Monday, 15 July 2019

The Flower Challenge #34 Pretty Pastels Reminder


Halfway through the month and so it’s time for a reminder about our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see your pastel creations. We also have another fantastic sponsor this month, the very lovely Bev who owns Uniko has very generously offered the give the winner the stamp set of their choice (as long as it’s in stock on the website). The challenge closes on 25th July so make sure you join in before then and check out our rules to be in with a chance to win!



I used the largest outline stamp and the leaves from the Uniko Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum stamp set. Once stamped in black I added a base colour with my copics and then added some shading with  polychromos pencils. I fussy cut them out, but there is a matching die available if fussy cutting is your idea of torture!
Once again I tinted some Cosmic Shimmer twinkle sparkle paste with a drop of green ink to create a pastel green to match our theme. I used the Uniko Wonky Stripes stencil to apply it onto some white card. Once dry I trimmed it down and mat and layered it with some blue glitter card into a 6x6 card blank. I secured the flower and leaves with foam tape onto the card and added a sentiment from a Tin Holtz Small Talk collection on foam tape too. A few sequins finished it off.
My teamies and our fab guest designer this month have made some stunning cards to inspire you so please check them out. Happy Crafting! 


Thursday, 4 July 2019

The Flower Challenge #34 Pretty Pastels


Are you melting yet? Looks like we’re going to have another hot summer this year. Hopefully your crafting space is cool and so you can join us this month at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see your pastel creations. We also have another fantastic sponsor this month, the very lovely Bev who owns Uniko has very generously offered the give the winner the stamp set of their choice (as long as it’s in stock on the website).

I used the Uniko Mid Century Modern Stencil for my card. I used some Cosmic Shimmer twinkle sparkle paste but tinted it with some blue ink to make a pastel colour and applied it through the stencil. Once dry I trimmed it down and mat and layered it into the card. I stamped the flowers and stems from the Flower Power #3 stamp set in black ink on another piece of card and coloured them in with copics and pencils before fussy cutting them and adding to the card with foam tape. Simples! 

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The Flower Challenge #33 Focus on Background Stamping Reminder



It’s the middle of June and I had the heating on yesterday! Still, the bad weather is an excuse to stay in and craft rather than tackle the weeding. We’re halfway through our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time our time is “Focus on Background Stamping”.
This month we have another great guest designer, Deepti Malik. She also has her own range of gorgeous stamps  Dee’s Artsy Impressions and has very generously donated a stamp set worth $15 for our winner this month. Please make sure you check out our challenge rules as we’d hate for you to be disqualified and miss out on the chance to win.
I used the MFT Bundles of Blossoms background stamp again for my reminde card. I stamped it with my grubby versamark pad and the sprinkled 6 different colours of blue, green and gold embossing powder on it and then heated embossed it. I trimmed the panel down and added it with a gold mat on a 6x6 card. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Stamps by Me Positive vibes set and heat embossed in gold on a strip of white card. I added it with foam tape and a gold mat behind it to the card. I took one of my original disaster, sorry, test panels and fussy cut one of the flowers from it. I added this to the card with a sequin in the centre. Simples!




Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The Flower Challenge #33 Focus on Background Stamping

Blimey, June already and only a few weeks until the longest day and then it’s all downhill from there! The start of the month also means that it’s time for a new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time our time is “Focus on Background Stamping”.
This month we have another great guest designer, Deepti Malik. She also has her own range of gorgeous stamps  Dee’s Artsy Impressions and has very generously donated a stamp set worth $15 for our winner this month. Please make sure you check out our challenge rules as we’d hate for you to be disqualified and miss out on the chance to win.
I used the MFT Bundles of Blossoms background stamp on mycard. I heated embossed it in white and then water coloured the image. I die cut and embossed the Tonic sentiment from the panel. I mounted the panel of green card on a 6x6 card. I then layered up the sentiment on 3 white die cuts and replaced it in the card. To finish I added sequins to the centres of some of the flowers.
I’ll be back with a reminder card on the 15th. Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Flower Challenge #32 Embossing Reminder


