Sunday, 29 May 2016

Moon-gazing Hare

Hi! Here's a birthday card I just made for my a wonderful friend of mine. We've known each other since University, where she earned the affectionate nickname of 'Stroppy Moose'. Apart from being  a little bit on the stroppy side, she's all about hippie remedies, old pagan traditions, and the beauty of the outdoors. She is also a Mountain Rescue volunteer, helping to train the rescue dogs.

I've used an image of a moon-gazing hare because it is associated with growth, new beginnings and good fortune, and there's something magical about an animal bewitched by the moon!




I coloured the image with ink dusters, masking the moon. I added extra colour to the grasses with promarkers, and embellished with punched flowers.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Sparkles Monthly: "Animal Magic"

Cutie Pie: "Escape to the Country"

The Paper Shelter: "Make it Digital"

The Corrosive Challenge: "Spring"

Creative Inspirations: "Anything Goes"



Saturday, 28 May 2016

Cattoo!

Hi! Ok, this isn't something I have made, but I'm so excited about it I have to post it on here... a few days ago I got a little cat tattoo! He's quite small and subtle, and I love him to bits! Here he is:




:-)


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Using Black Cardstock

Hi! I've made a couple of cards inspired by the current Happy Little Stampers CASE challenge. I find it quite difficult to make cards using black cardstock. For both of these cards I stamped and embossed with Stampendous Shabby White - I love the glitter in it! I coloured over the embossing powder with promarkers on the first card, to add a little bit of colour. I used gems and liquid pearls on the second one.



I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers

Simon Says Stamp: "Emboss It"

Addicted to CAS: "Midnight"






I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers

Deep Ocean Challenge: "Flowers Everywhere"

4 Crafty Chicks: "Black & White"

Unicorn Challenge: "Spotty Dotty"



And Another Big Flower...

Hi! I really love this huge flower stamp! Here's another card I made, embossed on watercolour card and coloured with inks. The colours are inspired by this week's Muse challenge. I added Liquid Pearls to the centre of the flower.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Muse:

Pink Gem Challenge: "Flowers"

Crafts Galore: "Anything Goes"



A Big Flower For You

Hi! I bought a gorgeous flower stamp a few months ago, and this is the first time I've got around to using it. I stamped and embossed onto watercolour card, and coloured with inks. I added Liquid Pearls to the centre. I used Shabby White embossing powder from Stampendous, because of the glitter in it :)




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Always Playing With Paper:

Shopping Our Stash: "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

Simon Says Stamp: "Flowers"



Saturday, 14 May 2016

70th Birthday Card

Hi! My Mum-in-law turned 70 today! She loves fairies, so I made her this card. She's not overly happy about being 70 though, so I didn't put that on the card!

I used ink dusters to create the background, masking with torn paper for the hills. The stamps are all from Lavinia. I coloured the wings and blossom with promarkers, and used Clear Star gel pen to make the wings iridescent. I added glamour dust to the wing tips, flowers and dandelions, for some extra sparkle.




I'm entering this in the following challenges:

City Crafter: "Fairy Tale Land"






Thursday, 12 May 2016

Wonky Pots!

H! Recently my lovely friend Hazel and I went on a throwing course to learn how to make pots! Mine turned out a bit wonky, but I love them. It was great to go through the process of making them, tidying them up a bit, and then glazing them. The glaze is weird - when you're applying it, it looks nothing like it will after firing, so we just played around and hoped for the best.

Here are some pics of my pots, in the various stages:

Freshly thrown:

Dried out, tidied a bit, and ready to be fired:

Messily smothered in blue, green and white glazes:

Glazed:


Sunday, 1 May 2016

New Bike!

Hi! I got a new shiny bike the other week, and it's beautiful! There aren't many things better than cycling through forest paths to make you forget your worries :)

My bike is a mountain bike, and definitely hasn't got a basket of flowers on it! But I still love the image I used on my card, however impractical it looks...

I've coloured with Promarkers, and added Stickles to the flowers.





I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

MFT Card Challenges:

The Paper Players:

Inkspirational Challenges: "Vehicles"



Spring Flowers

Hi! Here's a card I just made, inspired by ColourQ's colour challenge and Hand Stamped Sentiments' sketch challenge:



I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

ColourQ:

Hand Stamped Sentiments:

Inky Chicks: "It's Birthday Time"

The Sisterhood of Crafters: "Birthdays"


Blossoms & Blue Skies

Hi! Here's a card I made with lots of blue! I didn't colour the blossoms at all, but added little spots of pollen with a Clear Star gelly roll pen. I'm not sure the sparkle shows very well in the photos, though.




I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

The Card Concept: "Spring Flowers" (CAS style)

Fusion: "Sweet Orange Blossoms"

Crafty Sentiments: "Birthday"



Monday, 25 April 2016

New Lavinia Stamps

Hi! I bought two new stamps at the NEC Hobbycrafts show in March, and this is the first card I made with them. I coloured the background with ink dusters on watercolour paper, and then spritzed with water to blend it a little. I coloured the flowers with promarkers, and used a Gelly Roll 'clear star' pen on her wings to make them shimmer.



I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Color Throwdown:

Dragonfly Dreams: "Spring is in the Air"

Uniko: "Use Metallics" - the wings look metallic, so I hope that is ok for the challenge!


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Muse Flowers

Hi! Here's a card I made, inspired by this week's Muse challenge:



Here's this week's inspirational card:



I'm also entering this one in the following challenges: