Tuesday, August 14, 2018

American Football


My grown up Son loves American Football, he gets a season ticket for the matches that are played in the UK and I believe one of his friend and himself are planning to see a game in the USA . I needed to make him card obviously for his birthday and saw this chap Football Squigy from Stamping Bella well of course I needed to buy him.

Men cards always a bit of challenge but I decided to go for a CAS  using the Echo Park Happy Birthday paper I cut out a large Painted Happy Birthday sentiment from SSS.

I still have to add something so I went with stars from the Simon says Stamps Holiday Shapes and Large Holiday Shapes and to give a bit interest I used the Lawn Fawn Lacy Borders die. 








Sunday, August 12, 2018

With a Little Help


My last layout in my drafts and its based on a Jane Eubank layout, I do follow her blog she loves the papers I do.

The papers are Hello Lovely from Simple Stories and the picture was at my sister's 70th Surprise Party and the young men are her two Grandsons, since then there is another Grandson. Shows you how behind I am in my Scrapbooking.

The flowers are the MFT flowers and I tried to use similar colours and the various letters and word strips are all found in my stash.

Looking forward to an All Day Crop at Bracknell Hilton on Saturday, we have a few cardmakers that come too after all its all about the love of pretty papers. I don't stay all day and I have already planned on doing Wedding Layouts that way I pack all my flower and heart dies hopefully instead of trying to bring all my dies.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Experimenting


Not sure you can see, I used photo card that I use to print my images, sometimes I have some off cuts and my friend Lorraine who loves all things Tim Holtz and Ranger showed me a technique she found using Oxides. She knows I lose interest in You Tube with seconds, so she showed me in real life.

Since I was playing with Oxides for Make your Own Background challenge couple of weeks ago, I thought I would give it a go. The whole card is made with photo card, I buy mine from Costco, I used the off cuts to practice with.

I used the Simon says Stamp Leafy Frame and their Big Happy die from the latest release. The flowers are SSS Forget me Knot Flower die and I added some of their Stitched Snowflake for the centres.

To finish I used some Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles and Simon says Stamp Thoughtful Messages.

The end result is a very shiny card and maybe a bit OTT. I'm pretty sure I won't use this technique for card making but to make individual bits maybe, does mean now I have to keep all photo card offcuts.




Friday, August 10, 2018

Enjoy your Trip!


Another card made with Art Impression Pack your Bags this time I used two images from the clear stamp set. The luggage and the fun image, I didn't have to mask the luggage because I layered both images.

The papers are Doodlebug Sweet Summer and I used the bright orange dotty one with Simon says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to make a frame.

Last but not least I used the Simon says Stamp Stitched Banner for a sentiment from Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday. To make the sentiment shorter I placed the cut banner down the centre of a larger die  to chop off the end.


Thursday, August 09, 2018

Giggling Snowman


I've been seeing loads of Christmas card during July not as many as now that we are in August but it made me realise with a holiday in September I may need to get by Santa hat on.

I have few of Mo's Christmas Image already printed including this Giggling Snowman. I have plenty of  paper, I think these are Pink and Main Frosty. I decided to use the Splitcoast Stampers sketch SC708.

To start with I used Simon says Stamp Stitched Square to make a frame, I then made the scene inside the frame using SSS Slopes and Hills and Falling Stars dies. It was when I stuck the frame on that I could easily made a shaker card but the frame was well and truly stuck this is the second time I could have done this.

My snowflakes are made using glitter card and white card and layered together to help them stand out and the dies I used were SSS Sensational Snowflakes they are quite chunky snowflakes and this made it easier to layer.

Sentiment is LOTV and I used my nestabilities to make the matching layers, I need to use them more than punches my hands have taken a real dislike to using them.



Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Distressing!

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Distress It  

We are showcasing some fabulous Tim Holtz 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 folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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First of I made some fancy backgrounds with oxides and ended up not using any, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but it didn't quite work out.

So I stamped the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Beer strip in black and heat embossed black embossing powder. I them cut out using Simon says Stamp Stitched Squares and Rectangles. I then used a Blue dye Inkpad and blended all over and distressed round the edges with some scissors since I couldn't find my Tim Holt paper distresser.

