Friday, 20 January 2017

Black & White Scotty

Working in black and white is always a challenge, and I am always tempted to add a wee dash of colour somewhere ... but I resisted this time.
It is so handy for masculine cards too.

Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Sentiment: Kaisercraft (white embossed)
EF: Marianne
Paper: Creativ
Black cord

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter Ppinky

The theme this week at Come And Get It Challenges is 'Winter', have a look at what the team has done and join us here:  cagichallenge

Our sponsor for this challenge is Ppinky designs, check out the beautifully drawn images here:

Image: Ppinky Winter
Coloured with Faber & Castell pencils
EF: Practical Publishing
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Woodware

I wanted to keep the image soft so I coloured with pencils.  I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of organza ribbon using Stazon ink.

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Celebration Mouse

There's a photo inspiration at Crafters Café this week:  crafterscafe

sponsored by the talented Lisa Decosse with these delicious papers, here at decossesdynamitedoodles
We'd love you to join us for this challenge!

The diecuts have edges inked.  The image is paper-pieced - the mouse is stamped three times: once onto the Decosse snow paper, once on grey card (and coloured with Copics), and the scarf is stamped on a scrap of patterned paper.   The tree is layered with dark blue and fixed with 3D foam.

Papers - snow, argyle, celebrate: Decosse
Image stamp: Penny Black
Tree die: Marianne
Snowflake dies: Couture Creations
Also: Kindyglitz, gem

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Friday, 13 January 2017

90 Birthday Celebration

A funny thing happened ...

I made this card for an elderly friend of mine who turned 90 on Monday.  We go to the same library craft group each Wednesday.   She laughed so much when she saw it, because on the Monday (unknown to me)  her daughter had brought around a small birthday cake for her with only 9 candles and when lit, the candles all flared up, melting each other and the icing, and they had difficulty putting them out!

Stamp image: Art Impressions Burnadette (new)
Coloured with Copics
Sentiments & number done on the computer
Zigzag die: Couture Creations (sparkle card)
Border punch: Fiskars
Die Ovals: Spellbinders
DIe Circles: Spellbinders
Stitching hand drawn with black pen

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Birthday Ticket

I started with a sketch:

I always need birthday cards and enjoy doing mancards.  I used a colour palette of Coffee and Cream, and my new embossing folder and new sentiment stamp.

I distressed the edges and sanded the embossing randomly (distressing is one of my favourite techniques), then layered it over gauze. The ticket on brown card and sentiment on cream card are stamped with different coloured inks to add interest and variation.  The base card is matt metallic gold.

Paper: Kaisercraft
EF: Kaisercraft
Ticket die: Couture Creations
Ticket stamp: Invoke Arts
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant
Also: gauze, metal brad

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Birthday Lolly

Start off 2017 with a monochrome card!  See Crafters Café challenge here: crafterscafe
Check out what the design team have done and leave some love.

Our sponsor is creativebugdigis and how cute is this image?

Image: Creative Bugs "Look at Me Lolly"
Coloured with Copics
Round die: Couture Creations
Happy die: Creative Dies
Birthday die:
Pawprint stamp: Whispers

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Hats Off Grad

A CAS one layer card!  And a toast to the new grad: new beginnings!

I stamped directly onto the card, then masked the image and sponged distress ink around the silhouette. Because the sentiment is a clear stamp I bent it to where the hat would be if it was lifted off.

Stamps: My Favourite Things
coloured with Copics

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Monday, 26 December 2016


A blue Christmas, well blue and silver really.  And you already know I like simple...  and you might have guessed I really like smooshing.

The background is matt metallic silver paper.  For the tree, I coloured white card using smooshed distress inks, then embossed it before adding silver Glimmermist.  This meant it collected in the nooks and is quite subtle.  Then trimmed it to a tree shape, inked the edges and raised on 3D foam.

