Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Owls are fun!! :)

Hello everyone!! :)

I have a couple of cards made with the fabulous Clearly Besotted You're a Hoot set to share today- the CBS owl is just gorgeous... I ordered the stamps and die as soon as they came back in stock last month and had to have a play as soon as I could (it's just taken me an age to get the pics sorted... and they still look a little odd to me! :S)... this is what I did... just looking at this owl makes me smile!! :)

Two quick and easy but lovely (I think anyway!! ;)) cards :) I love browns with pinks or teals so the colour choices just happened... :)

I had fun mixing inks directly on the stamps to get the shading on the owls and to get the shade I wanted for the teal hearts :)

Still need a little more practice stamping on my die cuts... it's a bit hit and miss sometimes!! :S lol

{The List}

A6 top-fold Kraft card blank and cream linen textured cardstock for mat and owl
Clearly Besotted Stamps - You're a Hoot, Paired Up and Warm Wishes stamp sets and You're a Hoot die
VersaMagic Inks - Jumbo java, Sahara Sand, Wheat, Malted Mauve, Turquoise Gem & Agean Blue (mixed to get the tealy shade), Hint of Pesto, Tea Leaves and Aquatic Splash
Twine - Docrafts, The Ribbon Girl and Dies to Die For
Crystal Stickles

I'd like to enter these in the following challenges: (Will come back and do this tomorrow when my brain's- hopefully!- more in gear!!)

Right, really short and sweet (for me!!) today as I'm having real trouble with pain in my hands at the mo' (brain's not being too co-operative either, actually :S) but I hope you like the cards and thank you so much for popping in and any comments!! :) Plenty more to share so will be back as soon as I can manage!! :) 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

A little more LOTV... :)

Hello again folks!! :)

Yup, it really is me back so soon!!lol I couldn't believe my luck this morning when I saw that the new LOTV challenge was CAS... and I actually managed to get a card that would be perfect for it posted- *last* night!! Typical!!lol But that and the fact I so rarely get to enter over there has persuaded me to get on and post this one, which also fits but had been pushed back in my mental posting queue by the CBS cards I mentioned last night...anyway, this one is from the archives (ie. one of many on my computer I just haven't got to posting yet!!) and was made last October for my Gran's birthday...

I wanted to keep her card calm and soothing as my Gran had lost her sister suddenly the week or so before... I knew she would still appreciate a pretty and cheerful card to celebrate her birthday but didn't want to send anything too bright and jarring or overly fussy... after much head-scratching, I remembered this lovely little LOTV bear and created one of my fav big scalloped circle cards to sit her on- I always think a circular base card makes a card look special even if the rest of it is very simple!! :)

I coloured with PMs and FMs in gentle, pretty tones and added just a smidge of Stickles, then dug out my last whole piece (eeek- only for someone really special!!) of my fav paper from the FF Pink Parfait range and some matching seam-binding...

A sublte white-embossed sentiment, some white layers and a few white pearls brought it all together... perhaps not as CAS as some of my recent creations but I think the limited, pale colour palette with plenty of white keeps it pretty simple and fresh... and my Gran was really pleased with it... so nice to have made her smile!! :)

{The List}

6" Sq. white card blank
Nesties - Grand Big Scalloped Circles, Big Scalloped Circles Large and Standard Circles dies
LOTV Posy Trio image, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with ProMarkers and FlexMarkers (sorry, no colours again... too long ago!!)
Paper - Forever Friends Pink Parfait pad
Blue textured pearl cardstock (from QVC many moons ago)
X-cut Scalloped border punch
Sentiment - LOTV
White Embossing Powder and heat tool
Seam Binding - Tile Blue from The Ribbon Girl
White 4mm pearls
Crystal Stickles

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Lili's Little Fairies - Clean and Simple :) ; Jen's CAS Mondays with LOTV (if it's CAS enough for you Jen?!) :) ; Papertake Weekly - Bingo (Glitter, Diecuts, Blooms is the one I've chosen but I think it would fit several lines!!) :) ; Joanna Sheen - Spring into Spring :) ; The Ribbon Girl - Just Add Flowers :)

Well, that's it from me for now... I hope you're all well- thanks for stopping by today and for your lovely comments!! :) See you again soon I hope- though maybe not quite so soon as this time!! :)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Just for You from LOTV...