I then found my bleach bottle and poured a little in a cap and using a paintbrush that had seen better days I brushed parts of my stamps. The R in my beer was been very troublesome and he got painted with the bleach a couple of times. I then left to dry. The thing to remember is it works with dye inkpads I used it on the oxides but it didn't seemed to work as well, yet I left it to dry and it improved as time went on, so much so I didn't bin them.

Now I had to make a card and this sketch from Splitcoast Stampers SC707 was in my mind when I cut out the shapes out. My base I cut out a circle using Simon says Stamp Stitched Circles out of Kraft card.

The sentiment was stamped on another piece of card from Simon says Stamp Birthday Messages and their Messages for Everyday,  I place my cut out circle card over the top using foam squares.  My stars are Simon says Stamp Holiday Shapes randomly placed trying desperately not to do too many.

I actually like my distressed card so much so I've put it in the post to my Brother for his Birthday rather than the bin!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Bon Voyage


Not sure if you remember a few weeks ago I used the Art Impressions Pack your Bags for my Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card, well one of the reasons I wanted the stamp set is that I plan to use the ship stamp.

With the help of MFT Ocean View Porthole it makes a perfect embellishment for my cruise scrapbooking although the only porthole I saw on the cruise was the one in the medical centre but we won't go there.

Since I won't be using it just yet, I made a card with it using a Freshly Made Sketch from a few weeks back. The cute background square was made using the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die and I used the Simon says Stamp Stitched Square to cut it down and give it a finished edge.

The sentiment is from the stamp set and I used Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners and used the largest one to cut it down.

One more day of the UK heatwave, its going down to normal August temperatures can't wait.




Sunday, August 05, 2018

Scrapbooking


While my sister was away with her family for her 70th Birthday, hubby and I gatecrashed their Sunday Lunch on the way back from a Wedding in Rye. These are a couple of pages I made of the event.

Pretty certain the papers are My Mind's Eye and you see the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies and their Forget Knot flower leaves dies. The other pieces are all scrapbooking stash that are probably years old like the papers.


I think here most of sentiments were in the paper pack, the American Foam Stickers which had lost theirs stickiness proves how old they are. There as to be dies somewhere that would the  Border waves from Simon says Stamp cut to picture size and their Holiday Shapes hearts cut in matching colours which were scraps anyway.

Gosh it feel so long ago that I actually scrap, that should be remedied on the 18th off to an All Day Crop at the Bracknell Hilton, it doesn't matter if you are not a scrapbooker there are several Card Making Ladies if you are interested you can get in touch with Lorraine on FB.




Saturday, August 04, 2018

To Bin or not to Bin


I will have to stamp this image again to redeem myself but I cut the wrong part of the image and the angle of the camera is making it worst than it looks Also I really should have stepped away from the card after a couple blobs of the Nuvo Crystal drops instead of seeing how many can fit on the card.

I couldn't waste it, I spent quite a while colouring the flower from Simon says Stamp Mandy Flowers and working out layers even if I did get it wrong.

So the papers came from the August kit but they are Bo Bunny Early Bird  and so did the Nuvo Crystal drops Bubblegum Burst. The one in the kit was a tiny tester bottle which is great if you've never used them before but I did find my hands found it hard another reason to stop using it, did I! The normal size is much easier to manage probably why I've got quite a few now.

The only thing left is the sentiment, the large part is from the Mandy's Flowers Set but the tiny one is from Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday.

Off to do a bit of distressing before I get too distress from the heat, yes the heatwave is back, I shall be hiding out in the coldest room in the house and with the fan aiming straight at me this afternoon.


Thursday, August 02, 2018

We are Siamese, if you please


I love images that include other crafts I love doing, although my hands and shoulders don't like knitting now, I can use a crochet hook and providing I don't make heavy things so I can still manage to play with wool but I haven't seen a crochet hook die!

While colouring this stubborn cat from Mo Manning called Jasmine all I could think of was the song in Walt Disney's Lady of the Tramp. I love how easy the cat coloured and layered up.

The papers are some old My Mind's Eye, the knitting needles are Memory box die which I cut a line into the ball of wall before layering. I used the Simon say Stamp Stitched Squares for image and the sentiment that came with the image. Flowers are again Memory Box and the Birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. My flower centres is from a couple of the dies that come with the Tim Holtz Gearhead dies, its actually the waste from them.

Lastly I used the sketch on Sketch Saturday, I believe it could be still current.


Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Make your own Background!

