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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Saturated Canary Breeze in Blue

Hello there!

It's time for a new challenge theme over at Deep Ocean Challenge, and it's super easy this time as it's 'Anything Goes'

So I'm going to make a confession here, and I'm wondering if any others of you also do this.
Sometimes I stamp or print up a bunch of images with the intention of colouring them all up ahead of time ready to go on cards as and when needed. All well and good and fabulously organised you may think..........well think again, because what actually happens is I start colouring them and part colour them and then I get busy and work on other stuff that I need to do 'right now' and of course my poor partly coloured images languish, neglected and unused. So I'm trying to work my way through these before I stamp or print anymore.

Today is the turn of Breeze and I have to say that of all the stamps and digis I own, this is probably the one I've coloured the most, except maybe for Tiddly Inks 'You and Me'.

I thought I'd reprise a design I used for her before, but using a different Pion Collection in a different colourway, I've changed up a few other details as well such as card shape etc, but in essence it's the same basic design.

This is how it turned out

this was the original card.

I have to say straight up that I prefer the original card, ....everything actually from the colouring, to the warmer colours, the papers etc, and honestly I had a lot more time to spend on the original card and that definitely shows. But at least I've used up one of those abandoned images!

I do hope you can join in with our challenge and don't forget to check out the rest of the team's gorgeous makes here.

See you soon!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Elisabeth Bell - Apple Nellie

Morning all! It's time for another 'Anything Goes with an Image' challenge at The Ribbon Girl and for my project today I'm using another of Whimsy Stamp's new September release. I love this release soooo much there are so many wonderful goodies to play with.

This one is called Apple Nellie and I coloured her in distress inks. I've linked all my Ribbon Girl goodies for you below.

Distress Ink colours used:

Hickory Smoke, Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Brushed Corfuroy (I think, these are from memory and my best guesswork because I forgot to write them down doh!)

I used the following products from The Ribbon Girl:

Cheesecloth, Posie Dark Pink Seam Binding, Charlotte Elizabeth Vintage Style White Lace, Pale Pink 20 mm Open Roses, Sweetheart Blossom White, Rose Leaf, 5 mm Pearls Ivory Self Adhesive

There will be 3 winners and we'll share your projects on the blog when we announce the winners:

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV
Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl
Third prize:  from Marianne Designs

This challenge will run until Saturday October 1st, you need to leave a link to your project using the Inlinkz button at the end of this post and please play fair - this is a fun challenge, no cheating by linking an older project as it's not fair to everyone else. All the prizes are for the named winner only and can't be swapped, exchanged or donated.

For those of you that haven't yet entered, I'm giving away some lovely candy on my blog. You have until 4th October to enter and can find the post here.

That's all from me today, but I'll see you again soon.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wee Stamps - Mistletoe Fairy

Well it's the final day of the Whimsy Stamps September release, I hope you've been enjoying seeing them. I love this new release so much though that you'll be seeing lots more of it from me throughout this month.

Anyway, today my card is using one of the new Wee Stamps Collection, she is called Mistletoe Fairy.

Now I could have coloured her up in more traditional mistletoe cololurs, and I probably will do that later, but I really wanted to see her as a little winter fairy. I also decided to do a spot of monochrome colouring with a pop of colour that I'm fond of, but this time to change things up a bit I went with sepia tones rather than greyscale.

I used some lovely pages from the new Winter Wishes pad, and a couple of the glittery enamel dots to match which are gorgeous!

I also used the new Snowflakes Dies.

I love the way she turned out. I was going to add flowers to this card, but I thought the new snowflakes looked so nice that it didn't really need it.

I used my distress ink markers to colour her in and just used 2 pens, Frayed Burlap and Broken China.

The cheesecloth and seam binding are from The Ribbon Girl.

That's all from me for today, but I'll see you soon. Don't forget that there's still time to sign up for my stamp and die giveaway here 

Have fun!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Lee Holland - Christmas Penguin

Hello!! It's almost the end of my working week and I'm very much looking forward to the weekend as it's been mega busy, lots of deadlines to meet and trouble to shoot. Luckily for me this card was made way in advance as it was designed for a Whimsy Stamps feature in a magazine.

The stamp, called Christmas Penguin, is designed by Lee Holland, who does just the most adorable animal drawings, and is part of our new September release.  It's another CAS card, I know, I know, I had to have a long sit down to recover from all the lack of flowers and bows and stuff recently lol.

