Saturday, 16 February 2019

Hello Lovely card

Hi there friends, hope your weekend is going well so far? I have been busy cooking mostly today (making a vegetarian haggis lol and lemon butterfly cakes) ...yes a strange combo I know! pics at the bottom if you are nosey.

Anyway after all that I managed to make a quick card for the 'Less is More' challenge once again. This time they want us to 'Focus on the sentiment'. I did a spot of watercolouring then added my sentiment, a simple card I know...but it does fit the bill. I may make another.....

Bought new fabulous bedding btw. and I have designed stuff to go with it too...long story ...but more about that soon!

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned ;)
Smooth White card  
Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamps
Versafine Onyx Black ink
TH Distress ink
Papermania black gems

(Warning...don't look below if you are feeling hungry lol!) 

 Lemon Butterfly cakes (I added freeze dried strawberries, lemon curd and vanilla cream)
Vegetarian's unbaked here....sorry not a great pic! (an experimental recipe...will report back) ...and yes having neeps and tatties with it...and even maybe a dram of whisky!  ...I know it's past Burns night...just fancied trying it. 

Boring fact......Robbie Burns is mentioned in our family tree, way back on my husbands side. His wife Jean Armour Paton was either a sister or a cousin of  Helen who is in our tree. Maybe that explains why my OH was so good at writing poetry in his past lol.

Friday, 15 February 2019

The Flower Challenge #29 Reminder

Hi there friends, I am back with yet another reminder card for 'The Flower Challenge'. Our theme is 'Use your latest Stamps or Dies' this month. It's now February, the year is going so quickly already too.

Believe it or not I am getting ahead and writing this back in November lol. Just wondering what the weather will be like now...will it be snowing yet? I will update this just before I post it anyway. Update...only a brief sprinkling of snow one day and it didn't last long. Can't wait for Spring now ;)

I have had my eye on this gorgeous stamp for ages now but finally succumbed to buying it just before Xmas. It isn't easy at all to watercolour direct to card with this stamp (at least I struggled anyway), but I do still love it.

This was my first attempt at colouring it and I wasn't sure I liked it or not. So I made another one ( see below my first one) and coloured it more lightly this time. In the end I had to ask Aileen which she liked best as I just couldn't decide.

Ok come and see my cards and you decide which you like the best....I am still undecided! Btw. the card is a larger sized A5 card, not my usual size at all but the large stamp meant it had to be that size I think to look right.

1st card

Smooth White card
Watercolour card
Penny Black Flower Lantern stamp
TH Distress inks
Penny Black Happy Wishes sentiment stamp
Versafine Onyx Black ink

I made my A5 card base (slightly narrower than usual) , then I added a watercolour card top piece.
I stamped my flower image direct to card using my watercolours and painted more detail with my watercolouring.
Then I stamped my sentiment and my card was complete.

2nd version

Same details as before but I added clear sequins this time.

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you have until the 25th Feb to add a card.


Monday, 4 February 2019

The Flower Challenge #29 'Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies'

Hi there friends, it's time for another card to share for 'The Flower Challenge'. This month it's.........
'Use your latest Stamps or Dies' how easy is that !

Of course I have new stamps and dies.....I am sure you do too. We keep saying we won't buy any more don't we....then we share 'stuff'...then  'stuff' drops in our basket and before we know it we are at the checkout. I have tried so hard to resist...but let's face's always gonna happen ;) it's our's least that's what  I am constantly telling myself lol ;)

Since writing this post I have made another card  now so adding it first. These are stamps and dies I bought for Xmas from my dearly beloved. He said to choose what I I did...and quite a lot of them you do ;)

I think Snowdrops are a good choice for February as we have loads in our garden and they are one of my favourite flowers. So delicate but they can stand up to such low temperatures too. It looks like a tag here ... but it is a card...see other pics ;)

Now for my second card here. I think I love this stamp set already lol, I bought the die too as I think I will be using it a lot. This was all bought just before Xmas I might add. I am happy to say that I haven't bought a single craft thing yet this year and we are 2 weeks into the new year already. Believe me that is a record for me too. (Update... I weakened on week four!)

I am determined to buy less this year and use up some of my massive stash of unused 'stuff'. Darnell ( Dee) you would be proud he he ;)

Anyway I am sure you are just here to see my cards. So here they are below, and of course.... enjoy your week whatever you have planned ;)
Snowdrop card

Sheena Douglass White card 
Sheena Douglass Delicate Snowdrops stamps & die
Sheena Douglass Ornate Tags die
TH Distress inks
Versafine Onyx Black ink 
Versafine Smokey Grey ink
Glamour dust
Permanent pen black
Promarker grey pen
Ribbon from stash

You can see the card better here. I used my tag die to cut a tent fold card, leaving the top edge out so it makes a 'joined' card edge. It was really hard to cut through it all but I managed it in the end. Then I cut another top part (cutting the whole tag this time) and attached that to my card base.
I used some of the other stamps from the same set for interest in the background. My distress inks were used to colour the card base too.

I stamped my snowdrops and coloured them and then used the matching die to cut them out. I curled the flowers then attached  it all to my card. The sentiment was hand drawn as I wanted a fancy one and also wanted to try adding a bit of decoration to my letters too.
I used my fancy scissors on two edges and coloured the whole thing to match my card also. A touch of my usual glamour dust, a bit of ribbon and my card was complete.

I just couldn't resist taking a pic of my card
with the snowdrops in our garden too!
Just Because card
The Ton, Flower Challenge
Sheena Douglass White card 
The Ton stamp 'Wishful Wildflowers'
Clearly Besotted sentiment
Torn edge die
AltEnew watercolours
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neat & Tangled sequins
Polychromo pencils 

I  made my top fold card base then on another piece of card I stamped my flower image. Then I coloured my image and used my pencils for more detail on the flowers and leaves.
I did a very loose watercolouring around my image and all over my card piece using the same green colour. I cut the edge part using my die, then I stamped the sentiment and used 3d pads to stick to my card base.
A sprinkling of sequins and my card was complete.

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you have until the 25th Feb to enter.

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