25 June 2022

House Mouse

 Hi Everyone,I've been missing in action again - sorry. All due to a snap decision to go to my brother & SiL for a few days. It's the first time in nearly 5 years we have been away, and we spoilt rotten by them, also the temperatures were up to 27C and lovely blue skies, making it even more enjoyable, we came home to rain, but that's OK. The garden needs it!

Anyhow, my card today is from a disc I have had for a long time, "A Very Mice Colouring Book" Vol 1. The image is 021, but I will call it Mice on Lavender. I followed a sketch for this one from Dawny P for Paperchase Weekly. 
  
 

I chose lavender digital papers and arranged them according to the sketch on black paper. I coloured the image with DI's and also edged the image with ink. A straightforward and simple card, but I'm pleased with it. I haven't added a sentiment as I thought it may spoil it? There will be a greeting inside though.

 Mice - House Mouse Designs   
dp's - Sekada Designs / Julie C Designs
inks - Distress Inks
gems stash
 

 

18 June 2022

Dragonflies

 Hi Everyone, I think all my 'puter problems have gone away, my son went into settings the other night and the next thing I know I can comment on everyone's blog, so it wasn't Blogger or Google at all, perhaps I should apologise to them? I'm sorry to say that I won't be able to catch up with all your posts, but I promise to scroll through and see as many as I can, just not commenting on each one. Thank you for all your comments and advice, I appreciate your support

Anyhow, I think you have had enough of me going on about my 'puter problems, so I'll show you another card I did without my 'puter.

 I've had this Dragonfly in my stash a long time and when I go through my stamps, I think, I'll use that and then go on to something else, so at last I've used it. It also brought to mind that I was going through the web not long ago, after seeing a few Dragonflies on a visit to my brother and SiL and came across this symbolism of a Dragonfly -

A dragonfly symbol represents change and transformation. It is a reminder for you to shed more light and joy in your life. It tells you not to remain in the dark or the shadows. 

I thought it very apt after what's been happening to me this last week or more.

I had a scrap of this paper left after another project and decided to use it with a case of a card I saw in my magazine (which included the stamp) card ideas. Of course now I can't find it to link it! I stamped, using inks to match the paper, the panel and the dragonflies and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I layered the panel on card to match the paper and found ribbon to match it all. Not only that, but I stamped the sentiment in the same ink as the dragonflies.

Dragonfly and sentiment - Magazine freebies Simply Cards & Papercraft
sentiment panel stamp - Chocolate Baroque
ink - (very old) Whisper Archival ink
paper - Craft Sensations
card - Dovecraft
ribbon - stash


Is it me? Or is the font very small on here and on other posts. I have tried changing the font and the size to make it larger, nothing seems to work, is this Blogger? Or me again? 

I have just checked in Preview and this is large, why isn't my blog post? OH! Flipping Eck, here we go again!

15 June 2022

Old Goat

 Hi Everyone my card today is for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

  
 I've  have  had this wonderful goat a while and thought it about time I used him,  I printed out the digital paper and added it to a dark blue card background, then took the frame, the goat and the sentiment into my Cameo cutting one goat on a base layer and 3 more layers to give him weight and texture on the card.
 
I coloured the background of the base layer of goat and coloured the top layer (goat only) with Distress inks matching the paper. The frame and sentiment were cut twice and added to the card with 3D pads. I added 3D glaze to his eyes and sparkle pen to his buttons, shame you can't see it here.
image - Old Goat  QKR Stampede
sentiment - QKR Stampede
dp - Autumn Blue - Create with TLC
frame -  khartley justanote frame
 


14 June 2022

Hello

 Hello Everyone, Well! What a time I have had, quite a few things working differently, my printer wouldn't print and shut down Photoshop each time I tried to print! etc etc etc. I have to get used to lots of different ways of working, I'm not sure if it's Win 11 or just things have not transferred to this PC as they should have. Anyway, it's all good fun! I don't think. I just have to keep trying, but I do feel like a newbie to computers in some sense and it's driving me silly, I'm too old for all this! I also have to check my spelling carefully as it's correcting me as if I am a touch typist with words above the word I'm typing! I prefer a red line underneath to let me know it's wrong. It must be in the settings and I thought I had ticked it, BUT! OK I will stop moaning and just carry on.

