Wake up & Smell the Coffee

I have been playing with some distress inks on today's card.  I wanted to create some sun rays but as I didn't have a stencil I thought I would try and make my own using bits of shaped card.  It worked sort of....I didn't tape one of them down well enough so it moved...you can see where!  Another oops!  But overall I like the effect.
This is a one layer card which I was going to enter into this week's Less is More challenge (favourite drink/beverage) but I don't think there is enough white space for it to be a CAS card.  Coffee is one of my favourite drinks along with wine and cider...oh... and malt whisky! 

The stamp set is by L'il Inker & is called Coffee Talk.  The coffee cup was masked off before I used distress inks to make the sun's rays and I then coloured in the cup with Copic markers.   I have also added some Glossy Accents on the heart.

I have had such a hard time taking a photo of  this card too.  Don't know why, but apart from the gloomy weather at the moment and lack of good natural light, I always struggle with orange colours in my cards. 

Toodles for now.
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Tweet Hugs

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I didn't post on Friday like I usually do as I went down with a 48 hour bug that even kept me out of my craft room (it was that bad!!).  But I'm back to 'normal' now and I've made a card using Winnie and Walter 'So Tweet' stamps.  I was inspired to get this stamp set out again after seeing an amazing card by Rebekah Weckerley who I have recently discovered on Instagram.  Her blog is here.
So Tweet stamps by Winnie and Walter coloured in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
I have used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers to colour both the bird and the leaves and flowers and then added some Glossy Accents to the little bird's chest/heart.
I cut the 'hugs' out using my Cameo and heat embossed that with a woodgrain stamp onto some pink card and then layered it onto some black card which I slightly offset so that it gave it a 3D effect.
So Tweet by Winnie and Walter
I also heat embossed the sentiment which is from the same stamp set.  It is all adhered onto some watercolour card that I cut out using WPlus9's Sunshine Layers.
We had a big dollop of snow overnight last Thursday which settled quite heavily on ice so it caused a few problems on the roads although I have to say that where I live everyone is used to snow and just gets on with it but when we walked into town at the weekend for our usual Saturday morning coffee, it was a bit slippery underfoot and I remembered reading recently that walking like penguins is a good way to stop yourself from slipping up on ice.  So much to my husband's amusement (and embarrassment) I waddled down the road like a penguin!!!!  And do you know....it works!  We were laughing all the way to the coffee shop.  I dare you to try it :-)
Toodles noodles,
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Happy Hugs

Another Valentine card today but this time using a stamp set by Clearly Besotted called Happy Hugs.  I can't wait until CB re-open their store as I love their stamps.  I believe it will re-open in April.
This card ended up looking nothing like I had planned and took me 2 days to finish.  I couldn't decide what to do...my crafting mojo disappeared last weekend!  But this is what I came up with eventually!
Clearly Besotted Happy Hugs used to make a watercoloured Valentine card
I watercoloured a freehand drawn heart on some Arches Aquarelle card and then cut it out.  I stamped the rabbits - well I think they are rabbits - and then coloured them in using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.  I added some Liquid Applique for their bunny tails.
Happy Hugs by Clearly Besotted
I then die cut the word 'love' using Avery Elle 'Simply Said Love' - once on white card and then again onto the watercoloured heart and then laid the white one inside the heart.
I'm hoping my crafting mojo will return this week.  Sometimes I just sit starting out of my craft room window hoping for inspiration and other days I have got a gazillion ideas whizzing around in that old head of mine!
Toodles for now noodles.
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Bear Hugs

I have been layering Hugs today!  I love to put dimension onto my cards and as Valentine's Day is not that far away now I based today's card with that in mind.
A Friend for All Seasons by WPlus9 used to make a Valentine's Day Card
I cut out 4 layers of black card using my Silhouette Cameo for the HUGS.  On one of the layers I used gold glitter embossing powder and embossed that layer twice before sticking all the letters on top of each other. 
Valentine's Day card made using WPlus9 Friends For All Seasons
The bear is from WPlus 9 'A Friend for All Seasons' and he is coloured with Copics.  The background has been watercoloured using distress inks and then cut out using (once again) Sunshine Layers by WPlus9.  I finally popped the top layer up on foam tape onto the black card base and added a few golden hearts from a shaker mix apart from the large one which was punched out using gold miri card.
Toodles noodles....
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The Sweet Life

I've decided to try and use stamps that I haven't used in a while rather than always being tempted to buy all the amazing new releases as much as I want them ALL!!
So here is today's card that I made using The Sweet Life by Papertrey Ink.  I soooo wish they would sell here in the UK as the customs charges really bump up the prices.
Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life
I think I might have mentioned this before (it's an age thing!) but I really used to struggle with these stamps before I got my MISTI.  They are layering stamps and the MISTI makes it so much easier to line them up.

The Sweet Life stamps by Papertrey Ink
I stamped the flowers using 3 different colours of pink ink and 2 different shades for the leaves.  I cut them out using the matching dies and then layered them onto a circle of black card.  The sentiment which is from the same set was heat embossed using white embossing powder.
I added a few sequins from Lucy's Things 'Gold Dust' and then layered that onto my well used and trusted 'Sunshine Layers' by WPlus9.
Toodles for now noodles....
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