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is to

Make Your Own Background 

There are so many awesome techniques to create your own backgrounds, from textured embossing and simple splattering of inks to multi layered stencilling and gelli plate printing. Whatever techniques you used we will be looking forward to seeing your makes!
We are showcasing some fabulous Concord&9th 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 folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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I always panic when we get a challenge that really does challenge my crafty brain, there's a reason I love pattern paper.

I decided on using Concord&9th Just Because stamps I thought it would work well for a background. I had some blue distress Oxides already made up the only onepad I can remember is the Faded Jeans one.

I stamped the leaves using Peeled Paint and the leaf without the pattern I used the pad to paint in the leaves. I sort of decided to use Mandy's flowers and knew I had a pink flower so I wanted to add a bit of pink on my background thats why I used the dotty stamp from the Just Because set with Pickle Raspberry.

To make my card more interesting I used the Simon says Stamp Wavy Border die but I've just discovered it's out of stock but Simon says Stamp Dot Scallop border will do the same job and is now in my shopping basket having decided I can stitch a bit of thread through those dots.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages and I carefully cut a white border round my flower and vase from Mandy's Flowers, another die set in my shopping basket although not in the shop till the 4th August.

I had paper pieced the vase so I added a little strip across my border to bring the card together the papers were from the kit which is sold out.













Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Butterflies


I'm sorry but I absolutely love Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Background and I'm sure it will be in stock soon. I made two more cards with the stamp, the first card I stamped the background twice and used one of them to make my modern rose butterflies using Simon says Stamp Adeline Butterfly die.  To finish I used the Simon says Stamp Birthday Messages and the hearts are from the other stamp set from the August kit called Mandy's Flowers.




I cut out a banner die out of a piece of card that was already measured up for a card front by mistake. Rather than using it for scraps I kept it, trimmed it down a touch and used the background stamp over it. Stamped the same sentiment as the card above on a plain white card and stuck the rose one on top.

This time I used the Simon says Stamp Stitching Butterflies but I prefer the Adeline butterfly's body so I used that one rather the ones with the stitching butterflies.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Updated Version


There is a card of mine that seems to be always popping up on Pinterest, after a bit of checking this card comes from 2012 in March. I discovered I had actually cased this card.

When I saw the stamp in the Simon Says Stamp August kit which unfortunately has now sold out and even the individual Modern Rose stamp is now out of stock but I would use the notify when back in stock key that's how I brought their bicycle die which is now winging its way over the Atlantic as we speak. There is no reason why another large background stamp could work the same way.
I used a stamp positioner and stamp the 6inch stamp.

Instead of making my own strips by measuring and cutting, I used the Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners. I cut with the one up from the smallest and cut five full banners, then using the die again but cutting the straight end of the die and now with what would be the waste. I lined the straight ends across my card. This allows for the proper length banner cut down to the size I want.

I made the flower banner using Simon Says Stamp Stitched borders and added a bit of green card, you can use ribbon. My large flower is Simon says Stamp Stitched Daisies and it's leaves are Forget me Knot flowers.

Using the banner across the card trim the small ends to fit underneath it. Then add the full length  banners trimming the ends so they too are hidden under the flower banner. Leave enough room for a sentiment I've used the Simon says Stamp Thoughtful Messages  and the hearts are from the other stamp set in the kit called Mandy's Flowers and at this moment still available to order and look out for the dies they are coming soon.

We had rain yesterday can't believe how excited everyone was, thankfully the temperature as dropped a bit, maybe I'll get more time in my craft room and PC.



Friday, July 27, 2018

Friendly Folic


Simon says Stamp have a new release called Friendly Frolic and I was lucky to received a stamp set from them called School Bus Messages.

Over here we don't have school buses they are usually coach companies so I decided to colour my bus not in the obvious yellow and since its a good size I paper pieced it and coloured the lights and chrome etc with copics.

I used the Doodlebug Sweet Summer and I stamped my bus twice, its no obvious here but the bonnet is raised from the back of the bus, I also added a bit of acetate for a windscreen. I had to have somebody inside my bus and I decided to used the Picture Book Monkey, Zebra and Giraffe.

I very carefully covered the words school before stamping an extra bus on white card and I cut the sign out and stamped Simon Says Stamp Everyday Messages and stuck over the school bus sign.

Once my bus was made with its passengers it needed a road and this wonderful bit of patterned paper was in Doodlebug pack. I used the Simon Says Stamp Slopes and Hills twice and placed it on the road coloured card either side making sure it was wide enough for the wheels. I added the little Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banner with an Everyday message to introduce a bit more blue.


