Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Raining Cats and Frogs

OK, I lied about the cats but I do have a frog for you.  In fact we have a pond full but none of them are as cute as the one on my card.  I used an image from 2 Cute Ink (I can't link it as Heidi is taking a break at the moment and her Etsy shop is empty) so I could enter the Weather Challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  The green paper is a Lawn Fawn one that I won a while ago and someone gave me a few of the frames and I was unsure what to do with them.  I think they turned out OK once I'd added Mr Froggy.  He looks way too cheerful to be under the weather but I decided the sentiment would be suitable.  I finished it off with a couple of die cut clouds and a streak of lightening and added the pearls to cheer it up a little.  I hope you like it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Monday, 16 April 2018

It's so sparkly

I know you are going to be disappointed with the picture of this card 'cause, in real life, it's so sparkly!  A friend asked me to make a unicorn card for her granddaughter and the new Simply Sweet Unicorns over at LOTV are so perfect I had to have them.  On top of that the challenge this week at The Paper Players is magical creatures.  Look at their banner, 

it's like it was calling to me.  Anyway, I coloured my unicorn with my spectrum noirs and used a white gel pen to add some sparkle to the mane and tail (blame Alyce at Kit and Clowder - it was in one of her monthly classes and I seem to be using it a lot lately). Even then I wasn't satisfied and covered the mane, tail and stars with a tonne of spectrum noir sparkle pen.  Believe me, it's very blingy.

I was a bit daunted to start with but I'm so happy with the result.  Maybe you should all come round to my house and see it in person.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

One of those 'Argh' Cards

I admit to being in two minds about blogging this morning's card.  I know how I wanted it to look but it has been difficult to say the least.  

I've been following Cardz4guyz for all this while and never realised that there is a Cardz4galz too.  This week's challenge is Black and White with one other colour.  I'd seen an image at Sheepski Designs which had been coloured like this.  When I saw the image originally I had decided to look for an excuse to buy it.  This seemed the perfect opportunity.  I even took the Monochrome colouring class at Kit and Clowder (I've been doing Alyce's monthly classes and this is one I hadn't had time for).  Well, after all that preparation I thought I'd better give it a go.  The obvious colour to go with Black and White was I opted for orange (not one of my favourites but I thought it would be striking enough).  I coloured it up.  I kept touching it up.  I coloured the background.  I hated it and cut it out.  Finally, I added some spectrum noir sparkle to the dress and stuck it together.  The one thing I am happy with is the snake skin textured orange paper, which has been hanging about in a drawer forever.  I figured it needed a sentiment but couldn't think of one so I glued (I'd already put the card together so I couldn't use them as normal) some brads to the card.  What do you think to the result?

I should really have known.  I live just over the border from Yorkshire and have been shopping there many a time.  Considering I refer to Sheffield's out of town shopping centre as ' Meadowhell' not Meadowhall, an image called 'Shopping in Yorkshire' was never going to be straightforward.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday, 13 April 2018

Sad Puppy

I am, at the moment, a little under the weather and the image I've used on this card pretty much says how I feel.  I was itching to colour him in but then stuck as to what to do with him. Anyway, whilst I was blog stalking I came across this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

I love the sketch and I've got a couple of other cards in mind to make with it.  I have taken a liberty by using the sketch as a panel and mounting it on a card base.  It's just not my style to go directly onto a base. I hope they don't mind.  Here's my card.

The image is called Sad Puppy and is from Bloobel Stamps.  I added the little yellow dot things cause I can't help myself.  I think he's a sweetie, what do you think?

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Well I seem to be on a roll with the bloke cards at the moment.  Probably a good job as this particular card will be ideal for my brother in law.  This week's challenge at The Male Room is to use symmetry.  I have just the perfect stamp for that.  It was one of those that I saw and had to have and I was lucky enough that Santa Claus saw my wish list this year.  The stamp (although you can't see all of it) is from Neat and Tangled and is available here.  You can get it from other places too it's just that I tend to look at Tara's shop first cause I know they are reliable.

Once I had decided on the stamp I was at a loss as to where to go from there - then I remembered that I would need a card for my brother in law.  I'd already bought the camera stamp from Dr Digi's House of Stamps with Gray in mind (he's a photographer).  I sponged my background with memento ink and coloured the camera in yellow and grey to match.  Here's what I ended up with.

OK, now I've made it I had better go and post it.  I hope you like how it turned out.  Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cardz4Guyz - My first Design Team Card!

You have no idea how excited I am this week!  I have been invited to join the very talented girls on the design team at Cardz4guyz.  I only hope that I can live up to their expectations.  

This week's challenge is 'Travel or Transport' chosen by Helen.  My husband thinks I'm playing it safe and I should have thought a bit more 'outside the box' but I am easing my way in gently.  Besides, I bought this image from LOTV a while ago and I've been itching for an excuse to colour it up.  I would love to be driving that car along the coast.  It just had to be coloured British Racing Green - or as near as my markers could get it .

I hope you like it and I am looking forward to what everyone else comes up with.  Challenge blogs are a great way of 'meeting' other talented people and now I have an excuse to go blog stalking.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Girl Power

Morning all.  Today's card is one of those that I envisioned as soon as I decided to join the challenge at The Paper Shelter.  The theme this week is Girl Power and I have a number of their images that would fit the bill.  The one that I chose I bought a while ago.  I made a card for a friend's daughter.  I only used it the once so it's about time it got another airing.

As with most of my visionary ideas it was a lot more fiddly to make the card than I had thought it would be.  The image I used can be found here.  Sticking all those bits back together was a nightmare.  I hope you like how it turned out.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x