Monday 22 July 2024

Sunny Studio Fabulous Flamingos

Hi Peeps...

At this time of year, when the sun shines (OK, it's not often lately here in the UK), I like to create cards with summer in mind.  This stamp set is one of my favourites for that...  it's from Sunny Studio Designs.  

Firstly, I coloured and fussy cut the flamingos and leaves etc, then laid them to one side while I blended a background panel. I was inspired for the background by mariekeslaats who had also used these flamingos on ATC's - thank you for the inspiration..  I couldn't get the light pastel shades that she managed using Distress Inks, I think I'm too heavy handed, so I tried Distress Oxides, and was happy with the result.

I did some splattering, both of water and white paint - then adhered the flamingos and leaves etc..  adding a sentiment from the set which I'd heat embossed on some of the card I'd trimmed from the panel I'd made.  Lastly I added then sun!

Card Info:
Image and Sentiment - Sunny Studio Fabulous Flamingos
Dies - Lawn Fawn Spring Showers (sun), Lil' Inkers Stitched Banner
Distress Oxides - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold
Saltwater Taffy,  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
Colouring - Copics
Flamingos - R00/01 RV42/13
Greens - YG21/23/25 G24
Pineapple - YR24 Y26
Watermelon - R43/08 G46
Water and White Paint to splatter

Confession - I did add a few gold sequins to this card after I'd photographed it - I felt it needed that little lift!

Big hugs

Friday 19 July 2024

MFT Just Ducky

Hey Peeps

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my lovely eldest grand-daughter whose birthday it was last weekend.... she was 6!!  Now, when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said 'a ducky!' - so that's what I got for her as her gift (a soft toy one that is, not a real one!)

But, going with the 'ducky' theme - I decided to create a card for her using this stamp set from MFT..  I love these little ducks who are out to play!  I coloured and fussy cut them, before laying them to one side while I created the card panel.  I used large alphabet letters for her name, adding acetate, then foam tape to the back of the letters.  I adhered glitter card in white to show through, giving the card depth.  I used a bit of pink smooshed cardstock that I had in my bits box for the border, then added the ducks, and the birthday sentiment.

Card Info:
Images - MFT Just Ducky
Dies - Altenew Large Alphabet, 
Pretty Pink Posh Borders 2
Sentiment - MFT Itty Bitty Buzzwords
Pink Smooshed card
White Glitter Card
Colouring - Copics
Ducks - Y15/18/38 YR04
Clothes - BG10/11/13 B21/23/26 
RV52/63/55 R81/83/85

Hope you like my ducky make as much as my grand-daughter did!

Big hugs

Sunday 14 July 2024

Pink Fresh Studio Beautiful Branch

Hi Peeps

Today, I'm sharing a floral card I made using the fabulous Beautiful Branch stamp and die set from Pink Fresh Studio.  I coloured and die cut the image, then created a background by smooshing Distress Oxides onto some Bristol Smoosh, then die cut the panel using a scalloped rectangle die.

I adhered the image with 3D foam pads, then die cut a 'hello' word in gold mirri, backing it with white cardstock. I added the word to the panel - this time without foam pads.  Lastly, I added a few gems and a tiny bit of glitter into the centre of the flowers.

Card Info:
Image and Die - Pink Fresh Studio Beautiful Branch
Dies - Whimsy Stamps Fa Doodle Scalloped Rectangle, 
Honey Bee Bitty Buzz Words - Hello
Distress Oxides for smooshing - Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and 
Saltwater Taffy
Colouring - Copics
RV10/11 R81/83/11
Mirri Card and Gems

I love cherry blossom - I have a huge tree in my garden that blooms every May.  Well it's pink - so what more can I say???

Happy Crafting...

Friday 12 July 2024

MFT You Bring Sunshine

Hi There...

OK - it's been an MFT sort of week!  My last card of the week is another image from the You Bring Sunshine set (I'm secretly hoping for sunshine here in the UK!)

This little guy is so cute clutching his flowers to give for someone's birthday.  I coloured and fussy cut him, then die cut a stitched rectangle.  I added a small sentiment then adhered the bear with foam pads.  I then added the panel to a dotty card panel and then onto my card base.

Card Info:
Image - MFT You Bring Sunshine
Sentiment - LOTV Simply Sophisticated Sentiment Set
Dotty Cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
Die - MFT Stitched Rectangle
Colouring - Copics
Bear - E30/31/33
Top - BG10/11/13
Jeans B21/23/26
Flowers - R81/83

Hope you like this little cutie as much as I do!

Happy Crafting...

Wednesday 10 July 2024

MFT You Bring Sunshine

Hi Peeps..

Today my card is using a newish stamp set from MFT called You Bring Sunshine.  I decided to keep it relatively clean and simple, so I did a bit of Distress Ink blending onto a card panel, then coloured, fussy cut and adhered (with foam pads) the images you see. 

