Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reverse Confetti..Playing with new goodies..


I won the February Reverse Confetti sketch challenge, which meant I got a $20 voucher..obviously I spent more than that, but now I have all these lovely new things to play with.

Here is the March Sketch -
I decided to rotate it to the left, it worked better for my idea...

I bought the Bearing Gifts set because I loved the Bear in the car and thought it would make excellent birthday cards.

I had this crazy idea to create a scene and would you believe it, it worked!!

I really liked the current theme over at The Male Room -

I thought I could combine the RC sketch and The Male Room theme...I love how the DT have used wood.

I hunted and found a piece of wood effect background paper in my ridiculously large paper stash and die-cut out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die and in the same paper stack I saw the blue piece of paper that worked as 'sky' in my opinion. I die-cut that piece using a smaller MFT stitched die.

Then I stamped the trees onto a green patterned paper and fussy cut them out. I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the Bear (I don't have the dies..yet).

I spent a while laying it all out before the glue came room for mistakes here..I didn't fancy fussy cutting anymore!

I love the end result and feel like the Bear is driving through the woods to deliver gifts!!

Always fun to combine challenges.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mini Canvases....


Recently I started working out of an actual office (not my craftdesk) with two colleagues.

It's nice, but I miss being at home..

I thought on the first day that we were all together it would be nice to give them a gift, but as I don't Nicole that well, I didn't want to be too personal.

So I settled for 'initial canvases'.

I started with Blick 2x4 canvases and added texture paste to them through different Tim Holtz mini stencils.

Once the paste was dry, I chose 3 colours of acrylic paint and roughly painted over the paste - roughly because I wanted some of the white to show through.

Pretty right? That white 'palette' is a laminated piece of scrap paper, I have these in all different sizes and use them for ink, paint, messy mediums and when they wear out I just recycle them.

Final step once the paint dried was to add the initials, I had originally planned to spell out our names, but I thought just an initial was more impactful. I have these ancient black sparkly Thickers that worked really well here. I affixed them with Glossy Accents, because of the paste I wanted to be sure they held.

I love working with small canvases, it's a little slice of art.

My colleagues loved them BTW.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #58.. Anything Goes..still time to play


There is still time for you to join in the latest challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

It's everyone's fave this time - Anything goes.

Your turn to show us your makes and be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends March 24th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, March 20, 2017

CAS Mix-up March...Smooshing..


Happy Monday to you.

I've been loving the CAS Mix-up challenge and I was overjoyed when I saw the March one...

I love to smoosh :)

Smooshing to me is when you put ink, crayons or paint or whatever onto a craft mat / surface and spray with water, then you 'smoosh' your paper in the ink, lift it up and then dry it and repeat this technique a few times to get a really beautiful background.

I smoosh  a LOT.

It is also CAS Mix Ups 1st birthday, so I thought a birthday card would be fitting.

I went down a more masculine route with my card..I think it would work for men/boys of all ages.

My choice is die-cutting.

I created my smooshed background by using 3 different distress inks. I die-cut the panel using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.

I played with the idea of die-cutting out a shape from the main panel and then raising it with foam tape a few weeks ago and I like the way it turns out. So I did it again here, using a Lil Inker wonky die.

The Moose is a punch and I punched him out of chipboard and then stamped him using a Prima Marketing stamp that I always go to when I want an 'illegible' script pattern.

The sentiment is made up of stickers and a random stamp from my stash.

I added some clear droplets and bling to finish my card off.

I am super pleased..roll on April for more CAS Mix-up.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

CASology: Foliage..


Happy Sunday! I am hanging out with the craftgang today, making stuff, gossiping, eating!

The CASology cue card spoke to my stash this week...

I have a lot of foliage stamps and dies..

I opted to use the Lace Leaf set by Concord & 9th, it's so beautiful. First you stamp the 'splatter' then the leaf over the top. I did this and then die-cut the leaf out.

I wanted to send a friend a nice card, as she is going through a rough time and I know she likes this stamp set.

The sending die is by MFT and I die-cut it out of a piece of paper that I had smooshed in distress ink. The rest of the sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp from the Handwritten Floral Greetings set.

It was a really simple card to make and I'm pleased with it's quiet and gentle feel.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches: Sketch..


Hope you are having a great weekend so far. Hubby and I had a big night out last night, so no doubt we are slightly jaded today..

