Monday, 19 June 2017

a lake full of fish


Hello. Or, in these parts, a loch full of fish! This guy comes from a Stampin' Up set called 'bear hugs'. The set was sent to me a couple of years ago for a magazine commission. I made the cards for the mag' and then kind of forgot about the stamps. But the other day they popped into my head and I had to find them. And find them I did, and here is the result!

I am entering the challenge at Allsorts - birthday boy.

PS, I have a new obsession - crochet! Will share more later in the week!

Friday, 16 June 2017

wish big


Hello. A cat wearing sunglasses on a skateboard! Doesn't he look cool? 
He's from a Penny Black set called 'happy times'. 
The sentiment is from 'brushstroke birthday' by My Favourite Things.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

life is unfair



Hello. Another couple of Stamping Bella stamps dropped through the letter box the other week. This one is 'grumpy squidgy'. I did some doodling, it's been a long time since I doodled on my cards, but this little one looks like she could just have a good old scribble everywhere!

I am entering the challenge at Allsorts - use at least two dies.

Friday, 9 June 2017

June Sweet Treat Box from paper, pen and plan (summer road trip one)



Hello. I'm here to share what's in my monthly Sweet Treat box from Paper, Pen and Plan. The theme of the June box is 'summer road trip'. If you want to see the contents of the entire June box I did a quick unboxing video which you can see here
As well as everything in the box subscribers get access to printables.
You will get a secret code in your box!
 

This month's box included a handmade notebook. I 'junked' it up a little using some paint and ink. The 'let's go' and 'arrow' stencil and the stamp set are from the box too. 
The little notebook fits perfectly into my gorgeous felt A6 Travelers Notebook Cover. These are available here from my friend Jaine's Etsy store.


My little travelling watercolour set fits perfectly into the pocket on the cover!



And here it is all packed up and good to go!

I have huge plans for the rest of the box. Some of the stickers and paper will be used to document my recent holiday in my Simple Stories album and the rest of the stickers and the creative kit will be finding there way into my new Prima Jet Setter!

So, if you want to know more about how the boxes work, order a one off box or subscribe to a monthly box simply click here. There's also a friendly Facebook group here.
 
The girls at Paper, Pen and Plan also sell loads of cute planner bits and bobs over in the Etsy store here.  They have also started to stock some gorgeous Simple Stories goodies.
Quote code LIZ10 for 10% off - happy shopping!


Monday, 5 June 2017

wish upon a star


Hello. In card world there is a heart shaped constellation! The stamps are 'upon a star' by Lawn Fawn. I coloured the background and the little creatures using my ZIG real brush pens. The stars were stamped using a white ink pad but I did go over them with my white Signo pen.

I am entering the Creative Inspirations challenge - your favourite things (my ZIG pens).


Friday, 2 June 2017

Have you ever tried......


Hello. Have you ever tried to make your own stamps? Yes? Well please, please let me know the secret. No? Well, let me tell you, it's not as easy as I imagined in my head. It's all the fault of this lovely book I picked up in Paperchase. 


And, of course, you buy the bits and bobs that you need. Which very cleverly the shop have on display beside the book. I didn't know which would be best - the Lino or the Soft Cut (now there's a name that should be reported to trading standards, nothing soft about it!) so I bought both.


Mmmmm, what do you think? I'm not impressed! And, this took me a whole afternoon.
And, I'm very lucky not to have ended up in A&E!!


Now, a rubber is listed in the book as something you need. I thought it was just to rub out any mistakes you might make while tracing your chosen image. Noooo, that's not what the rubber is for. 
It took a while for the penny to drop - you carve the rubber! 
Much easier, but still not entirely successful. 
So, here is the end result. Lines cut to make a background and a little flower carved from the rubber.
I guess it's one of those things that takes practice. Anyone want to buy ten Lino Cutters, Lino, Soft Cut and a bag of cheap rubbers? Go on, you know you want to!!

I am not entering my card into any challenges - making it was challenge enough!