Finally, I added a tiny sentiment from the MFT Itty Bitty Basic sentiment set, then added the panel to my card base. 

Card Info:
Image - MFT You Bring Sunshine Stamp Set
Sentiment - MFT Itty Bitty Basics Set
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron
Colouring - Copics
Bear - E30/31/33
Top - R81/83/85
Jeans - B23/26
Birds - Y15/18/39 YR04
Grounding - C0/1

Hope you like!

Happy Crafting....

Monday 8 July 2024

MFT Love You a Bunch

Hi Lovelies...

Well I have to own up - I've been quiet a little while - though it's not because I've not been making... I've been making a LOT, but not getting around to putting them online.  Don't know why - I really need to schedule a slot to sit at my PC and get them uploaded!  Anyways.. I now have a few to upload - so here's the first..

It's another older stamp from my stash - the set is called Love You a Bunch - I so love these little girlies, and really enjoy colouring and fussy cutting them.  I added some daisies to her dress with a white gel pen.

I created a smooshed background for one side of the card, then adhered the girlie slightly overlapping the smooshed side.

Card Info:
Image - MFT Love You a Bunch stamp set
Die - Pretty Pink Posh Borders Set 2
Smooshing - Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11 R20
Hair - E23/25
Dress - R81/83/85
Flowers R30/83 Y38
Grounding T0/1
Gold Glitter
White Gel Pen for daisies on dress

I really enjoyed making this card - I didn't add a sentiment as I felt it could be used for lots of different occasions - or just to make someone's day!

Happy Crafting...

Tuesday 2 July 2024

MFT So Much Love

Hi Lovelies...

I've been shopping in my stash again - and have dug out some MFT stamps that haven't yet been used - including this little girlie called So Much Love.  If you look closely, you can see she's doing the heart shape with her hands - which I do with my grandchildren to say I love you...  they do it back to me and my heart fills every time!

For my card, I used a Daisy Background stencil and blended rainbow Distress Oxides through.. I liked the effect.  Then, to be quite honest, I'd coloured this little girlie previously, and in the chaos on my desk, she just had landed on the daisy panel, and I realised how good she looked there!

Sooo  I adhered her with foam pads, giving some dimension.  I haven't put a sentiment on there, as I really didn't think it needed one - the heart says it all.

Card Info:
Image - MFT So Much Love (not sure if it's still available)
Stencil - Waffle Flower Daisy Background
Distress Oxides - Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed,
Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Prize Ribbon and Wilted Violet
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11
Dress - BG10/11/13
Hair and Shoes - E21/23
White Gel Pen

I think you'll be seeing more of this girlie and her friends in the near future, there's a little pile of them on my desk awaiting their time in the spotlight!

Hope you like...

Big hugs

Thursday 27 June 2024

40th Birthday Card

Hi Lovelies...

It was my eldest daughter's birthday yesterday - can you guess how old she was??  LOL!  

Well, her favourite colour is turquoise, so that was what I decided to go with.  I smooshed some 6" x 6" bristol smooth card with Distress Oxides for the background, then die cut a white stitched square, then cut a square aperture in the centre.  I'd die cut lots of flowers at the weekend, ready to be used to decorate around the numbers, which I'd cut from silver mirri.  I adhered the numbers then the flowers, and gave them a little sparkly centre of each with Nuvo Drops.

Card Info:
Number Dies - Paper Trey Ink
Flower Dies - no name (sorry)
Lil' Inkers Stitched Square, MFT Inside/Outside Stitched Square
Distress Oxides - Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers 
and Mermaid Lagoon
Silver Mirri Card
Nuvo Drops

My daughter loved her card so I'm OK to show it... hope you love it too!


Tuesday 25 June 2024

Lavinia Stamps Berry Branch

Hi Lovelies...

Today, my cards are made to send to anyone who needs a thought or two... it's always good to have them in my drawer, ready to use.

Firstly, I stencilled a rectangle on my card panel, then I stamped a large font style stamp on each over the rectangle and the white.  I then used a really deep grey ink to stamp the branches on each, followed by a tiny sentiment and some gems.  I matted and layered onto some coloured cardstock and they were finished.

Card Info:
Image - Lavinia Stamps Berry Branch
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted Fancy That set
Stencil - Taylored Expressions Rectangle
Font Stamps - MFT Romantic Script, MFT Typewriter Text
Distress Oxides - Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
Lost Shadow and Shaded Lilac
Picket Fence

Here's another I made in lilac - same method.

You have to look really close to see the font stamped across each of the card panels.. I stamped in Picket Fence but that has taken up the colour from the rectangles.

Hope you like...


Thursday 20 June 2024

Memory Box Frostyville Border

Hi Lovelies..