It's coloured in distress ink markers and I used minimal colours here, you could even use the monochrome with a colour pop technique here, it would work very well.

Colours used were Hickory Smoke, Brushed Corduroy, and Broken China.

I cut him out with a postage stamp die and popped him up on a little foam tape. I didn't ink any edges this time as I wanted to keep it very clean and fresh looking.

The sentiment is from an older Whismy set called Simple Holidays which is sadly now out of stock.

For interest I just added some tiny snowflake dies, topped with a few small gems coloured with Copics to match, some Glamour Dust for sparkle and I layered some Grosgrain and sparkle Sugar Dot ribbon. The ribbons and the lovely papers from the Snow Queen pad are all from The Ribbon Girl.

I hope you like it, I'll be back tomorrow with more from the new release and this one isn't CAS! 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Whimsy Stamps - Christmas Snowflakes

Hello!! It's time for the September Whimsy Stamps release and my goodness do we have some lushness to share with you, just don't blame me if your purses are a little lighter by the end of this week....just saying.....

Today is a very unusual card from me....well unusual for me that is in that not only is this card pretty CAS, but it also doesn't have an image. Here I've just used cardstock, papers, dies and an enamel dot....I know shocking right?!

But I have been looking for a way to make some, I won't say mass produced but at least something I can maybe make subtle changes to but still stick to a design that I can produce quickly, to make Christmas cards. I found a lot of cards on Pinterest that have stirred my creativity and I'll have several snowflake themed cards just using dies a sentiment and not much else in the coming weeks.

For today's card I used the fabulous Snowflakes Dies, the Winter Wishes 6 x 6 pad and the Winter Wishes Glittery Enamel Dots.

I also used a sentiment from an older stamp set called Simple Holidays, sadly this is sold out currently.
I really enjoyed making this and will be making a whole range of different cards using dies and sentiments with no images, so look out for those in weeks to come.

I'll be back tomorrow with more goodies from the release.

Don't forget about my giveaway here, you have until 4th October to enter.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Little Christmas Angel

It's definitely a week for Christmas cards, I'm still working my way through them, so you'll probably see a lot of Christmas themed cards from me over the next few weeks.

This one is my DT card for the new challenge over at Deep Ocean and this time we have a Bingo grid for you to follow. I've shared the grid at the end of this post. You have rather a lot of choice here, you can do one line, straight or diagnol, or a full house and just to give you even more choice, you can choose to do a line of colours rather then using the elements.

I used a diagonal line of elements encompassing lace, flowers and pearl, I did also squeeze in die-cuts a sentiment and a charm so I did 2 straight lines also.

I used some lovely Christmas papers from Lemoncraft and coloured up a digi stamp from Saturated Canary that I've had for a while and not found the time to colour up before. I think she's called Little Angel. I've coloured her in distress inks and listed the colours below:

Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Pine Needles, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs

The sentiment is from a set from Mama Elephant.

Our lovely sponsors are Live and Love Crafts and The Ribbon Girl and you could win the following prizes

I've used the following products from The Ribbon Girl on my card:

I've popped the grid blow for you so you can see the choices on offer and hope that you can join in with our challenge.

If you haven't done so already, don't forget to enter my 500 follower giveaway here!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Crissy Armstong - Moose Friends

Hello lovely crafters! I can't believe it's been a week since I've posted something, but between hurting my back and my Dad going into hospital, not to mention preparing my lesson material for the Whimsy Craft retreat ....which is only 3 short weeks away......eeeeek!!, I just don't seem to have gotten around to blogging and the week has just slipped away.

But anyhooo, on with the sharing and this time I've gone all CAS. This is not my usual style as you know, but I do love it when you want to send a quick card in the post and it really does seem to suit some images more.

This stamp, Moose Friends by Crissy Armstrong, appealed to me as soon as I saw it, it's just so fun and heart warming. I love the punny sentiments that come with it too and just had to use one of them on my card.

I coloured them up with my distress ink markers:
Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone,
 to match these lovely papers. You're getting a bit of a sneak peek of these as they are being released next week! I cut out a little frame using a small rectangle die

I thought this would be perfect for sending to a couple for Christmas, but you could also send it to a loved one depending on which sentiment you use.

That's it from me today, have fun!