Let's Mingle....or dance?!

I am overrun with mice!!  I can't stop colouring these mice from the Let's Mingle stamps by The Greeting Farm.  They have taken over from my otter obsession!!
 
Today they are ballerina mice dancing in their tutus...
 
Let's Mingle by The Greeting Farm
 
I coloured these meeces in with my Zigs onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth card and then cut them out with the matching dies using my Big Shot.
 
I added a hat from another stamp set by WPlus9 to the end mouse and gave the first mouse a cookie...she looked hungry after all that dancing around!!  I added some Glossy Accents to the bows and hat.
 
The Greeting Farm Let's Mingle used to make a birthday card
 
I used Distress Inks to colour a background to match the meeces...sorry I mean mice, and layered this using foam tape to a white card base that has a heat embossed sentiment from My Favorite Things called Brushstroke Birthday.
 
Toodles for now noodles....
 
 
 
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Wish Big - Taylored Expressions

Hello and here is another card from my marathon card making session last weekend.  I've used some new stamps and dies on this one. 

I spent a lot of time faffing about with this card and I'm still not really sure if I like it or not...I love the stamps and dies but maybe the layout of them should be different?  I thought I would post it anyway!
 
The stamps are called Wish Big by Taylored Expressions.  These are red rubber stamps and stamp really clean lines.  Love them.
 
Wish Big by Taylored Expressions used to make a birthday card
 
The stamps come with 2 dies to cut a 'Happy' and 'Wish' sentiment.  I die cut the 'happy' and coloured it using Zig clean colour real brush markers on Strathmore Bristol card.  I heat embossed the 'birthday' sentiment onto a tag cut out using MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips (although you can't really see the stich lines in this photo).
 
I mounted them onto my white card base with a side panel of black and white striped card & added a cloud cut out using Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die.
 
Taylored Expressions Wish Big used to make a birthday card

The clouds are cut using Taylored Expressions Stitched Cloud Duo and I stamped over them using the balloon from the Wish Big stamp set.  The larger cloud was coloured using some Distress Ink.
 
As a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops which I made into rain drops by dragging a pointed tool through them and letting them dry.
 
Have a great weekend!
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A Tiny Hello

I have left the otters and hedgehogs behind me (....well for now at least) and have moved onto mice!  Squeak!
 
  I have used 'Let's Mingle' by The Greeting Farm to make this tiny hello card. 
 
Let's mingle by The Greeting Farm
 
To be honest, it took me a few days to make this card as I have hardly had any time lately to craft but I did finally manage to finish it.
 
I used some copic markers and some Zigs to colour in my meeeeses and cheeeeeeses.  I thought I would have a go at masking too and created the pile of cheese this way.  I've always admired people who mask as they make it look so easy...my brain has to work out which cheese will be in front and which will be behind it, so there was a lot of sticking and lifting off of masking paper before I worked it out!

Card made using Let's Mingle stamps by The Greeting Farm
 
I thought I would make the card front to look like a big wedge of cheese....the size of which is not dissimilar to what my husbean would eat if I let him!!


http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/week-236-weekly-winners.html

Very excited again to have found out that my card on Monday's blog post that you can see HERE was a winner over at CASology....YAY!!

I get to choose a stamp set from the Uniko shop....so much choice!!!!!

 
 
Toodles for now noodles,
 
 
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Llama Love

Have you noticed an animal theme going on with my cards?....I love all the cute critters that are being released by stamp companies at the moment so when  I saw a card on Instagram by Rebekah Weckerley that used this stamp set and die combo by Taylored Expressions called Llama Love, it went straight onto my wish list and then oops....it accidentally got put into my basket online!!
 
Taylored Expressions Llama Love stamp and die combo
 
Isn't that llama cute?!!  He comes with 4 different faces and I love his expression on the one I used! 
 
Rather than colouring him completely with copics, I just coloured his ears, face and legs and then used some Liquid Applique for the main body.  I don't know how many times I use Liquid Applique but I always forget to die cut first and then apply otherwise the fluffiness gets squished when it goes through my Big Shot!!
 
I wanted to create a scene for him to stand in but didn't have anything appropriate so I drew the rocks and cactus freehand and then coloured those in with copics.
 
Llama Love stamp and die combo by Taylored Expressions
 
The hot sunny background was created using Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed) onto some Bristol Smooth card....love how easily it blends on this card.
 
A few splatters of Black Soot Distress Ink and the card was finished.  Hope you like it.

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - the theme of which is Transportation.  Llamas are still used as a means of transport in Peru so I think I can scrape this one into that category!!!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8175
 
Toodles for now noodles,
 
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Squishy Hugs

I have had a lovely, relaxing crafting weekend and managed to make 4 cards!!  That must be a new record for me as I struggle to find time to make one!   
 
Less is More Challenge 'Alphabet' and CASology challenge 'Romance'
 
 I have seen cards where the die cut words have been stamped on and wanted to try it myself.  I didn't have a large 'A' so I cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo.
 
I then used some stamps from a couple of sets.  The flowers are from MFT Build-able Bouquet and the leaf sprigs are by Winnie and Walter 'So Tweet'.
 
