Saturday, 31 May 2014

Roses Are Pink

Hello.  Welcome.   Cheery Lynn want roses.  The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge is Passion and or Music.  This is what I came up with.......



I stamped Hero Arts flower from the Asian Elements set onto white card using DI Worn Lipstick.  Then I covered it with a sheet of vellum with a music print.  My Prima Doll has a dress paper pieced from MME pp.  I used my Rose Pink Promarker on her headband, shoes and also the lower frill of the dress.  The roses are Cheery Lynn Tea Rose Small cut from white paper and touched with the Rose Pink Promarker.  I backed them with Cheery Lynn Dandelions cut from Basic Grey Indian Summer Woodrose paper.  The quote is Naya Rivera, American actress.

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 134 - Roses 
The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge - Passion/Music 
7 Kids Challenge 100 - Anything Goes 
I Love Promarkers Challenge 221 - Flowers 
STAMPlorations May Challenge - Stamps and Flowers 
Stampinback Challenge - One Colour 

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For The Boyz

Hello.  Welcome.  The witching hour has come and gone but a timely reminder has me offering up a last minute make to the Stamplorations sketch challenge.  Revisiting stencil bumping with my old friends DI Walnut Stain and Dreamweavers Embossing Paste but a whole different look....



I used Prima patterened paper from the Craftsman collection and a Prima stencil.  The stamps are Kort og Godt.  I stamped the boy and the sentiment, masked them, then applied DI Walnut stain through the stencil.  Then I bumped it and added the yellow embossing paste.  I mounted the panel on a black card base

Joining the fun at
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 12
StampARTic Challenge 235 - Use Stencils 
Eclectic Paperie ePlay Challenge - Get Stenciled 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - The Artsy Stamp 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 


Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.  Hugs


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Birthday Fairy

Hello.  Welcome.  I've not had much time to craft this week.  The weather is hot and dry, the farmer wants lots done and my garden and animals need attention as well.  Plus the too hot to think feeling.  I was going to sit out in the garden and make roses this afternoon but the wind scuppered that idea.  So I've kept it simple and used an LOTV stamp Birthday Fairy.  So cute



I've used cream hammered card.  I scored at 1/4inch around the edges using my scor-pal and  some extra lines to frame my sentiment.  I cut a panel and stamped LOTV Birthday Fairy.  Then I stamped her again on another piece of the same card, coloured with Promarkers and Wink of Stella and fussy cut her and the teddy bear/present.  I added these over the stamped image and also some gold glitter on her baubles and wand.  After a bit of a direct stamping mishap I stamped the Kort og Godt Norwegian birthday sentiment onto the same card and added it between my scored lines.  

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Thanks for your visit.  Have a great evening.  I'm off to kill some thistles.  The things I do..........

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Close Encounters Of a Human Kind

Hello.  Welcome.  I remember many years ago I was doing various evening classes and I had signed up to a general craft class.  Imagine my horror, and all the other ladies, when the teacher handed us all charcoal pencils and asked us to draw the tulips!!  Uhhhhhh.   There were protests.  Many protests and threats of leaving but, paid your money, takes your chances.  No one left and a few picture recognisable as tulips resulted.  My feelings were much the same when faced with Clare Lloyd's post over at PaperArtsy.  I managed to ignore it previously but the title and post suggests that this is a regular feature so I have decided to succumb.......


Because of my previous success drawing a tulip I decided a charcoal pencil was the way to go and because of my general non-success with drawing a piece of plain white paper was a good place to start.   Shock horror she looks vaguely human.   I am the subject of alien bodysnatching.  Glad the alien can draw LOL......


Sorry, due to the shock I didn't take any more photo's.  Perhaps less is a blessing here.  If you are laughing may I respectfully ask that you keep it to yourself because for the woman who can't draw fish this is a result!  I used Fresco Finish Rose and Butternut, charcoal for her hair and highlights, or would that be lowlights.  Ah yes, shadows!!  The galaxy markers were still out so eyes and lips.  The background is Fresco Finish Limelight, a Prima stencil, a splat stamp from Kort og Godt and some edging by DI Walnut Stain.  I used the letter stamp from LPC003 on her body.  Let me know what you think, but be gentle with me.  It's the first person I have ever made.

