Tag You're It #70 - Reminder

Hello there.  I am back with another tag as guest designer over at the Tag You're It Challenge #70 and a reminder that there is still time to enter this week's challenge.
 
Here is the second tag I have created for this week's challenge:-
 
Tag You're It Challenge #70
 
Again I have used Waltzing Mouse's Stitched Tags die and the bears are from Clearly Besotted 'Happy Hugs'. The trees and hill are from MFT 'Ewe Are The Best' and were coloured with Copics.  I'm not sure it stands out very well in the photo but there is some distress ink on the background sky.
 
I really struggled to get the brown bears to blend.  The nib on one of them has gone fluffy and is squeaking when I colour so I think I need to buy some nibs and fill it up - something I haven't done before!!  Best get some refills and nibs ordered!
 
I don't possess any ribbon - I used to have loads but don't tend to use it anymore so I have used some baker's twine instead.
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Peeking Cuties!

Hello.  I am using MFT Up In The Air again today using three of the four peeking cute animals that come with the set.

NFT Stitched Dome dies and Up In The Air

I have also used the tweety pies (birds) and the sentiment.  I used the Misti tool to curve my sentiment and then stamped it onto the background that I had created using distress inks.  After the sentiment, I drew a curved line and added bows so that it looked like the birds were holding it.

Happy Birthday card made using MFT Up In The Air and Stitched Dome Dies

I think I've worked out what setting was causing the blueish tinted photos on my last blog post.  There is a steep learning curve with using Manual Mode and I am experimenting every time I take a photo...I SHALL persevere though! 

I am entering my card into two challenges:-
 
http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/cic404-kitty-bee-designs.html
 
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
 
MFT - Up In The Air stamps & Matching Dies
MFT Stitched Dome Dies
Lil' inker - Dual Stitched Rectangles
Make it Colour Card (for copic colouring)
Papermilldirect - Plain White Card
 
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Sometimes Simples is Better

Sometimes a simple and quick card can turn out so much better than one I have faffed about with and this card was one that needed to be done quick as I didn't have much time this weekend. 
 
 I am entering it into this week's Less is More Challenge which is
 
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-325-stripe.html
 
All sorts of ideas were whirring through my head but in the end I went for the simple approach.

  I must apologise for the blue'ish tint in my photos.  I am trying to learn to use the Manual mode on my camera and I have changed something on it over the weekend that has given them this odd colour!!  I am working on what it is...otherwise I shall have to ask my husbean!

Less is More Challenge #325 Stripes
 
I used an old die by Clearly Besotted 'Shaker Shapes Circle Hooray' to cut out the circle from the front panel of the card which I had die cut using Lil' inker Stitched Rectangles and backed it with some pale grey striped card.
 
I coloured the little dog from MFT 'Up In The Air' with Zigs and popped him up and the card front on some foam tape.
 
The sentiment banner was stamped with Lawn Fawn Sunflower Ink using a banner from their Bannertastic stamp set and die cut with the matching die.  The actual sentiment is from CB Happy Birthday.
 
LIM Challenge #325 Stripes
 
I can't wait for Clearly Besotted to re-open again, which hopefully will be soon.  I love CB stamps and dies.  Apparently they are waiting for good ol' BT to connect their broadband.  Don't get me started on BT!! Grrrrr.
 
On another note, my husbean needed a temporary fix until a spare part arrived for something he was fixing.  The original was made out of some sort of plastic but it had torn.  So he showed it to me and I told him to leave it with me although I was right in the middle of making this card! 
 
I fired up the Silhouette Cameo and scanned the part into the software and then created a trace and then cut it out on acetate.  It worked brilliantly and I think he actually now believes that my Cameo was well worth the money but also agreeing how clever I was....which trust me...he doesn't usually do!! :-)  Only joking!
 
Hop on over to the LIM Challenge - the design team and guest designer have come up with some gorgeous cards this week.
 
Toodles for now,
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Guest Designer - Tag You're It

 
Hello there.  Today I am honoured to be Guest Designer at Tag You're It Challenge #70.
 
