Spontaneous Fun

my colouring of images is usually controlled, but i was inspired by this week’s CASE Study challenge to play with my twinkling H2Os more spontaneously. i love the watercoloured panel of brightly coloured circles by muse shari carroll so i started by die cutting bubble wrap in three different circle sizes – not all of them popped through the big shot, which is how i ended up with solid and splotchy circles; besides, the plastic resisted the paint in spots. the circle edges were painted freehand.


i die cut and shaped two spellbinders rose creations flowers and splattered them with the twinks and went back to my controlled painting to create the lavender wash and die cut a rectangle. the memory box hello and the flower centre were die cut with yellow designer paper and everything was matted and layered. for me, it was more about the process than the end result. thanks for popping by.

Christmas Cards All Year Round – Guest Designer

i’d like to thank tracey for inviting me to be a guest designer this month at the christmas cards all year round challenge. for this month’s theme of sparkle and bling, i created three cards with glitter, although it doesn’t show as well in daylight. this first card is 3 x 6 and i die cut the ornaments from glitter paper and changed the colour of holographic peel offs with a permanent marker; the base is copper shimmer card stock.

christmas card in pink with three glittery ornaments and merry christmas sentiment

i added stickles to the edge of the top die cut layer, the leaves and poinsettia. the base is also cut with shimmer card stock.

tag with poinsettia and leaves in burgundy, green, beige and glitter with a burgundy bow

i used stickles again on this card for santa’s coat and hat trim, the snow in the image, the die cut snowflakes and even the bunny tails; everything is coloured with distress ink pads and a brush.

christmas card with santa handing carrots to two brown bunnies wearing scarves coloured in green and red
for more sparkly inspiration, check out the CCAYR design team creations at the challenge blog. thanks for popping by.

What’s Your Hobby?

butterflies in spring colours with a pink rose at the bottom right
in response to the current impression obsession challenge question, my one and only hobby is card making, specifically, stamping and colouring. severe RA (rheumatoid arthritis) forced me to give up all of my creative outlets until i discovered i could stamp and colour, which is my favourite technique. i love colouring with a traditional paint brush and anything dye based, especially distress inks, which is how i coloured this impression obsession Butterfly Group F8123 stamp. thanks for popping by.

Grapevine Wreath Card

christmas card with grapevine wreath, poinsettia, greenery and red ribbon loops
some of the challenges i play along with want to know about new toys, so i made this card with my new memory box grapevine wreath die and added some loops of new ribbon i bought with the gift certificate i won from the really reasonable ribbon challenge. you’ll want to visit the RRR blog to have a chance of winning one of three Blogoversary Giveaway gift certificates. i’m also submitting this to the jingle belles – look what santa brought me prompt (ok, i couldn’t wait for santa and bought it for myself) and the christmas cards all year round – anything goes. thanks for popping by.

Love Is In The Air

card with hedgie playing guitar in pinks and yellow
this is my first post of the new year and since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new challenge for you at penny black and more @ allsorts – love is in the air. i coloured this penny black musical hedgie with distress ink pads, cut and popped the rose on foam tape and added stickles. the rest of the design team’s gorgeous creations can be found on the blog and i’d love for you to play along; there are some fabulous prizes to be won from sponsors Penny Black, Stampalot, Crimson Cloud, Classy Crafts and Crafty Ribbons along with a chance to be a guest designer.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:
fussy and fancy – furry friends
natalie and amy’s – your favourite things: colouring with distress ink pads, cute images, pastel colours, die cutting

thanks for popping by.

White And Gold

christmas card in gold and white with gold glittered poinsettia
the really reasonable ribbon challenge of ‘white on white plus one other colour and ribbon’ was a real challenge; i struggle with white on white so i added a lot of gold, including a gold ribbon that is attached like a gift wrapped present just behind the poinsettia. i was excited to have recently won a RRR challenge prize of a gift certificate so i was able to find a nice assortment of ribbons to play with and i was very pleased with the customer service – just in case you *need* some ribbons. i’m also submitting this to the jingle belles anything christmas goes prompt. thanks for popping by.

Basic Shapes

christmas card in blue, green and white with white and blue poinsettia and glitter
i made this shaped card for my dad; i’m very lucky not to be constrained by the stereotypical masculine cards because the men that i create for like anything i make, including items with ribbon and glitter on them. i’m submitting this to the anything goes theme at the basic grey challenge, the shaped card theme at marianne’s design divas and the shaped theme at christmas cards all year ’round. thanks for popping by and thank you to linda duke for the inspiration.

Halloween Inchie

halloween card with turtle carrying a pumpkin
i love this cute penny black inchie image for halloween cards and, as usual, i coloured with distress ink pads and sponged the edge, stamped the cobwebs and die cut with what is possibly my favourite spellbinders die. i’m submitting this little card to these challenges:

papercraft star a halloween pumpkin ends october 23
card crafter’s circle halloween ends october 25
sweet stampin’ halloween ends october 25
no matter which halloween ends october 25
the cutie pie halloween ends october 26
pan pastel animal ends october 27
without words things that go bump in dark colours ends october 29
really reasonable ribbon halloween ends october 29
heck of a challenge ends october 30

thanks for popping by.

Pumpkin George

card with george dressed up in pumpkin outfit with a spider
i created this card for the first Without Words challenge, which is an autumn theme this month. i love the cooler temperatures and rich colours of the fall season and pumpkins popping up everywhere, so i went with molly blooms’ pumpkin george stamp. i coloured with distress ink pads, sponged the edges of the kraft mat and popped it on with foam squares. thanks for popping by.

Summer Cycling

card in brown and orange with girl in orange dress rding a blue bicyclethis oh so cute penny black ‘mimi’ stamp, a birthday gift from my friend anne, was so much fun to colour; as usual, i used distress inks to colour with and sponge the edges of everything. one of the two marianne design die cut flowers is popped on foam squares and a marianne design die cut tag is tucked in behind; the scallop border is a spellbinders die. i’m participating in these challenges:
marianne’s design divas – summer
everybody art challenge – summer
bunny zoe’s – summer
the crafty pad designs – to die for
stamptacular sunday – let’s hear it for the girls
thanks for popping by.

You’re The Best!

card with kraft base, heart and you're the best sentiment
i used this month’s hero arts sketch again, but this time to create this card for my husband. i’ve not been well for the past two weeks right after a month long RA flareup – he just steps in and takes care of everything and me so i thought the hero arts sentiment was perfect. i used foam tape to pop the die cut spellbinders heart and the memory box ticket, then sponged the edges of everything with vintage photo distress ink. thanks for popping by.

Acrostic With Magenta

acrostic on blue and ivory card with die cut flowers and butterflies
magenta’s 20th anniversary july challenge is ‘acrostic with magenta.’ i printed mine on magenta paper, matted with magenta papers and distressed the flowers, leaves and edges; this was such a fun project to create – english was always my favourite subject. i admit to not being able to live by this philosophy, especially this week – you know the ones where anything and everything goes wrong? bleh. thanks for popping by.