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.