Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hello!

Hi! Here's a card I made tonight, inspired by this week's CAS Colours and Sketches challenge. I used ink dusters for the card edges. I coloured the fairy's wings with a water brush, and then used a Wink of Stella brush to make them shimmer, although it doesn't show very well in the photos.





I'm entering this in the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge:



Ingredients:
Lavinia stamps: 'Hill border Floral', 'Fairytale', 'Dandelions'
Sentiment from Woodware stamp set: 'Mini Flowers'
Stampin' Up! ink pads: Mint macaron, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe
Wink of Stella pen: Clear
Crystal Parade gems: Clear


Just a note

Hi! I recently bought a set of flower images from Bugaboo, and have made some little 7.5cm square note cards with them. They're coloured with inks and a water brush, and I added a few gems. For the calla lily card, I used a Wink of Stella brush on the snail's shell.



I'm entering this one in the challenge: Watercooler Wednesday: 'Clean & Simple Spring'



The colours in this one were inspired by this week's Color Throwdown challenge:



I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash: 'The Beautiful Rose'
CASology: 'Grow'



I'm entering this one in the challenge: Sweet Stampin': 'I Wish I Could Fly'



I'm entering this one in the challenge: Creative Inspirations: 'One for the Girls'



I'm entering this one in the challenge: Less Is More: 'Stripe' - I hope the stripy vase is enough stripe!


Ingredients:
Bugaboo images: 'Mini Set - Flowers'
Artistry Ink pads: Old Parchment, Sweet Toffee, Indian Jamun, Midnight Blue
Adirondack Inks: Cranberry, Butterscotch, Meadow
Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Bundled Sage
Wink of Stella pen: Clear
Crystal Parade gems


---------------------------------------------------

Confession...

I actually made two of each of these cards, but one fell in the cat's water bowl :-s I yanked it out of there as fast as I could, and let it dry, but some of the colours have run. Does it just look like I dropped it in the cat's water, or could I get away with saying I deliberately spritzed it, for a nice blending effect...?!?



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Blue Skies & Blossoms

Hi! Here are a couple of cards I made today, inspired by this week's Muse challenge.

I stamped the image onto the reverse side of some hammered card, so there'd be a little bit of texture. I cut the image down to a square, and backed with white card and then navy card. It looked too dark placed straight onto navy. I added the sentiment, backed with navy card, and used a butterfly punch on some leftover stamped image. I added Nuvo Drops to the flower centres.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Muse:
4 Crafty Chicks: 'Butterflies'
Tuesday Throwdown:



I used a smooth card for this one, which gave a deeper blue and a crisper image. I used a smaller sentiment, to show off more of the image. I like the deeper blue, but I think I prefer the first card.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge: 'Spring'
Simon Says Stamp: 'Showers and/or Flowers'

Ingredients:
Penny Black stamp: 'Glory of Modesty'
Artistry Ink pad: Blue Chase
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold


Friday, 21 April 2017

Tiny Lounge Panther

Hi! Please meet our new family member, our tiny panther Lily! She came home with us almost two weeks ago, and is still quite shy, but is settling in well. She loves to play, and loves watching birds and squirrels on YouTube. She also enjoys chirping at the birds in the garden. She shakes herself like a wet dog after she's eaten - I have never seen a cat do that! She is still nervous of us, and doesn't like to be stroked, but she sniffs your hand when you hold it out to her, and she's been giving out some lovely slow blinks.

Lily and Emily are still checking each other out, but they seem mostly friendly, and have been chirping at each other. I think they're still working out the pecking order, but Emily doesn't seem to mind Lily's arrival.









Sunday, 16 April 2017

Uniuniunicorns... I loooove them

Hi! Here are a couple of cards I made with another Bugaboo image. I fell in love with this unicorn image! I coloured with inks, added some Glamour Dust, and used Nuvo Drops for the flower centres.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:



Ingredients:
Bugaboo image: 'Bugunibeyou'
Artistry Ink pads: Old Parchment, Aged Stucco, Pampas, Indian Jamun, Blue Chase, Dark garnet
Glamour Dust
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold





I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Crafting When We Can: 'One for the Girls'
Come And Get It: 'It's a Girl Thing'


Ingredients:
Bugaboo image: 'Bugunibeyou'
Artistry Ink pads: Old Parchment, Aged Stucco, Pampas, Fall Fiesta, Dark garnet
Adirondack Ink: Cranberry
Glamour Dust
Nuvo Drops: Dandelion Yellow


Tulips & Daisies

Hi! Here's a card I made today, using another image from Bugaboo (I went on a shopping splurge last night...). I coloured with inks and a water brush, and added Glamour Dust to the butterfly wings and the daisies.




I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Stampin' Royalty:
Great Impressions:


Ingredients:
Bugaboo image: 'Ladybug Flower Row'
Artistry Ink pads: Cranberry Crush, Hay Stack, Old Parchment, Martini Olive
Adirondack Ink pad: Meadow
Aqua Marker: 'Flame Red'
Glamour Dust


Tulips & Butterflies

Hi! Here's a card I made today, using a new Bugaboo digi. I coloured with inks and a water brush, and added a couple of gems to the butterflies.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

The Card Concept: (CAS)

Time Out:

Curtain Call:


Ingredients:
Bugaboo image: 'Tulip Jar'
Artistry Ink pads: Apricot Nectar, Hay Stack, Old Parchment, Midnight Blue, Green Garland
Crystal Parade gems: Topaz


Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Strangest Card Request...

A lovely friend of mine is going into hospital next week for an operation, and she has a rather severe phobia of hospitals and feeling out of control. She's being as positive as she can, while feeling absolutely terrified, and she is facing it head on and finding little ways to feel like she's in control of the situation, planning to take music, herbal remedies, crystals, all the things she loves with her. We were chatting about her plans, and I said something about her attitude being really good, that she was finding ways to work around the phobia, and telling it that she certainly wasn't going to be defeated by it. Anyway, she liked what I'd said so much, she asked me to make it into an affirmation card to take to the hospital with her! Apologies in advance for the 'effing and jeffing'...

I love Lavinia stamps, and I thought something pretty and magical would offset the rather aggressive words quite well!



I hope she will like it, and that it will make her smile a little bit while she's going through something so traumatic.


Birthday card for my mum

Hi! Here's a card I made for my mum's birthday. It's a remake of a card I made a few weeks ago, but bigger, so I could add a cat :) I think it works better than the original, as it's less cramped.

I used ink dusters for the background, and Lavinia stamps, then added gold Woodware foil around the edges and on the fairy's wings. I coloured the cherry blossom with inks, and added Glamour Dust to the blossom.




I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Lavinia Stamps: 'Buds and Blooms'
Creatalicious: 'Anything Goes, Optional Birthday'
Creative Inspirations: 'Spring Spectacular!'
Sisterhood of Crafters: 'Stamped'



Ingredients:
Lavinia stamps: 'Fairytale', 'Cherry Blossom', 'Field Grass', 'Mimsy'
Artistry Ink pads: Apricot Nectar, Cranberry Crush, Hay Stack
Adirondack ink pads: Meadow, Cranberry
Versafine: Onyx Black
Woodware Fun Foil: Gold
Glamour Dust