Words EF: C
raft Creations
Star EF: Sullivans
Liquid Pearls, silver cord, silver star.

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Contrast Merry Christmas

Christmas doesn't have to be red and green to be merry and fun.  I like the contrasts for this one and the simplicity; after you see the colours, the gold embossed sentiment becomes the focus. 

Dies: Spellbinders
Stamp:  Hero Arts

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

that's fishy

I have someone who loves this stamp so I'm always trying to think of different ways of using it.

Background is made using distress inks.  The fish is painted with a thin layer of KindyGlitz for shimmer. The splatter is metallic gold.

Stamp: Inkadinkadoo

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Vintage Birthday

I used a sketch and a bingo board as an inspiration starter for this one.

Allsorts:  blue&brown-dimension-masking line.

Car Stamp: Tim Holtz
Sentiment and background dots: Verve Stamps

The circle area is masked.  I used distress inks to 'spotlight' that corner and also for the dots stamping.  Edges distressed. The car and sentiment is stamped using Versafine inks in sepia and black.  The banners are coordinating scraps with the top one raised on thick 3D foam, and the whole front is also raised on 3D foam for dimension.  A strip of glittery tape is added for the road.

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gift pouch

Christmas all month long at Come And Get It challenges, join in the fun, check out the ideas:

This penguin is so cute from sponsor Bugaboo:

Pouch is made using We R Memory Keepers tool.  Penguin is stuck on with 3D glue dots to make it stand out.  I used multicolour dots because we have a colourful summer Christmas, and we do have penguins (lots of kinds), and this one sparkles in the sun.

Image: Bugaboo (Penguin Reindeer)
Coloured with Copics
Snowflake Die: Couture Creations
Ribbon, KindyGlitz
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Elf Christmas

What could be nicer than a wee elf to read out the challenge over at Come And Get It?  You guessed it - a month of Christmas challenge: cagichallenge

and our sponsor - Make It Crafty - provided this cute image:

Image: Make It Crafty
coloured with Copics
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Papermania
Ribbon, white gel pen, gold pen

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ribbon Santa

Good Old Santa.  I like this modern looking version from Angies:  AngiesCardsandDigis

The challenge over at Crafters Café is use ribbon on anything.  Check it out:  crafterscafe

Layers and colours.  I like that the paper has the traditional colours then zoops it up with turquoise.  I used the die sentiment because it looks like a postmark.

Image: Angies (Santa Head)
Coloured with copics
EF: freebie from Practical Publishing
Die Sentiment: Craft Creations
Die label: Spellbinders
Paper:  Rosie's Studio
Ribbon, gold cord, bell

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Monday, 12 December 2016

A Christmas candle

A vanilla scented candle decorated using embossed electicians tape, decorated with ribbon and bling.  Not only will the candle shine at night but the bling shines during the day.

What could be a nicer little home made gift?  And in non-traditional colours.

EF: Couture Creations (Twiggy Christmas)
Electricians Tape, ribbon, gems, large gem brad.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Vellum roses

I used a sketch for the design of this card, and used multiple stamps onto vellum  to construct the four layer rose.  Each layer has a 3d glue dot adhering it.  I love the look of vellum but, because solvent ink is used, I hate cleaning the stamps afterwards!

Roses layers stamp: Verve
Sentiment stamp : Verve
Doily die: Couture Creations
EF: Docrafts

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Mistletoe bough

I love using analogous colours and used this turquoise and lime combination as a non-traditional Christmas colour choice.  I wanted a tone on tone effect and lots of texture. 

I used two embossing folders and two patterned papers, and the plain coloured card has inked edges. The sentiment diecut and mistletoe diecut are multi-layered.  The flake is raised above the chopped up tulle; pearl added.

Holly EF: Sullivans
Snowflake EF: unknown
Sentiment die: Creative Dies
Mistletoe die: Couture Creations

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Snowflake Box

I wanted a box to put some chocolates in for a little gift, so made one using We R Memory Keepers box maker.