Anyhow, in between pulling my hair out and getting used to things working differently, I shall start to get around to you lovely ladies. I may not be as regular as I tried to be before, but forgive me for a while? Bless you for your support. 

Here is another card I did while without my 'puter. 

While cleaning out, I found a number of cards with a 3 fold and with apertures for the front, I think I had them when I first started card making, maybe in the early 90's. I decided to use one of them but not fill the centre. I stamped and embossed a few flowers and the sentiment placing them around the aperture and placing the sentiment inside it. I also added a silver glitter pen to the debossed line around the aperture. I coloured the sentiment background to match the flowers. I thought I would splatter a little silver paint,  which became more than I wanted. It's not a bin job though I don't think.

stamps - Modern Anemone Altenew 
inks - Distress Inks


 I keep trying to comment on blogs and get this -

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 I am signed in to Google, but it still won't allow me to comment on ANY Blog!

I don't see Anonymous or anything else, anyone else getting problems? OR have advice? The web doesn't seem that helpful or I'm looking at the wrong information!

11 June 2022

Did you miss me?

 Hi Everyone, I have had my computer die on me, it was 9 years old and it has been faithful friend. I ordered it and after waiting a week for a new one with all bells and whistles and Windows 11! I am back on line, however I have quite a bit still to do to make it feel like mine, so won't be around until next week, hopefully earlier? There is a difference to seeing files etc to get used to and I did have a program? or a fix? for me to see my Photoshop files as thumbnails, but now I only see the logo and name of my files grrrr. There are a few things like this to tackle, so I hope you will understand my lack of visits.

A new printer and computer in a couple of months? Thankfully I had had another new thing needed!!! within the same time frame, a drive for my old computer, which thankfully is able to be used in the new 'puter and because of this I have all my files. I think my Guardian Angel thinks I'm made of money? but did save me stress with not losing my files. My son has spent a few hours or more on getting it all up and running for me, now all I have to do is tweek things a little to suit me. At least that's the 3 things they say will go wrong if one goes?

Thank you all for your continuing comments. I really appreciate them all.

This lack of computer did in fact do me a favour, as I did a few stamped cards that made me think differently. I also did a clean up in my craft room, still a little way to go, but the worst is done - except for my ribbon drawers, ugh! 

This is one of the cards, done in a rush and delivered before I realised I had forgotten to take the upright of the card duh! I was trying to show you the shine I had. I mixed gold watercolour paint with the watercolour ink to get a shine and then added little dashes of the gold paint on it's own on the background. I diecut the image and added it to some blue card I found during my sorting. that was just the right size with a bit of straight cutting,  The cross and sentiment were cut from the offcut of the main image.
stamp - Mosaic Flower Chocolate Baroque 
ink - Distress ink
gold ink - Kuretake Starry Colours (bought after I saw what Greta did on her cards)
pin dies - Card Making Magic
cross die - Cut it and Make
insert sentiment - Magazine freebie
  
  
 this shows how shiny it was
 
this is the insert, a piece of the blue card with the gold paint used as edging.
 


It's also our 56th Anniversary today and hubby has surprised me with a meal out tonight, he said after all the stress this week with the 'puter and a couple of other things, he and I need to relax and concentrate on us for a change. Isn't he a darling? We don't usually celebrate "ordinary" Anniversaries, so this makes a nice change. I also had the most beauitful card with a beautiful verse, something else we don't do. I felt awful as I didn't do one for him! I'll have to make it up somehow?

Anyhow, apologies for a long post enjoy your weekend. I hope to visit asap


 

06 June 2022

Masculine 90th birthday

 Hi Everyone, a card today made for someone who lives in the small village, where I was born and bred, he was the son of a local farmer, hence the reference to soil, he is still very active and certainly doesn't look his age. I knew I had "Ted" in my files so went to find him, I took him into my Cameo, as always, and cut 3 layers of him and also the background which I cut into a circle with the sentiment I had added. 

