Out of my comfort zone

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As you may be aware I have entered a number of  monthly challenges – successfully on one occasion. I stumbled across the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which for this month was the colours of autumn. As I have recently bought the Leaping Deer die, I thought this would be a good opportunity to use the die, make a christmas card and enter the challenge all at the same time.

Using different ways of colouring the deer (spreading copper paste and waiting until it dried, spreading Tonic yellow Nuvo drops and also waiting until it dries) before cutting out, and spreading glue on to a plain deer and covering with glitter, then sticking them all on to a faint tree background to give the feeling that they were running through the forest.

I hope that you like my entry for the October Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

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Still cannot quite get in to the groove to make Christmas cards. Made one before, but saw the competition on Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge which this time is Christmas. So I decided to enter (again)

I just love James the Bear – whether it is for a Birthday, Christmas or just a Get Well card. He is so cute. This one was made using Chilli Red ProMarker a tough of glitter and layered on to NitWit Polar Pals paper.

ProMarker Pens Storage Solution

ProMarker Pens Storage Solution

As some of you may notice, I regularly use ProMarker Pens as my choice of colouring. However, I hate having the pens lying around (although my other half will disagree as he see them when work is in progress). I then set him a challenge to come up with something to store all my pens, but still see them easily.

He bought plumber piping from the DIY store, cut to length, built and painted two boxes, slotted the cut pipes into the boxes and glued together with silicone glue – and voila – my nice storage for my ProMarker Pens with space to expand sitting nicely on my desk. promarker-storage

Lili of the Vally – LOTV Rosie with a Cake

LOTV 60th Birthday Card

It has been some time since I added a card to the blog. I knew that I had a card that I wanted to make for someone special and lost my mojo. This card was the one that I eventually made for her 60th birthday for someone. It started out as one design, and then as it was for my friend, it was one of those ideas that I just didn’t feel happy with. Do you ever start of with an idea, then change midway as you do not feel that it is working, or the colour scheme or layout is not right?

Anyway after days of layout designs and recolouring Rosie, I finally settled on the current card, coloured with Promarker pens and layered onto paper background cut with Sue Wilson Shadow Dies. I hope you like

Lili of the Valley LOTV – James and the Daisy

LOTV James and the Daisy

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As you can see Lili of the Valley are one of my favourite stamp companies. Their stamps care so versatile and can be used on many different occasions. James is a friendly bear who just wants to give – and this time it is a daisy.

Coloured with Promarkers, the pink and black theme works quite well. I used some of my card stash, and using my Spellbinder square dies, cut out the layers for the 7 x 7″ Get Well card, for my sisters mother-in-law who fell and broke her hip.

Opal the Optimist

Opal the Optimist

Half Full Stamping Bella

Don’t you just love Stamping Bella Uptown Girls. They are one of my most favourite stamps, fun, just perfect for any occasion easy to stamp with and so easy to colour.

This card was made using stash paper and flowers made using Tonic Dies and coloured to match the background of the card. Pearls and flower centres were so easy to make using the Tonic Pearls All ready to had to the birthday girl who loves “Fizzy Friday”

Forever My Always

Forever My Always

One of my favourite stamps at the moment is the Forever My Always made by Stamping Bella. As a couple of oldies dancing away together, I thought that these are the perfect couple to use for a retirement card that I wanted to make for a couple of friends who were retiring when they sold the business that they owned – The Station Hotel in Carnoustie.

This had been made using one of my favourite techniques, inking the background, but masking the area that the couple were going to be placed.  Stamping and colouring in the couple, they were cut out and stuck on to the card. The branches were Card-io stamps, with the little flowers stamped to fill in. I thought that it would look perfect that the couple having sold the business were dancing away in the sunset.

This is the result which I hope you like. Retirement

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl

Stamping Bella – Uptown Girl – Bentley

As with many of my cards they are made for a specific person in mind. This one was made as I had just received my new Sue Wilson Shadow Box Lattice Die set and was dying to try different way with it. To go with it I stamped and cut out the Stampin Up Bella Uptown Girl Bentley, coloured in with Promarkers and used Nitwits paper to make the skirt.

To make the lattice, I cut it out twice and layered it to create a shadow effect.

For the shadow lattice frame, cut out and layered I cut out white linen card.

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Couture Christmas

Couture Christmas Card

It may only be August, but the weather outside is cold and windy. Makes me think that I need to start my Christmas cards. This is the first of the year.

I bought this set of dies a number of years ago, and have never actually got around to using them. This has now been my first result and found that making one set of cuts, a number of different cards can be made with the waste.

For this particular card, I dug out some blue paper and white card, fitted all the cuts together to make this particular card. The sentiment was cut using the Sue Wilson die.

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Card-io Golfer Birthday card

Card-io Golfer Birthday card

Today was one of those days that started off full of promise. Sun was shining, it was warm and there was no wind. (Always a problem in Carnoustie). Now the clouds have come over and the wind has picked up. So what can I do? Well best thing was to make a birthday card for my husband who is golfing mad. Using some of the Card-io stamps bought at a craft fair, I thought I could try the technique I watched them demonstrating. And tada – the card was made. I hope you like it.Card-io -birthday_card