You’re So Sweet

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘E’ and we want to see your ‘Easy’ makes – simple, minimal embellishments, minimal layers – easy and simple to make.

Here is my card:

The images were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. All were die-cut with their matching dies, and adhered onto the white card base with a thin white layer using a Catherine Pooler postage stamp die.

The mouse was an after-thought – he was lying on my desk after a previous crafting session I hadn’t used him for – and I thought it would be a fun addition – he is running to use the gumball machine………….

I hope you can come and join us – I look for ward to seeing your creations….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

Dies R Us Challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

2 Crafty Critter Crazies atg with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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With a Splash….

Hell once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge and this times the me has been chosen by Billie a – Summer Fun. So – think beach, shells, water – anything which fits our theme and is along the ‘girlie’ lines is welcome. Here is my card:

Another slimline card – and this time the rhino is happily playing in the little pool, and her friend the ape is running and going to jump in and join her – which is why I think the rhino is looking a little nervous!

I can’t seem to get away from the teal and pink colour combo – but I do like how they look together. Who says you can’t have a pink ape and pink rhino? A little – OK maybe a lot – of creative license – but I am pleased with the result.

Both images were coloured with Copics, and cut out with their matching die. The pool itself is one of the stitched dens from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you can join us with your ‘Summer Fun’ cards – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sweet Stampers Challenge animals/critters/birds

QKR Stampedeanything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

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Crocodile Cheers

Hello, hello, hello……..I new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. The theme for this is ‘Bottoms Up‘……

Here is my card:

The images are from Heffy Doodle, stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, coloured with Copics, then die cut using their matching die.

I tried to add some interest and dimension to parts of the crocodile using a technique recently learned from taking a Jenn Shurkus class – yes – yet another! Using one of the lighter greens to create some dots – the alcohol in the Copic almost bleaches the parts you touch with your nib……..varying sizes depending on how much pressure I exerted.

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler and this time stamped before I added the dimensional images!

I hope you can join us – I’d love to see your CAS ‘Bottoms Up’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sweet Stampers animals/critters/birds

Clean and Simple On Friday CAS green as main colour

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

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You Bring Colour To My World…

Hello once again. It’s my final card as Surprise Party Guest at Seize The Birthday. It’s been a fabulous couple of months – I didn’t realise how many birthday cards I actually needed too – most of them went out within a couple of weeks of making them.

Onto the topic for the birthday card this time:

Here is my card:

MY ‘wheel’ is obviously the Colour Wheel – a slightly reduced colour scheme – I thought 6 colours would work for this…and with the pandas being black and white – well – I thought it would work quite nicely.

For images such as these pandas, then Copics are my favourite way of coloring – small images, with a little shading for dimension.

Now let me tell you – can you divide a circle into 6 equal parts without a protractor? It took me forever – hubby came up with the idea of printing out a clock face with just the numbers – then using the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 – as the six partitions……he comes in handy occasionally!

I coloured the six parts, then drew a black dividing line between each, and die cut with a stitched circle.

The pandas are from Clearly Besotted – as is the sentiment. The word ‘colour’ – using the UK spelling to get the six letters – I stamped in a very light brown ink, then coloured each letter with the same Copic colours I had used on the wheel.

The ‘happy birthday’ is part of a longer sentiment, but I masked off the rest of it just to keep these two words.

I hope you can join us in the birthday challenge – whether you use the option or not – it would be great to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

AAA Birthday birthday

As You Like It Challenge favourite colouring medium and why

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Comfy Christmas

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and we have a new Design team member, another Shona – so she has been christened ‘Shona E’.

As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

Both of these images is from a Simon Says Stamp set. I first stamped the comfy chair, masked one side of it, and then stamped the bag of presents – so it was kinda hidden behind the chair.

I coloured the images with Copics, and added some white gel pen for some interest. For some reason I couldn’t stop using the white lines – so there may be more than there should be – but I was having fun!

I love that these three critters are laying together in perfect harmony, and it just makes me smile…..

