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Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Cat and Mouse

 Who says cat and mouse can't be friends and share a windowsill to gaze at the moon - they can in my fantasy Lavinia world 😉.  This card was inspired by something I spotted a while back when trawling the net - as you do - but unfortunately I couldn't find it again and can't remember the source.  I used a die to cut the opening into a piece of white card which I then embossed with a brick wall pattern before inking with grey and black Oxide inks.  The opening position was lightly marked onto another piece of white card so that I could build up the scene before layering the pieces together on a card.


Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up
Cat and Mouse - Lavinia stamps

Monday, 3 October 2022

Snippets Challenge #438

 I'm off to the Snippets Playground this morning to see if there is any mischief afoot and also I'm taking some cups and saucers as there should be a brew of some sort on the go, probably lovely hot chocolate now that the autumnal weather is kicking in.  As usual everything here apart from the base card has been collected from my various snippets collections.  The teacups were stamped and/or die cut using scraps of cream card.  For some reason there are no saucers included in the set so I improvised and die cut some stitched ovals and small snippets were used for the lemon slice, tea bag and sentiment.  Slightly larger snippets were brought in to play for the various layers and the lacy edge.  There is a super prize to be won by the lucky person whose name gets chosen at the end of the two weeks. This challenge is a great opportunity to maybe use up some of those bits and pieces of card and paper which we all hoard, so why not have a go 😉


Lacy Edge - die from Sizzix
Cups, saucers and sentiment label - dies/stamps from various Stampin' Up sets

Saturday, 1 October 2022

Gardeners' Delight

 The title of this post is the theme for the latest Allsorts Challenge and as I'm told it is World Cardmaking Day I decided to make one today for the challenge.  I found some paper and card in suitable colours and also dug out a few plants and pots which were leftovers from previous projects and then set about stamping and die cutting the greenhouse layers.  The square of soft green card has been embossed for a bit of extra texture.  As is usual, I did a couple of 'dry runs' with the components until I was happy with the arrangement before sticking everything down and that's it - a challenge covered and something made on World Cardmaking Day, double whammy.😉


Greenhouse and Stamped Leaves - Garden Greenhouse set Stampin' Up
Pots and Plants - leftovers, Sizzix dies
Embossing - bark texture 3D embossing folder Stampin' Up
Background - DSP from Docraft several years ago


Thursday, 29 September 2022

Card for a Young Male

 I recently came across a partially used sheet of toppers which I've had for some years and decided to actually use them up rather than put them away again for who knows how long.  This is one of the cards I made and it occurred to me that it would fit the current Allsorts Challenge which is *anything goes with the option of spots and/or stripes* so I'm popping along there to share it.  I printed some papers to match the image colours as I had nothing in my stash which would do although having made four cards I now have a selection of matching snippets to use up on another project.😉


Image - from Hobby House Topper sheet designed by Mo Manning
Papers - printed from Paper Pantry USB X111

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Leaf Me Alone

The strange title on this post is the theme for the latest challenge from Shopping Our Stash - see SOS480.  As you might have guessed something incorporating a leaf or leaves is called for and it so happens I'd recently been 'shopping' through my stash and had come across a leaf die which had for a while and some ladybird stamps which have been languishing for even longer.  The matching background paper and sentiment are also items from my stash. The ladybird has been stamped, coloured and fussy cut.

 Worth taking a look at the great cards the design team members have made for inspiration - lots of lovely leaves.


Leaf - die from The Works
Ladybird - stamp from Docraft 

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Winter Scene

 I was inspired by seeing a card on my friend Anne's blog and felt I just had to try this 'new to me' idea - not sure why I've never seen one of these 'frozen bubbles' before but I so love the effect.  This is my very first try and I'm not totally happy with it but hopefully if I make more my technique should improve. I decided not to tinker with it any more in case I completely ruined it.  Main thing is that I really enjoyed my morning creating this and for me that's what it is all about 😉.


Inks used - Distress Oxide and Versafine Clair
Stamps - Lavinia

Monday, 26 September 2022

Allsorts Challenge # 695

 The Allsorts challenge theme this time is **anything goes with an option of spots or stripes** and my card features some striped background paper from a pad which I've had for a long time.  I wanted a card for my son who is keen on photography and was lucky to find this image when trawling through some old CD's and I've added a die cut camera as well.  There is a great prize on offer if you'd like to have a go at using some spots or stripes.


Main image - printed from Just Inklined CD
Camera - a Tim Holtz Sizzix die