Monday, 21 August 2017

Exam Congrats and a Dud!

This is a special request card for a girl who did well in her exams.  I've used this Penny Black oldie from quite a few years ago - coloured with watercolour pencils, glitter added to the flower centres and sparkle to the petals.  This pretty DP is from one of the pads I rediscovered, isn't it just a perfect match for that little hedgie!


And this one I think is a possible dud!
Considering it's such a CAS card, I spent aaaages faffing about choosing my DP and deciding what colour of plain card to use, then double mounting the MFT porthole stencil.  And then it all went wrong!  I didn't have my card tucked into my stamp positioner right, and I've ended up with a double impression of the sentiment.  Hubby says he thought it was a 3-D effect, but I reckon it needs a fix up!  I'll think about it and see what I can do with it tomorrow!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Gone Sailing

I came across this lovely DP in my stash recently, must have been a pack of too nice to use!  So it's on my table now and sure to be used up soon!

I've paired it with this oooolide form Lili of the Valley.  Coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the hull of the boat, and sparkle to the sails.  My dirty mark this time is disguised with the Paper Smooches die in the corner ;)

This little guy could well have sailed his yacht in our garden earlier ... the rain couldn't have been any heavier!  And 5 minutes later the sun was out.  Mad 'summer' weather we're having!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A prickly pressie

Just a wee quickie card from me tonight.  I've been busy in work all week, but the lovely colour theme from Addicted to Stamps got me out to the kitchen to get crafty :)

I nearly managed to make this without adding some doodling, but at the last minute I gave in ;)
Image from Penny Black.  Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to the ribbons on the little parcels.

My sentiment is heat embossed - I wish someone would invent a white ink that stamped bright white instead of the faff of getting out my heat gun. Or maybe there's an ink already out there that I need to add to my crafty shopping list??


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Up Up and Away














The theme this month at Naughty or Nice is 'on the move', and there's an optional colour theme too.  If you'd like to play along link your card over at the blog.

my card was for a friend of my Mum who's heading off on her holidays, but I think I'll keep this one in mind next time I need a 'new job' card.
My balloon is from an oldie set (I think Creative Inspirations) - coloured with watercolour pencils and then I went over the pink with my sparkle pen.  Clear gloss and glitter over the blue section, and then popped up on dimensionals.

The 'up' was part of a sentiment in the set, so I masked off the unwanted bits and then added the 'away' from my MFT alpha set.  Background is watercoloured through a stencil.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

That Ole Devil called Love

Well Rubydoo is now sweet smelling after her bath ... always a traumatic experience for her, such a lot of crying and trembling for a 10 minute ordeal!  But we're friends again and she's snuggled up fast asleep behind my legs :)
As for the rest of my chores today ... well I managed most of them but didn't quite make it out to the garden or to the car ;)

So this wee card is the only result from this evening's crafting.  I'm still on the hunt for my missing Christmas stamp (grrrrrrrr) but I found this oldie Whipper Snapper one that hasn't been used for such a long time.
Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to the hearts and clear gloss to his horns.  Little devil popped up on dimensionals.  MFT porthole die.

I saw somewhere recently that a stamp company has brought out a range of doodled borders stamps so I stole their double border corners idea and doodled my own ;)

Home Sweet Home

I thought I'd add this card nice and early today ... it's a beautiful sunny morning and I've lots planned for today
First up is Rubydoo, she's definitely overdue a bath, so that will be a snatch and grab or else she scarpers!  Then get a wash on for the doggy towels and bedding, clean the bathroom, dye my hair, get some weeding done, wash the car, and suff my bake in between with Sunday dinner.  That's the general plan anyway, will we take bets how many I get done ;)

This card uses an oldie from Unity stamps, coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the windows and cars.  Sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set.  I think I'm addicted to this splattering, I love the effect it can give to a CAS card!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

A three-fer

It's been another damp old day here.  Apparently July was the warmest and the wettest for years, looks like August is just going to be the wettest LOL

Good crafty weather though!  But if anyone finds my missing new Christmas stamp please let me know where it is!  I've been in every cupboard and hidey place and it's nowhere to be found.  Maybe I should stop looking for it and hope it shows itself ;)

This first card is for this week's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast - here's the card I chose.  I'm not so happy about the colouring of my little piggy, reckon he might need a wee touch up!

One of the plus points of looking through my stash is finding some good old oldies!  I'm not entirely sure what make these are, maybe Creative Inspirations?  Coloured with watercolour pencils, sparkle and glitter added to the blue balloon and popped up on dimensionals.  Sparkle added to the red balloon and clear gloss to the little one.
Took me a while to get my layout on this one, it looked all wrong until I added the little white cloud in the top right.  
And finally, this one was totally inspired by my bloggy buddy Jo's card here.
It's a rubbish photo, doesn't look so drab in real life!  
I hadn't intended to add those white enamel dots but just as I was putting the last strokes to my card I managed to drop my paintbrush! Arrgghh!  

