Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Whisky chicks

Hello friends,
It's time for a little mid-week inspiration for From The Heart Stamps.
And this time i've merged 2 images from different sets, just the birdbrains from Martini Chicks, and the wine glass from Photo Ham PigWit...


Martini Chicks    Photo Ham PigWit

And here's my card...


I started by opening the wine glass png image (transparent image) into my paint program on the computer. I rotated the image to make it vertical, then copied it 2 more times so that I had 3 glasses clustered together. I erased the glass stems so that I just had the main glasses parts together.
I opened up the wf.png image (white-filled transparent image) from Martini Chicks and pasted the image on a new layer over top of the glasses. I erased the martini glasses from around the birds, leaving me to adjust the bird layer to get it to sit right with the glasses behind.
I added the sentiment above the images, typing my own version of the one in the set by changing the word 'Martini' to 'Grouse', as the recipient of this card drinks Famous Grouse whisky.
Finally, I merged the layers and printed it out to colour with my promarkers.
The patterned paper is by Doodlebug (Sugar Shoppe), and I framed it with SU's eyelet border punch with cerise card stock. I used the same card stock to die cut her name CAL (Carole) which I brushed afterwards with a clear glitter brush pen.
'happy birthday' was stamped using SU's Bring on the Cake stamp set.


Don't forget there's still time to join in our current sketch challenge. You can take your pick of 4 sketches provided.
At the moment, we are playing just for fun until Faith is fully recovered.
We would still love it if you'd continue to join in each week though, after all, crafting is indeed, fun!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Get Well Soon Faith.

Happy Monday to you all.

You may be aware that Faith, the owner/creator of From The Heart Stamps, has been admitted into hospital. I'm sure that you will join all of us in sending her healing thoughts & wishing her a speedy and complete recovery. 
In the meantime, FTHS may go into calalog mode for a while.
Also, until Faith has recovered, all of our challenges will be FOR FUN ONLY, so that means that there will be no prizes awarded for a while. The design team will still be choosing a top 3, so we would love for you to continue to participate with us.
Thank you for understanding, and we appreciate your patience at this time.

Today I have a card to share using a sketch from a previous challenge.
The design team were given a choice of 4 sketches to use. You can see the sketches, and join in the fun with us HERE.

I chose sketch #90 from December 2014...


There is a twist too, which is to use scraps from your stash.
I decided to rotate the sketch for my card...


This fun image is Five Party Birds, coloured with promarkers.
All of the papers used here are from a Doodlebug paper pad called 'Hip Hip Hooray'. The strips are all off-cuts from other past makes, and have been raised on foam pads for added dimension.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Passion for Promarkers - hip to be square
I love Promarkers - birthday
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Seize The Birthday - anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today, have a great week :)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Wedding roses.

This wedding card was made for my friend who got married last Friday..


I stamped and fussy cut my flowers using Vintage Roses by Altenew.
I added extra foliage with a fern leaf punch.
The rose patterned paper is from a collection by Nitwit called 'Always & Forever'.
The embossed piece and 'Mr & Mrs' die are from the same Signature collection, Together Forever by Sara Davies.


Photo Bomb

Today, i'm sharing a card that I made for my Goddaughter...


I used Mama Elephant's Photo Bomb stamp set, colouring with promarkers.
I wanted the images to look like polaroids, so I used a Sizzix Sizzlit slide mount die, glued the 'photo' behind the aperture, and trimmed it to size.
I took a photo of a section of my corkboard and then printed it off to make the back drop for my polaroids.
The pretty butterfly paper is from a pad called 'Sunny Side' by Pebbles Inc.
The sentiments used are both from the Photo Bomb stamp set too.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Craft Your Passion - always anything goes
Seize The Birthday - anything goes (no topping)
Brown Sugar Challenge - anything goes

Monday, 1 August 2016

Use Your Stash

Welcome to my stop on this month's From the Heart Stamps blog hop.

Our theme this time is "Use Your Stash"

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.
Additionally one lucky random winner from the comments on the FTHS blog will win a $15 voucher to the FTHS store!
If you have arrived here from Imke, you are in the right place. If you haven't, why don’t you start at the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything. The full hop list is there too.

My card for this hop also uses the sketch and twist, which goes live today (1st Aug).
Please click on the sketch below to go direct to the challenge.

http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/category/challenges/i-heart-sketches/

The twist this time is to use cool blues and/or water, so I thought i'd use an older image which also suited the twist theme, and team it up with some older papers from my stash...


I used the beach bucket image from the set Sea Turtle Beach. This set was the SOTM back in June 2013.
I coloured it using my promarkers.
Keeping with the 'Use your stash' hop theme, I grabbed an older paper pad, Doodlebug's Snips & Snails, which I bought 2 years ago to make a card for the arrival of my Grandson.
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' First Aid Kit stamp set. This set is an older set too.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations - seaside, sunshine, and summer holidays
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - anything goes

Now, please head over to Kathy's blog to see which items of her stash she has used this time.

I hope that you enjoy hopping with us today.
The hop will end on Sunday, August 7th at 6am EST (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, August 10th.


Monday, 25 July 2016

All bases covered.

My lovely friend, Karen, is celebrating her birthday today. As soon as I saw Dog on Scooter - Vrooming by, by Gerda Steiner Designs, I instantly thought of her, and knew I wanted to use this image on her birthday card, so I bought it straight away.
Here's what I did, & why I chose it:
Karen is a dog groomer, and animal lover... check
Karen owns a scooter... check
Karen's favourite colour is blue... check
Karen is a massive Mod music genre fan... check
Karen supports Wolverhampton Wanderers football club... check (scarf colours)


I think this card will please her, don't you think?
I used promarkers to colour the image, but the Mod target background card was printed off the computer then glued to thick white card.
'Happy Birthday' is from the middle of a stitched circle frame die.
Die cut flowers and card candi complete the card.

I'm entering this card at:
Craft Your Passion - always anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - in the round
As You Like It - your trademark style (I like to colour the image especially for the recipient)
Sweet Stampin - outdoors
The Ribbon Girls - July, any image

Have a lovely day!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Cold Suds

Hello! Happy Monday to you.
The FTHS team are back after their little break, and we have a new I {heart}sketches challenge for you.

Here's the sketch:


Join in the challenge, and everyone who plays will receive a $1 discount code for the store, and if you are the challenge winner, you will receive a $5 discount code to the store! :)
Remember though, you must use an image by From The Heart Stamps to be eligible, and please include a pic of the sketch in your blog post too, it's in the rules!


The twist this time is to use a gate fold technique, so...



I've used Cold Suds for this card, which is for my daughter's partner, who's birthday is at the end of the month. I coloured Hamlet with masculine colours and chose papers by Bazzill, Nordic Pines (music notes), and My Minds Eye, Complete Boy.
You can't see it, but I added some shimmer to the top of Hamlet's hat and the ice cubes with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush pen.

I'm entering this card at:
Fab 'n' Funky - add a sentiment
Allsorts - frame it
ABC challenge - L for lots of layers

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day :)