Thursday, 17 May 2012

Bee Happy

Finally getting to use the Lawn Fawn stamps I won in their Spring Release Giveaway! I love curving the bee's trail into different shapes. My background stamping is an accurate portrayal of my knitting skills (Last time I knitted I was 11). Not quite up to the standard of the beautiful cardigan in the {PIN}spirational Pic Challenge #7, but none the less inspired by its chevron knitted pattern. I've used kraft cardstock (cardi colour), metallic letters (metal jewellery), glitter glue (shiny buttons) & brown ink (hair & tights colour).


Stamps: Lawn Fawn Sally's ABCs, Chevron Backdrops, Gnome Sweet Gnome
Paper:  Bazzill Kraft cardstock, white card from stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black , Tim Holtz Distress Walnut, Barn Door
Embellishments: Gold Letter Stickers, Glitter Glue

{PIN}spirational Challenge #7
Going Buggy May Challenge: Things with Wings
Papertake Weekly Challenge: In the Garden 
Lawnscaping Challenge #33: Clean & Simple

Sunday, 13 May 2012


One of the first stamp companies I came across was Papertrey Ink, but being in Europe it's difficult to get hold of these lovely stamps. A friend kindly gave these to me & I love them. It's my first time using solid stamps, so I didn't have any specialist ink to hand. The distress inks don't give the sharp edges & even coverage I usually like, but I hope I've achieved a more natural weather beaten sunflower, like the one I grew & photographed in October.

A Passion for Papertrey's Challenge this fortnight  is 'Whatever the Weather!'. We've been having a mix of hail, sleet & bright sunshine, but I wanted happy weather so that means sun, sun, sun! What's more sunny than sunflowers? Thankfully I was able to photograph this outside in between showers.

DYSU has challenged you to 'Use a Flower' & I've taken up their gauntlet. I've fussy cut the sunflowers & leaves, then layered them to create this Mother's Day Bouquet. I stamped the flower centres directly onto the sunflowers, but you could fussy cut these as well for extra dimension.

TheYoung Crafters Unite Challenge is 'No Colouring'. This makes quite a change not having to colour- just stamp, cut & stick! I really enjoyed trying this & must get some rainbow inks to do more no colour stamping. (I still love my distress inks though!)


Stamps: PTI Simple Sunflower, Lawn Fawn Sally's ABCs, Chevron Backdrops
Paper:  Bazzill Kraft cardstock, white card from stash
Highlights: White Gel Pen
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Walnut, Peeled Paint

A Passion for Papertrey Challenge: Whatever the Weather using PTI Simple Sunflower
DYSU Challenge #71: Use a Flower
Young Crafters Unite Challenge #9: No Colouring

Hope you enjoyed your visit & see you again soon!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

New Baby

This is a simple card for newborn Eliza. It started life with many more embellishments, which I removed (& kept to use on other cards). Inside I made a rosette, from the same patterned paper as the rocking horse, with her full name & date of birth. Of course I forgot to photograph this :)

I'm still getting the hang of Lawn Fawn's chevron backdrop stamps, so don't look too close.
I've distressed the edges of the layers & tied a flatish bow.
The rocking horse was very easy to paper piece & I love how it turned out.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum, Sally's ABCs
Paper:  White card from stash Dovecraft Back to Basics III
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papermania Pink
Embellishments: White satin ribbon from stash