Wednesday, October 31, 2012

90 Minute Scramble

Hero Arts 90 minute scrambles can be at odd times of the day because of hostesses in different time zones.  This one wasn't too bad - 8 - 9.30 p.m. I just stayed off the wine till I finished the card although to look at how crazy I went with the Picket Fence distress stain you would wonder ...

Thoughts and prayers with those in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

I'd like to enter this into:

Holly Jolly Christmas - O Christmas Tree
Twisted Tuesday - Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft no red or green
Cutie Pie Challenge # 30 - Distress Your Cards


Stamps: Hero Arts Lattice Background, Hero Arts Luscious Ledger, Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasonal Remedies
Dies: Tim Holtz Seasonal Foliage, postage stamp die (X-cut I think), Marianne Christmas Tree
Ink: Picket Fence Distress Stain, Vintage Photo, Hero Arts Latte
Card: Kraft, Cream

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Challenge at ABC Challenges - Halloween in a Hurry!

Over at ABC Challenges there's a new weekly challenge to make a Halloween card or a Fall themed card in 30 minutes or less!

I coloured this cutie with with my Speccies.  It did take 20 mins to colour and cut out but I had only to die cut the sentiment and row of houses and stick everything down.

Pop on over and see the rest of the Design Team's gorgeous Halloween and Fall cards and hopefully be inspired to make your own and enter this week!

Thanks for visiting! Ger x

Image: The Greeting Farm
Sentiment: Tiddlyinks
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 18, Tim Holtz On the Edge Townscape
Medium: Spectrum Noirs
Paper: Bo Bunny Enchanted

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I'm loving the new thin dies and the trend for popping them into the negative die cut.  I cut this Memory Box Mod Tree from red cardstock and again from Kraft and popped the Kraft tree into the negative space.  The stars are Memory Box Holiday Shapes. I added white letter stickers and some torn card sprinkled with glitter.  There are endless possibilities here - the red tree would look super popped into white card, green would be good - lots of permutations and possibilities for the mass production of Christmas cards ahead!

I'd like to enter this into:

ABC Christmas Challenge
Ooh La La Creations 116 - Christmas Sentiments
Stamp and Create - Winter Wonderland

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Memory Box Mod Tree die
Memory Box Holiday Shapes die
White alpha stickers
Red, White and Kraft cardstock

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Challenge - ABC Challenge Blog

I am delighted to announce a brand new challenge blog - ABC Challenges

The first weekly challenge starts today and the theme is - 'New to You'.  Here is my design team card and I used my brand new Simon Says Stamp 'thinking of you' die. Spectrum Noirs BT7 was used on the edge of the card to create a mat and I also used the Speccies to colour the flower and used the same pen to colour some card blue before using the die to cut out the message from the card. 

Hop on over to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team have created, and find something in your stash you haven't used yet, pop it on a card and enter the challenge!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x

Waltzingmouse Stamps Heirloom Patterns
Hero Arts/Sizzix Stamp and Die 657773
Simon Says Stamp die Thinking of You
Spectrum Noirs BT2 BT4 BT5 BT7
Hero Arts Poppy Ink
Neenah cardstock

Me to You Christmas

It's another Inspiration Monday at Crafty Bloggers Network and here is my card.  I wanted to try out my new Memory Box tree die and liked it in pink.

I'll be back later with another card and news of a brand new challenge blog!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

Papermania 'Me to You' range
Cardstock: Neenah white, silver mirri, Kraft, Core'dinations
Dies: Memory Box Mod Tree, Whiff of Joy Snowflakes, Tim Holtz Festive Greenery

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Silent Night

Sorry about the strange lighting in this photo - I was trying to capture the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls which I sprayed all over the image.

I bought these gorgeous Christmas papers last year but hardly used them.  The image has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs and inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink before spraying with Perfect Pearls and water.

The sun is out here for a change. Hope it's sunny where you are!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

I'd like to enter this into:

Twisted Tuesday (used their sketch)
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Traditional Colours
Totally Papercrafts Christmas 9 weeks and counting (Seriously? just 9 weeks?)


Papers - My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas
Image: Creative Expressions
Coloured with Spectrum Noir, Sprayed with Perfect Pearls + water
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 18, Whiff of Joy Snowflakes
Sentiment: Papermania, white embossed

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shades of Blue

Here is another Inspiration Monday card for Crafty Bloggers Network.  She's a digi by Elizabeth Bell called 'Creative Genius'. I coloured with Spectrum Noirs. I've a lot to learn about blending but I'm having fun getting there! 

