Thursday, 3 August 2017

Sweet Faith

The Birdbrains are crying, and the Pigwits bow their heads with respect.

Our beautiful, kind, and generous friend, Faith Skrdla, owner and illustrator of From The Heart Stamps, has passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. This lovely lady touched the hearts of all of us on the design team, past and present, and although we may not have met in person, I will always regard Faith as my friend.

I joined the From The Heart design team, first as a guest designer for April & May in 2014.
I was then asked to be a full time member, and I was delighted to stay on with this group of talented and caring ladies. It truly is like being part of a family. We are all so saddened by Faith's passing, such is the love and respect that you have for online friends.

There is a GoFundMe campaign to support her husband and children, should you wish to donate.

Thinking of Nate, their children, and the family.
Rest peacefully sweet Faith, I will remember your kind spirit always. xx


Sweet Horse #2 (cute ink)

I was asked to make a bright and cheerful birthday card, and as I haven't used this image for a while (and I loved the layout I used before too), I chose to case a previous card that I made a couple of years ago...




This image is called Sweet Horse, and is by 2 Cute Ink, coloured with Promarkers.
The pretty papers are by Doodlebug (Hello Sunshine)

Other supplies used:
Stampin Up eyelet border punch; Dienamics By The Letter dies; daisy punches; & ash leaf punch.

I'm entering this card at:
QKR Stampede - anything goes
Craft Rocket challenges - animal kingdom

Thank you for looking. xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Beer-day card

My daughter's fiance is celebrating his birthday today, here's the card i've made for him...



I used the pre-coloured pint image from Dr Digi and cut it out.
You can't see it in the pic, but I added some clear Wink of Stella to the beer froth.
The papers are by Craftwork Cards (Man Made).
The pint itself and wooden look piece are both raised with foam pads to add dimension and interest.
I stamped the greeting at the bottom, and added his name with Tattered Lace alphabet dies.
Hope he likes it!

I'm entering this card at:
Seize the Birthday - no topping
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - anything goes

Have a great day xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Happy Days

Here's a bright, colourful birthday card that I really enjoyed making today...


I used an image from a set of 3 from DigiStamp Boutique called Maddie Happy Days.
I coloured Maddie with promarkers, then fussy cut her out.
I wanted a fun back-drop for her so decided to use the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday challenge, adding candles (made from flattened straws) and balloons.
I used 4 different papers from the same pad (Doodlebug's Hello Sunshine).

I'd like to enter this card at:
Sketch Saturday - sketch #473
DigiStamp Boutique - July customer competition 
Passion for Promarkers - use a minimum of 3 patterned papers
Seize the Birthday - no topping

Thanks for stopping by today xx

For my friend...

I wanted to make my doggy loving friend a birthday card using some of the stamps from my Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set...


I coloured the images with promarkers before fussy cutting them out.
The background was made using a paw print embossing folder by Darice, and I used a spellbinders die to cut a frame into the front of the card.
The sentiment is made from stamps by Craftwork Cards (Label Tape Sentiments), and a Clearly Besotted word die.

I'm entering this card at:
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day xx

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Clearly Besotted Love Quotes

I was rummaging through my stamp sets the other day, and found one that I haven't used for quite a while... Love Quotes by Clearly Besotted Stamps.
Here's a couple of cards that I've made using it...


I stamped the flowers using Memento inks, then cut them out using the matching dies.
The background was made using a wood grain stamp from Kaisercraft, and a script stamp from Imagination Crafts.
The sentiment is from Stampin Up's 'Bring on the cake' stamp set.
............


This simple card used papers that are all from the same pad by Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow), and the sentiment stamp is from an old set by All Night Media.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend xx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Tool pop up box card

And here's the card that I made for my Dad for my son to give to him last week...


I used Lawn Fawn's scalloped box card pop-up die, and embellished it with Die-namics Tool Charms dies.
The embossing folder is by Couture Creations (Heavy Duty)
I made the nuts by diecutting some small hexagons and then punching a hole in the centre of each one.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Crafty Calendar - boys will be boys
Crafty Creations - anything goes


Toot Toot!

This was the card that I made for my Dad last week...



