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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kindness and sunshine

Good afternoon, Well the snow has disappeared and we have rain storms with flood warnings - luckily we live up on a hill so are pretty safe!
I hope you are all entering the SumMore Fun challenge - don't forget you can win a gift certificate to spend on their huge collection of stamps!

Today's card is a very simple one that fulfills the theme from our current mood board:


I stamped the Large Stemmed Daisy stamp and the Kindness is to the Heart What Sunshine is to the Flowers sentiment with white opaque ink onto black card.



 I had to stamp a few times to get a good level of ink. This is where the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform earns it's worth - you don't need to worry about getting perfect placement every time as long as your card stays in place you and stamp over and over again!
Once my image was stamped clearly I matted it onto some pink card and a white card base. A few matching enamel dots placed around the image just balanced the design.

Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the SumMore Fun BlogFaceBook pageInstagram and Pinterest.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hello Daisy

Good morning! The snow is receding and the weather has been a bit warmer for the last few days lets just hope it stays.

It's the start of a new challenge over at SumMore Fun as always this is a moodboard challenge and as spring is on the way it's a bright and cheery one this time:


just look at the luscious colors and pretty flowers. The flowers are my inspiration for my design team card:


I used SumMore Fun's Large Stemmed Daisy Stamp, but tried a new technique to me - mirror stamping. I stamped the original flower and masked this off. I then stamped the image again onto acetate. I then carefully laid this onto my card and gently pressed down. The image stamped fainter  than the original but I resolved this by outlining both images with a black fineline marker. I colored both flowers in bright reds and pinks and then matted my image on to a scalloped card using black and red card to make the image pop.
I die cut 'hello' in the same black and red card, adhered these together so they had a shadow effect. This and a few enamel dots completed my card

The challenge is for 2 weeks and you could win a gift certificate to the SumMore Fun store.

Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.







Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Popping Hearts


Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I'm taking over the SumMore Fun blog today and what better way to celebrate the day than with red and pink with hearts!


This is the front of my card, I have used 2 sentiment stamps from SumMore Fun that do compliment each other. First I started with the larger Happy Valentine's Day stamped in the center of my card in red I then multi stamped Dot Happy Valentine's Day with pink ink all around the rest of the card. 

When you open the card it pops with hearts:


Once I'd made up my card insert which is a die set from Karen Burniston, I stamped the Medium Sketch Heart on 4 piece of white card rotating them so they face opposite ways. These were then matted onto pink card and adhered to the pop up section of the card.
My front was matted in the same way and added to the card I then used a few enamel dots as embellishments.

Don't forget you still have a few more days to enter our moodboard challenge you can find the details here - just add all those Valentine's cards you have been making - I'm sure they will fit the theme:


Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hair!!!

Good morning! The snow just keeps coming! it looks so pretty from the inside but is sooo cold from the outside!

Yesterday was  special little 7 year old's birthday, she has a gorgeous head of hair full of tight curls so I couldn't resist trying to recreate this for her card


This cute image from Paper Nest Dolls is called Big Hair Amara. Renee the birthday girl has her hair tamed in braids usually but occasionally her mom will let her have it brushed out and it is just like the image.
I colored Amara using Copic markers then matted her onto pink card
I used Nitwit papers from their Perfect Pair Collection on my scalloped card base again matted with pink card. I die cut Memory Box Precious Daisies die and added a gem to the center. Once my card was layered I added the daisy to the top left. Then die cut a number 7 which was added to the image so it stood out.

Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see a comment will be welcomed



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Be Mine, Valentine

Good morning, we are under a few inches of snow again and it's said to last for much of the month so I'm keeping warm and hibernating in my craft room.

Valentine's Day is only a week away so I thought I would share a bit of my love with you all using some cute stamps from SumMore fun:


I chose a scalloped edge card base and stamped it all over with the Conversation Heart Stamp set.
I used a number of colors trying to keep them pastel shades like the candy. I then stamped the Be Mine, Valentine sentiment onto a separate piece of white card, I rounded the corners of this and matted it onto a piece of coordinating pink card.  
This was then added to the center of my card using foam squares. Lastly I added some pink ribbon and bow to the top of the card.