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Eclectic Paperie ePlay Challenge - Get Stenciled
StampARTic Challenge 235 - Use Stencils

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Fantasy Island

Hello.  Welcome.  Fun, fun, fun.  Over at PaperArtsy Penny Nuttall has been sharing some fun 3D projects.  Penny, I must just say I really hoped to make a magic roundabout, cos that looks a blast, but time is against me.  I have managed to make an island paradise for an amateur gardener. 



Check out Penny's post for details but to cut a long story short I cut my circles, stamped and coloured.  All the stamps are PaperArtsy, from EDY06 or the Bloom set.  I used two shades of blue acrylic to make my pond and then coloured all the flowers and leaves with Galaxy Markers.  I was having a challenge getting a mirror stamp of Bloom herself until the little grey cell sugested stamping on tissue paper!  Genius.  I coloured both images with Promarkers.  I was afraid they might bleed on the tissue but they didn't.  I stuck one onto card and fussy cut then stuck the reverse image on the back.  



I found that Bloom was a little short to see over the vegetation but because I had only a single layer of card I improvised with a heart rock and a little bridge.  If you are wondering what she is standing on these are plastic corks from the milk carton which are going to be feet on her island.  



So here she is on her little paradise.  I used a piece of card that came as packaging for the base and ran a piece of lace around it to hide those milk carton tops.  It looks a bit like waves against the shore.  A few more flowers and she's a smile on a grey day.  Not that today is grey.  So I decided to get a photo in the garden.



Not so successful between the wind and bright sun but I did find a nice floweredy bush for a backdrop.  

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Fashionable Stamping Challenges - 3D Object 
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team May Challenge - In the Garden 
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Botanical 
Country View Challenge 15 - Nature's glories 
I Love Promarkers - #220 Anything Goes 
http://craft-roomchallenge.blogspot.no/2014/05/recycle.html  recycled card from packaging and milk carton plastic corks

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend, and if you are having an extra day enjoy.  Hugs

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Life of It's Own

Hello.  Welcome.  Do you ever start a project and it just get bigger and bigger and bigger??  It just needs one little bit to finish it.  And maybe a bit here.  And there.  And then you start asking why did I start this??  Should I stop?  Or just keep going?  Well, I kept going but the fancy pop-up center, which is where I started, has been put aside for another day.  Still, I'm pleased with the card and I'll just slip a chocolate bar in there instead.  Something tells me that will be more appreciated anyway.  So here's the card.  



I used a black base card.  I cut Cheery Lynn Tiny Bubbles Border from brown card.  The Cheery Lynn Southern Charm Valance, the two side strips and the backing for the owl are all cut from Stardream Gold card.  It's a lot brighter in the real.  I cut Cheery Lynn Owl With Gears and Cheery Lynn Dandelions from Bronze Stardream card.  I added a bit of gold glitter to the dandelions.  I love this unassuming little die.  It reminds me of fireworks.  Can't wait to work it into some Halloween cards!!  The sentiment is a Kort og Godt stamp and translates as 'to a great guy', or 'to a great lighthouse'!!  Gotta love Norwegian.  This is of course to a great guy.  I mean, who would send a card to a lighthouse!

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 133 - Make it Manly
Joan's Touch Challenge #14 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Hugs

Friday, 23 May 2014

Sunflower Love

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I went out to get a few stamps with Norwegian phrases.  I don't have many of these but I had seen some nice ones and intended to bite the bullet and pay the price.  Then I arrive to find birthday celebrations and 30% off.  Blessed be and happy dancing.  The unexpected bargains are all the sweeter.  So I bought a few sets, just to save a bit more!!  ROFL Crafter thrift.  As we say in my family "How can you afford not to buy?"  

Over at Joan's Touch the recipe this week was to use black, a die cut and embellishments.  I also saw a post over at Simon Says Stamp on custom panels and really wanted to try this technique.  


I started with a gold base card.  I cut an arc in a piece of black card and layered it onto the gold base.   I just used a craft knife to cut my arcs so they are not perfect.  I cut Poppystamps Bountiful Sunflower from the same card as the base but left the cuts in place.  The sentiment is one I bought this morning from Kort og Godt M-218 and translates as "and the greatest of all is love".  I embossed it in black onto the gold card and then added a black mat behind.  I also added three mini gold brads.  

