Monday, 23 January 2017

It's a Twofer Darnell

Hello.  Welcome.  I made these two cuties cos De Egel want two 10 x 10 cards, the same but different.   I had already stamped and embossed a couple of the bird houses from Penny Black's Fly High.  I was lucky enough to win this stamp set at the Penny Black and More challenge last month.  I stamped the birdhouses on kraft and coloured them with watercolour pencils.  So that works brilliantly for Darnell's NBUS #8 challenge. 

I decided to make the card bases from recycled corrugated card.  I cut them to size and folded them.  They were a a bit stiff and wanted to spring open so I ran them through the bigshot.  Perfect!  Nicely flattened.  

I did a colour wash with the brown pencil at the bottom of the card and added the birdhouse and a bird from the same set.  The sentiment is Stamploration stamps.

I stamped the post on the card and coloured with the brown pencil.  Then I added the birdhouse and another bird.  The thank you is a DRS stamp.  

I quite like the rustic look.......

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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NBUS #8 if I should be lucky [ANY] is fine but [GC] would be perfect
De-Egel Januari Challenge 26
Penny Black and More January Challenge - AG
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - AG
Repeat Impressions Inspiration Palette Challenge - J1817 inspired by the little wooden house

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Putting Winter Behind Her

Hello.  Welcome.  This one is jumping the queue.  Yes, a number of projects slowly evolving and then this one leaps up, all fully formed and screaming to be let out.  I was inspired by the new challenge over at AAA cards.  The theme is winter chill and the thing that struck me about the inspiration picture was the stripes.  OK, they aren't exactly stripes!  Wheel tracks in the snow.  But they just said stripes to me so......

This girl is from Unity Stamps January KOM.  I stamped her on the white card and then used black sharpies to add the stripes.  That took a while, but was kind of therapeutic.  She reminds me of me, when I go out in the morning and there is a hint of the spring to come.  Lift your nose, close your eyes, spring before us, winter behind.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
AAA Cards Game 82 - Winter Chill 
Scrappelyst Grublis for Januar - Monokromatisk 
Scrappegarasjen Utfordring 31 - CAS
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Chill Out she's chillin'
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - New Product  girl stamp is a new product 


Saturday, 21 January 2017

P is for Pharmacist

Hello.  Welcome.  Last year I was doing the Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary challenge using giant playing cards.  I completed the challenge, in that I made a card with a letter for each fortnightly challenge, but I didn't manage to make two every challenge, which was what I hoped to do to complete the pack.  So a few of these will be popping up now and again.  Here's my second offering for P.  It was going to be poison, but that definition was split in my dictionary so I had a scout through and settled on pharmacist.  

I've used Sizzix embossing folder and blue metal sheet for the background.  The lady is a Lynne Perrelli stamp, stamped on white card, embossed with blue embossing powder and fussy cut.  The bottles on the shelf are a NBUS stamp from DRS called Magic Potion Shelf.  I stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I coloured the bottles with various blue distress inks well diluted with water.  When they were dry I fussy cut them and added glossy accents.  Love the detail on this stamp.  The bottles all have quaint labels with strange contents written on them that are legible despite the embossing powder.  Definition from OED.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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NBUS #8 if I should be lucky [ANY] would be perfect
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything But A Card
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 44 - Embossing
Hjerteboden Januar Utfordring - Blått, Hvitt, Sølv
Dare 2 B Artzy Challenge - Something New the Magic Potion Shelf stamp is new

Friday, 20 January 2017


Hello.  Welcome.  I saw the CASolgy challenge of Cut and had an idea.  Doesn't happen like that so often but I think this has turned out quite nicely.

I used Stamplorations Snowy Hills dies to cut my white card.  These give a nice stitch detail.  Then I cut some red card with the same dies and set them behind the cut.  I returned the panel I had cut out and stamped and embossed God Bedring from Rubber Dance En Liten Hilsen.  It means Get better Soon in Giraffe.   Oh, OK, it's Norwegian.  You got me.  And the Giraffe is also from Rubber Dance Stamps, stamped and embossed with blue powder and fussy cut. 

