Thursday 14 July 2022

OMG, a post!

 Hi Peeps,

Guess what? I had four weeks off from Uni and thought I would the last day! Here are some cards made then for birthdays.....

The first one was for my d-i-l who has become the owner of many hives of bees. 

I used the SU set Honey Bee

The sentiments are from a freebie set of stamps about bees

Then I made 10 little cards with a bee made from the Ladybird punch by SU and scraps

The I used the SU envelope template maker and made 10 envelopes too

Bingo had to join in the photography session....

This one was for our son Matt. His birthday was several weeks ago....
He helps out with the bees, so his are workers, not queens......

All sU dies and stamps and inks and paper unless stated. 

Gotta go - taking Hubby to Dr this afternoon!

Monday 27 December 2021

Merry Christmas and Final Week for Unstampabelles challenge

 Hello Peeps

Sorry this is up late - I took a few days off! I hope you all had a great Christmas if you celebrate it - and that the New Year will be fun and full of much better things than this one has been.

I made a couple of cards for Christmas

This first one is using an SU die and embossing folder, some scrap sparkle card and sentiments from Uniquely Creative. Oh, and some bling. Mustn't forget the bling. 
I cut a rectangle in the top of the topper - then I embossed the topper. 
I die cut the Santa image and positioned it behind the empty rectangle.
Then I put the glitter paper behind that. I added the sentiment and bling and then put the topper on a card. Done. 

This one uses an image from Uniquely creative behind the Santa but is basically made the same way as above. I made a few of these as my cards this year - I had a system going and could make 10 in under an hour. 

This one I made using s similar technique - except here I diecut the image three times across a piece of card and then made this the topper over a background. No embossing here but bling and sentiment strips. The background was DP from SU (2020) and I just smooched ink on it change from white to this. I added the underlay of aqua before putting the whole onto a card. 

This one had a different piece of DP and some gold card but is basically the same card.
I made this one in various colourways about a dozen times. 
I used this for Unstampabelles latest challenge.

This one was super easy but had a stamp - again I set up a system and made quite a few.  Again it was an idea from Pinterest. A strip of glitter with a flag ending, a diecut star, some bling and a stamp. The stamp press was most useful here. I stamped directly onto my actual card. 

A switch between the card used for the pennant and the star changed the look beautifully. 

See you soon!
Have a safe New Year. 

Monday 13 December 2021

Tags, your it!

 It's the final challenge for Unstampabelles for 2021. The challenge is to 

 #118: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  

TWIST:  Keep it simple please

Now it can be Christmas but it can be whatever you wish it to be as well - it's a wonderful time! It could be Thanksgiving, National Day, religious celebrations or a birthday or a wedding!

Mine are related to Christmas and I made some tags for this challenge

I used some Stampin' Up dies and some scrap card, and ribbons

Yep, that's it!

These dies are so pretty

I used different scraps with this one

That is it.

What are you entering in the challenge?

Monday 22 November 2021

Hi Peeps

It's the last week over at Unstampabelles of the latest challenge

#117: November: Colour my World 

TWIST: make it colourful

You have five days to get an entry in

I made two quick Christmas cards (surprisingly) for this

Al Stampin' Up product too

Switch out the colours - using up scraps off desk

There we are - two more for the basket

Some die cutting and a bit of gluing and it was done!

Go on over to Unstampabelles and enter the November Challenge

Monday 15 November 2021

Challenge#117: Colour My World - Midway at Unstampabelles

 Both the theme and the TWIST at Unstampbelles this month is about Colour and lots of it!

As it is November, I am trying to get my cards made without too much procrastination (its not working that well) and so take any opportunity to make a Christmas card.

I started by smooching some ink around, leaving the centre of my card empty

I used SU's Misty Mountain blue

Then I die cut some trees from scraps of green card and the word JOY for a scrap of red card
I used TomBow to glue them onto the base
That is a silicon pad and a sponge - glue is squeezed onto the pad and smeared over the object to be stuck down. It is easy, especially for fiddly bits. 

I added some bling as well and it was done

The lightest green has a bit of sparkle going on too
Mounted onto a white card base

You too can be coulourful

Go for it! There are two weeks left!

Monday 8 November 2021

Unstampabelles challenge #117: Colour My World

 Hi Peeps

Just a quick one - for the Unstampabelles Challenge

#117: November: Colour my World 

TWIST: make it colourful

A card, overseen by the new Office Manager...

I started with my Diane W Scribble Sticks and some SU watercolour paper,  a spray bottle and a sponge......

