Thursday, 30 October 2014


I've quite a few things printed off and waiting to be used, including this beautiful image from the Halcyon Days CD.  Being contrary, I've entered it for CD Sunday's Silhouette challenge, though my seagull silhouettes are white - don't know whether this counts or not?!
I've stitched around the frame, added some twine and used a couple of papers from Pink Petticoat that were also printed out.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafters Cafe - things with wings

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Less is More Week 195 - recipe - newsprint

 This week we are challenging you to use newsprint in your CAS creation.  I have cleared so many books from my home this last year and couldn't find anything to cut up, so I went to Pinterest and found a free printable dictionary page for my cards.  Not sure which is my favourite...

First card uses Memory Box butterflies on a monochrome tentfold card.  I drew in the antennae, the tag and rectangle are both cut with Simon Says Stamp dies.  I was lucky enough to win a voucher to spend with them recently, thanks to Splitcoast Stampers and the dies, along with the bird, were part of my purchase.  A Hero Arts sentiment and some black and white twine finished this card off.

Next card uses Stampin' Up holiday home.  The lights in the windows are coloured with Inktense pencil and the colourful house at the front is shaded with Copics and popped up on Pinflair glue.  The sentiment is by Lindsey Duncan.
I'm entering my card for:
CAS-ology - home
My final card has a Scribbly Bird stamped onto the newsprint.  I've used the Inktense pencils with a bit of water to bring out the colour, and added a Paper Artsy sentiment embossed onto the kraft card. 
I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says -  get crafty and use kraft
Jingle Belles - holiday card with a creature
Crafting by Designs - get ready for Christmas

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WTF stands for...

...Who's turning forty of course!  Made this card for a friend to send to his sister, it uses a set of CAS-ual Fridays stamps, which really make me smile.  Heat embossed for the WTF with Wow glittery blue and with Wow blueberry on the circle row and the question mark.  I had a few specks of powder on the card so, of course, I added a few sequins - got some tiny, tiny mixed ones at Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching show, love them!
I'm entering my card for:
Allsorts - embossing
Hiding in my Craft Room - embossing
Crafty Sentiments - use a sentiment
Digi Choosday - Happy Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers - it's only words
CAS on Sunday - emboss it

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Few Challenges

 I spent a bit if time playing in my craft space yesterday and have some cards to share :).  First up is a card for the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I didn't have any of the SU colours for this challenge so I've substituted Versafine Olympia Green and Distress Inks Barn Door and Wild Honey.  I think they are fab autumnal shades together.  The wreath is stamped with a branch from Card-io, using first and second generation inkings, the SU Petite Petals are punched out with gems in the middles.
I'm also entering my card for:
Patties Creations - autumn colours
Alphabet Challenge - R is for round
A Creative Need - yellow and orange
Docerela - fall colours
Kitty Bee - dies and or punches

 Second card is a birthday card for a lady who likes elephants.  I've used a Pink Petticoat digi, matted and layered a few times, and following the layout at Sketch Saturday.
I'm also entering my card for:
4 Crafty Chicks - happy birthday
Crafty Little Fairies - only 1 DP (pennant)
Milk, Coffee - lots of layers
Seize the Day - anything goes birthday

Third card is one of my favourite Pink Petticoat Ewe images, paper pieced in polka dots with a bow and stitching added.
I'm entering my card for:
Creative Knockout - animal friends

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Less is More - Week 194

 This week at Less is More Sarah has chosen the very cute theme of "Little Creatures".  My first card has a jar with tiny ladybirds.  The stamp set unfortunately has a typo so I computer generated my sentiment.  I used lots of Glossy Accents on my jar.
 Second card and the little creatures are slightly bigger, with wings this time.  I've coloured the die cut with bright jewel colours with my Copics and mounted their branch on top of some chicken wire embossed card.  The sentiment is by Whiff of Joy and I added some washi tape.
My third card has the largest little creatures, some adorable Avery Elle bunnies.  I have seen this set used to great effect several times at LIM and had to add it to my collection...  Cut my background out by hand from some Memory Box DP scraps.

