Saturday, 31 January 2015

MFT Jersey

This card sort of evolved all on its own, I wanted to make a jersey for my cousin and I knew the colours I wanted but finding a background to match the very bright green was impossible so  I made my own. I'm pleased with how it ended up but I think if I had my time over I would change a few

I cut the jersey twice once in real red and once in white and coloured the green with my copics and pieced it all together. I wanted the jersey to be the main element on the card and the background was supposed to be just that but it did end up slightly more prominent than I wanted. I tried placing the circles randomly but that just isn't me so I devised a pattern and stuck to that, once the other elements were adhered it isn't as easy to see the pattern anyway and it looks more random.

Image: "jersey" by MFT
Dies: "circle" cover plate Papertrey Ink, jersey and pierced flags tax both MFT
Card: Recollections 110lb white and stamping up "real red"
Ink: "pure poppy" papertrey ink and "" memento
Stamps: "boy basics - game on" and "boy basics - simple circles" both Papertrey Ink
Sentiment: "friend request" MFT
Copics: YG06, 07

Monday, 26 January 2015

Nikki Roadster

I only discovered this stamp store as it was closing, I wish I had discovered it much earlier as the images are really cute and they stamp like a dream.

Image: "nikki roadster" Ladybug Crafts Ink (store closed)
paper "Indie Chic" MME
Card: kraft by recollection
Dies: blueprints 20, 15, horizontal stripes and labels all MFT
Sentiment: "simply quilled" clearly besotted

Skin - E000, 00, 11,
Hair - E29, 27, 23
Dog - E43, 42, 41
Scarf - Y38, 32, BG75
Shirt - BG75
Car - B05, 04, 02, 01, 00, 00, N7, 5, 4, 2, 1
Hearts - R39, 35

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Quick Cards Magazine

I have been buying quite a few craft magazines lately, mostly for the free stamps but more than normal for me. I suppose the main difference is that I have been using them and this card is using this months free gift from Quick Cards.

Image: "free stamp" Quick Cards
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" Clearly besotted
Papers: "cowboy" MME
Card: "steel blue" MFT
Dies: Blueprints 20, 15, 12 and 2

Skin - E000, 00, 11, R02
Hair - N3, 4, 5, 7, 9
Cat - W3, 1, 0
Dress - BG78, 75, 72

Monday, 19 January 2015

Suited and Booted

I was stuck for ideas for this card when I remembered the suit die I had to have back in May, I was originally going to use the bow tie version but I thought the normal tie looked better. I can't believe the sentiments go so well with this.

Card: "berrylicious" and "steel grey" both MFT, White is recollections 110lb
Dies: Blueprints 15 and suit die both MFT
Ink: "berrylicious" and "steel grey" both MFT
Background Stamps: "pinstripe" MFT and "herringbone" Impression Obsession
Sentiment: "Top chap" Heritage Press by Papermania
Numbers: "cherry limeade" cricut

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Making Cards Magazine

After the christmas card craftathon and the great tidy up before the guests arrive I always find it hard to get back into the crafting groove, I don't lose my mojo exactly more I get the urge to use up stuff I have and stream line my supplies, thankfully this never lasts long lol.

I bought the December copy of "making cards" as I liked the images and as I didn't have anything else accessible I used all the elements on this card.

Image: "making cards" magazine
Paper: "making cards" magazine
Card: kraft paper by recollections
Dies: Blueprints 1 and 2, horizontal stripes and circle staxs all MFT
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" clearly besotted

Friday, 9 January 2015


This was the free stamp that Crafters Companion sent out with their birthday orders this year, I hadn't used the one from last year so I didn't hold out much hope of using this one but I decided to stamp it before putting it away and I'm so glad I did. After colouring with my copics I wanted to create a background, something I've been enjoying a lot lately and this time I wanted to use my distress inks. I created a mask using a full adhesive post it note and inked the background, I have the inkadinkado masking sheets but I can't bear to cut into them, I think I need help lol.

Image: "BeBunni Gerbera" Crafters Companion
Dies: stitched circle stax, blueprints 15 both MFT and "decorative edges shallow" clearly besotted
Paper: "giddy up girl" carte bella at Jessica Sprague
Card: "strawberry slush" stampinup
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" clearly besotted

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Cutie Cat

I couldn't believe that this stamp was only £1, ok so the website "every crafts a pound" should have given away the price but still a quid what can you get for that nowadays. 

I wanted to colour the cup and saucer in aqua/lavender as my Aunt loves these colours then of course came the problem of finding the matching papers but good old shabby princess to the rescue and the best bit they were already in my snippet folder.

Image: "cutie" Strawberry kisses by crafters companion
Paper: "lavender mint tea" Shabby princess
Card: "wisteria wonder" stampin up
Sentiment: "tint sentiments" clearly besotted
Dies: blueprints 2, 1 and 18

Cat - W1, 0, 00, R20
Cup - BG15, 13, 11, 10, V28, 25, 22, 20
Ground - E43, 42, 41

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Friday, 2 January 2015

Just like buses.....

In 2013 it seemed like everyone was having a baby and I was making cards left, right and centre. Then 2014 and nothing, no new little ones, my cousin announced she was expecting but that it was due in January so I had plenty of time to get myself organised and make a card......well he arrived a month early the day after his mum's birthday and totally unexpected. I think he wanted to celebrate christmas with us.

Anyway onto the card, I've been in christmas card mode since september so any other cards have been fairly simple and this is no exception, its a tried and tested baby card and I can't see me changing the format anytime soon lol.

Image: "baby with teddy" Lili of the Valley (LOTV)
Paper: "baby boy" Nit wit
Card: "bashful blue" stamping up (sadly retired)
Dies: stitched circle and circle stax, notched border and sentiment strips all MFT
Brads: Eyelet outlet
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" clearly besotted

Skin - E21, 00, 000, R02
Hair - E33
Bear - E43, 42, 41
Onesie - B02, 01, 00, 000, Y32, 38
Blanket - YG25, 23, 21, 00
Ground - W3, 1, 0
Shadow - BG10, blender

Thursday, 1 January 2015

No Line Colouring

If anyone asks me in the future have I tried no line colouring I can answer "yes indeed" if they then ask me would I do it again I would answer "not on your nelly" lol. I like to speed colour, that is I decide on my colours, one quick pass and I'm done, I don't revisit, deepen my shadows etc, I like quick and dirty. No line colouring is the polar opposite, it look me over an hour to colour one image,  normally I would have coloured at least five in that time, I also kept getting lost and had to refer to the normal stamped version I was using as a reference. So I think I can safely say this is a one of a kind card lol.

Image: "ruby" the greeting farm
sentiment: "happy" Simon says stamp
background: "diamond circles" simon says stamp exclusive stencil
dies: pierced circle stax and blueprint 2 and 15 all MFT