You can’t keep an efilump in your pocket…..

Hi everyone. I have a fun card to share today, inspired by several challenges, and all to fit in with the sentiment I just HAD to buy a few weeks ago:

I started by die-cutting the Simon says Stamp Picture Book Elephant out of a piece of galaxy card I had previously made, and tried to capture the shimmer here:

and here:

The sentiment fitted perfect, in my mind, to give the card a fun and playful feel to it. A card made ‘just because’, really………I think I’m going to do this little elephant in the traditional colours soon – but I do like to change things a little…..

Did you notice what I had omitted in the first couple of photos? Shall I tell you? The eyes – I forgot to give the elephant some eyes!!!! Fixed in the third photo……… 🙂

There’s not much more to add, other than to say which challenges I shall be entering:

CASE This Sketchsketch

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

Water Cooler Challengesanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Sparkling Polar Bears

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge . The theme this time is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I hope you can come and play along with us, and get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design team, and here is my card:

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I started by die cutting the polar bear the baby using Creative Expressions ‘Paper Cuts 3D collection – Polar Bear‘. I didn’t use the 3D elements to stand the baby in front of the parent, but instead used some glittery silver twine – as though the baby is being pulled along on the sled.

I added white glitter card behind the animal die-cuts, and also added the red glittery scarf and hat.

This card is large – I wanted a narrow and long card, so this a A4 sheet creased length-wise.

I masked the middle section of the card and ink-blended the two blue panels with Distress Oxides, then splashed some water for added interest.

The black eyes are Nuvo drops……and I added them when the card was completed and put together – gosh my heart was in my mouth that the container didn’t do a Nuvo-drop burp on me!!!!! 🙂 🙂

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Lynda XX

Challenges I shall be entering:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge: anything goes Christmas

Happy Little StampersChristmas and Sparkle

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Dream Valley ChallengesChristmas in July

Dragonfly Hugs….

A quick little post here as I forgot all about some challenges which are ending soon – I tell you, my mind is all over the place at the moment!

Here is another couple of cards I made yesterday:

I did a reverse colouring of the dragonfly, just to see what it looked like – and I liked them both. I used Copics to colour these images from Heffy Doodle ‘Big Bug Hugs‘, and added some white gel pen for details.

The scribbles behind each is a die from Tim Holtz ‘Scribbles and Splat’ and die cut from a piece of card I had used some glimmery Imagination Crafts Starlights paints – using a brayer on some card.

The challenges I will be entering are:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

The Alphabet Challenge I for Insect

AAA Cardsone image with option of positivity

Cut It Up ChallengeCritters with a die cut

Another Magical Day…..

Hello there. I have a set of cards to share today, and entering some challenges by the skin of my teeth. I had made them and photographed yesterday, but got so engrossed with watching a Netflix series last night – bonged on 5 episodes – I had to write this now.

Here are the cards: (I kinda went overboard!!)

I made four cards because I made big piece of the background. I used orange, yellow, and pink Distress Oxides and ink-blended the background. I then took some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens in similar colours and splattered the background.

I couldn’t decide what size to do the strip of colour – so I did a variety……

I stamped the Avery Elle ‘Pegasus Duo’ and coloured with Copics, and as you can see I did some pink and some white – with grey shading. I think I like the white ones the best – and I think the pink ones are more for a younger girl – but you never know………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:
CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Color Throwdownorange, pink, yellow

The Paper Girls Challengesomething magical or mystical

Addicted to Stampsanything goes

Blue Thanks

Hi everyone. The weather has certainly changed today from the past week. It is now raining and 15 degrees – whereas in the week it registered up to 36 degrees – phew it was hot! But it was gorgeous weather, and even though hot – I loved it – as long as I could get cool somewhere.

Today was perfect crafting weather, and I made a card for a couple of challenges:

I first die cut the Altenew ‘Spring Meadow‘ cover die out of a light blue card stock, then cut it again out of a darker blue card – called ‘velvet’ card as a satin but shiny finish.

I cut the dark blue into a rectangle, placed on a light blue card base, and then inlaid some of the shiny blue into the light blue. I did remember to cut the die with double-sided sticky sheets, which made this job so much easier.

The flower is from Altenew ‘Angelique Motifs’ and stamped using Altenew inks, as was the floral stem element.

The sentiment is from Stamps By Me, and all placed together as you see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow card ChallengeBlue Breezes

Always Fun Challengesmood board.

Water Colour Bouquet

Hello once again. I spent so much time crafting over the weekend that I have another card to share today:

I stamped the Woodware ‘Fresh Cuts‘ stamp and heat embossed in black onto water-colour card, then used my Altenew water-colour pan set for the light pink, dark pink, and green.

