Sunday, 29 May 2016


It's weeks since I managed to find time to play along with my favourite challenge but I managed to squeeze in a quick take on their sketch this week.

I used the adorable new stamp set from Avery Elle called Konichiwa which I just love as you can change up the geisha with all her facial options.  I used the tiny flower in the set to change her kimono too - using a post-it to stamp some over the edges of the fabric to make it look more realistic.  I stamped the cherry blossom onto the pink card which forms the basis of the sketch and shaded with a white pencil.  Adding my sentiment onto a strip of blue to tie in the blue flowers on the kimono which have a glitter finish with a wink of stella brush pen which really doesn't show up in photos!

Thanks for stopping by - actually I should say Arigato!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Playing with Geometry

I totally missed the last couple of challenges at LIM so was determined to play this week.  The challenge is a one layer card featuring a geometric pattern.  

I decided to create my pattern by hand just by scoring some diagonal lines on my scoring board.

After scoring the lines I simply stamped a sentiment and some flowers in gold ink using the Happy Wishes stamp from Wplus9.  I added some liquid pearl dots in chocolate to the flower centers to finish.  Simples.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Outside your window

I had a bit of a journey for my entry into the Less is More challenge this week - it's about the view from your window.   The view from my window is not great so I wasn't inspired to play, but then we watched the documentary about Heston's space food and I thought, hey Tim Peak has the best view from his window so I'm borrowing his!

I decided I wanted to include the space station, and going back to windows, I thought one of the dies from Mama Elephant's Window Watching kinda looked like the solar panels - so I cut them in silver and added a strip and a circle and it's almost believable!

The sentiment, moon and alien space ship all come from one of my all time favourite sets 'Out Of This World' from the now defunct There She Goes.  I embossed the moon using white pearl from Hero Arts that got a translucent feel on the black and added some white ink with my finger and some depth using a white pencil.   The alien space ship was coloured with copics and pencils and fussy cut.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Making a Statement Sentiment

I've had lots of fun this morning with teeny-weeny-tiny stamps and used them to make a big bold statement sentiment for this week's Less is More Challenge.

Firstly I cut the word hello from some scrap thin card (I think the dies are an old memory box set but I can't remember) and temporarily adhered it to my base card.   Then I went to town with 5 of the tiny stamps from the Bountiful Blessings set from Mama Elephant (2 leaves, 2 flowers and a heart) with 5 shades of ink, stamping them through the stencilled word.   The trick to this technique is to ensure you overlap the edges in as many places as you can so your eye will then fill in the gaps to create the outline to the word.   To give it a more 3D effect, I used two shades of grey pencil to create a soft shadow on one side of the letters.   I framed the word using the same two pencils to create a shaded line at the top and bottom of the card.

Hope you like it.   Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Citrus Birds

I've managed a few minutes to play along with this week's LIM challenge today so I give you a pair of citrus birds!

I stamped the two birds from MFT's Tweet Friends into an embossed stitched circle on a one layer card and coloured them with zig colour brush pens in lemons and limes with a hint of oranges to cover all the citrus shades.   I hand drew the wire for them to stand on and the notes they are tweeting to each other.  Sentiment is from the same set.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Farewell to Waltzingmouse Stamps

Deborah Frings and I have opened the old Waltzingmouse Fanatics blog to do a final farewell hop for Claire following her heartbreaking decision to close her fabulous store.   Waltzingmouse were the first stamps I bought online and it was love at first purchase and I've been #foreverawaltzingmousefanatic since that very fist purchase.

So here is my celebration of all things Waltzingmouse - this could have been a very long post as I had so many options to choose from but I've been brutal in the edit!

This is one of my favourite cards - I used the snowflake die in the background for embossed texture and then did a paper- and wood-pieced robin to go on top.   He does give me the Warm Fuzzies like all Claire's stamps do!

One area in which I think Claire always excelled where other stamp companies often fail (or at best ignore!) is in masculine themed products.   Her products were always so easy to make cards for guys with which is an area I know many of us struggle with.  This is one of my favourites.

I was totally THRILLED to be on the Waltzingmouse blog as part of their "friendly feature" back in 2013   Here is the doll inside the doll card I made for it.

I was also lucky enough to be pubished in Paper Crafts magazine in the same year with MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE Waltzingmouse stamp set - that cowboy set just makes me happy everytime I see it!

I couldn't resist making a little something new with my Waltzingmouse supplies - this one is just for you Claire -  I will miss you!

I used Camellia plus Compact Sentiments Part 2 - Claire always had the perfect sentiment for every occassion!  Simply stamped and embossed and watercoloured (roughly!) with Gansai Tambei paints.

Do join in the hop and share your love of the mouse!


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Happy 5th Birthday Less is More!

I'm really thrilled to have been asked to join in with the birthday celebrations at Less is More today - the challenge is 5 years old!   Can you believe it?  Time sure does fly when you're crafting every Saturday morning!    Checking the challenge is the first thing I do every Saturday.......    Thanks so much for inviting me to play along ladies.

So, the challenge today is White on White with a hint of black, gold or silver.   I love the cleanness of a white on white card and knew as soon as they gave me the challenge details that I wanted to play with the lovely new layering die from Concord and 9th, they really do have some of the most interesting dies on the market.   This one is Layers of Love and it would be just perfect for wedding invites!

I started with a square base card and trimmed 2 squares of 300gsm white card just slightly smaller than the base card.  I die cut the two different hearts from the centres - one on each card to get the layers which were simply stuck to the base card with foam tape.

My hint of gold comes from a gold foiled word die (Wplus9 Flower Doodles) foiled using stick-it adhesive and therefore no need of a laminator!   To match the gold I added some tiny gold gems into the holes in the floral layer.

As usual - white cards are a pig to photograph - it does look much more beautiful irl!

Hope you're inspired to join in the fun - there are even prizes up for grabs so what are you waiting for?!?!?

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