Monday, December 29, 2014

Taekwondo Christmas

Grrrr, why are things always last minute! 

My lovely husband asked me to make some cards for his taekwondo students (Tipton TKD club, click here if you want to know more!), unfortunately he didn't give me much notice! So, I worked out a simple design and we set up a little production line one evening in front of the telly. I quite enjoyed it in the end.

Taekwondo snowman!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stampotique Christmas houses

I bought these little Tando houses on a whim. So glad I did!

Christmas houses with my beloved Stampotique boys!

The houses are covered with paper, lot of stickles bling on the snowy eaves. The boys are watercoloured, with extra corpse green around the eyes......

The edge of each roof is stamped and embossed with another Stampotique image- white embossing powder and then a few snowy pearls for added texture. 

And of course they all needed a few words to finish them off!

The Stampotique designer challenge this month is anything goes, so I'm off to enter :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York socialite

I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for a lady who was going to New York. 

I went for an elegant style, but quite bold colours, with black to set it all off. This is an 8x8" card. It works well on smaller ones as well though.

I made this one for my smashing Mom, whose birthday is today!

Must admit to being kinda chuffed with my bow tying!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas time snowmen

 I haven't made many Christmas cards this year- couldn't get my head around it early enough. I was asked to make a few commissioned cards, and what do you know, I got my Christmas mojo back!

I enjoyed making these- fabulous vintage-y paper, and the Stampendous clear snowman stamp, which can be manipulated to make different shaped snowman bodies.

I think the spotty paper's my favourite :)

I'm entering these into the Crafty Cardmakers Christmas challenge and
the Simon Says Wednesday challenge- winter inspiration- I went for snow inspiration!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Get well soon monster

Oh how I love this little Stampotique monster.

He's watercoloured and has blue ears for some reason. I'm sure it's more than just to make him match the stripy paper, must be a monster thing.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Geese or gooses or ducks....well definitely birds.

These Crafty Individuals Alice Palace stamps are awesome.

I was even inspired to use some of my washi tape collection up.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bunnys or hares?

So are these rabbits or hares?

The stamps are Alice Palace stamps from Crafty Individuals. They remind me of the fabulous moon gazing hare statues that I've coveted for years.

I've got another question for you tomorrow- geese or ducks........

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Woof woof

A commissioned card to show today- for a little boy who likes doggies.

It's an 8x8" card, which gave me lots of space for some smashing papers- check out those dogs!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy booday

A couple of days late I know, but....BOO!

It has some scary bits, but mostly it's kinda cute.

The hexagon die is fab :)

I'm entering it into the Allsorts challenge- masculine cards and
Crafty Cardmakers- cut it out challenge.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Notebooks, and a new crafty club

My lovely friend mentioned a couple of weeks back that she was going to a fortnightly local craft club- being slightly cheeky, I invited myself along. How lovely to spend a couple of hours chatting and crafting with people who were sewing and knitting and crocheting and..... well, all sorts of crafts were going on!

I started the covers for these little notebooks-

The baby cthulu is very cute isn't he? 

I got a bit doodly.....

And then there's the monster, with his useful sign.

A few snippets of an old book for a bit of texture.

I'm entering the first one, and the last one into the Stampotique Designers challenge- favourite colour combination challenge- I love bright pink, blue and yellow. 

I'm also entering these into the Crafting Musketeers' anything but a card challenge.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bright colours rock!

One of my favourite things is to made a master board to use for backgrounds, or instead of pretty papers.

This is one I've gone to several times, it's really bright and colourful, and uses a whole load of Stampin' Up stamps.

I used a section in this 80th birthday card, now....what to do with the rest of it?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dogs and wolves

Another commission to show you- this time the brief was to include doggies and Wolves football club colours.....oh and the birthday boy's age- can you spot how old he is?

Gotta get better with my photo taking.....

Monday, October 27, 2014

A commission

I've had a number of commissioned cards lately, which are often a dilemma. It's all about creating something to the taste of the recipient, and quite often that's someone I've never met! 

This one came out nicely, and oh that's an old stamp, but it paper pieces beautifully. I'm also now sold on pre-tied bows. It's a total faff avoided!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Twisted firestarter

I think I was channeling the Prodigy when this card happened.....

The heart is painted through a stencil.

How handsome!

I'm entering this into Papertake's Black and white and one other colour challenge

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls!

Oh my it's been a while..... ah well, crashing on.....

I've been taking part in a series of ATC swaps over on the Stampotique Facebook page, ooh I've had some fabulous swaps!!!

Here's a couple of mine, for last month's Naughty theme.

The backgrounds are zentangled, which I love to do. 

I'm hoping these will also fit in with the Stampotique Designers challenge, which is Ghouls and Goblins and all things Halloween!

Friday, August 22, 2014

My black heart

Yay, splodging paint is fun!

I'm not sure Hunk really has a black heart, he's too horribly cute.

The challenge at A Step in the Dark is anything goes- but on the darker side...... hope this fits.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rain, rain, go away....

A card or two to show you today. Both made with a Stamping Bella image.

Coloured with Promarkers, and lots of added sparkle :)

Love the little snail. I'm entering this card into the Papertake weekly challenge- Spots and Dots and the That's Crafty Stamping ground challenge

I'm entering this second version into the I love Promarkers challenge- Anything goes and the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which is Summer- and what says a British summer better than flowers and wellies?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Black and white

The challenge at the Stampotique challenge blog is to use music as inspiration. Which fits perfectly with a couple of ATCs I made for a Stampotique swap. The theme was black and white, and the Michael Jackson song of the same name kept popping into my mind.