days and I can have my first ever granny cudddle. 

Anyways, I'm here with my third card for Darnell's NBUS challenge and this time I've managed to use up two more unused items. I decided to try to make a simple autumnal scene using Memento inks with a Designs By Ryn stencil 'flowing branches' for the tree (my first NBUS item) on hammered card and then I carried on with the Memento inks and some cheap make-up foam pads to colour in the sky and the ground - I tried to give the impression of all those fabulous colours of fallen leaves but not sure I achieved it. I used a Penny Black bird stamp from the 'spread cheer' set (my second NBUS item) but only inked up half the birds, and for the sentiment I used a Clearly Besotted stamp which I twisted when putting on the acrylic block so that it would follow the line of the branch. I had a rummage through the craft cupboard and found an old patterned A4 sheet of card (not sure where from) which I folded and used as a base card (it just didn't work with a white card blank) and attached the image with some sticky pads.

I must say it does look better IRL than in the photo



I shall also enter this in the following challenges

Designs By Ryn 'September customer creation' challenge

Penny Black and More challenge 'add a sentiment'

Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'let's fly away'

Time Out challenge 'inspired by words'


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NBUS Joy

Determined to join in again with Darnell's NBUS challenge I headed to the crafty cupboard and pulled out a Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Holiday Joy' stamp and die set which I won from the lovely Miss Di over at Pixie's Playground back in November last year and (hanging head in shame) is just getting its' first outing. There are quite a few images in this set but I have just used the 'JOY' stamp which I cut with the matching die. The background has been embossed with a Die'sire Embossalicious folder and matted onto a red card blank before adding a Memory Box 'snowflake border' die and the TH 'joy' sentiment stamp/die. To finish I just added a single silver gem.

This is one of the quickest and easiest christmas cards I've made and would have been ideal for a batch make if only that hadn't been my last coloured card blank!




As well as joining in with Darnells NBUS challenge I shall also enter this in the following challenges

Winter Wonderland challenge 'use white + one other colour or a little bird told me'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'use a sentiment'

Allsorts challenge 'use at least two dies'

Creative Inspirations challenge 'christmas in August'


Sunday, 28 August 2016

NBUS Under the Sea

It's that time of the year again when the fabulous Darnell shames us all into having a play with our NBUS and as usual I look in the cupboard and wonder which route to take up the mountain of unused goodies? So in the end I decided to go along the mixed media road and as well as being able to pack in no less than THREE NBUS goodies, I also took along a few snippets and some very old crafty stash for the ride. I even managed to do a bit of recycling along the way to come up with this.......







 So here's what I did ~
I painted a piece of card with Aquamarkers, used my NBUS Noor stencil 'wavy stripes' with Gesso then added more colour with the Aquamarkers before sticking to a piece of cardboard packaging. I cut a frame from foam padding (also recycled packaging) and then made the scene. 

I used a snippet of vellum and Memento ink to stamp the Design By Ryn 'leafy branch' which I stuck with some tiny glue dots. Then, using Glossy Accents, I added the very old stash - pearls, stamens and leaves. The other two items of NBUS are the Memory Box dies 'elegant jellyfish' and 'swimming seahorses' cut from snippets of card. I used a Zig metallic marker to colour the seahorses and Tattered Angels glimmer glaze for the jellyfish. 

Not my usual sort of thing but I must admit I did have fun making this AND as I managed to use three things from my NBUS pile I won't feel quite so guilty about the 2 parcels of goodies I ordered the other day!!

As well as heading up Mount NBUS to join in with Darnell's challenge I'm also heading over to see the playmates in Pixie's Snippets Playground and joining in with these other challenges

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 'by or under the sea'
The Craft Barn challenge 'blue or blues'
Love to Create challenge 'anything creative / mixed media goes'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend (and the extra day for those in the UK)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

First Birthday

I can't believe I'm back with another card so soon.... although I must admit to having coloured up this gorgeous Wee stamp a couple of weeks ago and I'd already got some Cheery Lynn flower dies cut and just waiting to be stuck together. I used a cream base card and also cream card for matting the image and the papers are from my snippets box. The ribbon, pearls and peel off sentiment are all from my stash and to finish I decorated the cake with Stickles and a little gem flower

After I'd taken the photo I noticed the gems had gone a little skew-wiff - but glad to say they're all straight now.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Magnolia-licious challenge 'anything goes with a stamp carried by Magnolia-licious store'
Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'pink and cream with lots of bling'
In The Pink challenge 'make it sparkle'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'it's hip to be square'
Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes with a stamp'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'


Thanks for popping by and I'll hopefully catch up with you all over the next few days.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wee Cutie

Hi everyone and thanks for calling by to visit today. Sorry I've not been around but last week I thought I'd have a ride out in the car to my Dad's and also into the village to do a spot of shopping and I've spent the last few days regretting it! Why oh why can't our bodies age at the same rate as our minds?! Anyway I gave myself the proverbial kick up the b... and made this card.

First off I used a freebie image from Sylvia Zet which I coloured with Promarkers and if you want this image for yourself you can find it here. I embossed a leftover piece of card with an Embassalicious folder  - this is actually a 6x6 inch folder but I think it works okay on smaller pieces of card too - and rounded all the corners with a punch before sticking to the base card. Then I added some die-cut flowers - the sprig is Marianne Designs and the daisies are Cheery Lynn with some card candi centres - and a silver peel-off sentiment.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Allsorts challenge 'sabulous florals'
Mod Squad challenge 'the die's the thing'
Happy Little Stampers challenge 'anything goes with dies'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'kiddies / babies'
Cupcake Inspirations challenge 'cupcake inspiration picture'
Love To Scrap challenge 'anything goes'
Live & Love Crafts challenge 'happy birthday / anniversary'
Colour Crazy Craft challenge 'anything goes'




Sunday, 14 August 2016

Beside the Seaside

Although it's a bit chilly for anything more than a paddle today!

I've had this little project in mind for a week or so now and finally got round to making it yesterday. It's a booklet for notes, stories, drawings, photos or whatever and made from a couple of sheets white A4 card and whatever else was lying around.

First I cut the A4 sheets into three and hole punched each of the pieces before scoring all except one (for the back sheet) to make it easy to fold the pages and then tying together with some bits of ribbon.
To make the beach scene I coloured a piece of white card with some chalk for the sky and used Memento ink for the sun. Then I added a piece of coloured card for the sand, and the sea is an embossed piece of card again coloured with Memento ink - both pieces were cut at the top with Tonic Studio fancy edging scissors. I made some little beach huts from snippets of card and layered the scene onto some blue shiny card before sticking to the front of the booklet.





I shall enter this in the following challenges

The Craft Barn challenge 'beach scene with a beach hut'
Time Out challenge 'holidays with option of no stamping'
Unstampabelles challenge 'anything but a card'
Country View challenge 'hot summer days'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'seaside, sunshine and summer holidays'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Thanks for taking the time to pop by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.