Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Pastel Winter Wishes

Here's a card I made a while ago but haven't gotten around to sharing with you. The stamp is by Nellie's Choice called sharing a present - I don't think they are available anymore but there are similar designs at Funky Kits/Sugar Nellie.

I've coloured her with my Copics and added touches of glitter, then cut her out with one of the dies in Marianne Design set LRO279 - Petra's Ornaments. I must admit that it is a die set that I rarely use, I got it because I loved the samples that I saw .. .. but then it's stuck at the back of the box.  This is the plainer backing die I've used here, and I think works and gives a bit of added interest without having to do lots of matting and layering.  What do you think?

Here's the card so you can see better:

It's another 5"x7" in landscape and I've used a rather busy paper matted with plain green card then kept embellishments to a minimum in the hope it'll go through the narrow post slot.  The ric rac is the last sparkly bit in my stash so I will have to look out for some more, then I've die cut the trees, holly sprays and flowers, and finished off with lots of pink gems. Oh, and I nearly forgot the little die cut bow, it and the flowers are cut from pearl paper so have some shimmer to them too.

The Marianne Design dies I used to embellish this card were:

I am still feeling very under the weather, just can't seem to shift the cough and now have what seems like a second head cold starting up .. .. really I need a holiday but that ain't going to happen.  So far my almost obsessive hand washing has saved Mum from the bugs, but it's hard work looking after someone 24/7 when you aren't feeling on form.  The housework has gone by the by .. .. and so has the garden although I have managed to dead head the roses as it's been lovely and sunny here in Cornwall - just wish I could enjoy it more.

Righteo, I have found a couple of challenges I can enter with my card, Fab 'n' Funky is anything Christmas, and at Die Cutting Divas it's anything goes. Oh! and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge theme is 'stick it down' - yep, it's all stuck down!

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek, I hope you will come back again!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Snoesjes and the Snowman

Here's another of my Snoesjes cards I've managed to put together over the weekend in between coughing and sneezing!  This time I've coloured up Snoesjes and the Snowman with my Copics and a silver pen then added crystal glitter for the snow and used a pearl maker pen for the falling snow.

The Christmas Card challenge is anything goes, so I can enter my card with them, here it is:

It's a 7" x 5" base card in landscape.  The papers, stamped text and die cuts are Marianne Design, I'll give you a list in a moment.  I've added a little bow tied with some blue variegated cord I forgot I had and rediscovered when I was looking for something else, and I punched the fronds with an old MS punch.  I've distressed and inked the edges of my papers and also inked the edges of the flowers, and caught some of the raised embossed areas too, with chalk ink Versamagic Aegean Blue.

The Marianne Design goodies are
cut out with stamp die CR1223 shortened to fit the image
paper from the special beach set, and Scandinavian Winter pad
Diamond gems in centre of poinsettia flowers
snowflakes from Anja's Circle set LR0327

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like my Snoesjes Christmas card. I'm still feeling yuk and not up to doing much .. .. but I have been craft shopping in the hope that by the time the new stash arrives I'll be rearing to get at it again!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Don and Daisy Candy!

Pop on over to the Don and Daisy blog for a chance to win the new D&D stamps coming out .. .. I want them!

Feeling a wee bit under the weather still, cough is back with a vengeance and oh what I'd give for a chance to rest up - like that's going to happen any time soon!

Hope you are having a better Sunday - I'll see you all in a wee while.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Carolling Snoesjes

I just got on line on my main pc, so I can get to read my blog role of what's new for the blogs I'm following.  I don't seem to be able to do that on my gizmo .. .. great for email and watching films, and even shopping, but I can't get the blogging side to work properly.

Anyway, it's time for another Rudolph Day at Scrappy Mo's and since I've been under the weather I've been colouring in to keep me occupied.  Admittedly the cards I made are probably full of germs but I'm told they will all be dead long before I have to post/deliver them!

