Monday, August 13, 2018

Love, Tea...

...and a good friend to share it with!




I was intrigued by the colour scheme for the current challenge over at Your Next Stamp

It is not a combination I would just randomly make up myself so I decided to give it a try.




I think it came together rather nicely. I used Distress inks and water colour pencils to colour the image which I then cut with an oval die and backed with a lacey piece die cut from black card stock.




I liked the sketch challenge too, so I ended up using both challenges for the card.








I also adding a few bright red details in the form of the red heart and sequins to tie it all together nicely.




The stamp set used is Love Birds by Your Next Stamp and the paper pack is by Recollections.





And of course I am entering it into the Your Next Stamp Challenge # 95

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Relax and Chill - It's your birthday!

Aaaah this little dog image is just the 'coolest' I cannot help but chuckle when I look at it.

It is simply brilliant!

I found it in Art Impressions' 'Reel Great Guys' Set (4900)

I needed a summery birthday card for a male relative and decided this dog is perfect for it. I coloured him with watercolour pencils (by Derwent) and added Liquid Embossing (by Plaid) over the entire tube to make it shiny and slightly dimensional.



The dog really needed to have a relaxing time, so I decided he might like to be floating down a little river or canal...just enjoying the ride while chilling on the tube. To get enough water for him to float on I made my card 8.5" x 4"

I cut a slit using the Silhouette Cameo and proceeded to colour the water, muddy bank and grassy edge using Distress Oxide Inks. These inks allowed me to lift colour for waves and spots for bubbles and splashes. I enhanced those with a white gel pen. I also added a bit of coloured pencil details to the bank.




The sentiment is from the 'Lake House Tryfolds' set. I stamped it onto tan cardstock, embossed it and then added a little brown ink to bring out the woodgrain from the embossing. Cutting a slit into the card front allowed me to slip the stick through to the back and 'plant' the sign in the stream.



I trust the recipient will have no doubt as to how I expect him to spend his summer birthday!

I think I should make one of these as a decoration on the wall...I know I will get a chuckle from it every time I walk past...

I'm entering my card for the Art Impressions 'Summer Vibes' Challenge

Edited to add : the card won an Honorable Mention. How fun is that?!? Thank you!






Real Great Guys



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Floral Birthday Wishes

Time for a summery fresh floral birthday set!




This delightful teacup is by SVG Cuts. I've made several of them over the years. They make wonderful little gift or treat holders. (HERE is another example)




The flowers are by Petaloo. I had bought a pack of the white ones years ago. Never cared for them, but they worked well for this project after I coloured them and added some fringe cut card stock for the centers. A few die cut leaves and swirls were all I needed to complete the little gift 'box'.




I like that the inside of the cup is also nicely finished off, so that it can be displayed empty. The papers were in a pack given me by a friend.




I filled a baggie with Lindt chocolate, tied it with a matching green ribbon and popped it inside white tissue paper and into the cup.

 



Time to add the card: I used scraps of the patterned paper and cardstock used for the cup and saucer.





I wanted the project to be bright, sunny and fresh and am very pleased with how it turned out.







The teacup is from the Tea For You and Me Collection by SVG Cuts (affiliate link)




The flowers - daisies - are from Stampendous - Cling Build a Bouquet Set


The doily details and pop up mechanism is also from Stampendous. I bought my set at Michaels.





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Love Bird Tweet Hearts

This was one of those stamps sets that yelled 'BUY ME!' So I did and I know I will be using it quite a bit. It's over at Your Next Stamp



Then I saw the colour challenge over on the blog at Your Next Stamp and loved the colours...so I just had to combine the two and make a card.



I cut a circular window from card, rounded the corners before running it through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink for a bit of colour. Next I popped the panel up on foam for a little dimension. The sentiment is stamped in black onto a strip of card stock and adhered flat onto the panel. This is going to be mailed out and I did not want to add too much dimension.





And here is a close-up of the adorable image of these little birds in the tea cup. I coloured it using water colour pencils.





I'm looking forward to creating many more fun cards with this set!



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Get Well Card

This made me smile as I put it together...I sure hope the recipient will appreciate the joke!

The sentiment on the outside sets the tone...



...for the punchline inside, accompanied by a priceless image!





My card is part of the Art Impressions Gatefold Card Challenge




I sprayed the white envelope with alcohol inks to get away from the stark white and then stamped 3 sticky plasters along the flap. I coloured these lightly with coloured pencils.



The front of the card is held 'closed' by a bunch of sticky plasters stuck randomly along the opening edge of the card.




I used a little patterned paper to break all the white up a bit and by stamping the image towards the bottom of the card I left plenty of space for a hand written note.




I used all Art Impressions Stamps. The plaster is from the Proud Nurse Set (4899)  and the sentiments and image are from Get Well (SC0681)


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Knitting - Socks


Finally - the socks are done. In the end I knitted more than 2 socks what with taking out, changing the plans etc and decided to stay with the 2.25mm needles.

I ended up going with The Moccasin Toe by Donna Druchunas on Craftsy.
Craftsy had a time of free access to their classes, which I took advantage of, in early March. I don't know what the alternate name for this style of toe would be. So far I have not been able to find another example of it. I definitely like knitting it, and assume that it will wear just fine.



And here is the toe, side and top view, on the finished socks.



The heel I did in German short rows. I like the way Arne (Arne & Carlos) explained how he knits them. Personally I like his no fuss, no nonsense approach to knitting. Here is the video




For the leg bit I decided on a k4, p2 rib. I like the look better than the k1,p1. I made the ribbed area quite long and with the right side showing. On the picture I folded the cuff over but in real life I never do that, so knitted the rib accordingly.




All done and ready to be worn. With spring taking it's good time to show up, I will be getting use out of these before long!



I think one should be careful with knitting socks. It is the sort of thing that could become a bit of a habit. Fortunately, like a good pair of mittens, they will make great gifts!

I'm looking forward to knitting my next pair!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Colouring - Curious Creatures

Went shopping at the Book Outlet.

Wonderful place if you like books as much as I do, but can be dangerous. Good opportunity to exercise restraint though!

I was delighted to find Millie Marotta's ' Curious Creatures' Colouring Book there. For an absolute STEAL.



I joined a Facebook group for a colour-by-numbers challenge. You choose the numbers and random colours that match the numbers are assigned. I was allowed to add one darker shade of either the purple or the pink as well. It was a very enjoyable picture to colour and I like how it turned out! I used Ohuhu pencils that I bought off Amazon for this. The pencils are hard, but the smooth white paper took it very well.




While I had this book out I decided to colour another critter. I love chameleons, we used to play with them when we were kids. They are adorable and those little feet tickle when the crawl on your finger. I also like that Millie gives some information about the critters in the book, it is so interesting to learn more about the creatures in creation this way.




A close-up of the flowers and the little bits of gold marker added to the flower stamens. Just because.