Just Because Cottontail Cutie

Hello once again. I have created a card to share as I am currently making cards to give to people I meet at work, or when shopping, just to say ‘hello’, or ‘just because’ – to try and spread some good cheer.

I used the MFT ‘Cottontail Cutie’ die set, as I haven’t played with that for a while, and the colours from the current challenge at Color Throwdown.

The grey card has an almost silver sheen to it, and I think adds a little texture to the bunny. The pink areas are cut from a pink foam I just happened to have lying around…..adding some brightness and even more dimension.

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Simple Grassy Hillsides’ as you see, and the sentiment is white heat embossed.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, grey, green, Kraft

Aud Sentiments anything goes with a sentiment

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Die Cut Divas – anything goes with a die cut and option of animals

Crafty Animals Challenge – anything goes animals

Country View Challengesan animal as focal point

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CAS Flowers

Hello. I have a card to share I made today, as I’m working the next couple of days, and may not have time to craft.

I used a newer die set from MFT called ‘Stitched Garden Dynamics‘, and just played with die-cutting and glue sticking.

I also used a stencil for the bottom edge, from Time For Tea Designs, to add some added interest that wasn’t dimensional. I did toy with the idea of die-cutting some grass, but in the end went for the stencil. I think it gives a more CAS look.

I have received three backdrops to enable me to take better pictures of my cards – though the lighting and additional elements are what I;m going to be working on from here – but these are the other two backdrops I received:

I like them all, and it took me a while to decide to use the dark wood, as my card is so bright and light. I will be working on adding some decorative elements to my photos too – watch this space!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge mood board/Spring

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch and peekaboo peach, wild wasabi, tangerine tango

AAA Cards CAS Made in minutes with option to use a stencil

Perfectly CAS CAS and die cuts

ABC Christmas H and I

Hello. It is time for a new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge – and it’s my turn to host.

The theme letters this time are ‘H’ for Hand Drawn, and ‘I’ for Inside. I have put a couple of prizes up for this challenge.

The first prize is for my Top Pick and is Concord and 9th ‘Christmas Florals’ stamp set:

And the second prize will be awarded randomly – I shall use a random number generator – so everyone is in with a chance of winning the following stamp and matching die set from Thirsty Brush and Co, ‘Under The Mistletoe’:

I made a card for each letter – well – I made two cards for the first – ‘H’ for hand drawn, as I liked drawing these little baubles on a string so much. White gel pen to colour them:

The first sentiment is from Altenew, and the second sentiment if from a freebie stamp set – my handwriting just won’t cut it! Trust me – I tried – and had to bin a card or two.

My card for ‘I’ for Inside (a frame)is:

I was going to create something special on the inside of a card – but I ‘found‘ this MFT stamp set and decided to put my bear ‘inside’ a frame……..the bear and the colouring were the easy part – it was sorting out the frame and the layers and the position on the card……phew! It took some thinking about, believe it or not.

Anyhoo – I hope you can come and join us in this challenge – and be in with a chance of winning one of the two prizes – and badges for your blog, or course.

There is some fabulous inspiration from our Design Team – I look forward to seeing what you create – and good luck for the prize winning! xx

I shall be entering the following challenges for the Kraft card:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes – option to use Kraft

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

I shall be entering the ‘Bearing Gifts’ card into the following challenges:

Crimbo Crackers Challenge Christmas and Animals

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes colouring

Time Out Challenge purple – a lot or a little


You’re cute as a bug….

Hello – I have another ladybird card for you today as I had some images left over from yesterday’s card – and I thought they were too cute not to use straight away:

I was looking for a way to use all the images I had left, so I took the Avery Elle ‘Circle Frames Elle-ments’ die and cut the four circles into a piece of white card stock.

Then I took a light blue piece of card, slightly larger, and where the circles showed the blue through then, I ink blended a light blue Distress Oxide for a little shading, even though it doesn’t show that much on the photo.

One of the circles which came out of the die was – just – the perfect size for the sentiment…………just!

Once the ladybirds were stuck in place, I then decided to add some bling. Nope – not Nuvo drops this time, but some blue sequins, placed within the circles……..and one on the sentiment – cos I had a little smudge there!

And – now I’m looking at the card in close-up……………can you see what I missed? Yep – I forgot to colour one of the ladybirds faces…………! Pretend it’s the same as the others – just pretend! I’ll probably go back and colour it. Thank goodness I took a photo of the colours I used. I knew that would come in handy one day:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Sisters on the blogdots and/or stripes (ladybird dots)

Stamplorations Theme and photo promptstamps and nature

Just Add Ink – something beginning with ‘E’ – embellishment – sequins

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes colouring

Ladybird Birthday

Hello there. I have been playing with a Stampin Up stamp and die set which I just I would have fun with:

I actually stamped all the ladybird images out at once, and played with my Copics. The little bugs around the outside are also a part of this set, as is the flower.

Once coloured and die cut with the matching dies, I used a sketch layout from a challenge listed below and that’s kinda it.

All done. Quick and clean and simple…………well – I stamped the little bugs the wrong way up at the bottom edge – so I had to have the sentiment on a strip to cover it! Maybe I shouldn’t have owned up to that one…………

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA Birthdaybirthday and flowers

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Clean and Simple on SundayCAS birthday

Krafty Chicks occasions

Creative Moments Challengeanything goes

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Or Friendship is always and Adventure

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We are at the end of the alphabet, so the letter is ‘Z’ – and we want to see your Zoo Animals.

Here is my card:

I stamped the leopards, trees, and tree trunk from several MFT stamp sets, with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with my Copics. Here are the colours I used:

Once die cut with the matching dies I started to plan my layout – wanting to create a scene – but without adding a background – if you get my drift.

The sentiments are from the Leopard stamp set, and as I had stamped the images twice, I made another card with a slightly different layout:

This time I added two extra tree branches from the ‘Squirrel‘ stamp set.

I’m getting to grips with Copic colouring, but still use any hints and tips I can get from anywhere I can get it!

My go-to colour combinations are from Yana Smakula – and you can find the combinations here. These combinations are what I tend to use most of the time, and are a great way to start and gain more confidence in the colouring – and the choice of card-stock for colouring is always the Make It Colour Blending card-stock – it blends well, and again is a confidence builder.

The right tool for the right technique, right?

I hope you can come and join us for the ‘Zoo animals’ challenge and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Digi Choosday anything goes

Cute Little Duckies

Hello again. I have a card to share as there is anew challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. The theme this time is………..’Cute Animals’.…….

Here is my card:

I wanted to use this stamp set, and I wanted to create a scene. A scene is not something I generally have much luck with, but I’m happy with this one – it’s quite simple, a few layers, and a little ink blending and water splattering.

After stamping the images in Gina K Amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics, before using the matching dies to cut them out. here are the Copics I used:

I have found it helpful when people post a list of colours, so I thought I’d do it too.

I first ink blended a panel using two Distress Oxides for the sky, then used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloudy Backdrop, as I like the stitched clouds effect. I used some green card, used Lawn Fawn grass dies, added a little green Distress Oxides to the grassy edges, and stuck them down as you see.

I wasn’t going to put a sentiment on the card, but a little simple ‘Hello‘ from an Altenew stamp set in the top corner still meant this card could be for any reason – or for no reason at all.

I hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see you in our gallery with your ‘Cute Animals’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Arty Stamper Challenge lots of layers

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafts Galore Challenge anything goes

All Fun Challengeanything goes