Halfway through the month and so it’s time for our reminder post for the current  challenge at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see embossing, either dry or heat on your floral creations.
We also have a fantastic sponsor this month, Altenew, who are offering their stunning cross stitch flower stamp set as a prize.
I had some left over flowers using the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set from making my original card for the challenge, so I decided to use them to make my reminder card. I started off by embossing a piece of vellum with a falling snow embossing folder (sorry, I can’t see who made it). I added a mat of purple card onto a 5x7 card base. I added a strip of the same card onto the vellum and glued it, the flowers and the leaves into place. I then added glue behind these to glue the vellum onto the card. As the vellum wasn’t playing nicely and was curling up, I added some dots of glue to secure it in place. To hide these dots added some of my left over nuvo drop dots. Simples! 
Don’t forget to check out our challenge rules as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the chance to win the fantastic stamp set we have been given by the very generous Altenew this month! 






Friday, 19 April 2019

Hoppy Easter!


Pickle and Beans would like to wish you Happy Easter! Beans wanted to demonstrate his binkying (that’s when a happy bunny jumps and twists up in the air). Pickle just thought he was showing off! 
Willow and Herb didn’t get Easter eggs, just part of the neighbour’s apple tree. Willow thought it was a bit on the small side. Herb was too busy eating to comment!



Sunday, 14 April 2019

The Flower Challenge #31 Reminder


Blimey, halfway through April already, if you’re anything like me you can’t wait for the Easter Weekend to catch up on some crafting. It’s reminder time about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge and this time we have a sketch  I used the lovely Uniko Passiflora Flower Stamp set for my card. I stamped the leaf and the tendril several times to fill my card blank in light green ink. I then repeated the process on two pieces of card with two darker shades of green, before trimming them down to match the sketch. I blended some ink around the edge of all of them to add some definition and drew in a stitched border with a black fine liner. I also used a white gel pen to add stitched detail to the leaves. I stamped the 3 elements to build up the flowers on card and then cut out each flower before adding to the card on foam tape. I love creating cards like this where you just start off with white card, inks and a stamp set.  I’d love to see how you interpret the sketch too x





Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Flower Challenge #31 Sketch

Seriously, April already?! The only good thing about how fast time is going is that it’s time for our next challenge at The Flower Challenge and this time we have a sketch for you.
I raided a Christmas paper pad for my card. I used papers from Trimcrafts Gilded Winter pad and distressed their edges with a pair of scissors. I made the flowers from Fleurs Flower Forming Foam (try saying that when tipsy!) using an Elizabeth Craft die set. The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set. Simples! 







Friday, 15 March 2019

The Flower Challenge #30 Reminder


It’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time it’s everyone’s favourite, “Anything Goes”.Well, as long as florals are the focal point of course! I whipped up another super quick card this time as life is still chaotic. Fingers still crossed it’ll settle down soon. 
I used the Clearly Besotted Pretty Pansies stamp set and stamped it with Jane Davenport’s Squid Ink in Cave Black. I used my copies and polychromos pencils to colour it in and then fussy cut it out. I embossed a 5x5 card with a chevron embossing folder (make long forgotten, story) and added the flower with foam tape. I used a sentiment that the lovely Clare gifted me, I think it’s a Lawn Fawn one, cut in black card to finish. Super quick and put to shame by the amazing cards my team ones have made! I really wish they weren’t all so talented!
We can’t wait to see your entries, please remember to check out our rules if you’re not familiar with them and if you can include our cue card below, even better!






Monday, 4 March 2019

The Flower Challenge #30 Anything Goes



It’s time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time it’s everyone’s favourite, “Anything Goes”.Well, as long as florals are the focal point of course! I whipped up a super quick card this time as life has been somewhat chaotic of late. Fingers crossed it’ll settle down soon. 
I used a Stampendous Poppy stamp set and stamped it with Jane Davenport’s Squid Ink in Cave Black. I’m loving this ink as it’s a hybrid ink and so you can watercolour or use alcohol markers with it. Great for when you change your mind at the last minute! I used a mix of spectrum noir sparkle and zig clean colour pens to colour in and then fussy cut the elements and glued them onto a 5x7 card. I squiggled in a border with a black fineliner and then added some gunmetal stickles to the flower centres. Super quick
We can’t wait to see your entries, please remember to check out our rules if you’re not familiar with them and if you can include our cue card below, even better!




Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Flower Challenge #29 Use your latest stamps and dies

Blimey, February already which means that it's time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want you to use your latest stamps or dies.

|I was supposed to be on a stash diet, but when my local craft shop had this Sizzix Natural Florals die on sale a couple of weeks ago, I succumbed! I die cut it out of some glossy card on which I'd created a background with brushos. I trimmed some orange card to fit a 6x6 card and then embossed a piece of white card with an old Spellbinders double sided embossing folder. I added a sentiment from the Mama Elephant, Occasional Labels stamp set (I've had this set for a while, but it was the first time that it'd been inked up!). True to form I got an inky mark at the top of the card and so had to add a few sequins to cover it. 
We 't wait to see your creations this month, please ensure that you check out our rules and if you could include our cue card in your post we'd love you even more than we already do!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

More from the Aall and Create Workshop

We spend the most of the first day making journals, using an Eileen Hull die and then decorating them with brayers, acrylic paint, stencils, baby wipes, stamps, rub ons, stickers and pens. Lots of layers to build up to the finished result, which I was reasonably happy with. I pushed myself out of my blue/purple comfort zone which I think is why I'm not madly in love with it. It was a great fun day learning though.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Flower Challenge - Pink and Grey Reminder Post

It's time for our reminder post over at The Flower Challenge and we want to see your beautiful pink and grey creations still. Please remember to check out out rules to make sure you're in with a chance of winning.
I used the Altenew Dahlia A & B stencils to create my card. I applied a Dreamees Dinky Inky pink ink with a blending tool through the first stencil and then blended Weathered Wood distress ink through the second stencil. I then trimmed them down a little to add a small pink and grey mat behind and glued them onto a 6x6 card. 
As per usual I got some inky smudges on it and so I used a large wooden word from Papermania/Docrafts to hide some of them. I rubbed over it with the Weathered Wood ink pad and once dry glued it into place, that didn't quite hide all the marks and so a few sequins rescued it!

Monday, 14 January 2019

Willow and Herb

Willow and Herb complained that they were not getting enough attention and so I promised to share some photos of them, especially as I haven't finished my project for today! Please excuse the scattering of poo, I'm just hoping that the new bunnies are better at toilet training than these two are.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

New Additions...

No crafting today, but the title of my blog does allude to bunnies so.... In 3 weeks time when they're old enough to leave Mum, these two adorable bundles are coming to be house bunnies. As I'll be coming home to an empty house, I wanted some bunnies for company. Williow and Herb are happy outdoors, I think Willow would enjoy being a house bunny, but I think it would be too much for Herb. He's built up his confidence massively, but still doesn't really like much human interaction. He flops out happily snuggled up to Willow though. 
The new bunnies, two male Netherland Dwarfs, will live in my kitchen and lounge so thankfully, I've got a few weeks to bunny proof it! They're agouti (wild rabbit coloured)  and so are less brown and more grey than in the photo, the only problem is going to be telling them apart! 

Saturday, 12 January 2019

MFT You Are Mermazing


I made a 6 inch canvas board using the MFT You are mermazing stamp set. I stamped the images on paper and watercoloured them before cutting them out. I painted the board with starlights paints, which give a wonderful metallic sheen. Once dry I stamped the small fish in black archival ink.  I then applied some sparkle paste through a Dutch Doobadoo stencil to add waves. I glued the stamped elements in place and added a touch of stickles to finish. Hopefully you can see some of the details better on the following pictures.