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

howdy


Hello. This little card was really quick and easy. No colouring and no fussy cutting. I stamped using various colours of Versamagic chalk ink Dew Drops and I have the dies that match the stamps! The stamps are 'stuck on you' by Lawn Fawn and the patterned paper is from a 6x6 pad by Jillibean Soup called 'saffron yellow pepper soup' (don't you just love the names of some of these pads).


Monday, 29 May 2017

sending you smiles


Hello. I'm back from my holiday. We spent some chill time, just me hubby and the lazy greyhound, at a gorgeous little cottage in Perthshire. I took loads of pics for the next few pages in my Simple Stories album. I'll do a little video to share soon!

My card features a stamp from a Penny Black set 'happy times' and I coloured with my ZIG pens. The patterned paper is from a 6x6 pad 'nine & co' by Teresa Collins. The die is 'tree of life' by Tutti Designs.

I am entering my card into the challenge at Penny Black & More - photo/colour inspiration.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

so thoughtful


Hello. It was monsoon weather here yesterday so I had a whole afternoon in the crafty room. Finished off two magazine commissions and had a bit of a play 'for me'.This stamp is pretty old. It's an original TeddyBo. Most TeddyBo's are digi images but there were some stamps (and I think some more are on the way). I coloured with my ZIG real brush pens, the sentiment is from a Hampton Art set and the die is 'butterfly oval' by Tutti Designs. I added a little bit of stickles to her wings and a few sequins for a tiny bit of shine!

I am entering two challenges -

Cute Card Thursday - dies and punches
In The Pink - razzle dazzle


Monday, 8 May 2017

i've joined craftaholics anonymous!


Hello. Sometimes cards are like buses. You wait for ages and then three come along at once! But let me explain why I'm sharing three cards that are all quite similar. The other month I was at a Clarity workshop and one of the ladies there told me about a craft meet-up she goes to every month. Well, why didn't I know about this before now? The hall that it's held in is only ten minutes drive away and they have been going strong for a number of years! So, I packed some limited supplies and off I went on Saturday afternoon to join Craftaholics Anonymous!

A great group of ladies made me really welcome and I made some new crafty friends. You can either join in the demos (you put your name down in advance - I hadn't, but will know for next time) or do your own thing. As you may have guessed I took along my new obsession - Zig Clear Colour Pens, some stamps and a few diecut backgrounds.


Quite a productive afternoon even tho' there was copious amounts of chatting, tea and biscuits! The stamps I used from top down  - Doodle Bugs by Wplus9, Man's Best Friend by Penny Black and Chatty Squidgy by Stamping Bella.


I am entering the challenge over at Cute Card Thursday - anything goes.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Spring Card Swap


Hello. Every few months Nat organises a card swap over on her Facebook page. This is the card I sent to my partner this time, Sue. The stamp is 'wooly dames' by Penny Black and I coloured using my ZIG pens. The papers are from a 6x6 pad by Simple Stories called 'I Heart Summer'. The sun and clouds were cut using a Lawn Fawn die set.

If you fancy swapping a card every few months with a fellow cardmaker then you can join the group here.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

hello friend



Hello. Brrrr! Someone tell the weather that we're nearly in May and it really shouldn't be so cold! Anyway, these two little guys look happy enough exchanging gifts and letters. I wonder what a hedgehog would write in a letter to a mouse? Answers on a postcard please!!

The stamp is 'best friends' by Penny Black and I coloured using my ZIG pens. The frame has been die cut using paper from the 'go now go' 6x6 pad by Shimelle.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

May Sweet Treat Box from paper, pen and plan (the emoji one)



Hello. I'm back with my monthly planner post. I'm super early with it this month (the creative team get an advance box).  The theme of the May Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan is Emoji! 
I switched to my KikkiK Pause planner for May - I fancied a change.

If you want to see the contents of the entire May box I did a quick three minute unboxing video which you can see here. As well as everything in the box subscribers get access to planner printables.
You will get a secret code in your box!
This month I've also filmed a quick one minute flip through of my May planner pages using the stash from my box. You can see that here.