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Drunken Ants and Loved up Birdies

Anyone for a Mojito?  mmmmmm I could go one of these just now, but I'll just have to make do with a biccie and a cup of tea while we decide what movie we're watching tonight ;)

This stamp is an oldie from High Hopes - coloured with watercolour pencils, though I'm not overly happy with the colouring on my ants.  Glitter added to the edge of the lime and I went over the ice cubes and the bubbles with my clear sparkle pen.  I also outlined my sentiment with a white pen as it was a bit lost in my image.

And here's a wee quickie wedding card, using another oldie from Art Gone Wild.  Again coloured with watercolour pencils, and gloss added to her flower and his bow tie.  I was trying to get the effect of confetti, so added some pale pink and pale blue splatters in the background.  Little clear sequins from stash to finish.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August calendars

Woops just a few days late with my calendar pages this month !   The 1st just kinda creeps up on me sometimes!

This first one is for Mum, she's off on her jollies this month, can you tell where she's going ;)
I've used my new favourite technique of watercolouring through a stencil for the background again, just because it's dead quick!  My image is an oldie from High Hopes - Mountie Marc - coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss aded to his belt.
And just for my records, here's mine for my desk in work.  Same idea again, just using this sweet zebra from Whipper Snapper - sparkle added to the umbrella and gloss to his hooves.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Naughty or Nice ... On the Move

Our theme this month over at Naughty or Nice is 'On the Move' ... so maybe holidays, road trips, new job, there's lots to choose from!  Oh, and an optional colour theme too!



For my card I've used this sweet little stamp from Eat Cake Graphics ... Lewis and Trudy's Wild Ride
Coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to the red car.  In an effort to make my card look less boring (reckon it's that DP that doesn't agree with me!) I added some blue ink splatters, and then, not content, went a bit OTT with my text BG stamping ;)



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Watercoloured Stencils

It was another icky showery day, with a few good thunder showers thrown in for good measure, so it was a good day to get crafty ;)

I spotted this card over in Joanne's gallery, this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast.  I couldn't find my hexagon stamp, so used a stencil and just puddled in some watercolours, and then added a few splatters for good measure.  I LOVE how it turned out! I used some of my old bees from There She Goes - coloured with watercolour pencils, glitter added to their wings, and then all popped up on dimensionals.  Little gold flower gems from stash, more oldies!

I loved my bee card so much, I had another go with my brick stencil.  It's so quick and easy, reckon I'll be using this technique again!
This time I've used my little LOTV bunny - again coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the balloons and sparkle to the cupcake icing.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Arthur Alooishus at the Beach

Here's a wee row of beach huts for you - we don't really have them here at any of our beaches in Northern Ireland, but I loved seeing them when we holidayed in Devon and Cornwall.
I've had this beach hut stamp in my stash for years now, and think I've only used it once!  Bad me!  But I've paired it here with Arthur Alooishus from Eat Cake Graphics and they work well as a background stamp :)

Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Chalked clouds.  Arthur popped up on dimensionals.
Sentiment also from ECG: Happy Birthday (fun text)

This card is also posted over at A Sprinkling of Samples and Techniques blog, where you'll find lots more loveliness from Eat Cake Graphics

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Thanks SCS!

So this is this week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.
This is my last week for playing along as a Guest Designer with the SCS team - I don't know how they keep up with not only making cards every week, but also coming up with sketches!
Here's my effort for this week's challenge.  I noted my central panel down wrong when I was scribbling out the sketch, so mine's centred instead of off to the right.

I came across this lovely DP in my stash so that dictated my colour theme.
I've used this cutie from Tiddly Inks - coloured with watercolour pencils and sparkle added to all the blue bits.

My Tim Holtz stamp positioner finally arrived, and I couldn't have stamped this sentiment without it, took a couple of goes with that 'h' and even then, I still had to touch it up with a marker.
Old Martha Stewart punched butterflies aren't even covering an ink splodge, there for decoration only ;)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fish 'n flowers

It's such a beautiful sunny, calm evening out there. Pity it hadn't been more like it at the Antrim Agricultural Show earlier today!  It was a bit drizzly and damp, but it could have been worse and it was lovely to have a dander round with Mum and see all the animals up close.

I'm lovin this porthole die I got from MFT recently - I've doubled the layer here just to give it a bit of dimension.  Not so happy with my colouring on the fish, think it was just the wrong colour choice.  Bonus points though for using these ric rac dies I got aaaaaaages ago and never use, I kinda thought they'd look like waves.