I used  green and silver patterned paper for the box (which is really moss green, not gold like it has photographed), silver paper for the snowflakes and a scrap of green dotty paper for the sentiment.  I put the sentiment on with deep 3D foam tape.

Box paper: Dovecraft
Snowflake die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Papermania
Also: glitter tape, Kindyglitz and a large pearl

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Southern Christmas Penguins

We don't have polar bears or red-breasted robins but we do have penguins - lots of them and lots of variety too, some of them endangered like the yellow-eyed penguin.

Anyway, this one is doing a little dance to wish you  the joys of Christmas.

Image: Pink Petticoat coloured with Reno marker pens.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Bear Tag

Christmas-anything-but-a-card is the challenge theme at Come And Get It this time:  cagichallenge

Sandra Caldwell (Babycakes) is our sponsor and has this cute new image hot off the design board:  shop/babycakes
#1219 Bearly Lit Up

coloured with Copics
Tag die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Border die: Couture Creations
Sentiment Die: Poppy Stamps
Also: ribbon, kindyglitz, white gel pen, inked edges.

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Kiwi Christmas

In the southern hemisphere at Christmas time we are not looking for warmth, we are looking for coolth!

The EF with kiwi images is just right for us, with our native birds and flowers , jandals/flipflops, other iconic symbols and lots of stars.

I dyed some card with distress inks, then when dry, using dark blue ink, I letterpressed with the EF (Craft Creations) .  I really like the depth and texture it gives, and apart from the metal stars, I think it needs nothing else.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Layered Circle Feathers

Lots of Layers for the Die Cut Divas challenge this month: 

The white base card has a blue layer, a white mulberry paper layer, then a patterned paper.  Three distress-ink-dipped feathers are tied with silver cord and gems added to balance the composition.

Circle dies: Spellbinders
Large feather die: Hot Off The Press
Small feather die: Spellbinders

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Birthday Bubbles

In the Crafters Café this week we have a birthday theme.  Coming up to Christmas a lot of people get their birthdays overlooked, so we are celebrating.

Our sponsor provided this image:

and I think it says it all, what a ride!

Image: BloobelStamps
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Verve
Die: cArt
Star stamp: Practical Publishing freebie, gold ink
Also a scrap of tulle, Kindyglitz

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Monday, 28 November 2016


This is for the son of a friend who graduates in engineering next week, so I had to "engineer" something...

The outside is very blokey and I was lucky that his name spelt out of the positives of the diecut.
The grey and blue are the colours of his engineering degree hood, and the black for his gown. And of course inside I went a bit mad with colour ...

Word die:
Number die: Cuttlebug/Provocraft
Hat & degree die:
Star die:

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Floating Feather

A floating feather.  I loved the camera work in a scene in the movie Forrest Gump where the feather floated through the town.  The music represents the song of the bird it came from, and the gems are the floaty bit.

The navy blue card is not that dark in real life, here it looks black.  I inked the edges of the feather.

Feather die:  Hot Off The Press
Stitched rectangle die: DieNamics

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Vintage Birdcage

I usually favour a simple design, but now and then I break out of my box and do a 'frilly' one.  Also it was time I got out of my colour rut, and tried a combination I've never used before.

I used a sketch from Verve for the design:

Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Papers: Kaisercraft

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Elf Peeking

This is such a cute image, it reminds me of one of my grandchildren.  The frame is on thick 3D foam tape and stands out from the background.

Image: Bugaboo
coloured with Copics
Die Fancy Frame: Kaisercraft
Inner diecut frame: Nellies
Tag die: Cuttlebug
Stamp sentiment: Hastings Rubber Stamps
Candy cane EF: Practical Publishing
Lights EF:
Also, gold cord, gems

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YNS : colours chosen: green-yellow-red, for the sketch I 'wonky-ed' it up a bit to add interest and movement.