I inked up my new Snoesjes Winter stamps and coloured with Copics then added the glitter, falling snow and a couple little 'fluff' balls to the ends of their hats.  Here is the card:

It's a small C6 size with a piece of gingham paper matted with teal blue cardstock and overlaid with a large piece of lace and a length of teal gross grain.  I've die cut the image with the Marianne Design stamp die, it's easy to make the big rectangle into a smaller one by just lining up the indentations and cutting again where you want .. .. To decorate I simply added a die cut snowflake from the LR0327 Anya's Circle set and put a Diamond Gem in the centre - they are really sparkly!

Crafty Ribbons want to see some lace this week, so I can enter my Snoesjes card with them too.

That's it, hopefully the next one might be a bit more involved, once I stop sneezing all over the craft table and the embellishments.  The good news is it no longer hurts so much to cough, but I am now bunged up to the eyeballs with snot .. .. so looks like it's just the common cold bugs!

Thanks for stopping by .. .. I'm off to make myself a hot toddy and see if there's a chic flick on tv I can watch from under the duvet - Izzy's already gone to warm up the bed for me!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

CCT Things with Wings

This week's theme at Cute Card Thursday is things with wings.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Sherri Baldy with My Besties, please stop by the blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the DT made, and thanks to Sherri for the digis - unfortunately I still can't print any out .. ..

Well, first up - I didn't make it to the dentist today as instead I've got a bad chest infection and only just realised I need to get my post done before I crash and burn.  I hope it doesn't get any worse as last time I felt this bad I ended up with pneumonia.

Anyway, I have made another CAS card, this time with one of the Wee Stamps adorable little flower fairies.  I've coloured her with my Copics and added a touch of sparkle to the centre of the flowers and on her wings, but it's not showing up - arghhhhh!

Here is the card:

A scallop base and layers of pearl and pale pink patterned papers.  I've cut a pretty mat for her to sit on and added a couple of bling flowers, and a stamped text - that's it!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

CAS Christmas & Crochet

I have been struggling with Mr Mojo again, having a sore throat and toothache isn't helping.  So I just have a CAS Christmas card to share with you today and to enter into the Papertake Weekly challenge - It'll soon be here! Christmas, that is.

I made my base card out of some royal blue card I had in my stash then added the white layer embossed with the new Marianne Design snowflake folder.  The white gross grain ribbon I had stamped last year, or perhaps the year before .. .. so I know the ink lasts! I used a dark blue Versamagic chalk ink, and used the same ink to colour the wooden snowflake.  Once dry I added a thick layer of Stardust Stickles.  A scrap of lace from my stash tucked under the ribbon, and that's it!

And when paper crafting seemed too daunting, I got out my crochet hook and had a play with some baby wool I've had in a box under the bed for 10 years or so! I loved doing the pink shell stitch and found a couple of YouTube channels giving instructions and picked the easiest/clearest.  They are all USA terms so the green border is what they call DC, but I think is called treble here in UK.  Anyway, the edges have curled up but that's ok, and Mum has claimed the little throw to keep her shoulders warm, so that's ok too!

Thanks for stopping by, I have my next CCT DT creation ready for Thursday, so will get that post done early as hopefully I will be at the dentist, if son #2 is available to drive me.  Catch up with you all later on .. .. .. bye for now!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

CCT Chocolate!

Time for our next challenge on the Cute Card Thursday blog - and this week we want to see chocolate!  Interpret any way you want, the colour or the edible kind .. .. mmmm!  Our sponsor for the challenge is Whimsy Stamps, stop by the blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the DT created for our chocolate theme.