I played along with the last CAS Colours and Sketches, colour challenge. This time I am playing along with their sketch challenge -

Obviously as I am part of the Sketch Saturday DT, I LOVE a sketch.

This one is great, so very versatile.

Forgive my slightly wonky photo!

I recently came across some Tim Holtz resist paper that came in a Simon Says Stamp cardkit.

I decided to use a piece here as my main panel.

I embossed the scalloped stitched circle die by MFT, I like the effect you get when you emboss dies.

I masked off the centre of the circle and using Wilted Violet distress ink I coloured it in, creating a focal point.

The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp and it was a bit of a beast to stamp over the embossing, but I filled in the missing parts with a fineliner.

I thought it needed a bit of added a gold glittery heart.

I am super pleased with the end result, it's so simple, but fun.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Hero Arts Feb Cardkit playtime..


Happy Friday to you.

I signed up to the Hero Arts cardkit recently, I thought it would be a good way to minimise my spendy, spendy...

This kit was unreal!! SO much stuff in it -

I got all the dies you can see, the stamp set, some silver thread, an ink cube, a sponge for daubing, vellum and washi tape!! BUMPER!!

So far I have made 2 cards, which I am really happy with.

The main card was so much fun to make. I found a 'living room' scene online and printed it out, so it fit behind my window frame. I only coloured in a few elements, as I wanted the focus to be the cat and the flowers.

The flowers are from a Concord&9th set and I stamped them repeatedly, coloured them and fussy cut them out to make a kind of flower window box for my card.

The sentiment came from a Jillibean Soup set.

I've already posted this card to my Ma, as it reminded me of her cat.

I love the sentiment on the next card, I love to get caught in heavy rain (weirdo..)..dancing in it will happen at some point I am sure.

All the elements, bar the background die (Lil Inkers) came in the set and it was fun to put it all together, I like that the girl looks like she is standing on the sentiment.

Hubby and I are having a fun date night tonight, we are off to dinner at Ocean Prime and then staying at the W in Times Square, courtesy of our airmiles. Time to celebrate, life and a bonus ;)


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gelli Plate Backgrounds...


A couple of weeks ago, one of my art crushes Kim Dellow showed a great way to use your Gelli Plate on Instagram.

I had to try it out that day and I am so pleased I did.

I have been using the Gelli Plates with varying degrees of success, but I think now with this simple technique I will be getting much better backgrounds.

All you have to do is cover the Gelli Plate in a colour using a brayer, then stamp that onto paper (I chose to use watercolour paper). Then clean the plate and put a stencil over it and then add paint over that using a brayer. Remove the stencil and stamp over your solid colour - voila! amazing backgrounds.

Here are mine -

 Aren't they pretty?

From left to right clockwise, the stencils are by Dutchdoobado, Tim Holtz, Dina Wakely, Dutchdoobado and Recollections.

I have only made cards using 3 of them so far, the main photo is my fave, it makes me laugh.
I thought that background looked a bit Jungle, so it needed a Dinosaur (The Alley Way Stamps, sadly no longer in business) and I added balloons that are a mix of dies and punches. I coloured the balloons using distress stains and the Dino using distress inks. The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.

The next two cards use roughly the same idea, giant die-cut sentiment, finished with a stamped sentiment.
Wplus9 happy die, Neat & Tangled birthday stamp
Winnie & Walter birthday die, Neat & Tangled happy stamp
I'm pleased with the colour combos here and JT helped me choose the yellow for the scalloped background as I couldn't decide.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Playdate backgrounds..


I know it's been about 3 weeks since my playdate with JT, but I completely forgot to post these cards!

Whilst we were gossiping and playing, I dug out 3 backgrounds that I had already made and finally turned them into cards.

The main card uses a background I stamped at Jamey's on a craftgang playdate, I loved the stamp so much I bought it! I added a tag and a chipboard heart and stamped the freebie sentiment (gift from JT). I think it makes a nice modern Anniversary card.

The next background was a 'test' of a new stencil, ages ago. I loved what I ended up with, but was at a bit of a loss about how to turn it into a card...

The freebie sentiments from JT have turned out to be most useful and the Happy Birthday is so pretty, I thought it would look nice against the stenciled background. I added a few dots of black enamel accents here and there.

The final card is a teeny bit weird!

