Tuesday, 21 April 2015

New Boots, and Maybe a Hat

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, what happened to the warm spring weather??  Woke up to grey, foggy, definitely jacket weather.  Probably my own fault cos I distinctly remember saying it was hot, at least twice, yesterday.  This has obviously been taken as a complaint.  My apologies.  Can we have the sun back now???  

I have discovered the Artist Trading Post.  I know..... Where Have I been?????...  The challenge is an ATC based on the original trading post.  Anyway, I have been trying with a few ideas the last few days and was getting nowhere fast.    I had been playing with some vintage images I found but this morning, with the deadline looming, I went in a totally different direction.  



I cut my ATC from patterned kraft card.  I stamped the boy from Unity Stamp Co. Determination, also onto kraft card.  Nothing like a colouring challenge to wake you up.  I fussy cut him and added him to the ATC.  I cut three stetsons using the hat die from Cheery Lynn Arizona Cowboy set in shrink plastic, coloured and skrunk them.  The sign is handwritten.  I added a piece of twine coloured with distress ink around the edge and curled it on the ground by our little cowboy's feet.  

Joining the fun at
Artist Trading Post Exchange April Challenge - Trading Post ATC
Country View April Challenge - Use Kraft Card
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Masculine Pastimes playing cowboy

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to see if it's warming up outside yet.  Hope you have sunshine.  Hugz

Monday, 20 April 2015

Happy, Not Merry

Hello.  Welcome.  It's the hottest day of the year so far!  T-shirts and ice creams all round.  So I checked the xmas challenges LOL and came up with this......



I cut my card base using my Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die, stamped Unity Stamp Co. Owl Pals, masked and stamped Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes with Stormy Sky distress ink.  I did a little ink pad dance along the bottom with my VersaMagic Aegean Blue chalk ink and stamped the PaperArtsy sentiment, again with Stormy Sky.  This is my second attempt at this card LOL.  In the first version I tried colouring my Owl Pals and let's just say it got ugly.  Maybe I will try and fix them later......

Joining the fun at
OLCC Challenge 7 - Blue
CHNC Challenge 225 - Something Beginning with F... festive feathered friends
Winter Wonderland - It's a Stitch Up faux stitching
ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Happy Christmas/Holiday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background 

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to enjoy some more sunshine.  Hugz


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Soap On A Rope

Hello.  Welcome.  I have been wanting to join in with the Arty Inklings challenge but despite a little extention to the deadline I am still managing to post on the wire.  That's me folks!!  The challenge is to create something from nothing, keep it small and use what comes to hand.  



So this corrugated kraft box was to hand.  I think there was a bar of soap in it but it's also the perfect size for ATC's so I figured I'd get around to doing something with it one day.  Today is that day....


I added Wild Honey distress to the corrugations and some lace that was lying on the desk


I added a flower I had stamped the other day and cut out but not used.  STAMPlorations Bloom sketches coloured with Mustard Seed distress.  I stuck it on selectively so that I can still use the closure behind. 


Then I went digging through my chuck dish.  That's a dish where I chuck things I have made and not used.  Found these cute little shrink plastic bugs and also a shrink plastic cat button I had made.  Now isn't he just adorable!!  Had to add him to the flower.  Oops, forgot to give him a bow.  Will see to that shortly.  The sentiment, also from the bloom sketches set, is stamped on a piece of acetate.   I think the cat and the bugs are Anita's stamps.   Must make me some more of those cat buttons.  Too cute!!

Joining the fun at
Arty Inklings Spring Challenge
Country View April Challenge - Use Kraft Card 
Unruly Paperarts RAQ - Animal Instincts 
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Flora and Fauna 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - In The Middle 
That Craft Place Challenge - Alter Something 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

The British And Weather

Hello.  Welcome.  I am reminded of an evening when my nephew had to do some homework on stereotyping and my sister and I were trying to explain what it is.  We resorted to Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman jokes.  Can you believe my nephew had never heard any of those!  Obviously too low tech.  So we googled some.  Then in the interests of equal oppotunities we had a look at a few other country stereotypes.  Interesting.  I think it depends on whether you are on the inside, or on the outside looking in.  As a Brit living in a foreign land it's interesting to compare my stereotyping of England to a Norwegian's.  So when The Craft Barn set the theme Quintessentially English I settled on the weather.  I have learnt that it is not only the English who are obsessed with commentating on the weather.  But it is a very English thing to do.  Like tea.  Quintesssential.  




This stamp set came free with a stamping magazine.  I stamped the girl, masked her and stamped the umbrella.  I coloured with watercolours.  I put her in bright spring colours and gave her a rainbow umbrella.  I cut around her boots and then used Simon Says Stamp stitch rectangle die to cut the panel.  I added the sentiments and mounted on a dark blue card.  

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Quintessentially English
Addicted to CAS Challenge 61 - Showers 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday March 2015

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Here's to Birthdays and Fun Ideas

Hello.  Welcome.  My bloggy friend Monika had a birthday this month.  She proposed we CASE one of her cards and link in to her blog for a chance to win some crafty moohlah.  What a fun idea.  So I decided to CASE this card


I decided to go purple and gold.  Purple cos Monika's blog is purple so I figured that was a colour she liked.  Also it's the Cheery Lynn Challenge theme this week LOL and since I was going to use their boots.......  Gold cos I was using it last night and it's still all over the desk.  And it goes well with purple. 



I discovered yesterday that if I offset one cut line on the Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die I can cut a base card with the stitchy detail.  How slow am I??  All the panels on this card have been cut using this die with a little bit of fiddle to reduce the sizes.  I used the horseshoe from Cheery Lynn Arizona Cowboy set to add detail to the panel, instead of stencilling like Monika did.  The horseshoe represents good luck so I am sending you lots Monika.  



I made my topper using gold mirror card and one of the boot dies from the Cheery Lynn Arizona Cowboy set.  I added a flower brad and a sticky greeting.  So, belated happy birthday Monika.  Hope you like my CASE.  

Joining the fun at
Monika's Birthday Linky Party
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 180 - Pretty in Purple
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -In The Middle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are having a crafty weekend.  Hugz

Friday, 17 April 2015

Back to Basics

Hello.  Welcome.  There are a few challenges wanting embossing and I find myself thinking about beginnings.  I know a lot of us got into this crafting lark after grabbing a stamp, some ink and a piece of paper.  Add embossing powder and the ooh, wow factor is sure to hook you.  Then we move on to other things and our embossing powders get left on the shelf.  Now and again we reach for them and that first magic moment is resurrected. 



I stamped Flourish from the Sizzix/Hero Arts set on black paper and embossed with gold powder.  I cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle die, added a thin black border and mounted on a gold card.  Oooh, now I see a mass of possibilities.  Maybe just a big bold sentiment.  Maybe just a small one.  Or maybe...



A gold embossed tiger and sentiment from Marks Finest Papers Tiger set.  A bit busy maybe, but then again tigers are supposed to blend into the background.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 257
A Blog Named Hero - It's Embossing Time 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background 

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to emboss some more.  Hugz

Tis The Season

Hello.  Welcome.  April is the season for birthdays in my family.  I am sure we all have a month when there are more than the usual number of celebrations.  I haven't been so good at getting ahead of the game so I thought I'd better get busy.  


I made a birthday card with a tag on it!  Uh, yeah.....  All comments gratefully received cos I'm not sure about this one.  I wanted it CAS, but it didn't feel quite right.  I tried sequins, but we have never got along!  I did think about splats?  Then I settled on a rainbow border using distress inks.  The tag was coloured with promarkers, stamped with a Docrafts stamp and embossed with gold powder.  I added some funky wool. 

Joining the fun at
WOW! Embossing Powder April Challenge - Rainbows
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 257 - Gold Embossing
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - In The Middle my tag is in the middle of my card
Time Out Challenge 29 - You Can't Make a Rainbow Without a Little Rain I just went with the rainbow.  Seen enough rain the last few months LOL



Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to enjoy the sunshine.  If I can find a little corner out of the very cold wind LOL.   Hugz