I have been playing catch up again after messing about with my mixed media projects and life stuff, and was lacking inspiration but actually really in the mood for a chocolate cup cake - a real one!  So inspiration struck and this is my card.  I already had the base card with the paper on it in my box of 'started but stalled' bits - do you have one of those?  That gave me an idea for a contrast colour - pink.  I've die cut lots of elements from chocolate, cream, pink and gold card then added liquid pearls and the pretty daisy lace trim.  All Marianne Design dies of course, so here is the list with links to the Buddly Crafts site just in case you want to see in more detail, or go shopping:

Thank you for stopping by, please let me know in the comments if you come across any challenges I can enter with my chocolate cupcake - all my usual ones seem to be for autumn or Christmas! Think I will go see if I have the ingredients for a proper chocolate cupcake now .. .. ..

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

New Home hanging decoration

With only hours left to enter the Marianne Design challenge for a new home project, I am cutting it fine!  I had to wait until this morning to take the pictures, and still things are a little dull with it being a dismal day here in Cornwall, but at least it's not raining yet!

I've made a little hanging decoration for a dear couple who have plans to move home in the near future.  It's taken a while to put together as I was making things up as I went along .. .. but started with a square of card from the back of a notebook, so quite sturdy.  I recently got some Americana Acrylic paints from Buddly Crafts - love them! The paint covers in just one coat, not even painted on thick, and dries mat.  This shade is light French blue.  I'm linking up to the shop as I go, just in case you want to go shopping or see what I used!

I've used paper from the Marianne Design Victorian Vintage pack throughout the project, and for the front I simple cut a square a wee bit smaller than my base and distressed around the edge.  Here's a close up:

I punched holes to thread my dusty blue organza ribbon through but then had to glue the butterfly and the text on to keep it from slipping back out - should have used the smaller hole punch!  And I could only have the one butterfly as I ran out of the oval blue pearls .. ..

I've added two pieces of lace across the bottom edge, I couldn't see the cream vintage lace on the shop, perhaps it's discontinued but there are plenty others to choose from.  The blue lace is from the blue mixed pack and is still available.

The text is from a set of clear little stamps that comes with the house die I used for my dangle - here's a close up of it:

I cut it from the thick card first and painted around the edge.  I fixed the cut out windows back into the die with paper tape and painted over that - you will see on the back of the house in just a bit .. .. I also stuck the cut out heart back in as well. Then I cut out the house from patterned papers for front and back cutting off the roof edge before sticking down.  I've used a Versamagic chalk ink Aegean Blue to ink the edges of the paper, but wish I had remembered to ink the roof line before glueing down .. .. next time!

I've used the same ink to colour my flowers, here's the close up of them on the main section:

I've used the new punch die flowers, as it's called.  It's just a thin die that cuts lots of flowers of different sizes all together.  I've also used the punch die Autumn leaves as well, just picking out the smaller leaves for this project and the smaller flowers.  I've cut them out of Mulberry paper and then inked and spritzed the flowers and leaves before shaping them with a ball tool.  Once dry I've layered up and glued to my project.

And I had better show you a close up of the heart I added.  I got a pack of different shapes of hearts at the Cornwall Papercraft fair a few weeks back.  I chose this big one and painted it, then used Versamark to heat emboss the design with white embossing powder on top.  The stamp and powder are old stash - I was just messing about but was fairly pleased with how it turned out so decided to use it!  The trellis behind is from the trellis die in the Anja's Vintage frame set, I simply laid the heart over the middle and stuck down then trimmed back.

Here it is:

Well that's about it for the front of the New Home hanger.  On the back I've kept things plainer so it could be hung against a wall or cupboard and sit flat.

I've die cut the elegant square and glued it on, then the pretty oval from the passe partout set with the stamped text - another in the house die and stamp set.  I've used a grey Momento ink for stamping my texts.

And here is the final picture of the back of the New Home hanging decoration.

I have had fun making it over several days - stopping and starting, and scratching my head in between wondering what to do next - it does seem to be the way I craft these days!

The Fab 'n' Funky challenge is to upcycle/recycle something - well my starting point was the cardboard at the back of an old note book.

The ABC blog have a recipe for their challenge - I have the middle line of ribbon, dies and blue.

