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

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Mysterious Ways

Hello.  Welcome.  Winnie and Walter are celebrating their 4th birthday with loads of fun challenges.  I don't have so many of their products so am enjoying stretching the ones I have.  It certainly does get you thinking.  

One of the challenges is comeback, where Taheerah has challenged us to put a fresh spin on a previous project by one of the DT.  I spotted this cool card by Keren and decided to use some of the elements.  I liked the same colour die cuts to give that faux emboss look and the layout, so I made a 3 x 4 journal card using Winnie and Walters Thanks die and loads of scraps.  I use this pale pink a lot for paper piecing faces etc. and have loads of bits so this was an excellent chance to get rid of some of them.  The burgundy and gold pieces were also in my scrap box.   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Four Challenge 4 dies cuts on the base card, 4 different papers

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Slow Love

Hello.  Welcome.  Hearts and a pretty sketch over at Cheerful Sketches inspired this.

I used stamps from Dare 2 B Artsy Turtle Couple set and Lost Coast Designs Scarf background on the red square panel.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Dare 2 B Artzy February Challenge - Love
Cheerful Sketches Februari Challenge
Stamplorations Paint It Red Challenge
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Roses Are Red
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love Is In The Air


Monday, 5 February 2018

Selfie Time

Hello.  Welcome.  Mirror card.  Lovely in the real but the photographers nightmare.

I used gold mirror card and Winnie and Walter's Do You See What I See die (no pun intended) and then tried not to get in the picture!  I was waving in one of the shots I took, but I didn't use that one ROFL.  I added a scrap of pink patterned card and cut Winnie and Walters thanks die from a scrap of the mirror card.  I stuck some pink glitter tape onto another scrap and used a punch to get the three hearts.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Belated Birthday Greetings from Oz

Hello.  Welcome.  I have some inspiration for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge

I always forget birthday!!  Oops, there goes another one LOL.  So this is just a perfect card for me to have to hand.

I've used Lost Coast Designs Fourth Dimension and License Plate Alphabet and Carmen's Veranda Oz Scarecrow

Now I know men cards can be a challenge in themselves, so why not hop over to the blog and check out all the inspiration from the team, and while you are there why not join the fun??  You could be the lucky winner of Lost Coast dollars.   

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Scarecrow is joining the fun at

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Long Tall Corrin

Hello.  Welcome.  I made this.  

I gave the card base a watercolour wash with Worn Lipstick DI.  Then I made the panel by die cutting one large brown and 4 smaller pink panels.  I stamped the pink panels with Winnie and Walter's Mini Marbalize stamp and embossed with gold powder.

I stamped and fussy cut Curious Corrin and coloured her with Promarkers and sharpies.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Four Challenge 4 stamped panels
Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Watercolor with a Twist
Joy Clair Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers Challenge 290 - Spots and Dots

Friday, 2 February 2018

It's Magic

Hello.  Welcome.  It's the 2nd of the month so time for the big reveal over at the Card Chain Challenge.   Just in case you are new here, this is an international card exchange where you make a card, send a card, get a card.  Everyone gets a card.  Everyone is a winner.  

I have been doing this for a few years now and I love it!!  It is so nice to get happy mail.  And cos it's all kept secret til the recipient gets her card it surprize happy mail!!  The very best kind.  And cos I am one of the team behind the scenes I got to choose the options and the gallery is filled with Unicorns and Snowflakes, and a few other things.  But there sure is a lot of unicorns and snowflakes!!  Hop over and check it out, but first........

Here's the card I sent to Jeanne in Minnesota.  Oooh look, a unicorn!  I coloured with Promarkers and winked his horn, but that's not showing in this photo.  The unicorn is a new stamp from Unity.  The sentiment is from Sparkle and Sprinkle and I used a do-craft embossing folder (an oldy but goody).  The colours, unicorn and friendship were some of the January options.  Please hop over and check out the reveal.  So many beautiful cards winging their way around the planet this month spreading love, one card at a time.  If you would like to join the fun the February sign up is open until the 6th.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Unicorn is joining the fun at

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Cereal Killer

Hello.  Welcome.  The first of the month and the blogosphere is bursting out all over with new challenges.  Over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity the challenge is Boys, Boys, Boys.  I heard you groan!!  But I'll tell you what, with the lovely men and boy stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda I am seriously finding my male side.  I went all kraft and brown and blokey.

Don't you just love those Carmen's Veranda sentiments.  They just crack me up.  Do hop over and check them out, but I advise not to drink coffee whilst reading.  It just gets so messy!!  I paired my sentiment with this wonderful new image from Lost Coast Designs - American Gothic Steampunk.  For today's project he left his female companion at home.  I also used Lost Coast Designs Drips and Grunge Border 3" for the background stamping.  I actually used an empty cereal box for my kraft card for the panel and my fussy cut bloke and then mounted my panel on a kraft card base. 

You can join the fun and link up your stamped makes featuring a boy and/or man image for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.  See you there.  Hugz

My bloke is joining the fun at
Scrappiness Utfordring 1 - Noe Gammelt og Noe Nytt recycled cereal box, new stamp
Scrappegarasjen Utfordring 41 - Kraft Kartong
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Double D Challenge - Kitchen is the Heart of the Home he's ready to baste the turkey
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Anything Goes

The Cat Has a Plan

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, February!!!  Whizzz, whizzzz.  New month, new challenges.  Over at Rubber Dance we have combined the colour and theme challenges into a month long inspiration filled party.  Do hop over and check out the inspiration from the team and join your stamped makes for a chance to win loverly Rubber Dance stamps.  But first....  The Cat!!!!

I went with the challenge colours, orange, turquoise and lime green.  I stamped Curious Cat on a die cut panel and embossed him.  Then I masked and stamped and embossed La Mappa with lime green ink and clear embossing powder.  This acted as a resist when I gave the map a water colour wash of orange brushos.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Adore Me on vellum, tore the edges and fussy cut the cat's ears so I could tuck the vellum behind them. 

Hop over and check out the other makes from the team.  You can use the challenge colours and/or the theme, hearts, and join the fun.  See you there.  Hugz

Don't forget if you want to buy Rubber Dance stamps you can use my code GTFreeShip to get free worldwide shipping on an order over €15.

Curious Cat is joining the fun at