As hearts are the main focus of the current moodboard challenge this design fits right in with it. Head on over to the SumMore Fun blog to check out how to play and what you can win!


Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Flower Box

Good morning, well the snow has vanished again over the weekend and the temperatures are reaching above freezing through the day - who knows for how long though!

Today I'm taking over the SumMore Fun blog and my card is a folding flower box creating using 2 SumMore Fun stamp sets:


I made up a card box and decorated this with pretty pink, white and turquoise papers. I then used the Curly Cute Stamp set to stamp out a number of flowers and framed flowers in the same colors. The frames were cut out and placed around each side of the box. I fussy cut the single flowers and glued these to strips of acetate and attached them at different heights inside the box.

I then stamped the frame again and added a sentiment from the Brush Floral stamp set into the center of this. Again this was cut out and added to the back of the box:


The box is made in such away that it will fold and fit inside a 6x6in envelope.

The colors look darker if the photos but they are perfect for the moodboard challenge over on the blog:



Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the SumMore Fun BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Planning The Week

Good afternoon! It has rained continually all day today so much so even the dogs don't want o go out!

I decided I would started a planner this year and this week is the first week I have actually done anything with it. 
As some of Evaney's Stamp Designs stamps are so petite I thought I would incorporate them into this week.


So as you can see I've got a bit of a quiet week - I'm sure it will get busier but at the moment just a few items in there. As I'm using Evaney's Lively Kitchen stamps I've focused on eating out and meeting up with friends and family.
All the images were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and fineline pens for detail.
I also added some tiny diecuts 

Why not pop over to Evaney's Stamp Designs and see the other cute stamp and die sets available. 

For more inspiration check out the Evaney  blog, Facebook and Instagram


Friday, January 19, 2018

Natural Born Camper

Good morning, we've had such a mix of weather these past few weeks but there is still snow on the ground so I prefer to be in doors!

There is a new mood board challenge starting over on the SumMore Fun blog and today I am sharing my interpretation of the board. 


Not something you expect for this time of year but some crazy people out there love to camp all year round!

I have used SumMore Fun's Happy Camper stamp set  and colored with cute caravan (camper) in the colors of today's mood board:

And of course cake, presents can only mean one thing so I've added the birthday sentiment from the same set.

I matted my coloring onto bright pink card to keep with the theme and then onto a white card base keeping it a CAS design.

Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thanks

Good morning! I'm here today with a little card of thanks. 

Who doesn't like getting a card in the post, I know it really makes my day when someone has appreciated what I have done for them and lets me know with a little note!

Today's card is just a simple thanks:


Little James the Bear from Lili of the Valley is gazing out of his window looking at his gorgeous sunflower.
This is a really simple card, I colored the image with Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. I extended the brick work using a black fine liner so that the image fit my card base.
I matted a white card base with dark brown card and added my image. I die cut 'thanks' from the same brown card and adhered this in place. 

If you like what you see please let me know in the comments



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Flamingo fun!

Good afternoon! I have a few personal cards I have made over the last month that I will be blogging over the next couple of weeks, some of these will be Christmas cards.

Today's cards were Christmas cards for my neighbors and there is a story behind them. 

During the summer my best friend and neighbors took her girls on vacation and I looked after her house and fur babies.

Whilst she was away a local church was raising funds for their children's section by "flocking" peoples yards overnight. So I paid to have her yard flocked in time for her return home:


35 bright pink flamingos adorned her front yard, her house is the first one as you enter the subdivision so everyone saw! She wasn't aware I was the one involved but paid the church to tell her who had done it!!!

Well the flamingo theme has stuck with us so I just had to find some for her Christmas card:


This is a digital stamp from Sasayaki Glitter. I colored them in using Copic Markers and added Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen which was difficult to show in the photo.
I then matted my white card base with black card and pink snowflake digital paper. The black card was also used to mat my image and sentiment which I typed and printed using my PC. 
I little snowman charm just complemented the design. 
The neighbor in between us was also in on the "flocking" so I made a similar card for her using the same products:


Both were taken in good humor and resulted in our outdoor Christmas lights gaining a pink lit flamingo!!

Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see please let me know in the comments!

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Christmas at Sweet Stamps - Anything goes Christmas.
Moo Mania & More - Frosty Winter
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Antlers B is for birds









Monday, January 15, 2018

Jump For Joy

Good afternoon! 
Well I think all the sickness has finally left us, I still have a little cough but I can live with that!