Love the scribble sticks!

Once I had dried the paper, I die cut some trees using the SU Whimsical Trees dies

The I selected the ones I wanted to build the card up

I added a Uniquely Creative sentiment and some bling.....

Not the brightest of colours but colourful nevertheless....

Thanks for looking! 
See you over at Unstampabelles!

Monday 25 October 2021

Unstampabelles Challenge #116: Everyone has a Story


It's the last week for the Unstampabelles challenge 

#116: Everyone has a Story             


TWIST: use a page from a book somewhere in your piece

I created a card for this and it too tells a story about exploring - whether it be between the pages of a book where the ideas take you sailing away - or actually exploring other places.

I love exploring - even if it is the garden.

(Just a quick word - it was raining fit to bust last week when I made this card and I just opened the workshop door and propped the card up on some woodworking machinery in the light for the photographs. The garden outside the door looked amazing in the rain so I took a couple of quick photo's of that too - you cannot see the weeds!)

Some pink rhodo, red tulips and yellow a native daphne and a rose bush, along with some random other plants and cacti; and under the orchids next to the stairs, four tomato plants!

Anyway, back to exploring - I also explored Pinterest and saw this card and a series of others by the same artist, Birgit. I love her work and this card is similar to one of hers......

First I drew and cut our the sticky note to smooch the ink onto the card to create the shape I wanted - an open book or a big wave from the sea... then I sponged the ink where I wanted it to go. I cut out a cloud and edged it with ink as well 

I photocopied a page from the Penguin English Dictionary on travel and used part of this sheet under my topper on the card. I sponged ink onto that page as well. I diecut the word 'explore' and added it to the cloud and mounted the cloud onto the topper before adding my little metal yacht. It is so evocative and so simple. Love it.

Birgit used 'hello' but I tied it into my theme with explore....

My line is not as crisp as hers between the sea and sky but you get the idea

I was looking to add something else but realised that it needed nothing else to tell the story.

You can find the challenge over at Unstampabelles and you have five days to enter.

Monday 11 October 2021

Unstampabelle's latest Challenge #116: Everyone has a Story with a TWIST of using a page from a book

 Hello Peeps

I decided to use my journal for this challenge and I thought about the challenge theme

#116: Everyone has a Story  

TWIST: use a page from a book somewhere in your piece

I have always loved to travel and with the pandemic this has been put on the backburner
I particularly loved to see doorways - and imagine what was happening behind them.....
and the Mediterranean area is full of wonderful, intriguing doorways....
So I painted a doorway using Jane Davenport's lovely Sushi Roll paints - rich and beautiful.

Then I remembered I needed to have used a page from a book in the TWIST so I photocopied a page from my Penquin Dictionary and cut out the relevant section about doorways and fixed it in place.  


Of course I have copied this from a picture. I painted it first

Then I used my Copic pen fineliner to create the detail

I didn't have a blue in the Sushi's that was the Med blue so used a w/c pen from the Unicolor Set

Once I had completed the drawing I put it into the journal and journalled around it a bit before deciding it needed a border 

I hope that will suffice!

Before I go, Happy Birthday last week to Mr Weasely, who turned 4!

Monday 27 September 2021

Last Week for Unstampabelles in September

 Hello Peeps!

This is the last five days of the Unstampabelles September challenge - Greetings and Salutations and I made a card for the DT. A Christmas card! My first for 2021. 

Spring had arrived the day I made this - there was sun, rain, wind, snow and more sun all day. Ignoring the weeds - this is the first of the orchids blooming in the space outside the workshop door....I have about 25 pots of orchids and about 12 spikes at this stage. I must feed them before they all bloom!

this challenge requires a background stencil, so I got out the old pizza box I use for sprays and began with some TH stencils and sprays. I used SU Whisper White card for this.

Red and green seemed appropriate for Christmas.......after I set the box up to eliminate spray drift on the desk using waste paper

I decided it needed a golden touch so went to Dylusions Yellow too

Because there is a lot of spray on the top of the stencils, rather than just mop it up with paper towel, I used a piece of w/c paper to soak up as much as possible to be used later in a project, then used the paper towel to mop up the rest.

I was left with these two and chose the rhs one for the card - trimming it up left me with some nice bits for later work. 

This green spotted card has been laying on the desk for nearly a year - finally used it.
The greeting is embossed on SU Whisper White and a sponge with red ink lightly applied across the top
I think it is very vintage - maybe the 60's?

A bit of gold thread, some mounting and bling finished it off.

You have five days left to enter!