Cuddling with Ted LOTV

Cuddling with Ted LOTV

Do you ever find that you see cards made by others and think Wow, I would like to make a similar card, buy the stamp and in doing so forget about all the other lovely stamps that you have bought over the years – many no longer on trend.

So I would like to say thank you Lili of the Valley for encouraging me to look at my old stamp stash to dig out poor stamps which have been hiding at the bottom of my stamp pile.  This month their Facebook Challenge is  the first stamp that we have bought.  As I had used Promarkers to colour the image, I thought I would use the opportunity to enter into another Challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.

Therefore, as it is coming up for Christmas, and I am in the process of making Christmas cards, I thought I would use a stamp I have had for a long time – Cuddling with Ted. to enter in to the challenge.  It was coloured using Promarkers – different shades of purple and blue, layered with an oval Sue Wilson Christmas die. Snowflakes were Penny Black Snowy die cut out and covered with Tonic Nuvo ice white glitter and stuck on randomly.

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Peony Crush

Ton Mood Board Challenge – Peony Crush

I would like to tell you about a company I came across while flicking through one of my crafting card groups on Facebook. A talented lady Effie Cho had been demonstrating a card that she had made using The Ton stamps – and of course I had to investigate. Browsing through their products I couldn’t help fall in love with their many stamps and accessories. The only issue is that they are American suppliers and do not have any UK suppliers. However, I too the plunge and bought the lovely Peony Crush Cling Background stamp which, when it came (quickly I made add) had lovely fine detail.

I have used the stamp a number of times since and each time it stamps the fine detail lines. I decided that I would like to make a card and submit it in their September Mood Board Challenge with this birthday card made using the stamp embossed with red and gold, then water coloured with Stampin’ Up inks – Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey and Gumball Green then layered with Gold and Chocolate card. To finish, the greeting was stamped on to vellum and embossed with the same red/gold as the background.

Hope you like my attempt.

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James the Bear with Pile of Presents

This is something that is unheard of – I am posting two cards in one week. In the future I do hope that that is something I can achieve, but can not always predict with work commitments.

This card is one that I made so that it can be entered into the Lili of the Valley September Facebook Challenge – Colours, which can also be entered itto the Paper Creators challenge – simply Christmas as I had used James the Bear Pile of Presents, a rubber stamp which is no longer available in stamp form.  However it is still available in digi download format. He was coloured in with Warm Grey Promarker Pen, whilst the presents were Pumpkin, Pine and Chilli Red. Paper came from a stash which I had printed some time ago but was perfect for the colour challenge. The fur is Wow white fine glitter and the sentiment is also a Lili of the Valley stamp. That is now the start of my Christmas Card making for the year.

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Chef of Happiness

Chef of Happiness

I just want to share this card with you which I made for a work colleague who is moving on to pastures new. I made the chef and cooking utensils using a set of  MFT stamps Recipe for Happiness. This is the first time that I have used any of their stamps and found them so crisp and easy to use. The beer bottles set – Last Orders were bought from set from Card-io, all cut out and mounted onto the card. The star was made using the Tonic star set whilst the greeting is a Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp.

Hope you like it as I had lots of fun doing it and will definitely be buying more MFT stamp sets and co-ordinating dies.

I would also like to enter the card into the Seven Hills monthly craft challenge for September – Spotlight.

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Bastille Birthday

Bastille Birthday

I, like one of my friends has a birthday on the 14th July – so I should have no excuse and not forget her birthday. However, on many an occasion I have been making a card which is drying the night before a birthday. This time I have planned well ahead and tied it in with the Lili of the Valley Facebook July Challenge – Feature a Creature and entered it in to a new challenge I have never entered before – Paper Creators – Anything Goes.

I used the Balloon Bunny, coloured in using my faithful Promarkers Pens and made the layers using different shades of purple card in my stash. Circle was cut using the Spellbinders Grand, and the layering background was made using the cellophane from flower bouquet which I thought was a good way to add a bit of interest to the card along with a bit of ribbon.

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Baby Hammock for Mia

Baby Hammock for Mia

This was a card that I made a number of years ago when I had just taken up card making and using all different techniques I could find. I was like a kid in a sweet shop buying this and that, looking on line for inspiration and buying again, until I finally started making cards.  My Sister asked me to make one for her friends who had just become Grandparents. I made the background paper using a Gelli Printing Plate and acrylic paints. I then stamped using the Penny Black Baby Hammock onto a square cut using Tonic Dies any layered on to purple card. The Hedgehog was coloured in using water colour crayons, extra flowers, bows and teddy were coloured, cut out and layerd to give a send of height.

The sentiment was printed and layered on to card and handed over.

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Keeping Note of Craft Stuff

This is something I never thought I would find myself doing. I am a visual person and love having all my crafty stuff on view. With the room getting smaller or just buying too much, I find that I cannot keep all my dies, stamps, inks etc, in full view allowing me to decide what I am going to use for my next project.

Today I came up with what I thought was as a good idea for me.  Using the application Trello I was able to start listing all the craft stamps etc into lists, organised by the brand. Then getting photos, they were added to each of the items in the list giving me a visual image. As you can see from the screen shot I will be able to easily find what I am looking for. Each card will also be linked to projects I have made using the individual items.

Hope that you find this helpful.

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Happy Anniversary

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I regularly post cards that I make for friends and family. As this is my 35 Wedding Anniversary – who would believe it I wanted to make a quick card for my husband who loves all cards I make for him.

This one was made using another Lili of the Valley stamps, James the Bear, which this time I bought the digital download to use. Coloured him in using grey Promarkers and layered onto Nitwits backing paper.

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CAS Stamping Bella

CAS Stamping Bella

It has been a while since I have submitted anything and apologise. I have been away on holiday, but admit that I did miss my card making.

Since I came back I have been making a few which I will share with you all shortly. However I am quite pleased with this Clean and Simple card made for a work colleagues birthday.

The stamp was a recent purchase – Stampin Bella Uptown Girl Lucille and coloured in using many purple Promarker pens. The background was just a piece I had lying in the drawer, kept from previous projects “just in case”.

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Sympathy Card

Sympathy Card

This is the worst kind of card to make. I have had the unfortunate task to make a card for my Sister-in-Law who lost her husband after being diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks before he passed away.

I am not good at doing this sort of thing, but looked out the Stampin Up Thoughtful Brances set of stamps, and Perfect Plum ink, masked off a square and brayered with Perfect Plum. I know next time I will use my Misti and stamp with the black ink a number of times as I would have preferred to have the ink looking darker. Stampin_Up_Sympathy