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Monday, 21 October 2019

Quick and easy makes

Good afternoon blogland.
It's been a while since I blogged, for various reasons, the main one being me not being away from home, or not in the country. Since I last posted in August I have been to Skiathos to help out with the Skiathos Cat Welfare Association twice, I have driven to the Netherlands to collect cats from the SCWA for other people who have adopted from there, I have been to a few crafting events away from home, and I have been to Portugal for my sisters wedding. 
So I have been very, very busy. And sadly I lost one of my fur babies, which led to me struggling with my mental health. I have loved little Filo since I first met him in Skiathos 2 years ago as a baby, but we couldn't afford to bring him home as well as Amelia Pond. Well until this year. We finally got to bring him home in May this year and our family was complete. Then on the 15th September he hadn't been home for a few days and he was being frantically looked for. It took us a few days to be able to speak to all our neighbours and we found out that he had been run over and killed. Thankfully our neighbour picked him up and saved him in case anyone came looking for him, she didn't know he was ours. It hit me really hard as it does whenever I lose one of my babies, but this was worse. I promised him a better life here in the UK than he had at the SCWA, and I feel I let him down. He was only with us 4 months, and I couldn't keep him safe, I didn't give him that better life I promised him. A month has passed by and I am still struggling with his loss, I'm crying whilst writing this, I'm not sure I'll ever forgive myself for not being with him when he passed, the thought of him dying alone on the road hurts my heart so much.
So I'm quite thankful that I have been really busy this past 4 weeks to help get me through it.

So today is the first day I have been in my craft room since mid August, and boy have I missed it.
I have made quite a few things today, and it's only 15:00. You will see them all over the coming weeks, but today I will share a few of my makes with you.




I have used the Flower Collage stamp set, the Queen of Hearts stamp set and the Wings and Things stamp set. I have stamped them all in black ink onto water colour card and I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints to colour them in. I had added some black lines around the edges and matted them all onto black card before mounting onto a white card blank. All very easy to make, but because they are Polkadoodles stamps, they are very striking.

I will be back soon with some tutorials for you using some more of my Polkadoodles products.
But until then, take care and kiss you fur babies for me.


Monday, 19 August 2019

Celebrate

Good morning. I'm here with a make for the Polkadoodles Craft blog again.

To make this card I used a sheet of paper from the Funky Fantasy paper pack. I went around the edge with a black marker pen to add a faux layer, and then added more interest with a double squiggly line with a fine liner pen, and glued it to a square card blank. I then used the largest die from the Polkadoodles Butterfly Trio die set. Firstly I cut it from a piece of card that I had left over from a distress ink background I made. I then cut it our from black card keeping the waste in and securing with tape. I glued the centre of the white die cut over the black one and glued onto the card. Finally I cut out the Celebrate sentiment die twice, once from an inked piece of card and one from black card. I then offset the coloured one over the black one and glued onto the card.

 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Celebrate

Good morning everyone. I'm back with another make for the Polkadoodles craft blog team.
And here it is.

 I've created a background using distress inks and the Polkadoodles Flower Doodles 6x6 stencil. I then used a black marker and went around the edges of the background to add a faux layer.
Then I used the Polkadoodles Delicate Daisy corner die, and cut it out of black card, and then again from the corner of the background. I put the die cut from the background, back into the space it was cut from. I then used the waste pieces from that die cut, to place into the waste areas I removed from the black die cut. I taped them in place to secure then and mounted onto 3D foam and placed it in the top left corner. 
I then used the Polkadoodles Celebrate sentiment die, and cut one from white card, and one from black card. I offset the white die cut over the top of the black die cut and glued in place. Then added the sentiment across the centre of the card to finish it off.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

A little bit of Fantasy

Good morning everyone.
I'm back in the land of blogging with another make for the Polkadoodles blog.

There's lots of photos in this post so you may want to get comfy with a coffee.

I've made a card with a hidden message using the Funky Fantasy paper pad and the Happy Birthday die.

The first step is to choose a sheet of paper you like, I chose the blue one and wanted to darken the edges so cut the paper to size and used a distress ink to darken the edges.
Next I chose the sentiment die I wanted to use and cut it out of the paper.
Make sure you keep all the pieces you cut out, including the bits you would normally throw away.
 Then glue the paper to the card taking care to stick down around the sentiment.
 Place the sentiment, without glueing, back onto the paper and then glue in all the extra pieces from the centres of the letters.