I've been rummaging through my older dies for my card today and found this Memory Box border, plus a Simon Says Stamp word die that I think looks good with the border.  So, I know I'm a bit early.... but it's Christmas in June in my craft room!

I was inspired by Natalie Bowers seeing one of her videos from last Christmas..  she really is a good tutor and her videos inspire me every time.  Take a look at her NB Cards YouTube channel... you'll love it! 

I did some smooshing with the Tumbled Glass mixed with a little Cosmic Shimmer white pearl mica powder, to give the lustre effect (which is difficult to see on the photos!)  Then I adhered the border.  I die cut the sentiment from a spare piece of smooshed card, also cutting two more from white card.  I adhered the three together, to give dimension and depth to the sentiment, before adhering to the card.  Finally, I added a tiny crystal for the dot on the i, then matted the card panel onto glitter card to match, using fun foam to back the panel.

Card Info:
Dies - Memory Box Frostyville Border, 
Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas
Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass
Cosmic Shimmer White Pearl Mica Powder

Now I took a few photos of my card as each time I got a different look, depending on how the light caught it.  It's only natural light, as I take my photos on a window ledge.  I think the first and last photos are the closest to the colour I see when I look at the card.

Hope you like my card today..


Monday 17 June 2024

Paper Rose Studio Gum Tree Border

Hi Lovelies..

For my cards today, I've used an older border die from @PaperRoseStudio called Gum Tree Border.  I die cut two from white cardstock and put to one side while I created Distress Oxide blended panels for behind the border.  

I then adhered a die cut border onto each coloured panel, adding a couple of fine strips of gold mirri card at the edges, plus a tiny gold diecut butterfly.  Finally I added a gold embossed sentiment.

Card Info:
Paper Rose Studio Gum Tree Border
Distress Oxides
Gold Mirri Card
MFT Sentiment

These are so easy to make and I think look very effective.  Hope you like them too.


Monday 10 June 2024

LOTV Trio of Teddies

Hey Peeps..

Today I'm sharing a card that I made with a stamp set from my stash, that I bought and used last in 2012!  That's 12 years ago!!! 

It's from an LOTV set called Trio of Teddies.. but this little guy is my favourite with his bunch of flowers...

I coloured and fussy cut around the image, then die cut a rectangle and inked up and stamped a sentiment from another old LOTV set!  I adhered the teddy with 3D foam tape, then adhered the rectangle to the card base again, with foam tape.  I'd popped some stripey card to give interest before adhering the rectangle.

Card Info:
Image - LOTV Trio of Teddies
Sentiment - LOTV Sentiment Set 26
Die - Waffle Flower
Colouring - Copics
Teddy - E30/31/33/34/59
Flowers - RV55/63/17
Background - B60

I kept the design relatively CAS so the Teddy has pride of place.  

Hope you like!

Happy Crafting...

Friday 7 June 2024

Paint Splats

Hi Lovelies...

Today I'm sharing a really fun card that I made using some paint splat dies.  I was inspired by a card by Natalie Bowers on Facebook - thanks Natalie.

I die cut lots of splats from card that I'd coloured with Copics and splattered with gold watercolour paint.  I adhered them to my card panel, trimming around the edges to fit.  Then I used an old die set from Paper Smooches (so no longer available), for the sentiment which I cut from gold mirri card.  I adhered a circle of vellum to the card, then finally added the letters.  

I matted and layered the panel to some red cardstock - it gave a another bit of brightness.

Card Info:
Dies - Paint Splats 
Birthday Words from Paper Smooches
Gold Watercolour Paint

I was really happy how this card turned out, I think it's perfect for a youngster!

Happy Crafting..

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Spellbinders Magnolia Blooms

Hi Lovelies...

For my card today, I was inspired by a card that I saw a couple of years back from Tina at Cards and Coffee Time.  I keep inspirational cards in my 'to try' file which I look back on from time to time.  I finally managed to get to buy the die set from Spellbinders, so I was able to play!

I loved how Tina did the colouring - so easy done, as the die comes in two parts - the filligree flower outline, and then there's a slightly larger background.  Both are cut in white, then using Distress Oxides, just blend a little colour on the background panel, roughly behind where the flowers will be.  The leaves are coloured on the filigree top, being careful not to catch the outline of the flowers.

Then, the flower outline is adhered over the coloured background - and WOW... so effective! I then used 3D foam tape to adhere to my card panel, trimming off the edges of the flowers and leaves to fit.

Card Info:
Die - Spellbinders Magnolia Blooms
Inks - Distress Oxides (a light and a dark for each colour)
Sentiment - MFT
White Nuvo Drops

So I would love to thank Tina for the inspiration and the tutorial.. I know I'll be making more of these soon!

Happy Crafting...