I die cut the larger circle and a small circle in brown card I have in my stash, after measuring both to ensure they fitted the background and the die cut number. I coloured the image and background with DI's and attached the background to the larger brown circle. I attached all layers of "Ted" and attached him to the background. I thought a touch of a flower helped.

image - Ted and his Shed Dr Digi 
inks - Distress Inks 
dies - Tonic pindot
90 dies - could be First Edition?
hollyhock die - AliExpress, coloured with Spectrum Noir markers
sentiment - saw on the web 
gold card - Stash
 
Whoop whoop, I had Dr Digi card of the week for this card.


03 June 2022

Celebration

Our house has Union Jack Flags festooned to celebrate the The Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of our monarch's reign. Queen Elizabeth II will be the first British monarch to reach the milestone. Be prepared for LOTS of piccies.

I had this wonderful poem from Gill Reed I decided to "pomp" it up for the occasion and thought it perfect to celebrate the occasion this weekend. 

Why this weekend you ask? Her Majesty's acceded the throne in February and June will be the culmination of the Celebrations. The Trooping of the Colour and HM Official Birthday is also celebrated in June. 

 This week my cards for the Craft Club, I felt, had to include a Royal connection and luckily my subscription magazine Simpy Cards & Papercraft included papers that were just perfect for this. So I printed one of the papers and the sentiment and cut 3 layers for the sentiment and the Guard house and a Guard for them to layer and add to the paper. It's very simple as that is all they can do.  For their second card, I printed out a digital stamp and shapes for them to colour and add to the card and again cut them a sentiment in layers. I'm happy to report they really liked this weeks offering. Here are the sample cards for them to follow.

 

 this card was inspired by a photo of a card and digital stamp by
 Faith Skrdla, sadly no longer with us.
this was printed and coloured with Distress Inks,
 the flower shape and sentiment was cut in Cameo.

I am including the Coronation in this post, however that didn't happen until 2nd June 1953. I remember sitting in my Grandparents house watching the Coronation Ceremony on a 9inch TV screen, the whole of my father's family of 11 boys, their wives and children squashed into the "front room" to watch this wonderful event. I feel part of history saying that!

This also reminded me of when my Mother bought this "book" for us. I treasure it and I was (and still am) fascinated with all of our history and looked forward to the Ceremony. I have been a Royalist from then. I know it's not "woke" to say that, but that's me.

Anyhow here are piccies from the "book" in page order.





this is a pop up page


01 June 2022

Tag card TMR

 Hi Everyone my one of 3 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each one, this is for 
  
 
I knew I had a tag in with my files and went off to find it. I used my digital die cutting machine to cut it out, then went to find some beer images and stamps. This time I was fortunate and found images and stamps. I used the beer glass stamp to stamp and clear emboss over the background. I printed and digital die cut the images and with a sentiment I generated, I added a shadow cut base.  Then using the stamps I stamped and embossed in gold. I felt they needed a shadow base, I'm useless at fussy cutting, but I hope the recipient won't notice they are not done like a die cut, apart from the sentiment with my die cutting machine and the circle which was die cut. I have just noticed you can't see what is inside the circle, I stamped "Cheers". All were then attached to the Tag card and some bakers twine added to each tag.
 
stamps - magazine freebies
circle die - Tonic
images -  Marisa Lerin - Digital Scrapbook (Pixelscrapper)
bakers twine, Kraft card - stash

I hope I'll see you at the Challenge. 

OLD Lady? QKR

 Hi Everyone I have 3 DT cards for today, I hope you will be able to visit each one.

This is for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month
 
This lady had me chuckling as I coloured her, I fully agree with the sentiment also. I decided to follow a sketch for a change. I have changed it slightly.
 Anyhow, the first thing I do, with most of my cards, is take the image into my digital die cutting machine to print and cut the image, shapes and sentiment. I used one of the layers of my old woman as a mask and shaded around the image. I had digitally paper pieced her bra top, I glued them together, including the one I used as a mask! I then ink shaded the shadow layer of the sentiment and glue them together. 
 
