Roll on Retirement!!

I am not a tidy crafter and my craft room usually looks like a tornado has swept through it after I have finished making a card, but amazingly my desk is really tidy after making this card which came together really quickly.
I am entering this card into Less is More's new challenge this week which is:-
Taylored Expressions Clocked Out Grumplings
 I have used Taylored Expressions 'Clocked Out Grumplings' to make this card along with an old Stampin' Up! set of mine Painted Petals to stamp the watercoloured lines with Lawn Fawn Fish Tank ink.

The sentiment is also from the same Grumplings set and that was stamped using Lawn Fawn Lobster and Fish Tank ink.  I used my Misti to stamp each part of the sentiment in different inks.

Retirement card made using Taylored Expressions Clocked Out Grumplings

This might be the only blog post I manage this week as my husband and I are taking a week off to clear the bottom of our garden  and also re-lay the path which means a skip hire and lots of carrying to and fro.  I'm his dog-body and tea maker!!
 Have a great week and hop on over to the Less is More challenge blog to see what the DT have come up with this week.
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Flying Chickens

I am back today with a flying chicken!  I have used an old stamp by Create A Smile called 'Eggstraordinary Egghunt which I have used quite a lot as there are some really cute stamps on it but I have used the chicken/rooster today to create this card.
Create a Smile - Eggstraordinary Egghunt
I decided to make him fly so after colouring him in with copic markers.  The balloons are from Friends For All Seasons by WPlus9 as is the sentiment which is from Unforgettable and that is heat embossed.  I added Glossy Accents to the beak and balloons.
Eggstraordinary Egghunt by Create A Smile used to make a birthday card
I die cut the clouds from Mama Elephant Landscape Trio and added some distress ink to the edges.  The frame is one which I seem to use on nearly every card I make at the moment and is by L'il inker Dual Stitched Rectangles.
I popped everything up on foam tape and added some squiggles to make the chicken look as if he is flapping his wings.
Now for a MOLE UPDATE:  If you read my blog on Monday you would have seen my mole card inspired by the mole/moles that have invaded our garden and is causing much despair with my husband whose prize lawn is being slowly destroyed.  We have tried everything to get rid of them to no avail.  A fellow crafter on Instagram suggested blasting them out with a powerful jet of water down their runs.  We did this on Tuesday evening and woke up on Wednesday morning only to find that they had moved to the other side of the garden!!  Aren't they crafty?!!!  Anyway this evening, (it's Wednesday as I am typing this) my husband blasted some more water down their new this space to see if it works. 
Have a lovely weekend.
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Spot the Leopard!

 Here is another card that I made last week.  My brown copic markers were running dry on this card so I ordered some refills and also decided to give my markers a clean.  It's amazing how mucky the markers can get and then the lids stop fitting on as well as they should which then makes them dry out. 

This was the first time I have ever refilled or cleaned my copics (shame on you Wendy) and after overfilling my first marker, I soon got the hang of it although my thumb is still stained brown! 
MFT Lovable Leopards

I have used MFT Lovable Leopards, distress inks and a stencil to create this card.

Lovable Leopards stamps by My Favorite Things

I have also given the leopard and the crow a nice glossy nose using Glossy Accents.

Toodles for now.....

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One Mole is Too Many!

I know I have been a bit quiet these past couple of weeks because I wanted a small break from blogging but I thought I would enter this week's Less is More Challenge which is based on this sketch:-
My mind went instantly to a Create a Smile stamp set called Poppin' Over particularly because moles are on my mind lately.  We have got one, possibly two in our lawn!!!  I didn't realise what damage they can do.  They have made a right mess of it and it is sinking!!  My husband tends the lawn regularly, feeds and weeds it and mows it very frequently - so much so that I liken it to Centre Court at Wimbledon and feel guilty walking on it when I hang out the washing!!!!
So here is my card....
Less is More Sketch Challenge - Create a Smile Poppin' Over
I coloured the mole (we have nicknamed ours Guaca) with Copic markers and freehand blobbed the earth underneath.  I used Salty Ocean distress ink for the sky.  The card front was die cut using Lil' inker Dual Stitched Rectangles and then again using Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies.
Card made using Create a Smile Poppin' Over stamps
Create A Smile Poppin' Over stamps used to make a card for the Less is More Sketch Challenge
The sentiment is from the same set and was heat embossed.  The clouds are from a set by MFT called Seaside Seagulls.

I think you can enter more one card for this challenge so I am going to enter this card too.  I was sorting through my old Stampin' Up! stamps that I want to sell so that I can buy more crafty stuff and found the Something Lacy background stamp that I had forgotten about.  I made this card last week before I saw the new LIM sketch challenge and coincidentally it fits spooky is that?  Now I nearly didn't enter it because I then saw one of the design team's cards and another spooky coincidence is that it is very similar to Anita's card...I didn't copy it honestly Anita!!

Distress inked card over heat embossed Something Lacy stamp

Heat embossed card entered into the Less is More Sketch Challenge using SU Something Lacy.

Sorry this blog post went on for a bit!!  Anyway have a hop on over to the Less is More Challenge to see what the amazing design team have come up with this week.
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Lovable Leopards - MFT

I'm back with a card made with a new stamp set Lovable Leopards by MFT.  The leopards in this set are soooo cute!

Lovable Leopards by MFT
I coloured a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth card using Distress Inks and then die cut a circle out of it and randomly splattered Soot distress ink over the top of that and the card base.
I coloured the leopard using Copic markers weren't blending very well which means I will have to buy some refills and also new nibs.  I have put off buying the refills as I wanted to build up my markers first.   I use the browns a lot for colouring animals and they were really squeaking on the paper when I was using them.
My Favorite Things - Lovable Leopards
I then die cut the word 'Happy' out of the leftover distress inked card using MFT Little Letters and Little Lowercase Numbers.
I have wanted to buy an alphabet die set for a while and these MFT ones were reasonably priced.  I also bought the Little Numbers set to go with them.  It saves me having to fire up the Cameo to cut out letters now.
Card made using distress ink and Lovable Leopards by MFT
I stuck the letters to the base of the card and then went over them with Glossy Accents at 3am in the morning because I couldn't sleep!!!  I also added GA to the leopard's nose and also the bird's beak.
The sentiment from the same set was then heat embossed onto white card and cut out using MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and also thank you for leaving comments.  They really are MUCH appreciated.
Have a great weekend!
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