Friday, 10 August 2018

Ring a ring of butterflies


My original idea was to make a circle of butterflies but decided it looked rather over kill so went for a much simpler design. The butterfly stamp is from a Threaders set by Sheena Douglas for Crafter's Companion coloured with Promarkers and cut out bu hand.

The gold circle is cut in mirri card and was actually waste from a create a card die I made a while ago and forgot to post.
I used a white square base card, added the gold circle then simply stuck the butterflies around the circle evenly.

No sentiment as yet but think a small sentiment in the middle would finish nicely and it could be for birthday, mother;s dat or even thank you, will definitely be using this design again as it was super quick to create once I had the elemnets and I think is quite stunning in impact.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

I love promarkers - anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

addicted to stamps and more - CAS

CAS on friday - butterflies

passion for promarkers - make it feminine

colour crazy challenge - anything goes

try it on tuesday - inspired by a song

Monday, 25 June 2018

My final housemouse and friends guest designer challenge


In the UK school is still several weeks away from breaking for the summer but in the home country of the House mouse and friends they are already thinking of the days they return back to school so that is the challenge this time around but as always there is an anything goes option so everyone can play along.

I love my garden but in the last couple of years mother nature has been my garden designer as we have  been concentrating on sorting my sons garden and then I had a shoulder injury that has meant I haven't been able to compete with mother nature and her love of dandelions in my garden is only too evident, so for me this house mouse stamp represents my garden in summer. 

I decided to use an embossing folder on my card which is simply embossed and tinted with aqua pens and silver guilding wax. My mouse I coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut him out before attaching to the image and adding some small dashed lines as on the stamp for his 'puff'.

I die cut the embossed image and simply added that to an card base that had been coloured with yellows distress inks so I'm dreaming of a warm summers day. The sentiment just sums up my card as ,much as I don't like all the work the dandelions cause me as Eyeore says weeds are flowers too its just that they aren't where you want them and they do add colour and wildlife too so they can't be all bad.

I finished the inside of my card with the original image stamped and coloured with water colour pens but somehow the mouse on the card front looks bigger.

I would like to thank Christine and the team at Housemouse for giving me the opportunity of being guest designer and wish whoever is the next guest designers well and hope they have just as much fun as I have had. Please pop over and join in the fun you never know what might happen it could be you.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Floating in the air

Time for another House mouse and friends challenge and my penultimate guest designer card. I wanted to do something a little bit different and challenging for me anyway so here is what I came up with. 
I used a diesire create a card easel die to create my card but my challenge was to use acetate , well actually clear recycled packaging. I cut out the card pieces so I had a white card base and the bits for the easel were in acetate. I used the matting dies from the set to create a white bric- a -brac edging ti frame my finished image which of course for a house mouse challenge is some super cute mices.

I stamped the image onto the acetate using stazon and let it dry. I then used some water colour pens and mixed the ink with some pva glue on a piece of glass from an old picture frame for my mixing palliate and then painted my image from the back so the colours didn't obscure the printed image. I then left it to one side and crossed my fingers that when it dried it would have the effect I hoped for and thankfully it did.

I used pva glue to stick the acetate together and to the card and I love how it turned out. The sentiment is cut in purple mirri- card and the flowers are stamped and fussy cut before being shaped and stuck into position to hold up the easel.

Now I expect there will be lots of entries for this challenge as who doesn't make cards for birthdays and there is always the anything goes option if you are birthday card making filled so no excuses to pop along and join in.



Monday, 28 May 2018

Mousey die challenge


 I can't believe it's time for another challenge over at house mouse and friends challenge.

The challenge this time around is as always anything goes  and the optional theme this time is to use dies. 

When I make cards I like to try and make them with a recipient in mind and as I have quite a few family birthdays coming up it was easy to find inspiration.

I used this fun stamp of some cute wee mousey friends getting into the party spirit  and helping each other to a tipple  from the dregs of a martini glass.

I used a couple of dies on this card ,the first I used is a background die from memory box cut into pale blue centura pearl card I love this die as the die gives so much as you can use both the positive and the negative so no wastage.

I decided on a shaker card just to add to the party feel and used a couple of circle dies to create my window and frame before layering the dies and acetate to create the shaker and topping with the stamped image which once coloured I'd fussy cut.



Now I said there's no wastage with the background die so my sentiment inside the card shows just how that works and just finishes the look as its perfectly colour co-ordinated.
Hope you can all join in the fun mixing your dies with those super cute mices and can't wait to see what you all come up with.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Lots of pots

I can't believe how time flies by and this is already the time for another house mouse challenge guest designer card for me, its been such fun.

The challenge this time is flower power . I decided that this time I could use one of the few house mouse stamps I have, this cute mouse taking a rest beneath a daisy, my favourite flower. I always imagine he's taking respite from a blazing hot summer sun ,wishful thinking I guess but you can always dream of a red hot summer in the UK they do happen occasionally.

I decided to use a die to create my base card one I think is rather clever,well its several dies really as its a diesire create a card die. There are several different versions that can be  created but for my card I went with an open lace look in cream card.

The circle that is the central focal point of the card I used to place my image. I decided to create a stack of pots to add depth to the scene by stamping the pot part of my image 3 times and slotting the images into each other once coloured to crate the stack.

The images are all coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir alcohol markers and fussy cut out, I used pointalism technique to add a shadow around the images which just add a little more depth and also ground the scene I created too.

No sentiment as that can be added as appropriate to either the cut out design or to the reverse of the circle the image is on.

So hop along the the challenge and join in the fun.