I used LOTV's Toot Toot! digi stamp, coloured with Promarkers.
The patterned papers are from Curiosity Corner (Dovecraft); and Class Act (Kaisercraft)
'Dad' was cut using Die-namics dies.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Crafty Calendar - boys will be boys
Crafty Creations - anything goes


Wedding couple

Here's a quick wedding card, using Lili of the Valley's Wedding Couple stamp...



I coloured the image with Promarkers, then fussy cut it out.
The papers used are both from Lawn Fawn, but different pads; Let's Polka in the Meadow, and Pint-sized Patters (Beachside).
I've used the 'Mr & Mrs' die, which is from Sara Davies' Signature Collection, Together Forever.
The pretty wavy border is a Marianne border die (wave).
I finished the card with punched flowers (SU's boho blossoms) which have silver flat back pearls added the centre of each one.

I'd like to enter this card at:
I Love Promarkers - monochrome

UPDATE 28/06/17 : Thank you!


Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Birthday Farm Animals

Today is my friend's birthday. This is the card i've made for her using Simon Says Stamp's Birthday Farm Animals stamps & dies...



The card is a pop up inside, I added extra die cut balloons to go with the balloon that the piggy is holding...


Stamps set: SSS Birthday Farm Animals (with matching dies)
Coloring: Promarkers
Patterned paper: Sugar Shoppe by Doodlebug

I'd like to enter this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - use patterned paper
Seize the Birthday - anything goes


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Birthday dog

It's my friend's birthday next week, and this is the card i've made for her...




I've used one of the dogs and accessories stamps from Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs set, coloured with promarkers.
Happy is from Mama Elephant 'Celebration Balloons', and birthday is from Mama Elephant 'Photo Bomb' stamp set.
I tied some embroidery thread around the dogs tummy and glued the ends to the balloons, then used foam pads to raise the balloons and the dog.
The background was sponged with SU inks, and the shadows added with a promarker.


I'd like to enter this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Furry Friends
Cute Card Thursday - CAS
QKR Stampede - Birthday cards

Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

and another, for my Aunty...

Sorry, but I'm really loving this stamp set right now, and i'm enjoying watercolouring with my distress inks too, because no two cards look identical, so I hope that you don't mind another card using the same stamp set.

I made this card for my Aunty's 70th birthday...


Supplies
Stamp set: Altenew Peony Bouquet
Colouring Medium: Distress inks
Paper: The ScrapCake (sweet childhood)
Dies: Marianne Design Creatables set (Petra's Ornaments); Tattered Lace alphabet
Punch: Stampin Up eyelet border
Sentiment: Mama Elephant Photo Bomb


I'm entering this card at:
Addicted to CAS - pink
Crafty Calendar - flowers
Crafty Creations - anything goes

Thanks xx

Another Peony card...

Here's another card using the Peony Bouquet stamp set. This time i've made a sympathy card...



Stamp set: Altenew Peony Bouquet
Colouring Medium: Distress inks
Die: Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles
Sentiment: computer generated

I'm entering this card at:
Addicted to CAS - pink
Crafty Calendar - flowers
Crafty Creations - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Altenew Peony

A quick thank you card using one of my favourite Altenew stamp sets...


Stamp set: Altenew Peony Bouquet, stamped and clear embossed
Colouring Medium: Distress inks
Embossing Folder: craft mag freebie
Sentiment Altenew 'build a rose' craft mag freebie

I'm entering this card at:
Seven Hills Crafts challenge - colour challenge (3rd group of colours)
Altenew's inspiration challenge May 2017
Crafty Calendar - flower
Crafty Creations - anything goes

Thanks for looking xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

More CASEing

I was asked to make a card for a doctor who is retiring.
I saw this card while browsing on Pinterest, and thought it ticked all the boxes, so I decided to CASE it...


The patterned paper is by Lawn Fawn (Perfectly Plaid).
The plasters/band aids are from Paper Smooches First Aid stamp set.
Thanks was die cut using Dienamics By the Letter dies, I cut each letter twice and coloured one set with different promarkers and kept the other set white for off-set layering.
There's actually a bit of sparkle added to the letters and plasters with a clear spectrum noir glitter brush pen, unfortunately you can't see this on the photo.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Anything goes
That's Crafty - Bright
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes

Thanks for looking, and thank you to Nichole Heady for the inspiration.

Monday, 1 May 2017

FTHS May 2017 Blog Hop

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

We have a “CASE it” theme this month.
Each team member will be showcasing a card CASE-d (copy and share everything) from another teammate.
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.

