Monday, 20 March 2017

Lucky Lil Birdie

It's Monday, so you know what that means don't you? Yep, it's time for a new I {heart}sketches challenge for From The Heart Stamps :)

Here's sketch #167...

The twist this time is 'Easy does it', so, make a simple card, or maybe use a relaxing image (there's lots in the store that could fit this challenge). There is also an option of using the colour palette shown above the sketch. So you can choose the sketch, the twist, the colours... or have a go at all 3 if you'd like to!
One lucky challenger will win 2 images of their choice from the store :)
Remember though, you must use an image by From The Heart Stamps to be eligible for the random draw, and please include a pic of the sketch in your blog post too. Thanks :)

Here is my card...



I chose to use the sketch as it has a simple design, and  also to use similar colours too.
The adorable new image is Lucky Lil Birdie, and it comes with 3 bonus sentiments too.
I coloured the image with promarkers, and then added clear wink of stella to the horseshoe, and glossy accents to the clovers and the lil birdie's beak, just wish you could see this in the photo!
Those bright, beautiful papers are both by Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow).
I chose not to add a sentiment this time, preferring to add one at a later date.

I'm entering this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Bit O' Green
QKR Stampede - Anything goes (no twist used)
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything goes

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

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Hello Baby Connor!

He's here, He's here!!  :)

Our new grandbaby, Connor, born at 00:08 today, weighing 7lb 15oz.
Mother and baby both very well.
We almost shared a birthday, it was mine yesterday, but he wanted his own special day. Still, the best. birthday. present...... EVER!
I feel so blessed that I was there at his birth, and that I was asked to cut his cord. *So proud!*

He's such a handsome little chap, and absolutely perfect. I instantly fell in love again as soon as I saw him.
I'm sorry, I can't share any photos online, even though I would love to show you how beautiful my 3 grandchildren are.

I had this card made ready last week, so happy that I can now share it :)
When Connor's brother, RJ was born, I made this card for his arrival, and I wanted to use the same layout for Connor's card too...


I also decided to use papers that although aren't identical, they are from the same paper pad, oh and a stamp from Lili of the Valley too, although not the same image.
The stamp used here is called Sleepy Time. Unfortunately, the stamp is retired now though :(
I stamped with Memento black ink, and coloured it with promarkers.
The papers are from Snips & Snails, by Doodlebug.
'baby' is a word die by Clearly Besotted Stamps.


Monday, 27 February 2017

FTHS sketch challenge #164

Can you believe we are at the end of February already?
Here's the last I {heart}sketches challenge in February for From The Heart Stamps :)
Sketch #164...

The twist is 'Watercolours', and there is also an option of using the colour palette shown above the sketch, if you wish to use them. So you can choose the sketch, the twist, the colours... or have a go at all 3 if you'd like to ;)
One lucky challenger will win 2 images of their choice from the store :)
Remember though, you must use an image by From The Heart Stamps to be eligible for the random draw, and please include a pic of the sketch in your blog post too. Thanks :)

Here's my card, using Birdbrain Wine..



I coloured the image with promarkers. I originally thought about watercolouring the image, but decided to get out my distress inks to make a watercoloured background instead.
The flowers were made using my Stampin Up 'boho blossoms' punch.
I framed my BB using the largest die from Spellbinders 'Elegant Ovals' die set, and finished the design with the name using a Tattered Lace alphabet die.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Ribbon Girls - use any image (Feb)
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - anything goes
QKR Stampede - anything goes or birthday cards

Thanks for looking, hope you all have a fun week ahead, I'm hoping for the arrival of my new grandson this week... in particular, hoping for Wednesday :) xx

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tim Holtz, a crazy dog

This birthday card uses a stamp from the Crazy Dogs set by Tim Holtz.
I stamped it first of all using Memento Desert Sand ink, then lay down some base colour with promarkers, Finally, I added details and shading with pencils...


I've teamed up this lil cutie with patterned paper is from Hello Sunshine by Doodlebug Designs.
The dies used here are word dies by Clearly Besotted Stamps, and an ornate circle die by Spellbinders.

I'm entering this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - animal magic
In The Pink - dies/punches
Brown Sugar Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend :)

Monday, 20 February 2017

For Gemma

Gemma is the eldest daughter of one of my closest friends, and she's recently celebrated her 25th birthday. This is the card that I made for her...



This adorable image is Birthday Nell by DigiStamp Boutique.
Other supplies:
colouring medium - promarkers
papers - Hip Hip Hooray by Doodlebug
flowers - Boho Blossoms punch by Stampin Up
dies - 'Elegant Ovals' by Spellbinders, Dienamics 'By The Letter', leaves (ebay purchase)
flatback gems, grey and white card stock, silver embroidery thread, Glossy Accents (on balloons)

I'm entering this card at:
Stamping Sensations - animal magic
Brown Sugar Challenge - birthday

updated to add an entry for:
DigiStamp Boutique - Feb/Mar 17 customer competition

Thanks for looking xx


More Peonies

I got out my Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set again. This time to make a birthday card for a friend...


I used Memento dew drop inks in the colours Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, and Elderberry.
I didn't stamp the leaves from the same set on this occasion, opting instead to use an ash leaf punch by Woodware.
The paper is by Dovecraft, the white lattice die cut is from Paper Smooches, and the sentiment is by Stampin Up ('Bring on the cake' stamp set). I added a few drops of Star Dust stickles to finish the card.

I'm entering this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Fantastic Florals
Sweet Stampin - Flowers
Seize the Birthday - anything goes (no topping)
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes

Thanks for looking, have a great day xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Peonies for Mother's Day

I've been playing with my new Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set recently.
The first card I made was in shades of blues to make a get well card for my friend who's healing after an operation. I forgot to take a photo of the card before giving it to her though. Silly me.
Peonies are one of my Mom's favourites, she has a beautiful red peony bush in her garden, infact, it inspired me to buy the stamp set in the first place. So I just had to use it for my Mom's mother's day card, which is March 26th in the UK this year...



I kept the design quite simple, because the flowers do the talking here.
Here's a list of supplies used:
stamp sets - Peony Bouquet, Calligraphy Alpha Uppercase, Calligraphy Alpha, all by Altenew.
colouring medium - Memento dew drop inks.
patterned paper - Glitz Design (Color Me Happy).
scalloped heart - Marianne die (CR1225).
white card base; red card stock; vellum; WOW white embossing powder; clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.

I'm entering this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Fantastic Florals
Sweet Stampin - Flowers
Addicted to CAS - wood
That's Crafty challenge - heart
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes

Thanks for looking xx