Sunday, 18 March 2018

Dr. Frankenstein's Hawaiian Adventure

Hello.  Welcome.  Today I am sharing one of Dr Frankenstein's lesser known creations over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

Did you know Dr Frankenstein loved Hawaii?  And pineapples!!  Very partial to pineapples.  If you want to know how I created my Frankenpineapple just hop over to the Portal.  We are all about the words this fortnight with our Say What???  challenge.  Join up your projects with wordy quotes and funny sentiments for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.

Frankenpineapple is joining the fun at
Dream in Darkness Challenge - Anything But Cute
Colouring in Scrapland  I used distress inks and promarkers

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Dog Says.....

Hello.  Welcome.  A new challenge starting over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and it's Say What??  We want to see those punny sayings and wise quotes.  Words, words, words, the more the better.  Here's a little postcard inspiration from me to get you started.....

I used Lost Coast Designs Drake Dog and the fun saying is from Carmen's Veranda.  If you haven't checked out all the Carmen's Veranda sayings you really should.  This one is called Be Crazy Be Stupid.  I have used prima fluid chalk and Memory Box shine stencil in the background.  Drake Dog was stamped, embossed and fussy cut and coloured with Promakers.  Do hop over to the blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the team and join up your wordy wonder for a chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.  See you there!! 

Penguin Dreaming

Hello.  Welcome.  Middle of the month and I thought we could take a trip to middle earth where penguins dream, carving their stories into the walls of special underwater caves, and teaching their little penguins all about it.  Are you with me??  OK, here we go...

Squeeeeee!!  Penguin school!  Inspired by Playful Penguins and Rock Carving stamps from Rubber Dance and their colours this month that are lavender, black and grey.

I started with Colourcraft Aztec paints.  I used a mix of blue, pink and purple.  These babies glimmer and shimmer.

I put a big blob in the middle of a piece of glossy paper and used my finger to spread them around.  This was messy!  And a lot of fun!!  But there was still a lot of paint so I got another sheet of glossy paper, pressed it into the paint and pulled it off.  Still too much paint so I took another print.  So now I have three sheets of paper.  I picked the one I liked best.

I cut around the edge of my paint blob and then used Rubber Dance Rock Carvings, Versamark ink and metallic red Zing embossing powder, which I thought gave that authentic ocher look.  I adjusted the little man stamp by cutting a mask which included a beak.  To make my flock of penguins I stamped and embossed the little man, used an embossing pen to add a beak, embossed it, masked and repeated.  A flock of penguins!!!  They seem to be having a chat with other cave denizens!  I used black brilliance ink around the edge of the 'cave' to add a shadow.  

OK, background.  30 x 30cm Bazzill Blackberry paper, Fossilised Amber distress oxide and Memory Box Shine stencil.  

Foreground.  I stamped the ice flow stamps from Rubber Dance Playful Penguins and fussy cut the tops.  Then I masked the ice floes, rubbed purple, violet and sea green brusho's into the paper and spritzed with water.  

I put it all together and added some Playful Penguins.  I adjusted the angle of their heads and coloured them with Promarkers and distress inks.  So, there you have Penguin Dreaming.  Or maybe just mine........

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

My penguins are joining the fun at

Friday, 9 March 2018

Unicorn Sunset

Hello.  Welcome.  I won this Visible Image set from Ink Art Designs and this is it's first outing with me.  When I get a new product I like to start simply, so maybe someone has done this before, but this ones mine!!!

I used a hammered card base, stamped the unicorn and the sentiment from Visible Image's Believe In Unicorns and embossed with black powder.  Then I stamped the moon with Fossilised Amber DO.  It did not wipe nicely off the embossed area!!  I ended up re-embossing the unicorns head to get it glossy again.  I sprinkled red brusho powder and used my finger to rub the dry powder into the background.  Then I spritzed with water.  Wish I had taken a before and after photo cos that explosion of colour was pretty glorious!!

 Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Visible Image Show and Tell
Ink Art Designs Challenge
Penny Black and More Challenge - Feature a Creature
Time Out Challenges #104 - Bold
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 324/325 - Anything Goes
Ellibelles Crafty Wednesday Challlenge - All Creatures Great and Small
As You Like It Challenge - Single or Multiple Layers  single, cos I'm a lover of simplicity

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Rainbow of Happy Mail

Hello.  Welcome.  I made a postcard featuring happy mail!!!


I cut Poppystamps Mail Stack die, made it a rainbow of colour using Promarkers and pieced it back into the postcard.  It started white, but it looked too stark so I gave it a wash of DI Spiced Marmalade and splashed some water on it.  I stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations, splitting it between the envelope and the bottom of the card, and stamped, coloured and fussy cut Mini Bunny Tilda stamp.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Sly Fox Goes Bold

Hello.  Welcome.

