Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chuffed!

http://www.doctor-digi.com

Woooot! I won something and am very chuffed. There is nothing nicer than winning a prize for something you enjoy doing :)

So the Knight, from the Hard Days Knight Digistamp won me a rather nice prize of a Dr.Digi mug (photos later) and 5 new Dr. Digi digistamps.!


They have to be my fav to colour, especially in polychromos on kraft paper, and now I have five more to use! Am proper stoked :) Thanks very much Dr. Digi!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Really fun commission.

I had this really fun commission for Alma's eightieth birthday. She is a true, strong, adventurous spirit and never lets age stop her doing anything. She travels the world on her own and has the most amazing anecdotes. This card was from her craft group to give to her along with some travel money towards her next voyage.

 

The thing that is most Alma about the card is the colour scheme! She loves free experimental colours (but not orange) and techniques. I made two large sheets of watercolour background using my Gansai Tambi Watercolours and then cut them up to make all the backing paper for this card.

On the back of the card was the other side of the world so I could include all the amazing places she has been or is booked to go to soon.


I added two strips  on the side so the group could all sign it together.  Around the world, front and back,  I used cloud diecuts by Joy and Plane diecuts from I-O dies, which I cut from the left over pieces of watercoloured paper.

The group had collected a nice present, travel money for her next trip! I made a matching envelope for the travel money to go in.

I also scanned the watercolour paper so I could use it on the computer to fill the font (Lobster Two) so it perfectly matched the watercolours.

I think Alma really liked it, and the craft group did too! Phew.

If you would like to use the watercolour sheet for your own project, you are most welcome to save it from here. I thought I would share it as a freebie. It printed out really nicely, I combo'd it with an antique map for the travel wallet. 

 (Click on it to make it larger and then right click and save/ or download).
Please pop a link back to the blog if you use it on a project. Thanks.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's a gem!

I love these Treasure Trolls from Crafting Desert Divas! Norms kindly stamped me a set and I was very rash, and not at all economical and used them all on one card! ;)


Stitched rectangle (from Cottagecutz) coloured with distress inks and a circle stencil. Was going for a mine/cave kinda feel. Stitched hillsides from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. I coloured all the trolls and the cart with copics and used a gel pen to add highlights and "dandruff". ;)



Washi tape is from hobbycraft. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Added some stickles and glossy accents to embellish.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Unicorns!

Another card using the Magical Unicorns set from Crafting Desert Divas, kindly shared with by Norms so I could have fun colouring them!


I think this might be the smallest card I've ever made! But packed with goodness no? :) It's A6. I know that it might be a fashionable size in crafting at the moment but because I sell my cards I don't make anything that small, people always want things to be bigger, not smaller! But in this case, small is cute! I used distress inks and oxides to make the background and used the waste card from cutting the hillside die as a stencil to use on it too.

Hillside die is from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. Stitched rectangle is from Cottagecutz.

 

I coloured the unicorn, moon and clouds in copics and used white gel pen and posca pen to add highlights. Also added stickles to his mane and tail. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft.

Friday, July 14, 2017

More CDD goodness - Unicorns!

This time Norms sent me some of the Crafting Desert Diva's Magical Unicorns set to use and colour! They are too cute! And lots of fun to colour too. Here is my first card using them.


I coloured the unis in copics and added white gel spots and stickles to their manes and tails.  The background is in distress inks and oxides flicked with water. The clouds are from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop and added some extra stickles sparkle. The background stitched rectangle is from Cottagecutz.


Fonts are courier and lobster two. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Win Win Win!

Was soooo happy to be picked in the 300 member giveaway at Little Blue Button Stamps (Facebook Fan Group). This image - Spike n Anna Having Coffee is an awesome digi and it was really good fun to colour too. Did it straight away, couldn't resist.


Keep trying new ways to colour the hair with polychromos, not sure it was perfect but it was a way to tackle her voluminous locks! The card I used to colour on is called "Kendal Buff" and I believe you can buy it in some Hobbycraft stores.


Spike the dog was fab to colour (In polychromo pencils) , just did him in the standard hairy fashion. I usually avoid doing anything black but this time his eye patch worked out ok, tho I do seem to have made his ears look a bit like antenna, lol.


Fonts I used are East Coast Stationery and Gungsuh.  Just 3D foamed it onto a 7x5 kraft card blank and added a couple of pearls from the stash to finish.

Somebunny!

Back with some more joys from The Crafting Desert Divas who have some of the cutest stamps at the moment, luckily Norman has stamped me some of her new ones so I got this fabulous group from the set called "Somebunny" to colour.


