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Happy Easter!

Front of Easter card

A quick and simple card for Easter: the daffodil stamp & greeting are by Clearly Besotted, coloured with Promarkers & a mixture of cheap W H Smith pencils & Derwent Coloursoft, of which I only have a few. The “ribbon” at the back is one of the palms from Palm Sunday Mass last week. This was based on the sketch at challenge #218 at CAS Colours and Sketches, and I’m also entering into the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Close of up daffodil

NBUS #8

Front of card

The theme for this fortnight over at Darnell’s NBUS Challenge (NBUS=Never-Before-Used =-Schtuff!!) is coloured pencils on kraft. I bought some cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith a long, long time ago when they were in the sale, and they’ve languished unloved in a drawer ever since.

I’ve spent pretty much all my crafting time since Christmas re-cataloguing my clear stamp collection so I decided to have a go at the challenge as a break from the monotony. I’m not entirely happy with the result – maybe that’s what you get when you use cheap pencils! – but from a distance it’s not too bad;-) I didn’t use any blending fluid, I wasn’t sure how well it would work on kraft, and in any case I couldn’t find it!  Here’s the close-up so you can see what I mean:

Close up

 

Cocker Spaniel Cutie!

Front of card

My husband’s family used to own a much-loved cocker spaniel, so when I saw this digital stamp over at Just Inklined I knew it would be perfect for my father-in-law’s birthday. I had a lovely time colouring it in Promarkers, but then I didn’t know what to do with it!

Then I saw that this month’s challenge at Virginia’s View is plaid or stripes, so that gave me an idea for the background. I combined it with the Sketch Saturday challenge which is to use an old sketch. I therefore chose sketch number 272:

When I came to place the sentiment, it didn’t really work in the position of the sketch so I hope they’ll forgive me for varying it just slightly. Anyway, here’s a close-up of the cute puppy:

Close up of image

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day Card

If you live in the UK it won’t have escaped your notice that yesterday was Mother’s Day. This was my card for my Mum, inspired by the sketch at Paper Play Sketches. The main image is a Stampendous agapanthus stamp, coloured using the whitewash technique. I kept it simple as my Mum prefers CAS cards. The greeting was a mix of stamps by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Memento Grape Jelly and then cut out using a Spellbinders label die.

Mother's day card closeup

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

 

Bon Anniversaire Chere Sylvie!

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A lovely French friend celebrates her 60th birthday today. She doesn’t look her age and is always stylish, as so many French women are, and I hope that the card I’ve made reflects that. She also loves red so there was never any question about what colour I should incorporate! The stamp is “Giant Poppy” by IndigoBlu, and I spent a happy evening colouring the whole image in the only 2 Copic markers I own, which happen to be red.

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Once I’d coloured it, I spent ages trying to decide what on earth to do with it, so I decided to be brave and cut the image as I felt it had more impact that way. As soon as I’d done that, the card came together very quickly. The die cut numbers are by Robert Addams, the birthday die cut is by Clearly Besotted and is liberally coated in Wink of Stella.  Clearly Besotted also produced the greeting stamp which I embossed in Wow! gold embossing powder. I thought of adding a little bling but decided to leave it alone. I’m entering this over at Stamping Sensations where the theme this month is “Anything Goes”.

Silly!

Life hasn’t allowed me much time for crafting just lately, I’m hoping that normal service will be resumed eventually! But it’s a young relative’s second birthday today and this was the card I made for him:

Monkey card

It’s coloured with Promarkers and looks simple, but it took quite a bit of masking (using Pebeo Drawing Gum) and four attempts before I got it right! The cue card over at CASology this week is “Silly”, and although that isn’t something I normally do I thought this card might fit the bill. The number stamp is by Papermania, and the monkeys are from a very old set by (I think) Hero Arts. As the challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks this week is Masking, I’m going to enter it over there, too.

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