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Friday, 12 February 2016

BRRRR... ARE YOU CHILLY ?

Hello Peeps,
I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend ?
Is it chilly where you are ? Here I am sunny today and it's a warm 18 degrees :-) The almond blossoms are all popping out so I hope we now don't get a cold spell down from the North to nip them all off !!

It's weird doing a chilly card today, but I have coloured up my monthly freebie I got at FROM THE HEART STAMPS. It is called  " Snowman & Cocoa " and he is part of the monthly progressive freebie Challenge. If you use the free image in the Challenge -  you get a new free one the following month for the next Challenge. :-D I must say he looks very cozy in his outfit and with a cup of hot cocoa. Not for me though - he can keep it as I hate that stuff !!!! 





I coloured him up with Promarkers and used a snippet of blue card to make a frame. I went all around it with the wedge end of 3 different colours of blue Promarkers and then dragged the Blender all round in lines to see what effect I got.
The snowflakes were a little giftette from a dear friend. :-D
The background was made using my Crafters' Companian "A Little Bit Nordic " 6 x 6 embossing folder and I lightly ran a blue ink pad over the top to pick out the pattern.

Thanks for dropping by xxxxxxxxx


Challenges I am entering:

FTHS Progressive Freebie Challenge - February
DRS Designs Challenge #213 - Hot or Cold colours
Christmas Sweet Stamping February  Challenge - Snowflakes
Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Warm Thoughts
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #16  - Christmas or Winter
Snippet's Playground Week #215

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

MORE STAMPING + SOMETHING NEW

I am on a roll this afternoon and feeling very creative. I have seen some great techniques and ideas the last couple of days that I am just busting to try....... so many things - so little time!!!! :-)

I saw this afternoon, a great technique of using Masking Tape in different ways over on CLUB SCRAP and I decided to have a play with that and my new clear stamp set " LOVE BIRDS " from Woodware Clear Magic sets.

I tore up the masking tape and stuck it down and then used ink pads in different shades of yellow to smear over the top. Then I used the flower from the stamp set on top of that. The little bird was stamped onto card and coloured with Promarkers and then cut out and mounted on foamies for a bit of pop.


Looking back at the examples now - I think in my rush and excitement to try this, I made a couple of errors - I should have had the masking tape running across as well as up and down, and I should have stamped the flower after I took the tapes off.
I quite like the effect I got though :-)


Challenges I am entering:

Club Scrap - February Technique Challenge.

K IS FOR KISS :-)

Me again Folks,

Here I am with a little snarky Valentine's card - cuz I don't do that slushy stuff.
I have used  " Kitty Butts " from MELJEN (no longer trading as the family moved to Alaska !!! Brrrrr ) and  the dogs are from NICE CRANE DESIGNS (who also appear to have ceased trading) and the image is called "Merry Party 7 ".

Here is the front.............. relatively conformist :-D .......... everybody go "Aaaaaah ".....



and now for the non-conformist snarky inside........... 



I have used a couple of punches for the borders and the background on the front is the latest Freebie from Create With TLC - Word Art and you can snag yours HERE.  So that's another used Freebie that I have snagged, so I am working well with my promise to actually use stuff I take :-D
I coloured the kitties and dogs with pencils and blended with baby oil (smells nice... mmmmmmm)

I am entering this baby into the Sisterhood of Snark K is for Kiss Challenge :-)


You know - I run a Cats only Challenge but what about one for just DOGS ????? Any dog lovers out there fancy that ???? If there's enough interest I could start one  :-D 

Thanks for dropping in xxx


Challenges I am entering:

Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Dies or Punches
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #123 - AG with a Twist... LOVE
Inky Chicks Challenge #62 - Love Letters and/or Hearts
Try It On Tuesday Challenges - A Fine Romance 
The Unicorn Challenge #6 - Lots of Love


HAPPY MAIL TODAY :-D

Hellooooo Peeps,
I am just popping in to show you my lovely goodies I got in Happy Mail today.
The first is from my mate SARN - she was selling off some craft goodies and I bought these 2 really cute kitty stamps,  but look at the fabulous card she made to go with them :-) She was also kind enough to get me a supply of  artificial sweeteners, so I now have a few months supply of those !! :-D Thank you Sarn. xxxx




My second surprise was from BAD KITTY - I got these wonderful cards from FIKI and one from her sweet daughter PAOLA, and such a super cute kitty shaker :-D Thank you Girls xxxxxxxx


Monday, 8 February 2016

A LITTLE BIT OF STAMPING UP !