I coloured the bunnies and their carrot house using copics. I added some glossy accents to their eyes to lively them up a bit. :)
The background is distress inks and oxides splashed with water.
The fonts are Courier and Lobster Two.
 

The washi tape is more from Hobbycrafts, I love the glitter tapes, so much easier than ribbon! I don't feel I have used any ribbon in ages, getting harder and harder to justify all that ribbon storage space in the craft room! :)

The hillside die is from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. The rectangle die is from Cottagecutz. The background paper is from Tonic, Mid Summer Mornings.

I debated whether to make this into a new home card, or even a new arrival card, but opted birthday in the end. Shows it's quite an adaptable set tho.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Yeti Part 2.

The second of the Yeti cards I made from the Crafting Desert Divas Yeti to Party set, that Norms kindly stamped for me to colour. I kept this one in blue/green tones so it might be suitable to send to a boy.


Yeti coloured with copics. Background in distress inks/oxides splashed with water. Hillsides are from The Crafty Kitty Catshop. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft. Background patterned paper is from Tonic "Mid Summer Mornings" 8x8 pad. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Added stickles and glossy accents at the end. :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Yeti Part 1.

Are you Yeti to party? I'm not sure I am quite in the mood to party (toothache erf!) but I did very much enjoy colouring the Yeti's Norman stamped for me from her Crafting Desert Diva's "Yeti to Party" stamp set!


This is the first of three cards I made with them. I'll post up the other tomorrow but the third has to wait as I personalised it for me to send to a reli! :)


Backgrounds are distress inks and oxides, flicked with water. The Yeti is coloured with copics.  Washis are from the stash and Hobbycraft. Fonts are Courier and Lobster two. I added stickles and glossy accents after.

The stitched hill dies are from my friend's craft shop: http://craftykittycatshop.blogspot.co.uk/
The stitched rectangle is from Cottagecutz.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Slight change from Card-io.

Ok, not much of a change, but it's not actually Card-io! :) This time I used a layering stamp from Amy Tedder called Romantic Wild Roses.


I used distress inks and just stamped directly (and by eye) onto the topper, using Pickled Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserve and Peeled Paint (And Forest Moss aswell I think.) When I made the two decoupaged flowers I used my Pretend-Misti to do a better job. I used stickles, bling and Nuvo Jewel Drops to add accents.
Font is Lobster Two. It's my favourite. :D
I've blurred out the name to protect the innocent. :D

Friday, July 07, 2017

Final Cardio Post of The Week, lol!

Final one this week ( I promise...) though I warn you there will probably be more soon. I am obsessed. :)


Another new set involved in proceedings, kindly loaned by Norman. This set is called Posh Pots and is all in distress inks/oxides.

I have also used a few bugs from the Bugs and Snails Set, some leafy boughs from Oriental Magnolia, some seed heads and leaves from Clematis Garden and leaves from both Emily's Garden and Fields of Clover. What a mix!

Flowers are from Wild Orchid and stash.
Added some Wink of Stella too I think but you can't see it on this picture.
I've blurred out the name, if you think the spacing is a bit odd, lol! :)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Returning to the theme.

After yesterday's debacle (A word I don't think I have ever written before....) from the Card-io theme we are straight back to another card using Card-io stamps!


This time I did a blended ink background before stamping. I am not entirely happy with the middle tree but was pleased that the silhouette style stamping worked well for a man's card.

This set (in black) is called "Perfect Patch" but I also used stamps from Emily's Garden (Leaves on trees), Bugs and Snails, Clematis Garden (Contents of the Wheelbarrow) and Oriental Magnolia ( A nice leafy bough).

I used a grass stencil when I made the background and  I combined distress inks and oxides. I used Momento Tux Black on top of the distress inks.

Green Stickles and pearl bling to finish.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Humorous Challenge 38 at The Crafty Addicts.

Back with another challenge project! This time it's for Challenge 38 at The Crafty Addicts, with an ATG/Homorous theme!

We are very lucky to have Dr.Digi's House of Stamps sponsoring us this month and I have chosen "Hard Days Knight" digistamp (just minus the dragon, which is inside the card!).


This is actually an image I won from Dr.Digis last year, I love the short fat Thelwellian pony! I confess I did have to alter his hooves when I coloured him in, a horse with cloven hooves bothered me alot! lol.

I used polychromo pencils on Kendal Buff Card. And some red enamel bling as decoration!

Sponsor Link
http://www.doctor-digi.com/





Tuesday, July 04, 2017

More Card-io....

Carrying on with theme, here are a few of the cards I made using the Emily's Garden Card-io stamp set. (See yesterday's post for more info - Cardio Fever).


Font is Lobster Two.
Distress Inks are mainly: Pickled Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Shabby Shutters.
Stickles.
Wink of Stella Pen.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Card-io Fever.