Check out the Simon Says Stamp Blog, there is loads on inspiration in the galleries not just the latest release.

The South East of UK heatwave is suppose to cool down after today fingers crossed, I want it sunny but with a nice 24c with a light breeze. Meanwhile off to cool off this morning with the Friday Swimmers Disabled Club.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Beary Merry Christmas


I can confirm making Christmas cards in hot weather doesn't make you cooler even though Mo's Beary Merry Christmas image is soooo cute. I decided on a white and red card for some reason I thought it would speed me up. It was when I also decided to used Splitcoast Stampers Card sketch 705 that things started to get tricky.

I only had one piece of dotty red, there was just a bit left to used Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners to make my straps. I had to make used of some white card which I embossed with the Taylored Expression Snow Falling. My frame is MFT but cut from a different bit of white to help to show up the white layers that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

The sentiment is LOTV stamp not sure is available anymore and I framed it with MFT circle scallop frame. To finish some Simon Says Stamps Maryanne Snowflake and Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes, all cut from fun foam.








Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Anything Goes

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Use a Die/Punch Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Art Impressions Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would sure love to see them used!
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your creative makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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The problem with Art Impressions is knowing which image to use, when its for a challenge you need to buy a new one and again I couldn't choose. In the end I brought the Office Party but the Pack Your Bags also fell into my basket.

As you can see I used Office Party but a couple of images from the other set is coloured up and waiting for me. I went for this image because I love paper piecing and add some Doodlebug 6inch papers this time I've used Hello. 

To make the card I used the Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles and since I'm retired the sentiment didn't really work for me so I went to my favourite sentiments of the moment my Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages.

I noticed that a bit of my stamping from paper piecing was in the corner of my pattern paper, I quickly remedied this by die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Hydrangea Petals. To finish the flowers I used the small snowflakes from the Simon says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes and the waste from one of the Tim Holtz Gearhead dies for the white centres. 

Finally I decided I wasn't keen on all the white space so out came my Simon Says Stamps Holiday Shapes an essential bit of kit. You can see how tiny they are ideal for making shaker cards with. To complete the set you would also need the next size up Large Holiday Shapes.




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July Kit


I had a quick play with the Simon Says Stamps July Kit its now sold out but you can still buy the One Cool Pineapple Stamp Set and Flamingo die. 

My first card is an easy peasy one, stamped the perfect sentiment for the stamped and fussy cut fish.



Ok my second card is just as easy. I stamped the flamingo from the stamp set with Versamark on the pink card, once dried I cut out with the die. Added a bit of white and black to his beak. I used the another perfect sentiment and die cut it with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares.

The patterned paper and sequins were in the kit.

Last week the weather had cooled slightly but I had a rubbish week health wise so a Doctors Appointment as been made since they played with my pain meds I've had more off days than good. Its having a huge effect on my card making I have some lovely new stuff to play with. Now the weather as turned really hot again.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Using a Die

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Fun In The Sun Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Use A Die and/or Punch 

We are showcasing Birch Press Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would sure love to see them used!
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your creative makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!
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I love these flowers from Simon Says Stamp called Bouquet of Thanks, it took a while for me to get my hands on them since they would sell out quickly. They are safely arrived in my craftroom along with the matching die which I also used for my base image.

I fussy cut all the individual petals and edged them with a Pumice Stone Distress Marker this hides all my rubbish cutting. I embossed the back of each petal using a large embossing ball tool, like this set.

The picture below shows have I added 3d fixers to add dimension to the petals. These are do-crafts 3d foam squares that have been cut in half and into quarters.


The picture below show why I have a base image. When I fussy cut the petals there is a little bit of the next petal, this helps to line the finished Petal in place with all the others. I add a little bit of glue at the ends that doesn't have foam squares



I added the fussy cut petals on each flower working out which one is in front.



The flower buds were made the same way but the green stem were glued on. You have to work out whether the stems need placing before the make the flower.

The actual card is fairly simple I cut the oval using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals which I used some large 3d foam tape on the coloured card. My sentiment is using the Birch Press Big Hugs, I love have the background for the word makes it much easier to glue or layer onto a card.

I didn't really need the Simon Says Stamp Flickering Butterflies but tried not to use all of them just three tiny ones.