Dinosaur Birthday

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘O’ , and the theme chosen by Helen is ‘Outdoors’. Here is my take on ‘outdoors’:

I decided to create a scene using Clearly Besotted stamps.

I stamped the background scene first, then stamped it again on some masking paper, masked it off, and ink blended the blue sky. I did consider some splatters and some stars – but decided to leave the blue clear clear.

As this was drying, I stamped and coloured the dinosaurs, and let my Scan-n-cut do it’s work – I’m not a fussy cutter when it comes to images like this, and the scan-n-cut does a great job – if I set it up right and stick down the card properly (my mat is a little less tacky than I would like)!

I then die cut the background panel with a Catherine Pooler die, stuck it down to a card base, stamped the sentiment, and then added my two little creatures.

I hope you are able to join us, it would be great to see what your interpretation of the theme ‘Outdoors’ is….. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – Happy Birthday

Addicted To Stamps and More – make your mark

Seize The BirthdayBirthdayoption to use stencils (option not taken)

Avenue 613 – anything goes

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Birthday Balloons

Hello once again. I’ve been playing some more in my craft room, and using some of the backgrounds I created a while ago – this time using an alcohol ink piece of Yupo to create this CAS card:

I used this die from MFT which cuts the balloons and the frame, and with the additional balloons provided I die cut them from the piece of Yupo paper.

The frame I stuck down with some foam strips – they were very, very sticky so I’m glad I stuck it down straight! The balloons were stuck down using wet glue…….and then I wondered what I was going to do for the sentiment – I had forgotten to stamp it before I put all the layers together. I didn’t think the Misti would help, due to the dimension, so I actually stamped using an acrylic block! Shocker! I rarely do that because I always get it wrong…..

This time, I prepped my stamp, I used a Catherine Pooler ink, and chose an outline sentiment…….and it worked! It’s always good when a plan comes together – but I was nervous of spoiling the card…….I’m glad I didn’t! It is only a few pieces of card, but still……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday anything goes birthday with option pastel colours (not taken)

Clean and Simple on Sunday CAS Balloons

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Aud Sentiments Challenge birthday sentiment

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Eeek! It’s Your Birthday

Hello everyone. Once again it is the beginning of a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, where I am surprise party guest for a couple of months. This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Furry Friends’ – here is my card:

I started by stamping, colouring, and then die-cutting the images from the MFT stamp set.

The scalloped circles die was used as the background, and to add some colourful interest behind each circle I die cut three ink-smooshed backgrounds with three circles and placed them behind.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set from MFT.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Furry Friends Birthday’ creations – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beyond The Blue Challengewater-colour background

Die Cut Divas window or aperture card

Aud Sentiments Challengeuse a birthday sentiment

Colour Crazy Challenge 16 anything goes colouring

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Big Birthday Wishes

Hello. It’s raining here today, a little relief from the high temperatures last week – but I like whatever the UK weather tends to throw at us – barring the absolute extremes, of course.

I have couple of cards to share today using the same stamp set from Hello Bluebird, and for a few different challenges:

Both are one layer cards, stamped onto folded card-stock from Catherine Pooler I received many eons ago in one of her kits.

For the hippo card, I stamped the hippo in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with warm grey Copics, adding some white gel pen for details.

The grass was drawn on – to fit in with one of the challenge themes – and coloured with Copics. I must say – drawing grass is far harder than it might look. 🙂

The second card, the elephant, was coloured in the cool grey Copic markers, and this time I just drew in the top of the grass and coloured the rest with the same as the previous card, but adding bunches of grass with the darker green instead of drawing more black lines.

The hippo card will be entered into the following challenges:

Simply Less Is More CAS and doodles

Animal friends Challenge hippo or rhino

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

The elephant card will be entered into the following challenges:

Moving Along With The Times Elephants

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Seize The Birthdaybirthday anything goes with option rainbow colours (not taken)

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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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Fusion Regal Beauty

Hello once again. I have a card to share today which I made over the weekend – a craftathon weekend for me:

The colours and layout are based on the current challenge at the Fusion Card Challenge:

The colours in the photo were greys and a touch of brown, so I used those colours to stamp the flowers from Altenew ‘Regal Beauty‘ and a combination of their grey and browns inks.

I used the sketch layout to arrange the flower and leaves to mimic the semi-circle, using a lot of the leaves and only one flower, once I had cut them out using the matching die set.

The sentiment is from Thirsty Brush and Co, heat embossed on white onto a grey piece of card, and the ends of the sentiment piece cut using the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease‘ die set to create the banner look. I always seem to go wonky when I cut those banners free-hand, so this die set and those small triangles are just great for this.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge – sketch and photo

Trimmies Craft Challenge atg

Arty Divas Challengeatg

A Perfect Time To Craftatg

Dies R Us Challengebirthday including dies

Forgotten Birthday

20171022_133913_001Hey there. I have spent quite a few hours this weekend crafting, exploring different techniques, and generally having a productive time. All this, because I realised there’s a lot of inspiration out there at the moment, and I just couldn’t help myself. A lovely crafty weekend, therefore.

This card is inspired by three challenges, all with a Clean and Simple rule. I think I have managed it, but probably all thanks to the stamp set from Uniko. A recent purchase, last weekend, where I also met Bev and her design team. This is a gorgeous layering stamp set. 20171022_133920

I started with a large card base, as I wanted to use a lot of the images for the flower set – Beautiful Blooms III. I used my Altenew inks, and I must say I think they go well together. I also had a hunt around for a suitable sentiment, and by chance came across my Crazy Talk from Tim Holtz and Stampendous – who’d a thunk (!!) that a stamp set made for a more grungy look would fit and suit this pretty card? Just shows you……..

To further make me happy – I didn’t make one smudge, I didn’t have to add sequins or some-such to cover anything – it kinda all came together nicely.

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