Joining the fun at
Joan's Touch Challenge #14
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Botanicals
Country View Challenge 15 - Nature's glories 
CASology Week 96 - Flower
ALBC - Flower Power

Thanks for your visit and your lovely comments.  Hugs



Monday, 19 May 2014

Surfs Up

Hello.  Welcome.  Just wanted to share an ATC.  Over at Wicked Wednesday it's Red, White and Blue, although my little guy hasn't quite got to the red stage yet.  Just a darker shade of pink.  Actually I did toy with the idea of body painting him..........


Just realised I've gone all Sizzix.  Sizzix ATC and corners die, Carnivale embossing folder for my wavy background and paperpieced Surfer Boy.  How do you like the wallpaper hair??

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 95 - Splash
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 136 - Red White and Blue 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy

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Love Your Mummy

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at Joan's Touch the recipe this week is a stencil and two patterned papers.  Joan used the bump technique and I have never had so much success with this but I thought I'd give it a go.  



I used TCW Mini Numerals stencil and Distress Walnut Stain on Making Memories Noteworthy paper


I bumped my stencil and added Dreamweaver Matt Yellow Embossing Paste



The little mummy from The Greeting Farm Spooktacular rubber stamp set, fussy cut and matted onto Making Memories Spook Alley paper.  The sentiment is computer generated and tinted with DI Dried Marigold. 

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Splish Splash Splat

Hello.  Welcome.  An extra big welcome to my newest follower Larelle-Susanne.  So glad you have joined our happy band.  

So, when is a splash not a splash?  When it's a splat.  Or a sploosh.  Or a splish.  Hopefully this is a splash.  I think so anyway.  There have been heated discussions on the matter.  I blame it on the cake.........   

I found a great quote for The Craft Barn Q & L Challenge for the word Unique.  I have also been thinking about the CASology challenge where the cue card says Splash.  Hence the previous discussion.  I really like 'simple' but often find 'clean' to be the biggest challenge.  Messy crafter at work.  Anyway, I tried really hard and, by Jove, I think I got it.   
 

My quote is from Margaret Mead, listed as an American Scientist.  If what I've read is anything to go by she sounds like a very sensible woman.  Good on you.  I've used 'Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.'  Fabulous advice.   So I used red acrylic paint for my splash of colour.  Every splash is also very unique, so I figured it was perfect. The letters were hand written by me.  Keeping it simple.  

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge - Unique/Fame 
CASology Week 95 - Splash 

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great evening.  Hugs

Happy Birthday Norway

Hello.  Welcome.  Today is Norway's birthday.  Gratulerer med dagen Norge.  And it's a biggy.  200 years ago the Norwegian constitution was written so Happy 200th Norway.  In the spirit of such things I am feeling patriotic and have gone all red, white and blue.  Luckily I got happy mail from Cheery Lynn yesterday so I have been playing with some new dies as well and come up with a wedding card.


I started with a blue base card and added a white layer.  Then I embossed a blue metallic sheet with Cheery Lynn's Diamonds and Starburst embossing plate.  I cut two Cheery Lynn Southern Charm Valance from red card and wove a Norwegian red, white and blue ribbon through them.  I printed a sentiment on the computer and spritzed it with Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer.  The sentiment translates as 'Dear bridal couple congratulations for the day and good luck for the future'  I cut it out using Sizzix Scalloped Heart die and inked the edges with VersaMagic Aegean Sea and a touch of Night Sky.  The shooting star effect is actually a load of Cheery Lynn Dandelion die cuts arranged behind the heart.  I was going to use them to as supporting cast to the rose bouquet but tried one behind the heart and thought 'oh yes!' 


Here's a close up of my rose bouquet.  Very pleased with these!!  This is one of the dies that arrived yesterday, Cheery Lynn Tea Rose Small, and I love it.  Once I got the knack, and it didn't take long, I made a little pile of these beauties.  I cut them in white and added a hint of Aegean Sea to the petal edges.  Got a couple of Cheery Lynn Wheat Heads in there as well.  


Love the embossed metal.  It really catches the light.  

