Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Snail Grand Prix

This weekend is the Monaco Grand Prix, when cars whizz around the complex circuit around the streets at a breathtaking pace. But what if the Grand Prix was run by snails instead of racing cars? Here we see those great classic snail racers, Reubins Barishello, Michael Shellmacher and Nigel Manshell racing for the chequered flag. And what fuel are they using? Why, Shell of course!

The snails are stamped with a Clearly Besotted stamp - I think the set is called "Cute as a bug", and the sentiment is an unmounted stamp I bought on ebay. I doodled in the trail using a Versamark pen, then embossed it with a gold-tinted hologram powder, which gives it a very realistic "snail trail" look when it moves around in the light. I hand drew the chequered flag, and doodled in the scrolls under the sentiment to cover a blob of ink for emphasis.

I am sharing this with

CASology - Fast 
Crafty Creations Challenges - Doodles Details
The Male Room - Critters and/or Bugs
Less is More - Sketch (well,   I was sticking pretty closely to the sketch - until I fiddled about with the snail images and decided it looked more balanced with one a long way ahead of the others!

Skating Scene

I've been having a rummage through my Christmas Bits Box and decided it's about time I had a good old clear out - use the usable bits and get rid of anything  tired, dog eared, faded or just too plain nasty to use. So this card makes use of lots of the usable bits - three different HOTP papers, an image from a magazine freebie booklet and snowflakes die cut from a scrap of card, using a die that was also a magazine freebie.

I'm sharing this with

Winter Wonderland - Pearls and Ribbon
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - die cuts or punches
Fab n Funky - Christmas  

Friday, 27 May 2016

Furry Friends - falling out

Friends sometimes fall out - we've all been there. Sometimes the rift is permanent, but with a really close friend, very often all it takes is for one to make the other laugh for everything to heal over and the rift to be forgotten. That's the kind of situation I had in mind when I made this card - the sort of thing you might send to a best friend who was temporarily off your radar.

The Katzelkraft "Chats Russes" stamps are perfect for any kind of snarky sentiment like this. The backing paper is a digital download I've had for ages and never quite got around to using.

I'm sharing this with Show us your Pussies, where May's challenge is Furry Friends.

La Bicyclette De Paris

Having a good old rummage through my stash the other day and I came across a sheet of vintage style London and Paris images, mostly featuring bicycles and flowers, that had been sitting around neglected for FAR too long, and decided to bring one of them out to play. I've noticed that fold-back cards seem to be having a welcome resurgence, and I love the way you can use them to incorporate the inside of the card to blend with the design on the front - in this case I have made the ribbon border appear to continue across the card and the doyley to appear to frame the top corner of the image when the card is lying flat.

The patterned papers that I have used are very, very old NBUS, left over from an Anna Griffin kit that was my one and only attempt at scrapbooking (I spent six months making it as a gift - the recipient glanced through it, said "mmm, very nice" and never opened it again - I didn't really fell like bothering after that) about 10 years ago.

I have incorporated a plain cream panel into the inside fold so a message can be written to the recipient

I am sharing this with

A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Use it or Lose it ( the patterned papers)   

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A tale of two cards

I really wasn't happy with the "pop" themed card I made the other day  for the Something That Pops or Bangs challenge at Less is More- I've had some very nice comments on it, but of course they are from people who haven't seen it in real life - the camera can sometimes be very flattering! So I wanted to try again - but apart from champagne corks, what else goes pop or bang?

Crackers, party poppers, drums, balloons, car exhausts, the next door neighbour's van door at 3am, a fuse blowing? Either already done, or I have nothing suitable in my stash. And then the thought hit me - BUBBLE WRAP. Can there be anyone among us who has never idled away a few minutes popping bubble wrap? OK, so it doesn't physically appear on the card - but then, there was no real champagne on my first card, just an image of it!

So I set to to use bubble wrap on my card. This time, I knew that I wanted to combine it with the 2nd birthday challenge at AAA Cards and Use Your Stuff's latest challenge of Get Inky.  So I took out a set of three stacking die cuts from a very old Kanban kit and inked the largest and smallest by sponging on single colours from a Kaleidacolor "Birthstone" pad, then inked up the bubble wrap with the whole pad and pressed it onto the middle die cut to give an image of itself. I finished the card by stamping a sentiment on the smallest layer.

Well, the idea was good, but the final assembled card seems to lack something

Maybe it's just not what I was really in the mood for? So, back to square one. This time I cut a square of cardstock slightly smaller than my card blank and used the bubble wrap and ink to make a random splodge in one corner. I then sponged a little of the inks from the two extreme ends of the pad around the edges of the splodge, ran the edges of the card along the dark pink section of the pad for very gentle definition, and then stamped the distressed Birthday word (this was a joining gift from a monthly stamp club, possibly Graphicus? many years ago) over  the inky area and stuck the panel to the front of the card.

There now, inky, messy yet still CAS - exactly what I was in the mood for! So at last I have a version I am happy with - I hope you are too!

Sharing this with

Less is More - Something that goes bang or pop
Use Your Stuff - Get inky
AAA Cards - Happy Birthday


Veggie Good Friends

As you probably know, my husband is a very keen vegetable gardener, so when I read that this week's challenge at Make My Monday is In The Garden I naturally thought of a vegetable garden.

I've used a pair of stamps (the carrot and top are separate) from the Hero Arts "Stamp Your Own Salad" set, simply stamped haphazardly with the carrot tops coloured in with a Promarker. The sentiment is from the same set.

May Rudolph Day

It's that time of month again (no, not THAT time of month, I'm far too old for that, thank goodness!) - it's the 25th and that means it is Rudolph Day at Scrappymo's. You have until the end of the month to join in and share a festive make with us.

Here's my DT card for you - a very easy one this month using paper and die cut decoupage from the Papermania Folk Christmas collection. I think now people are very mobile and families spread out all over the world, lots of us particularly miss close family at Christmas time, so it's a perfect sentiment for the season.

I am sharing this with Winter Wonderland - Non-traditional Christmas Colours because although there are re4d and green in there, the dominant colour is the turquoise which gives it all a very non-traditional look.