Sunday, 12 May 2019

Flowery Birthday!!



The Simon Says "Even More Spring Flowers" set is my favourite set at the moment and I can't stop trying to think of new ways to use it.  After browsing some card sites I decided to make a window card, not something I have made for a very long time.


I stamped and embossed in gold the flowers and coloured with my zig markers before fussy cutting out.  I then cut the hole in the front of my card with the SSS Stitched rectangles and made a frame with them from some pink pearl card.  I then layered up my flowers on the front.


I then cut another white square and embossed in gold the sentiment from Hero Arts and adhered to the back of the card.


Off now to sit in the garden and enjoy the sunny day.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Bouquet of Flowers!


Got out my Simon Says "Spring Flowers" stamp set to make another card for my stash,  I created the background using splotches of Zig markers on some water colour paper and lots of water.  



Next I embossed the flowers in silver coloured and fussy cut, I then layered up some of the flowers and then glued to the background card.  Adding a die cut SSS sentiment,




I will add this card to both the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge.

Enjoy your week.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 6 May 2019

Birthday Flowers!



I am still playing with the Simon Says "Even more Spring Flowers" set , colouring with zigs and fussy cutting before layering up onto patterned paper.  I haver a few birthdays coming up for some elderly relatives and flowers are always popular.

This is eligible for a couple of challenges, the Simon Says Flickr challenge "Mothers Day/ Flowers and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Happy Birthday".

I was inspired for the colours by my garden at the moment, lots of purples, yellows and oranges, just love the Spring colours!

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Happy Birthday!!


The May flowers are in full bloom down here in Dorset and I was inspired to colour up the SSS "Even More Spring Flowers" set again.  This time I embossed in gold and coloured with Zigs to create a colourful bouquet.



I also embossed in gold some of the leaves from the same set onto a die cut card, then layered up the flowers to create the bouquet.  I then layered the card onto pink card and adhered to the card base.  The sentiment is computer generated.





Love the bright colours you can achieve with Zig Brush Markers.




Next is a shaker card I made for my cousins Grand Daughter using the cute elephant set from Heffy Doodles.  Used some patterned paper on this card (I have loads in my stash and it felt so good to actually used some).  Love making shakers and they are always a hit with little ones!

I shall also add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Looking forward to the weekend as we are travelling back to Surrey for some wedding celebrations,  Hope you have a fun weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 29 April 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #9


Time for another "Christmas Kickstart Challenge" and this time the theme is "Christmas Bunnies", luckily I have an older and greatly used wooden stamp from Penny Black dated 1996!! Not sure where I got it but its well loved and perfect for this challenge!



I stamped onto card and coloured the image with Zig markers then cut the framed image, I then stamped again and layered up for more dimension.  I then layered the image onto some glitter card stock for lots of shimmer.  Lastly I added the bells and ribbon, quite a thick card now and impossible to post in the mail but I know the perfect recipients that I can hand this to at Christmas!

I am also adding this card to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Blog.

Off to do some gardening now, we have had lots of April showers here and the weeds are coming up in droves!

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 26 April 2019

Wedding Card!!


My son asked me to make a Wedding card for his friends in bright colours and with some flowers sitting on my desk from my last card here I decided to use the same colours!  I stamped and embossed in gold more flowers and leaves from the SSS "Even more Spring Flowers" set and then coloured with Zigs and fussy cut.




I then created the words on my computer and cut the hearts.  Then all I had to do was stick the elements to the card base in a design that I liked and added some sequins for sparkle.  Luckily I can post this now as his friends aren't followers!!

I am adding this to both the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Flowers" and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".

Its turned colder here after a glorious Easter so I am back in my craft room catching up.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 15 April 2019

Spring Flowers!


I was keen to enter the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge which this time is called "Die-ing for Creativity"  I already had this "Even more Spring Flowers"stamp out on my desk so got to work stamping and embossing in gold.  Then I fussy cut all the images and coloured with Zig Markers.



The base and frame  are die cut using the SSS Stitched Square dies, the frame has been stamped with an older SSS Stamp "Bubbles and Bars"


Pleased to get this done as we have a busy week leading up to Easter with lots of visitors.

Have a great Easter
Hugs
Sally

Friday, 12 April 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge



Its time for another challenge at the Christmas Kickstart Blog, This time the theme is "Frosty and Friends".  I have this fairly new stamp set from Heffy Doodles called "Wanna Build a Snowman" so this challenge gave me the opportunity to ink it up again!

I have stamped and coloured with Zig Brush markers and then fussy cut the elements.  Next I created the background by distressing with Salty Ocean Distress ink and then cutting a curved piece of card for the snowline.   I then embossed this with a falling snow folder and added the glittery snow using the SSS stencil and some Nuvo paste.





I decided to use a pink card base for a change to match the penguins hats and scarves. 
I am also adding this to the SSS Wednesday challenge "No designer paper".

Seems strange to be making Christmas cards in April but my box is gradually filling and I know I will be thrilled in December!!

Have a great weekend
Hugs
Sally

Monday, 8 April 2019

Spring Flowers!


My mojo has been absent lately so after browsing through Pinterest and Instagram I decided to do some colouring and make a Spring card.  I found an old sheet of PP in my stash with this lovely dripped paint design and used that as my base and the theme for my colours choices.


The stamp set is the "Even more Spring Flowers"  from Simon Says which I stamped and embossed in WOW gold, I then coloured with Zig Markers and fussy cut.


Next I layered on my card base and added splashes of gold paint.  Hopefully my mojo is back again as I had two male  Birthdays next week that I need to make cards for.  Male cards are always a challenge lol!


Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Birthday Boy!




I love this fun "Elephant of Surprise" stamp set from Heffy Doodle and I needed a boy card so knew it would be perfect. First I cut the Happy letter from some patterned paper I found in my stash using Altenew Dies.  Then I stamped and die cut the elephants and balloons colouring in with Zigs to match the colours in the paper. It was such an easy card to put together too.





I am adding this to the current Wednesday  challenge at Simon Says Stamp "Animal Antics".

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 5 April 2019

Golden Blooms!


After making a few kids cards I needed to do flowers again!! So I stamped and embossed in WOW Rose Gold and fussy cut these SSS flowers from the "Even more Spring Flowers" set. I added a little colour to the leaves but decided to leave the blooms white for a more elegant look.  The background was created using Oxide inks and a stencil, I am pleased with the grassy effect!  My mojo has been some what lacking lately and I am hoping this card has kick started it again!

I am adding this card to the SSS Flickr Challenge "Anything Goes"

After a few lovely Spring days we seem to be plunged back into winter with rain, sleet and hail, fingers crossed its going to improve as my daughter is coming down for some of the Easter holidays and we wanted to get out and about.  Hope its better where you are.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Guest Design Spot!


I was thrilled when Jo contacted me and asked if I would like to be a Guest Elf for this fortnights Christmas Kickstart Challenge#7 I love to take part in this Challenge and by the time Christmas comes I should have lots of cards in my Christmas stash!  



The challenge this time is "Delectable Die-Cuts" and I couldn't wait to get started, I have lots of Simon Says Snowflake dies and knew they would be perfect.  I die cut lots of snowflakes in white, silver glitter and blue glitter and adhered them to the front of my base card.


The card is really bright white and sparkly, the photo really doesn't do it justice, I then added a Hero Arts sentiment embossed in silver.



It would be lovely if you could find time to play along with the challenge.

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Cute Elephants!!



I wanted to take part in this weeks Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge, the theme is "Cute" this week.  I have recently got these Heffy Doodles Elephant stamps and dies, perfect for this challenge. After stamping and die cutting my elephants and balloons I decided to make a card and matching tag. I coloured my images with Zig Brush markers then had to decide on the background, after playing for a while I wanted to keep it simple so distressed the background with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink then using a stencil added the wavy design.  The sentiments are computer generated.  I had fun with these and know these stamps are going to be well used!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Spring has Sprung!!



Another card for the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Spring has Sprung" . This time I have use the Cosmos Flower stamp and Distress inks.  First I stampede the background in Spun Sugar the stamped the image again using Pickled Raspberry and highlighting with my Zig Brush Markers.
This second image I fussy cut and layered up on foam tape to give the card some dimension. Lastly I added the sentiment and some sequins for sparkle.

Our garden is now springing into life and I am looking forward to seeing some more colour in it.

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 18 March 2019

Spring Flowers!



Flowers are blooming in Dorset and Spring is in the air so I was inspired to take part in the new SSS Flickr Group challenge "Spring has Sprung".  I stamped and embossed in white flowers from the "Even more Spring Flowers" stamp set and then coloured with Zig Markers in this vibrant yellow!! Definitely a Spring colour.  I then fussy cut and laid out on this embossed panel.  A perfect card for a Spring Birthday.

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #6


Wow that fortnight has flown by and its time again for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge, this time the theme is "Moves on Hooves"



Back in the January sales I got this cute set from Clearly Besotted called "Lets Prance" , perfect for this challenge.  I created a little scene by distressing the background with Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Oxide inks and then adding falling snow using my Simon Says Stencil and Nuvo glitter paste.  Next I die cut the trees and added some snow lines with Zig markers .  The reindeer are also coloured with Zig markers.

I am also adding this card to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "Whatever the Weather,"

Hugs
Sally


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Shaker Fun!



I needed a boys Birthday card , so decided to make a shaker, (love making them).  I got out this older Paper Smooches set and coloured the images with Zig Markers.  The sea background is made by blending, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Oxide inks.  I also made a stencil with some card and blended round it to create the waves.  Such a fun card to make and not my usual flowery creations!

I am adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Create a Scene"

Hope you are having a great weekend, we are having very spring like weather of sunshine and showers today, hopefully its better tomorrow as we are off on a shopping trip to Salisbury.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 8 March 2019

Cute Penquins!