I started with a piece of 6 x 4 white card.  I used a slightly smaller black panel and cut the aperture using Poppy Stamps House in the Woods die and removed the house.  I used Memory Box Gentle Stitched Landscape dies with a scrap of card to make the snowy foreground.  Then I paper pieced Poppy Stamps Sly Fox using scraps of blue card and added a couple of googly eyes.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Say it With Words

Hello.  Welcome.  Mixing my media with an Angie girl, spring and some pretty colours.

The girl and sentiment are both from Unity Stamps Twinkle set.  I stamped the sentiment with colourbox blue dye ink and the girl with Watering Can archival ink.  I coloured the girl with distress inks giving her top more colour at the top that the bottom for an ombre look.  The ground is a bit ombre as well.  I masked her and added a bit of background detail with distress oxide fossilised amber through Memory Box shine stencil.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge 132 - One For The Girls
The Mixed Media Monthly March Challenge
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Stencils and Masks
AAA Cards Game 110 - Ombre
Angela's Colour Challenge


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Little Angel

Hello.  Welcome.  I have made a CAS birthday card for a friend who likes angels.  

This cutie is from Carmen's Veranda and is called Quilted Wing Angel.  I simply stamped, embossed and fussy cut and added some colour with a gold pilot marker.  The sentiment was cut from gold mirror card using Stamploration dies.

Don't forget it's Anything Goes at the
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Uniko Studio 6th Birthday Linky Party
Less is More Challenge 366 - Monochrome
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Ahoy There!

Hello.  Welcome.   I love the Card Chain Challenge.  Make a card, send a card, get a card. Cardmakers obviously love making cards and we all love happy mail, so this is a perfect combination.  And every month we reveal all the cards that have whizzed their way around the planet.  Here's the card I sent to Nathalie in Canada for the February exchange.

I used the sketch, had a bash at the colours and used the options of torn edges, dogs and friendship.  Well, they look like great friends!  I used a kraft base and added a layer of handmade paper that I ripped.  The stamp is from High Hopes and is called Andy and Patch, coloured with Promarkers.  I added some gold swirly wire that was hanging around on my desk and used a sentiment stamp that came in a magazine and some purple ink.

Do hop over and check out the full reveal and if you would like to join the fun the March Sign Up is open until March 7th.  See you there.  Hugz  

Andy and Patch are joining the fun at

Friday, 2 March 2018

Cousin Bernard

Hello.  Welcome.  New challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and its Anything Goes.  
The cat said 'let's make the wine go' so it did.......

Lost Coast Designs are selling a selection of Katzelkraft cat and dog stamps and this is one of them.  The sentiment is a Carmen's Veranda clear stamp, Bottom of Wine Bottle.
Hop over to the blog for more details and the Anything Goes linky.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Sun, Moon and Stars

Hello.  Welcome.  Wow, March.  Coming in like a very fluffy polar bear!!  It's warmed up a bit today to a toasty -7°C!  That's 19F to my American friends.  But the sky is blue and the sun is shining and I hope spring will spring soon.  Undoubtedly there are new challenges all over the blogosphere, but I am starting the month with Rubber Dance.  I made a very whimsical happy new house card.

I have a friend who has just moved, so I thought this would be a nice card for them, and I used the challenge theme of circles and the very very yummy colours of Lavender, Grey and Black.  Check out the inspiration photo......

Squueeeeee!!  Too cute.  

 I started with a black card base and the linked circle stamp from Rubber Dance Round in Circles set.  I stamped, stamped, stamped and embossed with black powder for a tone on tone effect.  Then I hit the scraps box.

A scrap of grey pearlised card, a piece of purple that had previously been stamped and embossed with Rubber Dance Milky Way stamp and a scrap of white.  I stamped the tree and fence from Rubber Dance Whimsical Summer on their respective scraps and fussy cut.  I gave the fence a wash of Tea Dye distress, mainly so I could see where to fussy cut LOL.  The white on white wasn't such a good contrast as the black on black.  I used the two coffee stain stamps from Round in Circles with masks to make my boulder-like foreground, fussy cutting the top edge.

I stamped, embossed and coloured the house and found a scrap of gold mirror card and stamped the moon and sun.  These are also from the Whimsical Summer set.  I couldn't decide!!  The dark background looks like night, so use the moon.  But I wanted to wish my friend sunshine, so use the sun.  I solved the dilemma by giving her the sun, moon and star!   But the garden is still looking a bit inhospitable!!!!

Ahh, flowery hill from Whimsical Summer to the rescue.  Stamped on a scrap of old packaging.  I used my white gel pen and gold pilot marker to colour the flowers.  
Happy New House!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope to see you in the Rubber Dance challenge linky.  It's going to be a stunning gallery this month!  Don't forget to hop over and check out the rest of the inspiration from the team and if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTFreeShip when you spend over €15!  Hugz

My jolly little garden will be joining the fun at