We lost all the snow last week overnight! It suddenly warmed up and rained. We went to be with around a foot on the yard and woke to next to nothing. Didn't stay that way though, came back yesterday and has been snowing on and off most of today!

So I usually like clean and simple crafting but for today's make I decided I was going to get a little messy. I'm showcasing a cute stamp set from the delightful Evaney's Stamps Designs called Galaxy Pals and what better way than with an galaxy sky:


I inked the sky using distress inks and then added splashed of opaque white for my stars. Whilst this was drying I stamped out the cute little alien characters and the planet and colored these with bright alcohol markers.
Once my galaxy was dry and cut to size I arranged my characters along with the planet onto it - had to have one peeking 👽👽.
 I then stamped my sentiment my alien speak (zeep zeep) using versamark and embossed this with white powder. 
 To make up the card I made a black card base, matted it with white card and added my top layer.

Why not pop over to Evaney's Stamp Designs and see the other cute stamp and die sets available. 

For more inspiration check out the Evaney  blog, Facebook and Instagram

Thanks for stopping by:



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hello from Heart

Good morning, this cold weather looks like it is in for the duration of winter here so I thought I'd brighten up the day with some flowers.


These little flowers and sentiment are from the Brush Floral set over at SumMore Fun. I stamped the flowers using aqua markers and fussy cut them, there are plenty of other flowers and leaves among the set but I wanted a simple look. I added white enamel dots to the centers and shaped them before adding them to my wreath. my white card base was matted with 2 shades of purple card. and I adhered the wreath and flowers in place. My sentiment, stamped with purple ink on white card, was also matted with purple and added slightly under one of the flowers. A few purple enamels completed my design.

The Flowers Say Sentiment is also available as a stand alone stamp and would make a great addition to a sentiment collection if you didn't want the flowers



Don't forget our moodboard challenge is try something new this time - we all have new stash, new ideas or want to try new techniques so it's an easy one to start the year!

Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.



Friday, January 5, 2018

Try Something New

Good morning, we are still draped in snow and living with frigid temperatures but other than that life is good!

There is a new challenge starting over at SumMore Fun, for this one we don't have a mood board as such we are asking you to try something new so grab the Christmas crafting goodies you got and show us a new technique, new product or a new style!

Sum More Fun have a mood board challenge every 2 weeks, you can win a $20 gift certificate - If you use a Victorine Originals or Raisin Boat Products the prize doubles.  

I have done a new card shape using new stamps and dies:


I have used dies to cut a diamond swing card, 3 attempts with the dies and I finally got it right! I then used my new SumMore Fun stamp set Curly Cute. There are loads of possibilities with these stamps I only used 3 from the set and there are 15 more!!! 
After assembling my card I stamped Happy Birthday on to one of the diamond mats. I then surrounded this withe the cute flower. I then used the same inks and stamped the flower on and off the edge of my card mats.
These were then adhered in place. When the card is opened fully the back on the diamond also has the cute little flowers over it.

Thank you for stopping by, If you are looking for more inspiration check out my teamies cards on the BlogFaceBookInstagram and Pinterest.




Monday, January 1, 2018

New year blessings

Hello and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a happy and safe new year's eve. We spent the evening with good friends and good food! 

New year is when we wish the best for the people we know so I'm starting with a card that does just that:


There is some exciting news coming along with this card. I have been chosen to join a design team of an up and coming new stamp company Evaney's Stamp Designs.
They have some great sets of stamps that are crammed full of images and sentiments. They also have matching dies which takes away the tedious fussy cutting!

Today I have used their set called Lively Kitchen. I have however just used a couple of the cute little images and one of the many sentiments from the set. There is way more stamps on there to use!

I stamped a border top and bottom of some white card using the sweet little cup stamp multiple times.
I then centered the sentiment before stamping the tiny hearts to look like red confetti.

I matted my white card base with red and blue card to compliment my topper. I didn't need to use any embellishments as the images made the card complete.

Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see hop on over to Evaney's Stamp Designs store. For more inspiration check out their Blog, FaceBook Page and Instagram from more designs from my teamies