Friday, 30 September 2016

Penguins and Snow Penguins

Today I have been colouring and die cutting penguins. I was probably inspired by being freezing cold all day yesterday. My birthday gift for the Culinary Consultant was a full day of ski school at the Snow Zone in Milton Keynes. So I spent a lot of the day in the very cold cafe at said Snow Zone watching him do really well. I also took a walk across the street to the giant shopping centre, but I realised I really suck at the whole shopping thing as I didn't buy a thing. Apart from a Krispy Kreme. Ok, that's a lie, as I bought two Krispy Kremes. Then I went back to the ice cold cafe to watch the skiing and spent a small fortune online-shopping for crafting stash. Looks I'm good at shopping, as long as it's the right kind of shopping.

Today's card was inspired by the image over at The Challenge, the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and I'm also linking up over at Crimbo Crackers where the theme is Snowmen, although I'm assuming a snowpenguin fits the bill also.

Card: 300 gsm white card, dark blue Vanguard card, scraps of burgundy card, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together, Snow Cool and matching dies, Winter Unicorn 
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scripty Merry, Stitched Hillside Borders, Snowy Backdrop 
Other: Papermania Seafoam White

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Coffee and Donuts

I'm back to celebrate the wonder of coffee and this time I'm celebrating the sweet union of coffee and donuts. Every time I look at the STAMPlorations Sugar Rush stamp set I get such a craving for donuts. I love the "Drink Coffee, Read Books, Be Happy" sentiment from the fantastic Literary Caffeine-ations by the funny and talented Becca Cruger but I thought she had left out a very critical bit about eating donuts, so I decided to add that little bit to make the sentiment complete. 

I started by stamping the coffee mug from Coffee Happy, and after masking the mug I stamped the coffee pot and then the donuts onto a white card base that I had die cut using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies. I stamped the sentiment and die cut the happy using CUTplorations Happy Word die twice, once using black card and once using patterned paper from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper. I coloured the images using Copics inspired by the colours from the patterned paper. Last, I inked around the edges of the die cut panel using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attached the stamped panel onto Early Espresso card.

I'm linking up over at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for one last time, it's been such a blast as usual and the inspiration from all you fellow crafters has been so amazing. I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges Anything Goes and AAA Card Challenges where the theme is masking. 

Card: Neenah Solar white card, Stampin' Up Early Espresso, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sugar RushCoffee HappyLiterary Caffeine-ations 
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

All I Want For Christmas...

I'm still not really getting into this whole annual leave thing, all I'm doing is stressing over work I should have done before going on leave and stressing about the leave coming to an end. Today I have tried to distract myself from all the destructive thoughts by cleaning the house and trying to be a bit creative. I'm continuing to work on my Christmas card stash, this time using the super cute Winter Unicorn stamp set. I guess it's not a surprise that I can't resist anything unicorn related. 

I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch as well as the Geometrical shapes theme over at Lawnscaping. I thought all the square frames would fit the theme quite well. I'm also linking up over at CASology where the theme is Cute and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

Card: 300 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Frames

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Merry Christmas to a Deer Friend

This whole annual leave thing is good for my crafting but not so good for my diet. It's very hard to keep away from the chocolate biscuits is all I'm saying... But I love that I have time to be creative! Today I decided to use the new (to me) Toboggan Together stamp set. I was inspired by the image over at Merry Monday as well as the Geometric shapes over at Lawnscaping (circles for the snowflakes and the lines on both of the patterned papers. Lines are geographical shapes. I'm sure we had to learn to draw parallel lines in geometry). I'm also linking up with ABC Christmas Challenges where the theme is Sew What (real or faux stitching) and Sweet Stampin' Christmas where the theme is Christmas Die Cuts.

Last year I had all my Christmas cards made well in advance as I was on the DT for a Christmas card challenge. This year I can't say I'm quite as well prepared, but luckily there is still plenty of time. And I actually made enough cards last year to have quite a bit left over so I should be fine. But I love creating with the cute Lawn Fawn critters, so there will probably still be more to come. 

For this card I started by creating the snowy sky by stamping the snowfall from Snow Cool and heat embossing in clear powder. Then I inked using a light and bright pink distress ink. Next, I die cut the trees and snowy hills. I also stamped the cute reindeer and coloured them with Copics, adding some accents with my white Gel pen. Last, I arranged the scene and added a pink frame and the scalloped background paper. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, scrap of pink and grey card, Hobbycraft 160gsm white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together and matching dies, Snow Cool
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangles, Stitched Rectangle Frame, Forest Border, Stitched Hillside Border, Scripty Merry
Ink and Colouring: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copics, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Stampin' Up Basic Grey, white gel pen
Paper: Stampin' Up Brights Designer Series Paper, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter
Other: Ranger clear fine embossing powder

Monday, 26 September 2016

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkins aren't really a big thing for me, and neither is pumpkin spice. It's clearly an American thing. I can't say I really care for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Or pumpkin pie for that matter. But when I saw the gorgeous free digi-stamp over at STAMPlorations I knew I had to play along with the pumpkin theme for a day, perfect for the ongoing Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I can't believe all the gorgeous fall coffee cards. And there is extra prizes to win on the STAMPlorations Fall Coffee Blog Hop page as well!! Which is were you can pick up the free digi if you get inspired to create a card. 

