Wednesday, 5 October 2011

sushi anyone?

Some bits I made for my neice before she left for Uni back in Sep last year. She's a huge sushi fan so crocheted some for her, just for fun :)

The egg one is her favourite so made her a mini one too :)
and then just decorated a plain notice board with some paint, felt flowers and lots of stamps

still crafting :)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


O.K My third and last post for tonight. Then I'll save the rest for tomorrow. This cute image ('Greeting Farm' stamp set) has been sitting on my desk for months waiting for me to turn into a card. It was coloured in (with Copics, what else?) and had the matching bits of pattened paper (Basic Grey) but for some reason it just sat there until I finally had enough and just bit the bullet and whipped this up.

So nothing fancy, just used some fab dies (heart doily is Cheery Lynns, flowers and leaf flourish is MFT dienamics range) and some chocolate pearl half gems with a bit of ribbon - job done.

and that, is all I have for today.


See, told ya I'd be back soon.  This time with a bit of crochet.  Wanted to crochet a Minion (after watching Despicable Me) so googled and found this fab free pattern on Wolfdreamer's blog (don't you just love the internet?!).   So, thank you Wolfdreamer!  I tweaked the pattern slightly and made mine short and squat and also used felt for his mouth and love the finished result :D  In real life he only stands about 4" tall and currently resides on my hubby's desk!

I also managed to finish knitting my first scarf for hubby but have yet to take a photo of that.  Will try and get round to doing that sometime and maybe get him to model it for me LOL.  I do have another fun crochet project I finished for my niece which I will post maybe tomorrow and I am currently attempting to crochet a cardigan, so will let you know how I get on with that.

Something different and back to basics

Hello there.  Again, long time no speak - I keep uploading posts and saving them meaning to do a quick write up and then post it but before I know it, I've got 3 or 4 of them sitting there and weeks/months have gone by.

Big Oops!  So, here's the first of the backlog of crafty things I have made since my last post.

This was a birthday card I made for hubby's sister.  Wanted to do a non cute card and I knew I wanted to try out some silhouette stamps I bought just for such a non cute occasion.  (I got them from Stamp addicts - after seeing them by chance in one of their newsletters and knew I HAD to have them!)  No colouring either!  Just good old stamping and heat embossing.

The image has been stamped and embossed with black holographic embossing powder and then I have just masked a circle of the sun and sponged the background with various distress inks.  To be honest, the colours aren't what I had in mind but I just went with it then just found some co-ordinating cardstock and papers to mat and layer it.  The sentiment has been punched out with my ATB tapewriter which I haven't used for ages and I've just added some orange gems either end to finish.

Right, will be back with more shortly!

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Hiya, I'm back again with the other card I managed to make using one of the images from my coloured in pile (with Copics) which is constantly growing, as colouring is about all I ever feel like doing these days.

This one is a Magnolia cutie from the fairytale range (sentiment from Whiff of Joy) and I've just teamed her with bit of design paper that was laying on my desk and had the right colours to match.  Sponged the background around her with distress ink to soften the stark white.
Used the fab Cheery Lynn heart doily die behind the image which was cut out and matted with nesties labels die and an MFT leaf flourish die (my obsession with their dies is still going strong as they keep coming out with so many fab ones!).  Added some flowers and  lilac baubles to finish.  Decorated the inside to match.

And that's all the cards I have to show at the moment.  Have my crochet project left to show you and I'm currently trying to finish knitting a scarf I started last xmas for hubby - hopefully in time for this xmas LOL.

I'm currently trying to resist all the fab new goodies slowly trickling in for christmas.  Failed with the LOTV xmas stamps LOL (although I was good and only got 5), but just seen all the MME paper pads and more fab Dienamics dies . . not to mention some cute Sassy stamps . ., Hero Arts, . . . and the list just keeps on growing - help :o  Off to go put some more goodies in my virtual basket and see if I can resist the 'pay' button LOL

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

cards for the boys

Hello there.  Sorry again for the month long absence but time just kinda zooms by too quick these days - must be getting old.  Talking of which, July was both mine and DH's birthday and this is the card I made him :D

The fab image is a Kenny K rubber stamp by Whimsy.  Coloured in with Copics and I've given her sparkly lips with Sakura glitter pen but it's not showing in the photos.  Speech bubble is a fab die & stamp set by MFT and I've just typed and printed the sentiment out.  I've cut the image out using nesties heart die and stamped  around her with a Magnolia 'love' print stamp using pink distress ink.  Flower made by using Sizzix tattered floral die on some faux leather & mesh fabrics and adding a big gem brad for the centre.

Another boy card I made since my last post was for my nephew.  So this one's more wholesome :).  It was a bit of a last minute job and being a teenager now I had no clue what to buy him so it was good old cash, hence I incorporated a pocket into the card to hold it;
Image on this one is one of the stamps from the Creeper Crew kit (The Greeting Farm) which again, I've coloured with Copics and added some shimmer to his hair and belt buckle with Sakura glitter pen.  The card and pocket was just a cream textured cardstock which I've sponged with distress ink to make it look like denim and I've just randomly stamped some birthday text and icons all over it.  Used the speech bubble die again and added some twil ribbon and brads to finish.

