Rain Rain Go Away..

Hello and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and this morning we have had sleet and rain so I was inspired on a wet and cold day to make this card.  
I heat embossed raindrops onto my masked off cardstock & watercolours to create the sky.  I originally coloured the tiger in oranges and yellows but decided it didn't really work with the sky so I coloured another one in hues of blues!  He seems much happier in those colours! :-)

I cut out the 'Sunshine' twice, once in white and once in black & coloured the white layer with Copics before layering it on top of the black layer.

I was going to enter this into a challenge over at Addicted to CAS (Code Word:  Rain) but guess what?...I missed the deadline (DOH!).  What a noodle head I am!

Have a great weekend.
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Country Mouse

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I found out over the weekend that I am going to be a Great Aunt for the first time as my niece and husband are expecting their first child.  So to celebrate the pregnancy I made a card using Lettering Delights City Mouse, Country Mouse cut set.
Lettering Delights City Mouse Country Mouse CS
When I saw this cute little mouse I squeaked and knew I had to cut him out straight away using my Silhouette Cameo!
On the inside of the card I printed 'is on its way'
City Mouse Country Mouse Lettering Delights
I added some orangey gold glitter to the middle of the Sunflower and some Wink of Stella to his top and shorts and of course, a blob of Glossy Accents to make his nose shiny!
I also made another card for my sister, who is going to be a first time granny.  Because of her love of purple, we have nicknamed her Granny Blueberry and this is the card using a mouse from the same set.....
Lettering Delights Country Mouse Cut Set
Of course I had to make the dress purple and I'm sure I've seen her in a hat like that before?!!!!!!!!! :-)
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Papermilldirect Design Team - Blooms

Hello there.  I have made 2 cards today as part of the Papermilldirect Design Team for their blog Inspire.  Our theme this week was flowers, blooms, Spring.
I made 2 cards in different colours.  The first is in pinks and oranges and the second is in blues and greens and yet again I have used MFT Build-able Bouquet which I cannot stop using...sorry!
MFT Build-able Bouquet Copics and watercolour
I have used Papermilldirect's White Hammered card to watercolour the background.  This card is not meant to be watercoloured on but it is amazing and doesn't pill at all and was virtually flat when I had finished splashing water all over it!
MFT Build-able Bouquet
...and here they are both together...
My Favorite Things Build-able Bouquet
The jar and die are from Waltzing Mouse which sadly is no longer available as the store closed last month.

Please hop on over to the Papermilldirect blog Inspire to see what the other lovely talented ladies in the team have come up with.
On another note....just to say I had some exciting news over the weekend...I am going to be a Great Aunt as my niece is pregnant with her first child....very excited!!  Yay!
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Less is More Challenge #273

Hello again.  I have decided to have a go at Simply Less is More's Challenge #273 whose theme this week is Saints, Dragons or Heroes.
I don't have any stamps that I could have used so I searched the internet and found a digi stamp by Scrappin Doodles called Dragon Line Art.  I have never used digi stamps before but I thought I would give them a go and coloured this cute dragon using my copics.
Simply Less is More Challenge #273
I've never coloured a dragon before but I think he turned out ok!  I added a few white dots to his belly and nose and heat embossed the sentiment onto some black cardstock.
Simply Less is More Challenge #273 Saints, Dragons or Heroes
Hope he put a smile on your face!
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Build-able Bouquet - My Favorite Things

Today's card is one I have made as part of the Papermilldirect Design Team for their blog Inspire

I have got to admit I am totally hooked on watercolouring ever since I got my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I've been having such fun splashing water everywhere and making a total mess in my craft room but here is my latest attempt......
Watercolour card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
I started off with some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  I like this card as it is smooth one side and textured on the other.  I used the smooth side and stamped some flowers and leaves from one of my recent purchases by My Favorite Things, 'Build-able Bouquet' using Versamark Ink.  I then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.
I wanted lots of bright colours so I picked a selection of my watercolor markers and coloured the flowers and leaves in and blended the ink with a paintbrush and water.  I did the same for the background and once I was happy with the overall look, I left it to dry.
Watercolour card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
I die cut a 'hello' from some gold card & heat embossed a sentiment onto some black smooth card.  A few sequins by Lucy's Things and some foam tape on the back of the top layer and then I adhered it to some of my favourite card for card bases, White Hammered card.
I know I am by no means an expert with these pens but I keep looking at the card and thinking how much I really like it.  Even my husband commented on  it and he very rarely ventures into my craft room!

