Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Howdy Friend

Good afternoon!

How are you? We are having some lovely weather here in Norfolk at the moment. I am not one to sit out in the sun, but it's great being able to have doors and windows open and let all that fresh air into the house.

I was so exited to be able to get hold of one of the turnabout stamp sets by Concord & 9th along with a co-ordinating die set. Finding these stamp sets in stock is like trying to find hens teeth!

I fell in love with the cactus themed stamps and dies called 'To the point'. I went with a lovely colour scheme of pool, pink, peach and lime.

A stamping platform is needed to use the turnabout stamp set. This will help to create the perfect lined up background.

What you need...

Stamps:
To the Point Turnabout - Concord & 9th
Surf & Turf - Paper Smooches

Ink pads:
Key Lime, Peach Bellini, Sea Breeze, Bubblegum Pink - Gina K
Extreme Black - My Favorite Things

Dies:
To the Point - Concord & 9th

Glitter pen:
Sparkle Crystal Clear - Spectrum Noir

Basic supplies:
Card stock, adhesives, foam sheets


What you do...

1 Use a stamping platform to create the cactus background using Key Lime, Peach Bellini, Bubblegum Pink and Sea Breeze inks. Trim away a 4.5cm x 14.4cm section.

2 Cut a piece of white card 5cm x 14cm and use the Bubblegum Pink ink pad to colour down the vertical sides. Mat the cactus panel onto this piece and adhere to the right of a 10.5cm x 14cm white top fold blank.

3 Use the ink pads to colour some white card stock. Cut the cactus from Key Lime, the pot from Sea Breeze, the heart from Bubblegum Pink and the flowers from Peach Bellini. Die cut the 'Howdy' and the trim from black card.

4 Die cut the cactus, pot and heart from foam and assemble the cactus as shown. Attach to the left of the stamped panel. Add the 'Howdy' to the top right of the blank and stamp 'Friend' from the Surf & Turf set below.

5 Highlight the cactus flowers with Sparkle Crystal Clear.

Colouring white card stock with ink pads is a great way of matching card to stamped images. These Gina K ink pads give lovely, vibrant and even coverage. Plus, as they are dye based they dry really quickly and don't smudge.

I can't wait to do this card in another colour scheme, maybe using shades of greens and blues.

I want to give this card to a friend when I see her to thank her for my birthday goodies, and for just being there for me now that I am on my own.

Thank you for popping by, I am now going to have some tea and I will be back soon with another cute make.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Hello Honey

Hello there!

I hope you are all well.

So, I'm back with another make. This one being really cute. It mixes up two sets from Paper Smooches, Bee Mine and Blossoming Buds.

What you need...

Stamps:
Bee Mine - Paper Smooches
Blossoming Buds - Paper Smooches

Ink pads:
Extreme Black - My Favorite Things

Dies:
Bee Mine Icons - Paper Smooches

Promarkers:
Pink Pearl*, Cool Aqua, Mandarin, Sand Dune*, Yellow, Sunflower, Lime Green, Ice Grey 1
*Limited Edition Colours

Embellishments:
White pearls

What you do...

1 Stamp the floral cluster onto white card stock and colour in. Stamp the bee onto white card stock, colour in and cut out.

2 Add the bee to the floral panel with foam pads and trim to 10cm square. Stamp the sentiment in the top left corner.

3 Mat onto a 10.5cm square lime card blank. Decorate with some pearls.

I've had my Promarkers for quite a few years now and when Letraset did the limited edition sets I collected them all. It will be a shame when they run out as they are not around anymore. I keep hoping that Winsor & Newton will bring them back.

I like to use both Copic and Promarkers. Even though I have the full range of colours in both brands, there are some shades of colours in one brand that the other doesn't have. I find that when I do use both, they blend together really well. 

I love this little card, it's so bright and cheery. It's perfect to send to someone in these lonely times just to let them know that you are thinking about them.

I don't know what it is about Paper Smooches stamps, the images always bring a smile to my face. They are also a dream to colour in.

Thank you so much for popping by and I'll be back soon with another card. Take care and stay safe!

Friday, 8 May 2020

Poppy Thanks

Hello there!

I hope you are all keeping well.

I'm back with another card to share with you. This one I made for some dear friends to thank them for the birthday goodies they gave me.

I decided to go elegant with a beautiful stamp set by Altenew called Poppy Garden. I also used the co-ordinating stencil and mask set. I created the background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Candied Apple. The photo doesn't really do the colour justice as the red in real life is a very bright true red. The centre of the poppy was highlighted with dimensional gloss by Nuvo.

So without further ado, here it is...

What you need...

Stamps:
Poppy Garden - Altenew

Stencils/masks:
Poppy Garden Mask Stencil - Altenew

Ink pads:
Extreme Black - My Favorite Things
Candied Apple Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Ranger

Die:
Thanks - Paper Smooches

Dimensional medium:
Morning Dew Crystal Drops - Nuvo

Glitter Spray:
Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray - Imagine Crafts

Embellishments:
Droplets - The Stamp Market


What you do...

