Monday, 24 October 2016

Mix It Up Monday: Best Birds

We had a busy weekend with visitors and a trip to Matlock Bath Illuminations, so I’m keeping things simple again, with another white card. 

Yes, it’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another project made with a colour combination from my latest set of In Color charts.  this time I'm using Sweet Sugarplum again, but teaming with with an unusually neutral palette (for me), with not one but two shades of grey. Grey isn’t my favourite colour so this was a bit of a struggle but I think it paid off, even if my card design isn’t particularly original. 

Blender Pens

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Caturday: Saffy

Saffy doesn’t know how lucky she is, sharing her home as she does with four sheep, two pigs, eight piglets and, wait for it... two alpacas! She and her owners are really living the dream and were very obliging when we visited last weekend, allowing us to feed the sheep and alpacas. (If only I knew more people with alpacas, we could have a weekly Alpacaday!)

Despite all of us technically being adults, we were squealing like children at a petting zoo, especially at these...

... who kept trying to sneak up on us but, the minute we turned to look at them, ran off at full pelt back to the safety of their parents. It was so nice to see pigs living as pigs should, with lots of space and an orchard to snuffle around.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Mixed Drinks... well, it is Friday

Got that Friday feeling yet? The sun may not yet be over the yardarm but it’s not too early for a beer... card at least. I made this for a friend and former colleague who has just won an outstanding achievement award for spending a lot of time in pubs. Yes really, apparently that can happen!

I kept the card really simple. Partly because most men (stampers excluded, of course!) don’t appreciate fancy cards that took a lot of effort. And partly because I was going through a “white period” when I made this card, and really enjoying the Clean and Simple look. Four products only to make this card!

I simply used a white notecard and stamped in black and Delightful Dijon. Great stamp set, by the way. I hadn’t looked at it twice, but borrowed it from my friend Kelly specifically to make this card as it’s so perfect. And now I kinda wish I had it, too. I love how you can stamp the liquids inside and they fit but not quite perfectly so the pressure is off.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Northern Lights Mountain Adventure with a llama

Fed up of llamas yet? I will NEVER be fed up of llamas, and will take every opportunity to use this stamp until it retires.

Here I’ve given him a snowy backdrop again, the results of last Crafty Friday where we experimented with the Northern Lights technique. It’s a simple sponging technique and this one was originally rejected as “too stripey”, so I tried to salvage it with more ink before rejecting it again as too dark. However, once it had dried, it was a little lighter and I wondered if I could claw something back from the wreckage.

So I splashed some clean water over the top, left them for a few seconds, then dabbed them dry with a tissue. It gave me this lovely snowy effect, just right for a llama, who is positioned very carefully to cover the damaged cardstock, where I’d used the adhesive remover too early. Yes, it was one of those mornings...

Monday, 17 October 2016

Mix It Up Monday: Totally Trees

It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another project made with a colour combination from my latest set of In Color charts

These are the thank you cards I’ve made to go with this month’s orders. Hostess Mandy had a great party, where we all made a Christmas card using the Merry Tags Framelits. But I thought I’d look towards spring for the thank you cards and creat something with Totally Trees and a lovely soft colour combination. 

But I have a confession to make. It was only when I was looking at the photo on my computer, and struggled to get the colour to look ‘right’ that I realised I’ve accidentally used Pool Party cardstock instead of Soft Sky! That’s what happens when you make cards at night! But I’m keeping the recipe and colour combo as Soft Sky as that was the original intention. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Caturday: Bernard

Beautiful Bernard is a joy to behold. He belongs to my friend and former work colleague Jane, who had the fright of her life the other week when he went missing. Fortunately he was soon found and restored to his family.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Mountain Adventure picture frame

It’s a glorious morning here in Derbyshire, and would be a perfect day for heading into (or at least near to) the mountains. I’d love to be in the Lake District right now, or the French Alps.

This is my version of the picture frame in the Autumn/Winter catalogue. I know I keep saying it but I do love this set, it’s really fun to use, even if you’re not into winter sports, as I clearly am not. I haven’t even inked the snowboard or skis stamps but the rest of it makes it more than worth getting. All those little trees – sized so you can create scale – and those beautiful mountains.

The mountains are painted with Tip Top Taupe ink watered down. It’s not ideal painting onto Whisper White cardstock; you have to be quick and not overload it with water. The snow is stamped onto the cardstock but I think SU may have embossed straight onto some acetate or similar for the catalogue sample, as their snow is more pronounced.

The small print

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