Monday, January 16, 2017

Superhero Birthday...


Today is the birthday of my friends Son, he loves Superheroes and is always asking if I have met Spiderman, as we live in the same City...

So I thought that I would make him a special Superhero card.

I stamped the Superhero Bunny (by The Cats Pajamas) and then masked it off using a Molotov masking pen - I love these pens, but they are pricey, so I keep an eye out for them in the sale.

No Superhero is complete without rays of light (right?!) so I stenciled in the rays using a Clear Scraps stencil and Mustard Seed distress ink.

Then you just rub off the masking fluid, I use an eraser to get the little bits that won't come off.

I coloured the bunny using distress inks and an aquabrush.

The sentiment was created using 2 stamps, the HB is by Clearly Besotted and I masked off part of the Superhero sentiment stamp from the same set as the bunny.

Really easy card to make, but the rays make it look trixsy.

Of course I included a personal note from Spiderman..


Sunday, January 15, 2017

CASology: Forest..


Happy Sunday to you.

Today I am with the Craftgang in Hoboken, making stuff, eating and gossiping.

I wanted to play along with this week's CASology cue card -

I had a few ideas, but none of them really grabbed me, then it came to me..

I went with a really lovely Neat & Tangled Maple Leaf die set (I have the stamps too), I love how the top die has all the little bits cut out.

I opted to keep parts of the die in, I thought it was more interesting this way and layering the plain brown paper and the glittery paper feels very impactful.

I listened to what the DT always say about 'white space doesn't have to be white' and so used a kraft card as my background.

Keeping the leaf and the embossed sentiment in the bottom left of the card sticks with the CAS 'rules'.

What you can't see is what it looked like before I traced over the heat embossed sentiment...I used a powder that didn't photograph at all!! It looked fine in real life, but this is what I got when I took a photo -

Cue - emergency fix..

I'm still pretty happy with this card, despite the slightly smudged nature of the sentiment (sigh) following the fix..super simple and easy and I think fits Forest nicely..albeit a slightly blingy Forest :)


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sketch Saturday #446...Miss Tiina...


Welcome to another fun Sketch Saturday.

This week our Sponsor is Miss Tiina and she is offering a $20 Gift Certificate.

Our sketch this week is fun -
I chose to use one of the great Sock Monkey Doodle digital stamps, I chose the thank you Monkey, as I love to make thank you cards.

I coloured the Monkey using Promarkers, the background papers are ancient and by Recollections. 

I have this tin of foam stars..obviously I wanted a red one and obviously there were none in the tin!! I then remembered that JT had given me a bunch of random 4th of July things and there was a red star in there!

Great sketch to work with, now it is your turn to show us your makes, first go to the Sketch Saturday blog and see the other DT makes.

Challenge ends Friday 20th Jan 7pm GMT / 5pm EST.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Some news...


Happy Friday..

So I debated for a while about what to write today..

Today is my last day at work for 3 weeks as next week I will be having a Hysterectomy.

I guess people never really talk about these things and I have talked about it a lot.

In part this is the way I cope with tricky things, but also I wanted people to understand I am genuinely ok, this is just a long overdue thing that needs to happen. And on a happy note, because of this surgery, I get a bonus visit with my Ma, she arrives on Monday...I also have another surprise guest coming too - yay!

I don't want to bore you with a tale of 13 years of pain, surgeries and more pain. I'll cut to the chase. I have Fibroids, I keep getting them, they are a pain in the arse and they won't stop coming until I am post-menopause and goodness knows when that will be..

Anyway, that's it, I'll still be blogging, but majority of it will be scheduled as making things will be tricky, I am also going to be continuing on with my two DT commitments at Retro Rubber and Sketch Saturday.
Both teams have been 100% supportive and it will be a great distraction, looking at pretty things..

So what image do you share on your blog when sharing news like this? I opted for a card I made last weekend. The sentiment makes me smile.

The flowers are Bold Blooms by MFT and it is the latest addition to my growing collection of MFT flower stamps. Blue leaves are a new one for me, but I saw it somewhere and I liked it.
The sentiment is by Concord & 9th. The wonky die is by Lil Inkers and the kraft card blank was on super bargainalicious sale at Target and I bought them all - see...

Also - take a look at my 2016 highlights..what a fun craft year 2016 was and I have high hopes that 2017 will yield the same fun and success.

Finally a massive thank you to everyone that has known about this for a while and has been helping me navigate a difficult time with some semblance of grace ;)


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ohmygawsh you're on fire...


My Auntie Connie LOVES Dragons and I mean LOVES them...

So when she saw one of my Instagram posts announcing the arrival of the MFT Magical Dragons set, she was all 'when am I getting one' LOL.

To throw her off the scent, I sent her another Dragon card using a Bugaboo stamp..

Last weekend I had a play with the MFT Dragons and created this card for her.

I coloured the Dragon and the flame using Zigs.

I die-cut the stitched square panel first, then I used a Dutchdoobadoo cloud stencil and distress ink to create the background.

The 'Ohmygawsh' is by CASual Friday stamps and I recently bought the set that it comes in second hand, mainly because it had 'AH-Mazing' in it and I say that all the time!

The second part of the sentiment came with the Dragon set.

Once I had put the card together, I added glossy accents to the flame.

I hope she loves it, it should arrive any minute now..