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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Birthday blast

DO you remember those children's toy jack-in-the-boxes?   That's what this reminds me of.  It's a party in a box.

I love smooshing distress inks and used that technique to make a background - such a blast of colour (in real life it is brighter than the pic).
Click for a closer look.

Image stamp: Inkadinkado
Sentiment stamp: Inkadinkado
Coloured with Copics
Sequins, silver Sharpie, Kindyglitz, GlossyAccents



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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Special Day


I also quilt and as any quilter will know, the day a quilt gets finished is a day for celebration.
I love this idea of embossing after piecing the design which makes it look like quilted fabric.

Die: Die-namics
Tag: own cut
Sentiment stamp: unknown
Twine, button, star

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Doily Sympathy

I always like sympathy cards to feel warm and more relaxed than formal, but I didn't want fussy either.
I deliberately turned the flower background around and off set slightly to look a bit arty and show off the colour.

Doily die: Marianne
Label die: Spellbinders
Stamp: Verve
Sentiment stamp:

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Pink is relaxing

Some people find pink relaxing; whether that's so or not, most people find a friendly cuppa relaxing, especially when it comes with cute little cupcakes.


Image: All Dressed Up
Coloured with copics
Die: Spellbinders
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Sequins, ribbon, edges inked.
Cupcake paper: unknown

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Ouchy finger man

For our friend Graeme, who had a wee mishap and ended up with lots of stitches as a result of putting his finger in places it shouldn't be!


Man stamp: Oxford Impressions
Finger stamp:  unknown
Sentiment stamp: Happy Little Stampers
Brad, gauze bandage














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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Somebunny celebrates you

Fathers Day is the theme at Come And Get It - have a look at the design team's work, and join with us:
cagichallenge

Thanks to Sponsor Time For Tea who provided this very cute image - get it here:
some-bunny-loves-you

The image bunny holds a flower, but I swapped it up and thought this daddy bunny looked very DIY with his spanner in his hand fixing his burrow. 

I made the background using Distress Oxide inks.    The image is printed onto patterned paper and paper pieced;  I coloured his patches with Copics.   The nose is added along with googly eyes.

Image: Time For Tea (somebunny)
Spanner die: Dienamics
Background die: Ultimate Crafts
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's
Also: Oxide Distress inks, googly eyes

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Birthday Relax

A nice relax in the deckchair while the party goes on for this easel card.   If you've never made one they are easier than they look, give it a go, there are plenty of tutorials available.

For the Crafters Café challenge this time the theme is EASEL CARDS:  crafterscafeblogchallenge

Our sponsor is Polkadoodles, have a look at what's on offer:  polkadoodles - winnie-starfish-sandcastles-relaxing-sunlounger


Image: Polkadoodles
Coloured with Copics
Oval dies: Spellbinders
Wave edge die: Spellbinders
Large scallop edge: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts (a clear stamp curved)
From stash: brad, flowers, ribbon, Kindyglitz, pearls



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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Champagne Sparkles

That's a statement, not a question. I love champagne (the drink).

(The card) I love the blue sparkle and the silver metallic.  I deliberately kept it simple and because it's for my card stash I wanted it to be suitable for various occasions.  Maybe an anniversary, an engagement, birthday or ...

EF: Spellbinders
Die panel: Spellbinders
Glasses Die: Creative Dies
Word die: Poppy (negative cut)
Silver Cord

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Birthday tag

AS you know I love to work with sketches, especially simple ones like this because they leave lots of scope for creation.
Sadly, this is the last Mojo challenge.  More than once I have got my mojo back when in a blank space with inspiration from here.  Thanks Julee and the team.



I raised the tag with 3d foam so it stood out from the background.  The dark colour is actually a chocolate brown.

Zigzag die: Couture Creations
Tag die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Papers: Kaisercraft
Ribbon, vellum

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Hydrangea

I used the triple stamp technique.  I decided to leave it uncoloured as it is such a stunning image by itself and this technique frames it beautifully.  It is one of my favourite stamps - sometimes I colour it, sometimes I don't. 


Stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Ribbon, pearls

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Birthday 90

This is for my uncle who is turning 90 this week.  I used the vintage look because he is the family historian, and chose the 3 gentlemen because he is the oldest of three brothers.
The gold letter diecuts are stacked with black to create height and make a shadow.  I like the diagonal look the corners create.

Stamp: Tim Holtz/S Anonymous
EF: Cuttlebug
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Corner die: unbranded
Name die: Spellbinders
Number die: Sizzix
Also: washi tape, charm

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Silver Star Graduate

Cards for men seem to be more difficult than other kinds of cards, so I decided to keep it simple and use masculine materials - leather and metal.

The black card is a leather look texture, and there are two kinds of silver - mirror and brushed.  The star is a negative cut to act as a frame.  I like the dash of red too.



Word die: Tim Holtz
Star die: Sizzix
Hat & Diploma:












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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Birthday Clown

This is such a simple image but it is full of happy!
I needed a boy card and thought this would do the trick (pun intended) ... and besides, I never met a girl who like to juggle.

It's "Anything Goes" at Come And Get It this time, so have a look at the Design Team's creative work and join us:  cagichallenge

The always fabulous Bugaboo is our sponsor and I used:  bugaboostamps - clown-around-juggle

Image: Bugaboo
Coloured with Copics
Die flag: unbranded
Stamp sentiment: Connoisseur
Twine, Kindyglitz













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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Butterfly Framed

I let the patterned paper dictate the colour scheme, and picked out a lovely iridescent engraved-looking paper for the butterfly - I reckon it looks like the texture on butterfly wings when you see them under a microscope.  The sentiment is silver embossed.  I cut up the corner flourish diecut to make a diagonal 'flight path'.













Butterfly die: BoBunny
Frame Dies: Couture Creations
Flourish die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: HeroArts
Papers from stash

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Kitty model

Another great week at the Crafters Café; the theme is Anything Goes/Transport.  I'm sure you have some ideas already, check out the design team's work here: crafterscafe

Our sponsor is Sheepski; and the image I used is : kitty-mannequin-model


I wanted it to look a bit vintage so I printed the image, then printed again onto patterned paper for her dress (paper pieced).   I printed again onto scrap paper and cut it out to use as a mask so I could stamp the car, then sponge it with Distress Inks.  When finished it reminded me of those car ads in the 70's/80's where models lounged against the cars to show them off.


Image: Sheepski Kitty-Mannequin-Model
Coloured with Copics
Car stamp: Anita's
Flower stamp: Wibra
Flag die: China
Lime cord, gems, Kindyglitz

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