Sunday, 24 September 2017

NBUS Distress Oxides

It's time for another NBUS challenge hosted by the lovely and fun Darnell over on her blog. In case you're not sure NBUS stands for never-before-used-schtuff and just like most of you I'll hold my hand up and admit to having rather a lot, but instead of being a good girl and using my old NBUS I've gone and bought some new goodies!

Most of you have been using Distress Inks for ages but I only have ONE ink pad (tattered rose) which I bought years ago and very rarely use. I know that is really bad of me and as everyone is raving about the new Distress Oxides I thought it was time to take the plunge and the other day I ordered FOUR colours all at the same time! They arrived pretty quick and before tucking them away in the cupboard I decided to have a bit of a play.... and to cut a long story short I've ordered another four colours as well as a couple of Distress Ink mini pads sets.

I got some very old A4 photo paper which I cut it into four pieces (as I honestly thought that my efforts would end up in the bin and didn't want to waste any good card) then duly swiped a couple of colours on the mat, sprayed with water and ran the card through it. After drying it off I reached for an NBUS stamp Uniko 'background blocks stars' which Bev very generously sent me with my last order (thank you Bev) and sprayed water on the stamp before stamping onto the oxide background. Then I dropped a paper towel on top to soak up the water and I love the pattern it left. I cut it down to size before matting onto some coloured card and used the remaining piece to die cut the Lawn Fawn 'thanks' and to finish off I added an NBUS Concord & 9th floral die with a sequin centre.

For the second card I used the same photo paper with all four colours and a Memory Box stencil sprayed with water to lift some of the ink. I stamped Penny Black 'happy bliss' with Memento ink then heat embossed with clear powder before matting it on to black card. I decided the birds and round the centre of the dandelions needed some sparkle so I touched it up with a Sakura glitter pen.

this one shows the glitter pen a little better

Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments and if you want to check out all
the Rules and Prize details  (as well as some fun and laughter) pop over to Darnell's blog post  HERE

Monday, 18 September 2017

Shining Snippets

A quick post from me today with my snippets make. It's one of those throw together type of cards where you pick up snippets of (in this case) shiny and glitter card and die-cuts and just wriggle them about to see what happens. The image is Bugaboo which I coloured with my usual Promarkers and I stuck them all with foam pads to give that fun dimension feel to it.

I made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

Passion For Promarkers 'let it shine'

Told you it was a quick post!.... Hubby is expecting me to have finished the cleaning before he gets back from his physio appointment so I'd better crack on otherwise he'll suspect I've been having a mooch around the online crafty shops (now would I do such a thing?!). Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great week.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Koala Fun

Beware, this is rather a photo heavy post!

I was looking for a Koala stamp and after checking out a few different brands I decided on a set from My Favourite Things called 'Cuddly Koalas'. My Favourite Things are running a 2017 Card Design Superstar challenge at the moment so I decided to have a play with my new stamps and join in with a couple of the categories. For both of my cards I've used the 'Cuddly Koalas' stamp set and the 'Surf & Turf' Die-namics die set. I fussy cut all the images and it took quite some time so the matching dies are a definite requirement next time I go shopping.

Here's my card for the Clean & Simple Genius category

and this is my card for the Innovation Master category which combines a slider card along with a bendy card (neither of which I've made before!)

I really enjoyed making both of these cards and was pleased with how they both turned out and I shall definitely be having a lot more fun with these adorable Koalas.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


I don't normally CASE cards but when I saw the challenge over at Time Out I knew I couldn't resist getting out a couple of my new stamp sets and joining in. For my card I used Uniko's 'background blocks halftone' and 'pure florals Cosmos' with some pearls added to finish it off.

and this is the fabulous card from Beverley Brown that I CASEd

Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate all your visits.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Snippets and Glitter

Hi to all you crafty people, I hope you're having a good start to the weekend. I've got a couple of cards to show you today which I made to try and get myself motivated while Mojo is absent.

First off I headed for the pile of card snippets and cut a few of the Memory Box 'chloe stems' die. This is one of my favourite dies that I've had for a few years now and it doesn't cut as well as it used to (no matter what I try) so I ended up getting the scissors out to snip those last little bits. The sentiment is a HLS stamp from the 'mix mash' set.

 The stems are actually more autumnal looking but in the photo the greens looks a bit blueish and the rust red looks pinkish. Who says the camera never lies?... and I did try it on various settings!

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Memory Box challenge 'falling for fall autumn cards'

Next up I've gone all glittery for my christmas card covering the card base with an Xcut adhesive glitter sheet. I used a magazine freebie embossing folder and dies from Marianne Designs, Tattered Lace and Tim Holtz.

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

Double D challenge 'glitter glitter glitter'

Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge 'sketch'

Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge 'use leaves'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas + option add some flowers or foliage'

I'm way behind today as I overslept this morning so I'm off to try and get all the jobs done so that I can have a crafty play later. Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Relaxing Summer Hols

Just dashing in with a card I nearly forgot to blog - talk about missing Mojo, I reckon the brain's going AWOL as well!

The challenge over at Words 2 Craft By is vacation and the inspirational words are 'A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in' - Robert Orben. What a brilliant thought although very rarely true as there are always plenty of jobs here that need doing and no matter how many hours in the day they never get done!....  But I did take those words literally when I made my card and picked out this fabulous decoupage sheet from one of my House Mouse cds and with the addition of some paper and stuff from my stash I had my 'mice on holiday / vacation' card. They look like they're having a super relaxing day with nothing to do!

Thanks for popping by today.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Penny Black Snowman

Hi everyone, sorry not to have been visiting for a couple of days but my laptop decided to go on the blink. My very clever Hubby has managed to fix it (again) so I'm now back in business

I'm here with another christmas card this time using a Penny Black snowman stamp coloured with Promarkers with a bit of Stickles added for sparkle. I matted the image onto some dark blue card, then onto a piece of embossed card before attaching to the card blank. To finish I added a Penny Black die-cut sentiment that I cut in white and dark blue so that I could off-set to give that shadow effect.

I made this for the following challenges

Penny Black Holiday Head Start challenge 'holiday theme'

Penny Black and More challenge 'get ready for christmas'

Addicted To Stamps challenge 'christmas'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'christmas with option - add some sparkle'

Deep Ocean challenge 'fave colour combo'    for christmas cards my favourite colour combo is definitely blue and white

Thanks for taking the time to pop by today and I hope you all have a great week.