I have to confess, I am having a Card-io stamp phase. Unfortunately not fitness related, very much stamp related. I've not owned any before and only had a dabble with a friend's and it's sooooo fun!

These are a few of the cards I've made with the Majestix Card-io Fields of Clover set.

Flowery & gardeny card commission. (Easel Card)


Flowery, gardeny & tennis related card commission. (Easel Card)


Card for personal use, actually made a batch as I went stamp crazy. The set you can see behind is called Emily's Garden.


Got  a new set called "Branching Out" at the weekend, really looking forward to messing with it! :)

Font is Lobster Two.
Distress Inks - mainly Seedless Preserves, Pickled Raspberry, Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.
Stickles.
Wink of Stella Pen.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Khalessi

Fiftieth birthday Game of Thrones x French Bulldog Card. (Not for sale) Mainly done on the PC using images from Google image search, I can't locate all the image owners so this is for personal use only.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ten Year Cardaversary?

I have been making cards now for ten years. I thought it would be fun to find photos of the first cards I made, photographed and showed online! It's kinda cringy but I am going to do it! Here are the first three card pictures I posted!


These 6x6 blanks and topper kits were £1 a pack from a cheapy shop I used to visit. Actually, not a bad buy, but it does explain the rather large use of odd embellishments, they are probably the ones that came in the kit! I laminated the cake toppers... I am not sure why. lol.


I made this as a thank you card I think, for someone that had two minature schnauzers! Actually I quite like it! But once again I have no idea why I needed to laminate the dog topper.
 

This was the first decoupage set I purchased, don't think it was a diecut one either. I loved these sets and made a whole bunch of cards using them however I don't think I did much more than place them on a white card base... obviously matting and layering hadn't been discovered yet, lol.

So I encourage you to now do the same! Hope you cringe too! I know some people will have started off doing something brilliant but I'm hoping other people had a rapid learning curve like me! :) What were your first official card makes? :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Variation on a choir!

Another version of the choir card, but with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme! (Not for sale).



Friday, June 23, 2017

Sneaky Hunkydory Goodness.

I really like these Pretty Pansy pot cards from Hunkydory! It's a kit, so it's kinda cheating, but it meant I had eight very quick cards suitable for ladies of a certain age. I seem to need alot of them :)


The kit has eight pansy pots, two in each colour, and I have been adding a personalised tag and greeting inside (as per the pot on the left).


They push out really well (no rips or tears) and everything fits together perfectly. (Mini review! lol). The only problem with them is they don't stand up very well, once you understand how to get them to stand straight it's fine, but until you do, it seems wonky is the only option! :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A bit of a cheat....

So it's a bit of a cheat because I have made this card before, but as the customer asked for a copy, I thought it might be ok to post it again! :) I think it's been about 2 years since I made it last and luckily had kept all the choir drawings so I could use them this time too.


So it's a standard pop up box blank which I decorated with musical score and then added the choir (my own images) to the centre, so they popped up! :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

*sigh*


It’s actually with a heavy heart that I feel the need to make this post. It’s not often customer service is so bad I want to warn people away from a company, but this time I think I should.

I am talking about a company called Sprinkle Twinkle Ltd sometimes known as Sprinkle Twinkle 24 (online).

I can’t say they were ever anything other than polite with me, they were always quite quick to reply but if I tell you that I placed an order on the 24th March, and after a long chain of emails they still couldn’t provide me with a eta on my order by the 1st June. 68 days later!

I believe they have changed some of the policies since I ordered, but even though items appear to be in stock they actually are not, they wait for a group of orders to come in and then they place their order with the supplier in America. I only know they do this because of an order I placed with them at the end of last year that took 3 months to arrive because of “customs issues” and the delay in placing the original order. Basically they had waited a long time to place the order due to the Christmas rush and them relocating their company and then it was further delayed by customs, so a 3 month wait. I didn’t think this was the normal amount of time it took to get things from them; I thought it was a one off!

I place my order two months in advance of when I needed it. As I shared with them via email, this was because I was working out it would take 4 weeks for them to place order, 5 days for the American Supplier to post, 3 weeks for customs to hold things up, 2 days for the item to be posted to me. Two months seemed like plenty of time to get things done. It takes less than that amount of time to order from Supermart USA and Chinese suppliers via ebay.

In their initial update to the order they themselves state:

Due to the volume that we order we would expect a worse case scenario to be around 3 weeks from your order date. We do now order on a weekly basis from the larger suppliers and this should cut down waiting times on delivery to our customers however there can be cases where our suppliers cannot complete every order due to them not having stock in to supply us, in this situation we will make you aware as soon as we know.