There's still plenty of time to join the Rubber Dance Challenge.  Hop over and check it out.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 232 - Cut 
Mod Squad Challenge - Get Well Soon 
Scrappegarasjen Utfordring 31 - CAS
Country View Challenge January - AG
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - AG 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Frozen Duck

Hello.  Welcome.  So this all started with the wellie boots.  The challenges this year at The Craft Barn are a little different and I wasn't sure if I was going to play along, but then I decided it's good to get out of your comfort zone so.........

The challenge is working through the lines of a poem by Sara Coleridge, which I am not familiar with, but probably will be by the end of the year.   So, include the first two lines in the poem and a bird in a wellington boot!  Why?  Who knows.  That's why it's a challenge.  So I decided to start at the most challenging bit, which was actually the boot, or in my case boots. 

The boots are borrowed from a girl in a sou'wester who came free with a magazine.  I stamped and embossed them on dark blue metal and fussy cut.  Then I chose my bird.  I decided a duck in wellies was a wonderful idea.  This is YNS Quackers stamped and embossed on pale blue metal.  I fussy cut him and the gold, red and mother of pearl colours are actually window paints (but that's a whole new blog post).  I decided to use a grey textured journaling card for my project.  

I used silver sparkle paste through Stamplorations Swirly Bloom stencil.   Here's a picture that shows the sparkle.  

I printed the poem lines on a piece of wintery paper and then did some tearing.  I layered the torn paper and placed an embossed die cut circle behind it with some bobbly white paper.  Then I added Quackers in his very fine boots. A bird in wellies.   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge 
Your Next Stamp Challenge 55 - Sketch 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything But A Card 
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 119 - Winter or Spring
Allsorts Challenge Week 398 - Wings on Things 
Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge

Monday, 16 January 2017

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff #8 - Part 1

Hello.  Welcome.  This morning, whilst mooching around blogland I saw an acronym that made my mojo sing.  NBUS.  Yes, unexpectedly it's that time again.  Darnell is running her most amazing, most wonderful NBUS challenge.  Not once, not twice but three times.  So, in honour of Darnell, here's a card with much NBUS and also a little coloured pencils on kraft work.  Big hugz Darnell.

The star of the show here is DRS's Cowboy Snowman (NBUS).  Couldn't resist this cool guy, but he's been hanging around neglected and uninked so I stamped and embossed him on kraft card and then coloured with water colour pencils.  Didn't have a white pencil so grabbed the white gel pen and made some snow.  

I fussy cut the top part of the image and then cut some patterned kraft paper using Sizzix Stitched Oval die (NBUS).  I used Ground Espresso distress ink to edge the kraft pieces.  I added a piece of washi tape (NBUS) and a piece of twine.  Needed some buttons, and at first I found a reindeer button from Dress It Up.  But he was being very difficult and then I realised it should be horses not reindeer!!  Amazingly I found a pair of horse buttons, also Dress It Up, that fit perfectly.  

I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Rubber Dance and embossed it.  I am loving this.  Thanks to everyone who inspired this card.  I am sure the birthday girl will love it as much as I do. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Go dig out your NBUS and join the fun.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
NBUS #8 if I should be lucky [ANY] would be perfect
Repeat Impressions Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge - J1117 buttons, snowman, pp
Your Next Stamp Challenge 55 - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Winter Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Chill Out

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Polly Says Milk and Two Sugars

Hello.  Welcome.  Can't think of anything witty to say so I'll just show you the card.....

I've used stamps from Power Poppy's Short Stacks. I CASEd Kathy's card.  I started by repeatedly stamping the sentiment stamp and embossing with white powder.  I gave the panel a watercolour wash using Tea Dye and Espresso distress inks.  I stamped and embossed the stack of cups and then coloured with various shades of brown distress inks.  

I added some rhinestones to the bottom cup and the flower on the top cup and added the sentiment.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Caseing the DT Link Up Party #9 
Mod Squad Challenge - Bling 
Stamping Sensations - Coffee and Cream 
Scrappelyst Grublis for Januar - Monokromatisk
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 44 - Embossing