Thursday, 18 September 2014

Autumn birthday card

Hiya! I'm back to share a card I made last night and I'm so happy with it - pretty rare these days ;-) I really wanted to make an autumn theme card but am on a serious stash spending freeze so I got creative. I stamped this plaid background using this weeks Paper Players colour scheme and it was really fun! Plus it gave me a chance to bust out my gorgeous new Blackberry Bliss card & ink! I stamped the fox in Cajun Craze ink, which I also used to water colour the image. Then I stamped and cut apart the branch image to add as the two strips behind the image on this weeks Freshly Made sketch. This also works for the current Lawn Fawn challenge of Critters. Thanks for stopping by :-)

Inks - Stampin' Up 'Cajun Craze', 'Always Artichoke', 'Blackberry Bliss' & 'Baked Brown Sugar'
Stamps - Lawn Fawn 'Into the Woods'' Mama Elephant 'Basic borders' & Waltzing Mouse 'Off Beat backgrounds'
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink 'Framed Out #6'
Dies - Nestabilities 'Squares'

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Water colour Roses

Morning! I hope you're having a lovely Sunday! Before I get on to my card today, I wanted to let you know about a Festive Giveaway over on the Buttons for Brains Facebook page. All you need to do is like us and share the giveaway by weds 17th sept to be in with a chance to win these goodies! Good luck!

Now onto my card. I'm sure you've all seen Dawn from WPlus9's water colouring videos - if not, why not?! They're amazing! :-) This one especially got my attention so I gave it a go, although I feel a bit mean as I tried the technique with some Papertrey stamps - oops! It gave me a chance to use my very old and very neglected Whisper pens. Not sure they're even sold anymore but they're all I used before Copics came along. They're all still working though so a good investment in my book. It's not a patch on Dawns Peonies but I feel pretty pleased with how it turned out so I think I'll try it with other stamps, colours etc. The challenges I'm entering this into are CASology Three and Just Us Girls Water Colour. I hope you like it, thanks for looking!

Image - Papertrey Ink 'Sweet Life'
Sentiment - Simon Says Stamp 'Summer Garden'
Colouring - Whisper brush pens
Other - purple vellum & Tim Holtz water colour paper

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

First Birthday card

Hey! Super quick post to share this little card I made for my friends son George's 1st birthday whose party we went to at the weekend (Elsie's first party - so cute!) It's for Less is More's Nautical theme and The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe, I've used the left column; Birthday, Yellow & Patterned Paper. Thanks for stopping by :-)

Stamps - 'G' MFT 'Let's Toast' & boat unknown
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink 'Wishes Come True'
Papers - Simple Stories & Doodlebug scraps
Dies - Lil' Inker 'Stitched Squares' & Simon Says 'Holiday Shapes'
Other - Copics

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Hello! I hope you're having a good week so far! I'm back to share this card I've made for this weeks Addicted to CAS challenge of Luxury. I immediately thought of black, gold, pearls & diamonds, then as I was making it, this little champagne glass popped up too, what could be more luxurious? Time to drink it in my case! Haha! ;-) I've followed this weeks CAS(E) this sketch and CAS on Sundays colour theme of Black and White plus another colour, mine is gold. Thanks for looking, I hope you like it!

Paper - Basic Grey 'Little Black Dress'
Dies - Lil' Inker 'Stitched Squares', MFT 'Celebratory Greetings' & 'Let's Toast'
Other - gold glitter embossing powder, gems & pearls

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Thinking of You card

Hello! I'm back with a card I made yesterday for my lovely Auntie, her best friend sadly passed away :-( I wanted to make a card to say I was thinking of her. I struggle to make cards when there's a reason like this so I've used a few challenges for inspiration. She likes greens and natural type themes so that gave me a starting point. Then I've used this weeks Card Concept challenge photo and also The Paper Players sketch. I stamped the image twice, once in the lighter green and then again with a darker one but wiping off the edges before stamping to give the centre some depth. I hope you like it, thanks for visiting.

Stamp - Hero Arts 'Small Solid Flower'
Sentiment - WPlus9 'Fresh Cut Florals'
Cardstock - Stampin' Up 'Lucky Limeade'
Ink - Stampin' Up 'Lucky Limeade' & 'Always Artichoke'
Other - wood veneer heart & jute twine

Monday, 25 August 2014

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Hi again! What a drizzly bank holiday we're having! Hopefully this card brightens you up a bit. It definitely makes me happy; pink, gold, polka dots, glitter, ooooh! ;-) It's inspired by this months Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

I've had this gold glitter embossing paste for a little while so when I saw the photo, I embossed a panel with a polka dot stencil and left it to dry. Then this morning I made it up into this card. I think I'll do that more, I get put off using pastes because of the drying time. It looks kind of gaudy in the photos but its lovely in real life :-)
I'm also entering this into the current Seize the Birthday anything goes challenge, this weeks CASe this Sketch and AAA Cards challenge of stencils. This is also using techniques from the Stencilled Online Card Class (see, told you it would take me ages!! Haha!) Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Stencil - That Special Touch 'Large Polka Dots' 
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink 'Keep it Simple: Birthday'
Card stock - Stampin' Up 'Melon Mambo'
Ink - Stampin' Up 'Melon Mambo'
Other - Vellum, clear embossing powder & Imagination Crafts Sparkle Paste 'Gold Shine'

Sunday, 24 August 2014

PTI SAF: Time after Time

Morning! Elsie has had a really long nap this morning which was nice of her as it's given me time to make this card! I always try and enter at least one of the Stamp-a-faire challenges but I was busy all day yesterday. I checked them this morning and immediately wanted to join in with the Time after Time challenge, to take an on older card you've made and redo it in today's style. I had a little look back and this monstrosity jumped out at me.

To be fair, I hated it at the time and I think it's long been recycled so it's time it had a reprieve. So here it is! I've used the same stamps and colour scheme as before although with nicer inks, ditched the one layer style (I find it so stressful! Haha!) but kept the sentiment of the card and also the same die to make the frame. This time I popped up the panel, gave the background a tone on tone pattern and die cut out all the flowers. Ahhh, I feel much happier about it :-) Have a lovely day!

Sentiment - Papertrey Ink 'Think Big Favourites #5'
Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Rosie Posie' & 'Rosie Posie Step 2' & MFT 'Striped Background' 
Cardstock - Stampin' Up 'Pear Pizzazz'
Ink - Stampin' Up 'Pear Pizzazz', 'Old Olive', 'Regal Rose', 'Pretty in Pink', 'Wisteria Wonder' & 'Perfect Plum'
Dies - Papertrey Ink 'Rosie Posie' & Nestabilities 'Labels 8'

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Cats and Coffee!

Hiya! Happy weekend! I'm back with a card that I don't really like but I've been shuffling the bits around on my desk all week and was getting sick of the sight of them so I followed the Less is More sketch and stuck it all down! Haha! I wanted to stamp a sentiment but the gold embossing powder seemed so dull next to the mirror card so I used some little pearls. I'm not sure where this die is from, it came ready cut with a Dies to Die for order. I did a quick search but didn't want to spend too long Googling 'cat dies'! :-/
The colour scheme is inspired by this weeks CASology cue card of Java, lots of rich coffee colours came into my head and this paper reminds me of the patterns the coffee shops swirl into the foam. I'm  adding it into this weeks Papertake challenge of die cuts too. Thanks for looking, have a lovely day!

Die - not sure
Card stock - Stampin' Up 'Early Espresso'
Paper - Basic Grey 'Bittersweet'
Other - gold mirror card and gold mini pearls