Monday, 27 July 2015

My Snowman Friend

Good morning from a very windy Cornwall! although the morning is not quite so good for me as I was up most of the night with horrendous tooth problems .. .. so tomorrow afternoon I will overcome my fear of needles in my mouth and get my four lower incisors pulled out! Well, one final broke off a couple months back after a little accident last summer, and the others are all loose so should come out easy enough! and the pain in the jaw up by my ear might be due to a hair-line fracture from the previous incident .. .. and infection - so I may be absent for a wee while feeling very sorry for myself.  I do have my CCT DT cards made for the next few challenges so will try to get them ready to go.

Back to today's card then.  Another cute snowman from LOTV coloured with my Copics. I am looking forward to seeing the new Christmas designs that LOTV will be bringing out - some retail therapy might just help out!  Here's the card:

It's a simple layout relying on the pretty paper from the Marianne Design special Christmas pack for interest.  I've die cut a mat for my image, cut and inked a few snowflakes, and die cut the text, then kept things fairly flat with just 1mm foam tape to fix my image to the base and pop up the bottom snowflake - it should fit through the narrow slot at the Post Office.  The die cuts are all by Marianne Design, of course - Text from LR0225, mat from CR1248, snowflakes from LR0123, CR1225 and CR1226.

The new Christmas Card Challenge is anything goes so I can enter with my snowman friend.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you will come back again soon.  I will, if all goes well, be back on Thursday with my CCT card to share with you.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

LIM & Snippets

What a miserable Sunday it is here in Cornwall, blowing a gale and misty horizontal fizzle (fog/drizzle).  So time to stay in doors after braving the elements with Izzy, and a quick card for the Less is More challenge that this week is to use Snippets as Diane from Pixie's Snippets fame is their GDT - so my card is a one for two entry! And as it is Chrissie's birthday, I took inspiration and made a girly Birthday card.

My base is a plain white C6 card that I've embossed with stars, just to add a little interest but keep it white .. .. then I die cut my pieces from oddments of shocking pink card, stamped the text (it comes with the Birthday die) and used snippets of Buddly Crafts digi papers to cut out the banner flags. Lastly, I couldn't resist adding little pink gems for a touch of sparkle!

The Marianne Design dies I used on this card:
Birthday - COL1349
Banner flags - LR0239 and the little ribbons on the end from LR0238 

The Creative Card Crew would like to see banners or flags for their challenge, so I can enter my card with them too!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, hope you will come back again soon!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

July Rudolph Days!

It's the 25th of the month so the start of another Rudolph Days challenge on Scraps of Life blog. Anything Christmas goes, and you have until the end of the month to enter.

I notice from my files that this is the 7th card I've created with this LOTV Mr Snowman stamp!  He is so easy to colour and this time out I've done him in red and blue to match the odd pieces of my Marianne Design papers - I am trying to use up the left-overs.

Here is the card:

Blue textured card for the image mat and paper mat, with my faux embossed stitching around the edges.  I die cut the icicle border to hide the join in the papers, found some paper flowers that had come free in a magazine ages ago so spritzed and tweaked them then layered up with a blob of pearl maker pen in the middle.  Unfortunately the first blob flattened out a lot, so I went back and added another on top.  More blobs on the die cut holly sprays and lots for snow behind my snowman.

I used these Marianne Design dies:
mat for image - CR1248
icicle border - LR0135
holly sprays - LR0244

I couple more challenges I can enter with my card: Die Cuttin' Divas theme is Christmas in July, and Holly Jolly want your inspiration to be a Christmas song, well Mr Snowman, bring me a .... is going round my head now!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

CCT Pets

A very simple card from me this week for my Cute Card Thursday DT project, our theme is pets and we are being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who kindly let the DT play with some of their digi images.  Unfortunately my printer is still playing up so I've had to revert to 'ink and rubba', but please go take a look at what the rest of the team have created.

I have been rummaging again .. .. and found my box of Sugar Nellie stamps that I've not used in a while.  This cutie seemed appropriate with the weather we have been getting, and sharing an ice cream with a spaniel seems the obvious thing to do!  Izzy's favourite is strawberry so I have made a C6 tent fold strawberry card with little scraps of digi papers and a plain background embossed with the Swiss Dots CB folder.  The image is called 'where's mine' and I think is meant to be a little boy, but I've coloured with my Copics for a tom-boy.  Not much else to tell you, my die cuts are made with Marianne Design dies, here's the list:

lace border across the top - LR0161
flowers - COL1323
leaves - CR1245

Sugar Nellie have a monthly blog challenge in the Sugar Bowl, so I can enter my card with them.  I must get more of SN stamps inked up, I do like the Country Cousins designs as they were called when they first came out.

The Corrosive Challenge is to use dies so another one I can enter.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card, and hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

CAS Christmas

When checking my blog favourites yesterday, I saw that Christmas Stampin' All Year Long wanted CAS creations for their latest challenge.

Coincidentally, I've been adding pictures to my CAS Christmas album on Pinterest so plenty of inspiration there to choose from.  I recognised the stamp used on one of the cards as being very similar to one from a Viva Decor My Paper World set I got at Buddly Crafts, here. In fact, it's on several of the cards in my album although it appears to be a SU! Santa Sleigh stamp instead. The difference is the sleigh is blocked out and you get an extra reindeer on the SU! set, as far as I can tell.

Anyway, using my Paper World set, I've stamped the sleigh then added the starry background and the text along the bottom of my base card.  I was inspired to use the layered star idea and cut mine from Marianne Design Craftable die set CR1226 in a soft blue textured card to match the blue Momento ink I've stamped with. I fixed the star to the card with 1mm foam tape so it's only slightly raised, and I couldn't resist adding a couple tiny gems to the line of text - well what's Christmas without a touch of sparkle!