 

It was then painting the image, I used DI's for her trousers, shoes, curlers  and scarf and then used water colour pencils for her skin, I find I can get better shadows using pencils. (I am definitely NOT a colourist and hope for the best on each image!) After she was painted I added her bra. I then added the background to some coloured card, placed a tassel around the check cut shape, I thought it looked like a curtain?
 
 I 3D'd the image onto the image on the background. I then added glaze to her specs and her nails, well she had to have shiny nails didn't she? Some glitter to the flower on her shoes and the card was complete. Shame you can't see the shine of her specs and the flowers on her shoes.
Distress inks - worn lipstick, evergreen bough, wild honey, tumbled glass
watercolour pencils - Nuvo
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze 
glitter - Stickles
tassel - stash
coloured card - Dovecraft
Silhouette Cameo
  

Dog note holder CCC

   Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, I hope you will be able to visit each of them, this is for -


Anything Goes but they MUST feature a critter as the main focus
Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter...
 
In a sort of mojo blank, I decided to do a digital die Dog Sticky Notepad Holder. I cut all the pieces from dark brown, black, light brown and white card. I used markers to colour his tongue. I inked a circle stencil to his nose and used the same ink to add a little colour around his nose then glued all the pieces together. As soon as my son saw it, he nabbed it "as it's cool and cute!"  This little project makes me smile, I hope he makes you smile too.
dog note holder - Simply Crafty SVG's
stencil - Julie Hickey
marker - Spectrum Noir PL2
ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy  
Silhouette Cameo

 

 

29 May 2022

Witch Post it / Halloween?

 Hi Everyone, I have been a bystander in a challenge for a long time, just lovin' the humour and not being able to put anything together, but today I managed it. Just about! Must be my thing?

Anyhow I have had this post it template in my files since 2009 and have finally used it. I took the template into my die cutting machine and had to play about with the image as it didn't have any lines to cut with, (for my machine to cut it). So after adding, taking away and lots of other things, I came up with this, I also added layers which weren't in the original image. I didn't colour her face, I don't think Witches have any colour? although I have seen some, this lady didn't!

I cut out all the parts, (as in die cutting) I went around the edges with black marker pen. I also cut a headband layer with textured card. The sentiment was cut out with 2 other layers to give it depth. I added the hat with 3D pads, then coloured her lips in markers. The note pad was attached inside and I now have a fun post it in my handbag to write things in. (It's very simple, but I didn't want lots on it in my bag.)

template - no idea! it's from 2009
markers - Spectrum Noir
sentiment - found on web
spotted dp -  Sissix
card - stash

 
I just realised my note book image is similar to the badge! Oops! and she is coloured!

23 May 2022

Quick say cheese!

 Hi everyone, my card today was for my lovely youngest brother who was 74 yesterday, a retired professional photographer, I always try to include something to do with photography or his beloved cat. This birthday, I again, decided on photography and was lucky to see this fabulous image, which I though was perfect for him. I made a comment on Lee's blog and she kindly sent me a few different stamped images I could colour. This was the one I commented on.

I coloured the image with DI's and then measured the size of the image. I sized a film frame  in my Silhouette, and decided to do a fold card with the fold shape based on a card I had done before. I added some photos of my brother and a film strip and backing for the photos. Then cut, folded, glued, attached and finished off with a computer generated quote I made up, I thought it suited the mouse image on the front layer. I'm glad to say he appreciated it and enjoyed the laugh.

inks - Distress Inks
adapted fold - Lori Whitlock.
film strip and frame - Carin Grobe
 
this was taken under different light!
 
part of the whole card 

a better view?

House Mouse Challenge #366 Is the stamp recycled? If not an ATG

Allsorts Challenge #677 Anything for a birthday - Yep!

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #633 fun fold - hope so!