And The Corrosive blog challenge is for a mixed media project so hopefully my mix of paint, paper and embellishments will be ok for their theme.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my little project, I hope you like it - now I had better get it linked up to the Marianne Design blog pdq!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Marianne Design Divas challenge

The next challenge on the Marianne Design Divas blog is to incorporate an animal into your project.  MD have some adorably cute animal dies, as well as more traditional dies like this stag's head with proud antlers.  And, there are stamps and lots of sheets of pictures you could choose from too.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Buddly Crafts and I've linked the MD items I used to their shop - so you can find them easily!

My card is simple as I'm suffering another round of dental problems .. .. and Mr Mojo got lost along with a filling!  I love this sheet of pretty paper from the Christmas Time pack and didn't want to cover it up, so I've simply distressed and inked the edges then matted with gold and ivory pearl papers, adding the embossed faux stitching around the edges of the mat layers.

I've die cut the bauble and embossed it with the new snowflake folder to fix to the card, adding a pretty tulle and silk ribbon bow to the top.  The stag's head I inked and distressed before 3d fixing to the bauble.  I used some oddments of the gold pearl paper to die cut the trellis, it's still my favourite, and the text, then finishing off with the little pearls.

Marianne Design product I used:

The Christmas Card blog challenge is anything goes, so I can enter my card with them.  And also with Pixie's Snippets challenge as my die cuts are from snippets of paper and card in my bit box.

Thank you for stopping to take a peek, and I hope you will pass by again soon.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

CCT numbers

This week our theme for the Cute Card Thursday blog challenge is numbers .. ..

Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, please stop by the blog to read all about the prize and see what the rest of the team have created.

After been organised last month and getting ahead with the challenges, this month I seem to be going around in circles and not getting anything finished the way I want.  So my card for the theme is a last minute die cut creation after my original planned effort got ditched!  I hope you will like it:

I recently got the fancy square die from Crafts U Love when it was a special price, so decided to cut the inner die from some old chalk covered Coredinations card then sanded back the embossed areas with an emery board.  I stamped the text with Momento Rhubarb Stalk die ink, a new addition to my stash and I thought it would be pink .. .. but it's not!  I've been doing some mixed media/shabby stuff recently so as the distressing tool was out on my desk, I took it to the edges of my red card layers as well as the patterned paper layer.  After that it was die cut bits and bobs all the way, a little inking or distressing to the embossed areas and edges, then a final embellishment with lace, string, wire and bling. Please excuse the blob of white glue fixing my wire bow to the lace one, it has now dried clear but I was worried about loosing the light for the picture so had to snap too soon!

All the dies are Marianne Design, as is the patterned paper, lace and the red bling.  The dies I used this time were:

flowers CR1201 and CR1204

I'm entering my card into Pixie's Snippets challenge #193 as I really have used lots of snippets to die cut my different pieces.

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm not sure I will be around much as yet again I've broken a piece off another tooth so have to pluck up the courage to visit the emergency dentist.  Still not managed to get a NHS dentist to take over and do proper fillings, plus I now will need several falsies fitting.  It's going to be soup and mush if I have to have 3 in a row taken out top left (one that broke at the gum line a while back, one next to it that looks pretty rotten and the one I just lost the enamel and only have the filling sticking out), plus still need 1 or 2 more taking out bottom front - only one is very loose but I doubt the one next to it will be fixed enough to hold a plate in place so I guess I will loose that one too.  Still, top left needs sorting out first .. .. ..

Thursday, 3 September 2015

CCT Autumn Leaves

For our next challenge on Cute Card Thursday we would like to see some autumnal leaves.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Bunny Zoe's Crafts, please stop by the CCT blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I had visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend so took them to visit our local vineyard.  The grapes are still small and the leaves quite green so it'll be a while before any wine production begins for this year.  It did however inspire me for this week's theme, and I remembered I had a Serendipity Stamps quotation stamp about wine that had never seen ink!  So this is my result:

The base is a square kraft card that I simply dragged the edge with brown chalk ink.  The paper on top is a digi scrap and fortunately already had muted golden tones in a shabby style, so I distressed and inked the edges before stamping my text and sticking to the base.