Hello Peepsies,
Today I have firked out my plastic gloves to go play with some rubber stamps :-)

I have some great sets from STAMPIN' UP and my friend SHELLEY  - who is now a  UK STAMPIN' UP  Demonstrator - did a  Video tutorial yesterday and used one of the sets I actually have to do a card demonstration !! WooHoo. :-) Only trouble was that because of the rain and wind, I kept getting power outages so I couldn't actually link into the lesson :-(

Anyhoo - I got them out today and made this little card up - virtually 'CASE-ing' what Shelley did, but I stamped and then used the matching punch to do all my shapes as I was bold enough to stamp directly onto the card like she did !!!!

Oh Dang !!!! Having just watched the Video throughout - I think  I was supposed to be doing a THANK YOU project !!!! Oh bums !!! :-(


Stamps used : Six Sided Sampler + matching Punch from Stampin' Up.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Scrap It With A song - I went for Adele's HELLO

Sunday, 7 February 2016

A TOUCH OF CUTESINESS :-)

Hi Peeps,
Today I am having an "Aaaaaww" moment and still exploring my 'cute' side. :-)
I am also continuing my promise of using up the Free digis that I snag from different Blogs/People.
This one uses a very new one that is drawn by ANGIE ADDISON. She has a FaceBook Page HERE and there is also a Challenge site.
The image is called "Little Lila Picking Flowers", and I coloured her with Promarkers. Still trying to get a grips with hair colouring - I might have to go to one of those on-line classes LoL :-D



The background paper is from a very old CD of 'Crush Papers - Be Mine' which I got from Crafty Downloads yeeeeeeeeaars ago (no longer available).
I made some strips of tiny tickets using 2  digi stamps from Stitchy at STITCHYBEAR STAMPS called 'Valentines Tickets' (I can't find it in the Shop now)


The die cut frame is from the Sizzix Labels #20 set.
I used a Sketch available HERE.

Thanks for stopping by for a little 'cute' fix :-)




Challenges I am entering:

Dream Valley Challenges #124 - Valentine's Day
Crafty Gal's Corner Challenge #57 - Love Is In The Air
A Gem of a Challenge #162Love Is In The Air
My Time To Craft Challenge #134 - Love Is All Around
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #116 - Anything Goes with a Twist - LOVE
OSAAT #255 - Anything Goes + Love is in the Air


Saturday, 6 February 2016

HOLLEY's CELEBRATION

Prizes everyday!!

Hi Peeps,
Happy Saturday and I hope you are managing to squeeze in some crafting time this weekend ? :-)

My little chum Holley is having a special event throughout February to celebrate a health milestone which is very personal to her and she is having competitions and prizes all through the month. I am going to be involved in there somewhere too :-D
Well - for Wednesday 2nd, there is a Bookmark Making Contest and this features a really cute image which was made especially for Holley by Sandra Caldwell. I went and bought this image and made a bookmark for the competition.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and used a page from a book, and sat the little bear on an embossed 'congratulations' banner. Then I added a  die cut border and an inspirational quote from John Guare, which says " It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday ".
I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added a little tassle from my stash.



Image: "Bearly a Headache" by Sandra Caldwell is available on Etsy.

I hope you will pop over and join in, see the other bookmarks and show support for Holley :-)

Hugz
IKE xx


Challenges I am entering:

Challenge Up Your Life #34 - No designer paper
The Stamping Boutique #25 - Die Cuts or Punches

Friday, 5 February 2016

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS...

