Simply a Beautiful day

Hello yet again. The painter has finished, the builders left a couple of weeks ago – I have my house back. Now trying to sort things out, including looking through my crafty stash – possibly to sell on – yet to be decided.

Here is a card I created yesterday – quite a clean and simple card, yet I feel quite effective:

I stamped the tree from Honey Bee Stamps – Birds and the Bees – and added some extra leaves in some places, then stamped the bee hive and several of the bees.

All these coloured with Copics – simple colouring, just a couple of shades of each colour.

The sentiment if from Altenew – Birch Land – and this stamp set has quite a few lovely sentiments which I must use more…………

A quick update about dad – still waiting to plan his funeral as he died in Germany – the international death certificate etc – but he is in UK now, so is mum, and my sister has come over from Canada to stay with her for a while…..definitely until after the funeral – which may not be for another 2-3 weeks. We just carry on, don’t we………….?

This is probably the reason why my sentiments over the past couple of weeks have been more generic, more of wishing people well….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketches – Garden Green, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie – trying to Copic match.

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

water-cooler Challenges – feminine

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes

Copic Coloured Ocean Scene

My intensive therapy crafting continues, and here I have a card to share for several challenges:

This is the first time I’ve attempted a background using Copic markers, and chose 3 or 4 colours for the sea, the sand, and the rocks – just basically playing around with colour and shadow. I didn’t mask anything off – just went for it.

The fishes, crabs, whale and octopus are all from the stamp sets listed to the side, using bright and vibrant colours for a cheerful looking card – just what I need currently.

I used my Scan’n’cut to cut all the little images out, which makes things so much easier and quicker, instead of putting each individual die on each stamp – and if you have stamped multiple of the same image – going through the die-cutting machine again, and again, and again.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes

Daring Cardmakersunderwater life

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ‘S’ is for……starfish, sea-weed, shellabrate…..

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Addicted to Stampsanything goes

Robot Birthday

I have a busy weekend ahead, so I have taken the opportunity to make cards today. I enjoyed making this one – very bright and colourful:

This ‘Me and My Robot’ stamp set from Mama Elephant and die from Hero Arts ‘Paper Layering Neighborhood‘ die arrived today, actually, and I immediately thought of a few challenges I could merge.

The robot is coloured with Copics, and some white gel pen added for some highlights.

The blue background is Distress Oxide blended, and the card behind the building die is also Distress Oxide blended using red, blue, yellow to match the robot.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card Concept

Addicted to Stamps and More!

Watercooler Wednesday

Snowy Seasons Greeting

Hello there. I have a card to share with you today as there is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I took the opportunity to use my Copics again – kinda getting into the colouring, but I still don’t see it as relaxing – just a way of getting more from my stamps, and allowing me to use digital images…..I’m going to be doing a Copic Colouring course in September with Faye Wynn-Jones – the first of four such classes, but in the meantime I’m Googling and You-tubing and basically using all kinds of resources out there – and there are loads!!

This card is using the stamped images from Honey Bee ‘Snow Birds’, the base and tree and house images from Lawn Fawn, with a Distress Crayon sky background……..The sentiment is die cut four times and stacked for dimension.

I have a couple of packs of these crayons – but never used them – I don’t how to!

Anyhoo – I saw a Create and Craft programme which spent an hour using them, so I had a go. I used water-colour card-stock, drew the two blue colours down, them after moistening my finger in a damp baby wipe – smooshed it through the colours……….it looked easy on the programme.

My colours didn’t really move that much – but I could see they were trying. So – I took the moist baby wipe and blended them with that! Hey presto – ink smooshed baby-wiped background……..

I kept the base card bigger than the frame, because I think it looks like a frame too – and I do like to flout the rules – having a wider edge on the sides than at the top! I could have cut it down – but I like it this way………

As I mentioned, it is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, but I am also entering this card into the following:

Christmas At Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas with option of non-traditional colours

Aud Sentiments Challenge – anything goes with a sentiment

Daring Cardmakersanything that flies

Lots of Bees…..

I decided to make these cards at the last minute today, so I hope you like them:

You’ll have to excuse the lighting, but it’s STILL raining here in the UK. I think it stopped for a couple of minutes two days ago……..

Here they are individually:

(I decided one of the grass pieces was to become a crown……..)

I used a stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted, and a stamp and die set from Heffy Doodle. The images were coloured with Copics – it’s amazing how many colours you use, isn’t it?

I had a visitor to my craft room, who settled in one of my craft drawers – thankfully not one I was using:

The honeycomb stencil is from Imagination Crafts, ink blended onto one of the backgrounds, and the embossing folder of the other card is from Sue Wilson.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challengebees

Time Out ChallengesNature – option of one layer (not followed the option)

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

Seize The Birthdayanything goes Birthday

Christmas Presents

Hi there. A quick posting today to share a card involving Copic coloring and some masking:

This is made for the current challenge at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge

I took the single present stamp from the Altenew ‘Celebrations‘ stamp set, stamped once, then masked it off and stamped again a couple more times. I then coloured with Copics, and added a Heffydoodle sentiment.

A quick, clean and simple card, which actually took quite a bit of planning, but the main thought process was which colours to use……..

Now I’m off to plan the card for Dad for Father’s Day……and then it’s his birthday a couple of weeks later………masculine cards are ones I tend to struggle with – but I’m sure I’ll manage – and even more sure you will see what I make.

🙂 🙂

Well Hello……

Hello once again. I have another card to share today, using a new stamp bought at the Doncaster craft show last week:

I just fell in love with this stamp set – cute and quirky. I chose this stamp as I thought just laying there, finger swirling in the puddle – cute. There are some great sentiments on there too – I am sure you will be seeing them in the future…

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured – very basically – with Copics, to match the colour challenge. To follow the sketch challenge, the two outer bands were pieces of card coloured with the same light blue copic, and die cut with Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Simple Wavy Borders‘.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchespowder pink, pool party, so saffron

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Clean and Simple on FridayCAS birds

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge photo Inspiration