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' theme for July is 'Oh deer' so anything with a deer on it means I can enter my card with them too.

I'm quite pleased how this card turned out, and how quick it was to make .. .. it took me longer to get a decent photo and to tweak it so you could make out the details.

Thank you for stopping by, I'm off to enjoy the garden while the sun is shining, although I'm drawing a line at cutting the grass even if it is ankle high in places.  How is it some areas are lush and green and other areas hardly grown at all, and that's not because Izzy pees on them, well not all of them anyway!  Perhaps it's something to do with the patches of tarmac I find when digging the borders, it was an old WW2 air base after all! Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have fun and the sun shines on you.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Marianne Design Happy Holidays Special

I got a Marianne Design Special treat recently over at Budly Crafts, this is the new Marianne Design Special, Happy Holidays - find it here. Another bargain at only £5.19.

You get a pack of A5 Christmas papers, a cling stamp set, a roll of pretty paper tape, and the most gorgeous ecru lace imaginable!  I have a thing about lace, some people collect papers that they can't imagine cutting up, with me it's lace!

However, I did manage to take a very deep breath and use a tiny strip of it on this card:
I used a C6 kraft card as my base then matted a piece of paper from the pack with red card stock and added my signature faux embossed stitching around the edge, plus inked with a Jumbo Java brown chalk ink so the stitches stand out.

The image I stamped with a Potters Clay Momento ink then added a touch of colour with my Copics, although you could leave it uncoloured and it would still look good.  I added a soft creamy Wheat chalk ink around the edge of my image to take of the whiteness off the stamping cardstock, and finished up with the Platinum Stickles.  Then I cut a red mat for the image to sit on, before mounting each layer with 1mm foam tape onto the card.  The ivy sprays are cut, inked, snipped and Stickled to frame my image and I made the poinsettias from MD Mulberry paper died with Red Brick Distress Re-inker.  Here's a close up of the details:

And here's the Marianne Design products I used, all available in the Buddly Crafts store, in addition to the ones in the Happy Holidays special offer set.

Red mat from die in set LR0235 with the embossed areas inked in dark brown chalk ink so they show up.

The Ivy circle is CR1213, I've just snipped it up and used the pieces to create the frame.

Poinsettias from mini set LR0142 cut out of Mulberry paper RB2219.

It's another card for Mum to send out and the flowers will squash down for the post but hopefully pop back up on arrival! The Mulberry paper is soft but still holds it's shape well even after being spritzed with water and dowsed in ink!

I'm entering into Pixies Playground snippets challenge week #185 as I have used snippets of card for my ivy spray and flowers, plus just a snippet of my precious gorgeous new lace!

And the new challenge starting today on the Jingle Belles blog is for an Old Fashioned Christmas, perfect for my card!

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you all again soon.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

CCT Water

It's time for our next challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this time it's 'Water' - hopefully not too much falling out of the sky today!  Our sponsor for this challenge is  Whimsy Stamps, please stop by the CCT blog to read all about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have created.

A few weeks back I was inspired, after watching lots of mixed media clips on YouTube, to fish out my old Stewart Gill paint stash.  Now some was so old that the paints had dried up and had to be binned, but I did have plenty of the pretty Pearlescent and translucent Alchemy paints in shades of aqua, white and some pink, and also a few metallics that were almost usable! So, in order not to waste card I used a piece from the middle of my chocolate mini-roll pack (after eating the top layer of mini rolls!) and set to sloshing on the base colours.

The paint dries quickly and cleans up with water, so no hanging about thankfully.  I then fished out some old rubber stamps, one that looked like rising bubbles I stamped over the background with a dark aqua paint, then infilled the bubbles with white pearl paint then I added some light green squiggles from the bottom up to look like weeds, or so I thought!  The other stamp I used is a sort of umbellifer seed head and I used a metallic paint to stamp that, although the first generation is a bit thicker than I would have liked (bottom left) but better second generation top right.  I then got to flicking some aqua paint and adding aqua dots with a thick Adirondack pearl paint in the colour stream.

Next was embellishing, and first up was to use the aqua micro beads I've had in my stash for a decade!  I used dries clear glue to fix them along the bottom but wish now I had used Glossy Accents as some are coming off around the edge so I might need to redo.  You can just make them out at the bottom of my dragonfly close up picture.

The dragonfly is another old stamp, bottom layer stamped onto the lavender vellum is embossed with silver the top layer embossed with an iridescent powder.  I only used the wings on the top layer to add dimension, fixing them to stand proud with a little silicone glue. I've added fine aqua glitter to the segments of the body and see some has stuck to the wet glue around the beads too - I like that!

The flower is the one I made a few weeks back from the large Marianne Design LR0122 poinsettia dies, you might recognise it from here.  I've dabbed on some of the pink pearl and translucent lavender paints then fixed a gem to the centre.  The 'leaves' are MD die LR0192 and I've added glitter to the ends of the fronds..  Lastly, I managed to get a couple of tiny butterflies punched out of the last piece of lavender vellum and gave them glittery bodies too.

I had fun with this creation, and really want to have more time to play with mixed media stuff, although I do like to keep things pretty and for the moment am just using my bits and bobs to make cards .. .. more to share soon!

Crafty Cardmakers also have water as their theme this week so I can enter my creation with them.

Thank you for stopping by, and see you again soon with a couple of little cards I've made with my painted backgrounds.