This background came about because I was trying to achieve a 'gold' paste..I got more of a shimmery brown LOL! I added the patterned die-cut circle along with the super blingy pineapple (from JT) and the aloha die-cut (Avery Elle). 

I love making backgrounds, background stamps and stencils are my fave tools when doing this, along with distress inks and a water spritzer. I have a little stack of them that I use for inspiration when I am stuck for ideas.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #58..Anything Goes...


Time for another fun challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

This time we have everyone's fave challenge -

I thought it would be fun to play with the Tap Tap Tap set by Stampin Up. I have had it since 2015 and I used it a lot that year, but it has been sadly neglected since then..

I stamped the background using the border stamp from the set and then die-cut it using an MFT stitched rounded rectangle die.

The typewriter from the set, doesn't have a die and fussy cutting it is a bit of a beast, but worth it! I coloured it using Zig brush markers and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted also from 2015.

To make the typewriter stand out a bit, I die-cut an embossed panel that was lying around in my stash (I love this giant spots folder by Sizzix) and added it to my card with foam dots.

I love the almost monotone feel of this card..I need to play with this set more!

Your turn to show us your makes and be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends March 24th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Strike up the band for Craft Buddy...


When JT leaves me comments, I take note of them.

Sometimes this means keeping an eye out for an item she liked or is's helpful for birthday, etc.

When I posted this card, she said she loved the Alligator. So I stamped and die-cut a bunch of them for her and make her this card.

The card blank is by Recollections and I die-cut an ancient piece of DCWV glittery patterned card stock using a Lil Inker die. I wanted it to be fun and mixing patterns achieves this easily for me!

I love this set by Avery Elle (Band Camp), I wanted it for AGES, I was lucky that it went on sale at at the start of the year.

It is so much fun to colour, I keep getting it out and stamping the entire set and colouring all the images.

I like it when I can send JT unexpected happy mail.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

CASology: Landmarks...Space Needle..


Yesterday was a fun day, hanging out with Lisette and Hubby. Today will be mainly me at my desk and also our new bed arrives - yay!

I liked this week's CASology cue card -

I am from London and live in NYC, so landmark's aplenty in both places, but I decided not to be obvious and go to my other 'home' Seattle. It has a special place in my heart, you can read why here.

I decided to use the Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts 'Seattle' stamp set, I love it and I also have the NYC version (there isn't a London one..)

First I die-cut the white panel - love the MFT wonky stitched dies, then I added a teeny bit of blue distress ink to make the Space Needle pop a bit.

The hardest part of this card was fussy cutting the Space Needle - it is SO tiny!!

I stamped the sentiment - 'rocks' I built using these great stamps by Prima. Seattle is from the same set as the Space Needle, but I messed up the 'S' instead of starting again, I added a blue sparkly Thickers 'S'..I think it works..

For my final touch I added some sparkly Nuvo drops.

I think this card will be winging it's way to my friend Michelley, who is responsible for my Seattle love affair.

And just incase you don't know this, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair, you can get to the top in just 41 seconds with the super speedy elevators and it is worth it. Even if like me you are terrified of heights!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sketch Saturday #454 Sami Stamps Whale Love...


Time for another great Sketch Saturday sketch.

This week our sponsor is Sami Stamps and they are offering $12.00 to spend in their store.

Here's the sketch.
I love the sketch this week and thought the Whale Love stamp by Sami Stamps would work perfectly here.

I printed the stamp and die-cut it using a Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die, I also used the smaller ones for the other 2 circles. I coloured the stamp using Promarkers.

I couldn't decide what colour my other circles should be, so I looked for the background paper and that made it a bit easier. The background paper is by K&Co and I think it was a random TJMaxx find..

I die-cut the banner in the same colour as the other circles and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment and added some hearts. I affixed it to the card using a mini staple.

For interest, I added a gold glittery heart and a large piece of gold bling to the circles.

I really love the soft feel of the card.

It's your turn now, but first go over to Sketch Saturday and check out what the rest of the DT have done with the sketch.

Challenge ends 17 March 7pm GMT / 2pm EST

Friday, March 10, 2017

CAS Colours and a butterfly..


Happy Friday.

Again my friend Jen is providing challenge inspiration, she is guesting over at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I love the colours this week -

I decided that I would use Ferro metallic paste for my 'smoky slate', I love this stuff. I applied it to my white panel through a Tim Holtz stencil.