Hello everyone!! :)

I have a card to share today which was inspired by Jen over at The Tiny Blue Butterfly... after clearing out her stash, Jen has challenged herself to make a CAS card each Monday using one of her neglected LOTV stamps... I have more than a few of those too so thought I'd join in!! :)

This cute image is one I have wanted for some time and have always thought would be well suited to CAS designs :)

I am very out of practice with colouring at the mo' as, especially with my health as it has been of late, I just haven't had the energy to sit and colour in the way I was a year or so ago (tons of pens out all over the place and spending ages paying so much attention to getting my blending as good as I possibly could, etc.) so I decided to used just my FlexMarkers to colour this one as I find it easier to relax and colour with a (quicker!) more sketchy style with them... so it's far from perfect but I am relatively happy with it (all but the skin anyway- don't have my usual skin colours in my FMs so that ended up a bit of a mess!) all things considered :) And- I had the whole card put together in less time than an image would normally have taken me!!lol

The layout is CASEd from this card by Jen who in turn, CASEd it from this card by Rebecca... and I think it's one I'll keep coming back to for CAS cards :) Thanks for the inspiration ladies!! :)

{The List}

A6 top-fold white card blank
Image - LOTV Milly Just for You, stamped in Memento London Fog and coloured with FlexMarkers (sorry, no colours... I'm so out of the colouring habit that I put them all away without thinking!!lol)
Paper - Forever Friends Springtime 6x6" pad
Sentiment - PTI Happy For You set
Twine - Papermania Spots and stripes Pastels Collection
Tiny pearls from Anita's
Sakura Clear Stardust pen

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Jen's CAS Monday with LOTV #3 :) ; ATCAS #10 - Friend :) ; Allsorts - Spring has Sprung :) ; Joanna Sheen - Spring into Spring :) ; Fab 'n' Funky - Spring Colours :) ; Divas by Design - Flowers (if the flowers in my image and papers are okay) :)

Jen's challenge set me to thinking about how many character stamps I have and how much I like to make more CAS cards with them with the image taking centre stage... so... I have decided to attempt a little personal challenge of my own and have been colouring like a crafter possessed since the idea hit... Gorjuss Girls aplenty coming to a blog near you soon!!lol Though I do have a couple of Clearly Besotted Stamps cards I want to share with you first... the sudden spate of creativity around here is causing problems as I have more cards to share than I have time or energy to blog... but I'd much rather have that problem than nothing to blog 'cause I've not managed any crafting!! :D

Thanks for stopping by today!! :) See you soon I hope!! :)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Washi, crochet, buttons and twine... :)

Hi folks!! :)

Just thought I'd pop in for a flying visit to share the card I made for my Gran for Mother's Day... it was made pretty much entirely in bed while I was struggling even to sit upright for a few minutes so it had to be kept nice and simple but, given the restraints, I was relatively happy with the result and know however it had turned out my Gran would think it far more special than anything shop bought, which was the main thing!! :)

I used some washi tapes- my first time using washi and I love the look and ease- though I was a bit disappointed that I had to use my glue pen under the edges as it kept peeling back up... the same thing has happened when I have tried to use it since... do other people have the same issues??!! :S 

I stamped a couple of flourishes on the base card, added the washi and then used a few die cuts- the large heart I cut (okay, my mum cut!) from some Spring Drop paper and the others were a gift from a lovely friend and very fortuitously happened to match the colours in the washi perfectly... which saved me a huge amount of energy!! :) I was aiming for a cluster effect again and I think this is the first time I have been happy with the balance I've got!! :)

I added the crochet flower at the last minute when I remembered I had some already made in a pot on my desk from when I was practising last year... it looked okay just with the button but I think the flower really made all the difference so I'm glad I remembered it in the end!!lol

{The List}

White top-fold A6 card blank
Heidi Grace flourish stamps 
Memento ink in Summer Sky
Washi tapes- Docrafts Spots & Stripes Pastels collection
Spring Drop paper pad
X-cut Nesting Hearts die
Die cut hearts from my lovely friend- thanks hon!! :)
Sentiment from Woodware Clear Magic 'Tiny Phrases' stamp set
Crocheted flower - made by me from embriodery thread :)
Button from a The Ribbon Girl selection
Twine- Docrafts Spots & Stripes Pastels
Crystal Stickles

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes :) ; A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes :)

Thanks for stopping by today and for your comments on my last cards!! :) I hope you all had a lovely Esater and saw some of the sunshine we had here in Manchester over the weekend... it makes such a difference to see sunshine and blue skies... even if it is still freezing!!lol


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