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 132 - Dry Embossing
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - M M is for Marriage
Hjerteboden Utfordring 5 - Bryllup
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 89 - Anything Goes With a Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy

Thanks for your visit.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Hugs

Friday, 16 May 2014

Songs In My Head

Hello.  Welcome.  Midnight crafting and I keep thinking of songs but it seems the words Midnight Crafter fit all the lyrics.  Rhinestone cowboy?  Like a Midnight Crafter, dum dum.  Oh, and now my examples have all fled, like my cowboy, off into the sunset.  It's midnight, there is no sense here.  But there is mojo.....  This particular mojo is inspired by The Greeting Farm, where they want a card for Mom.  I've used the sketch from Your Next Stamp and the colour scheme from Ett Trykk picture inspiration.  I hear the sound of laughter..... 



I layered papers from Craft Creations for my background.  I cut Poppystamps Diamond Background and used Sizzix Ida Lou's Flower Box dies for the letters, both cut from the same green paper.  I coloured The Greeting Farm Double Cupcake Anya with Promarkers and added a little wink to the frosting on her cupcakes.  

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The Greeting Farm - Mom you say mom, I say mum, or sometimes mother
YNS Fun Friday Challenge 12 - Sketch
Ett Trykk Trykkpressa Mai 2014
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 103 - Girly Glittery Glam
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - M M is for Mum 

Thanks for dropping by.  Gosh, nearly the weekend. Hugs

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Tag Me Bilingual

Hello.  Welcome.  Inspired by Keren Baker's CAS post over at PaperArtsy I have made a couple of tags using her bright frames idea.  



I cut my tags from PaperArtsy Chatsworth paper.  The frames and backgrounds have been cut using Sizzix Scalloped Rectangle dies and embossed with Spellbinders Beauty of the Sea embossing folder.  The little flowers are Cheery Lynn BAF#3 embellishments with glitter glue centers.  The hat stamp is from PaperArtsy LPC003 coloured with sharpies.  The English sentiment is from PaperArtsy SIDD5 set and the Norwegian one from Kort og Godt.  

Joining the fun at
PaperArtsy

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy

Thanks for your visit.  Hope you are having a great week.  Hugs

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tropical Sunflower

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday I made a card with a orange and pink painty background.  As I was finishing I realised this would probably also work for Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge where Jenn is looking for tropical colours.  I cut a piece of the background with my Sizzix ATC die and then cut Poppystamps Bountiful Sunflower from yellow card



I paper pieced the sunflower and cut the 'hi' using Sizzix Ida Lou's Flower Box alpha-dies

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A Drink With An Umbrella In It

Hello.  Welcome.  I've been thinking about the Stampoutique challenge, an orange and pink background.  Not really my go to colours but sure to have a wow factor, if I get it right. 



I started with a piece of hot pink card and brayered with PaperArtsy FF Butternut and Rose and then some orange acrylic.  Not so impressed with that.  



Tando Flower Mask and DI Picked Raspberry



I used the script stamp from PaperArtsy LPC003 set and Picked Raspberry.  It was a bit strong so I wiped some away.  It's quite subtle now but I liked it


I stamped a Prima Doll and paper pieced her dress using some MME paper.  Her hair and shoes are coloured with Promarkers.  I added three hot pink enamel dots and added my panel to a matt black card.  

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

An Interesting Result

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at Joan's Touch the recipe this week is an embossing folder, butterflies and a sentiment.  I've been playing with my embossing folders and come up with a one layer card.  It's growing on me.  Perhaps an idea for a gift set........



I used MME Abbey Road It's Groovy patterned paper.  I embossed using Sizzix Butterflys #4 and a diffusion plate so the area I wanted to stamp remained flat.  I used my finger and applied Distress Ink Festive Berries all over.  I stamped the PaperArtsy sentiment with Festive Berries and Black Archival.  I also added black archival around the edge.  

Joining the fun at
Joan's Touch Challenge 12 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Five  card, red ink, black ink, embossing folder, sentiment


Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 

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And Then There Was One

Hello.  Welcome.  Hope you are having a perfect Sunday.  Happy Mothers Day to all you ladies in the states.  Hope you have been spoiled rotten.  Over at PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo has been making a lovely colourful tag flip book.  Love Ellen's style so thought I'd make a couple of tags.  Glad I started with two because there were challenges!!



I made a collage sheet using Simon Says Stamp Artful Borders and MME stamps. 



I painted two large and two small tags with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Rose and Pansy paint using a scraper.  I stamped with Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord using my homemade dry wall tape stamp, a ruler stamp by MME and the PaperArtsy Book stamp ESN01.  I added some black paint lines using the edge of the scraper and stamped one of the MME border stamps in black.  



And then there was one.  Discovered the black lines on the small Pansy tag were not helpful.  Will be painting over those again later.  I've added some of my collage paper and some white and black pen work.  



These two stamps were next to eachother in my PaperArtsy box.  I saw the bird on the cage SM27 and the word Escapist MN16 and it just had to be. 



The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. 

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PaperArtsy
Penny Black and More May Challenge - Anything Goes 
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Anything Goes 
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 
Papirdokkene Utfordring 59 - Ikke Kort Eller LO 

Hope to get back and fix the other one later.  Thanks for your visit.  Hugs

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Red White and Blue Rock

Hello.  Welcome.  I've made a card that rocks.  No really, it's a rocking card.  It really rocks.



I've gone all red, white and blue because, along with many other countries, those are the colours on the Norwegian flag.  It's confirmation time in Norway.  Nearly everyone gets confirmed at 15 in Norway.  I've used a stamp from Kort og Godt called Engel Gratulerer, that's Angel Congratulations.  She did have wings but, if you are squeamish look away, I cut them off and now she looks like a confirmation candidate in her white robe.  Although they don't usually have hearts on LOL.  I cut Cheery Lynn Spring Flower Burst Doily in red, the angel wing in white and Cheery Lynn English Tea Party Doily in blue.  Then I backed with a white circle and folded a circular card in half to make her rock.  The silver metal roses are from Korthobby and I used silver star brads.  

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 131 - Lots of Layers
Korthobby Utfordring Mai - Konfirmasjon 
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes 
Crafting Musketeers - Anything But A Square 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Five  five layers

Thanks for your visit and your comments.  Happy happy to you all.  Hugs

Tips From The Sewing Room

Hello.  Welcome.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Do you ever see the latest trend and stock up on a few items only to find them left abandoned in a corner of your crafty space??  I hope I'm not the only one!  And I used the word 'few' but, well, you know.......  Over at PaperArtsy Liesbeth has been making a gorgeous sewing themed tin so I thought it was time to wheel out all those sewing themed products that sadly see little use.  



I liked the colours.  Very into kraft at the moment.  I liked the stamps Liesbeth used.  I don't have any like this from PaperArtsy but I do have Crafty Individuals French Corsets, Hats and Bonnets and Plain Sewing sets and also Prima stamps that look like the labels from old cotton reels.  I covered my base card with paper from PaperArtsy Chatsworth collection, added a layer of crumpled crunchy wax paper, some lacy stuff and then a panel stamped using CI French Corsets onto Chatsworth paper.  The manikin was also stamped onto Chatsworth paper.  I added a lady from CI Hats and Bonnets coloured with Promarkers and the Prima reel labels were stamped and embossed on kraft.  I added some Memento London Fog to a couple and got that nice verdigris look. 

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PaperArtsy
7 Kids Challenge 99 - Anything Goes Flowers Optional my lady has a flower on her hat
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 72 - Circle The Globe
Penny Black and More May Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to finish a few things in the garden before the rain comes.   Hugs

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Pretty Weed

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at A Blog Named Hero they want us to be inspired by a Hero Artist.  Now that's not difficult because there are some amazing artists on the Hero Arts team.  I decided to start by perusing the Hero Arts blog and found this lovely post by Jennifer McGuire.   Really like kraft and the white and soft colours looked lovely. 


I started by stamping the Hero Arts vase of flowers onto kraft card.  Jennifer used white ink but I went with VersaMark Watermark Ink and white embossing powder.  After trying to get pretty colours using my cheap colour pencils I resorted to Galaxy Markers.  I decided to stick with the white/kraft and to use Sketch #3 from the Hero Arts Sketch challenge.  I stamped part of Hero Arts Dandelion Frame and embossed again in white.  The sentiment is also a Hero Arts stamp.  I added some washi tape, fussy cut the flower vase and attached it with pop dots. The fussy cutting got a bit pedantic and you can't actually see that I started with kraft card!   What I should have done was stamp the flower vase, mask and then stamped the other elements.  It would have been quicker.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing.  I do like the raised flower vase though so it was worth the effort.  Are we convinced??

Joining the fun at
A Blog Named Hero Challenge 43 - Inspired by a Hero Artist
Hero Arts New Sketch Challenge - Sketch #3
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Flowers 
YNS Fun Friday Challenge 12 - Stetch/Photo Inspiration  vase of flowers
STAMPlorations May Challenge - Stamps and Flowers 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are having a good week.  Hugs

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Cow Jumped Over The Bull

Hello.  Welcome.  Here's a little ATC I have been working on for the Wicked Wednesday Challenge.  This week it's Taurus.  That's me.  Here's my take



I started with a greyboard ATC.  I've painted it white and then blue, because that's Taurus colour, but left some of the white showing through.  Then I stamped using a tiny bull stamp.  I just wanted this to add some texture so it overlaps in places, but that's OK.  


I hand cut the circle with the horns, the symbol for Taurus, and embossed it with Sizzix Cirque embossing folder then tinted with blue ink.  The cow is Sizzix Cow Jumping which I paper pieced.  The sentiment is hand written.  You never would have guessed would you??

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CCC April

Hello.  Welcome.  Just remembered I haven't shared the card I made for April's Card Chain Challenge.  If you don't know what this is WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??  OK, so you sign up to make a card to send to the person above you on the list and you get a card from the person below you on the list.  Simple.  Everyone's a winner.  Here's the card I made and sent to Deborah. 


I used a blue base card.  The pattern paper is from MME Collectable and Abbey Road collections.  I used Tando Distorted Harlequin mask and Dreamweaver yellow embossing paste.  Ric Rac ribbon, a couple of flowers from the same range of MME paper and Sizzix Umbrella Man cut from black wallpaper.   The sentiment is a stamp from Unity Stamp Company. 

For the April full reveal go here
To sign up for May CCC go here

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Thanks for dropping by.  Do check out the CCC links.  It's fun and there are countries in the world that haven't been represented yet.  

As Deborah says "If you're reading this and have never participated, please consider doing so. And if you see that your country or state has never been represented, you are honor-bound to sign up and show that y'all are friendly and interested in building global peace - and your stamp collection - one card at a time!"

Monday, 5 May 2014

Sweet As Cupcakes

Hello.  Welcome.  I was a very lucky bunny and won some cards and ribbons from Laura over Easter.  I've used one of the cards and some of the gorgeous cupcake ribbon to make this card.  I've used a sketch from Papertake Weekly and the image is Double Cupcake Anya from The Greeting Farm. 

The card was pre-embossed so I just added a tint of VersaMagic Aegean Blue.  I coloured my Anya with Promarkers.  The cupcake ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I used epoxy buttons from Crate Paper.  I set the butterfly button at an angle to mimic the one in her hair.  I added a bow to the little square button which also has a butterfly on it. 

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The Greeting Farm FFF - Buttons and Bows 
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 87 - Anything with Ribbons 
Papertake Weekly Sketchie Free For All  used sketch 54
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge 101 - Photo Inspired
I Love Promarkers - Not Quite Straight 

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Year of the Frog

Hello.  Welcome.  I don't know about you but I always think twice about using foreign words and phrases on projects.  Especially oriental characters because you are never sure what you are saying.  Living in a country where English is not the first language I am only too aware of how many times I have innocently strung together a phrase only to find the locals ROFL or occasionally earning a shocked look.  I prefer ROFL.  At least I am keeping them entertained.  



My third and final entry for the PaperArtsy inspired by #3UPers, this time Susan's paper rolls post.  I've used a brown card base and layered with PaperArtsy Chatsworth Papers.  Gave the edges some serious distress and abuse, but they can take it.  Used the same paper for the rolls and some paper string.  The image is from LPC022 and the little stamp with the red tint from PaperArtsy SIEN10F.  I was going to use a chinese character in the top right but my phobia about putting it upside down or backwards held me back.  That said would anyone care to hazzard a guess on the text on that stamp?  It could be from the Perfumed Garden or maybe just a weather forecast!  See, mad scientist brain working overtime again.....