The butterfly die is by Poppy Stamps and I die-cut it out of a piece of purple cardstock to match 'elegant eggplant'.

Once the paste was dry, I die-cut the panel and affixed it to my card, then I stamped the sentiment (a freebie) in purple ink and affixed the butterfly and added the yellow enamel dots to match 'crushed curry'.

I am super happy with my card, it came out exactly as I had visualised, with the added bonus of the perfect sentiment, that I had forgotten about!

Hope you have a great weekend, Hubby and I are brunching with Lisette tomorrow and we have our new bed (finally) coming on Sunday!!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Ben..


Yesterday was my Godson's birthday.

He is no longer a teeny tiny baby or a curious toddler, he is a full blown, super tall, clever, sweet, teenager!

How did that happen?! And what on earth do I put on the front of his card?!

With all of this in mind, I opted for abstract / grunge!

I stamped the great lines background by Hero Arts in Chipped Sapphire distress ink and spritzed it with water for a bit more interest.

The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set and I trimmed it out, to it in with the 2 random scraps I was adding to the card.

I stapled this all to the card, adding more staples than necesary for the grungy teenage boy feel (?)

I die-cut the entire panel and affixed it to the spotty cardblank, but it felt like it was missing something. Cue a few random enamel dots.

I think it's a fun card for a teenager, hope he likes it too.

Happy Birthday Ben.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Marker Pop...Adventure is calling..


Despite being a frequent shopper at Marker Pop, I have only played along with their bi-weekly challenge once.

I really liked the colour theme they have for the current challenge.

You have to use a minimum of 3 of the shades and one neutral of choice. You also have to use a colouring medium that they sell at the Marker Pop store.

I decided to use the awesome new Topography stamp by Neat & Tangled. I heat embossed it in white onto watercolour paper.

Then I used 3 Zig brush markers (Dark Grey, Grey Brown, Light Grey) and an aquabrush to achieve the 3 shades of grey I wanted.

I LOVE how it came out, I am super pleased. I love background stamps and this one feels like it is going to be a firm fave.

I stamped 3 of the sentiments from the sent onto vellum and attached them to the background using mini staples, then I mounted the panel onto a card blank (when I am covering the entire card blank, I used a patterned card I don't like).

Big bonus is this was my day 7 colouring for The Daily Marker 30 days of colouring challenge - yay!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #57.. Colour Challenge..there is still time to play...


There is still time for you to play along with the latest challenge over at Retro Rubber.

This time we have a colour challenge for you - use the photo for the colour inspiration..

Show us your makes and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made..

Challenge ends March 10th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, March 6, 2017

The Paper Players..Hello Baby Girl...


Happy Monday.

Today is officially the first day in the proper NYC office. This month I will be doing 2 days from home, as I am still not 100% fit, but I am excited to be in the office with my colleagues.

I had fun over the weekend playing at my desk, I felt all inspired, following class on Friday.

I love making baby cards and had one to make, so I had a lot of fun and it totally works with The Paper Players challenge this week -

This card is for my Flamingo crazy friend, so it was only right that I started this card by heat embossing the Flamingo background stamp by Simon Says Stamp.

The Stampin' Up Cheerful Critters are always super handy and I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the Rabbit for this card. The sentiment was a mix of stamps.

I had planned on saying 'Welcome Baby Girl' - but I don't have a welcome die and I really wanted that to be a die-cut (time for spendyspendy..). So I used the giant SSS Hello die - I think it works well here.

When I started putting it together I thought it needed something to make the elements pop a bit, but not obscure the background too comes my friend vellum..

A slightly kooky baby card, which made me smile a lot.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

CASology: Crunch..Smart Cookie..


I love the cue card this week over at CASology

It instantly made me think of the excellent Lawn Fawn 'Smart Cookie' set that I have that has been uninked... I only realised when I was writing this that Lawn Fawn are the sponsors this week!

I cut the white panel for my card first and then stamped the cookie and the sentiment before die-cutting it out using an MFT scalloped die.

I thought this would add a bit more interest to my CAS card. I coloured the scalloped frame using distress ink and then put it all back together.

I like it, it made me laugh, I think the hat needs to be lower next time..


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tiddly Inks..Octopus Anniversary...


Happy Saturday.

I had great fun last night at class at The InkpadNYC taught by Cheiron, great to be back with the craftgang and out and about.

Today I wanted to play along with the current Tiddly Inks challenge - Love.

I coloured their awesome Octopi My Heart stamp using Zigs and an aquabrush (and it counts as Day 4 of the 30 days of colouring).

I thought it would make a superb anniversary card, so I fussy cut out the image and stamped my new fave freebie anniversary sentiment (gift from JT).

The background I made using distress inks and a recollections stencil. I think it looks a bit like sea.

I love this stamp, it is going to get overused, it is such a joy to colour and I'm pretty pleased with my card too.

It is purely accidental that I have posted two Octopus cards in a row...


Friday, March 3, 2017

Octopus Birthday...


Happy Friday!

I am super excited today, as I get to go to class at The Inkpad first one in ages and the first time seeing the Craftgang since my operation.

I love the Lawn Fawn mini stamp sets. I bought the 'You Octopi my Heart' set with the plan to use it for Hubby's VDay card, but I changed my mind.

So he was all unused on my desk and that didn't seem right.

I was making some DT cards using the Simon Says Stamp wave stamp that you can see on my card and it gave me an idea.

I stamped the waves, I didn't reink my stamp, so I got a faded look.

I stamped, coloured and die-cut the Octopus..I was a bit stumped about what colour he should be and settled on pink!

Because I was planning on him being a birthday card, I thought it would be fun if he was holding birthday related items. Cue a MASSIVE search through my online stamp directory (totally geeky..) to find a present and a cake small enough for him to hold AND that had a die, because fussy cutting makes me want to barf. The gift is by Avery Elle, the cake is by MFT.

The sentiment stamp is by Concord &9th.

I am super happy with how this card came out, it means that Mr Octopus has more than 'love' use in him.

Have a great weekend


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge: Newton stays in...


I stumbled across a cool challenge 2 days ago.

It's called Cupcake Inspiration and every week they post a different photo of cupcakes to inspire you. You don't have to use cupcakes to play.

This week's photo make me smile. I am a cat person..

This time they are also sponsored by Newton's Nook and I thought it would be a great excuse to break out my Cozy Day In stamp set.

I used the pink frosting to inspire my colouring..

I die-cut the image using an MFT stitched oval die and dug through my extensive paper stash for the right background paper and came across this ancient piece of floral paper.

I LOVE paper, but I have so much of it. JT and I declared paper amnesty about 3.5 years ago..we do not buy paper anymore, unless it is plain or neutral colours. No more patterned paper and it makes us sad, but it had to happen, I truly believe I have more paper than I can use in my lifetime..

Anyway I digress.. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set, onto a coordinating piece of pink cardstock and decided to make it a banner and affix it to my card with a staple.

A bit of a girly card for me, but I like it, I also quite fancy a cozy day in with my cats, a book and a blanket..


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

30 days of colouring and a new toy...


So March already?!

That means today is the start of the latest 30 days of Colouring - whoo hoo. I love Kathy Rac, she seems like the sweetest person and her colouring skills are off the hook.

If you haven't joined in before it is pretty simple, you just colour every day for 30 days, it can be a 5 min or 5 hr session, totally up to you. We share on Kathy's blog or on Instagram.

Today I thought I would show you what I have been up to with my new lightbox and some of the things that I have prepared for colouring this month.

I have wanted a lightbox for as long as I can remember, but cost and size prevented me from buying one. Now there is this new wave of ultra thin lightboxes that are easy to use and store, but also not cheap. I got mine with a Amazon lightening deal and I am SO pleased with it.

Lightbox with 'Friends' page mid-trace
I love adult colouring books, but I find that I don't love all the pages and I also can't watercolour them. So I have been using my lightbox to create my 'own' colouring pages in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

Essentially because I cannot draw to save my life, I trace bits and pieces from colouring books, old calendar pages, etc. I add my own flourishes too. 

As you can see, the lightbox is thin enough to fit between the pages of my sketchbook and bright enough for me to trace through the watercolour stock. I use a 0.3mm Letraset Sketch pen - waterproof and superfine.

The main photo today shows the Friends page that is on the lightbox all coloured in - using distress inks and an aquabrush. Pretty right?

Here are some more pages that I created, some are already coloured, but there are a couple waiting to be done.

They look so great and they are very therapeutic to do.

Happy Colouring.


p.s March started right, I won the February Reverse Confetti Sketch challenge - Yay!