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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Hot Tub Mice

I have just got the Joanna Sheen House Mouse cd and this is my first card using images from it.
I wanted it to look like they were in a secluded grove enjoying the tub; these tiny mice look like they're having fun together in their tiny hot tub.  The flowers are slightly shaded using distress inks.

Image: House Mouse
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Oval die: Spellbinders
Leafy Die: Couture Creations
Punches: unbranded
Also: gems

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Bionic Bag

I have been sewing this bag with two of my friends for 3 days.  Jan has made two, Judy has made four, and now that it's finished I never want to make another!  I nearly bust my machine; at one stage you are sewing through about 10 layers.
That said, it is a super bag, compact, useful and fits anything I would need to go to classes or stitching groups.









The back of the bag sits up and the front lays out open like a tray.  In between the zipped pockets are spaces for stuff like scissors.  The triangular pouch is for threads and scraps - it folds flat.




And there's even a wee pocket for my craft specs.

Thanks Jan and Judy, I would never have figured it out using the instructions alone.  Now that it's finished, I'm glad I made it, but I still won't ever make another!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Dragonfly Awesome

I've been trying out different ways to get arty effects.  Here I watered ink and brushed it on, spritzed and used sea salt to absorb colour.

Dragonfly stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Die: Spellbinders
Also Shimmer Spray (click on image to see)



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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Nest Celebration

Creatures! challenge at the Crafters Café.  You can check out the challenge and the design teams inspiration here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge














Thanks to sponsor Wink Wink Ink for this very cute image.  Get it here: Wink Wink Ink digital-stamp-our-nest-is-best





Click to see the shimmer:



Image: Wink Wink Ink - Our Nest is Best
Coloured by smooshing with Distress Inks
Leafy die: Couture Creations
Sentiment die: Poppy Stamps
Also: Shimmer Spray, Nuvo crystal drops


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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Blooming Bunch of Flowers

I got these stamps with a magazine and have been having a bit of fun with them, this is #3.  Here is a one-layer card made by using an inked acrylic block as the stamp onto the card blank, then stamped over with image.  I also added some of the inks to the flowers and leaves with a brush.




Stamps: freebie with magazine
Distress Inks
Lindys Glitz Spritz
Glossy Accents




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Purple bow flowers


Say it with flowers, a lovely way to communicate.

I have been trying different ways to use this stamp, this is #2.

The flowers are stamped and heat embossed in white, then watercoloured.  The jar is die cut from patterned paper.  The paints are iridescent (click on pic to see the shimmer).  

Stamp & jar die: freebie from magazine
EF: cuttlebug
Also: Ribbon, Pearls.

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The best place to be

I love being out in the garden.  What better place to feel calm and in touch with nature.  This image reminds me of younger days when I would be out in the garden with the kids when they were little and they would pull up handfuls of plants and present them to me.


Image: Mo's Digital Pencil
Coloured with Copics and paper pieced
Watering can die: Impression Obsession
Pots die: All Occasions
















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Monday, 7 May 2018

Fly Away Kitty

Incy Wincy Designs and the design team have a THINGS THAT FLY challenge which you will love to join in, here: incywincydesigns




Polkadoodles is our sponsor with these wonderful images, check it out here: polkadoodles


Image: Polkadoodles Jasper
coloured with Copics
Die: unbranded
Also, ribbon, button, flower, twine, Distress Inks, black pearl




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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Birthday Flowers

This stamp/die set came recently with a magazine and I have been trying it different ways - this is #1.

Flowers,vase-Stamp/Dies: freebie with magazine
Coloured with Copics
EF: Cuttlebug
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Also: washi tape, gems










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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Kitty kitty

For those of you who are acquainted with my 9 year old granddaughter Rhiannon's cardmaking work, here is a card I made using one of her handdrawn images.
I love her art and think it is right up there with some store bought images.

Image: Rhiannon W
Coloured with pencils
Sentiment is in my own printing
Also: ribbon, drawn black pen border,felt heart
PP with inked edges

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Goldfish - Rhiannon age 9

Rhiannon - age 9. Nonna lets me use her blog.

I used nonnas stamps and coloured it in.  I used washi tape I got with pocket money to make borders and a box for the caption.