Hope you like my Little Creatures :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Ooh La La - Inspired by Nature

We have a super theme for you at this week's Ooh La La Creations Challenge - Inspired by Nature.  I reached for my Carnival of Colour CD with Beverly Morgan's artwork and then came the difficult bit, choosing which of the gorgeous images to use!  I chose Yorkshire Quilt, a beautiful autumnal/post harvest scene and used it for a card for my father-in-law, his birthday is on Tuesday.  DP also from the disk, I added some punched leaves and a bit of ribbon

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Less is More One Layer Week

 This week our one layer challenge at Less is More is to use Two of Something.  My first card uses a totally stunning Impression Obsession stamp with a Woodware sentiment.  The only colour is in the hats, which are coloured with an Inktense pencil.
My second card has a Hero Arts tree masked and stamped using Lyra Aquacolour crayons, misted with water before stamping.  The stars are part of the stamp and where I have a blotch the sequins came in useful :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lost lagoon

A quick last minute posting for CAS colours and sketches where this week's colours are lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.  While I love SU I don't often buy their inks, never mind papers.  But for once, I have both cardstock and ink in Lost Lagoon!  I've added in kraft paper and Bashful Blue ink, using the Festival of Trees stamps and punch, as well as some washi tape.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hare today...

Fell for both the tree stencil and the hares from Clarity and came up with this card to represent spring and mad March hares.  My photo isn't brilliant though, the greens are brighter IRL, this picture could be Autumn!  Brushed Distress Inks through the stencil, outlined the circle with a grey Copic and added a few dots with Copics to the leaves budding on the tree.  The sentiment was cut with my Portrait and I pierced the edge of my square by stitching around it on a 3.5 length stitch with no thread.
I'm entering my card for:
Clarity Challenges - seasons (I picked spring)
Amusing Challenges - trees
Crafting when we can - no designer papers
Addicted to CAS - stencil
Stamping Boutique - stitching real or faux - hmm... is it a stitch without any thread??

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Less is More - Week 192

Wow the Mostly Words theme was certainly popular, you've all kept me busy with commenting on your wonderful cards!

  This week's Less is More theme is Autumn Bounty and once I stopped getting hung up on the 'bounty' part of it I had a lot of fun with my cards this week.  First up is a one layer card.  Clarity stencil was taped down then I stamped some Jenny Mayes scene-it stamps into the leaf and coloured with Distress Inks.  The wheat and birds were added after I removed the stencil.  Sentiment is Stampin' Up.  I'm really pleased with this card, hope you like it!
I'm entering my card for:
House that stamps built - Fall
Ladybug Crafts - autumn/Hallowe'en
 This card uses Darkroom Door leaf stamps with a Clearly Besotted sentiment.  I scribbled over the stamp with Lyra Aquacrayons and then misted it with water to get a soft effect.  Masked and repeated, then drew round the outlines with a Pigma pen.
I'm entering my card for:
Moo Mania - autumn colouring (but not a moo!)
Ruby's Rainbow - autumn leaves
Whimsie Doodles - autumnal colours
Craftroom Challenges - seasonal colours (spring or autumn depending where you live!)
And finally some more wheat, cut with my Portrait this time and with a doodled Pigma pen border.
Looking forward to seeing lots of CAS autumn bounty
I'm entering my card for:
Scrapper's Delight - no design paper

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

CAS-ology chocolate

This week's word at CAS-ology is irrestistable - well actually it's chocolate but you know what I mean :) !
I used the Rubber Romance stamp recently for a beverage challenge, so out it came again, this time I added some chocolates that I bought years ago from Dimension Fourth - yummy aren't they?  I've added some 'caramel' to top a couple of the choccies and cut the panel around them.

Hmm... think I need some chocolate to go with my lunchtime coffee now

I'm also entering my card for:
Gem of a Challenge - clean & simple
Vintage Stamping - anything goes