Saturday, 8 August 2015

Anniversary Giraffes

Morning Folks!
I hope everyone is fit and well and looking forward to the weekend! I've got my fingers crossed that this publishes OK as I'm escaping the dust, mess and general chaos of the kitchen makeover for a few days! Just wanted to let you know that the new challenge is just starting over at Sweet Stampin' , it's a nice easy one this time:

ANYTHING BUT A BIRTHDAY

I made this card for my husband as we are celebrating our anniversary later this month. The giraffes are very appropriate as they are one of his favourite animals plus he is quite tall and I'm very short so my family refers to him as a giraffe! 


The bugaboo image is coloured with promarkers and chalked at the edges. The papers, buttons and brad are all from my stash.

Don't they make a cute couple!!


Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Hamish fixing his tractor

Morning Folks!
Long time no see I know, but things have been a bit mad here lately. I'm having my kitchen gutted and altered so at the moment I have no floor or ceiling and wires dangling everywhere - I just keep telling myself it will be lovely when it is finished!! On the positive side, it is the perfect excuse to hide away in my craft room and play. Talking of playing, the new challenge starting at Sweet Stampin' this week is 

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS

I had a rummage through my stash and this is what I came up with, quite pleased because everything is pretty old:


The stamp is a very old Sugar Nellie one called Hamish Fixing Tractor which I bought in the sale years ago just because it was cute, then like a lot of things it got put in the drawer and has only just seen daylight again. I think it has now been discontinued. The papers are K&Co Hopscotch and the embossing folder is 'replacements' by Couture Creations. I've no idea where the sentiment came from, it could be a magazine freebie but I'm not sure??


Thanks for popping by today and for any comments you leave, I love reading them! 
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Inky Chicks - Use a metal embellishment
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Build it up
Dream Valley - Embossing (wet or dry)
A Gem of a Challenge - Brithday Wishes
The Sugar Bowl - Anything goes with a sugar nellie image


Now I'm off for a nice cup of tea with bonus brick dust!!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Christmas Cookies

Hi Folks!
Long time and no action on my blog, but life has been hectic lately! Still good news, I have now finished work for the summer holidays so I've got a BIG smile on my face!! 
The new challenge is just starting over at Sweet Stampin' , this week we have chosen a theme which has become something of a blogging tradition at this time of year:

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Now, I have to raise my hand and admit I don't usually start my Christmas cards until at least December (I only make ones for special family members) so getting out the Christmas supplies on a hot day seemed all wrong!! Still at least this will be one less card to make in a mad rush!
The stamp is of course by House Mouse and the papers are magazine freebies from years ago!


Here's the close up view, a really mixture on this -
promarkers, flexmarkers, distress ink and glitter pen.


At least the glitter and the fluff on the little mouse's hat dried quickly in the hot weather - before I stuck my finger in it!!

Also used my new poinsettia dies from Robert Adams that I bought way back in February!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
I'd also like to join the following challenges:
Gruffies and Guests - Lazy Days or anything goes
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Lamplight Kitties

Morning Folks!
Hope there are still some peeps reading my blog - I know it has been a bit neglected lately, life has been busy and I'm really hoping for a relaxing weekend!! I bet you are too!!

The new challenge of 

BLACK AND WHITE WITH A POP OF ONE OTHER COLOUR

is just starting over at Sweet Stampin' .

Have to admit, at first I struggled to think what to do for this one. Then, while I was looking for something else, I found these very old cat silhouette stamps from Little Claire and ta da .... inspiration struck!


In the end this was a quick card to make, only a teeny bit of yellow promarker involved! I stamped the cats with Staz On ink as it gives a really dark image which I like. The sentiment is from a Humphrey's Corner set and the embossing folder is unsurprisingly called 'Brick' by Creative Expressions - it hadn't seen the light of day in many years!

Thanks for visiting and for any comments. I'm off to do a few jobs in the garden, not my strong point but needs must!!  

Back now to add some challenges:
Creative Knockouts - Use your stash (old stamps and embossing folder)
Crafty Creations - Embossing

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Put your best tie on!

Morning Folks!
Long time no see, but I'm back again with my card for the new challenge that is starting over at Sweet Stampin' this morning. Our theme this time is 

FATHER'S DAY or SPECIAL MALE

Here's my card, very CAS and not at all like the original idea in my head! The papers are Chateau Stripe by Chatterbox Inc, I bought several double sided 12" x 12" sheets several years ago but sadly this is nearly the last of them - think this might qualify as my favourite 'masculine' paper ever!! 


The stamp is 'Dressed Up' by Penny Black - another one that has been 'rescued' from Ebay - yes my addiction is getting worse but who could resist that little face??
Here's a closer look, coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut and framed with a nesties die cut background:


Thanks for popping by today!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Quirky Crafts Challenges - Shoes or shirts
My time to Craft - Domestic Animals
Simon Says Wednesdays - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
I love promarkers - Anything but square
CRAFT - Father's Day / male
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Cute plus a sentiment
Penny Black & more - Dies and punches
Crafty Creations - All creatures great and small


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Love Ducks

Good Morning Folks!
Pheww, thank goodness it is FINALLY the weekend! 
I've had one of those weeks where I just seem to have been chasing my tail!! 
This is going to be a quick post, as I really should be tackling some of those chores I've been trying to avoid all week!!
 The new challenge just starting over at Sweet Stampin' is

CLEAN AND SIMPLE

which was lucky as I don't think I could have managed an elaborate card!! 

I've used another Penny Black stamp called Lovin' and Huggin' that was 'rescued' from Ebay. I think it is going to become a new favourite because it is really quick to colour and useful for so many occasions! The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Here's the happy couple - aw cute!!



Thanks for visiting!!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings
Graph It colour challenge - Anything square
Polkadoodles - Things with wings
Simply papercraft - Anything goes / CAS
Sister Act - Anything goes
Loves Rubber stamps - Add a sentiment
Dream Valley Challenge - Things with wings

Yipppee - EDITED TO ADD:
Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

It had to be ....

Morning Folks!
Our new challenge has just started over at Sweet Stampin' and this time we'd like to see your projects inspired by a 

BOOK OR FILM

No prizes for guessing which film I went for!! I just wish I had more Paddington stamps in my collection, this one was a magazine freebie from several years ago. This card is going to be for my nephew, who is also a big PB fan - we went to see the film together! I wanted to keep the design fairly CAS but went for a joy fold to add a bit of interest.


The papers are from Country Companions Christmas 'Winter Wishes' collection and the bear himself has been coloured with promarkers, here's a closer look:

and the inside
 

Thanks for visiting today!
I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Whimsy stamps - Colour an image
Sister Act - Anything goes
That's Crafty - Keep it simple
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
Creative Knockouts - Complete the inside of your card
Creative card crew - Fancy folds
Cute card Thursday - use a sentiment
Crafting by designs - Anything goes
Crafty Gals corner - Stripes +/or polka dots
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Clear it out - Theme = kids, Stash = primary things