I've no sympathy cards in my stash, so need to get a few of these made.  
I've gone for this good old Whipper Snapper stamp, bit of a go-to one for sympathy cards!  Not sure of make of diamond DP.  Flowers coloured with water color pencils, and some sparkle added to the blooms.  I hadn't intended to add so many gems but had some inky marks that needed disguising ;)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SCS654 - A Birthday Mouse

So this is this week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers - if you'd like to play along please link your card here.


I must admit to being a bit stumped by this sketch, but I just kinda followed the recipe and I think it turned out OK!
If I was making it again though, I'd have stamped my sentiment in white and I would also have stuck it on straight LOL

Whipper Snapper stamp - coloured with watercolour pencils, clear gloss added to the flowers and sparkle to the pot.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A rainbow of seagulls

It was the most glorious sunny summer day today, I'm not so keen on the forecast of 25 degrees tomorrow though!  Our office has no air conditioning and even with every window open its absolutely stifling :(  Ah well, it's still lovely to see the sun, even if it is from the wrong side of the window!

I've just a wee silly card this evening.  I was actually looking for a different stamp, now officially added to the missing list, and came across these fun birdies.  I'd been looking for a stamp to use with the Muse challenge and there were just enough wings on show here to take in all the colours from the challenge :)
I added in a few little blue stars to make it a bit more 'blokey'.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Naughty or Nice - If the Shoe Fits

It's reminder time at Naughty or Nice, and this month's theme is 'If the Shoe Fits'
If you'd like you play along, please link your card here

I envy those girls who have towering stilettos and walk (and dance!) so effortlessly in them!  When I try a pair of heels, my feet instantly object!  Me, I'm more built for comfort and live in my trainers!

My card uses one of my new Lili of the Valley images - coloured with watercolour pencils.  Sparkle added to her ribbons, and little dots of clear gloss to their jewellery and her Mum's shoes.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SC653 Hey gullfriend

I was a bit stumped by this week's sketch at Splitcoaststampers - I was stuck thinking they needed to be die cuts, and then I realised actually they could be anything which made it waaaaay easier!  If you'd like to play along, link your card here.

My MFT birdies are still on my desk so that's what got used again ;)  Any time I see seagulls they always remind me of our summer holiday to Lyme Regis, the seagulls there were massive!

Oh and this sheet of pretty bluey-green is from my world famous never ending pink stack!  I popped my gulls up on dimensionals and added clear gloss to their beaks.  Nice and easy :)




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Card for Aunt Jean

I've gone a bit artyfarty with this card for my Aunt!
I started with some watercolouring and some splatters, then added some background text stamping, then added some stenciling, and topped it off with these pretty butterflies and some bling!

I found some old silver card in my stash - it has a pattern of little leaves on it, but when I die cut it I ended up with a lovely pattern on my butterflies :)
I also popped the wings of the butterflies up on dimensionals and added extra bling on the stuck down centre bit.  With the little leftovers I punched some corner dies.

I like how it turned out, but if my Tim Holtz stamping thingy EVER turns up (I think I originally ordered it in January or February!) my spacing on my sentiment would (hopefully!) have been better.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Birthday gull

Monday again, but at least it's a nice short week!  We're off work Wed & Thurs for the Twelfth holidays and I treated myself to Friday off too, it was just too tempting to resist ;)  Hopefully the weather will smarten up a bit.

I was very lucky recently to win some MFT $$ and blew them on this fab seagull set that I've been ogling for a while, and the porthole die.  Reckon you'll be seeing more of these critters, I love them!
My little fishies are from one of the older MFT kitty sets - covered with my clear sparkle pen. Seagull popped up on dimensionals.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Weddings and Sausage Rolls

It's been a weekend of 2 halves ... yesterday was glorious and I got a good bit of my fence painted - a job I love doing!  No really, I could happily paint fencing all day long!
Today was a bit icky and damp, but I'd a few cards I needed to make so that was the perfect excuse to leave the rest of the fence painting for another day.

This first one uses this lovely Stamping Bella image.  Apparently the bride is a redhead, so I did my best with her hair.  Coloured with watercolour pencils.  Clear gloss added to the roses and sparkle to the bunting and to the 'frilly' bits of her dress.  My bunting is an oldie stamp from many moons ago - think it was from Creative Inspirations but I wouldn't swear to that.  I must confess, I love how this one turned out :)

And here's one for a giggle ... its for a student we've had in work this past year who always judged how good an event he was at on the quality of the sausage rolls!  It's turned into a running joke with us, so I reckon he'll like this ;)
My picture was stolen from Google and then I just added the sentiment and a little gold star.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SC652 Congratulations Bunny

It's challenge time over at Splitcoaststampers again, and it's a much easier sketch this week ;)  For me anyway, I loved this one!
If you'd like to play along please link your card here.

This card is for a friend of my Mum's who received a gong in the latest Queen's Honours List.  I've used this Lily of the Valley bunny again - reckon this stamp will be one of my much used faves!  Coloured with watercolour pencils and clear gloss added to the flowers.