Thursday, 22 June 2017

Hello Fly By

Hello.  Welcome.  

There's a new event happening at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  


We want to see things with wings


I used Lost Coast Whimsical Flora and Grunge Border 3"
Do hop over to the blog for inspiration galore from the team and join up your winged things to the challenge linky (closes 30th June)

There is also still time to join the Postcards challenge. 
(closes 25th June)

See you there.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Winged Things 
Poppy Stamps Challenge 33 - A Rainbow of Colour Hello Background plate die
Scrappelyst Grublis For Juni - Ord i Tittel

Hiding in the Flowers

Hello.  Welcome.  I love Artist Trading Cards, so I was really happy to see a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  And I love the new release from Rubber Dance Stamps.  I decided to combine Curious Cat with some Textured Flowers and go all black and white and ATC.  




I cut an ATC from black card using a Sizzix die and stamped and white embossed the large daisy from Rubber Dance Textured Flowers set.  Then I stamped more flowers and Curious Cat on white card, embossed with black embossing powder, fussy cut and layered them on my ATC.  Flowers, Cat, Flowers.  It's a flower-cat sandwich. 

You can see the whole new release from Rubber Dance HERE and get 20% off until the 23rd June.  And remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15.  That means you can order a cat for you and one for a friend and get them delivered free.  You know you want two. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

My ATC is joining the fun at

Monday, 19 June 2017

Puff, Missed That One

Hello.  Welcome.  I am one of those late people.  No, not dead!!   Just often a bit last minute.  Take birthdays.  There's a good chance the card will be late, or I remember the week before and then promptly forget, cos I already remembered, and totally miss it.  So this works for me....



I was inspired by the sleeping red dragon cake in the Stamplorations Cutplorations challenge.  I also went with navy and silver that is also in the picture.   I stuck a piece of drywall tape to the tag to act like a stencil and then added blue acrylic paint.  I removed the tape.  OK, not the best stencil in the world but I quite like the broken pattern and how the paint crept under some of the lines, but you can still see the pattern.  I stamped, embossed and coloured the Stamplorations flying dino, who I thought looked a bit dragony, with distress inks and gave him googly eyes, cos you can't go wrong with a googly eye or two.  Then I cut Stamplorations Oh frap! from silver mirror card and embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  A bit of shot silk ribbon and we are done.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Cutplorations June Challenge
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Winged Things
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 37 - A Year of Choices #36 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Emboss It
Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge - June




Friday, 16 June 2017

Paw Printz

Hello.  Welcome. There's still time to make a postcard for this month's Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge.  If it's 4 x 6 and has rubber or cling stamping you can enter it for the chance to win some wonderful Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps. 




I used Happy Cat from More Cats and Pawprints Border to make this postcard.  There is a whole load of other mid-month inspiration over at the blog so do hop over and check it out and link up your postcard creations.  Hope to see you there.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Happy Cat is joining the fun at
Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge June 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Summer Time and the Livin' is Easy

Hello.  Welcome.  A new challenge over at the Rubber Dance blog today and we want to see your Summer projects.   I rounded up the poodle and off to the beach we did go........




I started by taking a piece of yellow card, ripping it and smearing with Mustard distress ink




I stamped some images from Retro Beach with Tea Dye distress




More images from Retro Beach stamped with Spiced Marmalade distress ink and I embossed the 'surf line' using WOW White Puff Embossing Powder.  




I made the 'sea' on a piece of paper using three shades of blue distress ink and images from Retro Beach and Take the Plunge

 

I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the boy from Retro Beach and the poodle from Poodle Power.  I used gel pens to colour the boy and distress inks for the poodle.   



And it all went together like this, with some additional words from the Retro Beach stamp set.  




You can find the challenge HERE.  Looking forward to seeing your makes.


Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Poodle is joining the fun at

Nice Hat

Hello.  Welcome.  CASology's cue word is Clothes.  I thought about this hat.  Then I decided to try a technique that Deepti shared the other day where she used a monotone image with a colourful background.  


The hat is from Rubber Dance Poodle Power set.  It comes with a fun flower, but I wanted to keep it masculine, so I masked away the flower.  Not that you can't do flowers and men, but not this time LOL.   I used a generic stencil and distress inks for the background colours on my small tag.  I stamped and embossed the hat and used a Promarker, cool grey 4 to colour it.  The happy birthday is a Stamplorations stamp.  Some bobbly wool and done.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 253 - Clothes
Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase
Stamplorations CAS Challenge June
Scrappiness Utfordring 6 - Lag Noko Smått
Stamplorations June Mixed Media Challenge





Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Saved By The Cat

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a little inspiration piece today over at the Rubber Dance blog.  Do hop over and check it out.  Here's a peek


There is still time to join the Rubber Dance Colour Challenge


Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Monday, 12 June 2017

Gloria and Frank

Hello.  Welcome.  I am over on the Lost Coast Review today showing how I made my Postcard from Frank.  Do hop over and check it out.  


