Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Colour of Brains

Hello.  Welcome.  The new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Background Stamping.  Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda have some amazing, beautiful and very reasonably priced background stamps so this is a no brainer.  


I used the gorgeous Lost Coast Designs Pondscum background with Carmen's Veranda Oz Scarecrow and Tidy Minds sentiment.  

Hop over to the blog for more details and link up your stamped background makes for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Scarecrow is joining the fun at

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Bunny Wallpaper - Bunny Hop Post 4

Hello.  Welcome.  The bunnies and me is hopping to celebrate me getting older and some very generous companies have agreed to sponsor me.   Ain't that just fabtatstic??


Today I made a card using dies from Poppystamps

Poppystamps is based in Seattle producing a line of rubber stamps and craft dies from the creative people at Memory Box!  They have very generously agreed to sponsor my bunny hop by sending one happy hopper their Cupcake Party stamps and the brand new Easter Bunny Egg die.  How cool is that!!  Thanks so much Poppystamps.


Here's my bunny card I made using dies from Poppystamps


Now, this wasn't exactly how I pictured this card but there was a bit of a logistical mistake by the woman in charge of shopping!!  I imagined little bunnies dancing with fairies, but little bunnies and large fairy........  So I decided to cut lots of Poppystamps Leaping Little Bunnies and lots of stitched circles from jade dotty Bazzill and combined them to make my background.  I cut Poppystamps Button Oval Contour and stamped it with Pine Needle distress and some bubble wrap and added the Rubber Dance sentiment.  I cut Poppystamps Pearched Fairy once from white card and twice from black.  I layered the fairies to give the shadow effect and stamped her with the green ink and Crafty Individuals stamp.  I added the wing and also some Bunny Ears!! So cute!!!!  Love those bunny ears dies.  And those cute little bunnies.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to link up your bunny themed makes for a chance to win some prizes from my sponsors, and also a few things from me.  Stay tuned for more bunnies and more surprizes.  Hugz

Monday, 16 April 2018

Hare Today - Bunny Hop Post 3

Hello.  Welcome.  My birthday Bunny Hop is in full swing.  




Well, me and the bunnies is swinging.  Hope you fancy joining the fun.  Actually, I got two new bunnies today.  Real ones!! 

This is Bod.  His brother Fred, who didn't want to sit still and be photographed, looks pretty much the same.  

Tonight I want to share a card using a lovely stamp by Crafty Individuals who are one of my amazing sponsors.



Crafty Individuals is based in the North East of England and is co-owned by artist and designer Jean Hardy and professional photographer Malcolm Noble.  They primarily design and make rubber stamps for the craft industry and also stock a range of other arty and crafty products.   Jean and Malcolm have very generously supplied me with 4 stamps, two Crowned Bunnies and two Winning Hares.  I will be drawing two lucky winners who will each get these two lovely stamps.  


Here's a card I made using Winning Hares


I also used one of my most favourite sentiments from Crafty Individuals (CI-410).  I stamped and embossed the Hares and the sentiment with black powder on some patterned paper.  I stamped and embossed the hearts with red tinsel embossing powder, fussy cut them and added them to the card.  I stamped the little butterfly and coloured it with Promarkers.  The hares were coloured with Worn Jeans distress ink and I used Sizzix Deckle Edge dies to cut the panel and the card base. 

If you want a chance to win these gorgeous stamps, or any of the other prizes then you just need to make a card featuring a bunny, rabbit or hare and link it up to my Bunny Hop Linky 

Thanks for hopping by.  Hugz

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Let's Face It

Hello.  Welcome.  The 15th of the month and a reminder for the monthly challenge at Rubber Dance where you can use the colours and or the theme.  The theme this month is Altered Stuff so I decided to do a little upcycling.


Bwahahahahaaa.  I used Rubber Dance Carved Whimsy Wood stamps and loads of gold embossing powder to make this mask.


I started with this paper egg.  Here in Scandanavia easter eggs are made of card and then you fill them with sweeties.  I do miss the chocolate eggs we have in the UK!!!  That seems like such a more sensible solution!  Chocolate egg filled with chocolates!!  Eat the egg and the chocolates!!!!  I seem to have accumulated a number of these paper eggs, and after a discussion of their basic uselessness and waste of the planets resources (cos most people just throw them away!), and my need to alter something, my friend Elin said why don't you make a mask!  She is my muse!!!  Great idea........


So I painted it with a layer of gesso and glued a couple of layers of pieces of ripped tissue paper on it.  Then I found this green spritzed paper.  Recognise that Bibi??  This is a piece of paper Bibi had gift wrapped some of my stamps in when she sent them.  Never throw anything away me!!   Since it's spring and I had had a green man in mind for my mask this was perfect.  So I glued that on as well.  


