Friday, 16 February 2018

Shakin In Me Boots

Hello.  Welcome. I been playing along with Winnie and Walters birthday celebration challenges but one of em had me in two minds.  Shakers!!  Love em?  Hate em?  Me, I always have big ideas and always end up frustrated.  How do people just put one of these together in 5 minutes??  Anyway, I had an idea I wanted to try and I figured it's not a really challenge if you don't find it challenging.  Quite pleased with the result.  

I've used Winnie and Walter's Can You See What I See cutting plate.  I used this the other day with gold mirror card, and then Lydia made a white card embossing with this plate and it looked so lovely.  So I decided to emboss with this die and also do a partial cut to make a window for a shaker card.

I took a piece of white card and embossed it with the die plate and then I used an oval Sizzix diffusion plate to cut the shaped aperture.  I used a craft knife to remove the pieces around the oval edge which had only partially cut.  

I cut an oval frame with Sizzix dies to cover the edge where die cut met embossing.  I added a layer of acetate and used some ex-packaging to build up my shaker.  I filled it with lilac, silver and iridescent sequins and backed it with some patterned paper.  I also cut the Winnie and Walter Thanks from the same pp and also twice from black card and layered them, offsetting the layers to give a shadow effect.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Let Love Mooove You

Hello.  Welcome.  There's a new challenge starting today over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.    The theme is More Than Two Legs and we want to see your many legged things.  No people please, unless they got three legs or are companions to dogs, cats, cows, butterflies, bees, tables, chairs or centipedes.  Here's the delectable Carmen Mooranda to get us in the mood.  

I stamped, embossed and masked Carmen's Veranda Carmen Mooranda and stamped part of the Yourba Adire background stamp to act as the carpet.  Then she decided she needed some wallpaper and I stamped the Hearts and Curls Border with red staz-on 5 times.  I coloured the hearty stripes with Festive Berries and the plain stripes with Crushed Olive distress inks, and gave the floor a wash of Stormy Sky DI.  Carmen Mooranda was coloured with Promarkers.  I stamped the sentiment on black card, embossed with white powder and crinkle cut the words.  

Do hop over and check out the other inspiring makes from the team and join up your stamped many legged wonders for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.  See you there.  Hugz

Carmen Mooranda is joining the fun at
That's Crafty Challenges - I Heart You Challenge 

Plymouth Rocks

Hello.  Welcome.  A little reminder for the Rubber Dance challenge and an ATC for Janis.

I keep hearing it's carnival season so Rascal Rooster decided to go all Mardi Gras, inspired by the Rubber Dance challenge colours and the theme of Hearts.
I stamped and embossed Rubber Dance Rascal Rooster and stamped the small heart from Arty Hearty with red staz-on ink.  I coloured the rooster, hearts and background with Promarkers, sharpies, distress inks and brusho's.  One layer very mixed media LOL.

You can join up your makes using the colours or the theme until the end of the month for a chance to win a gift voucher to the shop.  Have you seen the new release??  It's fab and it's on sale!!!  Hop over and check out the amazing bundle deals and don't forget if you spend over €15 you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Rascal Rooster is joining the fun at

Monday, 12 February 2018

A Boys Best Friend

Hello.  Welcome.  We woke to a world gone white again today.  The chickens really don't like it when the ground changes colour and it's wet and cold between chicken toes.  Bunnies on the other hand think white stuff is great fun.  It's so nice to chill out and bunny footprints are everywhere.  Well, love it or hate it I don't thinks it's going to hang around very long.  Maybe it helped inspire this black and white creation featuring a very very cool photo-real stamp from Lost Coast Designs.   

This is Milo and Raphael with Drips and a Carmen's Veranda sentiment
Hop on over to the blog for more details and to join the current
BOYS, BOYS, BOYS challenge

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Milo and Raphael are joining the fun at
Time Out Challenge 102 black and white and stripes and love between a boy and his dog

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Rubber Dance / Colourcraft Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my post for Day 3 of the
Rubber Dance / Colourcraft blog hop.  

One lucky winner will receive both a £25 voucher to ColourCraft AND a 25€ voucher to Rubber Dance
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until 14th, February at 11:59PM Central European Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
Rubber Dance Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page
on Saturday 17th, February

Colourcraft produce the wonderful Brusho's, but also lots of other paints and mediums.  I combined Rubber Dance's Playful Penguins and Affirmations stamps and Colourcraft Brusho's and Aztec paints to make a fun and colourful scene.

I spritzed water on my card, sprinkled orange, sunburst lemon and sandstone brusho powders, spritzed again and went and had a cup of tea while the magic happened.

I stamped the ice floe stamp from Playful Penguins on a piece of white card using a mask so I could get a continuous image.  I fussy cut the top of the images and loosely watercoloured the 'water' using a tiny bit of ultramarine brusho powder in water.  You don't need much, the colours are really intense.  I used quite a lot of water to tone it down to this beautiful blue.

I stamped and embossed my penguin family.  I adjusted the position of the head on one of the big penguins and two of the small penguins.   Sorry folks, scissors were involved!!!  I coloured the large penguins with blue Aztec paint and the small ones with grey Brusho.  I added details with yellow Aztec paint and a white gel pen and fussy cut.  I stamped the large believe and the smaller all things are possible with black archival.  I used some of the ultra marine blue paint to fill in the letters on the believe.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win an amazing prize from Rubber Dance stamps and Colourcraft.

Here's a list of the blogs to visit today
GAIL << you are here

If you get lost or have missed a day then hop over to the Rubber Dance blog for the links to Day 1 and Day 2.

Psssssst!  Rubber Dance have just released some new and very cool stamp sets and there are some very good deals in the shop at the moment.  Also, you can use my code GTFreeShip to get free worldwide shipping on any order over €15!!  Just saying......

Penguins are joining the fun at
The Sketchy Challenges #136 - Anything Goes
Uniko Studio Challenge 45 - Something Old, Something New sunburst lemon and sandstone brusho powders are new colours and the Affirmations stamp set is an oldie but goodie.
Simon Says Stamp - Send a Card to a Friend Day  sent this to a friend in the UK as a happy day thank you card
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Queen of Innocence

Hello.  Welcome.  Janis is having an ATC (actually that's crazy) birthday party to celebrate the big 6 ohhhhhh!!!!  Every Monday in February she is giving a theme and all the links are open until the end of the month.  Her first theme is Cats.  But of course.......

I cut my ATC base from blue glitter card using a Sizzix die  and stamped and fussy cut High Hopes Mercat.  I die cut the letters using Sizzix alphadies and the fish skeletons from Sizzix Crazy Catz dies.  I don't have the matching stamps so I used a fine black pen to add the detail.  

Happy Birthday Janis!  It will be on the next postman out of town.

Thanks for dropping by.  In case you haven't seen, Rubber Dance stamps are having a blog hop this weekend in collaboration with Colourcraft.  There be prizes.  Hugz

Mercat is joining the fun at

Friday, 9 February 2018

Blue Bird Happy

Hello.  Welcome. Was feeling a bit February and then decided to add some hearts cos it is the season.   A cool valentine maybe.  I do like this layout though.

I went blue and white with silver glitter for the little pine branches.  The doily, pine branches and die cut bird are all from Marianne Designs.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder on the dark blue card and to cut the oval and a Docrafts embossing folder on the bird.  The hearts are also from the bird die set. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Marianne Designs Challenge 195 - Use an Animal SF1104, LR0126, COL1301
Cheerful Sketches Februari Challenge
Cut It Up Challenge 141 - Layers of Love
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love Is In The Air
Dies R Us Challenge 90 - For the One I Love