Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Glory to the New Born King

Challenge #136 has just gone live at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge and here is my DT card!   As usual my team mates have created some wonderfully inspiring Christmas cards so be sure to pop over and check them out!  And of course we love to be inspired by your creations as well!

I cut a nativity scene from gold mirror card (sorry about the quality of the photo) and teamed it up with a panel of musical score designer paper on which I stamped a sentiment from one of my favourite stamp sets (Waltzing Mouse Seasonal Flourishes) - a very quick and simple card!  The inside and envelope are stamped with a Bethlehem scene from another WMS set Seasonal Remedies!  I miss this wonderful stamp company so much especially when I make Christmas cards!  

I was inspired by the ABC Christmas Challenge - G for Gold

and all the green in this lovely inspiration pic from Inspiration Station

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!


Monday, 20 March 2023

On Track for a Twofer

Onefer :

I may have already mentioned we have been fortunate to have several Ukrainian women join our choir and I am blessed to call these women friends.  One of them has a young son and he loves cars!  When I found out he was having a birthday, I knew I wanted to make him a card with a moving car.  This Beetle from Taylored Expressions is probably my favourite vehicle - I love the little details it has!  I've used MFT Open Road to cut the little piece of road and channel and MFT Rolling Hills to create the ... rolling hills!  

His mother helped me with the "Happy Birthday Ilias" text in Ukrainian which I printed onto some white card stock and cut with one of the Memory Box Marshamallow Clouds.   I added a little sun so that it's peeking out from behind the cloud (Frantic Stamper Village Sky set) and added a little aeroplane from the same set to complete the scene.  I don't think cars should spin so I added two magnets to the back (side by side) so the car slides back and forth.

He loved it!

I'd like to enter this card in the Daring Cardmakers Challenge with the prompt Little Ones


While I had the Open Road and Rolling Hills sets out, I thought I'd use them to create a scene for this little hedgehog - I made it for a project a few days ago but ended up not using it!  I wanted the hedgehog to roll up and down the hill so I used the curved track piece from the Open Road set and tried to match the curvature to that of the rolling hillside.  I added this stacked "sending" sentiment (Simon Says Stamp) and a little cloud and sun (from Frantic Stamper Village Sky).  As I was cutting some of these little flowers for the meadow one of them fell on the Hedgehog and I quite liked the of a flower behind her ear!  I am just totally in love with these Whittle animals from Poppy Stamps - they have such amazing details!  I've coloured this little hedgehog with light and dark brown alcohol markers.  The little eyes and prickles have caught more of the ink and so are highlighted - love the effect!  

I also bought the matching Whittle Wild Animals Sentiment Stamp Set so you can probably guess what's on the inside of the card .....

Yup!  I'm sending hedge-hugs!

I almost forgot to include a video!

This little hedgehog is making his debut here so I'll be entering it in NBUS Challenge #48

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!


Thursday, 16 March 2023

Blowin' in the Wind

Timout Challenge 234 has just gone live and it's an Inspired By Words Challenge with this quote by Charles Dickens from Great Expectations

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”

You can use just one, some, or all of these words as inspiration … we can't wait to see how you interpret them!  You might like check out the inspiration from my fellow DT members and we're being joined this fortnight by Greta of GG Creations!  Why not drop by and say hi! 

Many of these words gave me ideas but in the end I decided on "Sun" and "Wind"!   The "Sun" part was easy but how do you capture something invisible like "Wind"?  And then the idea of a movement caused by the wind popped into my head and then a tumbling umbrella!  So that's where I went with my card!

When I saw Color Challenge PP631 at Paper Players I immediately thought of sun, grass, sky and clouds and that gave me inspiration for setting my blustery scene!  My yellow flowers (cut using Tim Holtz's Funky Foliage) have a slight curve to the left but I've exaggerated the tilt so they too appear to be blowin' in the wind! 

Happily, Simon Says Monday Challenge has a prompt of "Whatever the Weather" so I'd like to enter there.

This umbrella was cut with the Poppy Stamps Raining Frame - its first trip through the rollers for this card so I'd like to enter NBUS Challenge #48

I rummaged through my Snippet Bags (I've started keeping snippets in grocery shopping bags sorted by colour) for the right colour card stock for this project so I'd like to play along with the Snippets Playground Challenge #449.   Here's a photo of the snippets I found to play with (yes I remembered to take a photo of them this time)!  That plaid piece was just wide enough for the umbrella canopy and matched the colour scheme perfectly!

We're grateful to Top Flight Stamps who are offering a $25 store credit to our Time Out Winner as chosen by the design team.  Top Flight Stamps specialize in difficult to find art stamps from around the world - so do check them out if you haven't already!

I found a funny meme on FB the other day and thought of my growing mountain of NBUS!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments always brighten my day and if you do leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and where to find you so we can get to know each other a bit better!


Thursday, 9 March 2023

Brushtroked Butterfly


If you read my post yesterday, you'll know I had a spare green and gold butterfly that hadn't worked out.  I decided to do something with it today instead of sticking it in a box where it probably won't see the light of day for a loooong time.  

I started out making a sympathy card and thought I'd go through my very much neglected embossing folders collection for some background texture.  I chose what I thought was a very unremarkable NBUS embossing folder which turned out to be quite lovely when I actually embossed a panel with it.  It's from Sizzix and I think it's called Sparkling but I bought it sooo long ago I doubt it still exists.  My eye was instantly drawn to the small crosses in the pattern which I thought would work rather well for Easter!  And as a butterfly is also a symbol of being reborn, I decided on an Easter sentiment instead!  

I'd like to enter the following challenges

NBUS Challenge #48 - both the butterfly and ambossing folders are NBUS

Double D Challenges who have this brilliant mood board - 
I drew mine from the bottom left photo - the door with the gold letterbox and the texture of the old wall

who are back after a well-deserved break!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!