I was also inspired by the image over at Just Us Girls, the colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for my card. I printed the digi stamp on watercolour paper and coloured with Tim Holtz Distress markers and a waterbrush. I used Lawn Fawn patterned paper for the background and printed the sentiment onto orange card which I then die cut with a Lawn Fawn banner die. The font is a free one called Vintage Typewriter which I really love!

Card: White 200 gsm card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney Aquafine watercolour paper, scrap of orange paper
Stamps: STAMPlorations A Pumpkin and 3 Lattes, Coffee Happy
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Ground Espresso
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Dark, Perfectly Plaid Fall
Other: Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner

Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be part of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I mean, who doesn't love a huge cup of the elixir of life? I have tried to cut down on my caffeine consumption due to health reasons, but it only makes every cup I can have an even bigger enjoyment. I used to just drink coffee while doing other things, but now I enjoy my Sunday morning treat while focusing on nothing but the coffee, maybe sitting in our lovely conservatory, looking out the window at the garden and fields beyond. 

Did you get a craving for coffee? How about pouring yourself a big mug and then join us over at STAMPlorations for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Not only are there fabulous STAMPlorations prizes to win in the actual blog hop, but Shery also has some extra prizes for you over at STAMPlorations so come and join us!! And if you feel like doing a bit of shopping, you can find all STAMPlorations coffee related projects here.

I'm also very excited to get this chance to show you a few new coffee related crafty goodies from STAMPlorations. For my first card I used stamps from the new Anywhere There's Coffee stamp set and the matching die for the big coffee mug. I also used the new CUTplorations Oh Frap phrase die. I cut both panels for the card using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies and inked Distress Ink through the ARTplorations Art Splatters stencil which made me think of spilled coffee. I stamped the big coffee mug and stamped some of the funny little phrases onto it before colouring using Copics. I used Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper for the background and the sentiment. 

For my second card, I started by stamping several phrases from the new STAMPlorations Anywhere There's Coffee in Versamark and heat embossing in clear powder. Then I inked the background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in fall colours and splattered some water on the background to create a distressed look. For the main panel I stamped the new Framed Coffee To Go in Versamark on white card and heat embossed in copper before colouring the takeaway mug using Copics. I attached the panel using foam tape on the card base. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Anywhere There's Coffee and matching dieFramed Coffee To Go
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Copics YG11, YG13, YG15, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting diesOh Frap phrase die
Other: ARTplorations Art Splatters stencil, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall patterned paper, Ranger fine clear embossing powder, Papermania Copper embossing powder

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Christmas Wreaths

I had some happy mail recently as I decided to stock up on new Christmas card stash. Can't use the same stamps two years in a row after all... I mean, we all craft so we can save money compared to buying ready made cards, right? I did the math at some point based on the money I've spent on crafty stash (this is why you shouldn't have an app to track all your spending as it will allow analysis like this) and I think after dividing the money I've spent by the approximate number of cards I've made, I think it came out at over £30 per card. So a clear saving compared to buying ready made cards, right? That just made me laugh. And cry... I should probably also disclose that in addition to writing this blog post I have another tab open on my browser where I'm shopping for more stamps. I know, I know, I have a problem but I bet I'm not the only one.

Anyhow, on to today's card, which became multiple cards as I had so much fun. I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I started by stamping and heat embossed the wreath from STAMPlorations Joyful and colouring it with Gansai Tambi watercolours. Last, I used the Merry Christmas phrase die to die cut the sentiment from a scrap of red. I'm also linking up the card over Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is "Inspired by music". I was inspired by the Taylor Swift song Christmas Must Be Something More (one of the lines is about hanging a wreath on your door). I'm also linking up with Sweet Stampin' Christmas where the theme is Christmas die cuts.

This was a really quick card to create, so I made a few other variations of it, as you can never have too many Christmas cards. I particularly like the one one red card with the gold die cut.

Card: 200 gsm white card, Stampin' Up Real Red card, gold mirri card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Joyful
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Gansai Tambi watercolours
Other: CUTplorations Merry Christmas phrase die