Friday, 11 January 2019

Another InkBuds Project

Woohoo! Friday at last and not a moment too soon. Working full time again is very tiring. Although, I have to confess, that I do have it on the cushy side on Fridays. I normally work in a nearby city, so it's about a 40 minute drive to work. On Friday afternoons however, I run a clinic in the "village" I live in, so I get paid to drive back to the village and then am back home five minutes after I finish there!
I'm looking forward to the weekend though, I need to rediscover the kitchen table and then I'll have space to craft in, rather than using the cooker top! I'm also looking forward to catching up on all your fantastic blogs.
So, onto the project, this was one of Hels Sheriden's sessions. We covered a cardboard journal cover in fabric and then used stencils and distress oxides to decorate. The inside is decorated too, which you can just get a peek of, but I forgot to take a photo and I've no idea where it is now to take another one! We die cut Fleurs flower forming foam to create the flowers and leaves. We added wooden and metal embelishments and lace to finish.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

InkBuds Project

Although I've been AWOL from my blog, I have managed to get to some crafting events. This project was made at one of the InkBuds weekenders in Preston and was the project that Pauline Wheeler taught. Mum liked it so much that she stole it and it's hanging in their lounge. Mum seems to be stealing quite a lot of my workshop makes these days!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Clearly Besotted Poodle Around

Another card from the "I don't *think* I've blogged this, but maybe I did and don't remember pile".
I stamped all the images from the now retired Clearly Besotted Poodle Around stamp set on a 6x4 card in black archival ink and then coloured them in with zig clean colour pens. Very simple and fun to colour. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Especially for you...

I don't think I've blogged this card that I made last year yet, but if I did, sorry!
I know it's an Altenew stamp set, but can't remember which one sadly. I stamped the individual elements using Dreamees Dinky Inks and probably a memento ink for one of the greens and then stamped the outline stamps in black archival. I then cut out the images to arrange on the card.
I used the inks squished onto my craft mat with a drop of water and with a wide flat brush painted stripes on a piece of white card. I then used a tattered lace torn edge rectangle die to cut it out. 
I used foam tape to adehere it to the card to give some height to it and glued the flowers and leaves in place. I found some co-ordinating card and die cut one of The Paper Boutique's sentiment dies and glued it into place. Simples x

Monday, 7 January 2019

More Aall & Create makes...

On the Sunday afternoon of our weekend workshops with Abs, we played with acrylic paint, stencils and baby wipes to create some backgrounds. As per usual we ran out of time to stamp on the backgrounds and add foreground images, but I managed to start a couple. I do feel slightly guilty about the number of baby wipes we got through though, the list of items to bring stated "baby wipes, at least one full packet". He wasn't kidding! 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

More Sweet Dixie Honey Bunny Cards...

For some reason, I decided to make individual cards for all my colleagues when I left my job, rather than ones for each team. 27ish cards later, remind me not to do that again!
I stamped one of the bunnies from the Sweet Dixie Honey Bunny set onto some white card and then coloured them in with zig clean colour pens. I then hand cut every one of them out, quite why I didn't stamp them straight onto the 3" cards, I don't know! I did stamp the Clearly Besotted sentiments from their So To Speak stamp set directly though, think I'd learned my lesson by then. 
I doodled a border round the card with a black fineliner and then glued the bunny in place. I added some stickles in places to each of their outfits and to finish off googly eyes. A lot of effort, even more so when I rembered I had to write in each one of them. I ended up making a few spares as well, just in case I'd forgotten anyone.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Inspired by the Tracy Scott Workshop...

You may remember that I did a workshop with Tracy Scott from PapertArtsy last year. I wanted to make a piece of art for a friend of mine and so used the techniques from the workshop to create it. Don't ask me what stamps etc I used as I haven't a clue!
If you couldn't be bothered to follow the link back to my post about the workshop, this is the piece that inspired me.


Friday, 4 January 2019

The Flower Challenge #28 - Pink and Grey


Yep, it's time for our first challenge of 2019 over at The Flower Challenge and this time we want to see you use grey and pink. 


I used the Stamps By Me Think Happy stamp set in black memento ink and then coloured it in using my copics. I added some extra details with a white gel pen and black fineliner. I then used the co-ordinating die and backed the flowers with a piece of grey card. I added it to a card base with foam tape to add some dimension. 
We can't wait to see your creations - please check out our rules and make sure that florals are the main image of your card and link back to the challenge. We'd love it if you can include our cue card too x