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafters Companion October Challenge - Birthdays

Whoopsidaisy Challenge - Birthday
Spectrum Noir October Challenge - Flowers
Challenges 4 Everybody #5 - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge # 57 - Flowers

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

 Image: Elizabeth Bell digi 'Creative Genius'
Spectrum Noirs: Skin FS2 FS3 TN2, Hair & Fur IG2 IG8 IG10, Blues BT2 BT4 BT5 BT7, Browns TN7 TN8
Papers: Prima Nature Garden
Spellbinders Edgabilities and Scalloped Circles
Marianne Designs die
Core'dinations and Neenah cardstock
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Prima flowers

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Singin the blues

Morning all! Hope you are all having a chilled out weekend.  I just love the Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice Background. When my Spectrum Noirs arrived I knew I had to try them with this stamp.  The stamp is white embossed and the gaps coloured with shades of blue.  Ombre is a popular technique at the moment and I would like to try other colours to recreate this card in different shades.  It's so easy to do this technique with the Spectrum Noirs, the numbering system makes it so easy to step up the gradient. I added the Marianne Designs die to draw the eye along the gradient and sprayed it with Crafters Companion Spray & Sparkle Silver - hard to see the shimmer in the photo.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafters Companion October Challenge - Birthdays
Simon Says Stamp Use Dies/Punches
Delicious Doodles Challenge 6 - Monochrome
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Monochromatic

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.


Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice Background
White Embossing Powder
Neenah Cardstock
Spectrum Noirs: BT2, BT4, BT5, BT7, BT9, BT7 was also used to ink the mat for the sentiment
Marianne Designs Die
Crafters Companion Spray & Sparkle Silver
Sentiment: Computer Generated

Thursday, October 4, 2012

thinking of you makes me happy

I bought this cute little digi from CDee Designs and coloured her with my new Spectrum Noirs.  Very relaxing morning!

I'd like to enter this into:

CDee Designs Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge #104 - My Sentiments Exactly
Operation Write Home - Thinking of You

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Papers: My Mind's Eye Indie Chic
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp Shoot for the Stars
Image: CDee Designs
Medium: Spectrum Noirs
Ric Rac Ribbon

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Celebrate the Season

Yesterday's clear out unearthed a roll of Micropore or whatever it's called.  I saw it in the chemist's while waiting on a prescription months ago, decided it looked like sticky back canvas and brought it home to bury it deep in my crafty stash.

This morning I stamped Waltzingmouse Stamps Nordic Winter onto it and I thought the texture of the tape brought out the stitch-like quality of the stamps.  So I stuck it down the side of the card. I used the little trees from the set to represent leaves. Sort of. I added glossy accents to give them some shine.

I'd like to enter this into:

Everybody Art - Tag
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 117
Sentimental Sundays 3-2-1  - 3 pearls, 2 leaves, 1 strip of Micropore tape

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.


Waltzingmouse Stamps Nordic Winter and Seasonal Remedies
Chipped Sapphire and Festive Berries Distress Inks
Plaster tape
Glossy Accents, Red Pearls

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Merry Christmas

Sorry the light isn't great here this morning.  Yesterday's grand sort out of crafty stash started - and stopped - with my stamps.  I found this Kraft card already white embossed and made this card.

I discovered stamps I'd forgotten I had.  I even found a clear stamp I've had for ages that I bought last week in digi format.  Still, just one duplication isn't too bad!

I'd like to enter this into:

Created With Love Challenges - Christmas
There She Goes Clear Stamps - No patterned paper
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Celebrate the Occasion

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.


Hero Arts/Sizzix holly stamp and emboss set
Sentiment: Blonde Moments
Tree die: Marianne Creatables
Baker's Twine, red pearls
Cardstock: Kraft, core'dinations

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crafty Bloggers Network Anything Goes

Morning all, hope it's nice where you are.  The challenge for October at Crafty Bloggers Network is Anything Goes and it's sponsored this month by the fabulous Indigo Blu so do pay a visit and enter your cards.

I didn't have Indigo Blu stamps yet but I discovered Wee Stamps recently and bought some digis.  They are so cute!  This one is called Sweet Blossom.

I'll be back tomorrow morning with another card but I've got plans to dive into my crafty stash today to re-organise so send a search party if I don't show up!

I'd like to enter this into:

Hiding in my Craft Room #65 - Freestyle
A Gem of a Challenge # 56 - For The Girls
2 Sisters Challenge # 111 - Use Your Favourite Stamps
The Crafty Pad Challenge #190 Floral
Challenges for Everybody #4 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Down in the Garden
Cards Galore Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Image: Wee Stamps
Medium: Promarkers
Papers: Echo Park Country Drive
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Ribbons: Papermania
Stick Pins: Creative Expressions