So they were actually predicting a date far sooner than I had imagined when I placed the order.

On the 2nd of June after emails saying there was still no eta I cancelled the order, and on the 6th of June they eventually refunded me. They didn’t bother to follow that up with another email, or reply to the email I had made asking them to cancel, or the one chasing the cancellation when they still hadn’t refunded me a few days later.

So yes, I got refunded in the end, but I think the reason I still couldn’t get an eta was because the items had still not been ordered. They discouraged me from contacting Lawn Fawn (who I assumed were the supplier for the goods) because they said goods were not coming from them, but actually I think it was because I would have discovered the order hadn’t been placed, or hadn’t been placed 2 months ago, but recently.

The co-owner of the company did ring me personally and left a short sharp message on my answer phone, at the time I was hoping it was going to be an apology and an eta for my order, but after an email later I actually think he was ringing because he was cross that I had offered to ring Lawn Fawn and chase them about the delay.

I am not ordering from them again, and I am actively going to discourage people from using them and to try somewhere else instead. There is no other time when I have to wait longer than 2 months for something I order online, even a sofa would arrive sooner than that. It’s not on, it’s not reasonable to offer no eta when it’s requested and I hope Lawn Fawn realise, the company in the UK representing them and their products is performing so awfully.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mazda mx5 2.01 niseko roadster

Another commissioned card for a 70th Birthday. The Dad in question is an enthusiast of a very specific car, and I added the numberplate of his version to the front of the card.


I collected the images from google and then recoloured them and made a photomontage. Added some silver studs to finish. Hopefully he will love it!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

I only had one commissioned Father's Day card to do this year, so I thought I would share it on Father's Day. :) The remit was "Roman Legion" themed, so I had this awesome digi from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps! The stamp is called Gluteus Maximus and he was fabulous to colour!


I used polychromos on kraft card and just added some red enamel bling at the end. The sentiment was also from Dr. Digis and is called Fathers Day Sentiment Sheet.




http://www.doctor-digi.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cactusness.

It's a bit of a cactus themed post today. I want to share with you a link to my friend Olga's new wordpress blog where she has very kindly uploaded a fab "Cacti and succulents" image that you can colour yourself! It's awesome! Please pop by and have a look at her new blog!

https://creatingwitholga.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/welcome-to-my-new-blog-free-drawing/

Prior to her posting that I had been on the hunt for some Cactus stamps! After a lot of looking at the huge choice of cactus/succulent stamps out there at the moment, I decided on the Hunkydory, For the Love of Stamps, Prickly Plants set! I love it :) Made this card for one of my besties. The "Luvyoo" is a long standing joke, I'm not sure any explanation will make sense!


One of the craft mags had a similar idea to this and I've had a look online but can't find who to credit the idea with but shall declare this as "inspired" by someone else's work.

I also got a chance to use some cute stickers and washi tape I have collected on the inside. The washi tape was from Hobbycraft and the stickers were cheapy ones from The Range.


I coloured the images with copics. I printed and stamped the greeting onto vellum.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Recommended.

Bit of a different post from normal, but I had such good service from my friend's business I just wanted to share a picture and a link so you could check it out too! 

http://craftykittycatshop.blogspot.co.uk/

After a really rubbish experience with one of the major retailers of american craft products I cancelled my order and decided to try my friends new shop instead. I was a bit worried about ordering because she lives in Croatia and I thought postage would be awful.... but... No! Postage was completely reasonable, her die prices were alot cheaper than elsewhere and I managed to get three die sets for half the price I would have paid at the major retailer!


I paid for expedited postage (It was still under $10) and they came less than a week later.  Fiki was great with comms so I even had a tracking number to check. They were well packaged and there was even a freebie inside for spending over $25!

I was really impressed so thought I would share my experience and recommend her to you, she has lots of "on trend" dies at the moment and some cool stamps! Check it out! :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More Nail Art.

I think I might be a frustrated nail artist because I love making these cards! Any excuse to rustle up a new Nail Card!!

So I started with a card featuring Marvel Nail Art. (in 2015)


And then, later in the year, a set featuring "on trend" Pink Nail Art.


And this time, it's a little bit more Purple-ish Nail Art!!


So just like the other times, I used the templates I had luckily saved from the last nail card. The fold style will be more obvious in the next pictures, but I printed out two sets of fingers and layered them onto the front panels of the card. Then I used a "nail template" and painted ten designs using acrylic paint onto the mock nails. When they were dry, I curved them slightly and sprayed with clear gloss varnish. (They become really tough after that). Then I added some bling and stickles to brighten things up! Nails were added with a couple of layers of 3D tape.



Inside I mocked up a nail varnish bottle with the recipients name (blurred here) and the birthday greeting.