Saturday, June 25, 2016

Skiing Dog

Lots going on at the moment so I'm trying to stay clean and simple like my card today. Although I held my breath while layering this chap with all that white space any slip ups with the glue would show.

The strip of patterned paper is Doodlebug, my snowflake is from Simon Says Stamp that I cut out of foam. The sentiment is still on my desk from last Christmas but its from LOTV.

I cut the corner to break up all the white space, you wouldn't think a small rounded corner could make all the difference.

My bags are packed and just having breakfast before I get picked up and several bags to go to an All Day Crop at Bracknell.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kate the little Welsh Girl

I didn't twig till I layered Kate that I had turned her into Welsh Girl, all she need to a daffodil instead of a tulip to complete the look!

The papers are some old one of Echo Park and I actually used some roses (I have two boxes of them). the little leaves are Poppy Stamp Leafy twig and the corner is La Laland die. Of course the oval is from Spellbinders Floral Oval will I ever get tired of using it, I don't think so.

Don't look to closely the oval is a bit squiffy because I stuck it on and realised when it was dry was in the wrong place but I think Mo's image may just save my card from disaster.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sending Love


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Animal Magic Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
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We are showcasing Lindy's Gang Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used. The lovely people at Lindy's Gang sent all of the DT a parcel of samples to use, thank you so much, we really appreciate them!
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Now most of my followers know I'm not keen on Arty stuff, love looking at it but not that great at actually doing it myself. So you can imagine how my heart dropped when Lindy's Gang DT package arrived, don't get me wrong they are extremely generous but I hadn't a clue what to do with it.

First of all I had last month's Simon Says Stamp Card Kit that I only had time to peep at, but I was keen on using the leaves and the cluster of dots from the stamp set. You can buy the stamp set on its own, its called Look for the Miracles. First of I set up three pieces of paper and stamped in Versamark and used WOW white embossing powder.

Now came the messy bit, first I used the Mermaid Seaside Magical powders and mixed a little with water (I used too much at first you only need a little bit). In this case I used the Sea Mint Green to make a colourwash across the card, I blotted the watery excess and left to dry while I made two others in case it all went pants.

Once it was dry I cut out using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and using the Azure Sea Asters from the set to colour the leaves I had to blot it as I did it because I had made my colour really watery because I added too much powder!

I also received a couple of sprays which you add water to and in this case I used Sassy Sapphire which is in the Drop Dead Diva set. Of course the day I made this card it was pouring down with rain and I had to cover my untidy craftroom with newspaper.

Finally I added the Avery Elle  Sweet Scallop and I added the Penny Black Sending Love which I cut from fun foam. This gave me dimension without having to layer. Out of the three backgrounds two worked out really well so that wasn't bad and I decided the second card would work for a future SSS Wednesday Challenge but you will have to wait to see that one. Now you could be wondering where the shimmer is, my whole card has a lovely shimmer but of course my camera doesn't pick it up.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I blow some dust of some of my LOTV stamps including this little chap and I though somehow I would coporate the new challenge from Everybody Art Challenge is for Arrows into it.

First of all I used the Sketch Saturday sketch but I've turned the sketch on it side and my MFT fence is the border in the centre. I then had to add arrows which are not in the sketch but they are MFT Arrow dies. I trimmed both of them to fit and still allow the the 4 Today. A few stars and the job is done but the image had some tricky small bits to layer.

Do pop over and check out the team, also hope you can join us this week.

I'm trying to get ahead with my DT cards there's a holiday on the horizon but first I have the Friday Swimmers lunch and an All Day Crop to fit in so I reckon my cards will be clean and simple for the next few weeks.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Birthday Reminder

Well we are Midway at Penny Black Saturday Challenge with our Birthday theme. I thought I would use this Penny Black Sweet Ride just cos it got hearts doesn't mean its just for Valentines.

I used the Taylored Expression Heart embossing folder since the cuttlebug hearts folder is not available anymore the hearts are a bit bigger but I think I could live with that. The papers are theirs too called Hello Happiness.

I made the sentiment circle with Simon Says stamp Stitched circles dies, along with Holiday shapes for the heart die and I believe the sentiment is theirs too.

Nearly forgot the Stitched Daisies are Simon Says Stamp as well.

Now I do have some Birthday candy and I have a Mr Linky on this POST. I noticed that I have lots of comments but you really need to use Mr Linky.

Bit of an emotional day yesterday brought some Sweet Williams flowers for my Dad's Birthday he used to grow them on his allotment when I was little. I'm pretty sure he used to sell them to someone who had market stall in North Street this was in the 60's and it wasn't something I paid attention then but remember seeing them when I used to walk up there to met him.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Among the Stars

I was really lucky to receive the Stacked Stars from Simon Says Stamp Among The Stars release since I have the Stacked Hearts which I use for Scrapbooking as well this die will make a brilliant addition to my dies.
I used it for this card using the ties from the Special Dad stamps and die set from Simon Says Stamps and with some added Doodblebug paper.

This was the first card I made, I wanted to see how well it worked, again with Doodlebug paper and Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangles. I added the sentiment from the Special Dad set and I also used the Smile die again from Simon Says Stamps.


Hopefully if I've linked it right clicking onto the banner should take you straight to the new release.
Meanwhile I shall be getting ready to go swimming.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dream Team Blog Hop

Its time for our monthly Dream Team Blog Hop and my lovely team-mate 
Anneke has chosen the theme of BABIES

So which Mo's Baby image should I use there are loads and it was a tricky choice but I thought I would use one of the cry-babies she rarely gets used and she makes such a fun card.

Maybe its my sense of humour of using a crying baby for a leaving card, it could also work for someone going on maternity leave. This little one is called Fussy Frankie she can also be brought as a single image.

The papers are LOTVE and the daisies are MFT Upsy Daisy dies, along with the Crochet Border that edges my curve which I made using Simon Says Stamp Curved die.

The Good Luck is cut from Impression Obession die which I layered once again. The fishtail banner is made using the banner punch from Stampin Up who in their wisdom retired but can be easily done with a square punch.

So if we are running smoothly but I'm in charge so anything is possible you should of arrived from Gaynor and now your are HOP, SKIP and JUMP away to Lou's blog.
Now don't forget to comment along the way there are two $5 vouchers to be random chosen from our comments.