Kim Heggins is the featured artist this week.  Have a hop on over to her blog Cupcakes, Cards and Kim - she comes up with some amazing cards - I really love her style.  Here is Kim's cute inspiration tag that I had to work from:-
 

and here is my tag....
 
Tag You're It Challenge #70
 
I sponged distress inks on the sky and grass and used my Copics on the bear and trees adding a little bit of Wink of Stella on the heart to give it some Shhpaarkle!
 
The tag is cut using Waltzing Mouse 'Stitched Tags', the bear is from my favourite Lil' inker Lovie Friends and the sentiment is from Safari Friends by Papercraft Essentials magazine.
 
I added some twine to finish it off.  I
 
Have a hop on over to the TYI blog to see some more wonderful designs by the team.
 
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Up In The Air Again..

Hello there.  I hope you are enjoying your Easter Bank Holiday weekend.  I have got a card for you today that I made over the course of a few evenings...sometimes life gets in the way of my important crafting time!
 
My Favorite Things Up In The Air stamps
 
I started by using Distress Inks & my Clarity Brushes to create the background.  I then stamped the images onto some card and coloured them using my Zigs.  I used some pastel shades to match the background.
 
As the die from the small balloons left a piece of card in between the strings, I cut the basket off the balloons and stamped the image onto the background first and then stuck the balloon and basket down so that the background showed through...does that make sense?
 
Up In The Air stamps by MFT used to make a soft , pastel birthday card
 
I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set and added a frame before popping up the large balloon on foam dimensionals. 
 
I love using bright colours on my cards but I thought I would go for the softer pastels this time and I am really pleased with how it turned out. 

I am guesting over at the Tag You're It Challenge tomorrow - the blog post goes up at 2pm UK time and 9am EST time so please hop on over and have a go at entering - tag challenges are great fun!!
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Up In The Air stamps & Die-namics - My Favorite Things
Stitched Sentiment Strips - My Favorite Things
Dual Stitched Rectangles - Lil' inker
Distress Inks - Worn Lipstick & Squeezed Lemonade
Strathmore Bristol Card
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Lilac Card - Papermilldirect
 
 

Safari Friends

Grrr...back to work today after a lovely long weekend break.

  I don't usually buy crafting magazines but when I saw this month's Papercraft Essentials free stamps whilst I was browsing online,  I whizzed down to the shops and snaffled one up! 
The free stamps are called Safari Friends and the cards that have been made in the magazine are brilliant.  So here is my take using these lovely stamps which are great to colour up.

Papercraft Essentials magazine Safari Friends stamps
I coloured them all with Copic markers and die cut the grass and tree line using MFT Grassy Fields die-namics.  I sponged some distress inks onto the die cuts.

Safari Friends stamps from Papercraft Essentials magazine

 As I am pretty rubbish at fussy cutting out images, I stamped and coloured the little girl and animals and then used my Pixscan Mat and the Silhouette Cameo to cut around the images.  I like to have a bit of white edge to my die cuts and the Cameo cut them perfectly.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Toodles for now noodles..
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Bold Florals

Hi there.  I hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend.  Apart from yesterday, Saturday, the weather hasn't been that great so I have spent some time in my craft room enjoying myself.

I have made another card using a stencil as I really enjoyed using one last week to make two similar cards and amazingly there are no cute animals on this card at all!!!
 
I have used a stencil by Stamplorations called Bold Florals.
 
Bold Florals stencil by Stamplorations
 
I first masked off a rectangle in the centre of the card and used Picked Raspberry Distress ink to create the background.  I then layed the Bold Florals stencil over the top and sponged Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door over the top.
 
Stamplorations Bold Florals stencil and distress inks used to make a birthday card

I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy 3 times and layered them together after cutting them out with the matching dies to create some dimension.  The 'birthday' sentiment is also from the same set.
 
I am entering this card into:-

  Time Out Challenge #81.  I have used the colours from the inspiration photo.  This is the first time entering this challenge as I only discovered them last week.

AAA Cards Challenge #88 - Stencil

http://aaacards.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/cas-game-88-stencil.html
 
Toodles for now.... 
 