I've got another card and a little crochet project I also finished in July but will schedule those for later.  Till then,

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Here's one I made earlier . . .

. . or even 4 or 5, as they have built up since my last post.  So be prepared for a very long post and in no particular order;

This is the 1 I made but don't actually like that much.  It was using image I already had coloured in and lots of bits I had laying on my desk at the time - the fab scallop card made using a Cheery Lynn die set which I love as it's nice and large (this largest die is just under 6" I think and fits through cuttlebug), the green flourish leafy thing was a freebie die cut amongst 1 of my orders from Dies to Die for (where I get my Cheery Lynn dies from).  I stamped the background with a Hero arts doily stamp in white ink, added some paper roses and resin flowers (from ebay), Martha butterfly punch, some pearl gems and a bit of doodled stitching to finish. Oh, and the sentiment is from a Hero stamp set which I have hand cut into banner shape and curled onto the card by placing some foam pads behind the middle section to keep it raised.  The girl is also raised on foam pads so the whole thing is very 3D in the flesh.

Here's another photo from different angle

My next 2 cards are less feminine and more bright and fun using some stamps from Cats Pajamas.  I love the simplicity and quirky fun of these images and the sentiments that come with them are right up my street too.  There's one that says 'hope your birthday is as fabulous as me' - can see me using that one lots *heehee*

Pretty simple and self explanatory this one - Papers are MME,  teamed with green card base.  I added bit of ribbon and some cutlery brads to the centre.  The sentiment has been cut using one of the smaller dies from my Cheery lynn french flair scallop die set.  Blinged up with big doodlebug green gems and stickles added to the candles, cake and hairbow.  Image coloured with copics and decorated the inside using same papers
My third card is using the other cat's pajama's stamp.  Again, papers are MME and image coloured with Copics but this time  the colour palette is slightly more muted as I've used a peach coloured cardbase and some kraft cardstock for the super cute film strip running down the side (I just stamped parts of the stamp onto each of the cut out sqaures and them put them back into the film strip).  That along with the speech bubble is an MFT Dienamics die.

I just finished it off with a bit of stitching around the edges and added some brads.  Again, the inside has been decorated using the same papers.

This next one is very different to my norm and is very CAS (clean & simple).   The stamp is from a Papermania set of different sketched cars.  Used the Porsche for this one and just heat embossed it with a charchoal embossing powder.  I know, no copic colouring!!  Have inked the edges with some blue distress ink just to add a hint of colour. I used some textured grey cardstock for the cardbase and kept it really simple by just using a bit of contrast charcoal card for matting.  Also used that to make some faux brads (punched out circles that I've curled with embossing tool and then stuck on with foam pads).  Only other embellishment I used were couple of screw brads.  Sentiment from an MFT set.  Apologies for photo but I forgot to take photo until after I sealed it in the polybag!

Then, finally my last card is more my usual style using a very neglected stamp - 1 of the first Gorjuss stamps that were released by Funky Kits many moons ago.  Coloured with Copics, stamped some star borders around her and added bit of stickles.
Papers are some more old MME papers, punched out flowers & leaves using them too (MS & EK punch).  The circular sentiment is from a Whimsy mini circle set.  Again used the papers to decorate the inside too and I stamped part of the image again in a lighter grey ink.
And that's the lot!  Well done if you managed to get all the way to the end!  I shall try not to leave it so long until I post again.  Till next time,

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Some Odd Girl - my Niece!

Hello!  I'm back with a card I made for my niece's 18th birthday yesterday (blimey, time flies) and I just had to use this stamp from Some Odd Girl as it just reminds me of her soooo much :) not that she's odd or that she has chunky legs LOL but just the happy-go-lucky, big-kid aspect to the image plus she is forever just in vest or T's with Jeans.

Anyway, back to the card.  Wanted a bright cheery card and to use the fab pennant die and stamp set and something a bit more 3D but still quick to make (left it last minute as per usual!) so Easel card came to mind and then it all kinda fell into place as the bunting had to be above her head so I had to raise them on little strips of card and that just made it even cooler as they are left free to dangle behind her like real bunting.  The rest were just chipboard pieces from my stash (another one of those 'things' I have that never seem to get used), and another Whimsy die & stamp set (the tickets) and voila, card done.

Unfortunately as it was completed late at night and my camera battery was on it's last legs so I only managed to get 2 photos - neither of which are very good; the colour on the top one is too dark and the one below although better colour wise, still isn't great but you get the general idea I hope.

  • Stamps: Dancin Mae ~ Some Odd Girl clear stamp.  Pennant stamp set & Ticket stamp set ~ Whimsy stamps (to go with their matching dies)

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: MME Lime Twist 'life of the party'

  • Tools:Whimsy Pennant die & ticket die

  • Others: Chipboard pieces, twine to thread all the bunting together

  • That's all from me this week, I do have another card I finished the other week but not got round to taking photo yet (probably because don't like it that much!) but will try and get that on soon.  Until then hope those in the UK are enjoying this glorious sunshine that seemed to come from nowhere.


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