Saturday 25 November 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #80 Trees

Hello Crafters,

can you believe how time flies? Only one month to Christmas eve, I can feel the panic rising... But with today's Challenge for

I did at least make a start on my Christmas cards - finally. To assist you with your Christmas card list, we are challenging you this time, to use trees on your project.

Challenge #80 Trees

I watched Lindsay's watercolour tutorial the other day, and decided to try that out myself. So here are my results. 

I actually did 4 panels, but the colours one one didn't turn out right and another panel I ruined the heat embossing, so I cut it down to fix it, but I didn't like how that turned out either. 

At first I was very unhappy with my trees, they just didn't look right, but when I came back the next day with a fresh perspective, they looked okay after all. Sometimes you just need to take a step back. 

So, that's it from me today, I hope to see a lot of tree cards from all of you!



Saturday 18 November 2017

Cat adventures and a Baby card with Schorschi

Hey out there, 

how are you? 

I had a bit of a shock this week. My older cat, Phoebe, has lately started having epileptic seizures very frequently - well, frequently, when untreated that is. Of course we went to the Vet and had her checked and got medication for her. So she usually does not have any seizures at the moment, but the dosage is rather high and she is constantly drowsy and clumsy now. And she is totally misbehaved when it comes to food. In the past she would have watched us eat with big eyes and a hopeful purr, but nowadays she would probably sit on our plates and steal bits from the fork if we would let her. 

Also she used to be an easily scared cat - not shy, but very jumpy. She never went outside, even if the door was open, the world out there was just too scary. 

Last Thursday, she managed to open the front door and sneak out late at night. By the time we realised, it was morning and the night had been a very cold one. I spent all day searching and calling vets and animal shelters in the area, worried sick, because she isn't used to the outdoors and she didn't have her medication. It was so out of character for her, I actually thought she had gone out to die somewhere alone. 

You can't believe my relief, when my father-in-law told me that he had chased up a cat in the garden, but he wasn't sure it's mine. I started looking all over again, and really, I found her in the last corner underneath some toys and stuff, shivering for cold and fear. Stupid thing, the front door was open almost all day... She actually let me pick her up and carry her inside, where she hid somewhere to recover from the shock, the poor thing. 

Happy to have her back, I spent the rest of the day, telling all the vets, shelters, friends and family that I had her back. Don't tell my boss, I should have worked, but I can't say I was very effective that day. I made up for it yesterday, working late. And I had the front door repaired today, so she can't open it anymore now - just in case she didn't learn from that experience.

So, done with cats, today I have another furry friend to show you: my favourite donkey Schorschi on a baby card. He's so cute and he doesn't run away.

This time I coloured him with my ZIG Markers, just a bit of simple shading. I cut him out and sponged some pink ink on the card base, where I wanted him to go. Then I stamped the Baby's name directly on the card base with the beautiful Concorde&9th Perfectly Penned stamp set. 
Sorry you can't see that, I covered up the name, because I didn't think the parents would want me to reveal the name on the Internet. 

The Hello was stamped on white card stock and coloured pink, while the outside was coloured in cool grey, to tie in with the donkey's colour.

And since it's for a little girl, it needed sequins, so I chose matching colours and scattered them in clusters around the card. 

Have a great day

Simon says stamp:  Furry Friends

Thursday 2 November 2017

Halloween cat

Hi Crafters,

I've been running late with posting my Halloween cards, so here is the very last one for this year. It's actually the invitation we sent out for last year's Halloween party, but I didn't post it then and I really don't want to put it off another year.

I stamped the images and sentiment on a panel watercolour card stock and coloured the images with my beloved Inktense pencils. I kept the design and colouring simple, because I needed to mass produce these cards.

The panel was adhered to an orange card base, for a fun twist.  

As I didn't have matching orange paper to create the envelopes, I used vellum envelopes instead. I am obsessed with these at the moment, they are so beautiful and match almost any card.

Have a nice day


Always Fun Stamping: #30 Halloween
Shopping our Stash: #327 Halloween
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