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Nonna's note:
Sentiment stamp: Pink Petticoat
Jar/fish stamp: freebie with a magazine
Coloured with felt pens.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Create Magic


Gatefold or Stepper cards is what's on the menu at the Crafters Café, here:  crafterscafe














I used sponsor ScrapNDipity Aquarius image, get it here:  scrapndipity-aquarius









Water creates magic! I was so pleased  I could get the magic to come out of the can.  This would be good for mothers day.


Image: ScrapNDipity Aquarius
Coloured with Copics
Die: magazine freebie
Sentiment: Finnabair
Also: Gem, button, white pigment pen

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Birthday Dirt

It's a gate-fold or step-fold challenge at the Crafters Café this time, here:
crafterscafeblogchallenge



Our Sponsor ScrapNDipity provided the great-to-colour image, get it here:  scrapndipity-digital-stamps/astrology/aquarius



Image: ScrapNDipity
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment: Bugaboo
Sentiment die: unbranded
Large pot/lavender die: Spellbinders
Small pot dies: All Occasion
Flowers/cactus dies: Sizzix
Gems, Kindyglitz, Distress inks

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Anastasia's Birthday

At 2 Craft Critter Crazies we have anything as long as it's Critters as the focal point.  Check out the design team's work and join in:  2craftycrittercrazies









Rick St Dennis is our sponsor.  What a wonderful selection and such fun, see here: rick1949/anastasia

I made the background on watercolour paper (very textured) and used Distress Oxide inks, then spritzed, splattered etc - that was fun too.  The sentiment is gold embossed.

Image: Cat Anastasia
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp:
Perfect Pearls mist, Pearls, W of S, white gel pen




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Monday, 30 April 2018

Lemon goes with ...

Lemon goes with    ... tequila of course!  Cheers!

I used card that was smooshed, printed over it and cut it out.  The diecut circle is from sparkly frosted card (doesn't show very well) to represent the salt.




Image: A Day for Daisies
Circle die: Spellbinders
Word die: Paper Smooches

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rhiannon - aged 9 - Hello Gardening Lady

Rhiannon aged 9.

I made this while nonna was making her one. She showed me how to make a gatefold card and let me use her special pens to colour the lady.


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Nonna's Note: image is ScrapNDipity, die is a magazine freebie, sentiment stamp is Rosie's Studio, punches are unbranded.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cherries on Top

Who wouldn't want a cupcake with cherries on top?  It looks like someone -who shall remain nameless - has their eye on it already.



Image: Housemouse Stampendous
Coloured with Copics
Cupcake stamp: Hero Arts
Cherries stamp: Kaisercraft
grass stamp: Prima
Also: Ribbon, Glossy Accents, gems

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Mousie Sugar Plum - Rhi, age 9

Nonna let me pick a few of the pictures in her Digi image files and this is the Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse that I made into a card. Nonna gave me a pair of wavy decorative scissors to use and  keep. I colored the mouse with watercolor pencils (even though I didn't use the watercolor abilities). I thought it would be fun to have a floral background and to place some gems in the middle of each flower.

I chose the words 'Follow your Dreams' because some people dream things that don't become reality e.g being a ballerina, or a vet or anything else you would want to be. also I wanted my cousin Holly to like it, if I can give it to her.

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Note from Nonna:  Image is Rick St Dennis, sentiment handwritten by Rhiannon

Macaron Mouse

Oooooh macarons, such tiny bites of fruity deliciousness.

I made the rainbow background with Distress Inks on linen textured paper.  Images are coloured with Copics.  Rhi (granddaughter) and I had fun deciding what the flavours were - lemon with chocolate cream, pistachio with raspberry cream, chocolate with vanilla ...

Image: Housemouse Stampendous
Macaron stamp: freebie w mag
Candle stamp: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Umbrella Man

At this time of year the conversation always turns to weather, whether you are coming into spring or autumn.  I think this is a great masculine card, and I like the glow through the clouds... maybe the rain is over and the sun is on its way?

I made the background experimenting with Oxide Distress Inks, such a lovely way to get inky.

Stamp: Tim Holtz
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio

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