Then cut the sentiment out from card stock several times and glue them all together on top of each other. You will end up with a sentiment that looks a but like a chipboard sentiment.




 Finally glue the sentiment onto the card. If you look at the card front on the sentiment isn't that easy to see, it's only when you tilt the card you get the full effect.
#polkadoodles #cardmaking #distressinks

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Hello (again) Friend

Hello I'm back again with another make for Polkadoodles using the fabulous Hello Friend stamp set.
I adore this set and can see me using it a lot!
This is a really quick and simple card, but very effective because of the size of the sentiment.

To make this I stamped the larger butterfly randomly on a piece of water colour card. I did a loose watercolour of them using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints. I then grabbed an off cut of watercolour card and did a wash with the paints in the same colours I used the paint the butterflies. I then stampes the bubbles to create a border around the edge, and that impressive sentiment in the middle. I used a stamping tool and stamped 3 times to make the word very dark. I then did some basic matting and layering and a card is made.

See you again soon.

#polkadoodles #cardmaking #stamping #kuretakegansaitambi #hellofriend


Thursday, 23 May 2019

(You make my) Heart Sing

Helloooo bloggers, it is I again with another make for the Polkadoodles blog team.

This time I've used the Heart Sing stamp set.

To make this card I stamped the beautiful flower image randomly over a 14cm square piece of card, leaving a space in the centre for the sentiment. I then coloured the flowers with Copic Markers. I wanted the flowers to pop more from the page so I outline them with a blue marker to add a bit of shadow. Well as you can see I dropped a pen and ruined the card front. Or did I?
 
 I was quite pleased with the colouring on the flowers and really didn't want to bin it so I stamped a couple more flowers onto some more card and coloured them in. I then fussy cut one out and placed it over where I had made a blob. I turned the card base over and marked on the back on the flower where to trim to match the card.

 

I then put the extra flower on 3D foam to add further interest.
And then so it looked like I had meant to do that all along I coloured and fussy cut another flower and mounted onto 3D foam and place over the flower at the top left, offsetting the bottom one.
I then mounted the card base onto some black card and then onto a 15cm square card.
And there you have it.

Hope you've learnt something today.
See you next time.
#polkadoodles #stamping #cardmaking #copics #crafting

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Hello friend(s)

Well I'm back again, who knew lol

So after helping out to do some TV samples for Nikky and Lou Sims, I found myself back on one of the Polkadoodles teams. I am so happy to be back as you all know I have always loved everything Polkadoodles, and it seems Nikky still loves me makes, so here I am. I am part of the new blogging team with some very, very talented crafters. You can find us all HERE on the new blog.

So here is my first make.
I've used the Hello Friend stamp set.

I've started off by stamping onto watercolour card with a sticky ink and then heat embossing with a clear embossing powder.
 Then I sprayed a little bit of water into the flower head stamped areas and sprinkling on some Brusho Powder.
 I then used a different colour Brusho for the butterflies.
 Allow your card to fully dry before the next step.
I used a stamping tool to keep my background in place and placed the hello sentiment from the stamp set where I wanted it. I then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I stamped it again twice more in the same place to ensure nice strong coverage so it stands out.
 I then loosely coloured around the flowers and butterflies with some Brushos. And stamped and coloured the flower in the Mason jar onto a separate piece of watercolour card. I then fussy cut that out and glued flat onto the card background. I then drew around it with a black paint pen to make it pop more. Finally I added my usual squiggle around the edges, mounted onto a black mat and then onto an A5 card base.
#polkadoodles #cardmaking #stamping #brushos #hellofriend
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Monday, 8 April 2019

Where does time go!

Oh my goodness, where does time go, this past 14 months have just flown by, and so very much has happened in that time. I won't however bore you with it. I kept thinking to myself, I will blog next week, I will blog next week.... yeah right!

Anyhoo today is the day I do blog.

So the reason I here you ask?
Well I got to play with some fab new goodies from Polkadoodles for their shows on Hochanda today. The very talented Louise Sims is on air with them at 12pm and 5pm. I hope you catch the shows.
All my makes are using these products here. I had such fun playing with PD goodies again. I have been buying them during the year I had a break from the team, I think you all know I was a customer before I was on the team, so why should that change while I was having a break, I genuinely do love Polkadoodles products.

It may take me a while in getting used to blogging again, but I will try!
So stop blabbing I hear you say, where are your makes you shout. So here they are.









So hopefully they were good enough for Nikky and Lou to ask me to play again. If they do I will no doubt be back soon.
TTFN