We are also having a link up contest with this hop.
We invite you to pick one of the FTHS DT members and “CASE” one of their cards and add it to linky collection, by Sunday May 7th.
Everyone who enters will be entered into a random drawing.
One lucky winner will win three images of choice from the 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.

I was given the opportunity to CASE the very talented Kathy Curry! :)
I spent hours looking through Kathy's amazing cards, and couldn't decide on just one, so I decided to combine TWO cards instead!

These are the cards, you can see Kathy's original post for them by clicking on either card.

Bunny swing/flip card                         Christmas Spirit Birdbrain card


As soon as I saw the bunny card I knew I wanted to make a swing/flip card too, what a great design!
And, as you all know, i'm a sucker for a Birdbrain, and this one has a red 3D nose! I also love the clean look of the card using minimal colours.

So, here's my card...


It took me quite a while to get the measurements right as it was all hand cut with a ruler and a precision knife. I also took the placement of the bow from Kathy's flip card too.
The image and colours (and nose!) were inspired from Kathy's Birdbrain card.

and here is the 'flip' side...


Image & sentiments used: Christmas Spirit Birdbrain
Colouring Medium: Promarkers
Papers: Pebble's Inc. (Sunny Side); Lawn Fawn (Let's Polka in the Meadow)
Die: Reverse Confetti (Layered bow Confetti Cuts)
Other: A flat back pearl coloured with Poppy red Promarker.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Christmas At Sweet Stampin - Anything Christmas
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Fab n Funky - Christmas

Now, please head over to the lady herself, Kathy, to see who she has CASE-d!

Thanks for hopping!
The hop will end on Sunday, May 7th at 6 am EST (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on  Wednesday, May 9th.

And now, 2 for Laura's birthday!

Our youngest daughter is celebrating her birthday today.
This first card is the one I made for Laura from her dad & me...


I used the same 'Donut Worry' stamp set (by Lawn Fawn) that I used for Emma's card from Jake.
I used the co-ordinating die too.
I coloured the donuts with promarkers, added glossy accents to the icing, and raised them on foam pads to add to the 'box', which has no sides, it's just a strip of patterned paper, scored and folded, with a window cut out using an oblong die. I added acetate behind the window, then re-inforced the paper with card so that the lid could be opened too.

Sentiment: computer generated.
Papers: Stampin Up 'sweet always' dsp (retired); Carta Bella 'its a girl'.
Dies: Lawn Fawn 'donut worry' Lawn Cuts; Spellbinders oblong; Spellbinders D-lites 'victoria corner'.
Other: Glossy Accents; acetate; funky foam (for dimension), small heart punch; clear Wink of Stella.

I'd like to enter this at:
In The Pink - birthday
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

and here's her card that I made for Jake to give to her...


I used Mama Elephant's Little Cat Agenda stamp set for this one, again, colouring the images with promarkers.
I stamped Happy Birthday (Inkadinkado) above, and die cut 'Sister' for beneath the kitties, they looked to plain though so doodled on them with a white gel pen, and now I think they look too busy!

Paper: Doodlebug 'hello sunshine'.
Dies: Dienamics By the Letter; Paper Smooches 'dots and dashes'; party banner die.
Other: Funky foam (for dimension), Clear Wink of Stella; Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - family

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

FTHS Midweek Inspiration

Wednesday means it's midweek inspiration day for From The Heart Stamps, and today, I'm sharing the card i've made for my uncle's 70th birthday next week...


I've used Birdbrain Brew, but erased the BB from the left of the image on this occasion.
I've coloured the image with promarkers, then added a little sparkle to the beer froth with clear wink of stella.
The papers are from Doodlebug's Hip Hip Hooray paper pad.
I followed this weeks sketch, which is sketch #2 recycled.
I drew dashes around a small side plate with a white gel pen, and finished the card with punches, and mini numbers, & alphabet dies from Tattered Lace.

