Snoozing Chap


It’s a friend’s birthday next week, and I knew I wanted to use this digital stamp called “Snoozing Chap with Beer” from Digistamp Boutique. I coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it on a stitched square by Gummiapan. Then I used the sketch at Watercooler Wednesday,  some papers from my stash and finished with a diecut greeting by Your Next Stamp which was a recent purchase.

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IndigoBlu Giant Peony

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My crafty friend Vicky celebrated her birthday yesterday, so of course for her I love to pull out all the stops! This is the IndigoBlu Giant Peony, stamped onto watercolour cardstock then embossed in white. I then spent an enjoyable evening with my Zig Clean Color pens until I was happy with the end result, although I’m sure the finished colours aren’t botanically accurate. A few sequins and an embossed greeting by Clearly Besotted were all I felt it needed to finish it off.

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I’m entering this into The Flower Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.


Two Wheels Good!

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My brother-in-law has recently taken up motorcycling again after several years of car driving. The good thing about this is that it gives me the opportunity to make him a card about something other than golf & cricket!

The main image is from the long-gone Mad About Cards, printed on canvas paper to add some texture. The silver handlebars etc are painted with a Wink of Luna silver pen. The backing paper is from my stash. The tyre tracks and wheels are from a set of stamps by Kaisercraft called On the Move and I’ve added some Ranger Matte Accents (which look distinctly glossy to me!) to the wheels to add a little extra interest.

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The layout is based on the sketch at Mojo Monday and I’m also entering this into the challenge at The Male Room where the theme is wheels.



Sweet 18

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My son spends every weekend going to 18th birthday parties at the moment, and has a habit of asking me at the last minute to make a card for the birthday boy or girl. This weekend is no exception and this is the card I came up with at short notice. I was inspired by the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2:


and also Darnell’s NBUS challenge no 10 where, as always, she encourages us to use our “Never Before Used Schtuff”. This is one of my favourite challenges at the moment as it makes me think about using up stuff. So my NBUS today is the stitched square die which is by a firm called Gummiapan – I bought a number of dies from “Swedish House” at Event City yesterday and this is one of them.

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The paper is from Here is Happy by My Mind’s Eye, the numbers are chipboard which has been gessoed in black then covered in Anita’s Clear Gloss. I also used drops of gloss in the centre of the patterned paper flowers. The small flowers are a Cuttlebug die with black gems in the centre, and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted from their Sweet Little Sentiments set, stamped in Versamark and embossed in clear powder.

Three in One

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I’m combining 3 challenges in one with this card; I liked the simplicity of the design over at Muse this week – their 200th challenge! I used the dotty paper from my stash & stamped/masked the main image. This is where the second challenge comes in: Darnell over at NBUS challenges everyone to use their “Never Before Used Schtuff”: the flowers are from a layering set by Prima called Bayou Flowers, which I’ve had for a while but never used. There’s also an optional theme of CASEing another card, which of course is exactly what the Muse challenge is! The third challenge is at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is “Anything Goes”.

I stamped the flower in Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, layered with Memento London Fog & Tuxedo Black. You can see the sheen of the ink in the close up below. The leaves were stamped in Memento Pistachio. Rather than CASEing the Muse card exactly, I decided to use a Lawn Cuts Cross-Stitched Square die to cut out the main image and decided to keep the greeting simple. It’s by Clearly Besotted, from the Many Mini Messages set, stamped in Versamark onto a scrap of black card then embossed in Wow! white embossing powder.

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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:

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Oh to be 40!

Front of cardOne of my husband’s relatives is mourning the passing of her thirties – how I wish that was my next big birthday!!! I felt I had to incorporate some black into her 40th birthday card to reflect this. The embellished paper by Cart-US has been in my stash for a very long time & has elements of black in it so I knew it would be perfect. I’ve based the card on the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

The greeting, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on parchment paper, is by Clearly Besotted and the diecut numbers are by Die’Sire. I used gems from my stash to hide the spots of glue under the parchment to hold it in place.

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