Thursday, 29 September 2016

Oceanic birthday wishes

Yippee Thursday has arrived and I can literally touch the weekend. Not sure why but I am bushed! My eyes are gradually getting smaller and smaller as this week has progressed, so on Saturday I am looking forward to a wonderful 'lie in' ... however we all know what will happen? Yep, I'll be up at the crack of dawn! Anyhow, did I mention that the weekend is nearly here?

I've been playing with my stamps and then using my dies to create different layers or embellishments. Thoroughly enjoyed myself as I could get inky, making a mess that way but could also cut lots of die cuts out and make even more mess with the paper offcuts ... ! Well here is what I made ...

I created the stamped background, using masks, to appear as if the sea elements are beside or resting on each other. All images have been water coloured with distress inks. I then stamped the sea horse in the centre and inking all the edges. As an added extra, I have used the different bubble stamps to add to the background.

Cutting the Bubbleicious frame from white card and then embossing it, gave me a perfect line to follow to cut out the centre portion. I randomly stamped the frame with the small bubble stamps and then placed it around the seahorse.

The sea weed was created by using the branch from the Cherry Blossom set and each has been coloured with distress inks. The sea weed was placed near each corner so that the sea horse took centre stage. To cover my gluing, I added another shell on top. I felt the card needed a sentiment, so sneaked one in the corner.

Did I say earlier that the weekend is nearly here? That's because I have sketched out 5 designs that I just NEED to make without interruptions. I think I am becoming a little impatient ... okay a lot impatient!

Thanks for popping over and I'm off to catch up with the family,

x x x

Products and links:

Craftaholics - birthday cards
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Colour throwdown
Deep Ocean Challenge - anything goes

Everything changes for Halloween!

You know when an idea just pops in to your head and you have to do it straight away? Well this was one of the occasions. So grabbing all my supplies, including my draft sketch, off I went in to my own crafty world ... and what is even more remarkable, is that it came out as I had envisaged. I was very 'shocked dot com' to say the least!

I have been using/playing/creating with the new dies from Polka Doodles  ...

Who would have thought that this frame could be turned in to something Halloween ...

Bubbleicious Frams and Fancies

I cut out the back panel from the 'Bubbleicious Frame' set in black card and used a white ink pad to make it look grubby and highlighted; this was then placed on to my backing paper. Either sides of the panel I have placed the gate/fence die cut (from Elegant Light & gate set), again highlighted with white ink and a cute banner added.

Next I cut 3 of the ovals from the 'Bubbleicious Frame & Fancies' set and inked the edges. I layered them to look, or appear, as if they are now a pumpkin. Using 3D foam, my pumpkin was stuck to the back panel.

Using the branch die from the 'Cherry Blossom' set, I cut 2 from kraft card. I inked the edges and added black glitter highlights. These were then placed on the top of the pumpkin to look like the vines/storks. To cover my gluing, I cut some flowers from black card using the flower from the 'Bubbleicious Frames' set. I added white highlights and glitter the flowers.The leaves were cut from Kraft card and are from the same die set.

I just love this sentiment and makes me giggle rather loudly. The amount of time I reminded my sons about the woes of too many sugary sweets ... not that they listened! Have to say both do have wonderful gnashers with no fillings at all.

Right gotta dash and practise my times tables songs/raps before unleashing my warbling on to the class today. Have a great day whatever you choose to do,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Creations - Halloween
Moo Mania - fall foliage
Sisterhood of Crafters - Happy Harvest
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas - vegtables
Retarte - Halloween

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

"Eat Me" notebook and holder

I was recently asked to make some projects for Papercraft Essentials  magazine using the wonderful Winnie Wonderland Collection from Polka Doodles. For one of my projects I made a tri-fold notebook and holder using 2 backing papers, 4 playing cards and Design Sheet 7. Here is what it looks like when completed ...

I created a 'wrap around folder' which is tied together with gold thread. I have used elements from the design sheet to decorate my front cover and of course Queen Winnie as the Red Queen takes centre stage.

As you open up the holder, you can see a photo frame on the right and a pocket on the left. Again the playing card is the focal point, along with several of the digi embellishments.

As you open the folder you can see all three sides. The left hand side has a pocket, the middle section holds a notebook and the right section has a selection of sticky notes ... (or post-its to you and I). I cut the sticky notes down to the size I wanted with a very sharp craft knife.

A closer look at the notebook with Queen Winnie(Red Queen digi image), again being in the 'limelight'. The back cover of the notebook slips in to the pocket, (on the middle section), keeping it in place. I even made the notebook!

This shows the outside of the notebook holder, (when open), clearly showing how the gold thread is kept in place/threaded using eyelets.

I have also filmed a video of the completed piece as was finding I didn't know when to stop with the photos ... hee, hee, hee! You can find it here: When I made this video I didn't have my tripod so it is a little shaky ... however will redo the video again and upload shortly. Loved making this project and have since made quite a few of these notebook holders and am squirrelling them away as emergency presents. I also made 2 other projects in the magazine and will blog these shortly.

Thank for popping by and each visit and comment are wonderful to receive. I'm off to catch up with my weekly wonder in blogland to see what you have all been up to.

Take care,

x x x

Products and links:

Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/use patterned paper
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - anything goes
PDE Link party - anything but a card

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Find your own paradise ...

Another new challenge over at The Pencil Case and I have decided to use the wonderful Tropical Flowers Flamingo clear stamp set from Polka Doodles to create my card. Autumn is fast approaching and love the rich colours of this season and this was my colour choice inspiration.

I created a frame using the stamps and a bit of masking and joined up the stamping, cutting both the inside and outside away to create a frame. Behind my frame I have layered acetate and a leaf die cut screen (from Tonic). I though this added to the tropical feel. In the top corner I have stamped and layered the flowers for added depth.

Do love that Flamingo and the lily stamp. Don't they work beautifully together?

Colours used:
Open flower: cream, Indian red, light carmine & hookers green
Lilies: canary yellow, gold ochre & light carmine
Shadow: silver grey & medium grey 
Flamingo: pink madder lake, medium flesh & rose madder lake
Palm leaves: emerald green, apple green & olive green
Lilies: Canary yellow, gold ochre, burnt carmine, light green & olive green

I even decorated the inside of my card to keep the tropical theme using the same colours/flowers.

Today I am busily moving my youngest son in to his Uni digs and feel it's going to be a long day! Let's say we were still packing at midnight .....! Catch up with everyone over the weekend as I intend to have a mega blogging session on Sunday.

x x x

Products & links:

Fantasy Stampers - Watch the birdie
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Colour Crazy - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration