Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter and Christmas

Happy easter to you all and I hope you're enjoying the long weekend. It's raining here but at least we've not had more snow like some areas have and as it means that I won't be able to get out in the garden I shall have to have a crafty play instead.

Here's a quick 6x4 inch easter card I've made with snippets of LOTV paper, a Sylvia Zet topper, flowers, gems and a sentiment left over from a decoupage sheet.



I made this for

Let's Craft and Create challenge 'anything goes + option easter'

Country View challenge 'postcard 6x4 inch size'


Next up is my first christmas card of the year which I made for March Rudolph Days challenge. I used my new Penny Black stamp 'Santa's Visit' along with the Misti. My first attempt was to use TH distress markers to colour the stamp a bit at a time but I gave up part way through as I was getting it all wrong! So next attempt was to lightly stamp the whole image with Memento London Fog and then I found it much easier to add the colour with the distress markers, although I'm still not happy with the way the sky turned out. I matted the image onto some metallic card and then onto a hammered effect card base, before finally adding some Stickles.




Don't you just love holidays and the emails you get tempting you to buy with the promise of a discount...... and yes I have already given in and placed orders for some new Uniko and MFT goodies! So now I'd better get off and have a play with some more of my NBUS stamps - while scoffing on an easter egg or two! Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great weekend.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Butterfly Snippets

Good morning to you all on this cold and frosty Sunday. I know it's a great excuse to stay inside and do a bit of crafting but honestly I would love spring to come out of hiding, wouldn't you?

But less of the complaining and onto my card. Using a snippet of white card I cut a Penny Black Glamorous die and I left the die in place while I coloured it with some Flexmarkers that were to hand - the stems are very fragile and the flower head easily breaks off, which I found out with my first attempt. Then I stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment onto a snippet of cream card and stuck it all together before finally adding my butterfly. A very quick and CAS card and another NBUS item (PB die) used.

Edited for my bad grammar and typing: what I actually meant to say was that after I'd die cut the flower I took the die off and instead of pushing the flower out from the card negative I left it in place whilst I coloured it to keep it a bit more secure. Thinking about it now I could have tried sticking it onto a post-it pad or low tack tape to keep it secure at the fragile point where the stem and petals meet.
 


I made this for

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Butterfly challenge 'spin the wheel with the letter L' I managed lavender, lemon, layers, letters


Now I'm off to find Mojo and maybe get my inspiration and creative jusices flowing for a few more challenges. Take care and keep warm (or cold) depending on whereabouts in Blogland you are and thanks for popping by today.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New Home

Hey the sun is shining here today so does that mean spring is finally coming out of hiding? This has been the longest winter for me starting last September when Hubby was rushed into hospital for emergency surgery and with everything else that's happened since I don't seem to have got anything organised! I was quite optimistic when I posted my last card that I was getting on top of things and even got some stamping and colouring done.... but then those dreaded germs jumped out and caught me unawares.  Fingers and toes and everything else crossed I think I've finally shaken them off and can start again!

Anyway enough of my waffling on - here's a card I made using snippets of card and a Poppystamps die 'Country House' and 'Country House roof and background'. I cut the background from snippets of coloured card and inlaid them into a piece of white card, then added the other pieces on top before layering onto green card and the card blank. I used chalks to give a bit of colour to the sky and ground but (as usual) it doesn't show up on the photo. After searching through all my stamps I've only just realised that I've got no new home sentiments so that'll have to be added when I've been on a shopping trip!




I've made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Time Out challenge 'bold'

Poppy challenge 'clean and simple'


Edited: after a nudge from Darnell I'm also entering this in

Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge 'home'



Thanks for popping by today and I'll be around to catch up with you all over the next few days.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Uniko Birthday

Well after thinking we may have got away with just a few snow flurries that didn't settle we woke up to a thick blanket of snow this morning. I've now got Hubby trying to clear off and get the car started so we can go and check on my Dad's house and turn his heating up a bit higher.

If you hadn't already heard, Uniko are celebrating and are having a 6th Birthday Linky Party over on their blog. I've made a card using Uniko stamps from 'Big and Bold Wish' and 'Simply Said Birthday' along with Uniko 'Scattered Polka Dots' stencil.




I followed the sketch over at CAS Colours and sketches



and I'm also joining the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More


I hope you're all keeping fit and well, and for those of you in the cold and snow I hope you're managing to snug and warm as well. Thanks for popping by today.