I have just got this new Heffy Doodles "Wanna Build a Snowman" stamp set and I just love these cheeky little penguins.

 I stamped and coloured them with Zig markers then fussy cut.  Next I blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide on my base before stencilling some snow with the SSS Falling Snow stencil and Nuvo glimmer paste on the top half of the card.  I then die cut the Snow letters and added some more glimmer paste to the top of them.

I am adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Create a Scene" and the Love handmade cards Flickr Challenge "Anything Goes".

A snowy scene I know but here in Dorset I saw some signs of Spring with daffodils and even a dew primroses out when I went on my morning walk.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Watercolour flowers.



Love this "Even More Spring Flowers" stamp set from Simon Says and decided to ink it up and watercolour using my Zig Brush Markers.  I don't usually go for purples and blues but wanted to try something different.   I have fussy cut all the flower elements for this card then adhered and splashed with some white gouache.  The sentiment is cut using Altenew's alphabet dies. Love these colours so I am sure I will be using them again soon.

I am adding this card to three challenges, The Simon Says Flickr Groups "Friendship" challenge,  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" and the Flower Challenge also "Anything Goes".

Have a great week
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 28 February 2019

New Stamps!!


Last weekend I went to an amazing Craft Show in Farnborough called "Make It" there was lots of fabulous crafts to see plus some great stalls for buying, needless to say I came away with lots of crafty goodies.  The Heffy Doodle stand was amazing and I was tempted by so many things, and came away with this lovely "Elephant of Surprise" stamps with dies and also this gorgeous "Wanna Build a Snowman " set.

I couldn't wait to ink them up and made this Baby girl card using Altenew's Bold Alphabet dies and some patterned paper.  Really love the elephants, I am sure this set will be well used.

Adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge


Gosh another two weeks have flown by and its time again for the "Christmas Kickstart Challenge" This time the challenge is "Have a Bear-y Christmas" , if you follow my blog you will know that this is not my style at all, I usually stick to flowers so this one was a real challenge for me.  I didn't have a suitable image so found this freebie on Pinterest.



First I printed it onto some white card and then coloured with Zig Brush Markers, I also added some Glittery Nuvo paste for the snow , although this doesn't really show up in the photo.  Next I die cut into a circle and used an old Spellbinders die for the background shape.  The sentiment is computer generated. I had fun colouring this so perhaps I need to do more cutsie cards!!



This next card is for my God Daughters little boy, he loves dinosaurs so again found these images on the internet and made this shaker card.

Its been such a lovely week here, the weather has been beautiful, but its all set to change again so I am off to do a bit of gardening.

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Cosmos Flowers!


While I had this Simon Says Cosmos Flower stamp on my desk I decided to ink it up again and do some more colouring.  This time I inked and embossed in gold before colouring with Zig Brush Markers.



Love the vibrant pink, yellow and blue together, so pretty!! Just added the computer generated sentiment and voila!

Adding this to the current Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Lets Colour"

Its half term this week and we are off to visit our daughter, looking forward to going to the big Craft Show in Farnborough called "Make It".  Love looking at all the new products and hopefully buying a few too !  Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Pretty Pinks!


The new Wednesday challenge this week  at the Simon Says Blog is "Black, white and one other colour " I couldn't resist inking up this Cosmos Background stamp and colouring in pink!  A very simple card as I just added the sentiment and some sequins. Love my Zig Brush Markers the colours are so vibrant!

I am also adding this to the Simon Says Flickr Group Challenge #117 Lets Colour!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sally


Friday, 15 February 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge#4



Gosh another fortnight has gone by and its time for another Christmas Kickstart Challenge,  Challenge #4 is "Have a Heart"  this challenge just needs a heart somewhere on your card and I have managed to add 3, they are really small but there are 3.  The heart shaped buttons on the little bunny and also the heart shaped bead on the band attached.  There is also a sketch to use if you wish but I like to do my own thing, a sketch is a challenge to far LOL.  I have had this stamp for years, its by Penny Black and its dated 1996, definitely an oldie but goodie!!

I just coloured with Zig Markers and layered it up on some glitter card and some snow embossed white card. The beads I have also had in my stash for ages, it definitely feels good using my older stuff although I do need a bit of a de clutter!

Its been a lovely sunny couple of days here and it seems like spring is definitely in the air.

Have a great weekend

Hugs
Sally.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Interactive Valentine.


The Wednesday challenge this week at Simon Says is "Interactive Cards"  , the only interactive cards I have attempted before were Shaker cards but after seeing some of Jennifer Mcquires pop up window cards I was keen to have a go. Made this mini card for Valentines using Sweet Peas Caring Critters stamp which I have coloured with Zigs.




When the card is open the monkey and sparkly balloons are in view.



I found it a bit fiddly to make as the card is only 4in by 3in, but it was worth it as I like the finished design.
I am also adding this to the Love Flickr group challenge "Anything Goes."

Hope you are having a great weekend and keeping warm if you are still experiencing snow.

Hugs
Sally