Hellooooo Peeps - it's nearly the Crafty Weekend !!!  (oh - for those of you unlucky souls who have to work that is !!) the rest of us are just on 'Yay - permanent crafting time'  :-D  LoL  Good job I live too far away for you to hit me !!! :-D

Anyways - I definitely don't DO Valentine's Day and all that schmaltz so I made a little creation that just about sums me up  AND it has cats..... cool eh ???? :-D



The main images are Cats rubber stamps from DE-STEMPELWINKEL which I stamped with Versamark embossing ink onto red card, and then sprinkled with Personal Impressions Black Super Sparkle Powder before heating. It looks glorious close up but of course, it doesn't photograph at all well !!
The kitties come from Plate 31 - Cats... but I bought these two as singles but I can't find them like that now in the shop.

The pretty bit in the middle is a SARNTANGLE - made with a rubber stamp which came from an exclusive set on limited edition last year.  If you didn't get yours then, don't worry because you buy them in singles as DIGIS if you go see Sarn HERE.   I coloured it with Promarkers.

The background is an embossing folder - sorry it has no name or markings on it and then I smeared it with various shades of red ink pads.
The whole thing was mounted onto a red card and then I doodled some hearts and stuff around the edges.

It's funny - when I went to put a title on my Blog, as I typed it I began singing one of the songs from one of my all time favourite films - My Fair Lady...... "Show Me"...

Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! 
I get words all day through;
First from him, now from you! 
Is that all you blighters can do? 

SONGWRITERS
ALAN JAY LERNER;FREDERICK LOEWE

If you know it then it's probably got you singing now too hahahaha
(full lyrics can be found Here)

Thanks for dropping in :-) xxx


Challenges I am entering:




Thursday, 4 February 2016

TEENSY INCHIE ART #2

Hello Peeps - are you looking forward to the weekend ???? !! :-D

Here I am with another INCHIE for the latest Challenge over at EVERY INCHIE MONDAY and the Theme this weeks is "Bulldozer". This would actually be week 5 and I have every intention of doing weeks 1 - 3 so I can keep up my collection. I will post them all together at the end of the year :-D

I decided to do a play on the word so I ended up with a Bulldozer bulldozing the Bull...dozing !!!! hahahaha :-D 





These little suckers are great fun to make but I have yet to come up with a good solution for actually photographing them ! Still working on that :-)

The Bulldozer is a free colouring page from My Colouring Pages site and this was coloured using Promarkers.

Challenges I am entering:



Tuesday, 2 February 2016

KITTY KARD

Good morning,
I have popped in with a recent commission card on which I have used one of my new cat stamps. I treated myself to some in the sales just after Christmas, so I am hoping to use them all to show you over the next week or so :-)



This one uses some kitty papers - I bought them from someone selling their stash but I don't actually know who makes them.
I cut an oval and used a text paper from the same set underneath.
I stamped the kitties on to cream card and coloured them with Prismacolour pencils. I used am embossing folder for the sentiment band.
These are JGS386 Mr & Mrs Cat from WoodWare - clear magic singles collection, and I used one of the sentiments that came with the set, stamped onto a filigree heart from the Wooly Bears - Isobel set I bought from Kanban

I used the little bears for the first time on this card that I made for my friend's Birthday..


I stamped the bears onto some textured card for effect and coloured them with Prismacolour pencils. Then I stamped their clothes and bows onto some snippets of card from my stash box and stuck them flat onto the bears. I used another snippet and a decorative punch for the border for them to sit on. :-)

My kitty card is my display piece for my new Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Challenges with starts today over HERE. This month it's all about Kitty Love especially for Valentine's Day. 
The new Challenge is also up over at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES - which is also Valentine's themed. Click HERE to go see that one.
There are new FREEBIES on both those Challenges for you. :-D

Thank you for popping in.



Challenges I am entering: