Monday, February 29, 2016

Our pets in our gardens.

Just sharing a picture with you today. My Mum requested one of my cat drawings for Christmas featuring our pets! This is the final image - the background shows composite parts of both our gardens. On the left are my cats" George" and "Bertie". (Brothers and rescue cats) and on the right is Mum's cat "Tiggy". (Also rescued, abandoned in a box in the churchyard with her kittens.) The two dogs are "Holly" my labrador and "Figgy" Mum's rescue staffy. First time I have had to colour in "brindle"... took me a while to figure it out :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hornsea Pottery

I am a hoarder. I confess! Apart from anything crafty I mainly hoard Hornsea Pottery. I hope in the future to sell off most of my collection but just need a way to do it! I have decided to photograph and catalogue my collection and am currently using instagram to help. Here are a few of my instagram photos using the handy widget. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TKMaxx Win!

So pleased to see these fab notepads with covers designed by Julia Kuo in TKMaxx. She is such an amazing illustrator and I love having a tiny piece of  her work in my crafting life! These are going to be my next two "To Do" books. I would love to say "for my bullet journalling" but I am just not that trendy! :) To Do lists will have to do!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Filmed Themed Man Cards

I had a commissioned card request for an MGM film themed 70th card. I've used this card base before for men's cards - it's kind of already a bit special so less bling and ribbon etc are needed to make it stand out. It's hard to soup up a Man's card! I also needed a Marx Brothers themed card for my Bro-in-law, so used the same layout to make that. Images all from the net and converted to black and white.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

You are just my type. She said boldly. ;)

Just a quick post today! This is the card I made my partner for Val's day. Heavily inspired by Pinterest! :)

The typewriter stamp is by Sheena Douglass, part of the  "A little bit sketchy" collection. It is from the set called "A Village Mystery -  Mystery author."

Friday, February 19, 2016

50th Oz.

An Australian themed card for a 50th birthday. Printed and then elements decoupaged. Added bling and stickles. How do you feel about orange, ochre, brown and navy together? I can't work out if it's modern or retro! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spot and Stripes

It's challenge time of The Crafty Addicts Blog again! This time the theme is "Anything goes/Spot and Stripes" and is sponsored by That Craft Place and you can win a prize of three free digi's! Why not enter the comp? You just need to post your card on your blog and copy the URL and then use the super easy linky tool on the Craft Addicts Challenge Blog post. It's dead easy. Even I can do it. :D

Here is my inspirational card using the Sweet as Candy Betty Boots image.

Coloured using computer and copics.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Watercolour and masking fluid.

I've been trying to come up with a "Thinking of you" type card, that's a bit more up to date and a little bit warmer in sentiment. My friend asked me to make a card for a chum who has had a bad time recently so we decided " I want to give you a big hug" might be appropriate.

I've used a Molotow (Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pump Marker) pen and then Distress Inks as watercolours. I tried on proper water colour paper but got the best results from "hammered" card which is a bit less absorbent. The Molotow pen also takes a bit of getting used to. I've been watching K Werner using this technique and her results are brilliant! I need a bit more practice :) I added some enamel dots at the end to add a bit of bling :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Better then Roses...

Just a quick post to show you what a lovely pressie I got from my not so secret admirer :) Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Clear Stamps! Which any crafter will agree is much better than roses or chocolates.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Crafty Addicts Facebook Challenge!

Hi again, back to a bit of Crafty Addicts Inspiration. The new challenge is up on Facebook and this time the theme is Anything goes/ Use A Heart.

Why not enter a card yourself? It's really easy, just pop your photo in the album in the Facebook group!

The Sponsors for this challenge are Di's Digi Downloads (Prize - $12 voucher and Inky Impressions.(Prize - 3 digis)

My card features "Lili Roller Skating" by Inky Impressions. Coloured with computer and copics.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

John James Audubon

I made this card for my brother's birthday. He is really interested in an artist called John James Audubon (1785-1851) who attempted to paint and describe all the birds of America. His seminal Birds of America was a collection of 435 life-size prints. This card shows 9 of his paintings.

Monday, February 08, 2016

More Christmas Cards.

Some of these I made to send myself and some were commissions.

It's getting super hard on line to track down whether images are copyrighted or not. I suppose I should say if I am claiming the artwork as my own, because I would happily credit an original artist if I could find out who it was....and as I only make one card with it, the lack of mass production and making money from it would probably influence how an original artist would feel about it perhaps?
I don't know though, I'd be pretty cross if my artwork was on line with no watermark and anyone could use it. Hopeful I have found images safe to use - I'm saying this because I couldn't track down where the Scrooge Silhouette was from, anywhere!

Die cut window and snowflakes. Hero Arts stamp background behind window. Fussy cut dog silhouettes. Blue pearls.

Hunkydory frames and papers. Die cut icicles. Hand drawn Church scanned and put into grey scale. Green pearls. The church is Trinity Methodist Church in Shifnal.

This was a special card for one of my bezzie's Mum's to give her daughter. They've just had a baby and the wall paper in the picture is the same as the paper in their nursery. Die cut window. Hero Arts stamped scene behind window. Greeting from Hunkydory. Bottle, chair, bear and box all stickers from the Royal Doll's House Sticker Book by Usbourne 2013.

These ginger bread/cookie toppers and papers were all freebies in a magazine and I've been saving them forever. The main ginger bread men were stamped and coloured with copics.

I've been loving the kraft card this Christmas. This was a combo of two stamp sets for the bunnies and the base of the snow globe. I used two circle die cutters to make the right size snow globe outline. Stamped bunnies coloured in with  polychromo pencils.

I promise this was appropriate wording for the sender/recipient! :) I printed out the Scrooge silhouette and masked off the writing, then cosmic shimmered the background and added some bling. I like the effect.

Sheena Douglass Stamps painted with watered-down distress inks. Snowy night sky made by flicking water onto a dark distress ink background.

Final card for the post. Just made me chuckle :)

Sunday, February 07, 2016

New Much Love Collection

I've just uploaded onto Etsy and in the Facebook Group half of the new "Much Love" Collection! These four images are on sale and will be joined by the other half of the collection next week I hope :) They are all themed around Valentine's Day, Mothering Sunday, Aniversaries, etc.

 Puddles of Kitty Love

Geranium Love

 Purrfect Mum

Tail of Two Kitties

Friday, February 05, 2016

New Moo Cards have come! (Not sponsored)

I have needed some  new business cards for quite a while. I  wanted to just have my website and email address on them rather than the load of links I had on the last one. I'm really pleased with these!

I just used the four colour designs I made for my mugs and feel they are better at representing my current crafty status.

Cards are from Moo Cards. And  I usually wait until they have a great special offer before I order. This time it was a voucher for £10 off so I got my business cards done for less than a fiver! Suggest creating an account and doing the same? These are minicards, half the normal size of business cards, so cute! :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Free Digis Up For Grabs! - New Crafty Addicts Challenge.

Hi! Just letting you know there is a new challenge live today on The Crafty Addicts Blog.

The theme is "Cute and Cuddly" and you can win three stamps from Knitty Kitty Digis. (from me! lol)

I've made this card as some Design Team inspiration using the "Christmas Cat Flap" digistamp available to buy on Etsy.

Coloured with Copics, Pink Stickles, Diecut Snowflakes and Icicles.