The sentiment is from MFT – a much loved and well used stamp set, which was actually a freebie sometime last year from Seven Hills Crafts.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Water-colour – CAS water-colour and bouquet

Just Us Girlspink, dark pink, green

AAA Birthdaybirthday for the girls

Seize The Birthdaybirthday with option of rainbow (not using the option)

Shimmery and Glittery Bauble

Hi everyone. It seems I am on a circular-fest…..:

I began by ink blending a couple of red Distress Oxides onto a piece of white card, then spraying it with some shimmer spray. Whilst that was drying, I die cut the Hero Arts ‘Snowflakes and Ornament Fancy Die‘ out of red glitter card which I had backed with a piece of double-sided sticky tape.

Another piece of white card just smaller than the card front was also die-cut with that same die, to create an aperture.

The red shimmery card was stuck down to the base, the aperture piece stuck on top, then the bauble inlaid into the die-cut space.

The sentiment was also die-cut out of the red glitter card.

I must say the Gemini Junior die-cut this red glitter card very well – but I did use the metal plate in just in case. I must remember that for other fancy dies in the future, and not try to die cut them without this metal plate, especially when using double-sided sticky sheets.

I shall be entering the following challenges:
CAS Christmas Card ChallengeCAS Christmas with snowflakes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

CASologyshimmer

Christmas at Sweet Stampinatg Christmas with option of Christmas in the sun (not used option)

Peeking Daisy

Hello again. I am amazed at how much I am able to craft when the builders aren’t here. I am sure it will be worth it when they have finished, which should be another 2-3 weeks, and I’ll have two brand spanking-new bathrooms – and I’m going to use them both!

This card is using a new purchase from Simon Says Stamp. My sister was coming from Canada, so I took the opportunity to get some stuff delivered to her for her to bring over to me. The postage was less – even though I had to wait longer……….

This my card using the Simon Says Stamp ‘Peeking Daisy‘:

A picture from a different angle:

You may be thinking it looks quite simple, but let me tell you – there was loads of measuring – to make sure the circles were equal from each other, equal from the edges, and that the daisy images were all the correct way up and looked the same.

This die is a solid circle, but there are two teeny tiny holes on the back of the die, which I lined up with pencil lines I drew across the middle of the piece of card, just managing to see through those holes – which ensured the flowers were lined up and the right way round.

Instead of rubbing the pencil lines off the little daisy images – I think they may be too fragile – I ran the card through my die-cutting machine to flatten the edges – and this side is the ‘wrong’ side of the die cut.

Then I used a challenge colours – I don’t have the specific challenge colours, but substituted Catherine Pooler inks – again drew pencil circles using the die itself as a template, and ink-blended as you see.

The sentiment is from MFT, and is one whole sentiment, but instead of cutting the sentiment apart – not have the nerve for that yet – I masked each part off prior to stamping.

I must say I like the end result, even though that ruler and pencil certainly had some use out of them for such a CAS card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesBermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Night of Navy

Freshly Made Sketches – sketch

Simply Less Is Moreuse small images less than 2 inches

Addicted to CASCAS Daisy

When Life Gets Prickly….

Hi there. I’ve been sorting out my craft room, and once I had a nice and clean desk – then I just had to craft, didn’t I? And – I tidied everything up afterwards! I don’t think this will last, but at least I’ll try.

Here is my card:

As I was tidying some of my stuff, I put new stamps and dies in a box so I could play with them. This is one of the stamp and die sets that has just been sitting around getting all lonesome…..

I started by using some Crafters Companion Neenah desert Storm card stock, and stamped the Concord and 9th ‘Stuck On You‘ cactus in a light green, then kinda rocked a darker green over the stamp and stamped again, to get two colours of green.

I then stamped the plantar in Versafine Clare brown, and the little hearts which I placed in a row, and the notice board.

I die cut the images – except the notice board which I had to cut out by hand – and attached everything to a darker brown card base as you see.

A complete contrast to my very, very pink card yesterday………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Die Cuttin’ Divasdie cuts with heat or dry embossing (base panel)

Water Cooler Challengesmasculine

Daring Cardmakerscactus/cacti

Are you having a Giraffe….?

Hello there. I’m managing to craft a little, but when you have builders in it’s a little challenging to maintain the concentration, I find. However, I had chance to play with a stamp set I bought from the Doncaster Crafting Live show at the weekend:

I bought several of the stamp sets from Pink Ink designs, and this one caught me eye first.

I used the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, and stamped the giraffe in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ pink ink, used a little masking around the ears of the giraffe for the leaves and flowers, silver embossed the sentiment then ink smooshed the same pink ink so the sentiment card piece matched the giraffe – an emboss resist effect.

The glasses I embossed with silver, fussy-cut, then applied glossy accents for some dimension and sheen.

Overall, I think the card is quite feminine, and I know some of my girl friends would love the sentiment and image………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, grey, white, silver

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – animal magic

2 sisters on the blogmake a card for a lady