1 Stamp the poppy towards towards the lower right corner of white cardstock 10cm x 14cm. Mask off and stamp several leaves.

2 Keeping the masks in place, apply the Candied Apple ink with a blending brush (or sponge). Blend so that the colour gently fades towards the top of the piece of card.

Spritz the panel with the shimmer spray, when dry remove the masks and trim the card to 9.5cm x 13.5cm. 

4 Die cut the 'thanks' several times in white card and once in black. Stack the layers finishing with the black one on top. Add to the panel just above the poppy.

5  Mat onto a white top fold blank 10cm x 14cm with foam tape.

6 Add some Nuvo drops to the centre of the poppy and attach a few droplets around the poppy to decorate.

This is another card that is a little different for me, but I so enjoyed playing with the ink and masks. It got quite messy at one point and with the ink being bright red it looked like I had massacred someone.

I love the subtle sheen that the shimmer spray gives to the background. I also like it when you get a few larger droplets of it.

I'm going to have another play with this stamp set and masks and maybe create a card where the poppies are coloured and the background is left white.

Thank you for stopping by, keep safe and well and I'll be back soon. 


Monday, 4 May 2020

Ketchup

Hello there!

I hope you are still keeping well. 

I am so off the plot at the moment. It was my birthday yesterday and I didn't realise it was coming up until the other day, plus normally today we celebrate Mayday in the UK, but I only remembered earlier today that this year it has been moved to Friday the 8th to celebrate VE day. I really need to leave orbit and come back to earth!

Anyway, on with today's card. I was going through my lovely Paper Smooches stamps sets and decided on this cute little fellow.

What you need...

Stamps:
Vegtastic - Paper Smooches
Picture It - Avery Elle

Dies:
Vegtastic - Paper Smooches

Ink pads:
Extreme Black - My Favorite Things

Patterned paper:
Highline 6x6 Paper Pad - Basic Grey

Copic:
Cool Gray C-1, Cool Gray C-3, Salmon Red R05, Cadmium Red R27, Green Bice YG01, Acid Green YG07

What you do...

1 Stamp the photo frame and cut out along with the inner section. Add Cool Grey 1 and 3 to add definition.

2 Back the inner section with a piece of the yellow patterned paper from the Basic Grey pad.

3 Stamp the 'Washi' tape strips, colour in and cut out.

4 Stamp the tomato, colour and cut out using the matching die. Fix the tomato to the patterned section of the photo frame.

5 Stamp the 'comment' section to the frame and the speech bubble with the 'We must ketchup' sentiment. Cut out the speech bubble.

6 Attach the photo frame to a white top fold 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank. Add the 'Washi' strips and the speech bubble.

After the lockdown has ended, this would be an excellent card to send to a friend to arrange a coffee and a good catch up chat.

Sadly the Picture It set is no longer available, however there are other stamp sets featuring Polaroid style frames by other brands out there. There are some dies available too. Alternatively you could create your own picture frame by cutting a rectangle with rounded corners and snipping out a section from the centre. There are also lots of stamp sets out there with speech bubbles.

I hope you like my cute little make. I've never seen such a happy tomato! 

I'm going to sign off for now. Thanks for popping by and I'll be back soon.


Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Slightly Distracted

Hello there!

I hope you are all keeping well.

I'm back with another card featuring a cat with attitude. This chap is taken from the Tim Holtz Snarky Cats set by Stampers Anonymous and is packed with hilarious cats and sarcastic sayings. A perfect match I think.

What you need...

Stamps:
Tim Holtz Snarky Cats (CMS392) - Stampers Anonymous

Ink pads:
Onyx Black - Versafine
Celery - Avery Elle Pigment Ink

Washi tape:
Black/white striped - MT

Embellishments
Glitter dots

What you do...

1 Mask off a diagonal section across the bottom of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank and blend Celery ink evenly over the area.

2 Remove the masking and apply a length of the Washi tape following the top line of the inked section.

3 Stamp the cat just above the Washi tape.

4 Stamp the sentiment just above the cat at the top left. Decorate with a few glitter dots.

I have a couple of rolls of Washi tape that I don't want to use on my makes, so I use them to mask off areas and hold things like dies in place. It means that they don't just sit there for years gathering dust and as Washi isn't as sticky as some tapes, it's perfect for masking without ruining your card. 

This stamp set is just so me, especially this sentiment! Ha! This card is perfect for a male recipient or a cat loving friend that can cope with funny sarcasm. I really like the black and white and I think the bit of green really makes the card pop.

I'm going to sign off now and make a coffee. Thank you for popping by and take care.