I'd like to enter this card at:
MAWTT - birds & feathers
Crafty Catz - anything goes (optional: add a number)
QKR Stampede - feathered friends (or anything goes)
Allsorts challenge - I Spy (B) ... 'Birdbrain' and 'Beer'

Thank you for stopping by today.
Remember, you can enter this week's sketch challenge by clicking HERE.
You can find our current Stamp Of The Month challenge and details of how you can join this progressive challenge HERE. There's only a couple of days left for this month's SOTM challenge!
Please join us on Facebook and “Like” our page to read about the latest FTHS news.
We'd also love it if you'd join our Facebook Group too, this group makes it easier for you to share pics of your FTHS creations.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

2 for Emma's birthday

My eldest is celebrating her birthday today. Here are the cards i've made for her this year.

The first, from her dad & me, using DigiStamp Boutique's Alyssa...


My daughter has short hair, so I opened up the image in my paint program and erased her ponytail (just as if i'd not inked up that part of the image if it were a rubber stamp), then printed it out ready to colour with Promarkers.

Papers: Dovecraft's Garden Party, Lawn Fawn's Let's polka in the meadow.
Dies: Creative Expressions Gemini Pictor, Lawn Fawn Scripty For You, Tattered Lace alphabet.
Other: Funky foam (for dimension behind image and text), Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen.

I'd like to enter this card at:
DigiStamp Boutique - April 17 customer competition
Seize the Birthday - 2 patterned papers


Now on to the 2nd card, this one was given to her from her brother...


It uses Lawn Fawn's Donut Worry stamp set.
I stamped 5 donuts in a row, coloured them with Promarkers, and added glossy accents to the 'icing'.
I added a sentiment which was computer generated.

Paper: Nitwit at LOTV Country Meadow.
Dies: Dienamics By the Letter.
Other: Funky foam (for dimension), Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen.

I'd like to enter this card at:
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations - April Anything goes

Thanks for looking xx

Monday, 3 April 2017

FTHS April Blog Hop

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

Our theme this time is “I’m no Spring Chicken”

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.

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 design took inspiration from this weeks sketch.
Please click on the sketch below to go direct to the challenge.


http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/category/challenges/i-heart-sketches/
And here's my card...



I used an image and sentiment from Surprised Birdbrain, and coloured it with promarkers.
I framed the image with stitched circle dies, then raised up the image and sentiment with fun foam
The dotty paper is from BoBunny (isabella).


Now, please head over to Kathy's blog to see what she has created this time.

I hope that you enjoy hopping with us today.
The hop will end on Sunday, April 9th at 6am EST (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, April 13th.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Hippie Birthday

I have a 'groovy' birthday card to show you today...



The image is from Hippie Chick Birdbrain. In this set you get the main Birdbrain image, two accessory images, and six bonus sentiments, one of which i've used here.
I coloured the image using promarkers, and then added a little clear wink of stella to the eyelids and pendant.
I teamed up 2 old papers by My Mind's Eye, both from their Stella & Rose collections, one from 'Mabel', the other from 'Hattie'. I'd forgotten how much I love the papers in those collections.

I'm entering this card at:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes (no twist used)
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp (Weds) - Anything goes

Thank you for stopping by today.
Remember, you can enter this week's sketch challenge by clicking HERE.
You can find our current Stamp Of The Month challenge and details of how you can join this progressive challenge HERE. There's only a couple of days left for this month's SOTM challenge!
Please join us on Facebook and “Like” our page to read about the latest FTHS news.
We'd also love it if you'd join our Facebook Group too, this group makes it easier for you to share pics of your FTHS creations.

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

Monday, 13 February 2017

FTHS sketch challenge #162

Another Monday rolls around, and with it a new I {heart}sketches challenge for From The Heart Stamps :)
Here's sketch #162...


The twist is 'Snow Day', 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, made for my best friend's hubby, whose birthday is at the end of the month...


I rotated the sketch clockwise by 90 degrees, and used the colours option too. Yes, even the red, there's a teeny weeny bit on the beer bottles.
This fab image is from Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds. I used promarkers to colour him.
I got inky fingers with my distress inks to create the gradient background, then stamped the beer mug image over top, which is from the 'Cheers to You' stamp set by Stampin Up.  I used Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, and Tumbled Glass distress inks.
The striped paper is from a Bazzill Basics pad called Dino-mite.
For the sentiment, I wanted to use a font with a more handwritten look to it for this card, so 'cheers' is actually from Birdbrain Brew.
However, you do get 7 sentiments to use with your choice of the 4 images also provided, which is an absolute bargain, and a 'must have' set for your male cards.
Just look at Hamlet's little face as he anticipates slurping on his favourite tipple! Maybe I should have drawn his tongue hanging out too lol ;)

I'm entering this card at:
Shopping our Stash - winter blues
I love Promarkers - CAS
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Sweet Stampin - masculine

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Monday, 6 February 2017

FTHS sketch challenge #161

A fresh new week, and we're back with a fresh new I {heart}sketches challenge for From The Heart Stamps :)
Here's sketch #161...