I roughly coloured them in with copic markers and added a blog of Glossy Accents to the centre of each flower.
 
 
LIM Challenge - Alphabet and CASology challenge - Romance
 
I heat embossed the sentiment which is from Waltzing Mouse 'Gift Card It' and then die cut a frame out of grey card using my favourite MFT Cross Stitch Rectangles.
 
I am entering this card into a couple of challenges:-
 
 
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-316-alphabet.html
 
 
http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/week-236-romance.html
 
 
I also discovered that the card I entered into last week's Less is More challenge was showCASed...yay!  I tend to make a lot of cutesie animal cards and find flowery cards a struggle sometimes so it was nice to see it was one of the showcase winners.
 
You can see that HERE 
 
 
 
 
Toodles for now...
 
 
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Hedgehugs & Kisses

It's my sister and her husband's wedding anniversary this week so this is the card I have made for them.  I don't think she reads my blog but I know my niece does so I have asked her not to mention it until after their anniversary!

Clearly Besotted Let's Roll
 
I used Clearly Besotted 'Let's Roll stamps for the hedgehogs and sentiment.  The hedgehogs were coloured with Zigs.
 
I created a background using Distress Inks and cut it out using a roxstamps cross stitch circle die.  I added some stitched clouds that were die cut and then adhered all the pieces onto the die before I popped it up using some foam tape onto a card front which was then again popped up onto the card base using foam tape.

Let's Roll stamps by Clearly Besotted

Clearly Besotted is closed at the moment but I think they will be re-opening in the next couple of months but otherwise here are the links to some of the products I have used today.  All paid for by myself!

Cloud Stitch Duo by Taylored Expressions
  
  
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Turtley Awesome

Hello.  I hope you had a good weekend.  We had snow here in the Peak District and it was very cold so it was ideal weather to stay in and play with some new stamps and dies that I got last week.  I have only recently discovered Sunny Studio and their latest release is what prompted me to buy this set called 'Turtley Awesome'.  The other set I wanted was out of stock :-(

Sunny Studio Turtley Awesome stamps
 
I started off by colouring a background using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth card which is great for these markers as it blends so easily.  I smooshed them with a bit of water and then let it dry.
 
I then cut it out using some cross stitched circles by Rox Stamps that I bought from Swedish House Crafts.  They are a company based here in the UK who import stamps and dies from Sweden at very reasonable prices.
 
Turtley Awesome stamps by Sunny Studio used to make a birthday card
 
I coloured the turtles with copics along with the present and cut them out using the matching dies.
 
I die cut a frame to match the background and layered it onto a piece of white card which I then adhered to some grey striped card.
 
The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.
 
 
Here are some links to the products I have used today:-
 
 
Back on Wednesday so toodles for now noodles....
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Hello Sunshine

The sun came out on Tuesday and although it was cold, it inspired me to make this card.
 
Distress ink blended card made with Copic markers
 
I have used 3 separate stamp sets - the bunny is from Create a Smile 'Eggstraordinary Egghunt', the flowers are from MFT Build-able Bouquet and the hello sunshine sentiment is from WPlus9 Sending Sunshine.
 
I used Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to create the background and coloured in the grass panel with Copics, and then cut with MFT Grassy Fields die.
 
WPlus9 Sending Sunshine used with MFT Build-able Bouquet and Create a Smile Eggstraordinary Egghunt
 
I cut the sentiment out twice using some black foam and white card and then layered them together to give it some dimension. 
 
I added some Glossy Accents to the bunny's nose and also to the flowers but as I was pressed for time, I took these photos while the Glossy Accents was still wet so I had to be VERY careful not to smudge it!!
 
I used some Arches Aquarelle Rough Watercolour card that my mum had.  The distress inks blend really well on it but it is too rough to get a good stamp impression.  I have ordered some Strathmore Bristol Smooth card that hopefully will come this week as I have heard that it is also great to use with Zigs.  Looking forward to trying that out.
 
Toodles for now noodles...
 
 
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Crafty Purchases

Last Friday, I went to the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show at Event City in Manchester.  I received 2 complimentary tickets to the event so I took a friend and we had a really enjoyable day.
 
I don't often share what I have bought but there are a couple of things that I thought I would share as some of you may be interested in them also.
 
I think I have to put the spiel somewhere on my blog post about not being paid to recommend these products and I did buy them all myself!
 
The first was a set of dies by a Swedish company called roxstamps.
 
Roxstamps Cross Stitch Circles dies
 
I loved the look of these dies as soon as I saw them and when I saw the price I knew I had to buy them as they were amazing value at £11.95.
 
They also had some square dies in the same cross stitch patterns and I wish I had bought those as well but I know I can order them online from Swedish Housecrafts who are based here in the UK and you can find the dies here.
 
I shall be using these on some cards soon!
 
When I saw the next item, I knew this was something I just had to have!!  It's nothing for cardmaking but despite me not being great at sewing I fell in love with it.....
 
Felt Snail making kit by House of Zandra
 
This is a felt snail kit.  It includes everything in the box that you need to make this CUTE snail which from memory is about 12" tall.
 