Saturday, 25 April 2020

Peas Love Happiness

Hello there!

Well I'm back with another make. I am still going through some of my old stamp sets and of course some of my faves are Paper Smooches. The 'Vegtastic' stamp set is just so cute, I used it in my last post with the carrot card. At least with this stamp set you are getting one of your five a day!

Without further ado do here we are...

What you need...

Stamps:
Vegtastic - Paper Smooches

Embossing folder:
Swiss Dots - Cricut

Ink pads:
Extreme Black - My Favorite Things
Sea Breeze - VersaMagic

Alcohol markers:
Nile Green G07, Apple Green G14, Green Bice YG01, New Leaf YG23, Sugared Almond Pink RV02, Tender Pink RV13 - Copic

Gel Pen:
Signo White Broad (UM-153) - Uni-ball

Dimensional medium:
Glossy Accents - Ranger

Card stock: 
White, Pale Aqua

Masking paper:
Stamping Mask Paper - Inkadinkado

What you do...

1 Stamp the peas onto white card stock with the little heart above. Stamp the images again onto masking paper and cut out. Lay the masks over the original stamped image.

2 Use a blending tool to blend the Sea Breeze ink around the images and remove the masks.

3 Colour in the images and add the sentiment underneath. Trim the image to 7.5cm square.

4 Emboss a 10cm square piece of white card with the Swiss Dots.

Cover a 12cm square blank with pale aqua card. Then layer the embossed panel followed by the stamped panel.

6 Add some highlights to the heart, pod and peas with gel pen, apply Glossy Accents and allow to dry.

I did notice that the Glossy Accents can affect the gel pen a little, so you need to be careful when applying it that you don't move it around too much, but you can't really notice on the card.

I still have quite a few rainbow themed cards to post up, but I'm trying to spread them out a little so you are not overloaded!

I'm going to sign off for now and have a coffee and maybe a shortbread or two (yum) whilst enjoying the sun in the conservatory. Plus I can see what the chickens are up to!

Thank you for popping by and I'll be back soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Thrilled To Be Picked

Good afternoon!

I hope you are all well. I have a cute little card to show you today. It is an adorable little carrot design from a stamp set by Paper Smooches. I have wanted to use this little chap for a while and I finally got round to it.


What you need...

Ink pad:
Onyx Black - Versafine

Embossing powder:
Detail Clear - Stampendous

Stamps:
Vegtastic - Paper Smooches

Dies: 
Vegtastic Icons; Clouds - Paper Smooches
Square Small - Gina K Designs

Copic:
Yellow Green YG03, Grass Green YG17, Celadon Green YG25, Cadmium Orange YR07, Chinese Orange YR09, Caramel YR14, Blender 0

Card stock: 
White, Kraft, Pale Aqua, Dark Brown

What you do...

1 Stamp the carrot with Onyx Black and whilst still wet apply embossing powder. Heat to set. Die cut the carrot.

2 Cut the medium frame once in pale aqua and once in dark brown. Cut the dark brown piece in half to form a 'hill' and stick to the pale aqua panel.

3 Secure the medium frame within the large frame with masking tape and cut in Kraft card three times and stick together. 

4 Create a small 9cm x 11.5cm Kraft blank and attach the frame to the top. Insert the pale aqua/dark brown panel inside.

5 Add the carrot and two small clouds die cut from white card.

6 Stamp the sentiment underneath the frame with Onyx Black along with a small heart at each end of the sentiment.

Is he cute or what? It would also be good with a different sentiment such as 'For You' and then a packet of seeds could be popped inside to give as a little gift for a keen gardener.

Paper Smooches stamps are always a joy to colour in, I think it's because they have lovely bold outlines. I wish craft shops over here would start stocking the new collections.

Anyhoo, I'm going to have to sign off for now. I hope you like this little make and thank you for stopping by.

Keep safe and well xx


Saturday, 18 April 2020

Sending Sunshine & Rainbows

Happy Saturday all!

I hope you are all well. 

I don't think I've ever been so pleased to see a rainy day. We haven't had rain for weeks here in Norfolk and our poor gardens are desperate. The grass in my garden at the back isn't the best most times, I can't even blame the chickens because it never really did well before I got them. It seems to go through phases where one year it's fab and the next pathetic. This year so far is pathetic and I think it's mostly down to no rain. Fingers crossed a day of rain will help.

I have a lovely card to share with you to counteract the dull, rainy day. This is one with a rainbow colour theme teamed up with a simple flower and sentiment. I then gave it a spritz of sparkle for that extra bit of zing. The background was created using dye inks by Wendy Vecchi, Tim Holtz and My Favorite Things.

What you need...

