Thursday, 25 August 2016

May all your wildest dreams come true.


Honestly, why can't I take a decent photo these days? Not helped by the fact that it's been a very dark and gloomy day. It's looked like it's going to tip it down at any moment, but so far it's stayed dry.
I had a trip to the vets this evening, I noticed Parsley a Bunny had a bit of white discharge in his eye yesterday. Of course, despite being there when I put him in the carrier, by the time he saw the vet it had vanished! The vet still prescribed some drops though, even if Parsley was um, less than keen on being examined! Last time he had the discharge he needed his teeth doing, but fortunately they were fine this time. There was lots of stomping and foot flicking in disgust though when I put them both back in the run (as they live together they always go to the vets together to give moral support),
Right, back to the card making. Yep, it's that unicorn set and pixie powder and clarity stencil time again! This time I added the fairytale castle which I cut out if pink card and backed with cream, using the Sweet Dixie die. Really love how affordable their dies are, this one was under £6 in the craft shop in Preston. Right, off to get something to eat now and then a commenting I will go!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge


Wednesday again and it's time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog. This week's theme is - Anything Goes and we have a great sponsor and prize from Art by Miran
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/artbymiran
Prize - 3 digi images of winners choice
They gave me this bewitching image to work with. I printed out the digi stamp and got out my beloved copics to colour it in. I die cut it and a silver mirri mat with my favourite tattered lace pin dot rectangles. I embossed the black background paper with a creative expressions embossing folder, I've lost the label, but I think it was something to do with quilts. I know, really helpful, right! I got out some gold mirri card and die cut some Docrafts nested stars and the memory box jumbled birthday to finish the card with.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Happy Birthday



Did you melt today too? My thick green polycotton uniform trousers are not the best summer wear! Still, at least it was dry today. 
Another card made with the My Favourite Things Magical Unicorns to share today. I made the background a while ago with pixie powders and a clarity cloud stencil. I trimmed it down to fit a 6x6 card and added blue/green and gold mats. I stamped, coloured and fussy cut out the rainbow cloud and the unicorn to which I added wings with the stamp set. I stamped the sun directly on the background. I made a paint out of the pixie powders to colour the sun, it shimmers like the clouds, but of course my dodgy photography doesn't show that! The memory box jumbled happy birthday die was on my desk, so I cut that out of gold mirri and added it to the card along with some tiny gems to finish.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wishing you rainbows, unicorns and glitter.


Well, I've survived another Monday at work, can't wait for the bank holiday next week, even if that does mean that it's nearly September!
I finally got a chance at the weekend to play with the My Favourite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set. I stamped the images up and coloured with my copics and then fussy cut them. I used the other half of the background that I used for my sister's birthday card and stamped the castle in it to get the flags before sticking the coloured castle over it. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set and cut it out in a banner shape. I added faux stitching around the edges of the banner, panel and card and then smudged them in the bottom right corner of the card. Whoops! That part of the card was then amputated, taking it from a 5x7 card blank to something slightly slimmer!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Happy Bird-day


Sunday evening already, where does the time go? I managed to get a bit of a lie in this morning and a bit of crafting done this afternoon. Apologies for the poor photo, it's tipping it down and is very dark and gloomy.
I inked up this mini set from the recent Clearly Besotted release. Masked off the bird and stamped in the bird bath before adding the splashes and flying birds. I coloured it all in with my copics and die cut it with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles to match a matt silver mat I had lurking. I didn't tape down the die well enough and so it cut slightly wonky. I had to add the banner to hide the wording behind it which was now standing out like a sore thumb bring wonky. I fussy cut out a few extra birds and added them with some foam tape. I finished it off with some glossy accents on the water and some 1mm gems.
Right off to catch up on some commenting now!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Back to School


It's time for another new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we have another great sponsor, Crafts U Love. Our theme this week is "Back to School", before you enter the challenge, have a look at my teammates wonderful cards and see if you can spot the "triplets"!
I used the cute schoolboy stamp by Lili of the Valley and coloured him in in my favourite copics. I kept this card very CAS, die cutting some tattered lace pin dot rectangles (they may have been added with foam tape...) and the sentiment I think was also a tattered lace die. I finished the card off with some ivory nuvo drops. I have to say that I like the tonic nuvo drops, I used cosmic shimmers coloured dimensional PVA in the past, but found that they seemed to dry with a slightly tacky surface that could stick to the back of another card if any pressure was on them, whereas the nuvo drops seem not to have the stickiness. Have you found any differences? You could always try both out on your entry in our challenge!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oldie Friday

Thank goodness it's Friday! Has it been a long week for you too? Everyone I've spoken to in the communal kitchen at work has commented on what a long and tiring week it has been. Hubby is allegedly going to Wales tomorrow for gold planners barbecue and will be back Sunday, so I'm hoping to have a rest and try to sort out some of my craft stuff so that we can find the kitchen table and lounge floor again!
I'm massively behind on visiting and commenting on all your wonderful blogs and I think I might have to admit defeat as I'm never going to catch up at this rate given my current tiredness and neck pain. Can I blame that all on having a tooth out? I am still loving seeing what you've all been up to and promise I will comment as much as possible in future.
As it's Friday, it's time to link up with the lovely Erika to share an oldie. I don't think I've shared this one before. It was a card that I was asked to make about 2 or 3 years ago for a colleague who's daughter was graduating from uni. The brief was that it should be girly and that she liked cats. Now, I remembered seeing a Penny Black graduation cat stamp, but of course it had been discontinued when I wanted it. I can't remember the actual stamp image I ended up using, but I know it was on a wooden block, which probably means it's somewhere in the storage unit. I had to mask off whatever the kitty was holding whilst decoupaging him up and add in the graduation certificate scroll which was made from some scrap paper and tied with a snippet of red ribbon. I stole the idea of using a crochet border die to frame the circle mat from another blogger possibly Debby? I stamped some hats using a graduation stamp set I got on eBay and added those. I remember buying another stamp set which had the sentiments included in it. I finished it off with some flowers from wild orchid crafts, although I got a little carried away with them. The details may be vague, but I remember that the colleague and her daughter loved it! Right, off to watch the second Corrie of the evening and then bed calls. Sweet dreams x