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

This panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle, then placed on some red shiny Lawn Fawn card, and then adhered to a top folding card base.

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks – stamp act

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

Cards Galore Encores – anything goes

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Bouncy Fun and Games

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started for the month of May. The them this time is ‘Fun and Games’. Here is my card:

I went with another interactive card – someone will have to stop me soon! Even though there are some layers to this, I still feel it is CAS. It took me a while to figure this out, but I love the outcome – very much fun and playful.

The pull tab mechanism is from Heffy Doodle, using the card stock from Concord & 9th. The MFT images were stamped, cut using the matching dies, then coloured with Copics.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS fun and games creations – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

TTCRDanything goes

Krafty Chicksanything goes

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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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Penguin Cozy Christmas

Hello once again. There is a new challenge started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

The card base layers representing the ground and floor I kept quite muted, to enable the images to stand out more. I found some chintzy paper which made me smile – so I put that on for the walls.

The window is from Mama Elephant, with patterned paper behind the glass to suggest a snowy blizzard outside, and the penguins even have some Christmas curtains hanging for the season…..

The images are from Time For Tea Designs – using a couple of stamp sets, and cut out using my scan-n-cut, coloured with Copics, and arranged as you see. I love the slippers on the right penguin on the right side – and it appears he/she is running to give an extra candy cane to the penguin who seems to be enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Their big fur baby is just sat there, watching, bemused – who put this hat on me?

I even put a Christmas hat on the top of the clock on the mantel piece – in my story here, it is after the meal, they are trying to relax in front of the fire, and those darned Christmas hats from the crackers just get taken off and put anywhere, don’t they? 🙂

I hope you can come and join us – I love to see what other people create ready for the Christmas Season. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

12 Months Of Christmas Link UpChristmas with option of red and gold (not taken)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option for a child

Di’s Digi Designs animals acting like humans

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So many books, so little time…

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge, We have reached the letter ‘B’, and the theme chosen by Melanie is ‘Birds’. Here is my card:

I wasn’t quite sure which way I was going with this theme – but when I searched through the Color My Life app – I realised I had lots and lots of stamps which had birds – some in sets, some alone – but this particular set from Clearly besotted caught my eye.

I stamped the owl images and the books with Gina K amalgam ink – a brown ink – then coloured with Copics. I used the warm greys for the owls, and played with some vibrant colours for the books. The owls had the matching die set, but the books I cut with the Brother Scan’n’cut – all good…..

I played around with placing, and decided they needed a little grounding, so I used the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease’ dies and cut some shelves using some wood grain paper.

The sentiment is also from Clearly Besotted, and I placed it so it looked like one of the owls was pointing to it……or maybe that’s just how my mind worked!

Forgive the light rays – I had the window shutters open a little and didn’t realise – but I think it adds something…..again – maybe it’s the way my mind works!

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘B for Bird’ theme – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS Challenge Winged Creatures

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes with colouring

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Dragonfly Dreams Challengefeature a creature


Christmas With A Bang…

Hello once again. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – as always the theme is anything goes Christmas/festive. here is my card:

I seem to be addicted to interactive cards…….

For this card I stamped the cat images, coloured them with Copics, then used my scan-n-cut to cut them out. Yep – I’m getting the hang of doing that, if I do say so myself!

I wanted the middle of the card to be opened and the little mouse and sweets/confetti be hidden there, so I did a little partial die-cutting with one of the shapes in the Mama Elephant die set to create the flap.

The purple layer was raised using 3D foam, then I realised the flap kinda dipped down and was difficult to open, so I had to get further creative and make a flap thingy…….

I then added some hats to the two cats, stamped the sentiment – before sticking that layer down this time! I must keep remembering to do that – one mistake I seem to make very often.

I hope you can come and join us in our Christmas Challenge – anything goes remember……. x

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challenge – anything goes with an animal

Crafts Galore Encore – anything goes

Moving Along With The Times – animals/birds

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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