There's still plenty of time to join the postcard challenge at the 
So get stamping and join the fun.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Friday, 9 June 2017

HapBee Birthday

Hello.  Welcome.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz



I inked part of Lost Coast Designs Grunge Border 3" with four colours of distress ink.  I stamped, embossed and fussy cut Rubber Dance Buzzy Bee and added a bit of glitter to the wings.  The happy birthday is a Stamplorations stamp.  

Joining the fun at
AAA Cards Game 91 - Happy Birthday
Your Next Stamp Challenge 66 - Colours
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge 123 - Let's Go Wild
Stamplorations CAS Challenge June




Monday, 5 June 2017

Over The Moon and Far Far Away......... Please Send Postcards

Hello.  Welcome.
It's a happy day!!
I am honored and excited to have been asked to be a part of the 
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda design team.
Thanks to Linda and Marilyn for inviting me to design for these fabulous companies.  
In case you don't know, Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda offer a wide selection of images, from cute to quirky, vintage, collage, shrines, angels and much more.   
Do hop over and check out the websites.  I know you will find something you like and something you love and something you just can't live without.  
I know I did!!
 
So, new month, new DT and new challenge.  Over at the  

POSTCARDS

Get out your 4 x 6" card, wood, canvas, or whatever.  
If you can stamp it, and it's postcard sized, then you can enter the challenge.
Here's a little inspiration from me


I've used Carmen's Verandah Frankenstein and Lost Coast Designs Bubble Background

Hop over to the Portal to see more inspiration from the rest of the team and link up your postcard creations.  Hope to see you there.
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Friday, 2 June 2017

Starry Starry Duck

Hello.  Welcome.  This is the card I made and sent to NanaConnie as part of the Card Chain Challenge.  In case you have missed this before, we are a group of crafty ladies all over the planet who each month send cards winging their way around the world in a burst of joy, love and creativity.  Want to join the fun??  The June sign up is open until the 6th.  So here's the card I sent......



I used Rubber Dance Milky Way stamp embosssed with white powder and Worn Lipstick distress ink for the background.  I cut a curve using Sizzix Stitched Oval die and the friendship stamp is from Crafty Individuals embossed with black powder.  The duck is YNS Quackers.  Love that duck!!   I coloured him with Promarkers.  


The whole reveal can be viewed HERE
You can sign up and join the fun HERE

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Fish In A Boks

Hello.  Welcome.  It's me, over at the Rubber Dance blog, sharing ideas with fish.  Do hop over and check it out.   Hugz


Remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Animal Party Tricks

Hello.  Welcome.  I decided to do something a little different this evening.  I have lots of things I have acquired over the years.  Loads of patterned papers I bought because they were pretty, and then not used, because they were pretty.  And I have stickers, and toppers and chipboards and well, the list goes on.  So tonight I have made my first stepper card, inspired by Dana's card which is the CASE at Coffee Loving Cardmakers, and decorated it with preprinted and cut Tilda pictures.   



These clip pictures were once very popular.  I think they used to come in sheets and you cut them out yourself.  I made my stepper card.  Gosh, that was fun!!  Me and maths seemed to be at odds, but we got there in the end.  I used Becky Higgins PL papers as layers and then arranged the images to make a vintage feel christmas card with a coffee loving twist.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 335
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - We're Going Round In Circles 


Monday, 29 May 2017

Make Some Noise

Hello.  Welcome.  Picked up a few stamps by Panduro on sale the other day.  Thought this one was perfect for the CASology challenge of Loud



I based my design on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge sketch.  I stamped the deer drummer and masked him.  I added the musical notes and then used a Rubber Dance splat stamp and loud colours of distress ink to make the background.  I coloured the deer with distress inks and gave him a loud jumper.  The stamp has the word play on the drum but I masked that out and used some small Stamplortaion stamps to add the Happy Birthday.  I know a few musicians so I am sure this will be a very useful card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology - Loud
Stamplorations CAS Challenge May
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 174 - Sketch
AAA Cards Game 91 - Birthday 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge 123 - Let's Go Wild 




  

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Rudolf Does Yoga

Hello.  Welcome.  Well, it's summer today in Norway with 28°C in the shade, 35°C in the sun and the greenhouse is like a nuclear accident site........  Best to just stay in there 30 seconds, stretch it to 45 maybe, then out again to cool down!!!  They have said we may have 2 days like this!!!!  Wow.  BBQ, bicycle race and cold drinks rule.  So in the spirit of summer, I decided to make a christmas card!!   Setting a new record!  This is the second one this month!!!  At this rate I will have 13 ready for the big day ROFL.  



