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 :)

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My first 'Planter Box' card

I've been wanting to make a card like this for a while, and so I decided to make one for my friend's birthday...



I don't have a wood effect stamp (yet) so drew onto kraft card stock with a sandstone Promarker instead so that it didn't look to plain.
The flowers are stamped with Memento inks using SU's 'Vintage Vogue' stamp set. I added punched stamens to the larger flowers then added a crystal gem to the centre of all the flowers.
The leaves were also punched out.
The main sentiment is from an old sheet by Kanban (I think).
Anita's name was added using a Tattered Lace alphabet die.

The card collapses flat so that it fits inside an envelope and can be posted easily.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Sick Chick

It's time for more mid-week inspiration for From The Heart Stamps.
My card for today uses the current sketch and the twist for our I {heart} sketches challenge, which will run until July 17th, because of our DT summer break. So you have plenty time to take part and earn yourself $1 credit (or $5 credit if you're the winner!) towards your next FTHS purchase.

This is 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 Paper Piecing. I chose to flip the sketch as I preferred the look of my pill embellies to be to the right of the image.


I chose to use Sick Chick for my card this time. I printed the transparent PNG format of the image onto some digital papers that I resized. These papers are all from Lori Whitlock's Basics collection.
I cut out the pieces needed and glued them onto another printed image i'd done as a guide. I added some foam behind the pills, feet, eyes & beak, & thermometer. In hindsight, I should have gone around the edges with a black marker so that it looks more seamless, but it's too late after you've glued it all down lol.
I made some pill embellies with pink foam, topped with pink card which has been scored through the centre.

I'm entering this card at:
Craft Your Passion - always anything goes
Ribbon Girls - June 'any image' challenge
QKR Stampede - paper piecing

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

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Father's Day & LOTV

Here are a couple of Father's Day cards that i've made for my Dad, both using stamps from Lili of the Valley, one retired stamp, and one still available in the store.

This first card uses the retired stamp, Dad's the Name...


I bought this stamp years ago, and think i've only used it two or three times in the past, so I thought i'd ink it up for my Dad's card from me & my hubby.
I stamped using Memento ink, then coloured the image with promarkers.
The patterned papers are both from the same pack, Dovecraft's Back to Basics / Blue Skies.
The sentiment is computer generated, and I finished the card with some tool charm die cuts by Die-namics.

I'm entering this card at:
QKR Stampede - one for the guys
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - use a die cut
ABC challenge - J for 'just as you like' (A/Goes)
Crafty Calendar - Father's Day / for a male



Here is my other card, using LOTV's James Laptop...


Now, my Dad does own a laptop, but he doesn't really know how to use it to it's full potential, as all he does is play puzzle games on it lol. So I thought this stamp would be perfect for him for his card from Jake.
Again, stamping with Memento, and then coloured with promarkers. I also added a little Wink of Stella to the laptop, then cut the image out.
The patterned papers for this card are by Lawn Fawn (Pint sized Patterns / Beachside)
The sentiment is computer generated, but I added 'GRANDAD' using Tattered Lace alphabet dies.
I finished the card with some stars cut using a Marianne die, with added Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

I'm entering this card at:
Sweet Stampin - 3 or more layers
Die Cuttin Divas - Father's Day
The Male Room - Father's Day

Thanks for looking, hope you have a great day xx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Nerd Girl Potion

Happy Wednesday to you. It's time for another mid-week post for From The Heart Stamps, and today, i'm using one of the 2 new Smarty Pants images, Nerd Girl Potion...


This is a fab set, the little girl is a cutie, and you get the option to print her with or without the heart bubbles (which are also a seperate accent image too), as well as some clever (& nerdy) bonus sentiments for free, one of which I have also used here.
I coloured the image with promarkers, and added details with pencils, especially with her eyes. Then I fussy-cut around her with a craft knife.
I teamed her up with fun papers by Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow).
I used funky foam behind  my layers, and glued down some teeny iridescent stars around the hearts, instead of the bubbles.

I'm entering this card at:
Sketch Saturday - sketch #416
Sweet Stampin - 3 or more layers

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

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

50th Birthday cards

I was asked to make 2 cards for 2 special friends, both ladies celebrating their 50th birthday.
This is the first card...


I made a card almost identical to this last year, you can see it here.
The image is from DigiStamp Boutique (Florence and present).
I used the same supplies as the previous card too, although one of the papers is a different design from the same pad, 'Bonnets & Bowties' by Nitwit (at LOTV).
The name and number were cut using Die-namics dies, and the pretty frame was cut using a cArt-Us 'fountain' border die.

I'm entering this card at
DigiStamp Boutique - June customer competition 
Crafts galore encore - anything goes

and here is the 2nd card...


This image is by Stitchy Bear, well actually it's an image of one shoe, I added the other shoe (with permission first) by simply not printing the pearls on the other one, as you would do by not inking up that part on an actual stamp, then, after printing, drawing in the lines with a fineliner to fill in the space left behind. I fussy-cut them out after colouring, then layered one on top of the other. I added some stickles to the necklace for that added sparkle.
The patterned paper background is by Echo Park (Be Mine).
The number was cut using Die-namics dies, and the sentiment was printed off the computer.
I finished with lace and pearl trim from my stash.

I'm entering this card at:
The Ribbon Girl Blog - June card challenge
Sweet Stampin - 3 or more layers