Monday, 26 June 2017

Finding my marbles...

Hi everyone. Hope you have had a good weekend. I have, for once, managed to have a weekend of balance. I've had lots of family time, taking my sons and a friend to Tankfest on Saturday (apparently the best day of my 9 yr old's life) and watching Glastonbury on TV (despite only living 8 miles away from the festival!). I also managed to make lots of Hunkydory samples, meet up with friends and do some housework!

This morning has seen the launch of Hunkydory's new Marble Adorable Scorable card stock. I wasn't ever so sure at first but once I started I fell in love with the textures and colours. Here are a few of my samples:

I kept my designs simple to show of the card, but I really enjoyed mixing the colours. My images are from the Little Books of Florabunda and Quotes and Wisdom 2.

Thank you for visiting and commenting today x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Always be a mermaid

Hi everyone. Today is the hottest day so far of our heatwave and I have to admit that I'm struggling a bit! I'm all for sun and heat when I'm by a pool all day but this temperature doesn't suit real life at all.

Today's card was inspired by the latest Daring Cardmakers challenge "Out of this World":

I've wanted to make a mermaid card since I was sent mermaid ephemera as part of my June Brimble's Box. I just love Anna Brim's fab drawings and this one was perfect for the them.

I began by inking the centre of  a 16.5cm square of watercolour paper with Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I spritzed with water, allowed to dry then flicked a gold Wink of Stella pen over it for a bit of sparkle. Before adding to my 7x7 card blank, I inked the edges with Salty Ocean DI.

Next I cut a circle aperture from a 16cm square of card and fixed this to my background. I added the mermaid with foam pads. The sentiment is a freebie from Creative Stamping and I stamped it with Versafine ink. The mat has been inked with more Salty Ocean.

To finish I added 3 Dovecraft sequins from my stash.

I unashamedly love this card- who wouldn't want to be a mermaid? I could certainly do with a dip in some cold water right now.

Thank you for visiting today x

I would like to enter this card for the follwing challenges:

Daring Cardmakers Out of this World

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Out of this World

Hi everyone. I've used some of my free time this week to have a play with stamps and inks. One thing I was keen to try was a space background, inspired by some I saw on my crafty friend Jennifer Kray's blog. I combined my finished background with Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps Out of this World stamps.

For the space background, I used Distress Inks on watercolour card. I began by blending Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves inks. I then darkened the background with Faded Jeans DI, then used Black Soot around the edges and in the corners. I spritzed with water, allowed it to dry and then used a toothbrush to help me flick white acrylic paint over the background.

For the moon I cut part of a circle from watercolour card. I scribbled a grey Spectrum Aqua marker onto my glass mat, spritzed it with water then dipped in some bubble wrap. I pressed this onto my card for a crater effect.

The stamps were stamped using Memento and coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. I had to hand cut them as my Scan n Cut won't cut at the moment so they're a bit rough!

My eldest son is going to give this card to his Dad for Father's Day- though he'll be doing it on Sunday evening as he is off to his very first Cub Camp tomorrow. I will admit to being a very nervous Mummy today!

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Christmas in June

Hi everyone, it's great to be back blogging after a little break. I decided to take some time away as work got a little crazy and I had no time to craft. Things are much calmer now so I'll be catching up with your blogs later today.

I make no apologies for sharing some Christmas cards today- everyone knows us crafters have to start early! Yesterday saw the launch of this year's Hunkydory Christmas collection and I was thrilled that I got to make some samples for the launch.

I actually made 17 samples from the Cuddly Christmas set in total- and every one made on the hottest days of the year! It was great fun though, even if I did keep humming Christmas songs all the time.

I am extremely lucky that I actually already have the entire collection- a very kind thank you gift from the folks at Hunkydory. I can't wait to make more cards now.

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely day. Cathy x

Friday, 26 May 2017

In a teacup

Hi everyone. It has been a difficult week here in the UK- the news is full of Monday's terrorist attack and my heart goes out to all affected. I went to University in Manchester and know what an amazing place it is.

Today we are going to take advantage of the fabulous weather we are having and go camping for a few days. I'm not the keenest of campers but the boys love it, especially as we are going with lots of friends.

First though, I'm sharing my final GDT for Daring Cardmakers. This week's dare is In a Teacup and this was what I made:

These fab papers are from Stampin Up and are called Have a Cuppa- I won them ages ago but haven't used them before. I love the colours.

Originally I was going to use the stamp set which goes with the papers but it didn't work out. Instead, I used my Scan n Cut to cut the cup and hearts and just stamped the sentiment.

You can check out all the amazing DT cards and join in the challenge here.

Have a very happy weekend whatever you have planned. Cathy x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sweet Nothings

Hi everyone. We have had a lovely weekend in Charmouth but of course I had no time for crafting anything new. Today then I'm sharing some cards from last week's Trimcraft demos.

I really love the First Edition Sweet Nothings papers, particularly as they can be used for anyone. With Father's Day coming soon I used them for this card for Dad:

My second card shows you how different some of the papers are- these are very opulent and so beautiful, meaning I kept the design very simple:

The stamp I used is one of the range of Dovecraft big word stamps- they stamp so beautifully and make a fabulous focal point for any card.

Hope you all have a lovely week. Cathy x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Two's Company

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing my GDT card for today's Daring Cardmakers dare. This time we were set the challenge of only using two colours on the card and boy was that a challenge!

I actually had two attempts at making a card and this one in blue and white was my favourite:

I started with a smooshed background using Broken China Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I then used the free stencil from Making Cards magazine with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink to add some detail.

I found the sentiment stamp, which was a free gift at some time, when I had a tidy up on Monday. I have been using a lot of motivational sentiments lately so I thought I'd keep up that trend! I stamped it in Memento Barbados Blue ink.

Using a Dovecraft Floral Muse butterfly stamp I stamped 3 butterfly with Perfect Medium, then used Wow white embossing powder and heat embossed the butterflies.

When I was finished, I felt I needed a little more blue so smooshed some Salty Ocean on and used the same ink to ink the edges of my panel. I did enjoy making something so different for me and I'm really enjoying the way doing these dares is taking me out of my comfort zone.

After a busy week, I'm looking forward to going to Charmouth later for two nights. My parents have just bought a static caravan there so we will be staying there. Charmouth is on the Jurassic Coast so the boys are looking forward to some fossil hunting. We found an ammonite last time we visited.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Cathy x