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Less Is More Challenge - Guest Designer

Hello there.  Today I have the honour of being the Guest Designer over at the Less is More Challenge which this week is:-
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/
 
It could be anything you see or anything you dream of on a Spring walk, so this is what I would love to see floating past me in a stream on a lovely Spring day!  Actually, if I did see this little mouse I would think I'd had too much wine the night before!!
 
House Mouse Designs Cake stamp

I have used a House-Mouse stamp that I haven't used before called 'Cake'.  It was one I bought ages ago and thought it fitted the Spring theme.  The sentiment is from another House-Mouse set called Daffodil.
 
I have used my Zigs to watercolour the ickle mouse and his 'boat' in some Spring colours.
 
House-Mouse Designs - Cake

Finally I cut out the top layer of the card using a die and mounted it using foam tape to a white card base.
 
I hope you like the card for this challenge and please hop on over to the Less is More blog to see the amazing cards that the very talented design team have come up with.
 
Stamps - House Mouse Designs 'Cake'
 Stamps - House Mouse Designs 'Daffodil'
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card
Die - WPlus 9 Sunshine Layers
Ink (for sentiment) Lawn Fawndamentals - Carrot
 
 
 
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Leaf Stencilled Cards

I am back today using a stencil by Stamplorations called Leaf Prints.  I made two cards, both using the same stencil and stamp set.  The stamps are one of my favourites at the moment by Lil' inker called 'Lovie Friends'.
 
Stamplorations Leaf Prints stencil and Lil' inker Lovie Friends used to create two cards
 
I blended different colours of distress inks over the stencil onto the card and then coloured and die cut the bear and cat.  I added some glossy accents to the heats the bear is holding and then popped them up on dimensional foam onto a piece of card cut from the Landscape Trio die.  The sentiments were heat embossed onto black card.
 
Finally I framed the whole card using a dual stitched rectangle.
 
Stamplorations Leaf Print stencil and Lovie Friends by Lil' inker
 
Lil' inker Lovie Friends, Leaf Prints by Stamplorations and Happy Happy Happy by Lawn Fawn
 
I have listed the products I have used in today's cards below.
 
Toodles for now....
 
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Lawn Fawn - Happy, Happy, Happy stamps & dies
Distress Inks
Copic markers
 

Up In The Air

Hello there.  I managed to make just ONE card this weekend as the weather has been GORJUSS and I spent Saturday out in the garden ripping up all the weeds that had taken over the beds during the Winter and cleaning out the bird baths etc.   But I got some time late Sunday afternoon to make a card to enter into this week's Less is More Challenge which is.....
 
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-323-curve.html
Yes it is the dreaded one layer card and with a 'curve'.  I find one layer cards very challenging particularly so because if you make an oopsie you can't stick something over the top! 
 
Anyway here is my one layer with a curve (the grass hill).

My Favorite Things Up In The Air stamps
 
I have used the new stamp set by MFT 'Up In The Air'.  I wasn't going to buy anything new this month (yes Wendy we've heard you say that before...every month in fact!) but when I saw the cute critters in this set I gave in!!
 
I started off by masking off the card to create the hill.  I used Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint distress inks. 
 
As this had to be one layer I stamped the bear's head onto the card and then used masking paper to cover him up so I could stamp the balloon over the top....phew that was a tense moment but it worked out okay! 
 
I then coloured it all in using Copic markers, added some clouds and a sentiment from the same set and sat back and relaxed knowing I hadn't made a boo boo and I could enter it into the challenge!
 
Sorry about the lack of photos but the light was fading fast by the time I had finished.
 
Head on over to the LIM Challenge as the design team always come up with some amazing cards and this week is no exception....I shall definitely be CASE'ing some of them!
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Baby Crib Box Card

My niece wanted me to make 2 cards that she could give to the family members her and her husband had chosen to be Godfather and Godmother to her baby.
I haven't made a box card in a while so I bought a cut file in the Silhouette Design Store by Tanya Batrak called Baby Crib Box Card Design ID #133118
  
Christening baby crib box card - girl
I altered the cut file slightly (well quite a lot actually) as I wanted to use two stamps from Petite Plushies by Clearly Besotted which I had coloured in with Copics.
I used the wording which my niece had found on an internet search so I don't know who to credit for it (my apologies to whoever came up with it)
I also used a banner die by Joanna Sheen and Stitched Cloud duos by Taylored Expressions and a punch for the little hearts which I added to the bedknobs.
I stamped the 'e' using a Stampin' Up! alphabet set I had and then punched out the circles.  The balloons were part of the original cut file but I just added them to the bunny and also coloured them with Copics.  I was going to add some glossy accents to them but I think it would have made them too heavy.

A Christening Box card using Petite Plushies by Clearly Besotted
I had great fun making these box cards and will definitely be making some more soon.


And on another note, I found out last night that I was a winner over at the Tag You're It Challenge #68 with my tag which you can see HERE.  And you can see the current challenge #69 over at TYI HERE
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April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop & NBUS Challenge #11

Hello there.  Today I am sneaking a card into Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop & NBUS (Never Before Used Shtuff) Challenge.
 
  I make A LOT of  bloopers on cards but they go straight into the bin along with me telling myself how stupid I am and that I should concentrate on what I am doing rather than being nosey and people watching out of my daft (craft) room window!!
 
So this card is made with a set of stamps that I won recently.  It is called Kathryn's Big Wishes - Dee's Artsy Impressions and is from Stamplorations.
 
Dee's Artsy Impressions - Stamplorations
 
I coloured the images using Copic markers and die cut using the matching dies. 
 
I created the background by die cutting a cloud from Mama Elephant Landscape Trio and then sponging some distress ink over the top so I got a soft cloud effect.  I then cut two more clouds out using the same die and layered them on top.
 
Stamplorations - kathryn's Big Wishes by Dee's Artsy Impressions
 
I heat embossed the sentiment along with the white splodges on the balloon and then cut it all out using WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die to create the scalloped card front.
 
Now I very nearly did make a blooper because I stuck all the bits on the card and then realised that I hadn't stamped the balloon string - eek!  Yikes!  That meant I had to freehand it using a pen!  Now if you told me to draw a line on a bit of scrap paper, that would not be a problem but knowing that I had to draw it on a finished card....my hand was shaking with nerves!!  I managed it though!!
 
And there is more one NBUS thing I have used today and that is.....I went MANUAL on my camera!!!!  (No, not MANUEL from Fawlty Towers, although my camera skills are probably about on a par with his!).  I didn't have a Scooby what I was doing but I actually think there is an improvement.  I twiddled about a bit with dials and nobody shouted 'Put the camera down Wendy and step away from it'!!!!!!!!!!
 
Hop on over to Darnell's challenge - there are some funny bloopers as well as some amazing cards.
 
http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/04/2nd-annual-april-fools-boo-boo-hop-and.html
 
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Lovie Friends & Tea Vicar?!

Hello.  I am back today with a Silhouette make and also a quick card that I made using Lil 'inker's Lovie Friends.

  I thought that the dog should be holding a banner of some kind so after I had coloured him with Copics, I made a little flag for him to hold.
 
Lil' inker Lovie Friends
 
I watercoloured a piece of card using some Distress inks and then die cut the frame in the centre of the card using the Peek a Boo die by MFT.
 
Livie Friends stamps by Lil' inker

 I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Wisteria Purple to finish the card off along with a small heart that I heat embossed with Wow Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter.

And lastly - No...I didn't invite the vicar over for tea and cucumber sandwiches but I do love cutting out 3D items with my Silhouette Cameo, so last weekend I decided to do some paper piecing.  I had seen a teapot a while ago from SVG Cuts that that I wanted to have a go at making and I finally got around to it.

Teapot cut out using a Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from SVG Cuts

The actual body of the teapot didn't take long to put together but the lid was a bit fussier.  I originally stuck another patterned paper on the lid and didn't like how it looked so rather than make another lid I stuck the accent pieces over the top of what I had already done. So lazy Wendy!! 
 
I originally wanted to make a blue and white teapot but didn't really have any suitable patterned paper to use.  I shall hunt some down and have another go soon.  There is also a teacup and saucer that I am going to make when I get the time.

Here is the link to the cut file:-
 


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