Now ain't that the cutest little Rudolf you ever did see??  I used the sketch from CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  I stamped and masked the deer from a NBUS Panduro set and stamped the snowflakes.  I coloured the deer with distress inks and a waterbrush and edged the card with dark blue chalk ink.  Another contender for the yearly christmas card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 174 - Sketch
May Rudolph Days Challenge 
CHNC Challenge 335
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters 
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Law of Cat

Hello.  Welcome.  The challenge over at Dies R Us is shaped cards, so I decided it was time for another outing with the Sizzix Fancy Chair die.  This comes with a matching embossing folder and is a really fun die.  It's quite nice to have a free standing chair, and since Lost Coast have a cat event going on, I decided to fill my chair with a cat.  A happy cat, of course......



How cool is that??!!!  I cut the chair from corrugated card, which gets compressed as it is cut, so gives a nice strong card front, but remains quite light.  I embossed with the matching folder and tinted with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  I embossed some hot pink card and fussy cut the 'upholstery'.  I highlighted some details with a red pen and added some lace to the edge of the cushion.  Went a bit crazy with the pearls!!!   Most of the embossed 'buttons' are covered by the cat so only two pearls on the chair back, so I decided to embellish the chair arms as well.  



The cat is Lost Coast's Happy Cat, stamped wth black archival ink and fussy cut.  I stamped the sentiment with Staz On ink on shrink plastic.  It reads

'she decided to schedule some time each day to be 
overwhelmed by the sheer amazingness of it all'

She is a very wise cat.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - Here Kitty Kitty
Dies R Us Challenge 73 - Shaped Cards/Projects
Scrapy Land Challenge 66 - Add pearls and/or Lace
More Than Words Mini Challenge - She 
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 36 - Put a Stamp On It



Monday, 22 May 2017

Flowers In Her Air

Hello.  Welcome.  I paper pieced the girl from the May KOTM.  Love the dimension this technique gives.  


It was a fun way to use some scraps.  I wanted to use warm colours.  The flowers are Sizzix Flower emboslit and gold mirror card.  These dies cut and emboss at the same time. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 249 - Warm I used warm colours and she's holding a cup of coffee
Dare 2 B Artzy - Girly Challenge
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 48 - Blomster
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Floral Fantasy
Country View Challenges May 2017 - Flower Power

Green White Space and the Beauty of Dicentra

Hello.  Welcome.  A lovely inspiration photo over at the Stamplorations Cutplorations challenge.  Dicentra is one of my favourite flowers.  I love those dangly little heart shaped flowers. 



Keeping it clean with lots of green space.  The base card is green hammered card which I added some Mowed Lawn distress ink to to highlight the texture.  I cut a scrap of watercolour paper coloured with Brusho's using two of the Stamplorations Stitched Snowy Hill dies.  I cut Stamplorations Clustered Heart die from a scrap of white paper and coloured it with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I wanted the bottom of the hearts to remain white, to reflect the colouring in the Dicentra flowers, so I used my waterbrush to add colour at the top and draw it down the die cut.  The happy birthday is a goldline sticker.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Cutplorations May Challenge
Stamplorations CAS Challenge May
Allsorts Challenge Week 416 - Happy Birthday
Kaboks Utfordring 13 - Bursdag 
Pixies Snippets Playground Week 281/282 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Save the Beez

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday was World Bee Day.  I have noticed the decline of our buzzy friends.  I have noticed when the weather turns cold and wet and they vanish, only to reemerged a month later to work hard again.  We need them so badly.  Please take care of the bees.  Don't use pesticides.  They kill the good with the bad and often the good take longer to recover, so you get more bad bugs, then you spray them again!!  Cherish your dandelions for the precious early nectar they supply and the happy colours they bring to the garden.  Be brave, go wild.  


I decided to join the PaperArtsy challenge where they want to see assemblage.  I liked the tin can man in the challenge post and also Carol Fox's garden sign made me think about making a tin can to put bits in in my greenhouse.   I sprayed my can with copper laquer.  I used a stencil and some yellow acrylic on burlap fabric.  The metal flowers are from Korthobby.no with a few half pearls.   The bee is from Rubber Dance, stamped and coloured on shrink plastic.  The legs and antennae were a bit of a shrinky dinky nightmare but we got there in the end.  I made the sentiment on ye olde typewriter.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Paperartsy - Assemblage
Korthobby - Anything Goes