Thursday, 19 January 2017

I'm Lovin' It...

It's my son n' heirs 17th birthday today and, like most teenagers, he quite likes frequenting fast food establishments with his amigos, so I thought this little burger and fries stamp would be perfect for his card.

It's part of a set of 'Perfect Pairs' from Lil' Inker Designs.

It's also one of my Uncles birthday and I know he's rather partial to a Mcdonalds, so I made him a card too.

I coloured both of them with Promarkers and used Glossy Accents for highlights.

 Happy Birthday Oliver and Fav' H'Unc'

Friday, 30 December 2016

Say It With Flowers

I hope you all had a fab n' groovy Christmas and that Santa was kind.
Technically I have enough bubble-bath to last until 2018 (that's as long as fav' daughter stays at uni') and in colours and scents that will make me almost good enough to eat 😆

My card today features a beautiful stamp from WPlus9's 'Botanical Bunch' set. Sheesh, I ummed n' arrred over whether or not to buy this stamp set for ages (it's the Libran in me), putting it in my basket, taking it out again, faffing about like the procrastinator I am.

Honestly, don't EVER ask me to make instant life or death'd die of boredom waiting for an answer.
Anyway...I digress...I bought it...eventually...and then stressed about 'had I done the right thing?'. Honesty, it's not easy being me you know.

So I think it's pretty clear how I made this card. I masked off a circular area on my piece of card and a strip through the middle. I used my MISTI to stamp the large floral stamp inside my circle. You don't need a MISTI for this but it does make it so much darned easier for getting your stamp in the right place and for re-stamping if it isn't inked up perfectly first time.

With all the masking removed, I added the recipients name, using Altenew's Calligraphy Alpha stamps, Wink of Stella glitter and purple sequins and stuck the whole lot to my card base....job done!

So 2016 is almost over.
I hope 2017 is kinder to all the good people on our precious planet...including you, you gorgeous lot.
Happy New Year!!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Deer Friends

Christmas Day is now less than 24hrs away...Woop! Woop! 
This was my card design for my gardening clients this year.

As I had so many, I prepared a kind of assembly line of crafting tasks. First up was to cut squares of watercolour card for my card bases. I then masked them off (one by one) and created a circular sky scene with Faded Jeans & Tumbled Glass Distress inks. I flicked water and dabbed with an old paper towel to add a little snowy effect.

Next up, adding the little trees from MFT's Deer Friends stamp set...

...then the sentiment from Paper Smooches.

I used my Misti to stamp lots of little deer. The Misti is so useful, especially if you don't stamp perfectly first time, or in this case, if you want to stamp layers of colours. I started by stamping the whole deer (again from the Deer Friends set) with a lighter brown and then I added a touch of darker brown to its back. 
(Ignore that dodgy deer, bottom right, I jogged my card and mis-stamped him).

I then fussy cut the deer and added them to my snowy scene with foam pads and then stuck it to my card base. A few stategically positioned sequins, a flitter of Wink of Stella glitter and a red gem nose et voila...😆

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you to everyone who has kindly commented on my wee bloglet over the past year. 
I hope Santa spoils you all rotten.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Last of the Polar Bears

Ursaphobics look away now!

Going back over my cards this festive season, you will have noticed that MFT's Polar Bears have been very popular. I promise this is the final lot, no more bears...this year at least.
I made this for my favourite New Zealander, Chrissy. I used MFT's Polar Bear Pals and Altenew's beautiful Calligraphy Alpha stamps. That bear has the most chilled out look about him.

Blues, pinks and purples have been my go-to colours this year too.  This is another stencil from Artisic Flair Crafts called Mosaic Border.

 I use little daubers to apply my colours as I find them so much easier than the blending tool. I used Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet.

This polar bear was from MFT's Cool Day set. I dottily coloured him with Promarkers.

The sentiment was from the Merry Everything set, also by MFT. 

My final polar bear card features a brilliant dotty die from Neat & Tangled called Punchinella. I used the sparkliest glitter paper I could find to add some razzle dazzle.

You need sunglasses with this

So there you have it. Ursaphobes can return tomorrow safe in the knowledge there will be no more bears (at least until next Christmas).
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