Friday, 26 May 2017

Clean and Simple Butterflies

As the days become longer and warmer we can expect to see hoards of butterflies fluttering around our flowers. It's a beautiful sight and a sign that summer is really here.
 I couldn't resist then the challenge over on 

I also found the perfect sketch to go with this challenge over on

Here is my card

I had an old Stampin' Up wheelie stamp of butterflies - I didn't have the wheel to attach it to so I removed it from the wheel and use it instead on an acrylic block. I've also cut it up a bit so I have a two line stamp of butterflies and also one line. I've also got a couple of single one too - very handy!
I stamped my large butterfly (from Papillon Pot Pourri) with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Coastal Cabana was my colour choice and my sentiment is from Sheltering Tree.

Hope you like my card today - thanks for stopping by and taking a look. See you soon xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

High Tide - Basic Tutorial

High Tide is a fabulous new set from Stampin' Up. It has loads of potential but here is a basic step by step tutorial to create a lovely seaside scene.

Firstly take a piece of white card stock - mine is 6" x 6" square but any largish square is fine.
Next take the sandy stamp and ink it up. I used Crumb Cake but any pale beige colour will work. Stamp the image at the bottom of the card stock to create a sandy bank.
Make sure that the notch is uppermost at the left hand side of the card stock - this is where the lighthouse will sit. The image can be stamped multiple times to create the land turning it upside down to fill the gaps.
Next take the more solid lighthouse image and stamp in a pale colour. Again I have used Crumb Cake. It's quite easy to line up the images although you may find a stamp positioner helps with this.
Now take the second lighthouse image and over stamp the first with a darker colour - I used Brocade Blue (a very old SU colour!!!).
I used a post it note to stamp the lighthouse and cut it out. It was then placed over the lighthouse on the card stock.

More post it notes were then used to separate the sky and the land - this is where the sea will be stamped.
Stamp the sea in the gap - your card should now look like this.
Take a pale blue ink pad and sponge the sky taking care not to remove the post it note from the image. Add darker blue to the sky around the edges with a sponge.
Now your details can be added - birds in the sky. grasses and birds on the ground. All post it note masks can be removed now.
A small banner can now be cut on to which one of the sentiments can be stamped.

Your scene is now complete and can be mounted on to a card base or made into a picture for home decor like the picture below.

I hope you like my tutorial - I love this set and can't wait to bring you more projects created with it. See you soon xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Jar of Love

Just a quick post to show you a card I made for a challenge but was too late to add it in. It uses my new set Jar of Love and took next to no time to create - even though I cut the flowers by hand. I love cutting out!!

That's it - short and sweet!!! See you soon xx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Clean and Simple Card

A clean and simple note card for you today using this week's sketch on 

Here is my card

I was sorting through a drawer of stash and came across an old pack of Stampin' Up Christmas tags kit. It doesn't necessarily look very Christmassy so I used it for my little note card. I also found some of my little flowers that I made years ago using some air drying clay and a silicone mould - they've lasted well haven't they? My tiny sentiment is from Jar of Love.

I think I need to really sort out my old drawer of stash and see what other treasures I can find!!
Thank you for stopping by today - enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Frosty Fir Branch

Another Christmas card - wow I have two now! I am determined though to get more organised this year and get more done before December. 
A great place to start is 

Here is my card

My layers are made using square dies with a scalloped edge. I placed one on top of the other but turned the bottom one at an angle to get the star shape.
Ornamental Pine was stamped on to a grey panel in Always Artichoke. It was then over stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder to give the pine needles a frosty look.
Pine cones were added on dimensionals and then dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

That's it for today - I hope you like my card. See you soon x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Pink for a Lady

A clean and simple card for you today - take a look

This is another of my favourite stamps (lets be honest though - they're all my favourites!!!!) Blended Bloom. It was stamped on to white card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Pink ink was sponged on to the flower making it a bit darker in the centre. I then fussy cut it out and added to my white panel with dimensionals. A bow and ribbon were added along with the sentiment (from Jar of Love) and then that was attached to some pink card stock on a white C6 card base.

This card is being entered into the following challenges

Our Challenge Theme
this week is:
One for the Ladies/
Mothers Day (USA)
So we need to see :
Something for the lovely ladies in your life....

Happy Monday everyone - have a great week - see you soon x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Yellow Flowers with Jar of Love

Today has been a good day - one with plenty of crafting!!! Today I have used a relatively new stamp set - Jar of Love. It's chock full of flowers, fish foliage and mason jars - it's beautiful!
Here is my card

There are dies available to help you cut the shapes out easily but I prefer to cut by hand - it just takes a little longer!
Unfortunately when I was stamping the 'Love' sentiment I smudged it a bit. Enter a few sparkly gems and you wouldn't know would you?!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Colours used are Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Fabulous Foxes

It is a yucky gray and rainy day here in Bridgnorth which is a shame because today it is my Auntie's 70th birthday and she should have sunshine on her special day.
I made her a special card to mark the occasion. She loves foxes so I ordered the foxes set from Clarity stamps - wow are they gorgeous stamps! I combined them the Winter Trees collection - also from Clarity and used the masks that come with the foxes - take a look

I used Stampin' Up inks and sponges and LOADS of post it notes to create my backgrounds - I masked of the foxes with the custom made masks that come in the set so that I could create the background around the stamped foxes. I used a whole sheet of A4 card stock folded into thirds and used a label punch to cut out the legs at the bottom and a scallop edge punch to decorate the top - all Stampin' Up.
Here are a couple of close ups

I am entering this card into the challenge over on

"Creatures or Animals"

Thanks for stopping by today - hope the sun is shining where you are - see you soon x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

High Tide Lighthouse

I sort of have a new stamp set. Sort of because my order was mixed up and until mine is replaced I'm using one belonging to my Stampin' Up demonstrator.
The stamp set is High Tide and I'm sure I shall be using it a lot in the future.
So I couldn't wait to start using it and late last night came up with this card for this week's challenge over on

Here is my card

This is such a lovely set to use and easy although a stamp positioner may be useful when stamping the lighthouse - I had to practise that bit a lot before I was confident enough to try it on my card!

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon x

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Male Card with Many Legs!

I have been working hard this last week but I shall be rewarded with four days off from tomorrow - yay!!!
Today's card if the challenge over in

Here is my card

This still remains one of my favourite Stampin' Up sets - By the Tide and is great for male themed cards.
The background is Lost Lagoon card stock and it's stamped with matching ink with over stamping of white craft ink.
My many legged lobster has been heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Pink Dragonfly

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it actually feels quite warm outside today! It feels like summer could be here and what could be more summery than a dragonfly gently buzzing around the garden?
Here is my card for you today

The grass stamp is from Stampin' Up's World of Dreams set and the dragonfly is a recent freebie from a magazine. I've added some dazzling diamond glitter to his wings to give him some extra sparkle.
I die cut my label using Apothecary Accents and added some twine around it before attaching it to a simple doily. The background was embossed with my mosaic embossing folder - after it had been stamped.

I will be entering this card into the challenge over on

I went for 'Pink, Die-cut and Twine.

That's it for today - I'm off to work now (sad face) - no time for crafting today. See you soon x