Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pickles and Jams

Two commission cards today, same kind of layout with an extra tweak :) One was for a keen pickler, and the other a keen baker!

These are two layers, like standard shaker cards, with a layer of perspex between the topper and the base, and the contents (in most of the jars) can move about. I put sequins in the jam pots, and cut out some mini veg shapes for the pickles. I need some thicker foam for shaker cards, the sequins don't move as much as I'd like! :)

All the images were free clipart.

The font is Angel Tears.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Poppy baking.

Commissioned card for a friend, based on a photo of the birthday girl (She'll be nine!) baking.

Hand drawn image coloured with distress inks used as watercolours.  Utensils and Chocolate are from Personal Impressions (I've never had a card before that I wanted to use them on, so they are rather longterm stash items). Font is "Angel Tears."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Monkeys on Skateboards

Another commission, this time Monkey's on Skateboards as a theme! These monkeys are a set of digistamps from Melonheadz Doodles (Called 5 Monkeys) , and I combo'd them with a freebie clipart skateboard, so they fitted my theme.

I printed this out on a large piece of 8x8 kraft card and 3D mounted it onto a kraft card blank. It was going to be a one layer image, but I decided to mount it in the end. Coloured with polychromos on kraft, I masked off the central section to keep it clean and assure crisp lines.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Unicorn!

Another challenge post from me today for The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog, Challenge 29!

The theme this month is Christmas Paper or Anything Goes.

Both sponsors this month , Spellbinding and Scrapper's Delight, are offering 3 digistamps to the winner, so double the chance to win! This is the first time I have had a chance to colour a Scrapper's image, so I was really pleased to finally get Kira Unicorn Pony! (My friend Helen had coloured him a lonnnng time ago, and I loved her!)

So here is Kira!

The papers are all from magazine freebies and offcuts from the stash. Kira is coloured in polychromo pencils on kraft card. I added some green stickles to her mane and tail. The Happy Christmas greeting is from Woodware set "Hand Drawn Greeting" (JGS457).

Close up of Kira.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Sports Cards

I had in an order for a Man U football card so decided to use this Hunkydory kit called "Man of the Match!" I made the kit up as per the layout they suggest and added personal elements to tailor it for the order. Afterwards I wasn't happy with it so I had a rethink and added some stars to make it seem a bit more fun and special. What do you think? Did the stars work?

I also used the kit to make a rugby card at the same time for a friends birthday.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Bicycle love.

Card inspired by this card - found on Pinterest and from

Another commissioned anniversary card, for cyclists - so I adapted the inspiration card to include 2 bikes and used the dies that I had to achieve a similar look.

Hearts from Spellbinders Nesties - Classic Hearts.
Bikes from Marianne Creatables CR0394
Birch trees from IO Dies 079-U
Landscape using Joy Mery's Christmas Tree Border as a mask.

Distress Inks are Stormy Sky and Seedless Preserves blended.

Quick drive by die review!
  • All my Nesties dies work with one run through the cuttlebug, I've had them forever, and they cut perfectly.
  • The Birch Trees from IO are quite intricate and took two passes through the cuttlebug to pop out cleanly. I was cutting card though, they would only require one cut normally. This die is almost new and cut really well.
  • The Landscape die I used as a mask from Joy cut perfectly first time. It's almost new and was impressively precise and immediate.
  • The Bikes from Marianne are also new, and one took 12 passes through the cuttlebug (with extra paper to tighten the process) and some scissor work after, the other took 14 passes. It is a fiddly design and I was cutting card but I think it's not a good start for a new die!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Anniversary Card for Gardeners

Another commission card, this time an anniversary card for two people who enjoy gardening.

From a distance I now realise it looks rather like a rattle! Or a bauble! However, it was meant to be a ring of garden images with the greeting in the middle!

Background is  blended Shaded Lilac and Bundled Sage Distress Inks, with flicked Wilted Violet and Lucky Clover and a final splosh of Cosmic Shimmer Golden Mint to add some sparkle! :)

The images are stamped with Brushed Corduroy, Shaded Lilac and Bundled Sage Distress Inks.

Stamps are from Buzzcraft Oliver's Orchard Characters and Captions No.485, Hunkydory Flutterbye Garden and Rose Garden by Clear Impressions. Also a freebie magazine set that I have now lost the details for! (oops!)

The font is Delinquente Demo.

Monday, November 14, 2016


Commissioned card for a 12 year old, into computer games and particularly Forza. Have to hope I got the right version of the game (there are many!) and he recognises the screen shots! :)

The images are all from google searches, 3D foam mounted.
The diecuts are a set from All Occasion Dies and are called Techno Gadgets. They cut extremely well and all the buttons come out with no fuss, extremely impressed!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Not A Card!

New Challenge (No.13) on The Crafty Addicts Facebook Page- Anything Goes or Anything But A Card!

The two sponsors this month are Lacy Sunshine and Ppinkydolls both offering a prize of three digis! I used an image called "Twinkles Boo" from Lacy Sunshine and I used her on the cover of a small reporter's notebook. I've kept the embellishments pretty flat so it remains a useful little notebook and not something that's going to damage easily.

I coloured the image using polychromo pencils sticking to a yellow and blue colour scheme. The stars are enamels from Prima and I also used Papermania Stars. The glittery bits are yellow stickles and her eyes are glassy with glossy accents.

Here is the notebook lay flat with its fastener on.

Think this notebook was a cheapy from the pound shop, three for a pound maybe...
Here is a closeup of the image.

Really fun to colour this image! I enjoyed trying something different with the hair this time, love a bit of experimenting!

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Hanging Kitties.

The first Novemeber challenge (No.28) on The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog is up! New Theme is ATG or Winter Blues and the Sponsor is the fabulous "Imagine That" who are offering a $10 gift certificate to the winner!

The stamp I chose for inspiration is called Hanging Kitty! And it was fun to use blues, but I found it super hard not to get distracted and use some red and green! :) It came with some greetings as well as the "Feline Festive" that I have used.

As normal this is polychromo pencils on kraft card, matted onto blue card stock and a white card blank. I only added sequins as an embelli, and tacked on a "Special Friend" banner so I could use it at Xmas.

Close Up

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