They are made by a company called House of Zandra and their booth at the show was full of felt animals that are simply amazing.  The kit was priced at £20 and there is a re-usable pattern included so that you can make more and in different colours if you wanted.
 
You can replace some of the stuffing with a bag of sand if you wanted to make a door stop which I am thinking of doing.
 
Have a look at their website to see all the other animals you can make.  I think they would make brilliant presents.
 
The next purchase I made was a Gyro-Cut.  I had seen a video on this paper cutter about a week before the show and so I was interested to see how easy it was to actually use.
 
Gyro-Cut paper cutter
 
I asked the lady who was demonstrating this if I could have a go to see if it was as easy as she made it look.  And I can tell you it really is.  OK - I was cutting shapes on paper and didn't try it on card but it was so easy to cut curves and the paper didn't tear at all.  They do say that it will cut card though and I have tried it out on some Neenah Classic Crest card to see if I could cut out a stamped image and it was amazingly easy.  There is a technique to it but as long as you hold it so it is vertical and start with the tip of the blade in the right position, it makes it so much easier than fussy cutting and I cut that stamp out so easily. 
 
You can buy this from Crafty Products and it costs £12.99.  Mine came with a pack of 2 spare blades but you have to buy these separately.
 
I also bought some Nuvo Crystal Drops that I have seen people using a lot on their cards.  I bought 6 colours at the show for £10 (which I thought was a good bargain) and spent this weekend blobbing them to see how they worked.  I got perfect domes every time apart from one colour which I struggled with as it left a bit of a peak on top.  I then realised that the top wasn't on properly and it had let air into the bottle so I squeezed the air out and it then worked fine. 
 
Finally the last item I have purchased but not from the show, was a photo board from photoboards.org who are based in the UK.  I used to carry around a bit of foam board and wallpaper to create my backdrops which was a pain so this makes it much easier and although it won't make me a better photographer, it will make my photos look a lot better.  I have used it on all the blog photos today.
 
I had seen people use these on Instagram for their blog photos as a backdrop so I took the plunge and ordered one in the Farmhouse wood although there are few other textures.  They come in 2 sizes, 40cm and 60cm square.  I went with the 60cm one but actually if I order another one I would go with the smaller size.
 
FINALLY and on a funny note I have to tell you what happened as we were leaving the show.  We decided to use the loo before the drive home.  You have to go down a corridor and either turn left or right depending on whether you want the ladies or gents.  I turned right and went into the Ladies.  On my way out I was fishing around in my bag to find the car keys and didn't look where I was going and walked straight across into the Gents!!  I heard an elderly man say to me 'I don't think you want to be in here love', looked up and realised exactly where I was!!!  Needless to say I ran out laughing at what I had just done and when my friend came out and asked why I was laughing I told her which made us laugh even more!  Doh!!!!!  How embarrassing!
 
 
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Less is More Challenge #314

Hello I am back with a card today for a challenge.  I haven't entered any challenges recently due to lack of time and also because it sometimes takes my ageing brain a while before I get an idea of what I can make!!
 
But Less is More are celebrating their 6th Birthday and this week's challenge is to use 3 adjacent colours on a colour wheel (see below) so I thought I would enter.
 
I chose to use orange, yellow and green. 
 
Less is More Challenge #314
 
I first cut a piece of card that was 4.25" x 5.5" and lightly drew a pencil line about 3/4" away from the edge.  I then stamped my flowers and leaves which are from a set by Happy Little Stampers called Doodled Flowers.
 
Once I had coloured them in, I fussy cut around them up to the pencil line so that they would hang over the edge of the card. 

Sympathy card made using Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers
 
I admit I'm not great at fussy cutting.  I do try turning my paper rather than the scissors and this does help a lot.  I think I just need to practice more!
 
I then ran the card front through my Big Shot to emboss some stitch lines using MFT Homespun Stitch Lines dies and also on the green card base.  I then adhered the white card using foam tape to the card base and added a sentiment which was heat embossed onto black card.  This again was from the Doodled Flowers stamps.
 
I then fussy cut out another flower and popped it up over the top flower using foam dimensionals and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Apple Green and White.  I added (can't help it) my usual white spots with a Signo Uni-ball pen.
 
LIM Challenge

 
Hop on over to the LIM blog to see the amazing cards that their design team have made this week.
 
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OK - Maybe just one more otter?!!

I promise this will definitely be the last otter card (for a while.....). 
 
As I made an otter card for my niece to give to her husband last week, I have also made one for my sister to give to her husband for Valentine's Day.
 
Otterly Love You stamps by MFT used to make a valentine card
 
 I used distress inks to create the background along with the grass which was cut out using MFT Grassy Fields and then I used my most favourite stamps at the moment (as if you hadn't noticed) Otterly Love You by MFT.
 
I created a frame and stamped and coloured that with the fishies using Copic markers.  It took a bit of time to stamp them all but I find things like that relaxing.
 
MFT Otterly Love You valentine card
 
My craft room is now a total mess so I need to go and tidy up!  I am quite tidy and organised by nature and when I am cooking, I tidy up as I go along, but for some reason when I craft, it looks like a tornado has been through my craft room!
 
Toodles for now noodles,
 
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