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for dropping by and all your lovely comments.  I know I've been busy and that you are too and I do appreciate you taking the time to visit, view and comment on my projects.   Big hugs. 

No Gun, No Getaway Car

Hello.  Welcome.  This very strange project started after I saw Lesley's post over at the PaperArtsy #3UP this week.  If you haven't popped over you are missing out.  There's even a little something from me.  Anyway. Lesley was doing very fun things with the cat from PaperArtsy EDY06 stamp set.  So I stamped a load of cats and coloured with sharpies, cut off their heads, their tails and legs, and put them back together is a very cute way.  No Frankenstein here you know.  Then one fell on this postcard


I was in Nille the other day.  That's a bit like Woolworths.  Reasonably priced household stuff.   Anyway I checked the crafty bit and they had had some new papers in including these packs of kraft with various black prints on them.  Ooh loverly.  When I got home I found one had this lovely print and it reminded me of Stampotiques Postcard challenge.  So I cut it a postcard size.  Then a cat fell out of the sky....


I decided I needed contrast.  I started by painting with gesso on the LHS and stamping with the flower heads from EDY06 but I didn't like.  So I stamped and fussy cut loads of the flower heads and then stuck them to the postcard.  Then I added the cat


I don't know.  Maybe he's a snow leopard.   I decided nonsense art was OK on the bright and sunny Sunday.  Thanks to Lesley for this inspiration and to all the brave #3UPers for such fabulous projects this week.  If you missed it start here and if you missed mine check out my post here.  

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Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments.   Off to weed.  Hugs

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Monogamy

Hello.  Welcome.  Did you know swans mate for life.  I thought this would make a suitable motif for a golden wedding anniversary card.



I started by cutting MME Ooh La La Over The Top paper with Cheery Lynn Tiny Bubbles Borders three times.  I backed them with yellow paper, added a hint of DI Dried Marigold and mounted the panel on gold glitter card.  I added some yellow stripy ribbon over the joints between the panels.  I added a layer of the same MME paper, distressed the edges and coloured with the Dried Marigold.  I cut Cheery Lynn Emperor Swan from gold mirror card and Cheery Lynn Wheat Heads from gold glitter card.   I didn't have an 'anniversary' sticker so it just reads Golden.

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 130 - Bling
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Yellow 
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 87 - Anything Goes 
Country View Challenge 15 - Nature's glories 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs

Shoes Or Chocolate?

Hello.  Welcome.  Another sunny day here in Norway.  Despite the cold wind blowing I was very good and did some weeding so the crafting has taken a back seat today.  That said, it's Saturday.  The Craft Barn's Q&L Challenge is closing in a few hours so here's my idea.  I went to brainyquotes to look for a suitable quote for either of the challenge words.  I found something about a little bit of chocolate doesn't hurt.  That took me to give us your money and nobody gets hurt and a cat with a pistol.  But that's a line from a movie and a total nother story but it reminded me of shoes.  Sorry but yes my brain does work like this most of the time.  Are you still with me???   Where were we?  Oh yes, shoes and an embossing folder.......



I've used a piece of patterned paper that had a big shoe on it (manufacturer unknown) and one of the Docrafts Born to Shop embossing folders.  Some fancy work with the top plate on the Bigshot and I managed to just emboss the words onto the patterned paper.  I went over them with a black sharpie and then decided to outline with white pen to make them stand out.  I almost forgot to photo but this halfway step is quite cool I think.  I have also distressed the edge and gone round with different colour DI.  Usually I stick to a single colour but I really like this effect.    


 I embossed the Shoe Shopper on white card, coloured her with DI Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean and fussy cut her.  Then I mounted the panel on a base card made from patterned paper from DCWV Cherry Limeade Stack.  

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge - Knowledge/ Hurt
Bunny Zoe's Crafts April Challenge - Distress 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday April 2014 

Thanks for your visit.  Something else to blog later.  Once I finish it LOL.  Hope you are having a fun, sunny, crafty weekend.  Hugs