Ink pads:
Bluebird, Buttercup, Cactus Flower, Tiger Lily - Wendy Vecchi Make Art Blendable Dye Inks
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (Ranger)
Sour Apple Hybrid Ink - My Favorite Things 
Onyx Black - Versafine

Stamps:
Small Striped Flower Cling Stamp (CG256) - Hero Arts 
Rainbow Greetings (CS124) - My Favorite Things

Copic:
Sky B24, Cerise RV04, Acid Yellow Y08, Celadon Green YG25, Apricot YR16, Lilac V04

Glitter spray:
Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray - Imagine Crafts

Dimensional medium:
Glossy Accents - Ranger

Card stock: 
White

What you do...

1 On a piece of card stock approximately 10cm x 15cm start blending the inks from the top of the card.

2 Trim to 10cm x 14.5cm and spritz with the Sparkle spray allowing some heavy droplets form. When dry, mat centrally onto a 10.5cm x 14.5cm white blank.

3 Stamp the flower with the Onyx Black ink and heat set. Colour in the centre of the flower with the Copics. 

4 Cut out the flower and mat near the top of the blank with foam pads.

5 Stamp the sentiment under the flower with Onyx Black.

6 Apply Glossy Accents to the centre of the flower and add some dots around it on the blank. Allow to dry.

Even though I'm a Goth and my fave colour is black, I don't make dark or grungy cards. I love bright colours in my card making. Next to black my two other favourite colours are pool/aqua blue and lime green.

This card is so appropriate at the moment with the rainbow colour scheme, I think rainbows at the moment show a sign of optimism, hope, support and friendship. 

I do have some more rainbow cards that I have made and I will be posting these soon. 
I don't the photo does the 'sparkle' justice, you can see where some of the heavy drops are. It looks stunning in real life.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I do appreciate it. Take care and I will see you soon. 


Thursday, 16 April 2020

What?

Good afternoon!

I hope you are all well.

I've got a great card to share with you today. If you own or ever have owned a cat then you know that at any moment (especially when you have company) it will sit slap bang in the middle of the room, raise its leg and start washing its butt.

A while ago I came across a brilliant stamp that showcased just that activity. I made it into a simple card using masking and blending.

What you need...

Stamps: Jasper Les Gros Chats (Mini 081) - KatzelKraft; Checkered Texture Stamp (DDTS013) - Darkroom Door; Alphadot - Paper Smooches

Ink pads: Onyx Black - Versafine; Prickly Pear Blendable Dye Ink - Wendy Vecchi; Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink - WOW!

Embossing powder: Opaque Bright White Super Fine (WL01SF-O) - WOW!

Card stock: white, black

Masking paper: Inkadinkado

Pearls: black

Adhesives

What you do...

1 Create a 10.5cm x 14.5cm white top fold portrait blank. Stamp the cat with black ink near to the lower right corner.

2 Stamp the cat onto masking paper and cut out. Fix over the original image.

3 Stamp the checkered background to the left of the cat. Heat dry.

4 Blend Prickly Pear ink around the cat. Remove the mask.

5 Use the Alphadot stamps to create the 'What?' onto black card with embossing ink. Apply the white embossing powder and heat set. 

6 Trim the sentiment and attach to the top right of the blank. Add a few black pearls to decorate.

I decided to go with 'What?' because that is what cats seem to say by looking at you when washing their nether regions.

This card would be perfect to send to a cat loving friend or it would also suit a male recipient.

Hope you like this little make and thank you for stopping by. Keep safe and well and I'll be back soon.


Monday, 13 April 2020

Easter Bird (Silhouette)

Hello! I do hope that you are all enjoying your Easter. 

I've just spent three full days in the garden doing all those jobs that really needed doing. Things like sorting out the patio and getting the table and chairs out doing the fish pond and pumps, jet washing the conservatory and doing a thorough spring clean inside the conservatory and then doing all the windows. Yes, I did all that and more, this all included help from the chickens and the cat!

This card today is a simple bird card. Perfect to send to those who don't really like religious cards. I used my faithful Silhouette again for this one.

What you need...

Silhouette image file: Doodle Bird #55822 - Miss Kate Cuttables
Silhouette font: PN Popsicle Day Bold
Card stock: dark brown, pale blue, pale green pink, yellow, white
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Purchase and download the image. Open the design page and add the image.

2 Re-size the bird image to suit. I sized it to fit a 6" square blank.

3 Send to cut in your chosen colours.

4 Use the text function to create the sentiment in the PN Popsicle Day Bold font and cut in dark brown card.

5 Create a 10.5cm x 14.5cm top fold white blank. Assemble the bird and fix to the top. 

6 Add the wording underneath.

I just think that this design is adorable. I decided to keep the colour scheme the same as the sample on the Silhouette as I think they look so good together.

I hope you like this little make and thank you for popping by. I'll be back soon with another card to share with you. Keep well and safe!

P.S. Just a quick note to Faith (Daffodil Cards). I didn't receive the email for the image request. Could to send me another one and I'll get the images sent straight back to you xxx