Inkspirational #264 something free or a gift? Yep! the HM image


by the way, anyone interested in a DT place?  I would love to, but haven't the time, fabulous files to make from here, I've used a lot in my makes.


 

21 May 2022

New Printer and Baby Girl

 Hi Everyone on 11th May at 9.30am a new Little girl was born into our family. My Great Niece delivered Iris Avril, a Sister to Dorothy and Owen, we are over the moon. They live 6 hours from us, so it will be a while before we see her, but we already feel we know her, with so many photos and videos of her sent to us.

Before I started on her Welcome card I hit a glitch while printing something else, my printer was making funny noises, wouldn't feed the card or heavy paper, so I tried copy paper, same thing! Noooooooo! 

Anyhow to cut a long story short, I had to buy a new printer. That is an ordeal in itself. Which do I buy? I have been looking and doing research for a couple of years in anticipation of this happening. However, I decided to buy an Epsom ET-2850, after querying with them if the printer would take 300gsm card. Well? it does and it doesn't, if I have it on borderless it won't, so I have to use it on an ordinary setting, also on Custom settings it won't do borderless. I love the print quality though and will be able to work around it. It's a shame I have to though, as my old printer did custom settings beautifully. I will miss my old printer who worked it's socks off for me over the many years I've had it. It really was an old friend.

Enough of that silliness, now the card for our sweet new baby. I found this lovely baby bear and looked for an Iris flower image in my files to add to her. I cut the lollipop she had in her hand and added an Iris flower. Also in my search this floral frame came up, it has a sunny flower, so I added that too, some brightness with the yellow spot paper and a cute font title and sentiment. I die cut some flowers that I thought matched the flowers around the card and
added sparkle pen to their centres and the bear's dress and 3D glaze to her eyes and nose. A simple card, only because I was so worked up about the printer, I couldn't think of anything else but printing!!!
Lil Bears - Trina Clark (2008)
flower die - Card Making Magic
frame and spot paper - Julie J (2008)
font - KG Beneath Your Beautiful Chunk
Iris image - Creative Fabrica
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle pen
3D glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze.
 
 
 this is the insert, I added another iris flower behind the teddy flower girl
 

This is a photo of the family the day they got home, Mum is very sore after the caesarean, Dorothy 4 and Owen 2 have fallen madly in love with her. I did a scrapbook page for her. I chose the papers to match her bedroom colours and what they were wearing, not typically new baby colours, but I think it works?
template - Marisa Lerin #38
dp's  Billie Irene Digital Scrapbooking (PixelScrapper)


18 May 2022

Quick makes? catch up

 Hi Everyone, I was looking through my photographs and realised I hadn't shown you what I did before Christmas I also found a more to show you I hadn't done so before.

This was a present and something I had wanted to do for a long time, after seeing an inspirational blog post from Janette here, she had said where to get the board from and I ordered it that day. I bought a pack of large Bull Clips and a few months later, I got to make it! Yep! a few months! by then I had forgotten where I had seen it and the inspiration of painting the board I had seen. Too late for me to make it more interesting, but I screwed the bull clip on, added a tie to hang it on then grabbed some black vinyl, I went to my die cutting machine, and cut the words. I then placed them onto the board, after making sure I added them under the note pads I had bought for it. 

Something else I made before Christmas, as it was needed on the 5th January - my #3 brother's birthday card. I know I was up to my neck in things, with no mojo and a complete loss as what to do. I spent more time thinking about it than making this card. I wanted a quick card, but one that was special to him, luckily for me a freebie popped up in my mail and it was perfect for him. It also had a saying on it my SiL says to him when they go out, so it was meant to be. My Silhouette is becoming more handy to me than Photoshop surprisingly, after all these years. I took it into the die cutting machine and resized the card to 6 x 6 instead of the 8 x 8 it is supposed to be. I then cut all the layers out and layered them together adding them to the 6 x 6 card. 