The twist is 'Birthday Cake', 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...



This fun image is Party Hat Birdbrain, and comes with 7 sentiments, though I haven't used one here because I wanted to add a die-cut sentiment for this occasion, roughly placing 'birthday' where the sentiment is on the sketch (if you flip the sketch that is).
I glued the BB image to the front of a shaker element.
These pretty papers are all from the same pad, Sugar Shoppe, by Doodlebug.
The borders I added, have been punched using a diamond border punch by Xcut.
21 was cut using Die-namics dies, and birthday is a Clearly Besotted word die.
A little sparkle was added to the 21, shaker frame, and birdbrain's eyes and beak with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.

I'm entering this card at:
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - birds
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes

Thanks for looking xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Beer & Kitties...

Last month was my husbands birthday. So i'm sharing the cards that I made for him.
Dave and our cat, Tickle, are the best of friends. She snuggles up to him every chance she gets, and if she isn't in when he gets in from work, he soon has the door open, calling her home.
So I made this card for his birthday....


I used 'Crazy Cats' stamps by Tim Holtz, colouring the images to look like our Tickle.
I cut out the word HAPPY with Die-namics dies and glued them to more white card, adding 'birthday' beneath it (a word die from Clearly Besotted Stamps).
The patterned paper is by Basic Grey (Life of the Party), and the word husband was cut from one of my own designs Ticket Sentiments.


My husband isn't a big drinker, but he does like a few beers now and then, so as it was his birthday, this is the card I made for Jake to give to him...


I've used 'Cheers' from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with Promarkers, and paired it with this fantastic paper which was free with Making Cards craft magazine (May 2016, if you are able to order a back issue).
DAD was cut using an alphabet die, free with a different craft magazine (I forget which one).
I used Spellbinders 'Curved Rectangles' dies for the shape of this card.

Thanks for looking, see you on Monday for a new FTHS sketch challenge :)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A true friend...

Hello friends! I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas time, and hoping you have a happy and healthy 2017 too.
I may not have posted for a while, but I did make some cards. I just didn't take photographs or blog any of my work. We're busy getting ready for the arrival of our new grandson, due 4th March, although the scans are showing him further ahead so may be a week or 2 earlier. *we're so excited!*

So yes, i'm back. More importantly though, Faith is back too :)
Did you grab the Bunny Love freebie? No? well go get yours now, trust me, you NEED it for your collection, it is TOO adorable!

For my first post of 2017, i'd like to welcome you to my stop on this month's From the Heart Stamps blog hop.
Our theme is Love and Friendship. The girls have made some wonderful examples to show you.

If you've arrived here from Imke's blog, 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.

I'm using Easter Egg Birdbrains for my card. Not so much to make a card for Easter, but more because I love the 'true friend' sentiment which is one of 4 that you get in this set. You also get an extra image, which is a row of patterned eggs.

Here's my card...



I coloured the image with promarkers, but lightly sponged the sky with ink.
Once coloured, I gave it a pretty scalloped top by using a Marianne border die (wave).
The sentiment was printed onto pale blue card and glued above the image as shown.
I used strips of patterned paper top and bottom (Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid).
The little heart embellishment at the top is from the Heart of Hearts die by Impression Obsession.
Though you can't see it, I also added a bit of clear Wink of Stella on the pink card stock, butterflies and egg shell to complete my card.

I'm entering this card at:
Cute Card Thursday - something fun to make you smile
Crafty Catz - anything goes with a twist (ladies card)
Brown Sugar Challenge - anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - all creatures great and small
I love Promarkers - anything goes


Now, please head over to Kathy's blog to see what she has created. As you hop along, leave a comment on each blog. We will select a random winner from the comments on each blog and on the FTHS blog to win one image of your choice.

I hope that you enjoy hopping with us today. Thank you for joining us.
The hop will end on Sunday, February 5th 2017 at 6 am EST (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday, February 8th.