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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