The rest is all Marianne Design die cut elements that I've inked with various Versamagic chalk inks in Aloe Vera, Tea Leaves, Sahara Sand and Purple Hydrangea.  I like the softness you get with chalk inks, and personally I find them easier to blend together and layer.

The Marianne Design dies I used are:
Petra's Grapes - LR0366
Butterfly from LR0261
Marrakesh trellis from DF3416

I hope you like my card - a little bit different from my normal cute style, but I am experimenting with inks and paint and getting messy fingers - it's fun!

I'm going to enter my card into the Try it on Tuesday challenge for trying something new, and the Cuttlebug Mania blog challenge where it's anything goes - and my dies are all cut with my very old original Cuttlebug that I hope keeps going for a few more years yet!  The Serendipity Stamps monthly theme is anything goes for the current challenge so I can squeeze into that one too!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Warm Summer Colours

Well we haven't had much of a warm summer this year, fingers crossed for a beautiful Indian Summer instead!

I made this card quite a while ago and it has gone to the recipient for his birthday. The image is LOTV stamp 'in the country' and love the cute dog - perfect for the person it was made for!  I've coloured the image with my Copic pens, and apologise for the wonky picture (it's actually a wee bit wonky in real life too - hence all the flowers across the bottom!)

The flowers are die cut from ordinary paper then painted with H2Os, shaped a little and layered up. The paint makes them quite stiff and they hold their shape.  Here's the card:

The patterned papers are scraps from my digi print out box and I've added embossed faux stitching around the edges and inked with brown chalk ink.  The tiny flowers are punched with  MS Hydrangea punch and the leaves are created with an old punch/emboss punch in my stash.  The swirls, scallop trim and flowers are all created with Marianne Design dies, these ones .. ..

swirls from LR0116
flowers from LR0106 with centre stamens from LR0105
scallop edge die in CR1273

Creative Inspirations new theme is for warm colours, so I shall enter my card with them. And, the Papertake Weekly theme is anything goes, so I can join them too.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.  I plan on messing about with my new craft paints and bits and bobs .. .. one of my visitors said that what I was making would make a nice fridge magnet so I will have to get some magnetic sheets for the back of my 'things' .. .. hope to share with you soon!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Purple Friends

Squirrel, Annette and Jayne have a little challenge on Squirrel's blog here: to make something with the theme of friendship and to include purple.

I have had this card made for quite a while but left it in my "wip" tray as I thought it needed something else .. .. but knowing that Squirrel is a fan of the CAS style, I thought to myself - 'twill do!

The image of the little girl and her teddy best friend is from an old clear Kanban set I've had ages.  I coloured with Copics and added touches of sparkle to her dress, then added the stamped hearts, coloured them purple and glazed over the top.  Here's the card:

A CAS style for me with just a piece of purple patterned paper from my stash with the faux embossed stitching lightly inked with purple then backed with purple card, and a lighter shade of purple used to die cut the mat for behind my image.  The two Marianne Design dies are LR0112 for the mat and CR1248 to cut out my image.

It's been a busy weekend with visitors, so I am taking it easy and slowly getting back into craft and the computer - been away from it since Friday so not sure if there are any challenge themes I could enter with this card, will have to browse .. .. ..

Ah - Crafty Catz want you to use an old stamp so that's one!

And thank you to Sarah for letting me know that the Cutie Pies are looking for cute and girly, and also to expand their DT - much as I would like to apply, I am aware that things could change rapidly here at a moments notice with Mum, and I still can't print out digi images onto my favourite 300gsm card I like to colour on, so it's not fair on the rest of the team.  But, I'm open to guesting on a blog challenge if anyone wants me!