Monday, 26 September 2016

Boingy boingy boing!

Every time I think of kangaroos, I think of the children's TV programme "Alphabet Zoo" that was popular when my girls were small, and included a song about a kangaroo that went "boingy boiny boing all over Austraaaaaaaaaalia!" So you'll have to forgive me for singing along as I type.

I've made this card for a friend who has a birthday later this week. She lived in Australia for several years and goes back there to visit as often as she can, so as she isn't going this year I thought an Australian themed birthday card might give her a little taste of the country.

The roos are cut with the lovely Australian Animals die set from Dies R Us. For the Uluru background, I searched on my ipad for a suitable photo and pinched it to the correct size for my card, then used an indelible pen to trace it onto acetate. Then I cut out the acetate and used it as a double mask,  first to cover the sky while colouring the rock with distress inks, then to colour the sky. I made the sun first by sponging ink through card with a circle punched from it,  then used the punched circle as a second mask while painting the sky using a waterbrush and two shades of blue from a kaleidacolour pad. The foreground is torn Core-dinations card.

I am sharing this with

Make my Monday - no patterned paper
Glitter and Sparkle - Happy Birthday  (it's their 4th birthday - why not pop over and help them celebrate?)
AAA Cards - masking


The current challenge at CD Sundays is "Things with wheels". Normally I would go straight to my La Pashe CDs for this theme, as they have so many super images from Teddies on bikes to crazy lorry drivers. But several of the DT have made fab cards with some of my favourite La Pashe designs, and anyway I wanted to have an excuse to browse through some of my other CDs.

Eventually I settled on this sweet topper and border from the CD "The Rachel Anne Miller Collection". I wasn't too keen on the backing papers designed to go with it, so I picked out a couple that had been magazine freebies - recently I went through  pile of old, unloved mags, ripped out the papers and stored them in a folder so I wouldn't feel obliged to always use them together, kit-style. For embellishments, I used cut some wheels using the X-cut Gears die set, going for a pastel yellow instead of the dark and metallic colours I usually choose, to give them a fresher, younger look. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The leaning tower of...... robins!

A few weeks ago I read one of the worst books I've ever read. I can't think why I bothered to read it, actually. It was a free download I got for my kindle, and I really ought to have deleted it rather than ploughing on to the bitter end. The subject was, of all things, an American cheerleading team who were learning to do a stunt that involved standing on each others' shoulders. The climax of the story was that on the day of the big event, the tower toppled and the woman on top fell off.

Anyway, while browsing some blogs or Pinterest for craft inspiration this week, I spotted a beautiful Christmas card that was a superbly masked heap of stamped robins, and somehow it set me thinking of the cheerleader book. What if, instead of being so perfectly packed, the robins were attempting the cheerleader stunt?

So, I got out the lovely Woodware robin stamp set that I won in the Playground (where I hope you are playing along this week - I'm head prefect for the week and you DO want to make me work as hard as possible, don't you?) and stamped a selection of the images into a very precariously balanced tower of robins, doodling in some "wobble marks" to make it look as if they are about to topple. The sentiment and holly leaves are from the same stamp set. The holly berries are some gorgeously blingy gems from Foil Play.

Today is September 25th - we are three quarters of the way to Christmas - and that makes it Rudolph Day at Scrappymo's. We have until the end of the month to link up a Christmas card in this fun challenge.
I am also linking up to
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Use a sentiment
Fantasy Stampers - Watch the Birdie

Very old stash frame

A long, long time ago - I can't remember exactly when but about the time I first started reading craft blogs - I bought a couple of goodie bags from Craftwork Cards and among the items in them were some embossed die cut frames. I've never really been able to think what to do with them, as they are so big they dominate the front of a 15cm square card, so they've been loitering in my stash for years.

However the current challenge at CASology is Frame and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to see if I could use one. I've added some simple stamping using a Uniko set called Flower Power #2.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The witch of PMS!

September is drawing to a close, there's a definite nip in the air in the mornings - and it's time to start thinking ahead to making Halloween cards! As I don't celebrate Halloween, I try to make my cards dual purpose whenever possible. This one, for instance, while using traditional Halloween images of a witch and a cat, could be used for almost any occasion provided it was sent to somebody with a suitable sense of humour!

The witch is a free digi which I downloaded from Sweetly Scrapped and coloured with Promarkers.   The cat paper is a download from Coosty Creations  and the cat is cut with a die I got very recently and was absolutely SURE I would remember the brand name of...... #fail. The sentiment is one I computer generated and sized to fit my Spellbinders labels.

I am sharing this with

CRAFT - Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Addicted to stamps and more - Make your Mark 

White on White

I've been a very inconsistent blogger over the last couple of months, sometimes doing a torrent of posts and sometimes going for days with none at all. It's been that kind of a summer, we've been away a lot, and had a lot of fun at home with the grandchildren, but the younger of my nearby ones started school full-time yesterday so barring any crises, normal service has been resumed. I can blow the dust off my dies and wipe the cobwebs off my cardstock and get stuck into some steady crafting instead of the occasional grab-the-chance-while-you-can binge.

I very rarely make a white-on-white card - I love to see them at shows and demos but tend to forget all about them when I'm crafting at home. So I was pleased that the current Butterfly Challenge nudged me into making one.

The background is embossed with a crafters companion folder and the medallion is cut with a Spellbinders die set. I don't think it shows on the photo, but I've arranged the layers at alternating angles. I've used this die set many times before and only just noticed that some of the waste is obviously designed to be salvaged and used - those sweet little leaf sprigs that I've assembled into corners are waste from the largest medallion.

The butterfly is a Marianne Creatables die, a very old one from the days before holes in dies to poke the waste out were invented. Wax paper doesn't seem to help much with this die, but wiping it over with a tumble drier sheet before cutting makes it less of a chore to get all the waste out.

I am sharing this with

Butterfly Challenge - Wire and/or White on White
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Butterflies

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Cars at Cardz 4 Guyz

This week it's my turn to choose the theme for Cardz 4 Guyz, and I've chosen Cars. Cars of any type, modern or vintage, racing cars or family cars - it's up to you, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

For my own card, I stamped the retro Mini image using an old Linda Luckin stamp, then coloured and fussy cut it. The background is silver mirri embossed with the docrafts Galvanised Steel embossing folder, topped with a piece of chalkboard tape that has white lines like the centre of a road drawn along it using a white gel pen, and some striped washi tape. I went round and round in circles trying to get the stripes on the two bands of tape to run in opposite directions. I still can't see why it wasn't just a case of turning it upside down, but it didn't seem to work!

Some corrugated card for more texture and a bold sentiment from a Kanban die cut sheet were a restful way to finish the card after losing the Battle of The Washi Tape.