"It's an age thing" digital card from CraftsUPrint Crafty Bob freebie 
by Elaine Hayhoe

 Another card not posted here and again a quick make for a birthday I had forgotten after my diary failure. It had to be made to go into the post that day. I used an image I used years ago, I added a wall background and a brick pavement then a die cut flower, in my mind a dandelion weed coming out of the pavement (sidewalk). Thank goodness for Photoshop! That's not what I said earlier though is it? 


 Thanks for sticking with me through this catch up post here today. I'll try and keep up to date and show more recent makes in future 😁

Have a great day and I hope you are all well too.




15 May 2022

Bumble Bee QKR

 Hi Everyone my DT card for today is for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I was looking through by bits box and came across this wonderful cut file card I hadn't used, it was perfect for what I wanted. I got out my Distress Oxides and coloured the flowers and swirls, then found a floral stencil that was given to me a few years ago and coloured the flowers yellow and the leaves green, shame is as the card is pearlised and the colours don't come out in the photo, due to the shine of the card. 

I then stamped the bee and sentiment and fussy cut around them. I coloured the bee with DI's and 3D'd them onto the stencilled part of the card. The wings and sentiment were lightly coloured too.

Distress Oxides - Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemon, Kitsch Flamingo, Peeled Paint.
wings and sentiment - Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass  
flower card cut file - Krewella Creations. I had it in 2012
 

Creative Moments Challenge #234 Summer's Here? Yep! I think so

Global Design Project #343 Beautiful Bugs. He's cute?

12 May 2022

Little things?

 Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well, thanks for joining me. My card today was a chance make. I was in my Silhouette files and the picture of the file hadn't downloaded properly and was showing half the image, this is what I saw - 

 this is what it should have looked like
  
 
However I saw it as a card with just the half image and that is what I have made today. I used the whole flower image and added a 11 inch by 2.5 inch strip, I joined the flower image to the strip and I had my shaped card! 

I then searched for dandelion papers in my files and came up trumps with this lovely one I have had since 2013. After printing, I cut the paper to size for the front of the card layering onto black paper. I coloured the little House-Mouse, sent to me by Lee, who asked if I wanted some images after I had commented on one of her cards, I was over the moon to say yes, so thanks again Lee. I also have others, that she sent, that I shall be using asap.

After colouring I die cut the image and a shadow layer, matching the paper. I decided as he is such a simple image I would pretty the card up a bit, to show him off more, I couldn't do CAS, sorry. I coloured the flower part of the card and add die cut flowers, colouring the centres to the shape. I computer generated the sentiment on the insert and printed it out.  For a card I didn't know I was going to do, it turned out quite well I think? It already has someone I know who will receive it.

Mum flower  - Jennifer Wambach Silhouette Design store
mouse image - House-Mouse stamp from Lee
dp - "Dandelion Clocks" Pink Petticoat (now The Lovely Studio) 
inks - Distress Ink, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, brushed corduroy, tea dye
flower die - Tattered Lace
this is the insert
 
House Mouse Challenge #365  A flower but not a rose sadly!

Cut It Up Challenge #251

On a different subject, I did at least 20 or more comments last night and Blogger said "Publishing" in a large black rectangle, but the comment stayed there. I left them and went back to each one and the comment was still there, so I repeated this process at least 5 times on each one. SO! If you have had many comments saying the same thing, I'm sorry, if you haven't had any, I promise I made them! If I have time I will try again today or tomorrow.

08 May 2022

Wake up birthday card

 Hi Everyone, I thought I would show you the birthday card I made for my hubby in April this year, trouble is, I used the same image last year here, but it was from my son OOPS! It must be old age! At least it was different colours and design. I wonder if it has something to do with his slipping off to sleep in the evenings and the day sometimes comes to that, I must be working him too hard perhaps! It's all the garden and new path, poor man. Funny thing is he didn't notice, whew? I asked him a couple of days later if her realised, a negative response makes me think maybe I can use it again next year hahahaha

digital stamp - "Retired" Ericraftstamps  
inks - Distress Inks
digital paper -  Gina Jane
blue card - stash
sentiment generated in Silhouette and cut with a shadow to follow shape of words