All the stamps I used are from the Carved Whimsy Wood set.  The eyelids are the top of a mushroom, as is the nose!! The lips and a lot of the face details are a little ferny stamp.  The cheeks are the small and large round trees and I also used the large branched tree for some of the hair.  The eyelids and lips were stamped and embossed with gold on tissue paper and coloured with green Promarker before being glued in place.  I did most of the stamping off block, cos of the multi-directional curves, and embossed with gold powder.  I did a bit at a time, working around and filling in any gaps afterwards.  The cheeks and nose didn't stamp so well, so I stamped and embossed on some black paper and stuck them down.  

I think it's an improvement over the original and it was a lot of fun to make.  


Do hop over to the blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the team. The Rubber Dance challenge runs until the end of the month. You can use the colours and/or alter something.  Don't forget if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip when you spend over €15!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Scrappelyst Grublis for April - Utfordre Deg Selv not my usual type of project, but great fun.   

Saturday, 14 April 2018

It's a Bonny Day - Bunny Hop Post 2

Hello.  Welcome.  The sun is shinning, the bunnies are hopping and Rubber Dance is one of the wonderful companies sponsoring my birthday Bunny Hop.   


Today I am featuring Rubber Dance's gorgeous Bonny Bunny stamp, which coincidentally is up for grabs!!  Here's a bit about Rubber Dance stamps

Rubber Dance is a Norwegian stamp company.  All the deeply etched red rubber stamps are lovingly handmade by the owner Bibi in her home based workshop and sold unmounted.  Bibi has generously provided Bonny Bunny which will go to one lucky blog reader who links up a card to my bunny card linky

Here's the card I made today featuring the gorgeous Bonny Bunny stamp


I stamped my textured base card with the linked stamp from Rubber Dance Round in Circles and embossed with white powder


I used various green brusho's on some glossy paper and cut out some large circles using a Sizzix die.  I stamped Bonny Bunny on white card, embossed with black powder and coloured with distress inks.  I die cut around the bunny and added all the circles to the base card


I stamped and embossed the words from Rubber Dance Affirmations set and cut the panels with Sizzix Deckle Edge die and added colour using green and orange Promarkers.  I popped the sentiment panels up on craft foam to add some dimension


Check out all the bunny inspiration and link up your bunny cards for a chance to win some fabulous candy.  Back soon with more bunnies, more sponsors and more details of the carats you can win.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Bonny Bunny is joining the fun at

Friday, 13 April 2018

Itchy Scratchy - Bunny Hop Post 1

Hello.  Welcome.  

Here's my first bunny inspiration for my birthday bunny hop!!


I am starting my bunny blitz with a cute little die cut number using a Fuzzy Lemon die from the Baby Toys set.  I die cut and did a bit of layering and hit the embossed bits with dark blue dye ink.  The tuft on his head is a negative cut from a different die and I added the round nose, to give a bit more dimension.  For the background I took some black card and used my craft knife to scratch the lines into it, exposing the white core.  The hoppy birthday is stamped and embossed with white powder from Rubber Dance Bonny Bunny set, but more about that tomorrow.........

OK, lets get this party rocking.  I have a little giveaway sponsored by me to share with you today.  I am giving this Fuzzy Lemon die to a lucky bunny hopper!



Check the main linky post for the rooles and to link your bunny cards for your chance to win crafty carats!!


My bunny is gonna hop along and join the fun at

Scrappelyst Grublis for April - Utfordre Deg Selv I decided to try making that pattern on the black card using a knife to expose the core.  I like the result, but it was quite time consuming, so I may or may not try it again.
Words 2 Craft By #52 - Promise of April April promises many birthday, but particulaly mine! and bunnies!!
Cupcake Inspirations #443 - Bunnies


It's a Bunny Hop!! Linky Post

Hello.  Welcome.  It's my birthday!!  Soon!!!!  I will be the big 50.  So I decided I wanted to celebrate in style.  The party is booked and I am hoping for CAKE!!  Actually, that's a certainty.  But I decided I also wanted to share and celebrate with my blogland friends so I have organised a Bunny Hop!


  And in the spirit of birthdays and the giving of gifts I have prizes!!  A big super thank you to my sponsors who have generously supplied some bunny themed goodies for me to give away.  I have also found a few bunny themed things to add to the pile of carats.

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My heartfelt thanks to the following amazing companies who have offered some of their wonderful bunny themed stamps and/or dies for me to give away to you!!


Rubber Dance is a Norwegian stamp company.  All the deeply etched red rubber stamps are lovingly handmade by the owner Bibi in her home based workshop and sold unmounted.  Rubber Dance have supplied this beautiful Bonny Bunny stamp set for me to give away.  Thanks Rubber Dance Stamps.