  I'm inspired to keep on experimenting!!

Please hop on over to the Papermilldirect blog to see what the other design team members have created.
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Monthly Challenge - Seven Hills Crafts

Hi there.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Today's card is one I am entering for this month's challenge over at Seven Hills Crafts, a shop where I keep getting lured and tempted to buy more crafty stash!!
The challenge was to choose at least 3 colours from the following palettes...
Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Challenge - April
I chose the first palette and used varying shades of blues.  So here is my card....
My Favorite Things - Build-able Bouquet
I have used Build-able Bouquet by MFT and the matching dies and coloured it all using Copic Markers.
TIP:  I did find that it makes it easier when using this set to line up the stamp on the printed sheet that comes in the pack and then once it is lined up, press your acrylic block on top.  That way when you come to die cut them, the stems will be the right shape.  I only discovered this after I had coloured in some of the stamps and then found that the stems didn't line up with the dies!!!
Seven Hills Monthly Craft Challenge - MFT Build-able Bouquet
I die cut the 'you' on white cardstock 3 times and coloured one of the layers with Copics.  I glued all 3 layers together to give it a dimensional look and then heat embossed the 'Happy Birthday to' sentiment which is from MFT Ewe Are The Best.  A few sequins and the card was then adhered to the card base using double sided foam tape.
I can't believe how much mess I have made just to make one card!!!!!  Am I the only one who does this?  I visit Jennifer McGuire's blog a lot for inspiration and I often wonder if she makes a mess of her beautiful craft room because it always looks so immaculate in her videos.
I hope you enjoyed today's card.

...and pigs might fly!!!

I don't usually post on a Sunday but I wanted to enter the CASology Challenge Week 193 - Pink which I forgot finishes on Monday and as pink is one of my favourite colours I had to enter.

So here's my card....

Create A Smile Eggstraordinary Egghunt card made for CASology Challenge Week 193

Pink made me think of pigs and so I used the pig in the Create A Smile stamp set called Eggstraordinary Egghunt and as I didn't have a suitable sentiment, I cut one out of gold foil with my Silhouette Cameo.

I'll be honest, I made a bit of a boo boo (yet again!) and after I had finished watercolouring the piggies with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and dotted their cheeks with a black micron pen, I decided to use my Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkle, totally forgetting that micron ink is NOT waterproof and so I had black smudgy cheeks on one of the pigs!!  I quickly remedied this by adding some water and dabbing at it until it had almost disappeared and then re-applying some more watercolour....ooh I was annoyed with myself!!
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Perfectly Plaid - Lawn Fawn

Hello there.  I made this card a while back using one of my current favourite paper packs from Lawn Fawn 'Perfectly Plaid' which I cut out using my favourite WPlus9 Sunshine Layers scallop rectangle.
It's one of those cards which I wasn't sure I liked when I had finished making it and I'm still not sure which is why it took a while for me to post it on my blog.
Card using Clearly Besotted Happy Birthday and Reverse Confetti Garden Bunch
The flowers were stamped using Reverse Confetti's Garden Bunch and the leaves were from an old Sizzix die.
I stamped the 'Birthday' sentiment from Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday' and cut it out using the matching die, heat embossed the 'happy' onto some black cardstock and tied a piece of white twine around the end.
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper pack used to make a birthday card.
A few sequins dotted about from Lucy's Things, some double sided foam tape and it was finished. 
Still not sure about it.........maybe I should have left the leaves off?!!!

I hope you have a great weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.
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