So, if you want to know more about how the boxes work, order a one off box or subscribe to a monthly box simply click here. There's also a friendly Facebook group here.
 
The girls at Paper, Pen and Plan also sell loads of cute planner bits and bobs over in the Etsy store here.  They have also started to stock some gorgeous Simple Stories goodies.
Quote code LIZ10 for 10% off - happy shopping!

Friday, 21 April 2017

trust your journey


Hello. I've had a play with another of my new Stamping Bella stamps. This one is called 'The Squidgy on a Journey'. She certainly looks like she is going places! I coloured using my ZIG pens and please don't ask what make the paper is as it was a random piece of 12x12 that I've had for yonks!

I am entering the challenge at Creative Inspirations - one for the girls.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

birthday wishes


Hello. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. I did the usual - far, far too much chocolate! 

So I treated myself to three new Stamping Bella stamps from the new release, as you do! This one is Daisy Squidgy. I coloured the image, sentiment and diecut daisies with my ZIG pens. 
I like doing that - it means everything matches perfectly colourwise.


Monday, 10 April 2017

April Sweet Treat Box from paper, pen and plan (the bunny one)



Hello. I'm back again with my monthly planner post. The theme of the April Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan is Easter! Super cute bunnies are hopping all over my planner pages! I used the grid printable to make a monthly calendar, I'm pretty chuffed with it!


This month the box also included a daisy stamp. 
I stamped the daisy on some of the corners and coloured with pencils. 

 If you want to see the contents of the entire April box I did a quick three minute 
unboxing video which you can see here.
As well as everything in the box subscribers get access to planner printables.
You will get a secret code in your box!

And here is a hint at the theme of the May box - can't wait! So, if you want to know more about how the boxes work, order a one off box or subscribe to a monthly box simply click here
The girls at Paper, Pen and Plan also sell loads of cute planner bits and bobs (in fact I know a batch of gorgeous washi tape has just been added) over in the Etsy store here
Quote code LIZ10 for 10% off - happy shopping!


Sunday, 2 April 2017

hello stampurr


Hello. I'm back with another make using my Waffle Flower set 'hello stampurr'. I think my crafty online friend Debra will quite like this card. It ticks all the boxes - cat, books and coffee!

It's a glorious spring day here and we're just back from a long walk around Kelvingrove park with the hound. Took some pics that will end up in my Simple Stories binder. I'm determined to keep it up to date!

Friday, 31 March 2017

a good day



Hello. I was desperate to get my crafty fingers on these new Waffle Flower stamps when they were released a couple of weeks ago. And now I have finally had time to break them open and have a play. I opened the 'happy day' set first and came up with this clean and simple card. I coloured all the images using ZIG real brush markers.

I am entering the challenge over on Creative Inspirations - anything goes.



Saturday, 18 March 2017

A little bit of memory keeping!


The other week my haul from Paper, Pen and Plan arrived. I got some papers, stickers, washi and a stamp from the Domestic Bliss collection by Simple Stories. And here's what I did with some of it....


I had already made a start on some pages in this folder but hadn't yet decorated the cover. So, after a quick nosy on Pinterest for some inspiration, this is what I came up with. I'm pretty pleased with it!


On the inside cover I made a 'pocket' to keep the pictures that have still to go in the book. I print the pictures on my little Polaroid Zip printer. It prints on peel off sticky-backed photo paper. Ideal for this type of album.
 

I cut some of the patterned paper to fit the plastic pockets, stuck down the pictures and then decorated with stickers. The paper is double sided. Here is the other side of the page above.....



I have a huge amount of pictures to catch up on, but I'll get there. Especially when you can use fun Simple Stories products like these!

If I've put you in the notion to get your pictures organised I've got a discount code for Paper, Pen and Plan. Just enter LIZ10 at the checkout for 10% off. They've got binders, pockets pages and loads of gorgeousness to put in them!