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Crafty Individuals is based in the North East of England and is co-owned by artist and designer Jean Hardy and professional photographer Malcolm Noble.  They primarily design and make rubber stamps for the craft industry and also stock a range of other arty and crafty products.  Crafty Individuals have supplied two pairs of long eared stamps for me to give to two lucky hoppers.  Thanks so much Crafty Individuals.  




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Poppy Stamps is based in Seattle producing a line of rubber stamps and craft dies from the creative people at Memory Box!  Poppystamps have generously offered to send one lucky person their Cupcake Party stamps and the brand new Easter Bunny Egg die.  How cool is that!!  Thanks so much Poppystamps.

 
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OK, so what you got to do to be in with a chance of winning some bunnies??  
Here's me rooles........
  • You must create a card with a bunny, rabbit or hare as the focus.  A tiny little bunny hiding in a corner don't count.  Bunny shaped cards welcome.  Your card must be new and not published anywhere online before the 12th April.
  • It's my birthday, but the cards don't need to be birthday themed.  As long as we can see the bunny/bunnies it's good.  
  • Your bunny can be stamped, paper pieced, die cut etc, but please no digi's. 
  • You can link up to three cards, as long as each one is different and in a separate blog post.  I would love you to include my badge in your post, or better yet put it in your sidebar.  Bunnies like company!!  Hoping to see lots and lots of bunnies.
  • You can join up to 5 challenges, including this one, with your card.  So max 5 links if you want to still be eligible for my prize draws.
  • If you would like to send me your bunny themed card by snail mail I will be hopping all over the place with joy, but it is not a requirement for winning prizes.
 I will be featuring my sponsors in blog posts over the next couple of weeks, along with some inspirational makes and also details of my own prizes so don't forget to check the Bunny Hop posts for more fun and maybe surprizes.....  My blog will undoubtedly be filled with bunnies, starting with my first post in a little later this evening......

Ready, Set, Hop...........




Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Egads it is

Hello.  Welcome.  The delightful Darnell thinks we should bring back Egads!!  I am agreeable to this.  Darnell also wants to see twofers involving Pets.  And our pets that inspire our pet creations.   Well, the cat is out for the evening, so I will have to add her at a later date.  But here's a catty twofer


Yes, it's my favourite cat from Rubber Dance stealing the show again and joining the fun at the Twofer Challenge #4

And The Cat is in the house........

Meet Puddy.  Too busy to pose nice for the camera!!


For the first card I embossed Curious Cat on a scrap of purple card, fussy cut and added some white gel pen highlights. Purple card base and a scrap of designer paper cut with a double stitch die.  The hearts are the reverse of the patterned paper.  I stamped and embossed the Rubber Dance sentiment onto vellum.  


Second card.  Black card base.  Curious Cat stamped, embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Wild Honey and Hickory Smoke distress inks.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on a piece of the same card and embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder.  Then I added some chevrons.


I made the chevrons by putting some double sided tape on a piece of card and adding gold foil.  Then I die cut it with Sizzix Chevron on the edge die.  Was worried my foil might stick to the die, but it cut beautifully.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip when you spend over €15! Hugz

Card one is also joining the fun at
Joy Clair April Challenge - Anything Goes

Card two is also joining the fun at
AAA Cards Game 112 - Favourite Technique  I fussy cut the cat, I love fussy cutting.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Goths Just Wanna Have Fun

Hello.  Welcome.  
What's black and white and blue all over???
A goth birthday card!!


Black base card and blue patterned paper cut with Sizzix Mixed Media Halloween spiderweb die and double stitched rectangle die.  The sentiments are from Rubber Dance, stamped and embossed with white powder.   I stamped 50's Lilith from Ticked Pink on white card and fussy cut.  

 Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Lilith is joining the fun at

Monday, 9 April 2018

For Her

Hello.   Welcome.  April is the month for birthdays in my family.  Lots and lots of birthdays.  Like christmas, when you need lots of cards, simple can be very good.


I used a white card base.  I stamped and embossed Unity girl on some mottled pink card and coloured her jumper and hair with Promarkers.  Then I die cut the happy birthday from the same white card using Stamploration dies.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
AAA Cards Game 112 - Favourite Technique  I fussy cut the girl, I love fussy cutting.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Bottle Blue

Hello.  Welcome.  I've gone all blue for the Autism Awareness blog hop.  


The Bot and sentiment are from Stamplorations Big Robot set stamped with blue dye ink.  The dark blue panel behind is my first attempt at foiling!!  I used Rubber Dance Marbalise stamp, Wow bonding powder and blue foil.  I quite like it.  I cut the foiled panel and the sentiment panel with Sizzix Deckle Edge dies.  The double stitch die is also by Stamplorations.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog
The Sketchy Challenges #140 - Favourite Colours I love blue
Stamplorations Focus on the Sentiments Challenge
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge